PR: Dog Blankets at the Clinique Counter

Posted on August 15, 2011

Y’know, if the judges had been in a slightly different mood, the whole Julie/Joshua pairing could have provided a primer on how to get through a team challenge.

Of all the teams, this one was the most mismatched. You’ve got the sporty gal on one side and the flamboyant queen on the other. How on earth could anyone make that pairing work? Well, apparently you simply give in to your partner at every turn and roll your eyes behind their back; quietly, so as not to disturb their sewing.

Julie, god bless her, came into this thing totally willing to work outside her aesthetic in order to get ahead. Josh encouraged her, but he was quite the snotty little bitch about it. So the lesson here is:

1) Shut up about what you’re used to doing and just do what’s being asked of you.

2) If you think your partner is a tool/loser/joke, do your best not to indicate such thoughts to them.

Are you writing this down, future contestants?

 

And while the result was hardly award-winning, it was a LOT better than we ever expected it to be.
In fact, it was – put your arm down, honey – it was a pretty decent blending of their styles. Oh, sure; it was far more Josh than Julie, but not because Josh lorded over her or bullied her. No, it was because Julie made an active effort to stick to Josh’s style over hers. After all, her dog blanket couture wouldn’t have worked on stilts.
You could even argue that – No, really. Put your arm down, dear – that those wacky pants are a rather brilliant way of translating Julie’s normal casual, sporty aesthetic into a more showy, theatrical Josh-like aesthetic.

It helps that the pants were pretty fabulously constructed. Other pants got major compliments from the judges, but these were the best of the lot, as far as we could tell.

The pants alone could have made them contenders, but alas, Miss Clinique Counter didn’t do a very good job of tamping down her more sparkly instincts…


And everything above the waist became an overwrought disaster.

They were never in contention for the win because the judges decided – without telling anyone, of course – that “costumes” were not what this challenge was about; an argument that becomes totally absurd when faced with a runway of ten foot tall women lurching drunkenly around to the cheers of a crowd. Fashion this is not, judges. And you know that.

But if Josh had met Julie halfway instead of automatically assuming that she was the one who was going to have to change her ways, this could have been a lot better. It looked to us like he spent a lot of time fussing over her and then threw together this ugly capelet with a ton of crap glued to it. A fitted ringmaster-style or matador-style jacket paired with those pants would have forced the judges to rethink their aversion to costumes, we think. After all, there was one very Emerald City/Tim Burton -style look in the Top 3, despite the judges’ preferences. Josh can bitch all he wants about how the judges only wanted ready-to-wear (which is a valid complaint), but had he done something even slightly less tacky and more structured than that top, he might have found himself in the Top 3, thanks mostly to Julie’s pants.

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    • Anonymous

      I still can’t decide whether that ric-rac fabric is wow or ghastly.  I had to love the way Julie let that bitchiness wash over her and roll right off.  Good job, girl.

      And that model should have saved the arm waving for just one flourish at the end of the runway. That was annoying!

      • Anonymous

        I’m going with “wow”. I absolutely love those pants, although I wouldn’t be caught dead in them. I think they’re really fun, and perfect for the challenge (i.e., what the challenge should have been).

        Julie came through this looking really good. I give her credit for being unflappable in the face of Paul Lynde Jr.

        Maybe the model wanted to let everyone know she found a deodorant that really doesn’t leave white marks all over your clothes.

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

          I love them too — and I’d actually wear them.  Of course, I tend to like the occasional piece of crazy in my wardrobe:)

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I would wear them if I could, but my butt is a tad larger that it used to be. Not massive, but big enough that it might scare small children and animals.

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

          I love them too — and I’d actually wear them.  Of course, I tend to like the occasional piece of crazy in my wardrobe:)

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      I agree.  I thought she did a great job of working as a team and I totally love that zigzag fabric which made the most of the elongated proportions of the stilt-walker.  They didn’t deserve to be in the bottom three, no matter what crack the judges were on.

    • http://twitter.com/foodhussy foodhussy

      the worst thing about that was the red lame tank top – what the f***?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

        Yes, yes YES

    • Anonymous

      Sooooooo glad to hear that you liked these pants as well as I did.  The duchess’ comments about how awful the fabric was were needless.  Now did the screw the proportions up something wicked?  Yep they did. And the glittery, pointless embellishments didn’t help either.  But did they meet and best the challenge presented to them? yep they sure as hell did.  And Julie got major points from me for accurately sussing out that it would have to be her being big about everything if it was going to work at all.  Cause i can’t imagine a reality where Josh would have been so gracious, (or cunning depending on how you view it).

    • Anonymous

      I was pleasantly surprised by Julie in this challenge. I thought she really made an effort to work with Josh and to get along with him, despite the fact that they are polar opposites in every way (or at least seem to be). I think the pants are kind of wonderfully crazy. I do wonder about the proportions of the outfit (see, maybe I have learned something here!). That cape just doesn’t seem long enough–it looks oddly foreshortened or something. I like TLo’s suggestion of a fitted matador jacket–that would have been interesting to see. But I think this outfit really suffered from the ill-defined challenge. Still, I enjoyed watching Josh and Julie interact and I thought they turned out a decent effort despite the circumstances.

      When do the team challenges generally come in the season? I thought it seemed a bit early. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/CatherineKatz Catherine Katz

      I love me some sparkle – but even I would’ve edited this!  Sometimes a girl just has to leave some rhinestones at home.  I also agree with foodhussy – that red lame (you can read that with or without the accent mark over the e) tank top is just fug!  

      I really love the pants, though.  I think they were well made and perfect for this challenge.  

    • Anonymous

      two words: TIM BURTON

      those pants are beetlejuce meets the nightmare before Christmas, they’re awesome and graphic, but the top is utter shit, I hate his aesthetic

    • Anonymous

      It was pointed out before, but the very high waist line was just too much. The best part about the high waist, however, was that there would have been even more of that ugly top.

    • Anonymous

      Okay, so they didn’t tell the contestants that they weren’t supposed to make “costumes” for the stilt walkers? I  wasn’t sure (note to self -Do not drink gin on Project Runway night).
      I thought this was a great costume for stilt walking or circus performing. The model was bad, though. That awkward arm waving may have been what put them in the bottom. No, it was that it was a costume.To bad another very unclear challenge.

      • Anonymous

        The styling didn’t help any either. Look at that model’s truly fugly hairstyle.

        • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

          Agreed. The hair styling in this episode was all over the place, and none of them are places that I ever want to go.

      • Toni Mitt

        I agree that model didn’t help much.  Had the jacket been a bit longer, and the model had just walked with her hands on her hips with one dramatic arm swing at the end–the team might have done much better.   I love that the pants had red lining at the bottom! 

    • scottyf

      You know, the more I dissect this episode (the doing of which shows the lack of a life I must have right now), the more I realize that –except for Kimberly and Becky–each team had at least one bitchy, condescending, know-it-all queen. I know I have a particular distaste for queens like Josh, so I try to give him the benefit of the doubt. But the more I view of him the more I realize that, like a bedazzled garment, he has shown mostly bling and very little value in most of his interactions. He seems to be the embodiment of the character Laura was trying to create (but hopefully and thankfully abandoned–at least for one episode): a shallow, vapid fame whore who plays to the camera instead of to the creation of true design.

      It’s a shame. He seems to have a real design aesthetic; he is beautiful without the need of 16 lbs. of bronzer and eyeliner, and he has a quick wit and fun sense of humor. It’s a shame he’s showing us rhinestones instead of his real precious stones.

      • Anonymous

        Well in Josh’s defense I would have to say that he does have a very high skill level in construction. And the  only way you can get there is through hard work and experience. I do think he is shooting himself in the foot with all the “theatre” and bling talk.I bet he ends up getting to show a decoy at any rate.

        • scottyf

          It’s great to hear that from someone of your caliber. I definitely got that sense from his work ethic, and from what you see of his work on tv and in the Soul Brother’s screencaps.

          That’s really what frustrates me about him: there seems to be a genuine, hard-working and talented artist underneath all the heavy make-up, rhinestones and attitude–which, in my experience–are all put on to cover up something else. My years of therapy have me sensing low self-esteem issues.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

            I think you are very correct, here, Scotty.  In my life, I have known some gay men who were very…flamboyant, nelly, “jazz handsy,”  whatever the appropriate term is…And, you know, some, probably most have that affect because they are joyous, funny, exuberant people who love their lives.    But, there are always a few…a few with that Invisible Shoulder Chip, who are really laying it on thick because people put them down in the past for who they are, and sadly, some of that bullying stuck in the shape of self loathing.  Sometimes, Josh’s over-the-top squeals about rhinestones feel like that second group. 

            And, you’re right, it hurts to see that especially in people who clearly could hang their hat on some more positive qualities.  

          • margaret meyers

            But remember the rack he had for the audition?  It was all Rent Boy clothes full of skimpy effects.

        • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

          I don’t disagree, but it seems to me that the “taste” critique is lurking in the wings here for Josh.  One more bedazzler creation, and I think we’re going to hear from the judges about Josh’s level or lack of taste.

      • Anonymous

        I’d add Laura and Anthony Ryan to the list of teams without a bitchy, condescending, know-it-all queen.  I know people seem to dislike Laura, and she’s given reason to do so, but in this last episode at least I thought she seemed very normal and nice.  

        • Anonymous

          I agree with you about Laura. She seemed pretty agreeable, in addition to being thoughtful about her work. I’m looking forward to seeing how she behaves over the next few episodes, because what we saw in this episode was a far cry from what we saw in the first one.

          I just love Anthony Ryan. He comes across as naturally sweet, and  a true southern gentleman. I want to be his friend.

      • Anonymous

        I know Joshua has this really gaudy, flamboyant affect, but I think he has a good heart and I wish he’d let that shine through more. He seemed kind in his dealings with Josh C (the bald guy who went home).

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

          Yeah, I like Josh — he seems like a sweet guy.  I wonder if some of it is him putting on a persona for the show and competition so that if he’s aufed it won’t really be HIM they’re rejecting.  I’ve known a lot of people who did that for things they really wanted; in fact, I did it myself by writing pieces I hated — when publishers hated them too, it wasn’t as personally heartbreaking as if they’d hated something I loved. 

    • Michael Colvin

      See – I think that the fabric used for the pants is rather fantastic. Graphic, and really works on stilts. Seriously – I think that the problems were all above the waist. 

      • shorty j

         exactly. I would wear the crap outta those pants (hell, I could make like 6 pairs out of them since I have a 25″ inseam…). They’re super cute.

      • Anonymous

        I tend to think they should have been less literal with the matador jacket. Becky-Kimberly’s asymmetrical jacket was cool that way–made it more than just a semi-normal outfit with super-long legs.

      • Anonymous

        For me, the real problem was at the waist. When you’ve already got vertically striped pants on freakishly long legs, why do a high waistband that makes the poor girl look as if she’s all legs, with no torso and her head growing out of the top of her pants? To me, only Becky and Kimberly were smart enough to elongate the top to make their model look almost like a normally proportioned, but extremely tall person.

        I couldn’t even really deal with Sporty Clinique’s top; there was hardly enough of it to register.

        • Anonymous

          I TOTALLY agree. And I think it was Nina who actually stated that part if the challenge (in her mind at least) was to get the proportions right for stilt people.

        • Anonymous

          I TOTALLY agree. And I think it was Nina who actually stated that part if the challenge (in her mind at least) was to get the proportions right for stilt people.

    • Anonymous

      That wickety wack pattern is so inyourface (especially when 8 feet high), that it needed a strong counterpart and that red thing didn’t cut it. I agree that had they done a great ringmaster jacket, it could have saved it. As it is, the capelet thingy is really no less costumey than a ringmaster jacket would have been anyway. 

      –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      That wickety wack pattern is so inyourface (especially when 8 feet high), that it needed a strong counterpart and that red thing didn’t cut it. I agree that had they done a great ringmaster jacket, it could have saved it. As it is, the capelet thingy is really no less costumey than a ringmaster jacket would have been anyway. 

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        And it could have been styled to be a lot less costumey.  All they needed was the right shape/proportions.  A fabulous red jacket that came to the models knee would have pulled the balance together.

    • Anonymous

      Julie’s pants are terrific.  I wish that Josh had thought about more about proportion and less about “more” when he made that jacket.  Their model looked short-waisted even at normal height.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

      For sure, a ringmaster cutaway (unadorned preferably) would have stepped up the look considerably. Still a costume of sorts, but honestly, it wasn’t a challenge to mainstream women with gigantism. It was girls on stilts. And given their gait down the runway, I’m surprised someone didn’t style the model with a white streak upside a beehive as an homage to Elsa Lanchester.  

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been wondering what length top would work with these extra-long-legged pants given that the sleeves can’t be extra-long. 

      I’d love to see the team challenge with all the Queens in one team. 

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

      Well see– and I mentioned this in another post– I don’t think that the judges were necessarily looking for couture or off the rack. I think the costumes came out so horribly that they had to EDIT the show to make it seem like “regular clothes” were what they were going for all along, in order to justify the winner. We know the producers are not above that type of thing.
      This could have been cute, but the pants were too high-waisted and the top is a disaster. There are sparkly jesus fish on a  jacket (?) made out of my 11th grade homecoming dress fabric. It’s bad.And Josh? Needs to get over himself.  

      • Anonymous

        Jesus fish. Heh. Didn’t even see that until you mentioned it. 

      • Joe J

        Re: Josh – seriously.  He’s nowhere near as cute as he seems to think he is (IMHO), and he’s DEFINITELY not cute enough to get away with being as obnoxious as he’s been so far.

    • Anonymous

      I’m somehow not that offended by this design.  The high waist is a bit freakish, but in theory, this is what I would imagine a stiltwalker wearing; not a Gucci rip-off.  I think had the waist been lower and if they had added something of more interest rather than a plain red tank, this should have been a strong contender.   I don’t even mind the bling so much.  For everyday clothes, it would be heinous, but again, not so for the person for whom they were designing in this challenge.

    • Anonymous

      The fabric they used for the pants was so loud that it was difficult to see that the construction was good, but anyone can see that the pants were a lot better than that weird, messy top.  I really hated this outfit.  

    • Anonymous

      Ugggggh! This, “let’s design for circus stilt walkers” sucked rotten egg yolks ! What bright, I’m short timing it because I gots me a real job and therefor don’t give a fuck and I’m taking my lunch now and then meeting my girl friend to catch the semi yearly sale at Barney’s, producer thought this one up??? Oh, and yes Ms. Orange Manicured Eye-brows  and Mr. Wrap yourself in this Blanket and call it a day, worked well together all things considered. The ideal was interesting but just couldn’t execute, still I didn’t think they deserved to be in bottom three IMO.

    • Anonymous

      I was so focused on the fabulous pants when this outfit appeared that I failed to take note of the hiddiosity of the top. So I was surprised when they were in the bottom. Josh needs to get over his impulses to (a) hot-glue blingy crap to everything and (b) make all kinds of wacky cuts to his fabric and focus on real issues of design. Julie needs to grow a spine. If she’d had one, she could have nixed that crazy top mess, and they might actually have won.

    • Anonymous

      I thought this wasn’t so bad when I watched the show, but I kind of see it now. I am really not digging the top, and the red lame tank is very ‘superhero’ in a very bad, cheap way. There’s not a lot of actual ‘matador’ either except for the rise of the pants, the face that the color scheme/pant print is vaguely Spanish and the ridiculous red cape. Damn, girl. I thought you was tweakin’ the way you just wouldn’t. stop. waving that thing. Not elegant or cute, just added more craziness to this thing. I still like the pants and the fact that, of all them, they are the only pants to really play on proportion at all with the optical illusion of the print, but…
       
      …I kept wondering, why the hell is everyone just making super long legs on normal clothes? If we’re really trying to bring croquis to life, the body is not like, 4 heads while the legs are 20 heads. To my eyes, it looks like even if Joshulie (or any of the teams, really) had brought the waistline down to the upper thighs it would have made the illusion of a giant human more visually realistic and pleasing, and it still shouldn’t have impeded the movement of the stiltwalker to have the crotch of the pant lowered as long as they weren’t too tight. It drove me insane how uncreative people were. Even Bryce and Fallene could have had a sense of humor and thrown 10-foot knit legwarmers on their ballerina or something, haha. And I kept waiting for someone to ask for 10-foot hair extensions for their models, then inexplicably everyone chose updos which even accentuated the tiny-pinheadedness-atop-giant-machine-legs thing even more. Argh.

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        I agree.  I was expecting people to run with the “fashion model only crazy stretched” idea … but that would have required them to lower waists, put on drapy sleeves, and so on.   Only the bright red ensemble made any effort to do that.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

          I thought surely one team would have formed a pair of reallllllly tall lobster claw boots over the stilts… . 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

      Does anyone else wish Josh would give Julie’s eyebrows a makeover? She looks angry all the time! 
      I really liked the pants and they missed an opportunity with the jacket. Julie should have been more assertive with him. I know there’s editing, but did anybody even mention scale? This challenge was horrible. The team aspect was the only interesting thing about it. I guess that was pretty entertaining though.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

        I’m afraid that in Josh’s hands, she’d come out looking like Joan Crawford.

        • Anonymous

          Ha! And/or with rhinestones glued into her eyebrows.

    • Anonymous

      One thing that really struck me was that Julie had a suggestion for a coat that Josh struck down. To make the coat more kimono-like with long sleeves. I thought “that makes sense since a a young woman’s kimono would have insanely long sleeves and it would counter balance the legs”.

      I was shocked that Josh killed that idea since the objective was to go for editorial and dramatic.And true Kimono sleeves would have flowed beautifully on the runway

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

        Oh man, and the material they used for the pants would have just as well made a stunning kimono. 
        Hrm. Stick a pin in Julie and see if she actually acts on these good instincts in the future, or quashes them out of uncertainty. 

    • Anonymous

      Put your arm down girl!
      Oh gosh, those bedazzled Christian fish! So bad…

    • Anonymous

      I think this team had some of the funniest lines of the episode.  Like when they agreed that Julie was the man and Clinique was the woman on the team.  And when Julie asked Clinique to go on his own to give the makeup instructions, because he undoubtedly knew more about makeup than she did–and Clinique readily agreed.  Rather than raging at each other about their differences, they had a sense of humor about it.  

      • Anonymous

        I LOVED that bit of interaction between them.  they both seemed to totally get the essential absurdity of their pairing and managed to find ways to laugh about it.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, that was really funny.

      • Christy Moravitz

        I would agree, but I kind of felt like Clinique was continually angling for sound bites. It seems like he’s determined to be a “personality” on the show :(

      • Anonymous

        I agree! I thought their interactions were fun, and that they worked surprisingly well as a team. Yes, this was party due to the fact that Julie capitulated to everything Joshua wanted, but I don’t think he was a dick about it. He is a strong personality (and yes, perhaps a bit forced and flamboyant for TV purposes), but I thought he treated Julie with respect while joking with her, so I’m surprised to see so many people here thought he treated her horribly. She didn’t seem traumatized or upset at all at the end of their pairing, and you can’t exactly claim you got steamrolled when you just said “yes, ok” every step of the way like Julie did. It wasn’t a Bryce-Fallene situation, where Fallene really did try to be heard.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2FXYZIJCBOTXXYBFGMESVTCVWM bradybutkus

      I agree with what you guys are saying and have 1 question:  What is with the one armed jackets?  Who is this girl and where is she going, indeed…

      • Anonymous

        It was a cape over one shoulder. Rather “Three Muskeeters” if you will. Still wish the cape was a bit longer and some of the frippery was left off, but it was the winner IMO.

        • Anonymous

          It was supposed to be a matador’s cape. But instead it turned out a Wilma cape. If they’s gone big with the cape, maybe it’d have worked.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1614391672 Archer Parr

      I’m pretty sure the jacket was Julie’s contribution and that Josh did the pants (and the ugly bedazzling on the jacket).  Remember all of Josh’s bitching and moaning about how long Julie was taking to complete the jacket? 

      • Anonymous

        That’s how I remembered it, too.  Although I admit, I didn’t watch it as many times as TLo (and thanks to them for doing it so we don’t have to).

      • Anonymous

        That’s how I remembered it, too.  Although I admit, I didn’t watch it as many times as TLo (and thanks to them for doing it so we don’t have to).

      • Anonymous

        He did carry on the bitch in heat about how long it took her ta make the jacket so yes, the jacket consruction was primarily hers but I think the basic design and, of course, all the drag queen bedazzlement was his. 

      • Anonymous

        I watched it twice (once that night, once on my lunch break here at work because I wanted to see it again) and you are right. I also loved that Josh actually put the stilts on to show Tim the pants and how they looked. I thought that was not only brave of him, but that it gave him their perspective. Quite like the director who takes an ensemble role in the local theatre or the grocery store manager to comes out to bag groceries every now and then to put themselves in their shoes for a while.

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

          I’m pretty sure he wasn’t on stilts, he was just standing on a table.  Still, it did really show how awesome the pants were going to be.

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

      Oh, one more thing. I don’t understand why they (and some other designers too) put so much detail at the shoulders but NOTHING in the bottom 1/3 to 1/2 of the outfit. I’m wondering how much detail the audience could even see from their seats. 

      • Anonymous

        I may be cracked out, but didn’t Becky and her partner do pants with studs or some other sort of embellishment on the hem of them?  It seemed like that was going on.

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

          Exactly. They were the only ones to do it, and that may be why they were my favorite. :)

    • narita_rayna

      the fit of the pants was alright.  but that print! it hurts my eyes to look at it.  plus the proportion makes her top half look comically tiny.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Waddell/10401341 Heather Waddell

      I have no argument that they should have been in the top, but they certainly deserved to be in the middle over that ghastly, mismatched, badly fitted POS that Olivieriiii and Miss T/T threw down the runway.

      • Anonymous

        I barely remember what those two made.
         

    • Martha Anderson

      I think the zig zag fabrid would have been a disaster if the pants were poorly made

      but they looked great and in a large setting like this outdoor venue with clunky stilt walkers , they totally fit.

      then that RED jacket thing.

      if it had been black with some red UNDERSTATED froofroo it might have elevated.  My eyes went to the Sparklies and I was like, snicker

      and yes all the lurching and arm waving of ALL the models

      what the hell??

    • Anonymous

      I had to smile when, after bedazzling bejesus out of that jacket, Josh then turns up for the judging with all that bling on his jacket lapel. He was definitely correct when he said his motto was to add more. 

    • Anonymous

      I never understood the hate heaped upon this entry.  I thought the pants were kinda cool…. but the top was not so hot.  And once again, I agree with everything you said!!

    • Anonymous

      Honestly, before they got to the runway, I thought the challenge required costume. “Go big” and all that. Miss Clinique Counter totally won my heart when he made that remark in the lounge about costume versus ready-to-wear.

      What I hated about this look was the proportions. With stilt-length legs and those bright pants, the upper body looked dwarfish. If the cape had been proportionately longer, and if the shirt had come to the hips (or the pants had not been high-waisted), I think this look might’ve been really fun.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I enjoyed watching this team in the workroom so much. Plus I was surprised at how Josh’s observant comment he made in the back room during judging regarding the top three looks and the bottom three looks. He really did notice what the judges did but I wonder if he will learn a lesson from it, that maybe more is not more.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I thought their look was a lot of fun. And isn’t fun what you should be going for when you’re dressing a woman on stilts? I do NOT understand the rationale of the judging on this episode.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I thought their look was a lot of fun. And isn’t fun what you should be going for when you’re dressing a woman on stilts? I do NOT understand the rationale of the judging on this episode.

    • Anonymous

      Josh and Julie’s was my favorite. I couldn’t believe they dissed this one. Sorry, but it was clearly the winner in my eyes.

    • Amy Graham

      Can we talk about how scary, freaky and physically repulsive these stilt models were??? My God the lurching on stilts down the runway made everything look awful. Dumbest challenge EVER!

      • Anonymous

        Yes, but you know what else creeped me out? The music! It made the whole stiltwalking thing even more macabre. I also wasn’t too wild about those crazy, hideous shoes they all wore. I usually watch each episodes two or three times just to make sure I catch everything. But, with this one, I barely paid attention to it on my first viewing. I was so aghast that I paid more attention to comments coming from various chats and did some online shopping.

        • Anonymous

          shoes? They aren’t wearing shoes–that’s the bottom of the stilts.

          • Anonymous

            My bad! My eyes spied large, flat, black shoe-like fixtures at the bottom of the stilts. The whole thing still just creeps me out and has given me the heebie-jeebies.

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t say they were physically repulsive. I don’t know, I just wasn’t at all freaked out by the lurching. And they have all my admiration for getting on those things in the first place.

    • Anonymous

      I thought that they made a great team, Josh’s pandering to the camera notwithstanding. The outfit, however, was reminiscent of the atrocity another great team (Anthony and Seth Aaron) put together. Sometimes great teams don’t always put together great fashion. But I loved those pants.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, this was a disaster of a team in the making but they actually pulled it together (sort of) to push through and leave the real sniveling drama to Old Bitch/Young Bitch (Bert & Vicktor).  But seriously, i feel for you guys this week because no matter you you slice, dice, rehash and examine this challenge it is still apparent:  WORST. CHALLENGE. EVER.  Totally without any redeeming fashion merit and comletely nonsensical.  I vote you just post all the rest in one lump and label it “shit on stilts” and call it a week.

    • Anonymous

      The tank top is awful.  But I actually liked the capelet–I felt like if it had been longer and fuller (think a half-version of the Phantom of the Opera’s cape, for instance), it really would have worked.  The fact that it was so dinky made the proportions off.

      Hubby and I thought that this type of thing was what the judges would be looking for–apparently we forgot to smoke any crack before watching. :)

      • Anonymous

        In fact, I thought they were gonna win based on the edit. Team get along happily versus team I hate your guts and team meltdown.

      • Anonymous

        Next time you’ll know. “It’s ten o’crack. Time for Project Runway.”

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

      Loved those elongating pants! I liked the red detail. I assumed that Miss Clinique added the detail, but I’m not sure.
      Short matador jacket really put a Beetlejuice effect up there: legs and bitty head, but at least you couldn’t notice the bedazzled Jesus fish from that far away.
      If they had made a longish black tunic top (almost a dress), it would have made for better proportions and be ready-to-wearish.

      • Anonymous

        Bedazzled Jesus Fish will be the name of my next band.

      • Anonymous

        Bedazzled Jesus fish — bless you. That is it!

    • Anonymous

      Yay! I was surprised at the comments here last week about how ghastly these pants were. I didn’t think they were bad at all. In fact, I think they’re pretty cool. Too bad the judges wanted haute couture for stilt-walkers.

    • spooki C

      The pants seemed like the perfect thing to wear over stilts… but the judges only wanted runway knock offs with 5 feet of extra fabric.

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

      The top needed to be in a scale to match the pants. Then it would have been great (well, maybe it needed a bit more class, too). But the top was just a little red blob up there with a head coming out of it–and an arm, of course. Disappointing because it seemed a great idea.

    • MilaXX

      The judges seemed to hate this look. I kinda. Like look. Sure the top is shiny and the cape thing is just hideous, but I thought those pants fit the challenge perfectly. Swap the cape for a cute bolero jecket & it would have been a contender in my book. Also if the show wants to use stilt walkers as models, they need to get Cirque de Soliel or someone like that who can make stilt walking look graceful. Then if you want to require the clothes to be ready to wear it will make sense.

    • Anonymous

      The pants were fabulous and seemed to make the most sense for the challenge.. I thought Julie did the cape, though. Guess I’m remembering wrong. 

      But, honestly, I think this season so far the judges are responding more to whether the model looks attractive than to anything else. The semi-cape and the styling (including the wristlet) didn’t flatter that girl at all. These designers are going to have to start thinking about what will look good on their specific model.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      still not too big of a fan of the pants, but i’m coming around to them. that shiny red fabric on the top needs to go, though. hell, if they had dropped the waist on the pants by 6 inches or so and made the top out of a matte black fabric to show off the jacket? probably would’ve scored much higher. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m not going to tune into the actual show until I stop being terrified of the photo you guys post from each episode. Thank you for sparing me the trauma, TLo.

    • Anonymous

      I cannot understand the love for those pants.  The full straight leg and the fabric would be good – but from the hips (I guess since there is NO SHAPE or FIT) up to her boobs (was it very cold?) it was hideous.  Just awful to my eyes

    • Anonymous

      Sometimes don’t you miss Santino yelling at the judges?  Why doesn’t anyone yell at the judges?  They deserve it more now too, because they’ve been smoking crack a lot longer.

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

        Oh yeah!  I’ve been saying all season I want to try out next year, and I promise you I will get snippy with the judges if they’re being totally ridiculous

        • Anonymous

          We’ll be ready and waiting for the sniping. And good luck.

    • Anonymous

      I really like Julie as a person and hope we get to see her in a challenge that best suits her style before she’s auf’d (I don’t see her lasting much longer).

    • Anonymous

      I really like Julie as a person and hope we get to see her in a challenge that best suits her style before she’s auf’d (I don’t see her lasting much longer).

    • Anonymous

      I’m with the chorus about the Bedazzler, the high waist pants and the one arm cape thing. Besides the taste issue, what MCC and Dog Blankets got terribly wrong were the proportions. The crotch on the pants should have been near the model’s knees, covered  with a jacket down to mid-thigh. High waisted is just totally the wrong way to go.

      Oh well, at least MCC didn’t borrow any gold net from Bert and Ernie Viktor.

      • Anonymous

        If it had been allowed I’ll bet MCC would’ve borrowed a couple of yards of gold net and trimmed that cape within an inch of its life.

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

        If the crotch was at the stilt walkers knees then she couldn’t have walked. think about it.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with the chorus about the Bedazzler, the high waist pants and the one arm cape thing. Besides the taste issue, what MCC and Dog Blankets got terribly wrong were the proportions. The crotch on the pants should have been near the model’s knees, covered  with a jacket down to mid-thigh. High waisted is just totally the wrong way to go.

      Oh well, at least MCC didn’t borrow any gold net from Bert and Ernie Viktor.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I thought Josh did the pants and Julie did the top! (I have no idea why; all I remember is Josh standing on the table to demonstrate the pants in motion, and Anthony Ryan loving Josh’s zig-zag pants. I think I just didn’t pay attention to their assignments after that.) 

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

        That’s what I remember too….

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree, TLo.  There were lots of folks talking about how awful those pants were, but I thought they were pretty cool.  Would I want to go out in public wearing a stubby version of those pants?  No.  But these weren’t made for a stubby person, they were made for a freak show, and I thought they looked pretty terrific.  It was the action up top that was awful, and having their model wave her arm around while stumbling and lurching down the runway was a really dumb idea.  It only drew attention to how bad the odd fit and bedazzling really were.  Had they put out a fitted jacket, even if it was bedazzled within an inch of its life, it would have been pretty awesome.  

    • Anonymous

      I liked this look, too. Would have preferred a longer line on the torso, but in general, I think they had the right idea. You are so correct about how they worked together. I didn’t think about it all that much at the time. Julie was very smart to leave it to Miss Thing and keep her head down and work.

    • Anonymous

      Tacky as anything else Joshua has put forward so far, but I was surprised they were in the bottom.  The one interesting element of this outfit was the way the jagged pattern exaggerated the ripple effect when she walked– er, lurched.  

    • Anonymous

      Of all the entries, these pants were the only ones that to me, at least, seemed to make some sort of sense for dressing 10 foot tall circus women on stilts. The top is kinda weird, but I see where Eyebrow Boy was going with it; the bedazzling does look like the trim you see on matador jackets. If he had gone for a slightly more literal interpretation instead of that weird hole in the middle, I probably would have liked it better.But  I think Mr. Prissy has some major Taste Issues.  Honestly, I found the stilt walking — outside of the context of a circus performance — so grotesque and clumsy that I don’t think it made any difference what they were wearing. It was all different degrees of icky. And I’ve decided I hate team challenges. I don’t care what these people can produce with someone else, I’m interested in seeing their individual styles. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      I really liked the pants. I thought they were striking. But the “show” of the arm waving + the top sealed their bottom 3 spot.  These two getting along was wonderful to watch. They were funny enough about each other to get camera time, but not mean enough to provoke any upset feelings.

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

      Okay, I’m a bit confused here.  Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I thought Josh made the pants, and Julie made the jacket/cape thing, then Josh glued the shiny crap on at the very end despite her reluctance?  

    • vmcdanie

      I feel like every comment I make on here is, “YOU too? I wondered if it was me…” So, yeah I liked the pants. The top was kind of a mess but once again, I understood what the judges wanted as well as most of the contestants.

      Julie, though. That chick is my role model. All class, that chick.

      (Julie, please don’t morph into Gretchen or Ivy mid-season and make me regret that comment.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      The high waist on the pants ruins them for this look. If they had had a low-slung waistline the look would been a lot more effective.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      I think Josh made the pants and Julie made the cape thingy.  Josh just added his bling to it after she made it.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      I think Josh made the pants and Julie made the cape thingy.  Josh just added his bling to it after she made it.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      I think Josh made the pants and Julie made the cape thingy.  Josh just added his bling to it after she made it.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      I think Josh made the pants and Julie made the cape thingy.  Josh just added his bling to it after she made it.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      I think Josh made the pants and Julie made the cape thingy.  Josh just added his bling to it after she made it.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      I think Josh made the pants and Julie made the cape thingy.  Josh just added his bling to it after she made it.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      I think Josh made the pants and Julie made the cape thingy.  Josh just added his bling to it after she made it.

    • Adella Thompson

      Agreed a hundred times over. I really like the pants, but that Kmart-superhero-Halloween-costume up top plus that flailing model… blech. I really hope we get a challenge that lets Julie show her obvious talents. I’d like to see what she can do when she’s in her element

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I thought the pants were kinda fabulous, but when the judges didn’t even mention them I thought that maybe I was mistaken. Glad TLo kinda liked them too!

    • Annie Leung

      I spent most of this episode begging for Chris March to pop up and show them how it’s done. Hope this week’s challenge is better! I do like the pants on this look though.

    • Annie Leung

      I spent most of this episode begging for Chris March to pop up and show them how it’s done. Hope this week’s challenge is better! I do like the pants on this look though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000488404 Gregory A Tapper

      is it just me or does Julie remind you of an Amy Poehler character, specifically Amber the one legged girl? it can’t be just me right?

    • Anonymous

      I’m on Team Julie.  Who’s with me?

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

        me, almost unbelievably.

        i didnt like her portfolio but after watching what she does & thinking more intricately about it, i’ve begun to believe that she is, at least, one of the most original people theyve had on the show. her work looks like nobody else’s &, while i cant say it’s my aesthetic, it’s certainly hers, she isnt copying it from elsewhere. & thats a big deal now, & not just on project runway.

        • Anonymous

          Speaking of portfolios, Josh’s previous work is mostly pictures of himself (or someone made up to look like him…the male version) wearing bedazzled or embellished tank tops and tight underwear.  No real design or creativity there.

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

            is he the one in the less than full-filling underpants?

            • Anonymous

              Yes! I had forgotten about that until  now. He also took off his shirt during his audition. He’s kind of ridiculous, but I just can’t hate him.

    • Anonymous

      I think the major problem is the proportion of the various elements: the proportion of the pants is wrong, the proportion of the jacket is wrong, and the proportion of the sleeve/cape is wrong. The Bedazzling and the shiny tank top underneath are also problematic, but the proportions are what kill it for me. That pattern on the pants is striking and well suited to what they thought the challenge was about.

      As for Josh and Julie as a team, although there was a fair amount of commentary from Josh, they actually worked together quite well and had an interesting dynamic. Despite their completely different personalities and design aesthetics, they seem to have merged and met toward, if not in, the middle. The overall look seems far more Josh than Julie, but the idea itself was hers, and the basic outline of the design seems to have been hers.

    • Anonymous

      Loved those pants! Loved them. If only Josh could’ve reined in his natural inclination toward crap, this coulda been a contendah. I thought they worked very well together given the polar opposite aesthetics involved. Well done!

    • sonictofu

      At least they did SOMETHING with the proportions – they exaggerated the long legs with the high waisted paints and vertical-ish stripes.  It was a bold choice, and I hope they keep risk-taking.  After someone said “beetlejuice”, though, I couldn’t not see it.

    • C S

      I feel for the ‘costume’ designers in this challenge.  If PR didn’t want costume referenced inspirations make that clear and tell the designers then to play with porportion or … whatever the point was supposed to be. I hate winners being awarded for intuition, mind-reading or plain dumb luck vs. having clear parameters to work in from the get-go.  

      When I saw it was a stilt challenge my first thoughts went to Heidi’s Robot/Alien Halloween costume and I even thought ‘the idea for this challenge must have come from that’.  Honestly, costumes would have been fun for this challenge aired around Halloween time.  Programming fail, PR. 

      As for this look, I agree the waist needed to be lowered.  Also I think a HUGE sweeping cape would have been dramatic. This one is just too small to even tell it was a cape. I was sad everyone chose these loong legged looks and no one made a tunic, trenchcoat or long flowing blouse, etc. 

      • Anonymous

        An exaggerated trench coat would have been really fun.

    • Geno Boggiatto

      “Dog Blankets at the Clinique Counter” may be the best article title you’ve ever come up with.

    • Anonymous

      Any one of The Great Wallendas would have worked that top to filth. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care–I thought the pants were FIERCE and the left side of the jacket/cape/vest thingie had great potential before it got bedazzled.  I had such high hopes for this one.

    • Anonymous

      I love the fabric for the pants up close but they are just way to op-arty in any shot that shows the whole of them. And I agree with those that say this doesn’t read matador at all. And the shiny top is not working.

      • Anonymous

        The shiny top is working great for me. Because I am a perv.

    • http://twitter.com/Snickleboom Snickleboom

      All I can think about some of the outfits is how much better they’d look on normal, human bodies instead of dressing giraffes for no apparent reason.

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t agree more with your assessment, guys. 

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t agree more with your assessment, guys. 

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t agree more with your assessment, guys. 

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

      I think the cape portion should have been so much BIGGER — if you’re going to make a costume for stilts, go all the way crazy!

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

      And I would have made them even higher waisted!  Go all the way up to the level of an empire seam — if they want me to work with stiltwalkers cracked out proportions then I’d go way further… everyone seemed to be thinking too much about real clothes and flattering silhouettes and proportions.  Screw that!  Challenges like this are never going to be pretty but they can make a statement. 

      Don’t believe me?  Imagine what McQueen could have done with stilts… see?

    • Toto Maya

      Yeah, this was my favorite look. Yes, it was tacky, but I thought that that’s what they were going for in the competition. It’s not perfect, but to me it was the most fun and took the most advantage of the stilts, rather than simply covering them up or making an outfit that you could cut at the knees and stick in a department store. I was sad that it was in the bottom 3.

    • http://www.facebook.com/KaticusDramaticus David M Katzin

      Ready to wear… Stilts…. Ready to wear… Stilts…
      What made the judges think that the designers would hear phrases like “stiltwalkers” and “Paris couture” and come up with ready to wear? I don’t recall Tim saying at any point that the goal of this challenge was to create ready to wear. Also, I’m growing increasingly concerned that the judges are more frequently applauding what’s “on trend.” They’re looking for the NEXT great American designer, not the current one.

      Those pants were pretty fierce and I bet if you lost the capelet and employed some self-editing, the top could have been decent as well. 

    • http://twitter.com/Noacat Schumpert McGee

      Frankly, I feel that if they took that one sleeve to eleven, instead of four, it would have made the proportion much better. 

    • Anonymous

      I loved Nina’s comment that this “made her legs look really long”. BECAUSE SHE’S WEARING STILTS, YOU MORON. What a cockamamie challenge this was. I would have given this the win, since it embraced the stilt aesthetic best (whatever the hell that is). 

    • Anonymous

      THOSE pants?! Someone is drunk blogging

    • Anonymous

      THOSE pants?! Someone is drunk blogging

    • Anonymous

      I’m with TLo on this.  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the rick-rack fabric.

      Put your arm down.   That high up, you need longer sleeves for waving about.

    • Anonymous

      I was pretty shocked when this was in the Bottom 3, but it was clearly an above-the-waist decision.  Those pants are not only extremely well-constructed, the patterned fabric wholly embraced the humor of the challenge.  Miss MAC (sorry, she’s not a Clinique to me) needed to retract her claws and make something deserving of being paired with those fierce pants!

    • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

      Pants-drama aside, is the undershirt really made from bright red stretch lame? That fabric just shouldn’t… exist. Not outside of children’s swim or dancewear, anyway.

    • Anonymous

      Call me crazy, but I actually thought this could win…til I realized that costume was the dirty word of the day. I thought it was an extremely eye-catching, creative response to this crack challenge, even if the legs look like they come up to her neck. The cape should have been longer, much longer, to create a better proportion. And I think the beadazzler embellishments are cool in this case. I’ve always wondered why judges are so harsh on embellishments, seems like it has been that way throughout the years.

    • Damien Washington

      Separated at birth: Lady Toro’s constant cape-flips, and Vincent’s sister constantly throwing that limp orange scarf over her shoulder while walking Robert’s losing garment in the Everyday Woman challenge.

    • Gigi Louis

      I thought those pants were freaking awesome (provided you are a 10 ft. tall woman, of course)!  They could have been contenders if they’d made a more fitted jacket without a bunch of unnecessary crap on it.

    • Gigi Louis

      I thought those pants were freaking awesome (provided you are a 10 ft. tall woman, of course)!  They could have been contenders if they’d made a more fitted jacket without a bunch of unnecessary crap on it.

    • oohsparkley!

      Add me to the group liking the pants, at least on a stilt walker.  If they had made the cape longer, bigger, more in proportion, that might have worked better.   I think the zig zag fabric was great as a stilt-walker costume, and the same design on a smaller scale, for a Mondo-esque model-size person.

      • Anonymous

        I agree completely about the proportion of the cape. It struck me the moment she came out and kept raising her arm, which only drew more attention to how small and skimpy the cape looked, like a little souvenir flag. The whole top was ugly and ill-fitting, but a longer, flowy cape might have been a distraction. 
        Not to mention that this stilt-walker was the WORST model. Really – Keep your arm down, girl.

    • Anonymous

      The proportions is what threw me off, wich was the problem with this challenge : bottom way to long and top way to short. Some entries didn’t have that problem.
      The print also disturbed me. I found it weird.
      the top was sadly shiny under a too sparkly capelet.
      The ensemble was just bizarre and didn’t deserve all the egotistical analysis of Joshua. I did agree with him with his comment about RTW and costume, still, as for Bert and wassisname, his entry is only worthy of a “coul have been”.
      Could have been a dramatic outfit with the appropriate top.
      Could have been worthy of good review if it didn’t have been so tacky.
      I mean, Seth Aaron went down the costume alley a lot of time but each time it was well tailored, well designed, elegant outfit that represented its aesthetic. He didn’t compromised with himself, even in team challenge. He adapted the challenge to his aesthetic, incorporated it in the team challenge and produced most of my favourite entries in the whole history of PR.
      Joshua can certainly adapt (he showed so last week), but he is so much in love with himself that he cannot see behind his own reflection in the mirror. He will remain in his spectrum of “more is not enough”.
       

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      Just shows what I know.  I thought this one was going to be in the top three, on the strength of those pants, alone.

    • Anonymous

      With you all the way (busy week, just DVRd the episode so just now commenting).  I REALLY liked these pants – they got into the spirit of the proceedings and were bold and fun.  Unlike most of the designs these pants worked BECAUSE the model was on stilts, which was, uh sorry, SHOULD HAVE BEEN the challenge.  The top, however, was un disastre.  Something chic and black on top and that coulda been a contender…

    • Anonymous

      I KNEW these trousers looked familiar. It took a few days, but then I remembered:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6cLbk9k8BI
      Watch what happens at 01:45, and enjoy the incomparable Fred Astaire’s homage to the magnificent Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. And there’s plenty of pretty to look at, as well.

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

      I loved the fabric of the pants and thought it would also make a great little shift dress.  The top and jacket just killed the look.  As did the model swinging her arm around, but I remember Josh mentioning that at the beginning, so I’m sure he directed her to do that.