Episode 7 was a jewelry challenge. Designers were able to chose a set of Chopard jewelry to inspire the design of their gala gown (and for their models to wear with the gown). I was immediately drawn to a large-scale necklace with diamonds and sapphires. This also happened to be the first set chosen. Here is my design:
Here is a better picture of the jewelry itself.
So the dress is pretty simple, but the twist -- did you catch it? That's right! She's wearing the necklace backwards! I thought it would showcase better and give a little innovation while staying classy that way. It's hard to see, but there are silver sparkles on the skirt that get more dense towards the bottom for a shimmer-ombre effect.
I'm not sure what I would use for the silver accents. I would just find whatever inspires me at Mood! I would even consider appliquéing some silvery lace. It wouldn't have to be beads or sequins.
Once I watched the rest of the episode, I saw the back of the necklace. There is actually another sapphire dangle hanging from the clasp, so I would switch up the neckline to let that be seen.
So there you have it! I think the dress is too simple to make a big impact on the Project Runway judges, but I could see someone actually wearing this to a fancy State dinner or something.