GJ designer hits bump, still advances

One judge referred to it as a “tacky matador outfit.” Another acknowledged “the only positive thing I can say about this is that it’s well-made.”

Even Julie Tierney acknowledged it didn’t turn out as she had planned.

No matter. The Grand Junction resident survived the latest cut on Lifetime Television’s “Project Runway” and is one of 14 contestants left.

For the third episode of season nine of the show, which aired Thursday, Tierney and other would-be designers were paired together to create outfits for models on stilts. The contestants were given $500 and one day to complete the challenge.

Tierney, a graphics design intern at Grand Junction-based outerwear company Loki International, and her partner designed an outfit consisting of black-and-white pants and a red jacket. On the show, Tierney referred to the combination as “romantic matador.”

The judges weren’t impressed, however, giving them one of the three lowest scores. But Tierney and her partner moved on to the next episode.

Tierney didn’t return a call for comment Thursday night.

The contest is now down to 14, and the winner will receive $100,000 from L’Oreal Paris to start a new line, get a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, receive $50,000 in design-related computers and software, and get the opportunity to design and sell their collections on Piperlime.com.

“Project Runway” airs each Thursday at 7 p.m. on Lifetime.


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