Project Runway’s Ashley Nell Tipton made history by putting on the show’s first plus-size finale collection, and then went on to be the first plus-size designer to win the entire competition.
The designer — who covers the December issue of Skorch magazine — says the overall response to her boundary-breaking win has been positive.
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers from Thursday’s finale of Project Runway. Read at your own risk!
Season 14 of Project Runway — the season where not one, not two, but THREE designers showed up without tools; the season where Tim blew up in the workroom and screamed the f-word at a designer; the season where we got to hear the musical stylings of Merline and the clever catchprasing of Kelly From the Deli — has come to a close. And what a season it was…or not.
We’re down to the wire on Project Runway season 14, and the designers are feeling it. In last week’s episode, the designers were given a critique on their three-piece collections and less than two days to fix problems across their full 10-piece finale collections.
Season 14 of Project Runway comes to a close on Thursday, and at least one person is thrilled to say goodbye. “I’m telling you — and I haven’t said this very much — I hated season 14,” Tim Gunn tells EW. “I hated it. I felt that other than a couple of designers, they weren’t working up to their potential. The whole thing was lackluster.”
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As Project Runway aired tonight, fans across the country we’re yelling, “I knew it!” at their TVs. Many of you noted in the comments last week that Edmond was never sent to pack up his things — that’s because this week picked up right where that episode ended. Tim came into the waiting area and hemmed and hawed before finally saying, “Well, you’re not going anywhere.” Even Edmond couldn’t pull off a surprised look. So, yeah, we all saw that coming, but it’s still nice to have him in the final four for New York Fashion Week.
Kelly Dempsey has come a long way from her deli roots. In Thursday’s episode, the first half of the finale, she welcomes Tim to her home/design studio for critiques on her New York Fashion Week collection.
Tim visits all the designers in tonight’s episodes, but none of them are quite like his visit to Springfield, Massachusetts, Kelly’s hometown.
Before Project Runway, the only outlet us normal people had for critiquing designers was the red carpet. We’ve see the best- and worst-dressed lists after each award show every year — we (mostly) understand why things belong on those lists and what looks good on a red carpet. And while we may be more familiar with avant-garde and “editorial” looks thanks to 14 seasons of this show, the runway challenge always feels the most familiar.
“Is this butter?” —Kelly from the Deli
You have to love a person who realizes they’re dipping pretzels in butter — not cream cheese — and just keeps right on eating it without shame. But that’s just Kelly: unapologetic about what she likes. And because of that, she’s worked her way into all of our hearts.
This was the episode we were waiting for! When Tim Gunn previewed this season to my colleague ahead of the premiere, he warned us that he would absolutely lose it. And he did not disappoint. But the reason he was so upset has me a little frustrated. I think the designers had the deck stacked against them for this challenge, but I’ll get to that. First let’s recap…
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