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Runway's Designers Take a Shine to Working With Sparkle

October 16, 2009 by SheFindsErin
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This week’s episode saw the designers blinging out over-the-top stage costumes for pop star and guest judge Christina Aguilera. We had legendary costumer Bob Mackie extolling the virtues of the diamond-encrusted crotch and we got to hear the words “super sexy slut” come out of Tim Gunn’s mouth.

Nicholas, the self-named Feather Prince, was all in a tizzy for this challenge. His top-three look—a white feathered ultra-minidress— was perfect for on-stage hip shaking. Get the same effect with Sue Wong’s ostrich feather party dress.

Runway_Althea Alexia Admor sequin dress

Althea ramped up the glamor with a long-trained sequined gown. Her chevron pattern was praised for being super flattering; you can get similar waist and booty accentuation with Alexia Admor’s sequined dress.

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This week’s winner, Carol Hannah, played with texture, layering sequins, feathers, and varying panels of shiny and matte fabric on an elegant black gown. Choose depth and dimension over wow-factor color with a textured sequin and tulle gown from Badgley Mischka.

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Shirin’s stuffy, ruffly “upscale witch costume” earned her a “boring” critique and got her a one-way ticket home. Christopher, who’s on a surprising losing streak, redid Christina’s Moulin Rouge look, complete with a sorry-looking bustier and sparkle panties. If you haven’t had your Lady Marmalade moment yet and have been longing for shinier knickers, try out American Retro’s sequin shorts.

For more dressy looks, shop for a cocktail dress, and then top it off with a swipe of the best mascara and eyeliner.

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