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Project Runway is well into its eleventh season, and on last night’s episode, designer Michelle Franklin won a huge Lord & Taylor challenge that has turned her into a semi-household name.
Between his eponymous high end line, contemporary Z Spoke label, and new gig as a judge on Project Runway, which premiered last week, you would think that Zac Posen would have his hands full. But WWD reports that the designer is launching a third line, called Zac Zac Posen, for fall 2013.
The Marie Claire editor and former Project Runway judge partners with AOL and creates an online series in which to apply her fashion expertise to a new audience.
It has certainly been a big year for Georgina Chapman. Since January, the Marchesa designer has announced plans to launch a lower-priced line, crafted a collection of fashionable football gear (seriously), designed the gown for one of the most-hyped celebrity weddings, and leant her considerable talents to Project Runway: All Stars, where she serves as a judge alongside Isaac Mizrahi and host Carolyn Murphy. Oh, and did we mention she just announced her second pregnancy? Because yep, that too.
If you want to start your own company, that is. And Dmitry most definitely does.
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.
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.
On Tuesday evening, we headed up to the New School for a very exciting event hosted by Gilt City. You see, we were going hear everyone’s favorite sage Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn read from his new book Fashion Bible and answer some of the many questions the enthusiastic crowd had to offer. As you might expect, he had plenty of wisdom (and, yes, some TV tidbits) to impart to the eager ears.
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.
Project Runway celebrated their tenth anniversary on the Highline last night! But while the show is gearing up for a season rife with drama, the guests at the NYC fête opted for more subdued ensembles.
Plus, more on set drama!