Just a note: my response for Challenge #10 will be up within the next day or so. I had some technical issues with it. At first my camera wasn’t cooperating; after I did some hard work on it – aka duct taped it back together – that was fixed. BUT I had laid out my outfits in preparation for photographing them and my daughter’s stupid cat decided to pee all over them!!! So, I’m remaking them. I don’t want to just skip a challenge!
Ok on to Challenge #11: This is for the Birds!
That’s right. We had to take our inspiration from a selection of birds to create a high end look. We were reminded that the judges don’t respond well to anything too literal (so I left the feathers and glue gun in the studio). These birds were also the inspiration for a line of L’Oreal makeup, Colours Take Flight. I chose to work with the owl and the Watchful Owl’s Gaze colour palette from L’Oreal.
I actually repurposed an old silk scarf of mine for the main fabric in this garment. I went with a long simple but classic style dress. There is a slit down one side – I know it looks really high but honestly, it is quite subtle and would only show little flashes of skin when moving. I exaggerated it in the picture above so that you could see it. The one side is a bit longer than the other, forming a bit of a train behind her (you can see it puddling on the floor there – it makes it look much longer than it really is).
It is off the shoulder on one side and forms a big of a raglan like sleeve on the other. The belt is a piece of ribbon that I dyed using an ombre like technique. I feel like that colouring in this fabric and ribbon as well as the sort of brush strokes in the fabric (alluding to feathers but not being too referential) were perfect for my owl inspiration.
From the Piperlime wall, I chose the Charles by Charles David shoes, the Language of the World ring by Gretchen Jones (can I just say that a) I much prefer Gretchen’s jewellery to her clothing designs and b) I SOOOOO want that ring), and the Tinley Road Sequin Hinged Bracelet as her accessories. I’m normally a silver jewellery kind of girl but this gold really seemed to suit the owl and the colour palette better.
I’m pleased with this outfit (which is really something because when I first heard that I would have to create something inspired by a bird I was not too pleased!!!). I think it looks up scale as it was supposed to but yet looks like something I would wear myself (assuming I had the body for it!).