Rue Recap: Project Runway Goes Editorial

Hey there, Project Runway fans! Last week, the designers took an inspirational trip to the Guggenheim. This week, the challenge belonged to Nina – and not in the form of a dress for her own wardrobe. Instead, the outfit was to be shot on actress Jordana Brewster for an editorial feature in Marie Claire.

First, of course, the teams needed tweaking. “It’s time for each of you to design on your own,” Heidi said. Finally! But the twist (to keep it team-oriented) was that each designer had to work with and manage an assistant. (Three guesses as to who those assistants were.)

The “wretched Button Bag” (thanks, Michelle) helped Tim assign the eliminated contestants/assistants to their designers. Stanley and Tu became a team, as did Michelle and Amanda, Daniel and Samantha, Layana and Kate… and Patricia was once again left to work with Richard. Her thoughts on that? “I don’t have a prayer left.” Very optimistic.

Stanley put far too much pressure on Tu in the workroom, telling him over and over that mistakes were unacceptable. Michelle apparently forgot Nina’s instruction of “no pants and a T-shirt,” because that’s exactly what she showed to Tim. Layana and Kate worked together like a dream, whereas Patricia spent half the time giving Richard sewing lessons.

Patricia’s final product had a nice style to it – the judges liked the one-shoulder look – but ultimately the shape didn’t work in the context Nina needed it for. Daniel’s piece looked like an Easter outfit for Lady Gaga, but it had the benefit of being bold and unique. While Michelle’s green pants and white blouse were very well-done, they were not daring enough for an editorial fashion shoot – and they went against Nina’s instructions.

The judges loved Stanley’s multipiece look, and Nina said that the stylists would be able to do a lot with it. Layana made a beautiful armor-inspired piece with cobalt leather and metal links – but she gave Kate a lot of credit, saying she couldn’t have finished without her help. I’m still not positive Layana is strong enough on her own to show at Fashion Week.

What did you think of that cliffhanger ending?

I’m anxious to see what happens next week. Until then – auf Wiedersehen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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April 5, 2013