Fierce Footwear and a Nerdy Chic Look for Moms
I think I can confidently speak for most of us when I say that the latest “Project Runway” challenge was RIGHT up our alley…Right ladies?!? I mean it was all about the shoes…I know you girls love your shoes! This girl sure does anyway.
When the designers were set free to pick a pair of shoes around which they would design their looks, I couldn’t wait to see what they came up with. Unsurprisingly, Alexandria made a beeline for a pair of over-the-knee gladiator sandals. I’m not sure this thirty something mama could carry them off, but they certainly were fierce! Helen, on the other hand, chose some gorgeous studded toe boots, Ken selected a smokin’ pair of lace up heels and Bradon went for a pair of sparkly loafers. Three of these designers definitely did their foot candy justice with their designs while one of them fell flat with a ho hum garment.
Alexandria created a fun, feminine little black number that played well with her uber edgy glads. Ken’s textured peplum mini was adorable…And Helen’s cape was SO high fashion. I totally agreed with Nina about it having major editorial potential. Bradon, on the other hand, was fearful of going too casual with his look and his over thinking resulted in an outfit that can be described in no other way, but frumpy. I hate saying that for the record. Bradon is very talented and if he had gone with his first instinct to create a casual chic look to rock with those loafers, I think he would have been much more successful. I would have worked those bad boys with a v-neck tee and boyfriend jeans. Just sayin’. Lucky for him, the judges didn’t dislike his look the most…Miranda ended up on the chopping block this time.
Alexander and Miranda both ended up selecting plaid fabrics and set out to create very similar looks. In my opinion, she went into judging handicapped as she’d been on the bottom already a fair amount of times and it was going to take a look that really stood out for the judges to keep her out of the bottom this time. Matching red loafers to red plaid pants probably wasn’t the best idea and in the end it was too “Christmas” for Nina. Plaid can be taken to really edgy place. Just ask Gwen Stefani. Unfortunately, Miranda’s plaid interpretation missed the mark with the judges.
Speaking of Gwen Stefani…When I caught up with Miranda after her elimination, I asked her what celebrity she thought best represented her aesthetic and she threw out Gwen Stefani’s name. “I think my work has a quirky, fun vibe. I want it to be cool. I think it could go a little rock and roll. I would love to design for her.” I can see that. I think Miranda has it in her to put out some cool, funky looks. You? She mentioned Gwen Stefani because Zac Posen had brought her up and he was the judge whose critiques really hit home with her. “I really loved Zac Posen's feedback. I actually kind of like that he called out my work. I felt like he actually understood where I was going. I know that my work isn't for everyone. Maybe you need to wear glasses,” she said. I do happen to wear glasses from time to time, but even if I didn’t, I would be down with the nerdy chic look…It just has to be done right!
Now that her PR days are behind her, Miranda is a busy bee working on things like a campaign to support women veterans, Harley Davidson’s 100th anniversary and her own collection. “I also am starting a Kickstarter campaign to make my 2014 fall collection. I would love to show it in New York, ” she told me. And I hope she does…She seems humble and appreciative of her opportunities and those are the kind of people I would love to see succeed!
I was inspired by Miranda’s plaid and, as such, decided to style a plaid infused nerdy chic look…