I don’t want to enrage anyone who hasn’t seen last night’s “Project Runway” finale, in which the winner was named, so click after the jump for MAJOR OMG SPOILERS. Keep reading »
The “Project Runway” crew is a lot less irascible when they’re two feet tall and pooping in their Pull-Ups. Every episode of “Project Runway” should be done with toddlers, damn it. But I have one problem: Where’s baby Nina Garcia?! Maybe she’s off making bitchy comments on the potty. [Babelgum] Keep reading »
Jessica Simpson is busy these days, and not just teaching Annika the joys of jeggings. Yesterday, Jessica sauntered into the Fashion Week tent where “Project Runway” was holding its fashion show. When she sat down in the front row with Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, and Heidi Klum it quickly became clear that she is this year’s finale guest judge, joining the ranks of Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Lindsay Lohan who have served as judges on the show before. We think Jessica is kind of the perfect pick to guest judge the finale. Keep reading »
Tim Gunn has a giant pair of balls.
No, I am not intimately familiar with the contents of Tim’s nattily tailored suits. I have read the “Project Runway” mentor’s latest book, a half-memoir/half-etiquette guide called Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons For Making It Work, and let me tell you, this man has chutzpah. The rude and ridiculous behavior of celebs and mere mortals alike — including his own family — are picked apart in the book; Gunn has already attracted attention for his scandalous revelations, from seeing Anna Wintour being carried down a flight of stairs by her minions to Andre Leon Talley being hand-fed grapes. For instance, he describes filming a Macy’s commercial with Martha Stewart and her daughter, Alexis, who referred to her mother as a “goddamned bitch” and called the products she was hawking at Macy’s “crap.” (He also describes the Stewarts’ relationship as “there’s something ‘Grey Gardens’ about the two of them.” Ha!)
But the craziest revelation to me was not about celebs, per se. Gunn’s father worked as a ghostwriter for J. Edgar Hoover, the former director of the FBI who was allegedly a cross-dresser. Well, Gunn strongly suggests that when, as a child visiting his father’s office, he was introduced to the “I Love Lucy” star Vivian Vance it was actually Hoover in drag. “I’m not saying at the age of eight I definitely met J. Edgar Hoover at his office in the FBI wearing a dress and makeup, only that I strongly suspect it,” Gunn writes.
ZOMG is right. After the jump, read all about Tim Gunn’s lunch with Michelle Obama, Gretchen’s “psychosis” this season on “Project Runway,” and how he has hidden this book from his mother all summer: Keep reading »
Fans of the ’90s, tulle, and “Sassy” magazine, get ready! Ebullient designer Betsey Johnson will be the guest judge on tonight’s episode of “Project Runway.” Tonight, the designers will be asked to make wearable items out of party store supplies (crepe paper bolero, anyone?).
It’s a tough challenge — apparently one designer ends up in the hospital tonight — and we’re wondering how Betsey’s quirkiness will mix with Michael Kors’ wit and Nina Garcia’s steely reserve. Betsey’s crazy style would have probably been “auf-ed” by Heidi Klum and the rest of the P-Run gang, so we’re expecting sparks to fly at the judging table. Keep reading »
Last night brought the season premiere of “Project Runway,” and I tried—really tried—to stay awake through all 90 minutes of it. But while this show once seemed so fresh and original, now that it’s in its 8th season, it’s just stale. So to add an extra 30 minutes to every episode? Egads. I found myself drifting off and contemplating such things as: what is Heidi Klum‘s tattoo on her right inner arm?
The one bit of good news about the show is that Tim Gunn‘s role has been slightly broadened. He now does confessional interviews that are interspersed throughout the episode. But he still isn’t a judge because, as he says, “I’m a believer in the separation of church and state.” And sadly, Tim feels that judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, and Nina Garcia made some bad decisions this season. In one episode, he intervened during a judging session because he felt they were about to send the wrong person home. “I’ve never witnessed a season where I felt so disabled by what the judges have decided,” he says. “There’s a reason I call them crack-smoking judges.” [NY Post] Keep reading »
It’s that time again! “Project Runway”
season 8 debuts tonight and PopSugar has video-chatted with the new designers. It’s a short video, but there don’t seem to be any obvious annoying cast members. I like the chick who asks herself, “What would Elvis do? And would ZZ Top be proud?” They’re all terribly afraid of judge Nina Garcia
, though. Hmm, why would that be? (Kidding.) [PopSugar.TV
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The Atlantic website just posted this beautiful video from Diana Eng‘s fashion show at last February’s New York Fashion Week. You may remember Eng as the technology-obsessed designer from the second season of “Project Runway.” Now she’s known (at least according to Wikipedia) for having popularized the term “fashion nerd.” Her collection featured garments outfitted with microphones, LED lights, and interactive components: “Off the runway, the dress’ microphones can pick up sounds from the wearer’s voice: when she speaks, she lights up in true diva style.” While we’ve certainly covered the intersection of fashion and technology here before, it’s not always this beautiful. [The Atlantic] Keep reading »
Season seven of “Project Runway” dealt its final “auf wiedersehen” this week. Seth Aaron out-styled Mila and Emilio, further proving my theory that the guy with the most alternative hair on the show has the best chances of winning. Think about it—Seth Aaron’s faux-hawk-punk-rock-side-burn hair thing looks strangely similar to season three winner Jeffrey’s do. Between season one winner Jay McCarroll’s creative hats and the crazy mane of season five’s Christian Siriano, my theory can basically be considered fact.
OK, that’s enough. Something that almost everyone can probably agree on is that Lifetime’s second attempt at hosting the show was much more successful and entertaining than the first. But still, it lacked that Bravo somethin’ somethin’. Keep reading »
Korto Momolu, who placed second during season five of “Project Runway,” showed during New York Fashion Week for the first time since appearing on the competition show and launched an accessories collection for Dillard’s on the same day. Her fall 2010 collection featured statement coats, updated cowl necks, and beautiful knits. (See the collection here.) Korto says she began designing the impressive collection after Thanksgiving, which is late for most designers. Her accessories line for Dillard’s, which features jewelry and handbags, is as exciting as her clothing. I’m especially loving the Horn Handle Hobo Bag and the Twisted Hoop Earrings. Korto designs another jewelry line as well, The Saba Collection, which is a collaboration with Madera Exotic woods to produce eco-friendly polished wood jewelry. The wood she uses actually resembles stones. It seems her loss on “Project Runway” and sheer determination have propelled Korto to realize her dream fashion career. [Essence, Korto Momolu] Keep reading »