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Project Runway Season 6: Meet Carol Hannah Whitfield

God help us, there's SO MANY of them!


Carol Hannah Whitfield
Age: 24
Birthplace: Anderson, SC
Current Home: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite Designers: Valentino, Oscar de la Renta
Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn
Favorite Past Project Runway Designers: Santino Rice & Daniel Vosovic, Season 2; Michael Knight & Laura Bennett, Season 3; Jillian Lewis, Season 4

Carol Hannah’s first garments were created for her Barbie dolls at age seven, but her career path was firmly cemented in fifth grade when the then-tomboy took a survey that revealed that she would be well suited to become a fashion designer. A graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration, Marketing, and Art, Carol Hannah is currently a freelance designer. Without formal design training, she taught herself pattern-making and draping from library books from the 60’s and 70’s. Her past fashion related jobs include a buyer for a catalog clothing company, bridal consultant for Maddison Row and a sales associate at Banana Republic. As a designer, she loves to mix architectural and organic elements together. She is also inspired by the Charleston landscape.

Why she’ll win?
Carol Hannah believes she’ll win because she’s “that flippin’ good!” She has the confidence, talent, and determination to make it to the end, and, while she is young, she already knows who she is as a designer.

Tim Gunn: "She's young, just out of design school, but people will be disarmed by what they see her achieve."

TimSpeak: "Look at the little tiny girl sew!"





Jesus, how much did she pay for that audition tape?













It's mostly okay. Nothing revolutionary, but there are some pretty looks there. She works in the "cute" milieu. The only thing we can't get behind is the rope. Designers: no one wants to wear rope. That's why we pay you to design clothes for us. Also, there appear to be some slight technical issues there. We'll see how she handles having to make a dress in 10 hours.

Find out everything there is to know about this tiny little southern gal at myLifetime.com.

Tim Gunn's Quotes: Meet Project Runway's Newest Designers! [People]
[Photos: charlestonpaparazzi.net/carolhannah.etsy.com/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com]


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TLo said:

Designers: no one wants to wear rope.

No, we don't, especially not giant yellow rope anchors (I'm hoping that she did that one tongue in cheek).


Oh, I love Charleston. I wonder how she will really bring that city's charms to the runway, though.

"Jesus, how much did she pay for that audition tape?"

A convenient boyfriend with time and video/computer skillz could probably whip that out fairly quickly. It sure looks professional; how long before we see a sub-industry in the photographer world - "audition tapes for reality shows"? But hey, maybe it's already out there.

But I digress. She's cute but I do not love her clothing.


I don't think Tim even wrote any of those little blurbs. Most of them have basically just repeated the same info as in the bio, often with the exact same language. Not to mention the fact that here her bio says she has no formal training yet "Tim" says she is straight out of design school. Bootleg Lifetime bullshit.


Her clothes are cute and very girly - I can see many women wanting to wear her dresses. But I just don't know if there's anything interesting enough there to get her to the finals.

Oh, and my money's on her parents paying for the audition tape. Something about her says "trust fund" to me. (Not judging, just saying).


Tugboat girl!


I hate the rope, only kids can get away with those rope, anchor, nautical themes. Cute dresses, especially the green one.


I've been to her Etsy shop before and thought a lot of her stuff is really cute. Not sure if it's enough to win PR, but cute nonetheless.


I'm a bit biased towards her since I'm from Charleston. Though I still feel like it's just too cutesy for me.


Ummmmm.....dull and boring audition tape, dull and boring designs, dull and boring girl.
NEXT!!

(PS: I would have liked to see more of Michael's comments during the boring casting tape.)


Exactly, Boys. Nothing revolutionary, but cute, current, sellable.

Taken entirely on their own terms -- and minus the ropery -- I think they have something going for them. Except the yellow anchor dress, which made me think of the matching dresses my grandmother made for my cousin, my sister, and me when we were kids.


Aww, wook at the cute widdle girl and her cute widdle clothes!


Designers: no one wants to wear rope.

Well then throw a cat at me while you're at it!

======

Tim Gunn: "She's young, just out of design school, but people will be disarmed by what they see her achieve."

TimSpeak: "Look at the little tiny girl sew!"

Addendum: "She's a cryer and Nina will have her for breakfast."


Cute, boutiquey dresses. I like them, but they won't set the world on fire.
I'm not a rope fan either, but I like the yellow sundressy anchor number.


That audition tape - she couldn't have rehearsed what she was going to say? When she's trying to describe Charleston, she's on the verge of total incoherence, lots of "um" and pauses. And in the casting session, she starts off with an error: "This is some of my favorites" - No, CH, it's "These ARE some of my favorites."

Lord. This kind of mangling of the language makes me crazy. Why can't the contestants come up with something better than "I'm so flippin good!" as a reason why they should win, or be on the show?

AAARRGGGHHHHHHH!

and Carol Hannah looks way older than 24. I had her pegged for mid-30s. oops.

cute dresses, though, not my style so much, and nothing mind-blowing.


"I go by Carol Hannah, or Stevie."

Um, my name is Stephanie and I go by Stevie because Stephanie is the feminine form of Stephen. Hmmm. Just kind of weird to me.

Her audition tape reminded me of a feminine hygiene product commercial. Just saying.

Clothes didn't wow me, but perhaps she is a simple-is-better designer, and it's kind of refreshing to see clothes not dripping with junk. Still, nothing exciting to me.


I have a Jcrew sundress with some rope that is actually pretty..

That being said... that anchor dress would only be cute for a toddler.

Most of her dresses are pretty cute though. Nothing earth shattering, but cute.

Her personality does seem a little blah.


When I saw her picture and where she was from all I could think was, I wonder if she has one of the hard core southern accents.

Some of her dresses are cute and very "Southern Resort". The lavender and white are particularly nice, but then I scrolled down and saw the yellow with the rope anchor. Blech.


Stephanie said...

"I go by Carol Hannah, or Stevie."

I think she says she goes by Carol Hannah or CH, not Stevie :)


Don't forget that there have been many designers on PR who went into it making commercial, "on trend" (not innovative) designs. And some them went far. Success on PR isn't necessarily about having a singular vision.


"Jesus, how much did she pay for that audition tape?"

A convenient boyfriend with time and video/computer skillz could probably whip that out fairly quickly. It sure looks professional; how long before we see a sub-industry in the photographer world - "audition tapes for reality shows"? But hey, maybe it's already out there.

Actually, Final Cut Pro & Premiere are so tutorial steeped & user friendly she probably did it herself. Considering a couple of the blurred rack focus attempts,
I'd bet on it.

Her clothes are nice in a Forever 21 way. I'm not impressed.


I like the first looks, but she lost me on the nautical theme.


Also she does look a bit older the 24. I would've guessed maybe at least 30. Maybe she can make a dress in 12 hours and the sleepless-ness is giving her that aged look. But I doubt it.


Mistaking "this is some of my favorites" for "these are some of my favorites" is not breaking some complex, esoteric and archaic grammar rule. It's the difference between speaking a language and sounding like a twit. See: GWB


Something about her reminds me of Alexandria Vidal from S1. Not just looks, either.


There's a market for cute, and I see some potential here. I mean, I'd wear the second dress if it wasn't in that color... as of right it's whispering "sugarplum fairy" to me.


That Girl said:
"I go by Carol Hannah, or Stevie."

I think she says she goes by Carol Hannah or CH, not Stevie :)

Bwwahahaha! Thanks, That Girl. I was all prepared to hate on her for such a silly thing. Serves me right.


She's cute, and if I were a few years younger I would love to wear some of her stuff, it looks very girly to me. I think the yellow dress with the rope anchor is darling. Can see wearing it to my kid's 3rd birthday party at the pool. Except in my case it would be the grandkid's! And therefore I prolly couldn't get away with it, but I might try. Don't we all need some clothes *just for fun*?


I'm also a sucker for Southern gals with two names, being one myself ; )

— anon 1:13pm


"Jesus, how much did she pay for that audition tape?"

Anyone with a Mac (iDVD, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie), and a bit of patience, can do that.


Dear God, why do all these creative/hipster wannabes end up in Brooklyn? It's enough to make me want to move...How many of these new PR designers now live in Brooklyn? Quite a few, I think. Isn't it bad enough that Kenley moved to Brooklyn? Just shoot me now.

Her stuff is cute and girly and commercial. Nothing too exciting.


I wanna wear rope, no seriously I do!

Other than that: pretty but basic.

Yawn.


very twee, and there's a market for that. Nothing seems up to PR standards (high design and all of that)


It's just so boring. I mean *smack of head on desk* zzzzzzzZZZZZZZzzzzzz


*sigh* More videos that us poor Canadians can't watch. But at least my interest has been caught!


The first two dresses and coat are cute; the rest are (even) more forgettable. I'd go with Walmart fabric-guy over her, though, if we're talking the cute+wearable aesthetic.


A graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration, Marketing, and Art... and then Tim spoke She's young, just out of design school...

Well... is she out of a design school or is she out of school with a Business and Marketing thing? I'm confused.

Very cute clothes, though. It's the kind of stuff that is cute-staid and proper. That's not a detriment but it's not necessarily exciting, either.

I predict she'll be gone in the first couple of episodes.


Someone's going to try and eat her alive one episode early on, and she'll either go Julia Sugarbaker on their ass or dissolve in a puddle of mascara. Cute clothes, though. Her survival will depend on how fast she can sew.


FOR CANADIANS:

to watch the videos, just download Hotspot Shield (google it). When you run it, it acts like a US-based proxy and you can watch the videos. It was very easy and Rachel, another commentator, suggested it a few weeks ago and now it's indispensible for me.

Unfortunately, Hulu.com twigged on it and blocks it but why the hell would Bravo do that? It's been a blessing to finally see all the US-only video segments.


With the exception of the rope anchor, I really liked her dresses. She has a good eye for proportion and goes for a very feminine look and fit. Also, her penchant for bright, sunny colors and occasional use of prints is very appealing.

But can she do pants and jackets?


When I look at her clothing, I can tell she started out making Barbie clothes, because they all look like something which would fit right in with Barbie's infinite wardrobe. That's not to say it's bad, but it has a Barbie-eqsque feel to it.


Are her runway models doing a fashion show or a pageant? I'm so distracted by the horrible, non-runway looks on their faces that I can't see the clothes.


How has Alex not professed his love in this post? Someone's slacking...

Her stuff is cute- that's the exact adjective I would use. Nothing groundbreaking but I'd wear a lot of it. 110% agreed on the rope.


I see a definite regionality (is that a word?) to her designs, i.e., a Southern feel. These are the sort of clothes I can see nice young Southern ladies wearing. Cute, pretty, and girly.

It is interesting to see what the women designers do, because they absolutely seem to design for themselves. It will be interesting to see if they can (or even have to) break out of their milieu. (Many women designers never do, with outstanding results. Look at Uli, Laura, and, of course, Coco Chanel.)


Aw she's cute in a Tara-Reid-cleaned-herself-up-and-found-a-purpose sort of way. And I like the lavender dress, and the cute leaf dress. My five-year-old would rock the hell out of that anchor dress if it had 2 shoulders.


Soooo...we're in agreement that her name is basically Darryl Hannah, right?


Ouch. I'm really going to be LOLing my ass off thinking of this chick when Tim inevitably calls this season the strongest in terms of talent. Cheap, boring, and a little tacky.


Cute Carolina Beach wear but can she go beyond that? Will it play outside of Myrtle Beach?
It will be interesting to see how long she lasts. I predict a couple of weeks before Nina gets bored.


My Charleston! I have too root for her.

But please TN, don't conflate Myrtle Beach and Charleston. Charleston is a beautiful, graceful, charming southern City. Myrtle Beach is a trashy amusement park where people from New Jersey and Ohio go on vacation...


Sewing Siren
"Some of her dresses are cute and very "Southern Resort". "

******************

I was trying to think of a store or catalog that summed her up but that's pretty close. Southern [sorority] girls chilling/slumming at Carolina Beach - with one "good" outfit thrown in to go to brunch with their great aunt in Wilmington.


I personally like her clothes, especially the anchor dress oddly enough. But I'm just tacky and kitschy that way. However, none of it seems like PR final material.

I hope she's a cryer at least. She seemed booo-ring in both videos.


Looks like a Marchesa/Leanne Marshall combo knockoff wannabe.


eh...cute pretty much sums it up. not especially groundbreaking or fashion forward in any way.

[yawn]....NEXT!!

srq


Whitney said...

My Charleston! I have too root for her.

But please TN, don't conflate Myrtle Beach and Charleston. Charleston is a beautiful, graceful, charming southern City. Myrtle Beach is a trashy amusement park where people from New Jersey and Ohio go on vacation...


Well said. As I said in an earlier comment, I'm from Charleston (born and raised) and Charleston and Myrtle Beach are two totally different places. And your description fits perfectly for the most part. Broadway at the beach, medieval times, and all of the buffets are the only things that save Myrtle Beach for me.


fashionablylate

Could "Morgan from Project Runway" sound any more bored when calling the prospective contestants to tell them they're on the show? Geez, can't ya fake a little enthusiasm?


her video was from the charleston fashion week show.
shes not a trust fund baby where her parents pay for everything.

she is a self taught designer who is going to blow you all away. i dont think you can judge a designer based on a few lame lifetime videos.

haters.


ew. hate.

completely JCPenney. nina will rake her over the coals for being boring. can't wait for it.


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If you live in the city of Charleston whether it be SC or WVa and you have a boutique, you must produce what sells in Charleston at Charleston price points or you will not be in business. PPS designs would not play well in Charleston and neither would his price points.

There is a good chance that PR will give her the chance to do what she wants and always wanted to do with no limitations of price points. No doubt the girl can execute. I think she has a chance or as good a chance as anyone.

TampaBay


Anonymous said...

her video was from the charleston fashion week show.
shes not a trust fund baby where her parents pay for everything.

she is a self taught designer who is going to blow you all away. i dont think you can judge a designer based on a few lame lifetime videos.

haters
.

No, but we can judge one based on the crappy missywear designs here. The only people she'll be blowing away are Baby GAP customers.


Anonymous
7/29/09 9:13 AM Anonymous said...

her video was from the charleston fashion week show.
shes not a trust fund baby where her parents pay for everything.

she is a self taught designer who is going to blow you all away. i dont think you can judge a designer based on a few lame lifetime videos.

haters.

No, but we can judge one based on the crappy missywear designs here. The only people she'll be blowing away are Baby GAP customers.



Can we please wait to see what she does on the show first?


Uh, I doubt that anyone is going to point to these pieces of crap and say "she's terrible!!!" if she makes amazing things on the show. The point of this is to talk about it BEFORE the show. And yes that means maybe not every comment is going to be positive. Now go away please, Mrs. Whitfield. Carol Hannah is fine on her own now.


Anonymous
7/29/09 9:33 AM Uh, I doubt that anyone is going to point to these pieces of crap and say "she's terrible!!!" if she makes amazing things on the show. The point of this is to talk about it BEFORE the show. And yes that means maybe not every comment is going to be positive. Now go away please, Mrs. Whitfield. Carol Hannah is fine on her own now.



*sigh* whatever, man



You're ready to string up the poor girl before you see what she does first. I'm not Mrs. Whitfield, but I still say give her a chance first. Is that so bad?

Guess it just dosen't pay to be civil.


" Anonymous said...

Anonymous
7/29/09 9:33 AM Uh, I doubt that anyone is going to point to these pieces of crap and say "she's terrible!!!" if she makes amazing things on the show. The point of this is to talk about it BEFORE the show. And yes that means maybe not every comment is going to be positive. Now go away please, Mrs. Whitfield. Carol Hannah is fine on her own now.



*sigh* whatever, man



You're ready to string up the poor girl before you see what she does first. I'm not Mrs. Whitfield, but I still say give her a chance first. Is that so bad?

Guess it just dosen't pay to be civil."



My dear anonymous,

She's on a reality TV show, that's what she signed up for, she and her friends and family better get used to it. People are going to talk about her, her designs her cat, her dog, etc. This is only the beginning.


My dear MeMeMe,

I am well aware of what happens when you sign up for a reality show. I am sure we will be judging these guys on everything until the cows come home, and I am sure they know that, too.

But I still don't think its unreasonable to see what these guys can do first before proclaiming them to be the Devil's incarnate. Geezus, I even waited an episode or three before proclaiming Daniella the nasty bitch that she was.


That's the thing though: saying "these aren't very good" isn't saying "This girl is SATAN!!!" Why in the world would you conflate the two unless you were taking this WAYYYY too personally? No wonder people think your her mom or best friend. It's ok to say "I don't like these." Really, it is.


"Anonymous said...

My dear MeMeMe,

I am well aware of what happens when you sign up for a reality show. I am sure we will be judging these guys on everything until the cows come home, and I am sure they know that, too.

But I still don't think its unreasonable to see what these guys can do first before proclaiming them to be the Devil's incarnate. Geezus, I even waited an episode or three before proclaiming Daniella the nasty bitch that she was."


And that is fine but that's YOU, let the rest of us do what we do best here, which is have an opinion on anything related to these designers before, during, and after the show.


F**k the clothes! It is going to be a GREAT season of PR for blogging!

TampaBay


Anonymous
7/29/09 9:53 AM That's the thing though: saying "these aren't very good" isn't saying "This girl is SATAN!!!" Why in the world would you conflate the two unless you were taking this WAYYYY too personally? No wonder people think your her mom or best friend. It's ok to say "I don't like these." Really, it is.


I actually wasn't taking it seriously at all. I was bored and you guys provided me a little entertainment.

I know its okay to say you don't like something. I'm well aware, believe me.

So on that note, carry on.


MeMeMe said...
And that is fine but that's YOU, let the rest of us do what we do best here, which is have an opinion on anything related to these designers before, during, and after the show.

7/29/09 9:53 AM


Okay. Sorry. Knock yourself out.


I find it amazing that she didn't recognize that the pattern on the last dress gives the wearer a big giant pink-print vagina.
Otherwise there are some cute, basic things - I especially like the green top.
~Zombiebirdhouse


mummy needs champagne

Zombiebirdhouse, that's EXACTLY what I saw on that dress. A big ol' sliced-open fruit in exactly the wrong place.

Lord, I'm snarky today.

I'll just add my voice to the others saying that her stuff looks cute, but not earth-shattering. I'm interested to see if she'll get out of the safe and cute and really expand into the design side of things.


She reminds me of Gloria Bunker Stivic.

Can't resist the urge to call her "little goiule".


UGH! What does Alex see in her talent?!? Are they 'friends' or something?

momica


That audition tape was made professionally for Charleston Fashion Week. Each of the designers got one. She didn't pay a dime for it. But she also didn't put any thought or creativity into making an original one. I think it was a slack, easy way out.


SHE IS SUCH A SWEETHEART! She was at lenox square with Gordana and Mitchell Hall and they liked my cut T-shirt the BEST! So she is another one of my favorites


Carol Hannah

is going to WIN!!!

<3


I honestly believe that she will win this season, I have a feeling that shes already spending her 100 grand on mascara and hairspray :)

CAROL HANNAH FTW!! <3


DesireAndKarlee

She was our favorite in the season. We absolutely loved her. We wanted her to winn so badly although we are proud of the one who one! We would definitely where Carol Hannah's clothess





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