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Monday, July 31, 2006

August's Featured Designer - 2 Fresh Petunias!

August's featured designer is the creator of super-gorgeous handbags and other fine accessories, 2 Fresh Petunias.

From their lovely web site:

"Here at 2 fresh petunias we are inspired by all things floral. We like to say this is "where fashion blooms". We create elegant handmade handbags and clutches. We also design a wide variety of tote bags and ladylike accessories. For Summer we have designed a beach bag that is as beautiful as it is functional. Our designs are flirty and fun, floral and oh so very feminine."

A couple of my picks...

Grassy Mocca SassyMum Bag

Pink Mocca Scarf Belt

Sweet Deal for my favorite shopaholic readers - use voucher code "shopaholic15" at checkout any time this month to save 15% off your order at 2 Fresh Petunias!

Check back later this week to see how you can win a gorgeous clutch from 2 Fresh Petunias, but in the meantime, check out their designs online at:

NOTE: Pictures from 2 Fresh Petunias

How To Stand Out In A Crowd

Here's a great example of out to stand out in a crowd - wear something unique with bright colors. I went out with some friends this past Saturday and with everyone else in the bar blending together in jeans, I spotted these red striped pants a mile away - they were just so adorable...I had to ask for her picture. When she got closer, I realized that she and her friend looked oh-so-cute, so I asked for a picture of the two of them:

For the red outfit, I like the Sasha Earrings (click image to left or here for details). For some reason, I think the earrings match well with the semi-nautical look of the pants. The simple design of the earrings compliment the outfit without detracting too much from this already fabulous look! Coincidently, these earrings would also look pretty snazzy with the all black outfit, too!

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Also, here is a PR article in Campus Progress. Thanks Dana.

Next, here is a video interview with Robert Best at the Barbie Convention.

BPR is mentioned in The Gothamist today, AND in Best Week Ever.

Click here to vote for your favorite silver fox! Thanks Lydia.

Another Episode 4 Preview!

(Click the arrow below to view.)

Thanks Jordan.

Also, click here for the AOL preview.

The AOL preview is the same as the Bravo preview, but in the interest of providing you, the fans, with the most complete Project Runway coverage, we present ALL three previews in one place. : )

Episode 4: "Immediately Dismissed"

The new Yahoo TV preview is up this afternoon and it provides plenty of fuel for the fire! Click here to watch what happens.

First, what are the sketches telling us with regards to this week's challenge?

And the big surprise: Kayne, Robert and Michael talking about turning someone in to the producers! Discuss...

"The Rules"

Many of you are asking "What are the rules?" in preparation for this week's much anticipated designer elimination. The only publicly available document we are aware of that mentions specifics of what's required of the cast is the 21-page audition application.

Much of the requirements in this application deal with confidentiality clauses such as revealing the outcomes of challenges and the like. There is also a $1 million penalty (!) for breach of contract.

Past season designers have mentioned that there is a list of items that are given to them that they can and cannot bring with them. We suspect that once they are cast, the designers are required to sign additional contracts and are given more specific restrictions. We are unaware of any of these documents being publicly available. Will Bravo release "the rules" this week? Stay tuned!

The Latest

First, the FourFour recap is up and it's a must read!

Here is a PR article from the Detroit News.

And here is a new story about the Haberman Fabrics contest that we first mentioned here. Tbone will be looking to say hello to all the BeePeRs.
Thanks, Sue Ellen.

This is the final day to bid on the autographed Tim Gunn t-shirt and the PR Launch Party Goodie bag on eBay. Remember all proceeds go to our BPR Parsons Scholarship Fund. Thanks for your bid.

Something Fun V - Daniel Vosovic Dress Up

BPR <3's I-Dress up. Click here for the latest installment featuring designs by Daniel Vosovic.

And, for those of you that are new to BPR or to I-Dress up, they also feature Jay McCarroll, Kara Janx, Chloe Dao and Santino Rice.

Thanks again Anna for telling us about this site!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Click Here For an Out.Com Interview With Robert Best

Did anyone meet Robert at the Barbie Convention?

What is This?

We can see who is in this photo - but where are they? What are they doing? Any thoughts?

This is from one of the previews. (It's at the very end of this clip.)

From The Mailbox

First, here is an interview with Katy Gerdes on and another from her hometown Pioneer Press. Thanks Paul and Justin.

Also, here is the original source of the DIY PR tour of NYC.

Budget Travel Online also has this article called "Ten New York Fashion Favorites," this one about shopping at Sample Sales, and of course, the Tim Gunn Makes it Work in NYC article.
Thanks, Ruthie!

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And the Winner of the July 2006 Contest Is...

And the winner of the July 2006 Contest is...

Kiss Me Stace aka Designer Ella with her vintage Gucci tote! Congrats Designer Ella - you just won a free set of personalized, handmade, indie-fabulous stationery by The Glam Boutique!

The winning entry

Thanks to everyone for entering the contest! To see the other entries, click here or go to

Remember, next month's contest and featured designer will be posted shortly! Check back this coming week to see how you can win indie swag!

NOTE: Winner was selected using a random number generator.

Birthday Greetings From BPR

Saturday, July 29, 2006


There was plenty of material for our intrepid recappers watching "A Designer's Best Friend" (or is it "Doggie Style?), so lets get to it! Did your favorite make Page 1?

Top billing this week goes to Dan Renzi who wants to be just like.....well go see for yourself.

I'm wondering what The Manolo would recommend for one to be wearing on the feets while strolling about town with little Stanley....

We are loving the boys at Project Rungay...hilarious!

The Quiet One is a bridesmaid no more...

The judges at Beauty Addict Blog would make fine subs for MK anytime...

Schnaufblog scores page 1 on the first try with a very unique take from the linguistic front...

Winnie at a frat party? Priceless. BPR loves AJ!

Don't forget about our early recaps and of course our own Justin Couture...

More recap fun can be found on Page 2!

je suis heureux, je flane, le marais, 07/29/06

An Interview With Kayne Gillaspie about the Miss Universe Pageant

Hi Laura K,

In response to the e-mail, yes the dress Tara Conner wore was the exact dress Robert and I made on the show. I actually stayed in New York 4 days after we wrapped up taping to fit Miss Conner in the dress. We had a blast and she is such a great girl to work with. I received the questions from Bonita [Actually, Tbone sent these in ] that you asked about and well here goes....

Click here to continue.

Your Wish is Our Command

So many of you are speculating about this scene - does this help?

Also, does anyone want to guess what the challenge for next week might be?

Happy Birthday Dear Tim!

A Visit from Tim Gunn
(Loosely based on the famous poem �A Visit from St Nicholas� by Clement Clarke Moore)

Submitted by Sophia from Stockholm, Sweden!

�Twas the night before showtime, when all through the room
The designers were frantic, envisioning doom
Their garments were hung by the workplace with care
In hopes that St Tim �The Gunn� soon would be there

The judges were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of silk charmeuse danced in their heads
And Heidi in Manolos with five inch o�heels
Had just settled herself and her two baby Seals

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter
Some sprang from their sewing machines: �What�s the matter?�
Away to the doorway they flew in a flash
(They jumped over remnants of Austin�s old sash)

The cameras, the lights and the crew were there, too
All ready to capture what now would ensue
When who, to their wondering eyes should appear -
But the man whose opinion they�re desperate to hear!

What a dapper old chap, so lively and fun!
They knew in a moment it must be Tim Gunn!
More rapid than eagles then everyone came
As he yelled out �Designers!� and called them by name:

�Now Uli! Now Laura! Now Robert and Jeffrey!
On Vincent! On, Michael! On Bonnie and Stacey!
Now Angela, Allison, Bradley and Kayne!
On Katherine, Malan and on Keith (�Mr Plain�)!�

He was dressed in a suit from his head to his foot
The colorscheme masculine: 'ashes' and 'soot'
A simple but elegant shirt, and a tie
He looked like a well-groomed and fashionable guy

His eyes � how they twinkled! His glasses- how sparkly!
His stature resembling that of Charles Barkley
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the hair on his head was as fluffy as snow

He told them he wanted them all to succeed:
�To make it in fashion � there�s no greater deed�
His smile was sincere, he was fair but direct
He earned every fashion designer�s respect:

�We�re lucky, we are, our dreams have come true!
A mentor with style - and such eloquence, too!�
And soon came the moment they�d longed for, but feared:
�Let�s see your designs.� And everyone cheered!

He walked �round the room and went straight to his job
Critiquing designers (some wanting to sob)
And laying his fingers aside of his chin
He gave them a nod, or a frown, or a grin

To some he said: �Hmm. This concerns me, no doubt.�
And that was a sign that they soon would be out
Then they heard him exclaim, �ere he turned with a jerk:
�So good luck to you all. Carry on � make it work!�

Click here to pre-order your Tim Gunn bobblehead!
Please post your birthday wishes to Tim!

Friday, July 28, 2006

From The Mailbox

Don't forget that today is the day to meet Robert Best at the Barbie Convention in L.A.

Here is a fun Barbie article from TMZ. Thanks, Jeremy.

Last, here is a note from the Project Kayne Coalition!

Over 150 people attended a dinner and reception for Kayne and Warren at a local"hot spot" restaurant in OKC last night. The event was hosted by Top Hat Talent owner Nikki Calder and was attended by all the friends and families. It was a GREAT evening. Kayne graciously took pictures with all the young dancers and all the parents. He autographed shirts too!

I'm attaching two pictures just to give you an idea of the event.

Thank you.

Janice H

Justin Couture's PR Recap - Episode 3

We present another recap by BPR guest writer Justin Couture. You're about to enter snark infested waters!

Episode 3 or 'Doggonit Bravo didn't even tell Tim the title.'

We start with wacky music which historically signals a fun episode. Kayne is excited about immunity and Robert thought Malan was a good room mate. Katy didn't think anyone should have gone home so I wonder if she would have preferred that they should all move in with Angela and form a fashion co-op in O-HI-O making clothing out of hemp.

Heidi comes out wearing some sort of plaid top that looks very Ann Taylor sale rack, circa 1991 with a giant bow on one shoulder. She tells them that they will be designing something inspired by fashion's hottest accessories while everyone smirks at the bow. Really, it is quite smirkable. She tells them that Tim will fill them in before she sends Malan's model Moon away. That sounds much more poetic than it is actually. She tells them ominously that they have to get up early the next day before they have time for more smirkitude.

That night the designers try to figure out ideas like iPods or belts. Or belts containing iPods. Or belted iPods. We hear that Michael is excited and I'm hopeful that he will actually be in this episode.

Click here to continue reading.

Trish's Dish from Girlshop!

Just got in from Kara Janx's event - hosted by Girlshop Boutique. What a way to spend one of my long teacher/vacation summer days - cocktails, fashion and friends in NYC's West Village!

Click here to continue.

Click Here For Bettie's Transcript of Tim's Podcast For Episode Three

Thank you Bettie!

Jia Santos Released From The Hospital


Some of the details associated with this story have the potential to become a major spoiler. Since we have reported on the accident PR3 model Jia Santos was involved in previously, we felt it was important to give everyone an update on her condition. We are thrilled to learn that she has been released from the hospital and is doing much better.

We are not allowing comments on this thread and please do not comment on this story elsewhere on our main site. Most readers prefer to watch the show without knowing what might happen, so please don't ruin it for them.

If you would like to know more about this story, click here.

BPR Interview With Katherine Gerdes

The competition was stiff on the runway for "Doggy Style" and although Katherine Gerdes ended up on the bottom, she's not going down quietly. BPR caught up with Katherine today from her home in Minnesota where they are still in disbelief...

BPR: Hi Katherine! So what was the reaction from your family and friends about your auffing?

Katy: They were shocked� and then pissed! I don�t think any of them expected me to be kicked off on this episode, even after they had seen the runway and the judging. We�ve been having viewing parties at my parent�s restaurant each week and there were around 70 people last night. Let�s just say there was lots of booing and yelling at the screen! Having everyone there to support me has been amazing and I appreciate everyone who came!

BPR: Do you have siblings? What are their names?

Katy: I have a younger brother (Nathan) who is 14, but about 4-5� taller than me! He�s on my audition video making fun of how little I am and how I get asked if I�m older than 16 when I sit in exit rows on planes! He�s a super smart kid and can build all sorts of crazy robots and what not� watch out because he might take over the world some day!

BPR: You entered RISD as a photography major, what turned you on to fashion design?

Katy: I really loved photography and I still do, but I was more into the technical side and working in the darkroom rather than focusing on being all �artsy� with my photos. I had been making clothes for myself since I was 14, but they were never �cool� clothes to other kids so I didn�t even consider that I could be a fashion designer! I just happened to take a winter session course (short semester in between 1st and 2nd semesters) in fashion design at RISD and my professor Jennifer was really supportive and actually upset that I wasn�t considering fashion as my major! I give her all the credit for convincing me to switch into apparel design.

Click here to continue reading BPR's interview with Katherine. You won't believe who her favorite cast mates are!

opening "curfew - julien langendorff" and concert of lisa li-lund, galerie france fiction, 07/27/06

From The Mailbox

First, here is an interview with Tim Gunn. Thanks, Diana.

Next, here is a article about a DIY Project Runway Tour.They totally copied our idea! Thanks everyone who sent this, sorry I was slow to post it!

Brigham Barnes tackled the last challenge with with hilarious results! Be sure to add your comments.

Tim Gunn is scheduled to be on both the Today Show and Conan next Thursday, August 3. How does he keep up with this schedule? Thanks, Bonita.

Entertainment Weekly has a great interview with Katherine Gerdes. Thanks Andrea.

Here is Tim's Gunn's perspective traveling in style. Thanks Project Rungay. : )

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Fall 2006 Must-Have

In keeping with the whole Black is Back theme, one of the things I've been looking for to update my wardrobe for fall 2006 is what I'd consider a fall 2006 must-have - a great pair of slim-cut black pants.

Zac Posen

Giambattista Valli

I haven't found any yet.....any suggestions?

Coincidently, if the cigarette pant is not your thing, I highly recommend the more-easily done peep-toe pump - go with patent leather or a platform style for something a bit more flashy or leather for something on the conservative side.

*NOTE: Pictures from

Early Recaps: "Doggy Style"

The Manolo sings us an ode to Michael Kors....

Shawn at Getting to Maybe is groovin' on Uli...

Tiffany at Previously On is groovin' on Michael...

Amber sees Bradley as.....Richard Dreyfus!

Moi's dog is cuter than yours....

Every dog has its day with Miz Shoes...

Mags thinks its all Vera's fault...

Tammy thinks Katy just needed a little jewelry....

Toyouke gives us a little less flash this week....

Jen can hardly wait for next week!

Jayne and Jeff go toe-to-toe...

Erin at The Gaze checks in...

Malan still leads on the The Lipstick Mystic scorecard!

Have a recap to share? E-mail Team BPR by Saturday to be included in our weekly "Recapalooza" post.

Speculation for Episode #4

Reading through the "reactions" comments reveals that much of the reaction is actually speculation! So - as your BPR Team always strives to respond to the readers - I am setting up a post here for you.

It seems that most of the discussion centers around several topics: 1. Why doesn't Michael get more air time? 2. Who will be asked to leave? Why? and When? If someone is asked to leave before the conclusion will one team be short-handed? Will they bring back one of the aufed designers? Your comments are very insightful - I especially appreciate those of you who are checking the color of the wall in the background and what exactly everyone is wearing when Tim makes his pronouncement. What exactly is Tim carrying in his hand? Hmmmmmm....

Feel free to re-enter your episode #4 speculations here even if you've said it before.

Just a reminder - please do not put links in the comments, just e-mail them to your team. We will post them more prominently so that everyone can see them.

Congratulations Uli!

Congratulations Einstein too!

Let's send some BPR love to Uli!

Macy's Herald Square Window

You can see Uli's dress in the window today at Macy's in Herald Square. They are also featuring last week's gown by Kayne and Robert.
Thanks Miss Tanya!

Hmmmmm... since there was a delay featuring the 'Fit for a Queen' dress, does mean that Tara Conner wore the actual dress made during the challenge?

Podcast/iTunes for Episode 3

MANY of you can't find Tim's Podcast this week. Click here for a direct link to the mp3 of Episode 3. Note that there is a slight glitch in the recording - it pauses briefly at the start.

Also, iTunes has the episode up earlier this week.
Click here to find it.

Don't know the title yet? It's cute. Highlight the following to see it: Doggy Style.

REMINDER - Two Events Today

Kara Janx reminds us that you can still RSVP here to attend her event at Girlshop TODAY. She also tells us that darling Malan Breton and intriguing Keith Michael are scheduled to attend!

Also, don't forget that you can talk to Daniel Franco today between 2 and 3 Eastern through the popular Ring My Bell site. The number to dial is (323) 603-6212 and you can watch him answer the calls live. Click here for details and then, during the program, click on the 'Open in QT Player' button.

Where's Michael Kors?

Many of you have been asking this question in our comments. Here's what we know:

Back in April we linked to a story from Fashion Week Daily which said that "Michael Kors will not be available for the first four tapings of the third season of Project Runway due to prior commitments to production on his clothing line..."

Just before filming began in May, Women's Wear Daily mentioned in an article about Vera Wang that "The designer will have an even wider audience when she fills in for Kors for a few episodes of "Project Runway."

Based on this earlier news, we were surprised to see Michael Kors present for the first runway judging. The production schedule must have been adjusted to accommodate him. Our best guess is that he will be out for at least the next two episodes as well, with Vera Wang filling his shoes until his return.

ETA: According to Andy Cohen, Michael will return on August 9 for Episode 5. Thanks Andy!

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