Project Runway: Bad Prints, Bad Attitudes
This week on Project Runway: Another team challenge rears its ugly head; Joshua M.'s selfish attitude gives Bert's persnickety snark a run for its money; Joshua makes me cry -- again.
In this week's episode, aptly titled "Can't We All Just Get Along?" the designers are divided into two teams of five, and Heidi instructs them to work collaboratively -- no leaders should emerge or be appointed. I smell trouble!
Anthony Ryan was the winner of last week's challenge and gets to pick the first member of his team; he chooses Anya. Viktor, Bryce and Olivier join the team and they name themselves "Team Chaos." Joshua M., Becky, Laura Kathleen, Bert and Kimberly make up the second team and dub themselves "Team Nuts & Bolts."
The challenge: Create a five-look collection using textiles designed with their HP Design Suites; three of the looks must feature their textiles in a prominent manner. The teams also have to create an accompanying music video thing that also represents their team's design theme.
Designer Betsey Johnson kicks off the workroom effort, popping her head in to tell the designers: "It starts with the girl. You gotta stand for something. Being cooperative, being strong." Betsey is not the guest judge, and doesn't appear in the episode again so ... bye, Betsey.
This is the most random episode of Runway so far this season, focusing mostly on Joshua M.'s temper tantrums and very little on the designers or the clothes they are making. When the two teams break to print textiles and get their game plans together, Joshua M. has a MELT DOWN, screaming at Bert for swearing (Joshua M. told Bert to "drop dead" a few episodes ago -- is the F-word worse than that?) and then Joshua M. threatens to forfeit the challenge. Basically Joshua M. is acting like and thinking like the team leader when he is, in fact, not the team leader.
The rest of the workroom footage is edited to show us how cohesive Team Chaos is compared to Team Nuts & Bolts. The general takeaway is that Team Chaos is going to have a stronger collection because they work better together.
Eventually, Joshua M. calls for everyone's attention and makes what Bert calls a "Public Service Announcement." Joshua M. apologizes to everyone, but especially to Bert, for his outburst. Joshua's backstory comes through a little more clearly through his camera interviews: When his mom died of ovarian cancer two years ago, he wasn't able to return home to see her one last time. He gets emotional, explaining that he missed so much living in New York, working in bars and missing holidays and he just wants it all to pay off some day. We then learn that it was recently his mother's birthday. BINGO! No wonder he's been such an ass. He's obviously still in mourning for his mother, but I don't think it is an excuse to treat people so poorly.
On day two, Tim visits the workroom and gushes over Team Chaos for their cohesion, which he says he can see in their clothes and their body language. On the other hand, Team Nuts & Bolts is a hot mess, and Tim tries to diplomatically comment on it with his critiques of the clothes. Which are ugly. The textiles are bad, the construction is sloppy. At one point, Tim says their concept gives him the hives. Tim literally makes them join hands and promise to sync up their communication. Might be a little late for that.
Guest judges are designer Rachel Roy and actress Rose Byrne.
Team Nuts & Bolts: Bert's dress is great except for the length. Of course, I'm 4'10, and mid-calf length dresses are always immediate "nos" in my book. That said, the zipper detail at the shoulder is rad. Joshua M.'s wonky jacket and pegged pants are not great; Becky's poorly constructed tank can't be saved with a moderately good cropped jacket. Kimberly's look incorporates none of the homemade textiles and it shows -- it's attractive. Laura Kathleen's royal blue jumpsuit has a lot of great details -- but it's a jumpsuit, and I don't love jumpsuits.
Team Chaos: Anya made a gorgeous mini dress -- sharp, tailored, beautiful. Bryce's shorts are adorable and fit beautifully; the drape on the T-shirt is gorgeous. AR's look is precious and the styling is awesome. Olivier's jacket is gorgeous but you can tell he spent half the time on the pants. Viktor's gown is stunning.
Winning Team: Team Chaos
Heidi: In two days you guys did so much work. Impeccable. Today was one of the best runway shows. I love all the prints. Michael: Olivier, the tailoring on your jacket is fantastic; one of the strongest pieces we've ever seen. The evening gown is very, very chic -- fantastic. Nina: In my opinion, it is very well done. Olivier, that's the jacket I want; it looks gorgeous. Rachel: I love your collection -- the clothes are the story. I'm glad you brought color in. Rose: I would wear all of these things.
Losing Team: Team Nuts & Bolts
Heidi: My biggest problem is that it is so busy. Michael: What bothers me is the theme you guys picked, it's so literal what you sent down the runway. Time doesn't have to be that literal. The video was like a hooker convention coming home after a late night. You guys beat the other team as far as having a cohesive look to the girls -- all of that pulls it together for me and I think that's a good thing. Nina: Mistakes and missed opportunities. All of the three prints are horrible. Rose: I didn't think (the clothes) were that flattering.
Winner: Anya, who stepped outside her long, flowy comfort zone and did something sharp and sleek.
Out: Becky, who could never really find a way to translate her aesthetic into the challenges.
Get the Theater and Arts Newsletter
Exclusive discounts and announcements to Houston theater shows and art events