City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Project Runway: Season 7, Episode 1 – Prayer changes things



At least that’s what Atlanta resident Anthony Williams (bottom right) said as Lifetime’s “Project Runway” made its grand return to New York City with the debut of Season 7 (Jan. 14).

We were praying something would help us forget dismal Season 6 (may it R.I.P.). And then there was Anthony, who is hi-lar-i-ous. I know, I know. The strong Southern accent (rooted in his hometown Birmingham) is so stereotypical. I’m a native Atlantan – and therefore used to twang – but it even makes me cringe sometimes.

Plus anyone living in Atlanta knows this city is no stranger to flamboyant personalities – and Anthony just screams it from the Stone Mountain-top. But I say let’s fan those flames because I am officially entertained!

That was until we got to the runway show. Is it just me, or did many of the designs seem drab? Considering the first challenge was to represent personal design style, I expected more haute couture from all of the costume and comic book illustration vibes. Then again, maybe I should start rethinking some things in my closet.


Winner: Emilio’s “deceptively simple” dress was actually an impressive display of technical prowess. His fun, flirty piece won the challenge.

Seth: He shunned the (Tim) Gunn and stuck with his overstated zippers. The judges, including a pregnant Heidi Klum, thought its fun energy was “pretty commercial.”

Ping: Guest judge Nicole Richie said it’s something she’d wear. Designer Michael Kors said it was “a great opening project.” I said, “Huh?!” I did not get the plumes of fabric. But as the judges reiterated, this challenge was about evoking a personal aesthetic.


Christiane’s colorful floral sheath sent her packing back to Cali.

Anthony: He lost the challenge but won our attention with those red pants and notable quotables (the AJC’s Radio/TV writer Rodney Ho has a great quote rail).

Jesus: Most of the judges could barely stomach his Hershey’s chocolate bar of a gown, especially Nina Garcia. MK felt like it was tailor made for a lounge in Las Vegas in 1972.

It’s good to be back.

10 comments Add your comment


January 15th, 2010
7:36 am

I HATED Ping’s outfit. It was just cloth hanging off the woman. Seriously, this is a professional designer?

And, while I’ll pull for the Atlanta connection, Anthony better get his act together quickly. His dress was not happening at all. He was lucky with bottom 3 – I had him in bottom 2 (I had Ping last).


January 15th, 2010
8:28 am

I loved Emilio’s dress and was glad he won, and he is also a fun character. And I am betting all of the characters, Anthony, Ping (pong), and even the weepy, whiny, star struck by New York dorky girl will be around for awhile, because what keeps us watching the entire hour every week are personal interactions, whether they are bossy, bitchy, weepy or hilarious. Hopefully Anthony will pull off some winning looks and so that he will make it to the final 5!

Mercedes S.

January 15th, 2010
9:32 am

Back in New York again, the show finally feels right. Great beginning, with interesting talents. Ping my favorite so far. Nobody really obnoxious yet. Glad Jesus got a second chance. The right designer left – no matter what the gir lwouldhave whipped up, the color combo was wretched.

S. Marshall

January 15th, 2010
3:00 pm

Ok people I can go with it if the work is bad it is just BAD…But, now I am beginning to wonder does the fashion world have a pact with PJRW NO AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN at New York fashion week? There have been some decent AAW in the running however; they can’t seem to make the cut…. This weeks elimination, maybe Jacqueline fabrics WERE NOT ON, but, I leave you with one word PING!!!!!


January 15th, 2010
10:52 pm

Please, oh please, let Ping get the boot next week!! Did anyone see the extended weeping when she made her model choice on PR’s companion show, Models of the Runway? Her garment was ‘eh,’ but I don’t think I could stomach a season of this crybaby.


January 16th, 2010
2:19 am

Ping was wonderful. I actually cheered out loud when she got judge approval. Cors made a telling remark regarding the dress that lost: draped fabric should appear to have been tossed on like a scarf, but yet have carefully crafted appeal. Ping’s garments *looked* like fabric flung over a model, but see how the green and blue shimmered as it moved with the model, and how the whole garment flowed when she walked. This was a great example of someone spending hours and hours to make it look like it could have been done in a few moments… except that we know if we HAD done it in a few moments, it would never have happened to look that good. :)


January 17th, 2010
11:38 am

I often don’t “get” high fashion so I just shrug off when something like the Ping outfit is praised. Whatever. I’m sure there are things that happen in my profession that others don’t understand as well. She seems to be an interesting personality. I LOLed when Tim came in and she was wearing her own design.

Anthony!!! Oh Lord. He is going to be fun to watch just from a personality stand point. I predict he will be on for a while no matter what his designs look like. Even though I generally don’t like the stereotypical portrayal of the south, he is just funny. I’m just going to enjoy it and be thankful that the big personlity of the show at least isn’t mean… (ref.. Santino and Jeffrey)

It didn’t bother me too much that they were in California last season but it does feel right for it to be in NYC. That is fashion center after all.

Seth Urich

January 17th, 2010
11:52 pm

Why must we watch the episodes back to back on Thursday nights, then again on Friday night, now they are showing again on Sunday night. Once is fine, but these repeat shows are making it neccessary to find another network to watch….and once you start watching something else, sometimes you never return to the original network. Lifetime is taking a chance by repeating the same episode so many times.


January 20th, 2010
8:45 pm

Is project runway available in Canada? IF yes, what time/day/ channel.??

Sara Will.

February 2nd, 2010
9:10 am

Why do the judges keep dissing Jesus?! His dress was really pretty! I also hate the fact that they were dissing Ping cus her outfit was still pretty good