Rolling Stone - 11/30/2006
"This AMERICAN IDOL for fashionistas hits its stride on the second try."
Set in Manhattan's Fashion District and hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, PROJECT RUNWAY distinguishes itself from other reality shows by actually concentrating on talent. While shows like THE APPRENTICE may claim to pick winners on the basis of merit, the decisions of who is eliminated often seem random, or ratings-driven at best. In contrast, PROJECT RUNWAY focuses on the art of fashion design, which requires each contestant to possess technical skills like sewing, draping, and pattern-making, as well as a mastery of design principles and an understanding of what sells. In the second season of the excellent Bravo show, the 16 contestants must create an outfit for Olympic skater Sasha Cohen, a day-to-evening outfit for Banana Republic customers, an outfit for a garden party, and other fast-paced challenges that push the designers to the limits of their creative and technical abilities.