It’s back

As I was watching Project Runway last night, I thought, “This is really great.  I love this show!”  And then I nervously waited for the judging to begin.  And as I watched, I breathed a little easier.  It felt right.  It felt normal again.  I texted Kristin that I was really into the episode, and worried what her response would be.  But she, too, was ecstatic.  Project Runway is back.

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen episode two of the new season, season six, and don’t want to know details, read no further.

[I will also put in a side note right now to space off the details from the disclaimer.  I’m in a piss-ass mood because the same old dude who just needs to retire has, once again, insulted my aptitude as a board member.  In fact, he did so in this way: when told that I was dealing with a DOJ-specific problem, he replied, “That’s a comforting thought. [NOT!]”  I wish I could write like that.  I also wish that I could be so blatantly cruel to people that work hard to preserve jobs and save the union money, two things he didn’t do a thing about when he was on the board.  In fact, what did he do?  Oh yeah, sent out random, incoherent messages about the board’s to-dos, but only for those few meetings that he actually attended.  So angry.]

Ok, back to PR.  They’ve never done a maternity challenge before, have they?  I thought it was brilliant.  I actually thought most of the designs were truly charming.

Discussing the final six (the best three and worst three): I pretty much agreed with the judges’ choices. 

Louise’s dress/lingerie was truly pretty and looked like it must have taken forever.  I also like how she thought about how the preggers’ woman’s boobs would get bigger and incorporated pleats in the bodice to accommodate that.  But, it wasn’t my favorite color and actually, despite being one color really, seemed a little busy for me and, yes, a little negligee-y.  So, it was good she was in the top three, but also good she was the third best.

Althea.  Holy cow did I love that dress.  I love that it was a maxi, I loved the strappings, I loved the stripes.  I just loved it.  I thought it was so fun and looked so comfortable and chic.  The criticism of the cups being a little small for a pregnant lady was fair, but her model wasn’t actually pregnant so I thought it looked good.  Had she made the cups bigger, it might not have looked so good on the runway.

Shirin.  She made a coat.  And it was lined.  I don’t even think I need to say more.  I mean, a COAT!

Ra’mon.  Bad, but really — not THAT bad.  I mean, it was clearly a mistake but he kinda realized it.  I’m not defending it because it was pretty dumb, but it wasn’t a total disaster.

Mitchell’s was pretty close.  I actually loved the idea and the shorts were such a cute way to go, but the execution was poor.  From far away it looked pretty chic, I thought.  But the closer you got, the more you realized it was just off.  The shorts were obviously a disaster.  If he really doesn’t know how to sew, I don’t know how much further he’ll be able to get.  He needed to tighten up the shorts, and maybe even put them in just khaki fabric, too.  I think the sweater was ok, but maybe it should have been more of a sheer, ivory poncho and the t-shirt could have then been a cute camisole in either black or white.  That could have been cool.

But it goes without saying (though I will) that Melvin’s was a total stupid-ass outfit.  An egg?  It totally looked like she had the baby covered in the sling and then was wearing boring leggings.  It wasn’t the least bit flattering or chic.  And why on earth when people get kicked out for being so dumb do they always have to say, “I guess America’s just not ready for me.”  Give it a rest.  You wanted to make her chicken thigh pants.  Whatever that means.  You have no idea what looks good, you just want a theme.

Did you see the Models aftershow?  The show’s pretty pointless, except for the part when you get to see which designer chooses which model (something that was part of PR itself when it was on Bravo), but it was funny to see all of the models shocked and outraged when Mitchell was safe and Melvin was auffed.  I guess they preferred the thought of looking like a big egg than wearing ill-fitting, transparent wear. 

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10 Responses to “It’s back”


  1. 1 Kristin August 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Bravo bravo bravo! (or should I say Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime!) It’s back!! I breathed such a sigh of relief when I heard the challenge, and saw how everyone’s were coming together, and then the judging of course. Everything just made sense and I enjoyed it immensely. Althea’s was my fave. Not that I didn’t like Shirin’s – I loved hers and think she deserved to win. But that maxi dress, boy oh boy, it was awesome. And I agree completely that Ra’mon had good intentions, bad execution. I liked the colors he chose. And poor Mitchell. If he truly can’t sew I will be sad, because I love him already. He’s just my type. Of gay. I have my type of straight, and my type of gay, what can I tell you?

    I’m so glad Malvin is gone. I had to turn away every time he spoke, he was just so weird. Whispery weirdness. Ugh.

    It’s back!!

  2. 2 gracieandkate August 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Yeah, he was kinda creepy.

  3. 3 Heather August 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I watched both PRs last night (we are trying to put Lucy down at 8, and last night it actually worked!) and i’m glad to hear you folks say that you liked the 2nd episode, because i actually didn’t think the 1st one was that bad (although i had very low expectations after reading the blog). but, the 2nd one was great. and i’m so glad that each time they chose to get rid of the bonkers designers. i was very worried in the 1st 1 that they were going to get rid of qristyl instead of the weirdo. now, qristyl’s dress was pretty bad (and let’s not even talk about how her name is spelled) but that other woman and her point of view were just annoying. and melvin was a supah creepah.

    that guy who needs to retire really needs to do just that.

    i know i haven’t blogged in quite some time and so don’t deserve to have the conversation about me, but i have a question to throw out there:

    How worried should i be that I visited the daycare where luisita is going (on monday), and one of the “teachers” (dale doesn’t like to call them that) was outside watching 6 kids while on the internet? In your response, please keep in mind that our daycare options are limited, and i’m already freaking out about it.

  4. 4 gracieandkate August 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    First, I need to address Heather’s concern about not blogging because I was derelict in emailing her back yesterday. Heather you are always, always welcome on this blog. And it should always be, at least mostly, about you.

    I don’t think the internet + six kids + outside is one little thing to worry about. I don’t see the issue.

    And I actually didn’t think last week was all that bad. Certainly not like Fee did. But I thought the challenge was pretty uninspired and the dresses were boring. Though I did really like the winner.

  5. 5 Heather August 28, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    thank you for that. we are going to try the other house that this woman (peggy) runs on monday. and i actually snitched to peggy about the internet user (she did ask what my concerns were). now i’m looking here:

    http://www.kiddosusa.com

    are you sure you don’t want to open an in-home daycare? i’d even let you use the internet at work.

  6. 6 Kayt August 28, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I am very happy with this episode and surprised at how well the majority of the designers did…as the dreded “real women” challenges tend to make everyone go insane…but I guess a model shape with just a large pillow is familiar enough that they coped.

    I don’t blame the models for being shocked at the Auffing. It wasn’t surprising, but if I were a model I would dred the idea of Mitchell because he blamed his first model (the size the measurements were off got bigger between tellings) and I’d be afraid of being half-naked or (and this is worse) being sewn into things last minute (because those pins can hurt and trying to walk in something poorly put together must be terrified because you might get blamed if things fall off).

  7. 7 gracieandkate August 31, 2009 at 10:43 am

    No, I don’t blame them, either. I just thought it was interesting to see their (passionate) reaction.

    So, Heather — where is Ms. Lucy this morning? Are you holding up ok? This is a big milestone, I know.

  8. 8 gracieandkate September 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Heather’s day care system is under control, everyone. I’m really happy.

    And Mitchell is gone. That needed to happen. I wasn’t sure I was really feeling their judging last night, but ultimately I think it all made sense. Thoughts?

  9. 9 Sarayu September 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I’m finally cuaght up- phew! I think it was great that they finally kicked off Mitchell. I mean he was adorable and probably really fun to hang out with, but he couldn’t sew! I’m still confused what the point was of making a bathing suit we never saw. I found that to be an odd use of time.

    I’m glad to hear the day care situation has been handled and all is well.

    One last PR note, I’m still not uber-excited about this group.

  10. 10 Kristin September 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Mitchell had to go. I thought for some reason he had it in him, but he clearly did not.

    I liked a lot of things I saw last week, but have to agree with Sarayu that I’m just not jazzed yet. We’ll see.


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