At 15 minutes until the show, everyone is scurrying like mad. Some are working until the very last minute. Elisa has her model do a test walk and the girl gets tangled up in the crap at the bottom. Elisa says that her intuition is telling her to cut off the bottom of the dress, but she doesn't do it. Bad judgment on this girl.
Simone has to sew her model into her dress. Oh, Simone. Christian's model tells him that she thinks everyone's design "is the best." Christian disagrees and says that "I think there's some hand-sewed crap up in here." This guy feels like a rerun. That rote bitchiness disguised as "keeping it real." Yawn.
Tim enters the workroom to bring everyone to the runway. The Bravo question of the night is, "What do you love about Project Runway?" The choices are Diva Designers, Runway Walk-Offs, Catty Judges, or Tim!
At the runway, Heidi enters in a lovely shimmering gold dress. Heidi gives her "you're in or you're out" speech in all its requisite solemnity. Three of them will be going to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (I still miss saying "Olympus Fashion Week"…I don't know, it was just better). The winner will have "the opportunity" to sell their line on bluefly.com, and will get a spread in Elle, a 2008 Saturn Astra, and $100,000 to start their own fashion line.
Heidi introduces the judges. Michael Kors…maybe it's my imagination, but I could swear he's at least two shades of orange lighter than in previous seasons. Nina Garcia, lit in such a way as to emphasize the dazzling array of fly-aways she is afflicted with, smiles and greets the designers. The special guest judge is "acclaimed designer" Monique Lhuillier, who designed Britney Spears's wedding dress.
It's time for the show to begin! First up is Elisa's design. Her model, Lea, is holding the train/"cascade." The major portion of the dress is really well done. The dress is a lovely blue and opens at mid-calf in the front. It has a plunging neckline and flowing, loose sleeves that leave the shoulders and back exposed. It fits the model like a glove, except…the train. The second she lets it unfurl, it gets caught under her feet. Elisa interviews that her worst nightmare about the design came true. And you only had, I don't know, SEVERAL hints that you needed to take your design in a different direction. Pull it together, Elisa.