Project Runway Canada: Let’s Go Camping Challenge
And the beat goes on this week with an exciting episode full of surprises for the designers and us- we get an avant-garde challenge and an unexpected team challenge that both revives the group and pushes their skills and vision. The final judging decision is hotly debated by viewers of the show- more about that later.
Gimme Shelter Challenge- Otherwise known as The Designers Go Camping
Iman comes in and tells the designers that “they’re about to have an adventure and get back to basics.” The challenge comes in via a note card in the designers’ mansion stating that the designers are going.. camping. The designers had hoped for a trip to Paris a la Project Runway (US) season 3 when the designers were flown to Paris for a challenge. Nope- this is a good ol’ Canadian kind of challenge involving smores and beers by the campfire.
Jessica: “I hate camping.”
Adejoke: “Black people don’t go camping. They don’t do that.”
Kim: “So much for Paris.”
The designers pack their backpacks and off they go into the woods where Brian Bailey awaits their arrival. Kim packs 14 beers, her silver fox stole, and her leg warmers, explaining “That’s all you need.” Sunny has no idea what to bring because it’s his first time: “I only do resorts.” Hm, I kinda like camping.
They arrive on location- a beautiful Canadian lakeside setting. Brian Bailey stands next to three tents on the side of the lake and tells the designers that this is a team challenge. Sunny won the last challenge (Coco Rocha dress challenge) and he goes first, picking Jessica. Kim tells the behind-the-scenes camera that she figures that Sunny picked “Jessica because she won the last two challenges. But she’s won them for no good reason.” That means that Adejoke and Kim are together. Brian announces that one more team is competing in the challenge; Kim is stunned and Adejoke grimaces. Out of the tents come.. Genevieve and Jason!? The only one who seems truly happy is Kim who is jumping up and down at Genevieve and Jason’s return.
Brian explains that team Jason and Genevieve must win the challenge in order to stay in the competition, otherwise they will be out. If they win, then one of the other teams will be going home. Two people are going home for the challenge. It’s a big deal.
The challenge is to create two looks out of the camping survival materials. One look must be ‘avant-garde’ while the other must be ready-to-wear inspired by the first look. The designers have to choose what materials they will use as fabric and what they will use to survive the night in the woods.
Brian leaves with the stuff and tells the designers: “The stakes are incredibly high on this challenge.”
Back to surviving the camping trip, Genevieve, Jason and Kim are swimming in the lake while Sunny, Jessica and Adejoke are attemping to cook something to eat.
Sunny: “If I could lose and come back it would be a perfect dream. Did I say that out loud?”
Adejoke: “…You’re saying what everyone else is thinking.”
Adejoke, Sunny, and Jessica call it an early night. Later, by the campfire while Genevieve is away, Kim tells Jason to watch out for Genevieve, warning him that “she’s a really tough cookie, man. You have to lay down the law. Cause she’ll run you ***** blind if you don’t.” Genevieve comes back and asks them “What are you guys talking about?” Jason and Kim say nothing.
Brian comes to get them in the morning and head back to the city to complete the challenge. Off they go and start working on their designs.
In the Work Room
Adejoke recommends that Kim make the avant-garde outfit and that she’ll make the ready-to-wear. Jason starts to come to terms with having Genevieve as a partner; he feels that she’s “cocky”.
Jessica is feeling that there’s a weird mood in the work room every time she walks in. We find out from Kim that she and the others were talking about Sunny and Jessica, feeling that “they don’t have a hope in hell- we’re tired of Sunny winning all the freaking challenges and we’re tired of Jessica sliding through on like sh**y garments.”
Sunny: “It’s sh**y. Kim got a second chance. Jason and Genevieve obviously got a second chance. I’ve been working really hard to get to this point. And let’s say I get voted off, I don’t get a second chance at this point. It sucks.”
Sunny’s not having a good time. He says that he’s feeling a lot of anger about what’s going on in the work room and he’s not impressed with Genevieve’s design: “If another bubble dress makes it through I’m gonna be f*****g upset.”
Brian likes Kim and Adejoke’s idea but warns them about execution. Brian warns Sunny and Jessica about the details, and tells Jason and Genevieve to make it work between them.
Adejoke worries about Kim wanting Jason and Genevieve to win so that they stay in the competition and Kim could be in second place. Adejoke wants her to worry about them first. I agree; better to try to ace the challenge than to aim for second-best.
Kim: “If Adejoke f****s up and makes me go home, do you know how mad I’m gonna be?”
That evening the designers each get to make a phone call to someone from home. Each reach someone- some call their mom, others call their partners. Everyone reaches someone except for Kim. She calls over and over again and she’s crushed. This is a really low moment for her and it’s a sad scene to watch. We feel how alone Kim is and disappointed. Kim says that she doesn’t have a huge life, a huge family, job, etc. to go home to after this show and she really wants to make it. This is one of the few times that we really connect with her and see her point of view and the high pressure to succeed. I suddenly want her to excel and win this competition. I hate to see anyone that low.
Day of the Show
In come the models for a fitting and Kim’s shorts are too small by 4 inches. Yikes. She does her best to make them fit by adding fabric. Brian approaches Adejoke and asks her how things are going. Adejoke expresses that her and Kim have different work styles and Adejoke tells Brian that she is more serious about winning than Kim is and that she has better construction skills. We agree but when you’re a team, you’re a team. You have to help each other!
Genevieve and Jason are happy with their work and they’re feeling very confident, which is no surprise from Genevieve because she doesn’t often appear to lack confidence. Correction: Genevieve NEVER appears to lack confidence.
Styling: Sunny’s cone head for his model is brilliant. Nice work hair artists!
The Runway Show
Guest Judge: Fashion designer Rachel Roy.
Sunny’s design: Modern, perfect, futuristic puffy down jacket with silver spikes down one arm. I want it!
Jessica’s design: Fun jacket, totally wearable, almost Asian-inspired with fitted pencil skirt. Gorgeous. I want that too.
Genevieve’s design: a long black v-neck tank top with a long black poofy skirt and silver foil-like strand detailing. Not at all innovative-looking and very predictable from her.
Jason’s design: high-waist skirt with poof trim paired with slim tailored black jacket. No cohesion with Genevieve’s look whatsoever. His is far better than hers although neither is very imaginative.
Kim’s design: wide-legged blue and grey pants with cute semi-transparent top with fanning collar. I like it; definitely her style and a little off the wall but still fun. Somewhat rave and super-hero inspired.
Adejoke’s design: not very fun or very interesting. Forgettable.
Jason and Genevieve go first. Everyone loves their work. Am I the only one who’s just not feeling this team’s work? Genevieve’s design- we’ve seen it before a gazillion times. Jason’s design- not very exciting. What’s the point? The judges love this team’s work. I’m confused.
Team Kim and Adejoke get nailed for Kim’s poor construction. Adejoke gets props for doing excellent tailoring. Iman: “Finally, Adejoke. But then it was the stronger of the two and it didn’t make it cohesive.”
Oh no. This is not good for Adejoke.
Sunny and Jessica: everyone adores it their creations.
Iman to Jessica: “Restricted ready-to-wear.”
Rita to Jessica: “Love it love it love it love it! Clothes that have a sense of humour and are still chic.”
The designers are dismissed while the judges debate privately.
Kim, to Jessica: “Did you think your model was about to choke because her collar was too tight?”
Kim, to Jessica: “It was funny that they said that your construction was perfect and your garment fit perfectly even though your model couldn’t breathe.”
Jessica, to Kim: “It was really tight. I mean, you could see that it was really tight.”
Kim: “I thought that that was funny. I kinda chuckled at my end of the runway.”
During the private judging, Shawn Hewson agrees with Kim’s opinion about Jessica’s tight jacket: “Hers wasn’t the most wearable.”
But Shawn also describes Kim’s work as “Backward for me. I saw that through the ’90s.”
Rita: “I think that Adejoke had the misfortune of creating a very strong outfit but with a partner who is not nearly as strong and as a team, not cohesive.”
Shawn says that as a team, it wasn’t fashion. All the ladies disagree. Sorry Shawn, you’re outnumbered on this one.
Rita and Rachel love Genevieve’s top and say that it saved “what was going on with the skirt.” I disagree; I’m so bored with Genevieve’s aesthetic. It’s not new! Where’s the 2009 in that design- let alone avant-garde?
Shawn loves Jason and Genevieve’s team work: “They nailed it.”
Whatever. I’m yawning.
The judges try to differentiate who was better construction-wise between team Sunny and Jessica and team Jason and Genevieve. “They’re equally as good,” Iman. “It’s a decision we have to make and live with.”
Oh dear. This is not boding well for Adejoke.
The designers return and Iman announces that for the first time ever on PRC, there are two winning teams: Sunny and Jessica, and Jason and Genevieve. Jessica calls it a “bittersweet win because they told Adejoke that it was her best piece and they kicked her out on it. It’s Kim’s fault.”
Kim: “I’m sad and mad.”
Adejoke: “I told Jessica you better beat these people.”
I’m disappointed with this decision. Who wouldn’t be? Adejoke should not have gone home. Not surprising that Kim is upset about going home; is she mad at herself? I’m not sure.
If this challenge was about construction and vision, the judges should have sent Kim home and either Genevieve or Jason- but not Adejoke. She earned her spot as a final 4 in that challenge. I suppose that at least she is leaving doing her best work on the show. I can’t believe I’m writing this- the irony is just so thick and stifling. Way more than any ready-to-wear collar.
Images courtesy of Global TV’s Project Runway Canada website.