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'Project Runway' 12 Recap: Let's Do Brunch

September 13th, 2013 2:43pm EDT
Project Runway
Last night on "Project Runway," the designers had to create a look for the "modern, Southern woman," which somehow resulted in a plaidsplosion. It seemed that most of the designers have a very dated and stereotypical view of Southern gal style, but at least no one ripped down the curtains to construct a crazy hoop dress.

Since Belk (sponsor of the not-always-thoughtfully used accessory wall) is a Southern department store, this challenge was just an excuse for more product placement. However, there was a sweet reward for the winning designer: they get to have their garment produced and s...
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'Project Runway' 12 Recap: Million Dollar Runway

July 29th, 2013 8:52am EDT
Project Runway
The second episode of "Project Runway" Season 12 began with an armored truck pulling up outside Parsons. Armed guards made their way to the runway, but none of the designers looked scared until Heidi Klum showed up with the button bag of doom.

Much to everyone's relief, however, this wasn't a team challenge—the bag was only to help the designers all pick new models. And the armed guards weren't there to arrest anyone for crimes against fashion—they were just there watching over the $30M+ worth of precious gems being worn by the models. Heidi explained that this week's challenge was to crea...
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'Project Runway' 10 Recap: 'It's All About Me'

September 15th, 2012 7:22pm EDT
Project Runway Season 10
This week's episode of "Project Runway" featured the custom textile challenge...and a whole lotta HP products. The designers were also visited by Mondo Guerra, the talented little guy from Season 8 who finished second to the WORST. WINNER. EVER. Mondo was a perfect guest, considering that he won his season's custom textile challenge with his bright "plus-sign" pattern that represented his HIV+ status. With Tim Gunn's help, Mondo explained that each designer was to create a print that represented their heritage, so it needed to come from the heart.

See this accessory wall behind me, kids? ...
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'Project Runway' 10 Recap: 'Starving Artist'

September 7th, 2012 9:32am EDT
Designers Christopher, Sonjia and Gunnar
No, there was nothing wrong with your computer screen last week — Labor Day travel plans prevented me from recapping that episode of "Project Runway." It was kind of an interesting one, with everyone trying to make their designs Lord & Taylor-worthy, and most of the girls having breakdowns, but it turned into kind of a nicey-nice love-fest when all the designers were deemed "good enough" and no one was eliminated. So since we're starting this week's episode with the same 9 designers that were there last week, it's kind of like a recap from last week wasn't even necessary, right? Please help...
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'Project Runway' 10 Recap: 'It's My Way on the Runway'

August 17th, 2012 11:23am EDT
Project Runway team challenge
Sorry about the lack of a "Project Runway" recap last week. Perhaps I was particularly busy, or perhaps I was curled up in the corner gently weeping over Buffi's elimination. More than Andrea's disappearing act or Kooan's decision to quit, it's Buffi's aufing that has put a bit of a dark cloud over the Parsons work room. While I would probably never ask Buffi to design my clothes, I would totally want to be her friend. And I would just let her talk to me in that amazing accent all day.

But Buffi's gone and the show must go on. And hey, we've got Raul back. Whoop-de-doo.

Heidi Klum appea...
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'Project Runway' 10 Recap: 'Welcome Back (or not) to the Runway'

August 3rd, 2012 12:28pm EDT
Project Runway Season 10, Episode 3
This week's episode of "Project Runway" is all about red carpet style. Also, it’s totally about Lexuses. Is that right? Lexuses? Lexi? Whatever. The point is: GO BUY A LEXUS, EVERYONE.

Heidi Klum sends the designers off to meet Tim Gunn at one of my favorite places on earth – South Street Seaport. There, Tim explains that this week’s challenge is to create an Emmy red carpet look (for a secret client) with only $300 and in only one day. Then some guy tries to sell us all cars before handing over the keys to his fleet of Lexuses/Lexi to the design teams. Yes, TEAMS. The gang is split up ...
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'Project Runway' 10 Recap: 'Candy Couture'

July 27th, 2012 9:19am EDT
Project Runway Season 10
This week's episode of "Project Runway" begins with Kooky Kooan struggling to wake up and Ven struggling to accept the judges' decision to name Christopher last week's challenge winner. Gunnar Death Rage was concerned Christopher's head would swell after his win, but that would be impossible considering that Death Rage and Ven are pushing the ego capacity of the work room as it is.

Buffi Jashanmal looks like she's ready to pour some sugar on Christopher Palu.

Heidi Klum—looking exceptionally adorable in a plaid sheath—calls the designers to the runway for some of her standard not-so-sub...
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'Project Runway' Recap: Season 10 Premiere

July 20th, 2012 11:32am EDT
Project Runway Season 10 premiere
"Project Runway" returned last night, and with it came all of our favorite faces – the always-fabulous Tim Gunn, host Heidi Klum, judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, and of course Mood’s adorable Swatch. As for the sponsors (and the product pushing started within the first seven minutes), HP and L’Oreal Paris have returned, but that thoughtfully-used accessory wall is now provided by Lord & Taylor instead of Piperlime. The big question is: are the L’Oreal Paris folks doing hair now, too? I didn’t see or hear any mention of Garnier. No Garnier?? Come on, it’s not an episode of "Project Runw...
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'Project Runway' Names Its Season 9 Winner

October 28th, 2011 9:14am EDT
Project Runway Season 9 Finale
Well, "Project Runway" finally announced this season's winner, and although it wasn't who I would have picked, the judges' decision wasn't at all surprising. However, I'll take predictable over just plain horrible any day, so in that way, this finale is certainly more satisfying than last season's.

In last week's episode, the judges decided to put all four finalists (Viktor, Joshua, Kimberly and Anya) through, despite Anya's lackluster collection. Whether she deserved to make it to Fashion Week based on her past performance is debatable, and I'm sure that Joshua would be willing to tak...
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'Project Runway' 9 Recap: The Final Four!

October 15th, 2011 8:04am EDT
Project Runway Top 5 Designers
The latest episode of "Project Runway" begins with Joshua mad that Anya is still around and sad that Bert is gone. If you missed a few weeks, you’re probably really confused. But I swear this is still Season 9.

Angry Josh and the rest of the Top 5 hop on a ferry to Governor’s Island, where they meet up with Tim Gunn. With the help of some boring business-y types, he reveals that each designer will have to create three looks that demonstrate their range, taking inspiration from the landscape and a current sculpture exhibition. Some of the designers find inspiration in the artwork and some...
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'Project Runway' 9 Recap: For The Birds

October 7th, 2011 1:46pm EDT
Project Runway 9
This week, the "Project Runway" Wheel of Pimpage lands on L’Oreal Paris, and the designers are asked to “spread their wings” and “elevate their designs.” Oh, enough with Heidi’s clues, everyone’s designing looks inspired by birds.

Luckily, the designers’ muses aren’t the countless flying rats, er, pigeons that dive-bomb innocent people on the New York sidewalks every day. Tim, joined by L’Oreal’s Collier Strong, introduces the gang to a trio of pretty birds from which they may draw inspiration. Everyone’s feathers are ruffled when Tim announces that the group is being randomly split up i...
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'Project Runway' 9 Recap: That '70s Show

September 30th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Winner, loser
On this week’s episode of "Project Runway," Garnier takes a backseat and lets Piperlime.com enjoy some big pimpin’.

A Piperlime buyer appears through a secret panel in the accessory wall to reveal this week’s challenge theme: the ‘70s. Eesh. Didn’t the designers just dress those classic rock-ish dudes last week? Tim Gunn and Princess Piperlime elaborate: sophisticated ‘70s. So, the idea is to still make garish clothes, but maybe make them a little more tailored. Got it.

With $100 in hand, the designers head to Mood. Anya’s rebellion against purses and pockets comes back to bite her when h...
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'Project Runway' 9 Recap: Rock That Look

September 23rd, 2011 11:08am EDT
Project Runway
On this week’s episode of "Project Runway," Heidi cryptically tells the designers that “image is everything.” This is the part that Bert hates, when everyone is left trying to put the clues together to figure out the challenge. If anyone guessed that the challenge would be a giant promotional push for someone or something, they’d have been right! But they could pretty much guess that every week and be right. (And now I’m contractually obligated to say, “GARNIER!”)

Yes, Garnier is featured pretty prominently throughout this episode, which I suppose is fitting considering that the designer...
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'Project Runway' 9 Recap: What Women Want

September 16th, 2011 7:04am EDT
Project Runway designers
The latest episode of "Project Runway" kicks off with Bryce moaning that he's yet to win a challenge. As soon as he starts talking about "proving himself," his odds of being auf'd this week increase to about 90%. Oh, and then Bryce mentions how he desperately misses his boyfriend. Odds of elimination increase to 95%.

Heidi appears with the velvet bag of doom, which can only mean one thing: the regular models are getting the week off. The contestants' collective fear of having to design for—gasp—regular people only grows when a bunch of dudes stroll out onto the runway. Client challenges ...
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'Project Runway' 9 Recap: A Team Challenge Scarier Than 'Insidious'

September 9th, 2011 10:15am EDT
Judging panel
Honestly, "Despicable Me" was scarier than "Insidious." But that's a discussion for another time. Right now it's all about "Project Runway." More importantly, it's all about Joshua and what he will or won't have.

At the top of last night's episode, Joshua wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. Or he's still pissed about Anthony beating him in last week's challenge. Or he realizes he's just run out of pomade. Or the wind is blowing towards the west when he wanted it to blow in a southeasterly direction. Who knows? Whatever's stuck in Josh's craw is making him über-bitchy.

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'Project Runway' 9: The Hurdles Of A Team Challenge

August 26th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Project Runway designers
If the "Project Runway" designers thought trying to please Nina was tough, then they were in for it this week. Not only did they have to work in *grumble grumble* teams again, but they had to pick team captains by running around a track at some ungodly hour of the morning.

Equipped with New Balance tee shirts and shorts, which were apparently slipped in to everyone's rooms overnight by the Fashion Fairy, the gang met up with Heidi and Tim at the New Balance Track and Field Center, where they learned that their challenge was to design looks for Heidi's New Balance line. That's right, Garn...
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'Project Runway' 9: What Would Nina Wear?

August 19th, 2011 9:25am EDT
Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia
While "American Idol" only gets kinder and gentler as the years go by, "Project Runway" keeps finding new ways to make its contestants miserable. Case in point, this week's mission: MAKE NINA HAPPY. Could it be done? Nina's previously flashed something that resembled a smile, but I'm pretty sure it signified smug condescension, not joy.

The designers were both excited and horrified to learn that they had to design a day-to-evening look for Ms. Garcia. Excited because, well, she is kind of a big deal in the fashion world (or so this show tells me) and getting on the good side of the fashion...
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'Project Runway' 9: Really High Fashion

August 12th, 2011 9:30am EDT
Project Runway judges
The “Project Runway” designers finally got to hit up Mood (with a hefty $500) this week, which means that we finally got to see Swatch again. But why only a super short shot of him as the designers were walking out the door? That dog is a star. He should get his own spin-off. But I suppose reality TV producers haven't yet run out of spoiled rich skanks, oversexualized children and horrible stage moms to build shows around.

As the designers gathered to learn of their latest challenge, Heidi appeared, looking taller than usual. Thankfully, it wasn't revealed that leg extensions are the ne...
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'Project Runway' 9: Who Wants To Be The Judges' Pet?

August 5th, 2011 8:15am EDT
Project Runway
This week on “Project Runway,” the designers shopped at Petland instead of Mood. To make up for the complete lack of Swatch in the first two episodes, we were treated to a few shots of cute bunnies. But it's not really the same, is it? I WANT SWATCH. (At least I have the Mood blog's "Daily Swatch" to keep me going.)

The episode kicked off with Josh C. feeling very nervous about his standing in the competition, due to his suckitude last week. Before even discovering what this week's challenge would be, Josh proclaimed that he was just aiming for safety. That's never a good attitude. And tha...
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Kim Kardashian Joins 'Project Runway' Judges At Battery Park In New York City (Photos)

June 25th, 2011 9:00am EDT
Project Runway Filming Battery Park NYC
Kim Kardashian will be a featured celebrity guest judge in season 9 of Project Runway. Yesterday Kardashian collaborated with the Runway team Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, and Tim Gunn for a filming of the season premiere. Check out photos below of the show shot in front of a live audience in Battery Park NYC.
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