Okay, enough about that. This week’s episode unfolds with the remaining six designers gathering on the runway. Heidi brings out a slew of average, fairly schlumpy American women. Notes Jerell: “Clearly, these are mothers, but I don’t see Korto’s or mine,” basically pointing out that only white women were invited to be in this challenge. Way to go, Project Runway producers.
Turns out they’re moms of a group of recent college grads, and the younger women will be getting a major makeover at the hands of the Project Runway team. We love makeovers! And, at the risk of being rude, some of these gals could use a little spruce-up. Is crazy hair color what the kids are into these days? But they’re all delightfully game for the challenge—even the poor girl who gets paired with Goatee Joe.
Kenley is thrilled to be matched up with a little vintage-loving gal named Anna. She immediately tells her, “I got the cute girl!” Um, did she just completely insult Korto and Leanne? The volume on Kenley’s voice seems to have jumped about five decibels at this point in the season, and we’re thrilled when the camera finally cuts away from her shrill, self-involved screams. Boy, how the mighty have fallen.
The designers are off to Mood Fabrics to pick out materials. There’s lots of running around and buying ugly fabrics—um, purple-and-tan Pucci prints, Suede? Really? Each designer takes a cute trip down memory lane to think about her own postcollege positions, and the gals and their moms are back to critique the clothes. Leanne’s clients turn up their noses at the cool neckline on the dress she’s making. Says Jerell, “We were all wondering who would get the ‘hedda lettuce’ in this competition, and it looks like it’s Leanne.” Aw, poor Leanimal.
We admit we kind of glaze over at this point. Seriously, we are done looking at Suede’s hideous purple-print concoction and Joe’s pinstripe mess. Things perk up a bit when Tim announces a special guest and a cute Asian girl comes in. Project Runway’s long history of D-list guests has left both the designers and me wondering if we’re supposed to recognize this woman. It turns out she’s the Tresemmé hair expert to help with the makeovers. Um, no offense, Tresemmé, but we would not let someone with such a seriously uncute haircut touch our own hair.
Snooze, snooze, snooze. Tim makes his rounds of the designers’ outfits, and we’re forced to watch Goatee Joe defensively justify his pinstripes. Kenley bristles at Tim’s design suggestions—oh, Kenley, when will you learn that you do not mess with our Tim?—and barks boastfully about how she never bothers to listen to him.
We have a flurry of finishing up, and a lot of smack-talking, in which Suede’s flared-sleeve concoction is described as so “Selena” and “very 1992,” and we’re all off to the runway. The poor girls are forced to clomp awkwardly up and down the catwalk, but it’s totally endearing how their moms are so excited about it.
Jerell wins for ably taking his client from geek to chic, and then it’s down to Suede and Joe—no real surprise there. Suede looks like he’s about to throw up (does anyone else think he’s really struggling with the stress at this point and just looks awful in every episode?), but it’s Joe with his goatee, mullet, and chain necklace who is finally going home.
The countdown to Bryant Park continues! Next week, the trash talking rises to a whole new level. Plus, Tim seems to take Kenley down a notch—thank goodness. The finale is near—we can’t wait!
Read last week’s post here , and check back next Thursday for Betsy’s Project Runway recap.