We begin at The Neighbor's house, joined by guest judge, Nurse Jackie. MAB is MIA because she doesn't have anyone to watch her little dog. Pft
One of the presumed advantages of PR moving from New York to California is that the designers get to go to the beach on a field trip. The actual advantage is that we get to see the impeccable and always right Tim Gunn
in sunglasses & flip flops. Sure, he's still wearing a blazer and sure, he makes clear that the flip flops are "only at the beach" but come on. Pretty much the highlight of the show for me.
The challenge, appropriately, is to create a "fun and fashionable" surfwear
look that clearly states the designers' POV
and displays "impeccable craftsmanship". (The thud you heard was Mitchell's stomach falling to the floor). But there's more. This shall be a dreaded team challenge and upon that announcement designers variously buried their heads in their hands to moan and/or groan.
The team leaders pick their team mates and for some reason cute little Irina, who has done consistently nice work, is chosen last. You may recall from last season that the whole picking-last thing triggers my PTSD
flashbacks so I may have missed some banter but I snapped right out of it when Mitchell, in reference to choosing Ra'mon
for his team, said the truest thing any crap designer has ever said on PR: "I needed someone who could carry me". Hell to the yes on that, buddy boy.
The teams get 20 minutes to "caucus" with some conveniently displayed surfer chicks, which was amusing. Nicholas in particular was just befuddled by notions of "simple", "easy", "fresh" and patently refuses to consider anything to do with hoodies
, meanwhile, is trembling from the weight of the bulls eye that Mitchell has affixed to his back and Q quickly comes to regret her decision to pair up with Epperson
. Sure, he seems like a blissed out Rastamaan
but he begins to annoy her almost immediately. He doesn't like her design, he doesn't like her fabrics, he doesn't like her execution and when he isn't actually sewing himself he is pick pick picking at Q. Unfortunately, Q doesn't pull the "I'm team captain" card and at least attempt to shut him up. At which point I have to wonder, "Have none of these people ever before seen an episode of 'Project Runway'"?
Nicholas loudly declares "no animal prints ever" (I agree with him there), Epperson
needs a Tylenol and Mitchell snottily tells Ra'mon
"In our relationship I can't always tell you you're perfect". Which is rich. Yes, Ra'mon
is behaving a bit twitchy
because he knows he's the stronger designer and the pressure is getting to him but considering that he is doing Mitchell a HUGE favor you'd think M would have the grace to be, uh, gracious.
There is, actually, quite a lot of bitchiness between and amongst the gays tonight and I decide that Nicholas is a very bad gay and someone should talk to him about his haircut.
With 3 hours left til the end of the first day The Gunn
appears with a message from Heidi and the judges. The message is not a cheery "Meet us at Spago
, the Lemon Drops are on us!". No. The designers now must create a second look, an avant garde
piece that corresponds to the surfwear
look. The only good news is that every team gets the night to think on it and another $200 to spend.
Because this is television and the belief is that the real drama lies in conflict and not in the power of the creative process, most of the designers are way under the radar this week. Shirin
and Carol Hannah work along swimmingly (you'll pardon the pun), as do Rehab Johnny and Irina. Carol Hannah does get some bad news that her model has bailed on PR to take an Arby's
commercial but CH takes it in stride.
This is the 3rd episode: time for the obligatory "Garnier
This is me during the hair consultations: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Walk Around consists almost entirely of variations on the word "work": "work work work", "make it work", "you have a lot of work to do", "get to work". Seriously. It's like he's being paid by the 'work' now. He did tell Q & Epperson
that their surf look was a "knock out" until they removed the wrappy
skirt..."then all the sophistication went away". And frankly, at this point I'm terribly confused. I don't know a lot of surfers but I know a lot of snowboarders, which is essentially the same beast and I don't know a one of them who, when actually involved in their sport anyway, gives a rat's ass about sophistication. So I don't know, really, what the challenge is supposed to be looking like. If the designers are to be only inspired by beach-y themes and colors than why introduce the whole surfwear
thing at all? Because trust, if you were wearing Q & Epperson's
outfit and you went surfing you would HAVE to remove the skirt. And then you'd put it back on to go to Spago's
and have a Lemon Drop.
Other highlights: Nicholas informs Tim that he & Gordana
have decided to do a bathing suit out of macrame to which Tim responds "You sure have!" and The Gunn
also doesn't understand the wet suit thing that Ra'mon
is working on for the avant garde
piece. Tim characterizes it as "a cartoon superhero meets a Greek goddess" and declares "Fundamentally, I don't get it".Ra'mon
decides on the spot to scrap the whole damn thing, grabs some neoprene, shoe polish and a lucky rabbit's foot and scrambles to create magic in the remaining 30 minutes. And what is Mitchell doing during all this? Ironing bits of a bathing suit, humming softly, being catty and counting ceiling tiles. (While Ra'mon
and Mitchell are wringing their hands over what to do with their 2nd
look, Nurse Jackie, deadpans "Set it on fire?")
Meanwhile, the tension between Q & Epperson
continues to escalate and Q tells us that she's going to have no problem exposing Epperson
on the runway. So, to answer my earlier question, clearly she hasn't
watched PR because if she had she would know the first 2 rules of the Team Challenge:
1) The judges do not like it if teams cannot work out their differences and
b) If you are the team leader and the look sucks (particularly if the suckage
owes to your failure at Rule #1), you will not win any points throwing your teammate under the bus. Even if he deserves it.
Guest judges Max Azria
(love him) and Rachael Bilson
(who?) join Heidi and Nina.
I will not describe the runway because this was one of those times when clearly I didn't understand what the judges were looking for and neither did anyone else, possibly including the judges. For why? Because the "safe teams" all had, imho
, the best looks. Granted, I think there is a difference between avant garde
and haute couture
and perhaps some of the very lovely things that came down the runway were deemed only "safe" because of that distinction but frankly my head was damn near spinning when it emerged that one of the top teams was Mitchell and Ra'mon
So let's just cut to the chase, shall we? All goes well with Mitchell and Ra'mon
until it comes out that Ra'mon
did most of the work. When Mitchell finally confesses to that Heidi's eyes narrow into scary little slits. The judges, however, just adore Ra'mon's avant garde
dress. Myself, I agree with Nurse Jackie when she declares it "nice for Wilma Flintstone
". And then we have Q and Epperson
all but smacking each other on the runway. Q totally rats out Epperson
takes all the credit and wags his finger at Q way too much and the judges are all making the scary look judges make when designers fight. (Kind of a "this is very unseemly...keep it up because it's good for ratings" look).
I am hopeful that Rehab Johnny and Irina are going to get the win because they are told that "everything was right" plus I like them both but shockingly Ra'mon
is declared the winner because his look is "fresh", he did all the work and he "understood the spirit of the challenge" (which I hope he will explain to me later. At Spago's
. Over Lemon Drops).
(Mitchell made the bathing suit that you can't see under the first look. Photo courtesy of Projectrunway.com)
Q and Epperson
are both reprimanded for their behavior but are safe. And with no further ado Heidi declares a first in PR history....the team leader with the winning looks is auf
. Mitchell didn't do any of the work and that coupled with his previous 2 strikes for shoddy to non-existent workmanship prove that he clearly doesn't belong. Mitchell was gracious in defeat and acknowledged that he didn't try hard enough. I, for one, am just thankful that the
judges chose not going to ignore his abject lack of skillz
in lieu of his perky bitchiness.
Without the distraction of Mitchell it will be interesting to see who next emerges as the "personality" of the show. Thus far we have a lot of very talented people who also seem to be pretty mellow. Who has an evil Santino
or obnoxious Kenley
lurking within? Perhaps we'll find out next week. Lemon Drop anyone?
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