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Project Runway Tidbits, Gossip, and Newsby Sandy McFarland -- 09/14/2005
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Every Project Runway fan was thrilled to learn that this diamond of a show was going to return for another season. From everything I have read, the viewing audience picked up over 400% over the duration of season one. Though Project Runway 2 doesn't premiere until December 7, there has been so much going on, I thought I give the RNO readers a heads up on some little known, and a few well known tidbits about the show, the contestants, and what's to come.
Project Runway is in excellent company for an Emmy this year. That's right, Project Runway, Amazing Race, American Idol, Apprentice, and Survivor are all after this prestigious award, so don't miss the 57th Annual Emmy Awards this Sunday, September 18, 8/7/C! As much as I love all the shows in the running, I will be cheering for Project Runway!
Project Runway 2 officially started looking for aspiring designers in early August, and visits were scheduled in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and Miami. The wannabe fashion designers were to bring three original designs, along with a picture portfolio. No, the applicants will not, or did not, get the thrill of meeting the always-gorgeous Heidi Klum. Instead the casting will be (or was) judged by some of last year’s Project Runway designers, along with the always lovable Tim Gunn, of Parsons School of Design Dean.
Making Project Runway 2 a tad more interesting, we will get a bit of old with the new this coming season. Daniel Franco, the first designer to hear, "You're Out" from Heidi's lips last year, reapplied this year. Rumor has it he stood in line, like all the other show hopefuls, with his three garments in hand. None of the judges knew of his plan. Seems he wasn't proud of his performance on Project Runway last season, so he licked his wounds, and from what I have read, has created the best designs of his life. Tim Gunn obviously must have liked what he saw, because the wild-haired Daniel has been chosen to participate once again. I know I look forward to seeing Mr. Franco's new attitude, along with his inspired designs.
Last year's winner, the wonderfully silly, smokin', and very talented Jay McCarroll, will have another moment in the Bravo spotlight, called Project Jay. This has been tooted as a "warts and all" documentary, about how a reality show winner's life changes. It begins at Jay's Project Runway win at Olympus Fashion Week this past Spring, to his move to New York City, just last month. If Bravo has captured the moments I've only heard about, this documentary should be a beaut! Unfortunately, the airing time is still TBD, but trust me on this, as soon as I find out, I'll tell you all about it.
For all those who care, Wendy Pepper competed in The Battle of Network Reality Stars recently. Her team, headed by that yucky Jonathan of pushing his wife loud mouth on Amazing Race fame, didn't make it to the finals, which in my book, killed two birds with one stone. Oh shucks.
Austin Scarlett, the flamboyant, dramatic, and also very talented Project Runway designer, (also known as "the designer that should have been in the final three instead of Wendy Pepper," fame), acted as fashion consultant on the Battle of Network Reality Stars recently. (So he mispronounced some names. Sheesh.) Well he, and all the cast of this show, from what I can see, along with a bunch of other reality "stars," will have another moment in Bravo's All Star Reality Reunion which premieres September 21, at 11/E. On a good note, a few of the Last Comic Standing comedians will be there also. Bravo claims there will be fifty reality folks from twenty different reality shows for this event. Of course I'll watch it (but hey, I have no life).
Now whatever happened to Project Runway runner up Kara Saun? Even though she didn't win the Runway, she won some darn good television contracts! Kara has been hired as the costume designer for the WB sit-com, What I Like About You. The producers were so impressed with her work on Runway, they gave her a call. She, and her staff of five, will be creating the wardrobes for seven members of the series, including the stars.
More importantly, Kara also did work for America's Next Top Model 5, having designed thirteen gold-metallic leather dresses that will be worn by the contestants for the latest ad campaign for the show. Thankfully she isn't competing, because as much as I loved many of her designs, I haven't forgiven her for her better-than thou attitude, and sneaky designer-made shoe fiasco during the final Olympus Week Runway competition. (Sheesh, I almost wanted her to get a Hall of Shame spanking from RNO!)
Anywho, last but never least, Project Runway's hostess with the mostess, Heidi Klum and boyfriend Seal, (yeah, I own all his CDs), tied the knot, somewhere in Mexico this past May. Sometime this month, they should be announcing the birth of a baby Seal! Of course she will be in perfect form for the return of Runway 2, and I wish them all the best.
I'll see you December 7, for the premiere of Project Runway 2!
Sandy McFarland can be emailed with any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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