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HP Designer Matchup Challenge – NYC and the final reveals

HP Designer Matchup Challenge

We are back from our trip to New York! It was a whirlwind and so much fun, huge thanks to HP for such a fabulous time.

Here is the design by graypants that you helped us shape, thank you! graypants used neon to light up bottles, the result was fascinating:

The project incorporates a lot of what graypants is about, reusing materials and looking at things in a new way. I only wish we could have gotten pictures in a dark room because the flow of the glowing neon was fun to observe, but the unveiling party was held on the rooftop of the Mondrian hotel and we were surrounded on three sides by floor to ceiling windows. I know, tiny violins, I hear you.

Here are all the teams and their final designs. I had so much fun spending time with you all!

And here are Seth and Jon from graypants and I. I’m the short one.

And here is a video that HP put together interviewing the bloggers and designers on the collaborations:

(Thanks to Jamie at Design Milk for hosting the video on her YouTube page!)

Earlier in the week we got to attend the HP Project Runway 10th Anniversary party, where we found they were actually filming for the finale episode. Yikes! All these lovely people were at the party, as were a whole lot of past designers. It was thrilling.

We also got to meet up with Anya again (we got to see her at Alt Summit in January too).

We got a group shot on the red carpet, which was inside Lord & Taylor itself.

When we entered the party there was a dress form we all got to sign. I was waiting to get a picture of Seth signing the form and suddenly found myself this close to Tim Gunn!

At the end of the trip we got to attend the runway show taping and I had a good view of the judges. It was fun to watch them whisper to each other. (All the way to the left there is Debra Messing!)

Heidi and Tim closing out the show.

I have put more pictures from the trip over on Flickr so have a peek (I’ll get descriptions up as soon as I can).

Huge thanks to HP for this whole experience, every second of it was fantastic!

· comments [6] · 09-12-2012 · categories:events ·

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kat // Sep 12, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Oh, what fun. I think I am most jealous of you getting that close to Tim!

  • 2 megan // Sep 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

    It was a surprise! He made an announcement at the party and sounded hoarse, but a few days later at the runway show he sounded better. I was worried he’d lose his voice!

  • 3 sprizee // Sep 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Dresses with pockets are the best! As are swanky hotel rooms with clawfoot bathtubs.

  • 4 Jen Friedman // Sep 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Ok, I know I should be focusing on the cool projects and Tim Gunn etc., but where did you get that fantastic necklace you’re wearing in the second photo? The dress is adorbs too.

  • 5 megan // Sep 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Sprizee – I never quite understood why dresses with pockets were so great until now. A place to keep my lip balm and a thing to do with my hands!

  • 6 megan // Sep 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Jen – I found the necklace at a salon here in Seattle called Vain, it was $24 and doesn’t have a brand on it anywhere. The salon told me that their owner takes trips to NY and brings back jewelry. I wish I knew more about it because I’d love to keep an eye on whatever this company is up to.

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