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Own a “Project Runway All Stars” Original Design

Project Runway All Stars Flapper_Ruler_Dress“Project Runway All Stars” hosted by Alyssa Milano, shot their “Unconventional Challenge” episode at Midtown West and has generously donated the designers’ dresses in benefit of P.S. 212 Midtown West. Beginning at 1:01AM this morning, they are auctioning off the designs to raise money for enrichment programs and supplies.

Project Runway and Lord & Taylor: Match Made in TV Heaven

This summer Lifetime’s hit show, Project Runway, is celebrating its 10th anniversary season by introducing an exclusive partnership with retailer, Lord & Taylor. Among other things, fans can expect to see a never-before-done challenge in which Project Runway will showcase a custom-built “accessories wall”, as well as an assortment of Lord & Taylor shoes, accessories, and handbags that contestants will use for the 10th episode competition. This particular episode will take place at the Fifth Avenue flagship store and will air on Thursday, August 30th.

The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to sell their collection at Lord & Taylor stores.

You can follow the progress of the contestants and watch exclusive interviews on the Lord & Taylor website and via Lord & Taylor Facebook page and Twitter. The store will also host appearances from past and present contestants during this year’s Fashion’s Night Out!

Keep a look out! This will undoubtedly be an exciting collaboration!

Mondo’s Project Runway All Stars Dress Now Available at Nanette Lepore

Project Runway All Stars: Austin, Modo, Michael and Kenley
Me with Mondo!

On Thursday Night, I had the pleasure of joining the surviving cast members of Project Runway All Stars and Nanette Lepore at her store in SoHo for a private viewing party of that night’s episode. With only four contestants left, Mondo Guerra, Austin Scarlett, Kenley Collins and Michael Costello, this was a particularly exciting episode considering it would determine the 3 finalists that would be showing in the finale (for their chance to have their collection sold at Neiman Marcus!).

Nanette Lepore was a guest judge on the episode (along with Gorgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi) and the winner of the challenge would have their design sold at her store with the proceeds going to Save the Garment District. Despite some difficulty in hearing the episode from within the store, it was really exciting being with the designers as they showcased their designs, although much more nerve racking over waiting for the announcement of who was in and out. In all honesty, at the level these finalist are at I thought all the designs we’re good. Austin, was safe, Mondo won and Kenley and Michael fell to the bottom. Michael design was a little long but I thought otherwise very LA and wearable (it reminds me of a T-Bags dress I once owned) and Kenley, who despite picking a fabulous print, cut the print a little off and was eliminated.

Nanette Lepore and Mondo surrounded by his design

Once the winner was announced, the designers final garments we’re put in the store for display and Mondo’s mass-produced design went on the racks officially for sale ($298). It’s so cute and spring, and I love that it has pockets! Congratulations Mondo!

{Season 1, Episode 10 Project Runway All Star Dresses}

{Austin adjusting his dress}

{Nanette Lepore and Kenley showing there’s not hard feelings over her elimination}

Are You Ready for New York Fashion Week?

I am, I am! Ehhhhhh! The Spring 2012 shows are upon us, and I just got my official press pass to Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week! Joining all the big-wigs of the fashion industry, I’ll be covering the makeup backstage and the fashion shows. IMG has posted the official schedule for Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park for September 8th-15th, and announced some exciting first timers to the venue including J. Crew (are you as excited as I am?), Honor, Candela,

Maroo Partners with Project Runway Winner Seth Aaron

Seth Aaron with his Maroo creations!

The Washington-based mobile accessories line, Maroo, has partnered with Project Runway winner, Seth Aaron to create an exclusive line of fashion iPad 2 covers ($149-$199).

“We’re thrilled to announce that Seth Aaron is designing exclusive iPad 2 covers for us!” said Michael Shaver, Senior Vice President of Maroo and Cyber Acoustics. “These unique, limited-edition covers are custom-designed by Seth Aaron himself. Working with materials and hardware he personally selects, Seth drives the aesthetic from beginning to end. Combining haute couture, rock, and even whimsical influences, he continually brings fashion-forward ideas to the Maroo family. You’ll discover the Seth Aaron line of iPad covers are on a completely different level of luxury and style.”

I love me a stylish accessory, they are so fun! It looks like they came out of a colorful, fashion-oriented comic book!

Additional styles available on Marrow.com

Happy Birthday Daniel Vosovic

Last month Daniel Vosovic celebrated the showing of his Fall 2011 RTW collection and today we celebrate his birthday.

Fun fact: Dan and I went to college together –good ol’ Fashion Institute of Technology. And we were RA’s –people love making fun of me for that tidbit (my favorite ex-boyfriend used to refer to this time as “when I was a hall monitor”). I’d shower this post with old photographs but frankly I think I burned them all. Since our college days, the former Project Runway star, has gone on to write a book (it’s in my fashion library–okay fine, it’s bookcase) and successfully launch many collections and I could not be prouder. I get to follow him behind this year attend his RTW show. What really enhanced the experience is being seated next to another former RA with us –Marissa, the Market Editor for Seventeen reunions. It’s amazing how much changes in just a couple-errr, more-than-a-few years.

Check out the video from his Fall 2011 RTW Show:

Happy Birthday Dan! Cheers to you!

For more pictures from the collection visit nymag.com


Week in Review (9.20 – 9.24)– Parties, Places, and Happenings

Swarovski Element '22 Ways to Say Black' Event

Monday (20th) – I attended the Swarovski Elements ‘22 Ways to Say Black’ charity auction. Hosted at Phillips de Pury, I registered for a paddle and partook in the auction, although I came home empty handed.  The event raised over $100,000 to benefit breast cancer research. Guests in attendance included Halle Berry, Julianna Margulies, and Sofia Vergara.

Welcome to Coterie

Tuesday (21st) – The first day of the Fashion Coterie Sole Commerce show at Jacob Javitt center! I spent the day at the Chocolat Blu booth lusting over these shoes! I have to wait til Spring 2011 to add them to my collection. That should give me enough time to decide which color I want.

Chocolat blu Dallas Shoe ($120). Launches Spring 2011

That evening I took my first Pole Dancing class (Intro to Pole Dancing, taught by Bonnie Fischer) at NY Pole. I’m not one for working out (I try, I just get bored), and I’m incredibly shy, so walking into the small studio, I was a little nervous. However, my friend and I had a blast! It was so fun, and we both felt so comfortable that it wasn’t scary at all. It was such a great workout and the time flew by. I even learned a thing or two;)

My new Hermes Silk Jersey Scarf (36"x36")

Wednesday (22nd) – I was a bad girl and joined my cousin at the Hermes sample sale.  Meet my new friend (above). Love my scarf, but I’m officially cut off.

Lara & Erika at the Casio Baby-G & Hellz Release Party

That evening the lovely Erika (from Shoes, Shirts, and Other Sh!t) and I attended the Baby-G & Hellz Collaboration Release Party featuring DJ Elle at 1Oak. Creating two signature watches, L.A. based designer Hellz and Casio Baby-G watches featured 80’s pop fashion homage to the NYC streets. What do you think of them? Better than the poor excuse of a drink 1Oak served up? Agreed. What can I say 1Oak if you’re not offering an open bar and are going to charge $18 a drink, put some alcohol in it.

Hellz and Casio Baby-G watches ($89)

Thursday (23rd) – Back to the Coterie show, this time to hang out with former Project Runway contestant, Daniel Feld and model his new line, Kymerah. I WANT IT ALL! I will post more about the line shortly.

Lara in Kymerah V Neck Line Trapeze Fringe Dress

After the show, I headed to