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Project Runway recap: Descending into Good and Evil [S16.Ep5]

Project Runway. Season 16 Episode 5 on LIFETIME. judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen. Guest judges: Dove Cameron and China Anne McClain. Host: Heidi Klum. Mentor: Tim Gunn.

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An easily forgettable overall snooze of an episode. It starts with Tim Gunn taking this designers to the Lyndhurst Mansion where they meet the stars of Disney Channel’s Descendants 2—Dove Cameron and China Anne McClain—this week’s guest judges. Not even Disney but Disney Channel. Come on Lifetime and Project Runway! These children’s film tie-ins are tiresome. How about a tie-in with Mother! or Battle of the Sexes? Have I aged out of Project Runway? Who are these stars?

This week’s challenge: create an evening wear look inspired by the movie Descendants 2.

Some will be designing a good look and some an evil look. As last week’s challenge winner, Michael assigns good and evil. Good looks: Amy; Brendan; Kentaro; Aaron; Ayana; Claire. Evil looks: Kenya; Samantha; Shawn; Margarita; Batani; Michael.

“I love stories and I Love making garments inspired by them.” –Samantha

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Being a model-focused season, the designers discuss which models they’ll be designing for and if there are challenges, concerns or particular inspirations. In the workroom, Margarita struggles and videochats with her parents. She’s crying that she’s not a crazy designers and that making women beautiful is her thing. She says: “I would hate to go home trying to be something I’m not.” Okaaaay Margarita. It’s season 16. You know there’s going to be avant garde, evening wear and unconventional challenges. The twins persist in annoying some of the designers. The Brandon/Kentaro bromance continues.

Tim comes in to critique. He tells Brandon that he’s full of the unexpected as Brandon designs another menswear-inspired shirt dress. He tells Claire to “beat back the costume” and questions whether or not lace on Michael’s look is matronly. Shawn feels that her design is really her. Aaron’s look. Oof. He’s not lasting all that much longer. He says he’s trying to “be more innovative and fun” but Tim says “it’s a gimmick.” He tells Margarita that she’s moving in a “beautiful direction.” So she needn’t worry. Tim tells Samantha her look is “like a big craft project.”

The Brandon love fest continues as his model Christina says: “I love Brandon. All these girls have a crush on him. But he does have a girlfriend FYI.”

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Runway notes: Shawn’s look is cool. Kentaro’s is flowy. Brandon’s look is interesting. Samantha’s is basic. Aaron’s look is a big no. It looks like post-school dance. Michael chose gorgeous fabric and it’s a pretty design. Claire’s is simply. Ayana’s look is lovely.

SAFE: Batani; Amy; Kentaro; Ayana; Shawn; Margarita

HIGH SCORES:

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Brandon
He says he thought about his girl as a superwoman for inspiration.

Heidi: “It’s a modern straight jacket. I love it. It feels very fashion forward.”
Dove: “You did a fantastic job of taking the challenge and making it your own.”
Zac: “We’ve seen a lot of these different length shirt dresses. You can’t be a one-trick pony.”

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Kenya
She says: “I’m evil and I thought about a dark tuxedo look.”

Heidi: “It all works. I’m just in love with this look.”
China: “It’s tailored perfectly.”
Nina: “I love the fact that you didn’t do a gown. The drama is in balance.”

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Michael
He says he’s inspired by “darker elements.”

Heidi: “She was a queen walk down the runway.”
China: “I wrote fabric sleighs in all caps.”
Zac: “It fits spectacularly.”

LOW SCORES:

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Claire
She says the first thing she thought of was princess.

Zac: “It looks like Cinderella on her day off.”
Nina: “We have seen a version of this a billion times. This is a cliché.”
Heidi: “This to me is forgettable.”

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Samantha
She explains that she was inspired by poison fruit and poison flowers.

Zac: “I don’t like your fabric choice. It’s just ugly.”
Nina: “This feels very old.”
Heidi: “It’s kinda like an 80s prom dress.”

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Aaron
He says: “I was given good and I thought that resonated with a pink.”

Heidi: “It’s just so messy. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Nina: “It looks like a child put together this outfit.”

Brandon is the WINNER
Aaron is OUT

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Project Runway Recap: ‘A Leap of Innovation’ [S16.Episode 3]

Project Runway. Season 16. Episode 3 on LIFETIME. judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen. Guest judge: Maddie Ziegler. Host: Heidi Klum. Mentor: Tim Gunn.

This week’s challenge: create a look inspired by dance, movement and innovation.In another inexplicable tie-in/inspiration, designers watch the children’s animated film Leap! as well as a performance by the dance group Hiplet. Designers will have 30 minutes to sketch and $200 to shop at Mood.

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Batani: “This challenge is perfect for me. I do hip-hop dance. I do belly dance. I do Indian dance. To bring it together with fashion is just going to be explosive.”

Kentaro remarks that he’s only worked with size 0-4 models. Might be challenging for him that his model this week doesn’t fit that size range. Margarita will use her Puerto Rican culture as inspiration. Ayana has become an early favorite for me. This week she creates her own starry textile. She notes that her design is “flowy and has movement but also looks like stars and looks like midnight. Reach for the stars.”

Kudzanai wants to get the judge’s attention this week as he’s been safe so far. Whenever someone says this they ultimately win or get eliminated. He states: “I’m African so I’m incorporating a lot of different aspects from African culture—feathers, colors, all those aspects of motion and movement.” Deyonte chose a chartreuse fabric. He then has a sewing accident. A needle goes right through his finger. Medics bandage him up and he continues on.

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In the workroom, there’s not yet much friction between the designers. The twins seem to annoy everyone. And you know producers were excited to bring this element to the show. Because why not? Twins worked on The Bachelor franchise. Kenya: “I’m just tired of the twins running around the workroom like their heads are cut off.”  Kudzanai: “The twins are a lot. I wish I was sitting somewhere a bit quieter.” Project Runway has always attracted vast swaths of designers, this season’s cast is especially diverse. Michael and Margarita bond over their Latina backgrounds [he’s Mexican; she’s Puerto Rican] and speak Spanish to each other. Brandon, already quiet, gets in what he calls “Zen mode” when designing. He’s so focused that he blocks out all noise and distraction.

Tim comes in for critique. He tells Claire what maybe many are thinking, to “stay away from Red Bull and coffee.” He tells Shawn she might be thinking too literally. He warns Aaron not to make his garment “a pu-pu platter of different treatments.” [side note: do millennials know a pu-pu platter?] He tells Margarita that her design “looks like full tilt costume.” To Ayana: “There’s a lot going on. I’d reel it in a bit.” And to Kudzanai: “It’s a look that’s about being a lot of look and at this point I think you just have to go for it.”

Runway show notes. Deyonte’s design is way too short. Not flattering. Kudzanai’s design isn’t flattering at all. Margarita’s look is puffy. Claire’s looks ill-fitting. Ayana’s look is stunning. Shawn’s look is okay. Batani created a pretty flowy floral look. Samantha’s design is edgy.

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HIGH SCORES:

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Batani

She tells judges she got her inspiration from the inventor in Leap! She thought about colorful butterflies.

Nina: “When I first saw the shadow of this I already liked it and then when it walked down the runway, the print, the color, the fluidity of the fabric really captured it for me.”

Zac: “I was mixed on it.”

Heidi: “I am a huge fan of Burning Man and a lot of people wear this kind of stuff there. It’s loud. It’s a little bit sexy but a lot of people have wings.”

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Margarita

She tells judges that she’s inspired by dance and that Bomba, the traditional Puerta Rican dance came to mind. “So I set her in a little tropical paradise ensemble,” she states. I didn’t love this look. I wouldn’t have picked it for top three.

Heidi: “I loved this look. It moved beautifully on the runway. It looked sophisticated. Maybe the midriff is a little too open.”

Nina: “I love the spirit of this dress.”

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Brandon

He tells judges that hip-hop was the inspiration. Also something that’s inspired his designs from the beginning. After this runway, I expect Brandon to be showing at NYFW. When I saw his final look I just thought: it’s black and white. It doesn’t appeal to me.  I like man-bun Brandon and his quiet Zen energy though. The models also favor Brandon. He’s handsome. And mysterious.

Nina: “Wow. I love this. I love the creativity. I love its boldness.”

Heidi: “I love your taste. It is fabulous. It is different. Something we haven’t seen before.”

Zac: “These are the moments I wait for on Project Runway. It’s a really focused point of view. It talks about movement and innovation.”

LOW SCORES:

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Kentaro

His inspiration [and his inspiration from the beginning of the competition] is his training as a pianist and classic ballet.

Zac: “I don’t think it had the biggest runway impact. It’s just not enough. I’m not impressed.”

Heidi: “It’s a little too literal. It’s a little too snoozy.”

Nina: “There needed to be some kind of punch when we saw it.”

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Deyonte

He tells judges his woman is going out on the town to see the Hiplet dancers.

Zac: “It’s definitely vibrant. That’s about it. It’s dull. A sheer skirt and lace top and a mullet hem?”

Guest judge Maddie Ziegler: “This reminds me most of dance because I’ve worn a costume almost exactly like that.”

Heidi: “You guys are designers. This is supposed to be fashion. I see an ice skater. I see bad 80s. It is a little bit painful.”

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Kudzanai

His inspiration is mixed West Indian culture. Earlier in the episode we saw Kudzanai’s African/West Indian backstory.

Heidi: “I feel you got a little too inspired by a children’s movie because it looked very juvenile. It’s also not very flattering. It kinda looks like a piñata that exploded in the back.”

Nina: “This is maximal at the max. You embellished it so much that it’s taking away.”

Brandon is the WINNER.

Kudzanai is OUT.

Project Runway airs Thursday at 9pm on LIFETIME.

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Project Runway S16: meet the designers

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Season 16 of Project Runway premiered August 17, 2017 on Lifetime. This season designers will design for various sized models (from 2-22 Tim announces in the first episode). The designers will work with a different model on each challenge. They’re also incorporating a model mirror where the models comment about the designs and the designers. Another season featured model “confessions” and I think it didn’t carry over to the next season as its a design show and focus is on the designers not necessarily the models.

The first episode featured a red carpet challenge. Amy stated: “My trunk is packed full of wisdom so I don’t think this is going to be that hard.” Brandon, who designs menswear, said: “I’m out of my element. It’s got me questioning myself and my abilities.”

Deyonte won. ChaCha lost and was eliminated.

Deyonte’s winning design:

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ChaCha’s losing design:

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On the second episode designers worked in teams on an unconventional materials challenge using recycled materials. Why do they do unconventional and team challenges so early on? During the judging, Claire said: “I’ve never designed for a curvy girl.” Maggie Q whispered to Marie Claire‘s Anne Fulenwider:  “She’s totally normal.” Anne replied: “I think she’s skinnier than I am.”

Ayana won. Sentell lost and was eliminated.

Ayana’s winning design:

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Sentell’s losing design:

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Here are the designers:

aaron

AARON MYERS

Age: 23

Hometown: Sevierville, Tenn.

Resides in: Brooklyn, New York

Education: Columbia College Chicago

Style Icon: Alanna Pearl

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AMY BOND

Age: 46

Hometown: Idaho

Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.

Education: MFA in fashion design

Style Icon: Tilda Swinton

Current: professor at Otis College of Art & Design

ayana

AYANA IFE

Age: 27

Hometown: New York, New York

Resides in: Salt Lake City, Utah

Education: Middle Tennessee State University– textiles, merchandising and design

Style Icons: Chriselle Lim, Rihanna

batani

BATANI-KHALFANI

Age: 32

Hometown: East Los Angeles, Calif.

Resides in: Inglewood, Calif.

Style Icons Rihanna, Janelle Monáe

Brandon

BRANDON KEE

Age: 24

Hometown: Murray, Utah

Resides in: San Francisco, Calif.

Education: Art Institute of San Francisco

Style Icon: Rihanna

chacha

CHACHA

Age: 24

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Resides in: Chicago, Ill.

Education: Art Institute of Chicago– masters in fashion design

Style Icon: Miley Cyrus

claire

CLAIRE BUITENDORP

Age: 27

Hometown: Grand Ledge, Mich.

Resides in: Grand Ledge, Mich.

Style Icon: Katy Perry

deyonte

DEYONTE WEATHER

Age: 36

Hometown: Chicago, Ill.

Resides in: Lynwood, Wash.

Style Icon: Beyonce

 kenya

KENYA FREEMAN

Age: 37

Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia

Resides in: Atlanta, Georgia

Style Icon: Tracee Ellis Ross

kentaro

KENTARO KAMEYAMA

Age: 38

Hometown: Gifu-Ken, Japan

Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.

kudzani

 

KUDZANAI KARIDZA

Age: 32

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Resides in: Atlanta, GA

Style Icons: Pharrell, A$AP Rocky, David Beckham

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MARGARITA ALVAREZ

Age: 30

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.

Style Icon: Iris Apfel

michael

MICHAEL BRAMBILA

Age: 25

Hometown: Oakland, Calif.

Resides in: Oakland, Calif.

Style Icons: Tilda Swinton, Panos Yiapanis

samantha

SAMANTHA REI

Age: 36

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.

Resides in: Minneapolis, Minn.

Style Icon: Janelle Monae

 

sentell

SENTELL MCDONALD

Age: 33

Hometown: New York, NY

Resides in: Bronx, NY

Style Icons: Tracee Ellis Ross, Corinne Bailey Rae, Solange Knowles

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SHAWN BUITENDORP

Age: 27

Hometown: Grand Ledge, Mich.

Resides in: Grand Ledge, Mich.

Style Icon: Gwen Stefani

 

 

 

 

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