When Heidi Klum says, "In fashion, one day you're in and the next day, you're out," what she really means is, "One day you're in and the next day, you're still kinda in." At least, that's the message we took from Lifetime's Project Runway finale fashion show at Bryant Park this morning. The show trotted out collections from no less than 10 of its remaining 11 contestants.
Oh, and we totally know who the guest judge is—Faith Hill will be joining Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Michael Kors and breathing her beautiful sage wisdom to whichever of the 10 are the actual finalists. Speaking of all those collections, here's what we witnessed:
Spoiler alert: If you keep reading, you will be spoiled for next week's episode, by process of nonelimination. Don't say we didn't warn you...
• Jay Nicolas Sario's pieces stayed really on trend, with interesting shoulder and hip embellishments on the black, gray and plum creations. We especially liked a metallic purple frock.
• Janeane Marie Ceccanti said she is "inspired by things considered not to be alive but [that] grow anyway, like crystals," yet there was nary a crystal in the collection. We thought the goods belonged on a rack at Banana Republic more than on the runway at a couture fashion show; audience applause was weak.
• Jonathan Peters named his line Apiary and said it is an "experimental study in volume" and "fabric manipulation," inspired by things that fly. The results were rather uneven, with some big hits (like the tight gray dress with one tall shoulder ruffle) and some big misses (like the trampy superhero thing).
• The effervescent Anthony Williams was "sacked, packed and ready to attack" with his collection, inspired by the idea that "no matter what happens, you've got to keep moving." The collection was far from cohesive, but there were some incredibly wearable pieces, and we totally covet the black dress with the pink sparkles!
• Jesse LeNoir made it a point to let us know he's straight—by thanking his fiancée before debuting the wares he calls the Escape, based on crime novels and war movies. The clothes were costumey, literal military uniforms—angular hats and all!—but at least he committed to the theme.
• Seth Aaron Henderson brought a big bang to Bryant Park, keeping his looks intense, confident and very bold in black and red with a few bright yellow plaid pieces.
• Emilio Sosa's Color Me Badd collection may have been created all for love, and we adore the turquoise, red and green hues that peppered the cohesive group of clothes.
• Mila Hermanovski was moved "by shadows and all of the meanings they can have." In kind, the clothes were primarily black and white with interesting and uniquely mixed patterns with the occasional purple accent. The clothes were totally wearable, if not uniformly superflattering.
• Ben Chemura came out crying before he explained his work was inspired by Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. Blue tights and undershirts peeked through here and there, and the colorful little surprises reminded us of Avatar.
• When Amy Sarabi said she focused on "photographic digital printing and pleating," she wasn't kidding. The clothes either featured a patterned fabric she clearly created or a stunning array of pleats, and sometimes both. With the exception of one knit mess (a sweater that looked a bit like Styrofoam popcorn), the work was both artistic and cleverly unique.
Our guesses for who made the final? While we can't be sure, we can tell you that Jonathan, Jeanane, Jesse and Ben probably didn't make it to the end. Amy, Jay and Mila are probably good bets for the win. And for whatever it's worth, not one of the collections held a candle to Irina Shabayeva's winning lineup from last year.
Who do you want to see make it to the end of Project Runway season seven?
Project Runway airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.