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It's Week Ten of Project Runway, and Tim Gunn and designer Vivienne Tam tell our seven remaining designers that they get to design their own fabrics, which they'll then use to create their runway garments. The designers are excited but nervous. They begin designing their fabrics using the HP Touchsmart with Intel Technology, in what may be the most awkwardly introduced, yet appropriately used product placement ever seen on reality television.
Seth Aaron designs a cartoony fabric, then uses it to make the jacket of a multi-piece British pop-punk inspired ensemble. Anthony considers doing separates, but instead makes the same dress he makes every week, only this time using a similar decorative technique to the one Emilio used on his winning garment from week one. Maya worries that using prints will take her beyond her aesthetic, while Emilio designs his own signature graffiti print, which the Stephen Sprouse estate should get royalties from.
Thankfully, Michael Kors is back, so both he and Nina Garcia are judging. And it's another week, and another accent when talented designer, but surprisingly awkward HP spokesperson, Vivienne Tam, makes her second appearance on this episode—this time as the guest judge.
After the judges tell Jay that he is safe, our remaining six designers learn their rankings for the week. Our top three are Seth Aaron, with his punk-light ensemble; Maya, with her fiery red and black sculptured dress; and Emilio with his homage to graffiti and French 1940s fashion. And our winner for the week is...Emilio, in his third win of the season. This means that our three lowest ranking designers are Mila, with her rainbow striped teepee gown; Jonathan, with his muted food stain-like patterned dress—complete with its own straightjacket-like jacket; and Anthony, with an homage to most of his own previous work. Sadly, this week Heidi bids a warm "Auf Weidersehen," to the charming Anthony.
And in our As Tears Go By count, no one cries, which means the number of crying jags for this season remains stagnant at sixteen.
And now for this week's Top Ten Moments of Project Runway Greatness...
10. Mila drapes a piece of yellow fabric over her head and says, "Hi, I'm sunshine," which is kind of like Dick Cheney putting on an Obama T-shirt and saying "Hi, I'm liberal."
9. When Tim Gunn tells the contestants, "You'll be doing something that every fashion designer dreams about, but seldom realizes," he surprisingly doesn't follow it with the words, "staying solvent."
8. We're told that having designers designing their own fabric is a Project Runway first. Unlike last week's so called "Project Runway First," this one, actually is one.
7. Seth Aaron is shown on the phone with his wife. We're shocked to learn he has a—puppy.
6. With regard to feedback on his print, Emilio says, "I do not listen to Tim—whether he likes it, or not." Amazingly, at the end of the episode, the editing gods don't smite him.
5. Mila says "Thanks TG," which is probably the first time anyone has dubbed Tim Gunn with a nickname since he was seven.
4. Anthony says to his newly created fabric, "I love you and I don't even know you yet." This is probably how a new father feels. Or a stalker.
3. Tim repeatedly insists that Emilio's graffiti print signature of ES?SA translates to "Emilio Sosa and Seth Aaron," and seems to take a surprising amount of glee in doing so.
2. "Wow, it's so vivid. Did you want it to be this vivid?" Mila asks Maya about her print, proving that "mean girls" may get older, but they don't grow up.
1. After seeing his bright green pants, Anthony tells the diminutive Jay, "You look like a gay Christmas ornament." ~ We'll miss you Anthony!
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