Season Premiere July 24 at 9/8c
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!
Some of the most memorable contestants over the past six seasons of "Project Runway" (Johnny Sakalis and Nick Verreos, anyone?) have been FIDM graduates — where Season 6 was filmed in Los Angeles, CA. Check out our gallery of these FIDM grad designers now:
By Rachel Cohen
So what was it like when you walked onto the set to judge?I was thinking to myself, Should I put my instructor cap on and treat this like a mid-term or final exam with my students at FIDM? and also how I still wanted to be nice Uncle Nicky while judging. Most of all, I was aware that I’d been there and knew the designers’ pain, so I didn’t want to be critical for the sake of being mean; I wanted to be constructive.
Did the designers welcome you with open arms?They jumped up and down, and were clapping. So I started jumping up and down! Instantly, I realized I had to simmer down, because in about an hour I may be wrecking them with my judging and one of them might want to slap me!
Were you comfy sitting between Heidi and Nina?I was nervous sitting next to Nina. I’d feel comfortable giving Heidi high fives or having margaritas with her. Nina, not so much. It’s a different camaraderie with her. She has a certain demeanor, which did pile the nervous pressure on me to behave.
What was one thing that happened during judging that didn’t make it into the episode?There was lot of discussion about Gordana's design. I thought her model looked like a secretary working at the Kremlin ... pushing secret papers in the old Soviet Union. Heidi added that it did remind her of her own country. We got into this whole East GermanyversusWest Germany sensibility in fashion and how this was the opposite look of the Oktoberfest girl [Epperson's design in a previous episode].
What about the hoopla regarding copying between Irina and Althea?It's funny to watch Irina's bitchy commentary and the rivalry between her and everyone else. I didn't know any of that when I was the first one to say Althea's sweater looked like Irina's design. I was explaining how this happened in my classes at FIDM when Irina shot Althea a look and then [Althea] shot her one back. I guess I was "pot-stirring Uncle Nicky" when I asked about the similarities.
Any other big debates?Yes Carol Hannah's cocktail dress versus Althea's sweater and pants. Althea's design was more modern and looked more like the future of American sportswear, which is why she won. It's funny that there is a history with rewarding sportswear versus gowns and dresses. People associate American designers with sportswear, like Bill Blass and Calvin Klein. I'm a gown designer too, yet I found myself in judging rewarding the sportswear over the cocktail dress!
What is something that really surprised you during the show?How dark and somber the colors were from the designers. At one point, I turned to Nina and said, "Has it been like this?" and she told me off the cuff, "Yes, we’re trying to get them to step it up." I know at this point in the competition, you are tired, very tired! Your creative and emotional self and your brain need a rest. I wanted these designs to make my hair stand up, but I did keep that in mind when looking at colors like gray ... which don’t excite me. Logan. It’s funny that I had a hand in taking him out, yet I’d choose him. I see him and want to look like him ... OK, I know I can’t look like him, but I want the look of his skinny jeans and accessories.
Too bad Season 2 designer (and myLifetime blogger) Nick Verreos wasn't around to provide a rundown of his favorite Grecian runway moments to Nicolas before he began his design this week! Taking an anti-dress stance, Nicolas began creating a concept squarely based around a pair of tailored gray cigarette pants, allowing Michael Kors to call him out on totally missing the Balkan Peninsula and ending up somewhere in the middle of a John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John movie musical.
However, even though Nicolas may have brought us a little closer to the Great White Way, Christopher found himself nowhere near New Mexico and his model, Matar, knows a thing or two about the Wild West! This was the self-taught designer's fourth consecutive trip to the Bottom Three (Check out the "Project Runway" Scorecard!), but he was spared by the design gods yet again and our favorite feather-loving friend was sent packing. Will Christopher ever return to his promising moments in the beginning of the season, or is next week his last on the show?
On the flip side, Irina has won her third challenge. Did she luck out, or is this all a bit too easy for her? Check out her Episode 10 video blog, where she shares her love of outerwear an Aspen snow bunny would [have their butler] kill for and creating a luxe look for less:
Are you a designer at heart? Then the "AdDress Your Heart" Design Contest is the perfect place to channel your inspiration. Campbell Soup Company and Tim Gunn, co-host of Lifetime's "Project Runway," have partnered to raise awareness about heart disease the number one killer of women. Open your heart to the cause by visiting CampbellsAddressYourHeart.com to design a red dress and share your heart-health inspiration. You could win a trip to New York City, where your dress design will be debuted at a red carpet event with Tim Gunn in February!
Additionally, your dress design could become the next Campbell red dress, joining the ranks of a growing legacy of red dress couture from designers such as Nicole Miller and Michael Volbracht for Bill Blass.
Hurry up and enter submit your design by November 6, 2009. Visit CampbellsAddressYourHeart.com to submit a red dress design and describe (in 250 words or less) why heart disease is a cause that is important to you, as well as share an inspiring story about your female "heart-health hero." The winning entrant and his/her heart-health hero will walk the red carpet of the Woman's Day Red Dress Awards with Tim Gunn to debut the dress!
Does the "Feather Prince of New York" have us seeing double? In his best "Runway" moments, his work is meticulous; beautifully and painstakingly handcrafted — and usually silver — but is Nicolas giving us only one note? Check out his designs for Episode 6 side by side with his designs for Episode 9:
That's two pieces from a collection right there! Done! Alas, somewhere an ostrich is a bit colder tonight, for naught. But as much as Nicolas hates ruffles, I love his outspoken, expletive-filled weekly video blogs. (Watch Nicolas declare his [unofficial] win for this challenge now.)
Were the designers at a disadvantage because they did not have an opportunity to consult with Christina herself before the challenge? With Christina Aguilera's versatile looks over the years, who but her alone is to say what the judges wanted to see? Was she getting "Dirrty" again, or is she going "Back to Basics" in her future stage look? Or perhaps she wanted to open a new chapter in her lookbook? Knowing her expectations might have brought a whole different aspect to this challenge.
Watch this "Project Runway" Season 6, Episode 9 preview video, and start placing your bets on which designer is up to the challenge of impressing guest judge, designer (and Sultan of Sequins!) Bob Mackie, with a design for Grammy Award-winning Christina Aguilera. (A return to the "Dirrty" Xtina circa 2002 look, anyone?)