It’s been four days since the apocalypse. Four days since Nina Garcia and Michael Kors’ nonsensical whims du jour hijacked Project Runway and stuck us with the lousiest winner in the show’s history. I’ve calmed down considerably since writing my post-show recap — I no longer feel the need to type in all caps — but I’m still driving myself crazy trying to make sense of what happened. So many questions! How did Gretchen go from eliciting Nina’s death stare with her “crunchy granola” Birkenstock ensembles in the semi-final to having her “finger on the pulse of fashion” in a matter of days? Because she put her models in some high heels? Put some gel in their hair? Isn’t the point of the show to anoint the most fashion-forward designer, not the one who’s responding to current trends? Did Nina and MK want to punish Mondo for not heeding their advice about the so-called “circus-y” motifs? Did the show’s producers insist on a female winner to appease the Lifetime audience? Or is it more sinister yet: They wanted to create a controversy to keep us talking about the show. If the latter, then, congratulations. Really. Stellar job.
Last Friday, both Nina and Michael declined my interview requests. Today, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are doing the declining. Not being able to make sense of the finale with Tim is particularly disheartening, since he’s no longer posting his wondrous vlogs on his Facebook page. But, thanks to a fan who recorded him riffing at a recent Kate Spade event in Pennsylvania, we now know exactly what Mr. Gunn thinks of the whole Gretchen-gate debacle. (Kudos to Blogging Project Runway for first posting the video.) Watch the segment below as Tim explains how Heidi tried to enlist him to sway Nina and Michael’s votes. Then watch how he brilliantly addresses the Gretchen situation. (Pay extra close attention to the sly gesture he makes at the very end.) Tim Gunn, you remain our hero. Always and forever.
What do you think? Are you still raging about Gretchen-gate? Or should we call it Nina-and-Michael-gate? It’s their fault, after all. Does the Tim video cheer you up at all? “Mondo will do fabulously anyway, and Gretchen really needs the money.” LOL!