Recap of episode 7 of Project Runway: Under The Gunn
Going into Thursday’s episode, the playing field was leveled, each mentor had lost one contender. Mentor Mondo Guerra has three challenge wins—Nick Verreos has one—and has aimed his arrows at Anya Ayoung-Chee who he calls his only competition. The mentors stand to win a new 2014 Lexus 200h and some neat perks. The designer who rules the runway walks away with U$100,000, a 2014 Lexus, a trip to Paris and tools to launch their career.
Anya was feeling the heat from being a regular on loser’s row. She took her own advice and stepped it up. She dropped the girlfriend persona and donned drill sergeant armor this week to unleash her determination to prove she can mentor winners. Hands clenched at her waist with shoulders as broad as a prison warden, Anya paced around mentees Nicholas Komor and Blake Smith, who were having difficulty realizing their vision into runway presentations.
During critiques, Anya barked: “You have to step up, you have to prove to me that I made the right choice, you have no more chances.”
“The really sweet Anya that we had has completely left the building,” snapped Blake.
Nicholas, whose portfolio persuaded me to believe he had longevity, also fooled Anya. Anya’s sixth sense smelled a fraud and needed proof that Nicholas was not a bootleg designer. “We’ve reached a point where I want this more than you do,” explained Anya. “I chose you out of what I believe is a tremendous amount of potential. It came from work in your portfolio and impeccable construction. Did you make these pieces? Then why doesn’t anything look like this?” That was a thick serving of humiliation.
Nicholas barely defended his integrity then failed to deliver the goods on the runway.
The challenge to create the fiercest look inspired by the steampunk genre came down to Natalia Fedner and Shan Keith, according to the judges. Natalia invented a pulley to raise her dress. Shan produced a well-tailored, deconstructed pant-suit fit for a “futuristic warrior”. Shan heeded Anya’s advice to stay true to your voice and delivered the first win for his team. Victory was bittersweet. Team Anya also held the bottom two slots.
“I have realized that the designers are the drivers of their own journey, whether they’re inspired enough or not [to] take the inspiration of being at the bottom and turn into being on the top—I can’t do that for them,” offered Anya as a useful takeaway.
Anya didn’t receive return on investment from Nicholas, whom she saved from the chopping block once before, so it was a no-brainer for her to cut him loose.
We’re tuning in to see how long the taste of victory will last for Anya.
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