Hey everyone! Well here we are at the end of a season I would never have thought possible. We lost our Beloved Tim, yet we gained the amazing Christian Siriano. We were somewhat pleased with the judging (most of the time). But, we do feel there were some mistakes made along the way. But it is always easier to be an armchair quarterback. All in all, we have some of the things we love back (proper budgets, decent time frames, good judges, etc). So we will reserve final judgment on this season until we see who they proclaim the winner. Let’s get to the Project Runway recap for the grand finale!
The Lovely Les is away for a baseball tournament, but the fashion gods have smiled upon us and she is able to see the show and report back from her hotel. She could be with the other moms hanging out…but she is dedicated to fashion and us!
The new workspace contains a huge accessories wall. Christian is trying to tell them the final parameters of the design of their shows and Hester cannot pay attention. She is distracted by the shoes. Like a pixie schoolmarm, Christian snaps her back into focus. Marni Senofonte will be there to give advice on styling and presentation. The big twist is that they have the option to go to Mood with $300 if they wish. But they will lose that time to work.
Choosing The Models
There is a great selection of models to choose from. Garo wants the curvy gals as his collection has lots of corsets. (shocker). Hester wants the quirky/cool/funky girls for obvious reasons. Sebastian is quietly freaking out because he sees Garo with his 17 outfits and Hester with her explosion of prints. He’s thinking he didn’t do enough? No! We scream. You have!!! Do NOT overthink this!
Sebastian wants to go to Mood. When Christian asks him why, he says for thread. Christian tells him if he goes to Mood for thread he will murder him. Hester is in full blown OCD mode. We think Garo has done too much and now it is majorly screwing up his time. Les says this is why a one’s closet should be easy to navigate and not a storage bin. When you have too many opinions it is overwhelming.
The next day, of course Sebastian goes to Mood. Papi, WHY?Christian is basically telling him he is an idiot. He is too in his head. We are on the verge of panic over Sebastian screwing this up. We wants to ditch the Nina look? Garo can ditch his Nina look, but Sebastian should not. He’s thinking he needs to show more? Honey you are NOT Hester or Garo. You are you. Please focus.
Marni Arrives To Help With Styling
In the Studio, Marni arrives to give styling suggestions. She thinks Garo has gotten too focused on gowns and he’s lost his edge. He needs funkier shoes to grunge it up a bit. Garo acknowledges it needs to be punk rock elegance. Les is betting he’s going to say goth princess next.
Hester describes her makeup ideas to Marni. Marni is tells her to keep it neutral.. Hester is using wigs. Not sure how we feel about that.
Marni tells Sebastian he doesn’t need to show everything. Too many accessories make it busy.
Christian tries to gather them together and once again Hester keeps working. Hester STOP ANNOYING CHRISTIAN. The first five models come in and Garo is screwed. He needs to redo Kate’s corset dress? Dude…pick something else!!! Now HE wants to get rid of Nina’s favorite look??? What are these guys smoking? Les is freaking out. I am freaking out. I text her that Hester is going to win because these guys are making idiotic decisions. The look Sebastian is designing sucks in comparison to the Nina look.
Saint Diane von Furstenberg
The designers arrive at Diane von Furstenburg’s flagship NYC store and Atelier. She descends the stairs like the goddess she is. The designers are completely starstruck as they should be. They ask her questions which she graciously answers. She tells them to be true to themselves and what they believe in. She explains the ups and downs of the business and how you have to go with your gut and your heart. It’s pretty generic stuff, but coming out of Diane’s mouth sounds like sage advice for the ages.
We are actually worried about this crew and how they take it. Hester Sunshine and Garo Sparo tend to go nuts when they have free reign. Sebastian gets too in his head. During commercial break Les frantically texts me: Did you see the preview??? Sebastian is sabotaging himself!! I write back that if he loses it is his own damn fault. She then says: And Christian will murder him. I’m Texting her back: NOOOOO! Listen to Christian and Marni!!
Sebastian tells Christian Diane’s words made him realize he needs to stick with his heart. He’s ditching the Mood crap. Thank you Saint Diane!! Garo, on the other hand, is determined to show more more more. So he is ditching the dress the judges love. Les texts that he is killing her. I text that he is in third place. He’s determined to redo this gold dress and it’s going to sink him. He knows he goes costumey. He is self-aware of his challenges. I just don’t understand why he won’t listen.
Hester has kept her Nina look, but tightened it up. Sebastian has a new lease on life. He knows he has problems telling stories but he finally feels good about what he has done. Hester is happy to finally be completely out of the box and let her inner freak flag fly. Christian gathers them around for a beautiful pep talk. He knows they are tired, he has literally been there. He has been so honored to work with all of them and he hopes he has been helpful. Christian, we love you. He asks if they should hug or “keep it fashion”. They opt for the hug.
Final Runway Day Mishaps
The designers arrive at Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn. It’s a massive old bank turned into an event space. They geek out over the experience. They have three professional dressers to help them. I cannot tell you how incredibly helpful that will be. A professional dresser can steam, sew, clean and handle pretty much anything you throw at them. One of Garo’s looks got torn and he is going to air cut it. Sebastian is having a heart attack. Sebastian has asked his models not to eat, drink or basically touch anything, but somehow there is what looks like a coffee stain on his flowy white gown. They manage to get it out.
Les wonders if the bright red lips will work with all of Hester’s looks. I’m worried about the tribal makeup Sebastian has decided to use on only one model. Les is still lamenting the absence of Garo’s sequin paillette dress. The seam on that gold dress is going to kill him. Hasn’t that poor model been through enough this season??
Kalie Kloss walks out wearing a dress that Les thinks could have some from Sebastian’s collection. Diane is wearing a bomber jacket with a newspaper print. I had a pencil skirt in the early eighties in the same pattern with matching ballet flats. I used to wear it with a backwards royal blue Limited v-neck sweater. Anyone remember those sweaters? Sorry…I digress.
Sebastian Grey is first. His collection is called “Reminiscence” honoring his life in Columbia. The orange looks come out first. We are loving the flowy Nina dress without the belt. The pops of blue are lovely. There is a trench coat I want. The woven leather is a great juxtaposition with the softer shinier fabrics. The laced up woven pants are cool yet elegant. Les thinks he was very smart to edit as much as he did. Les is so happy he focused more on the trench and woven aspects. A trench is a classic. I take it back with the makeup on the last look. It works. That dress is insane. A woven column dress. Les texts that he always makes her cry.
Garo Sparo is next. We are biting our nails on this one. His collection is “A Detour Through My Cosmic Mind.”
I’m loving the first three looks! I want the hoodie dress. Les would look insane in the black corseted jumpsuit look.
The reveal went better this time. And then we get to the gowns. Poor Kate looks uncomfortable in this gold dress. The front is okay, but the back is a mess.
Les texts that she knew it wasn’t going to be cohesive. She thinks he doesn’t get restraint. The white dress with a gold dress looks like a costume.
The big X on the chest?
The dress he swapped out for the sequined dress is okay, but the gold dress should not be there.
Nina is not happy. Garo is not winning. We loved the beginning and were disappointed in the end.
And Now For Something Extra
Hester Sunshine has titled her collection “Cyber Rococo” or “Y2K Coco,” She wants everyone to get ready for something “extra”.
The first look is very “extra”. It is very fun. It is also VERY editorial. Les thinks it could work for a ballet. Then the clown jumpsuit comes out. No.
The babydoll dresses are cute and the accessories work wonderfully. Hester has done some editing which makes this wild, but contained. She has done an awesome job.
Les thinks there are too many juxtapositions of prints, but that’s the part I’m okay with. I like the puffer jackets and the fake fur, but I’m sorry it’s just too junior for me.
It IS fun and sophisticated in a way that She Who Must Not Be Named collection was not.
I just wore a lot of this stuff in the nineties. I admire Hester but I’m still getting Betsey Johnson/Cher Horowitz.
We love everyone in the group, but we choose Sebastian to win. We felt like Elaine was driving the train in the beginning of the season. She’s campaigning for Hester. I think Nina Garcia is about to assert herself. Hester was up and down all season. Sebastian was consistent and is more mature.
The Judges Discussion
Nina loves that Sebastian took something artisanal and made it high-fashion. It look effortless and expensive. Diane thought he did an amazing job combining casual and streetwear and made it refined. She loves the blue wrap dress. If DVF loves your wrap dress, you are golden. Karlie loves how he made it completely his. Brandon thought it was very chic and every woman would want to wear it. But he wished he had not started the show with the orange look. Elaine says his talent is “exponential”.
The Judges thought that Hester’s first look was “extra for sure” but were confused by the looks that followed in terms of continuity. Nina thinks her skill with accessories is “unparalleled”. Elaine thinks she has her own special “Vibe”. Brandon did not like the 90’s gymnastics red outfit. He references Clueless! Diane disagrees. She thinks Hester’s is fun and fresh. DVF thinks that look was a great combo of Hester’s aesthetic. She thinks that Hester has great energy and is the future. She would be happy for Hester to come work for her. Damn! Although, can you imagine Hester arguing with Diane Von Furstenburg? Diane loved the “fuck you” aspect of it. Well alrighty then.
The judges love bits and pieces of Garo’s collection. He gets a Thierry Mugler shoutout. The love the gold dress but the back is a mess. They don’t understand why he wouldn’t send out the sequined dress they all loved? Brandon loved the white pants but hated the black zipper. Elaine actually liked the intergalactic white dress, but she wanted the tailoring to be more refined. While Garo has his moments, taste level has always been his issue and that is the kiss of death with Nina Garcia.
And The Winner of Project Runway IS…
The judges immediately remove Garo Sparo from the running which isn’t a surprise. Garo knew this was coming. He looked resigned. Les thinks that Garo has had success and is established so he went more extreme but it did not pan out. Even though DVF thinks Hester is the future, Brandon and Nina want Sebastian to win. I text Les: PLEASE DEAR GOD LET IT BE SEBASTIAN.
SEBASTIAN GREY WINS PROJECT RUNWAY! We are so happy!! Everyone is onstage for the decision. Everyone is happy for him. He cries. Nina tells him how he is “The Personification of the American Dream”. He came from somewhere else, never ever gave up and worked his ass off. He is crying. We are crying. He went from cleaning houses to this! And Hester might get to work for Diane Von Furstenburg!
We are seriously happy this Project Runway season ended the way it did. Les thinks it is redemption for the one who must not be named. Do you guys agree? Christian turns to us at the end and says he leaving the lights on for more designers. We never thought we would say this, but this is a fabulous beginning for a new generation. Do you guys agree? Les and I are getting together for a bonus blog on past Project Runway moments throughout the years. Hope you will join us for a trip down memory lane! Xoxoxo CJ and Les.