It’s over. Are you happy? Sad? Indifferent?
I am pretty indifferent. After nine seasons, I feel like we have run out of talented people to compete. Everyone is just okay. I mean, the winner barely knows how to sew! Spoiler alert: Anya won.
Now, I’ve liked Anya all season. She was by far the coolest contestant with her charming accent, shaved head and giant earrings. She had a good eye for fashion and despite her lack of experience she made some beautiful clothes. But I have to wonder if she was only moderately good in a lackluster cast. Had there been a Christian Siriano, a Seth Aaron, a Jay McCarroll, a Santino…would Anya have even made it to Fashion Week? Probably not. It was the lack of any real competition that propelled her forward each week.
Favored to win was the peevish Viktor Luna, whose sewing skills were better than everyone else’s. Design-wise…meh. Shockingly, the likable but boring Kimberly Goldson also made it to the end. Let that be a lesson to future contestants: Make some good pants to win the favor of the judges. And to round out the final
three four, bitchy Joshua McKinley brought his gaudy overdesigned creations to fashion week.
The runway shows were not too exciting. If Viktor hadn’t ruthlessly edited his own collection and added several black chiffon dresses, he would have won with his homemade prints and highly tailored looks. He was his own worst enemy.
I believe that the only judge who matters is Nina Garcia. Anya was her favorite all season, and if last year’s Gretchen vs. Mondo argument was any indication, it is Nina who decides the winner.
Will this dull season be the end of watching Project Runway for me? Maybe. I’ll see how I feel next season. I might miss Tim Gunn too much.