A Hot in Houndstooth Look for Moms
Androgynous…For a girly girl like me, that can be a scary word. So, obviously Laura Kathleen was less than thrilled when the designers were told that they had to come up with androgynous, avant-garde looks for the latest "Project Runway All Stars" challenge. Her aesthetic oozes femininity and if she was going to struggle, it was definitely going to be with how to translate her aesthetic into something a dude could wear. And struggle she did…
I quite like masculine details mixed with feminine ones, but I tend to stick to feminine silhouettes for the most part and insert more masculine pieces in the form of accessories and/or footwear. So, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about designs that could go either way, but I actually quite liked several of them!
Uli’s safety pin adorned creation was so cool, I wanted to jump through my screen and snag it the second it started to take shape. Emilio’s looks definitely made for a bold statement, but Uli was this week’s winner in my opinion! When she told Joanna that there wasn’t much “ball room” in her pants, I straight up spit out my drink. That Uli’s my kinda chick.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about Anthony Ryan’s looks until they zoomed in on the fabric. That fabric was killer. On a side note…Did anyone else instantly think of Marc Jacobs when you saw the man dress? Just sayin’.
Now that we’ve talked about the good, let’s talk about the bad. Actually, I dug the houndstooth jacket that Kayne’s male model strutted down the runway in, so bad isn’t exactly the right word to describe his designs. I liked his jacket more so than Laura Kathleen’s cut out top anyway. I was a little surprised when he was sent packing. I could understand if he had kept the smiley face idea, but based on what we heard the judges say, I didn’t see this one coming. And neither did Kayne.
When I had the chance to ask him about whether he thought the judges made the right decision sending him home instead of Laura Kathleen, he responded, “Absolutely not!” But he was such a good sport about it, saying, “At the end of the day, I was very at peace with their decision. I’m not going to throw a tantrum or be nasty about it.”
He seemed very sure of himself which I just love. When I asked him whether he took the judges’ advice to edit himself to heart he said, “In the world that I've become pretty successful in, prom, evening wear, pageant…the young girls literally love my clothes. They want to look like Lady Gaga, Beyonce or Rihanna for prom. That's a time they can step outside of the box. To change gears at this stage in the game is a bad choice for branding, but it does make you look back and take a moment to pause and reflect. Could I do something to make even more people enjoy my designs?” A self aware designer... standing O for Kayne!
In honor of him, I’ve styled this week’s episode inspired look around houndstooth! And before I go, I have to leave you with a juicy little tid bit…Joshua McKinley and Kayne are collaborating on a line! You heard it here first! Can’t wait to see it drop in 2013!