Thursday, May 31, 2007

From The Mailbox

First we have a model spotting in Knit 1 Magazine. Marilinda looks fabulous doesn't she? She also greets me from the window of the Old Navy at my local mall. Congratulations, Marilinda!

Thanks Jamie for the link - please continue to send us your model spottings.

Speaking of models... Guess who is going to host the Canadian version of Project Runway?

Read more about it here. Thanks Jimmy.

Planning a shopping trip to NYC this summer?

Here is some advice from Tim Gunn. I think we posted this last summer, but it bears repeating. Please send photos if you visit EMc2. Thanks Jonathan.

Attention Ft. Lauderdale: There will be a Project Runway-like competition featuring designers from the Art Institute on Saturday. More info here.

Meanwhile, there is still time to get your tickets for the "Bad Boys" event in San Francisco on July 27th. Meet Jeffrey Sebelia amd Santino Rice. Click here for more information.

Uli Herzner's designs are now available at

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Dear Season Four Designers,

You must be very excited and quite busy making last-minute preparations for your trip to New York. How long will you be staying? Hopefully for several weeks, or even a month, so pack plenty of clothes.

Have you explained to you boss where you are going? What you are doing? Did you have to tell a little story or could you tell the truth? Who else knows the truth? Your spouse? Sweetheart? Best friend?

Are you on a diet? Working out? Got a fresh haircut?

Wow, so much to think about!

We have all sorts of Heidi Klum sightings in NYC - West Village mostly - so she is ready to begin. You must be very excited about meeting her... And Tim Gunn! And the other designers!

Have you been imagining what the challenges might be? Devising strategies? Practicing your confessionals?

If this is your last time to check in to BPR before you head to New York we want to wish you the very best. Whether you are the first designer "auf" or the eventual winner, BPR will be here to cover your career. We already consider you a friend.

We can't wait to meet you!

Team BPR and All of the BPRs

Monday, May 28, 2007

Nina Garcia Judges the Miss Universe Pageant Tonight

Here is a post about the pageant from Nick Verreos.

Also, more about the pageant here.

It seems like yesterday we were watching Tara Conner in her Kayne Gillaspie gown!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Weekend News

The House and Garden website now has a slideshow of the images of Tim Gunn's apartment. We had some questions about whether this was his "old" apartment or his new one. This is the old one - perhaps we'll get to see the new one someday as well.

Will Sarah Ferguson be a guest judge on Project Runway #4? We shall see... Thanks Wendie!

Laura Bennett is one of the panelists here is an article about fashion advice from our moms.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

From The Mailbox

"So You Think You Can Dance" premieres tonight and our friend and fellow BPR "Biskit" is blogging it! The show is tonight at 8:00 on Fox.

Here is a nice interview with Tim Gunn. Thanks Wendie!

Tim's Book Tour goes to Philadelphia on July 24th.

Here is an article about the Hermes scarf which includes a reference to Kirsten Ehrig. Project Runway references have now become a part of Pop Culture. How long before Tim Gunn is a category on Jeopardy?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

From The Mailbox

If you have had trouble with the e-mail address for the casting dept. at Tim Gunn's new show, try this:
I'm not making it into a link because that could have been the problem. Just copy and paste it into your e-mail address bar and it should work. Good luck everyone!

Meanwhile, the studio location for the show has apparently been determined. Any BPRs in Chelsea?

Here is some news about Mychael Knight. Among other things, he is introducing a jewelry line. Thanks Pam!

This article about GenArt includes a little news about Jay McCarroll.

Also, if anyone caught Jay McCarroll at Therapy on Monday night, please send a field report. I'm not sure even what Therapy is (a club?) but I'm pretty sure there was a fashion design competition involved. I hear that garbage bags and feather boas were part of the fun.... Is this just a rumor?

Who's That Girl?

Click here for the answer...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Season Four

We are getting a lot of e-mails concerning season four.

Mostly you are asking:

1) Have the designers been chosen?
2) When will they begin filming?
3) When is the season four premiere?

Remember we are not Bravo and we don't have any insider information. We read the news and the message boards just like you do.

Here is our best information:

1) Yes the designers have been chosen. Good luck to all of you - we can't wait to meet you!

2) Filming likely takes place in June. This means the designers are probably frantically preparing right now - taking leaves from their jobs and practicing their techniques.... Also deciding what to wear!

3) As far as we know the show won't debut until October. I am completely upset about having to wait so long between seasons. I plan to defect to another network on Wednesday nights in protest. I can't explain why they have to wait so long, but the last information that we had was a press release stating that it would premiere in the fourth quarter of 2007. So October is our most optimistic guess.

4) It looks like the finale will take place at the February 2008 Fashion Week.

So thank you for all or your inquiries. This is only our best information. Remember, we are fans just like you!

Anyone have any advice for the season four designers?

From The Mailbox

There is still time to enter this contest sponsored by "" Santino Rice is one of the judges.

Also, last night was Project Ruffway. Tim Gunn was the host. Read more about it here in NYMag.

Please continue to send in the news articles - thanks everyone!

Field Report From Indianapolis

Angela was so incredibly friendly and gracious, and was very accommodating in helping us promote the event with the media. She said she was having a terrific weekend, which of course meant that she was selling lots of her work! She said that she truly appreciated everyone who came out to see her, and that several people had mentioned that they attended the event just to meet her.

Selling your art from a tent in a parking lot is hard work and is a long way from the glamour of New York and a major television show, but Angela was obviously having a great time.

We want to say thanks to all the BPR fans who came to the Art Fair to meet Angela. The Broad Ripple Art Fair is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and all the money raised from tickets goes to support our programs, which include free art classes for children in inner city housing, domestic violence shelters and urban parks and mentoring programs for aspiring young artists, plus free admission to our galleries and outdoor sculpture garden year-round. The Art Fair is attended by around 26,000 and shows the work of 225 artists. It also features four stages of entertainment, a food court, and kids’ art activities.

Our website is

Thanks to BPR for the chance to promote the Art Fair and the Indianapolis Art Center! We hope to let everyone know if Angela joins us again next year.

Pam R

Malan Breton dresses Ava Gaudet

Ava Gaudet plays "Gina Gamberro" on Ugly Betty. Doesn't she look great in these Malan Breton designs? Here is a link to her website. I wonder who Malan will be dressing next...

Monday, May 21, 2007

Model Sightings!

Marilinda is modeling for Old Navy. Thanks, Top Chef Bloggers.

And Nazri is modeling for Kmart. Click here and then click on Runway commercial. She is in a bathing suit. Thanks Ruins and Stancia.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

From The Mailbox

Here is an interview with Joan Kors from The Seattle Times.

Don't miss Nick's blog entry about his recent trip to NYC. What a life!

Nina Garcia will be one of the judges at the Miss Universe pageant in Mexico City on May 28th.

Here is an interview with Tim Gunn in the Washington Post. Thanks Laura L and Deb.

Friday, May 18, 2007

From The Mailbox

Attention Indianapolis: Angela Keslar will be showing her designs at the 37th Annual Broad Ripple Art Fair. For more info click here. Thanks Pam.

Here is a great interview with Tim Gunn. Don't miss the video at the bottom of the page.

Casting For Tim's Show Continues!

We received this Press Release this morning. Note how we are encouraged to nominate our friends....

The inimitable Tim Gunn, from Project Runway is making a new show. He will share his fashion wisdom with women and teach them how to create and maintain their personal style.

Bravo is inviting women who are between the ages of 23 and 40, legal residents of the United States and currently reside within 30 miles of New York City to nominate themselves and/or their friends.

We are looking for women with a variety of fashion problems. Maybe you have lost your way in the world of fashion, or there’s a mismatch between how you feel inside and how you actually look?
And why are you unhappy with your style? Perhaps you have a party, a reunion, a job interview coming up, or you want to go for a promotion or start dating again and you just don’t feel you fit in.Whatever your fashion problem, Tim Gunn will mentor you to find your personal style. Contact: Guide to Style Casting.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Nancy T Reports from the Wish-Bone Fashion Show

On May 17, Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall was standing room only, as Tim Gunn hosted a fashion show for Wish-bone Salad Spritzers Dressing. Chris March and Heatherette designed fashions out of real fruits and vegetables to showcase new salad dressings and to benefit America’s Second Harvest, a charitable hunger relief organization. The outfits were prepped in a refrigerated truck for maximum freshness and appeal. If only Austin Scarlett had had the refrigerator and the big budget during Project Runway’s first challenge!
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Kelly Clarkson Wears Jeffrey Sebelia

Reality Worlds Collide! Kelly Clarkson looks wonderful in this Jeffrey Sebelia dress on the cover of Entertainment Weekly! Thanks Lisa.

Tim Gunn Hosts Wish-Bone Summer Salad Fashion Show Today

If you caught the Rachael Ray Show yesterday you had a preview of the salad fashions! What a hoot. I remember that last year Jay McCarroll was one of the designers. You can catch this event at Grand Central Station today at noon. Please send photos.

For more information click here and then click on "What's Your Salad Style?"

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

From The Mailbox

Tim Gunn is on Rachael Ray today. Thanks Roz.

Here is an article about Fashion Week Cleveland. I wish we had more about Wendy Pepper...

More advice from Tim in the Mercury News.

Trish reminds us that there is a season three marathon today!

Kara Janx Sample Sale Tonight

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Attention Los Angeles!

Meet Nick Verreos tonight at Eleven Supper Club 8811 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069. This is a launch party for the online publication GoWeHo. For more details click here.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Congratulations, Kara Janx!

We just got some super exciting news from one of our favorite Project Runway designers, Kara Janx. She and her newly wedded husband, Sharone (Red), are expecting their first child this November.

Congratulations, Kara and Red!

Happy Monday!

First a belated Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there in BPR-land. We hope you were all spoiled rotten yesterday!

Now, on to the news...

Although most of us check with the Rungay boys first thing on Monday mornings I want to be extra-sure that you don't miss this post! Those boys are so lucky, aren't they? Happy Birthday Valerie.

Miss Gorgeous Things also joined the fun!

Alison Kelly is featured on the cover of Brass Magazine. The story is wonderful and don't miss the photos. Congratulations, Alison.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

An Invitation From Malan Breton

Malan has extended an invitation to BPRs to attend this party celebrating Spiegeltent. Please let us know if you plan to attend. We'd love a field report!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

From The Mailbox

Kara Janx's designs are featured in the May 21st issue of Us Weekly. Congratulations Kara! Thanks Kenneth for the scans.

Also, just in case you missed these there are some season four audition videos up at Thanks Editor Girl!

Here is a FANTASTIC interview with Tim Gunn. Thanks Roz.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

From The Mailbox

Here is an article about Michael Kors from Thanks Judy.

Here is a great interview with Tim Gunn from E!

Tim Gunn will also be hosting the Wish-Bone Summer Salad Fashion Show on May 17th. Here is a feature from Fashion Week Daily.

Here is a blog entry about closets from Tim and Kate.

Tim Gunn is in Chicago tonight! It's not too late - hurry!

All About Chloe!

Photo courtesy of Sidewalks Entertainment at

Tonight is Chloe Dao's debut on QVC. You can order online and several of our readers have written to say that they have already received their garments. We'd love photos!

Meanwhile, Sidewalks TV has a great video interview up with Chloe.

Chloe is also interviewed in this article from the Pueblo Chieftain.

Don't miss "Simply. Chloe Dao. Tonight on QVC. Click here for a schedule.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tim Has a Co-Host!

It looks like Veronica Webb will be Tim Gunn's co-host on his new show.

Here is a link to the Bravo Press Release.

More about Veronica here.

Congratulations from all of us at BPR!

Tim Gunn in House and Garden

Click here to read the article at

Thanks, Annette.

Shop Emmett McCarthy at EMc2 Today!

Don't forget Emmett McCarthy is having a sale TODAY ONLY at his fabulous EMc2 boutique. If you don't live in NYC, you can still shop online. Click here for his women's spring fashions (don't miss the second page). Special favorites of BPR are the Laura K trench and the Scarlett dress. EMc2 fashions are perfect for Mother's Day or any day that you need a jolt of fabulous!

Tim Gunn in People Magazine

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From The Mailbox

Jeffrey Sebelia's designs are now available in Chicago... and here is a GREAT interview with Jeffrey by Lauren Dimet in Second City Style.

In addition to her "Fashion Week Cleveland" Show on Saturday, Wendy Pepper will also be doing a trunk show at a local boutique. Meet Wendy from Noon-3 p.m. on Saturday May 12 at Fibres, Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere. Call 216-831-4875.

Here is a reminder about Chloe Dao's QVC debut! We also received this testimonial from Elaine:

Hi all.

Long time fan of BPR, since Season 1. Received my Simply Chloe Dao QVC order last night for the purple and black silk dress and am wearing it now in the office. Lots of compliments. It's cute, cute, and did I say cute! Well made. I LOVE the pockets. Ordered online last Thursday. QVC doesn't yet have images up of all the items, so I chanced it with the dress having already seen the pictures posted on BPR. I'm typically a Size 12 dress, so ordered the M and it fits perfectly! Fun, fun print and made of good silk.

Just thought you all might be curious to know. I'm kinda shy in posting pictures but trust that the dress looks exactly the image posted....

Thanks for writing, Elaine!

Here is a succinct wrap-up of everything Tim Gunn is doing.

We are always on the lookout for Jay McCarroll news - he has many fans here at BPR. There is a mention here that Jay's Urban Outfitters line will be out in the fall.

Here is the "Most Stylish Man in Seattle" story. ALL of the guys are adorable!

Here is another excerpt from Tim's book.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

More From Seattle


My roommate, boyfriend and I all got to go see Tim at the University Bookstore in Seattle last night, and here are some of the photos from the event! He was really nice and meeting him is something we'll all remember.

-Jaime B

From The Mailbox

Here is more about the "Most Stylish Man in Seattle" contest. Anybody have the results? I kind of like the guy with the walking stick...

Here is an interview with Wendy Pepper from Suzanne Stroh. Wendy will be at Fashion Week Cleveland on Saturday.

Daniel Vosovic is mentioned in this article about hip hotel uniforms.

Here is a press release about upcoming Bravo programming. Thanks Editor Girl.

BPRs are not the only ones concerned about the "highbrow" remark. Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch also has something to say...

Mark Your Calendars for July 27th

Santino Rice and Jeffrey Sebelia will be appearing at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on July 27th at 7:30. Click here for more info. Thanks Rob.

Nick Verreos Appearance at the New Lush in Soho

The Grand Opening of a new Lush store is on Saturday May 12. Nick will be there at around 2:00. We'd love a Field Reporter.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Leah C Reports from Seattle

Hi there --

Tonight was Tim's event -- and what an event it was!

I went with my good friend Cynthia. We arrived just after 6 (the event was to start at 7.) I immediately went and bought my book -- there was already a huge crowd, and I was afraid they were going to sell out. With the purchase of my book came a signing ticket. There was a huge letter "A" on the side of it (A is for A-line.) We later learned that the signing was being done in groups, alphabetical order, A-D. Lucky us!

There is a Y-type staircase at the end of the book store, with the two top ends going to the second story, joining in the middle then coming further down. They had built up a runway at the end of the staircase on the first floor.

Eight contestants [Ed. note: For the "Most Stylish Man in Seattle"] were interviewed by the people running the contest, but only three made it to the final (which meant only three got to meet and be questioned by Tim.) They came down the stairs and strutted their stuff on the runway. Then the three finalists were announced, and Tim asked them questions, basically, what were they trying to say with their personal style, as well as how sincere they were -- was what they were wearing a costume, or was it their everyday wear?

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From The Mailbox

Here is more about the search for Tim Gunn's co-host from Reality Blurred.

Mychael Knight had a wonderful time at the Kentucky Derby.

A Kara Janx dress is featured in this NYPost article about Rock Fest Fashion.

Nick Verreos had a hot time in Bakersfield.

Fellow bloggers meet Tim Gunn here, and here. Thanks Deb.

Here is more about Tim's stop in San Diego.

There is lots more ahead - stay tuned!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

From The Mailbox

In this article from the LA Times, Tim warns us to "step away from the IT bag." Thanks Deb.

Napoleon Dynamite?!?! Thanks to all who have mentioned the People magazine article. There is an interview with Tim Gunn in the current issue (with Rachael Ray on the cover.) You'll find a couple of photos of a young Tim displaying his early fashion sense...

Who's that girl? It's Melissa Haro. Here are more photos of her "Mandee's" shoot. Thanks Jenna.

A fellow blogger writes about the AAU show in San Francisco, Daniel Vosovic and the fanny pack....

More about Tim at Thanks Deb.

The Fashion Informer has all of the scoop on the Parsons Benefit. Thanks Lauren.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Laura Bennett Would Be Perfect!

According to this article in Radaronline, the search is on for a female sidekick for Tim's new show. Any suggestions? Volunteers?

Laura Bennett Appearance at Macy's Tomorrow

This is a Mother/Daughter Style Makeover event and customers can meet Laura Bennett from Project Runway, and score style tips on dressing their best in Laundry by Shelli Segal. Plus, customers can pick up a special gift with any $150 Laundry purchase! Laura will also host a short meet and greet following the event.

Macy's Herald Square
34th Street & Broadway
2nd Floor, Impulse Department

This event is open to the public - no tickets necessary!

Any field reporters available?

A Note From Emmett McCarthy

Dear Laura:

On Monday night April 30, 2007 Leo Preziosi founder of Live Out Loud hosted a Gala at The Chelsea Art Museum.

LIVE OUT LOUD's mission is to empower, energize and enable Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth to live the life of their dreams through the celebration of the richness and diversity of our shared experience, the visibility of role models and the dissemination of information.

I have known Leo Preziosi since design school and have watched him build this wonderful organization.

There were several hundred people in attendance for the Gala.
LIVE OUT LOUD held a silent auction to raise funds for their scholarships. Many generous supporters contributed including Project Runway Alumnus, Malan Breton. I donated the "Laura K" printed coat shown here at auction.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

More From FIDM

Lucky Abby got to meet Tim Gunn and Kate Moloney when they stopped at FIDM. She also met Nick Verreos and Andrae Gonzalo. What a wonderful day!

More From The Mailbox

More advice from Tim's book in the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Thanks Deb.

Is Chloe Dao designing for Neiman Marcus?

Here is more about Chloe.

The next stop on Tim's book tour is tonight from 8-9:30pm at Book Revue 313 New York Ave. Huntington, NY 11743 631-271-1442. Tomorrow he heads back to California.

Michael Kors at Marymount University

Laura L reports from Washington DC - Thanks for the fabulous story and photos!

Michael Kors accepted Marymount University's Designer of the Year Award on April 27th at the University’s annual juried student fashion show – Portfolio in Motion. This award is presented each year to an outstanding designer whose work reflects the highest fashion standards. And, as if having Michael Kors in the audience to watch your designs walk down the runway is not enough, Mr. Kors formally critiqued each senior fashion design student’s portfolio… a la Project Runway!

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

From The Mailbox

Here is a great interview with Tim Gunn in Clutch Magazine. Thanks Deb.

Fashion Week Daily has all the scoop on Monday night's Parsons Benefit. This is where Liz Claiborne Inc. established the $350,000 scholarship in Tim Gunn's name. I wonder if Tim met Bill Clinton....

Here is the official press release for the scholarship. Tim has also been named honorary chair of fashion design at Parsons.

Chloe Dao is interviewed here in an article about this season's dresses.

A little more about the Dove campaign here...

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Not To Be Missed!

Emmett is having a big sale on May 9th! Those who are fortunate enough to get there will enjoy champagne and big discounts. The rest of us can shop online!

Also, our dear friend The Manolo has written a review of Tim's book. Thanks Nancy.

John P Interviews Daniel Vosovic in San Francisco - Part Two

Team BPR thanks John P for this fabulous interview. Thanks also to Daniel Vosovic for the time that he set aside for us on such a busy day. You guys are great...

JP: Time is definitely on your side. Don’t rush.

DV: That’s the thing. I catch myself saying “why aren’t you trying to do this thing?” I am my own worst critic. I feel that like no matter what anyone says about my stuff or my career or anything, if I’m not happy then it doesn’t matter. If I’m not happy with where I’m at, then I’m the one who can to choose to make a move back, forward, small, big. That’s where I feel right now that’s where I want to be. That’s best for my career. And that’s what I’m doing.

JP: Would one of those offers by any chance be with Michael Kors?

DV: No it is not.

JP: The reason I ask is because of the offer that was made to you at the end of Season 2, and if I remember correctly, you actually followed up with him on that.

DV: Yeah, just to reiterate, I went in for the interview, had a really great conversation, designer to designer. Keep in mind that this was the first time I had to talk with Michael outside of the cameras, outside of the show, and so at that point, it was such an honor to sit and just talk design for an hour. That was at the end of the week, he let the weekend go by and he called Monday or Tuesday and said “I don’t have a place in my company for you.” So I don’t even know what to say to that. It is what it is. Michael Kors isn’t the “end all, be all” of my career. I wish he hadn’t done that on national television because now everyone says, “Aren’t you working for Michael Kors?”

JP: Well, to touch on what you said earlier, I think you have to take your time and find the right fit for you.

DV: Totally, exactly!

JP: And not to cave in just because this person’s already established because then you won’t get to establish your own clear vision of what you want your clothes to be.

DV: I totally agree.

JP: So you’re doing the right thing. Take your time….

DV: What’s funny is, Kieran knows (I love him) how much heartache I go through mentally. Every day is a battle with “am I doing the right thing? Yes I am, no I’m not…” and right now I have such clarity in my life as far as my career because I’m the one who is making the decisions as to what I need to do and the product I am putting out there. Like I said, I just turned 26, and I need to step back once in a while and say “you’re doing a great job. You’re really doing a good job, Daniel” because people want “fast fashion, now, now, now, now, now.” It eats away at your brain and I don’t want to ever cater solely to that. Having a demand is good, but if I solely catered to just putting something out there or being part of something “just because”, it’s going to be the end. I want to have a career that I can be proud of thirty years from now.

JP: No compromises.

DV: No compromises…for anyone.

JP: So how were auditions for Season 4?

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