‘Runway’ recap: Hard-wearing rise and fall

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imageSome of the designers lived up to Thursday’s “Project Runway” challenge to make clothes from hardware store materials, but most were tortured and one paid the ultimate price.

First the good news. Score win number two for Team Gay captain Jay. He made garbage bags actually look like multi-dimensional leather (top photo). It was one of only three ensembles we could actually imagine walking off the runway, out into the street and convincingly come off as actual attire.

That takes real talent, which Jay, who upon winning screamed like a woman and jumped around like a little girl, has in abundance.

There’s some bad mixed with the good when it comes to Jonathan’s copper-and mesh dress with a coordinating handbag (second photo).

imageAs another of the few truly fashionable outcomes from the hardware challenge, Jonathan was deemed only “safe”—again—with no extra airtime or accolades for his accomplishment.

What does this unsung member of Team Gay have to do to get some attention? We’d normally include Ben in that call for more recognition, but he screwed the pooch this week with several of the other designers. More on that in a second.

Two of our gal-pal faves from the start, Amy and Maya, also rocked the challenge. Amy made sandpaper hot (third photo), and Maya created an edgy, wearable look made out of chord and drywall mesh.

imageMaya’s necklace made of uncut keys was the most inspired accessory of the episode, and her woven vest would be fashion forward even if it wasn’t from a hardware store (fourth photo).

The news is bad for the rest of the crew, even for designers we usually like. Seth Aaron, Ben, Mila (despite the judge’s assertions that it was worth a shit), Emilio, Anthony and Jesse botched their designs so badly that any of them ran the risk of going home. Jesse, the sexiest contestant of the season, did. So long, eye candy!

imageMaterials used by those designers all looked “tortured” in Tim Gunn’s estimation during critique. Silly little Anthony picked up and used (we counted) the word “tortured” seven times after Tim said it first to him about his look. We’ll give Anthony this: If you can’t form an original thought, at least pilfer from the best.

That brings us down to nine contestants vying for the win. Next week’s challenge brings the glamour—and actual fabric—back to the workroom.

Click any of the photos here for larger versions, and see all of Thursday’s looks in the Rate the Runway section on the official “Project Runway” page at MyLifetime.com. You can also catch up on our “Runway” recaps from each episode this season.

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