Welcome back to LJ Runway Monday!
Dress Ten: The designers on Bravo’s Project Runway were assigned recent college graduates and are given the task of giving them a fashion makeover to help them enter the workforce. Each designer was to gear their look to their client’s specific profession, while reflecting their personal style and pleasing both the clients and their mothers.
LJ Runway’s Heidi Gunn challenged us to makeover our models as if they went directly from school and into the work force, rather than being the glamorous dolls that they are now.
Here’s what I created.
About Nikki: Before walking the runways in Paris and Milan, Nikki was often seen skulking in the back of class, not paying attention to much around her while she drew on the covers of her notebooks, the top of her desk, or any available surface her pen or pencil could find. While studying art history in college, she posed (not nude, no matter what Figaro might tell you) for other students and the modeling bug bit. Nikki told me that if she wasn’t modeling, she’d like to not only be an artist, but also own a gallery.
About the design: If Nikki’s aspiration was to own her own gallery, she’d have to start at the bottom as a gallery assistant, so we decided she’d need sensible work attire.
Nikki: But I was quick to tell Timothy that I’d still want to look hot. You know, sensible, but hot, too. I’d want to be noticed, because nobody will promote you if they can’t see you, right? Tell them I said that.
Timothy: She said that.
Anyway…I decided to make a sleek pant and blouse look. I found a black stretch suede for the pants and a blue print pima cotton fabric for the blouse. I made the pants first, which I think turned out–
Nikki: Gorgeous! I love them! They hug the curves and show what need showing, but they’re all business. The pocket is even lined with the same fabric he used to make the blouse. Plus, they’re light enough for outside, but would keep me warm indoors. You know how cold those galleries get. And I suppose they’d be durable, too, for working in a gallery storage room.
As I worked on the blouse and thought about the youthful aspect of our challenge, I decided to make the top less traditional. As a gallery assistant, Nikki could get away with having a funky look, so I kept the sleeves short and did a playful puffy look to the shoulder. I did away with the collar and buttons and left a v-neck with hook and eye closures instead of buttons. The end result was a sweet little top. Then I crafted a tote bag to complete the look, since Nikki the gallery assistant would probably be carting around lunch orders and paperwork for her boss.
Nikki: Love it! Love the pants, love the top, love the bag, love the boots. Love everything about it.
Timothy: I didn’t design the boots. They’re from the blueflycom accessory wall.
Nikki: They’re still hot. I’m going to keep them.
And now a word from Heidi Gunn: Are you an avid follower of Runway Mondays? Have you ever screamed “NO!!!!” when the judges announced the winner–leaving your favorite designer out in the cold? Which Runway Monday designer was a cut above the rest? Here’s your chance to play judge! Between now and October 7th vote for the contestant you loved most! The Designer who receives the most votes will win a fabulous surprise. How do you vote? Just send an email to email@example.com to let us know who your favorite designer is, and why. One vote per person please!
Update: The judges have spoken and said that Nikki and I won this challenge. Yay!
Dress Nine View here.
Dress Eight View here.
Dress Seven View here. (I won!)
Dress Six View here.
Dress Five View here.
Dress Four: View here. (I won!)
Dress Three: View here.
Dress Two: View here.
Dress One: View here. (I won!)