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Project Runway “A Sticky Situation” by BB
Last episode Benjamin was eliminated. The 10 remaining designers are: Samantha (1 Win), Tu, Stanley (1 win), Layana (1 Win), Daniel (2 Wins), Amanda, Kate (1 Win), Patricia, Richard (1 Win), and Michelle.
Host and Judge: Heidi Klum; Judges: Zac Posen and Nina Garcia; Mentor: Tim Gunn; Guest Judge: Designer Chris Benz
Richard has no roommates left so he moves in with his teammate Stanley. Kate thinks Amanda will be the next to go. Amanda thinks she keeps being saved for a reason so she’s trying to cling to that thought.
Heidi comes to the runway with a duck on a leash. His name is Fred. He is a clue for the next challenge. Farm animals? Designing for a farmer? The designers go to the workroom to meet with Tim and his guest. They see rolls and rolls of duct tape. Tim’s guest is Bill from a company that manufactures duct tape. The designers will be creating a fashion-forward prom dress out of duct tape. They will be meeting with high school students who will be voting on their designs. Their votes will count for 20%. Patricia and Samantha are not happy about the teens voting. Samantha doesn’t do prom dresses.
New teams are formed for this challenge. As last week’s winner, Stanley gets to choose first. Stanley chooses Layana as his teammate. Richard is a little put out about that. Richard says Stanley may be sorry because his specialty is prom dresses. But Stanley says he has designed prom dresses too. As Tim draws other names from the bag, Kate chooses Tu. Amanda thinks that’s because Kate thinks that if they land in the bottom, Tu will be the one going home. Michelle chooses Amanda. Michelle may be doing the same thing Amanda is accusing Kate of doing. Richard chooses Daniel. That leaves Patricia and Samantha. Samantha’s not thrilled. Nobody seems to want to work with Patricia.
The designers go around the room and choose different colors and prints of duct tape. Richard takes all the gold tape for his team leaving none for the others. The others talk about how rude that is. They are expecting totally 80’s from Daniel and Richard and are already predicting they will be on the bottom.
Layana is whining about not having gold duct tape to go with the black they have, and Stanley tells her he doesn’t want to hear it. Stanley wants to use hot pink and Layana is still whining about not having gold. Layana goes and picks out some black and white zebra print tape. Stanley is OK with it. I think he just wants her to shut up.
Kate takes the lead and likes that Tu pretty much follows her direction. He seems to agree to and do anything she tells him.
Michelle made her own prom dress and she thinks girls don’t want anything that looks like somebody else. Michelle wants to use cammo and Amanda wants to use tie dye. They use neither and decide to create a new print.
Patricia is using her cut-out pattern technique again. Samantha is very nervous and doesn’t understand Patricia’s vision. Meantime Daniel thinks his dress looks like a big potato so he decides to make fabric first then work it on the manikin.
Tim meets with Stanley and Layana. Tim likes the skirt, but thinks the top needs more of a pop. Tim is not concerned about them. Patricia tells Tim she’s scared to death. Tim wants to know why he’s looking at so many different pieces and asks them if they are working smart instead of hard. He doesn’t think they are collaborating as a team and it looks like bride of the tin woodsman.
Tim meets with Daniel and Richard next. Tim tells them to have fun and be playful. He tells them to make a statement and theirs looks like a wow. Daniel and Richard are happy. Tim tells Amanda and Michelle they need to kick their design into high gear if they want to finish on time. Kate thinks theirs looks more like a costume than a prom dress. Tim tells Kate and Tu he has a problem with them pretending their dress is fabric rather than duct tape. Tim sees a flat lackluster effect and it’s forgettable. Kate is freaking out when Tim tells them they are not even remotely there yet. Kate turns to Tu for ideas about what to do.
Time is running out. Samantha thinks Patricia has talent but they don’t combine well. The models arrive. Daniel and Richard are very happy with their dress. Samantha thinks the added ruffles made their dress go from great to really bad. Amanda is hoping the right kind of kids show up to judge their dress. Kate doesn’t think the high school students are going to have much bad to say about their dress because it’s the most realistic. It’s time to go to the high school event. Patricia is worried about her and Samantha’s futuristic look. It looks totally different from everyone else’s design.
Daniel and Richard’s dress is all gold. Kate and Tu have a shiny denim blue dress. Michelle and Amanda’s dress is red and black. Patricia and Samantha’s dress is bright blue and silver. Layana and Stanley’s dress is black and zebra print with a big hot pink bow. I can’t wait to see what the high school kids think of them at the preview show. All of the designers are a little worried about how the teens will receive their designs.
Tim is the emcee for the preview show. He tells the students the designers just had one day to design the dresses out of duct tape. After the models come out and model their dresses, the students come over to see the dresses up close and ask the designers about their designs. Different students like different dresses so you really can’t tell which dress is the most popular with the students. The designers are listening to the critiques in case they decide to make some changes before they go before the judges the next day. Amanda and Michelle seem to have the least amount of teens commenting on their dress.
The next day, the designers tweak their designs before they have to go on the runway. Tim tells them to do whatever needs to be done to knock the judges’ socks off. Michelle and Amanda both love their dress but think they may have taken it a little too far, but Michelle doesn’t want to change anything about it. Daniel calls Patricia and Samantha’s dress the jiffy pop dress and Kate thinks Michelle and Amanda’s dress looks more like a costume than a prom dress.
Here we go. Heidi tells Patricia and Samantha they got the most votes from the students. Michelle and Amanda’s dress is a cool looking red and black which is shorter in the front and longer in the back. I really like it. Stanley and Layana’s dress is very pretty with black, zebra print and a big pink bow. It’s very girly. Daniel and Richard’s dress is all gold with ruffles at the bottom. It does look a little 80’s. Tu and Kate’s dress looks like a traditional prommy-type dress. It’s the only long dress and it’s in a mermaid style. Patricia’s and Samantha’s dress looks like something either an alien or a super hero would wear. I personally don’t like it, but it got the most votes from the teens. I just wonder how many of those teen girls would actually wear it to the prom; very few I would guess.
Patricia and Samantha’s model comes out first. They explain their design. Heidi loves their dress. Nina says the back is just fabulous and she’s not surprised it was a hit with the students. Chris thinks the proportion is a little tricky for him but he loves the idea of it. Zac loves the textile of the bottom and thinks it’s fun. The judges liken it to a Katy Perry look. That’s probably why I don’t personally like it. Samantha tells the judges Patricia should win if they are the top design because she came up with the idea.
Heidi asks Tu why theirs a long dress and he said he deferred to Kate. Heidi doesn’t respond to the dress at all. Chris calls it old fashioned and square. Nina tells them long is so old fashion and wonders why they chose that color for the dress. Nina says it’s such a cliché. Zac disagrees that the length is a problem but he doesn’t get any fantasy from it. Nina and Zac argue a little, and Zac tells Nina he designs for proms all the time, so there. Again Zac doesn’t have a problem with the length, it just doesn’t have enough pizzaz. Heidi says they are making it very hard because it’s Kate’s dress but Tu didn’t speak up so it’s not his design at all.
Stanley and Layana explain their dress. Nina says wow, so lovely and it’s very smart and three dimensional. She loves the bow, she loves the styling. Heidi thinks the girl who would wear that dress is a cool girl. Heidi doesn’t like the color of the petticoat. Zac thinks it’s terrific. Chris likes all the strange layers of inspiration it has. The designers say it was a collaborative effort from them both.
Chris personally loves Amanda’s and Michelle’s dress. Zac thinks the shape is fantastic. His only comment is he doesn’t like the side cut-outs. Nina tells them their dress is Gwen Stefani and the model is definitely a cool girl. Heidi tells them she’s really into the dress and they definitely had to do some math. Who should get the win? Amanda says it should be Michelle, but Michelle says it was 50-50.
Daniel and Richard are last and we know where this is going. Heidi tells them it looks like it’s from 20 years ago. She likes the tailoring, but Zac disagrees. The bust doesn’t fit well. Chris thinks it looks like old clothes. Nina says they went from heroes to zeroes and calls it la mariachi prom. She thinks it’s a train wreck. Heidi asks them if they think they make a good team. They both think they make a great team and love working together.
After the judges deliberate, I still don’t know who the winners will be. The judges seem to wondering about Tu the most and just who he is as a designer. Kate at least took credit for her dress and stood by it. Chris kind of understands where Daniel and Richard were coming from but they didn’t push it forward far enough. Zac is getting worried about Richard and Daniel.
The winning team is . . . Michelle and Amanda! Just think, Amanda came within an inch of going home last week and probably should have. Michelle is declared the winner of the challenge. $5,000 goes to Autism Speaks, which is cool. That means Patricia, Samantha, Stanley and Layana are safe and leave the runway.
The losing team is . . . Kate and Tu. Richard and Daniel are safe with their 80’s dress. I think we all know who is going home this week . . . Tu. He seems to be getting lost in the competition even though Kate was the most responsible for the look that night. Kate starts crying on the runway, but Tu is OK with it and thinks he deserves to go home. BIG SURPRISE! Kate is also out. I didn’t see that one coming!
The other designers can’t believe both of them are going home and they are in shock. Tu is not as upset as Kate about it. Now there are only 8 designers left and the competition is getting more difficult. The remaining designers really need to bring it from here on out.
Next week the models and clients are male dancers from Thunder from Down Under. Eye Candy!
Dukes of Melrose by Jill
Oscar and Felix, there’s a new odd couple in town. The “Dukes of Melrose” allow us mortals a peep behind the scenes of the high-end consignment world. Decades owners Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos dish the sass and class while selling amazing designer pieces to the rich, richer and richest customers on Melrose.
Christos aka “The Robin Hood Of Fashion” does not appear to be “robbing” the rich to help the poor. Instead, he does a great job finding new homes for the neglected items that have been forgotten amongst the Gucci’s and Pucci’s in the biggest closets of Beverly Hills. Prying the stylists’ fingers off a dazzling 2006 Prada bag, while surrounded by dozens of other designer bags, did not elicit a tear from viewers but it is fun watching it happen. Christos knows what he wants to pay and he gets that and more with every successfully obtained piece. There is a real glee in his eyes the moment he knows the bag is his.
On the flip side, Cameron is definitely more Duke, waiving his royal scepter, declaring a win no matter the cost of the piece. One client brings in two stunning designer gowns with a suggested consignment purchase price of over $50,000 for the pair. Did you hear the audience gasp at the price? That’s the cost of 2 very nice new cars. The Duke’s carefree style and keen eye for fashion is how he spots a true find that could end up turning into a grand profit for the store.
Christos frugal high-end wheeling and dealing might not be enough to counter Cameron carefree whimsy and unrestrained spending.
Their ying and yang relationship over running the store and trying to make a profit, heck just trying to pay their bills, requires a delicate balance.
As the previews for the season show, fights over money being spent and not enough coming in, create strain and tension between these two. One thing you can guarantee is there will be so much fashion eye candy on the show that viewers will tune in for a weekly fashion catwalk. It was fun to hear Rachel Harris dish about being a constant worst dress list nominee, but she keeps coming back. If their celebrity clients and friends continue to appear, maybe we will get to see a few more fashion hits and misses prior to their red carpet walks. So pull on your Jimmy Choo shoes and adjust your Chanel jacket because this season of Dukes if going to be one fashionably bumpy ride.
All photos pulled from Bravo site
No Saturday Blog – I’m Traveling
Friday Night Lineup, March 8th by BB
8PM – Fashion Star (NBC); Undercover Boss (CBS); Nikita (CW); Last Man Standing/Malibu Country (ABC); Kitchen Nightmares (Fox); Best Ever: Log Homes (HGTV); Four Weddings (TLC); Gold Rush – The Dirt (Disc); WWE (SyFy); Police Women of Dallas (OWN); Ghost Ships (NatGeo)
9PM – Grimm (NBC); Golden Boy (CBS); Cult (CW); Shark Tank (ABC); Touch (Fox); Extreme Homes (HGTV); Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta (TLC); Yukon Men (Disc); E! News Special (E!); Tanked (Anpl); Ghost Adventures (Trvl); Gold Rush Ghost Ships (NatGeo); Alpha Dogs (NatGeoWild); Game of Thrones (9:30 HBO)
10PM – Rock Center (NBC); Blue Bloods (CBS); Something Borrowed, Something New (TLC); Bering Sea Gold (Disc); Fashion Police (E!); The Dead Files (Trvl); Who the Bleep (ID); Wild Justice (NatGeoWild); Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Lineup, March 9th by BB
8PM – American Ninja Warrior (NBC); Cops (Fox); Too Cute! (Anpl); RHOBH First Look (Bravo)
9PM – 48 Hours Hard Evidence (TLC); My Big Redneck Vacation (CMT); Pit Boss (Anpl); Auction Hunters (Spike); Blackboard Wars (OWN); Oddities (Science); Deadly Sins (ID); Renovation Realities (DIY); Ripper Street (BBC); The Incredible Dr. Pol
10PM – 48 Hours (CBS); Flipping Boston (A&E); 48 Hours Hard Evidence (TLC); My Big Redneck Vacation (CMT); Savage Family Diggers (Spike); Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal (OWN); Scorned: Love Kills (ID); Graham Norton (BBC)
11PM – SNL: Justin Timberlake
Friday – Happy Birthday Pghemtchick
(this is her actual birthday, not yesterday)
Saturday – Happy Birthday majnon