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Project Runway's Most Dramatic Moments, S2, Part 1

Season 2, Bitches! Hit it!


1) Little Lamb Meltdown-Gate

It's what always happens with reality shows post-inaugural season. The participants become all too aware of the cameras and the drama becomes slightly more contrived. Gone are the days when Wendy and Kara Saun would bare their ids for the world to see, caring not for how they looked or came across. Instead, we get crocodile tears and literal "boo-hoo"ing.

Long story short: In the second episode of the new season, the designers had to literally make something out of the clothes off their backs. Andrae, due almost entirely to his inability to adjust to the insane deadlines of Project Runway, sent an unfinished dress down the runway and tried to cover for it by acting like a silent film star in a weepy melodrama.

"What were you thinking about this challenge?"

"Where to begin? The first thing said to us at the party was blah blah blah...[Insert British accent here] how far you would go for fashion...blah blah blah...and it's not an easy thing to do. I've come a long way, I've gone far to be here blah blah blah..."

"Oh dear, I'm so sorry...and the means to do it was creativity and innovation which are things that I do well, I think I'm very creative and I think I'm very innovative as well, and I was very lucky because what I had to work with was a testimony of the first or maybe the last three years of my career."


"I was bedraggled emotionally so were my clothes. I'm not supposed to be crying, Jesus!"

Jesus Christ, he actually described himself as "bedraggled." What's next? Ragamuffin? And no, little lamb. You're not supposed to be crying. We always felt that this little show was just that - a show. Tim said as much at the time too. Granted, we don't think it was entirely a put on. That would require a Best Actress Nominee level of acting talent. It seems to us that he probably was pretty emotionally raw but turned the dials up to 11 because he felt trapped and didn't know what else to do.

There were two things that raised this to the level of delicious drama instead of eye-rollingly bad drama. One, the "I'm So LA" t-shirt, which could NOT have been more apropos, and two:

You just can't buy that kind of entertainment, kittens.

2) Lingerie-Gate

Ladies and ...Ladies, we have quite the championship bout for you this evening, with two fighters ready to tear a piece off each other! In this corner, wearing a sparkly Members Only jacket, that gigantic attention-seeking designer...

SANTINO RICE!

And in this corner, wearing her patented chunky jewelry and JBF hair, that take-no-shit fashion editor who WASN'T portrayed by Meryl Streep...

NINA GARCIA!

To offer assistance to our combatants, we have ...

two terrified designers...

and three mortified models!

Honestly, do we really need to give you a rundown on this one? Is there a fan of Project Runway who DOESN'T know the particulars of this little throwdown?

If you polled PR fans to name the top 3 most entertaining moments in the history of the show, we're confident that this one would make almost everyone's list. Sure, it was as calculated as Andrae's little meltdown, but because Santino is Santino and because Nina is Nina, this was far, FAR more entertaining. All we can think re-watching this is that the producers must have been peeing their pants with joy while the whole thing unwound in front of them. Pure reality television gold.

PLUS, it allowed Nina to deliver the line that pretty much defines her entire tenure on the show:

"IT'S AESTHETICALLY NOT PLEASING!"

It was generally thought that Santino was being terribly disrespectful to her but honestly, we don't think so anymore.

Re-watching it, we can see that BOTH of them were really enjoying the back and forth on this one and both of them respected the other for their willingness to fight it out.


Even if...

...neither of them would ever admit it.

We can just picture the two of them sharing a cigarette in the post-drama glow.


[Screencaps: projectrungay.blogspot.com]


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88 comments:

Keep these recaps comin'


"We can just picture the two of them sharing a cigarette in the post-drama glow."


LMFAO!


God I still hate Santino.

But I still love Nina's JBF hair.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Ahh, lingerie-gate: the greatest diva deathmatch of PR!

Loved your description of Nina Fabulosa with "JBF" hair....


Can somebody with a better memory provide the exact quotation? Something like, "I think, Nina, it's supposed to COME OFF.""

Loving this walk down memory lane.


JBF? Someone clue me in so I can giggle about that too!

I LOVE these recaps. Thank you for spoiling us!


During the last couple of weeks, I re-watched Seasons 1 and 2 for about the 80th time. Amazing stuff. The lingerie episode is FULL of fab moments, including Chloe's "listen to me" to Daniel F. She was fierce!


During the last couple of weeks, I re-watched Seasons 1 and 2 for about the 80th time. Amazing stuff. The lingerie episode is FULL of fab moments, including Chloe's "listen to me" to Daniel F. She was fierce!


I think Andrae's break down was real.
But Santino's was fake. I feel so sorry for poor Emmett for having to put up with that shit.


I love LittleLamb-gate because, YOU
TLo blessed us with the phrase that I now use in my everyday life:

"You can see the crazy bubbling to the surface..."

If for nothing else you girls do, big Gigantic Kudos for that!


I hate Santino.

Not only do I hate it that he didn't deserve to be in the final three, but that he actually thinks he is stuff is good!

He thinks that people hate his stuff because they are too basic or conventional. NO! They hate it because it is poorly made and crap! I hated the way he said judges didn't get him...sewing is not subjective, it is inherent! You can't sew! Santino should have gone home on this one!


And as much as Santino displayed classic douchery in his interaction with Nina, I was more angry about them cutting Uncle Nick over him then I was about this.


best picture EVER... Nina listening to crying Andre.

really priceless.


Oh, my God. FABULOUS post, boys. Love the Nina screencaps and of course, your commentary.

I'd just like to add my own favorite segment from the lingerie episode:

The Seduction of Heidi
http://snipurl.com/pnum7

I don't know what's better: the actual scene, or TLo's retelling.


These drama recaps remind why the first two seasons were the best. Thanks for all the trips down memory lane.


Carlanoodle said... "JBF? Someone clue me in so I can giggle about that too!"

Just been f**ked. Tee hee :-)


For Carlanoodle: JBF = Just Been F*cked


I remember watching that w/ Andrae and I was crying w/ him. (I was going through some major growing pains at the time.)

Looking back now ... OMG. I'm w/ Nina all the way.


Nina-face trumps Santino-face hands down.

Oh my, the joy of Nina.


Not to mention the fact (yes FACT) that Nina was right to end all rightness (and everyone BUT Santino visibly knew it - and, I suspect he had doubts) it was NOT esthetically pleasing!


"It's aesthetically not pleasing!"....I LOVE it!!
Santino's lingerie mess was one of the worst of the worst designs ever. How the heck did Uncle Nick and Emmett EVER get auf'd before Santino? (I LIKED Emmett's skating dress).
Where's Andre?? Clutching his bedraggled box of Kleenex in the Green Room?? The look on La Nina's face tells it all....
Thanks, TLo, for another trip down Memory Lane. It's as fun this time around, as it was on the show!!!


When I saw Andrae crying at the time I was like please stop that is e embarrassing. The whole world is going to watch this over and over again.


"aesthetically" of course, not "esthetically"

*sigh*


Oh, Santino, he's such an ___________!


"JBF hair"!!!

ROTFLMAO! Seriously, boys. Awesomeness.

I love it!


Definitely two of my favorite moments on the show. I read somewhere that Nina actually feared for her life.


Mortified models? You got that right! Poor things. Yet Santino was so outraged that the world didn't recognize his genius. I was so glad Nina let it rip on that guy.

With Andrae and his tears, I think Tim Gunn said it best when he told him he thought "a lot of it was self-generated," or words to that effect. I hate tears when they are manipulative. To my amazement, I ended up really liking Andrae later in the season, because I found his tearful display excrutiating!


I think the lingerie challenge is my favorite episode of the whole series (season 2 is definitely my fav season). There was so much drama with those outfits and they all came out so ridiculous. Nina was right to attack Santino, but really ALL of the designs were a disaster.


I am emotional and do cry in public places (at the Symphony tears roll down my face bypassing my control system when the music is just so... or one instrumentalist hits it just so...

Seeing a man cry unnerves me. Seeing a man cry on tv for no good reason still unnerves me. I had a cryer boyfriend and thankfully it was private. Mostly it was the Budweiser. Seeing Andre dither was a let down and made ME want to cry out of the dumbness of it all. Nina is how I wish I reacted.


Yes, delicious drama, but S2E6 has my all-time dramatic moment.

Long live Shetangi!


Ah yes, The Hummels go Bondage Lingerie Collection.

It's aesthetically...something.

Seasons 1 & 2 = entertainment gold.


JBF... HAHAHAHA! I love it.

Thanks all for explanation.


This is the one where Santino totally looked like Zod from Superman!


"This is the one where Santino totally looked like Zod from Superman!"


LMFAO!


LOVE Santino. Love him, love him, love him. In my opinion, he was the most entertaining person ever to appear on PR. His impression of Tim Gunn as a broken robot repeating the phrase "make it work" was reason enough for me to love him.


bitchybitchybitchy

I remember my outrage when Santino's POS bambi lingerie disaster did not earn him an auf.
Those designs were beyond horrible.

His and Nina's exchange was indeed reality TV gold, and it does make my personal top five list of favorite PR moments.

Oh, Andrae, Andrae, I cringed for that man. Definitely a drama queen, that one.


I had forgotten about lingerie-gate. Mayhaps I blocked it out. That was soooo bad. So bad.


My favorite part of the Andre tearfest was actually at the reunion when the referenced how LONG it actually ways. I can't remember the exact amount of time, but it was like 15 - 20 minutes. This is one of the only times I'm thankful to the editors! lmao


Omigosh, yes, the hilariousness of Nina 'Caps from S2! She so rules. Amazon just sent me an email today touting her latest book, by the way. It's here, kittens, get it while it's hot!

Must say, I usually just smile while reading your posts, but today I did indeed LOL. Thanks so much.


Bluntly put - this sh*t never gets old (she says as she wipes the tears from her eyes).....LMAO!!


I am still of the opinion this lingerie was not the bad. No, it's not the most practical or wearable, but it's certainly creative (and I wouldn't call it "aesthetically displeasing," either). Everyone rips into this stuff but not Daniel V's horrible, horrible, horrible dated and fug 80's menswear-inspired lingerie. Those designs were simple (and ugly), yet in the end the garments were still very poorly-made (and ugly). If this exchange hadn't happened, I highly doubt people would still be so up in arms about this lingerie 5 years later.


wheeeee!

The look on the faces of those three wearing that godawful gettup!

Oh, man. That badly acted "I'm not looking or listening or even standing here" look on each face.
Priceless.


I still thought that the best looking lingerie was the "boring" ensemble aka Team Franco.

As annoying as he was, he still manned up at the end and accepted the auf. Granted, he was annoying, but that made me like him a little more.


Kathy said...

"This is the one where Santino totally looked like Zod from Superman!"

ZOD!!! YES!!! Thanks Kathy for finally making my synapses fire on that one.....


Boy, is this stuff ever cinematic gold. Season 2 had some electrifying moments, and the Santino/Nina faceoff was the best ever. Significantly, Nina remained diplomatic even when severely provoked and, like all the PR judges, was concerned with educating the designer, not tearing him down.

Other than Inside the Actors' Studio and Top Chef, Project Runway reruns are the only thing that draws me to watch Bravo these days. The Fashion Show would be on my list in the future if Bravo revamps it along the lines suggested by TLo.


"Hummels go bondage"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


I, too, cannot hate Santino. In fact, I adore him. His Tim Gunn impression really is what cemented my love for this show. But yeah, them undies is NASTY.


OMG I love these recaps!!

Every time I watch season 2 I ALWAYS fast forward Andre's performance. It irritates me to no end.

Santino fought with all he had in order to not be eliminated. He knew those outfits were crap. It seems to me that each season has it's desperate designer who will do anything to go to Bryant Park and Santino was Season 2's.


Ugh. Santino. What amuses me about him now is how disdainful he was of what he referred to as - middled aged people shouldn't be trying to make a career.

How's that going dearie, now that you're one of those "middle aged people"?


I am just watching Season 2 for the first time this week.

I really think that in this episode Santino is channeling General Zod from Superman 2.


Love you TLo!
Thanks for the memories!

Love LaNina and hate the villan, Santino.


The lingerie episode had another of my favorite S2 moments: When Daniel Franco makes a sort-of-romantic move on (a *very* pregnant) Heidi during his pitch. The part where she twinkles at the camera is a great Heidi moment.

-- CAAF


I remember Santino saying something about the purpose of lingerie is to be taken off, implying a woman wouldn't be wearing it long. There are so many good designers who are male, but it seems there are many who forget it's women they're designing for, and women who will be buying their creations. Most don't want to dress as hookers.


I am literally wiping away the tears. JBF Hair? Bondagey Hummels?
La Nina ScreenCaps?



So glad the full moon has waned and the crazy mean commenters have gone back into their rat holes and all y'all with the sparkling wits are here on display.

Suz


LOL, what a satisfying post!


"Tlo said: and three mortified models!"




Who are dressed for the Kit Kat Club's revival of 'Cats'.

--GothamTomato


"Tlo said: and tried to cover for it by acting like a silent film star in a weepy melodrama."




Yeah, the Norma Desmond was a bit much for so early in the season and was embarrassing to watch. But if our little lamb had been cut then & there, he & Tim would never have discovered Red Lobster.

As for Santino, I think he has, at times, made an entertaining reality show personality. But he is, as they say in England, 'all mouth and trousers'. His one redeeming quality was that he was funny - to watch on TV. I would not wanted to have been stuck in a workroom with him.

--GothamTomato


My favorite season and two of my favorite moments. Tell me "Cry and cut" and "What happened to Andre?" and the designer runway walk showdown and the "It's a m*ther f*cking walkoff" are coming.

My very favorite part of the Andre meltdown btw is the shot of Santino snickering mid-breakdown.


I always thought they looked like gingerbread hookers, but maybe that's just me.

ANDRAE!


I am loving this series. All I have to say is, 'MORE, MORE!'


Gingerbread hooker is a look I can get behind.


They should have been eatable and he would have won the challenge!


I did not like Daniel V's menswear-inspired collection; it was playboy bunny gone totally boring--and kind of ugly. I can't believe it won, and that Daniel F's lost! (Even if it was also boring, at least it seemed well-executed.) Um, Santino... well, Interesting design always earns some points, so I can't always argue with them keeping him on even if some ppl think it was for drama. (Ppl say Santino can't design, but he did quite well in the first half of the competition... and then was in the bottom for all of the second half. Anyway, my point is that obviously the judges were under the impression he could design well.)

@SewingSiren

What do you mean Santino's [breakdown] was fake? What breakdown? What was there to fake, here?

I think Andrae's was more or less real because we know from the reunion show that it went on for TEN MINUTES. Or nearly so. Who does that to themselves for ten minutes on purpose? What's a wonder is that none of the judges told him to put a cork in it at the 2-minute mark. I guess they were too horrified/fascinated.


I <3 Santino. That is all.


I always thought Santino looked like the head villian in Superman II. Either that or one of the Beegees.

Thanks dolls,
The Glamorous Housewife


Santino is a freakin hilarious. Too bad he's such a douche bag.


kali said...
@SewingSiren

What do you mean Santino's [breakdown] was fake? What breakdown? What was there to fake, here?


Yes, Santino didn't exactly have a breakdown. I meant (I perceive) his "scene" with Nina was fake, because I do not believe his passionate defense of his lingerie designs to be sincere.
I do think he had a passionate desire to be a reality tv star and in that he was very successful.


The Santino/Nina showdown was absolutely delicious. I remember this with great affection and glee.

Andrae, well, that was a moment, wasn't it? But nowhere near as good as the other.


Andrae knew exactly what he was doing and I remember reading Tim's Take and how annoyed he was with what happened.


Anonymous said...

Can somebody with a better memory provide the exact quotation? Something like, "I think, Nina, it's supposed to COME OFF.""

Loving this walk down memory lane.



I think lingerie is sexy and it's supposed to come off.


Only Nina can deal with Santino's arrogance.


@Sewing Siren

Oh, if you mean he faked his Sincere Belief in the Execution of His Artistic Vision, hell yeah, I'd bet that was fake as hell. The rose went off the bloom in the transition to reality, so to speak.


EJ
8/11/09 5:25 PM

I remember Santino saying something about the purpose of lingerie is to be taken off, implying a woman wouldn't be wearing it long.


Uh, I dunno. I think it's pretty clear that a lot of lingerie is designed for pre-sexy-funtime-in-the-bedroom, rather than for wearing under clothes, and that they were supposed to be designing for this category rather than the practical. I don't know if women usually buy this type for themselves, or if it's usually their SO's buying it for them, but I don't think having special lingerie for special occasions makes anyone a hooker.


ALSO I kind of feel like if you get rid of the makeup/styling, made each lingerie set all one color, or maybe two at max, and take off a layer of trim, eventually you'd wind up with something like this or this. Which is kind of the process a lot of runway stuff goes through to become wearable, anyway. Except Santino doesn't have the cachet to throw ugly shit down the runway and still have ppl take him seriously. (No, I still wouldn't buy either of the items I linked.)


I loved the extended video that they showed during the reunion where Franco defended his lingerie collection and called Santino out for sending three craptacular pieces out on the runway.

Anon at 8:42, during that reunion episode, Heidi basically said that Franco should not have gone home in the lingerie episode, and that's when Franco said, "I love you, Heidi" and she looked like she didn't know what to do, but kept smiling. Hysterical!


Nina truly understands New York style. Never wear diamonds that a mugger would want. Instead, wear a necklace that could double as brass knuckles. Much safer.


GothamTomato on 8/11/09 at 6:13 PM said..."His one redeeming quality was that he was funny - to watch on TV. I would not wanted to have been stuck in a workroom with him."

If one was working FOR Santino I do not think it would be THAT bad or unpleasant. However, working WITH Santino as an equal would be very difficult and I would not want to be stuck in that workroom either.

TampaBay


bitchybitchybitchy

Who are dressed for the Kit Kat Club's revival of 'Cats'.

--GothamTomato
BWAHHHHAAAHHAAA!!

Brilliant, Gotham!


Wait... How did you get through all of Season One's dramatic moments without any mention of Morganza or the drama of the tardy/absent models?


" Anonymous said...

Wait... How did you get through all of Season One's dramatic moments without any mention of Morganza or the drama of the tardy/absent models?"

Quite well. Thanks for asking.


Btw, guys, I think they're using your idea of drama recaps to promote the show! I heard a commercial on the radio this morning (Boston Mix 104.1) where the DJ was talking about the drama on PR in the past while promoting the upcoming season and - while I didn't hear the whole commercial - specificity mentioned "Mustache-gate" with a short recap! I mean, maybe I'm wrong, but sounds an awful lot like you guys :) Just fyi!


'Definitely two of my favorite moments on the show. I read somewhere that Nina actually feared for her life.'
If I recall Tim's podcast correctly, the face-off went on for something like 45 minutes, and the producers were contemplating calling the cops.


Santino: *suck, puff* Was that good for you too?

Nina: *grabs cig away* Bitch, I've been holding that in sense Zulema made me see her model's ass.


It's become my rallying cry. "IT'S AESTHETICALLY NOT PLEASING! RAWR!!!"


Santino looks like Jorel (I think that's his name) from Superman II -- played by Terrance Stamp. Know who I mean?


I haven't commented here in a while, but I had to after reading this. Hilarious, with the perfect screen caps as usual.

Man, what DRAMA. If only every other season were as entertaining as S2.


Can't get better drama/hilarity than Santino and Nina togther. Priceless.


Who are dressed for the Kit Kat Club's revival of 'Cats'.

--GothamTomato

The Kit Kat Club's revival of the musical formerly known as 'Cats,' but renamed 'Deer' because they couldn't pony up the royalties.





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