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The Candyman Can ... Or Can't!

Posted By kim_messina 4:34am GMT

Let's just get this out of the way — the white elephant in the room, if you will. TIM. GUNN. CURSED. THIS. EPISODE. I never knew I would hear such language out of the man who defies the epitome class. Tim said, wait for it, "So this is a glue the s&*! out of it moment." Let's take a moment, let it all set in ... I know. But let's be honest, even when Tim Gunn says s&*! it sounds classy.

And boy, did the designers have to glue the s&*! out of this week's designs. Sigh ... the unconventional challenge: what the designers dread the most and what fans anticipate the most, including yours truly. I'm not a designer by any means (I struggled making pilgrim vests out of brown paper bags for Thanksgiving when I was a kid), so I can't really put myself inside their heads when they're told to create an outfit made of candy. But come on — you got to raid Dylan's Candy Bar! Suck it up! It's not like they had to get materials from a pet store like in Season 9. At least a candy store smells better.

(Sidebar: Dear Christopher, Hey I just met you and this is crazy. But let's go pick up chocolate boyfriends together. So call me, maybe?)

Besides Tim Gunn cursing like a sailor (Okay, okay, I know I'm being dramatic), my favorite moments of the episode were the ones when the designers decided to turn their brains off, leaving the audience thinking, "Did that really just happen?!" For example, when Kooan and Buffi's cotton candy disintegrated. Did you ever go to the circus as kids?! That stuff is gone in 2.5 seconds once it hits any kind of moisture. Duh. And poor, poor Elena. News flash: hot glue is hot. I think you're cool and all, but your shorts were totes inapprops.

To me, the final looks fell into two very clear categories: sweet and sour. Let's start with the sweet:
Ven - Flawless
Dmitry - I would literally wear that dress.
Melissa - I get it, you like black. But I do dig the two-piece look.
Sonjia - Love the color palette.
Fabio - The dress doesn't even look like it's made out of candy.
Raul - I enjoy a good cutout.
Christopher - The dress is similar to the style of your previous episode outfits, but it works. I get it. Please wow me in Episode 3.
Gunnar - The pattern was a little too checkerboard for me, but the craftmanship was impressive.

And now, the sour:
Andrea - Remember how when you eat dots, there's always that awful-tasting coating of paper on the back? I got that taste in my mouth when I saw your apron. However, I do appreciate the symmetry of your dots. (I'm a little OCD about that kind of stuff.)
Alicia - I have no opinion on this outfit. It just fell flat for me.
Buffi - CARRIE BRADSHAW WOULD NEVER WEAR THIS. The "Sex and the City" fan girl in me is sobbing.
Nathan - Your model had to literally hold her dress as she walked the runway. No bueno.
Elena - No more strong shoulders, please. And you had an entire candy store and you chose cream-colored licorice?! Willy Wonka is freaking out right now.
Kooan - Nothing surprised me about your design, it's just not my taste. (Is it anyones?!) I'm still obsessed with you, though.
Lantie - If the challenge was make a dress out of an umbrella, you would have won, hands down. But it wasn't. After last week, you really needed to be on your A game to secure a spot in Episode 3.

And then there were 14. I know I harped on this in my last blog, but you do not want to miss Episode 3 — there is a cliffhanger that will leave you speechless!

Do you think Lantie deserved to go home?


Season 10 Q&A: Beatrice Guapo Discusses Her Early "Runway" Exit

Posted By laurareineke 4:05pm GMT

Season 10 Q&A: Beatrice Guapo Discusses Her Early

The crop of fresh-faced Season 10 designers had a lot to handle in their first episode, from the massive runway show in the middle of Times Square to the challenge requirement of presenting two finished (and cohesive!) looks. Beatrice Guapo's knit pieces were unfortunately met with an "auf wiedersehen" from the judges. We spoke with Beatric about her time on the show, her near-catastrophic garment problem and the juicy drama between Christopher and Gunnar. Check it out after the jump!


Sex, Scandals and Season 10

Posted By kim_messina 4:21am GMT

Full Disclosure: I've watched the first episode of Season 10 three times. Sure, I get paid to eat, sleep and breath "Project Runway" (Seriously — I double dog dare you to ask me to recite all the designers' names in alphabetical order, spell Dmitry, Gunnar and Elena's last names and then top it off by quizzing me on their ages and hometowns. Oh yes — and it's Son-gee and Koo-on. It's fine.). But it wasn't my boss who made me watch it over and over again — it was me.

I mean, the first episode took place in Times freaking Square! I walk through that joint every day and have never seen anything of that magnitude. (And this is coming from a girl who used to stand outside of TRL during the *NYSNC days.) I was completely in awe of the entire situation.

That being said, I can't even imagine how the designers must have felt. I think Raul put it best when he said, "This is better than sex." (Note: Next time you watch Episode 1, count the sex references. My personal fave? Kooan's quip, "I like making a lot of love." But more on Kooan later.) Plus, throw in a Gilmore Girl, the lady who made Carrie Bradshaw look fan-freaking-tastic for six years and you have the trifecta of everything this is good in the world … err, I mean the center of the universe.

So the designers … oh the new batch of designers. To say that there are some characters in the bunch would be the understatement of the century. No two designers are alike in aesthetic and personality. Though between you and me, I think Christopher and Gunnar butt heads because secretly they want to be best friends. I'm nominating them for this season's bromance. They both even agreed that Gunnar is a "moody little son of a bitch." See? Can you feel the love?

I'm personally keeping a close eye on "I love black and white" Melissa, Christopher (Obsessed with the dress he made at home!), Ven (Holy fabric skills, Batman!), Sonjia and Dmitry. I think Dmitry's quiet demeanor is going to be at his advantage during the season … and I also happen to think that he resembles Michael Sheen's character Aro, one of the Volturi vampires, in The Twilight Saga. Joking aside, those five seem to get the purpose of the competition and I don't feel like they'll get caught up in all the workroom drama.

And then there's Kooan. I could write a whole post on Mr. Kosuke. He's crazy, kookie, outrageous and sometimes doesn't make any sense. And why should he? His clothes clearly speak for themselves … loud and clear! I love him almost as much as I love Tim Gunn. Oh, idea! Remember "On the Road with Austin & Santino?" The next installment of the series should be "On the Road with Kooan & Tim." Between Tim's refinement and Kooan's eccentric personality, they'd easily become the next odd couple.

I know it's a competition, but I genuinely feel bad when a designer gets voted off. Beatrice seemed like such a nice girl. I was sad to see her go, but her lackluster jersey dress and "Ugly Betty"-like poncho made her an easy victim to be the first contestant "aufed." But Lantie, better step her game up! She got through by the skin of her teeth!

So I addressed sex and Season 10, and while there might not be any scandals quite just yet, this is my fair warning to you to keep tuning in because you DO NOT want to miss the drama that is going to unfold. Hint: Two of the designers leave in the middle of the night. (Yeah, yeah I know that's old news.) But which two designers leave will blow your mind!


"Project Runway" Nominated for 4 Emmy Awards!

Posted By kim_messina 9:51am GMT

Today is a big day for "Project Runway"! Not only does the 10th season (finally!) premiere tonight at 9/8c, but the reality show was just nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards! The categories include: Outstanding Reality - Competition Program, Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming, Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming.

These four nominations bring "Project Runway's" total nominations to 24, which includes one win for Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming in 2009.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs live on September 23 at 7 pm/4c.

Send Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and the rest of the cast and crew your congrats!


Tune-In Alert: "Project Runway" Season 9 Marathon!

Posted By kim_messina 2:13pm GMT

Tune-In Alert:

Can you believe it?! The tenth season of "Project Runway" starts tomorrow! And I can't think of a better way to start the celebration early than catching up with Season 9. Tomorrow, starting at 10 am/9c, Lifetime will be airing 10 back-to-back episodes of Season 9. The episodes include: Episode 5 "Off the Track," Episode 8 "What Women Want" and, of course the finale, where Anya Ayoung Chee was crowned the winner.

Then starting at 8/7c, learn more about Season 10's latest batch of designers on the "Road to Runway" special. Hosted by "Marie Claire's" Zanna Roberts Rassi, gives audiences a sneak peak at the larger than life personalities they will see this year on Season 10. And psst! The special includes appearances by Nick Verreos, Mondo Guerra and Anya Ayoung-Chee.

And finally (as if I even have to remind you!), it's then time to cut or be cut! "Project Runway" Season 10 starts directly after at 9/8c!


Heidi Klum Dishes on Season 10!

Posted By laurareineke 1:30pm GMT

Heidi Klum Dishes on Season 10

"Project Runway" returns for its tenth season on this week, and for host and judge Heidi Klum, things on the catwalk are better than ever. We chatted with Heidi about the evolution of the show, the best and worst contestants of Season 10, the difficulties of creating new challenges and her most awkward moment on set. Check out the Q&A after the jump, and be sure to tune in this Thursday, July 19 at 9/8c for brand new episodes!


Mondo and Michael Costello Visit the "Project Runway" Pop-up Experience!

Posted By kim_messina 1:24pm GMT

Mondo and Michael Costello Visit the Project Runway Pop-up Experience Even "Project Runway" alums can't get enough of the show! Former "Project Runway" and "Project Runway All Stars" designers Mondo Guerra and Michael Costello gave it their fiercest "Make It Work" poses at the "Project Runway" MakeItWork pop-up experience in New York City. Check out their hysterical GIF image here.

Want to see how others made it work? Click the links below the see the gifs from each city:
Los Angles
New York

Remember, "Project Runway" Season 10 premieres this Thursday, July 19 at 9/8c!


Celebrate "Project Runway" with an Interactive Runway in New York City!

Posted By kim_messina 3:38pm GMT

Celebrate Project Runway with a Interactive Runway in New York City!

MAKE.IT.WORK. To celebrate "Project Runway's" 10th anniversary, Lifetime will be transforming a portion of the High Line in New York City into a virtual runway with a 20-foot long interactive installation on the elevated park featuring virtual commentary by Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia.

Fans can "make it work" starting Monday, July 16 through Thursday, July 19, at the High Line passageway at Chelsea Market between West 15th and West 16th Streets. The runway will be open on July 16 from 12-10, July 17 from 8 am - 12 pm and July 18 and 19 from 12-10.

To top off the event and kick off the 10th season premiere, an anniversary celebration will be held at the High Line on July 17 with a VIP red carpet private event featuring Heidi Klum and other members of the "Project Runway" cast. And of course, Season 10 officially premieres on July 19 at 9/8c.

How do YOU make it work in your every day life? If you live in the NYC-are, are you going to visit the High Line?


Meet Heidi Klum in New York City!

Posted By kim_messina 1:39pm GMT

Meet Heidi Klum in New York City See, dreams do come true! Get up close and personal with "Project Runway" host Heidi Klum this Friday, July 13, as she signs copies of the official "Project Runway" book, "Project Runway: The Show that Changed Fashion" at the Barnes & Noble on 46th and 5th in New York City. The event starts at 12:30 pm, so call out from work (Shh!), put on your most posh ensemble, grab your hottest accessory and strut over to the store before you miss an opportunity of a lifetime!

If you meet Heidi, make sure to tweet @ProjectRunway on Twitter and Like "Project Runway" on Facebook to show us your pics!


Walk the Runway with the MakeItWork Pop-up Experience!

Posted By kim_messina 11:11am GMT

Walk the Runway with the MakeItWork Pop-up Experience Lifetime is celebrating 10 years of "Project Runway", and now you can capture your own MakeItWork moment! The pop-up "Project Runway" photo experiences will bring "Project Runway" to New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago, giving fans the chance to capture their best runway moments against the official "Project Runway" backdrop and share those moments on Facebook and Twitter. Here's where you can visit the pop-up "Project Runway" photo experience:

New York City
July 13 & 14: Meatpacking District (14th btwn 9th & Hudson)
12 pm - 9 pm

Los Angeles
July 14 & 15: Hollywood and Highland
11 am - 7 pm

July 14 & 15, 2012: Pioneer Square (435 N. Michigan Avenue)
11 am - 7 pm

July 14 & 15: Prudential Center
11 am - 7 pm

Strike a pose! Are you going to visit the pop-up "Project Runway" photo experience? Make sure to tweet @ProjectRunway on Twitter and Like "Project Runway" on Facebook to show us your pics!