I want to start off by saying a big “Thanks!” to everyone who suggested icons for this challenge! There were so many great suggestions and icons that would have been fun to work with (Mary Tyler Moore being one of my favorites!). I wanted to follow the show as close as possible, so I let my model Jodi pick from the suggestions who she wanted the icon to be. It was no surprise to me that she picked Janis Joplin! Janis is her idol and I think style icon as well, so it was a perfect fit! I also thought it would be fun to update her rocker-hippy look.
My concept for Janis Joplin’s updated look was to create something that was comfortable and stage ready, but still had a rock and roll, sexy “bad girl” vibe to it. I decided on a flowy, printed chiffon that had a 70’s hippy feel to it, but was very modern and had some great colors in it. Over that I wanted to create a cropped bolero/shrug jacket and found some fantastic metallic bronze/gold leather pieces! They were crumpled up in a bin and I thought that would make a really great “distressed” look for the jacket. Almost like Janis had it on tour and would stuff it in her bag all the time when not wearing it. I also wanted to make the jacket gold, because while researching Janis, I read that at one time she said she wanted a gold lame jacket. I thought this would be a great updated version of that.
I wanted to update her bell-bottom pants with a modern, super slim, dark jean. I thought it would be fun to pair these with either some knee high boots or some sexy wedge heels. In the end I went with the heels because I didn’t want brown boots and the black didn’t work with the dark denim. I also liked the gold in the heels because it picked up the metallic in the leather jacket…
As I said in the video, I ended up not really liking the first top I made, so in Tim’s words, I “made it work” and created a new halter-top with the left over fabric and the few hours I had left. I’m much happier with the second top and think the more tailored fitted look, worked better with the distressed jacket.
Overall I’m pretty happy with the outfit. It’s not really the style I would usually design, but I think it’s a great modern, sexy update for Ms. Janis. I think she would have rocked it!
The only thing I’m not totally happy with is the leather jacket. It was MUCH harder to work with than I expected (I’ve never worked with leather before) and I was unable to put in the small gathering details I had originally wanted, though I think it turned out pretty cool anyways.
Sorry about not having a “runway” portion in the video. We were rushing to get the shoot in and could only do it at night. I thought it would be light enough, but I guess not. You could barely see Jodi in the video, so you’ll just have to trust me that she can walk in it!
So trying not to repeat myself too much on these play lists, I decided to go through my iPod alphabetically and listen to anything and everything. The catch was that I would only play the things I couldn’t remember the last time I listen to them. So here it is, the good, the bad and the hard to listen to:
AUF’d Runway: “Iconic Statement” Episode 5 Play list:
1.10cc “Snatch Soundtrack” – Dreadlock Holiday
2.311 “From Chaos” – Amber
3.Aerosmith “Charlie’s Angels Soundtrack” – Angel’s Eye
4.The All-American Rejects “Same Girl, New Songs” – One More Sad Song
5.The All-American Rejects “Same Girl, New Songs” – Your Star
6.The Angels – My Boyfriend’s Back
7.Apollo Four Party “Charlie’s Angels Soundtrack” – Charlie’s Angels 2000
8.Architecture In Helsinki “In Case We Die” – It 5
9.Architecture In Helsinki “In Case We Die” – Frenchy, I’m Faking
10. Aretha Franklin – Respect
11. ARMYN (aka Gerry) “2001 Discohouse Mix”
12. Ash “Shaun of the Dead Soundtrack” – Meltdown
13. Badly Drawn Boy “Have You Fed the Fish” – All Possibilities
14. Badly Drawn Boy “Have You Fed the Fish” – Tickets to What You Need
15. Barenaked Ladies “Maroon” – Falling for the First Time
16. Barenaked Ladies “Everything to Everyone” – Another Postcard
17. Beach Boys – I Get Around
18. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
19. Beatles – Hold Your Hand
20. Beck “Guero” – Girl
21. Beck “Guero” – Clap Hands
22. Ben Folds Five “Whatever and Ever Amen” – Selfless, Cold, and Composed
23. Ben Folds Five “Whatever and Ever Amen” – Steven’s Last Night in Town