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Project Runway Episode: "I Started Crying"

Season 4, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker delivers the designers' challenge: create an outfit for her discount clothing line on a $15 budget.
Original Air Date: Nov 21, 2007
Guest Cast Sarah Jessica Parker

Sketch, Spit and Sew Season 4, Episode 2

The guest: Sarah Jessica Parker as a guest on anything is an amazing feat. The designers were speechless, but it was my favorite costume designer, Chris Martin, who described just how amazing it was when he nervously met with the lovely actress and teared-up during a "confession" that she was the reason he moved to New York City to pursue his dream. Carrie Bradshaw will do that to ya! SJP recently launched her own clothing line: Bitten. The challenge was to design a two-piece outfit for SJP's fall-winter collection. Bitten is noted as affordable and defined by its' every type of woman appeal. The designers sketched and met with the fashion-famed Sex and the City star. She then chose seven designers she felt captures the true essence and design of her line and those seven picked partners. The real challenge: the entire outfit had to retail at just $40! The paired teams were given fifteen dollars for fabric and materials. The designers: Everyone sketched beautifully. Even with quick camera glances the details were visible. I like that all the designers are experienced. It's the fourth season of the show and each designer needs to be on top of their game if they want to impress the judges, viewers and Sarah Jessica Parker. I noticed SJP didn't choose any of the high-waisted skirt sketches. All of those outfits looked fabulous on paper, but they would never fit the "everyday woman". Not everyone can go to a store and slip into a ruffled blouse and pencil skirt. Instead she chose the sketches that could flatter any figure. She was so polite and assertive with each designer and recovered nicely when Kevin didn't notice her attempt at a handshake. I was happy with the designers she chose, but I did want Chris Martin over Elisa. This has always been the perfect second challenge. Everyone gets along in the beginning, but sometimes the designers don't want to play nice and the claws come out. I thought all the teams worked well together and even Sweet P kept her best composure during Elisa's natural-hippie-sew ways. Kindergarteners are scolding for spitting, so of course, Sweet P freaked when Elisa "marked" her fabric with saliva. Ew. I could tell Christian's design wasn't going to go over as well as he knew not thought or hoped knew. Tim Gunn tried to point out that the jacket was a little over the top, but it wasn't even the jacket that gave me doubts. The dress was too slim and the combined look with the jacket wasn't pretty. I didn't even think it looked good on the model. I thought Marion and Steven did a good job, but once the model walked down the runway it began to fall apart. The shawl-like top looked very hippie-retro, which I love, but the fabric didn't hold. My favorite was Ricky and Jack's dress with the belt, but it seemed to spring-summer, rather than fall-winter. I was shocked that Elisa's design turned out so well, but it was not something I would buy. In fact, I'm not a huge fan of the Bitten line. The judges: In the past season, Nina has always been the brutal, honest judge and rightfully so. This season the judges aren't holding back. They chose established designers this season and their expectations are high. Kit, Chris, Rami, Jillian, Ricky and Kevin were safe. All of their designs looked great. Kit and Ricky's designs were very chic and well-made. I would have bought Ricky and Kevin's dress in a second and I actually liked the black/brown combination for Kit and Chris' French-influenced outfit. I'm sure Rami and Jillian missed making the top two designs by a stitch. Their two-piece outfit is not something I would buy, but it was what SJP was looking for. The decision: The judges' reaction when Sweet Pea discussed Elisa's "spitting" ways was hilarious. All the judges were in shock, but Heidi was utterly disgusted. I think it definitely hurt their chances of winning the challenge once the judges deliberated. I thought Victorya's design came out beautifully. The vest was adorable and the entire outfit looked like it was already in the fall-winter Bitten collection. I thought Marion's could have been a front runner if the fabric wasn't so drab. I hated to see him go, especially after Christian's diva moment. I think he's funny and knows what he is doing, but he needs to take a few steps down from his sewing pedestal. Three of the most highly respected people in fashion sit in front of you with criticism and instead of taking the negative and turning it into positive he snaps with, "I just want to hear want Sara Jessica has to say." I wanted to slap him. Thankfully, SJP did her best to bring Christian to reality by telling him the design was "more severe in person". She didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but she wasn't going to lie to make Queen Christian feel better. The jacket was awful. It looked like something Paula Abdul would wear in her "Straight Up" video. Some clothes need to be left in their decade and only brought out at Halloween. If I decide to have an 80's party and dress like Prince, I'll call diva-wannabe Christian. On another note... Why ask Carmen and Steven to choose who should be out? Of course the designer goes. I felt so bad for Carmen. She obviously enjoyed working with Christian and they both believed they did a great job. It broke my heart to watch her breakdown. It's pointless to put each designer in that position. If it were me, I'd be glad not to have my design chosen. All of the picked partners knew they would be "in" no matter what. For example, last season there was a challenge to design for Macy's clothing line Inc. Only four leaders, out of 12, were chosen. This brought the competition down to just those chosen four. The other eight were safe no matter what they did. However, I agreed with the judges again. I liked Marion, but someone had to go. Check out TVG's interview with last week's "out" designer Simone, here.Also, for Sarah Jessica Parker's clothing line Bitten please visit the Steve and Barry's website. show less
The guest: Sarah Jessica Parker as a guest on anything is an amazing feat. The designers were speechless, but it was my favorite costume designer, Chris Martin, who described just how amazing it was when he nervously met with the lovely actress and teared-up during a “confession” that she was the reason he moved to New York City to pursue his dream. Carrie Bradshaw will do that to ya!SJP recently launched her own clothing line: Bitten. The challenge was to design a two-piece outfit for SJP’s fall-winter collection. Bitten is noted as affordable and defined by its’ every type of woman appeal. The designers sketched and met with the fashion-famed Sex and the City star. She then chose seven designers she felt captures the true essence and design of her line and those seven picked partners. The real challenge: the entire outfit had to retail at just $40! The paired teams were given fifteen dollars for fabric and materials. The designers: Everyone sketched beau... read more

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