Peach Carr burst onto the fashion scene as a cheeky, self-taught designer from Chicago on the hit reality show Project Runway (Season 8 and All Stars Season 2). Drawing from her 60’s and 70’s childhood, Peach finds inspiration for her designs from the music, art and vibe of those eras. When designing, Peach always asks herself, “Would Edie Sedgewick wear this?”
Dubbed “Country Club Chic” by Tim Gunn, Peach designs for the woman who likes to be on trend, polished and comfortable. Peach’s pieces range from bold, wrinkle-free day wear to chic evening looks. All her collections are made in Chicago by women and everything is machine washable. List of notable clients include “Real Housewife of NY” Alex McCord, “Real Housewife of NJ” Dina Manzo, Linda Yu, Leanne Trotter and Chicago’s own actress/writer Nora Dunn.
Joshua Christensen is a fashion designer based in Detroit and is known for his appearance on the Lifetime series, Project Runway. Christensen has designed for international labels and is currently working for his own line. He has shown at fashion weeks, both domestically and abroad as well as on television shows.
Joshua studied fashion design at FIDM in Los Angeles, CA and after graduation was selected as a contestant for the TV show Project Runway. After the show Joshua became a menswear designer at Guess Inc. After a time there he decided to grow his own line of clothing under his name. These collections, season after season, have been featured at fashion weeks around the world. As part of a journey to discover what design can do, Joshua Christensen designs clothing for both men and women, including concept designs, evening-wear, swimwear, athletic apparel, etc.
Johnathan “Kayne” Gillaspie was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up in Music City, he became enamored with fashion by watching his favorite country music legends Dolly and Reba perform and walk the Red Carpet. Kayne began cultivating his creative design eye by helping two of his five sisters prepare their wardrobe for national pageants.
He began his fashion career working as a sketch artist and buyer at a local evening wear boutique in 1998. This experience gave him the opportunity to travel the country and work with some of the top designers in that industry. In 2000, he was accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC where he gained an extensive knowledge of design, draping, illustration, pattern making, and sewing. Kayne graduated magna cum laude and won the acclaimed “Critics Choice Award “for evening wear.
Upon returning to Nashville after graduation in 2002, he opened Kayne’s Clothing boutique where he created custom designs for pageant clients, dancers, and country music artists. A year later he moved his custom design business to Norman, Oklahoma and bought an established formal wear boutique. He quickly gained a following of devoted pageant clients which put his custom designs under the spotlight and in front of judges. This strengthened his focus on the fit, silhouette, flow, and movement of his designs.
A successful fashion designer and business owner, Kayne was selected to compete on Project Runway Season 3 in 2006, where he placed in the Top Five designers. This experience, his charming personality, and eye for glamorous style catapulted Kayne to his own celebrity status. He launched the Johnathan Kayne dress line and award-winning shoe line produced by Benjamin Walk Corporation in 2007. Kayne starred on the TLC special Gown Crazy in 2009, and has also appeared on E!, ABC, NBC, Bravo, and The Style Network. In 2012, he competed on the second season of Project Runway All Stars on Lifetime television where he developed a friendship with designer Joshua McKinley. This spawned a collaboration collection Johnathan Kayne by Joshua McKinley marking the first time in history that two Project Runway alum have collaborated on a collection.
In 2012, Kayne moved his home and business back to Nashville, TN with a focused plan to be the Red Carpet Designer of the South. Kayne serves as a fashion expert for Country Weekly, Zuus Country, and NStyle country. Dubbed as a “genius designer” by Heidi Klum and “a designer who knows how to make clothes and fit a woman’s body” by Michael Kors, his designs have appeared on the world’s biggest stars and most prestigious red carpets. His celebrity clients now include Jennifer Lopez, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kelly Pickler, Tanya Tucker, Lee Brice, and Rascal Flatts.
Liberian-born fashion designer and stylist Korto Momolu (pronounced Cut • Toe – Mo • Mo • Lu) is stamping her global brand on fashion-forward women’s wear and accessories. Korto is inspired by her African roots and celebrates the essence of her rich heritage through the use of traditional, luxury fabrics; skins; mixed prints and more.
A graduate of the L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottawa, Ontario, Korto also studied at the renowned Parsons School of Design in New York City while working as an independent fashion designer. Prior to arriving in Canada in 1990, Korto and her family had to flee Liberia following a civil war. In 2014, she competed on the third season of Project Runway All Stars and finished in second place. Most recently, Korto unveiled her spring/summer 2019 collection during New York Fashion Week – which was a tribute to her late friend, and former Project Runway All Stars castmate, Mychael Knight, who passed in 2017. Momolu was highlighted as a ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ by New York Magazine, and presently makes her home with her husband and two children in Little Rock, Arkansas.
While attending the Fashion Institute of Technology as a full-time fashion design major, Palu interned at Vera Wang RTW and Vera Wang Bridal, assisted in the fashion closet of ELLE and worked as a front desk receptionist at a New York City hair salon.
Right out of school, he jumped into the fashion industry as an Assistant Designer for the shoe company Sam Edelman. He then competed on season 10 of Project Runway as a Finalist where he won four challenges, including: the Rockettes costume, the Lord and Taylor gown and the Babies R Us dress. After making it to the finale and showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Palu finished in fourth place.
From there, he re-entered the fashion industry as a freelance designer for the brand Haute Hippie under Creative Director Trish Wescott-Pound and was promoted to Associate Designer. Palu became a front runner in a short couple of months, designing in categories such as suiting, leather and fur (in both apparel and outerwear), handbags, jewelry, custom-made Red Carpet and wedding gowns. He was one of the top designers at HH mainly because he knew how to design fashion forward, wearable clothes at the contemporary price point. His designs have been bestsellers at Saks, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman and he’s looking forward to the day he can one day succeed under his own name.
Palu took a brief hiatus from HH to compete on Season 3 of Project Runway Allstars where he finished fourth place. After the competition, he returned back to HH but with a new drive and passion to start his own company. He worked tirelessly around the clock, maintaining his job while also creating his own 10- piece collection. The collection was chic, sophisticated and wearable, the world would finally see Christopher Palu’s very own voice.
Palu consulted at Elie Tahari for a year after, as the fur and leather designer working directly with Mr.Tahari and Creative Director Fred Tutino. While at Elie Tahari, Palu was asked to rejoin the relaunched as senior designer of embellishments. He was there for 10 deliveries alongside creative director Cady Vaccaro until in 2016, Palu gained his first investor and was able to finally launch CHRISTOPHER PALU NEW YORK. He has shown at every NYFW since and has caught the eye of many in the industry. Palu is concentrating on expanding his brand, which is being sold in luxury department stores in New York City.