Kenley Collins, Ivy Higa and the 8 Other Finest Villains in Project Runway History
The first part of Project Runway's eighth season finale is tonight, and with it Movieline brings you a bolt of nefarious nostalgia. Though we all love the clothes, the judging, and even the nice-guy designers on Runway, the show has always depended upon its villains' incredible bitchiness. They deserve respect too! We've ranked our 10 favorite Project Runway villains of all-time after the jump. And no, Gretchen, you can't explain yourself.
10. Emilio Sosa
Usually the phrase "I've chosen not to listen to Tim Gunn" is an informal way of saying, "I'm going to be eliminated this evening," but with Emilio Sosa, his petulance seemed to pave his way towards the finals. Though his final collection suffered because he failed to heed Tim's advice and ditch some of its dowdy colors (Karma, yo), he managed to cruise into a runner-up spot next to the season's winner, Seth Aaron Henderson.
Zulema didn't survive long enough to achieve maximum deviousness, but she helped make season two the show's most magnetic to date with two big evil feats: Taking Nick Verreos's model, Tara, after winning a challenge, and telling tearful teammate Kara Janx to get her emotions together and cut her fabric faster. "I don't care if you cry and cut," she said. "But you better cry and cut." Sublime.
8. Vincent Libretti
We could always tell when Vincent Libretti, season three's schmoozing connoisseur of horn-rimmed glasses, liked his own work. "It turns me on," he'd coo. "I get off on it," he'd announce. But sleaze wasn't all that qualified him for "villain" status: His abysmal, unfinished paper dress was voted "in" over frontrunner Alison Kelly's unfortunate gown made of baby-yellow recyclables.
7. Irina Shabayeva
"Villain" is an inappropriate term for Irina, who established herself as season six's premiere designer almost instantly. She was a sorceress -- a smug fan of her own aesthetic and a non-fan of all her fellow designers. When she won the season handily, we could only applaud her self-satisfaction. That's a real villain.
6. Ivy Higa
You can attribute season eight's rebound in quality to one thing: Outright cattiness. Though (potential winner!) Gretchen Jones is the year's spinelessly self-important cast member, Ivy is a bratty rabble-rouser of the highest reality order. She accused Michael Costello of cheating -- apropos of nothing -- and even claimed he spread rumors about her. Word to the wise, Ivy: It's strange to call people out on their professionalism when you can't even act like a grownup.
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