Project Runway Season 11: Episode 3, "Surprise Me"
Project Runway, I'm disappointed in you. Second challenge, black-and-white ping-pong club uniforms. Third challenge, pushing Heidi Klum's new perfume, Surprise! C'mon, seriously?! It's no surprise Heidi likes self-promotion.
So, Heidi comes to the workroom with a storyboard for her perfume commercial, samples of the perfume's ingredients (jasmine, etc.), signed copies of a book of photographs of herself, and bottles of the perfume so that the designers could be inspired by the bottle and the packaging colors of pink, black, and gold.
The teams, still Keeping it Real and the Dream Team, had to create an assortment of two looks for Heidi. One look was for the commercial. It had to have movement and back interest. The other garment was for a press launch, so it had to be unique, confident, and if possible, comfortable.
Nina Garcia and Zac Posen rounded out the judging panel, with actress Kristin Davis as the guest judge.
The Winning Team: Still Keeping It Real
The winning commercial look, by Layana Aguilar and Katelyn Pankoke. Katelyn won the episode, and has immunity next week.
The winning press look, by Daniel Esquivel. Daniel actually designed this as a commercial look, too, but Heidi was really taken with it and selected it for her press event:
Patricia Michaels scored very high for her design. Patricia stitched leather squares together into a mesh fabric:
Joseph Aaron Segal and Amanda Valentine's design:
Richard Hallmarq's design:
Stanley Hudson's design:
(Requiem for a) Dream Team
Dream Team bombed again, with a number of bad designs.
The losing design was by Cindy Marlatt. The judges criticized the taffeta choice and the uninspired construction:
Michelle Franklin's design:
Mat Arthur's design. Mat narrowly escaped being booted for this outfit.
Samantha Black's design:
Benjamin Mach's design. Benjamin narrowly missed losing this episode. He was there on the runway with Cindy at the bitter end.
Tu Nakchat's design:
Share your comments
Are you intrigued enough to go out and buy some Surprise! perfume by Heidi Klum?
Cindy didn't seem to manage to put any excitement into her designs, but Benjamin's dress was a disaster!! Why do you think they decided to keep Benjamin and send Cindy home?
Do you think they change the teams on the next episode? (I do, I think they'll have to! Except... the Dream Team should theoretically be getting stronger because the weaker designers are being cast out.)
How do you like the team format? It's working for me - I see it making the Keeping It Real team greater than the sum of its designers! I'm looking forward to next week. I wonder if Benjamin will keep from cracking?! Will Mat manage to overcome his insecurity? Will Tu, Michelle, or Samantha finally get noticed?