Episode 4: Saved by the Belt
|All photos courtesy of Lifetime|
Last week's episode left us with more questions than answers; Andrea disappeared into the night while Chris, with wide eyes but a tell-tale heart, at once feigned innocence while admitting that he "pushed her in front of a bus."
Thank goodness for this little spice of excitement, because this week's challenge is a snore. As the designers gather at the Michael Kors Flagship Lifestyle Store on Madison Ave. at the ass-crack of dawn, they try to piece together the events while MK and Tim go through the specifics of the challenge: create a look for a Woman-on-the-Go that is stylish, fashionable, versatile, practical and comfortable AKA the black & grey challenge. Venture into color at your peril, designers. Somehow I knew Buffi would head straight for the pink.
|But will it have that blah factor?|
|Off to find his happy|
And then, an interesting thing happened. The producers of Project Runway began to panick! There is one sacred truth to reality TV competition shows that they must protect at all costs. It's the reality competition's achilles heel: They are nothing without the contestants that they make feel like nothing on a weekly basis! In an attempt to slow the bleeding, they send Tim to have a kumbayah moment with the remaining designers while some unlucky intern is sent roaming the avenues, wailing Raul's name and blasting the song "Baby Come Back" on a boombox. Tim says "We're all we have left" and the designers all light a unity candle. All, that is, except Kooan, who with a "Make It Work!" flourish sets off on his long journey back to Koolandia. And like the silver lining on this dark cloud cast upon Project Runway, if you listen very carefully, you can hear the slightest hint of Nyan Cat synth as he exits the room.
After the Andrea/Kooan thing, the episode feels largely anticlimactic. The main plotlines are:
Buffi and the Pinktones
Raul is Back
|And here's where I'll secure the mortar board|
|Whatever you do, make sure you conceal the fish whistle|
Onto the Runway!
Episode 1. Booyah.
|Watch out for fish whistles|
|You can't send me home, I was just un-sent home|
In the end, Sonjia was the winner, Hayden got her stinkin' dress and Raul was saved by the belt, which ironically, was the very element that sent Buffi home. Like I said in the beginning, I really like Buffi so I'm sad to see her go. I guess you could say I got accustomed to her leopard-head. But, alas, she never could muster that killer instinct you need to succeed in fashion, or at least on this show. As Elena (if that's her real name) says, "Fashion eendustry, eet is shark." Who's next minnow?
Next week there will be another Team Challenge- oh goody.