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Hello, gorgeous. Let's pretend last summer never happened and promise never to leave each other again.

We were right, weren't we? It all felt more energized and fun. People may say they watch for the fashion or the technical skill alone, but personality is the biggest component in any reality TV competition and if you don't have the right combination of personality and skill in the cast, you've pretty much lost the battle of holding on to the audience's attention (see: Season 6). Thankfully, this doesn't appear to be a problem with this cast.

Just seeing a pregnant Heidi and a Tim (prissily holding his Champagne flute with two hands, the way he always does) raising their glasses on the rooftop of the Atlas felt like old times, didn't it?

Sure, it was another "make a pretty dress" challenge but we thought the staging of it was cute, what with the Central Park setting and the mini-PR set with Tim standing on it. Here's hoping they'll have more creative challenges ahead of them. That preview on the farm looked promising.

And the new sketchpads are very cool, we have to say. In fact, the prize package is pretty sweet this year. Along with the editorial in Marie Claire, the opportunity to sell their line on Bluefly.com, and a 100 grand, they also get a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel to create, design and run their business. Raising the prize level raises the stakes among the competitors and that can only be good for the show.

Enh. She was inoffensive. We had no problem with her and she brought a different point of view to the table.

Model: Holly Ridings

So, Congrats, Emilio! It was fun reading the comments this past week after having seen the screener because it seems like no one managed to predict the outcome of this episode. In fact, we think several of the designers offered pleasant surprises while other designers weren't as strong as some may have thought.

We had doubts all the way through the episode every time they showed him working, because our initial reaction to the fabric choices was not positive, and when it looked like no more than scraps pinned to a dress form, it wasn't easy envisioning the fun, modern, well-designed and made dress he ultimately produced.

More than just a party dress; it's more like a party in dress form.

We really love what he managed to do by appliqueing the fabric that way. We also loved that having The Duchess back on her throne meant there was someone there to appreciate the amount of work that went into it.

Love the strappage.


We also like the silhouette, and the length, and the fit, and pretty much everything there is to like. Just a perfect little dress.

And admit it, you didn't see it coming, did you? It'll be interesting to see what he does going forward.

Especially if it gives us more Mentos-style fist pumps. We've always said, "You know what Project Runway needs more of? Mentos-style fist pumps."


Tim Gunn's Workroom:

Extended Judging:


[Photos/Videos: myLifetime.com - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]


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Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about! Great dress, some real variety in the group and NYC. What could be better? Also loved Antthony's "Did you say IN?"

I'm so happy.....


My husband was forced to watch it with me and that was his favorite dress, though he did think his model looked mannish.

I also love the love going to the older contestants. Go Emilio!


Ugh, I'm going to have to find some way to download this... I'm in the UK and can't watch lifetime's videos. :( :( I REALLY want to watch this season. And that dress is awesome. I'd totally buy that in a heartbeat.


Loved this dress. Looks like there is a lot of talent in the group. Looking forward to it!


This dress definitely deserved the win. It was the best thing out on the runway last night.


Yay Emilio! He was the clear winner. I wasn't super-impressed with what was sent out on the runway as a whole, but it was their first time, so I'll hold off on judgment. Overall, this was a great start, and I hope PR is truly back in tip-top shape again!


Such a breath of fresh air after the stagnancy of last season!

Emilio's dress was my favorite by far...was shocked at the poor quality of Christiane's work after the TLo preview of contestants.

Bless Ping's little crazy heart!
And I could not stop laughing at Anthony..."I don't care for Miss America!"


Clueless Jock

Beautiful dress. Congrats Emilio!


ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!
Great cast, great judging, great designs, GREAT production!
I liked Nicole Richie in the judges chair, and not just because we are in agreement on Ping.
PING! PING! PING! HAPPINESS AND JOY! PING!


Although, I feel the way Heidi Auf'ed Christiane was bitchy..."Jesus, someone has to go home, and it isn't you." How cruel was that?


...and there was much rejoicing throghout the land...


I had Jesus for the win this season, and I was almost wrong the first challenge!! LOL!!

Much more enjoyable - I do think NYC has a vibe that it lends to the show. Just more interesting,
Nancy


My 4 year old daughter thought that Anthony's dress had an umbrella attached to it.


We were very happy Hootie won!
This pack of designers seems a LOT more talanted than last season.

Anthony is totally my new favorite gay. Sorry boys!


I loved the odd moment when 4 of the men were in the apartment and started comparing their weights and then Anthony said, "I'm thirsty." You boys are right - he is a walking sound bite. Hopefully he'll fare better in future challenges.


Yes, we have solved the Project Runway crisis. Now maybe we can get Tim, Michael & Nina to fix healthcare reform.

The addition of that tech prize is great (and I'm betting the pr people at a few other companies are kicking themselves right now). When I saw the designers jump right in with those sketchpads I thought, they must have given them a training session with those things before the taping started.

I loved Emilio's dress as well as the idea of the dress. As soon as Tim talked to him about not finishing, I thought either he's really not going to finish, or he's going to win.

--GothamTomato


bitchybitchybitchy

Ah, all's right with the PR world again-back in NYC where it belongs!

So pleased for Emilio-what a charmer of a dress.

Can't wait to read more TLo critiques...


Great dress, I'd totally wear that. Congrats, Emilio!


Fabulous dress! I want it. It's so good to be back in NYC


LOVELOVELOVE his dress!!!
Hated her hair, though.


I missed the first 15 minutes but it just felt so much better to have everything where it was supposed to be.
It was like coming back home after a beach vacation where it rained all week and you got stung by a jellyfish.
When the impeccable Mr. Gunn came around I thought that he wasn't going to finish and then he turns out something gorgeous.
At the end of the show my mom complained that the judges were too bitch and she wouldn't want to meet them in real life. I sighed and told her she didn't understand the fashion industry.


You know what Project Runway needs more of? Mentos-style fist pumps.

THAT'S what was missing last season! You know if CH or Irina had done the Mentos fist pump a couple of times, it would have changed the entire gestalt!

Hahahahahaha! Yeahno

It was soooo good to see PR recapture some of the glory. I hope they can keep it up. I didn't think Nicole Ritchie was terrible, and she had a couple of good observations.

After watching the judging last night I have to tell you: if it came down to it, I'd advise Lifetime/BM to ditch Heidi and keep the show in New York. I think she's the least effective of any of the judges.


I absolutely love this dress!! I would wear it in a heartbeat, if just a bit longer, because my legs ain't what they used to be!!!
I enjoyed this first show from start to finish, perhaps because it's back in NYC, along with Atlas, Parsons, Mood, the Duchess, La Nina and Tim at home where they all belong!!! Hooray!!!


Yes! Loved the winning dress. Loved that there was so much color on the runway. When I think of last season, I think of beige... clothes, contestants, challenges, judging. Beige.

But this was great. Loved how Michael & Nina had real comments/criticisms of each dress, especially the winning one, since Heidi's comment was that the skirt was "too sweet" for her to wear.


Am I crazy, or is the lighting like WAY better? I could see the details on every dress!


After last season, what a wonderful gift. I hope everyone involved realizes that in addition to Tim & the judges & the contestants, one of the major characters in the show is New York City itself. Just being there provided a vibrancy that the whole LA thing lacked.


Although I throughly enjoyed the episode, I did not see this dress as the clear winner or even in the top three. The silhouette is just so similar to all the others and from a design perspective the seam lines breaking the appliqued stripes and hanging stripes on the skirt are bothersome.
Looking forward to the farm!


omg, what a breath of fresh air!
ny, tim, nina, the duchess, pregnant heidi and
lots of talent and personality. season 7 is already
looking good.
can't wait for more screencaps fron y'all!
happy friday!


Awesome dress! I Loved it!


What a relief and such excitement coming home to NY! Color! I loved it. I watched the repeat episode and stayed up too late.

Ping is cute and provides great reactions from Tim and company, I hope they keep her around. I like Myra and Maya (I was signing the theme to the Patty Duke show to myself when they came on). Emilio is a sweetie--I loved his dress. I was fine with the auf (what a beautiful girl Christianne is tho.) I would have been fine with the chocolate bar Wilma dress going too-- either one was bad. Anthony provides great comic relief as well. Moaning Myrtle cannot exit stage left fast enough.

I agree about Heidi-- being bitchy to nervous models and designers is just mean. She looked good though but not necessary. My vote is for Gordana! She comes from a teaching viewpoint and would actually add value.


I didn't think he had it in him, fabulous dress, it moved beautifully on the runway. Great Job, Emilio!


LOVED Emilio's dress. Also liked Seth Aarons (not as much, but did) and would have been happy with either taking the win.

the losing dress I'll go into when you post that, but I will say that I didn't think it was the worst and I don't necessarily agree with the auf.


Heidi stating that the skirt was "too sweet" for her read (to me) as not being hooch enough for her. Maybe it's just me? LOL

I'm with Brian in that I wasn't overly-impressed with what was sent down the runway as a whole last night, but the potential is there and I'm withholding judgement at this time!

*sigh* New York. We're home! I wish I could visit so I could feel the energy first-hand.

Ginger


Heaven
I'm in heaven
And my heart beats
So that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find
That happiness I seek
When we're watching
Project Runway NYC!


Anne said: "Am I crazy, or is the lighting like WAY better? I could see the details on every dress!"

I wondered the same thing, although I finally have HD TV, so thought maybe that was it--I could see the stitching and other details much more clearly. Also Heidi looked really, really pretty. Thanks, HD!

Loved the energy of this season! Goodbye forever, LA. I hope.

BookieBookie


Great back on that dress.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

Love the front, love the back. ¡Felicitaciones, Emilio!


You know what Project Runway needs more of? Mentos-style fist pumps.


So true.


I thought he had the best dress last night. Not so crazy about the fabrics he used, but they worked. Great episode!


THIS was Project Runway! The Duchess saw the construction issues and La Nina brought the style questions.....thank goodness. And Anthony reminds me what I loved about Alabama. Congrats to Emilio and can. not. wait for next week!


"Tlo said: We've always said, "You know what Project Runway needs more of? Mentos-style fist pumps.""





I think they added those because the show's now on opposite 'Jersey Shore'. It's also on opposite 'Celebrity Rehab', which is why they had Nicole Ritchie.

And suddenly it all becomes clear.

--GothamTomato


LaFemmeFataledeNY

A lot of talent and personality in the group, I can't wait to see more from Ping. Judging by the judges' reaction, I thought she was going to win. Emilio's dress is a little too girly, but undoubtedly, very well made and pretty.


I was so surprised that my favorite look won, and my least favorite, most WTF went home! This episode did a lot to erase the bad taste left by last season. What are they doing on that farm? I'm intrigued. I didn't watch models yet, I wonder if they made any improvements there.


I agree with Sewing Siren- I thought the winning dress looked too choppy but would have been fantastic if the lines continued throughout. He should have applied the strips after putting the dress together.

The preview after Models promises lots of drama this season! I'm so excited!

And Anthony is my favorite simply for the soundbites! "And I'm thirsty" had me cracking up all night.


I LOVE Seth Aaron! He's like Angry Little Peanut's nicer, more talented older brother.


I really liked Emilio's dress. I kind of think he looks like Hootie from Hootie ad the blowfish, so naturally that's what we called him all night!
His model, while pretty has a much too angular face for that severe hairstyle. Our first thought was that maybe she's a transexual, because she looked so masculine. Who knows? Maybe she is, in which case, good for PR, going for diversity! If she's not, oops, sorry, but she needs better styling!


Mike B. on 1/14/10 at 11:00 PM said... Emilio's dress reminded me of Suede's frozen pizza dress...which, of course, won.


I was thinking the exact same thing. They both won because the construction was difficult, the construction was well executed and both dresses are fabulous.

TampaBay


Rach
1/15/10 8:18 AM
Ugh, I'm going to have to find some way to download this... I'm in the UK and can't watch lifetime's videos. :( :( I REALLY want to watch this season. And that dress is awesome. I'd totally buy that in a heartbeat.


Hope this is okay to post: try www.surfthechannel.com. I watched it there this morning in Croatia.

Anyway, I was hoping for the win for Ping, but I thought this was the clear winner over Seth Aaron's cheap-looking mishmash.

I thought heidi's "too sweet" comment about the dress was meant to apply to this skirt TYPE (full, little-girl length), and I do agree with her that this type of skirt is a bit too Anthropologie-precious in general. HERE, though, I think the way it ties in with the geometric, slightly unfinished-looking bodice and sexy back is spot-on. They balance each other.


Gorgeous! I. want. it.


Marie my husband said the same thing last night. He refused to believe that the judges would pick any other dress. Now he's very smug about being right.


Anthony is hilarious but he needs to step up his game in the design department. Go, Emilio! You Rock!


woo hoo, just like old times!


My primary reaction to Seth Aaron was less about the dress and more about the preview clips: just how much time will he spend every morning playing with his hairstyle?

OK, and aside from that, I want to take issue with T.Lo.'s emphasis on cast personality. For me, this was about cast talent. Emilio was not very interesting as a personality to watch on TV -- he doesn't really "pop," as they say -- but I was excited about his win because I thought the dress (his creative output, not his personality!) was so interesting. I got up close to my TV to see how the appliqueed pieces on the skirt part of the dress interacted visually with the pleating, and I wanted to see more.

BTW, how irritating was the edit on the walk of Ping's model? Not until the judging do we learn that the model came out with her head wrapped. For the runway part itself, we just saw her model carrying what looked like extraneous fabric on her arm.


Hi everyone! So glad to see Project Runway back to normal. Well, as normal as it can be, anyway. Got some great personalities this year, but I just got a vibe from Seth Aaron the moment he came on the screen, so I'm looking forward to seeing what else he does and have jumped on his bandwagon. Loved what he wore to the runway show.

Congrats to Emilio on a great dress and he was definitely deserving. I would totally wear it! Did anybody else think of "Night at the Roxbury" when we met Emilio? EMILLIO!


For whatever reason, I *LOVE* purple and red together, so when I saw the dress, I literally squealed.

Great, great start to the new season! I heart NY!


Since I was en route to NYC and missed this, I immediately went into the lounge to see who won etc. Thank god for my bb but what a pain scrolling through to find the results. I was totally dependent on the comments; thanks for the color commentary-it was like the 13th race on derby day with all the brief sentences and play by play. All I needed was a racing form. Thanks everyone!


@path-

Amen to that!!


Finally some great designers in this episode showing some color and creativity. I felt the top two were the best and the bottom two, well they should have been just that - in the bottom two. So glad to see the judges are back, they are in synch and OH NEW YORK, gotta love the energy and the vibe. Makes last season seem like a long lost memory.


More than just a party dress; it's more like a party in dress form.

What a fabulous way to describe this dress. It's true, you just want to put it on and party all night.


Agreeing with others who wish Emilio had pieced the bodice before doing the strips on it, but I really do like the way he achieved a kind of ombre effect with the fabric.

and yes, to him looking like Hootie.

Anthony is damned lucky he's good TV b/c that dress was even worse than the one made out of Rue McClanahan's lanai cushions.


Congratulations, Emilio!


I love New York (and I remember when that was a new campaign).

I actually liked Seth's dress a teeny bit better; the placement of some of the pieces on Emilio's dress, right around the waist, bothered me.

I'm torn about the loser. I can think of a half dozen slight alterations she could have made to that design that would have kept her in. Hindsight and all. I was baffled by Anthony's "little of this, little of that" dress, but I really thought Jesus' dress was gaggable.

Can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can start motivating myself to head over from NJ for long walks on the weekend up from Soho, through the village, Chelsea, maybe even take in a little 5th Ave. I definitely want to see the needle/button sculpture. I will have to drag my sister along to take pictures.

Surviving (barely) in suburbia...


I know we'll get to Ping, and I'm sure there are those who'll vociferously disagree, but the way her stuff moved was fabulous! I thought it was going to look like a pile of fabric, but when I saw it on the model it was amazing.


I couldn't decide based on audition tapes but once I saw the runway show, the winner and loser were easy to spot.

This feels like it's going to be an interesting season.

On a side note, it's weird how tired Nicole looked while pregnant. Especially sitting next to Heidi who just glows and gets prettier while pregnant.


OK, and aside from that, I want to take issue with T.Lo.'s emphasis on cast personality. For me, this was about cast talent. Emilio was not very interesting as a personality to watch on TV -- he doesn't really "pop," as they say -- but I was excited about his win because I thought the dress (his creative output, not his personality!) was so interesting. I got up close to my TV to see how the appliqueed pieces on the skirt part of the dress interacted visually with the pleating, and I wanted to see more.

So, I agree with you 100%. I watch this reality show, out of the millions that are out there, not for personalities but for the creative process. Yes, I have my favorite each season that I root for, and I'm always entertained by the Wendy Peppers and the Kinleys, but if I had to choose, I'd pick a bunch of talented people with "boring" personalities, over the opposite, any day.


Our long national nightmare is over...PR is back in NYC where it belongs. Emilio's dress was charming, sexy and sweet, and I'm glad he won the challenge. Can't wait to see what happens next!


I'll admit - I totally didn't see it coming! That fabric really threw me at first. But he ended up making a beautiful and interesting dress, so congrats!

I was baffled by the bottom three, but I guess we'll get to that later.


felicitaciones Emilio! what a beautiful dress! it definitely showed amazing construction skills and a great sense of color...
it was great to have the show back, but somehow it seemed so short, when they were in the runway I was "already"?
and I couldn't believe Jesus was almost eliminated, I actually liked the dress, does that question my taste level? :-( maybe the fabric really looked tacky in person, but in TV wasn't that bad....


Overall: I loved the show. Yeah for NYC and Yeah for interesting contestants! And Emilio definitely deserved the win. Fabulous dress. I wish I was 24 again (and 6 feet tall) so I could wear it to a fun party.

My only two quibbles about last night:
1. Nicole Richie did utter the line, "I would wear that dress." UGH.

2. The models do not seem as fabulous as they have in seasons past. There's not a Nazri nor Amanda in the bunch. Sad face.


I SO WANT THAT DRESS.

Its SO cute.


You can't argue with the judges on the top 2 dresses but I thought there were a few people missing from the bottom three. Like the crying woman who re-did her dress entirely. Can't wait to see that one picked apart.

On personality: I'm relieved that this group appears to have personality without it all being about who can be the bitchiest (at least so far). The contestants seemed genuinely happy to be there working, not just trying to be the biggest bitch personality in the room. Anthony, of course, is a hoot.


Can we all agree to put a moratorium on slamming Season 6? I think that horse has been thoroughly beaten now, and perhaps we can move on and leave it alone?


I enjoyed the show immensely but the Duchess really needs better makeup. It was bad before but this season is in HD and friends, it is extremely distracting by how bad it is.


"we think several of the designers offered pleasant surprises while other designers weren't as strong as some may have thought."

Exactly. I thought Emilio's was going to be a disaster. And his portfolio wasn't that promising. But he pulled it out and though I'm looking forward to closer looks at other entries, at this point I'd say he deserved the win as much as anyone did. I wish the lines had matched up at the seams, but overall, the dress had a really good impact.


To all those who had such a big reaction to Tim saying they've never had anyone not finish a piece:

Yes, people have sent unfinished
garments down the runway. But I think what Tim meant was that Emilio was still working on the top, hadn't even begun the skirt, and there was very little time left. Minus a skirt, he wouldn't have had anything to send down the runway.


Oh wonderful to see all the judges back together again. And New York! And those tablets they were plugging look fun to play with.

Nicole Richie made a few good observations.

Emilio's dress was well-made and pretty.

And Ping, what a character. I hope she sticks around for a while, because watching her is fun.


Sigh! What a wonderful episode. Agree with the win and the auf. And New York! I live in the country in the state of Wisconsin. Love living there, don't want to live anywhere else. But when I think of New York, I think: high energy, creative, noisy, bursting with life and vitality. I love going there and drinking it all in. It has such an amazing feel about it that comes through the TV screen and energizes the show. LA in contrast exudes non of that. No sense of urgency or excitement or (surprisingly) creativity. You don't sit at home and look at a show coming from LA and think that you are really missing something by not being there. New York is like a show being done LIVE and LA always feels like a show that has been filmed, edited and now I'm watching the repeat.


Am I the only who thinks that while yes, the show is back in form: NYC, good contestants, Michael & Nina, etc., but that it being on Lifetiime still is a drag.

There's a cool factor on Bravo that is simply non-existent on Lifetime. Cheesy ads, etc. Someone said a while back that Bravo is Barneys while Lifetime is Kohls.

Get it back on Bravo when the current Lifetime contract expires and then all will truly be back to normal with PR.


I still have yet to see the episode but did see designs on Lifetime's pages...overall not too bad, but I don't think that Chistianne's was the worst, nor Jesus'. Not sure yet who was worse though...will wait until I see episode online.

The winning design...really cute dress...I think it is my fav of all. For the most part it seems well constructed, fits really well and has good movement. The applique ribbons, especially on the skirt, are really a fun touch. I don't care for the one seam that cuts down her right front...but other than that...thumbs up!

I'm not as surprised by Emillio's win as I am by how some of the others performed. Really disliked some of the designs by those I thought I'd like...even worse...like some of the stuff from designers I dislike. It'll be a challenge to separate design from designer this season...I suspect.


That brown croc dress??? The cut was not right, it was poorly designed and poorly executed. The weight of the garment was just so heavy and cheap looking. In my opinion none of it worked. Jesus should have been auf'ed.

Now for the winner, that dress was very well designed and looked stunning coming down the runway. I also loved Seth Aaron's hot little grey number with the red zipper, super chic. I would wear both!


1. I LOVE this challenge for the first show. So when someone goes home, they can't say "I wasn't given a chance to show my work/my style, etc." In this challenge, they have lots of fabric to work with and very few constraints. "Make a dress that shows YOU." Can't get easier than that. So when the first person goes home, no guilt trip involved.

2. you are right TLo, I did not see this coming. I really really loved the dress. He was great. And I had been skeptical.


A totally deserved and unquestionable win. In a 12 h challenge like this (and I hope they're not going to be like this!), to be so spot on with the fabric choice, manage to maximize time constraints in terms of showing off technical skills, and still produce something both wearable and perfectly pretty, well, that's what it was about.

Tim though, was totally off target by critizising Emilio's ambition and making sooooo much a point of it. Come on, if a designer fails by trying too hard, that's what makes a show Tim, you don't want a workroom full of in-the-safe-side types!


Great Beginning!


I'm going to be the voice of dissent and say I really didn't like this dress. I just don't get the whole "cutting-up-strips-and-sewing-them-to-a-dress" thing. And did it remind no one else of Suede's Green Challenge dress? The one that Lorenzo so appropriately described as a "frozen pizza?" It was the very first thing I thought of when I saw what Emilio was doing.


A totally deserved and unquestionable win. In a 12 h challenge like this (and I hope they're not going to be like this!), to be so spot on with the fabric choice, manage to maximize time constraints in terms of showing off technical skills, and still produce something both wearable and perfectly pretty, well, that's what it was about.

Tim though, was totally off target by critizising Emilio's ambition and making sooooo much a point of it. Come on, if a designer fails by trying too hard, that's what makes a show Tim, you don't want a workroom full of in-the-safe-side types!


- Dan


Kathy, that reference to Moaning Myrtle was priceless. I'll be using that one.

What to say, loved the show. I haven't felt that excited to see a TV show in awhile. Everything clicked. It even seems that you got to see a good representation of each designer.

Congrats Emilio! Beautiful dress. I could quibble and agree with those that say that it could have been perfect of the straps carried through, but then I just think about it and tell myself to shut up. Really interested in the Farm episode.


Holy Crap! How did I forget about this last night??

I was up and half-watching reruns of the L Word & Queer as Folk while reading magazines.

Please don't take my TLO card away. I promise to watch the rebroadcast tonight at 7 or 10 PM.


This was one of the finest pieces ever produced on Project Runway. I fell in deep passionate love when I saw it coming at me down the runway. I wouldn't even know where to begin to describe its genius. And for a first challenge? You go guy!


Amazing dress! Congratulations, Emilio!


I know editing is all part of the show... but on TV,when Tim tells Emilio to hurry, Emilio's voice over says "I don't even have the skirt cut yet!"

but on TLo's extended video, when Tim says to hurry, Emilio says, "Well I already have my skirt all cut and ready" or something like that... and he immediately holds up the skirt.

So I know that editing is part of it, but don't outright LIE for god's sake!


I did like Emilio's - not sure I thought it was the best, but up there.

But I do not appreciate the return of "Bitchy Heidi". (To Jesus, is he this season's Gordana?)

I thing Ping is a loon and her outfit was several snuggies or just wraps of fabric with hidden safety pins. But then again every show (TFS, PR, LML) people glom onto the loons and say that they are visionaries and intellectuals - ugh.

I liked Jesus's dress and seriously I've often seen leather skirts with the seam there. In fact I am sure I've had one.

Nina praising Seth's "whole package" with that stupid little "kiss" lip. Really? (Thought it looked stupid when Tyra styled her contestants that was a cycle or two back.)

I thought Anthony's was kind of pretty - and again Kors is fixate with what woman would want to enphasize her hips-I believe quite a few have answered that.

I like the show but NOT impressed with the judges comments. (Of course when everyone was falling over how excited they were having the judges back, I did recall all the BS from prior judging - not just s6.)


You know what I hadn't noticed last night? The way the straps on the back are echoed in the bodice-to-skirt section below. (I'm sure there's a word for it, but I haven't begun to drink my coffee yet, so, excusez-moi.) It was a thoughtful, whimsical touch, and I love that he did that with so little time and while in a panic. What I did not like, however, was the way the purple strappy bits in the front were sewn onto the purple sections. I'm hoping that, if Emilio "Fresh Flavor" had had more time, he would not have had them look so pastede on yay. Still, wonderful design, great fabric choices: it was a worthy win.

(I probably didn't notice the back detail when I watched the show because of the spaztastic editing on the runway. JUST SHOW ME THE CLOTHES, B/M. Geeze pease Louise.)

It was wonderful to have the show back in New York City, not the least of which because of the Garcia/Kors input (thank goodness Mrs. Samuels is no longer the leading critical voice of the judges). There was a greater level of talent: the losing dress was a little scary, but, admit it, in S6, it would have been middle of the pack, that's how much ass was on the runway last fall. There was a focus on work: Miss Waterworks worked the water but still managed to get her sobby ass in gear and get something on the runway that got her to the next competition; I was dreading having to listen to another contestant explain how they'd had to restart and that's why their look was painful to the eyes, and was more than pleasantly surprised that she'd middled herself out of yet another dragged-out whinging defense of crap. There's a workmanship vibe in NYC, and you could see it in the work the contestants put in (if not necessarily in all of the work produced). And, best of all, there was a decidedly more comfortable-looking Tim Gunn. (What the heck, Mr. Gunn? Are you trying to strangle your champagne flute? One hand, by the stem. Please, for the love of wine.) It felt...better. It felt like a show I'd watch happily for another several seasons. NEVER, EVER, EVER LEAVE NYC FOR A SEASON AGAIN, PROJECT RUNWAY. NEVER, EVER. EVER.

P.S. When my mother, who was watching television with me earlier that evening, saw Nicole Richie, she asked, in an absolutely scornful tone, "WHO is THAT? That does NOT look like something that should be on your Project Runway." I love my mom.


Home again! What a great opening episode. Great cast. Great clothes. I'm so happy Emilio won and definitely feel that his entry was a winner. Although the silhouette was familiar, the fabrication and details were fabulosa. It's also nice to read such positive posts about PR given that the last couple of seasons were such disappointments.

I'm absolutely dying to discuss Anthony, but willing to wait for the appropriate post from TLo.

edina


Anonymous said...
Am I the only who thinks that while yes, the show is back in form: NYC, good contestants, Michael & Nina, etc., but that it being on Lifetiime still is a drag.

There's a cool factor on Bravo that is simply non-existent on Lifetime. Cheesy ads, etc. Someone said a while back that Bravo is Barneys while Lifetime is Kohls.

Get it back on Bravo when the current Lifetime contract expires and then all will truly be back to normal with PR.



I disagree. Lifetime is doing a great job promoting Project Runway, and as for the cool factor on Bravo, that is long gone with the endless repeats of housewives flipping tables and multiple variations of cooking shows.


Love the dress!!!


CanIGetYouAnything?

So nice to see Tim, Nina and Michael back in NY. Emilio deserved to win the challenge, his dress is really pretty and the model worked it on the runway.


I'm happy for Emilio, he's a sweet guy.


I would've picked Ping but Emilio did a good job too.


"anon said: There's a cool factor on Bravo that is simply non-existent on Lifetime. Cheesy ads, etc."






Bravo, cool? Not in a long time. Yes, Lifetime is for housewives, but Bravo has become all about housewives.

I do feel bad for Bravo, building the PR franchise and then having it snatched away from them. But while they lost PR due to circumstances beyond their control, they lost their mojo all on their own by filling their schedule with that idiotic 'Housewives of...' trash.

--GothamTomato


The dress was a nice surprise and he desrved the win

I agree with the above response about what Tim meant. There have been garments that were not completed but they were still far along enough for the model to wear on the runway. Even Carmen's men's ensemble. She didn't have a shirt ready but she the model had pants and a jacket.

If Emilio had not had a skirt done on time, the model would not have had anything to wear at all

Anyway I feel this win is a mxed blessing regardless. No contestant who won the first challenge has ever gone on to win the title. Think about it: Austin, Santino, Keith, Rami, Kellie and Christopher.

Frank


When I first saw the fabric I thought, "Oh. Honey no! It looks like daddy's bathrobe." But wow did he work it! I wanted the dress the moment I saw it on the model. (Yes I know *the model* has a name. I just can't recall it atm.)


Bravo cool? I've never thought of Bravo as cool. The most gay friendly of networks for sure but ever since they were taken over by NBC they have been all about reality shows. Some of them are guilty pleasures, some of them are camera whoring at their worst.

Bravo's prestige is mainly thanks to PR. A show like PR made a show like Top Chef possible and ultimately Tabatha's show. Lifetime is not perfect and their website is not perfect but they have bent over backwards to promote Project Runway. But Bravo was never perfect either. They could be guilty of some dubious marketing ploys themselves and their website could be very aggravating.

Say what you will, I think 1 thing the Lifetime website got right is showing the extended judging clips. Even with season 6 you got a much better feel for what the judges thought.

FRank


All is right in my Thursday night world now.

Anthony is going to be hoot to watch and Ping confuses me, so that may be a good thing.

I agreed with the win - it was best executed design.

My major complaint, so far, is now that Bluefly.com is back as a sponsor, have to watch their stupid commercials!


Charming dress. Not sure it was absolutely the best but it's hard to quibble with the win. Based on his portfolio I certainly didn't see this coming. Well done, Emilio! And it's so nice to see a focused, drama-free contestant actually win.

The show is off to a good start and Nina and the Duchess do add a certain credibility to the proceedings. But they've made more than their share of asstastic decisions over the years. So I'm kind of over them even though I'm glad they'll be a constant presence this year.

Bravo has lost whatever cool factor it had. Any network that lives on a steady diet of The Houswives can't lay claim to hipness. And who the hell had the great idea to try to turn Andy Cohen into a tv personality? Barf. His picture should be in the dictionary next to smarmy. Plus he's really, really boring.

I understand why this season is coming so soon on the heels of the previous one but in the future I really hope they space the seasons out more. As much as I love watching, the show loses some of its specialness when it has almost back-to-back seasons.

And finally, Tim not only can't hold a champagne flute but in general he has the wierdest hand gestures. This is one white man who clearly has no rhythm of any kind. Still love him.


2. The models do not seem as fabulous as they have in seasons past. There's not a Nazri nor Amanda in the bunch. Sad face.

I thought there were two who looked great and had "runway" potential. Sophia and Monique are both striking and had good walks but were paired with middle-of-the-pack designers who didn't even warrant Tim visits this time around so they got lost in the shuffle.

But Sophia did get praise from the runway coach and Monique has all that beautiful, natural hair, so I'm hoping they stay around.


I was really pleased Emilio won. And it wasn't until I saw the extended judging clip that I realized he'd used both sides of the brocade in the strips appliqued on the bodice -- that was a wonderfully creative use of the fabric. The way the skirt moved was great. And I loved the back! I only wish I was young and svelte again; I'd wear it in a heartbeat.

Although I didn't think Christiane's dress was the worst in terms of design, it was certainly awful in terms of execution. I'm sure that, ultimately, that was why she was auf'd. I'm glad the judges are starting by getting rid of bad construction first; they can get to finer details of design later, after they've eliminated the ones who simply can't produce in the (ridiculously short) time frames.

But all the color was wonderful! I think there was more color in this one runway show than in all of last season put together!


OMT: I can tolerate Helium Heidi saying "Bud onny Juan can bead a wiener" and certainly value Mentos fist pumps because one thing I did not hear, blessedly, was all that awful giggling from last season!


Gorgeous Things said:
After watching the judging last night I have to tell you: if it came down to it, I'd advise Lifetime/BM to ditch Heidi and keep the show in New York. I think she's the least effective of any of the judges.

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agreed! Her comments are snarky and usually not constructive. I wish she'd put herself in these designer's shoes for just a moment.

Loved hearing from NG and MK again, hurray!
also, Love this dress! Go Emilio!


IS the show in HD??? We got an HD set recently and I was disappointed to see that Lifetime isn't in HD -- at least not on DirecTv. It looks kinda lousy compared to other shows.
JMB


Only in relation to Lifetime could Bravo be considered cool. I did find the commercials for bad victim of the week movies painful. But not more painful than "Housewives" commercials.


Gotham Tomato said
Yes, Lifetime is for housewives, but Bravo has become all about housewives.

Ooooh, SLAM! And well put!


I don't have DirectTV but my cable recently added Lifetime in HD and one thing is for certain, the colors of the garments really pop. And you can see the details of the sewing much better too.


Yup, glad it's back and still fun! Also, I'm thrilled with the extra technology package. I'm an Intel employee and I'm glad we're trying to get out there more.
Huzzah indeed.


Well, it was impossible to see it coming based on his portfolio, but I did read the lengthy profile of Emilio someone posted on his thread.

From that,and from the lack of a proper audition/portfolio, it did appear that he might a ringer that someone, somewhere wanted on the show for a reason.

I'm not sure if it's been discussed on his thread, but could he be a friend of Chris March? Both being NYC costume designers, you would think they would at least be aware of one another and their social circles may overlap.

Or maybe he is again someone that Tim came across whom he thought deserved the chance? (I believe that's how Chris initially got his opportunity).

None of which is meant to be snarky, I think Emilio seems like a huge asset to the show and loved his dress.


Anonymous 11:08 AM said, "And finally, Tim not only can't hold a champagne flute but in general he has the wierdest hand gestures. This is one white man who clearly has no rhythm of any kind. Still love him."

Wouldn't you love to see Tim dance? I would pay money for that. He is made of awesome.

BookieBookie


I was really happy Emilio won. His dress was interesting, well thought-out and well-executed. I'm curious to see what comes if him in the upcoming episodes.

As much as the judges seemed to love Ping Wu, I for one am not a fan. Being from Chicago, I always support any fellow-Chicagoans on these types of shows but I'm really not feeling her. We'll see what happens though!


I almost watched Celebrity Rehab (yes, really) instead, but I trusted TLo and was certainly not disappointed with PR. I was fearing a repeat of when Christopher got the first win when I realized they liked the crazy zipper thing, but I knew you wouldn't have said this show was back if that's what won. I loved Emilio's dress and was so happy he won. Hopefully, Anthony pulls it out with his work and stays around for a while--for merit, not producer manipulation.


I'm fine with Emilio winning, though I had a slight preference for Ping's. What I cannot understand is why Seth's farmyard overall dress was in the top, rather than in the bottom where it belonged.


Congrats Emilio on a well-deserved win. Although, as we all know, he just received the Kiss of Death. *No one* ever wins the first challenge and goes on to win the season. In fact, almost none of them make it to Bryant Park. So sad.

Of course someone had to make a LeAnn Dress(tm). Seems like every season now someone is obliged to recreate her petal-pleat dress.

The product placement is getting a little hilarious. "Here we have the Brother sewing room full of Brother machines. Make sure you use the Bluefly accessory wall because the Bluefly accessories are here to complete your look. And while you're at it, use these nice HP tablet PC's to sketch your look. They're HPs, by the way."

Overall, very entertaining. Love the new group and love that they are back in New York!


I agree the first episode is a good sign that the season will be worth watching. :)

I have to admit I'm a little ambivalent about the dress. While I really like the skirt, the bodice isn't working for me. It's... chaotic? I think that's the word I want. It's chaotic enough that it doesn't appeal to me.

That doesn't mean I'm disappointed by the win or anything. Quite obviously Emilio has technical skill and put a lot of thought into the design, and that itself deserves recognition even if I don't care for the actual dress.


OMG YAY! You were so right! The show feels like it's worth watching again. I too was a bit worried about starting the season off with a pretty dress challenge, but at least there was a lot of talent on the runway and the judges picked the right dresses to win and go home.

Emilio's dress ticked all the boxes, definitely. With the win between him and that grandpa punk dude, I thought it was encouraging to see the Broadway costume designer produce the couture-level dress, and the red carpet stylist throw up a costume. Also cool that they're some of the oldest contestants (the crazy Jesus freak is in her 40s, right?) It definitely feels like an interesting season is afoot.


I absolutely loved this dress. Mom and I were both pulling for it, which doesn't happen often. I can't wait for next week!


I'm doing my happy dance! PR IS IN NYC! PR IS IN NYC! Welcome the hell home!

Loved Emilio and his dress. With the discussion on Emilio, his lack of audition tape, etc., he really showed he has the goods, a sweet and vibrant personality and can deliver a beautiful garment. Kudos!

I noticed that the editing is much better this season on Lifetime. More on the workroom, more on the process of designing, but the runway show edit is still from absolute hell. Someone mentioned not seeing Ping's full garment presentation - that annoyed me as well - and some of the garments I really just couldn't see because of the choppy, quick edits. I don't give a flying rat's ass about the designer's reaction to their own garment - of course they're going to love it for the most part. Just show the damn design. Looking forward to seeing the stills.

Christiane's dress looked like an old 80s dress and the fabrics didn't work together. I wish it wasn't a Wilma and I did like some of her draping/twisting details. I live in an West African immigrant neighborhood and know what she was talking about with the bold patterns and color that look so gorgeous in the dress of women from this region, but she fell short with her choices of fabrics. Too bad. But her portfolio wasn't that strong so I didn't think she'd stay very long.

I will hold off comments on the Mexi-Twink and Anthony, but I just want to say, I LOVE Ping! Love her! And her garment. She's just fab and I'm so happy the judges appreciated her point of view.

The judging actually was about garment, fit, construction and style and Nicole Ritchie was pretty inoffensive, though she looked horrible and messy, like she just rolled out of bed.

I'm also so over Bravo. The only things worth watching are Top Chef and Tabitha. Oh, and reruns of PR. Otherwise, it's adult MTV. Tacky, tacky, tacky.

Love you, TLo!!!


Loved this dress. It was everything Suede's pizza dress wanted to be and more. Add some length and it would flatter ANY woman.

I live for Tim Gunn's two-year-old-two-handed-cheers. It makes me die.

I really resented Nicole Richie stealing Nina and Michael screen time. We've been virtually starved of them. Nicole liked the chocolate snake dress..nuff said.


Adding to the chorus by saying all is right with the world again, this was a great episode!

I liked Emilio's dress. After watching clips of extended Tim Gunnery, I'm curious to know what the result would have been if Emilio did the skirt the way he originally intended. It sounded as if he wanted the skirt to be an inverse of the top and I have a gut feeling it may have been too much then. The way it ended up was just right. If I had one criticism, it would be the purple straps on the skirt are a bit haphazard, specifically the ones that overlap onto the bodice.

So excited for more!


I love that a New Yorker won the Back to NY challenge!
Very excited about this season. Can't wait to see what's next!
When are the TLo awards going to be posted?


I agree with the editing. The runway was so fast, some garments got 2 seconds screen time. I understand there is a lot going on and with so many designers (and that it's all already in the can, oh well). But still, they could cut it off on shots of the designers talking blablah and just have voice overs or something, and show us the garnments better... Of those designers who didn't get screen time because they'd not end up either on the top or bottom (or didn't cry the hell out of it), we didn't get to see anything at all.
Don


I was a little worried after seeing the beginnings of this dress, but he knocked it out of the park! Looks like a promising season overall, there was a lot of great work in the first show.


LovedlovedLOVED Mr. Freshmaker's piece! The applique wrk took it to a whole new level. I picked him to win as soon as I saw that he was able to finish the dress and literally clapped my hands and said "Oh, yay!" when he won. All of which is so refreshing after the poor technical work and crap judging on LML.


It was so fun to see PR once again. Being in NYC was icing on the cake. When watching the runway, I was immediately struck by the level or creativity and skill--it's out of this world! And such a contrast to the dreck shown on LML or The (horrendous) Fashion Show.
I loved the winning look, but I also liked Seth Aaron's dress--it was definately his POV.
And Ping is a doll. I thought her outfit was stunning.

The only thing I am sad about is Lifetime is NOT available in HD in my area...and it looks so drab and tired compared to the competition shows on Bravo. I'll have to write some letters and get Time-Warner to add LTHD!!


After 134 comments there is no way I can add to the discussion, but i have to join in:
Yaaaay! I was hoping he'd do well, but his pre-show material didn't give us much to go on.

And, seriously? That was such an cute, innovative dress, for a cute little dress. And NOTHING like I'd expect from someone whose design inspiration was (if I remember correctly), Dynasty.

This win made me so happy.


Great first episode! I loved the top two dresses! The forecast for this year is looking bright! :D

Hope I'm not getting my hopes up. XP


WARNING: SOMEONE UPTHREAD IN CROATIA MENTIONED WATCHING THE EPISODE ON SURFTHEWEB.COM...

I GOT A "SUSPECTED MALWARE" NOTICE WHEN I WENT THERE. SAID THE SITE CONTAINED MALWARE THAT COULD BE PUT ON MY COMPUTER IF THE SITE WAS LAUNCHED.

So, I'd advise not using surftheweb.com. Someone is bound to put it on YouTube.


I'm sorta proud of myself for guessing this for the win (and the correct Auf, too) just from seeing pix.

Can't wait for your Ping Post. She cries next time? Maybe that means she wins!


The technology prize is amazing and much smarter, I think, than a car.

I agree with those (Sewing Siren et al.) who thought this was good but didn't deserve to win. The way those purple strips go from the top to the skirt looks, in my opinion, careless. They don't really harmonize with the lines in the top or with the shapes in the skirt, and the top I think is unflattering (although it could be the model).

He has skills but in this garmet the execution just feels... unwieldy. I think it calls attention to itself instead of looking natural or effortless. I've always thought technique should be invisible. I think that when you get an audience to start looking at the seams or wondering about the pattern instead of looking at the woman, you've lost them. And he stated that his intention was "showcasing" technique.

To the bloggers:

"More than just a party dress; it's more like a party in dress form."

You are seriously talented writers.

HLB


Thoroughly enjoyed the show. Especially liked the fact that no one complained that they didn't know they had to sew the dresses themselves. That might be a first.
Loved the winner and the level of talent in general.
And color on the runway!


I agree 100% with skill over personality. It's nice when funny, cute, exciting moments occur naturally but its annoying and insulting when the show is manipulated to create them. I'll take boring and talented over high dramatics and no skill.


bitchybitchybitchy

since Heidi's comment was that the skirt was "too sweet" for her to wear.


Of course she wouldn't wear it. It wasn't short enough, tight enough or shiny enough for Frau Seal....


For PR fans outside the US: Try realitytvfan.org. I'm outside the US and I watch PR there, usually a day or two late.


"Of course she wouldn't wear it. It wasn't short enough, tight enough or shiny enough for Frau Seal...."
@BitchyBitchyBitchy- that's pretty much exactly what I said at my house last night.
I was watching with my dear mother who hasn't seen the show before and she was shocked when Heidi said that.
I said don't worry- it's just not short, tight, and shiny enough for Heidi's taste.


one of the major characters in the show is New York City itself. Just being there provided a vibrancy that the whole LA thing lacked.

You know, I have read variations of this sentiment for the past few months and I've finally going to say something. The last season wasn't very good. This was NOT LOS ANGELES' FAULT. It is a huge, vibrant, exciting city. That PR couldn't harness that and make an interesting show out of it is on THEM, not on LA. The LA vs. NY thing is beyond tedious. Both are wonderful, both are flawed. Quit the LA bashing.

Last night's show was great. But frankly, Atlas apartments and Central Park? Yawn. Nothing we haven't seen a hundred thousand times before. This California gal is not buying the whole blah blah blah Manhattan energy blah thing quite that easily. What makes PR is the contestants, judges, drama, bitchery and fashion. Not subways. The "We are the center of the universe and nowhere else matters" attitude is not a charming aspect of New York.


this was the best dress of the bunch...

seth aaron's dress had a good design but the fabric choice was off


Emilio really brought it, didn't he? He was a big question mark, but he definitely has skills and talent.

I hope they don't stay with these 12 hour challenges. Emilio was able to do a complete design but I think some of the others would benefit from more time.


I like the abundance of color but the way he placed the strips doesn't line up at the seams. It drives me crazy! I'll chalk that up to time constraints. Bravo!

And I certainly thought that Hershey's boy was going home. Christiane was a shock. It wasn't too awful. Jesus's reminded me of Kenley's reptile gown.

And doesn't Anthony sound like a gay Leon Phelps (The Ladies Man)? I found it funny that he doesn't like Miss America, but it's not usual for contestants to compete in both systems. The current Miss USA actually competed in NC MAO.


that model (in the winning dress) looks like a dude.


i'm not dorothy gale

Yes, yes, YES...they're BAAAACCKKK!!

That dress was adorable. As a wearable artist I was awed by the amount of meticulous work in its creation.

I am a happy, happy, joy-filled kitten.


I agree with the win, and the return to the original feel of PR. What a difference a season makes! If this had been LA with Heidi and a bunch of guest judges, Seth Aaron would have won, and that would have just set the stage for another season of Project What Heidi Likes.

Yeah NY! Yeah Michael & Nina! Yeah Tim back in his natural habitat!


I admit when I was watching his progress I thought "that is going to be God-awful" .... when it came down the runway , while it wasn't MY winner, I could see by their expressions that they were going to let him have it.....in a GOOD way, of course.


Did anyone else love Nina's comment about that one long dress looking like a Hershey's Chocolate Bar, too funny Nina! Who was that designer...oh yea the one in the bottom two.

Now for some more humor, Anthony is a total scream. Hope he stays on just for the comments, he is terrific.

Glad to see the show back in NYC and glad to see 'some' fabulous designers! Could be a fight till the end this season with a couple.


I love this dress and was intrigued and taken by it from when he started. I knew he'd finish it too. Congrats Emilio!


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am I the only one who doesn't get the appeal of this dress? To me, it just looks stupid.


Rach,
My friends and I watch on realitytvfan.org. We are in the US but I think it would be worth a try for you, since they have shows from all over the world.


Yeah I thought this dress was horrible until it walked the runway and I was pleasantly shocked when this came out. Mentos fist pump?!? What would we do without you guys.


Oh and before I forget, this model should never wear her hair pulled back like that. Ever.


I love this dress and the fabrics look like African print. Gorgeous!!!


Haven't watched the episode, but I like this dress well enough. I like the back better than the front, with that kind of severe neckline, but it might partly be because the model seems to have such broad (and yes, kind of manly, even if I can't discern any muscle tone in her arms) shoulders. I like the transition from the purplish fabric being dominant on top to the pattern on the bottom, even if I'm not necessarily into that particular print.

AHEM. A NOTE TO SOME PEOPLE BEMOANING EMILIO'S CHANCES DUE TO THIS SO-CALLED KISS OF DEATH:

There have been 6 seasons of >=12 contestants each, so each season has had at least 9 challenges.

The first challenge won by

Jay was... well, none.
Chloe was 2
Jeffrey was 8
Christian was 5
Leanne was 7
Irina was 5.

Ergo, from this sample set we can conclude: nothing.

Or we can conclude whoever wins the 5th challenge has the best chance of winning. AKA you are all talking out of your ass. You may as well say that whoever wins challenges 3, 4, and 6 are ultimately doomed to failure in the final stretch as well, since no PR winner has ever won those challenges.


And now I want mentos. (Or wintergreen lifesavers; am not that particular...)


Yeah, a great start to the season! A promising group of designers. And I actually liked several things on the runway this week, which immediately distinguishes it from the premier of the last season. Yes, it was a make a pretty dress challenge, but at least it was challenging to work with a limited selection of fabrics.


Wooo hoooo, now that's much better!
I think it's obvious from that first walk down the runway that the talent level of the designers is going to be much higher than last year, with the exception of a few. Now if we can just keep Kors and Nina firmly planted in their chairs, this is going to be sooo fun to watch. Emelio's dress was definately the one for the win.


Wooo hoooo, now that's much better!
I think it's obvious from that first walk down the runway that the talent level of the designers is going to be much higher than last year, with the exception of a few. Now if we can just keep Kors and Nina firmly planted in their chairs, this is going to be sooo fun to watch. Emelio's dress was definately the one for the win.


Ah, New York, New York, how fabulous you are!

Loved the first episode - and I'm so glad Emilio won! Great start to a great season. Can't wait for next week's episode!! And TLo, thank you for providing your amazing commentary! I love it!

Quick question: Were all the designers required to use the new HP sketchpads, or could they still pencil sketch as well?


Kelly, Tim said they could use the HP things if they wished.


Thanks, Anne! I have to admit, I'm rather fond of the pencil sketches - there's a more organic quality, I think. =)


So so so happy to have PR back from the tragic season 6! LA was the biggest mistake the show ever made.

And of course very excited to have Nina and Michael back!


Say What? on 1/15/10 at 11:08 AM said...My major complaint, so far, is now that Bluefly.com is back as a sponsor, have to watch their stupid commercials!

I'll take the Bluefly.com commercials any day over the stupid Macy's commercials. I can never forgive Macy's (i.e. Federated Deprtment Stores, Inc.) for ruining Rich's of Atlanta and Marshall Field's Chicago.

TampaBay


You know, I have read variations of this sentiment for the past few months and I've finally going to say something. The last season wasn't very good. This was NOT LOS ANGELES' FAULT. It is a huge, vibrant, exciting city. That PR couldn't harness that and make an interesting show out of it is on THEM, not on LA. The LA vs. NY thing is beyond tedious. Both are wonderful, both are flawed. Quit the LA bashing.

Last night's show was great. But frankly, Atlas apartments and Central Park? Yawn. Nothing we haven't seen a hundred thousand times before. This California gal is not buying the whole blah blah blah Manhattan energy blah thing quite that easily. What makes PR is the contestants, judges, drama, bitchery and fashion. Not subways. The "We are the center of the universe and nowhere else matters" attitude is not a charming aspect of New York.


100% agree. I've lived in both cities so perhaps the scenery just doesn't even register with me, but the actual locale doesn't really matter. What harmed the LA season (aside from the fact that they didn't really do much to take advantage of their surroundings) was the lack of talent and the fact that Nina and Kors couldn't be there for judging very often. I agree that this season looks to be a great improvement but I am over the whole NYC-mythologizing thing.


Beautiful dress. The technique was similar to the one Suede used to pull out his win in Season 5. Sometimes overworking the fabric can earn you bonus points, other times it's too much. Emilio showed restraint in not completely copying the bodice work in the skirt. Well done!


Someone just called Christiane Qristyl lite


Marie said...
I also love the love going to the older contestants. Go Emilio!



I agree, for once it would be nice to see someone older win the final prize.


Not having cable I have to wait to see the episodes online on Saturday. Which means I spend all day Friday trying not to come here and BPR and spoil the surprise. My first reactions:

Yay! Color Color Color!!!
Liked that they made the designers "edit" their fabric right at the park.
Love love love Ping. Her stuff is different but very interesting, not as wackadoo as some of the stuff you see come down runways as full collections. I want to see more of her, I'm glad they kept her around.
Anthony, what a hoot! "Sometimes there's an answer to prayer" or whatever he said when leaving the runway.
Christiane's dress reminded me of Qrystal's purple & print ruched dress.
Seth Aaron, loved the dress and he did it consistently, even thought the red zipper worked in the end. But so far I'm not seeing "fashion icon" chops.
Glad cryer-girl (forget her name) pulled it together in the end. Hopefully she's got that out of her system now.
Mommyca, I didn't think Jesus' dress was all that bad either...
I think Emilio's deserved the win, can't wait to see what's next!

Ok, I'll shut up now :-D


Are you guys going to do the TLo Awards?

Aside from that, excellent take on the NYC move. It just comes to show that NYC plays as much of a role as the players.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION


Come back PR. All is forgiven. Just remember that NYC, Nina and Michael are not dispensable. I saw designers I liked and dresses I liked and even the preview for this season of Models looked entertaining.

As for this dress, well said as usual. Michael saw craftsmanship and rewarded it. I am excited about this season yall. Woot.


What harmed the LA season (aside from the fact that they didn't really do much to take advantage of their surroundings) was the lack of talent and the fact that Nina and Kors couldn't be there for judging very often. I agree that this season looks to be a great improvement but I am over the whole NYC-mythologizing thing.

I agree--and having a different production company probably didn't help, either.


I ADORE that dress, I would wear it in a second and waltz out the door to a fabulous lunch.


Love it!!! Wish they were mass-producing it a la The Fashion Show.


Emilio was brilliant. Dress was gorgeous. His model, by the way, was very beautiful. If you see Heidi talk to her on Models Of The Runway you will see just how pretty she is. Makeup and Hair was appropriate for the dress she wore this particular evening.

PR Lover


Bravo Emilio! And bravo everyone!
Great show!

And New York City is the true star of Project Runway. Without NYC, the show is just a drive to the dreary suburban mall.


What harmed the LA season (aside from the fact that they didn't really do much to take advantage of their surroundings) was the lack of talent and the fact that Nina and Kors couldn't be there for judging very often. I agree that this season looks to be a great improvement but I am over the whole NYC-mythologizing thing.

I agree--and having a different production company probably didn't help, either.


Maybe this is covered by "different production company" and "not taking advantage of surroundings," but I disagree about the talent level--I think it was the challenges and the judges that were the problem. Most of the challenges were boring and didn't push the designers to do anything particularly interesting or risky, and none of the judges encouraged anything interesting or risky, either. As for the production, well, yes. I am not particularly interested in personal dramas, which was noted to be absent in the LA season, but I think a lot of times the drama is created by editing and leading questions for the designers during their interviews (how many times have designers come out and said that something wasn't really as it was portrayed onscreen, even if their words were used in voiceovers, etc? The lack of drama could have been an experiment, for all we know. I guess BM should know that the viewers would appreciate a little more than that now, though.)

But I think Tim has a point about NYC as far as the logistics go. It's a lot more practical to not have to spend 3 hours (apparently?) of travel time on just getting supplies. I wonder if the travel issue limited the places they would go for inspiration and the challenges, and why so many (?) challenges were 1-day challenges. And of course the availability of guest judges they could attract could vary as well, even if Michael and Nina were willing to fly out of NYC.


I managed to not peek-this dress FIT his model!!!


Watching the first episode of S7 reminded me of "Dallas." Was S6 really just a bad dream?

Welcome back, PR! And yes, the winning look was fabulous, period the end.


I'm way late on this, but I still feel compelled to drop my tuppence in the jar.
Great show! I gave my own Mentos-style fist pump during and after it. But Heidi is tiring me; she really, really is. Her coy, wide-eyed looks when she says something nasty is not what I want to watch in a media personality. It's bitchy in a passive-aggressive way. Bitchy without the courage of conviction for being bitchy. Sometimes I feel like Heidi needs to be auf'd, but I also can't imagine someone else in the role.


Tim slipped on this one.

He commented to Emilio that they never had a contestant send an incomplete outfit down the runway.


I thought, "What about Carmen (the Baller) Webber?"


"Tim slipped on this one.

He commented to Emilio that they never had a contestant send an incomplete outfit down the runway.


I thought, "What about Carmen (the Baller) Webber?"



I immediately thought of the menswear challenge too...he had no shirt! ahhh...good times....LMAO!


Dana GirlyGirl

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Never go back to LA. But why is everyone jumping on Emilio's bandwagon so fast. Reminds me of Season 5 designs. Seth all the way. Judges were right, you could see that dress in so many stores. I want it!

Loved everything else...judges are back yey!! I even liked those new computers. I just started to design and want one.

And Heidi looked nothing short of fabulous. I hope I look that sexy when I have kids!!


I love this dress! Love the colors, love how he mixed the two fabrics, love the way it fits on the model, love the skirt. So glad he finished it- and boy did he do a good job. Only one small criticism- I wish he had done both shoulders on it, but that is strictly because that way I would have an easier time wearing it.

Congratulations, Emilio!


Am I the only one who hates the way they photograph the clothes on the runway? They seem much more concerned with 'arty' camera angles, fast cuts and never want to show a full length view. It's not until I see the photos on this website that I
can really judge what they look like


I want that dress. No NEED. I NEED THAT DRESS~! I would easily spend a week's pay on that dress if I found it in a boutique. Go ahead Emilio!





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