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Much like Clueless‘ Cher Horowitz, one of our main thrills in life is a good makeover, and in the third episode of AOL On Style’s new “Decoding Style” web series, Nina Garcia gives tomboy Jo Young one for the ages.
The first episode of AOL On Style’s new web series “Decoding Style with Nina Garcia” is here, just in time for you to garner a little wardrobe inspiration on your lunch break.
The Marie Claire editor and former Project Runway judge partners with AOL and creates an online series in which to apply her fashion expertise to a new audience.
Last night, celebrities worked the red carpet in California and fashion folk stepped out in New York, but which coast had better style?
It’s always nerve-wracking the week the designers get a challenge that makes them totally flounder, and it happens at least once a season thanks to the diabolical minds at Lifetime. This week was that challenge for the Season 10 designers, and it’s not hard to see why — they were put in charge of designing a new costume for the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.
Oh, boy. This week the designers had to raise money in teams of three by selling T-shirts and various other tchotchkes they made in the workroom to buy their fabric at Mood. This went over about as well as you can imagine.
The contest between the female and male designers that has been brewing all season, whose opening shots were the dwindling number of female designers and the girls branding the remaining dudes the “Silk Chiffon(z)ies,” finally came to a head last night.
Every year, the Project Runway designers have a challenge where they have to make a garment for a normal-sized person. And every time, at least some of the designers moan and whine and cry about how difficult it is going to be to dress a real live human being because “they have to use more fabric” or “the patterns are going to be more difficult to cut” or that they just unabashedly hate fat people. This would be odious on its own, except I feel that the eliminations ought to be based on how well the designers treat their clients. Period. In fact, let the clients decide who to send home!
This week, the designers were forced to work in two teams to create two collections. The winning collection will be featured in the newest iteration of Marie Claire, a publication specifically tailored toward working women As usual, the designers can barely stop snipping at each other long enough to pull it off.
Last week, when the designers had to make a garment for former contestants, Raul Osorio was let go and Christopher Palu and Andrea Katz had a rather nasty fight about whose fault it was that they were in the bottom three, leading Andrea to dejectedly say she would almost be relieved to be eliminated. Naturally, the contestants all reacted as though she’d said she wished she were dead.
Nina Garcia holds a fashion director gig at Marie Claire, a longtime spot on Project Runway‘s judging panel, owns a number of vintage Salvatore Ferragamo bags, and is a J.C. Penney stock price booster. As such, she’s probably swimming in money and buying things we can only dream about. She’s also quite far removed from the average American woman, as evidenced by a recent tweet.
Some serious ch-ch-changes are about to hit J.C. Penney. Nina Garcia is totally on board with them, and because she said so via Twitter yesterday afternoon, the company’s stock jumped for the first time in quite a while.
Salvatore Ferragamo celebrated its Fifth Avenue flagship store re-opening last night, and it felt more like a fancy house party than a fashion party.
Literally nothing changed! All four designers were selected to show at Fashion Week, and Viktor Luna, Joshua McKinley, Kimberly Goldson and Anya Ayoung-Chee had two days to pull their collections together.
It’s “Part One” of the finale, and we open with Heidi Klum explaining to the designers that they have five weeks and a budget of $9,000 to create a 10-look collection at home that they’ll bring back to NYC. I’m really interested to see what everyone comes up with, and I even like everybody who’s left! Well, except for Josh.
It’s the final challenge! Whoever makes it through this round gets to create a collection, and then the top three will show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
This week, the designers (once again) look to the ’70s for inspiration. Only this time, there’s missing money, tears from Tim Gunn, and Olivia Palermo.
Heidi Klum tells the designers in the studio that their hint for this week’s challenge is “image is everything.” They meet with Tim Gunn and Peter Butler, who is the consulting stylist for Garnier. The designers will be creating clothes for the Sheepdogs, an unsigned band that will be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. It’s the menswear challenge, y’all! This is when they separate the wheat from the chaff.
So, I was completely wrong about this week’s challenge in last week’s recap. The designers are still consulting with regular guys… about clothes for their wives and girlfriends.
When the designers go to meet Heidi Klum in the studio, she tells them that this time they will be working in two teams of five. Not again! Enough with the team challenges! We’re down to the top ten and I feel like I still don’t have a sense of what each designer’s aesthetic, because they only times they’ve worked alone they’ve been making clothes out of their pajamas, pet store merchandise, and children’s artwork! Whatever.