PR: Team Semi-International

Posted on August 17, 2011

All credit must be paid to Olivier and Anya this week. They got along like gangbusters and seemed to be thrilled to have the chance to work with each other. Which is odd when you think about it because their styles are at opposite ends of the spectrum. He’s all Calvin Klein crispness and she’s all caftans and maxi-dresses in wild prints. We were intrigued by the pairing because we didn’t see how it could possibly work.

And you know what?

We were right. You really can’t pair Calvin Klein minimalism with bold, colorful maxi dresses.

In some ways, we wish this had scored lower because we wanted to hear what the judges had to say about this one. We think there could have been an interesting discussion about the difference between finding ways to make two aesthetics work together and simply making two pieces in two wildly different styles and just mashing them together.
This may have been why their team was so low-drama. They really didn’t do anything to challenge themselves. There’s no question who was responsible for which aspects of the garment because neither designer budged an inch outside their comfort zone.

We don’t know what the hell Olivier was trying to accomplish with that weird vest thingy. It’s not even very well made.
And that print is hideous.

Is Anya going to style her model like herself every week? Because that’s gonna get old.
Although we have to admit, that skirt flowed beautifully.

And it helped that their model was the only one who managed to approximate a true runway walk instead of lurching drunkenly toward the camera. But the more we look at this collection of bad ideas, the more we wish it had received some criticism. It’s almost as if Olivier and Anya didn’t understand the basic concept of the challenge. You’re supposed to come together as a team and make a garment that speaks to both aesthetics. They just made two wildly different pieces, each in their own style, and stitched them together. A Frankenstein dress.

 

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

    • Anonymous

      To be honest, I was excited when they were paired together,because both had produced interesting work. But then…WTF? What was the vision? Left-over material straps on top of a fugly skirt? Yeah, kids thata work. Serious, what was the design plan? 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

        It went by so fast on the runway, but even a glimpse was so hideous I was surprised it wasn’t called out by the judges.

        I couldn’t figure out that vest/strap thing, either.

    • Anonymous

      To be honest, I was excited when they were paired together,because both had produced interesting work. But then…WTF? What was the vision? Left-over material straps on top of a fugly skirt? Yeah, kids thata work. Serious, what was the design plan? 

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

      I thought this thing looked hideous on the mannequin, but way-high-up-in-the-sky it didn’t look as bad. And now in the screencaps? Hideous again!
      It’s weird that Tim et al kept mentioning The Dream Team. While both Miss Trinidad & Tobago and Miss Cleveland are teachers’ pets, this is nothing like Christian and Chris in S4’s avant garde challenge.

      • Anonymous

        Yes and that result was fabulous.

      • Anonymous

        Yes and that result was fabulous.

      • Anonymous

        Christian and Chris had probably the best collaborative effort ever seen on this show. That dress was amazing.

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

          Yes and yes. I wish they’d replay season 4! I know Lifetime probably can’t, though.

          • Anonymous

            Style has been running PR 1-5 for the past few months. They don’t air entire seasons at one time, though. This Friday evening they’re showing the last six episodes of season 4, including the reunion, which Bravo never ran when they were rerunning PR.  Unfortunately, they’re starting with the denim episode, which was right after the Avant Garde challenge.

            • Anonymous

              Thanks for posting this info. Have to set the DVR for the reunion episode.

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

              Note to self….must watch reunion episdoe for Season 4!    And I’m smiling just thinking of Sissy Bear and PPS as a team for the avant garde challenge-that was a gorgeous design.
              bitchybitchybitchy

            • Anonymous

              Bravo did run the reunion episode.

            • Anonymous

              I must have watched the Season 1 reruns like ten times over.  Still my favorite season and favorite winner.

            • Anonymous

              I must have watched the Season 1 reruns like ten times over.  Still my favorite season and favorite winner.

            • Anonymous

              Yeah, there’s something really special about season 1. It was new, and reality shows hadn’t taken quite the stranglehold on television that they have now. Jay’s a true visionary, and that’s a hard thing to come by, no matter what the profession.

        • shorty j

           I just got a big stupid grin on my face just THINKING about that!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63FW2Y5BWUARL7PJGWK54TUDGE Carrieanno

        Ah, the avant garde challenge! Brings back wonderful memories!  Now THAT was the real Project Runway.

    • Anonymous

      The vest thingy looks like the center of it was chewed out by rats.  And the colors are not in any way compatible with the nasty print of the dress fabric.  As for moving well, when you have THAT much fabric blowing in the wind pretty much anything is gonna look good.

      But I will say I was pleasantly surprised by the calm professionalism they both brought to working together.

    • http://twitter.com/wrenaria Kimmy Hescock

      Soooooo ugly. I was expecting much better from them.

    • Judy_J

      That was one ugly dress.  Hideous fabric, and the weird vest-thing was not only poorly made, it looked like an afterthought.  I was sure when this came down the runway, it would be in the bottom 3. 

    • Anonymous

      Frankenstein is right.  I was hoping there would be more to Olivier and Anya’s garment, but nothing ever showed up.

    • Anonymous

      What is UP with Anya just having to style her models to look like her? For the past 3 weeks, she’s insisted on that hairstyle no matter what. It does not work for every person or every situation.

    • Anonymous

      I was waiting for your discussion of this one.  I couldn’t believe it didn’t score lower.  Ugly print, ugly fabric.  And the hair and make-up are worse than I remember.

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

      Considering how godawfulhideous almost everything else was, and how much inter-team drama there was, these two should be commended just for paring down the bullshit and working, regardless about how awful this garment turned out.

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

      Considering how godawfulhideous almost everything else was, and how much inter-team drama there was, these two should be commended just for paring down the bullshit and working, regardless about how awful this garment turned out.

      • Anonymous

        Except this is a design competition. I don’t care how the contestants get along. What matters is what comes down the runway.

    • Anonymous

      I’m quite sure that they were passed through without comment since he had immunity, and he’d made the vest, which was the more hideous portion of this unlikely combination.  The dress by itself is pretty bad, but the vest just looks ridiculous with it now that the photos show it more closely and for more than 1/2 second.  Although I’m not sure what that vest could look good with, it might work with other structured pieces (and if it was sewn better), but with the dress it was just dumb.  So there wasn’t much point in picking on him, with so many other contenders for the bottom title.

      Last week they just passed Bert on through, too, you’ll remember, when he had immunity (although at least he got a comment).  I suspect we’ll see more of that until they’ve whittled the herd down to a more manageable size.

      Laura

      • Anonymous

        Great point–forgot he had immunity. Makes total sense.

    • Anonymous

      I’m quite sure that they were passed through without comment since he had immunity, and he’d made the vest, which was the more hideous portion of this unlikely combination.  The dress by itself is pretty bad, but the vest just looks ridiculous with it now that the photos show it more closely and for more than 1/2 second.  Although I’m not sure what that vest could look good with, it might work with other structured pieces (and if it was sewn better), but with the dress it was just dumb.  So there wasn’t much point in picking on him, with so many other contenders for the bottom title.

      Last week they just passed Bert on through, too, you’ll remember, when he had immunity (although at least he got a comment).  I suspect we’ll see more of that until they’ve whittled the herd down to a more manageable size.

      Laura

    • Anonymous

      The sad thing is this could have been an exciting collaboration. He has the construction skills from his tailored looks. She could have brought the flair and drama. Look what she was wearing on the runway! I was most disappointed by their efforts. I actually expected much more from this team. Oh well at least they knew they didn’t have a winning garment

      • Anonymous

        And where were those construction skills in this challenge? He’s shown them in the past. Even with the insanely short amount of time they had, Olivier’s vest should have been flawless. This looks like he dug through a barrel of scraps, grabbed a bunch of grey-toned pieces of fabric and sewed them together in 30 minutes. It’s bizarre.

        I can’t even talk about the fabric she used for that dress.

    • Anonymous

      So glad that you called out this piece of crapola for what it was. Poor design, execution, selection of fabric and styling. Dream Team, Tim? WTF.

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

        Perhaps Tim has been discreetly tippling when he called them the DreamTeam?
        bitchybitchybitchy

    • Sea Elle

      I liked the back of the top but felt the colors threw the whole look off. A structured top with a flowy bottom can look fantastic but this just wasn’t the right execution of that.

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: their model was the only one who managed to approximate a true runway walk instead of lurching drunkenly toward the camera.”

      It could have been worse: There are some TV networks whose entire schedules are based on people drunkenly lurching toward the camera.

      As for this garment…not loving it. The top looks like a straight jacket for boobs. And the skirt fabric too Golden Girls.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        And now I have this vision of Snookie on stilts. It’s not pretty!

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

          People would still watch!

    • Anonymous

      To be honest, I am surprised that the Duchess never asked any of the contestants “Who is this girl? Where is she going?” as is their normal behavior when judging looks they do not understand.

      Then again, despite their protests to the contrary, this was a costume challenge, so asking that question would have been bizarre.

      • Anonymous

        But it wasn’t a costume challenge, if you listened to the judging.  The costume-like garments were all in the bottom, and the closer people got to making a “regular” garment, the more praise they got.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe MK realized the challenge was ridiculous and realized what’s the point of asking where anyone on stilts is going?

        • parissweetheart

          That’s because the stiltwalker would be going to the circus!

    • Anonymous

      I completely forgot about this thing….

    • Anonymous

      Ah, I liked that print actually and I would wear a flowy maxidress made with it. But it’s definitely all wrong with the structured vestlike object.

    • Anonymous

      In one sense, they worked together beautifully – they were cooperative, they were supportive, and they seemed genuinely happy to be working together. But, they didn’t really work together. He did what he did, she did what she did, they were friendly and polite with each other, and created a something that looked like the work of two different designers put together for no earthly reason. The skirt did have quite stunning movement on the runway, though, that’s true.

    • Anonymous

      In one sense, they worked together beautifully – they were cooperative, they were supportive, and they seemed genuinely happy to be working together. But, they didn’t really work together. He did what he did, she did what she did, they were friendly and polite with each other, and created a something that looked like the work of two different designers put together for no earthly reason. The skirt did have quite stunning movement on the runway, though, that’s true.

    • Anonymous

      I made this dress for 8th grade home ec.  I did not make the vest to go with it because I thought it would make a butt-ugly outfit, and now I see that I was right. 

    • Anonymous

      I was really shocked this didn’t make it into the bottom three. Julia/Josh at least had those spectacular pants, and their top at least looked well made. This just looked like a hideous muʻumuʻu with old faded scraps stitched over the bust. Ick.

    • Anonymous

      I seem to recall Anya sketching out the top (I refuse to rewatch this episode) or at least her sitting on the table and describing to Olivier the way the straps should go across the top. And I think she probably wanted the same damn top she’s made herself every challenge — her hand motions seemed to indicate it. I think this was Olivier’s interpretation, without the understanding it was to be what Anya’s done before.

    • MilaXX

      Is Anya going to style her model like herself every week? Because that’s gonna get old.
      Why does everyone seem to what to bring this up? April Johnson did it all season.

      I wonder how this would have worked if they had gone crisp on the bottom like a sharp pair of menswear inspired pants and then done a colorful top instead.

      • Anonymous

        Well, for one thing, Anya’s hairstyle is the least attractive and least stylish thing she’s got going on. So with anyone not a glamour queen, including professional models, using it really risks taking the look down fast.

        • MilaXX

          and April’s sloppy bun was a work of genius? I really just don’t see the big deal. The model’s hair in this shot is the least of what is wrong with this look.

          • Anonymous

            It wasn’t a work of genius, to be sure, but it was at least a normal-ish hairstyle. Anya’s is kind of out there so it does stand out as annoying, and a little self-serving.

            Can you imagine if Princess Puffy Sleeves had styled his models all with his hairstyle? O_o

            • MilaXX

              LOL now PP dressing his models like him would have been hilarious.

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

            Because she has a distinctive look (which so did April) and it may suggest that she lacks range, that she can only make things for herself (which was a problem with April as well.) 

            • Anonymous

              Too right. I remember MK saying “I keep seeing this same dress again and again” in April’s final episode, and he looked at her with utter disdain. Don’t know if Anya is destined for the same fate – too soon yet.

            • MilaXX

              True, but until then no on said anything to April about it. Anya’s not the first and I doubt she’ll be the last designer to style her models like mini me’s. I’m not seeing the big woop.

            • MilaXX

              True, but until then no on said anything to April about it. Anya’s not the first and I doubt she’ll be the last designer to style her models like mini me’s. I’m not seeing the big woop.

            • MilaXX

              True, but until then no on said anything to April about it. Anya’s not the first and I doubt she’ll be the last designer to style her models like mini me’s. I’m not seeing the big woop.

            • MilaXX

              True, but until then no on said anything to April about it. Anya’s not the first and I doubt she’ll be the last designer to style her models like mini me’s. I’m not seeing the big woop.

      • Anonymous

        I hated April for doing it too. Gretchen as well – narcissist designers are very irritating.

        • MilaXX

          Now this I agree with, but it seems to be the only criticism people can come up with when talking about Anya.

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

      Yeah, I completely didn’t get this dress. Fugly.

    • Anonymous

      I think the hairdo is more Elvis than Anya. And what’s with the white spots on the model’s cheeks? This is just so ugly; I can see absolutely nothing redeeming about it. Nada.

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

      I made a dress in the 80s using an almost identical fabric as the skirt. It was ugly too. Are these two going to be the darlings of the judges? I hope not.

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

      i have to say, out of all the looks this week this one was by far my least favourite. they worked together well sure, but while black swan was boring, this is just straight-up ugly. 

    • Anonymous

      Everyone criticized Bert’s very vocal apathy when he had immunity.  Olivier learned and was silent with his apathy.

      • Anonymous

        Oooohhhh!  Good point! 

        I totally forgot that this look existed.  And now that I’m viewing it, I wish I could forget it all over again.

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

      Ack! Looks much worse in these close-up pictures than when I was watching the episode online. I had thought that it was not this bad, and deserved being in the middle. Although it is still not so awful as the ones that actually were in the bottom three. Hmm.

    • Anonymous

      It was a bad mash-up of styles. Olivier still could be intriguing, but I’m starting to wonder whether Anya has much more in her design arsenal. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPDAUXZD6BJQXMVOZCJYN5EI64 Spikebuddy or Spike on the Boa

      This was a reflection of the overall dissonance of the challenge itself. It was poorly designed, produced and executed by almost everyone. PR Fail.

    • Anonymous

      The horrible construction on the vest kills it. It makes it damn near impossible to see what they thought they were making. I didn’t like the Matador outfit at all but I could see the idea. This… I think Olivier was talking about the vest being like tight straps or something but that is no where in that look.

    • Toto Maya

      I actually really loved the print, and sort of blinded myself to the rest of the ugliness. But that print really only works on a stilt dress, on a “normal” dress it would be hiddy.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        I’m not sure–not on a long maxi dress, true, but a little sundress, cut above the knees, to be worn outside?  I think that print could work well… on a beach in Trinidad, for night dancing under the stars.  Nice chunk white necklace to catch the moonlight. Simple sandals, meant to be discarded.

        Yeah, I could get into that.

        Well, metaphorically.  In practice, I’d look very awful in a print sundress barefoot on a beach.  But I could see it, in theory, on someone else.

    • Joe J

      It’s a shame – they had great chemistry and they seemed to have the start of a good idea, but it went way off the rails at some point.  Even they seemed to recognize that they were having problems with the outfit and weren’t liking it.  I believe when their model came in for a fitting was when one of them said something to that effect.

      • Anonymous

        I had forgotten that bit.  You’re quite right, both Anya and Olivier expressed concerns about the whole thing having gone off in the wrong direction.  They had the time to get it back together.  But it was really the vest that totally destroyed the finished look.  bad proportions, horrible execution and wrong headed fabric choices.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the fabric was pretty.  This is not the only pairing who benefited from having the questionable part of their garment far away from the judges’ eyes.

      They put the designer with immunity in the middle.  Heck, they did it last week with Bert, although Heidi included a sharp comment.  No way Anya would have been eliminated.  And obviously this was not spectacular enough to give the win to a designer with immunity.

      But I did like the fabric.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I did like the skirt a lot.  I think what mostly impressed me with these two was that they came off as sane.  Granted, they didn’t meld their styles very well (or at all), but at least we didn’t see them sniping at each other, which was a huge relief.  (Who would have guessed that the beauty queen and Oliver Twist would be the lowest drama going?)

    • yuju ti

      Here are my thoughts about this dress:

      1.This dress falls into the “ready-to wear” category, which is the genre that the judges tended to respond better that day.

      2.While I agree this is a bad design, I have to say the bottom 3 all have more issues than this one. I don’t think any of the bottom 3 should be replaced by this. I am not saying this team did a better job. They just screwed up less, or I should say they just got lucky that other teams screwed up more.

      3. I think the judges are still cutting Anya slack–if they score this one too low, they have no choice but putting Anya on the chopping  block because of Olivier’s immunity. The judge are not ready to make Anya the sewing room rookie pee in her pants. There are other victims out there that the judges want to tackle before they get to Anya.

    • Anonymous

      I know!  I thought this was just awful and they were the only team allowed to walk away without comment!  I was so surprised…

    • Anonymous

      Did we ever find out where the lurching came from?  Was it the breeze in Battery Park?  Because they didn’t lurch at all in the Parsons runway set.  And Heidi looked like she’d been doing it all her life.  Is there anything that woman can’t do?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, this looked much better in motion than in photographs. Like TLo said, I just don’t think that either of them grasped the real meaning of collaboration, or the terms of the challenge (as if the judges did either). This look is not polished or organic. The vest looks sloppily made and the dress is ust plain and inelegant. I still like them individually as designers and only hope that they can get it together for the next challenges.

    • http://twitter.com/lanj Sarah

      Isn’t he from Ohio?  We were debating that last week… didn’t he spend about 80% of his life in Ohio?  If so, why does he have a British accent?  Is he Madonna?

      • Anonymous

        If you pay close attention to him his accent seems to wax and wane like the phases of the moon.  He’s a poseur.

      • Anonymous

        As I recall, according to his casting session video, although he was born in Ohio, he seems to have spent most of his life (in indeterminate proportions) in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Taiwan.

      • Anonymous

        Design school in London and Milan, according the website.

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

        Some people pick up accents really fast without even thinking about it. If he was in London and Milan for even just a few years, that’s definitely enough time for one to acclimate themselves to their surroundings, and an accent could follow quite naturally for some people. It just depends on the person.

    • Toni Mitt

      Wow–that could have been so much better.  I love the print of the skirt, and making a long-ish vest to balance out the skirt length would have been a great idea.  But–this is just…weird.  The dress looks like just folds of fabric wrapped around the model…and the vest thingy is just a mish-mash of strips and pieces.  I would have loved to hear what Nina would have said about this….
       
      And yes–this is the 3rd (4th?) week that Anya’s model had her own hairdo.   That is just a bunch of ego right there, I don’t care what you say.

      • Toni Mitt

        OK I take that back about the dress.  The skirt looks like it has a yoke and a zipper.  But a pretty simple garment none-the-less.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, this was ugly, ugly, ugly.  That vest thing or whatever it was, looks and fits terrible.  That print offends me, it reminds me of some of the fabrics designers were useing in interiors….. in 1986.  In Boca Raton retirement homes.  And really, what full skirt 8′ long wouldn’t move great in the wind outdoors?  Maybe velvet……….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

      I really wish they’d judged all of the entries-I hate not hearing the comments in these first weeks.

    • Anonymous

      This was just awful. Terrible fabric, terrible design. At least they worked well together. 

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t they have another concept in mind for the top that didn’t work? I thought they were both pretty unhappy with the way the gray vest thingy turned out and they didn’t have the time/materials to fix it.

      But, yeah, this was bad. Not horribly, eye-offending bad, but bad nonetheless.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, and I can’t wait until Anya tries to put Nina into a maxi dress! Watching that will be worth the price of admission.

    • Anonymous

      I honestly wonder if the judges were in on the cracktasticness of this  challenge concept and just left them in the middle as they had proven themselves in other challenges.  I agree that their models walk probably helped them too. It made no sense that the models obviously walked in a very circus-like manner, but they apparently weren’t supposed to be designing costumes.

    • Anonymous

      that mess would’ve been my nomination for bottom three.

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

      What my dad used to call a holder-halter over this guy’s shirt material:

      http://img.costumecraze.com/images/vendors/rubies/3566-Mens-Disco-Shirt-large.jpg

      Do not understand.

    • Anonymous

      this was bullshit.  i’m sorry, but it was.  the judges simply LIKE anya and olivier personally ~ their looks, styles, etc. ~ which is why this one was dead center rather than bottom 3.  team clinique’s outfit was way over the top, sure, but considering how well-made it was compared to this sewing nightmare, i have to assume judge bias on this one.

    • Anonymous

      I’d forgotten all about that one. Terrible. And, yes, Anya needs to stop with the hair.

    • Anonymous

      I was glad they were safe, because I like both their styles and am interested in seeing what they will do next.

    • Anonymous

      I went back and looked at the photo of all the outfits on the Winner post. To me it is so obvious that the most interesting ones are on Tim’s side, even the dreadful black swan, and half of them were in the bottom. The dresses on Heidi’s side are drab or boring or show lack of creativity, including this one. It’s too bad they were safe, they both could have used the critique for this baffling mismatched betsyetsy dress.

    • Anonymous

      They did an outfit that looked like ready to wear and wasn’t particularly costumey. Even though it wasn’t well made or particularly innovative, it met the judges’ secret parameters, so it was safe.

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

      I wish the judges had dinged them for the ugly fabric and the bizarro vest. Sort of like how Bert was dinged for his ugly fabric this week and lackluster dress when he had immunity (heh).

      Bottom 3, instead of the matador because everyone liked those wild pants.

    • Anonymous

      My initial reaction when I saw this on the runway was THIS is what Olivier thinks is presentable? I thought his original audition material was pretty good–quite professional and appeared to be well executed. This????!!! What I’d have done to my Barbie (I’m not now and have never been a seamstress or designer).
      I actually liked the print and saw the possibilities but Anya really shouldn’t be there–from her audition to this 3rd competition I don’t see any creativity (except her creative whine about not sewing) or originality. Yes, so far she has dressed her models as she dresses–the tops from weeks 1 and 2 wer identical except for the materials.

    • oohsparkley!

      Ummmm – I don’t think it’s that bad.  In fact I kind of like it.  If the print and colors were different or if the fabric co-ordinated I think it would be sweet.  Is it just me?  Oh, and just remove that one little flap hanging down on the vest or tack it down, and now that I look at it again the under-dress part of the top needs to be smoother.  In other words, instead of a dress and vest, make it a dress.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I totally agree.  Change the fabric.  Change the colors.  Change the design.  Make it a different garment entirely.  That would work.

        ~rolls eyes~

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t hate this one. It’s too subtle for a stilt walker all the detail in the vest is completely lost. And I do not understand sleeveless garments over sleevelesss garments (it’s very popular  look on PR, though).

    • Anonymous

      I think it didn’t end up in the bottom because Olivier had immunity and you couldn’t justify eliminating Anya as she wasn’t responsible for the whole thing. I think the judges were just making it easy on themselves.

    • Anonymous

      I like both the designers, but I was surprised this got a pass and the matador outfit did not.   The top was hideous and poorly made as well.   I’m not thinking to highly of Olivier’s chances if this continues.

    • Anonymous

      I like both the designers, but I was surprised this got a pass and the matador outfit did not.   The top was hideous and poorly made as well.   I’m not thinking to highly of Olivier’s chances if this continues.

    • Anonymous

      I like both the designers, but I was surprised this got a pass and the matador outfit did not.   The top was hideous and poorly made as well.   I’m not thinking to highly of Olivier’s chances if this continues.

    • vmcdanie

      It does look like a weird, random collision between their two dress forms. Nevertheless, they were such a sweet, charming pair and are both so talented, I’m glad they escaped the judge’s radar this week. This challenge was wack anyways. 

      • Anonymous

        “weird, random collision”

        Perfect description. Let’s hope each of them does better from now on.

    • Anonymous

      One of Jackson Pollack’s reject paintings.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, please.  Like he would ever have even picked up paints of such boring colors!

    • Anonymous

      Ugh. It looks like bedsheets covered with Wilma Flintstone’s rags. 

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

        thatll work.

        this whole challenge is so dull that it’s hard for me to find words to comment on it.

    • Anonymous

      It almost as if the teams were CHOSEN for their drama potential rather than randomly pulled from the velvet bag…
      Viktor and Bert, Cecelia and Danielle (who surprisingly didn’t bite), Joshua and Crunchy? Someone wanted some hair pulling drama!

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

        i also considered that. when i described the show to my friend i think i wondered out loud if heidi had figured some way to mark the chips in the bag so she could put in/appropriate people together. bryce/poor fallene, for example. or viktorhideous/bert-who-refuses-to-suffer-fools-almost-insufferably. & howsabout the josh/julie? it seemed at least neo-fabricated to me too.

        edited to add {cos i cant figure any place else to add it}:
        i really liked the dress anya was wearing in the workroom. great sleeves.

        • Anonymous

          The TV audience (and possibly the designers) don’t see the buttons close up, so perhaps Heidi pulls a button out of the bag and says whatever she likes instead of actually reading it. 

          • Anonymous

            That’s what I thought too – it was scripted to look “random”

    • Anonymous

      I completely forgot about this team, shows me how memorable it was!

    • bethannstamps

      blech, hate this, bland uninteresting bondage for suburban housewives

      • Anonymous

        brilliant decription

    • Anonymous

      Oogalee to the max.  i too would have loved to hear MK’s take on this atrocity.  They got a pass but not sure it was deserved. 

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

      That print was DISGUSTING! I would have wanted this in the bottom, too. But I don’t know if this was worse than that matador thing.

    • Rick Aiello

      I can forgive the skirt for its flowy goodness, but that THING on the top is just…. 

      Well let’s put it this way.  I could have slapped that crap together in the 5th grade better than that.

      Yikes.

    • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

      Okay I wouldn’t even put this on a bed.  I was a little annoyed that the judges didn’t put them in the bottom, but everything else was so craptastic, I guess I can’t be surprised.  Though, I think the cracked out matador was better than this,

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t hate it (OK, I hate the styling but Anya seems to think that, as she doesn’t really have a signature design she needs a signature… Something. That’s a mistake) and I still don’t.
      The print is not fantastic and the vest is not appearing well made, but for me and for a stilts’ model, it works. The skirt does the trick.
      And, it is to their credit that their garment is NOT glued on crap.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t hate it (OK, I hate the styling but Anya seems to think that, as she doesn’t really have a signature design she needs a signature… Something. That’s a mistake) and I still don’t.
      The print is not fantastic and the vest is not appearing well made, but for me and for a stilts’ model, it works. The skirt does the trick.
      And, it is to their credit that their garment is NOT glued on crap.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQG2B3GDOIKSFYT6YDXFVOMEM4 A. Lure

      I think there’s two reasons why this piece scored higher than expected:
      1) Oliver had immunity. Placing someone with immunity in the bottom three kills any suspense the producers (and judges) want to elicit in the viewers when it comes to elimination.
      2) This look, however poorly executed, was much less costume-like as compared to Bert’s or Julie’s or Bryce’s. Was it good? I don’t think so. But the judges prioritized the ready-to-wear aspect (to what degree does X look lend itself to ready-to-wear, would it have looked good on a stilt-less model and such). In fact, this may have been the sole criterion used to assign the top looks and the bottom looks. Note what Julie and Josh put together: it had a lot more going for it than what Oliver did if only for its sharp execution. It was in the bottom purely because it was a costume.

      As for the look itself, the print is the least offensive part, IMO. For one thing, the skirt rendered in this print had *some* movement and flow to it– yes, yes, I’m aware of the winds. Rephrase: it had some movement to it generated by the model’s walk– however drunken the walk. For another, its execution was much more satisfactory than those gray patches which are HIDEOUS. Come ON! Take a look at those edges. Take a look at the shapes created by the cuttings. It does not look as if Oliver did more than cut some scraps in two shades of gray and haphazardly glue them together. Back to the print: it is not pretty by any means. BUT, given the drab grays Oliver chose, the print brought in some color which did not seem too out-of-sync with those grays. So, kudos to Anya. Her execution of the skirt and taste surpassed Oliver’s.

    • boweryboy

      What’s up with this year’s crop of designers and their need to be so referential that they’re ripping off recent designs?  It’s as if Alexander McQueen, Carrie Bradshaw and designs from the last 5 years are their only fashion reference points.

      My first thought when I saw this was that Team Semi-International is totally ripping off dresses from McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis.  

      I mean it’s totally the same concept from gray fabrics to exotic print, only taller and poorly executed.  And Oliver’s unconventional materials challenge looked like another McQueen dress from the collection with antlered lace dress.

      ETA I meant the collection with the flowered cage dress.

      Just saying. . .