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Project Runway: Season 8
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The 8th season had fascinating challenges-using materials from a party goods store, a Marie Claire (1-year auto-renewal) challenge, using avant garde hats from Philip Treacy (who designed Princess Beatrice's hat for LIFE The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton: Expanded, Commemorative Edition (Life (Life Books))), making a 6 piece collection, using First Lady Jackie Kennedy as inspiration, and L'Oreal make-up. During the 8th season, Alexander McQueen (Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)) killed himself, and Heidi Klum commemorates him.
The 8th season had its array of characters- from Carlos Casanova, the middle-aged designer Peach, the Laotian Andy South, the granola/hippie-ish Gretchen Jones from the Pacific Northwest, and the inimitable Mondo Guerra. Mondo Guerra was a standout with his designs;he even managed to make his HIV+ status into a clothing pattern.Read more ›
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This season features one of the least talented - or least exciting - design pools to date, with really only one designer whose work was on a creative par with the best contestants of seasons past. And yet, even without much "wow factor," the show was entertaining and engaging to the very last minute - the formula still works. The final choice was a naked, shameful travesty -- we were screaming, throwing things at the TV, but comforting ourselves by muttering that the loser (who was robbed!) will make millions as a celebrity designer, without any doubt.
Some changes and trends this season: the three main judges (Klum, Kors and Garcia) were much, much cattier than in previous seasons (although Heidi softened up a bit by the end) and week after week Heidi appeared in some of the worst clothes she's been in to date. In the parlance of the show, her own personal "taste level" seems pretty suspect these days. A couple of the designer melodramas were quite striking, particularly the "reveal" on contestant Michael Costello, which was one of the most genuinely painful moments I've seen in reality TV. All in all, this was a good, entertaining season - we enjoyed it. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue.com film reviews)
The above pathos wringing problem was never more evident that this season. Every drop of drama which could be wrung from these "characters" was done so. I could almost imagine the person behind the camera crying, "Cut! Let's try hitting that wall with a little more oomph, Michael, to show how really upset you are." Or "Hmmmm, let's bring back our most bitter and envious contestant as a "helper" and let her vent her spleen against one of the contestants still there." Ergo the "character" Ivy the minute she hits the sewing machine accusing a contestant still in the running of cheating.
Then there is the problem of judges who seem like they have been judging too long.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Again, I love this series, just wish I could get the rest of the seasons on dvdPublished 6 days ago by Judylou
Want to see more love these programs wish there could be more interaction with usPublished 4 months ago by Helen Borre
I wish more seasons were on DVD rather than on-demand. I love the creativity of all the designers.Published 6 months ago by Superjagunda
This program that is always good by the last 5 people turned out to be a tear jerker. By far one of my favorites.Published 6 months ago by Michele