Project Runway: The Billboard's the Limit
1. The Oliver Twist undercurrent that runs so fiercely throughout Runway (think about it: cramped confines, rigorous wailing, repurposed rags) has never been so apparent than in this episode's early arc. We open on Mondo, Denver's most fluorescent woodland creature, hiding in the bathroom from the other contestants, picking up items and forlornly setting them back down. Persecution complex, glorious persecution complex!
2. This week's challenge, as issued by Marie Claire Editor in Chief Joanna Coles: "Create a look that defines the Marie Claire woman." The winning look will run on a Times Square billboard, directly adjacent to P. Diddy's caustic yet lustful gaze beaming down from the Sean John poster.
3. During the Mood Fabrics spree, Valerie reveals herself to talk exclusively in the indefatigable, piercing staccato of a bona fide Valley Girl. Hats off to you, girl, and your two extra syllables inserted into every "maybe."
4. Jason attempts the relative high-concept approach of an "infinity dress," something attempted once to woeful results in a prior Runway season. Tim Gunn, after praising Mondo for having a table of unsewn scraps, is markedly more cynical toward Jason's equally unfinished remnants. "I'm a straight guy in a gay man's world," moans Jason. Right, buddy, you should take that injustice straight to the Supreme Court.
5. Casanova, after ushering out a diaphanous mermaid/showgirl ensemble last week, offers up a prim satin jacket with exaggerated balloon sleeves. From J. Lo at the car show to Carolina Herrera at the synagogue? That takes skill. A perverse skill, but one nonetheless.