Friday, August 30, 2013

A New Interview with Project Runway Season 11 Champion, Michelle Lesniak Franklin




Novelist Kendra L. Saunders chats with Project Runway Season 11 winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin about the ongoing lone wolf theme in her life, great earrings, 80s hair metal, steampunk, and who she’d take with her to a desert island. 

Here’s a short transcript of part of the interview, but make sure to listen in for all of the rest!

 Q: As a woman I was especially touched that you chose an inspiration that I don’t see a lot of females draw from- a lone wolf. Have you always felt like a lone wolf? 

 A: I haven’t. You know, it was being on the show and going through what I was going through that made me feel that way. I came from an artist background, I went to school for fine arts and you come to making a project or making art or a thesis with a theme- and my theme was really how I was feeling. When I go into fashion, it’s really about my emotion.

 Q: I noticed you used that color that you have in your kitchen, in your final collection. Has that color been with you a long time? 

 A: You know… chartreuse and green… I’m from the Pacific Northwest so I take a lot of my inspiration from nature, and green is a huge part of it. And I was born in the '70s so these '70s color palettes are really important to me. It’s really grungy; it’s really dirty and haunting, so yeah, it’s definitely my color palette. 

 Q: You have some of the most fabulous earrings of anyone I’ve ever seen. Do you make a lot of your own accessories too or do you just find really great things? 

A: I make a lot of them. I’m really into natural elements- wood, bone. Some of them I made and some of them are made by local artists here in Portland. I really like to support what’s happening in Portland, so I buy a lot of local.

Thank you Kendra!

BPR Interview with Miranda Kay Levy


Project Runway Season 12 designer, Miranda Levy, talks about her experience on the show.

A highlight:

"I think the judges knew which designs were mine, except maybe the Glamping challenge. I stayed true to my aesthetic and style lines and I don't think I was trying to fool the judges. 

I wanted my designs to represent me and to become a part of my portfolio. 

I think other designers might have tried to do some different things and to mix things up a little more. I wanted each of my designs to look like me."

Click here for the full interview.

Click here to shop Miranda's designs.

Thank you Miranda!

Poll - Episode 7 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Photos: 1). Alexander, 2). Alexandria, 3). Bradon, 4). Dom, 5). Helen,
6). Jeremy, 7). Justin, 8). Karen, 9). Kate, 10). Ken, 11). Miranda
Photos courtesy of myLifetime.com. 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, Zac Posen, Kaley Cuoco, and Anne Fulenwider.

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

Click here to tell us who you thought should have been out.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Reactions To Episode 7


Lifetime promised us a "shocking elimination" on tonight's shoe-focused episode of Project Runway. What did you think? Post your reactions to Episode 7 here.

BPR Live Party: Episode 7


It's fashion quiz bowl night on Project Runway! Grab your buzzers and join us in the BPR party room for another new episode. Tonight the focus is on shoes, but which designer will get the boot? Click on the comment tab to join the fun!

Results In - You Were the Judge Episode 6

Our polls for Episode 6 are closed. You disagreed with the judges and felt that Jeremy Brandrick deserved the win. Click here to see the results. You also disagreed with the judges and felt that Karen should have been out. Click here to see the results.

Check back with us tomorrow for our Episode 7 poll.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

There is Still Time to Vote in our Episode 6 Poll



Did you agree with the judges?

Click here for our poll.

Anthony Williams Recaps Episode 7, "Let's Go Glamping!"

Enter to Win a Custom Malan Breton Gown or Tickets to a MBFW Show


Click here for details from ReelCodeMedia (an official sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.)

Christian Siriano - Spring 2014 Sneak Peek


E! News has an exclusive sneak peek at what's coming down this year's runway. Former Project Runway champ Christian Siriano stopped by to chat with Catt Sadler about NYFW, his style inspiration and lots more. 

The designer also exclusively shared three sketches from his 2014 spring collection. Looks like his show will be a parade of gorgeous prints. In the first sketch the designer illustrated a bright floral sheath (when are flowers not perfect for spring?) and sassy red heels.


Click here for the full interview from E!.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Episode 7 - "Shoes First" Sneak Peek

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Tim Gunn - "Women Shoppers Come in All Shapes.."



The "Real Woman" challenge on Project Runway each season highlights the dismay that many designers feel about dressing anyone other than a professional model.

Tim Gunn addresses the issue:

The challenge, said the former Parsons professor, is not simply to make clothes bigger, but to rethink the entire design process. "It's not a matter of sizing up or sizing down from a size six," he said, "It's a matter of reconceiving things altogether. There are just some things that you can't or shouldn't do [design-wise]."

Click here for the full story from The Huffington Post.

Heidi Klum - TV's Superwoman




Heidi Klum talks about juggling Project Runway, AGT and family.  

"I'm not on TV constantly," she stresses. "I'm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There are still other days of the week!"

We also get a hint about the upcoming "real woman" episode, airing Sept. 19th.

Click here for story from TV Guide.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Episode 7, "Shoes First!" Preview Video



Shoes inspire garments. 

Included: a shocking elimination. 

The guest judges are Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory") and style editor Anne Fulenwider.

"Shocking" because it is a double-elimination????

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Recapalooza!


The recappers are roughing it this week:

Eric3000 glamps with Troop Beverly Hills...
Suzq knows camp from glamp...
Uncle Nick wants more luxe in his glamp...
Democracy Diva loves crooked armor...
Gianni sees details everyone else misses...
Amanda Fields checks in with her video recap...
Mila goes on retreat...
Shannon appreciates the calm...
Joshua and Althea report from the woods...
Second City Style has quotes from the woods...
And Toyouke packs it all up.

Thank you recappers, see you in seven!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

Heidi Klum Sings "Stayin' Alive" in new Jordache Commercial

Poll - Episode 6 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Photos: 1). Alexander, 2). Alexandria, 3). Bradon, 4). Dom, 5). Helen,
6). Jeremy, 7). Justin, 8). Karen, 9). Kate, 10). Ken, 11). Miranda
Photos courtesy of myLifetime.com. 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, Zac Posen, and Allison Williams.

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

Click here to tell us who you thought should have been out.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Reactions To Episode 6


The Project Runway designers went camping tonight and came home in tears. What did you think of the challenge and the outcome? Post your reactions to Episode 6 here.

BPR Party: Episode 6


Into the wild we go with our Project Runway designers on tonight's new episode. Of course we are not roughing it on this outing, comfy cots and accoutrements await our delicate designers. We'll be doing our own glamping in front of the TV as we watch Episode 6 together. Click on the comment tab and come join the party!

Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, and Zac Posen at an "America's Got Talent" Event


Click here for more information.

Tonight's Episode Sponsored by Resource Natural Spring Water


'Let's Go Glamping" tonight with resource natural spring water.

Looks like fun!




Click here to learn more about resource and be sure to tune in tonight at 9:00.

Results In - You Were the Judge Episode 5

Our polls for Episode 5 are closed. You disagreed with the judges and felt that Bradon McDonald deserved the win. Click here to see the results. You agreed with the judges and thought that Sue should have been the out. Click here to see the results.

Check back with us tomorrow for our Episode 6 poll.

Images courtesy of myLifetime.com.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

BPR Interview with Sue Waller



Project Runway Season 12 designer, Sue Waller, talks about her experience on the show.

A highlight:

BPR: Your designs are fabulous and very distinctive. Is this the first time you auditioned for the show?

SW: Yes. I was a bit insane to have gotten in like I did because I kind of decided last minute to try out. I hopped into a taxi and grabbed everything that I had left after I was robbed a few months ago...I was mugged and had everything stolen from me in the street....I showed up about 12 minutes before the end of the auditions. 

 All of the other designers were waiting with their rolling racks and they had already been through some initial screenings. Some of the girls said that they really liked my designs. I don't have a lot of interaction with other designers. I have been living and working in the south of France - very isolated - so I really appreciated that. 

Anyway, after we met the judges and had our interviews, at one point, someone said, "Sue, number 80, you are moving forward. The rest of you, thank you very much." I realized that some of them had tried out 3, 4, 5, or even 10 times. Some had created collections just for the casting.. I was very shocked that I was selected. 

 I realize that I did not fit into the usual mold. I was pretty much in the dark about what the show was about and how it worked. 

  Click here for the full interview.

Click here to see more of her designs.

Click here to visit Sue's website.

Thank you Sue!

A Day in the Life of Tim Gunn



Ever wonder what a typical day is like for Tim Gunn?  

Click here.

There is Still Time to Vote in Our Episode 5 Poll



Did you agree with the judges this week?

Click here to vote.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Play Project Runway Ultimate Trivia Challenge


Are you a "Project Runway Superfan?"  

Click here for the "Ultimate Trivia Challenge."

Yes, that is my actual score....


Project Runway Now Casting Season 13





Season 13 is now casting!

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and the deadline to submit the application is September 9th.

"Invitation only" casting calls will begin shortly after this deadline.

Click here for the full application.

Click here for more information.

Good luck designers!

Episode 6, "Let's Go Glamping!" Preview Video




The designers go on a luxury overnight camping trip, with campsite surroundings serving as style inspirations for a challenge. Allison Williams ("Girls") is the guest judge.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Recapalooza!


The recappers are losing their patience:

Karen posts her resignation letter...
Suzq recaps from the road...
Eric3000 has Mad Men spoilers...
Uncle Nick talks Bridge and Tunnel...
Gianni wonders about Sue's model...
Mila goes unconventional...
Democracy Diva wonders about the challenge...
Joshua and Althea weigh in...
Shannon brings the drama...
Mongie watches the train wreck...
And Toyouke breaks down the Scrap Bin.

Thank you recappers - see you next week!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Poll - Episode 5 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Alexander, Alexandria, Bradon, Dom, Helen, Jeremy
Justin, Karen, Kate, Ken, Miranda, Sue


Did you agree with the judges this week? 

 Click here to vote for the winner of episode 5. 

 Click here to vote for the designer that you would have sent home. 

Once again, our thanks to Eduardo Cuéllar for creating the poll image.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Reactions To Episode 5


Another team challenge using unconventional materials sent Tim Gunn over the edge. What did you think of tonight's challenge and results? Post your reactions to Episode 5 here.

BPR Live Party: Episode 5


The Project Runway design marathon continues this week for the dozen designers. All of those smiles won't last though when the clock starts ticking and the team dynamics kick in. The BPR party room is open and ready watch it all go down. No Tbone to mind the shop tonight, so please try not to mess the place up too much. Click on the comment tab to join the party!

Lexus? Teams? Unconventional Materials? Another Sneak Peek at Tonight's Episode

Results In - You Were the Judge, Episode 4


The results are in - you agreed with the judges and selected Bradon's look as your favorite this week.  

PS - Auction is live until midnight tonight - right now, this design has a bid of only $31.00!

Click here to see all of the auctions and to place your bid.


You would have sent Miranda home.

Thank you for voting and please check BPR tomorrow for this week's poll.



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

TIm Gunn Designing Home Decor Textiles



New York - Fashion guru Tim Gunn, nationally recognized for his ongoing role in the Lifetime hit series "Project Runway," has inked a licensing agreement with Indecor Home Design for home textiles. 

InDecor, a division of Bentex Group, will be the master licensee for home in the U.S. and Canada. 

Gunn is chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. He also served as chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design and has been active in the Parsons community for more than 23 years. He has also authored books on style and hosts "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style."

 He will work in collaboration with Indecor Home design to create a full range of home textiles products, including bedding, bath, window and pet collections. Indecor will show the first pieces of the collection at next month's New York Home Fashions Market. 

"We are excited to launch Tim Gunn's Home Collection for spring 2014, building momentum in all home products for the fall 2014 season," said Dawn Rochelle Fields, vp of design and product development, Indecor Home Design. "His vision and great eye for style will ring true in all collections and we are excited to add him to our portfolio." 

 "Creating beautiful and quality décor for the home, at an affordable price, has been a long time aspiration of mine. I am truly thrilled to partner with Indecor Home Design on my new line of home products. Fashion encompasses every part of our lives and how we live should be a fashion statement of comfort and beauty," said Gunn.

This Week's Guest Judge is Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose



It’s the ultimate unconventional challenge when the designers are split into small teams to create a luxurious mini collection inspired by items from four completely varied retailers. 

 Fashion designer June Ambrose serves as a guest judge.

Click here for more.

There is Still Time to Vote in our Episode 4 Poll


Did you agree with the judges?

Click here to vote in our Season 12, Episode 4 poll.

Thank you!

5 Questions for Tim Gunn

What Nina and Heidi Wore on Project Runway

We receive inquiries about "what Heidi is wearing" or "what Nina is wearing" just about every week.  

StyleBistro offers a "TV Fashion Roundup" identifying the wardrobe selections of featured TV stars, including Project Runway.

Photo: 3.1 Phillip Lim/Lifetime

Nina's T-Shirt is by 3.1 Phillip Lim.

This one is Burberry


Click here for more from StyleBistro.

Predict the Top Four Designers - Project Runway Season 12





This season it seems that the "top three" designers are fairly evident, but who will take the fourth spot?

Of course we have no idea if there will be three or four finalists, and our poll is merely guesswork.

Who do you believe will be the "top four" this season?  

(Choose four designers. ) 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Own a Piece of Project Runway History


The episode 4 auctions are live and right now, Sue Waller's design has the highest bid at $46.00.

The auction proceeds will benefit "Tie the Knot."

Click here to bid.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Tim Gunn: "This Makes Me Sick."

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Episode 5, "You Choose Your Materials," Preview Video

Items from varied retailers inspire lavish fashion collections crafted by the designers, who are divided into small teams. Designer June Ambrose is the guest judge.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Recapalooza!


The recappers go sweet and sour this week:

Eric 3000 has pictures from last night...
Suzq knows what knot to wear..
Uncle Nick is fit to be bow tied...
Gianni follows Sandro down the street...
Karen gets philosophical...
Mila wants to see the psych evaluation...
Althea like historical fiction...
Shannon sticks up for Alexandria...
Mongie is back again...
Second City Style will not miss Sandro...
And Toyouke tells it like it is.

Thank you recappers. Next week we get teams and unconventional materials. Wait, wasn't that last week?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Episode 4, "Tie the Knot" Full Episode Online

VOICE.  MAKE.  DOWN!
Click here to watch the full episode online.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Poll - Episode 4 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Column1:  Alexander, Alexandria, Bradon
Column 2:  Dom, Helen
Column 3:  Jeremy, Justin, Karen
Column 4:  Kate, Ken
Column 5:  Miranda, Sandro, Sue


You've seen the designs on the runway and now it's your turn to judge.

Even though the judges didn't eliminate a designer this week, we will still give you the opportunity to let us know who deserved to go home.  

We are also including Sandro in the poll.  Did you like his design?

Click here to vote for your favorite design this week.

Click here to vote for the designer who should have gone home.

Our sincere thanks to Eduardo Cuéllar for creating the poll image.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Reactions To Episode 4


It was a contrast of anger and sweetness in a very dramatic episode of Project Runway. In the middle of all the drama was an interesting design challenge with pretty creative results. What did you  think? Post your reactions to Episode 4 here.

BPR Party: Episode 4


It's marriage equality night on Project Runway as Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins as a guest judge and plugs his Tie The Knot organization. That means we all have to don bow ties for tonight's party. Bonus drama is promised to be provided by Sandro, as his oft-featured meltdown finally makes the air. It's a full night of Project Runway and we are here top help you digest it all. Simply click on the comment tab below to join the party.

Results In - You Were the Judge, Episode 3

For the first time this season, you agreed with the judges this week.

You selected Helen as the winner for this design created from hats.


You selected Timothy for the auf.


Our next poll will be up tomorrow - thank you for voting!

All of the episode 3 designs are available for your bids.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Jay McCarroll Hosts "Battle of the Runways" August 15th

Project Runway Season 1 Champion, Jay McCarroll, will be at Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing, NJ, Thursday, August 15th from 5:00 - 9:00.


This event will be a "four-hour fashion event spectacular" and will feature music and other entertainment in addition to the runway show.

Click here for more information.

Did You Agree With the Judges?

There is still time to vote in our episode 3 poll.


Click here to vote.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Own a Piece of Project Runway History


The episode 3 auctions are live.

Right now, Dom Streater and Alexandria von Bromssen's design has the highest price.

Click here to place your bid.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Conference Call Highlights



This week's guest judge is Jesse Tyler Ferguson.  He co-founded "Tie the Knot," an organization that supports marriage equality.  The bow ties featured in this week's challenge are provided by The Tie Bar which is the online retailer for "Tie The Knot" products.

Click here to shop The Tie Bar.

Jesse generously participated in a conference call this morning with journalists.  Here are some highlights:

Q.  As a Project Runway fan, is there a Project Runway designer from this season or past seasons that you would like to collaborate with on a bow tie design?

A.  As a matter of fact, we did collaborate with Patricia Michaels on a bow tie design.  True to form, there are a lot of details in her design and it was a challenge to our production to meet Patricia's standards.  This tie will be available in September.  


Q.  What is the favorite tie that you have ever worn?

A.  Viktor Luna has become a friend of mine.  He wore a feathered bow tie on Project Runway and I adored it.  When I met him, I mentioned that I was obsessed with it.  Several weeks later, I received one from him in the mail.  I have worn it a couple of times.  It means so much that he made it for me.  


Click here to continue.