(inspired by Say La Vee, whose recaps of Survivor are the closest I ever get to watching the show).
Oh oh oh! Project Runway! Season premiere!
Tim and Heidi are back, looking fabulous as only they can.
The designers are a mixed bunch, more mixed maybe than in the past. There's a flaky artist who makes marionettes. Some chick who goes by "Sweet P" for her first name. A guy who works at the Museum of Science and Industry (and I like him exceedingly for it). A florist. A former model. A couple of serious, experienced designers who want to do their own thing after working in big design houses for years. A couple of fresh-faced newbies (they're the ones with the really wacky hair).
Immediately after toasting with champagne in the park, they start the first challenge by running 100 yards to big tents filled with fabric. Grab what you can and design something that expresses who you are. The fabric selection is overwhelming.
Everyone gets to work. There's chatter, and I want them to be quiet and DESIGN. Marionette girl is weird.
How do these people pick what to wear? They're on their feet here for 12 hours at a time working on their projects. Why wear heels? Or a halter-top dress? I know you're on TV, but c'mon... I imagine halter-dress girl freezing in the a/c, she has no jacket or wrap.
Tim arrives to view their progress. The young pup didn't match his plaids, and Tim calls him on it. Marionette girl is in trouble too for the level of finish, but decides to go take a nap. Everyone else? Carry on!
Morning. The guys are smug, they're closer to finished than some others. Marionette girl is doing yoga. In the work room there's little chatter. Tim comes in for a pep talk. Everyone is nervous, esp. when they realize their models are assigned.
On the catwalk, Heidi is wearing a dress made of shiny gold fabric. Michael Kors and Nina Garcia are back. I've never heard of the "acclaimed designer" and guest judge, but I'm not a fashionista, so that's ok.
Surprise surprise. Halter dress girl designed... a halter dress!
The former model puts her own model in harem pants and a nasty ruffled lame jacket.
Heidi says "we've heard what you have to say" and sends them away. Why does she suddenly remind me of my midwife? Huh. Must be the tall-blonde-skinny thing combined with that no-nonsense manner.
Who's in? Who's out? Everyone is so serious...
Young pup designer's outfit is "sculptural and European inspired." He gets kudos for his design. Nina doesn't like his fabrics.
Simone was going for "modern romantic," and instead gets old-fashioned bad construction. Kors says it looks like "dressed in the dark." The guest judge is bored. Moving on...
Rami goes for new modern romantic (again?). Gets sophisticated and chic out of Nina. Michael doesn't like the flower.
Lingerie designer kept it simple and safe, and he's in trouble for it. Nice. Dull. Not memorable. Yawn.
Victorya's ugly foil flower gets a vote. But her model can't lift her arms the way the sleeves are cut.
Marionette girl talks about sylphs, water, air, haiku, cascades... everyone is confused. Nina hates it. Michael kind of likes it from the front, hates the back. Heidi's eyebrows are dancing in disbelief.
OK. Decision time.
Winner? Rami! His dress was incredible, so that's OK. Plus he seems nice but not smarmy.
Oh good - lingerie guy gets a 2nd chance.
Simone can't sew, but Elisa's model couldn't walk in her dress. Who's out? Ah hah! Simone! The sylph-water-fairy-nymph gets another chance. Simone is shocked but calm and leaves with many hugs.
Oh, sigh. I am sooooo happy. I LOVE this show. People in next week's promo are crying, fighting, and snarking. I cannot wait.
Am exhausted now. Must go to bed.