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Category: "Christopher Straub"

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Night at the Museum

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:22am GMT

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?

Ep. 12: Who Should Have Been Sent Home?


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!

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Fashion Geography 101 With Michael Kors

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:22am GMT

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?

Ep. 10: Who Should Have Been Sent Home?



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:


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Ep. 7: Christopher Tries to Outdo Andrae's Legendary Bucket of Tears

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:05am GMT

First of all, welcome back to Michael Kors. In case you forgot he was back, he made someone cry to remind you. Big time.

The self-proclaimed dream team of "Christopperson" didn't live up to the workroom hype, and even though Epperson managed to pull a "MacGyver" and create functioning buttonholes out of thin air, it wasn't going to fool the judges into thinking these designs were cohesive. Alas, they did help inspire the new Michael Kors catchphrase "Disco Pumpkin," which Heidi especially loves ... and from the looks of her uncontrollable laughter, may soon petition to Merriam-Webster:

As the winner of this special challenge, Irina Shabayeva created a holiday look for Macy's INC line. Check out Irina on the red carpet of a recent Marie Claire and Lifetime "Project Runway" event during New York Fashion Week wearing her Macy's INC design:

Irina Shabayeva wears a her holiday design for Macy's INC line during New York Fashion Week, 2009

Now, time for the weekly poll. Was Nicolas lucky to have immunity this week, or was he simply following the lead of Louise's ruffle-filled vision?

Ep. 7: Who Should Have Been Sent Home?



If you want to see what Nicolas (and the other design partners) would have created if he were chosen during the Macy's INC pitch, check out the designers' Episode 7 sketches in the "Project Runway" portfolio now.