Project Runway Season Five, Finale Part One: A Very Eric Wedding!
What does that title mean, you ask? Well, it was just a coincidence that this episode was about a wedding dress challenge because Other Eric and I just went down to the Beverly Hills courthouse this morning and picked up our marriage license. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people that there is a ballot initiative on the November ballot in California to take away the right to marry from same-sex couples. I think most people reading this blog would agree that gays and lesbians should have equal rights. But just in case some of you think using the word "marriage" sounds weird because we aren't used to it, ask yourself this: Is the fact that a word sounds weird because we aren't used to it a valid reason to discriminate against people? The answer is clearly no. If you live in California, please vote no on Proposition 8. Whether or not you live in California, please consider donating money to help defeat this ballot initiative. The No on 8 campaign is running excellent television commercials but they need more money. You can donate online at Equality California. Thank you!
Heidi: "Wow, now I almost feel silly asking Tim if my skirt is too short."
Last week nobody was eliminated and Jerell got no advantage for winning. Oh, and everyone hates Kenley.
This week we learn that the four finalists will go home for two months to create collections and, as part of those collections, they will each be designing a wedding gown that will judged in order to pick the final three.
Everyone goes outside and catches taxis:
Jerell: "I don't know what the other girls will be doing with their eight thousand dollars but I will be buying some high-grade cocaine!"
Tim visits Korto in Little Rock:
Tim: "I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be in Arkansas."
Korto: "Well, who wouldn't be?"
I love the colors in Korto's collection but the shapes are not as exciting as I would have liked. And, apparently, Arkansas has some weird-ass wildlife:
Korto: "I'm using the colors of the florescent lime-green trees outside and I've been killing and skinning these gold-lamé snakes."
Tim: "Well, I think it's fabulous. I'm just a little concerned about the fact that this one dress looks like a gigantic vagina."
We meet Korto's lovely family, she performs for us on the drums, and she tells us how her family had to flee the civil war in Liberia and start over in the United States.
Next, Tim visits Leanne in Portland:
Leanne: "Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be on Project Runway. This is a dream come true."
I really like the flaps on Leanne's collection. I'm liking it much more than I liked anything she did in the competitions. Her wedding dress is awful. She's going to change it.
Tim visits Jerell in Los Angeles:
Jerell really specializes in separates so obviously he is doing a collection of hideous evening gowns. I'm really not liking what he's showing Tim.
We meet Jerell's "love interest":
Jerell: "We aren't dating; we're just interested."
OK, I don't think I've ever heard anyone use that term before but I just realized that's how you describe characters in a story:
Jerell: "Right; this is a story about the world-famous fashion designer Jerell, who has a retrospective of his life at the Metropolitan Museum. Oh, and of course there is also a love interest."
Whatever. We also meet Jerell's mom:
Tim: "What did you think Jerell would be when he grew up?"
Jerell's Mom: "Well, I had no idea but I knew it would be something gay. I'm so proud of him."
Jerell also tells us about growing up in South Central during the riots. I can't immagine. It was scary enough being an adult and living in Hollywood during the riots.
Tim visits Kenley in Brooklyn. I don't see enough of Kenley's collection to form an opinion. She tells us about her grandmother and that she died really recently. Like right about the time they were finishing filming of the main part of the show. I'm assuming it happened right after they left to start making their collections because she didn't leave during filming to attend a funeral. That's so sad.
Pleather: "Oh, yeah, Kenley's grandmother visited me in my dreams and told me to wear my underpants on my head."
Oh, shut up, Pleather. That is so rude.
For some reason, we don't meet any of Kenley's family or friends. She must have at least one friend, right? Right?
The designers meet up in New York. The designers give Kenley a little bit of a cold shoulder but Jerell is at least polite to her and after she apologizes for being a bitch, people start to relax and are a little friendlier. The champagne probably helped, too.
The for final surprise challenge they have to design a bridesmaid's dress to go with their wedding dresses.
Jerell: "My bridesmaid's dress is perfect because it's really ugly."
Korto: "My bridesmaid's dress is going to look exactly like the wedding dress."
Sure, what bride wants to be the center of attention?
On to the runway with no special guest judge:
Jerell's wedding dress is almost pretty. I completely agree with Nina that the warm gold of the satin and the cool grey of the tulle doesn't look right. It looks accidental. I don't like his bridesmaid's dress. It isn't terrible and I see the connection to the wedding dress but I just don't like it.
Kenley's wedding dress is gorgeous! It's nothing original but it's very cute. Her little blue bridesmaid's dress is also very cute.
Korto's wedding dress is pretty hideous. I really don't like it. Her bridesmaid's dress is OK but the judges find it inexcusably boring.
Leanne's wedding dress is pretty amazing. It's both pretty and interesting. It perfectly represents her collection. Her bridesmaid's dress is very pretty and works perfectly with the wedding dress. The flaps are really dramatic without looking gimmicky.
The judges love Leanne's and she will be competing at Bryant Park.
The judges think Kenley's dress is a copy of an Alexander McQueen but they love it anyway. She will be competing at Bryant Park.
They hate both of Korto's dresses and both of Jerell's dresses. Jerell is out!
I was a Korto supporter from the first episode but I think the judges made the wrong decision on this one. Korto completely blew this challenge and should have been out. Jerell screwed up too but slightly less than Korto.
Next week we get to meet a dear old drunk, er, I mean, a dear old friend.