Project Runway S16 E13 Finale Pt 1 Recap

Project Runway S16 E13 Finale Pt 1 Recap

Now – we left last week knowing that there would only be 3 guaranteed spots for Fashion Week, but just as you think the judges will keep their word, they change things up yet again and decide on 4 designers to show their collections for Fashion Week.

E13 – Finale, Part 1

Ayana came home to a flooded apartment and got off to a late start because of it.  She had an emotional ride, but was able to come up with 10 completed looks before making her way back to New York to fight her way back to the list of designers for Fashion Week. 

e13 Ayana Tim

At first, Ayana questioned Tim’s opinion and luckily she chose to go back to it.  Tim was spot on in his advice her looks for the top 2 were initially very expected and would not have wowed the judges as much as the looks that Tim chose for her. 

E13 Ayana Top 2 Looks

E13 Ayana Top 2 Looks

I’m not a fan of the modest designs as complete looks but I definitely dig individual pieces in her collection.  I especially liked the moto jacket and dropped crotch pant that she showcased in her top 2 for the judges.  I wish she had chosen a different color palette.  For me, the nature-inspired colors were too drab.

Tim Gunn’s opinion is always key. Kenya should’ve implemented Tim’s changes at her initial critique at home.  He suggested to offset her blush tones with navy to liven it up for the runway & the judges.  She chose to incorporate black instead.  Black is a color that the judges loathe… and I think it was too stark of a contract to her blush heavy collection.  Navy would have been a great compromise.

E13 Kenya

Kenya’s looks were very ready to wear. I don’t think she had anything new as far as silhouettes but her look is very classic.

E13 Kenya Top 2 Looks

E13 Kenya Top 2 Looks

I love her as a brand.  But I think for Fashion Week you have to come with your A-game and you have to bring something that is totally unexpected and new.  Once the designers made it back to New York to prepare to showcase their top 2 looks for the judges, Tim gave Kenya feedback regarding her black dress and adding the sheer shawl/jacket to tie it into her 2nd piece. I disagree with that critique. I feel like the black dress should not have been added to the top 2 OR she should have gone with something that was more cohesive with that dress.

Kentaro‘s top 2 looks were not cohesive at all. I think he should totally ditch the white outfit. I don’t think that it goes well with the rest of his looks.

E13 Kentaro Top 2 Looks

E13 Kentaro Top 2 Looks 2.0

His styling was terrible… I do like his color choices for his collection but I don’t think that he will be the top 2.  Like all designers, Kentaro was asked why he should be picked to go to Fashion Week and he reluctantly responds by saying he “thinks [he’s] ready, but maybe [he’s] not”.  I can totally understand that being in this creative space and pressure can make you a little coo-coo for cocoa puffs, but this was not the moment to tell the truth!

Margarita!  She took Tim’s advice at home and came back to New York with a BANG –  like this girl is ready for Fashion Week! I was totally impressed with what she came to New York with.

E13 Margarita Top 2 Looks

E13 Margarita Top 2 Looks 2.0

Initially I thought that she was going to be eliminated in this round but I love the “power” pants that she made! They are going to show really well on the runway. I think that she knows what the challenges is – it’s Fashion Week!  She knows what Fashion Week means and so she’s designing for Fashion Week.  I feel like it’s a power play for her and it’s a wise one.

Brandon did what he does I do agree with Ayana’s confessional comments about how the judges haven’t given him feedback on things to work on each week so he has continued to do what he has always done.

E13 Brandon Top 2 Looks

E13 Brandon Top 2 Looks 2.0

I’m interested to see how that works and plays out during Fashion Week.  His aesthetic is very unique so I think the crowd will like that [period].  It’s just a matter growth for him but I think he’ll definitely make the top 2.

The Final 4 – Fashion Week Bound

E13 Brandon Fashion WeekE13 Ayana Fashion WeekE13 Margarita Fashion WeekE13 Kentaro

My thoughts on the final 4

With critiques for both Kenya and Kentaro being so… critical but there were still mixed feelings, I think the judges should have given Kenya a shot to show her full collection at Fashion Week.  Especially since they gave Kentaro a shot!  I mean, c’mon people! 

Kentaro’s critiques from the judges were very critical and I’m shocked that he made it to Fashion Week.  I think he will be the 1st to be eliminated in the finals.

Kenya will have a serious future in fashion.  Her work appeals to a core base of women with different shapes and sizes.  She will do well.

E13 Kenya

Margarita sure picked things up and made it work – as Tim Gunn might say.  I’m happy that she was able to turn things around and bring it for Fashion Week!

I think Ayana will do well at Fashion Week.  Her work is something new for the industry of Fashion and I honestly think she’ll come home with the win.

Who do you think will win at Fashion Week?

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