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Project Runway, Everyday Woman

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PR 307, Challenge: Create a look for the Everyday Woman, a look that the everyday consumer will wear, but stamp it with the designer’s personal style. Guest Judge: Joan Kors, Michael Kors’ mother

The first five minutes packs a surprise punch. The designers are told “make a look for the everyday woman,” and then a bomb drops. They are designing for women of their own everyday lives: their sisters and mothers! This challenge is demanding.

Firstly, who likes working with relatives? Secondly, it is difficult for designers who are only used to creating looks based on a leggy model with a size 2 all-round body. Some of these women are buxom, portly even. It’s hard to create a look that isn’t a Hefty sack in a coloured cotton fabric, and in one day if you’re not good! I was poised for disaster.

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Designers are paired up with other designers’ family members and the drama ensues. Big time drama. They are given a half hour to discuss what types of looks would befit them as models. It seems innocent enough to start out, I guess. And then . . .