Another single episode finale. Wow. Last year I blamed it on having two Top Fours in a row. This year….I got nothing.
Lifetime wants to make PR go year round. It’s not working. They’ve tried spin offs like ProjRun: Accessory. They’ve tried two PR seasons a year. This year they have “Under The Gunn” which starts next week and includes popular PR alumni. All Stars has had its stumbles. Every year there’s a new host. Joanna Coles didn’t come back to mentor. This cast included past winners because there weren’t enough alumni to be found without them. Then there’s the format and its air dates. This is a down time in the fashion world. There’s no Fashion Week to send their cast to part way through. In order to send their cast to a Fashion Week–any Fashion Week–they’d have to do so before the show aired the premiere. That’s a problem. If this is supposed to be the show that’s a step up from regular ProjRun, then having a finale that is clearly inferior to the original product belies the premise. Yet the finale challenges so far have been to make a handful of outfits to show at a privately staged show for whomever the producers can round up. And let’s not even talk about the fact that the judges gave the win to AnthonyRyan last season when he did not deserve to even be in the finale. That sort of thing sinks a show’s credibility fast.
A single episode finale feels like they’re admitting defeat. Alyssa’s outfit also seems to be admitting defeat. I’m not sure what looks more unfinished–the blouse, the skirt or the hair. She announces the finale challenge–six looks, four days. (At least this year they set a limit.) Their inspiration is to be their heritage. Alyssa helpfully tells each contestant where their ancestors hail from in case they don’t know–Elena: Ukraine; Seth Aaron: Spain; Korto: Liberia. This inspiration turns out to be an excuse to send them to the UN, because that’s where they are holding the mini-show, rather than rent Gotham Hall this year.
The contestants do their best to get excited to go to the UN rather than, say, Paris and over meeting an undersecretary and a bunch of delegates. (Hey it’s a step up from last time PR:AS went to the UN. This time they went inside.) At least they’re given a full hour to shop at Mood and a $2000 budget. Once we return to the work room it’s time to squash four days into about 20 minutes of show. It boils down to the usual–Elena freaking, Seth Aaron sympathizing, Korto snarking.
On Day Two, Elena says “I just wish we had some help.” Magically, ZRR shows up on cue to walk through.
- Seth Aaron: We know his weakness is going a bit costumey, and some of his “spin influenced pieces” look like they might work for Halloween. ZRR worries he’s going too different from what he usually does.
- Elena: She says this is the collection she wanted to make in her season. (As opposed to her dummy collection? I knew these pieces looked familiar.) ZRR tells her to pull herself together.
- Korto: She admits her collection is really American, just with “African influences.” The sketches look good. ZRR frets unnecessarily about tailoring because she has nothing else to say.
ZRR didn’t just bring useless advice. She also brought preassigned assistants–Viktor for Elena, Christopher for Korto, Jeffrey for Seth Aaron. (I assume this is to keep anyone from turning anyone else down on camera after last year.)
Day Three and Alyssa is in the work room. That’s never good. There must be an extra sponsor to shoehorn into this finale. Turns out it’s a bunch of ugly scarves from the Theodora and Callum Collection. They are ugly because they are “inspired by different countries.” Lovely. The designs do their best not to roll their eyes at having to incorporate these things in a seventh outfit. At least Seth Aaron and Korto aren’t going to freak out about prints. Elena decides this is an opportunity to cry.
Day Four, no more assistants. The models come and go en masse, since there’s 21 of them. Then all of a sudden it’s Day of Runway without anything much of all happening. I guess they needed that time to dedicate to the Name Dropping Hair Salon and the Product Displaying MakeUp Men. The models are dressed and made up and shipped off to the UN.