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Okay, we admit it. We're having Project Runway withdrawal. No verbal shooting galleries from Joshua. No Anya creating sleeveless gowns at the last minute out of Kleenex. No Olivier fearing breasts. Project Accessoryisn't cutting it for us, yet, and we have to wait until 2012 for Project Runway: All-Stars (which we've heard great buzz about). Fortunately we always cap off each Project Runway season with a critique and a Top Ten of the Top Ten Moments of Greatness from that season. So continuing the tradition, here are our final words about Season Nine— for now...
Overall, it was a good season. There were an interesting group of designers and some fun tasks. While Anya's win was controversial, it wasn't the travesty that many felt Gretchen's win over Mondo was last season. And we were happy that the hour and a half format was back. It allowed us to see a lot of the construction process, as well as the designers' neuroses in the green room.
Not everything this season worked, though. Our biggest complaint was the timing. If the producers only allow the designers five weeks to make their final collections, they're not going to produce great collections. It does a disservice to the designers' careers and to the Project Runway brand. We were told that the production schedule was crunched for time—they were trying to film two series in the Parsons' classrooms (Runway and All Stars) before the students came back for the fall semester. If that's the case, then they should just film them in different studios. If continuity is a concern, then make the new studios look like Parsons. If Project Runway could make it through nine seasons of pretending there were no decoy collections, surly they can pretend a soundstage in Queens is Parsons.
Other than that, we were glad the show was filmed in NYC, wish the producers would use more real designers as guest judges—instead of actresses, and whatever they pay Tim Gunn, they should double it.
And now for Season Nine's Top Ten Moments of the Top Ten Moments of Project Runway Greatness...
10. Anthony is the first contestant in the history of the show to be color blind. Well, the first to admit it. (Episode 1)
9. Anya describes being in the final five as "The ultimate moment in a designer's life." We suspect Coco Chanel would disagree. (Episode 12)
8. Viktor tells his model that he wants to make a "Sexy Queen Victoria" ensemble for her. Bert points out that Queen Victoria was in mourning for fifty years and spelled her name with a "C" not a "K." (Episode 3)
7. After Josh M calls Becky's clothing dowdy, he tells her, "It wasn't meant as a bad thing." (Episode 5)
6. Heidi announces the challenge by saying, "For some of you, it's probably been a while since you've been in the classroom," then looks at Bert as though he was schooled on a hornbook.(Episode 6)
5. Olivier asks Tim Gunn what "Double D" means. Asking Tim Gunn about bras is like—well, asking Tim Gunn about bras. (Episode 8)
4. Anya's money disappears and Mood's dog Swatch is nowhere to be seen. Coincidence? (Episode 10)
3. Mormon Josh C comes back from the dead. Maybe Joseph Smith was on to something. (Episode 5)
2. In discussing his collection, Viktor says, "I think everybody has that rock and roll in them." The editors cut to a smiling L'Wren Scott, who literally has had rock and roll in her. (Episode 14)
1. When Francisco jokingly asks Michael Kors if he would wear Joshua's orange dress, Michael says, "Well, I happen to be very much an orange kind of guy." Michael Kors admits he's orange! (Episode 11)
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