“I have never known a really chic woman whose appearance was not in large part, an outward reflection of her inner self.” Main Rousseau Bocher
Project Runway is in Season 11 and brings a new “team” concept to every challenge. This past Thursday the designers were given the assignment to design for seasoned ladies, and Joan and Melissa Rivers were the guest judges. Tim introduced the challenge by explaining that fashion is timeless and knows no age.
|Joan and Melissa Rivers Judge the senior challenge.|
Yet, while the designers seemed excited about working with these vibrant, active women, their designs certainly did not reflect the enthusiasm. Only a couple of them really thought about the woman…who she was inside…what her passions were…what her lifestyle was. Stanley Hudson, designer of the winning look, was the only one who seemed to think past her age to who she was as a woman. He brought a design which made her look fierce and chic, and though there were some construction issues, she was by far the winning look.
|Stanley Hudson: Winning Design|
Australian Benjamin Mach was the designer who had to leave the show at this point…and I can tell you exactly why I believe that was the right choice. I was on Twitter during the show and we were joined by Mach online. His tweets referred to the joy of working with the “old” ladies. So who did he design for? A stereotypical old lady! In the show, he describes his client as cheeky…because she was fun loving and even pinched the butt of another designer. But, Mach forgot about her insides and designed for what he interpreted her outsides to be. He was still talking about her as an “old” lady on Twitter that night…so I do not believe he gets it even now.
|Benjamin Mache: Losing Designer|
But, this is the problem with many designers. Women 50+ are vibrant, cheeky, fabulous, chic…but when you look at so many designs on the market target for this age group, you can see they are designing for “old women,” not the women we actually are. Shame on them…it is one of the reasons why I have shopped at Lane Bryant over Catherine’s during my “need- for- women’s- sizes” years. I find the clothes at LB reflect who I am on the inside much better. Now, I know this is a complicated issue. But I was so frustrated to see the Twitter feeds that night which kept calling the ladies OLD.
|On Clearance: Simply Vera Necklace at Kohls|
We need to help out Stanley though. For some reason, he has the lowest FB likes of any of the remaining designers. But in this one challenge, he got it and proved he could see inside of a woman and not focus on merely hair color or wrinkles. His teammate, Richard Hallmarq, also did well…if he had added leggings and boots to his outfit; he might have walked away with the prize.
|Izod White Tunic Blouse: Ross|
Feather Print Skinny Jean by Seven 7 at Lane Bryant
My look today for VISIBLE MONDAY and MONDAY MINGLE is a new outfit I love….and believe it completely says who I am!! Now go visit the other looks and have a fabulous day!