About halfway through season 12 of Project Runway I decided to start sketching out what I think I would do if I were a competitor on the show for each challenge. When season 13 started, I was pretty excited to start at the beginning. Eventually, the plan is to actually make the pieces I design during the week between episodes. I don't think I'll be able to do that with this season, but maybe the next one!
Episode 1 involved each designer receiving a box of random fabric. The challenge: make anything that represents your aesthetic from this box. I didn't feel like I could really do anything with that one unless I had someone go buy 12 yards of fabric for me.
Episode 2 was an unconventional materials challenge. I tried sketching one of those last season, but sketches don't really show well for that challenge. You really have to have materials to manipulate to try things.
Finally, episode 3 has a challenge I can sketch with! Here's my process: I watch the beginning of the episode until the designers get their challenge and are sent away to sketch. I pause the show and do my own sketch. Then I finish watching and reflect on my design.
The challenge this week was to take inspiration from the past, especially the first few issues of Marie Claire (1994) and create a look that might be featured in the pages of Marie Claire magazine in the year 2034 (20 years from now).
I went the next step from the long shirt and leggings that are in fashion now up to a form fitting one-sleeved shirt with an asymmetrical hemline and draped fabric strips. My initial idea was strips and braids in at least 3 colors (green, black, and grey) to give some variety and texture. As I took some time to reflect before finishing the episode, I decided that I would like some chain in different weights in the draping also.
I didn't sketch them in, but I would have given my model black pumps with an ankle cuff to match the black from the leggings. I think I would use a soft leather for the leggings, but that would all depend on what I could find at Mood!
After finishing the episode, I think that I would have been safe, but not in the top. That could all have come down to how well I translated my ideas into the finished product. Maybe this will be my next project after my geometric-print circle skirt!
Note about this season of Project Runway so far: **Spoiler Alert** I don't really understand the judges. I think I remember this happening at the beginning of last season too. I haven't liked anything Sandhya has made, but she's won 2 out of 3 challenges!