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After a season of blood, sweat and tears (yes, that's you Dominique and Jeffrey), the second season of Bravo's The Fashion Show is about to come to a close. Earlier today, Racked was treated to a casual round table lunch with the three finalists, Dominique, Calvin and Jeffrey, for some last minute dish at the Bravo HQ (sadly, no Andy Cohen sightings). With the cameras off, the three were very candid and engaging, plus refreshingly supportive of one another (yes, even Calvin). During the relaxed Q&A, we learned some fun facts about the group (they were all invited to Calvin's Christmas party. And they went!) and hints as to what to expect in the finale. Here are the highlights.
1. Calvin sucks up to finale guest judge Mary J. Blige while discussing his finale collection inspiration
While the finalists can't tell us much about the finale and who won, they did share their inspirations for their final collections.
Jeffrey: "I felt like throughout the competition a lot of the strength and a lot of the patience and everything that I went through, I pulled from my mother. One of her favorite colors was red and fuchsia, so I really wanted to make sure I used that red. I also used pure white, because she was just such a wonderful, peaceful person, so I wanted to pull that piece out. And I pulled in different colors of grey to pull in her strength. I really focused on that and really wanted a monastic feeling to it."
Dominique: "I kind of came down to my journey and everything that I had gone through on the show. I felt like I grew from nothing to something that was established and this voice that I didn’t even know that I really had, and this kind of fearlessness. I kind of drew inspiration of silence and chaos—the silence and quiet girl that I started from and the chaos that’s going on in the stuff that I learned from myself, and I kind of played with that. And this kind of "lonely girl in the big city" because I always dreamed of being in New York and dressing this really chic New York girl whether I know who she is or not. I think that’s basically the inspiration of my collection. Just this, uh, I don’t know, this kind of zen thing."
Calvin: "For myself, I was trying to do like 'anti-Calvin Tran' collection—more minimalistic. Like no more drama and essentially, make it simple. What I thought I’d never go back to, it just give [sic] a surprise to the audience. Something that I have not done yet."
2. They are actually friends off-camera
"Yeah, we all came to Calvin’s Christmas party," Jeffrey tells us. "It was a lot of fun. We still all support everyone and I still talk to Golnessa and Cindy and those guys back in LA. Eduardo will come into town and we’ll all have dinner with Eduardo. Cesar’s always having us over for dinner. For the most part we all keep in touch."
Calvin adds, "A lot of people are very close. I was surprised."
3. Iman is actually really nice
"She did come off as a bitch on the show, but she really wasn’t," Jeffrey gushed. "She was such a strong force—she was literally a powerhouse. She would get up there and things like started and ended with her, but the whole time she was like always respectful and everything to everyone. She really did have good feedback and you knew she was working with great designers and she knew what she was talking about with her fabrics and things like that."
4. How Calvin really feels about Isaac Mizrahi
"I like Iman very much, but I think Issac is a bitch," declared Calvin.
"I don’t really understand what he say. Sometime it’s pro, sometimes it’s con. I think it’s a misguide [sic] as a designer. You should do this, you should do that or you get sent home. Whaaat? That is bullshit. I realize, just bitchy, bitchy, and to me, I'm like why this guy working here, no inspiration. 'You should do this, you should do that' and guess what. If a person listen to him, get sent home. Eduardo, David and...see, to me that is condescending." Oh snap!
5. Jeffrey wants to pull a Silence of the Lambs on finale guest judge Mary J. Blige
"Mary J. Blige was incredible," Jeffrey told us. "She was literally flawless, like I wanted to peel her skin off and, like, put it on." Kind of flattering, really creepy.
6. Calvin is a closet Real Housewives of New Jersey fan
While discussing the Real Housewives/Bravo cross-promotional challenge, Calvin reveals his respect and admiration for Real Housewives of New Jersey matriarch and former sparring partner Caroline Manzo.
"New Jersey are very, very smart people," says Calvin in his turn to gush. "They’re intelligent. They’re amazing. I enjoyed them very much. I have even respect for them, especially the red haired one. Gosh, so good. Caroline, she's my favorite because you have to be in there to try and team up and make us win. You know and she was, I think we won because she talked the judge over. She was my favorite...fun that show."
7. Calvin's still bitter about the gay wedding challenge
Jeffrey and Dominique considered the Housewives challenge as the worst, but Calvin can't get over what he refers to as "the panda one".
"This guy come on TV and say, 'I want a Korean gown'. I was like, excuse me, you don’t go to Barcelona and ask for dim sum, you know?"
"People think I’m the meanest person coming up with the name. I say know what? Put yourself in my place and see what happen," Calvin says in justifying his 'tude. "If I do it wrong, they send me home. Look at Cesar. You do the best jacket, and I love it and they trash him out and almost send him home. Was that fair? No. Because they listen to him and the result wasn’t good. I don’t listen to people when I think they’re wrong. So my ass is safe. Here I am!"
8. Expect "literally incredible" surprises in the finale
"You guys literally have to watch the show, because it’s literally incredible," Jeffrey exclaims. "Everyone did such a great job and there’s so many little..um..surprises that we weren’t even expecting to happen on our last episode. So, it’s pretty crazy. And lots of tears, lots of laughs."
Tune in to Bravo at 10pm on Tuesday, January 25 to find out who wins and fear not, trusty recapper Frank Gargione will be back on Wednesday to review the finale.
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