And while reality TV viewers love to hate the typically vain and over-the-top Project Runway contestants, Carol Hannah – with her goofball antics (airplaning around the workroom), Southern drawl (during one episode, supermodel host Heidi Klum blurted out, “Did you just say y’all?
”) and clever but gracious wit – made that difficult for the Season 6 audience.
Now in its seventh season, the popular reality TV show pits fashion-designer hopefuls against one another in a grueling, months-long competition for an editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine, an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Paris and 0,000 to start a clothing line.
As one of the three finalists chosen out of 16 designers (including Logan, with whom she and another contestant, Epperson, opened a studio in Manhattan last November) to show a complete collection at Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week, Carol Hannah made it through the entire sixth season of the show – making a name for herself in the world of design, not to mention in living rooms across the country.
After the show finale, the Charleston, South Carolina, gal moved to NYC and set up shop with fellow PR designer Logan Neitzel (see above). Starting in December, her comfy draped jersey dresses will be sold exclusively at Bella Bridesmaids stores.
I can hear rustling fabric, and I suddenly envision her – straight pins clenched in her teeth, a white dress in one hand and an Oreo in another. “People are going to start looking for cookie crumbs in their dresses,” says Logan.
So, it comes as no surprise that this 24-year-old College of Charleston graduate and self-described nerd, who once rode her bike everywhere in Charleston and designed clothes for friends out of her Rutledge Avenue apartment, has been voted Best Designer by City Paper readers.
"Dirty pretty" is how Neitzel describes his spring 2011 collection. The heartthrob of season six still fights rumors of a romance with designer Carol Hannah Whitfield (the two share a studio in NYC). But now it's his work that's wooing the ladies."Dirty pretty" is how Neitzel describes his spring 2011 collection. The heartthrob of season six still fights rumors of a romance with designer Carol Hannah Whitfield (the two share a studio in NYC). In fact, she was the type of character viewers love to love – quirky, yet astonishingly talented.These days, Carol Hannah Whitfield, the lovable South Carolina pixie who nearly won last season's Project Runway, can't leave her New York City apartment without strangers asking to take her picture.Designer Logan Neitzel gives his take on "Project Runway" Season 6 Episode 2 and creating a pregnancy chic look for Rebecca Romijn. "Project Runway" guest judges: Rebecca Romijn and Monique Lhuillier.The sixth season of Project Runway, a reality competition show about fashion design, premiered on Lifetime on August 20, 2009, the first season to be aired on that network.