'Project Runway' : The Customer's Always Right

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Photo: Mitch Haaseth/Bravo; Barbara Nitke

Fresh from last week’s whimsical candy challenge, the remaining nine designers were faced with a more daunting task: designing prom dresses for a group of high school girls — who know exactly what they want for their big night — while staying true to themselves as designers. And as any Project Runway-er knows, the hardest challenges are when you’ve got to please more than just yourself. Here are some highlights and lowlights:

Sweet P: Fighting to stay out of the bottom, the P smartly edited some of her client’s more risqu requests (plunging neck and back) and designed a sophisticated and shimmery Grecian-inspired gown that was sexy — but not too sexy.

Victorya: The night’s winner took a fun approach with color (electric blue), shape (short bubble hem) and the neckline (sparkling with colorful rhinestones) to create a modern looking frock worthy of any young Hollywood starlet.

Christian: The usually over confident youngster learned that what a girl wants isn’t necessarily what a girl needs. Christian was sidelined by a demanding teen client who wanted lace, beading, and other “tacky stuff” — eventually becoming downright despondent by the end of the show.

Kevin: In the end it was the New Jersey native who saw the end of the runway. His bright red, baby doll halter dress turned out looking unfinished (he refused to sew up the hem!), cheap ($29.95, according to judge Michael Kors) and age inappropriate — more soccer mom out for the night than teen on the night of her life. –Shanelle Rein-Olowokere

Tell us: Which pairing do you think was the worst? The best? And do you think Kevin deserved to be auf’d?Photo: Mitch Haaseth/Bravo; Barbara Nitke

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