TeamKIR returns and bullshits about the Decades theme. Zac earns his paycheck for the episode when he calls Patricia’s design “pow-wow chic.” Heidi sees Michelle and Dick’s design and is reminded of Madonna. She instantly understands that Joseph was going for a sweater dress kind of a look. Nina sniffs out the BS about the Decades theme, and says the theme didn’t stand out to her. They start picking on Joseph for the fit and that his dress has a horizontal stripe-type look to it. When asked who should go home, Dick calls out Amanda, and the rest of the team piles on Amanda when they smell weakness.
As the judges consult privately, everyone is impressed by Benjamin weaving from his homemade loom. Heidi gave the highest score possible to Samantha and Layana. So I guess the win is narrowed down to those three. They talk about TeamKIR, and Leandra feels bad for Amanda. Nina doesn’t think the other designers were fair to Amanda because she likes the design, but Heidi thinks it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been, and Zac takes issue with the proportions. Nina is most definitely not a fan of Joseph’s, but Heidi and Zac defend him, because he is a more avant garde kind of a guy, but agree he could have gone bigger. (I’m telling you, he just shouldn’t have pulled the dress down when it was stuck on the model, and she could have been a cool, beautiful, floral robot. I called it.) They revisit the idea of Amanda, and they’re frustrated that when she was actively listening to constructive criticism, she didn’t fight them and stand up for her work. I’ve just learned that what helps you succeed in the real world puts you in severe danger on Project Runway.
Samantha wins! (I really don’t get it.) Joseph is out. Aw, man! I was just starting to appreciate his eccentric uniqueness! Oh, well. He probably wasn’t really expecting to win the season, anyway. He’s the cat sweater guy, after all. I do find it disappointing, though, that the most unconventional designer was the one Auf’d in the Unconventional Materials Challenge.
Just as the designers are starting to relax a bit, Tim tells them that they’re not done yet: he instructs them to meet him (and Heidi) on the runway in ten minutes. To be continued….
Next week: They’re designing for Miranda Lambert, and Benjamin and Matthew both seem to be having a meltdown. I can’t wait to see who inevitably implies that the country singer, a beautiful, curvy, normal-human-being size 8, is fat. (I’m giving YOU the side-eye, Anthony Ryan Auld.)
So what do you think, Gasmii? Best runway show ever? Did Samantha deserve to win, and why wasn’t Tu in the mix of potential winners? Does Michael Kors need to give Zac Posen lessons in how to be louder and more bitchy? Did the lovely and wonderful Bette Midler contribute anything at all to the discussion? Give us your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll see you back here next week!