Project Runway Australia – Season 2 – Episode 1
Project Runway Australia kicked off tonight with twelve designers vying for the top prize. Henry Roth in a previous post here said this year’s bunch were more talented. Well now it was time to meet them as they arrived at the apartment where they were to stay for the duration of the show.
Amber Renae photo with Paris Hilton at the beginning of the episode is indicative of the reason she went on Project Runway Australia. Meeting her last week she admitted she was not interested in becoming a designer but was extremely open to any ongoing media opportunities.
She is a sylist so maybe she is hoping Arena will do an Australian version on The Rachel Zoe Project for her to star in.
Michael Finch the country boy who is obsessed by his lustrous locks is known as Tresemme by the cast, but I prefer to call him Fabio, as he looks like his love child.
When he said he was not a “prick” you knew that maybe he was in denial about that.
Anthony Capon gets the stating the bleeding obvious award by saying to camera “I am a boy.” A bit of hair gel and eyeliner does not make you look like a girl.
William Lazootin who said here he worked for Lisa Ho, apparently no longer works there, he looks like one to watch.
Yopie Stafurik is a costume designer from Sea World. She also walks with crutches because of contracting polio. I was completely underwhelmed by the photos of her designs However if there is a challenge involving velour she will definitely win it.
Ivana Stipicic a fashion intern, who looks like a supermodel.
Kellyanne Russell is a bigger contestant cracked me up with her line “my butt is the price I had to pay to have such great tits.” Unfortunately they will be no use to her in the household, as all but one contestant would have no interest in them.
Mark Neighbour is the old guy of the competition. He has all the techincal qualifications, it will be interesting to see him back it up with practical side.
Claudia Chabo designed swimwear and lingerie. She has her own label CCU.
Jason Chetcuti has his own label. He thinks what will set him apart from the others is “the way I put clothes together.”
Ryan Whelan reckons he is an all rounder. His theory is to look good to get laid. He did not tell us if his strategy actually works.
Lauren Vieyra is ambitious and a cheerleader (should those two words go together?).
The designers had the obligatory class of champagne but they were going to have to be a quick drinker as Kristy Hinze and Henry Roth showed up to tell them about their first challenge. They had to design a glamourous evening dress for the red carpet. The fabrics were there, and they 3 minutes to grab them. The dress must be a reflection on who they are as a designer. They had 10 hours all up to complete it.
Model’s got to choose the designers which is a bit of a flip from the usual.
Henry half way through the challenge came though to dispense his usual wisdom, Amber, however did not appreciate it. She said the dress was more “fashion forward than what he is used to.”
Jason’s dress was a melange of fabrics and it looked like a cross between a table cloth (which it probably was) and a lycra leotard.
On runway day they had two hours to get ready and they could dip into the Gregory Ladner accessories and the Andrea Jeon shoe wall.
Just before the runway Amber’s zipper broke.
The judges are the same as last year Sarah Gale a fashion buyer, and fashion designer Jayson Brundson. Fashion designer Nicola Finetti, who is male, was the special guest judge.
Michael’s gown was great, as was Claudia’s it reminded me of Von Troska. Lauren’s sequin dress was a bit of a disaster, it made the model look big. Anthony’s drapery dress was elegant. Amber’s hot pink number was aiming for the trannt market.
Ryan’s looked cheap. William’s was gorgeous but it was a challenge that would be right up his alley. Sarah was perplexed by Jason’s schmozzle.
Kellyanne, Claudia, Michael, Yopie, Ivana, and Ryan were declared safe.
Anthony’s draped dress was beautiful Jayson said it is “Interesting and elegant.”
Jason was told his dress reminded Jayson of Logies red carpet circa 1987.
The elder statesman Mark Neighbour won the first challenge, I hope he sparks up a bit on camera as dull.
The bottom two were Jason and Lauren. Would her Darryl Hannah dress survive over Jason’s Glinda the good design. It does Jason was eliminated. Maybe he should have stuck with the Dior internship after all.