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The cold never bothered them anyway

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November 02, 2017 at 10:32 PM EDT

Tonight’s Project Runway challenge was a winter wear challenge, and I have to wonder if they created it just so Heidi could say “snow way, snow how.” Because that was amazing. The gorgeous coats and winter wonderland on the runway were just a nice side perk.

Tim lets the designers know they’ll have $400 and two days to create a high-fashion winter look. And to sketch, they’re going to the “coldest place in Manhattan.” They show up at Minus5 Ice Bar, and Margarita is legitimately worried she will freeze to death. I went there last winter and it was warmer in the bar than it was outside — I think she’ll be fine.

Anyway, they head back to Mood and shop for fabrics. Margarita buys rabbit hides because she wants to create a luxurious look. As her items are being rung up, Tim tells her that this is a cruelty-free show and she can’t use fur. I feel like that’s something he should have mentioned before they started shopping for fabrics for a winter challenge??

And I’m right — that is something Tim should have said. He feels so bad for not giving Margarita the heads up that he asks the other designers if they’d be okay with allowing Margarita five more minutes to pick out a replacement textile. She grabs a faux fur, but she’s already emotional about her mistake and worried that this sets her off on a bad foot.

Back in the workroom … nothing really happens on day 1. On day 2, Tim comes to do critiques: He says that Kentaro’s look is rich and gives basically no other notes. He tells Kenya that she should stop overthinking and give the judges something that will “take the prize.”

Then, he tells Brandon that he’s already pushing this beyond what he expected, he talks Ayana out of her white painted coat idea, and he tells Margarita to start over.

Yep, Margarita is off on a bad foot. She created a lime green dress with faux fur sleeves, but with advice from Tim, she starts on an all-faux fur dress with a wrap coat. Hopefully, she can pull it all together on the big day… (Recap continues on page 2)

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