We return to the finale of Project Runway: Junior to Tim recapping the judge’s comments from last week with the contestants. Once he has done his best to aim them in the direction the show wants them to go, he hands them $250 and takes them to Mood. It’s the same format as the beginning of every Project Runway finale second half, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tim be quite so direct with contestants as to what the production wants to see.
We already knew that Samantha wasn’t finished when she arrived, so with the additional directive of needing to add color, she’s the most behind. Zachary is also behind because he has the most to remake, including two evening gowns. Peytie is only scrapping one look–the rest of her collection is fit issues. As far as I can tell Maya is technically in the best shape, but that’s because she’s not changing stuff. Tim’s walkthough of the collections confirms that Maya isn’t changing stuff. In fact, Tim says that though she went out and bought stuff at Mood, he’s not sure how she could make it fit into her collection, which is very much a cohesive set. Zachary’s critique is Tim continuing to tell him to pare down, since he hasn’t the time to pull a Chris March and go completely over the top. (Tragic, but probably wise.) Peytie, it turns out isn’t scrapping her gold and orange garment as much as she is rethinking it, which means that she really isn’t adding anything new to her collection, just course correcting a piece that didn’t hang right.
Then there’s Samantha. Because she didn’t have pieces done, she was able to trade out some of the same-same-same things that would have been and just make them once is a bright red. Tim is beside himself over how great the red is, and how much it forces the other colors in the collection to stand out in response. His one concern (which is not wrong) is that everything else is still too matchy-matchy and same same. It’s all separates right? So mix and match. Samantha seems a little dubious about this idea. Tim is really excited, until he starts doing the math on the pieces she has and realizes Samantha actually only has four finished outfits, it’s just that she’s spread them over six dummies.
With only one day before the runway show, you’d think they’d have enough to do, but of course, this is when TV monitors appear along with Tim who pretends for a minute the show is adding a “little twist.” Pysche! It’s actually Georgina Chapman, wife of executive producer Harvey Weinstein, with a message cheering the kids on. Don’t forget, you can see her show up for work as a judge for maybe up to half the episodes over on Project Runway: All Stars, starting on Lifetime next week!
The model fittings for the kids is a straight up disaster for Zachary and Maya. Maya especially completely underestimated the reality of her models’ bodies, and her blouses simply don’t fit–and she has no more fabric to make stuff, since she assumed she was basically done. Ironically because Samantha’s stuff is so casual, she has the best fitting of anyone.
Let’s head to Fashion Week with these kids and see how they did.
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