by Olga Barsky
The coolest show on TV a.k.a. PROJECT RUNWAY is back on January 7th, ‘sew’ get out your German dictionaries and ditch your Monday plans.
Now in its fourth season, PROJECT RUNWAY is one of the few real gems on TV (much unlike Spencer Pratt’s engagement ring…SNAP). The show consistently features talented up-and-coming designers who are whittled down from 15 to the winner over the course of the season. Hosted by Heidi Klum, and mentored by Tim Gunn, the ever so charming Chief Creative Officer of Liz Clairborne Inc, the show’s contestants are exposed to key players in the fashion industry from day one.
This is a show based around skill, and contestants don’t get kicked out for having a *personality disorder as diagnosed by Tyra Banks. (*Personality disorder = lack of fake tooth-rotting, over the top sweetness + failure to suck up to show host and judges.)
One of the coolest aspects of the show is the use of both traditional and unorthodox materials for runway challenges. Sure, most designers can whip up a garment made of cotton, but what about a suit made of candy? In past seasons, contestants have tackled garbage, recycled materials, fruits and vegetables, plants, and plastic bags as garment materials.
This year’s contestants are as diverse as ever, ranging from an HIV positive competitive swimmer/menswear designer, to the youngest of the bunch – a 19 year old high school graduate, and a one-of-a-kind gown designer who has dressed the likes of Jessica Alba and Lindsey Lohan.
Reality TV has gotten a bad rap recently, but rest assured that PROJECT RUNWAY is as bullshit-free as they come. Give it a shot, you wont be sorry!
PROJECT RUNWAY Tip 1:
During the elimination, mute your TV set and as soon as Heidi opens her mouth to deliver the news, and yell at the contestants in German gibberish. It’s a good time, I assure you.
AIRES MONDAY’S AT 10PM ON SLICE