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Tag Archives: Project Runway
Project Runway All Stars‘ Michael Costello is on a roll. Not only did he win last week’s Miss Piggy challenge, the DivaGals still think he should have won the couture challenge for that rocking black-feathered dress.
Could Michael take it all the way in this season’s competition? He’s certainly got the right attitude, TV DivaGal learned when Michael and I talked at the Project Runway All Stars discussion panel at New York City’s Paley Center for Media last Thursday. Read on for why Michael returned to the sewing room this season, and his strategy for making it through this year’s competition.
Why did you want to come back to Project Runway? The first time you were on was kind of an emotional experience for you.
I definitely take advantage of opportunities like this because they are God-given. I believe that God gives you a first, second and third chance – as many chances as you need. And when they come about, you take advantage of them. This was a wonderful opportunity, and it came at the right time, so I thought, “Why not?”
So it’s a business investment?
I can use this as a great opportunity to promote my business, or whatever I’m working on. What better exposure can you get than being on a show like this.
When you left after your first season, did you go study new styles and learn new techniques?
I fell in love with doing resort wear –things that are effortless and easy to wear and comfortable. I course, I still do my drapey gowns and dresses. I try to push myself to learn new tricks and new techniques and I basically stick with that.
Coming back to the show, do you feel more confident this time around?
I feel a lot more confident this time. I think I have more of a voice this season. In season eight, I would listen to what the judge’s said about the design and use that to my advantage or disadvantage. On this season, I think you’re going to see me argue more with the judges and say, nope this is my point of view, and that’s just that. That’s the mentality that I wanted to go through with for Project Runway All Stars.
We all thought you were robbed in the couture dress challenge…
I did, too! I still love Austin [Scarlett, who won the challenge].
Is it fun having Maire Claire Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles as a mentor?
I love having Joanna as a mentor. I love Tim Gunn, but I think it’s absolutely fabulous to have a woman’s point of view in the workroom. You have someone who wears women’s clothes and knows fashion, and it’s wonderful to get her perspective on things: it’s fresh and it’s great. I don’t dread her coming into the workroom. I look forward to hearing what she has to say.
What’s the one item from your collection that should be in every woman’s closet?
So hard to chose! If you have an absolutely fabulous fitting jacket that hits you in the right areas, accentuates your waist and gives you good shoulders, that’s what you need.
Where can we get one?
You can visit www.michaelcostellocouture.com. We just launched the shopping cart, and it’s going to be wonderful.
Project Runway All Stars airs Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.
Project Runway All Stars airs episode two tonight. Now that artiste/designer Elisa Jimenez is gone, who is she be rooting for to take the All Stars crown?
“I’m rooting for Austin [Scarlett],” she candidly admits in a conference call. “Austin is an intelligent, well-read, historically based young man. He’s like one of the pioneers of the show, so I would like Austin to win. I’m impressed by his intelligence … he’s such a kind and intelligent young man.”
We’ll find out just how well the New York-based designer does in tonight’s challenge, whipping out a ballgown for the opera. Judging from past experience, this should be right up Austin’s alley!
Project Runway All Stars airs Thursday, Jan. 12 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.
Make it work … and find time in your sked to watch this season’s premiere of Project Runway tonight!
As fashion is always evolving… so is PR! Tonight presents the largest pool of designers ever to compete — 20! The DivaGals already have our eye on Anya Ayoung-Chee, the gorgeous rising star from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Her breezy, Caribbean-inspired prints and sexy mini-dresses truly inspire us to hit the beach… and the club!
Of course, the usual suspects are back: Tim, Michael, Nina and Heidi, plus cutie petite actress Christina Ricci kicks off the season as the guest judge. Yeah, the first batch of designs are going to appeal to us little gals!
Project Runway, season nine, premieres Thursday, July 28 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.
Hey Single Ladies fans! As we’re sure you already know, VH1′s first scripted drama has been picked up for a second season! Yeah! More sexy hook-ups, amazing wardrobes and killer lighting!
Our Entertainment Gal recently chatted with Stacy Littlejohn: creator, head writer and executive producer of the series. Stacy shared that her inspiration for the show is something many can relate to: unemployment!
After the 2007-08 writer’s strike, Stacy, who’s written for such series as The Hughleys and All of Us, found herself without a job for the first time in years. Stacy started pitching ideas to anyone and everyone looking for the right opportunity, when this one with VH1 presented itself. It was very much the right meeting at the right time.
It didn’t hurt that Stacy was single at the time. She was able to create characters that resonate with today’s single woman, and each one is looking for love in her own way. Val (Stacey Dash) believes in fate and romance, while Keisha (LisaRaye McCoy) believes in using her head rather than her heart. April (Charity Shea) is learning the hard way that happily ever after isn’t always easy. But all are committed to finding and keeping “The One” to share her life with.
The show is currently filmed in Atlanta, Ga., but Stacy is already planning to get the girls on location, as she feels they “open up a show so much more.” Her dream spots? An island or Italy, but Las Vegas or even Los Angeles would work as places to send the ladies. I see a road trip in season two!
You know we had to talk fashion. Stacy is very pleased to have two extremely talented fashion consultants dressing the stars. Anthony Williams, a Project Runway alum, dresses Stacey Dash, while Okera Banks, a fashion industry and styling veteran, is responsible for LisaRaye McCoy’s looks. Both designers are trendsetters that make each woman look sexy and beautiful in her right. Even though Stacy has final approval, the stylists are free to do their own thing because that is what they do and she trusts them. Just in case you were wondering where they find their fabulous fashions, both Okera and Anthony shop all over the country for the looks they create. In addition, Anthony does quite a bit of vintage shopping for Val.
Single Ladies airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on VH1.
Project Runway returns July 29, but we can start picking our fave competitors right now. Lifetime has released the names of the 20 designers for season nine. Check out the list below!
Amanda Perna, 25 – Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Resides in: New York, NY
Anthony Ryan Auld, 28 – Hometown: Linden, TX; Resides in: Baton Rouge, LA
Anya Ayoung-Chee, 29 – Hometown: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Resides in: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Becky Ross, 38 – Hometown: Calumet, MI; Resides in: Portland, OR
Bert Keeter, 57 – Hometown: Washington, D.C.; Resides in: Los Angeles, CA
Bryce Black, 26 – Hometown: Twin Falls, ID; Resides in: Portland, OR
Cecilia Motwani, 34 – Hometown: Cordoba, Argentina; Resides in: Woodside, NY
Danielle Everine, 26 – Hometown: Minneapolis, MN; Resides in: Minneapolis, MN
David Chum, 29 – Hometown: Merong, Battaan, Philippines; Resides in: Boston, MA
Fallene Wells, 29 – Hometown: Las Vegas, NV; Resides in: Denver, CO
Gunnar Deatherage, 21 – Hometown: La Grange, KY; Resides in: Louisville, KY
Joshua McKinley, 25 – Hometown: Cleveland, OH; Resides in: New York, NY
Joshua Christensen, 29 – Hometown: Snohomish, WA; Resides in: Los Angeles, CA
Julie Tierney, 35 – Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA; Resides in: Grand Junction, CO
Kimberly Goldson, 35- Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in: White Plains, MD
Laura Kathleen, 26 – Hometown: St. Louis, MO; Resides in: St. Louis, MO
Olivier Green, 22 – Hometown: International; Resides in: New York, NY
Rafael Cox, 27 – Hometown: Alamogordo, New Mexico; Resides in: Atlanta, GA
Serena da Conceicao, 31 – Hometown: Kingston, NY; Resides in: Brooklyn, NY
Viktor Luna, 30 – Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico; Resides in: New York, NY
photo credit: Lifetime
TV DivaGal is a huge fan of Project Runway, so I couldn’t resist approaching Jay McCarroll, Project Runway’s first winner, when I spotted him at the Ann Yee Fall Fashion presentation in the Sky Room Times Square at the top of the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott in Midtown Manhattan last week.
The winning designer is concentrating his efforts on textiles now. “I’m trying to supply other people fabrics,” he tossed off with a half-laugh before adding his favorite color scheme is “lots of grey and yellow.” Very unique combo!
The VH1 Celebrity Fit Club alum still looks fabulous, and I told him so. He returned the compliment by mentioning that we could make beautiful babies together. Hmmm, pour me some more champagne so I can consider it under rosy-colored glasses!
To see more of Ann Yee’s designs, click here.
At this year’s production, 10 designers showed their wares, including season eight winner Gretchen Jones. Of course, anyone who watched the finale last week only saw three finalists on TV, which has left many of you asking, “What the…”
Fret no more! TV DivaGal has the answers to your biggest PR questions, below!
Did all of this season’s contestants make collections for the Fashion Week? How much time did those who made it to the runway presentation (but not shown on air) have to complete their collections?
This sucked for the rest of the contestants as only the top 10 of this season made collections, and the designers all got the same amount of time to make their collections.
Is there any chance of Lifetime ever showing those other designers’ collections in a special presentation?
Sorry, kiddies. Lifetime won’t be showing the other seven designers in any special presentation. Aren’t you glad you have your TV DivaGal video of the presentation?
How quickly was the ultimate winner, Gretchen Jones, chosen after the runway show cleared out that morning of the runway presentation?
The three finalists were notified of who won at 7 p.m., after much of the controversial deliberation that led to Gretchen Jones being named the winner this season. FYI: The fashion show was over at 11 a.m. that morning.
What was the song and artist played during Gretchen’s collection?
The song is a remixed version of “Icarus” from the band White Hinterland.
TV DivaGal has watched Project Runway since the beginning, so it was a real treat to get season two alum Santino Rice on the phone. He’s teamed up with fellow Project Runway alum Austin Scarlett for their fashionable buddy series, On the Road with Austin and Santino, making women across the nation fabulous.
Tonight’s episode is a very special Austin and Santino episode, according to the designer. Read on to find out why.
Tonight’s episode is a bit of a tearjerker?
We go to Asheville, N.C. for Marcy Gallagher. She is celebrating five years cancer-free. It’s a huge milestone and a great celebration. It’s amazing that someone takes control of her body and says “I’m not going to let this beat me.” and perseveres. I get a bit emotional, though there is a lot of fun in the episode.
What’s the most annoying habit of Austin’s that you have deal with on the road?
Sometimes Austin can be a little uptight and flustered when I’m trying having a good time. Also, he does not drive. He has a driver’s license, but he lives in New York City, so he doesn’t need really need it. I have to drive from town to town, and then having to sew after that it’s tiring. It’s no wonder I’m caught more often sleeping when we’re working.
What’s been the hardest fabric to find on the road?
Ultimately, Santino and Austin don’t have a dream fabric. It’s more about just finding something that is appropriate for what we’re designing with really great color and something that moves well. It’s great to be able to find as many options as possible because when you’re meting a client meeting for first time, you want to give them as many choices as possible.
Looking back at Project Runway, how has the show changed since you were on?
It’s definitely grown, and it’s longer now too. If you look past some of the drama and concentrate on the work of these young designers, that’s what is best about the show, and my favorite part of Project Runway. I’ll watch and say to myself, “What would I have done in that challenge?” It’s fun to watch through my lens having already done the show and think what I would have created.
What do you do when you’re not on the road?
I still make one-of-a-kind, custom pieces for amazing professional women. Knowing that they’re wearing the best garment they’ve ever had, that’s rewarding.
On the Road with Austin and Santino airs Thursday, Oct 7 at 10:30 p.m. on Lifetime.
Where do Project Runway winners go once their season ends? Straight to the accessories line!
TV DivaGal caught up with reigning champion Seth Aaron, who told me that he’s hard at work on his new collection. “I’m going into handbags,” he says. “It’s launching in the spring and it will be international.”
The look of Seth’s new line? “Me,” he declares. So expect edgy styles in leather, plaids and Harlequin prints, embellished with chains and other metals.
And what celeb does he want to carry his bags?
“All of them,’ he laughs. “Let’s not narrow it down!”
Catch a new episode of Project Runway Thursday, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.
It’s not Mercedes Benz Fashion Week until TV DivaGal gets a hot seat at the Project Runway runway finale!
Alongside American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and guest judge Jessica Simpson, TV DivaGal watched the ten remaining designers (including Casanova, who got quite the send-off on last night’s episode after his elimination) work their sewing skills in their own mini-collections.
The final analysis? It was all shorts, sparkles and slit-out backs, which made TV DivaGal think that the designers were pretty much inspired by one another. But don’t just take my word for it. Check it yourself!