I’d like to write an in-depth article about this season’s Project Runway, detailing each designer and commenting on their strengths and weaknesses. However, I haven’t watched this season as diligently as past seasons–I’ve seen each episode, but sometimes out of order and my impressions are somewhat mixed-up. Or maybe the mixed-up feeling comes because I don’t see any shining designers this time around and no designs have jumped out at me as “wow, that’s really awesome”.
Instead of criticizing, I thought it would be fun to think of what I would’ve done if I had the oppotunity to dress a newly graduated daughter ready for the work force. I have a bit of an advantage here, because my daughter is 22 and I AM a mom like those in the episode (but much better dressed :-).
I won’t argue with the winning design by Jerell (above). I think his outfit is great for a young artist’s assistant, although I would’ve picked a more youthful color–maybe mauve or silver gray.
Open the vest, lose the belt and add some retro heels and Kenley’s outfit hits the mark. It’s a young, hip look for an accessories buyer.
Korto has the right idea, with her dress and jacket combo for her muse, who is deciding between med school and grad school. She designed an “interview” outfit. But I thought the large graphic print of the dress was horrible, particularly for a rather large person, and I liked the jacket design but hated the burlap-like fabric and color. How about something more like this, a Cynthia Steffe wool tweed dress, paired with a black jacket of Korto’s design:
Leanne gave her budding teacher an outfit that looked like goth lingere.
Here is an outfit that is comfortable, professional and easy to move around in. Pair a tunic sweater dress like this (from Alice + Olivia) with leggings and booties:
Suede dressed his graduate, a photographer, in an atrocious pseudo Pucci print dress and an even uglier jacket. This young woman requested slacks and that’s just what she needs if she’s assuming all sorts of kneeling and sitting positions while taking photos. How about a pair of wide leg houndstooth trousers (from Alice + Olivia) with a swing-y Vince black leather jacket? Perfect!
Poor Joe is stuck in the 80’s–he dressed his graphic design major in pinstripes and a pocket square! He may as well have given her a navy blue Brooks Brothers skirt suit with a white shirt and bow tie! Here is a stylin’ outfit for a young woman in a creative field (from Cynthia Steffe):