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Looking back at the most awkward sponsored challenges on 'Project Runway'

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In the 10 years Project Runway has been airing, it’s never been known for its subtlety in product placement. (We can talk more about this near the Bluefly.com Accessory Wall, or maybe in the L’Oreal Paris Makeup Room, or perhaps by the Tresemmé Hair Studio—but only if we can grab a snack from this Samsung Food Showcase Refrigerator first. Wow, this Samsung refrigerator is amazing!)

This fact has never more apparent than when Runway features one of its favorite gimmicks: the good ol’ sponsored challenge. True, great designs can come from unusual inspiration (i.e. this look from car parts), but Campbell’s Soup doesn’t necessarily evoke “couture.” Still, regardless of the sponsor, Tim Gunn can sell any awkward challenge with gusto.

To celebrate the show’s premiere 10 years ago this week, here’s a cringe-worthy look back at some of the most egregious offenders: READ FULL STORY

'Project Runway' turns 10: How the show changed reality TV

These days, Project Runway is the TV equivalent of comfort food. Whether we’re bingeing on old seasons or picking up in the middle of the newest one, we’re soothed by the sight of half-dressed mannequins stuck with so many pins that they look like giant voodoo dolls, Tim Gunn’s “this concerns me” face, visions of taffeta grandeur floating down the runway, and Heidi’s impossibly long, lean legs.

But when it debuted 10 years ago this week, Project Runway was a novelty. A decade ago, the most popular reality competitions on TV were The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Big Brother, Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Mole, and Fear Factor—shows that focused on pretty people trying to double-cross each other. America’s Next Top Model was already in its third season—but it was always more about gorgeous girls and drama than fashion. There was also American Idol, a talent-based contest—though it placed its emphasis on the audience’s judging of the contestants rather than accompanying the singers through their creative processes.

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Nina Garcia guest judges on 'Project Runway All Stars'

Guest judges come and go on Project Runway, but’s no one who feels more comfortable in the seat than this week’s All Star guest judge: Nina Garcia. She brings her fashion industry knowledge as well as her years of Project Runway judgeship experience to critique the all stars’ looks.

This week’s challenge requires the designers to create a look that embodies their past, present, and future loves. And love is not what the judges had for Kate Pankoke’s dress. As expected, Nina did not go easy on the critique, but Kate—this being her third time on the show—proves hard to knock down. READ FULL STORY

'Project Runway All Stars' host Alyssa Milano talks season 4

Alyssa Milano admits she was nervous when hosting Project Runway All Stars for the first time last season—but all that’s behind her now. In season 4, which premieres Thursday, Oct. 30, she settles comfortably into her hosting and judging role—she even “gets into it” with fellow judge Isaac Mizrahi over a critique—even though she was eight months pregnant while filming the show. Here, Milano tells EW what it was like to tape the series (in heels no less), who her favorite guest judge was, and what to expect from this season… the best to date, according to Milano. READ FULL STORY

'Project Runway' winner: 'It's just sinking in now'

Last night the final four contestants of Project Runway “lucky season 13″ battled it out with runway shows at New York Fashion Week. The designers had very different design “voices,” which led to four incredibly varied final collections—boho elegant vs. street style vs. editorial vs. elevated denim. It was one of the best final shows in the show’s history, according to Heidi Klum, which made the judges’ job even harder.

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'Project Runway: Threads' react: A mini-me version without the bite

A few weeks ago I wished for a Project Runway with tweens, and then I got my wish in Project Runway: Threads. (I really should put my wishing powers to better use, but I can’t complain about getting Christian Siriano back on the small screen.)

Threads, the fourth spin-off of the franchise, is like Runway Lite. Each week, three tween aspiring designers will face off with two challenges; the first is a look that they prepared at home for immediate judging, the second is a typical “here are the rules, now go; oh, wait, there’s more” challenge. The winner takes home $25,000. READ FULL STORY

'Project Runway All Stars': The designers returning for season 4 are...

As hard as it is to get by without Heidi, Nina, and Tim, Project Runway: All Stars always helps to fill the perfectly designed hole in our hearts during breaks between Project Runway seasons. And if you’ve enjoyed the past few years of the flagship show, you’re in luck: The cast of All Stars season 4 of is heavy on designers from Runway‘s past few seasons.

The most notable designers include Chris March of season 4—recently picked by EW as the best season in Runway history—Jay Sario of season 7, and two past winners: Michelle Lesniak of season 11 and Dmitry Sholokhov of season 10. Hoping for at least one win is Kate Pankoke, who is getting her third chance to prove herself on the runway; she originally appeared in season 11, then was brought back for season 12 by a fan vote. Here are the rest of the competitors, grouped by season: READ FULL STORY

Meet 'Project Runway' Season 13's designers

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Modern Family’s Julie Bowen and Olympian Lindsey Vonn are among the guest judges who will decide who’s in and who’s out when Project Runway returns for a 13th season.

Previous contestants Ken Laurence (Season 12), Alexander Pope (Season 12), and Amanda Valentine (Season 11) will post their portfolios on Instagram to have the chance to compete against this season’s designers, who are: READ FULL STORY

Style Network to air week-long coverage of Fashion Week

Fashion junkies, get ready.

Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week, formerly known simply as New York Fashion Week, will be getting extensive cable coverage on Style Network, as well as on Style Media’s website, myStyle.com.

Kicking off Thursday, Sept. 6, the marathon programming will include an exclusive telecast of the 2012 Style Awards, specials featuring interviews with such designers as Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors, and fashion-themed episodes of Gossip Girl and Sex & the City, plus marathons of America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway.

Here’s a sample of what Style Network will have to offer during New York’s celebration of fashion next month: READ FULL STORY

'Project Runway All Stars' winner: 'I really wanted to win for the fans'

SPOILER ALERT! Click below only if you want to hear from the winner of the All Stars season of Project Runway. READ FULL STORY

'Project Accessory' winner: 'You're gonna see some crazy s-- whether I have money or no money'

SPOILER ALERT! Don’t click through if the reveal of who won Lifetime’s Project Accessory will ruin your holiday season….  READ FULL STORY

'Project Runway All Stars' premiere date and sneak peek -- EXCLUSIVE

Don’t they say fashion trends come in cycles? What was once out is now in: After nine seasons of sending unknown designers to Fashion Week, Project Runway is going retro and bringing back some of its most memorable (Elisa Jimenez) and talented (Mondo Guerra) contestants from seasons past for a 12-episode run. EW has learned exclusively that the 13 returning designers will strut onto Lifetime — some for the first time on that network — on Jan. 5, 2012 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. We don’t get a good look at the fashion in the sneak peek below, but it’s clear that the old contestants and the new judges will be bringing the drama: READ FULL STORY

'Project Runway' season 9 winner: 'I did not anticipate creating such great friendships out of a competition'

SPOILER ALERT! Click below if you want to hear from not only the winner of this season of Project Runway, but the official “fan favorite”:  READ FULL STORY

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