Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday News



Click here for a Stylehive interview with Chris March.

Here is another interview with Chris from BuddyTV.

Daniel Vosovic creates a "Modern Clark Kent" look for Bonfire.

Meanwhile, in Klumtown...

Click here to watch Heidi Klum and Ellen Degeneres make meatballs...

Click here to see Heidi jump on a trampoline with Jimmy Kimmel.

Finally, want one of those nifty Mood canvas shopping bags? Click here to order. Perfect when you want to look like you have an $8000 budget to create a 12-piece collection.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

More From The Mailbox

Catch up with Nick's recap of the Reunion episode.

This Los Angeles Times Magazine article contains an interview with Rami Kashou.

An excerpt: Not everyone understands his decision to do “Project Runway,” but, Kashou says, “I did the show knowing it would expose my work and lead to more opportunities.” Conversations, in fact, have begun with a potential investor and a hair-care company keen on sponsoring a New York runway show next season.

Here is the Entertainment Weekly Exit interview with Chris March.

Second City Style presents this week's most memorable quotes.

Mo Ryan's look at the Final Three.

Newsday offers a great new interview with Jillian Lewis.

Finale Part One in 60 Seconds

MTV's Jim Cantiello is back with his fabulous 60-second recap of last night's episode.

From The Mailbox

The Washington Post has a great recap of last night's episode AND an interview with Tim Gunn! Thanks Suzq.

Entertainment Weekly bids farewell to Chris.

Attention Washington DC: Carmen Webber will be speaking at Bowie State University today from 2:00 - 4:00. Click here for more information.

Poll - Your Turn to be the Judge

We have three polls for you this week. The first asks if Nina Garcia, Heidi Klum and Michael Kors got it right. Click here to tell us who should have advanced to Fashion Week.
Top row, Chris March.
Bottom row, Rami Kashou
Photos courtesy of New York Magazine and Bravo.

We last asked you who should and will win Project Runway Season 4 when there were five contenders that displayed their collections at Bryant Park. Now that the field has been narrowed to three finalists, it is time to revisit those questions (Click here to view the collection of Christian Siriano and click here for hi-resolution pictures. Click here to view the collection of Jillian Lewis and click here for hi-resolution pictures. Click here to view the collection of Rami Kashou and click here for hi-resolution pictures.)


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Reactions to the Finale, Part 1

Tim travels to the designers homes to check in on their collections, and the last finalist spot gets determined. Post your reactions to Part 1 of the finale here.

Finale Party! (Part 1)

The party room takes to the skies for Part 1 of the finale as we launch the maiden flight of the BPR Learjet. We have first class seats for everyone as we travel from New York to LA and back to New York again, solidifying our status as the kings of American jet-set blogging!

All are welcome to watch together as we get a healthy dose of Tim Gunn folowed by a Chris vs. Rami showdown. And this will not be a dry , dull party like that reunion last week. We've stocked the cabin with plenty of those teeny, tiny bottles of libations to loosen you up a bit for the ride. It's party time - see you on the runway!

BPR Live Play-by-Play: Finale Part 1

Tbone is back this week for live play-by-play coverage of the Season 4 finale, Part 1. This season features a new wrinkle - one last, cruel elimination before the Bryant Park runway. For everyone without access to Bravo, Tbone will do his best to tell you what happens as the episode airs live from the east coast.

Comments under this thread are for you to read and Tbone to post. If you have something to say, the BPR party jet is now boarding above!

Season 5!

Tim spills the beans:

A fifth "Project Runway" season is in the works, Gunn said.

"We begin auditions next month," he said. "We always tape in June. So we have to get a great group of designers together if we're going to start taping in June."

Sounds like they are angling for another fresh batch of designers, dashing the hopes of some for an "all-star" cast of former contestants. Stay tuned for audition dates and locations. Designers, time to get sewing. Thanks to Jessica for the tip!

T.G.I.W.

It's Project Runway finale time! This is one of our favorite episodes because we get more Tim Gunn as he visits the finalists at their homes and pretends to drive around in his Saturn. And season 4 features a new bonus elimination as Rami and Chris face off with their best 3 pieces to determine whose collection gets to count in the final judging.

Tbone will be live-posting the festivities this evening, the party room will be in full swing, and you can sound off post-show in our reactions thread. Please stop by and join us.

Predictably, the prognosticating poobah Alan Gratz has posted his predictions for Project Runway's penultimate program.

And in true TGIW spirit, a bit of flotsam to send you away with. Did you see what the Boston Herald had to say about Season 4? Ouch. We suspect many of you feel the same way.

Happy Wednesday!

From The Mailbox


Attention San Francisco: Sweet P will be on "The View From The Bay" today! It's on right after General Hospital and before Oprah.

The Contra Costa Times has posted a great article about Chris March. Thanks Anne.

In Style chose Heidi Klum's disco dress as the look of the day!

Don't miss the latest issue of Bonfire magazine.

Finally, for something fun, check out Teeny Project Runway and vote for your favorite entry. Thanks Ann.

Poll Results - Who Was the Decoy?


Our decoy poll results are in. The majority of you thought that the three garments Chris March showed to the judges did not win him a chance to become a finalist at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. You can click here to see how you voted. Tonight (so it seems), we will find out if you were right.

Check back tomorrow for our final next-to-last Season 4 polls.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Preview Video - Finale Part One

We featured the Bravo preview video yesterday for the finale (see it here) and today we have a second:
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Just for the fun of it, think of a caption:
Video and photo courtesy of Crew Creative.

Tuesday News


All of the designs from the Hershey's challenge are now available for auction at SeenOn.com, with the net proceeds benfitting the Young Survivor Coalition. Rami's winning dress from this challenge was on my Top 5 list. Get your bids in now!
Speaking of the Top 5, there is a new schedule for the rollout of our poll results. We will count them down one by one beginning this Saturday, March 1 and reveal the winner on Wednesday, March 5 - the same day that the Season 4 winner is announced. That means the voting window has been extended. Get your picks in now before it's too late!
How would you like Tim Gunn to make you over? Casting for Season 2 of Tim Gunn's Guide To Style is now open. We recommend a padlock on your underwear drawer.

Monday, February 25, 2008

From The Mailbox



Heidi changed out of her red gown and into this silver mini for Elton John's party. What do you think?


Click here for a video of Tim Gunn and Stacy London discussing Oscar Fashions on The Today Show.

Sweet P will be on MTV's TRL today and the TV Guide Channel's Reality Chat tomorrow.

Project Runway On QVC

Heads up to all Laura Bennett and Chloe Dao fans - both designers are scheduled to appear on QVC tonight as part of the "Spring Fashion Designer Gallery" beginning at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

This will be Chloe's second season of presenting her Simply. Chloe Dao collection at QVC after three consecutive sellouts last year. Laura Bennett is making her debut with her LBD by Laura Bennett line. Here's a sneak peek at Laura's metallic drape sweater:



Tune in tonight to see more! (Image from QVC)

Preview of Finale Part One

The World Premiere of Eleven Minutes


The feature documentary Eleven Minutes will have its world premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival. Mark your calendars and plan be among to first audience to see this film that chronicles the journey of Jay McCarroll to his first independent showing at Fashion Week in September of 2006. The Philly event is scheduled for April 5th at 7:15 and plans are in the works for a party after to celebrate the film, Jay and the filmmakers Michael Selditch and Rob Tate who also created Project Jay.

Team BPR has screened this film and we can tell you that it is riveting. The movie's synopsis tells us it is "an in-depth, painfully raw and humorous exploration of the creative process and the constant conflict of balancing commerce with art, fame with talent, and reality-TV with actual reality." I had no idea how much work and how many people are involved in planning a Fashion Week show. There is tension, there is humor there is triumph and there is pathos all for eleven minutes on a runway. We give this 6 enthusiastic thumbs up.

Save the date, Philly, and more announcements about this event will be forthcoming as plans are developed. There will also be screenings at the Independent Film Festival of Boston,
the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and the New Filmmakers Screenings which has announced their showing for June 25th at 8:15 in NYC. As a fan of Project Runway and fashion you do not want to miss the opportunity to see this film!

More Project Runway at The Oscars



Marlee Matlin wore a Nikolaki gown to the Academy Awards last night! She looks beautiful in it, doesn't she? Congratulations Nick and David.

Also, tune in to The Today Show this morning for an Oscar Fashion Review with Tim Gunn!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Heidi Klum Arrives at the Oscars



Click here for more images of Heidi in this Galliano gown. Click here to enter to win the dress!

Here is a link to Sweet P's MTV live-posting of the red carpet. Great job, Sweet P!

Fan Giveaway and Auctions

Our friends at SeenOn.com have an Ultimate Fan Giveaway from February 21st through March 5th. Enter daily for chances to win Project Runway swag including Heidi Klum jewelry, Tim Gunn Talking Bobbleheads and t-shirts designed by the contestants.

SeenOn also hosts the Project Runway auctions at ProjectRunway.com. They are excited to announce that the garment designed by Jillian Lewis for Episode 11 for "The Art of Fashion" was auctioned off for $4950., a record (so far) for Season 4! You can click here to see sketches that are now up for auction and to browse the auctions from the other episodes and see how much the other outfits fetched.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

From The Mailbox



Pretty on the Outside features fresh and ferocious sketches from the Reunion show.

Look for Sweet P Live-Posting Oscar Fashions on MTV.com.

Stylehive has posted a new Sweet P interview and so have our friends at Buddy TV.

Meanwhile, Nick Verreos returns to San Diego to judge a competition for young designers.

MSN follows up on Reality-Show Winners. Thanks, Jill.


Last chance to get your votes in on our "Top 5 Looks From Season 4" poll. Voting closes tomorrow, don't miss out!

Recapalooza!

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The Minx: Yearbook Editor-In-Chief...

The Manolo finds the inspiration for Heidi's bangs...
Eric3000 saw a better episode than we did...
David Dust uses the bullett button this week...
Tiffany dares to dangle the sausage...
Lorraine scores with an "All My Children" reference...
Grits To Glitz are in their Diva glory...
Miz Shoes was looking for the drama...
Mags has a shopping list of highlights...
Toyouke dictates the whole show for you...
HorridFabulous is counting the days to Wednesday, so are we!

Video - Episode 12

Oh how we pity those of you unable to watch Project Runway on our favorite network! Those of you who have to travel for work, are away at college or are overseas should be happy to know that the inimitable parselforce has your back. Here is the Reunion episode:


Click here for the rest of the episode.

Incidentally, we have discovered that the fabulous MsRoyalT (she brought us Project Runway Canada faithfully each week), has had her YouTube account suspended. This points out the importance of watching one of these episodes as soon as they are posted; watch, don't wait!

Friday, February 22, 2008

BPR Interview With Sweet P


From the Hell's Belles motorcycle club through the underground club scene in LA, few have had a more improbable path to the cast of Project Runway than Sweet P. Our hearts melted when she congratulated Chris and Rami after being the last designer eliminated, but in the end she got to show in Bryant Park anyway. BPR checks in with the popular designer who truly lives up to her name.

BPR: Sweet P, we were thrilled when we saw you appear from behind the scrim at the Project Runway Finale. What was the inspiration for your collection?

Sweet P: My inspiration for the collection was Lee Miller (who I notice is beingwritten about a lot lately). Lee Miller was Man Rays model, muse and girlfriend. She was also a photographer. Lee was ahead of her time. I would call her a modern day Chloe Sevigny. She is a bold , strong woman who has her own sense of style. She is not afraid to wear color in a sea of black. My muse is a hip, pulled together downtown girl.

BPR: Did you receive the same amount of time and budget as the other designers?

Sweet P: Yes

BPR: What was the best thing about appearing on Project Runway?

Sweet P: Meeting and bonding with all the other designers.

BPR: The hardest?

Sweet P: Lack of sleep

Click here to continue reading our interview with Sweet P as she talks about Tim Gunn, Elisa Jimenez and gives her pick for the Season 4 win.

BPR Podcast - Daniel Vosovic

Season Two heartthrob, Daniel Vosovic talks to Laura K about his work on the NBC Show Lipstick Jungle, the online Bonfire Magazine, his new book, and his thoughts on Season Four.
Thanks Daniel!
Click here to listen.

Photo of Daniel and Tim Gunn is by Michael Turek.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sew Not Over



Twelve of the Season Four designers created mini-collections for this on-line challenge. Watch the video and then go to Bravotv.com to vote for your favorite.

BPR Interview With Ricky Lizalde


Some thought he stayed far too long, but Ricky Lizalde fought through his tears and early struggles long enough to taste the winners circle in the Levi's challenge. As we learn in our recent chat, he's been able to keep his head high long after the lights have dimmed.

BPR: Hi Ricky - what an emotional ride this experience was for you. Do you have any regrets about letting it all hang out on the show?

RL: No regrets!! I know that some people may be sick of the crying.... me too!! but I am a stronger and better person and designer for the experience....


BPR: What was the reaction of your family and friends to your elimination?

RL: All my friends and family rooted for me to go all the way.... sorry guys... they are sad but hopeful of my future!!...Me too



BPR: You have been a successful lingerie designer for many years now. Why Project Runway at this stage of your career?

RL: I went on PR to show people who I am........ although I didn't realize you would get to know me so personally.... making it in a business like the fashion industry is hard enough I just thought w/ a little luck hard work and heart I could really do something on the show.......long story short to help my business...



Click here to continue reading our interview with Ricky Lizalde as he talks about Victorya, SJP and his pick for the winner of Season 4.

From The Mailbox


Entertainment Weekly features a two-page spread on Project Runway.
Click here to see the scans (complete with photos of the Finale garments - purists beware!) Thanks Matthew.

Best Week Ever has posted a video montage of Christian Siriano's Fiercest Moments. Thanks Rebecca.

Second City Style offers the quotes of the week.

De Novo Magazine has posted a new interview with Kit Pistol. Thanks Andrew.


And a reminder that there is still time to vote in our Top 5 Looks From Season 4 Poll. Make sure your favorites get counted!

Ask The Fashion Professor



Hi Professor -

After the runway show, how do the clothes shown get turned into sales for the designer?

Thanks!

TropicalChrome

Hi Tropical,

As much as we all the love the glamour, celebrities, excitement and creativity of Fashion Week - hype and publicity can only take a designer so far - you must sell clothes to survive.

Let's pretend you are the fashion designer. Of course, because you are such a smartie, and are independently wealthy or have a very rich backer, you already have a ruthless lawyer, a slick public relations firm, a reliable factory and various other people on your support team who all love you, support your vision completely and have agreed to work for peanuts.

Hopefully, you were wise enough to have the crowd at your show balanced with the right mix of buyers and editors in addition to the celebrities, models and other fierce and fabulous people. The genuinely important people in fashion are the buyers and editors. The editors can get and maintain additional exposure and the buyers will, hopefully, place orders for your clothes.

Of course, you have already finalized the production, merchandising and distribution of your goods - samples have been made and a distribution network is in place to get the goods from the factory to stores.

Fashion Week is only a very small part of the big picture.

It exceptionally rare for a designer new to the game or fresh out of school to sell any or even a fraction of a collection. For designers that have been thru Project Runway it can be very tough dance balancing their new celebrity and the demands of a new line.

Cheers,

Anthony

Congratulations, Christian


You won the on-line vote with the fans at Bravo and the $10,000 prize from Bluefly. Now the BPR readers have a chance to offer their congratulations. This post is only for positive words for Christian Siriano. Click here if you have anything other than kind or congratulatory thoughts.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Reactions To The Reunion

It was Homecoming night at Parsons as all 15 designers from Season 4 gathered together for the reunion episode. Post your reactions here.

Reunion Party!

Hi - you remember me, don't you? Morty McSnerdly, that geek in the corner you all used to make fun of? Well, now I'm a gazillionaire geek blogging about reality television in my jammies. Tonight, I get my revenge...mwah-ha-HA! You might want to think twice before trying the punch...

Tonight the BPR party room doors are wide open as we welcome back Carmen, Chris, Christian, Elisa, Marion, Jack, Jillian, Kevin, Kit, Rami, Ricky, Simone, Steven, Sweet P, and Victorya. Will it be a WWE diva throwdown? Come on in and snark away, this is one reunion party you can actually look forward to attending! Just keep your eyes out for that McSnerdly character, he looks a little shifty.

From The Mailbox


Photo from Kaylin Bowers

Tim Gunn recently spoke at the University of Virginia.

TV Guide interviews all four of the finalists.

The New York Post looks forward to the Reunion Episode tonight.

The Rocky Mountain News makes some predictions about the finalists.

T.G.I.W.

Ah yes, the reunion episode. One last chance for the designing divas to right the record, clear their good names and confront their nemeses. Although we doubt that we will be treated to any classic moments such as Guadalupe Vidal's "Walk The Line" soliloquy, the reunion always brings us a little dishy fun.

Team BPR will be on hand tonight for all of the fun and drama. No play-by-play coverage this evening, however the party room and reaction posts will be up as usual. Come join us!

Meanwhile, in the spirit of reunion day gossip, how about a story we would normally not touch. Can someone help us out a little and explain why Heidi Klum would ever let Britney anywhere near her children?

Happy Wednesday!

Preview Video - Reunion

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Results In - Your BPR Fan Favorite


Tonight Bravo's Fan Favorite will be revealed and the winner will take home $10,000 for receiving the most viewer votes. Nearly a month ago we asked you to vote on the Season 4 BPR Fan Favorite and you selected your winner. You can click here to see how you voted. Chris March is the designer that you, the most savvy fans of Project Runway, have selected. This award comes only with bragging rights and this nifty post. Please, only positive comments here ... this is part of the reward!

Congrats, Chris!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tim Gunn on Conan O'Brien



Watch Tim Gunn recoil in horror at the sight of Crocs!

BPR At The Finale - Part 4


We are still not done sharing our story from the Project Runway finale! After the show, we were excited to attend an after-brunch party hosted by Bravo. It was like a giant reunion, with designers from all four seasons in attendance.
The brunch was a chance to get up close and personal with the designers and celebrities. We have some great candid photos from this event including shots of Raymundo Baltazar, Bradley Baumkirchner (in a teddy bear sweater!), Malan Breton, Kevin Christiana, Chloe Dao, Marla Duran, Katy Gerdes, Kayne Gillaspie, Kara Janx, Elisa Jimenez, Alison Kelly, Mychael Knight, Simone LeBlanc, Dale Levitski, Jack Mackenroth, Jay McCarroll, Gail Simmons, Nick Verreos, Daniel Vosovic and Carmen Webber. Whew!
Click here for the whole story.

Project Runway in Elle Magazine


The March issue of Elle magazine (which was featured in the gift bags at the Bryant Park show) has several Project Runway features. The "En Garde" winners Christian Siriano and Chris March have their TRESemme ad reward; for Season Four there are a total of 3 pages prominently featuring the avant-garde look including this two-page spread. You'll find the ads on pages 311-313. You can click here for photos from that challenge.

Our friends at Bluefly have a two-page spread on pages 328-329 that shows how accessories make it work.

You can also find this Elle Project Runway magazine between pages 408 and 409 that features the office of Nina Garcia and an interview with Season One winner Jay McCarroll.

Finally, Levi has a four-page ad from pages 277-280 that features images from the seven looks in their denim challenge. You can click here to rate looks for their Project Runway challenge.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Top 5 Looks From Season 4


As we wait patiently for the denouement of Season 4, it's time once again to roll out our popular "Top 5 Looks Poll". Now that everyone has had a chance to see all of the designs and challenges this season, which 5 are your favorites?
Probably the easiest way to look at all of the garments is to go to Bravo's Rate The Runway page where you can sort by episode. To keep everyone consistent, list your five favorites in the comments by number, designer(s) name(s) and challenge like this:
1 - Jack Mackenroth "Sew Us What You Got" challenge
2 - Chris March "What A Girl Wants" challenge
3 - Elisa Jimenez/Sweet P "SJP/Bitten" challenge
4 - Kevin Christiana "What's The Skinny" challenge
5 - Michael Kors "Orange County" challenge (Well, that last one wouldn't count, but you get the idea...)
We'll tally the results and reveal your Top 5 picks in a special countdown beginning on March 1. It's your chance to celebrate the uncelebrated and right some judging wrongs. Who from Season 4 will join Andrae Gonzalo and Robert Best as a Top 5 Looks champion?

From The Mailbox

Midseasonreplacements offers a great recap of the "Art of Fashion" episode.

Attention Los Angeles: Meet Kit Pistol on Tuesday evening at the Beverly Center. Click here for more information. We'd love to have a field reporter!

Don't miss Regis and Kelly on Wednesday. The Season Four finalists will appear. Thanks Amanda.

Are you a Style Star? Living in or near Los Angeles? Auditions for LA Magazine's "Style Star of Tomorrow" are on Thursday, February 21, from 9:00 - 3:00. Nick Verreos is one of the judges. More information here.

Sweet P is interviewed in People Magazine. Thanks Steve K.

Click here for a 360-degree tour of EMc2. The store looks fabulous!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Video - Episode 11

For when you are in that unfortunate situation of being unable to view our favorite network, the trendsetting parselforce has uploaded the video for you:



Click here for the rest of the episode.

Video - Project Catwalk, Season 3, Episode 6

More of your favorite UK show, Project Catwalk brought to you by the rakish projectfan4:


Click here for the rest of the episode.

Recapalooza!

Plenty of quality material this week to chew on:

One should never give David Dust a pint of tranny ice cream...
Collier Strong consults with MK at The Minx Salon...
Tiffany is ready to rescue Perry from MMASM...
maxthegirl is new to 'looza and super funny...
Elisa - still waiting for someone to love...
The Project Stunway girls are always having fun...
We love Mags new format...
Lorraine gets hair tips from Christian...
Miz Shoes gets all twitterpated at The Met...
Bay and Amy loved this episode and talk all about it...
Meiran not so much...
HorridFabulous is ultra modern and hella tight...
TheModernGal loves the product placement...
AK picks Jillian for the win...
Toyouke is over Christian already...

We never cease to be amazed at the passion of our recappers. Thanks everyone!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Amanda Fields at Saks

Amanda Fields is featured in these Fashion Week videos modeling Spring Trends for Saks Fifth Avenue. Click on the photos for links.



What Would Bluefly Do?



Christian Siriano's winning look from Episode Eleven certainly gave Team Bluefly a lot to work with.

Black pants... well that is kind of an unusual shape isn't it? Really tight at the bottom, room in the thigh. Hmmmmm... Sure wish I had legs like Lisa.... I like these the best I think:

Habitual Black Stretch Jeans $87.99.



Click here to continue.

The Recap of the Manolo!

The Manolo really outdoes himself this week with the tale of the little fairy elf:

It was then, while the tailor was sleeping his uneasy sleep, that the most miraculous thing happened.

First, there was the faint sound of tiny bells, followed by the strong scent of Aqua Net and Elizabeth Taylor’s “White Diamonds”, and then, with the audible pop, the tiny little fashion elf appeared out of no where! Flouncing around the room, scattering fairy dust and candy kisses.

A must read!

Poll - Who Was the Decoy?


By now you know that either Chris March or Rami Kashou presented a decoy collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Based upon the 3 best looks in each of their collections, one of them will advance to the finals and will compete against Christian Siriano and Jillian Lewis for the win. So now we ask you two questions:

And which garments do you think they selected as their best?

Tell us in the comments.

Click here
for a numbered slideshow of Chris's collection. Click here for hi-resolution images of the garments.

Click here for a numbered slideshow of Rami's collection. Click here for hi-resolution images of the garments.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

From The Mailbox


Entertainment Weekly has posted a great exit interview with Sweet P, Thanks Frank.

The Watcher has posted some interesting behind-the-scenes clips from Bryant Park. Thanks Mo.

Second City Style presents Episode Eleven's memorable quotes. Thanks Lauren.

The Baltimore Sun has posted a story about Christian Siriano.

The New York Post wraps up last night's episode.

Episode Eleven in 60 Seconds

MTV's Jim Cantiello is back with his 60-second Recap!

Congratulations, Christian

This is the third time in Season 4 that you have won. You made your client happy when you made over her favorite outfit and you thrilled Nina and the other judges with the avant-garde gown. This week you created a complex garment based upon a painting that was artfully executed and masterfully styled. Throughout the season you have demonstrated a clear point of view and your finale collection was selected as the most likely to win and most deserving of the win by our readers (click here). You provoke discussion and you leave us always curious to see your next work and those are attributes that any designer would long to have. Cheers, Christian!

This post is only for positive words for Christian Siriano or his work. If you have anything negative to say about him or another designer, please click here.

BPR Love for Sweet P


The designer out when there are five remaining is always a heartbreaker (Robert Plotkin in Season 1, Nick Verreos in Season 2 and Kayne Gillaspie in Season 3). Our readers thought that you had the best garment in both the prom challenge and the denim challenge. There really weren't any losers this week because in spite of being 'auf' you had the opportunity to show a collection at Bryant Park. From arm-wrestling with Christian to being the muse of MTV's Jim Cantiello, you proved that you were always a winner without ever needing to bring out the evil opposite of Sweet P, Mean P. Michael Kors said that your garments are wearable and flattering and Project Runway has given your work an audience that will want to purchase your products. Before Runway, you were the former biker chick that we wanted to hang with but now we see you as having a vision and a point of view (and we still want to hang with you) - that is a winning situation.

This post is only for positive words for Sweet P. Anything negative or about another designer can be discussed here.

Poll - Episode 11 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Photos: (l-r) Chris, Christian, Jillian, Rami and Sweet P
Photos courtesy of Bravo. Click to see a larger view.


You've seen the designs on the runway and now it's your turn to be the judges. This week you are Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and Roberto Cavalli.

Click here to tell us who you thought should have won the challenge.

Click here to tell us who you thought should have been auf'd.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Reactions to Episode 11

Bravo throws a little wrench in the proceedings with a twist at the end. Post your reactions to episode 11 here.

Episode 11 Party!

Shhhhhhh!!! You are kindly asked to keep your voice down please as you enter the magnificence of our BPR Hall of Art. Inside we encourage you to peruse the curiosities found in our famous Wendy Pepper lollipop gallery and soak in the masterpieces of Libretti, Vidal, and Morganza.

If you need a rest, please join your friends in the Franco lounge where our hippy-dippy staff of art snobs may or may not choose to serve you. On the schedule this evening is a special exhibit from the Magical Elves, titled "Project Runway". This is the type of work that lends itself to communal criticism, so please join us, won't you?

BPR Live Play-by-Play: Episode 11

Tensions should be running high on tonight's episode of Project Runway as the last elimination challenge determines whose Bryant Park collection gets to count. Tbone is back in the play-by-play booth ready to provide coverage of all the drama as we watch Episode 11: "The Art of Fashion".


Comments under this post are for Tbone's use only. Follow along if you are stranded without Bravo this evening. If you have something to say, by all means join us in the party room post above!

Poll Results - Your Finale Predictions



Many of you have seen the Project Runway Season 4 Finale Collections and we knew that you would have opinions. You certainly did not disappoint! We took two polls to gauge your response to the garments featured last Friday at Bryant Park and the results are in. You predicted that Christian Siriano WILL win the finale and SHOULD win the finale (click here for both poll results). Will our readers predictions hold true? Watch what happens!

T.G.I.W.

So it has come down to this. Five designers remaining and an uncertain number of finalist spots available. Yes of course all five showed brilliantly at Bryant Park last week, but which ones will count? All should be revealed tonight as we prepare for the last (we think) elimination challenge of Season 4.

Team BPR is back in their jammies for this episode as Tbone will provide play-by-play and the party room will be open for show time. Make sure to check back in afterwards and tell us what you think in the reactions thread, it should be hopping!

To help while away the hours before showtime, resident prognosticator Alan Gratz has posted his predictions about tonight's episode. And BPR reader Julie has spotted Season 1 model Melissa Haro in the SI Swimsuit issue! Oh, my.

Ask The Fashion Professor



FIT Fashion Professor, Anthony Cady tackles two more reader questions. The first is from Kathryn:

Dear Fashion Professor,

"The work 'talent' seems to get tossed around pretty liberally applied to fashion designers and Project Runway. What is 'talent' anyway'? Are the designers on the show 'talented'?

Who has been the most talented designer on PR in your opinion?

Thanks,

Kathryn


And this one is from Kate:

Dear Professor,

In today's BPR interview with Victorya Hong, she is quoted as saying, "I think Rami showed a strong collection as well, but I couldn´t understand his color story, and the progression of design."

What exactly doe these two concepts mean and how do they play into judging the success or failure of a collection. For example, I really loved JIllian's collection but have no idea why in the middle of it there was that black and white striped top with the loopy sleeves. What role did that play in her color story and progression of design.

Thank you.

Kate C

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BPR at The Finale - Part Three



Laura K: After the show we worked our way down to the runway hoping to interview some of the designers and audience members.

Tbone: I tried to make a play on Heidi but was immediately crushed by the crowd. This was definitely not my scene. I took a step back to take it all in.

Scarlett: I went down to the runway immediately and was part of the crush. There was one huge hive of media with flashbulbs and cameras and I assumed they were taking pictures of Victoria Beckham. One mother had to caution a photographer to not trample her daughter, a toddler that had somehow scored a ticket.

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Results In - You Were the Judge Episode 10


Our polls for Episode 10 are closed and this week our readers were in tune with the judges. You felt that Chris March should have been awarded the win. Click here to see the results. You thought that it was time for Ricky Lizalde to be 'auf.' Click here to see the results.

Check back with us tomorrow for our Episode 11 poll.

Don't forget to vote in our finale collection poll; we will close this poll at about 8:00 PM Eastern so click here to make your opinion known. You can see hi-resolution images of the collections here to help you make your decision!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

From The Mailbox

Kevin Christiana dropped us a line to tell us that he will be featured on Rachel Ray's show tomorrow!

Christian Siriano finds himself on a list of the "10 Most Wearable Fashion Week Trends" from MSN Lifestyle. Thanks Jill!

Every time we look, Chloe Dao is receiving another award for something. Thanks Frank!

Katy's Take: Episode 10

Katherine Gerdes was everywhere during fashion week. But she still managed to find time to share her thoughts with us on Episode 10.

Okay… help me out here. I’m totally torn between hating and loving this challenge. Is it possible to do both? I had assumed that I would HATE everything about this episode, honestly I can’t think of anything tackier than WWE costumes except for maybe actual stripper wear, but it turned out to be entertaining and had some good results.

So now the question is; do you think “America’s next top designer” can be determined with a challenge like this (imagine if one of your favorites went home over this challenge, for me that would have been Rami getting sent home over that awful pink thing)? Or, do you think a challenge like this actually helps determine who the best designer is because it shows that they have range and can produce something great even with a ticky-tacky challenge like this?

Ugh, I still can’t decide…

Click here to continue reading Katy's take as she takes a closer look at each of the designs from "Raw Talent".

Klum and Ferrell in Sports Illustrated



Heidi Klum and Will Ferrell - two beautiful people on a mission to make us laugh and Sports Illustrated brings it to you. Click here.

Thanks, SabHop


Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

BPR Interview With Victorya Hong


Who says you have to be a finalist to show at Fashion Week? Certainly not Victorya Hong. The season 4 designer decided there was no better time to capitalize on her exposure from the show and managed to beat all of her cast mates to the catwalk with her Fall 2008 collection. Victorya tells us all about it as we resume our series of aufed interviews.

BPR: Hi Victorya! We were all happily surprised to see you showing on the opening day of Fashion Week. When did you decide to pursue this?

VH: I´ve been working on getting my line off the ground since we finished taping last summer. So, it was only natural that I work on a Fall collection. It really started coming together in December. Jackie, my model from the show, would come over to fit my samples. Of course, everything looks great on her, so I don´t know if it was an accurate barometer...but the line was looking really strong. With her encouragement, I started to really explore the possibility of showing.

BPR: What is the inspiration for your new collection?

VH: It was very 80s inspired. I am a voracious visual consumer when I begin to research a line. I watched movies, 80s sitcoms, and pored through magazines and images. It was actually pretty fun because the 80s is really my era.

Click here to continue reading our interview with Victorya as she talks about her experiences on the show and picks who she thinks will win Season 4.

From The Mailbox


Photo by BPR friend, Ricardo Louis.

The mailbox is filled with stories about Victoria Beckham judging the finale show. She has certainly brought a lot of publicity to Season Four.

Meanwhile, Nick's recap of episode ten is up!

Also, Nick is wrapping up Grammy Fashions with Lisa Rinna on the TV Guide Channel. More info here.

The Advocate has a great interview with BPR fave, Andy Cohen.

Papermag interviews the charming Elisa Jimenez. Thanks Alexis.

Click here for the USA Today report from the Finale Show.

Click here for the WWD.com story.

ANTM at the PR Finale



We have been recieving many comments and e-mails about young women from "America's Next Top Model" walking in the Project Runway Finale Show. I wasn't completely certain of the accuracy of these claims - especially the correct spelling of the names and their particular "cycle." So I went to the definitive source on all things ANTM - Rich at FourFour - for confirmation.

Danielle, winner of Cycle Six is on the left, modeling for Chris March.
In the center is Jaslene, the winner of Cycle Eight, modeling for Jillian.
Bianca, of Cycle Nine (coming in fourth) is on the right, also modeling for Chris.

Thanks Rich!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Team BPR Visits Andy's Office!


One of the big highlights of our trip to NYC last week was the chance to visit the famous office digs of Andy Cohen, Bravo's Senior Vice President of Programming & Production. Our love of all things Andy is well documented and his office is better than advertised, filled with all sorts of TV memorobilia and kitsch. "More like a dorm room", as Andy puts it.

We shot a quick video interview with Andy on our visit and wanted to share it with you today as we prepare to watch Bravo's "20 Most Outrageous Moments" tonight at 10:00 p.m. We try to pry a few of the PR moments that made the list out of Andy and also ask the burning questions only we could think of like "What is your favorite color?" and "What do you take in your coffee?" Check it out!


Thanks to Andy and all the crew at Bravo for their welcome and hospitality.

BPR At The Finale: Part 2


Photo courtesy of our friend, Ricardo Louis.

Click here to read the next installment of our experience at the Season 4 Finale in Bryant Park. In part two, we give our thoughts on the finalists collections as the show finally gets underway!

Shopping at EMc2


On Thursday afternoon we headed for Emmett McCarthy's boutique. There is a fabulous sale going on! The Scarlett purchased a coat and a dress, Kaitlin also selected a coat and this tulip-print dress. I bought a new pair of shoes!



Click here for more of the sale items.