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"Project Runway" winner Irina Shabayeva thought she was done with challenges, but "Live! With Regis and Kelly" gave her a special one when she was announced as the winner of Season 6. Since the show is in Las Vegas this week, "Live!" asked Irina to design a wedding dress for Kelly Ripa as an homage to the dress Kelly never had when she eloped in Vegas. The dress was revealed on this morning's show:
Watch Kelly work it in the dress Irina had just three days (!) to complete:
Twitter was aflutter during the 2009 American Music Awards last night with one resounding question: No, not "Did you or didn't you catch J.Lo's dance-number tumble (ouch!)?", but "Was sassy country crooner Carrie Underwood wearing a Carol Hannah Whitfield design from her "Project Runway" Fashion Week collection during her performance of 'Cowboy Casanova'?"
Left: Carol Hannah's Fashion Week look. Right: Carrie Underwood at the 2009 AMAs. (Credit: WireImage)
So, was she or wasn't she? And who would be able to answer this question better than Carol Hannah herself, who received images of the singer's outfit from inquisitive fans: "I'm not sure whether to be happy and flattered or upset for being possibly copied — and rather poorly at that. Shorts???"
Perhaps Carrie's Carol Hannah–esque stage look was inspired by all those frequent-flier miles she racks up? Her design was recently featured in Sky magazine's blurb on New York Fashion Week:
For more of Carol Hannah's (real) designs, check out her site, carol-hannah.com.
And don't worry, you won't be in "Runway" withdrawal for too long. "Project Runway" Season 7 is right around the corner! Back in New York and with more Nina and Michael than you can handle, what's not to love?
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WHAT: The top three designers join @lifetimetv and @projectrunway to answer YOUR questions before the finale!
WHEN: 9 pm et10 pm et on Thursday, November 19
WHERE: On Twitter! Here’s how to join us:
Follow @projectrunway and @lifetimetv, who will be moderating the conversation.
Then join us from 910 pm et on Thursday, November 19 during the re-airing of Part 1 of the finale as we field your questions and get pumped for the reveal of their final collections at Bryant Park!
Remember to hashtag #projectrunway at the end of your tweets so everyone can follow the conversation!
We will be fielding questions from Irina (@irinashabayeva) from 9-9:15, Althea (@altheaharper) from 9:15-9:30 and Carol Hannah (@happilyeverCH) from 9:30-9:45.
Please send your questions to @projectrunway or @lifetimetv during these times. Who knows, maybe your question will be picked and answered by the finalists!
In the event that you've been living under a rock since August (welcome back!) or just want to relive it all from the beginning, don't miss the "Project Runway" Season 6 marathon, beginning at 9 am et/pt on November 19, leading up to Part 2 of the finale at 10 pm et/pt, followed by the finale of "Models of the Runway" at 11 pm et/pt. It's a whole day of "Runway" you don't want to miss!
Only a few more days till we see the models strut their stuff during the designers' final collections at Bryant Park! Be sure to grab our official countdown widget to celebrate:
Having visited the final three in their hotel rooms during Fashion Week back in February, I will submit myself to a grueling consultation with that guy from "Lie to Me" to attest that, yes, Carol Hannah was definitely every bit as "I-dragged-myself-out-of-my-death-bed-to-be-here" sick as she seemed on TV. And, man, it takes a serious fighting spirit to pull yourself together for one of the biggest moments of your professional life (that will preserved on film for all time) when you're feeling that crappy. After only now hearing Tim's "She’s contagious!" monologue that he offered up to Althea and Irina, I kinda wish I'd had more hand sanitizer with me that day, but don’t we all wish we had Tim's infinite wisdom on hand?
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In fact, Tim's ability to objectively size up any situation — specifically the success (or lack thereof) of a garment — is the reason this man gets paid the big bucks. After probably wishing that Althea lived a bit closer to the tri-state area with all that snow piling up, Tim made his finalist home visits that provided the designers with the first bit of feedback they’ve had since leaving FIDM — and the warmer weather of L.A.
How closely these ladies ultimately followed Tim's suggestions remains to be seen (tune in next week for Part 2 of the finale), but his overall message is something often forgotten: cohesion, cohesion, cohesion. (Oh. And edit, edit, edit.)
Were Althea, Carol Hannah and Irina paired up with the right Season 6 cohorts for the job, or were there better choices that could have been made? Was anyone else surprised that Carol Hannah didn't at least cough in Althea's direction after she scooped up Logan as her partner? C'mon!
Vote for your favorite looks of Season 6, and remember to check out the latest installment of Blogging Project Runway judging here on myLifetime.com, where Team BPR weighs in on the best and worst designs of each challenge.
A museum is an overwhelming place for inspiration. Priceless pieces by the greatest artists of our time, architectural triumphs and even a fountain covered in algae all provide for a unique source of a garment. After 12 weeks of designing in a creative crucible, were any of these remaining five designers able to do something worthy of the challenge? Was Carol Hannah inspired by a bed because she just wanted to take a nap? Did Gordana pick a spiritual Monet painting because she just wanted some peace and tranquility back in her life? Did Christopher shed tears on the runway like the water flowing from ... oh, forget it. That's just what he does.
Regardless of the motivation, it seems like some of the strongest designers missed the mark with the pressure of the final challenge building. Irina scrapped from her design a fur piece Tim Gunn dubbed "roadkill," but was slammed for her use of heavy accessories by guest judge Cindy Crawford. Althea attempted an overly ambitious architectural piece that put her in jeopardy for the first time all season. Was now not the time to take a big risk in the competition?
In the end, consistently good work from our top three is what sent them to Fashion Week and at least this time, with many miles between them, these ladies can't be accused of idea-copying and oversized-sweater-coveting, but I patiently await another accusatory video blog of Irina with a nanny-cam tape at the ready!
Is Carol Hannah, Irina or Althea taking home the win at Bryant Park? See pictures of their inspirations, past collections and work all season long in their "Project Runway" Portfolio before you place those bets. It's like your very own Periodic Table of Fashion Elements for the big exam!