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August 14, 2008
This 'Project' was a 'Jungle'


On last night's episode of "Project Runway" the remaining 12 designers were given the challenge to create an outfit for a high-powered, glam professional woman. Sounds fairly routine, right?

Well, the "woman" turned out to be Brooke Shields, who will return this fall in her role as mom/wife/studio executive on the TV show "Lipstick Jungle."

Heck, I wasn't even sure this show was coming back because it got bashed by critics. Actually, I liked "Lipstick Jungle." It was a weekly diversion from the daily grind. And the three main characters had amazing wardrobes.

So the challenge was to create an outfit for Brooke's character, Wendy Healy, on the show. The winner's look will be worn during Season 2.

Each designer had 30 minutes to sketch an outfit and show it to Brooke. She picked six favorites and they, in turn, picked another designer to form six teams of two. Their budget was $150.

The team concept never goes over well on "PR." Too much drama, too much ego. Mentor Tim Gunn even blogged: "Designers, why is it so difficult to listen to each other, absorb content and meaning, and ... behave??"

But I'll give props to Keith, who worked with Kenley.
His idea was a two-piece print top with a skirt. They argued over the print fabric and ended up buying both. Tim called Kenley's choice "Ma Kettle" and urged them to go with Keith's fabric. Smarts won out, and the top was paired with a high-waisted skirt in diaphanous chocolate fabric. A wide black belt connected the two pieces. The judges, including Brooke, loved it.

Kelli, who browbeat Daniel throughout the competition, deserved to go home after coming up with a leopard-print bustier that was more Frederick's of Hollywood than ladies who work.

Leanne, formerly of Yuba City, is still in the running!

Next week's challenge? "Good Queen Fun." The designers will be creating outfits for drag queens. Guest judge is RuPaul.

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