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LJ Runway Monday: Around the World in Two Days (PR 6:10)

October 26th, 2009 (01:05 am)

current mood: pleased

On the latest episode of Lifetime's Project Runway, the contestants met with designer Michael Kors, who told them that much of his work had been influenced by places he'd visited around the world. Each designer chose one from a group of cities and created a look inspired by that location. They were given a paragraph about their city and a couple of photos for guidance.

Rather than pick one of the choices from the show, I asked Tim to name a random city. His suggestion: Amsterdam. Located in the province of Holland, Amsterdam is the cultural and financial center of The Netherlands. Holland is a place that appeals to me for personal reasons. During World War II, my father (a U.S. soldier) was for a time behind German lines there and was taken care of and hidden by a Dutch family.

From the Wikipedia section on Amsterdam fashion:

Fashion brands like G-star, Gsus, BlueBlood, 10 feet and Warmenhoven & Venderbos, and fashion designers like Mart Visser, Viktor & Rolf, Marlies Dekkers and Frans Molenaar are based in Amsterdam. Modeling agencies Elite Models, Touche models and Tony Jones have opened branches in Amsterdam. Supermodels Yfke Sturm, Doutzen Kroes and Kim Noorda started their careers in Amsterdam. Amsterdam has its garment center in the World Fashion Center. Buildings which were formerly housing brothels in the red light district, have been converted to ateliers for young, up-and-coming fashion designers.

An Amsterdam location that caught my attention is Negen Straatjes: nine narrow streets with a large number of privately owned shops, many of which sell vintage fashion.

These are the two pictures that inspired my design this week:

A 1912 painting from Rik Wouters,
a Belgian fauvist painter and sculptor who lived and died in Amsterdam:

Two Women Sewing in Front of the Window

And a trendy accessories shop in the Negen Straatjes district:

First, I chose a vintage silk fabric with colors that reminded me of the Wouters painting.
I loved the bold flowers.

But the design's gray roses also reminded me of the historical Amsterdam of black-and-white photos. I imagined Mattel Top Model Lacy finding this 1950s-style dress in one of Negen Straatjes's resale boutiques.

Then I created appropriate accessories for the dress, including:

The earrings and necklace.

A belt.

A pair of green slides after the original Mattel Barbie shoes,
enhanced with emerald crystals and gold threading.

Lacy and I have to dash out--but I'll see you next time on the runway!

To see my previous designs for this season:

6:9--Sequins, Feathers and Fur, Oh My!
6:8--A Fashionable New Beginning
6:7--The Sky's the Limit
6:6--Lights, Camera, Sew!
6:5--Fashion Headliners
6:4--What a Woman Wants
6:3--Rumble on the Runway
6:2--We Expect Fashion
6:1--The Red Carpet


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