Kate is making a red leather mermaid dress (yikes.) Tu is actually exaggerating Miranda’s curves with his design, and Tim looks like he’s going to faint from the vapors. (The vapors from the leftover Glade candles! Ba dum dum! I’ll be here all week!) Tim and Kate talk Tu into keeping the idea of the same construction elements, but making the dress fitted, rather than exaggerating the curves. Tim drops in on Stanley, who doesn’t seem to have much happening yet, but no one else seems worried, and Dick, who has a slinky black mesh dress with chains and ribbons haphazardly smattered onto one side. Tim is worried because there’s nothing underneath the dress. Dick apparently did not consider this to be a potential problem before now, and Layana perfectly captures my feelings when she says that “there’s a fine line between interesting and glamorous, and tacky.” Except that the line isn’t that fine. And Dick’s dress is waaaay over the line as long as it doesn’t have a lining.
Tim visits with Amanda and Benjamin, and at some point, Amanda had a revelation in which it dawned on her that her entire dress should be fringe. Tim seems excited, but Amanda points out that she seems to always get a good critique from Tim. Benjamin is on Cloud Nine, because he’s got all the big stuff out of the way, and he’s right on schedule. That’s great and all, but what about the design itself – is it any good? Michelle is creating a leather-and-denim vested mermaid red carpet look, which seems headed for disaster, and Matthew is doing leather-and-lace for the performance look, and can we be any more stereotypical? Tim is concerned that Matthew is spending too much time on detail that won’t be apparent on the runway. Also, Matthew has no clue about what he’s doing with the skirt, and is suffering from a lack of confidence.
Also, believe it or not, Michelle is stressed out about it.
And now for the best moment ever on Project Runway (at least since Santino was on the show, impersonating Tim Gunn): Michelle doing a Nina Garcia impression. “Michelle, what were you thinking when you came up with this necklace?” “She looks like she’s been rolling in a bar!”
The models swing by, and Matthew is nervous about the length of his dress. Stanley is worried about the see-through-ness of Dick’s dress.
Kate’s inner Machiavelli shines through when she fluffs up Daniel’s idea of his own design in the sewing room. She tells us that the winning is getting to his head, and it’s not her place to say anything to him, as he’s not on her team, but meanwhile, she is gushing all over him as she sits next to him. Hmmm…
Amanda tells us that the creation of the fringe on her dress is tedious, and she got ahead of herself. We get to delve into her psychology, and learn that she’s from a family of overachievers, as exemplified by her “brother who’s a rock star,” and by the way, that brother is in Maroon 5. Hahahahaha! Thanks for the laugh, Amanda. Some people grow up in families where everyone is a doctor or lawyer or Nobel Peace Prize winner, but it must be SOOO hard to be part of a family that includes a minor member of Maroon 5 and a reality television contestant.