Project Runway Season 8 – Finale

It’s funny, but Laura Bennett wrote this in her blog about the finale:

Fans all over the country are swearing that this is it. This time, really, they are no longer going to watch “Project Runway.” I’ve heard this many times before (I read the comments section), but this time, people may really tune out. Never has such an unpopular contestant won the whole shebang.

I’m sure that Gretchen’s mom loves her. I’m sure she thinks Gretchen is the greatest thing to come along since penicillin — or nicotine gum — but I would be hard-pressed to find more than a few people who agree with that. Not only is the general consensus that Gretchen’s colorless global-hippie look is unappealing, but she doesn’t rate very highly in the personality department either. Her super-high opinion of herself, along with her habit of offering unsolicited advice, didn’t endear her to her fellow designers or the viewing audience. I think the term “Kvetchin’ Gretchen” was used quite freely on the Internet. (I looked up “kvetch” in the Yiddish dictionary, and it means “complainer.”)

Well said.

As some of you may have note — I tuned out weeks ago and haven’t been following the season.

I really expected Mondo to win. Hell, the consensus from people in attendance at the runway show was that Mondo was the clear winner…so what went wrong?

What kind of crazy Kool-aid was Nina and Michael drinking when they seemed to forget every single complimentary thing they said about Mondo throughout the season and opted to award that odious Gretchen the win because it was more “commercial” (i.e. available now at your local Target and Wal-Mart!).

I thought Project Runway was about finding the next big thing in fashion design — someone innovative and unafraid to take chances and allow their creativity to take them to dazzling new heights?

I really have to say, this is probably the last Project Runway I’ll be covering.

Over the last couple of seasons, all I’ve seen are tediously dull, unimaginative, boring designers mixed in with delusional and truly awful people who don’t deserve to win anything because…well, who the hell wants to see a bunch of bitches and jerks win every season, anyway?

And, what’s more is, Nina, Michael and Heidi have seriously begun to disappoint me.

A few weeks back, Jimmy Kimmel had Heidi Klum on as a guest and showed her a series of clips as “evidence” of how mean she had become.

While Klum seemed taken aback, I don’t think that’s going to change going forward.

What’s funny is that I’ve started reading Tim Gunn’s newest book, “Gunn’s Golden Rules” and in it, he writes about this spoiled brat whose mother managed to snag a lunch date with Gunn through a charity auction — and all throughout the lunch, this brat proves to be ill-mannered and poorly raised.

She demands that Gunn get her onto the show as a guest judge.

The reason she thinks she’d make a good judge?

Because she’s mean.

She actually acknowledges this!

And while Tim disagrees that this is what the judges are, I’ll have to respectfully disagree here. In the last couple of seasons, they have become increasingly mean — constructive criticism is now laced with malice and delivered in haughty, imperious tones as though they are the arbiters of taste and style.

I’m sorry, but with each passing season, I can’t help but feel that these three people have made poor decisions and are too tedious and vile to watch any longer.

While Dame Nina and Michael praised Mondo for his vibrant use of colour throughout the season, they proved themselves to be hypocrites when they suddenly changed tactics and criticized him for the very thing they praised him for earlier.

Both of them showed bitchiness that was unflattering and disgusting.

And you know what? I think a lot of people agree with me.

Laura finished her blog post with this:

Gretchen’s win is not good for “Project Runway.” Who would travel to a mall to meet Gretchen? Which is exactly where Nina thinks she should be…Team Mondo is at full capacity. Team Gretchen is now accepting applications.

Particularly telling is what’s littered throughout the rest of the blogosphere about Gretchen’s win. Over at Entertainment Weekly, Missy Schwartz wrote this:

I am aghast. As I sit here at 11:16 p.m., the minutes piling up before I get to go to bed and try to forget the travesty that was tonight’s finale, I am at a loss as to what to say. Other than this: Project Runway has betrayed me. Nina and Michael have betrayed me. No, they’ve betrayed us, we the faithful Runway nuts who have stuck with the show through thick and thin, even when it went off the rails in L.A.
I’m heartbroken. Disillusioned. And no amount of Heidi arguing that “this was the toughest decision in Project Runway history” is going to make me feel any better. Heidi, you should have put on those boxing gloves and knocked some sense into your fellow judges.

Gretchen. Not Mondo. Gretchen. She’s the winner of Project Runway. No matter how many times I say it, it doesn’t sound any less wrong.
I could stew in this mystifying reality for the next three pages, but I’ll probably wake up the neighbors with my ANGRY LOUD YELLING TYPING. So lest I get kicked out of my co-op, let me take a breath, step back, and start at the beginning of this sh** show. If I can.

And so, I cap this all off with…adieu.

I’m finally done with this show.

Instead, I will turn my attentions to Top Chef — even though I think Padma can be quite the bitch, too. (She’s referenced in Tim Gunn’s book. Appalling behavior! Just appalling!)


~ by justj on October 29, 2010.

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