The Tom & Lorenzo Archives: 2006 -2011
Our current site is here: www.tomandlorenzo.com

Project Runway Season 6: Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman

Ooohh, another cute one!

Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman
Age: 31
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Current Home: Minneapolis, MN
Favorite Designer: Marc Jacobs
Style Icon: Diahann Carroll
Favorite Past Project Runway Designer: Daniel Vosovic, Season 2

Graduating high school and attending college at the young age of 15, Ra’mon’s (then a pre-med major) discovered his passion for fashion when he signed up for a performance art class and was tasked with creating costumes. Ra’mon went on to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at SAGA Industries in Denmark. Ra’mon’s body of work includes stints as a bridal designer for Linda Campisano, designer for PriceWalton Couture, assistant designer for Gary Graham and designer for International Fur Trade Federation. Ra’mon currently designs for Target’s Massimo Black line and is working on designs for his own label, Ra’mon-Lawrence.

Why he’ll win?
Ra’mon believes he’ll win because he has a distinct point of view that appeals to a wide market and plans to bring a modern aesthetic with an avant garde twist to his clothes.

Tim Gunn: "He's someone who in my view thinks entirely too much. I was constantly surprised in the workroom – suddenly, there's a new design."

TimSpeak: Uhh... we actually have no idea what Tim's saying here. The first sentence sounds like a criticism but the second sentence sounds like praise.

So let's look at the goods:


















Survey says...GORGEOUS. Gorgeous with a side of WOW. Seriously, bitches. This stuff is PERFECT. The draping, the pleating, the color treatments, the use of prints - it all speaks of a highly talented designer. This is absolutely the best pre-show portfolio we've seen yet.

Personality-wise...





...he seems sweet, but we're also getting the distinct whiff of "diva." Fine by us. As far as we're concerned, talent+personality=the perfect reality show contestant. Ra'mon, we are expecting great things from you this season.

Seriously, doesn't it look like they knocked it out of the park in picking the contestants this year? Well, actually last year, but you know what we mean.

Find out more about Ra'mon at his myLifetime.com page and as always, if you want to speculate as to whether he's one of the finalists, save that for the finale collections posts which can be found via the pulldown menu at the bottom of the page.


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


Post a comment
83 comments:

He is super cute! And you're right about the clothes. Gorge!


My pick for the winner. Of course, now that I've posted that, he'll be the first one auf'd.


Love his history, but I can hear my mother's voice saying,

"You gave up Pre-Med for THIS???"


Now that is an impressive portfolio. I wonder if he is doing a lot of the dying of the textiles too.
I have no idea what "Thinking entirely too much" means .


In my opinion, both of Tim's opinions sound like criticisms. He's saying that Ra'mon would constantly revise his designs, a la Sweet P in the Hershey's challenge.

His work looks absolutely gorgeous, but I fear he probably won't get that far in the competition; maybe a 4th episode auf or so.


WOW - finally (I hope) someone who can walk the walk. Too many of the recent contestant/designers talk in such obscure oddities that the fashion elite give them credit when their work looks like crap.

I really hope he continues to impress!!


Love him (he's hot) and love his clothes!


Yeah, I take Tim's comment to indicate that Ra'mon will be tripped up by his own brain, overthinking and reworking his designs and then dangling at the end. This kind of constant consideration and self-editing can bring a wonderful finished product, but it isn't a good fit with the PR model of Fast Challenge/Quick Design/Rapid Execution/DONT LOOK BACK!


Just noticed this tidbit:

"...Ra’mon currently designs for Target’s Massimo Black line..."

So is this line in competition w/HeatherMiz's?


Mmm, pretty!

The clothes are nice, too.


My fvorite to date. I love anyone who can and will re-cut and re-design vintage.

TampaBay


I love it!!! Seriously, best portfolio so far.


OMG...his eyes are mesmerizing!! AND I really like his personality.
I wish I could say the same for his designs. Sorry, not sharing the love of them with everyone else. The draping is entirely to "bunchy" for my taste.


Fucking gorgeous!!!


I'm interpreting Tim's "thinks too much" commentary as he's probably alot like Korto or Austin Scarlett in his approach.

A strong designer and someone who shines when projecting his own aestethic, but can get tripped up when thinking outside of it.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

" Anonymous said...

I'm interpreting Tim's "thinks too much" commentary as he's probably alot like Korto or Austin Scarlett in his approach.

A strong designer and someone who shines when projecting his own aestethic, but can get tripped up when thinking outside of it."


Which in real life is kind of bullshit because that's exactly what the fashion industry needs - a strong and unique point of view, but in a competition, yeah, you can be sent home for not doing what they want.


Wow, I so had the exact opposite reaction to his clothes. Those first 3 dresses on the runway are just plain ugly. Some of the rest are OK, and all are technically well-done, but I really don't like any of it. And while looking at that menswear outfit with the white jacket and green shorts, I just thought, to quote Mr. Kors, "There's no look to it."


I dunno...I thought it was all pretty boring. The clothes themselves were nothing groundbreaking, and he has no eye for color. He's middle-of-the-pack so far, in my opinion.

(I think Tim meant that he overthinks everything. As in, "He overthinks and second-guesses everything so much that he kept starting the design over and over." Definitely not a compliment.)


Anon,
The Miz left Target in 2008, he is with Liz Claiborne now.


I've got to agree with Donny B - I don't like his stuff at all. My first thought on seeing his work was that it was all a hot mess. On second look I do like the final long grey dress on the right and a couple of other looks but overall my initial assessment stands: hot mess.

He's gorgeous but he really should lose the silly pube-strip on his face.


In TimSpeak, it sounds like he changes his design every couple of minutes.
I can't wait to see him!


"Donny B said...I just thought, to quote Mr. Kors, "There's no look to it."


I disagree, there's plenty of details in every look and the looks are hip, fresh and totally wearable.


LOVE the last dress. And I completely agree that personality+ability = perfect contestant. Just look at Christian or Laura.


That first dress took my breath away. This stuff is STUNNING.


EspeciallyGay

Beautiful! I hope he goes far.


I don't know.... I have a hunch he will be gone in the first 5 rounds.

- MDO -


Patchworkblu said...

"Donny B said...I just thought, to quote Mr. Kors, "There's no look to it."


I disagree, there's plenty of details in every look and the looks are hip, fresh and totally wearable
.

Detailing ≠ a look. How would you describe his aesthetic? Drapy and muddy? "Fabulous!" Or not. Wearable? Yes. Fresh? Not so much. Hip? No.


Patchworkblu

" Anonymous said...

Patchworkblu said...

"Donny B said...I just thought, to quote Mr. Kors, "There's no look to it."


I disagree, there's plenty of details in every look and the looks are hip, fresh and totally wearable.

Detailing ≠ a look. How would you describe his aesthetic? Drapy and muddy? "Fabulous!" Or not. Wearable? Yes. Fresh? Not so much. Hip? No."


I don't feel the need to write an essay about why I think the above. You're entitled to your opinion and I'm entitled to mine.


Very interesting! He's definitely one of the strongest contestants so far.


everything in the portfolio has a prismatic quality to it which i find appealing. i think the draping/pleating and print choices are partly responsible for that effect.

likey. a lot.


another laura

I interpret Tim's comments to say "can't work through a problem, throws out the baby with the bathwater and starts all over again"


Wow wow wow... love it all!


Come on, people. You have to admit that second dress looks like Carrie's wedding dress, complete with pig's blood. I had a hard time seeing the other ones after that--although, the boy in pink satin pants caught my eye. That's a real practical look.


regardless of my opinion of the clothes, i appreciate that the portfolio presents a variety of looks--women's, men's, formal, sportswear--nice to see that diversity, and although he has a clear point of view, he still seems somewhat versatile. good to know there will be contestants who won't swoon at the thought of doing menswear. :0)


This comment has been removed by the author.

" Gerry said...

Come on, people. You have to admit that second dress looks like Carrie's wedding dress, complete with pig's blood. I had a hard time seeing the other ones after that--although, the boy in pink satin pants caught my eye. That's a real practical look."


I actually had a hard time reading your comment.

I honestly don't know what it is about fashion that some you people here really like.

The comments are wallmart-esque at best.


I would guess he has trouble finishing his outfits.
Also, I am definitely interested in seeing more from this guy, but am not quite as enamored as TLo.


"Gerry said...

Come on, people. You have to admit that second dress looks like Carrie's wedding dress, complete with pig's blood."

Actually, no. I don't have to admit that at all.

"I had a hard time seeing the other ones after that--although, the boy in pink satin pants caught my eye. That's a real practical look."

Oh, I see. You're one of those dreary people that only looks at clothing from a "practical" perspective.


He's one of favorite designers :)


Go Ra'mon, you rock, baby!!!!!


I'm not in love. I think he's doing some interesting things with prints (that prismatic quality pp mentioned) but he also appears to be doing some questionable things to the female form. I like the textures and colors, but the shapes look clunky to me.

Unless he's got a huge personality, I don't see him making it too far.


formerlyAnon

Don't like his color palette (though that first drapey blue gown is stunning!.

He appears to be one of the more accomplished contestants. While the clothes seem to be well made and fitted, with a couple of exceptions the final product made less of an impact on me than it seemed like it should have. They kind of came up as "less than the sum of their parts" for me.

But he seems to be a designer who can dress himself! Love that symphony of grays in the portrait photo.

And yeah, I'm thinking Mr. Gunn means he's one who'll doom himself by taking too long to get started, then change the whole design midstream.


I'd guess from Tim's comment that he'll be aufed towards the early middle of the season (sixth or seventh designer eliminated). It sounds like he changes his mind a lot, and sooner or later he'll get caught with no clear vision and/or no time to realize it.


Absolutely amazing stuff here. Hope he can produce that kinda stuff in short amounts of time


He definately has an impressive portfolio there. And that first blue dress? GORGEOUS.


formerlyAnon

P.s. And I very much like he has at least a few pieces for the guys. Menswear is so neglected.


Note, Ra'mon has since left Target and now works as a designer for Kohl's.


Picture 11 (long coffee and cream diagonal stripe) reminds me very much of a cuttlefish display - mesmerizing its prey. And I mean that in a good way.


Love it all, he's great.


Miss Heather

He's cute. But I don't like that he designs for the "International Fur Trade Federation."


I gotta say, I'm more impressed with the menswear then the womenswear.

I can see Kanye West wearing this stuff, easily.


Regardless of whether or not they are practical, the pink satin man pants are just plain ugly. FWIW, so is the first white "Carrie" dress. No need for snide comments about "fashion perspectives," since I imagine many in the fashion industry would think it was fairly ugly as well. It's possible for someone to say they don't like something without wanting to see boring catalog clothes. FYI.


the second sentence sounds like criticism too, to me, when following the first sentence. Just 'cause you have a new design doesn't mean it's good. Especially when you have so little time to execute!


another laura
8/3/09 1:25 PM
I interpret Tim's comments to say "can't work through a problem, throws out the baby with the bathwater and starts all over again"

I totally thought the same thing another laura...

I love the first 2 dresses, and I can get behind the other things in the collection too.


His fabric choices are PERFECT, color is STUNNING, design is BREATHTAKING! At this point idc if hes a diva or not, if hes got the talent to back it up i say go for it!


Seriously people, pre-med at FIFTEEN??!! This season's crop of designers is amazing, no Blaynes in this group. Impressive academic backgrounds, global perspectives, articulate (I know a lot of you like to put down the big thinkers, can they walk the talk, but I like people who can expess themselves thoughtfully, it CAN translate into being accomplished in the design/sewing arena, it doesn't negate those abilities). I'm not that crazy about his clothing, but he does have a distinct point of view and is detail oriented. Plus he is cute! I'm getting more excited for this season to start. Bring it on!!!

—m


I gotta tell you...I will sure be watching this season especially with Ra'mon and Christopher lookin' so adorable. I hope they get along. I see that both of them are from Minn. A love connection, perhaps...a boy can only dream.


He seems very talented. I'm curious to see more.


"Anonymous said...

Seriously people, pre-med at FIFTEEN??!! This season's crop of designers is amazing, no Blaynes in this group."


Thank. God.


Love.

Yes, I'm so excited. Looks like we have an incredibly interesting bunch this time around.


Interesting history but the clothes are a STEAMY HOT MESS!


bitch can stich!


I like his clothes a lot. On a more important note, his PR6 picture looks like a publicity still for a film adaptation of a Terry McMillan novel.


That first dress actually made me gasp aloud. Most of it I think is really striking, but I some of the draping is a little bunch-y for my taste. I am intrigued, though, and cannot WAIT!


Not liking most of the colours or the combinations.

Not liking some of the draping. That first blue dress doesn't even look like it's made in a proper weight fabric and seems to be made out of a MadMen™ Line upholstery fabric.

The rest I'm thinking looks... fine. That's about it.

I'm not wowed or even whee-ed.

I hope he can pull some whaaaaa from his trunk of tricks.

Maybe he'll bring the drama... .


Beautiful clothes, i would totally wear most of it. His menswear is also very cool.


The first dress is gorgeous, especially the back.


I do sense a little diva in him. LOL.


CanIGetYouAnything?

" formerlyAnon said...
P.s. And I very much like he has at least a few pieces for the guys. Menswear is so neglected."


I agree, I wish PR had a few challenges focused on menswear. I guess the issue is having male models as well.


GO RA'MON!!! WE'RE ROOTING FOR YOU!!!


Great clothes!!


Wozers!


Love (!) the 2 skirts he showed at casting, and both tank tops. Love the blue gown. And he's so pretty! You could get lost in those eyes...

warmheartedgirl :)


Not all out crazy about his pieces (I think he does what he's doing very well, just not to my taste) but I LOVE him! Makes me miss my college boys so much!! I hope he does well and is around for us to love for awhile, but am thinking, too, that Tim's comment probably means he rethinks his designs too much...


I really like some of the clothes. My overall impression is that many of the dresses are very high-level conceptual and don't reference the body enough. (Read: "somewhat shapeless.") The menswear is... eh.


I thought he was pretty decent, especially with the gowns and menswear, but I was not particularly impressed with his sportswear.

I interpreted his background and Tim's comments to mean that he is very serious, and it will eventually trip him up. I peg him for the mid-season Shocker! elimination.


I absolutely hate the clothes except for the first dress, and all for the same reason: they don't fit the body.

Well, "absolutely hate" is probably too strong, but nothing in that portfolio suggests that he knows, or that anyone seeing a woman in those clothes would know, that there's actually a woman inside.


This is very impressive work. And very cute, too.


not a fan of his embellishing his premed accomplishments as "going to medical school to train to be a neurosurgeon" for those of you who don't know, premed is nothing out of the ordinary for an undergrad: english, biology, chemistry, physics. In medical school (which he never actually started) you don't train to be a specialist. That training is reserved for residency. He may have aspired to be a neurosurgeon, but he would have needed to be at the very top of his class and have made it through board exams and actually slotted a seat in that residency program. I'm not saying he's not intelligent enough, I'm just saying he severely hyperbolized and therefore I'm a bit cautious to believe anything he says.


I echo th comment above. Anyone who says they specialized in anything in medical school. Never went to medical school. I expect to see some inflated ego trips this season with him. He is talented.


This is completely misleading and false advertising to those who do not understand medicine. It is an insult to those who have completed their residency and finished their certification to call him a neurosurgeon. I would even say it is an insult to one's intelligence. Many aspire; few accomplish. There's a huge amount of personal sacrifice one has to cede to be called a medical physician, even more to be a neurosurgeon. It is undeserved credit.
GC MD
board certified


It's obvious after Ra'mon opened his mouth for the first time that he has never set foot in medical school. It was offensive to me as a surgeon for this guy to try to harness that respect- especially after crying on the first show. If he cracked under the pressure of designing clothes I am glad he never had the opportunity to actually treat a patient!


I ran a non-profit design program for low income inner city high school students in Chicago when Ra'mon was a student at SAIC. He could not have been more generous with his time and design skills when we held a design day at SAIC for our students. I kept in contact with him about projects to inspire African-American youth to enter the design field and he is tops in my books. An extremely talented young man that "gives back" as well.





BALMAIN for women

Blog Archive

Search This Blog

Loading...

Project Runway