PR: The Colorful Middle

Posted on August 22, 2011

What does it say about this weeks challenge that some of the most interesting entries were stuck in the middle? Granted, “interesting” doesn’t necessarily mean “good.”

This is almost certainly going to bite us in the ass down the line, but for now we’re willing to admit that we kind of dig Blenley here. She’s both more talented and less bitchy than we originally assumed. All of this could change once they’re down to 6 designers and less than 4 hours of sleep a night (assuming she makes it that long), but for now, she seems like fun.

One thing’s for sure:


Her dress was hilarious.


We don’t like this look at all. In fact, it could reasonably be considered a disaster. The thing is, she did some interesting things from a design perspective and we suspect that’s what saved her from ending up in the bottom.

Her first mistake was choosing that fabric; a horrific shade of shiny green that’s at least 2 decades out of style. We don’t know what the hell she was thinking.

To her credit, she seemed to realize the bad choice and made a decision that basically came down to “I’m going to design the SHIT out of this thing to cover up the poor fabric choice.”

And so, every single design element she could pull out of her trick bag was flung at the dress form.

The result was more interesting than it had a right to be, even if it was still a pretty bad design. But we look at the final result and see someone who can sew like gangbusters, course-correct, and has a lot of techniques and ideas at her disposal. It’s a bad dress, but it’s the kind of bad dress the judges like to see, if that makes any sense.

Clinique Counter’s easy to make fun of because he’s a camera whore and … well, just look at him. He looks like Gay Astro Boy. But even bitches like us have to admit…


He’s definitely got something.


You don’t have to be mindreaders to understand the thinking of the judges here: A great dress that’s totally unsuited for Nina. Clear middle-of-the-road entry.

Although it does raise questions as to whether he can design for a specific type of client or if he can only whip out these youthful looks.

And we would be remiss if we didn’t point out the rather obvious inspiration for his color choices.


But the back of this dress looks pretty amazing.


And the front is pretty fun and bold.


And we like the neckline and sleeves.

It’s kind of a shame this didn’t get more love from the judges, because it really is a great design on its own. But he was kidding himself if he saw Nina wearing this. Silhouette-wise, this is fine, but Nina doesn’t normally do bold graphics like this and we suspect the cut of this dress is unforgiving on anyone who’s not a model.

The problem with a lot of these uber-gay “fierce” designers is that they have a hard time seeing the woman in the clothes. Of the many Verrei who have appeared on the show, it’s only the original, Nick Verreos, who had that understanding. Even Christian Siriano, for all his design talent, rarely demonstrates any understanding of a woman’s body or how she wants to dress it. It’s almost always about the visual and not about the person.

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

      I liked this last one from Clinique but that collar and the sleeve edges are really sloppy. Hadn’t noticed the color inspiration but now it’s obvious!

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

        I’m fine with taking his color choice from what she had on  When I think of Nina, I think of neutrals, and if Josh wanted to do color, that was a good way of figuring out what to go with. 

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

          well that top DID look fabulous on her….

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

          well that top DID look fabulous on her….

          • Anonymous

            Hey Laura, you seem to be the one to help me understand that top in Nina, I thought it was just horrible.  I don’t understand what I am missing.  The heaviness of the fretwork fabric completely obliterated her figure making her just a gray and black blob with glitter thrown on and I think my Grandmother had blouses with sleeves like that.  I don’t get it, what am I not seeing?

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

      I liked this last one from Clinique but that collar and the sleeve edges are really sloppy. Hadn’t noticed the color inspiration but now it’s obvious!

    • Anonymous

      Blenley’s really was all kinds of awful, from the shiny green and the sleeve stirrups to the see-through striping. It all screams “Not Nina!” 

      Josh’s reminded me of a waitress uniform at a futuristic Howard Johnson’s. If he’d done different colors, it would have worked better.

      • Anonymous

        It screams “Reworked bridesmaid dress.” 

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

          Or 1980s “hip” mother of the bride formal suit.

        • Anonymous

          When will these people ever learn that when the solid color shiny fabric calls out to you at Mood, you need to resist!!  It NEVER turns out well!

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

        Exaaaaactly!!

      • Anonymous

        You are spot on.

    • Anonymous

      Blenley’s really was all kinds of awful, from the shiny green and the sleeve stirrups to the see-through striping. It all screams “Not Nina!” 

      Josh’s reminded me of a waitress uniform at a futuristic Howard Johnson’s. If he’d done different colors, it would have worked better.

    • Anonymous

      Is it strange that I actually kind of like Blenley’s dress? I mean, if you change the fabric, I think it could be a cute dress. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589131702 Jenna Gordon

         i agree with you. the fabric was god awful but could have been worse. i’m not so crazy about the top but i’m in love with the skirt. can you imagine if it was floor length?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1589131702 Jenna Gordon

         i agree with you. the fabric was god awful but could have been worse. i’m not so crazy about the top but i’m in love with the skirt. can you imagine if it was floor length?

    • Anonymous

      Is it strange that I actually kind of like Blenley’s dress? I mean, if you change the fabric, I think it could be a cute dress. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

      josh’s was my favorite of the night, but i love grey and orange together, and a bold graphic. i also like blenley more than i feel i should. i thought i’d hate her from the beginning, but i think maybe she’s trying a bit too hard for the cameras. she’s not bothering me at all. so far…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

      josh’s was my favorite of the night, but i love grey and orange together, and a bold graphic. i also like blenley more than i feel i should. i thought i’d hate her from the beginning, but i think maybe she’s trying a bit too hard for the cameras. she’s not bothering me at all. so far…

    • Scott Hester-Johnson

      OMG, you boys are so off base on Clinique Counter; that thing looks like a cleaner’s smock or a tea lady’s uniform. Or Thunderbirds.

      Horrible.

    • Scott Hester-Johnson

      OMG, you boys are so off base on Clinique Counter; that thing looks like a cleaner’s smock or a tea lady’s uniform. Or Thunderbirds.

      Horrible.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

        I agree, it looks like a futuristic pinafore.  Judy Jetson’s maid, maybe?  Rainwood1′s description as “waitress at a futuristic HoJo” was spot-on. 

    • Anonymous

      Joan Collins, meet Judy Jetson.

    • Anonymous

      That second dress is gorgeous! Would kill to have it in my closet.

    • Anonymous

      I absolutely loved Clinique’s outfit, it was definitely my favourite look even though it was completely wrong for the challenge. I think it should’ve been in the top instead of Anya’s outfit, as that was equally unsuited for Nina and, in my opinion, less fetching and less well-made.

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad you point this out for both of them

      The big thing is both of these dresses would work so much better for Heidi. My roomie and I were screaming that out as both of these came down the runway.

      I hate to admit I am also likley Blenley. There clealry is a self-awareness about the image she projects and she counters it with a genuinely warm side

      As far as Josh, this is so completely wrong for Nina. It might have worked if the front of the dress was blocked differently. The back is gorgeous

      Now we have a new word “verreii”. I love that. And you are so right. Nick gets dressing a woman. The Nick wannabees lack the maturity that tempers the fierceness. I think it might have something to do with the original Verreos being a fashion school teacher

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t hate Blinley’s (why are we calling her that, and what is her really name?) as much as most posters. It has a strong shoulder/sleeve and a nice neckline for showing off statement jewelry, two things that Nina likes. The surplus closure looks unfinished and the bottom of the”v” looks pinned or something. It is also too short. And only suitable for evening.

      Clinique had a very strong showing. I laughed a little when he ask Nina if she wears “bras”, no just one.  Anyway if this dress had been longer, like just above the knee , it would have been so much more sophisticated. I wonder if he was steamed that he wasn’t in the top three and maybe regreted the advise he gave. Because even as a shorty, this dress is better than either Viktors or Anya’s  in my opinion.

      • Anonymous

        Blenley = Blonde Kenley. TLo gave her this nickname early on and it stuck.

        • Anonymous

          Thank Jesus, Mary, and Oprah that she has turned out NOT to be Kenley. One of the most annoying reality contestants ever.

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t think it was TLo who gave her that name – but I thought they opined that she would be perceived as a certain contestant(/contessa?) who would argue with the judges.

        I liked her all along and was kind of annoyed that she got a lot of slams while the desire to completely adore Bert because of a back story and not based on his own actions 

        • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

          Contessa is a PERFECT description for all these contestants!  It has that royalty connection, goes well with the Duchess.

      • MilaXX

        TLo named her that because initially she appeared to be a blonde incarnation of Kenley, hence Blenley.

      • MilaXX

        TLo named her that because initially she appeared to be a blonde incarnation of Kenley, hence Blenley.

      • http://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/ Karenlibrarian

        I had to go back and look it up, I’d forgotten as well.  I am hating her less now than at the beginning.  

    • Anonymous

      Loved Josh’s, but understand it was so NOT Nina. Still, this was one of my favorites. I’m so totally on the McK Train it ain’t funny.

      If Blenley had done hers in a different color (navy? teal?), it would have looked better. But there was nothing around her face and since it would be used for a taxi ad, she should have recognized that.

      • Anonymous

        You’re not alone. I love Josh and I am sooooo glad he put forth such a cute look after a little mis-step.
        If Anya wasn’t the Teacher’s Pet, I bet this would have been in the top, praised, and said well, it’s not Nina, so you’re 2nd runner up or whatever.

    • Anonymous

      How, in the hell was Laura able to fashion a dress out of green christmas ribbon?! Now see that is clever . Yes, clever. To be able to use green christmas ribbon and make a dress.  Do you understand how difficult that is to do?? Do you know the difficulty and time consuming effort it takes, never-mind how hard it is to sew gcr?? That shows mad skills!   She could have gone the easy and expected route and use fabric but Ms. Laura said no, I want to challenge myself and be innovative, I will use green christmas ribbon. Wow! Clever. I don’t want to jump the gun as it were, but I think I can safely say, and I’m sure most if not all would agree, kiddies base on this green christmas ribbon dress, Ms. Laura has won PR Season 9! If, y’all don’t mind, I would like to have the honor of informing her. Thanks. Well, Ms Laura *clearing throat* I think I speak not only for myself, but also for all the wonderful PR posters and… what do you mean this isn’t green christmas ribbon?! Just a god ugly, bright ass green shiny dress, with shit thingy tubes hanging around the models arms and thighs!!   Well, I’ll be damn!  *clears throat* Ms. Laura, WIPE THAT SMUG OFF YOUR FACE AND SIT DOWN BECAUSE THIS SHIT FUGLY! NOT CLEVER! FUGGERS!  FUGALATED, FUGALIOUS, FUG-A-MUTA-FUGLING-FUGLY!!! That’s all right baby girl, I know it was not your intention to shit fug. Just do better next time and don’t do it agin. Oh and luvvvs your heels. Bye-bye.

      • Anonymous

        Nope -  I think I speak not only for myself, but also for all tot speaking for mehe wonderful PR posters ”  n

        • Anonymous

          Joke, sweetie.

      • Anonymous

        Hahahaha!

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for getting the “joke”! I guess my sense of humor is not for everyone, oh well.

          • Anonymous

            I felt you needed some encouragement, because that was hilarious.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

      From the back, Clinique’s dress looks awesome and fierce, but from the front it looks like she’s wearing an apron.

      • Anonymous

        apron as in x-ray protection.

    • Toto Maya

      When I first saw Blenley’s dress, I liked it and thought the silhouette would look goo don Nina. But looking at it again, you’re right, too much crap all over it.

      I cannot STAND Joshua, he annoys the hell out of me… but damnit, I love his designs. This dress was adorable and I want it (maybe not in that color though). Like I said last week, if he just keeps his mouth shuts and washes his face and hair, I’d think he was great.

    • Anonymous

      Both Arthur and I took one look at Clinique’s dress and said “Juniors Department.” It’s waaaay young.

      • Anonymous

        At first I thought this said “Bea Arthur and I took one look at Clinique’s dress and said “Juniors Department.” It’s waaaay young.

        I thought, “how cool is it that you watch the show with Bea Arthur!” Then I thought, “Wait, I thought she died a few years ago.”

        Need more coffee…

        • Anonymous

          Arthur is my son. I have never actually called him Bea. I’ll consider it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      If you swap out the hideous fabric, cut off those arm loops and ditch the bottom sheer panel stripes (considering that looks very 90′s prom dress) then Belenley might have had something. At least something closer to Nina’s world.

      • Anonymous

        What is with those arm loops anyway? I’m afraid if she manages to put her arms up she’ll never get them down. *Envisions Randy in A Christmas after his mother dresses him in 7000 layers of clothing*
        *Also envisions Nina getting her head caught in one of those loops*

    • Anonymous

      I liked Laura’s a lot on the runway.  The green looked true and bright.  Here it looks a little grayish.  But I would agree the shininess may not have been ideal.  but it had a lot of interest and it the sheer stripes are not hitting too high I actually thought this had a chance.

      Ms Clinique (dang now I don’t even remember his real name) – great dress and I could see this on Nina before that toilet/neoprene outfit

    • Anonymous

      Clinique’s dress = space waitress.

    • Anonymous

      When I first saw that green dress come out I laughed out loud. It looks like a joke to me, the color, all those straps and flaps and whatever other ish she’s got going on here. I can’t recall if they even bother to put someone with immunity in the bottom 3 (?) but I this had been there. That’s one of the ugliest dresses I’ve seen in life.

      Clinique’s on the other hand I thought was super cute, but admittedly not for Nina. He bugs the hell out of me as a person, but I like the design sense presented here.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYYAY25W7VS5BYCOCTK62SSUBI tw125

        A couple of weeks ago, Heidi told Bert that he was “so lucky” he had immunity meaning that he most likely scored the lowest so, no, they don’t put people with immunity in the bottom 3.  If you put someone with immunity in the bottom 3 then all you really have is a bottom 2.

      • Anonymous

        I gasped and then laughed out loud too – if ever a dress was the anti-Nina… I wondered if this was an intentional joke, since she had immunity.  

    • Anonymous

      I hate this emerald green, but if the fall preview fashion magazines are anything to go by,  it seems like it’s on trend. Unfortunately. I am NOT a fan of jewel tones. Saturated color, yes; jewel/neon, no. Too many bad 80s flashbacks, maybe.

      • Anonymous

        OMG I know, right? What is it with this horrid return to the 80′s. The 80′s were a truly unfortunate decade fashion wise.  Doesn’t anyone remember jewel toned bright hammer pants of 1988?  This way only leads to tears.

        • Anonymous

          Tears or nausea. I’m with you sister, the 80s do NOT need to be repeated!

        • Anonymous

          Tears for fears.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kate-Gavin/1348043222 Kate Gavin

          I feel that way about 60s and 70s clothes.  Wore them, hated most of them, was horrified to see them make a comeback.  Generational thing I guess.

      • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

        I was gonna say the same thing about that green, but my knowledge comes from design and crafting blogs. That green is on its way back. Ick. Hopefully it doesn’t come with its 80s friend, Burgundy. 

        • Anonymous

          The fact that it was shiny didn’t do it any favors. *shudder*

        • Anonymous

          Burgundy is coming back…..been seeing it in some of the fall lines…..they just don’t call it burgundy anymore.

          However, according to Louis Licari (la la la la la la…as KLG sings)…Burgundy is out as a hair color.

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

            “Burgundy… Please God, tell me I have not inspired something BURGUNDY!” 

            If you don’t know the line, you MUST immediately go find the movie Kinky Boots.  Trust me, you’ll love it.  (And if you don’t, I recommend you seek psychiatric help.)

            • Anonymous

               I love that movie! The line is great, and Chewie’s delivery was absolute perfection!

        • Anonymous

          Oooh…I wore dark green and burgundy together all the time!

        • Anonymous

          I LOVE a true green (like in a green shantung).  I think it looks rich, like a clear emerald. In my case it works with my coloring and the color of my eyes. 

          Still not a fan of burgundy 

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Hmm, I liked the eighties.  Anything to get us out of the ’70s.  Give me my jewel tones!  They look much better on me than muted, muddy tones that have been in since.

    • Anonymous

      I hate this emerald green, but if the fall preview fashion magazines are anything to go by,  it seems like it’s on trend. Unfortunately. I am NOT a fan of jewel tones. Saturated color, yes; jewel/neon, no. Too many bad 80s flashbacks, maybe.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that Clinique’s looks like waitress wear from the front, though the back is kind of interesting. I don’t really love it, but it trumps Anya’s by a longshot. I think Blenley’s dress is almost cute, except for the color and the stirrups and the fact that it is definitely not a day to evening look. Too bad Joanna Priestly Coles did not get a chance to comment on what she would do to Nina if she wore this one to the office.

    • MilaXX

      These both were well made dresses that had nothing to do with Nina whatsoever. Blenley’s, who does seem nicer than she was in the first ep was just a plain ole ugly dress. A well made ugly dress, but hiddy all the same. Clinique counter’s dress was cute but definitely not for anyone over 25.

    • Anonymous

      I, too, am warming to Blenley. At first I thought, “Oh dear. A rich girl who likes to shop and therefore thinks she can design.” This dress is well made and well tailored, even if it is bordering on silly for a design-for-Nina challenge. I wished she had used the other side of the fabric, as a designer did last year when reworking a prom or wedding dress or something. The color is still bad, but a matte version of it might have been better.

      Clinique Counter’s dress is pretty fun. I don’t even mind the overused exposed zipper in this instance.

    • Anonymous

      I, too, am warming to Blenley. At first I thought, “Oh dear. A rich girl who likes to shop and therefore thinks she can design.” This dress is well made and well tailored, even if it is bordering on silly for a design-for-Nina challenge. I wished she had used the other side of the fabric, as a designer did last year when reworking a prom or wedding dress or something. The color is still bad, but a matte version of it might have been better.

      Clinique Counter’s dress is pretty fun. I don’t even mind the overused exposed zipper in this instance.

    • Anonymous

      I, too, am warming to Blenley. At first I thought, “Oh dear. A rich girl who likes to shop and therefore thinks she can design.” This dress is well made and well tailored, even if it is bordering on silly for a design-for-Nina challenge. I wished she had used the other side of the fabric, as a designer did last year when reworking a prom or wedding dress or something. The color is still bad, but a matte version of it might have been better.

      Clinique Counter’s dress is pretty fun. I don’t even mind the overused exposed zipper in this instance.

    • Anonymous

      Boy howdy, I really, really disliked Blenley’s dress. I get why she was in the middle and not the bottom, but there wasn’t one thing I liked about it. On the other hand, I totally loved Clinique’s dress and I’m not much of a color-block fan. I loved the lines and the color combination. And the fact that his question got Nina to admit she doesn’t wear a bra. What’s up with that? I find that so odd.

    • Anonymous

      Boy howdy, I really, really disliked Blenley’s dress. I get why she was in the middle and not the bottom, but there wasn’t one thing I liked about it. On the other hand, I totally loved Clinique’s dress and I’m not much of a color-block fan. I loved the lines and the color combination. And the fact that his question got Nina to admit she doesn’t wear a bra. What’s up with that? I find that so odd.

    • Anonymous

      Clinique’s is dancing on a thin line between something really good and something Ross Dress For Less. I wonder if it would have been better if he’d reversed the color scheme and if he’d done something more finished looking with the sleeves.

      Re Blenley’s: what you said.

    • Anonymous

      Clinique’s is dancing on a thin line between something really good and something Ross Dress For Less. I wonder if it would have been better if he’d reversed the color scheme and if he’d done something more finished looking with the sleeves.

      Re Blenley’s: what you said.

    • Anonymous

      I hated Clinique’s dress because it reminded me of a traffic warning cone.  Blenley’s creation reminded me of this dress I wore to a Christmas cocktail party in 1987.  Right down to the sleeves.  Looking at it gave me a panic attack and then need to immediately make sure my hair wasn’t sprayed into the “quail head” poof of upstanding bangs that were sadly my unfortunate trademark until 1989. Now I have to find some anti-anxiety mediation.

    • Anonymous

      I hated Clinique’s dress because it reminded me of a traffic warning cone.  Blenley’s creation reminded me of this dress I wore to a Christmas cocktail party in 1987.  Right down to the sleeves.  Looking at it gave me a panic attack and then need to immediately make sure my hair wasn’t sprayed into the “quail head” poof of upstanding bangs that were sadly my unfortunate trademark until 1989. Now I have to find some anti-anxiety mediation.

      • Anonymous

        oh honey, you just made me spit water out onto my keyboard.  Quail Head poof.  Oh hahahahahahahaha *sniff sniff* hahahahaha  Thanks for the giggle.  Have some of my Valium, darling.

    • http://twitter.com/thebestjasmine Jasmine

      I love the second dress, and wish I could buy one (except with like, four more inches to it on the bottom), but not only is it not Nina, the styling is not Nina at all. Long flowy hair, yes, but that was the only styling — no accessories except for those terrible shoes that make her look like a teenager heading to class.  

      So many of them made terrible fabric choices this week — did Nina frighten them, did Mood change its lighting to make the fabric look different, what was it?  I’m liking Blenley more and more, but that green is terrible.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

      The models this year look really rough!  WTF!

      • Anonymous

        Josh’s model looks like she carries a knife in her boot. Damn!

    • http://twitter.com/Iris_awesome Iris Morrell

      Clinique Counter’s dress is adorable!  I thought it should have been in the top three.

      I have two words for Blenley’s dress:  skanky bridesmaid.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6TDAYXK555ABAKZEEOAJMC25FU Stan

      I thought Blenley’s design was good, but really couldn’t get past the fabric.  If it had not been a Christmas tablecloth (Did she go off on her own Christmas Store chlalenge?) I think this would have gotten a different reaction from everybody.  As TLo said, there’s a lot of design tricks thrown at that thing, but I think had it been rendered in a higher quality fabric, it would have noked Hissing Viktor out of the top.

      Bronzer Josh, on the other hand…  I thought this had potential, but as it moved down the runway, that grey panel looked like a big apron.  It shouted “Diner Waitress” as it moved.  I think its more the shape of the grey block than anything else.

      • Anonymous

        OMG! Brilliant! A Christmas store challenge! It would be hysterical to see the designers all trying NOT to create a red-and-green monstrosity.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Sooooooo loving that idea.  Can’t you hear Heidi saying, “and we want you to stay way from shiny, red and green combo’s and anything involving tinsel.”
          (snort)

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

          Dear god… a runway of “sexy” elves and tinsel flapper dresses?  Yikes.

    • Chris Boutee

      You’re right about the color, but I loved the design aspects and “m.c. escher=ness” of Blenley’s design. Not to mention the beautiful fit. I’d wear that dress in a heartbeat.

    • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

      I think the second dress could have been made more Nina appropriate colors and maybe a little Nina-esque detailing, because the silhouette is pretty much spot on for her. A little sparkle instead of exposed zipper and graphic prints. I really love the dress, though. If I were model-sized, I’d have this in my closet.

      • Anonymous

        What surprised me was that Clinique didn’t add all sorts of razzle-dazzle appliques or jewelery this week and that he is able to tone it down.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Clinique actually listened to Nina and Tim when they critiqued him in the workroom.

    • aussiegal77

      and that is why Uncle Nick will always be my fave PR Alum.  Next to Daniel V and Mondo.

      That being said however, I really dug this look from Clinique.  It was bold, sassy and I loved the silhouette.  Was much disappointed that the Judges didn’t even give it a second look.  

      Laura is all kinds of getting on my nerves, I have no rational reason why.  But even with that – her green dress was awful.  Why was she trying to dress Nina up like a giant Christmas bon-bon?

    • Anonymous

      All I could think when Laura’s rolled out was ‘Office for Bridesmaids!’   And bridesmaids from the early ’90′s at best.

      Clinique’s caught my eye.  I loved the way it looked on the runway, but there’s something funky about the sleeve hem finishes and I absolutely cannot see La Nina wearing that exposed zipper.

    • C S

      I enjoy Blenley & Clinique. They are likable. 

      The green dress I would probably love in another fabric and I’d wear with a longer skirt.  Which is all to say — it’s totally NOT Nina.  lol   What were these designers thinking?  

      The graphic dress is gorgeous.  I love it as is.  I could not ever wear it though, not being a size 2.  Can’t see Nina in it either. 

      Didn’t Blenley have immunity?  That’s probably why she got the pass for being another designer who chose hiddy fabric.  

      I just don’t understand it.  With how huge Mood is, how are they not picking out something beautiful?  I have shopped for fabric many times.  I get it that sometimes you have to sacrifice color to get the type of fabric or quality you want, there are budget constraints, etc… but seriously?  That’s a major store that you *know* has some quality dress fabric somewhere.  Why can’t these designers find it?  

      Also, more Tim & Swatch, please. 

      • Anonymous

        You know, if I were going to go on PR, I’d seriously consider taking a trip to Mood to study the layout. I doubt that a store like that changes where it puts things very often (unlike other stores–I’m looking at YOU, Trader Joes!), so you could get a fairly good idea of where things are. They all are just running around looking unfocused, like Cecilia (and she even lives in New York, so a field trip to Mood would be easy for her).

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, arrive a day early and spend a couple of hours at Mood. Doesn’t it have several floors also?

      • Anonymous

        Mood has three floors, though the sections by fabric are clearly marked. However in any given section, there are many fabrics you need to dig through. It’s not always easy, and if you are looking for something specific (even as seemingly simple as say, a certain weight of silk in a certain shade) you can not always find it because they DON’T have it. Mood is a big store (by NY-sized standards) but it is not some magic warehouse with every fabric known to mankind. I imagine more than a few designers in the show’s history have spent too long hunting for that dream fabric and just have to settle and pick something last-minute when they realize it’s almost time to leave. Mood is usually my second stop, after Elegant Fabrics, which I feel has a better overall selection,  and and it’s at least as big as Mood. (Sorry that sounds like some cheesy spam plug but it wasn’t. Elegeant is also more expensive usually.)

        Although, we all know many designers are just clueless and pick ugly fabric from the get go. You can’t blame the store for the designers’ crappy tastes. And it’s often not the fabric itself but what is done with it. This green is not Nina, but not so bad that she couldn’t have made something reasonably chic. Instead, to emphasize the slight 1950′s Christmas feel she decided to make something that looked like gift wrapping and bows. Fabric 1, Blenley 0. (I do like the sleeves and the skirt detail each on their own, but neither in this color. I don’t think Laura is untalented, and could see her in the finale. )

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

          Yeah, no store has everything, no matter how great it is.  There’s nothing worse than deciding on something that NEEDS a certain fabric or pattern to work, and then finding out they don’t have it! :)

          I still think it would be helpful to study the layout, realizing that it isn’t going to be a magic bullet that will give you an enormous edge.  That way you’d have some clue of where to look if you wanted a specific type of fabric, or at least a place to start.  I’d do it just because I have a godawful sense of direction. 

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

          Yeah, no store has everything, no matter how great it is.  There’s nothing worse than deciding on something that NEEDS a certain fabric or pattern to work, and then finding out they don’t have it! :)

          I still think it would be helpful to study the layout, realizing that it isn’t going to be a magic bullet that will give you an enormous edge.  That way you’d have some clue of where to look if you wanted a specific type of fabric, or at least a place to start.  I’d do it just because I have a godawful sense of direction. 

    • Anonymous

      Blenley: She did design the shit out of it, and furthermore, some (one?) of us bitter kittens still like that color from 25 years ago %-p

      Clinique: Cute from the back, hideous-shiteous from the front, apron anyone??

      Apropos of nothing: *shit* became my favorite swear word in college, I worked to erase it from my vocab while around my parents and when I had little ones, only to find myself in 2011 and reading this blog, and now have added several more choice words. And the kids grew up to have no filters at all anyway. My mama, and my granny (RIPx2) with her Bible bag would be ashamed…

      • BuffaloBarbara

        Make it two bitter kittens digging the color, at least.  I liked 80s colors. I was sad when they went away, and hope they come back soon.  Hate the ’70s inspired orangey-pink.

    • Anonymous

      Blenley was seriously lucky to have immunity.  BUTT. UGLY!  That may be the worst color + fabric choice we’ve seen in a while.  Ew.  She does have chops, and is entertaining in her sheltered way.  But sheesh!

      Sorry, can’t get on board with that Josh dress at all.  Screams costume to me… sort of a cross between Spider-Woman and Yeoman Rand.  And has absolutely nothing to do with Nina.  Sure it’s well made, but… 

    • Anonymous

      Gay Astro Boy!  Too wonderful!  I have to say, not only did I like his dress…but I even liked the visible zipper!  Gasp!  On this look, it seemed to work and even enhance the back of the dress, which was already pretty good. Love the colors.  Wish he’d done something with her hair. I was surprised this one fell into the middle. I thought it was Top Three for sure.

      Ozark Barbie, on the other hand… A total disaster in every way. I knew she was in trouble when she was at Mood and said she couldn’t find the olive green she wanted, so she was getting this kelly green.  What the…?  Olive green and kelly green are barely in the same family, and one of them is the sad uncle who drinks too much at every family gathering!

      But even if she’d chosen the best color and best fabric in the world, this dress would have been horrible.  There’s just nothing attractive or stylish or edgy or sexy or classic about it. It’s a Barbie party dress.  So yes, she can sew, but–sew/so what?  The question is, can she design? As of this week, the answer is just endless guffaws.

    • Anonymous

      Between the details on the sides (that look like ribbons) and that bright green, Blenley’s model looks like a Christmas present.

      • Anonymous

        A Christmas present for someone you hate… :)

      • Anonymous

        A Christmas present for someone you hate… :)

    • Anonymous

      Between the details on the sides (that look like ribbons) and that bright green, Blenley’s model looks like a Christmas present.

    • http://aintbaroque.wordpress.com/ Ain’t Baroque

      Heart Clinique Counter’s dress. He should send it over my way!

    • http://aintbaroque.wordpress.com/ Ain’t Baroque

      Heart Clinique Counter’s dress. He should send it over my way!

    • Anonymous

      Blenley’s dress would have been really cute and suitable for Nina if she hadn’t picked that awful shiny green fabric and then put that sheer crap and those bicep hula hoops on it.  If it was just a dress in a decent color without those weird design elements it would have been really cute.  I like what she did with the waist in the front.  And she does know how to sew.  But that color those odd bits are…off-putting.

      I do like Clinque’s dress.  His collar and sleeve edges are sloppy, but the rest of the dress is well done and sassy.  It’s not Nina at all, but I can see one of my granddaughters in it and they’d look fantastic.

    • Anonymous

      Blenley’s dress would have been really cute and suitable for Nina if she hadn’t picked that awful shiny green fabric and then put that sheer crap and those bicep hula hoops on it.  If it was just a dress in a decent color without those weird design elements it would have been really cute.  I like what she did with the waist in the front.  And she does know how to sew.  But that color those odd bits are…off-putting.

      I do like Clinque’s dress.  His collar and sleeve edges are sloppy, but the rest of the dress is well done and sassy.  It’s not Nina at all, but I can see one of my granddaughters in it and they’d look fantastic.

    • Anonymous

      I am more than a little in love with our darling Miss Clinique Counter (oh, to have him be my gay and pick my clothes each day!), so I’m a bit biased, but I really loved his dress.  And this is coming from someone who looks like a corpse in orange.  Seriously, I think that if the colors were different, and the color-blocking in the front was a bit more curvy or narrow (to be less ‘widening’), this kind of looks like a casual Nina dress.
      But wow, I did NOT notice the raggedy collar and sleeve edges on TV.  Looks like rolled edges that weren’t.

      I still can’t stand Laura, and this dress is horrible.  I will say for her, though–she can definitely sew and knows how to press, because we’ve seen this fabric type look like a tortured mess in the hands of other designers.

    • Anonymous

      Blenleys dress looks like of final product of a bridesmaid dress challenge.

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

      See? Now I thought that Clinique Counter’s entry would look dynamite on Nina. It’s a dress that wouldn’t need much in the way of earrings or necklace; perhaps a cuff and that’s it. Plus, it would look good sitting down.

      Blair Warner’s leprechaun professional escort getup cracked me up. She also greatly benefited from immunity this challenge.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that Laura’s is the kind of bad dress that the judges want to see (and that does make sense) – for some reason it makes me think of Leanne’s bottom two dress in the second challenge of S5 – but you are giving her too much credit about the design and colour choice. There was no course correction. What you see is more or less exactly what she originally sketched, and there was no indication at all that she ever realized that there was a problem with that green – she even defended the colour when Nina pointed out that it was Christmas-y. She overdesigned, made a poor fabric choice, and continued to think it was a good fabric choice even when that was pointed out to her, but she constructed her bad idea well. In any case, she had immunity.

      I have no disagreement whatsoever over Josh’s look, though. I didn’t even mind the exposed zipper, which I normally despise, because it is the right sort of dress for that. It’s just not Nina – or anyone within 20 years of Nina’s age. And you’re absolutely right about the general failure of the various iterations of Verrei (the original, often imitated never equalled, notwithstanding) to understand dressing a real person.

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t get over Clinique’s dress. Not only did he take the colors from Nina’s shirt he took the blocking from it too orange sides, grey with black backing down the torso. Slapped onto a very simple dress. It just felt so damn lazy to me.

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t get over Clinique’s dress. Not only did he take the colors from Nina’s shirt he took the blocking from it too orange sides, grey with black backing down the torso. Slapped onto a very simple dress. It just felt so damn lazy to me.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t have a fingernail’s worth of design talent so I’m not one to talk (but I will), but this is yet another challenge where Clinique  borrows from another source in designing his look. Nina called him out on being too referential in the past. Then this week he directly lifts Nina’s colors to create a dress for her. I believe the boy’s got talent but it would be nice to see something 100% his own.

    • Anonymous

      For me, Blenley’s worst offense isn’t even the fabric type/color, it’s the sheer panels right up to the hoo-ha.  In what business environment would that jive???

      Josh sure knew how to make his model’s tush look good! 

      • Anonymous

        I kind of like the sheer panels, although I agree they are so high up that they make this a gyno-mini.  Near the hem of a longer skirt, I think they could be quite fetching, and they’re pretty subtle.

        • http://twitter.com/Iris_awesome Iris Morrell

          I’d like them if it the top sheer panel weren’t so  freaking high up.  How could anyone wear this to work?  You’d be flashing your underpants all damn day long.  It’s too bridesmaidenly for a stripper to wear and too skanky for any other work environment.  

          Like Peach said, you don’t want to show the good china.  

          • Anonymous

            eggs-zack-lee!  i was wondering when someone would point out that nina might not want to be flashing her cooch all over marie claire’s offices, especially after having given birth recently.

    • Anonymous

      First I Like the Astro Boy moniker better – that shit made me  giggle and I dug that dress!

    • Anonymous

      First I Like the Astro Boy moniker better – that shit made me  giggle and I dug that dress!

    • Anonymous

      Anyone else notice that the Blenley’s sleeves were copied off a dress they showed in the Nina slideshow?

    • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

      “The problem with a lot of these uber-gay “fierce” designers is that they
      have a hard time seeing the woman in the clothes. Of the many Verrei
      who have appeared on the show, it’s only the original, Nick Verreos, who
      had that understanding. Even Christian Siriano, for all his design
      talent, rarely demonstrates any understanding of a woman’s body or how
      she wants to dress it. It’s almost always about the visual and not about
      the person.”

      How refreshing to see this insight!  I get a little tired of designs always being about the designs.  I get that sometimes that happens, but you’re right:  they are designing for women, but it sure doesn’t seem like it sometimes.

      Also:  I really liked the skirt on Blenley’s design, but not much else.

    • Anonymous

      I fucking LOVED Joshua’s dress!!! To me it was the clear winner, Nina be damned. Although my fears from the TV broadcast are confirmed in these pictures, and the neckline and sleeves ARE slightly shirred. Gross.  I didn’t like that, and I didn’t love the cutouts in back, as I thought they should go down more to her waist or be gone altogether. Still, love. Love the front panel, and love the color, although I did notice it was a version of Nina’s sleeve color. I thought Josh picked a more contemporary shade, so kudos to him for improving on it. I am really liking a lot of Joshua’s stuff, which surprises me. I’m calling it now, Josh, Blenley and Danielle in the finale. Although Joshua is also the one most likely to create something spectacularly bad and get sent home, so who knows. I just know it won’t by ANYA.

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

        Yeah, I loved this too.  I would buy it in a second.  Of course, that only makes it less suitable for Nina — I do not live in NYC, I live in the ‘burbs of Chicago (and not the cool old ones, the creepy Stepford ones).  I do not work in fashion, I’m a mom, full-time student, and a full-time care giver for a second infant.  I am not anywhere near to 40, I am in my late 20′s.  All in all, anything that PERFECT for me is not for our Nina and vice versa:)

    • Anonymous

      I really liked Ms. Clinique’s dress, very hip, would sell well.  Blenley’s sheer-striped skirt made me shudder, but like TLo said, it’s so freakin’ well-made, it had to pass muster.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not too keen on the back cutouts, but overall I thought Josh’s design was fun and cute. Obviously NOT “fashion editor” wear, but definitely something I’d buy! 

    • Anonymous

      I expected Josh’s dress to be the winner.  Maybe she doesn’t wear things like this, but it’s attractive and done up in colors that she would wear, so it’s not as far off base as some of the others.  That green thing, on the other hand, would never be worn by anyone. If she got rid of those arm straps and the cut-out stripes, and used a different fabric in a different color, then we might have something.

    • Anonymous

      Hm. All I can see when I look at Clinique Counter’s dress (and there’s one other that you have yet to cover) is what my partner shouted when it walked down the runway “Star Trek Costume!” Looks like he’s designing for Comicon.

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

        That makes me like it even more:)  I love Comic Con.

    • dickinson-julie

      Yup, I agree – Blenley’s would do for a March 17th destination wedding in Branson, MO.  As far as CC’s dress went, I didn’t see Star Trek so much as Lost in Space.  Totally Penny Robinson.

    • Anonymous

      Am I the only one here who thinks both these designs are sort of juvenile for someone over 45?

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

        sort of juvenile for anyone over 25, dated & as terribly inappropriate for nina garcia as something from bodyglove, a label whose transcendent era–those everlovin 80s–is the one in which these two ideas are helplessly sunken in something kinda like a dry, satiny, colorblock quicksand.

        • Anonymous

          Ohmigosh!  Now I’m craving neoprene!  Vapors!  ;-)

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

      Um. I’ll happily take Clinique’s dress off his hands and wear to my office. Thanks.

    • Judy_J

      That fabric Blenley used reminds me of a dress I made to wear to my brother’s Christmas wedding in 1982. Astro Boy’s dress is interesting, but I’m sick to death of the exposed zipper.  Please make it stop!

    • Judy_J

      That fabric Blenley used reminds me of a dress I made to wear to my brother’s Christmas wedding in 1982. Astro Boy’s dress is interesting, but I’m sick to death of the exposed zipper.  Please make it stop!

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

      blenley’s=person who knows in advance she’ll get drunk @ office Xmas party & has her eye on a special someone {you pick the department, i hate corporate offices} so wears this for max impact.

      the man in the makeup’s=betsey johnson c1986, w/ considerably less panache & ability to cut & style for an actual female.

    • Anonymous

      Clinique’s reminded me a little bit of one of Mondo’s looks from his final collection. I’m too lazy to find a picture. 

      I thought the green dress was not Nina, but okay. The weird strap-sleeve thing looked like she had really wide bra straps that were falling down. 

    • Anonymous

      I actually didn’t feel that either dress was entirely appropriate for any woman over the age of twenty-five. There’s an element of tweness in each dress, especially Blenley’s. Miss Clinique Counter’s dress was cute, but definitely a bit bold showy for someone like Nina.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think I can tolerate Mr. Clinique Counter much longer.  His persona so rehearsed and so gimmicky.  This doesn’t mean that others haven’t come to PR with their catchphrase on, oh no.  Maybe it’s because CC is more Suede-ish than Siriano-ish.  Yeah, probably that, plus the bronzer, manscaping and tank tops.  Oy vey.  At least he hasn’t cried a lot.

      • Anonymous

        Danielle was the one in Mood looking for an olive green, although Laura did ask her if she was finding the colour in a way that suggested that they were looking for something similar.

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

        he’s just nowhere near as good as CS.

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

        he’s just nowhere near as good as CS.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree with your assessment of Clinique Counter not being able to dress a woman. That was a cute dress….for a 20 year old. Nothing about it even remotely read Nina Garcia.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Even if the fabric was in fashion (and I must, shockingly, admit that I rather like the color, and even the shininess), a full shiny dress isn’t for office wear, and wasn’t when it was in fashion.  That’s purely a night thing (or, even more, an office Christmas party thing), so it’s a good thing she had immunity.

      I really didn’t care for Clinique’s.  Well made, but not attractive.  Between the extreme contrast between the fabric colors, the apron shape, and the bad pink (I didn’t like it on Nina, either)–not to mention the hideous exposed zipper–I expected it to be in the bottom.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ILX76RPBE755YUZHIDID6VH2FI Z. O.

      I want the dress that Clinique made. The dress might be bordering on matching his skin in neon hue, but it’s beautiful. The back is fierce, and I actually think the colours would look lovely on her… it combines the neutrals she normally favours with a pop of something more interesting.

    • Anonymous

      Blenley is quickly becoming one of my favorites, and I actually really enjoyed her design here.  “CHRISTMAS GREEN” aside :) 

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

      I liked Clinique’s dress, did not like Blenley’s, but didn’t see enough of either to feel comfortable about my judgment. Thanks for discussing these in such depth.

    • Sharon Metzger

      Blenley (now I don’t even remember her real name) may have picked a lousy fabric, but at least it’s not a sad, depressing lousy fabric.

      I have to say that some of the models scored better on the Nina-locks than others. Both of these gals look like they need a haircut, wash, brush, and change of product, while Nina’s hair looks healthy and vibrant.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kate-Gavin/1348043222 Kate Gavin

      Hated Astro Boy’s dress.  Way too much early 70s in silhouette and color.  Certainly not for Nina to wear anywhere.  I love orange, dark salmon, dark coral and those type of colors but grey?  Grey?  While only black might have made it too Halloween like, he could have worked and made it edgy and appropriate for Nina and escape notice  the judges that way.

      I have nothing to say about Blenly and the Christmas dress…or bridesmaid dress.  Not sure, but that color and Nina should never be in the same room.  Alas,  without the cutouts on the skirt, I’d wear it.

    • Anonymous

      Oh I can’t be the only one who sees “apron” in Joshua’s dress can I?

    • Toni Mitt

      I am in love with the skirt on Laura’s dress.  But what the heck with the green satin?  No grown woman should ever wear that.  It should be) reserved for a child’s Christmas dress only!  If that dress were a different fabric and were sleeveless, it would have been  real contender. 
      Josh’s dress is also interesting, but certainly not for Nina.  Or for evening. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

      Tootie!

      But let’s talk about the collar and sleeve edges, Clinique.  BAD!  I even saw those upon viewing and thought they were frayed.

    • Anonymous

      i liked mr. makeup’s dress in a laugh-in revival sort of way.  all it needs is a pair of white go-go boots.

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

        Oo, I want!  Any excuse to wear go-go boots… that was one of those fashion items that should have become a classic yet somehow didn’t.

    • http://twitter.com/alongexong Alex Jorth

      Miss Clinique Counter made an ikea placemat.

    • Anonymous

      Emma Stone on Leno in bright green dress.  a little lighter green, but close

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

      Sorry, but Laura’s dress was just ugly.  She may have done many remarkable things and put out the best she could with the mistakes she’d made, and that’s commendable.  But it’s still ugly. 

      Still, I’m glad she had immunity, because I don’t want to see her go yet.  She interests me.  I’d like to see a bit more.  Though the fact she flopped so horribly on the first non-gimicky challenge of the season does bug me a bit. 

      She gets huge points from me for being the only designer to utter (in the final edit at least) the words “Make her look like Nina Garcia” to her make-up and hair people.  Duh!  That’s such a completely obvious styling directive I was annoyed at how long it took it to be said.

    • Anonymous

      I’m also liking Blenley more than I was expecting to! Not only does hse have mad sewing skills, but she’s nice so far, and not just to the cool kids (Anya, Clinique).

    • Anonymous

      Clinique Counter’s dress was too Star Trek for me, it also looked familiar to dresses I’ve seen before. The back cut out bits were original, but I’m not sure there’s a big market for his work, too youthful & limited to a model body type. I haven’t seen any elegance in his outfits yet. I find Blenley annoying with a know it all attitude, but she has done some good work. I think she’s a cert for the top 3.

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

         Yes!  That’s exactly what I thought – Old School Star Trek.  However, I think that had a lot to do with the colors and graphics of it.  If it were all in one color and one that wasn’t so bright, I think it would have done better.

    • Anonymous

      Since she dropped the “I’m privileged” tag line, I’m warming to Blenley as well.   Pleasantries aside, Blenley’s dress deserves a spot in the PR hall of shame.  There is no way on God’s green earth Nina would wear that outfit EVER.  EVER.  It is pure unfiltered ugly.  I wouldn’t give that crap to a homeless leprechaun. 

      • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

        “God’s GREEN earth,” lol

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

      I wasn’t a fan of the giant zipper up the back of Clinique Counter’s design. Past that, I thought it was nice.

    • Anonymous

      BTW, does Miss Clinique own anything with sleeves?

    • http://twitter.com/boricuaintexas Ingrid

      If Joshua’s dress was a couple of inches longer and was made in a different color, like royal blue, with the same gray and black accents, I can see someone like Nina wearing it

      ETA: or maybe if the dress was in rich brown with tan/khaki accents, it could work.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X6T35IXXNVKEK52G7GELFJOTHE R J

      The back of Josh’s dress conjures an image of the unfinished dress with the dressmaker’s pattern pinned to it that Clarice Starling found hanging in Frederica Bimmel’s bedroom closet.

    • Rebecca Damsen

      OK my twelve year old noticed that in one of the pics of Nina that the designers got to see prior to their consultations, she wore a dress very similar to what Blenley designed – it was blue, and with shoulder stirrups.  It’s a VERY brief view – we had to stop the DVR about 10 times to pause right on the image – but no denying where the inspiration came from!

    • Anonymous

      Gay Astro Boy suits Miss Fancypants here better than Clinique Counter, in my opinion, especially given his successful take on the PR Challenge “design a waitress uniform for an outer-space Howard Johnson’s of the future.”

    • Anonymous

      Gay Astro Boy suits Miss Fancypants here better than Clinique Counter, in my opinion, especially given his successful take on the PR Challenge “design a waitress uniform for an outer-space Howard Johnson’s of the future.”

    • Patricia Biswanger

      I don’t know, I can see Nina wearing this.

    • Anonymous

      I have done fashion designing and I love to read topics on fashions and tv shows related to that. Project Runway is one of mine favorite series. Here I like everything…the fabric, patters, design and color matching just everything that made by designers.

    • Anonymous

      Blenley’s cute but her dress here looks like a poorly wrapped christmas present…still, she is fun and so is clinique boy….

    • narita_rayna

      blenley’s dress was a bondage christmas nightmare.  but she’s still a more interesting than i thought she was going to be.  

      astro boy’s was really cute.  totally not for nina, but its still a great dress.  he’s a better designer than i thought he was going to be too.  

    • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

      I don’t know if it’s been mentioned but he reminds me of Big Gay Al from South Park. It’s the super sleek hair and the eyebrows. I can just see him with a cigarette in his hand and a scarf around his neck and bam! “I’m super, thanks for asking!”

    • http://www.facebook.com/kati.irons Kati Irons

      I dunno…I thought there was something very offputting and “apron-ly” about the front of Clinique Counter’s dress, but it was definitely designed and executed at a high level of competence.  We’re starting to see the designers find their levels and, except for the mysterious skills of Beauty Pageant Queen the non sewers are starting to drown. 

      As for Blenley-not-Kenley, I once had a bridesmaid dress made out of that exact fabric, and there’s no way anything made out of that fabric can look like anything but a bridesmaid dress.  It’s a horrifying misstep in fabric choice.

    • fragileindustries

      You pretty much said it all, except I did not and still do not understand the sheer insets in Blenley’s skirt.  What with the ghastly fabric choice, everything going on with the top, and the gyno-peek of the insets, there is nowhere safe to look at that dress.  Good construction saved her, is all I can say.

    • http://twitter.com/HeckYeahHeckNo K

      I liked most of Blenley’s dress. I can agree that the color isn’t amazing, but the bottom is cute and without that weird mess happening around the arms, it could be a cute day to night outfit. I’ve actually liked Blenley since the beginning. I thought she was kinda funny and blunt. She sounds drunk most of the time too, which I find hilarious. I LOVE Clinique’s dress, and I like the rough edges too, they’re unexpected. I don’t really think either of them are really “Nina”, but on their own they’re not bad.

      I’d like to add that I kind of love the name Blenley….. I really thought that was her name, it sounds pretty close to some of the names of the preppy rich kids I grew up with in the south (you know…Parks, Whit, Dalton, Patton, Bradley, Berkley, etc…) and she seems to be one of those.