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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.

HOW KORINA EMMERICH MAKES IT WORK

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 www.emmerichny.com.

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

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Once you try Wasabi Potato Salad, You’ll Never Go Back

Wasabi Potato Salad

Wasabi Potato Salad

Like Kaiyu Ho over at Saucy Spatula, we too, have become addicted to the spicy, creamy, crunchy salad, that clears your sinuses and gives you that comfort food feel in your tummy.  We also attribute our recent addiction to the recipe of the geniuses at Asia Dog, who recently opened a food counter in the new and ever-so-popular Berg’n Beer Hall in Brooklyn. (Please eat the Katsu Crunch Corn Dog immediately)

We happen to have a dinner party event coming up, where each of our friends is making a pork belly recipe for all party goers to try and then judge.  We felt like this amazing salad would be the perfect, fresh compliment to the pounds of pork on everyone’s plate.  Of course, we’re going to sprinkle a touch of JD Food’s Bacon Salt on top, just for that added pork tribute.

JD Food's Bacon Salt

JD Food’s Bacon Salt

Try the recipe yourself by clicking on Saucy Spatula’s Photo.

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 sales@elayavaughn.com. For more information on Kate or her line, Elaya Vaughn Bridal by Kate Pankoke, visit her website ElayaVaughn.com, and find her on social media @KatePankoke & @ElayaVaughn.

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.

Take A Sneak Peek of our Exclusive Photo Shoot with Korina Emmerich!

Designer Korina Emmerich.  Photo by Ben Trivett, Makeup, Hair, Styling by Coleen Scott

Designer Korina Emmerich. Photo by Ben Trivett, Makeup, Hair, Styling by Coleen Scott

We wanted to send out a big congrats to Korina Emmerich for her win on last week’s episode of Project Runway!  Wishing you luck for tonight’s episode!

Be on the lookout for more exclusive photos and our recent interview with Korina, coming soon!

*Photo Copyright Ben Trivet Photography 2014

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.

 

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.