I feel like I write about this every year, but once again â€œProject Runwayâ€ contestants are making asses of themselves when forced to dress someone who isnâ€™t a model.
Actually, this season it was really just one designer who was being a brat: Ven, whose two previous wins assured he would not be kicked off this episode even though he deserved it. Even Gunnar Deatherage, whoâ€™s been exceedingly bratty in every episode so far, fully embraced his client, including hugging her and acting truly excited to be working with a regular person.
Ven started by bashing his poor client, Terri, to the cameras, saying he thought it was unfair that he got a plus-size client while some of the other designers got thinner women, and that he was â€œin shockâ€ when he first saw her. He then told Tim Gunn that Terri had â€œno shape,â€ â€œno style whatsoeverâ€ (isnâ€™t that what heâ€™s supposed to help her with? Itâ€™s a make-over challenge!), and then laughed and said she was probably a size 14 when Tim asked (as if thatâ€™s so gargantuanâ€¦I was glad to see Tim point out that 14 is not really â€œplus-sizeâ€).
As if that werenâ€™t bad enough, Ven then made all sorts of passive-aggressive insults to Terriâ€™s face, like saying he chose black because itâ€™s slimming, and making a big deal that the belts he picked out were too small for her. The poor woman actually ended up crying, and later her friend who had nominated her cried on the runway too, because the friend thought the experience would make Terri feel good about herself and instead it made her feel terrible.
Oh, and the outfit Ven created? Unlike the other designers, he paid no attention to Terriâ€™s life or story, so he designed something completely inappropriate for her needs. He made a plain black pencil skirt out of stiff fabric that would have wrinkled horribly during her two-hour drive to work. Then he paired it with a cheap-looking neon blue silky blouse that had baggy sleeves and no structure whatsoeverâ€”such lazy workmanship! And the two pieces did not go together at all.
Thank goodness the judges werenâ€™t being complete idiots for a change. They all thought Venâ€™s work was abysmal and he was the last person to be called safe. They also mocked him for saying heâ€™d never designed for a â€œrealâ€ woman (so what are models, then? Not human?).
I was really hoping for a double-elimination after Heidi Klum said â€œoneâ€”or moreâ€”of you will be going homeâ€ multiple times, but no such luck. At the very least, it was gratifying that all the judges and other contestants were horrified by Venâ€™s ridiculous behavior.