So, no reunion show, I guess. The final three designers -- Leanne, Korto, and Kenley -- prepare for the Bryant Park show. Tim tells them that they will be showing ten looks, which means that each of the designers will need to edit three looks from their collections -- they made 12 at home and the bridesmaid dress in the last challenge. Korto decides that she doesn't like her wedding dress or the bridesmaid dress that she made -- she's decides to make two new dresses in three days. Leanne and Kenley say a lot of nasty things about the other's collection in their interviews. Kenley thinks that Leanne's collection is boring and colorless, while Leanne feels that Kenley's collection is amateurish.
Tim is surprised that Kenley is keeping her wedding dress as the centerpiece in her show after the judges called it a rip-off. She was really defensive about it and said it was bullshit. Which brings us to the show. Jennifer Lopez was supposed to be the guest judge, but a foot injury kept her from performing her rigorous duties. Tim filled in! Leanne's collection was super-modern. Kenley's was personal and vibrant. Korto's was lush and wearable. The judges were happy with all three. They did mention that they were worried about Leanne being one-note, they thought that Korto had a problem with over-designing, and Kenley ripped off, not only McQueen, but Balenciaga too. She's the first booted and she interviews that she's devastated. And, the winner is… Leanne! Korto handles it like a champ. Leanne tells us, "100,000 dollars. Drinks are on this brother."
Previously: The designers were given another challenge before they left for home to make their collections. They had to make a wedding dress that encapsulated their collections. Tim Gunn visited all of the designers at their homes. Leanne and Kenley both got huge praise from Tim when he saw their collections. Korto got slightly less praise. He just had problems with Jerell's stuff. When they all got back to New York, they were given yet ANOTHER challenge. They had to create a bridesmaid dress to go with the wedding dress. On the runway, they presented the two challenge dresses. Leanne and Kenley were the clear winners-- though Kenley was heavily and questionably influenced by Alexander McQueen. Korto had some issues with editing and taste in her looks, while Jerell's was sort of overt-the-top and a mess. He was sent home where he will continue life with his "love interest." Seriously, I can't really get over that.
And then there were three. I guess this is the final episode of the season. No one explained to me that there wouldn't be a reunion show this year. What is that about? Sure, they are usually anticlimactic and ultimately boring, but the promise of the reunion show is so necessary. I feel robbed.
It's morning and the designers are in still in the Westin. I guess Kenley gets a room to herself now. Korto is ironing her clothes and says that they're mourning that morning because "her Jerelly" is gone. She interviews that her heart breaks for Jerell. Leanne interviews that it's a "Project Runway first" for there to be three women in the finale. She's very proud of that. I am, unfortunately (I guess), not moved at all by that news. Really, who cares? Leanne says that she's going to be a fighter until she is the last person standing on the runway.
At the workroom, they're working before Tim gets there. When he arrives, he congratulates them for making it to the final three. Now, he has two announcements. Somebody's going to cut him if there's another challenge. He tells them that they will be presenting 10 looks at Bryant Park, so they will need to edit two from their current collections. Announcement #2 -- he's sending them to their model casting.
We see the designers plus John Pfeiffer sitting at a table. Girls are walking for them and we see Kenley tell Korto, "There's your hair." Korto says that she's looking for girls with a lot of hair, so she can do "big Asian buns." Leanne says that she likes girls who look like aliens. Leanne expressed an interest in one of the girls and Kenley tells her that, in addition to the girl looking like an alien, she is also soft, much like Leanne's collection. Leanne interviews that she's completely annoyed with Kenley telling her what models to choose. Jesus, give her a break. The girl is just trying to foster some sort of human connection after her heart was irreparably frozen so many years ago on that tugboat.