Project Runway goes to new heights...literally
It’s Heidi Klum challenge time! You knew it was coming, I knew it was coming. The designers knew it was coming. So they only mildly panic. These designers have nerves of steel!
Oh, spoke too soon. They’re doing intimates and creating prints by hand. They’re definitely panicking. So forcing them into matching PJs and leaving them on the top of the Empire State Building for the night seems like the perfect solution, right?
It’s a confusing “inspiration” for the challenge, to be sure. The designers sketch from the observation deck to get inspiration from the building and the New York skyline — which, sure, fine. But then the designers spend the night in sleeping bags on top of the skyscraper. They spend the night in sleeping bags on top of the Empire State Building. Tim wakes them up with a bag of breakfast sandwiches and I am thoroughly confused by this whole situation. I’m sure the designers are, too, but they roll with the punches and head to the workroom to get cracking.
In the workroom, they fight over the fabrics made available to them and start working. They have exactly 11 hours to finish, but only a few hours until Heidi comes to give her feedback — and that pressure is definitely weighing on the room.
Meanwhile, the twins — freshly recovered from the trauma of riding an elevator — call each other boo boo and work on each other’s designs an inordinate amount. Margarita says it’s starting to get a bit unfair, and I think the other designers would agree.
When Heidi comes, she has lots of thoughts…naturally. She starts off hilariously, calling out Shawn for being “chatty, chatty, chatty.” (I think she’s missing a few chattys.) She makes her way around the room and kills designs in her wake. Deyonté starts over, Kenya is more lost than ever, and Kentaro isn’t sure if he’s supposed to poop diamonds or coal.
But even with all of Heidi’s opinions, Tim is still able to get in some great zingers, including calling Margarita’s print “a menstrual cycle.” Never change, Tim.
The designers continue to struggle up until their models come a couple hours later. It’s a little strange how the models give so much input this season, but when Liris helps out Kentaro with the fit, I don’t even mind. He’s such a lovable person, and I want him to succeed. She tells him she’s the “Naomi of Plus” and that he needs to accentuate her shape. Shawn’s model, on the other hand, doesn’t get to speak one word to her; the twin is so busy helping her sister Claire, she virtually ignores her own fitting.
At the end of the day, Kentaro has a lovely dress but not a single piece of textile on it. The next morning, the other designers are nervous he won’t be able to dye and paint his dress in time for it to dry, but miraculously, it does. Aaron’s poor dress cannot be helped, though. He over-painted his fabric, and it wouldn’t lay properly. Kenya just straight-up runs out of time. It’s going to be an interesting runway. (Recap continued on page 2…)