Project Project Runway, Episode 7: Priceless Runway

This week’s challenge was to use a piece of Chopard jewelry as inspiration for an extravagant evening look that would be worn to a gala or other special event.

PPR 13 Ep 7 chopard acorns collageChopard’s delightful colored-diamond pave oak branch, complete with diamond and tsavorite pave leaves and acorns caught my eye the moment I saw it — and the little gemstone spider and web between the bottom leaves pretty much made the choice a no-brainer for me.

PPR 13 Ep 7 chopard dress croppedI designed a simple strapless ballet length gown, constructed in a heavy matte crepe in a deep rust that plays up Merida’s hair and the rust-diamond paved “branch” of the neckpiece. A split neckline showcases the trailing leaves and adorable spider — I made sure the bodice was structured to avoid the peek-a-boob problem experienced by some PR contestants earlier in the season.

After the runway, Nina applauded the unconventional jewelry choice, thought the dress worked well — but could have been a little bit more unconventional as well.  Heidi said the dress wasn’t her personal taste, but it was a sweet design for someone…sweeter — and she loved the spider! Zac, on the other hand, took a good look at the bodice construction and pronounced it superb — and thought the ballet length was an excellent choice, a more formal expression of the trend to longer skirts in day wear.

Safe again…

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