'Project Runway' week 2 eliminated designer: 'I have not figured out the judges'


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As you know in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day… you’re talking to reporters about the utter misery of being out! Don’t click through if you don’t want a SPOILER on last night’s Project Runway. Season 9’s second eliminated contestant chats with EW after the jump.

Mormon banker-turned designer Josh Christensen, 29, is back in the workroom already, working on a menswear line. “If people looked at my portfolio, they would understand immediately what I was about,” Christensen promises. “I try to do something that’s innovative but wearable. I’m not looking to be the craziest designer in the world.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you think your elimination might have had more to do with your problematic week 1 design than this week’s design?
JOSH CHRISTENSEN: I feel like from the first challenge they kind of put a target on me. I knew going into the second challenge they were going to look for something to pound me for. The critique wasn’t as harsh this week, but I think the first week definitely affected the way the judges viewed me.

Which was greater: the pressure to create a sophisticated modern look or the pressure to be as unconventional and wacky as possible with the pet store stuff?
To be honest, [laughs]…. I have not figured out the judges. It’s really just kind of based on their reaction. A lot of people might like it and the judges might hate it, or nobody likes it and the judges love it. You gotta just pray.

Did you think your design looked — as guest judge Stacy Bendet said — like it belonged in “the 1990s bar scene”?
No. You know, what was really funny is I was looking at the way she was dressed — like, are you kidding me? Those chunky-chunky red shoes and that mini mini dress? I’m like, “We’re not talking.”

The judges condemned you for using “normal fabric” like the pet umbrella, but wasn’t Olivier’s winning design that used a dog bed for a top kind of the same thing?
It’s exactly the same thing. That’s the thing — a lot of people used muslin from the workroom and then just glued stuff all over it. I had a different mentality about this challenge. I didn’t use anything that didn’t come from the pet store, except for thread.

Do you think the right designer won the pet store challenge?
No, you know what, I actually really did like Oliver’s. It was really really cool, but it was very sort of high fashion. I was really happy for him for sure.

What was with Michael telling you your model looked like she was nursing triplets?!
It was weird! I don’t think the look made her chest look bigger than it already was. And he has such a grab bag of random phrases that he just seems to pull from. I choose to not really pay attention to those comments, because they’re never really helpful. But whatever.

Speaking of your model, I know you had major fit issues on week 1. Were the measurements they’d given you totally off?
You know, on this last challenge, really there wasn’t a whole lot of fit problems. I know the judges had mentioned it again, but to be honest, I think it was just one of those things where they wanted to bring it up again. But yes — my model was a beautiful girl, but her measurements were terribly off for the first challenge. But I don’t feel like there was any sort of coincidence on the show. I just feel like it was what it was, and I did the best that I could.

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  • Dort

    Your design was better than Brice’. The judges didn’t give you a chance. So sorry to see you go so soon.

  • Holly

    I think the nursing triplets thing has not to do with her looking chesty, but rather with the fact that you can see the three shawdowy dogs at her boobs, and it looks like they’re suckling.

  • Jethro

    Time to change up the Judges. Nina may be a fashion editor, but not a designer. She is off every week. Micheal thinks he is Nigel L for SYTYCD, if he doesn’t like the designer, he hates the result.

    Heidi seems to have less and less to say every season. Time for a change up!!!

    • James


    • Aunt Sassy


    • Nanny

      Totally agree !!!!

  • B

    At the end of the day the design was AWFUL and the neon green belt made no sense. This looked like something Alyssa Milano wore on ‘Charmed’ back in 1999.

    • ty

      Yes, it could be argued weather it was the worst. But it can’t be argued weather it is a horrible dress, it looks like it belongs on Jersey Shore not Project Runway.

      • amanda


      • ty

        Amanda eats her boogers.

  • robert j

    Josh, did it to himself. He should’ve really pushed himself with hsi design instead of trying to stay in the middle of the pack. I think he even said something in last night’s episode about staying safe. This was his opportunity to push himself because he was on the chopping block last week. Josh blew it. -

    • schmed

      ITA. Note, too, the comment about whether they looked forward to seeing what else he could do – a doubt that already existed given his background in menswear. It’s easy to see how th ejudges could conclude Bryce or Fallene might rise from the ashes (kitty litter?) sooner than Josh.

  • nunya

    I liked this look too.

  • Fred

    thank god he is outta there…..good riddance!

  • watergirl

    Josh your dress wasn’t great but don’t think you deserved to go home. I thought Bryce was horrible and he should of been sent home. Plus Bryce’s styling was horrible. Anthony should have won for his bird seed dress.
    I agree using the material from an umbrella is no different than using it from a dog bed.

    • amanda

      should have been sent home

  • Nanny

    Bryce should have went home, that was horrible and the bird seed dress should have won!

    • ty

      I disagree. The bird seed dress was beautifully made and the materials used were unconventional but worked into the dress in a interesting way. However, the over all design was much less interesting than the materials used. Nina was right when she said the dress was to short, it cheapened the look a little bit. Oliver’s dress was a lot smarter and more modern.

    • amanda

      should have gone home

    • abc

      Jeez Amanda….are you are frustrated teacher or just an obnoxious witch with nothing better to do than correct people’s spelling and grammar?

      • teresa

        I vote for witch.

  • amelia in portland

    I agree that Bryce should have been out but he did follow the challenge so that’s what saved him. Josh, you were sent home for lack of imagination.

    As far as this season goes, it’s been kinda boring or there’s just way too many designers. This is going to be one very longggggg season :(

  • Buffy Freak

    Josh’s outfit wasn’t the worst last night IMO but on the hels of last week’s debacle I can understand them sending him home. More egregious was the winner…

  • julie

    Joshua your outfit was made of fabric and it was boring!

    Plus you seemed to crumble at the pressure of week two; they really did you a favor.


  • jj

    Oliver’s “seed” dress was amazing. Again Nini G. overrules Heidi (shades of last season’s nightmare Gretchen).
    I hate it.

  • Wendy

    I only wanted him to stay because and and the other Josh made great TV! Bryce had a much worse outfit but I doubt he’ll make it far anyhow.

  • mary

    The bird seed dress should have won. Oliver’s outfit was beautiful BUT a dog bed cover is fabric…yet the judges gave Josh a hard time for using fabric from an umbrella…. I don’t get it.

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