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    The episode was pretty interesting for me. It is frustrating that Tim Gunn used his save on the designer who’s been the most annoying to me this season, but you could definitely see it coming. He was loving her dress in the critique and defending it during judging. I thought her idea was not great, but when I saw the dress on the runway, I actually liked it much more than I thought I would. That being said, Nina is right that it wasn’t particularly original or interesting, in addition to most of them not really loving the look. Still, Kentaro’s was worse. So I thought the save was used well, even though I didn’t want it to be.

    Ayana did a great job advancing her cause here with another interesting looks that obviously fits her aesthetic, but I did think she was outdone by both Brandon and Kenya. Liris did look amazing in Kenya’s dress, which was especially impressive considering her lost Kenya was after the first day of the challenge. Still, it must not feel great for her that even when the judges were saying, “Yes! This is what we’ve been waiting for from you!” she still lost the challenge to Brandon. For the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking that Brandon’d frontrunner status is going to trip him up and he’ll be on the bottom, but he’s really been cruising. I liked his look just fine this week, and though it wasn’t my favorite, it did best meet the two challenge parameters, which were to be editorial and to be for a warrior woman.

    It hadn’t really seemed to be like Brandon and Kentaro were doing work that was all that similar, other than the JC Penney challenge when they worked together, until now. It’s weird how Brandon always seems to be getting advice from Kentaro, but Kentaro is the one who seems to have evolved towards Brandon’s style. I’m sure the judges asked Kentaro about the straps on his outfit mostly because they seem stolen from Brandon, who has been doing them all along.

    This show does love its Fashion Week drama. I think they’ll eliminate someone this week and keep four people, have them all make collections and then do a three-look showdown to decide which one of those four (if any) won’t get to show. I think Kentaro will bounce back this week with a strong design to get him into Fashion Week. I can’t imagine them eliminating Brandon no matter what he does. I think Kenya will be competitive for the win (she keeps complaining that she’s the only person who hasn’t won yet), and elimination will come down to Ayana and Margarita, with Marg being the second designer this season to be eliminated two weeks in a row. But we’ll see! Based on the First Look preview for next week, Margarita is already getting dramatic, all worked up because she tried to buy rabbit fur at Mood but can’t use it because the show is cruelty free and doesn’t allow fur. It is shocking to me she thought she could actually use animal fur.

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    I’m sure I’ll have more to say later about this episode, but OMG Margarita is the worst! This was like watching an 80-minute pity party from someone who has just gotten a second chance, and watching that person get what I consider a third chance because they should have been eliminated again. Really frustrating, but at least no one else was eliminated either.

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    Can’t believe that in the previews for next week Kenya went home, came back two months later and STILL has that damn leopard print scarf on her. I have to believe it’s like her grandma’s scarf and she wears it for good luck or something. It makes no sense.

    Anyway, Margarita and Kenya should’ve been eliminated. Of course for the show it doesn’t really matter. They have to show at FW anyway because of the leaks. But do they need to waste time and money on Tim visiting a fourth and fifth contestant that are very clearly out anyway? Who even has the balls to think Brandon, Kentaro or Ayana aren’t the final three? More unnecessary drama for the finale.

    This week I finally liked Brandon’s outfit the most, with zero complaints, the straps made sense. The model looked cool.

    Kentaro did a great job, but because it was the same color all over I kind of didn’t get where or how it worked and that bothered me a bit.

    You could say Margarita needed time to perfect what seemed like a very rich bitch look, but she came up with this so quick and as a result of not really knowing what to do, time issues and so on, that who knows if with more time, she would’ve ended up with something else and not really making this particular outfit better. But the idea was great.

    Ayana’s look had several issues for me. Starting with the awful hat. The jumpsuit thing underneath wasn’t as great. Hated the sneakers with the rest of the look (Brandon also had terrible shoes). And he coat was nice but it didn’t go well with the rest.

    And finally Kenya. She did an awesome job with the coat. And then some other model gave it to this model who looked like she belonged with a very different coat with that blouse and pants. The shiny black fabric was the worst thing on the runway.

    Favorite moment was Tim defending Margarita (again) by saying “well Liris wasn’t supposed to show you the back!”. But Tim, Liris ALWAYS needs to do or say something. Of course she took the fucking coat off.

    Brandon is the easy winner. No way he’s losing this. It’s been clear for weeks.

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    I’m calling shenanigans on all five STILL in the running for this. If the intention was always four, what would have happened if Tim Gunn didn’t use his save? All four wouldn’t have gone through automatically as there is no drama in that. Announce a top two and then have the last two compete for a slot? Or both get in as a “surprise”? I think the preview said that only three slots are “guaranteed” for Fashion Week, so expect a fourth as well. Brandon, Kentaro, and Ayana as your top three. I could do without both Kenya and Margarita at this point. Kenya has had more lows than highs this season, though points for her personality and sympathy factor. Margarita is just the fucking worsttt, and not to mention she had no genuine fashion aesthetic or “point of view” as the judges like to call it. I can’t even picture what a Margarita collection would look like. But I knew that Tim’s save had a magic cloak on that wouldn’t be eliminated the week after. It should have been for that awful faux fur dress that wasn’t even completed. At least the coat Kenya made was fierce. Changing my winner’s prediction now from Kentaro to Brandon. He’s going to steamroll this just like Sean did, even though his competition is far more interesting. They’re going to drag this finale out for every ounce that it’s worth, but whatever.

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    I liked the show doing a winter challenge, and for the most part I liked the designs. I did not love that there are still five designers, especially since the one who most deserved to be ousted was at the bottom going into the challenge for having just been eliminated and has persisted in being the absolute worst.

    Brandon’s look was my favorite overall, though I did also like Kentaro’s and Kenya’s a lot. Brandon’s looked great and was very Brandon without feeling repetitive. I feel like Christina generally gets pretty bad looks, so it was nice to see her in a top notch outfit on the runway. Kentaro’s looked good, but I wasn’t into how it was so much of one color, and that one color was so light. I’m not sure whether to think it was odd or cool that the look underneath the coat had shorts, but I guess with the leg warmers included that works fine. I felt similarly about Brandon’s exposed midriff beneath his coat for a winter look, but it was fine. While I understand that the two parts of Kenya’s look didn’t really go well together, neither aesthetically nor thematically really, I did like both parts on their own.

    I thought Ayana’s coat was going to turn into a disaster, but I actually liked it. The hat just seemed extra, though. The jumper underneath the coat, however, was terrible. The pattern on the fabric was kind of cool, but it just ended up looking like weird sleepwear. However, I did still think it was much better than Margarita’s look. They said several times that the coat was “a classic,” though what I would have said was it had no design element to it. It looked more like a luxurious bathrobe you’d get at the swanky hotel than outerwear to me. I also thought the fur dress just didn’t work. The faux fur she ended up getting looked a little cheesy to me, so having a whole dress made from it seemed like way too much. One also has to question her decision-making when she had put a pink lining into the dress but didn’t have time to close the back enough for it not to look a hot mess. If she was truly counting on the judges not seeing the back because the coat would never be removed, she hasn’t been paying attention to anything all season. It was pretty clear once they started piling on with Marg that they were going for an underdog feel, so I was hoping her look would actually be good. But this makes it look like the show never had any intention of eliminating anyone in this episode. If they really felt they couldn’t choose between Margarita and Kenya, and wanted both to design collections, they should have at least made it clear that the two of them would compete against each other once their collections were done to get a spot in the top four, and then they can do whatever (pare it down to three or just keep four designers competing) from there.

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    Very conflicting episode. I sort of wanted them all to go, but in the end, I kind of only cared for Ayana and Margarita here.

    From what we got to see, I would rank them like this:

    5. Kentaro: I actually think his whole collection looked insane, amazing, but…a little fake and forced. It all looked like things you make to wow people, to show technique. It’s something anybody could make because it’s been done before and it’s a given that it will look amazing. Bold colors, fabric on top of fabric, volume, japanese inspired, this pleating thing that’s been very much done before. There wasn’t really anything new there.

    And his whole edit was super weird. His visit looked super short, I’m pretty sure he was just randomly playing keys on that piano, no critique in the work room and the that statement when asked about FW. And of course telling Tim his inspiration was classical music and then telling the judges it was sand and stones or whatever.

    4. Kenya. I think she had a lot of nice ideas, expensive fabrics, I appreciate that she’s the only one who you really cares about the curvy girl, that loved bodies and different shapes. But it all looked mature. The girl with the robe looked amazing without it. And age appropiate. But then she puts on the robe and she’s Samantha Jones at a resort. I really did think she could be in instead of Kentaro. For a moment there I was sure she would stay.

    3. Margarita: I think Tim’s best comment of the night came when he said “take her off the beach, put her on the streets”, or something like that. It made sense. She had amazing textiles, a super cool jacket, nice color story, a true inspiration (unlike Kentaro)….but she’s so, so tacky sometimes and like Heidi said, it’s not Miami FW, bring that girl to New York. When she started talking to Tim, I thought of Rosie Perez, Brooklyn, Bronx, 90s, and he immediately said the beach/street thing. I’m glad she made it. She’s not winning, not even close, but this is a better show than Kentaro or Kenya.

    2. Brandon: he can make the coolest things. But he keeps on being repetitive and now I have to deal with it. He’s in the finale and there’s nothing else to do but enjoy his style. But did those flamingos need to be EVERYWHERE? Sometimes his shapes, cuts and style are hidden behind that print. And Liris looked awful. So many wrong things, specially the bottom of the top and the top of the pants (a mistake Margarita also made). He’s supposed to win, but Ayana is definitely looking like the real winner.

    1. Ayana: nothing bad to say here. Except she didn’t have to show that blouse look. It looked too ready to wear. But in general, she has the best collection, like Margarita and Brandon, she has true inspiration, and you can see her in her clothes. She to me is the rightful winner right now.

    We’ll see.

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    I guess it was going to be four finalists like always, so saying “only three are guaranteed spots” was misleading in an expected sort of way. Kenya is one of those people that you root for sympathetically b/c you can see she has had a difficult life, and making it to Fashion Week would legitimately change her professional career. But from what I saw of her collection, I was getting dreaded “matronly” and “resort” vibes that won’t pop at all on a runway no matter how luxe the fabrics are. I’ll give shitty Margarita credit for bringing everything but the kitchen sink to her collection. It’ll get the oohs and aahs that the judges want in the finale. After the shock and awe wear off though, I think Margarita’s collection is as disposable as they come. This is mad cynical, but I see that Puerto Rico will get a huge edit in the finale with Maria, which I know isn’t something that the judges knew about six weeks prior, but it gives Margarita an added sympathy factor in the current finale. Brandon’s flamingos print was pretty hideous to me, and I’m completely over all of those straps and the “menswear-inspired” feminine wear approach that the judges can’t get enough of. Kentaro’s entire edit was super weird with nothing really cohesive about his collection. I thought his apprehension in judging about not being ready to show at NYC would easily eliminate him in a “shocking” exit over Kenya. I really couldn’t with Kentaro’s classical music piece that was inspired by “a dead cat that he found and buried, and afterwards the sound he heard while listening to its grave”? No dude, you’re too bizarre to be on a show like this one. Ayana is indeed getting a winner’s edit right when Brandon is starting to get the complacent, cocky, “I got this already!” edit. She was right that Brandon has basically not received any judges’ critiques this season to really move his art forward, and that could be his detriment. Ayana fits all the diversity edits with age, gender, race, modesty, religion, etc., and everyone gets to feel good about sending a young, black Muslim girl with a hijab from Salt Lake City to the finale in Trump’s America. I would have wanted more wow factor from her whatever dresses, but at least the clothes are well-made with great fabric choices. The smart money is still on Brandon steamrolling this, but Ayana is right there and ready to snatch his wig up if he isn’t careful.

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    Everything that happened with Kentaro was strange. That was, I think, the most baffled I’ve ever seen Tim, when Kentaro was playing the piano and telling the story about the dead cat. I think Tim wondered if he was being pranked or something. It was also weird that we didn’t see any interaction between Tim and Kentaro’s family, friends or support system. Or, like, Kentaro saying he didn’t want his collection to be cohesive. After what we’ve seen, Kentaro showing at Fashion Week, despite having some nice pieces, feels like the biggest waste of time possible.

    Kenya’s collection looked fairly doomed from the moment they showed it, which is really a shame. It just didn’t look exciting or interesting enough. The black dress with the peplum was a good metaphor for the whole collection. She did some little things to it to make it more hers, but it still just wasn’t interesting or exciting in the way it needed to be.

    I was also not in love with what we saw of Ayana’s collection. What she showed to the judges was good, and she definitely deserved to move forward. But the two dresses that she wanted to show to the judges felt really dull and dated to me. I’m interested to see how everything looks together on the runway.

    When we first saw Margarita’s work in Puerto Rico, I thought it looked so terrible. Tacky doesn’t even begin to cover it. But Tim’s advice to her to lose that crocheting with the gold rings and to make it less beach and more street were vital. By the time she got to New York, she had a collection that looked fun and surprising and at least passable as fashion. It still had its issues, and I can’t imagine the judges liking it enough for a win, but I give her credit for finally finding a voice that feels like hers and the improvements she made between the home visit and coming back to New York.

    My first thought with Brandon’s collection, and still my primary concern, is that there isn’t enough variety. I would think it would have been nice to have some looks that didn’t have the flamingo print on them, but that part seemed fine. The look he showed on Liris had issues for sure, but I think he knew it even before the judges said it. The looks will have a different feel once they’re all on the runway, but it still feels like he’s the winner.

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    So Sad to see Kenya go , i love her peach/nude fabircs with the pearl and thought they were elegant and stunning .. the black dress she had to show was not her best.

    I think kentaro should have gone home and he is firmly in fourth place.

    I think that margarita did a killer job.

    brandon and Ayana both seemed to be staying close to thier wheelhouse and its a bit boring …

    But brandon is gonna win.

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    WHAT THE FUCK! THAT IS RIDICULOUS!

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    What the Fuck? I’m glad I didn’t get spoiled. This would’ve been awful to get spoiled on such an unexpected what the fuck result.

    Ayana was robbed. As I mentioned last week, I thought Kentaro’s stuff was amazing, but it felt like I’ve seen several of those things before. And then there was a Paris Hilton short dress (the red one) and the one the judges mentioned looked commercial. I would’ve placed him third or fourth with Margarita.

    I did like Kentaro’s attitude, he was right in believing he already lost and should just do whatever the fuck he wanted. He did. And well, it was the perfect thing to do.

    Brandon got insanely screwed by that fabric and his ridiculous need to use the whole thing for absolutely everything without a break here and there. Many things looked great but I don’t fault the judges for their decision. It was sad to see such a frontrunner fall so hard all on his own. He could’ve easily won this with an extra solid pink/salmon fabric or the beige/yellowish color he also had. But his clothes looked new, modern, like they could be a new trend. It’s fashion forward. You can’t say that about Kentaro and Margarita.

    Ayana was my winner. I think her point of view was great, her inspiration was felt and it was honest, she was, like Brandon, another fashion forward designer, perfectly serving a whole, huge community and many other people because it wasn’t just “the muslim collection”. And common, that final dress was the most amazing thing in all four collections. She was very, very robbed.

    I honestly can’t understand this.

    Fun season. Cant wait for that reunion.

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    Sad news: First season Contestant Wendy Pepper has died at 53. No cause of death revealed. She died on November 12th.

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    I should have stuck to my guns with my Kentaro prediction from a few weeks ago! I thought his recent stumbles would cripple him here, and Brandon was the judges’ beloved golden child throughout this competition. Pretty shocking results, bitches! Once Brandon was out, I knew that something was going down with the results. The better “story” would have been Ayana winning obviously and bringing in new representation (and a huge untapped business model) for an underserved Islamic community. She’s so young and full of poise and possibilities. Not many designs on here evoke emotions out of me, but I genuinely teared up seeing Meisha in that green-tinged wedding dress finale. It was like seeing a living work of art! Kentaro’s opening look was very Christian Siriano-ish, and ironically, his collection ended up being the most cohesive despite his vocal reservations. Nice going with the misdirection, editing! The judges finally turned on Brandon! Twist! Poor guy didn’t know what hit him. That’s what happens when you get little critiques during the season and few chances for aesthetic growth. I wouldn’t call him “cocky” in this edit, necessarily, but maybe he was coasting in a way that he shouldn’t have. Queen Liris had her Oscar scene there at the end on the runway lol. Sorry, I’m living for this “Beyoncé for plus-sized models” bitch now! #TeamLiris. Ayana really called that one with Brandon. The flamingo print was just too same-samey for what “drama” the show wants out of their finales. Margarita’s collection was loud and vibrant, and at least she discovered her true voice as a designer. The bikini reveal was thrilling and a crowdpleaser. The fish prints were just tacky and not to my tastes. I did feel greatly for Margarita and her family though with Hurricane Maria. Can’t be mad at Kentaro’s win, but he’s just so bizarre and affectless to me. It was a genuine missed opportunity to reward Ayana, but she’s a future All-Stars contestant in the making if there ever was one. Also liked the new warehouse venue for the finale with the two-lane runway! Onto the testy reunion and season 17!

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    Project runway Finale

    Ayana – she did a good job and I think she would have been a perfectly fine winner, I think that she has a lot to say when it comes to fashion and she has built in customer base rivaling all of the others. But her runway was lacking to me there were multiple pieces that felt underwhelming and drab. I didn’t love the print she used for a few of the tops and dresses as it looked very camouflage. That being said I like some of the head wraps and I liked all the denim pieces. But her best and the best of the show was her finale, this dress was stunning.. This was a showstopper … I loved it , I wish she had done more of that for her show.

    Brandon – Fantastic job on the show and a really great collection, his only issue was the inability to mix up his fabrics. Had he gone with some different fabrics and colors I think he would have won for sure. Each and every look was meticulous and completely wearable. I would wear almost everything.

    Margarita – WOW she really did a fantastic job, she was finally able to figure out who she was and push it to the max. This was an amazing runway show. I loved how vibrant and exciting the entire show was, she used color and played with embroidery. Those hand beaded fish dresses were stunning, I don’t know if you all know how much time and effort goes into hand beading but it was fucking stunning. And I liked that even though it was loud and over the top it didn’t feel un- wearable.

    Kentaro

    He killed it … he said to himself he wasn’t going to win and he did exactly what he wanted to do and by letting himself go from the competition he was able to deliver the most stunning finale runway. Almost every look was breathtaking; it was cohesive and simply beautiful. His score and his entire vision were completely realized and I was blown away. Now I don’t think he has a brand as much as Ayana or even Margarita have , I think he hands down had the best runway and that’s why he won.

    My favorite based on runway alone
    Kentaro
    Margarita
    Ayana
    Brandon

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    Interesting finale. I did enjoy watching all of the runway shows. I felt bad for Brandon. I think the show did a lot to set him up so the audience would be shocked if he lost. There were a lot of comments and everything that were clearly designed to make him seem overconfident, but Margarita and Ayana seemed equally confident in the things they were doing.

    Overall, Kentaro was a good winner. His collection was good, and his work throughout the season was mostly very good. I totally get where the judges are coming from with Brandon not giving any break in that fabric at all. It’s surprising that that wasn’t mentioned to him before? Tim didn’t seem to think it was an issue, but I would have expected the judges to say something to him like, “This is great, Brandon, but it’s not ALL in that print, is it?” Margarita’s collection was fun, but was definitely behind the others. Ayana’s collection was a lot stronger on the runway than it looked in the work room, and I think a win would have been deserved.

    My ranking as I was watching:
    Brandon (my favorite combination of inventive and interesting, and I was eagerly anticipating each new look)
    Kentaro (some truly beautiful pieces)
    Ayana (surprisingly lovely flow and sensibility from clothes that could easily just come across as dowdy)
    Margarita (really fun)

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