Meet the Season 9 Project Runway Designers – Part 5

Posted on July 25, 2011

Just for shits and giggles, let’s make completely unfair and unfounded comparisons to classic PR contestants.

David Chum

When did you realize you had designer potential?
In high school, when I was designing costumes for the theater company. It came naturally to me and was something I enjoyed doing.
What is your design training?
The only sewing class I took was in middle school. I learned to sew a pillow. All my knowledge is from text books and experimentation.
What’s influenced your designs over the years?
In the past, old movies, nature, armor, flowers, insects, mythology, etc. Recently, butterfly chrysalises. This has translated to anatomical seaming in my work.
Why do you think you will win Project Runway?
Once I have my mind set on something I will work my butt off until I get it. I am extremely driven and persistent.

“Designation: SewBot. Prime Objective: Win Project Runway. Method: Make pretty dress. Declaration: Sewbot is not here to make friends.”

Looks like we’ve got a live one here, kittens.

Ok, he’s got a little more personality than we first assumed. Still, he strikes us the focused-to-the-point-of-insufferable type when the pressure’s on. Emilio 2.0. Aesthetically, he’s a bit all over the place, but we like the ideas, even if the execution doesn’t always look that great.

More info on David Chum here.

Rafael Cox

What are your strengths as a designer?
Patternmaking and draping, and just making really distinctive pieces.
What celebrity would you like to design for?
Rihanna. I would love to design her some tour costumes.
What’s influenced your designs over the years?
I am usually inspired by everyday people and have used them as my influence most of the time.
Why do you think you will win Project Runway?
I have the experience in being creative as well as the determination to be successful in the fashion industry. I am passionate and self-driven and motivated to fully pursue my dreams as a designer.

“I believe that evolution shouldn’t be taught in schools and that children are our future and that we should respect and appreciate all races, creeds, and colors thank you for this opportunity and goodnight!”

Bet he and Miss Trinidad & Tobago are gonna get along swimmingly.

Oh god, what model of Nick Verreos are we on now? There have been a LOT of Nick Verrei in the last 6 seasons. We’ll call him Nick 6.0 to make it simple. As for the work, it all looks pretty underwhelming to us. We’re thinking Nina will use him as a whipping boy for a while.

More info on Rafael Cox here.

Laura Kathleen

When did you realize you had designer potential?
When I was born. Never changed my mind that I wanted to work in fashion, even though I was a tomboy all through elementary school.
Current occupation?
Designer/fashion design teacher.
What’s influenced your designs over the years?
Pin-up and vintage style mixed with modern techniques; manipulate fabric and layer prints.
Why do you think you will win Project Runway?
I know what I’m doing.

Well! Someone certainly thinks very highly of herself, doesn’t she? This one should be fun. Either the above responses are hilarious or distressingly humorless, depending upon how charitable you want to be. We’re pretty sure we know who her predecessor was, but let’s go to the tape.

We KNEW it. Kenley 2.0. With perhaps a smidgen of Gretchen’s airy self-absorption. She showed some decent pieces, though. And any designer who goes to the prints so often immediately gets our attention.

More info on Laura Kathleen here.

[Photo/Q&A/Video Credit: myLifetime.com]

    • Anonymous

      You lost me at “I believe evolution shouldn’t be taught in schools.”

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Aw come on, they’re just referencing pageant queen schtick. 

        • Anonymous

          Oops, I thought I was still reading Rafael’s comments, not TLo’s. Sorry, yall!

      • Anonymous

        And what the hell does that even have to do with clothing design?  Is Rafael gonna be Mr. Preachy all season?

      • http://www.sineaddoyle.com Sinead

        Evolution….shouldn’t…..be….taught….in….schools? WTF? There is going to be some serious shouting at the TV here if Rafael makes it on (which shouldn’t happen given the state of his garments). 

        Great that David Chum learned how to sew a pillow but learning how to sew clothes would have been more helpful since those seams are atrocious. 

        • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

          That wasn’t a comment from Rafael – it was a satire by TLo mimicking pageant-speak.

          • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

            Just so we’re covered: David doesn’t *really* talk like a robot, you guys.

        • Anonymous

          Rafael didn’t really say that, TLo was doing a joke there…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

        Perhaps he wants design taught instead of evolution?  NEver mind…..

    • Anonymous

      if Rachel Berry was into fashion, she would be Laura Kathleen

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

        Holy Pretty Woman at the horse races Laura Kathleen.

      • Logo Girl

        Except Laura Kathleen used to be a cheerleader. Yes, i looked at that “family photos” section. 

    • Anonymous

      i know it’s how the photo is cropped, but the model to the far right in Rafael’s portfolio looks as if some giant arm is reaching in from her left and grabbing her boob.

      • Anonymous

        I see it!

      • Anonymous

        I see it!

    • Anonymous

      i know it’s how the photo is cropped, but the model to the far right in Rafael’s portfolio looks as if some giant arm is reaching in from her left and grabbing her boob.

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Bet he and Miss Trinidad & Tobago are gonna get along swimmingly.”

      No way. Those pageant girls will cut a bitch faster than a veg-a-matic. He’s gonna be pulled pork in minutes.

      As for Laura Kathleen…that yellow dress is all kinds of hideous.

      –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Bet he and Miss Trinidad & Tobago are gonna get along swimmingly.”

      No way. Those pageant girls will cut a bitch faster than a veg-a-matic. He’s gonna be pulled pork in minutes.

      As for Laura Kathleen…that yellow dress is all kinds of hideous.

      –GothamTomato

      • scottyf

        I’ve been thinking the same thing regarding Gretchen. It’s interesting that Mondo has been the judge of choice from last season.

        On the way out the door this morning, I caught the tail end of Heidi on Regis & Kelly. She brought a clip that showed what looked like a casting session–very much like the clips we’ve been seeing. Only THIS time it included Michael, Nina, Heidi and Tim Gunn. Apparently the designers have to show their wares to the judges. The clip was with Anya, and the judges were up in arms because she’d only been sewing her own stuff for four months prior to the casting. Mr. Gunn was LIVID. I haven’t seen him this upset since he ripped Gretchen a new hole. It seems unfair…but really good television.

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Interesting. Maybe it is a second-tier casting session? Or maybe a post-casting getting-to-know you session with the judges, so they can form early biases. Sure would explain a lot.
          Anyway, I would love to see that clip, if just for Tim getting pissy.

        • Anonymous

          THey talked about Anya on GMA. They said they didn’t believe that it was really her work because she’d only been sewing 4 months, and (I think it was Nina who said) they wanted to cut her.

          –GothamTomato

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2FXYZIJCBOTXXYBFGMESVTCVWM bradybutkus

            I caught GMA this morning.  Everyone wanted to cut Miss Trinidad but Heidi fought for her and won apparently.
            On another note, I’m so glad that Laura Kathleen knew when she was BORN that fashion was for her.  I’m 48 and still haven’t decided what i want to be when I grow up!

        • MilaXX

          Tim did mention he wasn’t part of the casting sessions this year, so that sound like it may have been the first time he was seeing the designers. Someone who has been sewing for 4 mths is the equivalent of having a home cook on Top Chef with those restaurant chefs; it’s unfair to everyone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.martinez Rebecca Martinez

        I agree that is cruel and not respectful to the designers.  Now I understand why, when they were notified, the designers were told they were “going to New York” instead of you made it onto the show.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.martinez Rebecca Martinez

        I agree that is cruel and not respectful to the designers.  Now I understand why, when they were notified, the designers were told they were “going to New York” instead of you made it onto the show.

        • Anonymous

          I am enjoying the surprise of who is in on the phone calls that Alisa makes. It’s like she is making the calls from the break room or something–never the same people. They all seem like they are trying not to laugh and were told they had to be quiet. I’m seriously wondering what snarky stuff was said before the phone starts ringing.

      • MilaXX

        Tim posted a new vlog on his facebook  last week and he also mentioned that 4 designers get chopped immediately. Kinda mean spirited of the show. I mean, did they have to spend 2 mths in sequesterville for a show they aren’t even on?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

        GT, I agree. This strikces me as more than a tad nasty.
        bitchybitchybitchy

    • Anonymous

      Never trust anyone who has two first names for their whole name. A single name is OK. Two just sounds pretentious.

      Yuck! All three of these designers MUST have been cast for their drama-quotient and not their ability to sew, tailor or design. Yeah, at least one will probably be around for the top 5, just for the ratings.

    • scottyf

      I am so very very hard on young Queens of Color.

      Rafael:
      I’m sure there is a very lovely young man somewhere under that eye liner. So when I bitch-slap you across the face it will be with love, and also to remove the makeup.

      Maybe then you’ll be able to see that your designs are lackluster at best, and that your reason for winning PR sounds more like the objective section on a college graduate’s first resume. There is still time to fix it. I really do critique because I love.

      Your affectionate Uncle in Queerness,
      scottyf

      • Toni Mitt

        This is why we love you, Scotty.

        • Anonymous

          Yes it is.

      • MilaXX

        The jewelry queen in my water aerobics class paid me a compliment today, so I’m feeling generous t my QoC. I’mma give Rafael a pass on the makeup if he can make nice clothes.

      • MilaXX

        The jewelry queen in my water aerobics class paid me a compliment today, so I’m feeling generous t my QoC. I’mma give Rafael a pass on the makeup if he can make nice clothes.

        • Anonymous

          Dying to know: what level of adornment can a jewelry queen achieve whilst wearing a swimsuit and aerobicizing?

          • MilaXX

            ha! Dude at my gym. First time I met him he was coming to class with earrings in both ears, several gold chains around his neck, several gold bracelets, an anklet and a nipple ring. At first I gave him major side eye cause that’s a lotta look to splash around in the pool, but he’s a nice guy and we occasionally chat after class. He just needs a makeover and a time machine to transport him out of the 80’s.

          • MilaXX

            ha! Dude at my gym. First time I met him he was coming to class with earrings in both ears, several gold chains around his neck, several gold bracelets, an anklet and a nipple ring. At first I gave him major side eye cause that’s a lotta look to splash around in the pool, but he’s a nice guy and we occasionally chat after class. He just needs a makeover and a time machine to transport him out of the 80’s.

      • Anonymous

        Awww, scottyf, I have an embarassingly strong liking for eyeliner on guys who are still young enough not to look like [badly] aging chorus girls.  (whining): He’s still under 30.  And he’s auditioning for a spot as a designer on an increasingly cheesy reality t.v. program. Who ELSE should be wearing eyeliner?

        I mean, the straight guys I work with aren’t going to do it.

    • Anonymous

      David Chum’s designs and styling are both interesting–I’m looking forward to seeing what he puts together with very limited time constraints. I like Laura’s prints, but the Kenley-Gretchen vibe is scaring me a little.

      Rafael is going to get the poor-execution and slutty-slutty-slutty critiques.  He’s already walking down Broadway, looking for a cab to the airport.

    • Anonymous

      The second dress in David’s entry is by far my favorite, but it looks like it snuck in there from some other designer’s portfolio. 

      • Toni Mitt

        ITA.  It looks like “one of these things is not like the other.”  Plus–the others are modeled by Terminator III.  Yikes! 

    • Anonymous

      The second dress in David’s entry is by far my favorite, but it looks like it snuck in there from some other designer’s portfolio. 

    • Anonymous

      I really liked David’s videos, especially the tour of his apartment. He collects lots of great stuff and I loved how he was sarcastic when he talked about it. He might be Emilio with a sense of humor, which is aok with me, since that’s what Emilio lacked.

    • Anonymous

      I really liked David’s videos, especially the tour of his apartment. He collects lots of great stuff and I loved how he was sarcastic when he talked about it. He might be Emilio with a sense of humor, which is aok with me, since that’s what Emilio lacked.

    • Anonymous

      Love “Nick Verrei” as plural form. Laughed out loud.

    • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

      Some cute ideas, but none of these folks seem to have any construction skills.  The garments for the first two are pulling and stretching in awkward ways and LK’s stuff is shapeless.  We’ll see…

      • http://twitter.com/rgmx Mercy

        And that B/W dress with the shiny brown straps is truly hiddy.  Ick!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      Gosh, I hope David is not another Emilio.  That season was on yesterday, and I’d forgotten how much I couldn’t stand him (and how boring that season was in general).

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      okay– i hate the 80s, especially the mainstream 80s, i hate clothes w/ ghastly colorways, i hate people who use their first & middle names as their noms de guerre– i mean, how uncreative is that? if you gotta rename yrself cant you use anything other than yrself as inspiration? &, besides all that, her work is horrible. so there’s that.

      as for the top guy, he’s about thirty years old & he still thinks his high school had a theater company? but, aside from what will be forever called its construction issues, his work isnt bad. not new, not bad.

      the middle guy’s work i dont remember too much except that it involves jeggings & the perpetually innovative visible zippers.

      then again, didnt the top guy expose his zippers also? will people ever remember zippers actually have a function, one infinitely transmutable w/ other closures, all of which can be bared to the air as well?

    • Anonymous

      There certainly seem to be a large number of designers who don’t seem to have formal training.  I wonder if this year there will be one challenge that a designer has nothing to send down the runway.

      Butterfly chysalises?  Anatomical seaming?  Oh-kay.  He certainly seems to have some seam issues on those dresses.

      Laura’s dresses look well-made, but nothing earth-shattering. 

      Not impressed with Rafael at all-what’s his deal with putting weird shit on the garments?  And, those mini-dresses look too tight for the skinny models, but that cut-out dress looks too big.  It’s gaping.  It could just be their stances, but it’s unflattering.

      • Anonymous

        Agree about Rafael. That gaping is terrible. But not as terrible as that denim get-up he showed the judging panel. Yowza, that thing is horrid. He seems sweet though, in that Uncle Nick kind of way.

    • Anonymous

      I have one thing to say to all these three. And I’m sure Nina will bear me out. I don’t want to see another exposed zipper detail as long as I live.  None of them have what it takes in any real sense. they’re all on for drama factor, not for talent.

    • Judy_J

      Sewbot (love that moniker!)…his designs don’t do much for me, and his execution is distractingly poor.  Nick 6.0 doesn’t do much for me, either.  That leaves Kenly 2.0.  I do admire her use of prints, but there’s nothing really original about any of her offerings.  And those hats look like something she found in the bargain bin at the local Goodwill.  Can’t wait for Thursday night, though.  I’ve got to remember to program the old DVR.

    • Anonymous

      THis goes to show you they pick them based 80% on character and drama potential, because aside from Emilio 2.0 (who at least look like he has a more interesting aesthetic) they show all kinds of fugly. 

      You read my mind on Kenley 2.0… I mean “when I was born”??? PUH-LEEZE. And to be fair, Kenley’s things were better than that.   

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      David has such entertainment potential. I hope he fulfills all my expectations.

      • Anonymous

        I’m looking forward to the first time we get to see the veins in his head throbbing from being so pissed off.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      Rafael’s third model has a “What the hell am I wearing?” Look on her face.

    • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

      If I have to see another exposed zipper or zippers used as trim, I’m going to scream.  It’s been done, people!  It’s not new, edgy, unique or fun anymore.  Next phase, please!  Thank you and have a nice day.

    • Anonymous

      As a woman who also took a single sewing class in middle school during which I learned to make a pillow, I have to love David Chum just a little.

      Besides, we know that first dress would’ve looked fantastic if she hadn’t worn it inside out.

    • http://blog.infomofo.com infomofo

      Laura Kathleen- you only get one first name, and this isn’t America’s Next Top Hat.

      • MilaXX

        YES! Everyone looks dressed to go to the races.

    • Anonymous

      I swear my first reaction to the link image was: Is Kate Winslet going to be a guest host on PR this year? This Laura Kathleen chick is the spittin’ image of Kate with blonde hair!

    • http://www.facebook.com/c.d.barney Chrissy Barney

      It’s a shame that Laura’s personality comes off so grating, ’cause I REALLY like some of her clothes. About Raphael, though- what the flying fuck was he thinking with that black diaper skirt? I guess he realized that all women really want their hips and belly to be cartoonishly increased. It’s the new hot thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/c.d.barney Chrissy Barney

      It’s a shame that Laura’s personality comes off so grating, ’cause I REALLY like some of her clothes. About Raphael, though- what the flying fuck was he thinking with that black diaper skirt? I guess he realized that all women really want their hips and belly to be cartoonishly increased. It’s the new hot thing.

    • Anonymous

      What the hell is going on with that 2nd skirt of Rafael’s?  Is that a maxi pad built into the garment?  Is it made to conceal the twigs and berries of a drag queen?  OH HONEY NO.

      The nipple chains on Chum’s garment are fairly vulgar as well.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, these last three are awful. Yuck yuck yuck.

    • MilaXX

      David Chum – I dunno about personality here. I’m still seeing Chum of 9. I do like that dark teal dress, so we’ll see how he does.
      Rafeal Cox – I don’t really care for his portfolio dresses, he’s seems a little too happy to last long.
      Laura Kathleen – Do we really need another Kenley? Especially one with Gretchen tendencies? This chick is gonna be insufferable.

    • Anonymous

      If I see one more exposed zipper, I swear I am going to go bell tower on someone.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe there should be some sort of Timm Gunn’sTen Commandments that the contestants should be required to follow.  Perhaps something along the lines of: 

      Thou shalt not use thy tacky glue gun in completion of thy garment
      thou shall know and how to operate and fix thy sewing machine assigned to them.
      thous shalt not engage in tacky and overpalyed trimming such as exposed zippers
      etc, etc. etc.  You get the idea.

    • Toni Mitt

      Totally meh. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

      David Chum– Jury is out.  That gray skirt was cute, and so was the coat dress. 

      Rafael Cox– He’s obviously been watching too many Jetson cartoons.  And the last thing we need is more tummy pouches and crotch arrows.

      Laura Kathleen– *YAWN* for her clothes and since I hated Gretchen AND Kinley, we really don’t need a combo act!

    • Anonymous

      I had to laugh at the *learning to sew in middle school by making a pillow.* All my boys did too, and man, those were some uglyass pillows we had on the sofa for two weeks!

      • Anonymous

        Anyone else remember making a “sit-upon” as a Girl Scout?  No?  Guess I’m older than I thought.  Don’t think my sit-upon ever even got sat upon.  Wonder if it lasted 24 hours in my house.  Doubt it.

        • Anonymous

          I made a sit-upon!! Mine was made with a stack of newspaper with a green faux leather cover. My daughter actually made one a few years ago with real pillow filler. So fancy!

        • Anonymous

          I also made a sit-upon! LOL! Haven’t thought of that in decades. Stack of newspapers with an oilcloth cover. Which I have no idea is what kind of fabric.

        • Anonymous

          Yup, and old enough to have done the oil cloth version.
           

          • Anonymous

            Another yup–mine was a stack of newspapers covered by oh, so elegant oilcloth.  Still don’t know what oilcloth is (was?), either, except that it also graced Grandma’s kitchen table as her oh, so elegant tablecloth.

    • Anonymous

      This physically pains me to say but….Kenley’s work was a lot more interesting than anything I see presented by Laura Kathleen. This chick is coming across to me as Kenley and Ivy’s horrible lovechild. I shudder at the thought.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

      Holy Pretty Woman at the horse races Kathleen.

    • Anonymous

      Are we there yet?  What do we have, about 35 more to go?  I’m sure there will be some sort of interesting “pre-elim-elim” to get rid of the first 4 designers.  At this point, it does seem mean-spirited.  Do they get lovely parting gifts or something?

    • Anonymous

      I might have underestimated Laura Kathleen in my initial presumption, ha.  Her doily dress and incredibly aging look in her pic threw me off.  She might have something there with the prints (she knows they exist, so she’s ahead of everyone else usually on PR).

      I think Chum is going to get the “tortured” criticism if his portfolio is any indication.

    • Anonymous

      David Chum: He seems a bit of a snot to me. I don’t really like his stuff-yawn. What’s up with the Bob’s Big Boy hair?
      Rafael: Another that I’m not terribly impressed on the clothes, kind of Star-Treky for my taste. He looks like a magician. Put him in a cape–see it? He seems like a sweetie, though. I adore the recycled jean top and hope for a thrift store challenge this season because I think he’ll do well there.
      Laura Kathleen: Can we PLEASE retire zebra print? UGH. I saw it in her videos more than 3 times, even on the bed. I do not care when women use their middle name as their last, nor women who carry dogs around with them like purses.  She should be interesting, but not in a good way. Her clothes seem somewhat interesting, beyond the hideous zebra print..

    • sweetlilvoice

      Rafael looks like Ringo Starr in “Hello, Goodbye.”
      I kept trying to pronounce his name as Rachel. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I thought of Ringo as well.

    • Anonymous

      I have to admit I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with the pictures the designers submit of their clothes on models. It seems to give a bit of a window into what kind of girl they aim to dress and where their taste level lies. I bring this up because of Rafael Cox’s picture of the blue dress or outfit or whatever it is. I mean, seriously, WTF? Is “confused, drunk girl” actually a demographic? And when you want to show off your clothes to their best advantage, is this seriously what you choose? Gadzooks, that is definitely a Cox Blocker. 

    • Anonymous

      Speaking of Emilio I was at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this weekend and “ESosa” did the costumes for a 1970’s Urban take on “Measure for Measure” they were pretty great

    • Anonymous

      Holy crap, if we have a Kenley/Gretchen hybrid on this season, I’m gonna need a prescription for Xanax stat! Or a few bottles of Woodford Reserve.

    • Anonymous

      David: I always worry about the self-taught.

      Rafael: cuter than the clothing in his portfolio

      Laura Kathleen: Well, her clothes are promising, but going through life with no last name has given her a bit of an attitude, no?

      Bert Keeter & Becky Ross still out in front, here.

      • Lisa

        Ahhh, but Kara Saun was self-taught, other than Home Ec class in school.  So you never know!

        • Anonymous

          I forgot that, but you’re right. 

    • Jill Roberts

      Can we just eliminate designers that use cheap-looking fabrics in their SAMPLE designs?  You had time to think about it, people, and you *still* came up with shiny?

    • Anonymous

      wow, I can’t wait for season 9 to begin.
      There’s going to be a looooooooot of disillusionment among those people.
      it’s going to be so much fun

    • Anonymous

      Seth Aaron as a judge is very interesting and I would love to see more of him.

      warp-speed.tumblr.com/

    • http://twitter.com/boricuaintexas Ingrid

      I wish I had been born with the same level of hyper-consciousness as Laura Kathleen, who came out of the womb with enough self-awareness to know that she was a designer.  It took me a lot longer than that just to learn to walk, talk, read and write.

    • Elizabeth Wiggs Maas

      Don’t the designers (esp. the women) usually wear their own designs for these photos? Because, not to be nit-picky, but Laura is wearing a 2006 Betsey Johnson dress – the same I wore for college graduation, which is why I remember it. 

    • Anonymous

      All three of these may be in danger of losing their position before the show even starts, if they judge based on the samples.

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      Laura is my new girl to root for!! Woo hoo Pinup AND Vintage!?! Laura all the way!!

    • Anonymous

      Okay, down the list:

      David Chum – Construction issues. I like the second dress in the portfolio pictures, though.

      There are a lot of self-taught designers this season, aren’t there? I’m sure the show is and always has been a magnet for self-taught designers, but the fact that so many have made it on the show (or at least onto the first episode) seems different (and maybe a little worrying).

      Rafael – Exposed zippers. Exposed *expletive deleted* zippers! Why? Why? And why do I get the feeling that if there’s an “avant-garde” challenge, he’s going to interpret that to mean “giant one shoulder piece”? Little Tim Gunn voice in my head saying “student work”.

      [Oh, but I greatly enjoyed the "Verrei" comment; technically, it probably should be "Verreoi", but that's somehow not as funny.]

      Laura Kathleen – I don’t hate it. It doesn’t seem especially fresh and new, but I don’t absolutely hate it. At least she does use prints.

    • Jolene Barnett

      These models are making me giggle. I have to wonder if David told the Blonde to make stank faces, or if she just did it to be ‘edgy’.
      And the girl in the blue dress who is scratching her chin like, “whaaaaaa?”. HILARIOUS!

    • sonictofu

      Laura Kathleen’s designs notwithstanding, the dress she has on is HORRIFYING. 

    • Amanda in Austin

      Please, please not another Kenley.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      If that’s Kenley 2.0, at least she will know her stuff – Kenley was always flipping out when Nina and the Duchess told her she was “mimicking” some actual designer’s work. The fact that Laura K is a teacher is highly promising.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      If that’s Kenley 2.0, at least she will know her stuff – Kenley was always flipping out when Nina and the Duchess told her she was “mimicking” some actual designer’s work. The fact that Laura K is a teacher is highly promising.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      If that’s Kenley 2.0, at least she will know her stuff – Kenley was always flipping out when Nina and the Duchess told her she was “mimicking” some actual designer’s work. The fact that Laura K is a teacher is highly promising.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      If that’s Kenley 2.0, at least she will know her stuff – Kenley was always flipping out when Nina and the Duchess told her she was “mimicking” some actual designer’s work. The fact that Laura K is a teacher is highly promising.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      If that’s Kenley 2.0, at least she will know her stuff – Kenley was always flipping out when Nina and the Duchess told her she was “mimicking” some actual designer’s work. The fact that Laura K is a teacher is highly promising.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      If that’s Kenley 2.0, at least she will know her stuff – Kenley was always flipping out when Nina and the Duchess told her she was “mimicking” some actual designer’s work. The fact that Laura K is a teacher is highly promising.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      If that’s Kenley 2.0, at least she will know her stuff – Kenley was always flipping out when Nina and the Duchess told her she was “mimicking” some actual designer’s work. The fact that Laura K is a teacher is highly promising.