PR: Crawling Toward the Finish Line

Posted on September 07, 2011

Oh, god. Let’s just get this over with.

This is the first time we’ve seen something of Anya’s where we thought, “Girl, WHAT were you THINKING?”

But the more we look at it, the more we have to give her credit. She didn’t make a cocktail dress and add shit to it. She tried to think about color and form and how they relate to the painting.

The thing is, she seems to have stuck mostly with replicating the colors of the piece. We don’t see anything else from the painting in the dress.


And to be fair, she did manage to play around with shapes and proportions. That doesn’t automatically make it avant garde, but at least she made the attempt to break out of the box.

But the Chicken Lady styling really didn’t help.

Bryce was freaking out over this challenge but once we saw the dress, we were pretty convinced he was safe for the week.

A strait-jacket-inspired dress is not exactly a new idea.

Especially when you gussy it up in faux-Victorian elements like a gigantic flounce.

The dress is too simple, though. That flounce wasn’t enough. There should have been something of interest in the bodice or up near the neck. Strait jackets are all about restriction and we don’t get enough of a sense of that here. It’s just a sheath dress with long sleeves and a flounce attached.

But it wasn’t a bad idea to start from.
Because the picture definitely gives you a sense of unease. It’s interesting that he took a more interpretive approach with the colors rather than trying to replicate them exactly. Oh sure, there are reds and blues aplenty in the picture, but the red and blue of the dress are richer and darker.


Josh M observed that Bryce is shooting for safe every week and that’s why he’s always in trouble. He may be a bitch, but he’s right. Despite being waved through this week, Bryce hasn’t done a thing to change the judges’ minds about him. He’s on the chopping block and he probably knows it. It’ll be interesting to see if he attempts to wow the judges this week. If he doesn’t make that attempt, he’ll be bottom three, for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    TLo–you mean Anya, not Kimberley…

  • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

    You guys do realize the feather dress was Anya’s, right? :p

  • Anonymous

    I liked both of these pieces (not loved, mind you), but the way Bryce’s model was trying to emphasize the straightjacket-ness of the jacket bugged the you know what out of me. Took it right into Tim Burton costume territory. Own it, girl!

    • vmcdanie

      Your shout out to Marcel Duchamp makes up for everything not excellent that has happened today.

    • vmcdanie

      Your shout out to Marcel Duchamp makes up for everything not excellent that has happened today.

      • Anonymous

        Kisses to you for noticing

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2254843 Kara Lang Guminski

    That was Anya’s, not Kimberley’s.  :)  You guys are really stressed about Fashion week!  Breathe.  Consider having a small carb.

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

    It may be too late for Bryce, even if he does step it up this week. Once the stink of Multiple-Bottom-Three gets on you, it is nearly impossible to wash off.

  • Sweeney Agonistes

    The styling on Anya’s model is pure Dr. Frank N. Furter.

    • Anonymous

      Now, I’d like to see the “Update Rocky Horror” challenge.  But not this season, not with this pack of uninspired mediocre wannabees.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/claudeth.forbin Claudeth Forbin

    Also, Anya, not Kimberly; this design was sooo different from her usual perspective.  If this was a blind, who did this design, I don’t think anyone would think, oh this is definitely Anya’s look.  Further, it is well executed and as Laura B stated, the styling is great. 

  • Shawn Hill

    Bryce had the scariest of all paintings, so it’s cool that his dress was also scary. Agreed that some additional interest up top would have pushed it further.

  • Kathy Schrenk

    The fabric Anya used for her skirt is hanging in my living room right now. I bought the fabric at Joann’s a few weeks ago and made curtains. Did you hear her ask her model if it looked like curtains? I was dying. 

    • Anonymous

      Someone (Josh M.?) asked her if she got it in the basement. She said yes, it was 5 dollars (apparently that’s the clearance area).
      I liked Anya’s outfit the most at first, even though I don’t care for her designs much. Now it looks batshit crazy.
      I remember once in the 80s I saw someone on the Hollywood Squares (hosted by John Davidson, yes) wearing a sweater I also owned. I still remember how funny I thought that to be.

      • Anonymous

        The basement at Mood is where the drapery and upholstery fabrics live. :)

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

      Did she use the fabric sideways?

    • Now I am The Bee

      Oh I thought that fabric looked familiar!  I’m at Joann’s at least once a week…musta seen it there!

    • Anonymous

      If you’ve ever seen ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’, the curtains in Kirstie Alley’s living room are the same fabric as the ones I made for my bedroom (they’re years and years old, and about to be changed).  Every time I watch that movie (it’s hilarious BTW), I get a kick out of the curtains…mostly because it was dress fabric, and some art department person and I had the same idea.

  • Anonymous

    I thought these two were the most interesting looks.

  • Mariah J

    I thought this was the most interesting thing Bryce has made…that’s not a good thing. Anya’s was ugly but an interesting ugly. Two pieces that I wish had been discussed but didn’t really deserve to be.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Anya’s entry and thought it had a shot for the top 3. Hated Bryce’s (again), especially those lobster arms.

  • Anonymous

    But, man, Chicken Lady loves life!

    • Anonymous

      We need a side-by- side of Anya’s model and the real Chicken Lady.

    • Anonymous

      We need a side-by- side of Anya’s model and the real Chicken Lady.

    • vmcdanie

      Patrons are reminded NOT to get on the stage please.

    • Kayla A Hawkins

      I never took that literally. I never took Chicken Lady … literally.

      But apparently Anya did!

  • Anonymous

    Agreed that Bryce needed to go further on the top. If the model hadn’t made sure to keep crossing her arms I don’t know that I would have actually read it as straight jacket.

    • Anonymous

      I think I would have tied the damn arms behind her and let her walk down completely strait jacketed.  Just to be creepy.

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

    I didn’t particularly like either of these garments at first, they’re growing on me a little. Again, they would probably be much more interesting if the technical skill on them was better.

    I agree with the fact that Bryce needs to wow the judges this week, or he’s gonna be a goner.

  • Anonymous

    Looking at Anya’s, all I can see is Carrot Top. I guess Bryce’s was done for the runway show at the lunatic asylum.

  • Anonymous

    I remember that Bryce’s actually moved pretty well and, frankly, both of these are a bit more avant-garde than the top three, though I agree Bryce’s didn’t go far enough.  I thought it was interesting that Anya used a pattern for an avant-garde challenge, people tend to shy away from them.  

    Both of these seem like the beginning of interesting ideas, which is more than I can say for a lot of them.

    • Anonymous

      The beginning of interesting ideas:  EzzzzzzACKly.  For the 3 1/2 seconds that these two dresses were shown on the runway, I was really interested and looked forward to hearing what the judges would say about them. Because there was both something vaguely avant garde about the concepts and both were interesting takes on the paintings they were supposed to have been inspired by. You’d think I’d know by now…

      I wish that Bryce had done a better job of attaching the straitjacket top to the flounce; that’s pretty amateurishly done. And I think it would have been more striking if he had just done a red top and added a jacket–a bolero or something–with the straitjacket sleeves.  It would have been a more polished look.

      Anya certainly played with proportion, and her materials were interesting.  You can’t convince me that she learned to sew a week ago or whatever it was. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, Bryce’s outfit looks pretty bad in the stills–lumpy construction.  Something that simple needs to be made impeccably to work.  Bert could have done it and done it well–definitely wouldn’t have been an improvement over his Romper Room outfit with attached toys.

        And I’m with TLo regarding Anya–that girl is a very shrewd competitor.  The other people don’t see her as a serious threat because she makes a big deal about not being able to sew various things–and yet, somehow, when push comes to shove, her stuff is getting sewn as well as anyone else’s.  

        We’ve had other competitors who learned to sew six months earlier and their stuff looked *nothing* like Anya’s–pretty much simple little dresses.  Anja does some of that, but her avant-garde dress wasn’t particularly basic by any means. 

        • Anonymous

          yes, bryce’s poor execution killed the look.  his top in that red looks like the turtleneck long underwear you would wear skiing, and with that flounce so unevenly attached it looks like the long underwear is being pulled down and stretched in odd directions.  i don’t feel the relationship with the painting at all.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Bryce’s look was the best thing he’s ever done on this show.  He really seemed to capture the feeling of the painting, and well, maybe his own feelings.  And this is simplicity done correctly, like what Olivier should have been doing.  Avant Garde can be minimal, correct?  As for Anya’s, I DO get that feeling of heat, and sunbaked.   The thing I thought about both of these “costumes” is that they were the clothes that the painters would arguably have been wearing, and that’s at least one step further into abstraction than most people got.

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

    When I saw Bryce’s I thought “not that skirt again.” By which I guess I meant a formless mass of pouf, as in the stilt challenge and the pee-pad challenge. On the other hand, I thought the straitjacket was a stab in the right direction, avant-garde-wise. 

    • Anonymous

      and, the skirt is attached to the top in a MOST horrendous sewing job. I was hoping the stills on this TLo website would show it more, but it doesn’t really. I could sew better blindfolded and with one hand. Just awful.

    • Anonymous

      and, the skirt is attached to the top in a MOST horrendous sewing job. I was hoping the stills on this TLo website would show it more, but it doesn’t really. I could sew better blindfolded and with one hand. Just awful.

    • Anonymous

      I think the skirt is what really killed Bryce’s for me. It looked tacked on; the gathering wasn’t even, so it pouffed in the wrong places; and it didn’t seem to be of a piece with the top.

    • Anonymous

      I think the skirt is what really killed Bryce’s for me. It looked tacked on; the gathering wasn’t even, so it pouffed in the wrong places; and it didn’t seem to be of a piece with the top.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, look!  Anya made another lovely rooster pinata!  Except this one is special – it was inspired by Balenciaga!

  • Anonymous

    Anya’s garments all have the same foundation. She replicates the bodice over and over again and merely changes the bottom half. I don’t think that this entry was so bad. For me, while it’s the same bodice we’ve seen before, through use of the feathers, she attempts to replicate the sinewy trees on the landscape.  I like the color story. My only problem with this garment is that she didn’t know when to edit. It’s a bit costumey and over-embellished.

  • Anonymous

    Also as to Anya’s interpretation: I see the strong framing of the two trees echoed in the top, might just be me though.

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

    Bryce should have added bands of fabric in the same red wrapping tightly around the top — it would have felt more like a straightjacket.

  • Anonymous

    Two of the more interesting looks on the runway. One of my frustrations with the show (any season) is that safe garments never get discussed. So many over the years that the audience would have loved to have heard opinions from the judges.

    I hated Anya’s styling of her model, but thought she made some clever choices here, and pulled more from the painting than you guys saw. And she made it without any help based on the editing.

    Bryce should have actually created a straight jacket so that the model could not move her arms. He could have styled his model so that she had just a hint of madness without being overly referential. It feels like the dress still needed other elements.

  • Anonymous

    No matter how much detail anyone goes into to explain Bryce’s outfit, it continues to be, IMHO, the dumbest damn thing I have ever seen in my life.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

      I wish I could like your comment a million times more.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t quite sure about Anya’s. The construction looked, unsurprisingly, bad, though no worse than that of many other looks, and the pictures only serve to reinforce that conclusion, but I am somewhat more impressed with the idea seeing it here – somewhat being the key word there. That fabric does look like curtains though. (Oh, and I do so appreciate the Chicken Lady reference.)

    Bryce’s was one of the few that I thought had any potential – though “straightjackets and Victoriana” sounds like the name of a retrospective of Vivienne Westwood’s career (not that what he actually made looks like anything she did or would do, but the ideas have been done). It is still quite problematic, but it was more interesting than most, captures the look and feeling of painting in a non-literal way, and it’s the best thing he’s done on the show so far. Which is strange, because he’s the one who wanted to offensively overdesign things and yet his work has been, frankly, boring. His one-legged jean from the casting was more avant-garde than anything in this episode.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t quite sure about Anya’s. The construction looked, unsurprisingly, bad, though no worse than that of many other looks, and the pictures only serve to reinforce that conclusion, but I am somewhat more impressed with the idea seeing it here – somewhat being the key word there. That fabric does look like curtains though. (Oh, and I do so appreciate the Chicken Lady reference.)

    Bryce’s was one of the few that I thought had any potential – though “straightjackets and Victoriana” sounds like the name of a retrospective of Vivienne Westwood’s career (not that what he actually made looks like anything she did or would do, but the ideas have been done). It is still quite problematic, but it was more interesting than most, captures the look and feeling of painting in a non-literal way, and it’s the best thing he’s done on the show so far. Which is strange, because he’s the one who wanted to offensively overdesign things and yet his work has been, frankly, boring. His one-legged jean from the casting was more avant-garde than anything in this episode.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, I can kind of see some avant garde thinking in bryce’s garment.  I agree that the skirt doesn’t give the message that the straight jacket top does, but he did make a move in the direction of the avant garde with those sleeves.  Now, what if he had made a sheath with a straps and buckle effect?  Maybe not attractive, but more in keeping with his top.  Too bad there were no seatbelts available at Mood.

    Now, back to my prime directive on this challenge.  Here are today’s avant garde fashions:

    http://www.britexfabrics.com/blog/tag/elsa-schiaparelli/

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jLmwd6NWSGM/TXe14Llm6AI/AAAAAAAABkY/IdvMKLWjXKE/s1600/Picture%2B7.png

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://nscinternship.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/guopei-2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://nscinternship.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/china-fashion-week-2010/&h=433&w=650&sz=49&tbnid=kgyjJfGXOo77MM:&tbnh=84&tbnw=126&prev=/search%3Fq%3DAvant%2Bgarde%2Bfashion,%2Bdali,%2Bimages%255C%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=Avant+garde+fashion,+dali,+images%5C&docid=GAHu6sP4lsqi2M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=02VmTq60Ac7TiALbm_2cCg&sqi=2&ved=0CCEQ9QEwAg&dur=1054

    Thanks Project Runway for making me think about high fashion, low fashion and no fashion enough that I would do a little search!  Thanks to Tom and Lorenzo for a forum to discuss this topic.
     

    • Anonymous

      I remember seeing the pictures of the tulle with the holes – I think Victor and Rolfe?  - and LOVING it!  Thanks for  reminding me; I love the crazy stuff.

    • Anonymous

      Hear Hear!

    • Anonymous

      Yup.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the great avant garde pix RosiesGirl!

  • Anonymous

    Leaving aside the avant-garde issue…

    I liked Anya’s dress and was surprised to see that it wasn’t in the top three. I thought she realized the heat of that veldt quite well, and even if that is curtain fabric, I really like it. Loved the shape of the skirt. I thought it was a fierce lioness dress (although the model’s hair was totally out of control). 
    Bryce’s dress made me very uncomfortable, but his painting was very disturbing so I guess that’s good. It’s clear he had an idea about what he wanted to do; would have liked him to take it further. 

  • Anonymous

    Leaving aside the avant-garde issue…

    I liked Anya’s dress and was surprised to see that it wasn’t in the top three. I thought she realized the heat of that veldt quite well, and even if that is curtain fabric, I really like it. Loved the shape of the skirt. I thought it was a fierce lioness dress (although the model’s hair was totally out of control). 
    Bryce’s dress made me very uncomfortable, but his painting was very disturbing so I guess that’s good. It’s clear he had an idea about what he wanted to do; would have liked him to take it further. 

  • Anonymous

    Anya would have been a natural for Launch My Line, since she’s pretty good as an idea person and just needs to have someone else sew for her who knows what he or she is doing.

  • Anonymous

    Anya would have been a natural for Launch My Line, since she’s pretty good as an idea person and just needs to have someone else sew for her who knows what he or she is doing.

  • Anonymous

    It’s too bad Anya had to stick the chicken feathers on her dress — but then I’m not sure the gold lame underneath would have been much of an improvement.

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

    Isn’t that first dress by Anya? Not Kimberley? :)

  • BerlinerNYC

    In Anya’s look, isn’t the model’s hair supposed to represent the sun in the center of the picture? I hardly think it’s just that Anya is a fan of the frizzy fro (as people have noted, she defaults to styling models to look like herself). I think it’s indirect and not crassy literal, but still more inspired by the picture than you are giving her credit for.

  • Anonymous

    Anya made a tent to go in the desert landscape.

    I thought Bryce had the best entry. Sure he could have gone a lot further. At least he didn’t copy that face. He definately should have tied the sleeves tightly around her.And maybe followed her down the runway with a gun to her head (but that would be peformance art, right?) . I do not think Bryce will make it to the final three or how every many they decide to give a chance at the prize.

  • Toto Maya

    The one thing I liked about Bryce’s dress was that it looks comfy, like a snuggie.

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

    Just shows what I know.  This was, to my mind, the second best entry of the week.

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

    I liked Anya’s but I hate the styling on the model – the hair is hideous. Bryce’s dress hung so strange. Didn’t care for it. Hated how the model kept doing they “hey, STRAIGHTJACKET” pose every once in a while. If you need to do that to get the concept, then it’s a FAIL. 

  • Anonymous

    I was just surprised that Anya didn’t do a racer-backed tank top/dress.  Before she becomes the winner it would be interesting to see whether she can set a sleeve. 

    • Anonymous

      Precisely the two main thoughts going through my mind. Happy not to see another racerback; wondering whether we will ever see set-in sleeves.

  • Terence Ng

    For a painting with such an interesting (and unsettling) feeling, Bryce’s resulting dress was frightfully shallow in its interpretation/inspiration; a banal 1st year art-student competition entry. Ugh. Crazy person = straight jacket dress, right? Right?

    I would have downgraded him just for clearly being so trite as a designer.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DFUPSBET7UO3RULVLHNJD2MZ64 Marie

    Typically within the first two episodes of any season of PR, the weaker contestants make themselves clear and we spend the next several episodes eliminating them.  Usually by the time there are 10 left, maybe there’s 1 or 2 that I personally don’t care for, but I feel like at least there’s a real competition happening.  This season it seems like we are still cutting out the weakest links.  Like the competition can’t really get started until several more people go.  Which is kind of…boring.  To spend every week thinking OK, get rid of him, she’s next, then that guy…We can’t get into any serious critiques because the judges are too busy knocking out the obvious bad designs.

  • Anonymous

    This has probably been said, but I think the neckline of Anya’s definitely echoed the sweep of the tree branches in her inspiration piece. From the front, where the skirt fabric did not dominate so much, I think she did a good job of evoking her inspiration (at least relative to her fellow designers).

    Not much to say about these.  I don’t get the point of an avant garde challenge if these are the looks you are going to get. And yet, I understand the designers fearing the auf if they design something Heidi woudn’t wear even to one of her costume parties – and Heidi doesn’t wear stuff that makes her look awful (at least not intentionally).

     

  • vmcdanie

    I dunno, am I crazy? I kind of like Anya’s dress. It was a little cray cray but visually interesting and I’d wear it 1000 times in a row over Bert’s weird baby mobile baggy jumpsuit.

    And I love the styling but I’ve been a Rocky Horror fan from way back (not even a back-handed slam. This look rose tints my world.)

  • vmcdanie

    I dunno, am I crazy? I kind of like Anya’s dress. It was a little cray cray but visually interesting and I’d wear it 1000 times in a row over Bert’s weird baby mobile baggy jumpsuit.

    And I love the styling but I’ve been a Rocky Horror fan from way back (not even a back-handed slam. This look rose tints my world.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Claudia-Gilbert/875055316 Claudia Gilbert

    Thank you for the Chicken Lady ref.  I’d forgotten, shame on me, the fabulousness of Kids.  There really is nothing like men dressing up as women…

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

    Anya’s skirt looked like ugly upholstery fabric, and why the heck did she use it sideways?  I keep wanting to turn the model at a 90 degree angle.  And I hate to sound bitchy, but all her tops look the same to me.  I really don’t see that she has so much imagination.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1440313435 Jerry Franke

    I don’t know about Anya only using the color from the painting.  I thought the split in the front of the skirt and the deep V-neck of the top was evocative of the negative space set up by the foreground elements of the painting, with the connection at the waist taking the place of the lone branch stretching between the two foreground pieces.  I still thought it was pretty hideous, but it seemed to have more thought to it than just the color.

  • Now I am The Bee

    While watching the show, I just could not make the connection between Bryce’s look and the painting.  I guess it’s just that they both convey crazy.  OK. 
    Anya’s was ok.  I see the lines of the trees in the bodice, and the colors are surely straight from the desert.  But I bet she used the fabric sideways to save money and yardage, since upholstery fabric is often twice as wide as regular fashion fabric.  Also–I noticed that this was really the very first time Anya did not give her model her own hairdo!  She’s done that with each model up until now–even when she was on a team!  I guess that shows one sign of growth….

  • Now I am The Bee

    While watching the show, I just could not make the connection between Bryce’s look and the painting.  I guess it’s just that they both convey crazy.  OK. 
    Anya’s was ok.  I see the lines of the trees in the bodice, and the colors are surely straight from the desert.  But I bet she used the fabric sideways to save money and yardage, since upholstery fabric is often twice as wide as regular fashion fabric.  Also–I noticed that this was really the very first time Anya did not give her model her own hairdo!  She’s done that with each model up until now–even when she was on a team!  I guess that shows one sign of growth….

  • Now I am The Bee

    While watching the show, I just could not make the connection between Bryce’s look and the painting.  I guess it’s just that they both convey crazy.  OK. 
    Anya’s was ok.  I see the lines of the trees in the bodice, and the colors are surely straight from the desert.  But I bet she used the fabric sideways to save money and yardage, since upholstery fabric is often twice as wide as regular fashion fabric.  Also–I noticed that this was really the very first time Anya did not give her model her own hairdo!  She’s done that with each model up until now–even when she was on a team!  I guess that shows one sign of growth….

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

    My “fave” moment of the week was Anya’s interaction when collaborating on the painting with her young artist, “Let’s add a little blue there.” Dress was OK and certainly evoked the colors and visual effect of the painting without being literal at all. If that sounds like a backhanded comment, it was.

    Bryce had a difficult inspiration in that he couldn’t be literal at all, but that freed him up to not make a costume of the main image in the source (hello Kimberly and Josh). And I commend him in not taking inspiration only from the colors (hello Becky and other Josh) or the paint brush style (hello Anthony), even if he took the feel of the portrait to a very obvious symbol—the straightjacket.

  • Anonymous

    Bryces’s is gross. He really needs to go.

    I thought this was the best thing Anya’s put out so far. Sure, it’s made horribly, but god at least it’s somewhat of a departure from her cliched beach coverups.  The dress reads vaguely African, while the landscape is more Southwest, but that’s ok. Interpretation is interpretation, you don’t always need to “see” the exact inspiration, especially in something like clothing (are you going to carry the painting around every time you wear it? lol). I hate it how they always tell the designers to be creative and not literal, and then if someone has a blue painting and they don’t make something blue they get criticized for it. Annoying.

  • Anonymous

    OMG I hadn’t thought of Chicken Lady in many years…thanks for the belly laugh!

    • Alloy Jane

      “I used to live here!”  And now, thanks to youtube, you can relive all those precious moments with the Chicken Lady: http://youtu.be/QeknVqdDAGA

      But in my opinion, Anya’s sress could be what Chicken Lady wears to a party, or what Harpo Marx would wear on Thanksgiving if he were to dress in drag. 

  • Anonymous

    I actually like Anya’s design— the heinous fabric, feathers (feathers?) and the styling completely ruined it.  Anya has no use for sleeves and Bryce does love his big full skirts.  In the ordinary course of things, I’m no fan of granny panties but his long sleeves top seems to be crying out for some type of abbreviated bottom and granny panties would’ve been pretty cool.  Bryce would seem like the logical one to go except it’s a  team challenge so all kinds of wierd bad stuff will probably happen.

  • Anonymous

    Bryce should’ve been bottom three this week. He added yet another tutu to an otherwise boring ensemble.

    Ugh. I am so through with him.

  • Anonymous

    As an artist I can appreciate Anya’s design. It’s a circle/sun between two trees and the crazy hair provides the circle/sun.I would have swept the hair up more and added a different red lipstick and taken away the feathers. Did not like the art Bryce had to interpret but colors that corresponded would have been more appropriate.

  • Anonymous

    Stop boys. You are falling into the trap. You tried to make a case that you didn’t see the connections between Anya’s dress and her painting. I thought we agreed that Nina Redux was stupid for dong that? Yes? Anya and Kimberly had good dresses – a helluva lot better that Anthony Ryan’s – and I am never going to understand this challenge. Is it Thursday yet?

  • Anonymous

    Stop boys. You are falling into the trap. You tried to make a case that you didn’t see the connections between Anya’s dress and her painting. I thought we agreed that Nina Redux was stupid for dong that? Yes? Anya and Kimberly had good dresses – a helluva lot better that Anthony Ryan’s – and I am never going to understand this challenge. Is it Thursday yet?

  • Anonymous

    Stop boys. You are falling into the trap. You tried to make a case that you didn’t see the connections between Anya’s dress and her painting. I thought we agreed that Nina Redux was stupid for dong that? Yes? Anya and Kimberly had good dresses – a helluva lot better that Anthony Ryan’s – and I am never going to understand this challenge. Is it Thursday yet?

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

    i cant believe how hard it was for me to find a picture of a punkrocker in a straitjacket. i’m doing something wrong.
    this one is empty & it’s from 1980:
    http://www.punkflyer.com/images/217_dirt4.JPG
    still, thats at least four or five years post-garde, if you will.
    you want one made into a dress? add five years.
    i could not believe he thought a straitjacket dress was avant garde. the only way he could was by a combo of knowing nothing about the avant garde along w/ not understanding what the term avant garde means. apparently he didnt learn this stuff in design school. i guess he isnt all that much up on fallene after all.

    anya’s looks better here than it did moving.
    still, it’s got that just getting ready to drop the ostrich egg feeling.
    this reminds me, for some reason, that people do make scrambled ostrich eggs, probably even in california {we lived fairly near ostrich farms, years ago, in nocal}, but that really has nothing to do w/ anything. still, if you’ve seen an ostrich farm you are not likely to forget it.

  • Anonymous

    what difference does it make? as noted before, this season has nothing to do with talent, creativity or even a coherent challenge. he can try his little brycey heart out but they’re going to reward sexy anya, sexy clinique or cranky bert as the producers direct. this bunch sucks completely.

    side note: i don’t know for sure but most of these designers are very young with no businesses of their own, no? i think that speaks to the skill and seriousness level on display. in the past most of the designers work/worked for major labels or their own companies….

  • Anonymous

    i can see a lot of ways that anya’s look relates to the painting.  the shapes in the painting which are sinuous and variable, elongated and organic are echoed in the print and the feathers of the bodice, and again in the gold shapes at the neckline which are almost feathers, but not.  she didn’t mimic the colors but played off them, keeping the balance of mostly warm earthy oranges, reds, and yellows, while still including that beautiful complementary sky blue as a lesser accent.  study those color wheels, kittens, they’ll serve you well.  what doesn’t work for me is the stiff egg shape of the skirt.  i appreciate that it’s “playing with volume” (whatever that means) but i don’t see how it relates to the painting or the overall look.  what i most love is how the black feathers act as a thin accent to the sienna feathers in the same way that the black lines of the painting accent the sienna trees.  i think the shape of the skirt might work better if the paisley went the other way, so that it flowed vertically, not horizontally.  and chicken woman styling, indeed!  so many of these designers seem to think that avant garde means crazy big out of control hair.  and huge high shoulders so it looks like your model has no neck.

  • Anonymous

    Actually I loved Anya’s and I thought the hair styling replicated the yellow/weedy ground in the painting. 

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

    Yuck to both; stupid category to begin with so I suppose that I shouldn’t blame them.  Thank God that the studio didn’t catch on fire or someone would have had  to haul Bryce’s model out. In Anya’s case they would be foaming that model thinking that she already had received fire damage.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

    Yuck to both; stupid category to begin with so I suppose that I shouldn’t blame them.  Thank God that the studio didn’t catch on fire or someone would have had  to haul Bryce’s model out. In Anya’s case they would be foaming that model thinking that she already had received fire damage.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you tlo.  This challenge failed to inspire as it should have.  The kids were the only creative ones.  Oh but MK was in top form.  He was freaking hilarious. Time for MKcaps!