PR: Pure Middle of the Road

Posted on September 20, 2011

Yes, there are still looks to discuss from last week’s Project Runway, kittens. Let’s get to it.

 

Ooooh, Kimberley, girl. We want to applaud your every move because you’re just so refreshingly drama-free, but we can’t really get behind this one.
That’s a pretty great top, all things considered. And it’s totally in the Kimberley mold.

But we question whether the top was the right choice for this gal. That’s a lot of volume for such a tiny little curvy thing.

Although we’ll grant that she worked it and from certain angles it looked pretty okay.

This was not one of those angles.

A slimmer, slightly longer skirt without a huge industrial zipper running right up her ass crack might have saved this look. But Kimberley seems to like these heavy, textured metallics. We think a simple pencil skirt in a lighter fabric would have pulled this look together. As it is, there’s volume up top and a little bit of volume on the bottom, and that’s too much volume for one look on this gal.

The way Laura was bragging about her dress while trashing most of the others in the room had us thinking she was going to spring some sort of couture surprise on the runway.

Instead it was a shitty prom dress.

First rule of Project Runway: If you’re going to bring the smack talk, you better have the goods to back it up.

In retrospect, all that “I made a Barbie dress because she’s a total Barbie” sounds like ass-cover for the fact that, well, she made a Barbie dress. Just because your client has juvenile fantasies doesn’t mean you as the designer have to indulge them.

Although she sure seemed pleased and proud with the result. As much as she might have tried to lay this one at her client’s feet, we think there’s plenty of Laura in here. It’s a simple, pretty gown. It’s also identical to thousands of others in bridal and prom stores all over the country.

And what on earth is going on under that skirt? Is she smuggling nuclear codes out of the building or something?

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    • Anonymous

      I think what saved both of these looks is that both models appeared to be in love with the result. Kimberley’s top looked hidi in the work room but ended up super cute on the runway.

    • Anonymous

      I think what saved both of these looks is that both models appeared to be in love with the result. Kimberley’s top looked hidi in the work room but ended up super cute on the runway.

    • Anonymous

      I think what saved both of these looks is that both models appeared to be in love with the result. Kimberley’s top looked hidi in the work room but ended up super cute on the runway.

    • Anonymous

      Oh no! Please say the ass-crack zippers aren’t back!

    • Anonymous

      Oh no! Please say the ass-crack zippers aren’t back!

      • Now I am The Bee

        Unfortunately, they may be.  Or at least–they’ve finally hit the mall.  I saw a dress at JCrew with a huge black & metal zipper up the back.  Ick.   

      • Anonymous

        Hard to tell which is worse: Kimberly’s visible ass zipper or Oliv[i]er’s wedgie pants. At least the skirt would be slightly more comfortable.

        I think.

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

          I’d go with Kimberly’s ass zipper. I couldn’t see the wedgie in Olivier’s  pants, although that might have been due to my terrible eyesight. The ass zipper was visible from space.

    • Anonymous

      Oh no! Please say the ass-crack zippers aren’t back!

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

      Wait, is Kimberley’s outfit a dress? The cumberbund over the zipper in back makes it seem so.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, you could be right. I hadn’t noticed that before. Yikes.

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

      Wait, is Kimberley’s outfit a dress? The cumberbund over the zipper in back makes it seem so.

    • Anonymous

       When I first saw Laura’s outfit my reaction was, ewwww. The color, sub par ruching, wonky hem, one shoulder/off shoulder , cheap looking material, add  (what’s going on with her chest and hips?) the poor fit on the client, made me think this was gonna end up in bottom three. Once again, I Was Wrong! 
      Laura, sweetie, I’m just saying, If you’re going to play the “class bitch” , then you better back that sh** up!! This didn’t.  This fuggalious “Prom Dress” did nothing but  squirt fug! Really, ya gonna sh** talk and then produce this?!! I mean come on! This looks like a Home EC project where the assignment was, Prom Dress. Even as a Prom Dress, it fails. So, Laura dear, stop offering your non-solicited,”I’m The Sh**” comments regarding your fellow PR comrades and STFU! Because clearly, you are not the SH**!!
      P.S., Paring this train wreck with peep-toe black pumps caused my left eye to twitch non-stop. Seriously, it’s twitching right now! Thank you, Laura!!

      • Anonymous

        Oh dear! The black pumps and whatever is causing those ridges under the skirt are causing my left eye to twich too. I also kept expecting the woman’s left boob to pop out of the bodice as she was walking the runway. Deluded Blenely actually thought she should have been top three. 

      • Anonymous

        The most interesting thing about Laura’s to me was when Tim criticized it in the workroom as being pure Barbie, she took it as a compliment. In her world, I guess it is.

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

      Methinks that Kimberly isn’t so adept at making skirts. At least this one didn’t bubble and ride up the model like last week’s skirt. I really hate the mating of the shirt zipper and the skirt zipper. It looks like a worm heading north through a tunnel.

      Designer Barbie makes a prom dress for Client Barbie! Client Ken cannot wait to take Client Barbie to the Class of ’94 prom at the Dream Barbie Banquet Hall! (Accessories not included!)

      • http://twitter.com/jennawaterford Jennifer Ford

        She’s never had a skirt yet that didn’t ride up all weird around the hips, and she always seems surprised by this.

    • nancy

      My grandmother was a dressmaker for fancy ladies in La Jolla, and I remember her working like mad to HIDE the zippers…it’s maybe not so bad on Kimberley’s skirt, but looks awful on the top. 

      • Anonymous

        Hey, are we both in San Diego county?  While we don’t live in the Village, we go there often for coffee and walking at the Cove.

        • nancy

          I’m in North County now, grew up in PB. Hi neighbor! Grandma’s best friend owned a dress shop in La Jolla in the 50′s and 60′s, she used to do all the alterations and some custom designs for “her ladies”. I remember picking up needles & pins off her sewing-room floor for a penny apiece when I was little, and dressing my dolls with the scraps of fabric & lace. 

        • nancy

          I’m in North County now, grew up in PB. Hi neighbor! Grandma’s best friend owned a dress shop in La Jolla in the 50′s and 60′s, she used to do all the alterations and some custom designs for “her ladies”. I remember picking up needles & pins off her sewing-room floor for a penny apiece when I was little, and dressing my dolls with the scraps of fabric & lace. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BEV2WB3MZRJHA4KD5DK4QY6FQQ Dinah

        I think the designers have conveniently decided the exposed zipper is an ‘edgy’ and fabulous design element so they don’t have to put the necessary work into hiding that thing.    

        • Anonymous

          You know, sometimes I can go for the TEETH of the zipper showing, especially on a garment with a bit of an edge.  But twice this season (Dog Blankets’ horrible ski pants and Pet Anya’s inexplicably-winning-for-Josh maxi dress) I havve seen the ENTIRE zipper exposed, and not even SEWN DOWN.  I’m a quilter and very meh at installing zippers…but when mine look ten times better than the designers on PR…it troubles me, as Tim would say.

        • nancy

          Ha, yes, how convenient for them! See, as part of the design I get it. I think Logan in Season 6 did a dress that was zippers all over, I can see where he was going with that. But the giant ass-cracktacular zippers I just don’t understand, especially on pants.

        • Anonymous

          A couple of seasons ago it was novel (even though I never cared for it), but now it’s just DONE. I cringe when I see exposed zippers.   And I can’t believe that Kimberley couldn’t look at her client and realize that this design would do her figure no favors.  That top and skirt, on this particular client, looks cheap.  Why does altering the proportions from what would suit a 6′ tall, 110 pound model cause these designers such consternation?  It makes me want to scream at the TV “JUST LOOK AT It”!

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

            I love an exposed zipper when it’s clearly a design element that works with the rest of the look.  But there was no reason to have an exposed zipper on this look, just as there has been no reason for 90% of exposed zippers in recent seasons.

            And there should be no issue with altering the proportions from a model to a “real woman”.  Every design is still made to emphasize some areas and minimize others — for instance, a design made to create an hourglass shape — which works the SAME WAY AT ANY SIZE!  I only bought structured jackets when I was a size 18 because I was so curvy that if it hung straight from my chest, it made my waist look huge.  Now that I’m a size 8… NOTHING HAS CHANGED.  Those unstructured jackets still make me look thick-waisted the same way they always did.  You set a design based on the needs of the body, and those needs are the same regardless of size. 

            That’s what makes me so nuts about the PR designers!  They seem to think that dressing a woman with a straight up-and-down body — an athletic build, as it’s properly referred to — who is a size 14 is somehow different from dressing the EXACT SAME BODY TYPE that is a size 0.  If they would stop thinking about size, and start thinking about shape alone, they could do this so easily and so successfully.

            • Anonymous

              Shannon, you nailed it. 

        • Anonymous

          This is possibe, but I am sorry to see th hideously exposed zipper back. I had hoped it had died a quiet and well-deserved death after last season.

          Like Kimberley’s top, the bottom not so much.
          As forLaura, she might have a career as a prom designer if she keeps producing looks like this and her avant garde look.

        • Cautiously Pessimistic

          What makes it even more obnoxious is that invisible zippers are about a hundred times easier to install.  Seriously, it was a breakthrough the first time I installed an invisible zipper.  It looks cleaner and has never taken me more than one attempt to sew it in flawlessly.  (Wait, I take that back.  The first one I did took two attempts, because the first time the plaid was slightly askew and I went back and fixed that.)

    • Anonymous

      This is the second time Kimberly has sent a bunchy ill-fitting metallic horror of a skirt down the runway. I wish she’d stop it. The top was pretty fab…maybe with a cigarette pant? Dunno, anything but that terrible skirt. And what is it with gigantic exterior zippers? Are they easier to install or something? I’m so over that look and wish they all stop with it.

      As for the prom-queen, other than – what a really ordinary dress – my only other thought was WTF is that stiffness underneath it? Did she make her wear the muslin mock-up under there? Cuz if that’s shape wear, somebody failed.

      I grow weary of this season and am NOT looking forward to yet another team challenge this week. Just…BLAH.

      • Mary McClelland

        My theory is that they all do the zippers because they are “on trend” and think the judges will appreciate that element.  Since in the modern PR atmosphere styling and trends seem to take more importance than actual designs or innovation. Piperlime appeasing, anyone?!

    • http://twitter.com/beatricks beatricks

      Let’s also not forget that the color and bodice are once again direct knockoffs of Laura’s favorite “inspiration”, Gucci.

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

        Stilt-walker redux. 

    • Anonymous

      I hated, hated, hated LauraNeimanMarcus’ dress.  It’s ugly and sloppy and wonkily proportioned.    I think we’re all getting bored with Kimberley making that same skirt over and over again. From the back, that outfit is pure Horrorshow.

      • Anonymous

         Neiman-Marcus wouldn’t allow that dress within a mile of any of its stores.

        • Mary McClelland

          I get was Caaro was saying – it is Neimans-esque as in the type of client they generally serve: wealthy middle-aged women who want to look younger and hot. Neimans has a surprising amount of tacky for all its clout. 

        • Mary McClelland

          I get was Caaro was saying – it is Neimans-esque as in the type of client they generally serve: wealthy middle-aged women who want to look younger and hot. Neimans has a surprising amount of tacky for all its clout. 

          • Anonymous

            It’s the “Dallas” thing. I think Neiman’s is still influenced by the TV show.

        • Anonymous

          I think it’s because she SAID she’s been shopping at Nieman Marcus since she was a kid, or something like that.

        • Anonymous

          I’d say it’s more J.C. Penney during prom season.

          • Anonymous

            Or on the markdown rack after.

      • Anonymous

        I had totally forgotten about Laura’s dress…Barbie wouldn’t even let Madge wear that thing….it looks like she artfully tucked charmeuse into a strapless bra that is riding a little on the low side.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

          Barbie’s friend was named Midge, not Madge.  Sorry to be a pain, but I do know my Barbie lore!  :)

          • Anonymous

            I think I meant Midge — my bad…Madge was the Palmolive “you’re soaking in it” lady.

            • Anonymous

              Not to be confused with Josephine the Plumber (Jane Withers), who hawked Comet cleanser.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSGDWPRY6JLBPB43EO6MIAURZI what

              Or Hazel the maid who with her voice just plain hawked like a parrot.

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

              Laura could use a little soaking. I wouldn’t mind taking a garden hose to her hair.

        • Anonymous

          My Barbies had much better taste, and since I learned to sew by clothing my Barbies, I know whereof I speak.

    • Anonymous

      For Kimberly’s effort, let’s be kind and use the euphemistic “that’s not your dress” for that client.  Laura’s is plain ugly fabric, shiny, bad prom dress–what happened to her supposed high end taste and talent?  She made this client look just like herself, and that’s not a compliment.

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

      I was SHOCKED Kimberly wasn’t in the bottom three.  I think it was the worst thing on the runway, bar none.

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

        I agree. I like the top, but that skirt is terrible. It’s so bad it brings the whole look down.

        It was way worse than Bryce’s.

    • Anonymous

      That last comment about the nuclear codes made me choke on my tea! 

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t like either of these entries. I was worried that Kimberly might be on the bottom because of her time management in this project. And Laura, ew. That dress is riding way too low on the woman’s boobs. I think Laura, much like Josh, may very well be a one-trick pony, but I’m sure neither will be called out on it this season.

      • Anonymous

        Though riding low on the boobs seems to be on trend these days. I wish it would stop, though, as it is a wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, you saw a lot of that the other night at the Emmys. I think it’s a combination of laziness and lack of knowledge on how to do the proper underlying construction to make the top fit correctly. Designers and the women wearing the dresses have gotten so used to relying on stretch foundations that very few really “build” a bodice anymore. It looks sloppy in my opinion.

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

            There’s no good reason for it — a dress should never fit that badly at the top.  I don’t care who made it or who’s wearing it.  If it is fitted correctly, it should stay where it belongs.

      • BerlinerNYC

        That dress, especially if executed in red, would have fit in seamlessly (no pun intended) on the red carpet at the Emmys the other night. It looked like they were ready to pull off a flash mob of, well, flashing.

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

      See, I juist think the judging is so biased, Contestants are getting called out on the same stuff over and over each episode but there are definitely many looks that are getting by unscathed because they were in the middle. Kimberly had a great top but I definitely saw the same problem as TLo with that skirt on the runway as soon as that model turned her back. And Laura basically made a standard, tacky, poorly executed, bridesmaid gown.

    • Anonymous

      TLo, you say:  “shitty prom dress.” I say:  “Real Housewife of Orange County.”  Same difference.  :)

      • Mary McClelland

        me too! Tht’s the first thing I though – Tamra Barney would so wear that dress immediately!!!!!! 

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

        Wow, I didn’t think of that but now that you said it that is so DEAD-ON.

    • Anonymous

      In any other season, Laura would have been auf’ed for that dress.
       

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly’s was remarkably bad. I mean, both Laura and Kimberly have been doing better than you’d think, given that they’re both a little under the radar, but especially Kimberly. But that skirt is hideous and it’s eating that poor girl alive.

       

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly really went off the rails with that skirt fabric and length.  you are dead on with the assessment that a longer pencil skirt in a lighter or smoother fabric would have worked so much better on this lovely woman.  And the ZIPPER!?!?!  WTF!?!?!

      I too bored with Laura Kathleen to even bother…….. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………………….

    • Anonymous

      Yeah what was going on under that skirt? it was like 2 or 3 mystery ridges, was she going for panniers and failed? or like a hoop?

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

        I bet its the bottom edge of a corset we are seeing.  You need something to hold the girls up.

    • Anonymous

      I loathe exposed zippers, full stop. I think Laura’s dress has some sort of underpinnings or corset work going on under the teal – I remember her making a comment that her customer was well-supported in her dress, without the benefit of a traditional bra. It’s not completely successful, but if she did create that sort of support system within the gown – that is laudable, even if the rest of the dress is not original.

      • Anonymous

        …even if the rest of the dress is not original.  Or attractive.

    • Anonymous

      I thought both of these were pretty bad and deserved to be in the bottom. But I knew Kimberly was safe with Heidi sitting there in a similar tight black skirt. The whole thing is a mess and the back zipper is awful. Laura’s prom queen I can’t explain, WTF is going on under that dress? The bust line is too low, I want to yank it up. Talk about department store! 

      After looking at both of these again, I’m ready to give a pass to the cheerleader dress, it was well constructed and he was giving his clients exactly what they wanted.Ya know all of the regular women in this challenge had nice proportions. 

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

        My issue with Anthony Ryan’s was that the waist was too high and so was the neck, which led to her girls looking saggy.  If she was as long through the shoulder as I think, the waist needed to come down as did the neck.  I have a friend who has a longer shoulder with a high waist, and she is a really hard fit — it’s taken awhile for me to get her clothes just right.

    • Anonymous

      I think Kimberly’s design is ok for this woman…the volume on top balances the volume on the bottom.  There’s not much excess ballooning in the skirt…just enough to make it look relaxed.  A pencil skirt being tighter, nice in theory, would have accentuated her pear shape/generous rear end more.  I do think a few more inches of length would have helped though, and I’m not crazy about the fabric.  The top is really cute…good color. I’m ignoring the zippers.

      Laura’s dress is just ugly and drab.  I don’t see Barbie.  The bust is way too low! And, it looks like the woman has a slip on that she hiked up so it wouldn’t show at the slits…idk.

    • Anonymous

      Laura begins to slowly gratting on my nerves, she’s back to Blenley full mode now. The only think that find some grace to my eyes is her relation slightly tangent to reality. The look she and her client gave Tim when he reacted with horror when the both of them were pondering about some glittery pumps to go with the dress was priceless. It was like they were thinking the exact same “off course, those shoes. Why do you ask ?”.
      Kimberley is slowly digging her own grave, giving in her steady lack of taste with each garment that grace the runway. Pity, because she can do wonders.  

    • Anonymous

      After the Drama Vortex and seeing the final collections, I can safely say there is very little talent this season to make this show worth watching.  These two garments are cases in point.  Yes, Kimberly’s blouse has got some cool elements to it but the volume makes this poor woman look like her breasts are hanging around her midsection and the skirt is horrible, made worse by that crack zipper.  Laura’s is foul.  Seriously.  I’ve seen nicer prom dresses hanging up at Charlotte Russe in the mall. 

      • Anonymous

        I am starting fear that drama vortex is going to be top three and the crack whore judges are going to praise those hideous shorts, calling them fashion forward and a shape they haven’t seen before. His win will certainly make us all look more fondly on granny panty Gretchen’s win. Please someone slap me and wake me up from this nghtmare!

    • Judy_J

      The proportions were all wrong on Kimberley’s outfit.  The top was too short, and the skirt was too short and too tight.  Her client looked like she had to be sewn into that outfit.  And I really hate that exposed zipper. When will that go away? Laura’s dress is just mediocre, in my opinion.  She needs to pay more attention to her own designs and spend less time running down the efforts of the other designers.

      • Mary McClelland

        Her client WAS pretty much sewn into that outfit! she was sewing it on the girl at the very last second until Tim made her stop. Poor Tim every episode he just looks so disheatened and he pretty much never has anything nice to say about the designs. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000020870811 Joe Murphy

          I think that’s why he’s not blogging this season. Nothing nice to say about the designs, about the designers’ behavior, about the challenges, or about the judges. So he’s not saying anything at all.

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

            Actually he stopped blogging last season when he found out that he was inadvertently really upsetting some of the people associated with the production, and NOT the big wigs. 

    • Anonymous

      I’ve given up on watching this season and am only reading the TLo posts.  And I’ve seen every single PR episode (every one!) since Season 1.  I remained loyal despite the huge drop in quality after the shift to Lifetime and Bunim Murray.  But this season is unwatchable.  The TLo posts, however, are as entertaining as ever.
      If anyone here is fortunate enough not to have seen the early seasons already (especially 1, 2 and 4) watch immediately!  You are in for a treat. 

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

        You gotta watch Season 3 for Laura Bennett

        • Anonymous

          Laura Bennett just threw one more on the pile. How that woman could look so put together with –what was it, 5 kids and one on the way? — I’ll never know.

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

            She had another baby? I think that makes seven. I’m not a Laura fan, but she must have the patience of a saint. Most of my childhood friends came from big families, and their mothers always looked like they were ready to collapse or commit murder. Or both.

            That pile’s getting so high I don’t know how she can reach the top.

            • Anonymous

              Oh no, sorry for the miscommuniqué: I was referring to the baby she had that season, and her hilarious quote about it at that time. I loved her clothes–even if they weren’t groundbreakingly imaginative, they were always elegant and well put together. Much like Laura herself.

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

              Oh, OK. I thought maybe she’d completely lost her mind.

              Her comment about throwing another kid on the pile never fails to make me laugh. She’s just so sanguine about all those kids.

              I also loved a lot of what she made. I’ll give her this – the woman knows how to make a fabulous cocktail dress.

      • Anonymous

        Me too. Well, actually, I tune in for the last half-hour, just in time for the runway and critiques. I might give even that much up soon. I have a sad because my loyalty wasn’t rewarded.  As if TV producers cared about loyalty!

        But I agree with you. This season is unwatchable. It just so sucks.  Two weeks to Chris March’s new show on Bravo!!!

      • Anonymous

        PR Australia 1 and 2 are also amazing, you can find them on the wilds of the internet somewhere. PR Canada is also worth it because of Iman, but I didn’t like the second season at all.

    • Anonymous

      Memo to Kimberly (and Bert):  just because your client wants a hoochie-mama skirt doesn’t mean you should give it to her.  No matter what Heidi likes.

    • Anonymous

      Memo to Kimberly (and Bert):  just because your client wants a hoochie-mama skirt doesn’t mean you should give it to her.  No matter what Heidi likes.

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

       They hardly showed Kimberley and her clients at all during the show. So when the young lady turned around to walk back down the runway, I was quite surprised. Her behind appears to be ginormous. My thought was that Kimberley was safe because they just
      didn’t want the judges to deal with critiquing that look, which would
      have meant discussing the woman’s body and how to “minimize the feature.” In a way, though, I thought it was kind of cool that Kimberley showed it off instead. She looks adorable in the pictures.

       I went to look for Tim Gunn’s Workroom to get a better look at the
      model and design, but there is no Tim Gunn’s Workroom for Kimberley for
      this episode (or if there is, let me know).

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      Kimberley’s model was pear-shaped so I don’t think a slim, straight or pencil skirt would have worked.  A longer, slightly A-line skirt in a floatier fabric where the flare hit right above her hips would have both accentuated her curves without drawing undue attention to them or making her seem bigger than she is.

    • Mary McClelland

      Can we talk about her model’s nose job. I was distracted by that and forgot about the dress.  As for the dress, the ONLY thing I could focus on as it came down the runway was that distractingly uneven, shoddily constructed, amateur asymetrical hem.  Seriously, did her and Anya get together for a challenge on who could make the worst hemline? B-A-D.

    • Anonymous

      “The way Laura was bragging about her dress while trashing most of the others in the room had us thinking she was going to spring some sort of couture surprise on the runway. Instead it was a shitty prom dress.”  Oh, TLo, darlings–Ozark Barbie thinks a shitty prom dress *is* couture!  Like most of this season’s designers, her opinion of herself is about twenty leagues above where she actually is.

      • Anonymous

        Ozark Barbie indeed! I almost snorted my red velvet cake frozen yogurt out my nose. That would not have been pretty.

    • scottyf

      Since my ode to Olivier kept disappearing, I’ll try mine to Kimberley. Sung to the tune of Baby Got Back by Sir Mix A Lot.

      Baby Go Back

      I like big butts
      And I can’t deny
      This sister had a large supply
      But when the girl walked down
      with her itty bitty waist
      Pleather Moon all in my face

      I was stunned
      By the purple tuft
      And the bottom like sausage stuffed
      Bright zipper oddly glaring
      I’m shocked and I can’t stop staring

      Oh Kimmy, I hope you don’t bristle
      But it looks like Qristyl

      Baby Go Back!

    • Anonymous

      Okay, I missed this episode and I don’t get it. These aren’t “real women” who had an illness or lost weight or are related to the designers. What’s the gimmick? That they have husbands? And the husbands tell the designers how to dress the wives? Sounds very Lifetime: her no taste husband chose all her clothes. Through sheer pluck and determination she dumped the bastard, got a nicer, gayer husband, and a brand new wardrobe.

      But really, what was the gimmick?

      • Anonymous

        The husbands were introduced as the clients and the designers chose them thinking they’d be designing menswear.  Then they were told that they’d be making a look for the wives, and the husbands were supposed to describe their spouses’ styles.  Hilarity ensues when it turns out the men are, for the most part, lousy observers.  The designers sketch, shop at Mood with the husbands, and then the wives come into the work room and are all, “Honey, you’ve got to be kidding.”

        • Anonymous

          Thanks. I can just imagine!

        • Suzanne Heist

          Very succinct synopsis! And Kimberly’s creation was awful.

        • Helen C

          George (Viktor’s client) is the only one who actually knows his wife’s styles!  

      • C S

        Well, the husbands were brought to the runway for ‘model selection’ and the designers originally thought they were making menswear because the husbands were the clients.  

        Tim told the designers in the workroom they were actually being hired to make dresses for the men’s wives and girlfriends.  I guess that bait/switch was the gimmick.   

        Still I do wonder how these particular couples were chosen.  They never did explain that.  Just random, I suppose…     

        • Anonymous

          Maybe reality TV aspirants who didn’t make it onto another show? Just a thought.

          • Anonymous

            A few of them had Real Housewives of Orange County or New Jersey written all over them. They were mostly drama free. Victor’s husband was so into fashion and new his wife’s style so well I suspect she married her gbff. 

            • Helen C

              There are straight guys who’s into fashion, you know. 

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

            “Real Housewives wannabes?”

            • Anonymous

              Now that’s a concept that sends me to my fainting couch reaching for my smelling salts…or the bar for a bottle of wine

    • Anonymous

      The first phrase that came to mind when I saw Kimberly’s was “thunder thighs.” That poor woman looked massive from the waist down. I’d have had Kim in the bottom three instead of Bert.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it is because I am skipping the drama section and watching only the runway and critiques, but this season (fashion-wise) is getting a bit boring.

    • MilaXX

      I liked Kimberly’s but it definitely could have stood to have a good 2 inches more skirt and lost the butt zippers. Laura’s is hiddy mother of the bride Barbie wear.

      • Anonymous

        Bingo! I was thinking M-O-B from the markdown rack because the color is such an unattractive, muddy blue (on my monitor at least.)

    • Anonymous

      TLo hit the nail on the head: if you’re going to talk as much shit as Laura does, you better be branging it. And she is not. Like, the reason it was so funny when PPS shat all over everyone constantly was because he really was so much better than all those bitches. The more I look at Kim’s, the less I hate it, but Laura’s having the opposite effect on me — the more I look, the more I am completely flabbergasted that Anthony ended up second-worst instead of her. WHAT THE ACTUAL EFF is going on under the skirt? And that color…looks like Anthony Ryan picked it for her.

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

        Well, to be fair, Jillian in Season 4 was a kickass designer too. But yes, PPS did back up his mouth with his output… for most challenges anyway.

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

          Who’s PPS?  I’m racking my brains and I can’t figure out which designer this is.

          • Anonymous

            Christian – Princess Puffy Sleeves.

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

              LOL!!!  I wondered if it might be Christian with all his bragging.  Perfect!

      • Anonymous

        PPS’s smack talk never struck me as particularly mean spirited or nasty as others. But there were a lot of really talented designers that season. PPS brought it on almost every challenge though. He also totally spoiled us by making 3 or 4 really well executed pieces in the time most could barely put out an evenly hemmed cocktail dress. No glue gun for him! Tim’s look of horror when he sees people using the glue gun outside of the unconventional challenges cracks me up. 

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

          If I recall correctly, wasn’t he in serious trouble in the first or second episode though? I remember being surprised at how much he turned it around after that.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYMPLGS7S7467GQMKEWJDJ3N4A Deb

      The woman who taught me to sew when I was 6 would never have accepted an exposed zipper even on my first garment. Why are all these designers defaulting to them? Because you dont’ even have to work at stiitching them in. I hate the look, and if they’re supposedly “in” right now, I sure am not seeing them in my stores.

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

      I wish for Kimberley’s sake, she hadn’t flown under the radar so much. She needs some more tops & bottoms to get feedback, any feedback from the judges. She is in real danger of being eliminated because she just has no idea what the judges want.

      • Anonymous

        I thought you meant she has to make more tops and bottoms! No, I get it now. She is always in the top or bottom and never gets any feedback. Word. Shame, because she actually could get better with some useful criticism. She’s not terrible now, but not great either. A bit too indulgent of the shiny fabric.

    • Anonymous

      Something was bothering me about Laura’s dress and you both hit the nail on the head: It looks like a bridesmaids dress! Ugh.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly’s top is a gorgeous color and it’s OK, but I really think she has some taste issues. I have to say, her model really worked the heck out of that ho skirt. I liked the color of Laura’s. ‘Nuff said.

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

      “In a way, though, I thought it was kind of cool that Kimberley showed it off instead. She looks adorable in the pictures.”
      I agree. Aside from the too-short skirt and the dreadful zippers as noted previously, I did like this look a lot. She’s short and curvy. Yes, she might look a bit taller / thinner if Kimberley had designed a dark dress with a more flattering empire waist with vertical lines, skimming the knee but you know, fuck that shit. Sometimes you just want to bust out. 

    • Anonymous

      I think the reason for the awful ass zippers and the wonky hems is an issue of time management, and also of a designer’s personal standards. It’s been a long time since I made myself any clothing, however I do remember that inserting zippers and creating even hems, which I always assumed were basic skills, takes time to do correctly, even to the point of pulling out and starting over. It has been very noticeable on PR over the past few seasons that this is an area where so many designers take short cuts.

      Putting in a hidden zipper is a challenge for a novice sewer and often tedious no matter what a person’s experience, much of the work that creates a smooth look is ‘behind the scenes,’ that is, on the reverse side of the garment, and can be time consuming, whereas these heavy duty zippers are totally put in from the right side and can be pinned and sewn rather quickly, without any finesse.

      Creating a lovely hem can be challenging also. How the fabric drapes and takes a crease, or needs a soft fold is critical; the nicest hems are always done by hand, which is time consuming. For best results the person wearing the skirt or dress needs to be present, wearing the correct height shoes, and available long enough for the pinning and adjusting of extra fabric to create a smooth appearance.

      This in no way excuses any of the sometimes hideous results. This season, more than any other, designers often take the easy way out, have poor time management skills, or the challenge didn’t allow the time to do it properly, so settle for *down and dirty*, saying it was “on trend” to cover up sloppy workmanship. In past seasons, there were several designers who could put in an attractive hidden zipper and do a hem properly.

      • Anonymous

        Is it just me, or are they not giving the designers enough time to have any hope of finishing a garment correctly?  It seems rather late in the day by the time the design assignment has been handed out, the brainstorming session to sell HP products has ended, and the shopping at Mood has been completed.  Plus there are the endless little private camera bitch sessions to film, and the occasional video chat (brought to you by HP!) or call home.  In addition this season they seem to have added a new drama moment – the bitchy meal chat!  All of this drains from the little well of time the designers have been given.  Has anyone tried calculating out how much construction time they actually have left after all that?

        The whole reason I started watching PR in the first place is that it appealed to me because I went to design school, and while I didn’t study fashion there is much similarity in the design process across disciplines.  So much about the show was exactly like design school and being in a design studio environment, and because it rang so true it was enjoyable to watch.  So little of the design and construction processes is even shown now, and that for me was as interesting as seeing the final projects on the runway.  Now it’s too much product placement and pointless drama.  And let me tell you, after spending most of my adult life working in design studios, you don’t have to script drama among creatives.  If the producers leave them alone they’ll try to kill each other anyway.

        Not meaning to rant at you, Qitkat.  Just shaking my fist and cursing the PR gods.  Sigh.

        • Anonymous

          You eloquently expressed how most of us are feeling about our dear PR these days. For that, I Thank You! 

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I definitely agree with you. Well put.
           
          So little of the design and construction processes is even shown now,
          and that for me was as interesting as seeing the final projects on the
          runway.
          Possibly why most of us on this blog started watching.

        • Helen C

          Yeah!  Season 1 and 2 showed much more creative process and they had more interesting drama too!  Who can forget Morganza the drunken model or Melissa the 16-year-old model or Santino’s various antics?

          • Anonymous

            You know what really saddens me?  That Top Model (don’t judge me!  I just watch it for the photo shoot styling, I swear!) shows more of the process behind the scenes then PR does now.

          • Anonymous

            You know what really saddens me?  That Top Model (don’t judge me!  I just watch it for the photo shoot styling, I swear!) shows more of the process behind the scenes then PR does now.

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

      I thought Laura’s was pretty shitty and I actually like Laura.  I liked Kimberley’s top, but that skirt was absolutely too short.  Perhaps a slimmer pencil skirt would have been a smarter move

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

        Not just the length of Kimba’s skirt, but the fit, ye gods… did that girl ask “Can you please make my booty look huge?” There was some extra fabric moving and playing around back there that was not helping things at all.

        I think her man loved it but then some men like their girls plus-size.

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

          She’s hardly plus-sized.  I’d peg her around a 14 in pants. 

          And being from the Irish flat-ass people myself, I’d kill for something that could make my ass seem that shapely! 

    • Anonymous

      While I don’t share the Laura hate, I’m not surprised that this was a prom dress–because, let’s face it, Laura’s idea of avant-garde is a prom dress.  Just shows how weak the season is–we’re midway and I still don’t feel like I’ve seen that bolt-out-of-the-blue moment that makes me sit up and say “TALENT.”  I’m still not even rooting for anyone yet–except Bert–and that’s mostly because I liked the elegance of  his runway collection.  

      • Anonymous

        Well the bolt was more of a fizzle and a raised eyebrow, but I kind  of got that from Viktors pattern challenge gown.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BEV2WB3MZRJHA4KD5DK4QY6FQQ Dinah

      Kim –  I can’t abide the exposed booty zipper.  WTF.  What woman wants that?  Why did it stop right at the end of her ass?  Make it go the length of the dress if you’re going to do that.  Also the purple band crossing it looks amateur. Yuck.  I was perfectly okay with this from the front though.  Skirt could have used a couple inches.  Model was cute. 

      Laura – Ye gods. Ugly color. Ugly fabric. Ugly skirt.  The bodice seems to be sitting too low, wonky and unflattering.  Like she sewed it drunk.  This ain’t MY Barbie’s dress. Girl needs to stop criticizing everyone else and mind her own store.  

      I would of put both of these in the bottom before Bert or AR.  Laura was lucky.  I would have loved to see Nina & Heidi critique this bridesmaid dress.  

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

        Exactly! My Barbie wouldn’t be caught dead in that dress!

        • Sara__B

          My 1959 Barbie and I try not to be offended when people talk about Barbie clothes. (Yes, I do know she’s just a doll.) They mean MODERN Barbie clothes, not the stylish, beautifully-made clothes the original Barbies had.

          • Anonymous

            A 1959 Barbie is not just a doll! She’s a fashion icon!  I remember those outfits. They had names too, remember Solo in the Spotlight.

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

              There are some fashionable Barbies now — I really liked the architecture series they did awhile ago, and the artist series they’re doing now is kinda cool.  (I really like the Klimt) 

              My daughter is 5… we spend much time in the Barbie aisle.  I can also tell you anything you want to know about Nerf guys (my son is 7) or Star Wars (my husband is a nerd).

    • Anonymous

      The ladies from this episode really brought home to me how bad this year’s models are.  

      • margaret meyers

        The hair was so awful on this episode.

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

          all the people on the runway who have had their makeup done by the makeup team look worse on the runway than they did before they were ensnared into the makeup room. “real” people, models, everyone.

          they must have a different crew doing the makeup of the designers for their little staged interview segments, cos they all look better there than in the workroom.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberley’s skirt definitely needed a good 3-4 more inches in length —- no matter what “Dimples” requested.

    • Anonymous

      I decided that I was going to strongly dislike Laura from her picture-and-paragraph before the season, and she has done nothing wrong.  Shitty dress, exhibiting shitty taste all around in the fact that client and designer loved it.

      Kimberley…ugh, girl, you really dropped the ball on this one.  She managed to make a really cute girl look really dumpy.  I think that bottom band on the blouse, plus the super-high waist on the skirt, made her look like a stump instead of accentuating her great curves.

      And on a personal note…these fabrics Kimberley keeps picking for skirts look ITCHY. 

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

      Why doesn’t PR just march actual department store dresses down the runway instead?  The challenges could involve the contestants copying the latest trends from JCPenny or making a cute top to match a skirt from Talbots?  Just think of all that extra sponsor money!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know…Was it T/Lo who said that the show was becoming “Real World”?  Because now I can totally see it. 
      Vortex…The mediocre head designer that has investors but is a real B to work for. Several workers after getting their dream job decide to bow out , as in, I don’t care if I’m working for a top Designer, not worth it. 
      Vortex want’s Becky on his team due to her tailoring skills but can’t help putting her down to keep her in her place when she speaks up. Another one down.
      Kimberly still there because she finds it all rather funny and will hang in until another top designer calls and offers her a position.
      Laura and Anya stay because Vortex needs his we love Vortex fix….as in major sucking up fix….. and they need his coattails. Mediocrity needs Mediocrity.
      Anthony Ryan is tolerated by Vortex because Vortex knows he can out Drama AR …and besides AR is the only glue holding the team together.
      Why no drama between Vortex and Victor? Victor has decided that the best way to handle things is to shut up and let Vortex  use is design ability until he has his own investor.
      Bert, because that now that Becky is gone, he needs to have another whipping boy , but “right” Bert is not playing the game anymore so Bert is the the next to go….. because now that Vortex thinks about it, he could really make Oliver cry.
      Bryce just got out with his dignity in tack.
      The design team continues to flounder and become more depressed at their work environment.
      Meanwhile they have New York Fashion week to prepare for and those that are still there get very quiet for a runway payback. 
      The End.

      Sorry, Silly I know, couldn’t help it.

      • Anonymous

        This is awesome. I’m going to keep this is mind for the rest of the season.

    • Anonymous

      I really don’t like Kimberley’s skirt or design astetick (sp?)–to slutty for me. Laura’s not my fav either–just ok stuff. Any other season and I think they’d both be out in the next 1-2 episodes. This season, who the heck knows, one of them might just be the safest winner of all time??

      • margaret meyers

        tired_mommy needs the kids to go to bed early tonight.  Aesthetic.

    • Anonymous

      I’d love to see a challenge where the designers are asked to make a typical department store look.  What would probably happen is that they would make something really unique and fabulous.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000020870811 Joe Murphy

        Isn’t that what all those Macy’s/INC challenges have been? I think the first one was won by Angela(?) with a bland black knit top with dickie collar and cuffs, and there was the one where the challenge was basically “make something blue.”

        • Anonymous

          Those Macy’s challenges and the Banana Republic challenges before them. Though on that latter note, Jay’s Chrysler Building dress, considered by some (for instance, T&Lo) to be the single best garment ever made on the show, was made for the first Banana Republic challenge – and didn’t even win.

          Angela and team did win a Macy’s challenge, but they made a cropped grey jacket and pants with a light pink v-neck top, so I don’t think that’s the one you’re thinking of.

    • http://www.facebook.com/WendyLKaufman Wendy Kaufman

      I too, was wondering WTF was under the skirt of the dress making all those rumply folds. Could it really be a top and skirt?

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

        My first thought was “tucked-in top that she didn’t have time to join to the skirt.”

    • Anonymous

      Pretty bootylicious look from Kimberley.  I ordinarily like her output, but this is a bit… strange.  But the girl did work it, and she was probably fine with the outfit.  

      Do the judges even pay lip service to the idea that these clients don’t want to look like Lincoln Center fashion plates in the first place?  There seems to be a huge disconnect between the judging, which seems high-end fashion based, and what these clients actually wanted, which is to look decent out in the real world.  Seems like a no-win for designers who didn’t have fashion-conscious clients.

      Laura was threatening to become interesting for a couple of weeks there, but now she’s reverting to boring clothes and witless comments.  Next.

    • Mychelle Frost

      Okay,

      I’m going to say what many have been thinking ever since PR left Bravo, but just didn’t want to admit;

      The Project Runway that I once knew and loved is officially (brain) dead. It’s just being kept on life support by Bunim-Murray, and only until they can squeeze every available drop of revenue out of it.

      You want to know how bad its gotten? I used to LIVE for this show; this season I had totally forgotten it was on the air until more than halfway through the season.

      I caught myself up to the current episode by watching online, and I ended up fast forwarding through most of the (obviously contrived) drama. I could honestly care no less than I do right now who wins.

      The moment this show became more about generating character conflict than about the drama of the competition, it was doomed.

      What a shame.

      Auf Wiedersehen, PR.

    • margaret meyers

      Kimberley’s skirt was bad, but I think a few inches longer and a hidden zipper (what is so hard about a hidden zipper?) would have moved this look way up.  As it is, she’s made the lady’s thighs and butt look worse than they were — she had a good figure.  I’m a fan of the top, though.  K’s draping is 10X better than Laura’s draping.

      And I think that is a badly chosen slip riding-up under Laura’s dress.

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

        You’ could be right about that being a slip, but who doesn’t check to make sure her slip is where it’s supposed to be? If the client didn’t do it, Laura should have. Actually, Laura should have done it automatically. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

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

      Looks like she’s having “spanx-issues” under her gown!

    • Samantha Irene

      I love Kim, she makes great tops, and great pants – I have yet to see a skirt/dress from her that I really like… But I’d totally have her make my tops and pants!

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

      That neckline isn’t so good for Kimberley’s model who doesn’t quite have enough neck for it, and that skirt should be a few inches longer. But that young lady sure does look confident and happy.

      Glad you called out Laura for her trash-talking the others when her own dress wasn’t all that.

    • Anonymous

      Blenley’s model/client looks like she may have been to see Jocelyn Wildenstein’s surgeon.

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

        “Jocelyn Wildenstein’s surgeon. ”

        There has def. been a LOT of work done on that grill. Two more snips and she gets the Michael Jackson Model nose. Comes complete with sheer mask for public appearances.

    • Anonymous

      “Just because your client has juvenile fantasies doesn’t mean you as the designer have to indulge them.”

      In fact, a really great designer takes that client’s juvenile fantasies and creates something that still appeals to them while opening their eyes to a greater degree of sophistication within a similar milieu. See S1: Jay’s wedding dress for Morgan, as opposed to Norah’s wedding dress for Melissa.

      Yes, I’m a groupie who not only knows every designer from every season, but every model as well.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so sick of Laura acting like her shit dosen’t stink, when she’s just middle of the road capable as a designer.

      That would’ve been bottom 3 for me.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so sick of Laura acting like her shit dosen’t stink, when she’s just middle of the road capable as a designer.

      That would’ve been bottom 3 for me.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so sick of Laura acting like her shit dosen’t stink, when she’s just middle of the road capable as a designer.

      That would’ve been bottom 3 for me.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so sick of Laura acting like her shit dosen’t stink, when she’s just middle of the road capable as a designer.

      That would’ve been bottom 3 for me.

    • Anonymous

      Middle of the road is as good a compliment as one can give these two looks.  I like Kimberly’s top but the proportions on that bootylicious girl were way off.  Kimberly managed to make her top smaller and her bottom bigger.  Not exactly a good thing.  As for Laura’s dress, shitty prom dress about sums it up.  

    • Anonymous

      Middle of the road is as good a compliment as one can give these two looks.  I like Kimberly’s top but the proportions on that bootylicious girl were way off.  Kimberly managed to make her top smaller and her bottom bigger.  Not exactly a good thing.  As for Laura’s dress, shitty prom dress about sums it up.  

    • Anonymous

      Middle of the road is as good a compliment as one can give these two looks.  I like Kimberly’s top but the proportions on that bootylicious girl were way off.  Kimberly managed to make her top smaller and her bottom bigger.  Not exactly a good thing.  As for Laura’s dress, shitty prom dress about sums it up.  

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly was on a good track with this dress, but it didn’t come together well. I like the top style and color. I don’t mind the heavy fabric on the skirt, but the cut was weird and the ass zipper all wrong. Especially with that wide sash over it. Looks really clumsy and amateurish from the back.

      Laura’s look is a snooze, and back looks like it was all wadded up before the runway. So last week Laura said something about her design aesthetic being like the love child of Betsey Johnson and Oscar De La Renta. This week she prays for a client who is a gold digger with  really rich husband. She did realize she wasn’t getting paid, right? Between these statements and her smack talking, I’m thinking she’s downright delusional.

      • Cautiously Pessimistic

        I think the gold digger comment was aimed at the husband, not her client.  I don’t remember what the husband looked like, but I’m guessing Laura wanted a client who was model-esque and assumed that this guy couldn’t have married an attractive woman unless he had money.

        • Anonymous

          That makes sense. I didn’t really think she thought she was getting paid…I just didn’t understand why she was hoping for a gold-digger. I think she had the short bald guy, which dovetails nicely with your theory.

          Even so, a big “ugh” to her behavior. She got what she wanted: A Real Housewife type, and she made the dress to match.

    • Anonymous

      It looked like Kimberley also got the proportions wrong.  The skirt is too high-waisted which makes her client look shorter and thicker than she is, and the skirt is also too short which does the same thing.  The top also shortened and broadened her client.  And that skirt material reminded me of the “clocks” team skirt she did.  

      Laura’s dress was terrible – bottom 3 for the style, the shine, and the fit.  She also managed to answer the question of whether 2 Barbies are better than one.  The answer, of course, is “Fuck no!”

    • Anonymous

      Barbie would throw herself out of the top window of the townhouse were she forces to hear this.

      • Anonymous

        hehehe xD nice joke about suicide

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

      Stop the zipper insanity! 

    • Now I am The Bee

      When Kim’s came out–I just gasped–not in a good way.  The skirt was not good, but the worst thing–it was exactly the skirt she sent down the runway the week before, no?  I wonder if  the client really liked it, or was she being polite. 
      Laura’s was meh.  In fact, I truly forgot all about it till just now.  But–its a good color for the Barbie lady and she seemed to really like it.  So – whatever. 

      • margaret meyers

        I was impressed with how enthusiastic all the couples were about their looks.  The men looked proud, the women looked happy — and the bottom 3 couples really defended their designers and their clothes.  Remember that Bryce cried becasue he felt all that love and it overwhelmed him.

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

      For me, Kimberly’s look was just a fail.  It didn’t show off her model’s curves, it just made her look bottom-heavy and poorly proportioned.  Beyonce and JLo both dress to show off an ample backside (which makes me so jealous, since I have the flat white-girl ass) and yet they don’t look completely out of proportion.  There are things she could have done and rocked her model’s curves.  This was not one of them.

      Laura’s had no real design: it was bland, it was tacky, and it wasn’t well made.  I have nothing nice to say about it.  Easily my LEAST favorite look of the week.

    • Anonymous

      You know, Precious Moments has been taking most of the heat this episode, but I found Laura almost as offensive. Her sheer amazement that her client managed to “score” his wife was just plain rude. Apparently being raised in an upper class family didn’t furnish her with any manners.

      • Anonymous

        The day my ritzy-schmitzy private school finally stopped offering the mandatory “Manners for Modern Living” (aka Debutante Class) which was REQUIRED to graduate, I know society was going to hell in a Bermuda Bag….

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

        i found laura way way more offensive.
        he was just juvenile.

      • Anonymous

        Money does not buy class. I offer Blenley as an example.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly’s: It’s unflattering, I hate the exposed zipper, and I hate the skirt fabric. I will say no more.
      Laura’s: Non. Non. Non. Non. It’s supposed to be just a pretty dress and it’s not even pretty. It’s a sloppy, tacky, generic looking prom dress made for an adult – and then there were her comments. Jay level talk for a Suede level dress.

      I barely care anymore about what the designers make, or who wins; this season is indefensible. I had some hopes at first, but given how uninspiring the portfolios were (I only remember one thing that I liked – Bert’s black and white hooded dress) and Tim’s completely unconvincing comment at the end of the casting special about this being “one of the best seasons of Project Runway ever”, I knew those hopes were vain hopes.

      From what I remember, a lot of the cast this season had tried out for the show before, sometimes several times: Laura had been trying out since S5, Josh since S7, etc.. I know earlier seasons had designers who had tried out for previous seasons (a lot of people from S4-6 tried out for S3 and Malan tried out for S1-3 and even made it on to S2, but declined to appear), but this season really seems to be full of people who didn’t and more importantly wouldn’t make it on to the show earlier. I’m not sure you can even attribute it all to casting for characters – even the “boring” personalities are boring designers.

      • Anonymous

        I died at “Jay level talk for a Suede level dress”. /applause

    • Anonymous

      Ozark Barbie: see season 2 Barbie challenge. I think the designer was named Rafael. (Won by our beloved Uncle Nick!) 

    • Anonymous

      Well, back in the day, there was always a challenge to design for a sponsoring merchant, be it Banana Republic, Macy’s, or Levi’s. That hasn’t been the quite the same since the move from Bravo.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. Precious Moments mostly reads as clueless; Barbie reads as snotty, devious, and someone to be very wary of.

    • Anonymous

      Fully agree. Oliv[i]er is offensive because he’s clueless. Laura Kathleen knows full well what she’s saying and doing and says what she says based on self-entitlement, deviousness, and sneakitude. I wouldn’t turn my back on her for a millisecond. 

    • vmcdanie

      Golly I completely forgot about these two. Kimberly’s has potential but as you say, volume on top should not be married with volume on bottom.

      Laura’s makes me sleep. Or iron.

    • Lisa

      I’ll go a step further with Laura’s smack-talk – it’s not even a shitty prom dress.  It’s just plain shitty.  It’s probably one of the ugliest things I’ve seen come down the runway this season.

      As for Kimberly, I do love the top – it reminds me a lot of Daniel Vosovic’s tulip top during the inspiration challenge.  But boy, is that the wrong girl for that style. 

    • Helen C

      Laura should just go work at a department store.  All her works are department store prom dresses from 20 years ago!

      You know, as much as people say Bert’s style is dated, but his works are actually still somewhat chic, at least I can see a girl wears his dresses for a night out in NYC and still would get some praises.  Laura’s stuffs are purely early 1990s.  They are dated and old.  

      And I won’t call Laura Blenley, because I think Kenley is actually far more talented.