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Project Runway Season 6: Meet Ari Fish

Ari Fish! Come on down! You're the next contestant on The Price is Right!


So, here's what we figured, darlings: since Lifetime rolled out SO MUCH pre-show information on their site, and since we've got almost 6 weeks before the show starts, why not take the time to get to know every designer? And then make completely unfounded predictions! It's what we're ALL about here.

If you've been paying attention, you already know this:

Ari Fish
Age: 26
Birthplace: Kansas City, MO
Current Home: Kansas City, MO
Favorite Designers: Lucy Orta
Style Icon: Russell Ferguson
Favorite Past Project Runway Designer: None

Ari is a self-taught designer who has always been interested in craftsmanship but doesn’t sketch or drape her designs. Her design career happened almost accidentally when she realized that many of her artist friends needed makeovers and started designing clothes for them. Her fashion sense is influenced by geometry, ergonomics, American Indian ritual wear, nomadic tribe wear and athletic apparel. Ari attended the Kansas City Art Institute and is currently an indie-designer for both women and men and also helps to run a gallery. Her previous jobs have included copy clerk, hotel maid, dough maker, gallery assistant, gardener, coffee and tea barista, maintenance person, secretary and retail associate.

Why she’ll win?
Ari says, “Why not?” She describes her creativity level as “sky’s the limit” and is extremely detail oriented. She can also sew very quickly.

Tim Gunn: "She's deeply conceptual."

But have you seen her portfolio yet?














Yes, "conceptual" would be the word here. We can't say we love these looks, but you never know with these more experimental designers. They say they want to color outside the lines but they start smelling that prize money and all of a sudden they have a newfound interest in doing pretty red carpet gowns.

Or could she be another loopy Lupe or licious Blayne? Time will tell, but we will say this: she doesn't really come off that "out there" to us in her videos:



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In fact, she comes off pretty down-to-earth and grounded. And she definitely has some interesting ideas. We think this one could be a keeper.

For more info and videos, as always, check out myLifetime.com.



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91 comments:

Conceptual like Elisa I think. If she is willing to bend more toward the fashion industry and away from one-of Art pieces, she has an excellent chance of making it to the finals.


Oh man do I love you boys for doing this :). Ari definitely has potential to be an interesting contestant. Her clothes are insane, but that makes things more interesting. I can't wait to see Heidi's reaction to her clothing.


i love her look! so freakin' cute.

very interested to see how she combines her aesthetic with the show challenges.

likey.


It'll be interesting to see how she translates this carnival stravaganza to Lindsay Lohan/red carpet/real women challenges.


CanIGetYouAnything?

Vibrant, punchy, a lot of conceptually strong designs too. Love her!


Hmmm, I think I'm pulling for Ari. Not too crazy about the outfits shown in the pictures, but I'd be very interested to see what nomadic tribal athletic apparel looks like, and she's allowed to be conceptual since she can "sew fast" (which hopefully means she can sew well). Plus...born and raised in Kansas City? Awesome.


Definitely our next Elisa, I wonder if she spits on the fabric to mark it too.


Thank you TLo for this preview - can't wait for the new season of PR to start! Ari seems interesting and as you say, very down to earth - I look forward to seeing what she does on the show.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

Hmmm, I don't know. A little too crazy for my taste.


I wonder if she'll be the first one to get the Duchess's classic "That's a LOT of look" comment. Time will tell! :D


LOVE. IT. Nina won't be bored.


Yes she is kind of conceptual like Elisa in her designs

I will say I am glad you're doing this. I know Lifetime would want you to since they were starting to promote the designers last night during Drop Dead Diva and Army Wives last night.

I have to say I like Lifetime's approach to the show so far. I've never seen the need to keep so hush hush to the degree Bravo always went. Having gone to great lengths to include examples of their work and their sketches helps to flesh out the contestants. Not to mention the little promo for each of the designers they showed last night present the designers with some depth & dignity rather than the quick cocky sound bytes that were aired on Bravo.

keeps me hopeful about the quality of the show. Hopefully Burrim Murry is going back to its pre-trashy reality tv days

Frank


This is awesome!! Thanks, Tlo!
She's one of my favorites, so far. Go Ari!!


Very innovative construction techniques and they somehow connect her designs to some form of art almost. She's definitely a very interesting designer.


Linensn'Things

It's interesting that Tim Gunn wasn't present during her audition. I wonder what he would've said about her designs.


She seems pretty drama-free, and her clothes are interesting, if not exactly "common". Can't wait to see what she comes up with during the show.


Linensn'Things

Sorry, I meant to say, during her casting session.


Aw, she's adorable!!


Her aesthetic reminds me more of Keith from PR.

I hope she's sweet-crazy like Elisa and not Lupe-crazy.


You know, if you gave the models a bath, the clothes would actually stand out and have some merit. There's a lot in there that indicates mad sewing skillz and, as countless designers have learned, you really do have to know how to sew on this show. I'm predicting a 7th place finish.


Walk the line, Ari! You fucking ROCKS!!!!


She's very creative and apparently she has mad skills; that's always a good thing on the show.


I guess I'm just a dull traditionalist, but I just cannot see anything but scraps, remnants and weirdness in Ari's clothes. I don't like any of it, but I guess her esthetic would make for an interesting art project.
I do love the fact that Lifetime is allowing us to get to know the designers, moreso than Bravo ever did.


There's just something about the name Ari Fish that is intriguing. I also think she has mad skillz. Am anxiously awaiting her creations.


Well, she ain't boring.

I'll reserve judgment for the show.


Hmmm. I can't say I'm enamored of her work in the photos, but I liked the things she showed in her videos. She seems smart, creative, and (most important for a reality show) unimpressed with herself. Maybe even drama-free? I can only hope.

Anyway, so far, I think she's adorable.


This is great! Thanks for doing this, TLo! It will be a fun way to pass the time before everybody's favorite show starts, plus it will help us choose our early favorites,

Hmmm...about Ari...I'm sorry; I know I'm supposed to see "art" "vision" "innovation" and whatnot, but I'm getting pretty damned bored of the tattered, shredded, twisted, knotted, dirty-looking stuff these people present as fashion. I understand it's conceptual and nobody is actually going to wear that big bird vest with those joker pants, but I can see the vision and the art in something like that breathtaking avant garde piece created by Christian Siriano and Chris March. This kind of stuff? Not so much. So if this is the kind of stuff she's going to do, I'm already bored.


Nice choice for your first pick, TLo. The description of her influences first had me sighing with 'get over yourself, girlfriend', and then wondering how she was going to bring that sensibility to this mainstream TV project. Now we see these pictures! She's not going to have the time or assistance to do the kind of intricate work she clearly likes to do. I hope she lasts a while - she should be fun, but she could also be a trainwreck.

Can't wait for the games to begin!!


P.S. Sewing Siren, is your sketch a riff on that last TFS challenge, of 'crystallized elements'? Bravo!


Anonymous said...
This is great! Thanks for doing this, TLo! It will be a fun way to pass the time before everybody's favorite show starts, plus it will help us choose our early favorites



I agree, I always felt we never really get to know the first or the second contestant eliminated, so thanks Tlo and Lifetime (I can't believe I'm thanking Lifetime).


Wow. What can I say? That's a LOT of look.


A little too theatrical, no?


I thought the looks that she showed in her interview were very interesting and had a lot of promise. She's also very endearing right off the bat, which is a nice bonus. She seems really genuine and nice. Definitely excited to see what she can do.


I don't know. The whole "doesn't sketch or drape" thing doesn't bode well for a long tenure on the show. Although I suppose Chloe didn't really sketch or drape either and she did all right. But she made pretty clothes, which I don't see here. At least she can sew, which might make her a good team member, if she can come down to earth and make wearable stuff.


I'm sure she'll tone down her madness a bit otherwise Nina will chop her head off. It's conceptually interesting but is it wearable? But again, this isn't TFS, THANK GOD!


I would have loved to see what her clothes looked like BEFORE the tornado swept through her neighborhood....


Holy smokes, this is amazing.


She ain't in Kansas anymore, Toto.


HellsKitchenDude

"Anonymous said...
I don't know. The whole "doesn't sketch or drape" thing doesn't bode well for a long tenure on the show."

As long as she can sew, and fast, that shouldn't be a problem. I'm looking forward to seeing her designs. They won't be boring, for sure.


You Go Kansas Girl!


Well, she's actually from the Missouri side of Kansas City, not the Kansas side.....but that's close enough for me, a Kansas-raised girl myself, to root for her. ;-)


Amy sez...
the fact that Tim just quoted her bio means she probably got booted pretty early. Self taught + no sketching or draping is interesting for about 2 shows. Yawn.


I can see the no sketching thing being a problem if they have to present ideas to a "client" as part of a challenge.

On second thought maybe it will be a bonus, no good ever comes from being a "team leader" on a show like this.


Sewing Siren said:
"Conceptual like Elisa I think. If she is willing to bend more toward the fashion industry and away from one-of Art pieces, she has an excellent chance of making it to the finals."

Exactly! Not crazy about the Mardi Gras costume looks, but the first few, the more "post apocalyptic" tribal nomad looks have appeal. Though she seems to be someone who would stumble often enough (due to lack of sketching/draping and perhaps other benefits of formal training) that she'll be easy to boot off in favor of someone who creates more filmable drama.


Project Runway is back! Project Runway is back! I love when you guys talk about PR : )
I don't know about Ari. There's a fine line between creative and batshit crazy. Too early to determine what side she's on.


I see nothing in the portfolio that is fitted. If she doesn't do draping, and she's not used to fitting a bodice, she may be in for a rough road. Because you know that sooner or later they are going to have to create a dress or gown and Nina will become bored VERY quickly with the colorful sacks with rags hanging from them.


I have a problem with her naming the line "native america clothing."


SHE ROCKS!!!! THANKS FOR POSTING THIS!!!!!


LifeTimeForHomos

I like the first looks a lot but I can't get behind the Mardi Gras collection, way too costume-y. And just one question: What's "native america" about her line or concept? I'm really curious.


Finally, a lesbian I can get behind!


On the one hand, she sews very fast and we know that's a big advantage.

On the other hand, she doesn't sketch or drape her designs. this seems limited and will be a weakness eventually.

I hated her portfolio. She's supercreative, so I don't think she'll go home first, but unless she brings more fashion to her clothes, she'll be auf'd within the first episodes.


Still, she seems like a cool person, so I hope I'm wrong.


Pretty sure that blue/gold crown number is an homage to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Photo proof

Just sayin...


Is that a Kansas City Chiefs logo on the Ronald McDonald outfits? If so, I guess that crown on the blue ones are supposed to represent the KC Royals. I guess that's what she considers "athletic apparel."

And if that's the case, as a Navajo, I know I'm going to be pissed at whatever it is she thinks "American Indian ritual tribal wear" is.


the first lulu

For starters, thank you guys so much for posting these bios and videos, it is so much easier to look here than on Lifetime's site. I'm gonna be unconventional for me here and not read any comments first LOL, her looks make her seem like she wants to be one of the "G" boys club (Galliano, Gaultier), but she does sound more down-to-earth in the interviews, and while conceptual, a much more normal person than J-P. I look forward to seeing her work.


Hmm, don't think she will last long. Her clothing design seems like sort of an after-thought - accents rather than main pieces. That makes sense if other art media are her main focus. She definitely doesn't seem really focused, and Tim's comment that she is "very conceptual" seems like "damning with faint praise". I don't quite think she has the skills to last long, but she may be entertaining.

Thanks so much, TLo - it is a lot of fun to know what we are watching in the first episode. Usually it takes several episodes to figure out anything much about the designers.


I can get behind KC. I think I liked the jacket that can function as a dress in the casting session video, and the purse that the lady didn't want to touch, that was pretty neat. I'm rooting for her!


As a former art major currently working in a creative field, I find people like Ari Fish to be a bit embarrassing. Ok so no, I don't know much about her, but I'm so tired of the "conceptial = arty = different = ugly and freakish" thought process. Anybody claiming those aren't hideous costumes is fooling themselves. It is possible to design something "conceptual" that's also, like, good you know. Hint: "concepts" are rarely as deep and fleshed-out as their progenitors would have you believe. You know you have a problem when you spend more time on your special little thoughts than you do your final product. Ergonomic Native American athletic apparel - why of COURSE, why didn't I think of that?! *Rolls Eyes*


Lifetime has done a great job showcasing the designers before the show starts, I hope this is the sign that the production value of the show itself will be top notch as well.


"Her fashion sense is influenced by geometry, ergonomics, American Indian ritual wear, nomadic tribe wear and athletic apparel" ... and clowns, definitely clowns.

Sorry, maybe I am not sufficiently conceptual, but a couple of those photos definitely had a "many big guys, one small car, nose honking, bucket of confetti" feel for me. Sadly, I don't like clowns, so that is not a compliment.

Also, as a woman of a certain age, some of those garments looked really hot and uncomfortable. Just looking at those pieces gave me a personal summer moment.

The clothing in the video was much more appealing, and while none of it was made for a woman of my age, the garments seemed to be well made and wearable. Ari should be interesting, but I hope she leaves the clown suit aesthetic at home!


After taking a look at the season 6 finale collections again, I'm going to guess that Ari designed finale collection #3 (which many people picked to be their favorite). Of course I could be wrong, I haven't seen much of the other designer's portfolio's yet.


Ooh that picture. She looks like she's saying to you boys, 'C'mon, make my day!'

--GothamTomato


Note to Rosie's Girl - "Summer Moment" - I love it!!!!

It will be interesting to see
if she is able to match her esthetic to the challenges and still keep her own vision intact.

Thanks TLo - you make us smile every day.


the fck was that???


" Rachel said...

I can get behind KC. I think I liked the jacket that can function as a dress in the casting session video, and the purse that the lady didn't want to touch, that was pretty neat. I'm rooting for her!"

Yeah, that was a little awkward. That's Zoe Glassner from Marie Claire. She's sweet but a little uptight.


" Pittypat said... Thanks so much, TLo - it is a lot of fun to know what we are watching in the first episode. Usually it takes several episodes to figure out anything much about the designers."

I second that. As for her aesthetic and style, a lot of new designers are experimenting these days and I find that kind of refreshing.


The exploding Ronald McDonald...things are a little bizarre, but the rest of it looks interesting. Not "pretty" and definitely not all that "wearable" but absolutely interesting. Then again, these looks are reminding me (frighteningly) of Lupe. Time will tell.


I'll take crazy over boring any day.


I love Ari!!! She's awesome!!! Thank you for featuring her, guys.


More from Ari:
“I get most inspired when I dance and do Tarot readings,” she said. “I also have an encyclopedia of images in my head, and currently I tend to only open to the pages of Dogons, sports fans, South American tribes, witches and warlocks, the movie ‘Holy Mountain,’ the Tarot, origami, Japanese Samurai.”
http://www.inkkc.com/node/4563


Wow, just...wow.


I'm interested, and I always want the kooky conceptual-art designers to knock it out of the park, but she's begging for a...well, a kooky conceptual-art designer edit.

My unfounded prediction: Will do well, and at leat make it through half the season, but won't make the finals.


What I find funny is that with previews of the designers and their pre-PR style, we get to go back to the BP collections already filmed and posted, and lay our bets on who did what designs.


WTF! Auf weidersen.


I'm thinking, based on the photos here, that Cirque du Soleil has a new costumer.

But, then again, in her videos she definitely doesn't come off as crazy and out there as Elisa or Santino or any other past contestant.

Should be fun to see what she makes of this opportunity.


Okay, I'm definitely pulling for her so far after those two videos. I'm not quite as into her stuff (but she needs to give some freaky indie bands like Of Montreal a call; they'd LOVE her designs), but I think I'm already in love with her personality. I can take these strange conceptual works more seriously when the designer is down-to-earth.


"After taking a look at the season 6 finale collections again, I'm going to guess that Ari designed finale collection #3 (which many people picked to be their favorite). Of course I could be wrong, I haven't seen much of the other designer's portfolio's yet."

I was hoping someone would call that out. Collection #3 looks like a more RTW (and grayed out) version of her aesthetic. The first 4 pics are dead-ringers.

Me thinks she might just be well-grounded to know that perhaps toning it down a notch is a smart idea in PR, and if #3 is hers... well good for her.


I think Ari is absolutely adorable and has a really nice personality, which I hope serves her well on the show. Her clown clothes on the other hand do nothing for me. I understand that she is "creative" and "conceptual" but perhaps she is going to far to prove it. And not in a good way.

I also worry about her inability/unwillingness to sketch and drape. That technique may work when you have unlimited time to work on a garment, but when you have one chance to get it right, it might not.


What was the name of Mary Stuart Masterson's character in Some Kind of Wonderful, because that's what I want to call her?


lsaspacey said...

What was the name of Mary Stuart Masterson's character in Some Kind of Wonderful, because that's what I want to call her
?

Watts. And I totally agree. Hilarious.


She's awesome!


You go, Ari! Break conformities and think differently!!


She is a cutie pie. I'm taking a wait-and-see approach to her. It would be nice to see someone with a younger, edgier aesthetic go the distance on PR. So often, they go with clothes that we've already seen in magazines and on red carpets.

The "big bird" outfit with the striped tights looks like what snipers wear when they're on top of buildings to be undetectable (sans the tights, of course). They are harder to detect if they look like a bundle of rags.


Well...Cirque du Soleil is always hiring.


For the anon. person above who assumed Ari is a lesbian - she's not.

But she is queer-friendly and SO down to earth and sweet.

KCAI Fiber department represent!


Actually, Ari wasn't a fiber Major, hence the Russel Ferguson-being-a major-influence comment.

We're so happy for you Ari! Werq!


I love Ari. She's one of Kansas City's best designers. I was a little doubtful on whether or not I would watch the show since it moved (I really just loved the way Heidi said "Go to bravotv.com), but now that Ari's on there I know it will be interesting.


As a Kansas City girl myself, and a friend of Ari, of course I have to root for her. But even if I didn't know her, I would probably still love her. She is an amazing designer- very smart, talented, and full of ideas.


well, Ari's not a lesbian (although lesbianism is issue for her on the show), nor is she down to earth--she's a fatal space cadet bridge burner. in her real life she is chock freaking FULL of drama, altho i dont know how she'll come across on the show. her videos are very fake and not-Ari so far. and the horses mouth says she's out early.


Ari is the most annoying designer, I want her off the show! (haven't finished watching the premiere yet). WTF??? She doesn't sketch?!? Puh-leeze!


Oh darn. You guys didn't start interpreting the 'TimSpeak' at this point.

Oh, well! I actually liked her as a character, but damn did the judges hit that one in the bull's-eye.


I am happy Ari is gone too, BECAUSE SHE WAS TOO GOOD FOR THE SHOW! She obviously has a vision too special for the mainstream WHICH is what drives fashion. She's too far ahead, and never going to make something that's easy to understand. Thank God. In the industry she is what is the birth of an idea, and then it gets wateredown into something people will buy. Challenges, Rules, Lindsey Lohen's and everyone's comments aside. She is an artist. Most other on the show (not everyone) , are eager to please.


Completely talentless charlatan -- go back to work at Starbucks, but please take a shower first. The stench is unbearable . . .





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