Posted Fri, October 29, 2010 12:11am EST

‘Project Runway’ Finale Shocker! Find Out Which Designer Won & Which One Was Totally Robbed!

Posted Fri, October 29, 2010 12:11am EST

In the show’s jaw dropping season eight finale, Andy choked, front runner Mondo was robbed and Gretchen, the queen of mean took home the top prize, an outcome that even shocked Tim Gunn!

I was still reeling from the departure of underdog Michael Costello last week- watching him fall short was heartbreaking, especially when egotistical Gretchen breezed into Fashion Week along with Mondo and Andy, going on and on about how much she deserved it. Rude!

This week’s finale started off with a reunion with all the seasons’ contestants. Gretchen got called out for her bad attitude. “You’re mean,” said April and Ivy rolled her eyes and called Gretchen fake when she started to cry. Meow! But for as drama filled as the season was, the rest of the reunion seemed like a love fest. There was an overwhelming amount of admiration for front-runner and HIV positive designer Mondo and newfound respect for Michael Costello.

After the rendezvous, it was back to the workroom and the crunch-time panic started to set in. Mondo was dealing with his models not showing up, Tim Gunn criticized one of Andy’s bathing suits- “it looks like it has hair coming out of the crotch,” while Gretchen was distracted and whining about something.

On the morning of the big day, the finalists made their way to Lincoln Center where the judges were waiting for them, including guest Jessica Simpson in the most unflattering outfit ever. Designed by Michael Kors himself, the saggy and shiny dress added bulk to her curvy frame, the cut out shoulders made her look like a linebacker and that tight ponytail did nothing to slim her round face. No wonder Michael Kors kept those aviators on inside, he was trying to hide! And what was up with Heidi Klum’s Hilary Clinton-eque red paint suit? At least Nina looked chic and qualified to judge a fashion competition!

Gretchen was up first with her collection that she named “Running Through Thunder.” She stuck with her boho 70s aesthetic with flowing maxi dresses, exaggerated black fedoras and brown safari print. It was a very wearable collection and she undoubtedly has talent as a ready-wear designer. My favorite look was high-waisted bell-bottom pants and a v-neck top. But the looks seemed to repeat over and over again which left me bored. Also, I didn’t get how the leather panels worked their way into the soft collection and those brown granny panties with flats? Yuck!

Andy took his inspiration from the Buddha Park in Laos. The collection was entirely silver with pops of bright green silks and he took a risk by sticking with the wacky star galaxy headpieces that the judges had voiced concerned about last week. His detailing was great, the cocktail dresses were smart and that so-called “hair bathing suit” didn’t look like hair at all. Actually, with the flowing cover-up, it was the most exciting piece of the collection. But I agree with Mondo’s observation in the workroom that the collection was two-dimensional with little variety. Andy, who had put out some wild Gaga worthy warrior looks earlier this season, toned himself down so much that his collection was barely recognizable as his. Disappointing.

Mondo’s much anticipated collection, which he dedicated to his grandmother Betty was loud, fun and yes, very Mondo. The fan favorite, who introduced his show in a sharp retro suit, mixed tweeds, polka dots, sequins and beads but remained heavy on the neutrals including just small pops of color. I was practically drooling over the strapless black and white plaid bubble dress. So adorable. No wonder designer Betsey Johnson gave him rave reviews afterward! I will admit the headpieces were odd and the last polka dot gown is a bit Beetlejuice looking but Mondo is refreshing, interesting and true to himself.

In the judges deliberation, they quickly decided Andy was out because of the lack of diversity in his collection. What ignited next was the most heated judges debate in Project Runway history. Nina and Michael were on Team Gretchen and argued that her effortless sportswear was where the future of fashion was headed. Heidi and Jessica were on Team Mondo and said he was more exciting and more original. Team Gretchen fired back saying Mondo wasn’t sophisticated or mature enough while Team Mondo said Gretchen was a snooze. The gloves were coming off!

It looked as if the panel was going to be deadlocked but someone on Team Mondo (I’m blaming Jessica) must have buckled because Gretchen was ultimately named the winner. I think Mondo took the news better than I did, as I screamed at my TV watching the pretentious biatch steal his much-deserved moment. Mondo was humble and grateful for his experience but I couldn’t help but smirk when I could obviously tell Heidi was biting her tongue in annoyance as she congratulated Gretchen.

Who do you think should have won Project Runway this season?

— Ashley Joy Parker

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CarrieBerry

Posted at 3:16 PM on October 30, 2010  

The judges criticized Michael C for using dresses that were “all the same color” yet Andy’s ENTIRE COLLECTION was silver and green!!! Can u say hypocrites??? They criticized Mondo for being “too Mondo” yet he won the majority of challenges for being “Mondo”. They let Gretchen win because of her “styling”. WTF?? This isn’t Project Stylist!!! The right styling can make a white t-shirt look great!!! I think this whole show is set up somehow with Piperlime and L’Oreal.

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frances tarbelt

Posted at 1:33 PM on October 30, 2010  

It’s halloween and the evil back stabing witch has won! I think the judges need to go into therapy for this brain mal- function !!!!!!!

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Muse

Posted at 10:33 AM on October 30, 2010  

This is a real downer. Runway was great because it felt real.

Now, it has devolved into the scripted “real” scenes typical of virtually all Jon Murray (and other reality shows–look at formerly fun DWTS!!) productions. They start out watchable and fun, then, the producers take over and feed them lines so the participants have the hero and villain and follow a story line that the producers feel will increase viewership and sponsorships. They follow a scripted formula now. And that’s why Gretchen won.

Thank heavens for TiVo, I could FF to look at the clothes, make up my mind what I liked (instead of whom), and listen to the judges. Then I can skip more of the producers’ drama, see who lost and won. And go on to something more meaningful.

It became so boring this year, I watched in 10-15 minutes and even avoided the ads.

Oh well.

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ghkjhk

Posted at 10:33 AM on October 30, 2010  

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bluecool40

Posted at 11:21 PM on October 29, 2010  

This was just a stupid joke.
The judges not only owe Mondo an apology, they owe the fans an even bigger apology for wasting our time. This show can no longer be taken seriously, it’s just another dumb TV show.. oh well I guess they judges showed us what fools we are for watching..

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Veronica

Posted at 8:56 PM on October 29, 2010  

I’m still annoyed that Michael was voted off. They didn’t send him to fashion week because his stuff was all one color yet Andy got to go and his entire line was gray.

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donna

Posted at 12:08 AM on October 30, 2010  

Gretchen’s line was all the same patterns and colors as well. The dress I liked best in Gretchen’s line was the black one that she was wearing! Did April design it for her? At least Michael’s color was pretty and flattering. MICHAEL was robbed.
The taste-makers have no taste. Boo hiss.

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Barbara Ponagai

Posted at 7:56 PM on October 29, 2010  

Thanks for the recap. I missed it and Tivo is acting up again. I appreciate the blow by blow. Actually I am glad I missed it now. I could not stand to see Gretchen win. I’m done with this show forever.

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VeritasDesign

Posted at 4:02 PM on October 29, 2010  

PR’s fashion week show is supposed to be 10 looks that push the envelope and wow audiences. Not mud brown, shapeless, ready-to-wear pieces that would get lost on any rack in a department store.

This show is now rewarding ready-to-wear? Why?!? Gretchen’s pieces were so lame that she had to go overboard on hair, makeup, accessories and styling to “fix” them. Her items will spend one season in department stores, and then we will see them on racks at TJ Maxx and Ross with the labels cut out…and then…Sayonara, Sister.

I dare Nina Garcia to actually wear one of Gretchen’s designs on camera for an episode if she really loved them so much. When Marie Claire has to put put Gretchen’s clothes in the magazine (as part of the prize package) I am betting their circulation will fall to an all time low. If I had a subscription, I’d cancel it.

I watch PR to see innovative fashions by promising young designers – and want to see talented people rewarded. Not manufactured reality.

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mopsie

Posted at 12:02 PM on October 29, 2010  

Mondo is an artist in every sense of the word. I am now questioning Nina Garcia andMichael Kor’s taste. Gretchen’s style was great for ready to wear FROM JCP OR SEARS. Just like bad movies from the 70s are being remade, she has summoned forth styles form the 70s. Her leather looked like it escaped from “Superfly” and her other flowy, dull colored pieces looked like outfits that I wore back then and styled them better than her. Her “jewelry” was a joke. I guess time will tell when Mondo, Andy and Michael C have beautiful, stylish lines that sell and she has a line in Penney’s who the real winners were.

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Nretana

Posted at 11:38 AM on October 29, 2010  

My poor Mondo, he was robbed, but, he only lost on the show, he will win in real life!

Mondo, Honey, what an inspiration you were to all of us that take life for granted, you deserve to make every one of your dream come true and you will, we your fans will supoort you 100%, thanks for that awesome collection, few people know that the Mexican culture has beauty and you brought that out, I could sooo see a modern Frida wear those head pieces, not to mention that shirt dress, just grogeous!! Much love and respect….Retana :)

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makeup

Posted at 11:16 AM on October 29, 2010  

Terribly disappointed. Seems someone is trying to destroy the show. I thought they were voting for a designer. Mondo is an artist melding his talents into his clothing designs. Pure genius. Total winner on all counts. Don’t have a clue on what the judges were thinking about Gretchen. Who would wear those panties in public? Good Grief! Wasn’t another designer chastised for designing them and using them in her line of clothing? If drama is all they’re ratings are going by I will not be viewing any longer. I watch the show because I love to see the design creation and final product. I don’t need drama. Get that enough in my own life. Just doesn’t make sense – either discrimination or competitive show productions may be the problem. Notice Bravo is going to have a new runway show next season. Interesting bedfellows.

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Sabrina

Posted at 10:39 AM on October 29, 2010  

TEAM MONDO all the way!!!!!!!!!

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kathy

Posted at 9:51 AM on October 29, 2010  

I have enjoyed the drama and the mud slinging of this characterless, mean spirited cast immensely. It drew me in completely. And why on the finale episode you would cut all that out????!! I know why–it was to get us to see a different side of Gretchen to prepare us for her win. I would have enjoyed this finale so much better if you really showed the hatefulness and ever present humungo-sized ego of Gretchen. It would have made for a much more fun finale. The whole thing was ridiculous. focusing on how close they were after all that drama–it seemed out of whack and boring as milk toast. As much as I love Mondo I don’t think he provided any surprises at the finale. And maybe it would have been too predictable if he had won? Bad editing on this finale ruined it!!!

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champion

Posted at 9:34 AM on October 29, 2010  

MONDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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winnie

Posted at 9:27 AM on October 29, 2010  

Yes Mondo was robbed!~ his line was great, hedi is right, we could mix n match his pieces very well… he’s new and refreshing.

I thought the whole thing was a joke. I cannot wait until Mondo comes out with his own line. It will be amazing
TEAM MONDO!!!!!!

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whatever

Posted at 9:08 AM on October 29, 2010  

I am soooooo disappointed with project runway this season that I dare say this show is AAUUUWWWT!!! of my “to watch” list. Never again. Michael’s breakdown was exploited for ratings and Mondo was straight up robbed. I guess Mondo’s line was just too “mexican” for the judges.

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Grace

Posted at 8:51 AM on October 29, 2010  

I can’t believe Mondo lost. I was so upset. Ugh and Gretchen won…. she didn’t deserve to. Her collection wasn’t anything special, it’s all been seen before.

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Guest

Posted at 8:48 AM on October 29, 2010  

Mondo should have won Project Runway, he had the most creativity in the whole competition. I hate how the judges played it safe with Gretchen’s “ready to wear” clothing. They think that her clothes are what every women would want to wear, but in reality, those are the clothes that GRETCHEN wants to wear.

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Mondo was Robbed

Posted at 7:37 AM on October 29, 2010  

Dislike this outcome? Dislike Gretchen even more? Please Like this page on Facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gretchen-is-a-Bitch/128401720548812

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jemma

Posted at 2:56 AM on October 29, 2010  

What a joke this season just became, MONDO WAS ROBBED!!!!

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Judy B

Posted at 6:33 PM on October 31, 2010  

I was almost distracted from my shock at seeing Gretchen “win” by Jessica’s horrible dress. I kept wondering – does she weigh 250? Is she 9 months preg? NO!! It was Michael Kors’ “hip, young (HA HA HA) look” that totally wiped out Jessica’s real beauty and made her look, well, huge. Mondo should have won – funny that 98 percent of us consumers out here that SHOP IN DEPT STORES hated Gretchen’s dated crap and loved Mondo’s creative esthetic. (hate that word, mostly because Gretchen overuses it!!)

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