Month: August 2014

The 1999 VMA’s- THE VAULT OF FASHION DON’TS

NSYNC at The 1999 VMA's

NSYNC at The 1999 VMA’s

Well, the VMA’s are tonight, and as you well know, the VMA red carpet is known for it’s risky, over-the-top, and hardly ever classy, fashion.  Good old Buzzfeed has done it again-They’ve gone into the VMA image vault to give us 27 Things from the 1999 VMA’s that we Might Have Forgotten.  Honestly, we MIGHT have forgotten them on purpose.  This set of images reminds us that we were making REALLY BAD fashion choices in 1999.  Even JT is pushing taste boundaries in head to toe leather.  Let’s just try to do better tonight, shall we?

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Emmy Gown Predictions from PopSugar!

Christina Hendricks Emmy Dress Prediction: Christian Siriano!

Christina Hendricks Emmy Dress Prediction: Christian Siriano!

Emmy Gown Prediction for Taylor Schilling of Orange Is The New Black

Emmy Gown Prediction for Taylor Schilling of Orange Is The New Black

PopSugar did the dirty work- they’ve put out their gown predictions for Monday’s Emmy awards show.  With two award shows in two days, we’re sure to see a fashionable feast for the eyes, and enough red carpet looks to get us through until the Winter Awards season.

Our favorite prediction from the site, is for Christina Hendricks, who loves wearing Project Runway alum Christian Siriano’s gowns!

Check out more of PopSugar’s predictions here. (All photos and predictions by PopSugar)

Kerry Washington Emmy Dress Prediction from PopSugar

Kerry Washington Emmy Dress Prediction from PopSugar

We Played Fashion “Would You Rather?” With Korina Emmerich

Korina Emmerich

Korina Emmerich

We had the absolute pleasure of hanging out in our studio this week  with Korina Emmerich, designer from Project Runway Season 13, still in by the skin of her teeth after last week’s episode!  While we goofed off and made art with vintage clothing, props and some stunning leather pieces of Korina’s design, we also had fun with a little Instagram Video, and played “Would You Rather?”.  We have a full interview and stunning images that we’ll share soon, but for now, click the photo for Project: Make It Work’s Instagram teaser video.

Fashionable readers, what “Would You Rather?”

Every two options in the poll below is a contrasting pair- Choose the ONE you prefer for each pair, and send in your votes!  We’ll post inspirational images from new fashion week collections based on the results!

*Photo by Ben Trivett, for @KorinaEmmerich Instagram.  Video by Project: Make It Work.

Amsterdam Advice, by Seth and Josh Meyers

The Getaway on Esquire Network

Seth and Josh Meyers in Amsterdam

Project: Make It Work is headed out on summer vacation to Amsterdam, and while we are flying on a plane to our destination, we thought we’d share the show that made us want to visit The Netherlands in the first place.  First of all, if you haven’t watched any episodes of “The Getaway” from The Esquire Network, you should.  (See: Netflix and Amazon)  Secondly, this is by far our favorite episode.  Seth and his very handsome brother Josh actually lived in Amsterdam for at time, and they give great advice for places to eat, how to get around, and things to do, all while showcasing the beauty of the city and it’s famous canals.  This photo will link you to a clip from the episode, where Seth and Josh eat nose to tail at a rustic restaurant.  Seriously though, watch the whole episode, and if you haven’t been to Amsterdam, this will have you planning your next trip.

Also, wishing all the best to Seth Monday as he hosts the 2014 Emmy Awards!

How Leanne Marshall Makes It Work

Leanne Marshall carries herself with quiet elegance.  In season 5 of Project Runway, Leanne consistently produced beautiful work, and stayed true to her style, which is a challenge for many designers.  With confidence in her skills, and the ability to deliver results, Leanne deservingly won the season. She has her own flagship location in New York City, in which she and her team create gowns that are ethereal and feminine.  We got in touch with Leanne recently, and she shared a bit with us about her Project Runway experience, and what she and her staff of magical fairies are creating now.

Leanne Marshall in her Studio

Leanne Marshall in her Studio

HOW LEANNE MARSHALL MAKES IT WORK

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

Leanne Marshall, Project Runway Season 5, Winner.

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

 My designs are known for their light, flowing lines, feminine details and timeless elegance. I create clothing I believe women will want to wear.

Leanne Marshall Gown

Leanne Marshall Gown

Leanne Marshall Gown

Leanne Marshall Gown

 

3.  What was the most challenging thing about the Project Runway experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?

It is constant and unrelenting. As soon as one challenge stops, another begins. A week in, you are exhausted and drained. Determination and a strong focus are the only things that can pull you through.

 

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

I had an amazing time working with Paula Abdul. She is very hands on in the process while still allowing me the creative license to do what I do best. She was one of my first and most memorable celebrity clients.

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

My snippies. They can be found around my neck in every waking hour. I use them for everything!

6.  How has social media impacted your life after Project Runway?

It has been a very powerful tool. I am just now beginning to take full advantage of it. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest allow me to share my work and new projects in a very personalized way. From the various social media outlets, I get several clients every month.

(Twitter: @leannemarshall_, Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/fashionleanne/)

A Close-Up of Handwork on A Leanne Marshall Dress

A Close-Up of Handwork on A Leanne Marshall Dress

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

By this fall, my bridal line will be in 30 global retailers. We have locations all over the US as well as Canada, Japan, Australia, Japan and England. I am also thrilled to be a part of the BHLDN family. They are currently selling two of my gowns. I have also had a very fulfilling partnership with Simplicity Pattern Company. Since 2011, I have been creating exclusive designs for them. It is really wonderful to see what the home sewers of the world create using my patterns. This past June, I celebrated one year in my NYC Flagship location. We meet with our real women and celebrity clients and everything is made right there by hand.

Leanne Marshall Bridal Gown

Leanne Marshall Bridal Gown

Leanne Marshall Gown

Leanne Marshall Gown

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

I would love you to see everything I am up to.  Check out Facebook.com/leannemarshallofficial, and Instagram @leannemarshalldesigns.  (also check out Leanne’s Etsy Store: www.etsy.com/shop/Leanimal, and her homepage: www.leannemarshall.com)

Leanne Marshall Dress

Leanne Marshall Dress

We’d like to thank Leanne for taking the time to do this interview, and especially for all of the stunning images!  Leanne, we wish you the best in all you do, and we dream of wearing your dresses!  -C. Scott

Leanne Marshall Gown

Leanne Marshall Gown

All interview answers and images provided by Leanne Marshall unless watermarked, linked, or specified. Photographer: Leanne Marshall, Makeup by Nathan Johnson.

Lena Dunham gets a Platinum Dorothy Hamill Cut and looks UberChic

ANNOUNCEMENT:  LENA DUNHAM HAS A NEW HAIRDO!

All right, we know we’re not talking about the most important things in society by discussing celebrity hair, but we HAD to show you Lena Dunham’s beautiful new cut and color.  Lena’s chic new ‘do also reminds us of the amazing Dorothy Hamill, Olympic Figure Skater, of 1976 hair fame.  You can read more about Lena’s new style at Lucky Magazine, and on People.com.  Lookin’ good, Lena!

 

The Dorothy Hamill Haircut Everyone Wanted in 1976

The Dorothy Hamill Haircut Everyone Wanted in 1976

How Johnathan Kayne Makes It Work

 

Johnathan Kayne’s designs sparkle, just like their creator.  In the literal sense, his signature gowns are covered in Swarovskis, but figuratively, they reflect the care and love Jonathan puts into designing them.  We would go so far as to say that Johnathan is the event gown guru of Project Runway.  Johnathan has the market cornered for red carpets, beauty pageants, and proms.  We would also refer to Johnathan as a Project Runway pro, as he has done his time on a regular season, and a season of All Stars.   Recently, we had the wonderful pleasure of speaking with Johnathan, and he shared with us all of the very exciting things he has going on in his sparkly world.

HOW JOHNATHAN KAYNE MAKES IT WORK

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

I competed on Season 3 on Project Runway and was a Top 5 finalist.  I also competed on Project Runway All Stars Season 2.

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

My design style is very elegant and feminine. My shoe and dress collections are typically adorned with Swarovski crystals and intricate hand beading.

Johnathan Kayne Design SS2014

Johnathan Kayne Design SS2014

 

3.  What was the most challenging thing about the Project Runway experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?

Honestly, the most challenging aspect was trying to figure out exactly what the judges were looking for each challenge.

 

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

I have been most excited to work with and design for Jennifer Lopez, Lee Brice, Martina McBride since my Project Runway experience.

Gown by Johnathan Kayne

Lee and Sara Brice at the American Country Music Awards

 

Maggie Rose at the CMT Awards

Maggie Rose at the CMT Awards

 

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

I have moved my home and entire business operation back to my hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.  I also serve as a red carpet fashion correspondent for Country Weekly Magazine and Zuus Media. I am building my brand as the go-to red carpet designer of the south.

I am prepping to launch my SS 2015 collections debuting this fall. I also have hired a good friend and Project Runway All Star, Joshua McKinley, to collaborate on an evening wear collection.

This is the first time in history that two Project Runway Alum have collaborated on a collection!

From itsjoshuamcklinley instagram

Johnathan with collaborator and friend, Designer Joshua McKinley (From itsjoshuamcklinley instagram)

 

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

A seam ripper.

 

7. How has social media impacted your life after Project Runway?

Social media has allowed me to give the world a closer look at my creative vision, and allows for my fans to see what inspires me.  I believe a picture truly is worth a thousand words, and a video, millions. We try to inspire our followers through our collections and through our social media. I love connecting with our fans, and am so thankful and blessed to have such beautiful people across the world as followers.

(Johnathan Kayne social media: Twitter: Johnathan_Kayne, YouTube: johnathankayne, Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnathankayne, Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/johnathankayne/)

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

Check out my website, www.JohnathanKayne.com where you will see all of my current collections, custom designs, and related media. Also please like and follow all of my social media links on my website to stay up to date with my brand and I.

Model: Chanley Painter, Photo by Adrian

Johnathan Kayne Dress, Model: Chanley Painter, Photo by Adrian

Thank you so much to Johnathan for his participation and generous contributions to this piece.  Johnathan, it has been a pleasure chatting with you, we wish you all the best! – C.Scott

All text and images provided by Johnathan Kayne unless watermarked, linked, or specified.

 

Charles James: Beyond Fashion. If you missed The Met exhibit, read this!

The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute

Charles James: Beyond Fashion

Charles James: Beyond Fashion by fabsugar

The Met’s Costume Institute exhibit celebrating an enormous collection of Charles James garments ended today.  We snuck in under the wire and got a chance to see it, and we can’t be happier to have witnessed this display of genius in fashion live.  The Met has been creating inspiring exhibits for years, but since they combined efforts with The Brooklyn Museum, their archives and resources have become legendary.  We are so glad to see time, effort, and truly creative curatorial technology in play when it comes to showcasing fashion history.  The Met really is the best place to see exhibits of this type in The United States, and the only thing we’ve seen to compare with their work is at The Victoria and Albert in London.  Support these institutions, and others like them!