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Project Runway

The long-awaited Season 6 of Project Runway finally premiered on Lifetime Thursday night and I, for one, am absolutely thrilled.

For the uninitiated, Project Runway is an Emmy award-winning reality show that pits fashion designers in the ultimate death-match. Every week a new challenge is assigned; some challenges are realistic, such as this season's first task, in which the contestants needed to design a gown for the red-carpet. Other challenges are... not so much (season 5 included a challenge in which the designers needed to make an outfit out of car parts). The designs are then judged on the runway and one designer is kicked out. The final designers left standing put together a full collection and show at Fashion Week in New York City. One wins. Pretty basic.

The fate of the show was left hanging after the show's creators decided to move it to Lifetime (from Bravo). Various law suits ensued and the show was in limbo for quite some time. Fortunately, everything worked out in the end! I mean... the shitty designs! The delusional contestants! The rampant bitchery! It was like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert after spending ten years without water.

The great thing about this show is that, unlike many reality shows (cough America's Next Top Model cough), it requires actual talent from the designers. The contestants need to design fast, sew fast, and not screw up. It's downright impressive.

In my opinion, the move to Lifetime was a good thing: they're advertising the show to death, they added on a new "Models of the Runway" show, they had a two-hour "Project Runway All-Stars" show (the results of which were... less than desirable), and they're serious about maintaining the integrity of the show. Good job, Lifetime.

If you missed the premiere, or don't get Lifetime, or can't watch on Thursdays at 10pm EST, you can watch it on myLifetime.com or YouTube/DailyMotion. It's good stuff.

Questions: who's your favorite designer? Who's your favorite designer from a previous season? Do you think there are any straight guys this time around? Is the model show as shitty as I think it is?

Comments

  1. I saw the premiere, and I've already forgotten all of their names.............except Mitchell Hall. (Is he a relative of Michael C. Hall (Dexter) It looks possible.)

    I don't have a fav designer yet for this season, but I agree with the judges decision in who they sent home. "Disco Soccer Ball Girl."
    Also, I'm glad the guy who didn't go to fashion school "schooled" all the other contestants. Respect.

    PS u r correct, the model show sux. It put me to sleep. :P

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  2. I actually was pleased with the results of the all star challenge. I thought Daniel V's red carpet dress was very well made and wearable. For this season, I do not have a favorite designer so far. My favorite designer from a previous season would have to be Daniel V.

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  3. who cares??
    My favorite this season is the girl who's name means sweet in Farsi!

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  4. Nader--Haha, I was surprised they kicked off Disco Soccer Ball Girl... usually they keep the "personality," even if they aren't that talented/sane.
    I don't know if Michael C Hall and Mitchell Hall are related... they do look similar though! And they're both from the southwest! Maybe they are?

    Anon--I liked Daniel V's red carpet dress a lot, but the rest of his collection was... eh. Esp. his restaurant dress. It looked like the model wrapped explosives around her chest and was going to blow up the place. I thought Uli or Korto should've won. Or maybe even Chris.

    I also like Shirin (sweet-girl). Logan and Gordana too. The Eastern-European contingent (beyond Gordana) is also intriguing...

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  5. Good stuff Adam.
    The reason I wanted Mitchell to stay was because I'd like to see him do something where he isn't a mess and scrambling all over the place. That might not be the best reason to keep someone, but he also looks like Michael C. Hall.

    o and Bongos. I CARE!
    PS Shirin is Hot!!

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