Project Runway Finale Spring 2012 : Um, What's the Theme?

Do people still say "hot mess" anymore? If not, it should be resurrected for the purposes of reviewing the Project Runway season nine finale show I saw yesterday. But the collections are not really why one attends Project Runway shows, is it? Of course not...it's for seeing Michael Kors, and all the random celebs who show up. This year delivered Jennifer Love Hewitt, wearing an unfortunate orange bandage dress, and Andie MacDowell, looking rather radiant and sure of herself. It's always fun to see who they dig up as a guest judge, with Jessica Simpson--clothing line doyenne and worst-dressed list inhabitant--doing the honors last year. This year they went with an actual designer, the amazonian L'Wren Scott, who makes me want to wear even higher heels. And then there was Heidi, who was completely stunning in a sparkly, backless black jumpsuit.
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Do people still say "hot mess" anymore? If not, it should be resurrected for the purposes of reviewing the Project Runway season nine finale show I saw yesterday. But the collections are not really why one attends Project Runway shows, is it? Of course not...it's for seeing Michael Kors, and all the random celebs who show up. This year delivered Jennifer Love Hewitt, wearing an unfortunate orange bandage dress, and Andie MacDowell, looking rather radiant and sure of herself. It's always fun to see who they dig up as a guest judge, with Jessica Simpson--clothing line doyenne and worst-dressed list inhabitant--doing the honors last year. This year they went with an actual designer, the amazonian L'Wren Scott, who makes me want to wear even higher heels. And then there was Heidi, who was completely stunning in a sparkly, backless black jumpsuit.
*Photo: Getty

*Photo: Getty

Do people still say "hot mess" anymore? If not, it should be resurrected for the purposes of reviewing the Project Runway season nine finale show I saw yesterday, which I attended on behalf of L'Oreal Paris. But the collections are not really why one attends Project Runway shows, is it? Of course not...it's for seeing Michael Kors, and all the random celebs who show up.

This year delivered Jennifer Love Hewitt, wearing an unfortunate orange bandage dress, and Andie MacDowell, looking rather radiant and sure of herself. It's always fun to see who they dig up as a guest judge, with Jessica Simpson--clothing line doyenne and worst-dressed list inhabitant--doing the honors last year. This year they went with an actual designer, the amazonian L'Wren Scott, who makes me want to wear even higher heels. And then there was Heidi, who was completely stunning in a sparkly, backless black jumpsuit.

Josh

Josh

Nine designers, six of whom were decoys, showed their collections. Very few of the collections had any sort of cohesion or obvious over-arching theme, confirming my suspicion that this may be the weakest group of designers the show's produced in many seasons. There were a couple bright spots, however.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict who I think the top three are, based purely on the quality of the collections I saw: Laura Kathleen, Anya, and Kimberly. Go, grrrl power. Laura Kathleen used metals to great effect, Anya showed a flowy collection with a Caribbean vibe (and she's frankly her own best model), and Kimberly used lots of color and the famous pants she's become known for on the show. And I didn't totally hate Viktor's collection, so he may be a possibility.

As for the others? Oy. Josh showed tight neon green bike shorts complete with lace up detailing, which would have been at home on any girl in a Van Halen video circa 1988. Enough said.

And I would be remiss as a beauty editor if I didn't mention the beauty looks. There was a Jil Sander teal eyeliner rip-off (Bryce), horrifying Cleopatra hair (Anthony Ryan), and creepy caterpillar man-brows (Olivier). The others were lovely, and all looks were created by Collier Strong, L'Oreal Paris' consulting celebrity makeup artist.

Click through to see a selection of some of the best and worst looks (there are three from each designer) and judge for yourself. Who's going to be out?

*Photos: Imaxtree