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Project Runway 9, Episode 10 – Return of the Me Decade

Last week on Project Runway, the designers faced the dreaded menswear challenge when they had to design a suitably retro look for the Sheepdogs, a 70’s inspired rock band. Olivier was thrown for a major loop when he had to design for the lead singer, who stood over six feet tall. His experience with menswear had apparently not prepared him for men who shop in the Big and Tall department. Consequently, Olivier was sent home, while Viktor won by making a fantastic jacket for his client.

For a change of pace, Lifetime catches up with the designers right after the challenge. They’re at their apartment getting ready for bed and discussing the challenge.

The next morning, the designers meet up with Heidi, who tells them to “look to the past.” She then sends them to the workroom to meet Tim and a “special guest,” who turns out to be Heather Archibald from Piperlime.com. According to her, the 70’s are due for a revival, and she wants the designers to make a 70’s inspired outfit, which has to be separates. The winner of the challenge will be able to sell their look on Piperlime.com.

The designers will have thirty minutes to sketch plus a budget of $100.00 to spend at Mood. Bert promptly grabs a some glittery gold platform shoes that look something that might have been worn at a disco and decides to build his look around them. Josh, who is the youngest of the remaining designers, apparently doesn’t know anything about the 70’s and is consequently feeling rather lost. (Um, Josh, you’re a fan of the Village People, right? They did get their start in the 70’s…) Kimberly tells us that her mother had been a secretary during the 70’s. She will therefore make a sexier version of her mom’s clothes.

At Mood, Kimberly, Bert, and several other designers seek out prints. Anya wants burgundy and/or brown as those are colors she associates with the 1970’s. Unfortunately, her dress has no pockets, which means she has no real place to put her money envelope, which she tucks in one of her dress’ straps. Unfortunately, she loses the money. After frantic searching, she turns to Tim for help, and he spells out her options: 1) use muslin and/or 2) beg money from her fellows. Unfortunately, her fellow designers have all spent their share– except for Anthony who has 11.00 left over. He gives it to her, and she buys some fabric, plus a few buttons and a zipper.

Back at the workshop, some of the other designers, after some prodding from Tim, who reminds them that Anya has often shared her fabrics with them, give her materials they’re not using. (Tim’s right, by the way, Anya gave Kimberly some fabric just last episode.) Viktor doesn’t, though. He DR’s that he’d like to help, but this is a competition, so he won’t.

At 57, Bert has lived through the 70’s. Viktor takes advantage of this to ask him which of the shoes on the accessory wall are patterned after 70’s shoes. Josh tells us that he has some familiarity with the glam, disco 1970’s, but he needs something salable. Laura is enjoying this challenge because she likes vintage clothing. Viktor suspects Josh is stealing ideas from other designers but decides to keep his opinion to himself. He assures himself that he’s a better designer and tailor than Josh, so it doesn’t matter if Josh steals his ideas or not.

Anya decides to dye her muslin, and the result is a sort of rusty orange. While Kimberly is making pants, Anya talks about how the three women had made a pact to help each other. Bert is using gold lame. He talks about how he used to go to Study 54 and hang out with people like Halston and Dianna Ross. It’s then time to go home.

The following morning, Tim tells the designers that there’s a twist to the challenge. They have to make a second look, and it has to be a one-piece of some kind. They have a $50.00 budget and 15 minutes to sketch, starting now. Kimberly decides not to sketch, but continues working on her first look, hoping that she’ll get an idea while working. When the gang goes to Mood, Anya pins her money to her shirt, so she won’t lose it again.

After the designers return from Mood and start working, Tim comes in to make his rounds. He starts with Anthony, who is making a “midi-skirt.” In other words, it will be about knee-length. Tim thinks it looks old. He then checks in with Anya, who has started her second look, a jumpsuit. Tim stops by Bert, and thinks Bert’s look might actually be too vintage. Kimberly is working on a fitted jumper, while Viktor is making a safari jacket for his first look. Josh is making a hot pink top and tells Tim he’s shooting for an androgynous look. Laura is making a jumpsuit for her second look, and Tim warns her to mind her taste, as Nina has questioned her taste level.

The models then come in for their fitting and Bert’s model comments that his outfit reminds her of Charlie’s Angels. If she’s talking about the 70’s show, that’s good, but if she’s talking about the more recent movie, Bert could have problems. Anthony asks Anya her opinion about something; he tells us that she’s the girl he would dress. Having a muse for inspiration for can be helpful, but I’m not sure if Anya’s look is vintage enough for this challenge. After the models leave, it’s time for the designers to go back home.

On the day of the runway show, the designers get back to work. Tim sends in the models for hair and make-up. Kimberly now discovers that her waistband doesn’t fit the model, so she has to cut and make a new one. Anya is also running behind and tells us that just once she would like to truly finish on time. Then it’s off to the runway, where the designers meet Olivia Palermo, a “guest editor” for Piperlime.com.