Ladies Who Brunch and a Plaid Look for Moms
If you had to dress a modern Southern woman headed off to a brunch, what would she wear? This was a task that many of the designers struggled with, when Tim Gunn informed them it would be their latest Project Runway challenge. As a Southern woman, I don’t think it’s an overly complicated concept…Well, some people might not consider me Southern, actually, and therefore probably wouldn’t think that I’m qualified to weigh in on Southern style, but on behalf of all sunshine state residents, I respectfully disagree. Us Floridians are about more than swimsuits and flip flops. I promise. Haha!
Southern women are chic and sophisticated, so if I was designing a look for one, pretending for a moment that I had design talent of course, the vibe I would be going for would be chic, sophisticated and definitely not boring. Us Southern gals love our fashion just as much as our Eastern and Western Counterparts. Plus, at this point, we all know the cardinal rule in “Project Runway” is to never make the judges yawn. Unfortunately, a couple of the designers did just that.
Ken and Dom, who both have Southern roots, did not impress the judges with their floor length dresses. Dom’s seemed particularly off the mark because it was so unlike her. She has such a fun, funky aesthetic and I wouldn’t have guessed that the somewhat sedate garment came from her. Jeremy rounded out the bottom three with a matronly jacket and skirt combination. Jeremy is one whose aesthetic and one liners I’ve enjoyed more often than not and I have to say that I was sorry to see him there. Luckily for this group, they were given another shot to redesign their garments and that’s when we really got to see Dom in action. She created a fresh frock complete with a fun print. Now, that was the Dom we know and love. And I quite liked how Ken revamped his dress into a one shouldered mini. Yes, it was a tad bit too short, but the beautiful top made up for it!
In the end, it was Jeremy who was sent home, while Bradon took the win for a feminine plaid number that had Southern brunch written all over it. I know the legitmate Southern designers weren’t in love with this look, but this Southern/Florida girl was. If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for plaid!
And speaking of plaid…It inspired the look I styled this week. Seeing as we’re firmly entrenched in fall, I couldn’t bring myself to style a springy look like many of the designers presented. Instead, I put together a cool weather worthy ensemble complete with tartan plaid and a bit o’ leather, two major trends for fall/winter.