August 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm #555796
The new season of Project Runway starts tomorrow (Thursday, August 6), and I’ll be very happy to see it back. I’m especially looking forward to Tim’s interaction with the contestants, in light of the comments he gave Entertainment Weekly regarding how he “went off” on the contestants because they were underperforming.August 9, 2015 at 10:20 am #555798
Nice start to the season. The right person won. I think Matilda, Melinda, the one with the church lady outfit (or Tara’s mom on True Blood) did a good job too but it looked kind of big on the model. But she deserved her second place. The editors really wanted us to think she would be eliminated first.August 10, 2015 at 8:43 am #555799
This was a good premiere for the most part. I like the designers as a whole, and a few stand out already. It’s curious that Tim Gunn considers this group to be a bunch of slackers. I didn’t get that impression and found them to be very eager to please in general. But there’s much more to come this season where all of those views can change drastically. I’m glad that the big girl won (she needed the confidence boost badly), and fine with the New Zealander going home (cocky bloke who didn’t know his own design aesthetic). I would have been perfectly fine with the Edna Mode lady getting booted too. It’s nice to see the show expanding its net more with international designers (Haiti, China, India, and New Zealand) and less of the usual NYC/LA suspects. It’s nice to see persistence pay off with some who tried out on previous seasons get a chance now (though that could be a sidehanded compliment of being included in a less competitive field). Judging was good. New runway set yay! Watched the casting special too. Is Mondo like picking everyone and running the whole damn thing lol? There were rotating members and former winners even (Dmitri, Amanda, Brandon, etc.), but Mondo always sat in the middle and signed off on all the finalists. The power! But he is an All-Stars winner and should have won his season outright (Gretchen who? Where the hell is she anyways?), so it’s cool. More complete thoughts when I get the names of the new designers down.August 10, 2015 at 10:31 am #555800
And the big girl is going to be on the show forever. The previews had her in pretty much every challenge they showed clips of.August 10, 2015 at 11:40 am #555801
Sadly, my recording cut off before the clips showing what will happen this season. But I did enjoy the premiere. I have to say, I was definitely on the lookout for the laziness Tim talked about and trying to figure out which of the designers is the one he thought was bringing down the rest of the group. I guess it’s a little early to tell, and so far this bunch seemed on par with all the other seasons in terms of work ethic. But the group did seem a little behind when Tim came in to critique them, and three of them failed to bring thier sewing tools as they had been instructed to, which seems like a bad sign.
Ashley totally deserved the win, as I thought her work was far and away the strongest. Merlene’s architectural look was interesting, but I didn’t like it at all. Merlene, by the way, is kind of the worst. All of the talking and singing and repeating phrases was so annoying, but the best/worst was when Tim was critiquing her, looking at her station like he had no idea what she was even doing, and he asked her about what the bottom part of her look would be like, and she said, “Oh yeah, that’s a good one.” She pulled it together though.
Duncan was probably the right choice to go home, with his admitted lack of ideas and perspective, but I disliked Hanmiao’s oversized dress and jacket combination so, so much. To me it just looked like a less appealing version of things we’ve seen done on past seasons, but I guess the same could be said about Duncan’s underdesigned draped gown. The group turned out some good looks in the end, and I’m excited about the rest of the season.August 11, 2015 at 12:40 am #555802
Loved the premiere, the winner and the one that went home!August 13, 2015 at 1:12 am #555803
Episode Title: “It’s All in the Cards”
Synopsis: In the season’s first unconventional challenge, the designers must incorporate cards from Hallmark into their design; another contestan is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.August 14, 2015 at 6:32 am #555804
David versus Amanda? Hmmm. I think I would’ve kept David on instead. Amanda top was cool, but her dress was hideous and barely wearable. At least David’s look had a cool and fashionable sense to it, even though he didn’t follow the rules like he should have and used too much muslin. Sad since he seemed really distraught about being eliminated. Very novel unconventional materials challenge, though I’m ready for them to shake up this format up in some way soon. Edmond killed this challenge, so yay for him! Swahil would have made a fine winner too.August 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm #555805
I fall for whatever fakeout the show is trying to put on us every time. I was really surprised that Blake’s glitter-gone-wild dress was in the top four. It was so bright and looked very juvenile to me. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t think Zac and Nina would like it. Kudos to Edmond (who I actually predicted to be eliminated, eek!) and Swapnil for a pair of gorgeous creations. Edmond’s especially was just perfect for the challenge. I also adored Kelly’s top, and the skirt looked good, even though when she started with it I thought it would be awful.
It’s great that this show is still coming up with new and surprising challenges. Most of the designers came up with things that looked pretty good, though I will agree with Amanda that there were some really terrible-looking messes that managed to skate by. The two that stood out to me were Merline’s look and the one with the big pink paper skirt, which really just looked like an unattractive paper skirt. I was torn on David vs. Amanda. David’s jacket was obviously better than Amanda’s overall look. The top was cute, but the skirt was not, and the more you looked at it, the worse it looked. But with David, not only did he not follow the challenge, but his creation wasn’t particularly innovative either. I think using so much muslin could have been salvaged if he’d executed something extremely edgy and cool, but his jacket, while lovely and wearable, didn’t feel that new. I did feel bad for him, though.August 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm #555806
Amanda started off great, another girl had the same idea, but Amanda’s top ended up better…and then the skirt showed up. That was the worst thing we’ve seen this season, she should’ve been eliminated for it. I would’ve kept David, but every season I fail to understand how somebody can be so naive to use so much fabric and for the first time in a bunch of seasons there was actual talk between the contestants and the guilty party: “you’re using too much fabric”!!!!. How many times did everybody tell them? I have never seen contestants say it so much to the one who’s using it and he keeps doing it. His initial idea wasn’t as bad as Tim put it, but his overall look was great. So thinking about how 100% silly David was, I’m now torn between him and Amanda who was also a worthy eliminated contestant for having zero sense when it came to the skirt.
I said Katy Perry right away with Kelly’s look, I don’t know what’s so wrong about that, if somebody can make a wedding dress, then somebody else can make a pop girl show outfit, right? I think the judges were unfair and maybe they just thought her taste is questionable and she really thoguth she was making a regular outfit. Maybe she actually was. Perhaps she should’ve said out loud “I went with a pop star show outfit” right from the start and they would’ve reacted better because it was really good.
Editors fucking with us again with the annoying gay kid and his purple glitter mess.
As for the winner, Edmond was deserving, I think the dress looked better when they first showed the skirt, it was much shorter, but then again I don’t think we were supposed to know it would end up being a wedding dress until one of the contestants said it in an interview. So when it came out I was disappointed because I liked it as it was first shown. But the idea was cool, it was a risk and it paid off perfectly. Swapnil’s look got better with repeated shots as the critique went along, because the first few times the skirt looked awful.
Also, “I’m sorry, I don’t speak Indian”. Best part of the episode.August 20, 2015 at 1:09 am #555807
Episode Title: “Shut Up & Sew”
Synopsis: The designers are paired up and treated to a day on a cruise ship; some of the duos hit rocky water in the workroom; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.August 20, 2015 at 8:31 am #555808
I love team challenges on this show. They tend to run the gamut from groups that truly are enhanced to a level no individual designer could have achieved alone to groups that have totally negative effects on one another’s work and brings out the worst in everyone.August 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm #555809
The team challenge season might have been a series low point. The producers love to pick from this low-hanging fruit for the easy conflicts and drama, but I rarely see it being a show benefit or garments benefit. Maybe tonight’s episode changes that view. Judging by the previews, I doubt it.August 20, 2015 at 3:48 pm #555810
I agree about the team season. Doing the teams for the whole season felt incredibly restrictive and I think was frustrating for everyone involved. For an episode here or there, though, I tend to enjoy it.