Project Runway: ConCRACKulations!
If you have any understanding of how the format of the show works, then you figured out a long time ago that Michael Costello was making it to the finals, come hell or high water. We’re not at all surprised he made it and we can’t even say we’re disappointed.
We don’t even think this was an auf’able dress.
We just think the judges made fools of themselves trying to justify a decision that was made long before this challenge. We understand why the Duchess loved it so much. This IS a Michael Kors dress. And we get why Heidi liked it: she’d wear it in a second. But Nina, honey. You really had us shaking our heads sadly. “This was a phenomenally beautiful dress.” Really, Nina? “Phenomenally beautiful?”
Just say it: “Even though this dress is nothing to write home about, Michael’s no better or worse than a lot of these designers and he drives some of them nuts, so he gets to go to the finals.” Is that so hard, judges? Someday we’re going to produce a post-modern reality show where judges openly admit things like that. “I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to leave because you have bad teeth and you’re a little chunky.” Or, “CONGRATULATIONS! YOU WON BECAUSE YOU’RE THE WHITE FINALIST!” Or “I’m not here to make friends. I’m here to make money.”
We have no problem with MC going to the finals. Really, we don’t. We don’t even care that he didn’t know what the fabric was. And we don’t hate this dress. But it never should’ve received more than a “Good enough. You can go.” from the judges. The gymnastics they went through to praise this as if it were some breathtakingly beautiful design was, frankly, pretty silly.
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