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Project Runway Season 3, Episode 5 - Full Recap

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"Iconic Statement", Guest Judge: Designer/Icon Diane Von Furstenberg

by Maeko

Challenge: To recreate and modernise a look of a fashion Icon (not necessarily a super model).

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Despite lacking drama, the early exit of Keith Michael proved to be invaluable for Michael Knight who as yet hasn’t had the chance to share the spotlight. More on that in a sec. I think the highlight of the first half of the show was Jeffrey’s sour attitude toward the pariah Angela. With the villain of the first few episodes absent, someone must step into his place and fulfill the role of the show’s asshole. Jeffrey bags on Angela for messing up his sewing machine. “If you use the machine before me and I use it and it’s f*cked up, you’re responsible for it!” he yells at her while she tries vainly to speak over him to defend herself.

I was surprised to find Architect turn around and snap at Jeffrey. Jeffrey spends about eight seconds quacking into the camera in imitation of Architect’s response to his harping Angela. He quacks so hard the Detroit tattoo (what’s up with that thing, anyway? it’s NOT hot.) on his neck looks like it begins to throb a little.

Heidi places the control into the model’s hands and lets them choose their designer and scrap each other over a fashion Icon.

So what does everyone end up with? Notable pairings and the designs they created to update their style after the jump...

Kayne - Marilyn Monroe. He fashioned a leather and black sheer gown, much like Angelina has been seen wearing on the red carpet. I think it wasn't boring, but it did have a bit of an S & M feel. I wouldn't have worn it. Maybe I don't have the balls.

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Vincent - Twiggy. I only said notable because the dress he put his model in looked like something I would only use to clean my dirty counter tops. The graphic print was like picnic linen and the pockets looked like... God, I don't even know what they looked like, but they were gross.

Bradley - Cher. He put her in a silver lame flutter sleeve shirt with white trousers with tassel style fringe. Dude, c'mon now. Tim Gunn called it "armour." I agree. The MTV Space Suit is better looking.

Angela - Audrey Hepburn. Audrey is the staple of clean, simple elegance. I was interested in seeing if Angela was up to the challenge. She blew me away. Heidi: "I want that dress in every colour." And she didn't put her stupid rosettes on it (well... not too much).

Michael Knight - Pam Grier. (He was so excited over Nazri's pick.) He created a hot pink two-piece number. Plunging neckline, silver hardware with belt, hot pants he sewed in an hour. Fabulous. Paired with the high afro and awesome make up, his model was a siren. Just like foxy Pam.

Michael finally took a win. It's about time. I adore his work. He did the happy dance on the runway before Bradley was sacked for the space suit. Thank god, he was such a drag.

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I'm interested in seeing more interaction between the designers as the ranks shrink. Annoying qualities surface as tension mounts, stirring bickering and fights. I can't wait to see what's up next week.

Correction from last week, Michael Kors was absent and Vera Wang was standing in for him.

Photos: * = high score, - = low.