Burning Questions

Jennifer Diederich defends her choice in color and design in the Olympic challenge.

Aug 6, 2008

Bravotv.com: What was the inspiration behind your Olympic look?
We had the great opportunity to draw inspiration from the Track & Field Hall of Fame for this challenge. I love to research my designs! I saw an old tracksuit from the 1920s that was teal and white striped and had an embroidered logo of the Track and Field club. I used the logo as an embellished closure on the cardigan and the stripes as an inspiration for the skirt.

Bravotv.com: What were the most important things to remember in order to be successful in this particular challenge?
Well, I think the designers went either one of two ways with this challenge -- a more formal/fashion forward look or a sportier/athletic look. Obviously, the judges were looking for a more athletic design -- everyone else was on the chopping block as soon as their models stepped foot on the runway!