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Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:30am GMT

Anthony won! And I loved his dress!

Sorry — I just had to put that out there so I wouldn't be rushing through the blog to get to that part. How happy I am for him!

Quotes of the week:

Anna: "I might be sweet but I am fierce." I think there might be a question mark on the end of that sentence. I am not yet convinced. I feel like she has some spunkiness in there somewhere, but feels out of her element in terms of experience. Two words: Fake it. Just act like you know what you're doing. These people don't know you. Faaaake ittttt.1

Mila: "I don't really know what that's about," in reference to the other designers not jumping up and down about her second-place finish in the last challenge. Mmmmmaybe it's about you making a weird dress with giant stars on it. 2

Anthony: "Life isn't fair, so why the hell should 'Project Runway' be?" Ha! He is so right.3

Janeane: "Blah, blah, blah … emote … blah , blah, blah." She seriously just used the word "emote." Good grief, girl! Chill out and make some fricking clothes! Stop emoting all over your dress!

So the challenge winner secures a cover look for Marie Claire. Wait, really? That's legitimately a big deal. Like bigger than the actual "Marie Claire spread" of the final prize, which is generally a page or two. The cover? And finally they are dressing Heidi, which just makes sense. How many times have we heard Heidi say, "I'd wear that" … or maybe more likely, "I'd never wear that."

$150 and one day? Seems a bit low for a prize of that significance, but definitely puts the pressure on! In the workroom, Janeane and Mila have matching tops, Anthony and Anna have matching fabrics, and all of the designers have matching looks of horror on their faces when they realize how little time they have.4

The Runway:

Amy: Not bad, not great. Actually not super flattering for a cropped photo, and there's a little too much happening here.

Seth Aaron: Whoaaaa, buddy! Wowzas. Nothing about that says "Heidi." At all. I'm just going to close my eyes until it's over. 5

Jesse: Wow. Good job, kid. Really surprised me on this one. It's interesting but not overdone, and a flattering, clean look that would do well on a cover if styled correctly.

Anna: Oh crap, she's a goner. This could have been found in Forever 21. Or even Walmart (I'm sorry, Anna! You are so nice!) There's nothing to catch your eye. Nothing to make you look twice. Nothing to make you think, I want to look like that, which is basically how magazines sell. Uh-oh.

Anthony: Yay! Great job. It is fun and different. Though the treatment could use a lighter, less restricted hand, the overall look is quite nice, and I love the color. 6

Janeane: Nope. The end.7

Mila: I was more excited about the concept than the finished product. There may not be enough interest from the waist up.

Emilio: Not blowing me away, but could work.8

Jay: I really like this. Of course I do. It's my style. But I think it could work for a cover, and is fresh and light.9

Jonathan: I can't figure out if I love it or hate it. Mostly because I couldn't figure out what it was until he said "romper." Waist up, it looks like a '70s top. If I was styling the cover, I wouldn't pull this. For other things, it could be interesting.10

Maya: Nice, but also subtle. Too subtle? Not necessarily. All the detail around the face would be multiplied in the close-up.

Ben: Yep. That'll do it. Great color. Good lines. Texture is great too. This would work very well ...11

You already know my thoughts on the winner, but WHAT???? How the heck is Seth Aaron safe?????!

Mila's dress was not made well. It was not put together well between the strips of color blocking, and was gaping at the neckline and armsyce (armhole). This is not the first time she has had an issue with a gaping neckline. I will give her the benefit of the doubt on the color issue. Sometimes there was a big difference between how a color would read in the store, in the workroom and on the runway. The lighting is totally different, but that always comes off as a lame-sounding excuse, even though there's some truth in it.

I love how they chopped Emilio's up right on the runway. That's what the judges do every week with their words, so it' s about time they just came out and did it.

Anthony, you deserve a bouquet, a sash and a tiara. You have surpassed your favorite genre, pageant gowns. I would totally wear that dress. I think a lot of women would. And THAT is why it will be on the cover.

- CH and Logan

1Logan: If this is "fierce," then what does "timid" mean? I'm confused ...

Read the following, Anna:

adj. fierc·er, fierc·est
1. Having a savage and violent nature; ferocious. See Synonyms at cruel.
2. Extremely severe or violent; terrible: "the fierce thunders roar me their music" (Ezra Pound).
3. Extremely intense or ardent: fierce loyalty. See Synonyms at intense.
4. Strenuously active or resolute: a fierce attempt to escape.
5. Informal Very difficult or unpleasant: a fierce exam.
6. Savage or threatening in appearance.

2 LN: This is easy. Mila, the reason the other designers don't like you is because you think that you are better than they are. Drop the ego if you want to make some friends.

3 LN: This is the quote of the season so far, IMO.

4 LN: I think it hilarious that all the designers are so surprised at the time constraints. "One day"???? Have they not watched the last six seasons? It's a formula that has been working/stressing for quite some time.

5 LN: Seth was a little much for me in this episode. The shirtless morning shot, the crack he smoked at lunch, and then this coming down the runway.

6 LN: Really? I'm not in love with this look and am actually surprised the judges love it as much as they do. The ruffle treatment looks sad and restricted to me. Or maybe it's the color. Either way, I personally wouldn't pull it for a cover shot.

7 LN: Bridal gone bad ... This is one of those cases where the designer lets their head take over … Stop thinking, Janeane, or you're in big trouble.

8 LN: I agree with Michael when he said that silk jersey is not an easy fabric to make structured, but do they not see that this dress looks like a nightgown?

9 LN: This was a strong look with a lot of interesting detail. If the color choice were less bridal-looking, Jay would have been in the top.

10 LN: Another version of the nightgown. If this were the Fredericks of Hollywood competition, Emilio and Jonathan would have it in the bag.

11 LN: The only thing that bothered me about Ben's look is that the belt made the dress. He created a well-made contemporary piece that was true to his aesthetic. I personally would have picked Ben for the WIN this time.


Hearts and Stars and Weird Dresses, Oh My!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:08am GMT

This week it appears that the designers are becoming friends. Maya says, "I feel like I'm kinda a little buddy with Mila. We're similar in a lot of ways." If you mean that Mila is exactly what you'll look like 19 years in the future, then YES! I just hit Pause to type that last sentence, and the next thing she says is, "She's kinda the older version of me." Ahhh, instant gratification.1

The challenge seems to have about a hundred parts to it, between the event-specific look, the clients, the red requirement, the Campbell's aspect, etc., etc., etc. I'm sorry, could you be more specific? Just kidding. I actually had to do this exact (mmm, not EXACT but very similar) thing for my first show at Charleston Fashion Week for the Emerging Local Designers competition. I ended up doing two red dresses so it would tie in to the rest of my collection …

In the workroom, Maya is rocking her destroyed-denim cutoffs with black tights. She's like, "What? I'm a badass. I already know what I'll look like in 20 years."2

Referring to his model, Jesus says, "I'm really excited 'cause she's really really tiny!" Really? This is your response to an inspiring woman's story? Come on! Jay and Anthony are both crying across the room.

Ooooh. Uh-ohhhh. Mila is sketching a weird dress with a star and an asymmetrical hem. Next words out of Mila's mouth: "I know that I have immunity…" Yeah, girl. And so do we.

Anna's tracing plan sounds awfully subtle. Girl! Step it up! At the very least, take three steps back and look at your work from a distance. Those time-consuming details have been completely lost.

Drama occurs when Janeane accidentally dips her dress in a bucket of water (or possible a bucket of her own tears that she was saving for later), and Seth decides to take the "retro Campbell's soup approach" to his garment and decides to totally start over at the last minute.

On to the runway, and we are looking at a LOT of red!3

Nothing against Campbell's (Logan can tell you how addicted I am to that stuff), but that shade of red is tricky. Red is just tricky anyway. Look at Valentino — the man has made a career out of the fact that he knows what to do with the color.4

Anywho, here are my thoughts:

Jonathan: Could be worse. Nice, flattering cut through the bodice. Some interesting, irregular tiering happening in the skirt. Weird chiffon addition in the back. Could also be better.5

Emilio: Noooooo. Not good. She looks a bit preggers. I don't know why, but I feel like he bought his fabric in the home decor section. Choice of fabric mixed with the generic trim = fail.6

Maya: Like the idea, the concept, the general direction. The execution? Not quite up to par, if you ask me. The draping seems a bit stiff. Your eye is immediately drawn to the beige bit at the hip, which sticks out more than she probably meant it to. Ten hours, people! You do what you gotta do! I have a feeling that the judges had similar comments that didn't make it into the episode (as happens).7

Anthony: Jacket is not necessary. Or flattering. The low pleating of the jacket makes his model's, ahem, assets look a bit droopy, if you know what I mean, but the silhouette of the dress is exactly what it should be.8

Amy: Not the most innovative, but very pretty and flattering on her model. Nice fluid movement. This is the type of dress that a lot of women would want to wear.9

Anna: Her model clearly loves it. I can't say the same, but she's been sewing for what? Six months or something ridiculous like that. Too subtle overall, and poorly executed.

Jay: Buddy, I'm sorry. Looks a bit dated. Would be more flattering if the detailing stopped at the waist, elongating her legs.10

Jesse: Kid loves his jackets. Overall look isn't something I'd look twice at during a Fashion Week party. This would get lost in the crowd.

Ben: Nice. Like it. Don't love the Campbell's trim. I feel like a lot of the designers added weird trim when they wouldn't normally, because they felt like they would score points by using the Campbell's fabric.11

Mila: "It just kinda went POW." Yeah, old-school Batman and Robin POW, when someone gets hit and stars appear above their head. I am not a fan.12

Janeane: Flattering. Seems appropriate for her client. Kind of odd length. Not much to say beyond that.15

Seth Aaron: Y'all. This reminds me of those bad display dresses that commercial pattern companies hang in stores as an example. I should know. My first job was at a Hancock Fabrics 13

Jesus: So wrong. On so many levels.14

In the end, I definitely think Amy deserved the win (finally!), and I also think that Jesus deserved to go home, based on his lacking taste level. I do not think that Mila should have been in the top, though, and I had money on Emilio in the bottom for that dress.15

Thoughts? Tell me what you think in the comments so I don't feel like I'm talking to myself!

- CH and Logan

1Logan: I would say the rest of the designers better watch out for these two. Trouble comes in pairs.

2 LN: At least she is the one rocking the cutoffs. Can you imagine if Anthony got hold of some?

3 LN: I can't get that song "Saw Red" by Sublime out of my head. This should have been the runway tune.

4 LN: Careful, CH — if you keep eating all that soup, you will start looking like Valentino.

5 LN: I can't get over looking at the divot at the waistline on the front … Something is wrong here


7 LN: I think with a few more hours this could have been a great Rodarte-esque dress. Interesting with an edge to it.

8 LN: Agreed. Ditch the jacket, Anthony. It's not doing you any good.

9 LN: Agreed. Not fashion-forward, but it was a great dress for her client and the challenge. I'm liking the raw edges of the chiffon.

10 LN: I have to say the fit on this dress was pretty great. If he'd shortened the waistline he could have been a contender.

11 LN: Finally, Ben. I was starting to lose faith. Did you cut the back out to show your model's tattoo on purpose?

12 LN: This is one of those cases when you never know what the judges will say: "Tacky"??? Or "amazing"???

13 LN: Red carpet FAIL.

14 LN: Jesus would have been better off tying a red scarf around the model's neck and sending her flying down the runway. At least she's "tiny."

15 LN: Congratulations, Amy. A well-deserved win.


Episode 3: What Up With That?

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:24am GMT

Another field trip? Five-hundred-dollar budgets, 45 minutes to shop and two days to work? "Project Runway"'s making it rain this season! Did they drive to Mood in stretch limos, too? I'm still bitter about the magical HP sketchbooks, so let's change the subject.

Some random thoughts for this episode:

• I paid attention to the intro for the first time this week, and almost lost it when Jonathan did his whole "My weapon of choice" bit with the scissors. I bet Jonathan really likes the "Star Wars" movies … it's OK, so do I. (Logan is possibly the only person on the planet to have not seen ANY of them, so he doesn't get to comment on this).1

• Ah, yes … The girls become victim of the ol' "cameraman sneak attack towel shot" while getting ready in the morning. Nothing will make you feel more like a professional, established fashion designer than being shown brushing your teeth in your towel on national television. You've made it!2

• I love that Ping almost forgot to wear shoes! She is so funny.3

• Jesse reminded me of Popeye the Sailor Man when he got angry at Ping and smacked his fist like that in Mood. Oh, yay! Another piratey reference for Jesse. He should just talk like one all the time and be done with it.4

• AHHH! Janeane actually just said, "I feel like I'm going to cry"!!5

The team leaders for our double-whammy challenge this week are Sassypants (Anthony), the Bottom Dweller (Jesus), the Crier (no explanation needed), the slightly loony one (Ping), the possible meanie (Mila), Emilio and Jay. Oh goodness. Let the fireworks begin!

The producers get creative with the second look, requiring it to be based on another team's design. In the workroom, Jay and Maya's dress is looking like a Neapolitan soft-serve Tasti D-Lite, while Ping and Jesse fight like cats and dogs (or like one person who makes sense and another who … not so much).6

Ping: "I don't think Jesse takes me seriously as a leader." Weeelllll, you did send the last person you had leadership over out onto a runway with her bum exposed. And remind me, which model went home?

Seth Aaron says their look is truly couture. Ohhh, did you become a member of Chambre syndicale de la haute couture in the past day and a half? My, my, you HAVE been busy!6

Anywho, on to the runway and Matthew Williamson! I love his stuff. Color! Print! Flowiness! Yes, please!

My favorite signature look was actually Team Mila's. I know what you're thinking: "CH likes something that's not a dress?!?" The look was beautifully done and thoughtfully executed. I like the way the yellow lining peeked out of the jacket and the shimmery top broke up the look's angular lines. I can definitely see this walking down the streets of New York.7

Anthony and SA: Whoa. That gown. Whoa. Their "look for less" was rather poorly made, with odd seam placements and an odd fit.

Janeane and Ben: The signature look is lovely up close, but appears bit dull from afar. Janeane obviously has a good hand for meticulous details.

Emilio and Anna: Their design reminded me a little of my own look from the model challenge. It's a similar silhouette — fitted fishtail skirt, low back, etc.

Maya and Jay: Their signature look also reminds me of Louise and Nicolas' look from last season's Macy's challenge, but better done. The fabric here has a lot more drape, which makes a big difference. Also, I think we need to back off of the one-shoulder drama on "PR." Is this a trend? Still … it's an interesting dress in the end.8

Ping and Jesse: The signature look is kind of messy … not the most innovative. I really want to see the model let go of that fabric. Their look for less? Eh. I've seen that look. For less. In Target.9

Anthony's on the chopping block. Oh no!!!! Who's going to keep me (and Tim!) laughing the rest of the season if he gets the boot? Nina says something about the dresses being ugly, but I can't stop looking at her necklace and sequined blazer combo … so sparkly! I want that. Am currently thinking of all the things in my closet it would go with and have now forgotten about Anthony and SA's sub-par dresses.10

Mila wins! No surprise. She did a really good job. I could see Mila going rather far in the competition … She has a clear vision, the skills, and the feistiness. I kind of want to see her get really angry with someone. Is that bad?11

Ping gets the "auf." Alas, her time has come, and I think we all can agree on that.12

Can't wait to see what happens next week!13

— CH and Logan

1 Logan: I can comment on whatever I want, CH. What's the big deal with "Star Wars," anyway? I was too busy building forts, climbing trees and practicing being a stuntman when I was younger. Besides, the last thing that we need is another oversized cream puff of a kid doing tacky impressions of Luke or that hairy character from the movie.

2 I'm sure the network is saving up all the R-rated video from each season so they can release "Project Runway Gone Wild." Can you imagine??? WOW

3 LN: Funny is a nice way to put it, CH. This woman is from another planet.

4 LN: It's called being dramatic. My grandma would wash his mouth out with soap for acting like a immature, ill-cultured child on national television. Not a fan at this point, and hoping Disneyland wants him back soon.

5 LN: I'm thinking that her emotional balance is a little off. She's like a roller coaster. Had to add this photo. Ahah

6 LN: CH makes a great point. "Couture" is a word that is thrown around way too much. The French would slap him in disgrace. I cringed when Seth stated his color combination: red, black and yellow. Why not add a little green in there and just go for a whole Rastafarian theme? Rasta couture.

7 LN: Minimal and interesting. Not quite sure what this has to do with the challenge, but maybe I am just confused. Good look, Mila.

8 LN: I liked this look as well. Great patternmaking, you two.

9 LN: WTF? This was all a mess. This goes to show what happens when you can't play nice with others. I would have cut them both for giving me a headache. Their "look for less" looked more like a Linda Hamilton "Terminator" costume. I'm guessing the glasses were Jesse's idea.

10 LN: Anthony's posture on the runway reminds me of a five-year-old getting yelled at for pulling his pants down in public. It's going to be OK, little guy.

11 LN: Congratulations, Mila! We are all happy to see you pick up the win and show us a smile.

12 LN: Oh, Ping. Sigh.

13 LN: I can't wait to see what's shiny, short, tight, tacky and has good bosoms.


Potato Party!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:16am GMT

Wow. Tim Gunn on a farm, designers running through dirt, potato sacks, bootilicious dresses, model/designer drama and a lot of good looks!

I thought this episode was a fun one! I don't know about you, but one of my favorite parts of the show is seeing how many very different interpretations there can be when designers are given the same raw materials — and what an interesting material they have this week!

Buttttt (no pun intended) before we get into the looks, here are some of the random thoughts I had while watching this week's episode:

1. Helllloooo! HP crazy computer package prize? Sketching tablets? I. Want. That. (Though it would probably take me three years to learn how to use it. There's a reason I make clothes and don't work in Computers, as Logan can confirm).1

2. Wait. Pamela Ptak is 47? What kind of voodoo magic is that woman using? She surely doesn't look 47.2

3. It's a little bizarre to see NYC shots in the filler footage. For one, I keep forgetting that we're back in New York this season. Plus, I walk right by Parsons every day on my way to our studio. (I actually bumped into some of the crew on the street last year when they were filming here.)3

4. The two scariest words in "Project Runway" vocabulary = "FIELD TRIP." Well, the scariest aside from the seven syllable words used in Tim Gunn's workroom critiques. A direct quote from Christopher Straub last season: "Sometimes I wish he would say things I understand, like "apple" ... or 'turtle.'"4

5. Potato sacks! I totally had a dress made of one of those in elementary school. No lie. It was one of those things that you could only buy at cheesy craft fairs and had a picture of a school painted on it. It went really well with my giant glasses. I think I wore it on School Picture Day in the second grade. Clearly, I was one of the cool kids. Ha!5

Now, on to the clothes!

Amy: I loved it. She didn't try to hide the fact that it was burlap. Rather, she emphasized that fact by maintaining the organic feel with the natural trims she chose. The dye job was beautifully done and the draping was perfect. Gorgeous!6

Jesus: The way the brown part just deadends at her bum is not flattering or even logical. He needs to think about fluidity between parts of the silhouette, as shown by last week's horizontal line across the body of the dress. Aside from the fact that Jesus relied too heavily on trims (a bit of a trick — and one the judges can easily pick up on), it seems that the taste level may just not be there. I'm interested to see what he does next week. It's early in the competition and he may surprise us yet.

Anthony: Great improvement from last week for sure. This wasn't exactly ground-breaking, but was cute. I want to like it more because of how much I like him.

Jay: My thoughts as the design turned the corner: "Ooooooooh." Very cute and fun. The fit is fantastic, and he's manipulated the fabric in a truly beautiful way. His model actually looks like she's going to a party, and a fancy one at that. I told you Jay and Amy had good tricks up their sleeves!7

Maya: I could see it in Anthropologie or someplace like that. The mix of colors and textures is playful, though it could have used an editing eye.8

Pamela: No. No, thank you. What happened to the ombre? It looked like it had a nice gradation from light to dark after she dyed it, but now it looks like sad denim. I don't like the fit, don't like the thing down the front and don't like the lace up back, which feels dated. Actually, the whole thing feels a bit dated. One lesson to be learned here, ladies: fit is so important! You may think that a tighter dress makes you look smaller, but it will do the opposite.9

Anna: Nice use of print. Her clothes are very wearable, but not likely to take her to Bryant Park unless she can crank it up a notch or twelve. Wherever she ends up in the competition, I think it is safe to say that her work is very marketable. J. Crew is marketing it quite well already.10

Jonathan: I literally can't remember what he made. That's not a good thing.11

Jesse: Eh. Industry event = weird pants and vest?12

Ping's model (Elizaveta): Props to you, girl. You held your head high and supported your designer while your bum was out for Heidi Klum and the world to see...you even said you liked it. You're not a very good liar, but you are nice.13

Ping: Ohhhhhhh dear. Oh dear ... twice. Once for each cheek. Where to start? Obviously, Ping has her own way of thinking about things. That can be refreshing. (Apparently it can also be half naked. On purpose. Hmmmm.) Well, she definitely keeps things interesting. This made me think of Mitchell Hall's first garment, which was basically a collar and nothing else. The poor boy (not to mention the model) was mortified. The thing with Ping is that it was avoidable. Yikes.14

In the end, I think the judges made the right choice this time around. If you were going to a party, which of these designs would you want to wear?15

Congratulations to Janeane for not crying this week!

-CH and Logan15

1 Logan: It's true. CH wrote this whole blog on Post-It notes and I had to type it up.

2 LN: Maybe time stands still in her fairytale cottage — which wouldn't allow for wrinkles, fashion trend updates or infiltration of trans-fatty acids.

3 LN: CH calls the corner hot dog stand "The Studio." Don't listen to her, people.

4 LN: I die.

5 LN: I was the kid wearing the M.C. Hammer pants, stealing your lunch money and packing you into a locker. Sorry, CH. I hope time heals.

6 LN: High-five, Amy.

7 LN: Jay strikes again. Congratulations.

8 LN: So, you're saying it looks like a burlap quilt? Maya knows that this wasn't her best work. I'm looking forward to next week's opportunity for her to werk.

9 LN: It's DSquared: a Denim Disaster.

10 LN: I just want to give her a hug. I bet she makes great cookies.

11 LN: Who's Jonathan again?

12 LN: "I really thought it was a county fair potato party." Laughed so hard at Ping's response, I now have an eight-pack.

13 LN: This.

14 LN: I think it should have been a draw between Amy and Jay. Their designs were unique and their interpretations of how to use burlap, interesting.

15 LN: Not much to make fun of this time, kids. Until next week. Ciao.


Season 7 Premiere Impressions

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 7:58am GMT

It's here! It's here! Can you believe "Project Runway" has started again so soon?

So these are my vague and superficial first impressions based solely on poking around the Lifetime website before actually viewing the episode ...

Holy moley! Jesus looks like Elvis. And he also looks like a cowboy. Jesus = cowboy Elvis.1

Mila (who I will always call Louise Black) and Ping (who I will inevitably call Mila) both look a bit like Maya.2 Oh dear.

I guess Heidi called dibs on blonde, since we have quite the assortment of dark-haired ladies and gentlemen. Eh, can't blame her.

Anthony: How happy you look! I kinda want to hug you. Oh! You are from the South. (Not surprised.) I like you already. You remind me of a teddy bear.3

Jesse: You used to play Captain Jack Sparrow, but now you look like an admiral in your promotional photos. Congrats! You've been promoted!4

Watching "Project Runway" so soon after appearing on the show makes for a totally different viewing experience. By the time the new designers were toasting Tim and Heidi on the rooftop, Logan and I came to a conclusion ... "This is weird!" After a bit, the feeling passed, and by the time we left the Lifetime offices, we kind of felt like going back and doing it all over again ... and then we remembered how nice it is to sleep.5

The first challenge seemed to be a very appropriate one: make something that represents your point of view from your choice of slightly random fabrics. The nice thing about this challenge is that it's an opportunity for each designer to truly express their vision without the very specific constraints of most of the past (and likely the future) challenges. For example, our first challenge in Season 6 was the Red Carpet Challenge. If women's evening wear wasn't really your thing, you were up the creek without a paddle. It's always fun to see how different designers put their spin on a specific challenge, but this one was a very fair way to see what the new designers have to offer.

After scrambling to scoop up as much fabric in the park as possible, the designers headed back to Parsons and got to work ... some of them a little too slowly! That's another big obstacle in the first challenge — learning to deal with the time issue! (I remember that my first dress didn't have a zipper and was sewn onto Kojii as we flew out the door! Shh, don't tell anyone.) It definitely takes a couple of challenges to figure out how to best pace yourself, prioritize and work quickly.

Janeane is crying everywhere. (Ladies and gentlemen, we have a crier! I think she beat Christopher's record, and it's only the first episode!)6 Emilio's freaking out because his skirt isn't ready, and Jay says, "This is a high level of stress!" Yes, Jay. Yes, it is.

On runway day, the designers are obviously a bit anxious. Jesse says, "I've already started to sweat." Oh, how well I remember that first runway day. It's moderately terrifying, and everyone tries to hide it! Waiting backstage was the worst. (Logan always brushed his teeth in case he got auf'd and got to kiss Heidi).7 In the end, Emilio, Seth and Ping are in the top. And Jesus and Anthony are in the bottom, with Christiane saying farewell. Emilio takes the win with a dress with a detailed, appliqued bodice and flouncy skirt. Although it wasn't one of my personal favorites, and Ping's look was both interesting and original. I especially enjoyed the draped pants. Also, Seth had a clear point of view.

I didn't find Jesus' look very appealing. The contrast of hard and soft is usually a good thing in design, but this dress was lacking in taste and a bit in execution.8 When Christiane's dress came onto the screen, I thought, "WHOA! Qristyl?" It looks quite a lot like Miss Plus Sexy's dress from our first challenge and had many of the same issues.

After the episode was over, Logan and I both wondered, "What about Maya?" We decided the judging was a little funny. No new feelings there! I remember giving up trying to guess the top and bottom three halfway through our season. Regardless, we both liked Maya's design a lot. It was simple, but still dramatic. 9

I'm also looking forward to seeing more from Jay and Amy. Though Jay's look seemed a bit over-thought (an easy thing to do when you feel so much pressure), there is definitely potential there. Amy's look was also fresh and fun.10

So what do YOU think? Whose look was your favorite? Who are you excited about?

I'm off to Facebook Anthony. He cracks me up!

- CH & Logan11

1 Logan: Is this your vision of Jesus, CH??? He reminds me a little more of Zorro. I can see him with a little miniature bandanna around his neck, cutting Z’s into all the other designers' dresses.

2 LN: Apparently cutting your own bangs is popular this season.

3 LN: I'm so excited that Miss Georgia made it onto "Project Runway." This is exciting, people!

4 LN: Iceberg dead ahead! I'll never let go, Jack. I'll never let go.

5I felt like I needed a nap after just watching the show.

6Can somebody please get this girl a Xanax? Or better yet, get me a Xanax so I can watch Episode 2?

7All true.

8Michael Kors said that she looked like a trunk. I think she looked more like a tree lizard. And I was waiting for the reveal of the tail to fall off at the end of the runway.

9For us, guessing the top and bottom three was kind of like playing Russian Roulette. (Maya was my pick for winner of this challenge.)

10When I first saw Amy grab her fabric, I was confused. But what she created was actually chic and interesting. I’m also excited to see what Jay (the silent design assassin) will do next.

11Until next time, kids.


Welcoming the "PR" Freshmen

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 12:49am GMT

Hey, y'all!

Carol Hannah here! And you thought you were through with me! Well, even though it feels like our season just ended, here we are with "Project Runway" Season 7 knocking on the door already! I was excited when the folks at Lifetime asked me to blog about the new season, and am looking forward to meeting the new "PR" "freshmen." I, for one, am rather excited to be on the other side of the fence this time around and to be the one dishing it out rather than taking it!

I'm sure that the new cast is quite on edge with anticipation of the giant change about to take place in their lives. I remember that I couldn't sleep at all those last few weeks! They'd better snag all the rest they can, because once this roller coaster starts, there's nothing you can do but ride it out! My advice to the newbies: Enjoy it ... and maybe buy a bottle of Tylenol PM!1

Before I was on the show, I had a tradition with my roommates (my sis and best friend). Each week we would make brownies or cookies and have friends over to watch "Project Runway" together. I would sew as we watched, and yell at the TV about how I could have done a better job. We even had a fish named Santino, who we let watch from his bowl on the coffee table. Yes, a little dorky, but we loved it. So who knows? Maybe it'll be YOU on one of the upcoming seasons!

This season, I've got Sir Shiny Pants himself, Logan Neitzel, as my viewing partner. A man of few but deliberate words, Logan will be adding his thoughts via footnotes in this blog as well!2

So I've got my treats ready to go. Let the sleep deprivation begin (... for 16 OTHER designers)!

Do you have a "Project Runway" tradition? What's your favorite part of the show? I want to hear about it!3

1 Logan: Or a bottle of whiskey.

2 LN: Hey there. Just like some of you opt to leave the underwear at home to add a little excitement to the day, I'll be embellishing CHDub's blogs with witticisms and important additions — nicknaming the designers and connecting their pieces to things like Cyndi Lauper songs or Popples, for example.

3 LN: Send photos, I'm visual.


Project Runway Season 6 Autographed Poster Giveaway Sweepstakes Official Rules

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 2:48pm GMT

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1. HOW TO ENTER: To enter The Lifetime Project Runway Season 6 Autographed Poster Giveaway Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes"), (a) register to become a member at www.mylifetime.com (the "Website") (or, if already a member, sign in) and (b) then submit a comment on the "Carol Hannah Whitfield" blog (the "Blog"). You can access the Blog by clicking on the "Project Runway" tab under the Website's "Shows" channel and then by scrolling down and clicking on "Blogs" under "Season 7" on the "Project Runway" home page (or by clicking on any other featured Website connection to the Blog). You may submit as many comments as you like on the Blog, but each Blog comment you submit must be relevant, appropriate, and substantive relative to the topic at hand, as determined by Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC ("Sponsor") in its sole discretion. Each Blog comment submitted, together with the membership registration or sign in under which it was made constitutes an entry (individually, an "Entry" and collectively, the "Entries"). ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59:59 PM (ET) ON MARCH 31, 2010. The Website's database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Sweepstakes. No incomplete, forged or altered Entries will be accepted. All Entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be returned. In the event of any dispute concerning the identity of any entrant, the relevant entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the applicable email address used to enter.

2. SELECTION OF WINNER: One (1) Grand Prize winner will be determined from all eligible Entries received in a random drawing to be conducted on or about April 9, 2010 by Sponsor (or, at Sponsor's sole discretion, by its representatives), whose decisions are final on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.

3. PRIZE AND ODDS OF WINNING: One (1) Grand Prize of a Project Runway Season 6 poster signed by Carol Hannah Whitfield and Logan Neitzel. Approximate retail value of Grand Prize: $20.00. The Grand Prize is subject to the terms and conditions of its issuer/manufacturer/provider, cannot be resold and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Additional prize restrictions, limitations and exclusions may apply. Odds of winning depend upon the number and content of eligible Entries received. The Grand Prize will be awarded to the Grand Prize winner (assuming a sufficient number of eligible Entries is received and, after reasonable attempts, a verified winner is found). The Grand Prize winner may not substitute, assign or transfer any prize or redeem any non-monetary prize for money. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute the Grand Prize (or prize component, if applicable) with one of equal or greater value. Sponsor is responsible only for Grand Prize delivery and is not responsible for Grand Prize utility, quality or otherwise. Taxes, fees, and any other costs associated with acceptance and use of the Grand Prize are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize winner.

4. ELIGIBILITY: Sweepstakes is only open to individual legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older as of March 5, 2010, except that officers, directors and employees (and their immediate families and members of the same household) of Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, judges and advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to enter or win.

5. NOTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION OF PRIZE WINNER AND DELIVERY OF PRIZE: Grand Prize winner will be notified by email and/or phone using the contact information provided upon registration and associated with her/his winning Entry. Grand Prize winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability release, and/or IRS Form W-9, and, where permitted, a publicity release (collectively, "Affidavit") prior to delivery of the Grand Prize. If a potential winner does not respond within three (3) days of the first winner notification attempt, or if her/his prize notification or prize is returned as undeliverable or unclaimed, or if such potential winner's Affidavit is not returned within three (3) days after it was mailed to her/him, or if such potential winner declines a prize for any reason prior to award, is found to be ineligible, or cannot or does not comply with these Official Rules, such potential winner may be subject to disqualification, her/his prize subject to forfeiture and an alternate winner may be selected in a random drawing from all remaining eligible Entries received. Grand Prize winner agrees to Sponsor's use of her/his name, city, state, likeness, and/or prize information for promotional purposes in any medium without additional compensation to the extent permitted by law. If the Grand Prize is won by a person who is not of the legal age of majority in his/her state of residence (a "Minor"), (a) the Minor's prize may be awarded in the name of her/his parent or legal guardian in Sponsor's sole discretion, (b) any use of the Minor's name, city, state, likeness and/or prize information will be subject to the prior written approval of her/his parent or legal guardian, and (c) the Minor's parent or legal guardian will be required to execute the Affidavit on the Minor's behalf. The Grand Prize winner may be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the approximate retail value noted in these Official Rules of the Grand Prize.

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7. GENERAL: This Sweepstakes is void outside the United States and where prohibited or restricted by law and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. This Sweepstakes will be governed by the internal laws of the State of New York. Any and all legal actions or claims arising in connection with this Sweepstakes must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction located in New York County, New York. ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND/OR AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES. ENTRANT HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHTS OR CLAIMS TO ATTORNEY'S FEES AND ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ENTRANT, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT AND WHETHER BASED ON NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE. Sponsor and its parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, advertising and promotion agencies, prize suppliers, judges, printers, distributors, and any respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, agents, successors and assigns of each, and any other person or entity related in any way to this Sweepstakes (together with Sponsor, the "Sweepstakes Entities") are not responsible for: (a) late, lost, stolen, damaged, garbled, incomplete, misaddressed, postage due or misdirected Entries, e-mails or other communications; (b) errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects or delays in operations or transmission of information, in each case whether arising by way of technical or other failures or malfunctions of computer hardware, software, communications devices or transmission lines; (c) data corruption, theft, destruction, loss, unauthorized access to or alteration of entry materials; or (d) electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind or insufficient space in entrant's e-mail account to receive e-mail messages. The use of automated software or computer programs to register or to enter this Sweepstakes is prohibited and any individual who uses or attempts to use such methods to register or to enter will be disqualified. Sweepstakes Entities disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with, this Sweepstakes. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend this Sweepstakes and to hold a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect Entries received prior to such action, if any virus, bug, technical failure, unauthorized human intervention or other cause outside of Sponsor's control corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes. In the event of any such modification, cancellation, termination or suspension, a notice of such action will be posted on the Website, if functioning. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant (and all of her/his Entries) from this Sweepstakes or any other promotion conducted now or in the future by Sponsor or any of its affiliated companies, if she/he tampers with the entry process or if her/his fraud or misconduct affects the integrity of this Sweepstakes, in any way. Sponsor reserves the right to correct clerical or typographical errors in promotional materials. By participating in this Sweepstakes, each entrant (or if a Minor, her/his parent/legal guardian) accepts the conditions stated in these Official Rules, agrees to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and warrants that she/he is eligible to participate in this Sweepstakes. In addition, each entrant by participating in this Sweepstakes (or if a Minor, her/his parent/legal guardian), agrees on her/his behalf (and on behalf of her/his heirs, assignees, executors and administrators) to release, discharge, indemnify and hold the Sweepstakes Entities harmless from and against any and all liability, loss or damage of any kind resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from her/his participation in this Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity or from the award, acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any prize-related activity.


9. WINNER'S NAME: To obtain Grand Prize winner's name, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Lifetime Project Runway Season 6 Autographed Poster Giveaway Sweepstakes/Winner's Name Request, Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, 111 8th Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10011, Attn: New Media Department. Prize winner's name request must be received by April 16, 2010. Grand Prize winner's name will be sent after selection and verification of winner. Grand Prize winner's name also will be available on www.mylifetime.com after selection and verification of winner.

10. SPONSOR: Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, 111 8th Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10011. Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of A&E Television Networks, LLC.

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