Project Runway 11: Time to Surprise Heidi

Last week on Project Runway. the designers had to make new uniforms for Susan Sarandon’s ping-pong club, SPiN.  Layana from Team Keeping It Real (KIR) won, while James of the Dream Team was sent home.

The next day, at Atlas, the designers get ready to face a new day.  Members of the Dream Team fret about their losses, while some of the guys on Team KIR discuss who they think the weaker designers on their team are.  Oddly, somebody mentions Patricia, who was in the top three in the first episode.

Then it’s off to Parson’s, where the designers find a bunch of pink boxes and a glass tray full of rose petals, leaves, and the like waiting for them.  Tim explains that their next challenge will be a client challenge.  Said client is opinionated and demanding– and it’s Heidi.  She is launching a new perfume called “Surprise,” and needs new clothes.  Specifically, she needs two outfits:  one for a T.V. commercial and one for a P.R. event.

Each team will make six outfits:  four for the T.V. ad and two for the P.R. event.  The winning team will produce two winners.  Heidi then shows the designers the contents of the pink boxes, and they turn out to be items associated with the perfume and that should serve as the designers’ inspiration.  Heidi then tells them that the colors associated with “Surprise” are pink, gold, and black.  The designers are to work with that palette.

The designers will have thirty minutes to sketch and caucus.  Each team will have a budget of 1200.00.  Team Keeping It Real discusses who will do what.  They have eight designers working on six looks, so Amanda and Joseph team up, as do Layana and Kate.  Amanda and Joseph will work on a P.R. look as will Patricia.  Over on the Dream Team, everybody will work on a single look, which they desperately hope will work to their advantage.  Cindy and Benjamin both opt to work on T.V. ad looks.  Amanda and Joseph on Team KIR quickly discover a problem:  They have very different aesthetics.  She likes very structured looks, while prefers draping and whimsy.

At Mood, Patricia decides to make a leather mesh textile.  For a one day challenge.  Daniel tells us that his look will be inspired by Bond girls.  Matthew admits to being nervous and tells us he’s not a dressmaker.  Joseph and Amanda still aren’t sure what to do or how to bridge their different tastes.  Kate and Layna find they are over-budget, and Daniel gentlemanly gives them his left-over money.  Some of their other teammates also contribute.  I’m guessing Team KIR will continue to play nice like this until the Dream Team is more or less gone, at which point it will become every designer for himself or herself.  Another possibility is that alliances start forming, as pairs or trios work together to get their look to the top, or at least keep it out of the bottom.

Back at the workroom, everybody gets to work, except for Amanda and Joseph, who are still sketching and discussing what to make.  Cindy has bought several bolts of pink fabric and she asks Benjamin which one he likes best.  He picks an iridescent gold-pink fabric.  I’m not convinced how good that will look on T.V.  Amanda and Joseph likewise go to Richard for advice.  Joseph wants to do something avant-garde, but Amanda suggests otherwise.  She and Joseph eventually decide on a low-cut dress with a lattice design.

Tim comes in to make his rounds and he starts with the Dream Team.  Benjamin shows off his sketch; he isn’t very far along with his actual dress.  Tim advises him that gold fabric should look as if it were all one piece.  Tu talks about how his look was inspired by rose petals.  Matthew is making something out of leather– and is bored by his own design.  Cindy is working on a short sheath dress and had also added a cover-up, which Tim advises her to ditch.  He does like Michelle’s design.

Tim then stops by Team KIR.  Amanda and Joseph explain the problems they’ve had, while Patricia shows off her pink leather mesh.  Richard is making a black dress, and Stanley is making a gold dress.  Daniel is making a gown, and Tim likes what he sees so far.  Kate and Layana are working on a corseted dress, and they’re having disagreements about the color scheme.  Is there too much pink or too much black?

After Tim leaves, Daniel realizes his gown needs something to liven it up, and asks Patricia for some black leather that she’s not using.  She gives it to him.  He decides to use it for a contrasting trim.  The models then come in for their fittings.  Cindy finds this frustrating, and comments, “This is so much harder than it looks on T.V.”  Benjamin is also feeling the pressure, and breaks down, talking about how he’d recently gotten out of an emotionally abusive relationship.  Given that he’s unraveling before our eyes, I think Benjamin came on the show earlier than was good for him.  He’d needed time to recover more fully from his ordeal.  It looks as if he may have made the same mistake as Johnny Sakalis from Season 6.  Johnny was a recently recovered drug addict who found the rigors of a competitive reality too much to cope with– and ended up an early casualty, after crashing and burning on T.V.

On the day of the runway show, the designers get back to work.  Tim sends in the models and reminds everybody to use the accessory wall thoughtfully.  Daniel reminds us that he’s self-taught.  Benjamin, meanwhile, has fallen behind in his look, and Cindy tries to help him.  They end up wrapping leather straps around the model.

On the runway, Heidi introduces the guest judge, Kristin Davis, who had played Charlotte York Goldenblatt in Sex and the City.  Team KIR is up first.

Daniel made a long, draped creamy gown with a slit going up one side.  The plunging neckline is trimmed with black leather, which also serves as a yoke.

Patricia made a rather plain, sleeveless beige dress that has a plunging back.  She livened it up with a pale pink vest made out of leather mesh, which consists of little squares sewn catty-corner to each other, so every four squares enclose a square hole of negative space.  The bottom of the vest is trimmed with a fringe made of larger gold squares.

Josepha and Amanda made a sleeveless black dress with a plunging v-neck collar.  The front is decorated with a black and brown lattice-work design.  Richard made a one-shouldered black and silver mini-dress.  Nice.  Unfortunately, he lost his mind and added a massive black ruffle or bustle to the rear.  Not so nice.

Layana and Kate made a long black shoulderless dress.  It has a long slit up one side.  It also has a pink and black corset.  The back is laced and the front has a bow or flower detail.  Stanley made a one-shouldered gold lamé dress with black trim at the top.  He then ruins it by seriously overdoing the jewelry, most notably with several gold chains around the model’s neck.  That’s overkill, pal.

Next up is the Dream Team.  Michelle is first, and she made a short, sleeveless black dress with an exposed back.  The shoulder portion is made of black leather and decorated with brass studs.  Matthew made a black mini-dress that shows a lot of skin.  It has bare shoulders and a bare back.  He then made a black leather collar with a leash attached to it.  Dude, the dress is for a press event, not a Halloween party.

Cindy made a short, sleeveless dress out of an iridescent, shimmering pink/yellow fabric.  It has a slit down the front of the bodice, and a plunging back.  In back, the dress, seems to be poorly fitted.  Samantha made a long black dress with a slit up the front.  Part of the top is made of illusion.

Benjamin made a long pink dress with a long slit up one side.  It’s shoulderless and he plainly did not finish whatever supports he was making for the bodice.  He ends up using gold leather straps to hold the bodice in place.  Even so, it still looks as if it’s about to slide off the model’s breasts.  Tu made a sleeveless black dress that is short in front but has a train in the back.

After the show, Heidi announces the winning team and it’s Team KIR again.  Okay, it’s official:  They need to mix up the teams.  It’s getting boring seeing the same team win over and over.  Not only that, but the better designers on the Dream Team like Tu shouldn’t go home before the weaker designers on Team KIR just because they have the bad luck to be on the losing team.

The judges decide to start with the Dream Team, so Team KIR goes backstage to wait.  Heidi then announces that Matt, Cindy, and Benjamin are the ones in the bottom.

Matt explains that he was going for a 90’s fetish vibe after hearing Heidi use the word “bondage”
when describing her perfume bottle design.  Zac understands, but thinks the collar and leash look trashy, not sexy.  Heidi says the look makes her think, “Where’s my whip?” and adds that she couldn’t wear it to an event.  Kristin says she would “die” if somebody asked her to wear it.  (Presumably of embarrassment.)  Nina says she doesn’t understand how he could have dropped the ball on such a simple challenge.

Cindy wanted to make something sexier than her usual style.  She also thought the color was elegant.  Heidi explains that it’s fit that makes a dress sexy, not a slit down the front.  Zac hates the fabric and explains it wouldn’t photograph well.  Nina adds that the fabric looks cheap, as iridescent fabric often does.  Kristin says it looks like something she would have worn on Sex and the City— about 10 years ago.

Benjamin says he chose a fabric that was the same color as the perfume.  He also used chiffon because it was light, like a spritz of perfume.  Kristin likes the color, but thinks the bodice looks upsetting and painful.  Heidi had written “droopy boobs” on her card.  Nina says it’s the worst construction she’s ever seen and adds that the model looks as if she’s been shipwrecked.  Zac scolds Benjamin for making excuses for his bad work.

Then it’s Team KIR’s turn to face the judges.  Before starting, Heidi scolds Richard and Stanley for their lackluster efforts in this challenge, pointing out they are safe by virtue of being on the winning team.  The top designers are Daniel, Patricia, and Layana/Kate.

Patricia starts by explaining that she cut the pieces of her mesh by hand in order to create a light look for a traditionally tough fabric.  Nina likes the look and calls it “interesting.”  Zac enjoys the fact that Patricia makes her own fabrics and thereby put her own stamp on her designs.  Heidi adds that Patricia does things they’ve never seen before.  Kristin thinks the look is interesting, but wonders if it could be cut into a more flattering shape.  Zac adds that the dress could be made for a younger woman.  Heidi likes that it’s boxy and unexpected.  The rest of Team KIR praise Patricia for her hard work.

Next up are Kate and Layana.  Kate explains that she wanted a fitted look that would show off Heidi’s body.  Both women claim equal credit for the look, in execution and ideas.  Heidi loves the mix of soft and hard in the dress.  She also likes the boning in the corset, which she says looks good from every angle.  Zac likes the draping, but adds he would have added one more layer over the pink corset.  Nina thought the dress’ movement coming down the runway was beautiful and would work well in a photoshoot.  Kristin loves the color scheme, which reminds her of ballet.  When asked which of them should win, if the dress id the winning look, both women declare that having Heidi wear their dress is a big enough win in itself.

Last up is Daniel, who talks about his Bond girl inspiration.  He admits the leather was an afterthought.  Heidi admires the lines of the dress, which are simple and sophisticated.  Kristin thinks it’s flattering.  Nina loves the construction and the shape, but has reservations about the fabric choice.  Zac thinks it’s well-done, but thinks the color isn’t the best choice for photography.

The judges have their chat, starting with the designers they’d liked.  Patricia’s look was cool and fresh.  Layana and Kate had made a stunning dress.  Daniel’s look was elegant with a sexy silhouette.  As for the losing designers, Matthew had gone overboard with his sexual theme.  Cindy had chosen poorly when it came to fabric, and Benjamin’s construction was horrible.

Heidi then announces the judges’ decision.  Kate is the winner for the ad campaign, so Layana is safe.  Daniel is the winner for the P.R. event, even though he’d actually made his dress for the T.V. ad.  Patricia and Matthew are safe, leaving Cindy and Benjamin in the bottom.  Cindy is out, after three trips to the bottom, so Benjamin is in.

Next week:  It’s the unconventional materials challenge.

What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – Justin Bieber on SNL

Justin Bieber is both the guest host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. It’s about time. We haven’t heard anything about him in a few weeks. Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. The Job. Series premiere. Contestants compete for an assistant manager position with Palm Restaurant Group. 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. Dateline NBC. A pastor loses a second wife to an accident, making authorities suspicious. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Last Man Standing. Mike offers Mandy’s new boyfriend a job, and Kristin tries to figure out her relationship with Ryan. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. Nikita. Michael quits as field agent to run operations again inside Division, and Nikita is taken into dangerous territory by a secret mission. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. Touch. Chef Gordon Ramsay lends his expertise to Levanti’s in Beaver, PA. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Four Weddings. Thais transforms her beach wedding into a black tie event, Rebecca adds the outdoors into her banquet event, Wanda hosts a Christmas derby, and Nataly gets bodyguards because of her million dollar diamonds. 7:00 PM CT TLC

7. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

8. Malibu Country Reba has Shauna as a house guest while they collaborate on a song. 7:30 PM CT ABC

9. CSI: NY. Mac and the CSI team hope to outsmart Christine’s kidnappers by working with D.B. Russell. 8:00 PM CT CBS

10. Shark Tank. The inventions proposed include a handheld cooler, an environmentally-friendly dry cleaning bag, and an alternative to chewing tobacco. Also, a previous entrepreneur comes back with another new idea 8:00 PM CT ABC

11. Say Yes to the Dress. In the first half hour, Nicole shops for her destination wedding gown without her quadruplet infants, and Margo looks for a gown to make her feel beautiful after losing her hair in cancer treatments. In the second half hour, Stephanie looks for a gown she can dance in, Kristyn has been avoiding dress-shopping being too self-conscious of her body, and Sherri is nervous about a tight gown, despite losing 35 pounds. 8:00 PM CT TLC

12. Ghost Adventures. Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin showcase the locations where they have experienced their most intense moments when performing spiritual rituals. Through séances, libations, and voodoo practices, the guys open the gates to the spirit world and summon the voices of the past, resulting in a powerful connection to lost souls. When the guys dare an entity to show its face, the spirits prove to be unforgiving. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. Blue Bloods. Danny investigates the Hasidic community when Hasidic Grand Rebbe and a new appointee die. 9:00 PM CT CBS

14. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories includeCapt. Tad Wrona discussing his emergency landing of a Boeing 767, Chrisanna Northrup, husband, and two sisters who are competitive endurance runners, and The American Bible Challenge. 9:00 PM CT NBC

15. 20/20. Stories cover a 6-year-old who was a hostage for a week in an underground bunker, a woman discussing being kidnapped as a child, people who survived insurmountable odds, surprising items found in x-rays, and falling through a frozen lake. 9:00 PM CT ABC

16. Merlin. When Gwen is snatched from Camelot without warning, Merlin knows there can be only one person responsible: Morgana. Watch a sneak peek into “The Dark Tower,” when Merlin meets Queen Mab. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

17. Police Women of Dallas. Yvette heads to a call of a woman being threatened by her boyfriend, Tracy lends a hand to a woman who is locked out, and Angela investigates a robbery that involves a trucker. 9:00 PM CT OWN

18. Something Borrowed, Something New. In the first half hour, Maricela puts family above all else and is torn being a traditional dress and one that makes her feel like a new woman. In the second half hour, Jaime tries on her mom’s gown, and her dad thinks it’s perfect, while her mom believes she deserves her own dress. 9:00 PM CT TLC

19. The Dead Files. Steve DiSchiavi and Amy Allan investigate reports of horrifying paranormal encounters at a home in Bloomington, Illinois. Their frightened client, Diane, says that she’s seeing strange things, she’s been scratched, and that an entity told her she has only two years to live. Diane is desperate to stop the activity and believes that she and her disabled son’s lives are in danger. 9:00 PM CT TLC

20. Real Time with Bill Maher. The panelists include Julian Assange, Tina Brown, Josh Barro, Martin Bashir, and Lawrence Krauss. 9:00 PM CT HBO

21. Banshee. A band of marauding bikers crashes the annual Banshee Spirit Festival, with deadly consequences, sparking Lucas and Siobahn (Trieste Kelly Dunn) to mete out vigilante justice. Burned after losing his key witness against Proctor, Lucas is further dismayed when FBI agent Xavier (Derek Cecil) arrives to monitor the situation. Rebecca Bowman (Lili Simmons), torn between passion and her Amish roots, finds a kindred spirit in the sheriff. 9:00 PM CT Cinemax

22. NBA Basketball. Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz. 9:30 PM CT ESPN

23. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Set MacFarlane, Jenna Elfman, and Norah Jones. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Saturday

1. College Basketball. Michigan at Wisconsin. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

2. College Basketball. Florida State at Wake Forest. 11:00 AM CT ESPN 2

3. College Basketball. MIssissippi at Missouri. 12:00 PM CT CBS

4. College Basketball. North Carolina at Miami. 1:00 PM CT ESPN

5. College Basketball. Saint Joseph’s at Masssachusetts. 1:00 PM CT ESPN 2

6. PGA Tour Golf. Third Round of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from Pebble Beach, CA. 2:00 PM CT CBS

7. College Basketball. St. John’s at Georgetown. 3:00 PM CT CBS

8. College Basketball. Kansas at Oklahoma. 3:00 PM CT ESPN

9. College Basketball. Valparaiso at Cleveland State. 3:00 PM CT ESPN 2

10. College Basketball. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati. 5:00 PM CT ESPN

11. College Basketball. Iowa State at Kansas State. 5:00 PM CT ESPN 2

12. American Ninja Warrior. Contestants look to land a spot in the finals. 7:00 PM CT NBC

13. Cops. In the first half hour, a Vegas woman refuses to pay for her cab, officers get two calls about a knife fight, and a tour chases an alleged robbery. In the second half hour, a suspect flees a car crash, and officers find a gun and drugs, roommates get into a domestic dispute, and two mean leaving a drug dealer’s home are questioned. 7:00 PM CT Fox

14. Untold Stories of the E.R. In the first hour, a woman gives birth in a car, a bride believes she’s possessed, and a heart attack patient in a coma. In the second half hour, a teen has an ectopic pregnancy, a young mom flatlines in and out, and healthy patient refuses to leave. 7:00 PM CT TLC

15. Too Cute!. Five piglets making friends with a dog, Mini Lop rabbits, and three baby hedgehogs. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

16. College Basketball. LSU at Alabama. 7:00 PM CT ESPN 2

17. The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family. A look back at the 2012 Grammys just after Whitney Houston’s death. 8:00 PM CT CBS

18. Despicable Me. In this animated flick starring Steve Carell, a super villain plans on carrying out the ultimate plan to steal the moon, but gets stuck with three little orphaned girls that stand in his way. 7:00 PM CT Disney

19. Be My Valentine. Billy Baldwin stars as firefighter lieutenant Dan Farrell, a widower and single dad who has pretty much left the idea of finding love on the backburner. A couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day, Dan’s team responds to a fire at a local flower shop and he spots the beautiful owner, Kate. Sparks begin to fly, yet just when everything is starting to move along beautifully, Kate’s ex, Gavin returns. 8:00 PM CT Hallmark Channel

20. Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal. In the first hour, woman falls for a man online, and another woman finds out that her husband has been sleeping with many different women. In the second hour, a man has an affair with a married friend, and another man leaves his heavy wife for a gorgeous woman. 8:00 PM CT OWN

21. Pit Boss. Ronald and Sebastian work a benefit, then perform an embarrassing rescue, and Ashley’s frustrations reach a high point. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

22. Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unsusual. In the first half hour, Cyndi is the Gay Pride Parade’s Grand Marshal. In the second half hour, David gives Cyndi a surprise birthday party. 8:00 PM CT WE

23. College Basketball. Louisville at Notre Dame. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

24. That’s My Boy. A man comes back to reclaim the son he had as a teen when he impregnated his teacher. Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg star. 8:00 PM CT Starz

25. 48 Hours. A map may have led killers astray, leading them to kill the wrong couple. 9:00 PM CT CBS

26. Flipping Vegas. Scott helps a nonprofit fix up a dilapidated house, but finds some unforeseen costly surprises. 9:00 PM CT A&E

27. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Tia prepares for the worst with hurricane season, Mariah and the twins try to locate a dog’s owner, and Rico’s grandparents adopt a shy dog. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

28. College Basketball. Illinois State at Creighton. 9:00 PM CT ESPN 2

29. Saturday Night Live. Justin Bieber is both guest host and musical guest. 8:00 PM CT NBC