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Where they are now

July 08, 2006|BOOTH MOORE

They are more likely to be recognized at the local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf now, but these "Project Runway" alumni are still struggling. In anticipation of the third season of the Bravo series, which begins Wednesday, we caught up with former contestants living in the L.A. area.

John Wade, 25

Education: Cal State University Northridge

Known on the show for: Being the first man out

Home: Fairfax district

Work: Assistant manager at Marc Jacobs in L.A.

Celebrity client: Dreaming

Favorite L.A. hangout: Dime bar in the Fairfax district

Lesson learned: "Don't inhibit yourself."

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For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday July 22, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 38 words Type of Material: Correction
"Project Runway": A graphic accompanying an article about former "Project Runway" contestants in the July 8 Calendar said Kirsten Ehrig's claim to fame on the show was designing a too-short skirt. The skirt was designed by Zulema Griffin.

Nick Verreos, 39

Education: UCLA and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Known on the show for: Winning the Barbie challenge with a hip girly-girl look

Home: Los Feliz

Work: Preparing for a trunk show of his Nikolaki collection on Wednesday at fellow "Project Runway" contestant Emmett McCarthy's New York store, emc2; teaching at L.A.'s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Stores: Sirens and Sailors

Celebrity client: Brenda Strong from "Desperate Housewives"

Favorite L.A. hangout: El Chavo in Silver Lake

Lesson learned: "Don't take on more than you can accomplish in the time you have."

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Daniel Franco, 32

Education: Otis College of Art and Design

Known on the show for: Being the nice guy, with predictably classic clothes to match

Home: Mid-Wilshire district

Work: Designing his collection; pitching a TV show

Stores: Iconology in October

Celebrity client: Dreaming

Favorite L.A. hangout: The Short Stop in Echo Park

Lesson learned: "Never give up."

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Guadalupe Vidal, 30

Education: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Known on the show for: Earthy designs, including a dress with kooky removable flowers

Home: Koreatown

Work: Producing a gallery show about the influence of skateboarding on pop culture; designing her Plain Lucid collection

Favorite L.A. hangout: Pacific Design Center

Lesson learned: "There's no hard feelings; it's just fashion."

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Kara Saun, 39

Education: Rutgers University

Known on the show for: Her Type A personality and techno-militaristic designs

Home: Sherman Oaks

Work: Just finished costumes for a Barry Sonnenfeld TV pilot; designing her own line

Stores: Laura Gambucci in La Jolla and Posh in Manhasset, N.Y.

Celebrity client: Dreaming

Favorite L.A. hangout: Toast on 3rd Street

Lesson learned: "Be true to yourself."

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Kirsten Ehrig, 38

Education: USC, Hastings College of Law

Known on the show for: Refusing to use her heirloom Hermes scarf and producing a dress that didn't cover the model's bum

Home: Bel-Air

Work: Producing O Maillots de Bain, her swimwear line embellished with 14 karat gold and semiprecious stones

Stores: www.omaillots.com

Celebrity clients: Kirsten Dunst, Mandy Moore and Jade Jagger (her husband is an agent at William Morris, which helps)

Favorite L.A. hangout: Koi restaurant and the Chateau Marmont

Lesson learned: "You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar."

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Raymundo Baltazar, 24

Education: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Known on the show for: Being eliminated after dressing Barbie like a mom

Home: Los Feliz

Work: Designing puppet costumes for a TV pilot; freelance styling for Ed Hardy and designing his collection

Stores: Rocket Queen, Red Zone

Celebrity client: Still dreaming

Favorite L.A. hangout: Cha Cha Cha

Lesson learned: "You can't always be the leader; sometimes you have to be part of a team."

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Andrae Gonzalo, 33

Education: Otis College of Art and Design

Known on the show for: Crying on TV, and being Tim Gunn's pet despite designing a dress out of dried moss

Home: East Hollywood

Work: Writing a book about "taking the fascism out of fashion"; designing

Celebrity client: Dreaming

Favorite L.A. hangout: The Thai grocery store on Hollywood Boulevard

Lesson learned: "You have to keep moving."

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Santino Rice, 31

Education: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

Known on the show for: Arguing with the judges and designing lederhosen lingerie

Home: Culver City

Work: Custom-designing gowns; looking for investors to back a ready-to-wear line

Celebrity client: MTV VJ SuChin Pak

Favorite L.A. hangout: The Roxy

Lesson learned: "Until you know someone, saying anything negative about them isn't appropriate."

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