Saturday, October 25, 2014
Project Runway Season 13 has come to an end.....and it is amazing that it has survived almost 10 years and so many seasons and somehow, in the twilight of it's run, it is getting some of the best ratings in the history of the series. It looks like there will be plenty more seasons to come!
Luckily, it is Tim Gunn to the rescue and to (no viewers) surprise, the designers get a trip to....
To avoid spoilers, they do a complete show with the 4 Finalists including their speech and finale walk EARLY in the morning. This show has a small audience of "industry insiders".
Then at 10AM they do a second show including all the decoy collections to a PACKED house of "Fashionistas".
The first look of a designer’s collection is supposed to set the mood for the rest of the collection and if Char is setting the mood at “Tacky”, not sure what else to expect.
Heidi, Nina and Zac with guest judge Emmy Rossum, take to the Runway for the their prerequisite press photos. As I've said in the past, they've never hidden the fact of who the Stars of this show are.
My Favorite Looks from Amanda:
My Least Favorite Looks from Amanda:
Amanda stuck to her Bohemian Aesthetic but attempted to elevate it to a more sophisticated level. At times she was successful. The new printed knit top with leather pants and the finale dress were her best looks, while the mini dress with vest was a bit cheap looking. It actually reminded me of much hated PR Winner Gretchen Jones. If I'm not mistaken, she made her own jewelry too.
Next Up: Char...
My Favorite Looks from Char:
My Least Favorite Looks from Char:
Next was Kini:
My Favorite Looks from Kini
My Least Favorite Looks from Kini:
I think his collection was hampered by the fact that he used so much denim. This is limiting to say the least and it got a bit repetitive. Kini didn’t explore his own design brain enough and naturally went back to what he knows how to do: denim.
And finally, the Project Runway Season 13 Winner:
My Favorite Looks from Sean:
My Least Favorite Looks from Sean:
Sean is mature enough as a designer to know that a collection needs to have those “wow” moments. Something that I would argue Char, Kini and Amanda lacked.
I wrote this in my myLifetime.com blog, but I feel it is worth reiterating here:
These designers had only 4 weeks to make a 10-look collection and I have to say, this was a big problem. Heidi kept announcing this as if it should be praised, but I think it should be the opposite. During earlier seasons of the show (including my season), the final designers got 3-4 MONTHS to make a collection. I think it’s a shame that because of how late production starts filming in conjunction with the schedule of NYFW, the final designers have to suffer for it by creating a collection in only 4 weeks. These four designers did not have enough time to go home and process the experience, and grow design-wise. They just went back to what they had already done throughout the season. We saw evidence of it in each of these four collections: Kini did denim; Char was all over the place; Amanda went Boho and Sean did fringe. Luckily for Sean, he was able to elevate his collection to an impressive and sophisticated level.
Congratulations Sean Kelly! You are the winner of Season 13 of Project Runway!
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Season 13, Episode 14: A Fringe-Filled Finale
It wouldn't be a “Project Runway” finale if there wasn’t last minute backstage stress and drama, one designer (at least) not being ready for prime time, and Tim Gunn saying that “This is THE MOST TALENTED group of designers I’ve EVER worked with” (I’ll believe it when I see it). Time to discuss my thoughts on this season’s finale.
Picking up where we last left our designers, they are gathered in the lounge following their judges’ critique. We are reminded that out of the top four, Amanda was told to “own it,” and on the opposite end, poor Kini was advised to “remake it." Kini was obviously upset about the critiques and not having fabric to help him make any changes. Tim Gunn to the rescue: We’re going to Mood! With a budget of $300, the designers make one last trip to Mood. Kini, Sean and Char go, while Amanda decides to sit this one out.
Post-Mood shopping and back in the workroom, Tim checks in. Two days before the runway show and it’s crunch time for the designers. Amanda is changing a dress into a top while continuing to overthink everything she is doing; Kini has bid farewell to his over-designed “linebacker” trench coat; Sean is making a draped dress from orange silk satin; Char is redoing four looks. Tim tells her to get rid of the turquoise and fuschia dresses (good advice) and is subsequently confused by her new additions. It seems as if Char is adding looks just to add them with no thought behind it.
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