‘Project Runway’ video recap: We chat about the ups (most of the designs) and the downs (Nadine, you’re out!) [WATCH]

The remodeled 17th season of “Project Runway” that is back on Bravo had a rough start according to Gold Derby readers. Long-time fans griped about how host Karlie Kloss and mentor Christian Siriano were no Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn. And that Frankie Lewis should have been cut on the first episode instead of designer Cavanaugh Baker. Their feelings were vindicated after Frankie failed to deliver on episode 2 and was told to vamoose.

Senior editors Daniel Montgomery and Susan Wloszczyna were therefore happy to discuss the much-improved third episode of the season, “All the Rage.” The challenge of making a complete design, including accessories, from a single print fabric was far less ephemeral than the previous two tests.

As Daniel noted, “Sounds easy enough when you go to Mood and you have to find one fabric and you’re done. It turned out to be a much more dramatic challenge than I expected.” Much of that drama was delivered by designer Nadine Ralliford. The mother of four sons proved to be a negative Nelly right from the start when she griped about having to wash the dishes every night in the designers’ shared digs. Her attitude, says Daniel, “made me long for the warmth and graciousness of Cavanagh.”

SEE Oh where, oh where is Swatch, the Mood mascot on Season 17?

Meanwhile, Susan — along with the majority of  viewers — was appalled by Nadine blaming her curvy model for her ill-fitting animal print outfit and took her to task for not taking long strides while practicing her runway walk. Ever since the show introduced a more diverse crew of models, “that’s been an easy excuse,” notes Susan. “Even if you were 100 pounds, that (design) wouldn’t look good on you.”

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However, Daniel and Susan took delight in how manic pixie fashion girl Hester Sunshine finally got to shine and Kovid Kapoor‘s wonderful can-do spirit that allowed him to make a comeback this week. And, speaking of comebacks, can Beyonce‘s  upbeat stylist Marni Senofonte, who inspired most of the designers to step up their accessorizing game, perhaps return a few more times. Season 4 winner Christian knows his stuff but he isn’t very persuasive when telling the players where they are going wrong.

One grrrrr-ipe: The dearth of Swatch sightings continued this week when we only saw the Boston Terrier’s food bowls as the designers departed from Mood.

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