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Nina Garcia and Brandon Maxwell Reveal the Designers They Secretly Thought Would Win Project Runway

At the beginning of the competition, these Project Runway judges expected two completely different designers to take home the winning title.

By Jessica Butler

Season 18 of Bravo's Project Runway ended with an unforgettable fashion showdown in New York City. Ultimately, Geoffrey Mac won the entire competition with his final collection — and it sure was a sight to see. So, when Nina Garcia and Brandon Maxwell visited the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen After Show, both of the Project Runway judges had a lot to share about Geoffrey's collection and the overall experience. 

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During the After Show, Nina and Brandon shared their favorite looks from Geoffrey's runway with Andy Cohen, as well their thoughts on some juicier topics — like who they initially thought would win the competition!

In the video above, a caller asked the esteemed judges, "At the very beginning of the season, who did each of you secretly predict was going to win the whole competition?"

Andy rephrased the caller's question and asked, "At the beginning of the season, did you have a thought? Would you have thought that it was Geoffrey?"

"No, I didn't," Nina replied, adding, "I thought it was going to be Victoria."

Brandon jumped in as well, saying, "I thought it was going to be Brittany."

Although their initial picks, Victoria Cocieru and Brittany Allen, didn't take home the title, it's all part of how the unexpected competition flows.

"You do never know... Nina told me that from day one. She's like, 'Just let it play out,'" Brandon explained.

Following that mini bombshell, another caller asked how Nina felt about three of the four finalists calling her "the toughest judge on the show."

The ELLE editor-in-chief said, "I feel OK about that. It's true! I'm very candid, I'm very frank. I've been in this business for a long time, I've met a lot of designers. I'm going to say it as it is and I hope that they take the criticism as it is: helpful."

Get the rest of your Project Runway fix — and find out what Nina and Brandon really thought about Geoffrey's final collection — by watching the video below.

Nina Garcia & Brandon Maxwell on ‘Project Runway’ Winner’s Looks
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