Well, boys and squirrels, it all comes down to this on the finale of Project Runway. I’m not ready to stop writing Project Runway Recaps but as I pulled up the tag list for this show I realized it’s been a pretty long season. I saw designer names on there and was kind of shock that was actually this season. Meg, Octavio, Zayden, and I’m not even sure who Darren is. That all seems so long ago. I’m going to miss this season. Now let’s go see who wins! But first, Banjo needs to go out in the rain again, even though he just came in from the rain five minutes ago. Le sigh.
Christian goes to visit Shantall in Miami first. She has been working in a Miami art institute space due to living with a toddler. Shantall’s collection is true to her past work. She has lot’s of texture and color. Christian suggests that she is using up a lot of time patterning her own print. He suggests she go with her woven looks. Christian doesn’t like her pale yellow look. He wants the yellow out and the grey in. Next, Christian is off to Houston to visit Chasity. She has no theme for her collection. She’s a mess. Chasity (NOT ME!) gets really chocked up when her daughters ages 7 and 12 (how is that possible, she’s a baby herself!) talk about how proud they are of her.
Next we are off to see Coral. She has a ton of art in her house and lots of plants hanging in … wait for it… macramé containers. LOL. Even her curtains are macramé and she stores her fruit in macramé hangers! She is focusing her collection on her Mexican heritage. Christian is very impressed by the amount of work she has done. He does say that there is a lot of macramé which is too expected. She needs to go a bit more abstract. Then, she teaches Christian how to do macramé. Finally, we are back in Queens to visit Kristina. She has a lot of graphic designs but not many actual pieces. Christian suggest one silhouette that is very different from anything she has ever made.
Three Months Later…
After several months to create their designs the final four return to NYC. They all really want to win. It’s sad there can only be one winner. They are all super happy to see each other, and sniff out the competition. The runway is in 48 hours. That is a lot of pressure. They need to pick their models. Katrina wants someone who can ride a hover board. Chasity wants ten strong black models. Her theme is “the black sheep.” Shantall wants diversity. Coral wants models who look like warriors. And she needs one male model.
Kristina has a few completely sheer outfits where the models breasts are fully visible. And the hoverboard has a high probability of going very wrong. Yet she is not deterred by either of Christian’s suggestions. Shantall looks like a clear frontrunner. Or not. Her collection is starting to say “office wear.” It’s not sexy. Somehow Christian manages to fix it. Chasity just loves Christian so much. It is so sweet. She was already missing him last week before she even went home.
It’s time for the runway. Why am I nervous for all of them? I don’t really have anyone I want to win over the others. Whoever wins will be a worthy winner out of this bunch. Usually, there is a designer I don’t like but not this season. Elaine is not there for fashion week? She must have Covid! Tommy Hilfiger is the guest judge. It seems like the audience if family and previous Project Runway contestants.
Next, Kristina is up first with her “Lead Me To Life” collection. Her excited parents are watching via livestream. I can’t say I am a huge fan of Kristina’s looks. I will say her collection is cohesive for the most part. But, it is also kind of repetitive at the same time. I do like the black and white look. And the colored prints are growing on me. The hoverboard was the final look and WOW! That was a look. That model is amazing. The hoverboard actually was a brilliant idea! Seeing all of her models at the end together, she did a really great job with the way she ordered the collection. Nice job.
Up next is Shantall and her first look is AMAZING. Some of the other looks are a bit disappointing. Others are beautiful like the gray suit with the corded pants. Her plus size model look is amazing. Her black and white looks look very expensive. I’m not a fan of the red material. Dear god her final model was amazing. Have I said amazing enough? LOL.
Who Is Going To Win?
Chasity is up next and she is already crying talking about being the black sheep. Loved her plus sized model look. She’s really got a shot at winning this thing. Her looks are all very cohesive but different. Damn. She has a couple of gowns that took some WORK! They are lovely and youthful, and very Chasity. I’m a little emotional. Again.
Coral is up last. That’s interesting. Let’s see what she’s bringing. Bless her hear she sees like a little kid up there. I love that her first model is male. I would also quite enjoy some alone time with that model. lol. He’s so hot I had to watch him twice. Okay maybe three times. Or four. I’m very impressed with everything she is sending down the runway. Macramé and all. Also the hair stylists have all been crazy good for this runway show. Her finale look with the headdress was breathtaking. For me, that was the best look of the night. I feel like she is going to win. I would have never guessed that until now. The model was outstanding. I’m emotional again. I kind of woke up that way today. The eliminated contestants all gave her a standing ovation!
If the judges could not choose last week, how the hell are they going to choose after that. It was an excellent runway from all of them. Whoever they pick deserves it. I’ve been a Chasity fan all season but I might have to give to Coral.
Nina loved the hoverboard in Kristina’s runway. Brandon hated it. Brandon loved Kristina’s graphic prints and styling. Tommy Hilfiger said some of her looks seemed very couture but the prints were not going to sell a lot of garments. Coral is up next. Brandon loved the menswear. He said her show was laced with soul all the way through and that is a rare gift. Tommy was not big on the macramé. But he loved the tailored pieces particularly, that last look. Nina was not a fan of her black pieces but loved her tailored pieces with embroidery
Brandon said nice thing about Chasity’s look. Tommy says that she should be making costumes for the stars. He seems to love her. But he doesn’t like the ruffle pants. Brandon says he will take the ruffle pants and sell them on Instagram. I agree with Brandon. Nina says it doesn’t all have to be beads and ruffles. She needs to have more range. Brandon says that Shantall had a signature look the whole was through. Her final model was one of the most stunning looks of the night. Tommy Hilfiger agrees. She is wearing a look that she took out of the collection. They said she should have changed it out for the red thing she sent down the aisle. That red look was bad.
And The Winner Is…
Nina already wishes they could all win. I think so too. Brandon says Coral has one of the strongest points of view and yet she has never won a challenge. Tommy loves Shantall. Especially the gray suit. Tommy is judging based on the ability to sell mass quantities rather than the fashions themselves. That is not how Project Runway judges make decisions. I miss Elaine. Brandon doesn’t really like Shantall’s looks that much. Tommy likes Chasity.
And Shantall, who seemed destined to win by every other designer that worked with her did indeed win. I would have chosen Coral. And I was annoyed with Coral most of the season. I was the least impressed by Shantall this week of all weeks. Funny how that works. But if you go by the entire season, then yes, she is the winner.
Wow, I know that everyone on the show has been coming for Shantall all season. But, the other three girls could not seem to find a kind word to say about her. Shantall on the other hand was very kind when speaking about them. In other news, it is annoying as hell that this after show is up with the winner announced and the pictures likely won’t go up ON THE SITE FOR MEDIA until tomorrow! UGH.