Here we are folks! The end of the road. The final three are it. No more surprises. No more gimmicks. Seven looks and we are done. We also have three very different designers so I’m excited. The final collections will be diverse and unique to each designer. Thank you for riding this out with me. I know I have bitched a bit but I truly believe in the talent of these guys and am excited to see what they come up with. That being said, I will miss you Zen Ken. May we have a moment of silence, please?
The designers walk into the workroom and there are three LADIES waiting for them. Everyone hugs each other. Helen, Candice and Amanda are there to help. Either these people are the best actors ever, or they genuinely seem to like each other. Candice is helping Anthony, Helen is helping Fabio and Amanda is with Stanley. I would have definitely put Fabio and Helen together but I would have switched the other two.
Anthony is happy to have Candice. She is a modern day woman who will give him the edge he needs and he thinks she will work well as a muse. Stanley thinks Amanda is modern and efficient in her work aesthetic and is also thrilled to be working with her. Fabio and Helen are two peas in a pod. I think they’ll make an amazing team. Everyone is loving on everyone. Let’s hope it lasts since we had to deal with the dramatic nonsense of the last runway. They only have three days for seven looks, of course.
Everyone gets to work. Fabio and Anthony are editing their signature looks. We get a recap of Stanley throughout the season. He thinks he is due. Anthony thinks he’s Audrey Hepburn to Candice’s Rihanna. I have to say, like Fabio, I like this workroom of everyone joking and getting along.
Anne comes in and kicks the girls out. She is worried about Fabio’s impact and wants him to be FABIO. She also wants him to use more yellow throughout the collection. Stanley emphasizes his “modern bold and classic theme”. She wants some color and more standout pieces. She tells him he doesn’t get points for classy, tasteful and wearable. He thinks about turning up the volume on his seventh piece. Anne wants more color from Anthony. He is like bitch, PLEASE! I have colors AND feathers! AND paint! Now she’s worried for a different reason. She thanks them for allowing her to be their mentor and looks forward to working with the winner. She says that two of the designers need to amp it up and one needs to turn it down. No one is confused as to who she is talking about.
I want Helen and Fabio to have a company together. The designers get to go to mood to shop for their seventh look. Fabio and Stanley look for something bold. I’m assuming Anthony is looking for something demure when he mentions black velvet. Then he mentions painting it. We get the recap of Anthony this season. There is squealing. The girls are worried about Anthony’s timing as he has never made an entire collection in this time frame. Now we get Fabio’s recap. He’s very happy with everything he’s done and wants his family to be proud.
The models come in and chaos ensues. Stanley is happy everything looks very tailored. Anthony worries me. He has scrapped his signature look and his time management has gone out the window. Candice is desperately trying to catch up but she is pointing out the amount of infrastructure is crazy.
On the last day in the workroom everyone is putting the final details in. Zippers, hems, et al. The women are serious help. Even helping each other’s contestants. Anthony is splatter painting again. The women have to leave and the men are so grateful that they were there to help. Again, it’s lovely. Fabio and Stanley are in a good place…..Anthony? I’m not so sure. The room looks like a bomb went off. There is champagne and a cake and a lovely recap of how the boys had each others back. Stanley in particular, really came out of his shell.
On runway day, Anthony is desperately missing Candice. Everyone is going as fast as they can. Fabio grabs every single ring he can from the accessories wall. Anthony wants pixies cuts for his models. “God gave me a mind that thinks, and it thinks about pockets”. Word, Fabio. That’s deep. There is one last hug and they depart for the runway.
The guest judges this week are Zac Posen and Catherine Zeta Jones. To me, she personifies sexy broad. She always looks fabulous and isn’t a stick figure. Alyssa is wearing a dress that would look great on Catherine Zeta Jones. She looks wrong as always. The audience is full this show. Who are these people? Rockettes are there?
Stanley is first and I want this white pantsuit thing. He amped up the color with a pink dress. I’m getting very Paco Rabanne crossed with Chloe, crossed with Halston. And Marni. This is a compliment. Very modern and very Stanley. Looks EXPENSIVE. Well done sir.
Fabio puts a better shirt with the smocked skirt. This is is beautiful and subtle. The shapes are awesome. I want that white coat. Badly. I have to say, I got Modern Stanley And this is modern Fabio. I like it a lot. For me it’s a toss-up between these guys.
Anthony’s collection is very Anthony. The tailoring is lovely. I’m having a hard time getting over the splatter paint and I don’t love the blue and black print. The white jumpsuit is fabulous. Hmmmm. I’m not sure about this one guys. I feel as a child of the eighties I should like it more. I love the LBD.
Stanley is first. Isaac tells him he did an amazing job. Georgina thinks there is incredible beauty in his simplicity which is not an easy thing to do. Zac wrote: stunning, sophisticated and beautifully executed. Good words. He is especially blown away by the first look. Catherine is in awe of the first look and wowed by the final outfit. She looks forward to watching his career.
Georgina is pleasantly surprised by Fabio’s painting skills. She loves the jacket. She wants it to go a little more street. Isaac thinks it should be FUCK YOU in it’s oddness rather than as delicate as it is. Catherine thinks it’s a wonderful collection and wants the jumpsuit and wants the coat Fabio is wearing. Zac thinks it has a interesting edge and Alyssa wrote down that it feels like something she had never seen before. Modern and relatable.
Alyssa loves the back of his LBD. Anthony points out how much he has learned from each judge. Georgina loves the finale look even though she doesn’t love the fabric. She also doesn’t love the fabric on the white pencil skirt. Riri is a good friend of Zac’s and he totally gets what Anthony is trying to do with the classy with a wee bit nasty. Isaac loves the last look and even loves the fabric. He gets brutalism from it. Giacometti and Anthony are not two people I would normally put together, but ok! Catherine loves the train and wants to buy the LBD.
The designers are sad that it is over. This season did feel very long, but the camaraderie at the end is nice to witness. ANTHONY WINS! Wait….what??? He shrieks so hard my dog barks for five minutes. Well Tamara, a hometown boy brought it home for the ATL!. I have to say I would have chosen either Fabio or Stanley but I’m not horrified. I don’t know…..what do you guys think?? I will miss you all but thank you for sticking with me on this long ride. Thank you to our fearless leader TT and as always to the Lady Cocotte. Do yourselves a favor and read her recaps. I will see you all next round!! XOXOXO. CJ.