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Project Runway: The Design Is In The News

September 17, 2009 09:01 PM by DA Southern

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Project Runway gives us one of the best challenges ever that will drive several to the brink, even making Host, Heidi Klum, drop her jaw in amazement when one designer pushes the limits with a little white lie. With all the talk of newsprint being dead, many may find themselves rethinking that whole concept after this episode of Project Runway.

Host, Heidi Klum, met the designers for their next challenge and told Althea that she had immunity and sent them off to see Tim Gunn. Tim met the designers and they arrived at the Los Angeles Times building where they were told that they met Booth Moore, the fashion critic for the Los Angeles times, who told them were using old newspapers for their designs.

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The designers all looked goofy dragging around a sack of newspapers and were herded back to the studio where Tim gave a history of clothes made out of paper and…wait, I drifted off there for a minute. The designers all seemed to have a deer-in-the-headlight look as they all tried to put together some cohesive idea for a design.

Johnny, who was in the bottom three last week, was determined to go back there again as he did this awful looking dress that looked like he just threw some paper on a manikin and painted it. Of course, we had running commentary from Nicolas, who always thinks the other designers are just background fodder for his eventual win. Well, at least you have to give him kudos for being confident.

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With six hours left, Tim was in to look at the designs. Gordana was first savaged by Tim, as her design was called “Ho-hum”; Tim said that Johnny’s design looked like a bunch of kindergarteners did it and that it was a “Craft project gone awry”, officially the best line of the night so far; Nicolas seemed to be on the right track, according to Tim; Christopher’s design was praised by Tim. Tim then said that he was inspired by the some of the designs and sent the models in to be fitted.

The models were in and the main concern by many of the designers would be the movement factor. Irina summed it up best when she said that the models were not manikins and that the strutting down the runway and the ripping factor of the paper would be an issue.

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The guys were dissing Johnny’s design and the girls were actually being kind as they talked about some of the designs they liked. Tim arrived and said they had two hours to get ready for the show. Gordana’s dress was really pretty as she prepped it and some of the other designs actually looked like they might be successful.

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Heidi greeted the designers, restated the challenge and introduced guest judges Eva Longoria Parker, Zoe Glassner and Tommy Hilfiger and started the show. Admittedly, many of the designs looked better than they did in the design room and Heidi called out several of the designers telling them that they were good enough to go forward. It is kind of too bad when the designers in the middle get no feedback but I am sure they were relieved not to have to explain why their design was the way it was.

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The designers were then told they were the best and the worse of the lot and each had to explain their designs. Althea was first and her design was really well received by the judges; Gordana’s design was called real looking, which was bad, I guess; Irina’s trench coat was very well received especially by Hilfiger; Johnny ‘s design was savaged and it looks like he is headed home; Nicolas, after throwing Johnny under the bus, was savaged by the judges and he might go home instead and Christopher’s dress was called sexy and glamorous by the judges.

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The judges loved Christopher, Althea and Irina’s design the best and our boys, Nicolas and Johnny were in the bottom and Gordana was called boring and safe and the way Tommy Hilfiger was talking, he was saying Johnny would “Get it together.” Oh my, Nicolas is so going home unless Gordana’s boring design sends her packing.

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Heidi announced that Althea was in and sent her to safety and then announced that Irina’s coat was the winner. She then announced Christopher and Gordana as safe, leaving us with Nicolas and Johnny. Nicolas escaped, barely, and Johnny was sent to clean up his work area and Tim then told the remaining designers that he was shocked that Johnny lied as he did on the runway. Oh man, you don’t want Tim Gunn mad at you.

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