Friday, May 30, 2008

BPR Podcast with Kit Pistol

Laura K. interviews the always stylish Project Runway Season 4 designer Kit Pistol. Kit has a great career post-Runway and, among other things, is involved with Kiki Magazine and 'Dancing with the Stars.' We totally want to play with Kit Pistol Paper Dolls!

Click here for the podcast.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Christian Siriano on Ellen

Click on the photo to watch a 60-second recap of Ellen. It might take a minute to download.

Questions for Kit Pistol?

Our next podcast will be with season four designer, Kit Pistol. Please submit your questions for Kit to Team BPR. Thank you!

From The Mailbox

Here is the Jack Mackenroth sketch for Heather Tom's dress. The fabric is silk chiffon with a burnout floral pattern. Thanks Jack!

Emma is posting all of the news on Project Runway Australia. The Aussie version is in production now!

Click here to read an article about Victoria Beckham. Tim Gunn says he's blown away by how 'articulate' Victoria is about fashion.

Don't forget to watch Christian Siriano on Ellen today.

You have chosen "En Garde," the TRESemme-sponsored Season Four challenge as the one you would most like to see repeated in a future season of Project Runway.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Laura Bennett: Case Clothed

Laura Bennett, Project Runway Season 3 finalist and glam girl about town, gives her fans the latest installment in her 'Case Clothed' series for iVillage. Click here for 'The Case of the Harrowing Heel Height' to get her slant on stiletto strategy.

Project Runway at 'Sex and the City' Premiere

Season 4 winner Christian Siriano walked the 'pink carpet' with model/muse Lisa Nargi while judge/designer actress/producer Sarah Jessica Parker was resplendent in a strapless Nina Ricci goddess gown at the New York 'Sex and the City' premiere. Bravo's Andy Cohen was there along with Jerry Seinfeld, Anna Wintour, Fergie, Fern Mallis, Zac Posen and Mary J. Blige.

All photos courtesy of WireImage.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Award Time for Project Runway Designers

The A-List Awards, hosted by Bravo D-lister Kathy Griffin is to be broadcast on Thursday June 12 at 10:00 Eastern (with pre-show red carpet arrivals hosted by Tim Gunn at 8:30). You get to decide who wins 'Ultimate Fan Favorite;' click here to vote on nominees Christian Siriano or Mychael Knight - it's the Season 4 Fan Favorite versus the Season 3 Fan Favorite with other Bravo stars thrown in for good measure from Top Chef and Shear Genius. Christian is also up for 'A-List Drama King' but of course we already consider both Mychael and Christian to be royalty.

The New Now Next Awards, hosted by Logo and to be broadcast on Saturday, June 7th at 9:00 Eastern, also has a Project Runway nominee. Click here to vote on Christian Siriano as the 'Most Addictive Reality Star.' Christian is so addictive, he should come with a warning label!

Vote now, vote often for these Project Runway candidates.

Daniel Vosovic On Lipstick Jungle - Part 1

From The Mailbox

Christian Siriano will be working the Red Carpet for the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night, June 1st at 7:30. Click here for more info. Thanks Jim!

Click here for a new interview with Chris March.

Australia's Project Runway is in full swing and there's already plenty of drama. BPRs, has anyone seen this?

Daniel Vosovic on Lipstick Jungle - Part 2

Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday Mailbox

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Christian Siriano will dress Whoopi Goldberg for the Tony Awards Show on June 15th. Click here for more. Thanks Lisa.

Remember Project Prom? The winning dress has been determined. Newsday readers selected this dress, custom designed by Jillian Lewis.

There is still time to vote in the Which Challenge Would You Like to See Again? poll.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Weekend News

Christian Siriano will be on Ellen Thursday, May 29th.

Kimberly Caldwell wore a NIKOLAKI design to the American Idol finale - and David Cook asked her out to dinner. Coincidence? Check it out!

Jay McCarroll reports from the Gen Art Style Show.

BPRs, welcome lovely Simone LeBlanc to the blogosphere.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Enjoy Episode Three of Shoe Star

BPR Podcast with Jack Mackenroth

Laura K. interviews the adorable and talented Project Runway Season 4 designer Jack Mackenroth and learns about his tattoos, his untimely departure from the show and his upcoming projects. Among other things he will be dressing the glamorous Heather Tom of 'The Bold and the Beautiful' for the Daytime Emmy Awards and the gown will later be auctioned for charity. Click here for an initial sketch found on Heather's site.

Click here for the podcast.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Poll: Which Project Runway Challenge Would You Like to see Again?

Last night on Top Chef we saw the return of "Restaurant Wars." We were wondering if it might be time to bring back one or more of the challenges from previous seasons of Project Runway. What do you think?

Please select your three favorites.

(If we have left out one of your favorites, please enter it in the comments.)

"Least Favorite Challenge" Poll Results

You have selected the "Menswear" challenge as your least favorite of Project Runway Season Four. "Raw Talent" and "Trendsetter" followed. Thanks everyone!

Nick Verreos - Uber-Reporter

Click here for a Nick Verreos interview with LA designer Rachel Pally.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

From The Mailbox

Tonight is the "Holly Go Shopping" event at EMc2! Emmett's boutique always offers fresh fun fashions and I'm sure the party will be fabulous.

The Moment (The New York Times Style Magazine) recently posted a new interview with Christian Siriano. Thanks Marian.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tuesday News

LAWeekly has a great article about Rami Kashou in the current issue.

The Tim Gunn auction is over - congratulations to the lucky winner!

Would you like a dinner prepared in your home for yourself and your guests by Top Chef Season Four contestant Spike Mendelsohn? Click here to place your bid. All proceeds benefit Arena Stage. Good luck!

BPRs, welcome Sweet P to the blogosphere!

Monday, May 19, 2008

From The Mailbox

Andrae Gonzalo is presenting a dance event, "Go Metro," this weekend in Santa Monica. Click here for details. Of course we would love a field reporter.

There is still time to bid on the lunch with Tim Gunn charity auction. Good luck to all!

There's also still time to vote in our least favorite challenge poll.

Also, thank you for letting us know about the rumored "All-Star" edition of Project Runway. The article in question had some very obvious and suspicious inaccuracies so I checked with Nick Verreos and Tim Gunn to see if it was true. Neither of them knew anything about it.

Jack Mackenroth Will Not Return For Season Five

"After a long process of weighing the pros and cons of returning to Project Runway Season 5, I have decided not to audition again. Though I loved my experience on the show and hope to continue working with Bravo in the future, I really feel that it's time to start the next chapter of my life. During my short stint on season 4, I was never in the bottom three and I won the menswear challenge, which is my field of expertise, so I feel like I accomplished most of what I started.

I do, however, want to thank all the viewers and fans who have continually voiced their desire to see me back on Season 5. I hope that I haven't let anyone down, but in the end I came to realize that I could not give up another year of my life. My time on Project Runway has presented me with many opportunities ranging from design to television and an area that is closest to my heart, HIV activism. I really couldn't have asked for more.

I especially want to give thanks to the HIV community, which has been so supportive over the last year. If anything, I hope that I have shown you that it is possible to live successfully with HIV. You have not seen the last of me!

To the next batch of designers on Season 5…sew your hearts out!"

Click here for the NY Post article.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Introducing: Stylista

Here are three clips from the new CW show "Stylista." This is a Reality Show about Elle Magazine's Anne Slowey (Yes, the same one who was the guest judge in Season Two's Ice Skating episode.) The show is a competition for a position at the magazine. Have a look.... I think I already have a favorite.

Malan Breton Interviews Claiborne's John Bartlett

Malan Breton returns with the "Designer to Designer" feature for la'g Magazine. Click here to watch.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Rami Kashou on HSN SCOOP Style

Did you watch Rami last night on SCOOP Style? He completely sold out of all 350 dresses!

Click here for more information.

If you placed an order, we would love to hear how you like the dress.

The Sleep Shift - Starring Daniel Franco

Project Runway Season One and Two designer (and perennial BPR favorite) Daniel Franco is starring in 'The Sleep Shift,' a new film by Wong Fu Productions. We hope you will "groove on this."

Click on the photo below to watch the film's trailer.

BPR Podcast with Mychael Knight

Laura K. interviews Season 3 Finalist/First Fan Favorite Mychael Knight who talks about fame, fragrance, family and, of course, fashion. Click here for the podcast.

Click here for the Mychael Knight website and click here to purchase, Majk, his unisex fragrance.

From The Mailbox

Join Emmett McCarthy for a shopping event at EMc2 on May 21 from 6:00 - 9:00. RSVP here or call (212) 431-4134.

From Ninaville: Fashion Week Daily reports that Nina Garcia will stay at Elle magazine as an "editor at large" through September 1st and then she starts at Marie Claire on September 2nd. More here.

Will Marie Claire become the new magazine sponsor of Project Runway for season six? Stay tuned.

NPR recently interviewed Jay McCarroll for a story about sleep-deprivation on reality shows.

Andrae Gonzalo and Jamie Benson are preparing for a dance performance in Los Angeles on May 23rd and 24th. Click here for more information.

You can still bid on "Lunch With Tim Gunn." Good luck!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Which was your LEAST favorite challenge of Project Runway Season Four?

In an effort to be perfectly clear, this poll is to determine the least favorite challenge of the season, not the least favorite episode.

From The Mailbox

Attention Canadian Designers: Project Runway Canada is now casting. Click here for more information and to download the application. reports that there may be as many as FIVE magazines interested in partnering with Project Runway.

Christian Siriano has begun his collection for Bluefly! Click here to see sketches. Also, there is still time to submit your questions for the next podcast with Christian.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Problem...

The results of this poll illustrate something that I have been suspecting about Season Four. Notice that the first three challenges were the least favorites.

Starting off the season with three lackluster challenges and then scheduling a two-week hiatus in December did not serve to build the audience. By the time the show returned in January, it seemed that many viewers had "moved on" to another show or another interest on Wednesday nights. (Just my theory of course.)

What do you think?

Hopefully Season Five will place some more compelling challenges at the beginning.

Samantha Harris Wears Rami Kashou on Dancing With The Stars

Dancing With the Stars Hostess Samantha Harris wore a Rami Kashou design on Monday night's show! Here is a link to the episode. (You might have to download the player.) Congratulations Rami!

Also be sure to watch Rami tomorrow on HSN's "Scoop Style." Click the link for the times in your area.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

From The Mailbox

Season Four guest judge Sarah Jessica Parker celebrates the premiere of the "Sex and the City" movie in London. Click here for more. Thanks Ann.

Project Runway Australia begins production this week in Melbourne. reports that Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are still in contract negotiations for season five of Project Runway.

Win Lunch With Tim Gunn!

Our friends at Arena Stage have secured an exciting charity auction item to benefit their Community Engagement programs.

Click here to go to the eBay item description. The lunch with Tim will be in New York City at the Bryant Park Grill (Airfare not included.) It will be scheduled for some time between December 1st, 2008 and June 1, 2009.

Good luck, BPRs and please let us know if you are the lucky winner.

Questions for Mychael Knight?

We are recording a podcast with Season Three Fan Favorite Mychael Knight this week. Please submit your questions for Mychael to Team BPR. Thank you!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday Morning Mailbox

Jillian Lewis is designing a prom dress for the lucky winner of Project Prom.

Malan Breton is serving on the judges panel for the MyItThings "It Designer" contest. Please let us know if you plant to enter this.

There is still time to vote in our "Favorite Challenge of Season Four" poll.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

From The Mailbox

I thought that Kevin Christiana might know Gretta Monahan, so I asked what he thought of her joining Tim Gunn on "Guide to Style." Here is his response:

I am very excited to hear that Gretta Monahan will be co-hosting Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. I know her from the Rachael Ray Show and I have to say that she's such a sweetheart. She knows a lot about fashion and has an amazing personality. Tim's audience is going to love her. They complement each other very well. Kudos to who ever made this decision.

Congrats Gretta!

Christian Siriano recently appeared on MTV. Here, he sounds off on the styles featured on "The Hills."

Friday, May 09, 2008

BPR Podcast With Emmett McCarthy

It's hard to keep up with everything Emmett McCarthy is doing. We pinned him down for a podcast and I tried to cover it all. Click here for the podcast.

He will be on QVC in September with his new line of handbags. He has been traveling all over the country doing trunk shows.

He keeps up with his friends from Season Two and plans to visit Chloe Dao in August.
Here are several of his shoe designs:

The talking Tim Gunn Bobbleheads are still available.

He was recently featured in Accessories Magazine, Click here to read the article.

Emmett also graciously answers your reader questions.

Click here for the podcast.
Thanks Emmett!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Will Nina Garcia go to Marie Claire?

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Will Marie Claire become a sponsor of Project Runway Season Six?
There are many rumors - but no confirmation. The best theory I have read is that since Elle will most likely remain a sponsor through season five and Nina will most likely remain a judge, Nina would still represent Elle during season five.

We'll stay tuned for any new developments. So far - only rumors.

Meanwhile, Heidi is most definitely on the cover of Marie Claire in June. Adorable!

Tim Gunn's Co-Host is Gretta Monahan

Bravo announced today that the "Fashion Accomplice" for Tim Gunn in Season Two of "Guide To Style" will be Gretta Monahan. Click here for the Press Release.

Learn more about Gretta (Gretchen) here on her website. She is certainly lovely and accomplished. We are eager to see what she will bring to the show. Thoughts?

By the way, last week we asked you for your ideas for a Tim Gunn's Guide to Style co-host. Click here for our poll results.

From The Mailbox

FIDM Students enjoyed meeting Ricky Lizalde in San Francisco. Click here for more.

Click here to watch a video of bridal designs by Austin Scarlett for Kenneth Poole on

Heidi Klum graces the cover of the June Issue of Marie Claire. Click here for the interview and here for more behind-the scenes photos.

Martha Plimpton wore Malan Breton to the opening of the Broadway play 'Top Girls.' Click the photo at the right for a larger view of this dashing duo.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Heidi Klum for Jordache

Heidi Klum launched her first collection for Jordache on April 30 at the Bloomingdale's at Beverly Center in Los Angeles.

Does this top look familiar?It can be yours!

Click here for more photos from Bloomingdale's.

After the launch at Bloomie's, Heidi and friends celebrated at Chateau Marmont. Rachel Zoe and Jane Cha were among the gorgeous guests.

Click here for more photos from the dinner. Heidi sure knows how to have fun. Best of luck to our favorite supermodel on this new venture.


It will be a while before Project Runway returns, but it the meantime I am enjoying Top Chef. A highlight for me last week was Antonia's knock-knock joke - Hee. As a mother of four boys I can tell you that this is exactly the kind of thing that makes us laugh...

On to the news:
Here is more on the Magical Elves. Thanks PRAddicted. More here, and here. My personal opinion is that whoever ends up with Rich Bye will be declared the "winner."

Dahl by Alison Kelly is unveiling an exclusive collection for ALTER. The opening ceremony is tomorrow night, Thursday May 8th 2008 from 7-10pm. 109 Franklin Street at Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222 718.784.8818

We can bid on Levi's designs (some from Ricky Lizalde) here to benefit Goodwill. Thanks Moi and Rachel.

Tim Gunn and Mo Rocca on Polygamist Style

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

More From The Mailbox

Actress Thea Gill wears a NIKOLAKI design on the red carpet. Click here for more.

The Lifetime vs. Bravo tale has made it into the Wall Street Journal.

(This means that my husband will arrive home from work today with a copy of it under his arm asking, "Hey Laura, have you heard that Project Runway is moving to Lifetime?")

Here is a little more from the LA Times.

Click here for a report from Seattle's "Product Runway." Jack Mackenroth was one of the judges.

Finally, from E! Online, more Nina Garcia gossip.