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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Uh… Project Runway, Anyone?

posted by on November 15 at 13:42 PM

Folks are asking why we don’t have a Project Runway post—don’t we care? We care, dammit, but I’m out of town and my damned hotel didn’t have Bravo and I missed the premiere of season four. Says Slog tipper Drew…

Why not Project Runway post? The water-spirit lady makes last season’s Vincent look like Alan Greenspan.

I’m not sure what this means, of course, since I didn’t see the show. Anyone care to clue me in?

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There's a woman who's... well, what stereotype to use... crunchy granola? That's not quite right. Umm... Zen spiritualist? I don't know.

Without giving too much away, let's just say she was rubbing her fabric all over the grass in order to "feed it" and imbue it with earthiness, or some such thing.

Posted by Julie | November 15, 2007 1:52 PM

Doesn't make any sense to me, and I've watched every season. Then again, I only watch for my supa'stud Tim Gunn. Then when I'm done with what I was doing while watching Tim Gunn, I change the channel. But I come back if I'm in the mood before the hours over. Marathons are the best.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 15, 2007 1:53 PM

Why would we need blog posts about SeaTac's Third Runway project? I thought that was settled...

Posted by andy niable | November 15, 2007 1:54 PM

That show's way too gay for me. That and one doesn't get Bravo when one pays $13 per month for cable. Oh well . . .

Posted by Michigan Matt | November 15, 2007 2:00 PM

I need this post as much as I need all Chris Crocker posts combined. Times infinity. PLUS ONE.

Posted by Ziggity | November 15, 2007 2:01 PM

They ought to be rerunning the crap out of it like they have in the past. That or you can probably buy it at the iTunes store.

I only watched a few moments of it (out here it comes on at 8:00 which is my daughter's bath- and bedtime hour) but I will say that the right person won this round, and the right person was sent home. It's rare that they get both of those correct.

Posted by Matt from Denver | November 15, 2007 2:02 PM

The real question is- where the heck is Tim's blog? I so looked forward to reading his take on all the dresses! Nina has a blog? Why? Why? Why? I already heard what she thinks.

Posted by katy | November 15, 2007 2:03 PM

I'm hoping everyone got the flame out of their system in that Tofurkey thread, so... I was pretty disappointed by the premiere. Overall this new crew doesn't seem to have the same talent level or personality as some of the previous seasons. I think Project Runway is going to have a hard time stealing the crown back from Top Chef.

Posted by kid icarus | November 15, 2007 2:06 PM

She makes 30-foot-high marionettes for a living (huh?), and she was indeed grinding her fabric into the grass to dye it. Her garment was spectacularly beautiful from the front -- a floor-length gown made with a single seam -- but it had a train coming out of what looked to be the model's anus made of seven thousand different hunks of fabric all knotted up and dragging on the ground. It's fantastic when the models trip on the runway. Seriously insane, and she's a loon -- but not an angry loon like Vincent. She doesn't use mannequins, either; she sits on the table and sews the garments onto herself.

Posted by Fnarf | November 15, 2007 2:08 PM

Also, she "hand measures" (doesn't use a tape measure).

Fnarf - I about fell on the floor when Heidi said it looked like the model was pooping fabric. Man.

Posted by Julie | November 15, 2007 2:10 PM

Oh, I don't agree, kid icarus -- I think the talent level is over the top this time. WAY higher than before. It should be -- these are almost all professional designers or at least industry workers. It's actually a criticism -- they're not undiscovered; they're already pro. No mysterious surprises this time.

Posted by Fnarf | November 15, 2007 2:12 PM

the water spirit lady was fabulous because she used sound effects in place of adjectives when describing her clothes. yet for the most part her piece was pretty good. from the knee up let's say.

this season's people have the punkrockiest resumes so far and yet are visually a varied and freaky bunch. i'm looking forward to this ride.

Posted by Raej | November 15, 2007 2:12 PM

I dunno Fnarf. I just thought given the (relative) ease of their first challenge, and the exhortation to create a garment that reflects who each of them are as designers, I really expected some real home runs. Everything struck me as pretty lackluster. I wouldn't have picked any of them to win.

Posted by kid icarus | November 15, 2007 2:21 PM

I start watching when they start the marathon runs of the show (probably in a couple of weeks). The personalities have not really developed yet and it takes a few weeks to get interesting. But I heard they were a bunch of freaks and Jack is really not that good looking. Nice body but the face of someone who tans WAY too much.

Season One is still the BEST!! No one has come as close to Wendy Pepper at being pure evil!!!

Posted by New Deal Demoncrat | November 15, 2007 2:24 PM

I agree with Fnarf, this season looks pretty dan good. I had the BEST time watching it at Hatties Hat. I guess they are going to play it every wednesday, which is fucking sweet. =)

And I thought that Jack was from Seattle, why does it say NY for him?

Posted by Original Monique | November 15, 2007 2:32 PM

The "water spirit lady" has a name: Elisa. She is a multi-media artist.

The assignment was to make a statement of who you are as a designer. She was the only one who really pushed it! The top three were craptastic, from the gray toga, to a black sack with a silver flower; to the clumpy skirt, nothing that was a challenging creative effort.

As we all know overly ambitious design trumps crappy sewing when determining the loser. The right person did go home, but Elisa was one step away from winning. If she can reign in her creative urge to the point of wear-ability, she will make the final group.

Posted by AK Rob | November 15, 2007 2:34 PM

@15, he has lived in NY since 1991. That is probably why but some websites say he is from Seattle but still. He has not lived here in almost 17 years? Why is Seattle trying to claim him?

Posted by Just Me | November 15, 2007 2:41 PM

her sound affects were great:

"I wanted a dress that was like "schick" but had, you know, this "fwoof" in the back. i know i should have, like, "ssssssssshlack" all that fabric in the back when she tripped."


the toga made the ugly models boobs look weird.

Posted by terry miller | November 15, 2007 2:41 PM

random thoughts...

...what's the deal with that queen who needed to make it known he's "straight" within the first 2 minutes of the show?

...i enjoyed the commentary from the kid with the unfortunate assymetrical haircut. he should have won this round.

...i was really unimpressed with the black dress in the top 3, although probably mostly because black doesn't show up very well on tv. just looked like a boring babydoll dress to me.

Posted by brandon | November 15, 2007 2:51 PM

Jack: Total "See Tarzan, hear Jane".

Posted by torrentprime | November 15, 2007 2:56 PM

Did you see in the previews of the season where the Nick Lachey dude (sorry @16, I can't remember their names yet) has some tearful announcement in front of everyone? Any guesses? It's the "pattern book contraband" zinger of season 4.

Posted by skweetis | November 15, 2007 3:20 PM

It's probably because someone moved his water bottle six inches.

I didn't say the RESULTS were great -- it looked like wall-to-wall baby dolls to me -- but that the TALENT is high. And pro. I think we'll see some good stuff. And the only one who fucking can't sew at all is gone.

I do expect kook-lady to have a couple of good episodes, maybe a win or two, but you gotta admit, she's bonkers. That's not a criticism, just an observation.

Asymmetrical Boy is an idiot, but he's only 21, so it's expected, and he's going to be fun to watch. Expect hi-jinks.

I wish they'd show the models more. With their clothes off.

Posted by Fnarf | November 15, 2007 3:33 PM

That show's way too gay for me.

My girlfriend and I watch that show all the time. It's great!

Posted by ask a straight dude | November 15, 2007 3:38 PM

Also, "FIERCE" is apparently the 2008 fashion season buzzword. Take a drink everytime you hear it.

Posted by kid icarus | November 15, 2007 3:47 PM

I drink every time there's a product placement. I can't walk when it's done.

Posted by Fnarf | November 15, 2007 3:48 PM

Bravo does that well. I have "furnished by the makers of the Glad family of products" burned into my skull.

Posted by kid icarus | November 15, 2007 3:57 PM

@ 19, blame the producers for the editing of straight queen's comments. (Unless it was real obvious that it was the first thing out of his mouth - I missed that part so I can't say, but I'd bet on editing.)

Fnarf @ 22, are you nuts???? Those models are so friggin' skinny my stomach turns every time I see their sinewy thighs. They all need to put 15-20 lbs on, FAST.

Posted by Matt from Denver | November 15, 2007 4:09 PM

speaking of sponsers:

it's totally a perfect marriage for bluefly to be the main accessory sponser this year. but what the fuck was with those commercials. they were terrible! i felt like i was watching tv in the early '90's.

"oops! i don't have any clothes on!"

"hey, look at her walking through security without any clothes!"

can somebody in the ad world please tell me how this past inspection??? why would they put something so lame on such a contemporary show. talk about missed oppurtunities.

Posted by terry miller | November 15, 2007 4:14 PM


Jack is HIV-positive. Why they have to make a huge announcement about it in 2007 is beyond me.

Also, the showing for open call casting was so poor this year that 75% of the cast was invited on. This is why many of them are already working in the industry.

I don't think the grey toga was worth the win. It was just that, a toga. Any of the designers could have done the same thing.

And the editing for the runway show was poor. Not enough time was given to actually see the garments.

Posted by Queen Coconut | November 15, 2007 4:18 PM

I thought the toga deserved a win, although it did create a scary left-boob situation.

I'm all about Sweet P. for this season. She used to work at Club Fuck in LA and was in a motorcycle gang with hot 90's model (and dyke) Jenny Shimuzu (who's gang name was Chicken).

So glad Runway is back. Where's the finale party this year?

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | November 15, 2007 4:28 PM

27 - true, it was the producers who chose to make that clip the first thing we here from the straight queen's mouth [sorry, no 'member names yet]. it's the mere fact he felt compelled to say it i find so beguiling. kind of like madonna's solitary "straight" dancer from "truth or dare". girl, please.

FIERCE is officially the gayest word of all time. it transcends every fashion season. it should always be pronounced with 2 syllables and a steady, building emphasis towards the 2nd syllable: fiiiiiIII-ERCE!!! i defy you to say it without a pronouced lisp. go ahead, try. it can't be done!

Posted by brandon | November 15, 2007 4:29 PM

Lotsa yapping on this post, but Terry's the only one who accurately and succinctly summed-up the whole episode.

Once I realized that I would never marry Tim Gunn, I decided to make myself as dreamboat-dreamy as Tim Gunn. And now I'm worried that I'm over Tim Gunn.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | November 15, 2007 4:58 PM

QC @29 is right about Jack's announcement that makes everybody cry.

I kind of missed the "road to the runway" part, where they show all of the bad designers and you get a better chance to see the competitor's stuff before they start with the show. I know it's sort of like American Idol (bleh), but that helped me to understand Michael's aesthetic issues in last year's finale.

Dan, does this mean you've given up on PR? Will there be no finale party this year?

Posted by Gidge | November 15, 2007 5:26 PM

Oops...missed the part of your post about you being in a Bravo-less hotel.

Posted by Gidge | November 15, 2007 5:27 PM

does anyone know how to find the episode online? I"m stranded in canada and i don't even own a TV (seriously) much less have cable. but i looooove me some project runway

Posted by jo spot | November 15, 2007 5:35 PM

@23. I'm gay. I was joking.

Posted by Michigan Matt | November 15, 2007 6:50 PM

I don't watch Project Runway, but hey, TLC just announced that Paige Davis is coming back to Trading Spaces. Now THAT'S news.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | November 15, 2007 7:41 PM

@13 Of course they were lackluster. Every season gives the designers a chance to grow.

Posted by Gitai | November 15, 2007 8:10 PM

@29: what is your source on the quality of the contestants?

i'm not so sure about this crew, but then again, i feel that way at the beginning of every season. i think the straight guy probably has the chops to go far. and the freaky asymm hair boi Christian. despite his age. 21. damn.

Posted by Brad | November 15, 2007 9:42 PM

"The model looked like she was pooing fabric!" is the best line I've ever heard on TV. Especially when spoken with a German accent.

I'm with Kit. Fuck the designs; one glance at the red hair bow and I was in love.

Posted by Rose Red | November 15, 2007 9:44 PM

@38 - Of course, otherwise there is no reason to watch what happens next! Still, a battleship grey toga won the first challenge? Really? That's not the kind of shit Santino or Austin or etc. pulled out the gate.

But.. here's hoping!

Posted by kid icarus | November 15, 2007 10:21 PM

I watched it last night. Okay, these designers are not that great. Think about it; Most of those dresses you can find at Nordstrom, Barneys or Macy's. And they had HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS ON THIS CHALLENGE and could only do damn baby doll dresses???!! WTF!!

Sorry, they may have industry experience and they are making the same clothes we have all seen before. I was shocked at the total lack of innovation. Remember, PR is about Innovation, Marketability and Wearability. Most designers are not cutting it already.

Posted by New Deal Demoncrat | November 16, 2007 8:17 AM

the dresses weren't that good, but they were in more of a time crunch than normal, i think

i miss all the amateurs though. i don't like that they are all established, to one degree or another.

Posted by konstantConsumer | November 16, 2007 9:16 AM

There's so no way that asymmetrical haircut guy is only 21. Isn't that what Austin said his age was as well? Pul-ease...

Posted by katy | November 16, 2007 2:23 PM

Asymmetrical haircut looks 21 to me. He also looks exactly like the most masculine of the Le Tigre girls. I like him!

Posted by leek | November 16, 2007 11:32 PM

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