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Austin Scarlett Sounds Off on Fine Art

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:30pm GMT

Austin Scarlett, "Project Runway" alumnus and "Project Runway All Stars" designer will be a featured VIP panelist at "The Fusion of Fine Art and Fashion" in New York, Wednesday, November 16. The event is open to the public.

As a part of this discussion, Scarlett will speak about Fine Art and its influence on him as a designer, as well as give a brief talk on fashion history and the long tradition of Artists collaborating with Designers. Get more information here: http://artfashion.eventbrite.com


Live Tweet With @ProjectRunway and Guests During Tonight's Premiere

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 1:26pm GMT

Tonight's the big night, people! Tune into Lifetime, beginning at 8/7c, for our "Road to the Runway" Season 9 casting special. Hosted by Tim Gunn, fans will see an in-depth look at the casting process and the inside scoop on this season's cast. Featured guest judges include Season 7 winner Seth Aaron Henderson, Season 2's Nick Verreos, Season 3's Laura Bennett, Season 5 winner Leanne Marshall, Season 8's Mondo Guerra and Marie Claire's Zanna Roberts Rassi.

Live tweet with Project Runway during the Season 9 premiere

At 9/8c, meet the 20 designers vying for a spot at Fashion Week. "Project Runway" favorites Johnathan Kayne (@projectkayne), Ramon Lawrence Coleman (@RamonLawrence), bloggers extraordinaire Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo), plus special guest Zanna Roberts Rassi (@zrobertsrassi) will be live tweeting with us during the episode.

Follow @projectrunway on Twitter and use the hashtag #projectrunway in your tweets to join the conversation!


Don't Miss the Season 6, 7 and 8 Marathons!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 7:06pm GMT

Relive the best of three seasons of "Runway" past! Tune in for marathons of Seasons 6, 7 and 8 on Lifetime:

Season 8
Project Runway Season 8 cast
Thursday, 7/21
11/10c am - 11/10c pm Thursday, 7/28
10:30/9:30c am - 8/7c pm

Season 7
Project Runway Season 7 cast
Saturday, 7/23
11/10 c am - 5/4c pm Sunday, 7/24
10/9c am - 5/4c pm

Season 6
Project Runway Season 6 cast
Tuesday, 7/26
9/8c am - 4/3c pm Wednesday, 7/27
9/8c am - 4/3c pm

Don't miss the season premiere of "Project Runway" Season 9 on Thursday, July 28 at 9/8c.


"Project Runway" Season 9 to Premiere Summer 2011, Plus Announcing "Project Runway All Stars" and "Project Accessory"

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 11:00am GMT

Lifetime's Emmy-nominated hit series "Project Runway," 2010's number one competitive reality program on ad-supported cable among Women and Households, will return for its ninth season this summer. Casting is already under way across the country, looking for the brightest new talent in fashion design.

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In addition to Season 9 of "Project Runway," fans will be delighted to see the return of "Project Runway All Stars." Eight one-hour episodes of "All Stars" will feature talented and memorable past contestants from the series, who will once again compete against each other in a series of challenges to show they still have the innovation, talent and poise that made them household names. A brand-new series, "Project Accessory," will follow enterprising artists who will be put to the test to create the newest and hottest trends in accessories as they compete for a cash grand prize to help them launch their own fashion accessories business.

"Project Runway All Stars" (see photos from the first "Project Runway All Star Challenge" in 2009) will be produced by The Weinstein Company and Bunim-Murray Productions, and executive produced by Harvey Weinstein ("Project Runway"), Bob Weinstein ("Project Runway"), Meryl Poster ("Chicago"), Barbara Schneeweiss ("Project Runway"), Jon Murray ("Project Runway," "The Real World") and Rob Bagshaw ("Top Chef Masters"). "Project Accessory" will be produced by The Weinstein Company and Goodbye Pictures, and executive produced by Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Meryl Poster, Barbara Schneeweiss, Sarah Emanuel and Rich Bye ("Project Runway").

Which announcement are you most excited about? The season, a new show or more "All Stars" — and who will they be?! We have our personal picks for past designers. Who's on your wish list?

Which designers would you love to see compete again?


Watch "Today Show" Video: "Runway" Designers Envision Britain’s Princess Bride

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 11:59am GMT

Watch the “Project Runway” wedding gowns for Kate Middleton segment from "The Today Show," featuring royal wedding dresses by “Runway” designers Emilio Sosa (Season 7), Johnathan Kayne (Season 3), Leanne Marshall (Season 5), Irina Shabayeva (Season 6) and Nick Verreos (Season 2):

Learn more about how one these one-of-a-kind wedding gowns can be yours! Proceeds from the sale of the "Project Runway" wedding gowns will go to one of Lifetime’s favorite charities.

To see the collection of designs from more than 50 alumni of "Project Runway" from all eight seasons, visit www.myLifetime.com/runwaywilliamandkate.


See "Runway" Designers' Royal Wedding Gowns on "The Today Show," Monday, April 18!

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 3:00pm GMT

You’ve seen their fantasy sketches, now see the “Project Runway” wedding gowns for Kate Middleton come to life!
Project Runway Kate Middleton Wedding Dresses on The Today Show

Tune in Monday, April 18 to “The Today Show” in the 9:30 am hour to see royal wedding dresses by “Runway” designers Emilio Sosa (Season 7), Johnathan Kayne (Season 3), Leanne Marshall (Season 5), Irina Shabayeva (Season 6) and Nick Verreos (Season 2).

Plus, check back here on the blog on Monday to sign up for exclusive private sale information, and to learn more about how one these one-of-a-kind wedding gowns can be yours. Proceeds from the sale will go to one of Lifetime’s favorite charities.

To see the collection of designs from more than 50 alumni of "Project Runway" from all eight seasons, visit www.myLifetime.com/runwaywilliamandkate.


"Project Runway" Bridal for Kate Middleton Video

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 3:56pm GMT

Watch a special video promoting our Project Runway Designers' Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton photo gallery in support of the movie "William & Kate," premiering Monday at 9 pm/8c on Lifetime: To see the collection of designs from more than 50 alumni of "Project Runway" from all eight seasons, visit www.myLifetime.com/runwaywilliamandkate.


"Project Runway's" Rami Kashou Meets "Drop Dead Diva"

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 5:04pm GMT

Rami Kashou dress Drop Dead DivaWorlds are colliding here at Lifetime! "Project Runway" Season 4 runner-up Rami Kashou will be designing a one-of-a-kind gown for actress Margaret Cho's in "Drop Dead Diva's" highly anticipated gay prom episode in Season 3. The episode will be inspired by the real-life story of Constance McMillen's same-sex prom ban.

In the episode, Jane (Brooke Elliott) brings the case of two teenage lesbians, who were banned from attending their prom, before a judge. Ultimately, she and her colleagues, including her assistant Teri (Margaret Cho), come up with a creative solution to the case.

Access Hollywood shares Rami's excitement: "I am a big fan of Margaret Cho and wanted to create a design as fun and vibrant as her personality through the color. ...My passion and love is in dresses and evening wear and it's such a pleasure to be dressing Margaret's character!"

Season 3 of "Drop Dead Diva" returns this June with previously announced guest stars Kathy Griffin, Wanda Sykes, LeAnn Rimes, Wendy Williams, Paula Abdul, Louis Van Amstel, Lance Bass, Clay Aiken, Nick Zano, Mario Lopez, Tony Goldwyn, Jennifer Tilly and Howard Hesseman.

For more on "Project Runway" designer Rami Kashou, see his fantasy gown in our Project Runway Designers' Wedding Dresses for Kate Middleton photo gallery.

"Project Runway" Designers at New York Fashion Week Fall 2011

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 12:09pm GMT

Hair trends like lots of texture and intricate braiding and beauty looks like a deep red lip were a resounding theme at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. A return to glamour a la the ladies of "Mad Men" was apparent, and the state of the union in American fashion was strong for Fall 2011!

"Project Runway" alumni were no strangers to the tents this season, and standouts like Christian Siriano, Irina Shabayeva, Ivy Higa , Daniel Vosovic, Althea Harper and Leanne Marshall showed off their latest work alongside the likes of legends Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, Monique Lhuillier and Oscar de la Renta.

Project Runway Designers at New York Fashion Week Fall 2011
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Check out our "Project Runway" designers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011 photo gallery to see the latest collections from these designers now.

Looking for more Fashion Week coverage? Check out All the Looks for the latest looks from the runway.


Behind the Scenes at Irina Shabayeva's Fall 2011 Fashion Week Show

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 7:05pm GMT

"Project Runway" Season 6 winner Irina Shabayeva rocked the runway with her Fall 2011 collection at the Studio at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 10. We were there to get an exclusive look at the process of creating the models’ complete look backstage in the hours before the house lights went down.

Maybelline New York lead makeup artist Mizu and his team of artists worked to transform the models based on the instructions “Hyper Sharp Liner” and pastels of all kinds. Considering that the clothing was mostly in primary colors I wondered how they would pull off a complementary look, but this team was exceptional in creating bold and beautiful looks in a very short time. About half the models started on the makeup side, with Mizu overseeing the process and jumping in to create looks himself when time started to run short at the end with late-arriving models coming from other shows.

Backstage at Irina Shabayeva Fall 2011 New York Fashion Week

Jordan M of Bumble and Bumble and his team of hairstylists were on hand to create the striking hairstyle that Irina had designed. Each model had one cornrow painstakingly braided on the right side of her head and pinned into a bun at the nape of her neck; the rest of her hair was straightened and pulled into hard angles and pinned up as well. The process was fascinating to watch, and I appreciated Jordan explaining to me and to one of his assistants what products to use and how best to create a tight braid - I’m certain I’ll use that advice myself.

A fun twist came when Irina popped in to inspect the looks of the models and make any last-minute changes. She noticed how amazing their white and black glittery nails looked and had her own girly moment with a couple of the girls to the delight of the backstage press! After she gave the models’ looks her stamp of approval, she moved to inspect the dresses and met with the fitters to work on getting everyone ready to go.

The last model arrived just as the others were on their way in to get dressed. Jordan and Mizu’s teams sprung into battle as her hair, nails, and makeup all got done at one time. I’d love to dish backstage drama or a good "Project Runway" style meltdown, but while the atmosphere was very bustling and busy, all the models and artists were of good cheer - even with cameras shoved in their faces and the same questions being asked over and over. Thanks to our friends at Susan Price Agency for giving us a backstage look at how the art of the runway show is created!