Andys Blog

Andy's thoughts on music's big night and Runway's elimination.

on Feb 9, 2006

I woke up to a ton of "Runway" related calls and emails. Everyone's talking about last night's episode and the Santino vs Nick elimination. I spoke with Tim Gunn last night who said that from the moment Nick bought his silky fabric, Tim thought he was in trouble. You can read more of "Tim's Take" on the Runway page of Bravo's website.

When we first get cuts of "Runway" from the amazing Magical Elves (production company), they sometimes run up to 60 minutes. There's a tremendous amount of unused footage that goes into each episode. With so many stories, designers, and deliberation by the judges, there's a lot of amazing material to choose from. Those Elves cover and shoot everything. Beyond making the most entertaining show possible, we strive to maintain the integrity of the designers and their work -- and also represent the "why" of the judges' decisions.

We get a lot of emails from people who disagree with them, but the judges have their own points of view and believe strongly in their decisions. Michael Kors said something in an early episode that bears repeating: "What's worse - going too far, or not going far enough?" I mention that because it seems to represent some of the thinking behind some of the judges' controversial calls this season. They have their eyes on the future, they say.

Also don't underestimate that the judges' trained eyes are five feet away from the dresses and they see every loose string and every detail that you might miss on the show. Was Santino's jumpsuit ripping off Kara's arm, yes. Did she open her mouth and say that it was ripped pre-runway, no. Did Nick design a woman's puckered, wrinkled suit with no pockets that looked completely wrong on Daniel? Yes.