Changes and Project Runway Finale

Fashion Plus 3 Blog contributors Dannika, Micaela, and Jasmine

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Now, on to Project Runway…

So, I have already confessed my love for Project Runway in my post about Christian Siriano for Pay less and the love is still growing as season 7 had me glued to my DVR!  Just last Thursday a winner was crowned, (yay, Seth Aaron) and I must weigh in on the final collections.  If you been keeping up with my tweets (If you haven’t they are over there →→→), you would get an idea of what I thought of the sneak preview of everyone’s collections.  With that being said, the actual show at Bryant Park changed my mind completely. What I thought about each designer changed with every piece that hit the Runway.  Check it out:

Emilio's Collection- First row across, Mila's- Collection Second row across, Seth Aaron's- Collection Third row across. Click on photo to enlarge picture. Picture from Blogging Project Runway.

Emilio

I want to discuss Emilio first, because he should have won this season, but did not.  I expected Emilio to walk away with the title, as he pretty much set it up for himself, winning challenge after challenge during the show, but I always felt that his ego would get the best of him and it did. His collection actually steered away from what made him win challenges during the show (mostly elegant, tasteful and well made, despite the barely there bikini) and he made a collection that was dated (90’s inspired) and in the words of Tim Gunn “Frankly, old.” Emilio basically did what he did best, which was let his ego get in the way of himself.  His ego was so big by this time he felt he had no competition.  But I must say, he was right.  He didn’t have any competition with the competitors.  The real competition was with himself.  Could he allow himself to make a great collection? Unfortunately that answer is no.  Maybe if he would have put his ego aside, he might have created one of the best collections to ever hit Project Runway, instead of focusing on  clothes for a specific customer.   Note to Emilio:  Your final collection is about you, not your customers (but your so arrogant, you didn’t even think about yourself, how ironic is that).

Mila

Mila’s collection was the most surprising to me as I had already thought the judges made a mistake in choosing her over Jay, because the pieces she presented in their show-down were boring, matronly and extremely dated.  However, a tip from the judges about styling (which should have been considered cheating) and some unexpected strong pieces made Mila’s collection more enjoyable than I expected.  Some of her best pieces from her collection involved color…well, the small amount that she did use, as the collection was black and white and color blocked in strategic lines.  Note to Mila :  Have you ever heard of the color wheel?

Seth Aaron

As for Seth Aaron, I actually predicted that he would win, as his construction wowed me not only during every challenge, but also in his final collection.  He’s also not afraid to be cool, and is literally the fastest designer there.  Congrats Seth! Note to Seth:  Though you have extremely creative ideas, too much hounds-tooth and tweed will eventually irritate all of your customer’s skin.

Side Note and Rant to Seth: Dedicating your line to 1940’s German military (a.k.a Nazi) is not cool.

Check out this funny article from New York Magazine on the finale.

Also visit lifetime.com to get the full scoop on Project Runway.

What do you guys think?  Who should have won?

All pictures from the fabulous “Blogging Project Runway.”

It’s Raining…Boots?

Aah, April showers bring May flowers, but we’ll have to wait for the flowers as Chicago has seen some heavy rain in the past week or so.  In fact, if the weather people get it right, it is set to rain again on Sunday and Monday, which brings me to three important essentials in which two you may own and one you might not.  Those are a nice trench coat (or a parka), an umbrella and rain boots.  However, the third essential most people (like me) don’t own.  I’ve been out time and time again, and maybe one in every 10 people have a pair of rain boots on, while the rest of us try to make it around in gym shoes, heels and (lord forbid) snow boots.  Well, I’m tired of ruining my favorite jeans, or my favorite shoes from water damage.  I’m tired of coming home with wet socks and toes. Thus, I have found some cheap, yet stylish enough rain boots to get us though this rainy season.  It’s raining boots!

Product Image Women's Capelli New York Shiny Solid Preppy Rainboot - BlackProduct Image Women's McGibbon Floral Rain Boots - BlackProduct Image Women's Merona® Zaney Polka Dot Rain Boots - PinkProduct Image Women's Fleur-De-Lis Rain Boots - BlackProduct Image Women's Mod Dot Rain Boots - ChocolateProduct Image Women's Ditsy Dots Rain Boots - PurpleProduct Image Women's Nova Plaid Rain Boots - BrownProduct Image Women's Dots Spots Rain Boots - Light Berry

All shoes from Target and only $24.99!

Trending: Nude!

Spring is blossoming, with warm weather and cool breezes and fashion lightening up for a change.  Everywhere I look someone has found (including myself) a floral something to represent Spring in their wardrobe.  But as I was trying on my bit of floral, I couldn’t help but remember “The Devil Wear’s Prada” Miranda Priestly saying in a meeting. “Floral, for Spring…Groundbreaking.” With every bit of disdain and even some of Miranda’s sarcasm, I simply tossed back the floral option looking for something new and potentially groundbreaking and lo and behold Nude is that option for a clean, romantic look for Spring.

Nude! Now I know there’s a debate on what colors qualify as nude, but I believe very light pinks, tawny, tan and camel colors (Or within that range) qualify.  So without further ado, here’s my suggestions (and my next wish list, lol):

Give the picture a click if you want to see the items bigger and in more detail!

1. Torrid
2. Torrid
3. Torrid
4. Torrid
5. Asos
6. Yours
7. Plus Size Fix
8. Plus Size Fix
9. Faith 21 (Forever 21)
10. Faith 21 (Forever 21)
11. Asos
12. Asos
13. Asos
14. Asos
15. Asos
16. Asos
17. Asos

Interview: Kimmi Illuminati

Name: KIMBERLYN JACKSON

Nickname: KIMMI ILLUMINATI

Age: 31

Size: 5/6

Fashion Icon: MYSELF

Favorite Brand and Why: FOREVER 21 AND MACYS, BECAUSE I CAN ALWAYS FIND WHATEVER I NEED THERE

Must have item: SHOES AND PURSES, AND TROUSERS ( I HAVE AT LEAST TEN PAIR OF BLACK AND GREY TROUSERS

Plus Trend Prediction: TROUSERS INSTEAD OF JEANS

What makes you fashion plus: BECAUSE I WHERE EVERYTHING WITH CONFIDENCE

Where can we find you looking most fashionable: EVERY WHERE I GO (LOL) AND EVEN IN MY SLEEP

Advice to plus fashionistas: DRESS FOR YOURSELF FIRST AND THE WORLD SECOND. AS LONG AS YOU FEEL GOOD IN IT, THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS. WHERE ALL YOUR FASHION WITH CONFIDENCE

What social networking sites are you on: FACEBOOK (KIMMI ILLUMINATI) TWITTER (KIMMILLUMINATI) 5STARRLITERALLY.COM

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Look Book: Spring 2010

Hi guys, we’ve been pretty busy over here at Fashionplus3 putting together a small Spring look book  that I hope inspires you to have fun with fashion this spring.  Our looks are light, bright and fun for spring and for those of you who aren’t ready to give up your black leggings, fear not, because they are going to be in style all year round.  Check it out:

Dannika is wearing blue, a color that is definitely trending for Spring.  The cool, almost turquoise color pairs perfectly with the gold and nude makeup palette.  Try it, you’ll feel like an updated Cleopatra!

Want a night look that will translate Spring? Try purple like Jasmine did and add some leggings to let the shirt pop at night.  Also, for added sex appeal, bring in some croc heels for a fierce look! Also don’t be afraid to play with purple on the lids.  It’s a color that flatters everyone!

Want to bring out your inner girl-y girl? Then don’t hesitate to pull out pinks, and floral to achieve maximum girl-y girl potential! Pair together a floral dress like Micaela did with a cardigan in the same color family as the dress and feel instantly chicer and prettier (You can also get away with updating an Easter dress, you know you want to :).  Add some beautiful gold accessories to complete the look and watch as flowers bloom every where you walk!Hope you like our Spring look book.  Don’t hesitate  to try them out on yourself!

On Dannika: Earrings, dress and shoes from Torrid.com

On Jasmine: Top, leggings and shoes from Torrid.com

On Micaela: Cardigan from Pay Half, Dress from Dots, Shoes from Torrid.com