How did this happen?! I’ve been sucked into Project Runway! Agh!

While I’m supposed to be catching up on some other projects, I sneak away to watch Kathy Griffin’s hijinks (one of many guilty pleasures) on Bravo. As my evil giggles trail off, before I can manage to turn the TV off and get down to work, it starts: Road to the Runway. It’s not even the show’s premier. It’s only the casting special; easy to turn off at the first commercial break. Or so I thought. I was wrong.

Having never seen this show before now, I’m new to the personalities (except Heidi Klum—who DOESN’T know Heidi Klum? Come on!). To my surprise, Heidi is not hosting this preview show, though she is in it a bit. The host is Tim Gunn. Turns out he’s chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design. I’d say he’s qualified for this show, right? And then there’s Michael Kors dishing it up over the contestants’ books. I really like him. I’m going to put him right behind Todd Oldham and Isaac Mizrahi in my list of fun male fashion designers who I want to be my friends. (I don’t really have a list like that). There are a few other faces, but they didn’t make as much of an impression on me this far. We’ll see how the season goes.

The REAL clincher was the chosen contestants themselves. This preview show did a fantastic job of reeling me in by showcasing the talent and passion these people have! The audition tapes and books were amazing! Seeing some of their sketches really inspired me. I used to sketch fashions years and years ago before I knew graphic design was my calling. (Thank goodness I realized it.) Seeing the sketches on the show makes me want to do it again. Not actually make clothes, but get back into sketching, using color (not from a computer), and all that good good stuff. Some of you have seen my stalled kimono-pattern series. Geez. Perhaps writing about it here will make me more accountable.

After all of this, I have a sneaking feeling the show is going to turn out to be more about the reality-show drama that happens on voyeur television. But I hope not. I hope it’s more of the same from this preview show—focusing on the highly impressive creativity and undeniable talent.

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