Project Runway All-Stars Tomorrow Night!

Posted on January 04, 2012

Well, darlings, now comes the time when certain hard questions need to be asked. Okay, maybe just one question: Will you be watching Project Runway when it comes back to your TV tomorrow night? The last two seasons of the show have left a lot of fans pretty much over the franchise. Will those same disaffected former fans find it in them to watch the All-Star version of the show, airing tomorrow night at 9 ET on Lifetime? For us, it’s a no-brainer. It would probably take an act of god to completely separate us from the world of Project Runway, but even if we weren’t somewhat duty-bound to keep tabs on the show, we’d still be a little excited to see a lot of old favorites again. We heard through the grapevine that the designs are shockingly well done in comparison to the last 3 or 4 seasons. If that’s true, you can expect that we will have MUCH to say on that particular matter.


At any rate, this is just a reminder that you will have to make this decision come tomorrow night and to help you through that difficult process, we will be opening the T LOunge once again. Alcohol solves so much, don’t you find?

One of the things you must consider is that none of the regulars are involved this time around. No Michael, Heidi, Nina or Tim. We suspect it’s the lack of that last one that’s going to put a lot of people off, especially since Marie-Claire Editor in Chief Joanna Coles is stepping in to be the mentor to the designers. The Cut got a few of her thoughts on the matter:

How did your role as the All-Stars’ mentor come about?
Oh, well I’m sure several other people must have turned them down first because it came up rather at the last minute — I had about twenty minutes to decide. So I thought, “Why not? What fun.” It was only halfway through filming that I realized, “Oh, goodness, what am I doing? Tim Gunn is really the star of the [Project Runway] world. What on Earth would make me think that I could replace him?”

But we’re very different, and I think having a female perspective helps. I found myself asking the designers, “Why are you making an outfit that no one can wear underwear with?” Am I the only woman in America who wears underwear? I feel like my catchphrase in the workroom became, “Well, what if she wants to wear underwear?” And what was interesting to me in the workroom was that there was some frustration between the female and the male designers. Often the male designers were just like, “God, this is awesome. It’s fantastic. It’s beautiful,” whereas the female designers had a sense of “That is beautiful, but it’s unwearable.”

That seems to be a dialogue that hasn’t come up often in Tim’s crits with the designers.
Well, Tim’s and my role is slightly different, actually. The All-Star designers are more experienced now — Tim was treating them like undergraduates, I’m treating them as post-graduates. So I’m trying to push them harder, and I want them to create things that people can really wear because this is about, ultimately, being able to have a business that will work commercially.

Tim speaks regularly about how attached he gets to the designers during filming. Did you find the experience similar in that respect?
You do get very emotionally attached to them. Of course, some you like more than others. But by the end of it, you’ve spent lots of time with the finalists, and there were some I felt for. Some of them just got in their own way, and you just wanted to say, “What the hell are you doing?” And a couple of times I did. It’s amazing how people can want something really badly, and the only obstacle is themselves. And they just can’t see it. You’ll see that play out in the finale.

 

Source: Marie Claire’s Joanna Coles on Stepping Into Tim Gunn’s Project Runway Shoes and the Importance of Wearing Underwear [The Cut]
[Photo/Video Credit: myLifetime.com]

    • Anonymous

      I love Project Runway. I will be watching no matter what, every season, as long as the show lasts. As much as they have TICKED me off royaly the past few years, unless they cancel it, I will not be able to stay away. We have somewhat of an abusive Klingon relationship. If they moved it to MTV, had Andy Dick host it and have Coolio be the mentor and filmed it entirely outside in Antarctica, I’d still watch it.

      • MilaXX

        Although Coolio as a mentor might be worth a few good laughs.

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

           He’s on the Rachael vs. Guy show on Food Network right now and it’s AMAZING. Weirdest part? He actually sounds like he knows what he’s talking about.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Natalie-Daniels/676892608 Natalie Daniels

            He had a cookbook come out in 2009, 
            http://www.amazon.com/Cookin-Coolio-Star-Meals-Price/dp/1439117616. Seems like having him on the show might be cheating. But maybe not that much.

          • MilaXX

            I can’t stand RR & only tolerate Guy, but I may check this out.

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

        Wouldn’t an “abusive Klingon” relationship be a normal human relationship?  I mean, if the norm is this very volatile and harsh pairing, then wouldn’t what is healthy for humans be considered the “abusive” one? 

        I shall now spend the rest of the day — and possibly the rest of the week — pondering this…

        • Anonymous

          Hmmm…you are quite right. Yes, ok, edit my original quote to take the abusive part out.

      • CQAussie

        If it was entirely outside in Antarctica – I would absolutely tune in!  But for now – I’m still not speaking to Project Runway.

      • http://twitter.com/BlixtMe Meredith Blixt

        I would watch that too!

      • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

        I love your comment and admire your tenacity, but I’m not sure I’ll watch next season’s PR, let alone the “all-stars.”  Even in the dead of a Minnesota winter, I can find better things to do.  I have a sad.

      • suzq

        A better MTV host would be Xzibit, host of “Pimp My Ride.”  And I could very well see Nina Blackwood on the panel.  They could do the final runway outside the MTV studios in Times Square.  What a riot that would be!

        • Anonymous

          there’s a “I heard you liked x…” joke in there somewhere

      • Anonymous

        “filmed it entirely outside in Antarctica”

        I can’t get the image of underweight models running around in their skivvies and giant mukluk boots, while PAs follow them through the snow with thermal blankets, out of my head.

    • Anonymous

      Joanna Coles is a lot easier to take in print, no?

      • Anonymous

        She was so appalling bad on TV that I’m surprised she’s back as mentor.  Maybe what she said is true…she was the last available mentor standing.

        • Anna Maria Diamanti

          She is appalling but I can’t wait to see her go tow to toe with Kenley. That will be fun.

      • Anonymous

        This.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, she is. Hopefully, she comes across the same way on screen. I’m still pissed at Tim anyway.

        Needless to say, I’m in.

        • Anonymous

          What’s to be pissed at Tim about???

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

            He really bought into the crazy last season…  it was disappointing.

          • Anonymous

            As TLo have frequently written (mostly in their Work of Art recaps), Tim seems to have nearly given up on actually mentoring the designers.  Instead of giving them advice and telling them that something is way off-base, he merely says that he’s “concerned” and that they need to “make it work!” before moving on to the next one.  It’s gotten a little sad.

            • suzq

              I suspect that’s how he’s edited.  A lot of stuff ends up in extra videos and not on the actual show.

          • Anonymous

            Going along with the new producers’ nonsense without a fight.

            I understand it, and I don’t begrudge him the money, but I don’t consider his role sacred or indispensable anymore.

            • vmcdanie

              “I understand it, and I don’t begrudge him the money, but I don’t consider his role sacred or indispensable anymore.”

              T Lo themselves could not have put this better.

        • Anonymous

          Looks like Tim has now hooked up with ABC for the 2 pm lifestyle show that will replace One Life to Live (sob) on 16 January.  He looks a lot happier from the previews I saw — back to advising random ladies on how to dress.

          • Anonymous

            I’m glad he’s making some money. I think he got a raw deal from PR originally.

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

              Well, the first season he was entirely unpaid — he thought the idea was an interesting one and thought they’d cut all of his time with the designers, so he did it as a lark, never realizing how important he’d become to the show or how much money it would make.

          • MilaXX

            I saw that. It looks like another variation of The Chew. I’ve grown to like The Chew, but I’m not sure about Tim’s show. It appears that ABC thinks this should be the new talk show formatt.

        • MilaXX

          I have the feeling our beloved Mr. Gunn has been muzzled somewhat.

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

            Yep. I don’t doubt that for a second. I’m glad he’s setting things up so he can leave the show if/when he’s done with it. And when he’s done, so am I.

    • MilaXX

      Not gonna front. I’m in. Hopefully I won’t regret it. I’m making a mug of mulled wine and plan to sit back and enjoy seeing familiar faces both liked and disliked.

    • Anonymous

      I love PR and watch it each season, but have been less…excited I guess is the word.  But bringing back contestants from seasons that were good?  Who had talent way back then?  Oh, yea, I’m in and I’m excited.

      • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

        You may have just convinced me to give it a shot.

        As long as there is no Anya. My house has a “NO ANYA PARKING” sign in it, after last season. (No, really. Best birthday gift ever.)

        • suzq

          Hah!  Mine would have a “No Gretchen” sign.  I’d be friends with Anya in a heartbeat if I got an invitation to visit her fabulous house in Trinidad!

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

          “Like” x 1000.

          • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

            I wish I could like this 1000 times!!!!  

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I’ll be there, albeit the following morning, since I have a dinner to go to tomorrow. 
      The people they have gathered are all ones I enjoyed and all ones who have some serious design chops and skills.
      We. Shall. See.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been very upset with the last few seasons, but I wouldn’t miss all-stars if for no other reason I’d love to finally see some jaw droppingly beautiful clothes again.

    • Anonymous

      Soooooo excited to see some quality sewing! I will miss Tim but the sewing is why I tune in.  I really, really don’t care for Isaac so I hope that his judging doesn’t tarnish this for me.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

      If wearability is such a big part of her critique, this might turn out quite boring. Kind of like the last few seasons and the constant “make a pretty dress” challenges.

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

        Not necessarily.  There’s something to be said for creating something interesting and unique that still functions.  And most PR challenges do call for a garment that can be worn.  My guess would be that those are the type of challenges she’s referring to, not things like the avant garde challenge or the UM challenge. 

        • Anonymous

          My son, who is a highly creative person, thinks that the best creativity comes when you have to work within limits.  And I don’t think wearability should be considered problematic.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Absolutely!  A blank page can be quite daunting but the strict structure of, say, a sonnet, haiku or even a limerick, can inspire incredible creativity.

            • MilaXX

              Kinda off topic but I was looking at the shoe in your avatar, wondering if I could walk in them. I’m not that good at anything over 3 inches, but I can push the limits in wedges.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Hey MilaXX – how you doing?

              I’m afraid I don’t own these shoes (yet) so I don’t know how easy they are to walk in but I’m with you on wedges in general.  I saw them on ModCloth but they’d sold out.  I shall have to track them down elsewhere.

            • MilaXX

              Hey EC,

              Doing well. I cant recall where I saw them Modcloth or somewhere else. The shoes are cute, lemme know if you find them.

    • Anonymous

      I’m excited to see everyone!  Hope Austin shaves the porn-star mustache before the season ends though.  Only John Waters can pull something like that off…. :)

      • Anonymous

        Oh, Amen to that!  It is total 1980s porn star!

      • Anonymous

        Oh my god, I so agree! It is dreadful and slimy and icky. What is he thinking?

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

        I think it’s a hoot. Totally a porn mustache, but a hoot anyway.

    • Annie Leung

      I’ll definitely still watch, especially the all-stars season! I’m rooting for Austin all the way and the show hasn’t even begun.

    • Kendra Lynn

      Project Runway, why can’t I quit you?

    • Anonymous

      Believe it or not I can’t remember who won last season…so..I’m sure to tune in for the All Stars!

      • Anonymous

        haha – I am right there with you; I thought the same thing – who did win (heck who were the last ones competing?)    I guess I will have to go look?   (And I have been a loyal viewer since season 1)

        • Anonymous

          Seriously?  Wretchen and Anya

          • Anonymous

            I remembered that Gretchen won – and I thought that she never should have made it to the finals. 

            But I had happily blocked Anya out of my mind.  Not that there was anywhere near the talent that I’d hoped for last year, probably why I was able to block most of them from my brain.

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

          Seriously?  How could you forget?  Even TLo were calling the outcome rigged! 

          • Anonymous

            I know.  Sorry.   The work was so forgettable for me.  And I have been embroiled in my own work related issues.    (PR was not the happy escapism that it usually was.)

      • Toto Maya

        I was talking to my aunt about it, and was like, “Every single one of these designers are better than… last season’s winner.” I COULDN’T REMEMBER WHO IT WAS. Now I remember it’s Anya.

      • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

        I was thinking the same thing… who won? And then I remembered I never watched the finale because I got spoiled and was too outraged to bother downloading the episode.

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

          Ha! I love that people are forgetting who won. I wish I could.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

      Oh, and I was re-watching parts of season 4 a couple of days ago, and I couldn’t get over how full of himself Rami was. Not that he didn’t have a reason to be, he made some really beautiful things. I just wish it weren’t so blatant. I was also surprised how good Elisa could be, at least conceptually. I hope she has grown enough to keep up with the competition. Elisa and Sweet P had a level of skill in their seasons that a lot of contestants since the move to Lifetime didn’t have. And they were the weak ones in their seasons.

    • Anonymous

      I will watch. After the train wreck that was PA, I am looking forward to good old fashioned designing and bitchery…

    • aimee_parrott

      Yeah, I’m in.  Actually, the new judges are part of the reason I’ll watch.  I’m hoping for some less cracktastic judging.  I’ll miss Tim, but I think watching Mondo and Giordana and Austin again will mitigate (to use a Tim Gunn word) that.

      That said, I am by no means sure that I’ll be watching regular PR when it comes back. 

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you; I wouldn’t miss this for the world, but I have some serious thinking to do about the next season of regular PR.  I think it just might not be worth the precious DVR space.

      • vmcdanie

        I’ll definitely at least try to watch this (although I might wait for the T Lo report before I decide what to do with the DVR’d show.) But this season is an anomaly. I can’t watch PR anymore, jury-rigged raggedy off-the-rack shmatta it has become.

    • Anonymous

      Yea, to this:
      “..and I think having a female
      perspective helps. I found myself asking the designers, “Why are you
      making an outfit that no one can wear underwear with?” Am I the only
      woman in America who wears underwear?”
      Except Chloe and Uli made were two of the worst in that respect- and Nina and Heidi don’t seem to give a damn either. 

      I will watch – and I assume I will continue to strongly disagree with most judging – then again I’ve felt that way long before the last 2 seasons (and on many other shows)

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

        But won’t it be nice to finally see a woman asking that question?!?  I can live with some items that won’t allow a bra (though when I do one, support systems get built in because I expect the clothing to be worn!) but not every damn thing down a runway!  Especially in the real woman challenge!

    • Emily Scott

      *Sigh* Dammit, the one thing they could have done to draw me back in after last season was to have an All-Star edition, so I will (somewhat reluctantly) be watching. It worked on me with America’s Next Top Model this season as well, sadly enough.

      I really just want to root for Mondo and Austin and hear Anthony’s every hilarious sound bite, but I will say that at the first whiff of gross manipulation (i.e. the hoops
      jumped through just to keep Anya in the competition, much less win) I’m
      dropping this show immediately.

      • Anonymous

        Next to Santino’s Tim impression and Project Runway: The Musical (also Santino, really), I never laughed harder at PR than Anthony’s “I’m thirsty.” comment. I’m REALLY happy to see him again.

      • vmcdanie

        I got sucked back in for that ANTM All Stars too. Oh God, do you think designing an outfit to wear while eating a hot dog is in our future?

    • Anonymous

      Some of my all time favs are in this group.  Having, like so many others, been bored to sobs the last couple of seasons (design-wise) this ought to be good.  Strong designers, strong personalities.  I’d watch just to marvel at Austin’s skin.  What DOES he use?

    • akprincess72

      Yep, I’m viewing All-Stars as kind of a separate entity, with designers I already have opinions of, I think the drama will be different at least.  I do have to watch this.

      Go Rami, Austin & Mondo!!!

    • Anonymous

      I will watch it. I am hoping that since this is a group of veterans, they will really bring some amazing pieces to the runway, unlike previous seasons where the designs really haven’t been gasp-worthy.

    • Anonymous

      Of course I’m watching. 

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

      I fell in love with PR because the designers were creative and talented and it was interesting to watch what they came up with.  As the drama increased and the talent decreased, I have so fallen OUT of love with PR.  But I will tune in to All Stars in hopes of getting some of that old feeling back.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, of course I’ll be there. I can’t resist its eerie magnetic force. Besides, it’s what brought us together (fluttering eyelashes).

    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

      I was saddened that Tim wasn’t going to be a part of the show at first, but now I’m rather glad.  I think Joanna Coles has a point in that heretofore the contestants have not only needed an unbiased outside opinion, but also emotional support to deal with the long hours and the crazy time constraints.  But these folks will come into the competition with their eyes open, so it is okay if they have less coddling.  However, the gulf between “coddling” and consultation from Ms. Coles is not unlike the Univesrse: it has no center and no perceptible end.  I will forever remember her as the woman who inspired TLo to pen “rabid c***,” and therefore enter it into my lexicon forever.  I can’t wait to watch & I’m having several friends over to celebrate!

    • Anonymous

      Despite my declaration to never watch PR again, I will watch All-Stars.  But I am firm on my disdain for regular PR crap

    • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

      Of course the designs are better. Look at that cast!

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

      I will watch, though after the last couple seasons I am trying to limit my naturally optimistic nature…  I, personally, am very excited about Joanna Coles as mentor.  No, she will certainly not be Tim-like figure, which is why I’m thrilled by the choice.  I’d much rather watch someone who takes the role in a completely different direction than someone who is going to try to live up to the Gunn standard and fail.  Besides, I find Coles fantastic to watch — yes, she is somewhat prickly and bitchy, but somehow engrossing at the same time.  I think it may be the accent — British bitchy people are always more enthralling for some reason.

      • Anonymous

         I have not been the Tim Gunn fan that so many here have been.

        Now that Tim is playing a role in the ABC plans to get rid of my fav soap since I was very young (OLTL) it would take a LOT to forgive him!

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

          I love Tim, and I think Tim is really wonderful at what he does with a lot of the designers, particularly the younger or less experienced ones.  I’ve also always liked that he came at them as a teacher — “This is a problem, what can you do to fix it?” rather than “Change x to y”.

          But too many of the PR knock-offs have tried to duplicate Tim and failed.  I would hate to have to sit through more critiques like The Fashion Show just to be able to watch these designers. 

          And I actually think it’s a little condescending to send a teacher like Tim into a room with the All-Stars.  They’ve all done the reality TV thing and most of them have significant fashion experience.  They don’t need their damn hands held!

        • Anonymous

          Oh please. Tim has nothing to do with soaps getting cancelled.

          –GothamTomato

          • Anonymous

            Geez – I am not saying he Caused it – but I won’t rewards them with ratings – AND Mr. Gunn’s perspective has been questionable for several seasons

    • Anonymous

      Of course I will be watching — although I don’t think it will be much of a contest — Mondo will win, of course, and I’m a big Austin fan :( — this first night will be awesome entertainment cause I’m sure the Michael Costello or Kenley (you know one of them will be sent packing first) will be pullin some cr@p! I don’t expect Jerell or Elisa to hang around long, either. Rooting for Sweet Pea and Peach, but I think they are the ones that get tripped up in their own heads, like Joanna was saying. Mostly it will be so cool to see how these people relate to each other. Mondo and Mila have similiar asthetics and who wouldn’t want to be in the same workroom as Austin and Miss ANthony? 

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

        I’m not so sure that it will be someone like Micheal Costello or Kenley getting sent first.  All new judges, remember… so none of the baggage of having watched them throughout their first season.

        • Anonymous

          And, more importantly, the fact that BM is producing this means they will want to keep the most annoying and unlikable whiners (I’m talking to you, Kenley) as long as possible.  I would be very surprised if she or Michael Costello were sent home first. 

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

            Cripes, I think you’re right about Kenley. She’s just so awful that I can’t even laugh at her. On the other hand, I’m thrilled to see Gordana, Mondo, Kara, and Mila back. My only issue with those four is I can’t decide who to root for.

            • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

              Rami. Wait, that wasn’t an option…. Mila then :)

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

              Heh. You’re right, though. Rami gets added to my list. And that makes a solid Top 5.

          • Anonymous

            Rumors have it that All Stars was fixed from the get-go and the the other designers grew increasingly frustrated as that grew clearer and clearer.

      • Anonymous

        I’m no so convinced of that… Mondo was certainly the best in his season, but I’m not sure that his best can stand up to the best of some of these others.

        • Anonymous

          I hope so Red! IF he he deserves it, great —  hats off, but if it’s a mea culpa win, that wouldn’t be nice! 
          oops I see Peach isn’t in it — rats!

        • Anonymous

          Totally agreed.  Mondo made some cool clothing, but his aesthetic was too limited and his final collection was too cartoon-y.  If he’s branched out a little, maybe.  Just maybe.

    • Anonymous

      hell yes i am in.  been there with you from the start not leaving you now!

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

      I’ll watch. It’s exciting to think that there will be actual designed and constructed garments put together with thread and needles instead of a glue gun.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7VOQSAYZ7H2OBX6LOJNNIBSSE Amanda

      Honestly, I think I’ll probably wait to see what the general reaction is to the first couple of episodes before I waste my time.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      I’ll miss Tim, but I’m actually relieved none of the usual judges will be involved.  During the last Project Runway All-Stars, I felt like too much of their judging seemed like they were trying to make up for eliminations during the past seasons, as opposed to basing their judgment on the actual designs they were seeing at the time.
      It really will be fun to see these old designers–I am so excited to finally see quality again!

    • dmmetler

      I’ll be watching-admittedly, as much for the fun of talking about it afterwards here and on TWOP as the actual show.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      I’m done with this show. 
      It’s easy for me to say that, since I don’t have Lifetime and I rarely watch primetime when it airs anyway (small children, etc). PR is something I have to make an effort to watch online, and it would take a lot to get me to NEED this show.

      Gonna read the recaps of course. I can’t wait to see the quality of the clothes. Then we’ll see how I feel next season.

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      Meh. I’ll take a look at the pictures and your review and decide from there. 

    • Cathy S

      Well, I know what I’ll be doing during my lunch break on Friday.

    • Katy Beazley

      I was definitely done with the franchise after this last season, but getting to see my favorites (Austin, mondo, mila…) again is too much to resist.  Hopefully it will be a great trip back to the exciting design work and talent that was seen in the early seasons from many of these designers.   My excitement was cut a bit when I found out Tim would not be mentor this season as i think it would have been neat to see him interact with these designers that he has already formed relationships with, but I’m definitely going to be watching and crossing my fingers for minimal producer interference!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

        Bunim and Murray are producing this. You can uncross your fingers now. I was so excited reading about this until I got to the end of the notice and saw who were producing the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if they give it to Michael Costello.

    • Anonymous

      “Joanna said: Am I the only woman in America who wears underwear?”

      No, you’re not. Not all of us go commando and it’s good to know there’s someone in there speaking up for us conscientious objectors!

      As for whether I’ll be watching: Yes, of course. There’s a lot of talent there (which is what has been lacking the last few seasons) and I can see just two glaring exception (ie; people who don’t deserve to be there and are likely there only because everyone else was busy). There are 4 designers in the pack who I think were cheated their first go-round (Austin, Mondo, Kara & Mila) and hopefully they get what they deserve this time.

      –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      but…Where’s Andre?

      • Anonymous

        Maybe he got lost at Red Lobster…

      • Anonymous

        He’s with Tim, of course!

    • Anonymous

      I’m giving it ONE episode.   If any scum rises to the top, I’m done.  And since these are supposedly talented, experienced designers, there shouldn’t be any scum at all – floating or otherwise. 

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

      If you read the full article, she says there were a lot more designers wanting to return than those who did so.  I wonder who…

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Intriguing. So that probably means they’ve got a good headstart on the next All-Stars season?

      • Anonymous

        I wanted to see Santino!  He’s not much of a designer, but he just slays me with the impressions.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh.  I could have used another six months or so to recharge my interest, but I suppose I’m in.  All-Stars is about the only thing that would bring me back into the fold at this point.  And there are *just* enough pre-Lifetime designers to make me interested.  Loathe Joanna Coles, though.  Such a devil’s bargain!

      I’ll be watching, hopeful but not expecting much, with a finger near the fast forward button.

      • vmcdanie

        I don’t have much of an opinion about her besides:

        1) I love her accent
        2) I make sour face when I remember her praising someone’s garment because they name-checked Mary Tyler Moore (cmon, I love Mary Richards too but what does that have to do with the task at hand?)

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      The fact that this iteration of the show lacks the regular judges is a plus point.  I’m sorry to say that the fact that it lacks Tim Gunn is also a plus point; I still shudder when I remember Stockholm Syndrome Tim spouting utter and complete crap on that calamitous excuse for a reunion show.

      So, yes, I’m cautiously in for All Stars, I’ll see how it goes.  The minute any judging/producer manipulation bullshit occurs I’m out.

      For the future?  I managed to avoid Project Accessory, I think I can avoid PR Season 10.  If there is one.

      • Anonymous

        My sentiments ezzzzzzzzzzACKly!  I will watch the first couple of All-Stars episodes and I will welcome the lack of Heidi, Michael, Nina, and even Tim.  (I never imagined I could write such a thing about Tim Gunn, which just shows how evil the BM producers truly are.)  But at the first whiff of cheap producer bullshit, I’m gone.  I won’t put myself through that again.

        And BTW, Eclectic Mayhem–I love your new icon!  Those are some great shoes!

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

          I almost bought those shoes!!!  My husband persuaded me that I didn’t need them, but they almost won out over the practical issues:)

          • Anonymous

            Shannon, go buy them immediately!  Of course you don’t NEED them, but that’s completely beside the point!

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Seconded!

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

              For once, he actually had a valid point — a woman who only owns one pair of pants that fits correctly probably does NOT need to invest her clothing budget in yet more shoes… When I was losing weight, I only bought shoes because I knew they’d still fit.  But now I have to break that habit.

              I still want the shoes, though… maybe at tax time…

            • Anonymous

              MS. STEWART!

              This is a matter of the cobbler going barefoot! I’ll give you a bit of a pass for weight changes (and pregnancies!) but someone who custom designs & tailors professionally really deserves a few outfits that fit in that oh-so-right way that elevates the most ordinary garment.

              I know you know what I’m talkin’ about!

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Aren’t they GORGEOUS?!

            They were all sold out on ModCloth and I don’t know the design’s ‘proper name’ (ModCloth seems to list everyting with everything vaguely whimsical names) I wasn’t able to track them down.  *sad face*

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

              Did you sign up for a restock notice?  ‘Cause they’ll email you when they get more — I’ve had to do that many times:)

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Oooh – *hurries off to do just that*  Back in a mo!

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

              Dammit!  I went back to look at them again and I still want them, but now I want these too!

              http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-wedges/artist-deco-wedge

              You’re a bad influence and I will be blaming you when new shoes arrive in the next few weeks… ;)

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I saw those ones too!  It’s lucky we don’t live anywhere near one another, we’d have to coordinate who’s to wear which shoes before we went out!

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

            No one actually needs those shoes, but they’re pretty damn fabulous.

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

              True story: my senior year of high school, my best friend wore a bronze/teal dress (it was one of those fabrics that changes color depending on how the light is hitting it — we made it, so it was actually fairly cool) and she found these bright teal shoes.  They were several thick straps with a 3 or 4 inch heel, and she got them on sale for like $7, so she didn’t care that she’d only wear them once. 

              4 YEARS LATER, she finally wore the damn things out after wearing them more than any other dress shoe, because it turns out a bright teal shoe is oddly versatile, especially in a wardrobe full of jewel tones!

              So I ALWAYS have a justification for buying shoes like that because you never know which pairs will turn out to be the crazily practical ones for you:) 

            • Anonymous

              OK, that may be the craziest attempt at justifying “unnecessary” fashion purchases I have ever heard!  I LOVE it!  It certainly beats “It’s only money” and “You can’t live forever!”

        • Anonymous

          And Isaac will be playing the part of The Braying Tangerine for this season. Mother of the Bride! Disco pouch! That crotch is insane! She looks like a stripper getting married in Las Vegas! etc., etc.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Thank you. Tim Gunn is no longer a draw for me. 

    • http://twitter.com/epenthesis Mike B.

      Over time, Michael and Nina have dropped all pretense of integrity and Tim has grown palpably bitter. Getting rid of them and going with known quantities as contestants sounds perfect to me, provided the producers have some good ideas for what to do with them.

      I will not watch another season of the main show.

    • Judy_J

      I’ll be watching.  I’ve got some old favorites in this mix, and I’m eager to see what they come up with.

    • Anonymous

      Of course I’m watching! I’m going to be pissed if they rig it so that Mondo wins as some sort of vindication, because while Mondo is a good designer, had he been in on other seasons, I’m not remotely convinced he would have won. his use of prints is masterful, but as a designer, he’s hardly the best the show has produced. Whenever i get sad about PR, I just go back and soak in Jay and Leanne’s collections.

      I really can’t stand Issac… he’s only slightly below Kenneth Cole on my list… and I have doubts about JC… BUT I trust TLo that this season is worth it. Besides, it’s not like I can quit PR anyway :P

      I’ve been utterly fed up with my cable company, so I’m currently netflix/hulu only and will be catching up every Friday morning, but catch up I shall

      I’m actually pretty psyched. :)

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, this is my fear–that they’ll rig it to give it to Mondo.   I just don’t buy that Mondo would be the best of that set of contestants.  Mondo was strong in a weak season.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve heard rumors of this other PRAS…. where can I find it?? I can’t find anything on TLo talking about it, or episodes online…

    • Anonymous

      TLo, will  you be blogging 24-Hour Catwalk, that premieres on Lifetime tomorrow night, we well?

    • Joyce VG

      I’m sooo excited.  I’ve been watching re-runs of older Project Runways and even though I know the outcome I’m still on pins and needles.  HA!  I like that the shook up mentors and judges.  I think the current PR certainly needs some shaking and damage control.

    • Anonymous

      I will watch All-Stars, but if it’s sunk to the level of the last few seasons, I probably will be over and done.  I will miss darling Tim, but I like what Joanna says.  I’m tired of watching the designers get all architectural/origami-ish with either black fabric or some cheap shiny colored polyester satin, and turn out a “garment” that really couldn’t be worn by anyone not on a runway.  I know structure is important, but use some textures and prints and tailoring (and B-M, give them sufficient time to turn out a non-crap garment!), and make something someone besides Heidi would wear.

      Even in the couture/fantasy challenges of the earlier seasons, great contestants produced designs that COULD be worn, even if you really couldn’t wear it anywhere in real life.

      End of rant.

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

        I heard a lot out of her that I really respond well to — for one thing, anyone in fashion who can recognize that most of us don’t have unlimited budgets gets points from me. 

    • Anonymous

      I’ll watch.  Last season was the first that I finally just couldn’t get through.  Once TLo put up the pics from Fashion Week, it was just one big fizzle, and if that was as good as it was going to get, I was grateful not to have to waste any more time.  But I’m hopeful we’ll get some decent fashion eye candy this time around.

      And I’m sure we’ll have some amusing moments from cluelessly bitchy Joanna.  One thing I DO remember from last season before I bailed was her “If Nina wore that, we’d have her committed/fired/thrown out the window,” and TLo’s hysterical caps.  A Joanna/Kenley bitch matchup just has SO many possibilities!

      Will they being showing at Fashion Week per usual?  If so, I guess they’ll have time to eliminate about five, leaving plenty of decoys still.  With this group, I don’t mind it though.

    • Sara__B

      The show should be entertaining, with great design and construction skills on display, and the T Lo recaps should be even better. Count me in.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CI34JQRWOSEWQR3DW2QCG2IHLE Anonymous

      I’ll watch, first because I love some of the old-timers and want to see them again in action, and second because you fabulous men are going to blog about it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      You know, when I heard the ‘staff’ (judges, mentor) were new I didn’t like the idea. But now I’m thinking “Of course!”   Because those are the people that passed on all of these people (except Tim, but who wouldn’t want a fresh perspective on the next go round?).  Surely it makes sense to have a totally fresh start for each of these people.

      I, too, will always watch PR, trainwreck notwithstanding.  I have been looking forward to this show!

      • Anonymous

        Jane good point.  If the judges had some kind of bias (ala Heidi and Gordana (was it?) ) then all the better that the designers have new judges

    • CQAussie

      I can’t.  I’m still mad at last 2 seasons.  But I will of course read your re-caps =D  SIGH.  I guess I really can’t stay away completely….

    • Anonymous

      Will you be watching Project Runway when it comes back to your TV tomorrow night?

      No, but only because I’ll be at the Symphony.  If I were home, I would.

    • Anonymous

      No Tim?!  WHAT.  

      I mean, I’ll still watch because soooo many of my favorites will be on.  But no Tim???  That is so sad.

    • Dave Carter

      The last two seasons have really been a major disappointment – but I have to support Mondo and watch. Plus, if the designs really are more interesting overall, it should make for a more engaging show. The drama part is always fun, but if they can’t produce anything worth caring about, what is the point? I am in for the All Stars, but the next season of newbies is another matter….

    • Anonymous

      I’m in.  I am hoping as always to see some beautiful and interesting clothes from very talented designers.  My biggest fear is that PR:AS will turn into “let’s give it to so-and-so” (fill in the blank contestant name) because (s)he was ROBBED during that season. 

    • Anonymous

      Not sure I’m prepared for this, let’s see what you guys think and then MAYBE..

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

      I will be there for sure, given that they’re all established designers from better seasons.  I like Joanna and her voice doesn’t grate on my nerves like the mentor from “Accessory.”  I’m looking forward to good designs and since it’s Lifetime, I’m sure the drama will be high and we’ll probably have to hear about every single tragedy that’s befallen each designer since they were on the show.  I’m starting out Team Mondo, but we’ll see if that changes!

    • Anonymous

      OK, I just watched the preview video of Austin Scarlett, and I have to say, it lowered my expectations for this show.  I loved Austin in Season One, but in this video, he’s just an obnoxious fool.  Everything BM touches turns to crap, including Austin.  I doubt that I’ll make it past the first episode, but I’ll enjoy reading about it all here, and it will be fun to see who the producers have rigged to win it all.

      • Anonymous

        agree on the way Austin comes across – it might not be about the designs and again too much on “personality”

      • Anonymous

        B-M is to blame for a lot of things, but I think this one might be all on Austin.

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      ill miss tim gunn dearly but PR is me-and-mom bitching time so of course well be watching. Plus Im excited for Mondo being back :D

    • Anonymous

      Going to work early so I can get home in time to pick up a carton…I mean bottle of wine and watch.  I’ll have a picture of Saint Nina rolling her eyes posted above the tv, so genuflect to when Joanna says something stupid.

      …goes off to turn that into a drinking game

    • Anonymous

      I am going to watch, but my tolerance level is way low, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure I’ll watch at least up until the first time Ms. Coles asks “what if she wants to wear underwear”!  Of course, I’ll be tuning in to TLOunge weekly whether I continue to watch the show or not. Why? Because you guys RAWK!

    • Mariah J

      I’m going to watch it because most of those people have actual talent. And I think the lack of the regular judges (esp Heidi) might be refreshing. Will I watch “regular” project runway again? Eh, maybe.

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

      Ok, I am relieved now to find that Joanna is the mentor. Because I didn’t want her doing her Miranda Priestly imitation the entire season.
      I have to admit I am pretty sad that it’s not the usual judges but then again, it would be hard for them to judge the designers that they already have so much history with.
      I will watch. Like TLo I feel compelled and am resting my hopes on my admiration for so many of the returnees (Mondo, Mila and Rami oh my!). When the show was good and featured such talented people, it was always a kick just to see what came down the runway each week.
      That said,  get ready for LOTS of complaining from AKA about my the judges. Yes, Mrs. Weinstein, I’m talking about you! ugh.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      I was so furious over the Wretchen/Mondo season, and so incredibly disappointed in the Anya season, that I stopped watching and vowed never to return.  But all stars doesn’t count, in my book.  Between Rami, Austin, Mondo, and a few other designers, this promises to be a much better edition.  And I’m honestly glad that Nina, Sir Orange a lot, Heidi and Tim won’t be there.  Fresh judges are just what they need.  And I love Joanna Coles’ bitchiness.  See you all in the Lounge!

    • Anonymous

      Crap. I’ll have to record this and check it out. “I need a little PR now.” (Sing that to the tune of “We Need a Little Christmas Now.”)

    • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

      I haven’t watched the last couple of seasons, but how could I miss Miss Scarlett with her butch moustace, or Anthony or Mondo or Mila?  So many designers to adore this season.  And if the designs are good and the challenges decent, could be delicious.  Almost as delicious as my three olive dirty grey goose martini… Waiter!

      • Anonymous

        Save it for the Lounge, Mercy! However, that martini sounds absolutely divine. Think I’ll have one tomorrow night. I’m pretty pumped about the All-Stars show. I’ll miss Tim et al, but it will be worth it to see this group perform.

    • mrspeel2

      Since you’ve pointed out that the designs are rumored to be shockingly well done, I’m going to give the show a shot. Besides the fact that the designers all know what they’re doing, I’d also like to think that since they’ve been through the process before, they aren’t as likely to get steamrolled by the producers. *fingers crossed*

    • Anonymous

      I will watch this, only so that I can see Mondo get that win he deserved. (There’s a few others I’m rooting for too.) I may stop watching after this season, though.

      • Anonymous

        See, that’s what I don’t want.  I don’t think Mondo’s stronger than some of the other designers and I don’t want to watch a rigged show.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t like Joanna Coles as a PR judge but her comments about underwear may have changed my opinion of her!  As a woman who absolutely CANNOT forgo a bra, I hate going into stores and seeing all these cute dresses which are bra-incompatible.

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

        I always add a bra into those pieces.  If you cut it up and sew it in correctly, you still get decent support:)

        • Anonymous

          Impressive!

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

            Some pieces are really easy and others are really hard.  I actually have a stash of functional but not loved bras from several people I do stuff for, so that I have the pieces already there whenever I want to make something that isn’t bra friendly:)  Some day I’m going to get around to figuring out how to make them myself but I haven’t made it that far yet.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the tip!  I have tried that once before but with limited success.  Maybe I should give it another go. :)

    • Anonymous

      Oh, hell, I’m in.  I wasn’t going to do it, but I think skipping Project Accessory gave me a nice cooling off period, so there you have it.  Plus, Austin with a mustache? 

      • Anonymous

        A porn star mustache no less!

    • Anonymous

      Of course I’ll be watching.  Have watched every single season and, as screwed up as the last two judging cycles have been, it’s still so entertaining that I simple can’t resist.  And I’m looking forward to seeing the returning contestants.

    • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

      Nope. it’s become utter and total crap, and the only reason I was there was because of Tim. They are bringing back some great people (oh Mondo, my Mondo!) but it’s not enough to get me watching it again. I am tired of being utterly disgusted and/or disappointed.

    • bloodshothalfblind

      as much as i want to be done with this show after what they pulled the last 2 seasons, i will indeed tune in to see some of the old favorites.  it will be so refreshing to see a PR cast with a modicum of skill & talent.  

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I’ll be watching…unfortunately online though as I don’t get the station.  So, a few days later for me. I’ll still be reading TLo reviews as I really don’t mind spoilers.  Anyway, I was never one of those that vowed never to watch again…can’t see investing that much emotion into a reality tv show even though I may not agree with the results.  I’ve watched every season and only occasionally have agreed with the judges final decisions. I just accept and enjoy the show for what it is…entertainment, a bit of drama, and some creativity and talent thrown in for good measure. 

      I haven’t decided who to rout for although I love Mondo and think it’s his to lose. I’d also like to see April do well.

      Looking forward to it!  :)

    • http://twitter.com/TigerLaverada TigerLaverada

      Oh, yeah, I’ll be watching, because I really like most of these designers. I may well skip the next iteration of regular PR, though. The standards have gotten too low and the judges too wack, IMO, and I won’t be surprised if this show only underscores that issue.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

      I kind of wish that some of the more recent winners were contractually obligated to come back and “defend their title.” Although that basically just applies to Anya and Gretchen… and maybe Irina.
      I will certainly watch, but All Stars is the end of it for me. Last season I just gave up halfway through, because it was just so ridiculous. I mean, who wasn’t way over it by the end? I don’t have time for that.

      • Anonymous

        Now there’s a great idea – Defend Your Title! 
        Gee, I wonder if Anya would have learned how to make a sleeve, or collar, or put in a zipper, or . . . well, anything.

    • Anonymous

      I dropped PR from my DVR when Gretchen won; I said I would never give it the time of day again.  But now, a twist!  And it’s back on my DVR.  See you all in the Lounge, friends!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

      I’m looking forward to the Joanna/Kenley and Mila/Kenley smack downs. 

      • Anonymous

        Wouldn’t it be delicious if Mila and Kenley were partners in a team challenge! BWAAAAHHH!

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

        “Mila/Kenley smackdown”

        I love Mila, and Kenley makes me nuts because she’s so irritating. I am praying for this to happen, and I will do the Dance of Joy if it does.

    • Anonymous

      I will tune in for the old favorites but then i’m done. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230057270 Allie Carter

      Joanna Coles sounds much better than I would have thought (given her previous PR appearances). And she’s right – it could be nice to hear a woman’s perspective on some of this.

    • Wrenaria

      Oh I’ll watch, but it’ll be via Internet streaming at my own leisure. No more blocking out my Thursday evenings as as PR nights unless the first few episodes are amazing. It will be nice to see some familiar faces from past seasons and see if anyone has grown as a designer.

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

        I may block it out for Thursdays at a girlfriend’s house with much sugar to ease the pain if it sucks. 

        Though as a warning, this may be the last ever season of PR… they always seem to schedule them so I can’t drink in the TLounge since discovering our lovely hosts, and after May, I intend for that to NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN…

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Are you expecting Shannon?

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

            Aren’t I always?  I swear, I thought I knew what caused this problem, but I’m beginning to suspect my father meant it when he told me I could get pregnant if I let a boy sit too close to me… oddly prescient of him…

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

              Heh. The women in my family are so fertile we can get pregnant if a man hangs his pants on the bedpost.

              And congratulations.

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

              Hey, that’s why my husband is required to wear his pants to bed!

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Well congratulations!  Is Corran still on the name list if you have a boy?

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

              Yeah, he’s really pulling for Corran if it’s a boy and I’m pushing for Harper if it’s a girl, so we’ve sort of agreed that we’ll give in to each other — we both like the other’s choice, but aren’t totally sold on it.

        • Anonymous

          I am only laughing because of all the times I’ve heard people who are currently pregnant say that.

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

            Well, I’ve already informed my husband he makes HIS doctor appointment or I take care of the problem myself, so this will be the last.  4 is more than enough!

            • Anonymous

              True cautionary tale : If HE goes to the doctor, make sure he goes for all the follow-up testing. My former neighbor neglected to do so. 3rd child ensued. Silver lining, though,(aside from the fact that he’s turned out to be a lovely young man):  She was so sick & miserable pregnant that the grandparents guilted him into finding the money so she could have an au pair for about a year through the last of the pregnancy & the baby’s first few months. Actually, I think they let her think he found the money & the grandparents paid for most of it, hoping to redeem him in her eyes.

              They were very interesting neighbors.

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

              Oh no worries on that — he’ll be in that office any time the doctor wants him!  Though I can promise there is absolutely no way I’d be getting help for being sick — I have been so sick every time before this one that it would have happened long ago.  And I already have a ton of help from him to begin with:)  Even the older two kids are a big help, I’m lucky that way.  (In fact, they’re so into babies that if I didn’t know they were too young to think of it, I’d suspect them of birth control sabotage:)

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I plan on watching, especially because Our Boys will be on their toes to bore in on the results.  If we’re seeing good (!!! News flash, call Mike Wallace!) designs, then I’m eager, in fact.  The last couple of seasons were so off-putting and the producers’ interference and biases so flagrant that my fan mojo was pretty well shattered.  I don’t expect this will rev me the way Seasons 3 and 4 did, but a goil can dream, can’t she?

      All the best (or at least a helluva lot better tomorrow night),

      NDC

    • Anonymous

      I think I’ll read a couple of TLo recaps before I commit. I’m still cranky over last season.

    • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

      I can’t not watch it. I’ve watched the original one, the Canadian one, the Australian one and even the Korean one. This is the only reality show I watch and love, even though the last few seasons have been crap over more crap (with a few exceptions, of course). I don’t like the no Tim part but I’ll have to wait and watch to make a full decision on how I feel about this.

      I think it’ll also be good for the contestans because they don’t know what the new judges and mentor are looking for, they don’t know what’s expected of them, although the new people in charge do know what the designers are all about. It should be fun. Let’s hope it really is.

    • Anonymous

      I’m in with Tivo. For all stars, I feel I need to know whose auf’d prior to watching each episode.

    • Anonymous

      TOMORROW!

      Tomorrow, I love you tomorrow.  You’re only a day away.   

      Kiss Kiss.

      Can’t wait.

    • Anonymous

      I stopped watching after the Gretchen win, but I will give All Stars a chance because of the sheer number of truly talented designers they have lined up… but I still won’t go back to regular PR ever again.

      • Anonymous

        Me too. Luckily T Lo are TV addicts like me so I still have plenty to read here!

    • Anonymous

      Count me in, though I’ll have to wait until the following day to watch it online. I have serious reservations about watching Joanna Coles play mentor week after week, but I was frustrated by the apparent restrictions they put on Tim last season. He used to be so much more fun and charming. 

      At least I now know who most of the designers are now since I recently watched a few of the earlier seasons.

    • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

      I will watch as long as Mondo lasts and not a whit longer.

    • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com skadi1

      I will not be watching.  I may pick it up later if it seems to have turned a page and gotten better (thank, OnDemand).

    • Anonymous

      I’m actually astonished at how little interest I have in watching this after the last few seasons. 

    • Anonymous

      I’ll definitely be watching. I’m actually excited for this. Though the truth is, while I no longer get excited over regular Project Runway, and in fact find it boring and infuriating, I don’t think I could ever stop watching it either.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      I have such an affection for many of the players that I cannot help but tune in.

      And yes Mondo, I really thought you would win too. But you are still a winner to me!

    • Anonymous

      An unapologetic yes, I will be watching.  PR at its worse, is 10x better than the average reality show.  And this team of “all starts” features some real talents.  Not to mention that sexy Rami to boot!.

      oanna Coles will make an interesting mentor.  Who could forget the “I would fire Nina on the spot if she showed up for work in X or Y”.  Who are the judges?   I will miss however Nina and Michael.  They will be extremely hard to replace.  

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

        After that episode, I’m convinced Joanna Coles spends her downtime plotting ways to embarrass/demote/fire Nina.

    • Anonymous

      I want them to create things that people can really wear because this is about, ultimately, being able to have a business that will work commercially.

      This set off alarm klaxons to me. Good God, are we going to have a winner selected by the criteria of whatever piece of crap is trendy this week? Shades of Gwretched’s granny panties.

      And who is going home first? Elisa?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQSQJRAL4YYWB2OZNHNUHKZAEY Christopher

      I’ll watch becuase the all star shows are always better and more interesting since you know the people already.  It’ll be fun to see who trys to change thier TV image from the first round.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I’m *so* watching.  A visit to Scarlett-land?  Gordana getting a shot with judges who haven’t, for whatever reason, got a grudge (at least that we know of)?  Some Grecian draping with Rami?  Miss Anthony?  Mondo?

      I love the show, no matter what the judging does, because I love the challenges, and I love watching creative people get put through their paces and made to create couture out of pee pads.  (Sorry, I’m an Odyssey of the Mind alumna, and watching PR is like hanging around the “workroom” with my junior high friends–ours was an abandoned storage closet with a wall of old school desks on one end–trying to figure out how to add a final chapter to Moby Dick, retelling the whole book in rhyme and including puppets and a song and dance number.)

    • Call me Bee

      You betch I’ll be watching,  The Hubs will be, too, unless he leaves the room.  I am very much looking forward to it, along with the TLounge.  It’ll be nice to have a drink  with old friends. 
      As far as Joanna Coles–I relaly hope she works out well.  At least she knows that she cannot ever replace Mr . Gunn. 
      So–see yas all tomorrow! 

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I plan to watch All-Stars because I know most of these designers actually have talent. I’m unsure whether I’ll watch the next regular season… if nothing else is on, I might. I’m never so attached to a show that I keep watching once it loses all its charm.

    • Alloy Jane

      It’s amazing how people can want something really badly, and the only obstacle is themselves. And they just can’t see it.

      Not to cross-pollinate subjects, but this is EXACTLY what is wrong with Lady Mary. 

      And while I can’t really stand PR as it is, All-Stars looks promising.  I’m excited.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2IBZRYDVWP3ACKPBOUIHXRMB5E Falls

      I will never watch PR as long as it is on Lifetime and produced by Bunim-Murray.  I am done.  I will, however, read your posts!

    • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

      I will definitely be watching this. I’m a PR loyalist, even though the past two winners have pissed me off greatly. However, I’m excited for this All-Stars show because, well, certain people like Mondo deserve a second chance to take it all since they deserved to win in their own seasons. Also, I’ll miss Tim, but from what I’ve seen from Joanna, I like her wit.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t be watching if it were regular Project Runway but there’s no way I’m missing out on All-Stars. I can’t wait!

    • Anonymous

      I’ll be watching, and am pretty pumped about seeing some of these folks again.  I do wish Santino were in the cast, though, if for no other reason than to deliver a good ol’ verbal bitchslap smackdown or two to Kenley.

    • Anonymous

      Me too. I really liked some of these contestants, so I’ll be watching. I’m hoping for less drama, more professionalism, and great designs.

    • Anonymous

      I wasn’t going to watch this anyway because Anthony just bugs the hell out of me, but knowing Joanna Coles is the mentor seals it. I loathe her.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll probably watch PR AllStars.  I like a number of the designers who are participating, and especially after the last woeful season it might be refreshing to see people who didn’t “just learn to sew, teehee, wink, wink, flutter eyelashes”….

    • Anonymous

      Hmmmm.  I’ll let you boys commentate on whether it’s worth watching or not.  If I get the thumb’s up, then I’ll tune in; otherwise, I’ll go back to my Scottish series I’m reading right now — Lymond Chronicles.  (It’s really quite good, if any of you out there are fans of authentic historical fiction.)

      • Anonymous

        Those books are fantastic, aren’t they? Happy reading!

    • Anonymous

      Oh YES. There has never been any doubt I would watch this.
      I’m thrilled that none of the regulars are involved.
      And real talent again. ‘Bout damn time.

    • Anonymous

      I am also on Team “Of Course”

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’ll tune in, but I’m really, really concerned about rigged judging.  So I have some faves, but what I really want is honest judging and legit parameters–instead of midstream rule changing to save the producer’s pick.  

      My concern is that B&M has anointed the winner already and the other designers don’t have a real chance.  If I see signs of obvious rigging, I’m out.  

      I’ll be there for a bit because some of these designers have really turned out some gorgeous stuff–if, however, the eliminations follow the pattern of the spoilers I’ve read then I’ll leave when my personal faves are out.

    • allisankelly

      Intrigued. I plan to DVR and get up early Friday to watch. Like I used to with PR when it was good.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll start watching, but whether I’ll continue to watch depends entirely on whether B-M decides to wreck this too.  If it’s all about the draaaaaama again or it looks pre-destined in anyone’s direction then I’m gone.  I abandoned PA partway through so now that I have that under my belt (yes, I had to do an accessories pun), it would be easy to axe All-Stars if it turns into another The Real World Parsons.

    • Anonymous

      Hell yeah. I think I’m giving up on Glee, but I still find things to like about PR. Especially with Gordana and Austin and Mila. And they’re better now than they were? Can’t wait to see what they do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Hutchlover Amye Sabin

      This is tough.  I really wnt to watch because of Rami, Mondo, Anthony, and Austin.  But Kenley being on it really, really, really pisses me off.  I HATED her and the way she treated Tim (before he got all robotic) during S6.

      So I may DVR it and then FF whenever she comes on.  Or maybe I’ll just read TLo.

      • Anonymous

        i hated kenley too, but i can’t wait to see her.  i may throw eggs at the tv.  i guess i love to hate her.

    • Pennymac

         I have been watching the Style Networks rebroadcasts of the earlier seasons of Project Runway with mixed feelings. The challenges were far better, the talent level was much higher, the Dutchess was much more consistant in his critiques, Nina wasn’t stupifyingly bored and resentful, Heidi seemed fresher and more relaxed, and my beloved Tim Gunn was true to himself. I easily can see why I fell in love with the show. Compared to the last two seasons of slim talent pickings (Other than Mondo and a few others), there’s no comparison.  I will be watching, but only because I like the designers that are coming back (with the exception of Spit Girl). I suppose I’m hoping for some kind of closure, because I found myself completely uninterested in PR Accessories (I wasn’t even a loyal bitter kitten enough to follow the recaps) and I am not willing to watch them squeeze every bit of money out of the show, grind what was an excellent concept into the ground,and consistantly prove that they have well and truly jumped the shark. 
         I have the faint hope that with new judges and good designers, All Stars may be a decent swan song for what once was my favorite Thursday night past time.
                                                                                     
       

    • Anonymous

      i’m tentatively watching ONLY bc it’s all-stars… i’ll never watch a new season again period (and i won’t watch an all-stars that’s any more than 10% from bunim-murray seasons).

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

        Um… do you realize that there are 6 designers here from the B/M seasons, out of 13 total?  That’s a lot more than 10%…

    • Anonymous

      They had me at Mondo. That said, I am already rolling my eyes at the underwear thing and now have an official hate on for Joanna Coles. These are All Stars, dammit. I want to see mad creativity, not a marketing plan.

    • Anonymous

      After the season of the wretched Gretchen, I swore I would not watch PR again until Michael and Nina were gone, gone, gone.  I’ll miss Tim and (just a teensy bit) Heidi, but am happy to be able to watch again.  We’ll see if this All Stars is another predetermined set-up for the producers to hand a win to someone who they wished would have won in the first place.  (or am I the only person who thought Uli was robbed AGAIN in the last All Stars and that DanielV had been selected as the winner before the show even started shooting?)

    • Anonymous

      I am very excited despite the personnel changes. And I guess in some of the cases the producers are using the term “star” loosely. But yes! I can’t wait!

    • Anonymous

      watching – ON DVR, as has been the rule for many years for self post release editing i.e., Joanna Coles.

      • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

        That’s what I do too — DVR pretty much with any show except Mad Men!  I hate commercials, and sometimes, as the last installment of PR, I have to skip through the whiny rants! (I’m not familiar with most of these contestants, but I’m sure there’s a Josh in the bunch). But no Tim? He was half the reason I watched at all!

    • vmcdanie

      Argh, as much as I want to say “Fuck you Lifetime” (and did about midway thru last season and apparently missed nothing but mediocrity with intervals of rage), I see too many designers I love in that picture. Including my beloved April from the darkest PR season ever.

      I will be surprised however if this season is genuinely good. The new regime has failed me too many times (btw, does anyone know how the ratings are doing on Lifetime versus Bravo?)

      Also, not liking the facial hair on Austin.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I love your use of the phrase ‘mediocrity with intervals of rage’!  Very apt.

        • vmcdanie

          Hah! Thanks. I admit I’m a barely mediocre writer so I was rather pleased with that. Oh, the muses one summons when the vitriol is high.

    • Anonymous

      Of course I’ll watch. A couple of my favorite contestants are on, as well as several I didn’t love so much but who performed awesomely well on their cycles.
       
      Ms. Cole’s comments are encouraging & show some contact with reality-as-I-see-it (“Tim Gunn is really the star of the [Project Runway] world. What on Earth would make me think that I could replace him?”).  One can’t be a real idiot and editor-in-chief of a fashion mag, however lame that mag may be. Can one?

    • Anonymous

      I will always watch Project Runway.  It’s an addiction I can’t quit.  This season should be pretty brilliant, really, considering the talent of these contestants.

      And I have always wondered how these designers got away with clothes a woman can’t wear a bra with.  This was especially evident in Season 6, when every week Althea sent Tanisha down the runway with tits flopping all over the place.  Some women can get away with not wearing a bra, but the majority cannot, and high fashion never seems to recognize that.

    • Anonymous

      Okay, now that I read Joanna’s comments, I’m in. Damn – I gave up drinking for the new year. Except on weekends. Does Thursday night count?

    • Anonymous

      I’ll be back.  I won’t be back for the next regular season, probably (I never say never to PR because it’s kind of like crack — even when it’s bad, it’s still better than anything else), but to see so many of my favorites again, who can actually create designs that involve more than one seam and require actual design talent to create?  Oh, yes. 

      I just hope I don’t end up throwing things at the TV because there’s a pre-programmed winner that is as obvious as it was for Anya last season.  Why Lifetime would think we can’t see through that kind of shenanigans is truly mystifying — so here’s hoping they don’t try to repeat that crap again.  (I only mention this because, alas, I’ve seen suggestions that it happens again — which will well and truly destroy the last few vestiges of credibility the PR franchise has, IMO.)

      I’m skeptical about Joanna as a mentor, too.  But if she suggests that women with actual boobs who wear actual bras might want to wear some of these fashions, and it makes the air?  I will love her forever.  I’ve gotten SO frustrated with all the “high fashion” outfits that are made for flat-chested women. 

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

        Why does Lifetime think that “television for women” involves countless movies about women who are weak and whiny and stupid and do nothing to help themselves out of problems of their own damn making?  Lifetime’s thought process regarding viewers is mystifying and strange and probably the result of deep childhood traumas in the lives of anyone in programming…

    • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

      Just looked at my DVR to make sure it was going to record, and I see this is only an hour long. They finally get a cast I know I want to watch, and they shorten the episodes?!?

      • Anonymous

        No doubt cut so we can see NONE of the process of, you know, designing and constructing a garment. That being a waste of time in reality t.v. land.

         It’ll be intro chat, challenge chat, lightning dash through Mood  (would it kill them, JUST ONCE to spend some time on designers debating how a fabric will  work with the garment in the sketch?), jokery, bitchy glances & skeptical side-eye (we’ll see more faces than the work they’re looking at), muttered or not muttered critical remarks, Ms. Cole’s walk through (I’m banking on this for maybe 5 little minutes looking at what the designers are doing, yes?), reunions with models from seasons gone by, somebody stitching a model into something at the last minute AND RUNWAY.

        No, not bitter. Not me.

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

          To be fair, the process at Mood is probably cut to avoid getting anyone on the show committed.  I look like a paranoid schizophrenic when shopping for fabric for specific pieces.  Not only am I talking to myself, but in weird little mental shorthand and half finished thoughts…

        • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

          I’m also wondering if these all-stars are smart enough not to get into any drama and keep it about the clothes, so they ended up with less to work with in terms of workroom footage.

        • vmcdanie

          Interesting. I wonder if this means the original show is going back to 60 minutes too (I don’t plan on watching past this season but still, did the 90 minute format fail then?)

    • Leigh Webster

      Okay, am I the only one who can’t get beyond Joanna’s Mickey Mouse ears?

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        *scrolls back up to look at the photo again*

        *guffaws with laughter*

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps someone has already asked this somewhere – but where is Laura Bennett?  If there ever was an all star, it’s Laura Bennett. 

      • Anonymous

        I just assume she’s got too much going on in her life to want to do PR all over again. She seems to have enough money for her needs and with the size of her family I’m sure she’s pretty selective about the professional projects to which she devotes her time.

        Unless she seriously wanted the public notice because she’s trying to start up a business or angling for a job in the reality t.v./fashion-as-spectator-sport world, there’s not much to be gained and potentially a lot of time and energy away from whatever she’s doing now.

        • Lori

          Maybe she’ll be blogging All Stars for Lifetime.com like she does in the regular season.  Blogging PR seems to be the extent of her career now.   And she made time to appear on that wretched PR S9 after-show (thankfully, I have repressed the name of it).  Maybe she’s one of the ones who wanted to come back, but couldn’t because she’s been associated with Lifetime?  Maybe it’s the same with Nick?

    • Anonymous

      I’m watching, but only because I love Austin Scarlett… even with the mustache.

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

      I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it, I’m about to lose control and I think I like it! So many faves on PR All Stars, but Rami is my main fave!

      lovemesomerami

    • Martha Anderson

      “Why are you making an outfit that no one can wear underwear with?” Am I the only woman in America who wears underwear?

      HELLO THIS!!!

      Which is why I was aghasted at the some of the winning choices over the years