So, since we had four contestants two weeks in a row, we only have a one hour finale this season. This is not a bad thing, since last year’s “Finale Part One” felt really pointless.
Carolyn is wearing an ugly pink polkadot dress. And I mean *ugly.* The length is terrible, the shade of pink is awful, and the polka dots are atrocious. Did AnthonyRyan design it? (Oh, sorry, did I say that out loud?) She slowly tells us what we already know: four days to create a mini collection that will be presented in a special runway show. The budget will again be $3000. The big difference from last year is that there’s not a set number of pieces they have to make. They are given free reign to choose how many outfits the collection will have. (For the record, Emilio ended up making eight and AnthonyRyan and Uli each made seven. In the end they all were limited to seven for judging.)
Uli decides her theme is “Winter Wonderland” and is sketching a lot of white pieces (natch!) Emilio’s theme is really smart: “Urban Plantation” for the African America working woman. Fashion always like a political point of view. AnthonyRyan decides to make a collection called “The Thin Line” which he claims is about “the line between dark and light,” but sounds to me like he’s making clothes for skinny people. Since that’s all he knows how to do anyway! (Yes, I think it’s Insult AnthonyRyan Day today, don’t you?)
There’s no moving to a new space to work, or private rooms like last year. Carolyn does helpfully show up the first day with the cast offs from the season who are here to beg for an hourly rate as assistants. Well, most of them are. One is apparently here only because he is contractually obligated to show up. AnthonyRyan asks Josh of he’ll be his assistant, but Josh says no. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen a contestant turn down the chance for more screen time, or the hourly rate. It shows just how hurt he is not to make the finale. You know, I almost feel sorry for Josh. If AnthonyRyan had gone home like he should have for that atrocious outfit he made for the Real Woman Challenge, Josh would be there in the finale right now. That really sucks for him. So AnthonyRyan picks Kane instead. Uli takes Casanova. Emilio takes Althea. Casanova makes sure to bring some drama by hating Uli’s method of working, and then disappearing off to take a nap. Aw, Casanova! Don’t be a crappy assistant! We know you can do better–we saw it with Ivy.
Day two and it’s time for Joanna’s walk through. (No going to visit Joanna at Marie Claire this time. Perhaps it’s because they’ve been subtly depimping that whole “works at Marie Claire as an assistant for a year” part of the winner’s package.)
- Uli: Joanna loves that’s it coherent, but worries there’s no “wow” piece. Also, she wants the faux fur vest that Uli has finished. Joanna, shopping like she’s Heidi.
- AnthonyRyan: Joanna really doesn’t have anything useful to say to him, except to ask about one very yellow and black outfit that AnthonyRyan admits he worries is a bit “bumblebee.”
- Emilio: He doesn’t have anything on the mannequins so they look over his drawings. Joanna is very excited that it’s the first time in ProjRun history they are having a political collection in the finale.
Then there’s makeup consultation with the product displaying make up people, and I assume hair consultations, but since hair didn’t pay extra money we’ll never know.
Day Three and the assistants are fired, leaving Uli, AnthonyRyan and Emilio to finish on their own. There’s a lot of panic and stress, and there’s never a point where they stop to create the video for their show, which is funny since that was a big focus last season. Oh well, whatever.
The show is once again at Gotham Hall. Shall we go to the clothes?