There was a time when “Project Runway” was the darling of reality shows. It had fashion. It had celebrities. It had experts in the field. Most of all, it had a lot of exciting new talent.
Even in its early days on Bravo, “Project Runway” had its share of big egos. Has anyone forgotten the bravado of Santino? The fledgling designers often talked smack, but that was okay because they also had the skills to back it up.
This season’s “Project Runway”, which is the show’s eighth, is somehow different. I have been trying to put my finger on exactly what it is. The truth is it’s almost everything.
Don’t get me wrong, “Project Runway” still has fashion and some of it is as breathtaking as ever. Although it doesn’t seem to have as many celebrities the few that pop up are for the most part actually related to the fashion industry.
The judges are still there. Heidi Klum hasn’t lost any of her sparkle. Nina Garcia still won’t settle for anything second rate. Michael Kors is still demanding. Most of all, Tim Gunn is still supportive; although he doesn’t mind calling designers out when it is called for.
The major problem is the designers themselves. The show is now full of know-it-alls who can’t, or won’t, admit it when they ‘” in the immortal words of “Hogan’s Heroes” Sergeant Schultz ‘” know nothing.
Think about it for a moment. If they were already successful designers in their own right, they’d have no need to be on the show. Ergo, of the most part they aren’t successful as of yet. They come on the show to learn from, you guessed it, the experts.
Yet I don’t think there has been a challenge so far this year where the designers came close to agreeing with the experts who also happen to be the judges. Instead of listening to what the judges have to say, the designers shake their heads.
They can’t wait to go to the back room so they can proclaim what idiots the experts are and slam their opponents in the meanest, nastiest way possible. I must be missing something here. The judges are always wrong and the designers are always right. At least that is what they’d have the audience believe.
I think that begs the question: Why are the judges success stories and the designers still in a learning curve? As my grandson would say, “duh!”
In the past I have sometimes been floored by the designs chosen by the judges. But then I don’t claim to have fashion knowledge. This year; however, I think the judges have been on point.
Another thing different this year is the fact that a large group of contestants have chosen to gang up on one of their opponents. There has always been one on one rivalry and a few misfits that the others haven’t been able to accept. However, as a rule, the entire group has never ganged up on a single designer.
All you hear is “Michael can’t do this; Michael’s design is stupid; Michael has no taste” and so on and so on. One designer went so far as to tell the judges her opponent was lazy, stupid or both. (Oh, yeah I want to patronize her.)
Once again, it begs a very important question. If Michael is so bad, how is that he was won two challenges in the last three weeks? Jealous anyone? Petty anyone?
Maybe my tolerance for this kind of rude behavior is kaput. I know that I am sick of people thinking themselves above others. I’m also tired of the chosen few who think they have all the right answers and everyone else is wrong.
Designers who have been in the business 25 years may have a right to lord their so-called genius over everyone else. However, I have no urge to buy anything from a designer who exhibits little or no humanity or common courtesy.
Maybe I’m just sick of reality TV. I know I’m tired of always knowing after the first week who is going to win “Dancing with the Stars.” I’m also tired of the fact that the best singer probably won’t win “American Idol.” Most of all, I’m tired of all the whining and back stabbing on “Project Runway.”
Stick a fork in me. I’m done Lifetime. Somehow you have taken a show that once had a winning formula and turned into one that makes your audience want to throw things at the screen.
Sorry, I won’t be watching anymore. Like much of everyday life today, “Project Runway” is just too depressing!