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Project Runway Episode: "Let's Start From the Beginning"

Season 5, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The runaway runway hit opens its fifth season with 16 fresh designers on pins and needles: They try to make it work by creating clothes from unusual sources.
Original Air Date: Jul 16, 2008

Recap: Season Premiere Season 5, Episode 1

Welcome back to the runway! After a fierce last season I couldn't wait to see what talent and personalities we'd have in store this time around. The episode began with the designers entering their new digs and like Tim Gunn said later on, this was one diverse group of contestants. The few that stood out to me were Blayne Walsh, a self-proclaimed tanning addict, Jennifer who seemed like she didn't really fit in, Suede because of his name and the use of the third person and Joe Faris because his mention of his daughters marked him the resident straight male designer for the season. After all the intros, the designers met Heidi and Tim on the rooftop of Atlas New York. Oh how happy I am to have Tim back in my weekly TV lineup. They popped the champagne, did some mingling and then it was off to get a good night sleep before their first challenge. Tim woke them up bright and early the next day to head to their destination- Gristedes. As a NYC gal myself I've spent many a Sunday afternoon at this grocery store so I was excited to see what would lie ahead. We also learned that Austin Scarlett would be the guest judge as he won the 1st season Gristedes challenge, setting the bar high with his corn husk dress. At Gristedes, some seem focused while others look lost. Peppers, pasta, what on earth will these kids come up with? Back at Parsons, the ideas started to come to fruition though still looking questionable as designs. Stella opened up her garbage bags only to find that her fabric was "trash." Um, wasn't that exactly what it was...trash? Blayne tells Tim he's making a crazy and obnoxious dress. Daniel's cup dress is starting to come together and Tim loves Kelly's vacuum cleaner bag dress. But unfortunately, too many of the designers went the easy route using paper cloths and Tim calls everyone out for slacking off. Next is runway day. After all the craziness of fittings, hair, makeup and last minute touches, it's time for their 1st show. Here's how the judging fell. In the safe group were: Emily Brandle- used bouncy balls to make a dress Jerell- managed to make lawn chair and paper umbrellas into an adorable dress Leanne Marshall- funktified her table cloth dress with candy and cookies Jennifer Diederich- used paper towels and lipstick to make a pretty and dainty dress Terri Stevens- crocheted mops heads into a top with a skirt Suede- made a tablecloth dress that looked just like that Joe- turned pasta and oven mitts into a flowy dress Kenly Collins- used dodgeball and lawn chair to make a dress that looked anything but the materials she actually used Wesley Nault- made a pretty dress out of fly swatters and table cloths Keith Bryce- made a cute dress but wasn't too innovative Called out were Daniel, Jerry, Korto, Stella, Kelly and Blayne. Daniel's plastic cup dress stood out as unique without simply being a fabric substitute. The judges gave him their praise. Jerry on the other hand not so much. His "April showers bring May flowers" look didn't go over too well. Michael Kors actually thought his model looked like a freaky bridal nurse. Ouch. The judges loved Korto's use of fresh produce while creating a tailored outfit that could be wore out on the town. Stella's revealing trash bag dress was called a yawn while Kelly's vacuum cleaner bag and push pin dress was also liked. Blayne referred to his outfit as "girlicious," whatever that means, but Heidi called it Playboy bunny gone grunge. In the end, Kelly was the winner of the first challenge and gained immunity for the next. Jerry then became the first auf'd contestant. So what did everyone think of season premiere? Did Jerry deserve to go or should Stella have been out? And don't forget starting early August, TVGuide.com will be doing a weekly recap video with Season 4 contestant Chris March as well as cast-off video interviews! For more on Project Runway, check out our Online Video Guide show less
Welcome back to the runway After a fierce last season I couldnt wait to see what talent and personalities wed have in store this time around The episode began with the designers entering their new digs and like Tim Gunn said later on this was one diverse group of contestants The few that stood out to me were Blayne Walsh a self-proclaimed tanning addict Jennifer who seemed like she didnt really fit in Suede because of his name and the use of the third person and Joe Faris because his mention of his daughters marked him the resident straight male designer for the season After all the intros the designers met Heidi and Tim on the rooftop of Atlas New York Oh how happy I am to have Tim back in my weekly TV lineup They popped the champagne did some mingling and then it was off to get a good night sleep before their first challenge Tim woke them up bright and early the next day to head to their destination- Gristedes As a NYC gal myself Ive spent man read more

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