PR: Stuck in the Middle

Posted on August 09, 2011

MORE shitty dresses to rip! My God, when will it end, bitter kittens? WHEN WILL IT END?

Becky

Lorenzo was rather adamant in his response to this dress:

“EW!”

Tom was a little more nuanced. “What? I know the colors are gross and the concept’s been done to death, but it’s memorable and well-executed!”

Note: Tom doesn’t really talk like that. It was more like, “Shut up. It’s not that bad.”

But Lorenzo remains firm. He thinks this is a bit of a Prada ripoff, if only for the color palette.

But Tom argues that it wasn’t such a bad idea to mimic Prada colors. She looked at a pile of crap and saw a way to make certain colors work for her. No crime there.

It’s too stiff and heavy and the fact that she tended to arrange all her leaves in neat little rows doesn’t speak to her design sense, but it was exactly what the judges determined it to be: good enough to move on.

 

Cecilia

For all the smack-talk she brought to the first episode, Cecilia’s mostly been a background player so far.

It doesn’t help that her entries haven’t exactly set the judges on fire. At least not yet.

It’s another “glued-on crap” dress, i.e., an extremely simple muslin dress with unconventional materials glued to it. Not exactly a design triumph.

And while we salute her boldness in using materials that were a little risky, at some point in the design of an unconventional materials garment, the designer needs to ask him or herself:

“Is this going to turn out looking pretty? At all?”

We’re gonna have to say no on that one. She looks like a lint trap. Although we do appreciate the way she used the leashes.

Julie

Here’s where the bitter kittens are going to turn on us. The commentariat rose up as one this week and shouted the question, “Why did Josh go home for a well-made dress and Dogblankets got passed over for making a shitty paper dress?”

We’re not the judges and we don’t speak on their behalf (which is something a certain segment of the bitter kittens need to be reminded of), but to our eyes, this look, while terrible, is still better than what sent Josh home.

Josh chose the most conventional of the unconventional materials and made a totally conventional-in-every-way dress.

Say what you will about Dogblankets, but this look really isn’t conventional or safe in any way. And it’s a whole hell of a lot more difficult to construct than the pieces Josh put together.

It’s bad; no doubt about it, but she gave this dress an interesting shape and tried to do more than just a belted tunic.

There’s way too much going on, but the fact that anything is going on at all puts it ahead of entries like Josh’s, Bryce’s or Fallene’s.

So, yes; a very bad look that could have scored lower. But also a real attempt to do something different and difficult. There was no gluing of crap on muslin here and we suspect the judges automatically waved it on through just for that.

 

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  • Joe J

    Cecilia may not be setting the judges on fire, but she should definitely be setting that DRESS on fire.  Unimaginative, and a poor mix of colors, IMHO.

    As far as Julie, I feel the same way about her outfit as I did about Viktor’s – I don’t like it that much, but the technical skill alone required to make it is impressive enough to let it by without too much complaint.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with most of TLo’s comments.  I do not like the colors of Becky’s – but for a glued on crap dress – I thought she at least tried to make it look good

    Oh and the title of the post…. I had been renting in a condo where Stuck In the Middle with You was my theme song – Clowns to the left of me Jokers to the right

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    All I kept thinking about this was “Eeeeew. That dress stinks.”

    Literally. 

    I know that TLo have kittens, but dog food, even the dried stuff, reeks. That poor model, coated in stinky dog food dust.

    Ugh.

    • Kristen Sallee

      That was exactly my thought, too. A lot of dogfood bags are pretty greasy inside, too. Disgusting. Ditto to the idea of glueing dogfood itself onto a dress as decoration.

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

      I bet the sewing machine and serger she used still reeks too! 

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

        I hadn’t thought of that, but I suspect you’re right, and that means “EEEEEWWWWWW”!

        Dogblanket gal at least did more than glue stuff onto the muslin, so I can understand her moving on.
        bitchybitchybitchy

  • Anonymous

    I think Julia’s paper dress was true to her aesthetic and to what she brought to her audition, it wasn’t conventionally pretty, but it had a point of view, her point of view

    • Anonymous

      I liked it.

  • Anonymous

    This bitter kitten agree’s with your call re Julie. At least she tried something “unconventional” as was the point of the challenge.  It might have looked better had she chosen a different brand of dog food.  there are some better colored bags out there. Also, she made a good edit when she removed the sleeves

  • Anonymous

    PR needs a new rule for the UcM challenges:   Use muslin as a lining, but no covering a muslin dress with glued on stuff.

    I loved it when Tim reminded Julie that the model was a human being!

  • scottyf

    Julie can always use her dress to wrap her belongings for mailing when she’s sent home. Very smart.

  • Anonymous

    Forgot to say:  Great job, Tom and Lorenzo!    I’ve loved your coverage of the first two shows.

  • Anonymous

    Forgot to say:  Great job, Tom and Lorenzo!    I’ve loved your coverage of the first two shows.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with your call about Julie, I think it is far better to reach high and produce crap than it is to stay safe and easy and produce boring on project Runway.  

  • Anonymous

    I agree with your call about Julie, I think it is far better to reach high and produce crap than it is to stay safe and easy and produce boring on project Runway.  

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t hate Julie’s dress.  Don’t get me wrong — I don’t think it’s pretty or spectacular or anything and the hem (?) makes me want to scream — but I didn’t hate the use of the materials at all, and I don’t really understand all of the people who think she should have been eliminated for this.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t hate Julie’s dress.  Don’t get me wrong — I don’t think it’s pretty or spectacular or anything and the hem (?) makes me want to scream — but I didn’t hate the use of the materials at all, and I don’t really understand all of the people who think she should have been eliminated for this.

    • Anonymous

      You could see an idea going on in the front and a couple of other ideas going on in the back.  If she carried just one idea all the way through, maybe it would have been more successful.  But big points for sticking to the parameters of the unconventional materials challenge and showing some original ideas in the process.

    • Anonymous

      I agree! I thought it was interesting in many ways. I loved the weaved “fabric,” and the way she placed the leashes along with the khaki color gave it a bit of a military vibe to me. Definitely solid middle of the pack for me, and I am interested to see what else Julie has to offer.

  • MilaXX

    Lint trap is exactly what I thought when I saw Cecilia’s dress and while I wasn’t in love with Becky’s or dogblanket’s dresses I could have no problem with them landing in the middle of the pack.

  • MilaXX

    Lint trap is exactly what I thought when I saw Cecilia’s dress and while I wasn’t in love with Becky’s or dogblanket’s dresses I could have no problem with them landing in the middle of the pack.

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

    My first instinct with those leaves, would be to do just what Becky did. That’s why I’m not a designer. She should have used them in a pattern like Josh and his rocks.

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

    My first instinct with those leaves, would be to do just what Becky did. That’s why I’m not a designer. She should have used them in a pattern like Josh and his rocks.

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

    Becky’s reminded me less of Prada and more of Missoni, if only for the colorful flamestitch pattern created with those leaves. I thought this was cute and had no problems with this one at all.

    Lint trap indeed. The model looks like a Snuggle Bear professional escort. This one had a definite chance at being in the bottom. I was surprised that it was deemed better than the orange/brown dress.

    This plaited jacket reminded me of Korto’s seatbelt jacket. It’s fine. I imagine that the runway was noisy with crackling and rustling. My dog would be dry humping and gnawing at that poor model because she likely smelled of Dog Chow.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1179147626 Jeanne Mulcahey Bryant

      Between that and the bird seed dress, they were lucky the runway show wasn’t in the pet store!

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

    Becky’s reminded me less of Prada and more of Missoni, if only for the colorful flamestitch pattern created with those leaves. I thought this was cute and had no problems with this one at all.

    Lint trap indeed. The model looks like a Snuggle Bear professional escort. This one had a definite chance at being in the bottom. I was surprised that it was deemed better than the orange/brown dress.

    This plaited jacket reminded me of Korto’s seatbelt jacket. It’s fine. I imagine that the runway was noisy with crackling and rustling. My dog would be dry humping and gnawing at that poor model because she likely smelled of Dog Chow.

  • Anonymous

    Like you said, I think that the judges let Julie pass because of the use of unconventional materials and workmanship (definitely not “craftmanship”) put into her dress. I can appreciate that, but it still doesn’t make it any less fugly.

  • Susan Crawford

    Becky’s dress didn’t make me want to run screaming into the woods. And actually, for what it was, she managed to at least execute a design that fit the model and had some homage to Prada, and at this stage, that is about all we should expect. And T Lo caused a spit take as I read the “lint trap” comment on Cecilia’s creation. (Reminder to self: do NOT read T Lo until coffee has been entirely swallowed.)  And Dogblankets Julie should probably make an effort to get herself out of the barn and away from the Pendleton outlet soon.

  • Susan Crawford

    Becky’s dress didn’t make me want to run screaming into the woods. And actually, for what it was, she managed to at least execute a design that fit the model and had some homage to Prada, and at this stage, that is about all we should expect. And T Lo caused a spit take as I read the “lint trap” comment on Cecilia’s creation. (Reminder to self: do NOT read T Lo until coffee has been entirely swallowed.)  And Dogblankets Julie should probably make an effort to get herself out of the barn and away from the Pendleton outlet soon.

  • Nora Mulllin

    Not a fan of the paper dress at all. It’s stiff, heavy looking, and the back is unattractive and unfinished looking at best. That said, you’re exactly right in why she stayed and Josh got Aufed. Hers was at least something different and exponentially more complicated to make and fit that his POS any day.

  • Anonymous

    The more I look at Julie’s, the more I think it’s interesting.  The back doesn’t make any sense but I like the wrapped look and jagged hem in front.  But yeah – that poor model probably had to take a few showers to get that dog food smell off.

  • Anonymous

    I’m okay with Julie’s dress. Is it bad? Sure. But I’d rather see someone take a risk and fail than see someone take no risks.

  • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

    Julie at least tried. 

  • Anonymous

    Julie’s was by far the most interesting of the “safe” garments.   it looks like something she would do in conventional materials, and there’s at least some attempt at tailoring.    I don’t know about anyone else,but I am sick to death of the endless parade of strapless and/or halter dresses that are produced.  There was at least some real design behind this.

    • Anonymous

      Can we be friends? I will take even the smallest opportunity to complain about strapless dresses, particularly of the short and tight kind. For the most part, I don’t like halters either. So I appreciate seeing something different pop up on the runway.

      There’s a lot of stuff going on in Julie’s garment. It really is a big mess, which I didn’t notice during the show because I couldn’t get a good look at it on the runway. But credit where it’s due for the amount of work and dedication she put into it.

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree with both of you. It seems that nobody attempts anything but strapless or halter dresses. Done.To.Death.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1258380060 Tanner Murray

    Does Julie remind anyone else of Amy’s Poehler’s “Amber” character from SNL. Like any moment she is gonna say “Yeah I farted… jealous.”

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

      OMG!!Your right!! She has a shifty way about her.

    • http://lizapdesign.blogspot.com/ lizap

      Too funny.  But I have to say it’s Anthony Ryan who reminds me most of Amber ….”I’m colorblind, I got mad skills and I’m rocking one ball”.

  • Anonymous

    Glued on crap dresses should be outlawed.  It’s not unconventional, it’s just pinata.  The only one of the challenges I remember seeing with the least amount of this gluing-on-muslin garbage is the car parts challenge, which lent itself to really having to think beyond gluing crap on muslin.

    The lint trap dress is horrific.  I would have put that on the bottom instead of Fallene’s.  At least Fallene’s had a better shape to it and the skirt was done well.  This is just dreck.  Must have been a close call.  I appreciate that Julie had the inspiration to do more than glue shit on muslin, so even though it’s ugly as sin and does most likely reek of dog food, it’s definitely worth a pass in the middle.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you about swapping out Cecilia’s dress for Fallene’s in the bottom 3.

      At least Cecilia appears to have abandoned her idea of using actual dog food as beading, I don’t see it anywhere on that garment.

      • Anonymous

        I forgot Cecilia was going to glue dog food “beads”!  GAK!

        I’m sad that no one took dog and cat toys and turned them into something cool.  But at least people stayed away from the kitty litter.

        • Anonymous

          I think the kitty litter would have been an improvement over dog food, smell-wise.  It’s not like it would’ve been used kitty litter.  New kitty litter is designed to absorb smells!

        • Anonymous

          I think the kitty litter would have been an improvement over dog food, smell-wise.  It’s not like it would’ve been used kitty litter.  New kitty litter is designed to absorb smells!

  • Anonymous

    Going ‘WAY out on a limb here, but I liked Becky’s dress.  It was colorful and I like the arrangement of leaves, especially at the bodice.

    • Anonymous

      I loved the color palette, but not the way she executed it. I was really excited when she had all of her colors in the workroom, but the actual garment was a bit disappointing. Still, I’m glad she was safe. I think she is an interesting designer. 

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

        Becky’s dress is more wearable than most entries- as a ballet costume it would be charming

      • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

        And I think she’s hysterically funny on-camera, in the personal interview clips.

        • Anonymous

          Becky’s pretty great all around, I think. And I love her dress. All that color outweighs the lack of straps.

        • Anonymous

          Becky’s pretty great all around, I think. And I love her dress. All that color outweighs the lack of straps.

  • Annie Leung

    The top of Becky’s dress is quite all right with me, I actually even like it, if she had switched the bottom part out with some muslin with glued on pet store stuff or dyed wee wee pad, it might have been better. Julie tried and the whole time she was doing it, I just kept thinking about Korto’s seatbelt coat, now THAT was fabulous weaving. I completely forgot about Cecilia’s dress but looking at it again, I really don’t like the waist of the dress, was that supposed to be a belt?

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, we must have posted basically the same thought at the same time; I did not mean to be redundant. 

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, we must have posted basically the same thought at the same time; I did not mean to be redundant. 

  • Anonymous

    All I thought of while Julie was making her dress was Korto’s entry with the seat belt’s.  I think Julie’s was the poor man’s version of Korto’s, she even had the same sleeves until she cut them off.  Nothing original there.

    • Anonymous

      The Korto comparisons are inevitable, but really, if a designer wants to get away from fabric-like materials and gluing crap to muslin, there aren’t many options other than weaving of some sort.  Maybe she should’ve used different sized strips to not incur the scorn of old school PR fans?

      • Anonymous

        Don’t have a problem with the weaving but the design was basically the same, just not executed nearly as well as Korto’s.

        • Anonymous

          Fair enough.  Sorry if I painted you with the wrong brush.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t have a problem with the weaving but the design was basically the same, just not executed nearly as well as Korto’s.

    • Anonymous

      Korto took strip material and wove it. Julie took bags, made them into strips and wove them. And Korto had plenty of real world inspiration–there have been bags made out of seatbelts for sale since the 1990s. While what Julie did may seem derivative I am not sure that is a fair assessment. 

      • Anonymous

        I get that there is limitations of what you can do, but she made the exact same kimono type dress, just cut the sleeves off. 

    • Anonymous

      Korto took strip material and wove it. Julie took bags, made them into strips and wove them. And Korto had plenty of real world inspiration–there have been bags made out of seatbelts for sale since the 1990s. While what Julie did may seem derivative I am not sure that is a fair assessment. 

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

    I hate Dogblanket’s dress, but I accept its position in the pack.  Is it ugly?  Yes, very much so.  Is it well-made?  No, not at all.  But was it one of the worst three looks on the runway?  No.  For my money, that should have gone to Josh, Bryce and Bert.  I know, I know — Bert had immunity.  But they still could have ripped him a new one.  That dress was not only ugly, but ridiculously unimaginative in every way. 

    If more people had done great garments, then sure.  But they didn’t.  There were enough people who were worse keeping her out of the bottom 3.

    In fact, I’m not even sure it was worse than Cecilia’s.  I mean, it was very badly done, but it showed some thought.  (A bit too much thought, actually — there’s a lot going on there.)  Cecilia’s is ugly, unflattering, and incredibly boring.  There’s nothing even remotely interesting.

    Becky gets a pass from me.  It’s far from the best, but it’s acceptable.

    I was very disappointed with a lot of the designers this week — I came up with much more interesting uses of the materials in my head while I was watching.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

    Julie’s dress reminded me of Daniel Franco’s butcher-paper getup from S1 E1.

    I liked Becky’s.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agree with you about Julie’s. Didn’t quite work, but she attempted something different in every way.

    As for Cecilia’s the pictures tell it all. Everyone else who glued stuff on managed to make the stuff they glued on look like something else. This one just looks like, well, the bottom of a hamster cage. And that belt – is it packing tape???

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe there are still more designers to look at moving into tomorrow! Will we ever get to the top 10? I liked Dog blanket’s too, if only for the fact that she manipulated an unconventional material, plus she seems at least a little self aware unlike some of the others. But I miss the creativity of earlier seasons (think candy store dresses! Twizzlers! Peanut butter cup cups! candy wrappers! sigh…)

  • Anonymous

    I thought the paper dress was okay. At least she tried something different than everyone else. And she showed some sense getting rid of those sleeves she originally had. The hem is really stupid crazy though. I liked Becky’s okay. The colors were really nice.

  • Anonymous

    I would have been interested to see what they could have done if they weren’t allowed to use muslin at all. I hope the PR Powers That Be consider this for future UM challenges and scrap the muslin completely.

    • Anonymous

      Well I am standing up for Laura because she didn’t uses muslin (or any significant amount) 

      Julie either

  • Anonymous

    Cecilia needs to get angry or something, because she’s been a bore so far.

  • Anonymous

    I really kind of liked Becky’s dress (I like Becky herself, too).  With the colors, I had to remind myself that she pretty much took ALL of the aquarium plants.  I would have liked it better in all purple or just the purple and green, but she only had so much to work with.  And this HAD to have muslin underneath to hold it together.

    Cecelia’s looks like a nightmare–lint trap exactly, LOL!  If you’re going to be a bitch, you need to have the goods to back it up.  And my hubby interjects “give her a cup of coffee, she always looks half-asleep.”

    Don’t like Julie, don’t like her aesthetic.  This is just a dog blanket made out of dog food bags.  Awful.  But I suspect T and Lo are right (as you always are!) that she got the pass for making it all out of not-muslin.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Becky’s dress was pretty – but I love lots of color. Does anyone else think “Betsy Ross” when they see her name?

    If I were a judge, I’d have put Julie in the middle  just to see what she would come up with next. It wasn’t a pretty outfit, but it didn’t bore me.

    As for Cecilia, I’ve pulled prettier stuff out of my lint trap.

  • Anonymous

    Man, there is a LOT of Julie hate going on in the comments lately. Not really sure why, she isn’t rude or offensive or anything. I don’t think that look is really that bad. It’s not amazing, but it’s creative, and a hell of a lot better than a dog-tits halter.

  • Anonymous

    I think Becky’s is kind of fun. And I quite like Julie’s from the front, but the back is a hot mess. At least she took the challenge to heart. Cecilia’s outfit made me think of bathroom rugs.

  • Anonymous

    Julie made ‘fabric’ out of something other than dog beds or lizard cage mesh.  She designed something other than the ubiquitous sheath dress or folded napkin skirt.  Oh, it’s the fug, and I doubt she’ll win.  She simply displayed that she thinks differently.  That alone would make me want to keep her around a few more weeks.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

    I totally agree that Julie’s dress was not auf-worthy.  I think this might have actually shown some promise if the material hadn’t been so stiff, but with only dog food bags to work with, she could hardly reverse course at the last minute.  As you say, it’s better to have tried something interesting and failed than to do something boring and failed.

    • Anonymous

      I have a feeling — I don’t know why, I just suspected I guess — that originally she wanted to use the dog food itself (like the birdseed dress). And once she nixed that idea it left her with basically nothing but the bags.

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

    Haha, my guinea pigs’ used to pee on that stuff Cecilia used.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Becky’s dress. Agree that it isn’t totally original, but at least it is pretty. That has to count for something. I really hated Julie’s dress. I understand the notion that she tried something difficult, but good lord that is one f’ing ugly dress!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sort of hoping that Cecilia comes out as a dark horse contender, and soon, if only because she’s from the next neighborhood over from me. She’s bringing some good NY attitude but needs to back up the goods. C’mon, girl!

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

    Thanks for the details and analysis of these. They didn’t get a lot of attention on the show and they were all worth a second look. I kind of liked Julie’s, which does seem to shout out her esthetic. 

  • Anonymous

    I love Julie’s dress from the front.  The back is where it all falls apart and goes seriously awry.  But she definitely showed some creativity and I’m glad she’s continuing on.  I don’t think she’s going to be in the final three but her viewpoint is different enough that I’m interested in seeing what she’ll do in other challenges.  Anyone who doesn’t just send out short, strapless cocktail dresses is okay in my book.

    Becky’s looks really well made.  It makes me think of a ballet costume for the fall section of The Four Seasons. Solid middle-of the pack. 

    Cecelia’s is way worse than Fallene’s and should have been in the bottom three. 

  • Anonymous

    Design aside, is it me or there really is not one attention-catching model this season? 

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. Yikes, they are rough-looking.

    • Mary Saucier

      I think that Danielle’s model – I don’t know her name, the redhead – is quite striking.

      • Lies L.

        I agree. She’s very striking and pretty. The only remarkable model this season IMO.

      • Lies L.

        I agree. She’s very striking and pretty. The only remarkable model this season IMO.

    • Mary Saucier

      I think that Danielle’s model – I don’t know her name, the redhead – is quite striking.

    • Anonymous

      we didn’t hear one thing about model selection this week.  i hope the role of the model in the design and presentation process will not be down-played this season.  i always enjoyed watching the model selection drama in past seasons.  when they had the “models of the runway” show, it was amusing but too much based on interpersonal drama.  and in that season, it seems like they had the models housed together for the duration.  i don’t think they always do that, as there is sometimes drama with models being late or not showing up.  i worked as an artists’ model for several years while young, and now i work a lot with painting from the model.  the relationship between artist and model is almost a collaboration; i think that is somewhat true of designer and model as well.  it takes creativity to be a great model.  

    • Anonymous

      we didn’t hear one thing about model selection this week.  i hope the role of the model in the design and presentation process will not be down-played this season.  i always enjoyed watching the model selection drama in past seasons.  when they had the “models of the runway” show, it was amusing but too much based on interpersonal drama.  and in that season, it seems like they had the models housed together for the duration.  i don’t think they always do that, as there is sometimes drama with models being late or not showing up.  i worked as an artists’ model for several years while young, and now i work a lot with painting from the model.  the relationship between artist and model is almost a collaboration; i think that is somewhat true of designer and model as well.  it takes creativity to be a great model.  

  • Anonymous

    Becky’s looks a bit “Poison Ivy from Batman” – very hard to make something like that not look like a costume.  Cecilia’s… ick.  It’s like she hosed down the muslin with glue and the model just rolled through the materials.  I don’t hate Julie’s — sure it’s bad, but at least she put in some effort.  A similar idea to Korto’s seatbelt coat, if a lot sadder.

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

      That’s what Becky made- a lovely costume- it needs a mask

  • Anonymous

    I agree, but at least these dresses weren’t completely tragic like the “puppy tits” and “wee-wee pads” ones.  Yikes.

  • Sarah Masson

    Julie’s entry reminds me of the outfits in the underrated, amazing film that is Troop Beverly Hills.  Okay…  I haven’t seen the movie in about 15 years, but I’m positive it would stand the test of times.   

    • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

      YES, when Shelley Long’s character has the troop leader uniform “redesigned.”  Love that movie!  Need to rewatch it.
      For those who are interested:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098519/

  • Anonymous

    It’s time to cut the glue sticks down to 1″ and allow each designer only one. 

  • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

    I like the bodice of Becky’s dress, especially the tit-feathers on the side; they give it a nice shape at the edges.  But she’s all Chiquita Banana from the waist down.
    And I concur; while I don’t like Dogblankets’ (best. nickname. EVER.) dress myself, it certainly is more interesting and took more work than Josh’s.  PR Contestants:  If you find yourself done ahead of schedule and way ahead of everyone else, you should step back and take stock of your design because more than likely you did something too simple or too safe; it’s not just because you’re that fast and awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Hartmann-Miller/1352153445 Donna Hartmann-Miller

    Do they have access to a washing machine and dryer? Because I’ve done dresses out of the same sort of paper that Julie’s dress was made from, but the the secret to getting the paper to work is to crumple, wash, and dry it a couple of times. She sould have created a much more interesting plaid with her ”fabric” by sewing it together with lines in yellow or a cyan blue (using the zig-zag), crumpled and washed and dried a few times to break it down and let it actually hang. I think the cut of the dress was actually nice from the front and she had good ideas for the back too, but the stiffness of the material hurt it.

    • Anonymous

      I’d like to see *your* dress!

      • Anonymous

        I made them back in the early eighties when I was just starting to make my own clothes without patterns. Not trying to sound like I lived a Dickens novel, but I got a chance to
        be creative and create clothes before I committed to buying the fabric.
        I had access to all sorts of free rolls of paper and paper bags from stores, but not enough money to buy muslin to test on and no courage to waste money by just buying the fabric without a test run. Also, when you make the paper soft enough to drape like fabric, you can take it apart and make your pattern from the pieces.

        I have to say, I’d take away the hot glue guns from these designers. I think it is cheating (although hot glue guns can be a lot of fun — when I first discovered hot glue guns, I started making my own buttons with them and had really fun, interesting results)

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

          Don’t know if you’ll ever see this reply, but I’m curious as to what kinds of paper you can do this with. Although with all the recycled-paper products in use nowadays, I’m guessing sturdy paper bags are a lot rarer these days than in the early 80s.

          • Anonymous

            When I was little (like in the mid 70′s) we had a neighbor who worked in a paper mill. He used to bring home the leftover rolls of the paper, so it was 30 to 36″ across like butcher paper, which was wonderful!

            We used it not just for drawing, but we would make things with it, then when we were done we’d roll it into tight logs and used them to start fires in the neighborhood fire pit we would have almost every night of the summer.

            The things we used to build with those rolls. What joy!

            I look back on them now and realize we were doing big giant origami projects (we didn’t have glue or tape, but lots of crayons and every now and then we got colored markers – the colored markers were THE best, you could draw heavily on one side and have it soak thru to an really interesting pattern on the other side), so we had to build things buy building them up with tight corners and folds. We built boxes and tents and houses, life size animals and flowers. We would do a farm with horses, pigs, sheep, etc. Then we would do an African scene. We did a series of birds and fish. One summer the kids who lived two doors down and I did a series of butterfly wings for ourselves. I once twisted three long, long (we are talking like three-50+ foot) strips of the paper tightly, getting them soaking wet, letting them dry hard in the sun, then we braided them together and tied them in the tree, got an old piece of wood we pounded a hole in the middle of with the back end of a hammer, hung it on the end of the “rope” and started swinging by it — so dangerous! Mom actually gave us money to get some real rope once we showed her, lol! We would layer them up and drag them behind our bikes down slopes and hills. Fun times.

            Anyway, I’ve always had some of that paper left (in fact, I still have some in my basement today and used it recently at a community event as a comment sheet). The paper varied in weight, color, and texture (some of it was actually waxy on one side, which still gave interesting results) and I used just about everything to make my test “clothes”/patterns, but the stuff I really liked to use was the stuff that grocery bags used to be made of. It WAS thicker and more substantial — it also had more of a “tooth” to it that was very appealling. But even with the shorter fibers in todays recycled papers, I honestly think I could still do what I used to do. Of course today I think I’d also use some bleach or vinegar to help break down the paper a bit more. I would scrunch it up, then flatten it out several times. I often used an iron for the flattening out process. Then I would get it sopping wet and (1) toss it in the dryer or (2), when I was in college and the dryer cost too much, lay it over the heater vent and let it blow dry. Then, like shampoo, soak and repeat. It usually took just a couple run thrus to get it to work, but if I was making a dress or a skirt or something I wanted to flow, I’d have to do it a bit more to best imitate the fabric I had my eye on. Once or twice I used a razor on it to sort of smooth it out and take away some of the heaviness. You had to be careful not to make it too fragile, but it worked. God, I was so cheap. I actually had one long, long zipper I used to re-use over and over.

            There was only one occasion I actually made a dress that someone really wore to a real event (and it made it thru the whole evening!) When I was in college, a high school girl I worked with was always fascinated by what I did. She was always saying I should just wear the paper clothes (looking back, why didn’t I? I’d not been able to wear them multiple times, but they really were pretty cool. Ultimately, I was a bit conventional) and she had me make her a formal dress for her tolo. I made it with a soft yellow colored paper, almost buttery and we lightly spray painted it with a coppery glitter paint (which I think may have also helped with stabilizing it a bit). We thought about mod podging the bodice, but ended up letting it go. It was really simple and really pretty. It’s so funny, I’d kind of forgotten about it . . . I think I have a photo of it someplace, but I’m not sure where the heck it is.

            Well, I’m sure I went on a bit too much, but this was a fun stroll down memory lane. Thanks for asking!

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

    “She looks like a lint trap”

    hahahahaha

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

    I actually loved Julie’s garment–it showed a really strong design sense, and I think it was constructed very well.  I think Julie is a lot better than you guys give her credit for.  The only thing I don’t particularly like about her dress is that it’s paper.

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

    Totally agree; at least Julie tried. And I still don’t understand what Becky’s materials were even doing in a pet store. They weren’t aquarium plants. It looked like an entry for a craft-store challenge.

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

    So I just don’t get it. Anthony has a VERY simple dress design, but you say “The boy definitely has good instincts and a sense of design and style.” But Cecilia gets “another “glued-on crap” dress, i.e., an extremely simple muslin dress with unconventional materials glued to it. Not exactly a design triumph.”  I agree that Anthony’s glued on crap looked much better than Cecilia’s but honestly neither dress was a ‘design triumph’. They were both the easy muslim sheaths that were then embellished. Anthony happened to be the master of the glue gun, just like he bragged to Tim. sounds like he has experience gluing shit to things.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s the aquarium plant manufacturer that copied Prada or did Prada copy them? Anyway the dress would have looked better if she had gone for an ombre effect, not so  drastic of a change between the colors.

    I wonder if Cecilla was made that the other gerbil bedding dresss got all the praise.

    Jule’s looks like an Elf on a mission.And it is perfect example  of hy peole glue things to muslin on these challenge.
     

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s the aquarium plant manufacturer that copied Prada or did Prada copy them? Anyway the dress would have looked better if she had gone for an ombre effect, not so  drastic of a change between the colors.

    I wonder if Cecilla was made that the other gerbil bedding dresss got all the praise.

    Jule’s looks like an Elf on a mission.And it is perfect example  of hy peole glue things to muslin on these challenge.
     

    • Anonymous

      HA, that’s almost exactly what I thought. Julie’s looks like something a proud House Elf would whip up for itself during downtime at the Malfoy’s.

      Aesthetically unpleasing as it may be, I am solidly in the “reward people who actually use unconventional materials” camp. I’m also pretty impressed with how finished it looks on the runway, believe it or not. In one of the later workroom montages, there’s a shot of Julie with a giant sheet of woven strips draped over the mannequin about as carefully as a frat toga. I know they use all kinds of editing tricks, and maybe I fell for one there, but it looked like she just had one big sheet of ugly to work with a few hours before runway time. Now in the stills, I can see that the back actually has some interest to it.

      I don’t think Julie will make it more than another week or two, but I have no problem with her staying this week.

      • Anonymous

        I can see that, but I was thinking more along the lines of JRR Tolkien’s  Middle Earth, because he’s wearing a quiver and even the make-up and hair look a little “Elfish” ;).

  • tripletmom96

    i agree with tom about becky’s dress — gaudy, gaudy, gaudy, but still tried to do something interesting even if it didn’t exactly succeed.  IMHO it was still better than some of the other crap on that runway…. also agree about the dog-food bag coat dress.  yes it’s awful, but at least she worked it into something with a little imagination.  that was josh’s downfall and i’m quite comfortable with the decisions made this week (although i really didn’t like the winning dress — thought the bird seed dress was much more attractive and the pattern he made with the sunflower seeds was really cool looking – and i don’t think it was any shorter than some of the stuff you see every day on runways everywhere.) 

  • Anonymous

    Jesus H. Christ – do *none* of the contestants know how to stay a v-neck? I’d do a multi elimination just based on that, if I were the Queen.

  • Anonymous

    Out of these three, to my surprise, I found myself liking the paper bag dress the most. I really liked the asymmetrical shape and the splashes of color throughout. It looked like she put some thought and effort into the construction, although it turned out totally stiff and is probably really uncomfortable to wear. But imagine that dress in real fabric–I think it would be stunning. 

    I thought I’d like Becky’s effort, but the poor model looks like a salad walking down the runway. I do like the colors, but that’s about it.

    Really disliked Cecilia’s dress. Ick Lint trap, indeed. Perfect description.

  • Toni Mitt

    I really thought Becky’s dress would do better.  I like the colors–way more interesting than all the beige hampster bedding!  Dogblankets had a great idea with the food bags and weaving the paper, so I’m glad she was safe.  The shape of that coat dress was weird, but at least interesting.  I don’t even remember who Cecilia is….oh well. 

  • Toni Mitt

    I really thought Becky’s dress would do better.  I like the colors–way more interesting than all the beige hampster bedding!  Dogblankets had a great idea with the food bags and weaving the paper, so I’m glad she was safe.  The shape of that coat dress was weird, but at least interesting.  I don’t even remember who Cecilia is….oh well. 

  • Anonymous

    call me crazy,but i loved becky’s dress.  that chartreuse with a touch of orangeish-yellow, combined with purple, is just stunning.  it brings to mind an impressionist painting of a meadow, with overtones of LSD.  cecilia’s dress- no.  looks like it’s made out of dog shit and chewing gum.  but i love her personality, hope she can manage to stay in for a while.  i also liked woof-woof’s paper dress.  i sometimes use paper in my art quilts, and i think the textures she created are interesting. i also enjoy the patterns created by weaving.  if only she could bring all that creativity together into a finished, balanced garment.  perhaps if she had eliminated the asymmetrical skirt, or made it less extreme, it would have helped.  but maybe it would just look like a dowdy housedress then.   

  • Anonymous

    call me crazy,but i loved becky’s dress.  that chartreuse with a touch of orangeish-yellow, combined with purple, is just stunning.  it brings to mind an impressionist painting of a meadow, with overtones of LSD.  cecilia’s dress- no.  looks like it’s made out of dog shit and chewing gum.  but i love her personality, hope she can manage to stay in for a while.  i also liked woof-woof’s paper dress.  i sometimes use paper in my art quilts, and i think the textures she created are interesting. i also enjoy the patterns created by weaving.  if only she could bring all that creativity together into a finished, balanced garment.  perhaps if she had eliminated the asymmetrical skirt, or made it less extreme, it would have helped.  but maybe it would just look like a dowdy housedress then.   

  • Anonymous

    Becky: I remember liking if not exactly being particularly impressed by it during her consultation with Tim, but not so much on the runway (and the pictures are worse). It would have been much better without the yellow and orange at the bottom or with an ombre effect, but overall, the design of it is just not especially interesting. At least there is colour.

    Cecilia: Her thinking that she was going home before the first challenge must have crushed her spirit, because she’s been nothing but quiet since. This doesn’t appear to be her original idea, so I give her a tiny bit of credit for changing mid-course, but the end result is not so good. Of all of the “glued-on crap” dresses, this looks the most like a dress with glued-on crap – though I think there is something more going on, because the few spots missing gerbil bedding aren’t white like muslin would be (paper?). The leash detail was nice, though.

    Julie: I respect what she made. It looks like something along the lines of her design aesthetic (in fact, it is probably the most representative of any designer’s work, I think, based upon their portfolios), it uses relatively unconventional materials (I say relatively, because it is paper and plastic, which are rather fabric-like), and there is a fair amount of complicated construction involved.

  • Anonymous

    Becky: I remember liking if not exactly being particularly impressed by it during her consultation with Tim, but not so much on the runway (and the pictures are worse). It would have been much better without the yellow and orange at the bottom or with an ombre effect, but overall, the design of it is just not especially interesting. At least there is colour.

    Cecilia: Her thinking that she was going home before the first challenge must have crushed her spirit, because she’s been nothing but quiet since. This doesn’t appear to be her original idea, so I give her a tiny bit of credit for changing mid-course, but the end result is not so good. Of all of the “glued-on crap” dresses, this looks the most like a dress with glued-on crap – though I think there is something more going on, because the few spots missing gerbil bedding aren’t white like muslin would be (paper?). The leash detail was nice, though.

    Julie: I respect what she made. It looks like something along the lines of her design aesthetic (in fact, it is probably the most representative of any designer’s work, I think, based upon their portfolios), it uses relatively unconventional materials (I say relatively, because it is paper and plastic, which are rather fabric-like), and there is a fair amount of complicated construction involved.

  • Leslie Carver

    I thought Julie’s was as ugly as sin in the stills that I first saw, but didn’t hate it when I saw it moving on the TV.  The back is pretty cool, and you’re absolutely right about the materials/conventionality of it.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I was hoping she’s go a little more pop-art with it and utilize the labels more, rather than keep with the predominant craft paper bag look, but it has a certain structural something. I actually liked Julie’s portfolio and she could be a dark horse.

  • Leslie Carver

    I thought Julie’s was as ugly as sin in the stills that I first saw, but didn’t hate it when I saw it moving on the TV.  The back is pretty cool, and you’re absolutely right about the materials/conventionality of it.

  • Anonymous

    I think Becky’s dress is an eyesore — looks like a pinata.  But the shape of the back is kind of cute.  Cecilia’s dress absolutely should have been in the bottom 3 over Fallene’s.  I still don’t understand what was so bad about Fallene’s dress.  Julie’s kind of looks like a costume for a fourth grade play, but since she embraced the spirit of the challenge, I’d give her a pass too.

  • fragileindustries

    I stand by my choice of Dogblanket for the bottom three in place of Fallene (Fallone? Pheremone? Too many designers to remember names yet).  Both had the same fugly brown/red/orange autumn colors, and I maintain Julie’s “interesting weave effect” resembles a Campfire Girl hotpad project.  In paper.  Obvious paper.  The resulting pattern was visually a mess.  To me, the idea of unconventional materials challenges is how well the designer can take the UM and transform it credibly, even if you have to squint a little.  For Julie’s effort, I’d have to close my eyes entirely and sing “lalalala”.  Too much going on.  Becky’s referenced (as someone said here) Missoni in the flame zig-zag and that bodice is really rather nice.

    Even though I am a contrary bitter kitten, big love to TLo for dubbing the Lint Trap dress.  Safe only because there were worse. 

    Whew.  And still More To Come.

  • Anonymous

    The leaf dress has ears. I can’t get past that.

    I have no problem with who went home, and you made a perfect defense for the winner so I’m not annoyed with that anymore, but DAMN is that leaf dress disturbing to me.

  • Anonymous

    Julie and Becky are in the same category for me: didn’t play it safe. Becky’s turned out prettier, but if Julie’d had an editing eye and a little more command over her materials, she  might have made a better dress than Becky’s.

    If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.

    Cecilia: a lot of work went into something not very successful. Say what you will about Bert’s, it was pretty.

  • AMartel

    How is Cecelia’s glued-on crap any worse than the glued on crap at #1 and #2?  Looks the same to me.  Is it the color “palette”?  IF so, okay, but she used other materials more creatively than the winner, and the fit is better.  Guess Im just not getting the design distinctions between the different iterations of glued-on crap.  Good thing this is not a real-life dilemma.  Also, why so dismissive of the woven dress?  This actually looked interesting and different and fairly original compared to a lot of the other crap, and it also took a lot of work.  Would have rated it higher, personally.  Do you just like calling the lady “dogblankets”?  There’s a fine line between weapons-grade bitchy (which is fine) and drive-by shootings. 

  • Andrea Rossillon

    My problem with the paper dress was that she used a simple 90-degree basketweave to construct the “fabric”; as a result, it doesn’t drape well, at all. If she had done a 30-60-90 degree 4-harness satin weave (and I am showing off here with all this lingo, but it’s also true), it would’ve draped really well and been pretty for it.

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

      i’m not a weaver so i dont understand yr precise terms but i know exactly what you mean. i think she is not a weaver as well & had, probably cos of limited time, no idea how to think another weave through. tho she’s used to looking at fabric–it shouldve been if not second then third or fourth nature.

      otoh, while i think it didnt work, this dress was way more interesting than most of the others.

  • Lies L.

    I thought these three were all pretty bad. I like Becky, but I hated the dress at first sight and I still think it’s just awful. I’m unsure why, because the use of materials was okay, but BLEH. I think it deserved a bottom three place. Maybe third.

    Don’t really like Cecilia’s either, but I liked the use of the leashes, even if it wasn’t exactly pretty.

    Oddly enough Julie’s was my favourite of these three. I’m not sure why, because clearly it wasn’t the greatest success, but I definitely think she did better than last week. Pretty unusual materials used in a pretty inventive way.

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

    If we were worried about the outfit actually looking pretty or flattering to the female body, the number one winner would have been booted off. His concoction made his model look like a linebacker.

  • Anonymous

    Not that this has anything to do with the topic at hand, but I saw Epperson at the Time Warner Center today!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jin-Ong/584903214 Jin Ong

    I still think Julie should have been at the bottom, in place of Fallene.

  • yuju ti

    I kind of like Becky’s dress. Not saying she should have been graded higher, but it doesn’t deserve an “EW”, IMO.

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

    Gawd, I’m so glad I stopped watching this show. Thanks for reminding me why it is so over.

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

    Gawd, I’m so glad I stopped watching this show. Thanks for reminding me why it is so over.

  • Anonymous

    Agree one hundred percent on the dog bag dress- nice try. A kimono take with that weave could have been super architectural.

  • Anonymous

    Becky’s model looks like a walking salad. Julie’s model looked like a trash can. The woven dress may have an interesting shape, but the construction is horrific. Last, a dress covered in dog food stinks in every way. They’re all lucky Josh made something worse.

  • Anonymous

    Julie: It might be a failure, but it’s an ambitious failure. If you have to fail, that’s the kind of failure you want in an unconventional challenge.

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

    The model of the last dress couldn’t even muster a compliment when the designer was telling her about it.   Cecilia rubs me the wrong way.  Wasn’t crazy about the first designer, but I did like what she put out. I’m coming around to liking her. I think she gives off good positive energy. I liked her contribution this week. 

  • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

    I rather like the paper dress. It’s unwearable, but from a distance it has a lot of drama.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

    I never get it when TLo and/or the judges use “stiff and heavy” as a critique in an unconventional materials challenge. The idea is to make garments out of stuff that isn’t fabric, and yet, they all insist that the only real design choice that matters is making it look just like fabric. I’m not saying that something like Vincent’s unwalkable refrigerator box with shit glued on it is the ideal, but if you’re going to make a dress out of tubing, it’s going to have a different effect moving than if you use silk. This is why the winner tends to be someone who actually uses the most conventional materials (Olivier’s dog bed, Jay’s trash bags).

    I’d like to see the judges look for a different aesthetic when judging an unconventional materials challenge. God knows there are enough fashion shows in the world where the models wear garments that don’t, in any way, work in the real world but are stunning. Let’s see that once in awhile.

  • Anonymous

    My first reaction to this post was “what ? Are we not done, yet ?” Then I saw the next PR post pop up on screen and I realised that, yes, they still were that many. Hopefully, I’m going to remember some name other than Bert in a couple of week.
    So I liked the paper dress better without the sleeves. When skying-chinchilla girl began her crafty-thingy wooving, I was like “Oooookay, if she is going for Korto’s seatbelt coat type of dress, she’s definitely out.” The she cut off the sleeves and tryed to do an interesting pleating behind. I find her entry definitely more intersting than the one of, let say Mr “look at me I’m pretty and my make is better than miss Trinidad and Tobago. Or Heid Klum” which, even if it was smart and cute, was still some glued on crap.

    And Betty ? Uh ? Who ? 

  • Anonymous

    but Becky’s dress uses ombre, which is fun and flirty in bold colors