P.R. Ep. 11: “Heidi has like… 105 kids”

This week the designers meet Heidi at Babies ‘R Us where she introduces them to her newest venture Truly Scrumptious, affordable clothing for babies size newborn-24 months. The designers are then challenged to create a look for her line, the winning boy and girl look is going to be sold at all Babies ‘R Us as a part of Truly Scrumptious.

Heidi provides the fabric and notions from her collection, then they are introduced their clients and given 30 minutes to sketch. When they reach the sewing room they find a dossier of the current Truly Scrumptuous collection along with baby mannequins and mechanical babies that they have to take care of during the duration of the challenge.

When Heidi comes in to check up on the designers she presents them with a twist, they also have to make an additional piece for the mother to wear in compliment to their baby’s look.

Top Boy and Girl Look

Boy – Sonjia

She made a great sportswear suit, the cutest three-piece suit ever. Instead of traditionally making a suit of wool she made it with sweat suit material, making this look very wearable and comfortable.  I love how she wanted him to look like a grown man, and her model Jude was the cutest baby ever. The mom’s look was gorgeous also, I would buy that look tomorrow if I saw it.

Girl – Christopher

Even though he had the most difficult, picky client, he did the best job in sticking to his guns and designing a formal set of floral dresses for both the toddler and mother. The femininity of both looks was whimsical and sweet, ultimately bringing him a win.

Bottom Look


This tight ruched dress didn’t work for the toddler with her diaper hanging out of the bottom. Unfortunately, the vest that she made was awesome, but this dress just didn’t work for the busy toddler.

Who to Watch

Melissa – The designers complain about her time management skills, she barely finished this week. Her designs in general just aren’t memorable, thinking back through the past episodes I literally don’t remember any looks that she’s done.

I’m so excited for next week’s episode! The next elimination will bring the top designers to the Fashion Week collection and I can’t wait to see who goes home!


P.R. Episode 9: Textiles with Mondo

This week was the Textiles challenge, and 8 designers remain! Mondo appeared as the guest after his emotional experience during his season’s textile challenge where he revealed his HIV + status to the world.

The designers were given one hour to create their very own printed textile on the Intel Ultrabook, and challenged to represent their cultural heritage through their print. For the first time in Project Runway history, their cultural dossier was delivered by family members, and they got to spend two days with their loved ones.

Top 2 Looks


I’m so glad he won this week! He definitely deserved it. His jacket was out of this world amazing, and he created three pieces, which is a challenge in itself given the time limits on the show.


She killed this challenge! Her print was nice, but the way she used it to create those amazing slacks was better, pants are difficult to drape. Even though she did a black top, it really stood out with the back drape perfectly fitted sleeves, and interesting front detail. And I also must mention how well she styled her look!

Bottom Look


Oh Ven… He once again did the flower layering effect, and the judges roasted him for it, even to the point of bringing Tim Gunn to the runway to discuss what went on in the sewing room. I think he’ll get one more chance to show he can do something else before he’s voted off.

Who to Watch

Elena – She was rejuvenated emotionally by her mother’s presence, but her design this week was lacking. She’s got to find balance.

Ven – I’d re-watch this episode just to see Tim call Ven’s design an homage to a menstrual cycle!


Stay tuned for Thursday nights 10th episode, to see if Ven can get it together!

P. R. Ep 8: Street Hustle

This week the designers are shocked to find out that they are doing fundraising on the streets of NY to raise money for fabrics to be used on their next challenge. They are put into collaborative teams of three and sent into the designing room.

They are given plain white T-shirts and tanks to decorate with glitter and ribbon, then they take on the pedestrian New Yorkers.

Their challenge is to create 2 fall looks with one of the looks including outerwear.

Christopher, Gunnar, Sonjia –

This team created the top looks this week, with Sonjia as the winner for her forest green 3/4 sleeve jacket. This jacket looked impeccable and I personally loved the detail in the front, it looked wonderfully tailored. The coat that they showed was also really nice and I loved the cutoff long leather gloves! Gunnar’s dresses featured great blocking with the dark leather, he definitely made up for being on the bottom last week. This team worked well together and it definitely showed.

Dmitry, Elena, Alicia –

Dmitry created a great dress, but his grandma shawl was a bust. We’ve seen his outside seaming done before, so this time I wished he would have put the seams on the inside. I don’t like the color or cut of the top on the second look and Elena’s jacket is too large for the model and the silhouette of the clothing underneath. In general the two looks mesh almost as badly as the team members did.

Ven, Melissa, Fabio –

This team didn’t fare so well this week either. To start, I don’t like the color pallet, but I loved the styling. The white crop jacket is great, but the skirt length on the second look is matronly. The knit that is used for both of the tops is a bit too tight and way too sheer. The judges didn’t like these two looks at all and are questioning what happened at the fabric store, since they raised $800, more than any other team. Their looks could have been found at the bottom of a bin from the second-hand store.

Who to Watch

Elena – When will she get it? We’re all sick of her negative attitude… Her clothes are getting as bad as her anger issues.

Sonjia – Through and through, she stays true to her aesthetic, and she’s starting to become the clear winner in my mind!

Next week there are only 8 designers, and this coming week the top 5 of them will be showing their collection for NYFW…I have a slew of friends in NYC who will have the inside scoop, so stay tuned for our next P.R. episode post!!


P.R. Ep. 7: Lord & Taylor Challenge

Welcome back! This week is our 7th Project Runway recap  and 9 designers remain. This episode opens with the designers meeting Tim at the Lord & Taylor flagship store. There they get to view 9 mannequins with past season contestants’ designs on display for the Project Runway 10 year anniversary collection that Lord & Taylor will be presenting.

They are then challenged to create an evening or cocktail dress to join the other 9 looks for the anniversary collection that will be manufactured by Lord & Taylor and sold at the flagship store and online and it must retail between $200-$300. The winning look will be featured in the 5th Ave window display.

President  of L&T Bonnie Brooks is this weeks the guest judge, and challenges them to make sure that they design for the Lord & Taylor customer who is stylish, loves fashion and has great taste.

Elena breaks down in this episode because she’s not sure she can take her avant garde aesthetic into the mass market. Everyone seems pretty nervous about production except Ven, of course! The designers and judges are both annoyed at Christian’s raw edge technique, and to be frank, I’m getting annoyed with it too. JS collection has provided fabric and notions for this challenge and will be the manufacturer for the winning design.



He created a detailed and sleek look that is great for the high-end client, and the colors are great. Once again, though, he uses his signature fabric technique.


I love his technique, and honestly am not sick of it yet, but it’s nothing new coming from him either. This dress is chic and beautiful, and could fit so many different types of bodies.


This look is sleek and elegant, but at the same time very simple. There are many different looks that I think you can get from this silhouette,  but it is still trendy with the asymmetrical hem.



The dropped waist and high neckline were not flattering, and the fabric did not suit this silhouette very well. I am rooting for Alicia though, I really like her personality.

Who to watch

Elena – She’s gone through every emotion this week, and I’m curious to see if her being on the top after her breakdown will bring her to new heights for the next challenge.

Another team challenge is coming up on Thursday, and it looks like there’s going to be even more drama! Tune in at 8-CST on the Lifetime network to check it out.

P.R. Ep. 6: Makeover My Friend!

For this week’s challenge people were able to submit their fashion fumbling friend for a total makeover, and the new clients are regular sized women. The designers seem pretty afraid… but try to keep a fearless face in front of their makeover clients.

Gunnar shows a softer side, when his model breaks down, and Ven is upset that his client is plus sized, while some of the other designers have model-sized, ‘regular’ women. He deals with his frustrations by bashing his client to Tim, and all of the other designers are shocked to overhear him speak that way. I don’t know who wouldn’t be shocked at Ven’s behavior, I personally think this week would have been good chance to get him voted off.I understand that he’s one of the best designers this season, but his attitude this week put a bad taste in my mouth. Everyone is given one day for the challenge which consists of one complete look, and the goal is to satisfy the client and their specific needs.

Top 3 Looks


He created a dress that looked great on his model. It’s a simple but well draped garment that really stood out to me. The color is very wearable for many seasons, and this would be great for work.


Fabio did the best job with the client that he was given. She was not a dress wearing woman before this challenge, and he met all of her needs and surprised everyone with this episode winning dress. The styling I thought was also perfect for the client, giving her a very wearable look.


 Dmitry did a great job pleasing his cleavage shy client this week. To make her look stand out despite the high neckline, he chose a great bright color, and made the dress a mini, which I thought were great concessions.

Bottom Look


Obviously Ven was a disappointment this week in more ways than one. His look was mediocre, and his attitude was shocking. Ven was the bottom of the barrel in every way this week, I hope he can do something to redeem his image. I wish him luck.

Who to Watch

Ven… let’s see if he can win back people’s hearts!

Fabio – He’s finally got his rhythm, I hope he can sustain it.



Make It Work!

So, as you probably know, Project Runway kicked off a new season, and the premier episode aired last week! I had the pleasure of attending the viewing party we held here in MN at Moto-i because one of Minnesota’s own, Raul Osario, is in this seasons line up of contestants! During the episode I got to sit by a few great friends, one of them being  Christopher Straub of Project Runway Alum. He dilighted us with hilarious comentary and stories from when he was a contestant.

If you missed it, I will give a brief overview. Project Runway is in its 10th season, and they brought the final runway show to Times Square like they did in their very first episode! After introducing the designers, we see that each of the new contestants have brought a look from home that ‘represents them as a designer’, and are challenged to make a piece to go along with that one. They are sent to mood with a $100 budget, and then the real fun begins!

I thought the challenge this week was good, because you got to see what the designers could do with unlimited time, and then what they could do with a time limit. Instead of reviewing the entire episode, I’m going to rate my top 3, bottom look, and which designers to watch!!

Top 3 Looks

Nathan Paul

I love the colors he chose, and the way he manipulates these fabrics is beautiful. He definately knows a womans body, and how to make a beautiful gown.

Elena Slivnyak

These pieces are amazing! I don’t even want to know how long it took her to make that jacket! I also love how the black and white dress fits the body so well. The color blocking accentuate the models figure in a great way.

Ven Budhu

I don’t even know how he manipulated this bodice, and the pleated pant suit is to die for! The little pink dress is cute too, I love the elegance that this designer is bringing to the competition!

Bottom Look

Lantie Foster

Simply put, I don’t know who her client is, or who would wear these pieces.

Ones to Watch!

Christopher Palu – Already a fan favorite, this designer’s got an attitude, and skills to back it up!

Alicia Hardesty – She’s got an awesome point of view that I think needs to be seen. Her clientele is an untouched area in the market.

Kooan Kosuke – This Japanese-American is not so much known for his skill as he is for his sense of humor and misunderstanding. He is hilarious!

I hope you will join me in watching Project Runway this season! Also, please comment and let me know if you agree with my top and bottom choices. We will definately be back next week to review Episode 2.


By Adrienne Yancy

ArielSimone Spotlight 3: Christopher Straub, Designer

PLEASE TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. I am a self-taught fashion designer who was on Season 6 of Project Runway.  I grew up in the Twin Cities and have stayed local and tried to find success her at home.

DID YOU STUDY YOUR PARTICULAR FIELD FORMALLY? WHERE? I never went to school.  I just started creating and taught myself how to sew, make patterns, sketch, and how to put in zippers.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON? I am designing a collection to be sold exclusively at Maurices stores all over the country.

HOW DID YOU AND ADRIENNE MEET? Adrienne and I have been in the same fashion circles and met about a year ago at a fashion show.

APART FROM THIS, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO? I like to travel, go to amusement parks, play video games, and go to buffets.

WHAT ARE YOU READING CURRENTLY? I WISH I had more time to read!  I have lots of biographies ready to be cracked open.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 5 WORDS. Nature-Inspired-Risk-Taking-Artist.

LASTLY, ANY WORDS OF ADVICE FOR ASPIRING DESIGNERS/ARTISTS? My biggest piece of advice is to take risks and make sure your point-of-view shows through in each and every thing you design.


Project Runway Season 9!

OMG, we can’t even TELL you how excited we were to watch the season premier of Project Runway Season 9! So of course we know what you are thinking: When will ArielSimone make their debut on the hit reality TV show? We asked Adrienne if she would ever consider it:

I dont think I have a TV personality, but almost every client and stranger asks me that question. My mom also tries to pressure me into applying.

Even though it is early in the season, we already have a favorite. We asked Adrienne: Who is your favorite Season 9 contestant and why are you rooting for them!?

Danielle Everine of course! Because she’s a MN native!

Minneapolis’ very own Danielle Everine is a contestant who successfully got through last night’s PJ challenge and we are so proud to be rooting for a local designer and friend.