Project Runway Season 12 Promo Poster

Posted on July 10, 2013

It’s finally happened, darlings. Project Runway has reached full-on America’s Next Top Model levels of camp and tacky:


We all saw it coming, didn’t we? Greasy naked people. Never a good sign.


But we have to admit, we’re loving the art direction here. Heidi looks both fabulous and hilarious. And we love the scissor throne and needle scepter. Some queen had a lot of fun coming up with dark fairy tale sewing imagery.We can’t help thinking they missed an opportunity to link Marie Claire with Marie Antoinette but that may have been too high-brow for their goals.

But weep, kittens. Weep for the man we all once knew as Tim Gunn. Forced into tight pants and – Jesus take the wheel – eyeliner; dressed like a gay cater waiter and ordered to pose like Heidi’s little performing monkey. Weep.

For that is a silent scream of anguish if ever we saw one.


Also, as if to confirm our expectations for the season:

We always said it was only a matter of time before they just set all the designers on fire or let a cheetah loose in the work room.




[Photo/Video Credit: Lifetime]

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  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux


  • Jesus wept.

  • rage_on_the_page

    I saw the thumbnail and was convinced you’d written “Project Runway” instead of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” by mistake.

    • StellaZafella

      Well, in regards to Heidi…one doesn’t actually need a penis to be a drag queen. But this campaign takes a lotta balls!

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Tim Gunn on the pit crew. Daddies in speedos. I can @#$@# to that.

  • itsnotoveryet11

    “This season on project runway, we challenged the designers to create a functional yet fashionable parachute and made them put it to the test”

    just me hoping for that?

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Oh no, not just you. Think how it would simplify the elimination process.

  • Ronica Skarphol Brownson

    Oh, what a missed opportunity. Tim could have rocked a tri cornered hat and breeches.

    • So true!

    • Clueless_Jock

      Or MK and Nina in leather and whips.

      • MoHub

        Well, it’s going to be another season of ZP, so what should he wear?

  • rougeort

    Oh my GAWD. Applying for this show is becoming like applying for Fear Factor…

    • MoHub

      In that case, maybe they should recruit Danushka Lysek from Food Network’s Chopped and Food Network Star. After all, she’s a former model who has actually been on Fear Factor.

      • rougeort

        Genius. They need to set up a suggestion box for the fans and let them come up with the seasonal “twists” and changes. Maybe they’re just scared to because they know they’ll get an overwhelming amount of letters begging to return to the talent-not-drama format…

      • TLJezebel

        Right, she could model too.

      • Denise Alden

        OMG! That chick is so annoying and creepy. I just saw her on Chopped and FNS: “from high fashion model to domestic goddess.” Said in her nails on chalkboard nasal haughty whine, of course.

        • MoHub

          I wouldn’t call it a whine. A whine has more expression. Her speech pattern is more of a bored monotone.

  • MoHub

    I’ve been weeping for Tim Gunn and his lost dignity since season 6, and the tears increase exponentially with each ensuing season.

    • H2olovngrl

      It’s a slo-mo homo train wreck. Poor Tim Gunn. Maybe he consoles himself with giant bags of money for pillows.

      • formerlyAnon

        That’s what I hope. Because really? He deserves it.

    • Knightley

      Honestly, I’m beginning to think Tim’s best work now is the voice of Baileywick on Disney Junior’s “Sophia the First.”

      • Rebekah B

        He’s definitely dressed like Baileywick here. That’s the second thing I thought when I saw this. At first, I thought this WAS an ad for the new season of Top Model.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Yeah, that one video rant a few seasons back, that was furiously scrubbed from the Internet a few days later, felt like his last cry for help on the way to the asylum clinic. They got him, I’m afraid. Right to the temples!

      • eight_of_nine

        …tell me more about this?

        • Inspector_Gidget

          Tim used to have his own regular vlog where he talked about each episode. One week he put up a 20-minute unedited rant about how clueless all the new producers were, all the stuff they asked him to say that made him look like an idiot (“Yes I know Jackie O didn’t wear American sportswear!”) and on and on. A couple of days later it was removed from his page and since then he’s been a mannequin of sorts, spouting monosyllabic sound bites about how great every aspect of the show is.

          • eight_of_nine

            Fascinating… I never watched the vlogs so I missed that! Thanks for the PR history lesson! I love Tim and it makes me sad seeing what he’s been reduced to in the show in recent seasons.

          • librarygrrl64

            I miss that vlog SO MUCH. It was inspired.

  • Virginia McMurdo

    Jesus take the wheel….!! LOL.

    • MilaXX

      more like Jesus take the sewing machine.

  • StelledelMare

    No Heidi, I don’t want drama, I want to watch people make amazing clothing in reasonable amounts of time.

    • omg_dora

      Wait, you mean there are people who actually like fashion and creativity and would like to see a show about that? What a strange idea.

    • That’s exactly what went screaming through my head. EXACTLY.

    • Samuel Joesph Donovan

      I miss Project Runway.

    • NC_Meg

      And that’s why I had to stop watching PR. So sad since I used to love it.

    • Same, haven’t watched it in years. Poor Tim, he doesn’t look happy.

    • librarygrrl64

      Word. I’ll stick with just the recaps here, thanks.

  • I honestly think they have photoshopped Tim’s head onto some anonymous model. That doesn’t make me any the less sad to see this. Now, if this means that they have finally given up any pretense of serious intent on this show, perhaps everyone can relax and just have fun. But I doubt it.

    • StellaZafella

      I agree, but, when they expend this much energy on the sizzle, they rarely bring the sausage…my Scots sensibility is kicking in as I prepare for the worst and hope for the best. But, somehow, I’m bored already…unless Tim bitch-slaps Nina during one of his new “on the runway with the judges” interviews.

      • Perhaps La Tim is quietly waiting for JUST such a chance.

        • Lucía Gavello

          Oh wouldn’t that be glorious! I’ve been hoping for someone to hand him a flamethrower and tell him to go to town.

      • Little_Olive

        I’ve fantasized about Tim looking at MK’s outfit and saying “I’m concerned. They need to see your ability to show some range”.

    • formerlyAnon

      I also think there’s been some manipulation of Mr. Gunn’s face – he’s a handsome man but I don’t think that’s exactly his chin/jaw we are seeing.

      • It also would not surprise me to learn that none of those nude models were actually present when Heidi was being shot.

        • formerlyAnon

          I honestly suspect Mr. Gunn might have gone along with the outfits, finding it amusing & being a good sport, if (as might well be the case) no nude greasy models were involved. He does have a sense of humor.

    • Courtney

      He doesn’t really look like he’s in the picture at all. There’s some weird shadowing going on with his face/head.

      • Its entirely possible that none of those people was on that set together.

        • formerlyAnon

          Which makes more and more sense, the more you think about it.

        • StellaZafella

          True…looked again, all the nudies are staring straight at Tim Gunn’s crotch, not at Heidi.

          • Hee hee!!!! I hadn’t noticed that before.

    • Call me Bee

      I have to say–if they actually have given up on a real competition amongst real designers, and are taking the path of all reality shows–to populate the show with drama queens and pretty people–it makes me so sad and angry. The reason we all loved PR was that it WAS a real competition, not just a “Survivor” clone. 🙁

      • Monabel

        My goodness, you have a long memory.

    • NC_Meg

      Lighten up, it’s just fashion!

  • SugarSnap108

    I look forward to reading Tim’s tell-all after these shenanigans are all over.

    • Oh, I suspect they have him locked into a contract that forbids his ever revealing a thing.

      • SugarSnap108

        I’m sure you’re right, but this is my farfetched hope.

      • MilaXX

        Yep, I think agree. Producer’s credit and money bump, but also iron clad non-disclosure.

        • I’m sure also that he had NO idea what it would ultimately mean.

      • ballerinawithagun

        I’m sure his contract is REALLY tight because the contract for auditioning is extremely tight.

        • When I spoke to Melissa during her season, all she could say was that the penalties were very severe indeed for disclosing anything about the process.

      • MoHub

        Tim was silenced several seasons ago. I think they paid him off with that Producer title. He will never be his own man again.

      • formerlyAnon

        Damn straight. They shut that video blog he had going for a while right down.

        • Targettaste

          I miss that blog. I miss that Tim.

    • Lilithcat

      He hasn’t done a “tell-all” in ages, more’s the pity.

  • Louise Bryan

    Were all the designers given functional parachutes? Was there a shark, too? Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  • veleri

    love tim no matter what.

    • H2olovngrl

      We all do. If he is doing this, it must be for a good reason. Probably financial security which is always a pretty good reason.

  • EKW2

    This is a sinking ship.

    • SRQkitten

      Sinking or sunk? It feels like its been taking on water ever since the switch from bravo.

    • decormaven

      Heck, it’s a ship marooned on the ocean floor with Heidi the Sea Siren singing them all to eternal sleep.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Yet we all still watch and have opinions about it…

      • conniemd

        I only watch it on DVR any more. I skip through the talking heads drama and watch the sewing, Tim’s critique and runway and judge’s critique. Then I come here and look at the designs again. This is also how I watch any reality contests like “The Voice” or “American Idol” I manage to condense an hour and a half of PR into less than half an hour.

        • Rhonda Shore

          I do other things while it’s on…like noodling around on my iPad…

      • makeityourself

        No. I haven’t watched it since what’s-her-name and the hand-cut chevron skirt. I don’t even read TLo’s posts about it anymore.

  • TheBellsie

    I see Tim Gunn like this weekly… Sofia the first baby!

    • AwwwTrouble

      Exactly. Except the pants are a thousand times tighter. It always makes me uncomfortable!

  • Michelle Wilson

    I prefer to think they photoshopped Tim’s head onto some other guys body.

    • MoHub

      Nothing wrong with Tim’s body. However, I’d like to think they PhotoShopped the eyeliner.

  • Gwynn Freund

    He looks like he’s planning on stabbing Heidi with his scepter!

    • MoHub

      If only …

    • decormaven

      Hope he puts that plan into action. Now THAT I would watch.

  • MoHub

    The naked models are reminiscent of the damned in Bosch’s painting of Hell.

    • Eric Stott

      They’re like the opening act of a second rate casino show

      • MikeW_Vegas

        Living here in Vegas and having SEEN a second rate casino show (Don’t ask).. this looks more like 3rd or 4th rate

        • Paigealicious

          Maybe the opening of “Goddess,” that show in the movie Showgirls?

          • MikeW_Vegas

            Thank you!!! That’s EXACTLY it!!!! I had completely forgotten that trainwreck. All we need is Elizabeth Berkeley and Gina Gershon prowling around behind Heidi and not-Tim.

        • Eric Stott

          Like the opening of an S/M costume contest – and Tim will make the sash!

  • mmebam

    Lord, bless…

  • Funkykatt

    Yuck, if it wasn’t for Tim Gunn, this show would not be nearly as successful as it is. He deserves better.

  • Oh my god this ad is terrible!! I agree that poor Tim Gunn is crying out for help silently, but I think it’s very impressive that even as he’s become a household name among a certain circle he has never turned his back on the show that made him famous to us. He’s never acted to good for the designers, or the judges, or the show. He shows up every season and from all appearances seems to give it his all. And I think that says a lot about the person he is and makes me love him a little more even as PR goes down in flames.

    • He is a class act.

    • decormaven

      Time to stage a PR intervention and save Tim Gunn.

    • bellesprit

      Very well said, roxyturtle.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Tim Gunn looks like he wants to cry. This is so painful to look at!

  • Violina23

    I know I have new-baby-sleep-deprivation going on, but did it suddenly become April 1st? WTF? LOL

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Good God, It’s become a Franken-reality-show – crying sissy-gays, time-tight fashion challenges AND extreme sports!

  • Chickadeep

    “But weep, kittens. Weep for the man we all once knew as Tim Gunn. Forced into tight pants and – Jesus take the wheel – eyeliner; dressed like a gay cater waiter and ordered to pose like Heidi’s little performing monkey. Weep.”

    Yes, with *laughter*! My poor Tim. Oh my poor dear man. And yet, I must admit I’m kind of impressed by any guy in his demographic who can even semi-credibly don skinny trousers (side-eye to Karl Lagerfeld). Most of the 50-and-up men I see are rockin’ the pleated Dockers and Dad Jeans. The bow tie and eyeliner, though? Jesus wept. He’s the only reason I still watch and my heart goes out to him.

  • mjude

    well that is not the way to start my day. our poor tim gunn 🙁

  • janierainie

    I has a sad for Tim Gunn.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    This is not what Sir Tim of Gunn signed up for.

  • Jessica Freeman

    You can see Tim’s unease from a mile away. I am uncomfortable for, and with, him.

  • RIP man we used to know. Godspeed.

    • decormaven

      Cue “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” and raise the flag as the coffin is tipped into the sea. I don’t know who that man is in the poster, but it’s not the Tim Gunn I recall.

  • majorbedhead

    WHY ARE THEY JUMPING OUT OF A PLANE??? What the HELL does this have to do with designing clothes? For fuck’s sake, PR, you’ve made me use caps lock.

    I told my 8 year old aspiring designer daughter that we could watch this together this season. She’s really looking forward to it. I may have to find the early seasons on DVD so she can see what the show is supposed to be like, as opposed to this bullshit.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yes. Bond over the early seasons. They were family watching in my house when my daughter was in middle school.

  • Vanessa

    Maybe its me but I NEVER see greasy naked people coming. naive I guess.

  • nannypoo

    This show has evolved into an increasingly sad display of minimal talent and maximal drama. Heidi becomes meaner and more soul-crushing with each season, and poor Tim becomes, well, more of whatever this is that we see here. I can hardly wait.

  • alyce1213

    I’ve never seen a more distressed face than Tim Gunn’s.
    It’s so bad, nobody’s even mentioned what a complete horse’s ass Heidi looks like (is).

    • decormaven

      That’s a forgone conclusion. This is not what I needed to see this a.m.

  • Frank_821

    Strangely enough I don’t feel sorry for Tim despite how uncomfortable he looks. He got a producer cred and he has chosen to stay with the show. He knows as well as any one how the show has changed and how much more of an endurance test it has become.

    He should have left by season 9

  • Snailstsichr

    I wish Heidi would dress like this all season, though. I love her in the big hair and flounces! And Tim, you poor dear man-Minx, I hope they are paying you buckets and buckets.

  • MilaXX

    Oh dear lord, they threw the designers out a plane? :::dries:::
    Heidi and these super sexy ads for a show that very few straight men watch cracks me up. I’m sad for Tim, but you gotta admit, he looks kinda sexy in those tight pants.

  • amy_raks

    They could at least have put him in a jacket. It is so rare to see him without one. Hope he is making big bucks for this!

  • edieunkempt

    Look at Tim’s white knuckles. That’s him. He must have been having a cringe to end all cringes.

  • I’m starting to wonder how iron-clad Tim Gunn’s contract must be that he’s putting up with this. Do they own him for life? Or is he trying like mad to pay off gigantic debts by any means necessary? If so, Tim, let us know. We’ll raise funds. We’ll get you out of there, honey. Just say the word.

    • lobsterlen

      We should start a “Free Tim Gunn Kickstarter Campaign!”

      • Yes. And we could have a bake sale. Bake It Work?

  • lobsterlen

    I am so sad for Tim. The vest isn’t even properly fitted. Someone should take the giant needle away from him before he falls on it. Today the world weeps.

  • Oh, Tim! No! Time to rebel. Shove that needle right into Heidi’s guts while shouting, “Make THIS work, bitch!” Then go reclaim your dignity.

    • lobsterlen

      Thank you for the laugh.

      • As Tim stands over the bleeding body of Heidi lying on the ground, he whispers, “Carry on.”

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Even the Divine Gunn can’t make it work here…Tim, time to carry yourself on from this show before they put you in a day-glo floral bikini and CFM pumps for Season 13!!

  • lobsterlen

    M@#er F*#cking wannabe designers on the plane.

  • TLJezebel

    I can’t watch this crap anymore.

  • Eric Stott

    They couldn’t even find Tim a vest that fit???

  • kmk05

    I am liking that naked male model adoringly gazing at Tim’s tightly-packaged crotch. It is hilarious. And yet his smooth pec makes it weirdly hot too.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    When I saw this post I thought that the designers had to make outfits for RPDR contestants. I got excited. SMH

  • H2olovngrl

    Do they have to design and sew after being thrown out of a plane?

  • Monday1900

    That poster is truly horrific! In the name of all that’s holy please let Tim’s photo be complete photoshop–the thought of him actually having to wear that outfit makes me weep. I hope they’re paying him a ton of cash to put up with this treatment.

  • Alas, you know those aren’t actually the designers jumping out of that airplane. There is no no no no no way they’d be able to get their insurance policy to cover a non-tandem jump for people inexperienced with skydiving. No doubt they’ve had to design a textile for their parachutes, or perhaps the challenge will be to design a new jump suit after watching that display (since they’ve all got very standard ones on in that clip).

    It’s too bad, because I am all in favor of pushing a bunch of them out of a plane. Doubly so if it’s an “All-Stars” season full of contestants that I get to choose.

  • Ana_ragu

    Perhaps they will fail to give one designer a parachute. It would eliminate the need for all that well thought out and nuanced judging..

  • MikeW_Vegas

    I started my day with yesterday’s fabulous post of Carmen Dell’Orefice, and then moved to this train wreck.. I can only HOPE that is not a foretelling of the rest of my day.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Would you believe the billboard version has been banned in LA because it’s considered too racy? Of course, the Yahoo reporter who tells the story thinks that Heidi is wearing a Victorian wig.

    Granted, she’s basically the gossip reporter, but I weep for our country that people disseminating information are just that stupid.

    • MoHub

      Calling Bert Keeter! Stat!

      • bertkeeter

        HA! At least they did not refer to TG wearing “pants” a la Mae West!!! Like most reporting, the reporter usually has little or no knowledge of the facts!

    • alyce1213

      I read that too — Victorian wig — and wept. The ignorance.

    • decormaven

      It’s the land of blogs, tweets and factoids. Don’t count on factual reporting.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Victorian…? Wait a minute, is Victor writing for Yahoo now?

      • MoHub

        Or Angela Keslar, who made a stand-up late-Tudor collar and called it Edwardian.

        • formerlyAnon


  • MzzPants

    Dear God. They must’ve plied him with liquor before the shoot.

    Have to admit though….I’d kind of love to see a cheetah in the workroom…or at least a cougar 😉

    • gurl boy

      First comment…Don’t think that would be a stretch!

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Hasn’t she been in there once a season?

  • Nexli B

    Who the hell wants drama? I just want them to design awesome shit and show us the process they take to get there. If I wanted drama I would watch those fucking real housewives. Gaaaaaah!

    • gurl boy

      Exactly…a reality show that showcases extraordinary talent…not drama queens that are just that or beauty queens that can’t sew but have a sex tape!

  • bellesprit

    I guess they’ve stopped trying to lure back the fans of the original PR. Poor Tim. I hope he’s getting filthy rich from this so he can do whatever he wants with the rest of his life.

    • decormaven

      This is the true definition of filthy lucre. There’s not enough cash in this or the next lifetime to have to put up with this dreck. This is the kind of stuff that sucks the soul dry.

  • Danielle L

    Somewhere, Tyra Banks is pissed she didn’t think of it first.

  • formerlyAnon

    Run! RUN! Run all the way to the bank, Mr. Gunn. Please. Please god tell me you are socking it away like gangbusters. You deserve compensation for the places this devil’s bargain is taking you.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    What a terrible affront to Tim Gunn’s dignity. Yes, it’s a game show, but the producers, whom we know from past experience are shameless, have really insulted him and viewers (and former contestants) who admire(d) Mr. Gunn for his maturity and guidance. There seems to be no end to the number of nails that Bunim-Murray and [unnamed] others will drive into the Project Runway coffin.

  • I can’t look at that picture of Tim. It’s too painful.
    Re the promo: when the kids and I saw it we looked at each other and said, ‘of course.’

  • joanna dash

    Tim’s expression is giving me the sadz. I can’t watch this garbage any longer!

  • Scott

    I think I see him blinking…. S-E-N-D-H-E-L-P

  • Lilithcat

    They are seriously desperate.

  • If Heidi is gleefully tossing designers out of airplanes now, I’d love to see this new extremism taken to the next level by way of a Project Runway/ Naked & Afraid crossover episode: the designers are dumped naked into a harsh environment and using the available materials must create an avant-garde look for Heidi to wear on the cover of Marie Claire. Nina will sneer at all of them for lacking sophistication and Heidi will select the look with the shortest hemline. FIN.

    • Tess Danesi

      Wait! The *actually* tossed the designers out of a plane! Wow, that speaks volumes about the level to which this show has sunk. Poor Tim, he’s breaking my heart looking so defeated.

    • SonOfSaradoc

      No, those jumpers are not first-timers by a long stretch. Classic misdirection.

      Looks like a challenge this season will either be to design a jumpsuit or to be inspired by the sport of skydiving or aviation in some way. (Or do design an outfit using ripstop nylon and cordura!?!?)

  • Are they making them jump out of a plane on their way to Mood?

  • CommentsByKatie

    I actually kind of like it….’campy Marie Antoinette’ could have gone somewhere great. It isn’t perfect, but is better than that picture last year of Heidi posing naked with the scissors. I still don’t get why they insist on the naked bodies, though…

    • BuffaloBarbara

      :sheepish: Yeah, I kind of like it, too, sans weird naked people. It’s a show about clothes, darling.

  • gurl boy

    Don’t weep for Tim Gunn….he’s signed on for all this and is running to the bank with loads of cash!

  • TerryMH

    Dear Heidi,

    I’ve watched PR from the first season but its not more drama I crave, its more artistry and creativity I seek.


  • I had two responses to this:

    1) Fuck! That shitty show is on AGAIN?! Didn’t it just end? Do they ever give us a break from the carnage?

    2) Damn you, TLo! Damn you to hell! If you would just stop covering PR in such a hilarious manner, I could stop watching it…when will you show your Bitter Kittens this simple act of mercy?

  • marlie

    Someone please tell me they photoshopped Tim Gunn’s head onto that body. Because I can’t – nor do I want to – imagine St. Tim agreeing to such ridiculousness.

    Also, a mildly NSFW poster. 😛

  • BuffaloBarbara

    1) These people kind of scare me.
    2) Heidi needs to do period costumes more often; she looks AWESOME, if campy and silly. Put her in a Marie Antoinette editorial, stat.
    3) They’re being pushed out of a plane. Are they designing skydiving gear?
    4) No, Heidi, I don’t want drama and didn’t ask for it. I want creative challenges.
    5) Eh, even Tim might like to have some tacky fun sometimes.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Every year it’s less of a design competition and more of a typical reality popularity contest. Not even sure I’m going to even bother watching anymore.

  • frannyprof

    Tim’s face says it all.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I haven’t watched the show for a few seasons but I’ll give it a try again only because I’m excited for more screen time for Tim. I ALWAYS wished he was able to speak to the judges after the runway show to provide some much needed insight from the workroom.

    Now, if the naked people were actually the PR designers and one of the them quit the show in a fit of moral rage because they refused to go nude THAT would be ANTM level camp & tackiness.

  • Andy

    do they not realize the lifetime logo sort of looks like the profile of an erect penis.

  • YoungSally

    So painful — I can see that Heidi might have had the costume idea — but poor Tim….

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    Why in all that’s holy are they pushing these fools out of an airplane? Really?!! And poor Tim. He’s going to get an infection because those pants are way too tight!

  • Susan Collier

    So are all those naked Unsullied at Heidi’s feet the designers? Have they already banished all non-statuesque designers from the “contest”?

  • GorgeousThings

    Greasy, naked, beige people. Every last one of them is a nondescript shade of ecru.

    Jumped out of the plane? Jumped the shark is more like it. I’ll read your recaps, but I have better ways to spend my Thursdays, and that is truly saying something.

  • Joyce VG

    Oh man…please god no…

  • unbornfawn

    NO Heidi, we don’t want drama. We want design!

    • formerlyAnon

      Too bad. Wrong show.

  • Tamara Hogan

    Nooooooooooooooooooo……………………….! I don’t want “drama.” Believe it or not, some of us watch the show because we want to see talented people design and construct clothing!

    I…just can’t. I’ll read recaps, but I just can’t. They’ve lost me.

  • bertkeeter

    Darn, I would have had Mr Gunn wearing a “golden thimble” crown!

  • Call me Bee

    I has a sad.

  • quiltrx

    Wow, I’ve never had “scrolldown disgust” before. I was cracking up over the top portion…but why does it descend into Lurid Town?
    I thought this show jumped the shark a few years ago…but geez, this is a cry for help.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    They have to make a dress from the parachute material. The time limit is before they hit the ground.

  • It was kind of a cute concept, but they went too far with Tim. I assume Heidi’s meant to be saying, “Let them wear couture.”

  • omg_dora

    What in god’s name is wrong with American TV?! Why does every show have to turn into Jersey Shore? It would be so amazing to watch a skill-based contest show that’s actually about what it’s about, for once. Without being treated by the producers like I’m a superficial, easily manipulated moron with ADD.

    • bertkeeter

      AMEN sister!

  • Gwyndall

    Tim Gunn, in JEANS… does Tim even own jeans? Sacrilege!

    • snarkykitten

      I have his style book and IIRC, he rails against jeans pretty hard!

    • formerlyAnon

      I believe he does, occasionally. I seem to remember a BK who lives near him in NY has reported seeing him in jeans (pressed) on the street. Now, I am not going back through years of TLo posts to confirm this memory, so it definitely falls into the “for what it’s worth” category.

  • snarkykitten

    Poor Tim Gunn. I weep for you.

  • Meredith_P

    His head is definitely photoshopped! I don’t think that Tim has hairy knuckles with dark hair. Don’t care where Heidi was there or not.

  • KayEmWhy

    Are we sue Tim Gunn is not photoshopped? Oh Dear!

    • OrigamiRose

      I’m choosing to believe that he is Photoshopped. The thought of him enduring this ridiculousness makes me sad.

      • KayEmWhy

        Yeah, he’s far to dignified for that.

        • gurl boy

          $$$$$$$$$ rules honey!

    • gurl boy

      Those are his shoulders…sloppy!

  • e jerry powell

    Mark the date. Civilization as we knew it is over.

  • Kate4queen

    Are those the real contestants?

  • OrigamiRose

    Dear god. They go skydiving? What in the hell….

  • gurl boy

    That’s definetly Tim…can tell by his odd sloppy shoulders!

  • Danielle

    Poor Tim looks so uncomfortable. They should have super-imposed a picture of his character from Sophia the First instead.

  • Laylalola

    Please don’t have some poor jumper have to wear one of their “functional” parachute designs.

    • SonOfSaradoc

      Malfunctional, more like.

  • MemHey

    Hell’s Kitchen for fashion.

  • Shawn EH

    Tim’s gotten lost in a 1980s Ratt video!

    • mhleta

      Haha! Love the reference. I was staying at a hotel in Toronto a few years back and Ratt was staying there, too. You want to see some fashion tragedies, hang out in the hotel bar when Ratt’s in town. You could smell the desperation three blocks away!

  • Jenny66

    I stopped watching this show several seasons ago. I love me some Tim Gunn but it’s no longer a show about finding the best designer. I mean, it was always entertainment but talent was recognized and the competitions used to be design-based. Now it’s just an over-the-top disaster. I’m waiting for the day when contestants have to lip-synch for their lives and RuPaul comes out to scold them. Where’s Jeffrey and Santino when you need them?

  • Tatiana Luján

    Poor Tim. I wonder how is the permanence clause of his contract. Poor Tim.

    • makeityourself

      There is NO WAY Tim Gunn actually attended this shoot. First of all, his decorum would not have allowed it. Secondly, that Tim Gunn head is so obviously photoshopped onto another man’s body it isn’t even funny. The silent scream of anguish was emitted long after the shoot, when Tim was given a copy of this composed photo for the first time. HELL no.

      • Supernumerary

        To be honest, I now view Tim Gunn as the guiding hand of Project Runway. The whole show is such a ridiculous runaway train, that I feel as if Tim’s presence is the sole point of sanity for those designers trapped in the workroom.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I would rather stick pins in my eyes than watch another season of Project Runway.

  • Anniebet

    But.. but, Uncle TLo. I LIKE Tim in tight pants. The guy liner, maybe not.

    This would be so much better if the actual contestants were the naked ones. 🙂

  • Cindy Wallach

    Holy Gay-Cater-Waiter!!(best line ever) Seriously……..That doesn’t even look like Tim’s body….the shoulders are way too broad….Tim’s are like bunny-run ski slopes…..I smell PhotoShop…..and is it me…or do the models look like they’re wearing thick nylon body suits?? Now THAT screams Tyra and ANTM

  • Sweetvegan

    Oh, Tim. Tim, Tim, Tim . . .

  • Mariah J

    I thought I read “Project Runway Season 12 Promo Disaster” at first then corrected myself. After seeing the photos however I was right the first time. This is a disaster.

  • Womyn2me

    I dont know, I can think of lots of designers on PR that I would have thrown out of a plane.

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  • Qitkat

    Project WREQway.

  • mhleta

    Why don’t they listen to us? Ever? We don’t want Drama, we want Design, Talent, Innovation, and garments that make us swoon. They can take their stupid forced drama and shove up their tacky arses. And I’ll never forgive them for taking my elegant and dignified hero and making him out to be Heidi’s eunuch guarding her greasy, underfed orgy squad. Really vulgar. A new low for PR.

  • CurbGirl

    Oh dear Mr Gunn…please use that needle to fight your way out of there! Get out while you can!!!

  • Amalia

    WHY are there so many shiny naked people?!? Isn’t this show about clothes?

  • Margo Anderson

    Have you ever seen the photographs of Harry Frees? He specialized in vignettes featuring kittens dressed in human clothing. The were supposed to be cute, but under the clothes, the kittens were strapped into metal braces to hold them into position. They’re frozen in glassy eyed terror at the torture. I think the same process was used here on Tim.

  • librarygrrl64

    OMG, poor Tim!!!!!!!!!

  • Kent Roby

    I thought I was doing okay as a costume designer, but I am terrified of heights. I guess I’ll quit now.

  • adnama79

    I think everyone is giving Tim Gunn too much credit. He put those pants on.

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  • Jessica Rose

    tim looks like he is in pain. Deep, personal, soul stealing pain.

  • HelenNPN

    Oh, what a bunch of hogwash and ruffled goose feathers. Tim looks hot. He’s revealing his inner Tom of Finland, and what you see on his kind face is the roughest expression he can muster.