Project Runway Recap: Start Your (Creative) Engines
08/28/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT
The task begged the questions: Is a seatbelt chic? Can seat covers be avant-garde?
Just ask Korto, who wove seatbelts into a beautifully tailored, interlocking jacket-dress. Or Leanne (pictured), whose shapely dress made a case for the latter, impressing the judges and winning her immunity for its expert tailoring and its body-hugging structure.
With two guest judges -- season 3 finalist Laura Bennett and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe -- the designers paraded a generally impressive slate of creations down the runway, drawing on a similar color palette but wildly different shapes.
In the workroom, Stella spoke about taking herself out of her comfort zone. (Translation: She hammered out a skirt from a fabric that was not -- gasp! -- leather.) Meanwhile, Keith fretted about being in the bottom last week. While the designer has never suffered from a failure of confidence before, this week he actually seemed sort of humbled -- meek even. (Are Michael Kors' retorts really that barbed?) So, Keith actually took a break from his trademark layers, instead creating a skirt and top, going out of its way to not offend.
Take a guess at the judges' reactions.
In the bottom yet again, Keith tried to defend himself against the flurry of criticism. Toughest of all, Bennett claimed the outfit suffered from a lack of a cohesive vision. Keith's retort? Take a look at my past output. Touché! (Laura replied with a mannered, "Excuse me?") He found that ego -- er, confidence -- after all.
But it was too little, too late. Keith's recovered self-assurance was not enough to keep the Utah-based designer on the show. Instead, he was auf'd in a flurry of tears, while Stella and Blayne, also in the bottom, were sent back to the workroom to continue designing. -- Brian Orloff
Read our exit Q&A with Keith.
Tell us: Did you agree with the judges' decision? Was the car challenge inspiring? And which designers do you believe will make it to the finale?Bravo