Well, you knew it was coming. In an ending that reflected Project Runway’s taste for compromise, the contestant crowned as the winner —
Oh, sorry. That was the lead I’d prepared if Uli won. Let me rephrase that.
Holy crap. They gave it to Jeffrey!
Rarely have viewers of Project Runway been more at the mercy of the show’s producers and editors — and of their keep-‘em-guessing manipulations — than we were this week, in an episode that officially existed to showcase the season’s four finalists as they prepared their collections for Fashion Week, but actually offered lesson after lesson in how manhandled the ”reality” behind reality-competition shows really is. In this hour — unlike on Jeffrey’s dresses — all the seams showed.
Reunion shows are supposed to offer reality-TV contestants a chance at Reputation Rehab. Did people who watched you all season call you crazy? Dishonest? Peculiar? Unpleasant? Untalented? This is your chance to prove them wrong, to demonstrate that it was just those mean TV producers and editors who turned you from a lovely human being into a vicious caricature. On this week’s installment of Project Runway, 15 designers got that chance. And who made the most of it?
This week’s interesting, awkward, complicated semi-climax of Project Runway ended with a surprise — instead of a final elimination, all four remaining designers learned they’d be presenting collections for Fashion Week and competing for the money, the car, the magazine spread, and, most important, the chance to sew some elastic into their 15 minutes of fame. Massive cop-out? Not really. The twist made sense for a couple of reasons.
There was nary a rosette in sight when the three finalists (and one fourth runner-up — a decoy — who hadn’t yet been auf Wiedersehen’d when EW went to press) from Bravo’s Project Runway unveiled their collections at New York’s Olympus Fashion Week on Sept. 15. Our own fashionable panel of judges — Leah Greenblatt, Tim Stack, and Margeaux Watson — offer an early critique of what you’ll see when the finale airs on Oct. 18.
Just when I thought I had lost my last opportunity to make snide jokes involving rosettes and/or straitjackets, the good people at Project Runway handed me a pair of beautiful presents wrapped in an excess of black and white fabric: the unexpected, terrifying, and blessedly temporary return of Vincent and Angela, each of whom was given one more chance to show exactly the kind of specialness that got them run out of TV Land once already.
Let’s begin with the good news: He’s gone! Vincent, a man so aroused by his own work on Project Runway over the last several weeks that he was threatening to become a walking manifestation of the Eiffel Tower (but smaller), was finally auf’d — or, more precisely, given this week’s Paris-to-New York transition, au revoired. Among his last words to the camera: ”It got me off.” And so, appropriately, the show got him off. And that got me off.
On this week’s Project Runway, the seven remaining designers were asked to create an outfit for a ”hip international jet-setter.”
When Kayne heard the phrase ”hip international jet-setter,” the first person he thought of was Tara Reid.
When Michael heard the phrase ”hip international jet-setter,” the first person he thought of was Paris Hilton.
Before I continue, on behalf of every single person who has ever worked in entertainment journalism or the silicone-implant industry, I would like to
Well, shut my mouth. Just a week after my one millionth plea for the judges on Project Runway to give Vincent the heave-ho so he can finally find a more appropriate venue for his ongoing self-realization (I’m thinking maybe a permanent spot on Dr. Phil), the guy goes and ruins my argument by (a) winning a challenge, (b) designing a pretty dress, and (c) acting normal.
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