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Project Runway: Season 12 Episode 5 – You Choose Your Materials

It is almost as if the producers heard the twitterverse and blogosphere say, “How many elements can you possibly fit in one challenge???” during the Yoplait/crowdsourcing/Coney Island/carnival prize challenge and decided to answer, “Ha! You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

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That’s right designers and viewers in the home audience! It is the Lexus/gourmet foods/vintage wallpaper/home and party goods/team challenge!

Let’s break this down: the designers are split into teams of three to drive a Lexus, which may or may not serve as an inspiration point…whatever! you choose! who cares as long as the check clears!…around town to at least two of three different locations to source unconventional materials. Each designer is responsible for one look but the looks must be a cohesive part of a collection. The suggested budget is $1500, which one designer will spend but the others must reimburse…and why did we need to know that let’s get shopping and sewing, people!

Got all that?

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Project Runway – Season 12, Episode 4: Ties A-Plenty

Well…that was…really…an episode of television, wasn’t it?

Sorry about the late recap…it was my daughter’s birthday on Friday and I was managing mermaid crafts and make-your-own sundaes for seven year old girls. And the results were less messy than this episode of Project Runway.

1 - Guest judge Jesse Tyler Tim

The Season 12, Episode 4 of Project Runway gets off to a lovely start as Tim introduces Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Ferguson explains that he started a charity, “Tie the Knot,” which sells bow ties to benefit marriage equality organizations. Tim outlines the challenge: the designers will design a garment inspired by the ties and may use the ties in their design.

So, a charity that actually speaks to the industry and requires the designers to be inspired by fashion. Too logical–something’s gotta go bonkers.

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Project Runway – Season 12, Episode 3: An Unconventional Coney Island

Talk about overkill…this entire challenge was in need of some serious editing.

First, the contestants head to the Coney Island Boardwalk. The episode is “An Unconventional Coney Island.” Is there any other kind?

Designers on Coney Island Boardwalk

Once there, they find out they will be playing yogurt vendors with Yoplait Yogurt. They will be handing out free samples and the descriptive words from the public will serve as their inspiration. Already, that’s one too many toppings on that sundae.

Oh, and they are assigned teams.

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Project Runway – Season 12, Episode 2 : Million Dollar Runway

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Nina, Zac Posen, and Heidi, with special guest Eric Daman, are back to look witheringly at your fashion design.

The designers are greeted by armed guards and make various stupid remarks about the police, the military, and being afraid of guns. I’m sure the former soldier bit her tongue so hard it bled.

The big reveal is that the models are wearing gazillions of dollars of precious gems and the models must design a dress as a showcase for the jewelry.

While on the surface this sounds like an awesome challenge (ooo, sparkles…who doesn’t love sparkles? besides Timothy, of course), I sense a flaw. The perfect showcase for show-stopping jewelery is a simple, dark, cocktail dress or gown that will not compete with the main attraction. You could ask the designers to create something “inspired by” the jewelry but that would call for some less conventional jewelry. I guess, in a way, this is the challenge part of the challenge–design something interesting that compliments the jewelry.

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Project Runway Season 12 Premier Episode 1: Come As You Are

We start Project Runway Season 12 on the runway–the airport runway! Instead of fashion models, this runway has bi-planes!

Challenge

Our first surprise/twist is the answer to the question: who did the audience choose to be the returning designer, Kate, Valerie or Ramon? And it is Kate!

Not-really a “twist” but a bit of “business”: one of the designers is deaf and there is a sign-language interpreter.

Heidi announces that “The sky’s the limit…” The designers look up to the skies…it’s a bird, it’s a plane…or as Timothy… wonders “toy army figures? puppies?” at which point I say, not for the last time this episode, “My, God, YOU ARE A MORON.” … NO! It’s skydivers!”

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The skydivers are here to deliver the material for this first, unconventional challenge: parachutes. Is MC Hammer the guest judge? You know, parachute pants?

The designers race to choose their parachute.

Back in the room, we get some more information about the challenge and the season, plus a taste of the drama to come.

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Ugh…That’s in Poor Taste

Dlisted has shots of Larry Birkhead parading DanniHope around the street where celebrities go when they want to be photographed shopping. (warning, site is not “family friendly”)

Michael K mocks him for being an attention hog, D-lister, but do you notice the t-shirt she’s wearing? “Who’s Your Daddy?” After a long, public paternity battle? Ick.

Party Girl

I know a baby, her name is Party, Party Baby…

Because Baby Diva had a heart condition, because she never really liked a bottle, because we are moving soon, because we live far away from family and life-long friends…for so many reasons…we never got her a sitter here.

For the most part, I had avoided formal occasions. Before her surgery, I had to avoid crowds in general, anyway. Now that Super Dad is back from making the world safe for democracy, though, there are tons of Formal Balls and other parties.

Baby Diva had full dance card last week.

First, an all-ranks Military Ball:

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Then she went to a rehearsal dinner:

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Then she went to a wedding and saw her Daddy lead a saber arch:

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More Six Months’ Pics

Here are a few more pics mom just uploaded. What, like she has a job or something? (Besides being my publicist?)

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