Every year there is a production challenge on Project Runway, but seldom are the stakes this high. Show sponsor Lord & Taylor created a line with designers from each season with the winner of this challenge completing the collection. The collection was mostly cocktail dresses, but several colors. However, most of the designers turned in a little black dress. The surprise of the episode was how complicated wearable mass appeal is for some of this group. Elena and Sonjia were reduced to tears while trying to create the right dress. Melissa almost did not finish her dress because she didn’t like her fabric until her model came for the fitting. Meanwhile, the guys had very little drama.
Christopher and Ven revisited past techniques with mixed results. Christopher won for a ballet pink and black grown with a shredded top. However, Heidi did warn him to stop that after this week. Ven redid his rose chest piece, but with less effect this time. Fabio went a lot more traditional than normal, but the judges loved it because it could be dressed up or down.
The bottom two were Gunnar and Alicia who had totally different missteps. Gunnar was so into the Lord & Taylor that he designed something samey. Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery. Alicia went out of her box with a leather dress, but it was too safe, not sexy at all. However, courtesy of the early departures by Andrea and Kooan, no one left this week on Project Runway. Who will survive next week’s group challenge though? Tune in to find out.