Review: Project Runway - Finale, Part I
by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 13th 2009 2:05AM
(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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