Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Previously on Project Runway: Season 10, Episode 14

Previously on Project Runway, the final four designers showed off their collections at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. But, before they hit the runway, Tim Gunn took the designers on a final trip to Mood so the designers could grab some more fabric and notions in an attempt to save their collections. The runway looks were judged with the assistance of Jennifer Hudson. Let's take a look at the designs:

Christopher described his collection as "Constructed and Deconstructed" and featured a print of his mother's neck x-ray. After presenting 3 leather/print outfits with short bottoms, Christopher used his final days tweaking his whole collection. On the runway, Christopher appeared to have too many ideas and could have easily separated his looks into 2 or 3 separate collections. In the end, Christopher was out.
Christopher's collection had lots of boobage
print and leather
A random pop of blue
Who likes short-shorts
End with an ombre gown.
Melissa described her collection as a "death to life"!? Melissa used her extra time to add a little more color to her collection with some red leather. And thank goodness Melissa listened to the judges and re-did the styling and lost her awful wigs. Overall, the collection looked liked articles that could be found in Melissa's own closet which made it expected and predicable, and Melissa's white dress that caused her model to shimmy her way down the runway was unforgivable. Melissa was not the winner this season.

Melissa cut off the cuffs and re-styled the jacket with much improvement.
Hello side-boob!
This dress caused Melissa's model to have to shimmy and was unforgivable. Why didn't she put a slit in it?
A great ending to an otherwise ho-hum collection.
 
Fabio described his collection as "Cosmic Tribalism." Fabio's use of pastel color in his collection and his light bo-hoiness was a stark contrast to the other collections. I also thought that Fabio's collection appeared to be the most avaunt-guard and really showed off Fabio's aesthetic as well as how much Fabio has grown as a designer. I knew the judges would have a tough time deciding between Fabio and Dmitry. Ultimately I worried that this collection was so much like Fabio's own fashion sense and so fashion forward that I worried that Fabio may not be able to produce collections that would continue to be ahead of the game. The judges also worried about Fabio's fashion longevity and Fabio was out. 

Bo-ho done expensively
Everyone loved the vest
This is such a Fabio outfit!
Beachy
Fabio goes chic


Dmitry's collection was inspired by architecture and the New York City skyline. Dmitry listened to the judges and changed his model's styling to help them appear younger (although I didn't exactly LOVE the crazy eyebrows and tin foil pony tails). Dmitry's collection definitely had some wow moments and everything was expertly made and looked expensive. Many of his clothes showed hints of Dmitry's  past life as a ballroom dancer. In the end, Dmitry was declared the season winner.

Amazing dress.
The great cut-out jacket!
How very Linda Evans
I could see a celebrity wearing this outfit
Dance consume-y

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What I'm Listening To: Arcade Fire- The Suburbs


Here's a great song to listen to when driving around the suburbs. Check out Arcade Fire's The Suburbs.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What I'm Listening To: Aimee Mann- Labrador


This video is so awesome! It's basically a shot-by-shot remake of Aimee Mann's Til Tuesday video for "Voices Carry". The video also features Jon Hamm. Enough said.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Previously on Project Runway: Episode 12

aka. The final four

Previously on Project Runway, the designers got to go home for 5 weeks in order to design their collections for New York City's Fashion Week. While the designers were away, they each received home visits from Project Runway's Tim Gunn where we saw that only one designer (Melissa) had a place to call home. When the designers returned to New York, the designers were asked to send 3 of their best looks down the runway in order for the judges to determine who would present at fashion week. Apparently most of the designers didn't get that memo. Let's take a look at their designs.

Christopher was one of the designer's who missed the memo to send out his 3 best pieces as he decided to send down 3 short outfits (2 shorts and a mini-skirt). I liked that Christopher used his mother's x-ray as a print in an unexpected way, but I expected Christopher's collection to be more soft and romantic than edgy and dark. I thought this would have been a great opportunity for Christopher to bring back his frayed ruffle technique again that he did so well in the beginning and was disappointed with his collection.




Dmitry is the clear winner of tailoring. Dmitry appears to have a lot of great ideas like the cut-out dress, fringed jacket and tailored trousers. But I worry about how many ladies are really into shear shirts and the judges were concerned about Dmitry's styling making his model's appear too old. I think Dmitry sent out the best designs overall and he's my pick for the win.




Fabio got kudos from me and the designers for being the only designer to send some color down the runway. Fabio's looks took a more avaunt-guard approach rather than ready-to wear, with crafty touches such as his plastic canvas necklaces and bags, and pastel color created with water color. The judges biggest criticism was with Fabio's styling as they weren't a huge fan of the wigs. I'm worried that Fabio's looks may be too kookie and unwearable for the Project Runway audience.

I was not a fan of the weird boobs on that vest
When I first saw this look, I thought it looked like a sheet with a nice collar, but the judges were into it.

Melissa

Melissa seemed to revert back to her all black, edgy/goth aesthetic and sent out an all black and white collection. Has she forgotten that the judges prefer her looks when she uses color!? *shakes fist*  She also sent her models out with awful cheap looking wigs. The clothes she sent down were rather boring. She too missed the memo about sending your 3 best pieces down the runway.

Hello peak-a-boo under bra!
I thought the collar and cuffs were way too exaggerated! I just wanted to take my scissors and cut them down.

In the end, the judges decided to send all four designers to New York City Fashion week. However, if it were up to me, it would have been a toss up on whether to kick off Melissa or Christopher. I'm really interested to see what all of their collections will look like. Are you happy with the judges decision to keep all of the designers? Who do you think had the best/worst mini-collections? Who do you think the winner will be? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wichita State University Yarn Bombing

In September, myself and nearly 100 others participated in a yarn bombing (where craftsters cover sculptures and other objects in knitted and crocheted fabric as a form of non-permanent graffiti) organized by Wichita State University's Ulrich Museum in order to celebrate the museum's grand re-opening. The yarn bombing was on display from September 16-23, 2012 and was a huge success. If you missed it, check out my photo's below:

Millie the millipede



Thomas Jefferson

Here's a photo of the vine I crocheted



Wolf in sheep's clothing







 


I also crocheted some turquoise, green, navy and multicolored granny squares
Thanks for looking!

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