Monday, April 8, 2013

Project Runway 11.6: Calling all Sassy Oldies!

This sixth episode was one of my favorites because the challenge is dressing up old ladies! And who doesn't love oldies? Well, possibly a lot of people, but I love 'em, especially when they're sassy, and these ladies had some sass.

To recap from last time, to put us into perspective since I'm still a million years behind on these things: the last challenge was the Miranda Lambert one; we're still recuperating from the loss of Matt (at least I am; Stanley doesn't seem so upset, but Stanley also doesn't seem to have very much emotion about pretty much anything); and as everyone gets ready this morning, Amanda is rocking some type of outfit from the early 90s.

"Did you see last night's Clarissa Explains it All?"
Since Michelle is now all by her lonesome, Heidi adds her to Patricia's team, which is the #1 place Michelle doesn't want to be. Them's the breaks. We then meet our oldies at a dance hall, where they are currently ROCKING IT.

Kate refers to them as "elderly people," lololol, which proves she is probably terrified of them. But Tim reminds them that in the "real world" you have to design for all ages, and that anyway true fashion is ageless and timeless. Preach it, Tim. The designers are randomly paired up with the ladies, and we meet some of the gems:

This woman is working with Benjamin, and she is completely full of joy and light and awesomeness. Her laugh and her smile are TO DIE FOR. She wants her arms covered because she "doesn't have Michelle Obama's arms." I love you!

Kate's woman, whose white hair is GORGEOUS, by the way, tells her to be a slut while she's young! Which is amazing! Kate laughs at this but also seems somewhat shocked and uncomfortable, and then tells the camera that she didn't want to break the news that she's actually engaged to her high school sweetheart. SIIIIIIGH KATE, even if you're super boring in real life, when an old woman tells you to be a slut, YOU AT LEAST PRETEND YOU WANT TO BE A SLUT.

Anyway, as far as drama in the workroom time, Amanda has a meltdown over her fabric choice and over her look overall, and Layana and Michelle both have anxiety attacks over Patricia's outfit, which so far looks to be a blue potato sack. When the ladies come in for their fitting, Benjamin's amazing woman SMACKS STANLEY IN THE ASS as she walks by him. This is especially funny as Stanley is the most uptight person in the room.

She had to!
When Patricia's model tries on the potato sack and seems utterly confused by it, Patricia suddenly realizes that she too is confused. Although she blames it on listening to her client way too much, which doesn't make much sense because I'm pretty sure her client didn't ask for a blue potato sack.

Although it actually doesn't look that bad from this angle.
As for how everyone else's looks are actually going, it's hard to say, but nothing really looks super duper exciting because I guess old people can't have exciting clothes? (Sigh.)

When we get closer to runway time, typically hair and makeup is the most boring part of the show for me, but I love when they have "real" people as the models because I feel like it has to be so fun for them, and I especially love seeing the ladies here get dolled up! Work it, ladies!

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We then learn that our guest judges today are JOAN AND MELISSA RIVERS, AMAAAAAAAHZING. And also perfect for this challenge. Why isn't Joan Rivers on this shit all the time?

ICON, bitches.
And her daughter, I guess.
Our first lady down the runway is Michelle's oldie, and she is so amazing as she saunters and shakes her boobs and lives it up that I might have taken an excessive amount of screenshots from my shitty quality copy of this episode.

As for the dress itself, there's nothing spectacularly special about it, but the print is super fun, as is the belt, and clearly she feels comfortable in it to shake her thang, so I say mission accomplished!

Others of note:

Patricia's actually ends up being not too bad after she scrapped her initial blue potato sack. I think it's actually sort of interesting? But not great.

Stanley makes a sleek suit for his lady and HOLY MOLY IS SHE LOOKING HOTTT.

Richard's dress looks really comfortable, probably because it looks like a slightly stylish nightgown. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of nightgowns and would totally wear it. But probably not a runway.

Kate's is another "eh, looks cute, but isn't really special" look. But at least it looks less sloppy than the others.

At judgment time, the threesome pair of Layana, Michelle, and Patricia are safe-in-the-middle, although Heidi lets them know that Layana and Michelle actually received Heidi's highest scores of everyone, but Patricia's lower score brought them down. As they settle into the backroom to wait, Layana and Michelle do not hide their disappointment, while Patricia sits with her wide eyed, uncomfortable seeming smile that she sort of has on all the time, and it is SUPER DUPER AWKWARD. I mean I'm also kind of confused by what's going on in Patricia's head most of the time, and she's probably frustrating to work with because of that, but clearly she already feels SUPER BAD, guys. Anyway.

Richard and Stanley and Daniel and Samantha are the pairs on the top, basically because of both Stanley and Daniel's suits. I also did like Samantha's lady, though, with the leopard print and all her tattoos! The judges didn't love it as much, though, and I agree with them that the bow probably isn't that necessary and offsets her more badass vibe, but I think the bow is also more Samantha, and there's always that tug between going with your aesthetic and pleasing your client. I am also looooving Samanthat's own outfit, per usual.

"A menopausal kitten." - Joan Rivers
They also love Richard's turquoise nightgown. While Nina does say he could have pushed himself more, Rachel Roy, who's subbing for Zac Posen, as she does a lot on this season--apparently the boy is busy--says it's the most young design of the whole shabang, and I have to say that is probably true.

On the bottom we have Kate and Tu and Amanda and Benjamin. Amanda's dress is just rather...sad. Sort of like she was all episode.

Benjamin's dress meanwhile is too tight on her upper half while, as Joan Rivers says, it looks like she's hiding the Liberty Bell underneath the bottom half. Which I sort of agree with. But this oldie is so determined to not let Benjamin slide under the bus that she defends him at every turn, which is half cute, half uncomfortable.

They also rag on Tu, rightfully, for his lady's look, which is essentially a bundle of emerald fabric held together with a belt. Joan Rivers says that he "doesn't have a fucking clue in hell" who he's designing for, which is true, being that he admits he's never designed for a non-model before. Oh, Tu. He doesn't say it mean though, just honestly, and he owns up to all his mistakes and it's just real hard to hate this guy! They then tell Kate that they actually liked her look quite a bit, and that she probably wouldn't have been in the bottom if it wasn't for Tu. As opposed to Layana and Michelle, however, she says that she's fine with that, that she's just glad she got to work with Tu because they respected each other. Awww.

After deliberations, Stanley's the winner, and the bottom two are Benjamin and Amanda. Amanda's already convinced herself in the backroom that it's going to be her, but when the words come out of Heidi's mouth, turns out--it's Benjamin.

Pretty much everyone is shocked by this, including Amanda, including Benjamin, including everyone in the backroom, and I have to say I was somewhat shocked, too. I mean, Amanda's dress was pretty much a mess, whereas Benjamin at least made his client super happy. But am I terribly upset about it? I don't think so. I think everyone expected Benjamin to be one of the best designers from the beginning, because he always carried himself so gracefully with all his suits and his darn Australian accent, and he always appeared to be sort of a high class fancypants. But looking back, I can't remember anything particularly amazing from him on this season that made a lasting impression. I think he made some pretty dresses, but that's it. So while it's sad, I'm okay with the auf.

Up next: DUCK TAPE.

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