REVIEW: Project Runway: Threads

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A fashion design competition for teens and tweens. Good idea. Airing it at 10:30pm on a Thursday night. Bad idea. Most people do DVR these days but shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder and even Project Runway get a lot of mileage out of tweeting and social media. I’m not sure if tweeting is big among teens and tweens but I’m sure Facebook is and why have them all watch the show later and then discuss later. Not many teens and tweens can stay up until 10:30 to watch television when they have to get up for school the next day.

Cambria designs a look with her Dad as assistant

Cambria designs a look with her Dad as assistant

Each week, three fashion protegees/designers compete for a $250,000 prize package. Each child has an adult assistant. In the first episode, the designers had to create a red carpet look that shows off their style. Then they’re given a “surprise door twist” and have to create a second street style design. It’s a lot for these youngsters. The designers are Bradford, 13, from Birmingham, Ala; Cambria, 12, from Calif.; and Kenzie, 12, from Portland, Ore. Kenzie says she travels to “exotic” places two times a year and loves Europeans cities like Paris and London. A month before coming to the completion, savvy Cambria taught her dad to sew so he could be her helper. Bradford’s mom doesn’t sew.

designs by Bradford

designs by Bradford

designs by Cambria

designs by Cambria

designs by Kenzie

designs by Kenzie

The first episode’s a bit rough and hopefully everything will smooth out in future episodes. Vanessa Simmons– daughter to Reverend Joseph Simmons [Run DMC], niece to mogul Russell Simmons and the founder of a fashion and shoe line– hosts. Is she a fashion designer because she likes clothes and her parents bankrolled her start? She has zero fashion school education or college education. She’s listed as a model/actress and worth millions due to her famous father. She’s not great. She’s very stiff.

host Vanessa Simmons

host Vanessa Simmons

One judge is Christian Siriano, the youngest winner of Project Runway and a successful designer. He’s not as charming as Zac Posen or some other Project Runway designers. In 2014, it’s fast and loose how to become an expert or be labeled an expert at something, so in that vein, another judge is YouTube “style guru” [she has 2.5 million subscribers!] Ingrid Nilsen. If you can become popular on YouTube you’re an expert. Seventeen Fashion Division and Accessories editor Jasmine Snow will be on the judging panel. Seventeen magazine Fashion Director Gina Kelly is another judge when Snow isn’t there. There’ll also be rotating celebrity judges and for the first episode it’s Jaime King.

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Threads judges

Premieres on Thursday October 23, 2014 at 10:30pm on Lifetime.

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CHOICE QUOTE: Dom Hemingway

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“misfortune befell me.”
–Dom Hemingway

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Project Runway S13.finale part one RECAP

The designers have a $9000 budget to make collections for New York Fashion Week in a five week period. They travel with Tim Gunn to Rome for inspiration.

“I believe in you so much and in your voice and I think in the finale we’re going to hear an orchestra from you.” Tim to Charketa when she asked why he used his save on her.

Sean is completely “blank” and has “no idea where he’s going.” He said he has a lot of costs to set up when he gets home. He doesn’t have a studio to work in.

Tim takes them to a fabric store in Rome. Sean and Kini don’t buy anything. Amanda wants to take fabric home. So she buys an expensive brown fabric. Charketa buys a pretty print.

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Tim Gunn checks on everyone’s progress.

[note: Lifetime didn't provide press with hometown pictures.]

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Hawaii for Kini:
Inspiration: Park Avenue girl going to Rome

Lots of black and white.

Tim: “it’s 1000% you and I couldn’t be happier.”

Kini’s name in Hawaiian means the King of the morning star

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Detroit for Charketa

“In Rome, there’s smaller of everything. You can do a lot with a little. I wanted to apply that to my designs.” –Charketa

Chose Detroit river front to meet Tim because it’s symbolic of Detroit and about a comeback.

“color I definitely went with color,” she gushes. Spent 1000 dollars on fabric in Rome.

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Nashville for Amanda

Inspiration: Rome pics. Art deco. 60s and 70s weird bridge between Bohemian and mod.

Amanda doesn’t have anything completed yet.

Tim: “I have a positive response but you don’t want to have too much going on. You need to rake out all that extra stuff.”

“This time around I think my chances are as good as everyone else’s.” –Amanda

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Brooklyn for Sean

Inspiration: Story from Rome is the betrayal of Caesar.

Sean: “My biggest fear is that they’ll say they’ve seen it.”

Tim: “You really have two collections here. There’s such a strong spirit of innovation with the fringe.”

The designers reconvene in New York.

Kini: “we’re a cool bunch and we’re going to have fun the rest of the time we’re here. But it’s still a competition.”

Charketa: “I feel like mine is very much outside the box.”

Kini: “I don’t feel like Char is on the same level as me. I think she has a lot to learn.”

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The designers preview three pieces of their final collection.

“We really enjoyed watching the show.” –Heidi Klum
“I’m really proud of all of you. What a journey.” –Zac Posen

Sean

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design by sean

design by sean

design by sean

design by sean

design by sean

“It feels fresh and modern and young.” –Heidi Klum
“This is exciting. You took something signature like fringe and made it into a separate with a crisp white shirt. I wouldn’t change the styling. I think this is very good work.” –Zac Posen
“I do worry. Is your entire collection fringe?” –Nina Garcia

Charketa

design by charketa

design by charketa

design by charketa

design by charketa

design by charketa

design by charketa

“I do like the looks. I just don’t see how they all tie in. It’s not very cohesive for me.” –Heidi Klum
“[You have] great attitude and great personal style. I want to see more of that.” –Nina Garcia
“You’re a little bit eccentric. Take them to that place.” –Zac Posen

Amanda

design by Amanda

design by Amanda

design by Amanda

design by Amanda

design by Amanda

design by Amanda

“Do you have more of this jewelry? Put it on. It’s exceptional.” –Zac Posen
“I love that your clothes have an ease to them. I see a lot of girls wanting to have these clothes.” –Heidi Klum
“Get out of the it’s long, it’s bohemian. I think you’re ready to elevate your clothes to another level.” –Nina Garcia

Kini

design by Kini

design by Kini

design by Kini

design by Kini

design by Kini

design by Kini

“Right now to me this looks very old lady. I think you’re much better than this.” –Heidi Klum “I think you have to re-style this. I think you have to step away and think how I am going ot make this more modern.”
“To me the coat needs to go. As much as I see the technical prowess of it.” –Zac Posen
“There is no sex appeal going on here.” –Nina Garcia
“She’s not cool, she’s not sexy and she’s not edgy.” –Zac Posen

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ON TOUR: o’death

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New York’s o’death call themselves alt-country and goth. there’s definitely a lovely dark undertone to their songs on new album Out of Hands We Go. More edgy alt-folk. Sets a mood. With ukulele, banjo, violin there’s a twangyness. The music pushes you to the depths in a beautiful manner. o’death are: Greg Jamie [vocals, guitar]; Gabe Darling [vocals, ukulele, banjo]; David Rogers-Berry [drums]; Bob Pycior [violin] and Newman [bass].

10/17 – Zoo Bar – Lincoln, NE
10/18 – Moe’s Original – Denver, CO
10/20 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
10/22 – The Tractor – Seattle, WA
10/23 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
10/24 – Sam Bond’s Garage – Eugene, OR
10/25 – The Depot at Humboldt State University – Arcata, CA
10/27 – The Crepe Place – Santa Cruz, CA
10/28 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/29 – Leo’s – Oakland, CA
10/30 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
(w/ Guy Blakeslee, Lonesome Leash)
10/31 – Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace – Pioneertown, CA
(w/ Gram Rabbit)
11/01 – The Wayfarer – Costa Mesa, CA (w/ Guy Blakeslee)
11/02 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
(w/ All Them Witches, Lonesome Leash)
11/03 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ (w/ Lonesome Leash)
11/04 – Low Spirits – Albuquerque, NM (w/ Lonesome Leash)
11/06 – Fun Fun Fun Nites – Austin, TX
11/07 – Baton Rouge, LA (w/ Lonesome Leash)
11/08 – The BEATnik – New Orleans, LA (w/ Lonesome Leash)
11/10 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
11/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/12 – The Pinhook – Durham, NC
11/13 – DC 9 – Washington D.C.
11/14 – The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Death Vessel)
11/15 – Middle East Upstairs – Cambridge, MA (w/ Death Vessel)
11/16 – The Space Gallery – Portland, ME (w/ Death Vessel)
11/17 – The Middle East – Cambridge, MA (w/ Death Vessel)

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DECEMBER TOUR: American Hi-Fi

Boston’s jangly rock-pop band American Hi-Fi will be performing three exclusive shows in December. After a semi-hiatus, the band released its fifth album Blood and Lemonade in early September.

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12/10 – Los Angeles @ Viper Room

12/12 – New York @ Mercury Lounge

12/14 – Boston @ Brighton Music Hall

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NEW MUSIC: Matt Turk

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New York-based musician Matt Turk has a new album out: Cold Revival.

Musicians on his new album include notables Russ Irwin (Sting, Aerosmith), Chris Joyner (Jason Mraz, Ray La Montagne, Sheryl Crow) and Dean Butterworth (Good Charlotte, Ben Harper). Matt sings, plays acoustic guitar, mandolin and lap steel guitar.

The songs on Cold Revival are the kind of thoughtful acoustic-y folk to fill a lazy weekend morning. Turk’s deep vocals and varied instrumentation provide layers that become more appealing with each listen. It took a bit for this album to grow on me and now I can’t get the first song, the catchy “When a Boy” out of my head. Other stand-outs include the more somber title track “Cold Revival,” the bold yet mournful “Sorry is Loud” and the fetching “Quiet Day.”

Cold Revival was produced by David Dobkin, a filmmaker who is known for directing Wedding Crashers. Turk has shared the stage with Pete Seeger and opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple, The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and more.

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Choice Quote: Kristen Stewart on Feminism

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“That’s such a strange thing to say, isn’t it? Like, what do you mean? Do you not believe in equality for men and women? I think it’s a response to overly aggressive types. There are a lot of women who feel persecuted and go on about it, and I sometimes am like, “Honestly, just relax, because now you’re going in the other direction.” Sometimes, the loudest voice in the room isn’t necessarily the one you should listen to. By our nature alone, think about what you’re saying and say it—but don’t scream in people’s faces, because then you’re discrediting us…

“It’s the overcompensation to where our generation goes, “Relax,” because it’s been easier for us, and because we don’t have as much of the anger, so it’s like we can’t get behind it and it’s a bit embarrassing. But that being said, it’s a really ridiculous thing to say you’re not a feminist.”

from Bustle October 13, 2014.

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