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Did the Judges Get It Right? Only Time Will Tell

By CaitlinBergmann Fri., Oct. 29, 2010 ,5:00 am EDT

We’ve spent 13 challenges and many thoughtful uses of the Piperlime Accessories Wall to get here, so let’s just dive right into the thick of it, shall we?

Andy, I think, was so limited by the late arrival of his fabrics that he didn’t leave enough time to execute the looks he was truly capable of, and it did him a serious disservice. Many were on the fence about his head accessories (I think they were a distraction), but at least he gave it a go.

Gretchen, although using similar patterns too many times for my liking throughout her collection, took the advice she received after showcasing three looks in Episode 13 and acted on it. She sassed her models up a bit for her show, and they did all have a definitive look. I think some of her stronger pieces here had a Diane von Furstenberg–esque, ready-to-wear ease to it that any woman could appreciate.

Yes, it is always a matter of taste, but Mondo’s collection had a spirit and a joy about it that was true to his design philosophy and his spirit these past 14 weeks.

Regardless of the outcome of this season, Mondo was a winner. The man could have robbed your grandmother and prank-called your home as an I.R.S. auditor, and he still would have been a winner.

Who had the strongest Fashion Week collection?


The fact that the judges had such a battle of words over this final decision was apparent, more so than in any other season. Guest judge Jessica Simpson, who has an extensive fashion empire of her own, had some feedback that was a welcome point of view to the discussion and also helped create a two-versus-two divide between Team Jessica/Heidi and Team Michael/Nina.

Did the judges get it right? I think the ultimate answer to that very tough question is in the distant future. Will Mondo — or Andy, for that matter — have the last laugh? Only time will tell, but they’re certainly moving forward.