Hey there, Project Runway fans! Last week, everyone teamed up to create outfits from carnival-game prizes. This week, Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson brought bow ties from his charity, Tie the Knot, for the designers to incorporate into their looks. (The goal of Tie the Knot? “To advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and to look damn good while doing it.” We can get on board with that.)

The good: Dom’s material made me go cross-eyed for a second, but this piece really stood out once I recovered. I had less love for the color combo in Kate’s outfit – khaki and chocolate brown didn’t quite work – but the individual pieces rocked. And Bradon’s construction (read: bow-tie weaving skills)? Top marks. I also liked Jeremy’s tribute to his gran, who passed away during this challenge, even though the judges didn’t.

An honorable mention goes to Alexander for his bow-tie pride flag. A little literal, but still nice.

The bad (and the ugly): Oh, Sue. I have no idea how she spent so much money on materials, because this dress wound up looking like a black widow spider dragging pieces of web. Miranda should add variety to her portfolio and stop showing pencil skirts – especially with tops that look like that.

The ugliest thing that still needs mentioning? Sandro’s behavior this episode. Angry over not getting a critique (though Zac Posen was more than willing to offer that “it looked like the walk of shame after an awards show”), he started a fight with Helen and Ken before storming out, leaving a path of stunned assistants and overturned mannequins in his wake. Guy even punched a camera. Peace, Sandro.

The last laugh: There wasn’t a lot of laughter this episode with Sandro on his way to meltdown town (except for when he nicknamed Tim “Top Gun”), but I did get to hear the words “The pants are sick” come out of Nina Garcia’s mouth. Thank you, Kate, for making that happen. Plus, Bradon proposed to his partner of 18 years. It doesn’t get much sweeter.

My first guess at the Final Three: Bradon, Kate, and Dom. What about you? And who do you think should have gone home, regardless of what happened with Sandro? Tweet us at @ruelala and let’s chat about it.

Until next time, auf Wiedersehen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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August 9, 2013

Hello again, Project Runway fans! Last week, the designers created outfits to pair with diamonds. This week, it was the first team challenge – and the fabric came from prizes won at Coney Island‘s boardwalk (read: straw sombreros and stuffed animals), making this the second unconventional-materials challenge in just three episodes.

The good: My pick, hands down, was Alexandria and Dom’s adorable sharkmonster. Helen and Kate’s red sombrero dress had the judges swooning, too. It felt a little rough at the curves and waistline, but their creativity made it work.

The bad (and the ugly): Alexander and Justin’s attempt to rock some sherbet-hued plastic fell victim to a serious lack of editing, and Timothy and Miranda’s blue high-low dress and yellow vest were a bizarre mix of boring and horribly mismatched.

The last laugh: Everyone needs a little more Tim Gunn in their life – unless they’re Timothy, who couldn’t catch a break. Tim’s comments on his and Miranda’s design ranged from “hospital gown” to “Disney princess” (both accurate, but… ouch).

What did you think of Miranda’s outburst in the sewing room, and – on the other side of things – the blossoming “galmance” between Kate and Helen? Are you as happy as I am that team challenges will (hopefully) be few and far between this season?

Tweet us at @ruelala to chat about it. Until then, auf Wiedersehen.

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August 2, 2013

Hi there, Project Runway fans! Last week, Season 12 opened with a fresh batch of designers and materials literally falling from the sky. This week, they were asked to create evening wear based around diamonds – over $30 million worth. That’s right. Thirty. Million. Dollars. Here’s how it went:

The good: The designers showed us a whole lot of pretty on the runway. Kate and Justin both presented gorgeous, flowing gowns, though Kate’s bodice is what really won me over. I’m finally aware of Alexander – kind of like the first time a boy makes you laugh in grade school – thanks to the pop of yellow on his chiffon-loaded piece. And Bradon’s dramatic, sparkly dress showcased the diamonds brilliantly, which was, after all, the goal.

The bad (and the ugly): On the flip side, while Timothy transformed his dress entirely after Tim’s critique, its racerfront didn’t impress. Helen tried to make bust cups for the first time ever, and the result had her sobbing in the sidelines during the runway show. Kahindo’s camo cocktail dress, while sewn well, was just too simple to shine against those rocks. And the award for boxiest and most ill-fitting went to Karen’s blue number. I won’t tell you who the judges sent packing, but I will say this: Tim (wisely) opted not to use his save.

The last laugh: Let’s play a little game. Which designer said, “I’m not inspired by jewelry. I’m not inspired by money. We have to pick the prettiest diamond, and I think that that’s very superficial.”? Did you guess our unicorn-loving pal, Timothy? If so, you win! He also picked his fabric from the remnant bags at Mood, so I’m officially past being surprised by anything he does or says – though I’ll continue to laugh at it.

How about you, Runway friends? Did you have a favorite moment – whether it’s Justin switching off his hearing aid to avoid Ken and Sandro’s bickering, or Sue still being unable to work a sewing machine?

Talk to you next week. And, as always, auf Wiedersehen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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July 26, 2013

Hello there, Project Runway fans! It’s been awhile. Last season, the “teams” twist didn’t win me over completely, but this time, edits to the Runway formula have me riveted.

First, Kate from Season 11 was voted back. I didn’t hate her, so that’s nice. Also:

  1. The designers will manage their own money.
  2. The runway show is blind, so Heidi & Co. don’t know who made which piece. Plus, they get to inspect the garments up close and chat with Tim Gunn before making a decision.
  3. Tim gets to save one – just one – eliminated designer over the course of the season.

I still miss Michael Kors’s wit (love you, Zac!), but that last tweak more than makes up for it.

It’s tough to get to know the designers at the beginning, but a few stuck in my memory. Sandro sent his model out in clothing short enough for Lifetime to black out her crotch. Timothy refused to work a sewing machine or use chemicals – you know, like hair products and makeup – on his model. Justin is deaf (a Runway first). And Alexandria is that person who just knows she’s going to win.

To begin the show, the contestants raced for parachutes that fell from a plane overhead, which then became their primary material. I love the unconventional challenges, and this one didn’t seem so bad compared to Christmas ornaments and hardware.

The workroom drama this week revolved around the “sustainability-focused platform artist,” Timothy. He wouldn’t let his model wear shoes, but was okay with burning nylon and releasing fumes – all while saying things like, “We have to save the forest to keep the unicorns alive.” Agree with your message, guy, but not your method.

On the runway, aside from Sandro’s privates-revealing piece, no one loved Timothy’s zero styling and poor design nor Angela’s hooded poncho. Miranda was in the top until the judges realized most of her garment was not made from a parachute (an Unconventional Materials 101–level error).

There were also a lot of great pieces, though, like Jeremy’s colorblocked cargo pants, Bradon’s cording and huge train, and Sue’s ombré maxi dress.

I don’t know about you, but I’m all in for this season. Join me next week – and until then, auf Wiedersehen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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July 19, 2013