Monday, March 31, 2008

Malan Breton Retrospective

RSVP to Rebecca.

From The Mailbox

Attention Chicago: Steven Rosengard will be at Erin Gallagher Jewelry on Saturday April 5th. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Click here to RSVP.

Click here for more advice to the hopefuls from Nick Verreos. Nick will be in Chicago tomorrow. Good luck everyone!

The New York Times announces the third annual "Sunday With The Magazine - Times Talks" on May 4th. Bravo's Lauren Zalaznick, Tim Gunn and Top Chef's Gail Simmons will be on the "What We Watch" forum. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Click here to watch "Project Law School."

Up for auction is a custom-designed gown (and a hand-drawn t-shirt) generously donated by Season Four Designer, Elisa Jimenez. Click here to bid. Proceeds benefit Our Time Theater Company, a non-profit artistic home for people who stutter.

A Note From Jillian Lewis

BPR asked Jillian Lewis her advice for Season Five hopefuls and this is her response:

I will be at the casting in Miami this week. I am really excited especially because I've never been there before. Charleston was amazing. What a beautiful city filled with so many beautiful, nice people.

Advice for season 5 hopefuls:

Bring your best work, represent it with pride and integrity. If the judges respond negatively, defend your point of view professionally and responsibly. If the judges respond positively, be humble and grateful. Keep in mind that it is about the designing but it is also a television show, so present yourself well, look your best and bring your personality. If you make it onto the show, prepare yourself with focus and stamina because it is NOT easy. Best of luck to season 5 hopefuls.

BPR Interview with Tim Gunn in Los Angeles

Los Angeles-based Field Reporters, Jonathan and Alitia Trimm provide BPR readers with a close look at the Season Five hopefuls and a great interview with Tim Gunn.

Thank you Jonathan and Alitia.

When we arrived at the W hotel in Westwood, there was already a line of about thirty designers standing ready to fill out paperwork and move up to the auditioning process. There was a great mix of men, women, and experience levels waiting in line. We approached a few of the designers to question their motivation for auditioning and to understand their design aesthetic.

Click here for the interview with Tim.
Yes, he will declare that Christian Siriano is the new Marc Jacobs!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Los Angeles Auditions - Day Two

BPR Field Reporters Jonathan and Alitia Trimm were on hand for the Project Runway Season Five Auditions in Los Angeles. Please stay tuned for interviews with the hopefuls and with Tim Gunn.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Weekend News

Sweet P and Kit Pistol enjoyed Jared Gold's Show in Los Angeles. More here. Thanks Jensons.

Attention Dallas: Elisa Jimenez will be at Decorazon Gallery on April 3rd. Click here for more information.

Meanwhile, Jillian Lewis is in Charleston.

Apparently "Underwear as Outerwear" is no longer an outdated trend. According to Nina Garcia..."Just a peek is totally chic." Will shoulderpads be next?

From the Season Five Auditions: Click here to watch Nick's interview with SUPERVISING producer Michael Rucker.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Los Angeles Auditions - Day One

David Paul (with Benny!) Tim Gunn and Nick Verreos take a break from the Season Five Auditions in Los Angeles. Click here for Nick's blog entry.

Rami Kashou will serve on the panel in Los Angeles tomorrow.

Good luck everyone!

Tour Chloe Dao's New Studio!

Thanks Cheryl.

BPR Podcast - Kayne Gillaspie

Scarlett interviews one of Project Runway Season 3's most beloved designers, Kayne Gillaspie. He talks about his Johnathan Kayne line for Wow Prom and Pageant and his Johnathan Kayne special ocassion shoe collection as well as revealing the celebrities he would like to dress and his favorite Season 4 challenge - can you guess?

Click here for the podcast.

Advice To The Season Five Hopefuls From Executive Producer Rich Bye

Executive Producer of Project Runway - Rich Bye - offers his advice...

1. In choosing 3 looks, make sure they’re recent. The more current they are, the better. Also, the 3 looks should ideally express a consistent, compelling, and fresh point of view. We’d like to be able to see all 3 looks and be able to tell immediately they came from the same designer. Ditto for the portfolio.

2. Be confident and be passionate. Contrary to what some may think, the judges want you to succeed. They want to get excited and engaged but it’s hard to do when someone comes in the room and is unable to talk intelligently and passionately about their work. This is your chance, what do you have to lose? Be loose, be confident in yourself and “knock our socks off!”

3. You need to have a base-line level of technical skills to be able to compete on the show, ie: sewing... If you’re cast on the show, you WILL have to create something in a day, sometimes two, and you can’t be constantly struggling to figure out how to pull it off technically because it detracts from your ability to be creative from a design standpoint. We don’t want to put anyone is a position to fail so if your technical skills aren’t there, it’s difficult for us to move you forward.

4. We love potential. Even if you’ve just graduated from design school, if you have potential and are able to demonstrate it through the looks you bring in, it will intrigue us enough to roll the dice. Look at Christian Siriano, Daniel Vosovic, Nora Caliguri...

5. The quality of the designs you bring in the room is the most important thing but we love designers with great personal style and compelling life stories. Think about what you wear and how you present yourself to the judges. Remember, first impressions do count.

6. Have fun! Remember, as Andrae Gonzalo once said (quoting Nina Garcia): “lighten up, it’s only fashion.”

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Advice For Season Five Hopefuls

We're back with advice for the season five hopefuls!

First, from Tim Gunn:

The season five auditions are upon us! Incredible isn't it? I still feel as though Rami, and Jillian, and Christian were just battling it out on the runway at Bryant Park -- because they were!

Anyone coming to the auditions should:
1) follow the rules as posted on the website,
2) be confident about who they are as a designer and be equally confident that that message resonates in their work,
3) have IMPECCABLE examples of fabricated work,
4) be professional and responsible in their presentation, both personal and as a designer.

At this first stage of the auditions, we are looking for talent, only. Personality assessments come later. Without the talent, who cares about the personality?

Individuals who presented at previous auditions (or didn't make it past the first screening) should be encouraged to try, again, providing that their presentation is different and/or enhanced.

Furthermore, we bought 120 individuals forward to "the next round" last season. 105 of those individuals were not on the show. Therefore, there are 105 people who already know that they were a close call. Please encourage any or all of them to return.

And I need to assert that with each successive season, my fellow judges and I are more informed about what individual characteristics are critical and what are impediments. That means that we bring an enhanced "lens" to this entire process. Consequently, someone who auditioned for season three, for example, and was moved forward in the process may not be as capable of competing for season five. But I try never to assume!

I don't know who will be joining me for the auditions. I fully expect a number of the designers from previous seasons to be there, as well as representatives from ELLE. And, of course, none of this can be achieved without the masterful organization and facilitation of the fabulous Magical Elves.

I look forward to seeing the BPR readers who brave the throngs! Wish us all luck!


Next, from Rami Kashou:

I would suggest the following:
Be as prepared as possible! The whole idea is that you stand out "in a good way" :)
Bring whatever you think will help the judges see something special about you and your work.
Samples, portfolio, look book, model etc...
Do not be afraid or intimidated.. just be ready to answer any question thrown at you.
Above all Be yourself and give it your all!

Good luck to all of you and I will see you soon!

From Christian Siriano:

I really want to wish season 5 the best of luck and i just hope it can bring as many great opportunities to them as project runway has given me!
I loved almost every second and I am still loving it!
But they need to bring it hard because they have big stilettos to fill!!!
hugs and kisses

Click here for season four advice from Team BPR.

Here is advice from Nick Verreos.

Here is advice from Malan Breton.

Here is advice from Robert Best.

Here is more advice from Daniel Vosovic, Laura Bennett and Emmett McCarthy.

From The Mailbox

It looks like the rumors about Christian Siriano appearing on "Ugly Betty" are true... And it gets better - According to The Insider Online, Nina Garcia will also make an appearance!

Alison Kelly and Kit Pistol designs will be featured in the "Dress Right" Fashion Show tonight in Los Angeles. RSVP here.

Attention Boston: Jay McCarroll's documentary, Eleven Minutes will be featured at the Boston Indie Film Festival April 23 - 29th. More information to follow.

Click here for a story from about Tim Gunn's appearance last night. Looks like fun!

Attention Sacramento: Jack Mackenroth will be at the IMAGINE Fashion Show tomorrow night. Click here for more information.

Kimberley Locke Wears Christian Siriano's Design on American Idol

Christian Siriano on The Late Late Show

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Our Next Podcast...

Our next podcast will be with Season Three Designer, Kayne Gillaspie. Please submit your questions for Kayne to Team BPR by 4:00 EST today. Thanks!

Christian Siriano's Design Up For Auction

The dress that Kimberley Locke wore tonight on American Idol is up for bidding at Proceeds benefit Camp Heartland.

Tim Gunn in Minneapolis-St. Paul Tonight

Tim Gunn will be at Herberger's in the Rosedale Center tonight at 6:00. (We'd love a field reporter.) Click here for more information.

A Note From Amanda Fields

Photo by Phillip Cuenco

Lovely PR fans!!

My dear friend Tess who just graduated from FIDM - studying under none other than Mr. Nick Verreos - here in Los Angeles, has some of her oldest work up for sale on eBay. She is now capable of doing beautiful designs like this one.

The tops for sale on ebay were her pieces she made when she started out! She will be auditioning for Project Runway 5!! So.. you might just have future PR pieces of GOLD here my friends!!

Here is a link to her youtube video with all of her fine tops:
Here is the link to where she is selling them on eBay.

Everything is starting at $5!!

<3 Amanda Fields

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

From The Mailbox

Christian Siriano was honored at a private party at The Library at Buddakan last night. Click here for more.

Click here to watch a video of Christian designing a dress for Kimberley Locke. Be sure to watch American Idol tomorrow night to see Kimberley wearing the dress! Thanks Jackie.

According to NYMag's fashion blog, Christian Siriano is designing something for Heidi Klum to wear on Germany's edition of "Next Top Model." I wrote to confirm with Christian and here is his response:

Its true I did make her 2 pairs of pants and working on a dress and top for the diva!
Also watch american idol on wed for the dress i made for kimberly locke's comeback performance which will go to charity. yay!! I'm doing the kids choice awards this weekend very fun!
hope all is well.

Video - Project Catwalk, Season 3, Episode 10

Still into Project Catwalk or has Ben de Lisi got you flummoxed? But of course you can't miss the finale! This last installment of Season 3 is brought you again courtesy of projectfan4:

Click here for the rest of the episode.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Project Rehab

Pour yourself a cup of coffee (Who am I kidding? Pick up a cup at Starbucks...) and settle in to read FastCompany's very satisfying and informative new article about Tim Gunn and his position at Liz Claiborne.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Project Peepway

Peeps Show - Check out #34 from the Washington Post. Click for a larger view to note the detail. Thanks, KathInPA.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

From The Mailbox

Click here for a great article about Jack Mackenroth from Poz magazine.

Christian Siriano is in the LA Times. (Also Nick Verreos and David Paul!)

Christian will be on Access Hollywood covering the orange carpet for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on March 29th.

Click here for more about Charleston Fashion Week.

Katy's Take - The Finale

She's back! Everyone 's been asking about where Katy's recaps have gone and if you haven't been following the sad saga on her website, well she thought she would go all X Games on us and sort of injured herself on the snowboard. Anyways, she checked in to let us know all is well and she's caught up on her recaps. Here's her take on the finale:

Final 5 Collections

Christian’s collection wasn’t my favorite, but I completely understood and supported the judges’ decision on the win. It’s obvious that Christian is a natural at design and I’m jealous at the level of his talent (especially being so young!). I thought his collection was a little repetitive and I would have loved to see some color, but designers tend to get in phases, so maybe this is his puffy-sleeved, black and neutral phase. I would be willing to bet that in a season or two, he is on a completely different track and will have a new obsession and I can’t wait to see what it is!

Click here to continue reading Katy's Take as she picks out her loves, likes and dislikes from all Final 5 collections.

Friday, March 21, 2008

BPR Podcast With Rami Kashou

This week's podcast is with Season Four Finalist Rami Kashou.

Rami reveals the celebrity he would most like to dress, which of his models fainted twice during deliberations and what happened to all of that leftover candy.

Rami was gracious and charming during our interview. He has agreed to answer your follow-up questions. Please send them to Team BPR.

Photo from Dove Shore.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

From The Mailbox

Fred Flare has posted a new interview with Kit Pistol. Thanks Icraig.

Attention Minneapolis/St. Paul: (Hi Katy Gerdes!) Meet Tim Gunn at Herberger's next Wednesday. Click here for more information.

More from Tim Gunn in Jacksonville here. Thanks Maryellen.

Click here to listen to an interview with Tim Gunn on Mark Kaye's morning radio show on WAPE in Jacksonville. It's great! Thanks Mark.

Attention Little Rock: Mychael Knight will be in town on March 29th. We'd love a field reporter. Click here for more information.

For more about Tim Gunn in Charlotte, click here.

Jillian Lewis and Laura Bennett will be attending Charleston Fashion Week.

Wonder what Paul Abdul would look like wearing Rami's Hershey challenge dress? Click here for the answer.

A Note From Christian Siriano

Dear BPR,

I just wanted to say hello!!!

Thanks so much for all the support over this season. My life has completely changed which is so wonderful!
I will keep you in touch with everything I'm doing!!!!
Tons of fun things.....
Watch "Make Me a Supermodel" tonight! I am a guest host and a model will be dressed to impress!
Other news is that I will be dressing Kimberley Locke from American Idol which will be on next week. It's a big comeback show....
In a couple of weeks I'll be off to Vegas to be a judge for the MISS USA pageant!!!!
Tons more to come next week and I will keep you up to date.
Hope all is well.
We'll chat soon.


Field Report from Tim Gunn's Appearance in Jacksonville

My girls, Caroline, 8 and Gracie 2, and I went to see the Liz Claiborne show at Dillard's in Jacksonville, Florida. We arrived very early to see where everything was set up and to get good seats. Everyone who was there was soooo nice. My girls and I were taking it all in and I looked up and saw Tim Gunn himself arriving!

I did a loud, involutary gasp when I saw him. It was loud enough for all to hear and people laughed and Tim came right over to us. I introduced myself as a field reporter for BPR and he said how nice you were and how much he loved you and I agreed! I told him I'd love a picture of him with my girls later and he said, "Well, let's do it right now!" He was so nice and so genuine and so sincere. When I told him that I was "thrilled to meet you!" he said, "I'm thrilled to meet you too." He was also very sweet to my girls.

Click here to continue.

Tim Gunn in Jacksonville


Love your website! I wanted to give you a different perspective on Tim Gunn's visit to Jacksonville, FL.

I am an Operations Engineer at First Coast News in Jacksonville (and a HUGE Project Runway fan!) I was running audio for our morning show this morning where Tim Gunn appeared. My 17-year-old daughter, Christie, also is a huge fan, and came in to work with me this morning hoping to see and meet Tim.

Well, not only did she get to see and meet him, but she told him her mom (me!) was the audio engineer and couldn't get down to the studio, so he said, "Well, let's go upstairs and see her!" And he did!! He trooped upstairs to the Engineering section and greeted everyone, came into the audio booth and shook my hand and we spoke for a few minutes (until I had to open a mic.) He was as gracious and friendly and wonderful in person as I hoped he would be. What a guy!

He also took the time to pose for lots of pictures, sign tons of photos (and my daughter's Tim Gunn bobblehead!!) and even gave her some advice on the upcoming pageant she is entered in. All the women (and a few of the men!) in the newsroom bombarded him with fashion questions during and after the show, and he patiently, intelligently and graciously answered every one. He's got a very special place in our hearts, now more than ever.

(Lori D, Operations Engineer, First Coast News)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Big News!


I just received some wonderful news. Paula Abdul's stylist has been calling me regarding Paula's interest in my clothes. I have dressed Paula on Idol a few times before. Anyway her stylist just called and left me a message...

Paula Abdul bid on my Hershey's design and won the bid..!!!

She has been very supportive... I wanted let you know!
(Attached is an image of Paula in my dress with Craig Ferguson.)

Editor's note: Of course that isn't Jimmy Kimmel - oops!

From The Mailbox

Can you guess whose design this is?

This dress and fourteen other Rami Kashou designs are on sale right now at Maneater Threads. Also, if you enter the code SALEON to your order you will receive an additional 30% off already reduced items through the end of March. Thanks Tanya.

Click here for a new interview with Rami from HX.

Tim Gunn continues on his Liz Claiborne tour with a stop in Jacksonville. He started the day with an appearance on First Coast News. This article includes links to two video clips.

I hope you all were able to watch Tim on "The Biggest Loser" last night. It was really touching and Tim chose just the right looks for each of the contestants.
Here are some clips.

Nick News

Click here for Nick's blog entry about The HRC Awards Dinner.

Click here for Nick's final post about LA Fashion Week. Next season we hope to see many of the LA-based Project Runway designers showing their collections.

Here are Amanda Fields, Nick Verreos and David Paul backstage at the FIDM Debut Show.

Project Runway Auctions

The auctions for the Hershey Challenge Designs have ended. Rami Kashou's winning look sold for $2975.00!

This is the last day to bid on Christian Siriano's Finale Designs. Please let us know if you win any of these items - we'd love a photo!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

From The Mailbox

More details are available for Season Five casting. Specifically, the times have now been posted - 9:00 am until 6:00 pm in all locations. Also, we have confirmed that Tim Gunn will not be at the New York auditions on April 5th. Good luck designers!

Tim Gunn will be appearing on "The Bigest Loser" tonight at 8:00 on NBC. He will be making over the remaining contestants.

More Christian Siriano news here, and here (scroll down.)

Tim Gunn and Malan Breton were among the Project Runway celebs at the GLAAD media awards last night in NYC. A report and photos are posted here. (More to come.)

De novo Magazine has posted a new interview with Sweet P. Thanks Andrew.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday Morning Mailbox

Enjoy this video of Christian Siriano's appearance on The Tonight Show!

Season Four model Sam Ruggiero is profiled in The Redding Pilot.

Four Project Runway Canada designers will be showing their collections at L'Oreal Fashion Week in Toronto starting today.

In Touch Weekly discusses the premiere of Jay McCarroll's documentary, Eleven Minutes at The Philadephia Film Festival.

Ever wonder how Parker Posey was chosen to be the guest judge for the finale of Season One? Click here for an interview. Thanks Tom S.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

An Update From Amanda

Photo from Amanda Fields modeling for Farah Angsana

BPR's supermodel insider Amanda Fields checks in with her latest. In case we haven't said this enough, we love Amanda and consider her a part of our family:

Hi there!!

I know I know.. you were all DYING to hear from me. No? Ok. Well I missed all of you BPR's anyway!

LA Fashion Week this season was a little smaller in number of shows than usual.. so that means I was in less shows than usual. But it's ok because I stay busy all the time! This season I did Joseph Domingo, Jenny Han, Farah Angsana and SueWong. Right BEFORE fashion week I did the FIDM (Fashion Institute ofDesign and Merchandising) Debut Show! It was a huge 3 day event that showcased the work of the graduating students in FIDM´s AdvancedFashion Design and Theatre Costume Design programs. All of these designers are young raw talent and I know a few who will be auditioning for season 5 of Project Runway.. let's hope they will make it on there!

Click here to find out what else Amanda is up to, including more photos!

Video - Project Catwalk, Season 3, Episode 9

Missing your Project Runway fix? Hooked on Project Catwalk? You can thank the dishy projectfan4 for providing this week's video:

Click here for the rest of the episode.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tim Gunn in Atlanta

Our first Field Reporter from the Tim Gunn/Liz Claiborne Tour is checking in. Thank you Heather for your photo and report.

I attended the Liz Claiborne runway show in Atlanta on 3/12.

They told me there were about 500 people registered and 300 seats so I hurried so I could get one.

Tim and a Liz consultant greeted the audience and moderated the fashion show.

Afterward, Tim went back upstairs and if you purchased $100 in Liz clothing you were able to get a photo with Tim and have him sign a copy of "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style" for you. I really wanted to meet him so I quickly bought a pair of pants and then waited in line. I guess I waited about 1.5 hours and when I got up to the front it was almost 9:00 pm. Tim was so very gracious, sweet, nice and still looked fabulous and unfrazzled. That was after spending 2 hours doing this and knowing there was still an hour's worth of people left. I couldn't imagine having the stamina for that. Anyway, in my short time I spoke to him about a couple things one of which was chatting online while the show was on.

He said "Oh! is that with the BPR people?" I said yes and he said. "Oh they are so great. Have you ever had a chance to meet them in person?" I said "No only online." And he said, "Well they are all exceptionally nice. Be sure to tell them I said HI if you get a chance." So I am telling you now.

I am attaching a photo of Tim and I that was taken by the professional photographer on duty. It was great to meet him.

Heather (aka Delta)

Meet Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn is on a twelve-city cross-country tour visiting Liz Claiborne locations with a fashion show of the latest styles. He will also be signing copies of "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style." Click here for a calendar. We'd love to have field reports!

A Note From Malan Breton

Dear BPRs,
I wanted to tell you, I have been so honoured to be a part of BPR and to have had the contact with you, and for all of your help with everything. I wanted to thank you and to say how grateful I am for everything. I send you love and wish you all a wonderful Spring.

Enjoy the latest episode of The Malan Show! Look for Emmett McCarthy, Angela Keslar, Amanda Fields and Season Four model, Katie Nelson.

Malan is having a Spring Sale and offering 35% off selected items at his online store.

Friday, March 14, 2008

From The Mailbox

Christian Siriano is scheduled to appear on Jay Leno tonight.

Here is an interview with Tim Gunn from The Charlotte Observer. Thanks Meredith.

Here is a new interview with Rami Kashou.

Rami attended the "Seeds of Peace" gala last night in New York as an honorary guest along with other celebrities such as Bar Rafaeli, Emanuelle Chriqui and Molly Ringwald. Here is a link to some photos and the Getty Images are here.

Nina Garcia heralds the return of the "strong shoulder" in this video from Flypaper. Chris March was just way ahead of the curve.

Project Runway Canada winner, Evan Biddell is preparing an eco-friendly collection which will show at L'Oreal Fashion Week on Monday. Click here for more.

Tim Gunn shares his thoughts on age-appropriate dressing - for men - here in Details Magazine. Thanks Frank.

RadarOnline offers Ten Things We Need to Know About Tim Gunn.

BPR Podcast - Jillian Lewis

This week BPR interviews Project Runway Season Four finalist Jillian Lewis. She tells us about her plans for selling her other collection and she answers questions from readers of Blogging Project Runway. Click here for the podcast.

Photo by BPR at the TRESemmé finale party, March 5th 2008.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Champion Recapper, Minx at Opalescent suggests a new Reality Show...

Click here to read the entire post.

More From The Mailbox

Kit Pistol and Nick Verreos joined Christian Siriano for a dinner in Los Angeles. More info at

Update: Here is a link to Nick's blog entry about the party.

Click here for "Project Peepway." Thanks Laura L and Cheryl.

From The Mailbox

Tim Gunn will be on "The Biggest Loser" next Tuesday night at 8:00. Thanks Kathy, Deb and Emily. Here is a preview:

Washington designers, as long as you are putting your portfolio together for Project Runway, you can also enter your work in Seattle Magazine's Seamless in Seattle contest. Good luck!

Ryan Wenzel has published a great interview with Christian Siriano in The Advocate.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tim Gunn at the 92nd St Y

Andy Cohen and Christian Siriano Dish About Top Chef

Finale Collection Auctions

This is the last day to bid on the Season Four Finale Collections from Jillian and Rami! Christian's collection will be up for another week.

Click here to bid on Jillian Lewis's designs.

Click here to bid on Rami Kashou's designs.

Click here to bid on Christian Siriano's designs.

Just for fun, try to predict which design will sell for the highest bid. Right now it is Rami's olive green gown modeled by Amanda Fields - but by the time you read this, it could change!

Of course, we would love to continue to feature photos of our readers wearing their Project Runway designs. Please send in your stories. Thanks!

Congratulations, Jillian - 'Sew Not Over' Winner

Project Runway Season Four finalist Jillian Lewis was named the 'Sew Not Over' $10,000 winner sponsored by L'Oréal. You can see her winning collection of three garments below:

We will be conducting a BPR podcast with Jillian later today for our Friday feature. Click here (before 3:00 PM Eastern) if you have any questions for her - make the subject line 'Question for Jillian.'

Congratulations, Jillian, on your win!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

From The Mailbox

Watch TV Guide's Michael Ausiello's interview with Christian Siriano. Thanks Don.

Top Socialite has posted a video of Christian's appearance on Ellen today.

Here is one more from Access Hollywood.

Christian certainly has been busy!

Video - Project Catwalk, Season 3, Episode 8

Already in Project Runway withdrawal? Time for another dose of Project Catwalk brought to you by the completely fierce projectfan4.

Click here for the rest of the episode.

Video - Episode 14

Better late than never - for those of you that are unable to view this any other way from the gracious parselforce.

Click here for the rest of the episode.

Ask The Fashion Professor

Dear Fashion Professor,

In the real fashion world, Haute Couture and Avant Garde collections get scaled down and simplified for customers to wear. I also heard that even Ready-To-Wear collections get scaled down because a lot of them can be very over-the-top as well like John Galliano. My question is, if this is the case, how many collections do fashion designers actually design?

Do they design 1 collection that goes down the runway, then another collection to sell in the showroom to be sold on the racks? Or do they design a simplified collection AFTER the runway collection has finished? My fashion teacher in my high school told me that patternmakers are involved in this process of scaling down collections, but I wasn't sure if this was completely true. Im really interested in the process of designing a collection and having it go from runway to retail behind the scenes.

Christian Dior designed by John Galliano, has sent outrageous ready-to-wear collections down the runway which should be labeled as Haute Couture or Avant Garde. How does John manage to make this all wearable in a matter of a few months?



(Diehard PR fans will recognize Arion's name. Who can remind us where we first heard it?)

Click here to continue.

Monday, March 10, 2008

More From The Mailbox

Click here for a transcript of Christian Siriano's Q&A with the Washington Post.

Nick Verreos is covering LA Fashion Week. has posted a very interesting interview with Rami Kashou.

Season 5 Casting

Attention all you Project Runway hopefuls, Bravo has posted the casting dates and locations for Season 5! Here's the skinny:

LOS ANGELES: Friday, March 28th - Sunday, March 30
W Hotel Los Angeles - Westwood
930 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(NOTE: NO neighborhood parking) Time TBD

CHICAGO: Tuesday, April 1st Time TBD
W Hotel Chicago Lakeshore
644 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60611

MIAMI: Thursday, April 3rd Time TBD Location TBD

NEW YORK CITY: Saturday, April 5th - Monday, April 7th
W Hotel Times Square
1567 Broadway at 47th St.
NY, NY 10036 Time TBD

Click here to download the application (an interesting read even if you are not auditioning!).

This is also a call out to any field reporters interested in bringing us stories from the audition line. We hope to cover every location, so send us a note if you would like to contribute. Designers, time to get sewing!

Monday Morning Mailbox

The third episode of Laura Bennett's "Case Clothed" on iVillage is up! This is "The Case of the Secret Sexy Shapewear." Enjoy!

The Fashion Informer has posted Ten Random Questions with Christian Siriano.

Click here for Karma Air's Fashion 411 interview with Rami Kashou. I'm listening to this right now, and it's really cute!

VH-1's Best Week Ever has posted a great interview with Chris March.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

From The Mailbox

AfterElton has posted an interview with Christian Siriano.

Attention NYC: Tim Gunn will be at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday, March 11th at 8:00 PM. Click here for tickets and details.

Christian Siriano will online Monday, March 11th at 11:00 Eastern time at Click here to submit your questions, or just join in tomorrow. Thanks Tilli.

Read what Jack Mackenroth has to say about American Idol, Bingo and returning for season five here. interviews Jillian Lewis and Rami Kashou.

A New Bravo Show!

Thanks Alan!

This reminds me...isn't it about time for Tim Gunn to host SNL?

Saturday, March 08, 2008

BPR at the TRESemme Finale Party

Photo from WireImage

The Scarlett and I were in our hotel room at the Tribeca Grand Hotel getting ready for the party when we received a call from Malan Breton. He was downstairs and had gifts for us! We invited him up and he presented a pair of gloves from his collection to me and a bag to The Scarlett. Thanks Malan!

The three of us headed downstairs for the party and Emmett McCarthy was right behind us. He always looks fabulous, but I think he might have been extra-handsome on Wednesday night. He had just returned from a business trip to Paris.

Tim Gunn was also in the lobby area waiting for his turn on the Red Carpet. He greeted us and told Scarlett that she looked wonderful. (She did look fab - I agree.) Scar's night was now complete and she could have gone home happy right then!

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The recappers get one last crack:

You want woven? Uncle Nick will give you woven...
Eric3000: "if Padma would wear it, you know it must be bad"...
David Dust has established himself as a new recapping star...
There is a literal party going on at Tiffany's place...
The Minx knows what MK and Posh were talking about...
Bay and Amy are angling for Bette Midler as guest judge next season...
The Stunway Girls were fun all season long...
Lorraine brings the sanity...
Miz Shoes is still doing ANTM if you need it...
Mags is itty bitty at the end...
Allison was pulling for Jillian...
Elisa liked drama-free Season 4...
maxthegirl is now Posh's biggest fan...
Toyuke is loking forward to Top Chef...

Season 4 comes to an end - I'm verklempt! Thanks everyone for bringing the fierceness and the fun.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Blue Fun

Did you realize that the finale "studio" was actually at Bluefly headquarters? When we saw the designers unpacking and packing their garments and selecting models, they were at Bluefly. I think last season was filmed at Michael Kors's studio and the year before was Banana Republic, but I could be wrong.

Anyway, Team Bluefly sure kept things quiet didn't they?

Now that the season is over, they are spilling some fun details.

Mindy Dorf is the Bluefly accessory wall designer. Here is her Flypaper blog entry.

Kelly Dupuis is the receptionist who was shushed every time she answered her phone!

Here is a link to Christian Siriano-inspired fashions.

Part of the prize package for the winner is "The opportunity to sell his line on" Will it happen? We'll keep you posted.