Rue Recap: Project Runway’s “Surprise” Client

Hello, Project Runway fans! Last week, the designers made server and ball-boy uniforms for Susan Sarandon’s club, SPiN. This time around, their client was Heidi Klum, who needed two looks ­– one for a TV and print ad campaign and one for a public relations event – for the launch of her perfume, “Surprise.”

The fragrance’s packaging was pink, gold, and black (to go along with the scents of pink pepper, mandarin, and jasmine), and each team was asked to use those colors to craft six dresses – four options for the ad campaign, and two for the event.

Team Keeping It Real – unsurprisingly – worked well together (despite Layana panicking about using pink rather than gold during the critique session),  while the Dream Team fell apart. Benjamin needs to learn that, ultimately, he can’t control everyone else’s work and still design good garments himself.

On the runway, the winning team was once again apparent. Kate and Layana’s gown was one of my favorites, and Daniel’s would have looked better with some lining (to allow for a neater slit). Though the judges adored Patricia’s crafty leatherwork, the garment seemed too boxy for Heidi.

Over on the Dream Team, the inappropriateness of Matthew’s S&M dress made my jaw drop. What was it that Heidi said, about looking sexy but not slutty? Yeah, a little over the line. Benjamin’s strappy (literally) gown reminded me of a kid wrapping a string around his finger until the tip turns red. And Cindy’s iridescent pink fabric looked too cheap for the challenge guidelines.

This season is starting to feel like a season of Survivor where one team dominates and the other team is picked off one by one. I wonder what will happen if the Dream Team is demolished?

Let’s find out together. Until the next episode – auf Wiedersehen.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer 

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