PR All-Stars: Star Power!

Posted on January 06, 2012

Yay! There was an actual, for-reals FUN episode of Project Runway on last night! Did we hit our heads and wind up in 2008 or something?

It’s too soon to make predictions – experience tells us that any reality show can have a good opening episode – but if the rest of the season shakes out to be anywhere near as much fun as last night, then some unpleasant things will have to be said about the previous couple of dreary seasons.

Namely this: The most important element of a successful Project Runway season is always going to be the casting. Producers take note: it MATTERS to the viewer who is up on the screen and when you give us a string of low-talent drama queens and have your judging panel INSIST that they’re some sort of Grand Master of Fashion (when they can’t even set a sleeve), and when you do that SEVERAL SEASONS IN A ROW, you wind up with an audience that is smaller and less likely to be invested in the show.

It’s not that there aren’t some drama queens in the above collection, nor do we think everyone here is of the highest talent, but the base talent level here is miles higher than the show has seen since at least Season 5. Casting matters. Case in point:

Schmeidi, we’re sorry to tell you, you’re the weakest link.

What surprised us most was how well the judges and mentors did. Joanna can sometimes come off abrasive (when we suspect she thinks she’s being funny), but she actually mentored the designers last night. She asked them incisive, probing questions and got them to defend their work to her. What she didn’t do was ask them to describe their outfit then hug them. Sorry, Tim. We love you, but you have been so marginalized in the past couple seasons that your role has become almost meaningless. More of what Joanna was dishing out and less hugs going forward, please.

Shifting the editor away from the judging panel and into a mentoring role is a rather large change for the format of the show. It changes both the mentor role and the judging panel.

And again, we’re sorry to say, having  no fashion editor on the judging panel may or may not have been responsible for this, but the judges made really great critiques and their decisions were hard to argue with. We’d quibble over who went home, but we don’t really have a need to argue with it.

To be fair to Nina, since she doesn’t deserve to have every bad judging moment of the past couple of years blamed on her, we think it wasn’t so much the lack of a fashion editor on the panel as it was the lack of people trying to come up with the best, bitchiest criticism for the cameras. Even Isaac was toned down on that front. And we have to admit, it was nice to get criticisms that didn’t have the words “disco” or “mother of the bride” shoved in in an attempt to make them funny.

But what it always comes down to is the contestants. And with this batch, we got a ton of professionals who know how to conduct themselves…

… but we also got a couple wild cards thrown in there just to make sure we’re not looking at the same types of garments over and over. It was the perfect mix of contestants.

And we look forward to more of Mondo and Austin trying to out-do each other in the Flamboyant Gay Dressing sweepstakes. If they both make it to the end, they’ll be showing up in the workroom in sequined caftans and turbans before this is over.

So congratulations, Rami!

When he showed his piece at the beginning of the show it was obvious that he’s going to make a concerted effort to NOT be the guy who drapes everything. We thought this piece was a bit too complicated for its own good but still interesting.

And to be honest, we don’t really love the shape here.

But Jesus Christ, just LOOK at the execution. Just LOOK at how many things he accomplished in the time frame when the last winner of the series can’t even make a sle–

Sorry. Broken record. But are we wrong here? Is this not an impressive look to put together from crap with very little time? Isn’t this the essence of what Project Runway is? And isn’t it sad that we have to point this out after a season of being told by the people in charge that “Project Runway is ALL ABOUT the drama!” No it isn’t. It’s all about the clothes.

And it’s another Auf for Elisa. Bless.

Her first look was typically Elisa, which means it was unusual and strangely beautiful while being extremely well made.

But this was pretty much crap. We thought back in the day that she was a very talented designer and we still think that, but she’s not built for the time constraints and various restrictions of this show.

Interesting, we’ll give her that. But when you put it up against the dress that inspired it, you come away with the feeling that she is much better off doing work away from the glare of the cameras.

Which isn’t to say that she isn’t crazy entertaining in her own right. We think she should get a spacey, New Age makeover show. She could go up to random badly dressed women on the street, spit on them, and then make them dress like a fairy in a cocktail dress.

We don’t know about you, but we’d watch that in a heartbeat.

 

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  • Kathleen David

    I have to say that the critique in the workroom was the best I have seen in a long time. She asked questions that I was asking myself to the designers and made them really think about what they were doing. Joanna said in an interview that Tim Gunn got the Project runway undergrads but she is dealing with the grad students and I have to agree. I am looking forward to the rest of the season and any show that can hint that the designers are going to have to design for Puppets has my attention just because I am a puppeteer and do a lot of outfits for objects that size.

    • Anonymous

      A puppeteer, eh? that’s really cool. i used to want to be one.

    • Anonymous

      Ah, I would have loved Elisa to be around for the Muppets challenge since she got her start making huge puppets.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, @google-5d92a22ccd35678c6c946b78684e344b:disqus – I can’t agree. From the editing, it appeared Coles rushed in, made a few acerbic (or offhandedly supportive) comments, then rushed out. I didn’t get the feeling there was any attempt to guide the designers (which Tim does brilliantly), even when she clearly didn’t like what she was hearing/seeing.

      I fully expected her to announce upon entering, “Sorry, Ducks! Got Nina manacled in my private dungeon, and need to give her a bit of the stick-about before the 3:30 editorial meeting. So let’s hop to, shall we…?” I don’t know if that’s Coles herself, or as I suspect this show’s editors – who really made a hash of the PR Formula. 

      Okay – I get Joanna Coles is not Tim Gunn. Tim’s got the Stylish Supportive Gay Uncle Mentor down so perfectly he’ll probably be a brand name for future generation – “We need a Tim Gunn here” or “I’m not your Tim Gunn!”. I don’t expect Coles to be like that – what I did expect was a peppery, snappish critic crossing swords with The Big Kids and making them defend their design choices, then speaking her mind about it. But Coles isn’t, at least from what we’re seeing, doing anything like that – it feels like she’s there out of contractual obligation rather than any desire to interact with these Grad School Designers…even at the level of “Let me beat you over the head with my vast experience as a fashion editor, and future boss to one of you!”

      I gather that many of you, including TLo, feel differently about her – why, exactly, when her “critique” literally felt like it was between drinks at lunch?

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        @drdarke:disqus, I think it’s fair to say that a lot of us think Joanna Coles is a humorless hag whose biggest accomplishment on PR is devising increasingly (unintentionally) hilarious ways for Nina to be publicly scorned. I expected her to be a monster, terrorizing them into submission. That she was firm and relatively polite was a nice surprise. She did encourage the designers to really think about what they were doing, to the chagrin of a few of them. I thought poor Sweet P was going to crumble into dust when Joanna said she needed to surprise the judges.

        You mentioned the editing. I think that’s the real problem here. It’s damn near impossible to tell how she did, because the editors cut the good stuff to ribbons. We saw very little of Joanna in the workroom, and heard almost none of the judging. Forget having a chance to actually see the clothes. Bravo put up a huge graphic for… something while Gordana’s model was walking down the runway. We got what seemed like a half second look at the pieces the designers brought with them.

        I think it’s too early to determine how she’ll be as a mentor, or how the season will go in general. Despite my complaints, I really enjoyed this episode. I’m keeping my fingers crossed about the rest of the season.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed, @accidentalhousewife:disqus. I’m probably blaming Ms. Coles for what is, in truth, some truly abysmal editing all around, that manages the amazing feat of sucking both the story of the clothes’ construction, and the drama, out of the show. Truly, I’ve seen better-edited vacation videos. By my stoner relatives. Using Windows Movie Maker.

          • BerlinerNYC

            I think it’s mostly endemic to the start of the season, when there are simply too many contestants to squeeze into an hour-long episode. Note that we saw her 1-on-1 moments with less than half of the designers. If we’d seen them all, they would have been no more than 10 seconds long, or the episode would have gone over time. Like every year, we’ll start seeing better workroom critiques and more of the judging once there are fewer contestants to focus on.

  • http://twitter.com/The_Bugler Anna Daugherty

    Best episode in forever. I gave up watching after Mondo was robbed, but I watched last night out of curiosity. Will never look back!

  • Anonymous

    I agreed with Rami’s win. It was both exciting and very well made. 
    I disagreed with Elisa’s auf’.  I loved the gown she showed for the preview. It was actually a stand out among the competition. I did not love the sleeves on the outfit she did for the 99 cent challenge but the bustier and panties were cute (and different) I also liked the writing as a print. Did she also do all the painting on tube and panties? cause if she did she was robbed.
    Sweet Pea’s dress looked like the type of dress you would buy ready made at a 99 cent store.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      Agree, with you and with TLo. Talent is so refreshing!
      Sweet Pea took $100 of material to produce a dress I wouldn’t pay $1 for in that store. My mom had a similar impact dress in the ’80s, and I know that retro ’80s stuff is back, but I’m not sure that colorblocked Mrs Roper housecoats are going to be showing up in Neiman Marcus catalogs anytime soon.
      Godspeed Elisa. I would have loved to see your creations for a few more episodes, but it was not to be. :(

      • Anonymous

        Yep. I would have chosen SweetP for the auf as well. And I just hope this isn’t another season of her being pulled along for no reason other than giving the hapless housewives watching someone to identify with.

        –GothamTomato

        • Anonymous

          Hey!!I resemble that remark!
          And no way would I, a hapless housewife part-time, have worn that crap! I was glad that Elisa was auffed (BTW, was that phrase used?) but only because she scares me with her “blessings”. SweetP’s atrocity was worse but she is less scary.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not saying anyone (other than Mrs. Roper) would wear SweetP’s dress. I was saying that during her regular season, she created crap after crap, but was kept on the show for that segment of the audience to identify with. She certainly never exhibited any talent or skill more than a basic beginner home sewer.

            –GothamTomato

          • Anonymous

            You know, as a hapless housewife of a similar age, it never occurred to me to identify with Sweet Pea–not with her serious number of tats.

          • Anonymous

            LOL, you better be careful insulting the tats. During her original PR season I disparaged her tats and was called ‘racist’ for doing so by her nutty defenders (who were pretty obviously her friends and/or family).

            –GothamTomato

          • ashley d

            Whoa! Was that on a TLo page? I would love to see the context of that– so whacky! Is the message board still alive? Is there a link?

          • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

            No, when this blog moved from its former home all the old comment threads were lost…soooo sad…there was some good (and snarky, of course!) commentary “back in the day.”

          • Anonymous

            Well, with the younger crowd, tats are fairly mainstream, but on a 50-plus woman, a sleeve like that reads biker-chick.  Which is fine, but not something with which I’d identify.  I’m with Elaine Long down below–Laura and Peach are closer to the mark.  I want to pretend I’m fabulous like Laura (minus her political party) and worry about looking country club like Peach.  Sweet Pea just doesn’t register–tats, no kids–I actually feel more akin to Elisa–who’s also 40-plus and has a kid.  (I liked her pink evening gown at judging.)  Don’t know what Elisa does, but she looks fabulous for a woman her age.

            Think I’ll go spit on something.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

            Having tats does not make one a childless spinster.  Sorry.  It just doesn’t.  All the women I know are 40-50, with children and lots of tattoos.  I know it’s really hard to get out of the country club wannabe mindset, but it’s a fact of life.  And, no, it has nothing to do with biker.

            I like Sweet P, but she should have been sent home.  It looked very much like a bad beach coverup.

          • Anonymous

            ALL the women you know are 40-50, with children and lots of tattoos?!

          • Anonymous

            no that would be me. or maybe her too. maybe theres more than one of us. though most of the people i know dont have lots of kids. not for lack of having lots of men, though. not hardly.

          • Anonymous

            Sweet Pea’s not a spinster–she is or was married.   I specified over  50 for a reason.  For someone who’s under, say, 45 the cultural norm is different and you see more tats.  The significance of them changed and they became much more mainstream “hip” for women.  Around the same time that techniques to *remove* tattoos were developed–early ’90s.  In other words, tattoos became less of a risk.  Also the same period you saw an explosion of multiple piercings.

            Because of this the ten-year difference between a 40-year-old and 50-year-old here is significant.  As I pointed out in my earlier post.

            Next time, please read a little more carefully.  Thank you.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            What in hell do tats-disparaging and racism have to do with each other?

            I’ll defend her tats, and her as a person. Not so much with the clothes she makes.

          • Anonymous

            Not liking tatoos and being racist have nothing whatsoever to do with each other — but it’s indicative of the nuttiness of those who were dispatched to defend her.

            –GothamTomato

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            You can tell what I am just by my screen name, and I wouldn’t want to see Sweet P’s dress on my worst enemy. That thing was ridiculous. Mrs. Roper would think twice about wearing it.

            I love Elisa. She’s loopy and odd, but I doubt she has an ounce of guile in her entire body. The dress she made was lovely. I don’t like what she made for the challenge,  but at least it showed some thought. She had no chance of winning this competition, but shouldn’t have been sent home just yet. She was indeed robbed.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I love Elisa.  I figured she wouldn’t be with us for long, but I wish she’d made it for  a couple of more challenges.  Her odd little outfit seems to be well made.  Her dress was beautiful and her challenge outfit was kind of interesting–way better than Sweet Pea’s tiered towels.  That was not a good look.

          • Elaine Lang

            Another housewifely sort chiming in to say I have never remotely identified with Sweet P.   Laura and Peach came closer to the mark for most of the real middle aged ladies I know.

    • MilaXX

      I think Elisa talked her way into that auf. Once she stood there and started explaining all the mystical mumbo jumbo about the dress, the judges turned on her. Sweet Pea’s home ec dress really was mor auf worthy IMO.

      • Anonymous

        I agree she talked her way off the show.

      • Marie Dees

        I thought Sweet Pea was going home for sure because that dress was just bad. But then Elisa started talking and I think the judges just weren’t sure they wanted a whole season of Elisa explaining odd things. But looking at the pictures on TLO today, I’m realizing that Elisa’s outfit was a lot less well made than I thought. And it had wings!

        • Anonymous

          Elisa’s outfit looked like an audition to design for Miss Universe.

      • Anonymous

        I think a lot of it came down to the fact that Elisa isn’t so much a
        clothing designer as she is an artist who works in clothing. I find her and her work interesting, but not necessarily suited to PR.

        • Anonymous

          Yep, she’d be right at home on Work of Art, wouldn’t she? I think WOA contestants would barely blink re: her spit-marking.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, she did go on and on, but I thought Sweet Pea really did herself in when she said she’d never own or wear a terry cloth dress. Guess I was wrong . . .

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      I agreed with the win, but am I an awful person for being pissed that his smug ass won the first challenge for a second time?

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Is it still true that the winner of the first challenge never wins the season?

        • Anonymous

          No.

          Gretchen won the first challenge and won the season.

        • Anonymous

          No, Gretchen won the first challenge and her season.  She’s the one exception though.  I think Rami deserved his win though.  I don’t know that I liked it, but damn that guy understands construction–he won the unconventional challenge in his season too.  It would have been a crime not to give him that win.  The suit out of whatever was kind of jaw-dropping.

      • michelle shields

        I agree. I loved TLo’s tweet last night about him looking like a big gay porn star!

    • Anonymous

      If it looks like something *I* could make, you deserve to be auf’ed… :P

      (I think Sweet Pea is a sweet-heart [pun intended] but that dress was awful…)

    • Anonymous

      Agree with Sewing Siren. Perhaps the judges – even if they are a fresh batch –  are not as uninformed about the designers past performances as we would like them to be. Sweet Pea was kept because she’s better TV than the bizarre free-spirited daughter of the deceased sculptor.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    The editing of both runway shows was dire so it’s a huge relief to be able to look at the designs for more than half a second!  

    I’d've kept Elisa over Sweat Pea but aside from that I’ve no arguments with last night’s judging.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      It would be nice to see the dresses for more than the blink of an eye. We get a longer look at the top and bottom three, but I’d like a little more time with the “safe” outfits, too.

      PS Eclectic, I love your new avatar. It reminds me of a paper weight by Brazilian artist Romero Britto that I have in my store. http://store.giftedcollector.com/servlet/-strse-1004/Brazilian-Romero-Britto-Platform/Detail

    • Anonymous

      Agree! I actually like Rami’s much more now that I can take 2 seconds to focus on it.

  • Sweetvegan

    I thought Sweet P should’ve gone home. Sweet P, you’re awesome, but that dress last night was a train wreck. Although Elisa’s look does look worse in the stills than it did in motion.

    • Anonymous

      Completely agree. Elisa’s was far from good but Sweet P’s was awful in every way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brent-Wolgamott/694486412 Brent Wolgamott

    I agree with a lot of what you said.  I didn’t think I’d like Isaac, but his criticisms were spot on.  Angela (nee Schmeidi) – I’ll give her a pass.  She’s riding a tough fence…trying to be the “Heidi” without sounding EXACTLY like the Heidi, with the way Heidi says things.  So…it’s got to be awkward for her.  She falls into “Valley Girl” a bit at the judging deliberations.  I’m not a Rami fan, but I thought he was the clear winner.  MY GOD, the execution.  I really thought Sweet P was going home – she got lucky Elisa was there to fall on her sword.    The one thing I WILL quibble with is the editing — even when they had the top and bottom up there, you couldn’t tell who was top and bottom from the comments.  They said nothing negative about Elisa’s stuff (at least in the final cut).  To announce, once they’re down to 3, “You 3 have the lowest scores”, it’s like NO SHIT, Sherlock. 

    All in all, a fun episode, and I can’t wait for more.  Especially the naked man next week.  :-)

    • Anonymous

      I agree, there needs to be at least some negative criticisms in the final cut to spell it out to us who is top and who is bottom… because in the past there have been things where im like thats definitely bottom 3 but then the judges pick it as top 3

    • MilaXX

      I think Angela did a better job than Molly Simms so I’m willing to give her a chance to settle into the role.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. It took Heidi a while to settle into the hosting duties, although Heidi has charisma to burn.

        • Anonymous

          I remember saying all KINDS of bitchy things about Heidi being a wooden robot (“I can hear the pulleys squeaking!”) or similar during the first season. How time flies.

      • Anonymous

        I liked Schmeidi, I thought she did well.  She wasn’t robotic nor trying to be Heidi.  She came at it with kind of a laid back “hey, dudes, is this fun, or what?”  attitude, that I thought was cool.

      • Anonymous

        Yes. She appears more suited to the job that Molly Simms by a mile. Hopefully she’ll get the hang of it.

  • Anonymous

    Elisa is so much fun to watch – I’m disappointed she’s already left the party.  Oh well – at least the panel is being up front about their intention to reward commercial viability. 

    When the staggering list of prizes was announced I was thinking it would be nice if the show gave consolation prizes to #2 and #3, like photo spreads or a few sessions of professional mentoring, something like that.

  • http://twitter.com/FunButNutz John Spodick

    I’ve been watching the first four Seasons of PR on Style…they’ve had Friday marathons of them for the past couple months, and I was amazed at the quality of the work from every single designer, even the ones that were auf-ed first.  It bears repeating that the past two seasons have been very light on talent and big on drama.

    I liked the cast they chose.  But I think for now, Austin needs to get over himself a little.  He’s extremely talented and fun, but his ego seems to have inflated to Macy’s parade float proportions.   I’m watching Rami and Mondo, and even Kenley for some surprises.  I want Giordanna to do well, but last night’s design was a bit of a disaster.

    Is this show another Bunim-Murray disaster?  The opening segments where the designers hooked up in groups of two before all meeting at Limelight was lifted directly from the Real World.  My first thought was…OH GOD NO!

    • Anonymous

      It seemed like people were meeting up with their castmates from their original seasons? Which at least has some logic to it.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

        Yes, that’s the way it was edited.  It was probably to remind viewers of established relationships, be they good or bad relationships.

  • Anonymous

    A sigh of relief.

  • http://profiles.google.com/edwarddc Edward Brede

    Does anyone know if All Stars full episodes will be available to view online at MyLifetime.com? No cable here, but would love to see it!

    • Annie Leung

      I was wondering that too! I looked this morning but when I clicked on the link, it said “this page does not exist”. 

      • Anonymous

        Here too. I’m in panic mode over this, it sounds like it was great, and online is the only way I have of seeing this!

        • Cathy S

          It’s still not up and I’m very depressed.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LYXXGN7I6JXGRI27Y3QEQSM5VU d m

            It’s up now.

    • Anonymous

      It seems to be up now.  Yay!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

      I watched them online, because I forgot the show started this week.

  • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

    I liked the show last night as well.  As you said, the level of talent makes a HUGE difference.  Not surprised at all that Rami and Mondo immediately floated to the top.  I would have liked to see even more unconventional materials and not so much fabric from most of the contestants.  So sorry to see Elisa go as she is really entertaining and talented, but you are right that this is not her environment to shine.  I still would have sent Sweet Pea home for that sad dress, though.  Oh, and Austin?  I love you honey, but lose the porn stache!

    lovemesomerami (part deux)

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      I really enjoyed the show, too. I joined Project Runway in the fourth season, so I’ve been devouring the Style marathons.

      The big surprise to me last night was that the designers hadn’t learned from the past that the unconventional challenge means no fabric-like materials. (Where were the plastic cups?) Very few attempted to use anything truly challenging.

      • Anonymous

        I was shocked they gave the win to Rami who made his dress out of paper bags printed to look like FABRIC.  It goes against everything we learned every previous season.

    • Anonymous

      I wasn’t thinking porn stache so much as Errol Flynn. I kept expecting Olivia de Havilland to show up.

      • Anonymous

        I suspect Austin sees himself more as Olivia than Errol.

  • Anonymous

    TLo asked several years ago if we had any ideas for PR, and I (among others) suggested a dollar store challenge. So glad they are reading this blog (!) and took that idea and put their own twist on it. I was blissfully happy watching this last night. So much fun!

  • Anonymous

    I wish (for once) the producers fought for her to stay another few challenges because we were completely ripped off when they booted her so soon the first time around. Her cracked out personality is too awesome to be kicked out in the first week.

    Also: Sweet P looks like Hilary Clinton.

    • Anonymous

      Elisa lasted for the entire first half of her original season.  That wasn’t enough for you?  

      • Anonymous

        Not at all.

      • Anonymous

        It was more than enough for me. I’m OCD enough to be grossed out completely by people spitting on clothes or beds or whatever. And I also don’t need a lecture on the spirituality of clothes. She’s just all kinds of weird, and a bit OTT for me
        Blech.

      • http://profiles.google.com/h.e.waddell Heather Waddell

        It was more than enough for me. I don’t find her entertaining at all. Her “kookiness” seems completely contrived and the speed at which she jumps into a venemous/defensive mode when challenged just frightens me. And her clothes aren’t so great that it makes up for her grating personality.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          This.  She may be genuinely kooky on some level, but this comes off as over the top, for the cameras sort of stuff, and I thought her outfit looked like a costume for SuperHippie in a new comic book.

          Sweet P’s was bad, too, no arguing with that, and neither is going to survive in a Neiman-Marcus boutique, but I definitely gave the “slightly-less-bad” edge to Sweet P last night.

          • Anonymous

            and at least Sweet P could recognize the critique by the judges and say that the only reason she chose the towels was because of the bright, vivid colors. Some redemption there. Elisa couldn’t explain anything.

          • Anonymous

            Oh I disagree. Elisa gave a very windy explanation of her design, worth of a Masters Thesis in Fine Arts by my estimation.

          • Anonymous

            Touché!

          • Anonymous

            Sweet P’s response to the critique probably helped her survive this episode.  On these kinds of shows, whenever a contestant is oblvious to the problems with their design/food/whatever the judges don’t like it.

          • Anonymous

            I agree. That was what I meant to say but failed miserably.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lenoradody Lenora Dody

          Yeah, I was watching her last night and wondering if she has anyone in her life who doesn’t roll their eyes when she is around. I just find her annoying.

          • Anonymous

            A friend of my daughter’s says Elisa’s really nice and fun (& a
            friend of her mother’s).  The friend’s mother is/was involved in very
            hip retail (her store was as much a music/hipster/artist scene as a funky mid-to-high end retail outlet
            during its run – now closed but I know there are posters here who’d
            recognize the name). The kids have plenty of artists &
            on-the-fringes folks around, and certainly think some of them are
            a-holes, so on a personal level I’m willing to assume Elisa is likable.

          • Anonymous

            Elisa seems sweet to me.  She has ideas–and she is being asked to explain those ideas when she goes on about them.  I don’t have the sense that she blathers on when she’s not being asked to explain what she’s doing.  She does think more like an artist (it’s very much about process and exploration with her.) and I think this panel of judges is pragmatic.  The good thing is that they all really, really understand what being a designer involves.  They cut Elisa not because she did the absolute worst, but because they knew she wasn’t going to change, IMO.  In that sense, she was an easy auf.

    • Anonymous

      When Anthony made that crack about Elisa, I could just hear Julia Sugarbaker running through his head. “No one in the South ever asks if you have crazy people in your family. They just ask what side they’re on.”

      Oh, PR, how much I’ve missed the real you! I squeed like a little girl.

  • Anonymous

    I think my only criticism of the show was that the editing was SO fast paced, I suspect we got barely got  a QUARTER of the actual judges critique.  I actually was missing the 90 minute format. But i think this will get better now that they got everyone’s “I am here for redemption because I’m so awesome” speeches out of the way.

    Oh, and this is totally Mondo’s coronation. Not that I mind — I think he’s awesome, and I thought his dress was better than Rami’s [even though Rami's was amazingly executed].  But I find it hard to believe that they’ll let anyone but Mondo win.

    • Anonymous

      That “recent piece of your work” runway show also ate up a lot of time that can be devoted to the workroom or the judging critiques in future episodes. While last night felt really rushed, I think the rest of the episodes will have more of a chance to breathe without dragging on like the 90-minute format of regular PR has started to do.

      • Anonymous

        Ah, that’s true, I forgot about the mini-fashion show.  My favorite parts of the show is watching the designers actually design/construct their clothes, and the judges critiques, so I didn’t mind the 90 minute format (The blatant producer meddling and fabricated drama is another story).  So since my two favorite parts got the hack,  it was super noticeable to me. 

        But I’m really optimistic moving forward :)

      • Pam Winters

        The really irritating thing about that runway was that Kara and Sweet P’s fashions were omitted. What was that about?

    • Lori

      I think we  got a much smaller fraction of the actual judges’ critique.  Doesn’t it last for hours and hours (like most reality shows), sometimes half an hour per garment plus deliberation time? 

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        During the Style marathon, there is a very brief little segment featuring Nick Verreos. He mentions that the judging is about 4 hours rather than the 20 minutes we see.

      • Anonymous

        Just like Nancy said – the judging process usually takes hours and hours. The infamous shouting match between Santino and Nina was said to go on for ninety minutes. And that was for one garment! What did the viewing audience see? Maybe twenty seconds of them being snippy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

      If this goes down as if it’s a foregone conclusion, I may be out for good.  Whatever you think about Mondo ending up second, pandering to the fanbase by essentially crowning a winner before the competition is wrong.  It’s what happened with Anya last season, and I don’t want to see that garbage again.  I don’t care how rabid Mondo’s fanbase is or how good he is, I want to see an actual competition.  Since I think fashion is an idiotic waste of time, money and energy, I watch this show for the competition of it.  If they eliminate that again, there’s no reason for me to watch.

  • Anonymous

    I can understand why they went with a clean slate, but I kind of missed Tim. If only for him to put Kenley in her place. (I unreasonably hate that biotch still.) I also think that Tim has scaled back his advice; sometimes he would not steer the contestants into the direction that the judges would have preferred.

    The level execution was incredible, even from the weaker contestants. It was all about the clothes.

    Btw, is every season represented? It seems it is skewed to certain seasons.

    • Anonymous

      Hating Kenley isn’t unreasonable!  She earns every bit of animosity she gets!

    • Anonymous

      No Season 3 designers, which is tragic. Other than that, I think they have every season represented except the just-completed one.

      And while watching Tim put Kenley in her place again would have been great, I think Joanna Coles vs. Kenley has the potential to be EPIC.

      • Call me Bee

        Oh–I hadn’t noticed no season 3 designers.  Man–it would have been fun to see Uli or Kayne again.  Certainly Laura, too, although I know she’s doing just fine with her blogs and all…Michael Knight would be fun to see again as well….

      • Anonymous

        I’d have given my eyeteeth to see Kayne or Robert Best back. I also noticed that none of the straight male designers—usually a requisite in any PR cast—were back in the fold. Of course, two of them—Seth Aaron and Jeffrey—won their seasons and wouldn’t qualify to come back, but I’d have loved to see Joe Faris again.

    • Anonymous

      I suspect that Tim’s workroom critiques have been edited to be as fluff as possible. TLo are right on when they say Tim’s been marginalized. For me, the verdict’s still out on Coles.

      • MilaXX

        As much as I like Tim I think it was good not to have him there. The designers don’t have a shared history with Joanna so there’s no, “You know you tend to….” Joanna is looking, and questioning why the designers are doing what they do. It was refreshing, especially since we can’t rely on the candor Tim used to express in the early years.

  • Anonymous

    Last night’s show gives me hope for the rest of the season.  I think the new judges and mentor will help get the show out of the drama rut it has been in and give it new start.  And because the designers are familiar, its good to have new faces and opinions.  I had watched the last couple seasons out of habit, but am looking forward to the rest of this season.

    • Anonymous

      YES! As much as I loved the designers, I was pretty ambivalent about the lack of Tim, Heidi, Nina, and MK.  However, I found I didn’t miss MK and Nina. I really enjoyed Mizrahi’s toned-down self (maybe he learned from his mentor position on that other fashion show?), but I suspect he’s going to get more into his old self (doesn’t he call Austin “Starlet” later in the season?)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

        That may just be a slip of the tongue, but the “Starlet” thing fits Austin right now.  The OTT melodramatic nonsense is really trying my patience.

        • Anonymous

          I think it probably was, but so funny! I love Austin so much, but he is WAY OTT so far. Still, though, I’d love to see him in the finals.

  • Anonymous

    Really enjoyed last night’s episode. Rami was serving up some Seth Aaron-esque tailoring, which pleases me to no end. Loved the peplum back. Sweet Pea should have walked.

  • Anonymous

    Loved it! I could barely decided who to root for. My faves Mondo and Rami were top two and that is exactly right in my book. Although I may not end up loving Rami’s new styles more than his old.

    Thanks for the early recap, my darling blog daddies.

  • Anonymous

    I loved last night’s episode but I nearly had a panic attack when I saw the preview of the remainder of the season.   All the focus was on drama – Austin, Mike C, Anthony, Jerell and Mondo (surprise) dominated the entire preview.  Jerrell, Anthony and Austin in particular seem to be shameless playing up to the cameras.  Did Rami get auffed?  Where are the women?  Is the show focusing on the drama over talent?  Please BM, don’t screw this one up!    BTW, love the judges even though Sweet Pea should have gone home for the execution and conventional choice of materials.  The producers should make Mr Downing a permanent judge.  Love him, his enthusiasm for fashion is tres charming!  And Joanne was perfect.  Very pointed critiques.   But the host?  Good Lord, was there no other model available?  She is HORRID.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

    There is a Project Runway for designers, Project Accessories for accessories people, Face Off for movie special effects artists (and if you want to be impressed by talent, watch that show…season one at least had some “holy shit” moments of talent), Shear Genius for hair stylists…why is there no costume competition that Elisa can join? Or host! Oh, hell, yes, she should HOST a costume competition, and it should involve LIFE SIZE PUPPETS on the judging panel!

    • Anonymous

      I want Elisa to host a costume contest.  Chris March can be the mentor.  Make it happen!

    • Anonymous

      And they can title the show “Puppet Master”! Perfecto for Elisa-I’d watch it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

      Face Off is the best of the talent-based competition shows.  Those are actual professionals, great judges, knowledgeable host, and minimal drama. To think that SyFy could manage that, while most of the Bravo-mold competition shows completely miss the mark. 

  • Anonymous

    “Tlo said:  Is this not an impressive look to put together from crap with very little time? Isn’t this the essence of what Project Runway is? And isn’t it sad that we have to point this out after a season of being told by the people in charge that “Project Runway is ALL ABOUT the drama!” No it isn’t. It’s all about theclothes.”

    Sing it, Sisters!!!

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      Amen to that! 

      Yes, how utterly refreshing to see genuine skill and talent on display.  Hopefully there’s more to come on AllStars.

    • Anonymous

      It is! It is about the clothes! And wasn’t it worth it! I had been looking forward to it, but without the same eagerness as in the past. I am NOT one of the ones who keep saying “never again,” I’m always hopeful it will get better, maybe they will hire the editors from the first and best seasons.

      Then I got done watching last night and suddenly realized, “I am smiling! I enjoyed this! The clothes were wonderful to watch, how the worked thru things was great and I am smiling and I enjoyed it!” I hadn’t even really noticed it was good until it was over. Oh! Very happy, very please, and, now, genuinely looking forward to what they make next week.

  • Anonymous

    An hour was too short for this episode. We barely got to see what everyone was making, and other than the top and bottom three and the April and Michael’s mop dresses, I don’t remember what anyone else made.

    I found it funny that Kenley was the talking head when Joanna came in and how having her as a mentor would be great. I don’t think Kenley would have signed up for this if Tim Gunn was still the mentor.

    • Anonymous

      Well, she is a bit older now.  Maybe she’s actually looking for a chance to learn from past mistakes?

      • Anonymous

        More likely, in the workroom there are no cats to throw around…..

  • Anonymous

    “Tlo said: We think she should get a spacey, New Age makeover show. She could go up to random badly dressed women on the street, spit on them, and then make them dress like a fairy in a cocktail dress.”

    But she wouldn’t be able to film it in NYC. Here, spitting on people is considered Reckless Endangerment and she’d ed up at Rikers, and then on the show on the Oprah Network.

    Elisa’s original dress had its’ charm, but all the writing on the clothes just made me think of that obnoxious Al Pacino girl from that other show.

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t tested the theory but I suspect that you can get away with anything as long as there’s a couple people with a big impressive looking camera and a boom mic following you around.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Hee… I’ve actually been tempted to have my husband cart around a giant camera with no film, just to see what I could get by with…

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t this the essence of what Project Runway is? 

    Ezz -ack -ly!

    • Anonymous

      Oh! You’re making me hope this show takes off and we have another season that includes Casanova! And, while I’m dreaming, I’d like to see Bert back too.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I’m hoping for an All-Star season every 3 or 4 regular seasons…

        • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

          Perish the thought, at least for the moment.  Remember who the executive producer of this show is?  Jon Murray.  When he does All-Star seasons, it’s just tragic.

          For the record:
          Twenty-two RW/RR All-Star challenges.
          Twenty-six Real World seasons.
          Fourteen Road Rules seasons.

          Do not tempt the Murray.  He will wreck the Project Runway franchise to a point beyond recognition.

  • Anonymous

    Actual talent? On MY Project Runway?

    Its more likely than you think…

    Like I said in the other post, just seeing Mondo and Rami’s beautiful, well-constructed dresses and remembering that the last PR winner won without having the ability, skill, technique or dedication to make anything even close — that she indeed won with a bunch of shapeless, badly sewn bits of fabric…ugh, those were dark days indeed! I’m so glad we have talented designers again.

    Sad to see Elisa go. I liked her. In fact, the only one in this bunch I don’t like is Kenley.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it was because my expectations were nearly rock-bottom after the past couple of seasons but I loved the heck outta last night’s show. Although we did joke that Rami’s dress should have had turret guns hidden under those shoulders.

    I so, so wish they’d made this show the hour and a half length. Actually getting to see talented people work on interesting challenges? Yes, please. I was really surprised by Joanna as well. I didn’t expect her to … how to say it … seem like she gave a shit? But she really had interesting and useful things to say to them. I stand chastened and rebuked. Fingers crossed now that this whole episode wasn’t just a tease and the season tanks from here.

    “they’ll be showing up in the workroom in sequined caftans and turbans before this is over.” Ogawd, I hope so.

  • Anonymous

    I thought everything was spot on last night. I agreed with the auf and I agreed with the win. I do think that it’s going to come down to Rami vs. Mondo at the end, but seeing a toned down Kenley was a welcome change, and the level of professionalism and quality of the garments was amazing. I actually think that different judges and mentor was a good idea too. Heidi hated Gordana for some reason and Kenley and Tim were no fans of each other either, so this gives each of them a new chance to show what they can do. Seeing Joanna Coles made me really sad for how diminished Tim’s role has become on the show, and how much the Project Runway judges have been manipulated to the point of having little or no credibility anymore.  I have high hopes for this show, but watching it last night really drove home just how awful the regular Project Runway show has become.

    • Anonymous

      It’s painful to see Gordana so unsure of herself, stumbling over her words, hanging her head and miserably agreeing with the judging panel’s critiques.  I wonder if that insecurity rubbed Heidi the wrong way – she seems like an alpha type who smells blood when she senses weakness. 

      • Betsy Wasser

        I was also sorry to see Michael Costello feeling so insecure.I don’t think he’s one of the best there, but if he doesn’t believe in himself, who will?

      • Anonymous

        As much as I love Gordana, I thought her dress deserved to be in the bottom 3. It reminded me of those car wash thingies with mirrors all over it, and the red plastic and brillo pads added on were just…too much. I’m glad they kept her, because we just adore her, but I didn’t like that dress last night at all.

        • Anonymous

          Her dress deserved to be in the bottom TWO.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        I was sad to see Gordana look even more tired and depressed than on her season. She looks like she’s been through the wringer. But, so did her dress.

  • Jacqui

    Agree with other comments that Sweet P should have been the one to go. It was nice to see clothes for a change. Not shapeless sleeveless dresses.

    And it seems Mila’s esthetic has not changed much. You could tell which one was her design as soon as it walked out.

    • Pam Winters

      In the previews, someone was saying something like “I wonder how long it will take before they realize she keeps making the same dress!” I’m guessing that the “she” in question is Mila.

    • Anonymous

      You could tell which one was her design as soon as it walked out.

      Not just Mila.  I kept saying, “that’s Kenley’s”, “that’s Rami’s”, “that’s Elisa’s”, “that’s Austin’s”, et cetera, et cetera.  Frankly, I think it’s a plus that so many of these designers do have a recognizable style (a/k/a “point of view”).

    • Anonymous

      As soon as they showed her arriving, I rolled my eyes and said, “Oh, no! Another season of black and white stripes!” And she didn’t disappoint….

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I am so sorry Elisa left so soon. But she was as zen and classy about as always. I too think Sweet P should have left instead. Elisa at least had a more interesting concept if not better execution. But how sweet was it of her to tell Sweet P she was glad she was still in. BTW I wonder if the dress Elisa was wearing on the runway was something she made. It feels like and it was lovely

    Rami’s win was a no brainer. I actually thought the dress was kind of too much but the execution was so well done. It’s nice he’s grown as a designer

    Jerrell should not have been top 3. piecing Hankies together seems kind of like a cop-out. pretty dress though

    • Anonymous

      Jerrell’s hankie dress reminded me of Anya. 

    • Anonymous

      yeah, on the regular PR, designers get dinged for using so much fabric in an unconventional materials challenge. I’m guess that’s why he was third, but I would have put him in the middle of the pack for using scarves.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

        I would have replaced him with Michael Costello.  I thought his material was much harder to work with, and he did a much better job with that material than April did.

  • Anonymous

    “Tlo said: The most important element of a successful Project Runway season is always going to be the casting. Producers take note: it MATTERS to the viewer who is up on the screen and when you give us a string of low-talent drama queens and have your judging panel INSIST that they’re some sort of Grand Master of Fashion (when they can’t even set a sleeve), and when you do that SEVERAL SEASONS IN A ROW, you wind up with an audience that is smaller and less likely to be invested in the show.”

    Exactmundo!

    The problem is, almost ALWAYS is, that producers start to get big heads and think that THEY are the key to a shows success. Uh-uh. It is the talent on the screen; are they compelling to watch for the RIGHT reasons, are they talented, etc. When a show goes downhill, the way PR has, it is almost always because of the greed, hubris and stupidity of the producers (as PR producers have been).

    Hopefully they’ve seen the light, and hopefully this is the beginning of the revival of the PR franchise. We’ll have to wait and see if it is or not.

    –GothamTomato

    • http://profiles.google.com/h.e.waddell Heather Waddell

      I think that’s why Top Chef hasn’t had the huge slump that PR has. They had one season that wasn’t on the money, and then went right back to casting correctly. They’ve also started changing up the judging panel more often, which means that no judge is so burnt out that they give crap critiques that parrot producer opinions. I honestly think that’s the other side of good casting. They need to cast good hosts/judges as well as talent.

      • Anonymous

        Sorry, there’s an opinion in some quarters is that Top Chef has been a boring wad of crap since the DC season.

        • Anonymous

          In my quarter, opinion is that Top Chef has always been boring.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001637020912 Zula Khramov

      I agree with TLo and you on that 100%. And since we don’t know how successful the last season was for the producers – cause don’t forget, they’ve lost educated audience but gained the legions of talentless wannabes liking Anya’s win since it gives them hope – so no, we don’t know which way producers will go for future seasons, and we can only hope that all stars will change the strategy they used for the last season or two.

      • http://twitter.com/CellophaneSkin Astrid Kalina

        What a childish post. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

        Nothing like someone who thinks they’re smarter than the “unwashed masses.”  

  • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

    I watched this at like 3 am on a re-run when I couldn’t sleep. i swore to myself I wouldn’t watch this show, but I did. And you know what? I’m glad I did. It was good. It reminded me of why I watched the show.  I don’t like some of the designers they brought back, but I can’t deny they are talented. Thank goodness for that.  It looks like they may have hooked me again. Dammit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

    Need to find way to watch this in Colombia. Oof I hate location restrictions. 

  • Anonymous

    The episode was a breath of fresh air. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

    I haven’t enjoyed an episode of PR so much in I don’t know when.  But Austin, what are you thinking with the facial hair?  Sex Offender mustaches don’t look good on anyone!

    • Anonymous

      And particularly jarring with the Crazy Eyes.  I’m afraid if he doesn’t dial it back a bit, one of the challenges will be designing a straightjacket to carry him off in.  Sequined and feathered and flowing, of course.  Starlet must go in style!

      Hopefully, it’s all schtick, what he thought was called for considering what PR had become, and he’ll adjust to the new order and become again just a flamboyant queen with mad skills.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent episode but you knew who would be going home when they announced the contestants.  Although those that watch the show closely may remember her as a talented designer, the sole reason Elisa was included here was that she is known as the spacey girl who spit on her clothes.  You can only  mine that joke for 1 episode.  Pure fodder.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      Having Sweet P (again) and Elisa on All Stars gives the judges easy aufs for the beginning episodes. Rather like the totally uncoordinated people who get eliminated right away on Dancing with the Stars . 

  • Judy_J

    This episode was very reminiscent of the glory days of PR…kind of helped remove the bad memories of the past couple of seasons. I didn’t think Elisa would last very long; she’s just too unconventional to be able to perform according to rules of any kind.  I’m sure we will see much drama, which is good, but I’m also hoping for more focus on the construction and design aspects.  That’s the main reason I started watching all those many years ago.

  • Anonymous

    I really really wish they would give this show the 90 minute time slot! I’d much rather spend my extra 1/2 hour with these folks than the idiots last season!
    I agree with the win. I thought Sweet P should have gone home, but it wasn’t a yell at the tv and wake up pissed reaction like many of the wins and aufs from previous seasons.

    And “Flamboyant Gay Dressing sweepstakes, my God, I love y’all!!!

  • Anonymous

    I agree that both the judging and the mentoring (well, and most important, the designing, of course) were vastly improved.  Watching Joanna in the workroom was a real pleasure, and I’m glad it turns out she was there to inject some real professionalism and not just bitch factor since I had no problem imagining that being her role.  I cringe every time I see Tim on those Travelocity (or is it Expedia?) commercials, not because I begrudge him his payday at all, but because PR Tim has pretty much become Travelocity Tim.  And to hear the judges discuss things like “proportion” instead of disco balls, less schtick and more critique — nice!

    And I agree with many of the readers:  for once, I would’ve been happy with the 1-1/2 hour format.  Who knew?

    And I guess whoever doesn’t get eliminated in the next few weeks will be going to Fashion Week.  This time it will be a pleasure to see a lot of decoys.

    • Anonymous

      The best thing they could do for themselves is send this pack to fashion week.  They deserve it, and it would be quality!

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      According to Joanna Coles they aren’t showing at Fashion Week.  I guess there was an issue with the scheduling. 

      • Anonymous

        Oh, that’s a shame.  I was already getting geared up for it!  Seems like a real missed opportunity – could’ve been quite a boost for the franchise.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          I’m not really sure how they did it — she said they each had a show but not at Fashion Week.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

        I hadn’t thought about it, but the show at Fashion Week wasn’t mentioned by anybody.  Makes sense, but I guess most of them have already done that.  They’re getting the chance at a boutique instead, which is probably what they need at this point in their careers.

  • http://profiles.google.com/h.e.waddell Heather Waddell

    I want the host for 24 Hour Catwalk to do Project Runway instead. She’s funny and yet slightly intimidating, which is what I want in a competition show host (See: Padma from Top Chef), and she’s pretty darn easy on the eyes too.

  • Anonymous

    I thought it was a real toss up between Mondo and Rami. I have no quibble with Rami, I just had a hard time choosing between the two. Joanna is great. In a lot of ways, she’s (for now) the reason I watch the show. It’ll be interesting to see how the contestants shake out over the next couple of weeks. Thank you, PR/AS for re-engaging us!

  • Anonymous

    Loved, loved, loved the show!  While Rami did an amazing job, Mondo’s tape dress was unbelievable.  I know I’m in the minority, but I actually sort of liked the host.  Perhaps only because she was so much better than the subpar hosts on the Bravo PR ripoffs.  Still hate Kenley.

  • Anonymous

    Loved, loved, loved the show!  While Rami did an amazing job, Mondo’s tape dress was unbelievable.  I know I’m in the minority, but I actually sort of liked the host.  Perhaps only because she was so much better than the subpar hosts on the Bravo PR ripoffs.  Still hate Kenley.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ruthieoo Ruthie O

      I sort of liked the host too! She seemed, you know, HUMAN! I appreciated the way she interacted with the contestants warmly and with a little humor. She’s a bit stiff, but I think she’ll settle into the role more as the series goes on.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I liked Angela too. As Ruthie O said above, she just needs time. It was her first episode, so I can’t criticize for not being polished. Heidi was terrible in the first season. A lot of post-show dubbing had to be done.

  • Anonymous

    I think the judges made the right choice, though I don’t think Sweet P is long for the show. Looking at the closeups of this outfit, the connections between the top and the shorts are hideous. And the judges were right: if you have to explain your outfit for 1/2 hour and people still don’t get it, it’s not really that viable. Even art should be able to convey its meaning without the artist standing next to it (I’m looking at you WOA contestants).

    I can’t complain about the win. It could have gone either way. I like how Rami used the materials purposefully (ie: the garland as ostrich feathers). He knew the look he wanted and created it…though I can’t help but think that his model looks a bit like a Christmas present. Congratulations on the first win, Rami!

  • Anonymous

    I think the judges made the right choice, though I don’t think Sweet P is long for the show. Looking at the closeups of this outfit, the connections between the top and the shorts are hideous. And the judges were right: if you have to explain your outfit for 1/2 hour and people still don’t get it, it’s not really that viable. Even art should be able to convey its meaning without the artist standing next to it (I’m looking at you WOA contestants).

    I can’t complain about the win. It could have gone either way. I like how Rami used the materials purposefully (ie: the garland as ostrich feathers). He knew the look he wanted and created it…though I can’t help but think that his model looks a bit like a Christmas present. Congratulations on the first win, Rami!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

    This show was so great! I never had a knot of anxiety or anger in my stomach the whole hour! No screaming at the tv! Just calm watching professionals do their thing. I have to say though, Austin and Anthony were getting on my last nerve a little bit. A little bit of Austin goes a long way. 

  • Call me Bee

    I very much enjoyed this episode.  Totally agree that the talent is sky-high and hopefully the drama will not overtake the emphasis on the clothes in subsequent epis.  Rami’s dress was awesome and rightfully won the challenge.  Knew right away that Elisa would go home first–she just doesn’t have the nature for the competition.  I wish her well–designing in her own little bubble….
    Sweet Pea looks fabulous, as does Austin.  Hon–you just rock that pornstatche.  It. Is. Awesome. 

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I love the pornstache. It’s ridiculous, of course, but totally Austin. Oh, Austin, never change.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      Time has been good to Sweet P. Her make-up was beautiful and she actually looked rather sophisticated…until you got to her arms.

  • Call me Bee

    I very much enjoyed this episode.  Totally agree that the talent is sky-high and hopefully the drama will not overtake the emphasis on the clothes in subsequent epis.  Rami’s dress was awesome and rightfully won the challenge.  Knew right away that Elisa would go home first–she just doesn’t have the nature for the competition.  I wish her well–designing in her own little bubble….
    Sweet Pea looks fabulous, as does Austin.  Hon–you just rock that pornstatche.  It. Is. Awesome. 

  • Anonymous

    First show and it looks promising.  I hopehopehope B-M don’t f*** it up.

  • Anonymous

    Was thrilled with the initial runway show where the designers all brought something that “represented them.”  Virtually ALL of those initial garments I could peg directly to the designer WITHOUT actually knowing they had made them.  Loved it!

  • brian kennedy

    Yes, compared to Frau Klum, Schmeidi was a step down.  But compared to Molly Sims on that-show-that-shall-not-be-mentioned, Schmeidi was a breath of fresh, non-stilted air.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

    Have yet to see the episode (hurry up Lifetime!) but the jacket looks amazing. The only thing that could have made it better, if paired with a sleek pencil skirt in a single color.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and VALENTINO.  Loved the designers getting all weepy and startstruck over the greeting vid.

  • R. L.

    Please let it continue in this vein.  I have SOOOO missed the real Project Runway. 

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      It will be interesting to see which Tim shows up for “Revolution.”

      • Anonymous

        The one that is now talking about wanting to design plus-size clothing.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

          Is that true? Tell me more. I don’t know anything about Tim’s background. Has he actually ever worked as a designer?

          • Anonymous

            Here’s the interview:  http://fashionista.com/2012/01/tim-gunn-is-getting-a-daytime-talk-show-and-considering-designing-a-plus-size-line/   As far as I know, he has never worked as a designer.  He was, however, chair of the fashion department at Parsons, and taught classes there.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

            Thanks, Lilithcat. After I read the interview, I did a little googling and found this nice bio of Tim 
            http://www.biography.com/people/tim-gunn-594086

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            No, his training and experience is as a sculptor.

  • MilaXX

    I too was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed PR last night, especially Joanna & Isaac who I thought I’d dislike the most. I didn’t necessarily agree with the win, but I agreed with the bottom 2 and have no problem with Elisa going over Sweet Pea. Rami’s outfit was very well executed, but I think the shoulders were a little too big and costume-y, bordering on Sissy Bear levels of over the top-ness. I’m crossing my fingers that this is a sign of a good season of PR.

  • CQAussie

    I didn’t watch this….like I said I wouldn’t…..but I did read your re-caps cuz I can’t completely stay away.  Now I am intrigued.  Perhaps I’ll tune in next week….=D

    P.S. Rami’s creation is stunning but I don’t really like the collar that much.

  • Anonymous

    Elisa has a strong point of view and her outfit was not as painful as SweetPea’s who’s entry was absolutely miserable and dreary. My inner-MK would say, “She looks like a drag-queen on her off day in Boca!”

  • Anonymous

    Must admit that I had Joanna Coles wrong (I had thought she was the lady who did the “after the runway” last year and was so awful)–mea culpa.  She was insightful and pointed–in a good way.  Glad that Rami won, but Sweet P would have been my auf-ee.

    • Anonymous

       Zanna?

      • Anonymous

        Okay, I’ll go for that.  I think it *was* Zanna–pretty, young, didn’t come across as very bright?

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          And couldn’t conduct a decent interview if her life depended on it? Yep, that’s her.

          Also, she’s been a judge at least once, and I seem to remember she did well. But she was a boring, completely ineffectual host of After the Runway.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Joanna Coles, too, but I wonder if it’s kind of a conflict of interest to have her as the mentor if the winner is going to be a guest editor at her magazine for a year. I would think that would make it difficult for her not to play favorites since she has a stake in the outcome.

    • Anonymous

      I think that’s why she’s not a judge. But you’re right in that she could definitely steer the designers a certain way with her advice.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      It’s not a conflict of interest — her interest as a mentor is to help these designers do their best work, and as an editor, it’s to make sure whoever she gets is working up to their full potential as well.

      No publisher or retailer is going to agree to sponsor something like this, award a huge prize with their company, and not keep a hand it — it’s financially unsound.  Nor should they.  I know everyone likes to think that things like fashion should be art and far removed from petty worries about smart business, but the best art in the world has been produced on commission by guys looking to make enough cash to keep them afloat. 

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    I agree with nearly your whole assessment. Loved actually seeing some interesting, well-made dresses.
    But, I did not really love Rami’s dress. It was a little, um, unwearable? And if Georgina’s presence on the judging panel (owning of the show) leads to the winner each week being the person who creates a dress most in line with her bizarre, narrow, ug-uh-ly aesthetic….well then I am going to be hopping mad.

    • Anonymous

      When designer reached for the shower scrubbies and the gift bags at the store, I had to pause the tv and explain Marchesa designs to my husband. Essentially, their origami and poofy tulle stuff could totally be re-created from those materials.

      • Anonymous

        For probably 1/5,000 th of the price!

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Well, that depends — are we talking about the market price or the production cost price?  ‘Cause I really don’t see how the production cost could be all that high…

          • Anonymous

            Guilty of comparing apples and oranges (and a touch of hyperbole), but twenty bucks worth of crap from a dollar store to make Marchesa gown look-alike? 

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I disliked Rami’s dress as such–I thought it was really ugly–but I completely appreciate how much skill it took to execute.

    I was a little disappointed in Austin, but I still adore him and hope he rallies soon.

    I agreed with the Auf.

  • Anonymous

    Oh TLo, you said everything I was thinking, but so much better than I could. This is the first PR  I’ve liked in a LONG time! *fingers crossed it doesn’t go down the drain in the next episode*

  • Anonymous

    Come on, dears! This show is better because the designers are better, no question. It’s still the same crappy format of dwelling on people’s self-serving comments rather than the work of making the clothes.  (And I found Elisa unwatchable, glad she was cleared out of the way. Even though her drama is arguably more sincere than that of many others.)

    • Anonymous

      I thought about this, too, because I was really wondering how much of the NEW! IMPROVED! 50% BITCHIER! Austin was editing to fit the B-M mold.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

        Yeah, because that just never happened on Bravo.  Really, I wonder what show people were watching when this was on Bravo, because the drama b.s. was always big on the show.  Always.  From day f’ing one.

  • Anonymous

    Haven’t watched the entire episode yet, but did catch some of the judging and was doubled over in a fit of laughter when that Marchesa chick was blathering on to one of the designers about “having too much going on”…I mean the Marchesa designer says that? While sitting there with half a Christmas tree running across her shoulders and knowing that WE know what she designs? Sent me to bed both shaking my head and laughing. Also, I though Mondo was robbed….again. Hope this isn’t a recurring theme.

    • Anonymous

       And the neck area of her dress was too similar to the one she was criticizing (Gordana?) to not laugh

  • Anonymous

    Rami deserved the win.  I don’t think Gordana deserved bottom 3 at all – from the 2 second glances (and the editor covered Gordana’s coming up the runway with that too huge graphic) – I’d have put Kenley in the bottom 3. 

    The editing was bad.  We did not need to see them choosing their beds at all let alone at the expense of seeing Sweet Pea and Kara’s clothes on the first runway  – wth – did they not bring anything? 

    But because of that first runway and what they did in the challenge I would have preferred to see a little more (1 wk?) of Elisa 

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      Yes! Too much introductions and choosing beds and too little construction of garments, workroom critiques, and runway views. And for all the Hot Glue Gun Ruined My Dress, we barely got to see Austin’s finished garment (or fix) at all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545764348 Julie Lingenfelter Kiesel

      I actually started the show again from taping after watching through, thinking I had missed some of the first runway. I wanted to compare Sweet Pea’s original, but didn’t see it. However, I found I watched the whole show twice in one night, such a difference from last season when I turned it off in irritation or fell asleep before the episode was over.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        No wonder I can’t remember anything about Sweet P’s first piece. We didn’t see it. Now I feel a little better about my crappy memory.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that Gordana was wrongly placed in the bottom. She was the only that chose a risky silhouette. It was beautiful when it was in motion. The judges should not use hanger appeal as a criteria for judging in unconventional materials challenges.
      I actually thought Jerrell was going to be in the bottom for lack of innovation and creativity. He did deserve a gentle rebuke for going so ….so I don’t know, a polyester chiffon handkerchief dress out of polyester handkerchiefs, not exactly worthy of praise.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure Austin and Mondo will show up in the workroom in caftans and turbans by mid-episode next week.

    I enjoyed last night’s episode. It was pretty obvious from looking at the cast of designers who would be the bottom two, without ever seeing a stitch of their work. I did think Sweet Pea might go home, as at least Elisa showed some thought behind her design and used something other than fabric  in her outfit.

    I love that Austin acts like he’s a silent movie starlet all the time. The eyes! So funny. Watching this show last night was like a get together with old friends or coworkers you forgot you liked so much.

    • Anonymous

      I’m waiting for the Aunti Mame lookalike contest between the two of them.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        Oh my god. Can you imagine? They could sell tickets to that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Lister-Korwan-Doherty/1332309111 Jane Lister-Korwan Doherty

    I loved last nights episode!  Thank goodness they put talented designers back on the air I have been a devoted PR fan since the beginning and I can’t stand the lack of talent in the past few seasons.  Please producers listen to the fans here put talented designers on the show and not drama queens who can’t sew. 

  • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

     ”It reminds me of Easter at a Mexican family’s house. It’s a piñata. I hope her model is full of candy.” I love you Mondo!

  • Jean Marie Downing

    April is now REALLY reminding me of Samaire Armstrong.

    • Anonymous

      she more reminds me of Penny on Big Bang Theory

  • bloodshothalfblind

    by far the best PR show in years!  what a pleasant surprise, not just to revisit old favorites, but to see real clothes!  even when they were made from crap!  hell, elisa’s wasnt the greatest, but it was still better than 1/2 of the outfits at last year’s PR fashion week.  i am praying that they get it together for the regular PR series.  

    anyway, congrats to rami!  (am i the only one who thinks he looks like a giant penis in a tight polo shirt?)  he’s always surprisingly brilliant at the unconventional materials.  i think it brings out the best in him as an artist & a craftsman.  i dont think elisa should have gone.  sweet pea has always gotten more breaks than she deserves & i think she knows it.  you can tell by how fast she bolted off that runway.  the dress she brought in was fabulous, but the one she made was lousy.  id love to see her make something really good just once.  

    also, can i just say, after last season’s 90 min eps & 30 min blathering tedious recaps, last night’s ep felt so short!  just as a scene got good, it was over.  do the producers not know that they finally have something watchable? something that PR fans actually want to see?  ffs, if you’re going to go all extended-supercut on us, do it for the all-stars! not for a bunch of preening no-talent hacks who don’t even know how to thread a needle!

    • Anonymous

      “the dress she brought in was fabulous,”   ? 
      Did I miss that – I watched the first runway more than once and did not see what Sweet Pea brought in?

  • Anonymous

    Talent, execution, point of view—All Stars roared out of the gate with all the joy that I hoped it would.
    Loved the shout-out from Valentino!

    As with most others here I agreed with the top two and bottom two, but would have given it to Mondo and sent Sweet Pea packing. I thought Mondo made the best use of unconventional materials, but Rami’s execution was amazing. I could enjoy Elisa’s point of view on challenges that allow for more money to be spent. Why would SP create an outfit out of terry if she would not wear it, just for the colors? Not a very creative thinker, this one. But she looks wonderful. Sadly my expectations are rather low for her going forward.

  • Anonymous

    I broke down and watched and was very glad I did.  First, it was kind of a relief not hearing Heidi’s voice and mannerisms.  I thought Angela was fine, and friendly.  I liked the new judges.  I liked Coles as mentor.  The absence of judges making nasty, unconstructive over the top one liners was wonderful.  I felt they really looked at the designers as people who needed constructive criticism.  I liked that it moved quickly as well. I am a fan of the 60 minute show.  I didn’t hate Kenley.  The talent level was very high and worthy of watching.  I am hoping it erases the last season from my brain.  Michael Costello sounded very humble (nothing wrong with that and honestly, I’m over the Austin preening).  Right now it just seems like so many people!  I agreed with the auf but would have been fine with Sweet Pea as well, that dress was hiddy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

      This is why I didn’t have a problem with the fact that they actually had some praise for the bottom 3 designs.  Really, the only horrible thing that was made was Sweet P’s dress.  I didn’t need to hear them say crappy, hateful things just to say crappy, hateful things. 

      • Anonymous

        Exactly.  Isn’t it enough to have the contestants say crappy catty hateful things?  Those kinds of comments really say more about the commenter than the designer.  Sweet Pea’s dress was pretty horrid in comparison to the other garments. Elisa’s was odd but fit in very well with her inspirational piece.  The writing really didn’t need to mean anything and a white cape over what amounted to lingerie doesn’t make much sense (where is this girl wearing this?).  However, weighing everything, I was still more interested in seeing what else Elisa might send down the runway whereas, Sweet Pea…. not so much.  Her look was boring.  But good things could be said as well:  she was bold with color for example.  I think there can always be something positive to say even with the worst design.  Sometimes I wish they could submit their sketch to judges as well as their garment/result.  Not everyone is a stellar technician.  But designers who are skilled technicians seem to do much better– I even saw that on Joe Zee’s All On The Line.  Being an excellent designer, excellent technician can still not be enough– there has to be someone with a head for business as well to be successful.  It isn’t enough to make pretty dresses.

  • Anonymous

    It was obvious right away that this was the PR of old. All of these designers are light years better than what has been on the show the past couple of years and last year especially. P’s dress was not that well put together and didn’t look great but at least she can go with a concept. I would take any of these designers over last years and I hope the PR producers take note. I’m not sure what the ratings were last night but I hope as it goes they are pretty high so that a message is sent.

    Schmeidi though..ugh. I’m sorry but just terrible. She virtually was reading off the cue cards. She just doesn’t have the gravitas for that roll. I did like Joanna in the mentor roll and I agree with TL that when you look at how well she did it sort of does send a shot across the bow to Tim Gunn. The producers have screwed up the regular show and need to get back to the way it was. This show was great and I look forward to seeing the rest of the episodes.

  • Anonymous

    It’s wonderful to see so many old and familiar faces in this mix — so refreshing.  I didn’t care for Rami’s dress but can understand why he took first place.  I quite liked Gordana’s white floaty dress — actually I thought that Rami’s was far more over-worked and tortured than G’s piece.  And I didn’t care for the huge collar that ate the model’s neck — Still, what an improvement over the last two seasons — And how adorable is Mondo in his kiddie’s costumes?

    And thanks to you all for making it possible to actually SEE the garments.  I hate the way we are peppered with reaction shots when the stuff is coming down the runway.  I want to see the clothes!

  • Cathlin Sommerfield

    I followed PR from the first season on

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1753538589 Susan Rachel

    I’ve watched PR from the very beginning, suffering through those horrid seasons when folks who can’t set a sleeve get pushed forward.  Last night was just wonderful and reminded me why I stick with this damn show!  Seeing so much true talent was great fun and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season shakes out!

  • Anonymous

    I loved the show last night.  I still think that Sweet P’s design was much fuglier than Elisa’s, but I am not going to quibble about it right now.  The talent is awesome.  The bitchery comes from the designers, but in a funny and not a Drama Queen innapropriate way.  And the judges’ panel are a kinder, gentler version of their predecessors, while proffering critique that actually makes sense.  

    I miss Heidi’s cackle though.  Shmeidi needs to liven up.  Maybe she’ll grown into the role as the season goes forward.

    As for the win, I liked both Mondo and Raimi’s looks, so I’m good.  I am a Mondo fan, and never cared much for Raimi.  But I must admit that he’s grown a lot, and I look forward to see more of his work.

  • Anonymous

    My husband and I enjoyed the hell out of last nights PR. I love there’s a new staff- it seems fresh and interesting. Sweet P definitely should have gone home with Anthony a close second. I’m not really into Elisa but I enjoy her point of view. I can’t get the dress April brought to show out of my mind. I ‘would’ wear a lot of looks but I think I actually ‘could’ wear that dress. Rami looked totally hot

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    Loved Joanna as the mentor! She knew just when to back away from the crazy, you can tell she’s dealt with slightly flaky creative types before. She seemed tough and honest without being pushy. I still love Tim, of course.

    It was really a wonderful episode of PR. I hope the people responsible for the past few crappy seasons take note of what makes PR special (the real talent!).

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Joanna reminds me of Tabitha of the Takeover Fame.

      • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

        Oh yeah, she is a bit like Tabitha! I like Tabitha.

        • Anonymous

          Yep.  They’re both Australians with short blond hair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xerapis David Louis Quick

    I think this can be summed up as “The All-Stars make better garments out of dollar store items than the last winner could make out of expensive fabric”

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think it can be described better than that. Last night’s episode alone makes up for the disappointment of the past few seasons. I hope it continues.

  • Anonymous

    Things are dreary at work (we had our annual Job Elimination Fair yesterday) but when I read this:And we look forward to more of Mondo and Austin trying to out-do each other in the Flamboyant Gay Dressing sweepstakes. If they both make it to the end, they’ll be showing up in the workroom in sequined caftans and turbans before this is over.
    I did a spit take with my coffee.  Thanks TLo.

    This show was pure fun, although the designers, with the possible exception of Elisa, are all pretty serious.  Austin is scary serious.  I think I am nostalgic for Season One when he hardly said a word.

    So far I don’t mind Angela L.  (Although I keep getting confused when I see her name – wait – is the Fleurchon girl one of the contestants?)  Mostly she reminds me of the things that were starting to annoy me about Heidi.  I like that Angela is more of a host and less of a judge – she seems to get it that the judges are experts about fashion while she mainly just wears it.

    Rami sealed up his win when he told them what kind of flotsam and jetsam went into his garment.  That is exactly what a Dollar Store Challenge should produce.

    As to the B3, none of them are going to be around for long.  I was surprised at the aufee.  Clearly Sweet P should keep her bags packed.  Her crazy eyes during the announcements told the story.  With Allstars it’s more of a chess game than ever.  Do not show fear or confusion.  They may hug you and stab you in the back at the same time. But hey, almost everybody looks better than when they originally competed.  I think Austin’s mustache is ridiculous, but considering that Season One was 25 years ago, he’s looking pretty good, don’t you think?

    Minor quibble – where is Season Three’s representative?  Is Jeffrey Sebelia holding him/her hostage?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

      I really don’t like the idea that some people are “experts” about fashion, while others “just wear it.”  I think that is the thing I hate about the fashion industry most of all–this idea that women are idiots, who need to be told what to wear by the “experts.”  That’s nonsense.  I have no problem with Heidi being a judge.  The people who wear the clothes are experts on them, as far as I’m concerned.  To say otherwise is patronizing and backs up all the misogynistic tendencies of the fashion industry.

  • Anonymous

    Project Runway All Stars – thank you sweet jeebus! Now bring on the sequined caftans and turbans, the Isaac Bitchrahi remarks, and the lovely boatloads of fabulous creations from TALENTED designers!

  • bethannstamps

    best show in a long time, we all agree on that i think. Mondo did a great job w trash bags again, but look at Rami’s.. while i don’t like it, and there is way too much big galoomping stuff on it, but it is so well made and in a plaid.. that is MATCHING at all the seams, and it did look like it belonged in a collection with his first piece…. well done. those are the details that have been missing from some previous winners and yes Anys, i’m talking bout you girl….\ i am looking forward to seeing what Austin, Mondo and the others will be wwewearing as well as making.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622570407 Alyssa Ball

    I haven’t watched PR in a few seasons, but as almost everyone else has said, this definitely had some great moments and I hope the editors don’t start shifting the focus away from the clothes.  There are some strong personalities so I’m sure it will be tempting for them, but fingers crossed.

    My favorite moment was Georgina Chapman telling a designer something was over-designed and had too many elements.  The irony!!

    • Anonymous

      georgina did seem to have a little self-awareness when gordana said she would finish early and then keep on designing and georgina said oooh i know, like she really knew from experience.

  • http://twitter.com/jennawaterford Jennifer Ford

    I didn’t like Rami much in Season 4 but I kept muttering to myself, “Season 4! Those people were epic!” and was really happy at his win. He seems calmer and more comfortable with himself now (which of course makes sense — it’s been years) and as much as I loved Mondo’s dress, Rami’s was just that extra bit more special. It was very runway-ridiculous but beautifully executed. Just what I expect from a Season 4 veteran! YAAAAAY!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

    Good episode!  Great recap, guys!  I wish they spent more time showing the finished looks they brough with them.  Notables:
    Rami – went off the deep end trying NOT to drape. I didn’t love either look. 
    Kenley - I was most excited to see where she would be now.  And, most disappointed to see…. a prom dress? 
    Austin – also a little prom dressy… didn’t love it.Mondo – Amazing!  Loved both looks!
    Elisa – agree that her first look was very beautiful.  But, I’m not sad she’s gone…
    Mila – blah…
    Can’t remember the others… so, maybe these are my top and bottom 5 just based on being memorable.

    @andcoh:disqus 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1236534305 Juliette Dade

    Does anyone know where to watch it online? Lifetime doesn’t seem to be uploading it to their site this season…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

      It’s on their site.  I watched it yesterday afternoon.

  • http://twitter.com/amndad amanda lynn

    odd comment – but her penmanship is beautiful.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      And she’s still writing backwards.

  • Anonymous

    I really thought I was done after that last season, but seeing old designers come back was just too tempting to pass on. Overall I really liked it.

    I thought Sweet Pea’s was a little more auf-worthy because it was both poorly executed and dull, but I can’t really defend those hiddy booty shorts too much.

  • Pennymac

    It was so pleasant to watch episode one and know the strengths and weaknesses of the former contestants. Rather like old home week! I loved it!

    I found myself sort of wishing for 90 minutes because there wasn’t enough, rather than agonizing through 90 minutes of drama and BS. Fingers crossed that Lifetime doesn’t muck this one up…

  • Ramona Boersma

    Love Mondo. His pre-show dress was the best. Anyone else disappointed by how lame the pick-any-dress-to-represent-you dresses were? Also, no criticisms for using fabric-like material (hankies, laundry bags?). Mondo’s was the best because he used binders, electrical tape, and garbage bags. Rami’s was fab, but laundry bags and tinsel didn’t seem as innovative.

    • Anonymous

      yes, i was surprised that the judges didn’t say anything about his use of unconventional materials.  i wonder if they were allowed to use muslin and if anyone did.  i didn’t see any in the workroom, but that could have been editing.  i’d love to know how mondo constructed that bodice from binder strips.  in the past the use of garbage bags was heavily discussed in the judging.  from stella leathah, who just wrapped it around her model and sent her out, to andy from the jungle (i believe it was him) who quilted it and made it look like expensive leather.  

      • Anonymous

        Andy from the jungle would be Jay Nicholas Sario from San Francisco?

        • Anonymous

          that’s who that was!  i was thinking of andy south, the cambodian who lived in rural hawaii.  he made a black dress from unconventional materials but it was something he braided or knotted i think.  now i’ll have to go back to the archives.  i remember jay nicholas’ season because he’s from the castro (SF) and my home girl from oakland, amy, was there representing norcal.  i swear that girl had razor blades in her hair.  that was some flat out east oakland chola style- cat eyes, beehive hair, hoops in her ears (got to take those out before the fight starts.  barbra streisand my ass.

  • Anonymous

    Well it is B-M producing, so I’m sure a few drama vortices *cough* Kenley *cough* Michael *cough* will overstay their expiration dates, but if Austin, Jerell, Mila, Mondo and Rami (my picks for the best of the bunch) can bring this every week, the series will be well worth watching.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

      Because Jerell isn’t about drama at all.

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    rami’s dress was fantastic, i think in essence he worked for making something so fabulous with cheap materials and a huge time constraint. I loved the new panel, to be honest, and yes, fake heidi is probably my only quip of the night – she comes off a bit forced and constrained, even a bit awkward. looking forward to mondo vs. austin finale, t b h. 

  • Anonymous

    They had me at “Neiman Marcus accessory wall”.

  • Lori

    I wish T Lo would blog Face Off.  LOVE the show.  The judges and the judging are so admirable.  The panel and the guest judges all have fantastic experience and credentials, and the judging itself is drama free.  The talent and the challenges, it’s all quality.  Watched S1 again a few weeks ago and we were even more impressed than the first time around, that says a lot.  The results of the challenges were often amazing.  And McKenzie Westmore is a perfect host.   From the preview, with the first challenge being reimagining characters from the Wizard of Oz, looks like they’re off to another great start.

  • Anonymous

    This is the Project Runway I’ve been missing. Amazing talent pool, unique personalities, pointed criticism and interesting challenges. I am okay with the Auf and the Win though I would have swapped both around if I ruled the PR world (Sweet P would have gone and Mondo would have won)

    It really saddened me to see Gordana so insecure, hopefully she doesn’t lose focus and spiral out of the competition. Michael Costello, on the other hand, has reason to be nervous. He is a sweet enough kid, but he is in over his head with this bunch – he may have improved a great deal, but he is still a guppy and he is surrounded by a host of great white sharks this season.

    Side notes – Austin is glorious, but he needs to lose a bit of the attitude and the pornstache and sweet southern Anthony is a truly terrible dresser :(

    • Anonymous

      gordana did look a total mess there by the end. i also fear for her nerves and lack of confidence.  michael is kinda getting on my nerves with his camera grabbing remarks.  i think he has talent but his esthetic is very palm springs.  an aspect of him that does intrigue me is his gypsy culture and how it has shaped his personality, being a gay man. 

  • Lori

    I liked Schmeidi (you guys are so awesome) too.

  • Anonymous

    It was fun and fast. Nobody ran in the bathroom and cried. The snarking was pretty minimal. Everybody just worked and came up with interesting stuff. I was very doubtful about watching this at all, but now I’m in for the season. It was nice to see new host and judging faces, people who didn’t seem to feel compelled to be charactures of themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting….perhaps I’ll tune in, after all.  I was just waiting for the final word from above (that means the TLo skies).

  • http://profiles.google.com/sephski Jennifer Szczublewski

    This was the first episode of PR I’ve watched in years that actually makes me want to get out my sewing machine. It’s so nice to have one of my favorite shows back.

  • Lori

    Loved it.  Even watched it again.  Wanted Mondo FTW but Rami deserved it, wanted Sweet P for the auf but Elisa deserved it.  The designer pool is mostly excellent, the prizes excellent.  Judging was on point.  No focus on styling.  I don’t miss Collier Strong.  The models modeled.  No time for real drama, though I am looking forward to Isaac calling Austin “Starlet.”  Love T Lo’s recap.  It’s all good, and I can’t believe I’m saying that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stacy-Reineman/100000582018265 Stacy Reineman

    It was like a breath of fresh air!!!!!   The quality of the clothes was so much better than anything from PR.  My only complaint is that I think the wrong person went home.  To be quite honest, I think Sweet Pea should have gone, just based on the dress alone.  Elisa gave us a New Millenium Tinkerbell outfit, that was well made, and at least it was not dowdy.  Okay, it was a costume, spit and all.  However, Sweet Pea’s dress looked poorly made, a poor color combination, and a horrible fit (like none at all).  She slmply got bands of fabric and sewed them together.  There was no fitting, or any style to it at all.  That being said, the rest of the show was fantastic!   I am not Stacy Reineman. I am Marilynr. I don’t know why this program messes up my identity.

  • Anonymous

    I really liked how as each design came out, you already knew who made the outfit without being told. I was actually pleasantly surprised with this episode.  I always liked Rami and Mondo, so glad they’re off to a good start.  BM, you have a really good cast of talented people.  Focus on the clothes and don’t screw it up with lame drama!

  • Anonymous

    I was so happy with this episode. Everything was heads and shoulders above the last two seasons, including and especially having the Neiman Marcus accessory wall instead of Piperlime! Love love love Rami and it was a nice dose of nostalgia seeming some other old favorites back on the screen. My one observation was that some of the female contestants (Kenley, Sweet Pea) looked so Botoxed to the hilt, I would swear that Allergen is now one of the show’s sponsors. Still, an awesome hour of television and I can’t wait until next week.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/_36OHLSGH2T32UAFMHQCOPHQJ3M hesilly

    did not watch the show, but what I see from your photos, the winner’s craftsmanships do not meet my standard,  look at the collar, the back panels and the hanging piece on the belly… all the plaids were mismatched. its a very basic thing that all the pieces should be Symmetrically match.  perhaps he did cut them Symmetrically, but just has very bad sewing skills

    • Anonymous

      It’s better than anything Anya did last year and it’s made from Dollar Store tinsel, umbrellas, and laundry bags.

  • Anonymous

    Lots of relieved enthusiasm from the Kitten Kadre, and that’s happy-making.  I do wish, as I posted last night, that the camerawork had been better and more thoughtful.  The runway shots of the designers’ efforts were obscured (by nearly a third) by the nametag banners and were so brief and often taken from contrived angles that I couldn’t see what the dress/outfit was.  Less fluff (beds, hotel), more substance, please, LT/B-M.  We want depth.

    I agree that deer-in-headlights SweetPea should have been jettisoned; that was a sad beach cover-up of an effort.

  • Anonymous

    Elisa at least had an idea–Sweet P just had dishrags.  I thought for sure she was going home.  I wanted to see more of Elisa.  Also thought Mondo should have won because he used less fabric like materials but understand Rami’s win.

  • Anonymous

    I thought you could say the same thing about Jerrell’s initial piece. It was very “him.”

  • Anonymous

    Oh sigh, I was sorry to see Elisa go.  

    Her clothes require interaction.  They are meant to invite conversation and provoke curiosity in the viewer beyond “Oh, great outfit.”    I love that she stays true to her form in this manner.  I am sorry the commercial market is not willing to take a chance on designs that step around the corners.  

    Kenley should have been auf’d IMHO.  Her garment looked stiff and cardboard-y, like it was put together with cardboard, which it was, which…it was supposed to NOT look like.  

     

    • Anonymous

      i too will miss elisa.  she is a true spirit, everything she says comes from a deep place with no editing.  sometimes it seems like she took a whole lot of acid, but then i really think she just is that way.  she is right on the edge of genius and psychosis, but i feel she is centered and stable and able to function in this world.  i had a friend back in the day who went over that line and right off the cliff and it was terrifying.  fortunately she survived.  i do feel that elisa is able to harness that energy to be successful.  attentive kittens and fawns will remember that she survived a near fatal brain injury shortly before her season.  it would be interesting to know what she was like before the accident, and how that traumatic event changed her.

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if Lifetime will have the episodes online?  I don’t have cable anymore and this is the first time I’m actually regretting that decision. Le sigh

  • Anonymous

    is it just me or is rami hotter than the last time we’ve seem him… Dayum!!

    • Anonymous

      yes!  i didn’t really notice him in that way during his season.  maybe because his face is not really attractive to me and he’s kind of a dowdy dresser.  but now, he has a certain appeal.  i’m not really into that over-buffed thick-necked look though. it’s the neck that turns me off, like on many NFL players.  but to each his own…i understand the attraction.

  • Anonymous

    I cannot WAIT to see this!  Cuz I’m a whore for good design.

  • Anonymous

    I liked the first look better than the second for both Elisa & Rami.

    I’m cheating because I haven’t seen the whole episode yet. But so far, it’s got me wanting more More MORE film of the garments,the work, the contestants. So, I’m rather hopeful.

  • http://profiles.google.com/melantha.chimera Eileen Duffy

    Could some kind, merciful person point me toward a site where I can watch it, since I missed it last night?  MyLifetime says it is no longer available for streaming. :(

    • Anonymous

      Amazon streaming video has all of the tragic Season 9 available at $2 an episode, but PR All Stars isn’t available at the moment. There is a good chance that it may show up there, so that may be your best bet.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MAUN36I42GPW4AF2YCGDWBXC44 Nancy G.

      It’s up on myLifetime.com now (at last!).

  • Anonymous

    Since they told us that no one would get immunity for winning challenges in the All Star show, I was equally happy with a Rami or Mondo win.
    I think Sweet P’s days are numbered.

  • Anonymous

    The bottoms of Eliza’s is like a Georgia O’keefe, bring attention to her lady area. Or its like someone had to craft together materials to make a diaper for a baby when they were out of diapers.

    • Anonymous

      i loved those little rose panties.  looked like they’d be hell of uncomfortable made out of god knows what, though.  loved the little bit of black and white peeking out here and there.  i wonder if elisa is “fey”- like sookie on true blood.

  • Anonymous

    my apologies if this has already been asked/answered… I’m trying to avoid any commentary about the episode until I can actually watch it. Though I do already know who won/lost(thanks mylifetime.com for NOTHING).

    Does anyone know where I can actually watch last nights episode? I’ve been searching online for the last hour and it doesn’t seem to be up anywhere. At least anywhere that doesn’t require the blood of my firstborn in trade. I’m not sure why lifetime doesn’t have it up, but whatevs. Help an unborn fawn out?

    • Anonymous

      It’s up on the Lifetime site. Watched it yesterday.

  • Anonymous

    I loved EVERY minute of it … even the weakest length.  REFRESHING … I’m back to loving PR!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

    I think the judges couldn’t take one more airy-fairy phrase out of Elisa’s pie hole.

    Somebody was bound to pop a contact from the major eye rolls induced.

  • Anonymous

    On a totally unrelated note, I love Elisa’s hair.  

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    These new judges are a breath of fresh air.  I like Nina, Michael & Heidi, but I think they’ve just been doing this way too long and have lost perspective.  Joanna was great too.  And wow, the talent.  Just makes everything from season 9 look ridiculous. I would have picked Mondo’s dress as the winner, but I’m biased since I’m rooting for him to win it all.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you guys completely, I absolutely loved that. It felt like I was finally watching Project Runway again. Although, I have to nitpick—can it really still be called an “auf” if Shmeidi doesn’t say “auf wiedersehn”?

  • Anonymous

    Love Rami and always will, but couldn’t help noticing that most of his pattern was not sewn symmetrically (not that it has to I suppose), i.e., the squares on one sleeve went in one direction and then in another on the other sleeve. Same with other parts of the dress. Is that common in fashion or just a result of the time/material constraints? I know I’m not being very clear and definitely not using the correct terminology, but could someone explain that one to me?

    • Anonymous

      Material constraints! (Also time) He was working with plaid and they were laundry bags! The fact that his lines matched up well at all is a testament to his skill. 

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. It’s not like he had yards of fabric; he was cutting up tote bags which were probably 18″ square or so. I’m amazed that he got as much of a match as he did.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for your answers!

  • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea Jody Lee

    What, they brought back designers that can actually sew interesting outfits?  I guess I’ll try to find this episode online.  I’d stopped watching because I never cared for the drama. It was watching people create amazing garments once a week that was great.  Reminded me of art college.

  • mhleta

    My irritation with this show is as always…I want to see how the designers make the pieces. I want to know what their process is. We got so little of Mondo and Rami before the runway, I really had no idea what they were going to come up with. I’d love to see how they did what they did. Hating Kenley as much as ever. God, what a camera hog! In every group shot she put herself front and center. Bleh. Her dress looks like something out of a 1986 Long Island prom. 

    • Anonymous

      That issue gets better as the number of contestants is weeded out and more time can be devoted to the crafting process (and – yes – the drama too). Last night’s episode was a rush job with not one but two runway shows done in a period of one hour, half of it which was devoted to promotions and commercial airtime (it’s Lifetime, Television For Inane Commercials – 11+ per break to be exact). I STILL prefer a one hour show as opposed to the drivel that fills the 1.5 hour versions we’ve had in the past.

  • michelle shields

    I have to agree with the judges on this one. The clothing should speak for itself. Methinks Elisa has been smoking the hookah a little too much.

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t gonna watch this but you guys keep pulling me in!

  • Cathy S

    Well now that I’ve finally seen it, I think it’s so much better than PR has been lately. I can’t argue too much with the winner and loser, although I preferred Mondo’s dress; Rami’s was too complicated and a bit odd. But certainly he did an amazing job with the materials he used. Joanna was terrific, an excellent mentor and it made me sad about what they’ve done to Tim the past couple of seasons. Perhaps they can take what worked here and bring it back to PR.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

    “Are you going to spit on me? …” made my night. I’m glad the crazy girl went home – bless her, yes, but she shouldn’t be allowed to work with scissors or pins, especially with other people around. 
    Looking forward to the rest of this show, for a change! 

    • Anonymous

      I’ll have you know her clients PAY her for her “blessing”!  LMFAO

  • Anonymous

    You are so WRONG about Angela Lindvall! In spite of a slightly annoying timbre in her voice, I liked her A LOT. I thought she was lovely, comported herself well, looked gorgeous (no stupid Heidi outfit), spoke intelligently, and actually felt it when she said “Sorry, you’re out.”  Klum, on the other hand, is a overrated as a model and host – The Teutonic Automaton. I am so sick of her.
    You watch — Lindvall will win you over.

    Can’t stand Miss Marquesa, but she’s not a bad judge.

    Adore Isaac Mizrahi. ‘Nuff said.

    Joanna Cole. Brrrr. Can’t hold a candle to the great Tim Gunn. She said the very same thing to Sweet Pea and Elisa — but what could have been more surprising or out-of-the-box than Elisa’s crazy, yet adorable little shorts outfit? I don’t trust Joanne Cole.

    By the way, I LOVED the show.

  • http://twitter.com/MissAmynae Amy Putnam Ellinger

    I’m too distracted by Rami’s gun show to comment on the clothes.  MyLanta, boy’s been working out….

  • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

    Rami is working the tits and arms intently, is he not?

    I can’t help but feel that something was set up for Austin.  I mean, after the corn dress shock on day two of the first challenge, it’s as though Austin is always destined to have to “make it work” on the innovative materials challenges.

    It was difficult to decide which of the designers was truly intended to be “Miss Out-of-her-depth” this time around.  I’m really worried about Sweet P again…

    • Anonymous

      thanks for acknowledging the machinations of producers in the show. cannot abide the lamentations over past seasons when each season has had its own share of predetermined outcomes and as such, ought to be judged on its own outcomes, good and bad.

  • http://twitter.com/maryssaraptor Marissa M

    I can’t wait for a partner challenge where Kenley gets teamed up with Michael.

    • Anonymous

      Or Kenley amd Mila. Someone will get cut if they’re a pair (and my money is on Mila to win.)

      • Anonymous

        I’ll take Mila for the deft smackdown of Kenley as well.

        • Anonymous

          Agree.  

  • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

    What a pleasure to watch talented people display their creativity, even in the crappy constraints of the Bunim-Murray model of reality TV. It was almost like watching PR of old. I thought Rami’s outfit was amazingly constructed but oddly clunky, like the proportions were oversized or something; I would have given the win to Mondo. And I would have kept Elisa and given Sweet P the boot. But I couldn’t argue too hard against the decisions, they made sense. 

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Just looking at the clothes was a kind of revelation!–look how much better everything was than the stuff we have been forced to get used to!  I don’t like Mizrahi or the new host though. But will keep watching in anticipation of seeing something great like Leanne’s car dress or Chris’s Hershey dress.

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      Mizrahi is going to keep having his agent throw him at reality shows until they find one that sticks.  Chin up, though, because it can’t go on forever.  Design competition will reach critical mass momentarily, if it hasn’t already.

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Sigh of relief. PR is real again. I had SUCH fun watching!

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Sigh of relief. PR is reality real again. I had SUCH fun watching!

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Sigh of relief. PR is reality real again. I had SUCH fun watching!

  • Anonymous

    Huzzah! So very happy with last night’s episode. My eyeballs got a deserved break from all that painful eye rolling and were treated with delicious garments from talented, knowledgeable pros. The contrast between the All Stars and last season’s…whatever they were, is beyond fathomable. Oh and real models too! Yay!

    • Anonymous

      I was hoping they’d bring Mondo’s model back, too. She was amazing.

    • Anonymous

      I was hoping they’d bring Mondo’s model back, too. She was amazing.

      • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

        Except that, hopefully submitted, all the models from past seasons are too busy working to be able to come back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7407059 Christopher Melchiors

    Whenever Schmangela (not to be confused with Shangela…halleloo) spoke, it felt labored, as if she were having difficulty pronouncing everyone’s name because she stayed up all night practicing in front of her mirror, or like she was part of a fourth-grade play reading the ee-man-suh-pa-shun prock-la-ma-shun. I’m being far too critical but but was she really the best they could do?

    • Toto Maya

      I felt that way too, but I’m hoping that she gets the hang of it and by the end of the season will be a lot better. It’s a lot of pressure to be replacing Heidi, especially if you haven’t hosted before.

  • Anonymous

    Shmeidi was weak, which made the episode uneven for me. Too much Michael Costello. Didn’t get the love for Jerrell’s handkerchief dress (nothing surprising there) but did LOVE the return of Mondo.

  • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

    So sad to see Elisa go. I would have auf’d Sweet Pea’s hiddy colorblocking nightmare over hers in a heartbeat.

  • Anonymous

    I am definitely the tail end of the dog at this late stage of comments.  All-Stars was okay, and could be better if the designers stop trying so hard to come up with great sound-bites to get more screen time and if the new hostess (whatever her name is) stops worshiping at the Church of Over Annunciation.  She sounded like she was talking to kindergartners as she read, and her non-scripted stuff either stated the very obvious or stopped discussion dead in its tracks.  I can’t remember if Heidi was worse during Season 1 so maybe there’s hope for improvement.

    I’d have done a different win and auf, but the judging wasn’t crazy terrible.  The camera work and lighting during the runway portion of the show was though.  The quick cutting and the terrible angles and the spotty lighting obscured any decent view of what was designed.  Plus, they spent more time showing them dashing through the dollar store than what they made with the stuff they bought there.  It is about the clothes and B-M still doesn’t get that because the mad dash through the store is more their speed.  

    Does All-Stars redeem PR?  No.  I may watch, but I’m not invested, and certainly not until they weed out those who don’t belong here.  I also kept switching the channel to ‘Selling New York’ because it’s my favorite show lately.  Given all the commercials in PR, I could do that and miss very little.  

  • Leonardo Alves

    The spitter had to go! Don’t even know why she came back!
    Wish Laura and Santino were there…

    Team Mondo all the way!

  • Leonardo Alves

    The spitter had to go! Don’t even know why she came back!
    Wish Laura and Santino were there…

    Team Mondo all the way!

  • Leonardo Alves

    The spitter had to go! Don’t even know why she came back!
    Wish Laura and Santino were there…

    Team Mondo all the way!

  • Anonymous

    Well, that was refreshing. A watchable PR with some interesting, well-made clothes, clear mentoring, and incisive judging. I’d sworn off after the last talentless mess of a season. Now the jury’s out again. Other than faux Heidi, the change is an improvement all the way round (sorry Tim!). Right on all fronts, boys. Bonus: the word styling wasn’t mentioned once. Probably because there was actually some design to talk about.

  • Leonardo Alves

    The spitter had to go! Don’t even know why she came back!
    Wish Laura and Santino were there…

    Team Mondo all the way!

  • Leonardo Alves

    The spitter had to go! Don’t even know why she came back!
    Wish Laura and Santino were there…

    Team Mondo all the way!

  • Anonymous

    That episode just flew by, which is a very good sign after the last PR season where every episode seemed to drag on endlessly. Joanna was quite the pleasant surprise wasn’t she? Since Tim has morphed into a useless puppet I’d much rather see her every week. 
    I had no qualms with Rami’s win. It’s not to my taste but he really did a bang-up job considering the materials, etc. As you guys said the execution was fantastic. Loved loved loved Mondo’s as well.

    Here’s to a (fingers crossed) fun season.

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Sigh of relief. PR is reality real again. I had SUCH fun watching!

  • Anonymous

    Wow! The aufed outfit on the first episode was better than ANYTHING done last season.

    • Anonymous

      really? better than anything Viktor produced?  and the one that was kept in the first episode, Sweet Ps, that was also better than anything Viktor did?

      christ.

      • Anonymous

        better than what viktor did, not better than what bert did–elisa’s, anyway. considerably more imagination, if not well-finished. viktor was a better tailor. period.

  • Allison Woods

    I’m happy to have my old show back in many ways. Joanna Coles is an interesting take on the mentor thing and I look forward to seeing what else she serves up. The new hostess is a little meh. I hope she looks at the hostesses of the foreign franchises for inspiration, Kristy who does PR AU in particular. You don’t have to be Hoedi to rule the roost.

    Isaac, sorry, hon, you’re overexposed. Between years of Target and already having done a reality show or two in the past, I feel like we’ve really seen you enough already.

    The cast is solid, with a few exceptions that should thin themselves out in the coming weeks. I wish I could see the stuff that was in the garment bags again, in more detail.

    Random observation: Clearly Rami has been going to the gym, in fact, maybe a little too much. If you scroll up to the uncles’ recap, there is one picture of him where you can clearly see that he’s sewn vertical darts in to his shirt to accentuate the…bustline? Maybe it’s the straight girl in me, but I have to say NO to that. Reminds me a bit of seeing way too much nipple from Collier Strong in his overly-tight manshirts in the past. Rami, try to channel Daniel Craig a bit in how you wear your shirts, because that just looks silly.

  • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

    The guest judge is the same NM guy who was in the AOTL with Nicole Miller.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree with the comments about Sweet P’s dress. it could easily be worn by a Peruvian llama herder.

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      Yes, but would said llama herder be about to buy it a Neiman Marcus, or would it be better served at walmart.com?

  • Anonymous

    New drinking game: down a shot every time Angela says “All Stars.” I guarantee you won’t make it sober to the first commercial.

    • Anonymous

      lol!!! New drinking game? Or a way to develop alcoholism inside of 5 minutes?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ahad-Zaki-Abdul/100000663410831 Ahad Zaki Abdul

    hmmm rami is delicious. so glad to have him back

  • muzan-e

    …..
     it wasn’t so much the lack of a fashion editor on the panel as it was the lack of people trying to come up with the best, bitchiest criticism for the cameras.

    Yes. Yes. And Yes all over again.   From the perspective of a relative newcomer to the series: one of the networks has been holding mini-marathons of past seasons during the last month or so, and inevitably I’ve been DVRing them like a starved fiend.  One of the things that struck me most, though:  Michael Kors used to give intelligent, insightful criticism.

    Oh, not always. Two-thirds of his opinions were clearly the result of near disinterest: “Oh, it’s not even well-made.” “Oh, there’s a sense of taste in it at least”. But the rest of the time, his imagination was caught by either the designer or the design, and he was absolutely engaged, striking right to the heart of the problem or the triumph and teaching everyone something. 

    For me, that was a revelation. All I’d really seen of him before was an orange bloke who thinks he’s funny when the camera’s on.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely agree with this.  I received Seasons 1-7 on DVD for Christmas and started watching from the beginning.  I’m now mid-way into Season 4 and MK was a really good judge and really gave them thoughtful and helpful advice.  It seems the last couple of years he is phoning it in. 
      I’m not yet too sure about these new judges.  I think b/c they are new & the last few seasons have been so bad, they are coming off better than they may actually be.  Have to wait and see.

      • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

        If you can find The Fashion Show streamed online somewhere, that’ll catch you up on Isaac Mizrahi’s usefulness as a judge.  Season Two was all about Iman, so I think that the Miz was actually just a cardboard cutout.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Unlike TLO; I didn’t feel the fun. They make me wish I had though. Like many others, I felt the show was way rushed.
    And I absolutely DESPISE the way finished garments are barely seen at runway time. Whether 60 or 90 minutes long – they can’t seem to find that extra second to view the results of all that effort. I have to go online just to see if I saw what I saw. WT!
         Glad to have the hated Nina replaced by anyone. Glad to see Mizrahi (so far). Agree with you completely on Schmiedi. Glad to see Joanna’s input (so far). Still don’t know why there’s not room for Tim.
         Although the skill level is terrific; the show somehow feels more fake-y then ever. But I do look forward to seeing what this group of designers manages to create, each week.

    • Anonymous

      Still don’t know why there’s not room for Tim.

      This was filming at the same time as the last season of PR:  http://www.aoltv.com/2011/12/07/tim-gunn-reveals-why-hes-not-part-of-project-runway-all-stars/

      • Anonymous

        Didn’t know. I got the impression from her interview that she was a last minute replacement for Tim.
        Didn’t know anything about the new format actually.
             Alexa Chung might have made a better Heidi-swap than the current; please bring James and Derek along too.
        (Next to PR; 24HR Catwalk seems very unnecessary anyway.)  Still; – no Tim? No wonder the show seems frosty.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the link, definitely explains a lot.

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      Tim has two day jobs now, between Liz Claiborne and that new talk show on ABC.  Let the man rest between PR seasons!

  • Anonymous

    My initial thoughts: The host has no personality; the judges were insightful and professional; the mentor was too absent. 

  • Anonymous

    A little late in watching:
    It felt a little rushed in places, but so far I am quite optimistic about this All-Star season, though I was from before it aired just because of the change in judges/host/mentor (sorry, Tim). Said change seems to have freshened up the feel of it and as an added bonus they’ve reversed a lot of the negative little changes of the past two seasons (no more designers chatting about who they think should go in an overly camera-friendly green room, for instance). It didn’t feel like the old Project Runway, exactly, but it didn’t feel like it’s undead corpse (à la the past few seasons), either.I was probably one of few people looking forward to seeing Joanna Coles as mentor and, aside from the fact that her role seemed marginal, I thought she did a good job. Angela came across a bit like an elementary school teacher or children’s show host (occasionally seeming patronizing toward the designers even), but I’ll give her time to adjust – Heidi was not so great in Season 1, either. Isaac wasn’t being quite so TFS Season 1, which is probably for the best, and I greatly appreciated that he didn’t spend the judging session trying out bon mots, but then I’ve always had a strange fondness for him anyway, even in TFS Season 1 (though I kind of miss his old Robert Smith hairstyle). And it would seem that Georgina herself is surprisingly like Marchesa, actually.I have no real objections to the direction of the judging. Rami’s win and Elisa’s loss are both fine with me, though I wouldn’t really have objected to Mondo winning or Sweet P losing, either.

    All in all, I am hopeful for the season, but willing to give the producers the benefit of the doubt as to their ability to destroy that hope, also.

  • Anonymous

    liked rami’s dress as sculpture, which keeps with the unconventional materials use theme – to me that’s less about wearability and more about art. sweet p ought to be ashamed of herself for what she created.

    hope they fix the editing/pacing of the show. kind of sucked.

  • Anonymous

    So so happy!!!  This was the PR I know and missed.  The calls the next day with girlfriends about the episode were resfreshing and reminiscent of a time long ago!!!

  • margaret meyers

    Vulva-print shorts.  Aw-right!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1052062518 Megan Moore

    I thought it seemed kind of shady – at least in the editing of the episode – the way they seemed to give Elisa no negative comments, then eliminate her. It felt a little bit like nominating the unpopular girl for prom queen because you know she’s going to lose. Not that I thought it was a great dress, but she clearly didn’t have a chance and it seemed like they just brought her back because somebody had to go home first. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      I dunno, Carrie White got to be prom queen, and we all know how that turned out…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1052062518 Megan Moore

    Also I didn’t like that they cut out a lot of Joanna’s “mentoring” – why not call it “editing” or “consulting”, when she’s not going to coddle them in the way Tim often does? But I agree, she made good points, so why not show more of the dialogue in the episode.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe the mentoring was not cut down as much as edited out in the first show due to time constraints (I did notice several mid-sentence edits).  Nevertheless, i don’t think we’ll be expecting Joanna hugs and tears any time soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ehormell Eric Hormell

    It’s not exactly my dream cast, but it’s pretty good! Fun start to the season. I also liked Joanna Coles as a mentor.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

    All I have to say is that I CANNOT WAIT for the Miss Piggy challenge.  Awesome.

  • vmcdanie

    Ahhh. First, thanks T Lo for being the royal tasters for the kittens/fawns. I wouldn’t even touch this on the DVR until it had your blessing.

    It’s hard to say because Lifetime and co. has been silent as a stone but it’s almost like they are (very publicly and painfully) trying to figure out what makes Project Runway tick. “It’s the drama. We’ll make it 90 minutes and create a villain by doing a close-in shot on a bitch tiara while she’s talking.” “It’s the winner. We’ll blatantly manipulate the competition to ensure a winner that our audience responds to.” No and no and no to everything else they’ve done that shit all over my once favorite show.

    I hesitate to say last night’s show was a return to glory days because I’m pretty skeptical, but it was a nice start. Frankly, I was glad to see a show without Michael, Nina or Heidi. Both because they have become part of the problem and then because it’s a good, smart and equitable idea to give the all-stars a fresh set of eyes without the baggage from their seasons. I loved that the judging panel was knowledgeable and the judging was intelligent. And the guest judge was an actual fashion professional, not a random reality star or actress.

    I respectfully disagree, I really liked the hostess. I sort of don’t remember her name though?

    Finally, I really was sorry to see Elisa go. I felt she got wrongly labeled as the oddball in her season (with the whole spit-marking non-controversy) and I wanted to see more of her. In the end, as much as I like Sweet Pea, I really disliked that dress while Elisa’s look was interesting even when I couldn’t read the writing or decipher the, uh, sacred geometry.

    • Anonymous

      Agree 98% with you, Your analysis of Lifetime’s silent yet public assessment is spot-on. Yet I still think the new host is lacking. Last but not least, I also thought new judges brought a fresh and fair perspective to the second-timers’ competition … until I realized these judges own TV sets.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wytchywoman Jennifer Raspe

    I don’t understand how Jerrell didn’t win…I mean it had no sleeves, it was a flowy dress, it had a print. That is fashion forward.  Oh wait…there were some details involved…was it too much sewing?  Is that what Jerrell did wrong?  I don’t get it…  Oh yeah, still feeling the bitterness.  However, yes, the talent in this group was amazing and this was a much better episode then anything in the last year.  I don’t know if I will watch the regular season from here on out but I will be watching this season.  Good for Rami on the win.  He and Mondo hit it out of the park. 

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me, or does Austin Scarlett look like Julie Andrews in her Victor/Victoria drag (with a pitiful mustache)?

    • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

      I was aiming more for a blond John Waters with some Restylane…

      • Anonymous

        Hahaha!!! I must say, the combination of Botox/makeup and that Waters-esque mustache is androgyny of a very creepy variety.

  • Anonymous

    So—I checked out the “extended” judging of Elisa to see whether it would shed any more light on the comment about spending a half hour explaining the garment. Unfortunately, all the “extension” added was a couplet of comments from Isaac—he liked the thought, didn’t care for the shoe choice, and found the outfit sent too many conflicting messages—and nothing much more from Elisa.

    The extra videos are a total waste of time.

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone else suspicious of the contestant selection by Lifetime? I mean, there are a few talented designers, some mediocre designers (with big personalities…i.e. Anthony, Elisa). then there are the clearly “not as good as others designers” ( Gordana, Michael, Sweet P)  Lots of really great contestants were missing from the All star cast. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is all purely designed to crown beloved Mondo. I love Mondo, too, but I smell manipulation.

    • Anonymous

      rami, at the very least, is gonna give him quite a run for his money.

      otoh: look at who they have to pick from. winners dont go on allstars & from the runner ups & honorable mentions, i suppose they chose an appropriate pack. i mean, this is a show that crowned gretchen & anya. they dont always know what theyre doing &, obviously, not even those two ostensible winners can compete w/ some of these people in design & construction. maybe it isnt the very bestest of best selections but it seems a serviceable one.

  • Anonymous

    I had really mixed feelings about this episode/series as a whole. On one hand, there were some designers I was thrilled to see back (Mondo, Rami, Kara), and on the other hand, it was the same old story: Anthony still has terrible taste, Elisa is still annoying as fuck, Austin is still irritatingly affected and Sweet P is still nowhere near the same league as most of the other designers. And it was really awkward to hear New Model Host (can’t remember her name honestly) literally reading off Heidi’s script. Really awkward. I don’t know. It’s probably going to be a good season anyway, mostly because of Georgina. Love.

  • Anonymous

    “But Jesus Christ, just LOOK at the execution. Just LOOK at how many
    things he accomplished in the time frame when the last winner of the
    series can’t even make a sle–”

    Please don’t stop saying it. Ever. I never get sick of hearing it. YAY

  • Anonymous

    We in Canada just saw this episode. Ah, it was so good to get away from the nastiness of the usual judges. The host is terrible, though—wooden and long-winded. I’m afraid she slowed the show right down for me so I was bored.

    I can’t agree with you that the show is about the clothes. For me, it is about the design. I look forward to more of it. And less product placement!

  • Caroline Bracco

    I guess I’m alone on this, but I didn’t love this new format. Every line
    from every designer sounded like a commercial for Marie Claire or the
    show itself or that terrible spokesmodel they have chopping her way
    through the script. When they announced the prizes it looked like take
    50 for the reactions on the designers faces. I’ve seen more authenticity
    in generic cola. And I got the distinct feeling that a lot of them had
    to be coerced/forced to do this second-go-round show (Mondo,
    particularly. Do they own his designs or something? There’s no excuse
    why he hasn’t released his line through some means besides non-profit).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742418896 Zoe Stadler

    I would watch that. I would soo sooo soo watch that