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It's week six of Project Runway and Heidi Klum announces to the designers that they will be working with new models—smaller models, younger models. Little girls, in fact. Therefore, the outfits they design, must be both fashionable and age appropriate. Jonathan complains about having to deal with models that are so young. Anthony mopes about having to design for models with "no booties and no breasts." But Seth Aaron has a young daughter himself, so he's really excited about the challenge.
Most of the designers feel confident about their work, except for Janeane, who fears her simple red dress may be too simple. Say what you will about her design skills, Janeane consistently knows when she's messed up, albeit usually when it's too late to do anything about it. It seems like the challenge is almost complete, when Tim Gunn throws a surprise second challenge at the designers, which surprises no one. He tells the designers they must also design a matching companion outfit for the adult models.
This week, Nina Garcia and Michael Korsare both judging. Joining them, as our guest judge, is another real designer, Tory Burch.
Our top three designers for the week are Jay, with his chic, draped eggplant ensembles, Jesse with his asymmetrical gray and red version of the French storybook character, Madeline's, outfit, and Seth Aaron, whose little girl looks like she went shopping at a slightly upmarket Hot Topic, and whose adult model wears a fabulously fitted jacket which could have been a couture piece in the '80s. Seth Aaron is this week's winner. The bottom three are Jonathan, with his ratty fluffy designs, which Michael describes as "the conceptual toilet paper twins," Amy, with her patchwork, layered, clown-like pants; and Janeane with an overly simple child's outfit, along with an adult look which appears crafty and homemade. In a wise decision, which came as a big surprise to us after last Friday's Project Runway Bryant Park show, Janeane, the creator of one of the final ten collections, gets aufed. You fooled us! Well played Project Runway, well played!
And in our "As Tears Go By" count, Janeane cries after getting aufed, bringing the number of this season's crying jags to eleven.
And now for this week's Top Ten Moments of Project Runway Greatness...
10. Seth Aaron says his daughter had "two hundred handbags at this age." One can only hope they weren't all Birkins.
9. Jonathan says, "I'm scared of children...They are very small." It's important for a designer to exhibit such critical powers of observation.
8. After the designers first meet their young models, they are told that they won't see them again for the rest of the day. This is probably due to child labor laws, or perhaps they're all busy writing their own style blogs.
7. Tory says, "I'm not sure blue and orange are complimentary." Michael immediately looks down to see what color shirt he is wearing.
6. Jonathan's Michael Kors impression, "It's as if Memoirs of a Geisha met Barney," is excellent, but sorry Jonathan, nothing will ever compare to Santino's "Tim Gunn wants to go to the Red Lobster with Andre" impression!
5. Heidi says, "Now, more than ever, children are becoming little fashionistas." Yes, it's truly overwhelming the amount of Rodarte on Pittsburgh Playgrounds.
4. Unlike many of the other designers, an ecstatic Amy begins the challenge by saying, "I love mini clothes." That's possibly because she can fit in them.
3. Jonathan says his strategy has been to, "play it safe to the halfway point, and then start pulling out all the tricks for the judges." How's that working out for you, Jonathan?
2. When asked about Amy's work, her child model earnestly declares, "I would trust her fashion sense."
1. Heidi comes out carrying an additional model.