Project Runway, Season 9 Finale Part Two (The End!)

This night is extremely busy, however, this season’s final blog/analysis must go on.  Let’s not waste any time….
-Anya reflects on getting in by the skin of her teeth…Josh hates that Anya made it through and he should…the finale can be a disaster with 4 showing at Fashion Week….
-Tim loved some things that the judges didn’t…but he didn’t like Anya’s, duh!…”a tremendous gift”, $500 budget for Mood…all four designers will be doing some heavy editing…Anya’s strategy? Free for all!, but she will be using her new fabrics with the same looks she put up on the runway last week, not good.
-Kimberly wants to make her bubble skirt in black instead of the bright pink from last week…Viktor is adding instead of subtracting…”I’ll make a tank top.” Josh has some bright lime green shorts?!?…I didn’t expect anything less…and he wants to use the same fabric to make more…he needs to work on what he has…oh, here come the tears thus breakdown.
-Hammer Viktor?…”you gotta grab the handle and stir (steer) the motorcycle”…Josh has mellowed out, but just wait until Gunn comes back….make-up montage…Kimberly’s “booty skirt” is not coming together…Anya explains away her impulsive fabric purchases; will she phone it in?…yeah, Tim is not a fan of Josh’s bright shorts, no “sophistication”…

(Not so much)
-Josh’s head is spinning over Tim’s critique, I think he just has to go with his gut…Kimberly has a lot of work to do…Anya continues to make new pieces; it just looks like they will be drab…Viktor has some questionable editing going on, will it kill his chances to win?…Anya is still cutting hems, will she make it? Too late now.
-Runway morning…Viktor is most nervous about talking to the crowd…Josh puts on his mascara girl…”Project Runway brought to you by…Coldwater Creek”?!?

(Josh McKinley before Project Runway)
-Project Runway All-Stars promo “coming in 2012″…DRAT!
-Kimberly has lost her “kit”, uh oh!…Anya to the rescue and she’s sewing her models into their garments…aren’t we past this?…and it’s time….
-Heidi introduces the judges…guest judge is L’Wren Scott…??????
-Kimberly is first…lots of blue…she ended up keeping the booty skirt in its original color, I’d say a good move…good, fairly cohesive…up next, Josh Mac….it’s definitely him…it’s good, no need to edit.
-Viktor’s turn…yep, how can he lose???…I think this marks the first time we’ve seen the designers watch their looks go down the runway from backstage, cool…unless Anya wows, which she won’t, it’s Viktor’s!…Anya is last but not least…nice tropical music…this is better than I thought it would be and it’s extremely cohesive…all the long gowns remind me of Uli from season 3…
-Jay McCarroll “although I don’t like his attitude, I like Josh’s…” Hilarious!
-Judgement time…Kimberly is getting good marks…even the booty/bubble skirt…Josh next, Michael “schizophrenic”..and it was good…wow, I don’t know who is going to win it…Nina “most-improved” to Josh…on to Viktor, Michael “too much transparency”, but he still likes it…I love his prints, they are very ink blot…Anya’s looks too simple, many gowns have the same neckline…great opening gown, I agree…it’s not realistic enough to sell…oh the “why should you win?” question…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

(Who wins terrible Adam Sandler movie?)
-This could be a surprise win for….Kimberly is out, awwww…VIKTOR IS OUT?!?!?…uh, I think who’s going to win now….damn!
-And the winner is….ANYA AYOUNG CHEE…I didn’t see that coming!…impressive…well, it’s been real…if and when Project Runway All-Stars airs, I’ll be back…
AUF WIEDERSEHEN!


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Project Runway, Season 9 Finale Part 1

Well, before we start, an important news flash, it was reported today that the premiere of Project Runway All-Stars has been delayed and it will now air sometime in 2012.  No reason has been given and next in line to air is Project Accessory which debuts next Thursday night after the part two of the Project Runway finale.  So I’m a little bummed but I’m also a little relieved; I’ll get a nice long PR break for a couple of months.  I’m just scared that when All-Stars ends, a new season of the regular show will kick in.  Simmer down now!  (Update: the Cardinals just lost Game 2, but it’s cool…I will go on..)
-Heidi makes a funky smiling gesture…don’t want to see that again…only 3 go on to Fashion Week yada-yada-yada…$9,000 to create a 10 look collection…and here’s the Gunn…the home visits, I can’t wait!…packing up to go leave montage…zzzzzzz
-“3 weeks later”…Gunn goes to Kimberly’s first…what a cute blue studio!…Kimberly’s inspiration is Brooklyn then and now, cool concept…”Wow them!”…let’s eat!, oh wait, drink!…Kimberly is inspired by her late mother….she wants to be the first African-American winner…we’ll see…
-Trinidad????…visit to Anya…and Tim is wearing the same suit…one of Anya’s brothers is named “Yves”…fate?…more alcohol!…Tabago, Trinidad’s sister island, is Anya’s inspiration…all she has to show Tim is fabric, no clothes???…are we surprised?…D’oh!  Anya “hasn’t been able to draw a new shape”…huh?…and Tim reminds her she can’t have any help, hmmmm?…
-Back to NYC to check in with Viktor…Tim loves his gray suits!…Viktor’s inspiration is Mexico…man, all of these designers have suffered a major loss…so sad…Tim “Knock their effing socks off!”…we meet Viktor’s boyfriend David, awww!…beverage of choice is water…Tim moves onto Queens to check in with Josh…(dark suit this time)…we meet Josh’s sister…”sports!?!?”…he had a lot of “track and field scholarship” offers…well…Josh is also lagging behind in garment creation…crazy prints!…”sherbert-y”…he’s giving Tim fits…”where’s the sex??, this looks like ‘Farmer in the Dell'”…oh boy…
-Well, normal routine, the designers are all back in NYC for Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week…I must say, the penthouse they are staying in is the best looking I’ve seen on the show; big outdoor space…champagne bitches!…
-And the garments are revealed…let the judgement begin…Final challenge, create a 3-look mini collection…Viktor has the strongest pieces…Anya’s are too basic…Josh is having a mini-meltdown…Kimberly needs cohesion…no wow factor with Anya, and she’s losing her confidence…
-Everyone but Viktor is tweaking their collections…if I had to bet right now, and I don’t know the outcome; I stayed off Twitter and I focused on the ballgame…I would bet either Josh or Anya doesn’t make it to Fashion Week…we’ll see…Anya is frantically sewing…Kimberly is switching things up…aww, Viktor used the term “fierce”…
-Runway show…no guest judge…Viktor: lots of different textures, pretty fierce…Anya: too safe, not cohesive enough…Kimberly: oh, not as good as I thought it would be, and the cohesion is a little off…Josh: not terrible, a little wacky, and he held back on the crazy prints…
-First up, Anya…Nina and Heidi are sold on her dress, they hate the bathing suit and the gown, “unfinished” Michael-“it looks tortured”…styling is too old…she hasn’t fully embraced her roots…Kimberly…Michael likes it, too many accessories…”club foot?”, Heidi hates the “bubble butt” skirt, I agree…maybe she didn’t make the right choices…Viktor…who knew styling would be such a sticking point?…Heidi tries on Viktor’s jacket…he’s too “tricky”, he needs to edit big time…Josh…again, the judges are harping on styling…ooh, the back of Josh’s gown, not good!…edit!…
-So who’s out?…it’s a toss-up with the exception of Viktor…Josh makes it!!!!  Viktor, yep! Damn, I hope they don’t pull the “we’re going with all 4 after all” crap!…
AUF’ED: NO ONE!!!!…I knew it!…I hate when they do this…GRRRRRR!…Josh is pissed!
*Next week: Finale Part Deux*

Project Runway, Season 9 Episode 12…(Yes, I already know goes home)

Yeah, I was spoiled by my sister today as to who didn’t make the final four…it’s okay, and I have to say I’m not surprised….My apologies to this being later than I planned on.  Never before has an episode fallen on my birthday, so I had to celebrate, plus the Major League baseball playoffs are going on (GO CARDINALS!) so the TV was set in my house with no channel-surfing allowed.  Let’s just act like I don’t know what happens, that’s how I’m going to approach it, and let’s have fun…oh and I only have one picture to share this week…
 Former supermodel Beverly Johnson is just one of the many celebrities I share my October 13th birthday with.  I figured it was an ode to the world of fashion and that’s all you are getting!  I’m going in with words only…let’s do it….
-Josh-“it’s sad to lose Bert.” REALLY????…and he’s already hating on Anya, you know the one hasn’t sewed very long?…geez…
-I love how the designers can’t say hello until Heidi does…stupid…final challenge is on the horizon, literally; the final 5 have jumped on a ferry to meet Tim for all the details…
-Governor’s Island “NYC’s playground for the arts”…the designers will use the landscape for inspiration and they will be creating three looks, a mini-collection…Tim “you each have a golf cart!”
-Driving around montage…what exactly are cigarette pants?…all the sculptures are really cool, and it’s unusual they are placed all around this stereotypical park….
-I can already see way too much literal interpretation coming up with the designs…especially with the color selection…uh oh, Tim comes in with the button bag!…twist alert!
-I believe each designer will be getting a little help from ex-competitors…the last 5 eliminated…Kimberly chooses Becky…Viktor chooses Olivier…LK chooses Anthony Ryan…Anya chooses Bert?!?…and Josh gets Bryce…
-It’s weird how this isn’t really classified as a team challenge, because anyone of these fools could f-up things….Bryce senses a lot of tension between the final 5….Bert thinks Anya is the “most talented and creative (designer left)”…hmmm?…Olivier “slave is the correct term here…” OUCH girl!…bitter, party of one!…and Josh is still pissed Anya won last week’s big $20,000 challenge…
-Bert is recognizing Anya doesn’t sketch exactly that well…first check-in with the Gunn…LK: circle stencil, too much of a novelty…Kimberly: fabrics are really weird together, “what’s the Statue of Liberty doing here?”…Viktor: nothing but praise…Josh: “soft and hard”, take risks…Anya: he likes her colors…
-Kimberly’s model has ass-chaps on…oops!…she has to change her game plan again…well Bert is basically showing Anya how to sew…it will be interesting to see what happens if she makes the finale…LK, here come the tears, she stared sewing when she was 8, this is her “destiny”…
-Kimberly is killing her ass chaps, going for a skirt instead…poor Becky, but could she have worked with any of the other finalists? NO…Viktor is very confident and he thinks he and Josh will be going to fashion week…Anya is even behind the curve on hair and make-up styling terms…
-Josh shares Viktor’s optimism on their chances for fashion week…Anya is fitting at the very last minute…oh God…lots of flaws…Josh rolls his eyes…
-I don’t get why this “After The Runway” show just started last week; I’m not watching it… runway show guest judge: Zoe Saldana, ooh, I like!
-Showtime…Josh: studded tank top, all the looks are good, not sure how cohesive it is…Kimberly: nice, cohesive…Laura Kathleen: lack of cohesion, too literal…Anya: sexy, sleek, she still has a lot to learn….Viktor: not too flashy, cohesive…
-Heidi just asked Josh if he used the gown fabric because it was “shiny”?…that’s a little rude…Kimberly’s color pallet, Michael “disco Halloween”…Laura Kathleen turns on the waterworks, oh dear…yeah, no cohesion…ooh, Zoe being harsh on her…the judges are wowed by Anya (so weird!), and her styling skills…Heidi thinks Viktor does the best sewing in the competition, but she and the others are a little underwhelmed…Michael thinks Viktor’s are the most “commercial” which is the goal in becoming a major designer, selling clothes!…Who would you take to Fashion Week? Josh would pick Viktor and Anya; Kimberly would pick Anya and LK (3 ladies), Anya would pick Josh and Viktor, LK would pick Viktor and Anya, Viktor would pick Josh and Anya…Anya’s name came up in every other designer’s final 3…
-The verdict?…Going to Fashion Week: Anya, Viktor, Josh….I think one more will be picked (who am I kidding? I know who isn’t going!)
AUF’ED: Well, our little Western Kentucky University graduate Laura Kathleen Planck will not be showing at Fashion Week, but kudos for making it to the final 5…Kimberly is the 4th, only 3 will compete…so one will be cut in next episode…
Next Week: Part one of the finale, sorry again for being so late!

Project Runway, Season 9, Episode 9 (Glam Nation invades)

Yes friends, Adam Lambert will be a guest judge tonight!…the challenge?…design menswear, specifically for one of the new “hip” rock bands on the scene: The Sheepdogs…the band that beat out 15 other hopefuls to land a Rolling Stone cover, where’s Dr. Hook when you need them?let’s carry on…
-Well, real time it is…damn DVR!…Josh is in an apartment by himself????…Olivier’s accent makes me want to hit things…
-“Image is everything.”…yeah yeah, blah-blah-blah…by the way, I let my Rolling Stone subscription lapse, oh well…Teams of 4…2 teams in other words…Laura Kathleen and Bert are together again, and Anthony Ryan…oh boy…the thought of menswear is scaring the designers…wow this band is really retro, kind of played out if you ask me…and they are Canadian, haaaaaaaaaa!…Leot????…Olivier says he’s comfortable with designing menswear…each designer is responsible for a member of the band…cohesion? not necessarily…
-Team names again?…Viktor, Josh, Olivier, and Kimberly are “Team Untitled” and I don’t know why but Anya, LK, Bert, and Anthony Ryan are…”Team Harmony”…oh the irony…Mood montage…
-Tim yelling at Olivier is stressing him out…butch up honey!…Bert helps LK pay for her materials…Kimberly is singing The Sheepdogs’ song…singing it better I might add…
*My DVR calculations were incorrect, thus because I’m recording The X-Factor, I can’t record The Office and watch PR, I’m not happy, but the thought of Adam Lambert sticking it to these designers is making me smile*

(By the way, here are The Sheepdogs, why is the one dude NOT wearing his shades?)
– OOH, quick promo for Project Runway All-Stars…I just half of Josh’s ass!…he’s heard of waxing right?…”you remember Peter Butler?”…boring hair consultation montages ahead…like these guys use product, bitch please!
-Brief shot of ambulance, everyone is fine…maybe we’ll see some jeggings!…how often do they make jeans??…Gunn check…Leot, that’s the one in pic sans shades…Tim-“Anya is a master of prints.” Anthony Ryan now has a mohawk, all rock and roll!…Bert’s jeans look really flamey…he uses the term “blouse”…whoa…this could be his time to go?

(This how angry I am about my DVR screw-up!)
-LEOT!!!…what a weird name; I blame Canada….Anya has loaned Kimberly fabric, will she regret it?…Josh “I primarily sell to gay men”…DOP!…Olivier has chosen a feminine pattern for the singer’s shirt…and he’s facing time management issues, again…maybe he will gone…There you go Bert, Deep Purple!…
-Olivier is worried he didn’t get the right sizing; the dress forms are not men…duh!…Kimberly is working up some womanly-looking stuff…Olivier’s pants are atrocious, he’s in trouble…he doesn’t even know how pants are sized…
-Pow-wow at Atlas…first the girls…Anya and Kimberly will have time management issues…the guys, we’re still talking about Olivier…he’s gotta be gone!
*There’s another GOP debate going on; they just don’t schedule these on a good night for me*
-Let the last-minute panic attacks begin!…oh, instead of a runway show, the band will play one song in each of the team’s designs in front of the judges…I’m seeing a lot of fringe; too predictable…Bert’s tie-dyed shirt, oh lord!…Olivier’s client, Ewan-the lead singer, is patiently waiting in his underwear; I think we’ll see some busted seams…Kimberly’s is awful, Bert “it looks like things they were in fast-food restaurants” he didn’t mention circa 1975…think an old Burger King uniform…

(Let’s hope Lambert isn’t this vicious!)
-Runway, er stage time…oh Heidi, you are so not rock and roll!…ADAM LAMBERT!…okay…
-Team Harmony…Anthony Ryan’s is the only one that looks tolerable…the rest look like daishikis (sp?)…I’m guessing to Bert, “now” is 1992?…Team Untitled…I hate to say this, but their looks almost look exactly the same and this song sucks!…I mean yeah, they are going for a 70s look, but are these looks too literal?…Olivier is “not worried”, okay…
-I have a feeling Lambert will pick up some of the slack with Michael’s zingers…Team Harmony is up first for judgement…Nina said the looks are too “literal”…are we in sync?…LK scores with Leot’s red jeans…ooh, Nina does not like…Bert…why did Ewan go with pigtail braids?…well the judges are sold, on the look AND the pigtails…Anya…Nina-Sam looks like “Pocahontas”, pants are busting at the seams…Michael-“reggae Jesus”…Adam “8th grade production of Hair”…Anthony Ryan…Ryan???…nice print, Michael “Golden Girl goes rock n roll” Nina “woman’s blouse”…
-Team Untitled…Ewan/Olivier…”boring” Heidi “dad jeans”…Nina “too feminine”…oh, they are calling him out on his unfinished shirt…Sam/Kimberly…Michael “Peter Brady at an autumn harvest”, Nina “old man’s pajamas” Adam “Scooby-Doo where are you?” Heidi “forest elf”…Leot/Viktor…judges like the jacket, it looks expensive…his jeans fit…Ryan/Josh…man, he does look like Jesus!…Heidi loves the “zipper in the crotch”…

(I think this says it all.)
-And now…Bert is safe, Viktor is the winner!…LK is safe, Josh is safe, Anthony Ryan is safe, and Anya is safe?!?
-AUF’ed: OLIVIER!!!!!…finally…he was too dainty…
**Next week: “look to the past” and Anya loses her money and Michael screams!**

Project Runway, Season 9 Episode 7…Bonjour Girl!

Ah, here we are again…tonight’s episode is entitled, “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”…which means there will be a team challenge and a whole lotta drama…at least that’s what I’m hoping for (FYI, if have not seen this video yet, you better before Disney demands YouTube take it down, it’s brilliance on a whole other level!)…All right, let’s get to it…oh and tonight each team has to design a fabric, at least that’s what the synopsis says…
-Yes, no more Josh C….boo-hoo! I’m over it!…2 teams of 5, no team leaders (uh oh!) Anthony Ryan gets to pick first, Anya…Josh M. gets to choose the first for the second team, he chooses Laura Kathleen…I’m waiting to see who gets picked last, I bet the old queen…and I was right…oh and he is on a team with another picked upon designer, Becky…Bert is not happy, which is a regular feeling…
-Gather ’round…(HP/Intel challenge) textile design…they’ve done this on here before…each team will design 5 looks, produce a video, and pick music…in other words, create a full-fledged runway show…a special guest…Betsey Johnson!…LK says she is Betsey and Oscar DeLaRenta’s baby, okay…they are watching a video of her new collection…
-Sea amobea…Josh M. “Village People” asthetic????…Bert definitely has a reason to not be happy…Josh and LK have zero confidence in Becky and Bert…which leaves Kimberly (hey girl!)
-Anthony Ryan’s team (Team Chaos) is all puppies and rainbows…whatever!…oh, no tank for Josh M today, a button down with very little buttoning…CLOCKS????…Team Nuts & Bolts (WTF?) is all over the place…Bert’s designs are not printing…Josh M “I feel people with dirty mouths are not intelligent..” Whoa girl! and he tells Bert to “back up!”
 *I don’t think we’ll be seeing anything like this*
-The Josh M/Bert throwdown continues…which queen will prevail?…Josh wants to forfeit because he doesn’t want to deal with Bert…so dumb!…LK to the rescue…meanwhile, Team Chaos seems to be on track…though I think their idea, shooting video of chaos, is a little trite in terms of creating a fashion show…oh, Times Square, you see???…team members are choosing fabrics at Mood…Josh is shooting the video and he’s shooting LK, she’s swapping shoes and getting in and out of cabs…oh God…Josh “Just walk fierce!”…I can’t wait to see the “what music should we use” scenes…Josh and LK shoot video of clocks…I fear this will all go to hell fast…
*Josh as a baby?*
-Josh summons the attention of all the designers, huh?…(the Project Runway Twitter just pointed out Josh has cursed TWICE so far, so he’s not intelligent?)…Josh apologizes for his “insanity” (#Joshzilla has now been coined) and he apologizes personally to Bert…and Bert appreciates it…
-Day 2…the custom fabrics are unveiled…um, any color folks????….Kimberly says she and LK are the “Bolts” of the team, I would agree…No drama so far for Team Chaos…Anthony Ryan gets going on some ink blots…Olivier’s fake English accent is still there…Kimberly is NOT using the custom fabric and she points out the created fabrics only need to be in 3 looks…LK and Anya dish on Becky, Becky calls foul!…Tim Gunn is here!…wait, I see RED!…no complaints about Chaos…now Nuts & Bolts…Tim is troubled…”hives!”…oh boy…Josh doesn’t like the idea of “(designs) going somewhere”…really?…Tim recognizes the lack of teamwork…Oh God, he tells them to join hands…Josh is now really quiet, he’s upset with Tim’s negative critique…is he going home?????…he’s just very emotional, he lost his mother and he didn’t get to see her before she died (heavy moment)…his Dad sounds nice…
*Father Tim*
-(Thank God Dance Moms reruns next!, I missed the first 20 minutes last night!)
-Teamwork Nuts!!!!…Bert and Josh are getting along?!?…mark this moment down…Becky feels a little more comfortable…it would be weird if Team Chaos fails…time expires…ha ha!…Kimberly reflects on Tim’s “come to Jesus” moment…
-Josh could win or lose, that’s the what the footage is telling me…the only glitch with Chaos, Olivier’s pants are not ready…(make-up/hair montage)
*NO witty pictures this commercial break*
-Runway show time…guest judges? Rachel Roy and Rose Byrne (I used to love her in Damages)…Team Nuts & Bolts first…Josh’s is okay, Becky…too simple…Bert…well done…Kimberly…a little too poofy…LK…sorry fellow WKU grad, but FUGLY!…and their video was cool…
-Team Chaos…Anya…eh…Bryce…he must be safe, but it’s not too good…Anthony Ryan…pretty good…Olivier…good…Viktor…the slit a little too high for me…(NEVER a mention of music choices!!!, not cool)
-Team Chaos wins, fair enough…oh Josh pulls the claws out on Becky!…yeah, he’s not mellowed out yet….
 *I know, random Arrested Development pic, God bless IFC!*
-Oh, the Michael Kors one-liners will be biting tonight…can’t wait…blah-blah-blah winning team blah-blah-blah…I still say Bryce’s wasn’t great…Michael proclaims Olivier’s jacket as “one of the best tailored pieces (on this show) I’ve ever seen” wow!…I have no idea who Rachel Roy is…Nina’s not a fan of the hair and make-up design…Olivier thinks HE should be the individual winner, you go!…they all think they should win…wait, Bryce picks Anya…Team Nuts & Bolts, this won’t be good…go Michael “Clocks so she’ll wear a clock!” “a hooker convention coming home after a late night”…he does like the cohesion and styling…”you (LK) wanted to jump into the ugly!” “..not a lot of women want ‘cancelled’ on their crotch!”…”make a gown out of your sheets”…Becky thinks Josh is the weakest link, “no team leaders”…Josh is fiercely defending his pieces…the judges hate the prints…Josh vs. Becky…Kimberly? throws Becky under the bus…will poor design or poor behavior go home…the judges are harping on Becky, hmmmm?…Michael calls Josh a “little dictator” and a “bully”…ouch!
 *CLOCKS!*
-Okay, I’d say Becky is gone…the winner of the challenge, Anya…safe? LK, Kimberly, and Bert…Josh or Becky..
AUF’ED: Becky! (shocker!)
*Next week: Men will be directing the designers to design looks for their girlfriends/wives…boring…g’night!*

Project Runway Season 9, Episode 6 (Bear With Me!)

The reason the blog is a little late tonight is because my alma mater (Western Kentucky University) is playing UK (BOOOOOO!)….GO TOPS!
I believe tonight’s episode deals with children as inspiration, thus the “back to school” pic…I’m so creative….let’s see what happens…
-One note, I don’t like seeing Michael and Nina in the opening credits, how does that wow me?…it doesn’t.
-6:15A???…Bert and Anthony Ryan are calling a truce, which I’m sure will be temporary “put the claws away”…meanwhile, in the girls’ room…Becky is the target…Anya “…clean slate”…yep, let’s see how long this love parade lasts…
-Viktor and Josh M. have immunity…Harlem School of the Arts…designers will collaborate with students to create an “avant garde” look…students were randomly selected…in other words, let’s paint bitches!…Viktor’s student Skyy is giving him the third degree, he wishes he had a cocktail…Olivier “I like depressing music” when his student asks him if he listens to music when he works…yawn and sad!…Anthony Ryan and his partner paint self-portraits, hmmm?
-Now the designers have to sketch something out of what the painting looks like…Viktor “I’m never having kids”…Josh M. likes fake not organic…really? I’m shocked! MOOD! Olivier’s fake English accent drives me nuts, he lived there a year, and now he’s Madonna…Josh C. is back, he’s really nervous about creating something good, wolf hair may not be the best idea…

(It can’t be that hard!)
-Anya “childrens from Harlem” excuse me?…Tim!!!…”this is not a red carpet challenge, it is an avant garde challenge”…LK thinks Lady GaGa is avant garde, uh, yeah!…I wonder how many tight tank tops Josh M. owns?…faux fur, Josh C. may go home again…Kimberly has pleather, oh dear…Bert is dying fabric, oh model forms hit the floor!…is this a sitcom?…Laura Kathleen designing organza flowers and she’s burning stuff, cool…
-Everyone is on the edge of their seats to see what Becky does…man, all kinds of death talk tonight…I guess the contrast of working with children needs a little darkness…the designers can video chat this time…
-LK is nervous sharing a table with Josh C…it’s that fur that’s giving his competitors a worry…Olivier is a “worrier not a warrior”…Viktor is full of great wisdom this time…the kids show up for a check-in with the designers…WU QING y’all!…Bryce is measuring his face and his student’s head…huh?…yikes, the painting is frightening!…Tim to Kimberly, “do not give Michael a Hiawatha moment”…she has feathers in addition to pleather…Becky check…sophistication is key, I’m not loving it…denim?…she’s not stepping out of the box enough…

(I have no idea what’s happening here, but it’s kids and it’s avant garde)
-Oh and just searched “avant garde” for images and few pictures of the late Corey Haim popped up…so bizarre….
-Bert’s is boring and it’s too literal…it’s very arts and crafts looking…Olivier screams avant garde and his design falls short…Tim “it means to lead”…Josh C.’s is also too literal…Viktor’s student, Skyy, she’s sassy and she breaks it down for the Gunn…the students will be at the runway show…Skyy, get ready girl…
-Bryce “the straight-jacket” look???, but seeing the painting, it makes sense…Josh C. puts some of the fur in the form of a mohawk on his head…yeah, all signs point to his inevitable 2nd departure…oh here come the tears…

  (Another image from my search, avant garde or FUPA?)
-Olivier could be in trouble with his time management, I think glue was mentioned…the Joshes share some shop talk…Oh God! Josh M. is NOT wearing a tank top!…Tim uses a great word, “strident”…apparently Collier Strong has been replaced by the leather guy from the Village People…Olivier is going to glue his garment onto his model…and I believe that’s a no-no, Tim “it’s against the rules”…the things you find out after nine seasons…Becky is hating on LK’s…and Josh M. is hating on Bryce, “too safe”…potential hot messes…

(Much better)
-Runway time!…NO NINA!…yes!…guest judge, Kenneth Cole…Kimberly-ah, a swimcap, with feathers and stuff, eh…Becky-no!…Olivier-BORING as HELL…Josh M.-pretty avant garde…Bert-OMG, hot mess!…Viktor-again, didn’t use a lot of color and he has immunity…Laura Kathleen-very textured…Bryce-it’s a straight-jacket!…Josh C.-I don’t like it…Anthony Ryan-very busy, but good…Anya-weird…
-Josh M.’s skirt is awesome, looks like a carved tree trunk…Michael on Josh C.’s “she looks a Victorian cocktail waitress in Vegas, she has the Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! boots on…not fashion”…Heidi “I’m gonna be a hooker for Halloween.”…Bert’s looks ridiculous, those pants are stupid-looking…Heidi likes that it was literal (HUH?)…they love LK’s…Olivier, oh boy…Kenneth doesn’t think it’s boring, too busy…they love Anthony Ryan’s, he’s colorblind????…Kenneth is just not on the same page as the regular judges…

(Translation? Are you in or out?)
-Anthony Ryan is the winner…”I’m not a bridesmaid”…Bert is in, because Heidi liked it…groan!…it’s between Josh C. and Olivier.
-AUF’ED: JOSH C….wow!, didn’t see that coming…
-Next Week: Teams of 5…oh not good!…

Project Runway Season 9 Premiere (Live-ish)

As usual, with my past PR blogs, I will watch and type, but I will NOT time-stamp since I may not watch every episode live….I’m ready, let’s see if I can remember anyone’s name after the first five minutes.
-9 seasons?!? I can’t believe it….back in NYC! 20 designers are there, but only 16 will make it to the second the episode, sad huh?
-I don’t believe the Mormon guy/Christopher is straight, but I’ll roll with it….everyone is scurrying to get ready to be shot down by Nina and Michael, yep, they’re back too…this is essentially like the American Idol auditions, only with clothes…Heidi tries something on, I guess Bryce Black is in…
-Here’s uh, former Miss Trinidad and Tobago Anya, who says she only learned sewing “4 months ago”…huh???…Tim is “horrified”, the question is, can she execute the challenges by herself?..
-Becky Ross was in a religious cult, no really!…Why did Heidi just sing?…it evoked memories of this:
**OH JESUS, too many designers, I can’t keep up yet, though I have a feeling of who will be there…my 2 KY reps are safe, they gotta be….
-There will be MANY gay boys this season, it may or may not rule…”Nina is hot!”-Rafael (OH GOD!)
-Bert is the old guy, and we know how PR loves old guys….like Vincent…
-Okay, Bert lost his partner to AIDS and became alcoholic and he designed with Halston, wow, let me take you back to 1988, we’ll see.
-The guy who survived testicular cancer, Anthony Ryan, is okay…Jesus, I’m so behind…
^Final casting announcement time!^
I guess it will be easier if I reveal the names of those NOT making it through…David Chum, GUNNAR DEATHERAGE (OOOPS!), well there goes the KY representative out the window, damnit!, Amanda Perna, and Serena Da Conceciao, who tried out 10 years ago, well…shit!!!!…that means miss WKU, Laura Kathleen Planck better bring it!
-The designers check into the Atlas, ah memories…they keep calling Laura “Barbie” (girl, she better hang around for more than one episode, since Gunnar let me down)…
-5:00am…Tim is waking everyone up, it’s amazing how that man gets himself together at such an early hour…”a come as you are” party, they have to bring one sheet…CHEDDAR BISCUITS!
-The Parsons work room…yay!…create a design from the one sheet and whatever you are wearing…oooooh…what if someone was sleeping naked????…I don’t think the producers are THAT stupid.
-I hate to say this, but I don’t really wear pajamas…Cecilia is this season’s loose cannon loudmouth, trouble-maker, as evidence by the casting special…Miss “4 months of sewing” Ayna may have trouble…
(The Cat’s Pajamas, get it?)
-Oh I just noticed, they are all wearing scrubs…Aynade wants to make pants, because, she’s never made pants before, oh boy…The Gunn is here to check on the first-year residents…
-Feathers? Tim is not impressed with Anthony Ryan’s “pubic patch”…a clown puking rainbows tee serves as part of Fallene’s…adorable.
-Rafael has not draped on his form, he wants to see his ideas on an live person…I wasn’t sure he would make it through…picture break….
(Al is shocked Ayna has only been sewing 4 months!)
-I just saw Bryce is wearing hot pink scrubs, lucky!…Models arrive…I may or may not like Bert, who said the famous “I’m not here to make friends” line in the promo….
-I think this challenge would have been more interesting if the designers had to design their own outfits, oh well.
-The freak-outs have begun!…(make-up/hair montage)…Runway time, lots of unfinished garments coming up…
(How do you like my PUH-jamas?)
-I love Michael Kors, I don’t love Nina Garcia, this has been well-established…guest judge? Christina Ricci.
-Okay, the runway is too crowded this week to assess….if I see something ugly, I’ll note….Anya’s is not terrible; I’m sure there are some flaws…Love Julie’s, the skater chick!…Anthony Ryan’s is all wrong…Rafael, UGLY…Bert, not bad, Mormon Josh…too basic…
-Same thing with who’s safe and who’s not, too many people, too little time!
Judgement….Anthony Ryan…colorblind?…trimmings aka pubic area…Rafael…yeah, not too good…”Flintstone disco patch”-Michael Kors…Julie…they are not liking it…even Christina…”sewing learning curve”????…odd pocket…Anya…never sewed silk before, or ANYTHING!…she’s wowing them, I think that whole, “I can’t sew” thing is a crock!…Bert…he’s done well with checkered boxer shorts…styling is a problem…Josh…fitting issues…he’s blaming the other designers for not telling him “it didn’t look good”…huh???…
-The winner? Halston’s old buddy Bert…Safe? Anya, Anthony Ryan, Julie, Josh,
-Auf’ed…Rafael or…
Until next time….

Project Runway Finale or Gretchen’s Revenge…

Halloween came early Thursday night.  Gretchen “I’m not a bitch but I play one on TV” Jones was crowned season 8 Project Runway winner.  My Mom called it; I was still holding out hope for Mondo Guerra to overcome his costume-like collection and he would take it.  Nope!  Even Andy South’s collection, which was extremely cohesive, was automatically denounced by Nina and Michael.  I’m not very happy with them right now.  I’m glad Heidi and guest judge Jessica Simpson stood up for Mondo.  After all, it’s Heidi’s show, right?  I usually like my winners of reality competitions to be a little more likable, and Gretchen NEVER was.  This is not like Russell losing Survivor, twice!  This is like an evil succubus who stopped at nothing to put down every single designer and then in the end, she came out on top. 
I’m sorry, but Gretchen’s collection, which showed first, was boring as all get out.  Gretchen tended to use the same drab colors all season long and with Fashion Week, she didn’t change her tune.  I call her collection, “Carmen San Diego Goes on Safari and She Hopes She’s Never Found!”  I mean, really?!?  The panel argued endlessly on whether Gretchen’s line was fashion foward enough.  I say NOT, because it wasn’t high fashion and it had zero imagination.  Her only leg to stand on was, her clothes were wearable, that’s it period.  Mondo’s was not totally wearable, but it’s what I expect to see at Fashion Week, it was imaginative, creative, and very daring.  I think you’ll see both Mondo and Andy show at Fashion Week next time and maybe beyond. 
So, am I done with Project Runway?  I’m not sure.  I just want someone with a better personality to win, that’s all.

They (Project Runway) Keep Pulling Me Back In!…

I know I declared not too long ago I would no longer be blogging about Project Runway and this post is NOT a jumping off point to start a regular recap every week again, hell the finale is just around the corner.  Instead, I’ll explain how I was pulled back in by the fashion reality show monster.  Thursdays, now, are a busy TV night for me and it just so happens, two other shows I watch both start at 8pm Central–The Office and Grey’s Anatomy.  Luckily, this new Project Runway season began a few weeks before the new TV season, so I didn’t feel too guilty or resentful.  I think it’s interesting how the show is now been stretched for the first time to an hour and a half; apparently Models of the Runway couldn’t keep the auidence wanting more; I never watched it.  And really nothing has changed, only now, you see the top and bottom designers bitching in a stew room before finding who is “auf’ed”.  We are also given a smattering of comments from the designers as the runway show is in progress, eh.  Oh, and we see the Project Runway kitchen!!!!  Compelling.
Easily, this season’s villian is 28-year-old Gretchen Jones
Oh, another Feist look-a-like.  I know every season we see someone who has an answer, a comment, or a criticism for his/her fellow designers, but Gretchen has certainly taken the cake and she has not shut up since day one.  Her overwhelming confidence is oddly mixed with a fake happy personality, which is irritating and is sickening to watch.  And yes, she’s won a challenge, but she’s NOT the front-runner like she thought she would be.  In fact, next week, one of her quotes goes along the lines of “I don’t want to be here anymore”, bitch, please!  You’ve annoyed us this long, why stop now????
The front-runner is someone who totally deserves it and his personality is quiet and is very calm:
32-year-old Mondo Guerra is nerdy, yet totally fabulous.  One of his fashion icons? Pee-Wee Herman!!!  He’s the kind of competitor we all root for and I’m hoping he stays calm and he can win.  He’s had his doubts, which all the designers do, not to mention his big confession last week he has been HIV-positive for ten years; it broke my heart.  He has much to gain, as much to as he has to lose, maybe even his life.  It’s pure poetry, but he’s a great designer and he’s made the show fun again for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love Tim Gunn, Heidi, and the judges…well, I still don’t like Nina…
So, thanks Project Runway, I’m back!

BAFFLED!

It appears my nightmares may become more vivid…
Well, I don’t how this got by me, but season 8 of Project Runway premieres July 29th at 9pm E on Lifetime…as you recall, I’ve renounced my blogging of the show, because IT HAS TO STOP!…Don’t get me wrong, reality competition shows can go on for years, i.e. Survivor, The Biggest Loser, Big Brother, Top Chef, however, Project Runway has lost its original wow factor!…the main reason? moving the show from Bravo to Lifetime…granted, there was a lengthy legal battle to get season 6 on the air after it sat on the shelf for several months…and airing season 6 needed to happen, but that’s where it should have ended…but you can’t end a show on a sour note, thus Lifetime is prolonging the torture…even the designs last season were very lackluster…I was hoping at least the fashion part of the show would stay intact, nope!…I’ve already aired my grievances on how the designers themselves have become a cliche’, from your average-looking, father of two to an over-the-top screaming queen…I use the same comparison for the female designers, just switch pronouns…and when you get tired of Tim that’s a bad sign…he’s still great as a mentor and he’s good for the occasional catty one-liner, but even he’s not wowing anymore…don’t even get me started on Heidi and Nina…I still love Michael Kors as a judge…but I just can’t commit to watching it much anymore…UGH!