Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What Would Project Runway Shoe? (#WWPRS) Designing for the Birds

We are getting towards the end of Season 9 of Project Runway and it is really getting exciting!  The beautiful designs are only part of what makes this season memorable.  The challenges have been wacky and unconventional forcing the designers to bring it and bring it hard.  In this week’s ‘What Would Project Runway Shoe?” (#WWPRS) we pair the winning look with a slightly unexpected shoe.  SPOILER ALERT!  Stop reading if you still haven’t caught the last episode and want to watch it first. ;)

Mr. Bert (#PRBert) was sent packing with his unmotivated attitude of designing a bird inspired look this week.  It was sad to see him go since Old Bert had finally grown on everyone.  But there can only be ONE winner of Project Runway and now, after 12 episodes, my money’s on this week’s winner, ANYA (#PR9Anya)!  Her winning dress  was inspired by the sinister black raven.  It is so chic and modern and incredibly versatile.  This is a perfect example of where your accessories really change up the feel of your outfit.  With this kind of edgy and modern dress, you can go in so many directions with shoes.  It was hard to pick one since you could go with booties, boots, sandals, or pumps.  That’s why I wanted to go with the ladylike ‘Tesi’ by Ivanka Trump.  I’m SO in love with doing a nude shoe with a black dress.  It’s one of this season’s best concepts.  It instantly makes your legs longer and YOU taller! ;)  With the 4 ½” heel including a 1” platform, you’re sure to reach the clouds and get a great view on the dust on top of the cubicles around the office. ;)  Tesi’ also gives a nod to wing tip shoes with the black edging on the back of the heel.  The edginess of the design is countered with the ladylike patent leather giving you a very fresh and modern look.

I hope my bet on Anya wins me big money this season.  And… speaking of winning, have you entered to win some Missoni for Target??  Check out how here!


Monday, October 3, 2011

What Would Project Runway Shoe? (#WWPRS) The Retro Piperlime Design Challenge

Are you a big Project Runway fan?  I am!!  I’m such a big fan, I came up with ‘What Would Project Runway Shoe?” (#WWPRS) where I pair a shoe or two with the winning look of the week.  The stakes are getting higher and so are the prizes!  This week’s challenge was to design a retro 70’s look with a teeny budget.  Tim announced the added twist on the second day which was to design a one piece outfit in one day.   SPOILER ALERT!  Stop reading if you want to wait and watch the episode first reading about the winning design.

Bert (#PRBert) really showed his strengths tapping into his past and making this fresh and modern delicious dress.  It was such a marvelous throw back to the 70’s Jackie O that all she needed was a little silk neckerchief and big gold rimmed sunglasses to polish off the vibe.  He came in second but still got to have his design sold on Piperlime, which has already sold out! 

Little Miss Anya (#PR9Anya) was the winner with her fabulous pant jumper and her wonderful attitude.  Anya grew a soft spot in my heart, and the judges too, with her “can do” attitude.  She pulled it together after losing her money at Mood and making her first outfit with scraps.  Meanwhile Mr. Joshua (#PRJoshua) was pulling at my last nerve with his entitled attitude.  He needs to take a tip from Anya and realize that you can’t take for granted the opportunities you get when your dream is just within reach.  Is anyone lucky enough to be that demanding when it’s really what you want?  Even if it means having your mascara running down your face at Mood from crying, you stay true to what you want.  

Anya paired her winning design with the Rachel Zoe ‘Eva’ (shown above).  And while I can understand that she was trying to be the 70’s funk on the runway, perhaps a more wearable choice would be the Mark & James by Badgley Mischka ‘Dante’ (shown to the side & below).  You get the same concept of the platform wedge but it’s a little more toned down for say, daywear.  It does have this very unique split heel detail on the back.  You can see it from the side view of the shoe.  Its more classic feel will actually let you wear it with more things to update your wardrobe for the Fall without having to get new clothes.  Mz. Zoe always tells us to change up your wardrobe by changing up your accessories. ;)

I’m wondering if karma will take care of this little queen Joshua and if the true of heart Anya will prevail.  The suspense is building! ;) 

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