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"Project Runway" Season 6 winner Irina Shabayeva showed off her Fall 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week, and it was a sensation, complete with luxe looks, hand-painted fabrics and fantastic feathers. No stranger to using unconventional materials on the runway (Remember the newspaper challenge?), Irina showcased her innovative skills once again by using Tupperware products in her Fall 2010 line. Check out the close-up shots of how she used them in this video clip:
Season 6 runner-up Althea Harper also presented a fall collection at Fashion Week. She played up curves by featuring cutouts in all the right places, accompanied by slick styling and chunky accessories. She created a cool, urban feel every woman would love in her closet, with the perfect mix of sheer fabrics and knits. And, in a total "42nd Street" moment for modeling, "Models of the Runway" Season 1 winner Kalyn Hemphill went from a guest to walking in the show. Talk about a quick change! See photos from her collection now:
This episode was probably one of the more hilarious scenes we've witnessed on the show in a long time. Between Jonathan's pediphobia, which I was afraid would paralyze him into such a state of tiny-person fear that he'd be unable to complete a garment (no less two); Anthony's 14 minutes and 56 seconds of silent time-out in the workroom; and, of course, Amy's so-called clown pants, we had a straight-up fashion circus on our hands!
Poor Amy. With such a strong showing in the Heart Health challenge, she has truly been a contestant to watch. But when Tim Gunn is throwing down the "clown alert!" yellow flag on a challenge that lends itself to fun and, worse still, your very own child model is telling the workroom that your fashionable children's look resembles circus pants you're in some serious trouble. (Et tu, Caitlin?)
Seth Aaron really stepped up his game and showed why he's in it for the long haul this week. His kiddie Hot Topic pink-and-houndstooth look for Sydney was so adorable, I could not even handle it. Plus, a minz purse? Oh em gee! His "mom" look for model Valeria was even better than I anticipated. Her jacket was something a million fashion-forward women would want in their closets, and, as Michael said, one of the most beautifully constructed items all season.
On her very own "Waterworld"-esque planet populated by her own tears and, apparently, no child in sight was Janeane. Quote: "I don't know children. I don't know how to talk to children. I don't know what they like. I don't know what they wear." WOMAN! You were a minor a mere 11 years ago! If you were American supercentenarian Walter Breuning, absolutely. Sure. That insane argument would have some kind of merit, since you were last a child in Grover Cleveland's second administration. But, considering Reagan's is still within recent memory, I wish you and your Halloween garment well. You can watch even more of her head-scratching comments in Janeane's latest video-blog clip now.
This episode surprised me. Why? 'Cause following instructions is important. It's what keeps people who defuse bombs for a living from cutting the red wire instead of the black one and saving the day. It's also what will get your garment worn by a world-renowned supermodel on the cover of a major publication if you listen to the editor-in-chief's rules to successful covers.
The rules: Fashion-forward design. Use of color. Something Heidi Klum (a.k.a. the world-renowned supermodel on the cover, who is also your judge) would want to wear.
If you can follow this trinity of predetermined rules, you are a mere challenge away from scoring a major coup in your fashion career. Or, you know, totally ignoring all of these helpful hints and going rogue.
Designs that surprised me in a good way:
JESSE: Even though he decided to not subscribe to the color-palette note, Jesse did make a short and sexy dress with a beautiful crisscross design on the bodice. It may have been lost a bit on the runway, but you can zoom in and see his detailing up close in Rate the Runway. Really nice touch.
JAY: I thought he was taking his concept in the wrong direction initially it felt kind of wood nymphesque to me at first glance but the movement was so eye-catching, and Monique knew how to show that effect off on the catwalk. Sure, unless there was also a giant wind machine on set, it may have been lost editorially, but it was memorable.
BEN: When Tim was providing him with some guidance, the best thing Ben ever did was listen to that man. That shiny silver metallic belt he was going for would have taken Lorena from so-called "Madame Butterfly on Acid" to the best Jem and the Holograms Halloween costume. Ever. See? The power of listening to directions!
Deigns that surprised me in a bad way:
SETH AARON: Anyone else notice in the workroom (and in his original sketch) that Seth Aaron had a red polka-dot top incorporated into his design, and then it vanished into the vortex of the power suit that Valeria RAN down the runway in with such fervor that I thought my DVD was stuck scrubbing on fast forward? (Watch her in hyper-speed again in Rate the Walk if you missed it.) Surprisingly, it was safe. I wasn't that pleased by the fit and I thought it would ultimately be overlooked on the newsstand, but it was the only suit.
JANEANE: Oh, Janeane. I feel like she worked on her own separate challenge where she could solely work with bad '80s taffeta prom-dress fabric and was forced to create a dress out of it. A dress inspired by the Swiss Miss Girl. Even the hair was hot-chocolate mountain lady inspired. Heidi's from Germany, not Switzerland. Hello!
Design that surprised me because I was so hypnotized by her sheer level of self-professed confidence, I forgot what I was looking at:
MILA: I was so transfixed by Mila's "I know I am the best" monologue, I became a convert and ignored the fact that Mila also got all mavericky and abandoned the trinity of rules. It was only when guest judge Joanna Coles broke out the verbal whoop-ass that I snapped out of it. (Note to self: If you ever need to pen a brutally honest greeting card, hire her!) Color was off target, big-time, and I think that was made clear. Very, very, British-accent-will-not-soften-this-blow clear.
By the way, The Talent Competition T Lo Award is screaming for Emilio with the scissors for the win this week. Michael Kors, next time you need an egg poached or one of those annoyingly small Phillips-head screwdrivers for sunglasses on the runway, Emilio is your man!
Although I thought Mila’s red-dress contribution looked like a life-sized Rainbow Brite costume and that is being delicate compared with what Sir Gunn had to say about some of his least favorite looks in his blog this week (he is taking off the sports jacket and getting saucy, people!) there’s a much more important and serious takeaway from this week’s episode, and that is the importance of Campbell's AdDRESS Your Heart program.
Campbell Soup, sponsor of "Project Runway" Episode 4 (“Design Your Heart Out”), is committed to fighting heart disease. You can get involved and win some swag and cash! by checking out our Heart Health microsite.
Start by designing your very own dream dress, which will make you eligible to win a prize of $2,000, a Michael Kors bag and accessories. Then play our Red Dress Challenge dress-up game, featuring the designs from Episode 4, plus learn some healthful recipes and tips for staying heart-healthy.
Amy’s winning look will walk the red carpet at the Red Dress Awards on February 10, during New York Fashion Week. So, did you think her design deserved the win, or was someone else overlooked by the judges? Let us know.
New York City, February 1, 2010 – Ellen Archer, President and Publisher of Hyperion, today announced plans to publish a new fashion guide by Nina Garcia, fashion director of Marie Claire and star judge of the hit Lifetime reality series "Project Runway". Titled "NINA GARCIA’S LOOK BOOK: What to Wear for Every Occasion," and featuring original four-color artwork by acclaimed artist Ruben Toledo, this illustrated guide is scheduled for publication in August 2010 under Hyperion’s Voice imprint.
In the book, fashion expert Nina Garcia will answer the universal question all women at one point ask themselves when attending some of life’s most important events: "What should I wear?" In her most practical—yet stylish as ever—project to date, Nina focuses her attention on what every woman needs to know when choosing what to wear to any life event—whether it be a job interview, a first date, or even a parent/teacher conference. From a glamorous, ultra-formal night out to an everyday gathering that calls for casual chic, "NINA GARCIA’S LOOK BOOK" will offer easy-to-read, expert guidance for building that perfect look, every time.