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How Jack Mackenroth Makes It Work

We’re going old school this week with our Project Runway interview series!  Back in the day, when Project Runway was just peaking in popularity, and still on the Bravo network, a very handsome young designer, Jack Mackenroth, was making his mark from week to week.  It has been seven years since the airing of the series, and Jack has made his way in the world, not best known for his sportswear design, but for his work as a model and an HIV+ spokesperson.  We recently got in touch with Jack, and he shared some of his PR memories, but also let us know about the important work he is doing right now.

Project Runway Designer Jack Mackenroth

Project Runway Designer Jack Mackenroth

HOW JACK MACKENROTH MAKES IT WORK

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

 I was on season 4.  I was doing well–never in the bottom 3, and won a challenge, but I had to leave the competition early because I got a very serious staph infection in my face, and had to go to the hospital.

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

I was always a sportswear designer–primarily menswear.  I design clothes that real people wear.  I like subtle, special design details that make a piece original without saying “LOOK AT ME!”

Jack Mackenroth modeling the "Love Across Barriers" T-shirt he designed for Clothing of the American Mind (COTAM).

Jack Mackenroth modeling the “Love Across Barriers” T-shirt he designed for Clothing of the American Mind (COTAM).

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

Instafame is pretty crazy.  Season 3 and 4 were at the height of the show’s popularity, so after the show aired I was inundated with emails and Facebook messages, and people stopped me on the street constantly.  That took a lot of getting used to.  But it also faded away pretty quickly.  It still happens from time to time even 7 years later.  It’s such a weird concept to think that people you don’t know know who you are.

The other thing that was incredibly challenging is the schedule. I don’t think viewers realize that we film the whole season in about 5 weeks. There are no days off and we sleep about 4-5 hours per night. It’s insanity.

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

Well I am a bit of an anomaly compared to most of the other Runway Alumni.  I decided to take my 15 minutes of fame and go in a different direction.  In the year after the show I filmed 4 TV pilots (that never aired), and did a lot of red carpet hosting gigs.  I had a cameo in the Sex and the City movie with SJP and all the girls.  

Jack Mackenroth in the Sex and The City Movie

Jack Mackenroth’s cameo in the Sex and The City Movie

I was also the first Runway designer to be open about my positive HIV status so that brought some amazing opportunities as well.  I toured around the country for 4 years as the HIV spokesperson for Merck Pharmaceuticals, and I worked on an amazing HIV testing initiative, and photo campaign. We photographed TONS of celebrities–Sandra Bernhard, Billy Porter of Kinky Boots, Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio, Senators and Congressmen, and on and on. 

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

Definitely a seam ripper.

Pink Seam Ripper

Pink Seam Ripper

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

PLEASE follow me on Twitter! I’m an addict. www.Twitter.com/jackmackenroth

You can also find more about Jack at: www.jackemackenroth.com!

Special thanks to Jack for taking the time to talk with us!  We wish you all the best and commend you for your positive work and for being a role model to the HIV positive community! -C.S.

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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?

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

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!

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

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!

Half Man, Half Woman, A Makeup Challenge

We had to share BuzzFeed’s post of men trying makeup on for the first time.  Watch the video as men comment on their experience while a professional makeup artist makes up half of their face to look like a woman.  Their commentary is the best part.  That, and the long flowing locks they all end up with.

Eliza Bennett’s Stitch in Time

Eliza Bennett's "A Woman's Work Is Never Done"

Eliza Bennett’s “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done”

This is one example of Eliza Bennett’s  “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done” series of embroideries on her own hand.  The stitches are meant to make the hands look more worn, representing the struggles of primarily female-centric, lower paid,  jobs of cleaning and caring.   Eliza Bennet received a BTEC National Diploma in art, with a focus on textiles. She also has a background in Fashion Design from Middlesex University.  She is London based.

The actual hand work and craft in this visually narrative series of literal “hand embroidery” is somewhat disturbing to look at, but intriguing and beautiful at the same time.  You can see more images of this series in Empty Kingdom’s feature on Miss Bennett.

Eliza’s series reminds us of a project from a couple of years back where we embroidered into a model’s skin and hands as a celebration of Canada Day.  When we created this image, were thinking of doing an entire series inspired by body embroidery, and Eliza’s work has made us think about going back to that early work, to make more of a statement about “suffering for fashion”.  Stay tuned!

 

Photo by Ben Trivett, Embroidery, Makeup by Coleen Scott

Canada Day Photo by Ben Trivett

 

 

 

Laverne Cox is the Bees Knees

We wanted to send a HUGE congratulations out to Laverne Cox, one of our favorite “Orange Is The New Black” cast members, for her Emmy nomination! Laverne is the first, out, transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination, and she is a proud activist for the Transgender community.  Earlier this year, she was the keynote speaker at the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

Laverne Cox, Actress and GLBT Activist

Laverne Cox, Actress and GLBT Activist

 

Above and beyond Laverne being transgender, she is a fantastic actress and one we hope to see in many more roles in the future. Plus, we can’t WAIT to see what she wears on the red carpet!  You can read more about Laverne and her exciting news at People.com

From People.com

Laverne Cox in OITNB