Project Runway Challenge 5


As I sat down to watch this past week’s episode of Project Runway, I was already feeling creatively stumped. But the second they announced the challenge (but only after making the designers run around an indoor track) I had no ideas whatsoever. The task assigned was to create an outfit – actually three, but I’m only one person here not a team – using denim and/or suede to be worn with Heidi’s upcoming line of New Balance sneakers.

It quickly became apparent that Heidi wasn’t looking for something athletic, but rather an outfit that felt right with the shoes. A serious challenge. Out the window went my past strategy of sketching along during the show and in came the oh-my-god-I-need-to-make-SOMETHING mentality. After about three attempts while sitting down at the HP Touch Screen 610, I came up with this:



I created a sleeveless knee-length ombre suede dress in a tan to olive gradient. It features a deep scoop neck, off-center front slit, and oversize armholes.  I then topped it with a cropped black denim jacket with three quarter length sleeves, a banded collar, and copper stud work along the front. To complete the challenge I paired it all with the 410 sneaker in black.

If you haven’t watched Episode 5 yet, catch up right here. You can also see all of my past designs here.


Full Disclosure: HP provided me with a TouchSmart 610 for use. All content and opinions are mine. I have not been financially compensated by HP or Project Runway.

  • adele

    August 29, 2011 at 10:25 am Reply

    I’m lovin that dress you have designed xoxo

  • amy b.s.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:20 am Reply

    love your spin on it. and i actually really liked the winners.

    • Kelly

      August 29, 2011 at 11:25 am Reply

      thanks, amy! i like the winners, too.

  • Amy

    August 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm Reply

    I missed this episode but that looks like a challenging one! I never wear running shoes unless I’m actually running (which amounts to exactly never) so creating an outfit around a pair would be really tough for me.

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