Season 9 of Project Runway kicked off with a one-hour special Road to the Runway where we were introduced to the new batch of designers and given a glimpse into their backgrounds. Episode 1 began with a quick run-through of 20 designers presenting mini-collections to the judges (Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and Heidi Klum, of course). There were breathless sales pitches, pointed questions from the panel, and one very deluded young man who was convinced that Nina was seducing him with her eyes. Hmmmm. The final 16 designers were announced à la America’s Next Top Model amid tears of joy and sobs of rejection.