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'Project Runway' - 'Finale, Part II' Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Apr 23rd 2010 12:30AM
(S07E14) It's the final episode of 'Project Runway' Season 7 and I'm more excited this season than last season. The collections of Irina, Carol Hannah, and Althea pale in comparison to this season, which actually had some original colors, shapes, and concepts. This season was apparently more important because they sacrificed an episode of 'Models of the Runway' for a reunion episode that didn't say much.

This season had no crazy twist (no 13th look, bridesmaid dress, or even any former contestants helping) so we only had a 10 minute squish of Mila, Seth Aaron, and Emilio going through model casting, make-up and hair consultations. We basically were reminded that Mila needed a rock edge, Emilio is going for uptown, but multicultural, and Seth Aaron had some big dark eye shadow to match his modern hair.

Seth Aaron's Collection - 1940's German/Russian Military - I have to start with the last piece of Seth Aaron's collection. While it vaguely matched the weird puffy fifth dress, the color had nothing to do with the other pieces and it wasn't flattering. I was afraid that the one look would have soured the judges opinions. The rest of the collection was very impressive. Seth Aaron managed to match different types of patterns correctly while slipping colors in. I loved the yellow plaid racing stripe on the pants of his seventh look.

Mila's Collection - Shadows - While we saw three of the looks, the hair and make-up made a big change. She removed the scarf from the coat and it looked a lot better. The last look which we saw in the face-off, looked a lot better on the right model. I thought that the purple actually looked better on video with the lights than the photos could tell. I appreciated how well she used textures for the same reason as well. I still think that Jay's collection could have had a better chance because a lot of Mila's collection was trumped by Seth Aaron's use of black and white.

Emilio's Collection - Color Me Bad - Am I the only one that knew Emilio was going to lose when Raven Symone said the quote about bringing back the 90s? There was something really dated about the whole collection to me. While I was blown away by the final gown and the turquoise jacket in his third look, the turquoise and red combination felt dated. I'm convinced that I've seen his sixth look many times before and at least once on the show (possibly from Season 3's Laura). I was a bit weary of the color combination of Emilio's print, but the prints effect overall wasn't as severe as I expected.

We get a few opinions from celebrities and other contestants. Noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker? Probably not an opinion that I'm going to take seriously after he drank the 'America's Next Top Model' Kool-Aid. Season 6's winner Irina also left her opinion, I couldn't help but point out that she lacked sleep and a hair brush.

At the final judging, Faith Hill really made no impact. I never trusted her fashion sense and she never had a "Wow fashion moment." Sure, I've had my reservations about Debra Messing, but at least she was gushing over the clothes like a little school girl. All three contestants got positive reviews. Seth Aaron's biggest positives was that he matured and created a very powerful collection. His negative criticisms were about last purple dress and that some looks came off heavy handed. Emilio's positive was the gown and the quiet sophistication; the negative was that he may have had too many coats and there was a step missing between the gown and the rest of the collection. Mila got positive remarks in regards to how she loosened up and played with media.

We knew that Mila was probably going to lose when the judges announced that they had reservations. No contestant with any doubts (Season 4's Rami, Season 5's Kenley) ever won, so you knew Mila had no chance. After all the praise, I was afraid that Emilio would have won, but someone out there likes me and Seth Aaron won. Faith Hill's appreciation of the rocker look probably tipped the scales in Seth Aaron's favor.

The reunion episode didn't show much of anything except that Jay can be a bitch, Anthony is funny and Ping could have made really interesting television.

All three collections (or two collections and a line) were really strong and any of the three deserved to win, but the way the show was edited, you knew that Emilio was being set up for a downfall. The final three all have had at least one low scoring look, so they all could have been eliminated at one point or another. How did you think the finale went? Leave comments below.

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Yeah, definitely weird to say your collection is based on Nazi fashion, but his pieces were the best. Unlike many others, I really liked Emilio, but his collection was not nearly as strong as Seth's. And I never liked Seth's endless goth look during the season. But he pulled it out in the finale. Well done.

I was disappointed by Emilio's reaction to the loss. He acted like he was entitled to the win. I don't know where he got that in his head. And like I said, I've been a fan.

Hopefully he can shake off the loss and make an impact in the fashion world. He's really good.

April 23 2010 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved Seth Arron's show. He had been my favorite all season and I was so happy that he won and rubbed Emilio's face in the dirt! If I had the $, I would get SA to design my entire wardrobe.

April 23 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree w/the judges that Seth Aaron had the best collection, but c'mon--"inspired by 1940's German/Russian Military"?!?

May we look forward to next year's winner basing her collection on "the Old Confederacy and the Klan"?

April 23 2010 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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