Project Runway had the ultimate crossover event for fans. The Real Housewives were invited onto the show for this season’s client challenge.
The Bravo series Project Runway had the ultimate crossover event for fans. The Real Housewives were invited onto the show for this season’s client challenge. Each of the seven remaining designers was paired with a housewife from one of the franchises. Each duo was tasked with designing an iconic reunion look that would impress the judges, along with guest panelist, Andy Cohen.
When Project Runway mentor Christian Siriano introduced the designers to the reality stars, they were excited to invite the women into the workroom. The housewives who participated in this episode were Luann de Lesseps and Leah McSweeney from The Real Housewives of New York CityShannon Beador and Gina Kirschenheiter from The Real Housewives of Orange County, and Karen Huger, Gizelle Bryant, and Wendy Osefo from The Real Housewives of Potomac. This Real Housewives mashup was one for the books.
The housewives met with their respective designers to help bring their visions to life. They came back the next day to see the progress of the designs during fittings. Of course, there were mixed reactions in each partnership, and even some drama. For the final runway show, the Real Housewives topped off their ensembles with hair, makeup, and accessories. One designer received the winning look, while another was sent home. Now, it’s time to break down the stunning looks the Project Runway designers made for the Real Housewives.
Luann de Lesseps
Frontrunner Shantall Lacayo had the privilege of designing the perfect reunion showstopper for RHONY legend, Luann de Lesseps. The cabaret star is used to wearing sequinned dresses from Jovani, and this look was completely different. The Project Runway outfit was more sophisticated. Shantall created a combination featuring a navy suit and black corset dress to highlight the housewife’s chic and feminine vibe. Luann’s slicked-back hair and dangling earrings were elegant touches. The judges were blown away by Shantall’s design, which had plenty of bold impact on the runway. She was crowned the winner of the challenge, and Luann from RHONY was extremely satisfied with the outcome.
Aaron Michael and RHOP housewife Gizelle Bryant worked well together during the challenge. He styled the TV personality in a bright pink jumpsuit with a flowy and exaggerated sleeve. The potential reunion look was topped off with a diamond brooch in the middle and flashy jewelry. Aaron’s design was the runner-up to win, and the judges loved how confident Gizelle felt while walking down the runway. She said she would definitely wear it to a future reunion show. Aaron’s design represented the “classic Real Housewives” sit-down attire, so there is hope that his collections will appear in a future episode of the franchise.
Chasity Sereal was thrilled to be a designer for the RHOP “Grande Dame,” Karen Huger. Since she’s a housewives superfan, it was a dream come true. She made a long, one-shouldered black dress embellished with sequins. Chasity and Karen formed a great friendship, and the RHOP star was happy with the look. However, the judges felt it was too boring and safe. They did allow Chasity to stay in the competition for another week so she could try to redeem herself in the next challenge.
Bones Jones and Shannon Beador were a great match and instantly hit it off. The RHOC housewife requested a conservative, long-sleeved dress with an above-the-knee hemline. Bones listened to Shannon’s vision and delivered. He made a shiny black metallic dress and added feathers that started at the high neckline and embellished a sleeve. RHOC‘Shannon mentioned that she’d never worn black at a reunion show before, in a nod to Bones’ daring color choice. His design even fit over Shannon’s Spanx, which was a plus. Andy Cohen joked that Shannon was a tough client to please, so Bones aced his assignment as a designer.
Coral Castillo was paired with RHONY housewife, Leah McSweeney. During their consultation, Leah said she wanted to look like a “Disney Princess.” When Coral shopped at Mood Fabrics, she found a tan crocheted macramé fabric that would make the housewife look like a goddess. Christian was worried that Coral wasn’t listening to Leah’s color suggestion because she asked for brighter tones. To everyone’s surprise, Leah loved Coral’s design when she first saw it. Project Runway Judge Brandon Maxwell said the color of the dress was too similar to Leah’s skintone and wouldn’t look good on television. However, Leah looked beautiful in the frock when she strutted down the runway.
Dr. Wendy Osefo
Kristina Kharlashkina clashed with her client, RHOP housewife Dr. Wendy Osefo. There was a miscommunication in terms of the designer’s ideas and what Wendy asked for. Kristina created a pink sparkly jumpsuit with a matching scarf for the housewife. The designer was in tears when Wendy blindsided her by telling her she would prefer a gown. Wendy tried to warm up to the look but she remained disappointed. The RHOP housewives aren’t allowed to wear pants to their reunion shows, which Kristina wasn’t aware of. The two worked it out, but the judges still weren’t fans of the look because they didn’t think it suited Wendy’s body type.
Anna Yinan Zhou had the pleasure of designing a reunion look for Gina Kirschenheiter from RHOC. Gina wasn’t too picky about her needs, but she didn’t want a long dress or to show any cleavage. Anna made a long black cocktail dress and used fabric with silver flowers for part of the look. The design had exaggerated shoulder pads to make it more fashion-forward. Anna elevated Gina’s look with black leather boots and dark makeup. The judges saw that Gina was uncomfortable while walking down the runway, which was not a good sign. The look didn’t represent Anna (or her client’s personality) at all. Unfortunately, the designer was asked to pack up her workspace and go home.
When a Project Runway contestant has to design a garment to fit a client’s needs, it’s not easy. With the Real Housewives thrown into the mix, it can be even harder. Each designer tried their hardest to create a reunion look for the housewife they were assigned to. The viewers enjoyed seeing an epic Bravo crossover and wondered why it took so long to happen. Hopefully, the designers and Housewives will have a friendship that lasts beyond the show.
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Project Runway airs Thursdays at 9 pm on Bravo.
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