“Designers, I have a VERY BIG surprise for you. Today we have a Project Runway first, an unprecedented event. You will be designing for one of America’s leading style icons, America’s leading lady of fashion! Designers, I am honored to introduce you to…… MICHELLE OBAMA!!”
“Um, hello Mrs. Obama….”
“You can call me Michelle.”
“Yes, thank you. This is just… such a surprise!”
“Well, you know how I enjoy fashion and that I am pleased to showcase the work of new and talented (and sometimes little-known) designers. I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to give all of you the chance to have your designs seen around the world.”
(collective gasps and sighs)
“I hope you will have fun with this challenge. On the one hand, it’s important that your pieces be crisp and fresh and form-fitting with strong clean colors and bright clear prints (though I am open to other creative ideas!) but on the other, there are so many different events and situations I need to dress for, the types of garments you design for me are totally up to you.”
“As you know, I enjoy cardigans and trim dresses for day, casual sportswear for vacations, and beautiful ballgowns for special occasions. You’ve got three covers to work with this time, so the sky’s the limit!”
“This is SO EXCITING!”
“So, I wish you luck, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with for me.”
“Thank you Designers. I’ll see you on the runway.”
“Thank YOU Michelle! Bye.”
When I think back on all the beautiful outfits Mrs. Obama has worn, I remember especially her yellow Isabel Toledo suit, other yellow outfits by Michael Kors, and her chartreuse skirt from J. Crew. I’m thinking I want to make a little spin on a yellow cardigan/jacket for her, something bright and current, yet formal in a Jackie Kennedy kind of way. I want it to be sleeveless and I want it to have buttons. I love her Jason Wu dresses and her fantastic silk sheaths by Thakoon. Maybe I’ll do something completely fitted, or maybe I’ll go for a fuller gathered skirt like some of the dresses she’s worn by Diane von Furstenberg and others…. I’ll have to see what my challenge fabrics have in store for me.
“Ok, Designers, since this is a double post, you will have a $12.00 budget to shop at Food for the Seattle editions of The New York Times Magazine for October 29th & November 8th, and then it’s time to make it work! Remember, it all starts and ends right there at Food in my opinion, so shop wisely. Good luck everyone. Go, go, go.”
“Thank you Tim.”
Now, tell me honestly, do you see a big difference between these two covers??
That’s ok, there are enough details to push them in different directions, you’ll see….
This Design and Living New York Times Style Magazine cover is great fun. I can definitely see making a ball gown from this.
“Ok, designers. That’s it, time’s up. It’s time for the runway!”
“Oh, this is just great. You’ve definitely tapped into my style. I love those kitten heels!”
“Now these bottletop heels are interesting. I’ve never seen any like them before and I do think it’s important to recycle. The skirt is absolutely perfect but the jewelry is a bit much for me. I’d like to wear this outfit but maybe with one of my quieter pins.”
“Ok, Designer, now you’ve gone way over the top. I think this outfit is more about your style than mine. As much as I love children and wish to encourage literacy, one thing you’re never going to catch me in is a Dr. Seuss hat! May I see this outfit without the accessories please?”
“Well, this is better but I still don’t think it’s quite me. I do like the colors and the hand painting but the 20’s shape is a little looser than I’d like. I’ll tell you what, I’ll enjoy trying it on, but I can’t promise to wear it to one of our functions.”
“I know. I got kind of carried away with a Raoul Dufy theme here.”
“We’ll just have to try it and see. I’m enjoying your exuberance!”
“Thank you so much Designers, I applaud all of your efforts! It’s been great fun being here with you for this show. You know how appreciative I am of fresh contemporary design and I will thoroughly enjoy wearing many of your creations.”
“Thank you Michelle, bye. It’s been an honor!”
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