On the 'Project' runway: Klum, Kors, anti-Grammy style
Posted February 8, 2013
Project Runway's team format isn't only controversial with the fans; apparently, the contestants "didn't like that very much," either, confessed host and judge Heidi Klum from the show's Season 11 finale runway Friday morning.
Still, after 11 years, Klum, dressed in a backless, printed jumpsuit, was positively sanguine about the scene. "I feel the love from all of you - the support for our show, which started out very small and grew bigger and bigger every year."
Something else was different, beside the team system and the addition of new judge Zac Posen. Klum admitted that for the first time ever, she had one designer she was rooting for.
One aspect that was familiar: The return of Michael Kors, there as a guest judge. "You're like my brother," Klum cooed.
Of course, with only two weeks into the new TV season, the crowd couldn't meet the finalists. (Lifetime taped a pre-show with the designers, but without the audience, to edit into the final cut of the episode.)
Instead, a parade of anonymous looks by eight contestants (half the original crew) walked by: Grammy-unfriendly dresses (sheer tops with strategically placed appliques, sheer skirts with visible granny panties, serious side boob and nearly navel-baring cleavage), a bevy of black (patent leather and textured jacquard ), retro rolled-and-pinned hair and cat-lined eyes, Clueless-era thigh-highs and built-in backpacks and coin purses, short sweaters and long gloves.
Among the more outre accessories: bejeweled brass knuckles (er, four-fingered rings) and 3D-like red visors.
Tim Gunn called it "a stunning show." Klum concurred: "That was awesome."
Seen front row: Kristin Chenoweth in silver Robert Rodriguez, Marilu Henner in bronze sequins.
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