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LJ Runway Monday Challenge, Week 4

August 11th, 2008 (01:28 am)

current mood: creative

On Bravo's Project Runway, the contestants were challenged to create a women's wear look for an athlete to wear during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The design should project the image of the U.S. to the world and make the athlete feel proud to represent her country.

LJ's Heidi Gunn gave the Runway Monday designers the same challenge.

Design Inspiration and Defense: As Project Runway's design guru Tim Gunn said, an Olympic athlete is the closest thing to a superhero we have. Summer's design is not only a tribute to superheroes, but pays homage to the American flag--red, white, and blue, with stars and stripes. My design is purposely meant to evoke the look of a cheerleader for two reasons. A cheerleader stirs the good-sport, competitive spirit of athletes and spectators that is the Olympian ideal, and cheerleading itself requires athletic stamina and fitness.

I found great natural, breathable cotton fabrics at Mood to use in the three-piece design.

The top is a mixture of stars and stripes, including the straps.

The skirt is pleated under a red waistband that mimics an Olympic ring.

The third piece: Summer's design is about function as well as fashion, so she can easily remove the skirt for a workout in her shorts:

And because I know you shoe sluts are out there, Summer is going for the gold with stars that continue the theme of her design:

You can see Mark G. Harris's design here, and Timothy J. Lambert's design here.

Later on Monday, you'll be able to read what the judges have to snark about say on Heidi Gunn's LJ, and by Tuesday, we'll know the winner.

Let the games begin! And by games, I mean the ones wherein the tabloids catch two "unidentified" supermodels showing that what they lack in sportsmanship, they provide in drama.

For my previous designs:

Week 3: New Orleans Inspiration
Week 2: Going Green I won!
Week 1: Grocery Store


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