After 6 episodes of Project Runway on Lifetime, viewers have seen enough of designers week after week to know who they like. Most viewers probably have favorites by now. So what were your favorite designers up to before Project Runway? Here’s an idea of what some of the Project Runway designers were up to before they entered the workroom.
Armando “Mondo” Guerra
Mondo’s wacky personal style ranges from raver grinch to brown plaid professor to leather daddy. It works though because of Mondo’s attention to detail. Everything from the socks to the bow tie seem to be carefully planned in his outfits. He’s definitely a contender to be the dark horse of the season. Also check out this black and white onesie. It would look great on Rhianna.
Gretchen Jones’ authoritative attitude has made her into season 8’s villian. Love her or hate her, she currently is tied with Michael Costello for the most wins. She is head designer of her own Portland, Oregon based clothing line Mothlove. The Mothlove website opens with a video featuring Gretchen’s signature open back. She accused another designer of copying it in one of the episodes. The opening look is one of the most flattering. The featured lines were dull and ill fitting. Be careful when browsing, as many topless images of models are NSFW. Highlights of Gretchen’s biggest fashion missteps follow. This ill fitting blousy top with a completely see through lace skirt is completely unwearable. Other fashion faux pas included puckery crotches, skirts that look like little Edie from Grey Gardens designed them, lingerie that strangely reminiscent of time spent in a nursing home (only $164 on sale), and of course her signature back. Here’s hoping there is a lingerie challenge soon and Gretchen is finally voted off Project Runway!
Ivy’s Website featured work that unfortunately reminded me of Team Luxe’s losing designs, but with more grey than camel. The site featured 80’s inspired wool walking shorts that seemed heavy and impractical.
On her own website ValerieMayen.com, there are only two pieces of clothing. One of the blouses featured a what could only be described as a breast tassel. I’m really unsure what sort of look she was going for, punk maybe? She redeems herself, however with her tailored jackets for her Yellow Cake clothing line. I hope they keep Valerie around a bit longer. I’d like to see more of her funky shrugs.
April Johnston’s designs on Project Runway have been a bit hit or miss. The same can be said for her website. There are some beautiful and unique dresses and jackets, but also some really awful stuff like this lingerie inspired gown. The judges would probably like to see more from her, so she better make this next challenge a hit or she’ll get sent to the workroom to clean up her space.
Christopher’s online collections are inconsistant, but the stuff that is worthwhile is really elegant and wearable. Dresses from the fall 2010 collection were a personal favorite.
23 year old aspiring designer Andy South doesn’t have his own website yet. His myspace page does the trick for now though. There isn’t much to see, except an adorable lace baby doll dress. Andy, please make one like that on the show!!
Now that you know a little bit more about your favorite (or least favorite) designers, stay tuned to find out who gets kicked off of Project Runway Season 8 next week!