Project Runway Recap: How Not to Make It Work

When a team can't cooperate, accommodate and compromise, disaster will surely ensue. I’m talking about Epperson and Qristyl, who just couldn't make things work together.

This episode’s challenge started with a vision of Tim Gunn in flip- flops and shades—ahhh, the beach challenge. (How can you make surf style runway, I wondered?) As we say goodbye to summer, the teams talked to a bunch of surf girls to get some inspiration for their upcoming looks. Oh, but before that, they chose teams of two, gym class style.

Tension ensued throughout the entire time in the workroom for Epperson and Qristyl. Their little tiffs made all of the other designers (plus me while sitting on my couch) uncomfortable. Epperson was constantly "schooling" Qristyl—it was like he was running the show. Qrisyl grew more and more frustrated and negative as a result. Their resulting looks only showed how poorly the two worked together, as Heidi points out.

Ra’mon thought he was doomed. After all, he’s with Mitchell, who’s been on the chopping block one too many times. Not to mention, Mitchell clearly doesn’t give a crap. He barely acted like a captain, and he could barely sew. He even said he chose Ra’mon because he knew he could "carry" him. How lame?!

And as if working in teams weren’t challenging enough, Heidi and the judges decided to raise the stakes with ... a second look! And an avant garde look at that! Now there’s the "runway" that I was hoping for.

Meanwhile, Mitchell carries on with his laziness and Ra’mon has no choice but to pick up the slack. "I need to take this in my own hands," he says as he works on both pieces simultaneously! I became the biggest Ra’mon fan right then and there. (Christopher who?) The poor guy was still working on the avant garde look with only 35 minutes to go until the show! What a trooper!

The Most Memorable Looks: Loved Shirin and Carol’s maxi dress (so chic and so wearable), Logan and Christopher’s rock ‘n’ roll-ish avant garde look was a sight to see, as well as their more casual surfer-inspired pants-and-top number with the handmade hat, Ra’mon’s (not Mitchell’s!) surfer-inspired dress (which had the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen) and the super-cute avant garde dress that he dyed by hand (love love love it)

Who Won: Ra’mon

Who Might Go Next Episode: Qristyl (I’m so not convinced she has any real designing talent—how’d she get on the show?)

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