(So why am I here? I'm trying to get this blog started again, and figured a good way would be to do a recap or three. I may not have time to get to every episode, and I might well get bored halfway through, but bear with me, folks.)
The show starts up with the various contestants getting out of various vehicles of conveyance (ok, mostly feet, some escalators) and greeting the designers from their own seasons. From Season 13, we have blue-haired Emily Payne, everyone's favorite Troll doll Kini Zamora, East German escapee Fäde zu Grau, and Mitchell Perry. Season 12 gives us Alexander Pope, he of no eyebrows, whose formerly Bozo orange hair is now white. He's joined by supreme Drama Queen Ken Laurence, who, shall we say, was not Mr Pope's bestest buddy. Dom Streater, the ultimate winner of Season 12 and one of my favorite all-time PR contestants, rounds out that season for us. Then there are two folks from the short-lived Under the Gunn (which always sounded like a low-budget gay porn movie to me), Asha Daniels and Sam Donovan. They cling to each other like lifeboats. Never having seen their show, I have no idea if either of them possess any talent, but that's never been the most important qualification for getting on TV. The annoying Layana Aguilar from the equally annoying "teams" season of Project Runway (11), Valerie Mayen from season 8, and good old Stella "Leathuh" Zotis from season 5 complete the cast. No, wait, there's one more. Daniel fucking Franco, two time loser from seasons 1 and 2, back for more torture. Not that he's a bad designer, by any stretch of the imagination. He's just not a good competitor. Obviously.
Alyssa then lays the first challenge on the designers. They are to create something inspired by the moment they realized they were destined to become a designer. (For some, it could be their first poopy diaper. For others, well, let's say, maybe one or two of them never had that moment.) They have a budget of $200 and they get to do their sketching at Mood.
After a while, Zanna Roberts Rassi comes in to do the mentor thing. She's dressed slightly less-crazy and somewhat more age-appropriate than her usual get-ups. She says that she's not seeing a lot of inspiration in the designs in the room so far. Considering they're designing based on a rather abstract concept, "the moment they knew they would become a designer," what does she expect?
The next day, a bit more shade is thrown before the models are prettied and sent down to the runway. Alyssa is still on someone's shit list, possibly for breast-feeding in public, because she's wearing an unflattering gathered black one-sleeved dress made from rejected upholstery fabric.
Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman return as judges and are joined by guest judge Dmitry Sholokhov, who won season 4 of All Stars and PR season 10.
Come on. This is pure Dom. And I love it. So well made. Would love to see the dress underneath.
While Asha's dress is completely meh and something we've all seen many times before, she's not bad enough to get eliminated just yet, much to her little buddy Sam's relief. The other two, however....
Stay tuned. I'm not promising there will be other recaps; I had forgotten how much work this all is. But maybe.
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