Posts Tagged Project Runway
Host: Alyssa Milano
Judges: Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi
Mentor: Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi
S8 (2nd Runner-Up)
–formerly Andy South. Educating world about transgender community.
S10 (4th place)
–worked as shoe designer for Sam Edelman but was laid off
–“obsessive” designer of handbags
–grew up on Long Island
–trained at Fashion Institute of Technology
S11 (4th place)
–role model for Hispanic LGBT community, he speaks out about being bullied as a child.
–from Austin, Texas
S10 (6th place)
–from Ukraine, immigrated to U.S. at age 10
–has an online shop for her brand and ready-to-wear line called iimuahii42wear
–she also works as a costume designer
–Parsons School of Design graduate
–started own bridal line
–designed gowns for celebs such as Selena Gomez for 2011 People’s Choice Awards
–former member of the band Lifter
–tooks classes at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
–clothing line Cosa Nostra
–celeb clients include Gwen Stefani, Dave Navarro, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, and Jennifer Lopez
–developed high-end children’s line La Miniatura available in Niemen Marcus,, Harrods, Bloomingdales, Barney’s and Fred Siegel
–born in Liberia and immigrated to Canada in 1990
–studied fashion design at L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottaw, Ontario
–lives in Little Rock, Arkansas
–designs The Saba Collection of eco-friendly jewelry for Madera Exotic Woods
S10 (2nd runner-up)
–grew up in Michigan, attended University of Michigan
–while working as a sales associate in Los Angeles she decide to study fashion at San Francisco’s Academy of Art
S3 (4th place)
–born in Germany and raised in Alabama
–worked as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives
–became a stylist in the music industry
–has his own label Mychael Knight
–designs have been worn by Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland and Queen Latifah
Seth Aaron Henderson
–has created designs for Lexus, Intel
–designed a line of fashionable iPad covers
–has been involved with the Project Runway family by serving on fashion judging panel for seasons 8-12
S9 (2nd runner-up)
–born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles
–attended FIT in New York but didn’t graduate
Between the sponsored design challenges and lackluster designers, Project Runway has less pizazz than in earlier seasons. I barely remember who won the past few seasons and can’t recall that many designers that really stood out. In a few weeks there’s another Project Runway All-Stars and looking at the list of designers, I only recognized three and I’m almost positive I only missed the first season and *maybe* one other. I’ve liked Dom since episode two and wanted her in the final three and that’s happening. Of course for the final spot, as with the past few seasons, Heidi decided that the judges would make the designers complete collections and then show the judges three looks on the runway. One designer would advance to New York Fashion Week [NYFW].
The remaining designers need to create a 10-look collection for Spring.
$9000 budget and one look designed with unconventional materials. They have six weeks to design their collections.
Bradon and Dom are designing for NYFW.
Alexandria, Justin and Helen must compete to show at NYFW.
Tim Gunn visits everyone at home to see how they’re progressing.
Dom in Philadelphia
–raised by single mom and her mom runs a restaurant
–inspired by Blade Runner and retrofuturism, angular lines meeting curved lines
–did some drawings and prints with watercolors and made prints
–Mending braces for doors for unconventional piece
–only 3 ½ looks completed
–Dom’s drawings are gorgeous and her concept’s great.
Bradon in Los Angeles
–inspiration growing up in New York state with crocuses poking up through the snow and springtime “clash of nature”
–he’s completed six pieces
–Seeing lots of floral dresses. Unsure what to think and not inspired by his inspirations.
Alexandria in San Mateo, Calif
–edgy, strong and modern “neo-romantic-punk”
–she says it’s “understated but detail oriented”
–she takes Tim to Camp Couture. Not sure if it’s sweat shop training or what it’s supposed to be. the kids are cute and look pretty happy.
–I like the idea for her collection but it’s all in black, beige, gray and white.
Helen in Unionville, NJ
–inspiration is clairvoyance—knowing the unknown—took a photograph of an eye
–using red and some print
–Tim says: “you need to do something that speaks to some innovation”
–Not liking her color palette. The entire collection’s red and a blue print. That never works.
Back in New York when talking to Tim, Helen kept saying how long she worked on something and how hard she worked. “I spend hours on this.” As soon as she talked that way which she’s been doing the entire show I knew she wasn’t making it to New York Fashion Week. Although she’s been a good designer and had won some challenges she’s insecure about her designs and can’t push herself enough. Her vision isn’t clear enough on its own. She needs more time.
Justin in Raleigh, NC
–inspired by sound waves and the story of before and after he got his cochlear implants.
–for unconventional he’s using test tubes and covering a garment with them
–Seems pretty cool.
“I am so happy that Tim Gunn used his save on you and brought you back. I thought it was very fashion forward. Your clothes are very fashion-forward.” –Heidi Klum
“Your first look is very chic. You finale is a wow piece. The 3-D printing is so cool. It’s a great resource in technology.” –Zac Posen
“There’s something very poetic about your designs.” –Nina Garcia
As far as a theme, Justin’s collection has it. And the story’s inspirational and intriguing. His test tube dress looks totally cool.
“Your clothes are fashion-forward. There’s so much detail. I want to have all of this.” –Heidi
“It has a luxe quality to it. The detailing looks very professional.” –Zac Posen
“When it walked out I knew immediately it was you. I fear this is going to look boring. I don’t know if these clothes are show-worthy clothes.” –Nina Garcia
When the judges were discussing the three designers later, Heidi said “poor thing she thinks gray, beige and white are colors.” Very funny.
“I love this minimal yet feminine silhouette that your clothes have.” –Nina Garcia
“You get modern women. The last dress looks like a concept that didn’t come to fruition.” –Zac Posen
“I’m so not happy with what you did today. They’re stuck and they look sad to me.” –Heidi Klum
Justin is IN. Not surprised at all. Alexandria is IN. Both showing at NYFW.
Helen is OUT.
HP INTEL textile challenge- create a print inspired by a NEXT GEN innovator
–each designer meets with a young innovator to serve as a muse for the designs as “core inspiration” for the textile design
“I don’t have to run around Mood looking for a print this time, I can just make it.” –Dom
Only seven designers left:
Justin—Nana Meriweather (Miss USA)– non-profits to educate children around the world
KATE—Maria “Girls Who Code”- app- say something- is a software developer—Kate wants to design “binary code” in the textile
Bradon—Nigel-prof BMX biker and also entrepreneur and youth mentor— Bradon envisions “city scape” in textile
Alexandria—Ilana is a chef— Alexandria feels “drawn to brick walls”
Dom—Premal, founder of Kiva, crowd funding loans for business ideas/entrepreneurs- “I’m so inspired by how many people this has reached and I’m excited to translate so many people from so many places into my textile.”
Helen—Ryan—artist, combines new media and technology, Helen’s nervous because she’s never worked w/ textiles but both her parents are artists so she feels a connection with Ryan.
Alexander—Thiago—pastry chef at Catch, named Zagat’s 30 under 30—Alexander says: “Honestly, I’m not that inspired by cakes. I don’t do cake-like things.”
Tim: “I am crazy about this print.”
Dom: “Making a basic body column dress. I don’t know if it’s too much color.”
–I love her print. I love the sketch for the dress and what it looks like she’s doing.
Intends to make a jacket and long skirt
Tim: “I am so perplexed by this. I don’t get it.”
After Tim leaves, Bradon decides to rework everything and scrap the long skirt idea. He makes a bomber jacket instead.
Dress with a blouse under it. “Gussets with a starburst pleat.”
Tim: “Just move forward.”
Making a gown
Tim: “Keep the curves going.”
Having doubts. “I don’t do prints. I’m freaking out. I don’t know what to do.”
Tim: “A challenge has come along where you’re not in your comfort zone but you have to make it work.” He gives her a hug and moves along.
Making an A-line mini skirt and some sort of top or vest
Tim: “Either all the work goes into the top or vest. It can’t go into both.”
Tim: “It’s looking very clerical.”
Alexander: “Tim doesn’t really understand it but I’m not going to change it. This is me.”
Tim: “Most of you are over-thinking it. Don’t. Go with your viscera. That’s why it’s there.” Ah, okay. I realize that much of this gets edited so we don’t know what the designers truly make until it gets to the runway show.
Like: Helen, Justin, Alexander, Bradon
Dislike: Kate, Alexandria
“This dress is runway ready. It feels modern.” –Zac Posen
“This is a challenge that was made for you. You love color. You love prints.” –Nina Garcia
“I loved your dress. It’s vibrant. It’s dynamic.” –Heidi Klum
“There’s a global aspect.” –Peter Som
“I like your print a lot. I think it’s very modern. This is a cool dress.” – Heidi Klum
There’s something very dynamic about the print. There’s something very sporty chic about the outfit. – Nina Garcia
“Totally wearable. Totally now.” – Zac Posen
“I like this print. It looks patriotic. It’s sexy but not slutty. The fit is not perfect.” – Heidi Klum
“This is one of my favorites too. It looks vintage but it could be very modern.” – Nina Garcia
“To me it looks like you spent all your time on the corset part of the dress. This is so not cool and modern.” – Heidi Klum
“I wish you had made this a shorter dress.” – Nina Garcia
“This looks like a depressed dress.” –Peter Som
“I feel that the print you designed isn’t showing me fun and yummy.” – Heidi Klum
“The cut of the dress is very good. She looks like a cult leader of chocolate.” – Zac Posen
“It’s almost like two different recipes came together.” –Peter Som
“I kinda like the print. She’s so covered that it’s almost like when you overindulge in chocolate cake. It’s too much.” – Nina Garcia
“I am overwhelmed by the pleats. There’s too many elements and none of them are working well.” – Nina Garcia
“It is ugly. It really is.” – Heidi Klum
“The fabrication and choice shows every choice. I’m seeing a whole different thing from you.”
Dom is the WINNER
“Your print was vibrant and thoughtful and your dress was super flattering!” –Heidi
Both Alexander and Kate are OUT
Surprised because I didn’t think Alexander’s construction was bad. I liked his dress, didn’t think it hideous at all. I liked the print. Kate had no print and that was the competition–design a textile. Alexandria. Did she design an interesting textile? I really don’t think so.
Heidi tells the designers they’re getting the morning off for a Southern-style brunch at Juliette. During brunch, Tim arrives to inform them of the latest challenge. It’s for the southern woman. He reminds them that Southern women love bright colors and dresses vibrantly and expressively. She likes feminine details and uses accessories.
Belk Challenge: Create a day or evening look for the modern, Southern woman.
**Winning look will be sold at Belk and at Belk.com
Helen gets yellow with a lace layering—“sunflower dress”
Dom gets a lovely black and white fine zebra print
Kate gets a pretty print for dress
Alexander has plaid silk charmeuse
Bradon also chooses plaid fabric
Alexandria has a blue plaid fabric
Ken is using a deep purple
Justin has orange and black
“This is terrible that this stereotypical southern woman that people up north have in their mind.” –Ken
Alexander—building a bodice, cocktail dress
Bradon—“I love this textile,” Tim says. Bradon’s worried that it’s a bit too 50s
Justin—Tim worries it looks too Halloweenish with his color combos
Jeremy—“excited to be working on a tailored jacket” in red. Dress underneath in a print that’s long and fitted and mid-calf
Ken—Tim seems happy with what he’s doing and most designers think that he’s the biggest threat
Helen—“inspiration was fresh and outdoors”
Dom—“designed a basic maxi” and Tim asks if it’s under-designed
Alexandria—“it’s reading very Bohemian-like,” Tim says.
“I do like it that it is super short in the front and long in the back.” –Heidi Klum
“Working in madras or plaid can be risky. It felt fresh, modern and very Southern.” –Zac Posen
“You chose an expected fabric and you designed something unexpected.” –Nina Garcia
“The dress looks beautifully made.” –Zac Posen
“I think she looks sexy and sophisticated.” –Heidi Klum
“The volume on the bottom has a good balance for the fit on the top.” –Stacy Kiebler
“This is a really fun use of color.” –Stacy Kiebler
“I’m not a fan of this dress. It’s not flattering.” –Heidi Klum
“I thought the execution of this dress was great. I could see that on a rack.” –Tom from Belk
“I think we all agree this doesn’t look very modern. I’m not very happy about the silhouette.” –Heidi Klum
“It looks like a casino jacket.” –Zac Posen
“It doesn’t seem very hip and the length seems very hip to me.” –Stacy Keibler
“I’m not that interested in the dress. It’s not a wow piece to me. Fashion is about taking those smart risks.”–Zac Posen
“It’s very unflattering regardless of where she’s going to.” –Heidi
“It read a little bridesmaid to me.” –Belk guy
“I could see this in a mall but it’s not fashion-forward.” –Heidi Klum
“I hate the color it looks like hospital scrubs.” –Nina Garcia
“I need to see what oomph you have as a designer.” –Zac Posen
BRADON is the WINNER of the challenge.
Bottom three designers have one hour to re-design their outfits or start off and show the judges a more modern look. They can work with one other designer. Jeremy works with Alexander. Ken chooses Kate because she can sew quickly and she “knows how things work.” Dom picks Helen because she’s the “only one she trusts.”
Here’s what they end up with:
The judges ADORE Dom’s rework. Tom from Belk is SO impressed that he decides that he wants to reproduce her look for Belk stores and online.
Marie Claire Challenge: Create a look inspired by a pair of shoes
Kate reminds us and the other designers that she was previously eliminated during the seventh challenge in her prior season. The designers gather at Marie Claire office in the wardrobe closet surrounded by shoes. The designers then choose shoes after answering fashion history questions. I actually knew the answer to the question: What designer created the essential little black dress? Coco Chanel of course!
Suggested budget: $250
Alexander and Miranda both choose plaid material. And they’re both making pants.
Alexandria—Gladiator shoes that had straps wrapped all the way up to mid-thigh. playful. “Making a statement piece without the bondage.”
Justin—multi-colored pump. Wants to make three piece outfit.
Miranda–Red patent leather flats. High-waisted pant and blouse, jacket. Tim: “fabric looks inexpensive.”
Alexander– off white platforms. was concerned about plaid pants due to Miranda but Tim said as long as he distinguishes his design.
Ken—black heel with open ties in front. Making a coat dress and it’s ballooning out in the bottom. Tim: “it’s looking dated. Don’t over design it.”
Bradon– sparkly flat and designed a champagne silky dress with a special French ruffling technique but Tim’s not all that impressed because he wonders where she’s going. “Don’t you think she’s going in it?”
Kate– interesting red patent platform. “I want to play up the surrealism of the shoe.” She’s making pants.
Jeremy– boots. Designing a chiffon sweater.
Dom– skater girl quilter dress with multi-colored creeper shoes.
Karen– beige and yellow pump. She’s designed a yellow and black dress. Tim: “Are you concerned about the matchy-matchy?”
Helen: Shoe with a studded toe. loads of applique. “Heavy and deluding into nothing.” Tim says that he sees Kate Middleton but with everything added he sees her mother.
Before the runway, Ken says: “I don’t care for Miranda’s look at all. It looked like Amy Winehouse after she OD’ed.” Alexander had to sew his pants onto the model. Bradon’s really rushing with the look. Kate thinks Bradon designed way too mature a look.
Gladiator ‘bondage’ shoe
“I think you did the perfect think for those shoes. I like that it’s whimsical and feminine.” –Heidi Klum
“These needed something very soft and relaxed.” –Zac Posen
“it’s so bold and shows such confidence in yourself. I like the lace at the top. It’s so feminine and sweet.” –Kaley Cuoco
Ankle boot with studded toe
“There’s something minimal and classic about your look. She looks refined, she looks sophisticated.” – Nina Garcia
I want now. This is so fantastic. It’s so well fit, sexy, chic. –Kaley Cuoco
It’s chic. It’s sophisticated. It’s fits immaculately. –Zac Posen
“I love this look. It’s sleek and chic.” –Heidi Klum
Open front tied heel
“She looks very sophisticated, hard. You took it to another level. I like the fabric. It has a beaut texture.” –Heidi Klum
“Maneater I love. She’s showing a lot of leg but she’s very covered up. She struck a great balance.” – Nina Garcia
“I love this. I think it’s so cool. It’s actually cute and cool at the same time.” –Kaley Cuoco
Black high boot
“I don’t think it looks current or modern to me.” –Heidi Klum
“I think it’s a little much. There’s a lot going on.” –Kaley Cuoco
“You have this edgy boots. This should’ve been something cool. Something rocker. Simple.” – Nina Garcia
“I’m starting to question who you are as a designer. Your techniques and your skills and I really need to skills.” –Zac Posen
“I thought of swing dancing and Happy Days. I would have preferred a sleek suit. It’s so old school. I didn’t love it.” –Heidi Klum
“Those flat shoes are fabulous. I wish I had seen it with a little A-line dress. You went so tortured.” – Nina Garcia
“The silhouette and the fabric just feel frumpy dumpy. You have to start thinking of the amazing techniques you do and how to bring them into something that feels fresh for today. –Zac Posen
Red patent loafer
“I didn’t particularly like this look. She doesn’t look like a cool girl at all. I don’t even know what era she’s from.” –Heidi Klum
“I sort of like that it’s not a cool girl. It’s nerd alert. I just think maybe it’s not kooky enough.” ––Zac Posen
“The whole look feels very retro but not in a new way.” – Nina Garcia
HELEN is the WINNER.
MIRANDA is OUT.
Resource Water Challenge: Create a high end fashion look inspired by nature
The designers go glamping. Beds set up in the tents. Big hammocks. Bonding by talking and relaxing. It’s really a lovely way to get a bit of rest and relaxation away from the workroom. They zip glide and go rafting. Justin teaches some sign language. Dinner catered by candlelight.
The next day they head off to Mood with a recommended budget of $300 and back to the workroom.
Inspired by tent and way it was draped. “vintage safari camp.” Her dress looks like an off-white toga with leather trim. Tim says it needs something more. “Compared to your peers you didn’t take it far enough,” he says. She says she will ombre dye it.
Creating lace with a glue gun. Tim thinks it’s “smashing.” Justin thinks he’s been playing it safe.
He’s doing a silhouette of trees against a dark sky and has a dark blue sheath dress to which he’ll attach black and dark blue leather. Tim thinks it’ll be too bottom heavy.
Using a threading technique to recreate moss. Tim thinks it looks like a children’s drawing.
Glamping is the modern camping so she’s making a modern denim jacket and creating a drop-crotch pant. Tim doesn’t like the pant.
Inspired by water and waves for the structure of the dress. Red and green color dress.
Wrote a “semi-philosophical love letter” to be put on a bias-cut sheath dress. He’s going to overlay shapes in primary colors: red; yellow and blue. Tim says “whenever my students chose primary colors I would say it was a cheap shot. The challenge will be in the execution.”
Challenged by a moth dying in a bathroom sink. Tim: “this is going to be a work of art.”
“I’m making a bunch of little origami petals that remind me of a tree trunk with leaves coming off the bottom.”
Alexander: “Karen, Helen and Dom, when they’re together it’s like the Witches of Eastwick. They cackle and they’re loud and it’s kinda annoying.”
Sonnet chic. I’m a sucker for bias. You did it very well in the time frame. It’s beautiful. –Zac Posen
It feels very personal. It feels very authentic. When you see this dress it gives this emotion. I’m crazy with this little row of buttons on the side. –Nina Garcia
It is fluid and stunning. –Heidi Klum
The fit on this dress is ridiculous in a good way. I could go either way with the leather piece on it. –Heidi Klum
I’m crazy about this dress. I like the little pieces on it. –Allison Williams
I’m not that wowed by the hand painting. –Zac Posen
There’s something dramatic about this dress. –Nina Garcia
The back looks fantastic. Modern, cool, draped. You made it into a very luxurious jacket. –Nina Garcia
I couldn’t tell it was denim and that’s a testament to your work with this material. –Allison Williams
This felt sophisticated. It felt cool. I was totally impressed. –Zac Posen
“She looks trashy to me. It looks like a duvet.” –Heidi Klum
“It looks like a beach dress but she has a leather harness and cowboy boots. You have two conflicting stories.” –Nina Garcia
A little of her femininity was lost in the piece –Allison Williams
I am not thrilled with this look. So heavy it is overpowering. Her hair and makeup is very 80s. –Nina Garcia
I had written on my card frog queen. –Zac Posen
It’s a lot of fabric to have right on her chest. –Heidi Klum
I’m not a huge fan of this dress. It’s borderline Halloween costume from an inexpensive place. –Heidi Klum
It almost looks like she has a foaming vagina. The location. –Allison Williams
I do like the color of the chiffon on the bottom. It’s a nice modern color. –Zac Posen
Alexandria is the WINNER. “you took a risk and it totally paid off.” –Heidi
Jeremy and Alexander are IN.
Ken is IN.
Karen is IN.
Justin is OUT.
Everyone’s crying in the back and Tim Gunn comes back to say that he disagrees with the judges and thinks that Justin’s very talented. He uses his “Tim Gunn SAVE.”
Challenge: Design a red carpet look that matches diamond necklace.
Seemed a big to-do that Project Runway borrowed 30 million dollars worth of diamonds for the designers to utilize as inspiration.
Sandro flipped out at one point because no one would show him how to use the steamer. He even grabbed a crew member and dragged him into the studio to ask about it and the crew member quickly retreated stating: “I’ve got to get out of here.” Timothy still ended up in the bottom but he actually did a little bit better. I still think he’s on for ratings== “Let’s see what that weird guy’s going to do this week.” It really bothers me that Sue Waller doesn’t know how to use a sewing machine.
Winning design by Kate, who said she’d been inspired by Marie Antoinette:
Losing design by Kahindo, the judges found it too simple:
it seemed “off the rack” to the judges.
I also really liked Dom’s dress:
Alexander designed a pretty and funky dress too:
For episode one, designers needed to create something using parachute material as their fabric. There aren’t a ton of stand outs right off although this looks to be a promising season. Timothy, the sustainable designer from Madison, WI, definitely possesses unusual ideas and approaches to his design in keeping with sustainability. But sustainability doesn’t have to be trashy or unattractive. He’s pretty young though (24). Also pretty sure the judges want to keep him around for the weirdness factor/ ratings and to “see what he’ll do.”
Winning Design by Braydon:
Losing Design by Angela:
Hometown: Los Angeles
Resides in: New York, NY
School: FIDM, Los Angeles
Favorite Designers: Viktor & Rolf, Mcqueen, Mugler (original house), Rick Owens, Galliano,
Style Icon: Tilda Swinton
Misc: currently works on costume construction for Broadway
Fun fact: loves amusement parks
Alexandria von Bromssen
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Resides in: San Mateo, CA
School: Academy of Art University
Favorite Designers: Free people, Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçon
Style Icon: Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss, Daphne Guinness, Nicole Ritchie
Fun fact: made a vest for her Barbie and a skirt with a knit hem as a child
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Resides in: Richmond, VA
School: studied fashion in London
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Viktor & Rolfe, Chloe, Celine, Burberry and Rag &Bone
Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn and Johnny Rotten
Misc: loves finding new vegan recipes [yet inexplicably she loves working with leather]
Fun fact; she was a part of a rock band for 7 years!
Hometown: Lowville, NY
Resides in Los Angeles, CA
School: Fashion Institute of Art & Merchandising in Los Angeles
Favorite Designers: Charles James, Madame Grès, Valentino Mugler
Style Icon: Lulu Guinness
Fun fact: toured as a modern dancer for 14 years
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Resides in Philadelphia, PA
School: Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia
Favorite Designers: Helmut Lang, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Lanvin
Style Icon: Kate Lanphear
Fun fact: likes to paint and do yoga
Hometown: Weehawken, NJ
Resides in: Union City, NJ
School: Fashion Institute of Technology
Favorite Designers: Valentino, Ricardo Tisci, Vivienne Westwood
Style Icon: Alice Dellal
Misc: bachelor’s degree in Special Occasion Design
Hometown: Birmingham, England
Resides in: New York, NY
School: Central St. Martins in London
Favorite Designers: Raf Simmons, Dries Van Noten, Riccardo Tisci, Alber Elbaz, Karl Lagerfeld, YSL, Dior
Style Icon: Debbie Harry “back in the day”
Misc: has worked for Dolce and Gabbana, Mulberry and Marks and Spencer
Fun fact: he and his partner of 15 years have a son and a daughter
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Resides in: Raleigh, NC
School: none listed
Favorite Designers: Iris Van Herpen, Alexander McQueen and Rick Owens
Style Icon: Daphne Guinness
Misc: he’s deaf
Fun fact: his ideal materials to work with are felts and wools and he prefers greys and solids
Hometown: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Resides in Chicago, IL
School: Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago
Favorite Designers: Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou
Style Icon: Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker
Misc: holds a BA in International Business & Economics
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Resides in Queens, NY
School: Savannah College of Art and Design
Favorite Designers : Kate Spade, Tory Burch, J.Crew, John Patrick Organic, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten and Miu Miu
Style Icon: Katharine Hepburn
Fun fact: designed her own wedding dress
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Resides in Birmingham, AL
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen and Marchesa
Style Icon: Daphne Guinness
Misc: favorite materials to work with are neoprene, spandex and wools
Miranda Kay Levy
Hometown: Wilton, WI
Resides in: Milwaukee, WI
Favorite Designers: William Morris (a wallpaper designer); Franck Sorbier and Christian Dior
Style Icon: Bettie Page, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, Mick Jagger, Jackie O, Richard Hell, Patti Smith
Misc: gallery curator of Milwaukee’s Tenth Street Gallery
Fun fact: finished contract position as color specialist for Kohl’s Corporate
Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia
Resides in: New York, NY
School: University of Culture and Art in Moscow
Favorite Designers: Gianni Versace, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani and Francesco Smalto
Style Icon: Marlene Dietrich
Misc: likes to swim, read and collect architectural drawings
Fun fact: knew he had the designer potential from the age of 8 after designing dresses for a Barbie doll
Hometown: Boston, MA
Resides in: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Designers: none [no favorites?]
Style Icon: none
Hometown: Wanakena, NY
Resides in: Milwaukee, WI
School: Syracuse University
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen
Style Icon: Grace Jones
Misc: his grandmother taught him to sew
Fun fact: inspired by Victorian Era, design aesthetic is influenced by classical styles and political activism and sustainability.
Several designers list Daphne Guinness as a style icon. I had to Google her and I’m sharing with you a few pictures:
no teams this time but more Tim Gunn! He’ll sit with the judges and provide them with information about how a designer works in the workroom. He will also be able to save designers from elimination if he thinks s/he deserves another chance.
Project Runway Premieres Thursday, July 18, at 9pm ET/PT on LIFETIME.
Easy Abby [web series]
Heard the joke that a lesbian brings a U-Haul on her second date? Get ready to flip those stereotypes with this smart, sexy, confident series written and directed by Wendy Jo Carlton [Jamie and Jessie are Not Together]. As described on the Easy Abby site: “Abby [Lisa Cordileone] is a 30–something woman who is trying to manage her anxiety attacks while working odd jobs and seducing as many women as possible.”
Available now on Easy Abby website and on YouTube.
Orange is the New Black on Netflix
Based on the memoir by Piper Kerman. Read my review and my interview with Piper Kerman.
I’ll likely binge-watch this one. Jenji Kohan [Weeds] created the series and it’s already been renewed for a second season.
Full season available for streaming July 11.
Project Runway S12 on Lifetime
Another season and this time around Tim Gunn will sit with the judges to provide inside scoop on designers in the workroom. Fans will be able to interact.
Premieres Thursday, July 18.
Top of the Lake on Netflix
Elisabeth Moss [Mad Men] plays an Australian detective. Beautiful scenery abounds despite the shady characters and dark, creepy story– a 12-year-old girl from a dangerous family tried to drown herself and when she’s interviewed the detective discovers she’s pregnant. Written and directed by Jane Campion.
Streaming now on Netflix.