Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Post Your "Project Jay" Reactions Here

48 comments:

nsa said...

Wow, Jay's gone through a lot. I know how much that type of back problem can disrupt a life.

From a purely TV perspective, the hour was a little rushed and abrupt.

The show did throw light on Jay's recent comments about people continually asking him about his line, and his annoyance with that.

voxqueror said...

I have to say, this show just reminded me how much I love Jay. I loved his dress that he designed for Heidi, and I really wish she'd worn it...and I can't wait to buy one of his sweaters...

steelmaggie said...

Although it wasn't the best reality TV I've ever seen, it made me like Jay more than I ever did last season for PR1. He seemed more self-effacing, more humble. And, goodness, was he Jay or Job?
I was not impressed with Heidi's handling of the situation. At least she finally called to deal with the situation personally.
At least he has great friends!

@ said...

Wow I really thought Heidi K. came off very badly. I was even surprised that, knowing she more than likely was a producer, would allow herself to be characterized the way she was. I also wondered if the phone call apology was edited in later to soften things up. I know it's a dog-eat-dog world, but to have one of her flunkies call Jay and blow him off seemed so cold and impersonal. This was not Heidi's shining moment, in my opinion.

Also, I am confused. I thought that Project Jay was originally conceived as more than one show, and in fact, I thought it left off as if there were more to come. Is there more to come? And if not, I am wondering if the plug was pulled after the unpleasantness with Heidi K.

She had to have cringed at the remark about the plastic furniture in her back yard. But I think she deserved it.

trockz said...

I really love Jay & his designs! I think he's headed for an awesome career! One thing I didn't like was the whole dress drama with Heidi! Considering that he was a winning contestant on HER show, she could've had enough class to represent him on the red carpet for one night. Not only did she not stand by Jay, she did not stand by her own show. I like project runway, but I don't like her after that. I think when some people reach the top of their careers they forget about that one defining moment that put them where they are today. But, I'm sure Jay will get his moment...there are plenty of hot YOUNG celebrities out there to represent!

leopardrose said...

I'm still watching it, but I love it more than PR! We get to see actual clothing and fashion design -- not just sculpting with leaves & flowers. *muah* to Jay!

Dorian Saintier said...

As a fellow poster said, while Heidi's behavior was a little not-so-cool, I find it very classy of her to produce a show that airs and makes her look that way.
Considering how much Jay repeated he didnt want to do it though, I felt only mildly bad for him.
U know whom I literally worship after that show though ? Kara Saun. Wow. How awesome of hers to help and all.

echoe311 said...

I never saw the first season, but I have researched the heck out of it.(I might get it on DVD for my upcoming birthday.)

I love the fact that in the aftermath of the show it seems like the designers were brought together.I thought Austin was a complete doll, and Kara Saun was a great person for helping Jay out with Klum control. Even Wendy was kind.

I wish that there would have been more episodes. It all seemed too rushed.

LisaW said...

The reunion made Heidi seem very real and down-to-earth. Then listening to her conversation with Jay on "Project Jay" turned her back into the stereotype supermodel. It made the reunion seem fake.

I can't see "Project Jay" helping her image at all. It reminds me that PR (Project Runway) was probably a PR (public relations) tactic for her.

But I do think Jay is doing great.

monkeyboots said...

Darn...I forgot to set my TIVO :(

It'll be aired again, right?

Jaxx said...

I ended up really liking Jay a lot more after his show. I was also upset about the Hedi part, but was glad she left it in the show. Kara is just a doll and Austin was so supportive. I really enjoy that Jay is down to earth and just being honest about everything! I want to buy a poncho :)

ni_col_i said...

(^sorry)

did anyone catch what jay said about not talking the project runway money? something about looking for his own licensing agent instead?

fill me in!

Bmoboy said...

I believe Jay decided to pass up the $100K from PR so he could keep all his licensing rights and control them himself.

He also passed up the Banana Republic "mentoring" because it boiled down to BR giving him some phone numbers to Chinese manufacturers.

Trish said...

is there anyone that can make an icon of Jay spinning his flag during "Project Jay"? We all in the color guard world remember him back in those days and that all took us back a little!
If you can, I'll look in my color guard archives for pics of him back in the day. He was always the star performer. I am sure you're all shocked!

praddicted said...

I really enjoyed the show and it certainly left off in mid-air. I saw the Jay I really, really loved-here's a guy who is a mass of insecurity and how differently does he handle that from Santino? I think they certainly could do a few more episodes!! I thought if Heidi had called herself and discussed it with Jay, I would have felt differently. I liked his dress and thought she would look great in it. Kara Saun was wonderful, I thought and so gracious. I thought we'd hear more about Wendy and her divorce-I don't see how you jump to PR causing it, all she said was "Fame", right? Aye, aye aye, she is still strange!! Project Jay would be a great filler during the down time when PR is off...

Tbone said...

Jay just puts himself completely out there, raw and unedited. All he needs is a pinch of confidence to take the next step.

I'm glad Heidi finally talked to him, but yes, it was low to have someone else be her hatchet man. She owed him that call before the red carpet. And Kara Saun, Austin were great and supportive. Nice to see each of them looking out for each other.

sarahlad said...

The best line ever: "God is punishing me for being athiest."

El Blog de Mei-Ling said...

I can't believe Heidi did that to Jay; after all he went through. Or maybe I can believe it afterall.

The truth is he wasn't too much into the dress anyways; maybe because something deep inside of him was preparing him for what Heidi did.

Jay is a great designer and I really wish him the best in both his professional and personal endeavors...

Mei-Ling

Distressed Jeans said...

I was looking forward to this show and Bravo replayed last weeks episode instead of Project Jay!

grudge girl said...

I loved loved loved this little show, and I want more. Jay is just about the realest, rawest, most himself person I've ever seen on tv and it's totally mesmerizing to me. That, and how hilarious would he be to hang out with?

I loved how he dressed up his little niece, even as Anna Nicole! BWAH! And him talking to his little dog. So sweet!

The Heidi thing was weird. It's just bizarre to me how people with a "team" to help them make their important life decisions, like what to freaking WEAR, get to the point where it seems normal to them. I can't imagine how narcissistic and self-involved that would make you. That said, I'm glad she did finally call, but it was a little too late in my opinion.

All in all, YAY JAY!

Green Penny said...

This show had me laughing out loud the whole time. Jay seems like such a good guy, & I hope I can buy his clothes at Macy's one day!

I agree with the previous posts that it seemed kind of rushed, though. I wish they could have made it at least 1 and 1/2 hours or 2. Oh well, maybe he'll get his own show when the producers realize how much people liked this one.

stacy said...

I loved Project Jay! I wonder if this was a pilot that they didn't pick up but decided to run as a special? I'd love to see him with a team making the line they discussed at the end.

I liked the dress & hated how hurt Jay was by that whole thing with Heidi. But at the same time she'd just had a baby & if she did not like the dress I can understand her decision. Why not meet with him before asking him to make it though? Tell him you're going for a mother earth look? I'm sure he could have done it! (or maybe Austin with that floral print!)

By the way I never found out who made Heidi's Golden Globe dress this year. Could she have gone back to Jay maybe?

Anonymous said...

Jay is amazing and I enjoy him as much as ever. Wish there was more and hope producers realize how much the public is eager for more Jay!

Tim said...

The thing that made me feel coldest about Heidi is when Jay asked if she was coming to his show, and she said "I'll definitely try." Ouch.

JAVI67 said...

i really appreciated jay showing us that he isn't always a ball buster who tells it like it is...the fact that he allowed himself to breakdown on camera after the whole heidi dress fiasco, and i thought the jays dress would of been sooo much better than the dior dress she ended up wearing...and the way that was handled was typically hollywood...wait until the last minute and then have some flunkie tell you that they are not going with the dress...screw heidi...big ups to jay...i hope he sells his stuff like crazy....

Anonymous said...

Project Jay could be a really fun weekly show. Jay is so charming, creative and has real problems that people can relate to. THe chemistry between he and his girl friend from New york is better than most television shows. THe show is also very, very funny and quotable. oh and Hiedi- your awt!!

fluffsters said...

loved it. i want more. tacky of heidi not to wear his dress after she asked for it. i could see if it was really bad. and then she showed up in that ugly thing. and having one of her people call him to tell him. tacky. give me a break. so hollywood though. i hope that stuff doesn't change jay. is this the only episode? bad bravo! just like hbo with carnivale. not very smart. jay should move out to los angeles. the apartments are cheaper at least.

Anonymous said...

I wonder whether Heidi's mom and her handlers were behind her ditching Jay. I can just hear 'Oh you can't wear something that sexy after just having a baby.' Plus, when Heidi talked to Jay about what *she* wanted, she was high on pre-baby hormones, then dropped Jay when she was in the post-baby crash that must have totally changed her outlook. I think other people took her over in a weak, insecure moment. I think there was a lot of pressure on both Jay and Heidi - I think she called because she felt bad about handling it badly. I feel awful for Jay - quite a blow.

Anonymous said...

....Wasn't she on a "fashion don't" list with that floral number? I think it was MSN.

twocats2many said...

Jay rocks! Bravo or Project Runway dropped the ball when they shoved all his footage into 1 measly hour at 11pm eastern time. Screw them. It was great! Jay can make you cringe, laugh, cry and gasp in hour. How many people can do that anymore?

eric3000 said...

I definitely felt like we didn't learn much. He spent a year finding a studio and making one dress? Oh, and then having back surgery in the last five seconds? We really needed more than a hour and we deserved a lot more information.

But parts of it were cute. I love his relationship with Austen and Kara; Austen is so sweet and I like Kara more after seeing her last night.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is getting down on Heidi for not wearing Jay's dress, but come on. She had a baby 6 days before and was on the red carpet and like she said, she had to do what was best for her. Your body doesn't bounce back that fast and I think it was a miracle she was out and about so soon afterwards. Plus, she was going on his 1st dress which didn't even fit.

Although I can't blame her for not wearing the dress, I do think they could have told him sooner than mere hours before the show.

Anonymous said...

jay is awesome. i love that the fame vs. success issue is being brought up in his show and with chloe in PR2. i could watch him for hours he is a gentleman, intelligent, extreemly funny and chic. i abhor heidi klum and can't imagine why anyone would care what she thinks of any item of clothing as she has no personal style, charm or ability. she is an underwear model. i hope he can stay sane and have a wonderful life whatever happens and whatever he chooses.

floretbroccoli said...

What I found most interesting about Heidi's apology phone call to Jay was the end. She asked him about when he'd be showing his collection. He told her and said "you'll be there, right?" There was a moment of silence, then, "I'll try."

Anonymous said...

I really liked it. What a raw reality check. I've only seen PR2 from the "thin ice" episode and only seen Jay in the judging and party. I thought "He's last years winner. He must have his business going. He's in the big time now. 100K in his pocket." But nope. He said no to the 100k (keeps his licensing) He does have a business but must be going from scratch. The Heidi thing. Ouch. Here he'd flown to LA, he and his friends are feverishly helping him get that dress together. Then they get the axe phone call right in the middle of it. How much money do you suppose Jay is out because of that? Do people who commission designers have to pay for any of that? I'm guessing no. I want more Project Jay. I'd like to see a Project Santino or Daniel too.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm going to be the lone ranger here. Actually, I did enjoy the show. I wasn't that excited about it after seeing the way he acted on PR when he was on. He hadn't adopted that "I'm so important" attitude I guess at the time these things were filmed. And, I did feel sorry for him over the Heidi dress because he seemed to have worked really hard at it. BUT!!! I think he needs to follow Kara Saun's advise and give it a rest...although, it's too late now. Enough whining though and especially slamming Heidi. Sounded like the dress was a mess when she tried it on and it was only a couple of days until the Emmy's. She had to make sure she had a dress. Plus, I have no doubt that this same thing happens to more experienced designers all the time. Get over it and roll with the punches.

And, I don't believe when people come on this show the producers agree to adopt them for life. He'd still be in Pennsylvania if not for this show. They don't owe him anything. Especially since he blew them off after winning. I don't know what the deal with BR was, but if it was truly just them giving him some phone numbers, then why not do it? I really don't think that's all there was to it, but in any case, he walked away from that part of the deal. Why do they continue to owe him?

As I said, I enjoyed watching the show. But, I still question whether or not he will make it, long run. He needs a major attitude adjustment.

Just my opinion, of course.

yawningdog said...

Someone tell Jay that if he needs cash he should sell some of his sketches on ebay!

He does some of the best line work and watercolor washes I have ever scene.


When will his stuff be in stores? This will be my first designer purchase.

miriald said...

I have to agree with the anonymous Lone Ranger up there - I saw Jay's situation over this past year as being kind of sad. He turned down the money, and then was whining about having no money. He seemed to be alienating his - agent? manager? whoever that woman was. He seemed unable to make basic decsions about where to live and getting a studio going. He even seemed at one point to really just want to go home to Pennsylvania.

I think this show was a reality check about how much "success" you automatically get after winning a show like PR. They give you opportunities, but unless you go out there and really attack the industry you'll won't necessarily succeed.

Anonymous said...

The Lone Ranger sounds like it could be the designer who's last name rhymes with Bores....

Anonymous said...

Jay is the American Dream.

How does one go from Lehman to NYC?
How does one successfully make a dream a reality?
Project Jay is great TV and should be continued.


We don't really know what happened with BR.
But the question of whether he will succeed for the long run is ridiculous. How many "long run" designers are there in the fashion world?

Jay be true to yourself.

And you know, Lehman is a great place to leave and a great place to return to.

Carry on!

Eliz67 said...

Oh, Heidi, what a bad choice. You would have looked *so* much better in Jay's red than that flower-girl tissue. However, I will cut her a break with the post-partum hormone mess, and also we don't know her side of the story.

I loved Jay from the Chrysler Building dress on, and I'm sad he's not doing the Brit-punk-Indian line, 'cause I'd lose weight and get a second and third job for some of that stuff!!

Oh, and Jay, I totally agree with yawningdog, put up some of your sketches for sale - they are gorgeous!

And it was great to see that the competition didn't drive Austin, Jay and Kara to that false, tense friendliness like with Wendy.

Anonymous said...

I didn't start watching PR until this season's lingerie episode and therefore had only a little understanding of who Jay and the others were. I mean...Jeez, when I first saw Austin at the party (evening gown episode) I thought "oh...that must be that Wendy woman that no one likes...you can imagine my surprise when I quickly realized it was a Guy and Austin to boot! I Really Need to get the season one dvd as I find those designers, and especially now after this special, Jay, as really interesting people.

Anyone who will sit holding a dog, and talking to them like a real person, so naturally like that, is pretty damn okay in my book! I thought that was very charming! It's obvious that his dog, Willow, is a much better designer and makes more sense than, say...I dunno...Guadalupe, for instance!

I like being able to see what designers actually go thru to bring their designs to life...I had no idea that profession is so stressful and tough physically, mentally, and emotionally. I could really relate to Jay's indecision, insecurities, and just trying to make good decisions in all areas, while being suddenly thrown into a world so unlike his own in PA. My heart goes out to him, especially while attempting this with terrible back pain.

Jay's publicist, and Heidi really kind of shoved him into doing a design that he made very clear that he wasn't a gown designer. Guess no one was listening to him, huh? Heidi should have conferred with her "people" first before tellng him she wanted it Fire-Engine Red...even Jay didn't think that was a good idea...again no one was listening to him. I thought it was just so arrogant to put him through all the redesigning of the dress at the last minute and THEN have someone tell him..."er, no, I think I'll be an earth-mother instead"...WTF! Thank Goodness for good friends who helped him and good dogs...I thought his dress turned out
just beautiful and looked great on his good-natured lady friend!

I hope they make a whole series out of Project Jay. I'd love to see him overcome all this crap and succeed...and make a whole line of "Willow Wear"!

Anonymous said...

Come on Folks. This is TV! The whole Heidi scenario with the dress took up about half of the show. Maybe they did this to fill the time. Who knows what was edited out. And I don't blame her for taking the safer route. Jay took so long to come up with the dress. He seems life a procrastinator. How did he ever meet the deadlines on the show?

Anonymous said...

I still like Jay, but I'm lovin' me some Kara Saun. What a classy broad, I've almost forgiven her for those Dollhouse shoes.

Anonymous said...

He kept talking about the premiere of his new line at this year's fashion week, right? Does anyone know if this happened? Links? Sketches looked rad. I'd love to see it.

Moi ;) said...

Aaack! Just saw this thread!!

How weird is it that I posted about them doing a challenge for designing for color guard???!!!! Jay would be the perfect judge!!

Moi ;) said...

BTW I loved his show. And I posted on my blog about it.

Moi ;) said...

Ya know, it's one thing for Heidi to change her mind 5 days after giving birth. No one knows what their body is going to do after they have a kid! I gained a ton of weight and after my son was born only lost 10 lbs, lol. So, ya never know.

But she SHOULD have told him sooner than she did. Hours before the show is UNcool.

And it was entirely tacky and low class of her to say she would "try" to go to Jay's show. It was downright rude.

If it weren't for Jay and the other designers, she would not HAVE a Project Runway show. She is NOT the show. She can be replaced, I can name half a dozen who would do as good or better of a job. She owes them as much as they owe the show.

To be so classless is just not cool. Talk about showing your true colors...