“Guys, I’m so excited I could pee!” exclaimed Christian Siriano in the season 17 premiere of “Project Runway.” He was bringing the models in for final fittings with their designers before the runway show when all that pent-up enthusiasm came out, and for good reason. Siriano won season four of “Runway,” and is now bringing it full circle by mentoring the current batch of contestants. He replaces Tim Gunn, who declined to return to the show as it transitioned back to Bravo from Lifetime. But were you as excited to see Siriano as he was to be there? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
Siriano is arguably the best known “Runway” champion. He was still making a stir on the fashion scene as recently as February, when his gender-defying tuxedo gown for Billy Porter raised eyebrows — I for one thought it was a defiant showstopper. So if we couldn’t get Gunn back, Siriano seems ideally suited to fill his shoes and usher this year’s contestants along the same path to success that he traveled.
So what do you think of him so far? In the season premiere he wisely warned Cavanagh Baker that she should amp up her simple black dress; she tried, but her attempt at an accompanying tweed coat had to be scrapped. He told Frankie Lewis that her swimsuit bottom had shape problems, which turned out to be even worse than he thought when a giant wedgie walked down the runway. And he also gave Kovid Kapoor good advice about editing himself so as not to overwhelm the elegance of his core design.
He didn’t tell anyone to “make it work,” which is just as well — no one could make “make it work” work as well as Tim Gunn did. But Siriano nevertheless had a successful, mostly low-key “Runway” debut. What did you think of him during his first show as mentor?
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