Project Runway Season 10

Episode 1 & 2

Hello hello! Its been awhile. Apparently for all of us – 10 seasons!

I’m going to do a catch up post here and then attempt to recap regularly for this season. Last season I was so frustrated with the contestants and challenges that this ended up becoming an arduous, thankless task and I quickly abandoned it. This time I am hoping there are enough really talented people and interesting challenges to keep me going. I make no promises though.
The 16 contestants and my take on them:

Beatrice Guapo: Knit wear people just never do well on a SEWING show – they just work in a material that is not conducive to the time constraints. Her work is pretty subtle and with these other designers in the room, I don’t think she will last long.

Lantie Foster: Her “I re-purpose vintage clothes and make them new” aesthetic worried me as soon as I heard it. She has not convinced me otherwise in the challenges.

Alicia Hardesty: I like her tomboy aesthetic but I foresee problems when it comes time to dress celebrities or do evening wear – she can’t send Natalie Portman out to a premiere wearing a boxy, dropped-crotch coverall.

Andrea Katz: She seems quirky and cool – but I don’t love what I’ve seen of her silhouettes so far. She could be a Mila – too stuck in her own aesthetic to truly adapt to the challenges, but still producing some really memorable pieces.

Buffi Jashanmal: Nope. I just don’t get it. She’s hilarious and I want to be her friend like, yesterday – but her clothes are pretty hideous.

Christopher Palu: TLo have nicknamed him “Costello-lite” and now I can’t see anything else. I will be interested to see what he does, if he and Gunnar can keep their claws sheathed long enough to make some fucking clothes.

Dmitry Sholokhov: reminds me a bit of Malan, but a LOT more confident. Malan had a fragility to him that this guy doesn’t. I like his clothes – we’ll see if he can rise above the category of elegant/pretty though.

Elena Slivnyak: I am already obsessed with her clothes! Those portfolio images they kept showing were works of art. Cra-mazing! Her avant garde thing might not work for every challenge so I can see her being eliminated before final 3, but not until after producing some kick ass garments.

Fabio Costa: I was apprehensive about his ‘freegan’ thing – I thought “Oh no, an arrogant self-important hippy, GREAT.” but he has actually appeared to be more friendly and down to earth than I originally anticipated, and his clothes are beautiful, no doubt.

Gunnar Deatherage: WTF. Go Home Already.

Kooan Kosuke: What a hilarious little character. And I mean every word of that. He is definitely a CHARACTER – like out of a video game or something. I like his quirk – adds something fun to every challenge…we’ll see if he lasts though.

Melissa Fleis: Goth Girl. Yawn. or.. maybe not? I wasn’t all that impressed with her initially but one thing I have since noticed is that although she is doing the leather thing – its soft and still kind of feminine and organic..which I can appreciate. If she makes anything that is not black though, I’ll be surprised.

Nathan Paul: I’ve kind of forgotten about him already. Not a good sign.

Raul Osorio: I can relate to his ‘I just got out of a relationship that consumed me’ story but I’m not sure I know what his aesthetic is yet.

Sonjia Williams: Middle of the road for me.. we’ll see what she makes on the show. PS. The shark jellies were awesome.

Ven Budhu: Cross between Burt and Laura. I like his glamour – will be interesting to see how he copes with unconventional challenges.


So far I have completely agreed with both eliminations. In fact, I thought they maybe could have been reversed but the outcome would probably still have been the same. Beatrice seemed SUPER in over her head and Lantie had taste issues. So does Buffi, but her time will come.

I’ve also generally agreed with the top 3/winners in both challenges. That dress by Christopher was beautiful, even though the companion piece wasn’t, and Ven was very smart about his approach to the candy dress. I thought Sonjia should have won but at least she was recognized for her ingenuity.

What I CANNOT STAND is Gunnar. I don’t even care about his clothes. I’m not even looking at them.. and if I am, all I am seeing is the ugly little troll who made them. He needs a good smack and a harsh harsh crit from the judges and then elimination. He is equal parts totally fake and a total dick. Go home.

See you next ep – where Project Runway appears to be getting all incestuous for its 10 yYear Anniversary season by re-hashing some old designers from past seasons yet AGAIN. They do remember that they just did an All Stars season right? Le Sigh.




Kristen Stewart is having a really good year

Since my last post about K-Stew, she seems to really have come into her own as far as her fashion choices. What was just beginning to become evident: her flair for the off-beat, slightly harder edged clothing and a glimpse of just how beautiful she could be on the R.C. with a little styling. Behold our semi-graduated fashionista…


Still a little awkward.. but its about to get a whole lot better.


@ the Nickelodeon awards. A bit mainstream for her, but still cute.


@ MTV Movie awards. GREAT dress for her. spunky, sparkly and a pair of killer heels.


The shoes are so ugly but if you cover them up this is a perfectly good rebel chick look for on the street.


Gorgeous. She is very statuesque in this dress and the shoes are killa!


Close up of the shoes i want to own!


A perfectly appropriate, K-Stew-esque outfit for her appearance on Leno.


Kickass shoes (again.) and a quirky-business-inspired look. Totally different for her but still totally her.


A little more flirty for her.. but still with an edge.


I have to confess I have a bias for all things Preen here.. but again, quirky is something Kristen does well.


Looking a little dom-school teacher, sexy here.. in Narcisso Rodriguez


Part of her press tour for Snow White…not something I’d normally see her in but there’s enough of an edge to it that it works.


A KILLER shot from her spread in Interview Magazine with Charlize. Gorgeous.


A shot from her recent Vanity Fair spread… she knows how to give good model pout.


Dressed down, but still approachably appropriate, for Comic Con.

Film Jewellery

I’ve opened an Etsy store to sell my 35mm film jewellery to all you film and fashion lovers out there. They are one of a kind, handmade and ahem.. AWESOME.

You can visit my store here.

A sampling of the items I have up for sale…

Oscars Best Dressed

My picks for the Best Dressed of the 2012 Oscars Red Carpet.

#5 Best Metallic

Stacy Kliebler in Marchesa

#4 Most True To Form (as per her recent RC choices)

Rooney Mara in Givenchy

#3 Most Improved

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen

#2 Most Kick Ass Cape

Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford

#1 Best Color and Most Exuberant

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli

New York Fashion Week

Some of my favorite looks from NYFW.

A Word about Project Runway

Bonjour readers!

I just wanted to address the reason I have not been blogging the PR episodes these past few weeks. Unfortunately I do not have a TV so I watch all my PR online. I’ve been unable to see the episode before the weekend most weeks which, by that time, has already been recapped and shared via the recapalooza on BPR. I figured by the time I can get it up, its not so relevant anymore. If you’d like me to do a recap anyways, I can get going on it – just like this post or comment and then Ill know that it wouldnt be too late because there are some loyal readers who wanna see it anyways! 🙂

Cheers, Choco Chanel

LOVE: Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture

These merit a separate post. So beautiful, especially the pastel candy colors.

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Elie Saab

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

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