This week, their last challenge, Heidi tells the designers that they will be taken to a tent. The tent ends up being the Ringling Bros. Circus at Coney Island.
Cue cheesey circus music and Tim Gunn enters. (Tim seems a little perturbed to be in this non-fashonista tent.) The designers watch their very own circus and act like they've never seen a circus before.
The challenge is to create a high fashion look inspired by the circus.
A gay circus to be exact, much to the delight of Jay. :D
The designers get to spend 2 days on this challenge, a luxury in the Project Runway world. Most of the designers grabbed striped fabrics for this challenge. Anthony however, chose a color inspired by the twirling girl on the rope. He's hoping that's gonna work as well as the girl's moves.
In the workroom, Emilio is in love with his dress and tells everyone that he's coming hard. Ok then....let's move on to the runway....
The winning-est look this week is Emilio. Yes, Emilio is annoying. Yes, he's an ego-maniac. This week, he proved that he was the only one that understood the challenge. It was to be a high fashion look inspired by the circus, but not look exactly like a costume worn in the circus. Most of the other designers went too circus costume, I didn't feel it was high fashion. There is some great debating on the internets if this look is the best or not. First, take this dress in, and then look at the others. My vote is that he is the winner. Is it the "best of the season" as Michael Kors stated? I don't agree with that, my vote is for Seth Aaron's black and white jacket.
However, kudos to Emilio for this look and convincing the judges early on that he deserved to go to Fashion Week.
What in the fuckety fuck is this creation?? Where did Seth Aaron go? Is he designing for the Hamburglar? The coat seemed like an over-sized version of another jacket or combo of jackets he's done before. Michael pointed out the crotch issues on the pants; the looked like a "man needs to fill out the front of them". I understand that Seth Aaron usually uses black, and he figured he needed some circus colors so he added the yellow and red, which I don't feel works all together. That with the over-sized collar and I just don't like this look. Of course I want Seth Aaron to go to fashion week, but this final look was super disappointing to me.
Nina is not crazy about this look. I have to agree. There's too much going on at once. As the guest judge stated, there's too much shine, too much going on. It looks so costumey and just off. Something about the color combo and the fabrics she used all together kind of irk me. There's no one thing I hate, just compiled together I don't like it. I do enjoy the black part of the jacket, and I do like the high collar for some fun.
The arch enemies Mila and Jay end up tying for the last spot. This happened to Chris March and Rami Kashou in another season. It's strange that they did this (the 2 will have a design off right before fashion week to see who moves on), because both of them made it far enough to show at Fashion Week anyway, and it was obvious from the 2nd or 3rd episode that both of these designers were going to make it to the end. Why not just do Top 4 as they've done in some other seasons?
As for Jay's look, there are elements I like and elements I don't like. First of all, Jay has a thing for these pants that are low and have a wide waistband, which wouldn't be flattering on someone who has any kind of hips. From his sketching and talk in the workroom, I thought he was going to make more exaggerated pants, more like what he wears himself- wide leg and big. I don't know if that would work with such a short jacket, but nonetheless Nina seemed to like these pants. As for the jacket, I really like it...for the most part. I don't know why he makes certain tops so freaking wide apart. I don't know of any woman that would want that much space across her chest. Besides that, I love the detailing, very Michael Jackson.
If the judges were basing who goes to Fashion Week solely on these 2 final outfits, I would say that Jay deserves to go and Mila to be Out. However, if they're going on overall designs from the season, I would say it is a tie.
"Damn. Lesson learned." Anthony was brought back to us only to be taken away again. Anthony is funny, because he gets the challenges, and then goes, hmmm, I think I'll make a pretty dress. If he had been on last season, when all the challenges were "Make a Pretty Dress", then he would have made it. However, he won the 2 challenges that were to make a pretty dress for Heidi and didn't do so well in the other ones. Apparently he chose a terrible fabric to work with, and his color was an odd choice for the circus. Apart from that, to have 2 days to make a look, and come out with this, is strange. It doesn't seem fitted enough, almost too big for the model. Out of the 5 looks, this one was one I just didn't feel worked with the challenge, and it wasn't that amazing besides.
Auf Weidersehen Anthony! Again....