As we join our designers, 3 days before the runway show, every ounce of fierce had drained from Christian's little tiny frame. He was nervous, scared and just waiting for Friday to come. Rami's
response to that: smug.
came in for a final look-over. He told Jillian that parts of her collection seemed "incongruous" and he encouraged her to play with the designs and "have fun". He was generally pleased with Rami's
collection. His notes for Christian were that he had "so much exuberance" (don't we lurve
when The Gunn
says 'exuberant' or any of its variations? Yes, yes we do) but mused that it might be "over designed". Christian just sorta stood there looking a little hang-dog and pensive and Tim asked "What happened to the cocky, confident Christian?" What indeed? Although he did do a cute little catwalk in a crazy hat. Adorable.Rami's
role in this episode was that of older,
wiser fashion guru. He played big brother to Jillian, talking her down off the ledge and encouraging her to focus on the positive when she started second-guessing her choices during the model casting. (It was her first one and she just responded viscerally to the women..."she's cute," "like her walk", etc. whereas both the guys were more focused on a uniformity, if you will, of look and matching models to their vision). When it came to Christian, however, he was singularly pompous and bitchy; delighting in Christian's apparent insecurities, opining that his looks were "over the top" and that he "has a lot to learn". Yes, yes. Pat the little poppet on the head and stick a pin in him, why don't you?
Some of Christian's models complained that their shoes were hard to walk in. He informed them that he'd walked around his apartment in them for a week and if he could do it, they could do it.
came back on the last day and called for a "final gather 'round". He told them how proud he was of them all, how immensely talented they all are, how in all the seasons of PR to date he's never seen such a tremendous group, etc. etc. etc. He got all varklempt
and told them how much he loved them and then they had a group hug. Oh, Tim Gunn
, into my pocket you go...here's a little bit of cake for you. ♥, ♥, big, puffy ♥ him.
The designers went off to the tent where they would be showing, marvelling at the capacity (2000) and kvelling
at what lay before them. There was another group hug. Must say, for all the complaining they did do about each other, there seemed to be more genuine affection overall with this bunch than any season prior. Lovely.Day of the Show
Christian is frantic because some of his models are late and that wasn't a good thing for him given that he was already on the edge. Poor baby. He wanted this win so badly the desire and hope were just bristling off of him. Rami
went on and on (again) about how this had been his dream since he was 5, how he relished having a larger audience for his work, blah blah blah. And Jillian, having come to terms with the diverse looks of her models, was just all dimpled and overwhelmed. She was really proud of herself when she had a backstage "gosh, I really did this!" moment.
Guest judge was The Posh One, Victoria Beckham
, I saw about 2 minutes of the reality show she and David did (which aired for all of, I think 4 minutes) and she is way, way funnier than I would ever have thought. I admit it, I like her. But my like is nothing to the pash
Christian has for her and he was all a twitter and going on about how he would love to dress her every day of every year for the rest of his life, amen. You thought he tinkled all over Sarah Jessica? Nothing compared to his love of the Posh.Jillian
Girlfriend showed first, coming out and doing a cute little curtsy in a great dress. She noted that she was "astounded" at what she did. Oh, goodie
, thought me. I was so eager to see what she did, given my general fondness for her and her consistency throughout the competition.
Everything she showed was fine. But there were no "wow"s. "That's nice," "I'd wear that skirt", "That's a pretty color" but no "Golly Moses is that superfantastic
or what!??!" There were, in fact, a couple of "mehs
". Jillian could have walked all her designs from all the competitions and we'd have seen more consistency and a stronger POV
. Nope, she wasn't going to win.Rami
Dude swanned onto the stage and told us that he was showing a collection he "strongly believed in" that "celebrated women". Whatev
The professional reviewer (tee hee
) in me was willing myself to be objective. The real me was praying he sucked. Of course, he didn't. He avoided overt homages to drapery and had some pieces that were meticulously crafted. He certainly had more stuff I liked than Jillian but still, neither The Neighbor or I were saying "wow" very much. If part of Jillian's problem was a lack of cohesion, Rami's
collection was cohesive to the point of being same-y same. He had a weird elongated cap sleeve thing on some of the garments that really put me off and the evening gowns, though lovely, seemed really hard to walk in. The choppy walks of the evening gown models didn't help the overall presentation.Christian
Christian was a poppet. He got on top of his nerves, being cute and sassy during his introduction. The collection was, in a word, stunning. His weakest piece had more oomph than anything in Jillian's line. The Gunn
had been most concerned about a big ruffled blouse with a collar that billowed up past the model's cheekbones. It did initially looked weird coming down the runway, especially paired as it was with a face obscuring giant hat but when the model got to the end of the runway she popped back her head and the effect was incredible. In short, his collection was strong, dramatic and full of wows. And yeah, his last gown was a little over-the-top but hello? This was a runway show. Christian had amply displayed his ability to make accessible clothes. Aren't we supposed to expect some drama at Fashion Week? Yes, darlings, we are.The Judging
Jillian's inspiration, still, was the "Master of the Argonauts" painting she'd seen at the Metropolitan. Posh said that her attention to detail was "fantastic". Kors
deemed the collection "feminine and modern". Heidi noted the "new shapes I'd never seen before" and Nina acknowledged that Jillian had taken a chance. They were all pleased and surprised to see that she had incorporated some knitwear into her collection. But Nina spoke for all of us when she opined that there were "too many looks and somewhere we lost Jillian".
Christian said he was going for a juxtaposition
of "hard and soft" in his collection. Posh was gaga, having "loved everything". Kors
was pleased with most of it but found his use of black to be too repetitive
. Nina said she was worried that he had too heavy a hand but Posh soothed that wrinkle by saying he'd made her smile and that wasn't easy to do. (True that).
Joan of Arc was Rami's
inspiration (again I say, whatever). Heidi and Kors
swooned over the woven effect he used, though Kors
suggested that some of his colors were a bit "Brady Bunch". Posh appreciated his level of workmanship and Nina worshipped his "strong point of view", deeming the collection "fantastic". She appreciated that he had tried to show more separates but said "evening is where you shine". (Nina loves Rami. Nina loves Rami).
One last judges conference. Despite being pleased with the inclusion of knits, Kors
found Jillian's collection merely "acceptable, wearable". Consensus on Christian was that he delivered consistently
and was very stylish. Posh cooed that he was a breath of fresh air and she'd wear everything he showed. "Yeah, but not everyone can wear what you can wear, Victoria", countered Kors
. (Again, true. She's a stick). Nina felt Christian's show was overly designed and had too much black and too many ruffles. The judges noted that Rami
has a very "cerebral" approach to fashion, fine attention to detail but were very "eeeewww
" about his colors.
Out come our designers and the summary judgements:
Jillian:"youthful, beautiful, feminine".Rami
: "stunning, exquisitly
Christian: "drama and creativity beyond your years".
And then, with little fanfare, Jillian was auf'ed
. She said she felt disappointed and let down. Yep, that summed it up for me, too, Jillian.
Then, oh then, tension filled the room and hogged the Prosecco
. Christian started to cry. Oh my yord
! I almost did, too, and when Heidi turned to him with a soft, "Christian..." he got even more trembly
. But her sentence ended with "congratulations, you're the winner of 'Project Runway'". And Baby Boy, who wanted it soooooo
bad, got it. Whoo hoo
! Cheering from the peanut gallery, clinking of Prosecco
As if all the money, prizes and accolades weren't enough, Posh told him in front of God and everybody that she wanted him to make clothes for her. Sweet! His model came out and gave him a "you are so talented, I'm so proud" speech then started crying and I started crying and there was much hugging and jubilation. The Gunn
came out to hug him and said, "Do you believe it?"
"Yeah," Christian said, with a little shoulder shrug. Oh yeah. The fierce came flooding back and he was his old self again. "But," he told us in the end, "I'm taking a vacay
- a breaky
break". A well deserved one, indeed.
Congratulations, Christian. You showed us what you can do, revealed that there's a pretty tender guy under all that crazy ego and hair and in the end, you won our hearts. You get on with your fierce self. You earned it. (snaps fingers in that way the hip biatches
A fine end to a fun enough season. And the good news, casting is getting underway for Season 5.
I would like to send a special shout out to the fine folks over at Blogging Project Runway
. They are kind and generous and have been very sweet about my recaps. Thank you Tbone
, The Scarlett and Laura K for blogging the love of PR and for letting me play. You're fierce.
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