Official PROJECT RUNWAY Thread (Season 12)

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  • Atypical
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    #552884

    The season 12 premiere of Lifetime’s “Project Runway” begins on Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 9 PM ET.

    Woot.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I saw the poster this morning and thought YEAH!….now that I’m reading this thread, I thought I had forgotten who won last season, it was Michelle and then I realized…THIS JUST FINISHED LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AGO!!!!! How can it be on again so soon?

    Not complaining….I doubt I’ll ever get tired of this show like it happened to me two years ago with Top Model (I’m back though) and Amazing Race. 

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    Renaton
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    That poster is both utterly ridiculous and completely awesome. I didn’t watch last season, but I’m thinking of watching again because Tim will be a judge, so I’m curious.

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    Atypical
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    Time to bump up our newly crowned 5X Emmy-nominated “Project Runway”! (YAY Heidi and Tim!)

    Episode Title: “Sky’s the Limit”

    Synopsis: In the season 12 premiere, the designers fly high when they arrive on an airport runway and must immediately create looks from parachute materials; one contestant is eliminated from the competition.

    Discuss.     

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    EmmyLoser
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    Tim will be a judge?  That’s interesting.  I don’t love the idea, not because I don’t love Tim, but because putting him on the panel will kind of detract from the universal appeal of him just helping all of the designers and always pushing them to succeed and never wanting any of them eliminated. 

    I had no idea this season was starting so soon.  I just finished watching last season three days ago (GO MICHELLE!), so I guess I’m ready to dive in for more.  That poster is fantastic.

    And CONGRATS to Heidi and Tim!  Project Runway had a strong showing this year.

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    Atypical
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    Kate won the fan vote.

    One of the contestants is deaf, and he’s local!  

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    EmmyLoser
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    There was some interesting tinkering with the format here, kind of ironic because the show had such a good showing with Emmys this year and that was announced they morning they premiered these changes.  I didn’t know Zac Posen would still be in for Michael Kors, but I like having him there.  Having Tim sit on the panel and not judge I think is actually a great idea.  It was cool to see him advising the judges on some of the process and conversations he had with the designers, but I kind of feel like that whole business with them examining the garments up close could just happen off screen.  I don’t love the institution of the Tim Gunn save, just because the idea of it annoys me and feels so gimmicky.  This isn’t even a show where the audience is eliminating a person and giving the show a chance to save them.  The eliminating party and the saving party are literally sitting right next to each other.  It’s kind of ridiculous.

    As far as the contestants and this week’s episode, I am not thrilled that Kate’s back.  (Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock and not knowing any of this was happening.)  In terms of a contestant getting a second chance, she’s among the least deserving I can think of.  She got eliminated so hard that she took her partner/seamstress Tu down with her.  If anyone deserved a second chance, it would be him, not her.  Timothy got pretty annoying pretty fast, and kind of seems full of crap to me.  Those heels he wore on the runway were ridiculous, a total contrast with his outfit and just such a bad idea to glitz himself up while making his model walk barefoot and barefaced.  I can’t believe none of the judges said a word about the cameltoe overflow situation that Sandro’s model had going!  Michael Kors would have had some zingers for that.  I’m eager to see what these designers do when they’re not making clothes out of parachute material.

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    Atypical
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    Tim Gunn isn’t judging as a panelist, which would sort of be unfair since he gets to see the designs in creation and knows who designed what. I like the new twist of “Tim’s Save,” so that will be interesting to see how that plays out this season. I was hoping Michael Kors would come back. Zac Posen has his own dynamic that I’ve gotten used to from last season, but nothing compares to Heidi, Michael, and Nina together in panel. Getting to critique the top three and bottom three designs post-judging was cool too. Very insidery and all. I was so ready for that “sustainable designer” guy to go home, but instead they let go of the blonde lady who looked perfectly capable and nondescript but basically put out a poncho to the runway. I could go for his environmentally conscious angle, but making his model not have hair and makeup done and having her act out his ridiculous “performance art” (which I’m so glad she refused to do) was too much. It was great when Zac pointed out that by burning his fabrics like he did, he was releasing harmful fumes into the air, and how environmentally sound is that really? And that twink had the nerve to wear four-inch heels on the runway while his model had to go barefoot (gross)? Send him home next, plz. The field looks solid enough. The guy with the accent could be good. The winning guy did an awesome job with this unconventional materials challenge. The way his design’s train soared and billowed with that pop of color at the end was fantastic. The tattooed girl already annoys me, as does that lady who used more of the supplemental material than she did with the actual parachute. That really should have been a DQ. I’d have sent her home just for that over the other lady. Good premiere, and it’s nice that they did this on the same day as their nice Emmy nominations haul.

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    uncreativename
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    Already much more excited for this season than last season which I stopped watching after a few episodes because I was bored with it.

    There seem to be a lot of strong personalities none of whom seem to want to deal with the sustainable fashion guy (Ken…I think) so going to be excited to see how they interact with him alone. On that note, I’m glad Zac Posen called him out for burning the parachute but claiming to be sustainable.

    I was half expecting the judges to send home Miranda for blatantly ignoring the rules of the challenge but at least what she made was attractive.

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    Madson Melo
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    I’ll be watching this season 🙂

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    BenitoDelicias
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    They like to criticize designers for putting to much into one single look but they certainly did put A LOT into the new season.

    Tim is a judge, no he isn’t, he sits on the judges chairs, then he’s gone without explanation, he has a safe card, but only one, why was he in the chair?, he brings out the models, now they can see them upclose, he has an interview where he declines the safe, they have a debit card for Mood, but not for this challenge, now they dont know who designed the dresses (as if that matters), they bring back a past contender, they finally decide to send somebody home who did a good job but didn’t follow the rules, no they don’t send her back, they should set a prescedent, but they don’t….Enough!

    Anyway….this group of contenders is nothing out of the ordinary, the same group of annoying personalities is there, even Kate came back which is awful and not needed at all, they had enough new annoying people to feel the need to add a new/old one. The sustainable guy is nice to watch, nice to hate, but he’ll go home soon. It was good that they called out his bullshit.

    I was kind of shocked that nobody mentioned the models vagina hanging out. Was it as a favor to the girl? A girl who midway through said “fuck it I’ll just let it all hang out, I can’t cover it no more”. They have called out people for a tiny bit of asscheeks before….And it was even more surprising when they saw the dresses up close and the vagina is now even closer, still blacked out by the editors and still nobody says anything, they just stare at her.

    The right person won, but the whole challenge was a miss. Not one of those dresses looked that good.

    The fact that this is not a teams season already makes it better. 

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “Million Dollar Runway”

    Synopsis: Precious jewels inspire new runway looks; costume designer Eric Daman (“Gossip Girl”) serves as the guest judge; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

    Discuss.

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    Film Turtle
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    Damn, was I happy to see Tim Gunn nominated with Heidi as a team for reality-show host. He deserves it more than anyone else right now.

    The “Tim Gunn Save” is just a formalized version of what happened last season when Tim urged the judges to save whatshername, who went on to win. I’m curious to see how that works.

    I like the idea of Tim being present, also, during the judging process and allowing the judges to examine the garments up close. This is what the expanded 90-minute running time allows; more opportunity to observe the creative process and to allow the audience to hear more of how Heidi, Zac (who is a good replacement for The Duchess, as Tom & Lorenzo call him, although I still miss Kors) and Nina make their decisions.

    The “blind” runway conceit is silly, however. It doesn’t make that much of a difference. 

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    Atypical
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    My top three would have been Jeremy, Justin, and Brandon. Those three were on fire this week, and I would have been fine with any of those designs as the winner (I think Jeremy would have been my choice for the win, though Brandon’s look was stunning too). Kate’s look was fine I guess, but I don’t get the gushing over it. The color was nice and matched the jewelry beautifully, but the execution looked sloppy to me, unless that was the point. Sandro is so much to take, and that steamer tirade of his was ridiculous. I have a feeling he’s going to be around for a good while to provide the show with its dose of drama for the season. Dom’s look felt way to beachy for me, and I agree with Zac that the headband really needed to go. The bottom three was fitting enough. I don’t know how long Timothy is going to skate by with the judges. I can appreciate his “sustainability cause” as Heidi puts it, but it can’t be at the expense of his design aesthetic, if he even has one to begin with. I knew that Helen’s boasting about evening wear being in her wheelhouse would come back to bite her in the ass, and sure enough, it did. It’s weird seeing someone with that tough exterior of piercings and tattoos break down like that twice. Tim Gunn was earning his paycheck with this episode (win that Emmy!). I really like the up close evaluations of the winning and losing designs, and I hope that Tim’s save this season is a good and worthy one. Kahindo seemed to get the short end of the stick this week, but if her sewing skills were as bad as the look on Nina’s face suggested, then maybe the right decision was made after all. She had a graceful exit, and it would have been interesting to see more of her African heritage on display in her clothes. I would like to see at least one person of color win this show before it leaves the air. Strong challenge and execution.

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    EmmyLoser
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    This was a good challenge, and I like when the thing they have to design for/around isn’t an impediment to them.  So I enjoyed seeing what came out of this.  Kahindo getting cut over the trainwrecks assembled by Timothy and Helen was kind of criminal, but it felt like Nina and Zac may have joined forces against Heidi the way Nina and Michael used to.  Heidi was clearly hoping to get rid of Helen, and I would probably have agreed.  Maybe Timothy will learn of some new, sustainable practice/product every week, and in a month or so, he’ll be designing, constructing, and styling like the other designers.  I think Dom’s look was my favorite, even though it was kind of beachy.  It was like something one of the less stuffy characters might wear to a Grayson beach party on Revenge.  Bradon’s dress was quite stunning, and I did like Justin’s a lot.  I’m a little surprised actually that Kahindo wasn’t safe in favor of having Karen in the bottom three.  The color she used looked too vibrant for the challege/to highlight the jewels, the design wasn’t particularly interesting, and the fit was really wonky.  I’m going to enjoy having Sandro around, because man is he a lunatic.  I loved the way Tim handled Helen, as well.  He didn’t try to pretend her dress wasn’t atrocious, but he said some other things that seemed comforting, or at least calming. 

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