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It’s hard to believe that the final four designers were able to pull it together in time for Fashion Week, given that the judges didn’t seem especially happy with anyone’s collection. But pull it together they did, at least after freaking out for a few days and no shortage of retooling.
This week was the couture challenge, which is always difficult for a layman to evaluate — in other words: I never have any idea what’s going on. There was a marketing tie-in, naturally, with a new line of L’Oreal Cosmetics, and each designer was given a “character” to design for. Thus we ended up with the contestants trying to figure out what an “artsy muse,” a “seductive temptress,” and an “enchantress” would wear.
The challenge this week had two purposes: to promote Heidi Klum’s new line of baby clothes, “Truly Scrumptious” for Babies ‘R Us (…I know) and to mess with the designers’ heads. To that end, they were given the task of creating a look for a bunch of adorable little babies and their mothers.
It’s always nerve-wracking the week the designers get a challenge that makes them totally flounder, and it happens at least once a season thanks to the diabolical minds at Lifetime. This week was that challenge for the Season 10 designers, and it’s not hard to see why — they were put in charge of designing a new costume for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
This is always the episode in every season of Project Runway that makes me love all of the contestants, which means I’m all the more devastated when one of them has to leave. This week, former contestant Mondo Guerra showed up to present the designers with this week’s task: the textile challenge. It was particularly poignant to have him back, as on his original season, this challenge was when he chose to reveal to the group that he was HIV-positive.
Oh, boy. This week the designers had to raise money in teams of three by selling T-shirts and various other tchotchkes they made in the workroom to buy their fabric at Mood. This went over about as well as you can imagine.
The contest between the female and male designers that has been brewing all season, whose opening shots were the dwindling number of female designers and the girls branding the remaining dudes the “Silk Chiffon(z)ies,” finally came to a head last night.
Every year, the Project Runway designers have a challenge where they have to make a garment for a normal-sized person. And every time, at least some of the designers moan and whine and cry about how difficult it is going to be to dress a real live human being because “they have to use more fabric” or “the patterns are going to be more difficult to cut” or that they just unabashedly hate fat people. This would be odious on its own, except I feel that the eliminations ought to be based on how well the designers treat their clients. Period. In fact, let the clients decide who to send home!
This week, the designers were forced to work in two teams to create two collections. The winning collection will be featured in the newest iteration of Marie Claire, a publication specifically tailored toward working women As usual, the designers can barely stop snipping at each other long enough to pull it off.
Last week, when the designers had to make a garment for former contestants, Raul Osorio was let go and Christopher Palu and Andrea Katz had a rather nasty fight about whose fault it was that they were in the bottom three, leading Andrea to dejectedly say she would almost be relieved to be eliminated. Naturally, the contestants all reacted as though she’d said she wished she were dead.
In ten seasons, some things never change: this week it’s the “use weird materials to make a garment that doesn’t look like it’s constructed entirely out of toilet paper/broccoli/the dreams of former contestants” challenge. This season, the contestants are let loose in Dylan’s Candy Bar in Manhattan, where they have $500 to buy all the candy and branded merch they can get their hands on. The results are… kind of awesome!
Season 10 of Project Runway has begun! The show must be as excited about it as we are, because they waste no time and throw all 16 contestants into hot water immediately. In addition to having to bring one look with them that is representative of their aesthetic, they are also given one day to make a second look.
For months, I have been sending my friends trailers, photos, and news articles about Magic Mike, usually under the subject line “My Favorite Movie”. This Friday, a group of 12 of my closest friends and I finally got to see the film we had all been waiting for.
Justin Bieber was on The View to promote his new album Believe and his new fragrance Girlfriend, and to perform his single “Boyfriend”. In a departure from the norm, the audience was full of moms and their teen and tween daughters, and the girls had the vapors from the start of the episode, long before Bieber showed up on screen.
Last week we attended the opening of the Saks‘s new home department, which contains everything from truly stunning Baccarat glassware to Mrs. John L. Strong bespoke stationery. There was so much to look at, admire, and not trip over, that we frankly felt a little overwhelmed.
For the past few months, ABC has aired a talk show in its 2 p.m. time slot called The Revolution. It stars Tim Gunn, and its cancelation has just been announced. We think Tim’s to blame.
I am very low-maintenance and very cheap when it comes to my hair — with the exception of one embarrassingly recent attempt to dye a section of it blue (the dye was from Ricky’s and it washed out immediately), I’ve never had my hair dyed or highlighted, and I’ve been getting haircuts from students at the Carsten Aveda Institute since I was twelve. I am definitely not the type to do anything drastic to the hairs on my head, so when Styleite offered me the chance to try nuNAAT’s at-home keratin treatment, I was intrigued and a little nervous.
Mad Men’s season premiere this Sunday was a highly anticipated television event, but no one predicted that the star everyone would be talking about the next day would be Jessica Paré, who plays Don Draper’s new wife Megan. Styleite got to chat with Paré about her role on the show and, of course, the clothes.
Rats! I wanted very much to like this show! After speaking with Corri McFadden and hearing how smart she is with her business, I was excited to screen the premiere of VH1′s House of Consignment. Unfortunately, the show has a few problems — many of which aren’t McFadden’s fault.
We spoke with Corri McFadden, founder of consignment site eDrop-Off and star of VH1′s upcoming reality show House of Consignment, about her business. She, in turn, gave us some great shopping tips.