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Big news, "Runway" devotees: This morning the show was nominated for FIVE primetime Emmy Awards!
- Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program - Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn
- Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
- Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming - Gus Dominguez
- Outstanding Directing For Nonfiction Programming - Craig Spirko
- Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming - Julie Cohen, Scott Austin Hahn, Adrienne Salisbury, Eileen Finkelstein, Ryan Mallick, Yaffa Lerea
The series has been nominated for a total of 34 Emmys since 2006. Congratulations to the whole team! (The full list of nominees can be seen here.)
You can tune in to the 66th Emmys live on Monday, August 25 at 8 p.m. on NBC to see if Heidi, Tim, and "Project Runway" will emerge victorious. In the meantime, check out a brand new season of "Runway" when it premieres July 24 at 9/8c.
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Sharpen your scissors! "Project Runway" is back with a brand new group of aspiring designers for its 13th season, premiering Thursday, July 24 at 9/8c.
One past designer will get a second chance in the workroom with the return of #RunwayRedemption. Kicking off a one-of-a-kind season-long partnership with Instagram, fans can cast their vote on RunwayRedemption.com for the "Instaportfolio" of one their favorite designers from previous seasons: Ken Laurence (Season 12, @kenlaurence), Alexander Pope (Season 12, @alexanderapope), or Amanda Valentine (Season 11, @valentines). The victorious designer will be revealed in the premiere episode to compete against 18 "Project Runway" newbies. Each designer will have to make a lasting impression on judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Zac Posen and mentor Tim Gunn in order to advance to the next level. But no decision is ever final: Tim Gunn will have one opportunity to rescue a designer from being eliminated.
On deck to act as guest judges: Emmy Award winner Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss ("Top of the Lake," "Mad Men"), Shay Mitchell ("Pretty Little Liars"), Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, entertainer Dita Von Teese, British television personality Amanda de Cadenet, designer and "Runway" champ Christian Siriano, YouTube sensation Bethany Mota, and many more.
Ready? Set? Here are your Season 13 designers:
Alexander Knox, 22 - Hometown: Kankakee, IL; Resides in Chicago, IL
Angela Sum, 32 - Hometown: Toronto, Canada; Resides in Torrance, CA
Carrie Sleutskaya, 24 - Hometown: San Diego, CA; Resides in Los Angeles, CA
Char Glover, 37 - Hometown: Detroit, MI; Resides in Detroit, MI
Emily Payne, 40 - Hometown: Temple, TX; Resides in San Francisco, CA
Emmanuel Tobias, 29 - Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Dallas, TX
fäde zu grau, 45 - Hometown: Coral Gables, FL; Resides in Coral Gables, FL
Hernan Lander, 33 - Hometown: San Francisco De Macoris, Dominican Republic; Resides in New York, NY
Jefferson Musanda, 25 - Hometown: Lynn, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Kini Zamora, 30 - Hometown: Kapolei, HI; Resides in Honolulu, HI
Korina Emmerich, 28 - Hometown: Eugene, OR; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Kristine Guico, 26 - Hometown: Naperville, Illinois; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Mitchell Perry, 25 - Hometown: Jacksonville, FL; Resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nzinga Knight, 33 - Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Samantha Plasencia, 27 - Hometown: Seguin, TX; Resides in San Antonio, TX
Sandhya Garg, 28 - Hometown: New Delhi, India; Resides in Birmingham, AL
Sean Kelly, 25 - Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Tim Navarro, 32 - Hometown: Rochester, MN; Resides in Minneapolis, MN
Beyonce made a statement at last night's Grammy awards by wearing a sheer white dress designed by "Project Runway" alum Michael Costello. I chatted with Michael this morning and he is still over the moon. "It's amazing," he said. "I've been huge fan since I was 14. All of my sketches and designs are inspired by Destiny's Child and Beyonce." So how did Beyonce select Michael's dress? I got the inside scoop straight from the source.
Michael is friendly with Beyonce's stylist, Ty Hunter. Michael recently ran into Ty at a party (where Michael was hanging with Diddy - NBD!) and Ty said that he was looking for something for Beyonce to wear at the Grammys. About a week later, Ty called Michael's office and said that he was stopping by that afternoon to see some choices. Michael and his team scrambled some samples together in about three hours (Michael said it was like a high-speed "Project Runway" challenge!) and when Ty came to the office, he fell in love with that white dress, which Michael was planning to debut this February as part of his new Winter Wonderland collection. "It was a crazy process," Michael said.
Ty took the dress and several others and Michael just hoped something would make the final cut. Michael wasn't even sure if the dress was for a performance, a party or the red carpet!
Fast forward to the night of the Grammys. Michael was at the mall on the West Coast with his boyfriend and they saw a photo on Instagram of Beyonce in her black performance piece right after it aired on the East Coast. In that moment, Michael assumed that she did not select his dress. But just a few minutes later, he saw a that Ty posted on Instagram a close-up of the fabric and Michael instantly knew that the "Drunk in Love" singer also wore his dress. "I fell to the ground inside Macy's and cried," he told me. "I feel so blessed."
To see more of Michael's designs (he also dressed Tamar Braxton and Skylar Grey last night), follow him on Instagram.
I want to hear your thoughts! What was your first impression of Beyonce's Grammy gown? Do you think she was the best dress of the night? Sound off in the comments below!"
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Fresh off her victory, "Project Runway" Season 12 champ Dom Streater chatted with me about her favorite challenges, her friendships with her fellow designers, and what it's like to be the first African-American winner in the show's history. Check out the full interview after the cut, and don't forget to tune in for the Season 12 Reunion Special on Thursday at 9.8c. (followed by the premiere of a new season of "Project Runway All Stars" at 10.9c).
You had kind of a low profile during a lot of the season; you’d get good feedback in a challenge but you wouldn't win, or you'd be safe and get no feedback at all. Did that affect your outlook going into the finale?
In the beginning of the season I was on top a few times. Then I was safe for a lot of the challenges. And then I was in the bottom because I was nervous about being safe; I didn’t want to be someone that the judges were like, “She’s neither here nor there. She doesn’t really need to be here.” I was definitely nervous at first. But then toward the end of the season, the last couple of challenges before the finale, I was getting really good feedback from the judges so I was not nervous going into it. I was very confident.
As if we needed confirmation that Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn know how to make it work! Yesterday the "Project Runway" hosts took home the 2013 Emmy award for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program. "OMG, I am in a state of apoplexy! Love to everyone," Tim tweeted after their win. And Heidi echoed his sentiment, tweeting, "We won!!!!!!! yay!!!!!"
Send Heidi and Tim your congrats!
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Justin LeBlanc made history not only as the first designer to ever receive Tim Gunn's Save in Episode 6, but he's also the first deaf designer to compete on the show. To learn more about Justin's hearing loss and how he didn't let his disability affect his performance in the competition, read our Q&A below:
Q: Justin, would you please tell us a little about your history as far as your hearing loss?
Justin: When I was around 1 year old, my parents became concerned that I wasn't responding to sound. They took me to my pediatrician. According to my parents, after a general exam, he looked at me and said, "Where's your dad?" I smiled and poked my father in the stomach. What that, the pediatrician said, "There’s nothing wrong with his hearing." My parents weren’t convinced. They took me to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. There they did some sophisticated tested that involved measuring my brains response to sound. The tests revealed that I was deaf.
I was raised in an environment of "total communication." My parents hired a sign language teacher to teach us all sign language. They also provided me a speech therapist through most of my pre-college years. As a young child, I relied more on sign language, but as I got older, and interacted more with the hearing world, I relied more and more on speech. I have many deaf friends, so sign language is still an important means of communication for me. Throughout school, I’ve been mainstreamed in regular classes with the help of a sign language interpreter.
I always saw this as an opportunity to educate people about that aspect of myself. There were discouraging times, many in fact. But I am a VERY positive person. I am proud to be a deaf person. It is who I am, and I embrace it.
Q: What are your thoughts around cochlear implants?
Justin: I can only speak to my experience. This is not the best option for everyone. Each person needs to decide what best fulfills their goals and lifestyle. It provided me with greater access to the hearing world and the possibility to further my education and meet my personal dreams for the future. But that is a personal choice. I received my cochlear implant when I was 18 years old, I made the decision for myself.
Q: Can you share some of your reflections on being on "Project Runway"?
Justin:It’s been a truly life-enhancing experience. I’ve pushed myself to the limit physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from my peers and I’ve established friendships that I hope will be life-long. And believe it or not, it was a lot of fun!
Q: Has your hearing loss ever been a barrier or kept you from achieving a goal?
Justin: Never. If anything, being deaf gave me more incentive to achieve my goals. A deaf person can achieve anything that they choose.
I remember my parents telling me that that when I was little, a couple who had just learned that their child was deaf, came up to us to say that they were terrified at the prospect of having a deaf child. But after seeing me, they were put at ease because I was so happy, outgoing, communicative, and well adjusted. I hope that, as an adult, I can get the same message across. I don’t view deafness as a disability or a handicap. It’s part of who I am and I am proud to be deaf.
Q: What advice would you give to young people who are deaf and would love to follow in your footstep?
Justin: Work hard, really really hard. Pursue your educational goals with whatever resources you can find. Don’t use your deafness as a crutch. Demand equal treatment and access to educational resources. Experiment with art in all of its forms. Do not sell yourself short. And find something that you are passionate about.
Talk about a big day, "Project Runway" fanatics! Not only does the 12th season premiere TONIGHT at 9/8c, but the 2013 Emmy Award nominations just came out and "Project Runway" received five nominations! They are:
-Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program - Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn
-Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
-Outstanding Cinematography For Reality Programming - "A Times Square Anniversary Party" (Season 10, Episode 1)
-Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming - "A Times Square Anniversary Party" (Season 10, Episode 1) and "Europe, Here We Come" (Season 11, Episode 12)
Congrats to everyone nominated! The 65th Emmys air on Sunday, September 22 at 8 pm ET on CBS.
It's time to gear up for another walk down the runway! "Project Runway" is headed back to your TV screen for its 12th season on Thursday, July 18 at 9/8c.
For the first time ever, fans will be able interact with viewers across the country in real time during each episode through the new interactive on-screen feature, PlayRunway, empowering fans to use their smartphones, tablets and computers to share their reactions to episode storylines, design challenges and decisions by judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn.
Additional new fan integration elements include:
• Runway Redemption (#RunwayRedemption) – A mystery contestant from a past season, chosen by fans on mylifetime.com, will be unveiled as the 16th designer for Season 12.
• "Project Runway" Superfan Contest – Via video submissions, seven super fans will be chosen to be featured in an upcoming episode this season for a fashion makeover.
• More Tim Gunn – Fans have asked and "Project Runway" has delivered. This season, Gunn will join Klum and the judges to watch the runway show, answer questions the judges have about what transpired in the workroom and give them an opportunity to physically examine the workmanship of each design. Also, for the first time in "Project Runway" history, Gunn will be able to "rescue" one designer during course of the season he feels deserves a second chance.
The roster of guest judges will include Kate Bosworth, Kelly Osbourne, Allison Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kaley Cuoco, Stacy Keibler, and original judge Michael Kors.
Without further ado, here are your Season 12 designers:
Alexander Pope, 38 - Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Resides in New York, NY
Alexandria von Bromssen, 38 - Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden; Resides in San Mateo, CA
Angela Bacskocky, 33 - Hometown: Richmond, VA; Resides in Richmond, VA
Bradon McDonald, 38 - Hometown: Lowville, NY; Resides in Los Angeles, CA
Dom Streater, 24 - Hometown: Philadelphia, PA; Resides in Philadelphia, PA
Helen Castillo, 25 - Hometown: Weehawken, NJ; Resides in Union City, NJ
Jeremy Brandrick, 41 - Hometown: Birmingham, England; Resides in New York, NY
Justin LeBlanc, 27 - Hometown: Tampa, FL; Resides in Raleigh, NC
Kahindo Mateene, 34 - Hometown: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Resides in Chicago, IL
Karen Batts, 29 - Hometown: Boca Raton, FL; Resides in Queens, NY
Ken Laurence, 24 - Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Resides in Birmingham, AL
Miranda Kay Levy, 29 - Hometown: Wilton, WI; Resides in Milwaukee, WI
Sandro Masmanidi, 28 - Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia; Resides in New York, NY
Sue Waller, 45 - Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Timothy Westbrook, 24 - Hometown: Wanakena, NY; Resides in Milwaukee, WI
Newly-crowned "Project Runway" Season 11 winner Michelle Lesniak Franklin took some time to talk with me about her experience on the show, her "do or die" moment and her reaction to being called a "mean girl." Check out the full interview after the cut, and don't forget to tune in for the Season 11 Reunion Special on Thursday at 9.8c.
"Project Runway" Season 9 champion Anya Ayoung-Chee has teamed up with cause-supporting retailer Able Made on an exclusive silk scarf design now available for purchase. An illustration by Singaporean artist Anwar Rafiee was the inspiration for the scarf, which combines the figures of Masai warriors with a poem celebrating the strength and beauty of the Masai people. "As soon as I saw the Masai warrior," Anya said, "I knew I wanted to use it for one of my designs, because she exudes an energy and vibe that I love to show through my clothes."
Purchasing the 100%-silk scarf helps to support the TallMan Foundation, which aims to provide access to the arts for those in under-served communities, especially young men who might otherwise have difficulty discovering their creative potential.
The scarf can be styled in multiple ways and would make a great addition to any spring wardrobe. You can pre-order yours at Able Made. The full text of the poem is below:
A Tale of a Warrior Masai
Journeyed from the land of Singapore
Joined arms with Trinidadian Pioneer
Bearing badges of Strength and Regal Beauty
Would now set foot upon paths untraveled
To defend a cause of honor and pride
Crafted by the hands of Anwar
Brought to Life by Anya
The beauty of this creation
Brings forth a Tall offering
For the innovation of Man.