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Under the Gunn, Episode 9: “Trouble in the Lounge”

Mar 20, 2014
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Oscar's winning design featured a sophisticated mix of fabrics and a flawless day-to-night transition.

As usual, Nick began this episode as an extremely hands-on mentor until Tim stepped in and put things into perspective. Still, Anya and Mondo felt the need to confront the judges about their concerns once Nick left the runway.

The designers entered the workroom to find a table full of scented objects, from apples and flowers to candles and air fresheners. The inspiration for this challenge was Glade‘s customizable plug-in air fresheners, which are unique in that they allow you to switch between two distinct fragrances daily. As a result, the designers were challenged to create a look that could instantly transition from day to night on the runway. They were each given $250 and one day to complete their designs.

The guest judge this week was recording artist Macklemore. Shan was once again in the top with a high-fashion, elegant dress that was seasonless, powerful, and would be flattering on many women. Natalia and Oscar were the two contenders for the win, however. Natalia’s look was classy and sophisticated while Oscar’s truly had it all–the perfect fabric, construction, and design. Oscar ended up winning this challenge while Michelle was sent home. As anticipated, this decision didn’t go over so well with the mentors. After Anya and Mondo confronted Nick in the mentor’s lounge about how they didn’t believe Natalia deserved to be in the competition, they shared these concerns with the judges on the runway.

On to the designs…

The top:

Oscar’s winning design (team Nick):

Oscar's designOscar's design

Natalia’s design (team Nick):

Natalia's designNatalia's design

Shan’s design (team Anya):

Shan's designShan's design

The bottom:

Michelle’s losing design (team Mondo):

Michelle's designMichelle's design

Blake’s design (team Anya):

Blake's designBlake's design

The rest of the deisgns:

Asha’s design (team Mondo):

Asha's designAsha's design

Sam’s design (team Mondo):

Sam's designSam's design

I really liked the concept of this challenge, but I did find the inspiration of air fresheners to be a little far-fetched. I guess it only makes sense that Project Runway’s motto is “Make it Work.” In addition, while I agreed with the judges that Blake’s evening design was overly short, I couldn’t believe they didn’t say anything about the slits in Oscar’s dress. Is that really something you can get away with wearing to work?

As for the mentor’s lounge disaster, I believe it makes sense that Anya and Mondo were upset with Nick’s mentoring style, but I’m not sure they should’ve taken it out on Natalia. That was definitely an uncomfortable situation, and I hope this tension subsides in the upcoming episodes.

Do you think it was fair for Mondo and Anya to insult Natalia’s abilities in the mentor’s lounge and later in front of the judges? Who do you think the judges should’ve sent home? Please share your thoughts below!

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  1. User avater marshmallowjane March 25th

    I'm a little surprised that my perceptions are so different from Soli's, but I do respect different opinions. I have seen all the seasons of Project Runway, and often I view the designers different the second time around. It took me awhile to like Mondo. I got to love him in his Allstars season, and then I liked him a little better when I returned to his original season. I love what he does with prints (although certainly not everything). I did not root for Anya at all when she joined the cast without knowing how to sew. I felt like her win was a sham. But if I look to see what she has done since she won her season, she has gone on to produce wearable clothing. I think a lot comes to Anya because she's so beautiful. Having said that, I love to hear her speak. She is so articulate with an unusual accent. I actually enjoy Anya and Mondo as mentors. I have always liked Nick, and I'm disappointed him Nick as a mentor. He needs to quit drawing, completely. He's already a teacher at Parsons. He ought to know better. Having said all this, I thought that Mondo and Anya had a huge attitude to go to the judges and tell them that they made a mistake. They are mentors, not judges. They need to learn their place. Natalia was just about bullied on the show, and she handled herself with grace.

  2. User avater Soli March 24th

    I have never liked Anya as a designer/stitcher, and I like her even less as a mentor. While Mondo showed a bit of ego in his original season, I couldn't get over his arrogance here, and he and Anya piling up on first Nick then Natalia was completely unprofessional. Anya seems to have disregarded the fact that in her own season, she barely knew how to sew and had more than a few construction/finishing issues. And wasn't she the designer who lost her money while in Mood? Didn't she have to beg for other designer's change in order to get some fabrics for that one challenge? She is not God's gift to fashion. Maybe she's critical of Natalia as a way of projecting what she likes least about herself. At any rate, I believe Asha should have been sent home over that travesty of an ensemble. It was poorly fitted, the fabric was too still to drape gracefully in the skirt swags, and who the hell makes a skinny model look like she's 5x5 and deludes herself into thinking that the outfit looks great?! Natalia's design was much cuter, even if I didn't like the little fold in the tabard, and what an ingenious solution - making a bag out of that piece. The tank dress itself was a hell of a lot more flattering than that piece of garbage that Asha sent down the runway.

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