PR: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Posted on August 12, 2011

We’ll say it. It’s a fanboy cliche and we don’t haul this one out often, but…

WORST.

 

CHALLENGE.

 

EVER.

What was the point? That’s what we kept asking. Was the circus in town? Was there some sort of upcoming social event for really tall women?

At first we were all “Oooooh, another design-based challenge!” Last year, we made the point that PR, somewhere along the way, shifted the focus from design-based challenges (imagine clothes in 2055, make a postal uniform, make a dress out of x)  to fashion-based challenges (make something for Heidi, make something for the red carpet, make something for a magazine cover) and the show had suffered for it, rewarding designers for trendiness and styling rather than for thoughtful or interesting designs.

This season we had three design-based challenges in a row; clothes-from pajamas, clothes from pet supplies, and now clothes for stiltwalkers. On paper, this sounded like a great idea. The point to design-based challenges is to answer a question. How can I make clothes out of corn? What do ice skaters need in a costume? What will people be wearing in 50 years?

Well, what was the question being answered here? What if women were ten feet tall? What if people walked around on stilts? These aren’t tantalizing questions. They’re what-ifs posed by a stoned freshman in a dorm at 4 am. Even if you just go with the “whimsy” explanation; as in, “It’s fun! Who cares why?” we’re stuck looking at these Frankenstein models lurch and jerk their way down the runway and there’s nothing pretty or fun or whimsical about it. The attempts to do high fashion grafted onto stiltwalkers resulted in an incongruous, and weirdly disturbing runway show.

Worse, the designers once again seemed to get no information as to what the judges were looking for. You would think a stilt-walker challenge meant that the whimsical and fantastical were not only on the table, but encouraged. Instead, the judges – and we think they should be a bit embarrassed by this – mostly praised the outfits that looked like regular clothes, except really, really elongated.

And while we liked the idea of a public runway show because it really forces the designers to stick to a schedule…

We were, again, asking “Why?” when it got under way. Aside from giving the models the room to walk, what was the point in an outdoor show (aside from generating press, that is)? The public had no input into selecting the winner. They were just there to provide a couple sound bites of screaming fans. We wouldn’t normally be so cranky about that, but in an episode that was one big “WHY?” from beginning to end, this was just one more.

Also: why?

Possibly one of the worst guest judges? It would be hard to say since there have been so very many bad guest judges, but she was particularly useless.

So congrats to Blenley! And to Anthony too, we guess. Good job, kids!

Gucci Fall 2011 Collection

TOTALLY original and unique!

To be honest, the judges should be embarrassed. They not only picked one of the most conventional looks of the lot; they picked the one that was most clearly and obviously a ripoff. What was the point to this entire challenge? Why put them on stilts if you’re going to give the win to a Gucci knockoff?

And not even a good Gucci knockoff. We don’t like the contrasting reds, the bodice is really sloppy, and we hate the white netting.

The… “leaves” we guess we’d call them, were only sort of haphazardly applied. You’d think, since they were so obviously referencing a certain set of dresses, that they’d get the most identifiable aspect done impeccably.

Aside from the length, what about this design really took into consideration that the wearer was on stilts? Was there any playing with proportions? Anything that took into consideration that her legs were twice as long as her torso? No. It was just a really, really long gown.

Oh, and what was with the styling this episode? They replaced the models with stilt walkers. Did they also replace the hair and makeup people with jugglers and guys on unicycles? Because it sure as hell looks like it.

We suppose some credit must be paid for the whole skirt-over-pants aspect.

And sure, it moved well, but a ten foot long skirt on a raised platform in Battery Park on a windy day is going to move dramatically no matter what. The judges’ gushing to that effect was a bit silly. Do dresses become great designs when you put them in front of wind machines? How like a fashion editor to think so, Nina.


We’ll pay them both the compliment of saying that they worked together well and actually charmed us a little this episode. It was very gracious of Anthony to defer to Blenley on the runway and she seemed quite touched by it. We think they’re both talented and we can’t get all that worked up over the win because none of the entries this week were impressive. So congrats, kids. Your knockoff dress was the least objectionable of the week.

 

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

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    • Martha Anderson

      I agree it was a “Whats the Point” moment

      The outcome seemed to be, this would look good pared down to “normal ” size

      That said, the Torreador outfit withthe ziggy pants … The pants felt like Mondo but the judges hated all over them.

      I kind of like them,  the top not so much

      • Anonymous

        Those pants didn’t feel like Mondo; they felt like a wicky wack attack!

        –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        Those pants didn’t feel like Mondo; they felt like a wicky wack attack!

        –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        I agree they were Mondoesque and could have been the basis for a fun circus costume–if they were actually allowed to design that.

        • parissweetheart

          I thought that was the point of the episode since I came in about 15min in. I thought the Torreador could have worked better if the cape had been ten feet long. In fact I thought that’s what she planned when she described it but I guess not.

          • suzq

            Exactly.  Had many of the tops been longer, the outfits would have worked better.

            • Anonymous

              Only Becky and Kimberly really got it about longer tops. Their tunic-length top almost made the model’ look more like a really, really tall person than a person on stilts. For that alone, I’d have given them the win—even with Becky’s wacky half-collar.

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

            I thought the exact same thing. If they had taken the toreador top to eleven and made it, like, super freaking long, it would have been fantastic. 

        • Anonymous

          Yes, I thought that was a wonderful choice of fabric for a stilt walker… but apparently the point was not to design for a stilt walker, but to design for a woman of regular proportions and fit it for a stilt walker.
          What a stupid challenge.

      • Anonymous

        Not only did the pattern evoke Mondo — Mondo actually drew inspiration from the circuses for his finale if I recall. Man he would have been ripped by the judges.

      • Anonymous

        Not only did the pattern evoke Mondo — Mondo actually drew inspiration from the circuses for his finale if I recall. Man he would have been ripped by the judges.

    • scottyf

      Astute and on point as usual. Done with this episode.

      Now let’s move on to Nina having designers for lunch next week.

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

        I agree that Nina having the designers for lunch opens up myriad possibilities, many of them in shades of beige, ecru, tan, nude,ivory, off-white,than move to black, charcoal, slate, in other words, kittens, neutrals! 
        bitchybitchybitchy

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

        I agree that Nina having the designers for lunch opens up myriad possibilities, many of them in shades of beige, ecru, tan, nude,ivory, off-white,than move to black, charcoal, slate, in other words, kittens, neutrals! 
        bitchybitchybitchy

      • Anonymous

        I can’t wait to see the designers trying to design for Nina! Oh, the meltdowns! Nina giving them the hairy eyeball when they present her with something uber-tacky and horribly made! I can see it now!
        On the other hand, the clothes will probably be boring as hell. Nina may be a chic dresser, but for someone who’s always yawning during PR runway shows, you would expect her to be rocking a fabulously exciting wardrobe, but no. She’s a total snooze.

        • Anonymous

          Too bad they missed the opportunity to design a wedding dress for The Duchess…something in black, maybe?

      • mrspeel2

        Yep, can’t wait to see that one! I do SO love being cranky and Nina has a way of bringing that out in me lately. Especially because there haven’t been a lot of garments that Nina seems to like this cycle and when she DOES like something, it’s a WTF moment for me.
        Bleh.

      • MilaXX

        YES! I want at least one designer left cowering in the corner crying fro mommy after la Nina leaves the workroom.

      • Denisw McCutcheon

        “Now let’s move on to Nina having designers for lunch next week.”   Please forgive me for instantly visualing Nina in an oversized bib, holding a knife and fork. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      You are 100% correct: this was possibly the stupidest, most pointless challenges of all time, and the judging was totally wacked out.  Really, their mission was to make normal, everyday clothes for a woman on stilts?  And punish people who make over the top, costumey outfits?  How confusing and wrong.  It’s sad that “least objectionable” is the criteria for a win… though I have to disagree.  I really liked Becky and Kimberly’s– it took risks and was a lot more unique and fun.  This win was just inexplicable to me.

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

        This was a WTF challenge. Was there any point,other than novelty, in having the designers work with stilt walkers? If there was, it wasn’t discernible to viewers.

         

        • Anonymous

          I assumed it was about proportion, but that didn’t seem to come into the judging.

          My husband asked me if models on stilts was a thing now for fashion shows, or if it was just a stupid idea from the producers. I said it was just another gimmicky challenge created to throw the designers into a tizzy. Success!

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

            Yeah, during my weekly “What I would do in this challenge” game, I said I would have gone with way OTT sleeves — the RenFair sleeves brushing the ground type (though not actually reaching that far because they’d trip the model, more hitting where her actual feet are).  Maybe a big-ass collar too — go insane with the proportions.

            • Lynn Landry

              they at least could have shown some footage of burning man or something. WTF. fail!

            • Anonymous

              Or kimono sleeves! :-D
               

    • Lies L.

      I have to say, Laura actually seemed like a niceish person this week. Maybe she really is playing up the PRIVILEGED RICH WHITE GIRL thing for reality tv purposes? If so, I hope she drops it, because I liked this one much better. Apart from that, I agree with you two – this team at least seemed to work well together, and the segments shown on them focused on the actual garment rather than interpersonal drama, which was rare this week. I thought this dress-thing was pretty blah, though. Much preferred Becky’s and Kimberley’s, although nothing was particularly fabulous.

      • Anonymous

        I think she is playing it a bit, and it’s really too bad, because she seems to know what she’s doing design-wise.  She doesn’t really need the added tv persona.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=163902606 Susanne Williams

      You are spot on, TLo. As always.

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

      I think they could get a prize just for being the one team that actually worked well together. This episode could have been called “Bitches and the Doormats Who Have to Work with Them”

    • Anonymous

      I was really hoping for more “WOW!”

      So many designer at odds with their partner so quickly was weird.

      • Lies L.

        I totally want to bet they fixed up the teams to ensure maximum drama. I mean, if you’d have put Fallene with Bert, for example, there would have been much less of a problem than there was with Viktor and Bert.

        • Anonymous

          I think a Fallene/Bert combo would have produced more drama and LOTS of tears. Even more than Fallene shed this episode!

          • Lies L.

            Hmmm, maybe. Although I do think Fallene would just have gone with it and let Bert play dictator, and Bert would’ve liked that, too. I’m not saying that’s a good thing, but I did feel like the teams were formed to maximize reality tv potential.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. If you put artists of all different likes and experiences in a room, you have to save face by explaining what you want. How hard would it have been to say: Design a wearable, modern outfit for a woman on stilts?

      If I was a designer, I would have gone the costume effect since stilts are a TYPE OF FREAKIN’ COSTUME. I dont want to see housewife drab on a giant woman. I want to see a gosh darn empress or a circus woman. I want the nutcracker woman with kids threatening to pop out of her skirt. 

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. If you put artists of all different likes and experiences in a room, you have to save face by explaining what you want. How hard would it have been to say: Design a wearable, modern outfit for a woman on stilts?

      If I was a designer, I would have gone the costume effect since stilts are a TYPE OF FREAKIN’ COSTUME. I dont want to see housewife drab on a giant woman. I want to see a gosh darn empress or a circus woman. I want the nutcracker woman with kids threatening to pop out of her skirt. 

    • Anonymous

      There could have been a point to all this if they had taken the opportunity to school the audience on proportion, and made that a judging point.  Because the point about fashion drawings having exaggeratedly long legs was a good one.

      Now that I look at it, those shoulder pads eliminate her neck, which distort the proportions of her body even more, and not in a good way.  Oh well, at least we heard Nina call out Anthony Ray for being “referential.”

    • Anonymous

      There could have been a point to all this if they had taken the opportunity to school the audience on proportion, and made that a judging point.  Because the point about fashion drawings having exaggeratedly long legs was a good one.

      Now that I look at it, those shoulder pads eliminate her neck, which distort the proportions of her body even more, and not in a good way.  Oh well, at least we heard Nina call out Anthony Ray for being “referential.”

      • Anonymous

        Proportion and what it means in design was what I thought the challenge was about, but then (unless it was really bad editing) it didn’t come into play during judging.  I don’t know, maybe they thought the “everyday woman” challenge was getting old, so instead of going horizontally, they went vertically.   

        And when I say “horizontally” I’m not knocking any of the women who have appeared in these challenges. Just trying to follow what might have possessed them to do such a silly challenge this week.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

      I haven’t watched the episode yet, but I’m assuming that PR left out who the models were. They are from “Lady Circus”. They are professional entertainers in NYC. They perform often. The troupe does burlesque, fire spinning, acrobatics, sword swallowing, contortion…etc. Basically, the circus is ALWAYS in town with them. http://ladycircus.com/aboutus.html

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

      I haven’t watched the episode yet, but I’m assuming that PR left out who the models were. They are from “Lady Circus”. They are professional entertainers in NYC. They perform often. The troupe does burlesque, fire spinning, acrobatics, sword swallowing, contortion…etc. Basically, the circus is ALWAYS in town with them. http://ladycircus.com/aboutus.html

      • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

        Thank you for that link. I must make a point to see them now,

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

          You are welcome! They deserve lots of credit. Without them, this challenge wouldn’t have happened.

      • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

        Thank you for that link. I must make a point to see them now,

      • Anonymous

        Boy, it would have been nice to have known this. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

          Yep. They always mention why other models are there…but these ladies? Nope!

      • Anonymous

        Wow…why on earth didn’t they explain this? This makes a huge (pun intended) difference, and should have been done if for nothing else as a thank you to these women, give them a little pimp for their show. Unbelievable…

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

          It really would have made a hue difference. These women deserve the credit for what they do. All the other unusual models get mentioned why they are there. These ladies only got mentioned they are stilt walkers. There was no mention of their names, which made me grumpy.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you!  Why on earth would they leave that out?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

          Don’t know. They deserve a lot of credit.

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

          Lifetime would have had to lose another commercial for their execrable “Russian sluts” series to give up the time to clue the viewers into this.
          bitchybitchybitchy

          • Anonymous

            omg thank you! i have to change the channel everytime that i see that commercial. i can’t stand it or how heavily they are pimping it.

          • Anonymous

            omg thank you! i have to change the channel everytime that i see that commercial. i can’t stand it or how heavily they are pimping it.

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

          If we learned anything from the Not-Jackie-O/Not-Really-Jackie-Kennedy-either challenge, it’s that the producers don’t know what the fuck they are doing. 

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

          If we learned anything from the Not-Jackie-O/Not-Really-Jackie-Kennedy-either challenge, it’s that the producers don’t know what the fuck they are doing. 

      • Patricia Biswanger

        Why didn’t they even mention that?  It would have made the episode make at least a little sense.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

          Yep. Just a small mention when Heidi was introducing them, would have made more sense.

      • Anonymous

        The judges, inexplicably, didn’t want this to be a “circus” challenge — but that was just a stupid, arbitrary, nonsensical decision even without knowing the name of this troupe and what it does. But not giving credit? Flat-out inexcusable.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

          It would have be interesting if they had made the challenge more theatrical…like they did with the skating costumes. I don’t want to see performers in boring conventional clothing. I want to see theatrics!

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

            Totally!!!!!

        • Anonymous

          Of all the times where the designers could have gone over the top, this could have been one of the greats. This challenge was mismanaged all around.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

            Agreed!

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

            Actually, you know what I have been thinking about… Josh pointed out that the Bottom 3 were all costumes, and Top 3 were RTW. He implied that making costumes is what hurt them. No actually, they just made SHITTY costumes. My point is… maybe the judges/ producers WERE looking for theatrics, for costumes. But when all costume attempts SUCKED ASS, the editors had to cut out all references to it being a theatrical challenge (including explaining who the models were), in order to justify a “normal” outfit getting the win. Girls got screwed. 

      • Anonymous

        Agree. Disappointing they didn’t give more attention to these women and what they do. It was fairly obvious they weren’t ‘just’ models who knew how to walk on stilts, based on their bodies being slightly more muscular and fleshy. I would have really liked to have learned about this.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

          Yep. Having that info would have saved a lot confusion and reasons to complain about the challenge.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for letting us know. They did not tell us who the models were or where they are from.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

          Nope, they didn’t. I’m surprised Heidi didn’t introduce them as “You’re models are stilt walker from Lady Circus here in NYC.” I know that would have given them tons of attention that they deserve. Also, they could have new fans.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      Totally pointless and a really disturbing runway show to top it off. Can anyone please explain how Heidi appeared to walk on stilts with more grace and less effort than the actual stilt walkers? Color me perplexed by the whole thing.

      The lack of clear direction resulted in that divide between real clothes and costumes. Like T-Lo said, you can’t fault the designers who made over the top clothes for women walking on freakin’ stilts.

      Thanks for the Gucci photos, I’d seen them before but I’m old and more things slip my mind than stay put in there these days.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

      Totally pointless and a really disturbing runway show to top it off. Can anyone please explain how Heidi appeared to walk on stilts with more grace and less effort than the actual stilt walkers? Color me perplexed by the whole thing.

      The lack of clear direction resulted in that divide between real clothes and costumes. Like T-Lo said, you can’t fault the designers who made over the top clothes for women walking on freakin’ stilts.

      Thanks for the Gucci photos, I’d seen them before but I’m old and more things slip my mind than stay put in there these days.

      • Anonymous

        I also noticed that all of the stilt walkers seemed to move very naturally on the PR runway and on their trips to the workroom, but looked weirdly hurky-jerky on the final runway.  Maybe it was the wind, or were the outfits really that hard to walk in?

        • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

          Yes, you’re right, they were much more comfortable on the PR runway, so I’m not sure what the issue was, it was so herky jerky that it was distracting from the (mainly awful) garments.

          • Anonymous

            The platform looks like it could have been wet and slippery.

        • Amanda B

          I agree, the wind was probably the issue. If stilt-walkers wear pants, the pants would be less likely to catch gusts of air like sails which works against the stilt-walkers balance. With some of those gowns, it must have been like being pushed around the entire time!

        • Anonymous

          I was also wondering if getting the close-ups of the clothes meant revealing how unusual the movement really is when you’re stiltwalking. It’s something that looks better from slightly further away which made it a particularly odd choice for a challenge, known that close-ups would abound. I don’t know that I’d call in the worst challenge ever (though the results were piss-poor), because I felt like there was the germ of something interesting there. Others brought up the question of proportion, and if you look at Kimberly and Becky’s, I felt like the length and shape of the jacket did a great job of addressing that. Much as I have a crush on Anthony Ryan, I would have given those two the win, Jetsons collar and all. Had there been a stated intention of this being about taking the challenge of designing to flatter any body type and blowing it up to the largest scale, I think it could have been really, really interesting.

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Was the circus in town?”

      Hey, don’t blame this on the circus! As soon as these monstrosities walked the runway I emailed a friend who walked stilts in the circus and said, ‘Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to walk stilts in these outfits?!’ To which she replied, ‘I know, right?’

      Seriously, another opportunity missed here. This could have been a fabulous challenge but it seems the producers are just as unimaginative as the designers and judges.

      –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Was the circus in town?”

      Hey, don’t blame this on the circus! As soon as these monstrosities walked the runway I emailed a friend who walked stilts in the circus and said, ‘Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to walk stilts in these outfits?!’ To which she replied, ‘I know, right?’

      Seriously, another opportunity missed here. This could have been a fabulous challenge but it seems the producers are just as unimaginative as the designers and judges.

      –GothamTomato

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

        They are from Lady Circus.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, but my point was that the circus isn’t responsible for the challenge being bad. If circus people had been in charge, it would have been a lot more imaginative.

          –GothamTomato

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1225887541 Abby Davis

            I’m definitely not blaming the ladies. I was just mentioning who they are because it was never mentioned in the show.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly! Why make ‘normal’ clothes for STILT WALKERS! GAH! So annoying and such an opportunity lost. Also, would it kill the producers to give the designers a little more time? What’s with the speed designing? One of the reasons last season irked me so much. God. I’m SO annoyed.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly! Why make ‘normal’ clothes for STILT WALKERS! GAH! So annoying and such an opportunity lost. Also, would it kill the producers to give the designers a little more time? What’s with the speed designing? One of the reasons last season irked me so much. God. I’m SO annoyed.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly! Why make ‘normal’ clothes for STILT WALKERS! GAH! So annoying and such an opportunity lost. Also, would it kill the producers to give the designers a little more time? What’s with the speed designing? One of the reasons last season irked me so much. God. I’m SO annoyed.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly! Why make ‘normal’ clothes for STILT WALKERS! GAH! So annoying and such an opportunity lost. Also, would it kill the producers to give the designers a little more time? What’s with the speed designing? One of the reasons last season irked me so much. God. I’m SO annoyed.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly! Why make ‘normal’ clothes for STILT WALKERS! GAH! So annoying and such an opportunity lost. Also, would it kill the producers to give the designers a little more time? What’s with the speed designing? One of the reasons last season irked me so much. God. I’m SO annoyed.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly! Why make ‘normal’ clothes for STILT WALKERS! GAH! So annoying and such an opportunity lost. Also, would it kill the producers to give the designers a little more time? What’s with the speed designing? One of the reasons last season irked me so much. God. I’m SO annoyed.

    • Joe J

      This outfit doesn’t seem to photograph well at all – I remember it being a lot more interesting in motion.  In stills it looks kinda plain.

    • Joe J

      This outfit doesn’t seem to photograph well at all – I remember it being a lot more interesting in motion.  In stills it looks kinda plain.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1324462506 Sara-Elisebeth Finley

      Becky and Kimberly were ROBBED !!  I sooo did not like this epi – and was restless the entire show – for all the reasons you stated – for wishing someone would give Bert a pill for that PMS he so clearly was suffering from (and to think I had MUCH love for him when the season started – now I just wish he would go away !!  There was NOTHING about the “winning” look I liked – the losers DID deserve to go home – and I do have to say (though got HUSHED for the opinion) that I didn’t “hate” Cecelia and Danielle’s look – as always TLo you guys hit it on every word

      • Anonymous

        I am now officially off Team Bert. He’s morphed from Queen Mother to Whiny, Bitchy Old Queen, and while I tend to favor the older designers every season, I just can’t get behind this one.

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

          At least Viktor manned up. The judges didn’t see it that way and it hurt him. He  is going to be OUT FOR BLOOD next week. Bert better watch his step…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1324462506 Sara-Elisebeth Finley

      Becky and Kimberly were ROBBED !!  I sooo did not like this epi – and was restless the entire show – for all the reasons you stated – for wishing someone would give Bert a pill for that PMS he so clearly was suffering from (and to think I had MUCH love for him when the season started – now I just wish he would go away !!  There was NOTHING about the “winning” look I liked – the losers DID deserve to go home – and I do have to say (though got HUSHED for the opinion) that I didn’t “hate” Cecelia and Danielle’s look – as always TLo you guys hit it on every word

    • Anonymous

      I guess someone had to win, but I really didn’t care who, I thought they were all ridiculous, some more than others. What a boring, stupid waste of time this episode was! I was sorry my daughter nudged me awake when I fell asleep halfway through. I found the runway show grotesque, the models walked like unfortunate victims of polio. And the judging was either insipid (Kardashian) or WTF all the way. Sometimes it mystifies me to think that Nina Garcia has the job she does or that Kors is as successful as he is. They were absurd last night.

      • Patricia Biswanger

        You are so right!  And I fell asleep too, and missed the judging!

    • Anonymous

       Since the Gucci was from Fall 2011 – I wonder about the timing?  When was that made public? When was the PR show taped.

      I “get” the concerns – but honestly does noone else see what I see, when fashion shows from bunches of designers look like they all SUDDENLY decide on nude shoes, or hammer pants or ponchos? 

      There was a WHOLE lot of fugly and not sure why “Make really long pants with a skirt overlay turned into also make an ugly top

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

        Collections are shown a season ahead of time, so Fall 2011 is what was presented at the shows this past Spring (Feb-March).  The show was taped in May, and since Gucci is such a big label, it’s very likely that they saw it.

      • Anonymous

        The PR show was taped not too long ago. It was done on Friday, June 24th at Battery Park. BPR announced it and invited fans to the public taping. It looked like it would be a lot of fun. Boy, am I glad I didn’t take the day off from work. I would’ve been both pissed and freaked-out to see this spectacle.

    • Anonymous

      I dunno, it’s so Marie Antoinette after she ripped the curtains down and made them into a dress in The Sound of Music. 

      • Anonymous

        I dunno, I thought it was more Queen Victoria’s secret when she did that musical with Mae West and the Wicked Witch of the East.

        –GothamTomato

        • Lies L.

          I have to say, as much as Bert acted up in this episode… Viktor does need to read a book.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, there was really no one to root for in that little duel.

            –GothamTomato

          • shorty j

             exactly. I’m heavily biased because I’m a real-life historian, though. Was Bert insufferable? A bit. Would I have been grinding my teeth loud enough to be heard on-camera every time Viktor said something wildly historically inaccurate? You’re damn right. At one point I yelled “READ A BOOK” at the tv, and then Bert said, “Viktor needs to read a book” and I laughed so loud I scared the dog.

            • Anonymous

              Yes. Bert was prickly and difficult, but Viktor went into the challenge with a bad attitude. He acted like a little shitheel from the get-go. If he hadn’t acted like a gossipy 7th grader by complaining to every single person in the workroom about Bert*, I might be willing to give him a break. But right now I’m just not liking him too much.

              *Bryce did the same thing re: Fallene’s inability to cut on the grain, but that’s for another post.

            • Anonymous

              Watch the “Everybody Hates Burt” mini-episode on the Lifetime page, he’s not the most popular among the rest because he makes belittling comments to the others.

          • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

            Yes, although as a Victorianist, I knew he meant “Elizabethan,” and as an insufferable know-it-all myself, I know that there are ways of getting correct information/clarification from people without being a complete and utter bitch.  Bert missed that.

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

              What’s a Victorianist? 

            • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

              Whether or not you’re being facetious, it’s someone who studies and/or specializes in the Victorian period.

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

            Yeah, sorry — on that one, I’m totally with Bert.  There’s a giant difference between Elizabethan and Victorian.  If someone says, I want to make something Victorian (when they mean Elizabethan) and you’re trying to design something that fits that brief, it’s a serious problem.  And how are you going to work in fashion if you can’t communicate to your team?

          • Anonymous

            Even Uncle Nick blogged on the importance of knowing your fashion history before you start throwing terminology around.

            An did anyone else have a flashback to when Angela Keslar referred to the standup collar on her black-and-white “second chance” outfit as Edwardian when it was clearly Elizabethan? It could only have been considered Edwardian if one was thinking of Edward VI.

      • Anonymous

        For a minute, I thought she was going to add Scarlett O’Hara to the mix as well.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DO54ICWQLRD2STHRSELEATLSKY Cindy

      Heidi did seem to walk on the stilts well… I personally was confused as well.  I would have thought that you wanted over the top, outlandish, etc. I’ve seen stiltwalkers perform and they are in fun crazy clothes, not a pretty chiffon outfit.   I thought they would have loved Team Bedazzled Matador outfit.    I did like Becky and Kimberly ‘s outfit better and wish that had the win.

      • Anonymous

         The pants on the Matador outfit were awful – the interest was the print (and lots of it) but they were like a barrel  and were too high as well

      • Joe J
        • Anonymous

          THAT would have been interesting way to go in this challenge!!

        • Anonymous

          How could I forget that costume? Thanks for that, Joe J.

          Apparently, that’s how stilts are constructed now, as opposed to just being a straight stick. It gives the walkers a bit more control, so they’re less dangerous (“less dangerous” being relative, or course)

    • Anonymous

      No, that dress wasn’t referennnntial (a la Nina) at all…

    • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

      I want to know who put together the decoy outfit??

      • http://twitter.com/stardust462 Elizabeth O’Malley

        I’m guessing Rafael and Joshua. You can see them sitting with the other designers in the picture with Heidi is on the runway.

        • Anonymous

          Right, and they seem to have gone the costume route, too.

          • http://twitter.com/stardust462 Elizabeth O’Malley

            They were probably like “f this” and came up with the most ridiculous outfit that they could.

          • http://twitter.com/stardust462 Elizabeth O’Malley

            They were probably like “f this” and came up with the most ridiculous outfit that they could.

      • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

         I was just about to post that, but with 7 pages worth of comments, I knew someone would be able to answer it!
        Decoy outfit is just pure cray-cray all over the place.

    • Anonymous

      Did you notice that when Heidi introduced the judges, she simply said… “and Kim Kardashian”… nothing else..I hooted!!
      I already posted this, but I think they did a terrible job of explaining the challenge.. costume or fashion….POOR JOB!!!

      • Anonymous

        I hooted as well. It was hilarious. I swear her voice even went down in tone as if she was gagging on saying her name. Good stuff, but still the worst challenge EVER.

      • Maggie Muellner

        Apparently Lifetime thought they needed to give KK a little more credibility adding “Fashion Entrepreneur” under her name when they introduced her. Ahahaha!! What does that even mean? Self Entrepreneur, yes. Big Booty Entrpreneur, OK. Faux Celebrity Entrepreneur, definitely. Fashion? I don’t think so.

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

      I don’t even know what to say about this episode except CRACKASTIC.  Just, why? And this definitely would not have been my choice for the win.  So referential, and not even well done.  Call me crazy, but I thought the more fantastical the better, no?  How silly of me to think that!  Can we just wipe this episode off the books and pretend it doesn’t exist?

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Possibly one of the worst guest judges? It would be hard to say since there have been so very many bad guest judges, but she was particularly useless.”

      Yes, but she is just useless generally. I’m sure her business card reads: Kim Kardashian, Useless.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        Once again, my “Like” button isn’t working, so….

        LIKE!

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Possibly one of the worst guest judges? It would be hard to say since there have been so very many bad guest judges, but she was particularly useless.”

      Yes, but she is just useless generally. I’m sure her business card reads: Kim Kardashian, Useless.

      –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      I was out last night and haven’t viewed the DVR episode, I am a little frightened.  I really don’t watn to join the legions of men who have looked up Kim Kardashians skirt to view the “Tunnel of Fame Whore”.  And now that I see this?  Ugh.  I’ll watch later with my finger on the FF button.  This is sooooo a direct sloppy knock off of Gucci and not executed all that well.  And is that “model” a man in drag?

      • Anonymous

        Well KK had to sit like that last night to enable the remaining 6 people in America who haven’t seen up her hooch to get their fair share. You made the better choice last night.

    • Anonymous

      I was stunned. Just stunned as to who was in the top and who was in the bottom. I swear I thought they got the cards mixed up because all that were in the bottom I had chosen as my favorites, and vice versa. My head is still spinning over this episode.

      Also, may I please slap Bert across the face? Just once? Thanks.

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

        As aggravating as VIktor was, or was edited to be, Bert came across as Queen Mum-ish again, and not in a good way.
        bitchybitchybitchy

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

      In the future, everyone’s legs are going to be 10 feet long?

    • Anonymous

      I am wallowing in relief here. I’m sure I annoyed everyone in the Lounge last night by asking over and over, “What is the point of this challenge? What does it MEAN?”  I worried that this morning TLo would come up with a perfectly logical explanation that would have made me hide in a hole in shame for being so dense. But if even TLo couldn’t explain it, then it was crap.

      It might have been fun if they had encouraged the designers to go crazy and create a fabulous costume for the stiltwalkers, as opposed to taking points off for “costumey,” as if they were supposed to make something a stiltwalker would look good in walking to the office.  But the challenge as it was presented was not about fabric, not about point of view, not about imagination. I don’t know what the hell it was about.

      And hearing Nina gush over the poorly made outfit that won really made me slightly ill. 

      Horrible challenge. Horrible, horrible guest judge. Having KK judge Project Runway is like having The Situation judge Top Chef.

    • Anonymous

      At first, this challenge seemed clever and creative and fun.  But ultimately it was pointless.  Of course the judging criteria was all over the place – costumes or ready to wear? – but it’s that way every week.  I keep referring back to Isaac and Imam’s show but the judging there was much more coherent and consistent.  On PR, it’s basically whatever catches Nina and Michael’s fancy at any given moment.

      This look was okay but at what point does Anthony really get zinged for being “referential?”  I like Laura.  She was especially gracious tonight and her privileged white girl schtick never bothered me the way it did some people.  It seemed to be something designed to get her some screen time and to establish her as a character.  But unlike many of the other contestants, she’s never been mean or bitchy, even behind peoples’ back.  Nothing like an attractive blonde WASP, though, to get people on this site in a tizzy, whether it’s Betty Draper or Gwyneth Paltrow or Miss Laura here.

    • Anonymous

      Danielle will not let go of that hideous color family (and this entry looked like something that people would have considered out of style when it was worn 40 years ago). Which means she’ll win this whole damn thing.

    • Anonymous

      I’m going to describe horribly bad things as “Stilts Episode” from now on. “This cheesecake? UGH. It’s SO Stilts Episode.”

      • Anonymous

        Brilliant!  I’m ging to steal your smart idea! :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Margaret-Carlson-Nikoleit/100002490979930 Margaret Carlson Nikoleit

          Spread the word! Maybe “Stilts Episode” can achieve the same social currency as “Jumping the Shark.”

    • http://profiles.google.com/scaponigro Sarah Caponigro

      Are those safety pins where the mesh and the bodice meet?!

      I thought it was stupid to bring in circus stilt walkers and then punish the designers for their designs being a little circus like. HUH?

    • Anonymous

      Would love to see what Team Sissy Bear and PPS would have designed for this challenge.

      Agree with TLo that this episode was the worst of the worst from all previous seasons combined.

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

        OMG-can you imagine the fabulous over the top amazing creations that Sissy Bear and PPS could have created?  I think Chris March would have been all over this challenge!
        bitchybitchybitchy

        • Anonymous

          That would be awesome. And Chris should have been the guest judge. But then, I almost always wish he were the guest judge.

      • Anonymous

        I had the exact same thought last night. They would have rocked this challenge.

    • Anonymous

      The winning design was lovely but not original. Had it not been completely Gucci (why did they make sure to pick such a similar color too?) I would not have had a problem with it winning. It is one (lame) thing to knock off a tertiary design in a random collection, it is quite another (and much stupider) thing to knock off one of the trendiest, most photographed looks of the season that JLO, of all people, wore on the red carpet. Um, yeah sweeties. Someone’s gonna notice. This is definitely Kenley syndrome. And interestingly, the knock-off aspect of the design got blamed on Anthony Ryan, due to the AMcQ references in his birdseed dress….yet somehow Blenley is responsible for the design? How does that work? I’m inclined to believe they thought their hoop skirt would differentiate it enough that they’d get away with the shoulder florals. Once they had to scrap that aspect (duh! it’s a one day challenge and you are going to try to construct that from scratch on top of the dress????) it was, sadly, little more than a rip-off. My guess is that Elle Woods wasn’t so much overcome with gratitude for having such a gracious partner but rather shocked with disbelief that their asses even flat got called out on the copying and still won. And that is the ‘magic’ of Project Runway. I might care more if so much of everything else wasn’t so bad.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand the love for this look. Boring and basic. They would not have all been my choice for the win. For each of these I tried to imagine the clothes on a person of normal height and this was one of those looks but still I felt that it didn’t deserve all that praise. But seriously, whose idea was this challenge because it was completely useless

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

      I totally agree-pointless. I want to ask Michael Kors “who is this woman and where the hell is she going?!” It’s like Bert said they put the street clothes in the top 3 and the more costumey ones in the bottom. What were they expected to do? This was an ugly runway. I couldn’t stand watching the models walk. 

      • Anonymous

        Joshua McK said that about the costumey ones on the bottom, in the waiting room when they talked to the highest scoring contestants.

    • Anonymous

      Especially since Nina ripped the birdseed dress for being a rip-off.  Last time I checked birdseed was a slightly more unconventional material than, um, actual fabric.

      I am sooo done with this show.  I said I was not going to watch it this season, then I changed my mind, and started watching it, but now I am reverting back to non-watch-read-TLo-only status.  You guys make an excellent and all too frustrating point, why give the designers a challenge involving a fantasy subject, then judge it through a JC Penney lens?

    • Rachel Irene Lunan

      I think what Tim said, about this challenge being an opportunity for croquis to come to life (basicallly), was the point of the challenge, even if in editing and actual design execution that didn’t come through. I felt that proportion wasn’t played with nearly enough by any of the designers; it’s like when they have the “real women” (read: not sample-sized) challenges and the designers have fits because they can’t think themselves out of the sample-size-proportion box. and the results are disappointing.

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

      I couldn’t articulate it last night, but yes, it was DISTURBING to watch the stilt walkers on the runway.  Loved this line, guys…so true I could picture it immediately:  “They’re what-ifs posed by a stoned freshman in a dorm at 4 am”

      • Anonymous

        Oh it really was.  All the lurching. All the jerking.  I had to turn away.

        • Anonymous

          Totally agree. It actually made me uncomfortable to watch this episode. 

    • Anonymous

      I’d love to know what got edited out of the judging.  Wonder how far Nina pushed the “referential” issue.  From the broadcast, you wouldn’t even know who/what the design was referencing.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for showing us the decoy look! Marie Antoinette on stilts. I wonder if they had more time to work on it? It looks like it had lots of time-consuming gee-gaws.

      Or maybe it was one of the actual circus outfits?

    • Anonymous

      Is anyone else having a problem seeing the different article headlines on the TLo homepage? Could be my computer??

      • Anonymous

        I haven’t seen an article headline for the past few days.  Not one.

        • Anonymous

          I mentioned it yesterday, and someone responded that the site is being renovated.  Also hope they clear up the “follow us on fb/twitter…” that overlaps the comments on continuation pages…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JU5EZKEIWZQRYMJELJHNTPPWA4 Jennifer Tenlen

        I had a similar problem.  What worked for me was to clear my browser’s cache (in my browser, it is “Empty Cache”, and in Firefox, it is “Clear Recent History”, under the tools menu.)  Quit the browser, then restart – the page should load normally.  Hope this helps!

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the tip! It didn’t work on my desk top computer (which is pretty old and probably full of junk), but my ipad works just fine.

    • Anonymous

      OK call me shallow but I thought it was fun.  The outdoor runway show was something different. The stilts presented a new challenge that we haven’t seen before.  KK as guest judge was really no more cracktastic than some of the others who have graced that side of the stage.  I didn’t really love or hate any of the entries so I am OK with the results.

      But really, Bert has to go.

      Yes, he has to interact with people half his age.  One would think he would have figured that out by now.  People half his age have less life experience and a different frame of reference – again, self-evident.  I think of what a blast Peach had last season, and what a sour old wet blanket Bert is being this season, and it just makes me want to weep.

      • Anonymous

        His upholstery choice of material appalled me, and for as irritating as Viktor was I could swear it was Bert who lied on the runway (and who Heidi believed), only I don’t want to go back and listen to the bickering again to double check.

        • Anonymous

          I agree, I think Bert did lie on the runway, and it made me sick how easily he got away with it.  The judges are so in Bert’s corner.  What’s he going to have to do to get booted off?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Boys,  Long time no comment on my part. I really miss the old days of PR and am giving it a try again…  Really couldn’t do it without you.

      Ok,  the point of this challenge it seems to me is bringing Fashion Illustrations to life. The freakishly long legs and short torso that still lingers from art school and print ads. Someone mentioned it last night..Tim? and it was lost. I really do think that if viewed in this light it is really a cleaver challenge. The only team to get it right were the girls Kimberly and ..    Long legs, short torso and of course the judges screw it up and pick a failure. 

      That said… the winner?  EW  Bad Gucci knock off…judges wish it had the same spirit as your example. 

      Guest Judge?  Probably be Snookie next week!

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree with your post. This episode was very off-putting for
      me, for a number of reasons. The challenge was bizarre, watching those
      women lurch around on stilts was uncomfortable, and the win was
      unaccountable. I think this was the worst episode I’ve ever seen. How were they supposed to make clothing that real women can wear–while walking on stilts–but make it couture, and larger-than-life, and with a partner, and in one day? Bad challenges result in bad designs.

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree with your post. This episode was very off-putting for
      me, for a number of reasons. The challenge was bizarre, watching those
      women lurch around on stilts was uncomfortable, and the win was
      unaccountable. I think this was the worst episode I’ve ever seen. How were they supposed to make clothing that real women can wear–while walking on stilts–but make it couture, and larger-than-life, and with a partner, and in one day? Bad challenges result in bad designs.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T53WBEPGJZ7MMMZC4O563YU5HA Observer

      Useless competition, useless guest judge, just plain boring.    You ask why did I watch; because after a bottle of Merlot I lost the remote and forgot I could unplug the damn thing to make the awfulness stop.

    • Anonymous

      Looking at the picture of the stiltwalkers* I think that Becky and Kimberly really should have won.

      *seriously, “stiltwalking” is a thing?  I’m still so confused about that. 

    • Anonymous

      Looking at the picture of the stiltwalkers* I think that Becky and Kimberly really should have won.

      *seriously, “stiltwalking” is a thing?  I’m still so confused about that. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T53WBEPGJZ7MMMZC4O563YU5HA Observer

      Useless competition, useless guest judge, just plain boring.    You ask why did I watch; because after a bottle of Merlot I lost the remote and forgot I could unplug the damn thing to make the awfulness stop.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh.  I was really kind of excited about this episode, too.  I’ll still watch it online this afternoon, but this makes me preemptively annoyed.  If you’re going to do something silly and OTT, actually *do* it, for fuck’s sake.  There should have been a lot more interesting getups on that runway.  

    • Anonymous

      Congratulations to them both for winning by default. With a Gucci knockoff.

      Laura and Anthony were actually charming this episode: she seems to be playing down her whole schtick, which is a good thing (she would do well to remember the end of the story with her idol). I do note, however, that Nina only called out Anthony on their garment being referential – I know he had been criticized for that before, but this was beyond referential, and there was another person involved.I was really excited for this challenge, at first: it could have been a good challenge if they had actually thought up a premise beyond “on stilts”. Unfortunately, they did not. On top of that, the made it a one-day challenge (will the producers ever learn that it doesn’t matter how much money you give the designers if you don’t give them any time?), and a team challenge at that. In the end, it was all quite pointless. It should have been a “design challenge”, but it wasn’t. I’m not even sure it was a “fashion challenge”. It was a heap of random ideas for challenges thrown together. It was a one-day, team, Make a Pretty Dress™, Real Women™ challenge – On Stilts. So yes, “why?” sums it up nicely.

      I skipped Kim Kardashian’s comments, so I have no real opinion on her quality as a guest judge.

    • Anonymous

      Congratulations to them both for winning by default. With a Gucci knockoff.

      Laura and Anthony were actually charming this episode: she seems to be playing down her whole schtick, which is a good thing (she would do well to remember the end of the story with her idol). I do note, however, that Nina only called out Anthony on their garment being referential – I know he had been criticized for that before, but this was beyond referential, and there was another person involved.I was really excited for this challenge, at first: it could have been a good challenge if they had actually thought up a premise beyond “on stilts”. Unfortunately, they did not. On top of that, the made it a one-day challenge (will the producers ever learn that it doesn’t matter how much money you give the designers if you don’t give them any time?), and a team challenge at that. In the end, it was all quite pointless. It should have been a “design challenge”, but it wasn’t. I’m not even sure it was a “fashion challenge”. It was a heap of random ideas for challenges thrown together. It was a one-day, team, Make a Pretty Dress™, Real Women™ challenge – On Stilts. So yes, “why?” sums it up nicely.

      I skipped Kim Kardashian’s comments, so I have no real opinion on her quality as a guest judge.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      I hated this one.  The models walking on the stilts were just freaky, and the wrong entries were praised.  “Gucci knock-off” was the first think I thought when I saw that red dress, as well.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, HATED this challenge.  I hate it when the judges don’t give the designers any clue as to what type of designs they are looking for. Granted, the costume style designs were AWFUL, so maybe they had to look at the RTW for a win. I did like those ziggy zaggy pants for a stilt walker but the upper portion of that outfit was a wreck, a dedazzled, nasty fabric mess.

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t Heidi say something about making something that is truly larger than life? Surely that doesn’t mean street wear? 
      Apart from being a rip-off, the winning design had no sense of proportion for something with such long legs.

    • Anonymous

      So, what’s with the the weird decoy outfit? Do we think this was filmed early in the competition and then re-edited/shot, or did they just want things symmetrical for the photo? Anyway, it’s clearly awful. 

      • Amy Fee Garner

        I think it’s because the public and press were there, and it would not have been a good idea to reveal who was sent home in the first episodes.  The stiltwalker could have very easily brought it along from her own costume closet….. it looks a lot better, elaborate, and more well-made than the rest of what’s up there.

    • http://masquedbunny.tumblr.com masquedbunny

      I didn’t really notice Kardashian at all. Just as well.

      This episode was a wash. Still. Can’t wait for next week

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

      Who is she and where is she going?
      She is a very tall Russell Stover heart-shaped Valentine’s Day candy box. She wants some absent-minded husband to rescue her from the shelves of a very tall Walgreen’s and bring her home to his wife.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MN3NQ262BP3YF2RQJ4DYQQBDMA Shalia

        Now that you’ve said it, I can’t unsee it.  LOL!!

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

      I termed it a rip off of a bad home sewn 70s prom dress.  To make it worse, it makes the model look clunky as well.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty but not very interesting.  And I don’t follow fashion enough to have known the Gucci “inspiration” but it was pretty and flowed well.  I guess that’s enough.  I’m less surprised that this was top 3 and winner than the “Grandma Bling” blouse and skirt that made it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jvrausch Jeremy Rausch

      Just out of curiosity – does anyone else notice that there are eight designs in the second photo – not seven.  Likewise, on the Lifetime PR website, there are only seven designs.  Does this mean that the two eleminated contestants had to design a look as well so as to hide their ‘aufing from the public?  Doesn’t matter anyway, the design looks as badly made as the rest of them.

      This challenge could have been a lot more interesting if they had more time to design something well made, and if whimsy and design were the actual judging criteria.  If you are going to have women on stilts, why not  have fun with the design challenge?  The moment for me that really sucked the fun out of the episode was when it became clear the judges were looking for “real” cloths, just a lot taller.

      • Anonymous

        I imagine there was decoy outfit in this challenge for the same reason there are decoy collections at Fashion Week. The old contestants were there too.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      I figured that the only reason they did this was because Heidi, for some unknown reason, learned how to walk on stilts and wanted to show off.

      The red dress is just awful, and I couldn’t believe they praised that blue and brown secretary’s day-into-evening outfit.  Unbelievably bad episode.

      I suspect that Tim was mortified.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      I figured that the only reason they did this was because Heidi, for some unknown reason, learned how to walk on stilts and wanted to show off.

      The red dress is just awful, and I couldn’t believe they praised that blue and brown secretary’s day-into-evening outfit.  Unbelievably bad episode.

      I suspect that Tim was mortified.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      I figured that the only reason they did this was because Heidi, for some unknown reason, learned how to walk on stilts and wanted to show off.

      The red dress is just awful, and I couldn’t believe they praised that blue and brown secretary’s day-into-evening outfit.  Unbelievably bad episode.

      I suspect that Tim was mortified.

    • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

      I think they should have given the designers more time, maybe to come up with something that was actually good.  I feel like this COULD have been an interesting challenge if any of the designs hadn’t sucked.  Also, how did Oliver and the Beauty Queen escape bottom 3, she looked like she was wearing a bedsheet!

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

        It wasn’t the worst bedsheet on the runway?

    • Patricia Biswanger

      Rich and useless.

    • Anonymous

      I agree it was a stupid challenge.  A stupid challenge with clothes that had no way to look anything but ugly because of the proportions and the awkward movement of the models.  It was pretty tacky.  And I kept thinking of how wasteful it was to use all that fabric for something like this.  Let’s hope this is a challenge we never ever see repeated.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Margaret-Carlson-Nikoleit/100002490979930 Margaret Carlson Nikoleit

        Oooh, maybe a future challenge, instead of using the clothes/nightwear off your back, could be: use the pants/skirts from these horrible stiltwalker outfits. Then at least the fabric has a chance to become a cocktail dress or something else.

        • http://twitter.com/Varekai97X Jill Keller

          And Blenley and Anthony will have an advantage since their skirt from the “knees” down was essentially two straight yards of fabric straight off the bolt.  I think that bothered me more than anything else.  Yes, they were probably hemmed and finished, but come on, that’s the best you can come up with for shape?

          • Anonymous

            Yep, I noticed that too. It was really lazily constructed and I was surprised they won with that! Now, those matador pants were immaculate, and they end up in the bottom?

        • Anonymous

          Yes!  This would be a great way to deal with all that wasted fabric.  Make them re-purpose those yards of fabric into something a normal human would wear.  If they can make garments out of their pajamas imagine what they could do with all that material.  One person from each team would have to draw a number from the velvet bag and then they have to divide up the spoils and make pretty clothes.  I could live with that.

          PR bad challenge pushers, are you reading this?

        • Anonymous

          Yes!  This would be a great way to deal with all that wasted fabric.  Make them re-purpose those yards of fabric into something a normal human would wear.  If they can make garments out of their pajamas imagine what they could do with all that material.  One person from each team would have to draw a number from the velvet bag and then they have to divide up the spoils and make pretty clothes.  I could live with that.

          PR bad challenge pushers, are you reading this?

    • Anonymous

      I agree it was a stupid challenge.  A stupid challenge with clothes that had no way to look anything but ugly because of the proportions and the awkward movement of the models.  It was pretty tacky.  And I kept thinking of how wasteful it was to use all that fabric for something like this.  Let’s hope this is a challenge we never ever see repeated.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      I agree totally.  I had dozed off but was awake when they announced the top three and bottom three, and I thought, maybe I am not hearing this right because I am still half-asleep.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      I agree totally.  I had dozed off but was awake when they announced the top three and bottom three, and I thought, maybe I am not hearing this right because I am still half-asleep.

    • Anonymous

      It would’ve been fun if they pulled out the “Create an Avant-garde look” card for this challenge.

    • Anonymous

      It would’ve been fun if they pulled out the “Create an Avant-garde look” card for this challenge.

      • Anonymous

        To be honest, at first I thought that was the point.  Silly me.

      • Anonymous

        To be honest, at first I thought that was the point.  Silly me.

    • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

      Thank you for saying all of my rants for me, TLo!  The name of the episode was “Go Big or Go Home,” yet they rewarded the most conventional, “ready to wear” looks, as Miss Clinique Counter astutely pointed out.  “Go Big,” “Lots of Drama,” “think Paris Fashion Week couture!” and then you put the woman with Stepford Wife on Crack Hair in the Top 3?  While I loved the color of the shirt and the fact that the they used chiffon, the pants were an ugly cat-puke color, and the bejeweled collar was ugly, and the whole silhouette said 1995.  In fact, I think I owned a sheer shirt just like that (but in black) in 1995.  If Kim Kardashian says, “I love the bling!” you should be worried.
      So glad I decided to skip watching this last night when it aired to watch the SYTYCD finale instead.

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

        Your comments about the chiffon outfit jogged my memory-I remember that sheer blouses/shirts were a fad or trend in the 70′s.
        The beading/jeweling on the collar to my mind also aged the outfit, as did that WTF hairstyling.
        My eyes, my eyes!
        bitchybitchybitchy

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

        Your comments about the chiffon outfit jogged my memory-I remember that sheer blouses/shirts were a fad or trend in the 70′s.
        The beading/jeweling on the collar to my mind also aged the outfit, as did that WTF hairstyling.
        My eyes, my eyes!
        bitchybitchybitchy

      • Anonymous

        Oh, that outfit was well made, but so ugly! As it walked down the runway, I said “The Worst” out loud.  What were they going for? And the hair was Craa–aaa-zyyy!

        • Anonymous

          I’d like to know the instructions Danielle and Cecelia (I think that’s who did the stiltwalking secretary’s garment) gave to the hairdressers, because they were also mortified by how the hair turned out. And because I say it every week: what the hell is up with the hair and make-up this season? Gah!

          • Anonymous

            Danielle first said “royal” then said, “I don’t know, up and over to the side maybe?” Instead, they got Community-Theatre-Production-of-Paint-Your-Wagon-Fandango-Girl hair…

            • Anonymous

              Hmm. Those aren’t very explicit instructions, but even if the hairdresser was confused, who in God’s name would send a model onto the runway with that ridiculous hairdo? Hey, Fallene’s a hairdresser. Maybe they put her on the team now that she’s off the show. She can’t be any worse than who they have now.

              “Community-Theatre-Production-of-Paint-Your-Wagon-Fandango-Girl hair… ”
              Ha!
               

          • Anonymous

            Uh, yeah, they hated it too.  At that point, they should have just taken the hair out of that insane orb themselves. Any rat’s nest they ended up with would have been better than THAT.

    • http://badkittyknits.blogspot.com KittyKnits

      Thank you for saying all of my rants for me, TLo!  The name of the episode was “Go Big or Go Home,” yet they rewarded the most conventional, “ready to wear” looks, as Miss Clinique Counter astutely pointed out.  “Go Big,” “Lots of Drama,” “think Paris Fashion Week couture!” and then you put the woman with Stepford Wife on Crack Hair in the Top 3?  While I loved the color of the shirt and the fact that the they used chiffon, the pants were an ugly cat-puke color, and the bejeweled collar was ugly, and the whole silhouette said 1995.  In fact, I think I owned a sheer shirt just like that (but in black) in 1995.  If Kim Kardashian says, “I love the bling!” you should be worried.
      So glad I decided to skip watching this last night when it aired to watch the SYTYCD finale instead.

    • Anonymous

      That Gucci picture proves another thing – Gretchen is trendy. Granny panties are in! (Who would those look flattering on?)

    • Anonymous

      well at least now I have a legit reason to hate little miss princess

    • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

      I disliked this outfit for all the reasons mentioned plus one.  The way the skirt is put together, to me, looks like it would have made walking on stilts even more difficult.  It was sewn (glued?) together too far down to me.  I think the split should have been a little higher up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jvrausch Jeremy Rausch

      Did anyone else notice that there are eight designs in the second photo, not seven?  Does this mean that the two ‘aufed contestants had to make a dress as well to “hide” their ‘aufing from the public?  Doesn’t really matter anyway – it looks as bad as the rest of them.
      This could have been a fun challenge if only they had more time to make a well executed design, and if fantasy and whimsy were the judging criteria.  The moment the fun was sucked out of the episode for me was when I realized that the judges were just looking for a pretty, but elongated, dress.  This really should have been about the fun of designing something fanciful for a woman on stilts, rather than trying to make a really long Gucci knock-off.
      (Sorry if this posts twice – I think it didn’t go through the first time)

    • Diana Martinez

      Not only was this the most boring episode ever, but it was the first where I didn’t like a single look that came down the runway.  If this was my first season watching PR, I’d be over it and probably wouldn’t watch it anymore.  Ugh.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I’m so glad I was not the only one who thought this was terrible. I’m also quite tired of seeing these bizarre challenges. I’m more than ready to see real clothes. Not clothes made from other clothes, or dog leashes, or clothes on stilts. I like the unusual design challenges, but three in a row has made it hard for me to get a handle on anyone. I want to see what they can do with real fabric and a more closely resembling average size person (models are tall :))

      Is walking on stilts easier than I thought? At one point Josh M was up on stilts looking comfortable. I am going to assume it’s not easy and he’s either done it before or is quite athletic.

      Bert – I understand his frustration with Viktor’s historical inaccuracies, but there are kinder more pleasant ways to point it out. He was just a jerk this whole challenge and I am pretty sure he lied on the Runway. I’m interested – Viktor said he had the drawing on his tablet. I’d love if that were verified. 

      Overall, worst.challenge.ever. 

      • Anonymous

        Heidi also walked quite well on the stilts (maybe it’s the years of training in crazy-high heeled shoes), but the one model–the green pantsuit design–lurched like I probably would have.

      • Anonymous

        I do agree that I”m ready to see what these designers would really make as actual clothing. We don’t have any sense of their styles or points of view yet, and we’re three shows down. Who the hell am I to root for, the one who “knows how to use chiffon?”

      • Anonymous

        I do agree that I”m ready to see what these designers would really make as actual clothing. We don’t have any sense of their styles or points of view yet, and we’re three shows down. Who the hell am I to root for, the one who “knows how to use chiffon?”

      • Anonymous

        I do agree that I”m ready to see what these designers would really make as actual clothing. We don’t have any sense of their styles or points of view yet, and we’re three shows down. Who the hell am I to root for, the one who “knows how to use chiffon?”

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

        It looked to me like Josh was actually standing on a table, not on stilts.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t mind the challenge and thought it was a fun idea, but I will agree on the WTF judging moment. They told them to make clothing for stilt-walkers, and then acted all offended at the more “costume-y” entries. Um, hello. They’re making clothes for stilt-walkers.

      This is why I have said a thousand times and stll maintain that the judges’ comments are approximately 65% – 75% bullshit and depends on what kind of day they’re haing. But whatever. Fashion is so subjective and fashion people are fickle as hell. It’s annoying, but that’s the nature of the beast.

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

      Yes, this was one of the most ridiculous challenges ever (I thought of it as the Barbie challenge – oh toy of unearthly leg proportions~!) and doing a costume was the only way to make sense in my opinion.  That they were looking for an elongated ready to wear outfit? WHA???

    • Anonymous

      Would love to have a “we have no winners” decision one week.  Go ahead & do the aufee, but just admit that no outfit was good enough to be declared a winner.  This would have been the week to do that.  And that may have a lot to do with a silly premise for the challenge, lack of direction of what’s expected (RTW, fantasy?), and a ridiculous timeframe.  Okay, that’s my spew for the morning.  I feel better now.

      • Anonymous

        Eh, spew all you want. (Or, considering your screen name, you could hiss all you want) I didn’t mind the challenge, but I totally agree about the timeframe. Since when do they only have until 9PM? Even if they started earlier in the day, couldn’t they have had until midnight, as they usually do? Or better yet, how about a two day challenge? I know two days has never been the norm, but it should be if they want to see better work from the designers. With the absurd time contraints, anything that comes out well made is a fluke, in my not so humble opinion.

        I also like the idea of a no-winner result if it’s warranted. (That happens on Hell’s Kitchen a lot.) It might give the designers a kick in the pants that they periodically need.

        • Anonymous

          Oooh, hissing.  I like that, and I can do that rather well.

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

          Yes yes yes on the longer time frame!  It seems like they used to give two days, or at least a day and a half, for the team challenges and the challenges that involved more work than usual, which the ginormous stiltwalker pants seem to qualify as……….

      • Anonymous

        Eh, spew all you want. (Or, considering your screen name, you could hiss all you want) I didn’t mind the challenge, but I totally agree about the timeframe. Since when do they only have until 9PM? Even if they started earlier in the day, couldn’t they have had until midnight, as they usually do? Or better yet, how about a two day challenge? I know two days has never been the norm, but it should be if they want to see better work from the designers. With the absurd time contraints, anything that comes out well made is a fluke, in my not so humble opinion.

        I also like the idea of a no-winner result if it’s warranted. (That happens on Hell’s Kitchen a lot.) It might give the designers a kick in the pants that they periodically need.

    • Anonymous

      This was a dumb challenge. Did they tell the designers they didn’t want costumes? Because don’t performers wear costumes when they perform? I’m confused.
      I thought that Birdseed and Niemans made a good team. I did not think that Birdseed was copying Gucci. There is a little fluff at the shoulders, but that’s it. You could just as easily say that sheer pants was copying Gucci.
      I did not think that this was the winnner. But it’s top three for sure.

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

      I actually loved this challenge. Since most models are 10 feet tall compared to my proportions, it seemed like a great opportunity to design for the ideal woman…. and most of the stiltwalker models did really work the clothes and they looked great. I really enjoyed watching the runway show and liked all the outfits except the miserable tutu.

      At the same time, I think that only a few of the designers paid sufficient attention to the need for something at the top that would be visible to the audience on the ground. Bert’s much-derided pattern had that advantage (I liked that dress, however ugly it would be when cut down to size). I thought Becky and whoozis’ outfit also exploited the proportions appropriately, and the chiffon outfit also took advantage of the proportions to make a giant blouse with giant jewels. But the matador costume had all that lovely detail on the top which was hard to see from the ground. 

      And this one was effective simply because the giant shoulders read well from the ground and also look stylish-if-derivative when the stilts are amputated. I think it did deserve points in that it used a trendy fashion element that actually looks better on a 10-foot-tall woman.

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

      Aww, I think you’re being a little too harsh about how useless the challenge was, but I am probably partial because my best friend is a stiltwalking entertainer who always has to come up with new outfits. Of all the looks presented, I think she would have picked the punk-military one as best.

      I agree that the Gucci copy winning is a big embarrassment!
      I agree that it was stupid that the stiltwalkers’ group was not mentioned, but maybe if the designers had been told then they would all have skewed their designs to be very circus-like. At least the viewing audience could have been told as an edit to the program, or the troupe name could have been revealed only for the runway show. 

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

      Aww, I think you’re being a little too harsh about how useless the challenge was, but I am probably partial because my best friend is a stiltwalking entertainer who always has to come up with new outfits. Of all the looks presented, I think she would have picked the punk-military one as best.

      I agree that the Gucci copy winning is a big embarrassment!
      I agree that it was stupid that the stiltwalkers’ group was not mentioned, but maybe if the designers had been told then they would all have skewed their designs to be very circus-like. At least the viewing audience could have been told as an edit to the program, or the troupe name could have been revealed only for the runway show. 

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

      Aww, I think you’re being a little too harsh about how useless the challenge was, but I am probably partial because my best friend is a stiltwalking entertainer who always has to come up with new outfits. Of all the looks presented, I think she would have picked the punk-military one as best.

      I agree that the Gucci copy winning is a big embarrassment!
      I agree that it was stupid that the stiltwalkers’ group was not mentioned, but maybe if the designers had been told then they would all have skewed their designs to be very circus-like. At least the viewing audience could have been told as an edit to the program, or the troupe name could have been revealed only for the runway show. 

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

      Aww, I think you’re being a little too harsh about how useless the challenge was, but I am probably partial because my best friend is a stiltwalking entertainer who always has to come up with new outfits. Of all the looks presented, I think she would have picked the punk-military one as best.

      I agree that the Gucci copy winning is a big embarrassment!
      I agree that it was stupid that the stiltwalkers’ group was not mentioned, but maybe if the designers had been told then they would all have skewed their designs to be very circus-like. At least the viewing audience could have been told as an edit to the program, or the troupe name could have been revealed only for the runway show. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Worst. Challenge. Evah! And I cannot abide any of those Kardashians. Kim’s voice is like nails on a chalkboard.

    • Anonymous

      The moment that got me was when NIna criticized a detail for looking “circusey”. Um. *These women are walking on stilts*. The whole thing was (literally) a circus act from the get-go.

    • Anonymous

      The moment that got me was when NIna criticized a detail for looking “circusey”. Um. *These women are walking on stilts*. The whole thing was (literally) a circus act from the get-go.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1112331981 Donna Morgan

      In looking at the second photo I realize I don’t recognize one of the designs at all (the lady in white standing to the left of Heidi). Was this show so bad that I blacked out during one of the runway walks or was this outfit not actually on the show?

      I like to think I would have remembered the grammar school tissue flowers as a dress over clown pants outfit…

      • Anonymous

        You are right. Perhaps that was *Tim’s* design presented as a warm-up?  I’d love that.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1112331981 Donna Morgan

          Almost makes me wonder if the contestants eliminated in the first two challenges were paired up and given a chance to make an outfit in an effort to avoid spoilers since the runway show was public.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1112331981 Donna Morgan

            Answered my own question by taking a second look. If you scroll down to photo seven you can clearly see Josh C and Rafael sitting with all the other designers. They are at the end of course which made it easier to edit them out on TV.

      • Anonymous

        Rafael and The Other Josh were decoys–this episode was filmed live and before the last 2 episodes aired on National Television.

        • Logo Girl

          But this makes me wonder – wouldn’t people who went to this event and have pictures have had a pretty good guess who those first five eliminated were?

    • Anonymous

      I think that maybe stilt walkers are going to come out of the confines of the circus and will be walking the streets of Anytown, USA, so they want to look natural like the rest of us.  They have been relegated to the confines of the tent for a long time and now they want to be free. Power to the stilt walkers of America!!??  What other reason could there be for this concept?  

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

      She has no neck, and that make-up was HORRIBLE. Hated the white netting too and the mis-matchy reds. Agreed. 

      • Anonymous

        That hair and makeup was amateur night at the drag circus.

      • Anonymous

        That hair and makeup was amateur night at the drag circus.

      • Anonymous

        That hair and makeup was amateur night at the drag circus.

      • Anonymous

        That hair and makeup was amateur night at the drag circus.

      • Anonymous

        That hair and makeup was amateur night at the drag circus.

      • Anonymous

        That hair and makeup was amateur night at the drag circus.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! I thought that Clinique Josh made a very insightful comment when he went backstage with the other low scores.  It seemed the judges rewarded one INTERPRETATION rather than one type of DESIGN. Not that they were great, but I thought the point was well made, and would have liked to have seen the judges answer that question.
      I’m not too excited about this win, mostly because I don’t like Blenley all that much. And Nina flat out said that it was too referential. I would’ve rather seen the Star Trek outfit win. Oh well.

    • Anonymous

      What T-Lo said….challenge probably sounded good on paper, but in real life – EPIC FAIL. And those lurching stilt women on the runway…only solace I had was hoping one would fall and crush the Kardashian, thus keeping her off screen for a time – oh hell, what am I saying…she’d find a way to get the hospital stay televised and get somebody to produce her law suit…SUCH a waste of plasma. Totally dopey challenge and totally dopey judging produced totally dopey result. Only good thing was that Pixie Redhead was the correct AUF, before she had a nervous breakdown, but Bert was working every nerve. On to the next challenge…Nina Eats the Designers!

    • Joyce VG

      I saw only the last half of the episode and boy was I confused.  And then bored.  This is a throw away challenge if there ever was one.

    • Anonymous

      OMG. I thought the same thing … about the worst challenge ever. Those models lurching down the run (like “Lurch,” no less), was anything but attractive. After the very first season, a friend of mine and I came up with a list of ideas for design challenges for this show. All of them were better than this one.

    • Anonymous

      I could not agree more with you, T. Lo. You ask designers to create clothing for models on STILTS and then complain when it’s COSTUMEY???  Even more than the Gretchen win last season, this is the kind of bull that makes me question my choices in continuing to watch this show. At least the judges got one thing right: that hair was Craa-aa-zzz–yyy!

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

      Literally could not agree more with your entire assessment. All your WHY?! questions were the same ones I was asking aloud last night. 

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

      Literally could not agree more with your entire assessment. All your WHY?! questions were the same ones I was asking aloud last night. 

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

      Literally could not agree more with your entire assessment. All your WHY?! questions were the same ones I was asking aloud last night. 

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

      Literally could not agree more with your entire assessment. All your WHY?! questions were the same ones I was asking aloud last night. 

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

      Literally could not agree more with your entire assessment. All your WHY?! questions were the same ones I was asking aloud last night. 

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Pretty much my thoughts exactly.  All I could think the whole time was “That’s hideous and the model on stilts is freaking me out.”  And seeing how referential the winning design is, I feel guilty for thinking “finally a decent looking dress.”  I mean, for crying out loud.  Josh commented on the fact that the 3 in the top were ready-to-wear and the 3 in the bottom were costume-y.  He was right.  How does that make sense when the models are wearing FREAKING STILTS???  Well, other than the fact that they were all hideous.  If anyone deserved the win it was Becky & Kimberly.  And I liked the collar.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Pretty much my thoughts exactly.  All I could think the whole time was “That’s hideous and the model on stilts is freaking me out.”  And seeing how referential the winning design is, I feel guilty for thinking “finally a decent looking dress.”  I mean, for crying out loud.  Josh commented on the fact that the 3 in the top were ready-to-wear and the 3 in the bottom were costume-y.  He was right.  How does that make sense when the models are wearing FREAKING STILTS???  Well, other than the fact that they were all hideous.  If anyone deserved the win it was Becky & Kimberly.  And I liked the collar.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Pretty much my thoughts exactly.  All I could think the whole time was “That’s hideous and the model on stilts is freaking me out.”  And seeing how referential the winning design is, I feel guilty for thinking “finally a decent looking dress.”  I mean, for crying out loud.  Josh commented on the fact that the 3 in the top were ready-to-wear and the 3 in the bottom were costume-y.  He was right.  How does that make sense when the models are wearing FREAKING STILTS???  Well, other than the fact that they were all hideous.  If anyone deserved the win it was Becky & Kimberly.  And I liked the collar.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Pretty much my thoughts exactly.  All I could think the whole time was “That’s hideous and the model on stilts is freaking me out.”  And seeing how referential the winning design is, I feel guilty for thinking “finally a decent looking dress.”  I mean, for crying out loud.  Josh commented on the fact that the 3 in the top were ready-to-wear and the 3 in the bottom were costume-y.  He was right.  How does that make sense when the models are wearing FREAKING STILTS???  Well, other than the fact that they were all hideous.  If anyone deserved the win it was Becky & Kimberly.  And I liked the collar.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Pretty much my thoughts exactly.  All I could think the whole time was “That’s hideous and the model on stilts is freaking me out.”  And seeing how referential the winning design is, I feel guilty for thinking “finally a decent looking dress.”  I mean, for crying out loud.  Josh commented on the fact that the 3 in the top were ready-to-wear and the 3 in the bottom were costume-y.  He was right.  How does that make sense when the models are wearing FREAKING STILTS???  Well, other than the fact that they were all hideous.  If anyone deserved the win it was Becky & Kimberly.  And I liked the collar.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Pretty much my thoughts exactly.  All I could think the whole time was “That’s hideous and the model on stilts is freaking me out.”  And seeing how referential the winning design is, I feel guilty for thinking “finally a decent looking dress.”  I mean, for crying out loud.  Josh commented on the fact that the 3 in the top were ready-to-wear and the 3 in the bottom were costume-y.  He was right.  How does that make sense when the models are wearing FREAKING STILTS???  Well, other than the fact that they were all hideous.  If anyone deserved the win it was Becky & Kimberly.  And I liked the collar.

    • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

      Literally could not agree more with your entire assessment. All your WHY?! questions were the same ones I was asking aloud last night. 

    • Lisa Sabatier

      Exactly – I found this such a pointless challenge and creepy at the same time.

    • Lisa Sabatier

      Exactly – I found this such a pointless challenge and creepy at the same time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Riley/100000522956626 Matthew Riley

      I thought it was a fun challenge, but I did disagree with the win. The whole time I was looking at it, I was thinking “Man, I’ve seen that exact thing before, haven’t I?” Didn’t they criticize Anthony’s last one for being to referential? So what’s up with rewarding one that’s even more so…

      And it may have just been me, but I thought the time limit on this one was crazy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Riley/100000522956626 Matthew Riley

      I thought it was a fun challenge, but I did disagree with the win. The whole time I was looking at it, I was thinking “Man, I’ve seen that exact thing before, haven’t I?” Didn’t they criticize Anthony’s last one for being to referential? So what’s up with rewarding one that’s even more so…

      And it may have just been me, but I thought the time limit on this one was crazy.

      • Anonymous

        I wonder if the reason for all these one day challenges is because some designers “finish early.” Not that they do of course, because they should keep editing and working if they have more time, but I remember Christian, Chris, Rami, and a few others who worked for a while then just stopped and hung around annoying everyone or sleeping in the break room.

        But, I agree wholeheartedly–they need 2 days for at least half of the challenges.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Riley/100000522956626 Matthew Riley

      I thought it was a fun challenge, but I did disagree with the win. The whole time I was looking at it, I was thinking “Man, I’ve seen that exact thing before, haven’t I?” Didn’t they criticize Anthony’s last one for being to referential? So what’s up with rewarding one that’s even more so…

      And it may have just been me, but I thought the time limit on this one was crazy.

    • Anonymous

      Eh. I thought Becky and Kimberly did a much better job. This was pretty dull, although the skirt was a pretty shade.

    • Anonymous

      Eh. I thought Becky and Kimberly did a much better job. This was pretty dull, although the skirt was a pretty shade.

    • Anonymous

      God, I so agree with everything you’ve said here. I thought this was a stupid challenge. I thought, well, it is a chance to figure out proportions for someone with 8-foot legs and create real drama…but no, in the end I was just rationalizing the show’s bad decision. I don’t mind that Blenley won. I honestly didn’t care all that much who won. But seeing those Guccis, I think this design was extremely derivative.

    • Supriya K

      Word on everything here.  The challenge was horrendous and the runway show was the stuff of nightmares.  Lots of beautiful fabrics flowing in the wind though – loved the red charmeuse, the printed silky stuff that Anya and Oliver used, and the chiffons from Danielle and Cecilia.  It was nice to see Kimberley get props for her pants, which were very cool. 

      Also, the Josh and Julie workroom scenes have to be my favorite of the season so far.  Please post more unaired clips of this wacky
      duo, Lifetime!
      Can’t wait for Nina’s challenge next week!

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

      Honestly, I loved the challenge — I didn’t think the results were as interesting as they should have been, though.  I much preferred the OTT things that the judges weren’t crazy about.  The one pair who claimed they were playing with proportions (Cecilia and Danielle) didn’t really — those sleeves could have been on anything.  (Plus the result was ridiculous sister-wife.)

      And I didn’t think Kim Kardashian was that bad.  She wasn’t great, but she was far from the worst judge ever. 

      To be fair, Nina did point out that it was referential and referenced her critique from last week about Anthony Ryan and the McQueen collars. 

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t really mind this challenge, although I do agree that it seemed pointless. Not being as fashion-savvy of a lot of y’all here, I didn’t pick up on the how referential the winning look was. I do think it was pretty, but I really wanted Becky and Kimberly to win. It had some style to it, even the “star track” collar.
       
      I thought watching the stiltwalkers on the runway was fun. I have to give them credit for being brave enough to get on the damn things in the first place, because yikes! I’d rather stick needles in  my eyes.  I also liked the exaggerated posing some of them did.

      So, not the greatest challenge by any means, and I was annoyed that the designers weren’t given proper instructions or a reasonable amount of time to work. But I always like watching the designers work. Plus… DRAMA!

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

      I wonder sometimes if the judges get to hear the exact thing the designers hear the challenge is about (okay, I read over that sentence and yes, it says what I mean, it just feels a bit awkward). I could be wrong, but I thought the designers were encouraged to use their imagination and think couture. Instead, the judges seemed to all decide the challenge was design an outfit that works on and off stilts.

      I was hoping someone would have done something more . . . horizontal instead of all thinking vertical. Vertical is so obvious. Do gradiations from the bottom to the top, build it to be like a building or a tower (the zig zag pants came closest), have a cape flowing off the shoulders, ruffles or layers (of course, this was another of the annoying one-day challenges I so dislike).
       
      I think it would have been an ideal proportion challenge (in fact, I was surprised that Tim didn’t refer to that in his evaluations). I thought doing this “different size” challenge was along the lines of the “real woman” challenges of the past (aka the “How-can-I-be-expected-to-work-with-a-model-over-size-2″ challenge). The only thing that included proportions was when Nina complimented the Becky and the other woman’s tailored pants and collared jacket. I was thinking, “really, THAT is good proportions? Oh dear.” I was VERY disappointed who got the win to this one —- just because the wind picked it up ot the right moment doesn’t make it a good design. And Nina and Michael should know better. Shame on them (sorry Hiedi, I don’t hold you as high a standard

    • Anonymous

      For a show that seems to run long, there have been critical “omitted for time” items; i.e., Nina’s comment from last week re the runner up, and not explaining who the women were is another.  It also makes me wonder whether, given the same “it’s original” cooing from last week, that perhaps there was a mention of the obvious nod to Gucci, but that we just didn’t see it  Also, I thought it was hard to be a more useless judge than Katie Holmes was last week on So You Think You Can Dance. Kim K took uselessness to new heights.

    • Adella Thompson

      I’m torn. I agree with all of your rather salient WTF??? points, but I am a sucker for a feel good ending. Oh television gods, how you manipulate me. Although I don’t usually like Laura, she was definitely edited into a nicer light this, while Anthony just cast himself into saintly hero light. The group challenges are always a little hard because one person ultimately wins, so that one team agreed on who should win, just gave me a huge old smiley face that made up for a lot. I do think Viktor and Burt were both being inconceivably childish and made the unquestionably most gag-worthy dress of the day, but I am kind of curious to see more from Viktor and am deeply secretly hoping Burt’s horrible conduct/results in the last two shows is a passing phase and he redeems himself. Falene just seemed ready to go and nearly asked to do so. So, dumb challenge, but an oddly feel-good ending. Leaving me kind of ok with the whole thing. 

      I really miss Tim Gunn’s vlog. I would LOVE to hear his take on this challenge. It would be up there with this post, I am sure. 

    • suzq

      The challenge was all about proportion.  Elongate the legs (which is what fashion drawings do anyway) and how do you use clothing to make the wearer look in proportion?  Of all the looks, Olivier & Anya’s monstrocity had the best proportions.  You can exaggerate a hip line when your model is 15 feet tall.  But it was also quite fugly.  I don’t think anyone really succeeded in this challenge.

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

      I have been sucked back in.

      I didn’t get this winner.  The illusion netting is horrible.  They got lucky that the runway show was outdoors and the wind blew that thing around.  Snore.

      I liked the toreador outfit, but the sleeve was not proportional.  Of course, if it were it’d be even more costumey.

    • Anonymous

      Totally nailed it.  I’m a design-based kinda girl myself, and I wanted to enjoy this episode so much more than I actually did.  It forced the designers to be more gimmicky than artistic, yes? And the judging criterion was vague at best, crackstastic at worst.

      Also sad the stilt walkers did not get a shout out for their act.  How much fun would it have been to turn this into “design a fabulous but functional costume for these performance artists” a la the female wrestler challenge of season 4?  (It was season 4, right?.)

    • yuju ti

      If the challenge was “make an avant garde look for stilt walkers in 2 days”, the result would’ve been more interesting.

    • http://twitter.com/barbiverson Barb Iverson

      Honestly. Why can’t they for once make a costume…for someone on STILTS for pete’s sake?!? What does fashion have to do with stilt-walkers? Why are costumes suddenly a bad word on this show? Tell me that the wrestler’s outfits they did all those seasons ago weren’t costumes?

    • http://twitter.com/barbiverson Barb Iverson

      Honestly. Why can’t they for once make a costume…for someone on STILTS for pete’s sake?!? What does fashion have to do with stilt-walkers? Why are costumes suddenly a bad word on this show? Tell me that the wrestler’s outfits they did all those seasons ago weren’t costumes?

    • Anonymous

      The whole thing was just bizarre.  The biggest crime was probably setting absolutely no expectation for the end result, so they ended up with everything from costumes to rack clothing.  The fashion show was a bit creepy, like a Tim Burton production or something.  Very odd mishmash.  And surprisingly little of interest, on either end of the spectrum.  I agree that they should have given the win to both designers.  Randomly giving the win to Ms. Talk Foreign was a perfect capper to a WTF episode.  

    • Anonymous

      The whole thing was just bizarre.  The biggest crime was probably setting absolutely no expectation for the end result, so they ended up with everything from costumes to rack clothing.  The fashion show was a bit creepy, like a Tim Burton production or something.  Very odd mishmash.  And surprisingly little of interest, on either end of the spectrum.  I agree that they should have given the win to both designers.  Randomly giving the win to Ms. Talk Foreign was a perfect capper to a WTF episode.  

    • sonictofu

      I can thank my prestigious TLo education for causing me to yell, “Gucci!  It’s freakin’ Gucci!!” at my television.  I liked the idea of stiltwalkers at first, but “make a really tall outfit” isn’t specific enough at all.  Thus there was a lot of pointless drama in the workroom.  Real, interesting drama, I don’t mind, but the vague challenge plus ridiculous time constraints (even by reality show standards) created silly drama.  I’d watch big brother if I liked that.  Thankfully, most of the designers came off looking classy in the end, regardless.

    • Anonymous

      Could have been a good challenge if it was more along the lines of “Here are some stiltwalkers doing their act, make an outfit for that act!” instead of “Here are some stiltwalkers. Uh. Do something, I guess?”

    • Anonymous

      Could have been a good challenge if it was more along the lines of “Here are some stiltwalkers doing their act, make an outfit for that act!” instead of “Here are some stiltwalkers. Uh. Do something, I guess?”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351824026 Melissa Guidry

      It’s a study on proportion. Doi

    • Anonymous

      Distorted women wearing borrowed clothes in front of a fake “audience”? OH I KNOW, KIM KARDASHIAN CAN BE A JUDGE.

    • Anonymous

      Distorted women wearing borrowed clothes in front of a fake “audience”? OH I KNOW, KIM KARDASHIAN CAN BE A JUDGE.

    • Rick Aiello

      I didn’t hate this challenge as much as Tom and Lorenzo.  I actually quite enjoyed it.  

      But I agree about the winning design– the non-matching reds bothered me, and seeing the inspiration for the blatant knockoff– They even MENTIONED in their judging that they thought this was a knockoff look– is disturbing.  

      I also think that (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) Kim Kardashian was a really good judge.  She actually had good input and good comments.  I was surprised by how good she actually was.

      Maybe I was in a different world last night… :)

    • Judy_J

      I’m with you, Tom and Lornezo….this was the worst challenge in the HISTORY OF PROJECT RUNWAY!

    • Anonymous

      This season really is ludicrous – and the stilt thing truly raised the bar, as it were. 

      3 weeks in, and I still know next to nothing about who these designers are in an actual, normal PR challenge setting. I mean, designing for a normal model, with normal fabric, within the normal constraints and ultimati from Heidi at the outset.  I can’t compare skill sets, or design aesthetics, or nuthin. I mean, by this time in previous seasons, I was already up to there with what’s-her-name’s color blocking, or what’s-her-name’s aversion to colors other than black, and already hated Gretchen. (There – now I can hold my peace until the posting on Chiffon Abuse.)

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for identifying my discomfort last night.  I couldn’t put my finger on it…I thought I had missed something in the “assignment”, and then there were the bitchy team issues…whole thing left me uncomfortable.

    • Anonymous

      More than the challenge itself what bothered me was the judging. I wanted to scream at the judges “WHAT WOMAN IS WEARING THIS?!?!?”
      And that blue blouse that they praised… goddamnit, I need Tim Gunn saying that they were on crack.

    • Anonymous

      god this was bad.  horrible even.  i just cant even wrap my mind around how yuck this challenge was.  i cant believe they gave the win to the canal street version of that gucci dress.  guchi if you will.  i am really starting to wonder if i am going to keep up with this show.  the first 3 challenges havent shown me anything that i loved (saved the birdseed dress) and i am starting to lose my patience with this show.  i swore i wasnt going to watch it after last season but i relented and decided to give it a whirl.  i am starting to regret my decision.

    • Anonymous

      god this was bad.  horrible even.  i just cant even wrap my mind around how yuck this challenge was.  i cant believe they gave the win to the canal street version of that gucci dress.  guchi if you will.  i am really starting to wonder if i am going to keep up with this show.  the first 3 challenges havent shown me anything that i loved (saved the birdseed dress) and i am starting to lose my patience with this show.  i swore i wasnt going to watch it after last season but i relented and decided to give it a whirl.  i am starting to regret my decision.

    • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

      Did anyone else notice how extra-bitchy Heidi was? I think she was just mean, interrupting and raising her voice at those poor monkey dancers/designers.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Hideous.  I saw the end of the first viewing and decided it wasn’t worth staying up to watch the second viewing at 1 am.  I agree, the worst challenge ever.   Every single piece was ugly ugly ugly.   This season is rapidly sinking.  This is the first time I have skipped an episode, ever.  And the Kardashian person, all she did was repeat what the others said.  She really is a monumental idiot.  Exhibit number one in the cultural decline of the U.S.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Hideous.  I saw the end of the first viewing and decided it wasn’t worth staying up to watch the second viewing at 1 am.  I agree, the worst challenge ever.   Every single piece was ugly ugly ugly.   This season is rapidly sinking.  This is the first time I have skipped an episode, ever.  And the Kardashian person, all she did was repeat what the others said.  She really is a monumental idiot.  Exhibit number one in the cultural decline of the U.S.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Hideous.  I saw the end of the first viewing and decided it wasn’t worth staying up to watch the second viewing at 1 am.  I agree, the worst challenge ever.   Every single piece was ugly ugly ugly.   This season is rapidly sinking.  This is the first time I have skipped an episode, ever.  And the Kardashian person, all she did was repeat what the others said.  She really is a monumental idiot.  Exhibit number one in the cultural decline of the U.S.

    • Anonymous

      Instead, the judges – and we think they should be a bit embarrassed by this – mostly praised the outfits that looked like regular clothes, except really, really elongated

      I think they should be a LOT embarrassed by it. I think it was Josh M. that pointed out that all three top designs were off-the-rack looks. Available in Macy’s in the super-tall department.  Anybody who tried to do anything the least bit interesting ended up in the bottom three. At least Blenley and Co (There’s a fashion house name!) couldn’t go for the granny-panty under sheer skirt edition of their design.

      As for the runway setting — the audience was mostly just an annoying interruption to the proceedings. It would be nice of the producers to do somehting to make the runway studio a more interesting and attractive setting for the shows, but this was not the way to go.

      As for Kimmy, I slightly disagree with your assessment. I think she might’ve had some interesting comments to make but the producers edited her almost right out of the show, so we’ll never know. And I’m most decidedly not a Kardashian fan.

    • Ella B. Mudge

      So, so, so, agree with you, TLo!  I’m still holding to my pledge to watch very little of the show, but when Burn Notice was over, I switched over to PR and the runway show was going on.  I thought I was hallucinating.  I thought the entire thing was dumb, but I knew it would be worth a few wonderful entries on TLo!  

    • Anonymous

      I agree with Josh (yes, I DO learn the name) when he said something like “who is here ? Costumes. Who is on top ? Ready to wear.”
      That must have been pretty frustrating.
      And I think Becky and Kimberly’s outfit was nicer than this one.

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

        Yeah, and I thought they really messed up the judging.  I wanted to see some serious DRAMA — not normal RTW with really long pants!

        • Anonymous

          Well, the costumes were pretty bad. They aimed for dramatic clothes but it didn’t work and the strangeness of the stilt walk made it all clowney. I think Bert and whassisname try could have been dramatic and impressive if they weren’t both so obnoxious (Bert decided to get cranky and was clearly fed up with his partner lack of knowledge and snotty behavior. And Whassisname dismissed him and argue and grew more and more frustrated with Bert’s behavior. I think there was more to it than what was shown on screen)
          But on the other hand, the RTW takes of the challenge were just Bleh.
          Inexplicably, Olivier and Miss T&T got shoved backstage for a garment I found more than decent and pretty intersting and the judges kept on praising the more standard and boring clothes.
          I still can’t get over all the praises the horrible beige pants coupled with that disaster of a turquoise chiffon shirt got from the judges. I was screaming at the TV “come, it’s awfull ! Look how drab those pants are ! And that shirt ! It looks like it’s just of my grandma 30′s dressing !” and they were all “oh, this is so chic”.
          Chic ? The only thing saving this disaster was the hair. And the hair was BAD !

          That was a bad episode. I won’t say it was a bad challenge because the idea behind it excited me quite a bit, but because of the poor execution and the lame judging. More than a bad challenge I think it was bad television.

    • mrspeel2

      “We wouldn’t normally be so cranky about that, but in an episode that was
      one big “WHY?” from beginning to end, this was just one more.”
      THAT must be the reason I was so cranky during last night’s episode!! My subconscious was telling me what a STUPID project it was and I just didn’t realize it.

      I hope the challenges get better soon, REALLY SOON, because I’m fed up with being cranky on Thursday nights.

    • Sharon Metzger

      I was wondering if they thought this was a non-model-size challenge, but overweight had been done to death.

    • Anonymous

      You’ve voiced exactly what my friend and I were emailing back and forth…you tell them to ‘go big’ and give them stiltwalkers (for cripe’s sake, whose demented idea was this?  Is one of them the producer’s sister or something?) to dress…then CRITICIZE them for making a costume.  The judges/producers/whoever have developed a habit in the last few years of REALLY not making clear what the expectations are.   When they started the challenge, I did NOT think “department store with really long pants” was, in the least, what they were looking for.

    • Anonymous

      You’ve voiced exactly what my friend and I were emailing back and forth…you tell them to ‘go big’ and give them stiltwalkers (for cripe’s sake, whose demented idea was this?  Is one of them the producer’s sister or something?) to dress…then CRITICIZE them for making a costume.  The judges/producers/whoever have developed a habit in the last few years of REALLY not making clear what the expectations are.   When they started the challenge, I did NOT think “department store with really long pants” was, in the least, what they were looking for.

    • voter1

      Ugh.  Tired of watching the “costume portion” of the show.  Can we finally get to a challenge where they get to design something that remotely resembles fashion?

    • Lynn Landry

      I thought surely this is all going to be worth it when one of the Gigantors fell down on the runway! I didn’t even get that! And you KNOW Nina must have been pissed to be on camera on such a humid/rainy day. Oy, the friz!

    • Lynn Landry

      I thought surely this is all going to be worth it when one of the Gigantors fell down on the runway! I didn’t even get that! And you KNOW Nina must have been pissed to be on camera on such a humid/rainy day. Oy, the friz!

    • Lynn Landry

      HOLD ON A MINUTE: WHO DESIGNED THE OUTFIT TO THE LEFT OF HEIDI? I DID WATCH THE DVR’D EP AFTER MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT BUT I DON’T REMEMBER THAT ONE. 

      • Lynn Landry

        seven teams and eight garments, anybody?

        • Anonymous

          I bet it’s a decoy. Outdoor challenge, two designers have been eliminated, don’t want to say who.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I didn’t realize what a rip-off Blenley’s was!  And the challenge was totally pointless but fun to watch.

      And KimBot 2.0 needs a reboot.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I didn’t realize what a rip-off Blenley’s was!  And the challenge was totally pointless but fun to watch.

      And KimBot 2.0 needs a reboot.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I didn’t realize what a rip-off Blenley’s was!  And the challenge was totally pointless but fun to watch.

      And KimBot 2.0 needs a reboot.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I didn’t realize what a rip-off Blenley’s was!  And the challenge was totally pointless but fun to watch.

      And KimBot 2.0 needs a reboot.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, I didn’t realize what a rip-off Blenley’s was!  And the challenge was totally pointless but fun to watch.

      And KimBot 2.0 needs a reboot.

    • Anonymous

      Just now, I really stopped and looked at the group picture with the stiltwalkers.  I realized I didn’t remember the one with the ruffled purple pants and skirt with balls/blobs all over it, and really thought I had a total lapse in attention while watching.

      Then I counted up the teams, and realized this wasn’t a PR design; it’s one of their actual outfits.  And guess what?  It’s a COSTUME.

      Like the rest of you, I’m so over this challenge.  I propose a drinking game for next week–drink every time Nina says “sad.”

      And T and Lo, we DEMAND NinaCaps!!!

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

        Actually, that was a PR design — it was made by the 1st 2 eliminated designers as a decoy.  Otherwise everyone would have known who got booted the first couple weeks.

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

          Do we know that for certain? Maybe the clown suit really WAS one of their costumes and the aufed designers didn’t make anything. They just sat with the others during the runway. Can’t imagine the producers would have given them $500.00 to waste when the stilt walkers have their own outfits. Anyone have the scoop on this?

    • Anonymous

      You know how heidi was like…drunk for the first episode? It was micheals turn today.
      Man this was a terrible episode. The drama made me awkward because people were just…mean. Straight up.
      Doesn’t surprise me that the teams with the worst attitudes got bottom three.
      At least they got it right with who they sent home, when she started crying to Tim I just couldn’t handle it. You do not cry on Tim Gunn’s shoulder.

      Anyway. Bring it on bitchNina. I am ready for some no-nonsense designing.

    • http://twitter.com/keljokob Kelly Kobiela

      The most boring, conventional outfits were in the top, which is especially strange because Heidi set the challenge as being eye catching, imaginative, and larger than life. Whatever, crazy judges!

    • Anonymous

      This “design” is such a complete ripoff that I just don’t get how it could have won, even with Nina pointing out how much of a ripoff it was.  I think the only reason it did win was that the rest of the garments were so horrible, this was the least offensive.  That’s sad. I didn’t get the whole challenge either. I didn’t want to get the whole thing. Like a bad acid trip. Who came up with such a bullshit idea?  And look, if you’re going to have a runway show outside in front of the public, have a LARGE crowd, not a smattering of people who have some guy in headphones waving his arms around to whoop it up on cue.  It was painful to watch/listen to.

    • Anonymous

      May have been said already but why can’t I see the titles on each item on the home page? Using XP with IE8. Thanks!

      • sonictofu

        I’m having the same issue, same OS and version of IE.

    • http://www.facebook.com/aaronfrey9 Aaron Frey

      This really was the Worst. Challenge. Ever. I kept telling myself, “They’ve designed for postal workers, figure skaters and wrestlers. This is just like that. Right?”

    • Joshua Flake

      Did someone drop poop in your cereal? Although since I’m one of five people who liked this challenge, you two and your sycophants the other viewers are probably right. Don’t get me wrong; I agree with a lot of what you said, just not the over-dramatic hate. Kim Kardashian — obviously a bad, bad choice. The challenge itself? It was a fabulous idea, though I agree the judges were a little too vague about what they wanted. You’d think on a challenge like this they would encourage something somewhere between costume and couture, and I even got the impression Tim thought that was the general idea too. As far as Gucci referentials go, yes, but you guys act like they made a carbon copy. Instead of calling it a bad copy, call it a bad dress. The proportions were not great, and the only thing it had going for it was that it was larger than life, but it wasn’t hideous. Becky and Kimberly should have won. Blame the judges for not relaying what they wanted successfully resulting in feh designs, but the challenge itself was a really great idea. I think had the designers been working alone we would have seen a little more drama and variety. Worst challenge ever? OK, worst guest judge and possibly worst results, yes, but I’d much rather see stuff like this fail than “try and impress the Duchess with some fabulously boring resortwear.”

    • Anonymous

      Horrible challenge, I didn’t like the winning design, at least from the
      waist up, and I firmly believe that they staged this outdoors to capitalize on a Kardashian photo op and that just
      makes me GAG.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_57OVHCVQIOC3VM47ORVDF2WWLI Kyle

      On the second picture, who is standing on heidi’s right? the one with purple pants and skirt that looks like it has giant tissue paper glued on it? that’s weird o__o it’s so just random

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

        i think someone else on her noted that it was a decoy, made by, i guess, josh-who-was-eliminated [?] cos the runway show was open to the public. i think thats how to put it.

    • Joshua Flake

      Huh, what happened to my comment? Is disagreeing inappropriate?

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

        No, namecalling the rest of the commenters is.

        • Joshua Flake

          Ah, sorry about that. I was only surprised at how many people flatly agreed with you when a little cat fighting seems more common.

    • ample pie

      I thought that the winning outfit, if reduced to normal-person size, would have looked like the sort of standard-issue Marchesa gown that Anne Hathaway or someone similar would wear to a premiere.  Which is to say: cute, fine, not a standout.

      Also I do not think that “Paris couture” really constitutes an inspiration, much less one for this garment.  I would refrain from using the word “couture” anywhere near a garment put together in one day, just because to me it kind of contradicts the whole idea of couture.  Plus what does she mean by “couture”?  Gaultier, Chanel, Elie Saab?  All couture.

    • Anonymous

      Well, congrats, Elle Woods.  Still, disappointed that Anthony Ryan is in almost-ran place again.  What I did like about this (and why I knew it was going to win) is that Elle and Anthony were the only designers who really talked to their stiltwalker about what works best and is safest for her.  They designed with the silly concept in mind.  Though, yes, theirs was, like the rest, just a regular look that appeared to have been tortured on the rack by some Torquemada.

    • Anonymous

      I think this entire season has been a big “WHY?”.  All challenges have been lame so far….as well as judges.  Not to mention the designer talent is just NOT there. 

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

      I actually thought some of the results were more interesting than the past two episodes, but I agree there was no point to this challenge.

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

      why did they complain that birdseed looked too much like a mix o’ mcqueens & awarded the win to this, which looked much more like very specific gucci? it doesnt make any sense.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. No way to pu it delicately but the whole thing was very Special Needs looking on the runway. I felt uncomfortable.

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

      of course this was the worst challenge ever, it was preposterous.

      i am wondering if it was thought up by heidi around last hallowe’en –remember her amazing hallowe’en costume? she mustve been on something like stilts.

      if heidi’s already wearing a version of the challenge when she comes out to introduce the challenge & that version of the challenge she is wearing is fashion-free & ghastly, how do they expect these largely just-post-novices to come up w/ something better?

      & i dont get the winner, cos it’s just so derivative, it’s knock-off derivative, w/ a not particularly attractive result. if they had wanted to make up for not giving birdseed a win he rather deserved –the only reason i can see this singled out– why did they give it to his partner? her work hasnt been bad, her self-conception has been annoying– & elsewise there is no reason. cos they put a skirt over pants?

      anyway, back to work.

    • MilaXX

      yep, big yawn with a side of WTF? Stupid challenge and boring clothes as a result.

    • Anonymous

      That was… awful.  What the hell is the point of doing a fashion show on stilts if you don’t want them to bloody have fun with it?  

    • Anonymous

      Kardashian was obnoxiously bad. She really seemed to think her Sound Of Music Curtain Clothes (but Victorian!) critique was not only original but also funny.

      • Lisa

        She’s awful, and totally pointless as a judge, but she was pretty spot on about the Sound Of Music reference.  But still – she can just never come back, and that would be cool.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      Who’s design is that standing next to Heidi in the group shot of the models?  The pink hat/purple pants with the pom-poms all over it?  I don’t remember that?!?

      Sorry if it’s been mentioned already.

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

        it’s the already eliminated contestants’ design. i explained it further down, badly, but– ya.

    • http://twitter.com/texasinafrica Laura Seay

      Um, can we talk about the decoy? It appears to have been made from pet store leftovers.

    • Anonymous

      by the end of the episode (which I just watched btw) I was asking myself the same question: what exactly were the judges looking for?

      cause I would have assumed they needed costumes to put on some kind of show, I don’t these women go out in the same clothes they use to walk around on stilts, or maybe that was the point? I honestly don’t know

      but I thought the episode was pretty fun, team challenges are my favorites, they bring out the best and the worst from the contestants and this week Victor took the price for most calculating team mate, I know Burt is no wall flower and he looks like a pain in the ass from a mile away, but the whole Victorian/Elizabethian look was Victor’s idea, Burt was against from the beginning, for better or for worse, and by the end Victor was practically saying it was all Burt’s design…. BITCH

    • Anonymous

      Your comments are always expressive and entertaining, and you were particularly pithy in your analysis of this godawful challenge.    And thank you for capturing the essence of Kim Kardashian.  I knew there was a word to describe her raison d’être and you two brilliantly summed it up:  Useless.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMEB3XKJCE4WL62SKN473LWBXQ Frank

      what the heck team’s dress is that fourth from the left in the second picture?O:

      • sonictofu

        whoa good eye!! what IS that?

      • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.okeeffe3 Kevin O’Keeffe

        This was an outdoor challenge open to the public and to press before the cast was even revealed. Since this was the third challenge, revealing only the garments designed would not keep the first two eliminees (Joshua C. and Rafael) secret. So they had them design a decoy garment. (And boy is it tacky.)

        • Lisa

          Aaaah, that makes sense!  Good eyes, I never noticed it.

    • http://twitter.com/starvewars Sal

      yes the challenges have been “design something pretty” ever since the show became lifetime/bunim-murray. i blame them for crap challenges and kim k.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.okeeffe3 Kevin O’Keeffe

        Design an outfit:

        - made out of pet store materials.
        - made out of party store materials.
        - made out of your pajamas and one bedsheet.
        - made out of newspapers.
        - made out of burlap sacks.

        Those are just five from the past four Bunim-Murray seasons. Sure, the number has gone down, but I could come up with more. What you said was a ridiculous generalization.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

      Every design was boring, without exception. That one of the most boring should win is remarkable, particularly when Nina (via Twitter) made such an issue about last week’s runner-up being too referential. We haven’t seen anything remarkable yet this season. I realize we’re not that far along. But while I think there are some clear “throw these folks into the loser pile” contestants, no one strikes me as having a strong and original point of view. 

      I would have loved to have seen a first on Project Runway: the win awarded to no one. These designers need to have someone put the fear of the goddess–er, Nina Garcia–in them. Where is the unusual? Where is the gorgeous? Where is the pure expression of aesthetic? What happened to grab-us-by-the-balls explosions of innovation?

      Answer: Gretchen. Gretchen’s win established that now, more than ever, the trio wants to see ready-to-wear catalogue clothes. Bryce said it himself: The loser’s circle was all costume; the winners were all ready-to-wear. No longer can we expect to see true creativity and art; no more incredible displays of phenomenal taste and voracious tastelessness. 

      No. Gretchen’s win signaled that Project Runway shall henceforth be an endless display of bland. And here is our proof. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.okeeffe3 Kevin O’Keeffe

        Mondo won three consecutive challenges last season, with the biggest positive response elicited by his incredibly dramatic HIV+ print–hardly bland. Gretchen’s win was not some grand signal that Nina and Michael lost all taste. It shows that they are, as always, at the whim of trends and as trends always do, they will swing with them. If you wanna blame anything for the lack of creativity, blame the one-day challenges that are now getting shorter by the episode (9 PM ending time?!).

        And Joshua said the quote you attributed to Bryce.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fiddlecub Kevin VanOrd

          Oops! I thought it was Bryce’s quote; sorry for my confusion!

    • Anonymous

      I’m not going to lie – I was rooting for the “costume-y” outfits this week. (Well, other than the black swan outfit. There’s no denying that was bad). Why was I doing this? Well, it’s simple. When I see a person on stilts, I expect grandeur and drama, not something that any old woman could wear. I want a clown, a mime, a toreador! It makes life interesting. And shame on the judges for judging based on criteria that were not explained to the models.

      In addition, as cool as I thought the stilts would be in the beginning…. they made everything awkward and inelegant. These outfits, had they been on regular models, would have still looked beautiful, but would also have been presented better, imo.

    • Anonymous

      I’m really late to the commenting game, but DAYUM… they totally copied Gucci and this makes me very, very mad. What’s the point of the show if they allow people to plagiarize?!

      Didn’t Tim say in the beginning that this was a chance to be “over the top?” Sometimes, it seems as if the judges purposefully go against his judgement and comments, possibly to create more drama.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah… and Kim, honey? Scarlett O’Hara took the curtains off so that Mammy and Melanie could make a dress. Nuns who teach creepy children how to sing in harmony DO NOT make curtain outfits. They use dish cloths.

      • Anonymous

        Um, yes they do. The nun in question used old curtains because the Captain (played by the delicious Christopher Plummer) won’t give Maria fabric for play clothes for the kids. KK may not be the brightest crayon in the box, but she did get that one tiny thing right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.okeeffe3 Kevin O’Keeffe

      If I’m reading these comments right, the overwhelming opinion is that the show should have plugged the Lady Circus since they appeared on this show. So…we’re asking for *more* product placement now? Is that it?

      Who cares if we didn’t have a reason? It was an odd challenge, yeah, and I didn’t much like the results (I would have awarded the win to Kimberly for those truly stunning pants), but this was hardly the worst challenge ever. Are we forgetting the infinite “make a pretty dress” challenges? What about the oh-so-awful “make a blue dress” challenge? Or the “make a swimsuit then an avant-garde outfit based on that swimsuit” challenge?

      This wasn’t their best effort, but it was hardly their worst.

    • http://twitter.com/A_D_Schroeder Andrew Schroeder

      I don’t watch PR, but I have to agree: WTF was the point of this challenge? All they had to do was design an outfit and then elongate it. I could have done that.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PT63FDDHMIUTUPJ7PQWB2VXBZE Joe

      It’s like what Clinique Counter said, Costume vs Ready-to-wear.

      This challenge clearly calls for more dramatic costumy looks and it absolutely defeats the purpose to make it fashion-based. Really, what’s the point in the end?

      • Lisa

        Exactly!

    • Damien Washington

      When I first saw it on the runway, all I could think was that Marla’s Barbie dress had been exposed to radiation and grown to Hulk-like mutant proportions. MOH* Barbie Takes Tokyo! 

      (* Mother of the Hooker)

    • Anonymous

      Agree. Completely stupid challenge. Do have another nickname for your though. Julie is Amy Poehler’s Kaitlin character from SNL. I expect her to burst out with a “Rick, Rick, Rick” any minute!

    • Anonymous

      Terrible challenge.  Just terrible.  I agree that it was the worst challenge ever.

    • Arcy Silver

      I’m starting to dislike Bert. His taste is really dated and mind you he was the one pushing with the fabric choice, not Viktor. How dare he throw him under the bus when it was all Bert’s insistence to make it work. Viktor just succumbed because there was no winning argument with him and was just trying to present a “finished” design. 

      I also hate how the judges don’t take into consideration how Fellene didn’t do anything but the hat. Maybe it was edited out since she did get eliminated but I feel like Bryce was steaming from the inside, when F was owning the hat design.

      Becky’s design screams Seth Anderson. Those types of collars was his style that gained the judges praises. 

    • Stephen Trask

      Best. TLo Post. Ever.
      Thanks for putting into words everything we were feeling at my house so we didn’t have to.

    • Anonymous

      Such a bad show that I could barely make it though. It was so bad that it made me irritated, when there are so many other great ideas they could do. And creepy…goodness, I had nightmares!

    • Lisa

      It really was a crappy challenge.  The winner wasn’t that great (shoulda been Becky and Kimberly, IMO), and the fact that that hideous  thing created by Danielle and Cecelia was in the top three just doesn’t make sense.

    • mc90

      Further to Mz Kardashian as a judge: What was that about the curtains in the Sound of Music?? Did she confuse “Miss Ellen’s portieres” from Gone With the Wind with raindrops on roses? (Did I miss the curtain clothes in SOM?) Someone help! –Emmylou

      • Anonymous

        It was the scene where Julie Andrews uses the the curtains that werw to be replaced in her room to make playclothes for the children. Playclothes and matching scarves for the girls. The Captain was pissed.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t read through all of the comments, so i’m not sure if anyone has suggested that Project Runway may have just jumped the shark. Heidi on stilts (Fonzie on skis…) and judges like Kim Kardashian are not promising signs.

    • vmcdanie

      Oh, PR. I’m viewing it with more of a stink eye than I ever have because of last season yet they started out of the gate pretty strong. This episode though-back to the lame pointless judges (Kim Kardashian? Someone should be embarrassed.) Someone behind the scenes is bungling this. I don’t know if it’s the new producers or Lifetime.

       (I’ve never gotten over the indignity of PR airing on Lifetime. Then again, Bravo isn’t exactly the arts network anymore themselves.)

    • Dani Colman

      I think the “What’s the point?” outcry might actually give a clue as to what was wrong with the challenge: no purpose.  Every other “design a _____ for _____” included some stipulations about what the wearer would have to do, in a very specific way.  Sasha Cohen would wear hers to skate; the postal workers had to deliver mail, the WWE girls had to wrestle and put on a show.  All the stiltwalkers had to do was walk, in one runway show.  The challenge would have been immensely improved if the girls actually had to *do* something: open an event, or perform in a specific circus show, or play some kind of character at a convention.  Anything to give the designs some focus, because, even with the stilts, the designers were working in a vacuum, not knowing which way to take their designs.  “Design for 10-foot-tall women” = fashion.  “Design for the 10-foot-tall MC of a futuristically-themed cabaret, who will at various points in the show have to juggle, ride a unicycle, and reveal four children and twenty small dogs from beneath her skirt” = costume.  It’s not enough to just have design-based challenges: they have to have a focus, and probably a quite narrow one to push the designers’ imagination to best effect.

    • Anonymous

      “Make an outfit that has to be hemmed 7 feet for someone who has a neurological problem”. What happened to “your model can make or break your look”?

      I just finished watching it-TIVO’ed with great anticipation and I almost fast forwarded through it. I have never done that before but that was, without a doubt the dumbest challenge ever…ever. Nice “Jiffy-Pop” on Cecilia and Danielle’s model. Are they allowed to just rip it down and brush it out? I seem to remember someone doing that in the past.Bryce was a total c*ck. He didn’t do much himself and I hated the condescending attitude toward Fallene. Ass-brain. There are plenty of other self-taught contestants on the show, bitch. So far there are very few designers that I find marginally likeable this season, and it is early.
      They should have been judged as costumes that is the only way the could have made it fair and marginally interesting. Idiotic.
      I am pissed that I wasted 45 mins watching.

    • Anonymous

      Agree.  This challenge was beyond ridiculous.  As an aside, I don’t know what got into Nina but is she more vocal this season or is it editing?   She seems determined not to cave in to Heidi’s fashion whimsy

    • Lazaro Ojalde

      Simple Question: Whats up with the extra model with the used colored kleenex’s hanging off her white skirted outfit?? Who is she and who designed that disaster that slowly is digesting Heidi’s arm in the pic above? There were only seven models presented and seven teams picked? Where did number 8 come from?

      • Anonymous

        really, what is up with her?  did alie’s transpond her onto the stage as some sort of intergalactic joke?  is she a performance artist who crashed to runway party to make a conceptual statement?  inquiring minds want to know.

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure Mormon Gay and Rafael.(was that his name?) collaborated on the extra model. Since this was open to the public they needed to have all the designers present. Some careful editing kept them out of the final episode.

    • Anonymous

      Simple Question: Whats up with the extra model with the used colored kleenex’s hanging off her white skirted outfit?? Who is she and who designed that disaster that slowly is digesting Heidi’s arm in the pic above? There were only seven models presented and seven teams picked? Where did number 8 come from?

    • Anonymous

      Simple Question: Whats up with the extra model with the used colored kleenex’s hanging off her white skirted outfit?? Who is she and who designed that disaster that slowly is digesting Heidi’s arm in the pic above? There were only seven models presented and seven teams picked? Where did number 8 come from?

    • bethannstamps

      this was a WTF challange, the winner was the best of a bad lot, still not very well done. i want more design based challanges

    • http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ Vic

      I’m totally underwhelmed and thanking my lucky stars that I am not wasting my precious time watching this tired retread of a series. It was so over for me last year when Gwetched won, but these posts confirm that my decision to not support Lifetime in its quest to ruin a good concept was correct.

      Even the models lack the sort of high fashion look that would garner them a decent modeling contract.

    • http://twitter.com/MellowLE Els

      Man, you guys sucked all the fun out of this episode.

    • http://twitter.com/eekphoto karen e. evans

      In defense of this stupid episode, the styling looks like it was done in a wind tunnel by blind psychotic monkeys EVERY episode so far.

    • http://twitter.com/eekphoto karen e. evans

      In defense of this stupid episode, the styling looks like it was done in a wind tunnel by blind psychotic monkeys EVERY episode so far.

    • bonnie lenore kyburz

      Perfect post. The “why?” that never ends. On a positive note, Heidi’s supper running routine has her looking fabulous. She seems to be out of the FrumpFest that was last season (yay!). But i do wish she’d go back to nude of light peachy gloss; the dark bourdeaux is harsh on her super thin (and lovely) face, imho.

    • http://profiles.google.com/starstattootoo kane watkins

      This challenge should have been at least one of these, if not all three:

      1. Later in the season, for 6 or 7 designers
      2. Not a team challenge
      3. Two days of work time.

      This would have allowed for decent designs despite the steep learning curve (unfamiliar models, unique mobility issues, & nonhuman proportions) without meltdown-inducing time constraints. I have a big problem with the belief apparently held by the producers that having two people work on a design makes the work go faster & therefore allows for a shorter deadline. Also, any challenge in which the regular models aren’t used should have two days, if only to allow for alterations.

      They simply threw too many curveballs on this one & should have cut some slack somewhere. If the designers are too constrained, rushed, & stressed out, it’s not enjoyable television, at least not for a creative competition show. Maybe for “The Bad Girls’ Club” or some other show that is only about conflict, but not ProjRun.

      I don’t enjoy challenges in which every runway look sucks.

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

      Does anyone know for certain if the clown suit was a PR design? It seems more likely that it is own of the performer’s costumes. Can’t imagine the producers wasting the $$ on a design when all  they needed was someone to walk down the catwalk as a decoy. The two aufed designers just had to sit with the others during the public show. 

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

      I read somewhere that she was not using her own stilts, but was walking on someone else’s. That could explain her ‘stilted’ walking LOL!

    • Aparna Raj

      Quick question, and sorry if this has been asked, but I don’t feel like scrolling through 300 some odd comments. In the picture with all of the stilt walkers in their designed outfits, there’s an 8th lady. Did they make the two designers (I can’t remember their names, sorry) who had been eliminated make one, since the show was public, to keep who had been eliminated a secret? I vaguely remember them doing that in the past, and was wondering if that was why. Thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Just/100000398823204 Matthew Just

      I’m sure this has been asked already, but in the shot of all the designs, where the heck did the 4th from the left come from?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Just/100000398823204 Matthew Just

      I’m sure this has been asked already, but in the shot of all the designs, where the heck did the 4th from the left come from?

    • http://twitter.com/annmartina Ann Harste

      At least we didn’t have to see ugly Piperlime shoes this week?  Hair and makeup was hideous.  The Garnier people should have all been sent home.  I want to say something inappropriate about Kim Kardashian’s inability to cross her legs.  Heidi told them to think avant garde when she gave the challenge . . . but then the judges wanted something ready-to-wear?   I wish Tim could vlog about this challenge.