Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mooresville woman hits 'Runway'

Let the sewing, stitching and snickering begin.

The Emmy-Award nominated Lifetime Television series "Project Runway" kicks off its eighth season on July 29 with 17 talented designers -- including one from Mooresville.

April Johnston, 21, attended Lake Norman High School, recently graduated from college, and now resides in Savannah, Ga. On Lifetime's website, she lists her favorite designers as Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, and says she realized she had designer potential "in high school, when I made my prom dress and artistically painted and decorated my room."

In "Project Runway's" expanded 90-minute format, the new crop of designers will encounter host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn, judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, and guest designer and celebrity judges (including actress Selma Blair in the season premiere) as they face challenges, eliminations and other surprises.

This season's winner will receive $100,000 from L'Oreal Paris to start his/her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel to create his/her own vision and run his/her business, and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection on Piperlime.com.

In addition to Johnston, the Season Eight designers are:

A.J. Thouvenot; Andy South; Casanova; Christopher Collins; Gretchen Jones; Ivy Higa; Jason Troisi; Kristin Haskins-Simms; McKell Maddox; Michael Costello; Michael Drummond; Mondo Guerra; Nicolas D'Aurizio; Peach Carr; Sarah Trost; and Valerie Mayen.

7 comments:

Anti Redneck said...

This just in "Mooresville woman found to have all her teeth!"

kyle said...

What a nice looking young lady. Good luck to her, I hope she wins!

Anonymous said...

Anti Redneck you clearly haven't been in Mooresville in years. April is a great representative of our town!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous - I just got back from What-a-Burger and I beg to differ!

Anonymous said...

Best of Luck--- while I am not typically a reality TV fan... I have watched this show. There are some talented and creative individuals that participate... I wish I had even 1/8th of their sewing skills... I hope she does well!!! : ) WOW, Tim Gunn with your skill & style!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah I forgot mooresville had changed so much with all the "rapid" growth. It has like two new burger joints and a new strip mall. Still redneck people

Anonymous said...

1:34pm- maybe you shouldn't go to What-A-Burger if they don't meet your standards of beauty.

4:24- I assume you are the same person as 1:34. What non redneck town are you from? Let me guess, somewhere up North?