And not because of the fashion, because the fashion was just so-so, even from the winning team.
I loved this episode because it was less Project Runway and more Project Gretchen Bitchslap.
Project Under The Bus.
So. let’s get right to it.
They will become two teams of six and create a six-piece mini-collection using trends and textiles that are forecasted for Fall 2010. Trends like Minimalist, 50s Retro, Military, Menswear As Womens Wear, and textiles like Camel, Gold, Plaid, Lace, Animal Print.
Team Luxe–as they dub themselves–is Michael C, Gretchen, Christopher, Andy, AJ and Ivy. Peach calls them the Self-Proclaimed Superstars. April calls them a clusterfuck of egos.
I’m with April. Though it’s more a clusterfuck of ego…singular.
Team Military–or Team Misfit as they liked to say–is April, Peach, Casanova, Valerie, Mondo and Michael D.
The teams are told they will have one day and a budget of $1000. Peach is stunned, as she has never spent $1000 on fabrics, ever. And we know this because she does a lot of Barbie Shower Curtain and Sofa Fabric designs, and those are some cheap-ass fabrics.
So, without further ado….Let’s rip…..
They begin by vowing to be nice. It seems silly, but in the end, it worked for them. Who knew?
Val suggests doing Menswear as Womens Wear but Peach speaks up and says it can go flat if not done right. April suggests Military and they all fall in line, even Casanova, who says, I love military and lace. I am like a fish in the water.
Years of living with Carlos and this makes perfect sense to me.
The team begins to design and talk and share and riff off one another. They will each create their own look, but through embellishments and lace, they will create a cohesive look. It’s all very After School Special how well they get along.
Even a minor Val-Peach skirmish resulted in no hurt feelings and no bloodshed.
See, Peach wants some clarity on color choices and such, so that it’ll look like a collection and not just a collection of crap. Val just wants zippers and chains.
During Tim’s visit, he likes what he sees. He loves Mondo’s look, he likes Val’s zippers and chains; he helps Peach, and he calls Casanova out for being old.
And, like an old episode of Blossom where her boyfriend dumps her before the prom, Casanova runs from the workroom in tears.
He has his Diva Moment, and his team–Misfits With Hearts–comes to his side, each one trying to tell him that he’s good. But, says Casanova, I only design for old ladies, sluts and flamenco dancers.
True. I mean, isn’t that his aesthetic?
Lucky for Casanova I wasn’t in the room. And lucky for him Michael Drummond was; he actually, and I’m getting a little nauseous here, tells Casanova that his designs are….gag…..retch….hurl….”breathtaking.”
Yeah, Drummond, lying helps.
At least Val tells us that Casanova should “put his panties back on.”
But, in the end, it’s his model who gaives Casanove the courage to head back to the workroom. And he rips fabric and makes jokes and starts over.
And he comes through. In fact, they all come through. Their collection isn’t my favorite thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s very cool, very hip. Even Peach has made something that looks like a woman of today, and not a housewife from the 60s, would wear. It’s cohesive, yet each designer is represented.
Gretchen offers mild praise, but then tells Christopher that they will win.
With nary a moment to breathe Heidi announces the winner is Team….drum roll….Military, and they all clap and hug, and laugh and cry, while Gretchen and The Superstars appear stunned. They are even more stunned when Heidi banishes them to the Waiting Room, where they continue to talk about how beautiful their collection is, and how well they worked together and how they should have won.
Shaddup already, losers.
On the runway, Heidi says Team Military is fun and flirty and has a spirit and beautiful color. Guest judge, designer and co-founder of Marchesa, Georgina Chapman, of the sinfully delicious British accent, credits them for letting their own voice shine through, yet creating a collection that works as a whole.
Gretchen, in the workroom: “The only ‘thing’ that made it a collection was the lace.” Then she calls it a PR first that their ‘collaboration,’ or should I say, colla-BORE-ation, doesn’t look like any one of them.
Yeah, that’s good Gretchen.
I have a few words for Team Luxe. I fundamentally do not understand your behavior and demeanor and affect on the runway. I don’t get it.I don’t know why you allowed Gretchen to manipulate, control and bully you. I don’t understand it. And AJ? You’ve taken the bullet and now I have to send you to the workroom to clean up your space.