When Hamish Bowles presented Thom Browne with the Pratt Fashion Visionary Award at last night’s Pratt Institute Fashion Show, he brought up Michelle Obama’s choice of a Thom Browne coat on Inauguration day, calling it a “life-changing event” for the designer. Browne wouldn’t disagree with that sentiment.
Former Project Runway contestants always seem to try to distance themselves from the show after they go out into the world on their own. Christian Siriano has been dealing with Project Runway demons for years, and Rami Kashou, who was on the show twice (and most recently ousted on the Project Runway All-Stars season) told us: “But it’s a game show, it’s nothing more to me. It’s produced.” And according to fashion industry insiders, if you want a career as a fashion designer, you’d best distance yourself from reality TV fashion, too.