The most memorable part of Project Runway’s fifth episode came in the minutes after the eliminated contestant was announced. Tim Gunn, in an uncharacteristic display of trash-talking, came out swinging at Gretchen and her petty teammates.
The 12 designers were split into two teams of six, and tasked with coming up with dueling six-piece collections for fall 2010. One team had all previous runway challenge winners, the others were the underdogs. Poor Peach was picked last. (Not surprised, but still, I pouted)
The designers had to collectively choose one concept and one textile from a list provided by Tim. The all-stars went with ‘menswear for women’ using ‘camel’ and the underdogs chose a military lace combination. Apparently military lace was a previously untapped resource for clothing.
There was the usual bickering, but Gretchen really took the lead. Her non-stop advice-giving irritated her teammates, but they let her continue. Even the next day, when she had woken up at four in the morning to write a task list in red lipstick, everyone on her team acted like this was somehow acceptable behavior. When it came time for judging, she thought her team (Team Luxe!) had the more cohesive look, while the other wasn’t a “true collection.” I was a major fan of the military lace collection. Casanova surprised me emensely and I was actually proud of him.
Of course, they lost, and almost all of them cried. The other major crier, Casanova, was declared the victor, in a stunning upset over Peach. On the runway, everyone bashed Michael C, who had immunity, while A.J. was eliminated (Anybody want to stomp all over Valerie's face with stilettos?). After more than half the episode of talking, Tim Gunn slammed the lid on Gretchen, in surprising fashion. That quote, and others, below:
Quote of the Week: “It’s like when you have diarrhea and vomiting at the same time. You’re screwed.” – Valerie
Quote of the Week (that made me laugh): “Nobody understood my diaper.” – April (reflecting on last week''s challenge, which was a major flop)
Quote of the Week (by Tim Gunn): “I don’t know why you allow Gretchen to manipulate, control and bully you. I don’t understand it.”
Insult of the Week: “Do you want to hire Hitler? Seriously?” – More from April, describing Gretchen
Fashion Term I Had to Look Up: Cowl Context: Ivy to Michael Costello: “I don’t have the time to explain how something as simple as a cowl needs to be constructed.” Ahh cowl neck..those hideous baggy necklines.Thos bring back bad holiday photo memories.
Even I Knew This was a Bad Sign: When Team Luxe recruited their models to do last minute sewing.