Fresh tal­ent to hit the Run­way

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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.’’

This is Us de­buts this Tues­day at 8.30pm on TV2.

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.

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