On Thursday, July 19, "Project Runway" kicks off its tenth season. And after all those years the producers are still coming up with outrageous challenges that keep contestants on their toes. In a recent conference call interview "Runway" host Heidi Klum talked about her favorite from the past and what fans can look forward to in the next installment.
'Project Runway' pushes designers to thing outside the box
Unlike other recent fashion competition shows, " Project Runway " isn't necessarily looking for someone who can make off-the rack clothes that will sell in a department store chain. The talented competitors come from varied backgrounds and have specialized in everything from movie and theatrical costume design to couture gowns and one-of-a-kind women's wear creations.
And where other series simply have contestants create pants and blouses, "Project Runway" often encourages its participants to think outside the box, or at least use it in their creations. This season will be no different.
In Season 10 of 'Project Runway' designers will work with the Rockettes and do a show in Times Square
Klum gave a sneak peak of three upcoming competitions. In the first, "Runway" designers will be creating outfits for the Rockettes. The winning garment will be part of the fashion archive of the legendary dance troupe.
But perhaps the biggest contest of this season will occur in the heart of New York City -- Times Square, to be exact. Klum fulfilled a dream of bringing the show to the streets so that fans could watch the events unfold. First each designer made a garment at home that showcased their point of view.
When they arrived in New York, they learned that they would need to make a second look. Klum recounted, "We had a big stage in Time Square, and we had hundreds and hundreds of fans there. They were really nervous. They didn't know we were going to do this so they all had shaky knees, and they were scared to go out in front of such a big audience."
'Project Runway' designers will make candy creations
Of course, there'll be the requisite challenge, which requires the designers to manipulate unusual materials. Klum noted, "We had one where they had to make clothes out of candy. We actually went to Ralph Lauren's daughter's store, Dylan Candy Store… I love the unconventional challenge when they get to make clothes out of things that are not fabric."
So it's not surprising that Klum still considers the very first challenge of Season 1 to be her all-time favorite. In that contest, the designers were given $50 and sent into a grocery store. As Klum recounted that the risky unusual materials challenge was a big risk. She remarked, "That will either set the tone and either showcase the designer's talent, or we will just tank because it will all look like arts and crafts projects."
In retrospect the risky but successful move set the tone for the entire "Project Runway" series. As Klum noted, "It's about creativity, innovation; people who have great talents and can really make clothes out of anything. We wanted to make sure of that."
Tune in to the "Project Runway" on Thursday nights July 19 at 9PM EST/ 8PM CST on Lifetime.
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