Sunday, December 31, 2006
Robin Givhan from the Washington Post cites Project Runway in the last paragraph of this article: "They'll Still Carry Some Weight in 2007." Thanks Tilli.
Check out the second slide here on AOL's suggested New Year's Resolutions for TV Shows. Thanks Brenda.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
KennethFron.com is having an unadvertised to the public, year-end promotion for all BPRs. All necklaces are $50.00 while supplies last. There are only sixteen necklaces left and that will clear out the 2006 creations.
We look forward to brand new designs in 2007.
Click here to order the "Grecian Beauty" necklace pictured here.
Jay McCarroll is mentioned here as a designer with a cause.
Here is another article about the increasing popularity of sewing - all due to Project Runway I'm sure!
Gawker Stalker has a fun mention of Malan (scroll down to the last paragraph).
According to The New York Post, Heidi Klum has been vacationing in Aspen.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
This list from theday.com puts Project Runway first. This article states that the third season was as addictive as the first. The O.C. Register ranks Project Runway second. Richmond's Style Weekly calls Project Runway a "Winner in Prime Time." The Orlando Sentinel ranks Project Runway at number four.
Well, Project Runway will always be number one here!
Thanks Deb for these links.
I hope this message finds you well, and that you had a wonderful holiday :)
A friend of mine, Gloria Almonte, recently won the title of "Miss New York 2007" and will be competing for the title of Miss USA at the upcoming pageant. If you go here, you will see that her dress was the same fabric Kayne used for his outfit when they were in Paris. It goes to show that Kayne knows a thing or two about pageants! Anywho, a little shout out for Gloria.. she's a big PR fan, and was always supportive of me. Now it's my turn to brag about her :)
It was wonderful working with Laura and Bradley! They were both very kind and fun to be with. PR was a good experience overall, and I'm glad that it brought success to all the designers and models. I have remained in great contact with Bradley as well as Malan. Whenever I run into anyone from the show, it's always an exciting reunion! haha. Javi and I go out as often as we can, and I run into Nazri, Clarissa, and Alexandra every so often.
Things are going well these days! I recently signed with Elite Model Management's runway division. They are wonderful, and last Monday I got the chance to work with Nathaniel Hawkins for TRESemme. Amanda was there too! She flew in from LA for the day. We shot for an online video about new TRESemme products. The holidays are always a bit slow, so now I am down in Orlando, FL visiting my family for Christmas.
ps. It was very nice to meet Trish at Malan's boutique opening! Thank you for mentioning my appearance in the Chocolate Show! You are so sweet :)
Talk to you soon!
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Your BPR Team is taking on a new show! We are very excited about Top Design and we hope that you are too.
You can expect the same positive and upbeat treatment of Top Design that we have given to Project Runway. Also, we plan to offer some of the same features that we offer on BPR. These include:
1. Tbone's live-posting of each episode.
2. The famous "Party Post" every Wednesday.
3. The always emotional "Reactions" post at the end of each new episode.
4. The "Congratulations" post to the winner on Thursday morning as well as the
5. "BTD Love" post to the departed designer.
6. Of course we wouldn't forget the "Who SHOULD HAVE won?" and "Who SHOULD HAVE been off?" polls. These are always interesting.
7. How about some recappers? Who will take this on? BTD needs a Recapalooza!
8. Hopefully we will have interviews with each designer as he or she leaves.
9. Hopefully we will get some previews of upcoming episodes.
10. One of our favorite features is the "Speculation" post where our readers get to predict what they believe will happen in an upcoming episode.
11. Any news coverage or articles that become available will be linked to in BTD. Once again, we aim to be "All Top Design - All the Time!" If you see any news coverage of Top Design or especially if you personally know any of the designers or personalities from the show, please write to us at Team BTD.
We have been hesitating to commit to this because we don't know much about the show. Will it be good? Will we like it? Blogging is only fun if we like the show. Otherwise - forget it!
Well, fortunately your team has been able to see part of the premiere episode already (no we don't know the results) and we will give you a little glimpse of our impressions. Check in with Blogging Top Design tomorrow for Laura K's take on the first episode.
So, is anyone getting excited about Top Design?
1. Who is the winner of Project Runway, season 1?
2. What is the last name of Season 3 designer Laura?
3. How many judges are there normally per episode, including the guest judge?
4. Who is the only designer to have ever been disqualified from the show?
5. In one challenge of season 3, designers had to make a cocktail dress using what two colors?
6. Who won the Season 3 challenge, Desgner's Best Friend?
7. What was the name of the episode that featured a designer walkoff?
8. Which season 2 designer was known for doing impressions of Tim?
9. Who finished their garment for Innovation in season 1 in the quickest time?
10. Which season 1 designer walked out of the reunion show?
11. Which season 2 designer often asked his/her model to do outrageous things on the runway, such as clawing the air and roaring, and flaunting her behind?
12. What is the name of Zulema's alter ego?
13. Which designers finished 3rd place out of the 5 teams in season 2's Banana Republic challenge?
14. Which season 2 model did not want to wear a piece from Diana's lingerie line?
15. What was Jay McCarroll's nickname for the model Morgan?
16. When Miss USA gave the season 3 designers a debriefing on what she wanted her evening gown to look like, what color group did she say that she preferred?
17. Who is the only designer to have never been in the "IN-group" during a runway judging (i.e. was always kept on stage as one of the highest or lowest scores) and have made it to the final 5?
18. For her Designer's Best Friend outfit, Angela Keslar told a story about the director of a children's art camp in Paris. What was this camp's name?
19. Which judge said, "The back is like Carmen Miranda on acid."
20. What Sarah Hudson song was playing during the Sarah Hudson runway?
21. Which designer asked, "What's a Stevie Nick?"
22. In season 2, three members of the top 4 stayed with the same model the entire season. Who is the odd one out?
23. What was the first garment to ever walk out on the runway?
24. Andrae Gonzalo gave a nickname to his ice-skating outfit. What was it?
25. From the front, how many red and blue "bloodlines" are visible on Starr's infamous tumor dress made during Season One's Envy challenge?
Click here for the answers.
Thanks Alex - this is perfect for December 26th.
BPRs how about some more Project Runway Trivia?
Monday, December 25, 2006
So, did you have any Project Runway gifts waiting for you under the tree this morning? BPR reader Megan sends along this note:
Hi to all of you,
My sister-in-law is the person who got me hooked on PR. For Christmas, I've made her a version of Michael's coffee filter dress. Plus, I added a nod to Angela.
I cheated -- by using a store bought slip -- but I hand sewed each of the filters to it. Suffice it to say, it took me WAY longer than 2 days! Happy holidays!
PS Isn't it amazing how often the phrase "make it work" is applicable? It's my new mantra; instead of freaking out (my usual MO), I decide to MIW.
What a beautiful, amazing gift Megan! We hope everyone gets a little Runway love today.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Next we have a couple of fan videos that demonstate how the Project Runway Soundtrack can make an amateur production seem more polished. Click here for part one and click here for part two of Project Runway - North Pole Edition.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Project Runway designers make excellent elves! Think about it - they spend much of their time in a 'workroom' creating fabulous things with a silver-haired man. They can fashion a dress out of corn husks, leaves or even coffee filters. Sometimes they pack up everything and take to the air to deliver their creations to another country. They even make doll clothes. Click here to see an Andrae elf. Click here to see a Daniel Franco elf. Click here to see our Nick elf.
Did you miss our Tim Gunn elf last week? Click here to see him in action and then create your own Project Runway elf.
ETA: Hello! The dancing elves are hysterical! ...You guys are the best! Thank you for all the love and support you have sent me throughout this year. We couldn't have done it without you!
Uncle Nick Hearts BPR!!
Friday, December 22, 2006
December 22, 2006
Dear Laura K, The Scarlett, Tbone, Phaolo, and BPRers everywhere,
It's the last day of the semester at Parsons and I'll admit to the fact that I'm running out of steam. In spite of the frantic madness, the students' work has never looked stronger. I'm thrilled and very proud.
Entertainment Weekly came out today, too. Can you believe that we're one of the "best shows" of 2006? Considering the competition we were up against, I think it's a fabulous miracle. Though I have to add that Entertainment Weekly is consistently kind to and supportive of the show, so it's useful that we're one of their pets. We love you, too, EW!!
The holiday season is a time to reflect and a time to look forward. What a great year we all had, me included. Season two of Project Runway received three Emmy nods, we made the cover(!) of Entertainment Weekly, TIME wrote about the cultural phenomenon of the show, and we broke all of Bravo's ratings records. Wow! And Heidi and Laura Bennett each gave birth to beautiful and healthy baby boys. The success of the seasons one-through-three Project Runway alumni continues to escalate, And for me, I have to say that being named one of People's sexiest men was probably the most surreal occurrence in my life, and it would NEVER have happened without the support of all of the BPRers. You are all too good to me.
Looking forward into the New Year, we have season four of the show ahead! I can't even begin to imagine who the auditions will bring forward, but it will be very exciting to see. On the Emmy front, I have every reason to believe that we'll be nominated, again, and I have just as many reasons to believe that we'll finally win! Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday and a Great New Year!!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Entertainment Weekly has named Project Runway on its "Entertainers of the Year" list for 2006. We love the photo montage and this line from Heidi:
So how did Bravo (which is owned by NBC Universal) reward Heidi Klum, 33, for turning Project Runway into a pop culture phenom this year? ''I got a nice smelly candle,'' says the supermodel host.
ETA: Click here for a brief Access Hollywood video blurb of the photoshoot.
We've purposely avoided the Tara Conner nonsense despite all of your e-mails, however now that Kayne Gillaspie has chimed in with his reaction to the story in today's New York Post, it's fair game for the BeePeR's. Thanks Trish.
Also seen in today's Post is this shocker:
In addition to scheduling snafus, Fashion Week is also in search of a new home now that it has outgrown Bryant Park. Though the February shows will be held in their usual park tents, the Bryant Park Corp. has made no secret of its desire for the catwalks to relocate.
No PR finale in Bryant Park, say it isn't so! Our BPR fashion insider Ted calls it the "End Of An Era".
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
So last night was the "Warm Yourself" event at Emmett's store, EMc2! With all of the madness of the holiday season in full swing, it was really my only chance to make it into the city. I would have loved to come to the other events, but anyone who knows the New York City area knows that sitting on the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel (either by bus or car) during "gridlock alert" is not fun!
I decided to coordinate this with all the of the other things I needed to do in the city, such as seeing "the tree" at Rockefeller Center and shopping for Maggie (the little girl that my Mom takes care of - Mom heard I was going into the city and said "pick me up this and..." LOL) at American Girl Place. Bags and bags later, I set off down 5th Avenue to meet my boyfriend Keith at Grand Central Station (he works in Westchester County, NY and since his sister lives near the Mt. Vernon West train station, he also gave up on the gridlock, parked his car at his sister's house and got on the train!) We met up and got on the 6 train to Spring Street (I felt so J. Lo since I was "on the 6"! LOL)
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Here is a story about Heidi and Seal and their children in Hello! Thanks Deb.
Tim Gunn was mentioned here in the Baltimore Sun. "That was Project Runway's imperiled style counselor Tim Gunn lunching at Michael's with the former editor of Vogue, Grace Mirabella. Longtime associates at Parsons The New School of Design, they were laughing it up, perhaps planning Tim's future should he and Bravo not come to an understanding about whether he stays or goes at Project Runway. (Tim says, "None of us have contracts!")" Thanks Ann.
The televisionary is a fan of Tim Gunn and Project Runway. Thanks Deb.
Click here to see Tim Gunn, nominated as one of VH1's candidates for having the Best Year Ever. With about 2:36 remaining (of the video, after the commercial), you can see a tribute to Tim.
And don't miss VH1 personality Doug Benson who, in the manner of 'The Bachelor,' gives a rose to Vincent Libretti here (with about 2:35 remaining of the video, after the commercial).
Anyway, Tim, you might not have had the Best Year Ever, but you certainly won our hearts!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Holiday Sample Sale!
Discounts on Shearlings, Cashmere, & Wool Coats!
As well as on designs by Chloe, Kara
& Jewelry by Erin McDonnell
CHAMPAGNE & SHOPPING WITH DESIGNERS!
Emmett McCarthy / EMc2
Invites you to
TUE December 19, 6 - 9 pm
with Special Guest, Tim Gunn!
Emmett McCarthy / EMc2
240 Elizabeth Street
(between Prince & Houston)
New York NY 10012
Click here for more information.
or call: 212 431 4134
Go ahead and post your answers in the comments. If you want to work on these on your own - don't peek. I'll post Leah's answers this afternoon. Have fun everyone!
1. Name all the eliminated designers who came back to do more sewing on-screen *after* being eliminated from PR.
2. Which tennis star was mentioned most often in PR3?
3. Name the wedding dress designer who was a guest judge in PR1. What has this judge subsequently done that you would never have suspected after watching that episode?
4. Name the team leaders for the Miss Universe Challenge in PR3. Alphabetically!
5. Which outfit in each season currently has the highest rating on Bravo's 'Rate the Runway?' Which is the favorite outfit overall, as rated by fans?
6. Which outfit in each season currently has the lowest rating on Bravo's 'Rate the Runway?' Which was the least popular outfit, as rated by fans?
7. Which town in Oklahoma proudly calls itself the home of Kayne Gillaspie, from PR3?
8. Name the judge who selected Angela as a team leader in PR3.
9. Which brand of alcohol is currently a PR sponsor?
10. Which Season 2 designers were eliminated without ever being in the 'bottom group' on a previous runway?
Bonus Question: What was Austin Scarlett's hometown in PR1?
Click here for the answers. Thanks everyone. This was fun.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Nancy in Minnesota reports that Kara Janx's kimono dress was in the Wall Street Journal on Friday. It was featured in an article entitled "The Jetrosexual Look." Does anyone have a scan of this? Thanks!
ETA: Thanks everyone who sent links to the Kara item in the WSJ. The story is about getting designer looks copied in Asia! I suppose it could be considered flattering that Kara's dress is so iconic that it was chosen as an item to be copied! Anyway - here is a link to the entire article.
Although there is no new information in this article from the Seattle Times, it is a lot of fun to read. Thanks Deb.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
This article is about the hotel uniforms that Daniel is designing for NYLO. Not only will they be worn by the staff, but they will also be available to purchase. The collection will include accessories. Perhaps a handbag, Daniel? Click here for the interview in gay.com.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Mr. Tim Gunn
c/o Emmett McCarthy, EMc2
240 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
More details here.
Also, this is the last day to nominate your favorites for the sexiest reality stars.
Is anyone planning to attend the shopping event tomorrow afternoon at Ron Herman? Please let us know - thanks.
Tonight on VH-1 we will learn if Tim Gunn had the Best Year Ever.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Papermag has a feature about Jay McCarroll. Thanks Alexis.
Tim Gunn is quoted here. Thanks Deb.
Also, check the newsstands for the next issues of People magazine and TV Guide. They should have items of interest to Project Runway fans.
BPR's own Snowflakebebe reports from Malan's holiday party:
Rick and I got there about 2 hrs late so don't know who was there earlier but the place was packed still and everybody was wonderful. Melrose, yes the model from ANTM, was wearing the famous Malan design, the flapper fringed dress (which I have a massive personal love for since I stitched it :) ) and looked amazing.
She struck a cute pose when I snapped this picture. Plumm is a beautiful club Malan is a wonderful host and a wonderful person.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The doll will definitely be a hit. Plus, you can feel even better knowing that a portion of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Thanks Trish.
Finally, Kayne made quite an impression during his recent visit to a Brookhaven, MS shop. Click here to read all about it.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
All together now, awwwwww.........
ETA: The Rungay Boys have Laura's Honorable Mention in next week's New York Magazine Best and Worst list of 2006.
This one-of-a-kind fashion statement will be auctioned on eBay through eBay Giving Works from December 18 thru December 31 with proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. Stay tuned to BPR for an update on this.
Thanks Kayla, Jeremy, Aliya, Barbie, and Val.
Last year's winners were from Big Brother and American Idol. Come on BPRs let's get Project Runway represented!
Heather from SeenOn.com sends along a note to let us know that they have posted some new material from their launch party last week. Don't miss the re-created Parson's workroom or the video of Mychael Knight gettin' jiggy with Rachael Leigh Cook.
Limited edition dresses, jackets, vests, skirts, tops and bags - all made with the winning green and white striped fabric - will be available for purchase here only. AND...with every purchase of $100, each customer will receives a $10 gift card. Happy holidays! Thanks Gail.
We have this report from BPR reader Christine on Malan's lecture on style on December 7th at Princeton University:
Malan Breton came to Princeton University to give a multifaceted presentation on "Optimizing Your Personal Style". The room was buzzing with excitement (with dance music, practice runway walks, and whispers of "He's late!" "He's here!!!"), and even though they were mostly in jeans and sweats, the young crowd seemed to have a serious interest in high fashion.
Malan gave a brief autobiography of his background (I still can't picture him as a skate rat or surf dude), and described how wearing a pair of self-embroidered trousers ultimately cemented his career in fashion.
He went on to describe how his collections manifest his love of "Old Hollywood", and presented many photographs that linked the styles of actresses like Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlene Dietrich to the fashions of performers today. He showed many modern day dresses and then the original style that inspired them.
Click here to read more of the report and to see more photos from the event.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Project Tim Gunn Christmas Card!
For all those fans of Tim Gunn, who can not attend our "Warm Yourself" Christmas Event at Emc2 on December 19th 6-9PM
We thought it would be a great way to show Tim Gunn how much we love HIM!
We will feature all the cards sent to Tim, and the 3 most creative and festive will be on display and will be given a prize of a signed bobble head!
Here are the rules to the challenge:
1.All entries must be postmarked by Friday December 15th, 2006.
2.Address entries to:
Mr. Tim Gunn
C/O Emmett McCarthy, EMc2
240 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
3. Return address must be clearly marked on the envelope
4. Appropriate postage for weight and size
5. No larger than 6x9"
6. Hand made card, not diorama, doll, or fashion garment
7. Paper, pencil, colored pencil, water color, fabric welcome. (No pastels, chalks, or charcoal please.)
8. A holiday greeting to Tim Gunn inside with your first and last name in the card, and dated.
9. Digital art welcome ( photo of you and Tim Gunn? or Tim Gunn as Santa?)
We will be expecting your submissions to reflect Tim's motto: Quality, Taste and Style!
Malan is the guest of honor at a party tonight and he would like to share the event with our readers. RSVP by clicking here to get on the guest list. And do tell us if you plan to attend; we'd love to have a BPR reporter on hand at this fun fete!
Here are more photos from Katy's appearance at the Weisman. I stood on the Washington Ave. bridge in below-zero wind chill to take the museum photo, and then proceeded to an incredibly warm welcome for Katy by her Minnesota fans.
She was very gracious with people, answering their questions, sharing her favorite PR memories, and letting people experience some of that PR excitement. Thanks, Katy!
Nancy in Minnesota
Click Here for more photos.
You don't want to forget to RSVP for champagne and shopping with designers at EMc2. Emmett McCarthy invites you to treat yourself and join him and designers for special holiday evenings. First up: ADORN YOURSELF! with jewelry and special appearance by Erin McDonnell on Wednesday, December 13, from 6 to 9 pm.
Remember each event requires an RSVP to gain admission to these wonderful events. Don't get left out in the cold. Do find yourself basking in the warm glow of the compliments that EMc2 gifts will receive!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Tim is quoted here in The Washington Post. Thanks Deb.
Check out the third page in this story in ZooZoom for one of Kara Janx's jackets. Thanks Chris!
Is there anyone in LA who lives or works near the Fred Segal on Melrose? We are looking for a field reporter! Please e-mail Team BPR. Thanks!
Dear Project Runway Bloggers,
I thought you might enjoy these photos from Katherine's collection. She recently visited the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis. She was such a lovely and charming person to talk to. We can hardly wait for her new collection coming soon...
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Saturday, December 09, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Gunn, who didn't return calls for comment, has skirted questions about his contract and salary.
Listen, Tim is a man of integrity above all else. He's not about to jeapordize contract negotiations, however his silence is telling. Then there's this:
A source close to Runway claims concerned fans are jumping the Gunn. ''We're confident the whole team will be back,'' says the source. ''We'll find a way to work around his schedule.''
How exactly do they plan to do that? It seems clear now that Weinstein/NBCUniversal/Bravo want to push Season 4 into production in early 2007. Do they think they can film the Tim segments strictly at nights and on weekends? Please.
Andy Denhart at Reality Blurred weighs in:
Hopefully, he’s just playing hardball and demanding the cheap-asses at Bravo pay him what he’s worth.