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Whether you’ve been a bride, are a bride-to-be or have sworn to be a bachelorette for life, you're sure to have an opinion on bridal gowns. From the funky to the traditional, we've gathered some unique wedding dress designs from "Project Runway" alumni Austin Scarlett, Chloe Dao, Nick Verreos, Leanne Marshall, Carol Hannah Whitfield and Irina Shabayeva, plus the best bridal designers in the business.
"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:
"Project Runway" Season 6 winner Irina Shabayeva recently teamed up with "Models of the Runway" Season 1 winner Kalyn Hemphill to meet fans at Macy's Herald Square in New York City and show off Irina's holiday design for Macy's INC.
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In case you couldn't tell, Irina's latest source of design inspiration are butterflies. From her garments to her bags and jewelry, Irina's newly revealed Spring 2010 lines are all about butterflies too. (Someone tell Mariah Carey already!)
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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:
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!
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:
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:
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?
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.