Monday, October 5, 2009

Project Runway's Shirin Askari

An invitation landed in my in box a couple of days ago to meet Shirin Askari, a designer currently featured on Season 6 of Project Runway (one of my favorite reality TV shows!) I Facebooked my gal pal Melissa, a fellow Fashionista, and we headed out tonight to talk fashion.

I had a great chat with Fashionista founder and local socialite, Heidi Dillon, about her new show "Dallas Divas and Daughters" that premiered last night on the Style Channel. When I went over to say that I had watched the episode, she shuddered, "Do not call it 'my' show. Do you know how much grief I've gotten from my friends today?" I told her that it was pretty awful, but in a good way... like a train wreck you had to watch. Heidi told me she's much more excited about a show she's working on that will follow her personally and showcase her work with the Fashionistas and her lifestyle. I will most certainly tune in for that.

Heidi and Fashionistas Two (the Fashionistas Junior division) representative, Bree, introduced the featured speaker - Shirin Askari.

Melissa Roundtree with Shirin Askari

Cynthia Smoot with Shirin Askari

Note how tiny she is. Melissa and I are not giants... Shirin is maybe 5' 2" and 100 lbs. Itty bitty!

Shirin spoke about how her background (she graduated in May 2008 from UNT's Fashion Dept.) and how she got on the show (a broken knee sidelined her post-graduation trip to Europe and she auditioned for the show from her parents couch via video tape). She dished some dirt on the Project Runway taping process (did you know that Mood store they go to is fake?) and talked about her new line that can be purchased locally at Stanley Korshak later this year.

No word on who goes to Bryant park or who wins...