Watching this week’s episode felt a bit different after attending the finale show at Bryant Park last week. Ten designers showed, which was interesting. On one hand, having all of the remaining contestants show let whoever the top three designers are show without being anonymous and hiding backstage (like we were last year). On the other, it underminds the honor of making it that far in the competition a bit. I don’t want to spoil anything, so won’t tell you who my favorites were yet!
On to the episode! Welcome to the wonderful world of childrenswear, also known as the challenge I would least like to attempt. I do not envy the designers this week!
The challenge had a twist this week (surprise!) and the designers had to make a corresponding look for their real models — meaning designers like Emilio that did something super kiddy to start out with had a hard time. It’s funny how part way through the competition you start to assume that there will be an additional look or some sneaky, last-minute addition to the challenges. Your mind starts to wander through the long list of possibilities while you are working. I don’t know if this is good or bad because it helps you plan in case of the worst but it also makes you even more crazy!
In the workroom, it sounded like Seth Aaron really knew what he was talking about with the kiddies. I have to say that Seth Aaron showed a lot of thoughtfulness in this one. I tend to overlook him a bit because his style is so niche and not something that appeals particularly to me, but he is definitely skilled. It’s always a hard thing to judge clothes that aren’t your style.
This type of challenge was anybody’s game. Thank goodness for the second look because it would truly be a shame for anyone to go home based solely on a childrenswear piece. Those are the types of challenges that really stir the pot because they are so specific that no one really has a good handle on it.
I definitely agreed with the judges this week on sending Janeane home and giving Seth Aaron the win. I loved both of Jay’s looks as well and thought he did a wonderful job. Amy’s kid look was also flippin’ adorable. Kinda made me want to have kids just so I can dress them! Michael Kors didn’t agree, but he probably wore black blazers and sunglasses as a 6-year-old. –Carol Hannah Whitfield
Tell us: What are you questions for Carol Hannah? What did you think of the kidswear challenge? Did the right person go home? Who’s your favorite designer?
Carol Hannah answers questions from last week’s comments:
From Jon:My questions for Carol Hannah would be: Would you do Project Runway all over again? Come back as a guest judge? Who do you think will win Season 7 of Project Runway? I loved this challenge! Yes, I was very happy for Anthony as Carol Hannah was! I think with a lot of work & practice, Anna can be successful, with certain things!
I would 100 percent do Project Runway all over again. I loved it. I really did. Stressful? Yes. Exhausting? Yes. Sometimes thought you were going to die a little? Yes. BUT it was an incredible experience that has changed my life in a lot of very real ways, and I still wake up some days and have to pinch myself.
From Ruth:Thanks for blogging CH and forgive me if these questions were already asked. Tim is always giving out the assignment and talking about how much time is given for each challege. Is it based on a 24 hr day? In this weeks challenge He said they had 1 day and that time was up at midnight and when the clock was shown after the trip to Mood it was 3pm. 3pm-midnight is not 1 day. Also during judging Heidi talks about the highest and lowest score, do they ever explain to the contestants the scoring system? No numbers are ever given or shown.
Good questions! By the time we shot the initial stuff in the morning (getting ready, getting the challenge, going to Mood, etc.), it was usually somewhere between 1:00 and 3:00. You are right — that is not very long, especially when you are pulled out for interviews for 30-60 minutes. Regarding the scoring system, the contestants are never given any numbers or explanation other than the top or bottom three. We were always itching to know where we stood if we were in the middle, but they don’t’ explain it to us either.
From Zoey:Anthony’s dress was so good! I’m glad he won. He’s so funny too! Anthony all the way! Question: You guys work till midnight on your garments but what time do you guys wake up the next morning to go back to working on it?
Early! It depends on the day, but generally we would wake up around 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. It takes a long time to film each room getting ready and talking. Some days had crazier schedules. I remember one runway day that we had to get up at 3:30 a.m.! (Granted, we were supposed to go to bed early the night before.)
From Kari:Hi Carol Hannah – I’m just curious as to how much time actually elapses between episodes. The participants tend to refer to things in terms of weeks … is each challenge really a week apart in real time?
Nope. There are no days off. The next challenge starts the day after a runway day. You learn to talk about it in terms of weeks so that it makes sense to the audience.
From Jane:how are the 16 contestants being chosen before the show? chosen through some preliminary challenges?
There’s a long process, but basically a lot of paperwork, portfolio review, interviews, videos, and they want to know everything you’ve ever done in your life. … Mike Yarish/Lifetime