I love Project Runway! The challenges, seeing the design process, the cast and THE DRAMA. Getting the chance to attend the HP Project Runway Designer Reunion party during New York fashion week was a dream.
Seeing all the designers in one place and the camaraderie amongst the casts between the seasons was fantastic. They do really like each other! I tried to mingle and talk to as many of the designers as I could.
Here are the highlights:
Becky, Season 9
"Project Runway was emotionally draining, but I'm thankful for the opportunity. Life after Project Runway is weird, everything about me is on the Internet. I have an avatar! But, life is just beginning. I want to design for the average woman, a woman with curves who likes good design. I would love to [eventually] sell my line at Target."
Michael, Season 8
"Life after Project Runway is really great! I've been working on my own line Michael Costello Couture and having fun doing it."
Bert, Season 9
"Project Runway allowed me to get back to design after 20 years and it felt good. There was an age gap with the other designers and I have not really used technology to design before, but I want to. I'm learning!"
Mondo, Season 8
"I'm really happy. I've been focusing on activism. A lot of people expect a lot from me and that is hard. I just want to make an impact!"
Danielle, Season 9
"Project Runway was a hard balance of staying true to my design and making good TV. I learned a lot. I love being back in Minneapolis where there is so much design inspiration. "
I really like the integration of technology in to the planning/sketching phase so it was fun to try out the HP TouchSmart computers and create my own design – just like a Project Runway fashion designer!
You can see photos of the party on HP's flickr set and video below.
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