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Michelle Lesniak Franklin was the "clear winner" during last night's Lord & Taylor challenge. "I knew I was going to win the minute I dressed my model," Michelle says. "It was so different than everybody else's and it fit numerous types of people."
And now her chartreuse shift dress is available at Lord & Taylor stores and online! Click here to buy the dress online.
LORD & TAYLOR TO HOST "PROJECT RUNWAY" DESIGNER MICHELLE LESNIAK FRANKLIN
WHAT: Lord & Taylor will host "Project Runway" Season 11 designer, Michelle Lesniak Franklin, at its Fifth Avenue flagship store. Franklin will meet with customers and sign sketches of her design from the show.
WHO: Lord & Taylor, Michelle Lesniak Franklin
WHERE: Lord & Taylor, 424 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY
WHEN: Friday, March 22, 12:30-2 pm
HOW: This is a public event and customers are invited to attend.
A team is only as strong as its weakest link…but only ONE Project Runway designer can be the winner, so who will play nice and who won’t this season? As 16 talented designers from across the country arrive to The Big Apple, they will have to prove they can create, construct and collaborate their way to Fashion Week for "Project Runway" Season 11 - Teams Edition, premiering Thursday, January 24, at 9.8c.
In the premiere episode, the designers will use New York as their inspiration to create their garments but discover working in teams for the entire season will challenge their patience and creativity. The designers will have to watch their backs while keeping their eyes on the prize as they work together to impress Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and featured judge Zac Posen and guest judge, Season 4 "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano.
And the Season 11 designers are:
Amanda Valentine, 31 - Hometown: Nashville, TN; Resides in Lincoln, NE
Benjamin Mach, 35 - Hometown: Sydney, Australia; Resides in London, England
Cindy Marlatt, 59 - Hometown: Kent, WA; Resides in Kent, WA
Daniel Esquivel, 48 - Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Austin, TX
Emily Pollard, 24 - Hometown: Richfield, OH; Resides in Falls Church, VA
James Martinez, 29 - Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Fort Worth, TX
Joseph Aaron Segal, 30 - Hometown: Framingham, MA; Resides in Providence, RI
Kate Pankoke, 23 - Hometown: Eau Claire, WI & Parkland, FL; Resides in Chicago, IL
Layana Aguilar, 28 - Hometown: Valadares, Brazil; Resides in New York, NY
Matthew Arthur, 30 - Hometown: Hammond, LA; Resides in New Orleans, LA
Michelle Lesniak Franklin, 34 - Hometown: Portland, OR; Resides in Portland, OR
Patricia Michaels, 46 - Hometown: Taos, NM; Resides in Taos, NM
Richard Hallmarq, 39 - Hometown: Saramento, CA; Resides in Sacramento, CA
Samantha Black, 28 - Hometown: Bronx, NY; Resides in Fairfield, CT
Stanley Hudson, 45 - Hometown: Lynwood, CA; Resides in West Hollywood, CA
Tu Suthiwat Nakchat, 26 - Hometown: Chacheangsao, Thailand; Resides in Springfield, VA
There is no "I" in "TEAM," but there is in "FASHION!" Project Runway’s Season 11 returns on January 24 at 9.8c with a twist...the 16 designers will be participating in the series’ first-ever Teams Edition! Yep, you read right. The normally controversial "team challenges" are taken to a whole new level when the designers must work together for every challenge while ensuring their own garments stand out on the runway.
"Project Runway" is also spicing up the judges panel this season with the addition of featured judge, award-winning fashion designer Zac Posen, to help rate the designs alongside Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia. Tim Gunn, will, once again, serve as the mentor, as they sew their way to New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center where Michael Kors will serve as the finale guest judge.
This season will also feature guest judges: Bette Midler, Oscar® winner Susan Sarandon, country music sensation and Grammy® Award winner Miranda Lambert, Grammy-winning singer songwriter John Legend, red-carpet fashion experts Joan and Melissa Rivers, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Davis, Jordana Brewster and designers Rachel Roy, Tracy Reese, Chris Benz and "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano.
Even though all the challenges are team challenges, there will only be one winner. As part of the winner’s prize package, this season’s victorious designer will receive $100,000 from L’Oréal Paris to start his/her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a 2013 Lexus GS 350, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel to create his/her own vision and run his/her business and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord & Taylor. The model paired with the winner of Project Runway will also appear in the designer's Marie Claire editorial feature and receive $25,000 from L'Oréal Paris EverStyle.
React! What do you think about all team challenges? Do you think Zac Posen will make a good addition?
Now that "Project Runway" Season 10 has a fashion champion, we couldn't wait to talk to the newly crowned winning designer, Dmitry Sholokhov, all about the anniversary season and what we can expect from him next! We also pooled questions from our loyal Twitter followersread on to see if your question made the cut!
"Project Runway" seasons come and go, and with them all kinds of talented, promising designers. Judge Nina Garcia and mentor Tim Gunn have been around for all of them. The pair took the time during the run-up to the Season 10 finale to chat with us about this season's developments and to share their thoughts on the final four designers. Check out the Q&A below, and don't forget to watch the finale episode (full of Fashion Week goodness) tomorrow night at 9.8c.
By Indiana Adams, adoredaustin.com
Nothings says New York City like the Radio City Rockettes and nothing says "good tv" like seven crazy good designers on very little sleep manipulating (and in some cases torturing) $350 worth of sparkle and shine.
Out of all the "Project Runway" Season 10 episodes thus far, the premise of this challenge had me the most excited. The last seven designers had two days to make a modern, dazzling performance dress for the most iconic group of dancers in the world: The Radio City Rockettes. The winner's design would be reproduced and worn by all 36 dancers in their upcoming season. In behind the scenes footage online, Rockettes choreographer and director Linda Haberman taught the final seven some Rockette kicks and poses so that each designer would know exactly how their garment needed to move and behave. That meant lots of stretch, lots of bling, and lots of leg! Oh, and also, the dress had to look good from the front row all the way up to the nosebleed section, had to work for both stage performances and television appearances, and needed to be appropriate for any season. And it had to be made out of candy. Oh, wait. Never mind. That was episode two.
Tim took the designers straight to Mood where Sonjia, Ven, and Elena wandered around like Swatch's lost puppies. As the designers made their final purchases, all we can see is sequins and rhinestones and glitter galore. It's like the dustpan from Liberache's dressing room had come to life!
By Allison Ebner, popculturemadness.com
If "Project Runway" had a soundtrack, we’d nominate Bon Jovi’s "Livin’ on a Prayer" for the song of the episode when it came to the HP Intel Print Challenge. The designers may be halfway there in terms of the overall competition, but, boy oh boy, a few too many of them were living on a prayer when it came to this week’s runway.
Heidi greets the designers on the walkway with a wake-up call of her own: it’s time to step it up! Gunnar’s motivation to step it up? He’d like to buy his mom a boob job when he wins. Kind of sweet, we guess, but more along the lines of totally creepy.
The designers go to meet Tim in the workroom where he’s joined by Mondo Guerra, "PR All Stars" winner. Remember back when we all liked and rooted for Mondo back in season 8 where he ended up revealing that he was HIV positive through his fabric and winning the challenge? Yeah, that’s why he’s there. So the challenge is this: create a textile design and modern runway look inspired by your cultural heritage. Mondo’s parting words of wisdom? Don’t’ make the print too literal – which certainly has us hoping we don’t see any straightforward prints covered with initials.
His confidence, competitive streak and previous experience as a "Project Runway" Season 9 contestant made Gunnar Deatherage quite the antagonist at the start of Season 10. Over the past few episodes, though, a calmer, friendlier Gunnar emerged, one who seemed dedicated to producing good clothes instead of producing drama. For the HP fabric-design challenge, he dug deep and created a pattern expressing his past as a victim of bullying, but while the judges were moved by his story, they were less impressed with Gunnar's design. Auf he went. Gunnar answered a few of our questions about his time on the show, the best advice he got from the judges, and the origins of his distinct name. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Former news anchor and longtime television personality Katie Couric kicks off her new daytime talk show this week with episodes celebrating women who are reinventing themselves. I'm a little biased, but I can't think of a better guest than serial multi-tasker Heidi Klum, who continues to push through tabloid chatter to helm the "Project Runway" franchise as host and executive producer, start new business ventures, and raise four children as a now-single mother.
I was in the audience as Heidi and Katie sat down last week to discuss Heidi's divorce from musician Seal, what it's like parenting under the scrutiny of the paparazzi, the circumstances that led Heidi to superglue her toenails to her feet a story that's simultaneously gross and fascinating and the weird good-luck charm she carried during years of overseas travel. (I'm not overstating. It's really weird.) And did you know Michael Kors refused to book Heidi for modeling work early in her career? After checking out their chat, make sure to stick around when Katie reveals a special surprise she and Heidi put together for one lucky audience member.
Heidi's episode of "Katie" airs on Wednesday, September 12. You can find out when Heidi's "Katie" interview airs in your area by checking your local listings.
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