Thursday, November 30, 2006
Judging from your comments it is hard to imagine Project Runway without Tim Gunn. But perhaps it would be fun to try to imagine a NEW show for Tim! What network would it be on? What regular features would be included? What guests would Tim interview? Where would he go? What would he do? The BPR Team has all sorts of ideas - but we'll let you go first!
New Yorkers, mark your calendars for February 15, 2007:
Tim Gunn has teamed up with the East End's popular sculptor/designer Jonathan Adler to co-chair Bailey House's annual Have a Heart Auction and Party at the Puck Building in Soho. Click here for more details. Thanks Deb.
Here is a link to a slideshow of the latest from "Project Designer." The artists were challenged to design a swimsuit for the classic Vargas Pin-Up Girl, but to make it modern. Each designer was given a specific month. Thanks Chris.
Last, here is a great idea - the Tim Gunn Office Assistant!
We all know that when confronted with an obnoxious and loud cell phone user, we should smile and say, nicely, "Could you keep it down?" But what if they are rude back?
Tim Gunn: I've heard this exchange with enough frequency to know that it almost always results in a hostile mess of harsh words. Consequently, I opt for the high road as often as possible: I look for a new seat, I cross the street, I bite my lip, but I don't engage unless there is no other possible option."
What do you do if a friend tells you she’s going to marry the creep she’s been dating?
Tim Gunn: If she is your friend, does she not already know that you think her fiancé is a creep?”
What do you do when somebody you are close to gives you a really ugly present –and they visit often?
Tim Gunn: If it’s an item of clothing, you could say: ‘I loved the sweater that you gave me, but when I tried it on, it didn’t look great on me. I took it back to the store to exchange it for another size/color, but they didn’t have any more, so I purchased this, and I love it just as much. So thank you again!’”
What do you do if a friend borrows books/clothes/DVDs and forgets to return them?
Tim Gunn: "Say to your friend, 'I was looking for my DVD of Funny Face last night, and I remembered that you borrowed it.' Or 'Have you finished reading The Devil Wears Prada yet?'"
Tim Gunn on regifting: "A situation that still makes me cringe: A colleague at Parsons was leaving to accept a position at another institution in another city. I had forgotten about her farewell party. I scrambled though the stuff in my office searching for an unopened box, the contents of which would be appropriate to re-gift it. (Why I have lots of unopened gifts is another story…) Voilà! I found a sterling silver Tiffany pen that had been presented to me after judging a city-wide design competition. I relished her gush at the sight of the signature blue box and white ribbon. She opened it, and looked at me tearfully and said, 'You even had it engraved.' Oh, no. 'Best wishes from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.' Re-gifting can be very dangerous, indeed.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Here is an article from the Kansas City Star about Tim Gunn and his appearance there with Angela Keslar. Thanks Romi and Deb.
Need some Holiday Spirit? Don't miss Heidi's Christmas song at Project Rungay. It's adorable! Thanks Bridget.
According to ew.com "Make it work" should have made the list of the top 100 television catchphrases. You can enter your suggestions as well. Thanks Sabrina.
Do you need another reason to love Michael Knight? The Season 3 Fan Favorite is lending his name and time to benefit a good cause. On Sunday, December 3 beginning at 6:00 you can be the among the first to see the Michael Knight Collection at The Grape in Atlanta, Georgia. The event will feature a fashion show, a live auction and gourmet samplings paired with wine.
A portion of your ticket price ($175 for VIP entrance, $125 for general admission) and auction proceeds will benefit Cure Autism Now, a charity founded by parents in 1995 that has grown to be the largest provider of support for autism research and resources in the country. This is a non-profit that is near and dear to me for personal reasons and I'm thrilled that Michael is supporting such a worthy cause that helps these special kids.
Click here to learn more. And please, if anyone has the opportunity to attend this event please let us know and send Michael some special BPR love.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Santino Rice is making a tour of several Asian countries to promote the upcoming third season of Project Runway. The article above appeared in The Straits Times Singapore. Thanks, Lee.
Also from Singapore, we have this article from The Electric New Paper.
Click here to read The Star Malaysia's interview with Santino Rice.
And finally, from The New Straits Times in Malaysia we have this Q&A with the bad boy himself.
Wow- what a posh, fantastic week and a half!
I was lucky enough to join tim on his tour of Macy's, previewing INC's spring 2007 line. We met hundreds of fans in each location- Tim invited me to do the Q&A with him before each fashion show, which was great fun. After the fashion show, we signed autographs and took photos with 75 lucky winners in each location. Macy's did a bang-up job of hosting Tim and me; we stayed in the W hotel and had limo service everywhere. Tim was, as always, incredibly debonaire and gracious to his adoring fans. Although all the pampering was a complete and total blast, quality time with Tim was the best part!
Angela is offering a 10% discount on her 'Buddha Belt.' Click here to place an order and enter the discount code 'BPR' when going through the checkout. Or just browse her online store for lots of signature Angela items that would suit the fashionable 'free spirit' on your holiday gift list. The charming descriptions of her offerings are not to be missed!
Finally, click here for a fun podcast with Angela. (You can also access the podcast directly from Craftcast.) Thanks Alison.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Here are the salient pieces from Mo's interview:
Ever the modest one, he would only say he "makes no assumptions," but he would come back "in a heartbeat" if asked.
If asked? But wait, there's more:
"Parsons pays my bills," said Gunn, who is chair of the school's fashion department. If the show wanted to start up before then, "Good luck to you," was Gunn's reaction. He also noted that the school just wouldn't have room for "Runway" filming until the academic year was over.
Clearly, negotiations for Season 4 are going hot and heavy as we speak. Sponsors are being signed, contracts are being negotiated, Andy Cohen's catering preferences are being tended to, among other details. The above statement however tells us that there is some effort on behalf of Weinstein/NBCUniversal/Bravo to roll out S4 before next summer. But it can't be filmed at Parson's until May at the earliest with a likely July 2007 premiere.
Unless they choose to go elsewhere. Unless they choose to leave Tim behind. Dare they?
BPR reader Maritza noticed this article in a Puerto Rican newspaper that features the beautiful Marilinda modeling for designer Carlos Alberto.
You can now buy the Macy's INC outfit designed by Angela Keslar at Amazon, and at a big discount! Sounds like a great gift for a fellow Runway fan. Thanks Katie.
Everyone is asking if Laura Bennett has delivered. Still no news....
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Hi BPR! This is Kpoene’ and Erin from the Ladies Independent Design League (LIDL) in NYC – we are huge BPR fans! Not only did BPR send us to cover Daniel Franco’s show for Olympus Fashion Week, we also helped Malan Breton prepare for his debut at OFW! As fashion designers, we wanted to tell all of BPR’s New York readers about an event we are hosting on December 17th, the Indie*Licious Holiday Bazaar! Stop by the LIDL table at the event and say BPR sent you- we’ll give you 10% off your purchase!
Love, Erin and Kpoene’
INDIE*LICIOUS Holiday Bazaar!
For your last minute holiday shopping, join the party at Brooklyn's MicroMuseum® Sunday, December 17th from 12pm – 5pm.
INDIE*LICIOUS features 25 of NY’s hottest emerging designers. Savvy shoppers looking for a unique gift from flirty clothing to kidswear to stationery won't go wrong here.
*Innovative womens’ sportswear from Mignonette, It’s By Erin , Black Rabbit, and NY Couture
*Handmade precious and semi-precious jewelry from Luka, L2,and Tider Design
*Letterpress stationery from Nolita Graffiti
*Menswear from Down Low and SeaCave
*Handbags and totes by Sylvia Holden, Rowboat, and Reiter8
*Kidswear from Daisyhead, Items of Anymore, and Fofolle
Support local talent this holiday season - Be Indie*Licious.
Visit the Ladies Independent Design League at http://www.designleague.org.
I've been a busy little bee designing my s/s 07 collection and have created new website and online store! You can see my new work here.
You can buy men's & women's T-shirts as well as some key pieces for autumn/winter, right in time for the holidays!
Hope everyone is well, cheers & happy holidays!
...I've attached a blurb about the new line that is in the current People magazine :) - Click here to read it.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Tim discusses every aspect of creating and maintaining your personal style, all in the witty and reassuring voice that millions of fans adore. Hot topics include how to dress for everyday occasions, how to shop (from designer to chain stores to vintage), how to mix your best “fashion cocktail,” how to buy clothes for a man, how to be your own best fashion designer, and much more. Whether you’re a seasoned fashionista or a style neophyte, Tim can show you how to “make it work!”.
According to Amazon, the anticipated release date is sometime in May: this will be mandatory reading for Runway fans. If you order using the link from BPR a portion of the sale will go to benefit the BPR Parsons Scholarship fund. Will a book tour be far behind? We are giddy at the thought.
Friday, November 24, 2006
How are you? I wanted to share with you the windows that I have designed for the holidays for my store. I designed two pieces, one theatrical, the other Couture, both to compliment my essence. The word Joy on the window is a symbol of the Joys of this year and my happiness meeting all of you; it is created in real and fake pearls. I hope you like it.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
From Seal's blog:
To our children, a brother
To our parents, a grandson
To my wife and I, a son
To our family, a blessing.
Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel was born on 11/22/06 at 17:01 weighing 8 lbs 11 ounces. He is healthy, beautiful and looks just like his mother.
Congratulations, Seal and Heidi!
Debby Y - field reporter, moderator and friend, who tirelessly reads each and every comment on BPR and cheered us on all season long.
Bettie Bloodshed - who transcribed many of Tim's podcasts, a laborious chore much appreciated by the BPR readers.
Laura the Lawyer - who transcribed the Bravo bonus videos for everyone who couldn't get them to play.
The mysterious "MT" - for transcribing the exit interviews and Tim's podcast.
Christine the Lawyer (and her brother Kip) - for filling in on the Tim's podcast transcriprtions.
Tom & Lorenzo - the best new thing to come out of Season 3, who never failed to share links and gossip. They are fabulous. And glamorous!
To all of the designers from S1, S2 and S3 - thank you for your kindness and generosity to our humble little blog. It's your talent that makes PR work and we will always be here to support you.
To everyone who sends in links, field reports, articles, rumors and innuendos. Most of our content comes from you!
And finally to all of our dear readers, commenters and lurkers alike. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your love of everything Runway with us. May you and your families have a peaceful, happy Thanksgiving Day.
Much love to all of you from Team BPR.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
We asked you to pick a favorite costume from our 44 Halloween costume entries. Thirty percent of you selected 'Jeffrey as Marilinda,' entry #22, as portrayed by Pete Wilson; he will receive a Season One DVD of Project Runway as his BPR's Choice Award. Click here to see how you voted.
Congratulations, Pete, on having the Mad Skillz (and the legs!) to pull off such a look!
Who can make a Pussycat Doll even hotter? Why none other than BPR perennial favorite, Daniel Franco! Lead Doll (the Doll in the center wearing red), Nicole Scherzinger, was dressed in Daniel Franco last night on the red carpet at the American Music Awards.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Here is a link to an InStyle video of the Michael Kors Show at the Nieman Marcus store in Beverly Hills. Everyone received aviator sunglasses and self-tanner in their gift bags. Joan was there too! What a blast. Thanks Alexa.
Here is a story about the first NYLO Hotel going up in Texas. Daniel Vosovic is designing the uniforms for the employees. Can't wait to see them! Thanks Deb and Val.
Jeffrey Sebelia will be designing a t-shirt for Indie 103.1's Wreck the Halls show on December 7th at the Avalon in Hollywood. Click here for more info. Thanks Deb.
Be sure to check out Nick's blog to read about the award that he presented to Andy Cohen and Bravo.
Hi - my sister Kerri and I made it to Macy's in Kansas City on Saturday, 11/18/06 to see Tim Gunn. It was a great day... and we took tons of pics. I just wanted to thank you - if not for this site we would have never known they were coming to our area. My sister was able to get us reservations weeks ago and we had a fabulous day.
So we showed up early at Macy's and we saw a bunch of Season 3 designs on display - Uli's dog outfit was discussed in the line as we waited - but it wasn't addressed by Tim himself... so we just heard about the fact that it had been taken from some other ladies waiting in line to check in.
The runway was all set up:
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Monday, November 20, 2006
The Fauxialite has a report up about Tim's visit to Chicago.
There is still time to vote on your favorite Halloween costume in our BPR's Choice Award poll. Thanks for voting!
BPR's newest field reporter, William was on hand at Chloe Dao's Urbanites Fashion Show on Friday night. Click here for a slideshow, or here for William's photobucket album.
Thanks Scarlett for uploading the photos to Youtube! Thanks William for representing BPR and thanks Chloe for your gracious welcome.
Tim Gunn is now mentioned in the celebrity pages - right along with Britney Spears! Click here to discover where Tim dined while he was in Chicago.
Here is a fellow blogger's report from the Windy City.
BPR regular Ms. Place reports that Tim's podcasts are in regular rotation on her ipod. I need an ipod...
This article is about "Model Entrepreneur" Heidi Klum. Here is a quote:
"("Runway") has really caught on with people," says Klum. "That's helped me as a personality, so I'm very happy about that."
The series have generated attractive numbers. Last season's Bravo "Runway" finale averaged a 4.6 rating with 5.4 million viewers tuning in -- the net's highest rated telecast ever. Although Klum says she would "of course" return for a fourth season, plans are, at present, "unannounced," according to Bravo prexy Lauren Zalaznick.
Be sure to visit Andrae Blogzalo for the latest...a contest. I don't want to give it away. Check it out!
Thanks Deb and Val for these great links.
Here is one more from Randall. Ever wonder what is costs to produce an episode of Project Runway? Here is a suggestion:
But Bravo’s costs are well under that, in the estimate of Rod Buston, associate professor of mass communications at the University of Denver. By using non-union production crews, digital-video production technology and lots of product placements to subsidize creation of a show, he estimates that it costs Bravo only $30,000 to $40,000 to shoot and edit each hour-long reality program. Spread over multiple airings, he said, that comes down to $5,000 or $10,000 each.
In contrast, NBC spends like this:
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which hasn’t generated West Wing-like ratings, costs upwards of $2.5 million an episode.
Please read the entire article. It's fascinating.
We also have a few mentions of OUR sexiest man alive, Tim Gunn. These were from the current issue of People Magazine and the USAWeekend publication. Thanks Deb.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
We've received several reports that Laura Bennett has had her baby based upon a story on another blog. As of this writing, it has not happened. What HAS happened is the fabulous baby shower that you can read about at Project Rungay. Please know that we will only post the virtual birth announcement after the event has been confirmed.
In the meantime, I prepared this new slideshow of Laura's OFW collection without the watermarks and with the song she used, 'Laura's Zest;' this is a small tribute to the fabulous Ms. Bennett who could have her baby boy at any time.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Click here for a link to Jonathan's photo album from Topanga. These pictures are excellent. I love the detail shots of the designs. He also reports overhearing Angela's brother, Chris, say that he bid on and won Angela's original Macy's Challenge sketch. What a wonderfully supportive brother. Thanks Jonathan!
Speaking of Angela, here is an article about her famous rosettes. You go girl!
Kora's excellent and thorough review of Uli's Finale Collection is up! Great work, Kora.
Is Heidi Klum the hottest? You can still vote.
Here is a fellow blogger's story of a Tim Gunn sighting! Thanks Deb.
Yet another article crediting Project Runway with a rising interest in fashion sewing - YAY! Thanks Deb.
Oh, the anticipation all afternoon. I arrive home from teaching around 1, and kill time until 4:30, when my husband, Doug, and I had planned to hop on the el (Chicago’s mass transit) to head to Macy’s. We’re supposed to meet our friend Krueger, who happens to work in the sports bar/restaurant in the basement of Macy’s, at 5, to be sure we get good seats. Doug’s running late getting back from errands, and I’m silently fuming. I don’t want to miss out on any opportunity. We end up arriving around 5:30, but no worries, the line is short and plenty of good seats left!
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I write to thank you and all of the BPR loyalists who voted for me to be included in People's "sexiest men" issue. I know that there is NO WAY that I would be there without BPR's support. I am deeply touched by the continually unbridled rallying for me. I just want you to know that it is returned in kind at every possible opportunity.
I LOVE BPR!!!
Here is a page from his photo album:
And Tim just couldn't resist sharing this photo of the World's Tallest Totem Pole.
Click here for the full story and please leave some comments for Millie (it's her very first blog entry!)
Thanks Millie for another chapter in the continuing adventures of Bobblehead Tim!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Click here to read Mo Ryan's interview. Thanks Anna and Deb.
Speaking of Tim (maybe we are already BTG!) here is a link to the William and Mary website photo gallery which includes photos of Tim at his recent visit.
Recognize this lovely model?
Thanks Jennifer and Chen.
Another champion field reporter was on the job last night in Baltimore! Thanks Amber for this fabulous interview with Austin Scarlett.
BPR <3 Austin AND Amber!
What a fantastic evening we had! My best friend, Maria, and I suited up in our best "mommy" duds and headed to our favorite bridal boutique. What, may you ask, are two mothers of (with five children between them) doing in a bridal shop? Why, meeting the delightful and fantastic Austin Scarlett, of course!
We arrived at Betsy Robinson's Bridal in Baltimore, MD and were greeted warmly by her staff and offered pink champagne. Austin and Ms. Robinson had stepped out for a moment so while we waited, we chatted with a model who was wearing this design of Austin's for the Kenneth Pool line for Amsale. As I've heard others say, photographs of fashion can simply do no justice. The detail and embellishing on this dress was so amazing and intricate. Almost made me want to be a bride again...Click here to continue.
We have been promising to post ALL of the Halloween entries and here they are! Click here for the slideshow of all 44 entries. Thanks Phaolo for your excellent work preparing the images!
Just to make things fun we are going to hold a little BPR's Choice Award Poll. After some discussion we decided that the best way to do this is to include all of the entries that received at least one vote from our panel of judges. There are a total of 12 entries. We would have loved to have had a poll with all 44 entries but Pollhost only allows twenty and although we considered other options - we think this will work.
You can only vote for one entry, but you can vote once a day - just like the real People's Choice Awards.
Does this sound fair? The winner will receive a Season One DVD. There is a lot of Season One Fun going on at Project Rungay and we want to be part of it!
The poll will close on Wednesday November 22 at noon eastern time.
Update: The poll has closed. Click here to see the results.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
It seems that many of the designers are checking in today!
First from Kara Janx, a notice about a sale - and the holidays are coming!
Silk Kimonos and Wooly Winter Hats on sale!
ALSO, all orders placed between November 15th till December 10th will receive FREE SHIPPING! Please place your order by December 15th if you would like to receive it in time for the holidays.
From Daniel Franco - a video of his Spring Collection:
From David Paul - this news about Nick Verreos:
Yes I accompanied Nick to Kansas and we are already back in LA today! It was a great event. They really did a great job. They do not offer a Fashion Major, but several students involved in textile design, art and costume design filled out the talented 8 designers.
It was a very creative show that more schools should copy! They even had the judges critique the entries which was fun, although made things run quite long!
Nick signed autographs and posed for photos for hundred upon hundreds of excited students. I don't know how he does it sometimes!
Nick will be the backstage correspondent for The Victoria's Secret Show tomorrow. He is doing it for Heidi Klum's Production company, similar to the Halloween footage. I'll let you know more on that as it becomes available.
Then from Bradley Baumkirchner this adorable photo with designer Benjamin Cho at a PaperMag event in Los Angeles. Do we love the beard? Honestly I almost forgot that he shaved it for the Reunion!
Finally remember that Chloe Dao's Urbanites event is tomorrow night in Houston. We need a Field Reporter and we can almost promise that Chloe will treat you like royalty! Please write to Team BPR if you are available - thanks!
Here at BPR Central we have an irrational fondness for Daniel Franco. So imagine my delight when I received an invitation to his birthday party! Of course since I live in Arizona I asked if I could send a friend instead. He said "Send two!" So we enlisted veteran LA Field Reporter Christine! Here is her report:
First of all, let me pass on a huge thank you to both Laura K who invited my husband and I to fill her shoes at Daniel’s party, as well as a giant thank you to the incredibly gracious Daniel Franco, who welcomed us into his home like the rest of his other friends.
This clip needs no introduction...And yes, we do have Daniel's permission.
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...from the Comedy Central site:
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Here is a link to the Thomas Jefferson Part One video - Tim makes an appearance critiquing the 'Jeffersons.' Thanks Diana for the link.
Nick Verreos: I chose this one because the dress was incredibly accurate and looked even better made than the original! The person wearing it even looked like Marilinda, and she had the boots as well. Major points for execution as well as styling--down to the hair loosely falling around the face.
Check out more of Risa's Halloween photos here. Risa and friends were definitely in the Halloween spirit!
Next up is Tobias from the Saint Louis Art Museum with his spot-on Jeffrey:
Katy Gerdes: This Jeffrey won me with the pincushion. Jeffrey seemed so proud of that pincushion! And again it's the details… the awesome rendition of the tattoo and even an Eiffel tower necklace!
Nick: The best of the Jeffrey costumes. The photo with his hand over his mouth is my favorite. The tattoos are great and I especially love the voodoo doll on his wrist. He styled himself very accurately. Next to Jeffrey , this guy would be his twin!
There are more great ones to see. Come back tomorrow to see a slideshow with all of the costumes! And, as a special treat, you will be given the opportunity to vote in a readers' poll for the twelve (out of 44) entries that received at least a single vote from our judges.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Here is a story about Nick Verreos at The University of Kansas.
Kathryn and Aimee both report seeing Tim Gunn on the Colbert Report last night on Comedy Central. Maybe it will repeat.
Love those sketches by Robert Best?
Here is a link to a calendar featuring Robert's designs. Thanks Vantine.
While on the show, Laura noticed the trench I had at a photo shoot. She loved it. I told her she could wear it for the run of the show. As it turned out, it looked so great on her - I gave it to her. I can think of no one I'd rather see in my design, than Laura (other than Barbie of course). It is, however the only coat of its kind - except for its miniature counterpart. Here is a sketch of the original and a closeup of the Barbie version.
Hi Laura , no news yet. Please tell Scarlett I am sorry she missed the shower last night, family first- I completely understand.
I'm sure this is really boring in light of Tim's sexy standing, but I have a response to the attention over the white coat.
I love trench coats, to me they are right up there with little black dresses and big sunglasses. When I saw Robert Best with this one at a promotional shoot for Project Runway I was immediately enamored. The border of the coat is silk screened figures drawn by Robert. Each figure is more fabulously glamorous than the next. I believe the coat is a one of a kind sample. He kindly allowed me to wear it during the filming of Project Runway 3. Upon his departure when I tried to return it to him he said I could keep it! It is now one of my prized possessions. It is a wonderful reminder of Robert's talent and generosity.
You can see a mini version of Robert's fabulously glamourous trench here.