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$300 of Polyester and Michael Jackson (RIP) Jackets?

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:06am GMT

This is one of those sneaky episodes in the course of “Project Runway” seasons — the episode where, after cruising at a comfortable pace, you suddenly realize, “Dag! We’re going to Fashion Week!”

With a show in its seventh season, it’s hard to find a good challenge that hasn’t already been done (even "American Idol" revisited the Lennon/McCartney songbook this week), so it was a nice surprise when Tim took us to the circus.

First, can we stop to pause and have a slow-motion “Moulin Rouge” montage of Jay with the shirtless, buff circus men?

Now that that is out of my system, let’s move on straight to the workroom.

The pressure is on. Two designers are going home, and this is make-or-break time. Emilio and Tim are at it again, but since the guy comes from a theater background and is second to only Season 2 contestant and All-Star Challenge winner Daniel Vosovic in “Runway” challenge coups, I don’t think he needs to worry.

Jay is apparently mourning the loss of Michael Jackson and the “This Is It” Tour that never was, by designing a tribute jacket. (Or, speaking of concerts, he must have really liked Britney Spears’ last year!) Regardless of the motivation behind it, he got to create those pants he loved so much — again.

Mila is sick of hearing of how awesome Emilio is and also has psychic abilities not previously disclosed to the audience. Guest judge Cynthia Rowley happened to be wearing the exact same shade of pink in her garment. Coincidence? I think not.

I knew Seth Aaron was going to have a field day with this challenge, but Michael Kors took it to Awkwardville on the runway when he suggested Kristina’s pants would fit better on a man (or on Lady Gaga, if you subscribed to the rumors of 2009). Tim Gunn describes Seth Aaron’s look as “Tim Burton-esque” in his blog post this week. I think he and I share a thought bubble, because mine has Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice dancing around in it.

And then there’s Anthony. One, I love the color. I don’t care if it’s made of a gigbillion yards of flammable polyester. I also love that both Heidi and Michael were in such shock and awe over the fabric choice that they actually got up out of their seats to touch the dress and cringe. Two, one of these things is not like the other. It’s like all the other designers were on one wavelength and Anthony was off on another. Everyone had deep color palettes with bold stripes and polka dots and jazz hands, and he was just at a totally different circus, filled with Smurfs and badass Maleficent collars.

After everyone throws someone under the bus because two must go, the judges make their decision and decide the designers’ fate.

The world (except Chris March) is falling all over Emilio’s dress, and he is sent off to the safety of “You’re off to Fashion Week” green-room-dom. Seth Aaron follows suit to keep the bromance alive. Anthony is sent packing, but hey, after landing a dress on Heidi Klum on the cover of a major magazine and returning from cast-off purgatory to have Jessica Alba wear your dress to a red-carpet event, there’s no crying here.

In a moment of German bait-and-switchery (or is it red herring or ... forget it), Heidi fools us all, and leaves Mila and Jay to duke it out for another week before we know our final three.

So, have at it. Who’s going to be the third designer showing at Fashion Week?

Jay v. Mila: Who's Moving Forward?


An Episode of Eleventy-Billion "Firsts"

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:53am GMT

The moment I realized that Maya was packing it in early, the first thing that came to mind was Chris March's season of "Runway" where he, too — and first! — was sent packing and was resurrected from elimination purgatory just in time for the next episode's judging. And then slept a lot.

Who better to ask what he thought about this debacle of an episode than Chris March himself? While setting him up for his weekly screening of the episode here at the Lifetime offices, I decided to be that girl. That girl who dares to ask what its like to have someone coin a verb after you, thanks to Anthony's triumphant return to the competition. That is, "He was Chris Marched!"

Chris shared tales of fellow contestants who conjured up conspiracy theories on a grassy knoll–type level to rationalize it all. But when one talented designer suddenly withdraws from a competition in a sudden and shocking way, isn't that the only thing you can do to make sense out of nonsense? (Get his take on the episode over on Chris March's "Project Runway" blog.)

So, Anthony fans, rejoice! And be exceedingly glad! For our Beyonc-loving boy from the South has returned to create more fabulous fashions and, with any luck, more rambling monologues about Uncle Leroy. Aside from the designer musical chairs happening in the workroom, the models were facing their very own set of surprises. DKNY finally lured Seth Aaron's model, Valeria, away from the competition, so our best girl, Cerri, is back. I was anticipating an uncomfortable glance or two thrown across the room between her and Jonathan after the "I defended you on the runway when everyone ganged up on you, and you seriously didn't pick me?!" offensive of 2010, but there was no fighting Irish to be seen. Damn. I was looking forward to a fisticuffs first!

Seeing Heidi in the workroom took me back to — and apologies to Nina for being "referential" — Season 2's lingerie challenge, where Daniel Franco got all weird on her while he was pitching his "lovemaking lace" collection idea, except this was a lot less awkward and a lot more yardage. It was nice to see her be the client and see the designs on the dress form. Poor [name] practically sabotaged any chance he had by starting on his 54th dress of the night in the 11th hour after Heidi's feedback left him questioning his concept back at design number one.

In the end — and, if you're keeping score, the 39th "first" of the episode and, uh, I ran out of paper for Season 7 — two winners were named for this challenge. Although I'm not sure of the semantics of this truly being a first, since Emilio and Seth Aaron both won their team challenge, but I'll live.

Episode 11: Who Should Have Gone Home This Week?

Oh, and if you're playing our Fantasy Game, you ranked up some serious points tonight. Serious.


The Judges of "Project Runway" Star in "Mean Girls"

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:21am GMT

Fabric choices are always a critical point for any good designer on “Project Runway,” but being able to create your own fabric speaks volumes. (Or is it yards? Oh, puns!)

Because this episode was filled with more fun surprises than I know how to articulate into a single blog post, let’s focus on the essential moments to remember:

- Even Tim (subliminally) wishes the Bromance of Emilio and Seth Aaron would live on for another episode! I nearly died when he thought Emilio’s custom print read “SA <3 ES”. All that was missing was the “4EVA.” (For a closer look at his fabric swatch to continue the debate, check out Rate the Runway or Emilio’s "Project Runway" Portfolio.)

- The folks in the editing suite apparently omitted the scene where Mila drove to Donny Osmond’s house and stole his costume from his days in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to use as her fabric. (… and azure and lemon and russet and gray and purple and white and pink and orange and blue!)

- I actually had an answer to Anthony’s rhetorical question regarding Beyonc songs that satisfied his strict criteria (answer: “Listen,” from her album “BDay,” for the win, thank you) … until he got up to that part about Oprah and his Uncle Leroy and porn addiction. (I may have some hope on a future Sasha Fierce record.)

- I want one of those crazy HP touch-screen computers. I don’t know what I’d do with it, other than hold demonstrations of its awesomeness, but I’m sure people I don’t even know would be envious of me.

- Did Jonathan get confused with Bernie Madoff or something? Every single judge spewed forth venomous comments, the likes of which I have never heard in seven seasons of “Runway.” Even “No, Nina! No!” from Santino’s infamous deer-models-wearing-lingerie showdown in Season 2 seemed tame compared to the sinister steam rising this time around.

“Dirty tablecloth”? “Disco straitjacket”? “Looks poor”? “I feel sad”? Back off, people! Back off! The one thing I can say is that Jonathan has presumably watched some serious amounts of “Law & Order” reruns, because only Jack McCoy himself could pull off such a composed response under such strain. (If you can handle even more awkward “Mean Girl” moments of cruelty against poor Jonathan Peters, be sure to watch his Extended Judging clip, because you ain’t seen NOTHING yet.)

Episode 10: Who Should Have Gone Home This Week?

As “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” plays softly in my head, Anthony Williams packs up his workroom belongings and flips off that fictitious light switch under the table before heading into the fabulous sunset … only to be interrupted by Episode 11’s ominous preview. What? Is? Going On?

I think we’re all going to want to tune in next week. DVRs not allowed for this one!


UPDATE: Meet "Project Runway" Designer Anthony Williams at a Marie Claire Magazine Signing Event!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 9:05pm GMT

Anthony Williams will be doing a magazine signing of the Marie Claire April issue, featuring his dress worn by Heidi Klum, at the following locations:


March 25 from 11:00am – 2:00pm
215 Park Ave. South
New York, NY 10003

March 19 at 5 pm et
Borders - Brookwood Place
1745 Peachtree Street, Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30309

March 23 at 6 pm et
757 Brookwood Village
Birmingham, Alabama 35209


Heidi Klum Wears Anthony's Episode 5 Winning Design on the Cover of Marie Claire

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:33pm GMT

Tim Gunn called it the biggest payoff in "Project Runway" challenge history, and Anthony Williams' Episode 5 winning moment has finally arrived!

Check out a preview of Heidi Klum wearing the winning dress on April's cover of Marie Claire, available on newssstands March 16.

Heidi Klum Marie Claire cover Project Runway winning dress
Photo: marieclaire.com

Anthony Williams Project Runway Episode 5 winning design


An Anthony Video Mash-Up? Yes, Please!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 12:59pm GMT

Season 7 contestant Anthony Williams is known for generating hilarious sound bites we just can't get enough of. Even though there's no new episode this week (tune in Thursday, March 4 for Episode 7!), we've got plenty of Anthony's best moments for you to relive! Watch some of our favorites now: