Hello, my fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog! Today, I am going to chat about Project Runway Season 12 Episode 7, and the absolutely breathtaking and “man-eating” LBD that designer Ken created. Come on, let’s get to conversing about Project Runway!
When Heidi Klum announced that the designers would be taking a field trip to the Marie Claire fashion closet…my jaw dropped because I wanna go to the Marie Claire fashion closet!
Upon their arrival, Tim Gunn and Anne Fulenwider (Editor-and-Chief of Marie Claire) informed the designers that they were to pick a pair of shoes from the closet to be their inspiration for this challenge. Sounds simple…what’s the catch?
Designer Dom: “What are those buzzers for?”
Me: “Ah…there’s the catch.”
Yep, you guessed it…a fashion quiz. When the designer that pressed the buzzer answered the question correctly, he/she got to choose his/her favorite pair of shoes from the pre-selected group.
“As a self-taught fashion designer against all of these educated individuals, I’m very nervous, and hopefully I’m not the last person to pick my shoes,” stated Ken Laurence on Episode 7 before the fashion quiz began. Now…what was the first question…and who answered it?
Anne: “Christian Louis Vuitton’s famous red shoe soul was inspired by one of his employee’s what?”
Ken: *clicking his buzzer quickly* “fingernail polish”
Me: *shouting at the television* “WHOOP WHOOP! Way to go Ken!”
Occasionally, I do yell at the TV while watching Project Runway…my neighbors probably think I am crazy…or perhaps they just think I get excited about the 9 o’clock news. Speaking of news, the new weather guy is a cutie….Anyway, back to the recap.
After all of the designers had shoes in hand, they were given twenty minutes to sketch their garments.
Ken: “I feel like for these last challenges I keep referring back to the same silhouette. So, I want to switch it up and sew something completely different. I plan on creating this jacket dress with volume around the hips and in the sleeves.”
Fashion Quiz passed: Check.
Shoes picked: Check.
Garment sketched: Check.
Now, off to Mood!
With a suggested GoBank spending budget of $250 and thirty minutes to shop, the designers raced to find fabric. Man….I would love to have to have a $250 GoBank budget to shop at Belk…Mhmm…every Southern fashionista’s dream.
Tim Gunn made his way around the work room talking to each designer about his/her garment. Every episode…I fall more and more in love with Tim Gunn’s fabulous fashion taste…I love you Tim!
Ken: “These are the shoes I picked.”
Tim: “Yes, they’re great!”
Ken: “I love them…So, the first thing that came to my mind was this coat dress…it’s going to be fitted and balloon out towards the bottom.”
Tim: “Here’s what concerns me–it is looking dated.”
Ken: “I’m taking Tim’s advice.”
Even though I loved Ken’s original design concept (I am a sucker for anything big and overstated…my hair is a prime example of this); however, taking Tim Gunn’s advice was the best thing Ken could have done.
When designer Ken’s model hit the runway…I yelled at the TV once more.
Me: “OH MY GRACIOUS! It is so very perfect! I need this!”
Mom: “Abby, calm down. You’re going to disturb the neighbors.”
Me: “Maybe they should watch Project Runway…they would also yell at the TV.”
After I calmed down, I had to rewind to see what designer Ken had said about his design–thank goodness for DVR.
Ken: “I just want to scream at the top of my lungs because it’s perfect for the shoes I chose…it’s bon chic. I love it.”
Ken played a magnificent wild card in the Uno game of Project Runway by making his LBD modern and sleek with a little touch of sultry mystery. The textured fabric and oversized peplum were his garments powerful weapons on this challenge.
Ken’s ”man-eater” dress impressed the Creative Director AND the Editor-and-Chief of Marie Claire magazine…talk about a hard thing to do. Even if Ken did not take home the win for this challenge, those compliments are trophies in themselves.
Maria: “You struck a great balance here!”
Anne: “She can take over the world in that dress!”
I have to agree with Anee…if I had that magnificently constructed LBD in my wardrobe…I could totally rule the world. *cue Beyoncé’s “Run the World”*
To conclude this VIP Project Runway recap blog, I ventured into the Twittersphere to see what positive things people were saying about #DesignerKen…
Phew….can you believe it? Episode 8 is almost here…Oh, I just cannot wait to see what fabulous things the designers will be bringing to the table!