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Project Runway Episode: "Finale Part 1"

Season 5, Episode 13
Episode Synopsis: The series begins to sew up its fifth season with Part 1 of the two-part finale, in which the remaining contestants prepare to showcase their designs at New York's Fashion Week.
Original Air Date: Oct 8, 2008

Project Runway Episode Recap: Finale Part 1 Season 5, Episode 13

In part one of the Project Runway season finale, the designers got hit with not one but two extra challenges. We got to see each out of their Parsons element and in their home lives and even saw a glimpse into Kenley's softer side. Who made the cut and whose designs earned them a spot in Bryant Park? Keep reading to find out.

Heidi joined the remaining four on the runway for one last time before Bryant Park. With $8000 for their twelve piece collection she sent them on their way, but not before announcing that they'd have one last at home challenge. Each designer would have to create a wedding dress that represents them and is a reflection of their line. I like this challenge already.

My favorite moments each season are when Tim visits the final designers at home to view their collection in progress and meet their families. It's always great to see each person out of the studio, in their everyday lives and what inspires them. For Korto in Little Rock, Arkansas it was culture and nature. Her designs were ethnic but not over the top and Tim described her palette as stunning and her looks sophisticated. Tim got to meet her husband and adorable daughter and even enjoyed a musical performance from Korto.


Next up, Tim visited Leanne in Portland, Oregon. Her inspiration was the waterfront which led her to design a collection full of wave patterns. Tim overall was impressed but Leanne seemed to be going back and forth with her wedding dress. Then Leanne took Tim on a lovely bike ride and boy was that visual with Tim riding with his helmet in the back amusing. She tells him that at twelve she knew she wanted to design.

In Los Angeles, Jerell is working on his garments. Tim has a few suggestions for his wedding gown and feels that his other outfits are "a lot of look." When Tim meets his family Jerell gets a bit emotional when talking about his parents. They're the reason he's willing to take risks.

Kenley is working away in Brooklyn. Her looks were inspired by painting the roses red from Alice in Wonderland and also included some rope action inspired by her father's tugboat captain career. Tim calls her wedding gown fantastic and she gets a bit teary eyed as she tells Tim she's not thinking about the win but about her dream. Interestingly, her visit seemed short and we didn't get to meet anyone from her life. Hmm.

It's now six days until fashion week and the final four are back in New York. Jerell gets stuck sharing a room with Kenley and like every previous season, with the exception of last, there's always one left out. Of course the designers aren't in the clear. There's one more challenge to be had which will decide the final three. Did they really think they'd get off that easily? The task was to design an accompanied bridesmaid dress. With $150 and a trip to Mood, the contestants were back to the workroom to complete the challenge. After hours of work and a bit of stress, Tim shares his parting words. He gets weepy as he tells the designer how much he believes in them all. Aww Tim.

It's finally time for the deciding runway show! First up to be critiqued was Leanne but honestly, what is there to pick apart? Both of her dresses were absolutely stunning. Michael described it as chic and Nina thought the fabric was interesting, modern, yet dreamy. Jerell's was certainly a risk. MK liked it from the waist down but was not a fan of the boob wings or the flower plot growing out of her head. I was disappointed overall. Kenley's, although compared to Alexander McQueen, was unanimously liked and Michael thought it was done beautifully. Heidi calling her bridesmaid dress "cute" put her giddiness level over the top. She knew she earned her spot. Another disappointment was the talented Korto. Heidi told her flat out that she wouldn't want to wear it and Michael thought the wedding gown was overworked while the bridesmaid dress was underworked. After deliberation, Heidi announced that Leanne and Kenley were both in. The final designer to make it to Bryant Park? Korto. I have to say that seeing the runway show in person, which included three "decoy shows," I had a feeling that these would be the final three. But I sorta feel that Jerell got robbed after winning the most challenges this season, including the final one last week. Do you agree and who's your pick for the winner? Vote below.

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And for Chris March’s personal take on past episodes, check out last week's Runway Recap and his personal blog at Elle.com. show less

In part one of the Project Runway season finale, the designers got hit with not one but two extra challenges. We got to see each out of their Parsons element and in their home lives and even saw a glimpse into Kenley’s softer side. Who made the cut and whose designs earned them a spot in Bryant Park? Keep reading to find out.

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