Project Runway S16 E9 Recap

Project Runway S16 E9 Recap

#SpoilerAlert!  This episode was an emotional roller coaster with the winner from last week getting booted for cheating, no winner for the overall challenge but Dixie Cup still choosing a design for their cup… and a double elimination !! Whew!  That was a lot. 

Now, let’s get into it!

After Michael walked out last week when Claire was announced as the winner, the truth slowly began to unfold.  Batani was brave enough to tell the judges what was going on and about the murmurings from the workroom regarding Claire and her replicated designs.  Behind the curtain, Michael and Margarita tell Tim Gunn about the retractable measuring tape that Claire takes to her room each night and uses to measure her own clothes.  

E9 Claire explains

According to Project Runway rules, recreating a look is not a violation, but when your design time ends each night, you can’t take tools with you from the workroom.

E9 Claire

After further review, Tim Gunn asked Claire if she had done what she was accused of… and she admits that it is true.  Tim Gunn immediately announces that Claire’s win is no longer valid and that she must leave the competition.  WHOA!

E9 Tim Gunn

With Claire now leaving, Batani, who was chosen as the loser from the challenge can now stay and live to see another challenge.  Talk about heart palpitations with no commercial breaks!  This was a lot!  But I will say this – I felt like this was full vindication for all of the trash talking & replicating that the twins have done week to week.  I think the competition is getting back on track now…. thank goodness!

Since there was no longer a winner to the challenge, Dixie Cup still needed a design for their Project Runway cup.  They loved Brandon’s design, so his print will be featured on their cup!

Episode 9 – A “Little” Avant Garde 

Now that all of that “who shot Johnny” has been sorted out, Heidi announces the next challenge – which is introduced with a room full of kiddos and dolls!  This week the designers are making avant garde pieces inspired by Shopkin dolls.  The winner of this challenge will also win $5,000 in cash!

The little girls are matched with a designer and tell them about their favorite Shopkin doll, which the designers use as inspiration to come up with their avant garde looks.

Almost immediately you can tell there’s a shift in the attitude among the designers. 

E9 workroom

It seemed like all of the designers had a really good time with this challenge, although Amy expresses that she misses her family and spending time with her daughter during the drafting stage… Brandon also struggled a bit with taking his design aesthetic and tying it into what his little girl wanted to use as inspiration – chocolate!  🙂

Aside from the opening segment, there wasn’t much drama to this episode.  Each designer just got to work and for the most part, it was a fairly exciting (and original) runway show!

There were 4 looks that made the top this week & only 2 looks were on the bottom, with the chance of 2 designers going home.

E9 Top 4 Bottom 2

The Top 4

Ayana really brought it this week!  I’m so happy that she took wanted to go for it and get out of the “safe zone”.  She made this oversized cupcake top, accented with a super large bow & polka dot pants with tulle ruffles!  Tim Gunn and even the other designers didn’t see the vision for this look in the beginning but Ayana executed it very well and it paid off for her.

E9 Ayana

Michael’s inspiration was a melting disco ball!  I’m still shocked he was able to find this fabric!!  Absolutely beautiful.

E9 Michael

Brandon stuck to his design aestetic and incorporated menswear into his avant garde look.  He used this olive green instead of the chocolate brown that the little girl wanted and the judges really liked his look.

E9 Brandon

Margarita’s look has to be my personal favorite this week.  It looks like wearable art to me and is just whimsical!  It reminds me of something Vera Wang would send down the runway…

E9 Margarita 

Michael was the winner this week!

E9 Michael wins

The Bottom 2

Amy’s look was ultimately uninspired and looked like she had lost her luster…

E9 Amy

Batani’s look felt like it wasn’t well thought out and executed poorly.  She stands by what she made…

E9 Batani

Unfortunately, both ladies were eliminated this week….  It was a sad day in the workroom!

E9 Goodbyes

Next up is another unconventional challenge…!


Project Runway S16 E8 Recap

Project Runway S16 E8 Recap

Ok, so the last episode left us with a little suspense and this episode doesn’t leave us with much more other than the fact that we’ve lost Shawn… She was so upset with having to go against Claire that it ultimately clouded her ability to design a new look for the challenge.  She chose to concede and give Claire a shot at making a name for herself in this competition.

E8 Shawn leaves

I really wish we could have seen some design work from the 2 of them and a chance to see who deserved to be there.  But I think the fact that Shawn couldn’t come up with anything within the first 15 minutes says a lot.  Claire came in and went right to work, cutting fabric, pinning to the dress form and basically had something to show the judges, while Shawn was fumbling around the workroom in tears. 

I guess that pretty much sums up who is the better designer better deserving twin to stay in the competition…

I think it was the best thing for Shawn to do, but how will Claire do without Shawn’s presence in the workroom?

Episode 8 – Client on the Go

I must say… I had high expectations for this week’s episode and was left feeling like this season is turning into just another reality show by the end of it.  This recap is full of Margarita & Claire drama, so prepare yourself…

Not that this episode is short on it’s own drama but the breaking news of the show’s infamous executive producer, Harvey Weinstein, and the allegations of sexual assaults on female actresses he’s worked with over the years… some of which, included some very well known names… I was even more shocked to learn that one of Project Runway‘s reoccurring judges, Georgina Chapman, is married to this man.  Harvey Weinstein was immediately removed as EP on Project Runway.  Very big news in the entertainment industry and a shocker for me to know that he was so intertwined into my favorite show!

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Project Runway S16 E7 Recap

Project Runway S16 E7 Recap

Viewers are still reeling after lost week’s elimination…. that was a tough pill to swallow with Samantha’s exit.  Project Runway is spicing things up in this week’s episode!

Episode 7 – The Ultimate Faceoff

 This episode is all about Menswear inspired looks for JC Penney. It’s a team challenge where 2 designers on different teams are picked to work with the same fabric and Tim Gunn uses his ever so trusted (and feared) velvet bag to choose the teams of 2.

Since Kentaro was last week’s winner, he gets to choose his partner, without being subjected to Tim Gunn’s bag selection. He chooses his “brother” Brandon.  Their bond is just too cute!  Tim Gunn proceeds to pick the remaining teams by pulling names and those chosen get to pick their own partner.  A nice twist on the velvet bag!

The rest of the partnerships are formed into the following:  Kenya/Amy, Batani/Margarita, Ayana/Michael and naturally Shawn/ Claire.  

I really like the way that Brandon and Kentaro communicate. I think they work really well together.

brandon kentaro

Although Amy and Kenya have a mutual admiration for each other’s work, I think Amy held Kenya back.  She wanted to use Kenya’s prior success to help them in this challenge but didn’t trust her vision to add in pieces that would have elevated their looks.  

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DIY Off The Shoulder Top V9242

DIY Off The Shoulder Top V9242

Nothing makes me happier right now!  I’ve finally dusted off my machine, gone through my fabric stash and decided on a few patterns to start off with.  I’m in the mood to revamp my wardrobe & even give some clothes away so I can make room for more.  In the wake of hurricane season, sewing is on the brain!  I think watching all of this Project Runway may have something to do with my sudden need to sew something, but it’s all good with me!

I had to play process of elimination to come up with what my first DIY was gonna be.  I even enlisted the power of my social media to help me decide!  I’ve been holding onto Vogue Pattern V9242 for months now and I’m fully aware that we’re nearing the end of Summer but in Texas, I have a few more months of heat, so this off the shoulder top will still get some use.


V9242 is a great pattern to get back into the swing of things.  I chose View C, omitted the ruffles & opted to use .25′ wide elastic on the neckline vs gathering.  This saved me a step, after adding the straps, I was able to easily secure the straps above the elastic, hem the bottom and voila!  I was done.

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Project Runway S16 E6 Recap

Project Runway S16 E6 Recap

After the last competition, I just knew that this week would be good so let’s just jump right in.  Let me say – immediately before this episode is a clip of previous cast member’s flipping out moments, so I was convinced that someone was going to lose it this week and/or quit!  Luckily, I was wrong.

Episode 6 – Models Off Duty

To start off this episode, the designers meet with the models who are dressed in their own clothes.  Tim Gunn walks them through the expectations for this week’s challenge and the designers are chosen by their clients, the models!  The challenge is to make a look for the models that they would wear while off duty and for them to be photographed in for their personal social media outlets to showcase their personal style.  The looks will be a collaboration of what each model wants, paired with the chosen designer’s personal touch.  For anyone who enjoys designing clothes with and for a particular client – this is the dream challenge!

Project Runway Week 6

It seems like everyone is someone’s favorite designer – except for the twins… is anyone surprised?  Each designer is picked and each twin is chosen last.  Maybe it was just a coincidence, but with each week’s depiction of how the twins’ union is getting on everyone’s nerves, I guess it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the models are connecting with the other designers. 

We’ve reached the point in the competition where each designer has their personal strengths and each designer is strong, whether they have a prominent perspective as a designer or they can mold to each challenge and have very good execution skills to match. 

The Designer / Model Match Ups

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