Project Runway Recap: The Best Case of Deja Vu

I have to admit, I was a little scared that the move to Lifetime (from my fave network, Bravo). I didn’t know what to expect. So, here we go—fingers crossed—with high hopes that Project Runway follow the same format. Why fix it if it isn’t broken, right? Le sigh—my fashion fix was fulfilled and the reality show stayed true to form. Thank goodness, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and, of course, Heidi Klum are on board.

Plus, the caliber of designers was just as impressive as seasons’ past with some competitors having designed for some big names like Marquesa and Victoria’s Secret. From the feisty to the inspiring, take your pick from the litter. A handful are quite lovable—it seems they turned up with an uber-sweet batch this time around. On the other hand, it’s still early.

There’s the androgynous Malvin Vien with a funky hairstyle, a Persian beauty named Shirin Askari and a blonde bombshell, Althea, who interned for Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. But, guess who stole my heart? Christopher Straub, a designer who didn’t go to design school because of a death in the family. His saying: “Someday you’ll be amazing.” (I’m rooting for you, Christopher!) I also found the former crystal meth addict, Johnny Sakalis, endearing. He seems to have an insecurity issue. He was unsure about his sketches for the red-carpet-look challenge and considered leaving out of the fear of failure, but Tim Gunn—bless his heart—gives him a pick-me-up. “Make it work,” says the mentor, and the mentee is restored.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Project Runway without a designer that’s totally offbeat and free-spirited. In this sixth coming, we are introduced to, Ari Fish, who sadly doesn’t make it to the second episode because of her creation that reminded me of a silver soccer ball. Even still, she made me smile. The girl both judges and opponents alike deemed “an alien” didn’t sketch for goodness sakes! She meditated to get inspired instead.

And oh, hello! Lindsay Lohan was a guest judge (and surprisingly gave really good pointers, I might add). Maybe having moved the show to L.A. wasn’t such a bad call after all.

The Most Memorable Looks: Mitchell Hall’s pantyhose-like dress that he stitched right onto his model (yikes), Louise Black’s metallic, romantic dress (love it), Christopher Straub’s juxtaposition cocktail number that sets him off in tears as it went down the runway (my fave), Ari Fish’s shorts (what’da?!), Johnny Sakalis’ red seductive dress (gorgeous)

Who Won: Christopher Straub

Who Might Go Next Episode: Pantyhose guy

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