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Want to Win "Project Runway"? Just Watch Past Seasons and Take Notes

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:31am GMT

Now in its ninth season, "Project Runway" has certainly set precedents in the show's history, like:

"You're the Daniel Franco." (Guy who goes home the first challenge)
"You're the Chris March!" (Guy who gets to come back)
"You're the Keith Michael?" (Guy who cheats and gets the boot)
"You're the Maya Luz." (Girl who leaves the show because she's done with competing)

With the Season 9 premiere, we've created a whole new precedent for you: the people who go home ... before the first challenge. That's right. We started off this season with 20 designers who soon learned that their place on the show is not as secure as they thought it was and that they still need to audition.

As we get into the final judging, Anya, a former Miss Universe contestant, shows off some pieces that have everyone puzzled. They truly do look too good to be made by someone with four (count 'em, four!) months of sewing experience. Tim Gunn gets curious enough to give them a look up close and personal. She's going to have a lot to prove this season.

I am more mesmerized by Anthony Ryan's mouse scarf than I am by his clothes, but there's something about a color-blind designer that's ridiculously intriguing to me. That's like a dentist who can't see white. I'm sold!

Olivier (whose name I want to pronounce "Olivier," as in Laurence, but is really "Oliver!," like the musical), is apparently so pretty that he can just skip ahead.

Bryce's jacket is very "Beyoncé photo shoot on a rooftop in Paris"-type material, and its fabulosity is duly noticed by Heidi, who must model it. Obviously.

After we say adios to David, Amanda, Gunnar and Serena, I'm surprised by how unemotional these people get after learning they won't even get the chance to take on a challenge. You gave up a wedding! You gave up ... burning roses with a Bic lighter by hand for hours on end! C'mon! But maybe that's the reason why they didn't make it through? Did they truly want it badly enough?

Now we toast to the 16 designers of Season 9, and I suddenly miss the rooftop of the Atlas for the champagne toast.

Eventually settled into bed for the first night, the contestants are unexpectedly awakened at 5 am by none other than Tim Gunn.

I like Tim Gunn. In fact, I love Tim Gunn, but I would not like Tim Gunn at 5 am. Also, bras are a critical part of crossing Fifth Avenue. Becky was right to ask. Do you know how many scantily clad tweens I've yelled at (in my mind) for a similar offense? Fashion designers in bedsheets are no exception.

In the workroom, the designers learn that the first challenge is to create a garment from their PJs, a white bedsheet and a dream. We also learn who has amazing skin.

Anya is already struggling with the machines and the fabric dyeing process, but is committed to proving that she has a place in this competition.

Bert has managed to use his Underoos in the bust area of his model's garment, and no one except me seems to be screaming, "I bet she wished that sucker came with a bathing suit hygienic strip right about now!" But hey, what we don't know won't kill us!

Speaking of models, I initially thought that Josh C. was using the "But the measurements on the card were wrong!" excuse, but let's call a spade a spade. I don't know if it was "tall friend who wants a modeling job" day or what, but by the time he got to the fitting, the measurements were obviously far from what he originally planned for. His real problem? Making it work. That panel down the front of that tank was bad news bears. As Michael Kors suggested, there were other ways to accommodate for size while making that garment way more flattering than it turned out to be.

Rafael, as amusing as he is, not only becomes the "Daniel Franco" of this season ("I barely got to know ya! See ya on Season 10!"), but he also becomes the "Kirsten Ehrig" of Season 9: the one who wouldn't sacrifice for the clothes-off-your-back challenge.

Tim Gunn gave Kirsten a talking-to about choosing not to use her scarf in her design in Season 2, and as things have a great way of repeating themselves, Rafael got the same speech. What you don't see on-camera was the backstory on Rafael's scarf; like Kirsten's, it had a personal sentimental value that made him reluctant to part with it. Was transforming it into a bib-like necklace at the eleventh hour the best use of it? Probably not. But I think the pants (and the vanity of not wanting his 5 am hair to be seen) were what did him in. It's always a matter of taste. And, just like Kirsten, he went home.

So, let's hear it:

Should Rafael have sacrificed the scarf?

P.S. New classic one-liner alert: "Are you speaking foreign?" and "An 'I like myself!' kinda pocket."


Live Tweet With @ProjectRunway and Guests During Tonight's Premiere

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 1:26pm GMT

Tonight's the big night, people! Tune into Lifetime, beginning at 8/7c, for our "Road to the Runway" Season 9 casting special. Hosted by Tim Gunn, fans will see an in-depth look at the casting process and the inside scoop on this season's cast. Featured guest judges include Season 7 winner Seth Aaron Henderson, Season 2's Nick Verreos, Season 3's Laura Bennett, Season 5 winner Leanne Marshall, Season 8's Mondo Guerra and Marie Claire's Zanna Roberts Rassi.

Live tweet with Project Runway during the Season 9 premiere

At 9/8c, meet the 20 designers vying for a spot at Fashion Week. "Project Runway" favorites Johnathan Kayne (@projectkayne), Ramon Lawrence Coleman (@RamonLawrence), bloggers extraordinaire Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo), plus special guest Zanna Roberts Rassi (@zrobertsrassi) will be live tweeting with us during the episode.

Follow @projectrunway on Twitter and use the hashtag #projectrunway in your tweets to join the conversation!


Before the Premiere, Don't Miss the Road to the Runway Casting Special

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 4:41pm GMT

Tune in to Lifetime on Thursday at 8/7c for our "Road to the Runway" Season 9 casting special. This hour-long special will introduce viewers to this season's designers. Hosted by Tim Gunn, fans will see an in-depth look at the casting process and the inside scoop on this season's cast.

Have a favorite designer picked? Then let us know! Vote for the Season 9 Fan Favorite all season long using Twitter. Get the "Project Runway" Fan Favorite details now, and don't miss the premiere, Thursday at 9/8c!


Video: Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia on "Good Morning America"

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 4:22pm GMT

Check out Nina, Michael, Heidi on "Good Morning America" as they reveal some details about the premiere of Season 9, airing Thursday, July 28 at 9/8c:


TV Tune In: Judges on "GMA," "Regis and Kelly" and "Craig Ferguson" on July 25

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:13pm GMT

The judges of "Project Runway" are invading your TV schedule this Monday, July 25! Check out Nina, Michael, Heidi and Tim as they chat about the premiere of Season 9, airing Thursday, July 28 at 9/8c:

project runway judges

"Good Morning America": July 25 at 8 AM
Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia
"Good Morning America" airs M-F live, from 7 to 9 AM on ABC Stations

"Live! with Regis and Kelly": July 25 at 9 AM
Heidi Klum
"Live! with Regis and Kelly" airs M-F at 9 AM in New York (WABC, Channel 7) and in Los Angeles (KABC, Channel 7)

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: July 25 at 12:35 AM/11:35 PM Central
Tim Gunn
The Late Late show airs on CBS stations


Vote for the Season 9 Fan Favorite Designer All Season Long

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 10:01pm GMT

Lifetime puts the power in the hands of the fans this season with Fan Favorite. Starting with the premiere episode, airing July 28 at 9/8c, fans can show their support for their favorite designer by tweeting using a particular designer's #hashtag on Twitter.

Fans can visit find each designer's #hashtag here on myLifetime.com, to tweet their support. Whether they're the first to get auf'd or a mere challenge away from Fashion Week, all designers are eligible all season long!

The winner, as chosen by the fans, will be awarded a $10,000 prize, plus Season 9 Fan Favorite bragging rights.

myLifetime.com will make it easy for fans to vote by allowing users to log in to Twitter within "Project Runway" Season 9 site (or register for the first time!), and tweet from the designers’ respective pages.

Fans can also visit the Fan Favorite page (coming soon!) to find out the leading designer at any given time and view the stream of supportive tweets associated with each contestant.

The winner of Season 9 Fan Favorite will be announced on-air and online during the finale episode in October.

Keep checking back here on the blog for the latest details about Fan Favorite and how to let your voice be heard!


Meet the 20 Designers of Season 9

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 11:35am GMT

It's like the Christmas morning of fashion, people! The 20 (yes, twenty) designers of Season 9 are finally ready to be unwrapped, and the countdown to the big premiere on Thursday, July 28 at 9/8c on Lifetime is officially on.

Project Runway Season 9 Designers


There's plenty of ways to get to know this elite crew: designer bios and Q&As, their portfolio of inspirations and past work, personal photo galleries, home visit tours, casting videos and much more. But, why don't we do the group speed dating version here on the blog with an interesting takeaway from each contestant, shall we?:

Amanda Perna
Amanda's favorite purchase? Rain boots. She is the one person praying for rain, just so she can show them off. She also been known to form crushes on shoes.

Anthony Ryan Auld
This Southern boy is known for wearing skinny jeans and boots. Impressively, he found a pair of Gaultier glasses in France that just happened to be his very own prescription. They're his most expensive fashion splurge — and correct his vision!

Anya Ayoung-Chee
Anya walks into Season 9 with some serious bragging rights: she lives in tropical paradise (Trinidad and Tobago) and competed in the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant.

Becky Ross
This Portland, OR native first started making clothes for her Barbie dolls. You'll never see her wearing something white or boring — she is all about the color, including making sure all of her closet hangers are all of the same color.

Bert Keeter
His dream celebrity client is Oprah. He recently returned to fashion designing after a stint in retail, during which he used to sketch ideas on the back of register tape.

Bryce Black
Bryce Black worships at the altar of Gaga. Flip through his designer portfolio, and her name will be the answer to many design inspirations and client aspirations.

Cecilia Motwani
Cecilia only wears clothes she makes. Only. Her supermodel muse is Cindy Crawford.

Danielle Everine
Danielle is currently an intimates designer for Target. One of her recent collections was inspired by suiting.

David Chum
David claims that his entire teenage years were riddled with bad fashion choices. The worst offender? Wide-legged JNCO jeans.

Fallene Wells
If Fallene's name sounds familiar, Disney movie fans, it's because she is named after Bambi's girlfriend. This Denver, CO resident impressed the guest judges in her audition by creating her own textiles.

Gunnar Deatherage
Gunnar is a hairstylist by day and a self-taught designer by night. His closet is filled with lots of jackets (he loves dark colors) and unique jewelry finds.

Joshua McKinley
Joshua is one of the few people who have removed their shirt during a casting session, and we thank him for this. He listens to Katy Perry while designing.

Joshua Christensen
Always on the go between his home base of L.A. and Vegas, Joshua loves staying comfortable in T-shirts. He loves working with bright colors.

Julie Tierney
Julie loves tweeds and stripes and in her Southwest sportswear-inspired pieces. Guest judge Seth Aaron Henderson called her presentation at her audition Fashion Week–ready as a collection.

Kimberly Goldson
Singer Kelly Rowland provides some musical motivation to Kimberly when she's designing. This self-taught designer wore her own design to her audition.

Laura Kathleen
Laura Kathleen's style icon is Marilyn Monroe. You'll spot a huge poster of the film icon on her closet wall. She also loves vintage items and the label St. John.

Olivier Green
Olivier has a fabulous accent, only rivaled by Malan Breton. His closet features a prized, very Mister Rogers–esque sweater that he bought for a mere five pounds!

Rafael Cox
Rafael has a marching-band jacket in his closet. This prompts the question, "What instrument did he play ... and is it just a coincidence that he kind of looks like Prince in his publicity shot for the show?"

Serena da Conceicao
Serena has a photo of a Marc Jacobs bag on fire in her living room. She is careful to note that it is not Marc by Marc, so watch out!

Viktor Luna
Viktor has a pair of church shoes in his ridiculously organized closet. His most expensive clothing purchase? A Prada shirt.

Keep checking back here on the blog for more on these 20 new designers and details about Season 9.


Don't Miss the Season 6, 7 and 8 Marathons!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 7:06pm GMT

Relive the best of three seasons of "Runway" past! Tune in for marathons of Seasons 6, 7 and 8 on Lifetime:

Season 8
Project Runway Season 8 cast
Thursday, 7/21
11/10c am - 11/10c pm Thursday, 7/28
10:30/9:30c am - 8/7c pm

Season 7
Project Runway Season 7 cast
Saturday, 7/23
11/10 c am - 5/4c pm Sunday, 7/24
10/9c am - 5/4c pm

Season 6
Project Runway Season 6 cast
Tuesday, 7/26
9/8c am - 4/3c pm Wednesday, 7/27
9/8c am - 4/3c pm

Don't miss the season premiere of "Project Runway" Season 9 on Thursday, July 28 at 9/8c.


Heidi and Tim Take Over: Season 9 Exclusive Photo

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 12:34pm GMT

Check out this newly released image of Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum for "Project Runway" Season 9:

Project Runway Season 9 Tim Gunn Heidi Klum poster

We'll be posting even more Season 9 info here on the blog as the countdown to the premiere date (July 28 at 9/8c) continues!


Tim Gunn's Making It Work for Season 9 (Exclusive Photo!)

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 11:18am GMT

You've all seen Heidi Klum's sensational poster for "Project Runway" Season 9 by now, but she can't have all have all the fun! Here's an exclusive look at Tim Gunn's poster for the upcoming ninth season of "Runway," premiering Thursday, July 29 at 9/8c:

Project Runway Season 9 Tim Gunn poster

We'll be posting much more about Season 9, including the introduction of the record-setting 20 (yes, twenty!) new designers competing for New York Fashion Week glory, soon.

Remember: fans can join the conversation by following @projectrunway on Twitter and using #projectrunway to get the latest show news and updates.