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Exclusive: Season 10 Casting Invades Dallas!

Posted By kim_messina 12:36pm GMT

"Project Runway" Season 10 casting is in full force! We've already showed you photos from the Seattle and New York City calls — and now we have your first look at the Dallas auditions. Here's a sneak peek at the many faces of Dallas boutique owner Brian Bolke, former "PR" designer Mondo Guerra and Marie Claire's Katie Connor at the judges table:

Project Runway Season 10 Casting Picture Dallas

Which city do you think will have the best designers? Sound off below!


Exclusive: Another Sneak Peek at Season 10 Casting!

Posted By kim_messina 10:24am GMT

"Project Runway" continues its quest around the country in search for top designers! Here's a sneak peek at Season 10's casting session in New York City run by Seth Aaron Henderson, Mondo Guerra and Marie Claire's Katie Connor:

Project Runway Season 10 Casting Picture

What kind of designs do you want to see rock the runway during "Project Runway" Season 10? Sound off below!


Austin Scarlett to Launch Wedding Line

Posted By LisaRaphael 10:00am GMT

Austin Scarlett Wedding Line

He won the first ever challenge in "Project Runway" history, snagged the silver medal on "Project Runway All Stars" last month and now, Austin Scarlett is unveiling the launch of his new signature evening and wedding gown collection, AUSTIN SCARLETT, which will debut Fall 2012 at New York Bridal Fashion Week.

The collection will make its first appearance at the Neiman Marcus Flagship Store in Dallas this fall and beginning this October, the gowns will be available through specialty boutiques and select department stores nationwide. Ken Downing, Fashion Director of Neiman Marcus and "Project Runway All Stars" guest judge, describes the collection as: "Modern romanticism with a touch of sweet nostalgia, Austin Scarlett creates memorable brides with his signature feminine flourishes, love of glamour and a healthy dose of drama!"

Austin first gained recognition for his love of all things evening wear and couture on the original season of "Project Runway," later going on to join bridal-design house Amsale as Creative Director of its luxury gown collection, Kenneth Pool, where he designed over six seasons of gowns from Spring 2006 to Spring 2009. View pictures from Austin's portfolio here!

For those desiring a sneak preview of Austin’s confections, the designer is making an appearance with a selection of gowns at COUTURE: New York Bridal Fashion Week at the Barclay New York Intercontinental on Saturday, April 14 from 11am to 1pm and Sunday, April 15 from 11am to 2pm. Press inquiries can be sent to pr@austinscarlett.com.

Brides, brides-to-be, grooms, wedding planners... anyone: What do you think we'll see from Austin's bridal collection?


Exclusive: Your First Look at Season 10 Casting!

Posted By LisaRaphael 12:27pm GMT

"Project Runway" Season 10 is on the road looking for the top talent with casting sessions in cities around the country! And who better to lead the search than our very own "PR" superstars? Get your very first glimpse of Season 10's Seattle casting session run by Marie Claire's Jeremy Spears, Mondo Guerra and Seth Aaron Henderson:

Project Runway Season 10 Casting

What kind of designers do YOU want to see on "Project Runway" Season 10? Sound off below!


Attend the "Project Runway" El Paseo Fashion Week Show

Posted By LisaRaphael 6:36pm GMT

El Paseo Project Runway Fashion Show

"Project Runway" designers from different seasons are uniting off screen for Fashion Week 2012 in El Paseo, CA. Organized by "Project Runway All Stars" finalist and Season 8 designer Michael Costello himself for the second year, this year's fashion show features a serious runway show with designs from Kara Janx, Mila Hermanovski, Seth Aaron Henderson and Mondo Guerra, just to name a few. The runway show is Wednesday, March 21 at 8 pm pt, with a trunk show the following day on Thursday, March 22 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm pt where you can actually buy the designers' looks. Michael C., as we're still inclined to call him, gives us some more details on the event!

Lisa Raphael: This is the second year you're doing the show at Fashion Week El Paseo, what was last year like?
It was me, Mondo and Christoper Collins — all the Season 8 boys! — and it was a huge success, sold out. People were standing literally trying to get into the fashion show. It's exciting because there's nothing else like it. I didn’t think it was going to sell out and it did in three weeks and the producers added additional seats and they started to sell standing tickets. This year the show already sold out and it’s bigger and better than ever because we have eight designers, all the fan’s favorites and kind of like heroes vs. villians in a way with Mila and Seth Aaron there from Season 7.

It’s not only the closest things to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, it’s beautiful, there’s millions of dollars that go to the tent and the build-out and the runway’s 85-feet-long this year. Then, I do the trunk show the very next day because yes, it’s great when you can come and meet "Project Runway" designers at Fashion Week, but in the end it’s something for the fans and the designers to be able to buy their clothes.

I want to do this every year with different designers because people don’t forget about the designers. It's cool for all of the "Project Runway" fans who follow them or want to know what they’ve been up to. This is the great opportunity for the designers to deliver this awesome experience fashion show where people can see our latest collections. All of us get emails all the time, and they always ask us, "hey what have you been up to, where can we get your new line, how can we follow you?" and what better way than with an ultimate fan fashion show. You know what I mean? I think it’s going to be so fun.

And all of the designers in the above photo will be there?
Yes. There will be Mondo Guerra, Kara Janx, Mila Hermanovski, Seth Aaron, Gordhana Gelhausen, myself, Michael Drummond from Season 8 and Joshua Christensen from Season 9. He does menswear so the creative director of Fashion Week El Paseo, Susan Stein, my partner Richard and I came up with this really cool concept, to take one model who’s in the picture and transform her into every designer’s personal aesthetic — so we styled her as Mila in Mila's clothes, then we transformed her into something from Seth Aaron and when she transforms into Joshua Christensen’s men look, it’s amazing, she just looks so cool.

As "Project Runway" designers, we always hold Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in the palm of our hand as the best memory for us and no other show we do can ever really compare, so we always compare and rip apart every venue and everything we ever do and it’s always in the back of my head, “well, it’s nothing like Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,” (in my Michael Kors voice). So when they see this, I just want them to be blown away.

Any plans for next year's show yet?
I want to do this every year! Next year, I’m already working on which designers I want to show there. Right now, I’m talking to Anya, I’m talking to Joshua McKinley, Mondo again. Next year, I want to do Heroes vs. Villians of "Project Runway"!

Visit the Fashion Week El Paseo website for more info about the fabulous event, including the trunk show where you can meet and talk with the designers and place orders for the runway looks. Are you going to the show? Comment below to let us know which former "Project Runway" designer's show you would love to see live!


"Project Runway" Season 10: Casting Now!

Posted By LisaRaphael 8:29pm GMT

Think you have what it takes to be on "Project Runway" Season 10? We are holding open casting in New York and L.A. For further casting details, check here!

Project Runway Season 10 Casting

Email: prcasting@bunim-murray.com or visit www.bmpcasting.com/casting/pr for more information!


Heidi Announces "Project Runway" Season 10!

Posted By LisaRaphael 8:22pm GMT

Did you catch the big announcement during tonight's episode of "Project Runway All Stars"? If you missed it — watch Heidi introduce Season 10 below:

Think you have what it takes to be on the next season of "Project Runway"? Casting for the show is underway! Submit your application now.


Anya Ayoung-Chee Confirms Her Engagement!

Posted By LisaRaphael 11:04am GMT

It's a "Project Runway" wedding!! In an exclusive statement to us here at the PR Blog, Season 9 winner Anya Ayoung-Chee emailed to confirm the good news. "I am engaged to my longtime boyfriend, photographer, Wyatt Gallery :)" Anya writes. "Many thanks for your wishes!"

The designer sent us the below photo set, announcing the happy couple with a peek at the beautiful view of Galisteo, New Mexico, where the engagement took place.

Anya Ayoung-Chee Engagement

Many congratulations to Anya and Wyatt! Any guesses what her dress will look like?!


Farewell From Caitlin

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:31pm GMT

It's been my sincere privilege to share my recaps, point of view and show stories over the past four years. You're in very capable hands with the fabulous Miss Lisa Raphael (whom you're already loving over on the Project Runway All Stars Blog) for Season 10 ... and beyond!

Here are some of my favorite "Runway" recaps and moments over the years:

William & Kate

Tracking down over 50 past designers from "Runway" history and getting them to share their Kate Middleton wedding day dress fantasies was not an easy task, but it certainly was darn worth it. The "Today" show liked it so much, it got its own segment on the daytime show, featuring Emilio Sosa (S7), Irina Shabayeva (S6), Leanne Marshall (S5), Johnathan Kayne (S3) and Nick Verreos (S2).

These designers had less than a week to create these designs, as I ran around the city trying to find models. (Psst: Four of the five were relatives or friends pulling me a serious favor!) Talk about pulling a "Project Runway"!

And now, a sampling of my favorite recaps:

Color Blocking vs. Cuckoo Chanel

The Twistiest Challenge Yet

"I'm So Confused!"


Auf Wiedersehen,


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Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia Host Hollywood's Biggest Fashion Night: The Oscars!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 1:17pm GMT

Are you ready for Oscar Sunday? Our very own Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia will be your hosts of the Red Carpet for Hollywood’s biggest fashion night, live on ABC’s Oscar Red Carpet pre-show this Sunday, beginning at 4 pm pt/7 pm et. Check out Oscar.com’s complete coverage, including an in depth look at all the fashion and glamour! And don’t forget to fill out your Oscar Ballot at the official Oscar site.