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Project Runway Wrap-Up: The Season Finale

No one can accuse Jeffrey's victory on Bravo's third season of Project Runway for being undramatic. After Laura's accusations that Jeffrey outsourced his sewing, his admission that he sent leather out for pleating (which, apparently, is allowed), and the news that the designer also went over budget with those garish blond wigs, the rocker that everyone loves to hate still came out on top—all the while wearing a pair of ridiculous knickers.

I have to say, I'm a little bit disappointed in the PR outcome. (To tell us who you think should have won, click here.) Though I had come to terms with the fact that Michael still has some growing up to do, and while I think Jeffrey is very talented, I just don't like him! Plus, I'd really started to think that Uli's highly wearable designs deserved to win. I think Kayne said it best when he said “I thought Uli rocked the sh*t out” of her Bryant Park collection.

Vexingly, it seemed Heidi did too: After commending Uli for creating a collection "that every woman will want to wear,” she announced that Jeffrey had still won, and Jeffrey seemed as shocked as I was. Let's take another look at the runway shows, shall we? To see the collections from New York Fashion Week,


Uli's safari-themed collection looked even better on TV than in photos; the clothes just moved beautifully. I particularly loved her use of big metal rings on the backs of halter tops and the front of bikinis.


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Laura's introduction for her runway show was the best:"I came on Project Runway hoping to make it big in the fashion world, and I did. I’m big and I’m in the fashion world.” And for $8,000, the collection was amazingly luxe, with hand-sewn feather and bead detailing and a 1940s vibe.


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The roaring crowd that welcomed Michael onto the runway showed that he was still the crowd favorite, by far. But while I loved the idea of his collection—a "street safari" for a woman on the hunt for who she is—wasn't as professionally executed as the others. As Heidi said, “We believe in your future as a designer but you need time to mature.”


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And last but not least, there was Jeffrey. Ok, ok, so his collection was pretty cool, with unexpected color combinations like dark green and gray, plus those amazing leather pants that looked like they were tattooed on. But if you evaluated his designs over the whole season, were they really the best? What do you guys think?


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rock-candy rock-candy 9 years
I think the judges had their minds made up before they announced Jeffrey as the winner. They specifically mentioned during their "chat" that 2 of Jeffrey's dresses didn't go with any of the others, even referring to them as NIGHTMARES! Jeffrey also acted extremely suspicious before Laura went to Tim about him cheating. And, how did they do a "thorough" investigation if all they did was check into the receipts he gave them? They didn't talk to all of his helpers at his already established business? Like they would give him up--but I have a feeling that it will come out eventually that he did cheat. Any designer or seamstress wouldn't just sit around and twiddle their thumbs. Anyone taking pride in their own work wouldn't just traipse around the work area biting their nails, going out on the balcony to smoke cigarettes. He had guilt written all over his face! If you were going to show your work, just like with writing before you turn it in, you're going to scrutinize every inch of it a million times before turning it in! I think the judges had preconceived notions of all of the designers. I'm young and I think Laura's designs are actually more modern and "fresh" than Jeffrey's considering Jeffrey is really just recycling a lot of the current trends. I don't see him as an "innovator." I see him as a skanky, pompous jackass.
jodibug77 jodibug77 9 years
Out with Jeffery and in with Uli...Based on Jeffery's attitude alone he should have been sent packing a long time ago. Laura was right...he definitely didn't sew all those pieces himself!
jodibug77 jodibug77 9 years
Absolutely Uli without a doubt...or even Laura. Jeffery come on...What a loser! His attitude alone is enough send him packing. I can't stand him!
Kensington Kensington 9 years
I agree that Uli is rather limited, but there is a market out there for her. Her designs were at least wearable, fun, youthful & sexy. She should've won. Laura, too, was another favorite of mine, but her clothes were too serious. I'd probably buy a couple of pieces for work or some function. Michael it seems took the idea of hot pants & ran w/ it, after winning a challenge w/ them. This last collection looked like Baby Phat-too much so. Jeff was my least favorite, but I could appreciate his style. The bag is funky.
la_clique la_clique 9 years
Disapointed, but not surprised. None of the contestants really had every little thing they needed to cinch the contest. Jeffry took lots of chances, and made interesting looks. I wouldn't wear any of them, but I can appreciate the design ideas. But, I think he was a pretty sorry human being, it can't all be editing. Michael is such a nice guy, and is young. Hopefully he'll get a good apprenticeship out of this. He def has talent. Laura has good stuff, and maybe could do boutique stuff or work for Ann Taylor type desigers. I would wear her dresses-not that I have that many cocktail hours to attend! Uli, cute and likeable, but really just the same dress in dif lengths and patterns. She could def do a resort wear line, cover-ups, etc... Whoo hoo. Who's ready for next season :)
lindaloo lindaloo 9 years
I have never liked Jeffrey and based on their shows at Fashion Week, I think Uli should have won!! Hands down. I'm disappointed.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
I thought with all the controversy alone and with the going over the budget Jeffrey shouldn't have won!
lil_bit_edgy lil_bit_edgy 9 years
i personally like jeffrey's designs through the season, some more than others of course. he has a very european vibe which i love! michael either brought it or really disappointed throughout the season, never really consistant which is a bummer because he does have lots of talent. but like daniel v, someone will teach him the ways let's pray it's not kimora lee or p. diddy. uli and laura were TOO consistant and border line boring. what is a fashion designer if they don't take risk from time to time. i can see uli making a bigger name for herself but how many people are living by the beach and the vater? her range was very limited.
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