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Project Runway recap: 'Finale, Part 1'

The final four designers go to Rome for inspiration and begin their Fashion Week collections.

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Project Runway Recap
Barbara Nitke/Lifetime

Project Runway

TV Show
Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen
Current Status:
In Season

You know the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? The idea behind it, of course, is that great works take time. How fitting then that Project Runway would take its designers—designers who have been tasked with designing an entire collection in five weeks—to that great city.

Jokes aside, traveling to Rome was a good opportunity for the designers to find great inspiration (poor Amanda would have only had the Nashville library). Yes, it was one giant commercial for Best Western, but it was still fun to watch. The final four have a great rapport and watching them sip champagne and dine on Italian food with Mr. Gunn was entertaining—albeit a tease for the actual finale.

The hour-and-a-half format that Project Runway has adopted always feels like a bit of a stretch, but none more so than with filler episodes like this one. A three-hour finale would have been preferable, but let’s all do our best Emily and be happy with what we got. And what we got is Tim Gunn hula dancing. (Please, Runway recap readers, I beg of you: Gif this.)

After the gang took their Tumi suitcases, visited famous Roman landmarks, and purchased (or not) fabric at Valli (how adorable was “Grazie, Valli!”?), Tim made like a Bachelor and called on all the designers in hometown visits. First stop: Hawai’i.

Kini rightly guessed everyone would think he would have about three complete collections done in the three weeks that he’d been given so far. But the speedy seamster had a design block, and his garage workroom isn’t as far along as he’d like. Tim gives his go-to encouraging advice and then gets to the important part: A (giant) family luau with hula dancing. Yes, Hula. Dancing. (Why have you not gif-ed this already?)

NEXT: Meet the (other) families