Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
The Challenge: So, much has been made about Project Runway repeating its first-ever challenge—having to create something with $75 with merch from supermarket Gristedes. For whatever reason, they did, which lead to many contestants using tablecloths. The judges were not impressed with this use of such fabric-like material.
The Winner: Blonde, tattooed Kelli from Columbus, Ohio, who stained and bleached vacuum cleaner bags for the skirt of her dress, used burnt-edged coffee filters for the bodice, and spiral binders for hook-and-closers at the back. One resourceful cookie!
The Loser: Jerry Tam, who is behind the label Form (carried at boutiques like Oak in NYC and Creatures of Comfort in LA) lost with a raincoat made from a shower curtain, pale lavender dress beneath, white wellies and yellow kitchen gloves. In fact, the ensemble kind of freaked everyone out—there were a lot of slasher film, murderer comments going around. We learn from Crain's via Racked NYC that his participation has hurt him a bit: "One industry contact already snubbed him, just for being associated with the show. A high-profile public relations firm that had been considering taking on Form as a client simply walked away from the deal when Mr. Tam announced he was joining the show."