Forbidden from communicating with friends and family, “the only thing you can do is be yourself,” he says. “It’s about pulling everything out from inside of you and who you are, and knowing and learning that you have the answer inside.”I would come back to San Francisco, and think what do I love the most about coming to work in the morning? I live in Marin, so it’s that moment of coming down into Mill Valley, seeing the (San Francisco) skyline – all the layers, textures and details.”He said his fellow designers were supportive of one another, and he was awed by their talent and what they were able to produce in just five to 10 hours.In the end, Collins felt that he was competitive within the serious East Coast realm but that “I am a California designer for sure. I have an easyness about what I do, and that’s why I’m so accessible to a lot of different women and body types.”
Last season featured two local contestants – Amy Sarabi, who’s now a designer at Charlotte Russe, and Jay Nicolas Sario, a visual merchandiser at Gap. Sarabi made it to Episode 9, and Sario was eliminated after going up against Mila Hermanovski for a spot in the final three. How will Collins fare? We’ll just have to wait and see as the season unfolds.”Project Runway” is on at 9 p.m. Thursdays. For weekly recaps, go to sfgate.com/sfunzipped.Many museums count works by famed Vogue photographer Irving Pennamong their collections, but you don’t have to go far to see some of his greatest fashion and portraiture compositions. Nearly 30 photographs are on display through Aug. 20 in a show titled “Radical Beauty 1946-2007” at Union Square’s Fraenkel Gallery.
Penn spent a career investigating the components of beauty and had an appreciation for the diversity of the human form, snapping everyone from high-society doyennes and celebrities such asPicasso, playwright Tennessee Williams and choreographer Martha Graham to the highlanders of Papua New Guinea. His portraits are known for illuminating vital aspects of his subjects, “without superfluousness,” gallery officials noted, adding, “Penn’s work contrasts elements of the grotesque and sublime.” The show is open to the public Tuesday through Friday at 49 Geary St., San Francisco.