Last night, December 7, 2005, the second season of Project Runway debuted. Now I am truly happy.
In case some of you don't know, the show's first season became a ratings hit for the Bravo network (which was airing Manhunt and Queer Eye at the time and was/is the gayest network ever. Take that, Logo network). Executive produced and hosted by Heidi Klum (now Klum Seal after marrying...Seal), the show pitted twelve designers against each other, giving them outrageous challenges each week. The first week they had twelve hours to make sexy evening gowns made exclusively with materials found at a grocery store (a corn husk dress won, but the lawn chair-and-placemat dress was a close second). Another week they had five hours to make swimsuits that could also be worn to a cocktail party (because, as we all have done ourselves, so many people climb out of a pool, jump in their car, and head on over to a swanky cocktail party). One designer was eliminated each week, and the final three got to show a collection at New York Fashion Week. Funny man Jay McCarroll was finally chosen as the winner.
Now it's back and literally bigger than before. The first hour they had sixteen designers, which is way too many for even the most devoted viewer to keep track of. Luckily, two of them were cut at the end of the first, ho-hum challenge (they had a week before arriving in New York to design a dress that reflected them as a designer...yawn). Arrogant Santino ("I have a hard time making something that's mediocre") was crowned the winner with his green baby-doll dress, although my favorite was Nick's cinnamon suit with a single feather jutting out from the lapel.
As the fourteen remaining designers assembled at a party, they were told that the second challenge was to create an entire outfit with only the clothes they were wearing. Well, you can just imagine the horror. Asking a designer to cut up their favorite leather jacket is like asking Courtney Love to give up being insane. This time cute little Chloe won with a simple (I would say too simple) clean blue and black dress with pockets (a nice touch).