By The Lovely Les
CJ Bomb is out of town on the usual Memorial Weekend beach trip. So, I will be doing this Project Runway Recap.
The final five designers waltz their way back to Brooklyn to only wake up at the crack of dawn for the last challenge. This it it. This challenge which will determine the final four who get to show their pieces at Fashion Week. OMG! My favorite quote of the entire season is from Bishme! Wake up! Wake up B! Bishme says…I can’t go. “There are bags under my eyes and they are not Chanel OR Gucci!” I fell out of my sofa and rewound that 5 times. I thought Amy Schumer must be in the corner somewhere in their townhouse. Coaching sweet Bish on funny sayings.
Experiential Fashion Rooms?
They arrive at a warehouse and Karlie walks out wearing an amazing all black leather outfit which truly made me think of Heidi Klum. It was an homage from Karlie to Heidi – I think. I think Karlie has found her helm albeit later than Christian found his from Tim Gunn.
The challenge is to design an experiential fashion show runway along with a design that is bigger and better than anything the judges have seen. A hundred plus industry insiders will be attending the show. It is a 2 day challenge. They have $500 to spend on fabric at MOOD.
Sebastian won the last challenge and is given the model choices to pick first. He then chooses who gets to pick from the card pile. Afterwards, the designers learn they get to meet and collaborate with runway vision artists to help them build out the overall design of their runway experience. Garo Sparo is so excited about this combination of challenges as he has done a number of these things along his career. Infamous…foreshadow.
In the Rooms
Hester meets with her runway artist and hands off the idea of a Rococo room within the framework of a forest. She needs a moss mound for her model to stand upon. So not what I would have expected from Hester.
Bishme is all about roots, flowers blooming, Baltimore. His roots truly push him to do more.
Garo Sparo dreams up a robotic room that dresses his model. Runway designer suggests the Jetsons getting ready. Garo explains the more interactive the room is, the better the strategy of getting people invested. Sounds a bit out there???
Tessa, Oh Tessa. It is a Shakespearean situation. “My mom is a ceramist. I want to honor her and do a ceramic art installation. I want to lean into my roots.”
Sebastian wants a Palace in Greece. However he has no energy and no direction and really just cares about his design of the dress and really doesn’t care about the connection of the runway room. I say,”isn’t that what the challenge is? Dress and runway experience together???
Christian says the garment needs to be buzz worthy and amazing. Industry investors are walking through the rooms. They have 45 minutes to spend $500.
Hester is on a hot pursuit to find the coveted picnic fabric that she saw a while ago to make this look WIN. Christian is laughing because he knows that she should not really being doing a repeat of a previous winning look. She struggles to find that special fabric and is worried her whole design is going down the drain.
Tessa claims she is all about “wabi sabi” in her design. From the beginning, this explains why her looks have the unfinished look. Really? I texted CJBomb and slapped my right thigh. I hope that is what wabi sabi means. Her EXCUSES continue to be unbearable.
Sebastian reflects back to his win in the 2nd challenge with his amazing sculptural dress and draws inspiration for this latest challenge. He bought a ton of fabric and hope it can work into his dream design.
Bishme finds his love of lame again. He worries that it hurt him in a previous challenge.
Garo is planning for a lampshade skirt, corset and everything he knows to do. Bring it for Lady Gaga and Madonna!
Tessa is creating a modern kimono jacket and dress and using NO black fabric. CRAZY!
Sebastian is working with neoprene and wool to create a Greek column look.
Hester is stuck for most of the first day. She has finally figured out her conundrum and is ready to rock it.
Bishme is worried about the fact that he is self taught. All the others are trained and experts in a sense of their careers.
The final five return home to get some rest because TOMORROW is a surprise field trip! Well, after the visit to Dapper Dan and Christian’s Atelier, could anything be just as exciting? YES! It’s a visit to the CFDA, Council of Fashion Designers of America. Bishme is in tears. It is the Hall of Fame of Designers and the final five are going crazy because it is a tease to one of the awesome items they could win, a mentorship from CFDA!
Steven Kolb greets the final five while darling Christian is beaming with his actual placement in this prized arena. Steven explains what they do for the betterment of the fashion industry. For the winner of Project Runway, the individual will receive a diagnostic of their business in order to build a business plan to fix any issues to help them succeed. He emphasizes that craft is who you are. Not glamour. Do not get caught up in glamour. It’s your product that will last forever.
Christian Mentors The Final Five
Then, it’s back to work and back to the work room for the final five. It’s is time for Christian to review each of the designs. I truly look forward to each of these because he does such a good job at saying the obvious but also pushing them back to what their aesthetic is.
Christian is confused about Hester drawing upon the last challenge’s silhouette. He tells her that she has no client and to therefore go all in because it’s all about you.
Christian tells Tessa that she has too many layers in her modern kimono. It’s too messy.
He tells Bishme that he loves the abstract rose concept. He needs to be strong enough to edit and call it a day with all his other ideas.
Christian is concerned that Sebastian has balance issues and a lack of direction in his story of the runway experience. How do yellow walls and a purple floor read Greek Palace?
Christian is crazy in love with Garo Sparo’s galactic glamour dress room. He suggests to keep it super chic.
Christian continues to watch each of the designers while they fit their models. He literally wants to see the model’s reaction to the garments. As this is a key indicator to how the design will or will not win. Finally, Christian leaves the workroom and tells all of the final five to “Get out of your heads”. All of the looks are so impressive.
Back to the Interactive Rooms
The designers get a last check before the actual show begins to make sure their dream runway has appeared. Bishme does not like his stage. It’s too literal. He wanted Baltimore in an abstract way. Last I heard is that he wanted flowers growing out of the walls and he got bricks instead? He wants it all stripped down to just gray walls. Tessa is happy with her place. Now I need CJ Bomb because I would say it’s is ugly and boring. Conveniently, Tessa says that Sebastian’s and Garo Sparo’s are awful – umm, really? Garo is thrilled to see the REAL arms working the galactic dressing room. Hester loves her room but falls to pieces because she doesn’t really have a dress yet to put in the room.
Sebastian can not stand his room. He is so flustered that he can only express his concern in his native language. Well, that is completely normal and natural and thank goodness the runway designer can also speak Spanish. Given that situation, Sebastian starts the infamous meltdown. He leaves the set. All are begging for him to reconsider but he claims he has no more to give. After a bit of time, Sebastian has cleared his head and said he has fought so hard all his life and he is not willing to give up! Yeah Sebastian!
Christian steps in to check on how the runway preview went only to mention that Cardi B is going to be one of the industry lookers. Okay, so not a judge but kind of a judge? WHAT? They are all freaking out knowing that booming success is at their finger tips. And yes, get your game on because it’s Cardi B!
It’s 20 minutes before the runway presentation and Tessa still has raw edges. Christian Siriano is so unnerved he wants a drink in a big way. He is hoping Bishme is not on the bottom because his sculptural piece will not stand straight and has to be sewn into the models hair. Sebastian’s fabric choice is quite heavy and his stitching is not holding it up as well as he had hoped’
The show starts and in walks the eyes of Bergdorf-Goodman, the one and only Linda Fargo! So the judges chat in a similar fashion to the formula displayed in Top Chef when the judges have to walk a crowd and taste small plates of each of the chefs. It’s a divide and conquer and come back and chat review by the judges.
Linda loves the entrance maker of the Rose out of concrete concept. The proportion is great per Nina. Bishme delivers the same continuous message through out the competition. Bishme points out that he even has a Nina tattoo because that is his name for his grandmother! Brandon is a bit sad to not be number one in Bishme’s eyes. Elaine, of course, sees bunching of material at the back of the dress. ugh.
Elaine and Karlie are wowed by Garo’s scene. They love the variety of options when Garo explains how you can remove this or that and it becomes this look instead. Nina thinks the whole thing is too costumey.
Elaine and Karlie think that Tessa went for it by selecting a different color palette. However, the quality is not high. Cardi B says it is not well made. Yikes! In walks Brandon. Tessa begins to explain her Wabi Sabi concept and Brandon is literally like me earlier in the show. What the heck is that? Upon explanation, he totally gets Tessa and wishes she had explained more about who she was as a designer earlier in the season. Oh, and he loves she chose lavender in the color palette.
Sebastian’s space is reviewed in a predictable way. Everyone loves the dress and the construction of the dress. But, the lone sculpture vs. the experiential runway are opposing forces and they do not make sense.
Hester’s room is deemed as fantastic. They love the hanging frame but the outfit has quite a lot of issues. There is just too much going on to understand the point of the designer.
If Cardi B was the only judge, she would chose Sebastian, Go Girl!
So in another first for Project Runway, Christian sets up a walk in time to see the designers’ previous looks throughout the show. I love Christian Siriano!
Tessa is happy with her look, happy she made it to the final 5 and is okay to go home. Hester Sunshine says she is also in the same zone.
The judges say that Bishme’s work is always well constructed. He is self taught and his range is wide but yet identifiable. Garo Sparo is up and down. Sebastian displayed his best item today yet his lack of storyline concerns them. So where is his inspiration? It seems his skill set is his storyline. Some judges can not foresee a market for Hester’s dress. However, she has won the most challenges. She does try to push herself when she has immunity. They say Tessa’s issue is taste. She tries to push herself but when she does, it simply is not her. She is a minimalist and that type of artist struggles when it’s a go big challenge.
Fargo goes hard for Sebastian. Elaine pushes for Garo Sparo. Nina is torn. We do not get to hear Brandon or Karlie’s view point. And by the way, the final four get five months and $10,000 to create their runway show!
I predict Garo Sparo will win and Tessa will go. And guess what? I got it right! Garo, Sebastian, Bishme and Hester are going to the final four. It was nice to have Tessa’s outlook earlier so that this decision did not allow for any ugliness among the final five. Hugs all around as Tessa is sent to pack up an go. Christian brings out champagne for the final four celebration. I can’t wait for next week when CJ Bomb will be back to write the next Project Runway Recap!