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Project Runway Season 12 Finale

That was probably one of the least controversial finales IN THE HISTORY OF PROJECT RUNWAY. While I have seen some disagreement online about who should have one, most of the Internets seem to agree that Alexandria, Dom, Justin, and Bradon all had their strong points and they all seem to be legitimately decent human beings.

I think the disagreement stems, in part, from the shifting ideas about the purpose of Project Runway’s final fashion show and prize. Is the idea to give a forum to innovative voices that might otherwise have trouble finding backing? provide a kickstart to designers without traditional credentials? find America’s next big designer? give seed money to someone who is truly ready to start their own line? Depending on how you answer this question, you will choose a different winner. I don’t think this has been consistent throughout the years–just compare Jay McCarroll, Christian Siriano, Leanne Marshall, Seth Aaron Henderson, and Dmitry Sholokokhov.

At the very least, this year was no Gretchen versus Mondo and there were no cheating accusations or other scandals.

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Project Runway Season 12, Finale Part 1

Tonight is the final episode of Project Runway and I am just now getting up my Finale, Part 1 Recap! The remaining five designers are sent home with two guaranteed spots and three left to compete for one (or more) remaining spots. They are going to create 10 looks for spring and 1 must be made from “unconventional materials” with the stern warning that this means no fabric or fabric-like material.

I really enjoy watching Tim complete the home visits and I am eager to find out who will really compete at Fashion Week (since we know they all show, and then some).

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Project Runway Season 12 – Episode 12 – Butterfly Effect

We are down to five and it is the “final” runway before Fashion Week. Heidi says there is a “sausage…or is it a carrot” dangling in front of the designers’ noses.

Is Heidi’s accent thicker all of a sudden?

The designers are going on a field trip for the “inspiration / L’Oreal make-up” challenge and…whoah! Sweetbriar! I cannot believe Project Runway came to Sweetbriar! My family goes to this wildlife rehabilitation center ALL THE TIME. It is a fun place but you have to understand there is a vivarium exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan and a MAJOR state of the art vivarium at the aquarium in Riverhead so I was sort of shocked they came to our little podunk nature center. If I had known, I totally would have been there to stalk Tim heckle the designers see if I could catch a glimpse.

Sweetbriar is home to all manner of creatures who are either receiving treatment and will be released or are unable to be released and now call Sweetbriar their home…creatures like one-eyed owls, eagles with only one wing, and all manner of exotic pets whose needs their misguided owners did not anticipate. Well, I hope Sweetbriar got a substantial donation–wonder if the place is all spruced up, now?

The designers are supposed to be drawing inspiration from the butterflies and L’Oreal’s mascara that gives your eyes lashes like the wings of a butterfly or some such marketing nonsense to make an avant garde look. Yes, that fun challenge when we realize that none of these designers really has any idea what might constitute avant garde any more and neither do any of the judges.

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Project Runway, Season 12, Episode 11: Next Generation

With Ken gone, this episode of Project Runway is relatively free of craziness. Let’s see if the designers can bring the drama to their work.

This is the HP pattern design challenge. I love the opportunity the designers have to create a pattern but I wish they could get it printed on better fabrics!

The twist this year is that the designers need to be inspired in their pattern (though not the garment itself) by an innovator.

Helen Castillo gets to choose first and picks Ryan Keeley, an artist who mixes painting with new media. Dude just took a picture of Helen and then spray painted devil horns on her. Cool. Does she get to keep it?

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Project Runway Season 12, Episode 10: Superfan!

This season has a new twist on the “real woman” challenge: the clients are “über fans.” This is always an interesting challenge that plays on a number of tensions. What is a “real” woman, anyway? Aren’t we all? And if there are a range of sizes in the clients, is everyone on an even ground? How will the designers balance the need to produce something more fashion-forward while still producing a garment for a client who generally shops in mass-market stores?

Having super fans was a nice twist because they were all so happy to be there and they understood the game–they knew that their designers needed to win, or at least survive. Also, they knew that a dress produced as part of a competition in less than two days was unlikely to be finished, wearable, and 100% their preference…they were there more for the experience than for the free dress.

When the fan-clients arrive, Tim gives them the tour. And that, right there, would have been worth the trip for me! Tim hides the ladies in the sewing room for the big reveal.

You can tell the designers are nervous but, thankfully, none of them has the poor taste to make the stupid remarks others have in seasons past.

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Project Runway Season 12, Episode 9: Let’s Do Brunch

On this week’s very special episode of Project Runway, we learned that Heidi loves mullet skirts, Southern women wear plaid, and the judges have found their crack pipe…but I get ahead of myself.


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Project Runway: Season 12, Episode 8 – Having a Field Day

Tweet! Time to wake-up designers! It is the Heidi Klum New Balance challenge! What? Five hours of sleep is not enough for you to be fresh and ready to work for Heidi for free?

The designers are going to design activewear / workout clothes for Heidi Klum’s New Balance line. First, however, they have to race in teams of two to win their choice of fabric and an extra hour of work!

Alexander says he hasn’t exercised since 1876. OMG! He IS a vampire! I guess Alexander bit Helen, not the other way around. What a twist!

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Project Runway: Season 12, Episode 7: Shoes First

On the last episode of Project Runway, Tim used his Tim Gunn Save to rescue Justin. Fans have been dissecting the save and wondering whether it was truly merit-based, since Justin’s output so far has been just middle of the road and his design for the Glamping Challenge was pretty bad. What happens in a challenge when a top contender makes a serious misstep?

That’s on the minds of the designers, too. Bradon and Jeremy, in particular, have gotten a lot of love from the designers but have also found themselves on the bottom. Kate, on the hand, knows that she already has her second chance and that the save was never for her.


After a little introspection, we are whisked off to the offices of Marie Claire where the designers get to select shoes to inspire their designs.

Marie Claire editor Anne Fulenwider explains that many readers say they get dressed “shoes first” and wonder “where are these shoes going to take me?” Read more

Project Runway: Season 12 Episode 6 – Let’s Go Glamping!

In the opening sequence, Ken is still seething from Alexandria calling him out on the runway as a jerk. He says she reminds him “of Judas…in the Bible…” as opposed to all those other people named Judas? Also, over dramatic much?

It is getting too stressful in here..time for a change of scene!

Tim, looking like the proverbial cat who ate the canary in his camo suit, enters with Heidi to announce that the designers are going glamping (you know, glam + camping?) for their next inspiration. Read more

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!”

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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