'Project Runway' - 'Run for Cover' Recap
by Michael Pascua, posted Feb 12th 2010 3:30AM
(S07E05) With five challenges down, 'Project Runway' claims to have the biggest challenge ever. This season continues to sweep the previous season under the floor as if the last season was a hiccup. This week the contestants had to design an outfit for the cover of the April edition Marie Claire, which would be modeled by Heidi Klum. They had one day and $150.
Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire magazine, had a lot of specification for the dresses: the eye-catching design had to be above the waist, there will be text so there can't be black fabric or loud patterns, and they have to take into account that the April edition will have a spring-like feeling to it. Along with that, the contestants also had to consider a color palate that would match Heidi.
We get an interesting definition of what one day of work is like during this season. In one quick shot after the contestants came back from Mood, Tim left the work room at 2:50. That means the contestants had nine hours to work on a dress. With the stress levels high, most people were quiet except for Seth Aaron, who still hasn't impressed me and is only mugging for the camera. Also, with Anna being so new to the fashion world, I don't understand why she even attempted a three piece dress when the bottom half may have been cut off of the photo.
Tim's critiques prove quite helpful for most of the contestants. Ben ditches a tacky belt and Anthony doesn't get gimmicky. Mila never changed her color blocking, and I don't see the peach color she keeps talking about. At the model fitting, Mila is a one-note with the color blocking. With time running out, Janeane, Emilio, Anthony, and Anne Marie all struggle with their outfits. On the day of the runway everyone was stressed. Janeane manages to break her sewing machine pedal.
With Michael and Nina, Joanna Coles sat at the judging panel. I wonder if it's intimidating for Nina to have her editor-in-chief sitting next to her. Of all the outfits, I was impressed by Jonathan's dress, possibly because he styled his model in Heidi's stereotypical hair. I was a bit nervous of Ami's dress because they did mention how patterns can clash. After Tim's critique, Ben listened about the belt but he must have gotten it from the Bluefly.com accessory wall. I'm over Maya's layered ruffle which she uses in most of her challenges.
The high scorers are Emilio (great color), Ben (modern and impacting), and Anthony (innovative shoulder, strong color). In a very impressive move, Emilio snips off the straps of his dress. The winner was Anthony who couldn't contain his joy. Unfortunately, he has no immunity next week. The low designers were Janeane (bridal, not fashion forward), Anna (no shape, wrong magazine), and Mila (arrows point at crotch). After being in the bottom last week, Anna was eliminated.
In general, I don't understand why so many contestants attempted such pale fabric choices. Heidi Klum is one of those models that looks amazing in strong colors. Jay's dress looked nice on his model Monique because of her skin tone, but wouldn't have had the same effect on Heidi.
The biggest problem with Anna's clothes was the fact that it looked like she spent $50 of her budget, went to Target and bought three pieces. Sadly, I could see the outfit in Seventeen magazine. How do you think the elimination went? As always, leave comments below.
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