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Project Runway Season 6: Meet Johnny Sakalis

Sharpen your claws ladies, because we just may have found this season's "bad boy."


Johnny Sakalis
Age: 30
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Current Home: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Viktor & Rolf, John Galliano, Nicolas Ghesquière, Yves St. Laurent
Style Icons: Isabella Blow, Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, Madonna
Favorite Past Project Runway Designer: Christian Siriano, Season 4

Johnny is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, whose previous work includes being the small leather goods specialist at Gucci and assistant store manager at Hugo Boss. Johnny draws the influence for his designs from music, movies, books, pictures and, especially, people. His proudest designing moment was creating a wedding dress for a bride who cried with joy after seeing the dress.

Why he will win?
Johnny believes he will win because he has a strong creative flow, great sense of color and originality.

Tim Gunn: "Johnny will be polarizing, people will love him, or hate him."

Timspeak: "Johnny acts like an asshole to get more camera time."






Is it us, or was that a really strange audition? His audition pieces weren't all that great. He showed two very similar jackets and one unfinished skirt. The judges had some polite things to say, but they didn't seem particularly impressed with him. Gosh, you don't think they cast him for his personality, do you? Perish the thought!

Before you accuse us of writing him off completely, we just would like to point out that his portfolio:

















...is pretty damn impressive. There are some very nice, and more importantly, very interesting pieces there. He's talented. Let's hope he doesn't make the mistake of thinking he needs to be an asshole to make it to the end.

You can, of course, find out a lot more about Johnny by visiting his page on myLifetime.com.

Also, PLEASE LEAVE THE SPECULATION REGARDING THE FINAL COLLECTIONS ON THE COMMENT THREADS OF THE FINAL COLLECTIONS. Don't discuss them here.

Tim Gunn's
Quotes: Meet Project Runway's Newest Designers! [People]
[Photos: Getty Images/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com]


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69 comments:

I have the impression that he doesn't like to make audition videos. Just a hunch.


although it was very cute how excited he was to get on the show. Some contestents have seemed, well, underwhelmed.


So I don't know a lot about fashion - I just really like looking at the clothes. But question: How hard is it to get your own fashion/runway show? Do you have to apply? Network? Does it cost you money?

Because if Johnny (or any of the contestants for that matter) already has a name in the business and has done fashion shows...why would he want PR? If he's done runways then why does he want to go through the stress of the competition? For the money? (Which I can understand because I'm sure this is not a cheap endeavor). Does being on PR give you a better chance of getting your own clothing line?

Just wondering. =)


It bugs me that they have former contestants deciding who should go on the show. They compete on a season of PR and suddenly they're experts and in a position to judge people who are essentially their peers.


BB,

I think they use previous contestants as judges at the auditions for two reasons: 1) the celebrity factor and 2) because they, the unsuccessful contestants, know what it takes to make it and what they lack causing them to not make it.

TampaBay


"Tlo said: Let's hope he doesn't make the mistake of thinking he needs to be an asshole to make it to the end."



I second that emotion.

I love the looks in that runway show. The fact that he's from CA makes me worry (though worry may be too strong a word) that he's part of that little LA mafia who are more about playing head games than letting any talent speak.

Beyond that, nothing I saw at the final runway show looked as good as the runway show pictured here.

--GothamTomato


I actually don't like his portfolio all that much. It seems like it shows too much skin for almost any woman to feel comfortable with. I can't handle a midriff-bearing shirt on anyone over the age of 18.


Wow. Superfug. Little talent and isn't willing to listen. Hmmmm. Well, we know he's not going home early. Sigh.

("Take it with a grain of salt" as much as you want, Johnny. You really probably shouldn't be showing dull, crappy garments that aren't even finished when you're supposed to be showing your best work. I agree that former contestants should not be judging and casting, but that remark was right on the money.)


I'm not really impressed by many of his clothes, but I could just be blinded by the gold dress that is the epitome of tight, short, and shiny.

He did seem genuinely excited to make it on the show, but I'm not often impressed by the contestants who are assholes for the sake of being assholes. If he is as "polarizing" as Tim says, he'll probably stay longer than he should.


I don't know, some of the pieces in his portfolio seem very tacky, so that seems to off balance the good looks.

But to be Completely honest the thing that excited me the most was "Is that Yohanna from ANTM?". Ugh I have a one track mind.


Polarizing.
Almost a guarantee of making it to the end.


BB, I think former contestants are in a unique position as to determining how they think someone would respond under the pressure of the show. Everyone who goes on it says that they never imagined what it was like. Perhaps fashion-wise they're not the best critics, but they might be able to spot waiting time bombs and interesting contestants. From what I can tell from that "Road to the Runway" show, their choices are always reviewed at the end by people like Tim and won't necessarily make the last cut.


Tampa Bay, re your 2nd point, I hadn't thought of it that way, and maybe you're right, though the logic is a bit more sophisticated than I'm willing to give them credit for! I think it's more the celebrity factor, the whole 15 minutes of fame phenomenon -- get on TV and you're a celebrity, an expert, a role model, blah, blah, etc. Oh, well.


Oh, I posted my reply, before Shelly's (that's not YOU, Shelly O, is it?) (just kidding). Maybe you're both right, and I'm just being a grouch.


I know there are a few exceptions, like Jillian for example, but I don't like to see on the show designers who tried a zillion times before. Just my preference, nothing else.


Well, we all know it's hard to get such garments done in a short period of time under pressure like that. What insights can former contestants offer other than "No man, really, it's like, really hard." Yawn. Give me real fashion professionals any day. They never even seem to have the winners of the show. Just because Santino has nothing better to do than help out and fans remember him doesn't mean he really has anything important to say.


Well not to get into it very much here, but the final group is not determined by past contestants. They seem to be there yes as point of hype but the show has been using past contetsants since season 2. However why they may not be as noteworthy or respected as Tim, Nina or Kors, almost all the past contestants are professionals in the fashion industry. In that regard their opinion does carry some weight. Peer review is a legit form of judging.

Laura, Santino, Nick, Daniel and even Emmet were on their seasons long enough to know who may have a better chance of being a good or successful contestant. Talent is not enough for doing well in a contest like this. There have been many talented designers who crapped out during the show.

What's more Laura has proven herself to be a capable judge last season, Nick is an instructor himself and has played the role of mentor and Emmett is involved in the retail end of things with his store. So it's not like these folks have zero qualifications to help determine the semi-final pool of competitors.

That being said I am mixed about this guy's work. Half the stuff is interesting, half is kind of trampy

Frank


Timspeak: "Johnny acts like an asshole to get more camera time."

[sigh] oh, please, not another ALP! once was quite sufficient!

after suffering through an entire season (call me a masochist!) of that other [shudder] show, my tolerance for bitchy dramatics is not what it could be.

srq


I second the motion that this stuff is pretty fug.


A garment was in the centerfold of Maxim? And he's bragging about this? That does not bode well for his taste level. But there's enough short, tight and shiny in his portfolio to make Heidi happy.

There are some nice pieces, however. That grey jacket and the red/white cloak are great.


BTW what advice can they offer the auditioning contestants? How about a reality check of the expectations and demands of the show and what you can and cannot get out the show once you leave? The fact you'll eventually only get 4 hours a sleep a night. Describe the difficulty of sewing paper, car parts and such. How about the reality of what working under those conditions are like and what it can do to you personally. Or what the judging process is truly like when they only show you 10 minutes out of 6 hours

We have to remember we are only seeing snippets of the auditions. There are likely many aspects and questions we are not seeing

Frank


I have to say, I really like most of his designs. Don't care for the "Bare Nekkit" looks, though.
And that IS Yoanna from ANTM...she looks great, but I don't like the design that Johnny chose for her to wear.
And..I love the fact that past contestants are judging the applicants. They have a unique perspective on the workings of the show.


I don't know. He has some interesting ideas, but the clothes don't seem all that well-made. Plus, half of it is very tacky. By the way, the blue and grey dress with the huge collar (which is a cool dress) reminds me of one of those PR Philippines final collections, for some reason.


Yeah, considering the fact that we, viewers of the show, can name exactly what "secret inside information" former contestants might offer to auditioning designers means that it's really fairly obvious if you don't watch the show. Oh, they work long hours on little sleep? Oh, they don't have a lot of time to sketch, desig, and buy fabrics? Oh, it's hard to finish detailed garments on time? How enlightening. And obvious.


I meant if you DO watch the show. Oops.


bitchybitchybitchy

Anna said:

I'm not really impressed by many of his clothes, but I could just be blinded by the gold dress that is the epitome of tight, short, and shiny.

Tight, short and shiny is Heidiwear.

BTW: What was that red furry thing that attacked one of his runway models?


I liked some of his portfolio - at its best I'd call it body conscious clothing that you wouldn't need a perfect body to wear - and found some of it interesting as in "hmm, I think maybe he's trying to do a riff on _______"

I thought the "blue and grey dress" that someone commented on was a stab at a deconstructed suit look (it is, I think, a top and skirt) that I liked, though I thought it was only partially successful (the blue denim-look fabric struck a wrong note for me & either it needs a model with more in the chest or it was oddly fitted.)

I thought the first jacket/top and the two pseudo-cowl neck tops (one gold & shiny, the other white and sleeveless) with skinny pants as an attractive way to hark back to to the 70's.

And if you simply MUST do short tight and shiny, at least he chose to do tailored & tight (vs. spandex tight) in pretty fabric.


OK, his clothes are impressive for the most part and that's the important thing. But, BOO on the oriental satin-y material he used on some of his runway pieces (except the mixed piece skirt, that looks good) and another BOO on a) the sheer poncho thingy with nothing underneath and b) the (oriental satin-y fabric) corset top with nothing but bunched up panties that look kind of like a diaper. Otherwise, his stuff is great.

I think he got on because he is well known from past years and his stuff is impressive and memorable, but I didn't like the "woe is me, this is my 4th year and I haven't made it" that he kept saying. A ton of people try out for this show, there is a lot of competition. I work in the theatre and I can't stand when people bitch about not being cast--that's what competition is all about.

His clothes are great but he looks like a jerk. I have a feeling that's going to affect the viewing public's feelings about his abilities and talent.


Nothin' says "class" like visible gold spankies, knee-high boots and racoon tails. Barf.


The styling here isn't fabulous, as pointed out above, but some of those pieces are really beautiful. I love the Asian-inspired stuff.


-g- said: if Johnny (or any of the contestants for that matter) already has a name in the business and has done fashion shows...why would he want PR? If he's done runways then why does he want to go through the stress of the competition? For the money? (Which I can understand because I'm sure this is not a cheap endeavor). Does being on PR give you a better chance of getting your own clothing line?

Heck, if I were a designer with skillz, I'd want to get on the show so TLo could give me a brilliant nickname and all bitches present would comment for the world to read! What could be better publicity than that?


I did want to comment on having former contestants as judges. Every reality show that lasts more than one season does this. They bring back favorites to show how successful the show is, and it makes people tune in. American Idol, PR, Top Chef, So You Think You Can Dance, Next Food Network Star--they all have former contestants appear and/or perform or judge. They are showing off their "finds"


LOL! Well, I guess I like bad boys!

I liked him a whole lot better than I expected to. Several of his runway outfits are quite lovely—the first jacket, the brown and gray/blue suit, the pieced red and gold skirt with the black mid-sleeve wilma. Even a couple of the short and shiny dresses—green one and the pink one, are not too tight and look like pretty fabric. But he does have a few rather skanky misses too. So he can produce a variety of looks, always a plus. Just hope he's not a Jeffrey type asshole.

—m


I'm wondering what year this collection is from...that Asian satin is not cute and, certainly, not in fashion. He is cute, though.


I like some of the pieces and they look well made.


I like the portfolio and HE'S A TASTY MORSEL!

Let's hope he doesn't get sent home right away like Johnny Day on TFS; another frustrating aspect of TFS was that they sent the only hot guy home on the first day!

Michael


More contestants named Johnny????

Well Heidi would like a lot of the short, shiny and tight...


I really like his portfolio. It shows that he's serious about what he does. Maybe he wants more exposure?


I like the clothes, not so much the personality, but they don't have to go hand in hand.


Santino was right, you shouldn't present something unfinished to the judges.


" -g- said...

So I don't know a lot about fashion - I just really like looking at the clothes. But question: How hard is it to get your own fashion/runway show? Do you have to apply? Network? Does it cost you money?"


It costs a lot of money to produce the clothes, rent the place, pay professionals, the models...and then hope that you'll get press, that people will like your clothes...not easy at all.


Maybe it's me, but going on just those two videos, I don't see the polarizing thing at all, but obviously Tim knoweth whereof he speaketh, so I guess we'll just have to sit back and wait for it to emerge.

I liked the clothes, even the unfinished skirt was interesting for that lattice thing, and I got the impression that his reaction to Santino was something of a "pot calling kettle black" thing.


I like his stuff. The bare naked looks are because it's LA, babay. He does seem to have some talent. The way he has shown some of his pieces (alone, with the model half-naked) is not all that classy, but if you look at the pieces themselves, they're pretty nice. It's kind of like one of the runway shows a few weeks ago on this site (I believe, or it may have been a magazine spread) where the models were wearing one piece and their undies ('50s style lingerie). It's a choice of how to present the clothes that we may not agree with.

Well, Heidi will like him. Short, tight, and shiny always sells in Hollywood.


WOW thats a tacky collection!


Mu opinion seems to match a combinationof others here.

But I have to say that that last garment/photo looks like some kind of animals ass, on the model's chest.


Agnes Gooch has spoken.
aka: Yeah, what she said!


no particular thoughts on the clothes, but it does make me happy that greek americans have so consistently represented on PR :)


mummy needs champagne

wtf? He's auditioned for PR four times and still hasn't learned to match the freakin stripes on his swing coat's sleeves? Or hem his skirt? That's two samples out of three with problems!

His collection definitely has some interesting pieces, and I like his idea of translating the hoodie. His attitude on the audition video and his flaky samples really make me wonder, though. What's the hell is going on with him? Is he serious or not?


"Tim Gunn: "Johnny will be polarizing, people will love him, or hate him.""


I don't like the sound of that. What's with the designers from LA? It's kinda turn-off you know.


He's good. I like his stuff.


"Shelly said...

BB, I think former contestants are in a unique position as to determining how they think someone would respond under the pressure of the show. Everyone who goes on it says that they never imagined what it was like. Perhaps fashion-wise they're not the best critics, but they might be able to spot waiting time bombs and interesting contestants. From what I can tell from that "Road to the Runway" show, their choices are always reviewed at the end by people like Tim and won't necessarily make the last cut."


I thought Santino was good and he was right about the unfinished garment. Santino was also a great judge on the RuPaul's show.


Those pants on Yoanna are the worst fit! How much junk does he think ladies pack in the front?! Amazing that she can still look fabulous when the clothes on her are so gross.


Let's get this out of the way:

He WILL be an asshole to make it to the end. This is still reality tv. Bad behavior ALWAYS comes with a reward.

Beside that, maybe because I'm too east coast, but the stuff looks too much in the Santino/Jeffrey vein, which is tight, hoochie and tacky, and frankly, I'm sick of it.

Someone here once wrote that Austin Scarlett may have been the only "true" rebel because he actually wanted to make pretty clothing. I tend to second that with each collection that I see with the "rock n roll" bunch.

Stella was the only one who really got it right. I don't really dig the rest of the crop.


Anonymous on 7/27/09 at 10:52 PM said...I thought Santino was good and he was right about the unfinished garment. Santino was also a great judge on the RuPaul's show.

Santino makes a great judge because he is a bull shitter with design talent. An untalented bull shitter cannot out bull shitt our Santino. Also Santino makes a good judge because he is not commercial. Santino, like Jeffery, makes a good living creating one of a kind custom pieces for a select clientle. PR has helped him immensley with this type of success. I do not think an overly commercial designer, like Sweet P, has nuch chance of winning PR no matter how talented they may be.

Question: Is Laura Bennett currently producing clothes for sale? If so where?

TampaBay


Thumbs down on this guy. I don't see anything impressive about his collection. At all. And that last piece looks like it was fashioned out of a dead cat. Gross.


TampaBay
7/28/09 9:21 AM
Question: Is Laura Bennett currently producing clothes for sale? If so where?

TampaBay


QVC


Anonymous on 7/28/09 at 9:27 AM said.. TampaBay 7/28/09 9:21 AM "Question: Is Laura Bennett currently producing clothes for sale? If so where?

TampaBay

QVC"

You have got to be kidding! I have to check this out.

TampaBay


Anonymous said

I'm wondering what year this collection is from..."

That picture of Yoanna was posted somewhere right after she won ANTM, which was, I think ... 2004?

Anyway, it's old.


The LBC Baby!

Your pieces are FAB! And you just keep doing what you do!! You will go far and WILL be noticed! Your unique and your sense of fashion is Fierce!


wow this is great...


Interesting pieces. I like the Asian-inspired ones in particular.


Hello B*tches this is show biz....T Gunn has a show to sell and lucky Johnny Sak gets to be the controversial one. I smell dollas for J Sak and PR. It ain't about El Lay attitude B*tches, it's about Hollywood show biz, dig?


Janine from the LBC

He is an outstanding, talented DESIGNER and FAY to those that don't have a quarter of style that he does.
"Johnny, Your WILD"!


to quote the duchess..."tacky, tacky, tacky."


Anonymous
7/29/09 12:08 AM to quote the duchess..."tacky, tacky, tacky."


Acutally, it's "slutty, slutty, slutty."


Get off the stage, cuz he's gonna rage! And all you haters will just fall by the wayside while he's rocking the s*#$ outta those competitions... Look out losers he's taking this thing to the end..


Anonymous
7/29/09 2:27 PM Get off the stage, cuz he's gonna rage! And all you haters will just fall by the wayside while he's rocking the s*#$ outta those competitions... Look out losers he's taking this thing to the end..


Oh yeah? Well...
Peas porridge hot,
Peas porridge cold,
Wait...what the fuck???


Love what he's got! It a nice combination of being unique and interesting, but something a normal person could actually wear!


Some of his looks are interesting, but that second runway one looks like he got a fitted bedsheet from Bed Bath & Beyoond and made a cape.


did santino have the audacity to say he wouldn't show an unfinished garment?! should he have glued it, pretend the it just ripped...





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