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Who's in and who's out? Last week, Project Runway awarded two top spots to contestants Seth Aaron Henderson and Emilio Sosa, meaning they would reach the holy grail -- showing a collection at New York Fashion Week -- while Mila Hermanovski and Jay Nicolas Sario were told to duke it out for the third spot. Both Mila and Jay would create an entire line, but Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Michael Kors would only judge three pieces before rendering a Bryant Park verdict.
First, delightfully honest mentor Tim Gunn visited the semifinalists to inspect their collections. Seth Aaron's line featured fun zippers, studs and sex appeal, but Gunn worried the designs weren't strong enough for a Fashion Week win. Still, Seth Aaron has our vote for getting Gunn to jump on a trampoline!
Emilio showed Gunn pieces from a very retro ("a nod to the '40's," noted Tim) collection inspired by color -- but frankly, the hues were unflattering. Emilio insisted he wasn't "designing for the camera, I'm designing for my client," but Gunn still thought the garments underwhelmed.
The sure-bet finalists behind him, Gunn dropped in on Mila -- who, let's face it, wasn't a favorite in the workroom this season. She continued her flair for black and white with splashes of color, but Gunn worried her designs looked conservative and matronly. That said, they were certainly the most wearable for everyday women.
Jay, meanwhile, clearly wanted to chop Mila down with his samurai-inspired line. Despite standout pieces (that petal skirt -- to die for!), Gunn worried that Sario still didn't know how to edit. Jay referred to his line as "Cuckoo Chanel" and cockily told Gunn he wasn't worried about Mila.
Back in NYC, the two designers showed their very distinct collections to the judges, who loved that Mila made different, but cohesive pieces (as Klum described them, "simple, but with a little twist"). They didn't, however, think her looks were modern enough. Then Klum told Jay he "pumped up the volume" and Kors raved about the pleating and seaming details, while Garcia dubbed him "innovative." But there were still concerns, including Jay's biggest flaw (foreshadowed by Tim Gunn): not editing enough.
After much scrutiny, who was the third contestant chosen to send their designs down the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week? Mila!
The judges asked for more of her "impeccable, distinct" collection, but urged her to modernize her runway models with younger hair and makeup. While we admired Jay's line, we can't wait to see Mila's entire collection and find out who wins top honors. Until the finale, auf Wiedersehen!
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