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FRI

Tune In for Tim Gunn on "GMA," "Regis & Kelly" and "The Daily Show," Tuesday, September 7!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 4:44pm GMT

Tim Gunn's taking over your TV on Tuesday, September 7! Catch the fashion guru next week on the following shows:

"Good Morning America"
ABC stations from 7-9 am et/pt

"Live! with Regis and Kelly"
ABC stations at 9 am; New York (WABC, Channel 7) & Los Angeles (KABC, Channel 7)

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
Comedy Central at 11 pm et/pt

Please check your local listings for channel information.

03
FRI

"Project Runway" Season 8 Surpasses Four Million Viewers, Breaking Ratings Record

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 4:24pm GMT

On the heels of having what fans, bloggers and writers called its best episode ever on August 26, Lifetime’s "Project Runway" broke records last night by surpassing four million Total Viewers (4,002,000) and two million Adults 25-54 viewers (2,160,000) – up double digits vs. the Season 8 to date average -- making it the series’ most watched episode in the demos since its Season 6 finale on November 19, 2009.

In its new, 90-minute format, half-hour impressions among Adults 25-54 grew throughout the entire episode last night, up from the first 30 minutes to the final half-hour (2,094,000 to 2,122,000 to 2,265,000), according to Nielsen Research. Additionally, "Project Runway" averaged 1,764,000 Women 18-49 viewers and 1,686,000 Women 25-54 viewers – both also series highs since the Season 6 finale and up double digits compared to STD. "Project Runway" generated a 3.1 Household rating yesterday. Season 8 of "Project Runway" is this year’s number one competitive un-scripted program on ad-supported cable among Women 18-49, Women 25-54, Women 18+ and Women 18-34.

03
FRI

Mondo Wins (But Loses), Plus Tim Buries the Gretchen Hatchet

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:00am GMT

Watch Project Runway Episode 6I love this challenge. In fact, I had this same challenge in my head years ago and am glad it finally escaped from my inner monologue onto the runway.

Having been “that girl” who has had the honor of wearing an unfortunate-looking bridesmaid dress and was forced to contemplate what the heck one could do with a water-stained Eton blue taffeta dress with faux-flower embellishment post-wedding, I finally conceded to the next-best reuse of this garment: Halloween costume … for someone else … in another state. However, if I’d had Mondo Guerra on speed dial, I could have reduced, reused and recycled in style!

What I was most anxious to see in this episode was the aftermath of last week’s Tim vs. Gretchen showdown. Would they play totally passive-aggressive, thereby whittling down Tim’s workroom sessions with her to cryptic notes left on her workstation?

“Do less of that. This worries me. — Tim P.S. We are still in a fight.”

Or would they hug it out just to get through this next challenge? Looks like neither. After all, previous to the spotlight “Make it work!” brought to him, Tim Gunn was an instructor — and this reminded me of that. This could have been any episode. It wasn’t awkward, he wasn’t short with her, he didn’t deny her any useful feedback. He was all business. And for those of you who commented on the blog last week that Tim may have been out of line for his comments backstage to Gretchen, I hope you can see the man’s integrity here.

Get more Mondo!My initial thoughts on the garments in the workroom:
Ivy: Have you still not learned that pants are bad news bears? No less white satin pants on a woman who is not your model? [watches remainder of episode with hands covering eyes]
Christopher: You are so lucky your bridesmaid bailed, ’cause you got a model. Upgrade!
Michael C.: Your bridesmaid has fabulous arms and you are covering them up? With lace! That was last week!
Michael D.: It did kinda look like a giant bra on the front. Not gonna lie. But you tried.
Valerie: There is room for at least seven more embellishments.
Casanova: The man can sew a pair of pants. He should just make pants all the time. Pants as pants, pants as tops, pants as socks …
Gretchen: Thank goodness you had that little dress rehearsal before the runway where you tweaked your garment, cause the “side boob” was not a good look. Upgrade!
Mondo: Mondo is a genius. Who thinks to reverse the fabric? This guy!
Andy: I don’t really remember your garment, but your model worked it out.
Peach: You’re in a heap of trouble, but please stay because I love you. And your sweaters.
April: Upswing: Your bridesmaid was not as bad as Christian Siriano’s prom girl in Season 4.

Michael C. is still being slammed for his so-called lack of technical skills [rolls eyes] and later accused by Ivy, at the public viewing of their transformed bridesmaid dresses, of seeding the audience so that she received fewer votes. Speaking of votes, even though Mondo won the popular vote, Michael C. gets the last laugh — and a week of immunity — with the judges’ (electoral?) vote.

Was Mondo losing to Michael C. fair?



Adieu, sweet Peach. We shall miss you and your Peachisms.


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TUE

Upcoming "Project Runway" Judges: Cynthia Rowley, Kristen Bell & January Jones!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 10:32am GMT

It's all about the ladies in the next few weeks of "Project Runway"! Tune in for Thursday's new episode (9 pm et/pt) when designer Cynthia Rowley occupies the guest judge's seat!


Just in time for New York Fashion Week, "Burlesque" beauty Kristen Bell and Betty Draper herself, "Mad Men" star January Jones, are our upcoming guest judges for Episodes 7 and 8 in September.

Project Runway Season 8 judges Kristen Bell and January Jones

Keep checking back for more exciting "Project Runway" news here on the blog, or follow us on Twitter (@projectrunway) for on-the-go updates.

30
MON

Moves Magazine's Fashion's Night Out Party Features Past "Runway" Designers

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:27pm GMT

In an effort to help end food poverty in New York City, Moves Magazine challenged "Project Runway" designers with the task of creating an orange-themed handbag to benefit Food Bank and their hunger awareness — stitching for a cause to reach 3.3 million hungry New Yorkers.



"Runway" alumni Laura Bennett, Chloe Dao, Andrae Gonzalo, Althea Harper, Mila Hermanovski, Johnathan Kayne, Korto Momolu and Carol Hannah Whitfield are participating. Get all the details about the bags on NewYorkMoves.com


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FRI

15 Reasons Why Gretchen Should Go Into Politics or Avoid Being Seen in Public Today

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:00am GMT

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, mostly because Gretchen has taken away every desire I ever had to be long-winded, with her nonsensicalness in this episode.

Let’s (briefly) recap the Episode 5 shenanigans:

• Team “We’ve All Won Stuff and the Other Team Hasn’t” really consists of one person who won twice and two people who’ve won once.
• Thank god neither team picked ’50s Retro Leopard and Cheetah.
• Gretchen (a.k.a. “one person who won twice”) pontificates on how wonderful working together is, but is actually assuming the role of the leader and telling everyone what to do.
• Casanova thinks he’s fat and is tired of being told his clothes are not up to par by Tim Gum, Tim Gunn’s cousin who works for Wrigley.
• If Michael C. decided to go rogue and make ’50s Retro Leopard and Cheetah, it would have been fine, ’cause the guy has IMMUNITY. Meaning he is IMMUNE from going home, even if people think he can’t sew.

Do you think Team Military & Lace had it in the bag?

Now, on to the catwalk …

Team Military & Lace had it in the bag simply because each designer maintained their individuality in a unified, lacy front. Team Luxe was neither a team nor luxe. It was the Gretchen Show and it was filled with ho-hum textiles, many of which, if not all, were completely void of any individuality. Yes, they all sewed at a feverish, mass-assembly pace when they weren’t schooling or scolding Michael C., but at what cost to the overall effect?

Maybe I watch too many History Channel specials, but Gretchen Jones needs to run for office. She’ll be the most fashion-forward person on the Hill.

Gretchen has the misfortune of not only pulling a so-called “John Kerry” as self-appointed team spokesperson, flip-flopping from saying how much she loved the collection to saying how much she wanted to burn in it effigy 15 minutes later, but also becoming the William Henry Harrison of the runway. Harrison’s claim to fame is having served the shortest term as U.S. president (one month!), thanks to a two-hour-long inaugural address (the longest in American history) he gave in the freezing rain (that later killed him, but that’s neither here nor there). He spoke and spoke and spoke, much like Gretchen — covered in rain, much like Gretchen’s tears, for hours.

A.J. French seams away

I literally started watching the Team Luxe judging where Gretchen was commander-in-chief going down with the beloved sinking collection, left the room, ran a marathon, flossed, pondered the meaning of life and returned to find Gretchen still yapping. Except now she hated the Elderly 2010 she had created, and was pacing the catwalk pointing out all of the garments she had constructed.

Thankfully, this all helped paint for the judges a blinking neon sign of a picture of Gretchen’s serious backpedaling, but also exposed how A.J. had a hand in creating only one (but he French-seamed it!) shirt.


Do you think Gretchen should have gone home?



Tim Gunn’s farewell to A.J./kick in the pants to Gretchen backstage was epic. It summed up the opinion of every American, near and far, far and wide … If only he’d also told her to shut up.


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TUE

Kirstin Haskins Simms: Retiring the Wooly Balls

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:59pm GMT

The very week after she tickled us — and Tim Gunn — pink, Kristin Haskins Simms ends her "Project Runway" journey. Check out the Lifetime Mom interview with a post-auf'd Kristin here, then read on to view our video picks for Kristin’s best (and ballsiest) “Project Runway” moments.

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FRI

The Hat Trick: Never Use Taffeta

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:00am GMT

This was one of the more perplexing episodes of “Project Runway” I’ve seen in a long time. Hats off to judging that made little to no sense!

Let’s start from the beginning. Hat designer Philip Treacy is serving as this week’s guest judge, bringing a fun new element of style to the table and helping satisfy the “someone with a pretty Irish accent on the show” quota for Season 8.

Maybe the designers are trying to prove an allegiance to their models, or maybe they just don’t want to fit someone new this week, but if you have the option to pick the Philip Treacy hat that is going to either make or break you and you willingly stick with one you admittedly don’t like just because the model you had for the past three challenges is wearing it, you are a moron. “Mothereffing walk-offs” were caused over less! This is a competition!

We also learn Ivy is alive and well after her fainting spell and is hydrating herself, while Gretchen is suddenly back in the in-crowd in the workroom. Casanova is bringing the ’80s back with his Donna Karan-esque black dress, but at least his design is within a taste level no one can chastise this week. THIS week.

Elsewhere, Michael C. is celebrating Father’s Day by having a fabric crisis. We have puckering, people! Thankfully, Tim Gunn is there to talk him down from the ledge and have him embrace a whole new silhouette, with mere hours to sew. Other Michael is working hard at redeeming himself from — and Laura Bennett will back me up on this — last week’s equivalent of a “Whoa! I got my lip gloss through Customs!” slide of the season, by creating something truly worthy of Philip’s architectural hat.

Kristin's Afternoon Delight

Now segue to Kristin having an “afternoon delight” moment with her orchid hat, which is both amusing and disturbing. I am pretty sure this is the first time in the show’s history that anyone has uttered the word “vagina,” which will henceforth be called “the good china,” per Peach Carr’s genius unrelated one-liner.

April, as much as I love her personality, has undoubtedly created diaper shorts, which somehow became dubbed the “triple panty” by the time it hit the runway. But she was dead-on with the resort motif. Christopher, conversely, has created an amazing look around his hat, but is struggling with the styling and is looking toward the options on the Piperlime Accessories Wall for help.

I have this mental-picture backstory, if you will, of the camera and sound crew coming across Gretchen, covered head to toe in makeup and hair products, in the L’Oral Paris Makeup Room and Garnier Hair Studio the morning of the show. They make eye contact with her, only to slowly back out of the room with the mutual understanding that “we never saw you here.” Seriously, though! Where did this Plain Jane–to-Jezebel look, with the hair all down and sassy, come from? The mystery of Gretchen continues, but her winning streak does not.

As the “safe” folk are paraded backstage (I’m loving these Designers Dish moments, by the way), I am left with what I was assuming to be the top and bottom six. However, if this were Vegas, or at least Atlantic City, I would have lost — badly!

More reasons to love Chris...

I’m sorry, I loved Valerie’s design, but it was so reminiscent to me of her Episode 2 look that I just couldn’t get past it. I figured for sure that she must be getting some feedback from the judges on the danger of being one-note. I also was betting that Christopher “I love you more every episode for reasons unbeknownst to me” Collins was getting the “Hey, we know who you are this week!” judging speech. I know he wasn’t in love with the possible pirate styling he inadvertently stumbled into, but in a way I was thankful it went there. I wanted it to differ from the “ladies who lunch and have a fabulous wardrobe” moments he had been creating since week one. Like the rest of the universe, taffeta or not, I thought he was in the top.

We know Michael D. was certainly on top for his great use of textures and symmetry, but I was on the fence about Michael C.’s concept. Yeah, you made it in negative two hours, but I feel like I’ve seen this dress in front of a trillion step-and-repeats (and apparently, on my last trip to Puerto Rico). It was just OK for me. Kristin’s, though, really fell short of the mark, and it was clear that even with April’s misstep, she was going home.

Ivy takes a lot of heat for her comments, but truer words have never been spoken than the ones that came from her when we were subjected to Michael C.’s self-congratulatory monologue. Thank you! We get it, guy. You won! Philip thought it was deeeee-vine. We’ve moved on. I hope for the designers’ sake they have, too, if they want to survive next week’s team challenge!

What Did You Think of This Week’s Judging?


P.S. Did anyone else immediately think that their iTunes playlist suddenly went rogue as Heidi strutted onto the runway to her hubby’s Grammy-winning song? ’Cause clearly, I did. And, yes, I own that song.
16
MON

After Party: The Best of Sarah Trost

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:29pm GMT

Find out what last week’s auf’d contestant, Sarah Trost, has to say about getting the boot and about the remaining contestants, in her interview with the Lifetime Moms. Then, keep reading to catch our video picks for Sarah’s best (and funniest) “Project Runway” moments.

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FRI

The Quote Heard 'Round the World: Tim Gunn Prefers Wooly Balls

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 4:37pm GMT

By popular demand, the extended edit of the "Tim prefers wooly balls" scene from Episode 3, which may go down in "Runway" history as the greatest video clip of all time: