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Bad Mommy is BA-ACK! (Did I do the BA-ACK thing recently? I feel like I did. It all runs together). Unfortunately, she’s just the extra judge, not a fixture on the entire episode, which is unfortunate since she would have been a FANTASTIC critic during Tim’s rounds. On this week’s Project Runway, Laura Bennett returns as our designers make outfits out of car parts, and I’m not even joking. On a pop culture blog that I read, a commenter joked after last week’s episode that the only thing left for our designers was car parts, and as it turns out, he or she was right. There’s nothing witty to say about making clothes out of car parts. The joke is already there. So talk amongst yourselves.

“I want to just do something PRETTY!” Stella said that, and then her face melted off, because her body is not used to that kind of thought. We also got to see a picture of Stella’s boyfriend! I’m glad that they’re giving her a bit of dimension beyond her leatha, because I find her to be a compelling character. Car parts (metal, leatha, etc.) should be materials that feed her aesthetic, but even so, she went a bit outside of her normal look – in fact, I adored the idea of her pencil skirt, even though I think she had a hard time marrying the two aesthetics. She may be in trouble this week.

Keith continued his STUPID WHINING, and this time the other designers noticed. Apparently he’s offended by the fact that he has to make outfits that the judges like, indicating to me that he has never, not once, watched Project Runway before auditioning. And you know what that is? That’s his own stupid, whiney fault. Please, PLEASE let him go home this time. He flipped out on his model for, uh, sitting. Possibly he should have made an outfit that actually functions as clothing? Isn’t that KIND OF THE POINT? And then he blames the judges for shaming him into making a bad outfit. He was easily one of the worst this week, so I may get my wish.

The fact is, though, almost none of our designers created something unbearably heinous. I think this is the best we’ve seen from them all season, easily.

Again, Korto is my favorite this week. Her swingy, mod woven seatbelt coat was gorgeous, elegant, and completely chic – something I would covet if I saw it for sale online. Without close examination, I wouldn’t have guessed it was made of seatbelts at all, and to me, that’s a job very well done.

I love Leanne’s attention to detail on her bodice (really, on the entire dress), and it’s an incredibly unique silhouette that, despite its emphasis on the hip, did not make her model appear larger than she actually was. That’s a difficult line to walk, and she did it beautifully.

Jerell’s outfit looked like it fit his model like a GLOVE, the tailoring was impeccable, and he seemed to use at least a few materials that were non-fabric, a feat for which I genuinely applaud him.

I felt like all three of those outfits had a good chance of winning, and the judges picked Leanne this week, who I think deserved a win. She’s made strong clothes for almost every challenge that can tend to go unnoticed, and I don’t want her to get discouraged and start slacking. Although I loved Korto’s, as I almost always do, this is a decision that I can get behind.

So who DID suck? Well, like I mentioned before, Keith and Stella both kinda did, and they’re in the bottom two. I get my wish this week, however, and KEITH GOES PACKING! I emitted an audible “YESSSS!!!” when this occurred, and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to see someone auf’d. And then he cried like a baby and made it uncomfortable for everyone, all the more reason to get him off of my TV.

Ultimately, I don’t think that this episode used Laura’s fill-in for Nina Garcia to its best advantage, which was kind of disappointing, but the clothes more than made up for it. Designers are starting to pull away from the pack, and I thin Korto and Leanne will both make it to the final 3. I don’t know who else will be with them, but I happily anticipate both of their collections.

Next week, we get Diane von Furstenberg, and hopefully some fabulous patterns, as are her trademark. Hmmm, patterns…maybe they’ll bring Uli back as well? Probably not, but a girl can dream, right?

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  • dela

    Amanda, I agree with everything you wrote. Actually, the pairing of Keith’s tank top and Stella skirt would have made a nice outfit. For me, the worst outfit was Joe’s nascar type dress.
    All of the girls are better than all of the boys left on the show and I wouldn’t be surprised if we have an all female finale.
    Keith’s biggest flaw was his inability to fit (does he have any formal training?) and the challenge that he did win was probably because of Kenley. If he can’t achieve a perfect fit on a size 0 model how can he dress real women. I think he is overestimating himself.

  • Anoka

    Just wanted to say that i LOVED the fact that Stella’s boyfriend is named Ratbones. It made my night.
    Well, that and the fact that Keith got the boot.

  • bindc

    I missed last night’s episode but the gals in the office and I were chatting about it so I had to go online. Looking through the runway, as soon as I saw Keith’s I went “Eeww, boring” and then I saw Korto’s and went “Wow, where can I buy that?!”. Then I checked to see the winners and losers. Yeah, Keith HAD to go. I’m looking forward to watching the re-run so I can get the drama-rama.

  • me

    I wanted Keith to go home even before the episode started, and his behavior and sucky outfit just confirmed that for me. Really, what’s with eating his model’s head off for sitting down? And Stella provides so much comic relief I didn’t want her to go home. Ratbones?!?! Bwah-hah-hah! Go Stella! Korto’s design and finished product were freakin’ awesome, because- um- it’s Korto. She should win the whole thing. I really liked Leanne’s dress too; it deserved to win as it did.

  • Cathy

    You missed out on Terri – how awesome were those pants?!

    • You know, I totally did miss Terri this episode, you’re right. I went back and looked at her outfit, and although well-executed, I still agree with the winners. Her’s seemed a bit…car-y? I liked the others more because they made something feminine out of masculine materials, which is a bigger transformation, to me.

      But SHE is the other person in the Top 3. I knew I was forgetting someone I loved. I still think she should have won the drag challenge.

  • Meaghan Booth

    Okay so what is up with that black bag that Heidi walks out with at the beginning of every show??!?!?!? It looks like a velvet satchel with a gold rope that would be used on pillows or to tie curtains back. Clearly someone has to be paying her to carry it…but EVERY DAMN SHOW? What’s the dirt on this?!?

    • JamieH

      That’s the bag they draw the names out of- it’s not her personal effects.

  • Christina G

    Right? Terri’s work is amazing, it almost seems like she’s getting ‘the winner’s cut’!

  • Christina G

    >>> Okay so what is up with that black bag that Heidi walks out with at the beginning of every show??!?!?!?

    I think that’s the button bag, isn’t it? That they use if there is a tie or a draw?

  • kristen

    Honestly, I didn’t care for Korto’s jacket. I thought it looked like seat belts and it lacked movement. I was disappointed because I think she can do better. It also wasn’t very innovative. Jerell never impresses me. Leanne deserved that win this week, she’s been working so hard and I feel like it’s never noticed. And I agree, I’m excited Keith is gone. He was getting way too cocky – I understand cocky if you have talent, but that is something he is lacking.

  • cheetarah

    Hey Meg! You havent done a post about the black leather louis speedy, with louis written all over it,or maybe I missed it1 IT IS GAWJUS! and Im not a fan of LV at all! I saw it in French Vogue, July edition( along with watch me play the sister of the celine watch me work)…GAWJUS people gawjus..its over a thousand euros.

    Sorry this isnt bout Pjt runway!

  • I am getting sooooo tired of these idiotic challenges on PR. I want to see what the designers can do with fa-bric, people!!!

  • Ok, 2 days later & I’m still laughing over ‘Ratbones’. What was up with Keith Whiner’s skirt and the hole in the back?
    Bah-bye Keith! Leanna’s transcended the mousy-girl status into dessigner extraordinaire…still not to the Korto level, but pretty damn good. Her dress looked great even tho I’m not personally into the ‘bongo hips’ thing. Korto’s design was, as always, impeccable tho I couldn’t help but wonder if it wasn’t overwhelmingly heavy and stiff. If it was, the model didn’t let on (kudos to her).

  • Rashmi

    I too think that Leanne deserved it because hers was the best among the rest. Second choice for me is Korto.

  • Jane

    I called car parts last week, it wasn’t that hard to figure out from what they gave you.

  • faye

    Hi guys, does anyone know who dresses Heidi for each episode.
    I loved the dress she wearing in this particular episode – does anyone know who the designer is???