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Lifetime’s Project Runway begins season 11 with teams this time out and 16 new designers. One of them named Katelyn Pankoke makes wedding dresses in Chicago with a southern Florida style. The judges include Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and newbie Zac Posen added into the mix.

Let’s find out how Katelyn makes it work in The Big Apple and the Windy City.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Katelyn. I can’t believe we haven’t met before. Are you one of those designers that works all the time indoors?

Katelyn Pankoke: I never get out. Have you seen how pale I look in those pictures? [laughs]

JN: I saw you wearing the side pony with your hair.
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Joanna Coles

Joanna Coles is now newly appointed editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine, being the largest women’s monthly magazine here in the United States.

She left Marie Claire where she worked since 2006 even winning Editor of the Year by Adweek.

She guest judged on several episodes of the reality series Project Runway and now returns on the second season of Project Runway All Stars as mentor to the designers.

Nunn on the Run talked to Coles the day before the series debuted.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Joanna. From the beginning did you ever want to be a designer?

Joanna Coles: As a child I endlessly designed clothes. I have pages of truly horrible designs and was fascinated by drawing when I was younger. I was better at writing and got channeled in that direction. Every once in a while I get the opportunity to work with a designer and I would love doing it. I wouldn’t have been good enough to be a designer but as a child I dreamt about it certainly.
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Heidi Klum

German model Heidi Klum has made the fashion television show Project Runway a hit for ten seasons.

After winning a modeling contest on a fluke by entering on the suggestion of friend, Klum quickly rose to stardom flying away with a Victoria’s Secret’s Angel campaign and gracing many magazine covers such as Elle and Vogue.

She has hosted Germany’s Next Topmodel as well as guest sang on several musician’s singles and voiced several characters for movies. She has ranked as the highest paid supermodel on Forbes 15 Top-Earning Supermodels in the past.

Klum created Project Runway along with several collaborators including Real World producers Bunim/Murray. It originally aired on Bravo in 2004 before moving to Lifetime Television in 2009 to the present.

Fashion designers are encouraged to “make it work” facing challenges and an elimination each episode at Parsons The New School for Design before the final three compete with their collection at New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park.  Judges Klum, designer Michael Kors, and Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia along with a guest judge give critical feedback to each competitor after their piece walks the runway.

Faster than you can say “auf wiedersehen” we had a little chat before the new season started.

Jerry Nunn: Hello, Heidi. What has it been like being on Project Runway for the tenth season?

Heidi Klum: It’s been amazing.  It’s been ten years and we all would’ve never thought that we would make it this far.  Michael always says that we’re on longer than I Love Lucy, which we always laugh about and I can’t believe it. Ten seasons is a milestone.  It’s a long time.

And I have to tell you even though we’ve been doing it for ten seasons I still love coming to work every season.  I love being with Michael and I love being with Nina and Tim.  They’re all so much fun, and we have become a family.
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Viktor Luna 2

New York designer Viktor Luna worked his clothing on the ninth season of Project Runway. He cut through the competition week after week on the Lifetime Channel eventually going to Fashion Week and coming in runner up on the show.

His strong prints have been a staple in his collection and this has kept him in the forefront of fashion.

Nunn talked to Luna at a recent appearance at Macy’s department store on State.

Jerry Nunn: It is great meeting you face to face. I interviewed you a long time ago before the show even started and I picked you of the bag to do well on Project Runway.

Viktor Luna: I remember.

JN: You lasted until the end so I was glad I picked you.
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Mondo Guerra 2

Mondo Guerra brought new life to the designing table in season eight of the reality show Project Runway. Being runner up for the finals was a surprise to many as he was predicted to be the winner. During the tenth challenge he was inspired by his being HIV positive and came out to the world about his status. He appeared with Liza Minnelli to open World AIDS Day last year at the New York Stock Exchange.

He dropped into Macy’s at Water Tower Place and as Heidi says we had a “little chat.”

Jerry Nunn: Hola, Mondo. The last time I saw you was a while back at Berlin Nightclub.

Mondo Guerra: I went to Berlin last night. The night you were talking about I was judging a voguing contest that went on and on. I don’t know how many times I saw a queen do a death drop! We know the drill. You all won. You are all fabulous.

JN: (laughs) Everybody is a winner. Last time we talked I meant to ask you if Mondo is a nickname?
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Viktor Luna

The reality television show Project Runway has been working it for years and now starts its ninth season. Viktor Luna is the new designer in town hopefully proving that he has what it takes to be the next big thing. He tells us how he got from Sesame Street to Cornelia Street and now to Project Runway.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Viktor. You are from New York?

Viktor Luna: Yes, I reside in New York.

JN: There were many designers from New York this time. Did you know any of the other contestants before the show?

VL: No absolutely not.

JN: How did you become a part of this season?

VL: I was saving myself for a long time because I was a fan of the show. I wanted to be on it before but I wasn’t ready. I got to a point that I was good at sewing and designing so I gave it a try very last minute.

JN: Did you send in a tape?
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On the Road with Austin and Santino wrapped its first season on the Lifetime Channel. ChicagoPride caught up with the dynamic duo to hear about past adventures and to find out where are these runway stars now.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Guys! Santino, how is the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race coming along?

Santino Rice: It is beyond anything from the past seasons. I am thrilled about it. There a lot of queens that have been around that have decided to do it this time. It was RuPaul’s birthday the other day. He’s fifty now.

JN: Wow!

Austin Scarlett: It’s amazing how fabulous he looks.

JN: Are you doing a second season for On the Road?
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