January 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm #268976
It looks like we all missed this one. The season 11 premiere of Lifetime’s “Project Runway” aired last night.
Here’s a list of the new field of designers:
Valentine, 31 – Hometown: Nashville, TN; Resides in Lincoln, NE
Mach, 35 – Hometown: Sydney, Australia; Resides in London, England
Marlatt, 59 – Hometown: Kent, WA; Resides in Kent, WA
Esquivel, 48 – Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Austin, TX
Pollard, 24 – Hometown: Richfield, OH; Resides in Falls Church, VA
Martinez, 29 – Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Fort Worth, TX
Aaron Segal, 30 – Hometown: Framingham, MA; Resides in Providence, RI
Pankoke, 23 – Hometown: Eau Claire, WI & Parkland, FL; Resides in Chicago,
Aguilar, 28 – Hometown: Valadares, Brazil; Resides in New York, NY
Arthur, 30 – Hometown: Hammond, LA; Resides in New Orleans, LA
Lesniak Franklin, 34 – Hometown: Portland, OR; Resides in Portland, OR
Michaels, 46 – Hometown: Taos, NM; Resides in Taos, NM
Hallmarq, 39 – Hometown: Saramento, CA; Resides in Sacramento, CA
Black, 28 – Hometown: Bronx, NY; Resides in Fairfield, CT
Hudson, 45 – Hometown: Lynwood, CA; Resides in West Hollywood, CA
Suthiwat Nakchat, 26 – Hometown: Chacheangsao, Thailand; Resides in
Discuss.January 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm #268978
I didn’t miss it. I think I’ll enjoy the team concept and I now have a crush on Zac Posen.January 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm #268979
Pretty weird how little promotion this new season had. Of course I don’t watch the show on Lifetime and maybe there was a commercial or something, but normally you hear about a the new season a lot and see posters and ads everywhere. Not to mention that I had gotten used to the july start date.
Also, I had no idea Michael Kors had quit the show and Zac Posen had stepped in, I imagine it was because of this start date or because he’s busy with all of those handbags that everybody seems to have now. I read he’ll be the guest judge for the finale.
For me, even if it was an introduction episode, it was still one of the worst episodes of the show I have ever seen in terms of contestants, challenge and the final product on the runway. It really looked as odd and ugly as an early first season episode. Even the contestants looked weird and out fo place.
I only liked Daniel’s and Patricia’s dress and maybe one or two more, but I can’t recall the names of the contestants yet. Out of 16 people? Only 2-4 outfits were good?
And then the girl who got eliminated, like Nina said, it was easily the worst thing ever on PR history. I specially loved when Christian asked about the zipper and the model turned and it was just a knot.
I don’t know how I feel about the team challenges, it looks like drama was the basis for this decision, and I like PR drama, but still, I need more weeks to see how this goes.January 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm #268980
“There Is No I in Team”: Nice start to the new season. This field looks like they could be a strong one once they get past the initial nerves. I really didn’t get some of the designers’ oddball design aesthetics, and many of them read fairly old. The team challenges twist will take some getting used to. Those have a tendency to go badly pretty quickly once the “nice” hats are taken off, and you can see early on who are going to be the attention hogs and who will be the meek followers. Daniel’s fitted suit was stellar, so I’m glad he won in an easy victory. That’s the kind of design you’d see near the end of the season, so good going for him in making his presence felt so early on. Team “Keeping It Real” had a more cohesive line and got along better (for now), which was nice to see. “Dream Team” didn’t do either and rightfully lost. Emily’s design was one of the worst (and unfinished) looks I’ve ever seen go down the runway. Just a hot ass mess all around. All of her boasting about being in the final three and then just having to beat Cindy to be safe had the writing on the wall in the editing. Loved that Christian Siriano was a guest judge. I’m not all that keen yet on no Micheal Kors, and while Zac Posen is as good a replacement as any on paper, a spark was missing in panel that would have been there with Kors. I wouldn’t have minded Siriano getting Kors’s seat to be honest. Hoping for another standout season this year.January 27, 2013 at 6:37 am #268981
Well of course a spark was missing, imagine Michael Kors reacting to Emily’s dress and then reacting again when she revealed there was no zipper.
This review reminded of me of the team names. The producers should have just cut and wait until they came up with real names instead of “dream team” and specially SPECIALLY “keeping it real”. Even on The Apprentice they do a better job.January 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm #268982
I’m not really sure how I feel about this season yet; I feel like the contestants this season are split between young/fashionable and older/eccentric. Agreed that you could tell Emily was going to be eliminated due to the editing of how confident she was. None of the first designs were that great and only a few were horrible so we will see who starts to stand out. All in all an average episode, didn’t seem the premiere.January 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm #268983
Well of course a spark was missing, imagine Michael Kors reacting to
Emily’s dress and then reacting again when she revealed there was no
zipper.January 30, 2013 at 10:13 pm #268984
Episode Title: “Spin Out”
Synopsis: The remaining designers serve up ball-boy outfits and new server uniforms for a Ping-Pong social club; Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon serves as the guest judge; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.February 2, 2013 at 11:04 am #268985
The Dream Team’s prospects aren’t looking so dreamy, are they? lol. For what it’s worth, the kilt ball boy design would have been my challenge winner. It’s playful and tongue-in-cheek tone was great to me (especially the logo placement), and even though it wasn’t all that practical or appropriate as a uniform I know, I could admire it as a way for Matthew to keep his design aesthetic intact. That had to be a better way to go with things than just making another pair of jeans. It was more dynamic than Layana’s winning server design, which kinda won by default. If they were going to go for something interesting as the winner on Keeping It Real’s team, they should have picked Joseph and Richard’s equally cool ball boy uniform with the bold logo branding and the stick holder in the back instead. Benjamin’s micro-managing was annoying, but I can see where he’d be skeptical of Cindy in general. Her jacket was generic looking, and with his energies diverted to playing team leader, Benjamin couldn’t do much with his own overextended looks, and it cost him, especially with his ill-fitting shorts to Cindy’s jacket. The editing gave away James’s elimination early on by first doing his confessionals looking everyday at the beginning, and then shifting to him in a suit and glasses for the rest of the episode, and that was what he was wearing in the judging. If not that, then for his trouble with his first shirt look, which even Tim Gunn thought was horrid. But what he ended up doing a second time for his server look with the cabana boy pants and lazy shirt didn’t do him any favors either. He shouldn’t have separated himself from the group like he did, but at the same time, I think he was railroaded in both episodes to go along with the group’s vision over his own, no matter how narrow that vision was. Michelle’s jump-ship attitude is tiresome, but I’ll agree with one thing she said, which was that if they weren’t doing this by teams this season and judged individually, I think you would see a different bottom three. There were designs from both Dream Team and Keeping It Real that were top three level and bottom three level. I guess that’s the beauty and hard luck of team challenges. If Dream Team continues on this negative slope, they’ll be eliminated one by one until there’s only one “team” left, then maybe the high concept ends and they go back to individual challenges again. If things get too lopsided, they’ll rearrange the teams anyway to be equal or split up Keeping It Real. They’ll be back to normal challenges by the final five. Not sure why Susan Sarandon is involved in something like Spin in the first place (Meryl isn’t taking all the film roles in your age bracket), but I did get a kick out of seeing her as a guest judge, something I never thought I’d see happen on “Project Runway.” And Michael Kors is sorely missed on judging panel. He would have eviscerated poor Emily last week. Hehe.February 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm #268986
Episode Title: “Surprise Me”
Synopsis: The remaining designers create special garments for Heidi; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.February 14, 2013 at 7:44 am #268987
Episode Title: “The Ultimate Hard and Soft”
Synopsis: The remaining designers must fashion clothing made from hard and soft materials; later, the teams are hit with a twist no one saw coming; Bette Midler and fashion blogger Leandra Medine serve as guest judges; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.February 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm #268988
The Miranda Lambert episode was excellent. She’s also one of the best guest judges they’ve had on in a long time. If Blake ever wants to take a break from “The Voice,” his wife can take over his chair and possibly take someone all the way to the win. Poor Matthew really did lose his confidence big time, and they never really got to the heart of what was going on with him. I think he had much more to show that could have been great in with the hard and soft challenge. I’m glad they revised the teams from last episode to give Dream Team some type of advantage over Keeping It Real, and now with the pairings, it’s changed the dynamic of the season yet again to good effect. Nice to see Amanda redeemed, Samantha winning last week’s challenge. Benjamin starting to get his time management shit together, and Michelle finally being on a winning team. I also liked how she defended her red carpet look to the judges. Nina was in rare form with her critiques (taking up the slack for Michael Kors I’m guessing), so it was nice to see someone who didn’t automatically cave into the pressure of the judges’ thrashing and still kept her sense of humor about it. Joan Rivers next week as guest judge will hopefully be awesome and hilarious. I’ll need to see some tears from at least half of the bottom teams.February 28, 2013 at 8:12 am #268989
Episode Title: “Senior Fling”
Synopsis: The remaining designers create fashionable clothes for senior models; Joan and Melissa Rivers serve as the guest judges; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.February 28, 2013 at 11:51 pm #268990
That should have been an easy exit for Tu. There was no real design to his look, just a bunch of green fabric cinched together by a belt. I’m fairly shocked that Benjamin got the boot instead. On pedigree alone, I would have pegged him to be at least top five material. It’s pretty funny to me that Patricia is still kicking and he isn’t considering the disdain he had for her in general and her aesthetic choices earlier in the competition. Sad exit. Melissa and Joan were fun but weren’t on their usual level ten. Most of the seniors’ looks were uninspired and ill-fitting. These designers don’t seem to know what to do with models who aren’t in their twenties and a size zero. Oh well.March 7, 2013 at 7:03 am #268991
Episode Title: “A Sticky Situation”
Synopsis: The remaining designers fashion-forward prom looks constructed from duct tape; designer Chris Benz serves as the guest judge; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.