Project Runway: It Starts with a Plummet

Posted on July 19, 2013

Okay, we admit it. We were a tiny bit disappointed it wasn’t designers being shoved out of airplanes.

 

Yes, yes. We know. Had they really strapped them all into parachutes and pushed them out a plane, it would have rightly been called an unequivocal shark-jump for the show by pretty much everyone. But we were so in need of something to generate excitement, and we started the first ten seconds of the season hating almost everyone, thanks to the Road to the Runway special, that there was a small, mean part of ourselves that just wanted to see some of these bitches scream in terror and wet themselves a little.

Just a little. Like a spot.

We’re terrible. We know. Fortunately, Kate arrived to provide an early, unexpected bit of comedy.

 

Because for no reason we could tell, she was suddenly all “OMFG YELLOW MUST HAVE ALL THE FUCKING YELLOW!!!!!”

 

“MUST HAVE IT!!!!!!!!! RAAAAAAA!!!!!!!”

Calm down, you freak. It’s a parachute; not your ticket to freedom, Katniss. No wonder everyone’s scared of her. She pretty much turned feral at the first sign of competition. We’re fairly certain if anyone got to that yellow parachute before her, she was going to rip out their throat with her teeth.

 

It’s just not Project Runway if Heidi doesn’t wear something ridiculous that Tim pretends not to notice.

There were many exciting new innovations in the Project Runway show model this season, and strangely, we’re not opposed to any of them. Sure, there’s a whiff of gimmick coming off some of them, but the show really was in need of a freshening up, and having Tim take a more active role in the judging process, as well as letting the judges see the garments up close, are both things we’ve been screaming about for years, along with a new runway set, which we finally got last night – and it’s both HUGE and brightly lit, praise Jesus.

The thing about Tim saving one designer from elimination is CRAZY-GIMMICKY, but the producers are really smart, because Tim is beloved by the show’s fans precisely because he has a history of publicly disagreeing with the judges’ decisions after the fact; sometimes loudly and borderline obnoxiously, bless him. This fits his personality as well as his history with the show. It works for us. As for the judges not knowing who designed what; we’ll see how that shakes out. For one, the designers are simply incapable of sitting there watching their work strut by without reacting to it – and they’re sitting a few yards away from the judges.

But of all the new elements and new twists in the show (The Belk Wall!), there is one we love above all others, and we look forward to seeing it deployed on a weekly basis. We are talking, of course, about…

 

The Floating Vulva Box.

Oh, IF ONLY we’d had the Floating Vulva Box back in the glory days of Jay and Christian and Santino, kittens! Think of what could have been and weep, but be thankful we’ve reached an age of technical wizardry where Floating Vulva Boxes are now the norm.

 

Oh, please. Freddy Mercuryovich.

We’re the Statler and Waldorf of reality competition blogging, bitch. We eat pathetic camera whores for snacks. We’ve seen it all. We are unimpressed.

 

Never before have we wanted to PUNCH A UNICORN IN THE FACE HARD as much as we did last night. God save us from pretentious children with ADHD and a list of buzzwords they know nothing about. We forgot just how exhausting those types were in college.

 

You know; the types who think they’re being so original and forward-thinking, when they’re really just the biggest walking collection of shallow cliches you ever saw in your life. THERE IS NOTHING “SUSTAINABLE” ABOUT ESCHEWING MAKEUP AND ELECTRICITY WHILE YOU’RE PARTICIPATING IN THE MASSIVE ENERGY AND FUEL SUCK KNOWN AS A REALITY TELEVISION SHOW, YOU … you special snowflake, you. We were going to say “moron” but thought we should probably get another cup of coffee before we start grading people on an intelligence scale.

 

Yes, that’s mean of us, but them’s the breaks, kid. You signed up for reality TV and then proceeded to act like a ridiculously obnoxious attention whore. Now cranky queens are making it their life’s mission to make you cry before this is all over.

 

Bradon

So congrats to Bradon! We were worried for a bit, because whenever a PR contestant shows up that causes T Lo to go “OOOOOOH, he’s CA-HUTE!!!!” Then you can bet the judges hate him and he’s going home early. But Bradon’s got “judges’ pet” written all over him in Sharpie. He looks the part, he’s got a sophisticated background, and he’s cute.
 
 
This is only so-so. We tend to think what really won it for him was the common sense idea to go for flow with this material. None of the other designers did that.
 
 

Angela

And it’s Auf Wiedersehen to pretend rocker chick/pretend former lesbian Angela! Kind of a shame, because we thought this had real potential. The hood was a great idea, and we liked the color blocking. Unfortunately, it was poorly rendered and kind of a half-assed look.
 
 

Sue

To our eyes, this was probably the best entry. It was certainly the one that looked the most like real fashion.

 

 

Miranda

This was also an excellent entry, but Diana Prince insisted on using too much of the black fabric and that pissed off Heidi.

 

 

Timothy

We felt so sorry for his model. This is “also a competition for her, as well,” as Heidi used to adorably say, and as a working model, she should be thrilled that she’s adding a television appearance to her resume. Regardless of what you might think about natural beauty and such, that’s not this girl’s job or dream. Her job is to model in a world that’s all about heightened and enhanced beauty. That means high heels, makeup, and set hair 99% of the time. He’s literally robbing her of the opportunity to showcase her talents in a competition. And then to go out and stand next to her in a pair of heels was just plain old obnoxious. Nina was glorious to call him on that.

Also that fucking “dress” is hideous. Burning synthetic materials is so far from the concept of sustainabilty it’s hilarious.
 
 

Sandro

Bless you, Zac. You finally got a Kors-worthy zinger in. Of course, if was so Kors-like (“She looks like a slutty cat toy!”) that we more-than-half-suspect it was a line fed to you.

It is an utter joke that he wasn’t sent home, but it’s totally to be expected. We kinda wish just once the judges would say “This garment offends the very concept of fashion, but he’s an entertaining and colorful character, so let’s just keep him for the fun of it.”

 
 

Alexander

Is this the drag queen guy? We’re confused. What was the deaf guy’s name again? Where is that nurse with our pills? We want a nap. Is it pudding day?

Oh, and this is awful. That skirt is weird.

 

 

Kate

Credit to the little werewolf when it’s due: she was right about the yellow. And she made a really cute dress out of it. We have no idea why this wasn’t in the top.

 

 

Helen

This is the tough chick who’s determined to make everyone hate her, right? Honestly, the cast gets more and more like an Afterschool Special every season. Anyway, the dress is weird, but she did some interesting things with the color blocking.
 
 

Dom

Philly Girl representing. We are damn impressed with her technical skill here, because these look like real garments and that jacket has a fairly decent number of time-consuming elements, rendered really well. Unfortunately, this look is discount department store. There’s no style to it.
 
 

Kahindo

The bodice is weird, but the skirt’s impressive.

This is the African lady with the cinnamon bun hair, right? We’re asking. There are just way too many goddamn designers.
 
 

Jeremy

English Gay Daddy! We remembered that one because we both said as soon as these pants walked out, “Oh, that is so London.” They’re not bad, but he ruined them by hanging all that hardware off them.

 

 

Justin

Deaf guy?

This is kind of costume-y and too retro for its own good.

 

 

Alexandria

Alexandria? There’s an Alexandria? Describe her to us.

This is actually not bad. A little too much going on, but it’s a modern, wearable garment.
 
 

Karen

Ugly and shapeless.

We have no idea who this is.

 

 

Ken

Drag-clown.

Is this the four-times homeless guy, the deaf guy, or the guy who survived cancer? Is that not a question that illustrates exactly where Project Runway is right now?

 

 

[Photo Credit: Lifetime - Stills: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Things I liked:
      Tim on the Runway
      Judges getting to look at and discuss work up close after the runway
      Not knowing who did what as it came out

      People I liked:
      Bradon, Sue, Alexander, Dom.

      People I instantly loathed:
      Timothy, Sandro, Miranda

      • UsedtobeEP

        Who?? I have to go back and see who Alexander and Miranda are…this stage is always so hard!!

        • jeneria

          Miranda is the homely Bettie Page hair-wearing ex-military gal from Milwaukee. Dark hair, glasses. She’s the one in the end clips is crying “I’m going to need therapy after this.” I also think it’s funny she doesn’t like Unicorn since they’re holding joint viewing parties in Milwaukee.

          • UsedtobeEP

            Awesome. Maybe they wrestle during the commercials. And Alexandria is the one Freddie Mercuryovich gets snippy with.

            • jeneria

              Unicorn is in with the Steampunk group in Milwaukee and a lot of my friends were at the viewing party, but I couldn’t go because after seeing his portfolio on the website, I knew I wouldn’t be able to pretend that he is a serious designer.

              He’s a sweet kid, but he’s not putting on an act.

            • UsedtobeEP

              Maybe they learned to like each other more during the show. I think going through something as stressful and exhausting as this can make you allies. Unless it makes you bitter enemies, of course. But since they are holding viewing parties, it sounds like peace was made. Smart business move, too.

          • Kwei-lin Lum

            They look a little like brother and sister

          • MoHub

            And is Unicorn’s television powered by windmills?

            • jeneria

              No. The party was at a historic hotel in downtown Milwaukee. His runway shows are not electric-free. I really don’t know why he pulled that on the show last night. And his poor model.

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              Ahhh, I see. So he’s just awful when electricity powered cameras are focused on his attention-whore face.

            • Joan Arkham

              I was practically yelling at the tv: “You’re using electricity right now! What do you think is running the lights?”

            • Rhonda Shore

              Zac really let Unicorn have it about how unsustainable burning the parachute fabric was. What a selfish and irritating individual unicorn is.

            • DuBey2

              That moment made me kind of love Zac P.

            • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

              Me, too. :-)

            • largishbearishAtlish

              and how perfectly cast is he- Ladies, Gentlemen and unborn fawns we now have “The Villain” of this season…Unicorn, meet Wendy Pepper…

            • MoHub

              Except that Wendy’s sole goal was to win. Unicorn thinks he’s answering a Higher Calling.

          • annrr

            Finally not one but two designers from my hometown Milwaukee. And they hate each other. I am loving these two.

            • jeneria

              My only problem is that the two of them seem like a Portlandia sketch and Milwaukee’s nothing like that, really.

            • Call me Bee

              I was instantly mortified that Unicorn and Betty Paige were from my dear MKE. Just mortified. We aren’t like that at all…LOL….

            • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

              Haha. They represent the City. That’s kinda scary.

            • Pril Wood

              Unicorn is not from MKE, he moved there recently.

            • Lauren Lynch Fox

              Ha! Portlandia! Perfect! That is just how they seemed.

            • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

              For some reason I think that Carrie Brownstein would play him, instead of Fred; lol.

            • Montavilla

              Hey! If someone from Portland were to be an attention-whore special-snowflake sustainability-freak unicorn, they’d do it right.

              j/s.

              Otherwise, you’re completely right. :)

          • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

            I didn’t think she was homely. Just sayin’.

          • MoHub

            Does this make Milwaukee the new Portland?

            • longtimelurker

              So many MKE bitter kittens…I kind of want a meet-up.

            • MoHub

              Well, I’m not from Milwaukee and have never even been there, but I sensed a pattern.

              Unfortunately, designers from the DC area—my home base—have had a very poor track record, especially in terms of likability. Even Tim Gunn is no longer able to redeem DC since he sold his soul to Lifetime.

            • wontons

              Who’d we even have–wasn’t there a young woman from Clinton or somewhere in PG Co. who was talented and nice? (But maybe not that talented and nice, or I’d remember her name.) Oh, and the guy last season whom Kate bossed around; he was from Northern VA.

            • MoHub

              Unfortunately, we also had Wendy Pepper, VictorYa, and the egotistical gal who went out first in season 11.

            • Call me Bee

              Since they had two Premier parties here last night–one attended by each designer–maybe the Bitter Kittens can have our own Finale Party here. On Water St somewhere.

            • Pril Wood

              No, Milwaukee mixes it’s own version of pretentious hipster types with crass aging punks and yuppies

            • Pril Wood

              oops forgot–add some beer bellies and ya-dere-hey to that. I was Born here, left, came back– 25 years later Milwaukee doesn’t change much

          • demidaemon

            That’s just PR (publicity, not the show ;)). Seriously, if I found out I would be sequestered with him for a month in a small, hot space under extremely stressful conditions, I would probably shoot myself or do something to get myself out of it. UGH.

        • momjamin

          We have Alexander Pope (you’ll have to google him specifying Project Runway, not Project Gutenberg — with the redheaded curly mohawk or however the young’uns describe it) and Alexandria Von Bromssen (the tall blond Swede who is not getting chummy with Freddy Mercuryovich).

          • demidaemon

            She was a bit irritating too. I think there are maybe two people I can stand right now, and half the reason for that is that they got a total of 5 minutes screentime in this episode.

      • CozyCat

        I’m looking forward to seeing how the season-long budget works out. It adds a whole new (and realistic) dimension to the design process: “Do I splurge this week on the expensive fabric that is perfect? Should I spend my money early to stay in the game, since there’s no sense going home with a big unspent budget? Or do I save my money until the end, since I’m sure to be in contention to make the finals?”

        It injects the kind of financial concerns that real-world designers have to contend with. Could be interesting….

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          I forgot about that one1 Its a great idea, actually. And will show us how well they can plan and work with what they have in a longer term sense.

          • DuBey2

            I also like it because its one less thing that they can *dramatically* blame on each other when they produce a terrible or unfinished design.

        • In_Stitches

          I wonder if they get to keep their scraps as well to use on future designs. Sometimes designers buy entire yards that go unused; having those might ease otherwise stressful fabric-shortage situations. Easing the designers stress isn’t something the show has been partial to, so I doubt it.

          • MoHub

            In the Black and White challenge in season 3, the designers had to use every bit of fabric larger than a postcard. Laura B. nailed it to the millimeter.

            • CozyCat

              And on the all stars season that Mondo won they had a challenge where they could only use scraps.

              There is probably a rule about the use of scraps that will never be explained to us.

            • DuBey2

              Well, thats the only reason why Unicorn is there — to use all the scraps of course. And then he can use his budget to hire a new model after his designated model has a nervous breakdown.

            • Montavilla

              It was heartbreaking to see that poor girl go from gamely trying to go with his “sniff your armpit” nonsense to tears when she realized she’d have neither shoes, hair, nor face on that runway.

            • DuBey2

              That was cool.

            • carolclark12

              And didn’t Angela just stuff a homemade bag full of scraps? Or was that someone else?

            • MoHub

              She most certainly did. And that was also the challenge in which she made a late-Tudor standup collar and called it Edwardian.

          • Lisa_Co

            I think another new idea that’s an improvement is having the runway be anonymous. Though last night most of the designers were demonstrative when their look walked, it will help at not having any 1 person be the judges’ pet or, conversely, whipping boy/girl.

          • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

            If they’re responsible for their money, they ought to be able to use scraps from other challenges, IMO.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          I was disappointed they did not reveal the amount on the cards last night. Hopefully it will be explained in more detail the first time they go to Mood. Finally we have financials as a factor in this show. Makes it more real world.

          • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

            I’d like to know how much $$ is on the cards, too. This change in the game is significant because there are some challenges that need expensive fabric. The designers won’t have the option of buying much extra in case they goof.

            • Lauren Lynch Fox

              Maybe that it where Tim’s “save” will come in. When one of these people run out of money and can’t make anything

            • largishbearishAtlish

              wait, what about the ‘Anya sucked, lets mysteriously give her LOTS of extra $$$ to un-screw it up’ scenario?

            • Cheryl

              Either there’s an amount that has to cover the whole season ($1,000?) or they are credited with $100 or $200 per challenge. And even if someone needs more money at the cash register and they can’t share money, they can still buy fabric for each other (but that would land them deeper in the whole as the season goes on.)

            • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

              It’s my understanding that the money card must last all season. I think this puts an added pressure on the designers. They’ll have no idea what’s to come. I suppose they could plan for the required weeks/number of challenges and divide by that number, trying to come in low, and then splurge for evening gowns.

            • In_Stitches

              I would assume that they are given a ‘suggested amount’, accounting for their total funds and the cost of the challenges to come and it is up to them to decide whether to try and save some money now for use later or to go over budget and know that the coming avant garde challenge is going to be even more difficult. I wonder how it’ll work on the inevitable team challenges…

        • UsedtobeEP

          Totally missed that.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          I agree. That’s what I thought – one of them is going to think, “I can win this particular challenge if I splurge.”

        • Targettaste

          How can they be expected to budget for the season if they have no idea what the challenges will be? They would need a general outline, such as 2 casual outfits, 1 gown, 3 idiotic gimmicks, etc.

        • MoHub

          New question. If a designer is eliminated with funds still on the card, is the money redistributed among the remaining designers or does the card remain with the eliminee to enable him or her to make decoy garments as needed for publicly visible challenges?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            They could come up with so many ways to play with that. Like the winner of each challenge gets the loser’s leftover money. Or the top three get to add to their finale budgets whatever is left on their own cards, or split up whatever is left on everyone’s cards. If there was something like that, a resentful designer who feels they are on the chopping block may spend all their money in order to prevent others from having it. So many ideas with this money card thing.

      • muzan-e

        My love for Sandro is directly proportional to the quantity of Russian curses he treats us to during the course of the show.

        • Edward Thomas-Herrera

          Sandro was on screen for all of two seconds before my boyfriend shouts out, “Is he carrying a sock puppet in those pants?”

          • Saragee

            Am I the only one that is reminded of Borat with Sandro’s look/speech mannerisms? Especially after he exposed his model’s “vageen”.

      • demidaemon

        I am also of the instantly loathing feeling, except my loathees are Timothy (seconding the opinion of PUNCHING A UNICORN IN THE FACE) and Helen. Timothy, for all the reasons stated above. He is one of a very few reality TV stars who I have wanted eliminated ASAP just because they are SO DAMN IRRITATING (Serena Cha Cha of RPDR “fame” is another). I really feel for his poor model, and she’s probably stuck with him till he is auf’d (it’s a matter of when, not if). I instantly hated Helen in the casting show because a) she’s incredibly stubborn and immovable, which makes her especially stupid for trying out for any show like this and b) her aesthetic is so done and lame (lacy, see through shit with appliques.)

        I, however, however do like Miranda though. I liked her aesthetic and story from the get-go.

    • Joan Arkham

      Am I a terrible person for wanting a peek behind the vulva box to see just how bad things were…er…hanging?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        You are Soooooooo not alone. Was it just mega camel toe, or something more?

        • Joan Arkham

          In a way it makes me feel better about myself to see that a bad garment can make even a model look sausage-y…

          • demidaemon

            Yeah, and then they went on about the perfect fit and I thought, “Okay, what are you all smoking?”

        • Rhonda Shore

          i assumed there wasn’t enough fabric to cover her lady parts…

        • FunButNutz

          I suspect….to use the term which was popular a few years ago….that there was some “beef curtain” action.

        • MoHub

          I’m guessing that the crotch panel was too narrow and too tight and slipped between her labia, leaving them”straddling” the fabric and exposed on either side. That’s about the only way I can figure it.

          Michael Kors seems to have missed the insanest of insane crotches.

      • MoHub

        Moi aussi.

        And as I recall, in season 2, when Zulema’s model in the “Clothes Off Your Back” opening challenge turned around to walk back up the runway with her ass cheeks hanging out below the cutoff sweater, we got to see the half moons clearly.

        • UsedtobeEP

          And who was it that made the strings-and washers bathing suit that was almost nothing.

          • Kimbolina

            I think it was Emilio?

          • MoHub

            Emilio, in season 7. But he proved himself later, and I was happy he was kept on.

            • UsedtobeEP

              Agree. Even that was interesting and would have been good if he had more materials to work with.

          • wontons

            Seems like both Emilio and Zulema were castigated for being disrespectful to their models. This time around it was like “Meh. Seen it. Order up an FVB for the broadcast and let’s move on.”

      • MarieLD

        Thank goodness you asked. I keep wondering what exactly was wrong. Maybe the “strip” was too narrow.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Not just you! I was like, “C’mon, let’s see what’s really so bad!”

      • Wendi126

        Someone in the Lounge last night, I think Gotham Tomato posted ‘labia is the new black’. I’m still laughing at that today.

        • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

          Yes, t’was I.

          And I’m sticking with it. Just watch, next year crotchless jeans at Old Navy.

          –GothamTomato

      • rh33

        Was I the only one who had the impression the model seemed to enjoy the extra attention?

        • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

          No, I bet she was thinking about what was in the fine print of the Hold Harmless agreement she had to sign to appear on the show, and wondering if she could still find a way to sue.

          –GothamTomato

      • Lauren Lynch Fox

        That poor girl!

      • anneland

        Go to PR website on Lifetime, Rate the Runway. On the side view of the garment you get an idea of how bad it maybe was.

      • anneland

        My reply went away. Check out the PR website Rate the Runway. The side view of the garment gives a bit of an idea how bad it was.

        • Joan Arkham

          I see what you mean…

          Reminds me of when we called super-short Daisy Duke cut-offs “cootchie cutters”…

      • Edward Thomas-Herrera

        I was surprised how the judges went on about the fit of Sandro’s outfit. The fit! HER VAGINA WAS VISIBLE!

        • Elizabeth Davis-Simpson

          Labia. (I just want the world to know how to match our anatomy with anatomical terms)

          • Prairieguy

            For the love of vulva, yes.

            I am astounded at the number of commenters both here and over at the AV Club’s season premiere review who went on and on about vagina this and that.

            Now, gay guys can be forgiven somewhat for the lack of precision, but what about the women?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        I just found it. On the Lifetime website, under the “photos” link, you can see two pictures that are uncensored. In the episode 1 batch, the model is standing on the runway without using the strings to cover up. In the Sandro episode 1 batch, you can clearly see The Area as her is fitting the garments on her. It looks pretty bad there. It must have been completely exposed while she was walking.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I wound up getting a phone call from a friend of 45 years about half-way through the show, and I was more interested in talking to her than keeping an eye on the screen. Too many people, for sure. I am rooting for Bradon since I think he’s got an eye and maturity. Comrade Class-less – he looks to be off his rocker in the teaser for upcoming episodes, and dangerous…?

      And what was that ending teaser? A bunch of clips from several upcoming episodes? Why give it all away, B-M/LT/Mr. Weinstein? And, of course, “more drama than ever!!” Yeah, that’s what we want from fashion designing competition show – more drama. How about more design?

      • UsedtobeEP

        Notice, they did the clips like the do the ones from Mad Men, except they did upcoming instead of previous. interesting. I bet they lurk on this blog A LOT.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          Of course, the whole damn show is in the can, isn’t it? Most of it, if not all, has already been filmed, right? This is not occurring in real time, so… lurking here won’t change what they’re going to air, I would think.

          Yes, MM’s teasers were all from previous episodes to suggest themes that would be moved along in upcoming episodes, but we know Mr. Weiner engaged in diversionary tactics. I think that kind of subtlety is utterly lost on BASH ‘EM OVER THE HEAD Bunim-Murray/Lifetime/Weinstein.

          • UsedtobeEP

            Yes, it’s all in the can, or most of it, anyway. I never can keep the time straight. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they weren’t lurking on the boards last season. “More Tim” and “Seeing the designs up close” could have come directly from here. And, if they know there was also a Lounge for Mad Men that started last year, they could hace started doing those mash-up style previews. When they started showing more construction last season, and longer runway shots, it felt like a direct response to the lounge complaints. It’s a total stretch (The MM comment), but they have this amazing access to their fans through this site. They’d be foolish not to use it. I would mine it for all it’s worth.

          • UsedtobeEP

            But you are right of course—if they did get the mash-up preview from Mad Men, it would just be emulating the style, and not the subtlety. This is Lifetime, home of Dance Moms!

    • EveEve

      Before he’s auf’d, I think McCrunchy will be spinning and weaving his own hemp fibers into sackcloth, using genuine NYC rat intestines to stitch it all together, and picking chicken bones off the sidewalks of NYC to adorn it all. And maybe if his
      model is lucky, he’ll have her squeeze some berry juice onto her lips for a bit of color.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Just like Ginger and Maryanne! (LOL!)

        • DuBey2

          Just like Princess Water Lilly (?I think thats what TLo dubbed her) from last season. You know, a FEW months ago?? So he makes fabric..yawn…

      • muzan-e

        Perhaps a touch of naturally-sourced charcoal to smoke out her eyes.

      • chubby ballerina

        My sincere hope is that he brings in a treadle sewing machine somehow.

        • onetinkerbell

          Well, there are home-sewers out there who use treadle machines to make garments that are far better than Timothy’s mess. If you’ve never read the blog “Male Pattern Boldness”, you ought to. Peter is a hoot and sews fabulous garments from vintage (and sometimes modern) patterns. Love him, though I’m not sure if he watches PR.

        • MoHub

          My grandmother had a treadle machine and had it electrified as soon as it was possible to do so.

          My other grandmother had the first electric sewing machine in her neighborhood, and my sister still has it. It’s had only one repair since it was new in 1928, and it still works.

          • GillianHolroyd

            I’ve used a treadle machine–the Chinese were still making them a few years ago… the brand was Dragonfly or Butterfly or something… It was very soothing. I tend to fight with my electric 60s-era Kenmore.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          I have a treadle machine that was made in 1958. I was hoping it was older when I bought it but still intend to use it as soon as I finish rehabbing it. I’m thinking if I try hard enough, I can use it to lose weight AND sew! I am totally delusional.

        • sewducky

          My main machine is a treadle that is hitting 100 years old. I just had it serviced last month. In many ways it’s better then computerized models. And it’s not about sustainability for me, I just really enjoy my machine. That and I can sew in the zombie apocalypse to my heart’s content.

          Much as I love my machine, and won’t replace it. But I don’t have to sew on a time crunch either. Having to make a dress in 8 hours like they do? I would be all up in an industrial’s butt.

      • Sarah

        That’s one of the reasons why Sustainabilly the Kid is such a frikkin hypocrite. If he wasn’t so self-absorbed and uninformed, he would have realized that there are whole lines of makeup/hair products out there with his “values” in mind. If he’s going to insist on it, he should’ve brought an alternative to Loreal products for his model. But maybe he can pinch her cheeks really hard next time?

        • formerlyAnon

          I agree with your feelings about Sustainabilly the Kid (!), but I would bet my house that the product placement contracts prohibit the use of any products but the sponsor’s products. And that the designers’ contracts constrain them from doing so.

          • Sarah

            Yeah, I know you’re right. I just feel for the poor model. I know from being a “dirty” hippie for years that you can do wonders for your look with very little – tinted lip balm anyone?

        • GillianHolroyd

          For sure L’oreal will be *coincidentally* debuting a line of organic cosmetics during the show.

          • Sarah

            Yup, I believe it.

        • wontons

          Or tell her to stare at the model with the FVB to get a blush going.

        • Pril Wood

          You’d think his aversion to most of the products included in the prize would make him the last choice for winning PR 12.

        • Cheryl

          There have been times when I don’t have any/enough blush on that I will pinch my cheeks. It works.

        • Edward Thomas-Herrera

          I want to know how he burned that material. Unless he rubbed two sticks together or pulled out a magnifying glass, he’s hardly using a sustainable source of fire.

          • Sarah

            He used a cigarette lighter outside on the balcony. A Bic, I believe. Made out of *gasp* PLASTIC. And burning carbon-dioxide producing butane fuel! The travesty!!

    • Kate Andrews

      Timothy just exhausts me. I think I’m going to keep up on here until he’s gone and then return to the show. I sort of miss the days when PR came on once a year. I need more space if they’re going to have such irritating — not entertaining — people on there.

    • nosniveling

      haha punch that unicorn in the face, right on to everything you said!
      Sandro=Casanova

      • MoHub

        Not really. Sandro lacks Casanova’s charm.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          Ezzzaaaaaaackly!

      • onetinkerbell

        Except that where Casanova was just laughable and seemed to be a pretty nice guy, Sandro is laughable and a jerk, apparently.

      • wontons

        Sandro = Assanova.

      • RroseSelavy

        Sandro = Dmitry – talent – humor

    • Agador Spartacus

      The new elements of the show make me curious. I swore off PR after Anya’s win and haven’t watched it since (only read TLo’s fabulous recaps). I think I’ll give it a few episodes and see how it goes. Is it still 90 minutes? Or have they gone back to an hour?

      • Kate Andrews

        90 minutes — one change that I like. 60 minutes wasn’t enough when there are lots of contestants.

        • Agador Spartacus

          Early in the season, I think 90 minutes works, for the reason you mention. But later on when there are fewer contestants, it starts to seem tedious to me. Particularly when the focus is more on the dramatic personalities of contestants, rather than the drama of designing clothes.

          • Kate Andrews

            Very true. Maybe there will be more time focused on judging this time, though, since they get to see the top and bottom looks up close.

          • DuBey2

            This.

          • Good Shot

            The extended judging makes it work.

      • Kathryn Sanderson

        I think this might turn out to be a good season. But I just realized my standard of “good” is no sleazy tricks to get Anya in there. Still, there are a few really talented designers and definitely some personalities, so we’ll see.

    • GorgeousThings

      “Never before have we wanted to PUNCH A UNICORN IN THE FACE HARD as much as we did last night.”

      No no no – you should say, “Never in the HISTORY OF Project Runway have we wanted to PUNCH A UNICORN IN THE FACE HARD as much as we did last night.”

    • Slade Thunderdragon

      Jeremy’s, Justin’s, and Sue’s looks were my favorites.

      Some people were saying that Jeremy’s pants were tacky…. I thought they were cool. haha.

      Heidi’s obnoxious “not using enough parachute fabric” complaining about Miranda was stupid. They loved Dmitry two seasons ago during the “design your own fabric” round for using less of his fabric and hiding it beneath black fabric. I think Heidi thinks it’s interesting, cool, and shocking when someone who makes a good outfit gets sent to the bottom because of some technicality. Referencing Michelle’s beautiful muscle-tee rendition which was almost auf’d last season.

      Bradon’s design wasn’t bad, and it was cool that he made it flowy, but I also thought it looked wrinkly… I also didn’t care for the rope details.

      Of the three (or was it two since Miranda was bumped into the bottom?) in the top, Sue should have won. I agree.

      It is a joke that Sandro wasn’t sent home. I didn’t think that Angela’s look was half bad. It shouldn’t have even been in the bottom 3 over Karen’s atrociousness.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Apart from Sandro’s appalling behaviors, his technical skill was way above Angela’s, so I would have kept him over her as well.

        • Slade Thunderdragon

          They’ve gotten so far from the original premise of the show: “One day you’re in, the next day you’re out.” Where, like, it doesn’t matter about “potential,” but rather the worst garment goes home. Angela’s outfit may have been a little on the boring side, but I thought the colors she chose looked well together, and the hood was an interesting addition. Far better than a genitalia-exposing, too-tight-to-be-comfortably-fastened one-piece swimsuit with a bolero jacket (maybe?) made of crumpled-together, indigo fabric with ropes dangling off of it, in my opinion. I feel like given another chance, Angela may have impressed, whereas Sandro is just going to storm off the set and smack the camera out of the guys hand.

          • Lady Orwellian

            Especially in the first few episodes when you don’t have a body of work to go off of and maybe allow them a reprieve. Though in general, I agree that it should always be based on the challenge alone and whether they met it, and the collective work only considered if it’s a tie. Judges are human though… especially these ones.

          • Imasewsure

            Boring almost always goes home before “taste issues” – and I’m glad because I could have made her garment… his, not so much (but of course I wouldn’t have wanted to either).

          • Call me Bee

            One thing I’ve noticed throughout the years of PR: when confronted with two horrible outfits–one boring and one crazy–boring ALWAYS goes home. They have been very consistent about this, even while being inconsistent about almost everything else. So I was not surprized when they kept Unicorn.

            • MoHub

              Well, the PR mantra is, after all, “Don’t bore Nina.”

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        She was so bland in personality that it was obvious to me that she was going to go home. Plus if Sustainable Boy was sent home, the Most Dramatic Season Ever would lose that dramatic Milwaukee rivalry. Seriously? A Milwaukee rivalry? This is a thing?

        • Slade Thunderdragon

          I totally agree with you about Sustainable Boy. His pretensious-ness makes me crack up on the inside. I want him around just to laugh at him. He can make it to the final 5 for the laughs he provides, and then they can brutally eliminate him. haha.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            He looked ready to cry on the runway by the end of his critique, God bless the judges. He deserved it.

          • CozyCat

            He was so bad that I have to wonder if it was an act. He got loads of camera time.

          • onetinkerbell

            Yeah, but I loved it when Zac called him on negating his entire ‘sustainability’ mantra by using a lighter to burn a synthetic fiber, particularly when you don’t know if that fabric was treated with any kind of flame-retardant or other chemicals. I made almost the exact same comment when I saw him whip out the lighter. What a colossal idiot.

        • momjamin

          The reaction of the other Milwaukee designer when he walked in and hugged her told volumes. I thought *she* was the prickly one, ’til we got to see more of him and realize he makes the prickles sustainable.

          • DuBey2

            “he makes the prickles sustainable” Good one.

          • annrr

            I thought the same thing!

        • Call me Bee

          I never heard about it. We’re usually pretty easy-going and reticent.

          • Pril Wood

            Bee, we must run in different circles. Or I just know some spiteful types here in MKE… I’m more the mellow type myself, but I know plenty of drama queens who relish a good rivalry. I like the idea about the finale party. I promise not to bring any if you say so…. :)

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          I hope Sustainable Boy goes home shortly. I’m pretty sure he will if he tries to stay faithful to his own way of thinking. He is so obnoxious. How can anyone motivated enough to care about the earth actually identify with unicorns? Those women’s shoes on him were preposterous. There may be an occasion for heels on men but not those heels with those clothes on that person. He is just a silly, obnoxious person with no sense of anyone else around him, especially his unfortunate model.

        • Pril Wood

          Youbetcha. Not only is it a thing, it’s absolutely expected and celebrated.

      • MoHub

        In terms of not using enough of the required fabric: Did anyone else have a flashback to Jillian’s season-4 ditching of the original to-be-made-over garment in the weight-loss challenge and buying all-new fabric in the same color? I’ve never really gotten over that she got away with that.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          She won the dice throw. Do you remember Fizz Binn from Star Trek? They make up the rules as they go.

          • MoHub

            7-card Phizbin. The odds of winning were astronomical.

            • Courtney

              I won a game at summer camp once with a royal Phizbin. My friend who introduced us to the game damn near fell over. Best day at YMCA camp ever.

        • Frank_821

          Yes I always felt she should have been in the bottom for that. I can only assume they gave her a pass since she spent her $10 buying the same shade. but even so

        • Call me Bee

          But remember the time they had to use wedding gowns, and that darling man (I forget his name–he was blonde) went home because he was loathe to use the poly satin dress and made his entire dress with mostly additional fabric and used just a touch of the wedding gown on the collar and cuffs?
          You just never know how the judges will go….

          • MoHub

            You’re mixing up two different challenges. The poly wedding dress was part of the weight-loss challenge in season 4—the same one in which Jillian used all new fabric. Also, the remade dress wound up looking like a French maid costume.

            The re-make-the-wedding-dress challenge—in which all the designers were repurposing divorcées’ dresses—was in season 6.

            • Call me Bee

              You are correct. But what I was thinking is that, when confronted with designers who don’t follow the rules of the challenge, they sometimes send them home. And sometimes they don’t. It seems to be a crap-shoot. :)

            • MoHub

              You’re absolutely right, Jillian got away with violating the rules in the same challenge while Steven was auf‘d. And at least Steven (Rosengard) used some of the original dress, while Jillian made a dress completely from scratch.

              However, it needs to be said that Steven’s dress was ugly, and Jillian’s wasn’t, and that probably influenced the outcome.

      • bringbackbeatles

        Well, the difference is that the design your own fabric challenge wasnt about using the fabric for the bulk of the look, it was about using the fabric in the best way, showcasing it the best. There was no rule at all about using it for most of the outfit. The parachute challenge did have that rule, so that is why she got called out.

    • UsedtobeEP

      I thought last night was fun. Sustainable Unicorn is either going to crash and burn, or they are going to keep him around a long time to torture everyone else. I loved the dress that won—the movement was the right idea. And I LOVE Freddie Mercuryovich. Listening to him made me miss our little One-Way Monkey. Awww.

      • stardust462

        Sustainable Unicorn – LOVE IT.

    • Tess Danesi

      Timothy’s model looks so understandably depressed. I really would have liked to see her do his interpretive dance down the runway; that would make an excellent GIF.

      I thought Sue should have easily won. It’s not a dress I could ever see myself wearing but there’s something really special about it. The judges were so blinded by the flow of Bradon’s, which was lovely, that they overlooked the way over done front. I think it would have looked much, much better without all those strings sewn all over the place.

      I actually would have kept the labia-revealing Sandro over Angela. There are so many taste issues with that one, but Angela’s just looked like a swimsuit coverup. And Sandro, if he had left off all the frou-frou and chains, and styled her with a node to a Vargas girl, and of course, covered her vulva, was just more interesting. I felt so sorry for her, standing there trying to cover her exposed bits with her hands and those paltry strings.

      • MilaXX

        Angela’s reminded me of those plastic things they give you to go on the boat ride at Niagara Falls.

      • Courtney

        Show’s come a long way from Emmett being eliminated for showing “too much (totally covered) tootie.”

        • demidaemon

          I don’t remember the name of that judge, but she was terrible (and, I think, still part of the editorial board at ELLE US). That was a massive fluke.

          • MoHub

            That was Anne Slowey, who, BTW, was largely responsible for Nina being canned from Elle.

        • Danielle

          I still think that was one of the biggest travesties in the history of the show. And they gave that win to Zulema with her toothpaste costume, which lead to Model-Gate, aka, the ‘mother-fuckin’ walk off.’

    • R.A.

      “Calm down, you freak. It’s a parachute; not your ticket to freedom, Katniss.”

      LMAO. I’ve learned the hard way to put down my coffee when I’m reading this blog.

      • Lady Orwellian

        Ikr?!

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        :-/

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Ooooo! Zac Posen adding some extra burn to Sustainable Boy’s burned dress! Deadly fumes from burning a synthetic fabric is sustainable? Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! Then wearing those glittery heels while giving his model nothing? WTF, man? Go home.

      I am totally rooting for dancing man now. His eyes are gorgeous! My second is fried-hair Sue.

      • MoHub

        The fact that he was in my all-time favorite dance company gives him extra brownie points in my book.

        • SugarSnap108

          Just curious b/c I have no ability to watch the show … What dance company?

          • MoHub

            Mark Morris. Responsible for The Hard Nut, the best reworking of The Nutcracker ever.

            • SugarSnap108

              Bradon McDonald! I was reading his name as “Brandon” at first. LOVE Mark Morris.

            • onetinkerbell

              Definitely. I was lucky enough to be part of a group that sang the snowflakes bit when it was performed at the BAM one night back in 1993 when Baryshnikov was in the audience. In my mind The Hard Nut is one of MM’s best works.

            • MoHub

              Now you’ve gone and made me jealous. I’m also very fond of Dido and Aeneas.

        • alyce1213

          I love and adore Mark Morris dance company. If Bradon designs like he dances, I’m on board.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Yeah, I want me some of that Bradon.

        • MikeW_Vegas

          Ginger with a beard? Yes, SIR.. on a plate!

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Dancer’s booty. I shall say no more.

            • MikeW_Vegas

              ‘nuf said.

            • MilaXX

              baby got back!

    • mjude

      i almost missed the show last night, didnt realize it was on. after all these years of being a bitter kitten i was happy there were some changes. did any judge mention the “extra” embellishment of freddy mecuryovich’s model?

      • Kate Andrews

        No — and they were looking at how well it was sewn at her hips! I was like, don’t move your hand or there will be a lawsuit!

    • Silly Grrl

      “Is this the drag queen guy? We’re confused. What was the deaf guy’s name
      again? Where is that nurse with our pills? We want a nap. Is it pudding
      day?”

      Oh man I love you guys.

    • kjthorp

      Between Unicorn Boy and Vagina Boy, I hadn’t laughed so much during a PR show in years.
      Love that Tim is more involved!

    • nannypoo

      The judges were so intent on keeping the Russian guy (who I did not realize looks like Freddy Mercury until you mentioned it and wow does he ever), that in the close up hands on judging portion of the show they did not even mention the vaginal misfire. The model did a great job of deploying the fringe to keep her privates private, but any designer who would send a model out without solving that problem before the runway probably does indeed have what Heidi calls “taste issues”. I would have sent Sustainable Guy home just for being an asshole, and I look forward to the nasty blond woman’s inevitable demise. They have cast so many crazy people this season that it promises to be a total bloodbath.

      I don’t remember Kate well enough to understand why all these bitchy people think she’s bitchier than they are. I’m guessing she will get some really nasty editing this year to prove that the bitches are right about her. She was a fool to agree to come back.

      • Frank_821

        Kate was often very defensive in the confessional. she had a air of always ready to do battle. It was odd and unnecessary. Even at the reunion she justified it by saying you have to be a bitch to get anywhere in the business

        • Joe J

          And the tiara. That fucking tiara.

          • MilaXX

            Now I remember why I didn’t like her.

            • Inspector_Gidget

              It boggles the mind how she won that vote. Granted, there weren’t exactly any fan favorites in there. Still… It’s hilarious that everyone pretends to be intimidated by Kate. Why be afraid of someone who got auf’d halfway through last season?

            • demidaemon

              I think she probably won because everyone who voted could remember her more clearly than the other two. I though Valerie would win because she was the most likeable while Ramon no one remembers and was in the funky first Lifetime season. I was obviously way off.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Anybody else notice how the Czar of Vulvania’s accent wandered to and fro like the Rain in Spain?

        • MilaXX

          Yup, sometimes the accent was not so heavy

          • Lisa_Co

            I wondered (because neither his name nor his looks seem Russian) if he is actually part of the small ethnic group of Romas who live in Russia.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

              I was thinking that too, that he is a Roma. He was really hung up on the issue of showing pride/humility in front of others, as shown in his confessional tidbit and wen talking to the bitter Scandinavian. I don’t think that kind of insistence on a humble appearance is normal to most Russians.

    • piperkitty

      Unicorn Boy and his never ending dribble left me exhausted. His “walk this way” flailing had me in mind of those balloon men outside car lots. Wonder if PR will be mixing up the models in later episodes? Bet the models live in fear of that idea.

      • MoHub

        Tim says the models will be changed up.

        • otterbird

          Oh, cool. That was the only thing I missed about the seasons that had the snoozefest Models of the Runway after- that the designers got to choose their models week to week. I assume those women aren’t getting paid anything to appear, and the best ones should get the best chance to stay on the show as long as they can.

          • stayl

            I never understand why the models aren’t paid. I always thought Heidi, as a former model herself, would/should insist they get something. Is TV exposure really enough? I think I read somewhere that they’re paid a small amount, but models from the first season were not paid anything at all.

            • otterbird

              It’s reality TV. They want to do it as cheaply as possible, and that means paying as few people as possible. You may be right; they may be paying them a stipend now. I hope so! I think I read Tim Gunn wasn’t paid the first season, either, though I’m sure he’s paid plenty now, as he’s an essential part of the show. In the case of the models, none of them are irreplaceable, so they can be paid little or nothing.

              I would like to think Klum would be concerned about their getting paid, but as a producer of the show, the less the show costs to make, the more she likely makes, so I imagine she’s at cross purposes there.

            • Frank_821

              no they were not paid. they are fed and that’s it. In the first season they were allowed to continue auditioning and seek other jobs. But that lead to the famous incident where Austin had to sub in for Jay’s model Julia. That lead to some rule changes that on a day of a runway the girls had to be there all day.

              Television exposure can be very helpful for these models so Nastasia has reason to be upset. The first 3 seasons had an amazing depth in terms of the number of good models. Obviously being on PR made a difference for Amanda Fields. Certainly models like Nazri and Camilla had great exposure and the faboo Grace

            • CozyCat

              My guess (and it’s only a guess) is that if the models are required to stay there all day (i.e., if there is some sort of contract saying so), then labor law kicks in and they have to be paid. If they can leave at their discretion, as in the first season, the show might be able to get around paying them (although it could still be worth it for a model trying to break into runway work)

            • MandyM

              If they feed them, you know that is costing the show almost nothing. I mean, how much does lettuce and water cost?

            • Frank_821

              Actually I recall an interview years back with 1 of the models of a finalist who said they actually were fed fairly well on the days they had to be there. She basically said, living in NY, a couple free meals each day they were there helped on their budgets

            • Lisa_Co

              NY is passing a law saying models are “performers”. This law will unionize them and hopefully reduce some exploitation they endure.

            • MilaXX

              They’re not paid because it’s a competition for them as well. The model of the winning designer gets a fashion spread in Marie Claire mag. As others have mentioned back in the Bravo days the models had a bigger role on the show, they would go to dinner or fake events with them. Often we knew the models by name as well as the designers. When the show moved to Lifetime they tried a spin off with the models that failed and now they mostly ignore the model competition on screen. If you can catch it, they sometimes air the first few seasons on Oxygen or Style Network.

            • stayl

              I have the first season of Project Runway on DVD. I’ve been watching PR since it first started. After Season 3 I stopped watching, but started watching again with Season 10. I enjoyed the models on Season 1 because it added another layer to the show. A fashion spread in Marie Claire may bring them some exposure and $100 – $150, but I still think they deserve a bit more than that. Supposedly now they do get something even though I’m sure we’ll never know how much.

            • alyce1213

              Heidi may have been a model, but she’s a producer now. I’ve never met a producer who was interested in anything but saving money at the expense of others and padding their own profits. She probably rationalizes it as the models paying their “dues.” I think it’s awful, and the models should get at least SAG-AFTRA minimum and benefits.

          • MoHub

            Almost all of the Bravo seasons had model selection before each challenge was presented, with whoever was left on the runway eliminated, no matter who her last designer was. The winning designer from the previous episode got to choose first, and then the dreaded button bag came out to determine the pecking order for the rest.

            • CozyCat

              “It’s a MF’ing walk off!”

            • otterbird

              Thanks- I never saw it on Bravo. I only started watching because a friend of my husband’s was one of the models in the first season it was on Lifetime so we watched to be supportive. On the bummer side; I never saw the Bravo seasons. On the bright side; I have no basis for comparison for Lifetime and BM. ;)

            • Frank_821

              I always think it’s unfair to compare the coverage of the models between the 2 networks. Yes Models on the runway was a snooze and they wisely jettisoned it. However people were excited by the idea at first because there was model drama going on during the early years.

              However after the first few years the models got less interesting as a whole both in terms of their skills and their personality. This was starting to happen by the 4th season. You saw all the poeple fighting over that 1 girl, Lea, during that season. It was on the switch to Lifetime that the models finally had a cash prize to compete for. During the early years the producers managed to put some spotlight on them. It amde sense at the time to create their own side show when the B/M came on board. Sadly there just wasn’t enough of them to create an impact. That’s the problem when you don’t have a Morgan or an Olga from season 1 or a rivalry like what was apparently going on in Season 5. They just weren’t as memorable as a whole.

              I will say though B/M made a big mistake by going in the other extreme and virtually ignoring them. A designer often build a close relationship with a model it can lead to great stories on camera. Uncle Nick used his model as inspiration during his season. When he lost her due to the infamous “motherf***n walk-off”, he went downhill from there.

            • otterbird

              See, it’s posts like this that make me reeaaaalllly want to see the earlier seasons from the Bravo years.

          • Guest

            The models are paid, at very least SAG-AFTRA minimum (plus benefits).

            • otterbird

              I’m fairly confident “Project Runway” is not under a SAG-AFTRA contract. Often the host of a show like this will be covered under AFTRA, but not the contestants or models. I can’t find anything on Google saying that the models are paid for appearing on the show, although PR does apparently pay better for the Fashion Week runway show itself than many other designers do.

        • carolclark12

          Wasn’t there one episode where the models chose the designers? Am I imagining this, or just wishing it would happen?

          • Pril Wood

            Not imagining it…not sure what season though.

            • shuu_iam

              I think it was either the potato sack dress challenge or some other time that season.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        “For the first time in Project Runway history a model would leave the show.!” And not because she got another job.

        I can see them fighting to keep from working with Unicorn Boy.

    • sweetlilvoice

      I’m not even watching this season and I loved your review. So true. And Statler and Waldorf always struck me as very charming men!

    • http://magnetgirl.tumblr.com Anika

      Poor Natasia! I hope she gets huge exposure and an offer on some other reality show (if she wants that kind of thing). Or Zac could put her in one of his shows or Nina could get her a spread or a column. I spent most of the episode angry at the unicorn on her behalf, nothing on the runway distracted me from it :/

    • LearnedFoot

      Kahindo’s bodice is freaking me out. It looks like the model has four boobs.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Wow, I thought the EXACT same thing just now. What happened there?

        • SonOfSaradoc

          Model’s rib cage and model’s pose. Did not look well, but don’t think that was the designer’s fault in that particular case.

      • guest2visits

        er…um.. I really liked it when it came out. One of my favorites. Maybe it just walked better.

      • DuBey2

        Or just 2 really low ones.

    • zenobar

      I let my kids stay up and watch this last night. My 10-year-old son woke up and looked just long enough at Karen’s mummy-sleeping-bag dress to announce “That looks like a giant bug.” Then he went back to sleep on the couch.

      • UsedtobeEP

        My boys caught a little of the end of it. Fortunately, they walked in just after all of the fuss was made over the vagina.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Weirdly, I remember Alexandria, even though she had no personality visible. She’s the one who was a child model and is so over it now. Blond. Dutch.

      • MoHub

        Not Dutch; Swedish, I believe.

        • momjamin

          I suspect I only remember her because she is Swedish. (My own
          heritage.) Maybe she can cook, which would go nicely with Statler and
          Waldorf. “Gersh gurndy morn-dee burn-dee, burn-dee da flippity fabric.”

          • momjamin

            Her surname is Dutch-looking (Von Brommsen).

          • demidaemon

            If this happens in any of the recaps, I will build an altar to TLo. Give us some good material, Swedish Lady!

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Okay. I thought she said Dutch in the car, but that was many dresses ago.

      • nannypoo

        Swedish. She had something mean to say about everyone, so she’ll be around for a long time.

        • Kathryn Sanderson

          She was a bitch, and Sandro is obnoxious. With Sustainable Boy in the mix, it should be interesting.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      ‘We kinda wish just once the judges would say “This garment offends the very concept of fashion, but he’s an entertaining and colorful character, so let’s just keep him for the fun of it.”’

      Isn’t that what they did with Santino oh so many times?

    • SugarSnap108

      I hope it’s pudding day!

      I no longer have a TV, and am so thrilled to learn that Project Runway is much more fun to experience vicariously via TLo — though I miss Tim.

      I can see why they went with this winner, but I really like Krazy Kate’s yellow dress. It’s cute and doesn’t immediately shout, “I made this from a parachute.” How did a look that necessitated a Floating Vulva Box *not* lose?

      • demidaemon

        Because, amazingly, two other outfits were worse.

    • Frank_821

      Actually Tim mentioned in an interview during an early challenge that a garment didn’t win because the judges discovered there were pins in it and he made a point of letting the designers all know this. I wonder if this was when it happened

      I am okay with Heidi ragging on Angela about the black. Tim did make a big point of this in their instructions. And this does seem to be part of them responding to audience criticism. she should be slapped down for it. It isn’t the first time a contestant was admonished for rule bending (I’m thinking Keith and the doggy challenge). it’s just of course judges are not consistent about it and they need to be. hopefully they are this season

      • chubby ballerina

        Glad they’re paying more attention to construction details than they have in the past.

    • otterbird

      Timothy (he’s the unicorn lover, right? I get them all confused at this point in the season) is everything that is wrong with overeager environmentalists, in that that he lets the perfect be the enemy of the good. Sustainability is a noble goal, but his version is not only just about impossible to achieve, but also economically destructive (this may leave poop all over his unicorn forest, but as the USA is a consumer-based economy, a significant reduction in consumption will contribute to a reduction in economic movement which will lead to a large number of people not being able to sustain themselves).

      I worked at a conservation organization years ago, and I remember the education department talking to the volunteers there (most from a similar background to Timothy’s, if I may make assumptions, although a bit older than he), The volunteers were being presented with things to tell people they could do to help the environment, one of which was replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescents (this was before gov’t regulations pretty much put a kibosh on current incandescents). Oh, the concern from the volunteers- BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MERCURY! THESE LIGHTBULBS HAVE MERCURY AND IF YOU BREAK THEM THERE IS MERCURY WHICH NEVER GOES AWAY NEVER! I remember the head of our department trying to articulate to them that excessive carbon output is a far greater danger to our long-term environmental health than mercury from a few smashed lightbulbs. But they didn’t want to hear it. Because they had their narrative and they were sticking to it. (Okay, she did get them to shut up when she pointed out if they’d eaten more than 13 cans of tuna in their lives that they’d consumed more mercury than is in one of those bulbs and yet there they were, living to tell the tale.)

      Anyway, Timothy would fit in well with those volunteers, as I think he has his narrative and is sticking to it, inconsistent as it may be (were those glasses repurposed, or did he have ones made for him because you know, need for a specific lens prescription outweighs sustainability) Props to Posen for pointing out burning synthetic fibers is hardly an environmentally friendly behavior (though I would argue, in the end, repurposing synthetic fabric, even with the burning, is preferable to making new, environmentally speaking). But he made the point- virtually nothing we do is zero impact.

      Sadly, there are many positive things that can be done to restrain excessive usage of raw materials, but Timothy’s behavior is not only likely to turn people off the idea, but also likely temporary on his part. His sort of zealotry is something else that’s not usually sustainable. ;)

      That said, I’m sure Lifetime is really sorry this didn’t happen during one of the “Models of the Runway” seasons- they would actually have had a conflict for one of the episodes!

      • Slade Thunderdragon

        Before the show started yesterday, I went on Timothy’s Facebook profile for his studio, and it linked to a video where he gave a speech about sustainability. Apparently, the brand of glasses he uses plants a tree for every pair purchased.

        But I completely agree with what you are saying.

        • otterbird

          Still would be less ecological impact to just not have new glasses made at all. But then he couldn’t see properly. And therein lies the eternal dance that is attempting to leave less of a footprint while still managing to live a life that meets one’s needs and offers some joys and small pleasures. Little Timothy clearly was able to negotiate it where his own vision is concerned. I hope he can learn to do it with his models, who are giving him their time for free. Let the poor girls wear some lipstick, already. Maybe he can plant another tree to assuage his conscience over the use of a disposable mascara wand. ;)

          Cool to learn about that company, though- thanks for mentioning it! If we ever get serious about carbon reduction, while the best solution is just to leave as much of it in the ground as we can, aggressive reforestation might help slow climate change down somewhat, as tree wood is an excellent place to store carbon.

          • MilaXX

            No way does this special snowflake get away with not using the product placement of one of the show’s major sponsor.

      • Call me Bee

        I totally agree with you. What drives me nuts is those that eschew leather shoes (I’m talking bout you, Natalie Portman) in favor of “cruelty free” or “vegan” shoes, which are just plastic, right? Made from petroleum. Instead of using leather from cows who are slaughtered for food. Humans will never stop eating meat, so we may as well use the whole animal, like the Native Americans did. So there ya go.
        The irony is–the most destructive thing that we, as humans, do to the environment, is to reproduce. If we really want to help the Earth, we should stop making more humans.

        • otterbird

          True ‘dat about overpopulation, although of course, the industrialized nations are the energy hogs and yet have the lowest birthrates. I think the US is like 5 percent of the world’s population but uses 25 percent of the energy (China may have recently passed us; I can’t remember). Though I guess someone focusing on shoes being “cruelty free” has a different agenda than a conservationist. For me, I don’t eat meat often as it’s pretty inefficient to produce (some more than others- I’m looking at you, beef) but when I do I try to purchase from sellers that certify the animal was raised humanely, as that usually also means more environmentally friendly practices.

          And vegan shoes make my feet sweat. ;)

      • demidaemon

        I made the comparison last night ( to my mother) that he is basically the evangelist version of an environmentalist. With all of their irritating, rage-inducing personality “quirks.”

    • CPK1

      “Oh, please. Freddy Mercuryovich.”
      and a happy friday to me! thanks TLo for making my day :)

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Hmm. I don’t get the love for Sue’s. I thought it was kind of awkward-looking.

      I guess I’d have also kept Sandro on, because his concept wasn’t bad and what he had was a severe execution problem more than a design one, which means that a little more time measuring his model and working with her might correct it. The taste issues with the accessories are what’s going to auf him. He certainly should have been in the bottom. I was very amused by the ignoring of the elephant’s private parts in the room. First episode is the time to look at potential — that’s, I think, why they didn’t DQ Miranda, too. Nice concept, but she deserved the finger wagging. If you’re not going to do the challenges, why are you playing this game in the first place?

      I wish Heidi had been informed of everything Timothy put his model through. I would have liked to see her jump to the girl’s defense.

      And I wish I’d gotten a screencap of the hairdresser’s face when he was told not to use anything chemical or electric in the girl’s hair. Priceless.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        The hot make up guy was a real sweetie. As soon as Unicorn Boy hit them with the no make up blather, he jumped in to say it was a good thing that the model was so pretty she didn’t need make up.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Loved him! Hot make up guy should win this season. That would be a serious Project Runway First!

      • MoHub

        I’m just wondering how long Sue can last if someone doesn’t teach her the ins and outs of using a commercial sewing machine.

      • MilaXX

        But I love how he rallied back like a true professional and said something about how good it was that the model was a natural beauty.

    • guest2visits

      Please – can’t stop laughing and it just hurts anymore. Now you couldn’t really, really, possibly think (or hope) they would be jumping out of planes… oh wait; Tim gripping a giant needle surrounded by a dozen slippery naked peoples….

      • CozyCat

        On the twop forum there’s a post from one of skydivers. S/he has some interesting observations so it’s worth checking out. But s/he thinks that the losing design uses his (I give up on the pronouns) parachute, so he feels like a loser!

        • guest2visits

          Just looked it up (comment #33) – yeah it was a beautiful setting and I liked the use of parachutes for the unconventional-materials challenge. (too bad we didn’t get to meet the skydivers!)
          Have to say the first thing I was thinking – how much is PR spending on new chutes for everyone, but looks like they are flush after being so cheap for so long what with the new set and all.

          • Eric Stott

            They might not have been new – Brandon was finding dirt in the seams.

            • SonOfSaradoc

              The 8-way skydiving team that they used, Monster XP, are great folks. They train in NY at a drop zone just up the Hudson and won a gold medal at the US Nationals a couple years ago.

              Of course the parachutes were old. They cost thousands of dollars new – no way PR was springing for new parachutes. Each canopy probably had well over a thousand jumps on them. Dust, dirt, sweat, pond-water – these were “experienced” parachutes!

            • guest2visits

              I figured the show had bought new chutes for the skydivers, since they left the ones they were using on the ground. I wonder now if they were donated (hope not – PR/BM can surely buy them the chutes)

    • Judy_S

      I had planned to ignore this season (which I mostly did last season) but my Facebook Friend Mark Morris Dance Group told me an alumnus was going to be on, so I checked the site out this morning, and then of course this commentary. I almost want to watch it now….

    • ashtangajunkie

      Not even nine AM and I already know that “Oh, please. Freddy Mercuryovic.” is the funniest thing that I will read all day.

    • Glenn Johnson

      I was sorry to see Angela go – as opposed to Timothy, Sandro or Miranda. Timothy is just plain obnoxious in his “holier than thou” attitude, and yeah I’d wear a t-shirt that says “Punch The Unicorn”. Sandro’s concept and execution were both misguided and his design should not have walked in it’s final configuration. It was embarrassing. As for Miranda disobeying orders as she did would not have been tolerated in the military. She should have been auf’d, cuz dem’s da rulez .

      • putacorkinit

        I agree. Her offering showed clever elements of style and design – and the dress she was wearing was excellent. I also admired the grace with which she accepted her unfair ejection. The problem was, who else could have been kicked? It can’t be the ex-military nutcase because she’s good television and so’s the gay Russian mobster – and it can’t be Timothy because he needs to suffer a lot more before he’s finally crushed. So it had to be Angela, a good designer and a decent person.

        • demidaemon

          It did. But I also have to agree with Nina that it basically looked like an upscale dentist’s smock. Had she made the pants, I think she probably would have been safe.

      • RroseSelavy

        They had to get rid of Angela early on, as we all still have visions of fleurons dancing in our heads from the last Angela.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      I wonder what Brandon would have thought of the model doing Timothy’s performance art down the runway considering he is a dancer.

      • SonOfSaradoc

        I dearly hope that Brandon has some response somewhere on the interpretive dance coaching. He might have some insight that could be interesting, snarky, or just hilarious. How to find such a thing??

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I was planning to skip PR this time, HONESTLY… but I surfed all the channels and couldn’t even find a decent nature show, so I ended up watching PR. It was actually pretty good. I liked all the new stuff. I was pissed they didn’t get rid of the guy who wants to be sustainable but has not idea what that even means.

      • MarieLD

        Funny. I didn’t watch the preview show because one of my local PBS stations had a great show on the making of “Born Free” and how could I not watch that! I wonder if I’d have as many cats as I do now if it wasn’t for Elsa.

        • Kathryn Sanderson

          That “Born Free” show was pretty awesome, I gotta say. But to keep this on topic..well there’s the designer who built “Lion King” costumes. Or maybe they could have a sustainable “Born Free” challenge where all the fabric has to be sustainable *and* inspired by lions.

    • Judy_J

      I totally forgot to watch last night. Actually, it wasn’t so much “forgot” as it was “had better things to do”. In any event, I’ll probably start watching once the chaff is separated from the grain, and just get the weekly highlights from you all.

    • Amy909

      I decided to stop watching project runway last season, after being a loyal fan since season one. But I still looked forward to your blog every Friday, and I’ll probably do the same this season! Thanks guys, it doesn’t feel like I’m missing a thing!

    • Kwei-lin Lum

      The hockey and basketball championships are over, the Zimmerman trial is over, Mad Men is over, and something had to come into my entertainment world. I was so thrilled to see Project Runway. I admit I missed it. I didn’t believe I could feel that way because of the increasingly transparent producer shenanigans. But what I saw were mostly earnest designers who had some good ideas. I’d just come home from a local art fair which had only a couple of bright spots (I live in a big city, standards are high here), and I got to see real creatives on the TV! Unfortunately, near the end of the season the manipulation factor totally takes over and the first blush phase is long gone.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I’ve skipped the last few seasons of Project Runway but decided to give it another go this time around. I had to take my dog for a walk most of the work room scenes (got back in time to watch the runway show), so I probably missed most of the obnoxious moments. Overall I thought most of them did a good job with the materials they were given. The Russian dude totally should have been sent home though. I felt so sorry for his model trying to cover up with those silly strings.

      I think the “new twist” I’m most intrigued by is the allocation of the entire budget at the beginning of the season.

      • silaria

        I’m really curious about that! Do you think they get recommendations for how much a challenge should cost them? You *know* five or six episodes in, someone will have spent all their money. Would they have to spend the rest of their time working with scraps, you think? (If it was Anya, the judges would *suddenly* decide to give them all more money.)

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          Yeah, I imagine some major breakdowns. They’ll probably have a “couture” episode 6 or 7 episodes in and already be short on budget! I’m sure the producers will float some extra funds at convenient times.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Zac Posen was on FIRE last night! “Slutty Cat Toy” – I mean, I don’t even *miss* Kors when we get zingers like that!

      Eco-Unicorn cannot be gone fast enough. I thought last night’s win was correct, but the auf was wrong. Let’s see how long Mr. “Alone In My Principles” (shout out to “That Thing You Do!”) lasts with all the evil sewing machines, makeup, shoes, synthetic materials, electricity, running water, etc. in this competition.

      I still don’t know everyone, but I loved Bradon – glad he won! Also loved Sue and Hot English Daddy (yeah, I dunno names yet). As for those I hated, “Diana Prince” (Hah! Nice one, TLo!), Eco-Unicorn, and Rebel Without a Clue (“My designs will make you cry!” Why, because they’re so freaking ugly?), and Freddy Mercuryovich (again – TLo never disappoints!) are early standouts on my “You Can Never Leave This Show Too Fast For Me” train.

      • CommentsByKatie

        I wonder if Zac Posen is stepping up his zinger game because Michael Kors is coming back later in the season? He has to have mixed feelings about that.

        Either way, ‘Slutty Cat Toy’ was hilarious and right on the money; it’s been a long time since I laughed out loud WITH the show instead of at it.

    • MilaXX

      I wanted to cunt punt Tim . Hated the black look. Was okay with the rest of the judging

    • annrr

      Freddy Mercuryovich is your best nickname ever.

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        I wonder if he is a one way monkey?

    • Democracy Diva

      You boys have never written a PR post I didn’t like, but this was the most hilarious Runway recap in a long time. I think we all needed the few months of a break between seasons to be able to attack this show with any measure of enthusiasm, but I’m feeling much more excited about this season after this episode and this recap than I was before. The Hunger Games reference KILLED me, as did “Freddy Mercuryovitch.” As did your “wait, which designer is this” comments – they could not have been more on-the-nose. I literally just watched this episode thirty seconds ago and if you held a gun to my head, I could not tell you who the fuck Alexandria is.

      • UsedtobeEP

        I had to look her up. She is the blond former child model who Freddy Mercuryovich said was arrogant for saying she was going to/wanted to win (over lunch).

        • Call me Bee

          Oh so not only is the Russian an a-hole, he’s a misogynist. Who’d a thought?

    • spooki C

      Really!? Another contestant that doesn’t know how to use a sewing machine…

      Hippie Earth Mama Unicorn is such an annoying little shit, his design was butt ugly too.

      • MoHub

        The machines in the workroom are commercial grade and far more complicated than home-sewing machines, so it’s possible a self-taught designer would lack experience with the Brothers.

        However, most really serious self-taught designers I’ve known have purchased commercial-type machines such as Berninas.

        • spooki C

          After this many seasons the contestants should really be more prepared. At least do a little research if you can’t get your hands on one.

    • majorbedhead

      I can’t believe Freddy Mercuryovich or EcoBoy didn’t get auffed. I don’t know what was showing on that model, but man, that was some bad fitting. Didn’t she try it on the day before?

      I think there will be a line to punch EcoBoy in the face pretty soon. He’s insufferable.

      • desi_girl

        I wanted to pull my hair out when EcoBoy said “burning is neither additive or reductive…” or some other moronic sentence like that. I don’t know whether to blame the American education system or just him. Jumped with joy when the judge reminded him about fumes.

        • Eric Stott

          When Tim said that his burning was producing an attractive result I seriously doubted Tim’s taste – and his sincerity.

          • desi_girl

            Yes, I forgot about that. When Zac basically said he hated the effect and that it looked like a burn victim or something, I thought, “Tim must feel pretty stupid right now.”

          • RroseSelavy

            What Tim saw was sort of attractively crinkly, not holocaustic.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

              Agreed. Tim only saw a small sample, not the whole burned dress, when he said it looked good. It did look kind of interesting on that little yellow bit.

      • CozyCat

        I wonder if it’s possible to make a panty-style (for want of a better word) bottom in this type of fabric without having some kind of coverage issue in the good china region. Most garments that are fitted in that area are made in knits/spandex/etc. If the fabric is non giving it’s going to fold up, so if it’s really short it’s going to show things that are not meant to be shown, no matter how well it’s fitted to her measurements. He might have been fine if he had done a boy short bottom. (Boy, it’s hard to discuss this without getting into TMI territory)

        I don’t sew very much, so I’m just guessing based on my experience wearing

        • Call me Bee

          It is possible to make a pair of panties using a fabric like that nylon of the parachutes. Of course, they are way more comfortable in a stretch fabric, but it can be done. Just takes a bit of skill.
          IMHO, that’s why I was shocked, shocked, that those panties turned out so awful. And that he seemed not to want to do anything to correct the problem.

          • Sarah

            It did seem like he must’ve let them out or something, because in the workroom there was that awful pulling in the clasp area, and not on the runway. Alas, nothing could be done for her genital region, which the judges alarmingly seemed to not care about. Which is not cool. Because no woman is going to try that on and think, “Yeah, this is hot.” Plus, the rest of it was a disaster.

    • Poeta Paz

      Unicorn boy should have been sent home, not only because the dress was horrible, but because of the way he “style” the model. In the past, the judges complaint and sent home designers for the way they styled the model. She looks like a homeless woman attack by dogs, dirty, no shoes, no make-up and, most of all, she looks miserable.

      At least the Russian designer’s model showing her private parts looked like she was having fun.

      • SonOfSaradoc

        The poor model for Freddy Mercuryovich is just a better actress than the poor model for Sustainable Unicornboy. Both had to be dying a little inside by the treatment they received on national television.

        • silaria

          Did you notice how she kept holding her fringe in front of her? I felt terrible for her when the judges insisted Freddie remove the jacket.

    • bingo

      Your commentary on those hipster doofuses was so spot ON. you rock T&L!

    • Miss WKS

      I am so proud of you. I am just so proud. And want to thank you this beautiful morning, even before I have watched the show, thank you for the reference to the anatomically correct floating box. No, you did not call it by its commonly mistaken name the floating VAGINA box. But you, two men of the confirmed bachelor persuasion, actually called it by its god-given-Gray’s Anatomy: The Illustrated Running Press Edition of an American Classic name: The Vulva. The floating vulva box. My hat is off to you, Gentlemen. I thank you and speaking for vulvas everywhere, we thank you. Thank you.

    • Paula Pertile

      Each season I think they can’t get any crazier, and then they do! I was thoroughly entertained, which is why I tune in. (Fashion-shmashion)

      But really – Freddie M’ovich – really? Didn’t that thing have a little panel hanging down in front when Tim first saw it in the workroom? That poor model.

      The Unicorn boy. My eyebrows can’t go any higher.

      You know the one who really scares me? That blond, the one who they featured at the beginning saying she was going to win, hair kind of down to one side … I don’t even know what she made. Rip off her face mask and I’ll bet she’s that creature in Alien underneath.

      Love Bradon just because he danced with Mark Morris.

      Rooting for the deaf guy just because (and I like what he was wearing).

      Time gets to play, yay!

    • momjamin

      Many seasons ago, I was visiting my parents, and my father had control of the remote. He was flipping through his favorite channels, and I suggested Project Runway on Bravo (at the time). To my surprise, Dad (a single-engine light plane pilot) went there, and lasted about 15 seconds before realizing it wasn’t *that* kind of runway. I almost called him last night….

    • LJCdoc

      You guys are hilarious. I just might have to watch this shitfest again, so I can tell who you’re talking about.

    • 1carmelita

      I was describing this weeks’ ep to my husband (who, God love him, has no interest in or knowledge of fashion) and told him that one of the designs was so bad it revealed the models’ privates. His response “really? that’s not very practical.” I’m still giggling.

      • DuBey2

        I actually wondered if they were hoping to snag more heterosexual male viewers with the footage of that ‘swimsuit’ and the keeping of that designer.

        • 1carmelita

          Ha Ha! that never crossed my mind.

    • bxbourgie

      Freddy Mercuryovich. Seriously guys??? I’m at work and laughed so loudly someone came to my office to ask me what was so funny… and I really couldn’t explain to them because Freddie Mercury is too complicated for mere mortals to understand, plus the the comparison of the Russian’s look to Freddie’s porn-stache was just epic.

      FYI – I haven’t watched Project Runway in YEARS but because I love you guys and your Mad Men recaps, I needed my TLO fix for the summer. Love it!

    • 1carmelita

      I am so sorry to see Angela go. She went to the same design school I went to, and I was looking forward to rooting for her. They always pick the crazies.

      • CommentsByKatie

        I liked her too! I actually thought her design was one of the more creative and innovative ones. Maybe she didn’t explain herself well? Her little raincoat was cute and chic I would totally wear it. Sure, she cut it a little too short and it probably needed pants, but it was far more interesting than most of the ugly cocktail dresses in the middle.

        • GillianHolroyd

          IIRC, during the closeup judging, Zac Posen was commenting on the poor placement of the bust darts and something about the seams in the front.

          • 1carmelita

            Even with execution issues like that, I still think actually exposing the “good china” is a more egregious error. I wish they had sent someone else home instead of her.

          • CommentsByKatie

            Right, I remember that. It just seemed to me that her problems were minor construction problems (the darts, the hem) or irreversible decisions (cutting it too short.) Her idea and her basic design were interesting and could have gone somewhere. A lot of the other contestants just had terrible designs, out of the starting gate. I would rather see someone with a bad design leave than someone who had construction/fit issues; ESPECIALLY on the first challenge.

        • Sarah

          Yeah, the blue patchwork ill fitting number was not so good, for one. I will miss seeing what she might’ve done.

    • gurl boy

      By half way through this season, Tim’s increased camera time will become a bit of a “drag”! Less of him is definetly more. Right person went home. It was a budget rain coat from 70′s Wallmart!” From Russia With Love”, while nasty he does have some talent, execution skills….
      Definetly can pick out this season’s early victims.
      LUV u TWO!

    • Ann VerWiebe

      It just doesn’t seem like an auspicious start…

    • SRQkitten

      Who Would TIm Save?

      That’s the question I was thinking about this morning…if Tim had this power on previous seasons, who do you think he would have stepped in and rescued?

      • Lilithcat

        Alison Kelly – who was auf’ed instead of Vincent Libretti.

        • CommentsByKatie

          Yes! Was that for her paper corset look? That is also my Worst Auf Ever.

          • Kathryn Sanderson

            Yep, her paper corset look…while Vincent “Legend in His Own Mind” Libretti’s creation looked like the floor of a movie theater. I’d rather wear the paper corset, thanks.

          • Ros

            No, Gordana was the Worst Auf Ever. Winning the challenge AND being aufed in the same show?

            • CommentsByKatie

              Gordana was awful, too. I loved that Monet/Cathedral dress she made; it was so beautiful. Judges had decided who they wanted to go and they sent her even though she had the best look. Good call!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        It would be awesome if Tim was also given his own Auf once for the season. I am pretty sure he would have Auffed Gretchen in her season, given his rant after that big team challenge where she overrode everyone.

    • Blair Sylvester

      This is how I imagine the interview process,

      Can you cry on cue?
      Can you dredge up personal tragedy on air for viewing pleasure?
      Can you talk dismissively about other contestants regardless of how their work compares to yours?
      Can you use the word aesthetic as if you are a one of a kind talent?
      Can you make people either love or hate you within five minutes of air time?
      Do you have or can you convincingly fake a personality disorder?

      Oh yeah and can you meaningfully look at fabric as if you were going to design with it?

      Ok you’re perfect

      • CozyCat

        Yes. That’s why I think Soldier Girl is going to win. Isn’t she the only one who has mentioned a dead relative? (her brother)

        • nannypoo

          But don’t forget, one guy was homeless. Four times!

    • Wellworn

      When the skydivers were falling from the sky, I was thinking…where’s Ian Ziering with the chainsaw?

    • Lyn Paton

      This may have been addressed already (so many comments to go through), but seriously….can we talk about the “Belk Accessory Wall?” No offense to the department store chain, but this latest change SO mirrors the decline of the show’s quality as the seasons continue (Banana Republic, how I miss thee)!

      Since I’m sure PR will continue on WAY longer then it should, I anticipate the following dialogue in the years to come:

      Tim: “Designers, be sure to utilize the accessory wall, sponsored this season by Dollar General.”

      Contestants: “Umm…it’s nothing but flip flops, bandanas, & Buddy Band bracelets?”

      Tim: “Shut your damn mouth and make it work, bitches!”

      • Tess Danesi

        I’ve never even heard of Belk’s before. Going to their website now, I see just what a major decline that is. It may as well be Kohl’s.

        • meowing

          Being from the South, I’ve heard of Belks, but never used to shop there. Even Mila H., on her blog at Lifetime, wasn’t impressed that Belks is not only the accessory wall, but part of the winning package, too.

          • Tess Danesi

            Have to go and read Mila’s blog. It seems Belks is only in 16 states.
            AL
            AR
            FL
            GA
            KY
            LA
            MD
            MO
            MS
            NC
            OK
            SC
            TN
            TX
            VA
            WV
            Still not impressed. Not at all.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            Oh, forgot about that part of the prize. If they were going to go that low end on department stores, the producers should at least chosen one that is in every state so the winner gets better exposure for their goods.

        • sisterb67

          Hell, they’d probably be better off doing a collection with Kohl’s! And of course, some time before they end up at Dollar General, we’ll have appearances by the Boscov’s and Meijer accessory walls… Honestly, I’ve been to a Belk store, and it was*BARELY* one step up from a crappy Filene’s Basement.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Tim emphasized how Belk’s is a Southern store for all the fashionable Southern ladies. Can anyone explain how that Southernness is reflected in the accessory wall?

        • Kit_W

          I can, but only because I’m a native NY’er who once transplanted to Charlotte for six years.
          It doesn’t.
          At all.

    • DuBey2

      “and we started the first ten seconds of the season hating almost everyone, thanks to the Road to the Runway special” Indeed!!

      But now, after reviewing the runway while muted, I like the designs of:

      Justin the deaf(based on his portfolio, not the pink dress)
      Bradon
      Alexander
      Dreadlocks girl (?Kate)
      and, I THINK, Jeremy
      oh, and Kate, although not too sure she has what it takes to win

      Lastly, did anyone else wonder if it was just coincidence that the Runway order opened with the two top looks?
      Oh, and (really lastly, this time) am I the only one who gags every time they mention the Belk accessory wall or the “Prize” of a capsule collection at Belk’s? The styling of the outfits last night (well, the shoes, that is) was making my eyes hurt and I fear it will be like this all season. WISH they would get BlueFly back for accessories.

    • Wellworn

      What is Sustainable Unicorn going to do if he wins? (Yes I know he will never win.) Most of the prizes will offend his eco-sensibilities. Maybe they can give him that wood stove. Actually just give him a wood stove now and make him go away, please.

      • meowing

        Hey, that car for the winner wasn’t even a hybrid, was it? Honestly, who other than 6 year old girls, goes on and on about unicorns, anyway?

      • Kathryn Sanderson

        …as long as he promises not to burn nylon in it.

      • Ramon Figueroa

        Give him a wood stove and tell him there is sustainable candy way, way in the back of the oven…

    • shorty j

      “the types who think they’re being so original and forward-thinking, when
      they’re really just the biggest walking collection of shallow cliches
      you ever saw in your life”
      DING DING DING. The fact that you’ve never seen anyone do what you do only means that you haven’t done any research!

    • http://tracismixedbag.com tracismixedbag

      Yes yes yes!!!

      I love watching PR with my husband. Sure I force him to watch but his perspective is hilarious.

      I agree about Sandro, when Tim told him, you aren’t ready to send this down the runway and he said why? I died. Keep him for that and the floating vulva box.

    • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

      “God save us from pretentious children with ADHD and a list of buzzwords they know nothing about. We forgot just how exhausting those types were in college.”

      Yes. This. Replete with brass band, fireworks and ‘twenty seven eight-by-ten colour glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one’ to highlight the crime.

      • MoHub

        … to be used in evidence against us.

        • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

          Amen to that!

    • Sarah

      My goodness. So many designers. I liked the changes. I felt they must have been listening in on our convos, because yes for Tim! Yes for close-ups! Although, regarding Sandro, I don’t know why there was such fanfare over the stitching on the hips of a swimsuit that clearly didn’t fit worth a damn, the top of which was nothing accessorized with wtf? I guess I see how that is more ambitious than my homegirl, though. SO excited to have a person from RVA in the competition, and whaddya know, she’s the first auffee. Sigh. It was terribly plain. And she was very unsure of it the whole time. For my money though, and not because she’s a fellow River City dweller, I’d have kept her. Because if you wish to be sending ill-constructed burned RAGS down the runway (lookin’ at YOU, Unicorn), regardless of your TV value, I think you deserve to go!! But really, it is always about Television Value, so that’s what’s up.

      • Kathryn Sanderson

        The fanfare over the swimsuit fit was ridiculous. I think there should be a rule that if a garment exposes privates, the designer should be aufed automatically in addition to the one they were going to auf anyway. Good grief!

    • Patrick Cleary

      “Regardless of what you might think about natural beauty and such, that’s
      not this girl’s job or dream. Her job is to model in a world that’s all
      about heightened and enhanced beauty.”

      That is the most eloquent way I could possibly have seen that expressed. A few people I know were talking about how she’s pretty and shouldn’t be so sad about having no hair/makeup stuff, and this nails it exactly.

    • Cathy S

      I just saw this on the web. I have to say that I liked that Tim is getting to do more and that they spent time showing us the judges taking a closer look at the clothes. I really liked Bradon (and his dress) and Unicorn should have been auf’d. What an asshole. I was so glad his model just clomped down the runway and up the runway, although at the end she should have given him the finger instead of sniffing her armpit.

      • silaria

        I would have been so offended, had I been the model listening to him degrade my profession like that. It would have made my day for her to give him the finger and an angry, “Stompa stompa, motherfucker.”

    • flamingjune

      Why is Kate Bosworth a judge? What’s her fashion cred? Please enlighten me, Bitter Kittens…

      • Call me Bee

        Who knows. Maybe she was cheap. She sure didn’t add one iota to the judging. Heard her say “I’d wear that” a couple of times. Oh brother.

        • flamingjune

          I wish they could’ve gotten Rachel Roy. I’m sure she’s too busy having a successful career…

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        does this mean she’s on for the duration? i was hoping she was just a guest judge, even though they didn’t say so. she is known as a bit of a fashion icon, but since she probably has a stylist who dresses her, there’s no guarantee she has any knowledge or even taste when it comes to design.

    • bertkeeter

      LOVED Sue’s side draped gown…could totally see it walking in a Rick Owens show! The designers looking at the clothes up close also helps viewers to “inspect” more! Good idea! Appears Season 12 may have some real talent!

    • snarkykitten

      I need those..er…parachute pants. They are fucking fabulous.

      • Pennymac

        Alas, the noise from my not so thin inner thighs would be deafening,

        • carolclark12

          You could start a fire, and then your pants would look like Unicorn Boy’s dress!!!

    • Rachel

      Did anyone see this comment on Timothy’s Lifetime profile page:

      “Tim, I’m so glad that I saw the article on you in North Country This Week! I have often wondered where your dreams have taken you since we worked together in the Newton Falls Fine Paper shipping Dept. Now I know! Remember when you wanted to make clothing out of shipping labels? Remember we had a conversation about designing clothes for people in wheel chairs? I wish you luck and a fulfillment of dreams on Project Runway. Have you received your drivers license yet? I enjoyed working with you very much. Best Wishes! Terry R.”

      Awesome.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      Here’s what’s so funny. I (some of us) made predictions about these designers from looking at their photos. I thought that Tattoo Girl would be rebellious and perhaps negative. I thought the guy in heels would be weird, and I thought the guy who is def (sorry, I’ll memorize their names by next week, but it’s easy to understand my references) would probably be pretty good. I have to laugh because my predictions barely scratched the surface.

      This season features some super talented competitors with obnoxious personalities. Right off the bat, I could do without half of them. Maybe they’ll grow on me.

      I can’t wait to get rid of Mr. Unicorn Guy. He’s so caught up in his thing that he’s missing the point of the show. Makeup and hair are a huge part of a runway show! His model drew the unlucky card this season, and he has no consideration of her and what $25K might mean to her. I hope it was her decision NOT to follow his directions on the runway. She walked instead of doing a crazy modern dance.

      I didn’t like the dress that you guys chose as your favorite. And this woman doesn’t know how to use a sewing machine? Whatsup with that?

      I actually voted for Kate to return. She was eliminated for creating a prom dress that was realistic. That’s what the judges asked for. I think that’s why they gave her another chance. Their directions were not clear at all.

      There is something creepy about the guy who made his model walk the runway with her twat hanging out. Does he have no respect for women? It’s true; I’m just coming off a migraine. I had to watch the show this morning, and maybe my brain and my perceptions are still scrambled. I can’t put my finger on why he freaks me out a little bit.

      Braden did a fabulous job. I’m not sure I’d love his dress out of regular fabric. After all, it is a mullet dress, but he was able to create a work of art that is a dress with characteristics of a parachute. The dress moved well on the runway, and his model is fabulous.

      I hate reality shows when they actually say, “On your mark, get set, GO!” or something similar, and any pride that these contestants HAD disappears. Why make adults do this? Tyra Banks does this to her young girls. Run and put your make on. Run and get dressed. Why make these people look foolish?

      There are designers with weird expressions and idiosyncrasies that I find annoying. I think I’ll quietly hope that I adapt or that they go home.

      One last comment. (I know that this isn’t my blog. I just get excited about the show.) There is no excuse for these designers to look lousy, IMO. Tall Girl, comb your hair. One of Michelle’s qualities from last season was her effort in designing for herself. I didn’t always love her choices but she came to the show in character (as a designer).

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        I wish she did do that dance down the runway. Maybe it would have irritated the judges so much that they would have eliminated Unicorn Boy.

        Sandro does have a strange attitude, something about being humble, but I am not sure about hating women. When his model stepped out on the runway, he saw his mistake and got upset. He was also appropriately sad when he was called out by Heidi in the high/low group. He at least knew he made an awful garment. His entire posture admitted it. He didn’t argue with the judges. Not like some other designers up there. (I’m looking at you, Unicorn Boy.)

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          Maybe you’re on to something. I’ll wait and see what Sandro does. I thought the shorts were super cute until the model wore them. They were too small and too tight.

          Unicorn Boy is a bit creepy weird. I probably shouldn’t criticize because I think that he is socially slow. I’ll be surprised if he makes a connection with anyone. There is dark weird and unusually unique weird, but he is dorky weird. (Dorky by itself is okay; we all can be dorky.) He seems to have no awareness of others, no idea what is appropriate and no concern either. But much can change in a week or two. Sometimes immediate impressions are spot on, and sometimes they’re not.

          I think this is a talented group.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            let’s face it, our special little snowflake needs professional help. seriously. out of touch with the social world and reality as we know it. kid is a fucking nutcase.

            • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

              I think your assessment is accurate and this shortcoming will interfere with his success. He weaves interesting materials into fabric. I wish he were easier to take. I wish he’d been eliminated last night but the eliminated dress was bad. I hate to see anyone go first because the individual could come through in challenge 2.

        • Courtney

          Possibly smarter for her from a career perspective not to do it, though. If this is her only exposure on tv, for whatever reason (like Unicorn Boy getting auf’d, which was probably not outside the realm of possibility in her head), better not to look like a deranged marionette walking down the runway.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          but how could he not notice in the workroom that his model’s nether lips were hanging out? he seemed so surprised when she stepped out on the runway. was it “oh no, they’re STILL hanging out? or what…

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        i especially enjoyed the totally pissed off look on unlucky model’s face when she posed at the end of her walk. if looks could kill…..i hope she gave him hell off camera.

    • Sweetvegan

      It seems they chose their cast so that you could keep them straight in your head – sustainable unicorn guy, homeless guy, tattoo Jersey girl, former dancer, Russian guy, former model, African woman, deaf guy, etc. How many times did we hear the words “deaf,” “Russian” and “sustainable” so that we could tell the different designers apart? But at this point, there are just too many to remember who is who.

      Blind runway is a good idea, but they’re going to know whose design is whose based on the model. Unless they switch models every week.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        snowflake’s model is definitely hoping they’ll switch them, at least once. otherwise, she’s toast.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      I am watching this online right now. I just wanted to document that I wanted to get out my flamethrower at exactly 24 seconds in. That is the earliest ever.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I liked that for once the unconventional materials challenge gave the designers fabric.

      • MoHub

        I don’t know. that sort of negates the whole point of unconventional materials.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        They always do. It’s just that the fabric is muslin, and they stick crap to it. I always wanted them to take away the muslin.

        • Tatiana Luján

          Yes, but the muslin isn’t the material the main material.
          I’m just tired of this challenge being about whou can stick more gummy bears on top of a muslin dress.

        • Tatiana Luján

          Yes, so the challenges become about who can stick more things on top of the muslim, that’s why I liked this challenge.

          Wich unconventional materials challenge has been you favourite?

          • fnarf

            No contest — the cars in Season 5. Korto’s seat belt dress might be the best thing anyone has sent down the runway in ANY challenge. Austin Scarlett’s corn husk dress in the very first PR challenge was pretty good, too. And Season 9′s pet store challenge, with Olivier’s hamster bedding dress. But none can touch Korto.

            • Tatiana Luján

              mine is the cars in season 5 too. I love Korto’s and Leanne’s dresses.

          • BuffaloBarbara

            I liked the first one (Austin’s corn-husk dress), and the car (seat-belt cloth), and I think the hardware one had real possibilities, if they’d had actual time for it.

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

      “Tlo said: Is this the four-times homeless guy, the deaf guy, or the guy who survived cancer? Is that not a question that illustrates exactly where Project Runway is right now?”

      Yep. And I was giddy at the thought they were going to be shoved out of a plane too. Oh well. Maybe next time.

      The fact that Pussy Galore wasn’t sent home for his garment just might be the biggest joke in PR history. And I wondered what Emmett McCarthy was thinking. Remember Tootie-gate? That nitwit judge who sent him packing (in Season 2) because she thought she saw ‘tootie’. Well, forget about tootie, Pussy Galore sent 76 trombones down the runway and nobody mentioned it.

      But from the previews it looks like Pussy Galore is going to be this Season’s Angry Little Peanut — so let’s hope he hates the nickname.

      –GothamTomato

      • MoHub

        That was Anne Slowey—subbing for Nina—who made the “too much tootie” comment. I don’t think Nina would have made the same decision. Especially in light of Santino’s exploding Thankgiving turkey costume.

    • angryparsnip

      I didn’t watch last night but from the clip I saw of people jumping out of the plane…I was hoping that the designers were tossed out and had to complete a seam before they hit the ground. If they didn’t finish they had to go up again till they did. I am so bummed that that didn’t happen.

      cheers, parsnip

    • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

      “Tlo said: THERE IS NOTHING “SUSTAINABLE” ABOUT ESCHEWING MAKEUP AND ELECTRICITY WHILE YOU’RE PARTICIPATING IN THE MASSIVE ENERGY AND FUEL SUCK KNOWN AS A REALITY TELEVISION SHOW, YOU … you special snowflake, you.”

      Yep. And someone needs to tell him that a unicorn is actually just a goat that’s missing a horn.

      But hey, he thought long and hard to come up with a gimmick & character to play the PR game with. He probably had to sit through a lot of episodes, downloading all the former designers onto a spreadsheet, to figure out what hasn’t been tried before (not that I’m cynical).

      And what would happen if he won? None of those prizes are sustainable and some are likely made with sweatshop workers.

      –GothamTomato

      • MoHub

        “Yep. And someone needs to tell him that a unicorn is actually just a goat that’s missing a horn.”

        Or a rhinoceros. Alchemists testing the powers of unicorn horn were most likely working with rhino horn.

      • demidaemon

        I have a terrible feeling that this is actually his personality/schtick. It makes me want to never go to Milwaukee.

        • Pril Wood

          Unicorn is NOT a Milwaukee native. I think he said in his home vid that was from Ohio.

          • fnarf

            He moved to Milwaukee in April 2012 to become “artist in residence” at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee for a year, fresh out of Syracuse University in upstate NY (why a hotel needs an artist in residence, I dunno). On the PR website he says his hometown is Wanakena, NY, 135 miles north of Syracuse, where his father taught at the Forest Ranger School.

            He needs to lose the “unicorn” affection ASAP.

    • gurl boy

      I don’t believe for a PR second that the judges don’t know exactly which design is from which designer! And I would hope that most BK’S are savy enough to feel the same way!

      • Blair Sylvester

        Also when the models were walking down the runway when Kate’s model walks out Heidi says Kate is back or something

        • gurl boy

          Yep!

          • demidaemon

            Well, if the designers are smart and know the judges might be gunning for them, they should keep their damn mouths shut. Also, eventually the judges will get an idea of their style/aesthetic so that everyone (barring the guest judge) will have an idea of which design goes with which designer. savvy contestants might be able to use this to their advantage. But, at least in this season, I doubt we’ll see that.

    • GillianHolroyd

      What I liked about this episode: everyone had to work with the same fabric… I thought Sue’s was the best, loved the colors and the ruching but I’m okay with the Bradon win; he’s clearly in it for the long run.

      They also had a decent amount of time to work. And no time-wasting, drama-inducing trip to Mood.

      I do hope the judges do not know who designed what–although I’m sure it’s easy enough for them to figure it out with the designers sitting right there. I suppose it was a ploy to scold Army girl and seemingly shift her from Top Three to Bottom Three. They should keep that uncertainty. When there are more than three disasters–or less– it would be great to not do the traditional formula. Same with the best designs. Pick the truly best ones, not just fulfill the numbers.

      • M. H. Leader

        Yeah, and unless they rotate the models around every episode, it means that after one or two episodes, they’ll know the designer by the model who wears it. Not much of a “blind” judging!

        • Michelle Wilson

          I sure hope for poor unicorn girls sake they are rotating the models.

    • LJCdoc

      I flove English gay daddy. It’s probably because his kids look like the cutest things in history.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        his husband and he definitely have their hands full with those two!

    • Synnamin

      I actually LOLed at “It’s a parachute; not your ticket to freedom, Katniss.”

      I’ve not actually watched the show for a couple of seasons now, but you’re kind of making me want to watch it again, TLo. Kinda…

      • Michelle Wilson

        Just give in and watch it. The previews and format changes look very promising.

    • BrooklynBomber

      Project Runway started last night? I think it’s the first time since season 1 that I’ve missed the first episode. Oh, well.

      • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

        I missed you last night in the. Lounge!

        • BrooklynBomber

          Aw, thanks. I hope to see you next time.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Diana Prince! So perfect. Let the nicknames begin. As long as they’re doing all this “interactive” shit on the web, why oh why can’t we get TLo MST3K commentary during the episode?

    • Zorkness

      I hate fucking unicorns. They missed their appointment on the ark for a reason.

    • pippitypup

      Freddy Mercuryovitch just wanted everyone to Hail to the V.

    • George Mortimer

      Ken’s look. You said “drag clown”, I said “lobster chicken”.

    • Pennymac

      GAWDAWFUL work day made all better by:
      “Is this the drag queen guy? We’re confused. What was the deaf guy’s name again? Where is that nurse with our pills? We want a nap. Is it pudding day?”
      Bless you, T and Lo, for making this Unborn Fawn forget, for a moment, the unrelenting shitstorm of a day I just had.
      Pudding day. *giggles*

      • Cheryl

        Sorry, I read that as “Unicorn Fawn” and I think I like it.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      Y’know, T’lo has been a wee lacking in the amazing knicknames off PR the past few seasons…but they are back with a vengeance! (Princess Puffysleeves comes to mind) but Freddy Mercuryovich? A++

      and I was worried they were going to have to surgical pull Tim’s eyes back from his head after the ‘drama practice’ with unicorn boy….”how much TIME have you been practicing?” hmmmm? almost spewed on that line..

    • largishbearishAtlish

      oh, and you knew the 2 drama whore men were not going anywhere…they are from crack-whore casting 101.

    • fnarf

      I’m sorry, but the Floating Vulva Box should have gotten Sandro tossed out instantly, without even waiting for the auf. I’ve read elsewhere that it was not mere cameltoe but actual exposed bits. And it wasn’t an accident; he made it that way, and Tim saw what was happening before she hit the runway. That’s got to be an L&I violation of that poor girl’s rights to decent working conditions, right? She should get a lawyer and sue. Very, very offensive, in a way that mere bad design just doesn’t approach. What a pig he is.

      • demidaemon

        You’ve seen some of the collections on here, right? With visible titties and everything? I think, sometimes, when you sign up to be a model, your rights to dignity go out the window. Not that it should be this way; just that it is this way.

        • fnarf

          There’s a huge, huge difference between tits and labia.

      • M. H. Leader

        Totally agree, but in the Road to Runway hour before the episode (did you watch that one), his audition had Tim on the panel and he showed an orange dress that had MASSIVE taste issues and was massively fugly too–and Tim’s first response on seeing it was to immediately vote him IN. WTF??? I was waiting for Tim to mention taste issues (a delicate phrasing) and he did NOT.

        And that “garment” DID NOT FIT. It was so tight the front seam didn’t meet. He made it a size small then tried to cover his snafu by saying “I meant it to be like that.” Yeah, right. I’m with you, fnarf, he should have been auf’ed BEFORE the runway. that was a horrific way to treat the model and she was obviously horrendously embarrassed and uncomfortable.

        • fnarf

          My argument isn’t about “taste issues”, it was about the working conditions of the model. Tacky garments are one thing; genitalia hanging out for all to see is quite another.

          • M. H. Leader

            Not disagreeing with you. I was just being “tasteful” in how I phrased the issue!

      • nannypoo

        I was really impressed with her professionalism. His outfit was horrible and offensive on every level, and she was left to figure out how to cover herself. I agree, he should have been dismissed before the runway.

    • BeccaGo

      Deaf Guy’s strategy for dealing with the drama-whores: “I can just turn this [cochlear implant] off.” BRILLIANT.

      Maybe that’s why it’s taken so long for there to finally be a season with a slightly bitchy deaf guy. :D

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        I was thinking that there are some parents out there who would like that ability.

        • Anita Karenin

          My grandma used to play up her “hearing loss” – highly recommend this strategy

      • Melanie

        I have a CI myself, and when he said that, I gave him a high five in my living room! It’s definitely a perk!

    • KC

      I watched the episode last night and I realized that Justin LeBlanc (the deaf/hearing impaired guy) was someone I went to high school with! I’m honestly so excited for him. I didn’t know him quite that well, but I think we were both into art so I would see him around the art rooms, etc…

      Man, this is making me feel like I need to try out for something. Last year (I think it was last year), Kymia Nawabi won Work of Art and she went to my college. I didn’t know her personally but a lot of my friends who are maybe a couple years older than me knew her. PLUS I remember seeing her work around campus (didn’t know it was her) and always admired it!

      • Michelle Wilson

        Start working on that portfolio. Be the first designer on Project Runway with a focus on edible design.

    • bingo

      “I like burning because it’s neither additive or reductive, it’s transformative” –Timothy the Unicorn.
      “I’m doing a whole conceptual performance piece” — Tim the Unicorn

      mind you, this Unicorn eschews electric sewing machines but extols the virtues of his photovoltaic backpack. little does he know that the photovoltaics and produce electricity used to power…oh never mind. what a douchecanoe

      • Tess Danesi

        Wasn’t he mad that she ruined the dress by not doing his idiotic dance? If a dress needs a dance to make it work, it’s a shitty dress. And I loved that line about burning too! He really is a special little snowflake.

      • adnama79

        He is right about that transformative bit – it transforms nylon into noxious fumes and air pollution.

        Kudos to Zac Posen for calling the b.s. on the runway.

      • Jeff Warhurst

        He may end up being the most annoying contestant ever.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      dear gay uncles, our fearless leaders, thank you so much for virtually beating the shit out of our special little prince. how does it feel to be set upon by a pack of savage feral queens and left for unicorn roadkill? smell your armpits now, snowflake…..

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Still missing Kors so much that it is ruining the show for me.

    • Jeff Warhurst

      I apologize because I think Dom is fabulous, but her skirt looks like a pillow sham with legs hanging out.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      FYI, Alexandria is the tall blonde woman who used to model. I want to like her; she’s from my neck of the woods, and she has Camp Couture, a place that teaches kids to sew. Her personality is sour so far, and she forgot to pack a hair brush.

      • Michelle Wilson

        I like her and feel like she’s going to show everyone who thought Michelle was a bitch last season what a REAL bitch can do. And when I say she’s a bitch I say it with the utmost admiration and respect.

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          I appreciate the designers who bring some personal style with them–depending, of course, what that style is (nothing with a unicorn). I appreciated Michelle from last season when she’d wear a little hat on competition day that was similar to the hat on her models. One of the designers this season wears a very nicely constructed jacket. Along those lines, I’m baffled that Tall Blonde Lady Bitch doesn’t comb her hair.

    • Anniebet

      OMG, if I comment here I have to admit in public that I watch PR! Oh well, what the hell.. I’ve watched every fricking episode, and have lots of fun being all bitchy and judgmental about the budding designers, the judges and the guest celebs, some of whom I have no clue why they are there other than their agent was the most insistent and annoying.

      Tim I adore to the point of wishing to kidnap him a little bit. (Just kidding, honest.) I too miss Mr. Kors, but like Mr. Posen too. Nina is so predictable that I could probably do her critiques for her. Heidi is Heidi.

      This years batch of bitches, er.. designers, looks like they were chosen purely for their drama/quirk quotient, complete with Special Snowflake, porn wardrobe designer, and crazy misunderstood females. Let’s hope at least a few of them actually have talent. Time will tell.

    • Annie Lure

      Braden– I thought the producers and their mouthpieces might deem him too earnest to advance. They prefer “characters” to serious and humble contestants. His entry, while decent, was not win-worthy. It’s “light and soft”, and Nina likes that. It’s a gown. A swirling, billowing gown. With not-so-aptly placed strings.

      Angela– Deserving of the bottom but not of the elimination. The front’s quite limp and poorly executed, but the back shows promise (the pleat, the lined hood). The color palette’s not bad, either.

      Sue– (see Braden: adequate but not warranting the effusions it received). I appreciate the color gradation, but the bodice portion is lumpy and inelegant.

      Miranda–Structured and pleasing in proportion. She failed to address the brief for the challenge by using more of the supplemental material. Heidi wasn’t vexed at Jillian’s– Season 4– supplanting the assigned fabric with a store-bought one of identical color.

      Timothy– Unicorns! Parallax! Hallucinating trees! Morphism! Non-sustainable heels. The textile treatment captivated Tim? So did Christopher’s– Season 10– bleached leather. Ah, well. Tim’s not infallible. Why did the producers/judges keep Timothy? HE WORE OUT HIS SHTICK of polysyllabic words/incomprehension of sustainability/contrived “choreography”/vertical transcendence in one episode. That’s it. That should have been his narrative. They kept him because his unawareness of how terribly misguided he is offers comedic value.

      Sandro– He should have been out. I’ll take the pseudo-intellectual, oh-so-environmentally conscientious kid over him any day. At least, as noted above, the former is clueless as to much hilarity his ill-preparedness and grandiosity are bound to generate in the viewership. The latter’s reading from Project Runway Basics: Be a diva. Oh, and there’s a film crew in every model’s vagina.

      –”It’s great how you got that to fit” – Posen

      – “It’s not like he has not sewing skills”- Klum (referring to the stitching which is neither pleasing to the eye nor integral to the design.

      Sandro’s not entertaining. He tries too hard. But the judges’ justifications for keeping him in are amusing.

      Will get to the rest of the entries later.

    • Ros

      I disagree about Timothy’s model. Sure, he’s a total prat and his requests were ridiculous. But it’s her job to do wear what she’s told, get made up – or not – as she’s told, have her hair as she’s told. She doesn’t get a say about that, no matter how ridiculous it is. And I also think she should have done the crazy walk he wanted. Sure it’s crazy. That’s not her problem, it’s his. I thought she was pretty unprofessional actually.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Modeling is neither slavery nor prostitution. Like any freelance employee, she has the right to express discomfort when asked to do something unexpected that bothers her.

        She was almost certainly told not to do the full walk because they didn’t have enough time for it. Tim said as much.

        • Ros

          I don’t think it’s all that unexpected to have to do choreography or have no make up.

          I get the time constraint, and if that’s the reason, fair enough.

        • Ros

          Actually, if Sandro’s model had refused to walk, I would have had a lot more sympathy for her. That’s NOT within normal expectations for a fashion model.

    • Lilyana_F

      Lol I just loved the faces of the make-up and hair guys, when unicorn-hipster douche twirled in and basically deemed their existence invalid.

    • yulaffin

      Timothy should have been auf’d. Or Sandro – either one can go. Felt really bad for Timothy’s model. Poor thing did not look happy in her bare face and bare feet.

      • Citric

        While I hope a certain Sustainidiot goes home soon, for a multitude of reasons, the fact that his model was fully clothed does give him a slight edge over Sandro. I mean, sure she looked like she had spent the night in a pile of garbage behind a bus station, but her documents are still confidential.

        • fnarf

          Love “documents”!

    • Darren Nesbitt

      English gay daddy is going to win this competition.

    • HeyMrPhipps

      For me, what illustrates exactly where Project Runway is right now is that your commentary is more entertaining (and less time-consuming) than the show.

    • amyfromnj

      I just realized the only reason I watch this show is to read this the next day. It’s TLo at it’s best!!!

    • Michelle Wilson

      Timothy is doing a disservice to sustainability focused designers everywhere. Having not watched the Road to Runway show first, I was certain he was doing some kind of onion-like satirical performance art. His model is gorgeous and I had nothing but feels for her little barefoot sadness.

      I didn’t mind Sandro so much, but he also got lucky with his model. She’s amazing and worked the runway like all her junk wasn’t hanging out. I’m glad he’s going to be around a bit longer.

      Eff Kate walking around like it’s all about her. Same with Goth Girl.

      Braden is my early favorite but I also have soft spots for Alexander and Alexandria. I loved his vulnerability and honesty during the interviews and I like her strong personality and bitchiness. All three feel authentic and not like characters they are playing for the camera. Sue and Justin have potential. Also the three K’s – Ken, Kahindo and Karen but I don’t feel like they’ll bring enough drama to be kept around for long. That leaves only Miranda. Meh.

    • pattie capet

      tim the unicorn whisperer can’t last long, he himself is not sustainable art

    • jeneria

      Apparently, I was mislead. Miranda and Unicorn are not holding joint viewing parties. There’s a shuttle running between the two locations. She cannot stand him. I heard this from a friend who is friends with Miranda.

    • drnels

      How many days after the original airing is “Judging the Judges” usually posted?

    • DesertDweller79

      I don’t know who anyone is. But, I will never forget that time Project Runway had to block out a model’s vagina, and the designer wasn’t sent home for that.

    • berlinmama

      It’s all just about the DRAMA, babies!

    • luluransom

      Thanks Uncles! I keep swearing off and then getting sucked in again just to read along. Gotta agree that the changes were refreshing and/or much needed. (With the exception of the Belk accessories wall–yikes!) Also, Freddy Mercuryovich makes my top 10 list of TLo faves.

    • Melanie

      I’m super late to this thread, but I am so psyched to see that Justin has a cochlear implant (and that they aren’t making a big deal out of it)! There aren’t that many of us in the world, relatively speaking, so I feel an affinity for him – he’s my people!

    • Danielle L

      A BELK WALL?! Shine on, you crazy diamond.

    • Scott Gould

      The Sustainability guy should be sent home. He isn’t “Interesting Quirky” like the woman that spit marked her clothes, or Santino. He is “Irritating, I don’t want to watch him on TV Quirky”. He is Shangela on RuPaul kinda quirky.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      You knew what you were getting with Sustainable Tim in Road to the Runway when he was losing his shit over his unicorn necklace and saying unicorn a lot. He’s ripe for a task which involves making garments with someone else’s stuff. You know Freddie Mercuryovich is going to set that unicorn necklace right into a crotch surrounded by flashing lights. Unicorn.

    • Ana the Hated

      Anyone else find it extremely suspicious that the three designers that had the chance to come back were Mystery Designer #1, Who The Hell is That #2 and Kate the Evil Queen? Of course she was going to come back. Nice ADR line from Heidi “Oh! EEt’s Kate frahm seeeesawn eelehvin!” Big surprise.

    • mhleta

      “Never before have we wanted to PUNCH A UNICORN IN THE FACE HARD as much as we did last night…” This whole bit goes in the Blog Paragraph Hall of Fame.

    • Clydette Wantland

      I was dying laughing while reading Twitter during the show when you said you want to punch a unicorn in the face!! Hilarious!! Awesome guys.

    • berlinmama

      Unicorns – Virgin Mary – connection?

    • quiltrx

      If it helps, hubby and I dubbed Alexandria “Miss Stringy Hair”. She’s really arrogant and certain she is going to win.

    • emilaweb

      Please tell me someone else OH GIRL’d Posen’s shut down of unicorn boy and his synthetic fabric burning because that was A-grade.

    • discordany

      I had a moment when I saw Alexandria (blondie who was having NONE of the conversation when there was food to be had – am I the only one who noticed that?) with her hair tucked that I thought “Kate Bosworth circa Blue Crush!” The similarity isn’t super strong, but I noticed it.
      What a coincidence that Kate Bosworth appeared as the guest judge and I could compare them directly :P

    • Nonya

      Weird. I kept scrolling through the pictures and wondering why they sent Angela home when there were so many better options to choose from in that regard.