Project Runway Episode 10: Sew 70’s

November 4, 2011 at 2:38 am (Project Runway)

And now back to our regularly scheduled program… Between being out of town for my brother’s weddidng and working on the “What Women Want” challenge, I got a little off track. Like many of the Project Runway contestants, I think at this point in the Studio 109A Challenge, I also lost my drive, but I am back on track and determined to finish out the season.

So, Episode 10 found our designers creating a modern look inspired by 70’s fashion. When I think of the 70s, I think of browns, earth tones, and prints.

“The ‘browning of the seventies’ was really a reaction to the psychedelic color  palette of the late sixties.  We’d had enough of The Magical Mystery Tour; now it was time for some marijuana infused color schemes of brown, light brown, dark  brown, red-brown, or orange-brown…. and maybe just a little bit more brown. Accent it with some Harvest Yellow, Avocado Green or more brown, and you’re in  business!” []

On trend, my inspiration came from a paisley corduroy print I found at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store. Christian Dior had his paisley 70’s ties, Guy Laroche his 70’s paisley skirt suit, and Yves Saint Laurent his 70’s paisley peasant blouse. Fast forward to Fashion Week’s 2011 Spring Collections and paisley was prominent.

Vivienne West Spring 2011 Runway Look

“As everyone is aware, the 70s has been the prominent trend on the runway this season.  Synonymous with the psychedelic 70s is the print of paisley.  To modernize the style, designers have been bringing new colors into the print and adding bits of color blocking.” [Cleveland Free Press, May 15, 2011]

Corduroy paisley print in hand, I created a crossbody bag, which is on trend for Fall 2011. I love incorporating hardware on a purse, so I added the twist lock and grommets (from which the strap is attached) to give the paisley print a modern spin.

“Here’s one fashion trend that’s high on style and function. Cross-body purses are cute and stylish, and they’re also the Bluetooth of bags (they keep your hands free).” [Speaking Chic Blog]

Personally speaking, having two kids and needing to keep my hands free, the crossbody bag is my day-to-day bag of choice.

Project Runway Episode 10: Sew 70's Bag

Of course this bag and all of the other bags will be on display this Friday night during the Gallery Walk in Artspace Studio 109A in Downtown Raleigh’s City Market. Also on display at Artspace is the “What Women Want” inspired 25th Anniversary Commemorative Bag and all of the other silent auction gala works of art.

So, two more challenges to go. Until next week, auf wiedersehen.

Hosted by supermodel and fashion maven Heidi Klum, the hit reality series Project Runway provides budding designers with an opportunity to launch their careers in fashion, under the watchful eye of mentor and Liz Claiborne Chief Creative Officer Tim Gunn. In August, Lauren Van Hemert launched her own version of Project Runway in Studio 109A (her Downtown Raleigh Artspace Studio), in which week after week she is creating accessories inspired by each of the Project Runway Season 9 Challenges.


1 Comment

  1. wickedgreensmoothies said,

    The bag came out fantastic, love it!


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