S13E14 “Finale Part 1”
By Princess Pindy
YAY, YAY!!! Tonight is the first part of the two-part season finale!!! There are four designers left: Kini, Sean, Amanda, and Char and they are going to New York Fashion Week. Amanda and Char are very lucky to be going. Most of us know that Amanda got a “do over” from Season Eleven and Char got saved by Tim Gunn, more than once.
Heidi excitedly announces that they are going to Rome, ITALY!!! She threw in the ITALY in case they were confused and thought they were heading to Rome, GEORGIA!!! (In the county of Floyd, the county seat, no less!!!) They are challenged with making a 10 piece collection inspired by the city of Rome, ITALY. Now I know that some people have posted that there were other collections done by designers that were kicked off before the finale. That was done to confuse the masses. Interesting that they had Korina (yes, I first typed Amanda and had to delete it) do a collection….I wonder if they popped for a ticket to Rome, ITALY for her, “Not with that attitude.” Maybe they just told her to look up pictures on the internet to get inspired. I saw pictures of her collection and wasn’t impressed.
The designers get to go to Rome, ITALY with Tim Gunn. I just have to say again how much I like Tim Gunn. He is such a gentle soul, a true gentleman. I am envious that they get to “hang” with Tim. That would be a cool show, “Hanging with Mr. G.”…I would watch! Just from the previews I have to say that watching tonight is going to be worth it just for the looks on the faces of the designers when Tim is talking to Char about being in the finale. Shade is being thrown like you would not believe. Imagine Tim sitting there in an open air cafe and instead of saying “Where’s Andre?” he is saying “Where’s the Sun? It was here a minute ago.” THAT is how great the looks are!! Better than any looks I have seen on the runway this season.
They have $9,000 and five weeks after they come back from Rome, ITALY. Dorothy Dowling from Best Western Hotels represents our Shameless Plug of the Week…. So is there a Best Western in Rome, ITALY?? Georgia maybe, but ITALY??? They leave that night!! There IS a Best Western in Rome, ITALY!!!! So many voice-overs and bad video from around the airport and Rome, ITALY. They go to all the usual places. At the Coliseum, Tim tells them that is was filled with water for Naval battles, never heard of that. Tim is doing a good job as a Travel Guide but I would much rather have Rick Steves from PBS. This is pretty boring to be honest, IPPHO.
They go out to lunch and Tim finds out that Sean needs to figure out a studio space when he gets back. Now the shady part with Char and all the designers “shade”. Tim reminds her that she is the only one that hasn’t won a challenge. Char is grateful and feels like she is the underdog. She is one lucky bitch. More bad voice-overs and more sightseeing. Tim has one-on-one time with each designer. Char asks Tim why he used his save on her and he thinks her voice hasn’t been heard and that in the finale we will hear it. He better hope so.
Tim takes them to Valli, ( http://vallitessuti.com/fabrics/?lang=en I looked it up) a high end fabric store, they have 30 minutes to shop. OMG this fabric is amazing, me want-y!! Sean is going to have to use some of the money to set up his studio, so he isn’t buying anything. Neither is Kini. Amanda is buying and so is Char. Char is worried about the price and Tim badgers her into buying it, just kidding, he said it would make him happy if she bought it. How could you NOT buy something??? Wow Amanda has a huge tattoo on her shoulder, a crown maybe, never noticed before.
Tim is going to visit all of the designers. This is always amusing to me to watch Tim. He is so well mannered and I enjoy watching him interact with the families, especially when it’s awkward. First up is Kini in Hawaii. Tim admits to be a little nervous. Kini had designer’s block. He doesn’t have his collection done. Shocking. He is sticking with Denim. Shocking. Tim loves what he sees. Kini says now that he hears that from Tim his collection will be done in three days. He may not be kidding. Tim is going to meet the whole family. King of the Morning Star….that is what Kini’s whole name means. You can tell he has a loving family. They throw a luau in Tim’s honor. Tim learning to do the hula is a crack-up, so awkward and fun!
Off to Detroit to meet with Char and her family. Her mother gave her away when she was 2 months old and her father went to jail. Her Grandmother raised her. She was successful doing hair and quit to do design. Her family loves her so much, so much love. Tim goes with her to see her collection. She spent $1000 on her fabric in Rome, ITALY, wow. No wonder she was nervous. She took her colors from that fabric. Tim “has a very positive response” to some of her looks. Others he feels lean toward “costume.” Tim wants to stay and coach her till the last day. I bet he does.
Tim is in Nashville, Tennessee to check in with Amanda. Tim thinks she looks great. Amanda took a lot of pictures of architecture in Rome, ITALY. She is doing a bohemian/mod mix. None of her looks are finished. Tim thinks her fringe stuff looks like Muppets. She seems scattered. She has had jewelry made. Another “positive response” from Tim. He says she is a “Whirling dervish”, I understand that. She wants her collection to be chic and modern. Tim meets Amanda’s husband Will. Will’s role is to critique and he “understands her brain”, so he asks questions.
Finally off to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY to see Sean. Sean came from the “middle of nowhere”, New Zealand. He made his own patterns out of newspaper, I know about that. He is doing a collection based on the “Betrayal of Caesar”, that is some deep shit dude! “How fascinating”, is what Tim says. Sean is doing red fringe to represent the blood from the stabbing of Caesar. He is concerned about Nina telling him that she didn’t want to see fringe again. Then he says some brave words, “Nina is not the dictator of fashion and she can’t tell me what to do.” Tim’s concern is “You really have two collections.” There is a definite divide in his collection. He tells Tim about his Nina concern and Tim “sets him free” from that concern. Sean needs to figure out what to do.
The designers are back to New York for Fashion Week. This group gets along really well and seems to really enjoy each other’s company. But as Kini says, “It’s a competition.” In their Talking Heads: Char says that every piece that Sean did has fringe. Sean thinks Amanda is his competition. Char thinks that everyone went with their comfort zone. Kini doesn’t think Char is on the same level as he is, snotty as that sounds, I concur. Sean thinks Char is great competition. The designers meet with the Mary Kay person for their make-up consultations. Borrring!! But it pays the bills!!! Tim comes into the work room and tells them the judges would like to see three looks from them in a few hours. Tim is pushing this as a great opportunity if they listen to the judges. They have one hour to style with hair and make-up. Tim admits it is stressful but the clock is ticking. I thought I wasn’t going to have to type mean comments from these soul sucking judges tonight, oh well.
Amanda’s looks are first and I don’t hate them, I might even like them. They remind me of stuff from the late 70s, early 80s. Sean’s looks all have fringe, can’t wait to hear Nina, haha. Char’s first look is nothing new, the second look is ugly, and the final look is not as bad as the first two. Kini is the King of the Morning Star! I like all of his looks. Not all will like the last look but I think it is very “Sherlock Holmes.” If I lived somewhere that I actually needed a coat, I would wear that with six inch heeled boots and “work it.”
Sean is up first. Heidi likes what he has done. She can’t wait to see the rest of the collection. Zac thinks it is exciting. Nina loves that he is working with separates. Nina is worried that his entire collection is all fringe. Nina thinks it would be a one trick pony if it is on every piece…..haha, it IS on every piece. Char is next on the judges’ radar. Heidi doesn’t see it as cohesive. Nina doesn’t like the second look, she says “I hate it, I hate it”. They want her to add her attitude. They want to see her, she is eccentric and they want to see that in her looks. Amanda designed her fabric and had it made. Zac loves the jewelry that she designed he thinks it is exceptional. Heidi loves her clothes. Nina says her looks are beautiful, gorgeous, but wants her to elevate her looks to another level. Kini is up and Heidi thinks it looks “old lady” and he needs to restyle it…they don’t like the shoes or bags. They like the construction but need him to change the styling. They don’t like the coat. Zac thinks the coat needs to go. (It can go right here baby!) They don’t like the hair and make-up . They like the items but not the styling. Zac says “Not cool, not sexy not edgy.”
I think Kini is going to cry, I don’t blame him. I don’t want to gravel, gravel him…come on Kini, chin up!!! Awww look, someone’s crying, darn. Kini is wiping his eyes. He has been one of the most joyful contestants ever and I hate to see him sad. I don’t really look at the styling, I only really look at the clothes. But he can change the hair and makeup. They do look kind of dumpy. Kini doesn’t have time or fabric but I think if anyone can, he can do this!!!
So the first part is over and the finale is next week. My blog will be late next week. I will be up at LA International Airport (LAX) next Thursday night during the finale. I am picking up my daughter’s friend from Canada. A group of four 10 year old girls met online 11 years ago and they stayed in constant contact. She is the only one they haven’t met. The other two have been here and we are hoping for all four to be together that weekend. SO EXCITING!! The plane lands around 11pm. Then after an hour of customs and baggage….home by 3am maybe?? I hope the Hazmat suits I ordered today from Amazon arrive in time for our foray into LAX. (Almost kidding.)
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