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Project Runway

Project Runway is a Peabody Award-winning American reality television series on the Bravo network which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are usually restricted in time, materials, and theme. Their designs are judged and one or more designers are eliminated each week.

On April 7, 2008, the show's producers, Weinstein Company, announced a five-year deal that would relocate the show to Lifetime Television, beginning with Season 6. In response, NBC Universal filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company for violating its contract rights. A September 2008 court decision granted NBCU's request for an injunction, preventing Lifetime from promoting or exhibiting "Runway" until further notice.

Project Runway uses progressive elimination to reduce the initial field of 12 or more fashion designers down to 3 or 4 before the final challenge. Each non-finale challenge (the scope of one episode) requires the designers to develop one or several pieces of new clothing to be presented at a runway show. The challenges range in creative diversity to test the designers' ingenuity while maintaining their personal design aesthetic. These challenges may include creating a garment from non-traditional materials, such as: apartment furnishings (Season 3), recyclable materials (Season 3), items from a grocery store (Season 1 & 5), edible food items (Season 1 & 4), plants and flowers (Season 2), using their own clothes that they are wearing (Season 2); to designing for a certain high-profile person (such as actress Brooke Shields, figure skater Sasha Cohen or Miss USA Tara Conner), a corporate fashion line (e.g., Banana Republic; Diane von Furstenberg; Macy's INC), or centered around a specialized theme (such as "cocktail party", "wedding gown", or "prom dress").

The show takes place in New York City (with a short stop in Paris in Season 3) with designers using a workroom at Parsons The New School for Design. They shop for materials at a fabric store in New York's Garment District (usually at MOOD Designer Fabrics) — unless the challenge requires otherwise (e.g. denim jackets and jeans from Levi's, confectionery and souvenirs at the Hershey's Store in Times Square, or fabric at Spandex House in Season 4). The designers are sequestered by grouped genders together at Atlas New York (an apartment building near Parsons) during Seasons 1-3 (back again at Season 5) and at New Gotham during Season 4. While on the show, the designers are prohibited from leaving the apartments without authorization, making unauthorized communication with family or friends, or using the Internet to research designs. Designers are also forbidden to bring pattern books or similar how-to books with them during the show, or risk being disqualified from the competition (as was the case of Keith Michael in Season 3).

The designers are given a budgeted stipend to select and purchase fabric and notions, and then provided a limited amount of time to finish their designs (from as short as half a day to two or three days). Often, the designers work independently, although on some challenges, contestants must work in teams or as a single collective group. Once the deadline is reached, the designers must dress their models and select their hair, make-up, and accessories. Each model walks down the runway, and the garment the contestant made is rated by a panel of judges, scoring each look in a number of categories from 0 to 5, or other personal annotations and comments in regards to the designs being presented. The judges then interview the designers who garnered the highest and the lowest scores (usually a top 3 and a bottom 3) and share their opinions before conferring as a group in private after the designers' defense of their outfits. The panel then selects the winning and losing designers based on their scores and other considerations. Typically, the winner receives immunity for the next challenge, and therefore, cannot be eliminated. As the season progresses, immunity is disregarded during later challenges to prevent the designers from getting an easy pass to make it into the final round. Other incentives given to the contestants aside from winning immunity is that the winning garment may be featured in print media, integrated into a limited edition look for a particular clothing brand, or sold at an online fashion store (e.g. beginning in Season 4 onwards). Generally, the loser of each challenge is eliminated from the competition, with host supermodel Heidi Klum giving him or her a double air kiss on the runway and wishing the eliminated designer her catchphrase, Auf Wiedersehen, before they depart. Thus, elimination from the show is sometimes called "being auf'd".

After the final challenge, the remaining three or four designers are then told to prepare a complete fashion collection of twelve looks to be presented at New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park. The finalists are given 12 weeks and $8000 for this task, which they perform at their own homes or studios. While some construction work can be outsourced, the majority of the garments must be created by the designers themselves. Prior to the show, the finalists must return to New York City to oversee model casting, hair and make-up consultations, finishing touches to their clothes, final fitting on their models, and also may be thrown an additional challenge, such as designing an additional outfit to blend in with the collection (Season 2). Their receipts are also handed over to the producers of the show to determine if they went overbudget or had outsourcing done as favors, both of which are against the rules. Otherwise, they might be forced to eliminate a crucial aesthetic factor in their presentation (e.g. Jeffrey Sebelia's blond wigs and pleated leather shorts in Season 3), or risk affecting their potential scoring from the judging panel should they stand by their decision to use a forbidden item (e.g. Kara Saun's outsourced footwear in Season 1). The ultimate winner is selected by the judges, and receives $100,000 to start his or her own design line, a magazine feature spread in Elle magazine, and a mentorship from a design firm (ended on Season 3). Subsequent seasons have also included a new car as part of the prize package, courtesy of car company Saturn.

Female fashion models who work with the designers throughout the season are also in the competition. Each week, as the number of designers dwindle, the number of models are also reduced, with one model remaining at the end. Models are randomly pre-assigned to a designer during the first challenge, and from the second challenge onwards, the designers will have an opportunity to pick the model they wish to work with. This usually happens during the start of every episode save for the first, with the winner of the previous challenge receiving first pick, and the other designers picking models in order through host Klum's random draw of large red shirt buttons with their names stored in a black velvet bag. Though, there are times when only the winning designer will be given the choice to pick with the following choices: either keep his or her previous model, take the losing designer's model from the last challenge, or switch models with another competing designer. The losing models are also given host Klum's air kiss and Auf Wiedersehen before they leave the runway. Included in the prize package for the winning model is coverage in Elle magazine, featuring the winning designer's twelve-piece collection as part of her prize. However, certain challenges may not require the models at all, such as: giving a competing designer a head-to-toe makeover (Season 2), the designers creating their own looks (Season 3), designing menswear (Season 4), or creating a garment for a specific client (e.g. reconstructed outfits for women who lost weight or wrestling costumes for the WWE Divas in Season 4).

Joining Klum in judging duties includes American designer Michael Kors, Elle editor-at-large Nina Garcia, and a fourth judge - typically a fashion designer (Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Zac Posen, Francisco Costa, Betsey Johnson, Alberta Ferretti, Roberto Cavalli, Monique Lhuillier, Catherine Malandrino), a supermodel (Iman or Alessandra Ambrosio), a celebrity (Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Aguilera, Nicky Hilton, Natalie Portman), or a professional from an industry related to the challenge given (Nancy O'Dell, Rachel Zoe, Tiki Barber, Apolo Anton Ohno, Patricia Field, Ivanka Trump). Tim Gunn, former faculty member of Parsons The New School for Design and now Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne Inc., acts as mentor to the designers and does not participate in the judging. Instead, he visits the designers midway through each challenge to comment and suggest improvements for each design, as well as announcing additional challenge updates and enforcing the time limit before each runway show. Gunn also usually announces the design challenges aside from Klum, and accompanies the designers during their fabric shopping at MOOD or on field trips related to a particular challenge.

Project Runway premiered its first season on December 1, 2004. In its first season, Project Runway received critical acclaim, including an Emmy nomination for outstanding competitive reality series. Growth in audience popularity was also dramatic from its debut to the season finale, making it a sleeper hit. Project Runway gave Bravo one of its most successful series since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

The winning designer of the first season was Pennsylvania-based designer Jay McCarroll. Second place was Kara Saun, and third was Wendy Pepper. As his prize for winning the competition among 12 designers, McCarroll was eligible to receive a $100,000 cash prize, a mentorship with Banana Republic to aid in developing his own fashion label (both of which he turned down), and display of his work in the American edition of Elle magazine. The winning model of the first season, selected by McCarroll, was Julia Beynon, who beat out models Jenny Toth (for Kara Saun) and Melissa Haro (for Wendy Pepper).

Fan favorite, Austin Scarlett, produced a decoy collection for Fashion Week after being eliminated in the controversial "Nancy O'Dell Grammy Challenge," causing outrage among fans. His appearance at Fashion Week was an 11th hour decision made by the show's producers who were concerned that the identity of the three finalists would be revealed before the Project Runway Season 1 finale aired. The ploy was later adopted for the show's succeeding seasons.

The series' second season began on December 7, 2005. Following a nationwide search earlier in the year, sixteen designers were chosen as semi-finalists and brought to New York City in June, 2005. After the first challenge, called Road To The Runway, fourteen went on to compete as finalists. The winning designer, Houston-based Chloe Dao, received $100,000 in seed money to help launch her own line, a one year contract with Designers Management Agency, a 2007 Saturn Sky roadster, a spread in Elle magazine, and a mentorship with the Banana Republic Design Team. Michael Kors and Nina Garcia returned as judges for the second season. The final judging seat rotated each week, based on the challenge. Tim Gunn, fashion chair at Parsons The New School for Design, returned as a mentor for the designers. The winning model paired with designer Chloe Dao was Grace Kelsey, beating out models Rebecca Holliday (for Daniel Vosovic) and Heather Brown (for Santino Rice), and landed the spread in Elle Magazine.

Kara Janx, who placed fourth in the competition after having been eliminated in the "Iman Evening Gown Challenge", produced a decoy collection which served as a distraction at Fashion Week before the finale aired.

During Season 5, Project Runway had a poll consisting the most memorable moments. Season 2 moments consist of Andrae's meltdown, Santino's battle against Nina Garcia about his designs, Zulema telling Kara to "cry and cut", the designers doing a walk-off, Zulema demanding the models to do a walk-off and the case of the missing chiffon. However, of all 22 moments, the fans decided that Santino's impression of Tim Gunn was the best moment of Project Runway.

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, and Michael Kors returned for season three, which began airing on July 12, 2006. Season 3 introduced a new set of sponsors, notably Macy's replacing Banana Republic, in advance of Macy's conversion of former May Company department stores.

In this season, designer Keith Michael became the first designer to be asked to leave the show for multiple rule violations. He was found to be in possession of prohibited pattern-making books and left the production site for several hours, during which time he used the internet. Also, for the first time, the last four designers were selected as finalists (Jeffrey Sebelia, Laura Bennett, Ulrike "Uli" Herzner, and Mychael Knight), with no decoy collection to serve as a distraction before the finale aired, and allowed to compete at New York Fashion Week.

In a "Reunion" episode that aired on October 4, viewers voted Mychael Knight as their favorite designer, earning him a $10,000 prize.

The season finale aired on October 18, 2006 with Jeffrey Sebelia voted winner by the judges. Winning alongside with designer Sebelia was his model, Marilinda Rivera, edging out models Nazri Segaro (for Uli Herzner), Camilla Barungi (for Laura Bennett), and Clarissa Anderson (for Mychael Knight), to take the coveted Elle fashion spread.

Jeffrey Sebelia was accused of having outside help to finish his garments by fellow competitor Laura Bennett. The issue was investigated, and it was declared that he had followed the guidelines and did not violate any rules that would prevent him from continuing in the competition at Fashion Week. Because he could not produce a receipt for a pair of leather shorts he had sent out for pleating, he removed that item from the show. In addition, because he had gone over budget by $227.95, he removed the blonde wigs he had planned for his runway models in order to drop below budget.

Uli was the runner-up to the title, also highly praised by the judges for her collection. Designer Mychael Knight was first eliminated in the season finale for his collection titled "Street Safari." Mychael was a fan favorite, but his line did not appeal to the judges in Fashion Week. Knight was also eliminated due to his lack of industry experience. Designer Laura was second eliminated in the finale for her collection of cocktail dresses and evening wear, with the judges praising how expensive the items in the collection looked. At the time Laura was pregnant with her sixth child. Jeffrey won the competition, and his girlfriend and son were there to celebrate his win with him. He was also the winner of a 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster.

During Season 5, there was a poll consisting of the most memorable moments of Project Runway. Among those for Season 3 were Keith's disqualification, Jeffrey's issues with Angela's mom and the controversy about Jeffrey's final collection.

Casting auditions for Season 4 of Project Runway began in April 2007 and production took place in June and July 2007. The fourth season premiered on November 14, 2007, with Heidi Klum returning as host and Tim Gunn returning as design mentor. Earlier in the year Gunn was named Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne Inc. Cast members for Season 4 were revealed during episodes of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.

This was the first season a designer was compelled to quit the competition for medical reasons. Jack Mackenroth left in Episode 5 and was replaced by Chris March, who had been the most recently eliminated designer.

This was also the first season in which four designers were chosen to prepare collections for Fashion Week, but only three proceeded on in the competition to show their collections at Fashion Week. Christian Siriano, who had won the last challenge, was assured of presenting his designs at Fashion Week. Jillian Lewis, the runner up in the last challenge, was also guaranteed a spot in Fashion Week. In a new finale twist, Rami Kashou and Chris March were in a deadlock and had to show the three best pieces from their collections to the judges. With these three initial looks, one winner would be chosen to participate in Fashion Week. Rami was selected for the third slot at Bryant Park, and Chris was eliminated.

Kathleen "Sweet P." Vaughn, the last designer eliminated before the finale, produced a decoy collection for Fashion Week, along with Chris March, the designer eliminated in the first part of the finale. Siriano won $10,000 as the Project Runway Season 4 Fan Favorite. Season 3 Fan Favorite winner, Mychael Knight, brought out the check to Christian during the Reunion episode. In the final days of Fashion Week, Christian beat out fellow contestants Jillian and Rami to become the fourth and youngest winner of Project Runway. Winning alongside Christian was his model, Lisa Nargi, who won the coveted Elle fashion editorial featuring his winning designs at Fashion Week, over fellow models Sam Ruggiero (for Rami Kashou) and Lauren Browne (for Jillian Lewis). This was also the first season of the show wherein the final three models did not wear the finale pieces of their respective designers.

Season 5 had a series poll consisting the 22 most memorable moments of Project Runway. The season 4 moments consist of Michael Kors losing it during a competition, Elisa's spit marks, the designers talking about their wrestling names, Jack's departure/Chris's return, Christian's drama with a teen, Sarah Jessica Parker surprising the designers, and Victoria Beckham telling Christian she would love to wear any of his clothing.

Season five began on Wednesday July 16, 2008 at its new time of 9/8c on Bravo with Heidi Klum returning as host and Tim Gunn returning as design mentor with 16 new designers. This first episode was the first time that they repeated a challenge from a previous season which was the Gristedes challenge, in which the designers had to make a design of their choice by what they could find at a grocery store. The episode, featuring a special guest judge appearance by 1st season favorite Austin Scarlett, was intended as an homage to the glories of past PR seasons, the 5th season being the last on Bravo and by original producers Magical Elves.

This season also featured more stars in the acting and music industry than usual. Natalie Portman, Sandra Bernhard, Apolo Anton Ohno, Brooke Shields, RuPaul, LL Cool J all were a special guest judge in a challenge. Jennifer Lopez also was supposed to be the guest judge at the finale, but bowed out at the last minute.

For the first time, six people showed collections for Fashion Week. Joe Faris & Stephen "Suede" Baum, the last 2 designers eliminated before the finale, produced a decoy collection. In addition, Jerell Scott, who was eliminated in the first part of the Finale, also showed his collection as a decoy.

For the first time since Season 1, there was no reunion. However, Bravo continued to have the fan favorite contest in which Korto Momolu received $10,000, which was revealed to the audience during the Finale.

The as-yet unaired sixth season was the first season of Project Runway to be filmed in Los Angeles rather than New York. The season was filmed at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and pre-finale filming concluded on Friday, October 17, 2008.

The sixth season had been announced to begin airing in January 2009 on Lifetime, but this did not occur. The announcement occurred before NBC Universal sought preliminary injunctive action effectively enjoining production. The launch may be further delayed due to Lifetime's request that the suit between NBC Universal and The Weinstein Co. be removed to federal court. As of January 30, 2009, the court case is still in state court, with no trial date set.

The three finalists of the sixth season showed their collections at New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park on February 20, 2009, but the finalist designers were not named and did not appear onstage. Their identities were kept secret to protect the suspense when and if the season airs on television.

International versions of Project Runway closely follow the US series format in terms of design briefs, designer and model eliminations, winning prize package, and other related factors such as urban cinematography as well as candid interviews with the designers. The judging panel for these international franchises also mimic the original US version: hosted and judged by a well-known local model or celebrity, a famous local fashion designer and a fashion publishing editor to act as regular co-judges, and a weekly rotating roster of guest judges. The mentors for the competing designers are also selected based on their reputation and knowledge of fashion design and the industry in general. While keeping true to the US series, the international versions try to inject a bit of local flavor and original design challenge concepts in order to differentiate themselves from Project Runway USA. So far, Project Runway has versions in the United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Australia, the Philippines, Korea and Belgium, with the Israel one currently in casting.

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Project Runway Philippines


Project Runway Philippines is a Philippine adaptation of Project Runway. This reality television series, which aims to find "the next big Filipino fashion designer," is produced by Solar Entertainment Corporation and Unitel Productions. It premiered on July 30, 2008 on cable through ETC Entertainment Central and on free TV through SBN 21. The show is hosted by model and actress Teresa Herrera, with fashion designer and faculty member of School of Fashion and the Arts Jojie Lloren serving as mentor. Filipino top model and lifestyle feature writer Apples Aberin-Sahdwani and fashion designer Rajo Laurel complete the judging panel. The winner received P500,000 (roughly US$11,000) in cash, a start-up business package, an editorial spread in Mega magazine, and an opportunity to show their collection in Philippine Fashion Week. The final three designers, as revealed in the Finale episode, would get to design a clothing line to be sold exclusively in SM Makati and SM Ortigas, while the winner would display his collection in SM Makati. The Final Runway show was held on October 23, 2008, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, with New York-based handbag and accessories designer Rafé Totengco and notable shoe designer Cesar Gaupo as guest judges. Aries Lagat of Iligan City was declared the winner, beating Philipp Tampus of Lapu-Lapu City and Veejay Floresca of Makati City. ETC has announced the auditions for the program's second season.

Project Runway Philippines held its auditions from January 14 through January 16, 2008 in School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA) in Makati City, Metro Manila. Casting call was also held on March 10, 2008 in Crown Regency Hotel and Towers in Cebu City for fashion designers in Visayas and Mindanao island groups. Over 200 designers auditioned during the course of the casting calls.

The 14 finalists of Project Runway Philippines, which consists of a mix of established and new designers, were introduced in a press conference held in Greenbelt 5 Gallery in Makati City. Note that the ages listed are the designers' ages at the time the show was taped in early 2008.

The 14 designers gathered in Manila's Liwasang Bonifacio and were greeted by host Teresa Herrera and their mentor Jojie Lloren. After an introductory round of coconut water straight out of coconuts, the designers were tasked to collect as much fabrics and accessories, which were draped on parked jeepneys, as possible. They were then told that they are required to use all of the materials they have gathered in creating a dress that shows their personality as a designer. The winner was granted immunity for the next challenge.

The remaining designers were tasked to create a dress inspired from their assigned legendary Filipino fashion designers. To have an idea on the styles of these "13 Legends," the designers had consultations with students from the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). They were given P2,000 (roughly US$46) for materials from Metro Gaisano Mall in Taguig City, Metro Manila, and two days to sew their creations. The winner was granted immunity for the next challenge.

Lloren introduced the remaining designers to Carla Sibal (editor in chief of Mega magazine) and Sarah Meier (model and former VJ of MTV Southeast Asia). The competitors were tasked to create a design that fuses hip hop and haute couture sensibilities. Meier chose six design sketches for the runway show, while the designers of which chose their respective team partners. The winning design will be worn by Meier in a fashion editorial for Mega magazine, while the designer was granted immunity for the next challenge.

The remaining designers were brought to TRIbeca Private Residence, a resort in Muntinlupa City, for a whole day of rest. What they did not know is that the next challenge would take place there. They were tasked by a representative of Nestlé Philippines to create a resort wear that can easily be transformed as a day dress and an evening wear using the color palette of Nesvita Cereal Milk Drink (mainly lime green, with yellow and pink). The designers had to gather their materials in cabanas situated in the resort within the time limit of five minutes. The winning designer was granted immunity for the next challenge, and the winning design was worn by Karla Paula Henry, Miss Earth 2008.

Gonzales raised the issue of the team of Floresca and Parcon in the previous episode wherein they used a tank top (which the two considered as an accessory) to complete their outfit for that particular episode's challenge. However, the garment was neither made nor purchased. Jojie Lloren talked to both Gonzales and Floresca individually, and said that the judging panel concluded that Maturan's dress (which Gonzales collaborated on before Maturan was eliminated) would still have lost. Consequently, Lloren said that only materials that are either purchased or brought from the accessory wall are allowed to be worn on the models from hereon.

The ten designers were brought to Cubao Expo, a section in Araneta Center in Quezon City's Cubao district formerly lined with shoe stores and now housed with art galleries and vintage stores. They were given digital cameras and tasked to take photos within the area for 2½ hours. They then select one image which serves as an inspiration for their next design. The winner received a Canon Ixus digital camera, but was not given immunity for the next challenge.

The remaining designers were introduced to their models who were wearing wedding dresses picked out of thrift stores. The challenge was to create a bridal dress using at least 50 percent of the inexpensive gowns they have chosen. They were also given P3,000 (roughly US$65) and 20 minutes to shop for additional materials, as well as two days to complete their design. The winner received immunity for the next challenge.

Gonzales ranted about his perceived bias that the judges are grooming Aries Lagat to win the competition, especially when one of the judges (whom he did not specify) is already familiar with Lagat and Veejay Floresca prior to taping.

The eight designers were brought to Beverly Hills 6750, a high-end aesthetic center in Makati City, and were given its signature facial treatment worth P14,000 (roughly US$300). It was here where Lloren and a representative of the center gave the designers their task for this episode. The challenge was to create an office uniform that would represent Beverly Hills 6750 as a classy and sophisticated establishment. All of the designers were given equal amounts of material—four yards of black fabric and three yards of white cloth—and one day to complete their design. The winner received free services from the sponsor client, but no immunity was granted for this challenge.

The judges decided not to eliminate Ivan Raborar nor Mara Reyes, who were the bottom two designers, because they believed Gonzales created the worst design but he had immunity from his win in the previous episode.

The designers were treated on a buffet breakfast on their apartment lobby, wherein Lloren informed them that two designers would be eliminated in this challenge. He then introduced a representative from Pond's, who gave the designers their next challenge: to create an outfit for young wives for a romantic night out with their husbands, with red incorporated into the design. She also introduced a group of young wives who would serve as the designers' clients and models. The winner of this challenge from hereon would not receive immunity.

The remaining six designers were brought to a branch of Cinderella, a department store that recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. Lloren and a representative of the store gave the task to the designers, which was to create a collection of three ready-to-wear outfits that represent a woman of Cinderella. The designers formed two teams, with Gonzales and Cerezo being the leaders. The materials were to be gathered from clothes inside the store, which would then be deconstructed to create new designs. Each team received a budget of P6,000 (roughly US$131) and were given 17 hours to finish the collection. The winning collection would be displayed in a Cinderella display window for one month, while the models who wore the winning designs would receive gift certificates from the store.

The designers were brought to Laurel's fashion house, where he introduced them to his mother as well as to the commercial side of fashion. Once they got back to SoFA, they were then introduced to Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap who told them about their next challenge. They were tasked to create an avant-garde outfit made from Philippine indigenous fabrics made from pineapple and abacá fibers as well as silk, which are usually made for traditional costumes such as barong Tagalog and baro't saya. Each designer chose a bundle of assorted natural fabrics as their materials, with Floresca choosing first being the previous winner. They were given 28 hours to finish their designs.

The four remaining designers were brought on a "Livin' La Vida Imelda" architectural tour with Carlos Celdran, a celebrity tour guide. Before the beginning of the tour, Celdran told the designers about their next challenge: to create a "terno," a variation of the baro't saya with butterfly sleeves popularized by Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, with a design that takes the dress to the 21st Century. He then reintroduced the designers to the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, which houses the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine International Convention Center, Folk Arts Theater, and Manila Film Center. All of these establishments were built during the 1970s, a decade ruled under Martial law by Former President Ferdinand Marcos but was also a period of renaissance for Philippine arts and culture headed by its Former First Lady Marcos. The designers were then given P5,000 (roughly US$105) and 30 minutes to shop for materials in Metro Gaisano.

After sketching their designs and shopping for materials, the designers were then brought to the residence of Imelda Marcos, who narrated about the evolution of the terno from a heavy four-piece ensemble inspired during the country's Spanish colonization period to a simple one-piece dress highlighted with a pair of butterfly sleeves, adapting to the aesthetics of Filipinos during the Post-War period. The designers pitched their sketches to Marcos, who was pleased by their designs.

The designers were given a total of three days to complete their outfit, with Reyes getting an extra hour of work as the winner of the previous episode's challenge.

After Tampus (as winner of the last challenge) chose his model for the Finale, Herrera briefed the remaining three designers that they were going to create a 12-piece collection for Philippine Fashion Week. Lloren visited the designers in their hometowns two weeks before Fashion Week and consulted about their collections. He first visited Floresca in Makati City, who narrated about his mother's past struggles as a widow who single-handedly raised her family. Floresca said that his collection was not based on any inspiration. Lloren then went to neighboring Parañaque City to visit Lagat, who was not able to work with his collection in his hometown of Iligan City due to the ongoing war between government forces and Moro Islamic Liberation Front and instead was staying in a friend's house. Lagat brought Lloren to the house of Ben Farrales, a well-known designer who gave Lagat a scholarship in fashion design. Lagat stated that his collection was based on the animated series Ben 10. Lloren then went to Lapu-Lapu City to visit Tampus in his family home. Tampus introduced his mentor to his whole family as well as his friends who served as his viewing buddies during the show's broadcast. He stated that his collection was a dedication to his late mother.

The final three designers, with their collections in tow, went back to SoFA two days before Fashion Week. Lloren greeted the designers and gave his inputs about the progress of their creations. They also got to choose their models, wherein Floresca got the ire of Lagat after he chose a model that Lagat intends to pick. Lloren also announced the order of the Final Runway: Tampus presents his collection first, followed by Floresca and Lagat. After a night's rest in their new apartments (with Tampus getting the "best room" in the suite as winner of the previous challenge), the finalists were brought to SM City Marikina and met Herrera together with Tonichi Nocom, an in-house designer for SM, who introduced them to their final challenge: to create a men's wear as their 13th outfit. Herrera also introduced the designers to a group of male models for them to choose. She then reminded the three about the Reunion Special wherein they were asked whom among the eliminated designers they would want to work with, and it turned out that they would become the assistant designers for the finalists. The finalists were given P3,000 (roughly US$62) to create their additional garment.

The finalists, along with their assistant designers, proceeded to The Fabric Warehouse in Quezon City to purchase materials for their 13th outfit. They then went to SoFA and began creating their garments, which was filled with candid conversations and singing. Their models visited the workroom for fitting. After finishing their men's wear, the finalists continued adding finishing touches to their collections.

A day later, the finalists were brought to SMX Convention Center for the Final Runway presentation. The chaos of backstage was shown from putting make-up on the models to readjusting the garments to fit the models. Lloren was also backstage for moral support, as well as helping out with removing lint on some of the garments.

Herrera welcomed the audience for the Final Runway and introduced the guest judges. Tampus presented his collection first, which featured crocheted garments from resort wear to evening dresses. Floresca's collection was next, which consisted of monochromatic dresses using neutral tones. Lagat was last to present his collection, which was highlighted with a 1950s-inspired dress that was taken apart by two models and then converted into three separate dresses. After the show, the members of the audience and eliminated designers concluded that the competition was a toss-up between Tampus and Lagat.

At the judging, Laurel baptized Tampus as "The Romantic Designer" as the judges praised his youthful use of crochet. Floresca, meanwhile, was christened by Laurel as "The Modernist" as the judges lauded the practicality of his designs considering the conservative fashion market in the Philippines. Lagat was then labeled as "The Technician" by Laurel and was complimented his complicated designs that did not appear busy. During the deliberations, the judges criticized some of Tampus' overworked garments, Floresca's fabric choices, and Lagat's final dress which they claimed as off from the rest of the garments.

The designers were brought back to the studio for the announcement of winner. Floresca was eliminated first, leaving Tampus and Lagat in contention for the title. Herrera then called Lagat as the winner of Project Runway Philippines, who then fell on his knees and shed tears of joy. He kidded Tampus that his reaction was "embarrassing" and his knees were hurt because of it. The judges, along with Lagat's father, congratulated the winner. The show ended with Lagat talking to his mother, who is working overseas, through a cellular phone.

All 14 designers gathered in the studio together with Herrera and Lloren as they discussed their experience on the show as well as how it affected them. It also served as an opportunity to discuss and put a closure on issues between designers. Laurel and Aberin-Sahdwani also appeared on the show, who expressed the difficulty of elimination. The episode was highlighted with an awarding of Fan Favorite.

This special episode looked back on the beginnings of Project Runway Philippines, from its auditions to the announcement of the final three designers. Highlights in this special include their shooting for the show's opening billboard, as well as various rivalries and other never-before-seen footage.

Television and film critic Nestor Torre of Philippine Daily Inquirer wrote that he liked the show's "stylish approximation of the original American franchise, with Teresa Herrera ranking high among (his) list of the show's plus points." However, he criticized the subjectivity of judges' verdicts, adding that "their personal preferences sometimes clouded their judgment." He also expressed his hopes that the judges and mentors of the show go soft on their "tough love" approach, stating that the designers are "young and vulnerable." Opinion columnist Rina Jimenez-David, also from Philippine Daily Inquirer, wrote that Project Runway Philippines is "many times more interesting (than the American original), with more complex intrigues, better clothes, and more outspoken judges." She described Aberin-Sahdwani and Laurel as "unblinkingly honest," adding that the female judge's "insistence on quality, workmanship and attention to detail" was admirable.

Lagat and Tampus said in an interview with BusinessWorld that they are planning on putting up shops in Metro Manila, with Tampus also planning to open an atelier in Cebu City. Lagat has said he intends to use the prize money to create a men's wear collection, which he intends to showcase in February 2009. Meanwhile, Floresca (who already has a shop of his own) is in the process of completing a 45-piece collection that will be exhibited in Philippine Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2009. The three finalists are also toying with the idea of collaborating.

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Project Runway (season 3)

Camilla Barungi modeling for Grey Ant, September 2006

Project Runway Season 3 was the third season of Project Runway, Bravo's successful reality competition for fashion designers. The third season of the show, with Heidi Klum returning as the host and Tim Gunn as the designers' guide, began airing on July 12, 2006. This broke tradition from the previous two seasons, which premiered in December, with the finales taking place at Olympus Fashion Week in February.

Season 3 brought in a new set of sponsors, notably Macy's replacing Banana Republic. NBC re-aired the first two episodes of Project Runway 3 five days after their original Bravo airings. The third season also introduced live viewer poll questions. During the second half-hour of the first airing of each episode, Bravo posed a question to viewers pertaining to the current episode. Viewers could answer through the website or through cell phone text message.

The winner, Jeffrey Sebelia, received a spread in Elle magazine, a mentorship with INC (Inter-National Concepts) Design, a year of representation by Designers Management Agency, a 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster, and $100,000 to start a clothing line (furnished by TRESemmé haircare).

Note 1: Keith Michael was disqualified. Note 2: Designers previously eliminated who won a challenge were brought back to compete in this challenge. Note 3: No contestants were eliminated, and all went on to compete at Fashion Week.

Tim Gunn and a panel of fashion professionals, which include previous Project Runway designers, interview thousands of possible contestants for the third season of Project Runway. Previous winners and contestants are profiled since the airing of previous seasons.

The designers arrive in New York and are asked to create an outfit in just two days using only materials found in their apartments. All items found in the apartment must fit into a large bag and the designer who touches the object first gets it. This challenge requires the designers to create garments that innovate, best reflect who they are as a fashion designer, and are judged accordingly. All of the designers are randomly assigned models. The winner has immunity for the next challenge and cannot be eliminated.

The remaining designers are asked to create a formal evening gown for guest judge and 2006 Miss USA Tara Conner in just two days and $300 USD. The winning dress will be worn in competition by Tara in the Miss Universe 2006 pageant. This challenge requires the designers to be placed in teams of two with Tara Conner choosing seven team leaders. All of the designers are allowed to swap models. The winner has immunity for the next challenge and cannot be eliminated.

The remaining designers are asked to create an outfit and story for a dog and its owner in just two days and $150 USD. The winner has immunity for the next challenge and cannot be eliminated.

The remaining designers are asked to create a three-piece outfit for Macy's in-house INC brand in just two days and $100 USD. All designers are allowed to swap models. Four designers are chosen by guest judge Mehmet Tangoren as team leaders, must work in teams of three, and can choose any model in their team. The winning design will be manufactured, produced, and sold at Macy's largest stores nationwide. The winner does not have immunity for this challenge.

Keith Michael Rizza was found to have guides that could potentially be used as outside resources in a closed competition. These guides included fashion "how-to" books including basic pattern making textbooks as well as fashion history books. Additionally, Keith left production unattended for several hours during promotional filming after a quarrel with the other designers. Keith left to go to his boyfriend's apartment to send an e-mail to Bravo's producer. However, this is also a means for disqualification because he used the internet. Any contact outside the competition is prohibited unless monitored by Bravo production. Any outside documents or materials related to fashion or fashion design are prohibited during competition. Once these claims were brought to the producers' attention, it was decided Keith knowingly broke the rules stated in a signed contract and was asked to leave the show. Keith Michael is the first Project Runway contestant to be disqualified from the series. After his disqualification, Jeffrey Sebelia and Alison Kelly were the only team who lost their leader in this challenge.

The remaining designers are asked to modernize a look for a "fashion icon" in just two days and $150 USD. The winner of this challenge will feature their look and model in a print advertisement for TRESemmé in Elle magazine. This challenge allowed remaining models to be randomly selected to choose a designer they wanted to work with. Models would then choose a portrait which indicates the icon they want the designer to modernize. The fashion icons are: Cher, Farrah Fawcett, Pam Grier, Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Onassis, Diana Ross, and Twiggy. The winner does not have immunity for this challenge.

The remaining designers are asked to create an outfit in just one day using only materials found at the Waste Management Recycle America Center in Port Newark, New Jersey and $25 USD for materials found at an art supplies store. This challenge requires the designers to create garments that innovate and are judged accordingly. The winner has immunity for this challenge.

The remaining designers are asked to create outfit for an "everyday woman" in just one day and $150 USD. The remaining designers' mothers and sisters are used as the clients and models for this challenge. Each designer cannot pick their own mother or sister. The winner does not have immunity for this challenge.

The remaining designers are asked to create and model an "international jet-set" outfit for themselves in just one day and $75 USD. This challenge requires the designers to create garments that travel well and are tested for wearability as the designers are flown to Paris. There were two runway presentations; one in Paris for Catherine Malandrino judging wearability, and the New York panel. The winner has immunity for this challenge.

The remaining designers are asked to create an evening gown in just two days and 300€ Euro ($375 USD) employing Haute couture techniques. Designers workroom is held at Parsons Paris. There were two runway presentations; one for guest judge Catherine Malandrino with Parisian models, and the New York panel. The winner does not have immunity for this challenge.

The designers are asked to create a cocktail dress using only black and white fabrics with only one day and $100 USD. An additional challenge requires designers to incorporate all of the fabric purchased into the outfit. Previously eliminated designers who have won at least one previous challenge are allowed back into the competition and are able to stay only if they win this challenge. Previously eliminated designers Angela Keslar and Vincent Libretti are invited back to compete. Three designers are eliminated. The winner does not have immunity for this challenge.

The remaining designers are asked to create an outfit that expresses "their specific point of view as a designer" in just two days and $250 USD. The winner of this challenge has his or her look and model featured in US Elle magazine's "First Look" page photographed by Gilles Bensimon. All of the designers are allowed to swap models. The designers must create a photo-shoot with their models and find three words that best expresses who they are as designers. The designers are given a one-sheet for their three words and photo to be judged. The chosen designers will show a 12 piece collection during Olympus Spring Fashion Week. This is the final challenge and there is no immunity for this challenge.

The remaining designers are asked to create a 12-piece fashion collection featured at the Bryant Park tents for Spring 2006 New York Olympus Fashion Week with only two months and $8,000 USD. Tim Gunn travels to visit each of the remaining designers respective studios to critique each designer's progress. The designers then return to New York with a week remaining to finish their collections in a work room provided by show sponsor Macy's.

The remaining designers finish their collections and all of the designers show and are judged in the Bryant Park tents for Spring Olympus Fashion Week with no decoy collection. Collections were judged based on execution, innovation, and originality. The winning designer receives an editorial spread in Elle magazine, a mentorship with Macy's in-house INC (International Concepts) Design studio, a year of representation by Designers Management Agency (DMA), a 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster, and $100,000 stipend to start a clothing line. The winning model is featured and photographed in a fashion spread for US Elle magazine.

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Project Runway (season 4)


Project Runway Season 4 was the fourth season of Project Runway, Bravo's reality competition for fashion designers. The season premiered November 14, 2007. Returning as judges were supermodel Heidi Klum; fashion designer Michael Kors; and Nina Garcia, Elle Magazine fashion director. Tim Gunn, chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc., again acts as a mentor to the contestants.

Through a series of weekly challenges, contestants were eliminated, leaving three finalists left who then went on to show their designs in the final episodes at New York Fashion Week. The winner, Christian Siriano, received prizes including: an editorial feature in Elle, $100,000 from TRESemmé to start his own line, the opportunity to sell a fashion line on, and a 2008 Saturn Astra automobile.

Note 1: Cheron, Ana Lita, Marie and Jacqueline were used in this challenge to show off the designers' strongest pieces of their collection. However, they will not be in contention for the finale win.

The designers arrive in New York and are asked to create a garment that best reflects who they are as a designer. They are given 10 minutes to grab from $50,000 worth of fabric in three tents set up in Bryant Park. The designers are randomly assigned models.

The remaining designers are asked to create a two-piece garment for Sarah Jessica Parker's BITTEN line using $15 of materials and only one day to complete their look. All fourteen designers pitched their designs to Parker who chose seven to work in teams of two to create the design. The winning design was sold beginning in November 2007 at Steve & Barry's stores.

Note: Team leaders in bold.

The remaining designers are asked to create a three piece menswear outfit for guest judge Tiki Barber to wear on The Today Show. The designers are randomly assigned male models.

Each designer picks one of 12 outdated fashion designs. Then working in four teams of three, each team must incorporate all three styles into a cohesive collection of three outfits. They have $225 and two days for the project.

Each designer has to create an outfit for a woman who has recently lost weight, using one of the woman's outfits from before her weight loss as raw material for the new design. The new outfit must incorporate aspects of the now-thin woman's personality, as well as the designer's own style. Each designer is given $10 to use for additional materials. They have one day to complete the outfits.

Designers are to create a garment using any materials that were available at the Hershey's store in Times Square, New York City. They are given no budget but only five minutes to collect materials, and are given only one day to complete the outfit.

Designers are challenged to design a prom dress for a group of 16 and 17 year old girls from St. John Vianney High School in New Jersey. The girls, along with their mothers, pre-select the designers they want to work with based on the designers' portfolios. The designers have a budget of $250 for materials from MOOD and two days to construct the dresses.The winner is dependent on who did the best according to the clients, and they are judged on time management.

Each designer is randomly paired with another designer and asked to select a team leader. Each team is asked to create an avant-garde outfit based on inspiration from their models' hair styles. They are given a budget of $300 and two days to create this look. The following day, each team is asked to create another, simpler, ready-to-wear outfit which embodies the "essence" of the avant-garde look they have been working on. For the second piece, the designers have a budget of $50. The leader of the winning team receives immunity in the next challenge, while the winning team and their outfits are featured in a TRESemme fashion shoot.

The designers are tasked with creating an iconic look using deconstructed denim fabric and white cotton while also showing off the Levi's 501 legacy. The designers are given three minutes to collect provided denim jeans and jackets and cotton fabric hanging from clotheslines in a storeroom; Notions such as buttons, rivets, and other fasteners are provided in the workroom. The designers have one day to complete the design. From this challenge forward, the winning designer would no longer gain immunity in the following challenge.

Each designer selects one of six WWE Divas based on their general attitude, and must design an outfit that matches that attitude and can be worn in the wrestling ring. The designers are given $100 for fabric and two days to complete the designs.

The designers are given 45 minutes in three galleries (the Greek and Roman Sculpture courtyard, the European Painting wing, and the Temple of Dendur) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to select a piece of art to use as inspiration for a dress, using provided cameras to capture the artwork. They are given $300 for materials at Mood, and two days to complete the design.

All the designers gather for a reunion. Christian Siriano is given $10,000 as the winner of the viewer "Fan Favorite" contest by Season 3's Michael Knight. Highlights of the season are reviewed, including different designers' reactions to being eliminated, the judges' unaired reactions to the Raw Talent episode, as well as the remaining designers' wrestling diva alter-egos; personality traits of the designers such as Chris March's laugh, Ricky Lizalde's crying, Elisa Jimenez's offbeat personality, and Christian's repeated use of the word "fierce".

The four remaining designers are given five months and $8000 to create a collection of twelve looks for Fashion Week. Three and a half months later, Tim visits each of the designers to assess their progress. The designers return to New York City after five months. Chris and Rami are to select their three best outfits from their collections, and are given three hours to fit pre-selected models and prepare their hair and makeup before the runway show; they each can use the help of one of the other competitors (Jillian with Rami, Christian with Chris). The winner of this runway show, Rami, joins the other two, Jillian and Christian, in the competition at the Bryant Park show.

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