This season’s Project Runway contestants are memorable, not for their designing abilities, but for their immaturity and pettiness. There are nine remaining designers in Project Runway’s Brat Pack. The two brats displaying the most egregious behaviors are Gretchen Jones and Ivy Higar. Unfortunately, most of the others, although not as malicious, are showing signs of following in their footsteps.
Project Runway Designers‘ Pack Mentality
Gretchen and Ivy have unofficially appointed themselves leaders of the pack. As leaders, they have managed to convince most of the others of their superiority. They have such a high opinion of themselves that they profess to be better judges of good fashion design than even the Judges themselves. Apparently, they are quite “troubled” by some of the decisions that have been made, which have them questioning “…why am I here?”
Particularly disturbing, though, is Gretchen’ and Ivy’s ability to influence the consciences of the majority of the other Project Runway designers. They act like 13-year-olds, following the lead of classroom bullies, out to destroy anyone (in this case, Michael Costello) who they deem unworthy.
Gretchen, who is annoyingly pompous, and Ivy, whose increasingly churlish behavior makes it difficult to choose who to dislike more, have assumed the roles of both judge and jury. In their opinion, Michael does not know how to design nor does he know how to sew. “He just doesn’t have the skills,” they whine. Not only are they presumptuous believing they are qualified to judge his abilities, they have apparently decided it is acceptable to humiliate and berate him for his so-called shortcomings. Sadly, with the exception of a few, the rest of the Brat Pack have decided to take their cues from the bullies.
Jealousy Can Be a Terrible Thing
Gretchen may feel she is justified in her behavior because she thinks she is significantly more talented than Michael. Since she believes his skills are mediocre, both technically and artistically, she is unable to accept that she and he are tied with two wins. And Ivy, who looks like she is sucking on a lemon much of the time, has yet to win for any of her designs. Jealousy is not an attractive trait, and Gretchen’s and Ivy’s behavior is well beyond unattractive — it is quite ugly.
What We Expect from Project Runway Designers
We watch Project Runway because it is entertaining to see each designer’s unique creation based on the challenge they are presented. We enjoy the interactions among the designers, expecting and even relishing the conflicts among them. What we don’t expect nor enjoy, though, is the emotional bloodbath we have witnessed this season on Project Runway.
Designers, we want to be entertained by your unique designs and unique personalities, not exhausted by your boorish behaviors.
Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time to redeem yourselves, because tomorrow is the start of a new day and a new Project Runway.