If the team challenge was the drama episode then last night's episode was the tear-jerker. Contestants were told to design a textile based on a memory from their past or something from their lives.
April designed a fabric based on her parents divorce, Valerie designed a fabric based on the blueprints her father would bring home from work, Gretchen designed a fabric based on a hat her mother wore, Mondo designed a fabric based on his HIV Positive status.
I admit, I wasn't expecting that. From there, we followed the contestants and their parents/significant others who came to visit. Mondo admitted that he hadn't told his family about his disease and said they did not embrace his sexuality. It felt a little weird watching Mondo and his mother like a third-person omniscient observer knowing this big secret while also knowing that she didn't know. So the interaction was bittersweet. And I couldn't help but feel sad for her. It would be devastating news for a mother to hear. Knowing your son could possibly die before you do.
Seeing the contestants freak out and break down when their parents arrived was a bit bewildering? Is this what happens when they come home for Thanksgiving? I guess the drama of the show enhances the drama of seeing loved ones. Still, if I saw my mother I'd be happy but I don't think I'd break down sobbing. I could possibly relate to seeing your child after a long time.
As for the designs. I'm glad Mondo won. Not only was it fitting but it really was the best out of the bunch. Who else cringed when guest designer Rachel Roy told Mondo his inspiration fabric was too perfect since 'life' isn't perfect. Then said, "When you think of inspiration think of the garment in mind." All before his revelation.
Andy's outfit was the worst. Even I (not being a famous diva) would never wear it. It made his gorgeous model look so plain! With the blue-collar collar, it looked very K-Mart. He admitted he was distracted from his mother's visit but this just confirms my belief that the judges don't base their decision solely on the current week's creation. It was way worse than Valerie's but because they wanted Andy to stay they chose Valerie to go home.
Valerie's dress was not that bad. The only thing I will say about it is that it did look very similar to her dinner napkin dress. In the last few moments, she looked ready to go home and didn't seem surprised by the decision but I do think she was surprised by their initial criticism. It wasn't a bad dress.
She had a very lovely departing speech and had something relevant and nice and eloquent to say about everyone. I was worried she was going to get to someone and stumble but her words spot on and I was impressed and relieved.
In all, I wasn't really bowled over with any of the designs. They were all really just ready-to-wear. Gretchen was one of the worst in regards to this. What were they thinking? Heidi must only see stars when Gretchen stands in front of her. She can do no wrong. At least Nina disagreed. The print was okay. Very simple. It could have used more variation but the design couldn't have been more plain.
Michael C.'s dress wasn't too bad. It was at least not as boring as Gretchen and Christopher's. Actually, I liked Christopher's I would love to wear it, but it just wasn't *Project Runway* fabulous!!!! But like the rest of the designs, Michael C.'s wasn't amazing.
Actually, April's was pretty interesting. The skirt looked very gothy and matched the fabric.
So like I said I'm glad Mondo won. But what about next week?! Cheating? Heidi accusing Mondo of being rude?! Looks like another big bahama mama drama! Or not. You never can trust those previews.