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Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Tim Gunn Show?

Judging from your comments it is hard to imagine Project Runway without Tim Gunn. But perhaps it would be fun to try to imagine a NEW show for Tim! What network would it be on? What regular features would be included? What guests would Tim interview? Where would he go? What would he do? The BPR Team has all sorts of ideas - but we'll let you go first!

From The Mailbox

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Project Runway has inspired several other design competitions. Thanks Mary-Clare.

New Yorkers, mark your calendars for February 15, 2007:

Tim Gunn has teamed up with the East End's popular sculptor/designer Jonathan Adler to co-chair Bailey House's annual Have a Heart Auction and Party at the Puck Building in Soho. Click here for more details. Thanks Deb.

Here is a link to a slideshow of the latest from "Project Designer." The artists were challenged to design a swimsuit for the classic Vargas Pin-Up Girl, but to make it modern. Each designer was given a specific month. Thanks Chris.

Last, here is a great idea - the Tim Gunn Office Assistant!

Advice From Tim Gunn in Oprah Magazine

Tim Gunn offers some great advice in Oprah Magazine. Here are some of the highlights:

We all know that when confronted with an obnoxious and loud cell phone user, we should smile and say, nicely, "Could you keep it down?" But what if they are rude back?

Tim Gunn: I've heard this exchange with enough frequency to know that it almost always results in a hostile mess of harsh words. Consequently, I opt for the high road as often as possible: I look for a new seat, I cross the street, I bite my lip, but I don't engage unless there is no other possible option."

What do you do if a friend tells you she�s going to marry the creep she�s been dating?

Tim Gunn: If she is your friend, does she not already know that you think her fianc� is a creep?�

What do you do when somebody you are close to gives you a really ugly present �and they visit often?

Tim Gunn: If it�s an item of clothing, you could say: �I loved the sweater that you gave me, but when I tried it on, it didn�t look great on me. I took it back to the store to exchange it for another size/color, but they didn�t have any more, so I purchased this, and I love it just as much. So thank you again!��

What do you do if a friend borrows books/clothes/DVDs and forgets to return them?

Tim Gunn: "Say to your friend, 'I was looking for my DVD of Funny Face last night, and I remembered that you borrowed it.' Or 'Have you finished reading The Devil Wears Prada yet?'"

Tim Gunn on regifting: "A situation that still makes me cringe: A colleague at Parsons was leaving to accept a position at another institution in another city. I had forgotten about her farewell party. I scrambled though the stuff in my office searching for an unopened box, the contents of which would be appropriate to re-gift it. (Why I have lots of unopened gifts is another story�) Voil�! I found a sterling silver Tiffany pen that had been presented to me after judging a city-wide design competition. I relished her gush at the sight of the signature blue box and white ribbon. She opened it, and looked at me tearfully and said, 'You even had it engraved.' Oh, no. 'Best wishes from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.' Re-gifting can be very dangerous, indeed.
Thanks Lea.

Reminder - Andrae Loves Revolving Doors!

You're among friends here. Admit it - ever since Season 2, when you go through a revolving door you think of Andrae. You may even find yourself 'doing an Andrae' or, at the very least, WANTING to do his signature moves. We're more than willing to be your enabler and provide the perfect excuse to capture your best efforts on video: 'Smilefest 2006,' Andrae's contest. Click here for the details.

PARIS - jalouse in space, galerie playstation, place des vosges, 11/29/06

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

From The Mailbox

Tim Gunn sounds off on Kazakh Couture in New York Magazine. Thanks Erin.

Here is an article from the Kansas City Star about Tim Gunn and his appearance there with Angela Keslar. Thanks Romi and Deb.

Need some Holiday Spirit? Don't miss Heidi's Christmas song at Project Rungay. It's adorable! Thanks Bridget.

According to "Make it work" should have made the list of the top 100 television catchphrases. You can enter your suggestions as well. Thanks Sabrina.

Nick News

Join Nick Verreos at the Macy's Beverly Center Store for a holiday fashion show. A $10 donation at the door goes to the Passport Fund. Call (626) 737-6499 to RSVP because seating is limited. Please let us know if you attend this event!

Michael Knight for Cure Autism Now

Do you need another reason to love Michael Knight? The Season 3 Fan Favorite is lending his name and time to benefit a good cause. On Sunday, December 3 beginning at 6:00 you can be the among the first to see the Michael Knight Collection at The Grape in Atlanta, Georgia. The event will feature a fashion show, a live auction and gourmet samplings paired with wine.

A portion of your ticket price ($175 for VIP entrance, $125 for general admission) and auction proceeds will benefit Cure Autism Now, a charity founded by parents in 1995 that has grown to be the largest provider of support for autism research and resources in the country. This is a non-profit that is near and dear to me for personal reasons and I'm thrilled that Michael is supporting such a worthy cause that helps these special kids.

Click here to learn more. And please, if anyone has the opportunity to attend this event please let us know and send Michael some special BPR love.

PARIS - opening of nouveaux photographes 2007 by getty images, palais de tokyo, 11/28/06

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Be Back Soon!

Hey guys!

Well, I hate to disappoint, but I'm going to have to wait until this Sunday to post the contest entries, winner (who will be chosen on Sunday), and new featured designer. I'm taking off tomorrow afternoon for a huge 3 day craft show where I'll be working 12 hour days trying to sell my fab jewelry designs. I have to finish getting all my stuff together tonight, pack up my car, work a half day tomorrow and take off...then tomorrow night, I'll prolly spend an hour or 2 setting up and's showtime!

The good news is that since I won't be drawing the winner till this Sunday, you guys can still email me contest entries.

Oh, and since comments are moderated on SA, I may not be able to publish those till Sunday either, due to limited email access. I may have some email access during the show, but hopefully I'll be too busy selling stuff to post much ;)

Have a great rest of the week!

:) D

Rice Dishes In Asia

Santino Rice is making a tour of several Asian countries to promote the upcoming third season of Project Runway. The article above appeared in The Straits Times Singapore. Thanks, Lee.

Also from Singapore, we have this article from The Electric New Paper.

Click here to read The Star Malaysia's interview with Santino Rice.

And finally, from The New Straits Times in Malaysia we have this Q&A with the bad boy himself.

For the Francophiles - More Franco Fever

Franco! Franco! Franco! I'm certainly not immune to his charms.

An Update on Angela

Dear Scarlett,

Wow- what a posh, fantastic week and a half!
I was lucky enough to join tim on his tour of Macy's, previewing INC's spring 2007 line. We met hundreds of fans in each location- Tim invited me to do the Q&A with him before each fashion show, which was great fun. After the fashion show, we signed autographs and took photos with 75 lucky winners in each location. Macy's did a bang-up job of hosting Tim and me; we stayed in the W hotel and had limo service everywhere. Tim was, as always, incredibly debonaire and gracious to his adoring fans. Although all the pampering was a complete and total blast, quality time with Tim was the best part!

take care!


Angela is offering a 10% discount on her 'Buddha Belt.' Click here to place an order and enter the discount code 'BPR' when going through the checkout. Or just browse her online store for lots of signature Angela items that would suit the fashionable 'free spirit' on your holiday gift list. The charming descriptions of her offerings are not to be missed!

Finally, click here for a fun podcast with Angela. (You can also access the podcast directly from Craftcast.) Thanks Alison.

PARIS - colette local club: check and shake night, le paris paris, 11/27/06

Monday, November 27, 2006

Season 4 Sans The Gunn?

Ever since Maureen Ryan from the Chicago Tribune broke the story about Tim Gunn not yet being under contract for S4, others have piled on. Entertainment Weekly picked up on the story here, we've seen it on other websites, and we keep getting e-mails asking the same question: can it be true?

Here are the salient pieces from Mo's interview:

Ever the modest one, he would only say he "makes no assumptions," but he would come back "in a heartbeat" if asked.

If asked? But wait, there's more:

"Parsons pays my bills," said Gunn, who is chair of the school's fashion department. If the show wanted to start up before then, "Good luck to you," was Gunn's reaction. He also noted that the school just wouldn't have room for "Runway" filming until the academic year was over.

Clearly, negotiations for Season 4 are going hot and heavy as we speak. Sponsors are being signed, contracts are being negotiated, Andy Cohen's catering preferences are being tended to, among other details. The above statement however tells us that there is some effort on behalf of Weinstein/NBCUniversal/Bravo to roll out S4 before next summer. But it can't be filmed at Parson's until May at the earliest with a likely July 2007 premiere.

Unless they choose to go elsewhere. Unless they choose to leave Tim behind. Dare they?

Emmett McCarthy - Lookbook 2006

Click here to download a PDF of Emmett McCarthy's stunning Lookbook for 2006. I've seen many of these garments in person at EMc2 and they are elegant, strong fashion statements for any woman that wants to look and feel fabulous.

Runway News

This is a big day for Canadian Runway fans as the Season 3 finale debuts tonight on the Life Network. Of course, if you are reading BPR, the outcome has long been spoiled! Here's a great article from the Toronto Star that features a new interview with Tim Gunn and how Canada has becomed hooked on PR. Thanks Deb.

BPR reader Maritza noticed this article in a Puerto Rican newspaper that features the beautiful Marilinda modeling for designer Carlos Alberto.

You can now buy the Macy's INC outfit designed by Angela Keslar at Amazon, and at a big discount! Sounds like a great gift for a fellow Runway fan. Thanks Katie.

Everyone is asking if Laura Bennett has delivered. Still no news....

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Attention Brooklyn!

Hi BPR! This is Kpoene� and Erin from the Ladies Independent Design League (LIDL) in NYC � we are huge BPR fans! Not only did BPR send us to cover Daniel Franco�s show for Olympus Fashion Week, we also helped Malan Breton prepare for his debut at OFW! As fashion designers, we wanted to tell all of BPR�s New York readers about an event we are hosting on December 17th, the Indie*Licious Holiday Bazaar! Stop by the LIDL table at the event and say BPR sent you- we�ll give you 10% off your purchase!

Love, Erin and Kpoene�

INDIE*LICIOUS Holiday Bazaar!

For your last minute holiday shopping, join the party at Brooklyn's MicroMuseum� Sunday, December 17th from 12pm � 5pm.

INDIE*LICIOUS features 25 of NY�s hottest emerging designers. Savvy shoppers looking for a unique gift from flirty clothing to kidswear to stationery won't go wrong here.


*Innovative womens� sportswear from Mignonette, It�s By Erin , Black Rabbit, and NY Couture

*Handmade precious and semi-precious jewelry from Luka, L2,and Tider Design

*Letterpress stationery from Nolita Graffiti

*Menswear from Down Low and SeaCave

*Handbags and totes by Sylvia Holden, Rowboat, and Reiter8

*Kidswear from Daisyhead, Items of Anymore, and Fofolle

Support local talent this holiday season - Be Indie*Licious.

Visit the Ladies Independent Design League at

BERLIN - opening of "into me/out of me", kw institute for contemporary art, mitte, 11/25/06

BERLIN - robin's kids, weinbergsweg, mitte, 11/25/06

BERLIN - mutti, oderberger strasse, prenzlauer berg, 11/25/06

A Note From Alison: Her New Site

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I've been a busy little bee designing my s/s 07 collection and have created new website and online store! You can see my new work here.

You can buy men's & women's T-shirts as well as some key pieces for autumn/winter, right in time for the holidays!

Hope everyone is well, cheers & happy holidays!

Love, alison

...I've attached a blurb about the new line that is in the current People magazine :) - Click here to read it.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tim Gunn: Quality, Taste and Style

Tim Gunn's new book "A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style" is now available for pre-order from Amazon! From the book description:

Tim discusses every aspect of creating and maintaining your personal style, all in the witty and reassuring voice that millions of fans adore. Hot topics include how to dress for everyday occasions, how to shop (from designer to chain stores to vintage), how to mix your best �fashion cocktail,� how to buy clothes for a man, how to be your own best fashion designer, and much more. Whether you�re a seasoned fashionista or a style neophyte, Tim can show you how to �make it work!�.

According to Amazon, the anticipated release date is sometime in May: this will be mandatory reading for Runway fans. If you order using the link from BPR a portion of the sale will go to benefit the BPR Parsons Scholarship fund. Will a book tour be far behind? We are giddy at the thought.

BERLIN - artnews projects presents rio, mitte, 11/24/06

BERLIN - opening of karl lagerfeld one man shown, c/o berlin, mitte, 11/24/06

BERLIN - on the street, prenzlauer berg, 11/24/06

Friday, November 24, 2006

Fashion Friend - Couture in the City on Ella Moss

Fashion friend, Couture in the City's Wendy O, writes:

Spotlight on Ella Moss, Couture in the City Fashion Blog

Ella Moss Melody Tunic Dress, $128.00

Ella Moss's line of comfy wool, viscose and rayon dresses make us pine for warmer summer months. With cute styles in cuts that would flatter almost any figure, Ella Moss's designer, Pamella Protzel, is considered a prodigy in the fashion industry and started creating her colorful and sexy line at the age of 27. Her line is the perfect blend of vintage and edgy, without being too trendy, and celeb fans of her line include Liv Tyler, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Get the Ella Moss Look LeFashionista style with these similar styles from indie designers Yu Clothing and Misile:

Misile, Love in Numbers Dress, $180.00

Click see more Ella Moss and Yu Clothing, and Misile Styles