PR: The Vast Middle

Posted on August 08, 2011

Well if the judges can’t be arsed to critique these looks, we’ll just have to bark out our opinions in their place. Stand back. Sometimes there’s spit.

Anya

Anya used leashes and rope dog toys to put together this fetching little look. We didn’t hate it on sight or anything but we did shout at our TV when this walked out.

“IT’S THE SAME TOP SHE MADE LAST WEEK!”

That little bit of disappointing repetition aside, it’s not a bad little look at all.

Too heavy and rug-like to get anywhere near the top3, plus the skirt’s kind of standard and while she clearly likes to style her model exactly like herself, we’re not sure Anya-lite was the way to go as far as styling for these pieces. But she chose interesting materials and worked hard to make them do what she wanted and the look definitely has some impact to it. We suspect the judges noticed it more than many of the entries in the middle.

Laura

Gotta give it to Blenley here.


She really managed to make something cute and chic.

Better than that…

She did a great job manipulating the materials, which is exactly the kind of thing the judges like.

And to our way of thinking demonstrates that she’s got some real chops, both as a designer and a competitor.

Much as it pains us to say that about Miss “I come from an upper class background.”

It’s cute; it feels of the moment, and it doesn’t really look like pet store materials.

Of all the vast middle, we think this was probably the most deserving of a slot in the top 3.

See? See how fair-minded and unbiased we are? We’ve had our claws out and sharpened for this bitch strong competitor right from the get-go, and yet look at the lovely things we spat out bitterly said about her here! Truly we are the Mother Teresa of bitchy gay reality TV bloggers.

Viktor


Hey, wasn’t Viktor all narrowed eyes and hissed threats last week? Whatever happened to that guy? Because he seems pretty non-threatening so far.
There’s good “vast middle” and then there’s not-so-good “vast middle.” We would consider this the former.

We were a bit more intrigued when we saw the direction he was going in the workroom and then a bit disappointed when this walked out.

It’s pretty. Nothing to get too excited about from a design perspective and hardly the most modern dress you’ll ever see, but it does a damn good job of mimicking an actual cocktail dress.

We do hate the way he styled this thing, however. The necklace and the belt seem to be rather obvious attempts to make a fairly plain dress look more dramatic.

And she’s got drag queen makeup paired with running errands hair. Weird.

But credit must be paid, because he manipulated his materials very well and they couldn’t have been easy to work with. The dyeing was a nice touch and well executed.

And the whole dress looks solidly put together, unlike many of the other entries, which looked like they could survive neither a light rain, a strong wind, or a walk through the park. He may not have come close to winning this challenge, but he definitely won the Pee Pad Prize.

 

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

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I wasn’t crazy about Laura’s look on the show, but the pictures have changed my mind.

    • Anonymous

      “Too heavy and rug-like to get anywhere near the top3″……(casts sidelong glance at the ill-fitted shag-carpet top that won this week)….Sigh, I guess that conversation is already over.

      • Anne Robotti

        Just have another drink and forget it Pete. Next week will be better. Do you want a little shoulder-rub?

        • Anonymous

          That sounds nice…also reminds me I need to pick up Vermouth before Thursday night.

          • Anonymous

            I think you might not want the vermouth. Straight vodka or gin might be the way to go this week.

            I’m with you on the sidelong glance at the shag-carpet top. Not one of the judges’ better decisions.

            • Anonymous

              “judges’ better decisions” is almost an oxymoron with this bunch!

            • Anonymous

              Ha! Good point.

        • Anonymous

          That sounds nice…also reminds me I need to pick up Vermouth before Thursday night.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care how good she is, Blenley needs to leave before I cut her.

    • shorty j

      I was just really impressed he dyed those pee pads successfully. Those things soak up a LOT of moisture and get crazy heavy really fast, and tear like nobody’s business. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/h.e.waddell Heather Waddell

        I have a feeling that he painted them with the dye instead of dip-dying them.

      • Anonymous

        I think he took the top layer off and dyed that….not the whole thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1248212910 Jessie Melcher Brown

      Laura seems like an airhead, and yet she showed good judgement.  When she did her model fitting she realized her Judy Jetson skirt was just too short and would not work, and she pulled together something else.  I think her original skirt was more interesting but it was too short.

    • Joe J

      Considering that this is what Laura’s outfit looked like after she had to do some serious overhauling of the skirt, it’s a damn impressive effort.  Had she done this skirt from the get-go, she could have made a really impeccable, polished top to go with it.  As it is, the gaps in the left side of the bodice and the weird uneven weaving near the center make the top look sloppy and unfinished.

      LOVE how Anya matched up the colors in the straps nearly perfectly – I thought she was in contention for the top 3 again. 

      Viktor’s?  Eh, it’s ok, but I don’t really think it’s much better than Josh’s auf’ed dress – extra points for making the effort to dye it, though.  It seems a little standard, but it at least looks like a finished outfit, which is more than you can say about some of the other entries this week.

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

        “…the gaps in the left side of the bodice and the weird uneven weaving near the center make the top look sloppy and unfinished.”
        Huh. I liked the uneven weave and figured that she made it that way on purpose. I think an even weave would have been a bit static.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, I thought it was deliberate as well.
           

      • Anonymous

        Except that aufed Josh used cloth and Viktor used pee pads which makes what he did with it quite impressive, particularly the dying.  Having a load of pee pads in my garage and having used them to mop up spills (other than doggie spills, I’m talking water and stuff), I know they hang on to water and become very heavy (just like regular diapers), so his dye job, whether painted or dipped, is pretty cool.

        • Joe J

          I’ll take your word for it (cat owner here).   Although I thought both he and Josh had simple silhouettes, I will say you can tell at a glance that  Viktor clearly put more effort into his.  Also, until it was pointed out by someone else in this thread, I didn’t notice that he even went so far as to make his own accessories, so major points on the technical skill in the finished look.

      • Anonymous

        I have to agree with you. Those gaps don’t look planned to me. They’re really the only problem I have with the garment, but that gap in the center makes it look like the top is just a touch too small.

        I still love what Laura did, though.

      • Anonymous

        I have to agree with you. Those gaps don’t look planned to me. They’re really the only problem I have with the garment, but that gap in the center makes it look like the top is just a touch too small.

        I still love what Laura did, though.

    • Anonymous

      Whats with the makeup this year?  there is taking ideas from designers then making them “good” seems the makeup artist are prob interns or something, not that there is anything wrong with that, but I wonder if in the past the makeup and hair people took the ideas of the designers and “tamed” them a bit, cause if I was a makeup artist, I wouldn’t send something out there that looked so bad

      • Anonymous

        Or it’s a sponsor insisting on doing the makeup, not because the sponsor has makeup artists but to have control over the product. 

    • PostsYouCanDanceTo

      Those shoes Anya used are so heavy, the gay mafia uses them to drown stool pigeons in the harbor.

      I wanted to see Blenley try to whip up some bikini briefs for her assless skirt (which, as she showed, apparently is a thing) and try to bullshit her way outta the bottom 3, but sadly, Christmas did not come early this year. Was her top falling apart or was it just half-woven to begin with? I suppose it doesn’t really matter, but this “neither-here-nor-there” state of construction hopefully isn’t deliberate.

      Very impressed with the dye treatment of the pee pads Vik did; so impressed I managed to miss the leash/belt treatments (!!!) and now, upon review, they’re glaringly obvious and a poor styling choice (and so superfluous; if he wanted to use them so badly, straps would’ve been a better way to go, they would’ve been incorporated into the look more organically and less forced).

      • Anonymous

        Seeing as how I hate short, tight, and strapless, I totally agree that Viktor should have used the leashes to make straps. Even if it would still be short and tight, the straps would have made it less trashy looking.

      • Anonymous

        Seeing as how I hate short, tight, and strapless, I totally agree that Viktor should have used the leashes to make straps. Even if it would still be short and tight, the straps would have made it less trashy looking.

    • Anonymous

      Thought Blenley did a nice job recovering from her near disaster of a gyno skirt.

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

        She was smart enough to step back and say “that skirt is ass”

      • Anonymous

        I agree.

        On her blog, though, Laura (Bennett) wrote “Laura (Blenley) has questionable taste. Her cone skirt was assy, not classy. All those upper-class single-digit years in Neiman Marcus taught her nothing.” I think that’s a bit harsh. Had Blenley actually sent the transparent hip-ring down the runway, Bennett would have a point. Am I missing something? Doesn’t the fact that she tried an idea, saw it wasn’t going to work, and changed the design indicate that she does have some taste?

        • MilaXX

          In my book she only gets minor points for that. She had no problem with the skirt being see through, just that the skirt had actual cheekage showing.

          • Anonymous

            Fair enough. I just think Bad Mommy sank her fangs in a little too deep this early in the season. She has to save something for the disasters that will (inevitably) actually make it all the way to the judges.

    • Anonymous

      Laura’s was my fave, although (yes) her personality leaves something to be desired.  I very much like Anya’s cute little halter tops but hope she shows more range going forward. 

      Makeup this season is awful. And again with the slumping models. They are going to drive me nuts this season.

    • Anonymous

      Why are the models so UGH this season? Why can’t anyone style their model to look pretty anymore? Is pretty out? Great day, they are all styled to look like coke whores.

      • Anonymous

        I was just going to comment the same thing.  Where did these models come from?  They are a mess.  The makeup and styling have been heinous on top of the fact that these just aren’t “pretty” girls.

        • Anne Robotti

          More than not being pretty, they’re horrible models. God, they’re all SLOUCHING! I think part of the reason Anya’s top looked so heavy (other than the fact that it was heavy) was because the model is rolling her shoulders in every shot. And Viktor’s dress would have looked way better if the model was standing up straight. The way she’s standing is making her look like the necklace is dragging her to the floor.

          • Anonymous

            Mondo encouraged his models to walk the runway light, happy, and fun.  Like Mary Tyler Moore.  It was so much more attractive and healthy than this dark, sickly, hungover batch.  They are rocking the Kristen Stewart/ Bella Swan look.  It is not a good thing.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah… But, they’re all probably exhausted here. Not much model sitting allowed when they’re wearing unconventional materials clothes.

        • MilaXX

          They may all seem angry or depressed, but at least this bunch can walk. Nary a Clydesdale in sight.

        • Anonymous

          There is certainly no Grace, Nazri,Camilla, or even MORGANZA in this bunch.

      • Anonymous

        And is there some sort of unspoken PR rule that models have to look pissed off, exhausted, dazed or uncomfortable to walk the runway?

      • Anonymous

        I just caught your profile pic, tignor and am giggling at the thought of Nina saying “Greaaaat day” like the Central Virginia denizens of my childhood. 

        • Anonymous

          Hm…guess where I’m from… ;)

          (ok, so SW is not Central, but yeah–it’s a thing here…)

    • Anonymous

      My favorite dress was Victor’s, even though I find those hats he wears so annoying! It looked light and silky and I loved the purple dye job. You’re right about the accessories, though; it would’ve been nice if he had made a necklace out of something.

      Bleney’s skirt, I thought, looked too stiff, but it does have a nice texture.

    • Anonymous

      Also, maybe the makeup looks so bad because of the lighting? Their legs always look bruised and damaged…

      • Anonymous

        It is high time for lady gaga hose to trend into these model’s styling to cover leg blemishes… and cellulite.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Anya’s better than the one she did last week. I think Anya is frustrated that her model is not more Anya like. I expect that Anya will model her own dress next week,
      Laura-  es pasadero. .
      Victor- I can’t get past the pee-pee pads, Nursing home chic.
       

    • Adella Thompson

      I admired Laura’s approach to this challenge, taking a risk and knowing well enough when to edit and change course in time. Her final look was surprisingly good (as much as I hate to say it), but there is something about the top that just feels off to me. Love the colors in Anya’s top, although I agree she needs to mix it up pronto. Very impressed with Viktor’s dying chops!

    • Judy_J

      Laura did recover nicely.  Her first idea of using the see-through dog collar as a skirt was totally ass (literally).  Her dress looked good on the runway, but I suspect it would be totally unwearable if you were planning on sitting down at any time. 

    • Amanda in Austin

      I like Viktor’s very much. Love the necklace, but not the belt.

    • Anonymous

      I was soooo disappointed when Laura abandoned the see though glitter ass cone she made at first, that would have been fantastic judging/TV.  The skirt she did was too stiff and unwielding IMO and the top, while very interesting and hip, really flattened out the models all ready minimal bustline to nothing.  Nada, zilch, flat as a board.  All those flat straps just made her figure go away.
      Anya bores me.  Viktor’s little cocktail dress was grea, fantastic dye job and sewing skills.  I think if he had been able to pull out some sort of shrug or jacket with this he would have been top 3.

    • Anonymous

      As annoying as she is as a person, or at least as a reality show character, Laura was robbed here. Definitely deserved top three, probably deserved the win.

    • Anonymous

      I mentally dinged (and am a bit surprised T and Lo didn’t) Laura for all the gaps in her weaving around the model’s boobage.  I liked the idea (much as it pains me to say it, since I can’t stand her), but the execution was pretty lacking right there front-and-center.

      • Joe J

        Me too.  I think of car parts challenge in season 5, with the exquisite weaving Korto did on her seatbelt coat, and Blayne’s rather haphazard treatment of the same material on his dress.  Laura’s bodice looks like she was attempting something like the former and ran out of time and had to settle for the latter.  Although I do like the strappage around the shoulder and waist, and the little buckle at the top is a nice touch.

    • Lisa Kremer

      “The Mother Teresa of bitchy gay reality TV bloggers” should be your new tagline.

    • Toni Mitt

      When Anya was talking to the hairdresser–you couldn’t help but notice that the model’s hair …was her hair.  Ugh.  But the dress turned out cute, I thought, even though it’s exactly the same top from last week. 
      I love Laura’s cat-scratch dress!  And styled perfectly–the  model looked like she’s from an upper class family.  Heeee…. I do agree it should have been in the top 3 rather than the sherpa dress.  Much cuter. 
      The purple wee-pad dress was ok–nothing special.

    • Anonymous

      Much as dislike Blenley just on principle, I got to admit she brought it all the way.  The execution is good, the use of materials is unexpected, and the styling is spot on. Miss Trin-Tobay really disappointed me with that match up of last weeks top, which by the way from a construction standpoint is about as easy peasy as it gets.  The skirt? Meh. And Viktor the Pseudo Dangerous left me yawning.  I love teh idea of teh materials in use but a more bland and lackluster use of them I couldn’t imagine.

    • http://iwonderandiwander.wordpress.com/ Kris

      I just realized that I Viktor used pet store materials for his accessories, too.  The belt is a leash, and the necklace is, I believe, made from aquarium gravel.  I agree that the styling wasn’t fabulous for his look, but I give him credit for not just picking things from the Piperlime wall. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I thought the belt was a leash but didn’t realize the necklace might be from the pet store materials too!

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

        Hah! I saw the leash but I was wondering if he dyed the pads to match a Piperlime necklace. Thanks for clarifying that about the necklace.
         

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s top looks like a rag rug.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Hartmann-Miller/1352153445 Donna Hartmann-Miller

      Not only was Anya’s the same top as last week, it seems like that design was an awful lot like one she used on her try-out rack. I do so love her colors. I hope that keeps up.

      • Anonymous

        I prefer Anya’s version of the same thing to that other gal whose second show hasn’t been reviewed yet — the one who makes orangy/red tops to go with short blue-jeans-looking shorts. The gal who said on the first show she didn’t belong in the middle — as in, she should have been in the top. 

    • MilaXX

      The only one that doesn’t impress me is Viktor’s dress. I don’t mind Anya doing Anya-lite outfits if they look cute and as much as it pains me to say, Laura did a nice job in construction of her outfit and course correction when he first skirt didn’t work out.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Anya’s woven top, but also recognized it from the week before. Hopefully she has more than one design that she can do! I also agree that she styles her models like herself–that’s kind of amusing. I thought Laura did a good job of course correction once she realized her skirt wasn’t going to work. I wasn’t crazy about her second outfit, but she did a great job in coming up with something workable. Victor–meh.

    • Anonymous

      @TLo – Would it be possible link to the contestant’s names on the side like you do for other posts, so we can easily link to them and be reminded of their “body of work.”  Thanks for consistently making me laugh!  

    • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

      I don’t like the nickname of “Blenley” (“Blonde Kenley”) for St. Louis Barbie, because wasn’t Kenley all “I’ve had to work for everything; nothing was handed to me because my father was a tugboat captain,” whereas STL Barbie uses every chance she has to tell us about her upper-class family, Daddy’s money, etc.  And honey, you may have been “shopping at Neiman’s since single digits,” but that doesn’t mean you purchased taste while you were there.  Why she ever would have thought that E-collar skirt was long enough to cover anyone’s “good china,” I’ll never know.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve been callling her Elle Woods ever since the “Are you speaking foreign?” remark.

        • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

          Except that’s offensive to Elle Woods, Linderella :-P  (her character is kind of adorable in that film, especially as the movie progresses).

          What name shall we come up with instead, gang?  STL Barbie is the best I’ve got this early in the morning (and even I like Barbie sometimes).

      • http://profiles.google.com/drunkenhousewife Drunken Housewife

        Yes, they are both pieces of work, but very different pieces of work.  It’s not really a good nickname because they are so different.  

    • http://twitter.com/foodhussy foodhussy

      i liked laura’s too – i think her first idea would have been cute too if it had been longer and had maybe short shorts underneath…

      • Anonymous

        Or leggings?

        • Anonymous

          Hmm – made out of. . . ?

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

      I did like that these three entries didn’t feature lots of glued-on texture (birdseed, hamster bedding).
      Anya’s was all top thought and skirt afterthought. It’s fine. I didn’t even notice that it’s the same top as last time! Ha! I never made a shirt out of dog toys before!

      I’ll give Ms White-Upperclass resigned props; she wasn’t so enamored
      with the hideous Elizabethan-collar-cum-gyno-skirt that she couldn’t
      regroup and create something new.
      I appreciated Viktor transforming his wee wee pads into something
      wearable, even if it did resemble a cheap David’s Bridal bridesmaid
      gown.

    • Anonymous

      I like all of these, to one degree or another. Laura’s is probably my favorite. There are a few gaps in the top, but I like what she did with the leashes. And the skirt is really cute. I was disappointed the collar skirt didn’t work out, but at least she had the sense not to send it down the runway. Also, she gets props for the shoes and the simple ponytail. (Man, it was hard to type that paragraph)

      Even if it is the exact same thing she made last week, I love Anya’s halter (and I’m no halter fan, in general). I love the use of color, and I don’t have a problem with its bulkiness. Halter’s are usually bad enough, but flimsy halters are terrible. The skirt is meh, but at least it’s not a micro-mini.

      Victor’s is OK. He did a much better job with the puppy pads than Bryce did, that’s for sure. I like that the color is variegated. However, short, tight, and strapless is never going to win in my book. It always look cheap to me, no matter what it’s made of or who made it.

    • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

      The purple dress was my favorite of the middle.

    • oohsparkley!

      “Pee Pad Prize”!!!!  The highly coveted Pee Pad Prize.  Too funny.

    • Anonymous

      Laura – I think she actually did one of the best jobs with unconvential materials – ialmost every other one was muslin with glued on crap, or conventional material. 

      Viktor has made two good outfits in a row – he gets points for pretty – and loses a few for a very simple silhouette

    • Anonymous

      Thank you TLo!  These things *whiz* by on the runway.  A veritable blur…it’s nice to see the details.  I agree about Blenley.  I *want* to hate her. ;-)  She’s smarter and has more skill than was obvious, even though you guys were probably speaking foreign.

    • Anonymous

      Does anyone else get a mummy (Egyptian, not Laura Bennett) vibe from Viktor’s dress? I think Anya did surprisingly well, even if it is yet another halter top. And I would have loved to see the look on Nina’s face had Missouri Barbie sent her butt cone skirt down the runway. That would have been priceless!

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

      I’m with TLo about Ms. Trinidad’s top-it’s basically the same as the one she made in the first challenge.   I rather liked the dye job that Hissing Victor did with the puppy pee pads for his cocktail dress, too.

    • spooki C

      That purple pee-pad dress is pretty impressive considering it’s made out of something that is essentially a flat diaper. It’s totally something I would consider wearing but the design is rather bland, just a ruched tube.

      Any way, I work at a pet store and as soon as I heard this was the challenge all I could picture was a bunch of dresses covered in Carefresh Colors bedding… which there certainly was plenty of but thankfully most designers went for something else.

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

        i dont work in a pet shop but i have been in plenty of them over the long long spans embedded in those evershifting sands o’ time– anyway, i was really startled by the materials they used. pet shops are filled w/ better stuff! if anyone knew how to use plastics or paper, say, there are labels & bags & carrybags & cards– not to mention feathers, on & on. certainly as grand a resource as, say, a supermarket w/ very bright colors. all of which were underused. or perhaps it was just one bereft pet shop.

        viktor did a nice job w/ the dye, the tugboat-free blenley did a better job than i wouldve wished possible w/ her project. i cant tell if she actually is appalling or is just trying to be appalling to get camera time. either way, doesnt mean i can stand her, but she seems to know her stuff.

    • http://twitter.com/Cakewalk_Queen Lauren Cooper

      Let us not forget my new favorite phrase from Viktor: “Oh my Lord of the Rings.” I’ve been using it all week.

      • http://www.madamovarypart2.blogspot.com madam ovary

        I really liked that too – LOL moment.

    • Anonymous

      Now that I got a good look at it, aside from a little wonkiness in the bodice, I love Laura’s outfit, much more than Archy Eyebrow’s top three effort. And I don’t care how simple Viktor’s dress is, making that out of pee pads is pretty impressive. It fits nicely and the ruching is well done; it really looks like fabric. I also like the watercolor effects of the dye. Nice job.  

    • Anonymous

      I liked Viktor’s dress a lot.  Beautiful color and it had a soft, frothy quality that was quite appealing.  I’m not as taken with the outfit Ms. Blonde Privilege made as you were , T Lo.  It seemed stiff and slapped together.  And I had the same thought as you two when I saw Anya’s.  Wasn’t that the same top and color palette as last week?  

    • Anonymous

      Woven leashes? BADLY woven leashes? Honey, no. That is not chic. That is Ugly.

      • Anonymous

        Disagree.  She did one of the best jobs and it was interesting and not “flat”

        • http://profiles.google.com/drunkenhousewife Drunken Housewife

          I think that look is the most divisive one.  I for one winced when it came out.  It pained me.  Chacun a son gout (too lazy to make a circumflex).

    • Anonymous

      Anya made the same top as last week, but I think it’s more interesting this week. The skirt is the opposite of interesting, however.

      I thought Laura did a good job in salvaging the disaster that was her original plan. It’s not great, though I give her credit for constructing it without any muslin. The skirt is too stiff, but at least it isn’t tight-fitting. I think the upper end of the middle is about right.

      Viktor’s dress could have been more interesting – should have been more interesting – than it was. The dyeing is good and the construction is good, but it’s just a rather boring (and not even really that pretty) cocktail dress. His styling is not beneficial to the look, either (for the second week in a row).

    • Anonymous

      Gotta give it up to her, I really liked Elle Woods’–I mean, Laura’s work this week.  She was smart enough to change it up when what she started with didn’t work.  That shows design smarts.

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

      Viktor’s hissing is an act. He really just wants everyone to like him and pay him attention.

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

      Viktor’s hissing is an act. He really just wants everyone to like him and pay him attention.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314915676 Harvard Bridges

      I like Laura’s look, quite a bit actually. Though I am distracted by the holes in the doggy leash bodice, I’m not exactly sure if they were intentional. If that was cleaned up, she would have made top 3.

    • Anonymous

      For all the comments about Viktor’s  (and how the pads get heavyh when wet)  can anyone say for certain that he used the entire pads?   Because to me it looked like he may have stripped the pads out  – using the mesh top and perhaps the backing?  

    • http://twitter.com/Littlegrr Mary Nau

      I thought all three of these were really good.   But if I were the blond girl, I don’t know her name, the one with the plastic things that were looking pretty good, but too short, and she made a cardboard skirt that was okay, anyway, I would have taken a plain black skirt like Anya’s and cut it off and used the plastic as the bottom of the skirt.  I think that would have been a better way to go and still use your design.

    • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

      That purple dress was actually my favorite. I can’t believe that hideous car seat cover top that Olivier made won. I also loved Fallene’s outfit. So I guess I have bad taste?

    • Doug Orlyk

      “There’s good “vast middle” and then there’s not-so-good “vast middle.” We would consider this the former.”

      Considering the way you went on to criticize the dress, I think you meant to say “latter,” not “former.”  Right?  Whatever the case, I didn’t like the piece.  But I hated the shepherdess costume that won.

    • Anonymous

      I like all three of these better than Miss Clinique Counter’s see-through skirt and day-glo top and PM’s fuzzy sweater ‘n skirt.  These three designers, as noted, didn’t just glue crap on muslin but actually did create clothes out of uncomventional materials.  I was bothered by the gap in Laura’s top; otherwise, this should have been a contender for the win.  Certainly worthy of top 3.  Anya needs to show the judges something different next time and Viktor somehow needs to wow them – he’s created two very solid entries so far that have been overlooked.

    • Anonymous

      Laura is trying too hard to project a Paris Hilton image.  I bet Paris has never used a sewing machine.  I hope Laura drops the Paris act and lets her “common” sense continue to direct her work, now that she made it on the show.

    • Anonymous

       I really love the way Laura’s skirt came out.  It looks like some sort of heavy hemp woven or something.  Very cute.

    • Anonymous

       I really love the way Laura’s skirt came out.  It looks like some sort of heavy hemp woven or something.  Very cute.

    • Anonymous

      I love the little purple number but I’m gonna just say this: the models this season are profoundly unattractive.

    • Jessica Hardy

      Laura’s top was NOT well-executed. Sorry, but it looks like she gave up halfway and forgot to finish it. All the gaps and holes in the middle… ugh. too hard to weave a few more bits of leash in there and complete the thing?

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      I kind of want Victor’s partydress.