Hello all! I’m sorry for missing you last week. Especially for my favorite category Avant Garde! Thank you to our fearless leader for filling in for the Project Runway Recap! My sister was in town for the Olympic Trials and GA marathon. I rarely get to see her because she’s always off running thousands of miles and being generally awesome so that was a rare treat. She came in 12th in her age group because she was “taking it easy” due to an injury. There would still be search parties out looking for me if I attempted to run anything over 8 miles. Anyhoo, with Les and Super C off on spring break you get me and Lucky Lucy, my faithful canine companion.
It’s crazy that we are in the final four! Everyone has FIVE MONTHS to do their collections. Again, reminding us how lucky we are to be back at Bravo. Christian Siriano is visiting everyone in their hometowns to see how they are progressing. The key to a good collection is as always, creativity, cohesion and continuity. There has to be a thread people! (hee hee). Christian is headed out three months after the last episode to see what everyone is up to.
Great Scott! She’s Got Wheels!
We start with Fancy Nancy in Philadelphia. Her studio is right next to her apartment in the city. Nancy is thrilled to see Christian. Christian is amused and a bit amazed at Nancy’s office. He is not used to the hyper-organized version of Nancy. He is also amused by the life-sized cutout of himself placed prominently in her workroom. Nancy is doing a zero waste collection accessible for everyone.
The challenge when she designed for her paralympian changed her entire fashion worldview. She has done looks in a liquid fabric. Christian tells her that her fit has to be impeccable and not to overwork the looks. He tells her to make one sleek simple piece. Nancy wisely says she will listen to Christian and edit. They then go run the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Kombucha Mother Is Not Fabric
Back in NYC Christian goes to visit Sergio. He is prepared for whatever political statement Sergio is going to shove down his throat. And it is going to be…global warming. It’s very literal as it’s going from white to blue…with fringe. He tells Christian he doesn’t want to be a burden on the environment. Mixmaster texts me asking at what point is Sergio ever going to realize he sounds like an ass. He’s growing his own leather. From kombucha. In a bathtub. Christian says he wants to see fashion not smelly living organisms.
Christian gets his color palette but not his design. It’s looking like a Victorian Saloon girl. Sergio tells him he always adds classic elements to his designs because that is who he is. Fringe is a classic element? Christian tells him the judges called out his referential nods to other more famous designers and to make sure it is new and fresh. Sergio is going to do Sergio. Shocker. Sergio then takes Christian to play soccer which is as hilarious as you would expect it to be. Sports! Yells Christian.
Cohesion, Cohesion, Cohesion!
Next, we’re off to visit Victoria in LA. I liked Victoria in this segment. Yes she has a lot of ridiculous accessories, a weird logo referencing an Egyptian Pharaoh with Moldovan embroidery and a zillion strappy suits that look like everything she has done throughout the competition; but, she LISTENS TO CHRISTIAN. He tells her each piece is great, but from a different collection. He explains that she needs to simplify and streamline. Maybe do some dresses? Her husband is currently driving a truck to support the family and Victoria’s business. He wholeheartedly believes in her. It is actually very sweet.
On to Brooklyn to visit Geoffrey. Geoffrey messed up his knee skateboarding and is coming off a job for Disney. Geoffrey hasn’t started. Anything. He’s using manipulated fabrics and quilted chain mail. Christian thinks he has a lot of interesting things and that’s great, but he needs to GET GOING.He’s very worried about Geoffrey’s being so far behind. I am too.
Two Months Later…
The designers are invited to Christian’s fashion show. Christian greets them very kindly and calmly then goes on to do a major runway show. Victoria, who is now blonde, is overwhelmed by how many people are there. Nancy finds it very inspirational. Geoffrey in his best leather daddy gear seems quietly determined. Sergio looks like he swallowed a lemon. He looks jealous frankly.
Finally back in the workroom, everyone opens their boxes and checks out each other’s work. Nancy is VERY happy with her collection. Sergio tells her it is lovely. Victoria changed everything after Christian’s visit making it streamlined and cohesive. Sergio was actually INSPIRED by Christian’s Victorian Saloon comment. So he pushed it in that direction. Huh. Geoffrey points out everyone has issues with their collections, including him. Victoria’s is strong but over-styled, Sergio’s is looking Western and old, Nancy has used too much of the same fabric. He’s not wrong.
The Unexpected, Expected Twist
Karlie comes in rocking the outfit Victoria SHOULD have designed. She tells them they are all talented but “they are throwing out the rule book.” Everyone looks panicked. Karlie announces each designer will present 3 looks to the judges. The judges will then decide who gets to go on to present their collection in the finale. It could be ALL of them, it could be two or three of them. Well this is an interesting twist.
The challenge is to decide what to present. Do you want to pick your strongest looks so you get picked to go on? Or do you pick things you are not sure of to get feedback regarding a direction? The designers proceed to choose who gets which model. Sergio asks if he can have three specific models and Geoffrey tells him they are taking turns. Geoffrey told us in the beginning of the competition he didn’t understand how he was coming off to the other designers. Dude, you STILL don’t. He wants to be respectful and thinks he has grown.
When Victoria asks what cocky means, not KHAKI, Geoffrey tells her it means confident. Sergio says it means something different. She says, but a lot of people say that about YOU. He explains it means you think you are better than everyone else. Exactly. Nancy thinks Sergio is misunderstood. Yes, he says crazy things, but he has never been mean. This is true.
Christian Gives Some Final Feedback
Christian comes in and wants to talk to Geoffrey first as he hasn’t seen anything Geoffrey has done. Geoffrey explains his “armor” collection was inspired by his dad, who has three purple hearts. Christian thinks his technique is amazing, but he’s worried about the fire. He is also horrified that Geoffrey could not find one amazing girl in all of NYC to be a fit model. And there are “sleeve boobs”. He’s worried it’s too conceptual. Christian trying on a ginormous chain mail puffer coat is hilarious.
Christian tells Victoria tells her she is too styled. She needs to surprise the judges. She thanks him profusely. My how times have changed.
Christian tells Sergio that he needs to modernize his styling, especially because the clothes are referencing a period in time. He seems to listen?
Nancy is using her wheelchair look because it is what is most important to her. Christian understands. He is happy her printed suit is very tailored. She shows off her handbag complete with a custom wine bag cover. Nancy cries happy tears over the positive feedback. Geoffrey, being Geoffrey is immediately concerned but these are tears of joy.
Christian tells Geoffrey to calm down and pick pieces that need feedback. He then has to leave because he is headed to the Oscars to “dress a million people.”
Runway Day Madness
Everyone fits and adjusts. Sergio realizes he didn’t take the sheerness of his first garment into account and you can see the model’s underwear. If Victoria is over-accessorizing her looks, Geoffrey is overdoing the models makeup and nails. He is melting down. Nancy is handing out fruit snacks to the models.
It’s do or die time. The guest judge is CFDA President Steven Kolb, this is getting serious!
I’m getting lingerie meets bridal for Sergio Guadarrama’s first look. BOUDOIR. And butt cheeks. I like the top of the second look, I hate the bottom. It looks like he ripped off Zac Posen’s flared dress bottom and put fringe on it. The fringe cocktail dress moves beautifully but it seems a bit heavy. Full disclosure: I do have a fringe issue.
The corset of Nancy Volpe-Beringer’s first dress is pretty. Brandon gets his reveal when the skirt turns into a cape. The suit is well tailored, but I am worried about the fabric choice. The hair is very eighties. I love the red gown. It is shimmering in all the right places.
There is A LOT going on Victoria Cocieru’s first look. The second look benefits from the simplicity of the bright coat on top of the very Victoria suit underneath. I hate these hats. I love the simplicity of the shape of the jumpsuit, but think the designers are going to call out the fit.
Say what you want about Geoffrey Mac but this is the most editorial of the four to me. The fabric under the gigantic puffer coat is cool. I kind of wish it was a tight black pants though. The metal mesh dress with the open bra is cool but the fit is terrible.The best look is the men’s look.
The Judges Feedback
Brandon wants to know if Victoria’s color palette is indicative of the rest of the collection. Nina is worried about the colors AND the fit. The cropped jacket is looking lopsided. If her trademark is tailoring, it needs to be impeccable. Elaine thinks the glittery jumpsuit looks cheap. Nina also says it is smart to do separates because editors and regular people love separates. Steven thinks the caps are a good reference and go-to to as a continual piece for her future collections. Karlie tells her to ditch the bags. Brandon tells her to ditch the bags and the logos as she hasn’t earned the right to be branding things yet.
Steven tells Sergio he’s not getting his “arctic in trouble” message. Elaine tells him if he wants to make an impact he needs to pick ONE cause and stick with it. Elaine got lingerie from the white look. Nina tells him he can make beautiful clothes but his styling is dated. She doesn’t know many women who are looking for these types of looks. Brandon thinks he has to “fuck it up”. He tells him to EDIT. Karlie tells him to not try and show EVERYTHING he knows how to do in each look. Sergio takes all of this surprisingly well. Perhaps he has grown after all.
Brandon tells Geoffrey metal mesh is very hard to work with. If this is going to be his go-to fabric, it needs to be everything. Brandon references Versace. He thinks the tops are strong and the bottoms fall flat. Nina thinks the styling is overdone. She wants things to veer towards the luxe. Elaine is drawn to the men’s look. Steven thinks there is no sexiness to these looks.
Elaine wants Nancy to modernize her styling. The hair and makeup need to be simple. Nina thinks the tailored look is great, but there needs to be a “breather” because there is a lot going on. Nancy tells Brandon he inspired her wine tote bag. He’s happy with zero waste, but wants it out of the runway show. He tells her there is too much going on. Karlie tells Nancy that the simple act of taking the gown’s headpiece off transforms the look.
So, everyone did too much. Every wanted to show all of their bells and whistles. So who goes? Does anyone go? What do you think? The Lovely Les, Super C perhaps Mixmaster and little old me will be chiming in next week. Have a wonderful weekend! XOXO CJBomb.