November 11, 2007 |
In just three seasons, Bravo's "Project Runway" has evolved from a TV trifle into an industry obsession. It was even recognized at last month's L.A. Fashion Awards as a "Fashion Inspiration." Scoring one of the 15 spots on the show can be a career booster (think Season 2 winner Jeffrey Sebelia), or . . . not so much (Season 1 winner Jay McCarroll is reportedly homeless).
October 20, 2006 |
Los Angeles designer Jeffrey Sebelia has won the latest installment of Bravo's "Project Runway." Sebelia, 36, snagged the title Wednesday night after he, Laura Bennett, Uli Herzner and Michael Knight staged presentations during New York Fashion Week in the season's last showdown. That runway show was taped in September.
September 24, 2006 |
A grinning Jeffrey Sebelia stands before me in a narrow hallway under a fluorescent light. He has several large words etched into his throat that weren't there when I last saw him. But that was before he surprised so many of his friends by leaving town to become a reality television star on Bravo's "Project Runway." As he leads me into his large downtown L.A.
July 8, 2006 |
FOR 14 weeks, the fledgling designers on Bravo's hit TV show "Project Runway" are fashion idols. Their creations -- stitched together in just a few hours, including meltdowns -- are studied by 3 million viewers as if they were the work of Karl Lagerfeld himself. They endure whiny models and broken sewing machines, insults from Nina Garcia of Elle magazine and designer Michael Kors, humiliating "challenges" that have them making gowns out of groceries or the clothes off their backs.
July 8, 2006 |
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.