The stakes are high for the designers showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Who had the winning collection? Keep reading for our recap of the ‘Project Runway’ season 12 finale!
The episode began with anxiety and excitement as Tim guided Alexandria, Dom, Justin, and Bradon through the last two days before the runway show. The designers still had to create the Tide “Washable Fabrics” look and finalize hair, make-up, model fittings, and last-minute construction issues — all in two work days!
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Alexandria talked with Tim about her frustrations with Nina’s remarks during the last episode. She decides to change the t-shirts in her collection for the show, which means she makes even more clothes on top of the original 30 pieces.
Bradon hilariously decides that simply walking between the sewing room and his workspace is a waste of time, and chooses instead to run in between the two places! If he doesn’t win, will he at least get voted winner of ‘Most Athletic’?
Tim’s final gathering with the designers is emotional for everyone as they reflect and look forward to their debut at Fashion Week. Just from the model fittings, it’s looking like a tight competition!
The last runway show!
It’s an early day for the designers as they get up at 2 a.m. to leave for Lincoln Center. All four are stunned upon seeing the runway for the first time; Dom taking a moment to gently touch it before they head backstage.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Project Runway finale show if something didn’t do wrong. Poor Justin is told by Tim one of his models broke her ankle and they have to give him a replacement model. Alexandria obsessively runs around hair and makeup trying to get someone’s attention. And despite Bradon’s several attempts to get models to put their coffee and tea away from the clothes, one of them spills their drink on a dress and he spends 20 minutes getting the stain out of the fabric. What else could go wrong?!
The moment has arrived as Heidi introduces Zac, Nina, and guest judge, Kerry Washington, to the crowd of people eager to see the newest designers. We can’t wait to see how everything comes together on the runway!
Justin goes first, thanking Tim Gunn in his introduction for helping him with the collection (and probably saving him in the middle of the season). His collection is undoubtedly beautiful. At first the white makes it a little hard to make out the interesting shapes in his clothes, but as his looks continue to come out they masterfully tell his story of beginning to hear for the first time. He ends his show with the unconventional material dress that receives a special applause as you heard it come down the runway.
Dom goes second, setting a bold statement with her colorful prints and variety of shapes. Her clear vinyl shawl, while gorgeous in the workroom, glared on the runway and you could barely see the incredible geometric, silver treatment. Her knits, however, were gorgeous — especially the backless dress. Dom also decided to end her show with the unconventional materials dress, which was a perfect dramatic end to her edgy collection.
Alexandria showed third and decided to mix it up by beginning with the unconventional materials dress. Her voluminous phonebook gown definitely was a ‘wow’ moment that kept us wanting more. Her cool clothes were accessorized by feather headpieces that gave her collection the ‘show worthy’ factor Nina was worried about.
Last but not least, Bradon began his collection with the gorgeous ballgown skirt and top — the same look Tim told him to cut! His whole collection was incredibly complete from beginning to end — he had several silhouettes and pieces that all worked in their own unique way. His final look was a pretty, printed chiffon dress with a ruffled sleeve, leaving everyone stunned at the amount of talent this season brought to fashion week.
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The judges began with Justin’s collection. Kerry said she wanted the sound wave dress in her closet immediately. Heidi remarked: “I’m glad Tim brought you back with his save.” Nina loved his clothes, observing that they had a “gentle architecture” about them. Bradon’s were also received well, with Zac saying that the clothes have an expressive and abstract hand, however, Nina remarked that the collection was “so not focused,” and very “disjointed.”
Dom’s collection was actually well liked by Nina, as she said: “it was extremely entertaining…you really pushed yourself.” Kerry also commented on the beautiful prints used in the clothes.
Finally Alexandria’s collection impressed Nina in that her styling was “editorial” and she began with her dramatic unconventional materials dress. Heidi also loved how her clothes were “very hip, its very now.”
Project Runway Winner — Dom!
Dom is given the winning title, making history as the first African-American winner — way to go, Dom!
— Katie George
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