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well it just wouldn't be d*s without a discussion of last night's project runway season 3 premier. my gut reaction: sigh, no one caught my eye and i miss characters like santino and jay. the fact that they kept the crazy hat man means they're seriously letting the producers weigh in on the rulings big time. i mean he put a basket on her head. YOU'RE OUT! anyway, i liked the winner, but i think the coffee filter guy was much more creative. so far, i'm looking forward to seeing more tim gunn, but that's about it. oh, and nina garcia is growing on me- she's so stylish! so, what did you guys think? good season? doomed? too early to tell?


Blogger Janvangogh said...

Same thought on the crazy hat guy. Probably saving him for an extreme assignment down the road.

8:12 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

doesn't that piss you off, though? i was furious. i mean the girl who went would have been eliminated soon anyway, but he shouldn't be allowed to stay. the hat was a joke, he was slightl crazy and the dress was both unattractive and ill-fitting. ugh. i hope project runway doesn't slide down hill this summer.

also, they gave daniel v a blog. snooze. i think santino would be much more interesting to hear about. at least funnier ;)


8:15 AM  
Blogger lindseyQuinn said...

I don't think it'll slide downhill (and I think that statement's only just slightly denial).

Robert Best seemed fun with possibility, and Katie (based mainly on her beetle coat from the casting special) seems pretty swift as well.

So are they going to clean up their apartments?

(PS, I am a daily reader and awful lurker. Infinite kudos; expect to hear more from me.)

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh come, don't write it off yet! The guy who won seems like he'll be entertaining (and talented perhaps). My early favorite to win it all is Coffee Filter Man. He's going to really grow a lot in this competition, and his unschooled enough to be unfettered by expectations. Having said that, I agree re: Hat Guy. The producers are making themselves felt in the judging. Still, I trust that the panel members value their professional reptutation such that they won't be swayed to betray themselves.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

totally disagree-yes the hat was hideous, but the dress was not half bad actually-the girl that left didn't even know how to use a sewing machine-how did she even get on the show in the first place? I think it is too early to tell-we need to see more of those personalities come out. My early handicap for the final three?-The red-headed architect-great style, made a rug and some sheets look like a million bucks, last nights winner-he is cute and has good taste-and that was the first time he ever made a dress! Number three-it seems the judges really like Mr. Barbie, but I thought that dress was a bore and had been done before-I think at this point it could be anyone"s game-none of the others really stand out yet, but neither did Jay, Danel V, or Chloe at the very begining of their respective seasons. So I am sure there is a dark horse there waiting to make a move-Malan? perhaps.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Kathleen said...

I think its just too early to tell who I'll be rooting for--I can't keep track of that many people. I kind of liked Bonnie's personality and her dress. I thought the guy who won was kind of arrogant in a bad way (rather than arrogant in a Santino way) but he did make a nice dress. I agree about the coffee filter guy--he seemed creative, although I've seen dresses that look very much like that, so perhaps his only innovation was that it was made of coffee filters.

Oh, and Santino does have a blog http://santinorice.com/


8:43 AM  
Anonymous ajp said...

i wasn't suprised that crazy hat guy stayed, though he's obviously nuts-o and will be out of there soon... through past seasons of the show, i've learned that the judges/producers always favor the people that went too far over the people that played it too safe.

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Gwen said...

I thought Vincent should have been out too. But the big question from this episode is: What was up with Heidi's boot-pants? It was funny that you could see a few of the designers glance at them thinking, "are those boots? did she forget to put on pants?" My favs so far: Laura, Robert and Angela. Should be a pretty good season.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Bay in TN said...

I kinda liked crazy hat guy (Vincent). He's crazy; that makes good TV. (C'mon, if it hadn't been for that "hat," what would we have to dish about?) I was iffy on the winner -- I really liked Barbie guy's design. But I totally agree about coffee-filter-dress guy. *Very* creative, and that dress was suh-weet.

My favorite part of the premiere was seeing Kate Spade. She was just lovely and elegant.

8:50 AM  
Blogger KiWi said...

Agreed. Basket Head and Hot Shredded Mess deserved to go before In-over-her-head. Alas, there can never be another Santino Rice. Love him or hate him, he was never dull.

The coffee filter dress was not only ingenius, it was adorable. He might be the 'stealth' contestant like Daniel V was.

8:52 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

lol. "hot shredded mess"

i love it.


8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

although i think jeffrey is talented and his style (from what he showed in tryouts) is probably what i would want to wear and the most well-developed? he seems like a royal pain in the ass and totally full of himself. there's a difference between confidence (good) and all out superiority complex!

9:06 AM  
Blogger sian keegan said...

i really loved bradley's clothes on the casting special, but he didn't come through for the challenge. my challenge favorites were keith's (the winner) and alison's (the very pretty blonde girl). vincent's dress wasn't completely terrible, minus the hat and sunglasses. the pockets were even kind of cute!

9:06 AM  
Blogger Brad said...

The coffee filter dress was attractive, stylish, and the most inventive of the whole group. The folks who just took fabric from furniture, I mean, congratulations you can make clothing out of fabric. But coffee filters? C'mon, that was just rad.

9:12 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i agree. i mean, the bedsheets are fabric, what's so hard about that? it was a nice dress but it wasn't innovative. i remember in the first season they criticized those who used products similar to fabric. ugh. coffee filters all the way!


9:13 AM  
Blogger caitlin said...

I loved the coffee filter dress. I thought it was totally fabulous.

I went to school with Alison (MassArt represent!) and we traveled in similar circles. She really is as sweet as she seems and always amazingly dressed, so I'm rooting for her this season.

I did read they are going to have a great villan this season, I have a feeling it'll be menswear-keith.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the heck do they have to air it at 10pm (AZ time)? Some people have to get up at 5am for work! I stayed up long enough to watch the casting special (can't wait to see Jay's new line) but then had to MISS the big show because I need to sleep because I need to work because I need an apartment to watch Project Runway in!! Ugh, guess I'll have to catch a re-reun to see what you guys are all talking about...

9:35 AM  
Anonymous jill said...

i too was impressed by Michael Knight (i believe that is the name of the guy that did the dress made of coffee filters). Very cool solution. Plus, he seems down to earth... so i hope he at least gets pretty far in the competition.

i wouldn't mind having a coat like that (made by the architect lady). minus the jingles at the bottom.

malan bretton is interesting... but kind of scares me. (he is the one that kept repeating that he was born in taiwan...british accent.) i watched the pre-show and learned that he rejected the show in the first season!

can't wait for next week! is it a "paired" competition... i was trying to figure it out from the previews.

9:36 AM  
Blogger clothes-pin said...

I have to put my money on michael "coffee filters", it wasn't that the dress style was so terribly innovative (although i loved it) but he stuck to his style and ran with it. hat guy...oh no. but although vincent made a hideous dress and then made the model wear a basket ion her head (did you see how quickly she tore it off? LOL), the gal who got the boot could not sew. If that's not a reason to be kicked off I don't know what.
I think mr rock star designer is our undercover drama queen though...i hope he fights with fake brit-botox-injected lips man.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous jill said...

i thought Michael Knight's solution with the coffee filter dress was wonderful! (I think that is his name). I was hoping to hear them comment on it! Plus he seems down to earth... so i hope he stays in the competition for a while.

The jacket made by the architect was nice too! i wouldn't mind one, minus the jingles. :)

malan bretton striked me as a bit peculiar. (he is the one with the accent and kept saying he was born in taiwan). the pre-show said he was accepted in the first season, but rejected the opportunity!

can't wait for next week! is it going to be a pairs competition? i was trying to figure it out from the preview... maybe not?

9:42 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

does anyone else think malan's accent is totally fake? sounds a little muddled...


9:59 AM  
Blogger KiWi said...

So, you think Malan, Madonna and Andrae all had the same speech coach?

Am I the only one who thinks Malan resembles a marmoset?

10:17 AM  
Blogger jwh said...

i am so glad that i was not the only one who thought that the coffee filter dress was the best... nina garcia will NEVER grow on me... she gets on my nerves!

and yes... hot shredded mess should have gone and can you believe that heidi "i am always naked" klum said that she would not have worn stacey's dress... i saw her in "instyle" magazine with a black dress that was sheer in the middle (about 3 inches) from top to bottom... so i did get her comments at all... i actually thought the boy pants underneath were cut and just wait to see which designer comes out with that look next spring!

i like vincent... he is a character... i also liked the uli's dress and laura's coat


10:26 AM  
Blogger katie said...

Grace I'm with you I think Malan's accent is totally fake! Ugh, so awful!!!!!!

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert and Michael had the best dresses, but I think Michael should have won simply for being so creative with those coffee filters! Keith's dress was awful, but I'm afraid they're going to keep him around for entertainment value just like they did with Santino last year, not because his creations are good.

10:50 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i feel like they didn't even SHOW the coffee dress that much.

i wasn't feeling that sparkly fur coat either. her style is a little too great gatsby for me. she's a lovely woman and very sophisticated, but i had hoped her work would look a little, well, younger?



10:51 AM  
Anonymous Erin T said...

I'll start by saying I have a feeling this will be the best season yet. Many of the designs were better in this first episode than designs from later episodes in previous seasons. I think there are several designers with a lot of potential and I have no doubt that the 'personalities' will soon emerge.
My two complaints from last night - 1. while Stacey's dress wasn't the best, there is no way that it was the worst. 2. Only halfway through the show, BRAVO asks the viewers "Who do you think should be Auf'd?" and then shows three people to vote for - the people who are in the bottom three at the end. BRAVO, don't give away the ending halfway through the show. THAT, my friends, is totally unfashionable.
For the first challenge, I was most excited by Michael Knight's dress. It was lovely, but I was most impressed by the fact that he didn't just use curtains or sheets. I'm a little biased too, because I also live in Atlanta. I love that his work is inspired by urban culture and music and agree with the poster who mentioned that his lack of training could actually work in his favor.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Angela, Alison, Keith, Bonnie, Uli and Kayne come up with next week. And will somebody please make Heidi some pants?

10:57 AM  
Anonymous becks said...

Laura's coat - I liked it and I didn't like it at the same time. The color, the smoky lavendar with the white fur (an IKEA sheepskin rug??) was yummy. I would totally wear that coat but probably dress it down by wearing it open and over jeans with a white t and some pointy flats. What I didn't like about the coat? The sparkle. I do like a little sparkle, and I recognize that the sparkle came from deconstructing a cheap IKEA mobile, but to me, the attached mirrory-silvery bits cheapened the coat. Like Heidi says "Sometimes less is more" (although she used that in reference to the basket-hat). The coat looked... BEDAZZLED! Like some grandmother had taken a perfectly lovely coat from Bloomingdale's and then got out her Bedazzler and went a bit nuts.
Robert - 5 points for proper use of sparkle.
I hope that the producers didn't fix their apartment and leave it a mess the whole season. I know the Type A types will crack a lot sooner if they have to return to that disaster after each challenge. That's one way to get the personalities to shine (I do believe BRAVO is going for a little bit more of the MTV-style-drama this season.)

11:05 AM  
Anonymous joy said...

malan's accent is totally fake - i agree. he's not as snobby as i would have thought. but he seems like a character out of a book or cartoon...a hob-nob fake british accent cartoon...my faves were robert best, keith (despite that he only used fabric), and michael knights. i think that blond (alison?) girl is totally cute as a person, and i hope her work will reflect that. i'm not sucked in yet with any one designer...but hopefully soon!

11:13 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

ps: do you think chloe designed this for heidi?


it reminds me of her babydoll dress at the runway show last year...

[i love that kara saun makes tons of clothes for heidi]


11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the judges in sending that first lady out, she was the weakest link for sure. The hat dude, yes his hat was a stupid move, but I actually liked his dress so I'm glad they didn't take him out yet. I liked the dress with the red on top and white on the bottom and the red continued on the backside, don't remember who did that but the winner should have been the coffee filters for sure, it reminded me of the pattern Chloe used last season which she did on the blue ice skating dress. The preview clips at the end of the first show hinted that there's some drama to be witnessed soon.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a friend who went to NY to study fashion at the fashion Institute, or whatever's it's called and he said that he was in the same class as Daniel V from last season, I just found this out. He also said that the school sent them off to Italy to study abroad and he hung around with Daniel V quite a bit. The scoop is Daniel V. isn't really as nice and calm as he looked on the show. My friend said there was more drama to him than what the audience saw on Bravo, guess he toned it down for TV. That makes me wonder what Santino is really like in real life. Chloe, however, is what she is, very sweet and short, I met her in Houston at her shop, very pleasant and down to earth girl.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

I have to agree with the others that the Coffee filter dress was absolutely the most innovative, while the winner was just fabric. I loved that the ripped up dress guy "I design for rock and rollers" was not lauded and told how great he is. He needs taking down a notch or two. I like the architect's coat, mostly because it was so true to her, from what we have seen. Plus I think she is very tall and can wear those big, bold things.

So far I can't really tell them all apart yet, but there are sme stand-outs, whether for good reasons of bad- basket heads!

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nina garcia? stylish? uh, i don't think it's right that we trust the fashion sense of a woman with long, stringy, snot-colored hair. i have never even looked at her clothes because that hair is too distracting to get past. some shampoo, some scissors, and SEVERAL shades darker would help her a lot.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am over it. Time for the telenouvellas.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous michelle said...

yes! seriously! the coffee filter guy was really good, by far my favorite dress.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous carolyn said...

I'm new to PR so I can't make any comparisons to previous contestants, but I must confess that the Coffee Filter dress didn't seem as innovative to me...I kept wondering if he was influenced by Jodi Levine (the editor of Martha Stewart Kids) she did a few specials on costume making with Coffee Filters


but...the dress itself was very flattering and pretty.

I hate to be a statistic, loved Keith's dress and his Gone with the Wind response sealed the deal for me.

12:31 PM  
Blogger Almost Missus said...

i can't believe the Barbi Guy, that big faux fur coat and that Keith guy were the top 3. i was totally rooting for Michael (coffee filter guy) as well! i thought for sure he would be in the top 2. his design was the most innovative, he was the only one who used something from the kitchen. everybody else used living room and bathroom materials. and I knew they were going to keep that L.A. Rocker dude

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree...

That coffee filter dress is a total ripoff of
Martha Stewart KIDS. Seems far fetched?
Martha Stewart Kids is actually a magazine
totally watched by the design world (or
should I say WAS totally watched.. since
it is now shut down). So sad.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Isabelle said...

I think the coffee filter guy saw the episode of Martha Stewart where one of her designers used coffee filters to create a wonderful costume. Not soooo innovative.

4:46 PM  
Blogger d said...

I feel like that challenge didn't teach me enough about the styles of each of the contestants. I'm interested in seeing how their characters develop, but I'm not "be home by 9 on Wednesday every week" interested.

Also, a bed sheet = fabric. If they wanted inventiveness from this challenge, he should not have won.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, the guy that won sucks. I for one doubt that a "fasion mentor" has never made an article of clothing. Secondly, all he did was take fabric (a cotton sheet, no stretch there) put some buttons on it, and made a dress that has been made a million times before. No innovation when that was the title of the challenge.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous milan said...

i too thought malan's accent was COMPLETELY fake! i am super annoyed that his name is so similar to mine.

no one mentioned the banana republic internship! it's no longer a part of the prize package, and that saddens me. i understand why BR probably stepped down (if they did), because none of the winners have accepted the opportunity! however, i feel that the quality of the show might be going downhill now that such a traditional/classy chain of stores isn't attached to the entity. instead, they've paired the show with international concepts (or INC), a not so impressive line from macy's. :/

9:46 PM  
Anonymous coffee drinker said...

all you michael haters, i seriously doubt that a guy who designs clothing for hip-hop videos was inspired by a martha steward kids magazine.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malan sounds just like Mike Myers playing Austin Powers when he laughs. A bit creepy.

10:28 PM  
Anonymous kelly said...

If Michael Knight was being true in his interview, saying that he is into urban street culture and his designs reflect that, is it really all that likely he would be so incredibly influenced by Martha Stewart of all people? Especially a segment for KIDS?

But come on... Martha Stewart? I mean I know she is all about the urban street culture. Loved her how-to segment on lavender-scented grafiti tags.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Kenneth said...

I know writing a "gay" take on Project Runway seems redundant... but I couldn't resist:

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, the coffee filter guy did NOT seem like the type to sit down and watch Martha Stewart, people. But the dress was fantastic and should have won.
The person who should have been sent home is whoever made that terrible dress with the circular orange/red mat. It was hideous.
Loved the Wendy Pepper piece in the beginning- man, she looks about 15 years younger now than in her audition tape.
Malan is CREEPY as hell and if they told me I needed to share an apartment with him, i'd exit the competition immediately.
The rock-star-designer-guy has a grotesquely huge neck and shouldn't have drawn attention to it with those tattoos! Gag.

10:44 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

lol. i couldn't agree more about the neck tattoos! i kept thinking- why does his neck seem so wide?


11:24 AM  
Anonymous sallyman said...

First off, I just think it's GREAT that d*s is giving us a place to vent about the show. THANKS GRACE!

Now... I'm surprised that only one other person posted that they liked Uli's dress -- I thought her dress was a contender for the final 3. I don't necessarily love her "point of view" as they say, but I thought her dress was really cute. And when I went to the Tim Gunn's blog on Bravo, he said he thought the same! Tim also thought Coffee filter guy (aka Michael) would be in the final three.

So far I like Rob Best's personality (he seems confident without being a jerk; and he was pretty funny when one of the other contestants stole his pillow case). I also like Uli and Laura (fur coat lady) just because she doesn't seem to take herself too seriously (LOVED her comment about how when you're a mom it's a slippery slope into sweats... something I'm way too familiar with).

And finally, even if this season does go downhill, the show will STILL be better than half the shows on TV.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous kelly said...

Malan totally gives off Hannibal Lecter vibes {shudders}.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous nwolos said...

My daughter and I went to the sale at Emmett's very cool store. We met Tim, Nick, Chloe and her sister, Kara, Tara and pretty season 3 model, both of whom wore gorgeous nick dress. They were all lovely and nice, and autographed the Tim Gun tee we bought with messages..not just names. As for show, I think it takes time for the designers to reveal themselves and for us to get attached. I thought there were some interesting people and some good designers...barbie guy, the glam architect/mom, and the atlanta coffee filter guy (though his design reminded me of Chloe's dress for Sasha Cohen. If you don't already, check out blogging project runway (I know I'm totally obsessed)...What's with Bannana Republic? I think Macy's is an odd choice...even Target would have been a little more edgy...

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Malan gives off a "stephen from top chef vibe"... Do the models win anything this year? robert and uli seem like the nicest.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

malan gives off a "stephen from top chef" vibe. Uli and Robert seem the nicest. I am just glad they didnt boot anyone with the potential to win on the first show.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous susie said...

ugh, i hate the guy who won the first challenge. it's day one and you're already an asshole? jeffrey's neck scares me.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous alex said...

Speaking of the guy that one the first challenge...did his portfolio seem familiar to anyone else? I couldn't put my finger on it until I saw this today:


3:07 PM  
Anonymous Katey said...

I LOVE Tim Gunn. I think I could listen to him talk all day. And Santino was my favorite of all the seasons. Just something about him. I'm really excited about this season. I'm excited to see what Alison Kelly comes up with. Probably because she's my age. And as for Nina Garcia, I can't stand her. I kinda want to smack her across the face and force her to smile and relax or something.

10:59 PM  
Blogger nittywitty said...

I wish they would have used RECYCLED ... ALREADY USED materials instead of destroying all the new things in those apartments ... theres plenty of that crap sitting around going to waist other places. The show could have included EcoDesign, they waisted so much!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i was just wondering i anyone knew who made that top uli wore on episode two i love it- it was green and had white leaves on it-thanks

10:40 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

I LOVED Malan - sad they sent him home in ep 2 instead of the low-talent trouble-making Angela. Alas.

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The obvious psycho is hat-guy. I mean, telling Angela to step 3 feet away? That was really bizarre.

And while I usually agree with Grace, Nina Garcia is so NOT stylish. I dislike her look (especially that long, stringy hair), her way of talking, and her criticism. She adds nothing to the show. At all.

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Nina Gracia is feeling a little more bold this season more opinionated, and it's annoying. Yes coffee filter guy Michael Knight was totally innovative he should have won, hands down...Martha Stewart KIDS show...um I don't think so. I wouldn't be suprised if Martha Stweart herself came up with that idea from the Urban Jungle.

2:30 PM  

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