Mature Fashion Divas:
This is How I see Fashionable Ladies of an Indeterminate Age:
Caftan and Pant Ensemble Divas
This Is Not:
Lifetime Network's Season 11 Project Runway episode explored "Mature Dressing", with the challenge being "Create a Look for a Mature Client". Interesting and great challenge, I thought. It's always good to veer away from the Dress a 6 foot tall, size 0 model and create something for a "real" woman. In the past, this has caused great problems for the designers with many of them falling into the "I DO NOT dress women over a size 4" stereotype. Or just having problems releasing their Designer Ego and actually listening to the clients and their needs/wants.
Designers Amanda Valentine and Benjamin Mach and their clients--Lifetime's Project Runway Season 11
There was really none of that this time around. If anything, some of the designers payed TOO MUCH attention to what their clients wanted and got lost within themselves (at least for the ones who ended up in the bottom). The good ones were FAB, chic and still age-appropriate.
Judges for this week's Challenge included (left to right): Melissa Rivers, Joan Rivers, Nina Garcia, Rachel Roy (substituting for Zac Posen) and Heidi Klum
Here were some of my Favorite Looks:
Delta Airlines Uniform Wrap Dress
So, yes, Bye Benjamin--and Amanda, you're still on the show...for at least one more week.
Here's my FULL RECAP of this week's Project Runway Season 11 Episode:
Who Do You Not Want To Work With? Because That's Who You'll Be Working With
Last week, Matthew was out and Richard was in. Michelle continued to be the "Bad Luck Charm” of the season—as well as the funniest and most "on point" commentator, and platinum-haired Aussie Benjamin is confident about getting such high praise from the judges in regards to his strapless-and-sexy Miranda Lambert gown. Cue the "He's going to be on the BOTTOM this week" thoughts in your head (or at least mine!). Heidi greets the remaining designers with the dreaded button bag and since last week Michelle was left without a partner, it's time to put her somewhere. Earlier, while at the Atlas Apartments, she comments about how she does NOT want to be paired up with Patricia. Well huney, I think you might want to think twice about using your loud voice around the producers because VOILA! Guess whose name Heidi draws from her button bag? Yep! Patricia. Coincidence? Not so mucheeey. This isn't my first time at this Reality Show Rodeo.
Heidi then tells the designers that "Fashion is timeless" and with that, sends them off. They all meet at the Midtown Loft Dance Hall where there are several "mature ladies" in a dance class. Tim walks in and announces that the Challenge this week is to create a fashionable look for a mature client. The camera then pans to the designers as Richard flashes THE FAKEST smile EVAH. Mr. Gunn tells the designers who their clients are and soon afterward, it's time to consult and Mood shop—with $200 per look. TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS EACH!? I flashback to the days when that would have been the budget for the Couture Challenge!
Not Following the "Teams" Point of All This
I am still unsure as to where the "teams" aspect of this whole thing comes into play since...
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