Lifetime’s Project Runway 6 finds a winner, and it’s not viewers

Seven months after the three finalists presented collections at Fashion Week, Project Runway 6 ended, with the win going to Irina Shabayeva. Although Heidi told her the judges were “disappointed in [her] lack of color,” Michael Kors said Irina had “the best sense of showmanship.” After she won, Heidi told her that her collection was “sleek, modern, and cohesive, and it told a story. And you knew what kind of woman you were designing for.”

Carol Hannah Whitfield was eliminated first for her collection featuring “structured draping.” That was despite having “impeccable” tailoring, as Heidi said, never mind many fans who thought she should win. The judges told her they “admired your collection’s strength and energy, but it lacked a collective thread.”

Runner-up Althea Harper didn’t win, probably because, as Heidi said, the judges were “not entirely convinced” that she accomplished her goal of creating clothes of the future, even though she showed “modern staples of a new generation.” Also, Nina Garcia said that Althea’s “last three pieces were off” because “perhaps you tried to hit too many notes.”

The finale was, well, blah, kind of like the whole season. As to the heavily-promoted Tim Gunn meltdown, well, it wasn’t that big of a deal. He was just upset that the models and designers weren’t ready to walk on the runway, and looked stressed out, but it’s not like he kidney-punched a model or something. “Designers, I am about to lose it. We should be lining up right now but we can’t because maybe 10 percent of you are dressed. Get your models here, get them into your looks, please. This is crazy,” he said.

Then, just before a commercial break, he turned and looked right at the camera, and made a face that perfectly summed up this entire season:

Hey, look: Tim Gunn feels like I do about this season of Project Runway on Twitpic

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