“As you know in fashion, one day in you’re in, the next you’re out,” says Heidi Klum on every episode of the uber successful Project Runway. But that statement hardly prevents designers from chasing dreams of becoming the next big fashion star.
Production for the fifth season is starting, and auditions for the next top designer took place from Saturday April 5th to Monday, April 7th. I caught up with Project Runway hopefuls auf the catwalk, just moments before they were escorted into the W Hotel in Times Square for Season 5 auditions. Here are some designers who we just might get a chance to see more of on TV. Will they make it to become Heidi’s catwalk kill? You be the judge.
Hopeful #1: JUAN COLON
Juan’s a designer from Peurto Rico who designs for REAL women: pregnant, curvy, whatever their size may be (and even for their beloved pooches). He describes his style as classic. And as we can tell, he sure is! The two piece ruffle blouse and highly detailed black pants are stylish in their own right, though I’d suggest to wear them separately. Juan’s not a stranger to Runway. No, siree! Last season he was the first in line at the Miami auditions, got there at 4:30am. I joked about how he probably has strategized coming at a better time. Being the sacrificial audition’s not the best way to go… Good luck this 2nd time around!
Demetrius here is all about the full stylized look. “I zoom into the style, and magnify it!” It’s no wonder, since he’s a former fashion stylist. If you could only see his shoes, which were made from these wonderfully ombre croc skin. This easy-going Atlanta, GA designer reminds me of Season 3 favourite Michael Knight. But when asked who his fave from that season was, and without hesitating, he said Laura. (She was the mother of 5? 6? 7? who went a little crazy on the beadwork on all her dresses). Not my cup of tea, but cheers to a world of different perspectives!
Hopeful #3: IVY H.
Forget getting inspired by someone else’s visions of what a woman should wear! Ivy H doesn’t look toward vintage clothing for ideas, instead she’s Inspired by art & nature. And sure enough, she incorporates art into her clothing as well. The tree inspired blouse she’s holding up is all hand painted. She’s got street cred too, having interned at Donna Karan (I’m jealous!) and now working on her eponymous label. For more information, be sure to check out her website when it officially launches. I’ll keep you posted!
MAKE IT WORK, Juan, Demetrius & Ivy!
* Please excuse my lack of computer skills… Photos were taken in upright position but I have no idea how to get them to show that way. Help, anyone?