PR: Colorblind & Snowblind

Posted on July 30, 2011

Will the other top and other bottom please step forward for their post-judging judging?
Anthony seems nice enough, but we have a very strong feeling that the mentions of his colorblindness and battle with cancer are going to get very old, very quickly. Not that he doesn’t have company in that regard, because the contestants have all clearly been pushed to bring a “story” to the table and literally everyone’s got one. We don’t want to call them sob stories, because they all mostly sound like real problems and struggles, but it was SO heavy-handed this episode. As we responded in text to an early-season designer who was incredulous over all the dramatic storytelling, “They’ve finally Lifetime’d the show up.” Look for Original Movies for the more popular ones, as a way to expand the Project Runway brand.  Mother May I Sleep with Scissors? Not Without My Needle. Just you watch.

The funny thing is, Mr. Colorblind’s original colors were great. You could see that teal and yellow coming together to make something sassy and bright.

Alas, he went another route; one that the judges loved a bit more than they should have.

At first glance, looking at the top, that’s an impressive transformation.

But when you look at it for more than a second, you realize he basically cut a tank top down to model size and layered a shit-ton of notions all over it. That’s actually not that impressive at all. And while it’s a semi-cute top, the fact is, there’s just too much shit on it, especially on the shoulder. Way too Etsy for our tastes.


We’ll give him some credit for the asymmetry in the back. That’s at least a little interesting.

But poodles, that skirt.

THAT SKIRT.

 

THAT COMBINATION LANDING STRIP/MERKIN SKIRT THAT THE JUDGES ALL PRAISED TO THE HEAVENS.

Man, they just HAVE to slip in one really cracktastic moment every episode, don’t they?

Anthony seems like a sweet guy; talks too much about his balls and his eyes, but decent enough and with seemingly some talent. Good for him for getting them to like him right out of the starting gate. But there was no way, to our eyes, this “tank top and shorts transformed through the POWER OF FASHION DESIGN into a tank top and a skirt” entry was eligible for Top 3 status. Semi-cute (if twee) outfit, but no great shakes in the design or even execution aspects.

 

Julie seems game, takes criticism fairly well, and generally comes across as an interesting type to have on the show. But her garments all look like dog blankets. It has to be said. We debated back and forth as to why she got chosen at all. Lorenzo thinks he spies a bit of a Missoni-like aesthetic but Tom thinks he is being FAR too kind.

And once we realized the poor thing had possibly the very worst fabric to work with, we really thought she was a goner. Until Rafael exploded into a shower of glitter and failure, that is.

And the results were predictably bad, no doubt about it. Ironically, she auditioned with garments that looked like dog blankets and her first competition entry is an outfit that looks like a cat bed.

But also surprisingly good in some ways, considering what she had to work with and the impression we had of her design skills going into it.

We don’t know if she was actually thinking along these lines, but experience tells us that the judges would definitely have asked her why she didn’t incorporate the flannel somehow.

Yes, it’s hard to work with and not a print that one associates with fashion, but our PhDs in ProjRunology tells us that those bitches would in fact have deducted points for not using it.

Sure, this wasn’t the best solution to that problem, but at least she didn’t try to make a skirt or jacket out of it. And the shirt, while not fitted all that well, had an interesting shape and idea behind it.

Don’t look at us like that; we’re just saying she’s not as bad as we thought she’d be. This was definitely a bad entry and deserved auf’ing consideration.

Especially because of those horrific pants, which almost manage to toss every not-so-bad thing we just said out the window.

Clearly she’s a sporty gal and wants to bring that aesthetic to the show. We’re all for that, but honey, you have to be able to turn out a pair of pants if you want to do those kinds of looks.

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime Television - Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

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    • http://twitter.com/lilo146 Cristina Valencia

      she reminds me of Amy Poehler’s character in Park and Recreations. 

      • Anonymous

        I totally see the Amy Poehler thing, especially in that perpetual smirk she has on her face as well as her teeth.

    • Cassandra Chavez

      Julie’s entire outfit looked like something one could have purchased at Hot Topic…in 2001. Yuck!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      The twist and drape of Julie’s shirt gave it some motion- it’s not a good garment but she has ideas.

      • Anonymous

        I thought so too. I even liked the idea of the pants…just the execution was totally cracked out.

    • Anonymous

      you articulate exactly what i think about anthony at this point. cute guy, ok outfit, but overpraised, especially the skirt. and he needs to stop talking about his ball.

      julie seems sassy, and i dont hate her rack garments as much as you do. i want her to stay for now.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

        MERKIN! Exactly what I thought: landingstrip/merkin.

        I couldn’t believe the praise from the judges.

    • http://twitter.com/MellowLE Els

      I’m actually really liking Anthony as a contestant. Which means he will turn into a huge jerk or something of course.The skirt is a little cray-cray, but I can see why he was in the top 3.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

        I think he has the possibility of turning into the emotional bitch of the season- I can sense some attitude there

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

        I think he has the possibility of turning into the emotional bitch of the season- I can sense some attitude there

      • Anonymous

        Ub

    • Anonymous

      I still can’t get over them praising that merkin skirt.  I mean, honestly.  And looking at these pictures, Julie’s pants were even worse than I thought they were.  Still, I’m glad she didn’t go home.  There’s enough there that interests me that I want to see more.

    • Anonymous

      To me it appeared that Anthony cut the crotch out of his own gym shorts after dying them teal, and covered up the jaggedy seam with lots of lace.  Then, to coordinate the top to the bottom, he slapped lace over the neon yellow stripes of his tank.  It’s a great job of creating a new look through embellishment, but doesn’t say much for his design skills.  But at this point, who cares?  He made it past the first challenge.  Let the real games begin!

      • Anonymous

        This sums it up perfectly.  He didn’t really design or even do that much sewing.  Should not have been a top 3 look.  The judges apparently can’t leave the crack pipe alone.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        I can understand your point, but at the same time there is a something of a design element to completely changing a look with limited materials and time — there’s only so much you can really do, and I think it does speak to skill level when anyone is able to create something that actually functions as something that could be worn in the real world with that little to work with.  That’s the whole point of these challenges; no design house in the world is ever going to require you to make clothes out of food after all.

    • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

      “way too etsy” funny. I really didn’t understand the top three besides bert–I’m glad he won. 

    • Anonymous

      Mother May I Sleep with Scissors?  So effing awesome. Maybe they can have a Coed Call Girl challenge too! 

      And I have to say, I kind of like Julie’s top. There. I said it.

      • http://twitter.com/creneebo Renee Bomar

        OK – now I feel empowered to say it too.  Julie’s shirt was interesting and not awful.  The pants?….. Sigh.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

          I’ll go further and say that I thought the shirt was pretty much fine–especially in comparison to other things on the runway.  If those pants had actually fit and not looked like the sides were safety-pinned on, I don’t think she would have been in the bottom 3.  But I still don’t care for her Native American blanket (or dog) aesthetic….I think several phrases will work on other contestants.  “I’m color blind.”  “I only have one ball.”  “I’ve never done this before/I’m doing this for the first time.”  “I’m just looking for the right girl.”

      • Anonymous

        I know: “Mother May I Sleep With Scissors?” – brilliant!

      • MilaXX

        Mother May I Sleep with Scissors?  – Isn’t that what Heidi’s promo pic looks like?

      • Anonymous

        yes, I liked the shirt. 

    • Anonymous

      So many men are to some degree color blind. He might be making too big a deal out of it. 

      I couldn’t believe his outfit was a top 3, though the shirt does look kind of cool. And maybe they thought that the silhouette and styling worked together (I agree) and looked cool.  But talk about clothes, not fashion. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I found myself wondering every time he mentioned it what kind of colorblind he is.  Green and Red?  Blue and Yellow?  Missing one color?  Two colors?  Completely colorblind?  Specifics, please!  I can’t feel properly bad for you if you don’t give details, Anthony!

        • Anonymous

          Either on the show or in the audition video, he did say that he’s both kinds of color-blind. I really thought that when Heidi said she LOVED his fugly scarf, and asked if she could have it, he should have said “if I’m definitely on the show, you can have it!”

          • http://twitter.com/BrienneCalmer Brienne Calmer

            What he should have said was, “My friend knit it from a $16 kit.  You’re German; you probably learned to knit in school.  Make your own.”  http://www.morehousefarm.com/KnittingKits/Scarves/RatRace/

            • Anonymous

              I thought his scarf was more like a play on the old-fashioned mink stoles.  I definitely saw legs.  It was very similar to the one you linked (thanks – it’s awesome), but he did say he designed it himself and had someone else knit it for him.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277204672 Barbara Harris Morgan

            And speaking of the scarf, I don’t think he designed it as he claimed. The same scarf can be purchased as a kit WITH yarn at  http://www.morehousefarm.com/KnittingKits/Scarves/RatRace/. So unless he is a knitwear designer that created the pattern for them, I smell a RAT!

            • Anonymous

              Well, well, well…. he did clain to have designed his scarf and had someone else knit it.  He should have claimed the opposite.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1277204672 Barbara Harris Morgan

              He can ‘claim’ whatever he wants. But IMHO the scarf looks identical to the kit sold by Morehouse and they have already stated that he had nothing to do with their copyrighted design that they have been selling for over 4 years. And to me, claiming to design any kind of knitwear suggests writing the pattern, NOT merely sketching an idea. 

        • Anonymous

          In the “Road to the Runway” pre-episode he said he’s both green&red and blue&yellow colorblind.

          • Anonymous

            Ahhh, that would explain it, then.  I didn’t get to see Road to the Runway.  But thanks for the info!  Now I can know precisely what he’s talking about every time he brings it up. 

      • Anonymous

        I googled this. 8% of men and .5 % of women are colorblind. 10% of people are gay. So seems like he is making kind of a big deal out of this…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B53PQYXSJR4YJBV3J6BWYSICRQ Jamie

      Julie’s shirt is cute in a juniors kind of way, but those pants! Horrific.

    • Anonymous

      When I saw Julie’s outfit I was sure she was going home.  But looking at the pictures now, I think I understand why she edged out Joshua and Rafael.  Between clothes and styling, Joshua and Rafael managed to make their models–two clearly very attractive and very slender young women–look not especially attractive. Julie’s model, despite wearing a cat bed, looks attractive and even stylish.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. I think they also liked – to some extent – her blanket line, and decided to keep her around at least another week.

      • Toni Mitt

        I agree, BB.  I have to say that I was not that offended by the pants.  They look like the sporty pants that skateboarders wear.  I had a friend who was into that back in the early 90s–he’d buy size 50 pants and tie the beltloops together so they wouldn’t fall off his hips.  But he loved the big-pants look, which is what these are reminiscent of.  And–Julie seems to have spunk.  I like spunk! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      Omigod, that skirt is TOTALLY a merkin!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000020870811 Joe Murphy

      Huh, the closeups of Julie’s pants show piecing and seaming and topstitching–kinda quilted-looking–that I didn’t pick up on on the runway. I get how these are “snowboarder” pants now. And I guess she was going for kind of an elastic-toggle-like-thing on the sides of the waist, however awful-looking it turned out. Still a failure, but there’s a tiny bit of *something* there.

      • Anonymous

        As much as I hated this, I realize she may be one to keep an eye on. Let’s see what fabric choices she makes next challenge.

        • Anonymous

          i like her too!!!  she has a “roll with the punches” sort of attitude that can really do her well in a competition like this!!

      • margaret meyers

        I know.  You can see there is a lot of careful construction going on in those pants.  Julie had a really beautiful model with a great body — I’m wondering if the pants were too big and there was no way to address that on the morning of the runway show becuase of that yolking and the flat feld seams. I think the waist looks like it has been pinned or whipstitched into two bundles of extra fabric at each hip.

      • Anonymous

        And the exposed zipper thing, much as I loathe it, does seem to be “in.”

        • Anonymous

          Well, it certainly gave Kors the best line of the night.

    • Anonymous

      Suburban middle-age confession:  had to look up “merkin,” and oh, my word, it IS a merkin.  Sadly, that word is much too close to birkin in my peabrained head.

      • Anonymous

        Oh I’m so glad I’m not the only suburban middle-aged person who had to Google that.

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          And now that y’all know that word, it will be hard to remove it from your brain. :)
          Like my friend (in his 60’s) who finally had to google “teabagger”, just to see what everyone snickers about. He kind of wishes he hadn’t!

          • Anonymous

            Glad I grew up in the era before Google (way before)–some things are better when you gotta trudge to the library to sneakily look up words!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Margaret-Larson/1446064042 Margaret Larson

        Seriously. I had to use “the google” too and…well…no…words…

        Although I’m tempted to get one of my own just for the hell of it.

      • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

        I’m not middle-aged, but I had to look it up, too.  Child of the 80s here–had never heard of it before!

      • Anonymous

        I really thought I was a modern man with a good grasp on popular culture and yet…. I had no idea what a merkin was either.  Now I know, kind of wish I didn’t.

      • Toni Mitt

        As it came down the runway, The Hubs called out “muff skirt!” 

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      T & Lo, I must hand it to you. You TOTALLY called Anthony out as a ‘cryer’. You guys know your shit!

      • margaret meyers

        When he wasn’t actually crying, he was walking around with eyes red from crying.

      • Toto Maya

        I was laughing when two minutes in there he was, tears welling up in his eyes.

    • Anonymous

      Julie gets point from me for being properly mortified by her look.  It shows a refreshing amount of self-awareness, unlike most of the narcissists on this show.  The execution of the pants was horrible.  Did she really just pin the sides together?  However, she had probably the worst pj fabric to work with and somehow made a top that, if executed properly in a decent fabric, would be really cute.  Ditto for the pants.  I hated her portfolio but she does have a clear esthetic and I’m glad she’s going to get the chance to show us what 
      she can do. 

       I’m always torn by the execution vs design aspect – after all, this is (allegedly) a design competition, not a tailoring or styling one.  So I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to someone with good design skills but poor sewing skills.  On the other hand, so many looks depend on perfect execution to work that the sewing skills are important.  Ideally, the contestant has both sewing and design chops.   But I’d still rather see interesting ideas poorly done than perfect, boring tailoring. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        I thought that there was elastic in the gathers of the pants. I could have sworn they had her saying that, then they cut to Nina who looked like she was going to be physically ill.

        But I could be wrong.

    • Lauren Hall

      Julie = Amy Poehler as Avril Lavigne.

    • Anonymous

      The Lifetime Factor. Nailed it, TLo!  I was annoyed and wondering why the hell every designer had to have his/her own story and why that story had to be repeated and repeated ad nauseam. It’s an aspect of the show I really don’t like. In the early seasons, we didn’t get to know much about the designers until Tim made his final visits, and I think that worked well. But Lifetime and BM are clearly trying to milk all the Human Drama possible out of their show. Yech. Religious cults, uniballs, cancer, addiction, death, and sex tapes–oh, wait!  Miss I Went to the Miss Universe Pageant hasn’t mentioned the heartbreak of her sex tape, has she?…

      Regardless of Anthony’s past and his story, his outfit was bleak, depressing, and hideous. All the lace and crap on the tank top and changing the sunny yellow to black…Ugh.  The skirt is simply hideous in every conceivable way.  When Nina was praising it, I was wondering if it would be too late to get her into rehab and get her off the pipe. Julie’s top was much better–and TLo is right: She had to use the flannel PJ fabric–but the pants really are badly made. No denying that.

    • Anonymous

      Julie’s outfit would fit perfectly on the shelves of R.E.I. or any other Cabela’s outdoor activity store. the fabric was wacky but no more so than the designs that seem to be available. My only complaint was the poor fitting of the pants, it’s the kind of thing I would do because I can’t find my way around a sewing machine with a GPS and and aerial photos.

      Her aesthetic would fit right into the outdoor sports crowd.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1214755227 Meira Niibori

      It’s funny, I really hated Julie’s audition rack, but I didn’t think her pajama outfit was as horrific as others seem to.  Yes, the print was awful, but there was an interesting idea in the shirt that, with better fabrics, could have been something.  And the pants, while there were some bad details – the elastic bits on the sides of the waist, the overlarge and strangely-placed pocket – overall I didn’t think they were THAT bad.  Yes, they were loose and shapeless, but they were supposed to be sporty & comfy, so I don’t consider that a problem. And seeing it up close the construction doesn’t look that bad really.  They’re exactly what she said she wanted to make – snowboard-style pants.  They’re no worse than Anya’s, which were praised to the heavens for no clear reason.

      On the other hand, I was SHOCKED that Anthony wasn’t called out for not actually changing much about his clothes. He made a tank top out of a tank top and a shortshort skirt out of a pair of shots, and gets praise?!?! I was such they were going to tear him a new one like they’ve done in the past when designers haven’t significantly altered their starting materials enough……………. which they definitely should have done, because that was awful!

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      it astounded me, if in a minor way, that he was in the top three. i’m thinking maybe they ignored the obvious stripe of merkin cos he camouflaged the neon yellow stripes so well w/ the black notions. the notion of notions, otoh, is a terrible one of which i am strangely concerned that they had no concern.

      otoh:
      i dont think her pink flannel was such a terrible fabric. it has a real low rent betsey johnson feel to it. i dont know why she didnt see that, then go w/ it. i mean, mondo {for example} wouldve had a field day. perhaps she is just too used to doing peculiar outerwear? or going what seems to me an obvious route would have also seemed obvious to the judges? but there was so much contemporary irony there, i mean, buttons & bows–way more, in truth, than had the cliché of vomiting clown.

    • http://twitter.com/KatsJonouchi Chris Halpin

      Am I the only one who gets a hint of a young Wendy Pepper about Julie?

      • MilaXX

        let us hope not. Someone compared her to one of Amy Poehler’s characters and I can totally see that.

      • Anonymous

        My 15-year-old son just wandered by and asked only one question, “Is that Wendy Pepper?”

        • Anonymous

          I love that a 15-year-old boy knows who Wendy Pepper is!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6P2LSFIDJ73YZLM4XK6HCZI67E Brad Watson

      Cracktasmagorical, epic WTF-ery!  For all the grief the judges gave LDS boy about his lack of imagination, I was staggered that Anthony was in the top 3. A cut-down tank, a home-ec skirt camo’d by acres of rick-rack, and no sign of the bedsheet.  Did something here take 17 hours to execute, or did he slip out mid-day for lunch and a manicure?  And she looks so grimy.  I couldn’t get the image of screeching tire-tread marks out of my head. Looks like he ran over this outfit, backed over it, then ran over it again.

    • Anonymous

      The “compelling personal stories” angle was rather annoyingly heavy-handed. That whole aspect to the show has been around for a while, but never so prominently. They usually save them for later, usually for the top 3. Straight out in the first episode, it was a little much.

      As for Anthony, he seems nice enough and I am well disposed toward him so far. As for Anthony’s garment, it seems nice enough, I don’t hate the skirt even, but it wasn’t top 3 worthy. It should have been safe.

      I like Julie, I think she’s fun. I also think the judging of Julie, like that of Anya, was partly a case of the judges having already created the narrative in their heads (the one they actually use to the judge each challenge) from the casting session. They responded much better than most people seem to have to her aesthetic and they were judging largely based not upon what she sent down the runway but upon the idea of what she might send down the runway – as they so often do and the format of this season lets them from day one.

    • Anonymous

      The skirt is hideous.  I don’t know why Nina like it.

    • Anonymous

      As someone pointed out in the TLounge, Anthony totally LIED when he said he designed the ‘rat’ scarf that drunk Heidi went bonkers over.  The pattern is from a knitting site   http://www.morehousefarm.com/KnittingKits/Scarves/RatRace/   What a phony.  He’s auf my list and I hated his skirt anyway.  Ooh.  Pissed.

      • Anonymous

        Hmmm that’s interesting! I actually didn’t realize the scarf had rats on it, I just thought it looked ratty—but how shady to say he designed it when it’s from a pattern ????!

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          Sounded like he said he designed it but had someone knit it for him– but maybe he meant the opposite. That he knitted it from someone else’s design. I can see someone getting really nervous and mixing up their words like that. He doesn’t seem like the sharpest tool, so it’s entirely plausible.

      • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

        The scarf looks cuter on the pattern website than on Anthony. All very strange.

      • Toto Maya

        I didn’t realize it was that cut rat scarf. I thought the scarf looked like cat vomit when he was wearing it.

    • Anonymous

      As someone pointed out in the TLounge, Anthony totally LIED when he said he designed the ‘rat’ scarf that drunk Heidi went bonkers over.  The pattern is from a knitting site   http://www.morehousefarm.com/KnittingKits/Scarves/RatRace/   What a phony.  He’s auf my list and I hated his skirt anyway.  Ooh.  Pissed.

    • Anonymous

      But you didn’t mention the duchess Kors’ comment about the pocket! It was something to the effect of “those pants are perfect if she wants to play the female equivalent of pocket pool.”

    • Anonymous

      Those pants were distractingly horrible. 

      Still can’t figure out why the judges loved Anthony’s design so much. Maybe it’s the crack talking.

    • Anonymous

      I’m baffled or the praise they showered on Anthony.  Either Heidi or Nina said that “everyone” would want that top.  Well, I wouldn’t!  It looked like something from the Juniors section.   And the skirt! He should have just hung a sign around his model’s neck with an arrow pointing to her crotch and the caption “this is where my pubic hair should be”.  

    • Anonymous

      Thank God I’m not alone in having been horrified by that skirt.  Couldn’t believe the praise from the judges.

      • Anonymous

        Wait, that’s a skirt? I thought it was a shirttail. ;-)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

      Every season the judges frenetically overpraise some craptastic creation, and thankfully for we viewers, they did it in the very first episode by going gaga over Anthony Ryan’s awful skirt.  Perhaps the Duchess had had too much bronzer and was giddy from the fumes? 
      bitchybitchybitchy

    • MilaXX

      I nearly choked on my wine when Nina praised that outfit, especially the skirt by saying something along the lines of he didn’t go overboard. That was a middle of the pack effort at best.

      Julie annoys me almost as much as Laura. She may have had enough sense to suck it up and use the flannel, but those pants were horrible and the overall outfit was ugly. As least she had enough sense to know it was ugly.

    • MilaXX

      I nearly choked on my wine when Nina praised that outfit, especially the skirt by saying something along the lines of he didn’t go overboard. That was a middle of the pack effort at best.

      Julie annoys me almost as much as Laura. She may have had enough sense to suck it up and use the flannel, but those pants were horrible and the overall outfit was ugly. As least she had enough sense to know it was ugly.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you on this one. The mirkin skirt was praiseworthy? Really? Boggles the mind.

        I find Julie very annoying as well and the pants were beyond hideous. Lucky for her Rafael did such a poor job.

    • Anonymous

      You praised the asymmetry of the back of Anthony’s top, so I’m going to take your word that that’s an intentional asymmetry, and not a screw-up.  I liked what Julie’s pants *could* have been (I’m a sucker for wide grey pants). But yes, she failed. And HIS look is pretty much on-the-rack right now at such upscale outlets as Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe.

    • Anonymous

      You praised the asymmetry of the back of Anthony’s top, so I’m going to take your word that that’s an intentional asymmetry, and not a screw-up.  I liked what Julie’s pants *could* have been (I’m a sucker for wide grey pants). But yes, she failed. And HIS look is pretty much on-the-rack right now at such upscale outlets as Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe.

    • Anonymous

      I actually like Anthony more than I thought I would…admittedly a lot of it, for this Southern gal, is that adorable accent!  I think he has some good ideas, and I hope he lays off the eye/ball (snort) comments hereafter.

      I’m perturbed to see he and Bert are going to fight next week…seems unlike both of them from this initial impression.

      I can’t talk about Julie.  Hate her aesthetic, and those pants make me want to cry.

      • Anonymous

        I noticed that the VoiceOver for the coming attractions specifically said “this season on project runway” so we may have to wait for the fight (or fights-could be multiple episodes).

    • Anonymous

      That janky ‘easy-access’ zipper was such a bad idea! And those pants were horribly tailored…I actually liked the pattern on her pajama bottoms, but I don’t think she used it properly.
      At least she tried something unique, though. This dude barely altered his clothes! You’re right, the top was totally Etsy-fied and uninspired, the ‘skirt’ like she’s wearing an waitress apron—the judges were way too happy with it. And that skirt was just lame! Luckily they liked the color, because if it was any other color, he would’ve gone down. He’s cute, though…

    • Logo Girl

      Julie’s stuff doesn’t bother me that much. Maybe its a sporty Colorado thing speaking to me. The zipper on the pants is a mistake and the tailoring is way off, but conceptually it does not offend me. The top bothers me mainly because the colors/prints seem so un-integrated. 

      Now, I am slightly detail-impaired, but could someone tell me why Julie pants are “horrible” and Anya’s are “amazing”? They don’t seem ALL that different to me.

      • Anonymous

        To my eye Julie’s pants look a little less horrible than Anya’s.And I like the top better, even tho the fabric that Julie had was way worse.

    • Anonymous

      Anyone know if there will be the usual model change-up this season?  A few of these girls (first impressions, I know) look low end to me.

    • http://twitter.com/prologi Sarianna

      I think Mr Eyeball’s top is pretty cute, but I’ve seen that exact top in like three different high street stores in the past few months.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1214755227 Meira Niibori

        Now that I’ve seen two or three people refer to him as “Eyeball”, I don’t think I’ll be able to think of him as anything else for the rest of the season!  It’s such a perfect nickname….  =)

        • Anonymous

          how about cyclops?  a little oblique, i’ll admit.

      • Toto Maya

        Pretty sure I saw something like that top in Target selling for like 10 bucks.

    • Anonymous

      Until today, I didn’t even know what a merkin IS.  (I’m middle-aged and I live in New England.  Mukluks we discuss; merkins, not so much.)  TLo, you are so educational! 

      • Anonymous

        Lifelong learning. :-)  I only learned what a merkin was a couple of years ago…don’t you love the “internets”?

    • Anonymous

      Very formulaic casting this season, even more than usual:  a couple from the home-taught crowd, 2 or 3 “Dark Victory” style stories of triumph over adversity, a couple of stress cases, a Ms. Sunshine or two, the obligatory “I didn’t come here to make friends” crowd, etc. etc.  Or maybe this show, after a decade, is just incapable of surprising me any more.  I do appreciate that they’re trying to change up the format a bit.  Now they need to drop the forced storytelling, too.

      Anthony actually seems more interesting as the Psycho contestant.  That commercial that showed him talking about a plane about to crash and then reduced to wild-eyed cackling looks like a fun moment.  (Who knows if the “something is wrong with him” comment afterwards was an editing mismatch or not, but I hope not!)  Much more entertaining than the Triumph of the Spirit schtick.

      Lord, I’m getting jaded!  I’ll try to shake it off.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1214755227 Meira Niibori

        My feeling is that it’s partly a “victim of its own success” kind of situation at this point.  The casting does have a lot of the expected types, but those seem to be the types who audition for most reality shows these days, and they can only cast the people who audition.  But as long as they do a decent job with the people they have to work with, and turn out a watchable show, I’m willing to deal with a cast of clichés.  I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, for at least another week or two, to see whether they can actually accomplish that……………..

        And yes, I can’t wait to see what kind of twisted psycho shit the competition brings out of Anthony! =)

      • Anonymous

        so i wasn’t so far off when i pegged him as jason2.0?  all he needs is a bowler hat.  that reminds me (off topic), you know that late bloomers edit. in vogue that we were discussing?  they should have cast jason as the gardener- now that’s menacing.

    • Anonymous

      I’m laughing at myself because I seemed to have deflected the lifetime effect. I didn’t notice all the stories nor do I remember them. Of course, after three years of PR on that network I still have no idea what channel it is on my TV either.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

      Y’know, there would’ve been no comment on that print if she had, say, used it to *line* a jacket or something like that.  And she must not know how to take things in, because it’s obvious that they were made too big and the worst parts were a half-assed attempt to make them fit.

    • Anonymous

      Those pants ! they burn my eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyes !

      also, is it me or the colors chosen by the whole bunch of participants were so boring and depressing ?
      Please, get the bitchy mormon out and give us one of the tacky one back, please !
      (OK, the mormon used orange. Still, it was drab)

      • Anonymous

        I think they had real issues with the dye process.  I don’t think many things turned out the color they expected (and I think it was Rit…not what dyers use, I’m guessing).  I can’t get over the fact that Bert got his sheet to complement his tee shirt.

        • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

          It’s not–quite–the same.  (I took a textiles class in which we dyed all of our fabric using various processes.) It’s close, though, and it’s basically the same process with RIT as it is with the vegetable-based dyes that are in beginning textiles.  And there are instructions on the bottles.  You just have to keep checking it and realize that it will be lighter once the fabric is rinsed and dried.  And since they were given what looked to be at least a dozen colors, we should have had more variation.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

            Part of it is the poly-cotton blend of the sheets: it will take dye in a funny way (the cotton takes it more than the polyester) and tends to come out looking shiny- most all of the dyed sheets looked like that.

            • Anonymous

              i kind of liked that look.  caribbean queen’s pants looked a little like silk.  and as to her sewing skills, maybe she hired someone (probably a gay) for intensive private instruction.  looks like she has the dough.

          • Anonymous

            One of the participant (can’t get her name right, for now, I’ll call her “the freaking-girl-seeing-youngster-among-elders-one”, just because her reflexion made me laugh. I didn’t see so many 20ish-out-of-school participants) said she wasn’t happy wis her dye (she had a lovely blue, in my opinion, but I guess she was aiming for a brighterccolor). Maybe it was a question of time ?
            still I found the final colors depressing and sad.

          • Anonymous

            One of the participant (can’t get her name right, for now, I’ll call her “the freaking-girl-seeing-youngster-among-elders-one”, just because her reflexion made me laugh. I didn’t see so many 20ish-out-of-school participants) said she wasn’t happy wis her dye (she had a lovely blue, in my opinion, but I guess she was aiming for a brighterccolor). Maybe it was a question of time ?
            still I found the final colors depressing and sad.

          • Anonymous

            One of the participant (can’t get her name right, for now, I’ll call her “the freaking-girl-seeing-youngster-among-elders-one”, just because her reflexion made me laugh. I didn’t see so many 20ish-out-of-school participants) said she wasn’t happy wis her dye (she had a lovely blue, in my opinion, but I guess she was aiming for a brighterccolor). Maybe it was a question of time ?
            still I found the final colors depressing and sad.

            • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

              Might have also been a question of not enough dye and heat.  For brighter colors, you need to boil the water and add more dye.  She also might not have added enough salt to set the color…. and I didn’t see any laundry detergent, which you’re also supposed to add to the mix.

      • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

        The orange was what color his t-shirt originally was.  No dye there.

        • Anonymous

          yes, I know that, thank you. He still managed to produce a depressing garment. I would have prefered tacky Gunnar to be in his place. I’m pretty sure he would have produced an all over the place garment but certainly not an annoying one…

      • Anonymous

        for some reason mormons fascinate me in sort of a prurient interest way.  i watched every episode of big love, some several times, and i read “under the banner of heaven” twice.  call me crazy.  i couldn’t help wondering if he had on white flannel underwear.

        • Anonymous

          The underwear are called “garments.”   They aren’t made of flannel tho.   Some kind of slippery silky fabric.  Mostly, people get them when they marry, although sometimes before.

          Big Love is not representative of life among mormons in my experience.

          • Anonymous

            thanks for the info.  i don’t know why i’m so interested in this stuff.  while big love might not have been typical of mormon life, i did find it beautifully written, and the characters well-developed and unique.

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

              It’s not only not typical of Mormon life, most Mormons would be OFFENDED by the comparison.  LDS banned the practice of polygamy quite some time ago, and is far more adamantly and actively opposed to it than most other groups, simply because of the traditional connection and the stereotype.

              The show itself is excellent and a very interesting look into polygamist lives, but it has NO connection to LDS or Mormons. 

              If you’d actually like more information about LDS, you can contact your local LDS church and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.  It’s a very interesting religion and the Book of Mormon itself is a compelling read. 

        • Anonymous

          I’m sure  that in a couple of week, I will be able to remember their names and don’t adress them in my head as “the absolutely-not-gay-and-waiting-for-the-right-girl-mormon” or “the skying-chinchilla-girl” or “T&T-Queen” or “that-annoying-one” and “the-other-annoying-one-except-this-one-is-a-boy” or… Well you get the idea.
          I don’t know much about mormons, except for the fact that they seem to be very conservative and nature orientated.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            Nature-oriented?  I’m not sure what that means…

    • Anonymous

      I was really stunned that Anthony made it into the top three. With only one viewing (and not paying that much attention) I can think of three contestants who had better outfits in terms of how they used their pjs, design and construction. They would be the black and white dress (Viktor?), the shorts and blueish blouse outfit (Can’t remember the designer’s name but she didn’t think she diserved a pass) and Barbie’s. I know there is crack involved but really?

    • Anonymous

      Uniball’s result was like a cocktail waitress at an Italian funeral. Just no.

    • Anonymous

      Anthony got his top three on sympathy points. That thing was middle of the road at best — and that’s only if you ignore the skirt.
      Julie I’m willing to give another chance. I think the pants disaster was mostly because her model’s actual size wasn’t the same as the measurements she was given and she didn’t have time to fit them properly. Hopefully, working with a model she knows, she won’t have that problem. And the top was tolerable. Too bad she didn’t dye those pjs some other colour.

    • Anonymous

      I just hope we get to go to Mood next week and work with conventional materials!  It’s so hard for us “regular folk” to get an idea of whether these guys are talented or not with unconventional materials.  I hope they don’t drag that out too long…didn’t it take several weeks last season…it’s such a blur of mostly mediocrity, I can’t remember.  I love some of the “unconventional” challenges, but some are better than others.  This one, for example, didn’t give anyone much to work with, so kudos to all…Bert especially.

      • Anonymous

        i think they did it just as an excuse for more testes talk.

      • Logo Girl

        I think next week is the pet store challenge that they previewed at the end. The preview was for the whole season, but my DVR shows the next episode is called “My Pet Project” So, probably dresses made of dog leashes and necklaces made of kibble.

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: “They’ve finally Lifetime’d the show up.””

      Yes. But it isn’t just Lifetime. It’s the same heavy-handed storytelling that’s happened to everything from game shows to the Olympics. Cue the caring announcer, ‘Suzi managed to overcome the trauma of a hangnail and a bad perm to reach the pinnacle of (whatever she’s reached the pinnacle of).’ Everyday soap operas and fighting: The un-creative producer’s shortcut to drama. It shows a lack of respect for the audience.

      As for the clothes, these entries were both pretty awful. Hopefully Anthony’s embellishment explosion was a one-off thing. And as for Julie’s jammies, the only thing I could have seen making out of them is a junior bikini.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        that would have been really cute!  she could have done a betsy johnson and added some black lace trim.  but i don’t think that’s really dog lady’s style.

        • http://www.madamovarypart2.blogspot.com madam ovary

          I think based on the preview Julie doesn’t know how to sew while sitting in a real chair. Did anyone else think her starving artist apartment was a bit much? I find it hard to believe she hasn’t passed a chair or two on a curb the night before garbage pick up.

          • Anonymous

            maybe she rented the apartment just for the video shoot.  i know i wouldn’t want to let cameras in on my mess.  by the way, madame ovary = great moniker

          • Anonymous

            She lives in Grand Junction.  I’ve not see many people setting their furniture out on the street for garbage pick up there.   oth, there are thrift stores there.   Plus I think she only recently moved to GJ.  God knows why tho.

            • Anonymous

              i’ve been there too, and believe me that explains a lot about her sense of style.  i had a bad experience there, but that’s another sad story.   and btw, in that photo with her “rack”, is that some sort of grand junction gang signal?  forgive me, i lived in oakland.

    • Anonymous

      I’m kind of hoping that they did the whole background special as a way of getting that stuff out of the way.  Okay, I can always hope.

      Seems like the top three were all supposed to be the disadvantaged ones–oldest contestant ever, contestant who just learned to sew and Mr. Color Blind.  I can pretty much guarantee that new to sewing and Mr. Colorblind will crash, while old guy is supposed to be out-of-date at some point, though he has the best shot of them of making it to the finale.  

      Certainly, there were better things than Anthony’s floating in the giganto middle.

      Julie had an interesting idea and she *knew* her execution sucked, so I think it’s legit she gets a second chance over looking-for-the-right-girl (who even sets my crappy gaydar off) and pageant-taste boy.  

    • Anonymous

      No quibbles with your opinions here, I was wondering about the close up shot of Anthony in his shorts.  Trying to see if you could tell he was down 1 ball?  LOL!  My observation here is one I made on the earlier PR post – ALL of the hair and makeup styling was awful this chaellenge.  Anthony’s model looks just terrible with that scraggly ass hair.  I’m wondering if they have the “B” team doing the hair/makeup early on when there is so many to do and save the pricier “A” team for later on when it will really be important.

      • Anonymous

        Um…the medical community actually has prosthetic testis that can be placed in the scrotum. This is sometimes an option for guys with testicular cancer. 

        • Anonymous

          Oh yes, I am very familiar.  I have two friends who are testicular cancer survivors.  One has a replacement prosthetic testicale and one just goes with the one ball left.  anthony has said several times now he has only one ball left, no mention of prosthetic.

          • Anonymous

            enough with the ball talk.  tmi.  and duchess, no more playing in your pocket mkay?

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t mind the top of Julie’s but those pants!! Ugh, the seams were awkward, and had weird motion as the model walked. And now we can talk about crazy crotch. The elastic on the sides didn’t help matters, and looked weird. Anthony’s outfit was fine, the top was nice, I like the embellishments, but I would have swapped him out for Viktor in the top 3 for that B&W shirtdress, which I thought was quite good.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

      Both of them sucked big time. Not impressed

    • Anonymous

      You know, Christina Ricci was a real sweetheart of a judge, and it was nice to see her trying to be really positive in her critiques.  And like the other judges she inexplicably sincerely liked Anthony’s outfit.  But I couldn’t help myself – when I heard her praise him for leaving his model somewhat disheveled, that she was impressed that he “knew to do that” to match the clothes, all I could imagine is one of the bitchy characters she sometimes plays giving the more sarcastic version:  “Oh.  So you make your model look like shit so your ugly designs look intentional.  How clever of you.”  Can’t you just hear it?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

      I am getting really tired of hearing “I’m color blind” as if its an excuse and what he does is somehow more remarkable.  Guess what, I’m colorblind too (and its really rare in a women) but other than with a new eye doctor, or letting my son’s (age 6) teachers know it seldom comes up in coversation.  And I sew and make costumes a lot.  We see colors, we just see them differently.

      • Anonymous

        my uncle is colorblind (& a traffic engineer, muddle that one out!) and he says he can see some reds & greens, but usually when they’re mixed with other colors. So blue-green he can kind of see, but green-green is grey. What’s it like for you?

    • Anonymous

      Hunh, I’m surprised. I absolutely cannot STAND Anthony. He comes off as humorless, conceited, nasty, just- ugh. Can not stand him. And I HATED his look. Pure ugly mall crapola. What the judges saw in it I will never understand.

    • http://www.madamovarypart2.blogspot.com madam ovary

      THAT COMBINATION LANDING STRIP/MERKIN SKIRT Omg. Landing strip! Love you guys

    • http://twitter.com/starvewars Sal

      i actually got kind of a Proenza vibe from her look (i know i know sorry PS)

    • Anonymous

      No woman wants to leave her home with a giant patch of pubes on her skirt.  Really, NO WOMAN WANTS THAT!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1516929499 Carla Edwards

      those pants were hideous and while Rafael’s outfit sucked there is no way that she should have stayed. I mean she cinched the side o the waistband.. The pants do not fit in any way, shape or form and she made the model look hippy

    • Damien Washington

      After reading your comments, I can admit I’m less impressed with Anthony’s look than I was during the show. But I found him to be quite sassyfunny in his interview quips. I expected his major story points to be hammered home in the first ep (everyone’s points always are), but he was one of the few designers who I couldn’t wait to hear more from, both on the runway and in front of the blurry, overlit dressforms.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YP6UP3OBPH5442CJVQIQBI3LX4 LaurelW

      I don’t get how her pants were very much different than Top Girl’s pants which were praised by the judges. Both of them look awful to me.

      • Anonymous

        right? @ least Julie tried to do something interesting. Miss PR just made plain cracktastic pants.

    • Anonymous

      The more I think about it (and I have no idea why I’m still thinking about it), the more it confuses me how Anthony Ray made top 3.  He took a striped tank and made a …. striped tank.   Sure, he glued some stuff on it, but that’s not design; that’s arts and crafts.   They ignored much more creative efforts for a tank and tube skirt.   Puzzling.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, okay. So this is going to be another season where I can’t tolerate the actual show because of the insane judging and jump straight to TLo’s recaps. Carry on.  – PB still in London and no longer kicking herself that she isn’t DVR’ing “PR”

    • http://twitter.com/verascity Vera Sticker

      The pants are terrible, but I think Julie’s top is actually pretty great given what she had to work with.

    • sarah jacobs

      I like that Julie got how cracktastic her pants were.A little honest self evaluation among the designers is often lacking on the show.

      • Anonymous

        Honest self-evaluation is why Julie and Josh C. are still there, and Rafael isn’t.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      Personally, I thought Anthony’s (can I call him Tony 1-Ball, if he turns out to be the bitch-ass?  Sounds mafia-like.  I can’t type Anthony w/o thinking of our beloved Georgia Queen)

      Anyway, I thought his should’ve been bottom three.  Mostly for that landing strip skirt.  The top was cute & the styling was good, but it was no great shakes in teh design department.

    • Anonymous

      god, this show has gone so far down in design aesthetic/quality that it almost seems pointless to judge the clothes anymore.  even the winning garments were shitastic compared to earlier, non-bunim-murray, seasons.

    • Anonymous

      Uh yea. The pants are a mess, but that skirt is cracktastic.

    • Anonymous

      It’s may be the final blow, thisOprah-izationof PR.

    • Anonymous

      You can find equivalents of Anthony’s shirt at J Crew or other such stores, and that skirt!! That huge pubic bush of detailing! I was pretty surprised he was in the top 3. And Julie is very lucky Rafael made such a shitty outfit this week.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      The high praise for Mr Colorblind’s shirt was insane. No one seemed to noticed that there was nearly no transformation on the shirt shape at all, just a bunch of froufraw sewn on it.
      I’m hoping that Miss Horseblanket turns it up. I’m interested to see what she does, so long as she doesn’t attempt (again) to make pants from a sheet that wind up looking like a sleeping bag for Chang and Eng Bunker.

    • http://twitter.com/DreamasaurusRex Dayna Stein

      Does anyone else remember the similar opening challenge from a previous season where one of the contestants (was it Ivy?) made pants out of pants and got crucified for it? Yea at least the look wasn’t ugly and the shirt was even cute, but he still made a shirt out of a shirt and shorts into a skirt. Minimum alterations.

    • Anna .

      Of course the judges loved the skirt. It was short, tight and skimpy. Heidi’s style athestic

      • Lisa

        Plus, it looked like some arts & crafts project gone wrong, and the judges liked it!  I think Gretchen gave them all mass quantities of Kool Aid last season.

    • http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ Vic

      So far I am glad I am not watching PR. These terrible fashions vindicate my decision to not watch PR since that awful Gwetched with her pseudo-hippy-dippy Renaissance fashions won.

    • Mariah J

      I liked Anthony’s shirt but the skirt was gross.  Julie’s was a pile of crap, but understandably so.

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

      I’ve gotta say that Julie’s aesthetic was the one I responded to the most.  It’s not so much Missoni as it is…a little bit Dries Van Noten, a little…I wanna say Rykiel, but that doesn’t feel QUITE right.  I think she’s really interesting and talented.  I’d like to see where she goes with this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1133424434 Maria McGarry

      Penis pants? Not so much.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Mr. Colorblind would be in the bottom.  After all, whoever made a pair of pants out of Peach’s pants was in the bottom if not out (I can’t remember).  So making a tank top out of a tank top is OK this season?

      • Anonymous

        I think that was Ivy and if so she definitely wasn’t out. Well, even if it wasn’t Ivy, that “She made pants from pants” refrain lasted a long part of the season so I don’t think whoever did it was out, just haunted by the decision.

    • Anonymous

      I think Anthony was over-praised a bit and Julie over-criticized. 

      Perhaps the judges are not into sportswear that actually is worn for sport – I thought her lumpy extra fabric at the sides was an attempt to maybe mimic at the drawstrings-with-toggle-fasteners sports gear often has. Plus, I thought her model managed to look good in them, poorly fitting as they were.

      And either the judges were just inexplicably enthralled with [another] asymmetric tank top and little skirt, or Anthony wised up and DID gracefully gift Heidi with his scarf and she spread the warm fuzzy vibes. ‘Cause she asked for it about three times in that audition video, and I think she was completely serious and asking for it as an over-indulged person who knows they’re crossing the line a little and also knows they’ll get away with doing so, asks for something. He’s a damn fool if he didn’t give it to her.

      • Anonymous

        That whole Heidi-pressing-for-the-scarf thing made me uncomfortable and I’ll have to go back and re-watch to pinpoint why — I don’t remember crucial details like, did he even design it or just have it made made for him? (And was he even a contestant who knew he’d have any air time at that point or was she going to take something that was his personal favorite item, he’s probably dirt poor, and he’d never even be on the show?) 

         

    • Anonymous

      yep I did. Totally saw that in the audition tape.

    • Anonymous

      I do too (re: Julie). She also seems honest (a rarity). She knew what she made looked like hell and admitted it. She wouldn’t haven’t have cried and made big drama if she was aufed. Which is probably a reason she wasn’t.

    • Anonymous

      that skirt is horrible.  it isn’t too far off what tim originally said about the feather placement being “pubic.”  how did the judges not find it oh-so-1995?  wet seal anyone?  contempo casuals (or con-TRAMPo casuals, as we used to say)????

    • Anonymous

      Re: Nerdly McLumberjack, surely you meant to type ball(s)?

      I joke because he joked; I like a little something out of the ordinary down there. In the male eye-candy race, I’m currently leaning toward Nerdly (hmm, B&W…Zenith, Magnavox, Admiral…). Non-LDS Josh could be hot if he hadn’t just walked out of a down-scale, overly pushy full-service salon. I really hope we don’t learn if the carpet matches the eyebrows. Ouch.

    • Amanda in Austin

      I am an idiot. Can someone explain what a Merkin skirt is?

      • Anonymous

        A merkin is a pubic hair wig/hair piece and you can take it from there. I just didn’t want you asking someone in the office what a Merkin skirt is. 

        • Anonymous

          I tried to edit that to say a merkin is a pubic area wig/hair piece to clarify (but my edit button just never takes after I’ve made the edit for some reason)  

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jameela-AbdulGhani/1033228835 Jameela AbdulGhani

      Have an issue about the
      ‘etsy” comment TLO. Leanne Marshall, arguably one of the top PR contestants in both design and construction still sells on etsy.com sometimes!

    • Anonymous

      In the alternate universe that is Reality-TV-Land, some producers have decided that all those America’s Next Top Model winners who competed on the basis of who had the biggest sob backstory — and who you’ve never heard from again — need equally qualified designers to dress them. This is that competition.

    • Anonymous

      They both did better on the top than the bottom. The tank was cute, the merkin skirt was horrific. I liked top too; I like the way she used her scary patterned flannel, but her pants were really awful.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with everything you said, T Lo, AGAIN, except for the Etsy dig.  

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Didn’t he basically own up to the fact during judging that he just covered up the stripes?  Its kinda cute, but as Michael Kors would say: “Um, HELLO!!”

    • Patsy Lester

      Oh my goodness; I couldn’t bear Anthony’s entry.  I thought it was the most vulgar and tacky thing walking down that runway. The applique and the lace?  With TEAL?  It looked like it came from one of the “repurpose” challenges with a mother-of-the-bride dress from 1992.  I just about passed out when they praised it.

    • Anonymous

      And then Nina has the nerve to say it’s not overembellished, just the right amount? Put. the. pipe. down.

    • Scott Kullberg

      Yeah, I don’t much like seeing the sob stories in reality competitions. It’s not uncommon on “Chopped”:
      “I want to go to France to see my sick grandma!”
      “I’m giving it all to the breast cancer foundation”
      “I’m dropping it all on hookers and blow!”

      It’s got to be hard for judges to get around that, even when they don’t know the contestants.

      edit: whoops

    • http://www.facebook.com/ehormell Eric Hormell

      Julie is my favorite so far. I loved her audition pieces! I would have been so upset if she had been eliminated. I wouldn’t have killed myself or anything, but I would have been upset.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

      I didn’t like that pube-patch on Anthony skirt at all.  I couldn’t believe how much the judges raved about ti.  They are all on crack.

    • http://twitter.com/anoel Ashley

      Oh thank god I’m not crazy. I kept saying, THAT SKIRT and being incredulous over how the judges could like it. Who would wear that?? Eww. I’m also glad I’m not the only (heartless?) person who is sick of the sob stories. Unless there’s a reason for it (Bert’s explanation was fine to me but I am Team Bert), it’s not necessary especially when mentioned over and over. Take a lesson from Mondo (I’ll never forget) who did it on his own time and made one of the best episodes of PR ever.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        In Bert’s case, it was relevant — he had a great deal of experience in fashion, so why was he on the show?  There needed to be an explanation, and he couldn’t just say he left the industry for 15 years and not give a further reason or people would think he wasn’t committed.

    • Anonymous

      They showed Heidi’s face when Gay Johnny Knoxville’s model walked out-I knew right them he’d be in the top.  Heidi barely restrained herself from tackling that model and putting that on.  Then asking hem to shorten the skirt a bit.

      At least Julie knew she’d be in trouble.  And the shirt isn’t bad, considering.  But the PANTS.  Ugh.

    • vmcdanie

      Thank you. I was baffled by the praise for that 70’s porn bush skirt. Isn’t it silly that after all these years of Runway, I still see these insane judging moments and think “What did I miss?” I still need T Lo to tell me I’m not crazy.

      The cracktasticism of the judging is still within legal limits. I’m kind of surprised I even tuned in this season so I’m watching the judging real closely. Any fawning praise for PMS-ing hippie fashion or “Now, THIS is symmetry” remarks and I’m so out.

    • http://twitter.com/annmartina Ann Harste

      She reminds me of Holly Hunter, especially when she talks