Articles for Project Runway Season 5

On tonight’s season premiere of Project Runway, we are introduced to the latest of crop of designers, many of whom are already pretty successful. These designers have their own stores, have designed for major fashion magazines, and have worked with several high profile celebrities and rock stars. After moving into their chic new apartment, they meet up with Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.  Tim tells them that may just be the most diverse group of designers that the show has ever assembled.  They had to wait until the next day to find out what their first task would be the show decided to pull out an old challenge and put a new spin on it! Read more »
Last night, season 5 of Project Runway premiered. We got our first insight into the latest batch of designers vying for the title of Project Runway winner, and we learned a little more about their personalities and design styles.I also learned a valuable lesson about myself: I need hype. Without the usual juggernaut of advance buzz about the premiere, I felt mildly underwhelmed by the episode, like I had wandered into a department store basement full of clearance racks with last season‘s fashions. How am I supposed to get excited about this if Bravo doesn‘t tell me to be?! In short, I am, apparently, a marketer‘s dream. Nevertheless, even though we also have the mildly depressing news that this is the show‘s last season on Bravo (Nordstrom) before it transitions to Lifetime (JC Penny‘s), we must rally and decide which new designer‘s offerings were the Best (Chic!) and the Worst (Freak!). I think this episode might be the new winner of Freakiest Freaks. Read more »
Fellow BuddyTV writer Gina Scarpa hit the nail on the head when she wrote in her interview with Project Runway 5 designer Jerry Tam, “On paper, it wouldn‘t seem like Jerry Tam would be the first contestant to be sent home.”Last season of Project Runway, the top three designers all came to the show with some impressive credentials. Christian Siriano had experience working for Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Jillian Lewis also had some big names on her resume, with experience working Ralph Lauren and a scholarship from CFDA. Rami Kashou already had a successful career, dressing stars like Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez. Jerry might not have made it as far as those three did, but bio wouldn‘t sound out of place next to theirs. Here‘s a little more background on the designer we didn‘t get a chance to know better on the show. Read more »
We had our first look at the designers for Project Runway 5 last week, and our first chance to get some additional information to help us make some guesses as to what will happen this season. Blayne seems poised to be the designer everyone loves to hate, but as others have pointed out, Christian Siriano was able to successfully spin sassy catchphrases and an abundance of self-confidence into a fan favorite win, so you just never know what could happen down the road. But – other than the fan favorite vote – this is a design competition, not a personality contest. So when it came to the fashions we saw in the first episode, who looks to be at risk as we head into the second episode and who seems like a strong early contender on Project Runway 5?  Read more »
This week, fans will witness a Project Runway first as Tim Gunn reveals something that will push the designers to the edge.  What could it be?  Fans will have to stay tuned tonight at 9/8c on Bravo to find out.  On the other hand, we do know that it involves a “green theme” and a certain Oscar-nominated actress.Natalie Portman, who recently starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in The Other Boleyn Girl, will appear on tonight‘s episode of Project Runway as a guest judge who will critique the eco-friendly designs of the remaining 15 contestants. Read more »
Last night‘s episode of Project Runway 5 put the models in charge for once as they had the chance to shop for fabrics and direct the designers. As we‘ve seen in the past, some designers bristled a bit at having to take their clients‘ taste into account (or, in the case of Stella Zotis/Joanna Ramone, their client‘s taste for anything other than “leathuh”). Despite this, there were some good looks, as well as the usual crop of misses, so let‘s take a look at my picks for the Best (Chic!) and Worst (Freak!) from this episode of Project Runway 5. Read more »
Christian Siriano‘s win of Project Runway 4 reminded us all that age is just a number when it comes to talent and fashion ability. And, after seeing 23-year-old Wesley Nault‘s solid performance in episode one of Project Runway 5, it seemed like he could be another young designer with the talent to go far in the competition. He was even noted as one of the likely top four finishers in fansite Blogging Project Runway‘s pre-show ranking poll.This week, though, the selection of “mint chocolate ice cream cone” colored-fabric by his model in the eco-fashion challenge was, apparently, his early undoing. He‘s admitted that he “kind of psyched myself out from the beginning, and it just wasn‘t my finest hour.” We‘ll take a look at how this young designer got to Project Runway 5. It might not have turned out to be a winning design contest for him, but it just might have given him something else exciting to take away – a possible romance with a fellow Project Runway designer. Read more »
Last week on Project Runway 5, Stella Zotis bounced back from her trash bag disaster to win praise from the judges, while Korto Momolu slipped from being the top to the bottom batch of designers. With so many unknowns with the new bunch of designers on Project Runway 5, it’s really anybody’s game at this point, but this week, let’s take a look at what the preview videos for this week’s episodes may or may not be telling us.  Read more »
Christian Siriano might be a diminutive designer, but he casts a big shadow. We‘re only two episodes into Project Runway 5, but there are already a large number of references to his style and personality as we consider the new batch of contestants against last season‘s winner. One new designer who has drawn comparisons is Blayne Walsh. Of course, with only three outfits to consider, it‘s not so much his style that‘s causing the reference. Rather, he seems likely to be this season‘s official catchphrase generator. But does this young designer have more to offer than some quips that might eventually make it to a BravoTV tee shirt? Let‘s take a look at what brought Blayne to Project Runway 5. Read more »
Three episodes in to Project Runway 5 and so far my overall reaction to the designers is a resounding “Meh.” As Heidi Klum said last night, I‘m just not wowed or knocked off my chair by the overall strength of the design vision exhibited by this crop of designers. And, if our commenters are representative of the viewing public, neither are you for the most part.For this Project Runway 5 challenge, the designers had the vibrant nightlife of New York City as an inspiration, and had the ability to actually choose their own real fabric for the challenge. The end result: when I wasn‘t bored, it was a fug parade, in my opinion. But let‘s try to look for some good in the offerings, shall we? Read more »
Emily Brandle was the third designer eliminated from Project Runway 5, and her outster came as a surprise to many, including, it would appear, the designer herself. She‘s been outspoken in her post-show interviews that it wasn‘t her time to go, and there are definitely some viewers who would agree.Based on her Bravo bio, it appeared the 27-year-old had the potential to go far in the competition, so let‘s learn a little more about the designer whose time on Project Runway 5 was cut short by a questionably-placed ruffle. Read more »
On the second episode of Project Runway 5, the tables were turned on the designers as their models were put in charge of selecting the fabric for the challenge. Some of the contestants seemed a little apprehensive, but for designer Jerell Scott, this situation might not have been as nerve-wracking. The 28-year-old is a former model himself, so he has first hand knowledge of how much the ones who sport the fashions know about fashion.It was, of course, his experience as a model that got him into design, but his rationale for his initial interest wasn’t quite the usual tale of deep creative inspiration one might expect. It was, he’s admitted, more of a question of necessity being the mother of invention. He’s said that during his modeling career, “"I didn‘t have money to buy nice clothes, so I started reconstructing stuff and eventually got a sewing machine.” But clearly the creative inspiration took hold as he did move on from simply dressing himself to designing clothes for others. Read more »
Let the co-branding begin! This week on Project Runway 5, there‘s an Olympic theme as 5-time medal winner Apollo Ohno is the guest judge. (In case this is the first thing you are reading after emerging from a long nap, Rip Van Winkle-style, Bravo‘s big sister station NBC will be airing the Olympics which start on August 8. But I‘m sure the Olympic-themed episode is just a coincidence!) While style is certainly not utterly absent from sports, from a competitive perspective, normally it‘s only ice skating and sometimes gymnastics or tennis where we see a lot of creativity in the fashions sported by the athletes. So could this half-hearted Project Runway season be recycling challenges again by having the contestants make an ice skating outfit? Whatever the challenge, we‘ve now had three episodes to assess the designers‘ overall efforts, so is it possible to start making more accurate predictions? Read more »
Last night‘s elimination on Project Runway shocked many viewers but it really shocked the designer who went home, Emily Brandle.  The challenge was to create a look that was appropriate for a night out on the town and inspired by New York nightlife.  Emily took a picture and let it expose longer than it should so that the lights of the city became one beautiful swirl.  The judges, though, didn‘t feel that she showed her point of view in her design and called her look "very cliche".  Today, Emily spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview, speaking out about the judges, her fellow designers, and the major item missing from her living room.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of Project Runway, Suede (speaking in the third person as always) decides to keep his model, Tia, which means that everyone will continue working with their models from last week.  The designers head back to the Atlas apartments and wait to find out what tonight‘s challenge will be.  Tim Gunn shows up and takes the group to a double decker tour bus.  Naturally, everyone is confused but Tim quickly clears the air.  Their challenge will be to design an outfit for a night out on the town inspired by New York nightlife.  The bus will make four stops, where designers will get off and take pics for inspiration.  They hit several hot spots from Grand Central to Greenwich Village to Columbus Circle to, of course, Times Square. Read more »
Last night may have been a designer‘s worst nightmare on Project Runway.  It didn‘t start out too awful.  They found out that their models would be their clients and they would have to design a cocktail dress for them.  That sounded great ... until Tim Gunn told them that the models would shop for the fabrics, not the designers.  Many came back with items that the designers did not approve of or would never choose to work with.  Designer Wesley Nault not only got both, he also didn‘t get enough fabric to work with.  His model‘s choices while shopping ended up being his undoing and he was eliminated on last night‘s episode.  Today, he spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview and told us which contestant he plans to team up with once the show is over!Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of Project Runway, the designers picked the models that they wanted to work with this season.  Most stick with the ones that they were assigned last week but a few take models away from their competitors.  Tonight, they designers will work for their models and design cocktail dresses for them.  When they arrive at Parsons, Tim tells them that they have to use "green" products, that are gentle on the environment, for their garment.  He throws in one last twist - the models will take the budget of $75 and do the shopping for the fabrics, not the designers.  The models shop for 30 minutes and when they return, some designers are not happy with what they‘re given to work with. Read more »
On paper, it wouldn’t seem like Jerry Tam would be the first contestant to be sent home on Project Runway. Three years ago, he launched his own clothing line, FORM, to much success. In fact, his designs were used on a challenge on another Bravo show, Make Me A Supermodel, last year.  Still, he has to reach his goal of becoming a household name and thought Project Runway would be a great way to start reaching a wider audience.  He was eliminated on the first episode and spoke to BuddyTV soon after.  Due to a poor phone connection, the audio is unavailable but read for on for Jerry‘s thoughts on who presented the best design and who really deserved to go home! Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of Project Runway, Tim Gunn takes the contestants on a field trip to The Armory Track and Field Center.  Once they arrived, an athlete on skates came speeding around the track and when he arrived, the designers realized it was Apolo Anton Ohno.  He will be tonight‘s guest judge on their challenge.  They‘ll have to create a look for the U.S. team for the Opening Ceremony as the Olympic Games.  Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren have previously designed for the Olympics so these designers are in great company.  To help gain some inspiration, they‘ll visit a museum full of Olympics history before hitting Mood to buy their materials. Read more »
Last week‘s episode of Project Runway 5 left me feeling like either I was especially grumpy or this season‘s designers were not as strong, collectively, as we‘ve seen in recent seasons.This week, either I‘m in a better mood or the designers were appropriately inspired by the Olympic-themed challenge to develop a lot of looks I found appealing. That said, I still have a few picks for the Freak category. It‘s just that this week, it‘s more for missing the theme of the challenge than the actual outfit being a hot mess. Read more »
Perhaps the judges didn‘t appreciate Jennifer‘s vintage style or perhaps they just didn‘t get her vision.  Whatever the reason, it seemed to be an easy decision for Heidi and the gang to send her packing on this week‘s episode of Project Runway.  The challenge was to design an outfit for the U.S. Olympic Team but when Jennifer chose not to use red, white, and blue in her design, it left the panel puzzled.  Jennifer also designed a dress, a garment that the judges felt was not appropriate for a group of female athletes to wear.  Despite being eliminated for it, she stands by her design and remains positive.  Today, she spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
Jennifer Diederich was eliminated on the fourth episode of Project Runway 5 for her questionable take on an Olympic opening ceremony outfit. One thing, though, is without question: the 27-year old designer loves a feminine silhouette, and whether or not the judges liked it, you can‘t deny that she stayed true to her aesthetic throughout the competition. Jennifer‘s dedication to her style might not have gotten her as far in the competition as she probably hoped to go, but it might have actually ultimately still helped her in her career as a designer. Before we get to her future, though, let‘s see what led her to Project Runway 5.  Read more »
Kelli Martin shot out of the gate on Project Runway 5, winning the very first challenge with her dress made out of hand-marbled vacuum cleaner bags and coffee filters. The judges were impressed with the level of detail and creativity she brought to the challenge, which focused on using the humble materials found in a grocery store.Reviewing Kelli‘s background, it‘s no surprise that this designer was able to win a challenge in which success would require resourcefulness and a sort of scrappy DIY ethos. Let‘s take a look at what brought the 27-year-old designer to Project Runway 5. Read more »
This week on Project Runway 5, the guest judge is Brooke Shields, and the designers‘ challenge is to create a look for a high-powered and chic professional woman. It appears from the previews that the designers will be vying for a spot as design lead and then working in teams. A team dynamic can ultimately change a designers‘ performance on Project Runway, and having your design selected can be a double-edged sword. Sure, it means your look was considered better than some of the others, but it also means that you‘re the target if the final look flops.  Read more »
On tonight’s episode of Project Runway, Heidi lets the designers know that they’ll be working with a high powered woman for their next challenge. In the studio, Tim introduces this week’s guest judge: Brooke Shields. Their challenge will be to design a look for her character, Wendy, on Lipstick Jungle. Wendy is a high powered exec as well as a mother of two. Tim delivers the twist in tonight’s challenge: everyone will sketch their ideas out for Brooke but only 6 designs will be chosen, which means they’ll be working in pairs tonight. Read more »
This week on Project Runway 5, the designers had to pair up to design a look for a character played by Brooke Shields on Lipstick Jungle. The designers felt about as enthusiastic about participating in a team challenge as I did about watching one. I much prefer to see what each designer would do on their own and have more individual looks to evaluate, but I guess we have to take what we can get.This week saw Kelli Martin going home for a look that Michael Kors gleefully declared was “slutty slutty slutty.” Keith Bryce and Kenley Collins rose above their differences in sartorial style and personality to deliver a look that pleased the judges. But the burning question is: are the winning and losing looks also my picks for Chic and Freak? Read more »
When the judges sent Kelli Martin packing this week on Project Runway, they didn‘t let her go without letting her know how they really felt about her design.  The challenge was to design an outfit for Brooke Shields‘s character on Lipstick Jungle, that could transition from day to night.  Kelli and her partner for the week, Daniel, landed in the bottom but the responsibility fell on her, since she created the design.  Nina questioned her taste and in her exclusive interview with BuddyTV today, Kelli responds to that claim from the judges as well as lets loose about her competitors.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
Keith Bryce might say his motto is “Get noticed or go home,” but he flew under the radar for the first few episodes of Project Runway 5. He finally emerged with a win for his design for Brooke Shields in the fifth episode. Will this designer continue to get noticed or was this a brief moment in the spotlight before he gets sent home? Let‘s take a look at what brought the 27-year-old designer from Salt Lake City to Project Runway 5. Read more »
This week on Project Runway 5, the popular Season 4 contestant Chris March returns to give the designers their challenge: design an outfit for a drag queen.  Appropriately, RuPaul will be the guest judge.While a gaggle of drag queens is certain to make for some entertaining television, will it result in any good design?  And if so, which designers are likely to succeed and who seems to be a prime candidate for a runway disaster? Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of Project Runway, the designers were surprised by season 4 designer Chris March, dressed completely in drag.  Obviously, tonight‘s theme will be all about drag queens and the contestants will get to show off their most outrageous and over the top designs.  After they pick their models, the designers meet with Tim, who tells them that their outfits will be auctioned off for Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS.  The drag queens visit the studio to meet with their designers and give their input before the materials are bought for the outfits.  Some of the ideas thrown out there are: sexy, fiery, futuristic, bright, and retro. Read more »
I love drag queens and I love fashion, but I must admit this week‘s Project Runway 5 challenge is flummoxing me a bit. Usually in this column, Chic means Best and Freak means Worst. But to succeed in this challenge, the designers needed to be a little bit Chic and a little bit Freak in order to create a design that would work for the over-the-top theatricality of a performing drag queen. So who came up with just the right combination of design savvy and winking sassy camp? Read more »
Project Runway designer Daniel Feld will certainly be remembered for one thing: his impeccable taste.  Last week on the show, when he landed in the bottom of a design challenge, he told the judges that his taste was impeccable, a comment that made Kenley laugh.  However, it turns out Kenley wasn‘t laughing at him in a mean way at all.  The two are actually great friends.  Ah, the magic of editing.  Daniel clears that up and a lot more in his exclusive interview with BuddyTV.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
Daniel Feld made quite an impression from the very get-go on Project Runway 5. Many viewers felt that his innovative dress fashioned from blue plastic cups should have won the first episode of this season. The design showed bravado and ingenuity and it was perhaps due to those factors that readers of fansite Blogging Project Runway voted him as one of the likely final four.It was not to be, though, as a more restrained offering for the drag queen challenge resulted in Daniel being auf‘d in the sixth episode of Project Runway 5. It was surely a disappointment, but it appears that he might have still come away from the competition with an exciting new development for the future. But first, what brought the 25-year-old designer to Project Runway originally? Read more »
This week on Project Runway 5, it appears the designers are once again being challenged to work with some unusual materials: automotive materials. We are apparently deep into the part of the season that always vaguely annoys me: team challenges, weird materials and atypical models do push the creative envelope and make for better television. But the Vogue subscriber in me sometimes just wants to see the designers make some pretty clothes for models out of actual fabric. I‘m pedestrian in my thinking, I know. Which designers seem likely to rise to this challenge and who could be auf‘d this week on Project Runway 5?  Read more »
On tonight’s episode of Project Runway, the designers meet up with Tim on the roof of a building lined with cars. Tim brings along Saturn’s lead color designer Chris Webb who lets them know that they’ll have to use recycled car parts from the Saturn Vue to create an outfit. Tim tells the designers that this challenge will be all about innovation, like the first challenge, except during that, nobody really impressed. Now, they’ll have a second chance to show that they can think outside the box and deliver an original, high fashion piece for the runway. Read more »
Okay, fine.  So while this episode of Project Runway 5 was two annoyances in one for me (blatant, brazen, smack-you-in-the-face product placement AND gimmicky challenge),  I must admit that I did enjoy seeing how the designers interpreted the materials.  There was a great deal of clever creativity and we actually wound up with several solid designs.Solid designs, though, not stellar.  I actually only felt that one design truly deserves to land in the Chic, and then there are a whole bunch of Almosts for this episode. Read more »
Keith Bryce wasn‘t going to leave Project Runway before letting the judges know exactly what he thought of the critiques he had been given in recent weeks.  After landing in the bottom for the second week in a row, Keith fired back at the judges, feeling that their feedback was insulting, not helpful.  Michael Kors felt no sympathy and told Keith to get over it.  In the end, it was his garment made from car parts that got him sent home.  Heidi Klum told him that he had a chance to be innovative and, instead, created a boring, poorly crafted design.  Today, he spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview and gave his opinion of the judges and filled us in on life after Project Runway.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
This week on Project Runway 5, the designers get to meet with a fashion icon, Diane von Furstenberg. Von Furstenberg is a great choice for Project Runway, with her seemingly effortless mix of style and woman-friendly wearability. And speaking of women-friendly, this episode brings us to an interesting point in the competition. Right now, there are five women (Stella Zotis, Kenley Collins, Leanne Marshall, Terri Stevens and Korto Momolu) and four men (Blayne Walsh, Joe Faris, Jerell Scott, and Suede). Women haven‘t been in the majority at this point in the competition since the first season. What else can the numbers possibly tell us?  Read more »
Previously on Project Runway, the designers had to struggled with recycled materials. Leanne won the challenged and earned immunity for tonight‘s challenge. Keith was auf‘d and went back to Utah.Tonight‘s Project Runway begins in the morning at the apartment. Stella, bless her heart, makes very strong coffee, while Blayne tries in vain to tan himself through the window. At Parson‘s, Heidi Klum brings out a special guest, who happens to be our very own Tim Gunn. Tim gathers together his flock of designers to bring them to meet a fashion legend. Read more »
A Saturn roadster might be the automotive image Project Runway 5 would most like you to associate with the show, but at this point, I‘m thinking this season is more like a bus. Each week, it trundles on, making its regularly-scheduled stops to deposit precisely the designer who seemed most likely to leave based on the previous episode. This week, it was Stella Zotis who found herself suddenly on the side of the Project Runway 5 road.Well, at least some of the fashions were interesting. And once again this week, I feel compelled to add some additional categories beyond simply chic and freak. Read more »
Project Runway designer Stella Zotis is no dummy.  She knew full well, coming into this competition, that her style was very different than what the judges were looking for.  The great thing about Stella, though, is that she didn‘t care.  She was unwilling to compromise her style or her point of view to get ahead.  This lover of urban styles and working with leather survived this far until she was cut from the competition last night.  The designers were asked to create a piece for Dian von Furstenberg‘s fall collection but Stella‘s design fell short she she was sent packing.  Today, she talked to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview and, just like on the show, she didn‘t hold back.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
Stella Zotis had a rocky start on Project Runway 5, and that, combined with her rocker aesthetic and leather love, seemed to telegraph early on that she might not have far to go in the competition. She didn‘t always have the look the judges loved – and appeared to struggle sometimes when working with something other than the leather and heavy denim she was more familiar with – but despite that, she did still have a few chances in the competition to demonstrate her talent in working that rocker look.She was auf‘d on this week‘s episode, so here‘s a closer look at the designer we just said goodbye to. Read more »
Previously slated this autumn on its new home at Lifetime, its new network pushed the premiere of Project Runway‘s sixth season to January in order to, according to them, give it more time to promote the show.  Originally, Project Runway was to premiere on November."With this move, the series will resume its traditional cycle of two seasons per year," said a Project Runway spokesperson.  "We look forward to ringing in the New Year by giving Project Runway loyal fans a superlative season six with Heidi, Tim, Nina, and Michael.  The new date and time will be announced soon.” Read more »
On Project Runway 5 last week, we lost Stella Zotis and her rocker edge after Diane Von Furstenburg and the judges decided her look deserved to be auf‘d. Joe Fortis avoided being eliminated, but several viewers have commented that they felt that Stella deserved to stay over him. Over the last three episodes, the person who was eliminated had come in the bottom three in the previous episode. Can Joe break the cycle?I‘m thinking things don‘t look good for him for a very specific reason. Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of Project Runway, the contestants are surprised by the designers who have already been eliminated.  They‘ll be put into teams for tonight‘s design challenge, something most contestants hate.  Tim Gunn informs them that they‘ll have to design an avant garde based on the astrological sign of one of the team members.  He draws names out of a hat to pair people up.  Everyone seems happy with their partners, with the exception of Terri and Keith.  After a brief meeting to sketch out ideas, everyone heads to Mood to grab their materials and get to work. Read more »
Perhaps no one was more surprised at Blayne‘s elimination last night on Project Runway than Blayne himself.  The challenge was to, in teams, create a design that represented a zodiac sign.  Blayne and the other designers presented their garments at the Museum of Natural History for former Project Runway contestants and then on the runway for the judges.  In a double elimination, Blayne was sent home along with Terri.  Today, he spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview, opening up about his feelings on the judges, which designer has impressed him, and life after Project Runway.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
The oversized tent at Bryant Park in New York City can hold 900 people and was filled to capacity for Project Runway‘s final runway show today.  There was the usual excitement in the air, but there was a little extra something, with the buzz that A-list star and fashion icon Jennifer Lopez was going to be the guest judge.  Imagine everyone‘s surprise and disappointment when Heidi Klum took the stage to welcome everyone and then drop the bomb that J-Lo bailed out the night before.  With her cancellation coming so late, Project Runway was hard pressed to find a celeb that would get to Bryant Park by 9am for the show.  They had no choice but to look to their own and make Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn a judge for the first time in the show‘s history - and nobody was complaining! Read more »
This week on Project Runway 5, we had a double elimination.  I was not particularly devastated to see two designers go home in one episode.  Not that I was out for Blayne Walsh or Terri Stevens in particular, just that the season needs to pick up the pace.  And that‘s not just for the sake of not irritating my short attention span; as we‘ve reported, the final six designers were showing this week at Bryant Park, so we had to boot a couple this week to bring it down to even that expanded level.  The fashions from this episode made it easy to find two designers to send home. Read more »
There‘s nothing quite like being at the Project Runway finale, especially being a fan of the show.  My first experience at Fashion Week came in February of this year, when I attended the taping of the season 4 finale.  It was so overwhelming and I was so starstruck when standing 5 feet away from Heidi Klum, that I must‘ve looked like a deer caught in headlights.  No worries.  When it was time for the season 5 finale, I was prepared and ready to go!  With camera and digital recorder in hand, I made my way into Bryant Park to watch the taping and then grab as many interviews and pictures as I could.  Though the taping itself is very organized, it‘s total chaos once the lights come up.  Here‘s a rundown of my day this past Friday in New York City with Project Runway! Read more »
Terri Stevens was sent home from last week‘s double elimination episode of Project Runway 5, narrowly missing her chance to show a collection at Bryant Park. For a while in this competition, Terri seemed to be a potential front runner in many viewers‘ minds. We won‘t have the chance to see what she could have done for a full collection for Fashion Week, but was can take a look at what brought this designer to Project Runway. Read more »
This week, the six designers who survived last week‘s episode of Project Runway 5 showed their collections at Bryant Park.  But, as we know from previous seasons, some of the designers showing were simply decoys and not actually part of the finale.  We‘ll still be whittling down the designers by one more on this week‘s episode.The challenge this week is to design an outfit to help college women prepare for the working world.  Who might find themselves preparing for a trip home at the end of this episode of Project Runway 5? Read more »
Project Runway designer Joe Faris may have gotten to show his collection at New York Fashion Week last Friday, but he wasn‘t there as one of the final contestants.  On last night‘s episode, Joe was eliminated in the transformation challenge, in which the designers had to makeover recent college graduates and turn them into sophisticated, working women.  The judges felt that Joe‘s design was cliche, even a little sloppy, and sent him packing.  Still, Joe left the show having learned valuable lessons that he takes back into his life as a designer in New York City.  Today, he spoke to BuddyTV, opening about his experience at Bryant Park and which designer he‘s rooting for to make it all the way to the end!Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
On Project Runway 5 this week, we were down to our last six designers: Korto Momolu, Leanne Marshall, Jerell Scott, Suede, Joe Faris and Kenley Collins. All six recently showed at Bryant Park, but not all were still in the competition. This week we learned which of the collections was merely a decoy, and which are still in the running to possibly land that top spot, and, as Jerell noted the other day, the “novelty-sized check.”I think I officially got on Team Jerell with that statement, and it would appear many viewers have had the same reaction to him as I have: at first, not feeling incredibly impressed, but becoming starting to see more and more potential as the season continues. He emerged with a win this week, but did he also win the coveted top Chic spot? And this week, I had to bring back the special “Eh” and “Working My Nerves” categories in order to most accurately break down my reactions. I bet you can guess who landed in the latter category. Read more »
Is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart the most important news show in America?  That may sound like a cynical question, but think about it.  There‘s so much competing noise these days in the cable news world that The Daily Show probably is, at least on cable, as formidable in the news world as Bill O‘Reilly or Keith Olberman.  The Daily Show has won the Emmy for Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series for five straight years.  There‘s no reason it won‘t happen again, but the competition isn‘t anything to sneeze at either.  The Emmys are only two days away, folks.  Below we‘ll take a look at the Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series category, as well as the Best Reality-Competition Series category.  Read more »
Many designers come on Project Runway hoping to launch a design career, but recently-auf‘d designer Joe Faris came into the competition with a busy career already under his belt. The 41-year-old designer has a role as a Senior Designer with Schott, an outerwear company, but has also put out his work through his own lines. How did this experienced Detroit-based designer make his way to Season 5 of Project Runway? Read more »
On last week‘s episode of Project Runway 5, Joe Faris was sent home for his unsuccessfully retro working woman outfit. Suede seemed to just narrowly avoid elimination with an outfit that seemed to offend Nina Garcia‘s every fashion fiber and leave her rigid with righteous indignation. For the viewers, though, it was probably Kenley Collins who caused the most offense. Her hubris and self-satisfaction seemed to tip many in the audience from being mildly irritated into having outright dislike. She is scornful of advice from Tim Gunn and it appears she is possibly being set up for a big pride-goeth-before-a-fall storyline. So what could happen this week on Project Runway 5?  Read more »
Much like in the drag challenge on Project Runway 5, last night‘s musical genre challenge requires a temporary suspension of the normal set of standards for Chic and Freak. When you are talking about modern music, a little bit of freak might be required in order to achieve an authentic look.Nevertheless, even with some revised standards, I didn‘t really fall in love with any of the looks offered up by the designers on last night‘s episode, so my picks for Chic are rather half-hearted, and I don‘t have an actual Freak for this week. The worst I could muster up was an “Eh” for my least favorites from this episode of Project Runway. Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of Project Runway, there are 8 models left but only 5 designers.  A lot of the designers decide to change things up and Leanne even steals Suede‘s model.  It‘s a competition for the models too and it‘s got to be tough on them when they‘re eliminated, especially since some of their designers abandoned them.  Afterwards, they meet up with Tim who lets them know that today, they‘ll be designing for each other.  Suede will design for Jerell, Kenley will design for Leanne, Korto will design for Suede, Jerell will design for Kenley, and Leanne will design for Korto.  That‘s not all, though.  The look must be inspired by a specific musical genre.  Kenley gets pop, Suede gets punk, Korto gets country, Leanne gets hip hop, and Jerell gets rock and roll.  This should be interesting! Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of Project Runway, the designers are surprised when they meet up with a bunch of mothers on the runway.  No worries, designers.  They don‘t have to design for them, they‘ll be working with their daughters.  All of the girls are recent college graduates, who are looking for a complete head to toe makeover as they transition into womanhood.  Heidi pairs up the designers with their clients and then they have 30 minutes to meet up and talk about their looks.  The mothers were allowed to be at the meetings and had opinions that were as strong as the daughters, though they didn‘t always agree.  Read more »
It‘s tough to forget Project Runway‘s season 5 designer, Suede.  Besides his unique look, he spoke in the 3rd person throughout the season and brought a lighthearted attitude towards the design competition.  In recent weeks, Suede has slipped and found himself in the bottom more times than he would like.  On last night‘s episode, the musical genre challenge became his undoing and he was sent home.  Though he didn‘t make the final 3, he still got to show at Fashion Week and today, he spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview about his experiences there and on the show!Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
Project Runway 5 designer Suede wasn‘t always, obviously, always called Suede. He was born Stephen Whitney Baum near Cleveland, OH, to an engineer dad and physicist mom. Fashion wasn‘t always first on Suede‘s list either. While he says he was always called to the Big Apple, Suede‘s original plan to hit the big time was to work as an actor. But as we saw on Project Runway 5, fabric soon became his moniker and his calling. Let‘s take a look back at the recently auf‘d designer. Read more »
Lately it seems that Project Runway is making news more for its possible move to Lifetime than its current season on Bravo.  Back in April, The Weinstein Company announced they were moving the show to Lifetime beginning with season 6, but NBC Universal, who owns Bravo, isn‘t willing to let the show go without a fight.  They claim that the Weinstein Company is violating their contract rights, and the two companies have been battling in court ever since.Last week, NBC Universal scored a major victory in the fight over Project Runway.  TV Guide is reporting that a New York court agreed to temporarily block the reality series from airing on Lifetime, which has put the network‘s plans to launch season 6 on hold. Read more »
While six designers showed at Fashion Week this season of Project Runway 5, only three of them actually were still in the competition. This is the week we learn which of this season‘s contestants are actually our final three. The four still in the running are Korto Momolu, who has an effortlessly sophisticated, modern and glamorous sensibility; Leanne Marshall, who also seems quite modern, with an occasional unexpected twist; Jerell Scott, who‘s been up and down, but who occasionally hits the nail on the head with his mix and match textures; and young Ms. Sassafras Kenley Collins, whose insistence on going retro sometimes muddies what seems to be some underlying serious creative talent. So who might be left after tomorrow‘s episode of Project Runway? Read more »
On tonight‘s episode of Project Runway, it‘s a high pressure situation for the final four contestants because only three are moving on to New York Fashion Week.   After last week‘s model swap, Korto decides to stick with Katarina and doesn‘t ruffle anyone‘s feathers.  Heidi tells the designers to head to the lobby to meet with Tim for a little field trip.  Who doesn‘t love field trips?  They arrive at the New York Botanical Garden, where the meet up with Collier Strong, the consulting makeup artist for L‘Oreal Paris.   For their challenge, the designers will have to construct an evening gown inspired by nature.  Everyone was given a camera and one hour to explore the garden and come up with some inspiration. Read more »
On last night’s episode of Project Runway, the final four designers were taken to the New York Botanical Garden, one of the most beautiful places in the city. There, they were given a camera and one hour to take photos in order to gain inspiration for an evening gown. When they returned to Parsons, they had just 30 minutes to choose a single photo to work off of. After the runway show, the judges gave their highest scores to Jerell and Leanne, with the lowest scores going to Korto and Kenley. The panel could not decide who to eliminate, so they came to the conclusion that all four should go home and work on their collections but only three would make it to Bryant Park. This surprising move left Project Runway fans wondering: Is this fair? Read more »
This week on Project Runway 5, we learned that this season, we’ll have not one but TWO final challenges to determine who gets to go to fashion week. Why? Well, why not, I suppose. It was such a fug parade last night on the runway, maybe the judges just decided to give the contestants a chance to do a do-over. Like maybe next time, at the least, the designers could run a steamer over their outfit before sending it down the runway?So no one, it would appear, was at their best last night. However, last night showed that this Project Runway season is not, as I’ve been asserting, drama-free. Rather, it’s just drama-concentrated. All into one episode.  The ganging-up-on! The tears! Who knew this group had it in them? So I’ll give them some points for poignancy, but for the fashions last night? A rap on the knuckles all around. Read more »
We won‘t know until Wednesday night which of the four remaining Project Runway 5 designers – Korto Momolu, Jerell Scott, Leanne Marshall, and Kenley Collins – will make it to the final competition. But one thing is certain: many viewers felt that the judges‘ non-decision decision last week was a cop-out. Despite Jerell‘s win and Leanne‘s coming in second, they are both back on the hot seat along with Korto and Kenley to compete for one of the spots in the finale runway show. What could happen on this episode of Project Runway 5?  Read more »
Last week‘s episode of Project Runway ended with a bit of a shocker.  The final four designers had to create evening gowns based on a photo they took at the New York Botanical Gardens, and though Kenley‘s dress looked like something a mermaid would wear to a disco in 1977, the judges couldn‘t decide who to eliminate.  They instead sent everyone home and told them to design a line to present at New York Fashion Week, with the only catch being that one designer will be eliminated before the big show.  Did Kenley, who deserves the boot for daring to roll her eyes at Tim Gunn time and again, finally get her karmic comeuppance in tonight‘s episode?  Read on to find out. Read more »
Well, folks, now we know. Jerell Scott, the messier, but generally more likeable contestant, was kicked off Project Runway 5, and Kenley Collins, the grating but tidier designer, will be officially part of the competition for the finale.With what was shown last night, I have to say I really can‘t quibble with the decision, but it was very heart-wrenching nonetheless. After the designers seemed to all reconcile upon their return to Project Runway, Kortu Momolu tearfully noted that while she of course wanted to make it to Bryant Park, she didn‘t want to see any of the other designers go home either, not even bad girl Kenley. More than any other season, I think, these designers seemed to have been more consistently openly emotional about these last few challenges, and it made the whole thing a little sad to watch. Read more »
It‘s been a bit of a roller coaster for Jerell Scott on the last few episodes of Project Runway this season.  Last week, Tim Gunn assigned the final four designers a challenge where they must draw inspiration from the New York Botanical Garden and construct an evening gown.  Jerell and Leanne received the highest scores, while Kenley or Korto landed in the bottom.  The judges, however, decided that they couldn‘t reach a decision and sent everybody home to start their collections and made them go through another challenge.  Each designer had to include a wedding dress in their collection and creat a bridesmaid dress for their final challenge before Bryant Park.  Jerell scored the lowest and went from being on the top of his game to being sent home.  Today, he spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview about his experiences on the show.Below, you will find the transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
On Thursday night, Project Runway will crown a new winner. The final three are Leanne Marshall, Korto Momolu, and Kenley Collins. On last week’s episode, the judges had decided that no one was safe and demanded that the final four contestants complete one more challenge before making it to Fashion Week. In each designer’s collection, they had to construct a wedding dress and for their final challenge, they had to design a bridesmaid dress to compliment it. The panel decided to eliminate Jerell Scott, who had scored the highest in the previous week’s challenge, leaving all women in the final three. As we gear up for the finale, we’ll take a look at each designer and assess why they could be the one to win season 5 of Project Runway. Today, we take a look at outspoken designer Kenley Collins. Read more »
Heading into the finale of Project Runway 5, we all know one of the key points to Kenley Collins‘ background: she is the youngest daughter of a tugboat captain. The 25-year-old designer from Pompano Beach, FL has referenced her dad‘s line of work as both fashion inspiration (as in her use of ropes in some of her designs) and as an explanation for her scrappy and stubborn nature.We also learned, when Tim Gunn visited Kenley as she prepared her finale collection, that her grandmother was a calendar girl, and a stylish lady of her time, possibly also inspiring Kenley‘s love of vintage looks. As we prepare to watch Kenley compete in the finale of Project Runway 5, here is a look at a little more about the designer. Read more »
It‘s finally here!  Project Runway finale week!  There‘s an extra added incentive for me to watch Wednesday‘s night‘s final runway show: I spent the entire hour scanning the background looking for myself to see if I make a little cameo.  This season, I‘m going for 2-2 and I put out a lot of effort to try to get a little screen name.  Keep those fingers crossed.  Back to the matter at hand.  It‘s tough to say which of the final three designers are going to walk off with the win.  Will it be Kenley Collins, Korto Momolu, or Leanne Marshall?  On Friday, we examined why Kenley (clearly this season‘s underdog) can and should win.  Tomorrow, we‘ll look at Leanne, who everyone is calling the frontrunner but today, it‘s all about Korto Momolu. Read more »
In recent seasons, the roster of Project Runway designers has included several designers with impressive industry credentials: education at some of the most well-known fashion schools, internships or employment with major fashion powerhouses, or lines already sported by celebrities in fashion centers like Los Angeles or New York.Korto Momolu‘s background, on the other hand, was more understated, and didn‘t immediately telegraph how modern and exciting her work would often turn out to be during Project Runway 5. Let‘s take a look at this designer‘s background and see how it brought her to the final three of this season. Read more »
Last week, we learned that – as most had suspected – the modern collection Leanne Marshall showed at Bryant Park would officially be part of the competition to be named winner of Project Runway 5. The public announcement of this success was an early birthday present for the designer; her birthday was Friday, October 10.Now 28, Leanne is still a young designer in the early stages of her developing career, but she‘s demonstrated throughout the season that she has a strong vision and the skills to execute it. We‘ll take a look at her background, and what helped her develop those skills and how she came to be a competitor on Project Runway 5. Read more »
With Project Runway’s season 5 finale only one day away, the big debate among fans is, of course, who should win? In the final three we have Kenley Collins, the rebel, Korto Momolu, with her laid back style, and Leanne Marshall, the quiet force to be reckoned with. We’ve already taken a look at why Kenley should win and why Korto should win. Unfortunately, it’s not looking good for Kenley, who has let her mouth get the best of her this season. In fact, 61% of BuddyTV readers feel that her personality should be a determining factor in whether or not she wins. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of excitement around Korto, though 70% of the readers feel that her entire body of work should be considered in the final panel. Today, we take a look at Leanne, the designer that everyone is calling this season’s frontrunner. Read more »
Over the past few days, we‘ve taken a look at the biographies of each of the final three contestants and built the case for why each of them could be deserving of the win on Wednesday‘s finale of Project Runway 5. But enough with being even-handed, now it‘s time to place some bets in this clotheshorse race. Obviously, each of the women competing for that top spot have strong talent, have worked hard, and can produce some lovely looks. But which one will walk away with the prize on Wednesday‘s finale of Project Runway 5? Read more »
Tonight, Project Runway will crown its 5th winner after a showdown at Fashion Week in Bryant Park. The three finalists are: Kenley Collins, Korto Momolu, and Leanne Marshall. Kenley is overwhelmingly tonight’s underdog as her attitude has rubbed fans, her fellow designers, and the judges the wrong way. Leanne looks to be the frontrunner, with former contestants raving about her collection at Fashion Week, saying that this season was hers to lose. Where that leaves Korto is beyond me, though I expect her to be a strong contender. I’ll be here all hour covering the final runway show (and scanning the crowd for myself in the background). Stay with me, keep refreshing, and post your thoughts as we crown the season 5 winner of Project Runway! Read more »
On tonight‘s season finale of Project Runway, the final three designers prepared to show their collections at Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City.  For them, it is the opportunity of a lifetime, to be able to showcase their work to the world, never mind some of the most important people in the industry.  Tim Gunn meets with the final three designers, Kenley Collins, Korto Momolu, and Leanne Marshall, to let them know that of the 12 garments they brought for Fashion Week, they‘ll only be allowed to show 10.  This move by the panel forces each designer to edit (which Tim always stresses) and choose only the best items to put on the runway and in front of the judges. Read more »
Well, despite my momentary hope that this rather dullsville season of Project Runway 5 could potentially have a last-minute twist, what was expected happened last night and Leanne Marshall petal-pushed her way into the top spot. All three women, though, put on very respectable shows considering their personal vision and experience levels, and so for this final installment of Chic or Freak for Project Runway 5, I’m going to give each designer a moment in the top – and bottom – spots by giving my picks the best and relative weakest looks of the collections presented. Read more »
On last night‘s season finale of Project Runway, it was no surprise when Leanne Marshall was crowned the winner.  When she showed her collection at Fashion Week a few weeks ago for the finale taping, almost everyone sang her praises afterwards and predicted that she would win.  It turns out that those former Project Runway contestants knew what they were talking about and Leanne was the last woman standing.  As the winner, Leanne received an editorial feature in an issue of ELLE Magazine, a cash prize of $100,000 from TRESemmé hair care to start her own line, the opportunity to sell a fashion line on, and a brand new 2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid.  Today, she took a few minutes out of her hectic schedule to talk to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
Fashion designer Korto Momolu wanted to wait until the right time to try out for Project Runway.  As a wife and mother, she felt that waiting until her daughter was as little older before applying would be best.  It turns out - her timing was great.  Korto tried out for season 5, got onto the show, and made it all the way to final two.  Along the way, she earned herself a solid fan base and the exposure she was hoping for in order to launch her line of clothing and accessories.  Korto spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview about her time on the show, opening up about her favorite design, what she would have done differently, and what lies ahead for her in the future.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
If Kenley Collins will be remembered for one thing this season on Project Runway, it will be for her outspoken nature.  The season 5 contestant never missed an opportunity to stick up for her designs to mentor Tim Gunn or the panel of judges.  Despite the fact that she may have rubbed some the wrong way, Kenley‘s talent for fashion design took her all the way to final 3 and Fashion Week at Bryant Park.  After the season finale, Kenley took time to talk to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview, where she said that she was proud of herself, her designs, and the way she handled herself this season.Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview. Read more »
Season 6 of Project Runway was originally set to begin airing next month, moving from Bravo to Lifetime. Back in April, The Weinstein Company announced they were moving the show to Lifetime but NBC Universal, who owns Bravo, claims that the Weinstein Company is violating their contract rights, and the two companies have been battling in court ever since. Last Friday, Lifetime filed a court motion that the case be moved to a federal court, since the case involved federal copyright issues.  Currently, Project Runway‘s 6th season is set to air in January of 2009, but all that could change if the court battle continues to rage on. Read more »
In season 2 of Project Runway, Chloe Dao walked away with the grand prize of $100,000 in seed money to help launch her own line, a 2007 Saturn Sky roadster, a spread in ELLE magazine, and a mentorship with the Banana Republic Design Team. After winning, Chloe went home to Texas to continue developing her boutique, Lot 8. Last year, she debuted a 13 piece collection called Simply that sold out on QVC and she also introduced a line of cell phone accessories for Verizon. Her wholesale line, DAO Chloe DAO, was introduced this year and is available online. This week, she debuted her fall ’08 collection, that is said to be a line that turns heads and impresses. Read more »
The fight between The Weinstein Company and NBC Universal over Project Runway rages on this week, with new allegations of sabotage. In court papers filed this week, The Weinstein Company accuses Bravo of intentionally refusing to promote the fifth season of Project Runway properly. The show’s time slot was moved from its regular 10pm time slot to 9pm, which supposedly made it tougher for viewers to find (though in this day in age, most of us have digital cable complete with a built in guide). Bravo also did not start promoting the show until just a few days before the season premiere aired in July, which is true. The network usually sends out press packets and screeners but did not do so for season 5. The Weinstein Company also claimed that Bravo focused more on filming a replacement show for Project Runway instead of the show itself. Read more »
With the future of Project Runway uncertain, Heidi Klum has been looking for new ways to pass the time. NBC Universal and The Weinstein Company are currently locked in a heated legal battle for control of the fashion design reality show. The Weinstein Company wants to move it to Lifetime, having cut a deal with them for $150 million, while NBC Universal is trying to keep it right where it belongs – on Bravo. In the meantime, Bravo has ordered a new show to replace it, The Fashion Show, where viewers will be able to choose the winner. Back to Heidi Klum, though. Fans who have been missing the German supermodel on their television sets need to look no further than the latest Guitar Hero II commercial. Read more »
It was tough times for Jack Mackenroth during season 4 of Project Runway. The talented fashion designer was forced to abruptly withdraw from the competition due to a serious staph infection. While there was talk of him returning for season 5, he opted to focus on his career instead of making a second appearance on reality television. He is also working on bettering his community and recently launched an HIV and AIDS education campaign called Living Positive By Design, in New York. "I am excited to be nationally launching Living Positive By Design in partnership with organizations that are committed to improving the lives of people living with HIV and to be debuting the signature campaign scarf I created," said Mackenroth.  Read more »
Despite being the winner of the first season of Project Runway, Jay McCarroll has never laid low, although it seems that he has.  He turned down a significant portion of his prize as the winner of the acclaimed reality show‘s first season, and took a longer time to get his first collection post-Project Runway out, but he‘s certainly here—busy with his fashion line for QVC and perhaps with battling rumors of his homelessness.  And, you‘ve probably seen Project Jay, the one-off documentary that aired two years ago showing his struggles to get started after winning.Eventually that would evolve into Eleven Minutes, a feature-length documentary that, in many extents, is a natural successor to the first documentary.  A product of filmmakers Rob Tate and Michael Selditch, the documentary is currently being screened in numerous film festivals across the country, and has earned positive reviews from different media outlets.  Next year, it will even get a limited theatrical release before finally getting a DVD release.  Credit for the documentary, at least, falls on the filmmakers, but there‘s no denying that the subject, McCarroll, has a lot to do with it. Read more »
The year is almost over, and BuddyTV wants to know which shows were your absolute favorites from 2008. We have a huge Showdown featuring 48 of the top shows of the year, from reality staples like American Idol to smash hits like CSI. You can vote for your favorite cult shows like Supernatural, or a small comedy like It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  We have shows still going strong like Grey‘s Anatomy and shows canceled before their time like Jericho.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SHOW OF 2008>> Read more »
We‘re hoping one catfight won‘t lead to another.  Last week, Kenley Collins, one of Project Runway‘s most hated finalists, was put behind bars for throwing a living cat towards her ex-fiancé, Zak Penley.  Now, season 5 winner LeAnne Marshall commented on the issue, answering the question a lot of people ask: was Kenley really so awful, or was it just pure editing?On an interview with The New York Post, Marshall said: “When she got angry, I knew to keep my distance. Clearly, she needs therapy.”  Despite displays of Collins‘ rage on camera and on the set, there were no accounts of her being violent during her stay on Project Runway.  However, recent events suggest that she was truly capable of physically assaulting those around her. Read more »
After being stalled for some five months or so, the sixth season of Project Runway may finally be on its way, after warring camps NBC Universal and Lifetime have resolved their differences and agreed on terms.E! Online reports that a statement from NBC Universal said they’ve resolved their disputes with the Weinstein Company and Lifetime.  "The Weinstein Company will pay NBCU for the right to move Project Runway to Lifetime.  All of the parties are pleased with the outcome." Read more »
Bravo‘s Project Runway has revolutionized reality TV programming by giving us an opportunity to look into the lives of aspiring fashion designers.  In fact, the show has produced so much talent and kick-started fashion careers of some hopefuls.  Recently, Bravo announced that they have picked up another fashion design creative competition series titled The Fashion Show, in which the winner will be chosen by viewers and will have their designs sold by a retailer."Bravo celebrates the very best in food, fashion, design, beauty and pop culture, and ‘The Fashion Show‘ is the next step in expanding our fashion affinity group, and the perfect complement to our successful fashion series ‘Tim Gunn‘s Guide to Style‘ and ‘The Rachel Zoe Project,‘" Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Bravo Media, said in a statement. Read more »
Between the recent conclusion of Project Runway‘s fifth season and this Wednesday‘s premiere of the new reality show Stylista on the CW, fashion is all the rage. Finding inspiration from your favorite celebrity or cattily commenting on your friends‘ fashion faux pas has become hip thanks to this boom of fashion and modeling reality shows.In that spirit, BuddyTV set out to compile our list of the best fashion accessories on TV, the signature looks that made certain characters stand out. In our preparation, we came to a shocking realization: right now, fashion is all about the men. In the early party of this decade, Carrie Bradshaw and Sex and the City made every woman crave a pair of Manolo Blahniks. Fashion is often cyclical, and now, it‘s time for the men to have their moment in the spotlight. Read more »
This summer, catch Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series Project Runway as it makes its way over to the Lifetime network with an all-new season.  Set to premiere on August 20, the series will bring back host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn, judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, as well as a pack of new designers set to take over the fashion industry.  "I am a huge fan of Project Runway and could not be happier that Season Six will be premiering on Lifetime, the #1 network for women," declared Andrea Wong, President and CEO, Lifetime Networks.  "The talent in this all-new season is nothing short of amazing, and I can‘t wait for all of the fans to see the incredible work of these brilliant designers." Read more »