(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Project Runway”)
Another aspiring designer became a member of fashion’s in-crowd Thursday night when “Project Runway” crowned its Season 14 winner.
It came down to contestants Kelly Dempsey, Edmond Newton,
Ultimately, it was
“I would describe my style as having fun and being funky, showing your personality through your clothing and having fun with it,” 24-year-old Tipton from San Diego, California, told E! News before the finale aired.
While many people on social media commended the show for taking a stance against stereotypical stick-thin models by naming a winner who specializes in plus-size designs, some thought the judges crowned the wrong designer for the sake of choosing size over style.
“These judges tell the designers not to play it safe and explore, and when they do, the one who doesn’t try anything new wins,” one outraged Twitter user wrote.
“When #ProjectRunway is just trying to be politically correct, rather than basing the win off of talent. #bye,” wrote another.
That was just the start. See the tweets below.
— Samantha Banal (@sammyb334) November 6, 2015
These judges tell the designers not to play it safe and explore, and when they do, the one who doesn't try anything new wins. #ProjectRunway
— Justine Daniel (@Trinijdee) November 6, 2015
— Jessica Hamm (@bedknobsbaubles) November 6, 2015
— kase (@_kcbee) November 6, 2015
Jokes on us; we sat through a week's worth of commercials crammed into two hours, for what was probably the worst #ProjectRunway finale win.
— Vıɴ (@___Vin) November 6, 2015
Ashley you deserved the win. Loved hats and collection fitted the theme. Keep being creative. Kelly's stuff looked cheap. #ProjectRunway
— Marlene Faulkner-Hus (@gollymsmolle) November 6, 2015
#ProjectRunway I don't care about size. I am no twig. But Ashlee's clothes were cartoonish. What was fashion forward about any of them?
— sandie hancock (@sandie102362) November 6, 2015
— Cressida Lyons (@CressidaLyons) November 6, 2015
I finally figured out where I have seen Ashley's collection. The clearance section of Torrid. #ProjectRunway
— Elie (@fadeintopizza) November 6, 2015
As punishment, Nina should be forced to wear that purple lace number and floral headdress on the cover of Marie Claire #ProjectRunway
— patluvstennis (@ddddpbriscoe) November 6, 2015