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So, here we are again. It’s a familiar place. This week on Project Runway, we had another challenge in which our designers were asked to take some money and buy some fabric and make an outfit. Yawn. Where are the corn husks and car parts and recycled water bottles of seasons past? All of these people should be able to make perfectly serviceable outfits out of $150 worth of fabric.

Or you would think so, at least. But because this season is full of fail, that’s not the case. What the designers were asked to do – make an outfit based on a popular vacation destination – was reasonable and also ridiculously easy, but still, some people failed. At least this week, it was the usual suspects. The thinning of the heard continues, as does Irina’s insistence on making me want to punch her in the throat.

And I hated her even more this episode because she did well, and I want to see her fall on her stank face (seriously, she ALWAYS looks like she just smelled a particularly heinous fart.) Michael Kors (who was the guest designer that they met with this week, which was silly since he’s on the show’s cast, he’s not a guest) charged the designers with making outfits based on locations around the world that have inspired his own line. Tim Gunn pulled the designers’ names from the Velvet Bag of Choosing and they chose their places, all with very obvious aesthetics that should have been easy to design around.

But some of these people can’t even make a decent outfit when the inspiration is LITERALLY handed to them, so what should have been easy actually went pretty badly. As I mentioned, however, Irina was in our top three, as were Carol Hannah and Gordana. Gordana chose New York City, so she made a little grey cocktail dress that was quite cute, except for the bejeweled neck piece, which was not cute, it was FABULOUS. I must have one IMMEDIATELY. In necklace form. Please and thank you. The rest of the dress was a bit meh, but the necklace won me over immediately. If anyone knows of a similar one that I can order on the internet somewhere, LINK ME, PLEASE.

Carol Hannah chose Palm Beach (which I always get mixed up with Palm Springs, so I was a little confused for most of the episode, I was expecting a golf outfit) and made a very pretty patterned maxi dress. Irina had chosen Aspen, so she made a poop-colored ensemble with pants, a sweater with an enormous cowl neck, and a faux fur vest.

And I hate myself for saying this, and I hate Irina even more for making me say it, but Irina was the obvious winner here and was rightfully recognized by the judges. The 80s are all the rage right now, and her outfit was a total 80s aprés ski moment. It obviously fit her destination and was reasonably well-executed. So, another one goes to that woman.

I think a lot of her success was because she chose her location well, however – cold weather clothing is much more textured and interesting than that of warm weather, and a vacation destination has a much more obvious look than a city (although I would have loved it if Gordana had taken the opportunity to do a glam-grunge 80s NYC club look, a la Marc Jacobs Fall 2009).

But as is always the case this season, we also had several woefully terrible outfits. Logan made jeans, a tank top, and a vest, but his destination was Hollywood, and for some reason that’s all he could come up with. He should have at least tried for some Olsen Twin Derelicte insanity or SOMETHING. But boringness is not the same as terribleness, so he’s still around, despite his astonishingly obvious mediocrity.

Our bottom two were designers that are familiar with the position: Nicolas and Christopher. Which is too bad, because I was just starting to LIKE Nicolas. Since Irina became the obvious villain, Nicolas has been getting a much kinder edit. His assignment was to make a Greek outfit and he didn’t make anything remotely Grecian, which he admitted, and I kind of respect him for so directly rejecting the premise of such a thoroughly lame challenge. Which is not to say I liked his outfit – the top was kind of interesting, but the pants were kind of odd and not particularly flattering.

And then there was Chris, who had Santa Fe, and whose outfit I didn’t hate quite as much as the judges apparently did. In the workroom, it looked like the prairie dresses that those weird polygamist sects that live out in the middle of nowhere force their women to wear, but he had an epiphany and hacked the floor-length skirt into a mini, which was a moment of clarity that he really needed to have. His color scheme wasn’t one that I would wear, but it definitely reminded me of New Mexico, although the judges didn’t agree. Everyone DID think that the leather belt he made was cool, though, and as it turned out, that’s probably what saved him.

Yes, that’s right, Nicolas was the one that went home, just when he was starting to be kind of likable. Too bad, too. I don’t think he was right for this competition, but Christopher has been so horrendously bad for the past several challenges that I felt fairly certain that he would be the one to be auf’d.

And if there’s one person I wish WASN’T leaving, it’s guest judge Milla Jovovich. I loved her! She was insightful and snarky and got all sad when Nicolas left. Plus, I wore a Jovovich-Hawk dress to my college graduation and got lots of compliments! I would be totally willing to trade Heidi for her.

I don’t remember what happened in the previews for next week, honestly. Well, except for that Althea says that she hates Logan because he steals her collar from the Bob Mackie challenge, so, fine. That happens. Maybe they’ll get rid of Logan next. He needs to go, as does Christopher.

  • Claire

    Trade Milla for Heidi, ouch!!

    Logan should go.. but he’s sooooo cute!

  • tadpolenyc

    agreed! i’ll trade milla for heidi. if anyone needs to be auf’ed, it’s her…and christopher. jeez. how crappy does his design have to be for him to be voted off?! i can’t wait to see the monstrosity he creates when he finally does get the boot. it’s going to be epic.

  • BLynnT

    I have to agree that I could never trade Milla for Heidi! With that said however, I think Milla should be the permanent sub for whenever Michael or Nina decide to be MIA (which has happened surprisingly often this season). And frankly, if they are both MIA one week, just leave the other seat empty and edit in twice as many Milla quotes!

  • dela

    This was labeled as “Around the World” challenge, yet the could only come up with two non-American cities. Shanghai, Mumbai, Rio De Janeiro would have made for far more interesting tasks. And if I want to see Palm Beach etc., I can look at Michael Kors resort/ Spring collections every year. Playing it too safe!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I agree – what about letting someone attempt harajuku style with a Tokyo option? Or minimalism with a Berlin option? I would have loved to see the colorful silks and beading that we could have had with a Mumbai option. And Hollywood? WTF? Didn’t we already have a SoCal style challenge? Or several?

  • HandbagReport

    I thought Milla was great too! The challenge was boring and I’m so happy to see one of the guys go home! They’re all equally clueless!

  • PhotoGirl

    How did they bore me? Let me count the ways.

    Did Nicholas not say at one point that his top was looking “too Grecian?” For that alone, he should have been sent home.
    The “guest designer” was Michael Kors? What the F?
    I didn’t think Christopher’s Sister-Wife outfit was that bad, but what was that foolishness that Logan sent down the runway?

    Milla was the bright spot. Let’s have her back and send Heidi home. One day you’re in and the next, you’re out!

    I really hate having to watch Lifetime for even an hour each week. Really. Hate. It.
    Not digging Irina at all.

    Gordana: please start selling those necklaces immediately! You will make a fortune. I want one and I want it now.

  • Cathy

    When was the last time that Christopher WASNT in the bottom 3? I almost choked when he said he had been in the top 3 a lot. One of them was a even a partners challenge!

    When is someone gonna stand up and like, bitch slap Irina? Please make this happen, reality TV.

    Gordana’s necklace reminds me of some of the stuff I’ve seen by marquis & camus (marquisandcamus.com) but I just looked and they don’t have anything quite like this particular necklace.

  • JenG

    Project Runway need to run all the way back to Bravo! This has got to be one of the reason why the show is so boring this year!

  • reese

    This season is so ……………..YAWN…………… I actually force myself to watch. I fear it has jumped the shark… Now that would be a challenge.

  • Mika

    Irina’s outfit was really boring…it’s nothing new. All her outfits are in fashion now but I don’t see any fresh ideas. And why always nude!?!?

  • Madame Suggia

    “This week on Project Runway, we had another challenge in which our designers were asked to take some money and buy some fabric and make an outfit. Yawn. Where are the corn husks and car parts and recycled water bottles of seasons past? All of these people should be able to make perfectly serviceable outfits out of $150 worth of fabric.”

    But surely that’s the whole point? I’d argue that it’s actually easier to ‘create’ something from garbage/groceries/medical waste/whatever…all you need is a glue gun, a wacky idea and an ego the size of New Jersey…. it worked for Santino! But it’s a hell of a lot harder to actually cut, fit and make a beautiful garment or outfit, for $150, in 2 days, WITHOUT producing a boring look.

    Personally I love the new challenges but LA? Nina/MK no-shows? ‘Guest’ judges? Crap, I say.

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