Have I ever mentioned how much I love Project Runway? Because I do. I have a serious girlcrush on Heidi Klum because of this show (I never knew before it aired just how gloriously deranged she is!) and since the first moment I laid eyes on him it has been my life’s ambition to feed Tim Gunn homemade scones (call me, Tim! I can do any flavor you like!). There have even been a couple of serious designers who have crossed the line from ‘reality show contestant’ to actual, you know, professional. My beloved Austin Scarlett from Season one is now creative head at Kenneth Pool Bridal, which is perfect for his Doris Day movie meets eighteenth century highwayman aesthetic, and Christian Siriano is now dressing major stars not because he won a reality show competition, but because he’s that good.
Season nine, which begins tomorrow night at eight pm eastern time on Lifetime, is going to be the biggest season yet… at least in terms of number of designers. There are going to be twenty to weed through to get to the winner. Just looking at their pictures, I already want to slap Gunnar as a poseur and likely season baddie. But we’ll see what I think when I actually see him in action and witness his designs. And I have to admit that some of the people I’ve taken an instant disdain to in the season premiere have grown on me over the years.
But most of all, I’m eager to see what the challenges will be like, how the designers will rise to those challenges, what bizarre flights of imagery the judges will indulge in during the critiques, and (happy sigh) lots and lots of Tim being… Tim.
Will any of you be watching? What was your favorite PR moment? Who do you think won who shouldn’t have, or didn’t win who should have? What would you feed Tim Gunn given the opportunity?
And what about… Naomi?
Damn. I just really dated myself with that last one, didn’t I?