'Project Runway': Did the Right Girl Win?
Of all the designers, Irina certainly had the best "story" for her collection, explaining she was inspired by the struggles of women in New York to harden themselves to the environment while still maintaining their femininity. While the color palette for the collection was a too-somber slash of black and gray, the designs were impeccably made and interesting. Plus, the collection was certainly the most cohesive of the three, as the judges noted.
The response from the audience of the Bryant Park show was overwhelmingly positive. Designer John Varvatos called the designers a "strong group." Halston CEO Bonnie Takhar gave a huge compliment, saying "all three collections were brilliant." Designer Marc Bouwer called the final three the "strongest ever" for Project Runway. I have to agree with those comments. All three of the final collections were frankly spectacular, putting even some of the winning collections from previous years to shame.
Watching Irina roll her eyes every time another designer received a compliment on the runway just made me want to slap her. She knows she's a strong designer, she knows she's very likely to win, but still she can't seem let go of her jealousy and animosity. Althea and Carol Hannah deserved to be in the final three and produced amazing collections. Their praise from the judges was well-earned. Yet, Irina could not stop making faces every time one of them received a compliment. It's petty and disgusting.
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