Well, I have to admit that was one heck of a Project Runway finale. Really very exciting. About twenty minutes in I figured out why. This show is one of the few where the big prize actually means something. Instead of some silly live boardroom or a wacky gauntlet, the contestants get to show their work at the most prestigious fashion show of the year. So itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a prize that is really worth something. Sufiice it to say I was having a grand old time watching this episode. I was about as excited as a heterosexual man should be at a reality show about fashion. Then thirty minutes in I realized that this will be the last time Tim tell me to Ã¢â‚¬Å“make it workÃ¢â‚¬? and it made me sad. The last time we can come up with weird food combinations of what we think Santino smells like (my final theory: hot garbage with rancid yogurt on top). Now I need a Tim Gunn alarm clock so I can have him wake me up every morning with a nice cheery Ã¢â‚¬Å“Time to make it work!Ã¢â‚¬? Then if I hit snooze I can here him say Ã¢â‚¬Å“This bothers me.Ã¢â‚¬?
But what a sendoff. It was a night full of surprises when everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s predictions getting tossed aside in what I consider to be a true upset win. A model almost fell down on the runway too, which is always fun. And to top it all off we get the best critiques yet with Michael Kors at his bitchy best. Behold dear reader, the season finale of Project Runway (Part 2).
The show starts where last weeks cliffhanger left off. The remaining three designers have to come up with a new 13th look in the next two days and it has to be part of the collection they show at fashion week., Since all three of them still have a lot of work left on the collections they do have, they havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t taken the news well. Luckily they have 3 people to help them. Diana, Nick and Andrae. Daniel is going with a mohair camel. Not sure what that means but then again I bet Daniel couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tell me the starting lineup for the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox. EveryoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got their strengths. Chloe is going with another gold dress and Santino got some jersey from Mood but still isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sure what it is he is going to make. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure what jersey is.
They have until 1 AM and they are all working so hard and so intensely it leaves little time for cattiness and arguing that makes reality shows so entertaining. CÃ¢â‚¬â„¢mon, Gauntlet it up a little. Someone steal some chiffon! Unfortunately they all work until 1 am without incident and the next morning itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s back to the grind. After a few minutes of the classic Santino Tim Gunn impression, the man himself walks in and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got a visitor. Its Collier Strong, Tim says, doing his best Peter Pan impression.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Second star to the right and straight on until morning!Ã¢â‚¬?
Form here they all go the LÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Oreal makeup room and work on their makeup ideas for the show. Daniel wants a windblown look. Chloe wants a light look, and Santino wants a smoky eye look. While they are off doing makeup the other elves are back working on their thirteenth look. Regarding SantinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s piece, Andrae tells us Ã¢â‚¬Å“Its gonna be a dress or some permutation thereof.Ã¢â‚¬? Gee, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be really interested to see what other permutations of dress there are. I think Andrae was just waiting for a moment to use the word permutation in a sentence. Soon the designers rush back to join them and continue their work.
Santino and Andrae actually come up with a pretty nice dress, although thee maxi pads and pasties idea from last episode was my first choice. Even Tim agrees with me (not the maxi pad thing, the dress). When he stops by to see how everyone is doing he says he thinks his dress looks stunning. Daniel loves his thirteenth dress, but Daniel seems to love everything he touches these days. Also IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve noticed Daniels gayness seems to be coming out more in the final episodes than it did anytime before now. Lots of hand movements when he talks and exaggerated syllables. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I love it. I Looove this piece!Ã¢â‚¬? he tells the camera as he hangs it up. Must be the stress. When Tim sees ChloeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dress heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s amazed they are taking the time to add pockets since they have so little time left. Diana just tells him that it looks cute with the model with her hands in them.
Tim then gathers the final 3 together. Its time to pick the order in which they will present their collections. Picking from a bag it is Daniel, Chloe and Santino. Tim then tells them they can work up until 4 am, and they have a 5 am call for tomorrow. From here the designers just jump into a mad last minute rush. Fitting models on the fly, sewing, running around. You can feel the excitement. Daniel of course just talks about how great he is and how amazing his collection is as he works. Something tells me the boy isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t gonna win. They work all the way through until 4 am, go home, change, and are back out the door without sleep. Otr as I like to call it, they pulled a Ã¢â‚¬Å“ZulemaÃ¢â‚¬?.
What follows next is the Hoosiers moment. Remember when Gene Hackman brings his kids to the state championship basketball court the day before the big game? And then the kids look at the huge arena they are going to play in and Hackman then has them measure the court to remind them that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just the same as the court back home in good old Hickory. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just like that, only Tim Gunn is Gene Hackman. And Santino is Rudy. No wait, RudyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on 24. Santino is Ã¢â‚¬Å“DukeÃ¢â‚¬? Laloosh and Daniel isÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ lets say Brian Piccolo.
Backstage they all rush to get everything ready. They even start the hip runway music that gets your blood pumping. With two hours until the runway show Nick, Diana and Andrae show up. Tim comes by and sees that Daniel is having a bunch of people (Tim’s Parsons students I find out later after listening to TimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s podcast. Yes, I am a geek) help him sew. Tim doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t understand why they need to be sewing two hours before the runway show. Ã¢â‚¬Å“All right. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just surprised, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all.Ã¢â‚¬? Tim says in his oh so classy passive aggressive guilt trippy way.
Chloe goes to check on GraceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hair and isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happy with it. She makes them do it all over again. She just wants to see Ã¢â‚¬Å“a lightness coming from her!Ã¢â‚¬? the lack of sleep is making her a diva she tells us. Things get more and more hectic and the seats are starting to fill. All of season twoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contestants are seated in the front row, and everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family starts to filter in as well. But the drama continues backstage. It seems that Daniel has lost his designer bags. Which is weird because how hard is it to lose track of 34 pounds of wood? Tim Gunn has probably the best line of the night when he looks at him and simply says Ã¢â‚¬Å“Some things happen for a reasonÃ¢â‚¬?. Amazingly Daniel just doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get the hint. He still wants those bags. When someone asks him if people are looking for his bags Daniel says Ã¢â‚¬Å“A thousand people should be, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if anyone actually is.Ã¢â‚¬? Yes Daniel, lets just stop Olympus Fashion Week in its tracks so we can have a thousand people search for your driftwood. Thank god a few minutes later he finds them. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right; Daniels secret weapon is safe even though someone tried to steal it from him out of pure jealousy. SantinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mom is in the audience and Santino tells us that he hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen her in 4 years because he cant afford to fly out. When we here her talking about how proud she is of him she gets Ã¢â‚¬Å“a little ver klemptÃ¢â‚¬?. First awww moment of the night.
Finally the lights dim, the models are positioned and its time for the show. And I feel like a dork because the whole thing actually got me kind of excited. Heidi comes onstage and greets everyone in a dress that is cramming her boobs together so tight I let out an audible gasp. Michael Kors, you are a genius! As we cut to the crowd we see that for some random reason SantinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mother is sitting right next to Beth Ostrosky, Howard SternÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s horse faced girlfriend. That made me laugh.
Heidi tells the audience that she is proud of all three designers and loves them all. Daniel Franco winces. Then she introduces the Ã¢â‚¬Å“guest judgeÃ¢â‚¬? Will and GraceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Debra Messing. I feel the same way about her as I did about Parker Posey as last seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s guest judge. Just because you are an actress who likes clothes doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really mean youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re qualified to be a judge with Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not going to see me Umpire the All Star Game. Ah well, on with the show.
Daniel comes out and gives his little intro, says he loves his family and says his collection is for them. Hear that dad? You got yourself a camel mohair dress in your future! Daniels show for me was kind of dull. Except for a few pieces they all seemed really vanilla and uninteresting. Where is the craziness from last season where Jay had women coming out wearing fur lined headphones? But hey, this is for Banana Republic so maybe its perfect. The only other memorable thing about his show is his model Rebecca almost takes a tumble right there on the runway. Granted you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really blame her because the gown she was wearing was about 12 feet long and gave her about a 4 inch space for her feet. But that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the only danger Daniels models had to contend with. I heard half of them had to get rushed to the ER with massive splinters. Rimshot!
Next up is Chloe, who looks even smaller than usual on that stage. Seriously, the microphone is like the size of a tree trunk in her hand. We start with the Ã¢â‚¬Å“couch pieceÃ¢â‚¬? as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve decided to call it, based on SantinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty accurate description from last episode. Poofiness doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even begin to describe it. In fact youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to invent a whole new adjective to describe its poofiness. Like, say Ã¢â‚¬Å“krelpyÃ¢â‚¬?. Yeah, the dress was way krelpy. Other than that and a few other duds, her pieces are actually very nice. They fit the models well, and she has the seams placed in these flattering positions along their bodies. And of course, my Grace does an outstanding job as always. When she gives her little turn around runway look, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s looking into my soul. Either that or I just got a thing for redheads. Or both.
Finally itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Santino. He starts of by screaming out Ã¢â‚¬Å“New York Cityyy!Ã¢â‚¬? to the crowd, a sure sign of a tourist (ooh, look at me getting all bitchy!). You can tell from his speech that he really is rattled by the whole Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a villanÃ¢â‚¬? personality that the show has turned him into. Dude needs to chill. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reality TV, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just the way it goes. If it makes him feel any better he can be one of my Myspace friends! Him and Daniel Franco, but I want him to invite me just so I can reject him, cuz that would be funny. Santino then gives a sweet little shout out to his mom who is in the audience and the show gets under way. The first thing I notice is that the runway music is Santino himself singing, or rapping. Oooh. Bad choice. I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t emphasize how much of a bad choice that is. The Crazy Frog ring tone would have worked better. The guy is still sewing buttons on an hour before the show starts but he had time to put together 4 minute crappy rap song for the runway? I will say however that some of SantinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pieces are really well done. Much better than anything else IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen of him so far this year. The only downside, which I actually didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t notice until it was pointed out to me later by Michael Kors, was that none of them really fit the models very well. That and the whole thing just looked kind of safe. Where are the crazy ruffles? Where are the shards of felt?
After the shows are over things are still pretty electric backstage. Now that the contestants are being interviewed by press they whole enormity of it starts to take over. Santino with his arm around his mother even starts to tear up a little which was kind of sweet. Oh who am I kidding, I love the big lug! LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all go to Red Lobster!
Now its time for the judging. The final runway critique of the year. Debra Messing starts it all off by asking Daniel what was the Ã¢â‚¬Å“storyÃ¢â‚¬? he was trying to tell. Merging the military and Asian influences with silhouettes, he says. Kors just says that it looks like it has nothing to do with the military, and all he wants to do is rip that patch right off the front of the dress. You se Daniels dress has a giant breastplate on the front. With a tassel hanging from it. Yeah thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right. A tassel. It looks like one of those old style doorbell pull things, which is apt since its right near the models knockers. ZING!! They all agree that his 13th dress was great and brought his collection to a new level, but they also still feel that the collection lacked a cohesiveness.
They think SantinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s collection was very different than what they are used to. It was much quieter. They think he was going too safe. They all start ragging on him for his fit. Heidi has problems with their tops. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The boobs were never where they are supposed to beÃ¢â‚¬?. And if Heidi Klum knows anything, it’s boobs.
ChloeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s collection is all about evening wear and dresses. She says she does a lot of sportswear, but her dream collection is evening wear. Heidi doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like the matching shrugs (A new word I learned). Debra messing loves her thirteenth look.
They then ask them what each of them has that the other doest. Santino says Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know beautiful thingsÃ¢â‚¬?, as Daniels eyes roll. He declares that some of the things heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s created for this collection are things that Ã¢â‚¬Å“quite possibly, are foreverÃ¢â‚¬?. Whaaa? IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sorry my friend, but only Diamonds are Forever. Chloe says she is a real business woman and runs a successful business. Daniel says the one thing that he has that they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have is his Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpoint of viewÃ¢â‚¬? and that it is something the American people want to relate too. Which is true. Just yesterday I was thinking Ã¢â‚¬Å“Man, we need more dresses with tasselsÃ¢â‚¬?.
After some deliberations, which are edited in such a way that we hear good and bad about everything, they bring the three contestants out. Its time to crown the winner. But first, we must dump a loser. The third runner up if you will. And, amazingly, since I thought he was going to win it or at least get second place, Santino is out.. They felt they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see enough of him. Then Santino gets his auf wiedersehen cheek kiss from Heidi and a rash instantly breaks out all over her mouth.
Its down to Chloe and Daniel. They feel Daniel has impeccable taste, and that Chloe truly understands how to dress women. They pause, the music swells, the camera does a dramatic pan shot, I get way too excited and then look around to make sure no one can see me, and they announce the winnerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Chloe! And she canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe it. She is stunned. Daniel gets his auf wiedersehen and as heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s walking of the runway Michael Kors tells him that if he ever needs a job he should give him a call, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d love to hear from him. Hear that Daniel? SomeoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just got a job making coffee for the Michael Kors! EveryoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a winner!
And then as almost an afterthought, Grace comes out and Chloe goes Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh yeah, Grace youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a winner too!Ã¢â‚¬? And grace does a little happy dance. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my girl. The next thing that happens stuns and shocks me. Grace speaks! We actually get to hear her talk in her own little confessional interview talking about how excited she is for Chloe. Hmmm, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure I like her as much now that I know she can talk. I was kind of assuming that she was a deaf mute the whole season. I mean that was half her appeal right there. A deaf mute model. If she loved Playstation and owned a liquor store she wouldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve hit the ultimate guy trifecta. I KID! I KID! I love Grace and I love strong opinionated women. I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t however lying about the Playstation and liquor store parts. That would be sweet.
ChloeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s family then all come out and there are tears everywhere. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a happy sight. And with that another season of Project Runway comes to a close.
What did everyone think? Were they shocked by Chloes win? Do you think Santino should have won?