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Watch Mila Hermanovski's collection at Fashion Week all over again:
As you may or may not know, the “Project Runway” show at Fashion Week in February actually involves more than just the finalists, so that the audience (and the Internet at large) doesn’t spoil future episodes in advance. The first time I personally became aware of this was when I was scrolling through New York Magazine’s site and realized I was looking at the collection from Season 2 designer Kara Janx, who got the boot before the finale. (And then I thought I had uncovered some vast fashion conspiracy before it all clicked together.)
Having been in the audience for this year’s show and not knowing who was actually making it forward to the final three, I have to say that these happened to be the top three contestants whose work stood out to me then amongst the record-setting 10 who showed that day. And 10, FYI, is a whole lotta look!
I remember people actually gasping when Seth Aaron’s first piece on Kristina came out, Michael Kors raving about Emilio’s gold metallic dress (FYI: One of my many talents is long-distance lip reading!), and being impressed that Mila roughed up the models’ looks (which, hey, was Michael’s advice other talent: psychic abilities!). These three finalists, whether you liked their personalities or their aesthetic or not, really brought forward some of their best work and persevered through some serious sleep deprivation and other pressure-cooker situations to get this far.
Clearly, Emilio’s knockout gold stunner.
Lorena’s coat and dress with a more polished version of his ESosa branding was impeccable. (And why does her eye makeup always look phenom?)
Seth Aaron’s opening look really set the tone for this entire collection, and I loved the way he always had interesting tights paired with “simple” pieces.
Appreciated Mila’s use of separates, the touches of shine and the fact that I could see women wearing these every day with pieces they already have. They don’t need an “excuse” to dress up.
Enough about the finale; let’s move on to the reunion special. Thoughts:
1. I am disappointed that Janeane didn’t do one last cry, but Ping covered that for us.
2. If I were Valeria, I would be stomping around in a fit of rage, because as much as I love Kristina, she would have, de facto, won. But I love Kristina even more for acknowledging the sadness of that situation.
3. The “allegiance to models” conversation kind of confuses me. Yes, it’s probably easier to keep the same model, because you are familiar with how your clothes fit on her body, but they are GIVEN the OPTION to switch! Build a bridge! (Or a dress!)
4. OH. EM. GEE. Nuns wept somewhere in an Irish village when Jay threw out the insult heard ’round the world to poor Cerri. Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!
5. Maya’s in-show and post-show responses as to why she left were pretty much one and the same, offering no clarity to anyone, and or to my insatiable need for the truth!
6. Finally, I’ll say it once again: Anthony needs his own show.
Starting off with Seth Aaron’s humble abode, we see a (mostly) black collection of leather badass-ery. One hundred percent Seth Aaron’s aesthetic. However, Tim has another point of view that can best be described via a comic bookesque series of photos:
“What the hell is this?”
“Stuff that’s gonna rock?”
“Stuff that’s gonna make you lose.”
And they hugged it out by playing Pictionary and jumping on trampolines.
Is this a setback? Absolutely. He’s down time, money and sanity, but knowing that this man can crank out multiple pieces in record time, I’m not too concerned. Oh, Tim.
Tim’s flying back across the country (remember when he used to drive there?) to New York to visit Emilio, who is totally throwing me off by not wearing a hat. He shows off a few pieces to Tim, who is less than thrilled. Emilio has upped the ante and created himself a proper logo to have E Sosa take over the world, which, as you know, Tim loves so much. I brace for fashion fisticuffs. Can we just move on? I’m scared!
Back across the country again, we visit Mila on the one day it has rained in Los Angeles. Ever.
Mila and Jay are going head-to-head for the final spot at Fashion Week, so these are the looks I’m most interested in seeing.
While we lovingly give her flak for always creating looks that are black and white, it’s what she’s good at. And, appropriately enough, the colors of her pet dog. Genius!
Also in California, Jay is creating some interesting looks (“It’s Cuckoo Chanel, girl!”) that, of course, also have Tim worried.
This is the first time in a long time I have seen Tim give such worrisome speeches at these home visits. All of them. Not one “Great! Don’t doubt yourself!” Now I really don’t know what to expect.
Rendezvousing back in New York, Mila and Jay have their game faces on … and a three-look collection to show. Emilio assists Mila (whose additional models Holly Kiser and Shannon Pallay are both from Season 1 of “Make Me a Supermodel”!), and Seth Aaron helps Jay on the finishing touches before showtime.
So, did the right person make it through? Are Emilio and Seth Aaron going to want to overhaul their entire collections based on Tim’s critiques? We’ll find out next week!
Remember that scene in "Clue" where Tim Curry ties up the loose plot ends* of the movie, running around the mansion explaining all the stuff you just didn’t understand without keeping a running journal of events the entire time? This was that episode. There’s just no accompanying board game. (But there will be one on Nintendo Wii soon!)
First, Tim (Gunn now) assigns the team leaders and their partners. I always like a team challenge. It demonstrates a mastery of sewing and who will most likely make it all the way to Fashion Week. Why? Because your teammate will either be embarrassed that you can sew kick pleats around them and their giant lie of only learning how to sew last year when that B.A. in English didn’t work out so well … or vice versa.
Take, for example, the pairing of Emilio and Anna. Anna fully admits that she could learn a thing or two from her more experienced teammate, and they manage to work harmoniously together. Conversely, Jesse is ready to throw himself out a window when Ping’s free-as-a-bird design technique is too much to handle.
With $500 in their pockets (a record amount for a "Project Runway" challenge), together they plan their pacing, workload and overall collaborative groove … until Tim comes back to let them know that not only do they have to design a second look (on a shoestring budget of a measly 50 bucks from their original loot), but that it needs to be inspired by another team’s look … which is still mid-construction. Fantastic!
Now, Tim (still Gunn) assigns the inspirational teams. I suddenly have a billion scribblings and arrows all over my notebook, attempting to figure out who’s a team leader, whose team is inspiring which design, which one is the expensive look and which one is this new look-for-less and who’s whose model. Gah!
Overall impressions? I would probably get frustrated in a situation like this. But, for all of the shenanigans Jesse was forced to endure, he could have thrown Ping under the bus a lot less gingerly than he did. Plus, when your model is your blame-game Greek chorus, who can go wrong?
Also, in the matter of Anthony’s yellow dress versus Jonathan’s yellow dress, isn’t this really “the chicken and the egg”? They were both bad. Bad was inspired by bad, but it was the only real use of color on the runway. So did Jonathan remain unscathed only because his teammate won? My head hurts too much to tell.
* The “denouement,” for all you folks putting that B.A. in English to infrequent use.