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Project Runway 9, Episode 5 – Are you Ready to Rock?


The Sheepdogs come in for their last fitting. Bert had tie-dyed his shirt, so it’s partly brown and partly purple. The Sheepdogs get dressed– except for Ewan, who is waiting for Olivier to finish. Ewan jokes about the emperor’s new clothes and hopes his guitar will cover his crotch. Olivier finally brings his clothes to Ewan for his fitting, but he doesn’t have much time to fix things– like the fact there’s no fastener to hold the pants decently closed. Ewan jokingly asks if Olivier will hold the pants shut while he performs. Bert comments that Kimberly’s dashiki looks more a fast-food worker’s uniform. He’s right, unfortunately.

Then it’s off to hair and make-up, where Ewan gets braids. Anya tells us she hates the look she’s made, saying it’s poorly designed and constructed. She’s sure that she and Kimberly will be in the bottom. Then it’s off to the show, where Heidi introduces everybody to the guest judge, singer and American Idol contestant Adam Lambert.

As promised, the band puts on a concert. They perform their first concert wearing Team Harmony’s duds. Anthony made Ryan white bellbottom jeans and a sleeveless patterned tan shirt with a long brown fringe coming down the back. Anya made Sam dark jeans and a two-toned brown dashiki with metallic trim.

Laura made Leot some red jeans. She also made a tank-top spattered with red dye that has the unfortunate effect of making Leot look like he’d bled on his own shirt. She then added a loose purple jacket and a patterned red scarf. Bert made striped purple pants for Ewan. He also tie-dyed Ewan’s shirt and jacket, so both would be brown and purple. He had the hairstylist give Ewan braids.

The band then changes into the clothes Team Untitled made foe them. Josh made white bellbottoms for Ryan– and decorated the crotch area with a massive zipper. He also added brown patches to the back pockets and the outer sides of the legs. He then added white buttons to the patches on the legs. Josh also made an orange, brown, and white shirt with a busy pattern and a striped blue vest that is not only decorated with brown fringe, but has brown fringe for “sleeves.” Kimberly made Sam a pair of dark brown pants and an orange shirt decorated with brown trim.

Viktor made Leot distressed dark blue jeans. He added a yellow and white shirt with large flowers on it. He then added a dark brown pleather jacket with braiding on the top and a long fringe down the back. Olivier made Ewan a pair of white pants. He also made a long-sleeved yellow shirt with swans and flowers on it. He made pockets and the collar out of some very pale blue material.

After that, Team Untitled is sent backstage, while Team Harmony has to face the judges. Heidi doesn’t say if Ream Harmony is the winning team or not. Heidi then asks if there was a theme, and Anya answers that they’d been inspired by Jimi Hendrix. Michael answers that he doesn’t see it, as their looks have no swagger– and rock singers generally have a swagger. Nina adds that they had needed to do something unique. Michael uses Adam as an example, since he does borrow from other people’s looks, but still makes the resultant look unique.

Laura then talks about how Leot had wanted red pants, so she’d dyed him a pair. She also tie-dyed some of his other garments. Leot likes the look, and Heidi says it’s one of her favorites. She praises the fit of the pants. Michael doesn’t like the dye job on the shirt, as the red dye looks like blood. Nina thinks the jacket looks too feminine, while the scarf looks like something from the mall.

Ewan admits that Bert’s look is outside of his comfort zone, but adds that’s his problem, not Bert’s. Adam thinks it’s chic, and Michael’s impressed that Bert, of all people, could pull off a rocker look without turning it into a costume. Heidi likes the fabric, but not the braids. Nina, however, does like the braids, saying they make Ewan look like a Viking. They help give him a persona.

Nina and Heidi both think Sam looks like Pocahontas in Anya’s dashiki. It’s too literal. Sam likes the vibe, but admits the clothes themselves are rather bad. The pants are especially poorly made and Michael comments that this is the first time that Anya’s lack of experience has really shown. Adam thinks Sam looks like he’s in an eighth grade production of Hair.

Ryan doesn’t normally like sleeveless shirts, but he does like the one Anthony made. The judges think Ryan looks too polished. Heidi wishes the pants were tighter, while Michael says the look reminds him of the Golden Girls. Adam likes the cut of the shirt, but not the style.

Onto Team Untitled. Olivier wanted to give Ewan a Western look. Ewan wishes Olivier had picked a simpler style and he especially dislikes the color of the pants. Heidi asks Olivier why he’d make light pants for somebody who wanted dark pants. She adds that the color scheme is boring. Michael calls the look too feminine. Adam thinks the cut is unflattering. Heidi then asks Ewan to roll down his sleeves, and when he does, he reveals unfinished hems. Olivier’s time management problems have tripped him up big time.


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