Project Runway recap: Choosy Moms Choose Chic

Babies! The designers are going for younger looks than usual in this toddler challenge
Ep. 11 | Aired Sep 27, 2012

WAAAAAAAHHHHHH, WAAAAHHHHHHHHHH Fabio gets oddly maternal with his pooping, crying bundle of plastic joy.

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To start things off, one burning question: Why wasn't Suri Cruise asked to guest-judge this baby-wear challenge? Wasted opportunity — I would have appreciated her high-fashion sensibility and withering critiques.

Dmitry — who'll never be a prime candidate to read children a bedtime story — looked the most nervous as the designers visited Babies 'R Us. The challenge had Heidi's name written all over it. As Dmitry noted, "Heidi has 105 babies." More like four, but I'm sure it feels like 105 sometimes — amiright, Moms? (Mom-five! You know who's hot? Nathan Fillion.) Anyway, the designers had to create a chic look for toddlers to be sold as part of Heidi's baby clothes line Truly Scrumptious. It would have been totally within the designers' right to have a terrible attitude about this challenge — because when will any of them have to design for babies? — but I loved this episode because it was so CUTE.

Bring in the models! Each designer got assigned a baby 12-18 months old. I only wish they'd been cast/styled to resemble the designer they'd be working with: mini-Dmitry, mini-Fabio, etc. Again, another wasted opportunity.

I wonder if Ven were around, whether he'd be angling for the skinniest, youngest baby there. ("Ugh, you have no waistline.") Luckily, Dmitry took the prize for being most anti-baby: "“We’re all screwed. Those babies are really, really small. I don’t even know how old they are, but I’m pretty sure they can’t talk. It’s like your making an outfit for a cat.” Hilarious, not age-ist.

The designers began getting acquainted with their babies and their opinionated moms. Chris got the short end of the stick with his fashionista mom Nancy, who wanted a Dior-inspired look with 3/4 sleeves and no pockets for her TINY CHILD. Of course Melissa was especially intimidated by having to create a girly look and acted as though the challenge were harder for her than anyone else. Then Tim announced with a mischievous, borderline-evil giggle that there was a "surprise" waiting for the designers in the workroom.

NEXT: We saw the real babies. Now for the creepy robot babies...

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