project runway 8 final 3 320 'Project Runway': Andy, Gretchen or Mondo FTW? Vote!Wow. So was Season 8 of “Project Runway” as dramatic for you as it was for us? We’re hoping for some catharsis soon, but of course we have Part II of the finale to get through first. Let’s hope no one passes out (oh wait, Ivy already did).

Down to the Final 3, and we admit we sorta wanted Michael Costello in the mix because where he goes, drama follows. Can you just imagine the catty comments the returning designers would have made? Would any of them even be able to work with him? And he’s just the sweetest guy in the world.

Anyway, let’s take a look at the three who actually are going to show at Fashion Week:

Andy South – He was terribly inconsistent but he slowly came into his own, which makes sense since he’s only 23. He brings a unique warrior woman style into his designs, and has a penchant for making unflattering pants/shorts that are nevertheless probably super comfy. He’s had one of the lowest scores three times with one of those in the Bottom 2. He’s also won two challenges — one near the beginning and the most recent challenge — and had two more designs among the highest scores.

Gretchen Jones – Her designs are very clean, flowy and muted/pretty, but can border on matronly or boring at times. She started out the gate strong with two back-to-back wins, but as the competition wore on, she started faltering a bit, having the lowest score twice (with one Bottom 2 close call). Her extreme confidence has earned her a rather cocky reputation, but she’s also gone through some personal upheaval and seems to have softened a bit.

Mondo Guerra
– Beginning as the outsider, he began more confident as his designs earned him praise, wins and even a monetary prize. He’s the master of mixing graphics, bold colors and construction. He’s been among the highest scorers four times (without the win) and won three back-to-back challenges recently. He’s been among the low scorers once. During the competition, he also revealed he’s HIV-positive, which was an emotional moment on the runway.

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