Fans of Project Runway were thrown a curve ball last night as the eighth season came to an end, crowning Gretchen Jones the winner. Mondo Guerra, who won the hearts of many fans with his creative vision and appealing sincerity, were left shaking their heads at the outcome.
Admittedly, Project Runway has been one of my must-see shows for the past eight seasons. Thursday nights have been set aside to marvel at some the talent and creativity that many of the Project Runway contestants bring to the competition. Clearly Gretchen Jones has talent, but Mondo Guerra’s boldness and genius is what won over many fans this season. The fan support has even led to Facebook groups now forming to protest, banning L’Oreal, Garnier, and future viewing of Project Runway. Mando Guerra’s own fan page is now filled with fan comments regarding the outcome.
The judges’ decision making process was almost painful to watch last night, as Michael Kors and Nina Garcia suddenly became strong advocates for Gretchen Jones, repeatedly rallying on about the ready-to-wearness of the collection and how she was the future of fashion. Heidi Klum and Jessica Simpson strongly advocated for Mondo Guerra, frequently calling out Kors and Garcia for their insistance on now saying Mondo Guerra’s creativity was too over-the-top, though they once praised this very boldness. Both Jessica Simpson and Heidi Klum wanted to wear Mondo Guerra’s polka dot evening gown.
Jessica Simpson had a pained expression on her face throughout most of the judging, clearly uncomfortable with the Kors-Garcia alliance and their dismissal of nearly every positive comment said regarding Mondo Guerra’s collection. Heidi Klum seemed surprised at the tension, at one point asking if someone could bring her some boxing gloves.
In the end, Gretchen Jones was named winner. Mondo Guerra, however, is far from being a runner up. His collection was exactly like his designs througout the season, consistently bold, with a real talent for mixing prints and creating stand out clothing. Like many of the second place winners of the once popular, American Idol Guerra’s fan base may just catapult him to the top, independent of any endorsement win by Project Runway.