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Project Runway Recap: Episode 3, "Bright Lights/Big City"

Project Runway Rundown: Episode 3, "Bright Lights/Big City"

The challenge on last night's episode of Project Runway was nothing new: Take inspiration from the sights and sounds of New York City and turn it into something fierce. It may not have been the most earth-shattering challenge (they did it in season two, remember, with Daniel V.'s orchid-inspired winner?), but if I were a designer on the show, I probably would have really enjoyed it.

Some designers were lacking in original inspiration, though: The "street" designer Terri went straight for — what else? — graffiti! Meh. We've seen it before. Viewing all previous seasons of Project Runway should be required for all contestants. Hilariously throwing a wrench in the old "find inspiration from the city" idea, though, was the fact that it was dark and rainy outside, so we watched people whose clothing aesthetic is supposed to be more refined than the rest of ours suffer through the hideousness that is the poncho. There's lots more to talk about, including one of the best comments made from a guest judge ever and the most crushing critique I've heard from Nina in awhile, so

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Before we chat about the good, the bad, and the ugly, here are some of my favorite (and least favorite) moments . . .

  • Sandra "nightlife aficionado" Bernhard was the guest judge . . . because they took pictures of nighttime for the outfits? Who knows. Regardless, she delivered the best judgment ever, declaring that a woman wearing Terri's dress would turn to someone following her down a dark street and say, "I have a knife and I will cut you up!"
  • Argh! I will wage a one-woman war to ensure Suede never wins fan favorite if he doesn't stop speaking in the third person! And in front of Heidi, no less!
  • Stella is always kind of needing help. Like when she couldn't figure out how to work the digital camera. Or when she was in the fabric store begging for help. As soon as I saw the printers in the workroom, I thought, "Great, Stella won't know how to work that, either."
  • Yes! Keith uttered his variation of the reality TV phrase that someone's just gotta utter at some point: "You know I’m not here to become their friend."
  • Biggest eye-roll of the night goes to weirdo Blayne who tried to teach poor Tim the phrase "Holla atcha boy." It was lame and stupid, but kudos to Tim for being a good sport.
  • Nina actually said she had nothing to say about one design. "The worst review is no review!" declared Michael Kors. Ouch.

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As for the best and the worst:

  • Kenley — I could never pull off wearing the dress she made, and I think the majority of women in America feel the same way. However, I agree with the judges that it was original and surprising that she managed to pull it off. There was a bubble of tulle, and the shoulders practically looked padded, but she made its '80s vibe work.
  • Keith — Ick. Michael got it right when he said that dress looked like toilet paper. I'm surprised that didn't get him the boot.
  • Terri — Her dress was the one that earned Sandra's awesome praise and the judges were pleased with the outfit. The entire episode I had a nagging feeling that her "graffiti" look was not going to turn out well, so she really surprised me.
  • Emily — That dress looked like a really bad outfit from my Barbie's old closet. The ruffles were terrible, and I didn't like the colors either. What was she thinking?
  • Leanne — Oh my gosh, what an improvement! It's nice to see a designer really absorb the judges' feedback (in her case it was to edit her designs) instead of complaining that they just don't "get it." I thought her skirt was gorgeous and was surprised she didn't win. I would totally wear that.
  • Jennifer — Her dress was really dumpy, and the judges were not happy with it at all. Heidi was so put-off by it that she wasn't even curious to see what else Jennifer could do. For all Jennifer's talk of surrealism and such, I too am unsure of her point of view, and she'll be in trouble if she doesn't pull it together soon.

What did you think of last night? Were you sad Emily got axed? Or do you think it should have been Keith or Jennifer? Were you glad Kenley won or do you think it should have been Leanne or Terri?

Photos courtesy of Bravo

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theplaiddress theplaiddress 7 years
I loved Emily. I think she ultimately (unlike Keith and especially Jennifer) has a good eye. Plus, Jennifer's hems? Good lord. Awful.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 7 years
I adore Kenley and loved her dress; so original. I'm glad Leanne didn't win because as beautiful as it was, it was a bit boring. Jennifer needs to go and cut her "Holly Golightly" bull, it offends me (<<< see profile pic)!
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
I kept thinking the judges were joking when they were praising Terri's design. There was too much going on with the pants and the high neck-line. It looked like a pile of vomit. I was not in love with Kenley's pattern, but absolutely loved the silhouette and the tulle. I also adored Leanne's design and would wear that skirt in a heart beat. So classy with a twist of funk. I don't even care what Stella, Suede and Blayne design...I want them gone! It's like Bravo went around looking for the most annoying people on earth at 90s raves, gay dating sites and Queens dive bars.
seven7 seven7 8 years
I thought Keith should have gone, and Leanne should have won. If her outfit was available on Bluefly, I would buy it. (I wouldn't buy Suede's winner from last week though...)
Rabbit88 Rabbit88 8 years
has anyone else been really confused at the judging??? the picks for top 3 and bottom three every single week i keep finding to be WAY off. ive been thoroughly disappointed this season. and i am a HUGE fan.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
OMG - the third person thing is SOO annoying! that's for sure. i don't know how everyone doesn't beat suede up already. you know, the first couple episodes i didn't think that there was much talent aside from like 2 designers, but i'm starting to see otherwise. there were a few great designs going down that runway the other night, and i think that it's a sure sign that we're not going to see complete crap all season. i'm not sure who's my favorite yet, but i think that there's potential out there. i LOVED the black tier skirt, that was adorable and very very wearable - and the kinley dress was cute, but i'm not sure if it's realistic cause it's just so couture/costume - but it was beautiful.
cordata cordata 8 years
Yes, the first thing I thought when I saw Kenley's dress was "Balenciaga knockoff!" Please refer to it here: http://styleology101.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/balenciaga-dress.gif The designers seem either untalented, fame-hungry or both this season. Blayne, Suede and Stella are so strange, and tonight was the first time that I actually realized Leanne and Jennifer are not the same person. Could have fooled me. The casting for both the contestants and the models is very odd. It makes me wonder if the rumors of Bravo sabotaging the show before its move to lifetime are true.
sarahhoerst sarahhoerst 8 years
I hate to say this because I love project runway but this is the second challenge that's a repeat from a previous season and I'm getting kinda bored with it.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 8 years
Leanne should have won this week. I'd buy her outfit right now if I could. I LOVED her skirt and her blouse. Beautiful! Of course, Kenley should have won last week, so . . . Maybe Leanne will win next week?
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 8 years
Jennifer should have been the one sent home, IMO. Emily's dress was cheesy, yeah, but at least it was well executed and not so dull! Stella needs to go because everything she makes will look the same!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
How many 80's looks can you put into one single outfit!? The neck, the shoulders, the arms, the fabric, the bubble... wtf? If anyone wore this in public they would be on every worst dress list. Talk about needing to edit.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
tsp - I forgot about Blayne's creepy eyes staring at Kenley. That was soo weird. Oh, and I forgot to mention how random was it that Sandra Bernhard was the guest judge? is she even relevant anymore? No offense to her fans but I don't get the appeal...
ehadams ehadams 8 years
You are so right about Emily's dress looking like a Barbie dress. Kenley's dress looks like the Balenciaga Spring 08 collection...thats probably why she won. My mom said it looked like a tumor was growing out of the model's hip. Top 3 this week: Leanne (adore the skirt), Jerell (look at the train, wow), Kelli (daring, fits challenge) Also Liked: Korto (looks like a real woman could wear it, but not exciting enough for this challenge) Meh: Suede, Joe, Keith, Stella Oh god my eyes (aka fugly patterns): Kenley, Terri Flameno hooker dresses: Blayne, Emily Worst: Daniel (this looked like the same as those ugly brown dresses from last week, did he just reuse his leftover fabric?), Jennifer (pregnant dress and terribly constructed, she should have been out for the hemline alone)
mkls6044 mkls6044 8 years
Leanne should have won and Jennifer should have gone home!!
tsp tsp 8 years
ok...but what about blayne's crack-head, wide-eyed moment staring at kenley saying "i'm going to eat you". wtf? totally creepy. love leanne's outfit. really didn't like kenley's...not enough to win anyway. and what IS with stella? she always seems shocked when tim says there's a surprise or an angle to the challenge. hello?! that's the whole point! and it is hilarious, yet annoying, that she is SOOOOOO needy. she complains about EVERYTHING.
rainonme224 rainonme224 8 years
Leanne should have won for sure. That skirt was so cute, I would have worn it. I'm so sick of listening to Blayne and Suede. Who talks in 3rd person? Annoying!!!
sorano916 sorano916 8 years
I thought that Emily should have stayed and Jennifer should have gone. At least Emily had personality and the black dress itself was made really well. And yeah, I can't wait for Blayne, Suede, and Stella to go.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Seriously, does Project Runway have any more original ideas? I could think of several ideas off the top of my head, but I guess they wouldn't be as "interesting." I didn't like a lot of the outfits last night and I really think Stella needs to go home because she only has one design aesthetic (LEATHER, wtf?) Blayne: His graffiti-like dress was pretty cute but I wouldn't wear it. Daniel: Lovely and simple Emily: I thought it was all right, she definitely didn't deserve to go home so soon Jennifer: Boring and matronly, she should have gone home plus she has NO personality Jerell: I think his dress should have won because it was creative and glamorous Joe: Meh, mediocre clubbing outfit Keith: I thought it was dress was kinda interesting but too white. It didn't remind me of toilet paper though... Kelli: Very S&M, goth vibe Kenley: HATED this dress. She looks like an 80s prom dress Barbie Korto: Too boring, but I like the idea of a pantsuit Leanne: Cute & classy, my second favorite dress Stella: Hooker wear Suede: The dress looked pretty hip, I think Beyonce would wear something like that for street clothes. Suede is REALLY annoying though. Terri: She's wearing way too much, over the top and I don't like the dress shirt/pants combo
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I am so suprised that Leannimal didn't win. I think they picked Kenley this week because Natalie Portman clearly robbed Kenley of her rightful win last week, so maybe, if Leann does well next week, she'll get the win she deserved. Her skit was so amazing this week. So amazing. And Blayne really needs to stop trying to make -licious happen. It's never going to happen.
mirage0780 mirage0780 8 years
I'm so sick of Blaine trying to create a new catchphrase every episode, he needs to go.
chipjimi chipjimi 8 years
I thought Jennifer should have gone home. It looked really dumpy and poorly made. It was a toss up for me for the winner though, Leanne or Terri. I can't Suade or Blayne. Stella outfit was no surprise and I thought it was unoriginal.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
Leann should have won! Hands down. I liked the silhouette of Kenley's dress (which is strikingly similar to the Balenciaga Sprin 08 line...), but I thought the print was hideous, and the concept was not overly original. Stella and Blayne are both really aggrivating. I hate how so much episode time is devoted to Stella. Ugh....
leahtron leahtron 8 years
You know I really loved Kenley's dress. I thought it was cute and kind of funny. You'd definitely have to have a lot of confidence and a sense of humor to wear it though. I also liked Kelly's and Terri's. And just in case nobody's seen this before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w536Alnon24
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 8 years
While I don't think Emily's design was attractive, I do think her sewing was impeccable. If she had moved the ruffles around a bit or made them lie flatter, it would have been more appealing. I do not think she should have been eliminated at all and I was really angry that she was. Furthermore, if you look at hers and Blayne's next to each other, his was far, far worse and something NO ONE in their right mind would ever wear out on the town. He should have been eliminated last night. How did they overlook that he put a high neck, long sleeves and a below-the-knee hem on a nighttime dress?!?
treb treb 8 years
Oh, and I actually hated Kenley's dress. When they called her name I assumed she was in the bottom three.
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