‘Project Runway’ recap: Some of the ‘American Girl’ kids were not alright

This season, the “Project Runway” designers have gone avant garde, used unconventional materials, and got caught in the rain, but the curve balls didn’t stop there. This week, the final eight traded their usual models for a much younger set – they designed contemporary children’s looks inspired by “American Girl” dolls.

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Unfortunately for Sandhya Garg, she went too young for her own good with her pink jumpsuit design, which the judges thought looked like a baby’s onesie. Even her pint-sized model thought the tutu-style frills were too young for her. She was eliminated from the competition, which makes her this season’s first ousted designer to have previously won a challenge (she prevailed in weeks one and three), which means nobody’s safe. All of the other challenge-winners – Amanda Valentine, Korina Emmerich, Sean Kelly, and Kini Zamora – are still in the running.

Will the remaining seven be sad to see her go? Despite her popularity with the judges, her design aesthetic never jibed with her fellow competitors’ tastes, and they never seemed to hide their disdain for her. She had given up hope of making friends, but she felt so isolated after working on this week’s design that she cried herself to sleep. And while she did that, we listened in as her rivals made fun of her behind her back.

The challenge went much better for Kini, who tied Sean as the winner of last week’s challenge, but this week got to stand alone in the winner’s circle. Renowned by judges and his fellow designers for his lightning-fast sewing, he put together an upscale dress and coat inspired by an “American Girl” character with money to burn. Korina and Char Glover joined him in the top three. Char impressed with a fringe vest; Sean was visibly irked by that, having landed in the bottom-three after taking Tim Gunn‘s advice to drop the fringe from his own design.

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Emily Payne joined Sean and Sandhya in the bottom three, which was a surprise because she has a daughter of her own, as well as a children’s clothing line, but the heavy knit sweater and dark skirt she designed for her model came off as too dreary to the judges. Luckily for her, the judges preferred that to Sandhya’s juvenile jumpsuit.

What did you think of this week’s challenge? And do you think Sandhya was treated unfairly by her fellow designers or by the judges? Use our drag-and-drop menu below to predict who will be eliminated in next week’s show.

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