As your Project Runway recapper, it’s my job to tell you guys what happened on the show. I’m going to be honest—I’m struggling this week. With Blake mumbling every sentence that comes out of his mouth, the all-over-the-place challenge directions, and the once again confusing top and bottom looks, I’m just a little lost. Please tell me I’m not the only one.
This episode of Project Runway was brought to you by Celebrity Cruises.
I know, I know. After 14 seasons of the variously branded accessory wall, beauty shots of Brother sewing machines, and throw-away lines about how awesome the Samsung refrigerator in the workroom is, I should be used to it. But when an episode opens like a commercial for a cruise ship, I still can’t help but roll my eyes. The producer who was able to get Amanda to say, “If I go on a cruise, I’m taking theirs,” without sounding like she was reading a cue card deserves a raise.
If there’s one thing Project Runway designers hate more than the unconventional challenge, it’s probably the always-disastrous group challenge—and this season they’re back-to-back. Thursday’s episode of the fashion reality show has designer pairs creating looks—inspired by travel destinations around the world—that can go from day to night.
It’s here! It’s here! Heidi’s favorite challenge! America’s favorite challenge! The dreaded-by-designers, loved-by-fans Unconventional Challenge! This year it’s sponsored by Hallmark, and while I’m sure it’s difficult to design with paper, I wasn’t incredibly excited about this medium for season 14’s Unconventional episode. True there were all different kinds of paper, but it was still ALL paper. That’s not quite the same as designers being able to pull items from a grocery store, a candy store, or a Saturn hybrid.
If there’s one thing that every viewer of Project Runway knows, it’s that you don’t upset Tim Gunn. But that’s exactly what three new designers did on the premiere of season 14.
Fourteen seasons into a reality TV competition, most shows can be forgiven for defaulting to an “ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, but the new season of Lifetime’s design series will feature something unprecedented: a seriously pissed-off Tim Gunn. Ahead of the new season, which begins on Thursday, Gunn gave us a preview of the upcoming competition and his very uncharacteristic freak-out.
Fourteen seasons. Can you believe it? Project Runway has been with us for more than a decade. Where has the time gone? After 14 years it can be difficult to keep things fresh—the producers have tried to combat that with twists (the dreaded group season), but it really always comes down to casting. And call me crazy, but I think we may have a really good cast in season 14. We’re introduced to 16 contestants as they merge on Madison Square Garden in New York City. Let’s meet them, shall we?
The runway is about to get a whole lot younger.
EW has confirmed that Lifetime has officially greenlit a Project Runway spinoff, Project Runway Junior, to start this fall. Project Runway Junior will feature designers from ages 14 to 17 and will be hosted by Tim Gunn and supermodel Hannah Davis. Judges for the new show include Christian Siriano, Project Runway’s season 4 winner, and Aya Kanai, editor of Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine.
These days, Project Runway is the TV equivalent of comfort food. Whether we’re bingeing on old seasons or picking up in the middle of the newest one, we’re soothed by the sight of half-dressed mannequins stuck with so many pins that they look like giant voodoo dolls, Tim Gunn’s “this concerns me” face, visions of taffeta grandeur floating down the runway, and Heidi’s impossibly long, lean legs.
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