Good afternoon, Project Runway fans! Last week, the designers crafted with bow ties provided by Tie the Knot, a fashion charity in support of gay rights. This week, they formed four teams and drove Lexus sedans to pick up materials from a vintage wallpaper store, a supermarket, and a party-supply shop. The goal? Work together to design an unconventional three-piece mini collection.

The good: Bradon, Alexander, and Miranda made a beautiful, white-themed collection – if I were a judge, this group would have won my vote. Also, the fruit detailing on Helen, Justin, and Dom’s pieces was an original and stunning touch. But ultimately, Jeremy’s strapless pencil dress was impeccably tailored, and Karen and Kate used their unconventional materials the best. (I mean, seed glitter and rice embroidery? Awesome.)

The bad (and the ugly): Sue was a mess. While her garment didn’t look much worse than Ken’s or Alexandria’s (Zac Posen on their collection: “The material is bad, the sewing is bad, and the taste is bad”), the fact that her model was still wearing her own clothes as they headed for the runway was unprecedented and sad. And let’s not discuss her issues with Ken, because they were both right – she can’t sew and he is a drama queen.

The last laugh: As Jeremy’s dress walked the runway, he told the camera, “I am blinded by its luminescence!” He also used the idea and shape of a stingray as inspiration for his garment. Talented? Yep. Amusing? You bet. I hope he sticks around, because it makes for a good combination.

With this elimination, it seems we’re finally down to a solid core of good designers. I doubt the drama is going away anytime soon, but at least we’ll have pretty things to look at for the rest of the season. And now, a serious question: Any theories as to how Sue got on this show in the first place? To weigh in, tweet us at @ruelala.

Catch you next week. Auf Wiedersehen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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August 16, 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.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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August 2, 2013

Hi again, Project Runway fans! Last week, the designers made publicity-ready outfits for Heidi Klum herself. This week, it’s the unconventional-materials challenge – and not only did the designers get to visit the flower shop, but they took a trip to the hardware store, too.

But before any shopping or sketching happened, Tim answered my question from last week regarding the inequality between the teams. Rather than let the Dream Team get picked off, he decided to shuffle things a bit. Stanley and Layana hopped over to the Dream Team, and Michelle joined Team Keeping It Real.

Each team had to create a cohesive line, and Stanley proved to be a great addition to the Dream Team by immediately giving them a direction – 1950s Dior. Team Keeping It Real, on the other hand, identified no such starting point, instead going with “well, let’s all use flowers.” Good times.

For once, the Dream Team seemed to have a solid handle on things while Team Keeping It Real crumbled. Joseph Aaron even said he wanted “flowers that look like brains and eat the model.” Sounds glamorous. Tim seemed to agree with Michelle, in that “it’s as if everything is designed by crazy people.”

The runway results were surprising based on the course of the season so far – but not so much when based strictly on this episode. The Dream Team’s line was stunning, between Samantha’s tulle-and-leaves skirt, Matthew’s surprisingly well-done mop top, and Stanley’s very retro, very Dior dress.

Over on Team Keeping It Real, both Patricia and Joseph Aaron showed dresses hindered by an overabundance of mismatched flora. I was also saddened by the hip bulges plaguing Daniel’s look. Add in the lack of cohesion, and this line just wasn’t as good, even if the judges didn’t seem to dislike it as much as I did.

The shake-up seems to have been a good thing – a leveled playing field means the weak links on each team will be at risk at some point or another.

Let’s see if the Dream Team can keep it up, or if Team Keeping It Real manages to rally for another win. Talk to you then. Auf Wiedersehen for now.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer 

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February 15, 2013