Project Runway: When Teamwork Gets Ugly
This week, not only did designers have to work in teams of three, (they hate that!) but they also had to earn their own Mood fabric money (they hate that too!). The designers were given three hours to decorate and make accessories, t-shirts and bags with arts and crafts supplies. (Who doesn't love glitter? Oh right. Elena.) And then they had to sell their merchandise on the streets of New York City.
Now it's hard to get a New Yorker to even stop to give you directions, never mind get one to actually buy something from you. But the designers did surprisingly well, with teams making between 500 and 800 dollars.
Each team was then challenged to make two fall looks, including outerwear. Enemies Elena and Dmitry ended up on the same team (along with Alicia) and no one seemed to be getting along. Meanwhile, Christopher and Gunnar were also forced to work together but other than the occasional catty comment to the cameras, made it work.
In fact they really made it work because Christopher, Gunnar and Sonjia turned out to be the winning team. Darling blue haired Sonjia won the challenge with this super fab coat....
Christopher also made a camel haired jacket which the judges absolutely adored but Elena described as an "ugly ass snuggie."
The judges sharply criticized the two other teams, including the falls looks of team Elena, Dmitry and Alicia. Michael Kors thought Elena's jacket looked like it was sewn with her feet (ouch) and they also hated this old lady shawl by Dmitry....
At one point during the judging process, I was pretty confident Dmitry and Elena were going to shove each other off the stage, forcing Heidi Klum to spring to her heels to catch them but that never quite happened.
In the end, Alicia and her very long dreadlocks got the boot for creating two tops and a pair of pants that were a total snooze fest. I will not miss her hair.
The judges really did not like all the fighting on their team. As guest designer Anna Sui put it, "When your expressing yourself, the love and the joy has to come through, not the anger. Because that's not what people are going to buy."
Damn straight Anna!
From now on, I'm no longer buying angry clothes. Only ones made from love.