So I am going to list the designers and my very first impression of them. I am going to hold back my usual snarky Unicorn and keep it nice. There were a few that kind of annoyed me. But let’s focus on the positive!
Aaron Meyes 23, Ridgewood, NY. I think I am going to like Aaron’s style. I like androgyny, especially in clothing and design. Kinda dig his pink roots.
Amy Bond, 46, Los Angeles, CA. I love her. She’s going to either be a huge mess or badass the whole time. She’s a professor and jinxed herself by saying it won’t be too hard for her. Total girl crush.
Ayana Ife, 27, Salt Lake City, UT. Barely got a minute. They showed her for a second after the hosts turned up. Kinda lame.
Batani-Khalfani, 32, Inglewood, CA. I also like her a lot. The twins ask her if what she is wearing is her design style. She doesn’t get to answer. Her smile was radiant, and she called herself a quiet storm.
Brandon Kee, 24, San Francisco, CA. Twins attack. He only works in menswear. I don’t understand why the designers don’t watch the first 15 seasons and practice ALL wear before coming onto the show.
Chacha, 24, Taipei, Taiwan. His name is Vincent, but everyone calls him Chacha which means annoying bird. He’s wearing a stuffed bear necklace. I think he is trying to lull the other designers with naivete or he’s threatening their plushie collections.
Claire Buitendorp 27, Grand Ledge, MI. So Claire has hair. Otherwise totally the same as her sister Shawn. I had to backspace a lot for this entry. I am not sure what I think of these two. All I know is they are kinda loud and can’t seem to work without each other. Sorta wondering if they’re behind the whole cheating thing that is hinted at during the previews. Identical twin sisters would be more included to help each other, then strangers.
Shawn Buitendorp, 27, Grand Ledge, MI. Shawn has a shaved head. Otherwise, see everything I said about Claire Buitendorp.
Deyonte Weather, 36, Lynnwood, WA. I like this guy. His wife is pregnant, but his wife is supportive. I love it. He seems very authentic and intolerant of bullshit. I like that in humans. Also, his whole introduction was the twins talking over him, and all about them dressing Katy Perry. He handled it gracefully.
Kentaro Kameyama, 38, Los Angeles, CA. A classical pianist turned into a designer. I think I am going to like his humor.
Kenya Freeman, 37, Atlanta, GA, Like I wish they would ask the twins to stop attacking all the new people. I am having a hard time gathering info. Thanks to the twins all I know is Kenya’s nails match her lips.
Kudzanai Karidza, 32, Atlanta, GA. He had one word. I am not sure if he said. Free or Freak. Either way, I am excited.
Margarita Alvarez, 30, San Juan, Puerto Rico. No bland, dull bullshit from this chick. I liked the pictures of her designs a lot.
Michael Brambila, 25, Oakland, CA. They never talked to this guy. So No idea who he is really.
Samantha Rei, 36, Minneapolis, MN. They barely focused on her. No pictures and she said like four words.
Sentell McDonald, 33, New York, NY. Introduced when they bring out the models. Not the best impression, but I’ll overlook it. Why did Project Runway leave out three designers from the meet and greet intro? I never noticed that before.
Tim Gunn is adorable, and I can tell that he doesn’t like how Heidi goes in for a total smooch-a-roo.Red Carpet look that shows who they are.
Heidi informs them to expect the unexpected, and calls for the models to hop off the Project Runway bus.
This season all of the models range from size 0-22. I blogged about this before, and so I was prepared to feel a sting. They cut to Margarita and Kenya who are both excited.
Then they go to Sentell who hasn’t even actually been introduced yet, and he admits he’s freaking out but excited. I wonder if this is going to be the most PC Project Runway ever.
The look on Brandon’s face is pure horror. I want to cut off his man bun. I am doing my best not to judge him harshly since he only designs menswear. He admits fearing this challenge and downs his martini.
I’m glad they’re including all body types for this season, but I hope it’s not going to be pulled out and showcased for each episode. It’s stressful I think in a way, and if they are doing this because fashion needs to veer away from size 0 perfection, then it should just be a thing.
Almost worried that each new episode is going to fixate on the designer who gets the plus-size model and how he overcomes the special handicap. It shouldn’t be like that. But whatever gets ratings I guess.
This is Tim Gunn’s baby, and I hope it works. He has always been an advocate for all women in all shapes and sizes.
Amy make me happy. Still girl crushing.
Model Mirror is new. I am not sure I am going to like this. It seems like it’s another way drive home the plus size part.
Okay so now they are in the work room, and they are talking more about how they ended up as designers. They still have yet to speak to Michael.
Chacha is just… His model is just so fat! He says as he eats candy. I wish I could find info for the models on the PR website. But nothing. I do not believe his model is that big. He has to know that saying fat is a dick move, but he hid behind his sunshine blank face. Sentell to the rescue.
I think Kentaro is going to be the funniest person on the show.
Tim Gunn is not sure what to make of Chacha. I concur Tim. What the fuck.
Amy Bond is going to win the whole thing. PLEASE! Her snark is off the fucking hook. Margarita is also excellent, and I feel like she’s in my tribe as well when it comes to the twins.
I’m sorry the twins are too much. Indeed. INDEED.
They finally spoke to Michael for four seconds, after thirty-five minutes. Still no idea who this guy is. I wonder if he’s going to go home, or if he commits a felony at some point.
I don’t get Brandon’s thing at all. He wants luxury, and it looks like something I’d wear to the beach. I see no red carpet.
**I don’t know who those fingers belong to, but OMG they need cuticle oil. C’mon Project Runway, help them out!**
They are in the hotel now, and Michael spoke. Who is this guy?
Chacha’s dress is a little girl’s nightgown. It’s sparkling and has ruffles in places it shouldn’t. I’m going to have nightmares about that thing. It’s a shirt, but not? I have no idea what it is.
I’m surprised by how many of these designs I like.
Except for shaved twin and Chacha. This is made for the red carpet, and Shawn made silver boxers. Because… why?
Batani’s dress is gray and tight in the wrong places. Her model mentions stretchy. I don’t know if I agree that stretchy is a plus size girls best friend. Not on this level of fashion. That dress is making me feel like this time I tried on a jersey dress, and it was like the Michelin, tire guy. Then she added a ton of lacy foo foo crap. Not at all what I was expecting from her.
Time for the runway. Oh, Nina and Zac. I’ve missed you guys too. Heidi is back telling us about models of ALL sizes. JC Penny and Avon are sponsoring this year. My friend mentioned it was being brought to us by our mom’s generation. I have to agree.
Kenya’s design: I love.
Kudzanai’s design: I’m not sure.
Ayana’s design: I like it, it’s modest and its very keeping to her design aesthetic.
Shawn’s design: Zac and I are both thinking what the fuck.
Batani’s design: That lace down the crack of her ass is just a no.
Claire’s design: Cute if you’re twelve.
Brandon’s design : I don’t feel like its red carpet. I don’t hate it. The judges seem to like it.
Chacha’s design: Make it stop. Tim looks sad.
Amy’s design: OK I love it. But I may be biased.
Sentell’s design: Very futuristic, but not well constructed in my opinion.
Kentaro’s design: I don’t know. I think I like it…
Deyonte’s design: I LOVE IT!! The dress and the model look regal.
Michael’s design: Love the pants. The top looks like a murdered muppet.
Aaron’s design: I like it. It’s fun, but still runway.
Samantha’s design: I’ve seen this dress a million times. If it were white, it would be Greek. As in ancient Greek.
Margarita’s design: I am not sure if I like this or hate it. It’s bright and has weird shoulder thingies.
Okay, so the top three: Brandon, Deyonte, and Kenya. (I agree with Deyonte and Kenya. Brandon is passable, but I would’ve had Amy or Ayana.
Bottom three: Shawn, Chacha, and Batani. (I agree with this 100%)
Kenya’s dress has minor boo-boo’s but the fact that she got it out with as much as she did it amazing. Nina and Heidi both loved it.
Shawn doesn’t get that she’s on the bottom. Now she’s crushed. I think she is going to cry.
Chacha, I LOVE SPARKLES! She’s a big girl, but NOT TOO BIG! Everyone is looking around thinking who the fuck is he talking about. Heidi sums it up. She looks like a scrunchie. Zac you snarky bastard “This my little pony zone you’re in.” I love you. Nina is going to cut a bitch. Oh Nina ❤
Deyonte made Nina like a print. A-MAZ-ING. I love this dress. SO much.
Okay, Brandon is kinda cute in an awkward way. Nina loved it, as did guest judge. Heidi just made him blush. Okay sorta cute. He tried and did a good job.
Batani said a no-no. Camouflage her figure. Why? She wanted to show it off. This bothers me. Zac and Nina are driving home and beating to death that it’s about “real” women and she’s getting scolded. That dress is hiding something back there though. Her poor model had a rockin bod, and it was hidden.
So the winner is Deyonte! Which is a big fuck yeah in my book. The person sent home is Chacha. I will not miss him at all. He felt like a throw away designer for the sake of having no one of worth go home the first episode.
From now on the recap will be up on Friday. I spent the weekend debating if I was going to do this. It’s actually a lot of work. I am not promising I will continue this.. LOL.
Who did you like? Who did you not like. Let me know!