Category Archive: Television

Mar 14 2013

Runway Recap: But What Do You Mean By “Prom Dress”?

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 7 Amanda and Michelle 1

There’s this basic problem with certain design challenges: on Project Runway, and in life. The problem is when people don’t give you clear specifications for what they want — and then judge you for not having accomplished it. This week’s PR challenge (okay, last week’s, I was on a speaking tour last week and only …

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Mar 04 2013

Runway Recap: Aging Out

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 6 Patricia

So since last week’s Runway Recap was all about one of my most loaded, most complicated, most compelling fashion topics — namely, fashion and size — I suppose it’s only fair that this week’s should hit one of my other gigantic hot buttons: Fashion and age. For this season’s “real woman” challenge (serious air-quotes, I …

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Feb 26 2013

Comedy Does Not Win a Free Pass: Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars


I am sick to death of the idea that “it’s just comedy” somehow gives you a free pass when you’re saying things that are racist and sexist. And I am sick to death of the idea that any transgression of social norms — no matter what those norms are, or why they exist — automatically …

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Feb 25 2013

Runway Recap: Sizing It Up

Project Runway Episode 11 Season 5 Benjamin

If you’re going to design clothes for a bigger woman, you need to use a bigger dress form. And you need to showcase them on bigger models. Period. I mostly liked this episode. I think the “teams” concept is working out well, way the hell better than I’d expected. I was worried that when the …

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Feb 19 2013

Runway Recap: What a Difference a Day Makes

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 4 Samantha

Damn. Day-um. This season of Project Runway is like a rollercoaster. Last week’s episode had me kvetching about how it was a perfect example of everything that’s gone wrong with the show. This week’s episode was a perfect example of everything I love about the show: what makes it fun, what makes it compelling, what …

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Feb 13 2013

Runway Recap: Pretty Dresses for Heidi, and the Cash Machine

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 3 Layana and Katelyn

“Make a pretty dress for Heidi that she’ll use to plug her latest project.” The main reason I didn’t do this Runway Recap until now is that I’ve been on a fairly intense and exhausting speaking tour, and just got back last night. But the other reason I didn’t do this Runway Recap until now …

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Feb 04 2013

Runway Recap: The Great Kilt Freakout, Or, Gender Normativity is Boring and Stupid (UPDATED)

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 2 Kilt 1

So… kilts? Really, Project Runway judges? You’re going to twist your knickers and wring your hands and fall about like fainting goats… over kilts? Okay. First things first. Basic assessment of this episode: Not bad. This episode focused a lot more on the actual design process than the show has for many a season, and …

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Jan 29 2013

Runway Recap: Team Players

Project Runway Season 4 DVD

To my great surprise, I’m willing to give this Project Runway “Teams” thing a chance. When I first started watching Project Runway a few years back, I evangelized about it to anyone who would listen. “No, really!” I’d say. “I know, it’s a reality competition show… but it’s one of the best things on television! …

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Sep 03 2012

Runway Recap: Boys Against the Girls

Project Runway Gunnar

I wasn’t planning for this week’s Runway Recap to be about feminism. Really, I wasn’t. Usually my Runway Recaps are my “give it a rest” happy silly fun time. But the producers of the show sort of forced it on me this week, and I’m going with it. So here’s what I was noticing this …

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Aug 28 2012

Runway Recap: Quote Unquote “Real Women”

Project Runway Ven 1

Sorry for the delay in getting this out! Yesterday was a bit, shall we say, challenging. Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers about last Thursday’s episode of Project Runway: Season 10, Episode 6, “Fix My Friend.” If you’re a fan of the show and you haven’t seen it yet — you stand warned. So what’s …

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