Cast Blog: #PROJECTRUNWAY

Best. Episode. Ever.

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Kenley Blogs Episodes 510-514

On The Road

The Real Winner

The Final Showdown

Leanne Speaks!

Finale, Part 2

What's Next

Tim Responds To Your Comments!

Love Is In The Hair!

History Repeating Itself

Garden Of Locks

Nature Calls

Rock 'n' Runway

Rock Steady

Rock N' Runway

Suede: Rockin' Out

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Take A Bow

Transformation

Joe: Straight Talk

Working Girl

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Best Of The Best?

Written In The Stars

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What's Your Sign?

I Saw The Sign

A Designer's Dream

Fashion Inside Out

Stella: Lovin' The Leatha

Double 0 Fashion

No Leatha, Mo' Problems

Making The Most Of It

The Fashion That Drives You

A Softer Edge

Fasten Your Seat Belts

Show Some Love

It's All An Illusion

Daniel: Oy Gevalt!

Good Queen Fun

Drama, Drama, Drama!

Joe: All Aboard!

RuPaul: A Drag Race

Best. Episode. Ever.

Everyday women, the loss of Jack, and that unfortunate wedding dress!

What is us? Or was this kind of an awesome episode? It had everything. High drama. Runway firsts. A real challenging challenge. Redemption in the form of tremendous weight loss. What's not to love? But, oh...poor Steven.

Seriously. Anyone but Steve. He's so sweet and quiet and lumpy. And we really like that in a person. We got to have a long conversation with Steve this morning and we had a ball talking to him. He says that being on the show hasn't actually gotten him as many dates as you might expect. And you know what's funny about that? Pretty much every reality show contestant or participant we've talked to -- has pretty much said the same thing. Does anybody have any thoughts on this?

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But this...oh no. No no no no no.Let's say this about the "Everyday woman" challenge. Until this season, we always sort of saw it as straining to find a way to make clothes for ladies who aren't very small. Models are little. Having been to our first fashion shows in the last couple of years, it really is astounding to find that models are itty bitty little girls. So, there's a part of us (a few of us being "everyday women") that thinks, "yes, yes, now is when they do the episode for the husky people." And then we all pause for a sigh. And pass each other the ice cream.

But then out come these women who had lost significant amounts of weight. And the very best part -- at no point did we see the "before" pictures. There they were. Just standing there, proud of who they are, not ashamed of who they once were.

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We liked this lady a lot. She seems intense. She came with rules and demands. Good for her.
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Jack. Oh Jack. There's something impossibly sad about this. Can you imagine? Getting your chance to be on the show, and then suddenly -- your face swells up and you have to go home?

He makes the decision to go home, which flat out bulldozes the room. Everyone's sobbing like children. And now that we spent the morning on the phone with him, so are we. chris_04_405_320x240.jpg

Okay, here's the thing about Chris -- we can imagine doing summer stock theatre with Chris. You know, drinking late into the night and hearing stories about that production of "On the Town" he did with:

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This lady. Who we are sure was GENIUS in that play. But, seriously, if we saw this woman wearing this outfit anywhere but Disneyland, we might be tempted to be those judgey bastards who laugh at people. Actually, even if we were at Disneyland -- we might still laugh at this. elisa_01_405_320x240.jpg

Elisa totally helped this lady bust out a new look. Tracy (the model) told her that she really wanted to be a rocker. (True story, it's in Elisa's Burning Questions blog.) Tracy even brought her own boots. She was ready.

And then she gets on the runway, and Heidi says something along the lines of, "But this lady is a frump. Why is she wearing something cool? What up?" Let the woman rock, Heidi! That's the lady we want to party with! The one who brought her big red smock and let Elisa set her free!

Tracy, you rock out! You let that Marianne Faithful soul of yours dance you right into that new rockin body! We at Bravotv.com are totally behind you!

No kidding, Elisa and her crazy hippie antics are melting our bitter jaded hearts, down to the studs.

Okay -- here are some answers to your comments. Keep 'em coming.

Mary wrote in to tell us what a pounce wheel was and what it does: Even though I think you're kidding...one would use a pounce wheel to trace something to make a pattern- so to copy a pattern, or in this case just create one from the existing pants pieces without having to actually take them apart. It makes a line of little holes on the pattern paper which you can cut out. They are very fun to play with and bother people with, too, because it's a weird feeling, like little spurs or something that doctors test reflexes with or whatever.
Mary, we think you're kinky. And we wish we were kidding all along -- but no, we never figured out what a pounce wheel was and waited all week for your note. If we were allowed to, we'd send you a pounce wheel of your very own for answering the question, but technically -- it'd be giving a prize, and that would involve everyone signing things and the drafting of rules. At any rate, in our minds (and in yours) -- you've won a pounce wheel. No, no, a chocolate pounce wheel.

And this came from several of you, and we hang our head in shame over it: Hey Guys, In the Rate the Runway section, you have Kevin's name for the dress that Rami made and vice versa. How could you get that wrong? Everyone was worried that Kevin wouldn't finish the "shorts" on time.
We did fix this. And we wish we could blame an intern or something. But see, here's the thing, you may have noticed that the site is new, and doesn't really look so much like the rest of the site. It turns out that everything behind the site, the makework of it all, is MUCH more user friendly if you're AT ALL adept at using a computer. And we're...essentially, typists....so sometimes, we can't figure out how to plug the right thing into the right thing. And sometimes...that goes poorly around here. Thanks for letting us know. And Kevin, Rami, we're sorry. We suggest, that when you see mistakes like this -- that you please share it with us, and then do what all the IT guys in the building do -- choose to find it charming.

Kala wrote: Does Michael Rucker still work on the show? Where is his blog? It was by far the funniest and had the most entertaining insights into the show. Please say it will return! I miss it...
How do you know we're not Michael Rucker? (OK, we're not. We wish we were. He's so cute!) But we were HUGE fans of Rucker's blog, and begged him to write again this year. But the good news about Rucker is that he actually has a lot more responsibility this year on the show, and has absolutely no time to blog about it. BUT, you can check out some of the extra footage he walks us through here. And leave a comment for him. Tell him how much you miss him.

That's all for us, gang. Have a great holiday. We'll be back after the new year!

Finale, Part 2

Impressive work by all but alas only one designer can win.

Well, for me, this episode was the Project Runway first among Project Runway firsts! Why? Because I served as a judge for the first time (and, hopefully, the last time) ever. Here's the back story: Bravo and the executive producers approached me before our Bryant Park show to say that there may be a problem with our guest judge and, consequently, how would I feel about filling in. At first, my response was a roll-up-your-sleeves and "make it work!" form of positive thinking, but as I contemplated the reality of it, I pushed back and refused. Consider the following: I still had another visit to the designers that night and there would be a considerable amount of time needed to support them in the morning before the show. How could I be both a mentor and a judge and service their needs appropriately and responsibly? I believed that I couldn't. So, to make a very long story a wee bit shorter, we ended Thursday night's bevy of phone calls in the following way: Bravo and the producers would ardently search for a replacement judge and I would return to my work with the designers assuming that I would not be a judge If I were to be needed in that role, then I wouldn't be informed of that need mere moments before the show. Otherwise, I could be perceived by the designers (and anyone else mind you) as being duplicitous and insincere. That would never do. Furthermore, Kenley and I were engaged in an semi-incendiary relationship, and the worst thing that could happen would be for her to lose and have me perceived as being the reason why. Oy! So, we know what happened: Our guest judge backed out at the last minute, a celebrity replacement couldn't be found on such short notice, and I filled in. With 10 minutes and counting until our show, Heidi came to me and asked, "So, you're ready to do this, no?" I replied, "To be honest, I don't know. I have an altogether different relationship with the designers than you and Nina and Michael have. I don't know." Heidi reared back and asked, "Tim Gunn, are you telling me that with all of your years of teaching you can't put your relationships aside and look at their work impartially? I thought about her wise words and responded, "Of course I can! Let's go!" We hugged and kissed and off we went.

Don't ever wish to be a guest judge on the show! To be blunt, I don't know how the judges do what they do and as well as they do: The collections pass by quickly, you have to wrap your brain around each piece of each collection immediately, and you have to come to terms with some comparative assessment right away. AND, I had the distinct advantage of intimately knowing the designers' work, yet is was still daunting. In any case, it really was very, very difficult. And there was one very important dimension to this process: seeing the clothes walk. Generally speaking, I don't see them walk. Rather, I see everything static on dress forms. Walking is an altogether different experience and it brings everything to life. So, in that sense, my experience with each designer's collection couldn't have been fresher and newer.

Here are my thoughts about the three collections: Leanne WINS, and what a win it was! We saw all of the conceptual content that really is at the core of Leanne's point of view, and we saw it tempered and orchestrated with precision. As I said to her during the home visit: "I always trust that you will present masterful technique, but can you give your work feeling, emotion?" This was her personal challenge. And she did it All of the strong architectural elements that are Leanne were clearly present, but her looks possessed a buoyancy and an ease, an effortlessness that belied each items structure. Furthermore, her collection was the result of superb editing; had she not brought her critical eye and judgment to each looks and its relationship to every other look, then there may have been a different outcome. Kenley presented a strong point of view and excellent execution, neither of which were surprises, and both of which were appropriately lauded.

I loved Kenley's textile choices and her hand-painting, which was a risky endeavor, and the silhouettes couldn't have been more her. But when the looks walked, they possessed a stiffness that I wasn't prepared to experience. Static on a dress forms, her looks beautifully captured the essence of her inspiration: "painting the roses red" from Alice in Wonderland. (When I made my home visit to her, Kenley resisted revealing her inspiration, which confounded me. When she finally relented, she gave me an epiphany. "Now I get it!" I declared.) But when the clothes walked on the runway, they retained much of their static appearance; that is, most of the looks moved like stiff pasteboard. I could see Kenley's collection emanating a major "wow!" factor in an editorial spread in Elle, but I had a hard time imagining how they would or could navigate and function in the real world. Still, I loved the fantasy aspect of the collection and its other-worldliness. Korto fully embraced her African heritage and her Americanism. Furthermore, she was successful embracing that goal, which is no small task, especially since the entire collection could have been a costume festival. Her silhouettes, alone, told her story, and when you add the colors, textures, and jewelry, her entire collection was uplifted. Color is nothing if not subjective, and I applaud her decision to step away from the expected and mix up her largely taupe palette with vibrant greens and blues. And the jewelry? Well, from my perspective it was all inextricable from the larger aspect of her point of view and, more particularly, to the individual looks themselves. I loved it. Is her collection for everyone or anyone? Of course not, but whose is?

Congratulations to all!