We’ve only got four contestants left–Kini, Dom, Ken and Sam. That means next week is the Project Runway: All Stars finale, and probably not a moment to soon. certain the show seems to be running out of gimmicks. They’ve resorted to turning Alyssa into a walking LED billboard for the show. Now, I am a big fan of the flash and trash use of wearable tech on the runway. And if I thought for one minute that the designers were actually going to get to design clothing with LED embedded fabric, and could perhaps do something creative with it, I might be all over this challenge.
But I know Project Runway, and when they start bleating the word “technology” over and over, it’s a sign that we’re in for another Branded Challenge from their IT partners, to create their own print. The only good surprise is that it’s Nina Garcia who steps on stage to present the print challenge this week. (She’ll also be judging–and as we know, she has her favorites.) Except she’s joined by yet another flapping head, who is here to tell us that this challenge is also sponsored by phone cases! The winner of the challenge will have their print featured on a phone case as a bonus prize.
There’s $150 at Mood, with the admonishment that since this is a print heavy challenge, the idea is to buy a print that will complement your created print. Technology seems to have sped up in the print creation world. It used to be that the “make your own print” episode was a two-day challenge, purely due to the need for the print to go out to the wherever it would be made overnight and then shipped back the next morning. But as Alyssa leaves she and Nina say they will see the designers tomorrow.
Ken’s Prints/Prince reference is far more topical than he probably knew when it was taped a few months ago. Let’s skip the bullshit with Sam and his lack of experience with Nina Garcia, due to being an alum of Project Runway with training wheels, because lord I am sick of this shit. Let’s get to the “surprise” which is the arrival of the previous four winners of PR:AS, Mondo, Dmitry, SethAaron and AnthonyRyan, who are here to advise the Top Four, as well as remind us both that in four seasons a woman has never won this show, and that Georgina and Isaac are such terrible judges of fashion, they forced AnthonyRyan into a win he did not deserve, thereby creating the AnthonyRyan Rule we see today. They also bring the fabric that was magically created in a matter of hours.
- Dmitry’s advice to Ken is do something big with his design, because his print because it’s boring, unlike everyone else’s.
- AnthonyRyan talks about himself to Kini, because he is a terrible mentor and a narcissist.
- Seth Aaron tells Dom not to give a crap about the judge’s opinion.
- Mondo was Sam’s mentor on Under The Gunn, so Sam cries to him how hard the real version of the show is. Mondo tells him he’s failed to execute all season and he needs to actually execute if he plans to be in the finale.
Before leaving Seth Aaron reminds us all of Rule One: Don’t Bore Nina. Bless him. With the previous winners and their encouragement out of the way, it’s time for Zanna to come in and rip everyone to bits about how terrible they are.
- Kini: His print looks like something you find at Khols, and so is the top he made with it. Zanna warns him not to go gimmicky to make it interesting
- Sam: His print is digitized cartoon flowers. Zanna doesn’t hate it, but when he says he making yet another jumpsuit, and pulls out yet the same mesh he’s used in now three different challenges, she turns to stone.
- Ken: His print is dull, and Zanna is bored.
- Dom: Everyone keeps saying this is Dom’s challenge. Her print is good anyway. Her painted leather jacket is less good.
No one is even close to ready when the models show up, not even Kini. The models mostly stare at the outfits they might get to wear, and side eye a few of the prints these guys have designed and leave.
Day of Runway, and I am so over all the catty bitching and the snide comments. I have never wished so hard to go back to Project Runway: Junior where everyone loves everything everyone else did.
Let’s head to the runway and see if Nina can railroad Georgina and Isaac into decent decision-making.
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