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Project Runway Season 6: Meet Christopher Straub

Time for a cute gay one, wouldn't you say?



Christopher Straub
Age: 30
Birthplace: St. Louis Park, MN
Current Home: Shakopee, MN
Favorite Designers: Valentino, Zac Posen
Style Icon: Victoria Beckham
Favorite Past Project Runway Designer: Christian Siriano, Season 4

Self-taught designer Christopher made his first garment when he was 14 – a pair of clown pants . Nowadays, he prefers simple designs and describes his style as “clean and fresh.” Christopher likes to incorporate volume into his designs, finds inspiration in fabrics that catch his eye and avoids anything too “matchy-matchy.” He is currently a visual merchandiser and freelance designer.

Why he’ll win?
Christopher says, “Personality + Talent = Success, and who could argue with that?”

Tim Gunn: "Christopher is very sensitive, very emotional. He wears his emotions on his sleeve."

It's so much fun reading between the lines on Tim's assessment's. After watching him for 5 seasons and occasionally getting to speak to him directly, we think we're pretty good at it. When Tim says he "wears his emotions on his sleeve," he's really saying "Jesus Christ, what a frigging drama queen."

But he's so cute and sweet in his videos!






Of course, what really matters is the clothes:















And we have to say, that's some of the best pre-show work we've seen yet. This is a little mean, but quite often we look at these pre-show portfolios and they all look way too "fashion student" to us; overthought and underpolished, if you know what we mean. Not so here. This stuff could be hung right on a rack in a boutique, ready to go. Plus it's all cute and very, very feminine. Sort of like Christopher.

We joke because we love, Mr. Waxed Eyebrows! Looking forward to seeing more from you.

And of course, there is more information on Christopher Straub than his insurance company and the IRS ever had over at myLifetime.com.


Tim Gunn's Quotes: Meet Project Runway's Newest Designers! [People]

[Photos: Christopher Straub/myLifetime.com - Videos: myLifetime.com]

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119 comments:

Please no weepy-Ricky drama!

But, you know? Some of his stuff is pretty nice.


I like the clothes and he is CUTE :)


Interesting designs, I like the last dress a lot.


Really like his clothes, except for the muppet-fur coat and the saddlebag dress. The rest of it though is great, even if it's not tremendously innovative. And you're right boys, he's adorable!

On the downside, I suspect after Tim's comments that we have our new Ricky!


I'm impressed by his use of Wal-Mart fabric. Most of that stuff looks like CRAP, but his looks really rich. His tone of voice and the way he talks made me think of Heada Lettuce the entire time he was talking.


What a doll-baby! And I do like his clothes!


LaFemmeFataledeNY

Ha! Nick is like "Christopher, you're back!" You can tell Uncle Nick is drooling.
Nice stuff, I like him.


When I read "self taught" I started preparing myself for the worst. But I have to agree that this is one of the best pre-show portfolios I've seen. I absolutely love it. It's pretty and interesting. Maybe not setting the world on fire, but definitely a strong point of view that catches the eye.


As long as he can cry and cut he should be fine.


I like his stuff. You're right - it looks very polished. Also, I see a stylistic resemblance to Finale Collection #2.

Amanda in Austin said...
"What is UP with the models and the slumped shoulders?"

I was going to ask the same thing! And I've seen it elsewhere. Someone please explain to us why that's good modeling.


Yay, Minnesota rocks!

Sorry, just had to say that.


I would wear just about all of his clothes, but that could be a problem on the show. He is going to have to be innovative.


he reminds me more of kayne than ricky


I like his designs, WalMart fabrics or not. Heck, haven't we seen some designs from some past PR designers that looked like utter crapola, even though the ultra expensive fabrics they used came from Mood?
So far, Christopher seems a sweetie, and very cute, but I do detect the slightest bit of Rickyness....


AWWWW, isn't he sweet and cute? And refreshingly candid, *buys fabric at walmart*. But I'm not crazy about the clothes, or that overly-dramatic model.


"When I read "self taught" I started preparing myself for the worst."

What could be bad about clown pants? :)


Good luck, Christopher!! From the Shop to the Top!
xo kb


Amy sez..

Ug that model is terrible. Her slouching+photo cropping makes it look like she's in a basement with drop ceilings. A little nervous about "self-taught"...is he going to be another Kenley that can't handle any criticism?


Oops, wrong audition video.

As for Christopher . .. he seems appealingly normal. But then he had to go and say WalMart.


ok, like his collection looks and think he needs to be rescued from a life styling with walmart.

hope this guy gets a good model!


he's CUTE, i'm rooting for him!!

ps: his clothes cute too...


Good God, everybody here always wants to know why models are thin and why they contort their bodies and why they don't smile and be JOYOUS and why runway shows show unwearable clothes that THEY wouldn't wear and blah blah blah. It's because plain "real" women standing around upright in mall clothes and Barbie smiles would be like everyday life - fucking boring. Stop trying to turn it into something it's not.


The dude can definitely sew and execute!

TampaBay


CanIGetYouAnything?

I really like his designs. Go Christopher!


I really like that white trench... is that cheetah-print on the piping? Very cute. I also like his gorilla tee, so between his appreciation of animal prints, his respect for apes, and the prospect of drama queenery, I'm very much looking forward to seeing him on the show.


Uh oh.... From his portfolio, this guy looks super talented, but from Tim's assessment, looks like he's a goner by like Episode 2 or 3!

No comments on his work output, just his character. Usually a bad sign...


TLo said:
"We joke because we love, Mr. Waxed Eyebrows"

so, of course, I had to go back and look. You make me laugh. I never would have thought about it, but now I can see you are right. Funny thing to pick up on.

Yes, he should provide some decent humor and personality into the show.


Let's hear it for the Wal-Mart bargain fabric racks and what you can do if you know how to make clothes! Shazam! "Oh no, I only have $150 and two days to make a skirt! I don't do that!"


That's a cute boy!


His work is interesting and looks more like "fashion" than many of the other competitors' work.

I look forward to seeing more of his work.


He's adorable, but more in that I-want-to-put-him-in-my-pocket kind of way. I do like his work the best out of everything so far, love the long white dress (4th one down on the right).


Anonymous
7/21/09 10:45 AM Amy sez..

A little nervous about "self-taught"...is he going to be another Kenley that can't handle any criticism?


Technically, that's a more accurate description of Keith than Kenley, especially looking at the black swatch dress.

However, unlike the muscley Mormon's, that dress looks more flattering on the figure.


It kinda looks like from the commercials he's there for awhile.

He's definitely more Kayne than Ricky. I should know. :)


The clothes are nice in an Anna-ish way (maybe not as 'emo' hip but definitely urban). Perhaps he'll be Reco-esque but without the tack?

But what's with all the handbags in the photos?

Did he make those as well because, man, in some of the pictures the handbags are the first things that jump right out at me, not the clothes.

I'm kinda hoping 'self-taught' = idiot savant and he can sew like the wind. On the other hand, the best sewer on PR was Christian of the British education so... .


He must have taken the pictures in his house and/or furiniture store. The decor and furniture (and the handbags too) are definitely taking away from the presentation of the clothes.

TampaBay


I would wear a majority of his clothes!


I think those handbags in the photos are his designs, too!!! I was on his website and he actually sells some of those bags...it looks like they are all sold out but I NEEEEED that blue one!!!!! I'll take that hot pink one too :)

PR LISA


I enlarged the screen and got Rodney's "audition".


Hey folks in New York (or LA, DC, etc) there is a huge lack of upscale or just large fabric stores in some parts of the country. In Ohio, JoAnn Fabrics is/was HQ'd and turned more into a craft store - I found G Street Fabrics in DC and fell in love, since it had a great selection and I sure that Mood would be even better.

In some parts of the country the only fabric departments ARE in Walmart or a mixed craft/fabric store.


Wal-Mart and a big brimmed baseball cap on a 30 something? Hmm, there may be some taste issues here. His clothes are nice though and he obviously has good construction skills. However, whether he's good or bad, I predict each and every garment will be stained with his tears.


ASK on 7/21/09 at 11:30 AM said..."In some parts of the country the only fabric departments ARE in Walmart or a mixed craft/fabric store."

Or Hancock Fabrics which can be worse than Walmart when it comes to selection.

TampaBay


cjcat
7/21/09 11:30 AM Wal-Mart and a big brimmed baseball cap on a 30 something? Hmm, there may be some taste issues here.


Ah, rungay snobbery. Gotta love it.


Oh, I really like those clothes! Very cute and romantic, I'd definitely buy some of those pieces if I had the budget to do so.


Hey, Ask, I hate it that my comment showed up right after yours. I had made a typo and in getting rid of it my comment moved to below yours and sounded like a snotty reply.

I live rural and shop at Wal-Mart. I understand how sometimes it's the only show in town. However, if I was showing my clothes to a PR panel, I'd mail order some high end fabrics.


Sure those pictures look a little Chris Parnell does K-Fed, but if he can do that with $1/yard fabric self-taught at home, he's got my expectations unreasonably high.


ASK said: Hey folks in New York (or LA, DC, etc) there is a huge lack of upscale or just large fabric stores in some parts of the country.

In some parts of the country the only fabric departments ARE in Walmart or a mixed craft/fabric store.

ASK,

Understand that from firsthand (painful!) experience - but the walmart hatin' comments may also stem from folks just not luvin' walmart as a company as well as their fabric selection.

i think it will be a treat to see what Christopher can do with the variety of choices he'll get at Mood (or wherever they go in LA). His collection shows more promise than some of what else we've seen.

srq


If the clothes are pretty and well made, what difference does it make where the fabric came from?


I hate hate hate chinstraps.... he would be much cuter if he shaved it off or simply had a more scruffy look.

His clothes as sellable and well executed, but nothing groundbreaking. Don't see a concept there.


Maybe he uses Walmart fabrics because he's poor. Just a thought.

Too bad his clothes are way too young for me, because I love them. They're adorable.


Anonymous
7/21/09 11:57 AM "look a little Chris Parnell does K-Fed"

Now THAT was funny! LMAO!


I love the hand bags and I know they are his design. I saw them on his web site!!! Christopher is the hottest hottie and I'm rooting for him.


I think it's great that he's not snobby about fabric, but is this going to be one of those things where he always talks about how he uses cheap fabrics?

Also, as someone who shops at Walmart's fabric section I think he may be exaggerating when he says that everything is like $1 a yard, because that's not the case. Yes, it's cheaper, and if you get it on sale you can probably find it for $1... yeah.


hehe - noonw really should rip him on inexpensive fabric..

After all on PR, the are told to use food, garbage and car parts!

Which one shows greater talent - making a gorgeous dress out of $100/yd silk or $2.5/yd polyester?

-Ann


My fav so far :) & I'm always one for the emotions on the sleeve people!!


Favorite portfolio so far.

If he can work fast enough, he might last a while. Don't see him winning unless he steps out into a more sophisticated range of looks on the show.


I agree that this is one of the better porfolios so far. He is cute and I like the fact that he is using inexpensive fabric that is avalable to him.
I will say this you can find some pretty good stuff on the $1.50 table at Wal-Mart if you have a good eye and you have the ablity to tell fabric fiber content by touch. I feel a kinship already :).


I don't know why, but this designer looks like he could be Kayne and Jeffery Sebelia's lovechild had it been possible for the two to breed.

-Maharhar


Anonymous
7/21/09 1:09 PM I don't know why, but this designer looks like he could be Kayne and Jeffery Sebelia's lovechild had it been possible for the two to breed.

-Maharhar


Well, Jeffrey DID breed, and that's a slight on humanity all in its own right.


I'm underwhelmed by the collection. Nice enough stuff, but not particularly creative or innovative. I think it bodes better for a designer to have a less polished but more imaginative portfolio.

And the slouching annoys me too. Yes, models slouch but in 75% of the photos? It's distracting.


I like. And yes, please, let's avoid weeping at all cost this season.


LOVE this collection! And I think it is great that he has a good enough eye to sift through the junk at WalMart and find the gems. (And there certainly can be gems, they get their stuff from mill overruns so you never know what will show up) But just so you know, he lives in Shokopee, MN which is a suburb of Minneapolis where there are plenty of fabric resources other than Wal Mart, Joannes or Hancock.


I'm confused by the pre-show collection. Is he designing clothes or handbags? I would swear that this was a photo shoot for an accessories company.


Gorgeous Things said...

I'm confused by the pre-show collection. Is he designing clothes or handbags? I would swear that this was a photo shoot for an accessories company
.

Uh, yes...it's so hard to wrap your mind around the fact that one could possibly design both, isn't it?


VERY cute! Nothing new in his collection, but interesting and well executed.

Are we going to see him in his underwear ironing his clothes in the morning?


In my view, if he can do all that with Wallmart fabrics, he can do a lot more shopping at Mood.


LifeTimeForHomos

Sweet, cute, and can design. I'm rooting for him :)


I really like his collection. Thank you for posting this, guys.


"Allen said...
It kinda looks like from the commercials he's there for awhile.

He's definitely more Kayne than Ricky. I should know. :)"



Hmmm, tell us more.


I agree, best one so far. Let's see how he long he survives the pressure. Did you see him crying on the runway?


"Mary said...
When I read "self taught" I started preparing myself for the worst. But I have to agree that this is one of the best pre-show portfolios I've seen. I absolutely love it. It's pretty and interesting. Maybe not setting the world on fire, but definitely a strong point of view that catches the eye."


Yup, I usually cringe when I read "self-taught" but these are pretty good. I can't wait to see more.


Love his shirt too :)


I like his collection. I think he'll do well.


He was one of the first people I met when I moved here in 99. Sweet heart of a guy and his designs have evolved since I first met him.

I love he's emotional. LIving in MN, no one really shows their true feelings. Hell, we're taught that at a young age. I found him refreshing when he actually expressed himself.

I'm proud of him and he deserves to go far in the competition and in the design industry.


I just want that gorilla t-shirt. Badly.


That slouchy thing the models do is the "couture pose," isn't it? It's been around since at least the 1950s.

I just think this model isn't all that. She reminds me a little of Jenny McCarthy (flat-chested version). The way she is holding the purses detracts from the dresses.

The Wal-Mart fabric is a non-issue to me, when you consider some of the other designers (and ALL of them on TFS) use more expensive fabrics that look cheap in that shiny, shiny way.


i'm from minnesota too -- love his MN accent :)


I love this portfolio - not just the clothes but the styling and the choice of backgrounds.

But I have to say the posing immediately makes me think of Jay Manuel shouting "Ugly pretty! Ugly pretty!" at hapless ANTM contestants. Are these not exactly the poses that Tyra and Co eat up on that show?


" LcgN said...
i'm from minnesota too -- love his MN accent :)"


Me too. Love his clothes, love him!!1


So cute. Great samples of his work. I think he'll go far. I can't wait to find out what made him cry.


"Marshal said...
I'm impressed by his use of Wal-Mart fabric."

I agree. I think it's fabulous to make something great out of a very inexpensive fabric.


fashionablylate

ToddNY said "Are we going to see him in his underwear ironing his clothes in the morning?"


We can only hope! ;)


His collection is nice, but some of his fabrics look a little too heavy -- like curtain fabrics. lolz.


I do like the clothes but his model is just bad. She's so distracting I couldn't even look at the clothes at first glance. Ugh, fire her.


PS: Can that model stand up straight at all??? Can I have a model pose with good posture?!? Goodness!


"Anonymous said...
PS: Can that model stand up straight at all??? Can I have a model pose with good posture?!? Goodness!"


Since you people seem to ALWAYS bring this up, I feel the need to repeat myself again and again.

My dear, it ain't Sears Catalog, it's a fashion photo shoot.

Models bend, kneel, jump, crawl, drag,...and rarely smile.


OMG! Zoe Glassner! She was the reason why I watched 'running in heels' There was something about her and her work ethics/style that made me like her :)


Kiddo,

Sometimes the emperor truly has no clothes. Seriously. No amount of sniffing and sneering at people who think "couture" poses (i.e., slouching like a teenager with menstrual cramps) look ridiculous will make them look any less ridiculous.


Nice collection and of course it doesn't hurt that he's easy on the eyes.


Great stuff, very cool.


Buys fabrics at Walmart...how can you not love him??


I can't believe they shot this thing a year ago. How were they able to keep this a secret? I mean, especially the designers. Great pieces, Christopher. Good job!


Agreed! All nice, and, important to me, actually wearable. Not too boring, either. I hope this means he'll stick around for a while--bonus points of dramatics, I guess.


I don't care what you bitches say...that model is the new hotness!!! She's doing a whole lot more that some of the other wrecked looking ladies I've been seeing lately. She's working those pieces and looking fierce while doing it. DO YOUR THING SKINNY BITCH!!!


Men in ball caps always get me excited :)


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

He's a cutie and I really like his designs. Thanks for these posts, Tlo! I'm enjoying getting to know them a little better.


Why are the hot one always gay?


LOVE LOVE LOVE the monkey shirt. He's a keeper. He's IN.


"When Tim says he "wears his emotions on his sleeve," he's really saying "Jesus Christ, what a frigging drama queen."



LOLOLOLOLOL


I missed you bitches!!!!!!!


He's pretty good for a self-taught designer.


Christopher is a doll!


Randomly: a layman's practical analysis of the "couture pose".

If I do the couture pose (not being a model or anything), it makes it much less obvious that I have broad shoulders, it means my arms aren't pressing against my body so the flab there isn't on display, and it, er, moves my boobs closer together (well, think about it; with good posture your shoulders are pulled back, which pulls the breasts apart). The only way I conceive these benefits trasferring to a 90-lb model is how it enhances cleavage, in which 90-lb models may be naturally deficient. (And, of course, it's simply a different and "interesting" presentation, however jaded we've become....)

(I'm cool with the couture pose, except when it comes with cutesy pigeon-toes. Then the effect kind of shifts into "gotta pee!!!")

Also randomly: I don't think Walmarts have fabric sections in my area? (NJ/PA, but not really NY.) Now that Rag Shop's closed, the only major fabric stores I know of are Joann's (ok, I don't know much about Philly, though). Is it safe to say that the Walmarts that would have these sections are located in states where Walmarts are considered higher-end than Targets?


Nice designs, but what is with the setting? Yuck. It reads Minnesota doctor's wife.


I wax my eyebrows too...and my name is Christopher...oh my god, it's me as a fashion designer. And I think I'm in looooooooove!

Of course, the guy I like every season gets booted off right away, please don't let me jinx him! He actually has talent!


But I have to say the posing immediately makes me think of Jay Manuel shouting "Ugly pretty! Ugly pretty!" at hapless ANTM contestants. Are these not exactly the poses that Tyra and Co eat up on that show?

That's what I was thinking. Marjorie (cycle 11, I think) was all about the contortions, and they loved her for it.

I don't mind that style of posing, as long as I can see the clothes.


kali on 7/22/09 at 12:18 AM...said" Also randomly: I don't think Walmarts have fabric sections in my area? (NJ/PA, but not really NY.) Now that Rag Shop's closed, the only major fabric stores I know of are Joann's (ok, I don't know much about Philly, though). Is it safe to say that the Walmarts that would have these sections are located in states where Walmarts are considered higher-end than Targets?"

Most Walmarts in the middle of "no where" have fabric departments.

TampaBay


Adorable! My favorite portfolio, too, so far. And he's a shrewd businessman to market himself with a gimmick like using Wal-Mart fabric in a recessionary economy, and making sure the producers know it, too. I don't shop Wal-Mart as a matter of labor-fairness principle, but I respect that he's marketing himself in such a clever way.

But the fact that Tim clearly thinks he's a cryer concerns me. :-(


I don't sense a Kayne, who threw some major drama but kept a pretty even keel on the show. I sense a cryer. Please dear boy, do not go all Ricky.

The boy better learn to cry and cut or he's gonna get kicked out.


I am shocked to hear that there is an emotional person from Minnesota. Most Minnesotans normally have their emotions beaten out of them at a young age :)

That being said, best of luck, Ricky! I mean, Christopher!


I like.

Very goofy to show couture with Walmart as the trump card.

Super talented, he is. See I just stated his success formula. (Read the formula as stated on top - the first thing I said to myself was, "oh no it isn't", but he did make it come true in his portfoio.) Math always works, doesn't it? One doesn't have to be an architect to get formulas.

His aesthetic is charming, on trend, and classic and fresh. Good job, and I shudder to think what PR6 will do to rake him over the coals. He sort of could bag a win as far as I am concerned.


Pretty clothes.


love! His clothes are just my taste, I'm excited to see what he comes up with (hope he's not too dramatic though... hah)


He's awesomely sweet in person too! :)

~EKM


He wins! I'll take one of each.


is that the gay mormon from latter days?


Drama Queen? Wears his heart on his sleeve? Yea, because those of us who know him know that he is just really, really innocent and nice. Nicest guy you will ever meet. But hopefully you WON'T meet him cos you'd probably act like an ass.


i loveddd the designs he made with rodney epperson they where my 2 favorite i couldnt take it when the judges said they hated it!!! I LOVED THEM!! im so soo sooo glad he didnt leave soooo glad! and he is not a drama queen! that show is very dramatic im sure many of the people who called him dramatic wouldnt be as strong as him


I actually dreamed that he agrees to be my bf. And then someone woke me up. Ugh!!! I'm mad. ^^

Although you might not won (i really hope you do, but the girls are frighteningly strong), but i'm rooting for you all the way!!!


okay the 1st two pics of this portfolio??? ugh eeeeeeewwwww. don't even get me started. he does not belong on this show!!! i'm sorry, but wtf?


He's a genuine, cute guy. His style is sooo out there that it never gets to the fashion show.. I can see some resemblance of his portfolio in his dresses in the show. His stuff hasn't improved. I agree with Logan that the fabric that Chris chooses looks cheap. It looks so like a student work.


Hi! I just watched the episode where you and Epperson had made a blue striped shirt-dress and a flashy turqoise bubble dress. I just have to say that out of all designs in that episode of Project Runway, your are the only one I would buy. I liked the bubble dress a lot, it was awesome! And now, while watching some of your designed dresses on this page, I must congratulate you, because you are truly talented and I hope that your clothes will one day be sold in Sweden, so I can buy them.

All the best
Rebecca Ablad
Sweden





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