On the most recent episode of Lifetime’s Project Runway, the designers were presented with a combination of two challenges. They had to create a look that was both hard and soft, this time using unconventional materials from a hardware store and a flower shop. Since the show seemed to think the flower shop provided the soft look, I went the opposite direction. For Model Muse Laura Lee, I picked my soft look from Southland Hardware, and my edgier material from the floral department of Michael’s.
Artificial Spanish moss with raffia string. (For those who’ve been following along since 2008, the second PR challenge I ever did used raffia as an embellishment, to the shock of one of my competitors).
Here’s the look I created this week for Laura Lee.
I used the blue string to sew fabric for a dress. The flared skirt is created from the gray moss embellished with crystal beads in two shades of blue.
A closer look at the strapless dress.
The shoes are from Mattel; the stockings are from a material I had in the workroom.
A final closeup of the bottom of the dress.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my avant-garde take on the unconventional materials challenge. See you next time on the runway!
The blue beads were donated by Timothy J. Lambert.
To see previous designs from this season: