Uh… what? I have to be honest, I wasn’t super excited to watch/recap this show. Having no genuine interest in fashion or arts and crafts, Runway is about as much as I can take of this particular reality genre, and I pretty much only watch so I can have more fodder for my imaginary friendship with Tim Gunn. An entire show focused on the Bluefly wall seemed like the Top Chef: Just Desserts of the Runway franchise – too much of something that isn’t the main course.
But yeah, I’m a total fucking idiot because people and this show are BADASS. It’s not the Top Chef: Just Desserts of the Runway Franchise – it’s the Top Chef: Beef and Habaneros (were such a thing to exist)! The contestants come off douchey enough – gay black guy from Baltimore who makes church hats, weirdo Leathah Stella wannabe who’s the first person to cry and have a “breakdown,” doe eyed, pretty girl named Maria who also cries, but has the talent to back it up, etc. THEN Molly Sims takes them to storage units in Jersey full of trash, and after everyone races around grabbing couch springs, ice skates, rat traps and Chinese parasols, and the wire cutters, spray paint, and BLOW torches come out. These guys may not be the stars of the franchise, and their host (Molly Sims) and mentor (pretty lady, can’t remember who she is) need significant personality transplants, but they bring the pretty with metal and FIRE. For that, I respect them.
Also, I realize that I’m spending less and less time trying to convince myself that the winning pieces AREN’T in fact heinous. The jewelry/bags/belts/headpieces that get made today, and those previewed throughout the show look amazing. There was only one contestant who made something that made me laugh out loud, and I don’t know about you Gasmii, I’d rather clutch my boobs in desire than roll my eyes in disgust any day of the week. I like the ratio of awesome to crap this show is already promoting.
Stay tuned for the full recap in the next few days to find out who won, who lost, background on the other judges and a debate on whether guest judge Debra Messing is pregnant again…