PR: It’s a Doggy Dog World

Posted on August 05, 2011

How much is that doggy bed in the window, darlings? Who cares? Tim Gunn just gave me 300 bucks to spend!
The first unconventional materials challenge! Yay! Did everyone take a drink every time someone said “unconventional?” We did, and we woke up some time around 4 am wondering why were on the floor of our TV room in a puddle of drool with “Toddlers & Tiaras”playing at full blast.

But seriously, minions, we do so love those wacky unconventional materials challenges.

And so does Tim, clearly.

Tim is all Mr. Pattern this season, isn’t he? Mixing those plaids up like a pro.

Anyway, it’s not just that the U/M challenges are fun; it’s that they’re one of the few recurring challenges that are still design-based rather than fashion-based (i.e., “figure out how to make this into workable clothes” vs. “make a red carpet look’). It really separates the men and women from the boys and girls. Some look at the unworkable materials and ridiculous time constraints and get their creativity all fired up…

… and some get cranky and pouty and claim they’re above such frivolities.

Queen Mum, you were quite the petulant little bitch last night, weren’t you? But that’s for another day.

So congrats to Olivier, the Asian with blonde hair, American with a Brit accent, and “Oliver” with an extra vowel. We are intrigued by your myriad contradictions, Precious Moments.

And we are intrigued by your entry because it spurred arguments in our comments section, across twitter, and in front of our TV. Tom and our 2 viewing guests were firmly against the idea of this even being in the top 3, let alone winning.

But Lorenzo held firm and before our guests even left, Tom was coming around.

See, the thing about the judging on Project Runway (and let’s face it: all reality competitions) is that it’s arbitrary and capricious. We used to get all up in arms over the inconsistencies, but at the end of the day, the judges are only people and decisions get made at the end of a long shooting day (or by producers whispering in their ears) so that the show remains interesting and discussable.

Our point is, sometimes a designer will get a lot of criticism for making something stiff and bulky-looking, and other times they’ll get praised for it because the judges responded well to some element or aesthetic consideration. That’s always been the way on Project Runway.

And make no mistake, this is VERY stiff and bulky-looking. Almost ridiculously so, considering the amount of praise it got.

But the judges looked at this and saw – not without reason – something that could be walking a runway next month. At least from a design perspective. From a fit perspective, there’s no denying there’s an issue, but the judges clearly squinted their eyes and pretended it fit beautifully because they were so in love with the idea behind it.

Yes, the plastic belt was a nice touch. Tom rolled his eyes when Nina said it, but he has to admit, it works.

And the ombre effect was cleverly done.

Although the styling was horrendous and student-y.

But the shape of this thing – and the basic concepts behind it – were pretty sound. We said before that the judges respond better to contestants who exhibit an intriguing style themselves, and clearly Olivier’s extra vowels, Garnier Nutrisse hair, and wildly inconsistent accent have them enamored.

But truth be told, we don’t really have a problem with this win. It was the most modern concept on that runway and the runner-up had a set of issues that we’ll get to later.

And it’s Auf Wiedersehen to Mr. Mormon Clean. Can anyone say they’re surprised? The boy just isn’t built for reality TV. He always sounded one slap away from a crying jag. Way too fragile for the proceedings.

And besides, he had the wrong attitude. We understand and even support the idea of strategically coasting your way through to the next challenge, but Josh didn’t have that luxury.

He needed to come out of the gate very strong after last week’s piss-poor showing and instead he timidly ventured forth with the safest department store clothes imaginable.

Puppy tits.

Who wants puppy tits?

Not a bad idea for a skirt, actually.

And the belt wasn’t a horrible idea either.

It’s really all about that top, which looks old and done to death.

And that’s the first major issue here: there’s nothing particularly wrong except that it’s not a very modern design, nor is there anything interesting in how he executed it.

The other issue is the choice of materials. Look, we get the complaints about how inconsistent the judges can be. Sometimes we’re right there with you and sometimes we’re all “Well….if you look at it from this perspective…”

Sure, they criticized Josh for using umbrellas and praised Oilivieirei (or however he’s spelling it; we’re surprised there aren’t any umlauts or accent aigues) for using a dog bed, but it’s not just the materials and techniques; it’s about how they’re used. Iolivieir used a material that isn’t fabric and isn’t easy to work with and made something that really excited the judges. Josh used a material that’s essentially just a synthetic fabric with fabric-like tendencies and made something very basic and largely out of style.

Besides, let’s face it: the guy seems very sweet, but he was scarily close to a total meltdown and we’re only like 4 days into filming at this point. You gotta pace yourself and spread those little meltdowns out to maximum dramatic effect if you want to sew with the big girls.

More Project Runway opinionating to come later today, darlings!

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  • http://twitter.com/snowgall Teresa Galloway

    The ombre effect didn’t seem so well done to me. I liked the idea of it, but not the execution. The change from light to dark was too abrupt IMO.

    • Anonymous

      I agree about that–I thought a more gradual change would have been more effective. 

    • Anonymous

      100 percent right. I think they just like saying ombre.

  • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

    Oliviers garment is something you can find in Berlin at one of the hipster hotsports being worn by one of the perpetually cool young artists.

    And that is a compliment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Harris-Foxwell/1520143324 Linda Harris Foxwell

    Oliver’s dress and styling reminds me of the dress that Auf’d Allison.  That model looks very wide. and the eybrows are much creepier to me than that faux “hair bow” thing that she used.

    • Anonymous

      That’s it!  I kept wondering what this dress reminded me of.  Allison was just ahead of her time!

    • Anonymous

      I agree with the model looking kind of big, and she really has a horrible deer-in-the-headlights stare, which was just illuminated by the hamster chip eyebrows.
      (I don’t believe I’ve ever typed the words “hamster chip eyebrows” in my entire life.)

    • roxyturtle

      It also reminds me of Andre’s garden party dress, which I thought was beautiful and well-executed, but stiff.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karen K.

        The birdseed dress actually reminded me of Andrae’s dress more, but they both have that sort of stiff topiary look about them.  All three of them could have been in the same collection.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karen K.

        The birdseed dress actually reminded me of Andrae’s dress more, but they both have that sort of stiff topiary look about them.  All three of them could have been in the same collection.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah, I remember that!
      I do like what he did with the obre effect, but the dress overall kind of looks like something a cavewoman would wear out on a first date. The eyebrow thing and the droopy boobage kind of cement that in my mind.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PKEMUFJDBZL5KUVSXY22FFS3EM Deborah

      I thought the same thing, and I thought it was going to put Olivier in trouble. There are few things Heidi hates more than making your model look bigger. It wasn’t her favorite, but as far as we saw she didn’t make a thing out of it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MQZB54DIPXNPRSM2CG53PKRF74 Leslie Cairns

    I certainly wouldn’t wear the dog bed top. That extra bulk is not going to flatter most women. Especially with that baggy fit.

  • Anonymous

    I can see how Iloveolivier won, although he gave his models hips like mine. (Boy, that accent was all over the place last night, wasn’t it?) But from a personal preference, I was all for Birdseed Boy for the win, especially since that poodle bed top was a gimme and can’t compare with the mind blowing, strategic hot glueing of all those seeds. As for Josh-who’s-not-sure-what-team-he-plays-on, it was a toss-up between him and the horrible napkin creation which was just as boring, if not more so. I think they just decided by eliminating the least interesting personality.

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

      I think Olivier has a lisp/impediment which he might be trying to mask with an accent- or it could be completely fake. He seems nice but his look and personality have a contrived effect….then again, that could be said of most all of the designers.

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

        Hmm, that is entirely possible…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C6VUXT5OWDIBSFGML4ZC5MPQ2I mari paz

        I feel like we’re all reading a lot into his accent. I had a friend who came to the US from London when she was 15,16 and even though she tried to hold onto her accent, by the end of high school, it was gone. I think if she were to start using a British accent now, it would be weird. Add to that Olivier moved to Milan afterwards. Who knows how long he’s been in the States.

        As for the weird spelling, I don’t know his background, but sometimes Asian parents don’t really know the names they pick for their kids… My dad named me after someone’s last name (Jenner) and sometimes I just let people call me Jennifer. I’ve even had people correct me on the spelling of my own name!

        • Toto Maya

          Olivier is the French spelling of Oliver, it’s a legitimate name. A lot of Asian countries have close ties with France, such as the Vietnamese and Hmong people, so it makes sense.

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

          I agree, I think we should give the kid a bit of a break on the accent.  Sure, it could be fake, but it sounds an awful lot like a number of people I’ve known who lived all over the place.  His parents could very well be non-native English speakers, which would have affected his accent in English from the beginning.  Plus, didn’t he say that they went to Taiwan or Hong Kong or some other formerly-British place in Asia for a while before he moved to London?  And as others have noted, there could potentially be some speech impediment or other underlying factor.  To me, his accent sounds like it could be completely plausible. No need to go screaming “Faker!” just because he doesn’t sound like you expect that he should.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, his accent just sounds to me like someone who has lived all over the place and picks up bits of each place they’ve lived. He’s multilingual too, which factors in.

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

        • Good Shot

          Yes, although people tell me I don’t have a speech impediment, I’ve heard my voice recorded and I can hear it…sucks that my first name ends with a th and my last name starts with an s – what were my parents thinking? Not an easy transition – at least not for me.

        • Good Shot

          Yes, although people tell me I don’t have a speech impediment, I’ve heard my voice recorded and I can hear it…sucks that my first name ends with a th and my last name starts with an s – what were my parents thinking? Not an easy transition – at least not for me.

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

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

        Man, I wish I would have thought of that (and had the mimicry skills to pull it off)!  It would have made my lisp — which still persists in very mild form — so much easier to deal with.  I used to hate having to tell people my name to the point that I always gave out fake ones:) 

      • cloyd

        He’s like Malan Breton 2.0

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. I was with Heidi all the way on the bird seed dress.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I much preferred the seed dress, too.  The neck!  Oh. 

        I also don’t get what Nina was saying about it being too short.  I mean, yea it was way short.  But look at what most of the ladies wear on the red carpet.  Heidi included.

  • Anonymous

    “Tlo said: And so does Tim, clearly.”

    Perfect catch in that screencap! Such a punim!

    I wasn’t crazy about Olivier’s plush toy dress. Actually both his and birdseed guy’s reminded me of Andre’s garden challenge dress.

    Mr. Clean had more competition for the bottom than Olivier had for the top. But I suppose Mr. Clean’s got the auf because it looks like the dress you can see on any given evening, worn by every bridge & tunnel crawler/Carrie Bradshaw wannabee who comes into the city to drunkenly teeter down Manhattan sidewalks in her counterfeit Manolos.

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      I thought of Andre’s dress the minute I saw Birdseed Boy with the hot glue gun. 

      • Daniel Bayer

        Actually when he started hot gluing the birdseed I immediately thought of Chloe’s leaf dress, which had another doppelganger this episode too. But, yeah, this win was SO similar to Andre’s auf-ed moss dress. The only differences were the shape of the shoulders and the ombre effect, which did not look so well-done (it actually looked like she sat in something and got the skirt wet). I had the same reaction as Tom to that belt – good idea but I could not roll my eyes hard enough at Nina praising it to the heavens. Sorry, Lorenzo – I just don’t get this win at all.

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

          I didn’t see the episode. Is Oliver/Olivier’s dress (bottom half) made of hamster shavings??

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

            yes.

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

            yes.

          • Anonymous

            Gotta be pedantic here:  hamster *bedding* shavings.  Hamster shavings sounds a bit gory!

          • Anonymous

            Although having just come from the McQueen exhibit at the Met (the line was closed for at least two hours as of 11AM…and there were real cops outside the Met)…..shavings of actual hamster might not be that outre

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

            Thanks for the clarification, all. ‘Hamster shavings’ is what we always called them growing up – we had a zoo of rodents and rodent-like creatures (hamsters, guinea pigs, bunnies) so it was always an item on the shopping list.

      • Anonymous

        I actually liked Andrae’s garden dress and really thought —much as I adore him—Nick should have gone for the banana leaves. Then again, Kara’s was better than Daniel V’s, but he was the judges’ pet, so she didn’t stand a chance.

  • scottyf

    Astute Soul Brothers T&Lo said…
    “So congrats to Olivier, the Asian with blonde hair, American with a Brit accent, and “Oliver” with an extra vowel. We are intrigued by your myriad contradictions, Precious Moments.

    I don’t think that anyone has mentioned that in his original casting interview before the show judges, Heidi asked Oliviervoovoo if he modeled his own clothing. Paraphrasing, his response was, “I’m too short and too ugly.”

    When I was 22, I cut one “t” from the spelling of my first name and lied about where I was born to sound more exotic. Being a short, husky dark-skinned black boy in the circles I had begun to travel played havoc with my self-esteem. My prayer for little Olivieroil is that it doesn’t take him as long as it took me to embrace how beautiful and talented he is.

    • Anonymous

      sending a hug your way. 

    • Anonymous

      I so agree – and you’re a sweetie, Scotty, for saying it.  And I hope you & Bert will be very happy together (though based on what we saw last night, he’s going to need an ass-kicking now and again…)

    • Anonymous

      Aw, that’s very sweet to say. Our (my) tendencies are to be snarky and say “look at how pretentious he is” – when in reality he could be struggling with some self-esteem issues. I’m glad you brought (at least one person – me) back to earth.

      • Anonymous

        Agree, and Scotty’s (with 2 t’s, BTW) insights are spot on.  But there’s a however:  you chose to be on a national show, and a reality game show format at that, so it’s now hard to get a full do-over on the personae you chose to create.  Olivier seems sweet (and I think he’s gorgeous), but it could be hard to regain credibility if he’s chosen to put on an identity like an ill-fitting suit.

    • Anonymous

      That comment made me a better person, Scottyf.  And I’m not being sarcastic.

    • Anonymous

      Me too, me too! Where did you say you were from? I told everyone I was raised on an Indian Reservation, and insisted that despite my pale skin and red hair, I was really Native American! Oh god! I’m wetting myself laughing about how f’d up I was. I was in my 20′s, for crying out loud!!!

      • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

        I have, once on a whim, made my roommates believe that I was of royal descent – an Indian princess no less. 

        This happened in India btw. Apparently running of to the bathroom to laugh can be construed as running off to the bathroom to cry.

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

      I remember that too. And it made the same impression. I am rooting for him. I actually feel bad in case his name really IS Olivier, but he is just too embarrassed to correct people.

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

        The summer I was 6, my babysitter called me Sharon all summer before she did it in front of my mom and my mom corrected her.  On the way home, mom asked why I hadn’t told her sooner, and I was just too shy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1017585103 Kanani Fong

      You’re spot on, ASB. Perhaps over time, he’ll assert and embrace his true self. All I know is these schticks soon wear on everyone around him. He doesn’t need the accent, or the blonde hair. At some point pretense serves as a block for the good messages people are trying to send. Fingers crossed, he figures this out.

    • Anonymous

      Hear, hear.  At about his age I’d changed my name and, shortly after a year abroad at 18, came home with a wierd accent, and nattered on and on about how wonderful life abroad was.  I roll my eyes at my former self, as I’m sure a lot of folks around me did then, too.

    • Rand Ortega

      Scottyf, you should either bottle your brilliance and sell it online or travel the world w/ your inspirational wisdom to our desperately problemed (not a real word) youth. J’Adore. If you’re ever in L.A., lunch & the countless drinks we could share while you school me on the intricacies of modern life are on me.

    • Helen C

      I do too.  He’s certainly not ugly at all, and he can even try for one of these pretty boy-bands in Asian that are hugely popular now…  

      But for the name, his name actually could be really Olivier.  He could have picked that name for himself as a young kid, or his parents could have picked it without knowing a lot English.   I’ve met quite a few Asian girls with the name “Echo”, “Zavia” or totally made up stuffs.  

      • Toto Maya

        Olivier isn’t made up, it’s French for Oliver. I thought this was common knowledge but apparently a lot of people think it’s fake. Of course, it doesn’t help that he pronounces it “Oliver” instead of the French way.

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

          It’s not that people think it’s fake because it’s not a real name — people think it’s fake because he’s pronouncing it Oliver as in what you put in a martini rather than Olivier as in Lawrence.  Because it’s pronounced the English way but spelled the French way, people assume it was just Oliver and he changed the spelling to impress people with how cultured he was.

          • Toto Maya

            I figured it was because people mispronounce it so much he gave up. As a teacher I see this a lot, especially with students with foreign-sounding names. Everyone calls Esteffania Stephanie, so now she says it’s Stephanie.

        • Helen C

          I’m not saying it’s made up.  I know Olivier is the French version of Oliver, having a friend from Africa with the same name.  I’m saying how he could be both USA raised and born, and still have a French name, because his Asian parents could have thought it looks cool or the French version sounds better.  

    • Toto Maya

      I feel sad that people are acting like his name is weird or pretentious when it is simply the French spelling of Oliver. Go to France and you might meet someone named Olivier, it isn’t weird.

      And I feel sad that he thinks he is ugly, he is my adorable sweet little love muffin. He’s talented and has a bright future ahead of him.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s skirt was well executed and interesting, but the top fit so badly and the eyebrows were creepy. 

  • Anonymous

    We know from experience when it comes down to a catfight between Nina and Heidi, Nina wins.   Maybe Heidi will wear Birdseed Boy’s dress at an event soon.  It’s short enough for her.

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

      Can you imagine if she wore that outdoors and was flocked by pigeons?

      • Anonymous

        No need to imagine.

        http://youtu.be/UaAn4BgY5iI

        (If the link doesn’t work, google “Reitmans commercials”.)

        • Anonymous

          Or watch “The Birds.”

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000060490093 Anita Freiler Palmer

          Those commercials are AWESOME! So Dieter/Sprockets….
           

  • http://twitter.com/Kikishua Crishna Simmons

    I must admit that I’ve never watched this show.  What was the best season?  I’ll start there.

    • Anonymous

      Depends on what you’re looking for – I think Season 1 had the best designs overall but Seasons 3/4 had the best personalities.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, Season 3 for me. And 5; go Team Korto! 6, 7, and 8 were all terrible, which doesn’t bode well for this season, though I like the cast.

    • Anonymous

      Start with Season 1 – CLASSIC!  Every season is good – except maybe for the LA season

    • Anonymous

      Seasons 1 and 2 are the best, IMHO, and really lay the groundwork for every season that followed. The most recent seasons–the ones produced for Lifetime, rather than Bravo–are the worst.

    • Anne Robotti

      It’s fun to do by season, but some posts to look for are “Tim Gunn is SICK of your nonsense”, Jay’s runway show, anything with Vincent, anything with Kayne… If you google, “They’re not taking her out behind Parsons and busting a cap in her ass,” or “You. Lesbian. What’s this?” or “Take it easy Mary, your slip is showing” or … wow – you guys have had a LOT of classic posts!! The others are right, season 3 was a sparkling medley of witty bon mots and effervescent commentary, but season 1 was a well-reasoned look at a budding fashion genius AND a psycho which wasn’t to be missed. And the best TLo seasons have very little relation to the best actual seasons, have you guys noticed that?

      • Anonymous

        If it’s TLo classics, best ever was “Tim Gunn is sick…”  For PR, I’d say you gotta watch ‘em in order.  The first seasons challenges, being new, had less pre-planned strategies, so they were a delight in a different way than the drama personality seasons.  And I still love Santino, despite all…

        • Anonymous

          I personally hated Santino. The only times I liked him were when he did his (dead on) Tim Gunn impression and Project Runway: The Musical…he just had a bad attitude and his clothes were fug.

          • Anonymous

            It was the bad attitude that I liked, and somehow I don’t think it was a put-on attitude like we see on reality shows now (you know the type, the “character” like the privileged Barbie on this season).

    • Anonymous

      Season 1 is classic!!!

    • Anonymous

      Seasons 4 & 7 are my favorites, because my favorite designer from those seasons won!  :)  But for overall entertainment value, I think 3 & 4 were the best.

  • Anonymous

    I understand why Olivioearer won but Anthony Ryan’s birdseed dress was really unbelievable. Short, schmort, Nina! And I cant believe Bryson’s pee pad mess wasn’t auf’ed. Holy cow! That was one of the ugliest things ever to go down the runway. Horrifying!

    • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

      It wasn’t boring though… the judges will always auf boring over bad. Bryce was bad, sure, but we’re all talking about it the next day.

      • Anonymous

        But the folded napkin ring dress has been done several times on PR, all to bad effect.  (I’m sure fellow precious unborn fawns can give you the chapter & verse on those prior flops.  I’m (a) old and forgetful, and (b) lazy, and (c) inadequately caffeinated at the moment to look ‘em up.)

  • Anne Robotti

    Do the designers get to tell the models what kind of underwear to wear? Like is there some kind of “Bluefly Wall of Undergarments” or are they stuck with what the girl wears in there? Because those were some LOW-hanging tits on Oliver’s model, and in that bulky fabric I thought it was atrocious. And GOD, your screen cap from the back is making me want to drive up to New York and slap that boy! I hated this entry, and on the bottom in the back I thought it looked like a big poopstain. “Ombre…” whatever. Unless you’re Jay, just don’t do it. But I didn’t like the birdseed dress either – I was all for the purple wee-wee pad dress. And I would have been okay with overriding the immunity and voting off Bert, except I love his nickname.

    • Anonymous

      I actually thought about the “Bluefly Wall of Undergarments” with the Joshua M’s skirt. He had to have known or at least guessed it would have been sheer. Did he shop around the wall for black panties or beg and plead with her not to wear yesterday’s thong? i then wonder if he attached dog toys to them. 

      • klm78_2001

        I believe (because of a history of watching ANTM) that models are expected to carry certain types of panties with them at all times, nude and black thongs, nude and black briefs, and perhaps others. It may or may not be true, but I assume the model puts on the panties the designer tells her to wear.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed, from random comments in past seasons, I believe the models supply their own undergarments. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

            Wasn’t there some sort of boob-tape-gate in the past? It seemed that there were very specific rules about what kinds of underwear the girls could wear, and how much boob support had to come from the actual garment.

        • Anne Robotti

          But klm, remember the time that one ANTM model was wearing bright-pink panties and got crucified for it at the judge’s panel? Didn’t they say something like you always have to wear skin-toned panties and a neutral bra? If that girl was wearing a bra… well, it was not a very good bra, or it just lost its will to live and allowed that heavy fabric to weigh down the breasts it was supposed to be supporting.

          • Anonymous

            As a stick-thin model, she must be quite busty for the girls to be sagging that low.

    • Anonymous

      I had the same reaction. Especially since there was enough fabric in that top to cover any style of bra. It’s really sad when a relatively flat-chested model’s boobs are saying hello to her waist.

  • Anonymous

    Oliv…..’s top reminded me of the year I got a coat from my mother in law made of that material.  As I took it from the box, my father in law said “that is going to make you look heavy”.

    Hated that top, seems like something with much less volume would have made the skirt so much better. 

    • Anonymous

      Well, the very first incarnation of Kermit the Frog was made from Jim Henson’s mother’s green wool coat and a pair of ping-pong balls cut in half.

  • MilaXX

    I liked Olivier’s look primarily because of the ombre effect. To me it showed a bit of thought into making something that closely resembled fashion. To my way of thinking both on PR and Design Star the aim is to make something that would be a great fashion spread in a magazine. You want to look at it and say, “that’s made of what?” So fit issues aside I saw this, Ryan Anthony’s and the fish tank one (although he blew it with styling) as being the best example’s of meeting this challenge. Now I was on TeamBirdseed with Heidi, but we all know Nina and Michael always overrule Heidi.My only quibble is the critique of the eyebrows. I didn’t like them either, but I have to question what’s the difference between those and say McQueen putting horns on his models and his hamster bedding brows.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

      It looked to me like One-Ball and Olive-Oyl were both aiming for Sarah Burton for McQueen.

    • Anonymous

      The difference between McQueen’s styling and Oliver’s is that McQueen was a brilliant genius, a talented designer, and an impeccable tailor.  Everything he sent down the runway was flawless in its execution.  When you’re that damn good you can do wack-a-doodle styling because the clothing is so strong it over shadows the styling.

  • Anonymous

    I agree Jess wasn’t long for the competition but I don’t think he deserved to go last night.  I think deep down the judges hated Bryce’s dress more but decided to keep him around because it’s more fun to beat up on Bryce than on poor fragile Jess.

    Loving all the alternate spellings for Olivier.  I would not have picked him for the win either.  ITA with TLo’s point that the judges are intrigued by his persona as much as his designs.

  • Anonymous

    Ollie-ollie-in-come-free’s top just seemed so ill fitting.  I loved the design and the concept, I even liked the material but it just got so bulky at the waist and is that girl even wearing a bra?  You really get a full view of just how heavy that gorgeous skirt made her ass though form the back view shot. Top 3, yes.  The win, no.

    • Anonymous

      Agree.  LilOlive’s bottom half (well, the skirt’s bottom half) added as much bulk as the sherpa top.  And how come the dog-bed, used intact, wasn’t the same crime as using umbrella fabric?  Yup, Oliveloaf’s looked better than Mr Clean, but not as creative as Mr Seed’s.  I was born in Ohio, too–can I have a British accent for $100, Alex?

      • Anonymous

        Oliveloaf – OMG. This is my favorite nickname for him, even more than Precious Moments.

      • Amy Fee Garner

        YES— Malan Breton kept popping into my head last night as I watched Olivioi struggle with the accent of the hour.  He really kicked it up for Tim and the judges, and went way more Columbus, Ohio (where he mentioned he was born) for the workroom.  He’s very young… I hope his persona settles in and he discovers that he’s just fine naturally, whatever that may be.

  • Anonymous

    I was surprised that the birdseed dress didn’t win. I though it would be between that and the aquarium rocks outfit (sparkly!). I really disliked Olivetti’s sherpa top and skirt–looked like a shapeless rug to me and it made the model look huge. Bryce’s outfit was terrible. I was deeply disappointed in Bert for coasting as he did. At one point, he said that he wanted to come on Project Runway to really challenge himself, and this was the perfect opportunity for that.

    I got up at 6:30am to watch the episode online–how’s that for dedication? 

    • Anonymous

      You shame me, SapphoPoet!  I had to work last night and I still haven’t seen the entire episode except in Fast Forward!  You make me want to do better!

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

      Me too! 6:44 actually. Surprised that they had it up already!

  • Anonymous

    I love Oliviieieirieir’s look, but it did take me a minute to come around to it. The ombre effect was very chic.

    What happened to the model elimination round?

  • Anonymous

    Furry chests are great on guys. On willowy female models? Not so much. And nobody looks good with oatmeal eyebrows.

    Poor Josh; he just didn’t have the chops. I hope he finds the man of his dreams as a consolation prize.

    And the only consistent thing about the judges is their total inconsistency and how they furiously rationalize it. Watching the judging is like watching Linda Blair’s head spin in “The Exorcist.”

  • Anonymous

    I love the unconventional materials challenges too–they’re always the ones I remember years later.  This was a good one, and as a Big Boomer Bert Fan, I am peeved with him this morning for resting on his immunity laurels and refusing to have fun.

    I thought that ElOlive’s effort deserved the win, although the bird seed dress was a strong contender too. Rollover’s dress was clever and attractive and amazingly well made. But, after all these years, it made me a little sad because the shape reminds me so much of Andrae’s plant store dress–the one he made mostly out of moss and baby’s breath and that he thought looked so French and chic.  The one that got him auf’d. The Duchess just went on and on and ONNNNNNNN about the horrible shape of Andrae’s dress, but he praised Liverloi’s. And since I also loved Andrae’s dress and thought it looked French and chic, well, there was one brief sniffle.

    And while it was clear that Sweet Mormon Guy was not cut out for reality TV and that he froze and opted to use fabric as his…fabric for the top, it’s hard for me to understand how this not-really-that-bad outfit went and Bryce’s Titanic of a disaster stayed. I’m not understanding that. You can’t base your judging solely on whether the designer got into the spirit–you can take that into account, but it can’t be your only criterion. But apparently it was.

    • Anonymous

      Even worse than Bryce’s mess was the shitastic woven bag monstrosity Snowboarder Girl (Julie?) hurled down the runway. The judges must have been blind to give that a pass.

      • Anonymous

        Amen.  The good chemicals in my brain had apparently erased that mess from my consciousness, in an effort to maintain a life-affirming mood. :)

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

        Korto did it so well with seatbelts, why even attempt it. And with friggin dog food bags??? Ugh. But that is another post.

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

          Thanks for jogging my memory and bringing Korto’s seatbelt dress to mind…I loved that one!

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

          Thanks for jogging my memory and bringing Korto’s seatbelt dress to mind…I loved that one!

        • Anonymous

          Chris March also had a great garment in the Hershey store challenge.

      • fragileindustries

        Word, Stubenville.  Rocky Mountain Girl was Rocky Mountain High.  Plus, it sure looked like she and pee pads were getting the loser edit, and I would have gladly aufed her over Bryce … I didn’t like her portfolio, I didn’t like her last “effort”, and I have such pent-up vitriol over it all I may not be able to wait for their turn to express myself.  Oh, I just did.

  • Anonymous

    The fact that the top and bottom used similar type materials on the top (meaning MATERIAL).. and Josh’s was dyed and kind of attractive and Olievieir’s was bulky and drab  just highlighted the issue of their inconsistency (and Josh used the same bottom material as …the other Josh?)

    The winning outfit reminded me too much of Andre’s flower shop moss – drab bulky hard

    And I posted on the Lounge… with all of MK’s bitching that NO WOMAN wants to make her hips look larger…. and then picks a Bubble Butt-ed skirt…. just seriously WTH

  • Lori

    Did they recruit the models from a work-release program?  Most of them give serious Iwanttocutyouface.

    • Anonymous

      I loved Malan too and found him so well-spoken and charming. The jury is still out on Olivier, but I didn’t feel the instant love that I felt for Malan.

  • Anonymous

    I like the winning garmente. But it is “thickening” to have fluffe up top and on bottome. The judges are in amore when you “create” the fabrice like was done here with the hampster woode chips. I hate the wood cheep eyebrows. He should have put her hair up in a beeg rats nest and had
    chew toye mouse hiding in there.Clever??

    • Anonymous

      Tilda Swinton eyebrows.

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

        Eggsaaaaaackly!

  • Anonymous

    Random thoughts on last night’s show:

    Yet another season of inconsistent judging lies before us. 

    Can we ban the phrase “wow factor”, please?

    At least we no longer need to specify which Josh we’re talking about.

    Bert is doomed. 

    • Anonymous

      Despite the fact that I felt terrible for Josh being auf’d, I was kind of relieved that I don’t have to remember which Josh is which anymore. And, yes, I do see possible doom on the horizon for Bert.

      I know I’m in the minority, but I really liked Olivier’s winning entry. I loved the silhouette, textural effect and ombre-effect on the skirt. There, I said it, I’m thrilled he won!

  • http://profiles.google.com/laura.jane.ogorman Laura O’Gorman

    Your reinterpretations of how to spell Olivier made me crack up.

  • mellbell

    In his casting session, someone on the panel called him Olivier (as in Laurence), but ever since it’s been Oliver (as in Twist). I can’t help but think that the former is correct, but he’s so used to people mispronouncing it that he doesn’t even bother correcting them anymore. I’ve seen the same thing happen with friends named Lara, Kirsten, etc.

  • Anonymous

    I keep hearing Ava Gabor saying o-LIV-air!

    • Anonymous

      Green Acres, we are there!  Come to think of it, the birdseed dress and the hamster dress would have worked out well on the farm.

  • narita_rayna

    can i just say – i really love how they have restyled the editing on this show now.  we got to see so much more of the design process, tim time, judge critiques & debate.  i am praying like hell that the rest of the season holds up like this.  it was so much more interesting to watch & relate to.  previews hint at upcoming drama, but ffs i hope its kept to a relative minimum.  i just want to see the clothes! 

    • Anonymous

      So far, enjoying the 1 1/2 hr format–anyone know if that continutes through the season, or is it only ’cause there are 101 designers left?

      • Anonymous

        Last season had all 90 minute episodes, so I’m guessing they’re sticking with it. I really like it, and so far this season, they’re using the time well.

        These last two episodes have felt like classic PR. Lifetime must be paying attention and have finally started to get their shit together. I hope it lasts.

        • Anonymous

          Had forgotten that ALL of last season’s were 1 1/2 hours, but I do remember as the season went on, that time draaaaaaaged out.  We’ll see about this season, but anything beats that Models show they did a coupla years back.

  • Anonymous

    i enjoyed the show last night & was reminded why i love tim gunn.  i thought the seed dress was going to win but precious moment deserved it too.  josh just made me sad.

  • Anonymous

    I do not agree with either. I don’t see how Olivier’s outfit won, let alone got in the top 3. I probably would have done the exact same thing, and I have little sewing skills and no training. It wasn’t unique to me, and actually seemed like something most people could have come up with. I thought others really set the bar higher, and one that was even in the bottom 3 I really liked. I liked most everyone this episode and really enjoyed the runway show, overall. Still, I don’t see how this is a winner and while Josh’s was meh, there was another that was WAY worse *cough wee wee pads napkin skirt cough*

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I think, ultimately, that Olivier won because his outfit looked like something Nina would wear if she lost a bet and had to dress in clothes made from pet store supplies–a simple shell and a skirt with a textile effect that was executed interestingly and not vulgar–and something the Duchess would design if he had to compete in this challenge.  Also, because he looks like they think a designer ought to look.  Personally, I’d have given the win to Josh M, who used color creatively and created a garment with a little motion to it.  Birdseed did a good job with the pattern, but the dress was kind of dull, and my head went to the Flintstones again (what is it with the Flintstones this season?).

    Josh C–I think they took the fact that he was obviously only trying for safe into account.  He didn’t transform his materials much, either.  Bryce’s was a worse entry, but at least on the top, he did something with the unconventional materials, albeit something hideous.  That’s all I can think of with that.

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

    The judges are always such whores for ombre.   If I were a designer with a crappy dress I’d quick find a way to give it a graduated dye job, just so I could keep mentioning the “ombre effect” and bounce through.

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

    Didn’t Olivier say he stuffed the skirt with something?  That poor model looks about 25 lbs heavier than she is.  I was firmly on Team Birdseed.

    • Anonymous

      He did say he made pads for the hips with something.
      I think the exaggerated hips are part of Nina’s “it’s editorial” view point. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, but honestly, sometimes Nina is just full of it. I think a lot of what she says depends on her mood at that particular moment.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F2HTGQAMSQEAYSNTDBWRX55DMA DanaF

    It drives me crazy to see it spelled Olivier (o-LIV-e-ay) and hear it pronounced (OLIVE-er).  My stepfather’s last name is Olivier and we fight to have it pronounced correctly constantly.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DO54ICWQLRD2STHRSELEATLSKY Cindy

    Loved team Birdseed dress… Ollie-Ollie-oxen free top is just ugly.  Loved the “busty woman” comment– which is true, I would never in a million years wear that shirt.     My teenage daughter loved the purple pee pee pad dress.  I do like the idea of using the reptile cage stuff as a skirt.  

    Did anyone catch that “I just learned to sew” Anya basically did the same exact shirt as the first week?  I also appreciated the one dress that was made of braiding

    • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

      LOL!!! I LOVE Ollie-Ollie-oxen free… I’m so using this.

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

    Darn. I was waiting for the Joshua-Joshua hookup. Or at least the attempt. I was honestly thinking that was the only reason he made the show in the first place. Closet queen drama!

    • Phillip Wilde

      Yes!  This episode had such a Josh/Josh shiptease.  I half expected them to start making out right then and there.

  • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

    I was a little horrified last night. All through the show, watching oilaiviei work, I was sure he was going to be in the bottom. I hated his win, because even if it had been fitted properly, I don’t see any sense of excitement. Add to that the fact that the model looked very wide in it, and very hiptastic, and it ws just bad. As I said to my roommate watching it, it’s not as though the skirt made me think she had very wide hips (which isn’t a bad thing) it’s that I could easily tell the skirt she was wearing made her look as though she did (which IS a bad thing). I agree with the comments that the ombre effect, while an excellent diea wasn’t executed terribly well… I co it looked very abrupt.

    I’ll look forwrd to further commentary, but one last thing….. Miss Thang over there (aka Bert) needs to get his act together. I’m all on the train, but last nights attitude had me edging near the door. ,

    • Anonymous

      I think I remember him saying in the judging that he used filters to build out the bottom/skirt – in that case the proportions are intentional; he was balancing out the  bulk of the top.  As others have noted, I don’t think the um challenges are about wearability as they are about fashion, and that was a very runway dress. (  It actually reminded me a bit of the Siriano dress posted here a few days ago – the SJParker bath towel dress. )

      • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

        Fair enough– but if it’s not flattering, it’s not flattering. And while I agree that the challenge is more fashion and design than wearability, I didn’t see any impressive fashion or design sense displayed. If he got what he was going for, that’s great.. I just disliked what he as going for. =P

        I’m still baffled that he was in the top because there were some pretty great material manipulations, and this one fell flat for me.

        I’m not going to call cracktastic judging, but I wish I saw what they did.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I was on Team Birdseed. hated the the top of Oliver’s and the eyebrows. Oliver’s dress was too conservative to do that kind of styling.

    What happens with Josh is understandable and not inconsistent with the judging. IN a battle of boring vs ugly, ugly usually squeaks out a win. Bryce was the worst looking but at least he took risks and made an attempt. Josh was way too safe.Think Jeffrey vs Robert in the Mom challenge. And to quote Robert and Tim, “Don’t Bore Nina!”.

    Ultimately that’s probably why they can praise oliver for the dogbed but slam Josh for the umbrella material. Anyway aufing him now was really a mercy killing

    Personally negative attitude of people like Bert and Fallene towards this challenge was ridiculous. If you’re going to be on PR you have to be expecting a U/M challenge. Both Heidi and Tim were pretty clear about the point of such a challenge and the judges are looking for.

    Heidi was so right to scold Bert and Josh for coasting

    • Anonymous

      Yep. If I were going to be on the show, I’d be practicing all the different kinds of challenges. You’ve got eight seasons to study, and you know there’s going to be an UCM challenge, so go to an auto parts store or a stationary shop and start imagining what you’d do. (You don’t have to buy stuff to practice, just get into the mindset of how to use whatever’s in front of you.) That’s what I’d do, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I was on Team Birdseed. hated the the top of Oliver’s and the eyebrows. Oliver’s dress was too conservative to do that kind of styling.

    What happens with Josh is understandable and not inconsistent with the judging. IN a battle of boring vs ugly, ugly usually squeaks out a win. Bryce was the worst looking but at least he took risks and made an attempt. Josh was way too safe.Think Jeffrey vs Robert in the Mom challenge. And to quote Robert and Tim, “Don’t Bore Nina!”.

    Ultimately that’s probably why they can praise oliver for the dogbed but slam Josh for the umbrella material. Anyway aufing him now was really a mercy killing

    Personally negative attitude of people like Bert and Fallene towards this challenge was ridiculous. If you’re going to be on PR you have to be expecting a U/M challenge. Both Heidi and Tim were pretty clear about the point of such a challenge and the judges are looking for.

    Heidi was so right to scold Bert and Josh for coasting

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Clean’s video blog from last week’s fiasco was disgraceful.  He blamed his model for the hideous outfit he created and took no responsibility for his own bad choices.  I don’t think his outfit this week was the worst (the puppy pad hanky skirt wins that honor in my opinion), but I’m glad he’s gone.  I liked the seed dress better than Olivier’s because the fit was better, and I loved that outfit with the aquarium stones and the flirty little skirt.

  • Anonymous

    While firmly in the birdseed camp, I cannot deny that Oliveeeeeayyyy’s dress was a good looking outfit.  And as a whole, I thought all the designers did a pretty damn decent job on their creations…

  • Anonymous

    I like the idea behind Olivier’s outfit. I love what he did with the hamster bedding, but let’s be honest, the sherpa top wasn’t creative at all. He’s just lucky it went well with the skirt. The fit is horrid. I’m sorry, no woman wants to wear something that makes her look 8 sizes bigger than she is. I will say, though, that the fit in the top would have been greatly improved had he instructed his model to wear a good support bra. Hello, her boobs are down to her navel. That’s never a good look; I don’t care how skinny you are.

    • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

      I am a woman, and I would love to wear it if it is made with clothing than UCM. 

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

    I really liked Olivier’s design, even if there’s no way he actually has a British accent.  It’s all cool and textural.

  • http://twitter.com/doctoraicha Baroness Sibella

    Olivier’s garment is ugly. Period.

  • Rachel Goldstein

    Ha ha, yes, when Oliver said he lived in Columbus freaking OH til he was 16, I was all, ‘oh that is why your accent sounds so BS affected. ugh.’ The stills of his dress here look worse than it did on the runway. I thought he’d get more slack for using doggie bed. SO disappointed in Bert! He’d better step it the hell up!

  • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

    Mr. Mormon Clean would have skated by if he had performed better in the previous challenge. This was too-literally late 80s and using the fabric sunk him.

    Olivier’s dress is bulky but the bulk seems intentional. One of the more confusing aspects of the judging is, when they don’t specify, are they rewarding wearability or fashion. With the ucm challenge, I think “fashion” is implied. The silhouette would not flatter a real woman but on a runway or in an editorial, it is interesting.

    I will say more about the birdseed on that post BUT as lovely as that one was, it was a muslin dress with hot-glued beading. And the concept isn’t so original. Nature-loving crafters make birdseed mandalas all the time. So, I can see why Olivier’s showed more innovative use of the ucm.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. The birdseed dress was so beautiful, but in the end it was just a muslin dress with hot-gun-glued seeds all over it. In a way, he did the same thing that Olivier did–as his skirt was just a muslin skirt with hamster shavings hot-gun-glued all over it.

      Now, while Josh McK did sorta the same with the aquarium rocks, hot glued on muslin, they were done in a very interesting color combo that looked like fabric or sequins and had a lot of thought behind it. Olivier’s was just 2 shades of shavings, one on top, one on bottom, mix a bit in the middle…and Josh McK made an adorable skirt too. I think Miss Brow Waxing should have won.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like Olivier isn’t his real name, like he picked it up when he picked up the accent.

    Anyway, I was hopping for birdseed or aquarium rocks to win.  Ah well!

  • Bridget Dierks

    I thought it was absolute nonsense that they were all about Oliver’s top, which was straight up dog bed without any concealing it, but were completely opposed to Josh’s umbrella top because it was made of an ‘ordinary’ material.  I didn’t like Josh’s work, but I also thought Oliver’s was less exceptional than some of the others (helllooo, making an awesome dress out of birdseed??).

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

    I wanted to love Oilievier’s more than I did. I liked the different elements, but the overall effect was rather beige and not slimming.

    Poor Mr Clean. He tried to make something flattering for his model, who he blames for sinking his last effort by lying about her measurements. But. Not good.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Olivier’s design, and I also liked his attempt at ombre (though didn’t it seem that he didn’t know what it was when Tim chatted with him?).  So happy Mr. Clean went home.  I was begging the TV to have Heidi let him out of his misery.  He reminded me last night of an OTT Michael Costello, and it’s only week 2 (and for the record, I liked MC).

  • Amanda in Austin

    I think Anthony should have won, because he didn’t use anything remotely like “fabric.” The dog bed that Olivier used was a fabric-like choice, yet the judges wet themselves over his look, and dinged poor Mormon Clean for using an umbrella fabric.

    C’est la vie.

    And here I said I wouldn’t watch this season, but I have to say last night’s episode was one of the best in a long, long, long time. I love the unconventional materials challenges, and I think this set of designers really have some good creative tendencies amongst the lot of them. Poor Bert was just a grumpy old man. I hope he sheds that chip on his shoulder, because he’s doomed if he doesn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/emmarkeefe Emma K

    That accent!! Dude said he lived in Ohio or something until he was 16!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVNXE5PQQVTSQHG77WZA3VRL5Q Alli Lon

      And…what is your point? Where you’re from people don’t move to other countries and pick up accents? I know tons of twenty something year olds and thirty something year olds that moved to other countries and eventually picked up the accent. I find the whole accent debate so baffling. Why is it even an issue?

  • Anonymous

    The hamster chip eyebrows made my contact-wearing eyes itch/water/twitch in sympathy!

    • Anonymous

      I know. I think I had a sympathy sneeze. Also, the effect wasn’t carried out in the rest of the styling. It just looked like bleached Breshnev brows.

  • http://twitter.com/emmarkeefe Emma K

    Danielle’s was the only one that really caught my eye.  I predict she will be the Leanne of this season.

  • Karen Walsh

    Yeah, poor little Mormon boy was on his way out from moment one.  Not a surprise.  I understand from a design perspective why iolievier aka Precious Moments won, but it made his girl look huge.

  • Anonymous

    Great synopsis! The minute the guest judge said something about “’90s bar scene” or whatever, I knew Mormon boy was a goner. I was very surprised wee-wee pad boy wasn’t in the bottom 2, though.

    Once I heard the deliberations, I got why the judges liked Oliviovaries’s dress so much. The bird seed dress was very cool, but he didn’t really manipulate materials. He glued stuff onto a muslin dress.

    As for The Story of O’s accent, I had a whole (incorrect) back story for him. I thought he was from southeast Asia and learned English when he went to England at 16. I had a TA in college who was from China and learned English from British teachers, so his accent was great. But O IS FROM CLEVELAND??!!  My husband started calling him “Asshole” after that. I think he is just affected and twee. Waiting to see whether it is in a good way.

    Bert seems to have taken a shine to him.

    • Anonymous

      Columbus, I believe.   

      When some one is a precious rare flower, antecedents become trivial details.   

    • Anonymous

      Anathema_Device said: “Once I heard the deliberations, I got why the judges liked
      Oliviovaries’s dress so much. The bird seed dress was very cool, but he
      didn’t really manipulate materials. He glued stuff onto a muslin dress.”

      So did Oliviviier…the only thing he did different was make a T-shirt out of a Dog bed. Come on, it was 2 pieces in a T, sewn together. The skirt was muslin, covered in hamster shavings…and even if he used 2 different types to build a fabric or coloration on it, so did Anthony as he used sunflower seeds for the top (which looked like a feather collar from far away). In reality, so did Josh McK for his top half, but he also actually MADE a skirt.

  • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

    I hate, hated the top of Olivier’s (I’m going to continue to pronounce it O-live-i-ay as in Laurence) dress.  It made the models boobs look misshapen and flat.  My daughter said she looked like a sheep dog.

    I was sad to see Josh leave, I thought it should have been napkin skirt boy.  And now we won’t get to see the rest of the blossoming bromance between the Joshes.  :(

  • sweetlilvoice

    Thanks for the great recap. I really liked the birdseed dress the best. Olivierei was impressive, but the top was not that cool. Good for Heidi for sticking up for the other dress.

    I also thought that the losing outfit wasn’t really that bad and that the blue thing should have gone home. But I knew that Josh was already on thin ice.

    I can’t blame Bert for not being excited about the challenge. I remember several occasions when the designer with immunity didn’t put all their effort into the next challenge. There was no need for the call out, except for drama.

    • Anonymous

      I agree about the losing dress not being as bad as the blue “napkin dress”. I love how the judges went on and on and ON about how that napkin thing is hideous and they see it every season, etc., only to get rid of the other guy instead for his color choices. LOL, nice to see them starting on the crackpipe so early in the season. 

    • Anonymous

      Yes but I can recall at least on 2 occasions when that happened the judges gave the designer a hard time. Rami’s prom dress and Giordana’s follow up dress comes to mind. At least Giordana had the  excuse of being sick. IT’s understandable if you’re not thrilled or inspired by a challenge, but Bert’s outfit clearly showed little if any effort. If not for immunity, his entry would have surely ended up in the bottom 3. His dress didn’t even have any shape to it.

      Tim warned him it could affect the way the judges view him

      • Anonymous

        Did you hear Oliverieiriris’s response to immunity?  Something like “I’ll work all the harder anyway.”  That’s the attitude the judges want, not Bert’s “so what” shrug of the shoulders.  I think this will come back to bite Bert in the behind.

  • Phillip Wilde

    I’ll be brief.  Olivieieio’s look was poorly executed and horribly unflattering, although the idea was good.  Team Birdseed all the way, and yes, it’s short, but I think that works with the high collar.

    A little sad to see Josh C. go so soon.  I was looking forward to seeing him come out of his closet…er, shell.  And Bryce’s wee-wee pads were way worse, but I understand why they auf’d who they did.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I was hoping for a different “out” for that boy. I think that it would have been extremely interesting to see how he changed being in a living space with a bunch of gay men and able to feel acceptance. I am so disappointed.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t mind Olivier’s (I still prefer to pronounce it as in Laurence) win, although I do think there were some issues with the execution (in particular, the fit). Nonetheless, the design is interesting, and I do love the hamster bedding ombre on the skirt. I’m even still willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on the accent, maybe, possibly, since it’s more international than British, and, according to his casting session video, he lived in Taiwan for some portion of his youth. Also, I don’t care: but if it’s fake, I think he needs to work a little harder at it - unless he’s going for some sort of “international” accent. If you’re going to fake an accent, you need to do it right.

    I did think Anthony’s was beautiful, and he had a smart approach to it, though Nina may be right about the length (but at least it wasn’t shiny!). I also really loved the aquarium rock pattern that Josh M created.

    Farewell to Josh C, who clearly was not long for the PR world. There’s always at least one contestant who just plain isn’t cut out for the show – having nothing really to do with design, and everything to do with the format.

  • Anonymous

    I think it was the extended silhouette which worked so well for Precious Moments.  It is very much along the lines of the more recent shows at Calvin Klein and Jil Sander…..there was (albeit stiff) structure…..where the birdseed dress (also lovely) was more of a textile design play.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad that Josh C. went home. He was just too fragile for the competition. Plus it seems like, if given the chance and the time, he might have acted in a way on television that he was not prepared to deal with when he is back amongst the Mormons. And he is way, WAY too fragile for that.

  • Anonymous

    Puppy tits is my new favorite phrase! And I knew as soon as Nina said that Iolivieiere’s dress was “editorial” that he would win. That Miss Garcia is so predictible! Can’t wait to hear what u have to say about Josh M & his bitchy eyebrows!!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I can’t wait for TLo’s take on Josh M’s shenanigans. Well, he must be in good with the producers or crew or somebody because he was in practically every scene shot in the workroom last night.

      • Anonymous

        They almost always show more of who eventually ends up in the top and bottom 3. You can almost guess who will be by their amount of screentime.

        I think Josh McK will be a hoot to watch this season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17000721 Charlie Parker

    Clearly you guys and the judges got into a bad batch of crack last night. WTF?

    Olivier’s model looks like a backwoods hill person that skinned a sheep and then went and rolled around in the barn. That thing was heinous and should have been in the bottom 3. It had no shape, was a terrible idea, didn’t use unconventional fabrics, and his styling made her look like a meth head.

    Then, they don’t put weewee pads in the bottom 2? Heidi literally called it the worst dress she’s seen in a long time but I guess sending orange and brown down the runway is a sin against humanity.

    • Anonymous

      Is there a good batch of crack?

    • Anonymous

       Cleveland Browns colors   – a sin… well I guess maybe one of them was from Pittsburgh?

  • Anonymous

    He made a size zero model look fat. She looks as wide as a barn door. Isn’t that a cardinal sin? How is that going to translate to fashion? Editorial. I ask you. Birdseed was the clear winner.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, but I think you get more of a pass in making unflattering clothes with the unconventional materials challenge. At least, I would hope so.

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    I loved that Bert didn’t play along. I have always wondered why no one ever takes real advantage of immunity and coasts, especially this early in the game. You know, if you last, that you won’t be getting any sleep in a few days, so take your breaks when you can.

    • Anonymous

      Because the judges do not like it when someone clearly makes half an effort. And they remember. 

      Immunity is an opportunity to try something crazy-assed like a coat made of chew toys. Either it will fail spectacularly or the judges will adore it. Either way, the designer will get a “creative” halo. 

      Paging Cruella de Vil!

      • Anonymous

        Exactly right!  Don’t think the judges won’t be remembering Bert’s bad attitude about this challenge and even bad-der design he produced next week.  It’s going to work against him.

        • Anonymous

          Tim TOLD him that the judges would be looking at him and expecting good things this week. Not taking Tim’s advise is stupid.

    • Anonymous

      Agree with Stubenville. Judges hate it when designers coast. Haven’t a few designers won the challenges when they had immunity? That drive to create and compete gets the judges’ respect, and it can save a designer from future auf’ing if they have an off week.

    • Anonymous

      Not a good idea. While the judges can’t auf you for it, they certainly remember it. Having an attitude like that won’t win you any favors. Not among your fellow designers, not from the audience at home, and especially not from the judges.

    • Anonymous

      I have always wondered why no one ever takes real advantage of immunity and coasts

      Because it’s incredibly foolish.  You think the judges’ don’t notice?  You didn’t hear Heidi call him out about it last night?   They aren’t going to forget that he a) ignored the dictates of the challenge, and b) turned out a boring garment.   The judges want people who look on having immunity as the opportunity to take tremendous risks.  They don’t want slackers.

  • Joyce VG

    I don’t agree with this win but I agree the auf’ed designer.  They did him a favor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cindy-Ehrenreich/100001253700607 Cindy Ehrenreich

    Anyone know what happened to the model picks? Did they do away with that & just eliminate the losing designers model?

    • Anonymous

      I hope so. For me, the model selection was wasted time we could be hearing another gloriously bitchy Michael Kors quip.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trooper6 Stephan Pennington

    Josh is on my auf list because he was clearly wearing a pre-tied bow tie. I cannot abide bow ties that are pre-tied or clip on. If you are going to wear a bow tie…one of the best neckwears in the universe, *tie it yourself*

  • Anonymous

    I find it quite amusing how everyone goes on and on about Olivier’s accent. It’s a design competition, not an English class. The fact that he was born in the US doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s a native speaker of English. We don’t know how much time he actually spent there and where he learnt to speak English. Whether or not he tries to imitate a British accent (it really is far from sounding native) we don’t know. There’s loads of people of Asian descent in the UK who have a weird hybrid accent especially if they weren’t born in the country. I grew up in an area of London that has quite a strong Korean community so it didn’t really baffle me. I guess it’s because you rarely ever hear non-American accents on American programmes that people are so intrigued by it. Also it’s a shame no one’s mentioned Anya’s Trinidadian accent. I think she sounds adorable.

    Bert totally did my head in this episode. I hate it when people think they can rest on their laurels and don’t give a rat’s arse about what they send down the runway. Not only did he use the most conventional materials the shop had to offer, he also designed something that looked super tacky and cheap. He’ll be in big trouble if he doesn’t get his arse in gear next week.

    I was actually quite taken aback by the fact that Joshua’s sparkly mess was voted one of the best three designs. I didn’t mind the execution or the cut, but the aquarium rocks he used made it look like something you’d buy in some random clothes shop on holiday and when we you get home you realise what a complete waste of money that was. Weird.

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s accent is adorable. Like the rest of her.

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s accent is adorable. Like the rest of her.

    • Anonymous

      I love Anya’s accent, too! It is adorable.

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

      he’s doing an accent, she has an accent. it’s obvious, regardless whether you like or dont like either of them.

    • Kate Pearce

      Yup, I’m a Brit living in the U.S. and I picked up his English ‘A’ sound quite clearly and I also reckoned, (cos we Brits will nitpick anyone’s accent to death) that American English wasn’t necessarily his first language so picking it up, plus English English and Italian would make him sound a bit weird. My daughter who was born in the U.S. has picked up a different ‘T’ sound from us than her American peers use and she sounds a bit weird too. :) 

  • Anonymous

    Little Lord Fauntleroy’s dress looked pretty great on the runway but looks heinous and unflattering in these screencaps.  (Love the belt, though).  I preferred the birdseed dress, which was chic and flattering.  Precious Moments’ dress was only chic, certainly not flattering, and the styling was a crime against humanity.  Both designers used muslin as a base and glued crap on and PM took an existing fabric, didn’t change or manipulate it any way and made an ill-fitting top.  So clearly the win goes to…PM!  Birdseed deserved it.  The judges’ inconsistency just drives me crazy and will be the thing that eventually drives me away from this show.  I think the judging on Iman’s fashion show was much better.  Rarely did I think that she and Isaac were smoking crack. 

    I understand the criticisms of Josh’s look but Bryce’s wee wee pad dress clearly deserved the auf.  Pass the pipe!

    Olivier is fake as hell and annoys me to no end.  I hope he departs soon.

  • Anonymous

    Decent design but can’t say I was blown away.  Again, inconsistencies; if Santino had given a model wood chip eyebrows, he would have been eviscerated by La Nina.

  • Robert Sanchez

    I thought the skirt looked nice, but yeah, it does give the model big hips. And the top is nothing special. I still think birdseed dress should have won, even if it was a little too short. It was clearly a better example of using unconventional materials to make a very fashionable look.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DBCS5OPC7RJPYKXB6HW7Z4UGE4 L Green

    I really hate it when someone uses a person’s religion as a descriptor. Substitute “Muslim” for “Mormon” and see what a jerk you sound like.

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone else as annoyed as I am that Kim Kardashian is the guest judge next week? The woman has absolutely zero talent in any arena, has absolutely zero accomplishments in any arena, has absolutely zero style or fashion awareness besides credit-card whoredom, and is NOT ATTRACTIVE in any way, shape or form. I simply do not understand why cameras follow this woman around everywhere she goes, or why people watch.

    • Anonymous

      Yes. I am as annoyed as you are. Think about all the people in New York who are designers or stylists and have worked in the fashion industry for years. Ignoring them in favor of a Kartrashian is odious.

    • Anonymous

      Well it does appear to be some sort of circus challenge, so maybe they’re working the freak-show angle? ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/cruz.alejandra Alejandra Cruz

    I think Olivier is young and when you’re young you try to be cooler than you are.  I really do love him though and the overall shape of his dress was killer.  I also responded to the heaviness of it,  it gave it a unique winter-dress feel that I haven’t really seen before.

  • Mariah J

    I agree with Tom and guests, Olivier’s look didn’t fit well and was not flattering. The design was good and modern but that’s not enough for a win. I didn’t even put it in my imaginary top 3. Bird seed dress got robbed.

    Was anyone surprised by the auf? Umbrella?? At a pet store??? Are you high????

  • Anonymous

    I love Olivier and his dress. While an unconventional materials challenge probably wasn’t his favorite, he approached it and worked quietly and diligently rather than whine about that.
    Josh was working my last nerve, both personality and design-wise so I’m glad he’s gone.

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

    Nina tweeted a comment that part of the argument she and Heidi had that the editors cut was that the birdseed dress reminded her a little too much of an Alexander McQueen dress.  I was all up-in-arms about Josh not winning until I read that, and realized it is kinda true. However, I really didn’t like Olivier’s dress.  So McQueen-esque or not…I’d still pick birdseed.  I would have sent the poofy wee-wee pad dress home.  And how much do I love Michael Kors and his “manopause?”  

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

    Nina tweeted a comment that part of the argument she and Heidi had that the editors cut was that the birdseed dress reminded her a little too much of an Alexander McQueen dress.  I was all up-in-arms about Josh not winning until I read that, and realized it is kinda true. However, I really didn’t like Olivier’s dress.  So McQueen-esque or not…I’d still pick birdseed.  I would have sent the poofy wee-wee pad dress home.  And how much do I love Michael Kors and his “manopause?”  

  • r0ckmypants

    How can you say a dog bed is not a fabric? What’s it made of then?
     
    The bottom line is that Olivier’s design was not so creative; other designer’s fashioned pieces out of the hamster bedding (and were harangued), and other designers fashioned pieces out of dog beds (and were harangued). I swore he was getting the loser edit and still don’t know how he won.

    • Anonymous

      Seems to me they did say it’s fabric: the judges might seem inconsistent because they responded well to O’s fabric top and poorly to J’s fabric top, but the bottom line it’s what the designer does with the fabric.

      I agree w/ you, though, that O shouldn’t have won. I don’t think he should have been auf’d, but he shouldn’t have won.

      • Anonymous

        “it’s what the designer does with the fabric” — you mean, like “sewing it into a square bag shape”? Or did he even sew it? Did he just rip it open and then fix the raggedy edges?

        • Anonymous

          Huh? I’m not following you.

          • Anonymous

            I’m saying what Ollie “did with the fabric” was unexciting to say the least. It looks like a sheepskin pillowcase.

          • Anonymous

            I see. Well, I didn’t really care for it myself (though I might have if it had fit better and if he’d dyed the dog bed). I was just responding to r0ckmypants’ “how can you say a dog bed isn’t fabric?” because TLo didn’t say it’s not fabric. 

      • r0ckmypants

        TLO said: ” Iolivieir used a material that isn’t fabric and isn’t easy to work with…”

        The dog bed is fabric. What else would it be? Steel?

      • r0ckmypants

        TLO said: ” Iolivieir used a material that isn’t fabric and isn’t easy to work with…”

        The dog bed is fabric. What else would it be? Steel?

        • Anonymous

          You’re right- – I missed that. 

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

          I think it’s more like upholstery than regular fabric — I don’t know that there’s any clothing fabric that would stand up against dog nails. 

      • r0ckmypants

        TLO said: ” Iolivieir used a material that isn’t fabric and isn’t easy to work with…”

        The dog bed is fabric. What else would it be? Steel?

      • r0ckmypants

        TLO said: ” Iolivieir used a material that isn’t fabric and isn’t easy to work with…”

        The dog bed is fabric. What else would it be? Steel?

  • Musings From Manhattan Zilbers

    You need to find a way to use the term “puppy tits” more often. 

  • Anonymous

    I loved Olivier’s look (calling Tilda Swinton!) and felt the win was deserved.  My second favorite was the birdseed dress, which is stunning.  The difference to me was that Birdseed Boy made a dress out of muslin and glued birdseed all over it.  He wasn’t actually constructing his dress out of unconventional materials, he was embellishing it.  The fact that it was stunning (and the fact that Olivier’s creation was fashion-forward-ish in a way that many of the looks were not) were why the judges lauded these so.  As we’ve all learned, fairness and consistency are not top mantras on PR, never was, never will be.

    • Anonymous

      I see your point, but Olivierierier’s skirt was also muslin with bedding shavings glued on, and the sherpa top was used *in toto* from the dog bed.  Either win would have been okay with me, but there’s not exactly been consistency in the judge’s rationales.

    • Anonymous

      I see your point, but Olivierierier’s skirt was also muslin with bedding shavings glued on, and the sherpa top was used *in toto* from the dog bed.  Either win would have been okay with me, but there’s not exactly been consistency in the judge’s rationales.

    • Anonymous

      I see your point, but Olivierierier’s skirt was also muslin with bedding shavings glued on, and the sherpa top was used *in toto* from the dog bed.  Either win would have been okay with me, but there’s not exactly been consistency in the judge’s rationales.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed!

    • Anonymous

      I see your point, but Olivierierier’s skirt was also muslin with bedding shavings glued on, and the sherpa top was used *in toto* from the dog bed.  Either win would have been okay with me, but there’s not exactly been consistency in the judge’s rationales.

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

    And we have a new PR game for this season!  How can we spell Olivier’s name to make it more affected/exotic/precious? 
    since I don’t know how to do umlauts on my PC, I’ll take the easier route: Oe is a substitution of O umlaut, so Oelivier it is in our household.

    I don’t have any real criticism of the judges’ decison for this challenge. As for Josh, he was in the bottom three for the second time, and he definitely is too fragile for this kind of show. Auf Wiedersehen,Josh.
    P.S. My spouse was walking around the house last night calling out “Designers!” in his best Tim Gunn voice!
    bitchybitchybitchy

  • Anonymous

    Birdseed Boy was robbed. I can somewhat understand what the judges were saying about Oliviers’ creation, but the fit and bulk of the top was not win-worthy. I could have put that top together in a few minutes’ time and I’m no seamstress. Pair that with the bulkiness of the skirt and you’re left with a fairly ugly outfit. If the top had been fitted and sleeveless, maybe.

    I liked the birdseed dress an awful lot. I love what he did at the neck and I thought the overall effect was really nice. 

    I thought pee pad hanky skirt boy should have been auf’d. It’s everything the judges loathe and it looked terrible. Looked like something I would have made in grade school for some really *cool* costume. But, I don’t have any problems with Mr. Mormon Clean going home. He might have had one more episode in him.

  • sonictofu

    I was on team eyebrows for this one – he made something that looked fresh.  The birdseed dress was very pretty, but was very McQueen.  Granted, making something look like a McQueen feather embellishment out of birdseed is quite an accomplishment. 

  • sonictofu

    I was on team eyebrows for this one – he made something that looked fresh.  The birdseed dress was very pretty, but was very McQueen.  Granted, making something look like a McQueen feather embellishment out of birdseed is quite an accomplishment. 

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s outfit:  Lumpy boobs are not attractive. I found the top to be hideous.  The model was probably roasting inside of it.   The skirt looked like it was hiding a large ham underneath the backside.  I like the ombre effect of the shavings, but overall, I just thought it looked “blah”. 

    Anthony’s outfit:  Much better use of the “unconventional materials”. I thought it was a work that would make you very curious to see what the actual “fabric” was. Plus it was “colorful”.  I understand they didn’t like the short skirt, but there’ were plenty of gyno-skirts to go around these first two episodes.

  • Anonymous

    Ooh, after seeing the closeups I dislike Iolievierier’s dogbed dress even more. I was meh on it, agreeing that the ombre thing was kind of nice, but dear lord of the rings (thanks, viktor, for that one!) Olliverr made his model look like she had a HUGE ass and hips. And you know what? I think any number of women would rather have puppy tits than look 50 pounds heavier (really: they’ve done studies where women say they’d rather lose a year or two off their lives than be fat(ter)).  The birdseed dress was really lovely. And my god time consuming. I hate Clinique Josh’s glue n glitter fest. That top was hideous. So it was just Aeolivirier and Birdseed, and I’m sorry, but the fleece from a dogbed is still fabric.

  • Anonymous

    Each time I look at it, I change my mind about Olivier’s look…one minute I like it, the next it just looks bulky and weird.  At the very least, that’s a sign that it’s an interesting look!  I do consistently like the ombre in the skirt and consistanly think the belt looks like a strip of packing tape wrapped around her waist. It’s the top that has me undecided.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier could have walked out with Lagerfeld in a maid’s dress and I still would not be able to get past his “accent” or whatever it is. He may think he sounds like he’s from Marbleonia but he just sounds like a crazy lady at the bus station. And when he said “I had rabbits when I was a child… but they died”, I thought “well that blouse you’re making is very Silence of the Lambs”. They should seriously subtitle every time he speaks.

  • Toto Maya

    To be fair to Olivier, the spelling of his name is legit – Olivier is the French spelling and is pronounced “Oh-liv-ee-yay.” No idea why he pronounces his like Oliver though. I’d say to sound less pretentious, but let’s face it, my precious little love muffin doesn’t care about seeming pretentious.

    And it turns out that his accent is likely quite fake, as he lived in the US until age 16, which is well above the age where our accents tend to “stick” and we keep them forever, unless we make an honest effort to change them. If he still maintains that accent while in the US it’s because he’s trying. Of course, it’s possible he was raised in an ESL community, but I teach high school in one of the biggest ESL communities in the US and the students who are born here, whether or not they have ESL parents, tend to have perfectly normal American accents.

    Anyway, while Olivier is my sweet little wee love muffin, as I tell my family, I wasn’t the hugest fan of his design. I can see why it won and I don’t really care, but it was sort of a snooze to me. Still, it was much better than the birdseed dress. I’m glad he won.

    I feel sorry for Joshua, he seems like a nice guy, but the fashion world is gonna chew him up and spit him out. He needs time and practice and work. He definitely wasn’t ready for PR and I’m sort of glad they ended his suffering early.

    • Anonymous

      I think P.R. needs to clarify because this is the second time I heard Olivier said he moved to London on his own — i.e. without his parents — at 16. I can’t imagine he could have done that without having already lived overseas, but it’s very unclear and a lot of people do seem to think he must be fake.

  • Anonymous

    Good god, Oliver’s top makes his model look twenty pound heavier. The top is atrocious. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6716261 Gwendolyn Anne

      I agree, its the weight the dress really added to the model that really concerns me, as well as the sweater he was wearing also adds weight to his figure, and while I’m all in favor of “more to love” making people that way through fabric and fit isn’t “more to love”.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Olivier’s idea is really exciting, as is Anthony’s (yes, I’m starting to get the names). I agreed with Heidi on this one, I prefer Anthony’s garment over Olivier, even short as it is. I won’t go around everything that’s been said already : nice idea but bad fit.
    So long, mormon boy. I still don’t know much about mormons (I think I mistook them for amish, sorry) but I hope you’ll find the right mormon guy… Girl… Whatever, go in peace.

  • Anonymous

    Wait a minute….did I hear that iOliver is from Cleveland?–and lived there until 16?  Bawahahaha!  This guy’s a riot.

    • Anonymous

      I know, right?  In six short years he’s suddenly Mr. International Cosmopolitan.  Honestly, I don’t know if I can listen to his “accent” all the way through an entire season.

      • Anonymous

        I feel the same way. I was hardly paying attention to what he was designing this episode and was instead listening to how many times his obviously fake accent slipped. Half the time it was mock British and then Asian and then sort of American. Yeah, i don’t know how long I can listen to that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    So I keep seeing model cellulite or is it just the lighting/wishful thinking?

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

      Exactly! I was thinking the same thing last night. Blondie’s model definitely had it, and I spotted some last week. They really are human after all! 
       The models this season are not up to past standards. Is the budget smaller?

  • Lynn Landry

    this line is genius: He always sounded one slap away from a crying jag.  TLo, the muse is with you. I don’t give a crap about the show anymore, but it’s worth watching JUST TO READ YOUR CRITS! Also, in other news, what the hell was Tim Gunn doing in the Smurf’s movie. (took my kids to see it last night) It frightened me.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s go total Rachael Ray and call him EVOO.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TL326KRY5FMD7Y2MUESZ2J27NE Hello Kitty

    I hated Oliver’s design from the beginning. And the eyebrows. Oh the eyebrows! If he felt like he needed to incorporate the chips in it…why not glue them to fake lashes? Just saying.

  • Anonymous

    Without even reading all the comments, I know this has been said and said and said (even TLO basically said it).  But Olivier (or, as I like to think of him and his little accent, the love child of Madonna and Kathleen Turner) took a dog bed–or, material–and did nothing to it but make it into a top.  Unless my eyes looked away for a second, I don’t think he even dyed it.  (Or did he?  I watched the show in two chunks, before and after work today; my memory might be spotty.)  It was stiff and bulky.  Then Josh got eliminated for using…uh, material.  I think Ryan Anthony totally should have won, and Bryce (even though he’s a Portland boy) was most deserving of a kick in the Auf.  That dog pee-pad skirt was beyond hideous.

  • Anonymous

    Okay – I read the other posting regarding the birdseed dress being a McQueen ripoff and all I could think of was, “Yeah, but…..”

    Oilivay’s sherpashelloffugliness reminded me of a regrettable boucle hand-knit from the early-60s.  Here’s the same idea, but *much nicer* – without that look of fuzzy Kelvinator on legs fresh from a roll in the hamster cage.

    Golly!
    http://www.theretroknittingcompany.co.uk/images/15apr10/golly10a.jpg

    The “hombre” treatment was questionable at best. 

    I really liked the aquarium gravel getup myself.  If only he hadn’t screwed with the shoes.  Ta! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6716261 Gwendolyn Anne

      If he had gone a bit more wild with the aquarium gravel and a bit better with the styling I could see some Betsey Johnson in that design.

  • Brian Moss

    I think the ladies have gotten short shrift thus far — I wound up really liking how Anya’s top came out, and Danielle’s entire outfit was a wow.  Julie would have been my immediate pick for an auf, but I feel like her time is coming soon.  Not contender material at all.  But Josh, God bless him … That was just a big stack of no.  Puppies on the puppies just wasn’t as cute as he thought it would be.  Olivier is adorable, yes, and I do see what he was trying to do.  I would have given it to the Uniballer, though, if for no other reason than the amount of effort he expended deploying the birdseed just so to get the desired effect.  (Can we call him the Uniballer?)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVNXE5PQQVTSQHG77WZA3VRL5Q Alli Lon

    I think that the whole issue about his accent is an American thing honestly. Because I just don’t get it.

  • Anonymous

    Oooooooh, I want to sew with the big girls.  I’m okay with both the win and the auf.  I liked Olivier’s a lot.  The judges were right that his dress and the runner-up outfit could be from the same collection.  They were both tres chic.

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

    I hated the winning outfit. It looked like exactly what it was made from. Something my dog sleeps in.

  • Mary McClelland

    I take major issues with Josh’s styling too – his model had such super severe make up and hair! That lipstick with the smoky eye did that poor girl NO favors and made her look like a vampire school marm. bad job Joshi-Mormon. 

    And as for Olivier’s hamstery eyebrows, it is a bit studenty, but designers and magazines do that often, so he’s not that faaar off the mark.  Plus it was a cute little clever detail.

    • Anonymous

      I thought it looked like she needed dandruff shampoo on her eyebrows. Made me feel itchy.

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

    In the 40s, 50s they had great Novelty Prints. What he could have done with that umbrella!! A fun circle skirt, something.. something more than that top!   I was kind of all about #3 runner up winning. But we’ll see what you boys have to say :)

  • http://twitter.com/lmcscout lmcscout

    “ Iolivieir used a material that isn’t fabric and isn’t easy to work with and made something that really excited the judges. Josh used a material that’s essentially just a synthetic fabric with fabric-like tendencies and made something very basic and largely out of style.”Love you guys – but I disagree that Iolivieieieir did not use a fabric.  He basically deconstructed a dog bed and ended up with a 1/2 to 1 yard square of a fleece fabric – fuzzy on one side and smooth on the other.  That stuff is pretty easy to work with.  And then he glued shavings on muslin.  At least Rock1 had some design element to his gluing party. 

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    If you put an umbrella and a dog bed in front of me and said, “Don’t use fabric,” I think that would mean to chose the umbrella.

    • Anonymous

      I’d also feel compelled to use the frame somehow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6716261 Gwendolyn Anne

    If you don’t have a problem with that win after seeing the “butt” picture then you really need to re-think your style asthetic.  No one wants a dress that makes them look like a big fat dog pad, covered in a mess for rabbits to “poop” on it.  I had a huge problem with this dress from the second I saw the dog bed fabric being used as a top (that kind of material is never chic, it reminds me of the inside of a lumber jacket).  In another related problem with the judging, so many people got voted down for using items that were too close to fabric which is ironic considering  two out of the three top designers made almost their whole item out of muslin and then just went crazy with the glue gun.  If just being able to use 20 glue sticks to glue something down instead of being creative and actually using alternative materials to design is how you can win in this game then, well darn, my second graders can do that, I’m going to tell them all they should sign up for project runway.

    On a last note I agree with # Eric Scheirer Stott: WHO ELSE THINKS OLIVIER’s ACCENT IS TOTALLY FAKE?!

  • Anonymous

    It’s often said that the judges aren’t in favor of using fabric in the unconventional challengs.  That’s wrong, it’s just the right thing to say is longer. 

    When participating in an UM challenge, there are two sets of judging criteria.  If you use the material like a fabric, you’ll be judged as if it were a fabric challenge.  If you highlight the unconventionality, you’ll be judged as if it were a wearable art challenge.  When breaking a tie, art trumps fabric.

  • amypaigesexy

    The only good thing about the winning outfit was the length of the skirt. So TIRED of gyno skirts Heidi!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6716261 Gwendolyn Anne

      Very true, a long skirt is always encouraged!

  • Toni Mitt

    I was acrimonious at this win.  This dress was awful–made the model look huge and he used FABRIC from a dog bed.  I can’t believe the judges didn’t call him out on that.  I guess I’d rather have puppy tits than Muppet boobs. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6716261 Gwendolyn Anne

    I think Kimberly deserves some props for her design, that was EDGY and AWESOME!

  • Anonymous

    I wish Olivieiri would have glued big chunking sherpa eyebrows to that model instead LOL and Queen Mum is gonna be a Wendy Pepper, mark my words.

    • sonictofu

      oh lord, you’re right.  that could happen.

      • Anonymous

        I got that same feeling and thought I was overreacting. Hmmm…my Diva radar is so off.

  • Anonymous

    And this was over all my least liked unconventional challenge ever. It was just boring

  • Anonymous

    I personally love Olivier’s look, except for the eyebrows. Of course it’s strictly editorial and unwearable by all women, but its shape reminds me of one of the McQueen dresses in the Savage Beauty Vogue spread, except much more toned down. So, I love it as art, but not as a wearable dress like Anthony’s.

    I did like Anthony’s(another McQueen inspiration) and Joshua M’s looks; either could’ve won and I’d still be happy, but Olivier’s charmed me somehow.  I can’t wait to hear the rest of ya’lls critiques.

  • margaret meyers

    Why didn’t anyone make a paper bag dress?  They all walked in the design studio door carrrying big, brown paper shopping bags.

  • Anonymous

    I hated Olivier’s shag carpet!!! Boo, hiss!! I loved the bird seed dress, just reminded me of Jillian’s candy dress in a way. Thought is was very cool!!

  • vmcdanie

    I have no problem with Olivier’s win (how is his name pronounced “Oliver” again?) although, like Heidi, I did prefer the bird seed dress. I’m excited he’s from Columbus. Holla!

    Poor Mr. Mormon. He really was so sweet and such a good sport. That critique from Heidi was so blistering (“We question whether we want to see anything else from you”) that I wanted to run onto the runway and hug him. I didn’t think this was as egregious as the puppy skirt. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/foxydonna Donna Reynolds

    I still think the winning design is ugly and ill-fitting! Plus the color, or lack thereof, is boring.

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

    I also have to point out to the people who are complaining about the supposed inconsistency with the judging in this challenge, that the judges clearly did not associate umbrellas with pet stores. The challenge was to use pet-store materials, and while they were technically allowed to use anything they found in the store, that doesn’t mean every material they found was equally appropriate.

    I would have gone with the birdseed, but I can see why the judges loved Olivier’s.

  • Anonymous

    Okay you made me snort red wine with the “Iolivieir”. You owe me, that hurts. Still funny as hell.  Everyone I know is soooo in love with him and is completely turning a blind eye to his being from Columbus Ohio and moving to England at the age of 16….ah….hmmm so 5 or 6 years ago and yet, what accent do you have?  It is Andre 2.0!

    • Helen C

      Yeah because 16-year-olds can’t change their accents…  rolling my eyes.  

  • Anonymous

    Okay you made me snort red wine with the “Iolivieir”. You owe me, that hurts. Still funny as hell.  Everyone I know is soooo in love with him and is completely turning a blind eye to his being from Columbus Ohio and moving to England at the age of 16….ah….hmmm so 5 or 6 years ago and yet, what accent do you have?  It is Andre 2.0!

  • Anonymous

     The doggie bed was HORRID! How in Earth did Nina manage to overrule Heidi! That *bleep* always seems to get her way, she screwed over Mondo too, remember her ridiculous defense of boring, beige Gretchen? #1, a doggie bed is made of fabric, even more than an umbrella! #2, it was frighteningly unflattering. Whoever said “muppet boobs” was right, except they left out “saggy” muppet boobs. #3 What’s a nastier thing to make a garment out of than hamster chips? There’s only one thing, cat litter! And he sticks in on her eyebrows? Shame Heidi, you should have gone to the mat over this one. it should have been in the bottom 3.

  • Anonymous

    Please tell me, how did they do a pet store challenge where Olivier made this thing and none of the judges made a sheep joke?! 
    I like his aesthetic, but the ombre skirt made me think the bottom part had absorbed some weewee, being that this was a pet store thing. Bird seed dude should have won.

  • Anonymous

    Oliver’s dress reminds me of the McQueen dresses from his Sarabande collection that relied heavily on panniers and padded hips which was a signature silohuette for McQueen.

    I had no problem with his win because this challenge was definitely about determining who are “designers” versus who are “fashion designers”.  Olive actually designed something rather than gluing crap onto muslin.

  • fragileindustries

    I must rant, excusez-moi.  I was verklempt at Josh’s loss.  The top was dated, he played it way too safe, but the result was well-constructed and well-fitted.  It looked like clothing.  He learned from his first near-loss and did not repeat those mistakes.  The belt helped make it a little more contemporary and the skirt, actually, was one of the best constructed on the runway.  I don’t mean to rush the commentary to the middle of the pack, but the clear loser to me was Rocky Mountain Blanket and her ghastly brown-red dogfood bag.  It looked like a Campfire Girl’s paper weaving project, and not one that would earn the badge.  Given the choices available, even at a pet store, she chooses paper?  So, don’t choose ALL fabric, but pick something you can work with.  The materials were idiotic, horribly assembled, bad colors (hello?  they give the red-head trouble for an identical brown/red/orange palette?) and flapped perilously down the runway.  She learned NOTHING from being on the chopping block last time about her choices.  There was no rhyme or reason to the shape of the garment (was it a coat?  a coat-dress? an oven mitt?) … and she wasn’t even in the bottom three.  

    I can only assume simultaneous amnesia struck all 4 judges after it was shown, perhaps a post-traumatic reaction.  I have learned from the last few seasons that the judging is cracktastic, but WTF?

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    Sorry, but Ỡ£l¥iṾḮҘ’s piece actually looks like a dog bed to me. Not just a dog bed, mind, but a filthy second hand dog bed you get a a garage sale, complete with wood shavings sticking to it from the hamster cage on the dresser next to wear the dog died.Ech.

    That being said, as a former teenager with AAD (Affected Accent Disorder), I say good for you Ỡ£l¥iṾḮҘ. Or pip-pip, as your adopted people would say (not really).

    The zit on the side of his nose really brought me back too.

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

    Ah, thanks for reminding my of why I no longer watch this retread.