On the most recent episode of Lifetime’s Project Runway, the show’s biggest fans were the inspiration for the designers. Each designer was paired with a fan and not only made over the fan, but also created a look specifically for her.
Tim Gunn brought me a special fan who was anxious to update her look after…well, let’s just say she’s been “thirty-five” a few times.
Midge has had the same look for years. In an attempt to cover the gray, she uses a red hair color that has grown dull over the years. She also hoped for a more stylish cut.
Midge says she mostly dresses in jeans and sweats because that’s the most practical thing for her in her work. She manages an animal rescue organization in the upper Northwest. She has lots of kennels, dog runs, and cat habitats on her rural property for fostering animals on their way to wellness and forever homes.
What she hoped for was a look that would be bright and casual but attractive while she was meeting potential donors. It also needed to withstand the rainy weather as well as not show dirt or animal hair when she picks up a dog or cat from a shelter or a rescuer while she’s out.
First–Here’s Midge after her makeover, with a fresh bobbed cut and a new lighter hair color that won’t wash out her skin.
For her new look, I began with my signature swing coat, both to dress her up and prepare her for inclement weather.
The coat is fully lined.
Midge loves bright colors and florals. Even though her outfit is casual, with a simple short-sleeved blouse and a split skirt that’s practical for squatting and bending when caring for animals, having the outfit and the coat in one fabric adds a dressier touch for her meetings–fun but also professional. The fabric can disguise an occasional muddy paw print, as well.
She can keep her sneakers in the car, but it’s a good idea to have a fashionable heel (from Mattel, of course) for dressing up her appearance.
Midge is delighted with her new look. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, too. See you next time on the runway!
Previous designs this season:
Episode 12:9 Let’s Do Brunch
Episode 12:8 Having a Field Day
Episode 12:7 Shoes First!
Episode 12:6 Let’s Go Glamping!
Episode 12:5 YOU Choose Your Materials!
Episode 12:4 Tie the Knot
Episode 12:3 An Unconventional Coney Island
Episode 12:2 Million Dollar Runway
Episode 12:1 Sky’s The Limit