Project Runway

No money? No problem for one 'Runway' designer

Sep. 30, 2011 at 9:12 AM ET

"Project Runway" has thinned the herd, but I have to say that I have yet to see a really amazing outfit saunter down the runway as yet -- and at this point in the season, that's quite a disappointment.

I've loved almost everything that Anya has done, don't get me wrong, but I'm still holding out for a show stopper. Of course, I may have missed something major while shielding my eyes from whatever Josh M. has put before the judges, so that might be the problem. There is, of course, the other issue that no designer can get past -- the abundance of ridiculous challenges. Let's see what these designers can really do when they're not busy dressing hairy band guys or making dresses for women they haven't met yet. 

Before the day starts, Josh M. is dismissive of the women who said they didn't understand menswear. "Clothing is clothing," he sniffed. Though in Josh M.'s case, clothing is usually tacky as well. I really wish he'd pack his eyebrow groomer and go home. 

Heidi warns the designers they'll need to look to the past for this challenge, and in the workroom, they meet Heather Artchibald, head buyer for Piperlime. The winner's looks will be sold on Piperlime. Plug, plug, plug. Anyway, the challenge is to create an outfit reflecting the latest trend -- the revival of the sophisticated 70s. Not retro, not vintage, but sophisticated. This is new? Haven't we been doing '70s for, um, at least the last five years, if not longer? Sigh. Have we really leapfrogged away from the '80s and '90s already? 

Everyone seems absolutely befuddled by the '70s directive except for Bert, as he remembers the 70s. No one name checks Biba, which is just criminal. Everyone is thinking hippy-dippy or maxiskirts. Was this decade skipped over in design school? 

Josh M doesn't know the '70s, he wasn't around for the '70s, he is just BESIDE himself. Um, clothing is clothing, Mr. Smartypants!

The designers run off to Mood, where the unthinkable happens. Anya LOSES HER MONEY. And, as the rules dictate, she doesn't get more. Tim suggests she ask her fellow designers if they have any leftover change, and reminds her she can use muslin. Anya cries. I am impressed at how quickly the other designers give her their spare change, and when they get back to the workroom it's like "It's A Wonderful Life" and everyone's giving her whatever fabric they can spare. She's resigned herself to dying whatever she can and making the most of muslin, but you can tell she already feels defeated. 

Read the full recap at HitFix.com.

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