This week was the create your own textile design challenge. The designers were each paired with a “next generation innovator” who was to inspire their textile. For Project Project Runway, we could each chose our own innovator as our design muse. I chose the ladies from The Beez Kneez, a Minneapolis-based organization created to educate people about honeybees and work to save them. They sell raw honey at famers markets, deliver it by bike and run a community beekeeping center. I used that inspiration to create a black and white honeycomb design on my fabric.
I didn’t want to go over the top with the patterns, so I kept it pretty bold and sparse. I used it to to create a 3/4 sleeve, t-shirt style top which I layered over a kicky little yellow skirt (another throw back to my beekeeping muses). I kept the pattern to a minimum, just using it on the front and one sleeve. I like the final look, it’s clean and graphic.
For accessories, I went with a black sling back and silver cuff with a touch of black in it. I think the pop of yellow in the skirt shows up with everything else kept more black and white.
So, what would the judges think? Perhaps I went a little light on the use of pattern, but I think I used it well and it is the centerpiece of the look. I think Heidi would appreciate the figure consciousness of it (short skirt, a little tight). I think Nina would find is editorial, I can see it paired with some black boots in a 60′s style mod spread. Maybe it is a little too simple to be the winner, but I’m pretty sure I would have been safe. Heck, if Alexandria was safe with her tattered look, I’d have to be!
What do you think? Did I play it too safe this week?
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