What’s that you say? It’s Amelia Earhart Week on The Fashion Show? Alas, no. The cast of Night at The Museum 2 has not infiltrated Isaac’s lair just yet. Rather, I wanted to point out Reco’s coat/jumpsuit/hidden blanket design from this week’s runway show challenge where designers had to create coats for each season that must also include some sort of functionality. But, let’s back up just a step.
The mini challenge this episode involved teams having repair garments in a certain amount of time. There was nothing too interesting about this except how apparent it became that most of the contestants lack polished sewing skills. Did we mention this is a show about fashion designers?
Anna, who I’m convinced got robbed last week for her high-waisted skirt, delivered another great design for the runway with her tweed bubble coat that had zippered pockets near the wrists. Guest judge Norma Kamali commented that it was well made and looked ready to wear off the catwalk.
However, Andrew’s convertible trench, which extends into a full-length rain coat in case of showers, took the top prize with the audience and judges (buy it here, $249). Poor Markus, the London fashion grad with lots of design aesthetic and zero sewing skills got the boot.
Getting more than one look out of an item is a great way to stretch your closet and your dollar. An extention of the Paul & Joe line, this cotton Paul & Joe Sister Removable Sleeves Poker Jacket ($206) can be worn with the sleeves down, tied up safari style, or completely off. The three-in-one makes it a good choice for in-between seasons, or when the weather’s just acting like it.