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'Project Runway' recap, Spin zone

Fashion ShowsProject Runway (tv program)Susan Sarandon

This week, the designers were brought to Spin, a ping pong social club owned by Susan Sarandon.

The challenge is for each team (same teams) to design five looks for the employees of Spin. Three for female servers, one for a male server, and one for a ball boy (the poor guy who has to run around Spin and pick up stray balls).

I'm gonna spoil it for you right now: YES, lots of balls jokes are made. No, none of them are particularly good.

Dream Team is confident with Platinum Aussie saying "I'm a natural born leader" again. He said that last episode too. 2 for 2.

At Mood, the central conflict of the episode -- and probably the season -- begins. Platinum Aussie is breathing down Six Feet Under's neck and she doesn't appreciate it very much.

In the work room, Daniel (Mustache Man) is teaching Layana about life and she is just sucking up knowledge gratefully. It's like Daniel is who Platinum Aussie thinks he is. Again, Team Keep It Real actually does, while Dream Team is a nightmare (see what I did there?)

Everyone seems to be getting fed up with Platinum Aussie's management style, which is funny, because no one asked him to manage anything, he just did. Furthermore, he goes around brag-plaining about how he doesn't have time to focus on his own stuff because he has to help everyone else.

Platinum Aussie is an ass (Disclaimer: Editors and producers of reality TV get to pick and choose which scenes we see in order to give us certain perceptions of "characters;" he might be perfectly lovely in real life.)

TIM GUNN TIME

Keep It Real:

They're going with a skort (skirt shorts) which makes me nervous since it isn't 2001. They have decided to put a holster on the back of the ball boy look, which is genius! You know what men love? Pretending they have a sword. Putting a katana-like sheath on the back will be bad-ass if they can do it right.

Water Lilly is jazzing up those leggings and not in a good way. Tim Gunn frets about it, and she tells him about how she needs to do more construction for the judges. "I'm sensing ego," Tim says. Um, no. Self-preservation.

Dream Team:

Geek Chic continues to impress with interesting use of elastic for comfort and pockets for functionality of a server. They decide against jeans, since the servers could just go buy jeans. They want to give the ball boy a kilt. Fashion forward, maybe. Funny, yes (his balls are out). Practical, no (see last reason). 

Elsewhere on the team, Platinum Aussie designed a dress that had nothing to do with Six Feet Under's jacket. Tim Gunn called it "whackadoodle" (and somehow made that sound classy) and asked "Did you look at Cindy's  jacket?!" which is to Project Runway as "did you taste your food?" is to Top Chef.

Dream Team is in trouble.

On the morning of the show, Dream Team is still sewing when it's time to go.

RUNWAY!

Dream Team:

Female Server 1: Geek Chick did a good job. The pockets look great and the lapel is chic.

Female Server 2: The zipper in the front of the top is riding too low, showing the model's bra. She looks like a '90s bad girl.

Male Server: Dude! Tank top and capri pants? Is this a gay surf resort in Europe?

Female Server 3: a very boring short, but I don’t hate the jacket.

Ball Boy: DUDE! Mesh top? With the tank, with the kilt, with "balls are our business" right over the crotch. Wow. I think these male designers aren't designing for a ping pong social club, they're designing for gay bars.

Team Keep It Real

Female Server 1: I can see the vest is well done, I just hate the asymmetrical scoops in the back.

Female Server 2: I like the back, but overall, the dress was just too simple.

Male Server: It's cool and masculine. Looks comfortable and functional.

Female Server 2: I think it's a super cute little black dress, but it's for a female server. This is a commission job that has to take into account functionality, and that skirt is just too short to work in.

Ball Boy: The writing on the pockets is pretty cool, I like the top, and love the holster from the back. Unfortunately, from the front, the straps of the harness, combined with the shirt which is black on the bottom and white from the chest up, makes it look spaghetti strap.

Of course, the winners are Team Keep It Real!

Top Designs:

Female Waitress Vest Look: Sexy and functional.

Male Server: That T-shirt is sweat shirt material! "Edgy and cool" -- Nina

Ball Boy: They chose white on the top of the shirt so dandruff wouldn't show, but black on the bottom to look chic. It worked. As Heidi said, "There's a lot going on, but it doesn't look silly."

Bottom Designs:

Surfer Server: Heidi brings up the very good point that it's a tank for a male server, probably with hairy pits. You don't want a hairy armpit reaching over your table giving you food. Good point Heidi.

Waitress Jacket and Short: I didn't hate the jacket, but Heidi did: "She looks like a receptionist in some suburban hotel." I had to pause and laugh. I have never heard anyone use the word "suburban" as such an insult.

Ball Boy Kilt: Susan Sarandon says it is ballsy and bold, but her male employees would NEVER wear it. Zac says there are too many elements. Nina appreciates the provocative element, but points out that this challenge has a client with specific wants and needs.

In the end, the winning look was Keep It Real's vested female server. Daniel says that Layana should win since he has immunity. I kind of want to hug him.

The worst look was the capri pant travesty. At least the kilt travesty was creative. James goes home.

How did you feel about the episode?

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