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LJ Runway Monday, Challenge 11

September 28th, 2008 (11:02 pm)

current mood: finished!

On Bravo's Project Runway, contestants were asked to design an outfit in a particular musical genre for their fellow designers.

Because no one on this planet is ever taking my measurements, I was relieved when Heidi Gunn asked the Runway Monday designers to switch models and pick a musical style for them. I was lucky enough to get Nikki--

Nikki: Damn right.

--and my genre is country music.

Nikki: What?

It hasn't escaped my attention that many of country music's female stars don't really dress "country" anymore. Most of the time, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, the Dixie Chicks, and even more traditional country singers like Dolly and Reba, are red-carpet-ready. I wanted to borrow a little of their shimmer, but also give my design some country and western flavor.

Nikki: I'm allergic to grease. And gingham.

White satin, black silk, black tulle, and silver accents make Nikki shine.

I wanted to mimic the yoke of the standard country and western shirt, but make it a little more fashionable, so I exaggerated it in black silk. Rather than covering up Nikki's gorgeous neck--

Nikki: Word.

--with a collar, I used an onyx bead and silver cord to fashion an accessory based on the bolo tie.

Black tulle trimming emphasizes the crisp, white satin wraparound skirt.

The bodice stops at the sides, and the yoke falls in a soft panel that leaves a hint of Nikki's flawless back visible.

Although the wall provided the cowboy hat, the only cowboy boots were a bright blue. Blue was not part of my color palette, so I modified the boots. I covered them with satin patchwork that I dyed black. I'm sure these boots would be a hit with Shania Twain.

Nikki: Man, I feel like a white woman.

Becks: There are black female country singers.

Nikki: Name one.

Becks: Rissi Palmer.


Nikki: Same deal as last week. I'm keeping the boots.

Becks: I never doubted it for a minute.

You can see Timothy's design for Figaro here, and Mark G. Harris's design for Summer here. Tomorrow, you can read what the judges have to say about the designs in Heidi Gunn's comments. Feel free to share your own thoughts about the designs in comments to any of these posts.

Also, a note from Heidi Gunn to our Runway followers:

Are you an avid follower of Runway Mondays? Have you ever screamed "NO!!!!" when the judges announced the winner--leaving your favorite designer out in the cold? Which Runway Monday designer was a cut above the rest? Here's your chance to play judge: Between now and October 7, vote for the contestant you loved most! The Designer who receives the most votes will win a fabulous surprise. How do you vote? Just send an e-mail to and let us know who your favorite designer is, and why. One vote per person, please!

Finally, if you're interested in my previous designs:

Week10: Working Girl Winner: Tim
Week 9: Here's Your Sign Winner: Me!
Week 8: A Foreign Affair Winner: Mark
Week 7: Drive It or Wear It Winner: Tim
Week 6: It's a Drag! Winner: Me!
Week 5: Lipstick Jungle Winner: Mark
Week 4: Olympic Gold Winner: Tim
Week 3: New Orleans Inspiration Winner: Mark
Week 2: Going Green Winner: Me!
Week 1: Grocery Store Winner: Tim


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