Project Runway Season 5 on Bravo: 3 Black Designers, Bloke by Jerrell Scott

Season 5 of Project Runway

It’s the week of season premieres and I’m loving it! The show I most anticipated was Project Runway, and as a fashion designer in the making I’ve been religiously watching the show since it’s conception.

This season might just be one of my favorites because there are 3 black designers on the show oppose to just 1. So I want to take the time to shout them out on Urban Gent…

Age: 28
From: Houston, Texas
Favorite designers:
Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Karl Lagerfield

Fashion Must: Great shoes

Biography: With a unique eye for details, Jerrell’s designs are intricate and creative. Jerrell found his passion for fashion by way of modeling. The former model admits to not being able to afford “the cool stuff” in his early career, and so he taught himself how to make what he wanted to wear. He describes himself as eclectic and bold and wants to create pieces that express people’s individualities. Inspired by life, Jerrell classifies his designs as “raw beauty.”

Age: 39
From: Chicage, Illinois
Favorite Designers:
Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, and Cristobal Balenciaga
Fashion Must: Low-waist, bell-cut black pants

Biography: Terri is as a freelance stylist and designer from Chicago. She has worked as an assistant designer to Barbara Bates, a stylist and merchandiser for Nordstrom, and a regional visual manager for Levi’s. This Midwestern girl has determination — while attending Columbia College, she started her own fashion organization where any student could display and debut their designs in competitions, exhibitions, and an annual fashion show. She is currently working as a Victoria’s Secret visual manager and would like to break out with her own designs. She has eclectic and funky styles that compliment her own unique personality. Karl Lagerfeld is Terri’s biggest fashion inspiration.

Age: 33
From: Liberia
Fashion School in Ottawa, Canada

Favorite Designers:
Tracy Reese, Valentino, and Randolph Duke

Fashion Must:Great bag

Biography: Originally from Liberia, Korto moved to Canada to attend fashion school. After school, she moved outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she now resides with her husband and daughter. Drawing from her African roots, Korto infuses tribal details into her classic designs. She is inspired by rich fabrics and textures and says her designs are intended for real, full-figured women. In her spare time, Korto works as a freelance fashion photographer, dances in an African dance troupe and does an African dance troupe and does African hair braiding and makeup. She says her family considers her to be fun and easygoing.

Bloke by Jerrell Scott

The only black male designer, Jerell, is quite the character and he’s sure to be the designer we love to hate. He’s is a very skilled man though because unlike most of the other contestants who studied at design school, Scott is self-taught.”I didn’t have money to buy nice clothes, so I started reconstructing stuff and eventually got a sewing machine,” he said.

He has a line called Bloke that has been worn by American Idol‘s Randy Jackson, the rap singer Timberland and Saudi royalty, Scott said in a telephone interview: “It has raw opulent flair. I’m not just a jeans and T-shirt designer.”

You should definitely tune into Bravo every Wednesday at 9pm to watch Project Runway Season 5, it’ll give you a new appreciation for fashion designers.

More information about Bloke Clothing by Jerrell Scott:

Bloke is sold exclusively at H. Lorenzo Boutiques on Sunset Blvd.
8622 Sunset Blvd.
Angles, CA 90069

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