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The top and bottom on Week 2. Did you agree with the winner and loser? We all kind of lose to have to deal with Timothy for another week.

The top and bottom on Week 2. Did you agree with the winner and loser? We all kind of lose to have to deal with Timothy for another week.

When all else fails, sob. Or make a speech. Or be a random cartoon character who babbles about eco-nonsense. On reality TV, drama is like sex — it sells.

Poor Kahindo may not have made a standout dress on “Project Runway” Season 12, Episode 2, “Million Dollar Runway,” but it wasn’t that bad or that boring. But she didn’t get to show much personality, so like Angela last week, she had to go home over more TV-friendly characters.

Yes, I mean Timothy, but also Helen. Did you see what she made? I know her intention. Everyone has the same intention every week: to make a standout design that represents them as a designer. It’s harder than I can even imagine, having seen every season. But some people manage to work miracles. The people cast for each season, out of the thousands of hopefuls, are put in the position to be daily miracle workers. When your miracle falls flat, you should go home. Helen’s design was the farthest thing from a miracle. And she knew it. In fact, Helen was so upset with her faulty construction that she literally started shaking in her runway seat. Father Tim Gunn had to come out and help her. She cried, she made a speech to the judges to illustrate her passion, and she was saved. They all have passion or they shouldn’t be there. Should Kahindo have made a speech? Would that have saved her? It probably wouldn’t save you in the real workplace.

The second Helen started shaking I knew she would be safe.

The second Helen started shaking I knew she would be safe.

Anyway, this week the designers were loaned more than $30 million worth of jewels and told to create a look glamorous enough to walk the runway with the jewels.

Of course Timothy was not inspired by the jewelry. He doesn’t care about money (or so he says). They had to pick the “prettiest” one, which he found superficial. (I need him to go home before my eyes get stuck in the up position.) He compromised enough to put makeup on his model and even though he had one of the “lower” scores, he was still safe. He is the judges’s pet.

This week, Sandro — who had a mini tantrum in the workroom and even grabbed a staffer by the arm to try and get him to fix equipment — had one of the higher scores, despite riding that line between “stripper and chic.” For me, he’s still on the stripper side. But good for him for supporting Helen. I don’t agree with any of it, but we all need someone in our corner.  Just keep me away from that particular corner.

This week, Kate the Redeemed won the challenge. She won a corset-based challenge on her last season too. Heidi likes that stuff. I liked her (intentionally) disheveled Marie Antoinette-inspired design but I didn’t love it, and I’m not that invested in Kate’s redemption story. Sorry.

I liked Dom’s green and white design and, once again, I really liked British Jeremy’s design, which wasn’t even put in the top. Again. Still love his pants from last week too. I have a feeling he’s going to be my “cause” for the season.

Jeremy, I love your stuff. I can't wait until you're in the top instead of just "safe." I still love last week's pants best, despite the extra hardware.

Jeremy, I like your stuff. I can’t wait until you’re in the top instead of just “safe.” I still love last week’s pants best, despite the extra hardware.


With my stream-of-consciousness thoughts as they walk the runway.

Dom – Like the design but is the green and white too matchy-matchy with the jewels? I need to see it up close.

Justin – Love her hair, and black dress is beautiful in a simple way.

Ken – Nice green classic simple, OK.

Kahindo – Interesting print, almost camouflage.

Alexandria – Very simple navy blue, beautiful, elegant (I love how opinionated she is behind-the-scenes. She’s going to piss someone off soon.)

Miranda  – pretty much the same as last week just in blue.

Alexander – Black and flowy with some yellow. Not for me.

Kate  – Victorian-like silver dress, lot going on but works.

Timothy – Um, not sure.

Karen – Blah, blue, doesn’t seem to fit right, doesn’t accentuate jewelry.

Jeremy – LOVE – My man of the season. It’s official. All on board. Love the bottom. It’s not the most original design I’ve ever seen, but it perfectly showcases the jewelry instead of overpowering it. I thought that was the challenge.

Sandro – Tight, shows a lot. This is what he likes apparently, so be it.

Helen – She’s shaking and in a panic on the runway because she couldn’t finish her look well enough. “My construction is so awful.” They stop so Tim can go talk to her. Sandro tries to support her as she shakes. This crying will probably help her. They love drama. So much for Helen being the tough girl. It’s not weak to cry but it is a sign of deep insecurity to play up your toughness and then fall apart when you can’t deliver. Sorry to be harsh, but this is happening to all of them at the same time, not just her.

Sue – Black and sexy but not a standout. Not my style. The judges love her, though. There’s always at least one I don’t “get.”

Bradon – Silver dress with a light wrap. Hmm.

This isn't the best photo, but the more I look at Dom's design, the more I like it. But does it show off the jewels enough?

This isn’t the best photo, but the more I look at Dom’s design, the more I like it. But does it show off the jewels enough?


Dom – HIGH SCORES – Nina loved that she made it very young. She found the print interesting. She loved the back too, however, whatever she used to hem is overpowering it. Heidi said if she had to pick a dress it would be Dom’s. But she wouldn’t put the ribbon around her hair. Zac agreed.

Timothy – LOW SCORES – Tim went for makeup this time but Heidi still didn’t like the model’s hair. She asked him about the fabric he used to see if it matched his “cause.” Stop making him a gimmick. Zac commended him for going for something as ambitious as velvet. But he thought the dress looked backward. It’s hard to find bras for razorfront dresses, Heidi noted. Nina called the razorback-in-the-front “bizarre.” Nina expected something like a tuxedo jacket. Timothy is such a brown-noser.

Kate – HIGH SCORES – She was inspired by Marie Antoinette fleeing in the night. Heidi knew immediately that this was Kate’s dress because she loves buiding corsets and won a corset-involved challenge on her last season. Nina thought she picked a fabulous cover. Zac thought the jewelry popped, which was the whole task so that’s a good sign. WINNER

Sandro – HIGH SCORES – He had vintage rubies and went for a more “feminine” style. Heidi noted that he likes to put a lot into his garments. He piled on last week and he did it again. But she thought it worked this week. (Really?) Eric Daman liked the color with the jewelry. Zac and Nina liked his unpredictable fabric choice, but he had wrinkles in the fabric. Zac felt the sides of the dress took away from it and it got a little trashy. He walks the line of “stripper and chic,” as Eric put it.

Kahindo – LOW SCORES – Heidi thought it was so simple that it was boring. How is this exact argument not being made for Karen’s blue dress? Eric is wearing camo too but he didn’t seem to appreciate. Zac thought the print was hard and the construction was not inspiring. “I think it looks like a dress on sale.” And he felt the designer popped more than the model and looked cooler. It’s not exciting enough for Nina, either. Are they talking more about her own personality, ’cause it feels like they make arguments to keep the “drama” crowd but if you’re “boring” to the judges they’ll push you out the door.

Helen – LOW SCORES – Helen had never done cups before; Heidi said she’s always shocked when the designers try to do something they’ve never done before. Why? Isn’t that something you’re supposed to do on PR?! Heidi said she’s obsessed with boobs and these look pretty bad. Evening wear is Helen’s forte but this didn’t work. The dress had a lot of problems in the back. The execution is very poor. Zac said a gown like this takes days. The hem is off. The fabric was the wrong choice. Eric said you have to time manage. Nina said there were so many imperfections that they distract from the jewels. But she found the design interesting, so that could save her, along with her tears and passion. She makes a speech. Should Kahindo have made a speech and cried? Sandro jumps in to defend Helen. “Don’t judge her too much, please.” That’s kind of him, but it applies to all of them and someone has to leave.


Kate for her Marie Antoinette gown.


Kahindo, basically for her fabric choice and for boring the judges/not being enough of a storyline character.


• Alexander Pope, 38 – Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Resides in New York, NY

• Alexandria von Bromssen, 38 – Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden; Resides in San Mateo, CA

• Angela Bacskocky, 33 – Hometown: Richmond, VA; Resides in Richmond, VA (Eliminated Week 1)

• Bradon McDonald, 38 – Hometown: Lowville, NY; Resides in Los Angeles, CA

• Dom Streater, 24 – Hometown: Philadelphia, PA; Resides in Philadelphia, PA

• Helen Castillo, 25 – Hometown: Weehawken, NJ; Resides in Union City, NJ

• Jeremy Brandrick, 41 – Hometown: Birmingham, England; Resides in New York, NY

• Justin LeBlanc, 27 – Hometown: Tampa, FL; Resides in Raleigh, NC

• Kahindo Mateene, 34 – Hometown: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Resides in Chicago, IL (Eliminated Week 2)

• Karen Batts, 29 – Hometown: Boca Raton, FL; Resides in Queens, NY

• Ken Laurence, 24 – Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Resides in Birmingham, AL

• Miranda Kay Levy, 29 – Hometown: Wilton, WI; Resides in Milwaukee, WI

• Sandro Masmanidi, 28 – Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia; Resides in New York, NY

• Sue Waller, 45 – Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY

• Timothy Westbrook, 24 – Hometown: Wanakena, NY; Resides in Milwaukee, WI

• Kate Pankoke, the Runway Redemption winner from Season 11


Catch up on my old (vintage) “Project Runway” stories in this archive.

Here's the cast of "Project Runway" Season 12 ... minus Kate, who is back for some reason. Did you vote for her?

Here’s the cast of “Project Runway” Season 12 … minus Kate, who is back for some reason. Did you vote for her?

Quote of the night: “What would the first challenge be without a little vagina?”

“Project Runway” is back, baby — not just on TV sets but back back.

Last season’s “Teams” challenge was a miss, and there’s just been a little something missing in general in the recent PR and PR All Stars seasons. But PR 12 started in an airfield and took off from there, premiering with the always intriguing unconventional materials challenge. Good call. It offered a nice preview of the designers’s points of view and creative potential. It also previewed their wacky personalities and bitchy comments about each other, behind each other’s backs.

This is shaping up to be an interesting group, overall. There’s some good talent and then just some crazy. There always is.

I did not agree with the winner or loser this week, in fact my favorite design (the pants and shirt by British dad Jeremy) was declared “safe” and the makers of the slutty cat toy and faux eco-dress are still around to torture.

I have no understanding of why Angela went home over Sandro or Timothy. Once again, the judges were wrong. But that’s always fun to complain about too.

They had to cover her box with a little black box and yet Sandro is still around? WTF?

They had to cover her box with a little black box and yet Sandro is still around? WTF?


The first task was for the designers to share their vision using a parachute as material. In one of this season’s many changes, there’s no longer a per-challenge budget. They have a Go Bank account putting them in charge of their own finances. That’s new. (What happens if someone goes hog wild and ends up broke by Week 5? Do they have to go home?)

Every season when the unconventional challenge emerges, someone inevitably sniffs that they could NEVER make anything good out of said material. On cue, Helen reveals herself to be that designer. She’s the dark tattooed girl whose aesthetic is a 180 from the way she looks. She predicts she’ll clash with people and it will be too bad for the bitches. There’s always at least one of them too.

But apparently there’s two of Kate Pankoke. The Season 11 designer was the one fans apparently chose for a chance at Runway Redemption. I’m surprised. I never considered her a bitch (didn’t we have bigger bitches to deal with last season?) but I never really considered her much at all. I’m confused and suspicious about why she’s back.

This season also features a Russian guy named Sandro with a big ego; a deaf designer – a first! – named Justin; and – also a first – a war between Wisconsin residents. Apparently Wisconsin isn’t big enough for both ebullient Timothy and military girl Miranda, who knows Timothy from home and thinks he has quite the ego. Timothy doesn’t like to use electricity, since he’s a “sustainable artist.” He wanted his model to put on an awkward armpit-sniffing performance instead of just a classic runway walk. No hair product. No makeup. As Helen put it, Timothy might be full of shit. But at least he likes unicorns.

There’s also a designer named Sue who looks kinda like the love child of Suzanne Somers and Betsey Johnson and doesn’t really know how to use a sewing machine. Why is there always someone who shows up and doesn’t know how to use the equipment? And why do the judges end up adoring that person?


Father Tim Gunn is now part of the runway production, offering commentary to the judges as they review the designs up close. He won’t be judging since he’s also the designers’s mentor, but he does have the power of “rescue” to use one time. He’s like all three “American Idol” judges in one. Love Tim to death, but is that fair?

That's the winning design, by Bradon, in the middle. Angela's losing design is at left. If I were her, I'd be pissed as hell to lose to Sandro and Timothy.

That’s the winning design, by Bradon, in the middle. Angela’s losing design is at left. If I were her, I’d be pissed as hell to lose over Sandro or Timothy.


I liked almost everything, but the designs started blurring together with so many. It’s always that way Week 1. These two popped out at me in a good way.

Jeremy – The British dad of two made a shirt and perfect pants, when just about everyone else did a dress. I’m so impressed with this.

Alexandria – Swedish former model did a cool, simple dress. I feel like I’m going to like her stuff.


Here are my least favorites:

Sandro – Even if his model’s VAGINA was not on display, it was a mess of an outfit. Her butt was hanging out. There was nothing to speak of in the design.

Sue — Bright pink and orange, too much fabric, too busy.

Ken – Bright orange dress just didn’t do it for me.


Timothy – LOW SCORE — Nina Garcia called it very muddled. Zac Posen thought she looked like he found her in the woods. Heidi Klum didn’t understand why the model wasn’t wearing makeup. Timothy’s also just muddled in his thinking about burning things.

Sue — HIGH SCORE — Of course. If I dislike something, the judges will eat it up. Heidi thought it was very runway.

Miranda —  HIGH SCORE/LOW SCORE — She didn’t use much parachute material, but Nina loved the silhouette and the styling. Guest judge Kate Bosworth would “happily” wear this. Zac said it’s the most polished. Nina was upset that Miranda used so much inspirational material instead of the parachute. (Heidi even threatened to disqualify Miranda. Come on! People have done worse than this in the past, materials percentage-wise.)

Angela — LOW SCORE — Heidi was looking for pants, skirt or something. Nina said it has a very odd proportion. It’s like a disposable poncho.

Bradon — HIGH SCORE — I liked this dress but without the stuff in the back. Not into the parachute back with the movement. I’d leave it out. Kate loved the dress. She liked that it’s short underneath, it’s very thoughtful. Zac liked the walking and movement. Nina loved that he used this light fabric and made it dramatic and billowy.

Sandro — LOW SCORE — Zac put it best: “She looks like a slutty cat toy.” Heidi said: “It’s a disaster.” Nina said he put so much energy into accessorizing her look instead of into her piece. The taste level is a huge question mark, Heidi added.


Dancer Bradon with his bow tie, Jesse Tyler Ferguson-ish look and airy parachute dress.


Angela? Really? Why not Sandro? I can see coming up with reasons to give Timothy another chance, but it came down to Angela or Timothy. Sandro wasn’t even in the bottom three. Why?


• Alexander Pope, 38 – Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Resides in New York, NY

• Alexandria von Bromssen, 38 – Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden; Resides in San Mateo, CA

• Angela Bacskocky, 33 – Hometown: Richmond, VA; Resides in Richmond, VA

• Bradon McDonald, 38 – Hometown: Lowville, NY; Resides in Los Angeles, CA

• Dom Streater, 24 – Hometown: Philadelphia, PA; Resides in Philadelphia, PA

• Helen Castillo, 25 – Hometown: Weehawken, NJ; Resides in Union City, NJ

• Jeremy Brandrick, 41 – Hometown: Birmingham, England; Resides in New York, NY

• Justin LeBlanc, 27 – Hometown: Tampa, FL; Resides in Raleigh, NC

• Kahindo Mateene, 34 – Hometown: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Resides in Chicago, IL

• Karen Batts, 29 – Hometown: Boca Raton, FL; Resides in Queens, NY

• Ken Laurence, 24 – Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Resides in Birmingham, AL

• Miranda Kay Levy, 29 – Hometown: Wilton, WI; Resides in Milwaukee, WI

• Sandro Masmanidi, 28 – Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia; Resides in New York, NY

• Sue Waller, 45 – Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY

• Timothy Westbrook, 24 – Hometown: Wanakena, NY; Resides in Milwaukee, WI

• Kate Pankoke, the Runway Redemption winner from Season 11


Catch up on my old (vintage) “Project Runway” stories in this archive.

I love everything about Mondo’s “Godspell” look. Even the hair.

UPDATE: I just saw this “official” tweet from earlier today (June 13): “#ProjectRunway returns for Season 10 Thursday, July 19 at 9/8c on @LifetimeTV! RT to share the big news with friends!”

Yes! By the way, follow @ProjectRunway for more stuff like that.


As annoyed as I am by the idea that Mondo Guerra had already been decided as the winner of “Project Runway: All Stars” the second GretchenGate started — not to mention his moody attitude toward the end of the season — I did like his “All Stars” finale mini collection more than his Season 8 collection.  And I LOVED Mondo’s “Godspell” look for the Broadway challenge. That was my favorite look of the season, even more than (sorry!) anything Rami did. But Rami left much too soon. I wonder if that was part of the conspiracy.


I can’t wait to meet the next Mondos. “Project Runway” Season 10 is currently searching for this summer’s contestants. According to the fabulous Blogging Project Runway, there are open casting calls for Season 10 on April 9 in New York and on May 2 in L.A. As Heidi Klum noted last year, the show always shoots in June and July. Season 9 premiered on Thursday, July 28, so I’m thinking Season 10 will premiere around the same time. Right?

*Update* Did you notice that Tim Gunn is now on Twitter?! Check him out @timgunn. It makes me feel better to know that Father Tim’s thoughts on everything are now available on a daily basis. I miss his post-show vlogs!

Catch up on my limited “Project Runway” stories in this archive.

Getting a hug from Tim is better than winning "Project Runway" anyway.

In this 2:25 minute video of Tim Gunn speaking at a Kate Spade event in Pennsylvania, Father Tim makes it clear he was on Team Mondo, not Team Gretchen, when it comes to “Project Runway” Season 8.

In fact, Heidi Klum tried to tag him in for support during finale judging when it came down to Heidi vs. Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. (“Nobody mentioned Jessica Simpson.” Ha!) Tim said he’s not a judge, but he went with Heidi and they made “quite a case for our candidate.”

Tim and Gretchen started the show as enemies, became allies and are now on opposite sides of the winner fence.

In his now defunct Facebook vlogs (although he says he’ll bring them back in some fashion next season), Tim has referred to the trio as “crack-smoking judges.” Tim heard that Heidi was upset about the comment. When they were done talking to Michael and Nina about Mondo, she asked “‘So can you remove my crack-smoker badge?” Tim said “Yes, because Nina and Michael are smoking enough for all of us.” Ha!

A woman at Tim’s local deli filed away Season 8 this way: “Mondo will do fabulously anyway; Gretchen needs the money.”

Tim never thought Gretchen Jones would win because the winner of the first challenge of the season never wins the show. It’s like the person who gets the first-impression rose on “The Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” never wins in the end. Except for this past season when Roberto Martinez broke the curse. So Gretchen broke the PR curse.

I know a lot of people are swearing off “Project Runway” for good, but I’m not. Here’s my take on it:  The only reason I even know the name Mondo Guerra is because of Project Runway. The only reason he will find success and “do fabulously” is because of Project Runway.

This underdog status is going to serve him very well. The show did its job, even if two of the judges dropped the ball in the end. Mondo doesn’t want to be saddled with the Marie Claire baggage anyway. He’s not ripe for packaging, he’s ripe for being plucked by some rich designer that loves him and can’t believe how stupid PR was for letting him go.

I, for one, look forward to “Project Runway” Season 9 so I can learn the names of a bunch of hot new designers, who will be helped by the show whether they win or not.

Watch Tim’s video here.

Catch up on my “Project Runway” recaps, vlog commentary and other stories in this nifty archive.


This is Michael Costello's blue dress from the Jackie Kennedy challenge. Did ANYTHING go right that week?


I’m still hoping for an official snarky Tim Gunn vlog entry on the subject, but Blogging Project Runway went straight to the source for comment from Mr. Gunn on the double-stick tape issue from “Project Runway” Season 8 Episode 11.


To quote Tim’s comment to BPR:

“Here’s my take of the tape: Michael had nothing to do with it. It was his model who took the initiative to tape herself into the dress. By the time that this was brought to our attention, the challenge in which it happened was well behind us. It was, indeed, a mean-spirited attack on Michael. And how did Ivy think we were going to respond to her accusations? Did she think that Michael would be disqualified and that we’d bring her back? Ridiculous.”


OK, but why wasn’t that explained on the show? Tim said he saw nothing, the producers saw nothing, the cameras saw nothing. But it sounds like they did so some research after-the-fact and discovered the model taped herself into the dress.

I still don’t understand why that’s against the rules — based on recent former designers’ blogs it hasn’t been an issue in the past — but if Michael Costello knew or someone on the show knew last week, why weren’t we told? Why are the producers letting the cheating allegations hang there in the air?

Sure, they said it’s a he-said-she-said and to Tim it’s a “case of a non-case,” but it leaves a stink in the air. It’s possible, the show says without saying, that MC did cheat and he just didn’t get caught. This Tim quote makes it sound like that not the case at all and PR should make that more clear.

Catch up on my “Project Runway” recaps, vlog commentaries and other stuff here.

Here's to you, Tim.

Tim Gunn is back and more lovable than ever.

Tim posted two new vlogs on his Facebook fan page. In the first 1 minute, 11 second vlog he acknowledges how his “Project Runway” Episode 8 vlog was taken down within 24 hours.

Tim: “The vlog hurt someone who is very important to me, and that was never my intention, and it was my decision to simply take it down.”

How has he been since? He’s been on the road, traveling like crazy, plugging his new book, etc. He hasn’t even been able to see the past couple of “Project Runway” episodes. So he just uses his time to play nice and support the show.

Tim: “There’s much more ahead this season and lots of twists and turns and drama. It wouldn’t be Project Runway without those particulars and I just want you to stick with us. It is a fantastic season.”

After that, Tim posted another vlog. This one is 2 minutes, 11 seconds and it’s serious. In keeping with the new “It Gets Better” PSA to combat gay suicides, he offers his own message for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Tim: “As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself and I’m very happy today that that attempt was unsuccessful. But at the time it’s all that I could contemplate. I thought ‘I need to end things right now.’ And I have to tell you, when I woke up the next morning after taking more than 100 pills, I was in a whole other level of despair. I thought ‘I shouldn’t be here. This isn’t what was meant to be.’ I frankly just wanted to start life all over again. There are people who can help you. You cannot do this alone. That’s another very profound message that I want to give to all of you. It really requires a collaboration between you and the people who love you, the people you can depend upon, no matter who they are as mentors. In my case it took a very serious intervention to help me. And it was the result of the botched suicide attempt, to be blunt.”

He advocates for The Trevor Project, a suicide hotline for GLBTQ youth.; 866-4-U-TREVOR.

Tim: “I understand the desperation, I understand the despair and I understand how isolated you can feel. You have a lot of — I get very emotional — people really care about you and I’m included in that group. So reach out, get help, you are not alone. It will get better, I promise.”

Listen to Father Tim!

Then watch the preview for this Thursday’s Episode 11 where it sounds like returning designer Ivy Higa tells Michael Costello “you cheat and you sabotage people” and then catch up on my “Project Runway” archive here.

Tim, your vlogs are a highlight of my week. Don't make me get a real life! I'm not ready!

For the record, I fully support Tim Gunn and his informative, opinionated, hilarious vlogs. I believe he must take his own advice and carry on. But right now it’s not clear if he will.

Obviously Father Tim is an angel that fell from the sky, but even he knows when he’s gone too far — and he may have gone too far last week with the “Project Runway” Season 8 Episode 8 vlog.

(Little did I know my thrown together recap would briefly become the definitive transcript.)

In the vlog, Tim disses last Thursday’s Jackie Kennedy challenge structure and calls out producers by name. Shortly after it was posted, the vlog mysteriously disappeared from Tim’s Facebook fan page.

Tim told the New York Post that the decision to take down the video was completely his own.

“Lifetime had nothing to do with it. I did it completely on my own,” Tim told The Post yesterday. “There was a hurtful reaction to a couple of things I said, and that really concerned me. That was never my intention. I thought, ‘Let me just take this down.'”

Tim’s mouth may be his own Waterloo. Knocking Taylor Momsen and Anna Wintour is fine, but he has to work with these “Project Runway” folks every week, so he really should show a little discretion.

But this is the part that scares me:

Tim says he’s not sure now if he’ll be posting any more “Runway” critiques on his Facebook page.

“I’m debating it,” he said. “I don’t want to hurt anyone, and at the same time I want to be able to talk matter-of-factly. The experience with this episode has been very sobering for me. It’s kind of a wakeup call — you just can’t say anything, yet, at the same time, there are things I want to share. I need to be a little more careful about it, even though we all make mistakes.”


Tim, yes, be more careful and don’t use the producers’ actual names when you’re spouting off on the vlogs, but YOU MUST CARRY ON! You are The Truth about “Project Runway.” The world would crumble into a sluttyslutty/threw him under the bus/looks cheap/hot mess without you and we’d never find Andrae. PLEASE keep posting the vlogs!

Catch up on my “Project Runway” stories, spoilers and recaps here and keep showing your support for Tim Gunn!

Tim shares how we got to this hodgepodge Jackie O-no-they-didn't challenge.

I really thought Tim Gunn would spend his entire “Project Runway” Episode 8 vlog gushing over Mondo Guerra and making me feel even more out-of-it for not liking his look.

***Sept. 21 update: For whatever reason, the video has now disappeared from Tim’s Facebook fan page. Weird! It’s the same situation with the link on Blogging Project Runway’s vlog story. Tim does mention names of individual “uber” executive producers in the vlog, so maybe that’s why they pulled the videosince they don’t have the same outlet to share their sides of the story.***

***Sept. 22 update: Thanks, Gigi, for a link to a working video! Check it out while you can.)***

Tim does gush over Mondo, but briefly. He spends most of his 12 minute vlog bashing the producers for the ever-changing structure of the Jackie Kennedy (he was forbidden to add “Onassis”) challenge.

Tim started by returning to last week’s team challenge, just to mention that it was the beginning of his frustration with the structure of the PR Season 8 challenges.

This one gets even weirder.

Tim gets into details on his vlog, but the challenge started out as “classic American sportswear” with a twist: They would be designing classic American sportswear from their own point of view.

Tim argued with one of the producers, logically, that there’s no reason why they wouldn’t be designing from their own point of view to begin with.

(He said this producer got frustrated with him, as if he were being difficult to point out the confusion.)

So Tim went to one of the executive producers (he gave her name but I didn’t note it) for details. She told Tim, in confidence, that the challenge was going to be a “classic American sportswear” design to be worn by Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy in the History Channel miniseries “The Kennedys.”

Tim said that information had to come out. The designers had to be told this so they knew they had to design period wear.

Then they decided to change the challenge to be about dance wear. But when Tim showed up to the dance studio there was no one there. No one knew where he should go and Tim said that was emblematic of the entire season.

He finally got the new address and he thought he would be meeting Tango or Cha-Cha-Cha people. Instead there was a wall of Jackie Kennedy iconography.

Tim: “Look, I’m not an idiot. The whole notion that we would even associate Jackie Kennedy with American sportswear is a stretch. I was about to say preposterous, but it’s really a stretch.”

(Yes! That’s what I thought.)

Tim and Gretchen were "partners" this week and he even thanked her.

The morning of the challenge they still didn’t have a twist. The biopic History Channel/Katie Holmes idea went away. The new idea was American sportswear for Jackie Kennedy as if she were alive today and vibrant, not in the 1960s.

It was going to be a two-piece look, the twist being that they had to design outerwear.

Tim said it was interesting to see that the words “two-piece look” did not come out of his mouth on air before going to Mood. (He also thanked Gretchen for being his partner and helping the designers understand the challenge. So Tim vs. Gretchen appears to be over.)

When it came to judging and the judges were doing their Q&A, they were holding dossiers that had images of Jackie frozen in 1960. They kept saying Jackie wouldn’t wear this or that.

Tim: “I couldn’t stand it any longer!”

He pulled a Kanye and stepped into the judges’ circle to tell the judges that they needed to be aware of what he told the designers about updating her look to today.  You have to think about the fashion revolutions and fast-forward 50 years. Where would she be aesthetically today?

He also mentioned something about Nina Garcia trying to interrupt him with “but… but…” but he cut her off. When he finally left the judges’ circle he thinks they wanted to put him in a straitjacket.

On Michael Drummond’s elimination, Tim said he did something with Michael D. that he does not normally do: When he told MD that he (“old fart”) did not like his skirt, he also invoked the opinions of the other designers. They also disliked MD’s skirt, but he went ahead with it anyway.

Back to Mondo. When Tim first saw Mondo’s textiles he loved them. And Tim feels that Mondo did channel Jackie in the most wowing way.

Tim: “No one was happier than I that he won. I was just so thrilled, thrilled, thrilled for him. So, judges, for that decision I salute you. But for everything else, get your own straitjacket. Truly.”


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I just swiped this Tim/Taylor photo combo from E! (AP Photo; Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

And God love him for it.

Did you see this stuff about Tim Gunn insulting Taylor Momsen of “Gossip Girl”?

“What a diva!” he told E! News of 17-year-old Taylor, whom he met when he shot a guest spot on the show. “She was pathetic, she couldn’t remember her lines, and she didn’t even have that many. I thought to myself ‘why are we all being held hostage by this brat?”

Her look special aim at her constant BlackBerry use.

“I’d say, ‘You know young lady, there are hundreds of thousands of girls who are just as attractive and even smarter than you. Why are you acting like this show is a huge burden on you?’ She was on her phone during every break, I wanted to tell her, ‘If you weren’t on your BlackBerry, you can retain this stuff.”’

He’s not even done! He also said the entire crew was annoyed by her.

It's January Jones/Betty Draper! I got this from Blogging Project Runway, which probably got it from Lifetime.

“I learned from teaching to stick with the topic, I don’t get involved in character appraisals,” Tim said. “I’d just ask her ‘do you want to share with me why you’re always on your phone?’ At one point the director leaned in and whispered to me, ‘this is day in, day out, my life.’ She annoyed the entire crew.”

Read the full E! story if you want to hear what he says about the “Real Housewives.”

He’s honest. You have to give him that.

And his honesty makes me even more curious to read his new book, “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work,” which Blogging Project Runway says just made the bestsellers list.

Tonight on “Project Runway” the goddess Betty Draper will be in the house for “A Rough Day on the Runway,” where the designers pay homage to Jackie O.

When not on “Mad Men,” Betty is called January Jones and she is dating the guy I wanted to date on “Saturday Night Live.”

So she is evil and not welcome in my world. Having said that, so excited to see her!


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Apparently it was really hot on this boat, and not the good hot.

Tim Gunn: “I’m not going to talk about the crack-smoking judges. I promised I wouldn’t.”

Ha! Oh Tim, why are you so awesome?

And yet by calling the judges that, right after saying he’s sorry for the loss of Casanova and calling out Ivy as the new villain, I think Tim is saying he’s not happy with the way “Project Runway’s” “What’s Mine Is Yours” challenge panned out.

Tim taped his Episode 7 vlog from a car on his way to Fashion’s Night Out. As usual, he had some lovely and irreverent things to say — and not just about those three hot wasted hours on a boat.

When he heard about the challenge he loved the topic of resort wear, but not the way in which it was done.

In the original plan, each team of two would make one garment and five garments total would walk the runway. One team member would work on the garment for an hour while the other would rest in the designer’s lounge.

Tim: “I thought this was ridiculous. It’s a game show stunt and there’s no corollary to what happens in the fashion industry. So if you hated last night’s challenge, or at least the structure of it, you have me to blame.”

At least Gretchen and Tim are still on speaking terms. Ivy probably would've freezed him out after that rant.

At 6 a.m. on the day the challenge was being presented (“God forefend that I know anything in advance”) he told the producers if you want a corollary to what happens in the fashion industry, one designer should execute the other’s design work.

(I just love that Tim uses words like “forefend”!)

He thought it would be a good opportunity for the designers to work with different models, but that didn’t happen. Instead, for example, Gretchen executed Casanova’s design on her own model. So if you were late coming into the show you might not get that it’s Casanova’s design on Gretchen’s model, and Gretchen’s design on Casanova’s model.

But this is the funniest part: On runway morning, Tim was asking the director why the designers were moving “like molasses.” He was told they were waiting for him to come in and tell them they could get their designs back. Someone had told them the night before, don’t worry, Tim will be coming in the next morning to tell you that you can get your garments back.

Tim: “I said ‘Well Tim’s not doing anything of the kind.'”


The whole challenge was about not touching the garment and now they are going to get it back for 2.5 hours? And furthermore why were they told the night before so they had all night to think about what they would do? How would the judges judge it? How would the audience understand it?

Tim: “Look, I’m already getting hot and bothered all over again!”

He wanted to talk to the executive producer but they weren’t around so he talked to the designers themselves and told them he heard what they were told last night and he believed it was “a profoundly bad idea” and he didn’t want to do it. He wanted them to stick with what they were doing.

They applauded and were “so hugely relieved” and Tim was glad that hurdle was over.

But I’m confused by that, because we DID see Ivy and Michael Drummond exchanging garments on the morning of the runway show. So they did have some time with their own garments, right?

Anyway, Tim ends with a chuckle about Gretchen 2.0.

Tim: “And a new villain has appeared on the scene. Welcome, Ivy! So Gretchen has some competition.”

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