Finally! The premiere has arrived! And we can all agree that it was far from disappointing.
From Jerusalem, to LA, to New York, the fourth season of Project Runway looks eclectic, dramatic, and action-packed.
"I'd rather buy clothes than buy a bed," Christian from Maryland blurted out when he first met his roommates. He's clearly got nothing to hide, which includes his hair style.
The designers this season all have backgrounds of courage and independence, and are definitely not lacking in the experience department. There are designers of all sorts; marionettes, jeans, lingerie, and one even designs clothes out of his flower shop.
"Life is too short to have on a bad outfit," cracked a designer when asked about her values in life.
Instructed to head on over to New York’s fashion week hot spot Bryant Park, the designers scurried out soon after they arrived at their rooms and became acquainted (not for long!)
After a sweet toast of champagne and good luck, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn snuck up behind them and told them “the party was over.”
Their first challenge was simple: create an outfit that expresses who they are as a designer using $50,000 worth of fabrics. It was like kids in a candy store. So much to choose from, yet so little time.
Keeping in mind that the top three designers will show their lines on fashion week in New York, the designers knew there was no room for error. Filled with vibrant colors, textures, designs, and apparently some fur, they sprinted to the fabric-filled tents “like a Mexican running to the border.”
Elisa, 42, made her choice, and then proceeded to rub her fabric into the grass with her knees. That was more entertainment than a fashion show itself.
After everyone had grabbed their desired fabrics and packed up their bags, they headed back to the design rooms, where they had until 1 in the morning to “make it work.”
Elisa wanted to create a mythical gown, Kit feared her clothes were going to confuse the judges, and Simone was into color contrasting. Everyone had their own vision, style, and ambition.
Elisa was apparently ahead of her game, because her mythical gown was finished two hours early. Not what most designers on a competitive designer reality series would do, she took a snooze.
With time slipping away, the designers put their last stitch in, and hit the hay, only to wake up bright and early the next morning for their first runway show with the dreaded judges.
“I want you to go in there and knock the judges’ socks off,” Tim encouraged that morning.
The designers were assigned models and were then given two hours to blow dry the hair, makeup the face, and dress the body.
“This is freak out time,” a designer anxiously exclaimed. “It’s do or die.”
Two hours passed as quickly as an impulse buy, and the models were ready to walk the runway.
“As we all know in fashion one day you’re in and the next day you’re out,” Heidi traditionally and firmly warned.
She explained that the winner of the competition will have a spread in an issue of ELLE, will be given a cash prize of $100,000 from TRESemmé professional hair care to start their own line, will have the opportunity to sell a fashion line on Bluefly.com, and will be given a 2008 Saturn Astra. Not bad!
The judges were introduced- Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and guest judge and acclaimed designed Monique Lhuillier.
The outfits turned out well when appearing on a runway show, though there were definitely a few mess-ups. Elisa’s model tripped over her “magical” gown, Simone’s lacked creativity, and Ricky’s was just “nice,” the ultimate insult to any designer.
“Her model looked like she was poo-ing fabric – it was a train wreck” the judges criticized about Elisa's disaster of a dress.
Rami, who created a beautifully elegant dress that portrayed himself inside and out, was declared winner, and has immunity for the next round.
“I think that I set the bar for this competition… hopefully they will see more positive things from me,” Rami said.
Simone, who’s dress just didn’t compare with the others, was asked to go home.
“Someone’s always gotta go first,” comforted Tim.