Project Runway Ep 2 + Q&A with Dylan Lauren

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tim Gunn and Dylan Lauren
Designers met up at Dylan's Candy Bar to discover that their second challenge was to create a look using $500 worth of candy. Got to love another unconventional challenge!

They raced & dashed around shoving candies into bags, scrambling to find materials; a few snacked on some sweets, and who knows what else...
There were a lot of creative pieces sent down the runway, even though candy dropped from some of the looks. As you know my favorite color is turquoise/blue so I loved the use of turquoise in some of the designs.
Sonjia William's design
Love the ocean/sea vibe going on, especially with the gummy sharks filling in the neckline. But I also loved the use of the rock candy, and it worked out pretty well for week 1 winner Christopher Palu.
Christopher Palu's design
And worked amazingly well on Ven Budhu's design, which was my favorite of the night. It was the judges' favorite too and he's the winner of this week's challenge!
Ven Budhu's design
Unfortunately, Lantie Foster ended up going home for a look that was practically made out of other materials than candy.
Lantie Foster's design
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This week's Q&A is with Dylan Lauren (daughter of designer Ralph Lauren and guest judge).

Q: Can you tell us a bit about this week's challenge?
Dylan: It's an unconventional challenge and it's using a unique medium for the show. There's so many colors, textures.. it was a new concept.

Q: How did you get involved?
Dylan: I was approached from Project Runway. They wanted a new medium to do, to work with. Dylan's Candy Bar is the biggest candy store and it worked perfectly. They thought I'd be a good judge.

Q: What makes candy an interesting thing to work with in terms of fashion?
Dylan: Candy has so many gradients, patterns, shapes, textures - some are opaque, some are see-thru. They're long and gummy, and there are just so many choices. Together they can form these amazing designs. It can take an art form.

Q: What do you think were some of the challenges the designers had to face this week?
Dylan: Well, people want to eat it, haha. And also it was the weight of the candy.  Also, the heat can melt the candy. It was a challenging medium.

Q: Was there a certain usage of the candy that really surprised you?
Dylan: I think it was that they chose not to use more than one type of candy or one color. I was really surprised by that. A lot of the designers were choosing small candies and I don't think they realized how much surface they had to cover with all the small candies. That was concerning. I wanted to tell them "don't get the many little things!"

Q: Have you ever turned candy into something else?
Dylan: I like candy art. I do a lot of mosaics. We work with children using candy and do artwork like that. It's a way of merging fashion art in pop culture.

Q: Do you think that has a practical purpose?
Dylan: Well you can use Shellac to preserve it and you can stand out from the crowd!

Q: What would you have liked to see on the runway?
Dylan: I would've wanted to see the giant lollipops being used. They're fun and colorful. I also would've loved to see a real gown with a train. I was hoping to see a real couture gown, but I was really impressed with these designers. They changed the texture, and combined different candies. It was very unique.

Q: What's your favorite fashion trend now?
Dylan: I love color -- the bright color blocking that's going on right now. I like neon too. But I don't like the one color nail polish on 2 or 3 fingers and another one the other fingers.

Q: Which candy would you have used?
Dylan: I couldn't even decide. I would've used one of everything: whirlypops, translucent gummies with all of the colors -- I would've hit that section.

Q: Who do you think will end up in the final?
Dylan: Some one that really rose to the occasion and really stepped up to the challenge.

[I am part of the Project Runway fashion blogger network, and therefore I get access to interviews, images, and video clips. You can watch Project Runway on Lifetime on Thursdays at 9/8c]

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37 comments :

Lucia Flores said...

Making a normal dress is already a lot of work for me.. can't imagine the work those guys had with making a candy dress!! They did such a great job, love the sea vibe dress! So gorgeous!

Wishing you a lovely Sunday!

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VιcκyBeL said...

candieeeS:):)
love this project!
nice interview
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DORIS said...

I really love all of those dresses!
-Doris

Jess said...

Love Love Love Project Runway! Sonjia's dress was my favorite!

buttaflybytes said...

This was a fun,creative episode. I can't wait to see what the challenge is for this coming week.

Lilli said...

Hi Audrey! Nice interview, I love candy's art too, brilliant idea:) Kisses dear!

melissa said...

So artistic and yummy xx

Heidi-likes said...

Great post, the designs are amazing! X

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Couture Carrie said...

Fun challenge and interview!
Love Ven's dress so!

xoxox,
CC

Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

OMG they made those amazing dresses out of candies??? WOW!!

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OMG, such an amazing post hun!!

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Carolyna said...

wow so great posr dear, i am your new follower

t said...

Cool interview!

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Mary Kapsi said...

I'm a project runway addict!Totally love it!
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Christina Lauren said...

Great interview! That was such a fun episode to watch.

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Ask Erena said...

OMG! So glad to find someone who likes Project Runway! It was my fav episode. I agree those 2 dresses were super! I wonder who will win. Would be great if you want to follow each other.
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Danielle said...

wow, that's my favorite reality show; you are so lucky you had first hand encounters with them! just stumbled upon your blog and I really love it!
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Fashion Recession said...

Loved reading it!! One thing though, if you'd give me a candy dress, I am afraid I would eat it all ;)

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Sam said...

Love the theme of this challenge, its so sweet (mind the pun). I loved Ven Budhus dress too, its unbelievable!

Diana Marks said...

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Bonnie said...

I am all about the color trend, too. You have to love the color.

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Draffin Bears said...

Hi Audrey,

I love watching Project Runway and enjoyed the interview with Dylan Lauren - thanks for sharing.

Happy week
Hugs
Carolyn

Northern Style Exposure said...

So much creative talent in one place

Northern Style Exposure said...

So much creative talent in one place

Jessica said...

wow so gorgeous!!

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Fashion-isha said...

Wow this is amazing! I can't believe these designs are made with candy. Gorgeous!
xo
Sharon

Josie said...

I'm a CRAZY Dylan's fan and I loooved this challenge. So fun!
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Bionica said...

Audrey I think it is so fabulous that you are part of the Project Runway blogger network =)
the challenge with candy seems so fun, a challenge yes, but one that the participants did a great job with!
Sonjia's is my fav design
there's something about those blues I love <3

-Bionica

Jayme and Mendi said...

How cool are these looks? I need to catch up ASAP!

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A BRIT GREEK said...

I think you're doing such an amazing job of the PR blogging network! Loved the questions and the pictures - Sonjia's design was fun!
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Ileana said...

That's awesome! A few years ago, I saw some dresses rom another project at the Dylan's candy bar store... :)
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Caro * said...

Very nice pictures ;)

Lisa Lockhart said...

I loved this episode! I think it was some of the best food/candy looks on PR.

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Lorena said...

What an amazing and difficult challenge ! I catch Project Runway on cable tv but the episodes they are showing are really old... hopefully i'll get to see this one- eventually.

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