Wow.

Monday, February 19, 2007 by

Photo: Marvi Lacar

New York Magazine has an eye-opening interview with Season 3 winner Jeffrey Sebelia here.

Some choice highlights:

What Happened to Jeffrey Sebelia?

"'I was fully prepared to be in front of the cameras and say outlandish things and make people snicker,' Sebelia says."

"He went home to L.A. to recuperate and wait for the phone to ring. Crowds mobbed him in the street, but business calls only trickled in."

"His first post-Runway deal? Not exactly Marc Jacobs for LVMH. “I’m almost afraid to admit what I’m doing,” he says, “but it’s costumes for a movie. It’s a live-action movie for the Bratz.” Those slutty dolls? “Yeah, those slutty dolls.”

"And when Sebelia realizes he doesn’t have $3 in cash for the parking attendant, his face goes dark. He’s got the three bucks somewhere; he can just barely bring himself to bargain anymore. “I’m just so tired of haggling,” he says, rifling through his dirty white-leather wallet."

152 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's such a shame. :/ He was an ass on purpose but I liked him, and it's a shame that he's down to making clothing for Bratz.

LaFemmeFataledeNY said...

I'm not a bit sorry. He lied, insulted people on the show, cheated, dumped his wife, and oh yes, designed a shitty collection too. Time for a reality check, peanut!!

Janet said...

Well, I guess now we know why Jay is still struggling to succeed. Maybe Chloe should give them some advice. She just signed five brand-extension deals.

Pepper2 said...

I thought he was donating the car to charity.

La Dame said...

Fascinating. Can't help but feel a little sorry for peanut. And Jay, actually. Art is an expensive career, even with some fame.

sewhat? said...

Ain't Karma a Bitch?

Anonymous said...

This is interesting.

Would Laura or Uli have done better since their lines would be far more wearable and available?

We know Jay's had problems, but a number of people have found happy places including Cloe, both Daniels, Malan, Emmet, Nick, Kayne, and I'm sure others I'm forgetting.

I never liked him or his clothes. But I'll still...sorta root for him since he did win....somehow.

Madeline K. said...

He wasn't married to Melanie, was he? And the article said that they broke up, not that he dumped her.

He should sell the car and get something less expensive, so that he'll have some money. Still, it's hard. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes. Good luck, Peanut.

Anonymous said...

"'I was fully prepared to be in front of the cameras and say outlandish things and make people snicker,' Sebelia says."


What an asshole!

Anonymous said...

what? they broke up and then he is not doing well now??

so sad.

both kara are also happy and doing fine now

Hatshepsut said...

His personality aside, this is what most of us said when he won - he will never be successful on the scale the other three finalists would(will) because most consumers (and thus byers) don't like the punkrock/LA style. If you can't sell your clothes, you won't be successful. That is not to say he can't still do one-of-a-kind pieces to celebrity rockstars.

Anonymous said...

Saw him on E! Fashion Police last night.

TokyoDoll said...

" Anonymous said...

Saw him on E! Fashion Police last night. "


Me too and he said that one of the Pussy Cat Dolls wanted him to make her a dress for the Grammys, but he was too busy blah blah blah. Busy doing what?

BigAssBelle said...

i'm sorry to read of his misfortune. hope he manages to stay sober and to build his business back to something sustaining.

i didn't realize jay didn't take the $100,000 either ~ thought he just turned down the mentorship thing.

jay crazy ;-)

Erica said...

I think he needs to know who his audience is. The people who will buy his stuff because he won Project Runway aren't people who purchase $1300 sweatshirts. If he put out an Ed Hardy-esque line, he'd make tons of money.

snf in va said...

"Hatshepsut said...
His personality aside, this is what most of us said when he won - he will never be successful on the scale the other three finalists would(will) because most consumers (and thus byers) don't like the punkrock/LA style. If you can't sell your clothes, you won't be successful. That is not to say he can't still do one-of-a-kind pieces to celebrity rockstars."

Exactly! Combine that with the fact that the younger consumers that would ordinarily fall into his target group can't afford his clothing, you have a recipe for a limited career arc.

Jeffrey really *needed* the prize money more that the other finalists. I can't say that I have any sympathy for him at this point. I think aspects of his on-air persona were not just for the TV cameras.


Uli and Laura are in a better position to translate their 'limited creativity' into respectable careers designing lines of resort wear and cocktail/evening wear, which I suspect they are working on already.

Anonymous said...

I don't care one bit about him or his future.

However, it's way too soon for a negative "what happened to?" article. It's taken Cloe, who knows the business end of fashion extremely well, some time to get her business expanding.

A year from now, we'll maybe know if Sebelia has what it takes in the business world of fashion.

- Barnaby

DivineQueen said...

What's the point of being "so creative, such a genius, so innovative" when you can't sell a fucking t-shirt?

Anonymous said...

"Even afterward, he says, it took him a while to realize how much he was genuinely hurt by Laura’s accusation."

You cheated and you know it!

nso said...

I agree that it's way too soon for a "whatever happened to . . ." piece. Why would anyone expect he could jump from reality television immediately into a successful fashion career.

The attitude that comes across in this article, however, doesn't bode well for Jeffrey, and it pretty much confirms that the nasty personality we saw on the show was not just an acting job. He sounds so negative. Instead of complaining about how few pieces he sold as a result of the store window dressing gig, why not put a positive spin on it? If he complains so much about the few people who have been giving him work, and puts down the work itself, why would any of these people continue to hire him for anything? Does he think that throwing himself a public pity party will bring in the jobs?

kitschtrain said...

"He was the most connected to what’s happening right now,” says Elle fashion director and Runway judge Nina Garcia. “He’s more editorial, more edgy, he has good ideas … John Galliano-esque."

You know, I'm beginning to think that Nina doesn't know as much as I thought she did. He is NO Galliano!!

Martinique said...

"nso said...
The attitude that comes across in this article, however, doesn't bode well for Jeffrey, and it pretty much confirms that the nasty personality we saw on the show was not just an acting job."

Exactly. I don't buy that for a second. Fern Mallis once said on the show that it does pay to be nice, to respect people in this industry, and that nobody wants to work with an asshole.

ToddNY said...

Peanut gets no sympathy from me. Suck it up princess.

Anonymous said...

I feel vaguely bad for lil peanut but as has been demonstrated, you really have to follow up on the win or the exposure if you didn't win. The perils of being the pop culture flavor of the minute is there's a line of other reality tv divas waiting for their moment in the sun. Winning PR isn't the be-all, end-all, it's a jumping off point and a great opportunity, not an end in itself.

Anonymous said...

What the hell happened? Didn't he get a nice chunk of change for winning..and he doesn't even have three bucks? How is that even possible?

MarceloF said...

He was an arrogant winner, a sore loser, and he made another contestant’s mother cry.

nuff said!

Anonymous said...

If Peanut used the $100,000 to pay off his debt, he should be eternally grateful. That's a huge weight off his shoulders. Stop whining and get to work on your slutty doll clothes.

Marlene said...

Maybe if I poke myself in the eye, I might work up a tear or two for the Angry Peanut. I guess that's what I find so dreary about reality shows in their subsequent seasons...that it's all about the calculation of behavior. There's nothing "real" about many contestants behavior, as they have studied "how" to win by the previous seasons. Types like Jeffrey and Santino not only irritate me, but they bore me too.

Anonymous said...

He's $100G ahead of where he was before this. He has opportunities now that he didn't have before. What he really needs is good, sound business advice. Part of his problem was that he turned off so many people with his arrogance. If it was part of his plan, he let it go too far. Now that his business loan is paid off, he's ahead of the game. He needs to find a business manager to help him lay out a good business plan, and a strategy for getting his garments out there. The big problem is that creative people often don't have the business knowledge. I don't know if the design schools teach courses in actually running a business, but they should. It should be as important as learning to sew straight seams, and designing a collection. Jeffrey has all this free publicity and it has a short shelf life. While people know and care about who he is at this moment, this is when he needs to aggressively promote his business and make a big impression. Maybe he should take on a partner to handle the actual business end of things, and leave him free to do the creative part of things.
I was sorry to hear about his split with Melanie. That was kind of sad, especially since he was proclaiming his love for her on the runway.

NahnCee said...

Saw him on E! Fashion Police last night.

I saw that, too, and I must say I was favorably impressed. He had toned it down, and his comments were thoughtful. He critiqued one Michael Kors outfit just by saying, "I don't like that belt," without going into any details about Kors or his experience.

He also said in a couple of instances, "if you're trying to do thus-&-so, you should wear this-or-that," which made me think there really was more to his design esthete that merely standing back and hurling black leather and zippers at a model.

The tattoo's are still a distraction, though. Hard to take him seriously when he constantly looks like he needs to wash his hands.

GothamTomato said...

Failure couldn't happen to a more deserving individual.

--Gotham Tomato

Anonymous said...

It certainly looks like his dramatis personae came back to bite him in the ***

So he noticed the part where his friend Sanitino got lots of attention for being a jerk. Did he notice the part where Santino has not been able to translate his exposure into a more successful career?

Now he wants to spin the story 180 degrees --make it sound like it was a complete fabrication and not like him at all. it's still a story!!

vanessa

Anonymous said...

Kind of nice to see manipulation not working--Laura Bennett got out there and said that whatever you see on that show is me--the editing was fair, and I am the person you saw. it wasn't always pretty, but it yielded her more admirers and probably more inner peace after it all disappears.

toodles

Mariana (The Unoriginal) said...

I don't think the fashion industry takes these winners seriously. I also think that these winners feel that just because they won PR they are instantly of the caliber of a well-established designer who worked years to get where they are.

Melrose said...

Karma? Jeffrey. Jeffrey? Karma.

GothamTomato said...

All throughout season 3, Jeffrey was roundly dispised by most viewers (at least, the ones with sense) all across the blogs. Then, right before the finals, suddenly the blogs were all over- run by rah-rah Jeffrey nit wits; absolute morons, most of whom sounded like ranting 13 year olds. And it was also obvious that those posters were making posts under numerous names, (ie; a small group, most likely connected with Jeffrey was trying to make it seem like there was more support for him that there really was). It was a clear, though clumsy, viral marketing campaign coming from either Jeffrey's people (or maybe BRAVO, who were about to end up with a VERY unpopular 'winner').

That was my view. And that was confirmed, in my mind, when I found out Jeffrey's uncle has a PR firm. And my guess is; that isn't the only thing his uncle did to attempt to rehabilitate his image.

Jeffrey's claim of creating an obnoxious personality for the cameras is total bull. I'm sure he was told to start saying that when people realized that it did not matter if he won or not, most viewers rightly hated him.

And it is completely laughable for him to complain of being 'hurt' by Laura's accusations. (Violins anyone?) After all the hurt that HE intentionally inflicted on others, who had the misfortune of having to deal with him, (and the Lord of the Flies atmosphere he created in the workroom), he has the nerve to complain about someone hurting widdle him? Puh-leez!

I have met people who had to deal with him on the show. That nasty mysogynist ass was not putting on an act: That was him. And in fact, I have heard that the editing was too kind to him. He was actually worse. And he's not a 'punk kid'- he's in his late 30's!

So now he's living in a little hell of his own making and is still trying to blame everyone else for his problems - which is classic junkie behavior. Rehab SHOULD have taught him to take responsibility for himself, but apparently that didn't take either.

The title of his next reality show should be, 'The Biggest Loser'. Hopefully he'll quickly fade back away into the obscurity that he deserves.

--Gotham Tomato

max said...

Isn't it a little premature for a tragic "What happened to...?" article??? Of course he's struggling. I fully expect any PR winner to be working their ass off right now. Look how long it took Chloe to get a handle on things and sign those deals. And she's a smart woman!

Let's see where Sebelia is after one year before we break out the violins.

Now I see why Jay McCarroll is so bitter. If Sebelia is already declared a lost cause after a few months, then Jay is a bonafide failure in life.

It took Jay two years just to pull a show together.

Give these people some time.

sewhat? said...

I DO like you Gotham Tomato

Roxy said...

I don't agree at all with Gothamtomato. First, as one of those people who started posting in favor of Jeffrey Sebelia, I can assure you I did not post under fake names or anything of the kind. Second, I started liking Jeffrey when I saw that his clothes were good, which was fairly early on -- the Reap what you sew challenge, I think. Third, there's a world of difference between bad-mouthing Angela (and I don't hold it against him, she was tasteless and insane to boot) and being accused of cheating. I think Laura crossed the line there. It was obvious she was surprised at his collection and jealous that he was finished by the time he came back to New York (as they all should have been IMO, given the producers' propensity to giving last-minute, time-consuming challenges like "the 13th piece") so she said the first thing that came to mind and lugged Michael in with her (no surprise, considering his awful hooker collection). Uli is the only one who didn't jump on the bandwagon. Laura damaged his reputation and almost got him booted off the Bryant Park show. Not cool.

samantha said...

It's easy for folks to blow through $100,000. It's really not that much money.

I read Jeffrey had a lot of debt from opening his business. He used all his winnings to pay that off. So, actually, he is in a better place. Even if that means he's short of pocket change. At least his business is payed off.

Chloe pumped all her winnings back into her store. She expanded and renovated. But she still lives with her mother.

When you're trying to grow your own company, you basically pump whatever $$$ you have into it.

In Jay's case, he stupidly turned down the money. Look where he is now. Going nowhere and bitching about Tim Gunn.

I want to know Malan Bretan's secret. He's like the Jennifer Hudson of PR. Probably the most successful contestant to date. Two Bryant Park shows and a new store in New York in a few months. Incredible!

amanda said...

I don't know. Jeffrey's situation seems typical to me. I heard that Mike and Uli are struggling too. They're hustling to break into the industry. Uli is probably making the most money though. Her dresses have a high price point and sell well. But because they're hand-made, it's tough to keep up with demand. She doesn't mass produce. Mike is still plugging away.

What's Laura done since the show ended? Not much. She has a beautiful baby boy. But fashion-wise, she has no clothes or business to tend to. It seems she's back to being a socialite.

redheadgeek said...

A coworker was obsessed with his clothes are ordered three things from his line. The money was taken from her account, but she never received her product. This was right before the finale aired, and her contacts with the company went from 'sure we'll get it to you', to 'we're backed up sorry for the delay' to 'we have no record you ever ordered anything' to not being able to contact anyone. Quite frankly if this is the case with any percentage of his customers, no wonder he hasn't made it.

snf in va said...

PR is a swimsuit competition that doesn't factor in the ability to swim.

In all likelihood, any fashion industry 'insiders' who may follow PR and who go to the shows in NYC and elsewhere, are looking for much more than just raw talent.
I would think that they are looking for more of a complete package: a consistency of talent and taste, a marketable aesthetic, a level of professionalism, and so forth. Investors want to back the horse that can go the distance.

Whether or not he was acting, Jeffrey undermined himself with his bad-boy behavior. Who wants to work with someone like that?

Anonymous said...

I ordered one of Jay McCarroll's bags after PR 1. It took 10 months to arrive after I put in my order. And it smelled like cigarettes. Gross! Never again.

I think next time I want PR stuff, I'll got buy it myself at Chloe or Emmett's store. Those two are the only ones with business sense from this show.

paul said...

Who wants to work with someone like that?

Yeah, I agree that the way they present themselves on reality television may be entertaining, but, in real life, most business people don't want to work with "bad boys" or bitchy drama queens. Who wants the hassle?

It doesn't surprise me that Peanut is struggling or that Jay flopped. Jay's venomous sniping made him famous, but financiers and businesspeople won't tolerate his vitriolic attacks and cattiness. Look at how he alienated Tim Gunn and Heidi with his nastiness. His behaviour on "Project Jay" was disgusting. I was gob-smacked by the way he acted around potential business partners. No wonder his career is going down the tubes. Peanut should look at what happened to Jay and get his act together.

Smart business people like Kara Saun, Chloe, Emmett and Malan will always come out on top. They have professionalism and class. I think Michael and Uli have great potential too.

We will see who's still around in the long run...

Anonymous said...

"Laura damaged his reputation and almost got him booted off the Bryant Park show. Not cool."

The only person who almost got Jeffrey booted was Jeffrey himself. And he's doing a fine job of damaging his reputation all by himself, too, it sounds like.

Westenera said...

Jeffery would be very successful if he'd get off his high horse, lower his prices and sell them to the masses. The only people who can afford them are rich socialites, and they certainly aren't into punk grunge. He's just not playing to his audience. I really love some of his pieces, but I, an eighteen year old, don't have $1200 (or even $500) to drop on a single garment.

I really want to know how Malan and Emmett were able to get up and running so efficiently. It's great that they've been able to discipline their businesses and translate their artistic visions into marketable clothing. Chloe, Kara, Zulema and the Daniels seem to be making headway, too.

Sarah said...

" Anonymous said...

"Laura damaged his reputation and almost got him booted off the Bryant Park show. Not cool."

The only person who almost got Jeffrey booted was Jeffrey himself. And he's doing a fine job of damaging his reputation all by himself, too, it sounds like. "


I love you whoever you are. Don't blame others for your failure.

thombeau said...

Oh, what goes around comes around...

I just saw that Michael is making t-shirts for Starbucks.

Anonymous said...

I don't like the guy or his clothes, but stop the hatin' everyone. Here's the simple truth: fashion is a tough, tough, tough, business. Olivier Theyskens was generally regarded as a genius as a designer. The second coming of Chanel and a nice guy. He designed a few well-received collections for Rochas (one of the few surviving courtiers) only to have the line shut down. I have no idea where he's landed, but he's hardly a household name.

Truth is there are precious few really successful, nationally (or internationally) known designers. He's right to think Wal-Mart. Jay thought Target. But they both have to take the aesthetic, figure out how to mass-produce it, license it, and how to make that all happen at x price point. Talent is nearly irrelevant to the business, and PR doesn't really do anything to school them (or give them a partner) on the business side. So every winner is doomed to fail -- at least in the short run. On the other hand, since none of them were lighting up the world anyway, it can't hurt.

Malan's been most visible, but I'm bettin' on Emmett or Chloe, both of whom have distribution outlets. Emmett has been the smartest about capitalizing on the business network. Not surprising as, I think, the oldest of all the designer contestants.

PR should add a real contract to the winner, sort of like American Idol. Because without that even Uli, who I suspect has the capacity to be the highest-grossing of all the Runway alum (Lily Pulitzer, anyone?) won't go anywhere.

Anonymous said...

I agree that Jeffrey should lower his prices. I think he has some marketable pieces, but they're too pricey for his target market. Or just focus exclusively on his high end stuff, like the leather jackets. Uli is making lots of $$$ just by producing those beautiful original print dresses. When you're starting out, it's wiser to streamline rather than try to mass-produce without the resources to do it cheaply.

Jay's stuff is entirely unwearable. His fashion show was a joke. Especially that ugly yellow jumpsuit with the clown faces. Nobody is gonna wear that shit.

Anonymous said...

Gotcha! People are not stupid, they know when they are being played. I guess the real winner of season three is Mulan. Mulan=style, Two Bryant Park shows on his own, a store, and a celebrity clientelle. I really wanted Jeffrey to do well, he was so talented. Maybe he will find a way, there is still time.
Shelton

Anonymous said...

" Anonymous said...

I don't like the guy or his clothes, but stop the hatin' everyone."


Oh, silly, we don't hate him. We hate the "character" he played on the show.

rose said...

Malan's been most visible, but I'm bettin' on Emmett or Chloe, both of whom have distribution outlets. Emmett has been the smartest about capitalizing on the business network. Not surprising as, I think, the oldest of all the designer contestants.
-----------------------------

Oh, I agree! Emmett and Chloe have staying power. They are the REAL DEAL. They have demonstrated real business acumen. They have built successful profitable businesses. Kara Saun, too, is doing extremely well.

So far, the proof is in the pudding. The real stars of each season have been:

PR 1 = Kara Saun

PR 2 = Emmett and Chloe

PR 3 = Malan Bretan

In the end, maturity, professional and hard work always win.

Anonymous said...

I heard that! Malan you go! You need to start a men's line! Us guys are really digging on your style.

Anonymous said...

Kara Saun got robbed first season. Jay is a joke.

Chloe ruled. Danny V was too young. He wasted a lot of time partying before he managed to get his shit together. Santino - like Jay - is another joke. Please, no more freaks!

Uli should have won. She's the only one with real potential. Michael is still young. Jeffrey and Laura are more TV personalities - lots of hot air but not much to back it up. But Malan? He's the best of both worlds. Charisma and business sense.

rufus said...

If this show wants to produce real designers, then they need to change their judging criteria. Allowing losers like Santino and Wendy Pepper into the final 3? Ridculous!

I was appalled when Emmett McCarthy was booted in favour of that asswipe Santino. Could you imagine Emmett in the Final 3? WOW. Someone with REAL potential.

Booting off Malan Bretan to save Anegla-freaking-Keslar was a TRAVESTY! Malan should have been Final 4.

The judges have only themselves to blame. The only time they got it right was when they picked Chloe.

Cinthia said...

"Gunn said that the No. 1 question he's asked lately is, "How do I feel about the winner" of Season 3. "Eighty five percent of the people want to talk about Jeffrey. Two-thirds support him and about a third don't. I always ask those people if they can separate the design work from the person. They just stare at me" as if he's not speaking English, Gunn noted with a laugh"
From an interview with Tim Gunn.

He's just good TV, that's all.

crepesuzette said...

" rufus said...

The judges have only themselves to blame. The only time they got it right was when they picked Chloe. "

I agree, and as far as I know, Nina had to convince the other judges to give it to Chloe.

I swear to god, if we have another Santino/Jeffrey jerk on Season 4 I will turn my TV off.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully, the judges will change next season. After the Jay McCarroll fiasco - with him calling Heidi a "bitch" and a "twat" and trash-talking Tim Gunn... I doubt they will ever allow a reality TV clown freak to win again.

We need more winners like Chloe.

Go Malan! The REAL winner from season 3.

GothamTomato said...

"crepesuzette said...

I swear to god, if we have another Santino/Jeffrey jerk on Season 4 I will turn my TV off."



I second that emotion.

--Gotham Tomato

GothamTomato said...

Roxy said"
Third, there's a world of difference between bad-mouthing Angela (and I don't hold it against him, she was tasteless and insane to boot) and being accused of cheating...(snip)...Laura damaged his reputation and almost got him booted off the Bryant Park show. Not cool."



Oh please. No one damaged Jeffrey's reputation but Jeffrey. And you are behaving like a classic rah-rah Jeffrey nut, ie; you MUST hate the people that your diminutive hero hates to rationalize his boorish behavior. But it doesn't wash.

BTW, I've met Angela. She's not 'insane'. She happens to be a very nice person. But that doesn't matter, does it? If peanut attacked Tim the way he attacked Angela, you would be saying that Tim is insane, I'm sure.

Angela just happened to get caught in Jeffrey's game; his summer stock version of Lord of the Flies. He claims that he was just 'playing a character', so it didn't matter that he continually attacked other contestants; but did those contestants sign on to be in his play? No. He created a harrassment-filled atmosphere in the work environment, that prevented others from working, & that would have gotten him fired from ANY company in the country. That is a major reason why no one will touch him.

And it was NOT a character. It was all him. And so is continually blaming everyone else for his problems.

--Gotham Tomato

Anonymous said...

Look on the bright side, Jeffrey. No you have more time to hang out with your buddy Santino Rice.

I'm not shedding a tear.

Anonymous said...

Malan should have won Season 3. No question.

So far Malan had TWO Bryant Park shows and opened a new boutique in New York. He's on the fast track.

Peanut is down on his luck. LMAO. Laura has done nothing but pop out a baby. Michael is making a few cheap T-shirts for Starbucks. Where's Uli? Still in Miami.

sebastian said...

"crepesuzette said...

I swear to god, if we have another Santino/Jeffrey jerk on Season 4 I will turn my TV off."


Agreed. They need to STOP cast for "character" and choose the best talent instead.

No more villainous Jeffrey/Santino types.

No more vicious catty queens like Jay McCarroll.

Enough is enough.

Less drama. More fashion!

Anonymous said...

"So he noticed the part where his friend Sanitino got lots of attention for being a jerk. Did he notice the part where Santino has not been able to translate his exposure into a more successful career?"

___________________________________

Exactly. Santino is not a true designer. He's a reality TV famewhore. He's accomplished NOTHING since the show ended for him. All he does now is give insulting megalomaniacal interviews gloating about himself. He bought into his own hype. Pathetic!

Same goes for Jay. His catty queen shtick is so played out. Jay produces NOTHING. All he does is spew venom and hate, and make excuses. He's deluded and convinced himself that HE was the star of PR. Now he trashes Tim Gunn. Vindictive bitch.

This is what Peanut gets for modelling himself after these clowns. He wanted to be the next Santino or Jay on the show. Now he's realizing that a hateful attitude won't get you far in the real business world.

Anonymous said...

Karma meet Peanut. LOL.

Anonymous said...

I heard a rumor that Jeffrey and Marilinda were a couple now. If he dumped Melanie - his devoted baby mama - to hook up with his skanky model...then he deserves to burn in hell.

stacey said...

Hey! Don't call Marilinda skanky! That was uncalled for.

TheGayBoys said...

Darlings, you know we like to keep our comments sections open to all opinions, but some of these responses are getting a little too redhot and a little too personal. We're not trying to censor opinions, but please try to temper your responses.

stacey said...

"if it's true," meaning that we don't know if it's true. I heard Marilinda has a boyfriend. Calling someone a skank, a bitch, a ho and a homewrecker based on an unfounded rumor is completely uncalled for. I definitely feel for Melanie and Harrison, but I don't think it's fair to sling mud at someone who may have absolutely nothing to do with the breakup.

stacey said...

Thank you Tom and Lorenzo. I couldn't agree more. Feel free to delete my last comment if you wish :)

eric3000 said...

I only found one thing upsetting in this article: someone bought a house in Los Angeles for $130,000!

Anonymous said...

Melanie was the most likeable thing about Jeffrey.

Anonymous said...

I only found one thing upsetting in this article: someone bought a house in Los Angeles for $130,000!

Here, here! Where can I get me one of those?? Condos aren't even that cheap!

smmo said...

"Less drama. More fashion!"

This isn't possible. It is in't quantum physics; it attracts dramatic people. I don't mind interesting people as long as they're nice. Andrae would be an example.

Jeffrey will find his way. I'm not surprised, as his aesthetic for a limited group.

I don't really have a dog in the Jeffrey vs. Laura fight; they both had good and terrible moments. I do think it is interesting that most of the fashion people agreed with Jeffrey's win.

Potty Mouth Princess said...

"Paging Jeffrey Sebelia...Karma on line 3."

Next up? TC's equally abhorrent famewhore Ilan Hall.

Lima Bean said...

Somebody above had a great and fresh idea: Make the prize a *real* prize and maybe the show will attract more professional-like people. It's not like Bravo can't afford it, or better yet, scare up the sponsors to up the ante, etc. $100,000 is nothing, especially when you realize that much of that goes straight to taxes. Who cares about a nice car when you can't pay the rent? Does anybody really think that amount of money is substantial in this business?

I didn't like Jeffrey and personally think he is reaping what he sowed. To be fair, he, like most artists probably doesn't understand the business side of things and unless he networks a few good partnerships, we'll not see him much again. Fame is fleeting and his chances are dimming as each day dawns to find him griping instead of "making it work".

I'm kind of put-off by this attitude I see here about Laura and her baby. "All Laura's done is pop out a baby", somebody said. Excuse me? Somebody here actually puts that amazing miracle below fashion as a worthwhile thing to do? Reality check time.

Laura has more staying power than anybody because she has the luxury of being able to pick and choose what she does and where she does it. This is due to her talent, creativity, professionalism, stable family, and primarily her financial backing. She can do what she wants, when she wants because she is rich in resources and contacts. I have my fingers crossed that she decides to step into the spotlight again. But for now, looks like there's a little red-headed man in her life that she chooses first. I would certainly hope so!

LOL, Jeffrey meet Karma!

Anonymous said...

Laura has more staying power than anybody because she has the luxury of being able to pick and choose what she does and where she does it. This is due to her talent, creativity, professionalism, stable family, and primarily her financial backing. She can do what she wants, when she wants because she is rich in resources and contacts. I have my fingers crossed that she decides to step into the spotlight again. But for now, looks like there's a little red-headed man in her life that she chooses first. I would certainly hope so!"

Amen, darling! Words out of my mouth.

Amy said...

"He went home to L.A. to recuperate and wait for the phone to ring. Crowds mobbed him in the street, but business calls only trickled in."

What a shocker! Jeffrey who? Next!

Roxy said...

Dear Gotham Tomato:

First, I didn't attack you, I merely said I didn't agree with you. YOU called me "a classic rah-rah Jeffrey nut". Thank you, by the way. I didn't need Jeffrey Sebelia to know that Angela was weird to the max. I could tell for myself. And I don't hate her for it, I just wanted her OUT of Project Runway. I don't hate Laura Bennett either. Actually, I quite like her, and she was, in her own way, as rude as Sebelia. All I said about her, if I remember correctly, was: "Not cool."

As far as creating a harassment-filled atmosphere, well, you and I weren't watching the same show. The only time he stepped out of line was when he went on and on about Darlene, Angela's mother. He was rude and obnoxious, yes. I didn't personally take to Darlene, I've known people like that, expert at making everyone feel sorry for them and getting away with murder in the process. I can understand his point of view, that's all. And I don't believe in hanging people out to dry just because they have less than perfect manners.

Jeffrey seemed to me to get along very well with Michael, Uli, Alison, Kayne, Robert... The list goes on. Maybe not so well with Laura, but that looked like mutual antipathy. And she was no shrinking violet when she wanted to air her views either.

So, that's my take. And I was rooting for Michael Knight until I saw his collection. I didn't like it. I loved Uli's and Jeffrey's. Laura's style isn't to my taste.

Anonymous said...

"Laura has more staying power than anybody because she has the luxury of being able to pick and choose what she does and where she does it."

"Staying power"? Oh, c'mon! Gimme a break! Talk about jumping the gun... While it's commendable that Laura has chosen to focus on her family rather than breaking into the fashion business, she hasn't accomplished anything yet outside the confines of this reality show. Isn't it premature to declare Laura the most successful one? I think I'll wait until she comes out with a clothing line or builds a business.

I'm more impressed by Malan. And people like Chloe and Emmett. I like to see real results.

Anonymous said...

"All Laura's done is pop out a baby", somebody said. Excuse me? Somebody here actually puts that amazing miracle below fashion as a worthwhile thing to do? Reality check time.

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Well, this IS a FASHION BLOG. And the topic is what the contestants have achieved FASHION-WISE. In terms of the FASHION INDUSTRY, Laura hasn't done anything.

Congratulations on her baby! But I'll reserve judgment on her FASHION LONGEVITY, if or when, she has something to show us. Until then, she's a non-entity on the FASHION SCENE.

lynn said...

It's true. Jeffrey and Marlinda had an affair after the show. Check out Melanie's MYSPACE site. She was heartbroken and devastated. Poor Harrison.

Anonymous said...

$100,000 after taxes isn't much. It's about $60,000. That's nothing. It costs $100,000 just to show at Bryant Park. And if you're trying to start a business? Forget it. Operating costs will gobble that up. You need at least three times that amount to open a decent store in New York. $60,000 will barely get you a down payment on a house.

They should increase the prize money and give these designers something more tangible, like a distribution contract with Walmart or Top Shop.

Anonymous said...

Now that Tim Gunn is the Creative Director at Liz Clairborn Enterprises - which oversees Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand Jeans, etc - perhaps Mr. Gunn can use his powerful fashion connections to sweeten the pot. Maybe give potential contestants a real opportunity to find financial backers. It might attract a high quality of designer.

Also, they should add a business component to the screening process. In fact, one of the tasks should assess the designer's business sense and planning/organizational abilities.

Obviously, Project Runway strives to produce a real fashion entity. The chances are greater if they can recruit more professional-minded people. Of course, creativity is still important. But shrewd business skills must not be underestimated.

KJP said...

Eh, it all comes down to character. Jeffrey is depressed and struggling. Jay is bitter and angry at Heidi and Tim Gunn. But Chloe? She just signed 5 lucrative franchise deals. No surprise.

Malan Bretan is the true breakout star from Season 3. It's incredible how much he has accomplished.

I believe that Malan will be the only one with a real fashion career in the long run from this season. Maybe Uli too if she can expand.

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to Peanut's buddy, Santino Rice?? I never see any updates about him on this blog or on BPR. Has he quit the fashion business?

Anonymous said...

Santino who?

trixie said...

Jeffrey is making clothes for Bratz: that is a glorious combination of karma, poetic justice, and Schadenfreude.

petra said...

Oh fer chissakes, let's not rehash that whole stupid Jeffrey/Laura feud. The bottom line: Neither of them have produced jack shit. They were all hype and we'll probably never hear from either of them again, except on this blog. The next great American designers? Bitch, please! Ain't never gonna happen.

In the meantime, Emmett, Chloe, Malan, Kara Saun, Daniel Franco, Kara Janx and Kayne Gillaspie are out there opening stores, having shows, selling lots of dresses... making it work! Those are the people who have my respect.

Anonymous said...

Santino hasn't updated his blog since last fall. He was dabbling in music. Nothing fashion-related.

LittleKarnak said...

"That’s the question on Sebelia’s mind as he drives his spanking new Saturn sedan (part of the Project Runway loot) around the factories of downtown Los Angeles on a drizzly afternoon"

I thought Jeffrey donated the Saturn to his former rehab program? I agree with all who stated Jeffrey pretty much brought this on himself. I also agree with the posters who stated designers/artists are mostly ill equipped to deal with the business world. I think it would be great if Tim were able to persuade his new employer to offer the mentorship for the S4 winner and I think Bravo should make the winner paricipate in said mentorship before they receive the $100K. However, it appears Malan and Emmett didn't need the extra help....

Monica said...

I can't believe he didn't donate the car after getting all the publicity for his business in exchange for his "generosity."

DanielDC said...

"We're imagining Jeffrey's TV nemesis Laura Albert Bennett reading this profile while lounging on divan upholstered in hundred dollar bills, cackling, and then throwing the magazine into a giant roaring fire."

Gawker.com


Hahahahahaha.

rob said...

Yeah, but what's Laura doneReally? was a rich old lady before the show. And she's still a rich old lady now. It hasn't changed her life one bit. Same goes for Jeffrey. He paid off some debt with his winnings. But his life is basically the same. Though I'm sad to hear about the break-up...

I think people have unrealistic expectations. They assume that suddenly 6 months after the show, that the winner will have a major fashion line, big store opening, Bryant Park showing, etc. The truth of the matter is, fashion is a tough business. People fail in this industry every day - even reality show winner. What happened to Jay McCarroll... that's typical.

Of course Malan Bretan has somehow managed to make it work...against all odds. I want to know his secret.

Anonymous said...

However, it appears Malan and Emmett didn't need the extra help...

True. But perhaps they are the rare exceptions? Emmett is more mature, and well-grounded. Very level-headed and business-minded. I've visited his store. He's extremely courteous and professional. He understands customer service. And he seems to have a superb branding team. I am not surprised by his success.

I'm also quite impressed with Malan. I wonder if his wealthy family may have contributed some of the start-up capital? Two Bryant Park shows? That's $250,000 ~$300,000 right there. And he also had the capital to lease and open his store in central New York. I think he must have an excellent business partner and other resources.

It might be a good idea to have Emmett and Malan come back as judges for a challenge next season to school these designers. Perhaps the designers can learn the ropes of what they need to open a store. Or go on a road trip to a factory and learn about distribution and production.

Some of these designer - like season 1 winner Jay McCarroll - seem entirely clueless. And, thus, completely unprepared for the harsh realities of the fashion industry.

Anonymous said...

I like Malan but there are too many reviews that note how poorly his clothes are sewn.

Will this article have any effect on the judging for next season? Instead of looking for "editorial" they might want to look for "successful."

This article definitely won't help Jeffrey's business: nasty attitude or not, people will just read that and say "Meh, loser!" It will definitely be hard to overcome this type of PR.

brian said...

Eh, have any of you ever tried to start a clothing line? It's pretty freaking hard! Even with $100,000 minus taxes, it's not like... 6 months... and then PRESTO!... instant success. That's la la la fantasy land.

I'm reading the Jeffrey article and it sounds normal to me. You pump all your money into your business, live on scraps and keep working and showing your stuff, looking for backers and the right distribution deal. I don't think it's sad or pathetic at all. I don't think he's a "loser" because he hasn't achieved great financial success in 6 months. Every single person I know who is trying to start their own line is in the same boat. Sometimes it takes years before a business breaks even.

I think perhaps viewers expect too much. Jeffrey, Jaybird, Chloe... these are not filthy rich people who can rely on personal wealth to finance their creativity. For most folks, fashion is hard work. Like any other job, you struggle and work your ass off before you see any payoff.

sewhat? said...

I think that there might be a place for Jeffery designing for Heatherette.

I'm sure Nina would agree they both share such an editorial aesthetic.

Anonymous said...

About Malan, I can only assume that he had all of his $$$ ducks in a row before he even went to the S3 casting call. Anyone remember Tim's comments from the pre-show? Malan was invited to be part of the S2 cast but turned them down. It's obvious to me that he went on PR solely for the publicity aspects.

If he'd won, fabulous! If not, he got a fair amount of exposure for his new venture.

As for Jeffrey and his future, yeah, 6 months is a little too soon to be calling him a 'failure.'

Anonymous said...

Let's be realistic here, people. Jeffrey only won this thing 4 months ago. Four months is no time at all when you're trying to start or grow a business. And for all the people who are ranking on Laura, I repeat 4 MONTHS ago and she was 8 months pregnant at the time. It really wasn't the best time for her to start a business. She had her 6th child in November and she probably decided to put her family and HER HEALTH first throughout the holidays. Now, we're 2 months into the new year and I'll bet that she's planning her next move. She is lucky to have the luxury or her own timetable, child care, and a wealthy husband. She is also ambitious and educated, which is an important quality to have. Laura will be OK no matter what the future brings. Ultimately, so will Jeffrey. It's only been 4 months, and his life has already changed dramatically. If he's smart and gets good advice then he should do just fine. Season 3 designers need a little space to find their legs in this business. Season 1 and 2 designers should be a bit further along. It all boils down to ambition and business sense, and obviously these guys don't have it, or at least enough of it to be successful.
kath

thyrza said...

Jeffrey who?

Rob: Old lady? Old lady? Laura's, what, 42? And Jeffrey (who?) is, I believe, about four years younger. Yet you didn't call him old. Strange.

Don't worry, Marilinda! We've got your back. Nobody gets away with calling you skanky, you beautiful creature, you.

Westenera said...

All of this talk about who's successful and who's not has gotten me wondering. Whatever happened to Andrae?

Here's how I'd break Seasons two and three (I never saw One) down in terms of success:

Doing Great/on top of or owning a real business:
Malan (Two shows and a store)
Alison (Collection for the website that slips my mind)
Chloe (Store)
Emmett (Store)

Doing pretty good/involved in a real business:
Kayne (I think he's got a store now)
Daniel V (The hotel stuff and the new company he's in charge of)
Daniel F (He's made a few things for mildly famous people)
Zulema (Congrats on your show!)
Nick (Selling his little line in a few places)
Kara Janx (Her kimono dresses are constantly backordered)

Where did you go?/People who have completely disappeared:
Bradley
Bonnie
Robert
Vincent
Keith
Guadalupe
Santino
Andrae
Marla

Disappeared, but I've heard/hope you're working on something:
Laura
Uli
Jeffery
Diana
My/icheal

I have no idea where to put Angela-- she has a website, but I don't know if she's got any distribution or manufacturing.

I think that's all of them.

silvie said...

OMG. It's been FOUR MONTHS, people! Jeez, give the Season 3 designers some breathing room before writing them off as "failures". I'd like to see if any of you can become the next Zac Posen in FOUR MONTHS. Dayum. Now I see why Jay McCarroll gets so irritated...

Anonymous said...

I hope it's not true that Marlinda had an affair with Jeffrey. That would really lower my opinion of her. I know she's young, but sleeping with a practically married guy with a young child? WTF? Let's hope she had more sense than to debase herself like that.

Anonymous said...

It's hilarious how Santino Rice has dropped off the face of the earth. He was such a loudmouth during his season. Always barking at the judges and so in-your-face arrogant. Now where is he? Nobody knows... LOL.

The Amazon Princess said...

I think he'll pull through and make something of himself. Hell, he got through the lowest of lows in his life, this should be a cakewalk. He did the right thing by paying off his debt, he just needs to find the focus and drive to get his line where he wants it to be.

I like his work, and the steampunk victorian shirtdress in the article is something I'd sell a kidney for. I don't want to see him go away into oblivion. Yeah he was a bit of an ass, but everyone had their moments, and besides, if there wasn't any drama the Producers wouldn't bring the show back. Fashion doesn't bring the ratings, drama does. It's just a basic fact of television.

thyrza said...

the amazon princess: I didn't like Jeffrey's stuff much on the show, but I agree, that punk-Victorian number was sweet. I would love to wear that.

Judy said...

I feel sorry for him. It's not easy to make it in this industry. He probably thought that winning was enough.

Anonymous said...

I've met Angela, too. At Malan's show. And she's the furthest thing from insane EVER. She's kooky and zany and fun. Totally genuine, unique and warm. And very intelligent. She was talking about how her production is solar powered her organic farm, her winters in Belize with her husband. She has CONSCIOUS. Whoever said she got caught in Jeffrey's game was right. I think the worst thing you can say about her is that she is naive. I was thoroughly impressed with her and realized how badly she got edited.

Jay Why said...

Melani Vesey (Jeffrey's ex gf) makes some pointed references to having her heart broken in October 2006 at MySpace blog.

Here is her MySpace blog URL:
http://www.myspace.com/worldsluckiestgirl

On the right side of the page you will see a link to her latest blog entry.

Notable excerpts:
"I got my ass kicked up and down Ass Kick Highway last October (2006) and the good news about it is I will never make that mistake again. I will never be the same. I have been birthed into a new understanding of myself and what I want....."

Just say, "Fuck you asshole! I gave you the biggest gift I could give anyone and you threw it away. So, fine. These are mine now."

"Although, I have learned that infact it wasn't them that threw it away....it was me throwing myself away on the lowest of life forms. Cheating, Lying, Selfish, and uninvestigated life forms that truely make my loins quake. I'm sick. But I'm getting better. I am claiming back all the good stuff I gave away."

Sarah said...

" Jay Why said...

Melani Vesey (Jeffrey's ex gf) makes some pointed references to having her heart broken in October 2006 at MySpace blog.

Here is her MySpace blog URL:
http://www.myspace.com/worldsluckiestgirl

On the right side of the page you will see a link to her latest blog entry."


I feel bad for her. A good source told me that he dumped her, NOT broke up with her, dumped her like a ton of bricks.

Jenn said...

Its interesting to see how this one has everyone buzzing, Jeffrey continues to be a lightning rod.

I have mixed feelings about Jeff, I grew up with the same type of dad-only mine didn't leave-and had many of the same problems Jeffrey did throughout my twenties.
But I get really leery when I hear people use this as an excuse to treat others shabbily well into their adulthood and well into their sobriety.

Even so, I did find myself laughing out loud at some of his comments about the other designers all season. But I hated his guts during the mom challenge.

I just hope Jeffrey's struggle so soon after winning doesnt scare quality designers off when the season 4 casting call is given.

beth-anne said...

I just checked out Marilinda's Myspace. She has lots and lots of new pictures of herself and Jeffrey. I'm quite disturbed by the intimate vibe they have. They look a little too cozy... definitely a couple. And her friends have posted some cryptic comments about the two of them...

I feel terrible for Melanie. She gave him a child. That is the greatest gift a woman can give a man. And he threw it all away from a piece of tail. Shame on him!

Mack said...

I'm no Peanut fan, but c'mon people! It's been 4 months. That's not a long time. Too early to be getting all doom and gloom and calling him a failure. Take it easy, folks.

Chloe said it took her an entire year to decompress. She just recently started lining up those deals. It took Daniel Vosovic over 2 years to find a job. He spent a year and half partying all over New York, and being Matthew McConnaughey's fluffer boy. Look at Jay McCarroll. It took him 3 years just to put a show together.

Give Peanut and the other PR3 designers some time. Remember, the show just ended for them a few months ago. Bulding a franchise doesn't happen overnight.

Anonymous said...

I'm convinced Malan Bretan has a rich sugar daddy taking care of him. Bryant Park ain't cheap. He easily spent half a million on his two shows. His new store in downtown New York? That's serious $$$$. Where's all his money coming from? His family is wealthy but Malan said his parents did not support him. But Malan is a beautiful man... very charming, refined, former model. I can see how he might attract some generous benefactors. Too bad Jay McCarroll is so fat and ugly. LOL. Jaybird needs to shape up and go on a diet, and learn some manners and class if he wants to secure a financial backer.

Anonymous said...

"Although, I have learned that infact it wasn't them that threw it away....it was me throwing myself away on the lowest of life forms. Cheating, Lying, Selfish, and uninvestigated life forms that truely make my loins quake. I'm sick. But I'm getting better. I am claiming back all the good stuff I gave away."



Wow... just wow. It's pretty obvious that Jeffrey cheated on her and then dumped her. The mother of his child. I'll be very disappointed if Marlinda turns out to be the other woman. Home-wreckers don't deserve ELLE magazine spreads. It looks like fame went to his head and he dumped his loyal partner for a younger model. YUCK!

GothamTomato said...

"Anonymous says
I'm convinced Malan Bretan has a rich sugar daddy taking care of him. Bryant Park ain't cheap. He easily spent half a million on his two shows. His new store in downtown New York? That's serious $$$$. Where's all his money coming from?"




Uhhh...You start a business- you draw up a business plan- you go to the bank for a loan. That's what people do when they start businesses.

And Malan didn't have his shows at Bryant Park. He had them at smaller venues around town during fashion week. It doesn't cost THAT much to do that.

--Gotham Tomato

Anonymous said...

Meh, 99% of winners from reality shows don't go on to do much of anything anyway. And it's not like Jay or Chloe went on to become huge fashion stars. Just because you won a TV show doesn't mean the fashion industry is going to invite you in with open arms. Get real.

Andrew said...

That steampunk Victorian shirt-dress is STUNNING. It alone makes me want him to succeed and keep making things like that.

LaFemmeFataledeNY said...

I don't feel even a tiny bit sorry for you. But thank you Peanut for the hours and hours of entertainment, especially when you called Angela's mother a bitch on national TV.

Javier said...

That's an awful picture of Jeffrey. He looks like he aged 10 years since October.

Anonymous said...

I love watching _PR_, as most of you guys do, too, but let's be realistic: serious designers are designing and not going on reality TV shows. If being on the show throws some of them for a loop, it's because they don't understand that when they undertake to be on the show. The people who've succeeded so far are the ones who've got modest aims (Chloe, Emmett). Some of the people we think have disappeared may be doing okay, too. Not all happiness and success in the world of fashion has to be at the level of celebrity.

Erin said...

Anonymous at ~8:00 P.M. said:

"And for all the people who are ranking on Laura, I repeat 4 MONTHS ago and she was 8 months pregnant at the time."

THANK YOU. Here's another thing for all the people ranking on Laura: I'll bet serious cash that none of you have even driven past a home with a newborn in it. For at least three months, keeping the critter alive and getting some sleep are the only priorities you can manage, especially if you have a houseful of kids already (and no matter if you can afford help). Laura is just now coming up for air. We won't know what she can do business-wise for quite a while yet.

Anonymous said...

For those of you drooling over "Jeffrey's" Victorian punk shirt dress, I suggest that you familiarize yourselves with the designs of Vivienne Westwood...and other British designers, and their work from the 60' through the 90's.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't sound as though Jeffrey is taking full advantage of the mentorship that was part of the prize.

I agree that it's too early to chalk him up as a has been, but it sounds as though he had an unrealistic expectation of where his PR success would take him.

Anonymous said...

Best comment about this from Gawker:
We're imagining Jeffrey's TV nemesis Laura Bennett reading this profile while lounging on divan upholstered in hundred dollar bills, cackling, and then throwing the magazine into a giant roaring fire.

Christie said...

"With clothes, people, as much as they appreciate them, really cheap out when it comes to buying them, you know?”

Jeffrey - NEWSFLASH! Not everyone can afford $100.00 for a t-shirt. We're not being cheap. We jsut need to pay for more important things, like food, a roof over our heads, electricity, gasoline, etc.

Anonymous said...

Jeffrey sounds so remorseful about the Project Runway experinence. I wonder if he know regrets going on the show. He presented himself as this too cool and hip desinger and now he is working with the Bratz? After he won at Bryant park the producers had to edit the remaining unaired episodes to make him look less like an ass. Now the truth is revealed.

Anonymous said...

I just love it when all you MOES can't seem to agree on which vegetable to ream one another with.

You should sit back and just read this stuff. I am howling.You wonder why homophobia exists?

REad the gems from such visionaries as Gotham Tomato, Big Ass Dell, etc.....

WHat a bunch of sad in need of a life wannabee design freaks.


You are giving blogs a real bad rap, but I think once people know it is a gay blog, they just turn and say "Oh that's probably why they are acting like children".

Losers.

Dora said...

At least the article gave us a break from reading about Ronald McDonald.

;)

TheGayBoys said...

Dear Anonymous at 10:39,

Darling, we here at PrGay International have always derived immense pleasure at reading your rants. What could possibly be more comical and more pathetic than someone who constantly returns to a blog to anonymously stamp their little feet?

But Eric darling, we have your IP address and with some detective work, both your name and the school you go to. If you persist in making bigoted slurs and (as you did yesterday) physical threats, why, we'll just have to contact the administrators at your school and report you. Would you like that? Or would you prefer to maybe get out of the house and breathe some air and forget about this blog, which is clearly causing you a great deal of distress?

Your choice, darling.

John said...

I have to say that the winners (except Chloe) have not fared so well after Project Runway because they don't have enough business acumen to truly be successful in the fashion industry. Let's face it, you can be the most talented designer in the world, but if you don't have a strong business sense, then everything will go down the drain. Obviously, Jeffrey is having difficulties as a result, and let's not get started with Jay (who has the least amount of business savvy of them all). My personal belief is that PR winners should be given some sort of business exposure/training as part of their prize (is that somehow incorporated in the Macy's/Banana Republic mentorships?). That way, the winning designers have a stronger chance of really succeeding in the fashion industry. Chloe, kudos to you for doing it right and making great business decisions. You will be the most successful of the three PR winners!


JP :)

Brandenburg3rd said...

"Darling, we here at PrGay International have always derived immense pleasure at reading your rants. What could possibly be more comical and more pathetic than someone who constantly returns to a blog to anonymously stamp their little feet?"

****

You guys make my day. I tend to go for the not so subtle approach ("So who's holding a gun to your head, making you read this? Bugger off!"). But you go for the truly subtle method: cybertracking.

I love it. It's like living in a Law & Order episode.

Rachel said...

I hope it all works out for him. I love his clothes and hope he puts more out.

Roxy said...

Hmm... Re: Jeffrey and Marilinda, I did think they were getting quite close during PR (hand-holding on the runway, etc.) and months of pursuing a common goal will often create a strong bond. Granted, it's unfortunate, especially in view of his PDA towards Melanie at Bryant Park, but those breakups happen to people in the creative world every single day. Bottom line is, IMO, it's none of our business since we don't have all the info, and since it's his professional career we're tracking.

Same goes for Laura. She'll produce when she's good and ready. She's already created a 12-piece collection despite being several months pregnant!

GothamTomato said...

"But Eric darling, we have your IP address and with some detective work, both your name and the school you go to."



I love you guys. I wish they could draft you to look for Osama.

--Gotham Tomato, visionary extraordinaire

Anonymous said...

I just looked at Melanie's myspace page. Her February 2007 picture with short dark hair is amazing. She looks GORGEOUS!! That is the best revenge. As for his financial situation, don't forget that he now has to pay child support and pay for a separate place to live.

MD

Jacqueline said...

Remember, Tim said in his podcast that Peanut came in the least prepared when having to produce his receipts. His were in a manila envelope and a big crumpled mess.
The others had spreadsheets and everything categorized. That being said, I’m not surprised at his business-end troubles. I think he really thought he’d be further along than he is now, and he’s bitter.

As for the others, I believe Malan and Emmett both have some sort of financial backing - just like Jeffrey said HE had with the loans. I think Malan had more collateral, and was able to parlay it into more.

As for Laura - her baby isn’t more than two months old! Hell SITTING is uncomfortable at 9 months, let alone starting a business.

Still, he definitely sounds bitter. There’s a part of me who wants to give him the Nelson ‘ha HA’. And shoot another one in Santino’s direction with all his talk on being dead after 30. How old are YOU, Santino?

Bryan said...

Jeffrey just won a few months ago, but it seems like HE expected to be more successful than he is in too short of a time. PR is good exposure, but it doesn't guarantee speedy success. I am not a fan of his clothing, and I don't think that his style has a large buying audience, however he has to give it MUCH MUCH more time.

bungle said...

Can you imagine all the different messages the winners of PR hear? I'm sure there are the advice bearers who say "fame is fleeting... strike while the iron is hot!" while the other camp sez "getting to that next level takes time and an eye for the right opportunity..."

Total losers in life are at least spared that kind of double bind; the only piece of advice they get is "off yerself", so they have that going for them.

hiddenzipper said...

Isn't life filled with challenges harder to solve than an hour episode of Project Runway?
1. Living with a disease of Alcoholism and trying to figure out who you are as a sober person, one day at a time.
2. Being in a shaky relationship (not a marriage ) and having a child.
3. Trying to earn a living "in the Arts" supporting yourself, maintain cash flow for a business and have the pressure that your designs have to sell it to make it work!
4. Competition is more than a reality show, it is a fact of business commerce.

Let Penut have some time to figure it all out: One Day at a Time. He has the opportunity which is damned if you do nothing and damned if you do something and not do it right.

Maria Callas always said she never read the reviews of her performances, just the amounts on the checks.

Putting out a line that sells, needs to sell in the stores for the business to survive, you have to have the money to put the product out, if Jeffrey spent the money paying back his debt that is his choice, it limits his opportunity today to put out a collection, but give him some time to shine.

Taking risks in a creative field is a lifestyle all designers have to make that committment to risk and it is unfortunately a high risk field and that is why not many survive.

mike said...

Poor baby! no one wants to deal with a rude ASS (even his baby-mama) Now he is doing the Bratz movie.. I think he belittled Robert for being Barbie's designer. payback is a B*I*T*C*H! Robert's designs for the 2007 Barbie line are stunning. If he would have put THAT down the runway (I suspect he was trying to avoid repeating himself because the designs were locked in a year ago) he would have kicked everybody's ass! Even St. Laura would be envious!

mike said...

Westenera said...


Doing pretty good/involved in a real business:
Kayne (I think he's got a store now)

Kayne always had a store (pre and post PR) I think he now has a line of shoes. Being likeable never hurt business!

bitchybitchybitchy said...

"Laura damaged his reputation and almost got him booted off the Bryant Park show. Not cool."

Oh, puh-leeeeeezee. How much clout does Laura Bennette have in the fashion industry? Really.

Anonymous said...

Laura who?

The only place I hear about her is on this blog when the boyz visit her apartment. She's been very low profile since the show ended.

Marie said...

An ass on purpose? Riiiight. Nice story Jeffrey, but a very weak one. You're an ass. You were a terrible s**t who caused unnecessary distraction and harm.

It's called karma. I haven't read all the posts, however, I'm sure I'm not the first person to think or say it. Deal with it, peanut.

LauraandMichael said...

Okay, I don't check this blog for a couple of weeks and see what I miss?

First, I would love to have a $1 for every blogger that angrily told me I was wrong when I said I thought Marilinda and Peanut were having an affair. I was worried for her. Hmm..I was right.

Secondly, although I also predicted -- like many others-- that no good would come of this win, I can't say I'm happy about it. I really and truly hope that all that is wrong with Peanut is a sour attitude and bad business sense and not demons visiting him again. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

I am also sorry to hear about Melanie and child. That is a "hard row to hoe" as we say in Texas.

As always, I agree with almost everything Gotham Tomato writes. Thanks for representing!

Lastly, who is Eric, and what in the world happened that our PR Gayboys had to bring out their can of whupass?

Monica said...

Oh give him a break, guys! Jeffrey is very talented and he'll go far.

Anonymous said...

I never really understood why people hate Jeffrey so much...

I mean, he was a jerk but he wasn't despicable like Keith or something.

(Btw, anyone notice how sweet Alison was good friends with the two jerks on the show?)

Anonymous said...

but...

where the hell are the US$ 100,000?