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Project Runway Rundown: Episode 1, "Let's Start From the Beginning"

Project Runway Rundown: Episode 1, "Let's Start From the Beginning"

Well, welcome back Project Runway. You may not have been gone for long, but it's good to have you back all the same. As for the first episode, it wasn't called "Let's Start From the Beginning" for nothing. They took it back to the very first episode of season one and re-created the first challenge. You know, the one where Austin Scarlett made a dress out of corn husks. And who better to introduce the task and guest judge than Mr. Scarlett himself? I'm happy to report he is as over-the-top as ever.

Now, on to the new class: ProjRun cycle cinco. I'm excited about some of the contestants, but overall I was left wanting a little more, especially since many of these designers clearly didn't do their homework. I mean how obvious is it that you shouldn't use a cloth-like fabrication for an innovative grocery store challenge? I thought that Tim Gunn was right on when he said the designers would be called out for their laziness. And of course they were.

There's plenty more to talk about (tell Fab what you think, too), including a gallery of all 16 looks, so

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Before we get to the breakdown of the designs, some random thoughts. . .

  • Blayne's obsession with tanning is both obvious and hilarious.
  • I can't handle Suede talking in third person. So annoying. It makes me think that he just changed his name to Suede and hasn't gotten used to it yet, so he needs to say it out loud as much as possible to prove that his name is now indeed Suede. Also, I have a feeling that his experience only dealing with denim (Polo Jeans, Todd Oldham Jeans, Jordache) is going to be limiting.
  • Wesley is just adorable. 'Nuff said.
  • The fact that Terri describes her personal style as Aerosmith meets Lauryn Hill meets Michael Jackson makes me question her taste level.
  • I'm calling it now: This season's "fierce" will be "holler at your boy."

Now a quick highlight of some of the more memorable (for better or for worse) looks of the night. . .


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  • Blayne — He called his "dress" girlicious, I call it ugly. Heidi said it looked like a Playboy bunny gone grunge. Michael agreed saying that it was provocative, yes; pretty, no.
  • Korto — Korto's yellow Geisha dress was stunning, but it was made out of tablecloth. Luckily she added some produce trim along the neckline and was able to show a pretty outfit with a hint of innovation. Nice last minute save.
  • Stella — It really annoyed me that Stella was asking Tim for so much help and was ready to throw in the towel so early in the game. Use your brain, honey! In the end she created a totally typical dress made out of garbage bags and was almost eliminated for it. She's this season's Marla. Next.
  • Daniel — Daniel (not Franco, thank God) created a sweetheart dress made out of plastic cups. I thought that his design was the most fabulous, the most innovative, and the most wearable. He was robbed of the win. Also of note: I'm sensing a wee bit of Keith's arrogance. Keep it in check.
  • Kelli — I thought it was odd that Kelli seemed so above using something like tablecloth for the challenge, and then ended up using mostly vacuum-cleaner bags. Luckily she bleached and dyed the bags to look like marble, something that both Tim and the judges loved. It earned her the win.
  • Jerry — Unfortunately Jerry's biggest fear of losing the first round was realized, and for good reason. I thought Kenley was spot on when she said his design looked like something from America Psycho. Can't you just see Christian Bale killing someone in that coat? I wasn't sad to see him go until I re-watched the episode and saw his bio video again. He clearly had one of the strongest portfolios of all of the designers and could have been a good contender.

While I may have been a little underwhelmed with the episode as a whole, the preview makes it look like the season will pick up. I mean, how could it not with Tim saying things like "holler at your boy," and "it's a pterodactyl out of a gay Jurassic Park"?

What did you think of the fifth season premiere? Are the designers more talented than the previous seasons? And do you think the right person won, and the right person was "auffed"?

Photos courtesy of Bravo

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
So far my favorites are Keith, Daniel, and Kelli but I also liked the designs by Kenley, Leanne, Wesley, and Korto. Jerry's outfit was horrible so he deserved to go home. Its obvious that Stella, Suede, and Blayne are going to be the biggest characters of the season and they will stay on the show for awhile even if they have bad designs. (btw, I looked up all of those names and the corresponding dresses on the Bravo website because its so hard to remembers names & faces of all of these contestants after just one episode!)
pargie pargie 8 years
I meant the guy that lost*
pargie pargie 8 years
I loved episode 1! I agree with the judges' decision, I thought the guy that loser was kind of arrogrant..I'm suprised no one else picked up on that. I think there are a lot of cool designers this time around, all of them have a unique style--no one seems boring!
maskedtoejam maskedtoejam 8 years
Daniel's was my favorite. Super cute and so creative! He was totally robbed, but I did like Kelli's outfit. Blayne's outfit was a mess, and he was pretty annoying. I can't wait to see what's ahead in the season!
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
Blayne is quite annoying. I liked Keli's ideas (and thought the bottom half of her dress looked amazing), but I thought the bust area of her dress was unattractive and not tailored well. I loved Daniel's dress but did agree with the judges that he could have added a little more shape/flair to it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well - i can tell who is going to be decent this season - that's for sure. i always love to see how they do on the FIRST challenge cause there are always interesting freak outs. i have a few ppl that i'm going to keep my eye on -
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
If I had to pick someone to go, I would have been very tempted to get rid of Blayne. His thing wasn't even any thing! It just looked like he slapped a bunch of stuff together and called it a day! Come on! At least the other folks attempted to create complete outfits!
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
I was pissed to see Jerry go. Granted he could have done so much more but all Stella did was bitch, bitch, bitch about her lame choice. Come on! I could have done that. I am not sure who I am rooting for yet since it is too early to have a fave but I dislike OrangeBoy (yes that is my nickname for him).
tiabia tiabia 8 years
All I can muster at this point: Holla at ya boy!!!
BridgetJones BridgetJones 8 years
I may be alone on this, but I LOVED the little pink candy dress. I want to wear it, wear it, wear it... and then eat it!
ehadams ehadams 8 years
People I think will be going home soon: Blayne, Stella, Leanne, Emily, Suede. Too early to pick top people really, but just on this one I vote: Jennife, Wesley, Daniel, Kelli Can't wait to see the next one. I snuck a peek at the challenge and the guest host and it is so awesome.
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
I was shocked that Wesley's dress (or Wesley himself for that matter) didn't get ANY recognition. At all. His dress was great! And I forgot he was there until I saw him in the lineup at the end of the episode. Maybe I biased because I think he is adorable (:)) but whatever. As for Kelli's dress--I liked the marbleized skirt portion of it but the boob part reminded me of a coconut bra or something. Ugly.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Why didn't these people do their homework? They all claim to have watched the show, but then thought they were so smart when they picked table cloths and a shower curtain. I just watch it for fun and I always ask myself what I would have picked in the same situation. If only Stella had gone with force flex trash bags that have that subtle diamond pattern!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
i was yelling "GO FOR THE FRUIT ROLL UPS!" because roll ups are so colorful, sturdy, and yummy, you could seriously make a cool outfit with them! We used to sew them together and make halter tops.
sumbum sumbum 8 years
Booorring! I was so not wowed for the first challenge, I hope this isn't a sign of things to come...
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
i usually love this show, but so far, i'm not impressed with the people or the drama... i'm not so sure about this year, although i'll keep watching
jasmint jasmint 8 years
I want to buy Wesley an ice cream cone and sit with him in the park pointing out shapes of things we see in the clouds.
Cocoangel Cocoangel 8 years
mannylove, the sniffling was unbearable! We tend to watch our TV with the captioning on and even the captions saind (sniffling). Maybe he's alergic to tanning beds and just in denial. I really liked the mop crocheted top too. Loved the plastic cup dress though. How many irons will be ruined trying to something like that at home?!? And the preview snippets at the end... how crazed did Tim Gunn look when he was saying "holla at your boy"?
mannylove mannylove 8 years
What is with Blayne and his constant sniffling with his nose...it's almost as if he's on coke or something, very annoying and disturbing! Did anyone else notice this?
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Oh and as soon as the guy said his name was Daniel, I immediately started singing "Daniel Franco, where did you go oh oh. See you in Season 3!" courtesy of Santino and Nick.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I liked the pasta-Italian-oven mitt dress the best. Maybe that's the Italian in me speaking. I also liked the dress that won. I felt very sorry for Jerry. He seemed shy and normal. But he made a dreadful ensemble. I don't like the non-descript brown haired girls Jennifer and Leanne or whatever their names are. Meek voices annoy me. The best part about the episode was Austin Scarlett. I want to be friends with him. He designs gorgeous wedding gowns for Kenneth Pool.
robertodenise robertodenise 8 years
I thought the episode was a little lacking also. I will continue watching because I love PR, but I hope they step it up. I did like Kelli's outfit the best as she used a lot of different elements and used them well. I totally do not like either Blayne or Suede.
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
I thought some of them did a fabulous job. Once the runway show came at the end, I was surprised at how well some of them did. True, it would have been much more interesting had most of them not used tablecloths. I like the first couple looks that came down the runway, and Korto's was gorgeous. Kelli's reminded me too much of what Jeffery did in the garbage challenge season 3, but it was still cool. Did not like the coffee filter boobs though. The crocheted mop-top was pretty creative too. Daniel reminds me of Keith too, but maybe it was just the choice of a blue cocktail dress for the first challenge ...
nomadreader nomadreader 8 years
Loved, loved, loved the episode, and I think it's a great start to the season.
polabear polabear 8 years
i was very disappointed in jerry. he had a great bio and to see him go the first episode was sad.
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