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'Project Runway': another one out

Is it just me, or are the challenges getting tougher on Project Runway?

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Last week's -- to create a three-piece outfit for Tiki Barber that he could wear on TV on the Today Show -- was insane. People fully didn't finish the challenge, Carmen in particular. She was sent home after sending her model down the runway in a weirdly constructed Members Only-esque jacket (in a bad way), a piece of fabric draped around his neck in lieu of a shirt and frightening pants. The scariest piece, though, was from Sweet P, who said she had never made menswear but appeared to have never seen a men's shirt before. The resulting piece of clothing looked like Salvador Dali sent it through a wringer and then Willy Wonka danced all over it. Jack ended up winning, but I still question whether that was fair since he didn't actually end up making three pieces. I thought Kit had it.

Last night, the contestants each had to choose an outdated trend (such as overalls, cutouts, poodle skirts, dancewear, pleather and more). Then they broke into teams of three and had to create a cohesive, modern three-piece collection that used their three trends.

Christian, Jack and Kit were working with zoot suits, pleather and fringe and felt confident from the start that their collection was going to win the whole thing. One might even say that they were cocky, since they lost to Jillian, Kevin and Rami (overalls, poodle skirts and 70s flare). The editors made it look like these three wouldn't finish, but Kevin finished the last piece at the last minute, and their collection definitely met the judges' expectations.

Ricky, Victorya and Elisa were dealing with neon, underwear as outerwear and cutouts, and their collection was a mess. Plus, Victorya and Ricky were butting heads the whole time, and they were both wrong and right on various fronts, so it was hard to know who to root for. I thought Ricky was done for, especially with last week's outfit, which was unfinished and full of pins on the runway.

But instead, it was poor Chris who was out. He and his team had shoulder pads, dancewear and baggy sweaters. They decided they would use one trend per outfit instead of incorporating all three, and they ended up with a collections whose only common thread (sorry) seemed to be color. Chris' jacket was deemed too costumey, and he was out.

I still think it should have been Ricky. His garments haven't been constructed well yet. Call Chris' stuff costumey, but at least it's well-made. Oh, well.

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