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Project Runway: He Said, She Said

He Said, She Said

After a couple of unconventional challenges, it was a nice change of pace to see the Project Runway designers tackle a ready-to-wear project. This week their inspiration was an iconic rose for a major retailer, which was focused on spring. Yay!

The pressure to stay in the judges’ keen vision has been mounting for the remaining seven designers. Here’s the recap of who showed their true colors to their teammates and who was out!

I don’t blame Richard for being pretty upset from the previous challenge, especially after Amanda and Layanna threw him under the bus because their team made the least favorite looks. Layanna was very transparent that she thought that Richard didn’t deserve to be there. I think that her ego got inflated early on and she has the idea that she can do no wrong in her designs.

Heidi rattled the contestants a little when she announced that the judges had reconstructed the teams again! No more silly names either. Patricia and Stanley were paired together. Michelle and Daniel seemed like a good combo as their different styles complemented each other. That left the three designers, Layanna, Samantha and Richard as a new team. Oh, this should be interesting.

Ready to Wear Spring 2013

The designers were delighted that they finally made it to the Lord & Taylor challenge. Suzanne Timmins, SVP/Fashion Director at Lord & Taylor said that the symbolic rose of the retailer’s brand had been established since 1943. The winner of the challenge would have their designs reproduced and sold in Lord & Taylor stores and online for Spring 2013. Having your work featured in the legendary storefront window on 5th Avenue would be like hitting the jackpot!

Since the iconic rose served as the inspiration for the designers, some of them took their muse quite literally. Layanna chose a terrible fabric. Yes, it had roses on it, but it was dark and drab.

Another mishap was Samantha’s dress with triple layers to resemble an actual flower. The junior style with the multiple color blocking and cut out heart on the back weren’t made for the Lord & Taylor customer. Richard’s black jersey dress with an interesting twist of pink, which was inspired by a yellow flower, was a positive piece. The judges said that it had looked too “beachy,” but I liked the easiness of the dress.

The threesome were given a $225 budget, so they could have found better fabrics, or more of it in Samantha’s case. As a team, there was much tension between Richard and Layanna. He refused to even look in Layanna’s direction in the workroom, and their lack of cohesion showed in their designs.

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Spring Ahead for Savings at Madewell

Spring 2013 Madewell

The weather here in the Midwest is fooling with us. Even though it is officially Spring, the temps make it feel more like winter. To combat the cold-weather blues, I am day dreaming of new styles for Spring, starting with the new selections at Madewell. Now through March 26, the retailer is offering 25 percent off of all orders over $125 or more, and free shipping as a bonus. Just use code 4SPRING for the savings. Shop for casual cool items, such as jeans, tees and silk cami dresses. Maybe with some luck it finally feel like Spring!

Project Runway: The Ultimate Hard and Soft Collection

Project Runway Hard and Soft

I had a hunch that Project Runway host/judge Heidi Klum would switch up the teams this week on the reality competition show. The new and improved teams’ symmetry certainly made things more interesting! Here’s the recap of “The Ultimate Hard and Soft” and whose star continued to shine and whose flame was out.

After the Dream Team was taken down for a third time, the designers were surprised to find that their workroom was illuminated by beautiful candles. Turned out that the 2-in-1 scented candles from Glade® weren’t part of a romantic Valentine’s Day. “This is a unconventional challenge,” said Tim Gunn, who pointed to the candles as clues to the next project and instructed the designers to get their materials from a flower shop.

But wait there’s more! Heidi made her grand entrance with a twist for the teams. Her appreciation for hardware in fashion inspired “the ultimate hard and soft unconventional challenge.” They were instructed to create a cohesive line using hardware and flowers.

Before they had the chance to pick up their sketch tablets, Tim added a shakeup to the teams. Dream Team could choose two people from Keeping it Real to even the number of designers on each team. Then Keeping it Real could steal one of Dream Team’s original designers for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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