What can I say? Jeffery not only was found innocent of cheating, but he won the whole enchilada. I have to agree, his collection best addressed what a women's collection should be from casual to more formal. Although I didn't love his clothes like I loved Laura's and Uli's, of the four finalist he addressed what the judges wanted to see.
Let's face it, this was a hard contest to judge. I liked Laura's collection best because I adored her dresses, but a collection has to be more than cocktail and opera dresses. She knew what it would have taken to win, but she settled for doing what she does best. I guess if you have a chance to show at Bryant Park versus a one and four chance of winning Project Runway, you make the most of the Bryant Park experience.
I felt Michael's collection was the weakest of the four, although I thought he had some very nice pieces. I saw the finale at a friend's house (who was hosting an unrelated PR party) and was told that Michael was dating Brandi…as in Brandi the singer. She was there in the audience cheering her man on. If your reaction was a bit like mine, you may have gone, 'Oh, Michael isn't gay.' Not that there is anything wrong with that and not that it makes any difference in his designing skills, but more like, 'Wow, two heterosexual men were finalist in a women's clothing design reality program. What are the odds?'
Uli's collection was great too. Her parents and I think either her boyfriend or brother were there (I'm hoping he was her boyfriend becuase he was cute and I think Uli deserves that, especially since she came in number two). There were a few PR heads at this party, plus a few others who watched the show for the first time tonight, and we were all yelling Uli's name because it is fun to yell her name while liquored up. If you haven't done so yet, I highly recommend it. Everyone agreed that her Safari Beach esthetic really worked and Nina said that people were stopping her before she left the tent wanting to know how to contact Uli.
I liked this finale over last season's because it seemed as if the producers were being too tough on the second season's contestants making them squeeze out one last look about 48 hours before hitting the Bryant Park runway. I found it unpleasant to watch all three almost have breakdowns while trying to do their best with the one last 'surprise' challenge. I liked seeing the season three designers appear more relaxed and less sleep deprived. Perhaps, the producers realized that pushing a pregnant woman to a breaking point doesn't make good TV.
The forth judge was, I believe, the Bryant Park organizer, thus a fashion insider (instead of some NBC sitcom celebrity thankfully). This lent a level a credibility that had been lacking in the two previous seasons. Further, the audience wasn't stocked with 'celebrities' from other Bravo shows (paging James Lipton) but with honest to goodness fashion people. Buyers from Wal-mart to Macy's were there. Regardless of how I feel about Wal-mart, it is smart marketing for them to snatch one of the finale contestants in order to develop a line.
I have gone to wanting to stab Jeffery in his tattooed neck with scissors to not minding that he won. I'm assuming that if there was something to find out that the producers would have found it out, thus I believe his win was clean. He provided a collection that was everything it was supposed to be. Jeffery, congratulations!