Saturday, May 4, 2013

PRs11e15 • Reunion • 2 May 2013

Last time on Project Runway we saw Michelle, Patricia and Stanley compete at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, placing in that very order.  The big surprise was not that Patricia did so well, but that Stanley was so ill-prepared, coming into Fashion Week with so much work left to do. 

Marie Clarie's Sr. Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi (I swear I thought it was Rossi all these years) joins the 16 contestants for the reunion episode.   Presumably this was taped moments after Michelle's Fashion Week win.   May I offer you a few Red Bulls, Zanna?

In my opinion, the show is quite random, and there aren't too many surprises.  There are SOME, though, so let's trudge onward.

Zanna starts out with a "Teams From Hell" segment.  Cindy & Benjamin get some air time, as do Michelle & Patricia.  Kate's identification of Michelle, Layana & Amanda as the mean girls gets a little bit of an explanation.  Kate sums it up, "at the end of this I feel like we're just one big dysfunctional family."

As they are all talking about approaching the work room with fear, Stanley shares a funny line.  "I'm like a chocolate covered razor blade."  Do you want to see a therapist about that?

Layana's and then Richard's runway meltdowns are shown in clips.  This segues to Layana's getting her way by batting her eyelashes.

Who benefited the most from teams?  Michelle states that SHE didn't.  Amanda fesses up to being carried at times.  They show a clip of Patricia being saved by Michelle & Layana.   Emily thanks Cindy for helping her on the first challenge, when she made her skirt for her.

Zanna notices that everyone was nice to everyone's face, but during the confessional interviews the nails came out.  Designers ripping on Patricia, Daniel and Richard are shown.  More of the mean girls trio hits the air.  Then, Michelle's not wanting to be touched is highlighted.

Richard being thrown under the bus on the runway by Layana, and Amanda's being thrown UTB by her entire team are revisited.  Stanley shares that Amanda is probably the nicest of the bunch.

Zanna asks them why the menswear challenge was so hard.  Samantha and others stress it was the unusual proportions involved, not that it was a menswear challenge per se.  Patricia's not wanting to do what she did is brought to light.  (Stanley told her what to do in that challenge.)  Layana's flirting with a man from TFDU is shown.  She swears her pregnancy has nothing to do with him.

Everyone affirms that PR was much harder than it seemed like it would be from just watching the show. 

Zanna mentions "Epic Meltdowns" and we go to Daniel and Michelle's "21" fight.  "These are tears of happiness."  "Really?"  Then they show Richard's being ignored on the TFDU challenge.  Layana's meltdown when working with Daniel on the art challenge ends it. 

Daniel calls Michelle fake for hugging him on camera, and then saying off camera that she was still mad.   Michelle was being 'real' but Daniel didn't think she was.  Daniel goes all "Type C" and covers up his hurt with an "It's okay" but he is called out on that by a few of the ladies.  Daniel gets to share that he has been able to help others by showing his past substance abuse issues, or surviving being bullied.  Wait a minute.  Wasn't he 49 years old on the show?  Were they talking about being bullied in grammar school?  Or on the job when he was 48?  Wow, talk about hanging on to a memory for identification.

Then, they show Michelle's evolution throughout the season.  Heidi says Lort & Taylor when she mentions Michelle has won the LorD & Taylor challenge.  Is that a European thing?  I always hear it on The Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls"  (Hear it .. .Ooooh, the West end town, the dead end worlT."

We learn that Tim Gunn was probably the reason why Michelle was kept on despite her work on the art/MC challenge.

Then we find out that Michelle almost quit when they other top 5 people flew to Europe.  Tu spoke some sense into her at the time, which she notes.  Michelle states that in the future she will work with Stanley.  She has already worked with Joe, and wants to again. 

Any regrets?  Cindy wishes she had spent more time on herself, not on helping her teammates.  Stanley's not being fully finished for Fashion Week is blamed on his sister's passing the year prior.  Really?  Her parting kept you from doing your work a full year later?

Couldn't you have cried & cut?

Daniel's elimination, placing him 4th for the season is shown.  At least he didn't punch the wall like Michael Costello in s8.

Did the judges play favorites?  Samantha knows that Zac was in her corner, and the others knew that Heidi was pro Patricia.  Stanley thought Nina appreciated his work. Michelle thought that the judges all hated her.  (But she won!)  She admits that mentor Tim Gunn was favoring her.

Mr. G. gets a little clip montage, and the designers rightly gush over him, his honesty, wisdom and warmth.

Stanley gets hit on more at the gym now.  Matthew gets picked up LESS now.

It's the outfit, honey.  Only Fabio can rock that.  And, maybe Bea Arthur.
You want something that shows off your hot body,
not something that broadens the middle.  
Or were you smuggling drugs that day?
... and would a shave kill ya?
You're better looking than the beard.  Trust me.

And, while we're at it, Tu, go back to black for the hair and the coat.  Please.

As a tireless cheerleader for PR, it saddens me to say that I've caught up to the many other bloggers and fans.  This episode was a bit boring, and I'm feeling the mood of the rest of the fans that the show is less stellar than it once was.

Maybe it was just a little glitch from it being all teams all the time.  PR12 will be much better, don't you think?  July is coming, we will know soon.

At least the right person won.



  1. the judges choose the winner by their own taste of style, not the average public. Patricia's line was very feminine and beautiful. Michelle's line is targeted to those women who want to look like lumberjack wives or women who live on the Swiss Alps. If her vision is that of the future, it seems the future will be very bleak.

  2. Not every person can rock every style. Both women have a place in the world of fashion.

    I don't think that every single judge is limited by his own fashion needs. Patricia doesn't make short, tight and shiny, and yet she was HK's favorite.

    Thanks for commenting, RS.

  3. This is totally late and completely random, but I've enjoyed reading your recaps very much and I have at least one answer to a probably not even serious question - Heidi saying Lort instead of Lord. I don't know about European, but it's definitely a German thing - we don't have these 'soft' sounds at the end in our language, so when there's a soft 'd' at the end of a word, we produce the hard equivalent 't' instead. (It's called final devoicing, if someone wants to wikipedia it.) It's actually really hard to get rid of when learning a foreign language, especially English, so that's probably why she still does it. All part of the funky accent.
    I don't have any answers to anything else - I just watch this show for the pretty fabrics, I'm fine with Michelle winning because I liked her collection best - even though I don't consider myself a lumberjack wive - and I have thouroughly enjoyed your comments, so thanks.