Fresh talent to hit the Runway
TV is ...’ and I said that I think it’s gonna have an upswing in the next couple of years because what’s happening in television in general ... some shows are able to now take chances and trust the audience to follow unusual storytelling.’’
Fogelman describes a show which American journalists are themselves describing as too hard to describe as a ‘‘dramedy version of Lost, where you have to understand how everyone’s connected and then explore these people as they move forward ... it’s really ambitious, and I think, for network TV, a really bold, hopefully somewhat groundbreaking attempt to explore the condition of the human family’’.
Fortunately for the actors, they know the entire plotline – leaps back and forth in time included – in advance.
’’Dan was so gracious to give all of us the road map,’’ says Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Moore’s onscreen partner. ‘‘I’ve been on shows where we’re kept in the dark and the mystery of what happens is left behind the closed doors of a writers’ room. But Dan is incredibly inclusive to all of us to help us to understand where our characters are going, what they’re doing, what they’re experiencing.’’
Even so, says Ventimiglia, how they get there packs a punch.
‘‘I know man, I know what’s coming and I still get choked up.’’
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When Project Runway begins Season 15, Baton Rougean Brik Allen will be among the 16 designers competing to stitch his way to a win. He’s hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Louisianan and LSU Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising programme graduate Anthony Ryan Auld, who won Project Runway All
Stars II in 2013.
‘‘It was pretty surreal to be selected,’’ Allen says. ‘‘It’s been a dream of mine for years now. To be selected was real fulfilling.’’ Allen, who says he started sketching designs at age 16, tried out for Project Runway last season but ‘‘none of my portfolio work was current’’.
‘‘The casting director told me to work on my POV (point of view) and apply again next year with at least six brand new looks. I spent the past year mastering my craft and putting together my first collection specifically for Project Runway.’’
That dedication also paid off last March when Allen was declared winner of the 2016 New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) Top Design Competition as well as winner of the People’s Choice Award. NOFW founder Tracee Dundas says he stood out in ‘‘talent, personality and work ethic from the start’’.
For NOFW, the 26-year-old Allen described his aesthetic as ‘‘eclectic, smart and bold’’. On Project Runway, he says his greatest strengths are his passion and that he’s a skilled patternmaker. ‘‘I know how to cut and sew quality garments.
‘‘I think I can win Project Runway because I have a fresh style that reflects the times we are in,’’ he continues. ‘‘I’ve got the skills required to create my visions, and I always push myself to grow as an artist. I also have the drive to succeed and the ambition to make a difference in the world.’’
Allen isn’t the only Louisiana resident competing this season.
Shreveport designer Tasha Henderson, 33, is also vying for this year’s prize, which includes US$100,000 ($135,832) to launch the winning designer’s business, a new Lexus IS sedan, a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing & Embroidery, a year’s worth of products along with a US$25,000 cash prize from Sally Beauty, travel and hotel accommodations to inspiring destinations around the world from Best Western Hotels & Resorts and, from Mary Kay, an entire year’s worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show.
The winning designer and model will also receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.
‘‘I was blown away by how talented the other designers are; it’s going to be a great show,’’ says Allen of his competition, which includes Laurence Basse and Rik Villa, of Los Angeles; Sarah Donofrio, of Portland, Oregon; Ian Hargrove, of Chicago; Nathalia JMag, of Framingham, Massachusetts; Linda Marcus, of Milwaukee; Cornelius Ortiz, of Boston; Roberi Parra, of Miami; Kimber Richardson, of New York; Jenni Ricetti and Alex Snyder, of San Francisco; Erin Robertson, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Dexter Simmons, of Oakland, California; and Mah-Jing Wong, of Philadelphia.
Guest judge for the season opener is Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie. She joins veteran judges Heidi Klum; Nina Garcia, creative director of Marie Claire; fashion designer Zac Posen, creative director for Brooks Brother Women; and mentor Tim Gunn, who once again has the power to ‘‘save’’ one designer from elimination.
Project Runway season 15 debuts on Sky TV’s Vibe Channel on Thursday at 9.30pm.
Brik Allen believes he can win Project Runway because he has a fresh style that reflects the times we are in.