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Review: Project Runway - Finale, Part I

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 13th 2009 2:05AM
Althea worries about her collection.
(S06E13) Project Runway's part one of their finale episodes are always boring. This episode was no exception. We learn more about the hopefuls' backgrounds, peek at their final collection, Tim critiques them, they come to New York, and get some bombshell in one form or another.

This year's bomb is recycled from season two: a last minute thirteenth piece with the help of an eliminated contestant. This time, the muse model picks their final model.

The first half of the show was all about watching Tim in awkward situations: struggling to use a freight elevator, baking biscuits, and interacting with dogs.

Heidi tells the finalists that they have $9000 and a few months to create a twelve piece collection. The girls pack up and leave LA.

Carol Hannah - Huntington, NY - Carol Hannah's inspiration is Duke University. While she is looking for fairytale and sophistication, Tim warns her that some pieces are coming off matronly. I was impressed by the poofy skirt dress, until I saw it in New York and realized that it was less purple and more gray. Carol Hannah reminds us that she was self-taught; it never showed as badly as some of Christopher's did.

Irina - Manhattan's Upper East Side - Irina wanted to do a Coney Island inspired piece, but the producers tell her that Coney Island is copyrighted ten days before the finale. They could have called her a day after Tim left, but they decided to stress out the front-runner. I still don't understand why Irina is so obsessed with using fur, her dress last week was supposed to have fur, and it looked like roadkill. Then she considered using horse hair. It would have been more awesome if it was human hair like Chris March.

Althea - Dayton, Ohio - Althea says that she was inspired by female leads in sci-fi movies. I have no clue what her collection had to do with it, other than it having some strength. Like Irina, she has knits, but like Carol Hannah, some of her pieces are matronly.

Althea and Irina return to New York, barely speaking to each other, hoping that Carol Hannah would break their silence. Sadly, she has a stomach virus and only shows up the next day. The girl is behind the eight ball as they finish dresses and cast models. She hurls right before the episode ends to ensure drama for the final episode.

Nina Garcia and Michael Kors went to visit the contestants and give them tips. Maybe if they showed up more this season, their tips would have been more helpful. Instead Irina doesn't listen to Nina's comments about color choices.

As I mentioned earlier, Heidi's bomb was a thirteenth look and the muse models had to cast for their model. Here's the rundown of the contestants' thirteenth piece and their models:

  • Althea picked Logan and decided to work on separates (a jacket and pants were mentioned). Tanisha selected Kay, a fierce Korean model.
  • Irina picked Gordana. They didn't mention the dress in detail, but Gordana mentioned knits; Gordana is helping with finishing. Kalyn picked the red-headed Anastasia.
  • Carol Hannah was stuck with Christopher and decided to go for a gown with wow-factor. Lisa found a willowy model, Caroline, after finding out her first choice was over-booked.

I laughed when I saw Naima (America's Next Top Model season four winner) in the thirteenth look casting. Several ANTM contestants have walked for Project Runway, most recently Anya (ANTM Cycle 11 runner-up) was in Sweet P's All-Star Collection.

While I'm excited to see the outfits with movement, anyone impatient can find photos of the final shoot because they are basically a year old. Who are you rooting for? Also, are knits really all the rage or was it the fact that they had to do a fall/winter collection? Finally, was this season so boring that there is no reunion episode? Leave comments below.

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It is what it is. These Part 1 things are only meant to catch us up. I was not surprised Irina is as much a non-human in real life as she is on the show. Did you notice they did not ID her boyfriend (to her left in the dining scene) which means he probably isn't with her anymore. The fact she did not kiss her dad until embarassed by others shows her true fundamental lack of human sense.
I am writing again that Gordana and Christopher both showed at Bryant Park as well, which is a show tradition (Sweet Pea) that they do not tell us everything about the deals these designers have with the show. Christopher has mentioned in post-show interviews that he (and others) have another yearlong contract with the show, with another year's option after that. It was no surprise to see them "drop in" to help.
At first, I was impressed with the loyalty of what they now are calling the "muse models" but then I realized the only way these models win is if their designer wins, so naturally they have to say their designer will win.
we already know the next season is almost wrapped and that Nina and Michael will be in evey episode, to here's a hope that the dynamics improve. I was not as distressed as others about this season. The best ones made it to the finals. If Irina had people skills beyong a fifth-grade level, I'd be pulling for her.

November 13 2009 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

From what I recall from last year's photos of this season's finale there were only three collections shown, no actual decoys. Probably the reason that the helpers were Gordana, Christopher, and Logan.

In season two, Kara Janx was the decoy but was not an option for helper (Chloe had Diana, Daniel had Nick, and Santino with Andre). If either Gordana or Christopher were the decoy piece, they wouldn't have been helping out the finalists because they would be too busy with their own line.

You're correct about Sweet P's decoy collection. They usually only do decoy pieces based off of how many episodes are left before the finale shows. Last season was such a small amount of time between that along with Kenley, Korto, Leanne, and Jerrell working on their pieces, both Suede and Joe got to do final pieces. (Naima from Top model modeled for Joe, random fact).

Since there was probably no need for a decoy because the right number of episodes would have aired before the finale (in this case, Season 7 is probably taped and the contestants are working on their final pieces as well), they instead decided not to show who the designers were, but let the clothes talk for themselves.

The preview didn't show that introduction part where the designer walked out and explained their piece and I believe it's because they didn't do it. If we do see it, I'm convinced that it was taped afterward and edited in.

November 14 2009 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Horse hair isn't actually horse hair in sewing terms. Most likely Irina was referring to the polyester flat wide woven stuff that you use for stiffening hem edges. If you google horsehair braid, you'll see what I mean. :-)

November 13 2009 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I sure as hell hope they don't do a reunion show. I'm done watching these boring people fight.

Althea & Irina aren't good enough to care about their feud. I want to poke my eyes out while watching this season, it was just that bad.

November 13 2009 at 9:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I agree. You still watch because it's "Project Runway" but this season was really, really bad and I will be so glad when it's over.

November 13 2009 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The 13th look has been deployed every season that I recall...do these people not watch the show? Now I don't think you could get away with having it all done but it sure as hell means you'd have the design ready for fabrication. Do they think we're idiots?

November 13 2009 at 7:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Pascua

While I think the contestants watch some seasons (especially Gordana who kept applying for several seasons now) not all the seasons use the twist. Actually it's only been used half the seasons.

+ Season 2 was just like this season: Make 12, Surprise 13th.
+ Season 5 was Make 10, Surprise 11th Bridesmaid dress.

Season One didn't have a 2-part finale. There was no twist for season three, possibly because four people take up more time than three, so Tim's visits took more time.

They didn't need a twist for the part one finale of Season Four because the showdown between Chris March and Rami took the end half of the episode.

I'm not against the extra piece though, the contestants now have an extra set of hands to help them finish their clothes and something to complete their story. The extra piece actually helped all of Season Two's finalists and I'm convinced helped Kenley take out Jerrell.

November 13 2009 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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