Saturday, November 6, 2010

10 Things You Don't Know About Project Runway Winner Gretchen Jones

That is Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones sort of giving you the evil eye.


Well, Marie Claire magazine, that being the magazine where Project Runway judge, Nina Garcia, works, produced a video about Gretchen Jones in which she tells you 10 things you don't know about her.

Choice bits of fascinating information. Like one time Gretchen says she "got busy in a Burger King restroom." Choice bits like that.

Now it really did not matter to me that Gretchen beat Mondo for the win on Project Runway. Gretchen really needed the money bad, while Mondo had already won a cash stash. And, in the end, I'd grown to like Gretchen's particular brand of weirdness.

Others have not been so okay with Mondo not winning.

Like the person in the above photo. Protesting Mondo's Project Runway loss at Jon Stewart's Rally for Sanity last weekend in Washington, D.C.

Apparently there are a lot of people in and out of the fashion industry who have been questioning the sanity of Nina Garcia and Michael Kors and their reasoning as to why Gretchen should be the winner of Project Runway. A lot of their reasoning had something to do with Gretchen being trendy, or trending forward, or fashion forward, or something like that.

Well. There are a lot of clothes designers in the world. Many of them are famous, at least to those who pay attention to such things. I've heard few of the names.

But, these guys named Tom and Lorenzo, they do pay attention to the fashion world and seem to know what they are talking about. Their blogging analysis, with photos, of the Project Runway finale is both interesting and funny. And they have a lot of pictures of other current designers, who's stuff, at least to my untrained eyes, looks a lot like what Mondo is making.

Here's a blurb from Tom & Lorenzo's Blog about the raging trendy controversy...

"You could argue that Gretchen's collection was equally as strong, but THAT'S NOT THE ARGUMENT THE JUDGES MADE. Despite the fact that they literally could not describe Mondo's collection without using the kind of language reserved for winning designers ("He's incredibly creative and talented.") the ONLY arguments made in support of Gretchen by Nina and Michael were "It's on trend" and "I can sell these garments." Pardon us for being purists, but what appalling arguments to be making. This is what happens when a show goes from ELLE Magazine and the Banana Republic accessories wall to Marie Claire and the Piperlime accessories wall. Project Runway was never cutting edge even on its best days, but the dumbing down of the brand has been a distressing thing to witness."

Now on to the Gretchen Jones video, brought to you courtesy of I suspect this video may not be long for the world, due to the fact that it is generating a lot of none too flattering reactions, out there in Internet World.

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