‘Project Runway’ Recap: See Who Made It To Fashion Week

Thu, October 10, 2013 10:36pm EST by 16 Comments
Project Runway Recap
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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?!

Runway Time!

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

Heidi Klum On The ‘Project Runway’ Finale:

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  2. ‘Project Runway’ Season 12 Episode 11 Recap
  3. ‘Project Runway’ Season 12 Episode 10 Recap

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Gwenveria Sargeant

Posted at 10:47 PM on October 17, 2013  

I’m going to be the first one to say it … Yes !!! Finally a BLACK person won Project way!!! We are so proud of you Little sis. DOM!!! Congratulations. Everyone was good . But the judges made the right choice in the end they had to give it to you. The talent you have with designing prints … and your choice of styling is so Hip- modern,on point,ladylike ……all at the same time…..can’t wait to see what’s next for you! What a role model Beautiful person inside and out!!!

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Posted at 8:44 AM on October 18, 2013  

I totally agree with you! i stopped watching the show, because they had never chosen a BLACK person, and i am so happy Dom won. She is truly a fanastic designer and i admire her humbleness!

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Posted at 12:24 PM on October 18, 2013  

Why is everything with you people about ‘color’?!!

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Posted at 2:51 PM on October 17, 2013  

I like Alexandria’s designs. Not everything, but she is definitely not one of the worst designers this season either and I believe she deserved to go to Fashion Week. However, I do not see her winning Fashion Week because the other three designers are far stronger. This is actually one of the only seasons where I will be happy no matter who wins.

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Posted at 11:23 AM on October 12, 2013  

Alexandria’s clothes are not bad. She is not flashy and her personality is also sedate. I think toned middle-aged women will particularly like her style. Helen was not impressive at all. She lost her way.

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Posted at 11:20 PM on October 11, 2013  

You have to wonder if he talks in his garden that way.

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Posted at 6:25 PM on October 11, 2013  

heida klum should go home too.alexandria should have been vote off several weeks ago.
Alexandria clothes were ugly, but heidi always praised her.She is not fair, Jeremy should have stayed and alexandria should have gone home. I think she has the last say.
I am no longer a fan of hers and she should leave the show.

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Posted at 6:38 PM on October 11, 2013  

Heidi is an executive producer and a co-creator. She’s not going anywhere.

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Posted at 8:10 AM on October 11, 2013  

yep indeed: IT’S A WOMAN, folks!!

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Posted at 7:30 AM on October 11, 2013  

Loved the test tube dress – though it was very loud!

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Posted at 9:52 AM on October 11, 2013  

They’re pipette tips. He erroneously called them them test tubes.

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Posted at 1:07 PM on October 11, 2013  

The fact that the dress made noise was part of the design and theme of Justin adjusting to being able to hear with his implant.

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Posted at 5:41 AM on October 11, 2013  

COMPLETELY AGREE about Alexandria. Her things were terrible> I am so rooting for Justin to in everything.

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jackie cowper

Posted at 7:27 AM on October 11, 2013  

Disagree. Her looks were beautiful. Stylish, elegant and really beautifully put together. The cape look just didn’t work.

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Posted at 4:36 AM on October 11, 2013  

Alexandria’s work is awful. Heidi is the only reason she is still there. Wish she were sent home too

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Posted at 9:20 AM on October 11, 2013  

Totally agree! It was obvious from last week that Heidi wanted Alexandria in the finale. That’s the only reason she’s there.

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