PR: The Stench of Fear

Posted on August 19, 2011

This week on Project Runway, a salute to horror films!

She should have held a really big knife in her hands to complete the picture.

This may be the scariest sight any group of Project Runway designers ever faced. You just know there were internal screams of “Fat people! I’ll dress fat people! Children! Old ladies! Prom dresses for fat old ladies! PLEASE GOD I’LL NEVER COMPLAIN ABOUT DESIGNING FOR ANYONE LARGER THAN A SIZE 2 AGAIN IF YOU JUST MAKE THIS ONE THING GO AWAY.”

But when they opened their eyes, there she stood, grinning back at them like Death herself had come to the runway. This would have been the perfect time for Heidi to look directly into the camera, hold up a box and say, old-television style: “This week’s exciting challenge is sponsored by DEPENDS adult diapers! And let me tell you, judging by the stench of shit, piss, and mortal terror coming off these little designer monkeys, DEPENDS is on the job! Whew!”

We swear Nina wore that blouse – which is fabulous, but definitely an acquired taste and totally different from what she normally wears on the show – just to throw off the designers, all of whom had a tailored, classically chic vision of Nina in their heads contending with the glittery, puffy-sleeved salmon-colored version sitting before them.

What made this challenge interesting – aside from the abject terror on the part of the designers, of course – was something we hadn’t really noted until this episode.


Namely, that there are no teacher’s pets so far this season. Sure, it’s only the 3rd episode, but in past seasons, it wasn’t hard to pick out, even by episode 3, which ones the judges had their eye on. Bert won the first challenge, but failed to do anything interesting since; Olivier won the second and also hasn’t done much else worth lauding, and Blenley came out of nowhere to win the 3rd, even though she’d never been noticed in the first 2 challenges and slipped back to obscurity with this one. People were declaring Gretchen and Mondo finalists by this point last season. In fact, we pride ourselves on figuring out the finalists within the first 3 or 4 episodes of the season and we’re usually about 75% right every time.

You would think, going into it this challenge, observant viewers (like ourselves) would have had some idea who was going to ace this challenge based solely on aesthetic and skill level. We had not a clue. No idea which designers were most likely to put something Ninatastic together. We don’t know if that’s due to a high skill level across the board, or a low one. Time will tell, but it’s an interesting development. Maybe the judges are conscious of their prior-season tendency to crown the winner fairly early and working to combat it.


Indicative of this trend is Miss Kimberley’s win, which both surprised and pleased us. We’ve been slowly recognizing her potential with each week and we like the gal’s style and gamesmanship. She comes off as sharp as a tack with a real sense of modern style and trends.


We’re not ashamed to admit we really didn’t see this one placing even in the Top 3. We thought the pants were fantastic, but we had major issues with the top.


Namely, the fabric. A gold metallic for the office felt like a bit much even for a fashion editor and the fabric never really looked anything but cheap while it was sitting in piles in the workroom.


And truth be told, even as it was walking out, we were groaning at it. Under the lights of the runway, it still looked too harsh and too bling-y for work.


We liked that she attempted something interesting with the shape, but again, we weren’t entirely convinced these flaps were pretty or necessary, not to mention flattering. In fact, they seemed fussy in a way that Nina tends to hate.


But move up the design. Like a lot of the designers, Kimberley styled her model Ninariffically, down to the JBF hair…

… and – quite cleverly, we might add – her signature cocktail ring. But there’s one element here that looks pure Nina to us and we should have realized it sooner.




It’s that neckline and those little cap sleeves. TOTALLY Nina. Like a lot of smart, stylish women in the public eye, Nina dresses her face more than any other part of her body. She often wears very simple outfits that nonetheless have some sort of design or style interest around the neck and shoulders. Considering the major portion of her time spent in America’s living room consists of her sitting down, that’s a smart choice on her part and a REALLY smart choice on Kimberley’s part to pick up on that and tap into it.

It also helped that the entire look was impeccably made and -unlike some of the model-specific looks walking that runway – was flattering and comfortable-looking with the kind of easy chicness that Nina embodies.

And it surely must have helped that Nina showed up for judging wearing a gold metallic top. Even so, we still thought this looked too shiny and harsh.


That is, until we saw her wearing it during the light of day and honestly, it looks like what it is: an outfit tailor-made for Nina specifically. It looks just a skosh tight on her, but that’s kind of expected when you’re wearing something made in 6 hours.

And if you’re tut-tutting such a showy look for the office, consider the following:


Take a moment from pretending to work and look around you. Your workplace probably doesn’t have boxes of jewelry lying around for you to select from, does it? That’s why Nina can wear glittery disco tops to the office and not get hauled into HR for a dress code violation. Your office has a fax machine and copy center; Nina’s has the Free Jewelry Room.

Nina wonders what kind of low-rent employer wouldn’t offer multiple boxes of free jewelry as a perq to their employees. She suggests you walk out immediately. She’s all about the worker’s rights.


All joking (and slight fit issues) aside, she really looked gorgeous and that neckline, like we said, is so totally her.


Kimberley looked cute in her little dress too, by the way.


And this was sweet. We were worried about a “Carrie Bradshaw on the side of the bus” moment, but thankfully, New York City’s graffiti artists showed a little restraint.

And don’t you worry, you little bitches. There are going to be more NINACAPS this week than you can possibly handle.

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

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    • Anonymous

      Is there a Plan B?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

        Isn’t that a great reply to anyone in your professional or personal life that says some idea you don’t like?  I’m going to start incorporating it into every day conversation where I can.  To the waitperson who gives you the rundown on specials you don’t like.  To the spouse after he/she suggests a particular plan for the weekend.  To a co-worker who sends you an annoying e-mail that involves work for you.

        • Anonymous

          Oh!  I had to scroll back up and realize you were talking about “Plan B” and not “JBF”!  I couldn’t come up with a single moment in my professional life when I would use JBF, hahahaha!

          • Anonymous

            “Oh hey Todd. Would you like to take your lunch break with me?”
            “No thanks, I got JBF’d by these expense reports, so I might need to skip my lunch today.” 

            If I dont use JBF’d one time at work today, I’ll be sorely disappointed.

            • Anonymous

              I tried sooo hard to find some way I could work it into a conversation with my office mates, but alas:  slow day in the workplace so I didn’t really have a JBF-worthy situation.  I was running late this morning and didn’t have time to shave, but even “24-hour-shadow” doesn’t have the same connotation as a messy head of hair, it just looks like day one of growing a beard and mustache.
              Please tell me you used it, Chelles!

      • Anonymous

        JBF = just been fucked

        • Anonymous

          AH!
          You learn something new every day… ;)

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

            Thanks for asking. I’ve been wondering, too.

    • Anonymous

      May I just say–before I have to rush off to a meeting–that I am stunned at your ability to produce a recap like this so early in the morning!  Bravo to T and to Lo!

      • Anonymous

        I live for TLo recaps in the morning. Some people drink coffee, but the first thing I do is run to my computer for the first laugh of the day. TLo makes me happy and ready to start the workday!

        • Anonymous

          I take my coffee to the computer and have breakfast with TLo, they’re such great morning companions!

      • Anonymous

        I live for TLo recaps in the morning. Some people drink coffee, but the first thing I do is run to my computer for the first laugh of the day. TLo makes me happy and ready to start the workday!

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

      Eagerly awaiting Ninacaps ™ for every damned designer.   Also, YEAY for pants!   

      • Anonymous

        the judges really seem to be into pants this season.

      • Anonymous

        the judges really seem to be into pants this season.

    • Anonymous

      she def. deserved the win. Nina looked fab.

      • Anonymous

        Did Nina have to wear the outfit that Kimberley put together in six hours? Wasn’t it fitted to the model? Why wouldn’t they just make one for Nina that fit? I thought Nina looked great in it, and her hair covered a lot of the neckline. For evening she could just pull her hair back or throw it over her shoulder and get the full effect of the top. It did look way better in the office than in the workroom too.

        • nicewilliams

          I agree.  I assumed they had someone remake it to fit her proportions.  

        • http://www.facebook.com/jill.chancey Jill Chancey

          If you look at the top on Nina, it doesn’t have the seams that run up from the waist to just below the nips.  I’m certain Kimberley remade it for her. 

          • Anonymous

            I’m sure it was remade for Nina but I’m also certain not by Kimberley. Professional seamstresses whipped it up no doubt with input from Nina on what to change.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

            Those aren’t seams, they’re darts. But you’re right – I don’t see them, either. TLo are right – it’s a smidge too tight  on Nina and I suspect what happened is that it was the same top, but with the darts let out so that it would fit Nina. She obviously isn’t the same size as the model, although she’s not big by any stretch of the imagination. 

        • Anonymous

          Nina?? Pull her hair back??? I think that would be a sure sign of the Apocalypse.

    • Anonymous

      This was a tough call for me, this week.  I liked all of the Top 3 pretty equally.  LOVED this, with one small caveat, which you mentioned:  I did not like that odd flap on the front and side.  It took me several looks before I realized it was intentional; at first glance (while they were still in the workroom), I thought Kimberly had failed to properly align seams.
      And PS:  didn’t it seem, with the whole “she wants me to make pants” drama and the comments about losing her mother and brother, that Kimberly was at first getting an Auf edit?

      • scottyf

        It’s funny, for me the pants drama and the information about her personal life was my first inkling she might ace the challenge. It seemed like a winner’s edit to me.

        • Anonymous

          I can see that, but how often have we been told something “sad” about a contestant, just to whip up some tears for their Aufing?  Still, it was pretty clear as soon as her model walked that this was a Top 3 design.

          • Anonymous

            And my reaction was “Oh, they’re talking about her family tragedies. She’s getting auf’ed. [two heartbeats] Or she’s going to win.”

            At least their predictability now encompasses two possibilities…

        • Anonymous

          Likewise, it seemed like Cecilia was getting the loser’s edit.  So much for what I know.

          I have to say I was surprised by Kimberley’s win too, just because of the fabric of the top.  Even the designers were predicting that she was bottom 3, far from being the winner!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693100793 Suzanne DiVasto Citere

          ME TOO! I was like “what does THIS have to do with the price of tea in China….”

    • scottyf

      I’m still worried that Lil’ Kimberly may have a “bling” addiction, but I am SO proud of her.

      Personally, for the delicious angst she instilled in the designers, I think every challenge should end with Tim saying: “Designers, I have a wonderful surprise for you: you’ll also be designing another garment for Nina!”

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

        I think they might have to have a EMT Team onhand to revive the designers should that ever happen, but I must admit that even the thought of it is delicious!
        bitchybitchybitchy

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

        I think they might have to have a EMT Team onhand to revive the designers should that ever happen, but I must admit that even the thought of it is delicious!
        bitchybitchybitchy

      • Anonymous

        It was the most fabulous of challenges, and I’d love to see it again, but in the meantime, can we get Michael Kors’ mother back? I seem to only be able to come up with one episode she was on which makes it all the more absurd that I still think of her as often as I do when I see him.

        • Anonymous

          Funny you mention M. Kor’s mother. Something about her reminds me of Cliff Claven’s mom and I don’t mean it in a derogatory way at all. I’d love to see her on the show, esp. since I missed her appearance the first time around.

    • Anonymous

      I loved this look the second it came out. I didn’t even have to see th others. I don’t usually like gold at all but it’s the shape of this top that does it for me. It’s almost got a Chinese aesthetic to it and I love that.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. Everything about it, and when the model turned and I saw how detailed the top was at the sides and the impeccable fit of the pants I made grabby hands at my television. I  also really didn’t see a problem with the material of the top. I thought it was fun and sophisticated; it had the perfect hint of pizazz without being sparkly/gaudy.

    • Anonymous

      I really thought Nina looked as gorgeous as I think I’ve ever seen her in nit.

      • http://www.facebook.com/c.d.barney Chrissy Barney

        What stuck out to me was how YOUNG this made her look. Not that she looks old, generally, but the black and white ensembles that she tends to wear end up looking rather harsh, while the soft metallic gold set against her blonde hair really took years off.

        • Anonymous

          it also helps that she clearly had some fresh highlights done, giving her an even more “golden” beauty and hence making that particular gold shade all the more flattering.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, I think her hair looked particularly good this week, best I’ve ever seen it actually. Pretty color and much smoother and healthier than usual.

    • Anonymous

      You guys are awesome!  So excited for NINACAPS I can barely work.

    • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

      I can’t wait!!! Bring on the NINACAPS!!! You knew every time “Is there a Plan B?” or “It’s SAD” was said, those bitches were quaking in their boots. 

      • Anonymous

        I have already asked two my co-workers this morning if we have a Plan B.

        Co-Worker: I’m thinking Mexican for lunch today.
        Me (doing my best skeptical NinaGarcia face): Do we have a Plan B?? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693100793 Suzanne DiVasto Citere

      I honestly thought she was MUCH nicer to them than I thought she was going to be!!  They had to have been shitting cinder blocks, but in the end I think she not only gave them a terrific opportunity but a lot of good advice.

      • http://www.katymcdermott.com KatyMightHave

        “Shitting cinder blocks.” I’m cracking up here. Like Anderson Cooper, I had no idea I was so vulnerable to poop jokes…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693100793 Suzanne DiVasto Citere

      By the way I’ve been keeping up with PR Australia on line and those designers had a similar challenge this week – they had to dress their host, Megan whateverhernameis. I have never seen an episode, between the US, Canada or Australia where EVERY DESIGNER choked! It was one design worse than the other….. 

      • Anonymous

        Oh. Em. Gee. I’m watching PR Australia too and hooooooo boy! That was a disaster of epic proportions. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693100793 Suzanne DiVasto Citere

          Can you believe it?? I don’t recall in any PR-  US, Canada or Australia, where a designer literally pulled out because they couldn’t complete the challenge!

      • Anonymous

        I watched that episode yesterday. The judges seriously seemed to really dislike every single outfit. The only one I liked was the gown and even that they didn’t like because it was too “mature” which I didn’t believe it was. I just hated that the point was to make sexy dress (or was it? By the way they talked during judging, that was the point of the challenge) and all of them did black or washed out colors. Black can be sexy yes but it’s a given. They should’ve used more color.

      • Anonymous

        Really? What about the last challenge of (US) PR S2, where they had to make a red carpet dress for Iman? 

        But yes, the last episode of PR Australia was bad (the season has not been particularly great) – and it was such a boring challenge idea, too (in a season full of boring challenges). Plus, they literally had all of 8 hours, which is just ridiculous.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I like Kimberley, she’s got skills.  I didn’t like the gold top and thought the fit on the model was a bit off, unless it was supposed to look all runkled.  I just don’t like gold though or metallic fabric in general!

      TLo are – as ever – exactly right about Kimberly being canny with the neckline and the ‘signature ring’ accessory but I’m still irritated every time the judges make a big fuss about styling.

      It was interesting to hear that working at Marie Claire is exactly like being in Mean Girls.  How absolutely, bloody EXHAUSTING to have to be that uptight and bitchy the entire time.

      • Anonymous

        I thought the same thing about working at Marie Claire with Joanna as a boss, it would be my worst nightmare.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, all of a sudden, I found a new appreciation for my own boss, crazy as he is.

          • Anonymous

            So,your boss isn’t in the habit of thinking up scenarios that would humiliate you, ruin your career, or possibly cause you to die? If Joanna is actually that bitchy in real life, I feel sorry for Nina.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, all of a sudden, I found a new appreciation for my own boss, crazy as he is.

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

        Absolutely!  That Joanna was freaking obnoxious.  And she sounded like she was auditioning for the part of regular judge with all of her pointless, snarky comments.

        • Anonymous

          Well, isn’t Joanna Coles judging PR All-Stars?  So she is getting ready to do the Brit version of Nina. I’ve seen her before and she’s been nicer.  She’s clearly been working on her snark.

          • Anonymous

            She didn’t seem so nasty on that intern show, whatever that was called, but then again, nothing could have possibly been harsh enough for those clueless nitwits.

        • Anonymous

          Well, isn’t Joanna Coles judging PR All-Stars?  So she is getting ready to do the Brit version of Nina. I’ve seen her before and she’s been nicer.  She’s clearly been working on her snark.

        • Anonymous

          does no one recall her guest judging on season 7?  she made poor jeanine cry….she was ruthless mean then as well. I’m thinking it’s her “judge character” that perhaps the producers suggest she do.  we’ll see how she is as a “mentor” on PR all-stars.  certainly she can’t be much of a mentor with such snarkiness.

      • Anonymous

        At first, I thought she might be channeling The Devil Wears Prada Miranda Beast – you know, just for fun – but then I wasn’t so sure. Working in the fashion world sounds hard –

        • Anonymous

          I know two ladies who want desperately to work in the fashion world, but they’re two of the sweetest people you would ever want to meet. I fear for them should they ever actually achieve this goal, because fashion people just seem *so* unbelievably bitchy and horrible. I don’t know if sweet, cheerful, pixie dust types can survive in that world. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

            they can’t. seriously. i’ve been there. tell them i said not to go there.

      • roxyturtle

        100% agreed! Ms. Coles crossed the line between criticism and being just plain mean frequently during the judging and I was quite taken aback. You’d think someone with the position of editor would be able to offer constructive criticism without being rude. Michael Kors’s criticisms are harsh yes but with just enough comedy to keep them from stinging permanently. But Ms. Coles showed no such mastery of critique. If she sets the tone for the Marie Claire staff I feel bad for the employees there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=759213342 Andrew Hay

      There were some amazing Ninacappable moments I can’t wait! And PS Anyong is totally a teachers pet, Heidi is pretty sure her beauty queen poo don’t stink.

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

        No, because ONLY Heidi is so into her — the Duchess and Nina aren’t as convinced.  When only one of the judges is really in love with you, it’ll make sure you get a second chance or two, but it won’t guarantee you a finalist spot

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=759213342 Andrew Hay

          if one of the judges is Heidi, its pretty much a guarantee, we’ve seen her steamroll Nina and Michael countless times.

          • MilaXX

            isn’t it usually the other way around? Michael and Nina tend to over rule Heidi. Isn’t that why Anthony’s McQueen inspired birdseed dress didn’t win?

            • Anonymous

              There’s also that small issue of last season’s winner.

            • Anonymous

              There’s also that small issue of last season’s winner.

    • Nancy Williams

      NINACAPS FOREVAH!

      (I get excited.)

    • Adella Thompson

      I admit I hated this on the runway and the model (with the gold glare and that bottom flap, it just kind of felt like TOO MUCH), but in a way where I could see it winning. When I saw it on Nina, though, I definitely changed my mind. It worked much better on her and in real life. Really liked the other top designers’ works as well. I have no problem with Anya receiving help, although there will always be a part of me that likes it better when the winner triumphs over great odds alone and unpredictably.I know Viktor’s annoying, but I was really impressed with what he did and I guess I have a soft spot for dweeby whiny little brother characters because there is an inextinguishable part of me that wants to see hi do well. 

      • Anonymous

        I agree it looked better on Nina than the model. It says something about Nina’s mad editorial skillz that she could imagine what the top would look like on her instead of the model.

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

          Not really — most people who are really into fashion develop that skill.  I can almost always tell you if something will work on me, regardless of how it looks on the model.

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

          Not really — most people who are really into fashion develop that skill.  I can almost always tell you if something will work on me, regardless of how it looks on the model.

      • MilaXX

        I had no problem with Anya getting help as well. I’m pretty sure others have had help in the past. The only one that comes to mind off hand is Chloe getting help with her leaves on the flower shop challenge during her season.

    • Anonymous

      I really thought the end result was atrocious. I truly did. As I described it last night in the TLounge, it’s totally middle-aged, married Wonder Woman out for a night on the town with the gals. Tacky. The fact that the pants look like pajama jeans doesn’t help.
      I thought this challenge was great, until once again they went too far with the parameters. Dress Nina? Great! Design something to transition a fashion editor from her day job to an evening industry event? Stupid! No fashion editor attending an event at night is going to wear the same thing she’s worn sitting around her office all day. And lord knows Nina never even stepped onto the street wearing this clubwear, made worse by the fact that it’s so tight it looks like spandex on her. The design itself is just ok, and girlfriend can sew (isn’t she self-taught too? That’s how you do it, Fallene), but Kimberly’s tastes in materials are really bad. I’m not really sure how or why she won, but I am sure that her affinity for metallic gold fabrics is going to get her aufed sooner rather than later.

      • Anonymous

        I completely agree that no fashion editor would wear the same garment all day at work and then go out to an “event” in the evening wearing the same thing.

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

          Yeah… no way.  For anyone else, I’d say that’s a great challenge parameter.  But not for Nina.  If they wanted to do that, they should have given them more time and had each of them make 2 outfits for Nina that went together — one for day and one for evening.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly. Please, even mortals like myself will bring in a change of clothing when we’re going out straight from work. There’s no way Nina doesn’t hit the Free Clothing and Accessories closets at Marie Claire when she’s going to an “Industry Event”. *rolls eyes*

          And while I liked the unusual shape of the top, that material is some serious ticky-tack.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, going from work to an evening event by just changing your jewelry and shoes is one of those lies the fashion industry loves to tell us. I doubt most women in Nina’s position would do it, although I am amused at the thought of a room full of people in wrinkled blouses and ink-stained pants.

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

              I actually have done that more once, for non-formal events.  I wear a lot of dresses, and I wear them to work, so if I’m going out for dinner with my husband’s clients my work dresses are perfect because they cover enough to be appropriate.  But I’m not a fashion editor and the guys I’m meeting are in transportation, so it’s not exactly the same thing!

            • Anonymous

              Transportation Guys! The kings of fashion commentary!

              In your circumstance and others like it, that totally works. I’d say it’s different from one industry to another. In fashion, I imagine it’s mandatory to be more decked out for an event than how one would dress for the office. You’d at least be expected to look fresh and pulled together, which can be difficult by the end of the day. According to Joanna, you’d be descended upon like the prey of a bunch of jackals if you don’t look perfect.

            • Anonymous

              Transportation Guys! The kings of fashion commentary!

              In your circumstance and others like it, that totally works. I’d say it’s different from one industry to another. In fashion, I imagine it’s mandatory to be more decked out for an event than how one would dress for the office. You’d at least be expected to look fresh and pulled together, which can be difficult by the end of the day. According to Joanna, you’d be descended upon like the prey of a bunch of jackals if you don’t look perfect.

            • MilaXX

              I agree, I’ve done it as well. Changed shoe, removed a jacket depending on the top I was wearing and added a bolder lip color to my day time neutral.

      • Anonymous

        I, too, doubt Nina’s going to any evening event in this outfit (especially after wearing it all day at work), but I did think it worked for her workplace. (& they didn’t select the winner knowing it’d fit a tad tight, did they?)

      • Anonymous

        I, too, doubt Nina’s going to any evening event in this outfit (especially after wearing it all day at work), but I did think it worked for her workplace. (& they didn’t select the winner knowing it’d fit a tad tight, did they?)

    • Anonymous

      I love that top. I want it. 

    • Emily Myers

      I believe that this is an instance where the judges knew more than I did.  I agree that it looked slightly cheap on the runway, but I was thinking only about the runway look, not about how it would look on Nina in a work setting.  In her particular workplace, it works very well indeed.  I will have to be keeping my eye on Kimberley now.

    • Jessica Rowe

      “NO” “SAD” DRINK!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

        ha ha ha! you are awesome!

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly is a super-smart woman and I’m thrilled that she won. When this look came down the runway I fell in love with it, but had misgivings about Nina wearing gold and blue in the office. Boy was I wrong. She looked fabulous in it and as you boys pointed out, it had so many Nina elements to it that it had to be the winner. Like MK always says, you can tell Kimberly really thought about it.

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

        I was really happy for Kimberley, too. I also had misgivings about the blinginess of the metallic top, but it did work for Nina.
        bitchybitchybitchy

    • lilibetp

      Thought the winning outfit was great, but I REALLY disliked Nina’s “no, no, no” bitchitude in the conferences.  Kept expecting her to say “That’s all.”

      • Anonymous

        I thought Joanna Coles was also putting on her best Miranda Priestly imitation last night.

    • Anonymous

      Great challenge.  There was more depth to the judging than usual because Nina was able to observe their ability to course-correct in terms of their initial designs, fabric selection, and construction.  Usually the judges try to detect the process through questioning (though I have always thought that the producers have given them – or Heidi – some hints about the behind-the-scenes drama). In this challenge, Nina was actually able to critique their design abilities along how they will be able to work with customers, Marie Claire, etc.

      • MilaXX

        I think the ability to course correct is what pushed Anya into 3rd place. Nina’s not going to wear a jumpsuit with the back out, but Anya who told Nina she didn’t have a plan B listened to Nina’s concerns and mad the corrects. Yes she had help, but that doesn’t change the fact that what she sent down the runway was a finished garment.

    • Anonymous

      I think Lieutenant Uhura could have rocked this top at the Saturday soiree on board the Enterprise. All that gold doesn’t sit well with me during the day and while I really like the neckline and sleevelets, I thought the rest of the top was tight and unflattering and looked like it was pulling in different directions. I don’t mind that she won; good for her. I like her and I think she’s talented. It’s just not to my taste. Maybe I’m not into PR this year, but I found the episode kind of boring. Nina with a knife would have helped. I really hated that blouse that Nina was wearing, but I guess she’s feeling bling-y these days since she also adored that chiffon blouse with the tacky, tacky collar in the last episode.

      • Anonymous

        Ha! I called the top “Star Trek-y” last night, which delighted me because Kimberley smack talked Becky’s collar for being Star Trek last week.

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

        I think gold can work during the day as long as you’re careful with it. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

        Lieutenant Uhura…awesome!

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

      I agree it doesn’t look great on the runway, but it looked great on Nina in natural light, and that’s really all that matters right? Also I am not surprised that the Marie Claire offices are all about natural light.

    • Anonymous

      Go, Kimberly! I’m glad she won, and it was well deserved. Yes, that top was *very* Nina. Although Ms Coles exclamations that something extraordinary could happen to you when you wear that top made me wonder if that bling-y fabric was, in fact, magical.

       

    • Anonymous

      I thought the gold was harsh and cheap looking too.  It looks like that  heat embossed fake sequin fabric , where the gold would wear off  after a few uses (or even while you are sewing it).
      The cut of  the blouse is excellent though. As are the pants.
      I do not think the outfit that Nina is actually wearing was made in six hours. I think that Kimberly was given Nina’s measurements under top secret conditions and was given time to tailor a garment specifically for Nina using the fabric and design that she  created for the challenge. The problably gave Kimberley a brain eraser afterwards so she couldn’t divluge the specs when she was done.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693100793 Suzanne DiVasto Citere

         ” It looks like that  heat embossed fake sequin fabric , where the gold
        would wear off  after a few uses (or even while you are sewing it).”
        God, I HATE that fabric!! I’ve had people make dance costumes for my students and try to sneak in a few yards of that garbage. I’m like “I’m paying you $150 and you are handing me something that looks like the Halloween costumes they sell in CVS???”

    • Anonymous

      I liked the winning look, but the judging was unusually craptastic. They’re never really grounded in any kind of reality, but this episode they seemed unusually all over the place. Note to Michael Kors: that was not a house coat and it is not 1950 in the real world.

      • grouchywif

        Agreed. And I’ve actually pureed acorn squash for my baby. I definitely wasn’t wearing anything Michael Kors apparently thinks is appropriate for that activity.

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

          I think I’ve done something similar in a MK jacket actually — I wonder if that’s okay with him? 

          • Anonymous

            I thought Joanna made the dumb squash comment?

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

          I think I’ve done something similar in a MK jacket actually — I wonder if that’s okay with him? 

    • Anonymous

      I’ll admit , I was a little concern when I saw Kimberly busting out the christmas wrapping paper gold metallic. I did do a ” WTF is she thinking!”, judgement call. Then, I calmed myself the hell down, took a big slurp of my cockytail and really looked at what she was producing. I think I was only in my viewing party to get this look and knew it was a possible winner.  It was between Kimberly or Viktor.  And here’s why, Nina works, lives, operates in the Glam world. Unlike, most us who wouldn’t be able to wear this to an everyday work situation, unless it was a christmas office party or such. Nina can.  Everyday in her world, is an office party. Oh, and I thought the final result had fit issues around the middle. It made Nina look a little bloated or maybe it was that time of month??

    • Anonymous

      Out of the three, this had to be the winner. The jumpsuit for an editorial was done last year for Gretchen. Plus, could you really picture Nina walking around Marie Clair offices in an unfortunate jumpsuit and a fauxhawk? No. As for the other black dress, well, it was a black dress. From a marketing and editorial perspective, it has no appeal. It wasn’t eye catching or functional.

      This dress served all purposes. The outfit was wearable (like the challenge wanted) and would pop out on an ad or editorial.

      I didn’t like the gold when she was working it. But I certainly didn’t like the idea of blue top, blue pants, gold accents. And while I could take off that bottom flap, I think this really fits the Nina bill.  

    • Anonymous

      I thought the pants were the highlight of the outfit, even though the top commanded all the attention. Brava Kimberley!

    • http://twitter.com/foodhussy foodhussy

      Can’t wait to see what you think of the others but I totally thought Miss Clinque Counter was going to be top 3 if not winning – i thought that dress was fantastic!!!! 

    • Lori

      Love how it looked from the back.
       
      Yay, NINACAPS!   

      Anyone else irritated by Joanna Coles last night?  She seemed to be trying waaaaaaaay too hard to be clever and quotable, and I found her comments lame and trite.  It’s as if she was trying to be The Duchess (and failing miserably).

      • Anonymous

        Yes! My boyfriend (only an occasional and certainly a forced watcher) couldn’t deal with her, and then began attacking the show in general. Cut to me: “No, she’s not usually on the judging panel. Please watch this show with me….” as the boyfriend retreated to another room.

        • Anonymous

          Heh. My husband likes PR, but he never watches a whole episode. He just pops in every  now and then to see what’s happening. I wish he would watch it with me. He has a great eye for women’s clothes.

          • Anonymous

            The BF is very critical of my TV choices, and yet I watched TWO episodes of Hillbilly Handfishing without complaining once. I’m pretty sure I qualify for sainthood now…

            • Anonymous

              Yes. Yes you do. Wait. Is there actually a show called Hillbilly Handfishing, or did you make that up? Because that’s hilarious.

            • Anonymous

              Yes. Yes you do. Wait. Is there actually a show called Hillbilly Handfishing, or did you make that up? Because that’s hilarious.

            • Anonymous

              Oh god, I wish I made it up. It takes place in Oklahoma I think, and has a fellow that teaches a bunch of randoms how to “noodle” i.e. catch catfish by shoving their hands or feet into catfish holes.

            • Anonymous

              Hillbilly Handfishin’ had the honor of making it on The Soup this week! Never heard of this show before now, and next thing I know, Joel McHale is making fun of it.

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

        Yes I think she was trying way too hard to be noticed. Isn’t she going to be the host/judge of the all star show? I was looking forward to it, but not sure now. Although it would be a hoot if Santino was going to participate. 

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

        Yes I think she was trying way too hard to be noticed. Isn’t she going to be the host/judge of the all star show? I was looking forward to it, but not sure now. Although it would be a hoot if Santino was going to participate. 

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

          No, she’s taking Tim’s spot as mentor. 

          • Anonymous

            Gads. That’s right. After last night’s performance, I cannot imagine her in a mentor role. I think bitchy can work in small doses while mentoring, but if that’s gonna be her ‘go-to’ MO, I pity those designers. Good thing they’ve all been around the block – perhaps they can hold their own against her. Blech. Nina might get access to jewelry, but dealing with a boss like that daily would get old right quick.

            • MilaXX

              I think it’ll be okay because it’s not newbies, it’s PR vets. They been around the block enough not to be quite as scared of Joanna’s bark.

    • Anonymous

      I know, right?!? I wasn’t expecting such a thorough re-cap of the winning look. Shame on me for doubting the power and commitment of our dear bloggers!

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

      Can anyone tell me where the video of Nina and Kimberly at the Marie Claire offices is? I guess I turned the show off too early? I have been looking on the Lifetime PR website but a little L’Oreal lipstick ad goes a long way.

      • Anonymous

        The episode should be up by now. I think it’s usually up within 24 hours.

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

      I thought this would be the winner (of the top three) because I knew it would photograph better–especially to fit the proportions of the taxi cab advertisement. It succeeded in framing the face and was a dramatic color. Anya’s jumpsuit needed for the entire figure to be shown to get the best effect (so therefore too small to read from a distance) and Victor’s was too densely black (and unreadable at a glance) but structurally it would have worked in a closeup photo. Nina’s hair could not have been styled over her shoulders in front though.  

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t Kimberley originally have a blue top and Nina gave her reason to doubt? I just think the end product made Nina look great.

    • Anonymous

      i thought it was a bit of a tense show last night.  for a tiny as nina is she sure is a force to be reckoned with! 
      also with all the talk about kimberly making pants i dont remember anyone of the judges making a comment about them.

    • http://twitter.com/CheriCPat Cheri Patrick

      Why did Joanna Coles need to impress on everyone that she’s the boss and Nina just works there?  “She would be asking to be fired”  came across as more of a reminder that she could be fired than a comment about the clothes.  Maybe I’m just defensive on Nina’s behalf – did it rub anyone else the wrong way?

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure she was just jealous.  Joanna may be the boss but Nina is on TV!  Every week!  and she was certainly the center of attention this week!  And way more people have heard of Nina Garcia than Joanna Coles!  Seriously, I have heard they don’t get along at all.

      • Anonymous

        No, you’re right. Joanna Coles was a total bitch last night and put a damper on things. She even looked like crap last night when she’s usually a bit more put together and stylish. Last night she just came off looking like and acting like an old hag.

      • Toto Maya

        Yeah, I got that vibe too. Always referring to firing her. If I was Nina I would have been side-eying her.

    • Anonymous

      Oh really? Nina looked like a gold sausage in that top. I hate all the flaps and asymmetry.

      And shiny gold for day wear? Who is this girl, a hooker? Where is she going, to turn tricks?

    • narita_rayna

      kimberly is quickly edging into my personal top 3.  she’s really thoughtful in her design choices & she always aims for something innovative.  this outfit was really great.  perfect for nina.  and if i had the body, id want one too.  

      also – i want the dress kimberly wore to the nina meet-up! that was tres cute!!

    • Anonymous

      What?  You don’t think that she had the outfit re-made for her proportions?  If for no other reason than the pants would have been way too long for Nina. 

      • Anonymous

        When Anthony made the Marie Claire cover dress for Heidi, he made another one, specific to Heidi’s measurements for the cover shot. And Jack certainly made another shirt and trousers for Tiki Barber to wear on the Today Show. As fabulous as NIna’s figure is, she could not wear the outfit that the model is wearing. And even if she could I doubt that , given the rush that they make them in, that it would be suitablely finished to wear “out”  for all day .

        • Anonymous

          The way TLo wrote this“It looks just a skosh tight on her, but that’s kind of expected when you’re wearing something made in 6 hours.” made it sound like she took the shirt right off of the model, febrezed it, and wore it to work the next day without any alterations.

          I doubt that , given the rush that they make them in, that it would be suitablely finished to wear “out”  for all day

          AND be photographed in for her taxi cab tops!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2066192 Melissa Mellon

      I liked that Nina was *very particular* about her needs for the outfit and her aesthetic preferences. After last week’s “design for a stilts-walker” challenge, it was a relief to see the designers get some clearer directions for their designs.
       

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

      My thoughts EXACTLY – from the “this can’t possibly be in the top 3 and what were they thinking giving this the win” to “wow, Nina looks great in this!  It’s so her!”

    • Anonymous

      I’m kind of gnashing my teeth at them being so impressed with Kimberly’s pants.

      Which is no fault of Kimberly’s and she even said in the episode she wanted to do something else, but I’m having flash forwards of MK being bitchy if she makes a mediocre dress and/or them giving he too many passes on tops because they like her largely unremarkable pants.

    • Anonymous

      I would trade our fax machine and copy center for a Free Jewelry Room in a heartbeat.
      In a heartbeat. *sniff*

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5TCZJZPFUZEOFFQIBD4LR5TRME Lucinda M

      I liked the winning look, but I didn’t think it looked especially good on Nina in real life, too tight or something…that judge Joanna whoever was awful, and she didn’t look so good in that blindingly red. She made me feel like fashion must be a hellish world to live in with that snobbish attitude. I don’t know why but I have never liked Nina very much and don’t think her “look” is really so great because her hair is always the same. Why is she such an icon anyway? don’t get that! They were all completely terrified of her, but Kimberly seems like a very strong person herself and not one to be scared by the likes of Nina.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

        It’s time for Nina to get back to her natural hair color and to cut her hair. The blond stuff aging her,

        I like the top but with Nina’s fake hair color, it looks a bit off. It would be better with different hair.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think she’s an icon by any means, but she’s a powerful force on the show. She’s no nonsense and takes no prisoners. I think even Heidi is a little scared of her, and it’s Heidi’s show. I’d be scared of her too.

      • Anonymous

        Joanna was overly bitchy and after all her comments about what Nina “should” and “shouldn’t” wear to the office, J shows up for PR judging wearing a Butterick simple red sheath with absolutely no style at at all.

    • Anonymous

      I like this outfit, but the pants are pulling and wrinkling all over the place on the model.  It looks a lot better on Nina.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

        The model wasn’t even standing up straight! Shoulders Back, girl. Eat something so you can hold up your frame.

        Her posture made her outfit look bad.

        Good for Nina to see past all that.

      • http://profiles.google.com/grandiva1968 e jerry powell

        I strongly suspect that Nina had the pants altered, though.

    • sweetlilvoice

      There weren’t any real stinkers on the runway for once! I’m also glad that Kimberly won. I loved the terror Nina put into the designers! And Tim’s very concerned face…

      • Anonymous

        For the most part, I concur. However, did you not see the auf’d droat? Talk about stench!

    • Christine Campbell

      I can’t believe how much Nina scares the crap out of me and I’m just watching her through a television screen.  I would have needed nitroglycerin pills to design for her.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

        Nina looks like a younger relative of my high school algebra teacher, who still terrifies me.

        My teacher is still a nun, but a scary one.

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

          OMG I just got a vision of Nina dressed as a nun, and it’s scary!

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

            All nuns are scary — I don’t know why, but nuns freak me out.  Priests I’m fine with, but nuns are not okay with me at all.  I think I’m always afraid that they might actually have a direct line to God and have the influence to send me to Hell.

            • Anonymous

              Oh, man. It’s even worse when they’re in a group. What would you call that? A gaggle? A pride? Oooh, a murder! A murder of nuns!

              Priests have this whole hierarchy to go through before they get to God, from bishop all the way up to Pope. Nuns have God’s private cell phone number.

    • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

      Once I saw the completed look, I immediately thought it was going to win because it looks so very Nina.  Kimberley is one smart cookie and really paid attention to every detail.  And we know Nina likes that!  I think she’s a real contender in the competition.  I loved Nina in the workroom and can’t wait for the Ninacaps!

    • Anonymous

      “Take a moment from pretending to work ”

      You fellas know your demographic!

      And Kimberley totally deserved this win.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380079551 Marie Dees

      Yay! Ninacaps!  This challenge had what the design/style challenges with Heidi always seem to lack – a true sense of fear from the designers.  Some of them seemed to fall apart before they even got started. Loved it. 

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

      I felt a lot of this episode was a little snooze-fest worthy to me. Other than the same-fabric drama, it was pretty tame (and even THAT was pretty lame).  Next week, however. Finally, the moon is full and the crazies will be coming out. I can’t wait!

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

      I felt a lot of this episode was a little snooze-fest worthy to me. Other than the same-fabric drama, it was pretty tame (and even THAT was pretty lame).  Next week, however. Finally, the moon is full and the crazies will be coming out. I can’t wait!

    • Anonymous

      The best challenge ever follows the worse challenge of all time.  I HEART this challenge!  I don’t know who is scarier Nina or her boss.  Did anyone else notice that her boss liked to remind us that she was indeed Nina’s boss?   Very amusing.  I too was a doubter of Kimberl’y outfit but in the end I think Nina made the right choice.  Picture her wearing the other outfits around that workroom and you can see why they were less than ideal.  Two surprises though – 1) how the heck did that emerald green mosntrosity not end up in the bottom 3 and 2) Oliver’s pout.  What a little bee.  Who knew?

      • Anonymous

        Which emerald green monstrosity? Blenley’s or Danielle’s? I didn’t like either, but Blenley’s was GOD awful…so if you mean hers, I totally agree with you.

        • Anonymous

          I rewatched the episode yesterday afternoon. I forgot how awful Laura’s was. It might have been the worst thing on the runway. Gah!

          • Anonymous

            So “Blenley” is Laura?!  I was sure I finally figured out it was Danielle.  I really wish that nickname, and “Clinique Counter” had NOT caught on.

            • Anonymous

              Yes. It’s a mash-up of Blond Kenley.

      • Anonymous

        Which emerald green monstrosity? Blenley’s or Danielle’s? I didn’t like either, but Blenley’s was GOD awful…so if you mean hers, I totally agree with you.

      • Anonymous

        Which emerald green monstrosity? Blenley’s or Danielle’s? I didn’t like either, but Blenley’s was GOD awful…so if you mean hers, I totally agree with you.

    • Anonymous

      The best challenge ever follows the worse challenge of all time.  I HEART this challenge!  I don’t know who is scarier Nina or her boss.  Did anyone else notice that her boss liked to remind us that she was indeed Nina’s boss?   Very amusing.  I too was a doubter of Kimberl’y outfit but in the end I think Nina made the right choice.  Picture her wearing the other outfits around that workroom and you can see why they were less than ideal.  Two surprises though – 1) how the heck did that emerald green mosntrosity not end up in the bottom 3 and 2) Oliver’s pout.  What a little bee.  Who knew?

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad Kimberly won. Once again, I couldn’t pick a clear winner this episode, but I cannot argue with Kimberly’s win at all. I wasn’t too concerned about the metallic top, given what Nina was wearing that episode. (I liked the pattern on Nina’s top, but not the overall style. Reminded me too much of those crocheted pot holder-type vests from the 70s.)

      I think Kimberly got bonus points for bending to her client’s will and making Nina pants, even though Kimberly doesn’t want to be considered a one-trick pony. Her consultation went quite well, which had to be a factor in judging.

      Oh, and I was reeling at Johanna Cole’s comments about what everyone would say if they were to show up in the office in this or that outfit. Mee-fucking-ow bitches!

      • MilaXX

        I’m assuming Kerry being there was to give her more face time since she has a new show coming in the Fall. I like her and wish she had been a more vocal judge, but I don’t think that was possible with Joanna chewing the scenery like she did.

      • MilaXX

        I’m assuming Kerry being there was to give her more face time since she has a new show coming in the Fall. I like her and wish she had been a more vocal judge, but I don’t think that was possible with Joanna chewing the scenery like she did.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad Kimberly won. Once again, I couldn’t pick a clear winner this episode, but I cannot argue with Kimberly’s win at all. I wasn’t too concerned about the metallic top, given what Nina was wearing that episode. (I liked the pattern on Nina’s top, but not the overall style. Reminded me too much of those crocheted pot holder-type vests from the 70s.)

      I think Kimberly got bonus points for bending to her client’s will and making Nina pants, even though Kimberly doesn’t want to be considered a one-trick pony. Her consultation went quite well, which had to be a factor in judging.

      Oh, and I was reeling at Johanna Cole’s comments about what everyone would say if they were to show up in the office in this or that outfit. Mee-fucking-ow bitches!

    • Anonymous

      TLo said: She comes off as sharp as a tack with a real sense of modern style and trends.

      … Except for her weave!

      But I totally loved this and was thrilled for her win. She really does seem smart and pretty drama-free (so far).

      • MilaXX

        I don’t think her weave is bad. At least it not super plastic looking.

        • Anonymous

          not the worst I ever saw, but too high off her head, IMO.

    • Anonymous

      TLo said: She comes off as sharp as a tack with a real sense of modern style and trends.

      … Except for her weave!

      But I totally loved this and was thrilled for her win. She really does seem smart and pretty drama-free (so far).

    • Anonymous

      TLo said: She comes off as sharp as a tack with a real sense of modern style and trends.

      … Except for her weave!

      But I totally loved this and was thrilled for her win. She really does seem smart and pretty drama-free (so far).

    • Anonymous

      Yesterday on the Kardashian post I was bemoaning the sad state of affairs for women named ‘Kim’. Seems as though things are looking up – as least for those of us who are actually ‘Kimberly’ or ‘Kimberley’ – which brings me to my question. I am a proud ‘ley’. Per the Lifetime website, the designer does not appear to be so, just the regular ‘ly’, but I see many folks have referred to her as an ‘ley’. I’ve only met one or two ‘leys’. And Scotty F, on behalf of Kims and Kimberl(e)ys everywhere – could we drop the Lil’ reference in the future? Oh please?

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

        My sister’s a Kimberly but if you call her that, she’ll have your head.  In the ’80s she allowed Kimber (like from Jem) but now it’s only Kim.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        A friend named her daughter Kimber Lee.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        A friend named her daughter Kimber Lee.

    • Anonymous

      First things first: I’m so lusting after Nina’s workroom look. The more I look at it the more I want it.

      I do think Kimberly deserved the win (with Viktor a close second, except that his was tres Mouret, n’est-ce pas?), and yet I didn’t think it looked good on Nina. It was so very Nina, and yet not. I think Kimberly worked the gold tastefully, but I wonder how it’d look in a different fabric. (And I think when Nina wears metallics she goes more for silvers than golds.)

      And, yes, Kimberly looked fabulous in her yellow dress.

      • Anonymous

        I also thought of Mouret early on in the workroom  with Viktor and was surprised that we didn’t hear *too derivative*. Of the top three, Kimberly’s was the only possible choice for Nina, although it seemed too *blingey* to me (who knew Marie Claire had a jewelry room!), Anya’s was much too low in the back for office day wear, and Viktor’s too somber.

      • Anonymous

        I also thought of Mouret early on in the workroom  with Viktor and was surprised that we didn’t hear *too derivative*. Of the top three, Kimberly’s was the only possible choice for Nina, although it seemed too *blingey* to me (who knew Marie Claire had a jewelry room!), Anya’s was much too low in the back for office day wear, and Viktor’s too somber.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

        i thought the same thing…roland mouret/black halo rip-off…

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

      I loved this look, thought it was awesome, love the top, thought Nina looked great in it. Easily the best for the win. 

    • Anonymous

      I thought the top looked much better on Nina in natural light, and I think it was smart of Kimberley to go with a sort of antique-y gold, rather than a bright one. I liked the top and think it probably fits well into Nina’s work world, which is far more glittery than mine. Congrats to Kimberely.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I did like the top on the runway, and even better on Nina.  Like Anthony with his cover-winning look, Kimberly seemed to remember that it was for an ad, and put the interest in the right place for a photograph.

      I don’t share your love for what Nina wore in the workroom.  All I could think was “Carol Brady.”

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

        Thank you!  That was my same reaction to that top!  When you see it up close in screen caps, it’s not really all that Brady-ish, but from a distance and in motion, it does read that way.

      • MilaXX

        I hated those salmon sleeves. They looked ugly and a bit un-Nina like to me. I do agree she likely wore it to throw the designers off.

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

        Yes!  That was one thing that really surprised me about the designs this time – they weren’t only for Nina to wear for a day, they were ALSO for an ad/Marie Claire photoshoot.  I was surprised that only Kimberly and Josh (and I guess Cecelia, kind of) designed something that had something interesting near the face/in the upper part of the dress.  No matter how wonderful the outfit was, once Nina put her editor had on she wasn’t going to choose something that was blah at the top.  That’s not her own style, and it wasn’t a good choice for the photos it was going to be used for.

    • Anne Slovin

      That may be the first really normal pair of pants anybody has ever made on this show.

    • Anonymous

      agree 100 percent. Did not see this top 3 –  won me over by end of episode. Also…did not HATE the losing look. Kinda liked it, excusing some flaws.

      • Toto Maya

        I thought that if she had cut off the bottom and fixed the neckline it would make a really cute sports jacket. I would wear it, not for fashion but to keep warm and the rain off. Definitely not what Nina was looking for though.

    • Anonymous

      agree 100 percent. Did not see this top 3 –  won me over by end of episode. Also…did not HATE the losing look. Kinda liked it, excusing some flaws.

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

      LOL Bert for not noticing that Olivier was not one of the judges’ picks! But I don’t blame him because Olivier is such a non-presence.

      I don’t really agree with the lack of a teachers’ pet. I think Anya is it. The judges always seem to comment about her lack of sewing experience and then rave over her look. The other designers also treat her like a pet.

      I like this group of designers. Many are rather friendly to each other. I enjoy seeing that. And just a little but of drama. 

      I’m wondering about the HP part of the prize. I read yesterday that HP is no longer going to make the touchpads and wants to get out of the computer making business. Does that make the prize less valuable?

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        “LOL Bert for not noticing that Olivier was not one of the judges’ picks! But I don’t blame him because Olivier is such a non-presence.”

        Such a non-presence that Bert did not even realize Olivier was sitting next to him on the couch!

      • Toto Maya

        My question was, did Bert say that Olivier was going to win or get kicked off? Because I think it’s hilarious if Bert was saying that the judges would kick him off when he was sitting right there.

      • Toto Maya

        My question was, did Bert say that Olivier was going to win or get kicked off? Because I think it’s hilarious if Bert was saying that the judges would kick him off when he was sitting right there.

        • Anonymous

          He said Olivier would do well. You’d think that would soften the blow at least a little re: Bert not realizing Olivier was sitting right next to him, but The O man-boy was having none of it.

    • Shawn Hill

      Ninacaps!!! YAYYY!!!! Does she really just never wear a bra? Is that fashionable? At least Kimberly gave her a top that had the bra sort of built in (due to the stiff fabric).

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552853133 Teddy Partridge

        and how does TIM GUNN know Nina NEVER wears a bra?

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

      “Your workplace probably doesn’t have boxes of jewelry lying around for you to select from, does it?”
      I’m working on it!
      Thought it was a solid win. And Nina looked faaabulous in it. I really enjoyed watching Nina advise the designers. She’s assertive, and I like her “Do you have a plan B?” Good for Kimberly for following Nina’s directions.

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

      “Your workplace probably doesn’t have boxes of jewelry lying around for you to select from, does it?”
      I’m working on it!
      Thought it was a solid win. And Nina looked faaabulous in it. I really enjoyed watching Nina advise the designers. She’s assertive, and I like her “Do you have a plan B?” Good for Kimberly for following Nina’s directions.

    • Anonymous

      Oooh, love it! I didn’t see the show but that top is fantastic. I didn’t think it was too blingy because the texture provides a sort of tweediness factor. Subtle, but it’s there. Wow, a challenge about actual clothes. How exciting! Now I may need to tune into the season.

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

      Really liked this entry. Happy to see that the makeup artists and hairstylists laid off the pipe this week.

    • Anonymous

      My work place has boxes of paper clips lying aroung…hmmmmm….
      Kimberly earned this one… it was a great outfit.  I completely agreed with all the judges last night… that hasn’t happened for a long time!!

    • MilaXX

      I’ve liked Kimberly from the moment I saw her audition. She just seems calm & no nonsense and I like her work. Even her talking head was different. When she talked about losing her mom & brother, there was no falling apart & dissolving into tears. This was my choice for the win. I’m also hoping Kimberly makes it to the finals.

      • Anonymous

        I share the Kimberly love. Personality-wise anyway.  I thought her outfit for the Episode That Must Not Be Named should have won, and I liked this one too. On the model, the top made her breasts look a little askew, and I wondered whether that would count against Kimberly–but putting that cocktail ring on her model sealed the deal!  Heidi was SO impressed with the styling! And on Nina, the top looked great. Kimberly took direction well and she clearly checked out those Nina screenshots very carefully. She deserved the win and I’m happy for her!

      • Anonymous

        I share the Kimberly love. Personality-wise anyway.  I thought her outfit for the Episode That Must Not Be Named should have won, and I liked this one too. On the model, the top made her breasts look a little askew, and I wondered whether that would count against Kimberly–but putting that cocktail ring on her model sealed the deal!  Heidi was SO impressed with the styling! And on Nina, the top looked great. Kimberly took direction well and she clearly checked out those Nina screenshots very carefully. She deserved the win and I’m happy for her!

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

      I’d love to have Kimberly’s yellow dress. I wonder if it’s her design or some other designer.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the flashy gold might read a little ghetto-licious for Nina.  But it was nice to see that it looked totally different in the office than on the runway, and much more elegant.  When that happens I always wonder whether it was vision or luck.  But congrats Kimberley!  She’s certainly one of the more interesting contestants at this point.  Still no “wow” moment from this season, though.  Waiting (somewhat) patiently!

    • Anonymous

      This was one of the most fun episodes in a long time.  I really enjoyed seeing Nina’s consultations with the designers and appreciated that for once they had a lot of client input and didn’t have to design/sew in a vacuum.  It was interesting to see who fell apart and who staunchly changed course after the Nina meetings.  Wish this had been an extended episode so we could see more discussion with the ones in the middle too.

      So congrats to Kimberly.  I liked the design of the top a lot (hated the gold fabric, though).

      • Anonymous

        I also enjoyed seeing Nina’s consultations, and I especially liked that they were done in private.  In the workroom, everybody can hear and use comments for their own advantage.  That’s why on the Fashion Show (was that the name), I liked Isaac M.’s private consults with each team.

      • Anonymous

        I also enjoyed seeing Nina’s consultations, and I especially liked that they were done in private.  In the workroom, everybody can hear and use comments for their own advantage.  That’s why on the Fashion Show (was that the name), I liked Isaac M.’s private consults with each team.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I’m glad Kimberly won! I was just a tiny bit worried that Anya was going to win after they all went on and on about that jumpsuit. I didn’t think the jumpsuit was all that, and I was totally surprised no one ratted her out for having help.

      • Toto Maya

        I liked the jumpsuit, but not enough to put it in the top 3. I think Anya did a good job of fixing the design to Nina’s liking, but that doesn’t mean it deserved to win, so I’m glad they didn’t pick it.

      • Toto Maya

        I liked the jumpsuit, but not enough to put it in the top 3. I think Anya did a good job of fixing the design to Nina’s liking, but that doesn’t mean it deserved to win, so I’m glad they didn’t pick it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1007327979 Sara Frankart Finn

      Was I the only one who saw Nina’s side-boob when she was wearing the top??  I was totally on board with it until that moment – then I was a little horrified….

    • Anonymous

      I, too, was worried when I saw that gold lame fabric, but I have to say that top is gorgeous and looked even better in the light of day (fit issues aside).  I actually covet that top.  Anyway, kudos to Kimberly – a well-deserved win and for once I’m agreeing with the judges – who then revert to classic WTF??? form and laud that jumpsuit…but I’ll save that for another post. 

    • Mariah J

      Very sharp outfit. Not my favorite but I knew it would win. It’s so Nina but with the volume dialed up a little.

    • Anonymous

      I was surprised by Kimberley in the top three; blown away by her win. Not the biggest fan of gold shiny fabric, but Nina did look swell in it and that’s what it was all about. As for Nina, I thought she did a really great job guiding the designers last night. She was direct, but I don’t think she went over the top at all. I think for once, the designers had some concrete instructions on what to make…which should’ve made the job easier for all of them….unfortunately, a couple of them didn’t really listen or take it to heart. I’m looking forward to NinaCaps!

    • Anonymous

      Hmmm, funny, I knew right away that Kimberly’s outfit was a possible winner–it popped on the runway for me.  The lines were clean, but the gold and the neckline made it a bit glam.  Yeah, it’s gold, but metallics have been having a moment.  While a lot of us pasty people don’t wear a ton of gold well, I could easily picture it on Nina.  Meanwhile, the pants meant she could go about doing her job without having to think about what she was wearing.  It was practical glam–and that’s Nina and most fashion editors.  They’re not models and actresses who are more willing to spend time on an overall “look” for a particular occasion.

      I’m actually surprised how surprised TLo and other posters are by the win.  This was by far the most wearable outfit of the ones with any edge.  

      • MilaXX

        I agree, this one screamed Nina to me the moment I saw it. When Nina said she could wear it to work with a jacket I was convinced it was the winner.

      • MilaXX

        I agree, this one screamed Nina to me the moment I saw it. When Nina said she could wear it to work with a jacket I was convinced it was the winner.

      • Toto Maya

        My reaction was, “That is gorgeous, I want it, but they won’t put it in the top 3.” So I was surprised that it won, even though I thought it should have.

        • Anonymous

          My take is that Nina avoids flash Latina stereotypes, but she’s still enough of a Columbian girl with strong enough features that she can wear a bit of a theatrical look more than a lot of women–and that includes a gold top with a bunch of weird shapes.  What she can’t do is fussy–her features are too strong; big patterns–she’s small or floaty–just so not her personality.  

          Except for the sheer terror factor, this shouldn’t have been that hard a challenge–Nina’s style’s quite strong and definite–pretty much anything that was classic lines matched with a surprise somewhere should have worked.  I thought Bert’s dress, by the way, was beautiful if unsuitable for the office.

      • Toto Maya

        My reaction was, “That is gorgeous, I want it, but they won’t put it in the top 3.” So I was surprised that it won, even though I thought it should have.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t think the fabric was too showy or blingy or cheap. I thought that dull gold was rather luxe and sedate looking. And the design was Nina to her toes.
      Do you think Nina’s top was the actual one made for the runway? She’s surely not the same size as a runway model. Don’t you think they had a sewing shop make up a new garment sized for Nina?

    • Toto Maya

      I thought it was beautiful and I was hoping it would win. She did a great job. I normally hate shiny fabric and gold fabric, but I made an exception for this outfit. Adorable, and I want it.

    • Anonymous

      To me, the cut of the top screamed “Nina!” the minute I saw it.  

    • double_m_one

      Gawd I HATED this outfit.  Damn.

    • Anonymous

      I agree 100%; didn’t realize what a great creation this was until Nina put it on; and then WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tom Shea

      I think I may have to stop watching this goddamned show. it must be me, because every time I see something I think should win, it ends up going to a garment I can’t stand. I haven’t even been close. Kimberley’s outfit was fucking MESSY. Ridiculous. And I thought Nina looked ridiculous in it. And Julie should not have gone home. Give her a spanking for the cray ccray collar, but she shouldn’t have gotten the auf. No way. And get off my lawn, you damn kids! Bert and I are trying to sleep!
      Sorrry, one more thing.Joanna Coles deserves a smack. She sounded like she was trying to land her own damn show. Stop telling us who you’d fire for dressing a certain way. I kept expecting her to say “That’s it. Give me the keys, I’m taking over this salon right now.”

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly was smart to put those design elements in the upper portion of the top given the winning design was to be shown on the tops of cabs where only a portion of the outfit would be shown. I couldn’t see Nina posing lying down to show off a full garment. If the outfit was remade for Nina, I think it was still too tight. My main quibble with the design was how the flap looked from the back. Great win for Kimberly and she seems to be one to just get on with the job – which may be to her disadvantage given how the producers like drama. 

      Interesting that Bert hardly featured in this episode. 

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly was smart to put those design elements in the upper portion of the top given the winning design was to be shown on the tops of cabs where only a portion of the outfit would be shown. I couldn’t see Nina posing lying down to show off a full garment. If the outfit was remade for Nina, I think it was still too tight. My main quibble with the design was how the flap looked from the back. Great win for Kimberly and she seems to be one to just get on with the job – which may be to her disadvantage given how the producers like drama. 

      Interesting that Bert hardly featured in this episode. 

    • fragileindustries

      I loved this win.  Kimberley listened to the criticism and gave Nina a level of restrained, tasteful sparkle to aspire to.  Beautifully executed and the details made a difference.  I am, in a way, as proud of Nina for her choice as Kimberley’s design — neither of them was afraid to turn up the volume and know it would work, rather than choosing something safe.

      That said, I was happy Nina filled out the boobage enough to round out the top.  On the model the ends of the bust darts looked like pointy arrows screaming “nipples go here!!!”.  Not good in a metallic fabric on anyone.    

    • fragileindustries

      I loved this win.  Kimberley listened to the criticism and gave Nina a level of restrained, tasteful sparkle to aspire to.  Beautifully executed and the details made a difference.  I am, in a way, as proud of Nina for her choice as Kimberley’s design — neither of them was afraid to turn up the volume and know it would work, rather than choosing something safe.

      That said, I was happy Nina filled out the boobage enough to round out the top.  On the model the ends of the bust darts looked like pointy arrows screaming “nipples go here!!!”.  Not good in a metallic fabric on anyone.    

    • fragileindustries

      And, THAT said, when will we be rid of Bryce?  How in God’s creation was he not in the bottom???  I see him or his messes and I start sharpening my knives.  Really not fond of the boy.

    • fragileindustries

      And, THAT said, when will we be rid of Bryce?  How in God’s creation was he not in the bottom???  I see him or his messes and I start sharpening my knives.  Really not fond of the boy.

      • Anonymous

        Oooh, the hem on Bryce’s dress was so awful even he admitted it. I thought the dress was cute, but too short for the office, and poorly constructed. Also, I’m thinking it’s not Nina’s style.

    • Anonymous

      AHHH, NINACAPS.  I am so excited.

    • Anonymous

      Not my favourite. It did, however, look better on Nina than it did on the model, but much of that is due to the fact that it was properly made and finished when Nina wore it. Also, while the designers were obviously frightened by the prospect of designing for Nina, I have to say, Nina seemed a little frightened of the designers in return during her workroom consultations – at least to me.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, it looks less ugly on Nina.

    • Robert Sanchez

      Hated this, and surprised Nina chose it. Even with your reasoning as to why Nina picked it, I still think it was the least attractive of the Top 3, and thought some of the ones in the middle had a better chance of being Top 3 than this. Like you said, the pants look great, but I can’t get past that cheap material for the top. In a better fabric, maybe I could see it as deserving the win.

    • Robert Sanchez

      Hated this, and surprised Nina chose it. Even with your reasoning as to why Nina picked it, I still think it was the least attractive of the Top 3, and thought some of the ones in the middle had a better chance of being Top 3 than this. Like you said, the pants look great, but I can’t get past that cheap material for the top. In a better fabric, maybe I could see it as deserving the win.

    • Anonymous

      Hated it on sight.
      First thought : FUGLY !
      I thought it was going to be on the bottom, despite being beautifully tailored. It’s not only the bling bling material, it’s the shape on the breast ! Those 2 lines plunging from her tits make them look sad.
      The pants are really well made and the top, too but I don’t like that outfit and I wouldn’t have picked it for the win, even I I does see your point. It does screams “Nina”. But I still think it’s cheap Nina.
      And that challenge was absolutely fantastic, the best “Design for…” so far ! 

    • Anonymous

      I really liked this one, but once I saw it on Nina, it was clearly the winner, she looked amazing in it. Kimberly is getting better each week, clever girl.

    • Anonymous

      I liked the top but was overall underwhelmed with the work this week.

    • Anonymous

      I guess I’m in the minority but I did not like this outfit at all and actually had it in the bottom 3 or maybe safe. I though the pants fit the model sort of weird and I really thought that top looked like something Samantha would have worn on SATC for a night out with the girls. I also thought it was weird that Nina wanted a pair of “Kimberley Pants” but all you could see on the cab picture was the top. Maybe the pics in Marie Clair showed the pants?? IDK, I picked Anya for the win and I don’t even like jumpsuits!!  Now back to me regular job with fax machines, telephones, and Medicare audits…

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

      I did not pick it as top 3 either (did not like gold for the office), but it did look really good on Nina and kind of appropriate.  I liked the Judge who said that you would feel great doing anything in the office in that outfit…..she was right.

    • Dick D

      Let’s seee my first reaction… Captain Kirk shirt with a colostomy bag pocket on the side.

    • Anonymous

      Can’t believe Bryce didn’t go home for that horrific purple number. Confuse me.

      I’m glad somebody had pointed out that there is so much love for the top’s top half but Nina’s hairstyle prevents it from full view. Also, a “skosh tight”? So kind, such subtle, veiled words for ill-fitting. The top looks like it’s bunching and pulling in all 8 directions, including the back. This pulling makes Nina thick around her belly and waist. The gold sparkly cloth materials makes the top look quite heavy. Perhaps it photographs well, hence a winning look? And Kimberly obviously cut off half the pants to fit Nina’s length, correct?

    • Anonymous

      God I love watching Nina crush dreams.

    • Anonymous

      No Lifetime so I have to wait for time on Friday to view the video. Worse is that I can’t read THIS until I watch the show. Ugh. It seems like forever.

      That said, not sorry about the win. But am sad that they were so critical of Danielle’s work. Come on. It wasn’t THAT bad.

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

        it’s been up since early this morning. cos i work nights, i know.

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

      “Nina wonders what kind of low-rent employer wouldn’t offer multiple boxes of free jewelry as a perq to their employees. She suggests you walk out immediately. She’s all about the worker’s rights.”
      LOL!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IX6XAEE5TUPIIFP25BGQGSPQA Scott

      How come everytime we see an array of stills from the runway on TLo posts, the hues on the garments are different in each and every one?  I’d think style mavens such as yourselves would be careful to ‘color correct’ as necessary…look above…is the outfit metallic gold, or metallic green??

    • Anonymous

      I shared the same thought regarding the gold color. However it looked absolutely terrific on Nina, went with her skin tone perfectly. Kimberly can make a killer pair of tailored pants, the top and pants look great together, terrific on Nina, and the top looked great in the cab advertisement. I didn’t find the gold tacky when the top was finished, looked like the perfect shade of gold. Great outfit for Nina. Kimberly is definitely one to watch now. Love that last photo of Kimberly going out the door, almost looks like Nina is trying to high-five her, but Kim’s leaving her hanging, not the case but still.

    • Anonymous

      I hated the top, the shiny fabric, the wonky flap. But, like T Lo, when I saw Nina wearing it I had an “aha” moment. Still didn’t love it but it translated pretty well to the workplace. Well, Nina’s workplace. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/pdcrooks Patrick Crooks

      Is it just me or is the model’s posture making the top look a bit slouchy/messy/dumpy?

    • Anonymous

      Ah, NINACAPS. I must be in T-Lo Heaven.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1052062518 Megan Moore

      Hilarious! As I’m watching the reruns on Saturday morning I’ve seen three commercials for Depends… Way to call it TLo.

    • http://twitter.com/sou773 s

      is it just me who sees the swastikas all over nina’s sweater?

    • fragileindustries

      Want want want whatever Heidi’s wearing in the opening, shot #3.  Like some cubist chain mail.  I’m feeling Mid Modern Medieval.  NINACAPS!!! More!

    • Anonymous

      finally someone (x2) who gets it! now where can i get the fabric? i know Mood -but I looked online and could not find it. help o wise ones.