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Thoughts and explanations about this season of Project Runway.

on Oct 13, 20080

Tim I love you! But I have the same question ... why is Kenley still there?? -Yaz
Oh, Yaz, I know, I know. Although she can be terribly annoying, Kenley is indisputably talented as a designer. Regrettably, for her, she seems incapable of listening to any feedback without assuming that it's an attack on her character. Had she attended a design school (she's self-taught), then the critique process that she would have experienced would have either killed her or cured her.

I want to put in an official question to Tim...Ever since season one, all he's wanted is the best for his designers. He's given them all the help that he can, and I think of him as such a kind, sweet man. I used to be a Kenley fan (every season has its "Attitude" member...Wendy, Santino, Jeffrey, Christian...) but I've never seen anyone be so completely rude to Tim - who does nothing but help her!!! Tim, how did you react to this rudeness? Was it difficult to keep on giving her constructive feedback? - Charlotte Bailey
Charlotte, years of teaching (29 to be specific) have given me resources to draw upon and bucket-loads of patience, but there are some individuals who test even my arsenal of diagnostic measures and metaphorical prescriptions. Kenley is certainly one of them. I feel like you do; That is, I'm only trying to help her. But I have a refrain that's appropriate for these circumstances: I can't want you to succeed more than you do. And in the end, it's important to take the high road and not let these individuals know to what extent they're pushing your buttons. Furthermore, and drawing upon my teaching experiences, again, I know that I hold the power in these circumstances, and there is absolutely no need to abuse it. Ever.

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LInda who sews.
LInda who sews.

I have a great challenge Idea, un sure, where to find who is the right person to share the information.. If I spill the beanz here , then it wouldnt be a surprise, Who do I , where can I share this, challenging idea.?

earl lovell
earl lovell

Tim,

Hard to believe a good old boy from West Texas who grew up working on ranches, and in the oil patch, would be eagerly awaiting next seasons Project Runway. I'm still having a hard time picking the winners, but have improved over the last couple of seasons. Keep up the great work!!

Earl Lovell

PlusSizeDiva
PlusSizeDiva

Hi Tim. Want an idea for a REAL Project Runway challenge? Have the designers spend one episode designing fabulous looks for plus-size women... and I'm not talking about size 10-12... I mean REAL plus-size women. It's obvious that all of the designers are good at designing standard skinny mannequin size clothes.... but, how about making those fabulous looks for a size 16, or even 26? Now THAT'S a challenge I want to see. It would be amazing to see what the talented PR designers come up with when faced with something completely outside of their box.

Randolf
Randolf

i always wanted to sew garments, but i don't have a sewing machine and kits. my family cant afford to buy one. that's why i don't know much about sewing. i wish someday i can be like one of those designers.

p.s. i'm a dude, a straight one but i like sewing. i want to make garments for men , women, and children in the future.

ROBINSON rodriguez alfonso
ROBINSON rodriguez alfonso

HI TIM GREETINGS FROM COLOMBIA For me you are a fashion idol, i love you I like what you do, of course the most important thing is that you transform people without self-esteem in people confident knowing that they are beautiful people inside and outside. GIVE ME A GREETIN MY NAME IS ROBINSON RODRIGUEZ 21 YRS COLOMBIAN MODEL

Boise Blue
Boise Blue

Is Rachel some producer's daughter, Tim? C'mon. She's a bitchy hippie and what is the damn appeal? Tim, you have so much better taste as should everyone else. No one wants those looks. Not super stars nor the little people on the street. We have to think that Princes Leah has a relative in someone's closet? Pray tell, love?

Matthew Meyer
Matthew Meyer

Hi Tim, I think it would be cool if for one of the challenges in the future if the designers have to make something fashionable for men. This would take them outside their comfort areas of designing clothing exclusively for women and would be enojyable to watch. My wife love the show and watch it together. Thanks, Matt

Wonderment in MA
Wonderment in MA

Your support of the anti-bullying campaign is important and fits all I have come to regard as your strength of compassion and awareness. I admit that the way that people dealt with Michael Costello had strong aspects of bullying to it. I was surprised that it was not dealt with more directly. Once Ivey made that public accusation in the way she did on air, and then went around to people stirring them up, stunned me. I was watching the worst example of 'group think' in process and it had me wondering about the decisions to allow it to continue without more direct intervention. I admit it impacted my ability to view the show in the same way this season.

Mary Ann Wakefield
Mary Ann Wakefield

I was never into reality shows but I came across Project Runway four seasons ago and am now, totally hooked! You are wonderfully tactful in your critiques although sometimes your expressions say it all!! This year's designers have been a disappointment to me. Although the 1st show of the season showed alot of promise when it showcased some of the contestant designs, but as of yet, very few of them seem to measure up in originality or workmanship. Philip Treacy hats were outstanding and I really expected more in this great challenge. I'm 76 years old and a "Sunday" artist but I immediately thought of a design when I saw the orchid hat. To me, the model should have been an extension of this beautiful flower, perhaps the stem. I invisioned a soft green, long chic dress trimed in cream. .. a stand up collar that cuts down to the waist, halter like bodice, slightly draped hips and skirt narrowing at ankles with slit in front. Even maybe a short train in back. Accent it with a belt with cream and dark pink design and fastened in back. Do you think I could have been a designer 40 years ago!! HA! Maybe not. But, I DO love you, Heidi and the show. Carry on...I know you will make it work! Mary Ann

my_tee_mouse
my_tee_mouse

Tim, you are the King of Constructive Criticism. You need to teach the subject. You are definitely one of the main reasons I watch the show. Keep up the good work, and good luck to the designers!

secret
secret

well tim u are a realy great person if it wasnt for u i think that i wouldnt even see the show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u are the best !!!!!! i also think u are realy hot for your age but im toyoung for you any ways(love /peace/ happiness

Luc
Luc

Dear Tim,

In France, we can watch nowadays the 4th season of project runway. It was the first time I saw this program and I disagree with the results of the finale. Christian gets talent but when I saw his collection and his pesonality, I was so Disapointed when he won !! I mean, he is immature, and he doesn't respect the models or the other challenger either. I Just wanna say that I wanted Julianne as the winner because she deserved it. She had difficulties but she respected the Jury. Christian didn't. I hope that on the following seasons (If the channel broadcast them), The winner will be the one who deserve it.

Thanks for reading this comment and I hope you will react about it.

Thank you very much Tim.

Viewer tim
Viewer tim

Really loved the program and you Tim, Very exciting to watch, but almost imposable to hear! The very load background music so VERY LOUD and VERY much a boring jingle, the interesting comments have now become the background. Such a great pity for such a great informative program. We have now decided to watch it in MUTE.

Jason from Canada
Jason from Canada

Hi Tim My girlfriend and I watch the show and find all the twists and turns so much fun. We were thinking that it would be an interesting idea if for a new season instead of giving the designeres cash each time they should get a gift card type idea that gets loaded with the budget for that challenge. Then whatever is left is still there when the budget for the next challenge is added. At some point a few challenges in the designers would be building up a balance on the cards and would have the ability to overspend when they think it will best help them to give them an edge. It would add a unique edge to the show knowing that at any time one ore more could spend a lot more on any one challenge. It could work for and against you depending on when you chose this option. It would be fun to watch and creative for the designers.

Hey its just an idea but we think it would really add the show...if that is possible..it's pretty good as it is

mummzee
mummzee

hi Tim could you please please advise me on how to apply for project runway, i watch your programne with my daughters one of which is studying to be a fashion designer, without seeming biased i feel she is very very good and has a unique eye for fashion and understands the industry so well. although she is studying she still finds time to create her own range which is in line with up and coming fashion and i feel that she would do so well on project runnway, the only problem is i cant seem to find out how to appy . could you please help! as i feel she will go all the way x

Marie Degn
Marie Degn

Dear Tim - I am sitting here in Denmark and watching this great program and I am wondering what on earth the designers are doing in the spare time of the week. As I can see it takes 2 dayes sewing and making the runway show. But there are 7 dayes in a week ?? best regard Marie

Sabrina McLaughlin
Sabrina McLaughlin

Hi Tim,

Just got through reading Marina's Career Burnout article in Marie Claire and I must say that I was excited to see that you and I agree on the fact that Gen-Yers have no idea what "burnout" truly is. I was incredibly excited to see that Marina quoted me at the end of the article to the same effect. Who would have thought. A small-town girl ending up being quoted in Marie Claire agreeing with one of her fashion icons - YOU! It certainly made my day!

John Walden
John Walden

The show is amazing, I love Tim and god, I LOVE ANTHONY! Go all the way anthony you can win it. Not only does he have amazing designing skills, his personality is killer! Give Anthony a hug for me --John Walden

Susan Brouwer
Susan Brouwer

Tim, Heidi, and the gangs of people who work for PR U.S. and Canada - love the shows! We watch them both. I just thought I would ask you to check out the photos in the March 2010 issue of National Geographic - the article entitled Fatal Attraction. The photos of these stunning plants conjure up fabulous inspiration for clothing designs! Check it out!

kate melcher
kate melcher

Hi Tim, I am a 31 year old woman with Lupus, and after watching Project Runway's segment on Heart disease, it got me to thinking.... Lupus is a devastating illness, it really could use attention to awareness, and funding for research. Is it possible to have designers do a show for this cause? A purple butterfly is the symbol for Lupus....It would make a fabulous design opportunity, as well as a real challenge too! :) They could design beautiful clothes, using the purple butterfly as an inspiration....I know that Heidi Klum's husband, Seal, also suffers from this illness. Please let me know your thoughts on this. Sincerely Yours, Kate Melcher

Jonathan Camarena
Jonathan Camarena

Hello. I'm a fan of his guides on the design style you do in your program that airs on Discovery H & H, but note that he is doing it with women. Men also are a disaster but I do not want a stylist or designer to tell me you like to see me as their point of view. It interests me as you do, which I applaud, according to which we move, personality and above all the figure itself. Pray tell me hopefully as I also do not even combine for and do not want to fall into barbarism. Height 1.80m, 90Kgs, average complexion Mexico.

Veiwer95828
Veiwer95828

Tim. I just wanted to tell you that I think you are a beautiful person. Everytime I see you on TV helping someone in need its makes me wish for an angel like you in my life. You make me smile and my heart feels the love you have for people. I lost alot today. The love of my life left me. But when I saw you on TV today, I forgot about the pain im in, for just that moment. Thanks for that few minutes of happiness.

Julianna
Julianna

Hey Tim Gunn,

First let me tell you me and my mom are HUGE fans I luv you and project runway. I just luv to hear your "catch pharse", "Make it work ladies, make it work." Best part anyway when I grow up I want to be a fashion designer and you really inspired me to do that! Thank you so much!

-Julz :)

Grace Licona
Grace Licona

Hello Mr. Gunn!

i am an aspiring fashion designer, as well as a HUGE fan! thank you for being SUCH a big inspiration. Kisses! ~mwah, mwah~ Love, Grace.

Grace Licona
Grace Licona

hi! Oh.My.Gawd. i am your 1 of your BIGGEST fans! i cant believe i am talking to you. is it fun being a mentor to a TON of amazing designers? is it fun working with Hedi Klum?

Love, Grace.

(p.s. please e-mail me back!!!) ;)

Suzie
Suzie

I'm a big fan of the show but am disturbed by the snarky comments about "grandmothers" or "Hillary Clinton," etc., in other words, designs that are dated and dowdy. The reason I'm upset is that I AM a grandmother, age 64, and consider myself as sharp as I can be at my age. I keep my weight down and try to keep up with fashion the best I can FOR MY AGE AND BODY! Remarks like that from Tim and the designers don't really help us. You aren't showing an example for our age group that might be BETTER, just remarking how invisible our age group is and "out of it." It really hurts. Why not be more constructive? There are plenty of women (and men) who want to stay active and a vital part of society. Just wait until you get there...please be more attentive to all ages.

Eric Spears
Eric Spears

OK, my question is: why is men's fashion so boring? Couldn't there be an episode of Project Runway where the challenge is menswear?

Is there an assumption that men only want to wear variations of the same suits they've been wearing for 30 years? Is it possible that men might branch out if designers gave them something new?

Becky
Becky

I have an idea for a challenge on the show. I am a new fan of Project Runway and now have it programmed to record on my DVR! LOVE IT! As a spin off from the newspaper outfits (nice one!), what if the contestants were dropped off on a street of garage sales at the last minute (meaning the left over and picked through clothes) and they had to find their fabric to design and create a "new" look/outfit. New from the old; go green; recycling project. They would have to pull buttons and zippers off garmets and sew it on to the reclaimed fabrics.

I was hoping that idea would spread and at home dress making would be fashionable once again. Americans through away too many clothes every year.

Thanks! Becky from Kentucky

shannon
shannon

hi Tim

i am a runway junky i tivo the show religously and i was just wondering if you guys were ever gonna do a plus size model episode where the designers have to make something for a real size women and it would be really cool if you colaberated with lane bryant or some other plus size fashion line to get there designs out to thise of use who admire the stuff you do ?

W. Castillo
W. Castillo

Tim, We watch Project Runway here in Honduras, it's our relaxing show in the middle of the tough situation our country is facing, it makes us forget (at least for an hour) the stress we live every day to see our freedom is in jeopardy (Thanks to Zelaya's thirst 4 power) Our most dear person is you Tim, you are the sweetest, nicest person, God bless you! Keep being just as you are 'cause you r awesome!

Lots of love, W. Castillo

Michelle
Michelle

hello tim i'm from Venezuela,i'm fashion design student:),i love the show, i just watching the final of the season 5 i tought here the episodes come late :) by the way i think you are a good mentor,soft to talk but very honestly :) good job and i hope the show will have a 6,7,8,9...seasons :)the show it's a inpirations for fashion designer, hugsss from here xoxo...Michelle (and please try to make the project runway visit another cities)

Karen
Karen

Tim, Love the show and your gentlemanly approach. However, I cannot for the life of me understand episodes where the designers have to fight for supplies or destroy a setting in order to get their supplies for a challenge. How tacky and disrespectful and unnecessary. Do you have an opinion about these cut-throat, destructive scene setters? Karen

angie valdes
angie valdes

Hello Mr. Tim Gunn! My name is Angelica Valdés i´m from Mexico city, and i´m a journalist that loves fashion i´m a fan of your show and i have to say that you´re really amazing. i imagine that you´re the kind of guy old fashioned like Humprey Bogart. Where can i see your website ?? i really love your fashion tips

i hope someday you will come to Mexico, i´m sure that you´re really enjoy it!!!

regards Angie

Helena Jongh
Helena Jongh

Dear Tim,

Hi!!! I love project runway, but... you are the star...Stella! Its all!!! Kisses. I love you! "Você rouba a cena,faz tudo acontecer..." Com classe e humor! Parabens!!! Tua amiga brasileira... Helena

Chloé
Chloé

Hello Mr. Gunn!

I am twelve years old, and an aspiring fashion designer. My dream is to go to Parson's New School of Design in New York, and get my degree in fashion design. I'm inspired by such designers as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Diane Von Furstenburg. Mr. Gunn, if you have any tips, schools, or even inspiring words to tell to me that would be amazing. I look up to people like you where they can do what they love, interest people, and completely transform their thinking. Thank you, and again if you could respond that would just make me the happiest little twelve year old ever :)

Thanks, Chloé

Sensei
Sensei

Tim! What about a FLANNEL contest! I would love to see what these talented designers can make out of FLANNEL! I can see it now..."evening wear challenge" in Flannel

Rugged, sexy, earthy, comfortable, etc....

Paula Acconcia
Paula Acconcia

Dear Tim,

You are a joy to watch and I am sorry to say this, but I am glad Bravo lost the show to Lifetime because I cannot get my computer to play the Bravo videos after the website redesign.(The lifetime ones work just fine). I have uploaded the current version of Adobe and done everything the Bravo techs say but still no pictures. Alas, if only Lifetime would steal Top Chef! Love ya Tim!

Your fan for a Lifetime, Paula

Mary
Mary

Hello Mr. Gunn,

Like everyone else I'm a big fan of the show and the fashions that hit the runway. I have interest in fashion design and while I watch I have my sketchbook in front of me trying to compete in the challenges. I thought of a challenge myself that sounds interesting, the designers would be given a flag of a country,as their material or inspiration, and have to make a garment representing a little of the country itself, but also the designers own unique visions. Though it is questionable to use the flag b/c it might upset people to see flags used that way, so maybe just inspiration. I thought I would share it with you and see what you thought.

Best wishes from the South, Mary

montserrat
montserrat

Hey Tim! I'm from Dominican Republic, here we are watching season 3 and 4 on people and arts. I would like to see a Disney's re-make costums show, it would be good to see how designers will make a new dress to cinderella or a cirque theme show too.:)

Primo Camacho
Primo Camacho

Tim Dunn,

I am a retired executive administrator and I just wanted to ask why aren't the producers making a show on men's fashion ? I am 50 yrs old, and a vivid fashion admirer. I hate to see men wearing clothes that just don;t fit with the occasion. Working clothes are orking clothes, office attire is very different from semi-formal wear, etc. I have seen a beautiful dark blue blazer with gold buttons on a wrinkled cotton khaki pant, and so on. Pls, if you need ideas, just send me a note and I could write a season full of episodes for a men's fashion show.

thanks,

P. Camacho San Antonio, Texas

Lenisse R.
Lenisse R.

Hi Tim! Greetings from Dominican Republic! Im still watching season 4 and 5. I love Project Runway and your fashion program, too. You make miracles! More than a question i have an idea for a challenge: Why dont designers make typical wearings from different countries? I would love to see Typical latin dresses on the runway. Thank you.

Geoffrey
Geoffrey

Hi Mr. Gunn,

Wow, I am watching the re-runs of PR...I cannot say how much we all need you on the airwaves! You are a true inspiration to those that want to learn, love design in any of its mediums and to the general public that craves positive critisms.

I am 42 yo and am thinking of another career move this time from antiques to interior design. You and your shows keep me excited and motivated that, "Yes we can!"

Thank you for being such a powerful positive influence to so many people.

carla monteiro
carla monteiro

hello to all the staff and specialy to MrTimGunn i would like to make a simple question: being out from US (portugal) , is it possible to aply for the chalange???? i am a big fun, and my husband dont miss one of your episodes since season n 1

i really would love to participate

beijos merci, thank you

Catherina Sanders
Catherina Sanders

Hello Tim,

I only know you on 4th and 5th season of Project Runway, because I live in Europe and never had seen the program till now. Seeing the programs I see you as a gentleman of fashion. That knows many things. Personally, I think that fashion is what a person wear and then we can see what the majority of people wear. And not what rich people, actors, etc wear or want. One question for you Tim.... How can I learn to do clothes for myself without go to a professional school or university? I don't want to be a professional designer ( because I'm a poet) but it will be nice to do something for myself. Thanks for all. Continue to do want you like Tim. Kisses,

Catherina Sanders

Ines
Ines

Tim, I love Project Runway !!

I'm from Portugal and I'm a huge, huge fan !

I want meet you, Heidi and The Jugdes !

I'm 13 years old !

Me, my sister, my dad and my mum don't miss any show of the Project Runway.

Kisses From Portugal !

:D

I LOVE PROJECT RUNWAY !

Amanda
Amanda

Hello Tim,

I am a huge fan of the show! I am a plus sized person and would love it if Project Runway would consider a plus sized season. Fashion forward designs for plus sizes are hard to find. I'm 29 and caught between either looking like a grandma or a teenager. There has to be some amazing plus sized designers out there....can you find them? I think this would be an amazing opportunity if you could, "Make it work." ;-)

Thank you,

Amanda

Susana
Susana

Hello Tim :)

I'm from Portugal and a big fan. I only want to congratulate you and send you a big Kiss, maybe one day we will meet and you will say... Susana keep on with the good work!!! BYe and... keep on with the good work!!! Big Kisses

Tonytigeress
Tonytigeress

Tim, I hope the show will continue, there is always those people on the show who think they know everything, and as we all know no one does. I hope to see oyu next season!

Viewer
Viewer

Mr Gunn, why should I buy anything from these designers when they obviously don't care about their own wardrobes or appearances at all? To appear on national TV or at the fashion shows, especially NY fashion week in blue jeans and tee shirts, messy hair and kooky strange thrift shop clothing says, fashion is just a way to make silly women spend money. At least Chanel dressed properly and the other designers of note tried to carry the image of well dressed women and men. If I wanted a designer's line, I'd look closely at how they "dress for success" themselves. I'll withhold my hard-earned money until we return to style and taste.

Henrik
Henrik

Hi Tim!

I am a Swedish viewer who could not help to notice the male judge's (Micheal is is name, right?) choice of wearing sunglasses at the finale runway show (S5). As a marketing MBA I found it kind of disrespectful and maybe somewhat unprofessional(?) of a judge to use this "filter" when judging clothes that delivers a lot of immaterial value through its color, saturation, etc etc. It might come across as a small issue to react to but still, I believe that a judge who regards himself as a professional would care to remove unnecessary filters to perceive what the contenders are trying to showcase.

Thanks for adding your unique touch to the show!

regards,

Henrik