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Thursday
Jul242014

10 Need To Know Facts about Project Runway Season 13

 

(B to F, L to R) Project Runway returns for Season 13 with 18 all-new designers, including Emily Payne, Tim Navarro, Kini Donovan Zamora, Charketa Glover, Alexander Knox, Sean Kelly, Fade Zu Grau, Nzinga Knight, Korina Emmerich, Kristine Guico, Emmanuel Tobias, Caroline Slutskaya, Angela Sum, Mitchell Perry, Sandhya Garg, Jefferson Musanda, Hernan Lander and Samantha Plasencia, Fashion's favorite reality competition is back!  "Project Runway" season 13 premieres on Thursday, July 24th at 9/8c on Lifetime.  Here's what you need to know about the brand new season:

1.  The winning designer will receive $100,000 from Red Robin to help launch his/her business and the opportunity to design a fashion accessory for all the Red Robin servers.  Season 13's beauty sponsor is Mary Kay and the accessories wall is provided by ALDO.  Other sponsors include Lexus, Marie Claire magazine, Brother, Samsung, and Best Western International.

2.  Lifetime's #RunwayRedemption contest invited "Project Runway" fans to vote one lucky former contestant back to the competition -- who will it be?  Season 11's Amanda Valentine, season 12's Alexander Pope, or season 12's Ken Laurence?

3.  The #RunwayRedemption winner will join the 18 new designers for the final stage of the audition process -- but only 16 will make the cut and move on to the first official challenge.

4.  For their first challenge, the designers must create a look using only the contents from their "mystery trunks."

5.  The Tim Gunn "save" is back -- meaning he can override the judges and save one designer from elimination.

6.  Emmy award winning actress Julie Bowen from "Modern Family" will join the panel as the season's first guest judge.  Other guest judges this season include Elisabeth Moss from "Mad Men," Shay Mitchell from the hit series "Pretty Little Liars," Olympic gold medalist downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, entertainer Dita Von Teese, fashion designer Christian Siriano, British television personality and renowned photographer Amanda de Cadenet, and YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota.

7.  Five of the 18 new designers call Brooklyn, NY home -- Sean Kelly, Nzinga Knight, Kristine Guico, Korina Emmerich, and Jefferson Musanda.

8.  "Project Runway" is creating a one of a kind, full-season experience with Instagram. Use #InstaRunway on Instagram to show your look inspired by each week's Project Runway challenge, and your photo could be shown on-air during the following episode!

9.  "Project Runway" will be at your fingertips in the most interactive season yet. Play along on your mobile phone, tablet or computer while you watch live on Thursday nights by voting on trivia questions about the episode, who has the best look, and who you think will get auf’d.

The top five scorers each week will be featured on-air at the end of each episode. The more questions you answer, the higher your chances of seeing yourself on the leaderboard. Whether you’re on computer or mobile device, just navigate to myLifetime.com and log in using Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram on Thursdays starting at 9/8c to play while you watch!

10.  Help your favorite designer win a weekly prize of $1,000!  Two ways to vote:

 

1. Vote online by clicking your favorite designer's bubble and then clicking the "vote" button.

 

2. Tweet your vote by using the designer's hashtag on Twitter

Votes will be counted once every 5 minutes on the site and Twitter. Voting opens each week on Thursday at 9 pm ET and closes the following Wednesday at 12 pm ET. The winners will be revealed during each episode and the designer with the most votes throughout the season will win a grand prize of $10,000!

Now you're ready to enjoy "Project Runway" season 13 -- happy watching!

Wednesday
Jul162014

Meet Team Mondo Interns Jekolia Matuszewicz & Kellehanna E'Shawn

With new Team Mondo interns Jekolia (L) and Kellehanna (R).I have often said that if I wasn't in fashion, I would love to be an art teacher.  Luckily, working with interns allows me to experience the best of both worlds.

This summer, I have the pleasure of working with two bright, talented students -- Colorado College sophomore, Jekolia Matuszewicz, and Denver School of the Arts junior, Kellehanna E'Shawn.  These two ladies are real winners.  Literally!  I first met them as a judge for their respective competitions and was blown away by their creativity.  Jekolia is the reigning Miss Modernism and Kellehanna took first place at this year's Good Exchange Fashion Show presented by Goodwill Industries of Denver.

The interns and I are working on some very exciting projects.  I've asked them to help me bring a special runway presentation to life for Urban Peak's Urban Nights fashion show, benefiting homeless youth in Denver.  Not only will we be creating a capsule collection together, the ladies will also be backstage with me as we prepare for the runway show.

As if that wasn't enough, I've also challenged each intern to develop her own independent project.

Busy bees in the studio.Jekolia sees herself as an emerging fashion activist and believes design is a vehicle to drive social and environmental progress.  In that spirit, she's come up with an idea to raise money and awareness for her service sorority's philanthropic efforts.  As a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Jekolia aims to create book bags and backpacks out of vintage and global fabrics, with a percentage of sales supporting Reading is Fundamental, the largest children's literacy nonprofit in the U.S.  I'll be helping her design and collect fabric for the bags as well as broadcasting her project via social media and on MondoGuerra.com.

Kellehanna is exploring uncharted fashion territory as one of the first designers to participate in The Cotery, currently in private beta testing.  The new company offers a platform for pre-sales of garments on their website and once a style hits its sales goal, The Cotery handles all of the manufacturing, fulfillment and customer service through their facility in Los Angeles and their offices in Boulder, CO.  Kellehanna's mini-collection will feature a blend of her original artwork with touches of my signature prints.  I'll also be helping broadcast Kellehanna's project online.

Stay tuned to the MondoGuerra.com blog for more updates on Jekolia and Kellehanna's progress!

xo!

MONDO
Monday
Jun162014

I Heart Fan Photos!

One of the greatest rewards of being a designer is seeing your work come to life.  I love when fans share photos rocking their Mondo designs!  It inspires me to keep pursuing this crazy fashion dream.

Thank you for the love, everybody!  Keep sharing your photos with me on Facebook and on Twitter @LoveMondoTrasho!!  xo, MONDO

 

Brandi in the Jackie 3D Boatneck

 

Madison in the Chevron Dress

 

London in the Chevron Dress

 

Mindi in the Hypno-Dot Boatneck

 

Heather in a one-of-a-kind design from Mondo's online sample sale

 

Maggie in the Chevron Dress

 

Christina in Mondo Guerra for Crocs

Friday
Apr112014

CONGRATS TO THE WINNER OF PROJECT RUNWAY UNDER THE GUNN!!

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!!

xo,

MONDO

Monday
Apr072014

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."

Love,

MONDO
 

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