Saturday, July 31, 2010

From The Mailbox

Project Runway Seasons collide as Althea Harper meets Nick Verreos in Italy. Click here for details.

Season 6 designer Louise Black will be showing her latest collection at Austin Fashion Week on August 18th. Click here for details. looks at reality shows and why we love them.

Click here to meet the winners of a fashion consultation with Tim Gunn from "Addressing Psoriasis." selects the "Top 5 Coolest Gifts for Aspiring Fashionistas."

A.J. reminds The New York Post's Jarett Wieselman of Daniel Vosovic. What do you think?

Episode 2 Sneak Peek

Episode 1 Online - "And Sew It Begins"

Don't forget that you can watch Project Runway Episode 1 Online by clicking here at or On Demand with your cable provider.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Season 8 Premiere - Empire Hotel NYC

Project Runway Designers from several seasons joined Heidi Klum on Wednesday night at The Empire Hotel for the Season 8 Premiere. All photos Killian/WireImage.

Logan Neitzel - Season 6

Carol Hannah Whitfield - Season 6

Ben Chmura - Season 7

Althea Harper - Season 6

Christopher Straub - Season 6

Ivy Higa - Season 8

Nicolas Putvinsky - Season 6

Private Sale - Get Them Before They're Gone

The sale is on and pieces are selling out fast. There is only one day left of the SeenON sale featuring collections by Project Runway winner Seth Aaron Henderson and the top designers of Season 7.

Jay Nicolas Sario, Anthony Williams, Janeane Marie Ceccanti, Amy Sarabi, Ben Chmura and Jesse LeNoir each had collections walk the runway at NY Fashion week in February. Now these one-of-a-kind pieces are available at until tomorrow night at 6pm, when they’ll be gone forever. This is your chance to get a piece of the runway. Click here to start shopping.

Under the Gunn: Episode 1

Designers Dish: Episode 1

Poll - Episode 1 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Photos: 1). A.J., 2). Andy, 3). April, 4). Casanova, 5). Christopher
6). Gretchen, 7). Ivy, 8). Jason, 9). Kristin, 10). McKell, 11). Michael C.
12). Michael D., 13). Mondo, 14). Nicholas, 15). Peach, 16). Sarah and
17). Valerie
Photos courtesy of 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, Michael Kors and Selma Blair.

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

Click here to tell us who you thought should have been auf'd.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reactions To The Season 8 Premiere

Photo: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime Television

Project Runway returned for its 8th season tonight, bigger than ever before. But was it better? Post your reactions to Episode 1 here.

Season 8 Premiere Party!

Photo: Courtesy of Lifetime Television

Greetings BPR party people - we're back! Project Runway kicks off Season 8 tonight and the BPR party room is ready for action. Join friends and fans from across the land as we watch Episode 1 together.

Season 8 comes to us super-sized, now 50% bigger! We will keep the party room open all episode long and keep it running for those of you who hang around for "On the Road with Austin & Santino" which airs immediately afterward. The fun has just begun so just click on the comments and come on in!

BPR Live Play-By-Play: Season 8 Premiere

Private Sale Live NOW

The Season 7 Private Sale is live now with the 'secret collection' of winner Seth Aaron Henderson and six of the top designers from season 7! These are one-of-a-kind designs and are gone when sold. Unlike auctions, waiting is not recommended! But you must be a member of SeenON to shop. Not a SeenON member yet? Click here for your exclusive invitation.

Tonight On BPR

Photo: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime Television

Welcome home Runway fans! Tonight is the big Season 8 premiere of Project Runway. And just look at all of those harried, fresh faces. Why in the world are they frantically rifling through their suitcases?

Eight seasons, can you believe it? Team BPR is still here, ready for another round of fashion and fun. Here's the plan for Episode 1:

  • The party room is back and bigger than ever! We'll be covering all 90 minutes of the S8 premiere and keep the room open for all of you who want to hang around for "On the Road with Austin & Santino" right after. New starting time of 9:00 p.m. means the party room opens at 8:30 p.m. Come say hello to all of your old BPR friends and make some new ones, too.
  • Tbone and suzq are back and will be providing live play by play coverage all season long. For those without access to Lifetime or can't wait for the show in your timezone, we'll describe all the action as it airs live from the east coast.
  • After the show, stop in and share your thoughts in our weekly reactions thread.
We're getting excited - see you tonight on BPR!

Happy Birthday Tim Gunn!

(Our thanks to The Minx for this fabulous image!)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Private Sale of Season 7 Collections

Need another reason to get excited about the Project Runway Season 8 premiere tomorrow? How about access to an exclusive members-only sale featuring runway collections by winner Seth Aaron Henderson and six of the top designers from season 7!

Seth Aaron created a runway-ready collection that has never been seen by the public ... a collection full of eye-catching graphics and modern cuts that is being made exclusively to you.

Starting at noon (Eastern/9am PST) on premiere day (July 29th), Seth’s secret collection, along with the entire runway collections shown by Season 7 designers Jay Nicolas Sario, Anthony Williams, Janeane Marie Ceccanti, Amy Sarabi, Ben Chmura and Jesse LeNoir, will go on sale at But you must be a member of SeenON and sign in early to get one of these hand-made, one-of-a-kind pieces, because once sold, they’ll be gone forever. Not a SeenON member yet? Click here for your exclusive invitation.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Video - Season 8 Designers Speak Up

Our friends at Popsugar tv have a video featuring the Project Runway Season 8 designers:

Monday, July 26, 2010

More Peach Please!

Click here for more about Peach Carr from The Chicago Tribune.

SUEDEsays™ Update

Project Runway Season 5 designer, Stephen Suede Baum has been busy with some very exciting projects.

1) I am out at Joann Fabrics Corp. headquarters in Kent, Ohio - not far from where I went to college - to judge their annual Prom Competition. This years grand prize award...... $50,000. WOW I don't know why we didn't enter that one...

2) Tomorrow, I'm off to to Chicago as a celebrity spokes person for a eCraft by Craftwell. The machine is used for home crafts and digitally laser cuts out signs, shapes etc.
I have been commissioned to create 3 garments out of unexpected materials using the machine to make the shapes.
Hmmmmm sounds like a project runway challenge.. hehehe

News from Tim Gunn, Seth Aaron Henderson and the Season 8 Designers

Fred Joe Photo
Seth Aaron Henderson will be showing his new "SolarWorld-Inspired Collection" at Portland Fashion Week on October 9th. Click here for more information.

Click here for more from Tim Gunn's Project Runway conference call from Small Screen Scoop.

Hometown papers are getting behind their season 8 designers!

Click here for a profile of Ivy Higa from the Guava Bee.

Click here
for a closer look at Valerie Mayen.

Click here for a look at Michael Costello.

St. Louis claims Michael Drummond and AJ Thouvenot.

San Francisco supports Christopher Collins.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Emilio Sosa Fans: You can own a piece of Runway history

Photo: Imaxtree

This coat from Emilio's Project Runway Season 7 Finale Collection is now available for your bids on eBay. Click here for the item.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Meet A J Thouvenot

Age: 26
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Profession: Designer for TrashBiscuit
Favorite Designer: Heatherette, Jeremy Scott, John Galliano

Click here for more about AJ.

Meet Andy South

Age: 23
Hometown: Waianae, HI
Profession: Freelance designer, and personal assistant to another designer.
Favorite Designer: Yohji Yamamoto, John Galliano

Click here for more about Andy.

Meet April Johnston

Age: 21
Hometown: Savannah, GA
Profession: Just graduated from college
Favorite Designer: Alexander McQueen, John Galliano

Click here for more about April.

Meet Casanova

Age: 33
Hometown: Astoria, NY
Profession: Fashion designer
Favorite Designer: John Galliano

Click here for more about Casanova.

Meet Christopher Collins

Age: 30
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Profession: Fashion designer
Favorite Designer: Dior and Lanvin

Click here for more about Christopher.

Meet Gretchen Jones

Age: 28
Hometown: Portland, OR
Profession: Designer/director of MothLove
Favorite Designer: Vena Cava, Halston, Rachel Comey, Chloe, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno

Click here for more about Gretchen.

Meet Ivy Higa

Age: 30
Hometown: Kailua-Kona, HI/New York, NY
Profession: Fashion designer, Ivy h.
Favorite Designer: Marc Jacobs, Consuelo Castiglioni, Stella McCartney, Issey Miyake

Click here for more about Ivy.

Meet Jason Troisi

Age: 33
Hometown: Greenwich, CT
Profession: Landscape designer (glorified lawn cutter)
Favorite Designer: Can I say myself?

Click here for more about Jason.

Meet Kristin Haskins Simms

Age: 39
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Profession: Apparel designer, freelance graphic designer and adjunct professor in graphic design
Favorite Designer: Ann Demeuelemeester

Click here for more about Kristin.

Meet McKell Maddox

Age: 29
Hometown: Layton, UT
Profession: Fashion designer
Favorite Designer: Coco Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier

Click here for more about McKell.

Meet Michael Costello

Age: 27
Hometown: Palm Springs, CA
Profession: Fashion designer
Favorite Designer: Elie Saab, Tom Ford, Valentino, Donatella Versace, Basil Soda

Click here for more about Michael Costello.

Meet Michael Drummond

Age: 31
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Profession: Knitwear designer/freelance stylist
Favorite Designer: Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen (R.I.P.), and Viktor & Rolf

Click here for more about Michael Drummond.

Meet Mondo Guerra

Age: 32
Hometown: Denver, CO
Profession: Freelance designer
Favorite Designer: Paco Rabanne, Schiaparelli, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Edith Head

Click here for more about Mondo.

Meet Nicholas D'Aurizio

Age: 32
Hometown: New York, NY
Profession: Handbag designer
Favorite Designer: Yeohlee, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Prada

Click here for more about Nicholas.

Meet Peach Carr

Age: 50
Hometown: Lake Forest, IL
Profession: Freelance designer
Favorite Designer: Valentino, McQueen and Balenciaga

Click here for more about Peach.

Meet Sarah Trost

Age: 27
Hometown: Toluca Lake, CA
Profession: Costume designer
Favorite Designer: Adrian, Nudie Cohn, Bill Belew, Gaultier, Schiaparelli, old-school Dior

Click here for more about Sarah.

Meet Valerie Mayen

Age: 29
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Profession: Fashion designer, educator, illustrator
Favorite Designer: Rudi Gernreich, Stefano Pilati, Leanne Marshall

Click here for more about Valerie.

Friday, July 23, 2010

News From Tim Gunn, Chris March, and Christian Siriano

First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Timothy Gunn during a luncheon honoring the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's National Design Award recipients in the East Room of the White House. July 21, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

Tim Gunn spoke at a Teen Design Fair at the Smithsonian and was a guest at the National Design Awards Luncheon on Wednesday where he sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama. Click here for details.

Chris March will serve as a judge for the "Mad Men" Costume Contest in Times Square on July 25th. Click here for details.

Click here for a story about Project Runway Season 8 designer, April Johnston from the Mooresville Weekly.

Christian Siriano has designed the wardrobe for Kat DeLuna's concert tour. Click here for more.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Amanda Fields Featured in "Hair Battle Spectacular" on Oxygen

The Project Runway model will be featured in a new reality show on the Oxygen Network called "Hair Battle Spectacular."

"Hair Battle Spectacular" premieres on Tuesday, August 10th at 10/9c.

Kenley Makes Us Dizzy

So here's a question we haven't been asked in a while, what's Kenley Collins been up to lately?. Why, funny you should ask:

New York based rocker Collin Schiller adds: “I knew Kenley was the perfect girl for the role when I dreamt up the video, and she offered great input and style direction on set”.

Hmmm. I would be careful with this one Collin!

Tim Gunn Season 8 Conference Call

Tim Gunn generously and graciously answered questions on a conference call this morning and reveals a couple of gems about season 8.

First there is a new feature in the show where Tim's reactions to the judging decisions are recorded on camera.

He describes season 8 as "Hot, Emotional and Frustrating."

He describes these designers as "fragile."

He also reveals that several of the season 8 designers are "sewing prodigies" and willing to help the others complete their designs.

He describes one designer as "Big Bossy Boots!"

I'm thinking we need a poll to guess who this Bossy Boots is....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Episode 1 Sneak Peek

Photo: Lifetime Network has an exclusive sneak peek at Episode 1 where Tim tells the 17 designers that "your first challenge is actually the last phase of your audition process". Click here for the video:

'Project Runway' season 8 exclusive: A season-premiere clip -- with a surprise twist for the contestants!

So what do you think?

Update: Here's the video!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

From The Mailbox

Bethenny Frankel is rocking the Kara Janx "Morgan" bubble dress on her book tour!

photo: Kara Janx

According to WWD, Nina Garcia has signed on to become Target's new "Fashion Expert." Click here for the full article.

Project Runway Season Seven designer, Anna Lynett was among the featured designers at the "Project Ethos" event last Friday in Miami. Nick Verreos was the charming host. Click here for a full report.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cheryl Burke Wears a Rami Kashou Design to the 2010 ESPY Awards

Photo: RStrauss/WireImage

The "Dancing with the Stars" beauty looks gorgeous in Rami Kashou's draped design.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Loved the Project Runway Season 8 Premiere

Lifetime generously provided Team BPR with a screener of the season 8 premiere. Thank you Lifetime!

The best thing about the premiere was the 90-minute format. There are 17 designers and I appreciated the extra time getting to know them. There's lots of potential for drama and the personalities are already evident. You might think that 90 minutes is long, and it may feel long toward the end of the season, but right now it is perfect.

Because there is no "Models of the Runway" I was expecting more model drama, but so far, this is not evident. The premiere episode doesn't really feature the models at all.

I don't want to give too much away, so I'll just say to tune in on the 29th at 9:00.

My favorites right now are Peach (she is the only one in my demographic, I HAVE to root for her!) and Andy South.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Chloe Dao Bridal Collection

Project Runway Season Two Champion Chloe Dao has created her first bridal collection and of course it is gorgeous!

Click here
for more photos.

Season 8 Scoop from Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum generously answered all sorts of questions during a conference call this morning. Here are some highlights:

Project Runway Season 8 is still in production. Today is an elimination day!

The season 8 finale (at Lincoln Center) will be on September 9th. I tried to get her to spill on the number of finalists but she didn't say. She hinted that there would be decoys.

Let's pause here and think about how quickly the finalists will have to create their collections. Scary.

There will be an "alternative materials" challenge and Betsey Johnson will be the judge. Trivia: How many times has she served as a judge and what were the challenges?

This was already hinted at, but Heidi confirmed again that in the premiere episode, one designer will be eliminated before he or she even has the chance to unpack.

This sounds like a great idea: Philip Treacy will be the guest judge in a challenge to design a garment inspired by one of his hat designs.

There will be a challenge to design something for Heidi.

Not exactly news, but Models of the Runway has not been renewed. Heidi says it was a network decision.

Piperlime In, Bluefly Out

The familiar pale blue accessory wall in the Project Runway workroom is now painted in a lime green:

SAN FRANCISCO, July 14, 2010 -- Piperlime, the online shop known for the freshest styles in shoes, apparel, handbags and jewelry, is the newest retail sponsor of Lifetime’s Project Runway for season 8.

As part of the collaboration, Piperlime has redesigned the series’ “Accessories Wall” by painting it their signature green and loading it with fashionable accessories for the designers to choose from to complete each challenge. They will also feature a shopable version of the “Piperlime Accessories Wall” on, giving customers a chance to buy the items featured on the show.

Each week, Piperlime will also have exclusive video content from Project Runway, offering behind-the-scenes insight from each week’s challenge winner. The season’s winning designer will have a chance to design and sell an exclusive collection on

The partnership with Piperlime is an interesting one and represents a move from a higher end luxury brand to a more accessible, affordable one. We'll miss our friends over at Bluefly and wish success to the new sponsor. Do you think Tim has mistakenly referred to it as the "Bluefly Accessory Wall" during filming this season?

Of course not.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Season 8 Designers!

Photo: Lifetime Network

Here they are, 17 (!) fresh faces getting ready to be put through the Project Runway mill in the heat of a New York summer. Please meet:

A.J. Thouvenot, 26, St. Louis, MO
Andy South, 23, Waipahu, HI
April Johnston, 21, Savannah, GA
Casanova, 33, Astoria, NY
Christopher Collins, 30, San Francisco, CA
Gretchen Jones, 28, Portland, OR
Ivy Higa, 30, New York, NY
Jason Troisi, 33, Greenwich, CT
Kristin Haskins Sims, 39, Philadelphia, PA
McKell Maddox, 29, Layton, UT
Michael Costello, 27, Palm Springs, CA
Michael Drummond, 31, St. Louis, MO
Mondo Guerra, 32, Denver, CO
Nicholas D'Aurizio, 32, New York, NY
Peach Carr, 50, Lake Forest, IL
Sarah Trost, 27, Toluca Lake, CA
Valerie Mayen, 29, Cleveland, OH

You couldn't make some of these names up if you tried. Casanova, Ivy and Peach? Delicious! Plenty more to sink your teeth into at the Lifetime website on these designers including portfolios, casting videos, closet tours and photos. Season 8 is only two weeks away!