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    It’s officially returning! From Bravo’s press release TODAY:

    JULY 2, 2021, 9:43 AM ET
    Bravo’s Project Runway Returns for Season 19 (UPDATED)

    Production will begin on the upcoming new season of the fashion competition this spring.

    BY LAURA ROSENFELD

    UPDATE (JULY 2, 9:43 a.m.): Get ready to return to the runway. A new season of Bravo’s “Project Runway” is on its way and coming soon, according to a new preview of the upcoming Season 19 released on July 1.

    The teaser, which you can check out below, shows that “fashion gets back to work” when “Project Runway” returns. The clip also shows Nina Garcia, Christian Siriano, Elaine Welteroth, and Brandon Maxwell looking as fabulous as ever as they strut down the runway.

    We can’t wait to see what the new season of “Project Runway” has in store!

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    Bravo’s “Project Runway” is back! Bravo has greenlit the Emmy-winning competition series for Season 19, the network announced on Wednesday, April 7.

    The fabulous fashions will take the runway with Christian Siriano, Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, and Elaine Welteroth, with Karlie Kloss making appearances.

    Production for the upcoming season of Project Runway will begin this spring in New York City.

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    From Deadline:

    Bravo has slotted 9 pm, Thursday, October 14 for the Season 19 premiere of its Emmy-winning fashion competition series “Project Runway.”

    Mentor Christian Siriano returns, along with judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, and Elaine Welteroth, and 16 new designers from across the U.S. and abroad, each ready to prove they have what it takes to show a collection at New York Fashion Week and win the grand prize of $250,000.

    As was previously reported, Karlie Kloss won’t be returning as full-time host for Season 19, but will appear occasionally throughout the season.

    Additionally, digital series “Project Runway: Redemption” premieres on Thursday, September 9, with new episodes airing every week until the “Project Runway” premiere. It will feature alums from “Project Runway” seasons 17 and 18 going head to head for a $25,000 prize.

    “Project Runway” wrapped its 18th season on March 12, 2020, just as the coronavirus pandemic started. The Season 18 finale, which featured Serena Williams as a guest judge, saw Geoffrey Mac walk away with the prize.

    The long-running competition series is produced by Alfred Street Industries and Spyglass Media Group. Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Nan Strait, Dan Volpe, Meri Haitkin, and J.J. Duncan serve as executive producers for Alfred Street Industries. Siriano also serves as executive producer.

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    Episode Title: “A Colorful Return”

    Synopsis: The new crop of designers are split into two teams living and working separately to create mini-collections celebrating color; the competition comes to a head on the day of the runway show when they reunite, hoping their team is victorious.

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    I almost forgot this was happening entirely, until I saw Project Runway in the prediction center. Looking forward to getting back into it. It’s been too long since I heard Nina Garcia question someone’s taste level.

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    Lively premiere. The cast looks routinely strong, full of diverse and dynamic designers. I don’t miss Karlie Kloss at all, but it’s clear that some type of host is needed. I would have liked some sort of acknowledgment of the year(s) we suffered through and moving forward from there. It was mainly business as usual in judging with each judge doing some brief greetings, and Nina Garcia getting a bit choked up over seeing her first runway in over a year. It makes you miss that sense of warmth and glam that Heidi Klum brought to the series over the years. Elaine Welteroth could have easily picked up that mantle here, but I guess she’s beyond that now. Anyways, the teams colors challenge was fun. The “cool” team had no sense of cohesion, and that dumb bows idea wasn’t going to cut it for them. Some of the designers didn’t even include bows in the final designs. They were always landing in the bottom as the losing team. The “warm” team deserved the win, mostly for making better garments, but cohesion was lacking there too. Bones will be that gurl this season, and I’m living! Totally out of line how he butted heads with Christian Siriano, like show some respect and humility for the most successful winner of the franchise trying to mentor your arrogant ass! His team rightfully ripped him a new one afterwards, but then he ends up basically making another garment for his errant teammate to lead the team to victory. Fully deserved win, and just for not making his own design for judging, the other guy should have been disqualified. That 30-min dress was the best of the episode! But we can’t have two contestants eliminated in the first episode, I guess. As for the eliminated contestant, I wanted to see more work from Casey in the future, but them’s the breaks. Christian will never use his save this early either. They’ve also changed how they discuss the top three and bottom three designs, which I liked. Excited to see where this season goes. Welcome back!

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    The premiere was great for us, but a huge mess for the teams. As usual it’s reality show stupidity, I can’t believe that in a room of 12-16 designers (I don’t recall the number) nobody could come up with cohesive designs and decisions. Worst of all was Christian walking next to people telling them how bad it was and nobody cared.

    I would say eliminate them all and start the casting process again. This was ridiculous. The top 3 was “meh” as fuck. The yellow winning dress had horrible fabric and color, the gold dress was basic and the red outfit was extremely been there done that and having them put yet another pair of baggy pants with hanging straps in the top is disappointing and very 3, 4, 5 years ago and many seasons ago too as it’s become tiresome to see this design in Project Runway, Next in Fashion and whatever the name of the Netflix one with Tan France was.

    And why the hell wasn’t the purple top/black skirt design from the curvy short hair girl in the bottom? That should’ve been our eliminated design.

    Glad to have the show back, good premiere and we need a host.

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    I thought the premiere was fun and a great audition for Bones to get his own reality show, but good heavens was he bringing drama. I could see where it would have been frustrating if Christian was just walking around to everyone and saying that things didn’t seem cohesive (and that had everyone been thrown off track that would have ended up with designs that weren’t cohesive or finished), but Bones was way out of line there.

    The cool team was an absolute mess with that bow idea. Caycee’s look was considerably worse than everyone else’s and totally looked like a funky bathrobe. She seemed like she had some interesting ideas in her, but as an eliminated look, that was the right choice.

    I didn’t particularly miss having a host this week, but I don’t see the judges all showing up every week to introduce the challenge. It feels like Elaine should be doing it, but I’m sure she’s a very busy woman.

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    Episode Title: “#Streetwear”

    Synopsis: In their first individual challenge, the designers take on streetwear, the most relevant and individualized style in fashion; the competitors create breakout looks to catch the eye of their cool guest judge, social media fashion icon, Wisdom Kaye; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    Oh Meggg. Super cringey situation in the sew room with the models’ races and which designer gets to design for whom. It reminded me of the past controversies of designers who have no capacity for dressing plus-sized models, b/c they only know sample sizes. That clearly reveals their limitations as artists. I get wanting to highlight your work in the best possible light, but the models aren’t assigned for a reason. You’re supposed to rise to the occasion despite who you’re handed! Meg could have said no to the model swap! And generally, wouldn’t you want your designs to be as marketable as possible to a universal audience regardless? The aims shift from only wanting to design for Fashion Week and red carpets to trying to get into crumbling department stores or online. Complex issues. Anyways, streetwear challenges tend to not interest me too much, since usually these clothes are clichéd and unwearable for “real bodies,” though as personal artistic/political statements, the top four really delivered in this new era. Haven’t mastered the names yet, but the winner was a good one. I think I would have picked the Russian lady’s design FTW, since I’ve never seen anything like that before. A tie might have been warranted, and I loathe ties. I figured no one would go home this week, which is unfortunate since any of the bottom three would have made deserving eliminations. The one who should have been disqualified last week was right back in the bottom. One more strike, and he’ll probably be a goner. The one who made the design out of scraps from the other designers had a nice concept, but the execution wasn’t there. He let emotion get the better of him. The woman who made a very childish streetwear look seemed like the one who would have gone home this week. Lively episode though. The season is off to a fantastic start.

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    I like that last week’s episode was high drama, and then this week’s episode was also high drama but with a whole different set of designers from last week! Poor Meg was probably at home crying seeing how bad she came across in this episode. The going on and on and on and on about the race issue with Prajje was cringey enough, but the blow-up in front of the models with Kenneth was so uncalled for and made everyone feel bad. The race issue is complicated, and to me it felt much more actionable for Prajje not to want to put his outfit, which was a celebration of Haiti’s independence, on a white model than for Kenneth to realize that working with an Asian model while doing Asian-inspired streetwear would be more rewarding. The patchwork idea that came out of it was a nice thought, and I think could have worked as just a hat, but abandoning the kimono-inspired top he’d already made in favor of what unfortunately came across as a homemade safety vest was a real shame.

    Overall, I was impressed with what the designers put out for streetwear. There were quite a few things that felt new and different while still feeling definitely like streetwear. Despite Meg having already quit, I thought Katie (I think that’s her name?) would be sent home for her clash of bright patterns that really didn’t work in this context. Her model looked humiliated to be wearing that outfit.

    I agree that these first two episodes have been very strong.

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    Episode Title: “If You Got It, Haunt It”

    Synopsis: The remaining designers are sent to sleep in a haunted mansion to find inspiration; if they can survive the night, they’ll have two days to create a hauntingly chic masquerade gown for a runway show with award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson, who also serves as guest judge; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    Halloween episode! The playfulness of the “haunted house” scenes were fun to watch, and I liked that this challenge allowed for more designer interactions. I think I would have been pleased with any of the top three winning, but I loved that it went to Chasity. She needed this win more than the others b/c of her prior bottom two placement, and the backstory with her deceased father might have been the not-so-subtle editing giveaway all along. Octavio’s and Anna’s looks were both incredible too. Taraji was everything as guest host, which was of course expected. Her high energy was the jolt that the ho-hum judges’ panel needed, and also goes to show how sorely needed a real host is for a show like this with a mostly serious-minded professional cast. Kenneth’s elimination was fine, as he seemed somewhat overwhelmed and out of his element. But so is Darren, who inexplicably was deemed safe for a third poor design in a row, and Katie, whose design aesthetic I already can tell I will dread seeing each time she presents. I would have swapped Bones for Darren, TBH. DD turnt the party with Bones’s design, and I didn’t find it or the mask “costumey” at all. His unironic wigs and mugging are such a blatant plea for camera time, but he’s playing the game like he knows he has to, so kudos to that bitch! Zaden didn’t listen to Christian’s advice about the unforgiving fabric choice and ill-fitted model who couldn’t walk in his dress. Kenneth’s design had some dramatic flair to it, at least. This was my third strike for Darren, who should have gone home instead. I’m sure his time is coming soon enough, unless a redemption arc has already begun with him getting Christian’s advice and starting an upward trend moving forward.

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    I agree with this. Bones’s look may not have been as great as the top three, but it was far from something that should have ended up in the bottom as far as I’m concerned. One thing this show does often is that the designers are encouraged during the challenges to use color, but the judges very often gravitate toward black, and are way more likely to ding a bad design that’s a color other than black. It’s not uncommon for a person using two or three colors to get that “there were too many ideas” critique, even if there isn’t all that much going on.

    Anyway, Katie and Darren both seem on borrowed time, though I was surprised how well Katie’s look came together considering her struggles. Darren feels like an all-around mess. I was very happy for Chasity to get the win, and I loved her look.

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    Episode Title: “Flower Power”

    Synopsis: For their fourth challenge, the remaining designers show up to discover their work room has been flower flashed; the designers must create their own unique floral print from scratch and turn it into a high-end runway look; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    Three strikes, and you’re out! Darren was out of his element and showed such as early as the premiere. It was only a matter of time for his exit, though I don’t think he had the absolute worst design of the night. Katie’s design was atrocious, and trying to throw Christian under the bus to the judges was not a good look. Her first attempt with jumpsuit pants was trash too! Let’s not forget that. He was actually trying to help her out. I hope there’s some tension in the sew room next episode between them. Sabrina’s burka look could have been the centerpiece of the episode, but the execution, woof. I thought some of the safe designers might crop up in the top three. I would have picked Kristina’s look for the win out of what was chosen. The flowery bathrobe design really delivered the drama, though the top and pants didn’t wow me. Shantal’s design had the least amount of flowers on it and won lol, so whatever. Prajjé’s design was fine, but I don’t think he merited a second win so early in the competition. A double elimination with Darren and Katie would have been perfectly warranted. Also, Gigi Hadid for show host! That’s the level of energy these episodes have sorely missed this season. The gig is probably far beneath her and she’s a new mother now, but still. If Heidi Klum can do it, Miss Gigi certainly can as well.

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