Project Runway Season Finale Part 1 by BB
My apologies, but this will be an abbreviated recap of PR due to my being at my mom’s and not having my normal technical capabilities (like no DVR).
Four designers remain: Daniel, Stanley, Michelle and Patricia. They will leave for home with a budget of $10,000 and must return with a 12-look collection for the fall season. I will skip Tim’s visits to their home towns other than to say “Holy Don King”; what did Daniel do to his hair?
When they return to New York, they are all anxious to see the others’ designs. Patricial thinks Daniel’s line is safe and boring. Daniel thinks Michelle is trying too hard. Stanley thinks Patricia’s collection is not his style or taste level and that Michelle is still his biggest competition. Michelle is worried about how much work Stanley has left to do.
Enter Tim. The next day will be runway day. They will be showing three looks from their design lines. They will also have helpers: Richard for Stanley; Samantha for Daniel; Layana (who’s preggars) for Patricia; and Amanda for Michelle.
It’s runway day and here we go! There is not a guest judge. Stanley has a black pantsuit; a gold dress that doesn’t really flatter the model; and a print two-piece with a black leather jacket. As a “seasoned” woman, I like it. Patricia has a black and silver dress; the horse hair cape with the black leather pants; and the blue and sequined dress with the crazy blue ostrich like head piece. I think she did a great job even it it’s not my cuppa tea. Danile has a sleevless jacket with leather capris and a hat all in black; a black sweater and tuxedo pants; and a black crepe gown. I’m not sure if his looks have enough of a wow factor going. Michelle has a wolf sweater over a silk blouse paired with jeans and clip on chaps; a crushed silk dress with a neoprene skirt; and a black coat with modular clip-on side bags and a messenger bag. It’s her signature look and she brought it in spades.
Now come the judges’ critiques. Michelle: Heidi likes that she has a lot going on but would like a little more color. Zac thinks she created a universe and likes her play with fabrics. Nina tells her to be careful of all the gimmicky things like the bags and compass and doesn’t like the messy hair and make-up. Daniel: Zac appreciates his using stingray, but he’s seen Daniel’s look before. Nina tells him his jacket and dress are nicely made, but doesn’t think the model with the sweater is bringing the drama. Heidi is underwhelmed. She’s liked Daniel the whole season, but these three looks are not interesting. Does he know who he is as a designer? Patricia: Heidi likes the horse hair cape, but doesn’t like the black and silver dress. She wonders if Patricia’s looks are cohesive enough. Nina celebrates Patricia’s craft, but her collection is all over the place. She doesn’t like the head piece, the horse hair cape or the black and silver dress. Zac likes the head piece and loves her horse hair cape. He wants her to work on her styling. Nina is not sold on Patricia. Stanley: Heidi thinks Stanley didn’t have any wow in these three pieces. Zac tells him his proportions are off and some of the styling is not modern. One of the dresses is too long and the other is too wide. Nina thinks Stanley’s looks are very cohesive, but they need to be more modern and sexy. Heidi tells Stanley there’s nothing young or hip about his models, but Nina thinks some of the individual pieces are truly special.
Long story short, all three judges agree Michelle is in. Zac and Heidi overrule Nina and Patricia is in. Nina takes up for Stanley despite Zac’s and Heidi’s criticisms and he is in. All three judges are disappointed Daniel didn’t bring his “A” game that day and he is out. As much as I like Daniel, I agree with the judges. Next week a winner will be announced.
Tabitha Takes over Top Cuts by Sweetnessnbubba
Oh boy.. tonight’s salon is a high volume hair salon… this is the first red flag.. Tabitha HATES high volume hair salons… Tabs is all about the experience, not a cattle call and cheap cuts. This recap may be a bit boring, because these ladies all have very similar names (and personalities) so they all kind of meld into a mind numbing boring morass… Kind of like their cut rate hair cuts… With no colorful characters or interesting interactions (I have seen bitchy done much better , these girls need lessons from Stacy from week one)
The salon owner is a former student of Tabithas. She had breast cancer 4 years ago and her successful salon has gone into the dumper, even though she got her health back. She has a manager who is rude to the other workers and even the owner.
The salon is dirty and looks cheap.. cheap, cheap, cheap… Its hair cuts are 21 bucks (and that’s if they aren’t giving discounts on top of it).. The owner is trying to do 4 cuts an hour, so the place looks and feels like the cattle cars at a slaughter house… The owner has lost interest in the shop, so spends a lot of time at home, so she installed 4 cameras in the shop (one they know about) 3 they don’t and watches them at home..
Staff meeting.. the staff feels the owner has lost her passion. Some of the salon feel the receptionist is a snitch, and everything said to her, will get to owner with a twist of bitch on top.. The stylists are exhausted from having to do 4 full cuts an hour. They feel that quality is not important to the owner, and so they dont care either.. Even though the owner has been a hair educator, she has done absolutely nothing in the way of classes and it shows in the stylists consultations and hesitation.
The receptionist (who is looked on as a snitch) is actually the jack of all trades in the salon, she plays plumber, does towels and helps with the clients, while the manager is lazy and sitting around texting all day..The receptionist is the only one still passionate about the business and is worried about the owner and the salon going under. The test case hair cuts and colors were good, though Tabitha had to step in and do some on the spot lessons in foiling techniques..
Tabs tells the owner she needs to raise her prices, and to get her staff under control. She tells the owner that letting her receptionist be seen as her snitch, she is doing all of them a huge disservice. The owner is watching all the women at home on her security cameras and when she calls someone out on what happens in the salon, the women (not knowing there are cameras) blame the receptionist for being a snitch. When it was just the owner watching on the cameras. Tabs gave the owner the business for letting her receptionist take all the heat.
During the team building excercise (making burgers, I wont bore you with the details) the manager throws a fit and the owner finally told her to do the work her way, or to get out of the way. The manager is a whiny baby and frankly I would have fired her a long time before this. She takes pleasure in undermining the owner’s authority. After the smackdown, several of the other staff said they were glad to see the owner asserting herself and that it seemed to be more the old owner (before cancer kicked her in the butt)..
Tabs confronts the owner on the camera situation and then forces the owner to come clean with her staff about her 4 cameras.. They don’t say a lot, other than it all makes sense and they feel bad about blaming the receptionist for being a snitch… Tabs sends them home and the renovations begin.
Reopening day… The women love the look of the place. I think its ehh, its just a clean newer version of the cattle car. Everyone works wonderfully, even the manager seemed to have had an epiphany and made up with the receptionist and is working hard (methinks she knew Tabs was going to reccomend firing her).. Tabs is pleased, tells the owner to raise her prices 10 bucks higher (the owner decides on 4 for now) and to not fire the manager yet (but if her bitchy moany ways comes back, can her immediately)…
Tabs comes back to check on the salon and everything is rosy.. sigh.. a happy ending, but boring. like this boring salon, in a boring strip mall. I wish I could have made this recap less boring, but they were all pretty boring, really…