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Project Runway 4, Episode 10: Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestlingby Betsy Wasser -- 02/07/2008
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Doesn’t it seem like a million years ago that this show as last on? I know, I’ve missed you guys, too. If you can remember back two entire weeks ago, the designers were challenged to turn pairs of Levi’s into new iconic looks. Jillian and Victorya, hot on the heels of creating a fantastic coat in the previous challenge, decided to… create coats again. Only this time, they were not remotely fabulous. Both women landed in the bottom two, and Victorya was auf’ed. Meanwhile, to the surprise of absolutely everybody, Ricky won the challenge. No, really. Ricky. I can prove that it actually happened with this: he cried.
All caught up? Good. Let’s start the show.
Jillian and Sweet P agree that Fashion Week should not be “all boys.” Jillian intends to fight for the final three. Rami and Christian can’t believe it’s almost over. Christian is completely horrified by Ricky’s winning design. Meanwhile, Ricky notes that his win doesn’t seem to have garnered him the respect of his fellow designers, but that it gave him confidence.
Heidi meets the designers on the runway and brings out the winning and losing models. Ricky has the option of swapping models and decides to stay with Amanda. Boring. Jillian says that Jacqueline, Victorya’s model, was very talented. It’s a little ridiculous to claim this is a competition for the models as well, considering how seldom they’ve been used this season.
Heidi then breaks the news that they won’t get their next challenge until the following Monday. So, I guess they have time to kill. Sweet P notes that the competition is intense at this point. At the apartments, Sweet P predicts cocktail dresses, since that’s what Heidi was wearing on the runway. Then she switches gears and thinks perhaps it’ll be swimwear. “Ew,” comments Rami.
It’s a shame the designers didn’t use this downtime to get rip-roaring drunk. You know they would have Season 1.
Morning dawns, and Tim sends the designers on a field trip. Tim assures Christian that the destination is both fabulous and fierce. Chris admits that he is hoping they’ll be working with drag queens. Which would be awesome.
Tim leads the designers to the runway auditorium, and they hear scary “war noises” inside. The designers are not pleased, though Christian thinks the noses sound like “sex moans,” which I do believe tells us all a lil’ something about Christian. Tim opens the door to reveal a wrestling ring. Chris says the women wrestling was “pretty great, actually.” The women are “the Divas from WWE.” He assures the designers that the women are “fierce indeed.” Do you think Tim hates himself just a little bit right now, or is he just happily counting his money? We meet Maria who is “rock glam,” Torrie, the “all American good girl,” and Kristal, a fan of “leather and lace.” Then there’s Michelle, a girl next door who loves sports, Layla a funky dancer, and finally Candice, the current champion and sex kitten, a fact that she illustrates by ripping open her sequined robe.
The designers are to create an outfit for the WWE Divas to wear in the ring. Jillian is not excited about this challenge, let me tell you. Each designer will chose a wrestler to work with. Chris thinks most of the designers were horrified. Ricky chooses Layla because he gets a good vibe from her. Jillian picks Michelle, Chris Maria, Christian Kristal, Sweet P Candice, and Rami has Torrie.
The designers and wrestlers have 30 minutes to talk, then a trip to – not Mood, but rather a place called… wait for it… Spandex House.
Chris and Maria agree that the of the Divas look is “partially stripper-tranny.” She tells him that she loves leopard prints. Of course she does. Luckily for her, Chris does, too. And if anyone can pull of stripper-tranny, it’s Chris. Torrie asks Rami for a look that is innocent, yet sexy. Rami doesn’t think it’s a very fashionable challenge, but realizes it’s not just about him. Hopefully this means Torrie will not get a classically draped gown.
Candice describes her look to Sweet P as “classy sexpot.” Sweet P notes that Candice likes really sparkly clothing and admits that it scares her. Christian and Kristal, on the other hand, are talking about chaps and getting along famously. Ricky and Layla decide to go with gold. Ricky thinks that clothing can be fashionable no matter what, and suggests ruching.
The designers go shopping and Chris gets a ton of leopard print spandex. He seems to know exactly what he’s doing. Sweet P gets some silver, and we’re out.
Jillian watches some DVDs of the wrestling and actually cheers as she watches it. She says spandex is hard to sew. Rami jokes that his outfit will be modest and demure. He has a whole lot of hot pink spandex because Torrie is like Barbie. He’s draping shorts and a bra, and it looks frighteningly Rami-like at the moment, but it’s still early, so you never know.
Christian tries on his chaps and immediately thinks he’s fierce in them. He says Sweet P has the tackiest fabric in the room, which he describes as “tranny ice queen.” She shrugs it off and grabs a whole bunch of feathers. She vows not to let this crazy challenge take her out.
It’s day two, and Jillian gets into the spirit of the challenge by kicking her mannequin. Chris says he’s not remotely ashamed of working this challenge. Sweet P, however, needs a giant cup of coffee to face her sparkly silver fabric. She explains that Candice is all about “robe and reveal,” the sexy outfit baring routine we saw earlier. She’s adding cap sleeves to the jacket, which is more “pin-up girl,” a style she likes. Jillian is making an electric blue bra top for Michelle, along with a tiny pair of shorts. Chris explains that he is making an outfit to make Maria look like a caged animal. Sweet P then offers to arm wrestle Christian, whom she calls “you skinny-armed twit.” Christian wins, but it ends in a hug. No one was expecting that outcome! “I’m a beast, you guys,” Christian assures them.1 2 3 Next-->
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