PR: Team Serious

Posted on August 15, 2011


There was an attempt to wring some sort of drama out of this pairing, but it fell flat. Sure, these two high-strung, too-serious ladies had a collaboration characterized by their high-strung, too-serious attitudes, but to their eternal credit, they just kept working. Team challenges tend to be a study in professionalism and quite often when teams implode, they get a serious finger-wagging from Michael Kors about learning to work with other people. Neither Cecilia nor Danielle have come off particularly likeable so far, but we’re definitely impressed with their no-nonsense, “let’s get this shit done” kind of attitude.

 

We are decidedly less impressed with their entry this week.

We suppose part of the reason this made the judges’ skirts fly up is because the look features elements that are on trend right now; the use of sheer fabrics, the unusual color pairing, and the sort-of palazzo pants.

They were also quite justifiably impressed with the technical skill needed to make this look come together.
But sometimes we think the judges can’t see the forest for the trees. Sure, you can pick out a couple of elements that remind you of elements seen on runways and in magazines, but at some point you have to step back and admit that she looks like she’s starring in some sort of bizarre stilt-walker version of 9 to 5.

Sheer blouses are trendy, but sheer blouses with heavily bedazzled collars and baby-poop brown chiffon pants do not automatically equal chic, judges. Especially… when the wearer is sporting …

Total “Hee Haw” hair. Seriously. That is probably one of the worst hair styles ever seen on this show. In fact, it’s so bad that it obscures all of the things the judges were praising. No matter how trendy the colors or materials, there is absolutely nothing chic or trendy about a look that’s topped off with “televangelist’s wife” hair from 1978.

Exactly why was the hair and makeup so uniformly bad this week?

It seems that they did something interesting with the volume of the sleeves, but it was really hard to tell in the high winds and they just looked bulky back in the studio.

And it truly is impressive how they put those pants together. We’re not taking that away from them.

But the judges can often get distracted by shiny things, especially if they’re close to current trends. To us, and we suspect, to the majority of the viewers, this looked like drab, sad, old-fashioned secretarial wear. The judges were able to pick out the things that they liked, but they let their fondness for certain details obscure the overall feel of the look. At any other time, Nina would have been apoplectic over that collar, and especially over that hair.

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  • Anonymous

    Hallelujah!  that Tammy Faye Baker hair was crazy! I am healed!

    Even without it this outfit was boring, boring boring.

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

      Even Tammy Baker wouldn’t have sported those weird 1/2 inch bangs.

      And there’s no fucking way, Tammy would have gotten into that secretarial drag.

      Although I was wondering how the hell team Serious got pleats in those pants. (Did the fabric start that way at Mood?)

      • Anonymous

        Although I was wondering how the hell team Serious got pleats in those pants. (Did the fabric start that way at Mood?)

        No, that was one of the reasons the judges liked it so much.  They were impressed by the girls’ technical skills, fugly as the result was.

      • Anonymous

        I think (but am not sure) that the fabric had a woven “stripe”, and when they pleated/gathered the waistline, it gives the illusion of pleats all the way down.  Nice illusion…but brown?

  • aimee_parrott

    Oh, sing it!  I was watching this wondering what on EARTH they could possibly see in this design, when I thought it was just cornea-searingly bad.  I still haven’t really recovered.  And yes, ALL of the hair and makeup were positively atrocious, but this hair was a crime against nature and humanity and fashion.  The styling did nothing to improve it, but even with better, modern styling I still think this is just plain fug.

  • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

    When this came out on the runway as a top three, I nearly did a spit take. But I didn’t because that would have been alcohol abuse.

  • Anonymous

    It’s probably because of the wind blowing, but it looks like the sleeves are “off-balance” on the back of that shirt.  Ugh, so gross in so many ways. This is totally random, but that model looks like “Mom” (Christine Ebersole) in the 1980′s movie “Mac and Me.”

    • Anonymous

      Ah-mazing. She really does look like her. Mac and Me was a creepy, terrible movie from my childhood, and it haunts me still to this day.

      • Anonymous

         LOL! I’m so glad someone else knew what I was talking about…!!!

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t it reflect badly on the Garnier stylists that the hair looked so awful?  Cecilia and Danielle were vague about what they wanted–just that they wanted the hair swept up in some way….wouldn’t a good stylist take those directions and offer something chic and modern?  

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t it reflect badly on the Garnier stylists that the hair looked so awful?  Cecilia and Danielle were vague about what they wanted–just that they wanted the hair swept up in some way….wouldn’t a good stylist take those directions and offer something chic and modern?  

    • http://memoriesofthefuture.wordpress.com/ Jesse

      This was EXACTLY my thought–even if this exact hairstyle had been requested, the stylist should have stepped in with a “well, in my professional opinion…”  That the stylist came up with this on his/her own is unconscionable.  If I was a designer I would be actively avoiding this stylist from here on out.

      And as a male I admit I don’t have a good take on this, but could they have not just brushed it out and at least swept back into a loose ponytail or something?  I’m sure her poor hair is shellacked within an inch of it poor life, and it’d undoubtedly still look like ass, but it might have saved it from qualifying from being “one of the worst hair styles ever seen on this show.”  And if they had been called out for it on the runway by the judges, said they were at least trying to make it work. 

      -jesse

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

        Yes, they could have fixed it last minute if either of them has even a tiny amount of experience with long hair (which since they both have long hair, one would assume that they would)  No matter how much hair spray, you can always take it down.  I don’t think a ponytail would work because I’m assuming her hair has been teased too much to get it out quickly, but they could have done a messy bun.

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

        I am right there with you. Fallene whipped up a hat super quick, I’m wondering why these two couldn’t have done something, even a scarf or I don’t know what, ANYTHING to fix that.

        • Anonymous

          I wonder if the producers’ agreement with the hair product company forbids the designers from doing anything to the hair once the stylists are done with it.  It wouldn’t surprise me, though they’re probably thinking of it from the angle of “we don’t want to take the blame for whatever ugliness the designers do to our brilliant work”.

        • Anonymous

          I wonder if the producers’ agreement with the hair product company forbids the designers from doing anything to the hair once the stylists are done with it.  It wouldn’t surprise me, though they’re probably thinking of it from the angle of “we don’t want to take the blame for whatever ugliness the designers do to our brilliant work”.

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

            Oh, that’s totally possible. But I’m sure an accessory could have been added… Hunh.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I could see that being the case. But they should also have an agreement that the hair come out looking good. I mean, I cannot fathom anyone, even a crappy hairdresser, thinking this hairstyle was acceptable. It looks like a hairstyle from a musical set in the old west. It’s schoolmarm hair.

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

            Funny, that shirt looks the same way!  Maybe the stylist thought they were going for a period costume? :)

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

            Funny, that shirt looks the same way!  Maybe the stylist thought they were going for a period costume? :)

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

            Funny, that shirt looks the same way!  Maybe the stylist thought they were going for a period costume? :)

          • Anonymous

            they should also have an agreement that the hair come out looking good.

            But who decides what “good” is?  There have been plenty of PR designers with poor styling abilities and very bad taste!

          • Anonymous

            I actually had this exact hairstyle during my highschool’s production of “Oklahoma!” My hair was teased and shellacked to the point where I slept with the style in for three days, and it never budged. When I finally did take it down, it took me 45 minutes to get it from “up” to “Frankenstein’s bride”, and three shampooings to finally get all the gunk washed out.

          • dawn mefford

            that is an amazing story that almost eclipses how atrocious the model’s runway hair was.  thank you!

          • Toni Mitt

            Yep–I had the same experience as a Sweet Adeline (I sang in a barbershop chorus.)  Our hair was glued down so it wouldn’t move one stage, and it took days after every performance to get the crap out of my hair….

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

            In the late 60′s I had a heavily teased updo for my one and only appearance as a bridesmaid.  Believe me, that hairstyle had major staying power.

          • Anonymous

            I was thinking “Oklahoma”. That’s about the only context in which I could find that hairstyle acceptable.

        • Anonymous

          They absolutely could have fixed that. Even if they had only 5 minutes, they should have dedicated them to fixing this assery. I refuse to believe that they actually thought this looked good. If they did, they both need to pursue different careers.  

        • Anonymous

          Scarf…bag over the head made from that “brown” chiffon (would have looked just like a paper grocery bag)…anything to cover up that hair!

          Seriously, WTF is with the hair this season?  I don’t usually notice these things, since I try to focus on the clotheses…

        • Anonymous

          Short of making her look like an Ottoman Sultan, I’m not sure that they could have done anything to disguise that. The judges did tell them that they should have done something to fix her hair, though (it’s in the extended judging).

          I have to say, whenever things go wrong on the show, there’s a part of me that wonders whether the production is responsible for it – messing with things just to get interesting TV. But that seems maybe a little too cynical.

      • Anonymous

        You’d be surprised at how much worse taking a brush to “done” hair can turn out to be. There was a suggestion above that they wet it and put it in a ponytail — really the only thing to do is to wet it (ideally wash it) but with so much hair and maybe no hair dryer boy did they risk having her slop water all over that already transparent outfit.

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

          Yeah, I wouldn’t brush it — but they should have been able to restyle it into something passable with just fingers.  I do it all the time with mine.

          • Anonymous

            I would have grabbed leftover fabric and tied it up in it, headscarf or shoot–Eryka Badu that sucker. Anything would have looked better.

        • http://www.facebook.com/gail.lucas Gail Lucas-Keller

          Oh with that much backcombing and hairspray, there’s no way you’d want to wet it.  It will turn into a complete mass of tangles that are HARD to get out.  I learned this the hard way when I took a shower after my mom did a practice run on my wedding hair.  I didn’t bother brushing it out, and the second I tried to run a vent brush through it, it was like it was stuck in cement.  My mom had to carefully, carefully untangle it for me.

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

            A really heavy conditioning mask will help with that.  Wash it and then put the mask on and use a wide tooth comb while the mask is still on. 

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

            A really heavy conditioning mask will help with that.  Wash it and then put the mask on and use a wide tooth comb while the mask is still on. 

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

            A really heavy conditioning mask will help with that.  Wash it and then put the mask on and use a wide tooth comb while the mask is still on. 

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

            A really heavy conditioning mask will help with that.  Wash it and then put the mask on and use a wide tooth comb while the mask is still on. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/gail.lucas Gail Lucas-Keller

          Oh with that much backcombing and hairspray, there’s no way you’d want to wet it.  It will turn into a complete mass of tangles that are HARD to get out.  I learned this the hard way when I took a shower after my mom did a practice run on my wedding hair.  I didn’t bother brushing it out, and the second I tried to run a vent brush through it, it was like it was stuck in cement.  My mom had to carefully, carefully untangle it for me.

    • MilaXX

      Exactly! yes the stylist has to interpret the designers wishes, but they also need to make it look good. Perhaps they were confused by the challenge brief as well and thought this off ‘do would work with crazy stilts or something.

    • Anonymous

      Something happened between the workroom and the runway.  I don’t think her hair looked this hideous when stylists were done with her, it was looser and messier when they left the workroom.

  • Anonymous

    seriously god bless you guys for continuing to review this dreck.  i cant get over how crazy bad this challenge was and the results are so laughable that i cant even half believe they seriously put this on tv.  there really isnt enough snark in the free world to properly express how hiddy this* shit is.

    so kudos to you guys for soldiering through and presenting a thought out critique of each outfit (term used loosely).  because i would have looked at it all and said ’fuck it’.

    *by this i mean the whole episode and all the things that went down the runway, not just this look specifically.

    • Anonymous

      couldn’t say it better

    • Anonymous

      couldn’t say it better

    • Anonymous

      couldn’t say it better

    • Anonymous

      couldn’t say it better

  • Anonymous

    seriously god bless you guys for continuing to review this dreck.  i cant get over how crazy bad this challenge was and the results are so laughable that i cant even half believe they seriously put this on tv.  there really isnt enough snark in the free world to properly express how hiddy this* shit is.

    so kudos to you guys for soldiering through and presenting a thought out critique of each outfit (term used loosely).  because i would have looked at it all and said ’fuck it’.

    *by this i mean the whole episode and all the things that went down the runway, not just this look specifically.

  • MilaXX

    This looks like Bea Arthur on steroids. I’m sorry I would have taken one look at the models hair and wet that down and put it into a ponytail before I allowed my model to walk out looking like that. The outfit itself while nice on construction was just fugly.

    • Anonymous

      YES!! THANK YOU!! Why on earth didn’t they do that?

    • Anonymous

      I know, one of them was all “well, there’s nothing to be done now”

      But I got the sense that Danielle’s idea was quite different and not understood by the hairstylists.  Didn’t she say something like gather the hair up and off to the side?  How could a stylist make an 80′s pumpkin and think it looked good?

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    Whoops

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745465637 Nellie Wilson

    THANK YOU, TLO!!! When my daughter and I saw this lurch down the runway, we both said the same thing, “Mompants!” So surprised that the judges gushed over this one – it burned the eyes.

  • Anonymous

    I would’ve preferred this be in the bottom. Seriously, I didn’t see the reasoning for all the love. It’s definitely dated as a whole no matter how on trend some parts of it were.

    • Anonymous

      Yup, when this came out, I said, “bottom 3 for sure”.

  • Anonymous

    Danielle, honey – can you come up with something else than blue-brown combinations, please? I happen to like that colour-scheme but challenge-wise it’s done now.

    • Anonymous

      Sandy browns punctuated by turquoise?  How very Gretchen in color story.  As Danielle seems intent upon winning, maybe this is a strategy?  Or maybe it’s just what she likes. 

      • Anonymous

        I swear, these were my color pallette in the 80′s!  It’s not time for “goes around, comes around” yet.  Eeek!

  • Anonymous

    The styling has been truly cracktastic thus far. What was going on?

  • Anonymous

    The outfit just looks OLD.  I thought it should be in the bottom, not the top.  The red zorro thing was better than this!

    • Anonymous

      That model has got to be in her 20s. She looks about 45.

      The judges have lambasted contestants in the past for making their models look older. I just have to laugh at how inconsistent they are. You really can’t take what these people say and consider it when making your own fashion choices.

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

      I was just thinking the same thing-the jeweled, beaded collar just ages the look, and when you that truly hideous, unflattering hairstyle, it just makes it even worse.   
      bitchybitchybitchy

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    Drunk Lee Remick hair! Classic.

    Or Rue McClanahan circa “Maude”!

  • Anonymous

    This entire look was made of Teh Suck. Since when did it become a “sewing contest?” I thought they cast aspersions on a designer who had nothing to offer but sewing skills. The colors make me think of a porta-potty with the blue chemical toilet filled with the contents of hundreds of festival goers who ate the bad hot dogs.

    I shan’t dignify the bedazzled collar as it is beneath me. The hair is just… no.

  • Joe J

    If you want a good example on how to make colors like these work together, take a look at Kara Janx’s 13th look from season two:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FW86_jO7k_A/Sa0odaZ7TAI/AAAAAAAA5Mw/JnHVLURak3A/s1600-h/BestofProjectRunway_Finale_KaraJanx_1.jpg

    THAT is gorgeous.   This?  Hated it, especially with the dowdy hairstyle.  The initial impression I had of it was so overwhelmingly YUCK that it overwhelms the technical skill involved. I can’t really believe this was a top three look, and in fact I assumed it was in the top three by default – a distant, DISTANT third place.

    • Anonymous

      Excellent contrast and comparison. That look would probably have worked nicely for stilt-walker challenge, given another 20 yds of fabric.

    • Anonymous

      That was a palate cleanser, thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Total “Hee Haw” hair Damn, you guys crack me up sometimes.

  • Anonymous

    “this looked like drab, sad, old-fashioned secretarial wear”  How true!

  • Anonymous

    That was seriously one of the ugliest outfits ever on PR. I could not believe it when it won the judges’ praises.

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

    Sister wife.  That’s all I could think when I saw it.  The high collar, the ugly pants color, the big old fashioned hair… it’s totally the chic sister wife.

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, that hair!  It’s like a really, really bad wig.  The kind of cheap wig you’d see on an Edwardian doll you can buy from an ad in “Good Housekeeping” for four easy installments of $19.99.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know whether it’s because it’s such a “normal” look supersized on a giant scale, but this entry seriously gave me the creeps and I can barely look at the pictures.   It’s like Attack of the Ten Foot Woman (with bad hair) brought to life.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=629611814 Hilary Matthews Hansen

    I was just distracted by how the model looked like Melanie Hutsell, answering the phone at Delta Delta Delta.  BLECH.

    • Anonymous

      Yes! Delta Delta Delta, can I help ya help ya help ya? :)

    • Anonymous

      Yes! Delta Delta Delta, can I help ya help ya help ya? :)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      That is exactly who she reminded me of! 

  • Anonymous

    See, the moment I saw that look, I immediately thought of 1870′s prairie schoolmarm.  The hair only accented the look.  She looked like she was starring in a circus performance of “Little House on the Prairie.”

    • Anonymous

      OMG. I would PAY to see that production!

    • Anonymous

      Danielle seems to have a sort of period Gibson Girl POV. That hair fits some of her previous work

  • Anonymous

    But the hair isn’t really their fault, is it? They both hated it. I don’t know what they said to the hair guy, but he totally did his own thing!

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

    Predictably, my mom liked this outfit. Hey man, even stiltwalkers need to kick up their heels after a long day at the insurance company.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Tim Gunn:

    I love how you try to steer the contestants on Project Runway through the minefield of exhaustion, insufficient time and bad taste. You even manage to somehow get them to produce a few memorable garments along the way. Kudos.

    So for the love of God, would you please confiscate all the Bedazzlers in the workroom before Nina Garcia flies into a fit of blind rage and kills someone with her bare hands? I’m not worried about Nina; any judge reviewing the videotapes of past seasons would instantly realize it was a mercy killing. I just worry about the children  designers.

    Respectfully,

    Stu

  • Anonymous

    I was completely baffled by the top billing for this.  She’s an office worker straight out of an 80s sitcom!  Really, really bad.  Since when  do mad construction skills trump a dated office-wear design and horrific styling?  The stilts really lift it over the top (tee hee) – it’s like Lou Grant’s secretary decided to run away and join the circus.

  • Anonymous

    “…bizarre stilt-walker version of 9 to 5.”  Priceless! 

    Such an ugly outfit in every way. Colors, poufy sleeves, overall silhouette (take the wearer and add 25 pounds). Not to say it wasn’t well made, but it was horrible and I was sure it was destined for the bottom three.  The TLo analysis of why that didn’t happen may or may not be true, but it makes perfect sense to me. Judges bedazzled by shiny things — exactly!

  • Anonymous

    AND WITH THE SAME HAIR!!! Can I get a witness??? Miss Beadle HAD THE SAME HAIR!!

  • Anonymous

    AND WITH THE SAME HAIR!!! Can I get a witness??? Miss Beadle HAD THE SAME HAIR!!

  • Anonymous

    OK, definitely the styling was off and with the editing it’s hard to tell who’s at fault. But this team should get points for execution, use of a challenging fabric in this ridiculous task, and not going all costumey. That they made secretarial wear for this challenge and didn’t go for an obvious dressy flowy thing is good, I think. The look is very much Danielle’s design esthetic and on her own, she definitely would have had a more flattering hair style. Considering the other teams, this definitely deserved to be in the top 3. 

  • Anonymous

    OK, definitely the styling was off and with the editing it’s hard to tell who’s at fault. But this team should get points for execution, use of a challenging fabric in this ridiculous task, and not going all costumey. That they made secretarial wear for this challenge and didn’t go for an obvious dressy flowy thing is good, I think. The look is very much Danielle’s design esthetic and on her own, she definitely would have had a more flattering hair style. Considering the other teams, this definitely deserved to be in the top 3. 

  • http://twitter.com/Juliaismagic Julia

    I couldn’t believe they praised this–the pants were well done, but the outfit as a whole was just plain weird. Bedazzled collar? Who can rock that? (The useless Kardashian seemed to like it.) It looked out-of-date and the hair pulled the whole look down.  

  • http://profiles.google.com/shawna.ready shawna ready

    So creepy. and what are those tiny bangs??  ACK. I don’t understand how a professional hairstylist could even let her get out of the chair with that.

    • Toni Mitt

      She had those tiny bangs when she went into the stylist’s chair–so in any kind of updo–they were gonna be…right there. 

  • Anonymous

    The kiss of death should have been Kim Kardashian praising the blingy collar.  That alone should speak to “taste issues.” 

  • http://twitter.com/CestmoiLola Stacey Noel

    You guys think it’s ‘televangelist hair’ – I had a different reference – those butt-headded aliens from the original Star Trek pilot, you know the telepathic/ mind shifting ones. Anyway, the hair was so WTF that it took me awhile to think about the outfit at all. And even at that point I don’t know why it garnered top 3, other than it’s difficult to sew chiffon.

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

      The Jeffrey Hunter one?

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

      The Jeffrey Hunter one?

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

      The Jeffrey Hunter one?

    • Anonymous

      Oh my God, yes. I said “schoolmarm hair”, but “Alien From the Star Trek Pilot” hair works even better. I am flabbergasted by this hairstyle. I can’t get over it.

  • http://twitter.com/Snickleboom Snickleboom

    Usually I can see the judges points when they like something I don’t, but other than the fact that it’s all well made, it looks seriously BUTT UGLY to me.  Ugh.

  • Anonymous

    The color combination was sickening. I couldn’t see past it.

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

    Another example of beading and wickity-wack at the top of the outfit. Waaaaaaaaayyyy up at the top of the outfit. BALANCE, people! Put stuff at the bottom too!

  • Anonymous

    This thing is god-awful. I don’t care if there are individual parts that, taken alone, are amazing. This thing is just god-awful. (This is how I felt about most of Gretchen’s stuff from the get-go so I am very worried.)

  • Anonymous

    When I saw this outfit the only thing I could think of was “who is this girl?” and “where the *&%#@ is she going?”

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

    I thought they should embrace the hair  and worked an ironic 60′s vibe.   Come on, picture it…she comes out with that hair, smeared frosted lipstick, does the Stilt Stagger down the runway, only to smash a highball to the ground at the end of the catwalk, screaming, “SCREW YOU, GEORGE!” 

    They would have won.   At least, in my heart.

    • muzan-e

      Magnificence. With extra credit for working the stilts into a credible narrative!

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

      That could have worked!  Still would have been an ugly outfit, but it would have been a fun show — though then the judges might have thought it was a costume and bumped them to the bottom.  (Where they should have been anyway!)

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

      That could have worked!  Still would have been an ugly outfit, but it would have been a fun show — though then the judges might have thought it was a costume and bumped them to the bottom.  (Where they should have been anyway!)

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

      That could have worked!  Still would have been an ugly outfit, but it would have been a fun show — though then the judges might have thought it was a costume and bumped them to the bottom.  (Where they should have been anyway!)

    • Anonymous

      Hahahahaha! I just watched that movie about a month ago. Liz Taylor in a drunken rage had better hair than this.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tarasana Tara Murray

    When the model walked away the weirdness in the arms reminded me of the arm fat on really really large women. I am sure arm fat was not what they were going for, but it’s all I could see.

    • Anonymous

      Haha yesss. I can totally see that lol. My friend’s grandma has those tricep rolls and they are shaped EXACTLY like this top. Maybe that’s why I liked it from the front but hated it from the back!

    • Toni Mitt

      Yes.  It would have worked better if the sleeves had been full-length.  The flow of the chiffon would have been much more dramatic.

  • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

    I’m old enough to be a grandma, and that sure looked like a grandma outfit to me.  Yes, chiffon is a bitch, yes, achieving good pleats on that scale is impressive, but overall, it’s my grandmother off to a lunch with her friends, having started the day off with a trip to the hairdresser and the rack.

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

    “she’s starring in some sort of bizarre stilt-walker version of 9 to 5.”

    hahahahaha

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    I was a bit baffled by all the praise for this look.

  • Elizabeth Koszarek

    This is even worse than the infamous hair bow.

  • Anonymous

    I love the hair only in that I cannot stop laughing at it – I get a nice belly laugh every time I see it, and laughing makes me happy.

  • Anonymous

    I love the hair only in that I cannot stop laughing at it – I get a nice belly laugh every time I see it, and laughing makes me happy.

  • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

    Damn you to an eternal marathon of “Gilligan’s Island” for earworming me with the theme song to that movie.

  • AudraR

    This looks like something and elderly lady would wear to church. Hideous,  hated it and thought for sure it was a bottom 3 entry. Nice sewing job on the pants but the color combo made me nauseous. We won’t even mention the hair.

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

    It was so boring!  Like something I’d expect to see on a senior citizen taking a cruise. The colors were awful. And the hair reminds me of one of those ventilation fans you put on top of the roof to let the hot air out.

    • Anonymous

      While not *quite* a senior, I am retired and taking a cruise next month.  Would NEVER want that chiffon crapola anywhere near me! :)

      • Anonymous

        I’m getting close myself.  I don’t mind the chiffon…but the crapola…now that’s a different story!

        Have fun on your cruise!

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t get over Kim K.’s gushing over it.  I thought it was the tackiest thing ever.  I also don’t understand that woman’s bangs.  I mean, presumably she likes them?  Terrible. 

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

      The fact that Kim. K. gushed over tells you all you need to know.  I don’t think that Kim Kardashian and the concept of good taste exist in the same universe.
      bitchybitchybitchy

    • Anonymous

      I was watching Charmed this morning, and Phoebe had those stupid short bangs cut … FOR HER WEDDING! And they looked just as stupid on her, but my point was going to be that at one point in the late 90′s they must have been fashionable. Hey! Probably right around the time that big hair was in, right? My history-of-fashion references are as ass-backward as Victor’s.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, TLo. It was a total WTF moment.
    Granted, Kors did mention the awful sister wife hair, but the judges are constantly stressing how important styling is, that this shouldn’t have made top 3. Maybe if the outfit had been flawless, but it wasn’t. It was totally 9-5 on stilts. Fine, it’s difficult to work with chiffon, but they didn’t do so great. What’s up with the back of that blouse? Why are the sleeves starting at the middle of her back? Was that intentional, because it’s horribly unflattering?

    Um, and light blue eye shadow to match the blouse? Really?

  • lilibetp

    The length of the sleeves was off.  Long would have been okay.  Short would have been a bit twee, but still okay.  3/4 and full was just wrong.  And why have full sleeves with full pants?  The only reason this made the top 3 was because everything else was even worse.  Although I actually liked the rickrack pants.

  • http://twitter.com/jennawaterford Jenna Waterford

    I think I would have taken her hair down and combed it out before I sent her down the runway with that globe on her head. Yeesh! 

    • Anonymous

      I’ll bet you STILL can’t get a comb through that hair…weeks later.  I’m sure the poor dears didn’t have any alternatives.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll bet you STILL can’t get a comb through that hair…weeks later.  I’m sure the poor dears didn’t have any alternatives.

    • Anonymous

      That hair was so firmly shellacked, there’s probably no way they could get a comb through it. they should have just given into the fug and given her a chiffon head scarf like my grandmother used to wear to the grocery store when her hair had just been “set.” 

      • http://twitter.com/jennawaterford Jenna Waterford

        Probably very true, but I’m concerned about the skill-set of their so-called hairstylists after this nightmare was produced.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Could not BELIEVE they included this in the top three! You’ve restored my faith in my eye sight!

  • Anonymous

    It took work to make such a freak nest mess out of that poor woman’s hair. I bet it’s still sticky with hair spray a couple months later.

  • Anonymous

    Is it just the hair, or is the model homely?

    If Casanova had made this outfit, the judges would have hated it. I suspect it was a top 3 because it was well made, and overall everyone sucked.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I had taken a drink for every time someone said the word chiffon. Chiffon, Chiffon, Chiffon. WTF? If the mandate was to design an outfit for a stilt-wearing granny who’s going to a fancy church luncheon, this would have nicely fit the bill. And everyone in the L’Oreal/Garnier pit needs to be fired immediately–and not just for this rats nest of a hairdo. The hair and make-up have been uniformly horrid for every show thus far. It’s as if they are actively conspiring against the designers.

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

      Let’s not blame the fabulous fabric that is chiffon — I own a lot of chiffon pieces and I love them all.  (I have a thing for material that feels nice, and chiffon fits the bill nicely)  But I would have gone the opposite direction in terms of fabric: you’re never going to make a stilt-walker look graceful, so you might as well go with stiff material as if it were deliberate. 

  • Anonymous

    Nothing to add to the comments about the look/design, but I met Danielle last week in Minneapolis where she was volunteering for an arts festival.  Good Midwestern girl through and through. She is going to keep the drama to a minimum and not draw attention to herself.  What seems “cold” is really caution and a desire to be Minnesota Nice.  Oh and physically she is tiny and soft spoken.  She says Nina Garcia is really, really nice.

    • Anonymous

      swwminnesota, THAT is some quality commenting right there! I love to hear “backstory” on the contestants, and I just *know* Nina is nice in person. She’s always been so nice to TLo whenever they’ve met her.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly: it was an outfit for gigantic elderly secretaries.  Which has got to be a pretty small marketing niche.

  • Anonymous

    Danielle is MARRIED to blue and brown. Three episodes in, and I’m tired of it.

  • Anonymous

    The outfit is (especially in light of this challenge) passable and yes, the hair is rather Mormon Sect. However, when did this show also become Project Hair Style? If and when we see a runway show at Fashion Week with questionable hair, do we automatically heap scorn on the designer as if they personally sprayed on the AquaNet? Especially here where they get maybe 10 minutes tops to describe what they want, flirt with make-up daddy and then rush back to hot glue their train wrecks? Maybe it’s me but the judges piling on about the hair (HA!) here seems to be beside the point for a show about clothing design. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure Nina was sedated for most of the judging panel.  Maybe it was the only way the producers could get her to sit next to a Kardashian.

  • Anonymous

    This was just awful. I really disliked the colors, the style, the hair (WTF happened there?). All of it. At least they seemed to work well together and got it done. 

  • Anonymous

    I saw this, and my honest first impression was “Little House on the Prairie: the Disco Years.”

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t believe that this got praise while the matador outfit got dinged.  This is so much worse, IMO.  I hate everything about it  That collar is just hideous.  How does this mess of random shiny objects get praised while the other more intriguing bedazzling get abused?  The color combo might not have been so bad if the garments themselves didn’t look like office wear from the 70′s, and old woman’s office wear at that.  And since when have the judges ever let someone get away with sending hair like that down the runway?   Despite their claims, these two had time to do something with it. Just combing it out, wetting it and slicking it back would have worked.  There was no doubt enough product in that ferret nest to weigh down the hair of all the other stilt walkers walking the runway. Anything would have been better than that mess.

    Is it me, or are the hair stylists and make-up people awful this year?  The contestants go in and tell them what they want and they get back these clown faces and Pentecostal hair.  What’s up with that?  Do you think they’re students just starting out and not actually experts at this?  It sure looks like it to me.

    Ugh.  Just Ugh.

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

      Totally agree — I kinda like the matador costume, at least the ideas behind it.  The final product left much to be desired.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. At least the matador outfit displayed some creative energy. All this showed was that they could work with chiffon.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, the hair and make-up is awful this year. I’ve been complaining about it every week. This was not the first ferret’s nest sent down the runway. The only decent hairstyle I recall seeing this season was a simple ponytail in the second episode. I think that was on Laura’s model. And the make-up always looks unpolished. It’s like the idea is there, but there’s not enough blending and other finishing touches being done. I like heavy make-up (although I don’t wear mine heavy anymore), but that shit needs to be checked and smoothed and brushed and blended to within an inch of its life; otherwise the model ends up looking like Lindsay Lohan coming off a bender.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it was like Attack of the Giant Secretary or something. But I do like how those two bitches are focused contenders. 

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it was like Attack of the Giant Secretary or something. But I do like how those two bitches are focused contenders. 

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps they should *sketch* their ideas for hair in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Horrid and dreadful! 
    The collar makes me twitch. The asymmetry looks like it was a mistake and I don’t know why Nina didn’t say something about the bling being a taste issue. It’s really bad. The whole thing appears to be sewn well enough (aside from that collar) but it’s all so garish.

  • Anonymous

    Horrid and dreadful! 
    The collar makes me twitch. The asymmetry looks like it was a mistake and I don’t know why Nina didn’t say something about the bling being a taste issue. It’s really bad. The whole thing appears to be sewn well enough (aside from that collar) but it’s all so garish.

    • Anonymous

      Is the left side of the collar unfinished? It looks like only the right side is pointed. Maybe the left side is curled up. I can’t tell. But it looks like crap.

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

    I thought this looked OK 10 feet tall (except for the horrible hair), but like a deflated balloon off the stilts. I was actually kind of pleased that the true hideousness of the hair didn’t count against the designers. My assumption was that they were doomed the minute that muffin settled on the poor woman’s head.

    • Anonymous

      If you ignore the hair, like cover the top of the picture with your hand, the top is proportioned all wrong.  Someone else mentioned the sleeve length, which is all wrong.  But the cut of the sleeve in back is like a racer-back with billowy sleeves attached. The blouse forces the model to appear that she has very narrow down-sloping shoulders. Religious sects would say it is “feminine” because it is modest, but the whole effect of the top would restrict the range of motion in the upper part of the body, which is the opposite of Danielle’s professed POV of empowerment. 

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

    I thought this looked OK 10 feet tall (except for the horrible hair), but like a deflated balloon off the stilts. I was actually kind of pleased that the true hideousness of the hair didn’t count against the designers. My assumption was that they were doomed the minute that muffin settled on the poor woman’s head.

  • Anonymous

    So bad! Like an Evil 60 yr. old playing Second-floor Bingo! Like 1960s Ursula! So bad!

  • Anonymous

    everything about this outfit depressed me. In fact, the whole challenge was depressing. I keep trying to imagine the production meeting where somebody suggests designing outfits for stilt walkers as a challenge.

  • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

    When this came onscreen, I tweeted “Stilt Walker Grandma.”  Several days later my opinion of it hasn’t improved, I think it may be worse.  Well made or not, this outfit was just ugly.

  • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/ kristel

    Watching her stalk down the runway, I got a real Evil Librarian vibe. You’re supposed to be quiet, and if you’re not, she’s going to come squish you like the annoying little bug that you are. 

    • Anonymous

      Evil GIANT Librarian.

      • Anonymous

        Can we work “color blind” into that?

      • Anonymous

        Can we work “color blind” into that?

        • Anonymous

          Evil, giant, colorblind librarian with one testicle?

          Uniball may have good intentions with his “I’m rockin’ one!” thing, but at this point, colorblindness and having only one testicle are inextricably linked in my mind.

      • Anonymous

        Can we work “color blind” into that?

  • Anonymous

    You know, looking at the last picture of Danielle and Cecilia with their model, it amazes me that these two women came up with this look. Here they are, both dressed in plain black (Danielle looks like she’s wearing a sack), not looking very stylish themselves, very granola hair, and not an ounce of makeup on between the two of them–the contrast between them and their model just makes me laugh. And these two created the Attack of the 50-Foot Secretary in Flowing Chiffon with Televangelist Hair. It just makes me giggle.  

    • MilaXX

      i think that was the problem. This to non fussy chicks seemed to have a trouble describing to the stylist how they wanted the hair to look and ended up with this.

  • http://twitter.com/poptartsjen Pop Tarts Jen

    Ugh. That was my least favorite look of the week by far. It made me cringe. I had trouble keeping my eyes off the heinous hair, and then when I did, I was super bored by the actual outfit. Blech!

  • Anonymous

    I thought the back of the sleeves was interesting, but its hard to tell from the pictures.  They made good use of the fabric in the pants, letting it simulate pleats.

  • Phillip Wilde

    To me, this look was just head-to-toe matronly.  I expected it to be in the bottom and was quite shocked when it was in the top, especially considering the judge’s historic hatred for anything that makes the model look like a Stepford Wife. She just needs a frilly apron and a plate of cookies.

    • Anonymous

      And a string of pearls.
       

  • Anonymous

    During the broadcast someone commented that the pants were “cat vomit” color. Word.

  • Anonymous

    During the broadcast someone commented that the pants were “cat vomit” color. Word.

  • Robert Sanchez

    I’m kind of glad I missed this episode. This looks like the worst episode in PR history.

  • Robert Sanchez

    I’m kind of glad I missed this episode. This looks like the worst episode in PR history.

    • Anonymous

       Well maybe worst episode in the “quality” of all of the “designs”. I think many here would say Gretchen being named Winner of PR  might make that the Worst Episode?

      • Robert Sanchez

        Ha! Yeah, that too. But really, this episode appears to have absolutely nothing to do with actual fashion. And then the judges derided some as costumes? I mean, outfits for stiltwalkers? That has absolutely nothing to do with fashion. What’s next? Design garments for models who have 16-foot wingspans!

  • Robert Sanchez

    I’m kind of glad I missed this episode. This looks like the worst episode in PR history.

  • vmcdanie

    That hair was crazy but clearly that wasn’t their intent. It gets hard to fault designers for something that it out of their control.

    Now, the outfit-the praise was kinda baffling. How is that ticky tacky collar ok but the bedazzled bolero jacket wasn’t?

    • Anonymous

      Speaking to intent, though, the judges will just ding them for not communicating clearly. 

  • vmcdanie

    That hair was crazy but clearly that wasn’t their intent. It gets hard to fault designers for something that it out of their control.

    Now, the outfit-the praise was kinda baffling. How is that ticky tacky collar ok but the bedazzled bolero jacket wasn’t?

  • vmcdanie

    That hair was crazy but clearly that wasn’t their intent. It gets hard to fault designers for something that it out of their control.

    Now, the outfit-the praise was kinda baffling. How is that ticky tacky collar ok but the bedazzled bolero jacket wasn’t?

  • Toto Maya

    Team Serious? After seeing this look, it’s Team Hideous. I thought it was gross. I couldn’t believe that this was in the top three.

  • Toto Maya

    Team Serious? After seeing this look, it’s Team Hideous. I thought it was gross. I couldn’t believe that this was in the top three.

  • Toto Maya

    Team Serious? After seeing this look, it’s Team Hideous. I thought it was gross. I couldn’t believe that this was in the top three.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, this was really hideous and I couldn’t understand why the judges were gushing (aside from the construction of a tricky fabric). Everything about this is awful – the color(s), look, makeup/hair – UGH!

  • Anonymous

    “Total “Hee Haw” hair”….. don’t hate on Hee Haw hair! Seriously, this mess is worse than any hair I ever saw on Hee Haw (and trust me I have seen almost every episode unfortunately) This “style” looks like a wig pinned on top of a bad pixie cut..can’t believe Nina didn’t have a hissy fit over this!

  • Anonymous

    “Total “Hee Haw” hair”….. don’t hate on Hee Haw hair! Seriously, this mess is worse than any hair I ever saw on Hee Haw (and trust me I have seen almost every episode unfortunately) This “style” looks like a wig pinned on top of a bad pixie cut..can’t believe Nina didn’t have a hissy fit over this!

  • Anonymous

    From the back, I thought the blouse made the poor girl look like a hunchback.

    • Anonymous

      Hunchback with T-REX arms.

  • Anonymous

    From the back, I thought the blouse made the poor girl look like a hunchback.

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

    Sometimes I wonder if the producers say that there HAS to be 3 good looks and 3 bad looks, no matter what. This week, they were all bad, so instead of raking every designer over the coals, they had to pick the 3 non-worst (which I disagreed with but not really the point) and praised them even though they didn’t think they were that good. They can occasionally pick out specific things they don’t like (the hair) and criticize them but overall, the judges are required to praise 3 looks.

    It’s amazing how there’s always an equal number of good and bad. So amazing that I think it’s crap.

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      It’s not so amazing. The top 3 have the highest 3 scores and the bottom 3 have the lowest 3 scores. It’s not that there’s an equal number of each kind; it’s that the format of the show requires that they discuss the top 3 and bottom 3.

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

        I get that. What I’m saying is that they generally only have good things to say about the top 3 and generally only have bad things to say about the bottom 3. What if every look was completely awful? There would still be a top 3 but they should still criticize the hell out of the top 3 and they never do. They act as if there’s always 3 great looks but in a challenge like this, I’m not sure there was a single good look. You would think the judges would say that if it were the case but they never have.

        Maybe it wasn’t this challenge but at some point, there has had to have been a challenge where all the looks were all really similar in how they were judged. So, let’s say if they’re rating each look on a scale from 1-10, every look was rated 5 or 6. They could still figure out a top 3 and bottom 3 and that’s fine. However, they would then praise every look in the top 3 and trash every look in the bottom 3, even if the looks in the top 3 were only rated 1 point higher than looks in the bottom 3. They always act like there’s some giant separation between the 2 groups when sometimes there isn’t any separation at all. Kind of like this week.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you sooo much… I was perplexed why this entry received such adulation!!??  I don’t care what anyone says about “on trend” that color turquoise looks crummy with that color of brown, beige, whatever.  

  • Anonymous

    The construction of a difficult fabric might be good. But isn’t this a DESIGN show? I thought the overall look was ugly. The colors don’t work together, the terrible cut of the sleeves in the back, that sad bedazzled collar, the hair…..Ugh all around

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I’ll admit I didn’t hate it as much as everyone else here did.  I mean, if this challenge taught me anything it’s that you just can’t design fashion for stiltwalkers – and nobody should ever try to do so again!

    If it weren’t for the mega-hiddy hair, I don’t think this is a bad entry, it’s just boring.  I think the colors compliment each other and there is a lot of work in the pants with all those pleats.  I’m not surprised it made the top 3 because everything was so fugly this week that just so-so is a welcome relief from all the truly terrifying looks trotted out on the runway.

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

      Not true — I actually came up with a bunch of things I think would have worked.  Would they have been pretty?  Um… yeah, I can’t promise that.  But they would have been way more interesting.  In fact, of the four us who watched this week at my house, we all had better suggestions.  As have an awful lot of commenters here.

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps you’re right, I can’t say I gave the matter a lot of thought on what I’d have done differently if I were asked to do this.  But it’s hard to do fashion for an actual show with women who are going to lurch awkwardly as they walk the look down the runway.

        The biggest issue was the proportions, and not a single team made that work very well.  I think this look was one of the better ones in that regard in that the cut of the blouse and the free flowing pants made the proportions a little less jarring.  However, the giant televangelist circa 1978 hair made her head look like a big pumpkin which messed up the best thing about the look!

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

    the top comes from c1971, the bottom comes from c1991, i guess in the middle is 9 to 5. the crap on the collar also comes from the 80s & it’s the crap on the collar that truly destroyed this look. that & the hair, which comes from hell.

    that said, i woulda been called in for my clothes from any job in an office i ever had for wearing this. top’s too wild, whole thing’s too sheer. &, when i had jobs in offices, i was a designer. in los angeles. so i dont think this would pass in most offices anywhere.

    that said [redux], i do like the top. it reminds of a current ysl top, only in a color not a neutral. i tried liking the pants years ago when they were in style & in black, never could do it, real palazzos can look good on most people, the chiffon pleateds are just the opposite.

    but, despite her too too late, late joey ramone photo-op, i tend to like cecilia. hated the untied boots, wore em before any pleated chiffon palazzos ever hit the scene {which makes them trop too old now, not even retro, hate that everyone wears them}. she didnt have any self-confidence going in, unlike her teammate who was furious cos a few pieces of semi-wretchedness she made were merely safe, not winners. so i’m dubious about the teammate. &, after all, she put oyster cracker rhinestones on her blouse. never good.

    otoh, just from the mere glimpse we got i think the stylist was as good an interpreter of “royal” hair as viktor was of victorian fashion.

  • Anonymous

    Sister wives go to a formal affair at the club.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, that was my take too – the outfit only a sister-wife could love.

      srq

  • Anonymous

    I actually gasped, “Oh hell-to-the-no!” when this outfit came down the catwalk.  I was so dumb-struck that I didn’t notice the bad hair until the model was on her way back up the runway.   The way the judges fawned all over this one convinced me someone slipped them some mary-jane brownies.

  • Anonymous

    I actually gasped, “Oh hell-to-the-no!” when this outfit came down the catwalk.  I was so dumb-struck that I didn’t notice the bad hair until the model was on her way back up the runway.   The way the judges fawned all over this one convinced me someone slipped them some mary-jane brownies.

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

    Outfit not top three to me. But the designers should get some kind of prize for the best team cheek bones. 

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

    Outfit not top three to me. But the designers should get some kind of prize for the best team cheek bones. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks TLo for clarifying! I hated this outfit and couldn’t understand why the judges were drooling over it so.

  • Judy_J

    I’m sorry, but I thought this was butt-ugly. From the hairdo to the hems of those fugly pants.  Butt-ugly.

  • Anonymous

    I like the blouse , the collar is beyond wonky, but the blouse is still nice. The pants are okay too, but together and with that HAIR! Was ithe hair a punishment for not being direct enough in the  salon? Because they ask for a side poinytail , lame to be sure, but not a giant cobra basket.
    Plus this one walked really bad, tragic comedy bad.

    • Anonymous

      “a giant cobra basket” Perfect! Let’s amend it to “a giant cobra basket with baby bangs.” I need to keep refer to this hairdo whenever I feel like i’m having a bad hair day…

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

    Even without the cracktastic hair, this was an outfit Peggy Olson wouldn’t be caught dead in. Hell, Ida Blankenship wouldn’t have been caught dead in this outfit.

  • http://twitter.com/qrter Alexander Peterhans

    Thing is, I thought the horrible hair actually really complimented the horribleness of the outfit.

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

    Sister-wife.

  • Anonymous

    This is horrible. I really thought this was the worst one, even though I did not think it should have been sent home, if that makes sense. On one hand, the execution is admirable and there are some pretty elements, but on the other, it’s totally putrid looking. It assaulted my eyes in a way none of the other looks did. I think better styling would have dialed back the yuck-factor substantially, but the color combo, fabric, and style just make NO SENSE for a stilt walking get up. At least I could kind of see where the other teams were trying to go… 

  • http://twitter.com/hillaryblock Hillary Block

    oh god thank you for making me feel so much better about hating this one. when the judges were creaming their pants over it, i seriously thought i had lost my mind. the only thing i like about it was the color of the top

  • Anonymous

    The challenge, the clothes, the judging, I didn’t understand any of it.
    This is possibly the worst episode ever.

    • Anonymous

      Not possibly, it was DEFINTELY the worst ever.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought Dolly Parton from 9 to 5. I thought this was going to be bottom 3.

  • Anonymous

    Like I said in the Tlounge, if they had just said the WTF hairdoo was a tribute to Kim Kardashian’s ass, they would have sailed through.

    –GothamTomato

  • Anonymous

    Like I said in the Tlounge, if they had just said the WTF hairdoo was a tribute to Kim Kardashian’s ass, they would have sailed through.

    –GothamTomato

    • Toni Mitt

      I remember that–and you are so right! 

  • Anonymous

    Like I said in the Tlounge, if they had just said the WTF hairdoo was a tribute to Kim Kardashian’s ass, they would have sailed through.

    –GothamTomato

  • Anonymous

    I hated this look so much. I screamed when I found out they were in the top and not in line for the auf! The whole thing reminds me of the mean lady with eyeshadow from The Drew Carey Show….on stilts.

    I like the color of the blouse and the jeweled collar. Those are the only two good points. And Cecilia? Who? I had no idea who she was or memory of her from previous challenges. I seriously thought someone sneaked onto the set when the producers weren’t looking.

  • Anonymous

    I hated this look so much. I screamed when I found out they were in the top and not in line for the auf! The whole thing reminds me of the mean lady with eyeshadow from The Drew Carey Show….on stilts.

    I like the color of the blouse and the jeweled collar. Those are the only two good points. And Cecilia? Who? I had no idea who she was or memory of her from previous challenges. I seriously thought someone sneaked onto the set when the producers weren’t looking.

  • Anonymous

    I hated this look so much. I screamed when I found out they were in the top and not in line for the auf! The whole thing reminds me of the mean lady with eyeshadow from The Drew Carey Show….on stilts.

    I like the color of the blouse and the jeweled collar. Those are the only two good points. And Cecilia? Who? I had no idea who she was or memory of her from previous challenges. I seriously thought someone sneaked onto the set when the producers weren’t looking.

  • Anonymous

    I hated this look so much. I screamed when I found out they were in the top and not in line for the auf! The whole thing reminds me of the mean lady with eyeshadow from The Drew Carey Show….on stilts.

    I like the color of the blouse and the jeweled collar. Those are the only two good points. And Cecilia? Who? I had no idea who she was or memory of her from previous challenges. I seriously thought someone sneaked onto the set when the producers weren’t looking.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely did not get why this was not in the bottom 3.  FUGLY from top to bottom.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely did not get why this was not in the bottom 3.  FUGLY from top to bottom.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely did not get why this was not in the bottom 3.  FUGLY from top to bottom.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely did not get why this was not in the bottom 3.  FUGLY from top to bottom.

  • http://twitter.com/Noacat Schumpert McGee

    She looked like she raided Mrs. Brady’s closet. 

  • Anonymous

    I say, put a great belt on this, open the collar down to her sternum and ANYTHING else but that with the hair and this could have been a really well made chic outfit.  Those pants are made beautifully, they just needed a great belt to anchor them and seperate the two colors.  I love the colors together but not right on top of each other.  A sexy open collar would have cut down on the secretarial overtones.  And for fucks sake, just shave her head next time, it couldn’t be worse…….

    • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

      My guess was they couldn’t open the collar because it was too heavy withe jewels…but I agree! Also think it would have worked better with a different material on the bottom.

      • Anonymous

        I should have added that they needed to ditch all that heavy crap on the collar THEN opened it up.  Of course, then they probably would have just put the crystals on the belt I encouraged and been lost again.  Sigh…….

  • Anonymous

    You know what’s really fun? Reading all these (awesome) comments and adding “on stilts” to the end, like the old “…in bed” after reading a fortune cookie fortune. Like this:

    Cat vomit…on stilts
    Bea Arthur on steroids…on stilts
    Tammy Faye Baker…on stilts

    It is funny AND it brings home the sheer stupidity of this challenge.

    • Anonymous

      I literally started choking (with laughter) and spewing water while reading this!

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

    I think the “hair bow” from way back when has finally lost its crown as the most comical ’do ever. 

  • Anonymous

    Were they DRINKING the Garnier this week? That’s the worst hair I’ve seen um… ever. I totally forgot about the outfit because of the hair.

  • http://profiles.google.com/rpcabonargi Rebekah Cabonargi

    I thought it looked like Prairie Chic. She was some sort of mutant Sarah, Plain and Tall in that outfit. Emphasis on tall.

  • Anonymous

    I recall everyone being appalled by that hair, including the girls.  It was a disaster.  I thing that blouse is really lovely without the jewels. 

  • Anonymous

    I actually thought this was in the bottom when their name was called, it’s just so… old. Like it belongs on some sort of stiltwalker Little House on the Prairie. Freakishly Tall House on the Prairie?

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

    i HATED this look! There is nothing right about it,

  • Anonymous

    The hair was…awful. There was no excuse for that. Why on Earth wouldn’t either of them rip that out in the time it showed them LOUNGING around discussing how awful it was, waiting to line up for the Runway? Are they contractually bound from altering the work of the hair and makeup team? A blind hobo could run his claws through that and come up with an improvement, and everybody knew it was awful before it went out. WTF?! As for the outfit…I like parts of it. The bejeweled collar makes it very old-fashioned and grandma, in my eyes, and I do think it is kind of a strange look for this challenge. When they said they were picking chiffon, I was like “Yes! Get it, bitches!” in my head thinking they would do some amazing, flowing skirt/pant-type fantasy akin to what the Blenley Birdseeds did. Instead I got silk baby vom grandma pajamas. PS, not digging the shitty black cami underneath. At least take the look all the way and make her walk tits out. That’s another runway trend you could have taken.

    I have liked Danielle (ish) since the beginning but chica needs to quit. it. with the turq/brown combos and variations thereof every week. Working well with color is not about using the same two or three colors over and over again. (Nor is it pairing black and white with the same cyan/yellow/magenta neon brights repeatedly, ahem). I despised Cecilia during the audition process and was horrified by her selection, and though I haven’t been wowed by anything she’s done yet I was impressed by her technical skills with the pants and  by her succinct handling of Danielle when she snapped at that there was no time to make things fancy and she was just going to slap a facing on so STOP MESSING HER UP. Delicious. Queens pride.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one who thought “Jan Brady” when this look came out?  The model even LOOKED like Jan Brady doing a weird dress-up.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, this just looks like an outfit that would be mercilessly made fun of in a 70s or 80s movie on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

    Crap is still crap, well-made or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

    Going to Circus church?

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

    You had me at “bizarre stilt-walker version of 9 to 5.”  I applaud the professional way they worked together to get the sh*t done, but that’s about all.  It reminded me of a woman who’d escaped a polygamist cult and was trying to be fashionable (though not necessarily on stilts). I did love the color of the blouse and the jeweled collar, but that’s about it.  The sleeves were weird and I hate the sheer look.  
     

  • http://profiles.google.com/awilsongirl Amy Wilson

    When this oufit came down the runway, I was sure that it would be in the bottom 3. They called it for the top and I thought my pain pills (I just had an appendectomy on Wednesday) was making me delirious.

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

    I think that hair really was the strangest thing I have ever seen on this show. I guess that’s kind of impressive, in a way.

  • Anonymous

    At any other time, Nina would have been apoplectic over that collar, and especially over that hair

    I had to replay the judging a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I still can’t believe this thing got praised. Wait…..yes I can – these are the same judges that gave Wretchen’s hippy-dippy earthtoned draperies the win. Looks like things haven’t changed much. Only this season…..with bedazzzling!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ah, thank goodness! Precisely what I thought; although I may have yelled at the tv something about 1970s bad soap operas. The Young and the Restless. Standing in a fountain slapping each other and yelling BITCH!

    Yeah, that’s this outfit. It’s all I can see.

  • Anonymous

    …”this looked like drab, sad, old-fashioned secretarial wear.” Exactly. Hate those sleeves and the bedazzling but that hair looks like a living entity. 

  • Anonymous

    …”this looked like drab, sad, old-fashioned secretarial wear.” Exactly. Hate those sleeves and the bedazzling but that hair looks like a living entity. 

  • Anonymous

    leisure suits, tube tops and denim rompers were trends too. This is bullshit ugly, SO matronly its laughable and were this project seamstress – well then perhaps they should have been in top three but otherwise its just awful.

  • Toni Mitt

    Yes–that was crazy-shit hair, but I do remember the model had those bangs when she went into the hair stylist, and Team Serious wanted and updo (for some odd reason…) so this is what happened.  Ugh. 
    But–I thought the blouse and pants were very well done, considering the fabrics.  But–I think she needed some kind of belt. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1394670289 Kira Gartner

    Thank you! I hated this ensemble, and could not understand what the judges were praising!

  • Anonymous

    They deserve praise for the construction, and maybe on a model without stilts this outfit could be evaluated more fairly.  And without that stupid hair.  How could that even have happened?

  • Anonymous

    I liked it, so there. :p   I even liked the cray-cray on the top of her head, it’s the Discordian in me.

  • Anonymous

    We *could* – but isn’t it sort of implied? By the look, I mean.

  • Anonymous

    We *could* – but isn’t it sort of implied? By the look, I mean.

  • Anonymous

    its pretty, i wish the outfit was in my size….the hair truly sucked it, though, i felt bad for all concerned there…

  • Anonymous

    its pretty, i wish the outfit was in my size….the hair truly sucked it, though, i felt bad for all concerned there…

  • Anonymous

    No, that’s BADGER-ASS UGLY!!!! I knew I’d be working it into conversation, I just didn’t know it would be so SOON!

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

    It was a very nice technical achievement, but otherwise boring.

  • Anonymous

    I am going to go against the general grain here and admit that I actually liked this look. It’s not without its problems, the collar being the major one (the hair is a huge problem, but not a problem with the garments), but I think the blouse and pants are actually lovely, for the most part, in an everything old is new again sort of way, and there are many elements of the look that are on trend (as pointed out). It could have used better accessorizing, though. Worrisome, too, that this is the third time Danielle has used that colour scheme and its the third challenge.

    I think people are basing their opinions almost entirely on the truly awful hair – which goes to show how important hair (as well as make-up and accessories) are to making a look work. No, the pants are not exactly the youngest, but the blouse is completely sheer: there are undergarments showing – if she weren’t wearing any (as a model in a runway show might not be), there would be nipples showing. That’s not matronly – unless, maybe, you’re Casanova’s grandmother.

    In any case, if you watch the extended judging, the judges have, quite strangely for a top three look, mostly negative things to say about it.

    • Anonymous

      Casanova’s grandmother, that’s hilarious.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-Galli/100000105865696 Amanda Galli

    I have to say, I’m disappointed by the tendency of the judges in recent years to put so much weight in their criteria on if the garment is on trend or not. I’d rather have a winner who SETS trends instead of blindly following them. Or at least, have a designer who takes bits and pieces of current trends WITHOUT making the clothes look fugly and dated.

  • Anonymous

    All I can think of is Gary Oldman in Dracula.  And the way those sleeves are set in around the back is truly bizarre and makes the model look so awkward and out of proportion!

  • tripletmom96

    i thought this look was so ordinary — nothing exciting about it.  i liked the color of the top and i give them credit for their construction skills (as a seamstress i have worked on my share of sheer fabrics and they can be a real bitch to sew…..), nevertheless this just wasn’t top 3-worthy.  well, actually i didn’t see anything on the runway that said “wow” to me, so i guess this ended up in the top 3 more by default than anything else…..yawn…..

  • Anonymous

    I blame Kim Kardashian.  Somehow, someway, this is all her fault.

    • Anonymous

      Do you think her bad taste kind of  infected the judges ? That would make sense.

  • Anonymous

    I remember being rather excited when I heard them say “huge sleeve” because I thought a long, billowing sleeve that used drape to make the arm appear even longer would help balance the proportions, something that almost nobody really addressed (even though it was one of the core challenges of…the challenge). And then I saw that the sleeves were like a sad cross between 3/4 and bracelet length and I promptly started yelling at my dad (aka PR watching partner) for want of someone more deserving to yell at.

    I couldn’t believe the judges were praising that collar. It looks like something out of my dress-up clothes when I was eight.

  • http://twitter.com/cheshireb cheshire bitten

    ” drab, sad, old-fashioned secretarial wear.” I believe I might actually have used all those words, as well as church going grandma

  • Anonymous

    I could not remember these two at all from the previous challenges. That said, I initially liked the colors they chose, even the brown, but this just doesn’t work, at all, from the hideous hair, the lousy posture (at least when she’s standing still), to the ridiculous collar weighted down by the huge *jewels*. The clothes may be well constructed, but, I dunno, it needed an awesome belt instead of that collar, and shudder, that hair. Televangelist’s wife hair, indeed! LOL!

  • Gigi Louis

    Awful!  I hated – HATED – those pants, blech.  The blouse was okay but the back was so weird.  Bringing the armscye towards the center back is just so odd-looking – why?????

  • Gigi Louis

    Awful!  I hated – HATED – those pants, blech.  The blouse was okay but the back was so weird.  Bringing the armscye towards the center back is just so odd-looking – why?????

  • bethannstamps

    i have a ton of relatives in the deep south, this hair is familiar to me from my childhood,  oh yeah, the preacher’s wife, my great aunt Flora and others who will not be named. as for the clothes, look like something i wore to a job interview back in the prehistoric days of the 80s.

  • Anonymous

    I was completely shocked when this outfit made it into the top three.  What total ass!  You have a ten foot lady on stilts, and dress her like an extra – probably a file clerk, at that – from Working Girl?  All that was missing were shoulder pads.  I actually liked Bert and Viktor’s outfit better than this one, and my opinion of that get up wasn’t far from TLo’s. 

  • Anonymous

    I thought it was just me.  I was dumbfounded by the praise for this hiddy concoction!   I like the colors, the concept and the fabric but the collar?  Forget the hair, did you see the collar?  And Josh gets reemed for using the bedazzler too much???  Are you serious!  The caption should read: Tammy Faye attending a New Years Eve party in 1977 with her bedazzled collar.  I can just hear it now: “OOh, Tammy, that blouse is sharp!” 

  • Amanda in Austin

    The color combination is HORRIFIC.

  • http://pissiechrissie.tumblr.com/ Chrissie

    This look caused a lot of turmoil in me. Overall, it’s hideous, secretarial, dated, frumpy, etc. But individually, these pieces are both very beautiful in design and execution. It kind of dumbfounds me why they chose this design for this challenge.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw this… Thing come down the runway, only one word came to my mind : FUGLY !
    And when I realised that entry was in the top 3 I was like… What ?
    And, finally, hearing the judges utter such praises to that fugly and WTF entry made me watch around and ask my husband “OK. Where is the hidden camera ?”

    I get all you say about the technical skills and that but, more than for Miss Clinique whatever, I question the taste level.
    No woman of whatever bodytype or size would ever look at that outfit in a store (not a stilt store, of course, and yards of fabrics cut down) and scream “I WANT THAT OUTFIT, it’s so trendy !”

  • oohsparkley!

    There was undoubtably sewing skills required to produce this butt-ugly outfit.  The hair was horrid, but that should be judged on some hairstyling show. 

  • Anonymous

    Just thought of this, is Danielle a robot? Just something weird about her mannerisms.

  • Anonymous

    I actually thought this would have been in the bottom 3.  Yes, it was impeccably sewn and I do love the color of the blouse… but it was HIDEOUS.  That “I’m a tween who just got her first Bedazzler!” collar, those insect-wing sleeves…and of course that HAIR.  I’ve SEEN Tammy Faye look better…the fact the judges loved this was mystifying to me.  Truly.

  • Anonymous

    If this crap is in trend right now, we need to change the trends.

  • Anonymous

    Whew! I thought this was going to be in the bottom three! This looks to me like something an 80 year old would’ve worn to work IN the 1980s. I don’t see a SINGLE flattering thing in this, it’s just absolutely hiddeous. I was flabbergasted and thought someone slipped something in my coffee, because I LOVED the green outfit and though it’s not something I, personally, would wear, I know people who COULD really make that work. But this? Puffy sleaves, ICKY pants horrible shape and what the heck IS that on the collar? I’m so confused!

  • Jill Kirchmann

    So glad for this review. I could not understand the oohing and aahing of the judges.

  • http://masquedbunny.tumblr.com masquedbunny

    While I can appreciate the technical work that went into it, this was a pretty hideous result for so much effort.

  • fragileindustries

    That collar.  More sweet creamy crack.  Loathed the blouse.  Pants, ok.  I was so sure this was bottom 3.  There’s a reckining coming.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jerome.springer Jerome Springer

    When I first saw the whole thing, I thought, “Oh look, Betty Draper on stilts!”