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Project Runway Episode: "Trendsetter"

Season 4, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: The designers merge into teams for a battle involving fashion faux pas, incorporating outdated wardrobe trends into their outfits.
Original Air Date: Dec 5, 2007

Fierce Fashion Faux Pas Season 4, Episode 4

Episode 4 Fierce is the new hot. I actually said, "That's fierce!" to my 84 year old grandmother last night. She had no idea what I was saying, but she went with it, because well, she's fierce! The Challenge: Brilliant. Although it was another team challenge, it let each designer individually shine with a stitch of drama. If I had been sitting there when it came time to pick a captain I would have fell silent and refused eye contact. You know, like in school when the teacher asks about a homework question you "forgot" to do, so you stared down at your blank notebook paper hoping your name wouldn't get called. Each group had two days with a $225 budget. The designers easily formed groups after picking outdated trends; which will all appear again in our lifetime, because much to my dismay, tights are "in". I'm sorry, but only certain people can pull the look off without looking like an eight year old on Easter. Anyway, the challenge required each team of three to create a relevant and cohesive collection. The former fashion trends were equally hilarious and hideous, but my favorite was the overalls. I despise overalls. My personal law for overall-wearing: painting or pregnant. I'm not pregnant and I don't paint. There was also fringe, cut-outs, dancewear, shoulder pads and many more forgettable fashion-whys. Jack chose pleather or "Britney Spears on crack." Silly Jack, Britney is on crack! TMZ never lies. Right? The Designers: It has taken me four episodes to realize SNL alum Chris Katan has been with us every stitch of the way. It wasn't until Christian did a twirl dance with his fabric and huge smile that I knew MANGO! He's so fierce. Steven's sarcasm and Tim Gunn impression had me laughing out loud throughout the episode. Bruce Fretts gave America's Next Top Model a " jeer' compared to PR, because PR not only has the talent, it also has the personality. Each designer is established and knows who they are. It's been four weeks and they are all finally coming out of their "kits". PR knows how to make it work! The team captains were Chris, Ricky (He was Bill, Victorya was Hilary you get it.), Christian and Jillian. I didn't know how to react to Chris being captain. As many of you readers know, he was my favorite. However, I knew this challenge would make him or break him. He has a tremendous amount of talent, but I feared his costume design experience would overshadow the "reinvention" of shoulder pads. Jillian, who did some early morning painting, chose overalls. The moment she grabbed that photo I knew she had it. Not only was she determined to prove her talent as a designer; she also had to defend her personal style. Jillian's team was perfection. I knew Kevin would finish on time. Jillian was nervous, but she didn't use catty antics to get him to go faster. She simply implied that he needed to get it done. Also, she and Rami were wonderful. My good friend/roommate in college was very Conservative, whereas I was the opposite. We always said, "Agree to disagree?" When you can't change the past or opinions of others, there is no need to argue. You have to agree to disagree and move on. The problem is resolved and both sides keep their dignity. If Victorya wanted to be captain, she should have said it. However, she's smart and knew to keep her mouth shut. She was on a team with Ricky and Elisa (a sweetheart all around). Both have been in the bottom for previous challenges. Why put herself in jeopardy as captain? It's a competition, being manipulative is crucial. Ricky took the crown and ultimately the fall. The Decision: Ugh, I was so bummed when Heidi replied (for a third time in four episodes) "Ricky you're in". Its official, Ricky is the "Vincent" of this season. He has hung by a thread for three out of the four challenges. Simone, Carmen and Chris didn't get to show their true talent, whereas Ricky has had plenty of opportunity. I didn't care for Chris' jacket, but they adored Christian's design in episode one, so I thought maybe they'd let Chris stay. I was wrong. I was also wrong about overalls. They are only hideous 99.9% of the time. Jillian's team did a fantastic job! Christian's also did very well, but I couldn't help to notice the lack of pleather. Jack was supposed to reinvent pleather and yet, I didn't see it anywhere on his model. I actually thought all the collections were relevant and cohesive, but Chris' team was boring and Ricky's looked cheap. In the end, it costs a lot of money to look cheap and some are willing to pay that price to stand out. We'll miss you Chris! show less
Episode 4Fierce is the new hot.I actually said, “That’s fierce!” to my 84 year old grandmother last night. She had no idea what I was saying, but she went with it, because well, she’s fierce!The Challenge: Brilliant. Although it was another team challenge, it let each designer individually shine with a stitch of drama. If I had been sitting there when it came time to pick a captain I would have fell silent and refused eye contact. You know, like in school when the teacher asks about a homework question you “forgot” to do, so you stared down at your blank notebook paper hoping your name wouldn't get called. Each group had two days with a $225 budget. The designers easily formed groups after picking outdated trends; which will all appear again in our lifetime, because much to my dismay, tights are “in”. I’m sorry, but only certain people can pull the look off without looking like an eight year old on Easter. Anyway, the challenge re... read more

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