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Mondo Guerra Recaps 'Project Runway': Bring on the Bling

The "All Stars" champion shares his thoughts on the designs and reveals why he didn't agree with the judges' choices for the winning and losing garments.

Project Runway Season 12 - Heidi Klum - H 2013
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Heidi Klum

Twinkle, twinkle little rock -- last week's show came with sticker shock. At a price tag of more than $30 million in diamonds and jewels, Project Runway broke the bank with this one. Let's recap, shall we?

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With help from the trusty button bag -- and two armed security guards -- Heidi Klum challenged the designers to create looks glamorous enough to complement these precious gems in ONE day. Talk about being between a rock and hard place.

Bring on the BLING!

In the Workroom

For the inaugural trip to (thank you) Mood, Tim Gunn reminded the designers that they will be managing their $4,000 budgets for the entire season. In other words, don't go crazy. The suggested budget was $300.

Early on, Timothy (pictured at right) showed signs of defeat. He wasn't inspired by the challenge, refused to peruse Mood's organic section and eventually decided to choose fabrics from the cast-offs. Great sentiment. Only problem? Sometimes fabric gets thrown out for a reason.

Back at Parsons, Sandro and Ken kicked up the dust with a little yelling match in the sewing room. Later, Sandro's mini-meltdown over a garment steamer left the other designers on edge. Why is Sandro so confrontational?

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Not a fan of the drama, Justin tuned it out with the quick removal of his hearing device. NICE.

Helen, on the other hand, couldn't seem to silence her own inner critic as she struggled with cups and construction. And speaking of struggling, someone just needs to give Sue the sewing machine manual already. Is Dom going to thread Sue's machines for the rest of the season?

On the Runway

Glamour challenges always run the risk of turning into Project Runway prom, and there were definitely a few dresses that would have felt right at home in a high school gym. But for the most part, I think the designers coped really well.

Some looks sparkled while others were surprisingly outshined. For me, Justin's black strapless stunner and Bradon's shimmering showmanship stood out. I can't believe these looks only took one day to complete. Impressive!

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Helen was less thrilled about the runway.

Seeing her gown walk ignited Helen's regret and she became almost inconsolable. Almost. Luckily, mentor extraordinaire Tim was able to comfort her enough so the show could go on. It's not too hard to see that Helen's tough-girl exterior actually guards an intensely sensitive artist.

(Aren't we all...?)

The Best and the Worst

Super-stylist and costume designer Eric Daman joined the panel as a guest judge this week.

Dom, Sandro and Kate's designs carried their carats to the top, while Helen, Kahindo and Timothy's lackluster looks landed them in the bottom.