April 25, 2013 09:13 PM by Donna W. Martin
This is it folks! The show down we’ve all been waiting for, Stanley, Michelle, and Patricia duke it out for the title on the season 11 finale of Project Runway. Who won it all? And who went home brokenhearted? Take the jump to find out!
As the finale episode of season 11 began, the three remaining designers had three days to finish their collections before hitting the runway. Tim gave them each a budget of $500 to spend at Mood for any last minute items needed to finish their work. They were paired with the same helpers as last week, Michelle and Amanda, Patricia and Layana, and Stanley and Richard.
Going in, Stanley had five dresses to remake, Michelle was looking to remove some flare and tone down her accessories, and Patricia was hoping to make her collection more cohesive with leather, maybe.
Each designer spent some time in makeup and hair consultations. Then Tim came in to take a peek at their progress. He loved Michelle’s new look but questioned her use of the compass and the bleeding heart sweater saying it looked like it belonged in a different collection.
Stanley had two pieces ready but Tim didn’t like them and said it looked like he had been shopping at a vintage store. He reminded Stanley he had tons of work to do. Then he took a look at Patricia’s work. He spotted the holes in her leather pants right away and told her she couldn’t send them down the runway like that. He encouraged her to make her collection more cohesive.
Later, the models came in for their final fittings. Stanley partially constructed some of his garments while they were on the models. He was really far behind.
The next day, Stanley was feeling a bit overwhelmed. Patricia had 500 sequins to sew on her garments. And Michelle was having trouble with a zipper. Then Tim came in and told them it was time to say goodbye to their helpers.
But he had a nice surprise for them. Their families came in to visit and wish them well. Then it was back to work. Patricia decided to keep the leather pants with the two holes in her collection and decided to create more holes in them to make it look like part of the design.
Stanley had so much sewing to do that it was ridiculous. Michelle stepped in and helped what she could. But Stanley still had four dresses and one top to make. Michelle was concerned that he wasn’t going to get everything completed because his eight other garments still needed work as well.
The morning of the runway, the designers had just two hours to complete their work. Backstage was a crazy and chaotic scene with lots of people hand sewing for Stanley. Tim was flabbergasted and said he had never seen anything like it in the history of Project Runway.
Then it was show time. Michelle was up first. She felt proud presenting a fierce collection. Tim said he was totally captivated. Next up was Patricia. She was very excited and said she felt like she had found her voice.
Meanwhile, Stanley was backstage, still sewing. But then time was up and he sent his collection down the runway. He described it as urban opulence and stood shaking as he watched the models walk.
After she show was over, everybody was buzzing about the collections. Some people thought Michelle should win while others favored Stanley or Patricia.
Then the judges meet with the designers to discuss their collections. Nina said Michelle had a phenomenal opening look and a consistent silhouette with lots of pieces that were interchangeable. And she loved the coat and bleeding heart sweater. Guest judge Michael Kors said he also loved her opening look and told her never to think she had to end a show with a gown. Heidi said the collection was very cohesive and that she had done a good job. And Zac said her garments were beautifully made.
Michael told Patricia her collection was fabulous but at first, he thought it was something an art teacher on an acid trip would present. But in the end, he loved it, and thought the horsehair was insane. Heidi said she was a fan of her clothing and liked that it was different. Zac said he loved the last look and the movement it had but that some of her textiles seemed older. Nina said she thought a few of her pieces were strong but others were a real disconnect and she needed to clean it up.
Michael told Stanley he liked some of his dresses like because they showed youthful sophistication. But he didn’t care for the last look and said it looked like Betty White on Dancing With The Stars…old and the length was from h*ll, Holly Hobbie. And the ring looked like an appetite suppressant. Ouch! Zac said the beading was very effective but the materials felt dated. Heidi said she noticed the quick sewing and wavy hemlines, and that the last look was too old lady. Nina agreed saying the last look was the weakest and that black pants should have been paired with the beaded top.
Before the judges dismissed the designers from the runway so they could deliberate, Heidi asked each designer why they felt they should win Project Runway. Stanley said he had a clear message. Michelle said she had unique creativity and a voice going toward the future. And Patricia said she thought she should win so she could continue to create and have a voice that had never been heard.
After the judges spent some time talking amongst themselves, it was time to announce the winner. Heidi told Stanley his collection was polished and had some special pieces but it wasn’t as modern as they would have liked. He was out.
Then it was down to the girls. Heidi told Michelle her collection was original with a strong point of view that was modern, confident, and personable. She told Patricia her collection was one of a kind and it was refreshing that she incorporated her heritage into her collection. And while it needed to be more cohesive, they understood that she marched to the beat of her own drum.
Then Heidi told Patricia she was out, which meant Michelle was the winner!
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