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Project Runway Recap: Oh Baby!

September 27, 2012 08:32 PM by Stephanie Gustafson

Last week, the contestants on Project Runway had the opportunity to design costumes for the Rockettes. Now, they’re catering to a much younger crowd…babies! Knowing what a group of drama queens this year’s batch of designers can be, you can expect a lot of whining about this challenge!

I’ll admit: I was absolutely ecstatic last week when Ven got the ax. He wasn’t that amazing of a designer and his attitude was incredibly grating. But now I’m kinda wishing he would’ve stayed a week longer, just so I could have seen how he would react to the prospect of designing onesies. Oh well, there’s enough drama from the rest of the contestants to make up for Ven’s absence.

There’s separate winning looks for boys and girls, and both will be featured in Heidi Klum’s exclusive Babies ‘R’ Us line. This is sure to excite new moms, who clearly have always dreamed of putting their children on the runway at, oh, 6 months of age. Gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘stage mom.’

Time for consults! Dmitry meets with a mom who is searching for an edgy look for her baby. Umm, okay, first of all, edgy and baby is an oxymoron. Secondly, edgy and Dmitry is also an oxymoron. This is not going to end well.

Elena’s consult goes far better than expected. She’s actually pretty excited about the whole baby design thing and has big plans for an adorable baby blazer. Melissa, on the other hand, is anything but excited. The mother she’s working with is insistent on “baby pink,” a color Melissa clearly isn’t feeling.

Have you ever heard of those sex ed classes in which students are forced to cart around fake babies in the hopes that they’ll be discouraged from having sex (doesn’t work) and thus lower the teen pregnancy rate? The lucky designers are gifted with the fine company of these pseudo babies, all of which cry WAY more than the real thing.

Tim arrives for the usual critique, but today, he’s joined by the lovely Heidi Klum. Most of Tim’s advice involves making the outfits cuter, but he does elicit a chuckle when asking Elena whether her baby blazer comes equipped with shoulder pads.

As if the designers weren’t stressed out enough by all the fake baby crying, Heidi adds a little extra slice of chaos: the designers must also create matching outfits for the mothers! The good news is, they have another day to work on the mommy-and-me designs. Things get even better the next day, when Tim sends the plastic monsters babies off to daycare

The contestants scramble to finish up their dual outfits before the moms and (real) babies come in for fittings. The mom paired with Christopher is pissed about her dress, which she compares to a tablecloth from the 1970s. The next day though, the mom apologizes and all is forgiven.

This week, the judging panel includes Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and new mommy Hilary Duff. And the judges are in for a treat: babies on the runway! There’s plenty of oohing and ahhing, because they’re just so darn cute!

Melissa’s design is surprisingly cute, especially considering how last minute the whole production was. Fabio came up with an amazing onesie and the judges give him high marks for attractiveness and practicality. Christophers’s design, on the other hand, is anything but practical. Elena’s jacket is just meh — not much else to say about it. Dmitry tried the edgy thing, and predictably, it didn’t work. The judges label it “borderline costume.” Last but not least is Sonjia, with a lovely ensemble that earns her the top spot! Christopher also gets a winning spot for his design, which is surprising, given how much of a hassle it looks like for moms. But it’s fashion over function, even in the under 2 crowd!

In the bottom are Melissa and Elena. Melissa was positive she was going home tonight, since she was so behind schedule on her design. But in yet another big surprise, Elena’s on the chopping block! So it’s goodbye Elena, meaning that we’re down to just five contestants.

This was by far the funniest and cutest episode of the season, what with the real and fake babies thrown in the mix. I wonder what awful surprises Tim will have for the designers next week? Stay tuned to find out!

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