Project Runway “Teams”: Defining Project Runway (Finale Part Two)
In this week’s episode, Michelle told Amanda that she needed help restyling her pieces. Patricia told Layana that she didn’t care what Nina thought because she’s a “right-wing conservative sometimes.” (Snerk.) And Stanley told Richard they have nothing to worry about.
At the top of the episode, Tim showed up with the car and $500 for our final three so they could shop at Mood. They each had 30 minutes to come up with their materials list and another 30 minutes to shop. Patricia’s goal was to bring cohesion to her line. Stanley pulled out hand-beaded pieces from his Russians back in L.A. to make a finale dress and uh oh, it looks like Stanley didn’t actually finish his original 12 garments?
After they returned with their purchases, it was time for the Tim walk through.
- Michelle: She worked on a gromited yellow top with a neutral quilted pant. Tim was crazy about it! Though, he was not into the compass as a piece of flare. (This was supposed to be for a modern woman, why would she have something as old fashioned as a compass?) The one piece he’s really not into was her “bleeding heart” sweater. He complained that it felt out of place. Michelle looked unsure about cutting it.
- Stanley: He hasn’t completed any of his new outfits — or any of his old outfits either. Tim fretted over what he did see of Stanley’s pieces and said they looked like they came from a vintage store, in a bad way. He attempted to consult Richard for a second opinion who stuttered incoherently about a belt. Tim asked why the two-piece outfit from yesterday with the huge beads had not been split up like Nina suggested. Stanley denied she suggested anything of the sort. In a flashback we see that, in fact, she did.
- Patricia: She showed Tim her new leather pants and Tim was aghast that they have obvious holes in the front. “You can’t send that down the runway at MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK!” he thundered. He was also horrified by Patricia’s failure to organize. He asked about the scarves that Nina loved, and she said she lost them. Tim then asked about changing out the white fabric under a neck piece, and the subsequent search is like something from a Judd Apatow comedy. (Pregnant lady crawling under the table alert!) Tim finally snapped in frustration that Patricia needed cohesion (note to Patricia: repeating the word ‘cohesive’ doesn’t actually make the work cohesive). By the time he’s done going through everything, he’s clearly exhausted.
Patricia and Michelle’s models left, and hours later Stanley was still doing his fittings. Once finished, he started to pattern. It’s 48 hours from runway, and these were pieces from his original 12 looks, and he’s patterning —NOW?! Amidst Stanley’s drama, Patricia tried to force cohesion into her line at the last minute. I’ve seen enough seasons of this show to know that this is all pretty standard, but it says quite a lot about Michelle’s competence that her competition is drowning while she just struggles with a zipper.
On the final day, the assistants were dismissed, and families arrive to make the contestants cry. Patricia’s kids danced in her work space, which was awesome. Tim then ushered out the families and told the designers that they had two hours to work and pack themselves up by 5 p.m. Stanley looked ill. Tim also announced that the guest judge for the finale will be Michael Kors. Then Patricia looked ill. But, inspired by her kids, she decided rather than fix the holes in the leather pants, she would add more and make them seem intentional, which was reasonable. Stanley’s goal? Oh, only to make all of his garments from scratch. Michelle had nothing to do but pack and once finished, she took pity on Stanley and packed his stuff for him so he could work up until the last second. By the end of the day, he still had four pieces to make … that he hadn’t even started!
The following morning in the theater, Michelle and Patricia worked over last minute details with their assistants like nail decals and sequins, not an unreasonable amount of work. Over in Stanley’s corner, one of the dressers laughed in his face when he told her he needed her to set in some sleeves, all the while opening a garment bag full of fabric pieces. One outfit that was supposed to be a bodice and skirt wasn’t even half completed, with unfinished edges that folded down while he put it on the model. She looked concerned and he told her “It’ll be ok. Just hold it up.” He told another model, as he dashed by, “I’m making your dress right now.” This isn’t just a disaster — it’s amateur hour. As the dummy presentations started, we caught a glimpse of models being sewed in to the garments. Tim said “Four dressers, literally sewing the girls into the garments right now. We’ve never seen anything like it in the history of Project Runway.” In an ironic twist, it was Stanley, the most controlling and together contestant this season who came this close to crashing and burning at New York Fashion Week, proving to the judges that they made the wrong decision last week when they chose him over Daniel.
(For the rest of anibundel’s recap, click here. To see all her Project Runway posts, including older recaps and the NYFW presentations of previously auffed contestants, click here. Speaking of Fashion Week, to see reviews of selected Ready-To-Wear lines, including judge Zac Posen’s, click here.)
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