An unexpected turn of events occurred early in the episode; Jake Wall found out that his beloved dog needed to be put to sleep, so he chose to leave the competition. I'm sure that was one of the most difficult decisions he's ever had to make. Project Runway is a huge opportunity, but when you love an animal it would be horrible to not be able to say goodbye to them. Sending lots of love Jake's way. <3
I'm sure the designers are pretty tired of unconventional challenges by now, but this week brought on another. This challenge had the designers dumpster diving to find old technology (keyboards, floppy discs, mouse pads, metal tubes, wires, etc.) which they used to make modern designs.
My Top Three:
1. Kelly Dempsey
This was a clear standout. It's still insane to me that she was able to take metal tubing and make it into a gorgeous dress worthy of a modern Daisy Gatsby. If I had the body for it I'd wear it in a second! She had a great look last week, but this is definitely the best piece Kelly has made all season. I hope she keeps it up!
2. Ashley Nell Tipton
We all know I'm a fan of Ashley's work, and this look was no exception to her greatness. I mean, it's a dress out of Polaroids. She used the dye inside the Polaroids to make a PATTERN. Even if this was a dress out normal fabric, the design itself is super cute and flirty.
3. Swapnil Shinde
Swapnil procrastinated a fair bit on this project, and I do think it could be better and he shouldn't have used muslin for the bottom, but the WAY he used muslin for the bottom was beautiful, and the end result of the whole look was really ethereal and creative.
My Bottom Three:
1. Candice Cuoco
Remember Andy South's unconventional ribbon look from several seasons back? This looked like Candice was trying to do that, but didn't do it as well. Her execution is poor, and I've seen it before. And that, kids, is how you rhyme.
2. Lindsey Creel
I loved the top of this look, and the effect with the keyboard pieces was really great. But the waistband, the little "bow" on the neckline and the skirt looked a little too crafty.
3. Merline Labissiere
Now, Merline had immunity, and she said from the beginning that she was going to use her immunity to create something unique that she would never normally make. That she did, but it wasn't good. The design and the shape was creative, but it was just sloppy and slapped together. When muslin shows through the covering and when you don't have enough dress to cover a model's backside, it's a problem.
I understand why Joseph Charles Poli was eliminated because design wise, there really wasn't much to his look. I know I haven't been a fan of his in the past, but I feel a little bad that he was sent home for this design. He really did try to push his aesthetic into something sexier, and if this look had been made out of conventional fabric it would have been pretty solid.
So we say so long to both Joseph and Jake. Sometimes a contestant leaving means everyone remains safe, but not this time. WHO KNOWS what next week will bring.
That sounded ominous. It's Project Runway. It's not that ominous.
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