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


Bert is last. Heidi likes the fabric used in the first outfit, and she thinks the second outfit looks both expensive and elegant. Michael is pleased and notes that women like to show their shoulders. Olivia thinks the first outfit is very sexy and just the thing for the beach. She loves the belt on the second outfit.

Backstage, Josh complains about how he was born in the 1980′s and therefore couldn’t be expected to know anything about the 1970′s. Viktor, with some asperity, points out there books and movies about said decade, and a good designer needs to know the history of their chosen craft.

The judges then have their chat, starting with the designers they didn’t like. Josh can’t edit and he can’t take criticism. His pants didn’t fit and the neon animal print skirt was ugly. Anthony’s clothes were boring and he can’t mix prints. Nor would his clothes photograph well. Laura also used a poor mix of prints.

Anya, on the other hand knows how to pick good prints. She made a sexy, wearable jumpsuit. The judges didn’t like the rust-colored top, but they salute her ability to solve problems. Bert also did a nice job and he made clothes that would photograph well. His dress could work well in just about any color. Viktor made great pieces that could be mixed and matched with each other. He made a fantastic jacket. He also knows how to choose good snakeskin, which can easily look cheap.

The judges announce their decision, and the winner is Anya. Her jumpsuit will be produced and sold on Piperlime.com. Bert is in, and Olivia tells him that she likes his dress so much she wants to sell it on Piperlime.com, too. Viktor and Laura are in, leaving Josh and Anthony in the bottom two. Josh is in and Anthony is out.

Backstage, Anya tells Anthony she’ll miss him. Tim tells Anthony and the others that there is no shame in being cut at this point. Tim calls the endgame “Designer Olympics,” as the very last designers are all good. He’s got a point. The early cuts were often people who had construction problems. But we’re now past the point of somebody getting sent home for a sloppy hem.

So who’s a good bet to go to Fashion Week? Viktor arguably has the best chance of both going and winning. He’s a meticulous craftsman with a good eye for fabrics and styles.

Anya’s chief weakness is her lack of experience. She can sew well– just a bit more slowly than the others given her susceptibility to time crunches. On the plus side, she has a good eye for prints, a cool head, and resourcefulness. (Imagine what would have happened if Josh had been the one to lose his money. He’d have had a total meltdown and sulked his way out of the competition.)

Bert started strong, then went through a bad patch, and has now recovered nicely. He probably knows more fashion history than anybody else, and sews beautifully. His main weakness is that his clothes tend to be old-fashioned and simple. If he can update his fashion sense, he stands a decent chance.

Josh seems to be the long-lost younger brother of Season 5′s Kenley. Like her, he’s talented, obnoxious, and opinionated. He has a strong point of view, but he can’t edit to save his life, and, again like Kenley, he seriously needs to bone up on his fashion history. Also like Kenley, he’s not above copying other designers. He might make it to Fashion Week, but he probably won’t win.

Kimberly’s clothes, other than her pants, have apparently made little impression on the judges. She might make it past somebody who make a horrific outfit– or she might get sent home for being boring. Laura probably has the least chance of getting to Fashion Week. She has made just as little impression on the judges as Kimberly for the most part, except for Nina, who doesn’t like her taste. Laura’s days are probably numbered.

Next week: The designers have to make outfits inspired by birds.

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