In the world of fashion, one day you’re in and the next you’re out. Unless you’re on “Project Runway All Stars,” in which case you’re just in. At the end of “Modern Families,” the penultimate episode of season seven, the judges had to decide which designer to eliminate before sending the final three to next week’s season finale. But they ultimately decided not to decide. Instead, they made the unorthodox choice to send all four of them to the finale. What did you think of that twist? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
Michelle Lesniak, Evan Biddell, Irina Shabayeva and Dmitry Sholokhov were all feeling the pressure. For the Canadian Biddell, advancing to the finale meant getting an opportunity to present an entire collection for the first time to the American “Runway” audience. For Lesniak it meant redemption; she was in this position once before in “All Stars” season four, when she was eliminated just before the finale while Sholokhov went on to win. And Sholokhov had the pressure of trying to prevail for an unprecedented third time; he has never lost a season of the show.
“Modern Families” was an especially difficult challenge since the designers had to create not one but three looks: cohesive mini collections for real-life clients, families of three with diverse backgrounds and makeups. Biddell ended up winning the challenge with his bold, playful fabric choice, while Shabayeva sailed through to the finale along with him. Sholokhov and Lesniak had the judges’ least favorite family looks, but after Alyssa Milano, Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman deliberated with mentor Anne Fulenwider, they decided that they wanted to see what everyone has up their sleeves for the finale.
Going into the judges’ final announcement, my fear was that they would oust Lesniak in favor of Sholokhov, whose family looks I thought were mostly plain and unflattering, but four designers instead of three in the finale is fine by me. The more creativity, the better.
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