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22
FRI

Ping's Peek-a-Booty Bag Dress

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:16am GMT

This may be one of my favorite "Runway" challenges in a long time. It may be because I'm über-Irish and have an inherent love of all thing potatoes, but it also could be because this really puts the designers' talents to the test: make ugly look expensive and pretty.



As we've seen in seasons of "Project Runway" past, impressing the judges in the "unconventional fabric challenge" is broken down into three key things:

1. If it's produce or a foodstuff with the risk of expiring on the runway, did it die halfway down the catwalk or did you shellac it within an inch of its life?

2. Does it look like it could pass as a legit fabric with its sister's fake ID?

3. Can your model act as if it's the most comfortable, amazing garment she's ever worn and is not secretly slowly breaking out into hives before the judges' eyes?

If you can pull the above off under the hot runway lights, you better hang on to that model for the next challenge and never let her go.

And speaking of the ghosts of "Runway" past, didn't Ping Wu's peek-a-booty dress for Elizaveta look exactly like a hybrid of the top of Andrae Gonzalo's garden party "doormat" dress and the (bare) bottom of Zulema "Shatangi" Griffin's revealing sweater dress? You know it does!


What did you think of last night's challenge? Read Tim Gunn’s blog for Episode 2 where he yells at Jesus (the designer, not the Biblical figure) to wake up and disagrees with the judges’ choice for best dress on the runway.

15
FRI

Runway Déjà Vu! Plus Sexy: Minus Plus, Minus Sexy

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:14am GMT

Is it just me, or was there some serious déjà vu happening in Season 7, Episode 1?

Christiane King’s design looked like the missing blue doppelganger of Season 6 designer Qristyl "Plus Sexy!" Frazier’s Episode 1 look, landing both ladies in the bottom three, but unfortunately for Christiane, this episode would be her first and last.


Other than that brief transportation into the past, Season 7 promises to be filled with my following predictions:

Jesus and Emilio share workroom secrets with each other en español.

Mila and Maya get mistaken for one another on the runway with their Louise Black–esque black bobs.

Ping choreographs dramatic interpretive fashion dances for each of her models to perform.

Janeane crafts a garment from tissues, because a box is always within reach {cue tears}.

Anthony gets his own stand-up show, because he just needs one. Now.

As you’re clicking through all the fun features we’ve rolled out for Episode 1 — Rate the Runway, Tim Gunn’s new blog, "Project Runway" Portfolios, designer video blogs — don’t forget to pick your favorite designers for your very own "Project Runway" Fantasy Game team. With Janeane shedding so many tears, she may be a sure thing to win you points in that category!

What did you think of the Season 7 premiere? Sound off here on the blog now.

12
TUE

He's Back! Announcing the Return of Tim Gunn's Blog

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:06pm GMT

One of the blogs most beloved by "Project Runway" fans is back — Tim Gunn's! The fashion guru himself will be giving his take on each episode all season long, beginning with the season premiere (Thursday at 10 pm et/pt).

Visit Tim Gunn's blog right away.

Also new to blogging this season — in addition to Tim and the previously announced Carol Hannah (with footnotes from Logan Neizel)"Models of Runway" Season 1 winner Kalyn Hemphill will be guest-blogging for the Official "Models of the Runway" Blog throughout Season 2.

To hold you over, watch this preview of "Project Runway" Season 7 now:

08
FRI

Play Our New Project Runway Fantasy Game All Season Long!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 2:56pm GMT

To celebrate "Project Runway" Season 7, we've just revealed our new Project Runway Fantasy Game!

Project Runway Fantasy Game

Check out the "Project Runway" Season 7 designers and pick your three favorites for your team. Watch the premiere next Thursday, January 14, at 10 pm et/pt and start playing against your friends, family and coworkers, beginning with Episode 2!

The designers you have selected can earn you points during each episode of the show by doing things like winning a challenge and avoiding elimination, or lose you points by worrying Tim or boring Nina. (Ouch!)

Sign up and start formulating your Project Runway Fantasy Game team selections now!

07
THU

On Jan. 13 Fashion Avenue, NYC Becomes Project Runway Avenue!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 3:57pm GMT

Update: Wednesday, January 13 at 11:30 am at Intersection of 39th and Fashion Ave (7th Ave)

The following designers and models will be appearing:
Althea Harper
Anthony L. Williams
Austin Scarlett
Carol Hannah Whitfield
Celine Chua
Cerri McQuillan
Chris March
Emilio Sosa
Irina Shabayeva
Jesse LeNoir
Jonathan Peters
Kalyn Hemphill
Laura Bennett
Logan Neitzel
Malan Breton
Maya Luz
Nicolas Putvinski
Pamela Ptak
Qristyl Frazier
Ramon-Lawrence Coleman

In celebration of "Project Runway's" return to New York for its seventh season, Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia join city officials and fashion industry representatives at street naming ceremony in front of iconic "Needle Threading a Button" sculpture in New York City's Fashion District where Fashion Avenue will be temporarily renamed Project Runway Avenue.

NYC & Company, New York City's official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, will also present a New York City Proclamation deeming Wednesday, January 13 as Project Runway Day, highlighting the show's contribution to New York City’s fashion industry, in anticipation to the premiere of "Project Runway" Season 7 on Thursday, January 14 at 10 pm et/pt on Lifetime Television. City officials will speak about the critical role the fashion industry plays in New York City’s economy.

"Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn, judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia will join NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta, Lifetime Networks CEO Andrea Wong, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, Fashion Center BID President Barbara Randal, and several of "Project Runway's" and "Models of the Runway's" past and current season contestants.

03
SUN

Nicole Richie to Guest Judge on "Project Runway" Season 7 Premiere on January 14

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 7:04pm GMT

Nicole Richie will be the guest judge for the "Project Runway" Season 7 premiere episode, airing January 14 at 10 pm et/pt, followed by the premiere of "Models of the Runway" Season 2 at 11 pm et/pt.

Read more about Nicole Richie's appearance on "Project Runway" Season 7 now.



29
TUE

Be 2010's Designer Darling

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 3:26pm GMT

Check out our fun new "Project Runway" Facebook app to spread the word about "Project Runway" Season 7!


Speaking of Facebook, connect with fellow fans and get the latest updates on our official "Project Runway" Facebook page and, of course, "Project Runway" on Twitter.

28
MON

Meet "Project Runway" Season 7 Designer Jesus Estrada

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 8:04pm GMT

"Project Runway" Season 7 designer Jesus Estrada from Mexico (now calling San Diego, CA home) made one of his earliest winning designs for his very own mother in a Mrs. Mexico competition (she even showed up as a model for his casting session!), and never looked back. Grandiose gowns and Dolce and Gabbana have inspired his design aesthetic over the years and will be sure to make a splash on the runway on Season 7... if his designs can literally make it down the catwalk! (He likes his tulle!)

Jesus Estrada


Check out the rest of Jesus' work in his "Project Runway" Portolio and definitely don't miss out on his closet tour video. You may think you're seeing double! (You'll see.)
23
WED

"Project Runway" Season 7 Premiere Sneak Peek!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 8:38pm GMT

Watch a new clip from the "Project Runway" Season 7 premiere, airing January 14 at 10 pm et/pt. Is Tim "concerned" already? I guess Episode 1 is soon enough!

21
MON

Meet "Project Runway" Season 7 Designer Emilio Sosa

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:07pm GMT

"Project Runway" Season 7 contestant Emilio Sosa has been a costume designer for over 20 years, crafting pieces for theatrical productions for everything from Broadway shows ("Topdog/Underdog") to A-list diva concert events (a recent Celine Dion world tour).

Emilio Sosa

Click through Emilio Sosa's portfolio to see sketches of his work, and watch his casting session video for the garments that got this design veteran a spot on the show. And seriously don't miss Emilio's closet tour video, because where else can you see someone rock an original Members Only jacket, a Kangol hat and bust out some fly '80s dance moves in 2009? Exactly.