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Former Project Runway Contestant Says the Show Is B.S.

By now, we know that the term “reality TV” couldn’t be any more of a misnomer for the genre. Most reality shows are scripted and for good reason – people’s day-to-day lives are boring. Why not add a little sprinkling of drama to the mix in order to keep people watching? But even with this information, certain reality shows just seem to have a higher standard when it comes to storyline meddling, so when Project Runway Season 4 contestant Jack Mackenroth mentioned that the show is total B.S., we couldn’t help but be just a little surprised.

The HIV activist and former designer sat down with Paper magazine’s Mickey Boardman and spilled the tea on what really goes on behind the scenes on Project Runway. “The show is a sham, the judging is totally fake and they basically decide who they want to eliminate and edit the footage to make the viewer agree,” Mackenroth said. “But the work was real and the other designers I met were amazing. I’m still friends with many of them.”  Mackenroth also talks about the fate of so many Project Runway contestants and how even the winners are having difficulty bringing their brands into the mainstream. 

Mackenroth also commented on how a stint on Project Runway is unlikely to put you in the running for a CFDA award anytime soon – or even get you closer to starting your own label. “Everyone expects that with a little TV exposure you can launch your own line and be the next big star – that’s ludicrous. After 16 seasons of Runway and 4 or 5 All-Star shows there have been over 200 designers who have competed,” he explains. “I can think of two, Christian Siriano and Michael Costello, who have had some level of national success. Most people just go back to their old careers and continue to struggle. Fashion design is a cutthroat business. Well established designers go bankrupt right and left. And quite honestly the fashion industry frowns on Project Runway and doesn’t take the designers very seriously.”

[via Paper]

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InStyle Invites Reese Witherspoon Back Onto Its Cover for a Fourth Time (Forum Buzz)

InStyle has began to rapidly fall out of favor from our forum members of late. After producing an underwhelming cover featuring Kate Winslet last month, for their May 2015 edition the magazine invites Reese Witherspoon back onto its front cover for the fourth time. Photographed by Giampaolo Sgura, Reese stood before the Italian-born photographer’s lens wearing a vibrant blue feathered dress by Fendi that unfortunately just wasn’t enough to entice the majority of us into making a purchase.

US InStyle May 2015 Reese Witherspoon Giampaolo Sgura


“So in a span of six months Reese booked Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair and InStyle, not counting UK Bazaar. It’s mid 2000s all over again. What could she possibly have to say that hasn’t been said before in the other mags?” questioned Benn98 when the news first broke.

“Oh God.. why her? why?” GlamorousBoy echoed afterwards.

Miss Dalloway also wasn’t feeling it and wrote, “Horrible cover, my god her face never looked worse, not to mention bad cropping of her head!” Oh dear, this certainly doesn’t sound too good for sales this month.

“Gorgeous cover, especially the blue colors but that waist isn’t realistic.” noted Nymphaea as the mood started to change.

Forum member AbbeyRoad declared, “I love this cover!” inside the thread.

“I was ready to hate on Reese and her never ending covers BUT this cover is beautiful!!! Fresh, vibrant, and that smile is infectious!! She’s beautiful, that’s undeniable but there’s something in this cover that feels new. I love it and it stands out.” enthused MON.

Are you a fan? Share your sentiments with us here.

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Taylor Schilling Visits Toronto for First Gerry Weber Store Launch

Photo: George Pimentel

Image: George Pimentel

The Orange Is the New Black star flew in from New York to help celebrate the Canadian debut of the Gerry Weber brand and store at Yorkdale Mall last Wednesday. For Taylor Schilling, pale pink was the new black (see what we did there?). She wore pieces from the Gerry Weber Taifun collection and looked perfectly season-ready, despite Toronto’s chilly temps.

“I really appreciate their accessibility, style and the breadth of their reach — they’re bringing interesting shapes,” Taylor told us. Gerry Weber is a popular German brand that brings on-trend silhouettes to the market, opting for wearable, millennial-perfect separates that aren’t too short and too tight. “It’s very manageable, comfortable — it’s what every woman wants her clothing to feel and look like. I’m loving lean lines of the 70s silhouettes that are trending right now.”

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Taylor Schilling wearing Gerry Weber Taifun Jacket ($199 CDN) and Taifun Pants ($229 CDN). Image: George Pimentel

For more info on the Toronto store, click here.

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Liya Kebede Becomes First Woman of Color to Grace Vogue Paris in Five Years (Forum Buzz)

As magazines continue to set out and impress us with their unpredictable cover stars, Vogue Paris is the latest to blow our minds. French Vogue‘s editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt took to her Instagram page earlier today to unveil the May 2015 cover which features Liya Kebede — the first woman of color to grace the magazine since Rose Cordero back in 2010. We’ve become huge fans of the cover for obvious reasons, which shows the L’Oréal Paris ambassador sporting a head full of tight curls while modeling an eye-catching jumpsuit from Christian Dior‘s Haute Couture collection.

Vogue Paris May 2015 Liya Kebede Inez & Vinoodh


Forum members raced to the thread to see what Vogue Paris had in store for us. “I LOVE IT! First black model in Vogue Paris since 2010! Thank God! I love the colors, the pose is very original and there’s such a vibrant cool feeling about this shot! Great job!” raved migelalmedia.

“I love it! Liya looks great as always and there is kind of positive energy in it. I am also happy to see I&V doing the cover again!” dcmaike added.

Lemeray was quick to sing the magazine’s praises. “I love it! Great to see Liya on the cover. I swear the people who constantly bash Vogue Paris covers probably couldn’t even pull a decent cover themselves,” she commented.

Also in the mood for it was TREVOFASHIONISTO: “I love this! The colors and the styling feel very Soul Train so I have a bit of nostalgia looking at this.”

Sharing the same attitude was MON who posted, “Such a beautiful cover! I love the subtle energy, the vibrancy, the prints and the colors! I love it. I also like the blur effect that makes it seem like she’s moving! Liya looks gorgeous and I’m so happy for her and for VP to have a woman of color in VP since 2010! It’s also giving me that 90s vibe.”

Impressed with Vogue‘s efforts this month? Join the conversation here.

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Mixed Reactions on Chelsea Clinton’s ELLE Cover Shot (Forum Buzz)

ELLE‘s May issue features the latest in a string of surprising magazine cover stars we’ve seen over the past few months. Released just as her mother Hillary Clinton announced she will be running for president in 2016, Chelsea Clinton poses for Paola Kudacki in a conservative little black dress by Gucci, but ultimately ends up looking rather uncomfortable.

US ELLE May 2015 Chelsea Clinton Paola Kudacki


The majority of our forum members are left cold. “Most of the time, people on fashion magazine covers are better-looking than me. I don’t know what to think when they aren’t,” commented tigerrogue. Ouch.

“UGH. Terrible cover shot, and I’m sure she’s lovely but she’s not exactly photogenic. I also don’t love when fashion magazines go overly political, but I’ll reserve judgment until I read the story,” SallyAlbright added.

Also not feeling it was Nomar: “So boring and everything looks awkward.”

Forum member jal718 informed us that the issue “will go from my mailbox to my garbage can in record speed.”

As always, the thread was separated in opinions. “Don’t think she’s traditionally beautiful by any stretch of the imagination, but why should she have to be? Most people aren’t. Men’s magazines like GQ or Esquire feature men on them who are chosen for reasons other than how they look. Why shouldn’t women’s magazines do the same?” asked KINGofVERSAILLES.

“I think it’s a great cover for someone who’s not an actress/singer/model. I like the styling and the desk touch, they give her a ‘powerful woman’ vibe and it’s nice to see on a women’s magazine – fashion or not,” kokobombon appreciated.

Fashionlover2001 failed to see anything wrong also, writing, “It’s a beautiful cover. She’s a beautiful girl. I don’t [see] why people are complaining.”

Don’t see what all the fuss is about either? Vent your opinion here.

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Is Kendall Jenner About to Front a Philippine Clothing Campaign?

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Image: WENN

Kendall Jenner may be one step closer to saying that she’s big in Asia. According to reports, Jenner has inked a deal with Philippine brand Penshoppe, and will appear in forthcoming campaigns for the label. Since its start in 1986, Penshoppe has expanded to opening its doors in Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain, Indonesia and Cambodia, so a campaign with them is likely to give Jenner plenty of precious visibility. 

Jenner will follow in the footsteps of her model BFF Cara Delevingne, who posed for the brand’s Spring campaign. Sean O’pry also offered his talents for Penshoppe’s men’s campaign so the reality TV starlet will be in good company. 

The campaign has yet to be released, but if the rumor is true, we have no doubt that securing a high-profile name like Jenner will pay off for Penshoppe.

[via Page Six]

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