Judging the Project Runway Finale Judges

Posted on September 07, 2013

Darlings, we’re scrambling like crazy to run around Fashion Week and somehow at the same time pull together the Project Runway finale collections posts. They’ll be up soon, but in the mean time, let’s all form opinions on how the judges dressed.


Heidi Klum, Zac Posen, Nina Garcia, and Kerry Washington at the Project Runway Season 12 finale taping during New York Fashion Week.

Heidi Klum in a custom Max Azria atelier gown.

Nina Garcia in Elie Saab

Kerry Washington in Stella McCartney

Collectively, that may be the best-dressed set of finale judges ever. Certainly the presence of Zac over Michael Kors means the addition of quite a few style points to the group. But Heidi really brought her A-game this time, opting to follow the age-old, time-tested fashion maxim, Go With What Works. This is not just in her wheelhouse, it’s in her sweet spot, as they say. She can work a look like this in her sleep and it plays to all her best assets. She’s a 10/10, which makes scoring the rest of them a cruel exercise. We’ll just run them down in order:

Zac looks adorable. The pale purple shirt was a great idea because it reads beautifully in pictures and probably TV; much better than a white shirt. Also, he’s impeccably fitted.

Kerry comes next, but she’s almost tied with Nina for the bottom slot. It’s not quite reading in these pictures, but to everyone sitting in that tent, who mostly only saw her from the side, there was a murmur of whispers as she walked out. We must’ve heard “… pregnant?” 20 times in about 5 seconds echoing across our section. And hey, maybe she is. But that dress gathers thickly, all at the front, right at her belly. The silhouette from the side is just plain odd. Pretty fabric, though. She needed a much stronger lip.

And finally, there’s Miss Nina, who let us down this time. Sweetie, we love you, but we’re just not loving this look. The pants are too long and while we can see the value of wearing black for television, this just comes off as a void in pictures. A big nothing with a lace top.

Finale collections coming shortly, darlings.



[Photo Credit: ACE/INFPhoto.com, Jennifer Graylock/INFPhoto.com]

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  • Violina23

    Heidi looks great. To quote ” The Producers” musical, if you’ve got it, flaunt it!

  • lundibleu

    My immediate thought on seeing Kerry was also “is she pregnant?” so… yeah. If she’s not, bit of a mistake there.

    • Instead of pregnant, I thought juvenile. With that silhouette, the skirt should have been longer. And because it’s Stella, there is way too much going on in the midriff for such a busy print.

      • Alloy Jane

        Juvenile was my first thought too. It looks like the dress came with a wrap but she decided to use it as an incredibly awkward belt instead.

      • Levedi

        Exactly. That dress is cut as if it was a little girl’s dress meant to be worn with a cute top underneath the straps. It doesn’t have a top to it – it has a waistline and shoulder straps. On Kerry Washington it looks incredibly awkward, as if she pulled her skirt up over her boobs and is about to suffer a wardrobe malfunction any second when the dress settles back where it belongs.

        • Big Bear

          I half expect her to break out in a rendition of The Good Ship Lollipop.

      • melisaurus

        It’s basically a Sally Draper dress with a crazy top.

    • MoHub

      My first thought was: “Stella McCartney must be stopped.”

  • par3182

    It’s the new Heidi – long, tight and shiny!

    • Alloy Jane

      No kidding! While I’m sure it was very striking in person, I’m just not a fan of the fabric or the color. What is that? Golden gunmetal? Plus the top gives her a bit of a bubble gut.

  • buttercup

    “Tom + Lorenzo® @tomandlorenzo
    6 Sep @ProjectRunway #ProjectRunway finale #NYFW @ninagarcia looking fabulous in @ElieSaabWorld”


    • MilaXX

      I’m assuming hem aside she looked pretty in person, but the outfit doesn’t hold up to scrutinizing in stills.

      • buttercup


  • CKMia

    Ironically, Nina would tear Nina’s outfit to shreds at judging. “Honestly. The. Pants. She. Looks. Like. She’s. On. Stilts. It’s. Not. Chic. Or. Editorial.”

    • madscntst

      Designers, don’t bore Nina!

  • MilaXX

    Nice to see Heidi stepped it up this time around. Collectively they do indeed look great. Zac is a step up from Kors basic black. I don’t mind Nina’s look, but the pants are in desperate need of hemming. Kerry’s been having pregnancy rumors since she quietly jumped the broom this summer. I peeked on Getty images for the finale collections and I cannot wait to see full size pictures.

  • frannyprof

    This is the first time in a long time that Heidi’s brought her A game to the PR fashion week runway, no? Seems like, for the past few seasons, she sorta phoned it in with some pretty half-assed looks. Surprised that Nina looks so drab. My theory is that she’s kinda over PR. I wonder if she’ll be exiting soon.

  • jmorino08

    Kerry Washington looks so out of place compared to the rest of them. I wouldn’t want them to “match” but shouldn’t they all be dressed like they are at the same event at least?

  • Christina

    I just want to run a comb through Nina’s hair. Does she not own any brushes?!

    • Claudia

      Should’ve read through before I posted mine!

  • Claudia

    Does Nina not do her hair anymore?

  • Sarah

    Kerry’s dress is puffy, sure, but what bugs me more is the top. It’s like the whole combined effect is a little kid’s jumper missing the blouse from underneath. I do think the fabric looks nice on her, though.

    • 3boysful

      I think the whole dress is childish in a creepy way. The fabric is pretty, but I hate the proportions. I love her, and she is so beautiful, but the dress and the nude lip are awful.

      • Imasewsure

        I agree… it is strange and overly girlie… Shirley Temple could tap dance in to our hearts with this get up

    • AnneElliot

      I agree, it’s weird. It looks like it’s on backwards. But it’s Stella McCartney, so therefore on my irrational hate list.

      • It’s not irrational at all.

      • mshesterp

        Who continues to have NO IDEA for how to dress a woman’s body. Is she not a woman herself? With boobs and all? It continues to confound me. That whole dress on Kerry is super awkward…not a fan.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Totally had the same thought

  • Lynn Landry

    I’m crushed by Nina’s look! Not up to her normal standards.

  • Ashleigh Morris

    I have never seen Nina with saggy boobs. Not a good look.

    • AnneElliot

      All THREE of them are in need of better foundation garments! Heidi should know better as a former underwear model. It’s just sad.

      • EveEve

        All FOUR of them. just sayin’

  • Jacquelyn

    Nina Nina Nina. Oh dear.

    Heidi looks like a statue. A beautiful perfect statue.

    I really dig Kerry’s shoes.

  • Janet B

    She looks fantastic, finally.

  • Akmall Razlan

    Heidi looks amazing. So does Zac, yup, Kerry’s outfit is ill-fitted and Hello Nina! What has happened to you, you keep preaching about lace could be tacky and such and look, you wear lace and God! its predictable. could you be more fashion forward. You were playing it too safe. Ugh. Bores me to death.

  • Imasewsure

    I like the material for Heidi’s dress but I don’t like the style or the way it looks on her. I must be crazy… Zac looks great though.Not liking Kerry’s dress at all and Nina looks fine but boring

  • Joe Schmartin

    Oh, Nina…you’re teeny-tiny, fabulously wealthy, and definitely in shape, but you’re not a teenager. A good bra is a must, even for you.

    • mhleta

      My first thought too. The too-long pants are such a rooky mistake. Wow, a rare misstep from Queen of Mean.

    • altissima

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nina ever look anything but perfectly chic, but there s so much to nit pick with this outfit. Also, isn’t it about time she had a hairstyle makeover?

  • marlie

    The print on Kerry’s dress is just beautiful, but I hate that high waistline. Nina’s look makes me sad. Zac looks great – agree that the lavender shirt is a nice touch, and Heidi is KILLING it in this dress. It fits her fabulously, I love the color, and the belt gives it a little bit of the edge that Heidi likes so much.

  • alyce1213

    Heidi look absolutely gorgeous, I love her hairstyle with this dress, it’s a perfect choice. Nina looks boring, period. I don’t like the dress Kerry Washington is wearing. The sheen of the fabric looks like ’90s drapes, the silhouette is too juvenile. I’m tired of women wearing little girl dresses.
    Zac looks wonderful, perfect fit.

  • DeTrop

    I want to thank you two gentlemen for all your hard work and for keeping us BKs in the loop. You’re terrific.

    i agree that Heidi looks beautiful. She has a smile that’s incredible and her hair is perfect. A+ top to toe.

    • Lilak

      Hear, hear (on both points)!!

  • How does Nina leave the house without having those pants properly hemmed?

  • bertkeeter

    HEIDI totally had a WERG moment on the runway … in person she looked amazing! Ms Washington, yikes! Spring is OVER! Even if it wasn’t that dress was awful!

  • decormaven

    Thanks, gents! Love Heidi’s nail color, and she is working that look. Zac is dressed properly, and while Kerry’s wearing SM, she still looks good. Nina, get thee to a seamstress and hem those pants. Thank you.

  • YoungSally

    Maybe Nina pulled out her one less than perfect outfit in a desperate attempt to be judged unfit to continue as a judge on PR – she’s trying to escape!!!

  • e jerry powell

    Well, knowing that Kerry didn’t pick that out for herself (there’s basically several photo essays of her backstage getting ready for this with her team), I certainly know who to blame.

  • Therese Bohn

    Love Zac’s look, Heidi glides through, and Kerry isn’t too bad, it’s a sweet dress. But Nina, yeah I agree with everything you say.

    And it’s tempting, but this year, I’m holding off on looking at all the Finale collections until the last show, (I want to be disappointed later rather than sooner!) 😉 Actually, I’m sure there will be at least a few nice collections here, I can’t wait to see Bradon’s and Dom’s Finale entries.

  • Sally3000

    Nina’s pants are dangerously close to a tuxedo-palazzo hybrid.

  • JaCory Deon

    Heidi back to looking like a model. Thank God!

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    Aside from Zac, no. Heidi may have looked good in person, but in the photos, she looks sort of like…a normal 40 year old woman. I don’t know why Kerry, a gorgeous woman, would want appear in public in a pinafore. I have no words for Nina’s pants.

  • GorgeousThings

    Nina also needs a better bra.
    Kerry looks like she put her dress on backwards.
    Heidi is trying too hard, even if it is, as you say, in her wheelhouse.
    Zac. LOVE! I wanna just shmoosh that shayna punim.

    • Eric Stott

      My first thought with Nina was: Serious Boob Bag.

  • Big Bear

    Zac looks adorable, the best he’s looked since he started on the show. Love that colour combo on him.

  • Meelah

    This is probably the first real style icon they’ve had on in a long time. Would probably explain why Heidi felt the need to step her game up this finale.

  • elemspbee

    Oh no, Kerri W def bottom. That is not her dress. Send it to one of the Fanning sisters. That’s just seriously enfantilizing; she ruined a great dress.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Zoe’s dress is a waste of gorgeous fabric. It’s like Stella found the one way to make that stunning fabric look ugly. Ugh.

  • Judih1

    Even Kerry is having a baby, she doesn’t have to dress like she IS a baby. Way to juvenile even for one of the Fanning sisters. Nina is in a style rut with her fashions and her hair. For someone who is constanltly judging and recommending fashions to others, she should take her own advice.

    • Cheryl

      I didn’t even realize that was Kerry Washington. She looks like she’s 12 years old. She looks pregnant. She looks like she’s 12 years old and pregnant. Yikes!

  • Trickytrisha

    Dang, the McCartney dress *fabric* is lovely. But dear Stella once again gives us a fug of a dress. Puckered seams on a wonky bodice, that weird knot in front, and the poochy skirt all make poor Kerry into a fashion victim.

    Heidi is fantastic, so is Zac. Nina looks like she’s hiding elephant feet under those pants.

  • CT14

    The proportions seem off on Kerry’s dress. She should send it off to the Fannings.

  • Tatiana Luján

    i love Nina’s pants, but they needed to be hemmed and she should wear a bra.

  • Fred Vaughn

    The proportions are too twee on Ms. Washington…

  • SimplyMsFabulous

    Kerry’s dress doesn’t read high fashion and Nina looks like left in a hurry. Heidi looks hott and Zac looks like himself.