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Project Runway Recap: Episode 9, "Even Designers Get the Blues"

Project Runway Rundown: Episode 9, "Even Designers Get the Blues"

This season, it seems like Project Runway has become one big advertisement. Last night it was Levi's, last week it was TRESemme, and before that there was Hershey's and Bitten. Don't get me wrong, these have been some of my favorite challenges, but come on. We don't need to see a brand-name challenge every week, right?

Off my soapbox, onto the episode. With Levi's at the helm, the designers were given the challenge to create an iconic denim look that captured the spirit of the brand using jeans as the raw material.

More blue than the jeans was the designers' collective mood about Christian, whose immature ways are finally getting to the group. After disagreeing with Christian about how to clean dirty denim, Chris snarked to the camera that it's "so cute to see youth," and "somebody needs to give him a bottle and send him to bed." Love it, and again, it made me glad that Chris is back; he's definitely the most lively of the bunch. I mean, who else talks to the garments? Jillian was less lively (surprise) but she did actually express a bit of emotion when she cut herself at the sewing machine. Not that I want her hurt, but it was good to finally see some drama in her corner.

To find out more about the Levi's advertisement episode (including one of my favorite Tim Gunn quotes ever), and to see a gallery of all of the looks from last night's Project Runway, read more.

As the designers only had one day to finish this challenge, Tim's ever-so-sage advice was desperately needed. He was mainly worried about Chris, who applied a denim sash on the side of his dress; Victorya, whose trench was a little too patchworky; and Sweet P, who was making a denim wedding dress (obviously, problemo numero uno). Of that dress, Tim said it looked "very happy hands at home granny circle" — an instant Gunn classic. He also told Jillian that her coat needed some work. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Tim thought Ricky's look was "stunning," and Rami's look had the potential of "blowing everybody away." Edited out was Tim's advice to Christian, who had immunity anyway. Does it seem to anyone else that, with the exception of Sweet P, the designers aren't really paying attention to Sir Gunn's feedback this season?

Onto the runway. You know we're getting closer to the end when Heidi wants to grill each of the designers on the catwalk. As such, we got to hear about the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good:

  • Christian: Christian continues to impress the judges. This week he was the only one with two pieces: skinny jeans and a denim jacket. I thought the jeans were amazing, especially since they fit the model perfectly. I didn't like the jacket — or the weird white T-shirt bulge between the jacket and jeans — but the judges didn't seem to have a problem with it.
  • Rami: Rami also continues to churn out stunning looks. Nina called his dress sharp, clean, well done, and "very sophisticated, as always." Unless Rami creates something disastrous in the next couple of weeks, he'll surely be showing at Bryant Park with this much adoration from the judges.
  • Sweet P: Sweet P really took Tim's advice to heart, shortening her long wedding catastrophe into an incredibly chic, short strapless dress. Sweet P was the only designer to really play with different colors of denim, and she did so with impeccable taste. I truly thought she should have won.
  • Ricky: Unfortunately, and surprisingly to me, the win went to Ricky. He also made a strapless dress that the judges thought showed off his background in lingerie, and Nina even said the dress "is what we've been expecting from your work." True, but doesn't that prove that he should have been eliminated eons ago? Regardless, Ricky started crying again, and Heidi asked him point blank "What's up with you?" Finally, someone mentions the waterworks! If you're interested in buying one of my least-favorite looks from the episode, you can do so on the Levi's website.

The Bad:

  • Chris: Chris, who decided not to take Tim's advice (tsk tsk), got reamed for his "little blue dress." The judges thought it was dated, not finished, and home sewn. Even though it wasn't my favorite, I didn't hate it as much as the judges, and honestly, I think Chris is showing great restraint since his elimination and subsequent return. We'll have to wait and see how long he lasts.
  • Victorya: Victorya, who I had my eye on, will sadly no longer be seen on ProjRun. The judges faulted her jacket, which looked as if she hadn't deconstructed it at all. Heidi commented that it looked like she didn't have much to do. Michael Kors thought the bottom looked like a separate skirt and that it didn't complement the jacket. I can't really disagree, but still: Victorya, you will be missed.

The Ugly:

  • Jillian: Onto who really should have been eliminated last night: Jillian. Her jacket was a much uglier version of what Victorya created, except hers had too much going on and was unflattering on her model. Why Jillian wasn't auffed last night is beyond me.

What do you guys think? Am I being too harsh on Jillian? Are you as sad about Victorya as I am? Now that we're getting closer to the end, who do you think the final three will be? And is it any surprise that Ricky makes his own hats?

Photos courtesy of Bravo


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