Carol Hannah’s Runway Blog: And Then There Were Four!
I'm going to be honest here: I found myself getting a little choked up watching the show this week. Those final days of the competition are so difficult. There are more cameras on you than ever since there are so few of you left, so the pressure is even more so apparent. At this point, you are so drained of energy, creativity, and physical and emotional resiliancy that you feel like you are in a weird hazy dream involving Heidi and Tim. I remember someone from our cast called the last runway day "post-apocalyptic." Okay, maybe that's a little extreme, but we were really tired!
My favorite look this week was Emilio's. My favorite person this week was anyone but. Braggity braggity brag! How many times can you say how good you are without realizing you're being rude? BUT he did indeed have a lovely dress. Emilio certainly has construction skills, but it surprises me that he has won so many challenges, mostly because this was the first thing he's made that truly made me excited.
I think Anthony was a bit doomed from the beginning on this one. He has double the pressure on his shoulders after being eliminated and then returning. More pressure means more stress means more overthinking and overanalyzing. None of those things are conducive to good design and natural progression, which became clear in his design.
Now for the big stuff: Seth Aaron and Emilio are IN, Mila and Jay are TIED, and Anthony gets the boot. But no worries! He, along with nine others, was able to show (but not compete) at Bryant Park. But back to that next week.
I was rather surprised that the tiebreaker came down to Mila and Jay, though what a perfect setup for some serious drama. Trying to put your whole heart into a collection that may or may not be shown is not a small feat. Trust me, I know. The network lawsuit that hovered over our shoulders last year while we made our collections was hard to shake. It's hard enough to have to worry about the judges, your personal hopes for the line and your competition!
Having seen the collections at Bryant Park in person, I can tell you that there is going to be a lot to talk about next time! Until then....
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See you next week! --Carol Hannah Whitfield
Tell us: What did you think of the episode? What was your favorite design? And what are your questions for Carol Hannah?
Carol Hannah answers questions from last week’s comments:
From Kim: Best episode this season. My questions are about the models. How much inter-action do the designers and models have before the runway? Lorena said she gave Emillo pointers designing his dress. Do the judges take into consideration the models input?The designers and models have as much interaction as you see basically. I think that the judges do sometimes take the model's response to the design into consideration. If your model loves what she's wearing, it definitely doesn't hurt! If they hate it or it's uncomfortable or difficult to move in, they usually know. I doubt that it strongly affects any decisions unless it is a challenge where the model is the client.
From Jon: I loved the episode! I actually have two favorite designs, if that’s ok? I liked Anthony & Emilio’s! My questions for Carol Hannah are this: Would you ever want to be a Guest Judge on Project Runway, and if so, would they give you a chance to? Also, do you keep in contact with any of you’re former contestants from Season 6 of Project Runway, and if so, who? And, anyone else that you might’ve met from other seasons of The Show?I would love to be a guest judge sometime in the future. Much better to be on that side of the fence! I do keep in contact with many designers from our cast. I lived with Malvin and Althea for a year and Logan and I currently share a showroom in NYC.
From Laura: Really excited to see your wedding collection! And I agree. Anthony’s was my favorite. Simple, elegant, classy. My question for CH: I felt like Jessica Alba didn’t add a lot to the judging panel. Did the guest judges give you a lot of feedback on your season? Or did you get more from Heidi, Michael, and Nina?Thanks Laura! I'm excited to share it! The guest judges feedback varied from episode to episode and tended to come from a different perspective than Heidi, Michael, and Nina. If the guest is a celebrity, they often think about things in terms of what they would wear or if something would be flattering on them, which isn't always objective. The guest judges who were designers were the most exciting to me, and I think they gave the best criticism.
From Kelly G.: Carol Hannah I missed your blogs! But I’m glad you’re working on your line. Very cool! Question: Did you or anyone else on your season ever think of quitting?Good question. I can really only answer this for myself, but I would guess that it probably crosses through most 's minds at some point. Not in a serious way, but more like a "Gosh, I'm so tired. I can't wait to get out of here." kind of way. There are a lot of situational factors that play in that you don't get to see ... like being herded around everywhere or having to be escorted to the restroom. It's an odd environment, but the fun outweighed everything else for me.