Tuesday, July 31, 2012

There is Still Time....

Did you agree with the judges?  Please vote in our episode 2 poll.  Thank you!

Update:  You agreed with the judges this week - selecting Ven as the winner and Lantie for the auf.  Thank you!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tim Gunn in 60 Seconds

Season 10, Episode 3 Preview Video - "Welcome Back to the Runway"

Designing for The Emmy Awards with Project Runway Alums as clients.

Looks like Anya, Laura, Mila, Kenley, Irina, Valerie, and April are the clients.

I see Ven and Fabio working with Kenley, Andrea and Christopher working with Anya, and Kooan and Gunnar (!) working with Irina.  

Should be a great episode! 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Tim Gunn!

Image courtesy of The Minx

Amanda's Take - Season 10, Episode 2, Candy Couture

Amanda Fields examines each model's performance in the episode.

A highlight:

Elena's model looks like she hates life. She can't stand that dress, can't stand the day she's having, can't stand the whole idea. I know that you can wear something crazy and make it look great. It's all in the face!

Click here to continue.

Thank you Amanda!


Time once again for our weekly walk down looza lane where we sample some of our favorite recappers from around the web:

Eric3000 snags a Project Runway Gold Medal...
Suzq has questions...
David Dust found his chocolate boyfriend...
Uncle Nick will not have excuses...
The real Laura Bennett appears to be back...
Democracy Diva does not lack imagination...
Second City Style had plenty of quotes to capture...
Brian loved Nina's fire...
Karen loves her gummy sharks...
Mila and Bertzilla weigh in...
Gianni sees a personality transplant...
The Project Runway Lounge gets sticky sweet...
And Toyouke has plenty to say.

Thanks you recappers! Have a Project Runway recap to share? Send the link to Team BPR and join in on the fun!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A New Interview with Viktor Luna

Madly Chic scored an interview with Project Runway Season 9 finalist, Viktor Luna. 

A highlight: 

What is your design aesthetic? 

Sophistication punctuated with dark sensuality and a punk rock pulse. My collection is for the woman who is empowered, elegant, and edgy. Black is the color of luxury. I always like to use black but there’s a thought process behind it. I’m not sending out just a sheer black blouse. There are a lot of details like trimming and fastenings that are missed on TV. 

I hope people see that in my work. I think forward in what’s coming and what’s going to be on trend, and I try to capture it before other people do. There’s a thought process in everything I design. I don’t just design for my pleasure; I design for people. 

Click here for the full interview.

Click here to see Viktor's indiegogo project.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Project Runway Season 10, Episode 2 Available Online

Click here to watch "Candy Couture" online.

The Tim Gunn Barbie Collection!

Tim Gunn introduces Barbie to the "Ten Essential Wardrobe Items!"

These dolls and accessory packs will be available at Target on August 1st.

Tim shared a preview of the designs with me when we visited in Atlanta and can you guess which Project Runway designer helped create the collection?

All photos from Mattel.

Poll - Episode 2 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Photos: (top, l-r) Alicia, Andrea, Buffi, Christopher, and Dimtry
(middle, l-r) Elena, Fabio, Gunnar, Kooan, And Lantie
(bottom, l-r)Melissa, Nathan, Raul, Sonja, and Ven

Photos courtesy of MyLifetime.com. Click to see a larger view.

You've seen the designs on the runway and now it's your turn to be the judges. This week you are Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and Dylan Lauren.

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

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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Reactions To Episode 2

Photo: Barbara Nitke
The unconventional materials challenge always delivers some interesting looks on Project Runway. What did you think of the results? Post your reactions to Episode 2

BPR Live Play By Play/Party Room

Photo: Barbara Nitke
Greetings party people! It's time once again for BPR's weekly play by play/party room for Episode 2 "Candy Couture". We're going to be running on a major sugar high tonight, so it should be fun.

As a reminder, we are running the party room in our comment thread linked below this post. We think we have worked out some of the Disqus glitches and hopefully everything will run smoother this week. Everyone's welcome, so come on in! Who wants some candy?

Tonight On BPR

Photo: Barbara Nitke
It's unconventional materials challenge night on Project Runway and we get to re-visit one of our favorites from the past - a trip to the candy store! In Season 4, Rami Kashou designed the winner at the Hershey's store that Paula Abdul later bought at auction for $3,000. It also featured a design by Kit Pistol that was later worn by a bride at Dylan's Candy Bar, the site of tonight's challenge.

Team BPR is on hand again for all of your PR game day fun. Here's the plan:

  • Tbone, suzq and the usual cast of BPR crazies will be hosting a live play by play/party room beginning at 8:45 p.m. All are welcome to watch and snark along with us.
  • After the show, be sure to post your thoughts in our weekly reactions thread. Didn't agree with the judges? Tell us all about it.
It should be a pretty sweet time tonight on BPR!

Results In - You Were the Judge Episode 1

Our polls for Episode 1 are closed. You disagreed with the judges and felt that Ven Budhu deserved the win. Click here to see the results. You also disagreed with judges' choice and felt that Lantie should have been out. Click here to see the results. 

Check back with us tomorrow for our Episode 2 poll.
Photos courtesy of MyLifetime.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Can You Name....

Can you name two Project Runway designers who voluntarily "walked out" of the competition?

Can you name two Project Runway designers who left the competition for "other reasons?"

There is Still TIme....

There is still time to vote in our Season 10, Episode 1 Poll. Did you agree with the judges?
Click here to vote.

Christian Siriano: Five Things You Don't Know About Me

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dylan Lauren Guest Judge on Project Runway This Week

"Dylan's Candy Bar" owner (and daughter of Ralph,) Dylan Lauren, joins the judging panel for this week's challenge, "Candy Couture." Click here for an interview about the challenge.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Own a Piece of Project Runway History

The season 10, episode 1 garments are now available for your bids.  RIght now, Ven's design has the highest price.

Click here to see all of this week's auctions.

Season 10, Episode 2, Preview Video

This week's episode is "Candy Couture."

Trivia:  Who won the last candy challenge (the "Hershey Challenge?")

Who fashioned a design using mostly Twizzlers?

Extra credit:  Who purchased the winning design at auction?

Sunday, July 22, 2012


It's back! BPR's weekly tour of Project Runway recaps returns for Season 10. We'll highlight some our favorite voices from across the interwebs each week. Let's get to it:

Uncle Nick is now considered "vintage...
Eric3000 is not farting around...
Suzq knows what an anniversary means...
David Dust works in Meredith Baxter Birney...
Democracy Diva gives her Top and Bottom 3 each week...
Brian comes in with timid optimism...
Karen is our Dramatis personae...
Second City Style is back with all the memorable quotes...
Mila Hermanovski and Bert Keeter are new additions at Lifetime...
Renee Mallett is the PR Examiner...
Gianni is new to the looza...
Eduardo at The PR Lounge is here...
And Toyouke is in the traditional anchor seat.

Thank you recappers and welcome back to Season 10! Have a recap to share? E-mail the link to Team BPR. Deadline is midnight Saturday each week.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A New Interview with Project Runway Season 9 Designer, Joshua Christensen

Madlychic.com recently scored an interview with Josh Christensen.


A highlight:

What do you like to do when you’re not working? 

 The best part about my life right now is that I’ve forced myself to find a work/life balance. I recently took up surfing. I need to do something that doesn’t allow me to think about design for a while, and surfing is great because I’m not super good at it. I have to focus on not dying so there’s absolutely no thinking about design when I’m surfing. It’s strictly about surviving.

Click here for the full interview. 

 Thank you Illysia!

Amanda's Take - Season 10, Episode 1

Project Runway Supermodel, Amanda Fields returns to present her "model's perspective" on season ten. Welcome back Amanda!

  From California to NYC, welcome BPR Readers! I'm Amanda Fields and I'm here to give you my take on Project Runway Season Ten from my perspective. I have been honored to be a part of this process and will forever be grateful to be in this glorious and chic Project Runway Family! 

Here we go! Back Again for Season Ten! Times Square, New York, baby! 

It feels like home to watch designers in that work room at Parsons! I really like this group of people. Seeing the photos on the wall in the work room of the previous winners make me so happy because those are some of the friends I have been so lucky to have in my life! 

Gunnar is a petulant child. I am bothered by him. Find your real voice, Gunnar! It's in there somewhere! Quit talking like you're a freakin Kardashian! Just because you and Christopher have similar hair doesn't mean you have the similar personalities!! Christopher said... "He should be on Toddler's and Tiaras, not Project Runway. Wrong show." Well said. 

Each designer gets 2 models, one for the existing piece that represents their aesthetic and one for the new companion piece. I am excited to see if they put the better model in the first or second look. I would choose the second, because it needs more help being sold to the judges. 
It would seem that a lot of these girls are not coming back for the entire season. Perhaps the show will mix and match them? 

Christopher says, "my model is two inches smaller than my dress form. I'm kinda screwed." Use the other model then!! Switch them up. 

Click here to continue.

Friday, July 20, 2012

A New Interview With Project Runway Season 8 Champion, Gretchen Jones

Gretchen Jones talks about sustainable design with Treehugger.

A highlight:  

It's wonderful that a sustainable designer like yourself is recognized in the fashion industry. How has that changed you as a designer, or as a person?
GJ: I suppose being embraced as much as I have been...so far anyways, has just inspired me to stay true to myself...both personally and creatively. I'm not trying to be anything other than the type of woman and designer that I have always been and continue to grow into. My identity, both personally and creatively is based on conscientious living, authenticity of experience and comfort within myself...I truly believe that is the 'real' path towards happiness.

Click here for more.  

BPR Interview with Beatrice Guapo

Project Runway Season 10 designer, Beatrice Guapo, talks to BPR about her experience on the show.

A highlight:

BPR: When they asked you to send one of your looks ahead of time, did you suspect that you would be asked to create a companion piece? 

BG: No, I didn't. 

BPR: What did you think it would be used for? 

BG: I thought maybe we would have to a runway right at the start and there would be an elimination. 

Click here for the full interview.

Click here to visit the GG Collective Facebook Page.

Thank you Beatrice!

Poll - Episode 1 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Photos: Top Row (l-r): Alicia, Andrea, Beatrice and Buffi
2nd Row (l-r):Christopher, Dmitry, Elena and Fabio
3rd Row (l-r):Gunnar, Kooan, Lantie and Melissa
Bottom Row (l-r): Nathan, Raul, Sonja and Ven
Photos courtesy of MyLifetime.com. Click to see a larger view.

You've seen the designs on the runway and now it's your turn to be the judges. This week you are Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and Lauren Graham and Patricia Field.

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 19, 2012

Reactions To Episode 1

Photo: Andrew Walker/Getty Images for A&E
Oh, to be the first one eliminated on Project Runway is a bittersweet thing. On one hand, you have been eliminated and embarrassed. On the other, you get a kiss from Heidi and early freedom from the trials and tribulations of the Parsons workroom.

What did you think of the Season 10 premiere? Post your reactions here.

BPR Live Play By Play/Party: Season 10 Premiere

Photo: Andrew Walker/Getty Images for A&E
We're back! It's party time for Project Runway fans as Season 10 kicks off in a big way tonight with a show in Times Square. We'll have an open thread here for both Road To the Runway and Episode 1, so come join the BPR tradition that started way back in Season 2.

As a reminder, we are not using Cover It Live this season for our play by play/party room. Simply join us in the comments section - everyone is welcome.

Oreo Celebrates Project Runway!

In celebration of the 100th birthday of Oreo cookies, the brand is creating a series of daily ads reflecting current events in a fun way using images of Oreo cookies and milk. 

 Today’s ad celebrates the premier of the next phase of “Project Runway,” quite an exciting time and certainly worth a cookie-and-milk toast! 


Click here for the "Daily Twist."

While We Are Waiting

Tim Gunn with Season 10 designer Kooan Kosuke
Photo: Barbara Nitke
As we count down the hours to Road To The Runway and the Episode 1 premiere of season 10, here's a couple of juicy morsels to chew on this afternoon:

  • Don't miss Heidi Klum's dishy interview with The Huffington Post. She talks about her favorite past designers, two troubled designers from S10 and the promise of an unpopular auffing: "We have someone right now, for example, but I can't really say his name. But there's one guy, great designer, but then he really couldn't make it work that one challenge so he had to go. It was only fair."
  • Project Runway was nominated this morning for four Emmy Awards, including it's eighth (!) consecutive nomination for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Will The Amazing Race ever lose?
Can you tell we are getting excited?

Tonight On BPR

Photo: Andrew Walker/Getty Images for A&E
Welcome back Runway fans! Tonight is more than just the start to another new season, it's a celebration of sorts. Project Runway marks it's 10th season, Season X if you will, and who could have imagined what has resulted from it's humble beginnings. We can argue about how the production quality has changed, the sinking pool of designer talent level, the questionable judging decisions. But we also have to acknowledge that the show remains as a huge influence for smart reality TV programming. The eight time Emmy nominated show may not be what it used to, but it still remains close to our hearts.

In a nice nod to the past, Project Runway's first ever guest judge Patricia Field returns along with actress Lauren Graham for a huge kickoff in Times Square. Sixteen designers throw their hats into the fray and we'll be here watching it all go down. Here's what we have planned:

  • Tbone, suzq and a cast of other characters will be hosting a live pay by play/party room beginning at 7:45 p.m. ET in preparation of the Road To The Runway special at 8:00 p.m. No Cover It Live this season, we're gpoing old school in the comments section.
  • Live play by play and party room continues at 9:00 p.m. for Episode 1. That's 2.5 hours of Project Runway - yikes!
  • After the show, tell us your thoughts on the Season X premiere in our weekly reactions thread.
All are welcome so we hope to see you tonight on BPR!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BPR Field Report From Project Runway Season 10 Party

Project Runway knows how to party and they did it right on a beautiful New York summer night suspended on the Highline in New York City for the exclusive 10th Anniversary party for Project Runway. What a SEW!  Ten years! What an amazing accomplishment!

Everyone was showing off the success with contestants from all seasons including, season one winner Jay McCarroll, season  four hottie Jack Mackenroth, season six finalist Althea Harper, the quirky and delightful season two stand-out Andrae Gonzalo, a thinner All-Star finalist Michael Costello, and season nine runner up Joshua McKinley.

Viktor Luna was stylishly cool with black and white striped pants. The room was filled with fun-loving creative people and boy could you feel it! Heidi Klum made her way around the room as beautiful as ever. A million more pictures exist of her now!

 Other favorites of the night??? ...The sweet Kara Janx who is absolutely the most humble shining person you will ever meet. It was great to meet Malan Breton accompanied by his model Grace who was rockin his newest look.

Wesley Nault, Oliver Green, Nicholas D'Aurizio, Emilio Sosa, and Chris March were all creatively styled and poised making their way through the crowds.


Can't wait until the fall to see how these designers challenge themselves creatively, and which of these will be in the new season of All-Stars??? 

It was a vivid and colorful atmosphere with so many fascinating people who support and encourage each other. In fact all through the night the topic of conversation is when is September going to be here...to see what everyone is creating...and wearing!

Jack Mackenroth at Project Runway Season 10 Party

Season 4 designer, Jack Mackenroth with BPR Field Reporter, Jen Mara.  Thanks Jen!

Pamela Ptak and Ben Chmura

Project Runway Season 7 designers, Pamela Ptak and Ben Chmura at last night's event.  

How Many Project Runway Designers Can You Identify in This Photo?

Photo: Jennifer Mara 

 Don't miss the "Interactive Display" behind the crowd, "approving" the looks! FUN.

More From Project Runway Season 10 Party - Arrivals

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum 

 Season 10 Judges below???? Just speculating....

Nanette Lepore

Stacey Bendet

Interior Designer and author, Christiane Lemieux

Fern Mallis

Debby Harry

Francisco Costa

BPR at Project Runway Season 10 Party

Project Runway celebrated Season 10 last night and BPR Field Reporter, Jen Mara, attended the party and sends us these photo - more to follow - thanks Jen!

Jennifer and Andrae Gonzalo - great smiles!

Jen with Olivier Green

Bert Keeter and friends, Kik and Jen Disher.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Season 10 Road To The Runway

Photo: Andrew Walker/Getty Images for A&E

Lifetime is once again kicking off a new season of Project Runway with a "Road To The Runway" special that will air at 8:00 p.m. Thursday just prior to Episode 1. That's 2.5 hours of PR madness, if you need it.

We're going to be hosting our weekly party room and play by play this season as usual but will no longer be using the Cover It Live application. Instead we're going old school and will run the party in the comment section. If you haven't noticed, we are now using Disqus as our new comment system  on BPR. It should be easy for you to log in on an existing account and participate. The party room will open at 7:45 p.m. ET Thursday, hope to see you there!

BPR Interview with Mondo Guerra

Project Runway All-Star Champion, Mondo Guerra talks about his Neiman Marcus Collection, his new line of eyeglasses  for SEE Eyewear, his latest campaign for Merck and more.

Thank you Mondo!

A highlight:

MG: ...right now I am working on the Neiman Marcus Collection and I really want to do it right, so I am concentrating on that right now. I want this to be accessible to my fans and I know that they are looking forward to it. I understand that they are maybe getting a little impatient, but I will try to make it worth the wait. Also, I want to time this all to hit at the same time so that I can make a real impact.

 BPR: How many pieces are in the collection for Neiman Marcus? 

 MG: Ken and I got together and originally started with about 22 pieces. You know how I work - I am going in with 250 pieces and I have designed all the accessories, and the tags and all of the prints and everything else. I treated this as an artist. Anyway, we have narrowed everything down to about 12-15 pieces, but it might drop down to about nine. It is a true capsule collection. 

 BPR: Will you be at Fashion's Night Out? 

 MG: I will be there, yes. 

 BPR: Is there a specific location? 

 MG: I will be at a major retail location along with other Project Runway designers.

Click here to continue.