project runway season 13

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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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

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.

How Ken Laurence Makes It Work

Ken Laurence

Ken Laurence

We were holding our breath last week as Project Runway Season 13 aired, waiting to see which former Project Runway designer would be chosen in the Runway Redemption campaign.  Alas, the brilliant Ken Laurence did not make it onto season 13, but as Twitter fans talked about how much they loved Ken, we suggested perhaps he should have his own show.  Ken’s designs have a clear point of view of elegance, structure, and luxury, and we loved seeing everything he chose to put down the runway in Season 12.  Ken presents himself in a chic and classy way, a perfect representative for his brand.  His time was cut too short on Project Runway, but since his participation, Ken has been careful in choosing which opportunities will propel him on his path to design success.  We caught up with Ken recently to find out what he has been up to and where his focus and determination has led him since the show.


1.  Who are you, and what season/s did you participate in?  
My name is Ken Laurence and I finished in eighth place during Project Runway season 12.
 2.  Please give a brief description of your design style.
The brand is acknowledged for using luxurious textiles in classic silhouettes with a touch of modern aesthetic to create dynamic dresses, structural jackets, and wearable separates.
Ken Laurence Dress Design

Ken Laurence Dress Design

Ken Laurence Structured Top

Ken Laurence Structured Top

3.  What was the most challenging thing about the Project Runway experience BESIDES the challenges themselves?
Let me start by quoting Michael Kors, “Project Runway is not for sissies!”  The competition is harder than it appears to be on television. But personally, the hardest part for me was adapting to the production schedule; 18 – 20 hour work days bought the pressure, stress, and meltdowns.  However, overall the experience was amazing!
4.  Who have you met or worked with during or since the Project Runway experience that you are most proud of or excited about?
After Project Runway, I’ve had the chance to dress a few celebrities, but I declined the opportunities.  After filming, I had a meeting with investors for the clothing line Baby Phat, and I was enlightened by the business side of the fashion industry on how to keep my brand afloat when I re-launch. So, that’s where all my attention has gone.
5.  Besides the basics, what sewing notion or tool could you NEVER do without?
Well, I could not live without my rotary cutter. It makes cutting so much faster at times.
Fiskars Rotary Cutter

Fiskars Rotary Cutter

6.  How has social media impacted your life after Project Runway?
After Project Runway my followers increased greatly on Facebook and Twitter. (Find Ken on Twitter at @_KenLaurence_ , and on Facebook at DesignerKenLaurence)
7.  What are you currently working on or excited about professionally?
I am currently working on a few projects. I just re-launched my new website, I am currently working on my non-profit organization, The GLAM Foundation. My Pre-Spring 2015 collection has just been photographed (awaiting the finished images).  I will be designing a collection for Spring 2015, and showing at Philadelphia Fashion Week in September.

Ken Laurence Designs

Special Thanks to Ken for taking the time to talk with us.  Ken we wish you all the best as your brand re-launches and grows! -C. Scott

All text and images provided by Ken Laurence unless watermarked, linked, or specified.


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!

Tim Gunn Wants a Season of Project Runway With Plus-Size Models

 Tim Gunn Wants a Season of Project Runway With Plus-Size Models

“When it comes to fashion, plus size isn’t something that is on display that often, especially in fashion shows. On the catwalk, models are usually a size two, which leaves the majority of consumers wondering where they fit in the industry. Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn, 60, wants to change that.” (Click photo for full article from