Friday, April 30, 2010

Logan Neitzel's Leather Designs at Vogue.com

Photo: Brent Murray

Project Runway Season Six designer Logan Neitzel and his leather designs are featured at Vogue.com. Click here for the full article.

Kara Janx and Hard Candy Facebook Promotion

Become a Facebook Fan of Kara Janx and Hard Candy Cosmetics. Then send your mailing address to Kara and receive a gift bag!


From The Mailbox

Photo courtesy of Daniel Feld

Project Runway Season Five designer, Daniel Feld created this dress for Perez Hilton's 32nd Birthday Celebration. Click here for more information.

Christian Siriano will be dressing Melania Trump for the Met Ball on Monday. Click here for the item from NYMag.

Click here for a finale recap from Oakland's Fashion Examiner.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Please Vote for Project Runway



"Tim Gunn's Workroom" is nominated for a Webby. Click here to vote in the "Reality" category.

"Designer Portfolio" is also nominated in the Media/Television category here.

There is still time to vote for your BPR Fan Favorite here.

Thank you BPRs!

Project Runway Season 8 Open Casting Call May 7 in NYC



Click here for more information. Good luck designers!

Results In - You Were the Judge Season 7 Finale


Our poll for Episode 14 - Project Runway Season 7 finale - is closed. You agreed with the judges and felt that Seth Aaron Henderson deserved the win. Click here to see the results.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

From the Mailbox



Tim Gunn will be in Nashville this weekend.

Click here for a new interview with Jay Nicolas Sario.

Tim Gunn will be working at a fast food counter on the May 19th episode of "I Get That a Lot." on CBS. Which Project Runway Star appeared in the last episode?

Click here for a new interview with Maya Luz.

More From The Christopher Straub Premiere Collection



Christopher and Janice Dickinson - a light fell on Straub backstage!

Click here for photos of the collection.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

From the Mailbox


Click here for a great post about the Los Angeles season seven finale party from Nick Verreos.

Jillian Lewis has designed the costumes for the world debut of a new ballet, Ghostown. Click here for more information.

Jay Nicolas Sario will be the guest designer at San Francisco's "Discarded to Divine" on Thursday night April 29th. Click here for more.

How Well Do You Know... Season Seven of Project Runway? This quiz is a lot of fun. Worthy of devoted fans.

The Christopher Straub Premiere Collection

Photo: Marshall Franklin Long


Project Runway Season Six designer, Christopher Straub showed a 24-piece collection to a sold-out crowd in St. Paul on April 25th.

From Christopher:

The inspiration was "all things in the air: Birds, clouds, parachutes, skyscrapers."

During rehearsal a spotlight fell on me and cut my head and face and bruised my arm...that's why I have a bandage on...blood was running down my face!

Click here for a review from Jahna Peloquin.

Click here for a review from Metro Magazine.

Click here for photos from Mycah Schrader.

Ben Chmura Resort 2010 in Tampa May 1



From the press release:

Ben Chmura is known for making small references to the past while still making efforts to design for the future. With his first resort collection, Lamia’s Wrath, he has done it again. Lamia is a Greek character that was famously rumored to be cursed by Hera and transformed into half woman and half serpent. Chmura has taken inspiration from John Keats’ poem “Lamia,” and John Waterhouse’s ethereal depictions of the character.

The collection is saturated in shades of vermilion, aqua, textural ivories and neutrals of raw silk, silk linen, silk faille, molded bleached wicker and metallic silks. Chmura has also distressed and refaced crocodile embossed platform pumps with a rose gold color and incorporated pink sequined, netted overlays that wrap around the shoe in a serpentine manner. There are moments of draping that will reflect the Greek inspiration without it seeming contrived or forced. Chmura’s intent is to offer a collection full of color, texture and extreme fusion of past and future silhouettes while making women feel beautiful empowerment, like Lamia herself.


Ben plans to move to New York this summer.

Click here for more information.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Morning Mailbox


Click here for Spring fashion tips from Tim Gunn.

Click here for a recap of the finale from Entertainment Weekly.

More from Tim in Pasadena here.

Nick Verreos is always having fun.

Simplicity Patterns has introduced an "Inspired by Project Runway" design contest. Click here for more information.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Project Runway Season 7 BPR Fan Favorite



Which season seven designer will join the illustrious ranks of the BPR Fan Favorites? There is no giant check, but lots of love and appreciation for our choice.

Recapalooza!


One last trip down looza lane:

Eric3000 identifies the biggest jerk yet...
Cliffie sets his finale recap to music...
JordanBaker most definitely will be back for S8...
Maxthegirl was having a senior moment...
MizShoes likes the nice and talented guy...
Brian shows how its never too late to join the looza...
Second City Style is happy for Seth Aaron...
Ji Hyun says the judges got it right...
And Toyouke cheers us home...

Thank you for the laughs recappers - see you in Season 8!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

BPR Podcast with Seth Aaron Henderson



The Project Runway Season Seven Champion talks about his experience on the show and answers viewer questions.

A highlight: Seth Aaron designs menswear - and I did ask about the hairstyle he was wearing at the finale....

Click here for the podcast.

Thank you Seth!

BPR Podcast with Emilio Sosa



Project Runway Season Seven Finalist Emilio Sosa talks about his experience on the show and answers viewer questions. A highlight: Emilio respects Tim Gunn very much and appreciates his advice. Also he says that the the "Emilio we saw on the show" was only part of who he is.

Click here
for the podcast.

Thank you Emilio!

BPR Podcast with Mila Hermanovski



Project Runway Season Seven finalist Mila Hermanovski talks about her experience on the show and answers viewer questions.

A highlight: Mila works on "Dancing With The Stars" and dresses the judges as well as Tom Bergeron.

Click here
for the podcast.

Thank you Mila!

Poll - Finale Season 7 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Photos: top row - Emilio; middle row - Mila; bottom row - Seth Aaron.
Photos courtesy of New York Magazine. Click to see a larger view.

You've seen the designs on the runway at Bryant Park and now it is your turn to be the judges. This week you are Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and county music icon Faith Hill.. It's time to tell us:



Please send your questions for the 3 finalists to Team BPR by 12 Noon Eastern. Mark the subject line, 'Podcast questions.'

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Reactions To The Season 7 Finale


We have a winner! Season 7 comes to a dramatic close as a new champion is crowned. Did the judges choose the right designer? Post your reactions to the Season 7 finale here.

Season 7 Finale Party!


The judges are in their seats, the designers are nervously pacing backstage and the models are in their places. It's show time!

Welcome Project Runway fans to the BPR Season 7 finale party room. Tonight Project Runway crowns a new design champion and you can join fans from across the land as watch together. Seth Aaron Henderson, Mila Hermanovsky or Emilio Sosa, who will it be?

Come on in, it's BPR party time!

BPR Live Play By Play: Season 7 Finale

From The Mailbox



BPR friend David Gilmore has posted a new Tim Gunn illustration. Click here to see read David's post and to see all of his artwork. He is hilarious. I especially love his Real Housewives.

Movieline has posted a retrospective of their best quotes from season seven designer exit interviews. Click here for the article.

BPR reader Amanda W created a slideshow of the finale collections of all of the eliminated designers. Click here to view.

EW.com asks "Whose designs would you wear?"

Click here
for a last-minute interview with all three finalists from NYPost.com.

Project Runway Fantasy Game Update from Mark Y


Greetings Project Runway Super Fans,


I'm so glad we are called Super Fans because this season was Super and just plain fun. It was great seeing the designers back in the Big Apple and Michael and Nina in their director's chairs where they belong.


Great guest judges, a couple of field trips and interesting materials kept me watching. But it was the cast of talented, charming designers that engaged me week after week. These are people we can care about. Stay tuned to BPR and watch how far they'll soar.


Picking the winner has had me on pins and needles all week long but I've made up my mind. Seth Aaron will take it all. This guy can sew and and he has a point of view that is all his own. Let's hear it for the boy!


See you in the Party Room tonight.

Mark Y

New Interviews with the Finalists from TVGuide.com





Meeting Seth Aaron Henderson - Season Four Auditions in Los Angeles


While covering the auditions for season four I had the privilege of meeting several promising "hopefuls." Among them were Leanne Marshall, Christiane King and Seth Aaron Henderson.

The audition was in Los Angeles at The Standard Hotel. You can read our coverage of the trip here and here. My daughter, Kaitlin and son, Daniel traveled with me.

The "hopeful" who joined us at the pool bar - Seth Aaron! Tina was with him and we had a wonderful evening at the pool bar on the roof of The Standard.


MIchael Kors Quips

BPR friend, Adrian Muniz put together a video of Michael Kors's best moments. Click here to watch. Do you have a favorite?

Austin Scarlett Style: Modern Dandy



We just don't get enough Austin Scarlett. New York Magazine has included the Project Runway designer in this "Look Book" feature.

Season Seven Finale Predictions from Past Contestants

Heidi Klum Wears Emilio Sosa's Design on the Red Carpet

Photo: Merritt/WireImage


Heidi delivers on her promise to wear the winning dress from the Episode 11 challenge. Last night she wore the shortened dress to the Los Angeles premiere of "The Back-up Plan." What do you think?

Top 5 Looks: 1st Place

One of the biggest compliments you can give a designer is that no matter what the setting, you can look at one of their garments and tell exactly who created it. That has certainly been the case during Seth Aaron Henderson's run on Season 7. His designs stand out with their impeccable construction, modern punk feel, extensive use of hardware and just enough softness at the edges to make his looks feminine. Never in serious danger of elimination, it has been no surprise that he finds himself in a position to win it all.

In Episode 6 "A Little Bit of Fashion", the designers were introduced to new models in the form of 11 adorable young girls. With $50 and a day to work, they were challenged to create an outfit for their pint-sized muses. On runway day, Tim gives them a classic PR surprise - they must create a companion look for the mother that will be worn by their models.

Seth Aaron had a big advantage given the fact that he had a daughter of his own and knew just what little girls liked. For 6-year old Sydney he made a black and white houndstooth hoodie with cute watermelon-like pockets and "SA" appliqued into a pink star on the back. This covered a pink and black striped dress paired with a black skirt. His model Valeria wore a gorgeous black and white striped striped jacket with skinny jeans adorned with more of Seth's signature hardware.



The judges loved this look and so did you. When Heidi asked Sydney what she like most about her it, she shyly responded "my purse". Nina nearly fell out of her chair over that one.

Tonight we find out if Seth Aaron Henderson takes home the big prize but for now you have chosen him to take home our little one. Congratulations Seth Aaron, you created the BPR Top Look of Season 7!

Tonight On BPR


This is it Runway fans! Seth Aaron Henderson, Mila Hermanovski and Emilio Sosa square off at Bryant Park for the Season 7 crown. It's finale night for Project Runway and BPR is ready to pop the cork. Here's the plan:
  • The BPR party room is festooned with all sorts of celebratory decorations tonight. Join Runway fans from across the land beginning at 9:30 p.m. as we watch the finale together.
  • Don't forget the reunion show at 11:00 p.m. The party room will stay open for those who want to watch that together as well.
  • Tbone and suzq will be doing live play by play of the finale as it broadcasts from the east coast. Pre-game at 9:30 and show time at 10:00 p.m.
  • After the winner is crowned, share your opinions in our reactions thread beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET.

All will soon be revealed on Project Runway - see you tonight on BPR!

Results In - Special Polls for Episode 13



Our polls for Episode 13 are closed. Nearly 2000 votes were cast and you felt that Jay Nicolas Sario deserved to show a finale collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Click here to see the results. You also believed, without seeing the collections in motion on the runway, that Seth Aaron Henderson will take the win. Click here to see the results. Will you be right?

Check back with us tomorrow to vote on the finale collections.


Photos courtesy of New York Magazine

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Jennifer Hearts Chris March

The New Old Biddy, Jennifer Eolin is back with a report from Chris March's book signing at Borders last night.



Laura Bennett also showed support for her fellow Project Runway Alum.

Click here
for the full story.


Project Runway Site Nominated for Webby Awards



myLifetime.com has been nominated for two "Webby" awards.

First in the "Reality" category for "Online film and video:"

Click here to vote for Tim Gunn's Workroom.

In the "Television" section of the "Media" category:

Click here to vote for the "Designer Portfolio" page on myLifetime.com.

Good luck to our favorite show!

From the Mailbox

Photo: Mark Rightmire, The Orange County Register

Jerell Scott has teamed up with with Heidi and Heather Palmer of True Birds. Their line of hair accessories is available at Nordstrom. Click here for more information.

Jesus Estrada and Gordana Gehlhausen are among the featured designers tomorrow night at a Project Ethos Event in San Diego. Click here for more information.

Tim Gunn will be at Kate Spade in Pasadena tomorrow. Click here for more information.

Christopher Straub's Premier Collection Fashion Show is on April 25th in St. Paul. Click here for more information.

Heidi Klum on The Tonight Show 4/20/10




Top 5 Looks: 2nd Place


Amy Sarabi was an early favorite to take it all in Season 7. With a win and a top 3 finish in the first four episodes she quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with. Her bold design choices and sweet nature made her a fan favorite this season and we were sad to not see her survive until the end. And although her design in the "Design Your Heart Out" garnered her a win, it was her top 3 look from "Fashion Farm" that turned out to be a big favorite of yours.

In episode 2, the Project Runway designers were literally sent off to the farm and challenged to create a party-worthy look out of a potato sack. Amy dip-dyed squares of burlap and layered them to create a stunning skirt with a handkerchief hemline. Using a different shade of the burlap, she made a cute, billowy top with a halter neckline and a bare back that her client-model Allison asked for.

Who knew a potato sack could be so fun and flirty? Amy nailed every aspect of this challenge and it was a big surprise when she lost out to Jay for the win. We can't change that decision but we can certainly give her a consolation prize. Congratulations Amy, you made one of the BPR Top 5 Looks of Season 7!

Tomorrow is finale day - check back in as we reveal your pick for the Top Look of Season 7!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

From the Mailbox



Attention Los Angeles: Join Season Seven finalist, Mila Hermanovski at a finale viewing party on Thursday night at Eleven in West Hollywood.

Also Tim Gunn will be in Pasadena on Thursday. Click here for details.

Click here for a new interview with Project Runway Season Three winner, Jeffrey Sebelia at the grand opening of a new Fluxus store in Newport Beach.

Top 5 Looks: 3rd Place


We are still scratching our heads over Maya Luz. One of the youngest designers of Season 7, she consistently produced winning looks week after week that spoke of a maturity far beyond her age. So close to Bryant Park and she simply walked away.

In Episode 7 "Hard Wear", the 10 remaining designers were tasked with creating a garment and an accessory from a hardware store. It was the classic Project Runway unconventional materials challenge that always seems to bring out the best in the designers.

Maya created an open weave jacket with a high collar that was made out of rope from venetian blinds, covering a shift dress made out of window screen. The visual effect of the jacket drew your eyes to her killer accessory - a necklace fashioned from house keys, chain and mesh screen. It matched the dress and jacket perfectly and the judges swooned over it.

Many felt that this design was a more worthy winner over Jay's garbage bag dress. And one can't help but wonder if a win here would have given her the confidence to continue to the end. We will never know the answer to that question but for now, we can celebrate her successes.

Congratulations Maya, you made it on the BPR Top 5 Looks of Season 7!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Chloe Dao's "Lightness" Fashion Show - Field Report from John C


Hey BPR!

I had the pleasure of attending Chloe Dao's "Lightness" show this weekend (it helped that it was held across the street from my house,) and what a show it was! This was by far Chloe's best show in terms of production and design. The cocktail hour before the show featured a string quartet playing the likes of Gnarls Barkley and Britney Spears (I'm hiring them for my future wedding!), with a smooth segue way to a rock opera tone at the start of the show. The show benefited the Fairy Godmother Project, a local organization that provides prom dresses to in-need high school students.

Chloe's collection featured a mix of summer dresses and evening gowns. The first half of the show portrayed the lightness of the season with shorter dresses in light green and blue hues, each featuring unique detailing in the back. The softer fabrics used for some dresses gave the effect of a light wind blowing down the runway with the models. The second half of the show featured evening wear. Going almost exclusively white, the dresses exuded the formal yet relaxed feel of a high-end summer resort, the likes of the Hamptons, South Beach, and the Caribbean.

You can watch the entire show at ustream. Fast forward to about 20:00 to catch the start of the show!

Congrats to Chloe and the entire Lot 8 crew for another amazing show!

John C

Carol Hannah Whitfield's Bridal Collection


Carol Hannah's Bridal Collection is getting wonderful reviews.

Click here for an item from Merci New York.

She is featured today in the online edition of Daily Candy.

Click here for Carol Hannah's website.

Click here to shop.

Top 5 Looks: 4th Place


Ben who?

Early on in every season of Project Runway it is difficult to tell one designer apart from the next but eventually everyone gets to face the judges on the runway. After the first four episodes of Season 7, Ben Chmura had produced consistently strong designs but they only managed to land him in the safe category. And with very little screen time, we barely had the chance to get to know who he was.

We finally got a glimpse in Episode 5, "Run For Cover". In the "biggest challenge in Project Runway history", the 12 remaining designers were tasked to create a design for Heidi Klum that would grace the cover of Marie Claire magazine. And they were given very specific instructions to make a bold visual statement from the waist up.

Ben nailed that message with his teal, yellow and black wrap dress that he called "Madame Butterfly on acid". In a challenge where very few designers heeded the call to color, Ben delivered and found himself facing the judges as part of the Top 3. He would eventually lose out on this challenge to Anthony, but we finally found out a little about who he was - a good guy and a talented designer.

Congratulations Ben, you made one of the BPR Top 5 Looks of Season 7!

Season 7 Finalist Collections

Now that the Project Runway Season 7 three finalists have been determined we can focus on their collections shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 12, 2010. You can click on the face of each designer to see the 10 looks exhibited in the Bryant Park tents. SPOILER ALERT: Purists note that if you click on the image you WILL see the collections.



Those of you that like to speculate on the winner can comment below or could vote in a poll by clicking here. Purists, you can still speculate without having seen all of the garments!

Also note that 10 designers showed that day as part of the Fall 2010 collections. If you would like to see all 100 looks, please click here.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Jay Nicolas Sario's Finale Collection

Behind the Scenes with Seth Aaron Henderson



Seth Aaron Henderson was a guest on 101.9 KINK FM in Portland.

From The Mailbox



Jay McCarroll has new designs available at The Colony.

Chris March will be signing books at Borders Columbus Circle April 19. Click here for more information.

"Tim Gunn's Workroom" and the "Designer Portfolio" page at myLifetime.com have been nominated for "Webby Awards!" Click here to vote.

Recapalooza!


Eric3000 needs to reconceptualize...
JordanBaker has a fashion flurry...
Cliffie peers through the cloud of volcanic ash...
Maxthegirl has not been spoiled...
Elisa calls the celebrity smackdowns...
Second City Style has all the quotes...
Ji Hyun goes cuckoo Chanel...
Toyouke isn't feeling too bad for Jay...
Click here for Lorraine.
Thank you recappers, only one week left. Until then, ungapatchka!

One more! Click here for Miz Shoes.

Top 5 Looks: 5th Place


BPR begins its countdown to the finale by rolling out the reader's choices of the Top 5 Looks from Season 7. Making the cut at #5 is Seth Aaron Henderson's design from Episode 10 "Hey, That's My Fabric".

One of our biggest complaints during the Lifetime era of Project Runway has been the lack of originality in the challenges. Season 7 has felt like an improvement and perhaps no episode exemplifies that better than this one. The seven remaining designers were presented with the unique opportunity to create their own print and use that as the basis for their design.
Here was a challenge that actually used the corporate sponsorship in a way that enhanced the design process! And yes, even though we had to endure Viviene Tam's scripted commercial in the workroom, the results on the runway were stunning.

Seth Aaron Henderson drew squares of pop art in an attempt to provoke a "British pop-punk" feel to his garment. Using the print on a tuxedo jacket with black satin lapels, he paired it with 1940's military style inspired pants and added a bright yellow tie. As was the case all season with Seth Aaron, this look was impeccably made and Valeria looked cool and chic as she walked this down the runway.

Congratulations Seth Aaron, you are in the BPR Top 5!

Friday, April 16, 2010

From the Mailbox

Tim Gunn discusses superhero fashions...


Click here for Malan's Musings.

Click here for an interview with Jay Nicolas Sario from msnbc.

Project Runway Season 4 Meets Season 7


We love it when seasons collide and it is apparent that Project Runway Alums are all part of one big family.



Jack Mackenroth and Kevin Christiana joined Maya Luz and Seth Aaron Henderson at Mila Hermanovski's viewing party last night.



From Jack: Hey BPR, Here are some cute pics from last nights viewing party in downtown New York. Kevin and I stopped in to meet Mila, Seth Aaron and Maya. Mila organized the event and it was great to meet everyone and all their friends and share war stories. I tried to get them to tell me who the winner was but they have all been very well trained. We will have to wait and see......:) OXO