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LJ Runway Monday: The Highs and Lows of Fashion (PR 7:3)

February 1st, 2010 (02:15 am)

current mood: creative

On the most recent episode of Lifetime's Project Runway, the designers went to the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the Charles Engelhard Court, they were given a chance to look at ten mannequins dressed in garments from the curatorial department of the Costume Institute, including looks from Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga, Madame Grès, Claire McCardell, Norman Norell, Pauline Trigère, and other American and European fashion icons.

The designers were then broken into teams and given the task of creating a high-end signature look that would be appropriate among the ten iconic designs. After they'd sketched, shopped, and started sewing, the designers were presented with a twist. They had to create a second look that cost less and would be accessible to a mass market. Furthermore, their second look had to be derivative of the high-end look of one of the competing teams--without copying or pirating the original design. For their signature look, they went to Mood to shop for fabric with $500. For their derivative look, they were given $50 and a second trip to Mood.

Since I can't be part of a team and am not competing with other designers, I decided to take what I think is a high-end look in Timothy J. Lambert's final collection from the first season of Live Journal's Runway Monday. For both of this week's designs, I tapped into my vast collection of fabrics. But was I up to the challenge? And would Summer be available to model either of my looks?

As some of you may recall, Summer isn't just a model, she's also a college journalism student. According to her agent, she can't take any modeling assignments until she finishes a big school project.

Uh-huh. Translation:

Okay, Summer's out. But am I in?

This is one of Timothy's Nikki models from his final collection in 2008. I love the black and white fabric with its gold shimmer, the under-dress of black with its ribbon straps, and Timothy's creative use of strands of pearls as an embellishment. This is among my favorites of his designs, and I couldn't wait to create a wearable, affordable look from it.

As you may be aware, I enjoy nothing more than dipping into the styles and fabrics of the 1960s and 1970s. First, I created a black cotton cropped top with ribbon straps.

Then I borrowed elements from the design of sailor pants for a hip hugging, six-button front flap construction, billowing out to over-long bell bottoms. The pants are also done in cotton with a design similar to Tim's higher-end fabric. Ahoy!

The total look on one of Mattel's beautiful Top Models, Maggie:

For my high-end look, I dressed my model Cari (gift of asterapallas) in a sheer print lined with a shimmery mauve metallic fabric (gift of rain_wolfe). The dress silhouette is among my favorite designs for the Top Models (you may remember Summer wearing a similar dress to the Oscars in 2009). Inspired by some of the great designers featured in the Costume Institute's collection at the Met, I wanted to add drama to the look.

Hope you've enjoyed my interpretations of this week's challenge. See you next time on the runway!

For my previous looks:

PR 7:2--The Fashion Farm
PR 7:1--Back to New York

ETA: Summer is wearing leathers from Mattel's 1996 Harley Barbie, gift of whytraven.


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