This is it. The end. No more twists, no more twits, just four designers putting out collections that reflect who they are and what they want to say. It was a doozy people. Les was away earlier this week so she is at home texting me and I am coming in from an art show to kick my family out of the room so I can
scream at the TV watch in peace. Each designer is so different, it really is going to be a matter of taste. Each designer truly deserves to be here. Even though we may not want to wear their styles, we can appreciate what they do.
It’s very hard to watch Kenya walk off again. The designers re-enter the workroom and Kentaro is chanting “cohesion, cohesion, cohesion” like a mantra. He says he feels as though he already lost, so that just frees him up to go for it and do what he wants to do. I text Les: Is this foreshadowing? She thinks the foreshadowing is Brandon taking a quick nap. Margarita seems a bit annoyed by the judges. She says, “RESORT-Y???? That’s who I am!!! It’s what I do!” Ayana thinks if she can just nail down the details and get the fit right she’s got it in the bag.
We simultaneously text we are worried about Margarita’s family because of Irma. On the phone they tell her they will swim to NYC if they have too. Obviously she had no idea how terrible it was going to be (none of us did) but we are worried about her losing focus. She felt she was attacked in the preview runway rather than receiving constructive criticism. Tim tells her is is about the prints and to own it. She wants to add MORE, not take things away. Tim tells her to go full throttle tropical. Les is worried about this. I tell her that there is no way in hell she’s winning this thing so she might as well go balls to the wall and get FREAKY tropical. Why not?
Ayana is coming up with some more avant garde hijabs for the models to wear. Tim is confident. She is confident. All is well in Ayana land. He asks Brandon what he took away from judging and Brandon says he needs to trust his gut instincts. We agree with Liris that Brandon doesn’t really have a WOW moment. Tim tells him to stay on his path. This seems to be the trend advice-wise. Kentaro is editing like a crazy man. Tim asks if he knows what he’s doing as he’s also making a new look and also has lots of fittings. He tells Tim he can make it work.
The next day Kentaro says AGAIN that he feels Ayana or Brandon will win so he’s just going to do what he wants. FORESHADOWING?? They show highlights from each of the designer’s wins and top looks and we are reminded of how much we liked this season. I’m reminded of that incredible coat Brandon did with the black dress. Kentaro’s red gown and Ayana’s double avant-garde/unconventional awesomeness. And the AMAZING shirtdress Margarita made. She’s left shirtdresses behind and has gone into serious “fuck it” mode. Her plus size model is going to rock a reveal AND a bathing suit. Les says: oh my. Rock it Mami…. Brandon is happy, confident and overall thankful for everything. Watching Margarita help Kentaro with his polaroids and the order of his looks was sweet. We are happy the assholes have left the room. We like that they like each other and respect each other’s work. Refreshing and nice. There is a commercial for all-stars and it shows everyone fighting like crazy. I guess the asylum will be back to normal for this upcoming season. Everyone packs up for tomorrow.
Okay, good space, Project Runway. The designers are excited and nervous. Backstage all hell is breaking loose. Fuses are blowing, irons and steamers aren’t working. Tim tells Margarita her family is trying desperately to get there. Ayana has lost a ruffle and frantic sewing ensues. Thank GOD Kentaro has dropped the samurai makeup. We are really liking his collection.
Ok, Heidi. We need to have a talk. You are a beautiful woman. We are all in agreement on this. I have told you this before and I will tell you again. At some point GRAVITY IS GOING TO BECOME A FACTOR BOOB-WISE. I ask Leslie if Heidi is catching a time portal after this runway to film a Van Halen video in 1984. Seriously. She’s wearing what the girls who were into metal at my high school (IN THE EIGHTIES) were wearing to prom. The bow, the purple glitter, the open back….Les texts: Too short, too plunging and too much color. Heidi, please look at Nina’s boobs; nice cleavage but contained with no sag. You are two years younger than me and we both have kids. It’s time sister. Jessica Alba is the guest judge. The eliminated contestants arrive. The twits are there?? WTF?? Doesn’t getting caught cheating eliminate you from everything? (according to next week’s preview apparently not).
Margarita is first and her collection is called “Fish out of Water.” Her culture is her inspiration. Leslie still wants to order the navy top that goes with the pants I’m having made for Tamara and Mark but this collection is VERY bright. It’s too much for me but Les points out that she stayed true to herself and it has a lot of variety. Jazzmine rips off her sarong and people go batshit crazy applauding. It was a very cool moment and she rocked it. Margarita went for it and it shows. Well done chica.
Brandon’s collection is called “Layers of Love” which was inspired by his girlfriend Dina. Collective awwwwww. We love the shapes and it’s very cool but the fabric has made it too uniform- something that would seem impossible to do with his work. I text Les that I wish that all these layers were in black, white and khaki with maybe a pop of color along the way. She agrees and says the fabric takes away the drama and innovation of the shapes for her. This is not a great runway show for Brandon.
Kentaro on the other hand…. Kentaro says this wasn’t about winning or losing, but showing something beautiful. He was inspired by Japan and composed the music to go with the collection. We think uh-oh…but it sounds beautiful and LOOKS beautiful. He DID do neutrals with color. The first look is dramatic. I text Leslie that the red looks are giving me life. She thinks is is very McQueen: bondage and ethereal at the same time. I’m now obsessed with the white dress AND the last look. I LOVE this. Well done sir. This was a show. This was what I wanted from Brandon (I have to remind myself he’s only 24).
Ayana says her collection is entitled “Evolution” and it’s inspired by her personal journey. Les texts me that she isn’t feeling it. I write back that I don’t love the shiny tunics as they are highlighting parts of the model (or any woman) that aren’t very flattering. After look three it improves tremendously. Those jeans are killer. Leslie thinks the color palette is very blah. The last dress, however, is one of the best things I have ever seen on this show. Les agrees; it is STUNNING. That could be in W or Vogue- screw Marie Claire.
We discuss who we think is going to win. Les thinks it might be between Margarita and Brandon. I tell her that if Brandon had mixed up the fabric it would have been a no-brainer but I’m not feeling this. I think he has incredible talent but it didn’t resonate here. She says that Kentaro’s amazing avant-garde vibe might pull him through. We both agree Ayana will not win. We really don’t know how this is going to go. I tell her she has to decide and she says, if thrown to the wall, Kentaro. Then Brandon, Margarita and then Ayana. She says this is only with a knife to her throat. I ask her what the hell sort of 50 Shades of Buckhead is going on over there? I’m picking Kentaro for the win. Nothing exciting is going on a my house so I’m not picking the rest of the places because I truly have no idea.
We still cannot get over Heidi’s droopy boobs. Les says Nina never looks bad which is why she has two of her books and none of Heidi’s. I guess they convinced Jessica Alba to do this so she could plug her Honest products company. They don’t even bother with a real commercial. Just Jessica randomly applying makeup. And in another coincidence, Zac is wearing HK men’s underwear. Which he shows to Heidi. Are we done plugging people?
The judges are all in agreement that Ayana’s final gown was breathtaking. Zac loves that she shows that modest clothing can still be cutting edge, cool and seductive. Nina loved the collection but wishes there had been more color. Jessica thought the tailoring was exquisite and wonderful she was able to honor her culture this way. Zac points out that you wouldn’t even know that this was a factor. Heidi says the first three looks were a throwaway for her (one of the few times I agree with Heidi) but she LOVED the modest dresses and that is saying something as Heidi likes to show a lot of skin (ANOTHER one of the few times I agree with Heidi).
Nina tells Margarita that there was so much passion, energy and color in her collection and Zack says is was spectacular and joyous. Jessica thought it was fun, sexy and sensual and loves that she celebrated her Latina background. She also points out that there were flowy pieces and very tailored pieces. Heidi loves the glitter and feathers. She says she might as well be a Latina. I wish they had panned to Nina’s face. She can tell it was a lot of work and tells Margarita it paid off. Nina says that even though at points it was a bit much, Jazzmine whipping off that skirt was an amazing runway moment and Jazzmine says it was awesome to get the response she did as a plus size model.
Nina tells Kentaro that you know when a runway is incredible, it is either very loud and full of applause, or people get very quiet. Heidi, keeping it classy, tells him: you could have heard a mouse fart. She says it was stunning, beautiful and different and she loved it from beginning to end. Even the silhouette of the first look before it came out had them intrigued. Nina KNEW he had it in him and is completely blown away. Zac says he didn’t love the two red looks next to each other and the other three interject to tell him he’s an idiot. He does say that it blew his socks off and it was an excellent collection, the likes of which he had never seen. Jessica thought it was poetic.
Jessica thinks Brandon’s looks are refined streetwear with a feminine edge. Zac says the shapes and looks were very strong but he was missing a variation of fabrication. Heidi agrees, saying she loved it but it needed more color. He tries to explain that designers he loves do a similar thing in a 30+ look collection, but Nina tells him in a ten look collection he needs to amp it up. She does say it was interesting and cohesive and she loves his signature details. I’m realizing Brandon is 9 years older than my oldest son. Let’s just says he’s very young rather than me being very old.
There is a sweet moment where Liris cries, telling the judges how appreciative she is that Project Runway highlighted all body shapes this season. She notes that Fashion Week is not normally part of a plus-size model’s career and she hopes that this will be the fulcrum for that change. This woman is a supermodel.
Heidi asks each designer why they should win. Ayana wants to be a leader for the modest market. Margarita thinks she has an edge business wise and will have a long career with this kick-start. Brandon is very sure of the clothes he wants to make and who he is designing for and Kentaro just wants “to share his stories.”
Margarita is let go first but there is a wonderful surprise waiting for her as her parents are there to console and congratulate her. It was a lovely moment. So glad they are safe. Brandon is let go next and he cries in his disappointment and apologizes for letting everyone down. His girlfriend and family comfort him and assure him they are very proud. It is down to Kentaro and Ayana. Kentaro wins!! Wow! Did not see that coming. Les says we got it right even though it was a tough puzzle. We wish great things for all of these people. Kentaro’s family comes out and in a Monty Python moment his father fall off the stage. Did they really have to show that?? He recovers and awkwardly hugs his son. His mother is smiling and wearing a glorious kimono. Obviously very traditional and reserved but also proud. He gets a lifetime supply of pens and A TRIP TO JAPAN! That’s like telling me, A TRIP TO CONNECTICUT! Maybe they can switch it to another country….
Well I’m spent. I do think the right person won and we were impressed by all of the collections even if we wouldn’t wear some of it. I think we had better challenges this year and hopefully this will be a new leaf in terms of bringing Project Runway back to the glory days. One can dream. Thank you all for reading us and we hope to see you soon. We will try and get a guest to come and recap the follow-up show in which the twins rear their ugly heads once more reminding us why gimmicky casting and unnecessary drama suck. Do you think the right person won? Can’t wait to hear…..until then xoxo Court and Les.