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Project Runway Episode: "Welcome to Los Angeles!"

Season 6, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: The seamless reality show kicks off its sixth season with 16 new designers competing in Los Angeles. The first challenge has the clothiers creating red-carpet attire on a $200 budget. Lindsay Lohan serves as a guest judge.
Original Air Date: Aug 20, 2009

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Season 6, Episode 1
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Length: 06:44:23
Aired: 8/20/2009

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Project Runway Episode Recap: "Welcome to Los Angeles!" Season 6, Episode 1

After what feels like a decade of legal drama, Project Runway has finally returned to the airwaves on its new home: Lifetime. During the Season 6 premiere, 16 new designers are introduced along with familiar faces, including favorites Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. For their first challenge, the contestants are tasked to create a dress for a red carpet. And in classic Runway fashion, several tears were shed along the way.

See what Chris March had to say about the premiere in this week's "Runway Rundown"

The Season 6 premiere episode jumps right in with contestants introductions and we get a taste of what they're about. The introductions come so fast, you barely notice that the entire backdrop is now L.A. It appears to be a seamless transition.

First up is Ra'mon, a neurosurgeon dropout who left the medical field to become a designer — and now designs for Kohl's. Then there's tough Gordana from the former Yugoslavia; super-sweet Shirin; Qristyl and her "not plus-sized, but plus-sexy" designs; Nicolas the "feather prince"; and the older family man Epperson. Former meth addict Johnny is convinced he didn't make it on seasons past because he wasn't clean. Mitchell's just a cutie-pie, while Althea thinks she's the next Alexander McQueen. Christopher is a self-taught Minnesotan, dontchaknow? Ari is an artsy whack job. Carol Hannah thinks women should dress like Tinkerbell. Irina needs to find a new inspiration beyond her poodle and Louise was clearly the goth kid in school everyone picked on. But let us not forget Malvin — and his feathered faux-hawk — both of which have a bit of an ego.

After the designers head to the roof for a champagne toast, we hear an all to familiar voice shout out, "Hieee everybaady." Why, it's Heidi and Tim — now there's a sight for sore eyes.

Tim brings the designers to last year's Emmys red carpet (wow, I forget how dated this really is, but better late than never) and they find out their challenge is to create an innovative red carpet dress from their own point of view.

The designers head to their new workroom at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising to sketch. It's not much different from the F.I.T. workroom. Everyone utilizes the time except Ari, who apparently "doesn't sketch" and opts to meditate on her head instead. She's special.

They head out to get fabrics at Mood — apparently on both coasts — and scramble. Qristyl, is pressed for time and can't wait to have fabric cut for her, so she takes matters into her own hands by buying a pair of scissors and cutting her own. Work it out, girl!

Now the designers gear up to create their masterpieces. Ra'mon talks about how amazing it'd be to see his design on a red carpet and begins to choke up. And so the tears begin. Johnny is going back-and-forth with his design and can't handle the pressure. Cue the next set of tears. Tim puts on his therapist hat to console Johnny and encourages him to "make it work." Love Papa Bear. Meanwhile, Malvin is obsessing over how great his work is and Christopher is a lost puppy when it comes to fashion terminology. Tim makes his rounds and says his best line of the episode when he calls Ari's outfit a halter-diaper. But she's "not worried."

Mitchell is thrown a curve ball when his model comes in and the measurements he was given were all wrong. Why do I feel the producers were hard at work to stir up drama? Having only a collar left from his original dress, he decides to use sheer fabric to wrap around her and sew her into it. Honestly, it's much better than the Victorian atrocity he had going on before.

The designers gear up to see their looks go down the runway, and are greeted by staple judges Heidi, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia (now the Fashion Director of Marie Claire). Next thing you know, out pops Lindsay Lohan (redhead Lohan since this was last year) as guest judge.

The models walk down the runway, and the judges make their decision as to whose dresses were in the top and bottom. The middle-of-the-road designers are sent away to safety, leaving the top and bottom designers. The top includes Johnny's red, drapey-smockey number he made for a movie premiere. I'm thinking there was a bit of sympathy vote going on with that one. Christopher's edgy dress for the VMAs looks like scrunched-up garbage bags to me, but the judges are all about its "attitude." Ra'mon designed an eggplant gown for the Oscars and it's absolutely stunning, even though the judges feel it's safe. After all is said in done the winner is Christopher. I know they said Ra'mon's was too safe, but that would have topped every best dressed list out there — and they know it.

Then there's the bottom three. First is Ari who's envisioning her model at the VMAs in 2080 where the starlet will also get her Nobel Peace Prize. WTF is she talking about? Is she high? Even Lohan acknowledged it was heinous and her critiques have all been worthless (at least she's coherent though). Qristyl's Emmy dress had a very nice silhouette in the back, but what was going on with that ridiculously tacky fabric pairing? Mitchell explains his gown was scrapped in the final hour and what was left was his see-through gown. Despite it being unwearable, Kors thinks it's a "cool nightgown." Visible underwear or not, it's still 10 times better than his original idea.
 
The bottom two are Mitchell and Ari, and Heidi announces the first designer to be auf'ed: Ari. At least they didn't drag out that space cadet's stay longer than necessary.
 
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with the Season 6 premiere. I admit, I was a bit nervous about the transition from Bravo to Lifetime, but it all seems to have gone smoothly. It still has the same feel and attitude, with the only difference being the backdrops. But honestly, they're cooped up in the workroom and Mood for 98 percent of the show, so it doesn't even become an issue. This season's contestants have potential to be a fun bunch, so I'm looking forward to that drama. And as far as the judging, for the most part, it was accurate. I think the winner was debatable, but at least they kept their credibility by booting Ari. 
 
What did you think of the premiere and the transition to Lifetime? Are you into the cast? And do you agree with the judges' best and worst picks?
 
Discuss! 

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After what feels like a decade of legal drama, Project Runway has finally returned to the airwaves on its new home: Lifetime. During the Season 6 premiere, 16 new designers are introduced along with familiar faces, including favorites Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. For their first challenge, the contestants are tasked to create a dress for a red carpet. And in classic Runway fashion, several tears were shed along the way.

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