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Project Runway 7, Feb. 18 – Fashion for the Younger Set


Last week, on Project Runway, Joanna Coles, the editior-in-chief of Marie Claire, gave the designers the following challenge: Design a look fit for the cover of the April issue of her magazine. The winner really would have their look displayed on the cover of Marie Claire and thus would not win immunity. Anthony won and Anna was sent home.

The next morning, Anthony tells us that he’s glad he won, but since he didn’t win immunity, he still has to focus. Janeane is upset that the editor of Marie Claire hated her look. Emilio decides to play it safe this week, while Jesse tells us that’s not an option for him.

On the runway, Heidi Klum tells the designers they are going to have new models who don’t have much experience. These “models” turn out to be little girls between five and nine years old. The challenge is to make a child’s look that is both age appropriate and fashion forward. The girls have been randomly assigned to the designers. At Heidi’s prompting, each child steps forward and calls a designer’s name. Seth Aaron feels confident about this challenge, because he has a daughter, and therefore has a feel for what kids like. Jonathan and Jesse, on the other hand, are scared. Amy, like Seth Aaron, is excited by the challenge and says she loves “mini clothes.”

Back at the workroom, the designers find they now have tiny dress forms with their model’s measurements. They have thirty minutes to sketch and will have thirty minutes and fifty dollars to spend at Mood. Also, curiously, they won’t see their clients until tomorrow, and they have just today to work on their look. Hmm, that’s different. Tim Gunn usually makes a point of sending in the models for a fitting to give the designers a chance to properly fit their model.

Jonathan plans to do a romper with kimono sleeves. He notes that the winning designers have all tried for innovation. Anthony tells us that he celebrates the “feminine silhouette” in his clothing, so he’s not sure about how to design for somebody with no “booties” or breasts. Jesse remembers a trip to Paris, which inspires him to do something with a Madeline theme. Emilio thinks the other designers will be too innovative, so he’s just going to make a pretty little dress.

The designers head to Mood. Seth Aaron has decided to make a black and white hoodie. He is therefore frantically searching Mood for black and white plaid or checked fabric. Emilio chooses a pink fabric, which Amy dismisses as a cliche. She opts for yellow, instead. Seth Aaron finally finds his houndstooth check just in time. As in right after Tim has given everybody his one minute warning.

Back at the workroom, Jay notes that kids today are very fashion conscious. With that in mind, he has chosen plum and navy fabric for his look. Jonathan is making a dress with a short bolero jacket and does a Michael Kors impression, saying “She looks like a seven-year-old waitress at Benihana.”

Mila tells us that she’s getting along better with the others. She will make an A-line dress and do color blocking. Janeane has decided to make a simple red romper, inspired by an outfit she remembers her older sister wearing. Seth Aaron wants to make clothes that are fun. He says his his daughter is eleven and doesn’t like “dull Easter dresses.” She does like soft layers and hoodies, so that’s what he’ll make.

The next morning, Janeane, who is missing her husband, decides to phone him.

Shortly after the designers have started the day’s work, Tim comes in and announces a surprise: The designers will not be showing their looks today. They will be showing them tomorrow, as they will have to make an adult’s companion piece to go with their kid’s outfit. They will have fifteen minutes to sketch, and twenty minutes and one hundred dollars to spend at Mood. Emilio is worried because he’s made a pink princess dress for his girl and isn’t sure how to make something similar that would suit an adult. Seth Aaron, on the other hand, is confident that he can make a simple transition since his kid’s look already has many of his likes in it. (His black and white color scheme will be easier to translate to adult clothing than Emilio’s baby pink.)

While the designers shop at Mood, Jay informs us that a “companion piece” should be just that. It should look like it belongs in the same show. Consequently, a similar color scheme is a necessity.


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