Here’s a perfect project for you if you have some time -July is either feast or famine around here- a trench coat design contest from Comptoir des Cotonniers, the French retail chain. From the site:
…Comptoir invites all women to reinvent the Comptoir des Cotonniers trench coat. A customization challenge, in which imagination is key to this competition focused on creativity and originality takes centre stage, giving women the chance to freely express their personality!
Create your dream trench coat, bring your ideas to life, give free rein to your desires, and send us your craziest, most playful, off-beat, daring and ingenious drawings! A jury made up of fashion journalists and designers will choose their favourite trench coat.
The lucky winner will be offered a gift voucher worth 1000€ (or 1250 $, 850 £, 4600 AED, 1400 CHF) to spend in their Comptoir des Cotonniers store.
The caveat for many of us is that Comptoir doesn’t sell online. Most of their stores are in Paris but there are three in NY. If interested, see the rules (pdf) and download the application (ditto). Applications must be received –by snail mail– before September 6th 2010.