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LJ Runway Monday: The Big, Top Designers (PR 7:12)

April 11th, 2010 (11:05 pm)

current mood: optimistic

On the most recent episode of Lifetime's Project Runway, the designers were taken to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, where circus performers put on a show just for them. They were then asked to create a design inspired by the circus, with a warning to make their look more high-end than costume-like.

Full disclosure: I'm one of those people with mixed feelings about the circus. It's not the clowns; clowns don't really bother me. I just feel a little icky about training animals to perform for our amusement. I get that same icky feeling at amusement park animal shows. At least in reputable zoos and aquariums, where an attempt is made to create natural habitats, I feel a little better about the animals.

However, I can enjoy the spectacle of the ringmaster and the human performers, who are there by choice and are paid for their work, so I kept my focus on that circus feature.

It was also refreshing to get this photo from Summer. She's back home preparing her VERY well-cared-for horses for a special occasion at which they only have to look pretty.

A new model was waiting in the wings to help me present the...greatest show in this journal entry.

For Rachel, I wanted a look that was mostly tailored, with a little bit of whimsy.

Pants of toffee silk are cut into a look that's a little equestrian, a little safari.
The high waist is balanced by a loose belt of gold chain.

The gold is repeated in buttons on back of the tail coat, a modified version of a classic equestrian coat.

The sheer red mesh of Rachel's top provides a splash of color.

The same red fabric is used on the coat collar and to embellish the tail of the coat.

See you next time...

This was the last challenge of the regular season. I'm not sure what I'll present next week, but my final collection will be ready in two weeks. Don't forget to come back!

For my previous looks:

PR 7:11-Sew Much Pressure
PR 7:10-Hey, That's My Fabric
PR 7:9--Takin' It to the Street
PR 7:8--The Elements of Fashion
PR 7:7--Hard Wear
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

Coat fabric and red fabric gift of Lynne. Boots by Mattel for Harley Barbie, gift of Linda.


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