Last week we had the first part of the finale, in which Helen was eliminated to leave Alexandria, Justin, Dom and Bradon to have their lines from Fashion Week televised. This week… we need to immediately un-back burner that woman from Tide who showed up with the last minute Washable challenge! Because as quickly as Tim congratulates them on making it to this round, he has reloaded the bank cards with $250 and taken them to Mood for the last time to shop for “washable” fabrics. Everyone says the word “washable” over and over, as if they’re getting an extra $100 for each utterance. This is only interrupted by an extra long trip to the Name Dropping Hair Salon.
Tim is really excited when he shows up to look over the finale lines.
- Bradon: From what I see in his corner, the boy is having an editing issue. There’s a lot of looks, and each look is a lot of look in an of itself. But nothing seems to go together. Tim gently suggests he cut a seriously oversized skirt outfit to fit in his “washable,” and help edit the collection.
- Dom: The Queen of Prints is on her game. Her self created prints look fantastic, and the outfits she made out of them are correctly scaled. There is one bellbottomed onesie that Tim suggests is a bit “janky.” Her washable isn’t made yet, so there’s no way to judge anything about it.
- Justin: His washable outfit is reversible. Tim worries Justin shouldn’t challenge himself too much at this point. Tim also points out that one dress has a bad “librarian” length, and then apologizes to librarians everywhere for suggesting they have no fashion sense.
- Alexandria: Her washable look is so of her collection, I never would have guessed it wasn’t an original piece. Tim’s main concern is to turn Nina around on the collection, and tells her to not walk too many “flat tee shirts,” and warns her that she needs to appeared to have taken their notes, or there will be “retribution.”
Day before runway, and I just realized there are no assistants this season to help the final four finish their pages and pages of notes. Alexandria is cutting tee shirts in favor of “more special tops.” Bradon is still draping and redraping his washable look. The models arrive. Justin spends lots of time on his fittings working with the 3D printed pieces. Bradon decides not to cut his enormous skirt despite Tim’s advice. Alexandria and Dom have a lot to do. In the middle of this time crunch, the contestants are pulled away to sit with the Product Displaying Makeup People to do consultations. When Tim arrives for the last gather round, Bradon wishes he could still be working. I don’t know why–the last hour should be packing, not sewing. Tim tells them it’s anyone’s game and group hugs.
Onto the Day of Project Runway’s show at New York Fashion Week. One of Justin’s models had to be swapped because the original broke her ankle. Bradon is having fits over a tiny coffee stain on his silk charmuse. But all I can think about is the fact that just off camera, at this very moment, Ken is having a hysterical meltdown and refusing to walk his line. But because Project Runway insists on maintaining the fiction that only the Top Four are backstage showing instead of the Top Nine, they are denied the ability to put what I’m sure was some seriously filmable drama in this episode. Do we think this will finally convince the producers to stop lying to us every season? And instead be honest that everyone left when the show airs post Fashion Week show, but only the top three are televised and eligible for judging?
You’re right, probably not.