PR: Sing a Song of Birdseed and Pee Pads

Posted on August 05, 2011

When we can tell the commentariat is more eager to talk about the runner-up looks than the winner and the auf-ee, that’s when we know those judge bitches effectively pushed some buttons. So let’s get to it, minions. You know you want to.

Like many in the T Lounge, as well as on the twitter (which we still call “der tvitter” because S3 finalist Uli once asked us “Are you on der tvitter?”) we did the gay gasp when this walked out. Watching him in the work room, we really weren’t sure Anthony was going to pull this one off.

But pull it off he did; although it’s not without its issues.


The collar was really fantastic; it’s dramatic and took what could have been a very standard look somewhere better.


And the styling was dead-on. Pretty and modern, but clean.


And we really love the way he styled that belt. Although we hated the uber-matchy shoes.

The boy definitely has good instincts and a sense of design and style.

But we agreed with the judges (except Heidi, of course) that the skirt was too short. What made it worse, in our eyes, was that it looked  like he just took a pair of scissors and hacked off the bottom. It’s a very unfinished hem. It’s not really a hem at all.

And while it fit well, or at least better than Olivier’s, it was too noticabley stiff. We had to laugh when the judges were gushing, “She could wear this to a party right now!” Yeah, so long as she flew there under her own power and stood all night once she got there. Come on now, bitches. Let’s not make practical arguments for a dress that would give Tippi Hedren nightmares.

But here’s something of note, and it confirms exactly what Lorenzo was saying while the rest of us were screaming about Olivier’s win. Nina tweeted this last night:

“Reading your tweets. I think that the birdseed dress was a too literal Mcqueen inspiration. Too bad that argument was edited from the show.”

Alexander McQueen Spring 2010 Collection

She’s got a point. Bear in mind, we don’t think she’s saying Anthony ripped anyone off, and we doubt she’d claim that his dress looks too much like any one McQueen dress, but that collar really makes the dress, and once you realize how much it borrows (whether intentional or not) from other, more famous and lauded versions, then you have to question whether you’re looking at a great design or just another muslin dress covered in glued-on crap.

Don’t get us wrong; it’s really good glued-on crap, but when you think about how many muslin dresses with glued-on crap the judges have seen over the years (including several that got the win), we can understand why they couldn’t bring themselves to work up the same amount of excitement all over again. Let that be a lesson to future contestants when it comes to the unconventional materials challenge: the judges are over the whole glued-on crap thing.

Granted, Olivier had his share of glued-on crap, but it wasn’t the entirety of the design. There was a shape, however unflattering it may have been, and an idea behind Olivier’s that went beyond muslin and glue. We still love Anthony’s design, but while it was arguably prettier than Olivier’s it wasn’t as well designed or as fresh an idea. And let’s not forget that Anthony’s entry last week was similarly low on actual design technique but loaded with tacked-on embellishments.

And since we’re being so contrarian, we might as well admit that we think they made the right choice keeping Bryce in, even after he did this.

We won’t bore you with point-by-point analysis here.

It really doesn’t merit it.

It’s just pure unadulterated bad, from top…

… to bottom.

There really isn’t one thing we can say in defense of this garment. Hell, even he couldn’t. Heidi asked him who the girl was who’d wear this, and he couldn’t answer the question. VERY bad sign to the judges. But Josh got two chances and the second one should have been when he found his balls and pulled something together to prove himself, but instead he wimped out and chose the easiest materials and made the most basic dress. Bryce’s is pure crack, but he hadn’t given the judges reason to doubt him prior to this and you can’t really say he made something boring out of easy materials. He tried and failed, whereas Josh just failed. For the second time.

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for myLifetime.com, style.com - Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know – I still don’t see that the shape or design of the Dogbed dress was that radically different or unusual or more interesting than the shape of the Birdseed dress. And the birdseed dress at least didn’t add 50 pounds to the look of the model, whereas the fleece top (which makes me think of the short-sleeved sweaters old-lady secretaries used to wear) and hamster skirt are like a slightly more stylish version of those awful sumo fat-suits.

      • Austin Jefferson

        Fashion doesn’t have to be slimming to be considered interesting, beautiful, or even flattering

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N5M52EWGY4NVF5MO7J6B2MEZTE Psyche

          In this case, however, it seems like the judges interpreted “badger-ass ugly” as “fashion”.  Olivilivileiveer’s dress was neither interesting, beautiful, or flattering.  Or even anything other than “bleh.”

          • Anne Robotti

            OK, I’m working “badger-ass ugly” into regular conversation from now on. That might just become my signature phrase.

            • http://twitter.com/graveetas Graveetas

              @google-a9855fef4163c2b4fb8e3884435931ba:disqus The Honey Badger don’t care.

      • Anonymous

        I was perturbed that one designer got reamed for playing it safe with the umbrella because he was using a “fabric”  and yet, that fake shearling dogbed thing was not only made of fabric but I’ve seen plenty of fugly vests and fake shearling coats made out of similar materials. Not at all innovative, IMO.

        • Anonymous

          That’s exactly what I was thinking, and Tim even mentioned it in the store “Just don’t take the fabric from a dog bed” and next clip Olivieliver asked for help getting that dog bed down. Seems like the same sin to me.

          • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

            It wasnt Olivier, it was Bert.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E5GG3Y3YXGRRJ7S6WOJ7RS2EZ4 AdamT

        Also, even if Nina didn’t want to give the birdseed dress the win because of the similarities to McQueen, or because it was too short, or any other reason for that matter – that still doesn’t mean that Olivier was the only alternative.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_COO4CCCPEVDT7IG5IOVGN3AZAM Its Yo Hipsta Treyshon

      I cannot watch this episode on Lifetime (hulu redirects to Lifetime).  I know this is off topic but is anyone else having the same issue?  It started with the last Flash update (as is usually the case) but so far I cannot find any help online how to fix.  I need my fashion and my attention whores, right now!

      Thanks.

      • Anonymous

        Are you saying that you watch the episode online by accessing it through the Hulu site, which redirects you to the Lifetime site? Have you tried going through the Lifetime site to start with? (Sorry if I’ve got this all backwards.)

      • Anonymous

        I’ve never tried to watch it on Lifetime, but in general I have problems with the Lifetime site period.  It’s extremely slow to load and way too video heavy.* I used to like to read the blogs but now I don’t even bother trying. 

        *Video makes for awkward work surfing. :)

      • Anonymous

        I just go directly to Lifetime, and click the Full Episodes link.  I haven’t had any issues, so the only thing I can suggest is trying it directly from Lifetime w/o going through Hulu.  I’m sorry I’m not more help!

        • Anonymous

          Yep, this is what I do. 

        • Anonymous

          Have you tried using the Google Chrome browser with it? I go to the lifetime site all the time with it and never have a problem.

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

        No I get a blank black screen as well. Last week I eventually found it on another site (which did not redirect me to Lifetime) but I can’t remember where it was.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_COO4CCCPEVDT7IG5IOVGN3AZAM Its Yo Hipsta Treyshon

          i go to lifetime directly also.  i have what gillian has stated above.  i can reproduce this exact issue in chrome, firefox, and ie.  i am going to go over to a friend’s and watch the dvr tonight and until then i am going to surf the archives here and the sartorialist, and eat ice cream and take valium.  i either need to get cable tv or impose a 2 day delay on tlo.  oh my god i would die.

          • Anonymous

            I almost hate to say this but have you rebooted your computer?

            I feel your pain. 

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

        Just figured it out (for me anyway). On my Mac > Safari, I had enabled Ghostery which blocks web bugs and since Lifetime has a sh*tload of them, they wouldn’t let me play in their sandbox.

      • Anonymous

        sidereel.com always has a bunch of different links you can try

      • Anne Robotti

        If you haven’t figured it out by tomorrow morning, email me and I’ll do a GoToMeeting and you can watch it on my computer. I needs my Runway too!!

      • Anne Robotti

        If you haven’t figured it out by tomorrow morning, email me and I’ll do a GoToMeeting and you can watch it on my computer. I needs my Runway too!!

    • http://twitter.com/warontara Tara

      I’m so glad I have you guys around to articulate what I’m thinking. :-)

    • MilaXX

      I rewatched this morning because I came home late. I was team Birdseed until I watched and noticed how short it was, which of course Heidi would like. The McQueen thing just adds further reason no to give it the wind. I had not problem with Bryce staying. My bottom 2 were Josh or Fallene. The more I see of her, the less I like her stuff.

    • http://twitter.com/QuincyTKatz Quincy Katz

      Seeing the birdseed dress up close, it creeps me out.  Looks to me  like hundreds of box-elder bugs swarming the models neck.

      • Anonymous

        Now that you mention it, I can see that too…but I’m kind of liking it.  There’s an illusion of movement that is kind of trippy.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

          It’s kind of like this thing: http://www.illusionking.com/illusions/moving-beans.gif

        • Lynn Landry

          I hear y’all on the bug thing. that’s what I thought about too, but it made me like it. Like a Peter Greenaway film.

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

      It looks like Bryce just plain gave up, when it came to styling.

      • Anonymous

        Those shoes! He might as well have put her in work boots or cross trainers.

        • Anonymous

          Yes! Whatever kind of a ‘look’ he might have been going for, it stopped dead, with a resounding clunk, when the eye hit those frankenshoes.

      • Anonymous

        Remember when Emilio sent his model down the runway in basically a macrame plant holder? He knew he blew it on the design, so he styled the shit out of his model and actually got praised for it. Good styling might not have kept Bryce out of the bottom 3 (that look is a monstrosity), but it would have given his look a “point of view.”

    • Anonymous

      The McQueen comparisons are interesting. I have to give Anthony’s model props. She was laying on the floor while he glued that bird seed to her! What a champ. Not sure who I think should have won. The output this episode was kind of underwhelming in general.

      Bryce’s is even more hideous than I remember. Especially that Flinstone’s-esque top. When the judges went on and on about how bored they were with napkins, etc., used that way, I thought he’d land in the bottom two. And when one of the judges says she wants to pee on your dress? Not a good sign.

      • Anonymous

        He didn’t even bother dying them, did he?  I mean, it’s ugly and would have been in any color, but it’s like he put no effort in it.  Just stapled the corners to the muslin and glued some rocks on a bra.

        Have these people never watched this show?  Both he and Fallene were all “I’m gonna rock this challenge!” and, following in the footsteps of everyone who says that before they get started, were in the bottom.

    • Sarah Masson

      When I was little, I had a barbie that you could take in the bathtub and use a can of spray-on-foam to make clothes.  That is what I see when I look at Bryce’s dress. 
      http://www.bestoldcommercials.com/bathtime-fun-barbie/

      • Anonymous

        I totally wanted that Barbie, but I was already in high school and had “outgrown” the Barbie phase…maybe now in my 30s…hmmm. Plus you could totally make that foam skirt with Barbasol (my father’s shaving foam from back then!)

      • Anonymous

        I agree! I totally thought “Barbie” when I saw that dress. The light blue on blue didn’t help.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380079551 Marie Dees

      Birdseed dress looked very Egyptian to me. Perhaps McQueen and Anthony are both stealing from Isis? But Precious Moments is just so cute, I can’t mind him winning. I do keep suspecting that Heidi is going to smuggle him home and prop him up on the mantle piece.

      As for PeePad dress. There would be serious problems for anyone wearing that around my cocker spaniel.  

    • Anonymous

      Well bryce’s could have been a lot better if the skirt was longer and with a train. But warning now to future contestants-They are sick of seeing the tissue paper dress. heidi clearly declared it.

      And it should be noted while Heidi loved the birdseed dress even she said it was a little short. And if Heidi is saying that….

      But I did love Heidi giving Nina the stinkeye when she told him it was her favorite but she was outvoted

    • Anonymous

      For all the critiques of manipulating the materials, what manip. did he do to the wee pads?  I’ve forgotten what the top was made of, but it hardly matters at this point.  I think dripping wet wee pads would have been a whole lot more funny and WOW factor (I hate that phrase.   Along with ‘stunning’–haven’t yet seen a shill stunned by any creation.  But I digress.)

    • Anonymous

      The pee pads are the same color (and probably material) as the disposable patient gowns and covers we use at work. Which makes me think wonder when the medical supply unconventional material challenge is coming. 

      • Anonymous

        And the winning look made me think a carpet store challenge would be interesting. Let’s brainstorm here!

        • Anonymous

          With IV tubing trim.

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

          How about a banking challenge!  “Designers, you have no cash to spend here today.  Just remember – the judges have fabricy-material, so no cash!  But you can grab some for me.”

          Stocks & bonds, tape from the adding machines (yes, they still have to use them for quality checks), coins….  Oh God!  Never mind, I just thought of Emilio putting Holly in that washer bikini.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, but they did a money-dress challenge on Ru-Paul’s Drag Race already.

            Whoops.  You can tell where I get my bright fashion ideas.  :-/

      • Anonymous

        I thought the exact same thing–wee pads looked like Chux (well, I guess they *are* similar, after all).  A medical supply store would be a great unconventional challenge.  Dibs on the Foley catheters!

      • Good Shot

        The color he chose looks like a urinal mint.

      • Anonymous

        And no starting with scrubs!  Back in my college days—I was an Art major—we actually took a trip to a medical supply warehouse to source materials for a project. The best part?

        Finger cots!

      • Anonymous

        pink emesis basin dress FTW!

    • Anonymous

      I’m still on Team Birdseed. I thought it was an excellent use of unconventional materials and it looked stunning. It doesn’t bother me that it’s derivative of McQueen–everything is based on something else. There are no new ideas under the sun.  Bryce’s was just a hideous mess to me, but I guess the object lesson here is take a risk, because even if you fail the judges *might* reward you for that, but they *definitely* won’t reward you if don’t.

      I’d LOVE to see a gallery of all the paper handkerchief dresses they’ve had on PR over the years.

    • Anonymous

      Your pairing here is perfect because in a Disney Princess throw down, this would be Pocahontas vs Ariel. And yes, I viewed all this week’s dresses as Disney characters. Don’t judge. 

      • Lattis

        That’s funny because I was just looking at the pee pad dress and thinking that if there was a long blue skirt under the big blue pee pad poof – it would look a lot like Cinderella’s dress:

        Cinderella (character) – Disney Wiki

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

        Do tell. Which princess was Josh M???

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

        Do tell. Which princess was Josh M???

    • Anonymous

      mmm. I still don’t see how Olivviieierr won over Josh McK. Oliviviivieiieriiirieer also had a muslin dress with glued-on crap. Heck, all of the top 3 did, but at least Josh McK sewed part of his (the really cute double circle skirt) when Anthony didn’t sew anything and Oliviviiiviviier cut 2 T shapes out of a dog bed and sewed them together.

    • Anonymous

      I still think Anthony’s should have won.   Yes, it was too short, but did you (or the judges) consider the reason it was short?  It was because he edited.  He had had grass below the birdseed, and he looked at it, and knew it was too much.   He gets points for that in my book.

      And I really didn’t see anything particularly “fresh” about reivilO’s design.  A top and a skirt.  Whoopee.

    • Anonymous

      I was screeching too when they announced Olivier as the winner, because it was SO blocky, but I see what you guys are saying, and it makes sense.  And the McQueen reference was blatant enough that I noticed it myself while watching the show – and considering my only interest/knowledge about fashion comes from reading this blog for a year, that’s *saying* something.  

    • BuffaloBarbara

      While I could appreciate the hard work on Anthony’s, I didn’t give any gasps, gay or otherwise, upon seeing the finished product, which left me a little cold in last night’s great debate.  Yes, it’s a fabric design made of birdseed, but it’s really just the muslin shell, and, aside from the collar, there wasn’t that much interesting.  The dress itself was sort of Flintstone-y (the Pebbles and Bamm Bamm show era, naturally).  I wasn’t all that nuts about Olivier’s either–honestly, I thought Josh M was a shoo-in, accessories aside–but of the two, I’d have put it ahead.  All those neutrals were putting me to sleep.

      • Anonymous

        I too picked Josh M FTW.  Especially since Nina made such a fuss about how he came up with that pattern all by himself. 

    • Anonymous

      “you can’t really say he made something boring out of easy materials”

      Um, that’s exactly what I say. He made something incredibly boring out of easy materials. Pumpkin Face and Heidi both said “how many times have we seen this hankie dress?” How do you get more boring than that? And nothing about his materials is complicated or tricky or even time-consuming. It looks like it took an hour to cut and staple.

      • Anonymous

        Not only has the napkin dress been done almost every time, but this is one of the worst renditions of it I have ever seen.  It just looks sad.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t get past the fact that Precious Moments’ dress was half dog bet (i.e., material) and too bulky. I didn’t like Birdseed on the table, but that collar totally makes it.  IMO they’re close to the same dress, but whereas this one had an interesting top half, Iolvier’s didn’t.  Birdseed also had a trimmer, more flattering fit.

      WeePads wasn’t great, but I didn’t put it in the bottom three, either. 

    • Anonymous

      I appreciate Nina’s Tweet not only because of the new info it adds about the McQueen design, but because I choose to think it shades Heidi more than a little (by implying that info was edited out to make the bird dress seem more original). I love when anybody throws shade at Heidi.

      • Anonymous

        EXCEPT Nina let Kenley and other copiers get through

    • Anonymous

      The difference between candle light and the harsh light of day; birdseed dress from afar and close up.

    • Anonymous

      Amazed the model let Anthony hot glue the seed after she put the dress on.  I have had some hot glue burns, and they are incredibly painful.  She deserved  A LOT of praise and gratitude for allowing him to do that.

    • Anonymous

      Oh Bryce. Who is she? Where is she going? I would say Chita Rivera in West Side Story circa 1961. Not good.

      And Monoball? You’re in deep trouble when Heidi thinks a skirt is too short.

      • Anonymous

        I know he made a big deal about his one ball in Episode 1, but he was very courageous about it and proud that he lived through it You’d never think of calling someone who had a breast removed Monoboob or someone with one arm Monostump…can we all please just stop with this? The man had cancer for pete’s sake…

        • Toto Maya

          Yeah, I agree, he doesn’t deserve that kind of derision. He mentioned he had cancer in the first episode and then not at all in the second, it’s not like he’s constantly bringing it up. It’s just mean-spirited.

          • Anne Robotti

            Plus, if he got five minutes of exposure and didn’t even mention the cancer, he wouldn’t have saved the guy that might look for a suspicious lump, or get one checked that he’s been noticing and trying not to think about. Didn’t anyone else start getting mammograms when Elizabeth Edwards started talking about how she woudln’t get to see her children grow up?

        • Anonymous

          And he felt obliged to mention it on national television more than once.It’s not as if I’m dredging something confidential out of his medical records. 

        • Anonymous

          Thank you, tignor. There are so many men afraid to even *think* about the *possibility* of testicular cancer and so many people who are too prude to even mention the word testicle, I don’t care that he mentioned it and that he isn’t afraid or ashamed to talk about it. I also know that in their little talking heads, they are often asked to say things in a certain way or asked about the same things over and over again. If he is mentioning it on the runway and in the workroom, that’s too much.But the talking heads portions are manipulated.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

          There was clearly no derision meant in the post; rather, a T-LO-esque nicknaming. Anthony himself had a lighthearted attitude about it. (“I’m rocking one, now.”) He is surely a courageous man to fearlessly announce this fact from the beginning. But the nickname was meant in good fun. (I don’t see anyone having a fit over calling Bert “Queen Mum,” an obvious reference to his sexuality *and* his age–and one that could be easily seen as derisive–because it is clearly meant to be fun/bitchy.) I don’t think a man as sly as Anthony would mind, and I think we are all smart enough to see in the context that there was no cruelty intended. 

      • muzan-e
        • Anonymous

          That is hilarious. I love how she’s just suspended in the air.

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

        She’s going somewhere to speak foreign.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting that Nina thought birdseed was too influenced by McQueen.  I can see it.  But McQueen was hardly the first one to do high, embellished collars (check out Victorian and Elizabethan collars to see where he got his influence) so this doesn’t bother me.  Still think birdseed should have won. 

      Bryce’s had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, including the styling.  Sunglasses with that outfit?  It was Josh’s second time on bottom so he probably wasn’t going to last much longer but no way this abomination deserved to stay in.

    • Anonymous

      I quite liked Anthony’s dress (and I’m even more thrilled that he went the whole episode without mentioning his eyes or testicles – or if he did, I missed it), but I was not completely in love with it, beautiful though it was, and I definitely see Nina’s point about the McQueen collar. The length and lack of any sort of hem was also problematic, but I do appreciate that it was short because he knew enough to edit his grass skirt idea.

      As for Bryce, well, I don’t think he should have been sent home, so I think they made the right decision. Ridiculous beats boring (I dub thee the Jubilee Jumbles principle). There is nothing good about that garment, but it is somehow more interesting – albeit in an eye-searing sort of way.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5TCZJZPFUZEOFFQIBD4LR5TRME Lucinda M

      Bert really blew it. Up til now he was my fav. I thought Josh M did well this time with what he had. The two top runners didn’t excite me that much. So far I like Viktor and Danielle’s designs best. Josh had to go this time. Even though the pee pad skirt was horrific, it did show ability. And I didn’t think Fallene’s was so awful…she caved when it came to their criticisms…(I’m sure I would have done the same) but I kinda like those colors!

      • Anonymous

        I know contestants sometimes skate by on their immunity — but has anyone ever been so f*ck you to the judges about it? I mean he really might as well have just stayed at the apartment sleeping. It was offensive.  

        • Mary McClelland

          Yeah, Bert better redeem himself major.  If he’s serious he will heed his warning, because after that disaster he has no more room to rest on his laurels with the judges.  He did himself a disservice something major with his blasse approach to the challenge. bad job bert! 

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

            I thought Bert was having a Gretchen moment for sure – delusional and overconfident, sprinkled with a titch of narcissism.  He forgot the step about humility.  Bert, get your AA literature out, dude.

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

      I really liked the birdseed dress embellishment, but was underwhemed by the overall dress design. Bo-ring!

      Bryce’s outfit was horrible. I didn’t think he should have gone home, but it was worse than Fallene’s orange and brown concoction. Two other designers used wee wee pads and transformed them There is no transformation in Bryce’s. I am disappointed with you, boy.

      It’s so funny that designers will gravitate en masse towards certain elements in these unconventional materials challenges. Remember how everyone used paper or that foil in the recycling challenge? And then a lot of designers used seat belts in the Saturn challenge. This time, it was gerbil bedding and wee wee pads. The wee wee pads are perfect because if you grew up in the Tri-State era, you saw a lot of Petland Discount ads on TV and they always mentioned wee wee pads.

      • Logo Girl

        I had no idea that wee wee pads were featured on ads. That is hilarious. Love your profile pic BTW. 

    • Anonymous

      You know I actually really like Oliver (oh excuse me, Olivier) because he reminds me of every single one of my pretentious film school friends with their ‘effortless” cool and “we are the world” accents. And I even understand how/why he won. His pure design and creativity was imply better. But that judging was so infuriatingly biased. Moving away from how blocky the skirt part was, the top was way too big and giving the model serious saggy boobs syndrome. 

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Heidi asked him who the girl was who’d wear this, and he couldn’t answer the question.”

      At least he didn’t use the old, ‘She works at an art gallery.’

      This actually reminded me of those wacky commercials of dead Fred Astaire dancing with the vacum cleaner: Some day, when Madonna is dead and Lordes wants to license her for a Depends commercial, they will digitally dress her, circa 1985, dancing in THIS.

      –GothamTomato

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

        Who would wear that dress?
        Lisa Marie Nowak, that crazy astronaut who drove from Houston to Florida to murder her lover’s wife. This dress would work as Depends from the road trip AND as a dancing dress afterwards.

      • Anonymous

        It was even too tacky for Camp Jubilee Jumbles

    • Toto Maya

      I liked the collar on the birdseed dress, but honestly, that was it. I didn’t see what was so impressive. There was basically no design to it. He just glued a ton of birdseed all over the dress. It looked fine, but I would rather the win go to a design who actually, you know, designed an outfit rather than just pouring glue all over muslin and pouring birdseed on it.

    • Ingeborg Haugen

      Nina Garcia talks as if McQueen invented that neckline. They didn’t. Anthony could just as easily have been influenced by late 19th century type dresses. I have to admit I really, really don’t get why Olivier won this challenge. It was really bulky and I honestly thought the skirt looked sloppy and a bit too ‘I rolled around in crap’ rather than actually designed. But then again I’m learning that Nina Garcia and I rarely see eye to eye on anything.

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Lattis

      I can’t help it. I look at the birdseed dress and I smell birdseed. I dread what it would be like to walk around in a cloud of birdseed miasma. 

    • Anonymous

      I still like Birdseed better than LOLOlivier’s. It’s better fitted, more flattering and the McQueen comparison is kind of a stretch IMO, but whatever; most fashion is derivative anyway. I did like the winning entry, but I too don’t find it especially interesting or unique from a design perspective; it’s a basic skirt and top. As for the hem, I don’t think LOLOlivier’s skirt bottom was so perfect either. And since when did gyno length become a problem on PR? Oh well, I still love Precious Moments, so it’s all good. The Kleenex dress, however, is far from all good or good in any way at all.

      • Anonymous

        RE: gyno length skirts- exactly. There was a boatload of micro-minis in the first episode, and no one said a word. In fact, most of the dresses/skirts made on PR are really short. Suddenly it’s a problem? I’m also not sold on the neckline being too referential to McQueen. While it’s not the most common neckline, it’s not all that unusual either.

        Anthony’s dress is a straight little shift, so yeah, it’s not a stunning silhouette. But the shift is a classic style. It’s been around for as long as I can remember, and before that. (See: flapper dresses, which were as straight as Gwyneth Paltrow’s hair) There are beautiful colors in that dress, and the neckline, derivative or not, is perfect.

        Ol Iver’s garment is a straight, heavy looking skirt and a bulky top. He created a silhouette with the belt, but there’s no flow to it. I get what he was going for, and I do like his understated aesthetic, but I think is Anthony’s dress is eye-catching and beautiful.  Ol Iver’s does not move me.

    • Anonymous

      I can get why Anthony didn’t win this challenge while Olivier did. But I still love it and I agree with the judges saying that the top of Anthony’s with the skirt of Olivier would be a killer.
      Well, I also think Olivier’s top with another type of skirt would be a killer.

      As for Bryce, well, he could have gone home instead of Josh and I wouldn’t care less.

      • Anne Robotti

        I loved that when the judges said that, the editors cut to a screen cap of it.

        • Anonymous

          me too.
          And it was nice to see a little more of the judging process, Nina and Heidi arguing. Nina knowing fashion like the back of her hand (someone said she twitted about judging Anthony’s dress too inspired by McQueen for its own good) and Heidi standing right in her shoes and not giving up one inch in the argument.
          I enjoyed it as much as the finale judging of the 8th season, with an outcome similar for me : the one I liked didn’t win.

    • Anonymous

      Completely agree with Josh’s Auf’ing. I was almost certain of it last night, as I was watching; and when they told Bryce he was in, absolutely certain. Since Fallene’s really didn’t seem that bad, and Josh was bottom two twice, and totally failed to impress AT ALL, he had to go. The right decision by the judges, I think. I didn’t want to see any more from him, either. (Whereas Bryce? Well, I’d like to see more from him. Even if it is cracktastic.)

      I would have given the win to the sparkly aquarium rock top and black skirt; that eighties thing. I thought it was better than either birdseed or the bedding dress. Admittedly, my first reaction was “OMG EIGHTIES NOOOOO”, but then I’ve lived through the 80s once already and am not over keen on styles heavily influenced by that era. Still, despite my initial revulsion, the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. If he hadn’t overstyled the crap out of the model with all that makeup and accessories, I think he’d have gotten the win. It was the best outfit by far, I think.

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

      Actually, the birdseed dress made me think of Laura Bennett.

      I actually love the dress, derivative or not. But I am cool with Olivier’s win.

    • Robert Sanchez

      Interesting how certain looks get praised by the judges for looking right off the runway, while others get told they look too much right off the runway. I still think this is a better look than the dog bed dress and required more thought, work, and interpretation. Besides, the McQueen designers didn’t invent collars like that; it’s been around since ancient times.

    • Anonymous

      Wait a minute.  Nina follows TLo on Twitter?  Congratulations!  Now don’t let that deter you from Nina-caps.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I noticed how nonchalant they can be these days.

        *sniff* I get all choked up with vicarious pride.

    • http://profiles.google.com/drunkenhousewife Drunken Housewife

      I know who’d wear Bryce’s outfit:  It definitely reminds me of some of the midriff-baring clothes people put together for Carnaval. Ever sensible, Bryce’s customer realizes there’s a risk that after drinking too much, she might pee herself, and so she’s prepared.   She can also tear off a few hanks of the skirt to clean up any stray vomit she may chance across.

      As for Nina’s argument:  I wish that had been included in the show.  I don’t have the encyclopedic knowledge of famous collections that many others have, and it changes my feeling about the win to see those gorgeous McQueen gowns.   

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

         Ever sensible, Bryce’s customer realizes there’s a risk that after drinking too much, she might pee herself, and so she’s prepared.   She can also tear off a few hanks of the skirt to clean up any stray vomit she may chance across.Bwahahahahaha.  I think I just peed myself…alittle.

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

      I’m glad they kept Bryce…. the judges will always keep bad over boring.

    • Anonymous

      Oh come on Nina! Anthony’s dress has nothing in common with the gold metalic McQueen dress that is covered with metalic bars and pyramid shaped studs, the most memorable feature being the  exagerated sleeve collar combination.
      The blue dress has an Egyptian collar that features gigantic sequins and cone shaped beads that resemble the ones worn on jingle dresses. Both dress feature a silhouette with exagerated hips that is more similar to Oliver’s dress than anything.

      I actually agreed with Oliver’s win. But I really really don’t think Anthony was thinking about a Spring ’10 collection when he designed his dress. Not even subconsciously.

    • Anne Robotti

      I’m kind of irritated that they edited out Nina’s McQueen comment. How much intelligent commentary are they “editing” to make the show acceptable to what they see as their target audience??

      • sonictofu

        agreed! 

        • Anonymous

          Only vaguely related, but I noticed that Lifetime doesn’t have a Tim blog this year.  Will have to check if his vlogs are still on Facebook (anybody know?)

    • http://www.facebook.com/WendyLKaufman Wendy Kaufman

      Not seeing the McQueen in it. What I do see is a pretty standard collar/neck treatment that has it’s roots in smocking, Gibson Girl blouses, Egyptian Pharos, and every prairie dress ever made. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/WendyLKaufman Wendy Kaufman

      Not seeing the McQueen in it. What I do see is a pretty standard collar/neck treatment that has it’s roots in smocking, Gibson Girl blouses, Egyptian Pharos, and every prairie dress ever made. 

    • Anonymous

      Birdseed model may have been courageous with a hot glue gun in close proximity but she should have better posture.  She’s not doing Anthony Ryan any favors with that slump.

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

      I thought Oliverrie’s dress was ugbo. It looked dirty and mangy. I get the concept he was after but the execution was very poor. He seems to know he can coast on his tweeness. Anthony’s was amazing but I saw McQueen right off the bat as he was making it.

      What I would really like to know is what is up with these models and hair & makeup? Did the crew walk out, go on strike? Are these girls from agencies or just students at Parson’s? Cuz the presentation is DREADFUL. The hair especially is insane. Honestly I can barely look at the clothes, the hair and makeup is so bad it’s like a joke. And the models, it’s hard to tell under that amateurish, messy, downright hideous m&h but they just don’t seem like pros at all. Does anyone know?

      • Anonymous

        I wish I knew, it drives me crazy too!  I am thinking maybe early, with 16 designers, they have to cut some corners and cheat on the hair & make-up.  Hopefully it will get better later?

      • Mary McClelland

        I hear you – and I think this every season – but these are the WORST models they’ve ever had, except this time I really do believe these girls are bad and amaterur.  Many of them don’t even have model proportions. There isn’t one model that I’ve seen so far that I can envision anyone fighting over – none of them are oooooh worthy.  ANd usually there’s at least ONE! They’re all just no. And now I sound like a horrible twat. 

        Also, the hair and make-up is distractingly dreadful.

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

        Agreed, the models don’t seem very professional to my non-expert eye, either.  I’m not referring to their appearance or figures – it’s the bad hair & makeup, and ESPECIALLY the schlumpy posture and sour, grumpy facial expressions that are getting to me.  It doesn’t seem like they’re even trying to sell the clothes, or make any kind of impression, just sort of slump down the runway and back so they can hurry up and leave.  Blah.

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

        I know last week aufedJosh was criticised for blaming his model for his lousyness, but I thought she really was bad. If you go back and look at last week’s walk, she’s horrible! And she isn’t the only one. I think they must have tightened the model budget or something. 

    • Anonymous

      I sort of feeling a sporting goods store competition.  Can’t you just see all those football bustiers?

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

      I can’t believe Bryce didn’t go home. And I can’t believe he didn’t make the bottom two.

    • Tom Shea

      I absolutely would have put Olivieoiveir (Rodiney) into the bottom three. Worst. Win. Ever. Josh C got screwed. Safe shouldn’t equal auf. BAD should equal auf. Bryce’s look was BAD. Bullshit on both sides.

      • http://twitter.com/suryasnair suryasnair

        May be that is why you are not asked to be a judge in PR.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1584122279 Sarah Cornsnake

      Tinklebell – that is all I can say when I look at this blue monstrosity.

    • Anonymous

      This is a good example of judging the judges without hearing all of their reasoning.  The birdseed dress is striking, I noticed and admired it when they were in the workroom waiting to go out to the runway.  But it does bear some similarities to the McQueen and it was too short.  Nina was right about both of those things.  I’d have been okay with a win, but I’m also okay with a second place.  

      Bryce’s was terrible.  It just was.  Despite that, I have the feeling he’s got potential.  It’s hard to know at this stage so it’s just guesswork but my guess is that Bryce has more to pull out of his bag of tricks than the eliminated Josh does.  

    • Anonymous

      He should have said “NOT the bathroom!” 

    • Anonymous

      I think the judges are already having a little favorite spot for Oliver. If some of the other designers had sent those matchy matchy eyebrows down the runway, they would have received alot more crap for it. They were ridiculous. I agree with the auf tho, he had to go.

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

      Oooliver’s dress looked dirty and mangy. I get the concept behind it but the execution was really poor–I think he knows he can coast on his tweeness. I thought Anthony’s was fabulous but saw the McQueen connection instantly when we was working on it.

      More importantly can someone please tell me what the hell is going on with hair, makeup and models?? Did L’Oreal pull out last minute, the crew go on strike? Hair and makeup is so bad it’s like a joke. It’s worse than amateur, it’s almost intentional. And the models, how to put this delicately, they don’t really look professional? Are they students at Parson’s?

      • Anonymous

        I’ve wondered about the hair and makeup, too, but remember, it’s the designers who give the direction to the stylists.  Wonder how much autonomy stylists have to say, “no, that’s atrocious, I’m doing xyz instead.”

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think karen meant the style choices, but the execution. I too found it oddly bad.

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

      Do the judges not notice that Olivier’s outfit is mega-unflattering. The model looks bulky and enormous — imagine what that would do for a real woman. Honestly, the blousy dogbed fabric on the top should have been re-thought (along with the eyebrows). Yuck.

      On the other hand, the birdseed dress was just fabulous — super creative and actually flattered the woman wearing it. Plus great styling.

      I have to join the minions who think first and second place should have been switched.

    • Anonymous

      I miss Mondo.
      Please let me hear Anthony say “Sookie Stackhouse” with his Loo-sy-aahna lilt.

    • vmcdanie

      I hear you on the McQueen but I still LOVE that collar on Anthony’s.

      Bryce is starting to annoy me and I’m sorry, that outfit. I actually don’t mind the top that much but the skirt is mega hiddy. 

    • RyzandShyn

      How timely was this since the McQueen exhibit at the Met is just wrapping up? Maybe he saw or read just enough press about it that it stuck in his brain someplace.

    • http://twitter.com/graveetas Graveetas

      So I went to the PetSmart yesterday I saw all the animals for sale, I would have made a fishbowl bra with a live Beta fish.

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

      Shit, I thought Bryces’ model was wearing a brown belt.

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

      Bryce’s dress was straight from Pat Benetar’s “Love is a Battlefield” video.  I feel old.

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

      I’ve dubbed Bryce “Little Ferris Bueller”

    • http://twitter.com/duckduckmej Megan Spillane

      From time to time, does the fact cruise through your minds that a judge of the reality show you love responds to your tweets and you pee your pants just a little?  That’s pretty awesome.  Tell that to 2006 Tom and Lorenzo.