Project Runway News

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Project Runway Designer Korina Emmerich: Our Exclusive Editorial Shoot and Interview

We have spent the last year interviewing numerous designers from various seasons of Project Runway, and from their testimonials, we have learned a lot about the PR experience.  Designers are chosen for a plethora of reasons to participate on this show, and it is an unforgiving and tough process.  We would not expect it to be anything less, of course.  If you are fortunate and talented enough make it onto Project Runway–  you are then sent to the location to live with strangers, not allowed to view any type of media, not allowed contact with loved ones or friends, and you shoot ALL of the challenges over the course of about 4 weeks, wherein your days are somewhere between 12-20 hours long.  It is a DREAM opportunity, but we assume it is not a DREAM process to endure.  It is true, though, that some of life’s hardest experiences are the most memorable, and the most life-changing.

Photo by Ben Trivett

Project Runway Season 13 Designer Korina Emmerich

Before you decide anything permanent about any one of the designers on this season of Project Runway, or any other season up till now, we’d like to remind you a little about the conditions these designers are working under while you watch them in your living room.  We’d like you to think about how you might react being in this type of environment, and to think about how you would feel getting closer and closer with each challenge, to a dream you’ve had your whole life.  Now, we’d like you to think about whether in the most extreme moment of stress, you might not give a shit if the cameras are on you or not.  You just might need to let out some steam.  Some people handle stress quietly, others vocally, or by lashing out, and even others by crying.  We’ve definitely seen it all in every season of Project Runway.

Photo by Ben Trivett

Korina Emmerich in one of her own leather designs. Click image to link to our EXCLUSIVE video interview.


We said “Auf Wiedersehen” to Designer Korina Emmerich on last week’s episode of Project Runway, Season 13.  We have to say as viewers, that this was the most angering episode we’ve encountered this season.  We noticed other online fans angry about the decision, surprised about the choice to let Korina go, and keep other designers who may or may not have already been saved multiple times, and who from our point of view, have not demonstrated the construction skills needed to continue to this level of the competition.  It was a hard episode for Korina especially, as the show’s editing did not help to paint her in a positive light at all.  She was clearly venting steam and stress in the one-hour final elimination challenge, and unfortunately, the cameras caught a moment of negativity that also seemed to anger some of the fans vocal on the internets.

Designer Korina Emmerich in a jacket from her Raven Collection

Designer Korina Emmerich in a jacket from her Raven Collection

Recently, when this season had just begun, we got in touch with Korina about doing an editorial shoot, using some of her own designs, and playing with a little vintage as well.  We spent the morning together styling makeup and hair, coordinating different looks, and asking questions for our exclusive video interview.

Not only are we happy with the final images and video, but we had a fantastic time collaborating with Korina, who in our minds was one of the front runners in this season of Project Runway.

Designer Korina Emmerich in Vintage from Tattoo Girl Lingerie

Designer Korina Emmerich in Vintage from Tattoo Girl Lingerie

Well, we know now that Korina’s runway show at New York Fashion Week will not be featured on Project Runway, but you can see some of it from Designer Helen’s Instagram feed here.  (Often the last 6 or 7 designers left on the series do show at fashion week.)  Little did we know, we shot one of the leather jackets featured in that very same collection. (See the collection on Korina’s site Here)  Needless to say, the whole experience was a pleasure, and Korina was both a pro and a joy to work with.  We hope to do it again in the future.

Designer Korina in one of her new SS15 Ephemeral Collection Jackets

Designer Korina in one of her new SS15 Ephemeral Collection Jackets

There you have it Project Runway fandom.  We ask you to take everything you see on tv with a grain of salt, and we remind you to see the work of all the designers up close and personal, if ever you get the chance.  Project Runway is a vehicle that can launch the career of a designer, but if these designers strive to be part of this industry for life, Project Runway cannot and should not define them forever.

Special thanks to Korina for her time, her patience, and her professionalism.  Keep up with her on Twitter @EmmerichNY, and on her site at

Photos by Ben Trivett (Copyright Ben Trivett). Hair, makeup, and styling by Coleen Scott.- C. Scott

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Project Runway All Stars Season 4 Cast

Project Runway All Stars Season 4 Cast

Project Runway announced it’s cast for Season 4 not long ago, and now there is a trailer released for your viewing pleasure. (Watch it Here) As expected, there’s no lack of glamour or drama!  We can’t wait!  Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for our exclusive interviews with designers, Dmitri, Peach, and Kate!  For now, take a peek at our recent feature on designer Justin from Season 12!


3rd Time’s a Charm for Kate Pankoke, Project Runway All Star?


Kate Pankoke in her Studio

Kate Pankoke in her Studio, Photo by Heather Talbert

CHICAGO (September 16, 2014) – Bridal designer, Kate Pankoke, is back again to try her hand at Lifetime’s hit TV show, Project Runway All Stars. Kate Pankoke is the only designer in Project Runway history to compete on three seasons back-to-back!  Kate was a contestant on Seasons 11 & 12.  Project Runway All Stars, Season 4 premieres Thursday, October 30, 2014 on Lifetime.

Pankoke says “I was a bit reluctant to go back for a third round after last season’s elimination, but I felt like I owed it to all of my fans that supported me through those hard times. I needed to show them and the judges that I don’t back down. You can kick me, but I am just going to come back stronger and ready for more.”  Pankoke survived two controversial double eliminations, but hopefully, the third time is a charm for this Project Runway All Star.

Kate is currently getting ready for Bridal Fashion Week. She will be presenting her new collection to buyers and brides at her showroom in Chicago August 28-29, and then at Bridal Fashion Week in New York October 11-13.

To watch the premiere of Project Runway All Stars Season 4, tune into Lifetime on October 30, 2014 at 9:00PM EST/8:00PM CST. To meet with Kate and see her most recent collection for Elaya Vaughn by Kate Pankoke, schedule an appointment by e-mailing For more information on Kate or her line, Elaya Vaughn Bridal by Kate Pankoke, visit her website, and find her on social media @KatePankoke & @ElayaVaughn.

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.


The Project Runway Season 13 teaser is so flashy.  Are they too cool for school now?  We’ll see.  We plan on taking a deeper look into garment construction this season, and hope to share what we know about what we see this time around.  After all, what we like about the show is the focus on the craft of it all.  Make it WORK, people!  And good luck to all!  Live Tweet with us @ProjectMIW TONIGHT!


Project Runway Season 13 Premieres THIS THURSDAY!

Project Runway Season 13 Cast

Project Runway Season 13 Cast

It’s almost that time again!  Time to cheer for your favorite designers and talk all the drama about off-the-wall designs and people coming together to “make it work”.  We are so excited to see what’s in store this season.  Live Tweet with us @ProjectMIW this Thursday at 9pm EST.

In tribute to the beginning of the season, we’ll be continuing with our “How They Make It Work” Interview series, starting with some beloved designers from Season 12!

Under The Gunn Season Two is Happening!

Under The Gunn Season Two!

Under The Gunn Season Two!

A new season of Under the Gunn is in the works, and just as we’re gearing up for Project Runway: Season 13!  Three new mentors, and a whole set of new contestants! We can’t wait to see what’s in store. 

TBT: The Time Nick Verreos Designed Barbie Clothes

TBT: The Time Nick Verreos Designed Barbie Clothes

It was 2005, Project Runway Season 2, Episode 3, and Nick Verreos won the My Scene Barbie Challenge with the above number. The doll was reproduced in a limited edition, and sold out quickly. You can still find the dolls on Ebay for a pretty penny. ( )

Nick Verreos Blogs about Oscar Lopez, and the Marie Claire Shoot for Under The Gunn

Nick Verreos Blogs about Oscar Lopez, and the Marie Claire Shoot for Under The Gunn

We love Nick Verreos, and we love Oscar Lopez. What we love even more is that the first winner of Lifetime’s “Under The Gunn” and his mentor from the show are part of a beautiful spread in the July issue of Marie Claire. Click the photo for a link to Nick’s blog, and get your copy of Marie Claire now!

You Can Own a Little Piece of Project Runway History

You Can Own a Little Piece of Project Runway History

It looks as though Maria Kanellis is auctioning off her Chris March designed outfit from Project Runway. It was worn in the ring during her time on WWE Divas, and on Project Runway as part of the WWE challenge. We were intrigued by so many things about this, we had to comment. Firstly, you can SELL the garments you get on Project Runway? Also, we can OWN a Chris March costume for the bargain price of $325? PR designers, we have a list of garments you can put up on Ebay for the taking…Oscar Lopez, we’re talking to YOU!