Project Runway is finally here, the television series that’ll inspire the words ‘passion’ and ‘fashion’ in more column inches than you can poke a knitting needle at!
Meet Alison, Brent, Deborah, Helen, Juli, Leigh, Mark, Oren, Petrova, Shane, Sophie and Lui. For these talented 12 designers, Project Runway is the chance of a lifetime, and the stakes are supermodel high.
After meeting host Kristy Hinze and mentor Henry Gunn, the contestants were given their first challenge: to design a glamorous evening dress that reflects who they are as designers. Their time starts… NOW! It was full steam ahead to design HQ, Melbourne’s stately Whitehouse, where it was first in, best dressed. As puffing designers chose their swathes of material, all were feeling the pressure of having only three hours on the first day, and 11 on the second, to create something to impress the influential judges: designer Jason Brunsdon, top fashion buyer Sarah Gale and Karen Webster, director of Melbourne Fashion Festival.
After a second day of frantic sewing, stitching and bitching (Helen’s decision to help the struggling Brent raised a few eyebrows in the workroom), it was time up, tools down. The models transformed in hair and make-up under the watchful eyes of our nervous designers, and then, showtime! One by one beautiful girls lit up the catwalk with our designers’ glamorous, creative, innovative creations.
Leigh won the first challenge (and consequently immunity in next week’s show) with his Vivienne Westwood-inspired frothy cocktail number. Petrova and Shane also enjoyed being in the top three. Brent and Oren were in the bottom two, but it was 21-year-old Alison who was sent packing – her short bright party dress inspired comparisons to Miami retirees. Ouch!
Their passion is fashion. Don’t miss a minute.