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Can you believe that Project Runway is already on its eleventh season? Well, believe it, since the latest installment premieres January 24 on Lifetime, and Tim Gunn dropped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to talk up the show’s new, team-oriented structure, express his horror at the trend for “meggings” (yes, leggings for men), and joke about getting his very own Tim Gunn Barbie™.
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.
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.
On Tuesday evening, we headed up to the New School for a very exciting event hosted by Gilt City. You see, we were going hear everyone’s favorite sage Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn read from his new book Fashion Bible and answer some of the many questions the enthusiastic crowd had to offer. As you might expect, he had plenty of wisdom (and, yes, some TV tidbits) to impart to the eager ears.
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.
Project Runway celebrated their tenth anniversary on the Highline last night! But while the show is gearing up for a season rife with drama, the guests at the NYC fête opted for more subdued ensembles.
For the past few months, ABC has aired a talk show in its 2 p.m. time slot called The Revolution. It stars Tim Gunn, and its cancelation has just been announced. We think Tim’s to blame.
Tim Gunn entered the daytime TV arena with The Revolution, and today he tearfully discussed his sex life on the ABC talk show.
One day we’re going to meet Marie Claire editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, befriend her and join in her mission of keeping things real. But until that day is here, we’ll be watching her on Project Runway: All Stars, where she’ll be replacing Tim Gunn as design adviser to this season’s group of contestants.
It’s called The Revolution, and it will be televised. Fashion person Tim Gunn‘s new daytime talk show on ABC will focus on helping women transform their lives and personal style with the help of a team of professional help-givers. It will also saddle him with the task of being nice to people.
Looks like Tim Gunn and Lady Gaga aren’t going to bring their war of words to an end any time soon. The fashion guy lobbed another volley at the pop star this week when he explained to a reporter that he would never under any circumstances name Gaga to a best-dressed list.
Literally nothing changed! All four designers were selected to show at Fashion Week, and Viktor Luna, Joshua McKinley, Kimberly Goldson and Anya Ayoung-Chee had two days to pull their collections together.
It’s “Part One” of the finale, and we open with Heidi Klum explaining to the designers that they have five weeks and a budget of $9,000 to create a 10-look collection at home that they’ll bring back to NYC. I’m really interested to see what everyone comes up with, and I even like everybody who’s left! Well, except for Josh.
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.
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.