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Project Runway Season 3, Episode 6 - "Waste Not, Want Not"

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by Mae Ko

Challenge: Create a look out of materials found at a New Jersey recycling plant (i.e., plastic wrap, papers, bags, Mylar, bottle caps).

Guest Judge: Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe

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In this dramatic episode, the remaining contestants were taken to a New Jersey recycling plant (since NY dumps all of its garbage in Jersey, it made total sense) and were told they were to make an outfit out of the reusables in ONE day -- a task that could prove daunting if you’re not innovative enough. High, high stress.

This really wasn’t one of my favorite episodes. It’s not fun to watch an overblown craft fair gone fashion. Realistically speaking, you’re never going to see women walking the streets wearing found materials -- found right out of their waste baskets and recycling receptacles. And you know the judges are going to be judging the looks from a “how-wearable-is-this” perspective, so right from the start you have a challenge farfetched and angled so that low scorers are at a total disadvantage.