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LJ Runway Monday: Hard Wear (PR 7:7)

March 8th, 2010 (05:35 am)

current mood: contemplative

On the most recent episode of Lifetime's Project Runway, the designers were asked to create an unconventional look using materials they could get from a trip to the hardware store. They also had to create an accessory to go with it. I went to Houston's fantastic Southland Hardware. This is one of my favorite places--since it's in a neighborhood full of old homes, we can always count on them to stock things for our eighty-year-old house--or know where we can get what we need.

Southland also provides little bags of popcorn free to their customers, and since Tim and his boss were with me for part of my shopping trip, I helped The Big H discover the delights of my favorite snack.

Then I picked up a few things:

Dry wall repair kit, skid-proof shelf liner, silver chain, furniture repair kit, paint cones.

I wasn't too worried about coming up with a design. After all, I've used unconventional materials before, and Summer has always...

Oh, yeah. Summer. I heard from her and she said she's so busy she's barely keeping afloat these days. Translation:

Does anyone remember the second season of Charlie's Angels? The first episode, when we find out Jill Munroe won't be returning? Jill Munroe, who was played by the late Farrah Fawcett? The same Farrah Fawcett who was WRONGLY NOT INCLUDED in the tribute section of Sunday night's Oscars?

But I digress. As the second season begins, although Jill will no longer be helping the other angels, she's sent someone in her place: younger sister Kris Munroe, played by Cheryl Ladd.

No, Cheryl Ladd isn't this week's model. Ready to find out who is?

Meet Cassidy, younger sister of Summer and Lacy.

Because Cassidy's got a bright, upbeat look, I wanted to dress her in something that was light and pretty.

I shaped her skirt out of one of the paint cones, cutting it short, and covered it with delicate, irregular strips cut from the shelf liner.

The loose weave of the material gives the dress an airy look.

I used very little material on the bodice, just enough to maintain some modesty. The belt is made of metal strips from the furniture repair kit and is the accessory I created.

I kept her back bare to make it more of a party dress.

Her shoes are silver to match the belt.

A final look.

Thanks, Cassidy, for being as good a model as your two older sisters and for having a little of that Farrah magic.

See the rest of you next time on the runway!

For my previous looks:

PR 7:6--A Little Bit of Fashion
PR 7:5--Run for Cover
PR 7:4--Design Your Heart Out
PR 7:3--The Highs and Lows of Fashion
PR 7:2--The Fashion Farm
PR 7:1--Back to New York

Summer and Ken's boat is a gift from dogrl.


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