October 20, 2006

your papa won!

Finale. Finally. It's there. And guess what? No drama, no twists, no questionable decisions -- the designer with the strongest, boldest collection won. It was as simple as that.

Harrison Detroit*, stop crying, your Papa** won!

Who could put it better than Robin Givhan (Washington Post)?
Sebelia stood out because he sent fashion -- something personal and challenging -- down the runway. That was a risk because fashion often alienates more consumers -- or viewers -- than it excites. Bennett and Herzner simply offered the audience nice clothes with obvious commercial appeal. It is a subtle distinction, and the fact that the judges went looking for fashion -- and rewarded Sebelia for producing it -- distinguishes "Project Runway" as a reality show that tries to reflect the standards of the industry it mines for entertainment.
All was harmony. Laura I-didn't-mean-to-question-your-integrity Bennett had to accept that the judges were just not that into her Alexis Carrington collection, Michael was cool with his clothes not being so hot after all, Uli concluded that No. 2 was just right for her, and Jeffrey ... well, it's all just a bunch of vibrations!

All's well that end's well. Bye, bye PR3, we're gonna miss you!


* Linguistically, this episode was't very interesting. We didn't get to see a lot of Tim Gunn either. Hm, perhaps there's a correlation? So, let's at least say something about the most striking middle name ever: Detroit's (the city!) name used to be "Ville d'Etroit" (literally: city of the strait), named after a narrow strait that led to it. The name was at some point simplified (and anglicized) to "Detroit". Of course, it's now going to become a popular name for boys (think "Madison", which now ranks consistently among the top ten names for girls, though not in Wisconsin itself). Check back here next year, and you may not read "Detroit is not in the top 1000 male names for any year of birth in the last 15 years. Please enter another name".

**"Papa" (with stress on the first syllable) is the German equivalent to "daddy". Heidi Klum's children probably address her as "Mama" (again, stress on the first syllable) -- they're so lucky to grow up to be bilingual!

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