Project Runway All Stars, episode ten: Cost me, baby, one more time!
This week Mondo goes through all the stages of grief: Fear, Denial, Bargaining, Wishy-Washyness, Anger, Obliviousness, Shock, Pissyness, Hoarding, Joy, and, finally, Acceptance.
Mondo: "I am emotionally drained."
I'm also starting to find Mondo a little exhausting. And there were way too many fights in this episode. About nothing:
Micheal: "Hey, Kenley, look at my sketch."
Kenley: "Wow, that is a beautiful sketch, Michael. You should teach Mondo how to sketch like that."
Mondo: "I heard that and it really hurt my feelings."
Kenley: "You can't hear me because you are standing all the way over there."
Mondo: "No, I can hear you."
Kenley: "That's impossible. You are too far away to hear me."
Mondo: "Trust me. I can hear you."
Kenley: "I don't know why you keep saying that. You obviously can't hear me. You are standing on the other side of the room."
Mondo: "What the hell is wrong with you? I'm telling you I can hear you."
Kenley: "Fine! You can hear me! What were we arguing about?"
Mondo: "I don't remember."
The challenge this week was fascinating. It was the first challenge this season that actually made sense. The designers had to make a garment that could be produced at a specific price point. And they worked with an actual coster, who determined exactly how much their design would cost to make and how much it would sell for. There have been challenges is the past in which the designers had to keep budget in mind, but I don't think they have ever gone into this much detail. I was a little surprised that they were going for a $300 to $500 price point, which seems like a lot, especially when you are creating garments you could get at H&M for about $19.95. I'm kidding, of course. They would cost $29.95.
So Kenley had a real advantage in this challenge, because she has done this type of costing before. She knew exactly what her garment would sell for, she knew exactly what the production costs would be, and she knew exactly what the fabrication would cost. So Kenley was sent home.
Sorry, Kenley! That dress was boring, but I'm sorry to see you go.
Austin and Michael were the middle two this week. Austin made a decent fuchsia swing coat and Michael made another pretty but boring dress that consists of two pieces of fabric stuck together in a way that prevents you from being able to wear a bra. Joanna is pulling her hair out. Michael promises he will get his point of view across. Which is great because more of Michael's point of view is exactly what nobody has been asking for.
The big deal this week is that Mondo can't sketch. He had no way to express his concept to the coster, which was a really important part of the challenge. Obviously, he won. So let's look at the sketch Mondo made this week:
Mondo: "See, it's a guy shooting another guy, who is saying, 'Ow' because it hurts."
Look, don't get me wrong, it's a great sketch. I think it's a powerful image that comments on the prevalence of gun violence in modern society. I'm just not sure it's an effective way to explain your idea for a dress. But what do I know? His dress was super-cute, by the way. Congratulations, Mondo!*
Just for fun, I am actually going to mention the purported host of the show, Angela. I have avoided her all season, so I think it's time to give her a say:
Angela: "I loved the color and I loved the shape. See, it says right here in my notes that I loved the color and I loved the shape. So it must be true."
The really sad thing is THAT'S THE MOST INTERESTING THING SHE HAS EVER SAID!
That's it. Tune in next week for the finale.
[The sketch was actually made by our friend's six-year-old while we were eating yogurt recently.]