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With two hours of a three-and-a-half-hour Project Runway finale still to go, Lifetime needed to kill some time. It started with a makeshift reunion show, and a look back at the season for the finale three.
And it ended with everyone’s least favorite personality, but arguably one of the best designers, Gretchen, taking the victory over Mondo. Although the judges were not in agreement (and neither will the viewers).
The final four became the Fashion Week Three on part one of the Project Runway (three-hour, wow) finale. No one was really the “winner” although it would be a shock if Mondo didn’t take the grand prize. Instead, the loser was Michael Costello, who was so traumatized it bordered on disturbing.
Fashion-forward Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off this week’s episode of Project Runway by telling the designers to find something in New York City to serve as their inspiration. Some people listened, and others, like April, made another tough black dress and got eliminated before the final four.
The designers had difficult assignment this week: design for Heidi Klum. Screw up, and have her say Auf Wiedersehen to you just a week before the Fashion Week final cut. Make her happy and get your clothes sold exclusively on Amazon.com (they have clothes?).
It was an emotional roller coaster ride last night on Project Runway, on an episode that ultimately had less to do with the clothes than with family. It was undoubtedly a tear-jerker for those who watched (not me, but you know, other people… OK, fine, for me too). Anyway Mondo was the star — handily winning his third challenge in a row, but also revealing he is HIV positive, on the runway.
This week on Project Runway the designers were tasked with making a Jackie O-inspired classic American sportswear look. Some decided to do that and others just did their own thing. Michael Drummond made an exit and Mondo, looking like an elven tap dancer, took the big win.
We’ve got an abbreviated recap this week because I’ve just been so busy going to the Christian Siriano and Thakoon shows (just kidding – I get all my fashion background from Project Runway and The September Issue).
Someone get Mondo a win. The sixth episode of Project Runway once again saw the Colorado designer finishing with the second-best dressed, while Michael Costello shocked his fellow contestants and collected win #2. The models made the challenge that much harder: bridesmaids… and their bridemaids dresses.
The most memorable part of Project Runway‘s fifth episode came in the minutes after the eliminated contestant was announced. Tim Gunn, in an uncharacteristic display of trash-talking, came out swinging at Gretchen and her subservient teammates. But before we get to the end, here’s how the first 90-minutes broke down.
In episode four of Project Runway, we learn a very important lesson: contestants should not be judges.
Project Runway has been the “Gretchen Jones Show” so far — the Oregonian designer has won the first two challenges, and finishes in the top three again in this one. But it’s not just her wins. She’s also getting on everyone’s nerves, by winning a lot but also talking constantly. “You talk all the time!” said A.J., who talks all the time as well. Also, Betsy Johnson was the guest judge and she wants to explode A.J.’s dress.
Episode two of Project Runway was one long Marie Claire infomercial, featuring Joanna Coles as guest judge, a time-filling photoshoot for each designer and the prize of a Marie Claire Times Square billboard. But the judges weren’t messing around this week — and, spoiler alert we were greeted to two very necessary eliminations.
Project Runway‘s eighth season kicked off last night on Lifetime with not just 16, but 17 designers ready to make it work. “And Sew It Begins” began with the designers informed they weren’t officially contestants, and that one or more would be eliminated before the hour-and-a-half show was up. Let’s meet them.