Friday, October 09, 2015

PR 14 Ep 10: The One That Drives Tim ... and Me ... F**king Crazy

Ah, the ‘real women’ challenge; the challenge that really puts the designtestants to the test because they have to be themselves and please a client all at once. And this time the clients are women from the Project Runway crew, who know the show, know the designers, and know what they like and don’t like.

I sense some ugly coming on.

The designers meet Tim in the workroom with Sally Beauty Consultant Liddy Bisanz and Sally Beauty Lead Hair Stylist Gregory Patterson … woof … who give them the challenge of making over these crewmembers, both in their fashion, and in their hair and make-up.
Luckily, it’s a two-day challenge — though some needed at least a few days more — and another trip to Mood — though we didn’t get any Swatch … again!

Let’s rip …
Talent Manager Ashleigh is paired with Kelly and they seem to be a perfect fit. Kelly wears mostly overalls and she wants Kelly to design some … overalls; albeit grown-up and chic overalls in leather or pleather or vinyl or some such.

Kelly likes until the fitting when she says the pants make her vagina look huge — I will not go there — and she worries about “diaper butt.” Tim is also worried that Kelly will bedazzle the look and suggests instead that she add a third piece and keep it simple.

I definitely listened to Ashley and I kept ‘me’ in there.

Overall, she made overalls for a girl who wears overalls. Dressy overalls, yes, but, overall, I was less than impressed.

Nina loved that Kelly really listened and that she didn’t go ‘Kelly’ on the look by embellishing it to within an inch of its life. Heidi loved the makeover and called the look modern and sophisticated.  Zac loved the fabrics and that Kelly took overalls and ‘elevated’ them. Guest judge, and star on Lifetime’s UnReal, Shiri Appleby liked it better without the vest, though her co-star, Constance Zimmer, loved that it was a feminine overall.

Kelly scores a win, though, again, overall, I was less than impressed.
Camera Assistant Katie wants Kelly but gets Merline and she is a’scurred of Merline’s boxy ginormous coats. As the two sit and chat, Katie says she wants fun and flirty pants and crop top and Merline suggests tights and a coat. Katie had to be held down at the mere mention of a Merline Coat.

And so Merline makes her … a coat; and a coat so big that Katie feels she looks like a penguin. Tim tells Merline that they needn’t compromise — by making the coat more fitted — but treat this as a marriage where both client and designer are represented; a theme Tim sees as a thread … Get it? Thread? Designers? I’ll stop … running throughout the room.

I’m super-excited to see Katie rocking it.

It’s cute, but I’m over the gray and black theme from Merline, and the skirt is waaaay too tight.

Heidi loved Katie’s shaved head and loved the look, too. Nina called the look stellar, while Shiri liked the vest-coat and the tank top underneath.

Merline is Safe.
Desiree, a sound mixer, is chosen for him, and she’s a bit nervous about the whole thing until he hugs her, and her worries flutter away. I mean, a bear hug from The Adorable Edmond™ would make me forget just about everything so … where was I?

She wants a rain coat, and The Adorable Edmond™ gives her that, as well as a pant that, even on the mannequin, has camel toe. And as Desiree tries on the coat she wonders where the design is, and where The Adorable Edmond™ is, in it. The Adorable Edmond™ did the opposite of Merline and tried to make exactly what his client wanted and forgot to interject himself into the process.

He switches it up, and gives the coat The Adorable Edmond™ Treatment and scraps the pant and top for a dress, even going so far as to weave fabric through the mesh top creating his own textile.

This is not the look I would have created.

I like it … separately. The coat is very casual and the dress is not, though both are well-made.

Heidi was not a fan because the two pieces don’t mesh; but she loved the woven mesh of the top that The Adorable Edmond™ created. Shiri thought there were too many elements to the pieces and it should have been edited. Nina said the look should have been effortless and wasn’t; and she also agreed that the two piece don’t work together.

As there was a lot of crap further down the runway, The Adorable Edmond™ is also safe.
Challenge Assistant Nicole, who is a plus-size gal, loves that she got a designer who specializes in that aesthetic. But then the tears erupt because suddenly Ashley doesn’t know what she’s doing — except for once again buying a hideous print at Mood … which leads me to believe that maybe they have an Ugly Print Section.

Nicole wanted sleeves; Ashley gives her sleeveless; she wanted flirty skirt, Ashley gives her a pencil skirt. And Ashley cries again.

I’m most concerned about making her look older …

… and wider, with that peplum, and sadder, with the hideous print and the sad color palette.

Zac hated the proportions and the print, and wondered how Ashley bombed in what could have been her moment to shine. Heidi also hated the fabric and the unflattering silhouette. Constance said the peplum, rather than Heidi a flaw, drew attention to an area that maybe should have been the focus. Shiri thought the mix of fabric and the peplum cut Nicole into pieces … which cannot be a good thing. Nina also said the color choices were unflattering and demanded that Ashley stop crying.

For a hot minute when it seemed two people would go, I thought Ashley would have to pack her Kleenex and head to the bus stop; but she’s Safe.
Model Wrangler — and I’m picturing models being lassoed and herded into the workroom which pleases me immensely — Monique is kinda thrilled at being the model this week. 

Candice, as usual, goes leather and tight and corset and pencil skirt, but, as Tim pointed out, it was Candice-Lite … and something Nicole could have bought at H&M that morning.
So Candice, too, starts over and goes nuts with leather trims and pops of blue and a sheer overcoat and piping and tight and slits and … somebody call a Call Girl?

She looks really sexy, strong and confident.


Heidi was not happy, calling the look cheap and tawdry, while Zac thought it was a perfect design … for a hooker on the street. Nina thought it too boudoir and said the clothes were wearing the model, not vice versa. Shiri could only wonder where in the world this girl was going, and Constance said, “To Comic Con;” she did add that at least Candice tried and that there was some effort and design.

Candice, perhaps because she's shown what she can do, is Safe.
He gets Production Coordinator Jennifer who really wants a makeover but worries about giving the control to someone else. She tells him she wants sleeves, and she wants a look that goes from day-to-night, from work to dinner. And he hears “Bombshell.” And he wants sexy and tight and, yeah, he doesn’t listen.

And he doesn’t really work on the garment and when Tim and Jen check in, the next day, he literally has nothing for her to wear. He’s made some simple — seen it before — wrap top in tight leather and tight sleeves and a neoprene and leather skirt. Jen is not happy; Tim is pissed off. As Swapnil begins with the excuses Tim cuts him off with a “Bull sh*t!” and looks at the garment and asks:

“What is the f**king point?” 

OMG. Tim drops the f-bomb, though I get it because Swapnil is just skating along. So much so that Tim asks why he’s even on the show and he mutters something about “learning.” And then apologizes to Jennifer and says he doesn’t blame her and he isn’t making excuses and then he proceeds to blame her and make excuses ...

I am not proud of my look.

A cape, and some ruffles, in some really unfortunate fabrics, doesn’t say day-to-night, as Jen wanted, or even bombshell as Swapnil wanted.

Nina says he is all surface—capes and drapes—and only created what he wanted, totally ignoring his client. Zac called him a one-trick pony; he was bored and pissed off, and wouldn’t even look at the dress or Swapnil. Up close, though, he discover that the top wasn’t even sewn together, just tied in a knot in back. Heidi noticed then that the sleeved had been split so they would fit. Shiri also called it boring and said it looked like Swapnil gave up; and then he added that if the designer doesn’t care about his look, why should we?
After skating, and smoking, and whining, Swapnil is Auf’d.
Jennifer got off the best line when she tried on the third of Swapnil’s Trio Of Horrible Looks and said: “He gave me wings in the back, so now I can be an older Sally Field and a modern day Flying Nun.”

And speaking of Swapnil: I am so glad he’s gone. I, like Tim, was pissed off at the way he didn’t do any work, but then blamed everything on his client when he actually refused to listen to her. I’m glad he’s gone; I’d thought he’d make it to the finale, but now I’m just happy he’s gone.

The judges seemed to suggest that two folks might go home last night and I was hoping it would be Ashley because I am so tired of the ugly ass prints and the pink and purple vibe to everything she does. Maybe if she changed her hair color she might find a new spark.

That said, had they Auf’d her and had Tim saved her, I might have been okay with that. On the other hand, had Tim saved Swapnil — and that was highly doubtful — I would have been really annoyed.

The Tents? The Adorable Edmond™, still. And Candice, probably. But now it looks like Merline or Kelly might make an appearance unless Ashley stops the waterworks and gets to work.

Gregory Patterson. Yum. The Adorable Edmond™. Double yum.

What did YOU think?


Susan said...

What I think is: I haven't cared for Kelly from day one, and now I think she is a contender for #3 at the tents along with Edmond and Candice. I totally agree with your assessment of Ashley. She should never be allowed near print fabric. That girl has NO taste in that area! And thank God for the last of Swapnil.

the dogs' mother said...

really Ashley should stay to solids from now on.
i always like to see behind the scenes so this was
a fun episode to watch. i wonder how much the clients
knew about the designers influenced the way they interacted
with them.
swapnil was a confusing fellow and really needs to stop
smoking (mother comment!)
avant garde next week - and someone is making a sofa?
great recap as always :-)

Biki Honko said...

I found it interesting that Tim didn't hug Swapnil, nor tell him goodbye. He totally ignored him as he left, telling me to never get on the wrong side of Tim!

I loved Kelly's look, it fit well and was a fun look, and her client adored it, a total win win.

Bob Slatten said...

I got a different perspective. To me, it looked like Swapnil ignored Tim. And I figured he was angry Tim didn't 'save' him and that Tim kinda called him out on his lazy work.

Mark in DE said...

I just watched this on the DVR last night... I was sorry to see Swapnil go. While I agree with everyone that he was no producing up to his potential, I really liked many of his designs from earlier in the season, and felt he had real talent. He's lazy though.

I think Kelly won the challenge by default. This was a makeover challenge and she "designed" leather overalls for a girl who usually wears denim overalls. How is that a "makeover"???

Tim told the contestants to try and give their clients what they want, but to remember this is a design contest. In my opinion, the designers' designs should trump the clients' wishes because its a design contest. Otherwise you wind up with conflicted garments as we saw in this episode.