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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.
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.
Nick and Andraé are at it again! Watch their hilarious take on "Project Runway" Episodes 2 through 4, and get caught up on the show for this week's new challenge now:
Also, don't forget to read Nick Verreos and Andraé Gonzalo's weekly blog posts (and Chris March's too!), where they dish about everything they loved and hated on the catwalk from their exclusive "Project Runway" alumni point of view!
Season 2 "Runway" veterans (Uncle) Nick Verreos and (What Happened To) Andrae Gonzalo stopped by the Lifetime offices for a private screening of the Season 6 premiere last week. Having gone through the same experiences as these new contestants, who else would have a better point of view for judging those they've never even met!
As only Nick and Andrae can, here's a fun clip of their first impressions of this season's designers, and their predictions on what's to come for these 16 "Runway" newbies:
Tune in tonight at 10 pm et/pt for an all new episode of "Project Runway" to see who will make it one sew closer to Fashion Week!
Today is the Christmas of all "Runway" days! Here's what's waiting to be unwrapped:
• 8 pm et/pt: The "Project Runway: All-Star Challenge". Eight of your favorite past designers are going for the ultimate bragging rights.
• An All-Star Line Up of "Runway" Bloggers: Andrae Gonzalo (Season 2), Nick Verreos (Season 2) and Chris March (Season 4).
• The Make It Work Sweepstakes: A shot at weekly cash prizes, and a grand prize of $25,000 and lunch with Tim Gunn in NYC.
• Tim Gunn Phone Call: Have Tim Gunn call your dentist, your ex, your co-workers, with a customized message and a reminder to watch the premiere tonight!
• Designer Portfolios: School yourself on the 16 designers' work before they hit the air. Come back each week to see their creations on the show.
• 10 pm et/pt: The premiere of "Project Runway" Season 6 is here. Finally!
• Meet the Models: Check out the modeling books and watch closet tours from the ladies on "Models of the Runway".
• Get Social: Check "Project Runway" out on Facebook and Twitter to find the latest and the greatest show fan chat on the 'Net.
• 11 pm et/pt: "Models of the Runway" series premiere! Get to know these ladies of the runway like never before with their very own show.