PR: Team Should-Have-Won

Posted on August 16, 2011

You know what?
These two ladies can SEW.

Maybe not the most profound thing we’ve ever typed considering they’re on Project Runway, where sewing is a requirement to get in (believe it or not), but their work this week was impressive on both a technical level and a design one.
In fact, although we weren’t as sure of it at the time, in retrospect, this should have been the winning look. They did a masterful job of coming up with a design that worked on a costume level and a fashion level. They even managed to incorporate the insane proportions of the model into account by elongating the jacket, but just on one side so that it doesn’t look awkward or like a dress over pants. Very, very smart.

But what impressed us the most…
… is that they came up with a design where the woman in the design was taken into consideration. These look like her clothes and they suit her to a T.

What better way to illustrate that than by incorporating the wearer’s tattoo into the design? That was freaking brilliant. The collar actually serves as a counterpoint to it.

That is some kickass sewing right there.
No other team really seemed to take the woman inside the clothes into consideration. This was a huge reason why so many of the designs failed this week. Every other team took stilts as the starting point of their design. We have no idea how the process shook out, but this was the only look that felt like they took the woman as the starting point and made the stilts a secondary concern.

And unlike every other team, she was styled to perfection. Everything about this look felt integrated and thought out. This wasn’t just an answer to the question “How do you make clothes for stiltwalkers?” This was an answer to the question “What would this woman wear and look good in?”

There were some utterly ridiculous words coming out of the judges’ mouths about how this looked too costume-y, but we think it’s been well established by now that the sweet, creamy crack was in heavy demand this week. Nina, Michael and Heidi were clearly passing the pipe around during commercial breaks. To their credit, they gushed over the pants and to be honest, it wasn’t until we got these screencaps that we could see what they were talking about. They really are a masterful bit of design and tailoring. There are actual, workable pockets in these pants, which is kind of amazing. Love the zipper running down the side…

As well as the tiny bit of bling at the bottom, which served as a callback to the buttons on the jacket but also served to prevent the pants from becoming long, unbroken trails of green. Putting little details into the pants like this actually made them look like pants.

This is more disappointing the more we think about it. This was a truly original design with a lot of thought put into and perfectly executed. The judges chose a shitty Gucci knockoff as the win. Totally indefensible.

We’ll say this: we didn’t think either of these gals had it in them. We’re really liking Kimberley so far, but we’ll be honest: Becky frightens us. There’s some crazy coming from her direction and we suspect it’s going to come out soon.

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

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      Awesome outfit.  I didn’t understand the criticism of the collar – I loved it!

      I am pretty disappointed that the decoy outfit didn’t get the judges’ scathing comments – or the TLo treatment.  I loved the tiered pants but the top looked like some serious disaster area.

      • Anonymous

        I thought the collar really kind of sold it myself, it helped push the jacket just enough into the costume realm that it made sense on a stilt walker but not so much that it couldn’t be translated to ready-to-wear with minimal re-imagining. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Waddell/10401341 Heather Waddell

          The collar also balanced out the asymmetrical hem of the coat and made it look deliberate rather than like they forgot to finish one side.

          • Anonymous

            For me, they could have left the collar which did do exactly that, but then maybe toned down the puffy shoulder a hint. There was so much volume right there that it felt a little forced.

            Which is NOT to say that these two shouldn’t have won this in a snap. I have a feeling Kimberly’s gonna last for a long while. She’s really taken a back seat these first couple weeks but also seems more than interesting enough for added camera time. I like to think she’ll get her spot in the lens soon enough.

            • Anonymous

              I’m pretty sure puffy shoulders are my single least favorite design element.

            • Anonymous

              Puffy shoulders/sleeves should be banned by law in  fashion for adults. However, there is so much that’s great about this that I can forgive the puffy shoulder. Just this once, though.

      • Anonymous

        This is the second time I’ve read about a decoy outfit. Where can I see it? Why was it made?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1462762652 Tara Benchina Calise

          The decoy outfit can be seen in Tom and Lorenzo’s first post of this episode (“Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner”). Look at the second picture (http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/08/pr-winner-winner-chicken-dinner.html). The decoy outfit really looks like a clown suit with purple and fuchsia pom-poms. The only interesting thing about the decoy outfit is that it has a different silhouette from the rest of the designs, which I think is somewhat interesting. Of course, it looks much more costume-like, something the judges would hate. I really did not like any of these designs. I hope this season gets better!

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

            I think that the ‘decoy’ was in fact a REAL costume that belongs to Lady Circus and was not made by the aufed designers. No way they could have made that in the time alloted.

            • Anonymous

              Actually, if you look at these pics you will see the decoy outfit on the runway, and also spot Josh C and Rafael sitting with the other designers. As with the decoys at Bryant Park, this was done intentionally so no one would know which designers had already been eliminated at the time the episode was shot. It was edited out because by the time the episode aired viewers already knew who was gone.

            • Anonymous

              I tend to agree, that outfit was clearly the most *circus-y*, quite detailed and over-the-top as far as the contestants *understood* the challenge. It was so different that it quite stood out.

            • Anonymous

              I thought that as well when I saw that pic – it was one of the ‘real’ costumes worn by the troupe – who weren’t identified in any way and that still bugs me big time.

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

            Yeah, they obviously had different instructions (and agenda, they weren’t trying to win or anything). And made it in a different workspace.

            • yuju ti

              My guess is that the decoy was made by Rafael and Joshua.They can’t let the live audience know the contestants who are still in the game.They need extras to sit in the designer’s seats. As PR tradition, losers before the show broadcasting all get to go to Fashion Week, so I assume they let the losers from previous 2 challenges play with them. 

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree about the collar and the jacket.  I know the judges kept gushing over the pants, and while I agree they were amazing, what sold the look for me was that jacket, which was just brilliant.

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

          Exxxactly. It was strange (well, so what else is new?) that the judges comments were edited to *only* include remarks on the pants which left Becky just standing there. The jacket, the colors… this really should have been the winner.

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t get the criticism of the collar either. It made perfect sense and balanced out the proportions of the jacket.
        I have been waiting for this post from TLo because I also thought that this was the best outfit and should have won. It was awesome how the model’s tattoo became part of the design. 

    • Anonymous

      Which one’s Becky again? Totally agree that this should have won.

      • Anonymous

        Becky has short, dyed hair and eyeglasses.

    • Anonymous

      Totally should have won.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

      I’ve been saying it since the beginning–they were robbed.

      • Anonymous

        me too

      • Anonymous

        Moi aussi.

    • scottyf

      Why the hell didn’t Fallene go to one of these two? Talk about knowing how to work with the grain of fabric?!  Even more impressive knowing they only had a day.

      • http://www.katymcdermott.com KatyMightHave

        Couldn’t agree more – absolutely astonishing that they pulled this off in ONE DAY! 

        Also, I love seeing your profile statements each week. I’m still for Bert too, but he’d better wow us next week…

        • MilaXX

          I don’t need to be wow’d. Just not acting like a jerk would be enough for me.

        • Anonymous

          Isn’t it Bert Keester?  See, being an old fart I crack up at his name (and I have a funny last name which is how I justify it to myself) and think of my dad saying “Get your keester over here, young lady!”

    • Nicole Moran

      I really liked this one, if only for the fact that it was the only one that looked at all proportionate on the runway.  I was about to say it wasn’t my favorite, but I just realized I wouldn’t have picked any of the other designs over it, so I guess it WAS my favorite after all. 

    • Anonymous

      I was impressed with the ability of these tow to just get down to business and do the job at hand.  “divide and conquer” as Becky said about their approach.  My only quibble is a small one.  I’m not nuts about the puffed cap on the jacket sleeve, otherwise it was rockin’ top to bottom.  I disagree about Becky showing some crazy soon. She seems no nonsense and pretty grounded. But I’m totally prepared to be wrong.

      • Anonymous

        I keep expecting Becky to be a little wacked, but so far she has proven me wrong.  I like her and I like to cheer for a hometown girl.

        • Anonymous

          She’s definitely got here quirks, but over all she seems pretty cool to me.  And I am always gonna be in favor of the left of center types anyhow.  Middle of the road designers bore me.

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

        Kimberley and Becky simply brought it last week. They assessed each other’s strengths and divvied up the work accordingly. 
        To cite the Duchess, we can look at this woman, know who she is, and where she’s going.

        These two were robbed, but that’s hardly new on PR. 
        bitchybitchybitchy

        • Anonymous

          I’ve gotten used to the fact that the judging is very far from consistent, clear or fair.  This was a bad challenge and vaguely defined for the contestants.  Then when some of them did in fact “go big” as they were asked to they got slammed.

          Robbed?  no doubt in my mind at all.

      • Anonymous

        I thought the puffed shoulder was primarily there to help subtly elongate her torso and arm, so as to make the stiltwalker proportions less completely insane. It helped to balance out the hemline–along with the collar, yes, but I think if it had been just the collar and hem, they would have looked less like successful design and more like a couple extra triangles that got slapped on to “make it different.” The jacket would have been less effective in terms of elongating her.

        On a side note, I loved that they put that cuff bracelet on her other arm; it called back to the cuff on the sleeve and gave her some more symmetry without looking stupid (you just know somebody on this show would have actually made her a second cuff out of fabric, or something equally awful).

      • http://profiles.google.com/curlykew Heidi Hellstrom

        I’m with you on Becky. Either blind or just not seeing the cray-cray there. Well, besides the crazy we all cart around now and again. She’s been a favorite, personality wise, from the promotional vids on.

    • http://twitter.com/TorrinPaige Heather Eberly

      When this walked out, I was positive that I was looking at the winner and just tried to determine who might be in the top as well. Color me surprised when the Fauicci got the win. I think the embellishment on the bottom of the pants is what really sealed the deal for me while watching. After getting to see the screen caps? It’s gotta be the fact that Becky actually lined up her pinstripes in that jacket…and did it beautifully! (I also like the collar!) 

      • Anonymous

        And Becky seems to have worked the fabric on the bias and created a zig zag pattern with the stripes across the jacket body.  AWESOME.

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

      It’s a great blend of Street and Circus. Scaled down it could really be wearable.

    • Anonymous

      ditto ditto ditto!!

    • Anonymous

      I mostly agree with everything you say, and yet….She looks like she would be right at home in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band–which is not necessarily a bad thing. And her hair looks like it is erupting in flames; it makes me nervous. I guess I hated this challenge so much, all the outfits look pretty ghastly to me; though looking at this entry in close-up, this one was perhaps the best of the lot.

    • Anonymous

      Should have win for sure. It has a little “star trek” element in the design but it works because the model looks like a kin of Spock’s. Nice tat.

    • shorty j

      I *LOVE* this. I also love that they clearly paired two people who can’t stand each other but instead of bitching and drama, we got this.

      No joke, I would wear this outfit (shortened to my laughably stubby inseam). Especially those friggin pants.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think they couldn’t stand each other, I just don’t think they had been drawn to each other in instant friendship. Remember, this is only about 4-5 days into them being in the competition, although we’ve had 3 weeks of them. It’s like when you are in a group, you instantly gravitate towards certain people and just don’t really notice others because there are so many of them. They knew of each other, but didn’t really think much of each other because they weren’t similar in style. They did put aside their differences and work together, and I thought it was a prime example to future contestants how to handle that! :)

        I so agree with you about wearing that outfit, I think every woman would. I loved it too!

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

      They were robbed. For all the reasons you said. I don’t see the crazy from Becky you’re talking about. It would probably work in her favor if she worked up some crazy to get noticed.

    • Anonymous

      It was ok, I didn’t really think it was the winner. I don’t really get everyone gushing over the sewing either – it’s alright but nothing hard at all, and it’s not perfect. Becky didn’t match the stripes very well on the front panels. I can’t quite tell what the pant fabric is because it looks different in every picture but from what I can tell, if I had to sew 14 foot inseams and side seams I’d MUCH rather do it out of this than chiffon. Not that it being an easier fabric takes away from the design at all, this just feels a little dated, Hot Topic tween to me. The style was good, but that’s because it was already the model’s style. And the collar is stupid. At the very least it should have been self-faced, instead of using that barfy mismatched yellow-green that they almost made the sleeve out of. (Good lord, at least they had the sense to edit that.)
      I liked the proportion on the pant and some of the decisions they made that you pointed out, like the elongated side of the jacket and the studs on the bottom of the pant. Just overall…eh. It’s not really fashion OR costume, it just…is. Def top 3 from this episode, but probably not top 3 had there been decent competition. I like them both well enough though, and am curious as to what they will produce…separately.

      • Anonymous

        I have to gently disagree about the (mis)matching of the stripes on the jacket. The overall effect of the chevrons is quite stunning. There is no way that anyone could have made each and every stripe match up because the fabric design won’t allow it, when there is a bit of bias which I see here, and the cuts had to be a bit angular rather than absolutely vertical in order for some shaping to take effect. I think a lot of thought went into how the stripes would work together and the fabric was cut to the best advantage to create this look.

    • Anonymous

      I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said. I really liked this outfit–it had the proportions correct, it had great construction and details. I didn’t think about the fact that it looked like clothing this woman would wear, but that is a great point. And Becky and Kimberley worked well together and got the job done, playing to their strengths. They should have won this challenge. 

    • Anonymous

      Thought this was the clear winner as well.  The judges can be snobs and I think they were reluctant to give praise here because they are biased by earlier looks.  Becky seems one challenge away from sending a disaster down the runway and I suspect we will hear the words “taste level” thrown at Kimberly soon.  Too bad. 

    • Anonymous

      I preferred the red knockoff at the time but the more I’ve looked at the outfits after the show, the more I’ve appreciated this one and felt it should have won.  And while the judges raved (deservedly) about the pants Kimberly executed I think the jacket and styling are equally praiseworthy.

    • Anonymous

      Hey thanks for the recap, and pointing out all the many things I would have missed on my own!

    • Anonymous

      Since this was the only outfit I could stand to look at for more than three seconds, and because this stilt walker looked fantastic as she lurched down the runway, I was absolutely sure it would win. Beyond a doubt. Without question. In the bag. And that was before I knew that those stripes down the sides of the pants were zippers!  SO impressed with the tailoring on those pants!  Loved the cut of the jacket. Loved the fabric choices. Loved the way the gold studs on the pants broke up that loooooong stretch of fabric.

      It should have won. Period. So why didn’t it?
      1. Producer manipulation?
      2. Judges blinded by illusion netting, poufy sleeves, and a top that looked like the top of an Alpine dirndl outfit?  I.e., judges on crack?
      3. The insidious influence, by her presence alone, of taste-free cartoon Kim Kartrashian?

      There’s only one real answer in there, folks.  And it’s number one.  BM will destroy this show, if they haven’t already.

      • Anonymous

        I’d add 1 1/2.  Nina, still harboring a bit of a snit about the Mondo/Gretchen backlash, is more inclinded than usual to take down any garmet that can, in some way or form, be perceived as “costumey” or not to her individual taste.

      • Anonymous

        “…taste-free cartoon Kim Kartrashian” *snort*  Word!

    • Anonymous

      agree with everything!! Esp. the part about Becky’s crazy coming out soon…..

    • Anonymous

      The elongation of the jacket - I agree.  How much better is that than the red bullfighter jacket!  The collar line extends the line of the cut below the woman’s tattoo.  I liked this the moment it came out and it really looks like one of those fashion sketches – with the elongated legs that are so often sketched in.  Wonderful.

      • Anonymous

        OMFG that bolero jacket was the dumbest idea, period. Why, oh why, when you’re given a challenge all about the difficulties of weirdly elongated legs and the effect that has on proportion, would you make a top that actually moves her waist upward? I agreed with a lot of the positives TLo mentioned about that outfit yesterday, but when it came out on my screen all I could do was stare at her crazy, crazy proportions and ask why anyone would do that.

        And the worst part was that if they’d made something that looked like a bolero but made the waist longer than normal for a bolero, it might have given the illusion that her whole torso was longer. It could have, maybe, possibly, actually helped. But no.

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

      I really loved this outfit and was shocked it didn’t win. The red was pretty and breezy, but this one had presence and style and art to it. I even loved the much-maligned Star Trek collar.

      Oh, PR Judges, why must you Judge!Fail so often?

    • Anonymous

      The pants are awesome, but the jacket looks like she took the 80′s dress and cut the hem and one sleeve off. I fail to see brilliance in tailoring of the jacket, and it’s not made well – all wrinkly, messy look. But it did looked better then the rest of the looks.

      • Anonymous

        Looks to me like most of the issues about the jacket are related to its being unlined.  If there had been time for internal structure to happen the final shape would have smoothed out. Plus it looks like the fabric was worked on the bias and they didn’t have time to let the fabric relax.  At least, that’s how it looks to my eye.

    • Joe J

      Love this – this is the only look this week that looks fanastic in motion and in pictures.  The first photo of the outfit above actually looks like a shot from a magazine, and this is the only model whose outfit actually makes her looks like she has a torso, instead of going directly from boobs to upper legs.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s a fantastic outfit and if I were the model I would be insisting on taking it home. I can’t believe it didn’t win. And the collar was great; it fit so well.

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

      I know this is off topic, but there’s a sale at fabric.com, and Jay McCarroll’s Germania line is included for 3.95/yd. Really cute. http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=59da6d75-063a-4d3e-8d76-fef1257491c0

    • Anonymous

      It’s beautifully constructed and suits the model very well.  The only problem I have with it is that it looks a little Prince and the Revolution.  It seems kind of dated.  

      • Anonymous

        If we’re gonna see an 80′s style revival I’d rather see Prince and the Rev than 9 to 5.

      • Anonymous

        If we’re gonna see an 80′s style revival I’d rather see Prince and the Rev than 9 to 5.

    • http://pleasewelcomeyourjudges.com/ Brian @ PWYJudges

      I think the collar looks best in that final screencap when it’s up instead of folded over. The jacket reminded me a lot of Seth Aaron’s aesthetic!

    • Anonymous

      As the Duchess would say, “you can tell they really thought about it.” I love the whole look, but the details are what make the outfit fabulous. Love the buttons, studs asymmetry and overall color story. I really wish they’d won, but have the feeling we’ll get to see more great looks from these gals in future challenges.

    • Anonymous

      Mmm, I’m not getting a crazy vibe off Becky at all, and I think she’s done some fairly solid work so far.  We’ll see…

      • Anonymous

        Me neither. But maybe it’s the ‘staring’ thing that has folks wondering about her.

        • Anonymous

          I’ll give her the benefit of a doubt and figure she’s so deeply thoughtful about her design that she’s oblivious to the shenanigans around her.  Hey, it could happen!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-Waddell/10401341 Heather Waddell

      Can we also give them some credit for having an outfit that looked awesome even though their model was staggering along on borrowed stilts? In some of those other outfits that girl would have fallen right over. I think that the model (while totally gorgeous, a great inspiration, and a total trooper) kinda killed it for them. The fact that she couldn’t walk gracefully made the outfit look sloppier than it actually was.

      • Anonymous

        I forgot that this was the one with borrowed stilt (sounds like a “Friends” episode title). I was terrified watching her lurch around like a baby learning to walk or a drunk (ever watched a baby learn to walk? Eerily similar to a drunk…)

    • Anonymous

      Finally, a team that got the proportions right.  Now that I can see all of the details, I’m really disappointed this didn’t win.

    • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

      Yes, yes, and yes!  It was a wonderful look, and I personally loved the collar pop on one side (that most people and some judges derided).  And Becky’s simple “divide and conquer” was a great way to handle a team challenge; work smarter, not harder, people! 

      I actually thought Becky would be MORE crazy based on her personal style, but not so much.
      Plus, I think she’s pretty damn hysterical in the individual clips.  I don’t think Kimberley is long for this competition, though.  She doesn’t appear to have much personality, and she seems to be one of those “I don’t know as much as the other people here” people who may be shortly overwhelmed/out of creative ideas.  Just my impressions of her, generally speaking.

    • Anonymous

      I agree and I even liked the pointed collar. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRFZ7GIE6J3PS7ZSZHB37OXFDI Christine Poplau

      I loved this outfit.  It was perfect for this challenge.  Nina was more than high to lambast the collar.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much for pointing this out. While watching this was literally the ONLY look I liked. And I was so sure it was going to win.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRFZ7GIE6J3PS7ZSZHB37OXFDI Christine Poplau
      • Anonymous

        Oh good heavens! That was truly the worst!

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

        Reminded me of Mother Ginger from The Nutcracker.

    • narita_rayna

      my pick for the win, as well. this was the best, most original & cohesive design.  and the craftsmanship was evident.  i wish the editors didnt try to squeeze out some lady drama where it didnt exist.  it’s demeaning to these two clearly talented women.  shoulda won!

    • Anonymous

      I know it’s been said plenty of times by the minionry, but how I wish T & Lo were guest judges on PR.  Would that be fun or what.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t wish that.  Who would provide snarky commentary the morning after?  I want the boys to maintain their credibility as honest, objective critics, which they would lose if they became judges.

        • Anonymous

          I was thinking that T & Lo would bring some honesty & objectivity TO the judge’s chair(s)…

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

          I’d be willing to accept some sanity in the judges’ chairs & hopefully some juicy backstage gossip in lieu of the snarky morning-after commentary for one episode!

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

      The judges can’t get far enough away from Seth Aaron, is why this didn’t win. It’s the reason they allowed Gretchen to win over Mondo. They had Christian as a winner, LeAnne as a winner, and Seth Aaron as a winner, all of whom had theatrical designs with out-there details, and now they want frumpy clothes that can be purchased at Ann Taylor.

      • Anonymous

        Ann Taylor is too upscale for Gretchen

        • Anonymous

          I’m thinking Coldwater Creek.

          • Anonymous

            I’m almost 60, and I wouldn’t be caught dead in Coldwater Creek.

            Or Gretchen’s designs either.

    • Martha Anderson

      I totally agree!  Not until now, seeing these pictures I see a masterful outfit.  I love the greens, the stripe and the design

      with modification I would wear something like this.  The studding in the pants, not so much but here they weighted the hems so that the tailoring was as crisp as it could be.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

        Same here.  I would want the pants without the bling, because I’m 5’5″ and plus-size.  I don’t need my legs visually shortened.  And I’d want two shoulders on the jacket.  But that’s one sweet outfit.

    • Anonymous

      After just rewatching the judges commenting on this outfit, I can’t understand why they weren’t in the top three, let alone win. Nina said she was very impressed, MK says it is the right girl in the right look and complimented the sewing. The only negative comment was from Nina who didn’t like the collar. But even she said it was one of her favorite looks. 

      Looks like more BMs from BM. 

      • Anonymous

        But they were in the top three. It was the “dream team” of strangely accented Olivier and Anya who cruised through the middle.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry, my mistake. 

    • Anonymous

      agree! they rocked it!

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

      Loved this one on TV and even more in your screenshots. I didn’t understand the judges’ praise for real-world outfits for stiltwalkers instead of a bit of costumery. Why not just give the designers the button bag and ask them to tailor real-life outfits for them?: business casual for stiltwalker, mother-of-the-bride dress for stiltwalker, funeralwear for stiltwalker, first date dress for stiltwalker, etc.

    • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

      Agree with everything. This was the best look and was actually a decent effort and covered the bases of a vague challenge.

      I think they were done in by the ghost of Seth Aaron…he did that Tim Burton, edgy thing so well and I think the judges are hesitant to endorse anything approaching his aesthetic because: 1. what was deemed cutting a year ago cannot be cutting edge today; 2. They don’t want the show to seem to favor one type of aesthetic cinsistently…it has to seem like anyone with vision, skill, and confidence could win.

      So, they want to mix up rewarding sleek and chic, playful, edgy, minimalist, glam, etc.

    • http://profiles.google.com/edwarddc Edward Brede

      I totally agree.   Reminded me of a costume from Wicked.  I mean that as a compliment.

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

      Thanks for this analysis. As you guys have gone through the week, I have found myself also coming back to this one as the best, but your arguments make it even better.

    • Anonymous

      I absolutely agree.  I thought this was beautiful.  I wouldn’t wear it myself, but I could see actual people wearing pieces like these.  This was the only outfit that made the top and bottom seem to be in proportion.  Usually I would not like the bling at the bottom of the pants, but here it ties the two pieces together and helps the pants to be interesting instead of just long. I like the colors, the fabrics, everything about it.

    • Anonymous

      I screeched when this didn’t win.  Ditto everything TLo said, and I ADORE the jacket.  

      I hope we don’t lose Becky early, because at least her ‘crazy’ looks like it’s going to be interesting.  

    • Anonymous

      Any way you look at it, this should have won. It was so clear to us in this living room that it was the winning look…so of course we knew there was no way it would win. I don’t agree with those who have stated that cracktastic judging is good for viewership. I know several friends who stopped watching out of frustration…and I’m getting there. My enthusiasm for the show definitely never recovered after Gretchen, but I’m hanging in there because I love the work they are pulling off–and the challenges have been terrific this year. 

      • Anonymous

        Even though I am still watching the show, two of my daughter’s stopped, and my son will only look at the pictures on the website.  They will watch other design shows, but they refuse to return to PR.

    • Anonymous

      Looking at this more carefully, I would say that I like it.  I also thought it should win, but only because it was the least ugly entry.  But I see what you mean about actually designing for the woman and not simply for a pair of stilts.  It was very smart of them to design the jacket to show off her tat, and her styling is spot on too.  I also recall that she was the only model who really tried to strut down the runway, even though the stilts made that very difficult.  Yes, this really should have been the winning look this week, nobody else came close to actually designing a high fashion look for a woman on stilts.

    • Anonymous

      I think the colors of the jacket are ugly.  Everything else is pretty brilliant.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t love that green on the collar and cuff but  yes indeedy this should have won.

    • Erika Shor

      Oh my God! I thought this should have won, too!!! It was by far the best outfit, for all the reasons you listed. I think it didn’t win because the judges are just not as enamored of Kimberly or Becky at this point as they are of what’s his face (the guy who was on the winning team). Sad, so sad.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad TLo are with me against the judges on that collar.  I feel validated.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed 100%. I loved that collar, which got some flack from both Kimberly and the judges. The collar, elongating the upper body, made the stilts just a tad less freakish. 

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

      This absolutely should have won. In addition to all TLo said about the design, the way the studs at the bottom were spread out was another masterful way of shortening the leg length. They could have just bunched up the studs much more closely but they didn’t. The designers were super thoughtful about this look on a stiltwalker. 

      Also, this can be easily scaled down to a normally-proportioned look. You can really see it that it could be worn by normal people. Just fabulous.

      And if this was the winning look, both would have to get the win. There is no way, at least according to the footage presented to us in the episode, that one designer did way more than the other to justify a single person winning.

    • Judy_J

      I thought this should have won, too.  The tailoring was flawless, and the entire design was well-thought out and really looked like clothing a regular person would wear, not just something designed for a stiltwalker.  Kimberley and Becky wuz robbed!

    • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

      I don’t understand what the judge’s problem with that collar was, I think it would have looked unfinished without it.  I totally agree that they got robbed. That other outfit didn’t have near the proportion or the interest of this.

    • Anonymous

      This one was my favorite.  Sort of like steampunk on stilts.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree. This was my pick for the win. I love your point that the designers took the woman wearing the clothing into account and used her as the starting point. I hadn’t really thought about that, aside from them incorporating the tattoo. I cannot believe that the Attack of the 50-foot ’80s Secretary was in the top alongside this one.

      Unlike Team Passive Agressive (I call them Team Pissy Pants), these two showed that each designer can take half the outfit and it can still work beautifully.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree. This was my pick for the win. I love your point that the designers took the woman wearing the clothing into account and used her as the starting point. I hadn’t really thought about that, aside from them incorporating the tattoo. I cannot believe that the Attack of the 50-foot ’80s Secretary was in the top alongside this one.

      Unlike Team Passive Agressive (I call them Team Pissy Pants), these two showed that each designer can take half the outfit and it can still work beautifully.

    • Anonymous

      I called Kimberley Michelle in another post, but in that I pointed out that I’m really digging her vibe (even that aquarium tank top she made last week) and hope she goes far.  She was spot on about the judges’ reaction to the collar.  However, regardless of that small critique by the judges, this outfit was clearly the winner.  Maybe the judges want to keep Anthony as always second place, maybe Kim Krazy pushed to have the other win, maybe the judges WERE insane (or all three!).

      • Anonymous

        Kimberley’s structured piece also stood out to me last week – on the runway I really didn’t notice the exploding boob that everyone commented on (I think it kind of passed by fast and looked like it was meant to be somehow different there) but in the still photos it was of course impossible to miss. But yeah. For my money she’s the sleeper right now.

    • muzan-e

      If those pants were cut down to size, I would buy them right this instant. That colour. That cut. That piece-work at the bottom. And if the jacket had two sleeves, I’d buy that too. Impeccable tailoring, gorgeous styling, and it’s resonant with the very military aesthetic that everyone was attempting last year – except that in this case, they’ve made it work.

      Love these girls. Love.

    • Anonymous

      This was my favorite by far, and it was the only one that didn’t just treat the model as if she just had freakishly long legs. It re-proportioned things, and gave a good torso:legs balance. This pleased the OCD bit of my brain very nicely. Incorporating the tattoo– *swoons*.

      And WTF? If it wasn’t supposed to be slightly costume-y, then why use models on freaking STILTS???

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Petrison/1022054303 David Petrison

      What I liked most about this was that they absolutely tackled the “short arms, long legs” proportion issue head on in every way they could.  The asymmetry of the top (both the arms and the hem) brought a lot of interest up there and pulled the eye upwards.  They used a pattern for the top and a solid for the pants, which again brought the eye up.  Last but not least, they put the bell bottom onto the pants, which gave an optical illusion to the look, that you were simply looking at a normal woman from the ground with a wide-angle lens.  I loved it.  It felt totally natural and believable.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EU3OXRQFQHO3XIWFZRFPIHC3Z4 tom926

        Thank you. I actually think if they had presented this differently, it would have been a far more successful show. If they had said This is a challenge about proportion, then I suspect the designers could have avoided some of the more ghastly mistakes made (like, for example, giving a model on stilts a high waist, even though I love the matador-inspired pants). I have never watched PR before–I read all of TLo’s comments on the previous season and yes, laddies, you inspired me to watch this season. From what I gather, a show that had originally been about design has devolved into a dramabitchfest. Now I’m as bitter as the next kitten and love a good clawfight as much as the rest, but a show about design that actually features, you know, actual design challenges is a nifty idea, doncha think?

        Frankly, given that the writers seem to be scraping the bottom of their Idea Barrel, why don’t they offer a contest to the viewers: devise a design challenge. The winner can be sent to New York for the days the shows are taping and can watch their idea come to life. Given the sagacity of the people on here, I’m sure you all could come up with a veritable season’s worth of fresh ideas.

    • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

      Nice matching on the stripes, too.   I loved this one and didn’t believe that it wasn’t the winner.

    • MilaXX

      This was my choice for the win. I loved the bling on the bttom of the pants & I thought it brill when they said they wanted to showcase her tattoo. I’ve like Kimberly since her audition tape. I hope she makes it to the finals.

    • Anonymous

      The pants rock.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503207153 Franziska Felbermair

      Thats Lisbeth Sallander rocking those stilts!

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t see the detail on the side of the pants until I saw these photos, and they really help the design. I didn’t think I liked the “bling” at the bottom, but now that I see it again, I agree that it helped to break up the long look. These girls weren’t sure about each other going in, but they really worked well together. Bravo!

      • Anonymous

        PS- I also like that while it could cross over into costume, it’s really just amped up ready-to-wear. This could convert into something wearable very easily.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll join the chorus in proclaiming this the true winner.  It was so far ahead of everything else on the runway, for all the reasons TLo outlined.    But Kimberley and the judges were wrong about the collar.  It provided needed balance .  I do think this was very much a costume, however.  It looks like something a circus ringmaster might wear. 

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

      That’s what I’ve been saying, the proportions, the pant cuff bling. This was miles ahead of anything else on the runway.
      After the Gretchen incident, I decided this would be the ‘make or break’ season for me. And I gotta say, this is very disappointing. Big chance this season will be the last that I watch.

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

      Also…. am I the only one who expected them to throw in a last-minute “twist”? Like, make a scaled-down, RTW version for their regular model. Of course, it would have been redundant with the way things turned out…

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

      They got robbed.

    • Anonymous

      I’m gonna be the pedant who points out that “creamy crack” refers to relaxer, not the shit that goes in a pipe. 

      (and yes, this deserved the win by LIGHTYEARS)

    • Anonymous

      I agree that it should have won because it was the best of the bunch.  I’m not particularly in love with it, but it was better than the rest of what was on the runway.

      Am I the only one who deeply, deeply hated the makeup on this model?

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

      yeah, should have won. It looked like a real outfit.

    • Anonymous

      See, this is why we bitter kittens love you guys, one of many reasons really. You know just how to dissect a look, and explain why it works so much better than I could ever explain it. (And in my mind, several of those words were said emphatically out loud!) I now absofuckinglutely realize these two gals wuz robbed. And what the hell was all the complaining from the judges about the collar? Closeups really show what amazing (I just can’t go w/o putting one empha-sis in, lol) work this is. And I never even saw the bling on the bottom til now, which brings the overall design to a new level (now that’s the way to use a bedazzler) as well as the callback to the jacket.

    • Anonymous

      I think their look may have been sabotaged by the hunched, almost out-of-control lurching of the model during the runway show.  They mentioned she had some problems and was on borrowed stilts (“I’m living on borrowed stilts!”), and it did look like she was about to fall at any moment.  Still, great look for the reasons you mentioned.  I do like Ms. Cheddar Biscuits — jury’s still out on Becky.

    • Anonymous

      I think their look may have been sabotaged by the hunched, almost out-of-control lurching of the model during the runway show.  They mentioned she had some problems and was on borrowed stilts (“I’m living on borrowed stilts!”), and it did look like she was about to fall at any moment.  Still, great look for the reasons you mentioned.  I do like Ms. Cheddar Biscuits — jury’s still out on Becky.

      • Anonymous

        I’m living on borrowed stilts!  True story.

        • Anonymous

          A Lifetime Original Drama.

    • Barbara Bundy

      Am I the only one who hated the buttons on the front? It reminded me of a bad 80s “military-inspired” jacket that you’d get at Express. All I can see are those big, brassy, plasticky-looking things. I will admit that it deserved the win, though. That red Gucci knock-off was poorly made.

    • Barbara Bundy

      Am I the only one who hated the buttons on the front? It reminded me of a bad 80s “military-inspired” jacket that you’d get at Express. All I can see are those big, brassy, plasticky-looking things. I will admit that it deserved the win, though. That red Gucci knock-off was poorly made.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with this look for the win.  Of the 6 presented, this had kick-ass tailoring, quirky design elements, and great use of color.  Put down the crack pipe, judges!

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with this look for the win.  Of the 6 presented, this had kick-ass tailoring, quirky design elements, and great use of color.  Put down the crack pipe, judges!

    • Anonymous

      Couldn’t agree more. This was my winning look and I was slack-jawed when the judges gave this such short shrift. The proportions on this entry are masterful and this model was the only one who looked totally kick-ass on the runway. Really disappointing that the crack heads went for the Audrey Hepburn on the steps in Funny Face/Gucci knockoff. Seriously judges – get off the pipe.

    • http://twitter.com/Snickleboom Snickleboom

      Yeah, I also liked the collar.  Hindsight is 20/20 and all and after having seen it an thought about it, I totally agree this should have won.  I was in love with the way the winning design flowed, but considering the weather and the material…well, duh.  Definitely agree this should have won.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294512334 Terri Griffith

      I thought this outfit was perfect from head to toe! I just didn’t get why this didn’t win & I’m so happy you guys loved it, too!

    • Anonymous

      I think that the model’s horrid walk cost them the win. Why did she borrow some one elses stilts when she was going to be on broadcast television and probably the largest audience she will ever have? The hair and eye make-up are also extremely bad.
      I agree that the garment should have won, but they had bad luck in other areas.
      The two of them are very cute. Did they  plan to wear polka-dots, do you think?

      • Anonymous

        I wondered about the polka dots, too!
         

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

        I think she had a problem with her own stilts — at least I assumed that’s what happened.  I would think stilts would be like sports equipment; you only borrow someone else’s if you have to.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      Agreed.  Even that poufy shoulder and collar worked, to set off the proportions.  I am mystified by the judges’ decision on this challenge.

    • Anonymous

      The three things this had going for it were 1) compliment to the model/performer’s general look, 2) those pants, and 3) tailoring and sewing by both. But the jacket was kinda dreadful on it’s own. I’m not ready to give this one the win but I do like both of these designers.

      I’m still struck by the earlier comment that pointed out that these models were part of a performing troupe, that they weren’t credited for that and that in general the impression seems to be that they were plain old models who could handle stilts. I think the designers should have been asked to take the performers into consideration and their designs given merit to reflect the individual performer. On that score it’s possible that this would have won.

      Bottom line: crappy challenge not handled well by the producers.

    • Robert Sanchez

      I hate it when the judges are inconsistent. In the past, they’ve knocked any designer whose outfit was too close to a knockoff. But suddenly, a Gucci knockoff is great, even if it was well made.

      Reading your critique here has turned my opinion on Kimberely and Becky’s outfit, which I didn’t think all that much of initially, despite it obviously being so well made.

      • Toni Mitt

        Agreed.  I just watched a rerun of Season 5 (I think)–and allthey ever said to Kenley was that her clothes were too referrential.  And here the winner is a bad knock-off.  I looked at the red feather dress photos again–compared to this outfit–the proportions are way off, and while it looks well-made, Team Should-Have -Won had impecable tailoring and a fab design taking that tatoo into account.  They should have won. 

    • Anonymous

      This is the first time I totally agree with you, TLo.
      Loved everything of the outfit from the moment I saw the coat on the dressing form till the runway show.
      The pants got a lot love but my heart went immediately for the one arm coat. I would buy that of the rack on the spot !
      And the girls clearly worked well together, mixing their aesthetics and their respective skills :”Me, I do good pants”, “Me ? Great coats Let’s split up”.
      And I didn’t think either Miss “leaf on the sunset” could produced something so tailored, she won my heart with that one, now I’m on “I don’t remember her name but I love her” team.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      Seriously? I like Becky.  I don’t see that kind of crazy from her, but I could be wrong!  I think it was the collar the judges didn’t like that cost them the win (In the judge’s eye at any rate)

    • Anonymous

      Agreed that these gals were robbed.

      What makes their look so successful is the elongated top with the sloped hem. It keeps your eye moving and distracts you from the crazy proportion of the stilt walker’s legs. The detailing at the bottom of the pants also helped. I honesty believe that they lost because the model walked like a Clydesdale… on stilts.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed that these gals were robbed.

      What makes their look so successful is the elongated top with the sloped hem. It keeps your eye moving and distracts you from the crazy proportion of the stilt walker’s legs. The detailing at the bottom of the pants also helped. I honesty believe that they lost because the model walked like a Clydesdale… on stilts.

    • Rand Ortega

      Total head scratch. 

    • oohsparkley!

      Totally agree this is the winning design.  Although the world does not want or need one-sleeved jackets.  It’s still done well and works as a design and is far and away the best design I saw.

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      I loved this outfit–and the collar! I liked how the collar balanced out opposite pointy hem,  and the gold on the legs was a nice touch. It reminded me (in a good way) of the Apple Bonkers in Yellow Submarine! I would have chosen this as the winner, my only complaint was that the model wearing them did not have a smooth stride, which is surprising since she’s a stilt walker.

      • sonictofu

        I think they mentioned in the episode that she had to use borrowed stilts (no idea why), so her gait was jerkier than normal.

        • Anonymous

          Looked like one stilt was longer than the other by the was she was lurching.

    • Anonymous

      I wish the designers would design with their models in mind more often.  Also, so many more designers that can really sew this year!

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

        I think they responded to the bitching from last season — so much AWFUL construction.

        That’s one thing I’ll give Bunim-Murray: a lot of the things that have produced serious complaint, they’ve responded to and fixed the next season.

    • bethannstamps

      i loved this look, the pants were amazing,especially now that i see all the detail,  the jacket was great, had some interesting points about it. they seemed to work fairly well together despite the differences and opinons each had of the other. it should have won.. are the judges meaner this season?? is Nina running the show?? are they just too buzzed to really look at the work???

    • Anonymous

      When this outfit came out we said “Wow! That’s incredible, that’s the winning look!” We couldn’t believe someone could make something so fabulous out of such an idiotic challenge. Tim Burton-esque and spectacular. The collar is great–the whole look is great. We were staggered that it didn’t win. And now, looking at your shots of the Gucci collection, we’re furious. WTF??? 

      What exactly is the difference, then, between the praise, “On trend!” and the damning “I’ve seen this before?” 

      • Anonymous

        On trend can be anything that is popular in  a given season, from color story: teal and camel, to textile : sheers or velvets, to silhuoette such as wide leg trousers or exagerated shoulder. These “trends” do not happen organically. The designers subscrible to trend forcasting services. They use the information as they see fit. It is not knocking off.

        When  Nina says she has seen something before, she is implying that the designer as has seen it too. As in the designer is knocking off or copying an other designers work. Usually a knock off is a dress that is a copy of a famous dress in cheaper materiial and labor.A lot of the time whien Nina calls a designer out  *I* think she is being a bit unfair , because some very similar  ideas can be thought up independantly. Oddly there was one case were a designer won a challenge with a design that was very similar to a dress that was original to a very famous designer, that the contestant had acually interned for, and the resemblance was never brought up, in fact the design won the challenge.

        • Anonymous

          I think Nina is unfair a lot. While designers obviously should be in the know as to what other designers are doing, they don’t have the same access to this information that Nina does as a fashion editor. 

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

          Well, we don’t know that it was never mentioned — there are a lot of things that are just edited out.  The judging goes on for hours, and we see 10 minutes of it.  Maybe she did mention it and the designer was able to successful answer her criticism.  For instance, on something like that, maybe the designer explained that the original design was part of his or her inspiration, but the differences were _________. 

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

          Well, we don’t know that it was never mentioned — there are a lot of things that are just edited out.  The judging goes on for hours, and we see 10 minutes of it.  Maybe she did mention it and the designer was able to successful answer her criticism.  For instance, on something like that, maybe the designer explained that the original design was part of his or her inspiration, but the differences were _________. 

          • Anonymous

            “For instance, on something like that, maybe the designer explained that the original design was part of his or her inspiration, but the differences were _________. ”

            In my opinion, if a designer could describe the changes they have made to a dress, that was inspired by a dress (designed by their mentor), then that would be a knock off.
            PS Of course this is just supposing “if”.

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

        On trend also means you’ve interpreted a fairly broad trend, like a particular hem length or color, in your own unique way.  It’s sellable, because that’s how fashion is sold: “This season, _____ is really hot”.

        “I’ve seen this before” implies that you’ve just knocked off another designer whether deliberately or not — the interesting parts of your design have all been done before in a single piece or collection.

        • Anonymous

          What I meant was, it’s pretty arbitrary the way they toss around either phrase, and for people who have seen every item in every show and know what’s a rip off and what isn’t, it’s interesting when they become blind to the copying and just announce ‘on trend.’

    • sonictofu

      I’m honestly not in love with the pants, though I agree they’re an impressive feat in a one-day challenge.  The fabric looks cheap, and the seams down the front remind me of the “work-appropriate” pants I used to buy from department stores as a teenager.  But if they can do this in a day, I’d like to see more from these two.

    • Anonymous

      We’ll see about Becky.  I really liked her audition pieces and I think she’s got some technical skills.  Maybe she’ll choke on design…if we ever get to see what they’ll design (with fabric on “normal” models).  I thought theirs “should have” one too!

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

      This was my favorite by far during the runway show, and now that you point out all the additional details, I’m even more annoyed that they didn’t win.  I was also really impressed with how well they worked together considering they have such different aesthetics and had barely spoken to one another before!  Talented AND professional! 

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with you, TLo!!! I can’t understand why this outfit didn’t get more play.

    • Anonymous

      I love this look too. I honestly still can’t get over this whole stupid challenge though. Thinking back it was like a fever dream.
      I can still picture those women lurching around on their stilts and the judges sitting there taking it all so seriously.    WTF

    • Anonymous

      From the (edited) judges comments the main reason this didn’t win was because Nina didn’t like the collar. Which is a pretty piss poor offset to what was the only really original design, with some impressive technical skillz, amongst the top three.

    • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

      I like the asymmetrical collar, myself. It creates a diagonal with the stripes and the longer hem on the other side. I’m also very fond of the attention Becky pays to linings. It’s a luxe detail that often is most appreciated by the person wearing the garment.

    • Lisa

      I KNOW!!!  God, what were they thinking?  This absolutely should have won!

    • Elena

      I don’t know, I just really don’t like this look. Maybe it’s the color?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katie-Heim/708520610 Katie Heim

      Two words: SETH ARRON. This looks just like the stuff that he got the judges all wet in their panties with. 

    • Anonymous

      I wholeheartedly agree with TLo! I thought this should have won – and I was beginning to get a little worried because my opinions have been decidedly in the minority lately.

      This outfit was original and well-made but I was most impressed by the way the length of the jacket worked so well with the long legs. All the other silt-walkers look as though their torsos are short and stubby. The collar I was not so sure about but a) it was designed for a reason – to show off the model’s tattos and b) at least it was interesting.

      Thanks TLo for pointing out all the details that made it even better than I originally thought.

      The winning outfit was deadly dull except for the color and the shoulders, and the shoulders were a gucci rip-off and I hate red.

    • http://profiles.google.com/bethnin Beth Winegarner

      Agree. 

    • Anonymous

      I was totally disappointed this didn’t win. I couldn’t roll my eyes hard enough when Nina was nitpicking the collar.

    • Anonymous

      LOVED LOVED LOVED this outfit as well. Heck, if I saw a scaled down version in a store, or anywhere, that was my size, I’d get it for myself! Love that jacket, with the button studs down the front, and love the jacket fabric. I also didn’t think the collar looked costumey, that might have been my favorite. Nice pants too, love the studs near the hem, and the zipper which I hadn’t noticed before. This was my pick for the win, but I knew it sadly wouldn’t win when I heard the judges talking.

    • http://twitter.com/artfulhome1 Christy Bishop

      Pretty sick of these judges Someone here said that something about the fuzzy line between “on trend” and “I’ve seen this before”. They use both interchangeably, and according to their whim of the moment. The judging is consistent only in its inconsistency.

      I’m LIKING Becky! (And she’s from Portland, which I like too!) Portland people don’t have a lot of crazy, but maybe you fellows are right about her. We’ll see.

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

       Kimberly’s reaction videos kind of bother me. I know people aren’t there to make friends. I know they’re asked nasty questions about each other. But it just seems kind of disrespectful, not in a funny way. But she and the judges agreed about Becky’s collar. Overall, the more the series goes on, the more I like Becky.

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

        ibid, you said it better than i did.

    • Anonymous

      I thought this deserved to win, but I didn’t actually like it (I felt the same way about a lot of Seth Aaron’s work in S7, of which this is greatly reminiscent). It’s well-constructed and well-thought out (the way they took the model into consideration, particularly considering this was a garment for her, that only had to work on her, was a smart approach – or would have been, if the judges hadn’t secretly decided on Ready-to-Wear On Stilts), and it’s perfectly styled for once this season, but just not to my taste.

      Oh, and I’m not frightened of her, nor do I even think we’ll see anything of the sort, but I definitely understand why you think there’s some crazy lurking underneath the surface in Becky. I assume it’s the lingering effects of how she was raised.

    • Anonymous

      The wacko judging is the reason why Mondo didn’t win last year! And that is why I don’t even bother to watch Project Runway now, I just read the cliff notes here – which is FAR MORE entertaining! This should have been the winning design. Not only did it fit the girl stylewise, but it is a more appropriate stylewise for an stilt walker, than a Gucci knock off dress. 

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

      frankly, i have no idea how to evaluate any of these costumes. i can say that they both clearly know how to sew & becky, yes, is infatuated w/ linings & facings. i like both of these two, i do not think becky is crazy & i do think kimberley shouldve been less catty. otoh, yes, it is a reality show so i gather this is emphasized for the audience. i’d rather they didnt encourage, then focus on cattiness but, then again, i am not everyone.

    • Anonymous

      That outfit was ugly as fuck.

    • Anonymous

      I think that the winner may have been determined partly due to the way that the red fabric blew in the wind, giving it more of a”wow factor” than it really deserved.  Since this was a public runway show and the judges always like the designers’ ability to put on a show, the red outfit might have gotten more of a reaction from the crowd and, conversely, the scary lurching on borrowed stilts may have detracted from their presentation.  The garments’ ability to flow in the wind could also have been a factor in the “9 to 5″ – Bride of Frankenstein outfit’s popularity with the judges.

    • Anonymous

      In addition to showcasing the tattoo, they also took into account the logistics of stiltwalking. One of the models remarked that a garment should not be tight where feet attach to stilts. Kimberly inserted a kick pleat at exactly this point, which allowed the top of the pants to remain fitted while providing sufficient room for movement on the bottom. As for the jacket, kudos to Becky for impeccably tailoring striped fabric under a tight deadline. Although I didn’t like anything that walked the runway last week, I admired Kimberly and Becky’s solutions to the task’s design challenges. I did find it interesting that the Duchess referred to the pair as great “tailors,” but perhaps I’m remembering Santino’s description of Chloe as a pattenmaker rather than a designer and consequently reading a backhanded compliment where Mr. Kors intended only praise.

      To continue the disucssion of the largely atrocious styling this episode featured (present look excepted): I grow particularly angry when hair and makeup professionals fail “everyday” women (and yes, I acknowledge that the ladies’ muscle tone and performance experience don’t constitute the most “everyday” background). The designers often struggle when presented with anything but size 0-2 models, but why should stylists and makeup artists have the same problem? Do “average” hair and faces not inspire them?

      My two cents on the disappointing challenge: I teach. If half the class didn’t produce the expected work, I’d blame my instructions and alter my grading. But I’m not smoking sweet, creamy PR writers’/judges’ crack.

      • Anonymous

        I admired Kimberly and Becky’s solutions to the task’s design challenges.

        Which, of course, ought always to be the criterion, but, sadly, rarely is.

    • vmcdanie

      I had kind of forgotten about this look but now that I see the screen caps, these two were robbed. This is maybe the only outfit that if you reduced the proportions, it would otherwise be wearable (although, I’m still pulling for the pants from that bolero outfit.)  I’m still pissed over the winning outfit now that I’ve seen your side-by-side feathery shoulder runway screen caps. The judges cream themselves far too much over what is happening in fashion now. Isn’t this the search for the NEXT big fashion designer?

      The flap thing was not Star Treky, to me. 

      Also, sweet creamy crack. I heart you guys.

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

      Yeah, this should have been the winning look.

    • fragileindustries

      Ah, TLo, I love you boys.  You said it for me but better.  Exactly.  Ditto.  Yes.  *craven minion bow, forehead touches ground*

      Sweet creamy crack.  They wuz robbed.  I want to see their Emerald City collection!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

      If it were a normal jacket for a normal-size outfit, I’d agree with you, but remember the scale of the thing.  I think the buttons work here, but for an RTW version, they should be more low-key, less blingy. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

      …except that the Gucci looks that Laura/AR copied (possibly accidentally) were shown at Paris Fashion week and were probably all over the fashion press.  The designers must read “Vogue,” “Marie Claire,” “WWD,” et al.