Where the designers of Project Runway "make it work."
Anyone who considers himself a true fan of Project Runway has probably seen the final episode before hitting the blogs to see what people have to say. Thus we have no qualms about revealing Christian as the winner.
Personally, we're very happy about this decision. Yes, Christian is like an annoying little sister. Yes, Christian has some ridiculous obsession with flat-ironing his hair. And yes, Christian says "fierce" way too much.
But the fact is, Christian is also really talented. His designs can be over the top but he's very creative... enormo puffysleeves and skinny pants be damned.
Our semi-stream of consciouness review of the finale, after the jump.
Don't miss all the important spots from the show on our Project Runway Map.
In this week's episode, "Finale Part 1," Rami and Chris have to battle it out for the coveted third designer spot. The two men, who were so lovey-dovey on the reunion show last week, each had to create a special collection in order to prove their Project Runway worth.
The episode starts with the designers having a farewell toast from Heidi and Tim atop the Gotham apartments, their dwellings during the show. (Plug alert: Moet & Chandon sponsors the champagne swilling.) Then each of them go off to their homes to work on their collection: For Christian, it's NYC. For Jillian, it's NYC. For Rami, it's Los Angeles. For Chris, it's NYC.
We didn't get to blog the last Project Runway episode and that turned out to be some big dramz! The designers followed Tim Gunn to the Metropolitan Musuem of Art where they were asked to choose an inspirational piece from one of the three wings--the Greek and Roman Sculpture courtyard, the European Painting wing or the Temple of Dendur--and whip up something faboo.
In short, Sweet Pea got kicked out for her poor interpretation of a painting of peacocks by Melchior d'Hondecoeter. But Christian, appropriately dubbed "Princess Puffysleeves" by Project Rungay won the challenge with his take on a Spanish painting that Roberto Cavalli just looooved.
Even more surprisingly, both Chris and Rami advanced to the final but there's a twist. The two must show a collection before getting to compete in the final. The one with the best design gets to move forward.
And during New York Fashion Week their collections debuted, so you can check those out here.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Last night was the reunion episode!
Two weeks ago, Project Runway had us thinking that the next design challenge might have something sexual involved, which we were desperately hoping for. Anything to spice up a dull season, you know?
But when Tim takes the crew on a field trip, they find themselves outside the Project Runway auditorium where they hear noises that sound like people killing each other. Christian got excited thinking they were sex moans, but when Tim opened the doors, lo and behold they found women from the WWE wrestling each other.
The challenge? Design new wrestling outfits for the WWE Divas. Ok, say it with us now: Project Runway has hit a new low.
FINALLY! The cast of Project Runway 4 gets to leave their apartment building for a true field trip--outside of Mood Fabrics and the Parsons School of Design.
Tim shuffles the kids into a van and takes them over to Brooklyn to a Port Authority garage on the East River.
The challenge? Race into a filthy warehouse and retrieve as many Levi's 501s as possible, along with one-yard bolts of white cotton fabric and stuff them into a laundry bag. They'll then create an:
iconic denim look that captures the spirit of the 501 legacy
The key word, designers, is iconic. Did they live up to the challenge? Find out after the jump.
This episode of Project Runway kicks off with the designers getting ready in the morning and griping about the last challenge. We can't believe Christian straight-irons his hair to look like that!
Anyways, Heidi brings out the models who are all done up with fancy new hair-dos. The designers are to create an avant garde look based on the models hair. Interesting twist. Especially considering Victorya's model has a Sanjaya-inspired do.
Another twist, the designers are put in teams because as Tim says avant garde is "ambitious" and not one person can do it. But there's one yet one more surprise. The designers are asked to create a a ready-to-wear outfit that embodies the concept of their high-fashion design. So one model gets a high-fashion look, another pret-a-porter.
It's never too early to start thinking about the prom. In fact, we saw a magazine in a bookstore the other day solely devoted to the latest teen prom trends. Even if prom is about five months away.
So Wednesday's episode of Project Runway about designing prom dresses for Catholic school girls from New Jersey is not really that out of sync. But maybe the Jersey part is. Why couldn't they pick some Upper East Side Gossip Girls to dress?
Whatever the reason, the designers bring in their "clients" to the showroom to talk about what kind of designs they want. Immediately, Christian cannot stand his client, who has her own ideas about what to wear to prom. This is pretty much the big drama of the episode--and who really should have won.
After far too long, Project Runway finally returned on Wednesday. Yay! This time Tim Gunn woke up the designers at 6 am and corralled them into Times Square. The challenge? To gather whatever they could out of the Hershey's Times Square mega-store on 48th and Broadway and design a wearable and fanciful outfit.
Normally, we don't understand these candy warehouses. Dylan's Candy Bar is cute but we're not really sure we would buy anything there to eat, and the M&M store is just too bewildering. But inside the Hershey's store where there are tons of our two favorite candies ever, Hershey Bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, well we would turn into a greedy Violet Beauregarde, but substitute the gum-chomping for some chocolate face-stuffing.
There was no new Project Runway episode on this week but the reality TV gods must have been smiling down upon us for as we got an afternoon snack at Viceroy on 18th and 8th Ave in New York's Chelsea, we spotted everyone's favorite costume pageant designer Chris March standing outside looking a little confused.
He seemed to be trying to figure out whether he wanted to go north on 8th or east on 18th. Finally, he made his decision and headed into Authentiques, an antique and collectible shop that sells ocean liner memorabilia, pin-ups and sexy stuff, world's fair items and vintage costume jewelry--all of which are right up Chris' alley.
And interestingly enough, the Project Runway website asked Chris where his favorite places to shop were and he replied:
Barneys, small boutiques, thrift stores, vintage stores, and flea markets (I like one-of-a-kind items).
Maybe he was doing some shopping for an upcoming fashion show? Say one in Bryant Park, hmm?
Wednesday's episode of Project Runway was not the lightest fare on television. For starters, pretty boy and talented designer Jack had to leave the show because he acquired a nasty MRSA infection in his face.
He also revealed that he's been HIV positive for the past 17 years, but that an MRSA infection can happen to anyone. (It's happened to him two times before. Ouch.) He did mention something about collagen, which got us thinking the same thought as Gawker : Maybe plastic surgery was responsible for the infection.
Either way, it's all very sad. We would hate to leave Heidi and Tim because of a medical problem and not a design flaw. Our map stop is the NYC Department of Health where you can learn all about MRSA so that you won't have your chances of winning a reality show ruined by a ruthless bacteria.
Finally, after a long-year hiatus Project Runway is back on the tube. We've never been so happy to discuss fabrics, hemlines, bias cuts and finishings.
We're a little late to the game (we've been traveling) but we've put together a little Project Runway Season 4 map for you fashionistas, starting off with the some of the most important locales for contestants like Parsons School of Design, Mood Fabrics and The New Gotham, the apartment digs where they try to catch a few hours of shut-eye.
We've also added in locales from the first four episodes, and we'll be updating regularly from here on out.