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Friday, November 30, 2007

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Shop The Runway

Here is the Bluefly accessory wall filled with men's accessories! Will we ever see this again?

I have to say that I am appreciating the accessories much more this season. I can not remember even a single pair of shoes from any previous season's wall, but I probably will never forget the blue boots that Elisa chose for the first challenge. By the way - those are sold out. How about these fierce boots worn by Ricky's model, Lea in episode two?

Also sold out!

It's clear that we will have to make our decisions quickly if we want any of these items. Fortunately the Bluefly team gives us lots of options. Check these out.

Also, there is a 10% off coupon for BPRs on our comment page. This is good for new customers spending over $100.

Have you been playing the sweepstakes game? I play every day (because I really want to win the tickets!) and afterward I usually receive a discount coupon in my in-box.

This week our friends at Bluefly are emulating the winning look designed by Jack Mackenroth. As you can see, they didn't find the bias cut placket or pocket but they feature the stripes, the slim-tailoring of the trousers and they definitely have the shoes that pull together the look.

We have heard your questions about the episode and I have a couple of answers.

1. Was it against the rules for Jack to trace his pants? No.
2. Was it against the rules for the designers to share the pattern? No.
3. Were the designers supposed to be making the garment to fit Tiki Barber, or to fit their models? Their models.
4. On the Today Show, was Tiki wearing the exact clothing that Jack made, or were the garments re-made in Tiki's size? They were re-made.
5. Were the designers supposed to make three pieces? Yes, that was the original challenge.

Chlo� vs. Asos;
True, the Asos dress is not a copy of the wonderful Chlo� FW/07 dress but there's no denying that the dress is "inspired" by the designer piece. Especially the pattern of the embroidery is very similar. So I think the Asos dress is a nice alternative if you can't afford a 3496 � dress to shine for the holiday season ;)

Kate Moss Punky Chain Sandal at Topshop

The 'Kate Moss Punky Chain Sandals' at Topshop are brilliant. I love these and they only cost �75. Great!!!!

Tim Gunn in Scottsdale AZ

It was certainly a treat to have Tim Gunn visit us here in Scottsdale. The event was a Liz Claiborne Fashion Show followed by a Q&A, book-signings and photo opportunities with Tim.

Click here to continue.


There is definitely a love/hate theme going on this week with the recappers regarding Episode 3:

Uncle Nick with vivid memories of a menswear challenge of yore...
eric3000 interviews all the principals...
Moi calls it the best episode EVER...
Tom and Lorenzo - not so much...
HorridFabulous - lots of drooling...
Ms. Place has a report from the Watercooler...
The girls at Project Stunway are having loads of fun...
Alan Gratz from a pizza joint in Alabama...
CapHillBarbie is one of the smartest recappers around...
The Minx outdoes herself this week...
Bluefly's got their own recapper and sent us that nice photo of Jack above...

Plenty more where these came from, stay tuned for part 2! And we are keeping a close eye out for Jay McCarroll too!

Vivienne Westwood Red Label patent leather boots

These Vivienne Westwood boots (�280) are sooooo fabulous. The glossy crocodile-style leather look is so classic. These are shoes that you will wear for years. classic!!!!!

Amanda's Take - Episode Three - "Salute Your Shorts"


Way to go Jack!!

Menswear. You know Emmett and Keith were screaming at their tvs! I am definitely not the expert on men's clothing, although I do know a well-constructed and well-fitted garment when I see it. But let's get to what you want to hear from me... what do I think about the male models?

Click here to continue.

MUNICH - distorted: hunting at baby!, 11/29/07

Video - MTV News, Episode 3 in 60 Seconds


I ? Threadless, the T-Shirts are so original and funny. I own two Threadless tees that I absolutely love.
I think they're quite cheap and the shipping to europe doesn't take long at all.
Anyway, right now they're having a "Holiday Sale" where you can get most of the T-shirts for $10! The sale ends on the 16th of December and the best shirts are selling out soon so hurry if you want to get something.
I got these:

top: 1.Delivery 2. I love Coffee
bottom: 1.Cow Puzzle 2.How Hamburgers are made
I got all of them except the Coffee one as christmas presents for male friends of mine.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The First Sign of the Return of Pink?

I saw this tonight while browsing the web:

Dior Ethnic Large Hobo Bag (image/item

Is this the first sign of pink making a comeback? Do you miss the color pink being trendy or are you happy it's still "out"?

Video - Project Runway Canada - Episode 8

Once again we have the Project Runway Canada video courtesy of the sublime MsRoyalT.

Click here for the rest of the episode.

Afterwards, check out Rondi's recap. We are loving PR Canada!

outfit - Bj�rn Dixg�rd concert

jeans:uniqulo; shirt:H&M trend; bag:vintage; shoes:H&M

Fashionable at home

First of all, I must apologize for what has been going on this week. I don't know what has happened, but since last Monday I only could check my blog (or any other blog) yesterday night, I guess it must be some problem with the server, so I couldn't update this week. As I was the whole week without blogging I was trying to think in something useful for this post, and here you are, slippers. Something so essential, especially in the winter, when you are more time at home. I got to think about the design, I despite I don't like Burberry a lot, theirs were the best:

The slippers include the lovely bag, and they are a special promotion for Christmas! If they hadn't written slippers down, I think I probably would have thought they were flats, they are lovely! I've chosen the last pair because I think they are pretty versatile, and girlish, something necessary when you are wearing menly, old-fashioned pyjamas;)



*Cole Haan $115

*pics from Neiman Marcus

Who Will Win the Gift Bag? It's a Walk Off!

None of our readers got every answer correct in the TRESemm� Fantasy Runway challege. Fourteen(!) of our readers got 6 points. It's now time for a 'walk-off' between:
  • JP
Only those readers are eligible (and TBONE, I'm watching you). The first one that answers ALL THREE of the following questions correctly IN THE COMMENTS will win the prize.
  1. Name the location of the auction in the 'Envy' (aka 'Vision') episode in Season 1.
  2. Name the models involved in the infamous 'Walk Off' in Season 2?
  3. Which airline transported the designers to Paris in Season 3?
The winner will be asked to email his/her real name and mailing address to Team BPR.

ETA: Congratulations to FLUFFYRILEY for being the first to answer all three questions correctly. Check back with us next week when we will be offering a new prize. And don't forget to make your picks and BE SURE TO HIT 'SUBMIT' before you exit!

The Recap of the Manolo!

For those of you who felt last night's challenge was unfair, The Manolo agrees:

Menswear does not fall under the purview of the fashion designer. It belongs properly and only to the tailor, to men who have devoted their lives to the arcana of button holes and pick-stitched lapels and French facings, and who know that what matters most in menswear is material, cut, fit and detail.

You cannot really learn this at the fashion college. Such knowledge can only be acquired through long apprenticeships at the feet of masters. Yes, the big fashion firms can mass produce the similacra of good tailoring�the off-the-rack suits that look moderately presentable on the size 42 regular�but it is not the same.

Read the whole thing.

Firetrap Boots

The 'Firetrap Mystico Ebony boots' (�140), are so hot and this season's must-get and must-wear. I love the wooden heel on these. They also come in a chocolate colour. Get them at

'Firetrap Chelom Cognac ankle boots,' �89.

Tim Gunn at Emmett McCarthy's EMc2 Boutique

And you can take him home with you!

Visit EMc2 on Sunday, December 9th between 1 and 5 pm and have Tim Gunn sign your new, talking bobblehead. Doors will open at 11 am so you'll have plenty of time to do your holiday shopping and perhaps pick up a new frock, shoes, jacket or coat to be properly stylish for your introduction to Tim.

Already have the 'vintage' Tim? He needs a friend! One that can tell you to "make it work" and can proclaim you to be "fab-u-lous" just when you need it. As a proud owner of both versions of the bobblehead, I can tell you that this one is even more dapper and certainly more loquacious. Even Nina Garcia would not be disappointed in the construction details of this mini-mentor who reminds you to strive for quality, taste and style.

The Tim Gunn Talking Bobblehead is perfect for those holiday gift exchanges or for that hard-to-shop-for friend on your list. Pre-order it to pick up at the store and plan to meet Tim! They are sure to go quickly so what are you waiting for? Carry on!

Preview Videos - Tim Gunn's Guide to Style

Tonight we meet Lori, a woman that needs to come to recognize that depth of her beauty was not scarred by her accident.

Click here for the Yahoo video.

Congratulations, Jack

First of all you listened to the needs of your client. You understood the tailoring and fit challenges of a muscular man because you face them yourself. And you got that Tiki Barber wanted those unexpected touches of whimsy you achieved with the fabric on the bias. You gave Tiki a look that was appropriate to both his profession and physicality and he loved it. (Click here to see the Today Show video.) Bravo, Jack!

This post is only for POSITIVE words for Jack Mackenroth. If you have comments or opinions about other work please visit our reaction post here.

BPR Love for Carmen Webber

This was the toughest challenge in Runway history and nothing in your career had prepared you for this moment. In this case you couldn't call upon your modeling experience to help with the styling. Designing an ensemble for a muscular former athlete is difficult but add the fact that he is now a morning show personality and you have a recipe for panic in the workroom. You persevered with your ambitious project but time was not your friend. We had the opportunity to see your strong aesthetic in the first episode and your ability to work as a team in the second. We know we will see more of this talented Sistah.

This post is only for positive words for Carmen Webber. If you have anything negative to say, please click here.

Platform T-Bar Shoes by Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti and Orange Wishbone Court Shoes by Betty Jackson

I love these 'Platform T-Bar Shoes by Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti'. I love the suede, platform look, I love the purple colour, and I love the price �266.
Betty Jackson does a similar platform below, the 'Orange Wishbone Court Shoes by Betty Jackson'. I love the burnt Orange colour and they also come in navy and these only cost �193. They are to die for!!!!!! These can be bought at

LONDON - camberwell college of arts, peckham + white chapel, 11/28/07

Poll - Episode 3 - Your Turn to be the Judge

Photos: 1. Jillian, 2. Carmen, 3. Christian, 4. Kit, 5. Rami, 6. Sweet P, 7. Kevin,
8. Ricky, 9. Steven, 10. Jack, 11. Victorya, 12. Chris and 13. Elisa
Photos courtesy of Bravo. 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, Michael Kors and Tiki Barber.

Click here to tell us who you thought should have won the challenge.

Click here to tell us who you thought should have been auf'd.

Everyone is wearing Chunky Sandals

There are a lot of Chunky Sandals on the high streets, from Topshop and All Saints to LK Bennett, and I think that they are fantastic. Coupled with a mini dress, shorts, or skinny jeans (like Ashley Olsen), they look fabulous. I love these 'Carvela Giselle buckle-up sandals' and retail for �95 at Kurt Geiger.

Agent Provocateur at Kurt Geiger

Not only do they make classic to exotic sexy lingerie, Agent Provocateur has teamed up with Kurt Geiger and the result is these sexy high-heels. I love 'Agent Provocateur's Misty' (Red Mary-jane court heel) and she retails at �260. She has a heel height of 110mm and also comes in black. 'Agent provocateur's Irma' on the left and below, as worn by Hilary Swank, retails at �300 at Kurt Geiger.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Reactions To Episode 3

Project Runway shook things up a little tonight with a first ever menswear challenge. What did you think? Post your reactions to Episode 3 here.

Sponsor Chic: Fab Zebra Clutch

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Zebra Romance Swifty Chick Clutch (click for details)

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