PR: Give me an A!

Posted on September 19, 2011

The judges nailed it: cheerleader uniform.

You could argue that, at worst, this is a simple but relatively inoffensive dress. It’s got a certain retro style to it and it does suit her to a T.

 

But that’s the problem. Anthony essentially remade a couple of dresses that were once part of her wardrobe. He took a series of specific requests and put them all together to make a dress. How he couldn’t see that he’d reduced his role down to dressmaker surprises us. Anyone who’s watched just one season of PR would know that you’re supposed to design something for the client, not take orders from them.

Not that these two were anything but very sweet and even accomodating. This was all Anthony. For whatever reason, he eagerly and willingly ceded all designing responsibilities. The more we think about it, the odder it seems.

 

Sure, it’s got some of his fingerprints on it. It is, after all, a cute, graphic dress, which is what he tends to want to do most of the time. But it’s also the blandest thing he’s produced yet. He’s not always to our tastes, but there’s usually a sassiness underlying his designs; a sense of the personality of the girl who wears it. This is just too generic; too obviously a recreation of something else.

What was most telling was that the one element that might have taken it away from looking like a uniform, the print around the waist, was covered up in the worst way possible; a hastily made white belt that looks like it came from a drum majorette’s uniform. We’re not saying the print would have turned this dress around, but it would have saved it from looking generic and it would felt more like an Anthony dress.

Oh, Jesus. Color us mega-confused about the reception this dress got from all quarters.

Look, we’re sick and tired of being all “THE JUDGES!!!! RAAAAAAA!!!!” all the time. Some days, we just want to kick back and say “It’s reality TV. Relax.” But MAN, do these bitches make it hard for us.

We look at all this … STUFF going on here — the print, the sheer panels  around the edges, the one shoulder, the asymmetrical skirt, the SLEEVE, and that incredibly busy belt/sash — and remember that Bryce’s very simple pink dress was criticized for having too many elements.

Seriously, now.

We’ll give it credit for exactly one thing: this is NOT a dress you could pick up in any department store. On that basis alone, we can kidasorta see it scoring high.

And in our imaginary perfect Project Runway world, the judges would have said something like, ” Anya, this dress is a mess and you need to learn to edit and make clothes other than something you yourself would wear. But we’ll give you points for doing something different and having a point of view. Now get off my runway.”

Instead it was all “BRAVA! I LOVE this dress! I LOVE what you did there by adding all that crap to it! GENIUS!”

And we think this gal got a little caught up in the fervor of the moment because we did not believe for one second that this dress was exactly the kind of dress she wanted for herself. Everything about her indicated otherwise and besides, that would be a mighty big coincidence; that her style just happened to be exactly Anya’s style.

She’s made a couple interesting things, but we think Anya takes it this season for being the most vastly overpraised of the designers. Josh might not have deserved the win this week and might get away with a lot, but the judges recognize his worst tendencies and when he won, it was for really well-made garments that we found either too simple or just not to our taste. But the way the judges fall all over Anya is totally puzzling to us. She’s got a very narrow point of view, her execution is questionable at best, and she has a terrible need to edit her work. Why are we not hearing this from the judges?

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

      Hated the faux obi. If it had been a solid color it might have pulled it all together? Not sure. But either the fabric has a hairy pattern or it really is hairy, and this dress makes me want to stick my nose on her waist to see which.

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

        It should be known as a ‘faux-bi’ from now on.

    • Aly Light

      Behind you 100% in your statements about Anya. Ugh. This season has really been awful, hasn’t it?

      • cjf3400

        She’s sort of become the new Gretchen, hasn’t she? Narrow point of view, only makes clothes for herself, ridiculously overpraised – it seems to be the new Project Runway standard.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

          But she’s much nicer than Gretchen.  Some people say she’s two-faced, and that may be true, but she isn’t arrogant and full of herself and defensive like Gretchen.  Much easier to get along with and much more interested in her fellow designers as people.

          • Anonymous

            I just feel that if she looked like Julie or Becky, people wouldn’t be all agog about how nice she is. It would just be, “Anya’s nice” and that’s it. But the gorgeous beauty queen is nice and not a horrid bitch, oh wow, she’s so wonderful!

            I don’t hate her, but I just feel that she gets more credit for being nice than she normally would have if she were less fabulous-looking.

            • Now I am The Bee

              I don’t know how nice she is.  It seems as though she makes statements about other contestants, and gets them started on some stupid drama–then just backs away and lets it go. 
              We’ve seen her do that twice already in the lunchroom.  She seems to be one of those people who gets others all inturbulated, then sits back and watches the fireworks, feeling above it all.  Not nice.   

            • Anonymous

              I totally agree.  She’s manipulative.

            • Anonymous

              She’s an a-hole.

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s looks as if she jumped out of bed in response to a fire and pulled the sheets around her before leaving the house.

      • Anonymous

        I thought it looked like a lingerie robe.  The super-flowy fabric just screams “night wear” to me.

        • Pam Winters

          I used to have a zebra-print polyester bathrobe. When I was in the hospital and had electrodes all over my head, I wrapped the belt all through my hair and around my head, hoping for an Eartha Kitt effect.

          If I’d claimed my look was made by Anya, I’d probably have ended up on the cover of Electroencephalograms Monthly.

          (Hey! I could have cut off one sleeve and worn it over the head wires…)

        • Pam Winters

          I used to have a zebra-print polyester bathrobe. When I was in the hospital and had electrodes all over my head, I wrapped the belt all through my hair and around my head, hoping for an Eartha Kitt effect.

          If I’d claimed my look was made by Anya, I’d probably have ended up on the cover of Electroencephalograms Monthly.

          (Hey! I could have cut off one sleeve and worn it over the head wires…)

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            OK, it’s not funny that you had electrodes all over your head, but the rest of your post gave me my biggest laugh of the day.

          • Anonymous

            Your illness didn’t dull your sense of humor, Pam. What a purrrfect use for zebra-print polyester. (Read final sentence like Ms. Kitt playing Catwoman).

          • Anonymous

            Your illness didn’t dull your sense of humor, Pam. What a purrrfect use for zebra-print polyester. (Read final sentence like Ms. Kitt playing Catwoman).

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

              That makes me want Ms. Kitt to be guest judge!!!  But she died in 2008.  :(

    • Anonymous

      I feel a bit bad saying this, but Anya’s kind of reads cheap boudoir/working girl. Not that it’s a bad thing, but it is kind of… not very tasteful. There is a way to do tasteful boudoir, dammit.

      Also, that dressing gown sleeve is really not flattering. Dressing gown sleeve! No. Just no.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294766703 Gretchen Dingman Wirges

        I totally agree. I gasped when it came out from behind the curtain. In a bizarre way, it reminds me of that awful “Work” challenge outfit that Suede did a few seasons ago.

        And they questioned HIS taste. Oy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294766703 Gretchen Dingman Wirges

        I totally agree. I gasped when it came out from behind the curtain. In a bizarre way, it reminds me of that awful “Work” challenge outfit that Suede did a few seasons ago.

        And they questioned HIS taste. Oy.

      • http://pissiechrissie.tumblr.com/ Chrissie

        Didn’t Bert say it looked like she worked at a Tiki Lounge?

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s dress made a fit, attractive, stylish-seeming woman look like a man trying to pass himself off like Mrs. Roper. Not only did the sleeve cover up her amazing arm, the neckline made her other arm/shoulder look masculine instead of just cut. I like asymmetry, but this didn’t work. What a mess.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBZQXGWCTBDTAZMEM4S2EJUNUQ Katie

        Mrs. Roper is EXACTLY what I thought of!

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

      I kept waiting for that Eureka/panicky moment when Anthony realized that he was being a seamstress to create a lost department store dress. That moment never came. Previous seasons, this offense would have been enough to boot him from the show.

      Man, that overlong, flaccid, elephant trunk of a sleeve on Anya’s dress was horrible. Can we declare a moratorium on Wilma tops?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        (snorting)
        “overlong, flaccid, elephant trunk of a sleeve”
        tee hee!

      • Anonymous

        Yes, the dress Anthony re-made wasn’t great, and for obvious reasons didn’t challenge him as a designer at all. But I still felt awful that this woman had to sit up there and have one of her two favorite dresses torn to shreds by the judges.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          This might sound silly, so I’ll put my comment in the context of “Things That Bug Me About Project Runway”. I am still not over how the judges tore apart this dress, and by association, Anthony’s client, on the runway. They’ve made some bad decisions, and they’ve gone too far with some of the designers in the past few seasons. But what they did to this woman, and Bryce’s client, was inexcusable. Besides, other than that awful white belt (Anthony, sweetie pie, why did you do that?), I like this dress and I think she looks adorable.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          This might sound silly, so I’ll put my comment in the context of “Things That Bug Me About Project Runway”. I am still not over how the judges tore apart this dress, and by association, Anthony’s client, on the runway. They’ve made some bad decisions, and they’ve gone too far with some of the designers in the past few seasons. But what they did to this woman, and Bryce’s client, was inexcusable. Besides, other than that awful white belt (Anthony, sweetie pie, why did you do that?), I like this dress and I think she looks adorable.

          • Anonymous

            I couldn’t agree more, Accidental Housewife.  I felt really upset listening to the judges critiques, which definitely bordered in critiquing the woman herself (who, I think did look adorable, very pretty, not at all “wide”).  Nina in particular had me upset.  

            • Sarah Kingsley

              me too.  I can imagine signing on with excitement to be a “Customer” on PR.  And I can imagine how excited she was that her husband suggested the dress he lost as a starting point — how thoughtful and sweet of him to know what would make her happy.  And she obviously felt great in it.  To then be slammed while standing there on the runway was just plain mean.  THe dress was well made if boring and she liked it a lot.  I’d say leave it alone, at least while she’s standing there!

            • Anonymous

              Yeah, I thought she did look good, but it was super safe. I wonder if he had kept those stripes along the waist, if they would’ve judged the dress differently. In the end, I think they just want Anthony to be a major part of every show because he’s 1) pretty talented 2) has one ball 3)has a great accent. 

            • http://shuflies.blogspot.com catherine_sr

              I agree… I loved that dress, too. They were right about the white belt and I was curious to see what the print underneath looked like. But I thought it was retro without being too literal and it suited her perfectly. In another, less cliched color combination, I think it would have earned higher marks.

          • Anonymous

            I also liked the dress.  Oh well, to each is own, as Tim says (but he says it in French).

            • Anonymous

              Sorry — that should be, to each HIS own.  I couldn’t seem to get the edit function to work.

          • Pam Winters

            They sometimes ask the model to take off the jacket, etc….I was shouting at the set “Tell her to take off the white belt!” I really wanted to see what was under there, a pattern would indeed have made it look less uniform-y.

          • Pam Winters

            They sometimes ask the model to take off the jacket, etc….I was shouting at the set “Tell her to take off the white belt!” I really wanted to see what was under there, a pattern would indeed have made it look less uniform-y.

          • Anonymous

            I agree.  I thought the dress was pretty cute and she was clearly very happy.  Bryce’s client looked crushed by the derision that was being heaped on her dress, far out of proportion to its flaws imo.

          • Anonymous

            I completely agree. The judges made that couple feel like dirt. That really was inexcusable and they seem like such a sweet couple. And yes, they did the same to Bryce’s and you could watch the woman’s face fall. Way to go judges. Very classy.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVYAU7XMHYVVGF4B7PXMBO63YQ Leah

            The judges did basically the same thing to Bryce’s client with the low slung pockets. She said she really liked them and could totally see putting her wallet and keys in them, Then they pretty much mocked her and said how could anyone want to do that and make their hips look wider/more bulging.  I could just watch her face falling as they basically said “you have no taste level to be liking this piece of crap” ( my words, not theirs, but the thought behind it is the same.)
             I felt so bad for her. She seemed really nice and didn’t deserve that.

            • http://shuflies.blogspot.com catherine_sr

              I loved the pockets! The way the dress is designed, it’s obvious they are pockets and her thighs aren’t actually that size. In fact, I thought it accentuated the shape of her legs, like a tulip skirt would. The only thing wrong with the dress, IMO, were the straps across the back and the sloppy fit.

            • Anonymous

              Me too! Who doesn’t like a freak’n pocket?! And ya know what MK? I do need a place to put the occasional Lamb Chop! So There!! * sticking my tongue out and blowing raspberries*  (So mature , I know.)

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

      Thank you! I thought Anya’s was middle-of-the-road at best, so when they called her name, I figured she was in the bottom. This show has lost all credibility. What. Ever.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed – my husband and I immediately said, “bottom three.”

        • Anonymous

          same here! Oriental Cow Sacrifice

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      Looking at the stills of Anya’s dress and now I can totally believe she just learned to sew a few months earlier.  I criticized her love of asymmetry to mask insufficient cutting/sewing skills but those sheer panels kind of confirm it for me.  Without them, the top falls off and the asymmetrical hem is too short on both sides.  Then the belt. Yikes, the belt.  Waching it walk down the runway there were too many, busy elements to focus on the belt but it’s tasseled and fringed and a contrasting color on a print dress?

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

        What a good point. Asymmetry means your shit doesn’t have to be even. Genius.

      • Anonymous

        Plus, the front opening is daHAYngerously close to giving the camera a crotch shot. Tasteless.

      • Anonymous

        While I deem Anya clever to mitigate developing construction skills with design choices, her dress doesn’t represent thoughtful asymmetry. The meeting point between the two halves of the skirt offers neither an interesting juxtaposition nor a smooth connection between unbalanced parts. It’s simply a mess that leaves the eye zig-zagging. I found the “L” shape in the back an effective asymmetrical design element that framed the woman’s scapula in a visually pleasing manner.

        I’m in complete agreement with your assessment of the sheer panels. They attempt to hide many a construction sin, something I suspect the obi happens to do as well. As with past challenges, Anya recognized a problem and tried to solve it. Since other designers have had problems doing either, she deserves some credit.

        I waffle over the veracity of Anya’s self-proclaimed sewing history, but darned if the tale hasn’t served her well. Every week, she gets to proclaim that she has never worked with fabric X or attempted technique Y (frankly, I expected her to tell us that she had never sewn woven cotton before during the HP challenge).

    • Anonymous

      I’m tired of Anya’s inability to design anything other than a maxi dress variant, or just be able to sew, but what really irks me most is that she’s polling way ahead of the pack for fan favorite.  I expect nothing more than crack smoke from the judges at this point, but the fans?  I guess I need to come to terms with the fact that this is the season of the sex tape stars.

      • Anonymous

        Anya’s popularity among the fans is a fascinating phenomenon.  It’s like she’s the prettiest, coolest chick in school and everyone wants to be friends with her and be seen with her…for no clear reason.  I almost think Nina and Heidi praise her work hoping they might get invited to her slumber party and get to try on her earrings.

        • Anonymous

          Straight men watch PR too. It’s not that fascinating that a beauty queen is polling well.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

            You would be surprised how many straight women like girls such as Anya.  The Regina George type, remember?  “Regina George is flawless.”  “Once she punched me in the face… IT WAS AWESOME!”

            And she also actively ask for votes on twitter.  Few other designers do that. 

            Anthony’s popularity also surprises me. 

            I would think someone like Kimberly or Viktor would be more popular, but alas. 

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RF6QKXHDML77O4G5VM2EINP52U MeganC

              Kimberly got my vote. It’s such a shame she gets NO screen time and almost always seems to be in the middle. I love her

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

              Mine, too! And deservedly so. She’s low drama and loves what she does. More power to her.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

              Goodness, I couldn’t disagree more.  I was floored that Kimberly wasn’t in the bottom three.

            • Anonymous

              I actually am beginning to really like Viktor.  He does have his hissy-fits, but he seems sincere in his opinions, often has a pretty good point to make, and he really does seem like the most talented AND balanced of this lot ( and by balanced I mean able to do his work, work with others, keep to his style, compete without wigging out, etc. He already acts somewhat professional. Geez, I guess it’s bad when a basically functioning person seems like the exception! ).    

            • Anonymous

              Viktor is now my fav, even though I disliked him at the beginning because (I’m shallow) he said Fiercccce like a snake. He’s made a few things that have caught my eye in a good way…he’s like the only one!

            • http://twitter.com/Ash2046 Ashley Wu

              Me too! I loathed Viktor at first but I kind of like him now because he is always very candid and stays true to his opinions. His design aesthetic is also consistent. Even when he’s being bitchy he does keep it to the “behind the scenes” interview and is not prone to crazy dramatic outbursts like Josh.

            • Anonymous

              Anya has the most backstory, in a Kardashian-type of way…

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              Oh yeah, I love Kimberly. She’s hit or miss on her designs, but she mostly stays out of the drama.

              I’m still neutral on Anya. I can’t figure her out, so I’m not willing to say she’s untrustworthy. It seems to me that, if she were playing everyone, Michael and Nina would be able to see that. They’ve been working in fashion for a long time. You’d think they would know a sneak when they see one.

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

              Not necessarily.  Remember, the judges don’t see the workroom either in person or in footage.  The only thing they know of the designers comes from the runways.

            • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

              That’s true. And Anya’s generally all smiles on the runway. I guess I expect them to be able to spot a phony from a mile away, if she is indeed a phony.

              The only thing I know about pageant girls is what I learned from watching Designing Women. The closest I’ve ever gotten to one in real life is my high school class’ homecoming queen. She’d been bred for that shit from the age of about 3. But she was also a friend of mine from first grade on, and I cut her a lot of slack that other people didn’t. (I was not a part of the circle she traveled in during high school) So I’m wary of Anya’s behavior being chalked up to standard (stereotypical) pageant girl manipulation.

              On the other hand, far be it from me to accuse anyone of stereotyping, seeing as how I think Laura’s nothing but a snooty sorority girl, and all that stereotype entails.

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

              I like Anthony — he seems very sincere and real.  Even in his less-than-stellar moments during the activewear team challenge, it seemed like that was really how he felt and reacted to the situation, rather than say, the Vortex, who is just looking to create drama.

          • Anonymous

            This also explains why Sarah Palin is as popular as she is.  Brains (nope), talent (nope), but America loves beauty queens.

            • Anonymous

              I was in a room with someone who openly declared being a Palin fan and when I asked (with polite and sincere interest and hopefully concealed incredulity) why, the answer was…  “Regina George is awesome.”  Basically. 

              So there you have it.  PR explains a phenomenon of American pop culture/politics.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MVI43MVYAMRZMR6AP75D77CSBQ Anonymous

              Allow me to answer your question for you:

              I like Sarah Palin because the stuff she says is one hell of a lot smarter than this snarky little piece of drivel,

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

              The answer I got from my many Republicans was: “She’s a real person.”  (Is Hillary Clinton a robot?  ‘Cause that’d be kinda awesome) and “She’s had real-life experience” (Um, yes because running my kid’s Girl Scout troop is JUST LIKE running the American military)

              I could give better arguments on her behalf than they could!  It was more than a little disturbing…

            • Anonymous

              Hitting “like” seems wrong, but you made me smile ruefully…

        • Anonymous

          “Like” button not working for me, so… LIKE!  LIKE BIG!

        • Anonymous

          I would be very surprised if Anya’s lead in the favorites poll is not the result of some kind of organized effort.  This seems to be happening increasingly of late in fan favorite voting on reality shows.  In the recently concluded “Next Design Star” competition on HGTV the person seemingly hated by everyone (I have never seen more vituperative comments about any contestant – even Josh – than she received on the show blog) was way ahead in the fan favorite vote – the result of an identified organized campaign by her employer.  I no longer put any credence in fan favorite voting.

    • Anonymous

      That dress, while… unique, should not have won. The sleeve was dreadful.
      Anya is Uli-lite.

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

        I served with Uli Herzner, I knew Uli Herzner, Uli Herzner was a friend of mine. Anya, you’re no Uli Herzner.

        • Anonymous

          That’s really funny – thanks!

    • Anonymous

      I can see some “design thought” that went into the dress.  As you said TLO it is not a generic dress like all the other entries were.

      • JM Z

        Agreed. I thought it was the most interesting and dramatic out of all the offerings. Whatever.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I so wanted to see what was under that ridiculous belt of Anthony’s.  Sure it wouldn’t have rescued it entirely, but OMG its was the blandest, mayonnaise dress on earth.
      Anya makes my eye twitch.  I admit it. I don’t trust her skill set, or her personality.  And that abortion of a dress was insane.  Anyone else notice that Josh used exactly the same sheer trim edge on his winning circle skirted dress as Anya used?

      • Anonymous

        I wonder who came up with the sheer trim first…and who bought it at Mood?

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          Or who spied on whom?  Cause they both used the trim in the same way. Hmmmmmm

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

            Nah, they’re, like, SUCH SUPER BESTIES FOREVER, YOU GUYS, so I’m sure there was at least some caucusing.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Only until one of them gets caught with their hand on the knife that’s sticking out of their bestie’s heart.

      • Anonymous

        Black and red is such a troublesome combo to begin with. It can so easily look cheap. Ditching the white belt plus a little print SOMEWHERE in AR’s dress might have saved him from the bottom 3. Maybe he got scared when Tim saw the polka-dot fabric and told him to beware the potential Minnie Mouse effect?

        • Anonymous

          That’s a good point about what Tim said — and I’ve noticed this a lot in the past few seasons, compared to the earlier ones: an inability to understand what Tim’s saying in the critiques and then take appropriate steps to course correct. They hear Tim say “Minnie Mouse” about dots, and then throw their hands up and go, “I can’t use the dots print!” I don’t think they’ve ever dealt with the critique process and understand how to use critiques as a jumping off point for other ideas, or that you listen to them and then sift through what was said of which to keep, throw away, or reconsider.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          I’d forgotten that comment of Tim’s.  You may very well be right.

      • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

        Totally agree with wanting to see what was under the belt.  And I’m really hesitant to call shenanigans too much on the judging and/or editing of the judging sequence, because a lack of consistency does not necessarily indicate a conspiracy or anything more serious than a lack of consistency.  That said, it struck me as odd that when Anthony mentioned that the belt was a last-minute addition and that it was covering up a print, the judges didn’t respond with, “okay, take the belt off and let’s see how it looks,” as they might have in previous seasons, or even previous episodes.  Slamming the dress and then not wanting to see what was under the belt takes some of what they said out of the realm of constructive criticism and into criticism for criticism’s sake, IMO.  But… I might be overthinking it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      The worst problem with Anya is that she genuinely believes what the judges tell her about how great her clothes are, so she has no incentive to do any better.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        So true!
        She’s being praised for so little and sopping it up like I’m sure she’s quite used to, being gorgeous.  So why should she push herself?  I was amazed to see an actual sleeve on her work.  Of course it doesn’t fit properly at the shoulder, and the hem is too long.  But, nonetheless, a SLEEVE!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I think the reason Anya is doing well is that she has huge self-esteem and a ginormous amount of confidence. It’s infectious and I can see how even the judges can get sucked in. It’s almost as if she’s Secret-ing her way to the top.  

      • Helen C

        And her self-esteem and confidence is quieter than Josh M’s.  Because she’s truly confident of herself, and Josh M is mostly of a show.  So she usually doesn’t come off as obnoxious but he does.  

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Anthony’s dress was cute (I dig the retro sailor-girl vibe, sue me) but he was very much a dressmaker and not a designer. And I don’t know what the midriff looked like, but it couldn’t have looked worse than the belt.

    • scottyf

      Been having a problem with my comments being snatched into cyberspace all weekend. Let’s see if this one goes away too.

      I don’t think you fellas understand: this is obviously the prototype costume for the new series Anya is pitching to Lifetime.

      Meet Ninja Assassin Girl.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        The real hook of the show is that its a comedy; because our heroine keeps tripping over her crazy ass clothes.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        The real hook of the show is that its a comedy; because our heroine keeps tripping over her crazy ass clothes.

      • Anonymous

        Video game concept art is where my mind went on this. And to be fair it would make a lovely bit of concept art with the physics engine swishing the skirt around and what not, but I can imagine a lot of “what is she wearing” thoughts at her gallery opening, and not in the “wow thats amazing” way.

        • Anonymous

          I think Bayonetta would definitely wear it. And who knows, maybe Anya would have won, had she managed to build some actual killer heels.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        scotty, I thought I was losing my mind this weekend. At least twice I went back to respond to your posts, only to discover they had disappeared. I was starting to worry that pain killers mixed with Coke (the soda) was making me hallucinate.

        I love the idea of Ninja Assassin Girl, but she needs safer clothes.

      • Anonymous

        love you scotty!  i for one have been missing your comments. stupid cyberspace.  seriously i just didnt understand the praise anya got from the judges.  i thought it was just me.

    • fragileindustries

      In my endless quest to find something positive to say about a designer’s efforts, I have spent the last few minutes without result for either of these looks.  But I hated Anthony’s less than Anya’s.  That is all.

    • Anonymous

      I like Anya, but she is overpraised at this point.  I think some of that stems from the fact that she makes for a good Lifetime story.  (Woman who doesn’t know how to sew shows them all).  Didn’t really get how Bryce’s was over-designed but this was somehow the picture of restraint.  At this point I see Anya as the Poor Woman’s Uli.

      Speaking of Lifetime stories, I wonder if Anthony Ryan got caught up in a Lifetime story of his own.  (Clueless husband loses woman’s dress, but her world is restored by a sympathetic designer.)  For whatever reason, this subplot didn’t really work.  Maybe it’s simply because he made a bad uniform.  

      • Anonymous

        sympathetic cancer surviving designer!

        Next Friday on Lifetime

        • Anonymous

          Sympathetic, color-blind, Southern, gay, cancer-surviving designer–because “rocking one” isn’t enough on Lifetime.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe Jennifer Love-Hewitt could play Anthony Ryan’s client. 

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

          Luckily boobies don’t freak him out.

    • Anonymous

      For some reasong Anya’s looked much better on tv then it does here and for that, my like of it is taken down quite a bit now that I can really look at it. I didn’t even really notice that rope until now. In fact I’m really taking notice of alot of things I didn’t before. For example, I notice now also that the sleeve really is a mess and unnecessary. Remove it and the rope and it already becomes an improvement.

      • Anonymous

        That rope is an abomination, right down to the frayed ends. Looks like it was ripped off of the intentionally-cheesy Gone with the Wind drapery gown that Bob Mackie designed for The Carol Burnett Show.

      • Anonymous

        That rope is an abomination, right down to the frayed ends. Looks like it was ripped off of the intentionally-cheesy Gone with the Wind drapery gown that Bob Mackie designed for The Carol Burnett Show.

      • Helen C

        She’s trying do the kimono effect with the rope.  But the whole thing is just… The dress looks like Anya’s pajamas from Episode 1 with one sleeve ripped off.  

    • Anonymous

      As soon as the lost dresses came up I went, ‘It’s a trap! Don’t do it!’
      Oh, Anthony. You’d better listen to my instincts.

      As for Anya’s dress, I kind of like the idea behind it and especially love the print. I think with some (severe) editing this could have been great.

      • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

        Each of the three bottom looks could have been winner with some changes and editing.  Bert’s most of all since all he would have needed to do was add two inches to the hemline and make a slightly fuller skirt. Part of his critique was that it was more of the same, but so was Anya’s.

        I think more than her looks and pageant-queen confidence, she’s most helped by the “soft bigotry of low expectations.’ (Thank you, late, great Molly Ivins for that phrase.)  She never gets criticized for her lack of skills because “she just learned to sew a few months ago,” but she gets praised whenever her own construction just rises above mediocre.  Since she doesn’t have the same construction skills as Bert or Viktor or Laura or Anthony Ryan or even (shudder) Josh, she isn’t judged by the same standard as they are. 

        • Anonymous

          I think “the soft bigotry of low expectations”(Thank you, the late, great, very much missed Molly Ivins) fits Anya to a T.
          It’s as if the judges keep thinking or saying, “She’s so pretty, and she can sew, too”, as if it’s some miraculous feat.

          • Helen C

            Ah.  But PR had a lot of pretty girls on the show before (Althea, Jillian, Carol Hannah, even Irina and Kenley, shudder), and they all can sew!  I guess none of them has Anya’s pageant queen status, and “fabulousity”.  

            • Anonymous

              I agree. All of those women were attractive, but they were also all, though in different degrees, already accomplished designers.
              That pageant thing, along with Anya’s ability to turn on the charm seems to have turned the judges’ heads more than a little.

      • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

        Each of the three bottom looks could have been winner with some changes and editing.  Bert’s most of all since all he would have needed to do was add two inches to the hemline and make a slightly fuller skirt. Part of his critique was that it was more of the same, but so was Anya’s.

        I think more than her looks and pageant-queen confidence, she’s most helped by the “soft bigotry of low expectations.’ (Thank you, late, great Molly Ivins for that phrase.)  She never gets criticized for her lack of skills because “she just learned to sew a few months ago,” but she gets praised whenever her own construction just rises above mediocre.  Since she doesn’t have the same construction skills as Bert or Viktor or Laura or Anthony Ryan or even (shudder) Josh, she isn’t judged by the same standard as they are. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes, thanks, T Lo – I’ve been very tired of the praise for anya and the “I really like her” stuff.  It’s a design competition, yes?  And she has very few ideas in her arsenal.  This maybe one of the more amusing things to come down the runway but puh-leeze.  Judges On Crack Again.

    • Victoria Sharoyan

      I also completely agree with your thoughts on Anya. Every week, I find myself yelling at the TV screen (and to my poor mom) about how I don’t understand what the judges see in her work that I don’t! I liked her mini-dress from the print challenge, but as far as every other challenge goes, I’m flummoxed by all the undue praise.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      WORD, guys. There are some technical things that would’ve made this dress a whole lot better, editing like you said and maybe an ability to sew. This looks like a giant version of a dress I made for my Barbie when I was 7 that did not turn out the way I thought it would. Anya has great instincts on how to parlay her style into fashion, but her ability to execute her designs falls woefully short. It saddens me to see this show elevating drama and flash over talent and creativity. Tim should stop calling them designers & just start calling them contestants.

    • Anonymous

       Anya, WTF!! One the judges ( I forget which one) proclaimed this Rag as being pure “fashion”?! Who is the Woman Wearing this and Where in Good God’s name is She going?! This screams KRAY KRAY. Really MK where would you deem it appropriate to wear a, “is it Long/Short One Sleeve/No Sleeve” Mental Patient ( no offense to mental patients) Dress?! Where?! But, its not just the weirdness of this design, because weird (I love weird) can be beautiful. This is Not. This is Fugly! I’ve stopped trying to figure out, WHY(??) the judges continue to fawn over Anya. I half joked that I speculated there was a sex tape of the judging panel floating around in Anya’s possession. Now, I’m not so sure if it is just a joke. I mean seriously, the Judges Loved This Dress!! What other explanation could account for that type of Judging other than Crack Pipe??!

      • Anonymous

        Apparently Malin Ackerman is the woman wearing this and she’s going to a red carpet event , since she told Heidi that not only would she, but would WANT the sleeve!  Even though Malin said it might end up on the Worst Dressed List. 

        They’ve got to figure out a way to reward the favorites each episode, and I don’t think Heidi is a good enough actress to pull it off.  So they get a real actress to pretend to love something whacked-out.

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

          Frankly from what I’ve seen of Malin Ackerman I don’t think she’s a much better actress than Heidi — sorry, but I have an unreasonable hate for that girl.

          • Anonymous

            To be honest, I have never seen her on anything other than Children’s Hospital, and even that I’ve only seen a handful of times.  Given that it’s a 15 minute show and there’s more than one character, I haven’t seen much of her acting. 

            I was hoping that she was acting like she would wear that thing on the read carpet, instead of truly meaning it.

            • Anonymous

              If memory serves me, Malin Ackerman played the up and coming starlet on the one and only season of Lisa Kudrow’s wonderful “The Comeback” on HBO a few years ago.

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

              Couples Retreat, The Proposal, 27 Dresses and Watchmen… none of which was she even slightly good or interesting in.  But my dislike of her goes beyond that — she’s just one of those starlets I canNOT stand for some reason that even I can’t identify.  (Sort of the second coming of Cameron Diaz, who I felt that way about for years, and even now just sort of tolerate with gritted teeth, though I know people personally who are acquainted with her and say she’s a lovely person.)

            • Anonymous

              That’s right, she was in Watchmen. She wasn’t exactly fierce in that. BUT I almost came unglued when she said she would actually wear Anya’s dress on the RC. It would be fun, though. The TLo commentary would be delicious.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that Anya gets overpraised, but I liked this dress a lot. If the short bit had been a little longer and the longest bit a little shorter, I would have liked the proportions more. I thought this was the best look this week, followed by Viktor’s. That said, I wouldn’t have minded if Viktor won, but I thought this was more unusual…in a good way.

      Anthony Ryan’s look was so basic. I know he gave the clients exactly what they wanted, and at least the construction was good. I thought the dress looked a lot better with the patterned fabric across the midsection, from what I could see in the workroom shots.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that Anya gets overpraised, but I liked this dress a lot. If the short bit had been a little longer and the longest bit a little shorter, I would have liked the proportions more. I thought this was the best look this week, followed by Viktor’s. That said, I wouldn’t have minded if Viktor won, but I thought this was more unusual…in a good way.

      Anthony Ryan’s look was so basic. I know he gave the clients exactly what they wanted, and at least the construction was good. I thought the dress looked a lot better with the patterned fabric across the midsection, from what I could see in the workroom shots.

    • Anonymous

      Glad you mentioned the drum majorette because, to me, this looks exactly like a drum majorette uniform. It’s just a shame there were no white boots on the accessory wall. It also looks very much like the kind of dresses I remember conservative women wearing in late 60′s. Different hair, shoes and bag and it would have been exactly that.

      As for Anya’s, eh. Part Saigon hooker, part cocktail waitress. And on top of that, it looked flamable.

      5 years ago, none of these people would have still been in the competition at this point.–GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        Word.

      • Anonymous

        I’d even venture to say three years ago. I feel bad for all the past 2nd and 3rd-place designers who didn’t wait for this season to apply to the show. I’m pitching a new show idea: pitting the likes of Laura Bennett, Milla, Althea, Gordana, Emilio… versus any of this season’s “front-runners”. Project Runner-Up.

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

          Even though I couldn’t STAND Emilio, I wholeheartedly agree with you.  Seems like they’re scraping the bottom of the designer barrel with this lot.  Tyra is doing it; Heidi should do it, too!  :D

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

          I wonder if maybe a little of it is the economy — people can’t afford to leave their jobs right now.  I know everyone blames Lifetime but S7 was great. 

      • Anonymous

         Part Saigon hooker, part cocktail waitress…just switch the city to Bangkok and we’re ready for Anya’s interpretative dance to “One Night in Bangkok”!

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

        I agree. Especially about the flamable part! I don’t get the love for the print fabric at all! It looks cheap and costumy. If you listen real hard you can almost hear the swishy nylon sound it makes. 
         I’ve also thought the same thing about the contestants standing up to past seasons, although I don’t think you have to go back 5 years.

      • Anonymous

        Agree! I’ve been saying that Angela could have won this season. And I think she really could’ve. Angela was out there, totally, but her construction was almost always great and her design sense trumps a lot of the people still standing on S9.

    • Anonymous

      I think Anthony could have made a pretty dress that represented the lost dresses but were updated.  I was at a loss. I think maybe he forgot to step back and look at the piece as a whole, if he did, how did he not fail to see the uniform look to this?

      As for Anya’s piece, I thought for sure she was going to get nailed by the judges for this piece.  I watched the runway part with my 5 year old daughter, who gasped when she saw this and said “It was gorgeous!” (she liked the way it flowed).  So I guess the judges have the same taste as my 5 year old.  Okay, it isn’t horrible enough to be aufed but it certainly didn’t deserve the praise it got. 

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Yeah–I’m an Anya fan, but as soon as that came out, I was sure it was in the bottom.  It moved funny, it looked funny, and the reason you can’t pick up something like that in any department store is that it’s very unflattering and they couldn’t sell it.  Sorry, but bzzt.

      That said, she did manage to attach the sleeve without assistance.

      Let’s see, what could AR have done… he could have asked what it was she loved so much about the pieces he lost. Was it the contrast?  So make an AR dress with some contrast.  Was it the plunging neck?  The full skirt?  Take those things separately and make a new garment she loves for the same reasons she loved her old ones, rather than trying to recreate them.

    • Anonymous

      does Anya do flowy because she doesn’t know how to do fitted and tailored?  Even her finale show was all Anya, all the time.  And not even in an interesting Uli way, but some unsophisticated view of “island chic.”  Not a fan.

      • Anonymous

        She has done pants and fitted skirts. She won the most recent group challenge with a fitted dress. I agree that Anya’s work could be more sophisticated and is nowhere near as good as Uli’s, but I think she has a good eye for prints and isn’t too bad at consruction.

        Edited to delete the “once” after pants. She has done them twice, if you include the jumpsuit for Nina.

      • Anonymous

        She has done pants and fitted skirts. She won the most recent group challenge with a fitted dress. I agree that Anya’s work could be more sophisticated and is nowhere near as good as Uli’s, but I think she has a good eye for prints and isn’t too bad at consruction.

        Edited to delete the “once” after pants. She has done them twice, if you include the jumpsuit for Nina.

    • Anonymous

      don’t see poor execution at all.

    • Mariah J

      Without the sleeve this dress wouldn’t have felt as overdone. I love the print. Take away the obi fringe and the asymmetrical hem and this would be perfect.

    • Anonymous

      Re: TLo’s comments about Anya’s inability to edit herself:  EzzzzzzACKly.  What a mess of too much this design was!  The sleeve! The chiffon(?) trim! The belts-on-belts, the lengths all over the place, the one shoulder, the print. Hiddy! The judges’ reaction to it really surprised me. Until I remembered…oh, right! They get paid to say what the producers want them to say.

      Anthony’s dress was not only blah and completely uninteresting–it also made his client look dumpy. But mostly it looked like something made in a 9th grade home ec class.

    • http://www.memoriesofthefuture.wordpress.com Jesse

      Okay, so here’s my thing re: Anya.  I’m not going to defend this particular dress–I think the critique from the imaginary perfect world is pretty much dead-on–but I’d be lying I didn’t say she has been the only designer this season that has made me eager to see what she comes up with each week, regardless if it’s a hit or miss.  Aside from the general fierceness I actually don’t care for her design/personal aesthetic AT ALL (Olivier’s minimalism is the closest to what my eye is most naturally drawn to), and I tend to really, really dislike prints.  But each week, regardless of whether or not I actually liked the finished product, I always seem able to squint my eyes and say “yeah, I see an AMAZING garment somewhere in there” (which is the case this week–that print is phenomenal).

      Is that enough to be as praised as much as she is?  In an ideal world, no.  In past seasons even, no.  But in a season where I have a hard time recalling even one garment without taking a moment or two, I can see how such a steep curve allows her to always end up in the top half, and I can’t really bring myself to fault the judges for that.  The endless parade of unmemorable garments this season is killing me, and I just keep thanking the PR gods that Heidi convinced the other judges to give Anya a shot in the first place.

      P.S.–My bf was catching up with the first episode last night, and I had nearly forgotten about the whole “omg, she just learned to sew!!!!!” thing.  That was… odd… wasn’t it?

      • Anonymous

        Well said, I completely agree!

      • http://isara.livejournal.com/ Synnamin

        seconded. And I actually liked the dress for being interesting. Yeah, there was too much going on, but it had interest and I could see it being worn at an event.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R34D3TG5XAEKM6C2KWJG73V27M Laura

      Because she’s pretty!  And Lord knows how much the regular judges love a pretty girl (as Laura Bennett said on her blog, in the everyday woman challenges, a skinny pretty girl with an OK dress will always win).  Heidi has a huge girl crush on her.

    • Anonymous

      I like that Anya has a clear point of view. She’s this season’s Uli. Unlike Uli, her garments are not impeccably made, in fact, they’re usually pretty sloppy, but also unlike Uli, she shows us a lot of variety. Yes, she designs for herself, and I don’t object to that, what I object to is sameness; the same look over and over. Anya doesn’t do that. If she learned to sew, and edit, she has the bare bones of genuine talent.

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s is a whole lotta look.  I don’t get all the love for it either.  The weird fringe, the curtain tie back belt, the sleeve…it’s just terrible.  As boring as Anthony’s was at least it was well put together.  Anya’s looked like she just started flinging stuff at the dress form and kept what stuck.  I can’t remember the name of the third judge, but she said she would wear it on the red carpet.  Worst dressed list for sure!

    • http://www.memoriesofthefuture.wordpress.com Jesse

      Oh, and as for Anthony, I just kept thinking that if she had been holding sparklers while walking the runway I would have instantly been taken right back to childhood memories 4th of July celebrations.  That’s exactly the type of thing my sisters would wear to those events.

    • C S

      AR – I wish they’d of taken off the belt to show what he was covering up.  I think this dress is cute but I wanted more retro flair to it.  If you are going to to go there, GO there. I worried for him this week.  I too kept wondering when it was going to occur to him he was making a copy of an off-the-rack dress, not designing something.  Ooopsie.  But I can see how it happened, you know? Probably the only dress his client could remember in detail/describe was the one his girlfriend had been pining over. So AR was probably just happy to get some kind of specific information (vs. “Uh, I dunno. She likes to look pretty.”)  that he ran with it.  And I think it’s kind of funny, his clients were cute. So I’m glad he didn’t go home this week.  

      Anya –  At first I thought they were right to let her through with her “4 months of sewing”, now I think it was a bad idea.  They MUST be grading her on a curve because no one has called her on repetitive designs or the wonky construction.  She is smart enough to choose the kinds of prints that hide a multitude of sewing sins week after week but it’s getting old.  And I’m so over hearing her “I just learned to sew!” and “I keep choosing XYZ which is difficult…” just so people are impressed that she actually sewed something.  It’s not fair to the other designers. 

      I wonder who did the sheer black hem detail first, her or Josh.  Is the sheer black hem/edge finish going to be the new exposed zipper detail for PR designers?   

      • Anonymous

        YES! Every week, one of her confessionals includes some phrase like, “I’ve never done _____, so this will be a particularly difficult challenge/piece for me.” Perhaps she’s subscribing heavily to the under-promise and over-deliver school of thought, but it always strikes me as false modesty.

      • Anonymous

        YES! Every week, one of her confessionals includes some phrase like, “I’ve never done _____, so this will be a particularly difficult challenge/piece for me.” Perhaps she’s subscribing heavily to the under-promise and over-deliver school of thought, but it always strikes me as false modesty.

    • Anonymous

      See ? Pet-designer here ! Heidi’s, at least. And I already stated what I thought about it (a beauty queen knowing nothing about sewing wanting to become a reknown designer might ring a bell to the successfull model designing sportwear for internet).
      And I wonder how much of the praises she get come for a questionnable work has a lot to do with a desire to appeal the home-dressmaker-wannabe-designer watching Lifetime.

      As for, Anthony Ryan, I wonder if the sweetness of those two didn’t touch him so much that he didn’t have the heart to go away from what they want to do what he needed. They were so sweet that he must have gone straight to the dentist after the challenge.
      Anyway, he did the opposite of Olivier : they were his client so he wanted to please them and forgot to design.
      Did he watch PR before ? 

    • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

      Anthony’s isn’t just cheerleading uniform, it’s *GLEE* cheerleading uniform!

      Anya’s I pegged for the bottom three: unflattering, asymmetrical hem, and with way too much going on.  How it ended up in the top, I will defer to TLo on.

    • PostsYouCanDanceTo

      Anya made a bathrobe. And no one wears that to a gallery.

    • Toto Maya

      It does look exactly like a cheerleader’s uniform, I didn’t understand why Anthony didn’t see that. I didn’t see why people were gushing over it in the comments either, it looks so juvenile.

      I agree that Anya is overhyped, but I did love this particular dress, especially the belt. Her client looked good.

    • MilaXX

      Except for the sleeve being too long, I liked it. So shoot me/

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4AZYKFDGYZTFQJML25GU4RJBUQ Anh-Thu

      Am I the only one that cheered when Anya was given the “Good job, you’re in,” rather than the “Congratulations”? She had the biggest “I’m ready to be named the winner” smile on her face that I couldn’t help but celebrate when those hopes were dashed.

      I’m a terrible person, aren’t I? But either way, this dress was kitschy kitschy kitschy.

      • Anonymous

        You are not the only one. ;-)

      • Anonymous

        You are not the only one. ;-)

      • http://twitter.com/qrter Alexander Peterhans

        Yes! I actually said out loud “ooh, look at her little face!”.

      • http://twitter.com/qrter Alexander Peterhans

        Yes! I actually said out loud “ooh, look at her little face!”.

      • Anonymous

        no, I was happy too.  until they then went to Josh and declared HIS the winning entry. Sheesh, talk about a quick turnaround in emotions for me!

    • Anonymous

      I kind of the get the feeling that they are saying these things to Anya, but we just aren’t seeing them.   I just can’t believe that the judges have nothing but praise for her and no criticisms for her execution shortcomings or narrow point of view (I mean come on, they criticized Uli for it)!   I hate to say “oh, it’s the editing”, but I think the producers want to create a winner in Anya and they’re setting her (and the viewers) up for it.

    • Anonymous

      And who believes, for even one second, that Anya has only been sewing for four months?  I call bullshit on that, again!!

      • Anonymous

        I go back & forth on this, but when I think of the discipline it takes to be a pageant winner, I can see her having minimal sewing background until she started spending 6-10 hours a day at the sewing machine. Especially if she recruited tutors (and that’s how pageant winners think. They have a team of coaches, usually).  And if she has an analytical mind she’s spent enough time thinking about clothes in relation to her own appearance that she understands a lot about design and construction – as it applies to her, anyway.

        • Mary McClelland

          apparently that’s what she did.  I read on another blog this woman who claimed to know Anya said just that.  She “trained” for 4 months as a full-time job with the two best seamstresses on the island and approached it the way an athlete would approach training.  THen she applied for the show. Also on the pagent circuit you spend an enormous amount of time obsessing about the way you look and presenting your body in the best way possible.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NCE7HCMDQDBIQ2ZVGSZPRYSPYA L

          Yeah, but here’s the problem with that. If she spent hours each day learning to sew, yes, she could have learned a lot in four months. But then this wouldn’t be the first time she sews everything she touches. How can you spend that kind of concentrated sewing time to learn the craft, but never sew pants, or silk, or etc., etc.? Just doesn’t add up.

      • Anonymous

        I go back & forth on this, but when I think of the discipline it takes to be a pageant winner, I can see her having minimal sewing background until she started spending 6-10 hours a day at the sewing machine. Especially if she recruited tutors (and that’s how pageant winners think. They have a team of coaches, usually).  And if she has an analytical mind she’s spent enough time thinking about clothes in relation to her own appearance that she understands a lot about design and construction – as it applies to her, anyway.

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

      Yeah, the producers want her going to be top 3 pretty badly.  I do like her and her clothes are almost never boring, but yeah.  She’s gorgeous and has an interesting story and helps keep viewers interested.  If you edit this dress a bit, I like it.

      • Anonymous

        If by editing you mean taking off the sleeve, fixing the hemline, taking the organza trim off the skirt, getting rid of that belt, and altering the neckline so it fits better, I might  — might like it.  but that print is hard for me to get around.

        Given what they had to choose from, I don’t mind putting in the top three, but to over praise it the way they did while at the same time saying Bryce’s relatively simple dress had too many elements is laughable.  

        PR9 we have a winner.

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

      Anya’s dress was a disaster.

    • Anonymous

      Anya was a predetermined finalist (my opinion). As soon as the producers heard Miss Universe they started salivating. I’m not a fan. I don’t think the level of talent is there for any of the contestants, but I agree with you that she is the most vastly overpraised designer on the show this season. I am willing to put it out there that she’s going to win the whole thing. That’s my prediction. She already has the PR machine in place from her Miss Universe contestant days and already knows how to work the game as far as the show goes. She’s no great talent though. 

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

        How about the most overpraised in the history of the show? I think you’re right about her winning too. Can you imagine her craftsmanship standing up next to ANY previous winners? I feel more insulted with each episode.

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

        i wonder if what she really wants to be is a fashion designer. my guess is she’s using this as entrée into an entertainment career, what kind i dont know & one which she may or may not get. it says a lot about reality programming these days that she or her handlers chose this route– it may even be one of the reasons she “learned to sew in four months.” am i wrong or is PR both the most popular reality show & the one on which the contestants are taken the most seriously?

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          That’s an interesting theory, edi. It hadn’t occurred to me that that could be her goal. PR is probably the one with the most credibility that she could get on and would make any sense for her. It would be a lot harder for her to fake her way onto Top Chef. What other competitive reality shows have as much cred as PR and TC? I can’t think of any off the top of my head. America’s Next Top Model is a joke, and Tyra is really hard on pageant girls. Survivor, maybe? I’m guessing, seeing as how all I’ve ever seen of Survivor are the commercials I can’t get away from fast enough, and whatever shows up on The Soup.

    • Anonymous

      What about how badly sewn it is! The sash belt is an inch too short, then ends don’t meet up for cripes sake, so Anya held in in place with drapery ropes. I noticed that as soon as the model turned around. EVeryone pretended not to see that?! The inconsistency is too frustrating.

    • Anonymous

      Not agreeing with the masses on this one. I get the Anya dress. It’s practically the only thing that came down the runway that took any chances at all. It was her style but made her client happy – isn’t that the point of the competition. I see in Anya’s clothes that she has vision and a point of view and I am always interested to see what she makes (which is more than I can say for most of them) and I think her clothes are sophisticated – far more sophisticated that most of the other contestants. She isn’t chic yet but she is stylish and I think she has great ideas. I like this dress and I sure as hell would rather see someone on the red carpet in this rather that another red mermaid dress.

    • Anonymous

      Why is that when a male designer only does a very specific thing, he’s described as an artist with a point of view, but when a woman does the same thing she’s just making clothes that she would want to wear? The obvious answer is that the woman can wear her clothes, but I suspect that there’s a fair amount of sexism beneath that thought process.

      • Mary McClelland

        I don’t agree with that.  They keep saying Bert does the same thing over and over – and it’s not considered a point of view, it’s considered “boring” and uninspired. Plenty of times TLo has described designers of both sexes as being “one trick ponies”

        • Anonymous

          I also totally disagree with this. Anya’s like Rami all over again. Rami was a guy. He was also a one-trick pony. And he got slaughtered by Nina every week, and somehow, they let him keep going and going. It has nothing to do with gender or sexism. It has to do with giving the judges something they haven’t seen a million times.

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

            his work was generally gorgeous, however. it’s not my thing, but he did a fabulous job. her stuff is iffier. but they havent got anyone thats very good this season –can you imagine rami not winning among these people?– {except, of course, for bert, who is just not real PR material, no kind, no way.} so they have her. they made a bunch of real bad choices in both who they chose to compete & the type of competitions they gave them.

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

            his work was generally gorgeous, however. it’s not my thing, but he did a fabulous job. her stuff is iffier. but they havent got anyone thats very good this season –can you imagine rami not winning among these people?– {except, of course, for bert, who is just not real PR material, no kind, no way.} so they have her. they made a bunch of real bad choices in both who they chose to compete & the type of competitions they gave them.

    • Anonymous

      It has happened before: the judges pick someone who has a good entry in one of the early challenges and, despite consequent crappiness, either give them a pass or continue to praise their work ever after. Anya got their attention with her “I just learned to sew!” schtick and has been pulling the wool over their eyes ever since. I call BS.

      Also, I think I mentioned it in another post, but during the judging process when they showed the slow-mo clip of her model, the short end of that asymmetrical hem was so short that I could see her “private runway.” Not good.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, we almost saw the good china.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, we almost saw the good china.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, we almost saw the good china.

    • Anonymous

      Hatehatehated Anya’s…uhh…gown thingy. But maybe I’m just tasteless (can’t be, because I read TLo!), because I thought that Anthony’s dress was pretty cute. I’d have worn it if the tacky belt weren’t there. I just don’t see a world of difference between his look and the ones that were in the top. Apart from Anya’s monstrosity, they’re ALL department store dresses.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      Oh my goodness, Anya’s dress! I thought maybe I would like it more, or at least understand what all the fuss was about, once I’d had a chance to see it in close-up. Instead, it’s an even bigger mess than I thought. The shoulder’s too wide, and it looks like it’s going to consume her at any moment. The sleeve is sloppily made. With a dress like this, something needs to be sleek. That sleeve should be hugging her, with just enough give/room for her to be able to move her arm. I really love the fabric, but there’s so much of it. She’s completely overwhelmed.

      I think there is a good dress in there somewhere, but there’s too much going on. It’s a disaster.

      • Mary McClelland

        that’s what i thought too! I kept thinking, maybe I need to look more closely! Then I looked more closely and it was MORE horrid!! 

    • Anonymous

      Thank God I am not crazy!!! I thought Anya’s dress was horrible, a Halloween costume of what an ignorant person would think a Geisha girl would look like. A rope for a belt?? My goodness, that was a horror!!! Anya is definitely the favorite of the judges for reasons that totally elude me. My only consolation is that I know she can’t win, as I don’t see the judges giving the win to someone who really can’t sew.

      Peace.

    • Anonymous

      Thank God I am not crazy!!! I thought Anya’s dress was horrible, a Halloween costume of what an ignorant person would think a Geisha girl would look like. A rope for a belt?? My goodness, that was a horror!!! Anya is definitely the favorite of the judges for reasons that totally elude me. My only consolation is that I know she can’t win, as I don’t see the judges giving the win to someone who really can’t sew.

      Peace.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you. I have no idea why they were so in love with this mullet dress.
      The print is great and it moved beautifully, but that’s about it. 

      • Mary McClelland

        I don’t even think it moved beautifully – it was one quick step away from crotch flash territory.  What real woman would wear a hem line this varying and that short?! None! We all are too worried about someone seeing our un-bikini waxed nethers. This entire thing was a dis-sas-ter.  The only think kinda cute in my opinion was the sheer paneling at the top against that print. 

        • Anonymous

          What real woman would wear this-that is easy-Anya would wear this in a heartbeat.  Of course, perhaps referring to a Miss Universe contestant as a real woman is a huge mistake on my part.

    • Anonymous

      I will be stunned if Anya doesn’t win the whole thing because anything she puts on the runway, they salivate over. She’s Gretchen all over again as far as them liking her early and no matter what she does later, she’s gold. I don’t get it.

    • Anonymous

      Let’s face it – Anya is pretty, young (but not too young) and stylish.  The judges/producers are responding more to her than her designs.  She is attractive and can be bitchy but, again, not too bitchy – aka, good TV.  She’s okay at her thing and hasn’t produced anything terribly offensive, so they’ve been able to justify keeping her around.  Kenley, Althea and, of course, Gretchen – they do this every once in a while. We can blame the producers but the judges are guilty, too.

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

      “…but I think [Anya] has a good eye for prints…”

      This has been mentioned a lot and I don’t get it. Mondo had a good eye for prints. Uli, ditto. It’s not that hard. 

      What I think IS hard is finding a good print in the time allowed at Mood which is pure chaos when you have a limited time and budget. Looking at stacks and stacks of the end rolls of fabric is discouraging. Haven’t actually looked back at past seasons’ output, but I’ll bet it is mostly solid color fabrics. Also chances are that Mood has a lot more good *solid* colors than they do good prints. There are a lot of god-awful prints out there. So the odds are against finding a good one–in such a short time– but you’ll know it when you see it.

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

        I actually want to try to get to Mood next time I’m in New York because I’ve often felt the same way –  how on earth can you run around like that and find anything!  And let me just throw this out – if this is the way it’s going, is it time to cancel PR?  I would think there are SO MANY good designers out there that this show could run forever, but if the reality tv thing has taken over so completely, in terms of who gets on the show, maybe there is no point.  In the early years, I was RIVETED by this show, and the challenges.  Now it’s so much, “meh, whatever…” 

      • Anonymous

        I haven’t been to Mood, but any decent fabric store is organized.

    • Anonymous

      I guess I’ll take the unpopular opinion and say that I am totally fine with this coming in 3rd. At least is was interesting.

      • Anonymous

        I liked it too. Yeah, too many elements, starting with that Jethro rope-belt, and the sleeve is too heavily rendered, even though I think it’s essential to the outfit. The cattywampus hem could be more elegantly rendered. Compared with the middle three-Olivier, Kimberly, and Laura–it’s more praiseworthy.

    • Anonymous

      I guess I’ll take the unpopular opinion and say that I am totally fine with this coming in 3rd. At least is was interesting.

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

      Anya is the Fashion Savant, so all of her designs get overpraised.  According to wikipedia, Savant Syndrome is having an area of ability in contrast with one’s developmental disorder.  Once Anya said that she’d learned to sew in 4 months, everything she does is judged according to that.  Heidi for one can’t seem to stop talking about it.  “Can you believe?  4 months?”  Maybe it’s true that she learned to sew in 4 months, maybe it’s not, but have you ever noticed that people who have savant abilities are often not THAT good at the thing they are praised for–I mean, as compared to those who are quite skilled?  But, it’s the comparison to the disability.  Understandable in say, an autistic savant, but not so much on PR.  But, it’s why I’m going to start announcing that I didn’t even attend law school and furthermore, just learned to read and write 2 years ago.  I should be able to ride that for a while…. 

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

        Right on.  Enough already.  Heidi herself has made almost half of a human being in four months, what?  Four times already?

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

      Anya is the Fashion Savant, so all of her designs get overpraised.  According to wikipedia, Savant Syndrome is having an area of ability in contrast with one’s developmental disorder.  Once Anya said that she’d learned to sew in 4 months, everything she does is judged according to that.  Heidi for one can’t seem to stop talking about it.  “Can you believe?  4 months?”  Maybe it’s true that she learned to sew in 4 months, maybe it’s not, but have you ever noticed that people who have savant abilities are often not THAT good at the thing they are praised for–I mean, as compared to those who are quite skilled?  But, it’s the comparison to the disability.  Understandable in say, an autistic savant, but not so much on PR.  But, it’s why I’m going to start announcing that I didn’t even attend law school and furthermore, just learned to read and write 2 years ago.  I should be able to ride that for a while…. 

    • Susan Crawford

      Three cheers for T Lo! First for correctly giving Anthony a well-placed little wake-up call about how to design for a client without losing himself and his own vision in the process. This is someone who has – I think – a lot of potential, and it was a shame to see him try to “people please” until he practically disappeared.
       
      Anya is obviously a pet of the judges. I felt it instantly in all the oohs and aahs about how someone who “only learned to sew a few months ago” could make ANYthing, let alone some very nice, flowing, beachy designs. I don’t know. Maybe it’s her lovely face, her tall, elegant body, her self-possession, her pageant-girl personality- but Anya can do no wrong in the eyes of the judges.
       
      There was literally nothing – NO THING – right about this design, in my book. It was busy, poorly constructed, over-embellished and tricked out, and made of cheap-looking fabric and curtain tie-back roping. It was a hot, steaming casserole of disaster. But the judges luuurrrved it, praised it, fawned over it. And Anya goes on.
       
      Let’s face it, she and Miss Clinique are good reality TVbots, and Bunim/Murray has the judges marching in lockstep. So he wins for a generic LBD with cheap lace trim, and she gets kudos for a dress I think I recall from Wigstock, 1998.

    • http://twitter.com/RobertSanchez36 Robert Sanchez

      It cracked me up that the judges said this was the perfect outfit for a gallery opening. To some imaginary Asian/African/McEthnic exhibit, I guess, where one is supposed to dress like the paintings.

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

        McEthnic.  OMG: LMAO.  Can I steal that?

      • Anonymous

        You’ve done it! The term with which to replace ‘tribal’!!!

        “Donna Karan’s latest collection, with its stunning take on this season’s oft-referenced McEthnic influences. . .”

      • Anonymous

        I’d love to know what galleries these judges go to.  I attend a lot of gallery/art openings, and anyone who walked in wearing an outfit like this would be whispered about behind her back.  As in, “she’s certainly trying too hard”, and “what on earth was that woman thinking?”  Either that, or people would figure she was just one of those wannabes who hits up the opening evenings for the wine and noshes.

    • vmcdanie

      Really? No, really? I actually loved Anya’s dress and it was in contention for the win for me. Now that I see it in stills though, the belt makes it too busy so I guess Viktor defaults back to being #1 in my eyes.

      Isn’t this the one where the husband or whatever said “She’s really strong and it’s hard to find a dress that she doesn’t overpower” ? (which, vomit.) So, I would lean towards the couple liking it cause that’s a lot of shit to be shoveling for a look you hate.

      TLo, you don’t think it’s original from at least a silhouette point of view?

      • Anonymous

        Oh honey, look at that crazy arm again.  Tight and pulling at the arm hole, loose and twisting at the elbow and “Drag in your soup” too long.  The proportions of this “silhouette” are just crazy all over the place.  It has no grace.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

        They said they wouldn’t have had a problem if the judges said they liked it because it was “different” and “had a point of view,” so they acknowledge that it’s original, they just also point out that it is way over-designed.

    • Anonymous

      Who needs a collection when you can put the sum total of your bag of tricks into ONE dress?

    • Anonymous

      Anthony’s was dull bordering on Super Hero with that graphic “V”.  Personally, if he had left the belt in the contrast print (GAWD, that white thing was AWFUL!) and then done a maxi sheer skirt it might have had some fun to it.  Maybe…. or just slink off the stage.  That POS Anya got faux praise for was also AWFUL!  That one sleeve was so ill designed and constructed, LOOK AT IT PEOPLE!!!  And then the weird sah WITH the two tone drapery cord belt.  Jesus, it just sucked.

    • Anonymous

      FINALLY, you guys said it.  Anya has an INCREDIBLY narrow point of view…not unlike (sigh) Gretchen, ‘her girl’ is really just HER.  This was interesting, but looks like something Rita Hayworth would have worn lounging around her apartment, waiting to shoot the antihero with her little pearl-handled gun.  All it needs is a bit of marabou, seriously.

      We all know ANYA IS THE PET…she’s been Heidi’s pet since the casting.  I’m just hoping this narrow POV will turn around and bit her eventually, like it USED to when the show was more interesting (not like last year, groan).

    • Anonymous

      Thank you! I long for the days when they would talk about fit and construction in semi-honest terms. I can’t believe how much they fawn all over Anya, and if she wins because she’s a beauty queen (because I ain’t seein’ “America’s next great designer” here), then I will seriously contemplate not watching the show. That’s not a threat I ever used before (even last year, I knew I was coming back), but there’ve been so many lame decisions and comments this season, that it’s hard to sit back, relax, and say “it’s just reality TV” or, “it’s just fashion” for that matter.
      RE: Anthony Ryan. Meh. Sometimes you just give your client their memories. It seems to me he could have built on their memories of the dresses and provided something new and innovative. He seemed sorta to recognize it in the voice over has his client walked the runway (“I wish there was more of me in there”), but a bit too little too late.

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  He could have said, “I’m going to make you another great red dress, and you’d better not lose this one!”

    • Anonymous

      oh, thank you, tlo! I was so confused that this dress was praised. She looked like she should be the madam of an opium den.

    • Anonymous

      take away the sleeve, take away the “tribal” belt, take away the weird black lining and maybe, maayyyyybe I’d like Anya’s. It is seriously a throw everything at it and see what sticks kind of dress.

    • Anonymous

      “2-4-6-8, a kimulletono sure looks great!” 
      Yea, that about covers it.

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

      Anya is turning into the pretty girl in high school that always gets everything she wants and everything always goes her way. While the really talented people (in this case I guess it would be Viktor) aren’t recognised because they don’t know how to market themselves and get noticed. Why can’t life be fair?

      • Anonymous

        People like pretty people, and pretty people especially like pretty people.  

      • Anonymous

        People like pretty people, and pretty people especially like pretty people.  

      • Anonymous

        People like pretty people, and pretty people especially like pretty people.  

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

        i have been both sides of that equation & it isnt that simple.

      • Anonymous

        I agree with this, for the most part — except every time Becky started lamenting about the “popular crowd” sentiment this season, I wanted to slap her. 

      • Anonymous

        I have to disagree.  I think Anya has talent and she doesn’t appear to be lazy in her work ethic.  (Yes, she may have let Becky do a lot of the sewing on the team challenge a few weeks ago but that’s another matter.)  I think she’s trying to produce new things each week yet she’s stuck in the rut of having a set list of tricks to pull from.  I don’t think she’s satisfied to skate by on her looks.  I think she really wants to be good.  Whether she is or not is a matter of taste. 

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      I like the juxtaposition of the belt and the print, but I don’t understand how an animal print + a single shoulder could equal anything BUT you Tarzan, me Jane references. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

      Beats the hell out me!

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU! When I first saw Anya’s dress on the runway I gasped. I didn’t think it was going to look THAT bad. I would expect something like this coming from a High School student who’s immature and tasteless enough to think she’s made something really fabulous. It’s juvenile. There wasn’t one thing that I liked about it. I cannot understand for the life of me why she’s the judges’ pet. And there is no way in hell her client would wear this anywhere, unless it’s after a shower as she’s about to get dressed. In real clothes.

    • Anonymous

      Carol Brady after Mike got a little too fiesty and tore off a sleeve.

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

      in this case i think it’s cos there was nothing else that was even vaguely designed on the runway.
      then again, come to think of it, maybe bryce’s.

      everything else, including viktor’s, was extremely generic. extremely.
      i’m including viktor’s, btw, cos i am so very very used to it–just as much as josh’s. both have just as many or as few, new-ish design elements. & in a group of vintage dealers, believe me, i would by no means be alone. both are dull as everlovin dirt, while josh did a somewhat unusual lace placement, viktor’s only unusual feature was the etsy mustard– very of the minute, that– as we have, for now, from couture to kmart entered nauseating color zone. i hope we leave soon but i see no sign of it.

      i dont like anya’s but it doesnt look common. maybe weird, maybe unflattering, definitely way too much crap, but it isnt ordinary.

      as per: i have nothing to say about anythony ryan’s at all.
      except maybe that he’s very much at a loss when he’s put in a position where he cant copy something introduced over the last few seasons.

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

      in this case i think it’s cos there was nothing else that was even vaguely designed on the runway.
      then again, come to think of it, maybe bryce’s.

      everything else, including viktor’s, was extremely generic. extremely.
      i’m including viktor’s, btw, cos i am so very very used to it–just as much as josh’s. both have just as many or as few, new-ish design elements. & in a group of vintage dealers, believe me, i would by no means be alone. both are dull as everlovin dirt, while josh did a somewhat unusual lace placement, viktor’s only unusual feature was the etsy mustard– very of the minute, that– as we have, for now, from couture to kmart entered nauseating color zone. i hope we leave soon but i see no sign of it.

      i dont like anya’s but it doesnt look common. maybe weird, maybe unflattering, definitely way too much crap, but it isnt ordinary.

      as per: i have nothing to say about anythony ryan’s at all.
      except maybe that he’s very much at a loss when he’s put in a position where he cant copy something introduced over the last few seasons.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

      There’s no kimono influence to it.

      You know how Olivier got so much crap for his works, but his execution and ideas are similar if not better than Anya’s.  If we combine Anya’s sense of color and Olivier’s execution and ideas, we might have a winning designer. 

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

      I hated Anya’s dress — why is everything on it asymmetrically?  That’s weird and I don’t like it.  But I will give her — it’s different.  Which is more than can be said for ANYONE ELSE this week.  From that angle, I do get the judge love. 

      I also think Anthony Ryan’s dress is unimpressive.  I wish he would have updated the dress for her.  But it was a nice gesture, and I liked that he was so willing to make the couple happy.  I’m a sucker for a cute story.

    • Anonymous

      I think the judges have said “Relax, it’s a reality show” too and it doesn’t matter anymore who wins and loses because no one from PR (at least the Lifetime version) is going to be America’s next great designer.  Maybe that’s the reason the Duchess has been reduced to an orange volcano spewing one-liners, Nina has stopped giving constructive criticism most of the time, and Heidi is just trying to stir up shit. They don’t give a f*** anymore. 

      Anthony Ryan did a majorette look, only longer, but the MIchael Kors dress Malin wore looks like it came from the same collection.  Anya made a Mrs. Roper goes out on the town look for about the millionth time, and I’ve yet to hear the term “one note” fall from Nina’s lips.  They’ve thrown in the towel.

      • Anonymous

        I disagree.  I think Mondo could have a real shot at the top if he invests himself in it.  Christian threw himself right into building a business and a brand.  Mondo, although not the winner, clearly had a following that could’ve included investors.  I’m just not sure he wants the stratosphere.

        • Anonymous

          Christian threw himself right into building a business and a brand. 
          Mondo, although not the winner, clearly had a following that could’ve
          included investors.

          Y’know, I was thinking about that last night, and it occurred to me that I have never seen Project Runway make such a large media push as they did the season Christian won.  Not before and not since.  Their publicity engine was in high gear, even before the finale.  If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d make something of that.  But I’m not.

      • Anonymous

        I disagree.  I think Mondo could have a real shot at the top if he invests himself in it.  Christian threw himself right into building a business and a brand.  Mondo, although not the winner, clearly had a following that could’ve included investors.  I’m just not sure he wants the stratosphere.

    • Anonymous

      I too hate Anya’s dress. I don’t hate Anthony Ryan’s (shocking, since it’s me). I’m worried he’s starting to have a case of the Bryces and is starting to second-guess himself too much. Even during the creation of the Deadly Romper We Shall Not Mention, he was going somewhere OK with it at first until Heidi came and made some comments and then he went all haywire and started trying to execute something that was hopeless. I think he just needs to be a lil more like Josh and stand his ground.

      Also, I think they should do a challenge where they get celebrity clients and Olivier has to dress Christina Hendricks.

      Sometimes, I worry about Anthony’s chances of making it to the finale, which seem to be growing smaller by the minute. Then, I remember that Ricky and Sweet P made it to the top 6 in Season 4, and I remember that anything is possible.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        I would pay good money to watch Olivier design something for Christina Hendricks. The one criterion: no complaining about her breasts. 

        • Anonymous

          or maybe he could complain, but was not allowed to use the word breast or any of its multitude of synonyms.  sort of like fashion charades, he’d have to use pantomime.

          • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

            Ha! I’d love to see him using pantomime. I also think we should try to make fashion charades become a thing.

    • Adella Thompson

      Anya’s dressed looked like some horrible hodgepodge of Pier One throw pillows. Just unappealing beyond belief. She is absolutely gorgeous and I love her accent, but I cannot understand the reception she is getting from the judges any more than I can see why Viktor has been shortchanged two weeks in a row!

    • Adella Thompson

      Anya’s dressed looked like some horrible hodgepodge of Pier One throw pillows. Just unappealing beyond belief. She is absolutely gorgeous and I love her accent, but I cannot understand the reception she is getting from the judges any more than I can see why Viktor has been shortchanged two weeks in a row!

      • Anonymous

        Throw pillows are a perfect description,  I can even see the rope trim around the edges.

    • Anonymous

      If you look back at the other entries from this episode, Anya’s had to be in the top because Kimberly made an ill-fitting skirt and blouse, Laura made a Neiman’s dress from 1982, Olivier made that hideous blouse and crack-riding pant, AR made the cheerleading dress, Bryce made a size 6 girl wear a size 10 dress, and Bert made us snore.  There was no one left for the third spot.  Given the rest of the field, hers had to be praised.

    • Anonymous

      I’m pretty sure that you could see crotch when the dress walked, too.  Not really ever appropriate, “gallery opening” or no.

    • Anonymous

      Make Anya’s out of a brightly-colored 60′s print and it could be one of the costumes the townswomen wore for the impromptu runway show after they got made over by the queens in To Wong Foo. Dated, fug, and furthermore fug in a very dated way. I have disagreed with a lot of the judging decisions over the years but this is far and away the most ridiculous ever. I wouldn’t wipe my ass with that piece of trash.

    • Anonymous

      Also, how is this “Japanese” inspired at all? The top isn’t wrapped at all, and a voluminous sleeve is not the same as a kimono sleeve, which is not and has never been set into an armhole like that. It’s not a kimono at all, especially with the cha-cha hem.  And the only “African” inspiration is the print, other than that it’s not African at all either. Justy ugly. Words cannot express how much I hate this dress. If I saw a homeless person wearing it, I’d have no problem judging them. I’ve seen dirty newspaper more becoming than this 4H project.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

      You guys nailed it – “THE JUDGES!!!! RAAAAAAA!!!!”… exactly!

    • Anonymous

      SURE you can get this in a department store. You just go to the “Intimates” section, and look at the not-designed-for-function robes and cover-ups. This, or something VERY like it, will be right there. 

    • Jenny Hansell

      Thank you for saying what I was thinking, which was basically, WTF? But I often think that about her work and their over the top praise of it!

    • Logo Girl

      Anya’s kimonoslip looks like something a mother-in-law’s friend from the group that goes to dinner theater together would give to the other-side-of-30 bride-to-be at a bridal shower, where she didn’t really know the bride-to-be very well but wanted to give her something that would be nice to wear for those special Sunday mornings where she slept in an extra hour and cut coupons after breakfast.

    • Anonymous

      Does Anya still live in Trinidade and Tobago? If so, Anya as finalist could mean Tim in resort wear.

      • Anonymous

        If so, I hope he packs lots of sunscreen!

    • http://angryfemur.tumblr.com Andrea Lane

      I still liked Anya’s better than Josh’s.

    • Anonymous

      Re Anya’s: I disagree on the busy. The sash with the cord over it is beautiful. The edging on the dress is too broad, I think, but with nothing there, it would have looked unfinished. The edging could have been as small as a roll of piping and it would have been better, but that wouldn’t have flowed as well.

      As for the one-arm thing: eh. It’s on trend, and her client had a powerful walk that you need to carry that off.

      All of which is not a defense of the judges, who have been effusive in their praise of Anya well beyond anything deserved. (I still say they’re dazzled by the whole “she’s only been sewing for four months” crap.)

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

        She did admit to Tim that she had cut it wrong initially, and it had to be fixed.

    • http://twitter.com/evergreen_g G and G

      I just don’t relate to Anya’s stuff. Maybe if I lived in some tropical island I’d get why women will be all over it. I lived in the midwest and currently live in San Francisco and I just don’t see the practicality of those outfits.

    • http://twitter.com/evergreen_g G and G

      I thought Anthony’s was a cute dress but the black and red does look like high school sports team colors. I wish he had used one of the belts from Piperlime.

    • Anonymous

      Loved Anya’s, interesting and unique, and expensive looking. Styled her perfectly to boot, her and Vik were tied for the win in my book. So what if everything she makes she’d probably wear herself? Haven’t basically all fashion designers made a career out of dressing people like they’d dress? I happen to like her aesthetic as well, easy, breezy, comfortable, like Gretchen’s only a helluva lot more appealing, and not afraid of color or prints that aren’t brown.
      Anthony Ryan I felt was in the bottom two because they needed someone else to be in the bottom two. This dress wasn’t terrible, the colors work well together, but I wish he did something with that Polka dot he ditched, may have added some interest. A bore yes, but the client loved it, so that’s something.

      • http://phdoula.blogspot.com Rebecca

        Amen. I liked Anya’s. Laura Bennett made cocktail dress after cocktail dress (albeit with oodles more sewing experience/skill than Anya, but we’re talking about from a design perspective.)

        From the second I saw Anthony Ryan’s in the workroom I knew it would be in the bottom. The colors, the style, everything…huge mistake.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NCE7HCMDQDBIQ2ZVGSZPRYSPYA L

      I’ve been to Mood, and it’s so well-organized that it’s relatively easy to find what you need. Fabrics are grouped by fiber content and type, so silks are all together, and silk chiffons are separate from silk charmeuse, prints from solids. Not only that, but they keep a color organization scheme in place. If you need a black and white linen print, and you know Mood’s layout, you know exactly which rack to look at.

    • Anonymous

      I have nothing to say about Anthony’s dress, honestly. It’s a plain dress he made to try to do something nice for his clients – no good deed goes unpunished.

      But Anya’s, oh Anya’s. She said it was a kimono-wrap dress and then somehow Africa became entangled in there sometime prior to or on the runway. My first thought was to do something like this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/Furisode.JPG

      Compare and contrast. Granted, a furisode is a formal kimono for an unmarried woman and has some specific features.

      Nevertheless, suffice it to say, her dress does not resemble a kimono in the slightest – and yet, strangely, there are elements of it that suggest that Anya actually does know what a kimono looks like. The fauxbi (thanks, Pinup Ghoul), for instance, comes complete with the cord around it after the manner of an obijime – perhaps the neckline treatment is also intended to recall the collar on a kimono and, I’m feeling charitable, it does go from left to right, which would be correct, since a kimono wraps left over right.

      I don’t know what else to say about it; it’s overdesigned, but at least it’s designed. The real obnoxious thing is the show pushing certain contestants and storylines: Anya, the plucky go-getter who succeeds against the odds, being one of them.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBZQXGWCTBDTAZMEM4S2EJUNUQ Katie

      Probably don’t hear it from the judges because she is a “story.” She’s the person everyone thought couldn’t sew who turns out to be a “natural” talent. The fact that they can’t even edit that story into pure being is pretty telling. They can’t edit out all the help she gets, nor the fact that her range is very limited. But she is clearly very savvy and publicity/TV-intelligent. She knows how to give people what they want, from producers to fellow contestants and it’s serving her well.

    • Leonardo Alves

      Oh finally! I hated that dress! I really though she was in the bottom when they didn’t call her name…
      MESSY!

    • Anonymous

      Anya takes it this season for being the most vastly overpraised of the designers. – For me that person is Oliver.

    • Anonymous

      Anya takes it this season for being the most vastly overpraised of the designers. – For me that person is Oliver.

    • http://twitter.com/Ash2046 Ashley Wu

      I don’t hate the obi idea per se but what shocked me was when Heidi said appraisingly that  “I don’t think I have ever seen something like that before…” I was thinking REALLY!? Never seen a Japanese kimono inspired obi look? This look has been done to death and Anya’s had no modern take, it was just a fake obi. She didn’t even attempt any details on the obi and that rope thingy is hanging far too long, it looks like what I use to secure my curtains at home. Plus, where is the so called clash of African meets Japanese which Anya claimed? What African? This is just a fabric, not a style.

      • Anonymous

        what shocked me was when Heidi said appraisingly that  “I don’t think I
        have ever seen something like that before…” I was thinking REALLY!?
        Never seen a Japanese kimono inspired obi look?

        And on her very own show, too!  Remember Terri’s look for Acid Betty in the drag queen challenge?

    • Samantha Irene

      I know! The whole Anya thing… ugh. I hated that dress, it was a huge mess.

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU TLo for validating my assessment of Anya’s dress! When I first saw this dress down the runway I thought it would be one of bottom three. I hate the ugly fringed obi sash! The print is interesting, but together, it is just too much. Makes me think Anya was rigged to be in the top 3 from the very beginning since she’s an interesting/ controversial character.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jcc0808 Joseph Collier

      I think that it’s actually hurting the contestants with the faux judging that’s going on along with the whims of the producers.  I feel as though it’s pretty difficult to stand on the runway and hear your bs criticism that you take to heart because you are hearing it from industry insiders, only to use it towards the next challenge and get cut because of it.  The inconsistencies are making my head spin.  I can only imagine how some of the designers actually feel.

    • Now I am The Bee

      I know I”m late to the party, and I’m sure there’ve been a lot of things said about these two looks, so I’m sorry for repeating…but these two are just a mess.  Anthony’s couple were so cute–but is this the dress she lost at the airport?  If so–good riddance.  But–you gotta say she rocked it and looked so happy and cute.  Even with the dreaded Nude Shoes. 

      I actually kinda liked Anya’s dress when it came down the runway–it moved really well.  But seeing the close-ups now–well–what can one say?  It’s a mess.  And would have been SO MUCH BETTER without that sleeve.  But again, the woman rocked it! 

      In fact–all of the “real woman” models did really well on the runway.  Can we have them come back and model for the rest of this season?  They are much more fun to watch than the models! 

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        This was the best modeling I’ve ever seen in the real woman challenge. It was fun to watch, even though some of the designs were less than stellar.

    • Anonymous

      AMEN, Anya has some nice ideas but she is consistently overpraised.  This particular effort was sloppy to me.  I hated the sheer trim. It reminds me of a robe I owned years ago except it had two sleeves.  Anthony’s look was sad.  I think the styling and shoes drove the nail in the coffin. 

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

      She looks like she stepped out of her safari tent, and half the dress was eaten by a lion. Anyway, I give Nina credit for not liking this dress.  I agree, Anya has been vastly overrated. It’s got the slit, the sleeve, the uneven hem, the chiffon edging, the japanese obi knock off –and what’s with that hair? 
      As for Anthony’s dress — with that white belt, give her a pair of white gloves, ankle boots, and a baton, then send her down the road in a parade in front of the marching band. You hit it on the nail –he went from designer to dressmaker, and neither he nor the clients understood his role.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPPCA5BEYZ5DJTLZIP7HWFIXLY johnny

      Sorry, but that was a curtain sash on Anya’s dress, complete with rope pulls and tassels…??? The sleeve should have been tighter, shorter (mid-forearm) and sexier. That side of the dress looked like something Miss Kitty would lounge around in waiting for the Marshall to return home. (yes, i’m that old)

      I think what makes Anthony’s dress bad (and T/L’s reaction so strong) is the poor fabric/color choices. Those are K-mart colors from the 70s and that fabric looks very double-knit to me BECAUSE of the colors. I think in more tasteful choices, the design would be OK.

      Just OK. I won’t even speak of the belt.

    • Anonymous

       Drum majorette belt – exactly!  And though Anya’s  fabric is striking, the dress itself is way too muddled.  It looks like a dress designed by a committee.
      This assignment always intrigues me, as I imagine it must be quite a challenge for a designer to find the balance between respecting the client and respecting one’s one aesthetic.  No wonder so many contestants over the years have stumbled over this one.

    • Anonymous

      Quite frankly, I find particularly Nina’s comments on the dresses to be reprehensible when they are akin to personal attacks and body snarking.  The “cheerleader” dress looked lovely, and for all that it is reminiscent of a uniform (apparently the only uniforms in fashion that are appropriate to reference are military) she owned it, and it did not look costumish, unlike Anya’s hacked up bathrobe complete with hairknot and black cat eyeliner.  I find the “department store” and “but is it fashion?” remarks out-of-place when they have a “real women” challenge.

    • http://stef-lee.tumblr.com/ stef lee

      Ugh, THANK YOU! Your comments about Anya are spot on! I’ve been waiting for that moment from the judges when they put down the pipe and open their eyes and realize they’ve been overrating her stuff. Gaaaah, so frustrating!

    • http://www.facebook.com/hellene2 Hellene Jakinovich

      Oh, thank god for you, TLO.  I wish you were in my living room as I was watching this.  My reaction exactly, and when the judges gushed over it, I just needed another drink.

    • Anonymous

      Anthony’s model is a cute gal but I don’t like the dress.  I didn’t like Anya’s design either. Reminds me of a 1970′s fondu party that my parents had. LOL!