NOTE: If you have not watched Project Runway yet and still plan on doing so, STOP READING! There will be spoilers!
Well, what did you all think, for those of you watched???!!! How was the premiere of Project Runway for you?
I’m doing a little recap today, complete with my opinions. There will be some polls throughout, which I hope you’ll participate in, and then I hope you’ll consider leaving a comment with your own thoughts! I’d love to get a discussion going! Here goes…
Imagine walking through the streets of New York (Times Square!) in nothing but your pajamas. Oh, and a sheet. Most people would be absolutely mortified. As a true test of courage on the first challenge, the designers did just this.
Tim Gunn walked into the apartments (the beloved Atlas apartments, that is!) at the crack of dawn – i.e. 5 am – to wake the designers and take them across town to Parsons (side note: HOW COOL WOULD IT BE TO AWAKE TO TIM?!?). While Tim was spiffy in his suit as usual, the designers truly did just have on what they wore to bed, as well as one sheet from their bed. As Heidi said later on during the judging, it was a bit interesting to see just what the designers wore to bed. Right off the bat, I was drawn to what novice-sewer Anya was wearing – a gorgeous garment it appeared, indeed!
Having arrived at Parsons, the designers got their challenge – make any look using only the clothes you have on and your alloted one sheet, as well as any provided notions (buttons, zippers, trim, lace, etc). The designers got down to work, some with more panic than others.
Fast forward to the runway show – Anthony Ryan, Anya, and Bert were in the top, while Julie, Joshua, and Rafael were in the bottom three.
Anthony Ryan’s look: This certainly was nice, especially the top – very wearable. There’s no denying he made good use of the provided notions in order to thoroughly transform his pajamas. However, the skirt lacked a little something for me, and overall, the look just wasn’t incredibly original to me.
Anya’s look: I liked where she was going with each individual piece, but for me, while it was far from a train wreck, it lacked a sense of fashion. In other words, it seemed like it lacked a modernity (and originality, I suppose) that is so important in fashion.
Bert’s look: Aside from a styling perspective, Bert really did do an awesome job with this piece. He mentioned having worked for Halston, which I can see very subtly in this piece. There was something a little off about the bow in the front…it just didn’t seem quite right, but it didn’t detract too much from the rest. But really…the styling of it? Hope he can pull it together in the future!
Julie’s look: The construction on the pants was absolutely horrific, as was the combination of the particular print and color palette on the top (although the actual shape of the top wasn’t half bad). I do find it funny that she wore pajamas that seem so far away from her own aesthetic (I’m guessing as some sort of joke though). Luckily for her, she escaped elimination – but only because her look was slightly (slightly!) better than the other two.
Joshua’s look: There was absolutely no sense of fashion in this at all. And there were construction issues. Enough said.
Rafael’s look: While I was intrigued by the back detailing on his top, there’s no forgiving those pants! And really..why couldn’t he bear to “look homeless” and take off his head scarf to make better use of it the first day in the work room? Karma must have gotten him back for this, as he was sent packing at the end of the show.
Honestly, I could have been fine with either Joshua or Rafael leaving at this point, having not much to base this decision on other than what they made this week. Rafael though, was one I thought could have been cut from the top 20.
And now, the one middle-of-the-packer that I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for:
Danielle. I was actually surprised she wasn’t in the top – for me, her look was better than Anya’s. There was an innate simplicity with a touch of vintage that made her look great. If this look is any suggestion of what she’s capable of, I’m eager to see more! (Although it seems like she might need a bit of an attitude adjustment…)
On a final note, did it seem like there were a lot of tragic stories behind some of these designers or what?! Has it always been this way? One of my friends pointed out that she thought some of their stories sounded like Lifetime movies…but then reminded herself this is on Lifetime! Coincidence or not?!
What about you guys? Did you agree with the judges’ top three? What about their bottom three? Which middle-of-the-packer should have been in the top – or bottom? Which designer(s) has caught your attention most?
…And who’s already excited for the next episode? That would be me!
While it may seem rather subdued in front, the back of it has a bit more edge, and a most definitely a younger vibe.
Even with these cutouts, I still find it to have a certain level of sophistication. Personally, I love this version, although certainly I’ll admit it won’t appeal to all Dagmar Shirtdress lovers (i.e. some of Anthro’s typical clientele – and to clarify, I don’t say that with any bit of disdain or hard feelings…I just know Urban Outfitters and Anthro don’t have the exact same customers…although I do love both!).
Which dress do you like better? Anyone going to take the plunge and try this version out?!
This stunning dress is anything but the average LBD, and it acts as the perfect base for the outfit. The bracelet softens up the look a bit, while still maintaining a somewhat edgy feel. The clutch adds a nice little extra something, as does the sculptural feel of the shoes.
I meant to include this in last week’s pick-me-up, but somehow forgot: I recently found this lovely blog – Emily, an architecture student, is traveling abroad with her boyfriend for nine months, which obviously entails her closet is limited. Her tag line is: “Personal style on four continents, never limited by the size of single suitcase.” Needless to say, her blog has become a daily read for me!
I know I said earlier today I’d be back tomorrow for a mid-week pick-me-up, but I’ve got a little something to share with you before then! I’ve got a four way fashion face off for you tonight! Yes, that’s right, a four way fashion face off! (How’s that for alliteration?! *applause*).
It all has to do with this Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress. I’ve spotted three ladies in it recently, and I spotted a fourth lady rocking a very similar, but completely budget friendly version, too!
the real deal
the budget friendly version
Now, check out the dress, styled uniquely by four different ladies:
(sorry for not being able to center the last picture correctly!)
Can you catch which one of the four is the budget friendly version? It’s the second photo – Katy.
I must all look great in this dress – it’s clearly a matter of personal preference as to who wore it best. I’ll leave everyone to their own opinion – my purpose in sharing this is not to bash, but rather to look at how one dress can be worn so many ways! I find that truly fascinating!
Readers, lately I’ve been thoughtful…thoughtful about this blog of mine. That’s the reason I haven’t posted the past two days – well, actually, that’s only half truthful, as I was out of town this past weekend.
Anyway, I was putting together a sale outfit today, but I just wasn’t loving it – and, besides, my mind kept wandering back to those aforementioned thoughts.
I don’t mean to worry anyone – I’m fine! I just think I need some time to sort out some thoughts. I also just thought I should let you know why I had been absent these past couple days too.
I’ll certainly be back tomorrow with a mid-week pick-me-up though, so eagerly await that! 🙂 Hope everyone’s day is going well!
This is one chic look. Although, overall, it may seem simple, this look is really all in the details. The pencil skirt is spiced up with some origami-like detailing; the top has such cute, subtle cut-outs (see picture below); the bag has delicate topstitching; and the bracelet is really a bunch of bangles with different shapes. It’s small things like this that add an unbelieveable amount of interest to an otherwise simple – in basic silhouette – look. And even with those details, this look still maintains a classic feel.
(notice the cut-outs?!)
*I know I’ve said this before with other stylings, but can’t you see Anh rocking a look like this?!
It’s the Leatrice Dress ($268). It has loads of vintage appeal, but definitely with a modern edge. It’s a LBD (little black dress), and it also reminds me of Chanel for some reason or another (besides the LBD connection). And it has an assymetric hem! *passing out!*
I have no clue at all what this would look like on, but there’s no harm in trying it, right?! ….But, the price. Oh, the price. It’s expensive.
…But…if I try it on and it’s absolutely spectacular, I could justify it, right?!