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David Chum’s Stuff

David Chum’s Stuff

PHOTO BY MICHAEL DISKINArlington designer David Chum, recently seen on Project Runway, has a life story as dramatic as any reality show. His parents fled...
By Kara Baskin  |  September 05, 2011

StyleWeek Providence gets ready to strut

The pink dress with white daisies was a thrift-shop muumuu before Nicole Lebreux refurbished it. Now it's headed for the runway.
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  August 26, 2011

Parallel worlds

Playwright Karen Zacarias would seem to have taken long drafts of Tom Stoppard Elixir.
Legacy of Light at the Lyric; Not Enough Air from Nora; The Island of Slaves from Orfeo Group
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 19, 2010

Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust

Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009

Open spaces

In my review of the memorable Brahms performances Sir Simon Rattle led with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the Celebrity Series of Boston last month, I should have mentioned that one decision responsible for the beauty and spaciousness of the or
The BSO's Brahms, Ben Zander's Wagner, Collage New Music, and the BEMF's Handel
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 04, 2009

West coasting

As I watched this season's 16 Project Runway hopefuls squinting into the setting sun during their champagne reception atop the Title Guarantee Building in Los Angeles, it was hard not to view the scene as a sad little metaphor for the state of the sho
Is Project Runway walking in circles?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 28, 2009


Sight unseen

Hollywood writers are no longer walking picket lines, but their 14-week shutdown of TV production reverberates through the 2008-’09 fall season.
The fall TV season flies without pilots
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  September 08, 2008

Fashion gamut

Near the end of the first act of the School of Fashion Design–run Collection 2008 show, I tensed in my seat, waiting for an emaciated little man in an unbelievably angular haircut to materialize from one of the wings of the stage and shriek, “Oh, no you
SFD students strut their stuff
By SHARON STEEL  |  May 07, 2008

War of independents

The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2008

Crossword: ''When in Rome''

Letters and numbers
By MATT JONES  |  April 02, 2008

Guitars are from Mars, Feist and Björk are from Venus

It’s 3 am. Do you know if you’re a man or a woman?
A musical battle of the sexes

More Notes on the Project Runway Finale

Proj Run! Ian beat me to the official rundown, read on if you want to hear more post-finale ramblings.Christian took it all, which was totally...
By Sharon Steel  |  March 06, 2008

A fashion moron's notes on the Project Runway Finale

“Christian Soriano, signing out.”ce:office" />   It was a fitting way to end this season of Project Runway. Not because it was he who ultimately...
By Ian Sands  |  March 06, 2008
Fashion Quiz: Who is the fiercest of them all?

Fashion Quiz: Who is the fiercest of them all?

A. Avril Lavigne, our favorite little married pop-punk foul-mouthed songstress, who just scored an exclusive design deal with Kohl's? Will it be Hot Topic meets...
By Sharon Steel  |  March 05, 2008

Elitism is dead

There is nothing more elitist than suggesting a genre is over average people’s heads.
Long live classical-music elitism
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  March 05, 2008
How To Go From Designer Douchebag to Sartorial Deity In Just One Step

How To Go From Designer Douchebag to Sartorial Deity In Just One Step

©CARINA MASTROCOLAOn Project Runway, Michael Kors is an asshole. He is the Jewish, Long Island-y version of what Christian will be in about 40 years....
By Sharon Steel  |  February 15, 2008

Project Runway: the cold, hard facts

Project Runway: the cold, hard facts

I just discovered this handy, helpful chart on the Project Runway Season 4 wiki page, whilst dreamily envisioning what fashion challenges our beloved contestents might...
By Caitlin E. Curran  |  January 23, 2008

Fashion weak

My roommate Mike enjoys watching reality television that depicts people with actual skills.
Project Runway ’s slump
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 11, 2007

Show fetish

Ever since Salvatore Ferragamo designed the first stiletto heel in 1955, podiatrists have faced a steady stream of female patients seeking physical relief from their devotion to fashion over function.
The MFA’s new ‘Walk This Way’ exhibit traces the history of footwear fashion, from sandals to stilettos
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 26, 2007

A critical day for future fashion

Providence recently played host to some of New York’s hottest fashion designers at the RISD Auditorium.
Couture du jour
By STACY HUGGINS  |  May 18, 2007

Snakes in the grass

The Bleeding Queens, Coconut Riot, Fail and Fail Again . . . These are some of the names that will never be given to the competing tribes on Survivor .
Survivor 14 and The (White) Rapper Show
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 13, 2007


The big sneer

On one level, predicting what the future holds for American pop culture is painfully easy. Just cast your eyes across the Atlantic to see what the European purveyors of reality television have on the drawing boards.
Welcome to pseudo reality, where the exotic is everything, characters are reduced to body parts, and viewers flatter themselves
By CHRIS LEHMANN  |  December 28, 2006

Fashionistas, rejoice!

I feared for my life when I walked into the Downtown Crossing H&M one morning last November. Slideshow: "Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006” at Museum Of Fine Arts  
Haute couture storms the MFA
By SHARON STEEL  |  November 09, 2006

Crossword: 'Ran Outta Room'

I've always wondered how these people filled out forms.
By MATT JONES  |  October 18, 2006

Poetic ecstasy

Like dogs, all men who muff dive go to heaven.
Savage dives in
By DAN SAVAGE  |  February 09, 2006

From Russia with drugs

I generally don’t agree with the advice you give, but I need help and I can’t talk to my friends.
By DAN SAVAGE  |  February 02, 2006