Project Runway Recap Page 1
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.
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!
It’s the final challenge! Whoever makes it through this round gets to create a collection, and then the top three will show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Heidi greets the designers in an adorable swishy dress, and tells them they’ll need to “spread their wings”, “elevate their designs”, and….well, those are the only two flying metaphors she could come up with, I guess. The contestants meet Tim Gunn, in what I believe is the waiting room for the runway, where they are greeted by a bunch of birds. It’s sort of terrifying.
This week, the designers (once again) look to the ’70s for inspiration. Only this time, there’s missing money, tears from Tim Gunn, and Olivia Palermo.
Heidi Klum tells the designers in the studio that their hint for this week’s challenge is “image is everything.” They meet with Tim Gunn and Peter Butler, who is the consulting stylist for Garnier. The designers will be creating clothes for the Sheepdogs, an unsigned band that will be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. It’s the menswear challenge, y’all! This is when they separate the wheat from the chaff.
So, I was completely wrong about this week’s challenge in last week’s recap. The designers are still consulting with regular guys… about clothes for their wives and girlfriends.
When the designers go to meet Heidi Klum in the studio, she tells them that this time they will be working in two teams of five. Not again! Enough with the team challenges! We’re down to the top ten and I feel like I still don’t have a sense of what each designer’s aesthetic, because they only times they’ve worked alone they’ve been making clothes out of their pajamas, pet store merchandise, and children’s artwork! Whatever.
Tonight: the episode opens with Anthony Ryan Auld, Viktor Luna and Bert Keeter having made a tentative truce. It’s magical. Anything can happen this week, you guys!
As a reminder for those of us who didn’t spend the past week trembling with anticipation, this is the episode in which the contestants designed for NINA GARCIA! The woman who perfected the moue! If only they knew what they were in for!
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.
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.