'Project Runway' star on life with HIV
January 12th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

'Project Runway' star on life with HIV

As part of "Anderson Cooper 360°'s" special "Hope Survives: 30 Years of AIDS" – which marks the 30th anniversary of the very first AIDS diagnosis - "Project Runway" star Mondo Guerra will open up about living with HIV.

Guerra will join guests including Sir Elton John, Sharon Stone, Mo'nique and many others for the hour-long program airing Friday, which will focus on stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS, how various methods of prevention may perhaps have ended the spread of the disease years ago and take a look at recent medical research and breakthroughs.

Guerra, who is HIV positive, spoke to CNN about the challenges he faces daily, his hopes for the future and, of course, fashion.

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Tim Gunn: Taylor Momsen is a brat and a diva
September 15th, 2010
04:51 PM ET

Tim Gunn: Taylor Momsen is a brat and a diva

Future “Project Runway” participants, be forewarned: Fool around and waste Tim Gunn's time, and his response will not be pretty.

Gunn, the typically measured host of the Bravo reality fashion design competition, didn’t mince words about his experience working with Taylor Momsen, 17, while he was shooting his guest appearance on The CW's "Gossip Girl."

“What a diva!" Gunn said to E! News of the singer/actress, who plays the wayward Jenny Humphrey on the soapy series. “She was pathetic, she couldn't remember her lines, and she didn't even have that many. I thought to myself 'why are we all being held hostage by this brat?"

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Reality hits the runway at NY Fashion Week
September 14th, 2010
02:02 PM ET

Reality hits the runway at NY Fashion Week

Malan Breton is one of "Project Runway's" most popular cast members - even after being ousted in the second episode of season 3 - and his show made a triumphant bow at New York Fashion Week.

With a full orchestra accompanying the models gracing the runway, his show not only featured designs for both men and women, but also a very cute black poodle, much to the crowd's delight.

Seated in the front row was a bevy of reality television's best, from Nole Marin - the former judge on "America's Next Top Model" as well as current fashion editor at Runway Magazine - to Denise Richards.

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May 7th, 2010
02:50 PM ET

Casting chronicles: K. Stew is ‘On the Road,’ Tim Gunn is feeling blue

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart has been everywhere this week, from the Met's costume gala to ELLE magazine, and now she’ll be “On the Road."

The queen of supernatural love triangles has been cast as Marylou in a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel of the same name, according to THR. Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles is at the helm of this movie, which will follow the cross-country adventure of Kerouac's alter-ego Sal Paradise. Stewart will play the wife of Paradise's friend, Dean Moriarty.

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake will be “Friends with Benefits” in the upcoming romantic comedy written by Will Gluck, according to Variety. The premise for the movie appears to be exactly what it sounds like: Kunis and Timberlake portray two friends who run into complications when they try to make their friendship work with a few extra benefits on the side.

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November 20th, 2009
05:36 PM ET

The ‘Runway’ of our (Life)time comes to an end

Here’s the thing about “Project Runway”: yes, we watch for the drama brought by the designers, but we also watch it to witness the talents of the undiscovered.

There’s no better mix of those two elements than the final episode of every season, when there’s nothing left to do but show and prove. I wasn’t at all surprised that the final three came down to Carol Hannah, Althea and “Meana Irina,” who, despite her attitude problem, can design her butt off.

Full disclosure: I started slacking on my “Runway” devotion about halfway through this season. I became one of those fans who blamed everything on the show’s move to Lifetime: this season’s lack of bite and wit “never would’ve happened on Bravo,” I said.

But last night, I realized how shortsighted I’d been. The final episode had everything: tears from a sick but still sewing Carol Hannah; anticipation; the trinity of Nina, Heidi and Kors, plus frenzied pacing as the designers and three resurrected from eliminations – Christopher, Logan and Gordana –whipped up a 13th look for their 12-piece collections at the 11th hour.

And if that wasn’t good enough, we even got a Tim Gunn breakdown! A Tim.Gunn.Breakdown. When the always suave, never flustered one is walking around flailing his arms and yelling threats that “he’s about to lose it,” you know it must’ve been one tense tent.

If you missed last week’s episode: Carol Hannah drew her inspiration from the “ethereal” architecture at Duke U., Althea from retro sci-fi movies and Irina wanted to do her take on the urban woman warrior with an all-black collection – which Nina explicitly told her not to do. Yeah, she did it anyway. And it kinda rocked.

See, Irina’s like the girl from high school whose meanness was really a line of defense – much like the hooded outerwear and knits, black leather and hats that she thought a New York woman needed to battle it out in the Big Apple. It was dark, but cohesive; ready-to-wear, but with sparks of original detail.

Carol Hannah’s was equally impressive in terms of construction and tailoring – just look at the inverted pyramid tutu topped off with body-hugging silk, or her exquisite Grecian gown – but it completely lacked cohesion. I haven’t agreed with the judges on much this season, but I co-signed out loud when they noted Irina was the only who presented an actual collection.

Because, sadly, Althea the suit-maker just didn’t bring it, from her runway day outfit – halter top, leggings, and ankle Uggs? Really? – to her mishmash of “sci-fi” looks. Never mind that none of it actually appeared futuristic or innovative (see: Jay McCarroll, season one, if you need a refresher on what innovation looks like). The judges kept commenting that she was "plugged into the street," and I have no clue what that means other than I don't particularly want to wear it. Yes, she can do separates, but unfortunately, that separated her collection from winning the title.

What did you think of the season finale? Was this season everything that you expected - or wanted - it to be? And more importantly, is there a tiny piece of you that thinks Carol Hannah was robbed?

September 18th, 2009
01:02 PM ET

Needles and newspapers on 'Project Runway'

We kicked it old school on “Runway” last night, from the newsprint used for fabric to the designer’s middle-school antics.

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That might sound like the awesomeness that reality TV is made of, but “PR’s” sixth season has this uncanny ability to take the right ingredients and deliver something tasteless.

But let’s start at the beginning. Since we all know no one reads the newspaper, the producers figured we may as well make clothes out of them, so they hauled them all to the L.A. Times, because - obviously - they couldn’t just bring the papers to the workroom. No, “PR” was all about the learning in this episode. They had to schlep them all down there just so Althea could exclaim: “They took us to these BUILDINGS where they make NEWSPAPERS.” Yes, Althea -– and people are still getting paid for that too!

Fans, we have to admit... we finally got what we’ve been begging for. The newspaper challenge was an actual challenge, not a requirement to simply put the model in something decent and trot her down the runway. Should’ve been “Runway” gold, but it ended up more like lamé.

First, they have Tim Gunn do the most awkward - let alone unnecessary - history lesson on the fine art of paper clothing. Why? I don’t even think Tim knew. That combined with the extended camera shot of the colorful permanent markers and paintbrushes made me think I was back in my 8th-grade art class. It definitely did fit the style of past seasons of “Runway.”

Once the papier-mache was under way, Irina and Nicolas, who’ve proven to be closet trash talkers for the past few weeks, stepped it up a notch last night ragging on everyone from Johnny the Addict to Shirin, but only during their interviews. They’re like freaking mice in the workroom.

Christian Siriano’s rude comments and a limited vocabulary turned him into the “SNL” skit he is today because he laid it out there in all of its “hot tranny” glory, and I adored him for it. This season, between whiny-voiced, semi-talented Irina and whiny-voiced, definitely-not-talented Nicolas, the cattiness is unleashed only when no one’s around to hear it. Even at the pinnacle moment, when Nicolas calls Johnny the Addict out on the runway for telling a crazily sewn lie, it was weak. No, I don’t have a love-hate relationship with these secret backbiters; I’ve just got hate.

The resulting clothes, however, for the most part I loved. Althea, for all of her non-newspaper-reading, rocked it out, as did Christopher. Johnny the Addict … well. I guess that’s why you shouldn’t do drugs, kids.

Who do you think was a hit and a miss last night? Are you as tired of these whack challenges as I am? Let me know!

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