Season 8 is my favorite season of Project Runway. It has even surpassed season 3, though some of the designs are not as good (so far) as those I’ve seen in previous seasons. However, what this season lacks in substance, it makes up for in drama. There are so many designers this season who may have personality disorders! I love it. The competition has been narrowed down to nine, and here is a description of those left standing:
Gretchen–I don’t know if she’s as horrible in real life as she comes across on TV. God, I hope not. She is definitely the one that the people behind the scenes have designated as the b*tch of the season. She comes across as having a large ego. She even said, “I am a force to be reckoned with.” Wow. She is one of my least favorites because of her antics on the runway during the group challenge in episode five. She clearly thought their group had won, and she seemed to love their collection, at least until she found out that the judges hated it. She quickly changed her opinion and declared that all of the group members sucked and that she tried to “save” the collection. And even though their group had agreed not to name names, she called out Michael Costello as the worst designer in the group. I thought she lied about Michael. He made a pretty blouse, and the guest judge agreed by calling it “perfect.”
Ivy–My least favorite of the season. She constantly harps on my darling Michael C. She says that he cannot sew and that he doesn’t have any skills. This angers me because I feel that his outfits have been consistently better than hers. So how can she act so superior to him? She even accused him of trying to sabotage her last week. Guess what, Ivy? You weren’t getting any votes because your outfit wasn’t that great, NOT because he sabotaged you. I don’t think that Ivy can win. Her clothes aren’t innovative enough, though she does have a sophisticated aesthetic.
Mondo–I think he is one of the season’s most innovative designers. I predict that he will make it to the top three, and maybe even take home the title and prizes. My favorite outfit of his was a pair of black and white pants and a cute, fashion-forward, purple top. My description of it does not do it justice. I thought Mondo was going to jump on the I-hate-Mikey C bandwagon this week, but he refrained and admitted that he’d been wrong about Michael.
Valerie–Also known for talking s*it about Michael Costello, though I don’t think she’s quite as mean-spirited as Ivy and Gretchen. I believe that Valerie will make it into the top three along with Mondo. She reminds me of past contestants Uli and Koto because she makes pretty clothes that appeal to a large amount of women. I don’t know if she’s innovative enough to win, but the red dress she made for the billboard challenge and the black and white dress she made with materials from a party goods store were among my favorite looks from the season so far.
Andy–Is also a Michael Costello hater, and he irritates me for that. However, Andy is definitely innovative. I still can’t believe he made that dress for the party store challenge out of braided ribbons. It looked so cool.
Micheal Costello–My favorite personality of the season. He is funny and seems like he’s down to earth. He’s made some beautiful clothes, even though Gretchen, April, Valerie, Andy, and Ivy are saying he can’t sew. His first win was a beautifully draped dress designed to be worn with a Phillip Treacy hat, and I definitely wanted that dress in my closet. I didn’t like the lace on the gown that he made for the bridesmaid challenge, and I thought the dress should have been two inches longer. However, I wasn’t in love with any of the outfits from that challenge, and so it didn’t bug me so much that he won. I wonder what we’re missing about his personality that makes the other designers despise him so much. He seems like a cool guy, but I’m starting to think that everyone must hate him for a reason. What could it be? Or could it just be cattiness on the part of the other designers?
April–Just graduated from design school. She is critical of the other designers’ work. I think she may be innovative, but her clothes are too dark for my blood. Her best outfit so far was the black dress that she made for the party store challenge. Her worst outfit was a pair of shorts that looked like a cross between booty shorts and a diaper…’nuff said. April won the challenge this week, which really annoyed me. She made a raggedy-looking black cover up/dress. It looked cheap, and I thought Andy should have won.
Michael Drummond–He’s had some funny lines this season. When he observed that Michael C. did not bring a ruler into the workroom, Michael D. said something like, “There are many ways to skin a cat…but you should probably bring a knife.” Ha. Ha. Michael was paired with Ivy is this week’s challenge. He was responsible for making her boring, ill-fitting pants and shapeless top, though I don’t think it was his fault that she told him to create that train wreck.
Christopher–All of the other designers really seem to respect him. I think his clothes are too safe to win the competition, but I would definitely wear several of the pieces he’s put out. I liked the pants he made for Team Luxe, and the dress he made for the bridesmaid challenge was cute, though it could’ve used an extra two inches of fabric at the bottom (why are all of these designers so obsessed with short dresses?). The blouse he made this week was also cute.
Here is my ranking in regards to how I think the contestants will place when it’s all over:
Mondo–Winner of PR, season 8
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