Despite the fact that none of our designers can ever hope to be as spectacularly talented as Christian Siriano was two season ago (or as any of the top four were that season, really), they still continue to plug away at this thing we call Project Runway, even though it’s on a network that no one watches and it directly competes with Real Housewives. Not a good time slot decision, Lifetime execs.
Anyway, I digress. We have, what, like six or seven designers left? I’ve lost count. There are a bunch of chicks and only two dudes left, and the dudes are kind of fail-tastic. Christopher started strong and faltered, while Logan simply managed to sneak in to the next episode every week by not blowing his entire fail load on any one outfit thus far. That doesn’t mean he’s any good, it just means that he’s been slightly less offensive than someone else, time after time.
So did his card get pulled this week, or did another member of his mediocre brethren face Heidi’s tall, Germanic ax? Make the jump to find out.
This week, the designers were asked to look to their best outfit from the past to create a new look. Everyone but Logan has won a challenge and those looks were used for them, but he hasn’t even been in the top three, so they just chose a random dress that I don’t even remember for him to use to create his second outfit.
And apparently that random dress had some zipper on it somewhere, I don’t know where, because he bought like a million of them at Mood and made a collar out of them. Too bad Althea had done that a few weeks ago in the Bob Mackie challenge. Understandably, she gets mad and goes to Irina to talk smack about Logan behind his back. And really, I think that may be Irina’s only redeeming quality – she’d be a good person to snark with.
Ultimately, though, Althea decides to take the high road and not say anything on the runway, which is the correct decision. Project Runway history shows us that those who complain about copying or cheating to the judges just look like mealy-mouthed jerks, and it’s best to not look like that on national television if possible.
Irina, though? Irina wouldn’t know the high road if you pushed her out of a moving vehicle on to it. Because she made a big sweater in the last challenge, she’s decided that no one is ever allowed to make a big sweater again, ever. Althea’s design contains one, although its shape and feel are completely different than Irina’s previous effort (or the one that she makes for her new challenge), and Irina calls her out on the runway for it, in spite of their previous bonding over the Logan issue.
The judges were unimpressed by Irina’s accusations because they’re never particularly impressed with stuff like that, and both looks were in the top three along with Carol Hannah and her cute little frock. I was kind of disappointed that she didn’t do something with a bit of the feathers and sequins that appeared on her Bob Mackie dress (which was my favorite look of the entire season thus far), but what she made was perfectly serviceable.
But it was Althea that took the win this week, much to Meana Irina’s chagrin and my utter delight. Not because Althea’s outfit was that great – her pants would be unflattering on anyone other than a model, although I liked her big, ridiculous sweater – but because I just like seeing Irina scowl when someone else wins. Hopefully her face will freeze that way eventually.
It’s also worth noting that the top three this week are the ones most likely to make it to Fashion Week – Althea, Irina, and Carol Hannah are easily the best designers left standing (although Epperson and probably Ra’mon should still be in the mix, ideally), and now we’re just a party to the slow death march that is the elimination of Logan, Christopher and Gordana. Although considering the bad judging so far this season, it wouldn’t surprise me if one of them managed to sneak in to the final three.
Although it won’t be Logan. His zipper extravaganza got him eliminated this week, although I don’t think it was the worst look on the runway. That dubious distinction belongs to Gordana, who made a flaccid grey blazer that appeared to be straight out of a discount store in 1994. I’m comfortable with Logan’s elimination, though – he’s been the most consistently bad of the remaining designers, and at this point, does it really matter in which order the riffraff are removed?