Articles for Project Runway Season 9

The designers on Project Runway this week are put to the challenge of creating an ensemble for Nina Garcia to wear on a day at the office that could transition into an outfit for an event in the evening. Kimberly‘s winning design will be worn by Nina herself, and featured in a Marie Claire ad campaign atop NYC taxis. Guest judges this week include Joanna Coales, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire magazine, and actress Kerry Washington.  Read more »
During last night‘s stressful team challenge on Project Runway, Team Nuts & Bolts turned into Team Simply Nuts when prissy, pristine Josh (seriously, never a hair on head nor eyebrow is ever out of place!) got on grumbling ol‘ Bert‘s case over a simple misunderstanding regarding a printer, some clocks and an errant f-word. And, like an avalanche that starts with a single snowflake, it was as destructive as it was magnificent. If you‘re watching from afar, that is.Impatient to get his fabric design considered by the team, Bert‘s first and true enemy was the printer, which refused to print his pattern of pocket watches. "So much for my friggin clocks," he mumbled. And that, simply that, is what sent Joshua so far off the handle that (in the words of Joey Tribbiani) the handle was a dot to him! WATCH:   Read more »
For our DVR fans out there, because I have all the kindness and class of a younger, more female Tim Gunn, I won‘t ruin the ending of last night‘s Project Runway finale for you right here. You deserve the full effect of yelling at your television on your own time. But you best not keep reading, because those of us who watched the season 9 finale need to share our thoughts on the winner, and we need to share them NOW!Join me after the jump, for my scattered thoughts on the finale (and then share your own!), won‘t you?  Read more »
As Project Runway season 9 winds down (this week is the penultimate episode with four designers remaining, and the finale airs Thursday, October 27), Lifetime has announced a major change to its schedule for the next round of the series: Project Runway All Stars, originally set to premiere November 3, has been moved back to sometime in 2012. Meanwhile, the show‘s other spin-off, Project Accessory, has been pushed forward, and will now premiere after the Project Runway finale on October 27.Why the changes? Lifetime didn‘t say when they announced them October 14, but we can venture our guesses, especially in light of how late the changes were made.  Read more »
All stars, start your sewing machines, because the ultimate fashion showdown has finally begun! Though, in a way, Project Runway All Stars is more like an inverted season than an ultimate one: New judges, new runway, new prizes, no Tim Gunn. Really, the only familiar thing about the show is the thing that usually changes every season: the list of contestants. For the Project Runway superfan, it‘s a strange but exciting sensation to see the show turned on its head that way. All these designers we loved are back, but everything else about the show feels so ... alien. But after nine seasons of the same ol‘, same ol‘, I‘m more than willing to give this topsy-turvy version a shot.  Read more »
In last week‘s Project Runway All Stars premiere, kooky Elisa flew back to the new age fashion co-op hive from whence she came, and now we‘ll never get to see what winged, organza-covered horror she would have come up with for this week‘s challenge: A ball gown befitting a night at the opera! Read more »
It‘s time to play the music, it‘s time to light the lights, it‘s time to make it happen for Miss Piggy‘s dress tonight!And so, Austin Scarlett perfectly captured the wondrous excitement of tonight‘s Project Runway assignment and guest judge: MISS PIGGY!To kick off the episode, the all-stars hear their new assignment is a "flamboyant cocktail dress for one of the most famous fashionitas" in the world. Austin thinks of the holy homo trinity ("Lady Gaga, Madonna, Cher"), I guess because he forgot one essential detail: This show is on Lifetime. So Miss Piggy, #1 glamor icon of three-dimensional fictional characters, it is. Read more »
Well, it‘s week 5 of Project Runway All Stars, which means (in my completely subjective and arbitrary mind, which is the boss around here) that it‘s GUT-CHECK TIME: Who are you rooting for? Are you even rooting for anyone? Is this season good or bad or kinda good but mostly boring or "fill in the blank"? Too much Michael? Not enough Mondo? Never enough Tim Gunn? Are you even still here with me? Helloooo?I‘ll let you handle those very important questions in the comments, while I recap the time that Project Runway forced regular folks on the street into giving their clothing to a bunch of fashion designers. Yep, it‘s OPPOSITE DAY! Read more »
Last week, Gordana was auf‘d when she designed a beautiful but sleepy nightgown rather than a spunky cocktail dress for the one and only Miss Piggy. Tonight, the top ten all-stars will have to show off their skills with speed. And a little bit of sugar. Read more »
This show couldn‘t really afford to get rid of someone as entertaining as Anthony Williams last week, but they did it anyway. What crimes against fashion and reality television will we see committed this week?The hour starts with Mondo explaining that he used to think Kenley was loud and annoying ... and he still kinda does. She‘s like a car alarm that just keeps going off outside your building. You‘ll never really love it, but after a while you may learn to tolerate it. Read more »
To start off the week, everyone is still reeling from Rami‘s surprise and stupid elimination. Even Jerell is like, "Huh? But he was one of the best!" -- and then quickly recovers from that brief lapse into humility, and overcorrects just in case: "Can‘t be mad at that," Jerell says about Rami getting auf‘d, "because eventually they all have to go so I can get my cheeeeeck." That will literally never happen, but it‘s nice that he thinks it might. Even All Stars gotta dream!  Read more »
After last week‘s Broadway theme, the All Stars go global this week.  Read more »
This week the designers were challenged with combining two demanding elements into their designs: lighting technology and an avant-garde look. Both aspects were different and intriguing, making for a particularly exciting (or, as Joanna put it, "electrifying") runway show.  Read more »
While last week‘s challenge was all about experimentation, this week‘s challenge brought the competition back to the practical constraints of the fashion industry. The designers were introduced to Nanette Lepore, who started her fashion business in the Garment District of Manhattan over 20 years ago. With the neighborhood now at risk due to financial woes, the profits from the winner‘s garment (which will be sold at Lepore‘s stores nationwide) will go to saving this historic neighborhood.  Read more »
In this week‘s Part 1 of the season finale, the final challenge is revealed: design a mini collection of five looks in four days. With the incredibly truncated timeframe (finalists usually get weeks), neuroses emerge as the designers fight to create their greatest collection yet. Read more »
Perhaps it‘s because I‘m used to the long, drawn-out nature of a typical Project Runway finale, but tonight‘s All Stars version seemed extremely straightforward. There were no bouts of drama or emotional breakdowns, and with only a six-garment collection, I didn‘t feel very invested in any of the mini collections that walked the runway. But perhaps this is how it is at the All Stars level - you simply let the work speak for itself. All three finalists put on a great show, so let‘s get straight to the critiques!  Read more »
After Mila‘s elimination last night, we were able to speak with her about her Project Runway All Stars experience and where she‘s headed to next.  Read more »
Lifetime announced today that, starting February 23 and continuing through the Project Runway All Stars finale, episodes will be followed by a new half-hour series called Project Runway All Stars: After the Runway.Fashion designer and All Stars judge Isaac Mizrahi and Marie Claire editor-in-chief and All Stars mentor Joanna Coles will host the series, which will feature "the exclusive first interview with each week‘s eliminated designer," as well as "in-depth, roundtable debates and passionate discussions with All Stars‘ remaining standout designers as they answer pressing questions about what happened behind-the-seams both on and off the runway during that evening‘s episode."  Read more »
When I asked Angela Lindvall about her favorite things about hosting Project Runway All Stars last week, she immediately started gushing about her favorite guest judge of the season: None other than the iconic Miss Piggy. And Angela also hinted that, though she‘s made of felt, the queen of the Muppets would not be soft on the designers:"We were trying to decide who should be eliminated, so there were our two least favorite looks, and I was like, "Miss Piggy if you had to wear one of these, which one would you wear?" so I‘d know which one to eliminate. She was like, "You mean if you put a gun to my head?‘"Ouch! And also: YES! If there‘s something more delightful than a Muppet belittling a bunch of humans, I don‘t know what it is and I don‘t want to know. And that‘s why I can‘t wait to see what the all-stars design for Miss Piggy, and to hear every single insult she slings at the looks she hates. Check out this preview for Thursday‘s all-new episode of Project Runway All Stars, airing at 9pm on Lifetime: Read more »
Project Runway All Stars premiered on Thursday, and the fashion design series‘ tenth season brought big changes in tow: New prize package, new workroom mentor, new panel of judges. The returning designers were thrilled to have such a full-scale fresh start, but would fans be able to adapt amid so many, er, alterations?As both the host and a judge on Project Runway All Stars, supermodel Angela Lindvall knew she had big stilettos to fill when she signed up for the job usually performed by Heidi Klum. She‘s more comfortable picking vegetables on her seven-acre farm than presenting to a pack of designers in full-on glamazon gear, she told me, and found watching herself on the first episode so "surreal" that she said, "I don‘t know if I can watch it anymore!"But from the group of talented fan-favorite designers who‘ve returned for another shot at runway victory, to the intense and off-the-wall challenges, to her impressive fellow judges, there‘s so much to love about Project Runway All Stars that even Lindvall won‘t be able to resist. And, with time, she hopes you‘ll come around on all the alterations, too: Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory. He‘s the comeback kid! Getting eliminated twice is definitely no laughing matter for a Project Runway designer. Yet Anthony Williamsalways kept a laugh-out-loud comment handy. Self-taught, Anthony takes inspiration from women intheir Sunday Best and creates attention-grabbing dresses. His uplifting personality and comeback tale helped to propel his career forward after his first run on Project Runway. Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory. Kathleen "Sweet P" Vaughn can cross quite a few things off her bucket list. She‘s participated in amotorcycle gang (the fun kind), competed on season 4 of Project Runway and landed her very ownBuddyTV article! (Well, two out of those three are impressive.) And now Sweet P can cross off another item she probably didn‘t even know was possible: She‘ll return on Project Runway: All-Stars, and bring her super-girly approach to a vintage,retro aesthetic along with her. Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory. Sometimes too much actually is too much. Jerell Scott entered the fashion industry working the runway as a model. He decided to switch things up and design what he could not afford for himself, and so an aesthetic of bling, bling and more bling was born! Jerell‘s flashy, eclectic style made for great television, but eventually led to his downfall on Project Runway season 5.  Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory. Perhaps one of the most memorable characters, I mean contestants, from the Project Runwayseries, Austin Scarlett wowed us with his romantic approach to fashion. His larger than life personality may havebeen tiring at times, but it‘s helped Austin become a fully-fledged fashion world personality -- helped along by theimpressive designs he delivers. Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory. Rami Kashou, runner-up to season winner Christian Siriano, is back to try his luck on Project Runway: All-Stars. Will the styles that have donned celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Dita Von Teese and even HerMajesty Queen Rania of Jordan be enough to finally clench the winning spot on the runway? Well onewould certainly think so. Rami can definitely drape fabric of various eye-catching colors and texturesalong a woman‘s body like none other. Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory. The living dead girl returns to the runway. The youngest contestant to grace the runway with herdesigns, April Johnston returns with her "destroy to create"-themed style. While her designs and their lifeless color maynot reach beyond the underworld, April makes up for it in her outspoken, colorful personality.Is Project Runway: All-Stars her road to redemption after falling short of Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek?  Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory. Some say that to be a genius is to be crazy, but this designer is just plain weird. Described as eccentricand quirky, Elisa Jimenez and her designs definitely left a mark on her season of Project Runway eventhough she wasn‘t there very long. And her resume says it all. Elisa has worked around thefashion block to earn her spot on this season of All-Stars. Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory. The creator if the famous kimono dress returns to the runway! A well seasoned veteran of ProjectRunway, Kara Janx has seen quite a bit of success since her time in the competition in 2005. Now thatshe finds herself coming back to her humble beginnings, Kara will once again have to wow the judgeswith her ready-to-wear designs. Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory.Ever tire of the same old black and white? Mila Hermanovski doesn‘t! In fact, she has built hercareer off of these two colors. During season 7 of Project Runway, she could not get enough of blackand white, white and black, black, and white. However you can toss the two together, she was doing it.One tight aesthetic, added to her confident personality, earned Mila a ride to Fashion Week.  Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory. Native of the former Yugoslavia, Gordana Gehlhausen brought her worldly knowledge to season 6 of Project Runway. Her avant garde and chic looks were made to accentuate the best of women‘s bodies. Always headstrong in her beliefs and designs, Gordana‘s confidence saw her through to the final stages of the competition. Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory.Mondo Guerra comes from a season of drama, drama and ... oh yeah, memorable designs. Between the designers, the judges and the viewers, season 8 of Project Runway might just stand out as the most contentious season ever. Yet, amidst all that craziness, stands Mondo with his array of fun, fresh, trendy designs.  Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory.Michael Costello worked week after week of Project Runway season 8 to show off elegant, classy trends that earnedwins in as many challenges as season winner Gretchen Jones. His entertaining personality made Costelloan easy fan favorite throughout the course of the season. And, probably most impressive of all, MichaelCostello has never had any formal training. Read more »
Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who‘ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory.While controversial, Kenley Collins was one of the most talented contestants of Project Runway season five. Known for her vintage aesthetic, Kenley‘s staples were vibrant colors, classic cuts and fun fabrics that emphasized a romantic era. Her works were only worthy of winning one challenge, yet Kenley‘s efforts saw her through all the way to the final runway.  Read more »
Mark your DVR reminder calendar. (What, you guys don‘t have one of those? It‘s actually quite helpful, especially in this jam-packed season of Lifetime Christmas movies.)After announcing the show would be pushed to 2012 days before its initial November premiere date, Lifetime has finally found a way to "make it work" for Project Runway All Stars. (Sigh. Saying that just reminds me that Tim Gunn won‘t be involved in this season, and that will never "work" for me.)The series, which features thirteen of the most memorable non-winning designers from past seasons, will premiere Thursday, January 5 at 9pm on Lifetime. And those designers are: Read more »

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