Did you hear the one about the filmmaker who ruined the SXSW screening of the SXFantastic entry The FP by loudly heckling their own film late Monday night, pissing off the army of movie bloggers in attendance? Meet Sarah Trost: film disrupter, costume designer, sister to writer-directors Brandon and Jason Trost, and former contestant on season 8 of Project Runway.
Project Runway is truly the Giving Tree for the 21st Century. Since it debuted in 2004, it has bestowed upon the world many gifts, both good (Tim Gunn! Enchanted German woodcarving Heidi Klum!) and bad (The Models aftershow! Michael Kors' nightmare-inducing unearthly hue!). It helped cement Bravo as a viable network and got Lifetime to stop airing so many movies about breast cancer starring Meredith Baxter Birney. And now, there's a new Runway spinoff on the horizon.
Heidi Klum Asked for Tim Gunn's Help in Swaying Project Runway's Final Vote? It's Not the First Time
Tim Gunn's always a candid fellow, but the Project Runway mentor let loose at a Kate Spade event in Pennsylvania last Friday when he shared his feelings about surprise season-eight champion Gretchen Jones. He also revealed that during the judges' final deliberations, Heidi Klum pulled him aside and asked him to help sway the judges to vote for Mondo. Excuse me, Heidi! That is not Tim's job. And you should know better, Ms. Klum: He already turned you down once when you sought his help in rendering the season-ending decision.
To tie up our ultra-extensive coverage of Project Runway's finale today, we chatted briefly with the two crestfallen runners-up. How did they feel about the final verdict? How did they process the judges' acerbic comments? Are they medicated heavily? Join us for their reactions.
Last night's Project Runway finale was thrilling, maddening, and bizarre, sometimes all within a 30-second interval. But the dust has settled, and now Movieline interrogates the season-eight winner in all his/her glory. Don't click ahead if you haven't watched yet, honey.
Are you prepared for the most epic Project Runway recap of all time? I might not be, but I'm delivering it anyway. Without further ado, let's climb inside our favorite polka dot print and settle in for three darling Lincoln Center collections, the judges' remarks, and a final decision that will leave you breathless in a sexual-humiliation sort of way.
Part one of Project Runway's eighth season finale was kind of a stunner: Andy proved he can beat up coconuts, Mondo likes vintage circuses, Gretchen revealed that she can't even afford to leave this room, and Michael C. admitted that his family situation is the stuff of more formally depressing Lifetime fare. So much to rehash. Let's throw darts at all of it.
Michael Costello was a lightning rod for controversy during this season of Project Runway. Ivy accused him of cheating, Gretchen accused him of being "either an idiot savant or an idiot," and the judges' continuous praise of his work baffled some of his fellow designers. During last night's episode he revealed two unfortunate personal truths: His parents haven't been very supportive of his ambitions, and his own boyfriend outed him to his family. To top off that headiness, we watched as the 27-year-old Palm Springs designer bawled on the runway after Heidi announced his elimination at episode's end. This morning Movieline caught up with Costello to discuss the "panic attack" he says we didn't see on TV, his relationships with Ivy and April now, and choice for the winner of season eight.
The first part of Project Runway's eighth season finale is tonight, and with it Movieline brings you a bolt of nefarious nostalgia. Though we all love the clothes, the judging, and even the nice-guy designers on Runway, the show has always depended upon its villains' incredible bitchiness. They deserve respect too! We've ranked our 10 favorite Project Runway villains of all-time after the jump. And no, Gretchen, you can't explain yourself.
Project Runway's April Johnston Talks to Movieline About Her Unfair Elimination, Michael C.'s Work, and Gretchen's Issues
April Johnston was Project Runway's baby this season, a 21-year-old college grad from Savannah, GA, who preferred black garments, light fabrics, and a droll one-liner every so often. We spoke with her about the show's pressing issues going into Fashion Week: the fairness of her elimination, the lionization of Michael C., and the mystery of Gretchen. She does not disappoint.
Five designers remain -- and a couple of them you actually like! That Mondo kid for example. He dresses like a toddler who's auditioning for the Happy Hands Preschool performance of Cabaret. And then April! She's a saucy, monotone chica we'd want to have mimosas with. Faboo! Then there are the others. Ahem! Let's break down this week's NY-loving episode and try to cope with its climactic idiocy.
In a form of playful torture, Heidi Klum made herself the client on this week's Project Runway. Terror! She told the designers to make "active wear" that you can wear on a trampoline, at work, and at a haute couture dinner party with Karl Lagerfeld, Prince Charles, and Versaces you aren't even allowed to know about. Seriously, this challenge was a riddle wrapped in a wrap dress. Let's make fun of everybody involved!
Project Runway's Christopher Collins Talks to Movieline About Nina Garcia's Double Talk, Ivy's Rumors, and the Mystery of 'Active Wear'
Christopher Collins, Project Runway's resident nice guy and tanktop connoisseur this season, failed to ignite the judges on last night's episode and was sent home in sixth place. We talked to the 30-year-old San Francisco designer this morning about Heidi's confounding instructions, Nina Garcia's own "execution" issues, and why he "adores" Ivy.
Project Runway, like Barbra Streisand or Avatar or my uncle with the speedboat, took us on an emotional journey last night. Tears fell. Gays blossomed. And I'm prepared to say we watched the best judging session in the history of the show -- qualified, detailed critiques with loads of fun disagreement among the panel. What is this, a show about respecting fashion? I don't understand anymore. Let's rip it all open.
Project Runway's newly eliminated designer, 29-year-old Valerie Mayen, is a steadfast Clevelander with ideas and headbands galore. We caught up with Mayen to discuss the exhausting judging process, her pick to win the season, and her least favorite Cleveland nickname (Spoiler: "the Mistake on the Lake").