Who knew that men's clothing could be so difficult? It seems so simple! Pants, a shirt, a jacket, and maybe a tie. But after watching this episode, we can all confidently say that this was a classic example of "it's easier said than done."
A first for Project Runway, this week's challenge was also apparently a first for the designers. The designers headed down to 10 Rockefeller Plaza to meet Tim who would tell them their first challenge.
Tim led them into a room where the one and only Tiki Barber, once one of the best running backs for the Giants football team, now a Today Show correspondent, was waiting to meet and greet them.
He told them their challenge: to design an outfit for him that he would wear on the Today Show. He warned them about his intricate body, his wide shoulders, small waist yet large behind. Clothes just don't fit him right. He said he likes dark colors, patterns, textures, and depth. He wanted personality in his outfit, he didn't want dull. Comfort was key, as well.
After catching some of his fellow designers joking about him, Christian told them camera that “he make[s] clothes so much better than a lot of the other designers.” Nice come back, Christian.
Sweet P was anything but excited for this assignment, as she was very unfamiliar with men’s clothing. She admitted she had no idea what to do, or where to start. As time ticked away, it became apparent that Sweet P wasn’t alone with her feelings.
The designers picked out their fabrics and rushed back to the design room to begin working on Tiki’s outfit. By the end of the first day, everyone was freaking out. There wasn’t enough time to finish what the designers had intended on finishing, and they were all becoming very anxious about their finished product.
The next day the designers all went straight to work without hesitation. Time was of the essence to say the least.
“We were all on fire,” Jillian said.
The designers were given models at random, but everyone was happy with whom they were assigned. They were also happy with the physical appearance of their assigned models, as many designers made that apparent. Men standing around the room in nothing but underwear, does it get much better?
Elisa was very strict with where she laid her eyes, as she has a boyfriend and chooses only to touch him, she told us.
The designers began to panic; Sweet P’s shirt didn’t fit and she had to start all over, and Jillian had a similar situation.
While the designers are scurrying to finish their outfits, Tim comes in and introduces Ginny Barber, Tiki’s wife, who will critique the designers’ work.
“Rikki looks a little panicky,” Tim said, to Ricky.
While Tim and Ginny walked around, they stumbled upon Carmen’s disaster. They let her know right away that neither of them approved and she should reconstruct it. Yeah right. Sucks for Carmen.
As time was running out, the designers realized this was really it. Rikki even put his model to work by asking him to help sew on some buttons. Hardly anybody had enough time to really finish their outfits, but somehow each model came out on the runway wearing something.
Sweet P’s shirt was simply a nightmare.
It’s runway time.
“When my model came down the runway I did not feel good, because there… is… no shirt,” Carmen disappointedly said.
Sweet P was completely embarrassed by her outfit as well, because her shirt and tie looked like the model had just rolled out of bed directly onto the runway.
“This is the worst thing I’ve ever made,” she said.
The judges thought Rikki’s outfit was dull, even though it looked very similar to what Tiki was wearing that very same night.
Jack’s outfit was sublime, and he was declared winner, giving him immunity for the next round.
“That is so hot,” Jack said ecstatically when thinking about Tiki wearing his outfit on the Today Show.
Carmen’s lack-of-shirt was the last straw for her life as a contestant on Project Runway.