'Project Runway' recap: Trippy Threads

Wait, didn't we do the '70s last week? Oh no, that was the rock & roll menswear challenge, where there just happened to be lots of Native American-themed shirts and bell-bottoms. Riding the sophisticated '70s trend that's happening right now — don't you read the news? — the designers will have to create a look inspired by the groovy decade without making it feel retro or vintage.

It's interesting to hear what this challenge conjures up for our young designers. Laura hopes for "good Mood trips," which I guess is kind of appropriate. To Kimberly, the '70s bring to mind the "sexy secretary" look because her mom was a secretary back then. I can get behind that: sort of Jane Fonda before she met Dolly Parton in 9 to 5 (it came out in 1980, but close enough). Viktor and Anya both equate the decade to travel, for some reason — to an African safari and a holiday in Jamaica, respectively. Joshua seems to think that because he wasn't born until the '80s, he's pretty much exempt from trying to figure out what '70s design looks like, which is one attitude to have. It seems his main point of reference is the movie Dreamgirls. For additional research, he basically goes to Bert and asks, "Bert, you're old — what was the past like?" Read More....



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