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Project Runway Episode: "What's the Skinny"

Season 4, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: The clothiers embark on a challenge involving seamless fashion transformations. Here's the skinny: They create outfits for women who've lost a significant amount of weight. In addition, a health issue impacts one of the contestants.
Original Air Date: Dec 12, 2007

Lace, Sequins and Beads. Oh My! Season 4, Episode 5

Episode 5 "She doesn't like prints, she doesn't like color, she only wears black, black every day, never a dress, never a skirt" I felt like Ricky while watching this episode. Tears galore. The challenge: I miss the challenges that required each contestant to make a garment out of materials other than fabric. I still dream about Michael's shawl made out of recyclable bubble wrap last year! However, this challenge made me smile more than cry. Each designer was given a new model. The models were women who have recently lost a significant amount of weight. They were each wearing their former favorite outfit. The outfits were all very different. There were shawls, over sized blazers and even a wedding dress. The challenge was to take the old and make new. Because each designer already had plenty of fabric to work with, they were only given a $10 budget for extra materials. Steven chose black material, Jillian found the exact same colored fabric as the shirt her model wore and Kit picked a soft salmon tone to mix with the printed blouse she had. The designers: Jack's departure pricked my heart. It's awful that he had to leave so soon when he had been doing so well. A staph infection can spiral into a death trap without the proper treatment. It is a very serious condition and Jack made the right decision. He explains it, better than I can, in his TVG interview here. No one wanted to see him go, but as my grandmother always says, "You don't have anything without your health!" I'll miss Jack, but I am happy to report that he has found love with Dale from Top Chef, will appear in the new Sex in the City movie and is currently writing a memoir. Not too shabby! Just because I work for TV Guide, doesn't mean I am an all mighty know-it-all. I hear what you hear. I knew Jack would be departing early. I had no idea Chris March would return. As I dried my eyes and waited for commercials, I heard Tim Gunn's magic words, "I have another surprise for you" And that's when I knew. I was thrilled. As many of you know, Chris has been my favorite from the beginning. I am so happy to have him back! However, I was disappointed with his outfit. I know he was thrown into the challenge with limited time, but I wanted him to wow the judges. I wanted Chris to prove that he deserved his second chance. I was also disappointed with Steven. His wit and charm have made him a favorite as well. I agree, a wedding dress of white polyester/acetate fabric would be daunting for anyone. However, his lack of creativity threw me. He had an entire gown to work with; a major faux pas of sleeves, beads, lace and sequins to spare. I don't think black was a horrible choice. It was how he used his materials that made his outfit look drab. He could have used the black material for a simple strapless gown and added white beading in the center to offset the color. When a person wants to draw attention to a particular area of their body they should highlight that area with accessories or color. The models wanted to show off their new figures. A touch of beading in the upper waist would have done so; especially if the beads were more opal and iridescent rather than white. Kevin turned his model, Elyse, into a MILF (I apologize. I am part of the American Pie generation). Christian made his bored-black model, Kerry, into a rock star. The decision: The judges turned hypocritical. Surprise, surprise. The challenge was to use the provided fabric (with an extra $10 lift) to make an everyday outfit. Jillian made a beautiful dress and Steven made a Sister Act costume. Both designers barely used the materials they had originally started with. Jillian should not have been up there in the end. She should have rated safe and that's that. Yes, her dress was great, but she did not follow the challenge. Elisa followed the challenge and no matter how unique she may be, I like her. Her model, Tracy, repeatedly said she loved her new outfit. Even if she lied, Elisa's only concern was Tracy's happiness. I don't think the final outfit was Elisa's style at all. The draping and layering is nothing like her attire, but it was ugly. Even on someone my height (I'm 5'10") would look choppy, layered and stout. Sadly, Steven had to go. The minute he saw the wedding dress he lost. He buckled. His lack of creativity and confidence was his downfall. I don't think he really tried until it was too late. At that point he had Kevin and Victorya (The designers are so helpful and nice this season!) helping him. I would have been happy with Kevin or Christian as a win. Both did a wonderful job. I know Kevin was disappointed, but of all the challenges this was Christian's to take. Tim Gunn's first response, "So Christian, how fierce is it?" Hahaha. That outfit could have been hanging in anyone's closet. He made an over-sized, boring black shirt and jeans into a polished, pleated look that could have been sold at Saks. Bravo! My final thought: Did you all notice Jack's outfit before he left? If it had fit his model well, he would have made the top three. And if you haven't read his interview yet, here is a little tease: "Memoirs of a Gaysha". It's a classic! show less
Episode 5“She doesn’t like prints, she doesn’t like color, she only wears black, black every day, never a dress, never a skirt…” I felt like Ricky while watching this episode. Tears galore.The challenge: I miss the challenges that required each contestant to make a garment out of materials other than fabric. I still dream about Michael’s shawl made out of recyclable bubble wrap last year! However, this challenge made me smile more than cry.Each designer was given a new model. The models were women who have recently lost a significant amount of weight. They were each wearing their former favorite outfit. The outfits were all very different. There were shawls, over sized blazers and even a wedding dress. The challenge was to take the old and make new. Because each designer already had plenty of fabric to work with, they were only given a $10 budget for extra materials. Steven chose black material, Jillian found the exact same colored fabric as ... read more

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