Hey Gasmii! It’s Season 11, and we have 11 designtestants still remaining, which seems like a good excuse to write this recap fueled by pinot grigio. (At least, it’s the best excuse I can come up with, because I am already fueled by pinot grigio, so.)
Last week: The teams were dissolved in favor of pairs, and they were tasked with designing either a red carpet or performance look for Miranda Lambert. Dick won, designing a chain-fringed tank dress for performance. The least promising part of the episode was that Matthew Arthur was cut after he suffered a crisis of confidence and got blocked trying to come up with a skirt that would match the top he designed. The most promising part of the challenge was that no one inadvertently called the size-8 country superstar “fat.” This is likely because they got to use their regular, toeing-the-line-of-anorexia models. If history has proven anything, it’s that Project Runway contestants don’t know how to design for people with average bodies. So let’s see if this week’s episode will change that or further lessen our faith in humanity, shall we?
It’s a new day at Atlas, and Matt’s roommates, Daniel, Tu, and Stanley are a little spooked that he’s gone.
Especially Daniel, because he was placed in the bottom after designing something that looked like something Delta Burke would have worn on Designing Women.
Benjamin is gloating a bit, bolstered by some newfound confidence in being in the top designer tier in the last challenge. Michelle is weary, as she has been in the bottom a LOT, and this time, she couldn’t even blame the other crappy designers on her team. She does, however, blame her bad luck, rather than her designs. She’s also frustrated that Patricia hasn’t been in a position yet to be downwind of the judges’ shitstorm.
Heidi appears, once again, with the button bag. She has to draw a name out of the bag so that Michelle has a team to join. And, of COURSE, it’s Patricia! Wow, the producers didn’t even bother to fill that bag with Layana’s buttons. They just went right for the kill, and filled it with Patricia’s buttons. Nice. Patricia seems pretty optimistic about it, and Michelle, to be fair, says maybe Patricia has some sort of magic (AKA design sense) that will rub off on her. No one is considering Layana’s part in all of this?
The designers arrive at a dance studio filled with (gasp!) old people! They’re all dancing, and encourage the designers to join in! Tu wins the prize for “Most Unexpectedly Gets Enthusiastic About Dancing With Old People.”
Amanda wins the prize for “Least Amount of Rhythm, Especially for Someone from Nashville.”
Tim applauds the crowd for dancing fabulously, and explains that good fashion is timeless. He tells the designers that the old women present in the studio are their new clients – and models! (YES!) Two of the senior women get assigned to each team, and the members of the team get to decide who works with which client. There is no cohesiveness required, the challenge is simply to design for the needs of the clients. Tim tells the teams which ladies have been assigned to them, and they all break off for consultation.