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Project Runway: Finale, Part 2

FASHION-US-PROJECT RUNWAY

We have a winner! It was a close vote at the end, but more on that later. First, let’s recap the latest designs from the Final Three before they headed to the Lincoln Center.

Three days before the big Finale, the designers were given $500 each and a quick trip to Mode followed. Patricia worked with her assistant Layana and struggled to make her collection more cohesive.

When Patricia looked back on her experience on Project Runway, she felt that she had evolved as a designer. She wanted to created a common thread throughout her collection and her favorite piece, a pair of leather pants were a challenge to finish in a polished manner.

Michelle realized that the judges wanted to see more color in her clothing line, so she added more yellow and red tones. I absolutely loved her girl-gone-hunting with the wolves collection. She balanced the fierceness very nicely with lovely softer pieces.

She  also collaborated really well with Amanda who was proud to be a part of the design process. It was smart of Michelle to take the judges’ comments as consideration but remained consistent with her own vision. She might tone down some of the accessories, she teased. Why was her model walking around with a compass, anyway?

Stanley hoped to build a more youthful look in his collection. Tim warned him of avoiding the dreaded vintage lady look. He worked desperately to overhaul several dresses and constructed the dresses while he fitted the clothing on his models. To create a youthful presentation, he changed the makeup choices for his models. However, the time got away from him quickly and he left too much at the last minute in the workroom.

Special Visit for Family & Friends

As a much-needed break, their families stopped at the workroom. Michelle’s husband surprised her and she became very emotional. Stanley’s mother calmed his nerves for a little while. Patricia’s kids laughed and danced with her, and she found her motivation again. Even Tim shared a special moment with the designers as they were reaching the final lap of their journey.

When everyone was packing their pieces for the runway show, Stanley realized how far behind he was and Michelle offered to help him. It was clear that being in the spotlight on his own was a very uncomfortable position for him.

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Project Runway: Finale, Part 1

Project Runway Finale Part 1

We’ve made it to the Final Four: Michelle, Patricia and Daniel. Each designer were given $10,000 to create a 12-piece collection for the fall season. They are sent home to start their masterpieces.

Tim started his home visits with Patricia’s childhood home in Taos, New Mexico. He was greeted with a delicious meal with her family, and was very impressed with her cultural influences in her designs, such as white and black horse hair for a cape, but he advised her not to take her aspirations too literally.

In Portland, Michelle was happy to spend time with her family again. It was nice to see that she seemed more relaxed, and I liked the dark tones in her wolf-inspired designs. Tim just warned her not to over-design her looks.

Daniel’s mix of inspirations- astronomy and his trip to Berlin and other influences were everywhere. At his design studio in Austin, he appeared like a mad man, with an uncontrollable mop of hair.

Stanley’s collection was reminiscent of the ’60′s. The dramatic line looked very expensive. In his West Hollywood, he and his partner sat down with Tim, and Stanley shared memories of his sister who passed away last year. (Interesting fact, Stanley auditioned three times before he was cast on the current season.)

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Project Runway: Europe, Here We Come

Project Runway Europe

When we last saw the final five on Project Runway, Michelle paid a high price for apparently ignoring the specific directions of Nina Garcia for the Marie Claire Editorial Challenge. Heidi surprised the hip designer with “we were about to send you home, but  you will get another chance.” I felt Michelle’s bewilderment as she left the runway. I thought it was reassuring of Tim to remind her that the reason that she received another shot was because she is extremely talented.

Heidi gave the designers the biggest news yet! Everyone, except for Michelle, was going to visit Europe for some fashion inspiration. They weren’t prepared for her to remain on, so while the other designers received her travel plans, Michelle was staying put. She knew that she had to prove herself in NY after last week’s debacle.

In “Europe, Here We Come” each designer was sent to a different country, along with a sewing assistant, to a fashion capital. The location served not only as the inspiration but also the locale where to buy their textiles for the challenge. The designers were instructed to create a high-end runway look in a creative and spectacular fashion. With a budget of $1000, the possibilities seemed amazing.

Bon Voyage!

Layanna packed her bags and headed to Barcelona, Spain with Samantha as her assistant. Daniel was ready to visit Europe for the first time, and he was privileged to go to Berlin in Germany. It was also the first time in weeks that he was expected to work with Amanda. I’m thinking that the designers who we think are sent home are actually staying in the Atlas apartments in NY for the duration of the competition. Just saying!

Thank goodness Patricia did not get stuck with Richard again! She was thrilled to go to Paris with the dress design queen Kate. This time it was Stanley’s turn to manage Richard’s lack of focus. The guys traveled across the pond to London.

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