The Project Runway Blog
Category: "Season 6"
One of "Project Runway's" true tests of talent in seasons past has been challenges involving unconventional materials car parts, food, furnishings and creating designer duds worthy of an A-list event. Now your Sunday morning newspaper has been added to that list, and who would read between the lines of this challenge better than the chief fashion critic for the Los Angeles Times, Booth Moore?
Covering the latest fashions of New York, London, Milan, Paris and L.A., Booth has interviewed every major fashion personality, including Miuccia Prada, Tom Ford, Gwen Stefani and "Project Runway" Season 4 guest judge Victoria Beckham.
As the editor and co-creator of the Los Angeles Times Image section, one of the many sections of the paper available for the designers to craft garments from, Booth threw out one of the most exciting challenges of Season 6 to date.
Did you have any expectations going into this of what the designers would create? Tim gives us a bit of a history lesson in the episode about the garments that have been successfully made of paper products, so there is precedent here for great fashion.
I figured that they would do crazy and different things I had never even thought of, and that's true, there is a history of paper dresses from the 1960s. FIT has an exhibit up now on fashion and politics, and they had a couple of paper dresses that had campaign slogans on them from the '60s and '70s. That was one of the ways paper was used in fashion: making the human body a literal signboard.
Were all those reams of paper recycled, and what did you hope they’d use from the Times?
Selfishly, I was hoping they would use the Image section, because that is the fashion section! I thought there would be some cool photographs that they could use in an interesting way. There were stacks and stacks of sections, and yes, they had already come out.
This could be a cool new recycling program: making fabulous garments out of newspaper.
Yes! There are companies that make accessories out of newspaper, and I’ve seen little bags and purses with some of my own stories all over them!
Did you expect the designers to use color? It is black and white and very clean, but that can run the risk of being boring.
Because so much of the paper is black and white, there obviously was the opportunity to do cool things with repeating patterns. There are also photographs, particularly in the Fashion section; really cool, big color photographs that could be cut up and used in a cool way.
If you had to wear a paper garment, what would you be willing to wear?
Oh my god.
... And how uncomfortable do you think it would be?
I think there would be a constant worry that you'd be splitting your pants! And that's the scary thing! I might consider a skirt if it wasn't too tight and if it had a lining underneath it. I would carry a bag. I think I would be too nervous to wear a bandeau top or something I imagine newspaper would make a great one! And there's always hats, which I've seen on the runway this week at Fashion Week. There were some Stephen Jones creations at Donna Karan that if they weren't paper, looked like it.
Do you watch the show? Are you a fan of "Runway"?
I do! I think it's been particularly interesting this season to have it in L.A.
Who do you think is the front-runner so far?
I think you kind of have to wait until there's been five or six challenges. Everyone seems to have different strengths that comes out in the early challenges, but it’s hard to get a sense of their full range until you've seen them do several different things.
Who's your favorite judge on the show?
I love Michael Kors' clothes. Michael fits my personal style. He was born to be on television. As a writer, I'm always thinking, How is he so quick?
Secret snark-teleprompter in his watch?
Is there anyone from past seasons whose work you saw on the show and since then you've noticed how much they’ve grown as a designer?
I just saw Christian Siriano's collection. I thought it was really cool. The prints were gorgeous. There was a volcanic print and an ocean print. He's got a lot of skill with draping and an edge to his clothes that I like. The shoes he did for Payless were just out of control! I don't think they're going to be reproduced quite the same way for them, but people have responded really well to them. Maybe they should reconsider!
I was surprised at how comfortable they were. Forty bucks? Boots? Christian Siriano? Hello!
Exactly! I also love Rami Kashou. We go to the same gym in Los Angeles, so I see him all the time! I think he's an amazing designer when it comes to draping and these Greek goddess creations. He always does gowns in a really surprising way, and I wish him well for sure.
If you could create your very own challenge and throw it out to the designers, what would you have them do?
I'm in the middle of traveling for a whole month for all the Fashion Week shows, so it's on my mind! It would have to be something to do with travel coming up with two or three pieces that could be worn for an entire week in different weeks. I've literally had 100 pounds of luggage with me. It's such a pain to always try and plan outfits when you're gone for so long. I love to sit down with a notebook and I try to think of how things can be worn in different ways, and it never works out, or you never have what you need because of the weather you encounter. I think that's something that’s challenging, and it speaks to what's challenging to designers right now, which is how to come up with pieces that are versatile, multipurpose and seasonless.
This may have been the most explosive "Runway" episode of all time! There was a bus with Johnny's name on it headed down the runway, and Nicolas was making sure that he was getting thrown under it! ...And good!
Johnny's "iron-gone-rogue" story may have worked on his model Emarie, but those who were in the workroom know what really went down, and Nicolas was not going to let this phantom "Dior creation that could have been" send him home.
Was Nicolas right to speak up, or should he have let the judges decide Johnny's fate? Watch Nicolas' designer video blog to see what he really thought about this challenge and what went down on the runway:
Nick and Andraé are at it again! Watch their hilarious take on "Project Runway" Episodes 2 through 4, and get caught up on the show for this week's new challenge now:
Also, don't forget to read Nick Verreos and Andraé Gonzalo's weekly blog posts (and Chris March's too!), where they dish about everything they loved and hated on the catwalk from their exclusive "Project Runway" alumni point of view!
Talk about "flying by the seat of your pants"! Logan literally may have done himself the biggest solid of all time by taking a cue out of David Bowie's wardrobe and rocking those silver pants to the runway show. (If he ends up in a toga next week, we know he's figured this out too. Nor would we mind.)
Epperson showed the judges that he was a serious contender with Matar's slinky creation, Qristyl couldn't make the grade with her asymmetrical little black dress and team "Harper Squared" (Althea and Tanisha) took home the win with a smart suited number that Tanisha worked down that runway!
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Tim Gunn, the erudite, silver-haired co-host of Lifetime's Project Runway, will release a book called "Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life's Little Instructions for Making It Work"; publisher Simon Spotlight Entertainment says the tome is due in June of 2010.
Did the designs on last week's "Project Runway" challenge wow you or make you wonder? Play judge and "Rate the Runway." Flip through photos of the designers' creations on the runway. Zoom in for a closer look at that hemline, and check out back and side views for all the details.
Many of you had a lot to say about Ra'mon-Lawrence and Mitchell's design, so why not start there?
Get your fill of the moment on the catwalk that changed the "Runway" history books and watch Ra'mon and Mitchell's extended judging video now:
Do you think Ra'mon's win was justified or was another team overlooked? Sound off here on the blog and let other fans know your thoughts!
We survived a near-cage match between Qristyl and Epperson, if the number of Eri(c)(k)as on the show confused you, your problem is now solved, and Heidi followed through on her warning! Whew! Another episode, another poll:
And don't miss this week's exit interview:
Don't miss the Episode 2 T Lo Awards and this week's Blogging Project Runway judging, where poor Mitchell Hall receives some well-earned snark.
Here's a taste:
And the T Lo goes to ... MITCHELL HALL! "It’s a look for a hip, stylish girl." "It’s a MESS." "She’s meeting her friends for lunch." "YOU. CAN'T. SEW." Points for trying, Mitchell, but the ladies just didn't want to hear it.
Another episode, another designer sent home. Models were swapped, Rebecca judged and Mitchell stopped smocking.
Play judge and "Rate the Runway." Flip through photos of the designers' creations. Zoom in for a closer look at that hemline, and check out back and side views for all the details before you make your final decision.
Watch Tim's full critiques of the designers' concepts in the workroom to see if they subscribed to the fashion guru's advice, or view extended judging on the runway to hear everything the judges had to say, including comments not seen on the show. Go now!
Season 2 "Runway" veterans (Uncle) Nick Verreos and (What Happened To) Andrae Gonzalo stopped by the Lifetime offices for a private screening of the Season 6 premiere last week. Having gone through the same experiences as these new contestants, who else would have a better point of view for judging those they've never even met!
As only Nick and Andrae can, here's a fun clip of their first impressions of this season's designers, and their predictions on what's to come for these 16 "Runway" newbies:
Tune in tonight at 10 pm et/pt for an all new episode of "Project Runway" to see who will make it one sew closer to Fashion Week!