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Project Runway recap: Sublime or a hot mess?

By Q. McElroy

Programming note: Faith is taking a break, so I’m playing “guest judge” this week. Hope you have as much fun as I do.

When in L.A. do as the L.A.liens do – but only if you conjure up a scene-stealing Ice Queen. “Lights, Camera, Sew,” put the remaining 11 designers in Scoresese’s seat. They each had to pick a movie genre and create a character.

Nicolas's Ice Queen reigned during the movie challenge on Project Runway. Photo by Lifetime Network

Nicolas's Ice Queen reigned during the movie challenge on Project Runway. Photo by Lifetime Network

It seemed most of the show tried to generate some actual drama among the ranks. With anxious stares and frantic scurries across the workroom, they continually noted how “cranky” everyone was because of mounting pressure. Unfortunately, this crew’s personality still fell flat. Never thought I’d say this but I miss Christian from last season and even Season 3 winner Jeffrey (hush my mouth!). Now on to the runway…


White Witch: Nicolas won this challenge with his Ice Queen villain for the Sci-fi genre. The fantasy look – complete with frosted hair and fairy dust eyes – was his sweet spot. “Chronicles of Narnia” would be proud.

Red carpet stunner: Christopher chose the 1800s for his “period piece” and made us believe ladies of the ton would have been seen at court with no gloves – or sleeves. The adorned neckline was elegant while the ruffled/bare back was tailor made for a pouty-mouth over the shoulder pose for the paparazzi. This was my favorite.

Perfect shot: Epperson’s modern take on Annie Oakley, with ruffled denim, leather sash and gun holster, was Western chic.


Ra'Mon's last-minute design switch still put judges in "swamp thing" mood. Photo by Lifetime Network.

Ra'Mon's last-minute design switch still put judges in a "swamp thing" mood. Photo by Lifetime Network.

Final Act: Ra’Mon was eliminated because his “B movie swamp dress” was indeed a hot mess. Still, considering he had only 2 hours to switch Sci-fi designs, I think this was a step up from the spandex lizard suit he started with.

Namesake no help: Louise Black could not conquer “film noir.” Her 40s/20s (what?) fashion was drab and boring.

Flapper fails? Gordana rounded out the bottom 3 for not being memorable. But I don’t necessarily agree. This is the 2nd week she’s been criticized for being bland. Sure, her 20s Flapper dress needed more punch, but there was a lot of attention to detail, color choice (golden bronze) and accessories.


Love connection? They flirted with sparks between Logan and Carol Hannah. But there was no hook-up – this week. And did anyone else notice the dominatrix stylings in both of their designs? Hmmm….

Is he back? Is that Michael Kors? Looks like the previews to next week’s show feature the much missed designer. Now maybe we can really shake things up.

13 comments Add your comment


September 25th, 2009
8:52 am

OMG I fell asleep during the commercial break before elimination. I’m shocked that Ra’Mon was eliminated – I was sure that it would be Louise. I loved Christopher’s outfit…I want that shirt!!!


September 25th, 2009
9:20 am


Ramon’s outfit wasn’t as bad for starting over. He is a talented designer. Nichols outfit was okay but i don’t like the way he conducts himself. It just seems that he is a sneak and will do what ever it takes to get to the end.


September 25th, 2009
10:04 am

I too fell asleep during the commercial break before elimination! I thought that the whole episode was boring, and nothing really looked like a costume to me. I hope next week is better.


September 25th, 2009
10:17 am

Have loved Project Runaway from season one and have watched it faithfully since. Gotta say this season just doesn’t do it for me…something is missing.


September 25th, 2009
10:44 am

Where is Michael Kors?

thank you

September 25th, 2009
11:18 am

Anyone know why it moved from Bravo to Lifetime?
Sure hated seeing Ramon go. I thought he had more to offer. “…one day your in, the next day…”


September 25th, 2009
11:28 am

Does anyone else feel like the production value and Editing on the show is wacked compared to BRAVO’s ? It lacks compared to the previous shows. I find it a little annoying/hard to watch. Heidi needs to get this fixed. Hire back some of those behind the scenes folks. The concept of the show is still the bomb.


September 25th, 2009
11:32 am

I love Project Runway but this season is not keeping me intrested.. I think its also the network change thats a bit weird to me..

susie Willis

September 25th, 2009
2:02 pm

Where is Michael Kors and Nina G? They really make PR. I have to agree last night was “BORING”

Great Idea

September 25th, 2009
2:21 pm

OMG I could not believe that Ramon was eliminated from yesterday’s show. Louise’s outfit was a hot mess and it did not even fit the model properly. As previously stated, Ramon had to improvise and come up with something else with only 2 hours remaining and I for one thinks he did a decent job although this was not his best work. But at least the dag on outfit fitted the model properly and displayed some creativity on his part. On the other hand, Louise’s outfit was a hot mess in every which way.

And please bring back Michael Kors and Nina G as they are both just brutally honest. The only other she-male designer as brutal and humorous as Kors is Isaac Mizhari so they should get him as a substitute.

Q McElroy

September 25th, 2009
3:22 pm

I’m dying to know about Michael Kors, too. The only seemingly credible info I can find is that the L.A. filming schedule conflicts with his N.Y. obligations. He does have that pesky little day job to manage ; ) Reportedly, we’ll see more of him in later episodes, when he has some openings.


September 25th, 2009
4:53 pm

Bring on Isaac Mizahari? Are you kidding? He stabbed His Project Runway friends in the back by doing “The Fashion Show” on Bravo. His show was a poor, knockoff of Runway and he should be ashamed of himself for being involved in such an unorigional program.

Faith Dawson

October 1st, 2009
10:59 pm

Finally, I got to see this episode (after being out of town)! Thanks to Q. McElroy for filling in. There’s nothing much I can add at this point, but I did think Epperson’s dress was lovely and deserved to win. I liked his can-do attitude with a genre he originally didn’t like.