So, it's down to Uli, Emilio and Anthony Ryan. Anthony Ryan is feeling intimidated by the experience of the other two. Carolyn tells them that their final challenge is to create a mini collection for a runway show. They will only have four days to complete it! They have free reign with their theme and music for the show as well as the number of pieces that they will show. Their budget will be $3000. They get a night to think about everything before they begin.
Uli's theme is going to be "Winter Wonderland." So, lots of white and ivory. Emilio's theme will be "Urban Plantation." That's a little incendiary for the name of a fashion show. It's going to be about working women, because he feels that the fashion world doesn't spend enough time thinking about them. Anthony Ryan decides that his theme will be "The Thin Line."
At Mood, they all try really hard not to freak out. This is a really important shopping trip. Emilio goes with red, white and blue -- a lot of which is represented in prints. Scary. Once they start working, Carolyn visits them in the workroom. She has brought help! All of the eliminated designers return and they each get to choose a helper. Anthony Ryan chooses Joshua, but he declines! Poor guy, he's just too upset. He tells Anthony Ryan that he loves him, but he's just too tired right now. That could be the legitimate truth as well, but it seems pretty lousy. So, he chooses Kayne of Many Colors instead. Uli chooses Casanova (I kinda pegged that). Emilio chooses Althea because she had made it all the way to the finals of her season.
Casanova is really surprised that Uli doesn't make patterns for her clothes. I don't think I knew that either! Althea seems psyched by Emilio's theme. Things get sticky early on though. Casanova takes a lot of breaks and it makes Uli really nervous. Kayne of Many Colors is a star for Anthony Ryan. Althea is very helpful to Emilio and Casanova really improves for work on the second day.
After that, they are alone again. Everyone gives their reasons for how badly they need to win the prize. Anthony Ryan says that he will probably quit designing if he doesn't win because he doesn't have the resources to continue. That makes me sad.
The show is at Gotham Hall and it looks gorgeous. Better than Lincoln Center, really. Elie Tahari is at the show! So is Cynthia Rowley! Carolyn looks AMAZING when she presents the lines. The guest judges are Liv Tyler and model/actress Margherita Missoni. Emilio is first. The show begins with someone drumming on a bucket behind a scrim, which is very cool. All of his girls wear a red bow in their hair. It's really cool. His looks are all structured, colorful and accessible. Damn, he shows like eight looks or something. It's big.
Anthony Ryan is next. He looks really cute in blue. His line is very graphic and color-blocky. It's all very pretty and he gets a big round of applause. Uli is last. She changed the name to "Mystical Winter" which was probably smart. Her girls have super cool plastic-like make-up on. Her collection is surreal and beautiful and comfortable all at nice. Lots of feathers and white and silver. My first instinct is that she HAS to win.
This seems like a really hard choice though. The judges talk with each designer separately. Georgina says that Emilio's show made her emotional. She loved his point-of-view. Isaac found the collection political, because all of them models were women of color. They all do think his work can get a little junior though.
Anthony Ryan comes out with his girls and Georgina tells him that it's spectacular. His first black and blue dress Isaac thinks is the best dress he has ever seen on Project Runway. They are not a fan of his final look though.
Now, it's Uli's turn. Isaac tells her that it's great. Georgina is astonished that she did something so concise in such a short time. Margherita loves the hair and make-up. Liv, who still sounds like a little girl, loves her long dress and thinks it would be right for the Oscars. Georgina thinks that some of the faux fur looks a little cheap.
The judges confer. They seem to like all of them. Georgina seems to be rooting for Uli. Isaac sounds like he wants Emilio. Margherita likes Anthony Ryan. So, I guess the new season of Project Runway is starting next week? And, they are on teams. OH God.
Everybody comes back. Second runner-up is Uli. Wrong again. She should have won when she was on the show the first time. She's completely gracious about it though. So, it's down to Emilio and Anthony Ryan. I have no idea. It's... Anthony Ryan! He's very emotional about it. Emilio interviews that he thinks he had the strongest collection but he is pleased with everything that has happened. Well, he really needed that prize, so I'm happy for Anthony Ryan. Joanna comes out to congratulate him. Then, all of the other designers join them on the runway. He interviews that this has given him a second chance. He feels like he found the best of himself on the show. Yay for him!
Previously: The final four went to Paris to visit Valentino! They created couture-inspired looks. Anthony Ryan had trouble in the beginning but came back and won the challenge. The bottom two were Uli and Joshua. They had to deconstruct their designs with an hour limit and make a drastically different dress. Uli pulled out the win and Joshua was sent home.
We begin the show on the runway. Carolyn greets everyone. Anthony Ryan interviews that he never thought he would be in this position. He says that Uli and Emilio are both older and more experienced than him and they are out for blood. I wouldn't say that Uli seems that terribly vicious. Carolyn mentions that three months ago, thirteen all-stars started the competition. Now, only three remain. Emilio says, "Wow." I'm not quite sure why that's a surprise. These were people. It's hard not to notice that there are fewer of them after every challenge. Carolyn says that the best way for a designer to show their work is with a high profile fashion show, so their next challenge is to create a mini-collection to showcase their talent. She notes that a designer usually has months to prepare for a big show, but they are only going to have four days. Everyone sighs and kvetches. Hee haw. Emilio capsulizes the experience thusly: "I only have four days to create a collection that could change my life." Dem's some high stakes. Carolyn says that they will have total free reign to make the show whatever they want, including the theme, music and how many pieces are shown. Well, that's interesting. Their budget is three thousand bucks. They will have a night to sit with their ideas before they head to Mood. Oh, a whole evening to figure out the most important collection of your career? Very generous.
They go back to the Night Hotel and start brainstorming. Uli tells us that the theme of her collection will be "Winter Wonderland." She just likes the sound of that. Her color palette is going to remain white and ivory because she has been lucky with that. Emilio says that winning the competition would change, not only his life, but his family's lives. The theme for his collection will be "Urban Plantation." Wow, that evokes a lot. He wants to make a collection about working women. He says that his mother's work life was spent in a factory and he feels like fashion does not typically look up to that sort of woman. That's a really interesting perspective. I can't say that I disagree with him, though the first thing that comes to my head (even though they show a photo of WWII-era women working in a factory) is the women in An Officer and A Gentleman. The clothes of the women in the factory really made an impact on me, but I don't remember if that had any effect on the fashion of the time. It should have. Anthony Ryan chooses for his theme "The Thin Line." It will be about the line between dark and light.