Welcome back “Project Runway” fans. This week’s title says it all; everything is about NIna. What do I mean? Well read on to find out.
The Challenge: Design an Outfit for Nina Garcia
Yikes! Even I got a chill up my spine from this one. I love Nina and all, but I don’t have to get judged by her. This isn’t going to be easy, especially with the laundry list of “don’ts” that Nina is providing.
The designers are given 30 minutes to sketch, followed by a consultation with Nina. I like some of the ideas, but I wonder how “Marie Claire’s” fashion editor will interpret them.
Daniele and Kimberly’s sessions stand out the most, since Nina basically changes up their original idea by requesting stuff she knows they can do well. They both seem a little dazed, but honestly, I think that Nina’s changes were a blessing in disguise. It’s good that she knows what she wants, and is really showing that she is paying attention as a judge. I think I would be flattered (but still shaking in my boots) if I were them. After the sessions are over, it’s off to Mood for some fabric.
Anya decides to get some mustard color print, which doesn’t scream Nina, but she wants to take that risk. The biggest drama comes from Becky and Anthony Ryan, who somehow manage to get the same fabric. Right away Anthony Ryan begins to suspect that Becky copied him, but based on what we are shown, there doesn’t seem to be any indication of that. Both decide to just ride it out and see who comes out on top.
Back at Parson’s, Cecilia is worried because the fabric she bought looked purple back at Mood, but turns out to be grey. So now she basically has two very blah colors. Julie realizes she has to ramp it up a bit if she wants to stay in the competition, since she has been in the bottom a few times.
Tim comes along with Nina, and because of that, we know this is going to be epic. It is, simply because “Do we have a plan b?” is now my new catchphrase. Unless Nina has already trademarked it.
Nina’s face as Anya shows her the mustard fabric.
Tim reminding Julie that she always says she is confident then puts something hideous on the runway.
Nina repeatedly telling Daniele no, making the meek looking designer very uncomfortable.
The fabric still seems to be on Anthony Ryan’s mind, but we forget all that as he makes a call to his fiancé. How cute was it that he wanted to introduce Anya to him? Speaking of Anya, her lack of sewing skills seems to be catching up to her, and might actually keep her from finishing the garment. Luckily Laura Kathleen is around to save the day. Now, I’m sure she did this out of the kindness of her heart, but I agree with Viktor; it did feel a bit like cheating to me. I do remember Peach and April helping Andy last season, but I wonder how extensive that was compared to this.
Guest Judges: Actress Kerry Washington (who is just gorgeous) and Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles
The Ones I Like: Anya made a wise decision to dye the fabric, and the results were simply stunning, though I see this outfit more as a Heidi than a Nina. To me, Becky won the battle of the fabric by making good use of the design as opposed to the nice but rather simple outfit Anthony Ryan sent down. Kimberly sent down a risky top, but it was beautifully done, and certainly does grab your attention. Viktor’s may have looked deceptively simple, but the idea behind it was simply genius, and appears to be the most versatile of all the outfits.
The Ones I Don’t Like: It goes without saying that Cecilia simply gave up and sent a rather sad looking piece down the runway, while Julie’s was simply odd (and I’m not talking about the collar.) Perhaps in another color, Cecilia’s could have been saved, but I’m not so sure about Julie’s. Kerry Washington was right on the money when she said she didn’t know what time of day the outfit was for. I would have almost liked Olivier’s if not for the way the back spilled over to the front. It made it look odd, as if there was an arrow pointing to her belly.
Who I Think Should Win: Viktor
Who Won: Kimberly
Well there you have it. In my opinion, this has been the best episode so far this season, however I’m still on the fence about it as a whole. I love the designs, but I don’t really feel a standout personality the way I did with last season. No one has really warmed up to me yet, but luckily there is still a bit of time. Next week, another team challenge. Those always spark some good drama, so I can’t wait.
What do you think? Did the right designer go home?
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