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Project Runway Episode 5: "It's My Way on the Runway"

Melissas winning design.
Alicias high-scoring design.
Christophers design.
Melissas winning design.

Melissa's winning design.


First - a quick apology and a big hello to my fellow American Sewing Guild national conference attendees! I didn't get to this recap post until today because I was in Haute Houston. If you didn't make it, well, I don't mean to make you sad, but we had a wonderful time!

Frequent Threads author Claire Shaeffer was honored with the ASG Hall of Fame award. It was lovely to meet Claire in person and she gave a very special talk about the importance of ASG - both to her personally and to the members everywhere. It's nice to be back home, but the annual conference always makes me feel rejuvenated and so excited about my job. On to the Episode 5 recap!

Team challenges always mean drama

It's always a big IF - will designers keep their cool long enough with each other to create decent designs?

On Episode 5, "It's My Way on the Runway," the competitors were divided into teams to create great career looks for women.

The guest judge was Marie Claire's Editor in Chief, Joanna Coles. In comparison with the plentiful friendly television stars who have been guest judges this season, Joanna is a very tough judge with some biting comments. The designers had a difficult challenge - each team's garments had to fall into a cohesive look for Joanna's new Marie Claire's Woman at Work Magazine.

The winner

Melissa won for the first time! She may be one of those under-the-radar designers who makes it to the middle of the game, then starts to really excell.


The rest of the top three

Alicia's design:


Christopher's design:


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Comments (2)

Serral Serral writes: The winning dress was innovative and well executed but a bit much for day wear. I used to work for a wall street law firm with well heeled clients coming and going. Unless you are in a design firm - where you need to be "cool" virtually no one dresses like that. Nathan's one shoulder and Dimitri's keyhole back would result in a visit to HR. I find it sad that the designers haven't figured out that in the real world successful designers like Michael Kors collaborate and work with others all the time. Someone please "auf" Elena and that attitude.
Posted: 2:00 pm on August 23rd

Cherlyn Cherlyn writes: Iloved the dress that won, but other than that; I didn't care for too many of the designer's ideas. Paul deserved go. That skirt and blouse were awful. Agan, I loved Ven's design and I guess I would wear something like that to work. The winning dress is not a look that I felt was for work but that was because of the high neckline. I just looked more evening. Nathan's off the should look is not something women can wear to work! I would be sent home if I wore that to teach a class full of high school students---totally inappropriate.

I wish that designers would get a clue that teens and teachers cannot look like a model, but should be comfotable and not revealing certain parts of thebody. Teens see these on the racks and yes they want to look sexy---lets not go there!
Posted: 8:37 pm on August 22nd

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