'Project Runway': Nina Garcia, Tim Gunn Spill Secrets on Season 10 Finale
Plus, Gunn gets candid about the two designers who quit, why he did his first-ever consultation with the judges (he wanted a designer to be eliminated) and which contestant's mom was "hostile" to him.
The Project Runway season 10 winner will be revealed in Thursday night's episode, and judge Nina Garcia and mentor Tim Gunn believe that viewers won't have a reason to complain.
"There was a clear and definite winner," Garcia told reporters in a conference call Wednesday. "It was very unanimous, to be honest with you. ... There wasn't so much as a disagreement, or at least I didn't think so."
The competition is down to four finalists: Fabio Costa, 29, from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Melissa Fleis, 31, from San Francisco; Christopher Palu, 24, from Massapequa, N.Y.; and Dmitry Sholokhov, 33, from New York, N.Y.
Garcia praised all four, saying that Costa is conceptual and "thinks outside the box," Fleis excels at separates with an "easy, urban attitude," Palu is a skilled tailor who works well with fabric and prints, and Sholokhov is "very architectural" and "very sophisticated."
In last week's episode, the four designers were given some criticism during the final runway show before New York Fashion Week, with the judges claiming they all needed to work on their styling. But they ultimately decided not to cut anyone and allowed all four to compete in the finale.
"I think the preshow to the finale was a wake-up call to the designers, and what you'll see at the finale is that they really step it up," Garcia said. (The finale airs at 9 p.m. Thursday on Lifetime.)
Gunn agreed, saying he was happy with the outcome as well. In the past, Gunn has been critical of the judges when he hasn't agreed with their decisions, previously arguing that Gretchen Jones shouldn't have won season eight over Mondo Guerra (who recaps Project Runway for THR.com) and telling reporters Wednesday that he had wanted Viktor Luna to take the season nine crown over Anya Ayoung-Chee. (For her part, Garcia said there are no decisions she would change if given the chance.)
"It could have been any of them, and I would be happy," Gunn said of the season 10 winner. "I have not been particularly happy with the outcome of the last couple of seasons. ... [But] this season, I was enormously happy with the outcome, and I hope everyone else is."
He added that the final four were, in his belief, the best four of the season 10 designers.
"I will say that without hesitation," he said. "The cream really does rise; it just does."
Meanwhile, Garcia also praised finale guest judge Jennifer Hudson.
"It was very timely," Garcia said. "She also is coming out with a line of clothes herself, so she's in the midst of producing clothes, and she understands what women need in their wardrobes."
As for what she looks for when determining a Project Runway winner, Garcia said the two most important elements in a collection are creativity and wearability.
"At the end of the day, these clothes are meant to be in a store, not in a museum," she said.
During the conference call, Gunn -- who next voices a role in Disney's animated Sofia the First and is planning another book -- also got candid about other key moments of Project Runway past and present. He sounds off on the next page.
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