In past seasons on Lifetime’s “Project Runway” the always beloved or dreaded unconventional challenge has taken designers to a recycling center, dollar store, New York City’s flower market, and on Thursday night to a Hallmark greeting card shop. They were then met by mentor Tim Gunn and a top executive from Hallmark who introduced this week’s ultra challenge. Their assignment was to make a design using only Hallmark’s Signature card line. It was a mad dash literally, just like the season premiere episode, of grabbing anything in their way.
Back at the workroom it was a creative hive of sharing and swapping cards to go with their inspirations. All was well until one designer made an insulting remark to Swapnil who stated three of the sewing machines in the back were for heavy materials. Swapnil was being very helpful to those in the room. Now let the claw fest begin on Season 14.
In typical reality TV show fashion, the producers focused on those who were in the groove with their designs: Swapnil, Edmond, Blake, and Kelly. There were a few struggling with theirs that included Amanda. During her confessional the South Florida resident from Delray Beach commented on Merline’s dress reminding her of a manatee’s penis. Incidentally, manatees are sea mammals that can be found in many of the Florida waters.
One thing about these unconventional challenges on “Project Runway” is they make for the most fascinating fashion shows. This was certainly no exception. It’s always a favorite amongst the judges and intensely dreaded by the designers, since they had only one day to create. For the most part all of the designs were outstanding. In the end the judges chose the four top looks and only two low scorers. Last week’s winner Ashley was lucky to have immunity. She would have ended up in the bottom according to Heidi.
Edmond created a breath-taking wedding dress made with the Hallmark Signature Card stamp as the bodice. His design clearly stood out from the rest. It was no surprise he won the challenge. Swapnil may have had a lot going on with his look, though his was also stunning and creative, especially the pop-out floral art pieces he collected from the cards. Kelly’s design was the perfect two-piece outfit. It had a fringed skirt made from card envelopes, and a crop top made from pieces of materials off the greeting cards.
Her look would be perfect for pop singer Katy Perry. Blake’s design was colorful, glittery, and the quintessential party dress. Amanda’s skirt was made with too many greeting cards that looked more like a piñata, though her laced top was lovely. David had an excellent design, but only used a smidgen of greeting card materials. Sadly he was sent home with an emotional ending. Next week will be the oftentimes tense team challenge aboard a cruise ship.