The designers were off on a field trip Thursday to the American Girl Place New York in the heart of Manhattan on “Project Runway.” For this week’s fashion challenge they must design a look for their chosen doll that will get a contemporary look. Instead of their usual models they work with, eight tween girls will be taking their place. This was a pleasant change of pace.
What sets American Girl dolls from the rest is its historical characters are from an era in American history. Each one has a specific name and family background for its time period. In Season 2 “Project Runway” had a Barbie doll challenge where they took a mysterious trip to Manhattan’s FAO Schwarz toy store. It was there when the challenge was revealed. They had to create a modern design from the “My Scene Barbie” collection for the everyday woman. Tim Gunn gave them another twist; they also had to make one for their Barbie doll.
All the designers had to do was design an age-appropriate look for tween girls in this American Girl doll challenge. The troubled designers focused in this week’s episode with the most challenges were Sandhya and Korina. In Korina’s confession she stated she’s never worked or interacted with children. Emily actually designs children’s clothes for her daughter and has a children’s clothing line on Etsy. Emily sounds like she could win her first challenge. Not everything is what it seems to be.
Korina is able to turn it completely around with her young model, and the two act like besties. Sandhya struggled with Tim’s critiques as well as the other designer’s whatever attitude towards her. She feels it’s because of the judges loving her work. All of these struggles are getting the best of Sandhya. She has the right idea with her bright pink fabric chosen, but the design is way off for a child. Char added fringe and color to her doll Addy who grew up during the Civil War. Kini is in his element creating an exquisite coat and dress.
It was adorable seeing these young girls strut their stuff on the runway. What a surprise to see all of the judges smiling at each design too, though mostly for the young models. Emily’s skirt and top was too dark and mature for a tween girl, not at all age-appropriate. The only thing saving her was seeing the bright color tulle underneath the skirt. Sandhya’s looked like a pink flamingo jumpsuit. Sean completely missed the mark with his doll Julie who comes from the 1970s San Francisco hippie era. He couldn’t even make a correct peace symbol.
Kini won his second challenge, and the first win not in a tie. The coat was a favorite amongst the judges. Korina and Char had excellent looks wowing Heidi, Zac, and Nina. The bottom two were Emily, the one with the children’s clothing line, and Sandhya. In the end it was time for Sandhya to go.