Project Runway 9: Come As You Are

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16 designers attempted to turn pajamas into a creative garment in this weeks challenge.
The usual suspects were joined by Christina Ricci this week in judging the designers.
Berts winning design.
16 designers attempted to turn pajamas into a creative garment in this weeks challenge.

16 designers attempted to turn pajamas into a creative garment in this week's challenge.

Photo: Lifetime Television

This season premiere starts with twenty designers, and ends with five sent home by our judges (including guest judge Christina Ricci). Four contestants are gone before the challenge even begins and a final designer is sent home after a trip to the runway.

This first challenge asked the contestants to arrive wearing their pajamas, and to bring along a bed sheet to construct their look. Some designers were more successful than others, but the big surprise was that new sewer Anya found herself in the top three. Having just learned to sew four months prior to the show, the judges expected disaster, and were pleasantly surprised by her construction technique.

What do you think of the designers this season? Do you think the judges made the right call this week?

Top Three

Anthony Ryan Auld:


Bert Keeter: (winner)

Anya Ayoung-Chee:

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Comments (9)

marg writes: Really Anya's pants fit. Who are they kidding what is all the fabric in the front. I am very happy she can sew though. That was a suprise. But look at the top compared to the Nitedress. look similar? BURT is my fav also.
Posted: 3:59 pm on August 1st
victoriangirl writes: Bert is my favorite. After seeing the interviews I was hoping he would shine through and he did. Anya is my next favorite right now. Pretty gutsy to come on this show with beginner skills. The pants were a terrible fit but the look was good.
Keep going girl!
Posted: 8:15 am on August 1st
ustabahippie writes: Definitely thought Bert's was the best, and agreed with Kors when he said he hated the styling (although I often find him insufferable). I don't see why the judges, so often SO critical, could have missed the crotch on Anya's pants being half-way to her knees! Just because she lucked out and got a cute fit in the butt....was that all they were looking at? The 2 who were last did some really yucky work, but the one who was out, was definitely out.
Posted: 8:05 pm on July 30th
jucie writes: bert and anya both thought genuis way to promote p.j.hope they keep it up. anthonys not so much workmanship yes not so sure about skirt.
Posted: 2:30 pm on July 30th
perendales writes: I was somewhat disappointed in the quality of the designs and agree with the judges that Bert's was by far the best. Anya's pants were not something that anyone (including the models) would wear. Anthony's outfit was just strange with those feathers on the skirt and the top didn't do anything. This project was just the beginning of many difficult ones that call for exceptional creativity. Remember the hardware store, and the restaurant? I think that they really had less time than usual, though. I hope that some outstanding designers pop out for this season. It is fun to watch and I also have been waiting for Season 9.
Posted: 10:59 am on July 30th
DreamyDahlia writes: I've been looking forward to the return of this show so much! It's too early for me to develop favorites...their personalities and talents haven't really shown through yet. I loved the first always, the abilities and ingenuity of these people is inspiring.
Posted: 9:56 am on July 30th
Kukana writes: I have been waiting for this for MONTHS!!! It thought it was a very interesting challenge to start to the season - I liked Bert's dress, but was not crazy about the color. Anya's pants are not attractive, they are way too baggy, but the blouse, while it had a few construction/fit issues was a beautiful transformation. Anthony's skirt was a bit too short and I didn't like the stripe on the rear. That said, I thought most of the designers did a bang up job for what they had to work with. I always try to think about what I would do with each challenge, and given what I had boyfriend and I came up with a cute concept, of course, I didn't run to my dress form and start draping!
Posted: 8:09 pm on July 29th
sherjenks writes: I missed the episode last night because I was at a quilting bee but fortunately the lifetime website offered the full episode for viewing online. I was able to watch the whole thing plus extra interviews with the designers. Unfortunately I had to watch one really stupid STARBURST ad over and over again - not that I liked Starburst to begin with, but after watching those ads I like them even less. I liked the challenge that was proposed by project runway. I love the idea of making a great design out of just about anything. I think the judges took into consideration the fact that some of the designers started out with some great materials and others were VERY challenged by their own PJs. I cannot make a pair of trousers. I am amazed that Anya was able to pull off even a decent pair.
Posted: 7:47 pm on July 29th
imacook writes: Bert's look was the best and most forward-looking. Anya's pants were too long in the stride (crotch), but the overall outcome was interesting. Anthony's outfit was quick-n-easy but not exciting. The top three were the three top ones. I wasn't charmed by the concept of converting underwear into outwear, especially when the "just-as-you-are" sleepwear was questionable for some.
Posted: 6:26 pm on July 29th
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