It's Fashion Week! Everyone is really really aware that this is a "ONCE IN A LIFETIME" experience. All of the season's eliminated designers join the finalists at Parson's. Nice way to give us a reunion! We see clips of each the finalists' journey to the finale. Not sure I really needed that. Peach tells us that she has a big gay following now. I'd say she had one when she was born. I mean, they named her Peach. Valerie says that she got a marriage proposal from some guy on Facebook.
Then, it gets real. Real Quick. Nicholas (Remember Nicholas? Me neither) says he gets asked if hot Jason is crazy, if Ivy is mean (she is) and is Gretchen a bitch. Gretchen starts crying and says a woman gets called a bitch when she's confident and has an opinion. Ivy says it's fake, and April concurs! They say that she would act one way then say shitty stuff in the interviews. Sweet Jesus, I've ALWAYS wanted someone to get called on the stuff they say in the interviews! She says that her biased opinion about design is not about someone's character, it's just her opinion. Then, THEN, Other Michael sticks up for her. Wow. Did you ever THINK! Weird. That was weird. Mondo apologizes for being such a bitch to Other Michael. A.J. says that he learned from his wrong first impression of Other Michael, and no one else offers an apology. Hmm. Heidi says that this season had a lot of personalities this year. She says that everyone was real. We see clips of everyone laughing and crying. Tim is misty afterwards.
Everyone's shows are what you would expect. Warrior, eclectic and crunch -- you pick out who is who. That's not to say that they weren't all super-entertaining. We just know at this point. Oh God, Jessica Simpson is the guest judge. Andy got a criticism for being too narrow in scope, though Nina was happy he had a softness. Gretchen gets kudos for all of her separates and her sexy styling. Mondo gets equal parts admiration and criticism for his polka dot dress, which he brings to the runway judging again. Michael tells him to never lose his love of drama, but it can get a bit costume-y.
The judges argue about whether Gretchen or Mondo should be the winner. God, they really hate Heidi. Heidi really wants Mondo, while Nina and Michael are totally on the Gretchen Death March. Nina and Michael call Heidi a liar for saying she would wear that polka dot dress. Gretchen's the winner! She's wearing panties under a see-through skirt.
See what the embittered losers had to say about the surprising finale of Project Runway.
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Previously: The designers returned to New York and showed the judges two looks from their collections, plus one that they had to make on the fly. They worried that maybe Mondo's show would look like a circus, which I guess is a bad thing. For Gretchen, they suggested that she give her girls a more modern styling. Nina worried that Andy wasn't showing enough range in his collection. The "story" for Other Michael's collection was that the fabric store he used only had one color. So, Other Michael is the person who didn't make it to Fashion Week and they gratefully (or, who am I kidding, SADLY) didn't show more footage of OM's magnificent meltdown. That's some Project Runway herstory that happened there, my friends.
The show begins and it's one week before Fashion Week. They designers are still at the Hilton in Midtown. Mondo is flat-ironing his hair. Gretchen hauls herself out of bed and she interviews that she is excited and shocked that this is all happening. She's going to remember this for the rest of her life. She joins Mondo in the bathroom where he reminds her that they both have a one in three chance of winning Project Runway. She says that she didn't think that she was going to make it very far in the competition and I just can't believe that. Seriously, maybe she would have seemed like a completely different girl if she hadn't won those first two challenges, or maybe she was employing some practical self-preservation by not putting the pressure to win on herself. Or, maybe she's lying right now and just wants to look humble. I'm done trying to figure this Gretchen character out. No I'm not. Mondo says that this is a once in a lifetime experience and I'm really tired of hearing that.
Andy joins them and they all sit down to room service and in the suite. It looks really good. Gretchen gets a note that says that some "friends" are waiting to see them and congratulate them at Parson's. This is a TRAP. Mondo says that he hopes it isn't family, which I find kind of hysterical. Mondo has clearly had enough of trotting his mom out like they're besties. Not that they're not or estranged or anything, he just doesn't seem like the kind of dude who gets off on that as much as, say, Andy. Gretchen suggests that they all pull themselves together and Mondo is kind enough to not remind her that he has BEEN pulling himself together for an hour and a half now. Hello, hair iron?