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August 14, 2015 at 12:19 AM EDT

Project Runway

type
TV Show
performer
Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen
broadcaster
Lifetime
seasons
16
Current Status
In Season

Swapnil, David, Blake, Amanda, Kelly, and Edmond are called to receive runway critiques from the judges (along with guest judge Ashley Tisdale), but in a weird twist it’s actually four high looks and two low.

**Special note: I don’t usually discuss the middle of the pack looks, but I just want to say how surprised I was with how Hanmaio’s look turned out. It was actually very cool.**

As Blake‘s model walked down the runway, I wrote “junior high glitter prom.” So imagine my surprise when every single judge liked it. However, when I thought about it more, it’s essentially what Heidi loves to wear: short, tight, and sparkly. It’s certainly not my taste, but I can agree that the construction was impeccable.

Kelly‘s gold fringe skirt was paired with a hooded crop top she made using a custom pattern. Ashley says she would wear it, and Zac raves about it, but Heidi thinks the two pieces together are a bit much. Nina agrees: She wants the look to be more sophisticated — which basically is Nina insulting Ashley Tisdale’s style.

Amanda pulled an ornate wedding card apart, painted it black, and put it against a patterned background to create a very cool top. However, she completely flaked on the skirt and made something that was compared to both a cleaning instrument and a piñata. And that is never good.

Edmond also went with bridal cards, but he used them as complete inspiration for his look. He cut out the back of the cards’ Hallmark Signature logo (I’m sure the company loved that extra product placement!) to create a bodice and then that giant white paper (which I’m still confused about) for a full skirt. To top it off, he made a bouquet out of envelopes as well.

I wasn’t sure what “Alice on Acid” would look like, but I love it. Swapnil used a variety of black and white cards to create a preppy button-up top, and then he pieced together all the flowers from cards to create an explosive skirt. Zac says that he’s a wonderful builder of textile and dimension.

Poor, poor David. He was lost in his first look; Tim hated it, so David scrapped it. His second look was a muslin zip-up hoodie, painted gray, with 3-D “Hot Damn” emblazoned all over one side. It looks very cool, but he didn’t fulfill the rules of the Unconventional Challenge (and neither did Ashley, but she skated by with her immunity).

Winner: Edmond

Out: David

David seemed like he had a lot of potential, so it’s sad to see him go so early. Do you agree with Amanda — that a lot of the “safe” designs looked like they “came out of a trashbin”? Also, why was there so much genital talk in this episode? With Merline’s manatee penis and Gabrielle’s vagina dress, it was a bit much… but most surprising: It didn’t come from Nina!

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