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

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

Project Runway fanatics know that last night's challenge — creating clothes out of items from Gristedes Supermarket — was nothing new. Hence the title of the episode, "Let's Start From the Beginning." And start from the beginning they did because they brought on Season 1 contestant, and winner of the original Gristedes challenge, Austin Scarlett, as a guest judge. Not surprisingly, the 16 designers freaked out upon hearing their challenge. I bet you half of them didn't even pay attention to Austin's instructions as they were busy visualizing which aisle they were going to run to. While some of them, including some of my favorites, were a little bit of a let down, others stepped up to the plate and impressed us.

To hear more (spoiler alert!) and to see the clothes created,


I, like the judges, was disappointed that so many designers used tablecloths. The point of the challenge was to think outside the box, but so many stuck to their comfort zone. Those that did bring innovativeness and were greatly praised were Wesley, who incorporated fly swatters, Joe, who used pasta, Daniel, who made a dress strictly out of plastic cups, and Kelli, who won because of her highly-detailed dress made from vacuum bags, coffee filters, and notebook spirals. Although Blayne, the tan-a-holic, made a foolish outfit that reminded Michael Kors of the wrestling challenge, Jerry's raincoat made out of shower curtains was plain scary. The irony is that he claimed he was the most experienced designer. Naturally, he was auf'd. What are your thoughts from last night's episode?

Designed by Kenley

Design by Terri

Design by Suede

Design by Emily

Design by Leanne

Design by Jennife

Design by Jerell

Design by Keith

Design by Wesley

Design by Joe

Design by Korto

Design by Daniel

Design by Blayne

Designed by Jerry

Designed by Kelli

Design by Stella

Photos courtesy of Bravo

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cordata cordata 8 years
does anyone think that the models look weird this season? Especially the one in the plastic cup dress
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I was really annoyed at the amount of people that bought tablecloths. i mean, DUH people! It's freaking fabric! When Austin did that cornhusk dress, I was blown away!~ Last time i was blown away was that dress Christian did with the big side panel at the neck. That was flawless! This year, I'm loving Wesley (nerdy cute and loved that dress with the matching gloves) and Kelly ( that dress was awesome and I loved that she used to notebook to make the hook and eye. Clever!
TsuKata TsuKata 8 years
I couldn't understand Stella's panic. First, it seems like she made the mistake of choosing lightweight bags. I have no idea why. With $75, she could have got some hefty heavyweight with stretch! (And those stretch bags have a supercool diamond pattern on them that would have looked rockin' as a pair of tight pants.) Seriously, what did she blow the money on? But then, she got back to Parsons, and failed to "make it work." If she'd spent less time panicking and more time trying to do things with layers or other materials, it seems like she'd have had a good outfit. The dress was very cool, IMO, except for it being so rushed and slapped together thanks to her irrational panic. I was also disappointed with all the tablecloths. Can you imagine what Chris from last season would have done? I wish we'd gotten to see it. :) I can't wait for PR: All-Stars, although I imagine, with the network change, it probably won't happen.
peachy-thing11 peachy-thing11 8 years
I'm sooo glad Jerry left, he thought he was better than everyone and in the end he was the one that left.
bffbbf4fun bffbbf4fun 8 years
I really loved Kenley's design- I thought the colors looked really great together. And since I love anything yellow, I also liked Wesley's and Korto's(minus the "brooches").
anntorr anntorr 8 years
I loved the fact that they "started from the beginning"! I would love if all this season were past favorite challenges! I refuse to look at any of the information on guest judges and the names of the challenges. Love PR!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
syako -- ME. My husband said "is he trying to dress like a man or a woman?"
syako syako 8 years
who else thought Austin looked like a clown in that first scene? :rotfl:
Tech Tech 8 years
I was totally into that dodgeball/lawn chair dress. If you fell down, you'd bounce right up!
ehadams ehadams 8 years
Also...loved it when Tim yelled at them. I can't wait for next week. Gay Jurassic Park! I was dying...
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Per the Bravo website, Blayne is apparently 23 years old...I could have sworn he was at least 10 years older. He needs to swtich to fake 'n bake stat. I did laugh out loud when his model turned on the runway, adn "girlicious" was written on her leg. I really loved Kensley's dress: the strapless red dodgeball top with structured stripey lawnchair bottom. Note quite as innovative as two of the winners, but still interesting.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I agree, syako. I'm afraid it's the classic "too much of a good thing". When something is successful like this, it becomes too over-exposed, too frequent, and ruins the element that made it original and exciting. I wish they had waited a year like they have in the past between seasons.
syako syako 8 years
I was obviously not meaning that the season ended last week. :oy:
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
I couldn't believe how the designers kept saying they were "surprised" that so many other designers used the tablecloths! Like others have said, I think it was a total cop-out and I'm not sure why they were so shocked that Tim Gunn called them on it. When you look at others who were truly innovative, like Daniel or Kelli, the tablecloth dresses, even those that were pretty and well-made, seemed like they took the easy route. And while I thought Stella and Jerry's outfits were the worst (why did he feel the need to add the plastick kitchen gloves???), I kinda felt like someone who did a tablecloth should have gone home just because they didn't rise to the challenge. All in all though, I'm excited Project Runway is back! I love it and I'm looking forward to the season!
ehadams ehadams 8 years
I thought it was great! I was glad that guy got eliminated (what an ego he had, omg) although I would have been ok with Stella too. Blayne is SO disgusting. Doesn't he know tanning like that is so bad for you? And I agree he must be on drugs. His outfit was the ugliest thing I have ever seen, and I am already sick of his "girlicious" crap. I'm sorry but no one past the age of 10 should use that word, ever. And he actually wrote it on his model's leg...ew ew ew. I hope he goes next, he is so gross.
TheMissus TheMissus 8 years
These season aren't back to back, Syako... The last season ended in February. Jerry's outfit was icky.. And I think he was ultimately kicked off because he lacked innovation in material. Stella used garbage bags, even if she did a very crappy design. So I think that was what saved her.
LoveRoars LoveRoars 8 years
I must admit that I thought Stella should have been auf-ed last night... while I agree that Jerry's was icky, he at least showed the judges that he can sew. Stella's was just terrible... but I am interested to see what she can come up with in future challenges.
tsp tsp 8 years
caterpiller girl, you are so right on. for me it was an absolute toss up between the garbage bags and the serial killer outfit as to who should have gone home. they were both crap. i have no problem with the back to back seasons, though. i'm so excited to have more PR!
nomadreader nomadreader 8 years
I was ecstatic to have it back so quickly! I adore Project Runway, and I think this season will be excellent! Thanks for posting all of the looks; it's great to see them side by side.
esweet esweet 8 years
garbage bag designer (stella?) should have gone home. Disaster. Also, I agree CaterpillarGirl, what was up with Blayne's sniffing? I thought the same thing.
chasingjamie chasingjamie 8 years
I liked the yellow fly swatter dress, and the plastic cup dress. The vacuum bag dress was really innovative but I didn't like the bust. It reminded me of Xena.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
The dress with the produce made me want to vomit. Blayne and his greasy hair, tank tops and all over tan (plus his constant sniffing, is he on drugs?) is just annoying and his "design" was hideous, also he was blatantly trying to be that designer who has a buzzword attached (fierce!) why else would he say girliscious so much and write it on his model? what an attention whore. the designer who was wearing tiny shorts with a button up and penny loafers also grossed me out the "rocker chick" stella looked as if she smelled like 5 day old stale beer, cigarettes and dead groupie.she wore the same pants two days in a row.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
tablecloths were a cop-out, so even though some of those dresses looked good, I don't think they should have won. I liked the dress that won a lot except for the weird coffee filters. the plastic cup dress was neat, too. the last three were all AWFUL, ugh, I wish they could have sent all of them home.
hottinpink9021 hottinpink9021 8 years
I think Jennife and Wesley's are the ones I would most like to wear. I thought they were bothe really cute! Stella, Blayne, Emily, Jerry, and Korto's sucked!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I thought Kosto's was the best. MK thought her dress was very wearable and the use of the produce looked great. The others wer OK. It should've been a double elimination last night, the majority of the creations were horrible.
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