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So how did this monumental fashion moment for the "Project Runway" runner-up come about, anyway? And who chose to cut those sleeves? (Michael Kors?) "Runway" fans set a record here on the blog with nearly 14 thousand votes to bring those sleeves back, and now we finally have all the answers from Mondo himself!
Lifetime: Heidi Klum wore your much-discussed polka-dot dress design on the red carpet. What’s the real story behind her choosing the dress and the modification of the sleeves?
Mondo Guerra: Heidi, Heidi, Heidi. I was in Los Angeles when she called and asked me, “Where’s my dress?” I did a fitting with her and was so scared because, if you remember the active-wear challenge from Episode 11, our first meeting in the workroom on the show didn't go down so well.
MG: But she told me that she was so hard on me because she believed in me and wanted to see me go to the finale. She added that, if she didn’t believe in my talent, she wouldn’t have been so critical. German tough love ... I understand it now! As for the modified sleeves, it was simply per the request of my client, Heidi Klum. She kept her word! Thank you, Heidi.
So there you have it! If you still want more Mondo (and who doesn't lately?), don't forget that you can still snag one of his limited edition tees for Piperlime for World AIDS Day), and can check out the rest of our Mondo interview about his Piperlime fashion collaboration on our All the Looks Insider blog.
"Project Runway" Season 7 designer Ping Wu made her mark as one of the more colorful characters from her season. Whether it was her lax design style (Fitting her own body instead of a dress form? Excessive fabric use?) or her workroom showdown with team challenge partner Jesse LeNoir, she certainly stood out!
Since her "Project Runway" farewell, Ping says she "has continued building relationships with high end boutique stores in major cities across the country, and [is] looking forward to working with a reputable showroom in NYC in January."
"I am moving to California during the winter season. I hope this experience will bring some new inspiration to my work and life. I'm looking forward to my return trips to Paris and some Scandinavian countries next year, too. I might accept the offer I had postponed for in a Buddhist temple in southwest China during the summertime."
Want to see Ping's latest work in person? Check out these upcoming dates and locations:
• Nov. 19-21: Washington Craft Show, Washington, D.C.
• Dec. 2-5: One of A Kind Show, Chicago, IL
• April 14-17: 29th Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
• Jan. 21-23: LA Gift Show, Los Angeles, CA
• Jan 29-Feb 3: New York International Gift Show, NYC, NY
The Germans do not mess around when it comes to keeping their promises! In the Season 8 finale showdown between Team Gretchen (Michael Kors and Nina Garcia) and Team Mondo (Jessica Simpson and Heidi Klum), "I'd like to see you wear that dress, Klum!" was the dare heard 'round the world about Mondo Guerra's finale polka dot dress. ...The time has come!
I'm on the fence about seeing Michael's suggestion of removing the sleeves come to life here on Heidi. It almost makes it less formal. What do you think of the modification?
Now all we need is Miss Simpson to step up to the plate! For more Team Mondo, visit Mondo Guerra's official site, lovemondotrasho.com.
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 12, 2010) -- Lifetime Television has ordered the unscripted series Seriously Funny Kids (working title), hosted by supermodel and supermom Heidi Klum ("Project Runway"), for a 2011 launch, it was announced today by Lifetime Networks’ President and General Manager, Nancy Dubuc, and Executive Vice President, Entertainment, JoAnn Alfano.
"Seriously Funny Kids" will feature Klum interacting with children and bringing out the hilarious and often insightful things they say. Lifetime has ordered 20 half-hour episodes of the program, which will be produced by LMNO Productions, with Klum, Eric Schotz ("Kids Say the Darndest Things," "I Get That A Lot"), Desiree Gruber ("Project Runway") and Jane Cha ("Project Runway") executive producing.
Regarding the announcement, Dubuc said, “'Seriously Funny Kids' will continue to diversify our original programming schedule as we move forward developing and ordering new series that strengthen Lifetime’s powerful combination of reality, scripted programs and movies year-round.”
Klum added, “Someone once said never work with children and animals…so I decided to drop the animals and stick with the kids. Naptime, playtime and snack time are my favorites, so is it any wonder that kids and I get along so well? I have four children under the age of six, and to be honest, sometimes I enjoy them more than adults. They’re uncensored, unpredictable and absolutely hilarious. The kids will be the absolute stars of this show.”
"Project Runway" was nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, while its host Heidi Klum was nominated for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. Lifetime Television received a total of 11 2010 Emmy® Award nominations this morning – a single year record for the network. Congrats!
Watch a preview of "Project Runway" Season 8. The new season premieres Thursday, July 29 at a new time — 9 pm et/pt — and is now 90 minutes long:
Heidi Klum looked fabulous last night at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Back-up Plan" in a modified version of Emilio Sosa's Episode 11 winning dress:
Tim Gunn called it the biggest payoff in "Project Runway" challenge history, and Anthony Williams' Episode 5 winning moment has finally arrived!
Check out a preview of Heidi Klum wearing the winning dress on April's cover of Marie Claire, available on newssstands March 16.
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!