The season 7 cast members of Project Runway were announced last week and I am so excited! Luckily the epic snowstorm that hit DC has relieved me of some obligations, so I’ve has some time to google stalk them beyond the sample portfolios on the Lifetime site. Seriously, I’m so pumped. Project Runway was the original source of my Bravo reality TV addiction, and even though it’s changed networks it hasn’t lost the most important character (Tim Gunn of course) and I will religiously watch until designers cease to “make it work.” My early favorites for season 7? Check these out…
(via Sea Unicorn)
Before this season of Project Runway even started, I fell in love with Carol Hannah’s Etsy shop (and blogged about it here). Did yall watch the finale? I’m not surprised Irina won, but I have a soft spot for Carol Hannah (she’s southern! and loves dresses! and weddings!) So in celebration of designers on Etsy, I’m sharing some of my newest obsessions. Like the Vintage Summer Bow Necklace ($25) above… (stocking stuffer, por favor? update: someone bought the bow necklace! lucky, lucky you.)
There is clearly a disproportionate number of little black dresses on A Wonderfelle World, but that’s just how I roll. However, if you prefer other colors, all you have to do is ask and she can make it! I think it would look lovely in aubergine as well. Or maybe I’m just in an aubergine mood since I saw these awesome wallabee inspired shoes on Shell blog earlier.
This shade of blue is so rich and stunning. It kinda makes me think of the part of Lake Tahoe right before the bottom drops and the water turns almost black (and your boat breaks down… yes it happened, sooo not fun).
Earlier I was justifying the need to have multiple wedding day dresses to Z (hair/makeup, ceremony, reception, going-away…) and I think this falls perfectly into the last category. Can’t you just picture a happy bride jumping into her “just married” adorned vehicle in this fun little number? (with different shoes of course)
Another view of the dress but in black ($240) this time. I think an exposed back can be incredibly more provocative than a plunging neckline (in a good way). Holly Stalder is another designer out of Portland – can’t say I know much about the city, but I do know there are a ton of amazing Etsy designers coming out of there!
Is anyone else really excited for the new season of Project Runway tonight??? Well I am and I’ve already been checking out some of the new contestants’ work. The look above was designed by contestant Carol Hannah from South Carolina – one of a number of 24 year old designers this season! – you can buy some of her fresh and modern pieces on Etsy here. Also on Etsy is contestant Louise Black whose work is darker and more avant garde. With Runway on my mind, I took some time to see what a few of the previous contestants have been doing…
I’m a little upset that Leanne Marshall’s Etsy shop is down, but you can still buy a few of her pieces on Bluefly here. She’s been one of my favorite Runway contestants to date, and I would seriously wear everything in her final collection including the wedding dress. Her fall 2009 collection continues to be intricately structural, feminine, and fashion forward.
Christian V. Siriano
I follow @csiriano on twitter because he’s amazingly entertaining (plus thinks asians are fierce!) and his Fall 2009 collection is amazing as well. He’s also recently launched the limited edition Christian Siriano Collection for Victoria Secret Makeup which interprets themes from his collection with soft, luxurious textures and strong, rich colors.
Who knew she accessorizes too? It’s no surprise that Korto’s vibrant, natural aesthetic inspired by life in Africa transcends into her jewelry line as well. Like her clothing designs, each of her necklaces are colorful and striking.
Sale alert! Kara Janx’s Spring 2009 Collection is currently discounted 50% meaning these dresses are all under $200. I love that her designs are colorful and whimsical yet extremely wearable too. Her background in architecture is apparent in her pieces, but she also creates pieces that are really flattering to the feminine figure.