Who doesn’t love a good fashion makeover? This week’s episode of Project Runway tasked the designers with making over a group of real women, whose friends brought them there as an act of love. Each designer was paired with a makeover client to create a new look for them involving an outfit, a new hairstyle and a make-up transformation. The goal: To make each woman look and feel her best. This was one of the best challenges because the diversity of clients in all shapes and sizes, describing their own personal challenges with fashion, was very relatable. Sonjia’s client Amanda doesn’t like to shop or know how to buy things – so she just doesn’t shop. Fabio’s client, Ko-Rely, hates dresses and she only wears them, “when I’m forced to.” Ven’s client, Terri, never wants to leave her jeans. The beauty of this challenge was the emotions involved as personal relationships developed between the designers and their clients. We really enjoyed the playful interaction between Gunnar and his client—showing a softer side to him. The transformation process is not without it’s own sense of drama. A theme that was played up in this episode was the need for sensitivity to different sizes of “real women” versus models. Some of the designers were concerned that the challenge was not fair because of the client they were assigned to. Ven seemed to have a hard time grasping the needs of Terri. His constant references to her size set the other designers off, while he remained defensive about the difficulty he was having in creating a look for her. Even Terri felt offended, and at times was teary-eyed. Elena’s client Jenna wore a lot of color before, so her design was based around a more neutral color palette. Fabio designed Ko-Rely into a dress that she’d want to wear. Gunnar put his client Kim in a slimming black silk chiffon LBD, after her friend told him Kim’s fashion sense never matched her larger than life personality. By the time Kim went down the runway, she had a strut that was unmatched. Michael Kors noted, “You could teach Giselle how to move.” Accessories took a front row seat on the runway, right along with the new hairstyles and make-up that completed the makeovers. It was hand-held fever as clutches completed the looks in various hues and degrees of ornamentation. Nina called out the studded clutch that Dmitry’s client Angela carried; appropriately paired with booties. Manrepeller would have been proud because there was no shortage of “arm parties”, as colored bangles were stacked high. At judging time Nathan’s look wasn’t well received. Heidi said that Liana looked “cheap” and like a “hoochie mama”. Nina dismissed it as being a complete disaster while Michael said Nathan’s use of “illusion creating” fabric was best served on someone closer to Betty White’s age. For this, Nathan was sent home this week. This week’s winner was Fabio, for his asymmetrical dress in different shades of gray, with various seams and unique proportions. He paired it with medium heeled Chelsea boots and a graphic necklace. Along with her really edgy haircut, Ko-Rely’s outfit got a lot of attention from the judges. The judges decided to keep Ven, despite his misgivings about working with his client and the less than tasteful look he created for her. It makes us wonder, did they save him for the drama? We will find out more next week!