Last week’s Project Runway was the last challenge before the finale. Four extremely talented designers were left– Kelly, my Boston girl, who has grown immensely throughout the season, wowed the judges, and stands as my favorite; Edmond, a front-runner from the beginning creating polished and stunning pieces; Candice, who I’ve always liked and definitely has direction; and Ashley, who I liked right away but has sort of lost her shine throughout the season.
These four are flown to Los Angeles, California for the Best Western challenge. The winner gets 100 free nights in any Best Western (!!) and obviously, goes on to fashion week along with two of their fellow designers. They have a budget of $400. I have a lot to say about each of the looks, so let’s just fast-forward the two days back to New York for the runway!
Zac, Heidi, and Nina are joined by guest judge Christian Siriano for the runway show. Here’s what the designers present:
- Candice’s look is lovely. The top of that dress is beautiful. Is it safe, as Nina says? Yes. Will it get her sent home? Absolutely not. It fits the challenge as red carpet wear. I’ve liked Candice throughout. Apparently I’d never noticed until now that she has a full leg tattoo (like a sleeve, but on your leg. a pant?). I’ve enjoyed her work and her aesthetic.
- Kelly does it again! I was worried about the risk of presenting a jumpsuit, but this gorgeous layered textile she created honestly works so well in this format. I can’t even picture this as a dress. This is absolutely polished enough for the red carpet and it’ll definitely get photographers’ attention. I’m still so proud of Kelly. I’m laughing about the moment she calls it “her deli” from back home and then laughs at herself saying, “I don’t own a deli; I make sandwiches!” She’s grown so much and there’s not one second I doubted her space in the finale throughout this episode.
- This fabric didn’t speak to me the way it spoke to Edmond in mood. Sure, I like it, but I would never choose it. I can’t picture this ever swinging elegant. I do like the silhouette he ended up with, even though Christian says he could do it in 10 minutes. It’s especially lovely from the back. Never for a second did I doubt Edmond’s spot in the finale either.
- Ashley’s ready-to-wear pieces are so good. Ashley’s lavender hair and perfectly coordinated lip color are both so good. Lately, though, Ashley’s doubts have gotten the better of her. This dress didn’t do it for me. I liked the textile and I liked Aube’s cleavage. Nina noticed fit issues and so did I all the way from TV land. She struggled in this challenge and in my opinion, she was the least deserving of the four to go to fashion week.
Candice is announced as “in” first and is off to fashion week! I’m a bit surprised that they’d announce her first, but that’s because they were saving Kelly’s spot to announce that she had won the challenge! Kelly wins 100 free nights at Best Westerns, a ticket to fashion week, and literally like a new life? I’m so proud of her. It comes down to Edmond and Ashley, and I’m shocked that the judges do not invite Edmond to fashion week. I was sure that Tim was going to suddenly whip out that Tim Gunn save and send him there anyway. Maybe with some time at home, Ashley will have a fresh perspective on her designs and wow us at fashion week. …but I really wanted to see Edmond’s collection.