Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
According to this press release...
The "Project Runway" season three designers are:
Bradley Baumkirchner, 32, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Best, 36, West Hollywood, CA
Laura Bennett, 42, New York, NY
Malan Breton, 32, Long Island City, NY
Bonnie Dominguez, 31, San Diego, CA
Stacey Estrella, 40, San Francisco, CA
Katherine Gerdes, 25, Minneapolis, MN
Kayne Gillaspie, 27, Norman, OK
Ulrike "Uli" Herzner, 35, Miami Beach, FL
Alison Kelly, 25, Brooklyn, NY
Angela Keslar, 33, Amesville, OH
Michael Knight, 28, Atlanta, GA
Vincent Libretti, 49, Santa Monica, CA
Keith Michael, 34, New York, NY
Jeffrey Sebelia, 36, Los Angeles, CA
Okay - I'm off to Google! More later!
ETA: Here are some photos!
Poor Josh Lucas. The "Poseidon" star was partying at the Soho Grand — after Danish supermodel-turned-actress Helena Christensen mesmerized the audience at the Hugo Boss-sponsored Cinema Society screening of her movie, "Allegro" — when two giggling female fans looked shyly in his direction. Finally they strode toward Lucas — and then right past him — straight to "Project Runway" Season 2 runnerup Daniel Vosovic, who kindly consented to a snapshot. So much for the power of "Poseidon."
Click here for other photos from the event.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Click here for his newest venture featured this time on the Bravo site.
Friday, June 16, 2006
She's selling like bagels! Or something like that according to Forbes.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
I See London, I See France....
(Sorry I couldn't resist.)
We just can't get enough of i-dressup! We showed you their version of Jay McCarroll's collection here and Kara Janx's collection here. Now they have turned their attention to Season 2 winner Chloe Dao's collection; click here to play. You have to know that more is to come!
Hey, they need an entire Project Runway category, don't you think? We'll be sure to bring you each collection as it becomes available.
Thanks again, Anna!
Haberman Fabrics in Royal Oak is sponsoring a "Make It Work" contest for Michigan designers on August 1. PR2 alumni Kara Janx will be judging a runway show between 10 finalists. At stake: a new $3,400 Bernina sewing machine and a personal portfolio critique by Tim Gunn.
The event is also a fundraiser for the Barbara Ann Karmonos Cancer Institute. The public is invited for a meet and greet with Kara, the runway show and a chance to bid on a very unique auction item: a trip for two to the PR3 OFW finale show at Bryant Park in September! Click here for more details. And, as an added bonus, Tbone will be there! Thanks Jeannie!
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Our stealth-like investigations and research are quite awe-inspiring... aren't they?
Breaking News (Do I See London? II)
· Sponsor Orbitz will be featured on-air.
· Sponsor Delta Airlines will be featured in "product integrations on-air."
· Macy's will award the winner with a mentorship with I.N.C. International Concepts.
· TRESemmé will be giving the $100,000 in seed money.
Looks like they are going somewhere. Could it be ...
With 4 Weeks to Go Until Season 3 ...
...we knew you would appreciate a reminder of things to do today.
So, shop BPR to support our Parsons Scholarhip and to insure your things arrive prior to the premiere.
Watch Andrae today at 11:00 am PST (2:00 PM EST).
Call Andrae at (323) 603-6312 between 11:00 am and noon PST (2:00 - 3:00 PM EST).
Enter our contest by Midnight, Eastern tonight.
Plan your Project Runway party: tell us the details!
...oh, and I nearly forgot, watch cricket.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
He will be taking calls at Ring My Bell on Wednesday between 11am and noon PST. Dial (323) 603-6312 to speak with the expressive(!) designer from Season 2. If you go to the link and click on the 'Open in QT Player' button, you can watch a live feed of him.
Look out for Andrae. He's our little lamb.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Have You Entered Our Contest?
Signature Retail Sponsor Replaced by Macy's
By T.L. Stanley
Published: June 12, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) -- When Bravo's hit reality show "Project Runway" returns for a third season this summer, it will do so without Banana Republic.
The Gap Inc. brand got big play in the popular program over the past two years as the series' signature retail partner. Contestants have worked in Banana Republic-branded workspaces at New York's Parsons The New School for Design and competed during both seasons to design a dress that was sold in several of the retailer's stores.
Banana Republic did not return calls regarding its decision not to re-up, though it's said the retailer felt it had wrung as much exposure as it could from the first two seasons.
And there was plenty of it: The show averaged 1.7 million total viewers during its second outing, up 59% from its first season. The finale in March pulled in 3.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in Bravo's history and "Runway" improved its showing from season one by 102% in the coveted 18- to 34-year-old demographic.
Banana Republic will be replaced by Macy's, though other retail partners had been in contention, including H&M, which is in the midst of expanding the number of its outlets on the West Coast.
The other top partners, L'Oreal Paris and TRESemme, however, will be back when the program makes its first summer debut July 12. The pair has served as the show's hair and makeup sponsors since its first season.
A fourth brand had also been in negotiations to hit "Runway," said to be Unilever's All Small and Mighty detergent. But the deal fell through at the last minute, according to an executive at Bravo. The reason: Producers couldn't figure out a creative way to integrate the product without it standing out too much and looking like a commercial.
The series, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, pits 15 fashion designers against each other in a series of challenges that have culminated in three finalists facing off at New York's Fall Fashion Week in February. But with the new schedule, finalists will compete at Fashion Week in September.
Once again, fashion designer Michael Kors and Elle magazine fashion director Nina Garcia will serve as "Runway" judges, while Tim Gunn, chair of fashion design at Parsons, will return to guide the contestants through their challenges.
The series has attracted a following online as well, getting 2.2 million unique visitors and 87 million page views on the BravoTV.com site, the network said. Mr. Gunn's "Tim's Take" blog generated 9.1 million page views, and his podcasts garnered 600,000 downloads.
Those Web numbers and ratings have helped producers attract more high-profile marketers and broker integration deals, which include not only on-screen exposure but also opportunities for tie-ins online, in store and in print.
Meanwhile, here is a link to Bravo's July programming schedule. There are several marathons of each season during the month. Then, the premiere is a TWO-HOUR event on July 12th with back-to-back shows. First, the casting special (hosted by Tim Gunn) and then the first episode #301. Hmmmm, funny how they haven't "named" the episode yet.... Anyway, don't worry if you miss the premiere because - in true Bravo form - they'll be repeating it about 90 times that week.
The excitement builds....
Sunday, June 11, 2006
So, dear Season Three designers, please know that just as we promote and feature the designers from Season One and Season Two here - your turn is coming! We can't wait to meet you. We eagerly anticipate your links, websites, blogs, comments and e-mails. Whether you are the first one auf or the grand prize winner, you are important to us!
Readers, let's offer our heartfelt messages to the designers who are home and feeling like they must be ready to burst with the information and the stories and how UNFAIR it was that they were cut! They are probably dying to see how they will be portrayed and which bits of confession booth drama will be shown. It must be so hard to be waiting at home on pins and needles (ha!) until the season begins. Let's encourage them.
Oh, and one more thing... designers, you can safely comment anonymously here. We have absolutely no way of identifying you. And we wouldn't want to. Anonymous is always safe here. We love Anonymous.
From The Mailbox
Do I See London?
Two of the dresses from Chloe's Finale Collection are available for purchase at AntiqueDress.com. If you would like a piece of Project Runway history and a Dao Original, now is your chance. Click here and scroll down a little. The green dress is $2775 and the blue is $2475. There are several wonderful detail shots of each dress. Ah....If only I were rich and thin! Thanks for the link, LC.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
A Note From John Wade
It's great to hear that people are so enthusiastic about the show and the contestants! As for me and the "weight issue", I just really worked hard to eat right and exercise (at least five times a week, WHEW!). The results have been extremely gratifying and well received among family and friends. This is important to me, as major changes in appearance can be kind of life changing. My advice to anyone on that subject is to just work hard, and really be ready for the change mentally. You kind of have to hit a wall and want the change in order to really make it happen.
As for designing, I've got a few projects in the works (while I still maintain a full time job), but nothing I'm willing to jinx by talking about.
I unfortunately am not currently blogging, and I am probably the last person on the face of the earth without a myspace account.... I'm not anti, I am just so incredibly busy I couldn't imagine getting sucked into the myspace vortex at this point in my life. I would love to send you updates about my goings on via email if you ever are curious or have any questions...and who knows maybe if any of my projects take off I will be in the market for a vessel to let my fans know about them. Maybe I could talk to you about blogging then? Anyway thanks again for the email and inquires. If you ever need anything or have any questions just shoot me an email, I would be more than happy to reply.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Video - Santino Rice and SuChin Pak
Jamey posted these fab clips featuring Santino and his darling dress for SuChin Pak, the perky MTV reporter. Watch his design process and then his red carpet appearance at the MTV Movie Awards.
(Click on the arrow to view.)
Thank you Helen!
ETA: Here's an MTV's story about the dress. You can click on SuChin's face (with the words 'Overdrive' underneath) and watch some extended videos as well.
Thank you, Tanya and again, Helen.
Labels: Santino RIce
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Reminder for Fantinos
BPR friend Miss Tanya reminds us of two Santino-related events happening within the next day. The Fantinos should plan to watch the MTV Movie Awards tonight at 9pm EST. You should be able to see SuChin Pak working her Santino original that we reported on here. And tomorrow, June 9th at 11am PST, you can call in to speak to Santino on the Ring My Bell show. Dial (323) 603-6312 and give Santino our best!
Labels: Santino RIce
Those clever folks at i-dressup are at at it, again! We've already shown you the Jay McCarroll version. Now they bring us the Kara Janx model. In this edition they feature her stunning decoy collection as well as several of her signature items from her site.
Rest assured we have requested all of the finale collections from Season 1 and Season 2 to be given the i-dressup treatment; we'll keep you informed as they become available. Make it work!
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Rihanna Wears a Kara Janx Design on Carson Daly
An alert BeePeR spotted this dress on Rihanna during Tuesday night's "Last Call With Carson Daly" show. She thought it looked like a Kara Janx design, but I thought I should confirm. Here is the note from Kara:
This is in fact a Kara Janx, I was as shocked as you! Apparently it is the super hip hop star Rihanna. A stylist had picked it up at my PR firm and voila.
Thank you Sophie, and thank you Kara. It's adorable!
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Also, there is one week left to submit your entry into our DFilm contest. We have lots of great entries, but there is still plenty of time. Don't be shy, it's a lot of fun. The winner can select any fabulous Kenneth Fron necklace like the one you see at the right.
Monday, June 05, 2006
From The Mailbox - A Tim Gunn Sighting!
Alert BPR reader, Shana spotted Tim on Saturday!
Not really news but a Tim Gunn sighting - with picture to boot!
When: Saturday, June 3rd, 10:30p.
Where: Greenwich Village
I pretty much accosted him on the street but he couldn't have been nicer and he actually seemed amused if not flattered!
I was too flustered to ask for juicy tidbits but he did say that they were filming the next season "right noooow" (with distinct Tim Gunn inflection accompanied by an absolutely perfect head nod) He really does talk like that!
Thanks for sharing, Shana!
Jay McCarroll - Puttin' on the Spritz
BRP reader Christian passes on this event involving Season One winner Jay McCarroll. Jay was channeling all his 'Innovation' energy along with costume designer Chris March at this runway event that benefited America' Second Harvest and hosted by fitness guru Richard Simmons.
You can see an assortment of photos from the June 2nd event here. And, according to this source, there will be a 'behind-the-scenes look' available after June 9th! I only wish we had known about this ahead of time; can you imagine how fun it would have been to be a BPR reporter covering salad couture?
The third season of Bravo's Project Runway, premiering July 12, will in large part stick to the contest's proven formula, save for a nip or tuck here and there. Asked to preview the next round, executive producer Jane Lipsitz, who also is bringing Treasure Hunters to NBC this summer, tells TV Guide.com, "I'm trying to think what I can say without giving it away....Project Runway Season 3 is going to have the same spirit as the last two seasons, and the cast is probably our strongest group of designers yet. But there's been one change of venue. I think I can say that." Are any Santino types looming this season?" Every year we get one or two characters who stand out in their own special way," says Lipsitz." We have people this year are equally as compelling, but aren’t exactly the same type of character."
Change of venue? What could she mean by that? Parsons, Mood, the Atlas?......Hmmmmmm.........Macy's?
Labels: Santino RIce
Sunday, June 04, 2006
ChrisMac Receives Her Sketch From Jay!
Hi BPR Team!
I received my sketch in the mail on Tuesday in a beautiful turquoise envelope with the sketch wrapped up in a holder with a black ribbon.
Thank you Jay!!! I love it! Jay had sent me a really nice email after I won, saying that he enjoyed the ebay process and was working hard on putting all the elements of his business together while working on his collection to show in the fall. I had told him that I worked at a food cooperative and he said he likes earthy crunchy people! Here are the pictures with great Project Runway fans from work; Ali, Alex, my daughter Celeste, myself and April.
We love Project Runway and BPR!
From the Mailbox
Thanks so much, Helen! I'm sure all the devoted Fantinos will be watching!
You can find more images of SuChin at the event here as well as Santino on the 'red carpet' here.
Labels: Santino RIce
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Attn: New Yorkers!
Who Would Have Guessed?
Michael Kors sells a sunless tanning product!
Just keeping things fun here, BeePeRs!
A Note From Nick
...I am currently finishing an article that I have been asked to write for a Los Angeles gay-themed magazine called Frontiers. (They have hired me to write a "fashion and style" column). I will also be in San Francisco on June 20th to present a special award at the SF GLAAD Gala, which I am very honored to do. I am also prepping for next month's Learning Annex shows that I am doing by myself in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco--I asked the organizers if they wanted me to join Andrae and Daniel F. but they insisted I do it ALONE(daunting task--I hope someone shows up, otherwise I will cry!)
I'll keep you updated, of course, on all the other upcoming projects, especially the ones I am taking a part of for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (I will be a "special guest" at the Graduation Ceremony on June 17th plus a "Three Day Fashion Bootcamp the week after) as well as a possible "Trunk Show" with the lovely Emmett and Chloe in the East Coast.
All my best to you, Scarlett and T-bone!
WOW! Nick sure is busy. Be sure to check out his totally awesome and always-updated blog for even more Nick News!
Friday, June 02, 2006
Project Runway - The Musical
Project Runway, Project Runway, when will season three begin?
I’m so bored on Wednesday nights. I need my weekly dose of Tim.
New designers, what will they think of? What in the heck will Nina say?
Project Runway, Project Runway, only forty days away!
Project Runway, Project Runway, Season Three Designers, Whoo!
We would love to see your photos and to read your bios too.
Every day I check Bravo’s website, dying to see a page that’s new.
Every day I’m disappointed, what the heck does their staff do?
Please feel free to add your own stanzas!
More Season Three News
Here is an article in RealityTVWorld about the premiere of season three. I love this quote: Rather than Klum, Gunn -- the show's true breakout star -- will host the special. :)
Here is the news from the FutonCritic. Basically they are just reporting the info from the Press Release, but hey - we need to drum up as much publicity as possible for our favorite show! Please continue to spread the news!
FINALLY Bravo Announces Season 3
Click here for the official statement which includes several choice bits of news:
· We learn that Season 3 offers 15 designers.
· We learn of a one-hour special focusing on casting at 9:00, July 12 hosted by Tim Gunn. This is prior to the premiere at 10:00 that same night.
· It is confirmed that Nina Garcia and Michael Kors will judge. They fail to mention how often.
· And they state that the fifteen finalists will be whittled down to only 3 by New York Fashion Week in September.
Hmmm, fifteen designers, whittled to three, 10 weeks of episodes before the Project Runway showing at New York Fashion Week, presumed to be held September 15th ....
Dancing Heidi courtesy of FourFour.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
BPR DFilm Contest Rules
1. Create a short film with a Project Runway theme using the D.FILM Moviemaker here.
2. Be creative! You can re-create a scene from Project Runway, or develop an original story using characters based on Project Runway designers and/or personalities.
3. As with all things here at BPR, keep it clean! Please, no profanity.
4. E-mail your entries to Team BPR here.
5. You may enter as many times as you wish. Deadline for entries is Midnight June 14, 2006 (EST).
6. Laura K., The Scarlett, Tbone and Kenneth Fron will judge the entries and choose the winner.
7. The winner will receive his or her choice of any necklace from Kenneth Fron's online catalog!
8. Most importantly, have fun!