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Project Runway Recap: Hard & Soft Unconventional Materials Challenge

February 15, 2013 05:31 AM by Donna W. Martin

This week’s episode of Project Runway brought us the unconventional materials challenge, a few twists, and a surprise ending. Who rose to the challenge? And who was sent home? Keep reading to find out.

When the designers entered the workroom, they were surprised to find it illuminated with candles. Tim explained they were the Glade 2-in-1 scented candles, Hawaiian Breeze, and Vanilla Passion Fruit, which brought him to this week’s challenge. Little did the designers know, it too would be a 2-in-1 challenge.

Tim explained his favorite was the unconventional challenge when the designers sourced their materials from a flower shop. But it wasn’t going to be that easy this time. There was a twist. Heidi came in and said her favorite was the unconventional challenge when the designers sourced their materials from a hardware store.

So what to do? You guessed it! Combine the two challenges. For this week’s challenge, the designers had to create six cohesive looks using unconventional materials from a hardware store and a flower shop.

Team Keeping It Real has won every challenge thus far and still has all eight of their team members but Team Dream Team is down to only five team members. Tim said they needed to even things out so Dream Team got to steal two members of Keeping It Real. They chose Stanley and Layana. Then Keeping It Real got to steal a member of Dream Team but they could not pick Stanley or Layana. They chose Michelle.

The designers were given 45 minutes to meet as teams. Dream Team decided to go with a 1950’s vintage Dior Couture theme and a specific color palette while Keeping It Real was all over the place with their ideas. Then Tim took them shopping. Each team was given a budget of $2500 and 1 hour to shop, 30 minutes in each store. And they had two days to complete the challenge.

Back in the workroom, the designers worked to pull their looks together and before they knew it, time was up for the night.

The next day, Daniel looked around and realized Keeping It Real was lacking cohesion. And when Tim came in to check everyone’s progress, he noticed it too. So they came up with the idea to present the history of fashion through the decades from the 1950’s to the future.

Tim was blown away by Michelle and Richard’s garment but he thought Jo’s was going to make his model look “huge.” He said Ben’s work was a “remarkable piece” and noticed Samantha was struggling with construction.

Later, Amanda struggled because the moss on her garment wasn’t working. But Jo came to the rescue with an idea that would fix the problem. “Cut the flower petal panel off the back and put it on the front,” he said.

The next day, the designers rushed to get their garments completed. Samantha still struggled with the construction of her dress and before the designers knew it, it was show time.

 

Keeping It Real

Daniel – metal mesh, PVC, lambs ear, and assorted flowers

Jo – wire mesh and flowers

Richard & Michelle – mini blinds, leaves, and assorted flowers

Patricia – nails, rope, roses, and plants

Amanda – moss, cotter pins, calle lilies

Kate – black calle lilies, carnations, and chicken wire

 

Dream Team

Matthew – mops, black ropes, yellow moss

Stanley – white roses, green leaves, wire mesh

Tu – rope, calle lilies

Benjamin – rope, string, assorted flowers

Samantha – contact paper, calle lilies, wire mesh, green leaves

Layana – hydrangeas, wire, string

 

After the show, the judges found it hard to choose a losing team. Heidi said all the designs were “so beautiful” that they couldn’t declare a losing team. Instead, there would be a winning team and an almost winning team. Dream Team was the winning team because their garments had “more cohesion,” Heidi said.

Dream Team was critiqued first. Guest judge, Bette Midler said the designs were “whimsical and beautifully made…the craftsmanship knocked me out.” Guest judge and fashion blogger, Leandra Medine said they looked “modern, timely and [she was] blown away by the artistry.” Nina said she “loved Samantha’s trapped leaves.” Zac said, “Layana’s cage feels dreamy.”

Then they talked to Keeping It Real. Heidi said they had “taken some risks” and she liked it. Richard and Michelle’s garment reminded the judges of “Madonna.” Zac noted Dream Team’s “cohesion of color” and Nina said she “didn’t get the decade’s theme.” Then Heidi asked Richard who he thought should go home. He said Amanda. Jo, Daniel, Patricia, and Kate agreed.

The designers were asked to leave the runway so the judges could have final deliberations and then called back in for their decision.

Heidi declared Samantha the challenge winner. “We loved your dress,” Heidi said. “It’s fashion forward and simply gorgeous.”

Everyone from Dream Team was safe and left the runway. Then Heidi told Kate, Daniel, Patricia, Michelle, and Richard of Keeping It Real that they were safe and could leave the runway.

That left Jo and Amanda as the bottom two. Heidi said, “Amanda, it sounded like you had a hard time and needed a lot of help. [And] Jo, some of us had issues with your silhouette. It was not the most flattering.”

“Jo you’re out,” Heidi said. “Amanda, that means you’re in.”

Back in the lounge, everyone said their goodbyes to Jo. Then Tim came in and told the 12 remaining designers they had something else for them. “Meet Heidi and me on the runway in 10 minutes,” he said.

To Be Continued…

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One Response to “Project Runway Recap: Hard & Soft Unconventional Materials Challenge”

  1. Dianne Says:
    February 15th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Does this make any sense given it was Amanada, not Samantha, left on the runway with Joseph?

    ‘That left Jo and Amanda as the bottom two. Heidi said, “Samantha, it sounded like you had a hard time and needed a lot of help. [And] Jo, some of us had issues with your silhouette. It was not the most flattering.”

    “Jo you’re out,” Heidi said. “Samantha, that means you’re in.”’

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