…and then there were eight, walking one of the non developed sections of The High Line Park. Carolyn manages to make the “excitement” of the High Line sound slow and boring. She is joined by the much faster talking Joshua David and Robert Hammond, who founded the non-profit that created, maintains and is developing the new sections of the park. They have a spiel they’ve pre-written for the occasion, but apparently it doesn’t contain the buzzword Carolyn was looking for, so when they’re done, she interjects “So essentially you recycled the High Line?” with such emphasis on “recycled” it’s almost comical.
So is this a “recycle challenge?” No. It’s a “green,” “environmentally friendly” challenge. They are to make a red carpet gown in an “environmentally friendly way.”
….That’s…not exactly in the designer’s control. That’s really up to the ProjRun producers to give them a “green” workroom and “environmentally friendly” fabrics, is it not?
Well, apparently the fabrics have been taken care of–they’ll be using “AirDye” fabrics, a company which prides itself on using “no water or power.” (I’m sorry but I’m picturing thirsty third world people sewing in the dark.) Carolyn has swatches from them that everyone gets to pick–they are “double sided,” according to her, so this way everyone gets two fabric looks to work with. Emilio, having won last week, picks first. Some of them don’t look double sided to me–especially the chiffons, but ok.
(Note that for whatever reason Laura Kathleen’s fabric isn’t featured on Lifetime’s website, so the shots of her fabric are screengrabs.)
It turns out there is recycling involved, in that they’re not allowed to shop, so the show has collected all their half used thread spools, and cast off closures and embellishments from all the challenges leading up to now for them to use along with their fabrics. Diane von Fürstenberg will be the guest judge today, as she’s a big supporter of the High Line, so it all ties in nicely. And this red carpet dress? Carolyn slowly suggests she might like to wear the winning look. (Seriously? No. Either they’re designing for you, and they all fall at your feet like they do when Heidi announces the outfit is for her, or you don’t. This coy shit does not fly.) 30 minutes to sit on the finished parts of the High Line among the tourist hordes walking it and sketch….
…and then back to the workroom, where there’s a free for all over the leftover trims and embellishments collected from the previous challenges. Emilio and Casanova have a private moment making fun of Uli and her “bedsheet garments” in Spanish. Ivy calls them out, saying she can’t wait for this episode to air so she can read the subtitles of what they just said. Casanova laughs, embarrassed to be caught.
Uli is having an “Uli explosion,” according to her, since she discovered she accidentally picked a depressing fabric. LauraKathleen is making a jumper. (For the red carpet? O. K.) AnthonyRyan feels stuck because he ended up with a chiffon, and doesn’t work with those very often. Ivy has a ton of pieces to cut out and stitch together. She’s also flashing back to being eliminated on the red carpet challenge for not finishing two seasons ago. That’s pleasant.
Let’s go to Joanna. She says she ‘s “excited” that “Runway is embracing ecotech,” in a voice that says she’d rather kick a puppy. She also refers to Diane von Fürstenberg as “DvF.” From here on out, in the interest of not having to press all the keys to get an umlaut, I will too.
- LauraKathleen–Joanna likes the idea of the pants, as long as they are so full you can’t really tell it’s not a dress.
- Emilio–Joanna calls it a spectacular color and likes that the design is simple.
- AnthonyRyan–Joanna loves the strong blue and that he doubled up the sheer fabric. She also notes it has the flowiness one associates with DvF.
- Althea–Joanna frets that it might be a bit dreary on a red carpet.
- Josh–Joanna doesn’t say she hates the fabric, but you can tell that’s what she means as she drops her “fabulous or hideous” remark.
- Casanova–When he shows Joanna the backside color, he folds the fabric in the center of a breast, causing her to remark that his design is “nipple focused.”
- Ivy–Joanna is impressed with her clear vision, and tells her good luck.
- Uli–Joanna frowns that the “Uli explosion” of trimmings makes it very similar to last week.
Ivy is so behind that she has no dress when the moddles walk in. Her moddle giggles uncomfortably. Althea’s fabric looks terrible. Emilio only has an underdress for his moddle, but unlike Ivy, he’s not worried. He should be. Time is short. The day ends, and everyone goes back and drinks at the hotel and giggles over red carpet dresses.
Is it already day of runway? They have two hours. Emilio is suddenly realizing how screwed he is. Uli feels better realizing she’s not the only one who is screwed for time. Ivy is melting down and hacking at her dress with scissors. AnthonyRyan’s moddle is having trouble walking in his voluminous insanity. Joshua name checks the shoes he pulls from the wall.
Ivy and Emilio are sewing their dresses onto their moddles. Ivy is just glad hers is not naked.
We all are, Ivy. Let’s go to the runway.