Month: July 2014

Kendall Jenner Walks the Chanel Couture Runway in Paris

Kendall is kendalljenner at Instagram

Instagram Photo of Kendall Jenner at Chanel Couture F2014, Paris. posted the gorgeous photo above on her Instagram

Kendall Jenner made her Chanel Couture Runway debut this week in Paris.  She posted the above photo on her Instagram (kendalljenner).  Jenner wore a wool plaid column dress, and sported the messy faux-hawk of the season.  The runway hairstyle mirrors the new coif of Chanel’s Celebrity Face, Kristen Stewart.  You can read more about Kendall’s debut at Hello Magazine, and see her featured on People.com.

Kendall Jenner at Paris Couture Week

Kendall Jenner Modeling Chanel Couture F2014, Paris

 

As for the collection itself, you won’t see your Grandma’s Chanel suit.  Lagerfeld has experimented with the familiar Chanel textured fabrics, and given the collection a more fit and flare shape.  You see rigid shoulders, experimentation with collar shape, heavy embellishment, and structured skirts on evening gowns.  See below, and see the entire collection at Now Fashion.

A good example of collar shape and experimentation at Chanel Couture

Chanel Couture Suit, F2014

Notice the ornate detail of beading and rigid skirt shape.

Chanel Couture Gown F2014

Varied Looks from Chanel Couture F2014

Gowns from Chanel Couture F2104

The Day Kristen Stewart Cropped Her Hair and Her Top

Kristen Stewart Debuts her new Hair Style at Chanel Couture in Paris

Kristen Stewart at Chanel Couture, Paris

It’s the Paris Couture Fashion Week buzz of the day: Kristen Stewart.

She arrived at the Chanel Couture show all in white, looking fabulous in a cropped top, and with a cropped hair style to match. She’s been the new face of Chanel since December, and the partnership seems successful, with Stewart’s looks and style giving Chanel an edgier feel than they’ve presented in the past.

Kristen Stewart and Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel Haute Couture Show, Paris for F2014

Kristen Stewart and Karl Lagerfeld

For even more images of Kristen at Chanel’s show, check out Hello Magazine’s coverage.  You can also vote on Kristen’s look at People.com

 

How Natalia Fedner Makes It Work

Natalia Fedner is a Los Angeles fashion designer, most recently known for her participation in Project Runway’s Under The Gunn.  Our favorite Natalia design from the show was a fantastically innovative Steampunk ensemble with a mechanized skirt.  We became fans of Natalia while watching Under The Gunn, and love her exceptional designs.  Project: Make It Work recently caught up with Natalia to check in with her about all the fantastic things she’s been doing since the show.

HOW NATALIA FEDNER MAKES IT WORK

1.  Who are you, and what season/s did you participate in? 

I’m designer Natalia (Fedner) and I was on Season 1 of Project Runway: Under The Gunn

2.  Please give a brief description of your design style.

A touch scandalous, a touch classic- but always innovative. More art and invention than straight fashion. Heavy on knitwear and unorthodox materials or materials used in unorthodox ways.

Gown by Natalia Fedner

Gown by Natalia Fedner

3.  What was the most challenging thing about the Under The Gunn experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?

The time pressure, and isolation from all the comforts of life (friends, family, sleep, the internet).

4.  Who have you met or worked with during or since the Under The Gunn experience that you are most proud of or excited about?

I had the opportunity recently to dress Jennifer Lopez for her “First Love” music video.  She wore one of my chiffon and knit silver gowns.  She looked gorgeous, and I was so grateful to her stylists and Entertainment Tonight for mentioning my designs in their interview with her!  I also had the pleasure of working with Shakira, and a gown of mine was worn to the Oscars by Joanna DeGeneres (Ellen’s sister- in-law).

Jennifer Lopez wears a Natalia Fedner dress in her "First Love" video

Jennifer Lopez wears a Natalia Fedner dress in her “First Love” video

 

Joanna DeGeneres and Meryl Streep at The Oscars.

Joanna DeGeneres and Meryl Streep at The Oscars.

5.  Besides the basics, what sewing notion or tool could you NEVER do without?

My knitting needles. They double as weapons 😉

6.  How has social media impacted your life after Under The Gunn?

Wow! I have loved the social media response.  I never expected so much love and support.  I answer each message I get.  When the show was on, I would spend hours each day reading the tweets, Instagram messages, and Facebook posts. Thank you ALL! You touch my heart and allow me to realize how much impact an individual can have. I wish I had all of you with me while we were shooting the show! If any of you ever have any questions about fashion, life, or me – feel free to reach out! Twitter and Instagram: @nataliafedner,  Facebook: Natalia Fedner Design

7.  What are you currently working on or excited about professionally?

I just bought two computerized knitting machines and am hacking them (yup, I’m a tech geek) to knit any image I would like. I’m pairing this tech aspect with my penchant for unusual/high end materials to create some truly mind-blowing art fashion. It’s like a big fun experiment, and since I love inventing things- it gives me a rush to wake up every morning with endless possibilities at my fingertips.

I am thrilled to continue working with Hollywood stylists to get my avant-garde dresses on some of my favorite icons. Recently, Shakira took my entire collection with her to Spain for a shoot- and even purchased one of my dresses! She’s always been an inspiration to me, so this was very humbling. I’m incredibly grateful to her.

Attaching some sneak peaks at some real silver chain I just knitted- can’t wait to get it on a model!  Also, I’ve been doing a little fun embroidery that is also in need of some model love (it took almost a month to complete – my hands are still sore!). For the latest stuff, check out my site: http://nataliafednerdesign.com

Silver Knit Tank by Natalia Fedner

Silver Knit Tank by Natalia Fedner

8.  Is there anything else you’d like us to know or see?

Just a life philosophy: Be good to people.

It sounds so simple – because it is.  There are many roads to success, and it’s up to you which path you choose.  I have found that treating people with kindness, realizing there’s always more than meets the eye, and not judging too hastily, has allowed me to achieve success without hurting anyone in the process. When you are good to people they are more likely to help you, to be good to you, to care for you.  So it is very simple – and it feels really good – be good to people!

And be good to animals, too. I don’t use fur, leather, or wool in my designs.  Any angora I use is sourced from pet bunnies.

Natalia Fedner Couture Dress

Natalia Fedner Couture Dress

Special thanks to Natalia for chatting with us.  Natalia, we wish you all the best, and would love to collaborate with you if you’re ever in New York! -C. Scott

All interview text and photo content provided by Natalia Fedner, unless watermarked, linked, or specified.

Charlize Theron Stuns at Dior Couture Show in Paris

 

Everyone’s talking about it, so we thought we should too.  Charlize Theron and Sean Penn made quite the entrance at Dior’s Couture Fall 2014/15 show in Paris on Monday.  She looks amazing, they look great together, and you can click the link for a million fantastic images from Getty and the Daily Mail.  This is truly the power couple of the moment, or longer?

What about the Dior show itself?  It is quite a beautiful collection, full of interesting shapes, stunning embroidery, and pops of bright color including vivid blue and orange.

Dior Haute Couture F2014, Paris

Dior Haute Couture F2014, Paris

Dior Haute Couture F2014, Paris

Dior Haute Couture F2014, Paris

Raf Simons, The Beligian Designer behind Dior Couture F2014

Raf Simons, The Beligian Designer behind Dior Couture F2014

You can see more of the collection, including the images above, at The Windsor Star.

How Shan Keith Makes It Work

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In this season of Under The Gunn, designer Shan Keith was a front runner the entire season.  His innovative designs, and use of bold prints, paired with his mastery of the jacket, were impressive and exciting.  For his last designs, Shan stepped outside of the design box the judges came to expect, and we think this risk, though stunning, is what kept him from being closer to the top.  Still, Shan is an amazing designer, and we want him to get the attention he deserves.  We caught up with him recently, and he chatted with us about his Under The Gunn experience, and the wonderful things he’s up to now.

HOW SHAN KEITH MAKES IT WORK

1. Who are you and what season(s) did you participate in?

 My name is Shan Keith and I am a designer from St. Louis, Missouri.  I sew and design for men, women, and children.  I was a finalist in Season 1 of Project Runway: Under the Gunn.

2. Please give a brief description of you design style.

My design aesthetic is ready-to-wear.  I try to be resourceful with my garments and combine different prints and textures!
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Shan Keith, Finalist on Under The Gunn

3. What was the most challenging thing about the Under The Gunn experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?
The Most challenging thing about being a part of the Under the Gunn experience was first trying to stick to your own point of view, while conforming to the challenges, and also pleasing the judges.  Secondly, it was hard being away from my family for so long , but it was well worth it!
Under The Gunn Judges

Tim Gunn, Jen Rade, Zana Roberts Rassi, Rachel Roy, Under The Gunn Judges

4.  Who have you met or worked with during or since the Under The Gunn experience that you are most proud of or excited about?
 I got a chance to mentored by Anya, which was great.  Also great, was a chance to be critiqued, and  getting to know the judges; Jen Rade, Zana Roberts Rassi, and Rachel Roy.
5.  What have you been working on, and what are you excited about since Under The Gunn?
 Right now I am currently designing and sewing a lot of looks for different people, and also working on trying to produce my own line.  A lot of projects in the works!
6.  Besides the basics, what sewing notion or tool could you NEVER do without?
 I could never do without my scissors!  They are glued to me, and when I can’t find my certain shears I feel awkward!
7.  Is there anything else you’d like us to know or see?
 I just want to thank you for the opportunity to answer theses questions.  Please keep looking out for my designs.  Follow me on Instagram @shankeith1, Facebook Shan Keith, and Twitter @shankeith.  Also for inquires, email me at shankeith48@gmail.com
3 Looks from Shan's Designs on Under The Gunn

3 Looks from Shan’s Designs on Under The Gunn

Special thanks to Shan for chatting with us.  Shan, we wish you all the best and would love to catch up with you if you find yourself in New York City!- C. Scott

All interview text and photo content provided by Shan Keith, unless watermarked, linked, or specified.

TBT: That Time in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” when Jason Segel Cried While Watching Project Runway.

You’ll just have to watch the whole movie, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”...or get the dvd and skip ahead- to see the hilarious moment in the 2008 film, that shows Jason Segel’s broken-hearted character bundled up on the couch crying as Heidi Klum says “Auf Wiedersehen” on an episode of Project Runway. It still has us laughing out loud every time. Watch it.

How Michelle Uberreste Makes It Work

Michelle Uberreste Portrait

 

This Season of Under The Gunn brought with it a plethora of talented designers, and Michelle Uberreste is no exception.  She fought a good long fight during the season, but when it comes down to it, we think she was just too alternative for the judges tastes.  She demonstrated her mastery of creating intricate seaming that fits the body magically, and use of special materials including vinyl, leather, and lace.  Michelle strikes us as a Nerd in all the coolest ways, and her clothes reflect a post-apocalyptic, comic book world, where everyone looks fabulous in a harness.  We caught up Michelle for an EXCLUSIVE interview, to find out what life is like after  Under The Gunn.

HOW MICHELLE UBERRESTE MAKES IT WORK

1.  Who are you, and what season(s) did you participate in?

Michelle Überreste, Project Runway: Under the Gunn, Season 1.

2.  Please give a brief description of your design style.

Edgy and dark with a lot of imagination.

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Michelle Uberreste Design

 

Michelle Uberreste 2

Michelle Uberreste Design

3.  What was the most challenging thing about the Under The Gunn experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?

I think the lack of sleep. People don’t realize that the challenges are all back to back.  And even though you see us in the workroom for 10 hours, that also includes waking up and getting audio attached, placing cameras, travel to the challenge or set up, traveling back, waiting for more cameras to get set up, etc.  Its literally like a 17-18 hour day every day for 6 weeks.  You get a few down days, we had Thanksgiving off, but mostly the lack of sleep drives you insane, and makes it hard to focus and keep pushing.

4.  Who have you met or worked with during or since the Under The Gunn experience that you are most proud of or excited about?

I’ve met a LOT of people since the show, but one of the most exciting is Tyler Green, who competed on Face Off.  He is extremely talented, and someone I admire a lot, and I felt super fortunate to work on a project for him that he presented at the Creativity Conference in Washington, D.C.  It’s also kind of neat to work with someone from ANOTHER reality show because a lot of people can’t understand what it was like.  You have to have been through it.

5.  What have you been working on, and what are you excited about since Under The Gunn?

I started my own company the day after I got kicked off the show!  Since then I’ve been doing a lot of side projects with anyone who is open or needs something, and designing my own line at the same time.  I love working with other creative individuals and making things come to life!

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Michelle Uberreste Design

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Michelle Uberreste Design

6.  Besides the basics, what sewing notion or tool could you NEVER do without?

Pins.  Pins are the key to everything.  Besides pressing, I can do wonders with pins. I would totally be lost without them!

7.  Is there anything else you’d like us to know or see?

my website is www.michelleuberreste.com and features what I have for sale now, but I love to work with custom requests and stylists! I had the time of my life on the show and was so thankful for the opportunity to participate and showcase my work on a national level!

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Michelle Uberreste Design

Special thanks to Michelle for chatting with us.  Michelle, we wish you the best and would love to collaborate with you if you find yourself in New York!- C. Scott

 

All interview text and photo content provided by Michelle Uberreste, unless watermarked, linked, or specified.