Project Runway Season 1 Episode 8 Re-Viewed

We are in the quarter-finals now and are struggling to see who will be going home next.

Though the contestants were still shaken over Kevin’s shock elimination, they had no time to mourn as Heidi gave them mysterious packages and a warning to be ready for 6:30am. After much speculation, the designers were not expecting postal worker outfits.

The competitors were given the task to design either a winter or summer uniform for the US postal service. The designers were given the day to work in the offices and deliver letters around the city to experience first hand the needs of the workers.

Despite all of the fun during the day, the drama soon began once the designers came back to the workroom. Wendy had an emotional breakdown following the discovery that someone had drew a moustache on a picture of her daughter.

The divide between the four younger designers and Wendy becomes more and more palpable, as they all lose trust in her. Jay’s model announces she won’t be in until 5pm, the starting time of the show but when she was a no show, none other than Austin filled in! We also see Robert’s butt this episode.

The judges alongside Heidi for this episode were Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and guest judge Becky Negich from the Postal Service. Gotta love season one budgets. 

The following looks are ranked from my personal best to worst:

Kara‘s outfit was functionally thought out very well with a utility belt for often used items, fur-lined waterproofs and a cute hat. Though she focused primarily on functionality, the overall look was attractive and stylish too. She was the clear winner of the week.

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Jay‘s outfit was very practical, and appropriate. The only issue is that it seemed a little too butch for the female postal workers.

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Austin created a beautiful light weight rainproof cape, a pretty blue vest and well fitting shorts. Despite how fashionable the outfit looked, it seemed a little too barbie and not enough functionality for actual work wear.

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Wendy thought she was fixing a few minor tweaks to the outfit, yet not all of them were made better. The inverted pleats made the hips of the shorts appear wider, and the pockets were ill placed. The top was an improvement as it looked slightly sleeker, and more functional. Yet overall it was not a great look.

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Robert created perhaps one of the least fashionable objects on the planet. A trouser to shorts zipper. Despite this, they were very practical. Despite this the shirt was far too casual and the collar looked uneven, displaying a messy look.

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Winner: Kara


Note: Apologies for the poor photo quality, this was long before HD.

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