Project Runway's Mychael Knight Expands His Horizons
First of all, no, that’s not a typo. Mychael Knight, known as Michael during his time on Season Three of Project Runway has changed the spelling of his first name to Mychael in recent months. But the name adjustment is far from the only recent development for the designer.

During his time on Project Runway, Knight became a fan favorite for his friendly and mellow nature. He also won respect from his fellow contestants, as well as Tim Gunn, for his capacity to learn from criticism and adjust his designs accordingly.

While his final collections was nearly universally considered a major misstep, the talent he otherwise demonstrated during the season, along with his likable personality, have meant that the young Atlanta-based designer is keeping very busy.

He’s taking part in a relatively unusual venture, an event in Springfield, Illinois, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, focused on First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. He was not a previous First Lady fan, but through his research for the event, he found that Mrs. Lincoln was, in fact, a fashion-forward icon for her time, and says she is like “the nation’s first fashionista.” He will be presenting some original designs at the event, inspired by the historical French couture Mrs. Lincoln might have worn.

In a completely different direction, he’s creating a fine jewelry line, called “Mychael Knight Fine Jewelry.” The collection will include necklaces, bangles, earrings and rings, created from gold, platinum and round diamonds.

Not content to stop there, he will also be releasing a unisex underwear line with the risqué name of “Kitty and Dick.” And, of course, no aspiring celebrity is complete without a fragrance. His will be called “Majk.”

Come back to BuddyTV for all the updates on Mychael Knight and other Project Runway alumni as they make the transition from reality stars to real-life design moguls.

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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(Sources: AOL Black Voices, Springfield State Journal)