Regarding the redemption designer for season 12, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to weigh in on the comments that I’ve read here and on the Project Runway facebook page, too. While many of you have been thoughtful and measured in your comments, others have sounded like betrayed lovers. What’s so bad about this idea? A designer from a former season gets to return for another chance at the win. Kate, Ra’mon, and Valerie are each very deserving.
Many people have approached me on streets, subways, and airports to express why this is a bad idea. I’ve heard the following:
“Give a new designer an opportunity.” I can assure you that we’ll have plenty of fabulous new designers on the show. The redemption designer may cause them to be more mindful of the competition and, accordingly, take their own work to an even higher level.
“It’s an unfair advantage.” Well, that may be correct, initially, because the redemption designer will already be broken in to the particulars of how the show operates. But I can assure you that the advantage will dissipate by the second or third challenge.
“This is what Project Runway All Stars is for – send the redemption designer there.” For me, this is a moot point: Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars have absolutely nothing to do with each other. We don’t cross-pollinate, and that’s the truth.
Alright, let’s put the negatives behind us and move forward. Project Runway has given you the opportunity to decide which designer – Kate, Ra’mon, Valerie – will return for season 12. We sincerely want to hear from each of you. Your vote counts!