Let's go to the movies! Let's go see the stars! Well, sort of. This week's Project Runway is all about moviemaking ("It's what this town is known for!" says Heidi. Yes, that and Uggs), and the designers get to go to a real, live Hollywood soundstage, which looks sort of (a lot) like a parking lot. Here, Tim and makeup man Collier Strong explain that the challenge will be to create a character from a certain movie genre — Tim pronounces "genre" with a French-inflected throat gargle. The choices are action, sci-fi, film noir, period piece, and Western, and the two poor designers who pick last — Shirin and Epperson — are stuck with the fugly Western theme. In constructing the backstory for their movie characters, we find out interesting tidbits about the designers' inner lives. For instance, Ra'mon is a "die-hard Trekkie," a quirk he uses as inspiration for his lizardlike "hot green mess" (according to Heidi). And Nicolas, well, Nicolas has intricate fantasies involving evil queens who rule the universe from a perch on Orion's Belt. Seemingly mellow Epperson has dark daydreams about tattered, sexy women defending their farms from men who want to rape and kill them. And Louise? Louise is a vacuous hole with no imagination at all. Moving along to the runway show, judged by John Varvatos, Zoe Glassner (again), and costume designer Arianne Phillips, who, according to IMDB, designed the wardrobes for The Crow, Hedwig and the Angry Itch, Swept Away, and Walk the Line, among others. On to the looks, which ranged from boring flapper to insane cat woman.
Althea, Film Noir
The Black-and-white Vampy Secretary
The black outfit underneath the white sail looks cute, from what we can see — nay, wearable! The unbuttoned sheer upper half has the unfortunate effect of making this look like rumpled officewear after a secret tryst on a desk — but maybe that's what Althea was going for?
Carol Hannah, Action
"The One" With a Bad Wig
This Matrix-inspired catsuit works for the genre, though it's a bit of a ripoff of looks we've already seen on the big screen. The leather bustier fits well (er, tightly), but what is up with the hanging gold straps? They look like some sort of futuristic urine-catching device.
Christopher, Period Piece
The Bejeweled Bloodsucking Bride
The judges love this look, though we're not sure what period Christopher is going for. Victorian? The period of the year around Halloween? Also, he says she's a vampire, which, wait, huh? And why does she have a feathered yarmulke in her hair? Questions, questions. Heidi calls it "spectacular," though, so that's all you really need to know.
The Tattered Sexy Farm Lady
This was also a judge favorite, with its ruffled denim and hidden holster. Curiously, Varvatos seems to have a thing for Epperson's model, Matar. "You can manage my farm anytime," he tells her.
Gordana, Period Piece
The Bootie-Wearing Flapper
It's true, this dress is somewhat boring. "How does this differ from my great grandmother's dress?" asks Glassner, which is an overstatement, but we get her drift. The handiwork is impressive, though, so the judges let Gordana and her accent hang around for another week.
The Genreless Mystery
We forget what genre this is, and looking at it again, we still can't remember. If it's not Action, then why does it have a cape? We rest our case.
Why must Logan include slits with fake blood? Why? If you look closely at the leg gash, he's even created bulging fleshy skin. That's called attention to detail! Anyway, this is pretty boring - must action include leather?
Louise, Period Piece
The Lace Forties, er, Twenties, er, Never Mind
Poor Louise, she got her periods mixed up and ended up with a "convoluted mess," says Glassner. Varvatos points out that the detail on the dress doesn't read on the runway, and Heidi concludes that "it was, unfortunately, a snoozefest." We love the seriousness with which she pronounces that, as if "snoozefest" is an actual word. Funny, Heidi!
The Ice Queen
The shoulder feathers are very cool, and Nicolas nailed the costume-y elements of this challenge. She looks like Liv Tyler in The Lord of the Rings, but that's the point, we guess. Glassner calls it "clever, bold, and risky!" (She does work for a women's magazine, after all.) Nicolas finally backed up his egotistic blather — we'd still like him to shut up, though.
The Loser! Lola the Unattractive Lizard
The travesty! Ra'mon SHOULD NOT have been kicked off the show this early in the game. Yes, his scaly dress was terrible and reflected the fact that he had worked on it for only two hours, but he's one of the most talented in the bunch, and we can't believe they kept Gordana instead of him. Harrumph.
The Saloon Girl
This is the most costume-y of the bunch, but that was the challenge, so we won't complain too much about this pink-and-red saloon dress. That thing looks pretty heavy for a feather.
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