We are so excited to share Institute Magazine’s feature of an editorial shoot we did with the wonderful photographer Pieke Roelofs! Click Here to view!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Well, a couple of weeks ago, you cast your votes on the fashion trends you would rather see, and we’re giving them to you straight off the SS15 New York Fashion Week Runways:
Would you rather: Messenger or Clutch?
Custo Barcelona won us over with their huge range of messenger and tote bags for SS15, and you know, they showed in the men’s collection, but we definitely think these bags work for everyone! Click the photo for the full collection on HommeModel.
Would you rather: Hair Up, or Hair Down?
Answer: Hair Down
For the hair down look of SS15, we think Diane Von Furstenburg’s runway hair takes the cake.
Would you rather: Heels or Sneakers?
SS15 is looking pretty interesting when it comes to heels, and we have selections from Dolce Gabbana, Marni and Nanette Lepore to Prove it.
Would you rather: Silk or Cotton?
We saw some great classics remade in the SS15 collections of Tibi and Thakoon Addition. Get ready for comfort in cotton for next spring and summer. Check out other favorite spring/summer trends from Style Blazer.
Would you rather: Leather or Denim?
Zana Bane’s leather lingerie work is gorgeous. See the whole SS15 collection here.
We can’t talk leather without showing you Fendi. See the whole runway show, including the delectable bags here.
Would you rather Avant Garde, or Ready To Wear?
Answer: Ready To Wear
Ok, this is tough to pick, but the SS15 Ready To Wear Collections that we have to mention are:
1. Jeremy Scott, who teamed up with none other than Miley Cyrus to design his accessories, which coincided with her own sculpture show called “Dirty Hippie”. We can’t make this stuff up. But seriously, the collection is cool, and completely Hippie Retro.
2. Giamba SS15 Milan has a groovy vibe we like. A little softer and more feminine than the technicolor that Jeremy Scott is putting out. Refined, you know, in that European way. We love the dotted stockings too.
3. Rodarte took punk to a new place, exploring sirens and punk rock at the same time. Hard core ethereal, man. The added face jewelry really made a statement as well.
See the whole collection here.
There you have it, folks. Just a few highlights from the SS15 Runways based on your poll picks. If you have any other collections or images to share that fit in these categories, just send them our way- we’d love to see more! -C.Scott