These days, Project Runway is the TV equivalent of comfort food. Whether we’re bingeing on old seasons or picking up in the middle of the newest one, we’re soothed by the sight of half-dressed mannequins stuck with so many pins that they look like giant voodoo dolls, Tim Gunn’s “this concerns me” face, visions of taffeta grandeur floating down the runway, and Heidi’s impossibly long, lean legs.
Guest judges come and go on Project Runway, but’s no one who feels more comfortable in the seat than this week’s All Star guest judge: Nina Garcia. She brings her fashion industry knowledge as well as her years of Project Runway judgeship experience to critique the all stars’ looks.
Last night the final four contestants of Project Runway “lucky season 13” battled it out with runway shows at New York Fashion Week. The designers had very different design “voices,” which led to four incredibly varied final collections—boho elegant vs. street style vs. editorial vs. elevated denim. It was one of the best final shows in the show’s history, according to Heidi Klum, which made the judges’ job even harder.
A few weeks ago I wished for a Project Runway with tweens, and then I got my wish in Project Runway: Threads. (I really should put my wishing powers to better use, but I can’t complain about getting Christian Siriano back on the small screen.)
At the beginning of the season, Tim Gunn exclaimed “Lucky Season 13!” And for one person, it was very lucky. For the other three finalists, it was… still pretty lucky—they were each able to grow as designers, meet industry leaders, and show a collection at New York Fashion Week. But they probably weren’t thinking that when someone else was announced as “the winner of Project Runway.”
You know the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? The idea behind it, of course, is that great works take time. How fitting then that Project Runway would take its designers—designers who have been tasked with designing an entire collection in five weeks—to that great city.
We all make mistakes. We all have moments that we regret and wish to take back. And life doesn’t always present us with the opportunity to make these situations right.
Korina is one of the lucky few: Here, life (or, you know, the producers) gave her the opportunity to apologize for the childish, mean things she said. She could prove it was just exhaustion and emotion that caused her to belittle a fellow designer on the runway. She could apologize and demonstrate that there were no hard feelings.
Well, that was different.
I’m not exactly sure why this tie-breaker was necessary, but you’ll get no complaints here. The added challenge gave this season—which had been lacking—a little more oomph, and helped us finally see Korina’s true colors. (And not the black, white, and pinstriped green kinds.)
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