Here's guest judge Jessica Simpson with the PR crew. Does Michael Kors ever take the shades off?

Exciting!

Blogging Project Runway just sent a dispatch from New York Fashion Week with details on the “Project Runway” Season 8 show. Like last season, they are showing collections from the top 10 designers instead of the final three, which helps throw off the finale spoilers.

To quote BPR:

I'm posting some of my favorite looks from the show. Honestly, I don't know who did what yet. I'm just going by sight. For all I know, I'm picking (shudder) Ivy's work. But I think this is Andy, just from the starburst headpiece description.

“Predictions: first, a bit of a spoiler. Earlier this week Nina Garcia mentioned on her twitter that they had narrowed down to the final three and that it ‘was one of the most emotional eliminations yet’. So we think they came in this week with a final four. There was a significant pause before they showed the final 4 collections. This may have been to ready the filming process. Although we have no certain knowledge, we think Gretchen, Mondo, April and Andy are the final four. Maybe Gretchen is the emotional elimination? Based on the quality of the collections, our consensus prediction for the win is Mondo. It will be a tough choice for the judges and we can’t wait to see how all of this goes down.”

If Mondo does win, I hope that will be enough to get him to stop complaining of loneliness. His talent is a curse, people!

By the way, it looks like Jessica Simpson is the guest judge for the finale.

Here’s the full scoop as of Thursday afternoon from BPR:

BPR’s Post-Finale Report:

Gorgeous (OK, this is Gretchen)

All 10 remaining designers showed this morning as predicted. Here was the order followed by some initial thoughts on the collections:

Michael Drummond - inspired by underwear? Hmmm.

Valerie Mayen – Rainbow Brite meets David Bowie! Fun looks and one of the crowd favorites.

Christopher Collins - went for elegance but fell a little flat.

Carlos Casanova - gold sparkly glitter glue on the models distracted from the designs.

Hate the hair, but the outfit intrigues me. (April)

Ivy Higa – inspired by one of her favorite beaches and the yellow tang fish in the tide pools. A beautiful beachwear collection.

Love this. Love the shades too. (More Gretchen)

Michael Costello - inspired by one of his dear friends. There were a couple of outstanding individual pieces in this collection but may have been trumped by the monochromatic rose taupe color of every look.

Gretchen Jones - looked a little melancholy and talked about the “journey” she went through on the show. Collections was called “Running Through Thunder”.

Mondo Guerra – inspired by what he loves and dedicated to his grandmother. Very strong collection.

April Johnston – inspired by “dusty dolls gone to a tea party and getting washed away”. There were short, loose buckles as a thread in the collection. We are concerned about her fabric choices.

LOVE this. (Michael C.)

Love this too. (Michael D? Surprise! Looks like part of Andy's collection)

Andy South – the theme was “bringing statues to life”. He had some cool starburst head pieces on his models. He was very teary-eyed at the end!

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So that’s all from BPR right now. They are planning to post photos later.

Or you can go to these direct Tom & Lorenzo links:

Andy South collection

April Johnston collection

Casanova collection

Christopher Collins collection

Gretchen Jones collection

Ivy Higa collection

Michael Costello collection (I’m surprised by how much I LOVE this — except for the boob exposure in that last one)

Michael Drummond collection

Mondo Guerra collection (And how much I hate this)

Valerie Mayen collection

Verdict: There are pieces of Andy’s that I really love, but overall I have to pick Michael C. and Gretchen as my favorites. I’m shocked. I think I will be alone on the MC front, but so be it!

Catch up on my PR recaps and Tim Gunn vlog commentary here in this nifty archive.

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