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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Reactions To Episode 10

Photo: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime Television

It was an emotional night on Project Runway filled with drama and design. Some questions were answered and others were not. And with each elimination the stakes get higher as we edge closer to the Fashion Week finale. What did you think? Post your reactions to Episode 10 here.

BPR Live Play-By-Play/Party: Episode 10

What my Mom said yesterday

You have to remember that �

3 things will never come back


3 things you cannot lose


3 things that are the most valuable in life


3 things that are always uncertain


3 things that define us


3 things that destroy a human


But sometimes it will take a lifetime to understand it.

Alien Heels

The late fashion designer Alexander McQueen once designed high heeled shoes modeled after the movie Alien. They were a one-off production so, sadly, you won�t be able to buy a pair and wear them to work.  Love these!

From the Mailbox

According to Page Six, Heidi Klum is leaving Victoria's Secret.

Project Runway Season 6 Champion, Irina Shabayeva will be in Darien CT for a charity fashion event on October 7th. Click here for more information.

Click here for a new interview with Ivy Higa.

Pamela Ptak and Kristin Haskins Sims are among the designers showing collections at Philadelphia Fashion Week on October 9th. Click here for more information.

Anthony Williams will be at Macy's Union Square on October 14th. Click here for more information.


Tommy Ton for

PARIS - fashion week s/s 11, day 1, 09/29/10

Tonight On BPR

Photo: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime Television

See, the life of a Project Runway designer doesn't look all that difficult, does it? Enjoy it while you can April, because tonight should be a doozy.

If the previews for Episode 10 are any indication, this promises to be an evening filled with drama. Accusations of cheating, a heart wrenching confession and visits from home - its all so delicious. Oh, there might even be room for a little design in there somewhere as well. We can't wait! You know we are all over this one:

  • Tbone and suzq will be hosting BPR's weekly play-by-play/party room beginning at 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to join in the fun as we snark our way through another new episode of Project Runway.
  • After Heidi kisses another designer goodbye, tell us what you thought in our reactions thread, posted immediately after the show.

It should be a very interesting evening for Project Runway fans and you don't want to miss it. We'll see you tonight on BPR!

Results In - You Were the Judge Episode 9

Our polls for Episode 9 are closed. You concurred with the judges and felt that Mondo Guerra deserved the win. Click here to see the results. You also agreed with the judges and felt that Ivy should have been the 'auf.' Click here to see the results.

Check back with us tomorrow for our Episode 10 poll.

Photos courtesy of

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nikolaki - Spring 2011 - Preview

Nick Verreos generously offers a sneak peek of several of the designs from his upcoming show. Italicized lines are quotes from Nick's note to BPR.

First is Amanda Fields in a Turquoise Silk Zibeline Gown w/ hand-beaded jeweled neckline.

Next is Eugena Washington--model from America's Next Top Model--Second Runner Up, Cycle 7!!!--she's wearing a Byzantine-colored Silk Zibeline mini strapless dress--a mini version of the gown Samatha Harris wore on "Dancing With The Stars"!

I'm also attaching a photo of our NIKOLAKI "mascot," Benny, hanging out in our store-front Atelier window (drapes closed because of the fittings!)

Also, I just realized that actually we will have TWO Project Runway Models: Amanda Fields and Holly Ridings (of Models of The Runway Season 2) of course! (I love those 6'2" girls!!!)

Thank you Nick and David!

From Notting Hill With Love...Actually - The Book Launch

You know there are some books that you just hear about and you know that it is the one. The book that you are going to get stuck into and really going to enjoy. From Notting Hill With Love...Actually is that kind of book. The novel is the debut by Ali McNamara and is inspired by Brit chick flicks such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Pretty Woman, Love Actually and Notting Hill. From Notting Hill With Love...Actually is the story of Scarlett O'Brien who is totally infatuated with romantic films. In fact she spends most of her time with her head stuck in the clouds and dreaming about a knight who will come and sweep her off her feet. In reality Scarlett's life is not so exciting; she has a nine to five office job and is engaged to the loyal but ever so practical David. However, when she is asked to house-sit a glamorous mansion in Notting Hill she is ecstatic as this allows her to live out her film fantasises. She also gets to rub shoulders with the flamboyant Oscar and her handsome neighbour Sean. Pretty soon she is engrossed in her new life and reluctant to go back to her previous one.

On Wednesday I attended the launch of From Notting Hill With Love...Actually which took place at The Travel Bookshop in Notting Hill - you know that travel bookshop which Hugh Grant's character owned in the film, Notting Hill. Pretty cool huh? Author, Ali McNamara was in attendance as were the lovely team from Little, Brown and chatted with journalists and bloggers. The publishing team really went to town with this launch and even had a mini red carpet as well as a couple of photographers who took pictures as soon as people arrived. Of course there were complimentary glasses of champagne on offer as well as popcorn and cupcakes. Ali also read extracts from her book and kindly took time out to answer a few questions.

From Notting Hill With Love..Actually is available to purchase from amazon and all good bookshops on 25th November. I will be posting a review of it nearer to the time of publication.

News from Irina Shabayeva, Tim Gunn and Nick Verreos

Enjoy this video presentation from Irina Shabayeva's Spring 2011 Show.

Irina Shabayeva Spring 2011 from Aris Ziagos on Vimeo.

Click here for a new podcast interview with Tim Gunn from The Strip. Tim Gunn starts at about the 31-minute mark. Thanks Bay!

Here is more information about Tim's visit to Vegas on October 2nd.

Here's a look at Style Week OC from Nick Verreos.

Click here
for a great recap of episode 9 from Democracy Diva.

BPR Podcast with Nick Verreos

Rita de Acosta Lydig by Giovanni Boldini

Nick is preparing for his Spring/Summer 2011 Nikolaki OC Style Week show on Friday night at the Irvine Spectrum Center. I was curious about his collection and he generously agreed to an interview. Thank you Nick!

Highlights: The muse for this collection is Rita de Acosta Lydig.

Also, Amanda Fields will be opening the show, and there will also be two models from "America's Next Top Model."

The show is open to the public.

Click here
for the podcast.

Episode 10 "Extended" Preview Video

There is Still Time...

There is still time to bid on the episode 9 garments. Right now Mondo's winning design has the highest price. Click here to see all of the auctions.

There is also still time to vote in our episode 9 poll. Did you agree with the judges?

Our "Allegations of Cheating" poll is also still open.

Thank you BPRs!

News from Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn

Heidi Klum is gorgeous in a Roberto Cavalli gown at amfAR Milano 2010 Red Carpet during Milan Fashion Week September 27th.

Photo: Zunino Celotto/WireImage

Check out this behind-the-scenes video from A highlight: During breaks, Heidi enjoys tickling Tim Gunn....

Click here for more.

LONDON - fashion week s/s 11, bonus 3

My Space - Ire Okojie from Sober in The Cauldron

Eclectic and funky are the words that come to mind when I look at Ire Okojie's blog. Her blog, Sober in The Cauldron covers culture, art and her witty observations. I came across it last week when she dropped me a line to say hi and I am ever so glad she did because as a certain Ms Cole shouted on X Factor a few weeks back - Ire's blog is right up my street. Ire started Sober in The Cauldron back in January this year and when she is not banging out posts she is busy being an art critic for Precious Online. I caught up with her to find out where she writes her blog.

Describe the concept of your blog.
Ecclectic, random, quirky. Marauding through the cluttered mind of a culture junkie.

Where do you scribe?
At my bed, desk and kitchen table.

Why that place?
My bed because I travel in comfort from there to anywhere in my imagination. My desk gives me a temporary feeling of organisation. The kitchen because food talks to me from the fridge and sometimes I answer.
What is on your bed, desk ad kitchen table at the moment?
My bed has books. I sleep with them! (I've run out of space on my book shelves and cupboards). My kitchen table is naked but normally has a deep blue flower patterned table cloth. My desk has some of my younger brother's character designs and my sister's poems. I like to pretend they come to life, recite the poetry and tell me things to write about.

What form of inspiration do you have on the wall?
It doesn't  necessarily inspire me but tickles my skewed perception...An image of an inseperable Macaque monkey and a pidgeon holding each other in China. Somewhere out there is a parallel universe filled with incongruous images and it makes me smile.

Do you keep a tidy office or are you a messy worker?
I'm a messy worker. I try to be tidy but it's fleeting, though in that wierd chaos eggs are hatched.

You can read Ire's blog here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

All Nick Verreos - All The Time

Actress Nicole Ari Parker Looks gorgeous in a Nikolaki gown! Click here for more information about the event.

Nick also headlines the Style Week Orange County Show on Friday night in Irvine. Click here for more information.

Nick has also been busy on his Macy's tour! Click here for more.

News from Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia

Tim Gunn served up drinks as a celebrity bartender for a charity event in Washington DC. Click here for more information, and watch this excellent video interview.

Click here for a new interview with Nina Garcia.

A highlight: NG: "Well, you have to wait until this season's over, but I do think the winner of this season could very well have the same kind of stamina that Christian has."

Episode 9 Trivia Contest

1. What phrase is on the front of Christopher's red t-shirt?

2. Christopher's regular model is named ____. The name of his second model in this challenge is ___.

3. What number is featured on Valerie's top?

4. What is the "one thing" that Ivy is "very concerned about" during the first shopping trip to Mood?

5. Andy wants his model, Cassie, to look like a _______.

6. How much time do the designers have to shop during their second trip to Mood?

7. In the rush to finish on runway day, which designer is shown using a glue gun?

8. Whose black and white bag is left on Ivy's table in the workroom?

9. The name of Andy's second model is _____. She previously walked for which season 8 designer?

10. Whose dress did Michael Kors say was "like a Xanax?"

The prize for this contest is a copy of Nina Garcia's Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion.

The first person to answer all questions correctly is the winner.

Please send your answers to Team BPR. Thank you for playing!

Update: We have a winner! Congratulations Rachel! I will post the answers in the comments.

London Fashion Week S/S 2011 favorites

Jonathan Saunders

Peter Pilotto

Julien Macdonald

I ? my fur vest

Finally, weather has changed, it's getting colder everyday which is why I am so happy to free my fur vest. Due to my moving, my winter clothes were stored in many many packing cases - and, of course, my fur vest too. I purchased it last season's summer sale (until today I don't know why they sold fur vests in summer but I didn't care & just bought it). And - lucky me - they're soooo fashionable this season again. I love it, it's just so fleecy and cuddly and I am so happy to have it :D
The best thing: It keeps me warm and is still so in vogue.

PS: Of course, I only wear fake fur! I wouldn't hurt a fly for fashion!

What Mondo Wore - Episode 9

Mondo's wardrobe never disappoints and episode 9 was a treasure trove of Mondo looks. Once again Kenda makes a close examination of the details of his wardrobe and even suggests how to add a touch of Mondo-ness to our own wardrobes.

Click here for the full post.

Home sweet home.

Today is my third day here in Cologne & I've been freezing all day as our heating is shut down. I hope I won't come down with a cold.
Moreover, we don't own a mobile broadband dongle yet which is why I am sitting next to the DSL-router in our corridor - on the cold laminate. It cannott get much worse.

But what I actually wanted to post:
I am chosen to be a VIP-guest at the exclusive Levi's Curve ID Styling Event on October 7, 2010 here in Cologne. I'm so excited. My roommate is hopefully coming with me.
Special about this event is that our jeans size will be figured out through a special measurement done by Levi's experts & we can buy these perfectly fitting Levi's Curve ID jeans particulary favorable (-20%).
Furthermore, MakeUp Artists are invited and there will be a Live DJ. This is going to be a really glamourous night in the Levi's store in Cologne. Isn't it great?

I've already written a post on the Levi's Curve ID methode, so please check out my older posts to get more information on that topic.

I will surely report on that fantastic night.

Have a nice week. ?

MILAN - fashion week s/s 11, 09/26-27/10

All my London Fashion Week photos are up on my visual diary.