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July 24, 2008
Emily in; Leanne hangs on


Last night's episode of "Project Runway" was a first - as opposed to last week's repeat of a Season 1 challenge.

The 15 designers had to choose models and then were told they would be making cocktail dresses for the models, who are now their clients. The twist? A go-green theme.The outfits would be made from eco-friendly fabrics. Nothing so twisted about that, right?


The models - not the designers - were given $75 to shop for the fabric. And, if you didn't catch it, they pretty much had no clue what to buy and definitely no clue as to how much fabric was needed. Most of them came back with barely enough material to construct a scarf.

There was no immunity this week, but the winner would have his or her dress sold on

To be honest, as Season 4 winner Christian Siriano might say, this challenge proved a "hot mess" for the majority of designers, especially the ones working with all-natural satin, which is soooo unforgiving of errors.

At one point, mentor Tim Gunn got flustered and told the group, "You're making me a wreck! Work it out!"

Guest judge this week was the petite and pretty Natalie Portman, who was quite gracious, considering some of the outfits she had to score. Not so judge Nina Garcia, who, at one point, said, "Skinny, tight and short is the quickest way to look cheap."

The majority of designers, including Sacramento's Emily Brandle, came up short in terms of fabric. "I was excited about the garment (pictured)," Emily said, "but I wish I had more fabric."

Not to fret. Emily is in.

The bottom two, however, included Leanne (originally from Yuba City) and Wesley. Both designers had to work with the awful satiny fabric. Leanne was told her dress looked like "a school project." Wesley's was just, well, a disaster and he was out.

Suede won the challenge with his flirty dress of organic tulle and sewed-together strips of fabric.

If you caught the "Watch What Happens: After the Sew," show after last night's episode, Wesley revealed that he and fellow designer Daniel are actually a couple now. Daniel is still on the show, so I'm sure Wesley will be cheering him on.

As for next week's challenge, it's titled "Bright Lights/Big City.". Here's Bravo's description: "When the sun sets over the Big Apple, the real fashion of New York comes to life. The designers use the city as their muse." Guest judge? Sandra Bernhard.

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