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Project Runway 5 – Episode 9
Posted on September 11th, 2008

What’s Your Sign?

The Challenge

This week’s special guests brought some familiar faces back as this season’s previously eliminated designers teamed up with the remaining designers to create an avant-garde piece inspired by astrological signs.

The Design Room

As Bryant Park creeps closer, things are starting to get ugly. Kenley seemed to have no problem criticizing the other designers’ projects, but couldn’t seem to take her own medicine to well when Leanne and Emily commented on her self assuredness. There was also an inter-team dispute going on between Keith and Terri. Despite Keith’s suggestions, or offers to help, Terri insisted on doing what she wanted- and she insisted on doing it alone. Her attitude towards Keith was nothing but condescending and I don’t blame him for walking out on her.

On a brighter note, I loved seeing how well Blayne and Stella worked with each other. Especially since Stella was just auffed in the last challenge, I was touched by her concern and determination to help Blayne succeed.

The Runway

Before the actual runway show, the designers were invited to show off their garments for yet another batch of “special guests” at the Planetarium of the Museum of Natural History. The designers and their roughly assembled garments were greeted by designers from previous seasons of Project Runway. Some familiar faces included last season’s winner Christian, first season winner Jay, second season contestant Kara. The returning designers got a chance to play judge and vote on this week’s designs.

The Elimination

While Jerell’s garment was great, it wasn’t the most avant-garde design up there. Honestly, I think Leanne’s garment fit the bill once again, but I guess the judges finally decided to give Jerell some long overdue credit this week.

Project Runway 5 - Episode 9
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This week, Tim dropped the bomb that two designers would be auf’d in this challenge. Unfortunately, a seamless partnership couldn’t save Blayne from elimination this week. True, his design was tacky, but Kenley should have gone home instead. Not only was her design hideous, but it was “been done already” hideous. And to top it off, she was (and always is) overly self-assured that everything she does is divine. And her defense of “I don’t watch the collections” only adds insult to injury. How can you know if something is avant-garde if you have no idea what other designers are doing?

Project Runway 5 - Episode 9

Thank goodness the judges decided to give Terri’s ego a much needed blow, making her the second elimination. Playing well with others is something you should have learned in Kindergarten.

Project Runway 5 - Episode 9

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