Saturday, 28 September 2013

Project Runway Season 12 EP10 Recap/Review

This post is long overdue and I apologise for those who read my blog for the reviews, however I have just finished my first week at university and whilst I only technically had to go in for one day, I was swamped with the assignment and my internship for the rest of the week.

Nevertheless the 10th episode recap/review/whatever you'd like to call it, is here.

This episode called on the designers to do a full makeover, from hair, to makeup, to clothing of Project Runway 'Superfans'. It was the 'hair' challenge and so a specific focus was placed on deciding what changes to make to the 'superfans' hairstyles.

The Top 3




The top 3 looks were designed by (clockwise from left): Bradon McDonaldHelen Castillo, and Justin LeBlanc. I absolutely adored the design that Justin created for his 'superfan'. It flattered his model's figure and the personalised touch on his dress was an extra special addition, which could easily have been tacky, but because of the beautiful execution and creative appliqué technique it was far from it.

Helen's look was well-constructed and as stunning as it is I feel like this design is something that has already been shown by Helen this season. However, it is elegant and her 'superfan' received the most drastic makeover of the episode. Helen was the winning designer of this week.

The Bottom 3




The bottom 3 consisted of looks by (clockwise from left): Alexander PopeAlexandria von Bromssen, and Ken Laurence. Whilst Alexander's look was poorly executed due to time constraints, thus landing him in the bottom, Alexandria didn't design something suited for her 'superfan', she aged her and I believe she became confused as to what is suitable for an interview, she was overwhelmed with this idea and completely forgot about the age of her young 'superfan'. Ken's look was in an awful moss green colour with an awkward neckline and seamline detailing. His 'superfan' was thrilled with the look however the judges were not.

Ken was eliminated this challenge.

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All images were found here

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Wolf and Badger Designer Showcase

I was invited to the Wolf and Badger Designer showcase as part of my internship. It was a wonderful way of seeing the clothes that I had been helping out with on display in a proper showroom.

Wolf and Badger is a boutique store that represents and sell items of fashion of upcoming fashion and jewelry designers. The store itself is über chic, with dark walls, and floors the clothes take the limelight. It is presented in a minimalist way however due to the lighting and interior decoration the overall atmosphere is urban and modern.

There were roughly 10 designers being showcased in the gallery. It was interesting to see all the different designers; due to them all being independent of one another they were all unique, and catered to different tastes and design aesthetics. Below are images of some of my favourite pieces, including some of the work of designer Judy Wu. It was truly inspiring to see all the different designs and learning about the new and up and coming designers.

I will definitely be coming back to this boutique to monitor and gawk at the beautiful clothes and discover the talent that the world of fashion has to offer.

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Just a couple of random bits and bobs now. This light cover took me by surprise and made me smile. And finally the shop assistant, he was quite shy and humble about it but agreed to let me take a picture of his unique style to put here!


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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

TREND SPOT: Camouflage


Christoper Kane F/W '13, Michael Kors F/W'13, 3.1 Phillip Lim F/W '13

Erdem F/W '13


Whistles


Topshop

Winter is finally bestowing the wonderful pleasures of grey skies, frosty breaths, daily rain showers and icy winds. As we embrace the chill we should embrace camouflage. Despite being  ill-suited for the white snows of winter, flipping through the October issue of Elle UK I could not help but notice the camouflage trend that featured on many F/W '13 catwalks. One that has undoubtedly been reinveted by designers through using different materials, scales, and even colours.

Whilst I throw on layer upon layer to warm myself up (heating costs money) I will think about choosing pieces from this trend to help myself escape to the warmer lands on the equator, where camouflage is much more handy to be wearing.

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All runway images found on style.com. The rest are from the websites of the relevant stores.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Project Runway Season 12 EP9 Recap/Review

This episode the designers were asked to create a look inspired and to be worn by the modern southern woman who would shop at Belk. This was an industry challenge and the winning look would be produced and sold in Belk stores.

The runway was laden with plaid and whilst I think this conforms to the stereotypical wear of the southern woman I have to agree with designer (from the south might I add), Ken, this isn't what I picture someone living in that part of America wanting to wear. However, having said that, Ken's idea of what a woman living in the south might wear was not executed well and ended up landing him in the bottom 3.

The Top 3




The top 3 consisted of looks by (clockwise from left): Alexander PopeBradon McDonald, and Kate Pankoke. Even though Bradon is one of my favourite designers in this competition, I didn't think that his look was the strongest of the top 3, however, I do believe that it would be suitable for a wide range of women whilst still maintaining the unique features and details he included through experimenting with draping and pin tucks. I absolutely love Alexander's look. It is playful and sexy and moved beautifully down the runway. However, this look is much less commercial and will only appeal to a younger demographic. Kate's look was sweet but as much as I like it there is something that is overly familiar about this pattern and silhouette that I didn't appreciate too much.

The winner of the challenge was Bradon.

The Bottom 3




The bottom 3 was made up of looks by (clockwise from left): Dom StreaterJeremy Brandrick, and Ken Laurence. Dom's look was criticised for being too plain, she had held back this challenge after being safe for 4 weeks straight. Jeremy's look was too 'madame'. Ken's look was too 'bridesmaid'.

The bottom 3 were given a second chance after the judges decided that they had not understood the challenge properly. They were challenged to create a whole new look with the help of another designer in an hour to be then presented on the runway.




*The new looks correspond to the designers as mentioned above

I absolutely loved Dom's new look. It was new and fresh, sophisticated yet was still easy. The draping was beautiful and the back absolutely stunning. Both Jeremy and Ken's looks were improvements and the judges were impressed with all three contestants. Ultimately Dom's designs won her the challenge, and so she became the second winner of this week; with her look to be produced by Belk.

Jeremy was eliminated.

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All images can be found here