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On the last episode, Nina Garcia did her best to break everyone’s spirits. This week, the designers are instructed to meet Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn at a racetrack in Washington Heights, where they learn that there will be yet another team challenge. Team challenges are such a cop out! To determine the team captains, the designers will have to race each other around the track, because why not?
Since CATWALK JUSTICE devoted last week’s entire column to the Louboutin v. YSL case, there’s quite a bit of fashion law news to catch up on. Much of it, however, seems oddly familiar. There seem to be three lessons to take from this week’s events: 1) fashion law history is doomed to repeat itself; 2) where you can’t sue to get what you want, at least try going the contract route (even if it’s likely to fail, you may get publicity for a ridiculous offer); 3) and models (or in some cases, their parents) are a lot tougher than they look — at least, in the courtroom.
As a reminder for those of us who didn’t spend the past week trembling with anticipation, this is the episode in which the contestants designed for NINA GARCIA! The woman who perfected the moue! If only they knew what they were in for!
Tragically, we missed last week’s episode, which asked the designers to create garments using materials from a New York City pet store. Olivier Green won the challenge, Joshua Christensen was eliminated after being in the bottom twice in two weeks, and Bert Keeter revealed himself to be a bit of an arrogant prig. Darn it all, Bert! Now, onto this week.
Aaah, it’s back!!! Last night on the premiere of “Project Runway’s” ninth season, 20 designers were invited to New York to pitch themselves to our beloved panel. Only 16 would survive the first round of cuts. The designers met one another for the first time at the Astor Center in SoHo (mere blocks from the Styleite offices) and did their best to set up their collections and wage psychological warfare simultaneously.
Last night we forwent our plans to have a quiet night at home and headed to Opening Ceremony‘s outpost at New York’s Ace Hotel, where celebrities of every stripe assembled to fete the launch of Target‘s GO International Design Collective. We reported last month that Target would be bringing back a sort of greatest hits collection of the designer collaborations they’ve done over the years, and the dresses that will hit stores again this month were out in full force — both on display and on the fabulous people who attended the party.
Nina Garcia has, like, everything. A really cool job, an astonishingly gorgeous apartment on the Upper East Side, and now, a beautiful baby boy. The Marie Claire fashion director tweeted this morning that she and her family are proud and happy to welcome a new addition.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to walk a day in Nina Garcia’s shoes, well, we can’t really help you. We can, however, show you where Marie Claire’s most famous fashion director lays her head to sleep at night. Don’t worry, we’re not creepy stalkers, it’s just that her $8.5 million pad on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is currently on the market. Let’s take a look!
Last week’s challenge on Project Runway was for designers to create their own fabrics, with a special attention paid to patterning. With pattern-maker extraordinaire Vivienne Tam sitting on as guest judge, the remaining contestants had quite a difficult task on their hands. Evidently the task was so difficult that contestant (and winner of this episode) Emilio Sosa felt the need to completely rip off Stephen Sprouse — he of the infamous grafitti-patterned Louis Vuitton bags.