Project Runway Season 11: Episode 4, “The Ultimate Hard and Soft”
Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.
Project Runway Season 11 redeemed itself last week, with an unconventional materials challenge that offered lots of drama and some spectacular design results.
In episode 4, “The Ultimate Hard and Soft,” each team had a budget of $2,500 to shop at a florist’s and at a hardware store. Each team had to create a cohesive six-look collection. The individual garments could use materials from the one store or both, as long as both hardware and flowers were represented in the collection.
The first order of business was rearranging the teams. The Dream Team was down to five members, while Team Keeping It Real was still at eight members. Tim Gunn told the Dream Team they could “steal” two members of Team Keeping It Real. They took Stanley Hudson (for his construction and organization skills) and Layana Aguilar (for her sexy, feminine approach to design and willingness to say something if she didn’t feel a design was working). Then there was a twist – Tim told Team Keeping It Real that they could steal one original Dream Team member. The choice was unanimous: They nabbed Michelle Franklin.
The guest judges were Bette Midler and fashion blogger Leandra Medine. If you aren’t familiar with Leandra’s humourous fashion blog, it’s called The Man Repeller (ManRepeller.com). What is a man repeller? As Leandra defines it:
Check out her blog if you get a chance!
The winner and the winning team
The loser and the losing team
What did you think?
Dream Team: Stanley Hudson's design.
Dream Team: Tu Nakchat's design.
Dream Team: Benjamin Mach's design.
Dream Team: Samantha Black's winning design.
Dream Team: Layana Aguilar's design.
Team Keeping It Real: Daniel Esquivel's design.
Team Keeping It Real: Joseph Aaron Segal's losing design.
Team Keeping It Real: Richard Hallmarq and Michelle Franklin's design.
Team Keeping It Real: Patricia Michael's design.
Team Keeping It Real: Amanda Valentine's design.
Team Keeping It Real: Katelyn Pankoke's design.
Dream Team: Mat Arthur's design.
Leandra Medine, fashion blogger and guest judge.
Heidi Klum with guest judge Bette Midler.