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'Project Runway' recap: 'Lace to the Finish'

Well, that’s the most skin we’ve ever seen on the runway.

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Barbara Nitke/Lifetime

Project Runway

type:
TV Show
performer:
Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen
broadcaster:
Lifetime
seasons:
15
Current Status:
In Season

If you are one of those people who is bothered by the word “panty,” this is not the episode for you. That word must have been uttered nearly 100 times. And “vagina” was right there along with it. That’s right: It’s a lingerie challenge. (Who knew Lifetime could show so much butt!?)

The designers meet Heidi on the runway and are informed that not only will they be designing for the biggest critic on this show (“moi”), they’ll also be designing for her collection. Did you know Heidi Klum has an intimates collection? Now you know. The challenge is to create a set inspired by that collection — and the winning look will be reproduced for sell on Heidi’s website.

Cue everyone panicking. Jake is “scared” of intimates, and Blake straight up doesn’t know where the vagina is, plus he doesn’t even usually wear underwear himself — which is TMI, according to Tim Gunn. And follow that cue with Blake’s “I’m Not Smart” Moment of the Week: He has to ask the room where to place the panties because he has no idea where a woman’s vagina is.

The men think the women will have an advantage because they wear intimates, but that’s quickly proved not true. None of these designers have experience making lingerie. Everyone in the room is struggling, but no one more so than Lindsey, who somehow stabs herself in the hand with her scissors. The medic tells her she’ll need to go get a tetanus shot and stitches, which means she’ll be away from the workroom for quite some time. Luckily, it ends up only being three hours and she’s pretty much in the same design status as everyone else: nowhere.

When Heidi and Tim come to do their critiques, they are incredibly harsh. Heidi says over and over she can’t believe it’s been five hours. She calls Edmond “Captain Tacky,” tells Joseph his look is once again “matronly,” and asks Candice where the whip is to go with her look. Okay, Heidi, we get it. You’re a harsh critic.

Unsurprisingly the feedback she gives them is motivating because a lot of them scrap their looks and start all over. Jake being one of them: He has to take his training bra up in sophistication — but in his defense, he doesn’t know “the difference between a 16-year-old’s bra and a 36-year-old’s bra.”

However no one can continue on because Heidi wants to see them on the runway in 10 minutes. When they get down there, they see pillows, blankets, mattresses, slippers, pajamas, and more. It’s a Project Runway sleepover! (Don’t question why — just go with it!) The designers now have to make a cover-up in addition to the lingerie set, but they’ll get extra time because they can just go down to the workroom to sleep instead of commuting to their fancy NYC dorm rooms (which have yet to be name-dropped this season… 44 West or something?).

For reasons I cannot fathom, the designers all put on pajamas and go back upstairs to work. Things go pretty seamlessly the rest of the evening: They have model fittings, wherein Blake’s model can’t tell the difference between the front and the back of the panties he’s made (not a good sign) and puts them on backward. But then it’s off to the runway bed.

And then the best thing ever happens: A pajama-bedecked Tim Gunn comes to wake up the designers. Again, I cannot explain why, but it makes me so happy nonetheless. Using his lantern (????), he guides the designers back to the workroom where he says, essentially, “Go brush your teeth and then get your models ready.”

NEXT: A skin-filled runway

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