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'Project Runway' Season 8, Episode 9 Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Sep 24th 2010 7:25AM
Christopher and Michael Costello['Project Runway' - 'Race to the Finish']

Why did Heidi even show up at the beginning of 'Project Runway'? The contestants haven't done a model swap in weeks and she hasn't announced a challenge in weeks, leaving all the bitch-work for Tim. It's not like she was pregnant with her fourteenth child.

Anyway, with the help of always-available Collier Strong, Tim announced a challenge where the contestants had to make a high fashion dress that would be feature in a two-page advertorial.

Similar to a high-stakes challenge on 'Top Chef', the designers had the chance to win $20,000. It was a way to light a fire under them because the designs have been getting sleepier and sleepier as the episodes pass by. As last week's winner Mondo got to choose first, and then Tim pulled out the rest of the names.

And the results were:

Mondo - Bright
Christopher - Crystal
April - Matte
Michael - Metallic
Ivy - Bright
Valerie - Crystal
Gretchen - Velvet
Andy - Metallic

There was never any explanation offered as to why the contestants had to pick, unless if each style only had two cards each. Either way, that meant that there was an extra Matte and an extra Velvet. At the beginning of Day Two Tim announced another twist: The designers also had to make a ready-to-wear counterpart. They really shouldn't have been surprised: This already happened in Seasons 4 (Ep. 8), 6 (Ep. 3) and 7 (Ep. 3). Future contestants be warned: When you get an "avant-garde" or "high fashion" challenge, you will have to make a ready-to-wear counterpart.

When the challenge was announced using the term "high fashion" it was predetermined that Mondo and Andy would be in the top two. They're the only two contestants left who understand how to put on a show. Andy's creation looked like it had Reese's Peanut Buttercup wrappers glued to the jacket, while Mondo's looked like the test page our printer keeps printing non-stop. He seriously picked cyan, magenta and yellow and managed to make it work! Both of their ready-to-wear outfits made sense, but it was Mondo's slimming factor that nabbed him the win.

Valerie broke down. Again. All she's done for the past few episodes is sob and doubt herself. We got convenient footage of her crying in the bathroom. There had to be a moral line broken as we watched Valerie emerge from a toilet stall, wash her hands, and then get paper towels. If we continue this theory that there were two cards per category, Valerie could have picked Metallic, Matte or Velvet, but chose to dig herself into her hole with the least crystal dress. As Valerie herself would say: That was "Cray Cray."

Ivy, on the other hand, was rightly eliminated. Her designs left a lot to be desired. I wanted to like them, but they were all drab and boring. She produced the same outfit every week. The tops on her dresses this week were horrid. The odd point on the bust line would have worked if there was a strap attached to it, but without the strap it just looked like bad tailoring.

As for the other contestants ... we're done with Gretchen with her tired, mumsy, bohemian aesthetic. April manages to skate by each week making the same dress (black with satin black accents) every week, but when she decided she wanted a miniature pony with the winning money, she just won us over. How is it that Peach got eliminated with a dress that had frills on the sides, and Michael C. got complimented for having a dress that had frills on the sides just because it was all one color? The frills made those models' hips look huge.

At the end of the episode, Mondo was shown with his two models, but when the final advertorial was shown, the commercial model's face took up one of the two pages. Wasn't that a slap in the face to both Mondo, who made the amazing high fashion dress, and his model Eyen, who's been by his side for eight episodes?

There were several funny moments: Tim with Swatch the dog, Mondo with the Capri Sun and then announcing he had to pee, April with the pony-love, and when Ivy said "Ocean Spray" and I immediately realized her influence was the Ocean Spray logo.

Was it Ivy's time for elimination? Leave your comments below.

'Project Runway' airs Thurs., 9PM ET on Lifetime.

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I had very high regards for project runway until last night(09/30/2010). The decision for Mondo to reveal his HIV status was very contrived. He had seen his mother the day before and not spoken to her about it. Then on national TV, Nina Garcia made it a point to ask about his fabric's symbolism and it was the lead that was needed so he could introduce the subject. shame on the producer's to use such a serious subject to garner ratings.

October 01 2010 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I completely agree with the Michael C. comment - could his model's hips looked any bigger???? I thought that look was horrid. I was really hoping thar they would get rid of Ivy AND Valerie. I think Valerie does the same design all the time - her tops never seem to fit, maybe next week....

September 24 2010 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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