P.R. Episode 9: Textiles with Mondo

This week was the Textiles challenge, and 8 designers remain! Mondo appeared as the guest after his emotional experience during his season’s textile challenge where he revealed his HIV + status to the world.

The designers were given one hour to create their very own printed textile on the Intel Ultrabook, and challenged to represent their cultural heritage through their print. For the first time in Project Runway history, their cultural dossier was delivered by family members, and they got to spend two days with their loved ones.

Top 2 Looks

Dmitry

I’m so glad he won this week! He definitely deserved it. His jacket was out of this world amazing, and he created three pieces, which is a challenge in itself given the time limits on the show.

Sonjia

She killed this challenge! Her print was nice, but the way she used it to create those amazing slacks was better, pants are difficult to drape. Even though she did a black top, it really stood out with the back drape perfectly fitted sleeves, and interesting front detail. And I also must mention how well she styled her look!

Bottom Look

Ven

Oh Ven… He once again did the flower layering effect, and the judges roasted him for it, even to the point of bringing Tim Gunn to the runway to discuss what went on in the sewing room. I think he’ll get one more chance to show he can do something else before he’s voted off.

Who to Watch

Elena – She was rejuvenated emotionally by her mother’s presence, but her design this week was lacking. She’s got to find balance.

Ven – I’d re-watch this episode just to see Tim call Ven’s design an homage to a menstrual cycle!

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Stay tuned for Thursday nights 10th episode, to see if Ven can get it together!

Fall 2012 Trend: Houndstooth

TREND ALERT! A psychedelic twist on traditional houndstooth is all the rage for fall! The classic black and white look has been replaced with vibrant modern colors that make it anything but ordinary. These bold patterns were seen in varying forms, from suits, to coats, to dresses.

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This vivacious pattern suit was seen at House of a Holland (left), while the trend was paired with sheer fabric to create this sexy evening dress at Pucci (right). Dior took the trend a step further, pairing it with the fall muted pattern trend, to create this statement trench with scaled-back houndstooth print (center). This colorful print is being seen in everything from outerwear and dresses, to handbags and other accessories in soft and hard textures. With this trend it’s all about making a statement. Pair a colorful houndstooth piece with a classic black legging for an edgy city look. Or use it as an accent piece by updating a classic look with houndstooth accessories like Emma Stone in these Salvatore Ferragamo houndstooth pumps. We also love this Oscar de la Renta houndstooth dress for a more elegant and professional look for the chic business-savvy.

GET THE LOOK: Want to rock this trendy style?  Try the ArileSimone houndstooth headband for a classic and elegant look in black and white, or choose a custom color for a more daring statement piece.  Admittedly the best accessory to any outfit that will spruce up that wardrobe and put some flirt back into your frock.

By Joanna Komvopoulos

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Fierce Fashion at ‘The Oscars of Fashion’

Yesterday was the CFDA awards ceremony, honoring excellence in fashion design. If you are not familiar, it stands for Council of Fashion Designers of America. This non-profit trade association consists of more than 300 designers and artists. They work to promote fashion and accessory designers, bring more awareness to the art, and raise the professional standards, codes and ethical practices.

This annual ceremony consists of awards for Lifetime Achievement, Best Womenswear and Menswear Designer, and Emerging Ready-to-Wear Talent. This year, Tommy Hilfiger was awarded with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, but the biggest winners were the Olsen twins, who won as Best Womenswear Designer for their line The Row.

So who stood out at the fashion awards?

Julianne Hough – I adore this dress on her. The pleats are in all the right places, and the length of the dress is ideal. Metallic is the next trend, and this silver belt goes perfectly. Mainly, I love a plunging neckline on a small busted woman. She looks so sexy and sophisticated!

Dakota Fanning – Looks striking in this brocade look. It’s more of a statement than I think she’s used to, but the entire look is fantastic, the shoes and bag are great compliments. I love the trim around and within the whole garment. Notice the metallic!

Lily Collins – Proves that metallic is coming back strong! This cute little dress is so unique with the mixing of gold and silver, the dropped waist, and large bird; such a unique combination. She looks very sweet, as opposed to edgy, and I like that.

Solange Knowles – She has been ‘one to watch’ in the fashion world for quite a few years now. I love the yellow on her skin tone, and the cage-like blocks on her dress, they are working wonders for her figure. I’m usually not a fan of clear shoes, but these look great with the metallic ankle strap.

Karolina Kurkova – I usually see her in full hair and makeup, so it’s great to see a simpler look. The cut of this dress is perfectly uncomplicated and the print is well placed, I like that the red is at the top. I love these shoes for this dress.

There were many more well-dressed folks who walked the carpet of this event, but I wanted to show the newer trends specifically and show different ways to make them work. For more Photos.

Kanye West, the Fashion Designer? by Adrienne Yancy

So many may not have heard, but Kanye West is now a womenswear designer! He just showed his first collection for Spring/Summer 2012 a few months ago.  Kanye is not only known for his musical success but also his politics, outspoken-ness and not to mention award show antics…so would his collection include any of that spice? After all of his musical successes over the years, I wanted to see his parlay into women’s fashion and see if he was successful in bringing ‘Kanye’ to a new industry.

I think his collection was a bit heavy for the first run. I feel like he tried to do too much since this was his first go, and many critics are in agreement, but he did have a red carpet front row, including the Olson twins, Fendi and her daughter, Dean and Dan Caten, Olivier Theyskens, and Jeremy Scott among many others.

 

His hip hop influence is definitely there, but I was also seeing a Spanish influence and also video vixen inspired looks. He included many trends that could have been taken into their own separate collections altogether. He featured cutouts, leather, metalwork, sheers, and some sculptural looks that meshed into an incohesive collection as a whole. I really liked his use of white, and the layering, but the shoes for many of the looks were really throwing me off. Kanye did have some help with his first show including Kim Jones, Louise Goldin, Katie Eary, and Louise Wilson on the short list. I think he may have been pulled into too many directions with guidance, and maybe this is a reason for the lack of cohesion in his show.

I definitely am looking forward to seeing more from this fashion icon– I’m just hoping that he finds his voice. I also suggest you all go to style.com and take a look at his complete collection for yourself!

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by Adrienne Yancy