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October 29, 2010

Proof The "Project Runway" Judges are on Crack: Gretchen Won

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Designer Mondo Guerra walks the runway at the Project Runway Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

 

Last night's "Project Runway" finale proved that the show has truly come off the rails.  Not only did the wrong person win, but the judges couldn't even give convincing arguments about why she won.

Gretchen Jones, who by all rights should have been eliminated weeks ago, dressed up her drab and Plain Jane clothes with some well placed accessories and somehow had Nina Garcia and Michael Kors convincing guest judge Jessica Simpson and host Heidi Klum that she deserved the top spot over Mondo Guerra.

Mondo, the truly out-there, but very talented designer who should have won came in second.  And the Hawaiian born Andy came in third.

The problem:  these are the same judges who say week after week, "Wow us!!"  Well Mondo "Wowed" them.  Sure he's over the top and yeah, he could have left all those head pieces off the models but his stuff was unique and exciting and beautifully crafted and executed.

Whereas Gretchen's looked cheap and dull. Check out the photos below and tell me what you think.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: A model walks the runway wearing a Mondo Guerra design at the Project Runway Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

 

 

One of Mondo's patented print on print outfits
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Designer Gretchen Jones speaks on the runway at the Project Runway Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

 

 

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: A model walks the runway wearing a Gretchen Jones design at the Project Runway Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)
One of Gretchen's more interesting outfits.  The best thing about her collection was that her models looked stunning.

 

 

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Designer Andy South speaks on the Project Runway Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)

 

 

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: A model walks the runway wearing an Andy South design at the Project Runway Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for IMG)
Despite Andy's bikini bottom with what looked like grey hair growing out of it, I thought his collection benefited from his imported fabrics and was actually quite beautiful.

 

 

By the way, if you missed any choice tidbits from this season you must read Elisa Camahort's recaps on BlogHer.

 

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