Project Runway Season 2 Episode 1 Re-Viewed

We’re back for a second season! Now that the designers know what they’re getting themselves into we’re expecting big things this time around.

Before the new crop are brought in we catch up with Jay McCarroll and what he has been up to in the short time since he won. He jumped onto the casting panel to help pick the new competitors.

Other season one alum including Wendy Pepper, Kara Saun, Robert Plotkin and Austin Scarlett also took turns on the panel alongside Tim Gunn to grill the new cast, and give updates on their time since the show.

Awkwardly, alongside the new hopefuls is the first eliminated from last season, Daniel Franco, who is back for redemption.

Once the semi-finalists were picked, an impromptu challenge was thrown at the designers preparing two of them to be cut in just 2 hours! The challenge? Make a garment to best describe themselves as a designer from $20 and six feet of muslin.

As we watch the doe-eyed wannabe’s creating their outfits, a few designers stick out as ones to watch such as Andrae, Santino (holla Drag Race) and Diana, but with only 12 places to fill it’s anyones guess who will make it.

Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are back again! Hopefully they’re be around more than last season!

The following looks are ranked from my personal best to worst:

Santino put himself at the head of the pack with a fun, flowing dress with incredibly intricate detailing on the straps and back. He chose his colours well and worked well with the fabric.

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Nick proved himself to be one to watch. The colour of dress and jacket were beautiful, and the detailing and fit were excellent. He definitely made the most of his time.

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Raymundo performed well with a dress and and mini jacket combo. The detailing of the bust line, as well as the hem of the dress were beautiful while the feather on the jacket showed some personality. The look was paired well with the accesories and hair on the model.

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Diana is another standout this week. Sure, the magnetised skirt was a flop, but the dress worked regardless. The neckline was absolutely stunning and the pattern of the second skirt worked well with the overall aesthetic. I’m expecting big things from her.

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Zulema demonstrated a strong ability with both her dress and jacket. The fit of both were on point, and the overall look appeared expensive. Though the shoulders were a little broad.

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Marla definitely displayed her voice through this piece. While the colour and style were not my favourite, there’s no doubting she went to work on this garment. The neck was interesting, and the jacket was decent. It looks like we’ve found this seasons rock chick.

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Andrae did well. The two piece garment was simple, sophisticated and fun. The back and straps were cute and the ruffling of the material was fun but it was very safe.

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Chloe put forward a simple, but beautiful gown. The fit and flow were both decent, and the work around the bust was interesting but it was nothing extraordinary.

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Daniel‘s mini dress was quite plain. It was well crafted, and the gold detailing was good but it was nothing incredible.

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Emmett‘s look was a bit of a mess. The jacket was innovative and well made, but the dress had an odd cut and the work of the neckline when mixed with the jacket, looked a little tacky.

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Kirsten gets points for being the only designer to tackle pants. Sure, they wern’t great paints, and the top was only interesting from the back, but she gets props nonetheless.

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Daniel F truly redeemed himself from last year (although I didn’t hate him then either.) His dress brought the most drama during this runway, to create a silhouette like that with just $20 showed his skill. Although yes, the bust was a mess!

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Guadalope needs to learn how to edit. The overall structure of the dress, especially the back were beautiful but the orange trim, high collar/sleeves and oddities sewn to the front were just hectic.

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Heidi‘s dress was pretty. You can definitely see who she is as a designer, it just so happens she’s not that interesting of a designer! The lines were clean and the use of lace was cute, and I liked the small hint of colour for the trim.

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Kara is also guilty of doing the minimum during this challenge like many of the others. The overall look was just “eh”, however the small embroidered sections were strong.

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John‘s dress wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t exciting either. He dyed the material into a decent pattern but from there didn’t really do much. At least he added in the leather waistline, although that didn’t help matters very much.

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Winner: Santino 

Out: John and Heidi


Note: Apologies for the poor photo quality, this was long before HD.