If you’re a fan of Project Runway, you know those words. Mood Fabrics co-stars as the place where competing designers find the fabrics and notions that make their designs come to life. Fashion teacher extraordinaire, Tim Gunn, leads the “Thank you!” and designers would chime in as they all rushed off to the work room at Parsons School of Design.
I’m a fan. So when my girlfriend asked if i wanted to go to Mood while we were both in Manhattan, I was IN.
“I just want to grab some rolls of fabric and run up and down the aisles,” she laughed. Yeah, me, too!
Here was a big surprise– Mood is not on the street front and there’s no sign outside. It’s on the third floor of nondescript building. Very old school city location….there were many businesses like this downtown in my home town of Rochester, NY. The elevator’s old-school, too–complete with elevator operator. I was too bundled up to be able to whip out a camera. Because it was COLD in Manhattan last week!
It was old. But it delivered us to Mood in a jiffy. And what a fun place!
What fan of the show hasn’t seen designers mulling over colors? These attracted me immediately. Of course, I wouldn’t know what to do with them — but they ARE pretty.
Fabrics we didn’t see on the show–or haven’t seen so far. That I can recall. But I like them. Wouldn’t they make a pretty skirt?
Beige and more beige–who knew there were so many versions of…”beige?” I’m just not a beige kind of girl.
These summery fabrics remind me of patio furniture and the beach. Which means they’ll never be chosen by designers on the TV show.
Sparkly fabric reminded me of my friend LK, who loves all things shiny and bright. I’d be tempted to buy these even if I had no use for them. (I didn’t.)
The cutting table…I’ve only had to buy lengths of fabrics a couple of times, but this cutting table looks like it’s done duty for a very long time.
Feathers–every use that came to mind was, well, tacky, but sometimes designers come up with some of the most interesting applications. And there was a whole small rack of them in different colors.
Designers running up and down the many aisles –a hallmark of the show. I could almost see Mondo with his bolts and rolls. But…where’s Swatch? We looked all over for the house dog. After all, we were in town for Westminster, surely he would be there to greet us, right?
We never did see Swatch. So we asked. Turns out, he hadn’t been there in a few days. Maybe it’s just been too cold. We were disappointed, for sure.
Here’s Swatch, ready for his close up! We were sorry to miss him, but hope to see him next time we’re in town.