Friday, August 6, 2010
Being the huge Project Runway fan that I am, I couldn't resist but come up with a weekly Friday post that I've titled 'What Would Project Runway Shoe?" (#WWPRS) where I suggest a shoe to go with the winning look of the week. Spoiler Alert!! Stop reading if you want to wait to watch last night's episode first.
Ok, so you’ve been warned now and I’m going to congratulate.................................................................................... Ms. Gretchen Jones again for her second win in a row that landed her a billboard in Times Square. Her winning look that barely, in my opinion, edged out a truly great red dress by Ms. Valerie Mayen, was very smartly tailored romper jumpsuit (http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/season-8/designers/gretchen-jones). The navy romper was done in a very airy and seemingly light fabric that had great hanging and swaying characteristics. It was very flattering in all the right places. There were two options for wearing the romper, one with the higher neckline with a clip feature midway down the chest, or with it unclipped with a daring plunging neckline. In either case, the garment is sexy and definitely fashion forward.
On the show, the outfit was style with two different ankle booties. One was a slightly muted olive green heavier shoe that is a nice day option that we saw on the runway. The other was the sexy gladiator bootie in black on the billboard. This was a great compliment to the jumpsuit because it has the modern contemporary style that has lots of cutouts to balance out the “covered-ness” of the romper's long sleeves and ankle skimming pant leg.
Showing skin on your feet is a good counterpoint to the romper because it makes the look fresh, young and stylish. A more covered shoe makes the outfit more conservative and could potentially give the look an uninvited heaviness. This is why my pick for this winning outfit is this shiny Boutique 9 ‘Grayson’ in gold. The silhouette of the shoe is very ‘now’ like the outfit itself. The neutral gold tone of the shoe makes it blend into your foot to elongate your body so as to make you look 10 feet tall. And who doesn't want an extra couple of inches in height? Some of us more curvy girls need to get our height wherever and whenever we can so that our curves read as sexy not chunky. ;) This ‘Grayson’ also comes in a tan that is also a good pick for the same reasons. The gold has more pizzazz, obviously, and matches the daring level of the neckline. Given that the romper is navy, a neutral by most fashion standards, there's a multitude of shoe color options for this kind of outfit. Your creativity, mood and pocketbook are really the only limiting factors. :)
You can find these Boutque 9 ‘Grayson’ booties at Bluefly.com (http://www.bluefly.com/Boutique-9-gold-caged-leather-Grayson-platform-sandals/cat400122/306101701/detail.fly) for a great deal at $112. They're also available on Amazon.com.
This season’s Project Runway definitely has some unexpected twists that keep me excited about watching. I hope that ‘What Would Project Runway Shoe?’ is doing the same for you. See you next Friday with Episode 3!
Posted by The Working Girl's Shoe Closet at 6:10 AM