As with many reality shows, there’s usually some twist that leaves us in awe and shock, but this week on Project Runway we witnessed an event that we rarely see.
For this week’s challenge, the designers were able to try a real life experience in the fashion industry. The designers had to sketch a three-piece, ready-to-wear outfit for INC (International Concepts) and present it to Macy’s VP of Sportswear, Mahmet Tangoren. Mahmet reminded the group that INC’s customers are “fashion forward, ageless, read all the magazines, and want the hot new looks.” The winning outfit will then be put into production and sold at Macy’s largest stores nationwide.
After their presentations, Mahmet then chose four team leaders that he felt best fit the INC brand.
The Cheater Goes Home
With a $100 budget, the designers scramble to buy the perfect fabric. Keith bartered with the cashier and ended up with an $18 discount. “I always kind of break the rules, just a tiny bit,” Keith confesses. “Because I think I’m right.”
Apparently this wasn’t the only rule Keith was breaking. Kayne confided in Vincent that he saw fashion pattern books in Keith’s room. Vincent blurts that rules are rules, and Robert insists that it was clearly stated what you can and can’t do in this contest. So Kayne tells the producer, who then tells Tim Gunn, who then knocks on Keith’s door and informs him that not only is he being kicked off the show, but he’s also “disgusted” by Keith’s tactics since he’s such a good designer. But this isn’t Keith’s only transgression; he had also left production for several hours and used the Internet, which are also huge no-nos in the reality show world.
Alison and Jeffery are then left to “carry on and frankly make it work” to finish Keith’s brainchild.
And The Winners Are…
Since we only had four outfits this week, I narrowed it down to these categories:
The judges agreed. Angela and Keith’s outfits were both the highest scored designs. Heidi announced that the winning piece would be showcased in a Macy’s window display the next morning. Both teams headed out to Macy’s in anticipation, and it was Angela’s team who rejoiced in victory.
Although Robert’s design lacked creativity, it was Bonnie’s “fashion backward” outfit that left her in tears as she said goodbye to the her fellow designers. Keith claimed he’d be a laughing stock to his family and friends as he left the show, but I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ve heard from Keith, because despite his arrogance and rule breaking, he was a fine designer. It’s a real shame he had to break the rules; it would have been fun to watch him carry on with his innovative designs.