After the Runway – Season 17, Episode 1: First Impressions


Well, it has been a few minutes since I’ve last done one of these. Project Runway has made its way back to Bravo, after being on Lifetime for quite some time.

Since it’s been a while, I’ll explain how I do this: each week, I will post a recap of each episode, along with my thoughts on both the top and bottom looks.

Both Heidi and Tim have said auf wiedersehen, and Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano have stepped in to take their place. I admit that I was very hesitant about the switch, and didn’t hold high hopes for the new season. I am very happy to say that Bravo, Karlie, and Christian have proved me wrong.

On to this week’s challenge: each of the judges provided a picture from their past when they knew that fashion was to be their passion. The designers were then tasked to create looks inspired by each of these pictures.

Here are the looks that were in the bottom this week:


My thoughts: I felt like this look was safe. Nothing really special, but also, nothing all that bad. The red part was a bit wrinkly, and the crop felt just a bit too high, but I didn’t feel it warranted being on the bottom.


My thoughts: I fell in love with Frankie from the very beginning. I am glad that the judges saw something in her and didn’t send her home. She had a really great idea for her design, but grossly underestimated the measurements of her model. It was quite cringe-y when part of the fabric came off as she was talking to the judges. The design was very interesting, but gone horribly, horribly wrong. I’m hoping that she turns it around.

Cavanagh – Eliminated

My thoughts: When the show first started, I rather liked her and her designs. But as the show went on, I started to like her less and less. She would constantly talk about how expensive and luxe her designs are. It was a bit unfortunate that she ran out of time to complete her look. While it was rather well done, it was terribly basic and bland. The tweed jacket might have been enough to keep her around.

And here are the top looks for this week:


My thoughts: I thought this look would have ended up in the bottom, instead of the top. I rather liked the design as a whole, except for the feathers on the skirt. It makes the model’s hips look much wider, and feels out of place with the rest of the look.


My thoughts: This was my choice for winning look this week. It was very chic and fresh. Even though the look is largely grey, it doesn’t feel drab.

Tessa – Winner

My thoughts: When I saw this look come out on the runway, I thought this would be either safe or on the bottom. I never would have expected this to be a top look, let alone the winning one. I really wasn’t a fan of the straps on the back of it.

And there you have it! What did you all think of the top and bottom looks for this week?

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