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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:
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!
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!
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!
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!
When you meet Althea Harper in person, it may take you a minute to figure out whether you're talking to a designer or a model. Although I didn't get to see this blonde bombshell's catwalk moves (yet), if you've seen her impressive portfolio, you know this girl knows her fashion and how to show off her sense of style.
Has she always been a fashionista? Apparently, yes. Althea told us that although she always loved to draw, at the young age of ten when she found her true passion for fashion. She recently graduated from The University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, and took her design education across the pond for additional training at Central St. Martin in London. She's interned at prestigious fashion houses like Anna Sui, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.
Her wise fashion advice? Go check out some thrift stores for some classic items at bargain prices. (We're in a recession, you know!) Splurge on items like a killer pair of shoes or a wow-factor bag that will give your outfit the ultimate upgrade.
What do you think? Can Althea make it all the way to Fashion Week to show off her stuff? Sound off!