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LJ Runway Monday: Back to New York (PR 7:1)

January 18th, 2010 (01:22 am)

current mood: accomplished

Boy, that was a fast break, and now Lifetime's Project Runway has returned to New York for its seventh season. It was good to see Heidi and Tim again, and apparently Michael Kors and Nina Garcia are back to being permanent judges. This week's theme was "Back to New York," and Nicole Richie was the guest judge. You get to be MY guest judges, so feel free to add comments on any part of my design. The contestants--and I have no idea yet who they are; I always spend the first few episodes trying to sort them all out--were asked to create a look that provided their point of view.

Sadly, I was unable to book my model muse, Summer, for this challenge. Her agent says she's ill. Visual translation from Agent Speak to Reality:

That's okay. I'm sure we'll be seeing Summer at some point this season, and my new friend Noelle was happy to work with me this week. Noelle was the model for Mattel's 2008 Holiday Barbie, and she's gorgeous.

I chose to go with one of my favorite dress styles with a few embellishments at the hemline and the collar. To mix things up a little, I decided to move away from the mod fabrics that I love and time travel to the 1980s.

How'd I do?

I tucked Noelle's hair under a hat I made with faux leopard fur trimmed in black marabou. Her purse and boots are from the Bluefly accessories wall (i.e., Mattel). She's wearing a black cloth coat over a sheer dress of tan leopard print.

The coat is lined in the same faux leopard fur I used on the hat. I modified the dress's neckline with a roll collar.

I sewed the stockings from chestnut organza.

A better view of the coat's lining.

The ruffled hemline balances the width of the hat even without the coat.

The cap sleeves are one of my favorite features of this dress.

Thanks, Noelle, for being such a great model. You rocked this sassy little dress.
I'll see the rest of you next time on the runway!


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