If there was any question of whether Gunn and the show's producers play a role in the judge's decision, he says this episode proved they do not. Gunn was a fan of Uli's design, a printed tunic for Kayne Gillaspie's full-figured mother from the Midwest."Believe me, she looked fabulous," he says. "Uli should have won, I'm still mad about it. Can you tell I'm still mad about it?"

Actually, it's difficult to tell if Gunn is mad when his angry voice is still rather endearing. This isn't the first time Gunn has politely disagreed with the judges, either. "I am perplexed frequently about why they've chosen someone to win and why they've chosen someone to go home," he says. The judges often choose their favorite design based on personal taste, which Gunn sees as a problem. "Heidi and Nina will be discussing whether or not they would wear it," he says. "I'm not saying that Heidi and Nina can't be objective, they can be. But there are times when that ends up being the deal maker or breaker—whether they would wear the clothes."

Gunn may not have a voice in who wins Project Runway, but he is very vocal when it comes to helping real woman succeed in fashion.  "What every woman and every man needs to be extremely mindful of is that there are three key elements to getting your fashion right," he says. "Silhouette, proportion and fit."

Someone who gets this right, Gunn says, is 64-year-old actress Helen Mirren. "She has a figure, she's not a stick," he says. "You feel exhilarated when you see her. You feel warm and fuzzy when you see her. She's fabulous; I can't get enough of her."

A woman who throws silhouette to the wayside and disguises her figure with loose, oversized clothing is doing herself injustice, he says. "The more volume your clothes have, the more volume you appear to have."


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