Project Runway's 10th 'Anniversary' Party, celebrating the show's impending tenth season (and eighth year), felt a lot like a reality TV high school reunion. Held under the Chelsea Market Overpass at New York's High Line Park last night, the event saw throngs of contestants and coaches from all nine seasons reuniting sans air conditioning on what was the hottest night of the year so far.
"I'm grateful for this jacket because I am soaking wet underneath!" a totally non-drippy-looking Tim Gunn confided in us--we took his word for it. The designer mentor kept mum about PR's newly added therapy component, saying only, "you'll just have to watch!" The flawless-as-ever Heidi Klum, whose petite mother was on hand passing her daughter glasses of water garnished with lime, was also mysteriously un-sweaty. Maybe supermodels really don't have pores?
Between all the hugging, cheek kissing, air kissing, and general schmoozing, the designers were eager to discuss their current and upcoming projects--and trust us, they have a lot going. Just a sampling: Cat-attacker Kenley Collins recently made a collection inspired by Clueless (actually dying to see this), Chris March just signed off on a super-secret "really big project" ("a nationally sold product... in a store." Hmm....), and the winner of Project Runway All Stars (and our hearts) Mondo Guerra's Neiman Marcus line will be out in time for the holidays along with an eyeglasses range for SEE Eyewear next spring. Mondo is also taking part in Season 10 as the host of its casting special. "It's gonna be an exciting season!" he exclaimed, adding, "...I almost dropped the F-bomb!” No sweat Mondo. You're the bees knees.
Technologically, this season will be more advanced than ever. The party itself included a digital runway of sorts: A holographic installation called "Project Your Runway," which shows footage of Heidi et al reacting in real-time to the outfits of High Line passers-by. A Lifetime source also clued us in on a new social media feature that will award prizes to PR fans who vote for their favorite contestants online. We'll obviously be in the running for one of those.
Other attendees included Fern Mallis, Rebecca Minkoff, Francisco Costa, and a carpet-evading Debbie Harry. Notably absent were Klum's co-judges Nina Garcia and Michael Kors--who presumably were hiding out somewhere with A/C. We always knew they were smart!
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