Just a reminder, Heidi told Michelle on the runway that, "you are getting a do or die moment. We're about to send you home, but we're gonna give you one last shot."
How do you interpret that? Michelle was wise enough to not put too much meaning into, waiting for them to clarify. In the meantime, she is waiting with those that are in, up in the back room.
Don't you think she has to redesign and create a look to appease Nina? You know, fix the prior look, in some manner. Or maybe it is something else all together? Altogether? Entirely, there, that's better. In the meantime, Michelle doesn't want to be touched by anyone. Touchy, eh?
Donna Summer didn't die last year, she merely had a cough. She will be a guest judge on next season's Project Runway, and they will create an outfit for her to wear to her latest music project release.
Whitney Houston didn't die last year either. She went into rehab and refused to come out until she was completely sober, fully changed and permanently healed. She & Bobby Brown are together, remarkably clearheaded, and making a comeback.
The five remaining designers meet up with Heidi and Tim. Heidi hands out plane tickets to various European fashion capitals to four of the five designers.
Layana y Sam viajará a Bacelona, España.
Patricia et Kate vont à Paris, France.
Daniel und Amanda in Berlin, Deutschland zu gehen.
Stanley brings along Richard to London, England.
Okay, here's the deal: The teams fly right away to their destinations, they galavant about town for inspiration, sketch, and then spend $1,000 USD at a fabric store. (Then they fly back to NYC.) Now, do you think that maybe she is getting MORE money, because of exchange rates? Definitely something to ponder.
Layana is captivated by architecture, Patricia by graffiti, Stanley by architecture, Daniel by architecture, and Michelle by old … architecture, juxtaposed with new.
They never think about incorporating the vibe or look of the town, what it is known for that might not be common in the rest of the world? What about the personality of the town? They way they all say architecture I imagine the models will come out in rectangles with swatches for windows in a different color, something as graceful as Scout in a ham costume in the early 1960s.
Inspired by architecture. C'est ça, oui?
Stanley is not fighting with Richard at ALL (did Tim say something about that, and make everyone suddenly love him? Does he sew French seams now?) Amanda is taking her place (working with Daniel) quite seriously, making sure his old aesthetic is youthened up. Daniel, kiss her butt and tell her it smells like roses. Well, he probably already did that, don't ya think?
Michelle cries in interview that she is in a dark place. Oh, c'mon, you're the teflon girl! Austin and Uncle Nick did not get such treatment!
Okay, now I want Tim to tell me that Maya Luz never withdrew, and that she put out a highly respected but never referential collection during season 7, and then came back for All-Stars 2 and WON.
Sorry, I like you, too, Anthony. But, I … I MISS Maya. Besides, Isaac loves you enough for the two of us.
Layana almost takes out a fabric store worker. Patricia and her worker are butting heads, but this worker definitely seems to know what needs to take place. Or, she gives every customer a full 2 minutes, whether they need it or not. Don't you get the idea that if Patricia was allowed to take 8 hours in the store, that she would?
The next day they are all back in the 1407 work room. Soon our history changing mentor is in for advice. Daniel shows Tim a photo of a building. Of course. Mostly all Tim says is that they have a lot of work ahead of them. Stanley tells Mr. G. that his look is modest (with an open back and a long zipper in the back of the dress.) Mr. Gunn helps Patricia edit greatly. He doesn't get one piece, and she can't defend it either. Again, she is a deer in headlights.
Tim gets to look at a dirty building when he visits Michelle. Tim affirms the soot inspired gradient for the wool dress. Tim doesn't think that Layana can finish her design. He doesn't mention whether it is good or not, right? All along Layana has been celebrating that it is inspired by age. Did she and Daniel switch bodies?
Aaaaah, let's see how they did on the runway.
Before we get to the judging, please note:
Do you think that that was done on purpose, that it was a part of the original design? It doesn't look like the hem of the sleeves. It looks like she forgot to finish it, or ran out of time. This is NEVER addressed.
On the runway they all love Stanley's, of course, and Daniel's, rightly so. Michelle's hem seemed a bit thick on the runway, but she isn't called on it. She is "welcomed back" and is bound to be safe. Only Patricia and Layana get any negative comments. We get a lot of stink face shots of Nina (aimed at Layana.) Then it occurs to me, this is NOT normally how episode 12 goes. Usually the week of the last regular challenge finds the contestants tired and floundering. So, I guess there is that to be grateful for, 3 out of 5 did well on the challenge.
I am still not amused by Layana.
Should they have had a top 4? What about Michelle and Patricia's hems? Wasn't John Legend a sweetie? (Where did we see him be a control freak? Was that on Mad Fashion? Something else?) Who are you rooting for to win PR11? I haven't peeked at the collections yet, but I might over the next few days. Is Heidi going to ram a Patricia win through everyone's face?
No worries, whatever happens, Tim Gunn can change it.