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Category: "season 8"
Relive the best of three seasons of "Runway" past! Tune in for marathons of Seasons 6, 7 and 8 on Lifetime:
11/10c am - 11/10c pm Thursday, 7/28
10:30/9:30c am - 8/7c pm
11/10 c am - 5/4c pm Sunday, 7/24
10/9c am - 5/4c pm
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.
Don't forget to check out Mondo's fantasy sketch of Kate Middleton's wedding dress, too!
"Project Runway" Season 8 standouts Michael Costello, Mondo Guerra and Christopher Collins are taking on Fashion Week El Paseo, Wednesday, March 23. The designers will be showcasing all new collections for the event.
|PHOTO: JEREMY MONTEMAYOR|
For more details on their show and how to get tickets, please visit fashionweekelpaseo.com.
It was a very "Project Runway" red carpet at the Academy Awards this year! Our very own Tim Gunn took up interview duties, making it work as the stars flaunted their latest looks, plus Season 8 designer Mondo Guerra teamed up with On the Red Carpet to sound off on the best and worst looks of the night. His personal fav? "True Grit" Best Supporting Actress nominee Hailee Steinfeld looking pretty in a pink Marchesa.
A custom design by Season 8 winner Gretchen Jones was worn by Jessica Trusty, wife of Aron Ralston. Aron was played by Oscar nominee James Franco in "127 Hours," based on his heroic true-life story of survival (photo: Gretchen Jones):
The leather bodice and silk skirting was based on a piece from her 2011 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Week collection, as featured on "Project Runway."
We caught up with Season 8 designer Nicholas D'Aurizio to get the latest update on what lead to his early exit, what he would have done differently and what's in store for him next.
What was your best design of the season?
I only had two designs. Even though I was booted with it, I stand by my second design. Sure, it could have been changed a little bit, but it was trend right for the season it was made for, color right, the fit was impeccable and it was really well made.
What was your worst design?
The first challenge. It was horrible. It fit well, but it is a total bridemaid dress. Only having five hours to complete it, I was astonished I even made a dress that fast, but it's a bit boring, as the judges told me.
If you could redo one design which would it be and what would you change?
The second. I would have made the top a full blouse, not such a high back and I'd ditch the cape. I stand by it, but I realize that if I had made these edits, I'd probably would have made it much farther on the show.
Who was your favorite guest judge and why?
Joanna Coles. Even though I wasn't part of most of the judging ceremonies, watching the show air, I think Joanna was the best. She knows what she is talking about and she gives really good critiques. The rest of the guest judges just werent too impressive to me.
What was the most difficult judging session for you?
The first one. I thought I was going home and I wasn't going to make it through. To just start the competition and be on the bottom was a horrible experience. It's odd, though. I appear to be on the verge of a heart attack on camera, but I really wasn't feeling that "horrible" inside. I was just nervous. It's a pretty surreal experience standing on that runway for the first time.
What was the most difficult judging session for you?
Upon leaving the show, I really was down and out. It was a hard adjustment to get back into the swing of "real" life again. I also left kinda feeling a bit like a failure and was pretty bitter about the whole experience. I now realize it doesn't matter how well I did. It matters that I made it on the show. Although I'm not gracing the pages of Marie Claire or having my clothes bought by major department stores like some of my fellow designers, I was part of the cast of Season 8 of "Project Runway." I need to be proud of that and realize the doors it has opened for me and that dreams do come true.
I'm currently working on my Fall 2011 collection that will be shown during Mercedes Benz Fashion week in February. I am also planning to launch a proper handbag collection with this collection. It should be a great show!
"Project Runway" Season 8 finalist Andy South has been keeping very busy since we last saw him at New York Fashion Week. When he's not working on launching his secondary line, SOUTH by Andy South, hitting the market February 2011, he's been creating a custom gown for the state of Hawaii's First Lady-elect, Dr. Nancie Caraway.
Andy shared a blog with us that has tracked the evolution of the First Lady of Hawaii's inaugural dress into a complete ensemble: http://paularathandhawaiisfashionforum.wordpress.com. Today's inauguration of Hawaii Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie will reveal the final look Andy designed for Dr. Caraway.
So how did this monumental fashion moment for the "Project Runway" runner-up come about, anyway? And who chose to cut those sleeves? (Michael Kors?) "Runway" fans set a record here on the blog with nearly 14 thousand votes to bring those sleeves back, and now we finally have all the answers from Mondo himself!
Lifetime: Heidi Klum wore your much-discussed polka-dot dress design on the red carpet. What’s the real story behind her choosing the dress and the modification of the sleeves?
Mondo Guerra: Heidi, Heidi, Heidi. I was in Los Angeles when she called and asked me, “Where’s my dress?” I did a fitting with her and was so scared because, if you remember the active-wear challenge from Episode 11, our first meeting in the workroom on the show didn't go down so well.
MG: But she told me that she was so hard on me because she believed in me and wanted to see me go to the finale. She added that, if she didn’t believe in my talent, she wouldn’t have been so critical. German tough love ... I understand it now! As for the modified sleeves, it was simply per the request of my client, Heidi Klum. She kept her word! Thank you, Heidi.
So there you have it! If you still want more Mondo (and who doesn't lately?), don't forget that you can still snag one of his limited edition tees for Piperlime for World AIDS Day), and can check out the rest of our Mondo interview about his Piperlime fashion collaboration on our All the Looks Insider blog.
amfAR, THE FOUNDATION FOR AIDS RESEARCH
Mondo Designs Exclusive T-shirts for Piperlime Launching on World AIDS Day
SAN FRANCISCO, November 23, 2010 -- Piperlime, the online shop known for the freshest styles in fashion, has teamed up with Lifetime’s "Project Runway" sensation Mondo Guerra to support and raise awareness for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
Mondo has designed two limited-edition T-shirts (300 of each design) available exclusively on piperlime.com. The designs infuse Mondo’s bold style and energetic graphics with his “Live and Love” passion. The designs are printed on Nation LTD. T-shirts and will be sold for $50.00 on piperlime.com starting December 1, 2010 in conjunction with World AIDS Day. Twenty dollars of every T-shirt sold will be donated to amfAR an organization devoted to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.
A "Project Runway" finalist and fan favorite, Mondo is using his newfound celebrity to help gain awareness of a cause close to his heart. Mondo first announced he was HIV positive during a Season 8 episode and has been a vocal advocate of AIDS research.
“I believe fashion can serve a purpose so I designed these T-shirts with the idea of loving and communicating with one another,” said Mondo Guerra. “The tree is a symbol of growth and loving yourself and the skull represents family and friends and remembering those who have passed,” he continued.
Piperlime first joined forces with "Project Runway" as the official retail partner of Season 8.
“We were moved by Mondo’s revelations on the show and completely inspired by his designs,” said Jennifer Olsen, Vice President of Marketing at Piperlime. “We saw this as an amazing opportunity to bring his unique talent to his many fans and share his message,” she continued.
Launched in October 2006, Piperlime is an online boutique that inspires customers with a fresh and unique mix of products, brands and price points. Exclusive contributions from guest editors keep customers in fashion and in the know. Visit us at piperlime.com.
Gap Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta brand names. Fiscal 2009 sales were $14.2 billion. Gap Inc. operates about 3,100 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan, Ireland, Italy and China. In addition, Gap Inc. is expanding its international presence with franchise agreements in Australia, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. For more information, please visit gapinc.com.
Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $307 million in its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. For more information, please visit www.amfar.org.
"Project Runway" Season 7 designer Ping Wu made her mark as one of the more colorful characters from her season. Whether it was her lax design style (Fitting her own body instead of a dress form? Excessive fabric use?) or her workroom showdown with team challenge partner Jesse LeNoir, she certainly stood out!
Since her "Project Runway" farewell, Ping says she "has continued building relationships with high end boutique stores in major cities across the country, and [is] looking forward to working with a reputable showroom in NYC in January."
"I am moving to California during the winter season. I hope this experience will bring some new inspiration to my work and life. I'm looking forward to my return trips to Paris and some Scandinavian countries next year, too. I might accept the offer I had postponed for in a Buddhist temple in southwest China during the summertime."
Want to see Ping's latest work in person? Check out these upcoming dates and locations:
• Nov. 19-21: Washington Craft Show, Washington, D.C.
• Dec. 2-5: One of A Kind Show, Chicago, IL
• April 14-17: 29th Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
• Jan. 21-23: LA Gift Show, Los Angeles, CA
• Jan 29-Feb 3: New York International Gift Show, NYC, NY
The Germans do not mess around when it comes to keeping their promises! In the Season 8 finale showdown between Team Gretchen (Michael Kors and Nina Garcia) and Team Mondo (Jessica Simpson and Heidi Klum), "I'd like to see you wear that dress, Klum!" was the dare heard 'round the world about Mondo Guerra's finale polka dot dress. ...The time has come!
I'm on the fence about seeing Michael's suggestion of removing the sleeves come to life here on Heidi. It almost makes it less formal. What do you think of the modification?
Now all we need is Miss Simpson to step up to the plate! For more Team Mondo, visit Mondo Guerra's official site, lovemondotrasho.com.