Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Last night HP hosted another mega huge Project Runway Reunion party. As the alcohol flowed and designers from all eleven seasons mingled, we got the scoop on what some of our favorites have been up to.
The biggest news is that two former winners' long anticipated department store collections are finally debuting. Mondo's Guerra's All Stars' prize, a collection for Neiman Marcus, will finally hit stores this spring. Mondo shared the surprising news that these designs will be more minimal than he is known for—mostly black and white with some touches of red. But don't worry, if you love Mondo's wild prints, he also has a line of eyewear coming out for SEE that will be more Mondo-esque (see above).
Thanks to his Season Ten win, Dmitry Sholokhov has his own eight-piece collection of cocktail and evening dresses coming out at Lord and Taylor in early March. This collection is inspired by his Runway finale, but if you'd like to see more of his work (and if you like to travel), he'll also be showing at the upcoming Russian Fashion Week in Moscow.
Most of Mondo's and Dmitry's fellow Runway-ites are also still actively designing. Season Six's Ra'mon Lawrence Coleman worked with Nanette Lepore on her new L'amour line for JCPenney. All Stars Two's Emilio Sosa told us he just designed costumes for Berry Gordy's new Motown musical, which opens on Broadway March 11th. His All Stars' cast mate, Andrae Gonzalo, is also expanding into costume design. All Stars One's Michael Costello shared that his latest collection will have much more intricate construction than the draped designs he's become known for—he was inspired by Dennis Basso's amazingly luxe last collection. Season Nine winner Seth Aaron Henderson, Season Six's Althea Harper and Season Eight's Ben Chmura are also all hard at work on upcoming collections.
But the most interesting post-Runway career we heard about was that of Malvin Vien from the infamous LA season. Although Malvin didn't last too long on Project Runway, his interest in how things are constructed led him to the world of science. He's now a researcher at Cornell Medical, studying how the structure of proteins affects human health. While most of his fellow Runway alum hope their work will make you look better, Malvin's might someday make you feel better.
· Secrets And Hints At The Project Runway Show [Racked]
· All Project Runway Posts [Racked]
· All NYFW Fall 2013 Posts [Racked National]