Project Runway concludes tonight.
Bravo’s sleeper hit Project Runway ends its extended run with a two-hour finale tonight at 9 p.m. ET, and either Wendy Pepper, Kara Saun, or Jay McCarroll will receive $100,000 in seed money to start their own fashion line. The show’s increasing ratings are likely due to its combination of bitchy interpersonal interaction and serious work; as Tim Gunn told the Chicago Tribune, “There’s a level of true seriousness and purpose here.” The clothes they’ll present as part of their collections aren’t exactly secret, since Fashion Week was a few weeks ago. Still, this is undoubtedly the most highly anticipated reality TV finale since the last highly anticipated reality TV finale.
In the New York Daily News, the three designers give us a taste of the catfights to come. Jay says Wendy “is delusional. She seriously thinks that everyone had a strategy on the show. There are parts of her I cannot fucking stand. She’s a weirdo. Hopefully after this whole ordeal I’ll never see her again.” Wendy defends her behavior easily: “The point is to get rid of 11 people. If you want to call that villainous, you can, but I just call it realistic.” And Heidi Klum says that all of this mirrors the industry: “Every morning we open up the trashy magazines and we rip each other apart.”