Fashion week is so close that the final five designers can taste it! With a chance to show off their designs at Lincoln Center, the designers took to the streets of New York City to get inspiration for their street chic looks — and they were also met with a surprise!
What would it be like to have Tim Gunn be your own personal alarm clock on Project Runway? Just ask the final five designers when they were woken up by Tim and told to meet him on the roof of their building in 10 minutes. Somehow in those 10 minutes, the designers were camera-ready — and even more ready to receive their next challenge. Tim explained to the designers that they were to go out into the streets of New York and look for inspiration to create a street-chic look. This is their last challenge before fashion week, so the designers were told to pull out all the stops!
‘Project Runway’ Recap — Final Challenge, Season 13, Episode 12:
The designers were given two days to complete this challenge and $200 to spend on fabrics at Mood. They quickly moved around the Lower East Side to get ideas. With all the shapes, buildings, graffiti and window displays, it was not hard for them to generate a few ideas.
When they all returned to the workroom it was nothing but good vibes — and during a group conversation Char expressed how she feels like there is now a “lightness in the air.” That lightness wouldn’t have anything to do with Korina no longer in the competition, would it? Of course Char is not the only one who feels an immediate change in the atmosphere now that Korina is no longer in the picture. Kini also commented on Korina’s absence, saying, “everyone seems so much closer and it’s fun a relaxing atmosphere. There isn’t a tense feeling anymore.”
When the designers returned to the workroom the next day they were greeted by five losing looks that sent people home in past competitions. Sandhya, Samantha, Fade, Mitchel and Korina’s designs were all displayed on mannequins, which raised some questions for the designers. Tim then came out holding the button bag and gave the designers a plot twist-they will also be creating a second look this week. However, this second look must come from a losing look and be turned into a winning one. This second look did not have to correlate to the street chic look. Tim pulled out designer’s names from the button bag, and each designer picked which losing look they wanted to work with.
Emily picked Samnatha’s simple blue gown, Amanda picked Fade’s avante grade look, Char chose Korina’s cape coat, Kini picked Mitchel’s red dress and Sean was left with Sandhya’s pink teletubby outfit. Now the designers have two looks to create which seems like a lot of work for just one person, however, a little help couldn’t hurt — or can it?
The Bitch Is Back:
Tim explained to the designers that they would be receiving help from former contestants who created the losing look. While many of the designers were happy to see some old faces, everyone’s blood ran cold when Korina stepped back into the workroom. Too soon? Korina sure thought so. When she found out that Char picked her coat and that she had to work with her, Korina reminded us just how bitter she still was.
Korina stepped over and stood next to Char and she did nothing but roll her eyes and shake her head. Sean described it as, “she had the body language that tells the rest of the world to f**k off.” The girl was pissed and she wanted everyone to know about it. She immediately expressed to Tim that everything was still too fresh, that they chose the wrong person and it’s clear that she should not be there. Tim shrugged her off and told her to the leave the workroom. History repeats itself as Korina stomped out of the workroom, holding onto her title of the bitter bitch. Tim quickly replaced Korina with Alexander to help Char, which ultimately ends up making a very happy workroom.
Make It Work:
Throughout the entire competition Emily had in mind a certain design that she was waiting to use, and she felt that this week was the time to bring it to life. She created a hoodie coat and decided to put her full time and energy into that. When it came down to the second look, she gave most of the work to Samantha. Amanda began to notice that while the coat was so Emily, the second ensemble, however, looked nothing like Emily’s style which had the makings of hurting her on the runway.
Kini created a denim trench coat. While Tim gave it praise, he feared that it was something anyone could easily buy at Michael Kors. Tim also told Kini that this look has no design signature and that the look just isn’t enough. Kini was not shocked by Tim’s comments and he began to rework some ideas.
Sean found inspiration from a guy walking down the street wearing a simple an all white outfit. Sean took that idea and began to make his own all-white outfit with cutout separates. Tim told him that it looked took much like a uniform for a service worker and that he needed to amp it up…a lot.
The Most Important Runway Show Of The Season:
The two looks are completed and the designers took to their seats to watch their designs come to life on the runway. This week’s guest judge was Shay Mitchell from the ABC Family hit show Pretty Little Liars.
Kini received praise for his trench coat but was ciritized for the white shirt and black skirt that were underneath. Judge Zac Posen told Kini that there was a lot going on and that he needs to learn how to “edit himself.” Kini received the most praise for his breathtakingly beautiful red gown redesign. He took a strapless red dress, flared it out and made it a one-shoulder gown. Zac also criticized Emily for her hoodie, telling her that the model looked “homeless” and the patterned jumpsuit underneath was too abstract and needed to be more simple. The judges agreed across the board that they couldn’t find Emily’s sense of style in the second look, which was a cause for concern.
Amanda was applauded for her patchwork maxi dress but was put down for her two-piece redesign, which Amanda herself didn’t agree with either. Both Char’s redesign and street chic looks were in between for the judges — they didn’t love it and they didn’t hate it. Nina Garcia told Char that her street chic skirt, complete with a small pocket and purple petals, was “a lot.” Sean was given the highest praise for his clean and crisp street chic design. Nina went as far as saying that it was one of the “best pieces I’ve seen on Project Runway.”
When it came down to choosing who was going to Fashion Week, the judges ultimately decided on Sean, Kini, Amanda and Char. This left Emily to go clean up her workroom. Emily was not shocked that she was eliminated and bowed out gracefully, unlike some people we know…
What do you think? Are you excited to see what these designer’s will do at New York Fashion Week?
— Lauren Carr