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$300 of Polyester and Michael Jackson (RIP) Jackets?

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:06am GMT

This is one of those sneaky episodes in the course of “Project Runway” seasons — the episode where, after cruising at a comfortable pace, you suddenly realize, “Dag! We’re going to Fashion Week!”

With a show in its seventh season, it’s hard to find a good challenge that hasn’t already been done (even "American Idol" revisited the Lennon/McCartney songbook this week), so it was a nice surprise when Tim took us to the circus.

First, can we stop to pause and have a slow-motion “Moulin Rouge” montage of Jay with the shirtless, buff circus men?

Now that that is out of my system, let’s move on straight to the workroom.

The pressure is on. Two designers are going home, and this is make-or-break time. Emilio and Tim are at it again, but since the guy comes from a theater background and is second to only Season 2 contestant and All-Star Challenge winner Daniel Vosovic in “Runway” challenge coups, I don’t think he needs to worry.

Jay is apparently mourning the loss of Michael Jackson and the “This Is It” Tour that never was, by designing a tribute jacket. (Or, speaking of concerts, he must have really liked Britney Spears’ last year!) Regardless of the motivation behind it, he got to create those pants he loved so much — again.

Mila is sick of hearing of how awesome Emilio is and also has psychic abilities not previously disclosed to the audience. Guest judge Cynthia Rowley happened to be wearing the exact same shade of pink in her garment. Coincidence? I think not.

I knew Seth Aaron was going to have a field day with this challenge, but Michael Kors took it to Awkwardville on the runway when he suggested Kristina’s pants would fit better on a man (or on Lady Gaga, if you subscribed to the rumors of 2009). Tim Gunn describes Seth Aaron’s look as “Tim Burton-esque” in his blog post this week. I think he and I share a thought bubble, because mine has Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice dancing around in it.

And then there’s Anthony. One, I love the color. I don’t care if it’s made of a gigbillion yards of flammable polyester. I also love that both Heidi and Michael were in such shock and awe over the fabric choice that they actually got up out of their seats to touch the dress and cringe. Two, one of these things is not like the other. It’s like all the other designers were on one wavelength and Anthony was off on another. Everyone had deep color palettes with bold stripes and polka dots and jazz hands, and he was just at a totally different circus, filled with Smurfs and badass Maleficent collars.

After everyone throws someone under the bus because two must go, the judges make their decision and decide the designers’ fate.

The world (except Chris March) is falling all over Emilio’s dress, and he is sent off to the safety of “You’re off to Fashion Week” green-room-dom. Seth Aaron follows suit to keep the bromance alive. Anthony is sent packing, but hey, after landing a dress on Heidi Klum on the cover of a major magazine and returning from cast-off purgatory to have Jessica Alba wear your dress to a red-carpet event, there’s no crying here.

In a moment of German bait-and-switchery (or is it red herring or ... forget it), Heidi fools us all, and leaves Mila and Jay to duke it out for another week before we know our final three.

So, have at it. Who’s going to be the third designer showing at Fashion Week?

Jay v. Mila: Who's Moving Forward?


The Judges of "Project Runway" Star in "Mean Girls"

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:21am GMT

Fabric choices are always a critical point for any good designer on “Project Runway,” but being able to create your own fabric speaks volumes. (Or is it yards? Oh, puns!)

Because this episode was filled with more fun surprises than I know how to articulate into a single blog post, let’s focus on the essential moments to remember:

- Even Tim (subliminally) wishes the Bromance of Emilio and Seth Aaron would live on for another episode! I nearly died when he thought Emilio’s custom print read “SA <3 ES”. All that was missing was the “4EVA.” (For a closer look at his fabric swatch to continue the debate, check out Rate the Runway or Emilio’s "Project Runway" Portfolio.)

- The folks in the editing suite apparently omitted the scene where Mila drove to Donny Osmond’s house and stole his costume from his days in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to use as her fabric. (… and azure and lemon and russet and gray and purple and white and pink and orange and blue!)

- I actually had an answer to Anthony’s rhetorical question regarding Beyonc songs that satisfied his strict criteria (answer: “Listen,” from her album “BDay,” for the win, thank you) … until he got up to that part about Oprah and his Uncle Leroy and porn addiction. (I may have some hope on a future Sasha Fierce record.)

- I want one of those crazy HP touch-screen computers. I don’t know what I’d do with it, other than hold demonstrations of its awesomeness, but I’m sure people I don’t even know would be envious of me.

- Did Jonathan get confused with Bernie Madoff or something? Every single judge spewed forth venomous comments, the likes of which I have never heard in seven seasons of “Runway.” Even “No, Nina! No!” from Santino’s infamous deer-models-wearing-lingerie showdown in Season 2 seemed tame compared to the sinister steam rising this time around.

“Dirty tablecloth”? “Disco straitjacket”? “Looks poor”? “I feel sad”? Back off, people! Back off! The one thing I can say is that Jonathan has presumably watched some serious amounts of “Law & Order” reruns, because only Jack McCoy himself could pull off such a composed response under such strain. (If you can handle even more awkward “Mean Girl” moments of cruelty against poor Jonathan Peters, be sure to watch his Extended Judging clip, because you ain’t seen NOTHING yet.)

Episode 10: Who Should Have Gone Home This Week?

As “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” plays softly in my head, Anthony Williams packs up his workroom belongings and flips off that fictitious light switch under the table before heading into the fabulous sunset … only to be interrupted by Episode 11’s ominous preview. What? Is? Going On?

I think we’re all going to want to tune in next week. DVRs not allowed for this one!


He's Back! Michael Kors Returns to "Project Runway" Next Week!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 4:57pm GMT

You live for his witty snark that only he can dish out on the runway. And now the one, the only Michael Kors is back just in time for next week's big team challenge.

Watch a preview of Episode 7 now, and tune in Thursday at 10 pm et/pt to find out which designer (... or designers!) are getting auf'd and who's one stitch closer to the tents at Fashion Week.