Season Ten of Project Runways kicks off in Times Square
Times Square was the setting for Project Runway’s season 10 kickoff. The fashion programme set its catwalk up within Manhattan’s northern triangle. The reality-television show has a huge fan base and fans were treated to a fantastic show when Michael Kors, designer and show judge presented the show’s latest designs to the media, audience and VIP guests. No doubt many came to see Heidi Klum up close too. The woman’s beauty is famed.
Started in 2004 Project Runway has just been picked up for its tenth season with fashion fans and design addicts breathing a sigh of relief. The tough world of fashion is shown through the eyes of novice designers who are given briefs to design some extreme clothes for potentially surreal and eclectic customers such as stilt walkers or brides wanting supreme wedding dresses. Designers need to be able to meet the requirements within a stipulated period and they are judged accordingly by a panel which includes Heidi Klum and some tough fashion critics. Guest judges are also invited on board – recently Katie Holmes. Contestants are eliminated as in any other reality based television show, while Project Runway winners are given opportunities to work with some of the top names in the fashion industry. Christian Siriano, a Project Runway winner, currently designs for Heidi Klum.
Klum admitted that she has been begging the programme directors to put a Project Runway show on in Times Square. The kickoff show started with a champagne celebration for the new season while the catwalk was set-up underneath a massive billboard featuring a pair of scissors and Tim Gunn’s famous words of “Make it Work.”
Audiences all over the world, and those throughout Times Square, were treated to 32 outfits. Two each designed by the 16 contestants; one at home and one at Parsons – NYC School for Design. Naturally when watching Project Runway, everyone is a critic and several designs were described as disastrous, others as pure genius, some even as too perfect. It’s clearly a very fine line that one treads as a fashion designer.
Project Runway was screaming success with 60 photographers jostling in an area reserved for 15, a huge audience of people cramming into Times Square and millions watching the new season kickoff. The contestants nervous energy was quite palpable, but with the tough critiquing that goes on with the Project Runway judging panel, designers as far afield as China were feeling it.
Vida Denning is a writer who enjoys Project Runway but wishes some designers would a point of redesigning mens ties because most of them are just too cruel to the eyesight.