Oh “Project Runway”, how I have missed you. Even though your switch to Lifetime wasn’t a very easy one, I’ve stuck by you and was finally rewarded with a very entertaining season 8 (well, up until you know who won over Mondo Guerra, who was so robbed.) Season 9 has begun, and I’ve got high hopes. Were they met? Read on to find out.
20 designers are up, but only 16 will move on before the night is over. This means that although they have had a casting special, technically, they haven’t picked the cast just yet. In true PR fashion, the hopeful designers start sizing each other up. The intros moved rather quickly, but here are a few that I was able to catch that sort of stood out:
Bryce Black, whose feathered cape Heidi struts around in.
Anya Ayoung-Chee: a former Miss Universe Contestant, she learned to sew four months prior to the show. The judges are astounded because her garments look good, but she does say she had a lot of help. Tim is worried that she might be handicapped because of this.
Olivier Green: Heidi says he could be a model as well.
David Chum: Nina isn’t sure if he can break out his style
Amanda Perna: She doesn’t like something called rompers, but gave herself a challenge to make one.
Fallene Welles: She sported an interesting pair of trousers.
Gunnar Deathrage; unique, simply on name alone.
Danielle Everine: She declares she can make everything.
Rafeal Cox: I didn’t find anything special about his stuff, but he did declare that he and Nina were having sex with their eyes. I wonder if she agrees.
Serena Da Conceicoas: She was so excited to be on PR, she postponed her wedding in Iceland.
Bert Keeter: At 57, decided to re-enter the design world after taking a long hiatus.
Anthony Ryan Auld: He survived testicular cancer and is also color blind.
Decision: David, Gunnar, Amanda and Serena are out. The one I feel bad for is Serena, but I had a feeling she was going to get cut when they stressed the fact that the wedding in Iceland was canceled.
The Next Day:
Tim walks in at 5:00 A.M. and invites everyone to a come as you are party. They have to take one sheet from the bed and leave immediately(no time for bras.) They end up in the work room and Tim finally reveals the challenge: the designers must create a look from the sheet and the pajamas they have on, which includes a shirt with a puking clown on it. Fallene decides that since it is part of her personality, she will incorporate it. Gotta love a designer with guts. Anya decides to make pants, but is worried because her lack of sewing expertise is beginning to show.
Tim’s visits have always been my favorite part of “Project Runway” because not only does he extend his invaluable wisdom, they give so many highlights. This time around they include:
Tim point out the pubic patch from Anthony.
Tim’s surprise at the puking clown.
His worry about the 50 cent hooker look.
His warning to Rafael, giving him some strong “Tim Gunn medicine.”
Day of the Runway:
Guest Judge: Christina Ricci. I’ve loved her every since her “Addams Family” days, and “The Opposite of Sex” is one of my all-time favorite movies, so I’m really looking forward to what she has to say.
The ones I like:
Viktor’s looked like a real dress, as did Becky’s. Byrce also had a strong outfit, really well thought out. Anya pulled off the pants, despite the lack of sewing skills, and the pants and top were simply amazing. I liked the top Kimberly made, but I didn’t get the pants. I also liked Fallene’s look, but the clown looked a little out of place. Bold choice though. Cecilia sent a fun look down that seemed to please Heidi. The skirt Anthony sent out looked just odd to me, though the top was nice. It’s amazing what a pair of boxers can do, and Bert proved it by sending a deceptively simple look down the runway. The hair and makeup, on the other hand, could have used some more thought.
The ones I don’t like:
I’m not sure what Julie sent down, but yikes! Rafael worried so much about the scarf, but it’s those pants that he should have taken a second look at. Josh’s hoodie, tank and shorts were blah, and had some construction issues.
The Winner: Bert. Well deserved, not only for a great look, but because he listened. I can sense a fan favorite in the making.
Out: Rafael. I think his panic over the scarf is what did him in.
Overall, I liked the runway show because there was a high level of good fashion that was displayed, however, as with every first few episodes, it is hard to pick a favorite due to the large size of the cast. Not a bad start, but hopefully some of the claws will come out soon.
What did you think? What was your favorite look?
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