This week the eight remaining designers on “Project Runway,” including Baton Rouge’s own Anthony Ryan Auld, are tackling menswear.
But not for just any men.
The designers will be tasked with creating garments for The Sheepdogs, a Canadian rock band from Saskatchewan.
“I had never made men’s clothing before,” Auld said in a Monday interview. “It’s both easier and more difficult (than for women). There’s not as many curves, but men’s tailoring is very tedious and very difficult.”
It’s going to be another team challenge this week, and Auld will be working with Anya Ayoung-Chee, and two designers he’d been paired with in a previous challenge, Laura Kathleen and Bert Keeter.
That previous group outing did not turn out well. The three were at odds throughout the challenge, and Auld ended up in the bottom two that week.
Can we expect the same drama?
“You’ll have to watch and see,” Auld said.
Guest judge this week is the flamboyant Adam Lambert.
Auld said he met the singer several years ago when Auld interned in Los Angeles, and the two became friends who still stay in regular contact with each other.
Surely that must mean Auld got a break when it came time for the judges’ critiques.
“He was probably harder on me than any of the others,” Auld said laughing.
The jokes are easier this week for Auld who narrowly escaped elimination in last week’s episode, where the contestants had to rely for fashion direction on the somewhat clueless husbands or boyfriends of the women they were designing for.
Auld ended up in the bottom two — Bryce Black was ultimately sent packing — when the judges thought his color-blocked dress looked, in the words of judge Michael Kors, like a “super hero ice skater.”
“There was not enough of me in it,” said Auld.
“I wanted to work with prints, but she just wanted black, red and white. … In the end, it was about her. I felt good that the couple really loved what I did,” he said.
Even though Auld and Black ended up as the bottom two, most of the buzz about last week’s episode centered on Olivier Green and his views on dressing real women.
Green, who had a New Jersey couple as clients, complained about dressing women with curves and attitudes.
He said he prefers working with “models who don’t have breasts and just stand there and are professional and do what they are told to do.”
“It’s a culture thing,” Auld said in Green’s defense. “They say he’s from Ohio, but he only lived there for four months. Then he lived in China until he was 15. Then he was in the UK until a year ago. He means no harm by it.”
He added that the couple “wanted what they wanted” and didn’t have any interest in working with Green.
Joshua McKinley won last week’s challenge and is the only designer to date to win two challenges.
The winning designer will get $100,000 from L’Oreal Paris to start his or her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel, and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection on http://www.piperlime.com.
Fans can still vote for their favorite designer. To vote for Auld, visit his hashtag — #PR9anthonyryan. The winner chosen by the fans will get a $10,000 prize. You can log into Twitter within the “Project Runway” Season 9 site at http://www.myLifetime.com and tweet from each designers’ page.