'Project Runway' Recap: Weddings, Divorces and Oktoberfest

On last night’s episode, the nine remaining contestants had to work with divorcees to convert their wedding dresses into fashionable new garments. The challenge was so exciting, as a source of empowerment for these women and a chance for creativity on the part of the designers.

Irina won immunity last week and got first pick, so she strategically chose the dress that had the most fabric (think layers and layers of lace and a huge train). That’s how the picking ensued afterwards with each designer picking dresses that offered more to work with. Unlucky Shirin got the shortest straw, which was a simple white dress with a strappy back and un-dye-able fabric!

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the divorcee Shirin was paired with was way too sassy and very specific in her ideas, which included a super-short hem, inspiration from Cher (uhhh, what?!), a headdress, and a "peacock bum," (as in peacock feathers all over the butt of the dress). After a mini breakdown and great advice from Tim, Shirin picks herself up and decides to do her own thing, by stitching across the fabric, making the hem a decent length, and keeping the peacock feathers to the hair.

Other designers that frantically raced to get it together included resident hottie Logan, whose client didn’t want a dress or skirt. She ended up in an unflattering pair of trousers and a corset-ish top that invoked an image of Oktoberfest for Heidi. Eek! Another Oktoberfest picture was struck with Epperson’s design, which was an awkwardly structured dress with a flowy top, flowy bottom and a corseted waist. While I really liked the fitted part of the dress, I also thought that it had a milkmaid-esque vibe.

Gordana had an emotional moment during the challenge, being a divorcee herself, and she reached out to her family for support before whipping up a sexy strapless dress for which the judges sang their praises. Shirin also ended up in the top three, amazingly, after the judges lauded her decision to stick to her guns and do her own thing. And although I adored the sassy number that Carol Hannah created for a night on the town, Irina’s lacy, kimono-sleeved frock kept her at the top.

On the flip side, Logan and Epperson landed in the bottom alongside Christopher, whose space-bubble “metallic hefty bag” (Michael Kors' words, not ours) was fairly atrocious. In the end, we felt unsatisfied because we really like all three designers who landed in the bottom and really felt for Epperson when he was sent out. However, a little part of me was relieved that the season’s best eye-candy stayed after such a close call—Phew!

The Most Memorable Looks: Carol Hannah’s strapless grey number and little green shrug, Shirin’s pulled-together pretty piece, and Gordana’s grey dress with an asymmetrical neckline. But most of all: All the divorced women strutting down the runway feeling like a million bucks. As Nicholas’ model said, “I heard you have to act like you’re better than everyone else, and look pissed off!”

Who Won: Gordana

Who Might Go Next Episode: Logan (who’s on thin ice!

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