Monday, August 31, 2009
I have worked with Monique Lhuillier many times and was so happy she filled in for Michael Kors on this episode! She is a wonderful Mom and always talks about her little boy, Jack!
One thing you can really see on the runway is that how a model feels in her clothes directly reflects how she will walk in them for the judges. Even if it may not be the best look of the episode, if SHE likes it, she will make it look good. There aren't any models this season that are disastrous. Thank goodness! See? Offer the models a prize at the end that involves money and see who wants to participate NOW!
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Here is a highlight:
LAC: So season six is in LA, season seven is in New York, and season eight will be back in LA?
HK: Right. The great thing about shooting in LA is that we get more big-time celebrities on the show. Our designers get so hyped up when we bring out these international superstars.
And, Tim Gunn on the beach in a sports jacket?
These images really do not do Lee's work justice, you need to see the pieces up close and personal to feel the texture and brilliant colours used. The detail is immense.
Click here for an interview with Ari Fish from RealityWanted. Here is a highlight:
Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Despite being eliminated first, are you happy with your experience on Project Runway? Would you do it again?
A. Ari: I genuinely enjoyed being eliminated first and wouldn't have had it any other way. The only way they could get me back on that show is if they promised to get me out of there first, again.
Click here to watch Nick Verreos on the red carpet at the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Click here for a new interview with Project Runway: All-Star Challenge winner, Daniel Vosovic on MLive.com.
Click here for "Product Runway Wrap-up" from Seattlepi.com.
Kevin Christiana has joined the list of designers showing at Fashion in Detroit!
Sept. 9-17: NEW YORK Fashion Week
Sept. 18-22: LONDON Fashion Week
Sept. 23: LONDON, lecture at University for the Creative Arts Epsom
Sept. 24-26: MQ VIENNA Fashion Week
Sept. 27-29: LONDON
Sunday, August 30, 2009
They're at it again:
Eric3000 thinks all the good stuff was on MOTR...
RJ Flamingo brings us Project Runway: The Mommy Years...
Lorraine has devoted herself to Malvininsm...
Heard at Jordan Baker's: "You know it's on Lifetime when you have pregnant models walking down the runway"...
Maxthegirl thinks Shirin was cast by Disney...
Newcomer Erin found malvin's inspiration...
Elizabeth wants Shirin's coat...
Miz Shoes likes long-haired skinny, bare-chested boys...
Elisa thinks Ari and Malvin would be safe on Bravo...
Second City Style has all the quotes...
Toyouke never misses anything...
Don't miss Cliffie!
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Saturday, August 29, 2009
When Lauren Conrad hanged up her stilettos and called in time on The Hills everyone wondered what she would do next. Well she decided to put pen to paper and write a book. L.A. Candy is the story of Jane Roberts a sweet 19 year old who moves to LA with her best friend Scarlett when she lands an internship with one of the best event planners in town. While Jane attends to the whims of her demanding boss, Scarlett gets stuck into her studies at University of Southern California. The racy life of LA is a far cry from the safe haven of Santa Barbara and Jane finds herself drawn to the diet of cute guys, designer clothes and cool clubs. So when she is approached by a producer to star in a reality version of Sex and the City which is called L.A. Candy, she and Scarlett jump at the chance. In a few months, the show catapulted Jane into stardom and she is LA�s new IT girl. However as she soon finds out fame comes with a lot of baggage and Jane has to distinguish between her real friends and those who are just out for what they can get.
I was very sceptical when I heard that Lauren Conrad was releasing a book. I mean we have all been here before with Z list celebs releasing book after book. Jordan, Madonna, Pamela Anderson and Naomi Campbell, eat your heart out. However I must admit that this book is a really good read. It is well written and the characters may be a touch cliche but they definitely evoke feeling; whether it is compassion or loathing. You find yourself caring about what happens to these people. This is the first release from Lauren�s three-book deal and judging by the huge cliff hanger at the end of the book I can only assume that there is a sequel lined up.
As I've now been paid from my wonderful new job, I spent the day shopping. Not much to report, however I did pick up the new issues of POP and LOVE magazines. I have always been a lover of POP, and I wanted to see if after Katie Grands departure, it retained the quality and innovation I remember. LOVE is obviously Katie Grands new venture, so I had to see what all the hype was about. I have to say though - I am not impressed LOVE. As Queen Michelle pointed out a few weeks ago, the issue is dedicated to under 21s. I have absolutely no problem with this, however the entire magazine is riddled with stereotypical, rebellious teens. Apart from a small feature on Tavi (who also happens to be on the cover of POP), there is no emphasis on the intelligent, mould-breaking youth of today that who are surfacing all over the Internet, and beyond. Not to mention Pixie Geldof splattered all over the magazine - I'm not sure if it's the same outside of London, but she is constantly in the London papers and to be honest...I've had enough.
As a 25 year old fashion designer I love my magazines, but I have to say this is the first time that I cannot relate, at all, to a glossy fashion mag. After all the hype that has surrounded LOVE magazine, and Grand's previous work with POP, I am extremely disappointed.
POP on the other hand is impeccable. I haven't yet read it cover to cover, but what I have seen has beaten all my expectations. Over recent months, one of the main reasons I stopped buying the glossies was because they started to blend into one. Maybe I've just had magazine overload, but it felt like they all had the same adverts with very similar editorials, opinions and nothing really to shout about. POP on the other hand has exploded back onto the scene with plenty shout about, which can be noticed as soon as you pick it up.
It is a very brave move putting fashion blogger extraordinaire Tavi Gevinson on the cover. To us bloggers she is (most likely) a daily read, however we can be guilty of living in our own little microcosm, and the rest of the world won't necessarily understand how a 13 year old American has managed to get on the front page of the launch issue of POP. The magazine is at the very fore-front of fashion, acknowledging and understanding the experimental DIY culture of the blogosphere and accepting the explosion of opinions now flooding the web, as Dasha Zhukova explains,
As I said, I haven't properly sat down and read POP yet - I want to save that for my hungover Sunday morning in bed, with a nice cuppa - but it immediately strikes me that taking time out was the prefect descision. Their comeback issue excels even their previous editions, with new editorials which are brilliantly styled, various page sizes and weights with mini-mags inside the main one and a plethora of interviews, opinions and artistic genius.
Project Runway Season Six designer, Qristyl Frazier visited her alma mater, Stephens College last night. Click here for more.
Click here for a fresh look at Kenley Collins and her new line.
Jail inspired her.
Click here for an entertaining look at last night's designs from The Cut.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Well last Monday I set off on my adventures to the USA. Now we all know that America is a very big place what with 52 states and all and my goal is to see as much off it as possible. So I decided that a trip to Atlanta to visit relatives would be a great way to spend the vacation. I missed out on the Olympics in 96 so I guess this trip would be as good as anything. I flew with Continental Airlines with a stopover at Cleveland, Ohio; the plane ride was pretty cool with the small screens on the back. I watched the Beyonce film, Obsessed which was as tedious as I thought it would be and My Life in Ruins which starred, Nia Vardalos who starred in my Big Fat Greek Wedding. The changeover at Cleveland was a tad dramatic mainly because I had forgotten to write down my Uncle�s address so I was subjected to a bit of interrogation from the officials at immigration. After they had satisfied themselves that I was not a terrorist I was let through and made my way to the gate for my connecting flight to Atlanta. I must have looked lost because a toilet attendant asked me if I needed help and escorted me to the gate. On the way she asked me where I was headed and when I told her she gave me a puzzled look. �Where?� she asked. So I repeated what I said. �Ohhhh Aaaaat � laaaan � naaaa!!!,� she exclaimed.
Just over two hours later I was in Atlanta and ready for action. Last year I was in Dallas and Fort Worth which were cities on a very small scale but Atlanta is a very different proposition. The city has an amazing history and has always been the home of the Black middle class and in particular a certain Martin Luther King. It is also where the Black Universities such as Morehouse and Spellman are based hence the fact that the place is dubbed the Black Mecca. Downtown Atlanta is where a lot of things are such as CNN, Coca Cola, Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Centre and the Olympic Park. The place is also very easy to navigate because you can walk to most places or take the subway or bus which is called MARTA. Altantans are a friendly bunch and don�t expect to sit down alone for two long because some Southern dude will come marching up to you for a chat. Like I said, people from Atlanta are friendly. Canada and New York beckon next week and I cannot wait to get to Canada because I have been dying to go there since like forever.
Well my blogging will be a bit sporadic over the next few weeks so please bear with me. Updates will be published as soon as I can step to it.
Click here for the full interview.
Here is a highlight:
WHAT TIM GUNN TAUGHT ME
Christian Siriano (winner, Season 4): "I had confidence, but he showed me how to be a little more humble in my work. He never said, 'I don't think it should be that.' It was always, 'It could be something else.' It was always about what you could do to make it better."
Chloe Dao (winner, Season 2): "What I got just by being around him is his level of generosity and how grounded he is."
Nick Verreos (contestant, Season 2): "To try to conduct yourself with class and decency. And to be upfront with people, but not to be so personal in terms of getting into people's characters."
Christopher Straub (contestant, Season 6): "He told me to work on my design -- don't work on someone else's, don't try to please someone else -- work on your own. It's one of the most important things I've ever been told: 'You need to find what your identity is and focus there.' "
Andrae Gonzalo (contestant, Season 2): "It's always important to ask questions instead of making judgments."
Daniel Vosovic's Spring 2010 Collection is inspired by athletic wear. We can also see how it relates to his winning All-Star Collection.
Click here for an interview with NyMag.com and to see a slideshow of the full collection. Thanks Jill.