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Project Runway Episode: "Transformation"

Season 5, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The contestants fashion clothes for college women, helping them make a smooth transition from cool-school style to working-world sophistication. Designer Cynthia Rowley is the guest judge.
Original Air Date: Sep 17, 2008

"Transformation" Season 5, Episode 10

Finally a challenge that I can relate to. Every season there's a "common folk" challenge and this time around the designers had to create a look for recent college grads that would help them transition from cool-school style to working-world sophistication. Who got it right and who missed the mark? Keep reading to find out. When Heidi brought out a group of mothers on the runway, the designers were frightened. After realizing that it wasn't their own mothers, they were immediately nervous that they'd still have to design for, gasp, older women. But luckily for them the twist was that the designs would be for their daughters, recent college graduates transitioning to new lives as individual, professional women. Some were thrilled with their pairings like Kenley whose Anna was a mini version of herself. Unfortunately for Leanne, her client was Holly, an adorable kindergarten teacher but with a mom who would not stop talking. She was the "Hedda Lettuce" of this challenge. Because of the theme of the episode, we got to see and hear about all the designers' first jobs. This was quite comical as most old school pics of ourselves usually are. Surprisingly, Joe started out at Gucci while Jerell's first gig was at McDonald's. Back to present day, all of the girls and their moms came in for the first fitting and it didn't go so well. Suede's client Avital was nervous that she didn't want to be too professional yet she wanted pants which Suede doesn't do. Joe's girl didn't like the pin stripe but when her mom assured her that she'd look sharp, it made her feel a bit better. Too bad his outfit still looked like an '80's business suit with a pocket square as Kenley called it. Speaking of Kenley, her garment was coming along well with her client liking it but Jerell commented that she can make one hell of a '50's or '60's dress but nothing else. I have to agree, what else have we seen from her? Leanne's client's mom thought the dress made her daughter Holly daughter look flat-chested so there was a lot of work needed to do there. When Tim came around after the second fitting the garments were coming together. He liked Korto's and Jerell's but had some negative words for Joe and Kenley. Tim thought Joe's design looked suitable for a lawyer or a banker, not a graphic designer. As per usual Joe took the task way to literal. After giving Kenley slight criticism she was not too thrilled. Kenley felt that Tim just didn't get her aesthetic but Tim is the mentor for a reason and she better stop hating on him or else I'm gonna be angry! So immediate thoughts after the runway show were that Joe's was awful, Leanne's was cute, Jerell's was great but maybe too sexy, loved Korto's, liked Suede's but for going out not job hunting and Kenley's was perfect for her client because not too many girls can get away with that look. The judges pretty much agreed about Joe's. Nina called it a cliché and said he was out of touch while Kenley pretty much laughed in his face. She's getting extremely annoying. The judges loved Jerell's and so did his client. Nina gave the worst critique of the night with Suede's. She didn't like the printed dress with the shape of the jacket but that was only the tip of iceberg and "I will say no more." Ouch. Korto was the first to leave the runway with safety. Next the winner was announced and it was Jerell. Good for him but what was he wearing in his hair? Kenley was safe as well but made sure to roll her eyes before exiting. Joe and Suede were in the bottom two and no surprise here, Joe was eliminated. Do you agree with the judges' decisions? Anyone else thinking Kenley needs an attitude adjustment? Watch more Project Runway in our Online Video Guide. For Chris March's recap of this week's episode click below and check out his personal blog at elle.com. show less
Finally a challenge that I can relate to Every season theres a common folk challenge and this time around the designers had to create a look for recent college grads that would help them transition from cool-school style to working-world sophistication Who got it right and who missed the mark Keep reading to find outWhen Heidi brought out a group of mothers on the runway the designers were frightened After realizing that it wasnt their own mothers they were immediately nervous that theyd still have to design for gasp older women But luckily for them the twist was that the designs would be for their daughters recent college graduates transitioning to new lives as individual professional women Some were thrilled with their pairings like Kenley whose Anna was a mini version of herself Unfortunately for Leanne her client was Holly an adorable kindergarten teacher but with a mom who would not stop talking She was the Hedda Lettuce148 read more

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