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HUGE CONGRATS to Oscar Lopez for his big win on Project Runway: Under The Gunn!  And a high-five to his mentor, Nick Verreos, for winning, too.

Wish you guys ALL THE BEST!!




C6 Mondo Guerra Fall/Winter 2014

Inspiration is a funny thing.  It can come from the most unlikely places and take you on an unexpected journey.  In the case of my F/W14 collection, it started with a super villain from a comic book. 

Last February, I previewed my collection at a fashion show for artSMART Santa Fe, benefiting youth arts education in New Mexico.  It was inspired by Selina Kyle -- the secretary who becomes the notorious Catwoman.  I was intrigued by the idea of this kind of frumpy, conservative woman turning into a very sultry, sinister rebel.  I loved the contrast and contradiction there. 

So I set out to capture that woman through an entirely black collection.  For me, this was a new challenge, as I'm known for my love of color and print.  But I wanted my spin on "Mondochromatic" to explore  the interaction of different textures -- like sheer vs. solid, shiny vs. matte -- as well as the contrast between sophisticated and street. 

Halfway through the design journey, I encountered a major block.  In those moments of doubt, it was hard for me to approach the collection creatively.  I felt stuck.  But like carbon -- which under high pressure transforms into a diamond -- I realized I needed to turn this hard situation into an opportunity to shine.

So I named my F/W14 collection "C6," after carbon on the periodic table of elements.  And I felt it was perfect, really.  Carbon can take many forms -- from black and opaque graphite to sweet sugar and all the way to a brilliant diamond.  For me, "C6" was a way to show how darkness can be beautiful and transformational.

I turned my love of polka dots into 3D form through pom poms and plexi-paillettes and translated my love of mixing prints into mixing textiles like wool, velvet and sequins.  The result is a tone-on-tone celebration of fashion's favorite color -- black!

I debuted "C6" at 303 Magazine's Denver Fashion Weekend in a 16-look runway show, collaborating with award-winning hairstylist and Shear Genuis star, Charlie Price.  Our inspiration for the look was one part Myrtle Snow from American Horror Story, and one part Grace Coddington -- who created some of the most iconic fashion images as the creative director of American Vogue. 

And it only seems fitting to pay homage to Ms. Coddington who said, "Always keep your eyes open.  Keep watching.  Because whatever you see can inspire you."  I think that sums up everything quite nicely.

With that, I hope you enjoy "C6."



(Photos by Jeff Ball | Hair by Charlie Price | Make Up by Katelyn Simkins)


303 Magazine + Mondo Fashion Editorial


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Project Runway: Under The Gunn Tim Talks: Episode 11


Tim Says "Balderdash!" to Bullying Claims

Everyone's favorite mentor, Tim Gunn, sets the record straight on accusations that Natalia Fedner was bullied on Project Runway Under The Gunn. He released the following statement ealier today on his Facebook Page.

"For the last two weeks I have been reading angry comments in response to the perception that Natalia was bullied on the show. To that I say, "Balderdash!" Does anyone think that I would tolerate such a thing? I have a great deal of affection and respect for Natalia and have know her for 14 years; she was a student of mine at Parsons and I can attest to her high level of talent and aptitude. At the same time, she can drive me -- and everyone else -- to despair. While at Mood, her inability to make decisions would lengthen our trip by 20 to 40 minutes (I would call time and her fabric would still be uncut), the consequence being less time in the workroom. Understandably, this angered the designers and mentors. She constantly sought affirmation for her work from the other designers, too, thereby distracting them and taking up more of their time. Finally, she was incapable of calibrating her design and execution ambitions to our timeframe. It was frustrating and soul-sucking for all. Let me conclude by stating that everyone -- designers, mentors, me -- only wanted Natalia to succeed. And we only wish her the greatest success."