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Project Runway Rundown: Episode 13, "Finale Part One"

Project Runway Rundown: Episode 13, "Finale Part One"

There's just one week left till the end of the Project Runway road, and you know what that means: a little thing I like to call Tim Gunn's Couture Tour. This is the episode where Tim travels to each designer's home to critique his or her forthcoming collection, and from that standpoint, this season's version was about what I expected. Luckily, in true ProjRun fashion, they threw the contestants a curve ball . . . or two.

The first twist occurred at the beginning of the episode. Before the designers were sent home, Heidi delivered the usual "create a collection that represents you as a designer" assignment but added an additional task: designing a wedding dress. This news made me giddy, especially when I remembered how fun the wedding challenge was in the first season. The second twist came when the designers returned to New York, where Tim asked them to produce another piece: a bridesmaid's dress that complemented both the wedding dress and the collection as a whole. Also, whether they competed at Bryant Park would depend entirely on the wedding and bridesmaid's dresses. Yikes for them; yay for us!

To find out how each of the designers entertained Tim and to see who's competing in next week's finale,

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Tim's Couture Tour:

  • Korto: Tim traveled to Little Rock, AR to visit Korto and overall said a lot of positive things about her collection-in-progress. He loved her bead work and her color palette, calling it "stunning" and "sophisticated." He did, however, have reservations about a few pieces, calling one specific look "a little sexual." Side note: I believe he also said "I don't want a snatch shot." Can you even say that on cable? I wore out my rewind button trying to decipher his exact verbiage. Lastly, Tim critiqued Korto's wedding dress for looking a little more red carpet than wedding. But she still entertained him with some awesome African drumming.
  • Leanne: Tim went from Little Rock to Portland to visit Leanne (and meet her dorky-cute boyfriend, aw!). As with Korto, Tim had mostly accolades for Leanne. His two concerns were the color choice in one of her tops and the wedding dress not having the same "ease and flow" as the rest of her wave-inspired line. The best part of Tim's visit to Leanne, however, was seeing the two on a bike together. Priceless.
  • Jerell: Next up was Jerell in Los Angeles. Tim didn't have as many nice things to say about Jerell's collection. Tim thought the bust of his wedding dress needed more stability, and as for the rest, he said Jerell really needed to edit — and I couldn't have agreed more. In fact, Tim's critiques were so negative that toward the end of his trip he asked, "Can I still meet your family and friends?" Ouch.
  • Kenley: Finally, Tim met up with Kenley in her cute Brooklyn apartment. As with the other girls, he was very impressed — though he did question her decision to incorporate a rope at the neckline of a dress ("I just think about people hanging themselves"). But, in general, he loved her line, especially her feather and tulle wedding dress.

Now, on to the looks of the evening. . .


Jerell

Jerell

Kenley

Kenley

Korto

Korto

LeAnne

LeAnne
  • Leanne: The judges loved, loved, loved both Leanne's wedding dress — which had been totally reworked since Tim's visit — and the accompanying bridesmaid's dress. They applauded the colors and the fabric, and Nina said it was "modern and dreamy." As for what I thought — yep, Leanne nailed it. I'd wear that bridesmaid's dress in a second.
  • Korto: Heidi said of Korto's wedding dress, "I would not want to be the bride." And, that about sums it up. All of the judges had issues with how overworked the design was. They didn't love her bridesmaid's dress either. For me, Korto's was the worst of the bunch.
  • Jerell: Just like Tim predicted, the judges found Jerell's wedding dress too overworked (but sloppy at the same time). Nina even said that his tulle looked "dirty." Jerell's pieces weren't my favorite, but I thought the judges were a little harsh, especially when Nina said he hadn't put thought into his designs. What killed him, though, was that he doesn't know when to stop putting stuff on an outfit.
  • Kenley: Michael Kors faulted Kenley's wedding dress for looking a little too Alexander McQueen. And, well. Other than that, he loved both looks, as did Nina and Heidi. After last week's disaster, Kenley certainly proved herself with this challenge.

In the end, Jerell was eliminated. This upset me a little, since I think he should have had an advantage from winning the final "regular season" challenge and I actually liked his wedding/bridesmaid combo better than Korto's. But from the previews of Jerell's and Korto's lines, Korto's looks stronger, so I think it was the right decision in the end.

What did you guys think of last night's episode? Should Jerell have been sent home (home, in this case, being "showing at Bryant Park anyway")? Did you catch his slam at Michael Kors at the end? And are you excited for next week? The preview got me pumped for one thing in particular: Morgan!

Photos courtesy of Bravo

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VogueGurl VogueGurl 7 years
Leanne's dresses were amazing! absolutely fab! I hope she wins.
corcar86 corcar86 7 years
I was sad that Jerell was offed but I did think that his was the weakest collection when Tim came to visit. I think Kenley should have been gone before for mistakes and attitude but I do like a lot of what she makes I would really love to see Leanne or Korto win though I think their stuff is interesting and elegant and I am sick of Kenley crying and trying to act like she is a victim because she grew up on a tugboat I mean come on. She chose to alienate herself from the other designers by flat out laughing at her only ally when he was called out on the runway...I mean I am glad that this isn't a popularity contest and the judges make the right call but liking Leanne and Korto better does make me like their stuff all that much more!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I meant to say Kenley's wedding dress in my second paragraph, second sentence.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
And how adorable was it to see Tim getting choked up when he told the designers how proud he was of them? So lovely to see that even after five grueling seasons he's not the least bit jaded. I teared up when Tim got choked up, I love him. Tim Gunn is awesome. Has anyone else noticed that he does a daily segment on The Late Show with Craig Ferguson now? It's called Tim Gunn's White Trash Style Tips i think. It's hilarious! And I also adored Leanne's bridesmaid dress (her wedding dress was just ok...too many of those waves). I liked Leanne's dress but as everyone else said, it definitely copied McQueen. Her short dress was cute, but not appropriate for a wedding.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
<i>And how adorable was it to see Tim getting choked up when he told the designers how proud he was of them? So lovely to see that even after five grueling seasons he's not the least bit jaded.</i>I teared up when Tim got choked up, I love him. Tim Gunn is awesome. Has anyone else noticed that he does a daily segment on The Late Show with Craig Ferguson now? It's called Tim Gunn's White Trash Style Tips i think. It's hilarious!And I also adored Leanne's bridesmaid dress (her wedding dress was just ok...too many of those waves). I liked Leanne's dress but as everyone else said, it definitely copied McQueen. Her short dress was cute, but not appropriate for a wedding.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
I CANNOT STAND KENLEY and her whiny voice. UGH. that attitude will not get you far in the industry. not to mention, oh hai, mcqueen rip-off and so glad michael put her in her place. i'm so disappointed with this season of project runway, i really don't care who wins just as long as it's not kenley. leanne's (AKA feist) collection looked the best, she has a great asthetic but the color palette seems a bit dull. sad to see jerrell go, but his ridiculous boy scout outfits need to go and he needs to learn to edit.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
I CANNOT STAND KENLEY and her whiny voice. UGH. that attitude will not get you far in the industry. not to mention, oh hai, mcqueen rip-off and so glad michael put her in her place. i'm so disappointed with this season of project runway, i really don't care who wins just as long as it's not kenley. leanne's (AKA feist) collection looked the best, she has a great asthetic but the color palette seems a bit dull. sad to see jerrell go, but his ridiculous boy scout outfits need to go and he needs to learn to edit.
lylpookie lylpookie 7 years
LOOOOOOOOOVED Leanne's bridesmaid dress!! So cute! I thought Kenley's bridesmaid dress was too short. Her wedding dress was beautifully executed though. Overall, LEANNE FOR THE WIN!
emms emms 7 years
Oh and Kenley is a hag.
emms emms 7 years
Watching Tim ride that bike with Leann...wearing that helmet...oh that made me so happy.
zombiebabe zombiebabe 7 years
I could not believe they chose Kenley over Jerell! Kenley is so pouty and bratty to everyone unless they are complementing her, it's so childish. I will admit though that her wedding dress was beautiful, although I wasn't pumped about the hat. Jerell's wedding dress wasn't quite as bad as Nina made it out to be, I liked the color of the tulle I just thought that the top of the dress should covered more of the tulle, it would of looked less...I don't know less weird on the bottom. I agreed with Tim that the top should of been a little more structured, it would of really helped the overall effect. Leanne's was awesome, I can't really think of anything I didn't like about it, oh except the little flap across the chest, if she had done it more like the bust of the bridesmaid dress I would of liked it better, all in all though she's my winner pick. Korto I really didn't like, the color was ok but everything else wasn't that appealling to me. As long as Kenley doesn't win I'll be happy!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
kenleys collection, esp the wedding dresses were def better then jerells, but secretly i wanted either him or leann to win. so it was sad to see him go.. oh well.
MissyB1984 MissyB1984 7 years
Wow, Kenley's dress is a complete ripoff: the color/shape/feathers are nearly identical, the only diff is Mcqueen's is made better . . . that said Leanne or Korto for the win!!
esweet esweet 7 years
I agree with divinelight - it wasn't just the shape of the McQueen dress (almost identical) but the use of the feathers. There is one McQueen dress that had the same ivory feathers, same shape, and tulle on the bottom (just not as much tulle, although one of his other dresses had this kind). SAME DRESS. Kenley is very talented and may get the win, but I can't see how she didn't copy this dress.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 7 years
Oooo, what I'd give to play word games with our Tim. He's a keeper. ((heart throbs))
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 7 years
Yeah. That similarity is hard to deny. Still, it *is* a beautiful silhouette. Thanks so much for the link. You're a peach! :)
misshouston misshouston 7 years
And how adorable was it to see Tim getting choked up when he told the designers how proud he was of them? So lovely to see that even after five grueling seasons he's not the least bit jaded. Call me, Tim! We'll ride bikes and trade vocabulary words!
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 7 years
a nonny mouse : Here's the link: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2008RTW-AMCQUEEN?event=show1702&designer=design_house43&trend=&iphoto=33 Her reaction to Michael Kors' mentioning that was terrible. "There is no other silhoutte like this"?!? Come on Kenley! Ever website has mentioned the McQueen similarities now!
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 7 years
I'm sorry but I thought that they were supposed to be vying for the title of America's Next Top Fashion Designer, not America's Next Top Copycat. Kenley's dress was IDENTICAL to the McQueen dress. It severely lacked originality. Yeah, yeah, yeah McQueen does not own the patent on the shape but honestly I find it apalling that anyone would defend someone for blatantly copying a design when they are being judged on originality. Kinda makes Kenley's job easy eh? Sorry but she should have been eliminated on that fact alone. It's incredibly unethical. Leanne or Korto for the win. Kenley may be a slightly talented designer (please any of you who like her take a quick browse of Style.com for Balenciaga's previous collections, she seems to copy a lot) but she's in no way original. Furthermore she does not deserve it. She made mistakes and instead of owning up to them, she blamed others. She attacked the judges and Tim Gunn. It's kinda hard to completely edit someone into something so awful. And Kenley's apology was pretty bad--she barely looked at them while she said it and it was more of an afterthought. Considering how she treated all the other contestants (and I defended her on this until a few weeks ago, probably when she attacked Tim Gunn) she should have delivered a better apology than that.
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 7 years
I'm sorry but I thought that they were supposed to be vying for the title of America's Next Top Fashion Designer, not America's Next Top Copycat. Kenley's dress was IDENTICAL to the McQueen dress. It severely lacked originality. Yeah, yeah, yeah McQueen does not own the patent on the shape but honestly I find it apalling that anyone would defend someone for blatantly copying a design when they are being judged on originality. Kinda makes Kenley's job easy eh? Sorry but she should have been eliminated on that fact alone. It's incredibly unethical. Leanne or Korto for the win. Kenley may be a slightly talented designer (please any of you who like her take a quick browse of Style.com for Balenciaga's previous collections, she seems to copy a lot) but she's in no way original. Furthermore she does not deserve it. She made mistakes and instead of owning up to them, she blamed others. She attacked the judges and Tim Gunn. It's kinda hard to completely edit someone into something so awful. And Kenley's apology was pretty bad--she barely looked at them while she said it and it was more of an afterthought. Considering how she treated all the other contestants (and I defended her on this until a few weeks ago, probably when she attacked Tim Gunn) she should have delivered a better apology than that.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 7 years
"What was up with no friends/family visit with Kenley? Was I the only one who thought that was odd"No! I was like, "wtf?" I didn't know if the editors were trying to be obvious about her otherness, or if she just didn't plan anything extra to do with beloved Tim.Does anyone have a link to the dress that Kenley allegedly copied? I loved her bridal gown.
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 7 years
"What was up with no friends/family visit with Kenley? Was I the only one who thought that was odd" No! I was like, "wtf?" I didn't know if the editors were trying to be obvious about her otherness, or if she just didn't plan anything extra to do with beloved Tim. Does anyone have a link to the dress that Kenley allegedly copied? I loved her bridal gown.
skyslang skyslang 7 years
I was upset when they let Kenley stay last week, but they made the right decision. Jarell did well under pressure, with direction, but on his own? Oh my god, what a diaster. I like the guy, but his collection looked awful. Kenley has had a bad attitude, but she DID apologize this week. Maybe after watching herself she had an epiphany? Maybe she's realized that you can't make it being childish. I'm from Portland, so I'm partial to Leanne!
syako syako 7 years
^^ I noticed that too lyne. I wondered if it was once again the work of the show's producers to try to demonize a character. :ponder:
divinelight divinelight 7 years
CaterpillarGirl - it's not just the shape of the dress that is the problem with Kenley copying McQueen. McQueen's dresses also used feathers. It was like she directly combined two of his dresses into one and stole his ideas. I still think the design was beautiful, but for someone who "doesn't look at collections" she obviously copied one.
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