“Make It Work!”: Project Runway Returns…


Project Runway is one of those “Reality Competition” shows that catch you off guard. It’s almost like “America’s Next Top Model” with it’s appeal. The two shows have concepts that normally don’t appeal to my viewing tastes. But it’s all about the execution that make both shows watchable.

“Project Runway” has the edge though because skill and talent is what gets you to the top. And as much as Tyra Banks would like to try and make us believe otherwise, modeling is NOT hard. Designing and making a dress in 1 day is.

Last night “Project Runway” returned for it’s 4th season after nearly a year’s absence from the airwaves. And the winning formula that made the show a sleeper success is still the same. I also like how the new group of designers is seemingly more talented than the last batch. 

One other change I noticed? With the very good designers showcased last night, I didn’t see any huge crazy egos. Wow.  

Here are some of last night’s best designs:


The above dress won last nights challenge. The designer Rami seems to be the dude to beat. He is laid back, has no ego and has already designed a dress for Jessica Alba. Sure the dress is simple looking, but the dude sure has a flair for making things look expensive.

Good Effort

The above would have been my choice for runner up of the night. It was designed by Steven. I give the dude props for making a suit jacket in 1 day. Maybe I am easy to please? Whatever, that shit looks like it would be hard to pull off. So he gets major props from me.

Good Effort 2

Another choice for last night’s top 3 would be this design from Jack. My decision is solely based on the strength that he designed something that looks like it could be sold in a store right now. It’s well constructed, well designed, and Jack also seems like a cool guy who didn’t give off any crazy ego. He is also one of the few designers last night who actually listened to Tim Gunn and made use of the Bluefly.com accessory wall.

Unfairly Bashed 

This design by Ricky gets my “Unfairly Bashed” award of the night. Sure it’s not crazy, or extravagant, but there is something to be said about a well constructed design. He put this together quickly, and the end result looked expensive. Hopefully he will be able to think bigger next time, but I feel that he was in the bottom 3 last night for no reason. There were some ugly designs that got a free pass last night.

As with any reality show, the first few episodes serve to eliminate all the pretenders. So you never know how good anyone can really be until the few that are left are all equally skilled. That’s when you start seeing the contestants try and one up each other with their designs. And I for one am anxious to see if this season can live up to the long wait and hype.

“Project Runway 4” airs Wednesday Night’s @ 10PM on Bravo