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.