Now that we have the horrid “turn random crap into a dress” challenge over with, it’s time for our intrepid designers to actually make something nice. I’m sure they’re just as relieved as we are, as it can’t be fun to bypass Mood for a bag of extra large black plastic garbage bags or a roll of Dixie cups, and I’m not sure what such a challenge really proves, except that some of our designers are more committed to recycling than others.
Speaking of recycling, model-turned-“Runway” hostess and gung-ho environmentalist Angela Lindvall seems to be the biggest bust, at least with viewers, of the season. I’m not ready to turn on Angela just yet, though. She looks a little scared and not quite sure what to do (check out Molly Sims’ Heidi/not Heidi flip-flopping on “Project Accessory” for another example), and I’m hoping she finds an individual voice sooner rather than later. If I had to single out anyone who’s really a disappointment, I’d have to say Joanna Coles. As good as she was as a judge, those same tough love qualities make her a harsh mentor. What made Tim Gunn so special was his ability to be both honest and compassionate. I can’t see Coles doling out hugs anytime soon, honestly.
This week is all about high end glamour, according to Angela. To underscore that fact, the guest judges will be Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who make pretty fabulous evening wear and wedding dresses (and, of course, the usual perfume/shoes/handbags/sunglasses wherein true profits lie). The challenge? A night at the opera! Indulge your fantasies, designers! Mark and James want couture, they want feminine, they want soft. The designers get $350 and one day to do it. Austin is appalled. You need weeks, months! This is couture we’re talking about! Yes, Austin, but it’s also “Project Runway,” and if they ever gave everyone the time they needed, no one would get eliminated.