PR: Droat you up in my love

Posted on August 19, 2011

Aw, poor little Julie Dogblankets. We enjoyed her quirky ways, if not her tendency to wear pajamas during the day.

Who didn’t see the loser edit coming from the beginning? Of all the designers, she’s probably the least likely to get a challenge like this right just because her aesthetic is so far away from anything Nina would ever let touch her skin.

Although the sudden and unexpected Love Connection had us momentarily wondering if she’d be kept in just for that little storyline.

Oh, don’t even try to tell us you weren’t thinking the same thing about these two.

But let’s face it: she hasn’t produced a decent look yet and this episode revealed the dreaded inability to manage her time effectively (coupled with an implied limited skill set). The writing was on the wall and let’s be blunt about it: she’s one of the ones you know the second you look at her she’s not going to make it past the midway point of the competition. Runway chaff.


But we sat up a little in our seats when this came out. Not “good,” so much as a lot more interesting than we would have thought.

Although that asymmetrical hem is giving us eye-twitches.

But let’s get this out of the way first: this is totally NOT Nina. Julie has presumably watched Project Runway a decent number of times and honestly, anyone with the slightest interest in fashion can figure out her personal style in only a few viewings. Nina is extremely consistent about her look and there’s no instance we can imagine where she’d ever wear something like this.

But you could say the same thing about a lot of the looks on that runway (including one of the Top 3), so “not getting Nina’s style” obviously isn’t an auf’able offense on its own.


Although we’d argue this thing was so off-base; from the concept (When has Nina ever worn a coat dress?) to the colors, to the fabric choices, to the patchwork quality; that Julie was looking at an auf even before they got to critiquing her execution.


This thing was utterly shapeless and drab and the 3/4 length sleeves are what pushed it into housecoat territory.

And the collar was bizarre and ugly.

There’s a reason the judging panel seemed confused as to whether this was a coat or dress. Yes, they’ve all seen coat dresses before but this was a coat dress rendered in a heavy material that looked more suited for outerwear.


But we’ll give the girl credit; this wasn’t Nina and it wasn’t well made, but it was quite a bit sharper than anything we expected from her. With some kickass execution and some slightly different aesthetic choices, this could actually be a pretty sharp coat.

But unfortunately for Dogblankets, this wasn’t the “make a sharp coat” challenge. She seems very likeable and laid back, and for all we know she’s a major talent, but it was obvious from the get-go she wasn’t made for this competition.

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

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

    • scottyf

      T & Lo said…
      “Oh, don’t even try to tell us you weren’t thinking the same thing about these two.”

      Are you kidding? I was all ready to invite them up to the cabin with Bert and Me. As long as they promised to keep it down in the spare bedroom…

      …and pay for half the gas.

      • Anonymous

        I was half expecting them to be all screw this challenge and walk off into the Manhattan sunset together.

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

          But then, THEN- not even a hug or anything on the runway or greenroom. Cold, Cecilia, cold.

          • Anonymous

            It’s funny you should even mention the fact that Cecelia didn’t hug her because I’ve noticed that in every episode so far, she’s been the first designer to get up and hug the aufee. Yep, you’re right, cold-blooded.

          • Anonymous

            It’s funny you should even mention the fact that Cecelia didn’t hug her because I’ve noticed that in every episode so far, she’s been the first designer to get up and hug the aufee. Yep, you’re right, cold-blooded.

            • margaret meyers

              She liked Julie.  Maybe she was too sad to hug her.

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

              I like to imagine, foolish as it may seem, that they still Skype all the time over very dark coffee.

          • Anonymous

            She might have hugged her in the greenroom. It skips from Julie walking into the greenroom to Julie sitting on the couch, so anyone hugging her in the greenroom (aside from Tim when she went up to the workroom to clean up) was edited out.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, but did you see the look of anguish Cecilia shot over to Julie when Cecilia was told she was safe? She looked positively stricken. I felt worse for her than I did for Julie. 

            • Anonymous

              I didn’t and she should be ashamed of her half-assed desire to be there. Many would love to be in her ungrateful shoes.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

        Now *that* would be a first in Project Runway history.  What would you even call it–a sis-mance?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arjay-Gallo/1336876862 Arjay Gallo

          Well, if you want to be rude about it, it’d be a ho-mance, in the “bros before hos” vein. But I think “producer and editing manipulated lesbian lovers” works out just as well XD

    • Anonymous

      yup. she was doomed as a contestant especially when Heidi commented on the quality of her output in the past episodes

      • margaret meyers

        The moment Heidi said ‘we haven’t seen a good garment out of her yet,’ you knew it. 

    • Anonymous

      I love coats and I thought the grey/orange/taupe was pretty on trend — if not Nina-worthy.  Outside of execution and the inexcusable collar — I thought it was okay.

      Then again, I thought shiny shiny was going to put Kimberley in the bottom.

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

        On trend definitely.  But I’ve been watching since season 2, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nina in orange.  (Probably a good call on her part: it tends to be hard to wear, and even those who can pull it off require specific light)  Gray and taupe would work, but not with all the other problems with it.

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

        On trend definitely.  But I’ve been watching since season 2, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nina in orange.  (Probably a good call on her part: it tends to be hard to wear, and even those who can pull it off require specific light)  Gray and taupe would work, but not with all the other problems with it.

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t hate it and I too thought that gold fabric looked atrocious

    • Anonymous

      The skirt and the asymmetrical hem were interesting, but the bodice and the collar are just completely ugly.  Is there any closure on the front of the coat or is it only the belt holding it closed?

      • Anonymous

        I’m not even sure that “asymmetrical hem” was intentional.  Just looks like bad sewing to me!  And agree that there doesn’t appear to be any other closure.  Would make for a difficult work day trying to keep your dress from flashing the co-workers!

      • http://twitter.com/zbird17 Sheri Z

        I read an interview with Julie where she mentioned that she left her buttons at Mood, which could explain a lot of the problems she encountered here.  Funny that the editors left that bit out, huh?

        • Anonymous

          Really? That would make a big difference in how the coatdress looked. How do you end up leaving BUTTONS behind?

          • http://twitter.com/zbird17 Sheri Z

            Here is the link to the interview.  She clearly states that she left the buttons at Mood: http://www.realitywanted.com/newsitem/4616-project-runway-season-9-conference-call-with-julie-tierney

          • http://twitter.com/zbird17 Sheri Z

            Okay, I guess the link was not allowed.  So just google Julie Tierney and about the fourth hit has a pic of her wearing (I think…trying to remember) a red top.  That’s where I read the interview.

            ETA: The site was called Reality Wanted

    • Anonymous

      this wasnt *that* bad. laura and bryce both made worse outfits.
      but its hard to get too worked up about an auf’ing of a contestant who clearly wasnt going to make it that far anyway.

      • Anonymous

        Yes!
        How was Bryce not in the bottom three with that crazy-ass dress hem on a boring-ass dress?

        • Anonymous

          Agreed! Boring, poorly made and too short.

    • Anonymous

      When this came out I thought that it was simply okay. Definitely not for Nina and not altogether horrible but certainly not good either. But I definitely thought it was a coat because with the length of everything and the collar, it seems like there should be a cocktail dress underneath.

    • Maria Rosenfire

      It looks to me a bit like one of those synthetic fabric jackets that athletes wear, but extended to knee length. I think it’s the combination of fabric choice and color choice that does it.

      Ah,it’s lovely to have a bit of TLo after spending an hour getting a possum out of my living room. Play dead when they’re scared, my ass.

      • Anonymous

        Let’s hear more about this possum.  Is that code, or did you really have a possum?

      • Anonymous

        I’ve only ever seen one play dead, and it was a youngster.  The one I had to let out of a trap two weeks ago (I was trying to trap a naughty kitty) went straight to growling mode, no playacting, no hissing, just straight to full on “I am going to savage you bare feet with my needle-sharp teeth.”  You have my sympathies.  The kitty walked in through an open door two nights later…

        • http://twitter.com/CheriCPat Cheri Patrick

          There are TWO people who read TLo who can casually discuss possum catching?  Really? 

          Oh, and what happened to the opossum spelling?  Is that gone now?

          • Anonymous

            Apparently I had an opossum, not a possum, because the former live in the Western Hemisphere and the latter live mostly in Australia. I must admit that I wasn’t overly concerned with terminology when it had set up camp in the corner of my living room.

      • Anonymous

        Possum?  Excuse me?
        More please,…

      • Maria Rosenfire

        @badmomintx:disqus : No one expects it, but they’re vicious little bastards. I put on my brother’s sh**-kicking boots and a pair of sturdy jeans before I dealt with him, because I didn’t want to spend my day at the hospital getting a rabies vaccination.

        So, the story:
        Yes, it was a real possum, not a metaphorical one (much to my dismay). We think it got inside because our dogs sometimes manage to open the door by jumping on it, and the possum came in when they went out.

        So anyway, I was happily asleep in my bed around 10:30 when the guy who was scheduled to deep-clean our carpet (an appointment about which I was unaware, hence the sleeping) came upstairs and started pounding on my door. I put my pants on and answer it, and he tells me that there’s a possum in the living room and promptly flees.

        So I call animal control and ask them what the hell I’m supposed to do with it. They say, “Oh, it will be so scared that it will just play dead, and you can pick it up and carry it outside with a snow shovel.”

        “Alright,” I say, “I’ll go do that.”

        The carpet shampooing guy has made sort of a barrier around it in a corner (this barrier is made of detritus he found in my living room, and includes some of my dirty laundry and a large number of coat hangers), so I scrape all of that out of the way with a shovel and make to pick him up. But he kind of squirms off the shovel and retreats to his corner, looking uncooperative and bitey.

        So I go and find a laundry basket with a lid, shovel him into it, and slam the lid on the box, then shove that out the door and pry the lid off from as far away as possible, then retreat back into the house. He appears to have left the box and wandered off to greener pastures, where I devoutly hope that he will remain, far from the comfort of my living room.

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

          Well, they will play dead but only under certain circumstances — certainly not every time they’re scared or threatened.  It could have been worse, though; it could have been a raccoon.  Those things are not only vicious but ridiculously smart.

        • Anonymous

          Wow. Talk about Sidebar from the original post.

          (made me giggle madly, though, so I don’t really mind.)

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I SHOULD have put on boots (this bein’ TX and all) or any kind of shoes, but it was 2am…  I was really sorry that I hadn’t though, because the tuna fish I left out for the cat apparently went right through him, and through the bottom of the Have-a-heart.  And I stepped squarely in it.  

          Then on the way to the deck, so that I could be up high before actually letting him out, I walked though a spider web of horror proportions.  I have a thing about spiders.  I get chills thinking about it now. 

           Anyhow, up on the deck, I’m trying to lever open the lid, which they make difficult , and not get bitten, and generally stressing cause I can’t see anything…I fell this ENORMOUS THING CRAWLING ON ME!  A great deal of flapping and cursing ensued.  

          Of course, when I got the lids open, the damn animal refused to come out, so I had to pour it out of there.  He ran off growling all the way.  

          That cat owes me big time.  

          The raccoons were easier…tuna fish and peanut butter, and down the ladder they came!  And why does this always happen after the hubby goes to bed?

          • Anonymous

            Augh. That sounds like a whole series of unfortunate events. And spider webs are utterly vile.

        • Anonymous

          I am much more horrified that a “carpet shampooing guy” just entered your home!  WTF?  Do you lock your doors?

      • Anonymous

        This is one of my favorite comments of all time!
        We used to live in a national park and saw dead possums all the time, and once, we tried to rescue some newborn babies found with a dead mother. My husband actually smuggled one into my hospital room where I was with my newborn son! But the poor babies didn’t make it (my son grew up and is fine).

        But I want to hear more about your possum too. I’ve also got a rabid bat story if there’s ever an appropriate challenge…;-/

        • http://twitter.com/Wild_Horses__ Beth

          Oh, please tell the rabid bat story – I had one in my house last week  & we think we plugged up the entrance, but I’m afraid of a rabid one getting in!

        • Anonymous

          I for one would love to hear about your rabid bat story.

          I know that possums are generally pretty sweet and gentle, but I think that this one was terrified from being stuck in the corner. In fairness, I probably wouldn’t cooperate either if some giant creatures trapped me in a corner and tried to fling me into a box with a shovel.

        • http://twitter.com/zbird17 Sheri Z

          Reminds me of one of the horrible jokes in our neighborhood:  Why did the chicken cross the road?  

          To prove to the possum that it could be done! :D

          Sad, but those buggers really seem to play dead at the wrong time…as in, as a car is about to run into them, at which time playing dead = actually dead. 

        • Anonymous

          OK, for Beth and MariaRosenfire:
          When we lived in West Virginia, we had no central air. A friend gave us a window ac unit that didn’t quite fit. My husband put it in the dining room window in the evening and said he would make it tighter the next day. There were 4″ or so gaps on each side of unit.

          Next morning we were doing our thing, breakfast for 3 kids, and someone said there was something flying in the house! My husband saw that it was a bat, and tried to trap it with a kid’s bug net. We were worried cause bats are nocturnal, you know, and this one was quite awake. Naturally, it wouldn’t go back out where it came in. Finally after much ado, some quiet screaming (me and the 3 year old), after I locked the kids in the basement, hubs caught it in a fishing net, and we shoved it in an old file box with a latch.

          This was a Sunday. So after I examined the kids and adults with minute squinting, looking for bite marks, I thought we were all safe. So it spent the night in the box, making noise every so often. The next day, I insisted to the county extension office that it be tested. Their reluctance did not sway me. They sent the box and bat away, it bit the dust I know not when. Two looooong weeks later, we got a phone call that confirmed, indeed it was rabid, just as I thought all along. I cannot possibly convey to you the chills this gave me.

          Oh yes, once the bat was in the box, there was no lack of time before the ac gaps were sealed up, I tell you.

          While this thread went totally off topic, I can only imagine T&Lo rolling their eyes, it was fun hearing everyone’s stories!

      • Anonymous

        “I call the big one ‘Bitey’ ”

      • Anonymous

        “I call the big one ‘Bitey’ ”

      • Anonymous

        The other trick they do when scared is drool and try to look sick so they aren’t appealing as prey.  Or so said animal control when one got stuck on our porch.  I certainly didn’t feel like eating it.

        • Anonymous

          Meandering into possum and wildlife talk seems to fit right in with a “Julie” discussion.  Her style had an outdoors vibe and was a tad whacky as well.  Personally, I thought she was a refreshing new type of designer for PR.  I bet an outerwear challenge will come up soon, and she won’t get to show her stuff, too bad.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRYUOEZZC2IVUO24TCJMVTDNSU Gianni Rubino

          Wow, I used to hear the drooling thing ALL the time, but never saw it.  I don’t think a slow dweeb in the middle school cafeteria, drooling at lunch, counts.

          Growing up in rural Connecticut, during the end of disco & the post disco era, I used to pass live, dead, and encumbered with children* possum all the time.  I always thought I was going to run ‘em over.  No wonder I’m messed up, I was always on the verge of a nervous breakdown, fearful I was going to kill some poor creature.

          *That would be baby possum not human children that the mommy possum would be carrying.

          Although … we’ve had children raised by apes, by wolves, befriended by a bear  … I am sure the possum could raise one, at least in a Disney movie.

          … and while I’m at it, they would teach identifying & cutting on the grain, how to shop well at Mood, and certainly to not treat people as poorly as Bertktor have.  has?  Uh-oh, I do believe I need to go back to English class.  Yes, I am dying to see who acts worse with the next team challenge, next week, n’est-ce pas?

          Gianni Rubino

      • http://twitter.com/zbird17 Sheri Z

        Ooh, we used to have major possum issues — they used to hang around our house at the beach all the time.  One of them got into the BATH TUB!!  And it was slipping and sliding all over the place.  My friend threw a towel over it and got it outside, but I was so scared that rabid-looking creature was going to bite him!  It actually did this weird thing where it whipped up his arm — hard to describe but it was essentially holding itself upright on his arm and its face was inches from my friend’s face.  EEK!

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

      I lovesmesomejulie!  Really though Cecilia should have gone, or Bryce.  Julie’s design was far more interesting than a lot of things on the runway, just not executed so well.  Usually interesting design trumps boring.  Not this time I guess.

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

        Yeah, but this wasn’t so interesting as to compensate for the problems (There’s nothing on it that’s all that innovative.)  And they were looking to get rid of Julie, because she hasn’t done anything really noteworthy and her style isn’t something they’re ever going to respond to.  I expect Bryce to go soon for the same reason — too many times he has displeased the judges.

      • Anonymous

        I was really starting to like Julie too. She seems unflappable (based on her working with Josh last week), and it looks like almost everyone liked her. She also seems to have a good sense of humor.

        I was thinking the same thing TLo were – that this had the potential to be a sharp coat. It needed a lot of correction, no doubt (I’d get rid of the different colored sleeves. One or the other. And I don’t love the asymmetrical hem), but it’s a good length for most women, and a better silhouette is just one fabulous belt away. Or, she could have taken the design a little further and made a wrap dress. I never really got the point of a coatdress anyway. If it’s heavy enough to look like a coat, it’s probably too heavy to be a dress.

        Ah, well. She has her own thing going, and I hope she sees some success in the future.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

        I like Julie, too, but…the neck line was atrocious and the “asymmetrical” hem looked like a mistake to me.

    • http://twitter.com/foodhussy foodhussy

      I liked this FAR MORE than some of the other looks on the runway. Ugh! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

      I knew it was only a matter of time since I first laid eyes on her blanket coats, but I was hoping she’d stay longer than Blayne just because he annoys the crap outta me.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve always hated Johnny collars (great nickname for someone, though…). I don’t the idea of lapel that isn’t an extension of a plaquet.  And that effect just adds to  the messiness of this garment. This is very ugly. I haven’t liked anything Julie has done on the show, or in her preshow portfolio for that matter. Seems like a nice enough gal. But when she said she was tired of bartending and decided to go to design school, I cringed. Not a hint of passion or love of design there at all.

    • Anonymous

      I like it in theory. They kept saying the colors were drab, but I thought they played off each other nicely. Also, I am a sucker for color blocking so it had that going for me. I mean, at least it wasn’t a simple back dress. That’s not a comment about Victor’s, which was lovely, but other people’s efforts.

    • MilaXX

      Yeah, this auf was a no brainer. Perhaps done in a solid color with just the orange trim & a bit more well made she could have middled.

    • Anonymous

      Color me unfashionable, but I would have taken this over Bryce’s bit of badly made poo poo any day. At least Ms. Julie was actually trying to come up with something interesting and, with a few tweaks, I think she had something here. This was not worthy of the scorn heaped upon it at all. 

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I guess as outwear it would be all right–maybe.  I just looked at it and winced when it came out.  It’s too bad–I like Julie, she seems cool.  But that was a whole lot of fug right there.

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

      Sad to see her go. She was amusing and looked like she enjoyed being there and playing the game. 

      Was the orange here the same that was used in the apron-looking dress? I preferred this look over the orange apron dress.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think the oranges were identical, though they were close. I’m thinking that some people used orange colors because they would be similar to the salmon color of Nina’s blouse.

        • Anonymous

          Orange is probably the one “out there” color Nina has worn on occasion. She usually wears black and white, tan and gray.
          I, however, liked Miss Clinique Counter’s dress more than a lot of stuff from last night. Didn’t think it deserved to win, but did think it was 10000s of times better than Anyas…

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

            Agreed. I was genuinely surprised when Josh’s kicky little dress didn’t make it into the top 3. It was well made, beautifully tailored, and just a fun garment. I also think it’s incredibly salable and easy to pair with many different aesthetics.

        • Anonymous

          Orange is probably the one “out there” color Nina has worn on occasion. She usually wears black and white, tan and gray.
          I, however, liked Miss Clinique Counter’s dress more than a lot of stuff from last night. Didn’t think it deserved to win, but did think it was 10000s of times better than Anyas…

      • Anonymous

        I also liked this better than Clinique Counter’s dress, which was also NOT a Nina dress, and Bryce’s stapled hem.

    • Anonymous

      Is it a dress, is it coat, is it house coat ( MK, do women still wear house coats?)?? Yes the whachamacallit had issues. Wonky collar, weird opening and the whole question of, what the Hell is this thing? However,  Ms. I Luvs ME a Blanket Julie, didn’t do too bad of a job. Yes, she deserved to be in the bottom three, I mean come on hon, you can’t glue your seams. But I certainly didn’t think it warrant Ms. Queen B Joanna Coles comment, and I’m sooo paraphrasing, “This is a depressing piece of dog shit and if Nina dare wore this, I  would take her to the nearest window and throw her unto the streets!!” I mean really, that was just uncalled for. But,  I’ll give Julie this one, unlike her bud Cecillia, she defended her whatevas and didn’t give-up. She get points for that.

      • Anonymous

        MK’s work is so driven by a fantasy of the past…..I’ll bet we see housecoats in some way in a future collection.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

          If not his work, his critiques.  Housecoats with Kleenex in the pockets, blouses his aunts wore in the 80s, and in an earlier season he compared one design to a dress his aunts would have worn to a bar mitzvah in 1978 (or maybe the 80′s, I forget).

          • Anonymous

            Exactly — I got one of his capes from Fall 2010 on megasale (and a gift card)…..I will be skipping the kleenex/housecoat season.

            I have a friend who allegedly knew him when he was schlepping his stuff from middle New York and before he got the rich boyfriend/husband.

            That said…..his clothes are impeccably made….I have pieces from 15 years ago which still look brand new.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

        I’ve been thinking about wearing some version of housecoats until I take a shower in the morning.  Not as flaky as a bathrobe, or so my reasoning goes.  (Geez, can I still post here if I admits that?)

    • Anonymous

      I liked it.
      Well okay that collar is fucking horrible and doesn’t look intentional at all. But I liked it. Of course I’m from northern New Mexico and Dog Blankets’ athletic/native inspired psuedo outerwear has Santa Fe/Taos written all over it, so I know exactly “who is she, where’s she going” about her outfits.

      No argument from me that she was never going to make it though, absolutely not what PR looks for.

      Also are house coats even a thing any more, have they been a thing in the last 4 decades?

      • Anonymous

        I’m from NH not NM, but other than that, you wrote my post for me.

        I was laughing at Joanna.  She’s been watching MadMen too much.  Housecoats?  That green blouse while making babyfood?

      • barb.rudolph

        Replying to you and CoCo above — yes, there are several older women in our neighborhood who wear what I guess are house coats, if what’s meant by that is something that seems more substantial than a bathrobe and decidedly less sexy.  One woman comes outside in one her many house coats at all hours of the day, though she does dress in regular clothes occasionally.  And I don’t doubt she has a Kleenex in the pocket.  

    • Anonymous

      The seaming on this atrocity, if it were properly pressed, would work well for sportswear.  But the colors!  The shape!  The style!  WTF???  

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

        She tried to do something that was Julie as well as Nina.  The problem is that you can’t have both in one garment!

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      It’s Frankenstein’s Coat. It looks like it was stitched together from the corpses of six other coats.

      I like the stuff in Julie’s portfolio but this particular game show doesn’t seem to be her venue.

      • Anonymous

        Frankencoat! I love it!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

        I think TLo just found a sub!

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      It’s Frankenstein’s Coat. It looks like it was stitched together from the corpses of six other coats.

      I like the stuff in Julie’s portfolio but this particular game show doesn’t seem to be her venue.

    • Anonymous

      What surprised me is that Bryce wasn’t with her in the bottom 3.

      • Anonymous

        Me too, I exclaimed out loud when he was sent off the stage with the safe middles.

        • Anonymous

          Yer, his was atrocious!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, that thing was a mess. It doesn’t appear that she has the skills to pull off an asymmetrical front like that. I’m no designer or seamstress, but I imagine it has to be extremely hard to do something like that and not have it come out sloppy-looking. The model looks like she got dressed drunk or stoned or both. In the dark. 

      • BuffaloBarbara

        It’s true.  I honestly thought it was accidental and the result of a sewing mistake, which was half my wince reaction!

        • Anonymous

          You know, on the other hand, this disheveled look could work with Nina’s ever-present JBF hair. She could sachay through the offices of Marie Claire with a knowing grin on her face, amongst whispers that she’s just after enjoying a little bathroom stall quickie. It could be fun.

    • Anonymous

      I hope Julie explores outerwear design and that she is not discouraged from this experience.  Good luck to her.

      Also, Joanna Coles IS a dragon, but “droat” cracked me up.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Julie’s look, save for the asymmetrical hem and agree that with some polishing and fine-tuning, it could have been a great look.

      Actually, that’s how I feel about Julie’s work overall…I think she could be a hip and cool designer waiting to happen…she just needs do a bit more work to get there. Hopefully she will.  I like that sporty snowboarding outfit but for real life look.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      There was something about this dress that I liked (don’t really know what). I’m sad to see her go, it’s always good to have at least one laid back person to compare the crazies to!

    • Anonymous

      Can someone please explain the model situation this season? They are terrible! Not a single model was working that runway last night, and most of them looked like amateurs. Couple that with the lurching stilt-walkers from last week and we have a crisis on our hands.

      • Anonymous

        I so agree that the models are really awful this season. 

        • Anonymous

          Agree with all of the above…and I don’t seem to remember anything said about the model reward/competition in the intro this year. Did I miss something? Perhaps there’s been some sort of model emergency in NYC and none of the good ones want to work on PR anymore? It’s ‘sad’ and looks like PR could use a Plan B.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, at the beginning, Heidi does the spiel about prizes, and IIRC, the winning model gets $20,000

      • Anonymous

        I was thinking the same thing myself last night!  Watching some of those walks, I was really feeling for the designers.  Miss J would have a field day with those girls.

      • Anonymous

        I think the models have been crap for a couple of seasons. I don’t think they’ve had a particularly good group since Season 3. Maybe one or two standouts, but the bulk have just been bad walkers.

        • Anonymous

          My all-time favorite is Nazri. That woman is fierce!

        • Anonymous

          My all-time favorite is Nazri. That woman is fierce!

      • Anonymous

        I haven’t paid attention — has each designer been assigned the same model for each challenge so far?  (Except for the stiltwalkers, of course . . .)  I always liked the dynamic between the models and designers in previous seasons.  Especially when some became muses and there was drama over who would be lucky enough to select the best walker and who would get stuck with the one who was a little large, or a little unreliable, or a bad walker.  

      • Anonymous

        I haven’t paid attention — has each designer been assigned the same model for each challenge so far?  (Except for the stiltwalkers, of course . . .)  I always liked the dynamic between the models and designers in previous seasons.  Especially when some became muses and there was drama over who would be lucky enough to select the best walker and who would get stuck with the one who was a little large, or a little unreliable, or a bad walker.  

      • Anonymous

        you are not alone in thinking that.  what is it exactly???

      • Anonymous

        you are not alone in thinking that.  what is it exactly???

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree!  There are only a couple of models who look like they’re even trying, and the model who wore the green blouse that ?????? (cannot remember her name…) paired with the black pants was as stiff as…well, as a stiff!  She looked like a 13-year-old trying out for the 4H fashion show.  Just totally horrible! 

        BM make no sense to me. They go from giving the models their own show and ‘way more attention than they warranted to just making them fill-in-the-blanks.  They just so seriously suck.

      • Anonymous

        In fairness, the stilt walkers weren’t models, but part of the Lady Circus.  That said, no love lost for this season’s crop of real models.  Another “in fairness” statement:  hair and makeup have been, ahem, less than ideal, so hard to tell how much better they’d look with the Garnier/L’Oreal A team on board.

      • Anonymous

        In fairness, the stilt walkers weren’t models, but part of the Lady Circus.  That said, no love lost for this season’s crop of real models.  Another “in fairness” statement:  hair and makeup have been, ahem, less than ideal, so hard to tell how much better they’d look with the Garnier/L’Oreal A team on board.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know what exactly is going on the with models, but there was some seriously bad walking last night. Geez. My hips are uneven due to scoliosis, and I have a bit of a limp, but I think I could have walked better that what we’ve been seeing this season.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know what exactly is going on the with models, but there was some seriously bad walking last night. Geez. My hips are uneven due to scoliosis, and I have a bit of a limp, but I think I could have walked better that what we’ve been seeing this season.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. The model talent has diminished steadily the past few seasons, and it is most pronounced this season. I think it is because good models or those with serious potential don’t want to lock themselves down for a possible full season. We’ve seen models bail in past seasons because they couldn’t turn down a good gig (print ads, etc.) with a prominent designer. So, maybe PR is left with the also-rans?

        On the other hand, you’d think catching the eye of Nina, Michael and Heidi would be a good thing, though.

        And yes, I’m avoiding real life by thinking a lot about PR today. ;-)

      • Anonymous

        I agree. The model talent has diminished steadily the past few seasons, and it is most pronounced this season. I think it is because good models or those with serious potential don’t want to lock themselves down for a possible full season. We’ve seen models bail in past seasons because they couldn’t turn down a good gig (print ads, etc.) with a prominent designer. So, maybe PR is left with the also-rans?

        On the other hand, you’d think catching the eye of Nina, Michael and Heidi would be a good thing, though.

        And yes, I’m avoiding real life by thinking a lot about PR today. ;-)

    • Anonymous

      I was really starting to like ol’ Dogblankets. She showed in the last challenge that she’s got a great personality and plays nice with others but can also laugh at herself.  I did very much like the idea of her coat and kind of liked some aspect of the finished product, though I can’t quite place my finger on it.

    • Anonymous

      But this is what makes me crazy: Nina saw the sketch for this, and the finished product was pretty close to the sketch. If she thought this was so off-base, why didn’t Nina shut it down during the post-sketching consultations?

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

      Yeah, definitely not Nina.  Not even kinda Nina — for one thing, the color story is ALL WRONG.  It could be really cute, but still not right for the challenge. 

      And I couldn’t agree more about Julie in general.  She seems like a decent girl, but even her tryout rack was all wrong for PR. 

    • Anonymous

      I always liked Dogblankets and thought her initial portfolio was interesting. I actually like this dress in the concept, but the execution left way too much to be desired. And it’s definitely not Nina. You’re right, though, she lasted about as long as I thought she would.

    • Anonymous

      Poor Dogblankets.  I liked her too, and there was a lot wrong with this but…somehow…with a larger collar and sharper accessorizing and an even hem I actually could LIKE this.  Being partial to both greys and oranges perhaps that’s what I’m responding to, but there is something to this look that could have actually been quite good.  But yes, she was never going to last.

    • http://twitter.com/DresswithAplomb Aplomb Pomilio

      aplomb likes three quarter length sleeves…

      • Anonymous

        Actually, one sleeve was 3/4 and the other was 5/8.  

      • Anonymous

        Actually, one sleeve was 3/4 and the other was 5/8.  

    • Anonymous

      the frankenboob is beyond distracting, it’s the only thing i can focus on in this mess-dress. 

    • Anonymous

      the frankenboob is beyond distracting, it’s the only thing i can focus on in this mess-dress. 

    • Anonymous

      the frankenboob is beyond distracting, it’s the only thing i can focus on in this mess-dress. 

    • Anonymous

      I liked Dogblankets. I think her clothes are interesting – not the ones she made during the show (although, this one had potential), the ones she used to get on the show – but, you’re right…she was not made for this type of show. I liked her personality though…no drama, pleasant, quirky but not in a spit-on-your-fabric sort of way – so you KNEW she wouldn’t be long for this show! So long Dogblankets!

    • Anonymous

      This is the season where I keep wondering if my TV is tuned correctly. They’re calling things “rich” and “luxurious” that look either dull or tacky on my TV, and declaring things dull and boring that look, if not actually good, at least bad in an exciting way.

      But I see many of the Bitter Kittens are seeing what I’m seeing, so the problem is in the production end, not the receiving end…

      This dress was fugly, badly made, and nothing Nina would ever wear, but at least it had some thought behind it.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t have aufed here this week - certainly this wasn’t for Nina but this garment had some things going on… I think the color combo, the blocking, the orange interfacing -  there are some interesting ideas percolating here. There are others that lack both interest and taste. 

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

      I thought this was very interesting from a design standpoint, although a better neckline design would have helped.  Didn’t look anything like Nina, though

    • Karen O’Hara

      I must thoroughly suck at detecting loser edits, because I thought from the beginning that Cecelia was going to get the ax.  

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think your loser detection was off. They really mixed things up with the editing this week, maybe even more than usual. Plus, it was painfully obvious that Cecelia had given up and was ready to go home. I don’t remember what she made, but I do recall that it was a trainwreck. Even if Julie wasn’t long for the show, Cecelia should have gone home.

        Maybe the judges didn’t send Cecelia home because they wanted to torture her for giving up. Imagine the glee in Michael Kors eyes.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think your loser detection was off. They really mixed things up with the editing this week, maybe even more than usual. Plus, it was painfully obvious that Cecelia had given up and was ready to go home. I don’t remember what she made, but I do recall that it was a trainwreck. Even if Julie wasn’t long for the show, Cecelia should have gone home.

        Maybe the judges didn’t send Cecelia home because they wanted to torture her for giving up. Imagine the glee in Michael Kors eyes.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      I really wish y’all could write up all of these in a day. I know. I’m a demanding Minion, but I wanna discuss them ALL! and how well-behaved so many of them were after LAST week. 

    • Terence Ng

      It irritated me so much to see it. I kept thinking “Button the right buttons!”

    • Terence Ng

      It irritated me so much to see it. I kept thinking “Button the right buttons!”

    • Anonymous

      “We enjoyed her quirky ways, if not her tendency to wear pajamas during
      the day.”

      Hey–I have that shirt she’s wearing! (Now, don’t everyone throw the tomatoes at me all at once.) Never before have I seen an article of clothing that I own on a national television show. It was kinda cool. (For what it’s worth, it’s a really cute shirt and very comfortable.)

      Poor Julie. This was just the wrong show for her. I never understood how she got on because her clothes are so NOT what any of that group of judges would want to wear or promote. But I liked her sense of humor and her spunk. Her entry this week was surprising to me–she clearly made an effort to make something different–it wasn’t Nina, but it wasn’t a total disaster of a garment. She didn’t give up, so major points for that.

    • Anonymous

      i don’t know if it’s the model’s proportions or what, but if it weren’t for the wonky collar and execution issues, I could see this on Cambridge Kate.

    • http://masquedbunny.tumblr.com masquedbunny

      Not a surprise. When I read people saying that Cecilia or Bryce should’ve gone instead, all I can think is: Their time will come. As T & Lo said, “Runway chaff.”

    • http://masquedbunny.tumblr.com masquedbunny

      Not a surprise. When I read people saying that Cecilia or Bryce should’ve gone instead, all I can think is: Their time will come. As T & Lo said, “Runway chaff.”

    • Anonymous

      With the attitude and the garment, Cecilia would have been my pick to go.  But she has a skosh more personal style than Julie (really, a little eyeliner and lipstick, both of you, and maybe a comb) and has done better work in previous challenges.  I do think Julie put more effort into this last piece and seemed to want to stay in the competition.  A lot of other bloggers were big fans of hers.  But sadly, this is not what MK means when he talks about American Sportswear.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, they both looked remarkably unkempt for what they were doing. I don’t wear makeup, but if I were going to be on national TV, I’d kick it up a notch. Julie, in particular, always looked really rumpled. 

        • Anonymous

          It has been scientifically proven, right, that designers who obviously spend more time on their own appearance get to stay longer than their talent might merit.

    • Anonymous

      With the attitude and the garment, Cecilia would have been my pick to go.  But she has a skosh more personal style than Julie (really, a little eyeliner and lipstick, both of you, and maybe a comb) and has done better work in previous challenges.  I do think Julie put more effort into this last piece and seemed to want to stay in the competition.  A lot of other bloggers were big fans of hers.  But sadly, this is not what MK means when he talks about American Sportswear.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry Julie – you were a sweetheart, but this was just a mess, hon. You’re lucky Nina didn’t eat you alive.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Joanna Coles “droat ” remark was even lamer than anything Michael Kors comes up with. This is an awful mess. But I I thought Bryce had the one way ticket home. HIs was worse and less ambitious. Plus I thought they painted a target on his ass last week.

      • Anonymous

        Agree! I looked at Bryce’s and said, “I could design that.” I’ve watched every season of this show and have i>never said that before.

      • Anonymous

        It WAS incredibly lame, as if a coat dress is something never before seen or heard of.  
        Now I’ll think “droat” whenever I see Joanna Coles, as in “dried-up old goat”.

      • Anonymous

        It WAS incredibly lame, as if a coat dress is something never before seen or heard of.  
        Now I’ll think “droat” whenever I see Joanna Coles, as in “dried-up old goat”.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Joanna Coles “droat ” remark was even lamer than anything Michael Kors comes up with. This is an awful mess. But I I thought Bryce had the one way ticket home. HIs was worse and less ambitious. Plus I thought they painted a target on his ass last week.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      I was so sure that mopey Cecilia was going home that I turned if off before the auffing, especially after last week’s auffee didn’t defend her work. But Julie’s dress look like someone had grabbed the model by the neckline and yanked hard. Also what was the reason for the off-center belt buckle? That really irked. 

      Too bad, I loved her portfolio. Turning those awful Mexican blankets into stylish coats took skill and talent.

    • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

      I was so sure that mopey Cecilia was going home that I turned if off before the auffing, especially after last week’s auffee didn’t defend her work. But Julie’s dress look like someone had grabbed the model by the neckline and yanked hard. Also what was the reason for the off-center belt buckle? That really irked. 

      Too bad, I loved her portfolio. Turning those awful Mexican blankets into stylish coats took skill and talent.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Anya’s model was working the runway last night, but she was the only one who stood out… in a good way.

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

      With some kickass execution and some slightly different aesthetic choices, this could actually be a pretty sharp coat.
      There’s the rub.  Julie didn’t have the skills to pull off this concept, and along with the fabric choices, that did her in. 
      She came across as a likable gal, and quirky in a good way, just not cut out for longevity on PR.

    • Anonymous

      This and Cecelia’s look made me really glad for my breasts. These models are FLAT, and the dresses didn’t do anything to help.

    • Anonymous

      This and Cecelia’s look made me really glad for my breasts. These models are FLAT, and the dresses didn’t do anything to help.

      • Anonymous

        Didn’t someone ask his/her model if she had a padded bra and she said, “This IS a padded bra.” That happened this episode, right?

    • Anonymous

      You know what, I can visualize a good version of this dress very easily. It’s just a disaster of execution and inappropriate for the challenge.

    • Anonymous

      You know what, I can visualize a good version of this dress very easily. It’s just a disaster of execution and inappropriate for the challenge.

    • Anonymous

      “And the collar was bizarre and ugly”

      And poorly sewn. The entire garment had me screaming at the TV, “Did no one ever tell this girl to press her seams?!!!?”

    • Anonymous

      “And the collar was bizarre and ugly”

      And poorly sewn. The entire garment had me screaming at the TV, “Did no one ever tell this girl to press her seams?!!!?”

    • Anonymous

      Amazing technicolor nightmare coat!  Well, I guess gray isn’t very technicolor.  Still, practically screams “Anyone but Nina!”  And yeah, pretty sloppy.  Too bad!  Interestingly, they always downplay the romantic connections when they are tangible and then turn around and try to force romance plots when they don’t exist.

    • Anonymous

      Amazing technicolor nightmare coat!  Well, I guess gray isn’t very technicolor.  Still, practically screams “Anyone but Nina!”  And yeah, pretty sloppy.  Too bad!  Interestingly, they always downplay the romantic connections when they are tangible and then turn around and try to force romance plots when they don’t exist.

    • Anonymous

      This is one of those things that good have been great, but she took wrong turn after wrong turn, and it went from singular and interesting to borderline horrific. But it did bring about a new word: “dresscoat.” Hello, judges, ever heard the word, “coatdress??”

    • Anonymous

      Both the winner and loser this week were my picks. That happens so very rarely.
      When I first saw the coat on the dressform I thought it had possibilities, but I was concerned about the orange. It was so not-Nina, and not very attractive to boot. Then we got a better look at the rest of the fabric and I knew she was bottom three if not a goner.
      That stuff looks like something from the Lands End catalog; not the pages of Marie Claire.

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

      Next week’s challenge looks like Heidi’s vanity athletic line right? Julie would have shined in that one…

      • Anonymous

        Well if the commercial during the program that followed can be trusted, next week someone leaves the production and another designer is brought back. Traditionally it has been the last auf’d, so Julie may get another chance.

        • Anonymous

          I’m fairly positive the preview at the end of the show spoils who leaves, too, if you pay close enough attention. (It also tries to fake you out a little, but it’s clear, sort of, from Tim’s comment that someone has already left).

      • Anonymous

        Well if the commercial during the program that followed can be trusted, next week someone leaves the production and another designer is brought back. Traditionally it has been the last auf’d, so Julie may get another chance.

    • Anonymous

      You know, in spite of being horribly inappropriate for the challenge and badly executed, I think that I have to revise my answer for “who would you want to dress you” to Julie. She might not be able to make something for Nina, but for a fat straight guy in a northern climate I think she could make a great jacket. Love the color scheme, for me.

    • Anonymous

      Julie’s number was going to be up soon anyway so the auf was fine. I’d actually be okay with another “cull the herd” episode because there are at least 3 designers (Cecelia, Danielle (?) and Bryce) who are consistently turning out crap and so will probably take the next few turns on the chopping block.  

    • Anonymous

      I have to admit–I was surprised that it was Julie who went home.  Not because she produced a good design for Nina, but because, of the two designers who produced the worst designs, Cecilia was the one who cared the least. Unlike Anya (I must give her props for her effort last night), who saw that she had a problem and fixed it–with a little help from her buddy Clinique Counter–Cecilia just said, “Well, what the fuck.  I picked bad material and my dress is horrible. That’s the way it goes.”  Usually that is the attitude that gets you kicked off. And should have gotten her sent home. Julie’s mess of a droat at least had some originality and some spark of interest. Cecilia produced an unwearable shmata and then shrugged and said, “No biggie.”

      And by the way, is it just me or is Michael Kors slowly turning into his mother?  He is seeming cranky and tired these days, and the insults he throws at the designs he doesn’t like seem half-hearted. And I swear, his accent is getting more Boca by the day.

      • Anonymous

        We’ll know the transformation is complete when he starts to wear big retro eyeglasses and his voice deepens

    • Anonymous

      I just kept thinking former meth addict whenever I looked at her…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

      I thought Cecilia was getting the loser’s edit

    • Tom Shea

      The hell with Michael Kors and his fucking “kleenex” soundbites. It doesn’t look like a goddamned hoiusecoat. I hate that “kick ‘em when they’re down” shit.

      By the by, does the recent news from Hewlett-Packard mean anything to the show? I suppose it only means that going forward they’ll have a new tech partner, but after the announcement yesterday, it seemed kind of quaint to see them all over the tech suite and sketching with the touch pads.

    • Tom Shea

      The hell with Michael Kors and his fucking “kleenex” soundbites. It doesn’t look like a goddamned hoiusecoat. I hate that “kick ‘em when they’re down” shit.

      By the by, does the recent news from Hewlett-Packard mean anything to the show? I suppose it only means that going forward they’ll have a new tech partner, but after the announcement yesterday, it seemed kind of quaint to see them all over the tech suite and sketching with the touch pads.

    • Toto Maya

      I feel like it she fixed the neckline and shortened the jacket so it was waist-length, it is something I would wear in the winter. Not to be stylish, but to be warm. Like a sports coat or something. So I kind of liked it in that sense, but it has nothing to do with Nina. The neckline is what bugged me the most.

    • Toto Maya

      I feel like it she fixed the neckline and shortened the jacket so it was waist-length, it is something I would wear in the winter. Not to be stylish, but to be warm. Like a sports coat or something. So I kind of liked it in that sense, but it has nothing to do with Nina. The neckline is what bugged me the most.

    • fragileindustries

      Not crushed by the auf.  I do think Serious Cecilia has more to her, but Dogblankets has shown the same odd aesthetics all along.  A weird twisty-fronted bad fabric mess in the first challenge, a paper kindergarten weave project droat for the pet store challenge that should have auf’ed her had there not been so much other fugly on the runway, and a close shave for the auf last week (though I thought the fault was more her partner’s).  I never liked her portfolio at all.

      Will someone please give Cecilia some Prozac or champagne or cocaine or whatever it takes to make her smile?  Downer Debby lives.

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

      Even looking at the screenshot on the post opener this morning, I still thought Cecelia had gone home.  Like, it just doesn’t make any sense to me–Cecelia’s was a poorly made, slutty club dress.  At least Julie did something interesting.

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

      Even looking at the screenshot on the post opener this morning, I still thought Cecelia had gone home.  Like, it just doesn’t make any sense to me–Cecelia’s was a poorly made, slutty club dress.  At least Julie did something interesting.

    • tripletmom96

      although i think there were worse garments on the runway, i think it was time for julie to go… this was the 4th challenge and she has been in the bottom every week except for the pet store challenge where she was just barely waved through…. she just hasn’t done anything memorable or fasionable…  i do see a bit of talent there, but she clearly has execution issues and just doesn’t seem to be equipped for such a fast-paced competition like this.  i definitely saw some good design elements in the “droat” and perhaps if she had more time she might have made a better looking garment, but if she hasn’t shown anything good by now, there is no way she is going to be able to cut it going forward….  so, good-bye to miss dog blankets – seems like a nice girl, but it was time to go…..

    • tripletmom96

      although i think there were worse garments on the runway, i think it was time for julie to go… this was the 4th challenge and she has been in the bottom every week except for the pet store challenge where she was just barely waved through…. she just hasn’t done anything memorable or fasionable…  i do see a bit of talent there, but she clearly has execution issues and just doesn’t seem to be equipped for such a fast-paced competition like this.  i definitely saw some good design elements in the “droat” and perhaps if she had more time she might have made a better looking garment, but if she hasn’t shown anything good by now, there is no way she is going to be able to cut it going forward….  so, good-bye to miss dog blankets – seems like a nice girl, but it was time to go…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Don’t be dissing my friend! She is avant-garde. She needs to be hired by Prada.

      Have you forgotten (so quickly!!!) the new Prada look?>>>

      http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/08/in-or-out-elizabeth-banks-in-prada.html

    • C S

      This is a frustrating off.  Julie hasn’t produced but I honestly thought THIS dress, had it been executed better, promised something interesting from her in the future.  I like her asymetrical hems and the way she pieces fabrics.  And she seems like a sweetheart.  I can understand the off, but it bums me out.  

      Meanwhile Cecilia was supposed to be so ‘mean’ but is a total softie.  She and Julie were cute together.  I think Cecilia should have been the one to go since she just gave up.  

    • C S

      This is a frustrating off.  Julie hasn’t produced but I honestly thought THIS dress, had it been executed better, promised something interesting from her in the future.  I like her asymetrical hems and the way she pieces fabrics.  And she seems like a sweetheart.  I can understand the off, but it bums me out.  

      Meanwhile Cecilia was supposed to be so ‘mean’ but is a total softie.  She and Julie were cute together.  I think Cecilia should have been the one to go since she just gave up.  

    • Anonymous

      I enjoyed Julie’s personality a great deal and I think the season will be different without her. Her work on the show has been disappointing, but I had a lot of respect for her aesthetic (at least, from her portfolio), even if it was not exactly to my taste – though I know a lot of people were decidedly less than fond of it. I will miss her (unless she does somehow return), but I cannot say that I’m overly surprised that she didn’t last.

      Oh, and let’s just say I wasn’t so surprised by the Love Connection…

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

      There’s a lot not to like here: puckered seaming, poorly turned collar points, terrible fit, debatable color choices. But the pieced design could work with better construction. Some interfacing would make a world of difference. Even as is, it’s better than the dress that looked like a barbecue apron fused over orange Samurai armor (cute back, though). In what universe would Nina wear that one? 
      Ms. Coles’ attempt to out-bon-mot Mr. Kors fell flat with me. I might disagree with his similes, but they are mostly clever if not exactly constructive. And everyone knows she’s Nina’s boss; no need to belabor one’s superior position. What else would you fire her for, ma’am? More followers on Twitter? Way better hair? 

    • Anonymous

      OMG, Nazri! Loved her! She and a few others were amazing (even some of the cray cray ones had moments of awesomeness). A group of us had a PR discussion at lunchtime today and were trying to recall in which season did all the good models go. I think we decided it was sometime around season three and/or the beginning of Models on the Runway.

    • Anonymous

      The auf was deserved, in my opinion, but I did like that coat dress. Would I had Nina’s body, I would only wear sleak coat dresses and this one is a hell of a “would have been – should have been” !
      I loved the sketch she made, I loved the color palette she chose, but God, could she managed her time worse than that ?
      And not only the 3/4 length sleeves were a bad idea, those didn’t looked the same size.
      I’m sad to see her gone because we never ever had a lesbian hint of all the contestants of all the PR seasons so far. So beauty queens (and I don’t mean Miss T&T, here) are fair game but girls in love, not so much. Aww.
      Also, I have been promised dogs blanket and I didn’t have one ! Not fair…
       

    • Anonymous

      I love Dogblankets!  First, I enjoyed her personality.  Second, I found her aesthetic really interesting.  Third, I felt bad for her limited skill set.  But, that’s how the dog treat crumbles. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Don’t diss my girl, Julie. She could be designing for Prada.

      Have you unborn fawns forgotten this dress? So quickly?
      http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/08/in-or-out-elizabeth-banks-in-prada.html

    • Anonymous

      I’ll admit, I liked Julie and I will miss her on here. Her audition rack I thought was amazing, very well crafted, and her sketches were stunning. I think what did her in on the show however was the time restraints. I think she has great ideas, however, judging by her audition rack, she couldn’t execute her ideas in the short 9-12 hours they’re allowed in the workday, and the extra hour before the runway show. I think she had great ideas, but she needed more time than the time allotted to properly executed her designs. I liked her vision and think she has interesting ideas.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll admit, I liked Julie and I will miss her on here. Her audition rack I thought was amazing, very well crafted, and her sketches were stunning. I think what did her in on the show however was the time restraints. I think she has great ideas, however, judging by her audition rack, she couldn’t execute her ideas in the short 9-12 hours they’re allowed in the workday, and the extra hour before the runway show. I think she had great ideas, but she needed more time than the time allotted to properly executed her designs. I liked her vision and think she has interesting ideas.

    • Anonymous

      Julie’s look was definitely problematic, but still had a glimmer of something interesting going on. I knew she’d be in the bottom but didn’t think she’d be auf’d. Hard to get upset though when it seemed so inevitable and the design was far off base for Nina. 

      I thought Cecilia would be auf’d. At the end for a second there when Nina had tweeted keep watching for a surprise, that Cecilia was going to jump up and run back out there, offering herself on the chopping block.

    • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

      Her outfit was actually one of my favorites. There are some problems with it, but overall, I love it. 

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

        i actually like it, but i can see what the problems are. when nina told her the collar was too big she should have eliminated it, i think, not screwed around w/ it–as another option i mightve added, make it an extremely high, narrow collar, but nina wouldnt wear that, so no. then, of course, is all the wonky glue & stitchery. thats time-based, tho, & so, to me, less intrusive in its way than the design problems. as for more of those problems: well, howsabout sleeve-length, misaligned hem, slightly off fabric choice {for most of it, largely in terms of weight}. & i will give a negative nod to the belt, if a small one. &, finally, & again perhaps only for me {tho maybe for more than me}–oh no that orange. that orange is not a good orange. it’s an inexplicable one.

        &, of course, i cannot imagine nina wearing this. thats probably what sunk the ship. then again, in a world where this & say, bryce’s were the only choices? i think nina would sit at a machine to finish the seams. why they didnt get rid of bryce & bryce’s instead i Just Dont Get. i can see nina wear cecilia’s before bryce’s. but the brycetalk’s for another day.

        still, julie is interesting & i hope they bring her back. i think they have to bring someone back next week? & it will be the last eliminee? it wont be ringo?

        edited to add:
        heavens to betsey i am sorry for all the rotten grammar today. i think i am sunk in the depths of photoshop work so my mind, she blurs.

    • Anonymous

      This *droat* might actually be pretty if rendered in happy colors (blue/turquoise/yellow), impeccably sewn, and altered collar. Julie had some creative ideas, but a drab, sloppy personal and fashion style (and yes I do think a sloppy personal style speaks to one’s designing style, bitter kittens may disagree), difficulty working under pressure, and lack of long-term sewing experience helped do her in. But I liked her anyway :-) Sad sack Cecelia ought to have home first though.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t find this as deplorable as the judges but the materials are hard to discern on TV.  I think this had potential.  As for Cecilia, she seems so lonely.  They would have made a cute couple.

      • Anonymous

        Now I feel kind of bad for both of them. Whether it was a friendship or a romance that was blooming, they seemed to have genuine affection for one another.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure if it was the worst thing on the runway, but when I can see the crappy topstitching from my wood-burning TV, you know there’s some bad execution goin’ on.  And when you go asymmetrical, the finished product should not leave the observer wondering whether it was supposed to look that way…or you just belted it crookedly on your model.  I looked at this thing several times trying to figure it out.  It was uncomfortable looking at it.  I feel for these folks, though, since they never have time to step back and say…Yuck, and regroup.

      • Anonymous

        But is it just me, or did we have far better things going down the runway in earlier seasons.  Like 1, 2, 3, 4 (it gets a little hazy for me after that).  There were exquisite things created:  gutter dress, “nuts” dress, Daniel’s orchid top, Chrysler building, I could go on…this is all from memory.

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

      even though her aesthetic is two thousand light years from mine, i think she is one of the more talented people theyve had on this season.

      her stuff is very different, it’s unusual in a world where can you make it look like this?, where this is something that has previously sold well, good or not, is the overriding concern. i keep coming back to the same thing: her stuff doesnt look like anybody else’s stuff, & sometimes, sometimes,  it’s even interesting on top of it.

      what i really think her issue is is that she is new not just new to making couture clothing but new to her talent. it hasnt gelled yet. she’s not just fairly new to making fabric choices & color choices, she’s new to making aesthetic choices period.

      &, if you think this ball o’ yarn down to it’s unravelling, you realize that this would be harder for someone who is talented & original. she isnt feeding directly off of other peoples creations {ie: post-gucci & birdseed}. she’s trying to find her own. yes, theres some snowboardy outdoorsy coloradan new mexican blankets business going on there, but she’s trying to push that into couture. she doesnt always–in fact, she doesnt often–get there, but she’s on her way.

      some of these people are just post-school but she’s from a different world: post-bartending & waiting table. i hope they do bring her back next week. even tho i know we are watching a learning process, i would like to see if she can push herself beyond.

    • Anonymous

      ” But we sat up a little in our seats when this came out. Not “good,” so much as a lot more interesting than we would have thought.”
       
      Exactly what I was thinking!  If this, admittedly poorly construted garment, was better tailored, it would have made a lovely coat dress.  I could see where she was going but she didn’t get there, by a long shot.

    • Anonymous

      I actually like the patchwork stitching and it’s an interesting dress to look at. It’s a shame she got auf’ed over this.

    • Anonymous

      So far, the gender of the booted contestant has matched the gender of the winning contestant. I’m sure it’s just coincidenza, but it did kind of help me figure out who wasn’t going to be in danger, even if his clothes deserved it. (cough*Bryce*cough)

    • Anonymous

      My blood boils when any contestant on any competition show is half-assed about their desire to be there: CECELIA! HOW Many people already auf’ed and more so how many audition and never make it at all. INGRATE! Go HOME! 

    • Anonymous

      Anything would have been an improvement on that salmon blouse with the glittery romper. EW!

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, all I could think of when I saw this was Stewardess for PSA from the 70′s…

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

       The late Princess Diana was the queen of coatdresses, so I had an idea of how this could have looked . If it was executed well and in a softer fabric, with a better collar,  this could have come off as fairly decent. But it looked sloppy and slapped together. Gray and Orange are the color scheme of our local DOT trucks here, (yech) and I couldn’t get that image out if my head. Sorry but this was awful!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

        Diana could have pulled off that orange, I think.

    • hans anggraito

      it was an interesting design and come on… it wasn’t the worse.

    • Judy_J

      As bad as this was, I thought Cecelia’s was much worse.

    • http://twitter.com/eekphoto karen e. evans

      i actually liked julie best of all the contestants this season but her time was so up. she just doesn’t belong on this show, she seemed so utterly lost from the get-go. dunno if i minded this coat dress that much, i think it had potential and if it were someone else’s design they might have given it a pass but they really just put her out of her misery, i think.

    • Lies L.

      I like Julie. While this wasn’t the greatest garment on that runway this week, it also wasn’t the worst, and while I realize she probably got auf’ed because of her previous mistakes rather than this dress, I still think she should’ve been given another chance.

    • Toni Mitt

      Looks like even the model hated wearing this thing. 
      Well–it’s too bad, as Julie seemed a real sweet person.  Just not cut out for the PR shenanigans.  I wish her well. 

    • Nikki Douglas

      Even the top she’s wearing at the judging is shittily made.