Okay, the actual finale! This happened last week and I have some thoughts about it to end our time with Project Runway season 14.
After the judges’ critiques, each designer had a little work to do… okay, some more than others. Edmond and Candice had to rework a lot of their pieces. Kelly was basically told to amp it up, and Ashley just told she needed better finishing. Tim went shopping for Kelly and Ashley and came back with glitter and zippers and threads, oh my! We finally got to see the full collections.
Kelly presented first, and I can honestly say this was my favorite line. I was so nervous about adding the glitter to the shoes, the pristine headphones, and even the lips, but man did it work so well! It was very Kelly, and it was very cool. As Zac put it when Kelly was oh so close to winning, “Kelly’s a cool girl.”
Edmond’s line definitely benefitted from the judges’ critiques. His silhouettes were, for the most part, sleek and sexy. The judges did not respond well to his ruffle dresses, but I especially loved the white one. It was whimsical to me, not– like Heidi said– a toilet paper dress.
Candice’s line was “Asian infused,” as she kept saying, and I really think she meant Asian-inspired, but what can I do about it? Actually, if she did mean infused, maybe that’s why there was such muddling of her voice. Candice did great work throughout the season– I like the black and witchy, and I love Asian inspiration. Aside from the jacket/cigarette pant look, I didn’t love this collection. I did burst into tears when she scooped up her children for her walk up the runway, though – precious!
Finally, Ashley– the winner, by the way, if you haven’t heard by now. I love that she did a plus size collection. I love her color palette. I love, and would wear, several of her pieces. Nina seemed especially taken with Ashley this time around and how it’s “brave” to be “inclusive.” As someone not in the fashion world at all, I don’t quite understand this, but I do know that a “plus size model” is a real size woman, so I’m glad a plus size collection was finally made.
Ashley and Kelly displayed the most creativity throughout the season. I’ve been head over heels for Kelly lately, and I did really want her to win. I think back to Ashley’s polaroid dress and remember that she deserved this win just as much as Kelly.