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It’s hard to believe that the final four designers were able to pull it together in time for Fashion Week, given that the judges didn’t seem especially happy with anyone’s collection. But pull it together they did, at least after freaking out for a few days and no shortage of retooling.
This week was the couture challenge, which is always difficult for a layman to evaluate — in other words: I never have any idea what’s going on. There was a marketing tie-in, naturally, with a new line of L’Oreal Cosmetics, and each designer was given a “character” to design for. Thus we ended up with the contestants trying to figure out what an “artsy muse,” a “seductive temptress,” and an “enchantress” would wear.
It’s always nerve-wracking the week the designers get a challenge that makes them totally flounder, and it happens at least once a season thanks to the diabolical minds at Lifetime. This week was that challenge for the Season 10 designers, and it’s not hard to see why — they were put in charge of designing a new costume for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
This is always the episode in every season of Project Runway that makes me love all of the contestants, which means I’m all the more devastated when one of them has to leave. This week, former contestant Mondo Guerra showed up to present the designers with this week’s task: the textile challenge. It was particularly poignant to have him back, as on his original season, this challenge was when he chose to reveal to the group that he was HIV-positive.
Oh, boy. This week the designers had to raise money in teams of three by selling T-shirts and various other tchotchkes they made in the workroom to buy their fabric at Mood. This went over about as well as you can imagine.
Every year, the Project Runway designers have a challenge where they have to make a garment for a normal-sized person. And every time, at least some of the designers moan and whine and cry about how difficult it is going to be to dress a real live human being because “they have to use more fabric” or “the patterns are going to be more difficult to cut” or that they just unabashedly hate fat people. This would be odious on its own, except I feel that the eliminations ought to be based on how well the designers treat their clients. Period. In fact, let the clients decide who to send home!
This week, the designers were forced to work in two teams to create two collections. The winning collection will be featured in the newest iteration of Marie Claire, a publication specifically tailored toward working women As usual, the designers can barely stop snipping at each other long enough to pull it off.
Last week, when the designers had to make a garment for former contestants, Raul Osorio was let go and Christopher Palu and Andrea Katz had a rather nasty fight about whose fault it was that they were in the bottom three, leading Andrea to dejectedly say she would almost be relieved to be eliminated. Naturally, the contestants all reacted as though she’d said she wished she were dead.
In ten seasons, some things never change: this week it’s the “use weird materials to make a garment that doesn’t look like it’s constructed entirely out of toilet paper/broccoli/the dreams of former contestants” challenge. This season, the contestants are let loose in Dylan’s Candy Bar in Manhattan, where they have $500 to buy all the candy and branded merch they can get their hands on. The results are… kind of awesome!
Season 10 of Project Runway has begun! The show must be as excited about it as we are, because they waste no time and throw all 16 contestants into hot water immediately. In addition to having to bring one look with them that is representative of their aesthetic, they are also given one day to make a second look.
In news that we’re solidly conflicted about, Lifetime will premiere Starving Secrets, a reality show about eating disorders hosted by Growing Pains sitcom star and recovered anorexic Tracey Gold, on December 2.
Now that Project Accessory is officially running promos, we can officially say that we are excited for the Project Runway spinoff.
Aaah, it’s back!!! Last night on the premiere of “Project Runway’s” ninth season, 20 designers were invited to New York to pitch themselves to our beloved panel. Only 16 would survive the first round of cuts. The designers met one another for the first time at the Astor Center in SoHo (mere blocks from the Styleite offices) and did their best to set up their collections and wage psychological warfare simultaneously.
For those of you who can’t get enough of “Project Runway,” we’ve just heard word that an accessories spin-off is officially in the works.
After 13 years of gliding down the runway in nothing but a dramatic pair of wings and some overstyled underwear, Heidi Klum has decided to stop being a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
While we will never have the opportunity to see Tim Gunn in the Project Runway judges seat — “I’m a believer in the separation of church and state,” he says — we know his opinions are spot on. So in order to quell our interest, Lifetime sat down with Tim for a series of one-on-one interviews in which he shares his thoughts on the judges’ decisions as a part of Project Runway’s new 90-minute format.
Wunderbar, As they say in Germany! As information on the upcoming Project Runway continues to trickle in, we can’t help but anticipate the July 29th premiere of the eighth season. (Has the show really been around that long?!) People magazine has just confirmed that episodes of the new season will each see a 30-minute extension from their usual one-hour time slot — leaving plenty of space for showroom drama.
Lifetime has decided to feed our insatiable appetite for more Project Runway and Heidi Klum-related television awesomeness with two new spin-off series.