Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Did You Agree With The Judges?

There is still time to vote in our episode 2 poll.

Click here for the survey.

Project Runway's Zac Posen on Season 12

Project Runway judge, Zac Posen, graciously participated in a conference call yesterday and answered our questions about the new season.  

Here are some highlights:

Q: I wanted to know what you think of the new opportunities on Project Runway this season, especially the Tim Gunn rescue? 

 Zac Posen: I always value mentors and educators to the highest regard. I’ve had incredible teachers and mentors throughout my career and through my schooling and often your mentor becomes a form of your collaborator and your guide.

 I wanted to get behind the scenes with every episode but that’s not my place in the show. So, I think it’s wonderful that Tim has the ability when he sees something, from the behind the scenes, which we’re not aware of when we’re judging, to be able once in the season to make that call. He’s an invaluable resource to the show and to designers. I also really enjoy the new change of being able to see the clothing up close, and being able to have that dialogue with Tim. 

For me creativity is much about process as it is about results.

Click here to continue. 

More Birthday Love For Tim Gunn

Click here for more Tim Gunn memories!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Episode 3 Guest Judge is Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne will be the guest judge this week for "An Unconventional Coney Island."

Tune in Thursday night at 9:00 on Lifetime.

Sending Tim Gunn Some Birthday Love

Happy Birthday, Tim Gunn. From the bottom of our hearts we send you love. May the next 60 years be filled with high-stepping moments of joy. xoxo

Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke, Courtesy of

Season 12, Episode 3, "An Unconventional Coney Island" Preview Video

The designers head to Coney Island for an unconventional materials challenge that involves playing carnival games.  Kelly Osbourne is the guest judge.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Million Dollar recappers hit the stage:

Eric3000 always watches a better episode than we do...
Gianni goes Christmas shopping for Timothy...
Suzq employs the Weiner box...
One of these weeks, Karen is going to blow...
Uncle Nick is losing patience already...
Mila is brutally honest...
Joshua and Althea join the veteran corps...
Democracy Diva wants Tim to hand her a tissue...
Second City Style always delivers...
Shannon questions the Top 3...
Ricardo is trying to figure out Sandro...
And Toyouke is our weekly anchoress.

See you next week recappers! Have a recap to share? E-mail the link to Team BPR and join in on the fun.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

BPR Interview with Kahindo Mateene

Project Runway Season 12 designer, Kahindo Mateene talks about her experience on the show.

A highlight:

BPR:  You used green tulle to mitigate the strength of your print.  Do you think that was a good idea?

KM:  The green tulle was originally supposed to be used at the bottom of the dress.  After talking to Tim,  I made the change.   Of course I know now that the judges hated the print, which I don't understand, so even if I stuck with my original design, it probably wouldn't have helped.

BPR:  What are you working on now?

KM:  I am working on my seventh collection which is for Spring/Summer 2014 which I will be showing in New York in September.  I also have just launched my online store.  I am also working on a Kickstarter program which will be helping to provide jobs to women in Congo.

Click here for the full interview.

Click here to visit the Modahnik website.

Thank you Kahindo!

Poll - Episode 2 - Your Turn to be the Judge

 Photos: (top, l-r): Alexander, Alexandria, Bradon, Dom, and Helen
(middle, l-r): Jeremy, Justin, Kahindo, Karen, and Kate
(bottom, l-r): Ken, Miranda, Sandro, Sue, and Timothy

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, Zac Posen and Eric Daman.

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 25, 2013

Reactions To Episode 2

A runway meltdown highlighted the evening on Project Runway as the designers worked around some high-priced jewels. What did you think of tonight's episode and the results? Post your reactions to Episode 2 here.

BPR Live Party: Episode 2

Hello again BPR party people and welcome to another new episode of Project Runway. Tonight we bust out the glittery hardware as we watch "Million Dollar Runway" together. The promise of a runway meltdown awaits, so click on the comment tab below and join the fun!

Sneak Peek at Tonight's Episode of Project Runway

Results In - You Were the Judge Episode 1

Our polls for Episode 1 are closed. You agreed with the judges and felt that Bradon McDonald deserved the win. Click here to see the results. You disagreed with judges' choice and felt that Timothy should have been out. Click here to see the results. 

Check back with us tomorrow for our Episode 2 poll.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Marilu Henner Interviews Michael Costello

Project Runway All-Star designer, Michael Costello talks about his experience on the show.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Project Runway on GMA This Morning

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen appeared on Good Morning America this morning.

A highlight:  Zac Posen reveals that his favorite challenge is the "Coney Island Challenge" where the designers create garments from the prizes that they are able to win.  Sounds like fun!

Click here to watch.

Guest Judge This Week is Eric Daman

For this challenge, "Million Dollar Runway," the contestants are tasked to create designs inspired by over 30 million dollars’ worth of precious jewels. Gossip Girl and Sex in the City’s Emmy award-winning costume designer Eric Daman guest judges.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tim Gunn: "My New York"

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“There isn’t a single aspect of the city I don’t find inspiring,” says Gunn, 59. “I’m that person on the plane who has his face pressed against the window as it’s flying into JFK — just in awe of how staggeringly beautiful and phenomenal this city really is.” This is his New York.

Click here to discover Tim's favorite places. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Episode 2, "Million Dollar Runway" Preview Video

Precious jewels inspire looks. Costume designer Eric Daman ("Gossip Girl") is the guest judge.


It's another new season of Project Runway and that means we get gather together our favorite recaps of the week again for your Sunday reading fun. Let's see how everyone is feeling about the new season:

Eric3000 was ready to come back from vacation...
Project Rubino is a treasure...
Suzq is feeling more normal...
Uncle Nick has never gone away...
Karen has plenty of cognitive dissonance...
TLo want to punch a unicorn...
Mila is always one of our faves...
Lifetime is giving us Joshua McKinley and Althea Harper...
Shannon is new to the looza...
And so is Ricardo...
Second City Style still has all the quotes...
And Toyouke is our eternal anchor.

Update:  Click here for Mongie.
Click here for Democracy Diva.
Click here for Mondo Guerra.

Welcome back everyone! Here's hoping for a fab season 12. Have a recap to share? E-mail us the the link to join in the looza fun! Deadline is midnight Saturday/

Friday, July 19, 2013

BPR Interview with Angela Bacskocky

Project Runway Season 12 designer Angela Bacskocky talks about her experience on the show.

A highlight:

BPR: What is the best thing about appearing on Project Runway? 

AB: Well seeing yourself on television and looking adorable was pretty fun... 

 BPR: Oh you ARE adorable! 

AB: I am already getting messages from 13-year-old girls who like my hair. 

BPR: Are you single? 

AB: Yes. I am expecting the marriage proposals to begin rolling in any second.

Click here for the full interview.

Click here to visit her website.

Thank you Angela!

Poll - Episode 1 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Photos: Top Row (l-r): Alexander, Alexandria, Angela, Bradon, Dom, Helen, Jeremy, and Justin
Bottom Row (l-r):Kahindo, Karen, Kate, Ken, Miranda, Sandro, Sue and Timothy
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, Zac Posen. and Kate Bosworth.

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 18, 2013

Reactions to the Season 12 Premiere

Season 12 jumped off to a high flying start tonight with some new twists and an unconventional materials challenge right out of the chute. What did you think? Post your reactions to Episode 1 here.

BPR Live Play-By-Play/Party: S12 Premiere

Hi again everyone and welcome back to BPR's live Project Runway party! It's the Season 12 premiere as we welcome back Heidi, Tim, Nina, Zac along with another helping of fresh designer meat to run through the PR grinder. Tbone and company will be providing running commentary and frivolity as we watch the show together. All are welcome so come on in! Simply click the comment link below to join the fun.

Nick Verreos Hosts "Road to the Runway" at 8:00 EST and Amanda Fields Hosts "AfterBuzz"

BPR Faves - Nick and Amanda!
Nick Verreos and Michelle Lesniak Franklin will be hosting the "Road to the Runway" special tonight.

Click here for more information.

Also tonight, Project Runway Supermodel, Amanda Fields will be hosting the online show "Afterbuzz," where fans can sound off about the new season.

Of course, TBone will be right here hosting BPR's original live-blog and premiering his new avatar - you won't want to miss it!

Project Runway, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum Nominated for Emmy Awards

Project Runway has been nominated again for the "Outstanding Reality - Competition Show."

TIm Gunn and Heidi Klum have been nominated for "Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality - Competition Show."

Additional nominations include "Picture Editing" and "Cinematography."  

Project Runway has been nominated every year since 2005 - still waiting for the win.  

Will this be the year?

This is the first season that Tim Gunn has been credited as "host" and therefore this is his first nomination.  Good luck Tim, Heidi, and to everyone at Project Runway!

Thank you for producing our favorite show.

Click here to see the nominations and tune in on September 22nd for the Awards Show.

Tonight on BPR

Here we go again! Project Runway Season 12 takes flight tonight with 15 new designers, one former designer looking for a shot at redemption and some new twists to the judging process. We'll be live blogging every week right here on BPR.

Not widely publicized (actually not publicized at all) is the Road to the Runway special preceding the premiere at 8:00 p.m. ET. We'll start the live blog then and post our usual reaction thread immediately following the episode.

After all these years, we still get excited for premiere night!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tim Gunn Ready for Season 12

Jay McCarroll Dishes on Life After Winning Season 1 of Project Runway

Jay is always doing something fun!

After winning the first season (and famously turning down the prize money) Jay has presented at Fashion Week, sold a collection on QVC, designed several lines of fabric, socks, handbags, and clothing.  He was the ultimate winner of VH-1's Celebrity Fit Club.  He has been a fashion instructor, the subject of a documentary and is now a Mall Ambassador - and I'm sure I'm leaving plenty out.

As we prepare for the premiere of season 12, let's have a look at the original....

Click here for the full story.

Which photo do you prefer?

MIchael Costello Fashion Show July 27th in NYC

Project Runway All-Star, Michael Costello, will be presenting his latest eveningwear and seasonal designs at a New York Fashion Show on July 27th at the Yotel Hotel.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Conference Call With Tim Gunn

Here are some highlights of Tim's conference call this morning:

Please tell us about the new interactive features for season 12.

Viewers will be able to provide immediate feedback online.

(Join each Thursday night beginning at 9:00 EST to join the interactive fun. ) 

What else is new for season 12?

I come out with the models after the runway show and the Q & A and stand before the judges so that they can examine the garments more closely.  I am also able to provide information to the judges about what happened in the workroom.

For instance, in the case of one of the top garments, the judges found pins in it and therefore the garment did not win.  I was able to go back to the workroom and tell the designer what had happened and EVERYONE heard it.  Afterward they were paying much closer attention to the finishing and the details.

Click here to continue.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BPR Interview with Tim Gunn: What's New in Season 12?

Tim graciously joined our family for breakfast yesterday as we wrapped up a vacation in NYC. 

Of course, my first question was about the Project Runway Season 12 promotional poster.

I wondered who came up with the concept and especially, "What is the message?" that it sends.

BPR:  Tim, right off the bat, I have to ask you about the poster...

TG:  Did you hear that it is banned in LA?

BPR:  Yes!

TG:  Have you actually seen the poster?

BPR:  Only online, I haven't seen it up on a billboard or bus stop anywhere.  Have you?

TG:  No.  I haven't seen it anywhere.

BPR:  Well it is certainly getting a lot of attention.

TG:  And I think that was the intent - to be provocative.

BPR:  Whose idea was this?  Heidi's?

TG:  Lifetime.

BPR: ....and what is the message?  

TG:  It is quasi-allegorical.  Heidi is a Marie Antoinette character...

BPR:  And what about you?

TG:  Well, originally they wanted me to dress up like Louis XVI.  They wanted to paint my nails black and put kohl around my eyes - sort of like a french vampire.  But honestly I had thirty minutes and there just wasn't enough time.  The photographer's studio was about a 30-minute drive from the set and I had a schedule to keep.  

BPR:  Were the models actually there with you or were they added later?

TG:  Oh they were there, they were all there ready to go, and finally we decided that I would just wear the suit and Heidi was on her throne and the photographer was moving the models - a little this way, to the left, to the right, higher, lower, adjusting the lights and it was just ridiculous.  

Finally someone suggested that they just get the photo with the stage and Heidi and I and add the models later - so that is what they finally did.  So, yes, in the end it was photoshopped!

Click here to continue.

Project Runway S12 Sneak Peek

E! Online has an exclusive sneak peek video of Season 12 posted and it is packed full of interesting details and drama. Tim Gunn in a referee shirt and whistle? After twelve seasons, do they finally have a new set design for the runway? Did Sandro Masmanidi assault a cameraman? Click here to take it all in.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Much Ado About Season 12 Billboard!

It seems the Project Runway Season 12 billboard is too hot for LA. What do you think?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Project Runway Premiere July 18th

And THIS is the poster!

Patricia Michaels Featured at "Native Couture" Fashion Show July 5

Project Runway Season 11 finalist, Patricia Michaels presented her newest collection at "Native Couture."

Click here  for a video.  Patricia's collection is the finale.

Project Runway's Nicolas Putvinsky Featured Designer at Benefit Fashion Show July 21 in Stamford, CT

Click here for more information.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Irina Shabayeva Bridal in "The Knot"

Irina Shabayeva's feathered hat design is featured on the cover of the Fall 2013 issue of "The Knot."  

Click here to shop.

Click here to visit Irina Shabayeva Bridal on Facebook.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Michael Costello Dresses BET Stars

Michael Costello tells us that he was responsible for the beautiful looks worn by four major stars on the red carpet at the BET Awards. He dressed the stunning Megan Good, shown below:

He also dressed Ashanti, Tamar Braxton, and Adrienne Bailon (shown below, left to right) at the star-studded event held Sunday, June 30th. 
Congratulations, Michael, for making the entertainment world more beautiful.
All images courtesy of Getty Images for BET

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Jay and Anya in the News

Project Runway Season 1 Winner Jay McCarroll has been named a fashion ambassador for 2013 and 2014. Click here for the story.
Project Runway Season 9 Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee talks about the next phase of her design journey. Click here for the story.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Nick Verreos on Design

Look TV is featuring Project Runway Season 2 designer and perennial favorite Nick Verreos in a new series aimed at aspiring designers. Please enjoy the first two offerings: 

Monday, July 01, 2013

Film Moments by Malan Breton

Project Runway Season 3 designer/auteur Malan Breton takes us on a brief encounter. Could jellyfish be his next inspiration? Please enjoy: