Project Runway Season 12, Episode 5: "YOU Choose Your Materials!"
In the latest Project Runway episode, the designers had to deal with unconventional materials as well as team dynamics. For some teams, the collaborations created amazing designs – while on one unfortunate team, clashing personalities led to an unprecedented failure.
To begin the challenge, the designers met with Tim and a Lexus representative. The remaining 12 designers were split into four teams of three (I'll number them for convenience). Each team drove off in a brand-new Lexus (not to keep though!) to their choice of two out of three material sources: A healthy foods store, a vintage wallpaper store, or a general store.
Team 1: Helen Castillo, Dom Streater, and Justin LeBlanc went to the food store and the wallpaper store.
Team 2: Karen Batt, Jeremy Brandick, and Kate Pankoke went to the general store and the food store.
Team 3: Sue Waller, Alexandria von Bromssen, and Ken Laurence went to the general store and the wallpaper store.
Team 4: Bradon McDonald, Miranda Levy, and Alexander Pope went to the wallpaper store and the general store.
The teams were tasked with creating mini-collections, one look from each designer. The designs did not have to reflect the Lexus cars, but it was a nice touch for the designers who managed it.
Nina, Heidi, and Zac were joined by fashion designer June Ambrose as guest judge.
The top team and the winning design
Team 2, Kate, Karen, and Jeremy most impressed the judges with their tasteful and imaginative use of unconventional materials. Kate used black rice as "beads" and shaved coconut became a lovely textured detail on Karen's design.
Jeremy Brandick won the challenge with a sleek white dress made from placemats and with glitter "racing" stripes:
Kate Pankoke's design:
Karen Batt's design: