Last week, Hundred Stories braved the early morning slush and hail to catch the first day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Project Runway's Season 11 fashion show at Lincoln Center! Thanks to Gotham Organization, which has housed Project Runway contestants at Atlas New York nearly every season since the television show’s inception, we had prime seats just a few rows behind Heidi Klum, Marc Jacobs, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, the show’s judges. Not even Nemo—no, not Disney's Nemo but NYC's recent blizzard!—could prevent the city’s fashionistas and Project Runway fans from packing the runway tent to the gills, or from navigating the icy sidewalks in towering heels and boots. Some star fans we spotted included MTV's "Jersey Shore" star "Sammi Sweetheart" and Kristin Chenoweth, the original "Glinda the Good Witch" from the musical Wicked.
Show host Heidi Klum announced that this year’s show format deviated a bit from previous years. Usually, several eliminated designers, along with the finalists, are invited to show so as not to spoil the elimination results for viewers, with all of them able to greet the audience and introduce their collections. This year, eight designers showed collections comprised of 12 looks—completely anonymously since Season 11 is only four episodes in. It wasn’t until the end that we figured out who some of the collections belonged to, when Richard and Samantha walked out wearing hats straight from the runway!
Our favorites included a rich saffron yellow leather dress with sharp structural detailing, and romantic chiffon paired with Spanish felted black hats. David Picket, President of Gotham Organization, picked an Alfred Hitchcock-ian/vintage Hollywood line for his favorite—which featured full-skirted outerwear and received extra applause from the audience at the end.
Tune into Lifetime on Thursday nights to get a peek of the Project Runway Season 11 contestants’ vibrant Manhattan digs at the Atlas New York. As in years past, when they aren’t toiling over sewing machines at The New School for Design, contestants enjoy access to the building’s 24-hour personalized concierge service as well as to all the generous perks the Atlas lifestyle offers, including full use of the Atlas Fitness Club and Lounge with complementary daily breakfast, and the stunning panoramic views on the 48th floor Atlas Sky Terrace.