Well this is it kids! The last Project Runway Recap. We hope everyone is safe and sound taking care of themselves and their loved ones. The Lovely Les and I have dipped ourselves in Purell and come together to watch the last episode. Mixmaster is chiming in via text. So let’s pick up where we left off.
Everyone is having a small heart attack on the runway waiting for the judges to let them know who is going forward. And…….THEY ALL ARE. Everyone goes back to breathing. Brandon tells them to “show up and show out.” And Edit, edit, edit. All of them. Geoffrey is determined to “Get it Done.” Good mantra. Les and I want to hug Geoffrey per usual. Mixmaster wants to know how many times he is going to cry. I text her back: Probably a lot.
A Few Last Minute Critiques
The designers are taken to the CFDA to get feedback on their entire collections. This is amazing and seriously helpful.They are meeting with Sara Kozlowski, the director of professional development and Rachna Shah, a publicist for Givenchy, Fenty and Victoria Beckham. Nancy is VERY excited. Like the critiques, everyone gets to stay and hear what they say about each designer.
Victoria is up first. Rachna likes that she sees signature elements throughout the collection, pleating et al. Sara thinks she has an interesting way with proportion. They ask about the branding element and Victoria looks panicked. If she removes the logos she’s worried the looks will be too simple. She promises to think about it and change what she can.
In This Case It IS About The Destination, Nancy
Nancy tells them she doesn’t design for any one gender, it’s about the journey of the textile. Les exclaims that that doesn’t make any sense. Sara wants to know where her client is going. Rachna tells her that she shouldn’t lead with this idea. She needs her design to be more focused so that her clients can choose what they want. Les yells: exactly! Nancy looks thrown. They tell her to embrace empowerment. Nancy’s aha moment is that she has a mission AND a brand, but that they are separate.
Geoffrey is told to lead with the purple heart idea not the fabric. He is also told his collection needs to pull WAY back on styling because it is so dramatic and avant garde on its own.
The Climate May Be Changing, But Serigio Is Not
Get ready to be lectured ladies. Sergio explains his “Arctic Melting” idea. They tell him without the narration, no one is going to get it. He explains his “older” client base. Les punches me in the arm. Probably because she can’t punch Sergio in the face. They chastise him by saying women in that age group still want to look fabulous. They mention J-Lo. Les and I are totally into that reference.They also tell him he has no idea who his client is going to be in the end. Sergio realizes he shouldn’t pigeon hole himself? Damn. Good meeting.
At Mood the designers have $400 and 45 minutes to shop. Christian announces that he is giving them seamstresses to assist them. Victoria decides to make an entire new look that is simpler than the rest. Sergio is going to “mess it up” a bit. Christian is amazed Sergio is FINALLY taking advice. As are we. As is Mixmaster. Sergio laughs at himself and we like him for one second. Then he says he’s perfectionist so it’s har for him to mess things up. And that one second is up!
Who Wants A Model?
Model casting begins. Everyone is behaving themselves. Les says, “Oh MY!” as the ridiculously hot guy who modeled for Marquise in the tuxedo challenge walks in. The one with the 24 pack. Hello abs! We missed you! His name is Taurean. Of course it is.
A model comes in and tells the judges she is “fully customizable.”She wears a prosthetic leg. Nancy asks if she has blades. She tells her she has a swarovski crystal accented piece and Nancy’s head almost explodes. Nancy also claims Deedee.
The show will be at Spring street studios where Christian had his show. Karla Welch is coming back to help implement the styling advice they received. I know Les misses her Marni Senofonte but Karla is also amazing.
It’s Your Last Damn Chance To Listen To Christian!
Christian wants to know how things are going in Moldova. He hates the white fuzzy mini dress paired with the boots she has picked out. OMG the swarovski prosthetic is AMAZING. When Christian saunters up to Sergio and says “Howdy” I almost spit my wine out on Les’s carpet. The dress he’s showing looks ill-fitted,“like underwear, but not in a cool way” according to Christian. Mixmaster texts: fringe western wear? The other dress he has is stunning. Christian and Geoffrey have a hilarious conversation which makes sense only to them. Ugh, he still wants to use the spikes on the model’s faces.
At the end of the day the designers hit the bar. Geoffrey’s dad can’t make it because he has had knee surgery, but his mom will be there. Sergio’s partner is coming and Sergio plans on proposing. We like him again for a hot second.
Please Listen To The Stylist!
Karla comes in the next day to help. She tells Nancy no extra accessories and no gimmicks. Goodbye wine tote! Send it to us Nancy! Karla reinforces the advice the judges gave Geoffrey. The clothes are so avant-garde the styling needs to be simple. He’s trying to dial it back. Victoria has made the best dress she has made all season. It is STUNNING. Simple, elegant not strappy. I turn to Les and say: Who knew? Christian is amazed. If the rest of the collection looked like this she would have it in the bag.
When Karla tells Sergio he needs to ditch his fringe jacket to simplify a look and replace it with a t-shirt, it goes exactly the way you think it would. “That’s not the planet I live on.” Where the fuck do you live? Westworld? He’s going to push himself to the brink? And create the most amazing t-shirt in history? Les’s eyes roll. My eyes roll. Mixmaster texts, “Um it’s a FUCKING T-SHIRT!” Karla tells Victoria to edit and streamline her shoe collection. The t-shirt is stressing Sergio out. Who knew this is what it would take. Geoffrey is full on crying. He thinks this is his last shot. Mixmaster thinks Geoffrey needs an antidepressant.
The Final Runway
The judges walk out and Karlie is wearing a look that only she can pull off. Somewhere Heidi Klum is grinding her teeth. Serena is rocking a skin-tight giraffe print dress.
VIctoria Cocieru’s collection is schizophrenic. There are some great looks and a lot of not-so great looks. The logo is EVERYWHERE. What was it like before? The pink coat is stunning. The pink dress is not. We still like the jumpsuit and the white look that followed. The white dress is INCREDIBLE. I think Victoria is someone who giving a bunch of time too is not necessarily a good thing. Les points out that the mean Russian who won years ago did the accessories much better.
Fancy Nancy Volpe-Beringer’s look is the model in the wheelchair. Her dress looks much more more luxe. She kept the cowl on the purplish that they told her to remove. We saw a puffy hairy black dress that was a surprise.
A dress on the model with the swarovski crystal leg get a massive round of applause. It was a cool moment.
There was also a model with a stunning faux fur coat that she swung around before DD’s finale that was a moment. (See left)
Les thinks there are a lot of TOO similar things going on. I want Deedee’s dress. Mixmaster loves Nancy’s collection.
All of the purplish/maroon dresses looked fantastic on the runway.
Sergio Guadarrama’s collection included dresses without fringe that I loved! My favorite Sergio dress, the cocktail dress that weighs 45 pounds looks incredible and gets a big round of applause.
The white dress looks like a costume. Mixmaster hates the fringe. The super fringe dress gets applause. The last two dresses are the only things we like. This reads old.
Everyone sits up when Geoffrey Mac’s first look hits the runway. It is a statement. The metallic puffer coat unzipped looks MUCH better.(see right)
The mustard look on my fantasy boyfriend looks amazing. There is a lovely juxtaposition of hard and soft. It’s futuristic and cool.(see above)
The dress that looked like a sack is transformed now that it’s fitted.
The last look is the giant black puffer coat that Christian tried on in the workroom. Geoffrey is Rick Owens and Alexander McQueen’s love child. If he had styled it the way he wanted to, it would have been way too much. This is my favorite.
Elaine calls Geoffrey’s collection the Billie Eilish take on fashion. Brandon says that people are always looking for the “first spark of an idea” in someone’s first show. And this had that. The brocade piece moved him EMOTIONALLY. Damn! Serena loves the outerwear, the trench in particular. He explains it is a paper bac ked to a neoprene. We are amazed. Nina loves his innovation with materials and his perspective on volume. It feels modern to her. She says that she worries it is too referential to Rick Owens designs. Karlie is just happy he let the work speak for itself.
Karlie compliments Nancy on her mission and message which came through in the clothes. Nina wrote “powerful message about sustainability and inclusion that it can be fashionable.” Well done! Suck on that Sergio. Elaine agreed and thought the fur coat looked amazing and expensive. Brandon said all of the fabrics looked great on the runway. Nina loved the short purple dress in particular. Serena would have loved to see more tailored looks. Brandon would have wanted a bustier in some of the looks for a more flattering fit.
Nina said Sergio’s collection was the most skilled, executed and polished. This makes me think of a conversation I had earlier with Les. Being an incredible tailor is an art form in and of itself. To take someone’s vision and make it a reality is an amazing skill. That said it doesn’t make you an incredible DESIGNER.
Nina thinks the collection is frozen in time. She wished she had seen a more relaxed, less conservative version of it. Les said the exact same thing. Brandon tells him to take more risks. For him the most successful piece was the one with the simple shirt Karla suggested. Elaine and Serena loved Sergio’s sheer gown pictured above.
Nina tells Victora she has a very good “grasp of proportions and silhouette”. She liked the pink cut-out dress I hated. Serena loved the tan suit with the cut-out. She also loved the beaded jumper with the hood. Elaine tells her that she has been consistent throughout the competition creating clothing that real women want to wear.
Elaine then tells her she didn’t listen to them about the branding. Victoria explains she removed a lot of it but Elaine is not having it. Her strongest look was the white dress. Brandon agrees and thinks it was an amazing way to close the show. Everyone wants that dress. Nina considered it a “graduation” dress for Victoria. The logos might have sunk Moldova.
HOLY CRAP GEOFFREY MAC WINS!!
The room erupts. EVERYONE loves Geoffrey. You may not “get” his collection but he did deserve this. They went for innovation over tailoring. As Nina says, you either have big ideas or nothing. Geoffrey is of course crying. We are crying. His Dad’s reaction and telling him how proud he is is just EVERYTHING. You have no heart if that doesn’t move you. Thank you for sticking with us this season!! Stay safe everyone! Love CJ and Les.