Thursday, December 29, 2005

true love.

So, the socialite in question is not Heidi herself, since the promos have put up a blurred picture of Heidi standing beside her. Mystery person is also shorter than Miss Klum, which means it's (sadly) not Rupaul or (happily) Paris Hilton (or her dog).

Oh, and I did end up wasting my life for two hours of the marathon, but it was for the sake of my boyfriend's little sister, who didn't catch the show the past two weeks. To my delight, my boyfriend did not seem to suffer through the ordeal. Rather, he captured my heart once again with a comment in reference to this dress: "That one's nice, and it presents well- the color works with her complexion."
Swoon!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

enjoy wasting away three more hours of your life!

Livejournal delivers again- this time with a senior photo of Diana.

Also, due to repeated suggestion, I've listened to Tim Gunn's podcast, and was happy about it. Thrill in the sudden and surprising changes in volume and tone! Imagine the disapproving, pouting facial expressions he is probably making! Hear him say the words "[Daniel Franco] would have seduced me", and remove it from context! One of the most noted pieces of information- Santino's bitching lasted an estimated ninety (90) minutes. That, for lazy mathematicians, is an hour and a half. He elevates himself above "asshole". It's almost admirable, how fucking-nuts nasty he really is. Almost.

The only thing freakier than the PeTA-fodder photos on Santino's blog are some of his fans that leave comments. Specifically, the anonymous kid who points out that "those c***s" (I'm not sure who he's referring to) just took away what was really Santino's victory, how big Santino's balls are for him to blast the nice girls about being virgins behind their backs, that his nickname is Shorty BUT HE IS NOT SHORT, and, the weirdest observation, how damn fat that Aryan sourkraut has gotten. It's bizarre. I almost thought it was a joker poking fun at him, but, Shorty (not short!!!) seems to act just how I might imagine Santino's biggest fans to act. Fucking bizarre.

Well, there's no new show tonight, but you can enjoy all of the magic all over again. Will I? No way! I have better shit to do than watch three straight hours of drama I've already seen. Suckers.
As for next week's challenge, the party dress for the secret socialite, I am once again pulling for it to be Heidi. Pregnant party dress! Gosh, my dreams come true. The buzz among fans seems to be along the predictable lines of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton or Nicole Ritchie. This would mean the girl in question would likely be a guest judge. No thanks. If not something for the lovely Klum, I hope for something unusual, like Rupaul, or, Paris Hilton's dog. Most likely, it will not be a no-talent big-name person on VH1 every three seconds, it'll be mildly-talented mildly-known person that I have not heard of as they appear in magazines that I certainly don't waste money on.
And why is that? Because, once again, I don't know shit about fashion.

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

The Daniel Franco Hug Fund

So much to talk about! Goodness me.
Oh, very first, of course-
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A sweet farewell to Daniel Franco. Granted, you were not the best designer ever, but boy, you'd been robbed. Forget everything nice I said about Santino- to heck with Santino. You both were going to have your weeks to go, but this was his week to go, and take his flashy, hideous, unwearable suck-up-to-Heidi garment with him. At least you had a concept that made sense. Evil conquered good, in my opinion. The movie's over and mighty Casey has struck out. Well, maybe not that bad, but, you know. At least he had the best send-off ever. It really was like the Daniel Franco Story had come to its close, slow clap and all. Follow you bliss, Daniel Franco.

Ladies and Gentleman, I would like to inform you of the charity I have conceived. It is small, and it gives not clothes, money, food or non-elastic thread. It gives something we all have in our pockets. Or, well, maybe in our arms, or our hearts or something. It gives hugs. This foundation gives hugs, specifically to Daniel Franco. His straight-man weeping, child-like timidness and persistant, little-engine-like spirit scream for the hugs every human truly desires and needs. Your donation can come in many forms- a tight, so-sorry-you-lost-hug; a loose, big-fan-of-the-show hug; a pat-on-the-back man-hug or a hug with a happy ending. Please, find it in your hearts. If you see Daniel Franco, give him a hug.

Phew. Anyway. I actually took notes on this episode. My brothers were, I kid not, talking about cars, fights and pussy pretty much the whole time, which ocassionally made it hard to focus on the fashion. So, I should hit everything I want to mention, but it might end up sounding like, "remember when that happened? Ha ha!"

I liked seeing the designers pitch ideas to Heidi, it really gave you a sense of who had a brain and who was bullshitting. I loved Daniel V's idea, but I didn't expect it to make it to the runway. When it did, I thought it was nice and simplistic, maybe too simplistic, and therefore probably wouldn't win- but it did. Good job, Daniel V, you finally got to strut your stuff and you did it well.
Emmett and Santino take a course in brown nosing, both presenting Heidi-inspired collections. I can't believe one of them was actually chosen. Methinks Santino is being pushed forward a little on his personality, while on the runway he continues to produce costumes.
Both of my wishes for Diana fell through, but she pulled it off wonderfully. Guadalupe is stepping over- who am I kidding?- Guadalupe is jumping around over the line between artsy and pretentious. She made little comments putting down Diana, and while Diana is young, her idea had some sort of depth to it. Guadalupe's idea was poor. Well, it was more than poor. It was, kind of dumb.
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Lupe fans would tell me, "hey, I'd definitely wear that!", and that's just the problem. I think Target or Wal-Mart may already be mass-producing these. And, um, does the bottom one say "pack"? What is she trying to imply?
Anyway, Diana my dear. She pulled it off, with Tim Gunn questioning her, a mediocre team (reminscent of the kids picked last in gym) and a model from hell. Marla's model, Cara, insisted that the garment was inappropriate and she would not wear it until it covered her dirty pillows. Dear, I'm glad you have morals, I really am, but, of course it's not appropriate! It's lingerie. You're in the lucky boat, two-thirds of Daniel Franco's collection exposed a nipple or two on national television. Suck it up.
Santino made a snide remark, not just about Diana, but about her whole team, calling them lame and saying "they haven't had sex in their whole lives", which actually has nothing to do with designing. That stripped away all the sympathy I'd accumulated for him. I'm sorry, but you do not talk about nice girls behind their backs. Go ahead, talk about how much their design sucks, but do not bash them personally when they've said nothing about you. Santino is a big bully. For his information, I would not fuck him if he was straight in a hundred years, but were the ladies willing, I would have copious amounts of sex with Diana, several one night stand situations with Guadalupe and yes, I would have spiting-Santino sex with Marla. Roar.

Oh, where was I. Did any one catch Zulema saying "A, he's this, Two, he's that"?
Ah, and I remembered some more product placement. How could I neglect the Tresemee hair salon mentioned every week and painted on the walls? I also caught Kara with an unblurred bottle of Dasani. Oh, Kara! I wanted to say- I like Kara! As far as personality, anyway. We've finally gotten to see her, and my first impression was off, but I still like her. I like her South African accent, and I like her threatening Daniel's "pee-pee" in her accent. Oh, joy.
Other things to be mentioned: sexual tension between Daniel and Heidi in the pitch room, which was pretty hilarious and I wish Bravo put up a picture of, Daniel having time to check his hair with the models, which I also wish Bravo had put in the scrapbook.

That reminds me. I don't do screen caps, so I depend soley on the official Bravo site for all my pictures from the episodes. I have definitely been questioning their selections. Usually, it's the weird facial expressions they choose that bother me. Though, sometimes those are amusing. What really bothered me this episode, all the sex they tried to pump into their thirty-some-odd little pictures. I know, lingerie episode, but they have Heidi kissing an aufed model on the lips, a shot of the hot and unpregnant Miss Klum, a fair share of moderately exposed buttocks, a couple of disembodied torsos, and in case you missed it, the Daniel Franco exposed nipple collection. Oh Bravo, you perverts!

Final note- see what I said about P:R being unpredicatable? Just about everyone's picks for the final three (I've seen lots of Santino-Nick-Chloe, even before Nick won the Barbara challenge), on the chopping block.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, a bright New Year to thee, or Chinese New Year, eventually, if that's your thing.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

fuzzy-wuzzy

Well, if Santino does win the whole thing, maybe PeTA will get up his ass.
I'm begining to warm up to Santino. I'm a little ashamed to say that it has something to do with my conclusion that he's probably not going to win the whole thing. That is, if he was validated by unquestioned success, I would be pissed. Every time he gets second place and his ego takes a blow, I feel a little more sympathy for him. I will be sad if/when he goes. But who knows? Anything can happen. I kind of like that about the show- for instance, I have no clue who's going tonight. It all depends on the challenge de la week. Last year in the team challenge, Vanessa got the out for allegedly dragging the team down as far as time. In that vein, it may be Daniel Franco, Emmett or Marla.
Stop by tonight for one of those real, meaty updates.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Bitching about Project Runway

Remember that feminist magazine I dropped a link to in my first entry, referring to their shitlist? Well, you may want to check it out again, because they've put up commentary on last week's Project Runway. They make small note on the "over-the-top" product placement, which is absolutely just, but it's one of the things you've got to get used to with Project Runway. Banana Republic.
They were more concerned that Raymundo's "hey, Barbie doesn't have to dress like a slut" concept was largely ignored. Cotton. A.Z. at Bitch writes:
" Sure, Baltazar was maybe a little na├»ve. Maybe he just isn’t up on his doll marketing. But everyone reacted like the guy dressed his "doll" in a nun's habit. Couldn’t one person have just given him props for suggesting that not all dolls—and not all preteens—need to look like they’re on their way to a playdate at the Mustang Ranch? "
His dress was, in my unprofessional opinion, kind of ugly, but it's true, no one took his noble idea into consideration. Of course, on screen at least, he didn't really explain this idea clearly. A.Z. failed to point out something that surprised me- the otherwise bright and huggable Chloe's comments while making her dress. After stating that every girl likes pink (which, at age seven, is probably not without some truth to it), she assured a nervous Tim Gunn that she was going to hike up her skirt a few inches. Well, I guess teen girls just can't have fun in long dresses. L'Oreal.
What really caught my eye was in the comments. A commenter going just by "j" wrote:
" and what was with them all insisting that a rather ebony colored woman with a lovely fro put on a stick straight blonde wig (yet suspiciously not mentioning the hair issue with kara's model, who had a straightened coif)? "
This had definitely caught my attention when the show aired. Why would they tell the lovely Danyelle to stick a wig over her beautiful hair, but not mention it to Kara's or Lupe's models? There was the fact that Lupe's model was naturally light locks, but Kara's model, Eden, definitely lacks natural Barbie-like hair. Sure, she downplayed it with pigtails, but it's far from platinum blonde. Why did the judges not even mention it, when they went nuts about Danyelle's wiglessness? My first thought-I'm not joking- conspiracy! They're keeping down the flamboyant homosexual and his beautiful blackalicious muse! Andrae probably thought the same. Cotton!
BANANA-REPUBLIC-COTTON-L'OREAL!

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

serenity?

A high school yearbook picture of Daniel Vosovic has hit the internet. I don't know why, but I think it's just creepy. Not the fact that someone hunted down the yearbook picture of an obscure reality star, or that it's circulating around the internet for drooling female fans (reminder: enjoys the company of men), or that I'm continuing this ciruclation, OR that Daniel's senior quote was the serenity prayer, or even that the person posting in this instance used the term "upgrade".
I am just creeped out by this picture Daniel Vosovic!
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Maybe it's the blurry police-file effect, or the fact that only his hair has aged, or, eh, maybe it is the fact that someone actually used the term "upgrade".

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Super Sexy Lingerie Team Challenge Adventure!

Well, that probably won't be the name of this week's challenge. But it could be, as they made no attempt to make the challenge any big surprise. They're making lingerie, and they'll be doing it in teams, which will conjure up enough drama on its own. Especially considering what I caught sight of in the previews. That is, the ones on TV, not the internet- which basically tells us Santino is still an asshole ("I lost the fucking Barbie challenge because of you!" is on the level with "You're a twit, cause you are!"- my love to those who know the reference) and Diana is still incredibly nerdy and adorable ("It's like we're living in a book!").
There are twelve designers left, so they're either going to go on into three groups of four or four groups of three. I'm thinking it's four groups of three, as I saw a flash of Santino's group (unless someone was off screen). It's a dream team: Santino, Emmett and Nick. They would make beautiful music together, if only they weren't three big personalities. We know that Santino is going to have meltdowns about Emmett. I bet Nick just tries not to get squished the whole episode. And makes colorful comments about it!
It also appears Kara is on with Daniel and, someone else, and Daniel appears to be team leader. I really, really don't like the idea of Daniel making lingerie. His work always uses the same colors and has the same feel. I was really surprised his predictability wasn't called into question on the Barbie challenge. You know, it's a nice-looking style, but not for a bouncy blonde princess or sexy seductress. Though, thinking about it, I am interested to see what will surely be Franco's sophisticated and brown undergarment. Even if it gets him out.
I have a few hopes and prayers, for the sake of keeping my favorite around: Diana and Lupe not on the same team, and Diana not a team leader. I can imagine her taking the helm and staying calm about it, but not if she's got some dominating personality working under her, like Zulema or Andrae. She has her own way of doing things that wouldn't be easily adopted by the other designers. As for her and Lupe on the same team- Oh goodness. Can you just imagine the atrocity they could make if their powers combined? Some brightly-colored over-complicated bra and panties with fucking wings or something that change color when you get aroused. I exaggerate, but they do have a habit of making complicated designs, and methinks simplicity and elegance goes better with lingerie. Other than that, I think Diana will do well on this challenge, she's largely drama-free.
You know what? With the simplicity logic, it's entirely possible that Santino will be out and Daniel Franco will win. Except, you know, the judges will probably pull out some issue I never even thought of and decide entirely on that. You know why? Because I don't know shit about fashion.

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Friday, December 16, 2005

The Pretty Ones

I realize I haven't said much on the models. That's unfair, as I was pretty bothered in the first season by what a small role they played. They were competing too, but we never got to see their personalities, and they didn't even compete, they were just picked or not picked by a group of not unprofessionals, but you know, not professionals. Oh well.
One thing that I do like about the models, this season and last, is that many of them are, for the lack of a good word, different-looking. Distinguished, unique. It's not just a bunch of pretty faces coming down the runway, there are some interesting people inside of the clothes.
My favorite this year? Grace. Look at her! She's so weird and beautiful! And apparently, Jay agrees with me.
This year, I have mixed feeling on how the models are being dealt with- it's even less of a competition amongst themselves, they're just tagging along with one of the designers. However, I do think it's better for purely entertainment purposes, and I'm sure that's why they did it. It makes the models more memorable. You don't have to even know their names, you just have to say, "Yeah, Daniel Franco's model, that girl whose pronounciation is even more unique than Heidi Klum's."
I got a comment (a whopping three, now) about calling Heidi "Klummy". I didn't mean it in any offensive way. I like Heidi. She's adorable, it was originally intended to be an affectionate term, so it would sound like "puppy" or "cookie".
...I'm digging a hole here, aren't I?
I'm quite surprised that this was pointed out as offensive before my comparison of her belly to round things. Gosh, I'm glad I decided against that "head cheerleader after prom" joke. Anyway, I might give that up, the round object thing. Comparing beautiful women to objects, eh, kind of makes me uncomfortable with myself. As for calling her Klummy, well, I guess I'll just watch myself to make sure it's obvious I'd coo the word and not snarl it.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

All Dolled Up

Aww. Goodbye, Raymundo, my little friend.
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See, when he's happy, it's like Christmas morning, but when he's sad, I feel like the kid's puppy just died.
He was as cute as a button, but not much for stunning designs.
Well. At least he has his balls of steel.

Nick has definitely bested Andrae this week for my favorite male participant. Though, I'd back Andrae on his decision to not put the silly wig on Danyelle- if they want to see how it looks on the doll, look at the damn doll. I still so hope Andrae and Danyelle stick around for a while, purely for our entertainment.
Oh, but Nick, I nearly died when he was impersonating- what exactly was he impersonating? Marla's outfit's neckline? And what word to he use? It was along the lines of "wiggy-woo".
"She'll take off the jacket and bam- Look at my wiggy-woo! Wiggy-woo!"
(edit: the correct term was actually "wiggidy-wack". As in, "Look at my wiggidy-wack!")
Bravo, Mr. Verreos. You are a true thespian. Plus, your design was kicking. I remember seeing it in the previews and going, "Oh God! How obnoxious!", but as it's for My Scene! Barbie, it's perfect.

As for comparing Klummy to a round object... her second, ornate blue outfit immediately struck me as reminiscint of:
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Diana's concept was neat, but not very well executed in my opinion. However, I knew she was safe, because they didn't bother showing much footage of her. Though, you can watch Tim calmly survey the madness that is her workspace on the official site. I like that he says it's driving him crazy- with the exact same composure he has at any other moment. His hands are on his hips- that's about as crazy as Tim Gunn gets, I suppose.

Santino, oh, Santino. We'll hear about Santino years from now, you know. Not because he'll be the next Calvin Klein, but because he's going to get himself shot one day. Credit to him, though- he proves he can poke fun at his own giant, monsterous, crazy-ass-out-of-control ego. He also cuddles with Andrae.
Oh gosh- I was just thinking about how much more cute and affectionate the designers this season seem to be, but a horrid thought just struck me- P:R erotic fanfiction. I can tell you, I've written some pretty fucked up erotica in my hornier teenage years, but I don't know if I can take the hulking and handsome Emmett luring the innocent and curious Raymundo into a back room and rolling around in fabric scraps together.
Nevermind! I never said a word about it!

I'll probably update again when I catch a repeat.

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FUCK YES

I TOTALLY WIN!

Other notes: my friend Dorie pointed out that Klummy's pink outfit in the first episode makes her look like a Christmas ornament. I read somewhere (um, I really need to save links) that it was designed by Kara Saun. More importantly, that comment opens up a possible game- comparing Klummy to round objects!

More later or tomorrow.

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I lied!

I have ten minutes before I have to go to work. So.
Fourfour put up a piece on Project Runway, and is going to continue doing so. I suggest you check for updates over there, too. Seeing as, you know, this is almost just a crappy spinoff.
He/she pointed out that the SuperPope was this semi-famous character (warning! the following link leads to a really obnoxious myspace profile): Matthew Fashion. I don't take back the statement that he is fucking nuts, he's just fucking nuts in that acceptable Hollywood sort of way.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Heidiween

So, remember I was wondering why Santino was chilling with Alan Cumming?
Well, cruising around Diana's blog (which is much neater looking than mine or Santino's), I found out all the designers were invited to Klummy's halloween party, apparently a huge event. Alan must've been on the invite list. That makes sense- and I could never blame Santino for spending at least part of the night close to Alan Cumming. I would be right beside him.
I pulled this picture of the event off of Diana's blog, picturing Diana, Chloe, Daniel and Daniel in costume.
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Diana is adorable. She designed a lightning bug suit that, of course, actually lights up. Um, I'm not sure what everyone else is, but I am sure "adorable" is not the correct adjective for them. I do know the adjective to apply to Klummy herself's costume, though:
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Unpleasant. However, she somehow retains "fabulous".

Oh, and check out Diana's October 27th entry if you want yet another reason Diana is adorable: Good design monkey.

Seriously now, no more entries until Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Take on Tim's Take/Theory the Second

I've given my opinions on all of the designers and said a piece on Miss Klum (who I resolve to affectionately refer to as "Klummy"). That leaves Tim Gunn, and the judges. Nuts to the judges, though, they're not that interesting.
Side note: I really like Andrae, I decided. He's super. I like Andrae's impression of Tim, with a British accent, even though he doesn't really have one. He's that kind of guy. What does he do for Project Runway? He tells people they're out of time, he gives tips on designs in progress (on screen, mostly "get going, you're almost out of time!"), and he keeps a blog detailing the challenge and designs. I've got no beef with Tim (except the slightly creepy omniscient genius thing), but his blog is just silly. You know, they pay him to write three sentences on each design. That's not a blog, that's an episode summary. I went into Tim's Blog looking for which designer he wanted to sleep with! Oh, but he's too proper for that. Hence Andrae's British accented impression. Oh, this specifically bothered me: in his blog, Tim refers to Emmett's inventive shrug, and two pages later, Santino's innovative shrug. Psh. Lame.

As for my other theories, they all contain some sort of logical fallicy. I was thinking along the lines of The Rockettes, or Barbie, or a famous statue. But, you know, the Rockettes aren't one person, nor are they even that fashion-y, and a statue would be pretty hard to dress. Barbie made the most sense- a big icon, a lover of fashion, they could "meet her in her home" at FAO Schwarz or something. However:
She's really tacky,

and unless they can grossly mutate their proportions at will, none of the models would be able to fit into her scaled-up outfits.
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Huh. After some short research, Barbie apparently does have a high fashion function. Weird. There's plenty of other weird/neat Barbie-related links I could leave, but this has already been too much for me.

That's all until Thursday, I suppose.
Oh, I changed the comments so anyone can leave one.
So. Leave one. Or two.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

theory 1: designing for the bump

So, the big clue is, the kids are designing for a big fashion icon. I'm hoping that, even if it's not this week, they eventually have to fit something for the pregnant-but-still-more-fabulous-than-last-season Heidi Klum. I tried to get a picture of what she lovingly referred to as her "bump", but all the pictures on the official site try to mask it.
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I don't see why. She still looks fucking spectacular. Heidi Klum would look spectacular draped in rags and thrown into a river. She would pop up and swear in German cutely and swim to the shore and shake out her hair, and it could be 2:30 am and someone would be nearby to take a picture of it, and it would look fucking fabulous. I'm not praising her, I'm not being spiteful, it's just a solid fact.
She makes a beautiful pregnant lady, and I really hope the designers get to clothe her. Remember Vanessa's big-bellied design? I thought it was great! Gosh, I hope I'm right. I like the whole idea of that test, designing for something besides flat bellies and rock-hard abs.
Another theory up sometime tomorrow.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

The Episode With Two Heads

So, I suppose I'll explain the name first. You know, as if I actually had an audience that was curious.
I did want something that had something to do with Project Runway, but not anything blatant or corny, like "Fashion Victim!" or "Project Raechel". I needed some leniency in case I ended up saying, "Fuck Project Runway, I'm going to change my blog to a political blog about the portrayal of transvestites in Hollywood!" Of course, "needs inspiration" would take some stretching to link to transvestites in Hollywood, but then, I probably won't do just exactly quite precisely that.
For whatever reason, the first name I thought of was "unemployed", but that's not as fun a shtick when it's not true anymore (I'm a part-time waitress and a smaller-part-time camp counselor). Next came "uninspired", one of the many runway buzzwords, right below the over-uttered "innovation". "Uninspired" seemed a little lackluster, though. Oh, and it was probably already taken, along with "unoriginal" (as both blogs and popular fashion often are). "Needs inspiration" worked as a runway reference and a motto for an only-slightly-employed high school grad applying to college a year after all of her peers.
Now, enough of that. On to the fashion victims! Elle-oh-elle.

It's kind of hard to break down the first two episodes, as they are continually played back to back and kind of hard to seperate in the mind's eye. There's so many people running around, there needs to be some characterization before there can be a lot of significant action. See, I'm a writer, not a fashionista. That's why I'm writing about the show instead of trying to get on it.
So, here's my takes on the sixteen, and the first bi-episode, or the release special and first episode, or the first two episodes, or whatever the fuck it was.


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I like him! He's cute, in this excited, impish sort of way. He puts me in the Christmas spirit, you know? Like, every time Raymundo gets excited, it's like it's Christmas morning! Yay! During his interview the first episode(?), he awkwardly stumbled out of the closet in front of the judges. Some viewers may roll their eyes, but I thought it was a nice moment. I often watch the show with my brothers, who very quickly assume which players are gay or straight- I'm sure this is an unconcious game a lot of people play (sorry ladies, The Advocate spoiled our fun- Daniel Vosovic is gay). I like that Raymundo was direct about it instead of letting everyone assume based on his flamboyanties. His stuff is ok, not explosive. I can see him surprising us and winning a challenge, or I could see him out in a few weeks. I can't, however, see my excitable little friend taking the whole thing.

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I don't know much on him yet. His stuff looks good, he's recently a teacher rather than recently a student, I think he'll be around for a while. However, winning the whole thing? Nah, he hasn't impressed me enough yet.

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I expected her to leave pretty fast, and she did- the second(?) episode. I feel the designers are expected to walk the line between super-amazing high-fashion more-art-than-clothing and, you know, clothes that an actual person off of the runway would wear. Basically, clothes really rich people would wear. People get the boot for leaning too far one way or the other- Austin Scarlett put too much art on the runway, and Wendy Pepper just made dresses. Sometimes they'll look for one over the other for a certain challenge. The people that win are the ones that can go either way, or even better, combine them gracefully. I felt in the muslin challenge, Kirsten's piece was lackluster, just you know, some articles of clothing. Her piece in the second challenge? It wasn't art, and it wasn't ordinary clothes. It was, well, you know... this.

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Another one who hasn't really shined yet. Her stuff is good, but she mentioned designing to get in the next round, not to win. Hey, it might get her to the final three, who knows. By her own logic, she will not win.

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So, the only thing we've found out is that she gets stressed out, and Zulema doesn't like it, and Zulema doesn't like her. Zulema is her own creature. Kara- I like Kara. I like her design in the second challenge, I like her hippie, and dare I say- masculine vibe? I'd be really excited for a decent lesbian designer, but that Advocate article didn't say anything about it. Her stuff is alright, but sadly, I don't think she'll last to the end.

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Santino, oh, Santino. He had bothered me since the commercials aired. "There is something inside of me, and I'm going to change the world." He is going to change the world... with a spot on a reality show and dresses for rich girls? "I want to leave a mark like Shakespeare!" You almost admire his high-aiming and noble dream, except that it's just slightly delusional. Oh, and also, he's an asshole. Every action and word directed at the other designers is condescending. Winning the first challenge gave him the idea that he's the favorite. Losing the second challenge to Chloe, he declared right in front of her that the judges simply did not want to give him two wins in a row. Someone somewhere on the Bravo forums pointed out that he was the only one who hugged the losing players, but first, that's not true- Nick hugged John after Raymundo mistakingly cheered him (Christmas morning!). Also, even when he was hugging, it felt stiff. He also posted pictures of each hug on his blog, which makes it look like a photo op. Whenever someone gets upset or stumbles on the runway, they cut to Santino struggling to mask his glee. His giant ego is not comprised completely of hot air, he is one of the most talented players and has thus far churned out some of the most interesting designs. However, I don't see him going all the way. I see him going down the path of Austin Scarlett, except with more drama. He wins the first challenge, he makes beautiful clothing all season, but eventually his own artistic vision forgoes whatever the challenge actually is and he is dropped out short of the final three. He obviously isn't allowed to give any answers or clues via his blog, but apparently he's been hanging out with Alan Cumming? Maybe they're just old friends.

Oh, and speaking of Austin, my brothers saw him for the first time when he appeared as a guest judge, and, they very seriously thought he was a woman.

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Oh, Austin, you doll. It's not the same without you.

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John was out after the very first muslin challenge. He made the mistake of admitting he made his dress in just eight hours, and the description of his inspiration sounded like he designed with the same whimsy and misdirection with which myspace kids design their profiles. Sparkly unicorn background? Emo MP3? Sure! Summer dress? Hideous color? Why not! You see, the reference here is that John was dressed like a myspace kid. Humor! I really think his dress would've looked nicer with no color at all. Oh well, in the end he accepted it gracefully and made the important observation that he had already been selected from thousands of other designers. Of course, at least five hundred of these were fucking nuts.

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Also out due to her muslin garment. In her case, she leaned to far into plain, actually wearable clothing. She also ended up using a lot of lace and ribbon and doing nothing impressive with the muslin itself. I consider her this season's Daniel Franco (besides, you know, Daniel Franco)- she was one of the most enthusiastic, but made a lackluster garment and packed up in the first episode, aaand she's kind of creepy. First season, Daniel wished us bliss, leaped around and rubbed everyone the wrong way. Heidi's tittering tendencies seemed more acceptable as she was a little blonde from Alabama. In her interview, she apologized for being such "a spaz", and her giggly, starstruck excitement was endearing. Then, of course, we saw this:
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All work and no play makes Heidi a dull girl.
Sorry, Heidi. There's always next season!

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I don't know what to make of her. She's got that cute artsy girl aura, and sometimes that can make for, well, a really cute really artsy girl who makes you a quilt out of old t-shirts for your birthday, and sometimes it makes for pretension and bitchery. Her audition video was interesting. She lives the ideal artsy-girl lifestyle (making art and clothing out of her neighbor's garage), and apparently got her start studying sleep and dreams and somehow this made her realize her dream was really fashion design. What? Oh well, at least it's an interesting story, though it hasn't been brought to the show yet, and I don't think it will. She has enough personality, and I can forsee her getting involved in a big enough drama to make a mark. As for her clothing? I have to be honest. It's visually stimulating and all, but I can never imagine anyone off of the runway actually wearing it. I forsee Lupe flubbing a challenge and getting out in the next few weeks.

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Doesn't he kind of look like an ivory dealer? Or perhaps an albino Columbian drug lord. This picture aside, Emmett is one scary motherfucker. He's six feet six inches tall, a loner, doesn't talk much. I took sociology and psychology in high school, and Emmett is giving off big serial killer vibes. Even if he isn't devoid of human sympathy, he's got some kind of secret plan. You get the feeling that this guy is going to fuck you over big time. His clothes are ok, but I'm almost sure he has bigger things in store for us. Of course, it could all be an act. In that case he will get out, oh, next two weeks.

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I love Diana. Of course, she was a student in my home state, so I'm automatically biased. Little artistic Rhode Islanders already consider RISD students the coolest human beings alive. The bus we were on during a field broke down in the center of college hill, and my friend Jennifer and I stared out the back window at the RISD students walking around, commenting on their wild clothes and their handmade bags and which ones we thought were the hottest. Though, compared to most of the people we stared at out of the bus window, Diana is a mild, neat, humble girl. She isn't as colorful and outrageous as the clothes she makes, like a lot of the designers. She speaks softly and laughs awkwardly and is more of a tech geek than an artist. She could have gone to school in Alaska and she would still be my favorite. She's so goddamn cute, and her stuff, minus a glitch with magnets in the first round, is more than impressive. However, she'll probably have to tone down the science for some of the challenges. I think that, given that she doesn't have access to the materials one needs to make a hoodie with an installed camera that takes pictures of what you're viewing automatically when your heart rate increases (amazing, right?), she'll be able to pull off putting more style than science into her stuff. Even if she can't hide the scientific influence and drops out short of the final three, I'll rest well with the fact that she's the most original person the show will ever cast. I love Diana.

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Great! Just what we need, another image of a bitchy black woman in reality television. Another person on the bravo forums unfortunately went there and dubbed her Project Runway's Omarosa. Insert grooooaaan. Potential drama aside, her stuff has not impressed me yet. I can not yet see her in the final three.

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One looks at him and wants to laugh. In a good way. He doesn't say anything funny, but you bet he's probably really funny. I feel like I've hung out with this guy at a post-modern-funk-edge-slop show. I bet everyone looked at him and went, "Ha ha! Hey, he reminds me of my friend/acquantince (insert hipster)!" For me, it's Dave. Daniel looks just like my hipster friend Dave! I bet Daniel listens to vinyl records and likes to knit, too. I bet he's a regular guy and would talk to you or I about his favorite pair of shoes or what he thinks the meaning of life is. As for his designs, they're alright. Unless there's a challenge coming up that fits his style, though, I can see him being dropped out in a few weeks.

Daniel F
Heeeee's baaaaaack! But not as obnoxious at he appeared in that commercial... and his designs are better! Of course, they're also not made of butcher paper and trash bags. If he can manage his time, who knows? I can imagine him going pretty far. He's still acting like a little boy, but, he's now a painfully shy little boy. He mutters and nods, and you just want to give him a hug and a gold star. Oh, for the curious, according to The Advocate- only straight man of the bunch. Power to you, Daniel. Represent.

Chloe
Another blog (that I should've saved the link to) named her this season's Kara Saun. I think it's possible. Her second design was brilliant, and, like everything Kara Saun made, flawless in its construction. However, her first piece in the muslin challenge left me unmoved. I mean, it was a dress. I guess it was a nice dress, but there weren't that many adjectives to put to it. Long, nice, well made, that's about it. But, I'm glad she made it to the second round, and I'm glad she won it. She walked that line between art and wearability perfectly, unlike Santino's beautiful-but-unwearable creation. Virtually anyone could wear Chloe's dress- rich people, slightly less rich people, upper middle class people- the list goes on. I hope she continues in the vein of the second challenge (and not the bland first), and I'd be happy to see her go to the final three.

Andrae
Oh, Andrae! You silly goose. The full breakdown was longer than they showed on the television, and he did try to compose himself, but he did sort of rant on and on in either version. I blame half of it on sleep deprevation and stress, and half of it on Andrae just being an outrageous person. I wish I could get any screen caps- if you catch it again, fully enjoy the faces he makes when his model comes down the runway. I hope he keeps giving them specific movement instructions, and I hope we get to see him giving them at some point. "So, down the runway, you're a cute little girl. You giggle, you coo, you're adorable, you're sugar! Then right at the end, you're, you're a tiger, ok honey? Give me a claw motion. Oh, yes, that's perfect! Just do that, right at the end, you're a tiger! Yes! And then just walk back, a cute little girl embarrassed that she was just a tiger. But you're still sort of a tiger, you can give the judges a little lip curl, let me see that- oh, oh yes, BEAUTIFUL."
Oh, and as for his designs? They're good. Not spectacular, but cute. I liked the qipao a lot, except of course that it was unfinished. If he gets more sleep, I can see Andrae staying around for a while.


That's all for now. I'll put up another entry soon(er than I did this one), with some speculations/hopes for the next challenge.

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Unoriginal! Uninspired!

Ha ha! A blog!
Well, I couldn't just put this shit in my personal journal, could I? I don't want to expose my real friends to my secret pop-culture fascinations.
This is for ranting. You know, about things I like and things I do not like, my own personal shitlist. Isn't that what blogs are all about?
I was actually inspired by a link from Bitch's shitlist, FourFour, a blog that mainly updates with caps from and comments on America's Next Top Model. The author mentioned possibly doing updates for Project Runway, but the first two episodes (well, at least the first mutant bi-episode) have passed and she's not written a word about it. I feel the need to do so myself, even if I have less caps and am not as witty. She cites not knowing anything about fasion, and hell, I guess I don't either (you could call my style "church thrift store savvy"), but why let that stop me from liking the concept, appreciating the designs and cheering for/bitching about the contestants?
I will do posts on other things that spark my interest, but expect mostly blathering about the stupid show. First update actually about the stupid show will come later today.

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