On the most recent episode of Lifetime’s Project Runway, the designers were asked to create a luxurious, high-end mini collection of three looks. If they chose, they could get their inspiration from the Lexus 2014 IS sedans they drove through the city to pick up their unconventional materials. These materials came from four disparate merchants, including a store that sold vintage wallpaper, a specialty food store, and a combination home goods and party store.
For my model, I chose Esperanza, because she’s Mattel’s Speed Racer Trixie Barbie. For my materials, I chose from beads and ribbons at a fabric store, waxed paper from a craft store, and a fabric remnant from a discount retailer.
Esperanza’s hat and blouse are made from waxed paper that reminded me of the checkered flag used in auto racing.
The embellishment on the hat, a red bead pinned inside a silver loop that resembles a gear, were evocative of the Lexus’s lights. The red circle is repeated on her earrings and on the button on the back of her belt.
Esperanza’s shoes, from Mattel, made me think of silver rims and tires.
Cutting the checkered fabric into circles, then using the polka dotted fabric for the slacks, indicates movement.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s design. See you next time on the runway!
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