Café Vienés. Casa Fuster Hotel, Barcelona
Kittens, grab your panties and your passport, because we’re jetting off to Barcelona for tonight’s celebration! The T LOunge is OPEN once again. Dibs on the couch.
Patricia Field and Lauren Graham guest judge along side Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and Heidi Klum in the premiere of Project Runway Season 10.
Well. Here we are once again, darlings. What to say? We find ourselves waxing philosophical on the occasion of the tenth season premiere of this show; a show that – no lie or exaggeration – literally changed our lives. And since we’re paying for the drinks tonight, you have to sit there and listen to us get all weepy and sentimental. You’re not to cut us off until we start singing. Besides, for some stupid reason Lifetime didn’t release a preview video for this episode, so what the hell? We’ll ramble for a bit.
Kooan Kosuke, Raul Osorio and Andrea Katz
As you might remember, the finales of the past couple of seasons have left us, and we would wager a sizable portion of the show’s viewership, pretty disillusioned. What started out as a quirky little cable show about creative people under stress having meltdowns over missing dye packets and flipping out over mustaches on pictures (how quaint), and inadvertently revealing their personality flaws to the cameras (Oh, for the days of Wendy and Vincent), morphed into a highly manipulated game show with a tightly scripted outcome in which designers advanced based almost entirely on back stories and their ability to get a lot of camera time, rather than on talent.
Tim Gunn and Kooan Kosuke
We had a bit of a hissy fit at the end of Season 9, when Anya won and we don’t regret or take back one word we wrote. But as this season approached, we talked about how we were going to approach things. Let’s be honest; there was no question that we would continue to blog the show; not really. But if our enthusiasm has waned, how could we possibly recap the show in an entertaining manner? Hate-blogging is fun for a minute or two, but it gets old quickly and you wind up sounding like a crank who doesn’t get enough sun.
After some reflection, our take is this: we’re not going to take any of it seriously. After all, wasn’t that exactly our approach back in the good old days? Sure, we’ll rip the dresses and point out when we think the judges are being silly, but we’re gonna try very hard not to get rant-y on anyone. We’ll see how long we can keep up that particular charade. It’s going to depend on the level of talent and how badly the producers botch the (*shudder*) storyline.
One other thing: We’ve all seen several variations on the PR concept in the past year, from 24-Hour Catwalk, to Project Accessory to (God help us) the acid trip that is Fashion Star and let’s face it, every last one was a horrible attempt. For all its faults, no show but Project Runway has ever managed to mount a fashion design reality competition that actually works. Hail to the Chief. As long as Tim, Nina, Michael, and Heidi are sitting in a dimly lit studio in New York City berating a bunch of scruffy street urchins and delusional attention-whores, we’ll be right there on the couch, yelling out insults. You just can’t keep us away.
And speaking of which, we will be live-tweeting the SHIT out of this mother tonight, along with Sir Tim, Heidi, Nina, Michael and the entire wacky Project Runway Gang O’ Misfits. If you’re one of those Luddites who’s skittish about social media like it was a tool of Lucifer’s, you can go here to a lovely little Lifetime site called Real-Time Runway, where all the twitter-twats about tonight’s show will be gathered under one roof, so to speak. Should be fun! We’ll be trying to come up with nicknames for all the designers on the fly. Maybe we’ll ask Nina if she’s smoking crack.
Once more unto the breach, bitches! SEASON TEN IS GO.