Guess there’s a lot more pressure to reality tv than we all thought. A psychologist had to be brought in after one contestant had a meltdown and another dramatically quit the Lifetime show “Project Runway” on Friday. Sources tell Page Six one contestant, a male designer, “had an episode as the show filmed at Parsons School for Design. A psychologist was brought in to talk to him, but he seemed too nervous and it was decided he should leave the show.”
Just hours earlier a female designer and contestant disappeared from the set. The source told us, “She just ran off in the middle of the night. The next morning she wasn’t in her bed, her suitcase was gone. Producers went to her home, and her doorman said she was upstairs but didn’t want to see anyone.” The source said she disappeared from the Atlas building in Midtown West, the show’s official accommodations for designers. We’re told the woman was “paranoid” after being placed with the bottom contestants following the last challenge. The source continued, “We lost two designers in one day. This has never happened. They seem to be under a lot more pressure.”
As a result, show judge Michael Kors was brought in Friday to speak to the remaining contestants, “calm them down and give them a pep talk.” One added, “The show is in its 10th season and has been filming for a week, and there is a lot more tension and pressure on the designers.”
Seeing Spots at Louis
If you’re seeing spots while out shopping later this summer, you may have stumbled upon one of seven Louis Vuitton pop-up stores in support of its fashion collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who never met a dot she didn’t like.
The first is slated to open inside the Vuitton boutique in New York’s SoHo on July 10, two days ahead of a major Kusama retrospective bowing at the Whitney Museum in New York. In the weeks that follow, three others are to open inside or near Vuitton stores in Hong Kong’s Pacific Place; at Ngee Ann City in Singapore, and at Isetan’s Shinjuku branch in Tokyo.
Products ranging from trenchcoats and silk pajamas to a pendant necklace and polka-dot purses will get a second Tokyo showcase inside the new Dover Street Market in Ginza. The operation is slated to climax on Aug. 23 and 24 with two large-scale shops at major European department stores: across 860 square feet in the Printemps flagship in Paris and 1,375 square feet in Selfridges in London.
Girls Guys Take Milan
The “Gossip Girl” guys rocked Milan fashion week on Saturday. While Chace Crawford sat in the front row of the Versace show — along with Rachel Bilson, Hayden Christensen, Alexander Ludwig and basketball player Marco Belinelli — Ed Westwick strutted down the Philipp Plein catwalk that same night. It was the British actor’s first runway modeling experience, and he also appears in the Swiss brand’s fall-winter advertising campaign, shot in New York’s Milk Studios by photographer Terry Richardson.
“It’s my birthday on Wednesday and my mum will take me out for dinner,” said Westwick, who will also play the role of Tybalt in Carlo Carlei’s version of “Romeo and Juliet,” which hits theaters in February.
– Taneisha Jordan
Sources: Page Six; WWD
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