There’s no “i” in team – except when you’re a Project Runway fashion designer trying to impress Heidi Klum, et al, with your supreme vision.
As always, the Dior gloves came off as soon as the designers had to pair up in twos to create the team leader’s high-end signature look.
From the commercial teases, Atlanta resident Anthony and Seth Aaron seemed to be two grizzlies ready to charge each other. Watching the show, it quickly became clear they were just roughhousing cubs, complete with pet names (“Ant” and “Papa”).
Miya was increasingly annoyed by Jay. She felt like he was a little too lax since he had immunity this week (to be fair, isn’t that the unspoken benefit of immunity?)
In the end, it was off-kilter but sweet Ping who tasted power and needed a little Prozac. She and Jessie were at each other’s throats about the designs, materials, models – everything. Of course it didn’t help that everyone also had to complete a second “look for less” with a mere $50. Ultimately, Ping reminded Jesse that “I’m the team leader!” while he said was trying “to rein in the crazy.”
Mila, who partnered with Jonathan, won with her with sporty pant suit. The judges loved the clean, graphic print and separates (Michael Kors noted it was logical for how real people dress. Seems ironic since his clothing and handbags are rarely priced for “real people”). They hated the budget baby doll dress.
Jay and Maya created a classic Hollywood gown with a very dramatic scalloped shoulder. It was given modern sensibility by the opposite shoulder, which was sleek and bare. Their second look, which seemed a bit black and bland at first, had a lot of textural interest on closer inspection. The judges thought this budget look put the pricey inspiration to shame.
Ping and Jessie
Ping was eliminated after her signature look reminded judges of the Statue of Liberty. In her signature move, the poor model was draped in fabric, but this time she had to hold the yardage. I’ll admit that I thought the top of the dress was beautiful – minus the tail – but you can’t wear half of a dress. Their second look was blah, blah, boring.
Anthony and Seth Aaron
Team leader Anthony ended up in the bottom two this week, but Seth had his back to the end, taking 50-50 share of blame for the gown judges said was for a “cotillion party in the South from hell.” They said it was too costumey, and Anthony asked them, “What would you have done to have made it more modern and forward thinking?” LOL. After reminding him he’s the designer, Nina Garcia said simply, “both [looks] are really ugly.” Maybe it’s the Southern Belle in me, but I liked the signature gown.
Noting gown colors of black, yellow and red
Asked of Jay, who seemed comfy with immunity
A final mirror check before leaving the apartments
To Papa Seth when Tim Gunn stopped by the work room
Seth got saucy when he was picked by Ant for this challenge