I've sort of lost track of what number challenge this is....Anyway. This is the Project Project Runway challenge that we were asked to make stage outfits for male band members. Well, the Dali School of Modeling did not fail me this time. They managed to find me the only Scottish Techno didgeridoo player in the world. I am pleased to introduce Joe "Tiger" McCool. He was in the military for many years, but he was asked to leave 10 years ago for Bedazzling his dress uniform. He had many opinions about what he wanted to wear on stage. He wanted a lot of color and not much black. He wanted a kilt. He also asked for a tiger tail to commemorate his nick name "Tiger". I informed him I felt I would be eliminated for the tail, but I would see what I could do.....
Mr. McCool is a very strong willed individual and he insisted on wearing his favorite silver moonboots. He promised he would defend me against Nina...He also lifted me into the air in a huge bear hug and insisted, "This is the best thing EVER" and repeated "RRRAAARRRHHHH!" many many times.
Today I'm globbing about one of my favo places ever. The Octopus Garden in Richland Washington. If you are the type who likes unique, this store has unique everywhere. It's kind of like Archie Mcphee, Bill Nye the Science Guy, the King of the Nerds, and an uber hippie all had a store shaped baby, it would look a lot like this. It's owned and run by Gus Sako, and has been since he was 18. He gets all kinds of awards for small business stuff, and it's clear why if you spend any time there at all. His staff is helpful and fun to talk to, even when they are trying to distribute the constant stream of new stuff through the shop. I have gone in there three days in a row, and the shop is different every time. (I'm pretty convinced he has an army gnomes or elves that move everything around at night.) And if you talk to the staff about something your interested in, just like magic, it (in my case poodles) just start popping up everywhere. There is no point in just running in to pick up something quickly. You will be hypnotized into spending hours staring at everything. I could go on and on here, but why don't I let some pictures do the talking...
This week on the real Project runway, they worked with art students and painted pictures together that the designers used as inspiration for an avant garde outfit. We here are PPR, can use a child's painting (if we have access to kids), use a painting in our home, or a museum. I'm still visiting my parents, so I have chosen to use a piece of art that I have loved since I was a small child. So my inspiration is "Three Worlds" by M.C. Escher.
This is Shoozie, my new model from the Dali School of Modeling. Here she is modeling the outfit I designed to go with the New Balence shoes that Hiedi deigned in black. I used a chambray for the denim and bits of ultra suede for the suede
I liked Becky's idea of using the New Balance "N" on the back. I took it a step further and added it to the front too. This left the sides a bit asymmetrical. It's a wrap dress with a sued top and hem. I used the back side of the chambray and cut it on the bias to add some interest.