WARNING: Tim Gunn may have leaked some vaguely juicy challenge-related details about the Project Runway finale episodes. If you are truly spoiler-adverse, don’t read this post. HOWEVER, he didn’t give away who wins or anything like that. So. Proceed according to your own personal spoiler tolerance level and all that.
There are two episodes left in this yawn of a season, and presumably they will both be considered the “finale,” because reality TV shows are bullshit like that. (I swear there was a season of Top Chef that starting kicking around the words “finals” and “finale” with like, seven episodes left to go.)
So we know how this usually goes: Finale Part 1 features the finalists at home, feverishly working on their collections. (Which they now get hardly ANY time to create, much much less than in the early seasons, because OF COURSE.) Tim Gunn visits and critiques and some folksy wackiness ensues, like pooping turtles and trampolines and I bet Christopher will cry about ALL THE THINGS. Then the designers are shlepped back to New York and the show vindictively drops one last loop-de-loop on them. Sometimes they eliminate one last designer, sometimes they don’t.
(It helps if your name is Anya, BTW.)
Now that final loop-de-loop is probably not much of a curveball anymore: Any designer who has ever watched the show knows to show up in New York prepared to make at least one additional look for their collection. You’d seriously be an idiot to not have some sketches prepared or an definite idea of what to make.
But of course, the previews are promising that no! Seriously! YOUGUYS. The final twist this time really WILL be shocking! We mean it!
IT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING! DUN DUN DUUUUUN.
Anyway. My point! I do have one! For some reason I randomly remembered reading (whoa there, alliteration) this article about Tim Gunn, back in August, from right after the Infamous Ven Is An Asshole episode aired:
When asked about his least favorite designs in the show’s history, Gunn responded, “Probably anything menswear,” and then added the spoiler, “We have a menswear challenge this season. Just wait, it will not disappoint you in terms of horrible.”
Hey! We were promised a menswear challenge! And we didn’t get no stinking menswear challenge. Unless…
So…will the designers be asked to add a menswear look to their final collections? That would be…hilariously disastrous, I’m guessing? We’ve seen all the photos from the collections and it doesn’t seem like any men actually walked the runway…perhaps only the judges saw the additional look? Either to prevent spoilers OR because the results were, as Tim promises, completely mind-blowingly horrible?
Unless Tim Gunn is counting baby boy clothes as “menswear” or going a little senile, it looks like we can expect to “not be disappoint[ed] in terms of horrible” tomorrow night.
And at this point I’ve long since given up on the hope of seeing ANY decent fashion from ANY of the remaining designers (TLo gave a depressingly bleak and bearish report from Fashion Week about the actual finalists’ collections), so I will strictly be watching in hopes of a clusterfucky trainwreck. Here’s hoping ProjRun can at least still deliver us that.