I can certainly understand why the producers of "Project Runway" are reluctant to let Kenley go. She's not the gods' gift to high fashion, but she's great for TV. And last night, I found myself actually empathizing with her. OK, not the excuse about how growing up on a tugboat made her hopelessly self-centered. But in five seasons, I've never seen someone so isolated in the workroom. As irritating as she can be to watch and listen to -- and as horrible as she's been, laughing at her fellow designers on the runway -- I still feel for anyone who's ostracized by the cool kids. And really, they weren't going to give her extra tulle? That's kind of petty, and not especially sportsmanlike.
That said, I didn't care for Kenley's flower-with-a-fish-tail evening gown (not to mention her runway backtalk), but I also didn't love Leanne's lavender-explosion dress or Korto's enormous V-neck with a ballgown train (and how did bright orange get translated to wimpy peach)? Jerell's dress was pretty, but Heidi was right: if it didn't get hiked up, pronto, the show was going to have to use some of that those privates-blurring technology that's been so prominent on "Survivor" this season.
One other general "Project Runway" gripe: I can't stand the way the contestants are forced to keep up the charade that they'll only show at Fashion Week if they're one of the final three. As any obsessive fan knows -- and how many "Runway" fans aren't obsessive? -- the final six showed collections, so as not to telegraph the last few episodes' outcome. Which means these four are terrific actors. Or really emotional people. Because those were a lot of I'll-die-if-I-don't-make-it tears.