So, we’re kind of getting to the end of this whole thing, aren’t we? Tonight, we’ll narrow it down to the Final 3 and hope that someone kicks Kenley in the face. We know from the limited previews at the end of last week that they all go somewhere, and then they all come back, and then they all cry for one reason or another. Which tells us…exactly nothing. So what was their field trip? Why are they all blubbering? What in the world do they have to do?

As it turns out, they go to the New York Botanical Gardens. Collier Strong, paid shill for L’Oreal, gives them their challenge: take pictures and make nature-y dresses. I’m kind of…underwhelmed? Although it seems like they have a habit of throwing a softball to the final 4 – last year, it was the “art inspired” challenge. I like that they give them a somewhat vague task to let them really show what they do before they make the final elimination, but still, I want a TWIST of some kind!

When they go fabric shopping, there’s a bit of foreshadowing: one of our designers manages to leave something on the counter at Mood! Who will it be? Who will they blame for it? Will they cry? Well, we know the answer to that question – of course they will. The fabric left was black tulle, and you can’t make a ’50s dress without a bunch of stupid tulle, so it was KENLEY! HAAAAAAHAHAHA. And right about now, we learn why it’s important to be nice to people – at least two of the other designers have tulle that they aren’t going to use, but they’re certainly not going to give it to someone that’s a rude, condescending, completely loathsome know-it-all. Which, to her sudden disadvantage, Kenley is.

So how does Kenley deal with this? She sulks and glares at the other designers from a distance like a 4-year-old in timeout. Exactly as one would expect. But Tim Gunn, the lovable, exceedingly fair-minded man that he is, tells her that she can go back and get it if it’s on her receipt because he doesn’t want her to be handicapped by it.

Pooh. Well, what if we handicap her by breaking her knees? Would that be ok? She prattles on about how it’s fine that none of the other because she’s ALWAYS the outsider and she has to be TOUGH and something about her dad and blah blah…we all know one person like this, and does it never occur to any of them that no one likes them because they’re COMPLETELY UNLIKEABLE? I doubt it does. Kenley certainly isn’t self-aware enough to figure it out. This is proven about ten minutes later when she takes time out of her day to totally trash every other designer in the room for the confessional camera. It’s great to see people learn a lesson, isn’t it? Except Kenley is painfully idiotic and doesn’t learn hers at all.

This week, we actually get to see a good bit of the dresses before they go down the runway – Leanne’s details are beautiful as always but I DESPISE the color she chose, I’m not sure that Korto’s looks well-made, Kenley appears to have turned her girl into a giant magenta reptile, and Jerell’s might actually be pretty cool.

So what went down on the runway? Were my first impressions correct?

Well, Korto’s looks like a prom dress. Which is sad, because I love Korto, and I didn’t want her to make a giant peach prom dress. Korto is too good and too talented for that. But that’s what she did, and I thought it was the worst dress of the night. Sadly. I really wanted to bash Kenley up and down for the worst dress, but I’m just not diggin’ hers tonight. It did, ultimately, appear to be better made than in the work room, but still…prom dress.

Now, Kenley. My impression was right – she made a giant magenta reptile. The bottom looked like a weird, puffy costume and the rest of it wasn’t much other than a skin-tight tube. I loved the color choice, which is the only reason that the dress itself comes out above Korto.

Leanne and Jerell fared better, but not fabulously (I seem to remember everyone but Christian face-planting in this episode last year, so I think the pressure gets to them in this position). Jerell’s was glam while still being modern, but the finishing was rather poor. I enjoyed his color palette and the structure of the dress was interesting. Leanne used a drab color (and stuck an extra bolt of fabric to the back of the dress for no reason), but her tailoring was beautiful and the dress fit like a glove. Jerell was my winner, though, and he was the judges’ winner as well.

So, who lost? No one. They’ve pulled this crap for the past 2 years – all 4 will create collection but, like last season, only 3 will “show” (well, they ALL show – the final 6 showed at fashion week so that the secret of the final 3 wouldn’t be given away weeks ago). Slightly different than last year, though, none of them are safe from being the final person auf’d before we get to see collections. Whatever. I don’t really expect Project Runway to follow its own rules anymore.

The most interesting part of the show, however, was watching all the other designers finally get to say what they feel about Kenley to the judges. When Jerell started to tell them that she was the designer he would eliminate, Kenley interrupted (of course she did) and Jerell smacked her back down by saying, “They’ll get to you later, and at THAT point, you can start speaking.” Burn.

And then, when they got to Kenley, she started complaining about how she’s “fought her way through life!” and how no one has ever liked her and whatnot. From all that I can tell, Kenely’s journey hasn’t exactly been one in which she pulled herself up by her bootstraps – she comes from a two-parent household and has spoken fondly and positively of both parents, her father had a job that afforded her many fun boat adventures as a kid, she went to and graduated from college, and the previews for next week indicate that she has a rather cute apartment. These are not exactly dire straights that she’s been in, and I bet that anyone who has dealt with actual strife wants to punch her right about now (like, Korto maybe – a first generation American whose parents came from a poor African nation who most likely DID have to fight and scrap and pull herself up). As far as I can tell, the largest obstacle Kenley has deal with is her own terrible personality.

Sigh. And she’ll be back next week for me to scowl at her for another hour.

Wait…do we have a reunion show next week? Usually there’s one in between the last elimination episode and Bryant Park. I bet we do! And I’m sure that how everyone hates Kenley will be a prime topic of conversation!

So, now, I need your predictions – who are our final three, and who’s our winner? Tell me in the comments!

photos via Bravo TV

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  • Heather

    UGHHHHHHH!! I so feel you on this. I was so underwhelmed by what they showed and I was so dissapointed by Korto’s look too. If Kenley gives lip to Heidi again I want to see blood. I don’t want to say this season’s crop of designers are less talented but there’s something missing this season.

  • jolin

    look i’m a fashion designer in beijing but none of this catch me eye the season 4 did but not season 5 i hope they would do better please i beg you

  • Rashmi

    I too am terribly disgusted by Kenley’s attitude. I really want and hope that Jerell, Korto and Leanne will be the ones to go under the tent but for some reason and looking at the preview of the next epsiode, i feel that Kenley will end up being on the top three…that’s just my hunch. :)

    I really laughed when the judges later commented on the obnoxious attitude of Kenley on how she’s react when a buyer didn’t like part of her design…that was really funny.

    I also liked Jerell’s creation the most and then Leanne’s front part of her creation not the back.

  • Allan

    I kinda felt sorry for Kenley in this episode because the other three were ganging up on her. Granted, she’s been annoying the past couple of episodes but still, I kinda felt sorry that no other contestant was on her side.

    Sorry, I’m getting old and turning into a bleeding heart.

    I think she’ll get the boot next episode. Not because of her attitude but because she doesn’t have much talent compared to the other three.

    And I think Korto will win. She was just stressed this episode.

  • knics33

    Ugh…I was SO irritated when they did the whole “nobody is elimated…you all have to prove yourself again blah blah blah…” To me, it was VERY clear that Kenley should have gone home. While I wasn’t very impressed with any of the designs, Kenley’s dress was the worst. It looked like a comical attempt at a Betsey Johnson type design. It was hideous- the pattern was just cheap looking and the fish scales at the bottom?… I mean, COME ON!!! I am really hoping that Jerrel, Korto, and Leanne will be the final three. I have a feeling that somehow Kenley will manage to squirm her way in though. I think that the overall winner will be a close call between Leanne and Korto, but Leanne will win.

  • lpsimer

    I think Leanne will win, but Korto may surprise us. I have loved her looks and think she’s very innovative and her stuff is very wearable. Kenley should have been sent home in my humble opinion, but I knew they would keep her own for drama…I still can’t get over what she did to Leanne in the last episode.

  • peace43

    Yes, Kenley is very annoying and rude. I think Jerrel, Korto, & Leanne are very talented. However, I think Jerrel will win based on his Bryant Park collection that was showing on Bravo. His collection looked very sophisticated.

  • girly_bits

    I am so glad to hear you guys say that you think something’s missing from this season. The designers don’t seem to be as adventuresome or edgy and most of the challenges feel tired ( been there, done that ). Korto seems technically excellent (and personally she’s my fav for the season) and Leanne has shown some sharp moments of artistic edge (as in the bongo butt dress). But Leanne can be inconsistent and joyless. Maybe it’s the spirit of the designers, I’m not feeling the passion; even though they each emoted their desires. If Kenley ends up in the top 3, all I can say is “Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Tulle”

  • girly_bits

    Why is it that Kenley remained on? Is that answer on the cutting room floor? Maybe the producers got their 2 cents worth in there (ratings, ratings, ratings) and Kenley is that lightening rod of tension that keeps viewers coming back to see what will she do nextt week. Hmmmm just a thought.

  • ATLCutie

    I think Leanne will win, however I do agree with a previous poster who said she was inconsistent. I like Korto, Jerill and Leanne for the top three. Why do they keep hinting at that there will be a cut at the top four, when we all know it won’t be. Alas I am excited to get this season over with, and finally on to next season.

  • smitzy

    i think final 3 will be leanne, jerrell and korto, however, i am with the judges in that i do want to see what kenley’s collection will look like. korto is amazing and i think she should win – she definitely has the best taste (except this time). jerrell is always edgy and i think he’s getting better, but i still feel like he’s inconsistent. and leanne…her rouches and ruffles do look a little sad and overdone these days :) i think the problem with this season for me is that noone can even come close to christian siriano’s talent level!

  • Anilu Magloire

    As always, I loved Jerell’s. However, they all missed a great opportunity to wow the judges.
    They had everything to make something amazing and it was blah.

  • aerogurl

    Just wanted to say I have enjoyed reading your posts each week. You seem to think like the average viewer, like me. I must agree that the only thing holding Kensley back is her inability to step outside herself and realize that even if she was picked on as a child, adults are not doing that to her now, therefore there is no need to meet everyones comments with aggression… I have one word for her, THERAPY.

    Ok, So I think Jerell should definitely show (i love that he listed Karl Lagerfeld as his favorite designer – he is my favorite designer/photographer). I also think Kortho deserves to be there, besides the last challenge she has made gorgeous pieces that can be used as separates and has had flawless designs. My last pick is Leanne, she has made some dumpy coats that covered beautiful dresses and has bad color choice… but Kensley has just bad choices all together, when she dressed the girl for work, hideous, when she designed for DVF she didn’t have ANY zing or accessory clothing… she is just a one trick pony that i HOPE the judges don’t include just to see some weirdness in the show.

  • aerogurl

    just finished looking at the runway looks over on the website and I must say, I think Leanne should win. the rest were kinda blah… and Kensely, I had seen it all before on some runway, somewhere in time.

  • guccicoo

    Yeah I am sooooooo sick of Kenley. And I was happy when Korto told her off. Jerrell is right about her she makes a 50’s style dress and that is it!!!!!!! Her personality takes away from her designs and that shouldn’t be. I guess to the powers that be she is at least good tv so they keep her around. I really want to see Korto, Leann and Jerrell in the final three!!! I hope that she (if she makes it) can TRY a little humbleness (I hope that’s a word lol).

  • guccicoo

    I got it Kenley has the Omarosa syndrome!!!!!!!! Win or lose we ALL know who she is.

  • Jane

    I don’t care for Kenley, but why are the other designers allowed to get away with treating her just as awful? None of them are behaving like grownups–in fact it’s like watching a bunch of high schoolers in detention. Kenley needs to learn discretion and grace, but the others should get out of the pack mentality, because it makes them all ugly.

  • Claire

    “something about her dad blah blah blah”

    That was hilarious and spot on!

  • Cyndee

    I am confused. I watched Project Runway tonight season 5. Korto,Kenley and Leann won and get to show the collections at fashion week. So why when I go to Utube, I see Suede’s collection and a bunch of others on the runway! What is up with that?????????

  • Karen

    Jerrell was the BEST designer and kept the show very interesting. Without him, who cares who wins!! I just hope it’s not Kenley,her clothes are HORRIFIC.

  • Kate

    Gahh! As much as I have always loved Leanne, and had a distaste for Kenley, I think that comparitively, (since Jerrell’s and Korto’s dresses just didn’t cut it for me at all), Kenley may have had the better dress. That’s hard for me to say, but it looks neater, and I’ve seen Leanne’s dress done on PR many times (the ever-present ruffled mess over the shoulder look). However, Kenley’s dress was also just a variation of an oh-so common silhouette… it’s just that it looks a little more professional.

    I do hope that Leanne wins this season, though. She’s adorable! Kenley’s attitude is so infantile. If she can’t take criticism, she shouldn’t have signed up for PR.

    And to Cyndee: They’ve done that on all of the past seasons as well. It’s to throw people off so that nobody will know who actually advanced to the final before the episode airs.

  • tobey

    Personality shouldn’t have anything to do with winning Project Runway. Besides, it looks like Kenley did try at the end to get along with everyone. It’s the sewing that counts and from what I’ve seen on the Finale Part 1, Kenley’s collections blew me away. Leanne’s, and I was surprised, was too bland and all that fanning gets boring after a while. I expected more from Leanne. Korto”s collection didn’t do a thing for me.

  • Barbara

    Kenley’s abilities mixed with her inborn sense of style and wearability is by far the best this season had to offer. No one had her terrific sense of color. What people don’t appreciate about her was true artistry that she was able to translate into fashion.
    Being a woman who adores fashion who wears some of the best designers, a key here that some people don’t get is a good woman designer can dress a woman like nobody else. She’s got what it takes to make a woman’s body look good and feel beautiful.
    Korto’s colors could only look alright on a black woman. Sorry but us fair of face cannot wear canary yellow or bright lime green, and the long caftan looking dresses doesn’t quite cut it.
    Leanne’s petals were a broken record of bad music.
    Kenley will go places regardless of Leanne’s token win because she was the boring one and didn’t stand up to the judges, only to punish Kenley for being a naughty girl. They did make a point to say Kenley will be somebody, meaning we would have chosen you if you wern’t nasty to us. As far as I’m concerned the win was stolen from KENLEY.

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