Project Runway Season 7 – Episode 13 – Finale Pt.1


Mila has secured herself a spot in the final three.

While I liked Jay better, I have to admit that in the last few challenges, I was a little taken aback by the fussy, over-designed, unflattering outfits he’d created which made the models look bulky and heavy in the bottom.

When Tim went to visit the designers in their homes, it was clear that Jay had been continuing to do just that.

All four designers were given a budget of $9000 and four months to create a collection.

When I read Tim’s blog, I wasn’t particularly surprised by what he had to say about Emilio, who he visited first.

He writes:

In case it has not been evident, I have a difficult time engaging with Emilio, and vice versa; the editing of the show has been kind to both of us. I find Emilio to be stubborn, an indifferent listener and extremely arrogant about the quality of his work.

The editing may have been kind in Tim’s view, but Emilio’s arrogance has come through time and time again.

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t mind him as a designer. The outfits he has created have been perfectly fine and competent — but I think the judges were wrong to hand him the win in more than one challenge.

I fail to see how Emilio is innovative and daring or even interesting. Unlike Seth Aaron, who has a definite point-of-view and look, I don’t think I could ever point to anything that Emilio did and say, “That’s definitely an Emilio piece.”

And isn’t that the mark of a truly great designer?

His arrogance and contempt for the other designers just baffles me — like, he makes all of these assumptions about what they’re going to do and thinks that his simple use of colour is enough to push him into “innovation” and “daring.”


I really hope to God that Emilio isn’t the one who wins this season. I’d rather the win go to Seth Aaron, who, unlike the other designers, has gone full barrel ahead and already created 15 looks.

Tim advised him that it was time to take a step back and take a look at everything he’d done — because, while the construction was impeccable, it wasn’t anything new that the judges hadn’t seen before.

This sort of shocked Seth Aaron, who seems to think that hard work and complete focus on his collection is enough to push him towards the win.

Okay, that wasn’t fairly put.

I think that, in an ideal work, people should be rewarded for the hard work that they put into projects they’re passionate about — but this isn’t an ideal world. In the real world, it all comes down to taste. And while I’m really hoping he’s going to win, my gut tells me that the judges are going to choose Emilio as the winner.

When Tim visits Jay, Tim writes this:

As the season’s shows have been edited, it’s not evident that Jay and I had our share of differences, which resulted in many awkward and stressful moments between us. And it all climaxed during Heidi’s visit to the workroom in the Red Carpet Challenge, but you don’t see that moment in the show. I think the producers thought that they were being kind to me. Accordingly, the rapprochement that Jay and I have in his studio is omitted from the cut, because it has no context. Jay acknowledged his bitchiness and apologized. I responded by thanking him and giving him a huge hug. We both had tears. And it meant that we could move forward and carry on and leave that earlier baggage behind. Whew. I felt physically lighter and I developed a sincere fondness for him. Bury the hatchet.

Honestly, I can’t imagine anybody not getting along with Tim. I love him. How could anybody not?

Jay’s main problem, in Tim’s eyes, is overdesigning. What else is new? I could hear Tim saying this even before the words came out of his mouth.

When Tim visits Mila, it seems as though she’s disregarded the judges’ constant criticism of her choice in colour palate — because, sure enough, we fine black, white and aubergine. But I suppose, ultimately, the sportswear-minded aesthetic of Mila trumped the fussiness of Jay and that’s why she was moved forward.

~ by justj on April 17, 2010.

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