So I came in to this week’s episode ten minutes late today…kinda forgot it was Wednesday, honestly! So, uh, what in the world is the challenge this week? Mothers and daughters? But are they designing for both? Seems like only for the daughters, and possibly a job-hunting outfit…and Suede is still talking in the third person. And he’s still, you know, on the show. Hmmph. This will never do. You know how this works by now – good stuff happens after the jump.

Actually, this challenge is kind of cool. Selecting clothing with mom around is always doubly difficult, even at these girls’ ages (which happen to be basically the same as my age!). Even though they don’t have to wear the clothes themselves, moms always have something they do to undermine you and make you panic over the choices you’re making, even if they’re good choices. My mom’s move is looking over her imaginary glasses at me and saying “aMANdaaa…”

…and mom also reads this blog…shout-out to Mama Mull!

Ahem. Like I said, good challenge.

…is that freakin’ Tila Tequila???? No, it’s not. Whew. Just looked like her from the side. I was going to flip out for a second. As it turns out, she’s going to help with the daughters’ makeovers and styling. Good. I panicked a little.

For this challenge, I miss Terri even more. So many of these folks don’t know WTF they’re doing when they’re trying to make a tailored, clean-looking jacket, and Terri had it down. Straight Guy Joe, Suede, Leanne are all annoying me a little bit with their jacket choices. Leanne rarely makes a misstep, and I hope they don’t punish her for this one. Makes me nervous.

Kenley’s having some issues too, although she’s not self-aware enough to realize that pink tulle sticking out of a dress is kind of, uh, tacky. Kenley is almost as annoying as Suede at this point, and that’s a really dubious distinction. She found a little “mini me” of a girl to design for, though so it kind of looks appropriate on her. Even though I’d like to say mean and nasty things and see her crash and burn.

Speaking of issues – Suede has way more than just his odd, bell-sleeved jacket. As one of the other designers said, the whole look is kind of 90s, although I hate the jacket a lot more than the dress. The dress is…ugh. I hate Suede. A lot. In order for Kenley to lose this challenge, she would have to be worse than Suede, and…well, that’s not possible.

Leanne. Leanne, my dear. You do such great work. The dress? It’s cute, really cute. But it’s not for a kindergarten teacher, who will probably have play-doh smeared on them at some point during the day. And the jacket is really not cute.

And Straight Guy Joe? Well, he managed to take a cool, artistic girl and put 30 lbs on her body and make her look like she was going to a costume party with an 80s theme. It was bad. It was on a Suede level of bad. Silhouettes like that are not good on a chest-y girl (and this chest-y girl outta know), and Straight Guy Joe didn’t seem to have any idea that a lot of people (particularly those in creative industries – his girl was a graphic designer) don’t wear suits to work. And ultimately, although I don’t think it was was possible to be worse than Suede for this challenge, Straight Guy Joe goes home. I’m kind of ambivalent about this – both he and Suede should have been done a long time ago, so at least ONE of them got the boot. I’m calling it now – Suede is gone next week. Please, God, let me be right.

Korto and Jerell’s Designs

As far as winners go, there were only two people that didn’t suck in some way, shape, or form this week – Korto and Jerell. Korto’s was cute and something a ton of women could buy and wear in a variety of ways, but Jerell was probably the most obvious winner of any challenge thus far.

His outfit was sleek, thoroughly modern, and very high-end. It probably helped that he got the only client with a model-like body, but his taste level has been surprisingly high lately, and I think he would have done something just as good for a regularly sized woman. Plus, his client loved how she looked so much that I thought she was going to cry, and the ultimate test of anyone’s clothes is how his customers feel in them.

Next week, according to the preview, is some kind of outrageous and crazy challenge. Yeah yeah, Project Runway producers, I’ll believe it when I see it. I’d be very surprised if they have anything that zany left up their sleeves. After they make dresses out of car parts, I don’t think they’re going to shock me anymore. But, you never know. What do you guys think it’ll be?

Share Your Thoughts With Us

  • Rashmi

    Hi Amanda, I feel that Korto and Jerell will be on the top three for sure. I want Leanne to be the other one but I think Kenley might end up on the top three. Kenley’s very annoying, isn’t she?

  • I think they’re both in for sure as well, and they HAVE to let Leanne in! It might just be tricky editing, but it looks like Kenley might get lit up in the next episode. Jerell has a lot of momentum, I didn’t think he was very good at first but I’ve loved his stuff for the last two challenges. I’ve heard that Leanne’s runway show was beeeyoootiful (all of the designers that were still around this week showed at Bryant Park so as to not tip off the media as to who the final 3 were), so hopefully she’ll make it!

    And I want to punch Kenley in the face pretty much all the time. I’ve gone from liking her to really hating her. She’s *so* irritating.

  • Yolanda

    I must say, I wasn’t crazy about any of the outfits, but Jerell’s was cute, flattering and wearable. Straight guy Joe’s was horrible. I knew he’d being going home when we heard from him A LOT this episode. And that suit couldn’t have been worse. You find me one fashionable woman under 30 who wants to wear a Navy Pinstripe, and if she does, it’s in the form of a cute vest or something. NOT an 80’s suit with a pocket scarf or whatever that was. Joe actually managed to make something more hideous than Suede’s ugly-ass early 90’s creation. The jacket, FRIGHTENING. The dress, BEYOND tacky. Leanne, just blah, and she didn’t get the challenge. We’re talking kintergarten teacher, on the floor with students, getting fingerpaint in their hair, Kintergarten. And Kenley, yeah, the dress was OK, but this girl is lacking in range. And she is getting more irritating by the minute. I’ve also gone from liking her to hating her.

  • Ditto on Kenley. If I see another ball of tulle hanging out of a dress I’m gonna gag. If you can trust the teasers, it looks as if TG does a smack down on her about her attitude. She didn’t get mouthy and arrogant until the DVF challenge…they never should have let her get away with it. Could straight-guy have possibly made something worse? It was so incredibly sloppy. Yeah, I’m betting on Suede for next week’s ‘auf’ (if there is a god). Top 3 is looking like Korto, Leanne, & Jerrell. Leanne has the artistry down, but I don’t know if she’s confident & forceful enough to run her own line. I’m hoping Korto comes out on top.

  • emily*

    I used to LOVE Kenley, but lately she’s been driving me nuts. She seems very arrogant. But I must say I do love her dresses, though they’re beginning to become a bit monotonous. Jerell is my new favorite! He’s great.

    I think the challenge was designing for recent college grads with their mothers’ present.

  • peace43

    Kenley drives me nuts!! Very arrogant! I think Jerell, Korto, and Leanne will be the top three! Their collections looked the nicest at Bryant Park (go to to view). I think actually that Jerell’s collection was the best – very sophisticated.

  • What a disastrous show!!! The clothes were the worst I’ve seen come out of PR.
    Other than Jerell’s outfit (so chic!) and Kortos’s jacket, it was all crap.
    Leanne’s dress looked amazing before her clients changed the whole thing.
    Joe’s was a baaad blast from the past.
    Suede’s… Like Nina said. No comment.

  • ATLCutie

    I too liked Leanne’s dress before she changed it. I didn’t like Korto’s dress, while she does make really beautiful clothes, she has been kinda overrated to me. I have always like Jerell, and felt he has been underrated all season. So I too agree that it will be Korto, Jerell, and Leanne in the top three. Kenely has to go, her attitude is over the top, and it almost came from no were. She was pleasant until the DVF Challenge, but now she needs to go. Just kicked her and Suede off next week and be done with them.

  • Yivchan

    I think that Kenley completely lucked into a ‘winning’ style cos her client was someone who had the same style as herself and liked the kind of vintage dresses that kenley ALWAYS does….
    she is SUCH a one note and while i really don’t want her in the top 3…its looking pretty bleak…

    leanne ftw!

  • guccicoo

    Jerell, Korto and Leanne should be in the top 3. This show is kind of funny. I remember when Laura was on there I thought that she should have won!!!!!!!!! Everything she made you could have worn right now!!!!!

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