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Project Runway 9, Episode 11 – Showing One's Range


Next up is Anya. Her first look is an asymmetrical sleeveless black dress with a plunging back. Her second look is a pair of rust pants and a snug one-shouldered tunic of the same color. Her final look is a sleeveless white gown with a long slit going up one leg.

Finally, it’s Viktor’s turn. His first look is a black and grey leather jacket over a patterned black and white top. Skinny black pants complete the look. His second look is another patterned black and white top with a black mini-skirt and a bright red belt to liven things up. His final piece is a strapless little black dress.

The judges start with Joshua, who tells them about the military chapel he’d visited and how he wanted to play with fragility and strength. Michael thinks the collection shows too much diversity and that he had the usual problem with editing. Zoe likes the first dress, but says the third look reminds her of the Statue of Liberty. Heidi thinks the silver fabric used in the third design looks cheap. She wonders out loud if he was attracted to it because of its shininess. Josh asks if she’s assuming that. Michael calls Josh a magpie and warns him that glitter and shininess can look cheap very easily.

Kimberly wanted to show she could do a coat. She also seems nervous and unsure of herself. Zoe likes the coat and the silver dress. Michael doesn’t like the coat and Heidi doesn’t think the collection is cohesive. It looks like garments made for three different women. Kimberly tells the judges that she’d learned a lot, and Heidi asks if that’s a good-bye speech. It could be, as Kimberly has been overshadowed by many of the others for much of the season– which is what tends to happen to the nice, quiet designers who don’t stir up drama.

Laura tells the judges that she saw circles all over the place at Governor’s Island. Heidi notes her nerves and asks about them. Laura tells her about wanting to be a designer ever since her teen years. Heidi likes the circle gown, but thinks the second piece looks like a last-minute job. Nor does it go with the other two looks. Nina dislikes the silhouette of the blazer. Michael likes the gown, but not the other two pieces. He adds that Laura picked a lousy time to choke– which is what he thinks happened when she made her second piece.

Anya tells the judges that she saw sculptures all over the place. Nina has the models turn around so the judges can take in all of the angles of Anya’s designs. She thinks the collection is cohesive. Heidi like the black dress, but thinks the white one looks like a sheet. Michael thinks the looks are sophisticated and that Anya’s pushing herself. He also thinks Anya understands women’s bodies and how to dress people. For instance, she had the wit to put the tallest model in the white dress. Zoe gets a sci-fi feel, which she loves. She doesn’t like the white gown, either, though.

Viktor talks about his love of structure. Heidi’s amazed by his skills, as he’s one of the best when it comes to construction. On the other hand, she’s not impressed by his ideas, and there’s no “wow” piece in the collection. Nina likes most of his designs, but thinks the skirt and shirt combo look a bit secretarial. Zoe likes it, but is less fond of the black dress. Michael thinks Viktor’s collection is the most commercial, as many women could and would wear his designs. He’d like Viktor to turn up the volume and make more runway pieces.

Then Heidi asks the designers why they should go to Fashion Week and who should accompany them. Josh assures the judges he’d do the work and bring something great. He’d take Viktor and Anya. Kimberly wants to change people’s perceptions of what a fashion designer should be. She’d take Laura and Anya because the three of them have very different sensibilities. Anya assures the judges that her point of view is solid and unique. She’d take Viktor and Josh. Laura thinks she has strong skill and passion. She would take Viktor and Anya. Viktor used to be indifferent to fashion and now can’t live without it. He would take Josh and Anya.

The judges then dismiss everybody to have what they admit will be a long conversation. They start with Anya, who had made a gorgeous black dress and is blessed with good taste. She’s also a quick learner, and has gradually been moving away from the tropical look of her audition collection and early works. Viktor has impressive sewing skills and makes the most commercial pieces. He can be a little too conservative, though.

Josh had made an elegant white dress, but his taste is often questionable. His silver piece needed a different, less gaudy fabric. The judges wonder what would happen if left to his own devices for weeks on end during the Fashion Week preparations. Laura knows how to make clothes, but has no range. She’s passionate about fashion, but is that enough? Kimberly was plainly trying to challenge herself during this last challenge. She has lots of potential, but the judges wonder why she didn’t make pants when that’s one of her strengths.

Eventually, the judges call everyone back in to announce their decisions. Anya and Viktor are both shoo-ins, but Heidi does advise Viktor to turn up the volume. Josh and Kimberly are in, too, but Laura is out.

After the Runway is shown, all of the Final Five are there, plus Becky and Olivier.

Next week: The designers go home to prepare for Fashion Week. Tim visits them at their homes.

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