Casual Fridays have long been celebrated in the working world as a break from that stuffy office wear. But, a little reminder: “casual” should be used lightly if you still want to be taken seriously. For women, that means no sweats, no jeggings, and definitely no crop tops. To be safe (you know, in case you run into the CEO), stick to these seven rules to live by from Marie Claire. Then, come 5PM, feel free to rock all of the aforementioned no-nos.
Happy Friday, Project Runway fans! Last week, the designers sent nature-inspired mini collections down the runway. This week, it was all about shoes – complete with a sketching session in the Marie Claire shoe closet. (Jealous.) Here’s how it went.
The good: I loved Ken’s peplum minidress paired with lace-up heels, and the judges did, too. Zac wasn’t into the bag, but noted that the wearer wouldn’t need it anyway since “everyone is going to pay for her.” Alexandria was smart to pick thigh-high gladiator sandals – they stole the show – but I would have liked to see more color in her actual design. And Helen’s rocker bootie–inspired cape dress looked so high-end I thought the judges might try to buy it off the model.
I also have to mention Karen’s pop of neon – refreshing after a runway full of black, black, black.
The bad (and the ugly): The judges picked on Jeremy for his Pretty Woman stiletto boots, but really, that chiffon sweater looked like a deflated jellyfish. Though the gold tuxedo loafers Bradon selected were lovely, his top reminded me of a bridesmaid’s dress gone really, really wrong – he has to stop breaking my heart like this. Miranda attempted a similar silhouette to last week’s disaster, but the holiday-esque plaid and red loafers prompted Nina to ask, “Where’s the eggnog?”
The last laugh: Ken’s own description of his model – “man-eater of the new millennium” – was spot-on. Though he’s been edited as the season’s “villain” and a bit of a diva, the guy does know how to construct a dress.
Who else is excited for Michael Kors’s impending return as guest judge? I’ve grown to love Zac, but ultimately I want to have my cake and eat it, too. (That is, both of them. Every week. Forever.)
Did the right person go home? I say yes. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter – we’re at @ruelala. And until September, auf Wiedersehen.
Hey there, Project Runway fans! Last week, the designers took an inspirational trip to the Guggenheim. This week, the challenge belonged to Nina – and not in the form of a dress for her own wardrobe. Instead, the outfit was to be shot on actress Jordana Brewster for an editorial feature in Marie Claire.
First, of course, the teams needed tweaking. “It’s time for each of you to design on your own,” Heidi said. Finally! But the twist (to keep it team-oriented) was that each designer had to work with and manage an assistant. (Three guesses as to who those assistants were.)
The “wretched Button Bag” (thanks, Michelle) helped Tim assign the eliminated contestants/assistants to their designers. Stanley and Tu became a team, as did Michelle and Amanda, Daniel and Samantha, Layana and Kate… and Patricia was once again left to work with Richard. Her thoughts on that? “I don’t have a prayer left.” Very optimistic.
Stanley put far too much pressure on Tu in the workroom, telling him over and over that mistakes were unacceptable. Michelle apparently forgot Nina’s instruction of “no pants and a T-shirt,” because that’s exactly what she showed to Tim. Layana and Kate worked together like a dream, whereas Patricia spent half the time giving Richard sewing lessons.
Patricia’s final product had a nice style to it – the judges liked the one-shoulder look – but ultimately the shape didn’t work in the context Nina needed it for. Daniel’s piece looked like an Easter outfit for Lady Gaga, but it had the benefit of being bold and unique. While Michelle’s green pants and white blouse were very well-done, they were not daring enough for an editorial fashion shoot – and they went against Nina’s instructions.
The judges loved Stanley’s multipiece look, and Nina said that the stylists would be able to do a lot with it. Layana made a beautiful armor-inspired piece with cobalt leather and metal links – but she gave Kate a lot of credit, saying she couldn’t have finished without her help. I’m still not positive Layana is strong enough on her own to show at Fashion Week.
What did you think of that cliffhanger ending?
I’m anxious to see what happens next week. Until then – auf Wiedersehen.
By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer
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