October 3rd, 2014
This week the designers were led to a Navy Yard where they were paired up in teams, each with $500 to bid on storage containers of random merchandise, which seemed to indicate they were real storage lockers being auctioned off.
'PROJECT RUNWAY' SEASON 13
Episode 11: The Highest Bidder
Some were packed with stuff. Others looked near empty. This was a team challenge and the other designers wanted to be paired with Hawaii designer Kini Zamora because of his speed. He's teamed with wacky Amanda Valentine and their easy-going natures seem compatible. Her rationale for bidding on one container was because it contained a colorful Yeti painting and he was willing to go with the flow and have fun.
I don't necessarily like her aesthetic, but as time goes on I like her more and more as a person.
Their locker is otherwise filled with children's toys; they remarked it's as if someone threw a party and stuck everything in storage afterward. It turns out to be their only win and it dawned on them that they now have no fabric to work with. They must make their own fabric with objects such as the canvas Yeti painting, soccer balls and plastic pool toys.
They are simultaneously nervous and relieved when mentor Tim Gunn introduced a twist to the challenge, which was coming up with a third design of fabric, which they could shop for at Mood.
Zamora started making a skirt with the soccer ball fabric and he and Amanda were happy with themselves, but during critique, mentor Tim Gunn feared they were dressing a teen-age hooker. So they rethought their designs and Zamora turned his skirt into a mini dress.
The judges, including "Project Runway's" biggest star, Christian Siriano, loved their inventiveness and sense of color and play. The soccer ball dress scored Zamora another win.
Both the other teams had problems, but Korina Emmerich and Char Glover, from two different teams, found themselves on the bottom for looks judges deemed "too old" and "too hoochie," respectively, and faced a second challenge. They were given an hour to complete another dress.
Emmerich can't get over her resentment that Gunn had saved Glover before and never believed she belonged in the competition. Instead of focusing on her work, she focused on her anger and resentment. Her teammate, Emily Payne, was allowed to help, but Emily said Korina's comments and "bad energy" made her "not want to help her."
Emmerich believed she was the better designer and anything she puts on the runway will be better than Glover, but her negative attitude did flow into her work. When Glover's smart choices ended up in a pretty jersey dress with chiffon cape by teammate Sean Kelly, she's saved and Korina goes home.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.