Project Runway fans around Cleveland shouted 'wackadoodle!' tonight as Seven Hills' native Suede - a k a Stephen Whitney Baum - was eliminated from Bravo's hit reality series.
In his final challenge, he was assigned to make a rock 'n' roll look for fellow contestant Jerell, which was criticized by the judges for being too safe. Ironically, the look he was sporting, designed by Korto, was deemed the winner of the night.
The Kent State University graduate got as far as the bottom five. Suede won a challenge early in the season that saw his winning dress produced and sold on Bluefly.com, where it sold out quickly. It also won him raves from a stylish guest judge, actress Natalie Portman.
But it was his habit of incessantly referring to himself in the third person that eventually got more attention from the show's fervent fans than his designs. Yet that affectation didn't wholly detract from his polite, Midwestern manner, which kept him removed from the often catty squabbling of the other contestants.
Polite to the end, he thanked the judges for the opportunity for being on the show, and then proclaimed, "Suede is gonna rock it!"
Third-person to the end, too.
It was a tough challenge all around, as not only were the remaining designers asked to create a look for one another, the look had to be in a specific musical genre -- not of their choosing.
So retro-queen Kenley had to come up with a hip-hop look for bookish Leanne, Leanne did a country look for the diva-licious Korto, Korto did Suede's winning punk-rock look and Jerell did a pop look for Kenley.