When "Project Runway" announced before the season started that the show would be expanded by an extra half hour, I was excited, thinking there'd be more time for Tim Gunn's words of wisdom and workroom or runway drama. Wrong. We just get to hear him plug Garnier and HP -- a lot. And Thursday night was even worse.
Tim explained the designers would create a high-fashion look that would appear in a L'Oreal Paris advertorial to run in Marie Claire. Why L'Oreal? Because the designers' looks were to be inspired by and complement the type of L'Oreal Paris eyeshadow duo they select. Then, "Runway" showed us the magic worked by L'Oreal's consulting makeup designer Collier Strong. On each of the designers' models. It felt like half the episode was a giant commercial.
The other half was devoted to the designers and their collective freak out as Tim later informed them they had to design a ready-to-wear companion piece for their first creation. Cue the dropped jaws and then Valerie's mini meltdown in the ladies room.
The panic showed on the runway, and especially in the work of the bottom three designers. (Should've been bottom four, if you ask me; Gretchen's piece was beyond hideous.) Judge Nina Garcia compared the outfits to "The Little Mermaid" (Ivy's), "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (Valerie's) and "Gone With the Wind" (Michael's) -- and definitely not in a good way.