8 is a number that is revered as perfection. When it lies down, it represents infinite possibilities. These possibilities are perceived through the eyes. 8 is believed by the Chinese to be the totality of the universe. 8 was the supposed number of piles that Buddha’s ashes were divided into. 8 is the number of categories of priests of Zarathustra. 8 forms of Shiva. 8 divinities guardians of the Tibet. 8 divisions of the sky of the Greek tradition. 8 animals which accompany the Mahometan believers in the paradise.
Project Runway is a reality television series that Heidi Klum hosts along with Tim Gunn, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. The past seven seasons have all been amazing filled with so many talented fashion designers. In the beginning of every series, I could care less with who won until I got to know their range and balance of design quality, general skills, and creativity. Once it got down to the final five or six, then I would start to determine who my favorites were.
From Season One through Season Seven, Project Runway did nothing but exceed my expectations with every subsequent episode and consequently season. The winners were not always my favorite designer but I did feel like every designer on the show was worthy of being on the show and that Heidi had created a reality show of substance. This show allows fashion designers, the people who are always behind the scenes until they are internationally successful, to try to work their way to the top faster than ever before.
Season One: Started with twelve designers, and ended with Jay McCarroll taking first, Kara Saun as the runner-up, and Wendy Pepper in third place.
Season Two: Started with sixteen designers, and ended with Chloe Dao taking first, Daniel Vosovic as the runner-up, and Santino Rice in third place.
Season Three: Started with fifteen designers, and ended with Jeffry Sebelia taking first, Uli Herzner as the runner-up, and Laura Bennett in third place.
Season Four: Started with fifteen designers, and ended with Christian Siriano taking first, Rami Kashou as the runner-up, and Jillian Lewis in third place.
Season Five: Started with sixteen designers, and ended with Leanne Marshall taking first, Korto Momolu as the runner-up, and Kenley Collins in third place.
Season Six: Started with sixteen designers, and ended with Irina Shabayeva taking first, Althea Harper as the runner-up, and Carol Hannah Whitfield in third place.
Season Seven: Started with seventeen designers, and ended with Seth Aaron Henderson taking first, Emilio Sosa as the runner-up, and Mila Hermanovski in third place.
Season Eight has been a let down from the get go. The commercials advertising it began with dark overtones. This was followed as season that promised to be filled full of DRAMA. And it has lived up to this. I have continued to watch hoping that this group of designers would be more cutting edge, or are better at creating quality products, but they are really just a mish-mosh of people who truly believe they have what it takes to be the next best designer even though the majority of them are lacking: either quality of product and/or artistic vision.
8 represents a new beginning, a new era. And if project Runway is going to continue on this surface-dwelling emotional roller coaster of non-sense, then it will not only lose viewers who truly care about fashion and fashion design but the quality of designers who audition for the show. This show is not going to survive as a purely frantic shell of what I have known it to be. Bring back some substance, some quality entertainment to my TV.