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    Episode Title: “The Stitch Is Back”

    Synopsis: The remaining designers create looks inspired by the legendary Elton John and the new film, “Rocketman”; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    What a fun episode! It seemed like the designers really got into the challenge for the most part, and the runway show was a great spectacle. I’ve never felt like I personally wanted anything anyone’s made on Project Runway — since typically menswear challenges produce very questionable results — but I NEED Bishme’s look from this episode. I totally get why Garo won, but that denim overall and jacket was my favorite thing anyone’s done this season. Also, of course, it was fun seeing the contestants interact with the male models, and seeing the male models work the runway.

    I felt a little bad for Lela, but I do think her look was the worst overall. How many challenges is this now for Venny being in the bottom two and the judges seeming like they’d be pretty happy to just eliminate him as well? It’s astounding he’s still around.

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    Episode Title: “What Do You Care About?”

    Synopsis: The remaining seven designers dig deep in this challenge and use their skills to bring attention to a social cause they care deeply about. Judge Elaine Welteroth mentors each designer on channeling their creative voice for change, a skill she honed in her time at Teen Vogue. Just as the designers start to get comfortable creating this emotionally charged look, they’re hit with a Flash Sale twist.

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    Lila and Venny were middle-of-the-pack contenders, so I’m fine with both of them being eliminated. Nice challenge with the Elton John costuming and “Rocketman” cross-promotion. The show should do much more with menswear and male models anyways. Garo earned that win handily, as well as navigating through Sonia’s mood swings throughout. The social causes challenge was also a strong one for its creativity and modern-day impact. I’m more and more impressed with Elaine Welteroth as the reboot progressed. Just so poised, intelligent, positive, and stunning. She should have been the host of this instead of boring, been-there-done-that, Heidi-lite Karlie Kloss. I would have had the winner be between Tessa and Jamall, personally, but Bishme is killing it right now with two distinctive weeks of looks, so good for him, I guess. I really need a shake-up in this competition ASAP, like a shock elimination or bringing an eliminated designer back. If frontrunner Hester sent out her turkey outfit on the week immunity was off the table, then that would have jolted the gang greatly. Anyways, nice episodes.

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    Episode Title: “New York City of Dreams”

    Synopsis: The remaining designers head to Christian Siriano’s store and atelier, where they meet the women who keep NYC moving; the designers are asked to create dream dresses for civic workers from the post office, sanitation department, FDNY, NYPD, and more; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    It was intriguing to see both Tessa and Jamall falter in differing ways. Both deserved to go home, one for selfishly not listening to the client’s wishes at all, and the other for still being a novice designer who doesn’t know how to fit full-figured women yet. I’ve pretty much had it with Tessa and the constant hand-wringing and eye-rolling for having to design for a model that isn’t size zero! Oh, heavens me! I thought the judges would make more of Tessa designing another black dress in her comfort zone that’s not even a good or hot black dress. Jamall was just in over his head. It’s the third time he couldn’t fit properly for a plus-sized model, so three strikes, you’re out! Yay for Sebastian for making a sparkly and stunningly retro princess dress that his client adored! Garo’s look was okay, and his client seemed like a genuinely nice and hard-working woman who earned some glam in her life. I just can’t personally condone that Barney shade of purple on a grown woman and call it fashion. I would have had Bishme take Garo’s place in the top two, then make Hester and Garo “safe,” and the bottom two as is. Final four predictions time! Gonna go with people who would make the most dramatic and dynamic collections. Hester still, since I’ve said this from the beginning as the poster child of the reboot. Sebastian, who has really impressed me lately with his design aesthetics and immigrant story. Bishme’s rallied and shown his worth in flashes and spurts. He also gets added points for diversity choice. Garo might make a more colorful collection, but it might be too costumey. I think the judges are over Tessa’s excuses and defensiveness, but maybe she can pull off a decent, minimalist collection with the right amount of time and money. Hmmmm. Going with Garo to round out the list.

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    The final decision has to come down to Hester and Sebastian. After everything we’ve seen this season, this show cannot tell me that Garo, Tessa and/or Bishme are the winners of the season. It wouldn’t make any sense at all. It’s been pretty obvious since forever that only Sebastian deserves to win the season, and for lack of a better option Hester is up there with him. Sebastian is the best designer out
    Of all of them and Hester is the only other collection one could possibly be interested in seeing.

    It hasn’t been a good season at all. Tessa started out nicely but lost it, Garo more or less made it this far thanks to others being lackluster and I honestly can’t remember anything Bishmee has done. I can’t even remember what he did this week. I remember Tessa’s terrible black dress with the belt that didn’t work and Garo’s awful purple dress with that ridiculous cape that no woman would want to wear.

    Tessa should be the next to go.

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    I mostly want Tessa to stick around because I find her entertaining as a character but as far as design, she probably would have been a more worthy elimination than Jamall this past week. She blatantly lied about her client wanting a black dress and has been giving the judges unpleasant attitude for weeks now. But Jamall’s dress was terrible, too terrible to be kept around.

    Sebastian easily deserved the win this week, and I agree Bishme should have been runner up over Garo. But all three of them seemed to give their clients exactly what they wanted, which was great to see.

    In terms of top four, I also think Sebastian, Hester and Bishme feel like the easy choices, with the final slot coming down to Garo or Tessa. Something in me feels like Tessa will rebound enough to make it, and that Garo is too attached to his shtick to continue getting by. But who knows. The preview shows Sebastian apparently having a breakdown and quitting, but otherwise he seems the most consistent and stable. Hester could revert to Week 1/Week 2 Hester and have a disaster at any moment. It seems like we’ve been seeing a lot of Bishme’s personality lately, which makes me think he’s going far.

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    Almost as soon as the episode started, I was regretting my predictions and my wishful thinking on Tessa’s behalf, as it seemed clear that she really wasn’t going to pull herself ahead of any of the other four designers, and that the one who she had the best chance of overtaking based on overall track record (Garo) had the strongest grasp on the challenge of anyone there.

    It was kind of hilarious the seeing the judges look at all of the designers’ looks together and some of them suddenly realizing that Garo has a corset or corseted waistband in every look.

    Looking forward to seeing what these guys produce!

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    I think going into the finale its anyone game … i think whoever can make the best collection will win … I think this will be much like Kentaro winning , it will depend more on the finale collections

    im also honestly cool with any of them winning , i think they all have alot of talent and have the potential to make great collections…

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    Tessa was the expendable one of the final five, and this was the exact four that I imagined and predicted would make it. At this stage of the competition, it’s about who will make the most dynamic and exciting collections for television. That would always be Hester over Tessa. All of Sebastian’s hemming and hawing was for nothing. I would have picked him the winner had his installation not been so hideous. I also wonder what sort of ambassador he would be as a “Project Runway” winner when he has such a problem with the language and articulating the stories and concepts behind his clothing. But yay for Garo! I think he had the best installation by a mile, but I would have liked to see a different color palette for his dress. Hester’s design was a hot mess. She’s super lucky her quirky style and personality speaks for her when her clothes are lacking. Bishme was always getting in, b/c shows like this can’t and won’t have all-white lineups anymore. He’s had enough highs to justify this as much as anyone else. Nice change-of-pace here with no official runway. Bravo has really stepped things up from Lifetime’s bargain basement budget in comparison for just about every regard. The hosts have grown on me somewhat. Queen Nina still reigns heavily over the rest of the judfing panel. Elaine has completely impressed me over the course of the season, and I would have preferred her as host over Karlie, who bores me to no end as Heidi-lite-lite. Brandon I didn’t really “get” until his Met Gala antics with Gaga happened. Now I see him in an entirely new light. I’m just not sold on Christian as their mentor. He’s their peer. Mentors to me are older with more life experiences and gravitas like Tim Gunn. It was a huge waste not allowing Christian to have a save this season. That would have shaken things up nicely instead of the incredibly straightforward way everything progressed. Won’t predict a winner yet until after the next episode with the home visits airs.

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    Episode Title: “One Elle of a Day”

    Synopsis: “Protect Runway” judge and editor-in-chief of “Elle” magazine Nina Garcia challenges the remaining designers one last time to determine the top three finalists for the finale; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    Oh Bishme! Well, that’s how it goes sometimes. I think that a final four would have led to a more dynamic runway finale, and it seems kinda wasteful on Bravo’s part to give him $10,000 dollars for a final collection only to not let him show. He clearly wasn’t ready, and his sad family troubles showed that his mind was elsewhere. That new design was wretched. It singlehandedly cost him the finale. Not having him around is a blow diversity wise, but I guess that’s remedied with Sebastian around, who I think will take this win easily. His pieces are on an entirely different level, and I’m predicting that they will read beautifully on the runway as a whole. I’ve been #TeamHester from the beginning, and there could be a path for her victory too. She’s the quintessential poster child for the reboot in my mind, and that hasn’t changed now. Her collection is very ornate though. I don’t know how the judges will respond to all those prints with no elements of contrast. Garo’s looks were definitely Garo’s, but they seemed too dated and costumey for my tastes. This race is clearly between Sebastian and Hester. First tie in “Project Runway” history lol? Wouldn’t that be the statement to make for this reboot? Loved how hard Queen Nina went innnn on the group to make surprise 11th looks. I would have had them do a 12th look too TBH. Anyways, final three, bitches! Time to finally crown the winner!

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    Episode Title: “The Final Runway”

    Synopsis: The three remaining designers have fought for the chance to show their collections to the New York fashion elite and to the world. They will grapple with all aspects of putting together an amazing runway, from model casting to hair and makeup to deciding what outfits will give them the best chance for the win. Pressure is at an all-time high when they find out the guest judge is legendary designer Diane von Fürstenberg. The winner is revealed. Season Finale.

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    Congratulations, Sebastian! I think he had the most refined collection of the three, and sometimes that’s what wins out over the more avant-garde collections. Nina Garcia made the salient point that he tows the line between “art and commerce” beautifully and the best, which is the exact moment I knew he was winning. Meaning, his clothes have the best chance of actually selling to “real women.” It’s the same argument Nina and Michael Kors famously made for the infamous Gretchen over Mondo, though that’s not the only time. Hester’s collection might have been too extreme for its own good, but it was an energetic and lively runway show. I thought her first Marie Antoinette look was positively inspired. I did see the point that the transition from first to second look was jarring, and “real women” would never wear these clothes. I hope Hester has a bright career though, and maybe Diane von Fürstenberg really will give her a job or mentorship, since she seemed so taken with Hester and looked disappointed that she lost. Garo missed the boat big time with a dated collection that relied too heavily on shiny fabrics and corsets over cohesion or the one sanctioned look from the judges! I dubbed this “Futuristic Dynasty” lol. Too much 80s realness for me. I could have overlooked the wonky zippers on the corsets (that full-figured model picked a fine time to lose some weight!), but the tired aesthetics really did him in.

    Very strong reboot season with a diverse field of talented designers! Bravo more than put its money where its mouth was, and it showed. From the venues, challenge budgets, guest stars, sew rooms, and winner’s prize package, this is more than Lifetime ever would have spent. Sebastian will make a strong addition to the franchise. I did think that poster child for the reboot would be Hester, who’s far better as a spokesperson and brand storyteller than Sebastian will ever be. But the immigrant to winner narrative was too powerful to ignore. So impressed with Elaine all season long for her presence and spark! Make her host! Brandon grew on me. All hail Queen Nina Garcia! Marni’s great. Karlie, sorry. You’re no Heidi Klum and never will be. Mixed bag on Christian Siriano as mentor. After being spoiled with Tim Gunn for so long, my expectations of “mentor” were raised, and he didn’t reach them. He felt more like a bratty kid brother at times than their mentor, and he’s my all-time favorite winner of “Project Runway.” Major loss of opportunity in not having Christian bring an eliminated designer back. It would have given him much more to do too. Looks like another cycle this fall? Some eager and super-rich folks at Bravo, huh? Don’t run this into the ground with two cycles per year! This shouldn’t reair until 2020 at the least. At least it’s in two different Emmy cycles. Until next time…

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