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Jennifer out of the medals in “Project Runway” olympics

August 7, 2008

jenniferpr.jpgIn what was probably the least-surprising offing so far this season, 27-year-old designer Jennifer was “Auf’d” from Project Runway on Wednesday night for sending a girly, old-fashioned design down the runway after she was charged with dreaming up an outfit for the U.S. Olympic team to wear at the Games’ opening ceremony.

Jennifer said the gold and white striped skirt and navy blue cardigan sweater were in keeping with her vision as a designer (her design theory is “Holly Golightly attends a Salvador Dali exhibit,” according to her bio), but the show’s judges criticized her for not being able to separate her personal fashion taste from the demands of the athletics-inspired challenge.

“This is missing it completely,” judge Nina Garcia said of Jennifer’s design. “She almost looks silly.”

Host Heidi Klum was also brutal: “Jennifer,” she said, “You are stuck in the past as a designer.”

Jennifer wasn’t the only one who failed to deliver an athletics-inspired look. Judge Michael Kors said Daniel’s blue-and-red dress looked like his model was representing “The Republic of Cocktail-land,” while Jerell’s model, in her wide-brimmed hat and plethora of loud prints, was dubbed “Mary had a little lamb” by Nina.

apolotimpr.jpgIn fact, only a few of the outfits looked remotely like something that would be worn by an athlete. One was Korto’s wide-legged white linen pants and matching white-and-red vest, which led her to win the challenge.

“I was a big fan,” guest judge and Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno said of Korto’s design.

Korto, who is clearly in it to win it, was relieved by her victory. “It’s about freaking time,” she said. 


Losing Jennifer is no great loss. She was easily one of the weaker designers. Hopefully no one took her in the last 2 game. Anyone playing this season? ject-runway-5

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