In the first part of the season finale, we see the designers dream up their collections for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, but Justin, Alexandria, and Helen still have to compete for a spot in the finale show! Read on for our recap of ‘Project Runway’ Season 12 Episode 13!
The episode begins with Heidi and Tim sending the designers off with the challenge of creating a 10-look collection for spring in a mere six weeks. The catch? One of the looks must be made of an unconventional material, “and you know what we mean when we say ‘unconventional,’ nothing resembling fabric,” Heidi warns them. As Tim wishes them luck, Alexandria tears up, saying they are “happy tears,” reminding us that these are real artists lucky enough to see their work come to life. We can’t wait to see what the designers come up with!
Project Runway Recap — Season 12 Episode 13:
First we see Dom at home in Philadelphia. She tells Tim her inspiration for her collection is the sci-fi flick Blade Runner, and some ink drawings she made as a reaction to the movie. Tim suggests that she use her prints as knits because of her silhouettes, which Dom definitely loves since she has less than two weeks to construct her remaining seven looks. For her unconventional material she plans to use medal blade covers strung onto a black mesh dress. Tim warns her that it doesn’t look like a cohesive collection right now, but hopefully she can pull it together!
Next we meet Braden in LA. His collection is very romantic and feminine, with beautiful painted flowers incorporated throughout his collection. For his unconventional look he has woven clothes lines and painter’s plastic to create a new textile, however, Tim thinks this look feels way heavier than the other nine looks and recommends he re-think the materials.
Tim goes to see Alexandria in San Mateo, CA. It’s clear she has been working nonstop since the six weeks began, as her collection consists of 30 pieces! “This collection is very you,” Tim remarks. For her unconventional material she selected phone books which were woven together with the help of the kids in her sewing camp, ‘Kid Couture.’ How cute!
We then meet Helen in Union City, NJ. Her clothes are very simple and modern, but Tim asks her “where is the excitement?” Yet despite the risk of showing a minimalistic collection, Helen is very confident in her work, telling Tim and her family at lunch that she will make it to Fashion Week — and she will win.
Lastly, we see Justin in Raleigh, NC. Justin’s collection has quite arguably the most significant inspiration, as he decides to use the shape of sound waves in spite of his previous hearing disability. He uses 3D printing on a large part of his clothes, and plans to use tiny test tubes as his unconventional material. Tim says there is still some work to do on the clothes, but they have the potential to be something “amazing.”
The Designers Return To New York!
Sooner than it began, the five designers are back in the work room for fashion week. Tim greets the designers and introduces a new twist: the designers that make it to fashion week must make an additional look out of washable fabrics, inspired by Tide detergent’s new “Washable Fashions” initiative. Tim gets emotional at the thought that not everyone will get to see their visions on the runway at Lincoln Center. Who will move on to the finale?!
After selecting three looks from their collections, Justin, Alexandria, and Helen try to capture a spot in the finale show. The guest judge for this week is none other than their mentor, Tim Gunn. How can he send one, (or more!), of them home?!
Justin’s looks are well received by the judges. Nina says: “there is something poetic about your designs.” Tim later remarks that “this is the Justin I knew was there all along.”
Helen’s collection is initially welcomed since the silhouettes are very modern, but the judges soon see that there is no “wow” factor in her clothes and worry that they will fall flat on the runway.
The same is said of Alexandria’s line. Nina worries that, against the other shows at New York Fashion Week, her clothes will not stand out. However they do agree that her clothes are fashion forward and “luxe,” as Zac Posen observed.
Justin and Alexandria both make it to fashion week, while Helen has to go home. It’s sad to see Helen not make it, but the judges were right that her clothes were not “show worthy.” We can’t wait to see what the remaining four have in store next week when we get to see their collections at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!
What did you guys think? Were the judges right in sending Helen home?
— Katie George