Tims Take

Plenty of drama behind the scenes!

on Sep 10, 2008

Eight out of our original 16 designers remain, and Heidi presents them with a little surprise: The eight eliminated designers will return to team with them. Heidi declares that for this challenge each team will create an avant garde look. She sends the designers to meet me in the workroom where I place them in teams and explain that their design must be inspired by the zodiac sign of one of their team members.

The teams have 30 minutes to caucus, then we go shopping at MOOD where they have a budget of $150. They have two days for this challenge.

On the morning of Day Two, the designers receive an invitation from Heidi. She is hosting a party at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Museum of Natural History. There, the designers will present their avant garde looks to Project Runway alumni -- Daniel Vosovic, Kara Janx, Jay McCarroll, Christian Siriano, Carmen Weber, Allison Kelly, Robert Plotkin -- who in turn will determine the winner of this challenge. Two designers will be eliminated at the runway presentation at Parsons on the following day. Yes, two designers.

Francisco Costa, Women's Creative Director for Calvin Klein, is our guest judge. And I'll just add that this challenge could have been a two-hour show, because there was so much drama and intrigue demonstrated in the workroom, at the Rose Center, and on the runway. I never cease to stand in awe of the brilliance and deftness of the show's editors!