Season 10 Project Runway is Here!!!
Oh how I've missed you, regular Project Runway! Cause let's face it, Project Runway All-Stars wasn't the same. It reminded us why none of those people won Project Runway to begin with. And the femme-bot with gams they had hosting it didn't even say "auf wiedersehen." And Isaac Mizrahi ain't no Michael Kors. No one can tell someone they look like Joan Crawford at a St. Patrick's Day party like MK.
The episode starts off in high gear as we see the whole gang standing in the middle of Times Square- New York City's tourist central. Nina Garcia tries to put on a brave face, but she's still shell-shocked from her proximity to the unbathed masses, and if you look closely you can see the sheen from the anti-bacterial lotion she has applied liberally to all exposed skin. Michael Kors exclaims that PR now has more seasons than I Love Lucy, which is a pretty big deal considering I Love Lucy is over 50 years old and absolutely nothing like Project Runway in content or format. But that's MK for you.
It's all party party up there in Times Square as we see the nameless 16 designers clinking glasses of champagne and flashing smiles of the Chosen Ones. We all know this can't last.
And of course it doesn't... we flashback to a couple days earlier and it's this point that I realize that Times Square is the location of the runway show and now we're back to when the designers are first arriving in New York and receiving their challenge instructions from Tim Gunn.
With 16 contestants, it's really tough to keep them all straight and most of the episode is dedicated to introducing them and trying to impart some sort of memorable trait to all of them. Here's what I remember:
Tim tells the designers that their first challenge is the biggest runway presentation in the history of PR, being held in the "center of the universe;" Times Square. They'll show two looks: one they have brought with them as a representation of their design point-of-view, and a second look, which they will make in two days and should be a companion piece to their original design.
We hear a lot of name dropping now: Mood Fabrics, Brother Sewing Room, HP, Lord & Taylor, L’Oréal Paris... Folks, get used to these words. These are your sponsors for the remainder of the season. If they say magazine you say Marie Claire. If they say accessory wall, you say Lord & Taylor. If they say silk charmeuse you say 'Thaaanks Mood.' Got it? And don't even think of mentioning Apple- designers on THIS show use PCs, namely a technology suite by HP and Intel. Apples grow on trees.
I'm really happy with straightforward first challenge. We get to measure a designers taste, construction skills and ability to create cohesive looks all in one runway challenge. Excellent.
By now I think the editors are getting tired of all these damn designers because the camera time is getting shorter and shorter:
|Freegan my ass|
|Should I bother learning your name?|
And with that we frantically run through the Project Runway formalities of Tim Gunn critiques and model fittings. Because there are so many designers and we needed to hear from all of them, there's really not a lot of focus on the usual workroom drams. Plus, the contestants don't know each other well enough to hate each other. Boooring.
Our guest judges for tonight are Lauren Graham, aka Gilmore Girl, and Patricia Field, costume designer, stylist and first ever Project Runway guest judge. I couldn't help but think how far the show has come in guest judging since then.
It's still early, but I always feel like the best designers stand out early, so I'll say it here: these are my Ones To Watch:
I really thought Nathan's dresses were both gorgeous, as well as Dmitry's sequin gown. I totally would have had either one of them in the top instead of Ven's Dorothy-Zbornak-goes-to-Neiman's look. Remember, this is not Project Seamstress, it's Project Runway.
Until next week!