'Project Runway': Nine (!) finalists show at New York Fashion Week


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Project Runway filmed its finale show at New York’s Spring 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week today — and in order to avoid spoiling the rest of the season, all nine designers who are still in the running in TV time got to show their lines. Looks like fashion and costume designer L’Wren Scott (pictured, left) will join Nina Garcia, stinkface-y Michael Kors, and Heidi Klum on the judging panel for the season 9 finale.

You can check out all of the collections here. Some observations: Viktor kept up Team Chaos’ “Rorschach tests for eveningwear” theme from this week’s episode with his collection, Anya went with a bunch of flowy, wearable prints (all of which I want to own) (agggh! except this!), and Olivier’s models all look bored and sad. My favorite piece of all might be this metallic number from Laura, but I think I like Anthony Ryan’s just-colorful-enough collection the best overall.

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  • dhppy

    I think Kimberly is the one who put out the best collection. Thankfully, Joshua’s is terrible. Bert gets the most improved award. I don’t know what happened to Laura Kathleen or Anthony Ryan. I expected more from them. Anya’s is fine but it looks a lot like the stuff she made before she joined PR. No growth. I hope those holes in the front of Bryce’s blue gown were meant to be there? The draping on some of those dresses was strange.

    • dhppy

      Actually, after several viewings, I like 6/10 of Laura’s collection it’s not as bad as I had thought. But Anthony Ryan. What was he thinking? He did so much strong stuff on the show.

    • Mo

      I liked Viktor’s and Laura’s, as well as Anthony Ryan’s skirts. Anya’s collection brought Uli’s to mind, and I think Uli did it a lot better. I find the cleavage-down-to-the-bellybutton cut of Anya’s collection pretty ugly, actually. Josh M’s was beyond ugly and getting into insane. I didn’t care much for Bryce’s or Olivier’s (liked a piece here and there), and Bert’s was just OK, I guess, but my retinas were seared with the horrendously starved-looking image of his first model (photo 88), so I couldn’t see too well. Yikes!!!!!!

      • dhppy

        I completely agree with your assessment of Anya’s collection. Uli did it much better. Bert’s was okay, but very mid 90’s Calvin Klein. Tasteful, but it’s been done to death and by better designers.

    • Dr. Chim Richalds

      I think the fuschia shiny killed Kimberly’s collection. I was okay with it and then holy ugly fabric!

    • Kat

      Kibmerley’s was butt ugly and those hoop earrings were atrocious. Oliver’s was amazing: wearable and tasteful

  • MJ

    Aaah – I can’t look! Want to be surprised when I watch the finale.

    • dhppy

      Most of the collections won’t be shown on the finale. Just the final 3.

  • mae

    I like a lot of Bert’s pieces. I think Laura’s two dresses – the mini metallic and the long with metallic details are beautiful.

  • Marx Thomas

    Bert! and Kimberly way to go, very classic and sexy. I agree with Mae on mini metalic and long mitalic. I was shocked at Olivers, not attractive at all. Not surprised I did not like Joshua’s, he is my least favorite.

  • Mincha

    There are some nice pieces but just as many blah or sack-like designs. Presumably these folks had great portfolios and samples that got them onto the show, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this underwhelmed by a set of designers in one season, every single week. I want to see one stunner after another float or stomp down that runway, and it never happens. Way more misses than hits. But the designers themselves don’t seem to mind, or think that anything’s lacking. It’s frustrating. Go Anya, Viktor, Kimberly. Anthony Ryan or Bert. Josh M.? Just go away. You too, Bryce

  • Jane

    I think Victor and possibly Laura are 2 of the top 3 based on the expensive details in their designs. The top 3 get more money to produce their clothes.

  • Lori

    I like Kimberly’s collection.

  • Tiny

    Joshua’s is horrid. As is he. Go Vicktor and Anthony Ryan!

  • KLM

    Always thought Nina was the one with the stink-face.

    • D

      They take turns, with Heidi too.

  • Casey

    Holy crap, Anthony Ryan’s collection is amazing! It’s totally whack but it somehow all works together!

    Olivier is still terrible as always.

    Might totally be wrong, but fabric and design choices makes it seem like Anthony Ryan, Laura, and either Viktor or Joshua made the top 3. Even I don’t think Anya made it to top 3. :(

  • Gwen

    I like Bert’s collection the best, but that gold dress is my favorite piece.

    • Mimi

      Short white dress and the short black sequin!!

  • D

    Well, I won’t be looking at them until the finale. Hopefully Josh doesn’t make it. He is insufferable. Glad to see some good comments on Bert’s stuff. The guy can make clothes, for sure.

    • sparkles

      I can see so many actresses wearing Bert’s clothes. Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightly, Diane Krueger, Helen Mirren, Sarah Jessica Parker and anyone of the ladies of Wysteria Lane. ( I mean the actresses) HIs collection is actually salable. I would love to own one of his pieces especially the black pants and blouse.

      • Abigail

        I absolutely agree! Bert’s collection is the most elegant! I am very happy he showed these kids just how talented he is!

  • Lyndsey

    Loved Bert’s! So elegant and classy! Also a fan of Kimberly, Anya, & some of Viktor’s!
    Hated the collections from Josh, Olivier, Anthony, & Bryce!!
    Laura’s was so-so!

  • Shannon Abdul-Latif

    First let me say I barely got through watching the photos b/c they spent so much time showing us who was in the audience that I wanted to scream (yeah, ok maybe it’s jealousy cuz I’m not there)
    In this order:
    Kimberly super hot, chic clothes love them;
    Viktor very classy, very elegant
    Here’s where it gets tough…I like Anya’s esthetic and I don’t mind that she went back to her roots (did she sew these though LOL)
    Laura, I had higher hopes for her and her clothes just looked cheap and 1 note.
    I never liked Oliver’s clothes, Josh M fell on his face, so tacky and cheap, definite Hooker Convention.
    Bert classy, but not rooting for him.
    Anthony Ryan was rooting for him but this show fell apart for him and the rest not worth mentioning.
    My 2 cents.

    • dhppy

      In Anthony Ryan’s collection, I could not get past the squared front and back pieces awkwardly jutting off his tops. Then the return of the dreaded diaper shorts, and finally… overalls? It was so much awful.

  • as

    The complete runway photos are on Project Runway Blog…just google it.
    Laura K’s seems to have been the most popular. Anya’s as someone already said is reminiscent of Uli, but does sport a bottom closest to Nina’s beloved granny pants. Bert’s is classic and lovely, but not unique. Oliver’s androgynous leathers just doesn’t seem to fit properly. Vicktor’s print pieces are gorgeous, but the all black just doesn’t work that well. I haven’t had a favorite because the season has been so bad, but my vote goes to Anthony Ryan…the shapes, the color, the prints are different and unique.

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