PR: All Over But the Shouting

Posted on October 28, 2011

Yeah.

So THAT happened.

The thing about our Project Runway blogging is that it’s changed over time. It’s had to. We went from being total bystanders, no different from anyone else who watches the show, to the guys that people involved with the show read regularly, and the #1 guys for opinions about the show. We can’t, with a straight face, proclaim ourselves “important” to the show. We’re still, after all, bystanders, but now we’re bystanders with a pretty big megaphone. But when it comes to writing a post like this – a post about how disgusted and disappointed we are – it’s tough to write. Spittle-flecked fury isn’t entertaining when you give it a megaphone, you see.

But fuck that. We’re pissed. Even though there wasn’t one moment of surprise in the entire 90 minutes and the ending was exactly what we – and almost everyone else – predicted it would be, our hearts still sank at the end.

Heidi: You did it, girl!
Anya: You know I owe almost 100% of that to you.

Gross. The whole thing was just gross. And we’re sticking with what we blurted out at the end: “A low point for Project Runway.” The show has fully made the turn around that corner from being about talent to being about “stories.” Everyone was forced to dig up a dead family member this season and flog them all over the cameras just to see who was best at crying on cue. The win went to the beauty queen with a sex tape who had a collection pinned together with spit and paper clips because you can tell her story in phrases: beauty queen/sex tape/ sewing for 4 months. So basic that you don’t even need verbs. Congratulations, Project Runway fans, you may now swim with everyone else in the lowest common denominator pool. You’re not even worth the attempt to craft a semi-decent story. We’ll just have Michael, Nina, and Heidi praise the pretty girl with the exotic haircut no matter what she does. And when she does something really bad, why, we’ll just throw some money at her from off-camera and save her ass. Who cares if it’s obvious? People will love it! People love a pretty girl with a scandal! After all, as Zanna told us on that execrable after show, “Project Runway is all about the drama!!!”

Face it, it’s not our show anymore, kittens. The Lifetime people bleached out anything having to do with real talent and latched on to the idea that “characters” telling a “story” is why everyone watches the show.

And no, we’re not naive. We know that the show always had characters and always had producers making decisions as to the direction of the proceedings. But there is a marked difference between the days when talented people with extreme personalities were thrown into a fishbowl together to see what they would do and today, where mildly talented (to not talented at all ) people practically have their lines read to them by someone off-camera and the entire second half of the season is crafted to provide one person the win, no matter what she does. It’s insulting because it’s being done so badly.

The only reason they handed those designers 500 hundred bucks and a leisurely trip to Mood was because everyone could see that Anya had the weakest collection and the judges had already handed her a checklist of things she needed to do to win it. All she needed now was some money and a little time to whip up a bunch of identical looks with minimal tailoring, rendered in the appropriate judge-approved prints.

And we have zero hatred for the girl who won it. She sweeped the prizes this year so that not only did she win the main prize, she won every monetary prize, gaming the system with a publicist and some good old fashioned national pride to ensure that every penny to be handed out would be handed out to her. It’s not her fault that the system has so many flaws in it. She only served the purpose of pointing out just how flimsy the whole premise is. Take the money and run, girl. You did it. You’ll pardon us for not cheering, however.

Bottom line, for all the machinations and manipulations, the producers didn’t even do all that good a job of crafting a story to tell. It was a lackluster ending to a lackluster season. Four collections that came nowhere near the jawdropping work of previous finales because finding the best designers in the group and then giving those designers time to make something amazing is no longer part of the process. It’s about finding the most interesting characters and then giving them as little time as possible to craft something. Result: boring collections, boring finale.

The show, we’re sorry to say, has become exactly what everyone feared it would become when Bunim/Murray took over as producers. It’s The Real World with sewing. It’s about crafting as much drama out of a bunch of attention whores; it’s not about finding a talented designer. But don’t you dare tell us it was never about that. We were there. There was a time when the show really did manage to find the best 4 or 5 designers out of a group, handed them money and gave them several months to unleash their talent, and then gave the prize to the most deserving. Anyone who thinks that’s what happened this season simply wasn’t paying close enough attention.

Feh. We’re done ranting. Too disgusted to rant anymore. We’ll have the collections all run down within the week, so we can all rip apart every single half-assed look. We’ll also check in on Project Accessory, which wasn’t bad, but was awfully rough around the edges, and then we have an interview scheduled to go up on Monday with one of the T Lo favorites of season 9 giving his or her thoughts on the proceedings. But for now, we’re done. You guys do the ranting. We know you want to.

 

[Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • Anonymous

      What happened last night was, BUll SHIT!! To The Hundredth Degree! Enuf Said!
       But more importantly, Thank you, TLo from the bottom of my heart. You guys are sweethearts for making this PR season not only bearable but also mucho Fun!  I’m gonna miss TLounge and the Free Virtual Booze and Fellow Bitter Kittens. Maybe you guys could bring TLounge to a different Re-Cap. Just a thought. Anyhoo, Thank You!

      • http://pleasewelcomeyourjudges.com/ Brian @ PWYJudges

        Here here! Well said, AlwaysCoco.

        The free virtual booze is still flowing over here, and I propose a toast to TLo for everything they do for us Project Runway fans. L’chaim!

        • Anonymous

          Amen.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you TLo for being the only bright spot, along with your minions of course, in a season of sell-outs and untalented wannabes.    

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

              About the finale: feh.

              In fact,  “feh” to all the Lifetime seasons of Project Runway.

              Well, last season at least I could work up some outrage at the sidelining of Mondo.

              This season: shrugged shoulders and “feh” is all I can manage.

              Thanks for your honesty, TLo. 

              Your analysis is the only reason I’ve watched the Lifetime versions of PR. But all I can work up is a whimper, not a bang, for the end of my viewership.

            • Anonymous

              My thoughts exactly.  I have no emotions left about this show except disgust.  Last year I was pissed, now I have simply stopped caring.

            • Anonymous

              Ditto!  I didn’t even watch/record last night’s debacle.  I just waited to read what our TLo had to say.  You guys are the best!

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BC7QJMCQBTG5HNTKRGWOVOH4SY Kathryn

              Me too.

            • Anonymous

              I did watch it, but then I promptly deleted both it and my PR season pass from my DVR.  And told my husband about why I wouldn’t watch any more PR except the all-star season coming up (because those people actually have talent and skill) — when a show turns from being about the clothes to being about the made-up redemption arc, with the judges selling their souls to say whatever the people who write their paychecks tell them to say, it’s just not worth my time. 

              It’s sad to see such a good show die such an ignominious death.  Out with a whimper, not a bang.  I can’t even work up the energy to be outraged; I’m just sad.

            • Anonymous

              Yep.  It wasn’t just corrupt, it was boring.  Even the judges looked bored.  This is the season when everybody sold out their last bit of credibility.  I’m not even that angry, just bored.  I know Anya won’t be the next big designer–she’ll shil some kaftans for QVC and make a lot of money because caftans size up easily.

              Remember when the winners had skill?  When what they made actually meant something?  When it was exciting to see what people would make?

              Remember when Tim Gunn spoke out of turn and ensured that the show had some ounce of credibility?

              Love you TLo–you and ScottyF’s Bert-love were the two good things in a sad season.

            • http://twitter.com/1boes Ron Baumhover

              Well said.  And I remember it well.  But it’s clearly only a memory from here on out.  Oh well, it was good for a while.  Last year it started to slide, and this year it fell face first into the cess pool.  And the show wasn’t pushed, it eagerly jumped to its death.

              It’s also too bad that even Tim Gunn is now a whore.  Too damn bad.

              BUT, it has given us T & L and for that I’m grateful.

            • Anonymous

              We could all work up outrage at the sidelining of Mondo because, happy accident though it was, Mondo was actually a talented designer who put together a great collection that should have won.
              This season they managed to find one semi-good designer with great sewing skills — Victor — who only put together a half-decent collection. So him not winning wasn’t nearly the outrage that Mondo not winning was.
              Or maybe we’re all just suffering from B/M fatigue. Whatever.

            • Anonymous

              I completely agree, and I’d add that Mondo also had a compelling story (hiding his HIV status from his family) and also won our hearts by being the one designer to apologize to poor little Michael Costello for bullying him and looking down on him.  So we bitter kittens loved Mondo for his exuberant clothes, his braveness, his adorable personal style, plus his ability to admit he’d been wrong and his kindness towards Michael C.  

              Victor is a good designer and a good tailor, but he doesn’t have an outsized personality like Mondo.  Mondo truly deserves to be a fashion icon in my opinion.  I hope Victor goes on to have a decent career, but I have no burning wish to own any of his clothes and I’m not all that worked up over his disappointment.  Sorry, Victor.

            • Anonymous

              Considering how scripted this season was, though, I suspect Viktor was dumbed down.  Have you looked at the pictures of his own stuff before he walked through the gates of hell?  It was a lot more creative that anything he showed.  So accepting that the whole thing was scripted, why would we assume that Viktor’s role in the whole thing was ‘dumbed down’?  Look at what Laura’s decoy collection.  Did she suppress that all season or was in scripted that it not put in an appearance?  Frankly, it sounds like Viktor’s story was every bit as compelling-perhaps not as dramatic with his HIV status- but still as compelling at Mondo’s and any of his cast mates this year, but since this season was all about Anya winning, Viktor was not allowed to be creative nor was he allowed to sell his youth growing up with his pattern-making mother or talk a lot about his dead brother. 

              I don’t think we’ve seen even half of what Viktor has to offer, and  hope somehow he gets a chance to show people what he can do. 

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

              Isn’t saying Mondo is worthy of supported because of personality the equivalent of endorsing the idea that this show should be based upon personality and redemption arcs?  I don’t like Anya’s win because it was about her (edited) personality and back story.  I don’t know why Mondo deserves to be held up as a “fashion icon” due his (edited) personality and back story.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              The important missing ingredient with Anya is actual talent.

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

              I think it’s more that Mondo had true talent AND a dramatic and interesting personal story.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U6HG7ZMBO4D772LQQ52GI6UHUY ElsaRox!

              Thank you, thank you, thank you! I couldn’t agree more with your post. This whole season was a snooze-fest so full of uninteresting, mediocre design that TPTB had to extend the show just to squeeze in enough drama to keep us awake. And that still didn’t work for me a few times. Last season, I watched some of the episodes online in addition to catching them on tv: this season, I fell asleep during the judging on 2 different occasions-I watch the showing @ midnight, but still…A double cappuccino, 5 Hr Energy & a fat line o’ blow ain’t enough to keep me awake for this trainwreck.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, a huge thank you! I now look forward to Friday mornings instead of Thursday nights.

      • King Dex

        It WAS total BS. So much so that it reads like a “story” in The Onion: EX-BEAUTY QUEEN WITH QUESTIONABLE ROMANTIC HABITS AND NO TAILORING SKILLS WINS REALITY-BASED SHOW INVOLVING SEWING – DARN THE LUCK. 

        Do I keep watching this fiasco? Not so sure anymore…. 

        • Nicole Moran

          I decided about 4 episodes into this season that I was done giving Lifetime ad revenue and page hits.  I’ve been getting along just fine with Jordan Baker’s day-after recaps and TLo’s in depth analysis through the week. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745465637 Nellie Wilson

            You’re not alone. When I started falling asleep, literally, during the judging, I knew this show was over for me. I gave this season my best shot after the previous season’s sorry-ass conclusion, but gave up watching several episodes ago. I’ve got better things to do than to watch Project Runway. 

            • Anonymous

              I thought it was only me who was falling asleep! I experienced most of the episode as background noise as I was doing something more interesting…

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1031970738 Dianne Davis

              Ha! I fell asleep as well. When I woke up I thought “Oh well I didn’t want to see how it ended anyway”.

            • Anonymous

              Totally fell asleep during the judging too…my roommate woke me up in time to see who won, I groaned, muttered a few expletives and went back to sleep. :-p

          • King Dex

            You know… there was a day when I used to brag about PR being one of the best (really, THE best) reality TV show out there. I would defend it vehemently against my intellectual cohorts, telling them over and over that the contestants on the show had to have talent. They had to actually MAKE something innovative or beautiful to remain on the show. And they had to do this task over and over, pressing their creativity to its highest limits. It was so exciting to watch.

            PR didn’t rely on the petty infighting that dominated shows revolving around abandonment on an island, incarceration in a locked mansion or just following around a slue of self-important schmucks intent on getting famous for their lack of manners. Sure, tempers flared and personality flaws were exposed, but true talent could make it to the win. The storyline that mattered was the creation, watching it be transformed from a simple sketch into a living, breathing garment, sashaying down a catwalk while my mouth dropped open in complete disbelief. How did they make THAT?!! IN A DAY! NO WAY!!

            But I guess it’s just as they say – all good things must come to an end…. 

              

            • Lindsay Smith

              Very well put.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRB4WLBH3SHWTIN3GOND3ES76Q Kim (azshadowwalker)

              Laura and Jeffrey?  Jay/Kara Saun vs. Wendy Pepper?  Santino and everyone?  PR has always relied upon petty infighting, just like every other reality show out there.

            • Anonymous

              Not really.  Yes there has always been some petty infighting, but at least it was between talented people, and it wasn’t the entire basis of the show.  Even the much-hated Wendy Pepper was a good dressmaker who constructed garments fairly well, even when they were based on crummy ideas.  The drama and personality conflicts used to be the icing on the cake, because there was still some substance there.  Now there is no cake, and every step of the way feels unnatural and manipulated. 

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NKYY3HM6GNK3LG62VM2TGMLZPI Zelda Rose

              And ANY of those people could have outdesigned and outsewn the so-called winner this season.

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

              Of course they still had drama — watching quiet people sew isn’t that interesting.  No one wants to watch my best friend and I work on a piece because it’d be boring. 

              But Laura and Jeffrey were talented.  Wendy wasn’t particularly, but the way she got into the finale was a quirk of fate — they didn’t manipulate it to ensure she was pushed through.  Santino had a very unique style, though poor execution, and was both funny and interesting to watch.

              Could they have found talent with no drama at all?  Sure, but that’s bad TV.  But the first nine seasons prove that you can have talent to go with the drama, and that you’ll still get drama WITHOUT controlling every second.

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

        TLounge during GLEE!! Get drunk watching kids who can’t drink! Played by grownups who can!

        • margaret meyers

          Those are the OLDEST looking high school students ever.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lisa-Bennett-Towart/100002113670787 Lisa Bennett Towart

            At least since the original 90210

            • Anonymous

               … or “Room 222.” Is anyone else here old enough to remember that one?

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

              Or ‘The Babysitters’ Club’ when it had it’s own tv series. Except they were junior high girls played by 20-somethings.

            • Anonymous

              Yes!  Karen Valentine, I loved her and her HIGH half pony! 

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

              Ha! Yes. The students all looked old enough to run for President. But, oh, how I loved Karen Valentine.

      • Anonymous

        I think we all could do with a mimosa or bloody mary this morning.   Well said, Coco!

      • Robyn Morelli

        that was disgusting and insulting. how did they pass over viktor with
        almost no credit to his impeccable execution and interesting shapes. i
        think i might be done with this show. it’s kind of a sad end to
        something that used to be so good.

        also – IF ULI DIDN’T DESERVE A WIN – HOW CAN THIS BITCH GET ONE?!

        • http://twitter.com/KarineLovesYou Karine Briere

          Right?! That’s all I could think looking at her collection, Uli The Second. Except that I liked Uli’s collection a lot more than this. 

          • Anonymous

            That’s exactly what my partner and I have been saying practically all season, but it goes to the point of the lack of talent in the pool in general, I think. Put many of the previous season’s designers in this group and they would’ve kicked some ass. Oh well. I’m looking forward to PR All Stars.

            • Anonymous

              No, they wouldn’t have.

              Not unless they had dead relatives and/or sex tapes to warrant B/M keeping them on the show until Fashion Week.

        • http://twitter.com/lisepetrauskas Lise Petrauskas

          I completely agree. Uli’s collection was much better. Sigh.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFA7IMYX3NQB6SP3JHKKSRNPOM Virginia

        So true – really, other than this blog, what was the point?  I enjoyed TLo and all you commenters far more than any actual episode.  I am equally appalled at the outcome, having flashbacks to Jay and Christian and just thinking, WTF?  Based on what I saw this season, I can take my 7th grade home economics skills and some glue and audition for this show.  Sweet Jesus.  I’m sick about it.

    • Joe J

      Seriously, Anya placing above Josh was literally the ONLY thing I thought the show got right last night.  Note I’m not saying “Anya WINNING”.

      Gawd, this show.  I feel like we should all send each other “Get Well” cards for having made it through it.  Or merit badges made from the bottles of booze we emptied to get this far.

      • Anonymous

        Yes I agree, I need a get well card after this…and I want to send one to all viewers.

        • http://profiles.google.com/jenna.thomasmckie Jenna Thomas-McKie

          A sympathy card, offering compassion after the heinous murder of one of our favorite shows, might be even more appropriate.

      • Stefanos Mantyla

        What an idea! I think I will get started on my Get Well card to my friend in the States who watches. Not that I need one to myself, though; how lucky am I that I have not access to the show where I am?

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, how Josh didn’t get laughed off the stage for that tack-o-rama is completely beyond me.  If I’d been in that chair, it would’ve been hard to contain myself.

        Heidi: Instant Karma, do you have anything to add?

        Me: BAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA — hold on — AHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA — water, please — haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.  Let me compose myself.  

        God, I’m sorry.  No, I mean that I’m sorry I had to look at this.  I’m going to need an appointment with an ophthalmologist to deal with the retinal scarring those neon green shorts caused.  Seriously, was your clothing stolen in the night, and then you decided to replace it by raiding DJ’s closet from Full House?  No?  How about the wardrobe room at Clarissa Explains it All?  Not that either?  Well, shit, color me confused.  No wait, I should be saying color me BADD, because you’re clearly living in 1991.  

        Get off the stage.  GO.  Seriously, if you don’t leave now, I’m going to throw away all your Clinique products.

        But lend me your time machine at some point, okay, Josh?  It’s, like, totally tubular.

        • http://twitter.com/ionascloset ionascloset

          Hey, Clarissa Darling would never have worn those hiddy neon shorts. An oversized Hawaiian shirt with striped leggings, sure. But not those shorts. 

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

            Josh’s stuff looked like C+C Music Factory video extra’s wardrobe rejects.

        • Anonymous

          +20 points for “totally tubular”

        • Anonymous

          But Nina wants to photograph those shorts! They’re so EDITORIAL, you know! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

          • Mariah J

            My mouth was agape in horror when she said she wanted to photograph those shorts

            • http://twitter.com/1boes Ron Baumhover

              Nina has falled too.  Michael Kors fell last season, Heidi has only too gladly gone to the gutter, but it looked like, at first, Nina was trying to hold on to a glimmer of self respect.  But, by episode 4, she was cracking.  By episode 6, she was gone.  And Tim Gunn too. 
              Each and every one of them, now frauds, now cardboard cutouts of who they were in earlier seasons. 

              The only reason she would want to photograph those shorts would be if doing so was the only way to save her loved ones from the woodchipper.

          • Anonymous

            “Editorial”: unwearable, unmarketable, and tasteless – but it will look interesting in a photograph, when worn by a sixteen-year-old anorexic. 

      • Anonymous

        A few years ago, a friend made a card for another friend over at the Some E cards site that said “I’m sorry your show did something unbelievably douchey.” But I can’t seem to find it there. I’ve been thinking of that card since last night.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        I knew for sure it was in the bag when the judging panel raved about Josh’s shorts.  My disgust with them is just complete, and was at that point.  My daughter walked in from a hard day at work and took one look at those shorts, made an appropriate snarky comment and left the room.  Wish I had as well.

      • Anonymous

        EEEEEXXXXXXXAAAAAACCCCTTTTLLLLY!  I emptied quite a few watching this this train wreck.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M2PXKBMV7NJBBEXEL2KHAO2UU4 Martha Stickle

      I won’t pretend that I’m not disappointed, but neither can I
      pretend to be surprised. (Indeed the only person who seemed surprised by her
      win is Anya herself, who in a rare moment of humility and candor all but
      admitted to Tim that she didn’t deserve to win.)  It was so clear from the end of last episode
      that the fix was in.  (TLo has got me
      totally on board with the operation Anya conspiracy; I winced when Tim showed
      up to announce: “Here’s a gift for Any—everyone!  500 dollars to buy new outfits!”) And the
      reason seems to be that Anya is a potential little goldmine for the network, a
      veritable Rachel Ray/Zoe for the fashion/design/lifestyle programming that basic
      cable seems to thrive on.  She’s got
      “television personality” written all over her: she’s beautiful, pleasant,
      graceful, personable; she’s got the whole skill set of a downmarket Martha
      Stewart with pageant queen looks. 
      Awarding her the win, PR saw “spinoff,” not designer.  And that makes sense too: they’ve been
      remarkably unsuccessful at expanding their teevee brand compared to other
      high-profile programs like Top Chef (Project Accessory/Make Crap from Crap is
      so clearly doomed; the Austin/Santino show was a nonstarter; and the less said
      about “Models of the Runway” the better). Anya will get her own show; she will
      “design” sheets of printed fabric and call them “dresses,” which will be sold
      at Kohl’s for 39.99; and everyone will get rich (or richer).  It’s actually a pretty decent decision, from
      that perspective.  Besides Viktor, or
      even Josh, or Kimberly, all of whom deserved this more than Anya on sheer merit
      alone, the only real losers here are the viewers at home.

      And I’ll say this too: If it weren’t for TLo, I simply would have stopped watching PR years ago.  I sense this is a feeling shared by a lot of your readers.  So thank you both, from the bottom of my black little heart.

      • http://twitter.com/Wild_Horses__ Beth

        “And the reason seems to be that Anya is a potential little goldmine for the network, a veritable Rachel Ray/Zoe for the fashion/design/lifestyle programming that basic cable seems to thrive on. ‘ That makes a great deal of sense. I wondered why it was so important to keep her afloat in the competition. I didn’t think it could just be because “everybody loves a pretty girl”.

      • Anonymous

        Well said and yes.. TLo has kept this show on my radar.  Lifetime owes you big time!  I can definitely see an Anya line at Kohls!  I would even buy some of it, but it is NOT high fashion, or barely even fashion at all.  Even I could sew those dresses.

        • Anonymous

          $9500 for a “collection” that only deserves a $39.99 price point at Kohl’s. What a colossal waste of money.

          • margaret meyers

            I can’t figure out what some people spent their money on.  Viktor had several pieces in leather, he had his own printed fabric made and used a lot of luxe fabrics and effects.  But all Josh had was that vintage yardage and some plastic scraps, and Kimberley had mostly pretty standard fabric with some expensive stuff mixed in.  Anya had so little on her rack it was hard to understand what she had spent all that money on.  In the end, half her looks were made for $500.  They were given a LOT of money for their 10 pieces, but for the most part you couldn’t see it on the runway.

            • Anonymous

              Professionally filming those sex tapes doesn’t come cheap, you know.

            • http://twitter.com/ionascloset ionascloset

              I always assume they buy more fabric than they need, in case they need to re-cut or get rid of a piece that’s not working. And if they have accessories made (like Laura did), that can add up.

              Though none of that explains where Anya’s money went. Silk yardage is pricey, but not $10G pricey!

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

              Which applies to the challenges.  But for the final collection, you aren’t limited to spending 9K — you’re limited to sending 9K worth of material down the runway.  You can spend as much as you like while you’re preparing as long as you don’t show more than 9K worth.

            • Anonymous

              Is that the top amount you can spend or do you have to spend that much?  Say, for instance, you were making a lot of, say 10, caftans that required 6 yards each of $10/yard.  So you bought 60 yards of fabric worth about $600.  Add to that thread, glue sticks, staples, and paperclips, maybe $700.  Would you get to keep the $8300-8800 change?  So that you could maybe take a course at a community college and then next month compete on Next Iron Chef? 

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

              I don’t think you’d get to keep the extra — though it would explain some of Josh’s cheap ass fabric choices! 

            • Chantelle James

              I assume that she paid someone to sew it all up for her. Seamstresses don’t come that cheap, especially when they have to produce a collection in half the time everyone else had to sew it up. They might have even been paid extra to keep their mouths shut about the work they did. 

          • Anonymous

            The irony of it is that Bert’s dress sold out before Anya’s during the PiperLime challenge.  And Rachel Zoe, despite her many flaws, knows fashion like the back of her hand.  

      • Anonymous

        I agree, and what makes me crazy is they could have still done a spin-off without her winning.  There are many shows made from the losers of reality show competitions.  I probably would have watched it then to because I wouldn’t have as much animosity toward her.

        • Anonymous

          You’re totally right! I like Anya but in no way did she deserve to make it as far as she did, and I think a spin-off would be more successful if she wasn’t the winner.

        • Anonymous

          EXACTLY what I was thinking!  Everyone always likes to see an underdog obtain success thru a different avenue.

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

          In fact, they could have made a better spinoff without her winning — it would have been all about how she had something to prove after her crushing loss….

          • Anonymous

            See now, I actually *maybe* would’ve watched something like that.

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

              Imagine it as something like All on the Line, but with more focus on things like sewing and really learning design from great mentors, all with the idea that she had been so inspired by her time on PR that she felt she had to totally devote herself to making her new line work…

              It would have been great, and fantastic publicity for PR too!

              Short-sighted, unimaginative production trolls… grumble… grumble…

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

          YES!  I love the Food Network’s spin off (shown on the Cooking Channel)  for “Jeffrey” where he goes around the country and he came in second to someone or other – if they had done THAT it would make sense.  While it’s too early to declare a total PR ban for my life, any Anya show is easily banned.

      • Anonymous

        You summed up my feelings pretty well.  I just hope Tim Gunn jumps off this ship with a modecum of pride left before he becomes a joke like the other three.  Nina should be fired from Marie Clair for all the BS that spewed from her mouth these last two seasons.  She is certainly no expert in the field of fashion if she really believes what she says.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austen-Jane/100002245814326 Austen Jane

          Halleluiah.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t see how Tim could continue to pretend to be a mentor after this season.  He told Josh his print was homely (or something like that) and the judges loved it.  They loved Josh’s green shorts!  It made his advise seem irrelevant.  I am as annoyed about that as anything else this season.

          • Anonymous

            That has been happening for a while now.  It was milder in the early seasons, but especially since Lifetime got it, Tim has almost been made to seem like, I hate to a say, a doddering babysitter.  He was on Kenley all the time for her 1-note and unwise changes, and the only time he was right was the hip-hop look.  I heard he has a year to year contract, and I hope for his sake this is his last appearance.  I fear that he has either sold out too which is why he has been more quiet (in the work room and outside- where the blog?), but what I prefer to believe is that Lifetime is making his life so miserable that he walks away- if if IF he has any integrity left, I’m sure it doesn’t fit in with the new vision, so he’s got to go; them firing him or even asking him not go come back could get ugly- coaxing him out the door less so. 

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O3BDDB3LQUETA3DN24FY33UW6U Lucinda Moore

            So true SouthernGirlRena, geezus how anyone could praise those horrendous shorts is beyond me and the print was exactly what Tim said NOT to use

          • Chantelle James

            I think the problem is that Tim isn’t smoking the crack that the producers have been giving the judges. While the judges see what the producers tell them they see, Tim sees what is actually in front of him. 

        • Anonymous

          Isn’t that the truth. If I was the publisher of Marie Claire, I’d be horrified at all of the dreck that Nina considers “editorial”.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

            I am assuming, as are we all, that the judges were well aware of the fix being in.  Even a non-disclosure contract notwithstanding, wouldn’t it be better for their “real” jobs to leave this sinking ship?

      • Anonymous

        As soon as she said that to Tim, I turned to my friend and said, “I know she’s going to win. We all know she’s going to win. But how embarrassing, to have Tim and Anya basically admit she had the weakest collection and thren scrounge up the history.”

        And the excuses they scrounged up at the end were pathetic. For Kimberly and Viktor they asked, “What if they need more time?” But for the one who could actually use more time–nary a peep. And of course, Viktor’s sheer pieces wouldn’t be wearable for anyone other than size 2 models on a runway, but Anya’s braless belly-button-plunged wisps of fabric pinned together? And all their bullshit talk of how she IS the brand and how she has a female voice (not like Kimberly also has a female voice or anything) — they could barely restrain themselves from admitting they liked her because she was an exotic beauty queen.

        Actually I think Josh is going to be the TV star spinoff out of this, based on what he alluded to on After the Runway.

        • Anonymous

          You watched “After the Runway”??  Brave!  What did CC say that made you think he’s getting a spin-off?

          • Anonymous

            He was verrry “I know something you don’t know!” and had a smirk when he said “I have a few projects in the works..”

            There was something very sketchy about that “reunion” and everyone was kissing Josh and Anya’s ass the entire time, even Bert.

          • Anonymous

            He also noted that he would be “bedazzling his way across the country,” which sounds like a premise for a you-could-just-vomit reality TV show if I’ve ever heard one.

            • Anonymous

              And exactly who do they think the audience for this show would be? The natural audience should be PR viewers.
              Except for the minor detail that PR viewers detest Josh.
              Somebody needs to fire the programming department.

            • Anonymous

              I have read some of the blogs on Lifetime and you would be shocked at how many people love Josh. There truly is no accounting for taste. 

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

              Ugh.

      • Anonymous

        You may be entirely right but I don’t entirely get it. I don’t see that she’s got that much personality and looks going for her. Lots of designers have come off this show with much bigger personalities.  She seems pleasant and all but her personality does not really stand out. She was a former beauty queen but she doesn’t really have such outstanding looks. TV is full of prettier women than Anya.  Not to get petty about her looks, but I just don’t see how she’s so special that Lifetime would be so into her. She does have the exotic foreign thing going for her, I guess.

        • Anonymous

          And the sex tape.  Where would KimK be without her sex tape?  or Paris?  or any of those whores.

          • Toto Maya

            I don’t think it’s fair to call them whores because they have a sex tape. So they had sex, and taped it. It’s not a big deal. The big deal is our reaction to it, making them famous because of it.

            • Anonymous

              Exploiting themselves for fame and fortune, yeah, pretty much.   I’ll just stand by and let someone else say it.

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

              It’d be exploiting themselves IF they did it to get famous.  If they just did it because some people like to, then the fact it leaked is SOMEONE else exploiting them.

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

              I call Kim K and Paris H whores—attention whores. They’ve sold their souls to earn many bucks quickly by splaying out their personal lives for everyone to see. Unfortunately, most people cannot help but stand there an gawk.

          • Rebecca Aranda

            Wow, misogynist much?

            • Anonymous

              OKAY, OKAY, OKAY, OKAY, OKAY, OKAY!  FAME whore then.  Jeez, when did the bitter kittens start insulting each other?  You don’t know me at all.  

          • http://twitter.com/Kamilaahh Kamil

            So we’ve descended into slut-shaming her now? How special. 

            • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

              Oh please leave the slut-shaming battle cry out of this. Jeez.  I don’t want this forum to deviate into a madonna vs. whore discourse.  Head over to Jezebel.com for that.

            • http://twitter.com/jamsau Jamie S

              What do you mean “now”? It’s been happening for weeks. Sure people hated Gretchen, but nothing like they hate the pretty girl with the active sex life. I hate the “sex tape” criticism. Whether it got out into the world on purpose or not, was it ever talked about on the show? 

              If Lifetime really considered it as a plus for Anya’s image, then it was for the pearl-clutch/love to hate/”no such thing as bad publicity” factor only. And a majority of the TLOunge thread last night just played right into that part of the “story.”

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

              I think the issue is Caaro3’s use of the word “whore”. “Fame whore” would have been fine, but “whore” is a completely different thing.

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

              But Sara, Anya is the first person in the world to have sex. She’s obviously a fallen woman and deserves public derision. It’s shocking, I tell you. Shocking!

          • http://pinkpolarity.livejournal.com/ Polarity

            So your BF selling the tape without your consent makes you a whore? Okay then.

        • http://twitter.com/esekn Kese Ef

          I can say im feeling pretty special that every1 is referring to Anya as an exotic island girl. As a Trinidadian, I never thought of myself as an exotic island girl. :D 

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LKTZXP3ZGH2GGB3UJ5YE3CE2GA dariamilan

          I’m not afraid to admit that I watched both the sex tapes (yes there was more than one) and her performance as Miss Trinidad and while she may not be the prettiest she is hot, willing to do or say anything for attention and she really knows how to sell herself whether it’s doing it doggy style with her french boy friend or pretending to care about the starving children of the world. She is a basically a TV personality waiting for an opportunity to be media whore and she got it.  She has bought the best money people can buy, has bought a great publicist and is clearly a genius at presentation. Even knowing she is a totally fake media whore I still like her! Of course that might have something to do with her being a girl that is happy to film her boyfriend reaming another girl up the butt and then getting the sloppy seconds. That’s real high class and quality there.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6XZ3LUFIMTUYUTNJUUMFNM5AIU kmthomas

        Kudos to Martha as well as TLo.  I stopped watching a few episodes in and relied on the TLo recaps and Bitter Kitten comments.  I made the mistake of waching last night.  I couldn’t agree more with Martha about why Anya won, but it won’t change my mind or make me visit Lifetime’s website or channel. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XZWETE5JZLFW63SMDMWX2DBA54 Maria Victoria

        But fine, give her a show!  She’d be great at it.  Just give the prize to a designer who can really design and make clothes!!

        • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

          Yes, giver her a show.  Bu I don’t think she has enough charisma to carry a show, to be honest.  She’s not all THAT.  Hey I know – maybe she can have a fashion-based talk show where she interviews people who can actually sew and design clothing!  That I might tune into just to get some laughs at her expense. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Jozayt/100002949685297 Deborah Jozayt

            Or she can be the face of ‘Sewing for Dummies,’ only they use her outfits as patterns exclaiming “Easy for Anya, and easy for you, too!” 

            • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

              *snort*  I can picture it.  And that is a great motto for the Anya brand: “Easy for me – easy for you too!”

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q43ULN2F5SDCDPS6V5PU7L7YA4 Mary

        Not Kohls..Those dresses can only be work outdoors in South Florida by 110 lb 5ft 9in 25 year olds with no boobs.

      • margaret meyers

        I’ve never seen 132 “likes” here before.  We really like you!

      • Anonymous

        Yes, if only TLo stopped blogging it, I could stop watching altogether.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        I do believe you nailed it.  Of course, since she seemingly has only 1 point of view (skinny, small boobs, island all the time) I don’t know how popular her show would be.  I’ll probably watch the All Stars show, because I think they are a talented bunch of people, but next year I may read TLo first and then decide… 

      • Anonymous

        I agree with everything you’re saying except for “…only person who seemed surprised by her
        win is Anya herself”.  Now, I haven’t met a lot of beauty queens in my life, but I kind of assumed that they’ve all got the “What…who, little old ME?” *gasp, hands to mouth* “I never would have expected this!  You are all too kind.” *blush, smile, do that weird little wave*

    • Anonymous

      I just don’t even have anything to add. So disappointed.

      • Anonymous

        I know. And I share your disappointment. I actually feel insulted that they would do this to loyal fans of the show. It sounds like naivete speaking, but it’s how I feel —- saddened, disheartened, cheated and violated.

    • Anonymous

      I almost typed, “Project Runway, what happened to you?” But… We all know what happened. :/ Ugh. 

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Somewhere, Andy Cohen is cackling.

        • Anonymous

          “Cackling” – exactly the correct word.

        • Rand Ortega

          True that!

    • Anonymous

      This show has joined the ranks of Logo’s “A-List” — shows I don’t watch but instead just read your recaps. Saves me a lot of time. Sad, but oh well.

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

        You should watch at least one episode of The A-List, just to see how completely and utterly ridiculous it is. Just one episode is enough, though. All I could stand, really.

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

      I knew everyone said they were going to do it, but when they did it, I still sat there in disbelief. The designers of the fabrics Anya used should win. It was a fabric show.

      • http://twitter.com/modeknit Annie Knit Modesitt

        The designer of the fabrics and the box of safety pins that held them together, they should both win.

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

          VIKTOR DESIGNED HIS OWN FREAKIN’ PRINTS!!! Makes me so mad….

          • Anonymous

            But Viktor isn’t pretty, and he obviously had leraned to sew more than four months ago.

            At least I have Thursday nights free, because I have zero intention of watching anything associated with PR.

            • Anonymous

              I know! How dare his mother the sample maker teach him sewing skills! For shame!

              just in case there was any doubt.

            • Anonymous

              I’m sorry but I liked Anya and her collection.  Josh did not “WOW” me but I thought Victor would win until I saw all the black sheer pieces he had.  And Kimberly was just not good enough.

              At least Anya has a lot of potential and is wearable.

            • Anonymous

              “a lot of potential and is wearable”
              Potential is, at best, a maybe. Wearable?  by whom? 6′, 115-lb flat chested models?

            • Anonymous

              And WHERE do we WEAR this stuff? Not work, school or anywhere where the temperature is under 85 degrees? When I’m on the beach I like to move around, you know in shorts and a swimsuit and stuff, all that fabric would just get annoying walking around in the sand.

            • Anonymous

              the shorts Josh made would be perfect for you to wear on the beach!

            • Anonymous

              LOL!

            • Anonymous

              You’re completely allowed to like Anya and her collection and hold your own opinion. But so am I. And I disagree.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

              By whom is Anya wearable?  I have boobs.  Her drapes are not made for boobs.

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

              Wamsutta sheet + running stitch = Anya’s maxi dress.
              Are we voting on potential or what was shown on the runway?

            • Anonymous

              Maybe her new show will only be about her learning to make pants.

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

              Why are you sorry?  It’s a personal preference — if I remember correctly, after last season’s finale, there were 2 of us defending the Gretchen choice.  Not because we liked it necessarily, but a case could be made.  (I’m pretty sure it was Glammie and I, but I could be wrong, since the comments didn’t migrate with the posts.:)

              I have no beef with people liking Anya’s stuff as long as they have no beef with me not liking it, and while I can’t speak for everyone here, that does seem to be the prevailing attitude around this comment section. 

            • Anonymous

              And Viktor is a male on the Liftetime Network.  (Boy I’m more annoyed than I thought I’d be even though we all called the win weeks ago.)

            • Anonymous

              and viktor isn’t a “made-for-reality-tv-personality”…  in fact his whiney-ness (i know – it’s not a word) annoys me, but he is still the most talented and creative of the 4 designers and absolutely should have been the winner with kimberley as the close second.  RIP PR….

            • Anonymous

              His tailoring is impeccable!  But he had a couple of misses-I mean, he made pants and dresses and skirts and jackets and he made a couple of missteps, so he needs more time to develop.  Anya cut holes in fabric and pinned them together!  She has a mastery of the industry!  I know she’ll probably make pants next time hopefully.

            • Anonymous

              I’ve got my fingers crossed that within ten years, she’ll be doing sleeves.  Hopefully, she’ll get those neck openings down soon, too, because I don’t know how long I can afford my own personal dresser/seamstress to get me in and out of my spectacular Anyawear. 

              And as a side note, you have to admire the fine nuances- who but her could manage to take a dress with no actual neck line and still have the wearer unable to get in and out of it without seam ripper, staple remover, and glue gun? 

          • Anonymous

            I KNOW. . I FREAKEN KNOW!!! UNBELIEVABLE!! & HIS TAILORING IS IMPECCABLE!!   sorry for all the yelling.. but %@$^#&@*()@!!!!

          • Anonymous

            Yea, screw Anya’s “eye for prints”!! Did she design them like Viktor?!

            • Anonymous

              Uli had an eye for prints. Mondo had an eye for prints.  They mixed different prints together beautifully.  Anya just had one printed fabric that she pinned in the back.  It’s so sad that Lifetime thinks they can put these words in the mouths of the judges and the viewers wouldn’t remember they meant something else in previous seasons.

            • Anonymous

              You’re completely right…she never mixed prints, she just used them! There’s nothing amazing or remarkable about that

            • JM Z

              Yes, Uli had an eye for prints, and the judges were constantly haranguing her for it. “Enough with the prints!” they cried. “Doesn’t your customer ever get out of the tropics?” they said later. And yet, when Anya does nothing but printed dresses and jumpsuits for island girls, she is The Greatest Designer In The History Of Project Runway.

              Seriously, judges? Seriously?

            • Anonymous

              1. Uli got blasted for having a limited resort wear aesthetic.
              2. The judges told Anya to stick with Caribbean design only. That’s what the last runway was for: give Anya direction.
              3. Anya is no Uli. They both like maxi dresses, but that’s where the similarities end.

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

        I was shaking my head and thinking “you have to be kidding me”, even though I knew damn well Anya was going to win. The bigger shock for me was Viktor coming in fourth. Fourth! I wanted to reach through the screen and give him a hug.

        What bullshit this was.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3QUDQXBX2JPSDX742ID4ZMNCA Theresa

          Well, Viktor came in third — Kimberley was the first off.  

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

            Yeah, I just remembered that. But still – Viktor came in third. THIRD!

        • Anonymous

          third, but still, it was wrong.  Perhaps, if they would have made him 4th, then we could just pretend like they completely reversed the order – Victor, Kimberly, Josh, Anya…

      • muzan-e

        Yes. This. Exactly. I didn’t have time to watch the whole episode last night, stumbled across a ‘spoiler’ by accident, and here I sit several minutes later. Still blinking a little. Slightly befuddled. 

        The sad part is that I can clear it off my DVR, but I can’t unsee the whole season. Dammit.

      • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

        i was telling my mom this – yes the fabrics were pretty but imagine all her dresses in one color – booooring. I mean viktor designed his own frikin prints!! ugh!

    • Anonymous

      Your post completely encapsulates how I feel about the show, the season, what the producers have done, what the puppe…er, judges have done. 

      I am a little sad more than anything. 

    • http://twitter.com/OracleKath Kathrine Marlow

      You can’t blame Anya, this is squarely at the feet of the producers.  I feel like I can’t even watch the show anymore.  I’ll stick around for All-Stars because I think there are people there with real talent but this season was a train wreck for me. I have a HUGE SAD about this. 

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I can and I do.

        • Sobaika Mirza

          Anya is definitely no innocent bystander, she played the game. But how can I fault her for that? She played the game well. As much as I don’t like her and think she showed her true colors when she refused to help Josh, she accomplished exactly what she set out to do. She won. 

          The producers decided a long time ago to give her the win (and the judges went along with it) and they’re the only people responsible for the show. They’ll be here next year, Anya won’t. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austen-Jane/100002245814326 Austen Jane

            I really can’t tolerate the whole concept of not faulting someone who “played the game.” This is where ethics and morality step in. Being dishonest or manipulative is not excusable just because the cards were being played in her favor. It also isn’t an excuse for bad behavior, ala Josh. Having those two be the last standing says LOADS about the goals of the handlers of this show. I weep.

            That said, I *do* believe the blame is placed squarely on the shoulders of the producers. And they actually showed footage of Anya helping Kimberly when she lost her kit.

            • Anonymous

              This!  I can freely hate the game AND the player.  The judges and producers deserve more opprobrium than Anya, but she’s still willing to walk off with 100 grand that should have rightfully gone to another designer.  Gross.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              “she’s still willing to walk off with 100 grand that should have rightfully gone to another designer.”

              And the rest Catiline – she won the L’Oreal money and the fan favourite too!

            • Anonymous

              $130,000

            • Sobaika Mirza

              I don’t like Anya (or Josh, or anyone else from the Bad Girls Club) but I can’t blame her for winning. Someone else decided that for her. Besides, what is she supposed to do, give the prize back?

            • Anonymous

              As was pointed out by BPR, Anya campaigned hard for fan favorite (including asking her fans to use auto-voting bots) after knowing that she had already won the grand prize and even though she is wealthy. 

              Personally, I think her agents struck a deal going into the season for follow-up projects so I think she was complicit before the season even started.

            • http://twitter.com/esekn Kese Ef

              Anya is wealthy? Really? And by the way, Anthony Ryan fans started using hootsuite LONG before Anya fans. She jus had the whole Caribbean rooting for her. But in any case, carry on with uall grousing.

            • http://profiles.google.com/grubhooligan J. Owen Dickson

              Did you not watch the first part of the finale?  YES she is wealthy.  SHE SAID SO!

            • Sobaika Mirza

              FYI Anya is giving half of the Fan Favorite cash to Anthony Ryan’s testicular cancer campaign and using the other half for micro-credit in the Caribbean.

            • Anonymous

              Good for her!

              Still wish someone else had won it, but it’s  not like *I* am going to start mass voting for my favorite, so I guess my favorites lose if their supporters are like me.

            • Anonymous

               You can draw parallels to other situations.   Imagine you are Viktor.  You know your work is better. You know you work your ass off.  You know that the other person is not as qualified or producing anywhere near your level work.  

              Some people would say you are a better person if you are not upset.  I’d not be one of them.  I’d be majorly p.o’d at the whole bunch

            • Anonymous

              Yeah, and this is where I actually CAN side with Clinique Counter. He DOES have a point. No, you don’t necessarily need to have paid a fortune for an education, but you should have spent some time devoting your life to this as a professional pursuit. Anya is a dilettante, not a designer.

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

              Well, I will be honest and say I have never made clothes because I was looking for a career out of it — I never wanted to make it a professional pursuit.  I just wanted my friends (which it’s expanded beyond them, but that’s where I started) somewhere to get clothes that didn’t make them cry because they couldn’t find anything. 

              I don’t care if you’ve never made any attempt to break into fashion as a career.  But you can still honestly assess your work and put some effort into it as a matter of personal pride.  I won’t send anything out the door that I don’t think is well-made and well tailored.  And that has NOTHING to do with money or reputation.

            • Anonymous

              Oh, I think you misunderstand me. Even if you didn’t intend to make a career out of it, you HAVE been designing and sewing for a long time. Anyone reading all of your posts can see that. I meant that she picked up on this as kind of a novelty if you will. Yes, she has a design degree (graphic design), but “design” is ALOT of things (industrial, interior, graphic, clothing, even “art.”) so you can’t just translate one to another as she seemed to do. And why? Why four months before PR did she just decide to say “Hey, I’m going to start designing cloths and sew”? See, it’s not about 1. the autodidact, or 2. the “nonprofessional”, but rather, as I said in my post, the dilettante. And I believe Anya is a dilettante.

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

              Gotcha — yeah that’s a very different interpretation.  I tend to be a little prickly about that kind of distinction, just like the formal education vs. self-taught, because so often it get tossed around like THAT’S the problem with Anya and others.  But Laura Bennett wasn’t formally trained in design and her career was in architecture.  She just cared enough that if she was going to do something, she was going to do it well.

              And I have an advantage — my best friend’s mother has been sewing for 50 years and we’ve always been close, so whenever something isn’t working the way I think it should, I take the piece and the sketches and the muslin model if I did one to her and ask what the problem is. 

            • Anonymous

              Thanks, I felt really bad when I read your post and then I re-read mine and realized it could be construed that I was making a stab at those who didn’t formally train, and I didn’t mean that at all. I’m sorry for my bumbling words. :)

          • Anonymous

            As the photographer, Bill Cunningham …as well as Tom Wolfe say in a wonderful documentary about Cunningham…it is extremely hard to be honest and straight(forward?) in NY. This season of PR epitomizes that statement. As drama as Joshua is and as much as I disagree with his esthetic (Kimberley’s as well). They stayed true to themselves.

            If we all “just play the game”…..the corporations have won

        • Anonymous

          I agree with you.  Anya came into this show with a freaking publicist, for god’s sake.

        • Anonymous

          Can you hear me shouting “AMEN!”???

        • Anonymous

          A.men, Eclectic.  Not for one hot second do I thinkAnya is a naif.  If anyone on this blog thinks that a woman who competed nationally and internationally in the pageant world does not have street smarts about competing, they are the  ones who are naive.

        • Anonymous

          I tend to agree with this, Eclectic. I wouldn’t care about the sex tape if she’d won fair and square … and if she’d had the courage to call it a sex tape instead of hiding behind the really totally tacky “intimate moments.”  WTF, girl! … I find it vulgar but that’s only because my own vulgarities tend to move in other directions.  What’s really repulsive to me is that by all accounts this young lady was in on a giant scam — and choose to participate in it willingly, obviously, knowing that a whole cast of folks were also in the running.  That, to my mind, denotes a total lack of character.  And is what made the apres show so upsetting to watch.  I went from initially liking her work/pleasant personality (and rooting for her), to having that bottom drop out during the ridic rock and roll challenge (that band must be cringing), to just plain not being able to stand her towards the end. 

          Now, to be fair, if it’s true that all of this was rigged from the get-go, I guess one could ask if all the hamsters knew it and were also just going along to get along. So the corruption and fakery fall on all their heads perhaps. Once a program gets to this point, it just feels like it’s over.

          Her whole boat ride with Tim was so yuck. “The rhythms of the sea are a big part of my life … I am just not the same when I’m away from it. ”  This is tackarama talk supreme … Show us where you live and what you’ve been working on and cut the crap.  Look again at Tim’s face when she engages in this little scene.  Cringeworthy.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            The footage of Tim and Anya on the boat spoke volumes – there was something unmistakable about the set of his jaw.  I really hope he breaks his silence about this entire season.

            Tim seemed to be impervious to Anya’s Beauty Queen pheromones, the ones which could usually overpower every gay man within a 50 foot radius.

            • Anonymous

              He looked annoyed as hell, repulsed by her lazy BS, and over it.   So agree about the set of the jaw. And the cast of his gaze.  And we get positively I dunno what, like, Dickensian about it!  I’m with you if I’m reading you correctly in what you wrote … It’s one thing to win a reality show game … It’s quite another to win this particular game which has always been a hybrid under these particular circumstances and I think that this time they took it too far and the whole thing is going to go HELLO on them.  Including the 3 muses plus one in Tim.  I can’t imagine that the four of them as the face of the show are feeling all too great this evening.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I’ve never really been a ‘conspiracy theory’ kind of gal but from the start of the competition it was clear that Anya was being graded on a curve.

              And benefiting from team challenges.

              And the generosity of her fellow competitors.  

              She also benefited from not being ‘the worst’ on a couple of occasions.

              When she lost her money and the second part of the Piperlime challenge was introduced, TLo and many of the commentariat cried FOUL.  But I couldn’t quite bring myself to really believe the producers would interfere to that degree.

              By the time we get to the final challenge and the reappearance of auf’ed designers to assist (which HAS happened before for challenges involving three looks but NEVER for the FINAL challenge) it became impossible to ignore.  

              Then of course Anya skates through the very last pre-Fashion Week selection and even some of her fans are forced to admit that it’s a complete bunch of arse.

              What I am HEARTILY fed up of, however, is the obsessive TeamAnya apologists – and others who simply haven’t seen through the Beauty Queen schtick yet – continually defending, excusing, deflecting and attacking.  I’ve HAD IT.  Enough.

              So – to EVERYONE who says that we cannot possibly blame Anya because she won, that this was all down to those evil producers and their dreadful machinations, I say BOLLOCKS.  Whether she was in on it or not she is still complicit and I blame them ALL.

              And, yes, I don’t see how Heidi, Nina, Michael and even Tim can possibly hope to be taken seriously after this.

            • Anonymous

              Sing it girl!

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

              she is the most manipulative person i have ever seen.

              she’s even manipulated people into thinking she’s drop dead gorgeous. ditch the earrings, the cosmetics, the clothes & the hairdo & what yr left w/ is a fairly ordinary looking person w/ an accent. i could be wrong, but i dont think so.

            • Anonymous

              I’m the last to say Anya’s not manipulative – I think she is, both on a conscious strategic level (which does grate) and on an only semi-conscious level that she was probably raised to – the ‘get more flies with honey than vinegar’ approach.

              But if we’re gonna call out women (or men, for that matter) for using cosmetics, clothes, hair, geegaws (& I’ll include tone of voice, body language & overall affect) to try to convince the world that they’re more attractive & appealing than they are au natural – most of us are in line to get called out.

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

              ITA.  And the make-up, etc. may have nothing to do with other people.  I LOVE to do my face, when I’m in the mood, but I’ve never felt like I had to or that I would get somewhere if I wore it. I just think it’s fun.

              I also agree on the unconscious manipulation — most of us do, and those who have a flair for it tend to do it very effectively.  Even the conscious manipulation doesn’t bother me that much.  Everyone manipulates those around them to some degree; how much and how often depends on the person, the situation, and the others involved. 

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

              “That’s why I added the ‘-ensian'”

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

            It makes me incredibly proud to be a mostly silent member of the TLo commentariat that so many of us thought (hoped, prayed, stuck pins in Anya dolls, etc.) that talent and “justice” would win in the end.  I think all the more of us.  It makes me sad, angry and defeated that yet again, the “bad guys” won.  I have to believe in the end they will not.  The show will lose viewers (or at least ones who “matter”),and another once honorable “brand” will be junk worthy of no one.  For anyone wondering “what happened to the good ole USA” the show was a total microcosm of an answer.  Ask for substance, you receive a “story”, a pretty face, and a big handful of wind egg. 

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

            liked a hundred thousand times.

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

              I don’t think Bunim/Murray,/Lifetime/whoever, would have risked the exposure by letting the other designers in on it. Someone could have easily gotten really pissed off about it and decided to blow the whistle. I mean, it’s not like the other designers would have had anything to lose, or, to be more precise, anything else to lose.

              Good point about Cecelia. I hadn’t thought of that. Maybe that is why she left. She seemed exceptionally unhappy. This is, of course, assuming there was major manipulation going on, which I don’t doubt at all.

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

              I’m POSITIVE the others didn’t know anything but what they figured out for themselves.  Even the best drafted contract in the world is only as good as the signer’s fear of the consequences.   And no matter what a judge awarded them in a breach-of-contract suit, it would never be enough to offset the damage done by a contestant saying, “Screw them, I’m calling a reporter.”

            • Anonymous

              I agree, the contestants slowly started to realize “Hey something really stinks in here and it’s coming from Ms.T&T over there”. Joshua was the first to get a whiff and then came Viktor. Hell I think Laura and Kim were skeptical in their girl pact. Most people think Joshua was being a bitch and a drama queen (which in my opinion, made me adore him but I might be the only person who falls for the classic bad gay guy) but if you listen to what he was saying, he was unravelling truths people didn’t want to believe about Anya. It didn’t add up in the least and Viktor nearing the end could see it. You can tell they would give each other these quick glances of shock whenever Anya once again skirted through a critique or a challenge. Hands down to them for trying their best but I can’t imagine how much it stung Viktor to be placed third and Joshua to once again lose to the beauty queen with 12 caftans as a line.

      • Anonymous

        But with this level of producer manipulation, do you think it will even be watchable?! I was excited about the All-Stars show, but I am rethinking it.

        • ferdinanda

          Up ’til last night, I was hesitant about watching the All-stars show–this season had dimmed my anticipation considerably– but after the unfathomable conclusion to this season…I’m done.   I want to be entertained, intrigued, and occasionally wowed.  All this show does is steal my time, and leave me feeling jerked around.  Who needs that? 

      • Anonymous

        I’ll bet a few good cookies on the fact that somehow they plan on working her into the all-stars show.  That’s why it was pushed back to 2012.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I think it has already been filmed, they’re probably just holding it back to spread the brand a little thinner.

        • Anonymous

          I think that they are smart enough to know that they will never be able to credibly put Anya in another sewing type competition.  No one would ever buy that she won 2 competitions with no talent.  Especially against the type of talent that she would be up against for all-stars.  They will promote her in other ways.  Possibly, as someone else said, with a show of her own where smiling will be all that is required from her.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZVZWZAQLXCM3JKKASGYN3EMBRQ Edith Piaf

            How about adding this challenge? “Design a beautifully constructed  flowy resort dress and jacket for Anya’s line on Piperlime.” The winner gets to lick Anya’s feet in gratitude.

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

            It was my feeling that they deliberately did not bring back any previous winners.  So I don’t think they’d put her in anyway. 

            • Anonymous

              I think you’re right. It’s more of a redemption show, and it’s likely structured to make sure Mondo wins, just as the first All Stars was set up for the benefit of Daniel V, in spite of the fact that others did better work.

              Only this time, I’d be perfectly happy with Mondo winning.

            • Anonymous

              I wouldn’t.  Of those All-Star designers, Mondo is not the best.  There are other very talented designers who got shafted–Kara Janx and Gordana both spring to mind.  Rami lost his confidence and worked against his gift, but he has a ton of talent.

              So, how about the designer with the best work in the competition winning? And fuck the heart-rending back story.

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

              Out of that cast, I don’t know who I’d want to win.  Spit girl wasn’t great and I was never a Sweet Pea fan.  But their seasons were long enough ago that they could have grown tremendously.  Even with some of the S8 designers who I wasn’t fond of… I wouldn’t count anyone out. 

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

          I had that theory too. But that was when I naively thought she wouldn’t win this. Still I can totally see them doing it. How could they resist an “Anya’s back!!!!!!!!!” moment?

          • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

            It would be hilarious if they did, though. Austin, Kenley, and and Anthony would read that bitch for filth, and even Wendy Pepper could sew circles around the girl. Actually, there are so many bitchy, yet talented designers cast in All Stars that there’s no way Anya would leave the show not drowning in tears. 

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

              And I can promise you that most of that cast wouldn’t be interested in her sweet little me act either.  She may have been able to manipulate this season’s cast (few of whom seemed like the brightest bulbs to start with) but the All-Star cast has been through this reality show spinner before and they aren’t that naive.

              I mean, can you see her trying to snowball Mila?  Can you imagine when she thinks she’s going to get Rami to drape and sew for her? 

              Hell, I almost wish they would push her into it!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

          O.M.G.  noes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I fell asleep during the judging comments. And don’t feel like I missed anything truly.

      WTG for calling the BS with this Tom & Lorenzo. Despite all the hate being thrown atcha, you guys are on the money. Exactly.

      This show has become Real World: Fashion, and a crap show it is too, just like the other BM efforts.

      Facebook page to beg for a return to bravo anyone?

      srq

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

        The judging might have made your head explode, so you’re better off. I got more and more annoyed as the episode went on, and the judging was out of this world preposterous. Listening to the drivel they spouted was worse than watching Anya win.

        • Anonymous

          I agree, the judging was what blew my mind. How could they sink that low? Are they being blackmailed? The only way I would spout that crap would be if my family was kidnapped and being held until after the show taped.
          Or maybe, even more sadly, they have drunk the kool-aid themselves, and will do or say anything to be “TV celebrities”. I swear, in the future, reality TV will be a corpo-government inflicted punishment for chronic non-conformists.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI Anonymous

            I wonder if the all the judges own a piece of the show and potential future Anya royalties.  There was waxing, I think by Nina, about how people would love to see Anya shoes, Anya bags, etc—therefore implicitly Anya’s brand would make MONEY.  Make money for who?

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

              Yeah, and can I just ask (because I seem to have the wrong end of the stick), isn’t part of what makes fashion “fashion” that you DO NOT know what is coming next?  Since when is predictability a good thing in that industry?

            • Anonymous

              They gave Gretchen the win for “being on trend”.
              Am I mistaken for thinking this was a show about what will be fashioable NEXT? not what is fashionable now? (as if anything Gretchen made was fashionable)
              And while I’m at it I want to see Nina wear Joshe’s shorts or put them on the cover of her magazine.

        • Anonymous

          You are so right.  It’s hard to even put into words all the things that repulsed me while watching the judges’ conversation – so unnatural and strange and filled with wrong opinions and double standards.  As much as I agonized over Mondo’s loss last year, at least the parts where the judges argued in favor of Gretchen made coherent sense.

    • Kit Taylor

      It’s so sad…this show was so many Tlo followers favorite show in the entire world (myself included)

      • vmcdanie

        I own the first five seasons on DVD. I wouldn’t answer the phone during PR back in the glory days. We wouldn’t be so angry if we didn’t love it so much….once.

        I almost boycotted this season after being thoroughly disgusted by the last one but I tuned in ever hopeful only to tune out a handful of shows later. If they won’t fix it, I’m a fool to throw advertiser stats their way. Bonus: no more sitting through ads for Lifetime’s other godawful programming.

    • Anonymous

      It WA amazing wasn’t it? In the most disappointing way.

      The manipulation by the producers is so broad and so obvious, it becomes a bit of the farce. And the judges, is their dignity and integrity locked up in a trust or something?

      I think Gross was the best description. But I always enjoy watching the collections (although I hate the editting and camera shots which don’t let you look at the clothes too much). It is the judging that is weak and should be auf’ed.

    • Anonymous

      Ah, so she won. I am one of those people that declared they wouldn’t watch the show anymore after the Gretchen win. I haven’t watched this season, but have followed along with the TLo posts and so I am aware of the continuing downward spiral of a show I used to adore. I’m glad I didn’t allow myself to get pulled into this season and I think I’ll even skip the PR posts next year to fully cut this boil of a show out of my life.

      • Anonymous

        Same here. I followed through with my declaration that I wouldn’t watch anymore after the Mondo/Gretchen debacle of 2010. I followed along with most of the TLo comments this season, but I’m undecided about following along with the TLo posts. I think I still may, because TLo cracks me up…. but that says something. I’m more interested in following because of the TLo commentary than because of the show itself.

        • Anonymous

          I do that for The A-List (though I did watch one full episode of that to get my bearings – oh the humanity)

          But, perhaps I loved Project Runway too much to just laugh at it now. I followed the TLo posts because part of me hoped the show that I had loved from Season 1 would somehow reappear and pull me back in. I know now that isn’t going to happen, and I can’t be amused by that – it makes me legitimately sad.

          I will remain a loyal Bitter Kitten, but the PR section of this site is a no-go for me from now on – if they even continue to blog about it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1241487378 Lauren Lynch Fox

      Love you guys….thanks for the validation. Have a good weekend.

    • http://twitter.com/SuzanneCitere SuzanneCitere

      I love you boys, and what I love MOST is how you calls em like you sees em…. By far my favorite part of the Project Runway experience is seeing the tremendous success it has brought you two. Oh, and Viktor was screwed.

    • Anonymous

      You know, I wasn’t even mad, because it was all so ludicrous. Arthur (my son) kept saying there would be another look to make as there has been in the past, but when the $500 for “anything” showed up, it was clear that it was designed with Anya in mind, specifically for an Anya-Josh showdown with Anya winning.

      If there had been a “one more look” twist, only Viktor could have won. But “here’s some money to fix things” had Anya-prints all over it, and since I knew it was all a manipulation to produce an intended result, when that result happened, with the judges contradicting themselves several times just to manage it, tying themselves in knots…well, I just laughed and laughed and laughed. It was like a bunch of 10 year old Mean Girls took the PR set and money and made a different show. With puppets.

    • http://twitter.com/Go9Media Go9Media

      You guys did a really smart thing a few years ago when you rebranded the blog away from such close ties to the PR name. I’ve been re-reading all your PR posts from the beginning in the past week or so (I’m up to season 4) and to think what the show has become just saddens me.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

        TLo, I agree with Go9Media on your rebranding. You are now FASHION WRITERS and not just PR bloggers.

        BTW, I don’t dislike Anya but I don’t think that she is beautiful either. She’s OK looking.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Aaaaaaaand – I’m in tears again.

      Your disgust with everything feels a bit like you’ve shoveled a spadeful of dirt on the coffin of Project Runway.  I’m getting in line behind you ready to throw my handful of earth.

      I didn’t think I could possibly be as outraged with this result as I was about Gretchen v Mondo but I’ve discovered that disgust is cumulative.

      Love you guys.

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

        Gretchen pinned it with a bowie knife, but Anya put the stake through its heart.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I think you mean Gretchen ‘hand crafted’ it with a bowie knife…

          But yes – you’re right.  *sigh*

          • Tom Shea

            Naah. Bunim-Murray put the shark in the cage the same place that Fonzie jumped it: California. The show, Seth Aaron notwithstanding, hasn’t recovered, and won’t until Magical Elves get it back from the Taint of Satan that is Bunim-Murray.

            • Anonymous

              And I don’t think that will ever happen. If I remember correctly, Magical Elves signed an exclusive deal with Bravo after PR left the network.  Heidi and the Weinsteins took PR to Lifetime, and apparently they are content with Bunim/Murray.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OK26PHQATX3VMJXUJDYLOC24GE K

            But at least Gretchen could craft…as much as I hated her hippy-dippy crap, she did have knowledge of fabric and sewing

            • Adella Thompson

              And at least I cared when Gretchen won! Maybe the producers just didn’t show their hand quite so obviously? But I was invested, not just in Mondo winning, but in Gretchen not winning. She had some kind of provocative style that evoked a reaction in me. Anya… it was a big “meh” mixed with a “if they frame another everything falls to crap Anya battling the odds to win it all story arc, I am going to barf” and the judges AND producers had so clearly ignored Viktor throughout the competition… there was no suspense. I mean, hell I hated Josh’s collection and would have been outraged if he’d won, but on the other… at least I would have reacted. It’s not just that they picked Anya for the win, although that was really depressing: it’s that they didn’t even try to hide it. It’s not just bad fashion reality. It’s bad even for crappy Real World. Sloppy job, producers.  

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1374511853 Sara Yungwirth

        I never thought I would ever defend Gretchen’s win….. But at least Gretchen could sew more than beach dresses…
        *sigh*

        • Anonymous

          At least Gretchen was an actual professional designer. 

          • Adella Thompson

            I think this is all part of a plot to make people forgive Gretchen and help her line get back on track. I had a gut feeling that maybe they also made it a Josh versus Anya final choice to try to minimize the Mondo comparisons… “see Viktor wasn’t even IN contention for the win!”

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

              I think you could be right, and while I agree that Gretchen had some real, live, actual skills, I refuse to minimize what a bad decision it was to give her the win. Her winning and Anya winning are equally bad. It’s all of a piece in the dumbing down of PR.

    • Anonymous

      They might as well have stopped the show when they started talking about the “branding” of Anya. It was so boring and predictable.  Well we all have the Anya line of handbags and shoes at Payless to look forward to.  

      • Anonymous

        but you know, Christian Siriano has his line for Payless (of which I own a couple of lovely pairs) and you can see HIS design in them…they look nothing like all the other crap in the store and although expensive for Payless, they are pretty affordable…

        and I can’t picture crap from her other than the chiffon bedsheets she has produced…and this is coming from a 100% Caribbean girl

        • Anonymous

          I suspect anything “designed” by Anya would actually mean that she approved someone else’s designs.

      • Anonymous

        Which, considering the outrage, will be on the discount rack in 3 months.

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        She’s not even good enough for Payless.  Online clearance at Zappos.

    • http://twitter.com/whitneymathews Whitney Mathews

      High five, girlfriends. Strangely, I wasn’t as angry this time around as when Gretchen beat Mondo. Maybe I have grown immune to shitty television.

      • Anonymous

        Gretchen was just so awful and her collection was ugly and no one wanted to wear it.  Anya wasn’t as mean or nasty as Gretchen, nor was she as self centered and her clothes were pretty but they were not quality or high fashion.

        • BerlinerNYC

          Thank you! I was much more outraged last year. Gretchen seemed like a nasty piece of work, and her clothes were, well, nasty pieces of her work. Whereas Mondo was loveable and clearly did a better collection. Anya seemed nice and made pretty things. I would’ve given it to Josh, but I couldn’t get too worked up about it.

          • Anonymous

            Gretchen was hilarious unaware.  Anya knew exactly what she was doing.  One played to the cameras, the other had no idea whatsoever.

          • http://twitter.com/leslielies Leslie S

            I know this is a little off topic … but have you noticed the polka dots in recent seasons, ie stella mccartneys fall 2011 collection? that shit pisses me off. mondo deserved that win and he deserved to sell HIS polka dot pieces.

          • Anonymous

            Me too.  Last year, I was practically foaming at the mouth.  For a good two hours after the episode aired, I was making angry noises interspersed with lots of creative swearing and the phrases “ugly Chico’s merchandise” and “granny panties.”   

            I just couldn’t work up that kind of ire again.  I mean, was this cast clearly the least talented in the entire franchise?  Hell yes.  Was it a total joke that, at the end, Anya and Josh were on that stage instead of Viktor and Kimberly?  Absolutely.  It’s just that after last season, I’m really not all that surprised; the feeling I had Thursday night was more along the lines of resigned dispiritedness as opposed to shocked indignation.  

        • Anonymous

          Anya was a self-centered beast, but she hid it better. Plus, people never think attractive people are assholes, even when they clearly are.

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

            Oh bullshit — half of the biggest assholes I know are somewhat attractive (providing you don’t get to know them).  Josh, for instance, would have been a good looking guy if he’s scraped off the make-up and washed the product out of his hair. 

            Ivy from last season was far from unattractive and she was a vicious bitch and everyone knew it.

            • Anonymous

              I stand by my assertion – beautiful/attractive people are generally given the benefit of the doubt. I did NOT say “somewhat attractive,” I said attractive. Or beautiful. Like Anya. 

              And you need some manners. Why so hostile? :)

            • Anonymous

              I agree.  If you are beautiful, people want to like you and want you to like them.  You are willing to overlook the nastiness if they are nice to you.

          • Anonymous

            Totally agree.  She was perfectly willing to take credit for other people’s work, to take help but not give it in return, and acted like a total two-face with Kimberly (nice to her face, talking crap about her to Laura).  I don’t fault her for playing the game, but let’s not pretend she didn’t play the game.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. I think I was angry this time since I really adored Mondo and wanted to see him win. This time I think I am more just disappointed. While I think Viktor deserved the win, I didn’t feel emotionally invested in it like I was with Mondo. Viktor was good, but he wasn’t great.

        • Adella Thompson

          I feel like part of the reason for this is that the producers didn’t give Viktor a story. Maybe he didn’t take the opportunities as well as Mondo, but until the finale, we had no idea who he was or about his relationship and some of the outtakes shown on ATR suggest that he was much more of a character than he ended up appearing to be. Maybe they wanted to minimize investment in him because the win was heading towards Anya, or maybe he just lacked something the producers were looking for. Granted, his clothes were not as innovative as Mondo’s, but that said I’d wear most of his clothes in a heartbeat and I suspect if he’d gotten more screen time, he would have been a way more compelling character.

          • Anonymous

            I completely agree – part 1 of the finale was the first time we got pretty much ANY substantial backstory on Viktor, and those goofy outtakes on After the Runway made me see him completely differently.

      • Anonymous

        I was angry last year, but this year I’m just sad. I feel like my favorite show–and one that was about talent and creativity–has been killed. It bums me out.

      • Anonymous

        I was angry last year, but this year I’m just sad. I feel like my favorite show–and one that was about talent and creativity–has been killed. It bums me out.

        • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

          Me too.  Just bummed out and sad.  This used to be must-see TV.  This season, after the first few episodes, I stopped watching and just read TLo.  What a depressing end to such a one-time great show.

      • Anonymous

        I think it was because you could see it coming this season.  Gretchen received praise throughout the season and so did Mondo.  Clearly, Mondo was more talented and as the show went on, that became apparent, but there was nothing the judges did through the season that made you think they would pick her over him.  With Anya, it was apparent all season that they would find any little thing to praise so they could justify her win, so it was expected that no matter what crap she put on her model, they would find some excuse to give it to her.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380079551 Marie Dees

      At this point I’m even beginning to suspect Anya was recruited about 4 months before the show.  Ah, well, it’s only fashion.

    • Anonymous

      I’m just sad. Whatever.

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

      Thanks for hanging in there, fellas. The best things about this season began with the letter ‘T’ and ended with the letters ‘omAndLorenzo’.

      If there is a next season, I’m not tuning in at all. But if you keep blogging it, I’ll keep reading it. However, I won’t blame you at all if this was your final season, too.

      You and all of your Bitter Kittens deserve the highest of fives. Stay warm, everyone!

      -Pinup Ghoul (Bitter, Kitten-like, and proud)

    • Anonymous

      One of the things I’ve noticed in the Bunim/Murray era is that we see so little of the designers talking about their own process in the confessionals. Instead, they are asked to talk about the other designers’ work. As viewers we learn more about what each person thinks of each other rather than the design process. It was the design process that interested and fascinated me in the first place. I don’t want to hear designers snarking about each other; I want to hear about their creative decision-making!
      Real World indeed. Sigh.

      • Anonymous

        TLo summed it up so well. We went from seeing designers facing problems with their concept, fabrics, fittings, to Bunim/Murray’s patented sob/snarkfest.  Sure, there was always drama, but now it’s such an obvious setup. 

      • Anonymous

        Well, the producers admitted that listening to or watching the creative process was akin to “watching paint dry” (as per the Hollywood Reporter article). Clearly, they want to cater to a different fan base, and it’s not our show anymore.

        • Anonymous

          Yep, someone who thinks that is the wrong person to be working on this show.

          As if the abundance of wrong persons working on this show weren’t already obvious.

      • Anonymous

        YES!
        Because the part of the show I loved it for – the, you know, *clothing design and construction* – is no longer the show’s focus.  It’s just the pretext for another bunch of story lines that seem to require an awfully high quotient of bad behavior.

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

      Unbelievable. A half-assed selection of “beautiful prints” “sewn” in nearly identical ways, with exactly ZERO range, wins the day.  And the guy with the fluorescent green string-covered neoprene SHORTS comes in second? WTF? Viktor was robbed. And so was I….

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

        When my husband saw those shorts on the model in the workroom, he exclaimed, “Ew! She looks like a futuristic plague victim!” We had to pause while I laughed hysterically.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=194302292 Lauren Schmidt

      I find it ironic that the judges criticized Viktor for making four complete and glamorous/sexy outfits in black–saying he “missed some great opportunities”–while Anya makes the EXACT SAME LOOK twelve times!!!! How is that not “missed opportunity?” Granted, Viktor’s sheer outfits were weaker than his prints, but at least he had variety, whereas Anya is a complete one-note. Uli, whose aesthetic was somewhat similar, created an easy-breezy collection that at least had separates.

      *sigh* this show is so OUT.

    • Anonymous

      Last night, hell, this whole season was fuckery of the highest degree. I think I’m going to go clutch my season 1&2 DVD’s and remember the good old days.

    • Anonymous

      disappointed, dissatisfied & DISGUSTED.  WTF?  i sat watching & wondered how nina could act like she was impressed with the majority of the crap or any of the judges for that matter.  when i think back on past collections & how the final runway was exciting to watch it just pissess me off.  i wanted victor to win.  once again…disappointed, dissatisfied & DISGUSTED!

      • Anonymous

        When she said she liked the green shorts b/c they would photograph well and she wanted to feature them?  I could not believe she had the stomach to say that and that Marie Claire didn’t demand a disclaimer on the screen THE OPINIONS OF THIS EDITOR ARE NOT THE OPINIONS OF MARIE CLAIRE

        • Anonymous

          Well, didn’t Joanna Coles say that Joshua was her favorite or one of her favorites or something like that?  So Nina was probably fed that BS line about featuring the shorts.

    • Beth Reed

      Tinfoil hat time.

      The producers knew that if Anya won, we’d all be pissed and start drinking. Drinking leads to…shall we say, a bit of puffiness. Puffiness means that it’s harder to wear any of those fabulous tailored clothes, so we’d default to…shall we say, flowier options. Ergo, Anya’s clothes are the most “appealing”! Self-fulfilling prophecy a-go!

      Yeah, I don’t know. I’m still trying to come up with reasons as to why she won.

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

        I don’t know, but I love the reasoning! 

      • Anonymous

        I laughed my ass off and almost spilled my wine when in the commercial for Project Accessory the words “GET HAMMERED” appeared on the screen.  It’s like they were inviting me to get drunk to watch the fuckery that ensued because they KNEW that was the only way their audience might possibly drink their Kool Aid.

      • Anonymous

        Hahah, very true.

        Although, if L’Wren Scott admits that she can’t pull off those plunging necklines, there’s no way in hell that I could! 

    • http://profiles.google.com/nariman.c.alkhatib Nariman Alkhatib

      ughhh I hate lifetime bunch of hormonal bitches that are disconnected with the public.. she’s not even a favorite.. how can these guys not see that? 

      • Anonymous

        “bunch of hormonal bitches”

        Inappropriate and misogynistic to boot. Awesome.

        • Anonymous

          Thank-you for saving me the trouble of deciding whether or not to point that out.

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

        Weird… I’m hormonal and often referred to as bitchy, yet I don’t  like Anya’s work… Hm..

        • Anonymous

          Clearly, you missed the last meeting when we agreed on it. Remember, it’s two days before the full moon EVERY MONTH, ladies! Our Pregnant Hormonal Bitches subcommittee meets bimonthly!

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

            I’m past the pregnancy stage, but still get hormonal. Can I at least audit the meetings? I’ll  only be as hormonally bitchy as my station allows.

    • Anonymous

      MEMORANDUM

      To: M. Kors
      N. Garcia
      cc: H. Klum

      We trust you found the manual, “BS-ing Your Way to an Anya Win” helpful during last night’s anointment of her fabric scraps for the tall, titless and tropical. Please note: your performance “bonus” has been transferred into the designated account at the Bank of T&T. Though this payoff will in no way restore your credibility, we hope it will soothe your mounting self-loathing :-) 

      We wanted to share with you some exciting things planned for next season. We have decided to rebrand the franchise: “So You Think You Can Sew?!!!!” which better reflects the broader scope of contestants we seek. No sewing experience at all will be required and we have decided to allow the use of staplers as a “creativity enhancement tool.”  

      Interviews of candidates for next year’s wacky fun have begun, including a pair of Siamese twins who will be required to share one sewing machine, but produce two separate collections !!!!! and the addition of some celebrity contestants (Hint, Hint: Paz de la Huerta and Gary Busey!!!! We can’t wait for the workroom hijinks!). BTW, T. Gunn’s gag order will remain in effect.

      Enjoy the offseason and please make certain that you return the copy of Anya’s “promotional” video to the production team (Hottt!!!!) We have a waiting list.

      Love ya guys,
      The BMs

      • Anonymous

        OMG!  Hilarious.  Thank you for that.

      • Anonymous

        Oh my god!  So you Think you can Sew!  Brilliant.  Really, that describes Anya so well. 

      • http://twitter.com/BlixtMe Meredith Blixt

        Hee. Tall, titless and tropical. I’m done with this show. Just like last season, I didn’t even watch the two finale episodes.

      • Anonymous

        “please make certain that you return the copy of Anya’s “promotional” video to the production team (Hottt!!!!) We have a waiting list.”

        LMAO!

      • Anonymous

        Brilliant.  I’ll help you find a good defense lawyer when Bunim-Murray comes after you for an electronic B&E into their top secret archives.  ‘Cause we KNOW that this is the truth.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I’d totally watch if Gary Busey were on!

    • Anonymous

      aww, it’s kind of hard to get THAT mad when we knew it all along.  I think we all called it.  At least Anya wasn’t insufferable, and unlike Gretchen, did make things that were at least pretty.  Victor’s stuff was SOOOO much better

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

        I had hope — I’m a very optimistic soul about that kind of thing.  The other word for it here would be gullible…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cortney-Dean/100002491593625 Cortney Dean

      Maybe the most telling thing is that I can’t even muster up the energy or venom to unleash the proper dose of vitrol the folks at PR deserve. I’ve been a loyal and enthusiastic fan of this show from day one and they’ve turned it into something I simply won’t watch. This is the first season I quit watching. Weeks ago (I relied on your fabulous recaps- because they are better than the show). We all knew this is exactly what was going to happen and it wasn’t worth the wasted hour a week to see it all go down. Thanks Bunim/Murray for killing a formally fabulous show, for taking a great idea and running it out of town, and for turning PR into a weak, talentless shell of its former self.

    • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

      So, twice in a row the hippie-dippie flowy dresses won? I am so disappointed, but not at all surprised. Sad. 

      • http://twitter.com/mrsgo4 Christie Lasch

        but the reason Mondo lost last year was because he supposedly was too much like Seth Aaron the season before…PR logic fail. 

      • Anonymous

        Won over a  Mexican-American gay man with more talent in his little finger than the actual winner (although that’s not saying a lot in Season 9’s case), no less.

    • Leslie Streeter

      I have been checking the site obsessively all morning waiting for your take, and…I concur. You are right that the show has changed so much, and what they are looking for has changed. But I can’t help remembering when talented designers who were, for whatever reason, limited to one genre, never got very far. Uli always designed for a cruise to Miami, and Kane always was at a pageant. And it was a gorgeous cruise, and a kick-ass pageant. But the judges said “You do this well. What else do you do?”
      My issue with Anya is that not only was she limited, but that I fear it’s not just a limitation of a point of view but of skill. She can’t do anything else. And that’s sad. I want her to say “My focus makes me stick to this plan” not “I don’t have the chops to do anything else.”
      I am saddened by what’s happened to my show, and I thought about that when I felt myself fast-forwarding past most of the show to get to the clothes. I don’t care about their struggle or their backstory or the things they did to puff up that girl. And the clothes weren’t all that awesome.
      I did love Kimberly’s stuff, and Anya’s first dress was beautiful, yes. Victor disappointed me and Josh was the mayor of Clown Town, per usual. But the fix was already in. Blurg.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      “It’s insulting because it’s being done so badly.”
      And that summed it up quite nicely. I so want to be done with this show.

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

        WANT to be done? You can do it! Stay strong!

        • Sobaika Mirza

          That’s the thing – after last season’s fuckery I said I would give it a another chance. But now, I’m interested in Accessories and want to see the All Stars. Pretty much if it’s still on and TLo is still writing about it, I will watch it. Not as religiously and not as into it as before, but I’ll probably still watch.

          None of this would be an issue if The Fashion Show or any other show could capture even half the magic PR used to have.

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

        WANT to be done? You can do it! Stay strong!

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

      “It’s insulting because it’s being done so badly.”

      In my previous comment I forgot to thank you TLo for your posts. And today you said exactly how I feel. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I think that’s exactly it.  Reality tv of any sort is going to contain manipulation. But it’s not supposed to be so obvious! This was so half-assed, it’s ridiculous. 

        (Reminds me of this week’s South Park actually…keep it in the “subtext.” Heheheh. )

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

        As I have said for years about politics… “They all lie.  And I know they all lie.  It’s part of the job.  But when you’re going to lie to me, at least have the RESPECT to lie WELL.  Don’t make it so obvious I have no choice to be insulted!”

    • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

      amen.

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

      Ditto everything you said here, but I wonder what you think of Heidi, Nina, and Michael?  How could they participate in this travesty, and do it so obviously?  Nina looked like she was choking on her words a few times last night, but otherwise they were all three of them shameless all season, with the possible exception of Heidi’s occasional encouraging words to Bert.  Are all three of them really so lacking in integrity?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552853133 Teddy Partridge

        This

      • Anonymous

        Yes, they are. Furthermore, I would venture to say that neither Heidi, Nina, nor MK would recongize integrity if it were a bolt of fabric at Mood that fell on top of them.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          *guffaws*

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

        I almost felt sorry for Nina. She’s a terrible liar, isn’t she? She was completely against sending Anya throughat the beginning of the season, and I don’t believe for a second that she fell under Anya’s spell as it went on. Even more insane was her encouragement of Josh. Really? Ms. “It’s not aesthetically pleasing” was impressed by The Mayor of Tackytown? I don’t buy it.

        Shame on you, Nina. Shame on you.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

          Think there’s a tell all book to come some day?  Before we die?

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

            I hope so. Tim’s the only one to tell it, by which I mean he’s the only one I’d believe. As a lot of other people have said here, maybe he’ll write that book after he’s been away from this dog and pony show for a few years.

            I’m not usually interested in tell-all books, but I think a PR tell-all would be juicy as hell.

    • Anonymous

      After what happened with Mondo last season, I half-assed watched this show.  I can now say, I’m done.  And, was it just me but all the talk about how so-n-so didn’t accessory their model right, etc. all this season just made me think about Project Accessories all that much more.  Well played, Lifetime, but I’m passing.  Where’s Gretchen?

    • Anonymous

      I lost it when they tried to give some bulsh&t explanation why it wouldn’t be Victor. At least they prepared me for the let down (though you could tell it was coming by episode 4). It was like, “We know Victor has a clear vision and marketable plan…” But those see through GOWNS! Dramatic! Missed opportunity! Except they were well made. But missed opportunity!” Kimberly had a ton of faults in her final collection, but none worse than Josh. Do not tell me those shorts are f-ing pictorial Nina. They belong in a flashback version of Runner’s World or Biker’s Crotch… whatever.

      I wont get in to Anya’s “let’s throw everything down the runway” and see what sticks/ makes the writers work overtime on explaining my future win.  

      • Anonymous

        Biker’s Crotch!! I’m laughing at my desk!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

          Me too!  Chelles_bells you sure can turn a phrase!

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

        “Do not defend those shorts to me!”

    • Anonymous

      “It’s editorial”…. what the hell does that mean anyway??
      It is time to cut this thing loose…. Project Runway…. please runaway!!

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

      In my opinion it went like this:

      1. Viktor
      2. Kimberly (surprisingly good!)
      3. Anya
      4. Josh (just AWFUL collection. It’s like one of the egotistical pathetically untalented American Idol auditioners makes it to the finals as a producer’s lark. And now that ego will continue to be unleashed on the world with a huge injection of support from Project Runway)

    • Anonymous

      insulting – it’s a word you guys used and it’s how any audience member with half a brain should feel after watching last night.  Or the whole season for that matter!

      It’s not fun to watch anymore – like you said boring collections, boring show.

    • Anonymous

      I might also add, when I saw them showing Anya comforting Josh and helping Kimberly….I KNEW. They were giving her the winner edit, trying to show her as something less than a contestant who manipulated the system. 

    • http://twitter.com/maryfargo Mary Carpenter

      As I tweeted last night I am done. I used to watch Project Runway to get a bit of a fashion fix, but there was no fashion this season, only character manipulation.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/buddhadecat Sasha DeCat

      “Spittle-flecked fury isn’t entertaining when you give it a megaphone, you see.”

      Oh, I totally disagree with this ^^^ statement. I think you should have had A LOT more of that. Considering the grossness of the conclusion, you two were too kind.

      But thank you for all you do as you saved me from having to view this monstrosity of a finale. When I got home, I came straight to the TLo Lounge & seeing Anya won immediately deleted the finale episode from  my DVR. I couldn’t be happier with that.

    • Anonymous

      The truth is, none of these designers were really up to snuff. Not one. That includes Viktor. TLO you are correct, it’s about the stories and drama not the fashion. That was apparent thought from the initial show where they picked the contestants. The whole tenor was on who died, who couldn’t sew, what a sad background they had blah blah blah. This show is not what it was on Bravo and everyone knows it. The only question is how much longer it will remain around. If it continues to get ratings, it will survive and let’s not kid ourselves there are a lot of people out there that like the whole drama aspect. I wish it weren’t true, but it is.

    • Anonymous

      As much as I hated Gretchen’s win last year, at least the girl could sew. Anya’s win is just plain embarrassing. I’ve no hatred for Anya herself (hate the game, not the playa etc.) but Lordy, do I hate this show now. 

      Cheers for keeping us entertained though TLo, you were the only good thing about this season and how you kept going, I just don’t know. If I could award the fan favourite to you both, I totally would.

    • http://twitter.com/modeknit Annie Knit Modesitt

      In the VERY frustrating season where Laura Bennet & Uli Herzner were passed over for Jeffrey Sebella, at least I could agree that JS had some good sewing chops in his collection (even if they were worked up by minimum wage employees in California)

      This was just painful to watch.  And somewhere Uli must have been putting her fist through a wall to see the clunky, badly made versions of her beautiful, flowing, well planned and executed pattern designs walk away with $110,000.  Just painful.

      For anyone who’s interested, here’s Uli’s collection. SO Much better than Anya. http://www.google.com/search?q=project+runway+uli&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=7c8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=imvnsuo&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=4LSqTpbkEab8iQKQ4o2lCw&ved=0CCIQsAQ&biw=1060&bih=650&sei=%206bSqTuOTCMbniALPtKz0Cg

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

        Don’t forget the bird challenge- another $20k there.

        • Anonymous

          and the $50,000 from HP (maybe it’s equipment, but still) –right, or am I making this up?–

          so, my total is: 100+10+20+50 = $180,000

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

            Girl can buy a LOT of waterproof mascara with that kind of cheese…

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

            It’s a tech suite, so it’s equipment and software.  But even if she doesn’t want to use it, she can a) sell it and b) count it as an asset in her accounting for securing loans and financing for the line going forward.

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

        Don’t forget the bird challenge- another $20k there.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        OMG I feel truly ill now.  I just went and revisited Uli’s collection.  There is an Anya fan on the Lifetime blogs with all sorts of ridiculous comparisons between the two -proving in HER opinion Anya’s superiority.  ULI can sew!  Uli can design!  Can someone please please explain to me why the producers bought into Anya?  Of all people the one who has NO design skill, no sewing skills (4 months?  Is that all?  And she still can’t sew in a sleeve? — I learned how in the 70s and it just isn’t that hard, and I’m mostly self-taught!)  I honestly don’t “get” what about Anya (other than she is pretty, has a nice figure, great hair and a cute accent) made her the anointed one.  After looking at Uli’s creations, Anya isn’t fit to bandage that poor, wounded hand that went through the wall! 

    • Anonymous

      “Anya, we hated two out of three looks from your mini collection, I mean, they were just the worst. Terrible.”

      So, um, why.. did.. um.. What? No. I mean..

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

        Took the words right out of my mouth.

    • Anonymous

      It’s really sad when I’m more interested in watching the latest episode of Millionaire Mathmaker than the PR Finale.  I ended up watching the latter just out of that “must watch the trainwreck” morbid curiosity.  No surprises there.  Very disgusting.  I wonder how they are going to manage to screw up “All Stars.” 

      • Anonymous

        When I decide to use my guilty TV pleasure chits on “Millionaire Matchmaker”, at least I know that that show is just pile of horse manure.  PR used to be better than that.

        • Anonymous

          For real!

          ________________________________

    • Anonymous

      Couldn’t agree more.  I watched the final 15 minutes of the shows for the past I don’t know, 4 or 5 weeks.  I saw the winner last night and just deleted the finale off my tivo, I just didn’t care anymore.  That, my friends, is the most dangerous part of TV, when the viewers cease to give a shit.  I fondly remember being blown away by so many finale collections in the past and when I saw these photos from fashion week, I was like “well, this is disappointing”.  The fact that clinique counter was the other person in the finale?  I mean BITCH PLEASE.  That collection is among the dregs of PR history.  Those day-glo green shorts are an affront to mankind.   I remember when PR was THE thing I watched when it came on.  Now I watch GA and ff to the end just to see what they produce.  I was tired of the bs drama of nasty human beings with no talent whatsoever. 

    • Anonymous

      And PS–thank you T & Lo. You were seriously THE ONLY thing fun about this season.

      • Anonymous

        Amen!  I was thinking last night what did I like from this season, and everything that came to mind was from a TLo post-Scottyf’s missives to Bert, sharing the snark with my fellow bitter kittens!

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

          That’s part of why I’ll keep hanging in with PR as long as TLo does — there’s such a fun group here.  And that’s hard to find.

      • Anonymous

        Amen!  I was thinking last night what did I like from this season, and everything that came to mind was from a TLo post-Scottyf’s missives to Bert, sharing the snark with my fellow bitter kittens!

    • Anonymous

      I thought something was a miss way back when Anya was recognized as a top three in the very first episode. But when the tank dress “won” and was produced with her name on the Newbalancehiediklumamazon website, I figured the whole thing was rigged.’To bad for the others. Especially Viktor. But none of them had a chance.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks TLo for giving us a place where we don’t feel alone and putting a voice to our collected disgust.  I will watch all-stars (for the talent level alone) but then I’m done.  Unfriended them on Twitter, removed them from my favorites list, done.  If the thought of watching the next season is too much for you, I don’t blame you one bit and will still come here.  This was their second chance and they blew it.  

    • Anonymous

      BOO HISS

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I realize this is yet another flounce post, but…

      PR was huge in our house. My husband and I spent the day after our wedding sitting in bed watching a season 2 marathon and loved it. After that we watched PR almost religiousl and we both really cared. This is how I know my giant nerd of a spousewho wears nothing but tshirts from sci-fi conventions has a decent understanding of design and style. H was fed up by about episode 4, and it only took me 2 more episodes to be done. The only thing I enjoy about PR anymore is this website. 

      PR lost a really loyal viewer, and I can’t even care about who won anymore.

    • Anonymous

      It’s just really sad. Not to quote Laura, but when I was a kid, I drew pretty dresses, too. That’s why I loved this show—it was fun to see people who knew a lot about design be really innovative put those looks together and reference great designers but add their own original ideas and then come up with truly new looks. The art made the drama, not sex tapes and meltdowns and dead relatives. Sure, some of those things were there but they were background to the art that was being created. If I were a habitual Lifetime viewer I would be really pissed off. Clearly, Bunim/Murray thinks viewers are not sophisticated enough to appreciate the creative process. It’s unbelievable how much it’s been dumbed down. It’s pretty insulting, actually. 

      TLo, thanks for your hard work, as always. I hate you had to work so hard. I imagine blogging PR used to be something you looked forward to a lot more. 

    • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

      I… just don’t know if I can watch this show anymore. After Gretchen’s and Anya’s win, I am just so outraged, disappointed, and annoyed. Why does Bunim-Murray think that they need to manipulate everything? The show was better when it was natural, and pure talent was used as the entertainment value.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701226332 Anique Ashraf

      This is…I…unjust. I’ve never said it, but shame on Nina. Shame on Michael and shame on Heidi for allowing this shit to happen. These are so clearly producer fed critiques it’s not even funny. I’m afraid they’ve lost all credibility.

      Poor poor Uli. 

    • Anonymous

      Project Runway, do not ask for whom the bell tolls . . . .

      Sigh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8402388 Mike Benedetto

      Bottom line, for all the machinations and manipulations, the producers didn’t even do all that good a job of crafting a story to tell. 

      Yep. I said in the comments to the last post that we only want to hear the stories of the designers whose work interests us. The producers tried to do that in reverse and convince us that the designer with the “best” story was doing the best work. It helped that either the rest of the designers were weak or the challenges brought out little to write home about in anyone, but at the end of the day it’s really hard to convince most people outside Trinidad that ten similar flowy dresses in ten different fabrics constitute a winning Project Runway line.

      In season two the finalists included a refugee from her home country and someone who had been homeless, and these topics did not come up at any length until the home visit. Guess what? We actually were interested, because the designers had earned the right to talk about them.

      • Anonymous

        Korto’s family fled Nigeria.  Uli grew up in East Berlin.  Again, not a word about it until the home visit.

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

          And can you imagine how much better “After the Runway” would have been in the good old days?  I mean, it would have been a blast to hear the designers talking about the challenges and each other in more depth — even about the drama moments, like Jeffery and Laura in the finale or Jeffery and Angela’s mom.  Because it was real, it was interesting, and it had a damn point! 

      • Anonymous

        As a Trinidadian, I can let you know that it’d be pretty hard to convince me of that. :)

    • Anonymous

      So help me…if she shows up on the All-Stars show, then we’ll all know why it was pushed to 2012.

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

        OMG!

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

        OMG!

    • http://www.facebook.com/amaezm Scott Raveling

      I stopped watching after season 5…but I still read TLO posts about PR because they’re far more amusing!  I did look at the looks for the finale…and damn…WEAK!   I remember my jaw dropping at Jay, Uli’s, Christian’s, LeeAnn’s collections…in the words of a queen…this shit is RAGGEDY!

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

        Seriously, rent S7.  It’s the only one after 5 that was REALLY worth watching.

    • Anonymous

      Love your comments – all so true – this show has definitely “Jumped the Shark”!

    • http://twitter.com/felicityd Felicity Darwen

      Love you guys.  Word to everything you said.

    • Carey Cauthen

      I haven’t been able to watch the show live (previous commitments, and I’m a cave person with no DVR), so I’ve been relying on this site and the Thursday reruns. Thanks for being honest in your assessment, TLo, even if it brings you some crap, because this show has simply lost its way. Maybe with enough rational, even-keeled criticism like yours it might improve, but unfortunately I doubt it. I used to really regret not being able to watch the show live. With Gretchen and now Anya winning, I haven’t felt that regret this entire season. I can’t even get worked up about Anya, other than feeling a dismal sense of disappointment that the show I used to love no longer exists.

    • Anonymous

      Preach. Preach. P-r-fucking-each.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that the producers are exerting way too much (obvious) control over the proceedings, but considering the dreck that is on Bravo, I doubt things would be different if it had remained there.  This is just the state of realityTV now.  Drama wins.  I expect next season to be even more Real Housewives like.  Ugh.

    • http://twitter.com/hmbscully Wendy

      GROSS.
      So gross.
      I’ll hang around for All-Stars because at least I know all those people can sew. Then I’m DONE. And while I love your recaps/opinions, if you two cut the cord from this dead horse, I wouldn’t blame you in the least.

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

        If you watch All-Stars, Bunim-Murray wins!

        • http://twitter.com/airplane68 Dave Fellner

          ^^^This!^^^^

    • Anonymous

      OH, and really Heidi? Josh’s neoprene green lace-up bicycle shorts were worthy of praise but some of Viktor’s stuffy was tacky? REALLY?!

      • Anonymous

        Nina’s turnaround and praise of those shorts was the breaking point for me.  Apparently “editorial” is some kind of fashion editor code for “worthy only of being shot directly into the sun.”

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

      By the way, guys, I’m SO sorry to see the crap that was thrown at you on twitter last night. It was truly awful. 

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

        Oh no!  I’m not on Twitter.  Was someone being mean to our beloved TLo???

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

        WHAT?!? TLo are the ONLY people that I will go to Twitter to read (I don’t have a Twitter account, nor do I ever intend to get one, but I love you guys enough to make an exception to my self-imposed ban from Twitter:)

        I skimmed some of their feed this morning while waiting on this post to go up, but I didn’t see anything like that — that makes me even less happy at Twitter!

        • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

          they RT’d a rather nasty tweet sent their way. apparently they should “watch their back” if they ever plan on going down to T&T. *rolls eyes* some insane anya fan taking issue with TLo’s opinion of her win, i guess. they were super classy in their response too. such gentleman!

    • http://twitter.com/tsaboca Tsaboca

      I started watching PR runway because of Anya ( Yes am one of the Trinidadian voting bots) I started reading this blog because you had pics of the final collections and i started watching the back seasons of PR because of the comments I read here. It was interesting to get a perspective other than the uniform adulation of my compatriots and the judges on PR. I understand your objections having made it through the first 5 seasons of this show and i applaud  your ability to see the player as separate from the game and realizing that the producers share the blame. We in Trinidad and Tobago are proud of Anya for making the most of her opportunities. 
      Yes some of us do recognize that the judges seemed to *want* her to win but enjoyed having the playing field tilt in favour of the  “small insignificant rock” for a change. So forgive us for continuing to cheer!

      • Anonymous

        There is nothing wrong with being glad that Anya won. You or anyone who voted for her being a fan favorite had nothing to do with her winning (the competition). Fan favorite is supposed to be for the contestant with the most fans (fashion or otherwise ) so she won that rightfully.
        Even she is not to blame. She did try to the best of her ability. I seriously doubt that *she * had anything to do with the fix. 
        I do feel a bit bad for the other players who have invested so much hard work and never had a chance to win.

        • Anonymous

          I think Fan Favorite has become meaningless when it’s not one fan = one vote.

          • http://twitter.com/SetMeOnFYYYYAH Miss World

            exactly. watched the #projectrunway timeline on twitter this morning and there were still automatic tweets claiming to have ~just~ voted for Anya as fan favorite. i mean, come on.

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        Fan favorite, yes, I understand how that works and good for her. But the more significant reality is that it is extremely unfortunate that Anya was the winner of this season because her win was NOT based on her talent and skill.  She won not because she deserved it but because the show was fixed.  Does that still make you proud?  Really?

      • oohsparkley!

        You aren’t alone. I really liked Anya’s personal style and thought she had a lot of talent, if little experience and training.  I don’t believe it was some big conspiracy or producer manipulation.  I think the judges really liked her style, and came to root for her, maybe lost some objectivity.  But if there is one thing I’ve learned from these boards, is that everyone has their own opinion and varying tastes and even though I proably would have chosen Victor as winner, I’m not upset by Anya’s win.  People get so passionate for their “team”! that they can be very insulting and disparaging to the other “teams”.  That’s why they call them Bitter Kittens.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        I absolutely hold nothing against your patriotism and cheers for your country-woman.  However, there is a bot posting over at Lifetime who insists Anya graduated from Parsons, can sew a sleeve, and that everyone who complains about her win is a hater; oh, and Uli copied Anya only Anya did it better.  People like that I’ve had enough of.  I can’t blame Anya for taking advantage.  I totally blame Lifetime, B/M and Heidi, Nina and Michael.  Thank YOU for having the cojones for looking at past episodes to see WHY we long term viewers are so upset.

    • http://jamesderekdwyer.com James Derek Dwyer

      Couldn’t disagree with you more. And I will leave it at that. ;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

      Im still so mad about Project Runway I lost interest in Project Accessory and went to bed. I repeat: a GAY MAN stopped watching a fashion show before it was over.

      • Anonymous

        When a gay man stops watching a fashion show before it’s over, the terrorists have won.

        • Anonymous

          Do the terrorists realize what allies they have in Lifetime/B-M?

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        Yeah, I’m not tuning into Project Accessory either.  If TLO do recaps, I’ll read those.  Lifetime can kiss my ass.

    • Judy_J

      The judges can bestow a crown on that partially shaved little head, but they cannot bestow talent, and that is where the rubber meets the road.  No matter how manipulated Anya’s win was, I doubt that she will have a real career in fashion design.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        But she doesn’t want one Judy_J – she’ll float off to the next shiny thing that sparks her interest and breeze through that too.

        • Judy_J

          You’re probably right.  I’m just so sad about what has happened to PR.  I used to look forward to watching.  Then I watched out of habit.  I’m glad Top Chef is starting a new season. 

      • Anonymous

        I completely disagree.  She will make it if she wants because she’s one of those people that others want to help. 

        • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

          You must be confused, we are talking about the fashion industry, not the Red Cross.

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

            Ha! Seriously, though, you’re right. The fashion industry is brutal. It could chew her up and spit her out without missing a beat.

            As Eclectic Mayhem says above, and I said yesterday in another thread, Anya flits from thing to thing. Whatever shines the brightest will pull her in. Although I can see her being attracted to fashion because it can make her look like an artist (as opposed to artsy, which is what she is), I don’t see her sticking around to do the hard work. It’s been suggested that what she really wants is a career on TV. I honestly think she’d be great as the host of some basic cable show about fashion. She can peddle her wares while she’s at it.

            I’d love to see Joan Rivers get a hold of her. Without saying a word, Joan would have her running for her life in the other direction.

            Oooh, I have it. She can become a lifestyle expert. She’s perfect for a job that doesn’t actually mean anything.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Sorry accidental housewife – I should have credited you, I didn’t have time to go back and look for the quote in the TLounge!

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

              Oh, no Eclectic Mayhem. I was just tooting my own Horn of Brilliance. ;-). There’s nothing to apologize for.

          • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

            LOL.  So true.  She’s doomed probably because of the fact this contest was so obviously fixed and everyone in the fashion industry will know about it or find out about it.  It’s difficult enough to get by on real talent and skill.  She’s in over her head but oh well.  She bought into it, she’ll pay the piper.  Or whatever.  Mixing metaphors!  

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        I get a sense that once the hoopla dies down she will fade away.  I don’t think she can get anywhere significant unless people are pulling strings for her or fixing contests. 

        • Anonymous

          I think she’ll get where she wants to go, and that she’ll have a keen eye on what is realistic for her.  If she wants fashion, she’ll keep her own line & if she wants it to grow out of an ‘island boutique’ market she’ll hire others to design it.

          I’m betting she’ll go into something where she can parlay being a pleasant, attractive, intelligent, self-disciplined woman with great schmoozing skills into a career.  And hasn’t she done well? From Parson’s design (not fashion design) grad with a local boutique collection to national pageant winner to winner of a popular television fashion design show in how many years?  The only reason I can imagine she won’t have some sort of decent (if fluffy) career is if she’s more traditional and just wants a few ‘fun’ jobs that won’t interfere when she marries well and (if she wants to) becomes an influential hostess.

          I may be wrong, but I keep coming back to the fact that it takes self-discipline to compete successfully in pageants & to know when to keep your mouth shut when the PR cameras are rolling. 

          • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

            I disagree.  I don’t think she would have won PR without a lot of favoritism and fixing the result.  If she hadn’t been on PR and hadn’t been manipulated to the win, do you think we’d all know who she was at this point?  I don’t.  She had a huge boost from a fixed contest.  She may have confidence and some element of charm (I don’t see it) but what I see is someone who put in minimal effort, who smiled a lot, and sailed through at the expense of others because of a set up result.  It doesn’t take any self-discipline at all to do that.

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

              i think you are both right.
              & remember: she’s already done television in her home country. i think the PR stuff was just to expand her base past the caribbean to the very here & the very now.

            • Anonymous

              Yup.  I think it was a career move, but not necessarily to become the next great fashion designer.

        • Anonymous

          Well, she’s the classic definition of a dilettante. So she’ll dabble here, there… and since she’s so likely to get a show of her own, she’ll morph into whatever the constraints of that show will be.

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

            Absolutely. She’s, at best, as dabbler.

            There’s a really terrible movie that starred Robert Redford, Darryl Hannah and (I think) Debra Winger. Hannah plays a performance who gets into some kind of legal trouble. At one point, she’s talking about a woman who considers herself an artist but is obviously a dilettante. Hannah damns her by saying “She thinks she’s an artist. She likes to wear earrings.”  That’s always stuck with me, and it’s sure as hell fitting for Anya.

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

              thats who does well in the arts now. art–real art. fine art. like what theyre currently making a mockery of on wOa.
              design was wonderful, in its way, for being a broader discipline & having more room left for, say, the suicidal mcqueens among us.
              art ate & shat that room out years ago.
              thats one of the reasons it was so distressing to watch anya win hereupon.
              only one of them, though.
              the main reason was the filthy two bit manipulation that got her there.

              last year some commenter on here, of all places, said something like she admired drive more than talent. this is what comes from that admiration. it’s a terrible, terrible thing. just replicates itself until the talent is driven so far into an underground that no longer exists that it just doesnt surface any more. this particular win & how it got there was just another shovel o’ dirt on top of its grave.

              tired, here.

              edited to add:
              ie: i have seen the best minds of my generation running peculiar cults, working as children’s gardeners in small towns upstate, dying of HIV, more slowly dying of one drug or another, singing karaoke in downtown dumps so they can be part of a drunken crowd, having their work misinterpreted as being like that on jackass, unable to stay awake cos the despair just keeps getting heavier & heavier…..

            • Anonymous

              I don’t know if the world has ever been kind to talent. & definitely not to genius because it comes, often, with all sorts of uncomfortable character traits & behaviors & priorities.

              [Some writer whose name I can't recall said something along the lines of "I have always thought that saints must be very uncomfortable people to know."  Same idea.]

              Anyway, I don’t think the hard working and talented should lose out to the hard working and untalented. So don’t think that’s what I mean. However:

              I admire drive, hard work & talent, but talent is completely out of an individual’s control so I tend not to give someone a lot of *personal* credit for it, however in awe of it I am.  They were born that way. The drive & work ethic let them develop the talent, but it’s either there or not, you can’t do a damn thing to get it if wasn’t your gift at birth. To the despair of many.  So I give them more personal credit for the work ethic & drive. Whilst admiring the talent.

              Maybe it’s a meaningless distinction, but real to me.

              [As I am sure many readers here will recall, there was entire Dr. Who episode that in my opinion was written because the writer is heartbroken that Van Gogh died thinking he was an utter failure & enjoyed writing a fantasy wherein Van Gogh is allowed to know that his vision has been validated by later generations.]

              {edi}, I love your posts, they make me think, get some rest, you are probably not over whatever was laying you low a couple of days ago.

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

              I remember getting comments all the way through school about how smart I was, and I always found it odd.  Simply because I never worked at it. It just was.

              Along the same lines, Stephen King has a brilliant book in which he talks about his life and writing in general. He said there are four kinds of writers: bad, okay, good, and great.  You can make an okay writer good, but you can’t make a good writer great or a bad writer even okay.  He also talks about being in college in the writing department and being disgusted by how little work his classmates were willing to put.

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

              I may have to see that movie now.  Though in the interest of full disclosure, I would wear some of Anya’s earrings — I like huge ones because they make my ears look smaller.   Of course, I never claim to be an artist either, even when referring to my artistic pursuits. The claim of being an artist is pretentious in most cases.

    • Anonymous

      File me under: Kitten, Bitter.

      What you said. Times 100.

      I’m glad, though, that you took pains to emphasize your lack of hate for Anya herself. It’s not her fault that the producers gamed the system for her benefit. I said it last week and I’ll say it again: she’s like the Jon Hamm character on 30 Rock—-living in the bubble.

      Oh, one quibble with your post, TLo—-I think you are far more important to the franchise that you realize. I, for one, won’t watch the show if you stop blogging about it. Your recaps are the best part of the PR experience.

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

        There were a couple times this season that I only watched the episode so I could comment about it with the other Bitter Kittens and understand exactly what TLo was talking about.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552853133 Teddy Partridge

      There was only one high point of Season Nine: you guys.  Looking forward to reading your take on S10, because I’m really, really, really done with PR this year (exception AllStars).  This was nothing more than a Trump/publicist/B-M deal concocted to provide a new PR spokesmodel/marketeer, with all the decisions and money deals fixed up front.  Not a design competition at all: simply a long, boring product launch interrupted by other companies’ product placement.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        THIS!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you, T and Lo, for all of your hard work. I would be disheartened if I had your job and had to continue writing and analyzing something that has recently brought more disappointment (and a little anger) than joy.  I think it’s fitting that this year you went from “Project Rungay” to “TomandLorenzo”. Just wanted to say that I would not be the least bit disappointed or angry if you decide to stop recapping PR altogether. I may have come for the PR commentary, but I’m staying for, well, everything else!

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

      Has anyone else noticed how much Gretchen has already slid into oblivion after last season’s win? GREAT choice, guys! I expect the same from Anya this year. Honestly, I don’t expect to see ANY Of these 4 again in the real world, except possibly Victor. That jacket he made with the white leather and the beading was amazing and was the only thing on the runway that demonstrated any level of advanced skill whatsoever. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8402388 Mike Benedetto

        To be fair, Christian Siriano is the only winner thus far to have gone on to appreciably bigger and better things.

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

          seems to be true, yes

      • Anonymous

        You cannot count Anya out so easily.  That girl is a confident survivor.  I think she will persevere.

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

          well now she will be able to get people to sew for her, so maybe…

        • Anonymous

          It’s easy to persevere when you have you have many thousands of dollars and your own publicist.

        • Anonymous

          Anyabot-30XFG8 attack!

          Did you mean talent less hack?  I have trouble calling a beauty queen a survivor.  Did she escape some famine ridden country being chased by people with machine guns shooting at her?  No…

        • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

          Wut?

    • Anonymous

      We all knew Anya was precious with these judges and like the pope, infalliable. Disgraceful.  Josh and Viktor had the strongest collections.  But the judges had their minds made up to reward Anya, even if she sent forth a collection of caftans that Mrs. Roper “just had to have”. Thanks, Lifetime for taking away the last show I liked.

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

      Guys, will you be back blogging the show next season or are you done?  And are you going to cover the Accessory show and/or the All-Star season?  ‘Cause I don’t know if I can make it through without you two…

    • Anonymous

      I was excited about the All-Stars show. But now……I am really thinking I shouldn’t even bother. 

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        I was excited for it too.  But at this point, I’m thinking it is another set up to give Mondo the win he deserved last year.  So suspicious of Lifetime now.  I don’t  know that it is even worth it to try with their shows any more.

    • http://twitter.com/maggie162 Maggie

      Credit where it’s due – those producers are so brilliant at this bullshit game, that they even made *me* root for Anya by the end.  If it’s beach princess vs. lime green bike shorts, anyone with eyes will pull for the princess. Ugh, thinking about Josh’s collection actually makes me nauseated.

      • Anonymous

        Hahaha, nope, I was still rooting for Josh.  Probably because this show has turned me into a hateful, bitter, and spiteful person, but whatever….

    • Addicted2Glamour

      I saw this coming weeks ago. And I like, the Boys, called PR now, sadly, nothing more than “the Real World with Sewing,”  If you can be bothered to check out any other shows in the Bunim/Murray stable, you will see their stock in trade is the Lowest Common Denominator – stereotypes and manufactured drama. Sure, this season lacked a big standout creative giant. But is it any wonder, given that they know what they are likely in for, serious designers with real talent don’t bother to try out for PR anymore? 

      • Anonymous

        can you imagine what freakshows auditions must be now? I wouldn’t be surprised if Bunim/Murray has people out trolling for cute women and men who have interesting-read semi-tragic and/or mildly scandalous backstories for the next season.

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

          God, I hope so.  I can spin a sad tale of woe with the best of them.  And while I tend to question the value of my face, I do have some of the best cleavage on earth….

          • Anonymous

            Shannon, honey, work it!  You need a great sob story, a low-cut top so that your heaving bosoms will work their magic!

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

              I think that’s all I own — I was overweight (for me) for a long time, and one should never underestimate the value of misdirection. 

              As for exploitation… for a chance at 100K?  I’ve been known to do it for a free drink!

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

              Hussy!

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

            Girl, I know you have it in you to make that cleavage work.

            • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

              Plus, from your posts here, we know you can design and sew! (Oh wait, that probably makes you WAAAY too overqualified). But I bet a lot of us bitter kittens would decide to watch again after all if only to root for you.

              edited: oh brother, obvs, this was supposed to be in reply to Shannon

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

              I’m quoting you in my application: “The Bitter Kittens said they’d root for me, and they’re really mad at you guys right now!”  :D

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

              Honestly, though, that’s how bad PR has gotten.  I joke about entering all the time, but it does make a real point about PR.  Until last season I NEVER even considered auditioning, and it wasn’t until this one I started really considering it. 

              I love my stuff, but it was never something I would have thought to enter into a design competition with because it’s not generally high fashion in the McQueen or Galliano mode.  I make stuff for people to live in and feel good;  clothes for work and the zoo and the occasional night out.  I’m far more involved in how to make a white blouse interesting and still versatile than how to make a ballgown.  It’s generally understated, fairly classic, and wearable.  I don’t have any boutiques carrying my stuff and I’ve never put on a show.  I design for individual clients who find me through word of mouth because I’ve done it for friends and friends of friends, and I work cheap: cost of materials + 10% refundable “oops” budget (you get back whatever I don’t need to use) + 25% of material cost as labor.  So if you want basic cotton blouses for work, it’s cheap — as a rule the ones that take far more time also take more material so it works out. 

              None of this is the picture of the “Next Great American Designer”.  Which is why when I was watching Christian or Seth Aaron or Uli or any of the other great designers from PR, I never even considered it.  But after last season and especially this one, every week spent saying “I could do it better!  That’s a stupid concept, do this instead” to my TV, it shows very clearly just how far this show’s talent has gone down hill.

            • Anonymous

              It’s clearly time for you to start a clothing line called Bitter Kitten.  We unborn fawns will all buy pieces, and look we’ll look especially fabulous.

              Of course, you could also call the line Unborn Fawn, but that might creep out some people.  Then again, I’d argue that those people wouldn’t be worthy of your wares, anyway.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

            I’ll pledge my support here and now!  The well endowed must stick together.  ^__^

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        Maybe that’s part of my problem.  THIS is the only “reality show” I’ve ever watched!

    • Anonymous

      Does this mean you guys are going to retire Project Runway?  I don’t think I can watch another season of this show.

      • Anonymous

        I really wish they would. I think it would send a huge message.

    • http://twitter.com/chagedorn3 Curt Hagedorn

      It looked to me like some of the judges were even “acting” or reading their pre-approved responses…like when Nina was praising Josh’s hideous shorts (his entire “aesthetic” if you can call it that, is basically International Male/Undergear Catalogue (for Women.)  And Heidi certainly is showing she’s a trooper, but for the wrong side.   At this rate, Kenley will probably win All-Stars.

      • Anonymous

        At least Kenley can sew.  And I think Costello winning would be way more insulting.

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

          Not necessarily — we don’t know how much progress any of these people may have made since their seasons.  Now granted Micheal Costello’s wasn’t that long ago, but still… he might have improved. 

          (Again — wildly optimistic by nature… also known as gullible and naive, but it works for me!)

          • Anonymous

            Fair enough.  Full credit.  It has been a year or more for all of them.  Lots of time to grow and change.

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

              I’m hoping — I really liked him, he seemed to need the support… I’m a sucker for a stray puppy.  That’s how I got my husband.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

              Well, if you accept Anya learned to make caftans in 4 months, in a year one may learn sleeves?  Apply expediently to designer.

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

              I wonder what she spent the other 3 months and 3 weeks on, actually — all she did was cut basic, shapeless pieces and run 3 straight seams.  If it takes you 4 months to learn that, you are probably in the wrong business. 

              And it can’t be that she was using the time to PERFECT putting together shapeless, cliche garments with very little seaming — because her construction was STILL flawed. 

      • Anonymous

        “International Male/Undergear Catalogue (for Women.)”

        Perfect!

    • Kalisa Hyman

      Well THANK GOD someone with a megaphone is saying it. Maybe the producers will take heed. Still, I think I’m through with you, Project Runway. 

    • Anonymous

      I think I’ve pretty much said everything I wanted to say.

      Except this:  Thank you, TLo, for not giving in to what must be a very seductive impulse to become such insiders that you have to read the script too, as Tim has done.  Thank you for never letting your minions down.

      • Anonymous

        Amen.  Unlike the judges, TLo, you guys have maintained your personal integrity and personal point of view, even in the face of threats and a lot of crap heaped on you.l  You’re willing to unmask the behind-the-scenes machinations of reality TV, and point out what’s normal and expected in ALL reality shows whereas when producers cross the line and take a show from a show created to highlight talent to a show designed to highlight the story the producers craft before the season begins, no matter what it does to the credibility of the basic premise of the show.

        You guys can be very proud that you haven’t let any dirt stick to you even though you’ve been in a position to become sufficient insiders to get the real skinny and preach the party line.  I’m guessing that’s why you stopped doing the TLo Awards, since you saw what was going on behind the scenes.  (That’s a total guess, and I don’t expect you to confirm it; just putting it out there for other Unborn Fawns to consider.) 

        I’ll stick with you whether or not you stick with Project Runway, Project Accessory, or even PR All Stars.  But I’m about 99% sure I’ll join the crowd reading your posts about the show rather than watching!  I make a possible exception for All-Stars, but that’s just because I want to see what wonders all the returning designers can create — although if they’re given the ridiculously short time frames that have become standard, they may fall short of their former best work too.  But I’ll save that for another rant.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jenna.thomasmckie Jenna Thomas-McKie

      To rant, I’d have to care. 

    • Anonymous

      Tom, Lorenzo, thanks for your heartfelt and reasoned statement.  It is a statement and indictment of the producers and the accessories to the murder of a good piece of entertainment that had a lot of people engrossed and intrigued over the past half-decade.  No more.  I’m with you completely.  And I’m so glad that you gentlemen had the opportunity to participate in and comment upon the show that was and that it provided a spingboard for new directions for you both that have brought you happiness and professional fulfillment.

      What is on Lifetime now never could have been that platform.  So, Salve atque Vale [Hail and Farewell], Project Runway.  You gave us Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez and a sprightly army of bitter kittens, unborn fawns, poodles and minions followed.  We’re a community that will go on.  Bunim-Murray, you may not care, but you lost your most discerning audience sector with what you perpetrated this season, but you won’t destroy Tom and Lorenzo or their virtual family of friends, fans and participants who have fun judging and interacting here.  We’ll go on.  I hope, however, that the travesty that now is Project Runway will not.

      All the best,

      NDC

      • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

        Thank you, NDC, also, for your thoughtful and eloquent posts.  I haven’t watched the finale and I have no intention of doing so.  I will watch the All Stars, but that’s it for me.  Tom and Lorenzo’s blog is enough for me.  Best regards to every one of the bitter kittens!

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        *stands up and applauds*

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, gals!  I feel I have many virtual acquaintances and friend by virtue of the home we’ve found here courtesy of Tom and Lorenzo.  I am so impressed with the determination and creativity of Our Boys who have built up a commentary and culture-news platform that has an international audience and recognition from the “traditional” media – TLo has genuine credibility.  Project Runway has none.

        • Anonymous

          So true.  I see them quoted in publications all over the place as “leading fashion bloggers” — clearly their credibility, as well as their charm, has gained them the widespread audience they so richly deserve!

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, gals!  I feel I have many virtual acquaintances and friend by virtue of the home we’ve found here courtesy of Tom and Lorenzo.  I am so impressed with the determination and creativity of Our Boys who have built up a commentary and culture-news platform that has an international audience and recognition from the “traditional” media – TLo has genuine credibility.  Project Runway has none.

      • Anonymous

        *sniffle* That was lovely.

      • Anonymous

        Well said.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

        Yes.  And Thank YOU NDC for your eloquence on this matter.  I came to TLo from I know not where and revived the little girl who used to copy the drawings in the NY Times ads for fashionable stores (it was the 60s) for her own amusement.  I will stay and enjoy many more days and openings.  I will always mourn the loss of the show that brought me here though.

      • Anonymous

        I just wanted to say that I appreciate your Catullus reference.

        Carry on.

    • http://twitter.com/magdalenebloom magdalenebloom

      I was so grateful that my daughter wasn’t home with me at the end of that show.  I shouted out a word that seldom passes my lips and freaked out my poor cat who was dozing peacefully next to me.  Thank you Lifetime for helping me to expand my vocabulary with words they can’t even say on BBC America.  After she got home and watched the DVR’d show, she turned to me (who couldn’t even make eye contact with her near the end) and asked “Why??!!!”   This season may have killed her wanting to be a fashion designer completely as much as the first few seasons kindled that career choice.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I can’t hit ‘like’ here because the smothering of your daughter’s ambitions is nothing to be ‘liked’.  It’s just another reason to feel disgusted about this whole sorry season.

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

          Point out to her that this isn’t the real world of design and there’s plenty of opportunity for her to shine without the cracked out nonsense that has become PR. 

          • Anonymous

            So true.  Point out that this was a display of reality TV, not clothing design.  If she wants to be a designer, there are still SO many avenues she can pursue that will lead her to a genuine career; in fact, going on reality TV is one of the worst ways to get your name out there that exists because you just have no say in how you’ll end up being portrayed by the producers.  It’s the rare person who’s able to avoid having their worst behavior displayed on a reality show, and that’s only because they are SO careful to watch EVERY word that comes out of their mouth at every second of the day or night.  And that’s a skill that had absolutely nothing to do with clothing design!  (Although it did help me like Kimberly, as a person, best of all this season’s designers!)

            Please do what you can not to let a crappy, twisted result on a reality show that’s been utterly gutted of its integrity ruin her dreams!

    • Sarah Lynnae

      I haven’t watched the episode yet. It’s sad that I didn’t read this and go, “NO WAY!!!” I’m very disappointed, but not at all surprised.

      I’ve decided that this season, they weren’t actually looking for a designer. They were looking for the face of a “celebrity” clothing line. 

    • Anonymous

      Last season when Mondo got robbed was more of a horror story than this one. This season was just a slow parade towards a predictable outcome. You could see the narrative developing and you knew they were stuck on it. Anya is a Lifetime Original movie. They now have their own character who they can use as a host for some other show. It was all very predictable and sad. Not as upsetting as what happened to Mondo. Still wrong though. At least I have All Stars to look forward to, but that will be more train wreck TV than good design in my opinion. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZVZWZAQLXCM3JKKASGYN3EMBRQ Edith Piaf

        Anya is the Fantasia of fashion. Of course, Fantasia’s reality show just succeeded in burying her “career” for good. She probably gets paid every time Lifetime airs her life story and that seems to be Anya’s main driver. Show her the money!

    • Joshua

      I could spend another 30 minutes saying exactly the same things, or I could just go back to work. Ugh, you know it’s bad when even work is more appealing than bitching about Project Runway.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jenna.thomasmckie Jenna Thomas-McKie

        Amen.

    • Anonymous

      Victor lost for creating beautiful prints, and Anya won for buying beautiful prints.  So it is a shopping competition…

    • Anonymous

      I was disgusted from the very beginning of this season when they let four designers go that I was really interested in seeing them develop throughout the season. However, we were left with a long, boring, stale season with trumped up drama if drama is what we are calling it. I’m so disappointed.

    • Vickie Dela pena

      You guys are so smart and the people at Lifetime need to listen to you.   

      Why the frack would the producers mess with the original goal of this program when it built the following that it had because it was about talented people trying to make it?!

      Also, I have a theory–I don’t know if you have expressed this previously–but I think the judges want to be done with Lifetime and are trying to use audience reaction to get their asses released from their contracts.  Two seasons in a row of horrible judgment?  Pretty suspicious to me.

      I felt bad remembering how the judges dinged Uli in season 3 for being so “one-note”, then watching them give the prize to a designer with 8 versions of one dress.  

      I also felt insulted for designers like Chris March, Jillian (can’t remember her last name), Laura Bennett who did fabulous designs and exquisite work.  I am sure they are much bigger people than I am and have moved on from their seasons and found their success regardless of not winning, but the 3 of the final 4 this season are nowhere near the same level.

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

        I know in Tim’s case, the contract is per season — so he could just walk whenever he wanted to.  My guess is that the judges (with the exception of Heidi) are the same.

    • http://twitter.com/Gothama1 Liz H.

      Can we talk about the neon green shorts again?  A color palate with bright neons that was actually praised to the high heavens?  I’d rant about the same summer dress in 8 different prints sauntering down the runway for the win but then I’d be repeating everyone else in the TLo Lounge again.  Sigh.  Awful Awful Awful.

      • Anonymous

        I want to know where the the gold shorts in Anya’s collection came from. Did she make those in 5 min along with the three black and white pieces and the black and white bathing suit. whew that’s some speedy draping , sewing and pattern making. i

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SX7LMAF3VCGIUF6QYHQ2BU3PUY Caz

          I wondered the exact same thing .

        • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

          She only needed one pattern to make three dresses. They were all the same except for the last one in which it looks like she gathered 3  yards of fabric around the model’s neck.  At least one dress was dragging on the runway, too long, not hemmed correctly.

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

            But that one “moved beautifully” on the runway, as yards of floating fabrics usually do. :P

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

          No she bought them at Fredrick’s… where else would you get something that tacky?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KQSWLY2RUE3HAOERJI7HHORJJQ Debby Barbero

          Well, she doesn’t make patterns, that helps speed things along.

      • Anonymous

        Those things looked like shorts that were too small and were getting eaten by the model’s crotch. They were hideous. And yet, I still would have taken Josh winning over Anya.

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

        Good god, those shorts. They’re the poster child (poster shorts?) for everything that was wrong with Josh’s collection. Forget all the praise they received. I’m dumbfounded that anyone would make them in the first place.

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

          Oh, I’m not surprised someone would make them — I’ve made some mighty awful stuff in my day. What I’m surprised by is the fact that he didn’t see them and go “Wow, that idea sucked…”

          • Anonymous

             Catching up on all the posts that had come in while I slept last night, and this has got to be one of the funniest lines in here. 

    • Anonymous

      I stopped watching halfway through the season (I think it was the stilt challenge).  I did the same thing last season because it was so bad, but I thought I’d give them another chance.  No more second chances, this show will never be good again under the current production team , so I’m not going to waste my time anymore.  I wish Tim Gunn would quit and write some scathing critique of the whole mess, because I’d like to know what he’s really thinking.

    • Cathy S

      I was going to watch the show at lunch online today like I’ve been doing all season. I was planning on avoiding you guys. Then I walked into the cafeteria at work this morning and Anya was on Good Morning America or something and it was all over. Bah. What a crap season. I’m not going to watch because I don’t want to see the look on Victor’s face.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helio-Trope/100000175140677 Helio Trope

      Sadly, my early comment was deleted. To reiterate F***. You. Anya. 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks guys for saying what we unborn fawns are feeling.  PR lost another viewer.  Hope after a little downtime TLo will be able to watch again and recap.  I’ll make time to read you but PR can forget about me.  I’m a lost viewer but I’ve got my integrity.  The producers/judges don’t.
      TDye

    • Anonymous

      Kudos to TLo and those of you in the commentariat who actually made it through this season to the bitter end.  I quit halfway through, despite having been a loyal PR viewer since Season 1.  You are right, TLo, Bunim and Murray and Lifetime did exactly what we were afraid of when they took over.  I didn’t think they could ruin such a great show, but I underestimated their destructive powers.  
      It may seem silly to get upset over the demise of a TV show.  But I am in the arts and for me it was the only TV show that truly inspired me–showing the creative process of talented, passionate people.   

    • http://www.woneffe.com Jef Nickerson

      I don’t understand where the producers are coming from though. Does the Lifetime demographic really want to see, “make life as easy as possible for the pretty girl and give her all the money?” I mean, doesn’t that piss the average woman off who has to work hard for what she has in a male and pretty girl dominated world? 

      If Lifetime wants to tell a story, why not tell a story that the Lifetime viewer can relate to? Kimberly is so much more the every women, what an amazing story it would have been if she won. And with proper writers and producers, it could have been a story we all enjoyed even if we were aware of the manipulation. Is anyone besides the Trinidad & Tobago chamber of commerce happy today?

      Although I guess that every-women win was Gretchen last year, and no one liked that either. I think Lifetime is really underestimating their viewers, sure they eat up crappy TV movies, but when it comes to reality, they want to see women succeeding on merit. 

      After the show I realized I could pin the back of my slanket (the blanket with sleeves) and have an Anya original of my own, except it would be even better than an Anya original because it would have sleeves.

      I’m going to say it, I’m done. I’ll read the TLo posts next season and treat this show like The A List, something stupendously unwatchable but exceedingly fun to read TLo’s take on.  

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

        “After the show I realized I could pin the back of my slanket (the
        blanket with sleeves) and have an Anya original of my own, except it
        would be even better than an Anya original because it would have
        sleeves. ”  HAHAHHAAAA

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

        I totally get that. But the thing is, why not just build a completely different show around her? Why muck up PR? Keep PR the same, but also make “The Anya Show”.

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

          I know!  They could have given the win to someone else (honestly… ANYONE ELSE!) and given her a spin-off show that could have been amazing!

        • Anonymous

          Because they already had a built-in audience for PR, a vehicle for their potential spin-off. A spin-off needs something to….spin off OF. ;-)

    • Anonymous

      My question is where did Tim Gunn’s integrity go? All the others I can understand but not him. He truly seemed to care about the process. Does Tim weep into his pillow at night or does the money and fame keep him in denial like Heidi, Michael and Nina?

      • Anonymous

        To Tim’s credit, he did praise Victor’s original collection and hated Josh’s. However, Tim’s advice in the past few seasons has been undercut by contradictory judging, so even he had to admit that following his suggestions might not get them anywhere (or something to that effect) — much to Victor’s disadvantage. Tim even tried to warn him against choosing the black garments instead of his beautiful prints.

        • Anonymous

          Right.  I would think that following Tim’s suggestions could be harmful to a designer because Tim has actual, logical insight separate from the producers whereas the judges are just spewing whatever crap B/M throws at them.

      • http://twitter.com/glastea Coralie

        I think Tim still has his integrity, but got edited out nearly completely in punishment for it. If he’s weeping into his pillow at night, it’s because of the way the show’s gone downhill as of late.

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

          Well, to be fair, how much has he really gotten into these designers?  He used to be really close with all of them and really aggravated when ANYONE got auf’d.  But the last couple seasons, there were designers that went far in the competition specifically by being rude to Tim.

          • Anonymous

            Kenley comes to mind here specifically.  I just wanted to smack her.  But you’re right; this year he does just seem to come and hustle them out.  No tearful goodbyes.  Just, “Thanks for coming.”

      • Anonymous

        Still say this year’s brand new producer credit for Tim Gunn is either his pay off for staying with the show on the current terms, or a way for B-M to buy his ‘return visit’ presence when he quits being the workroom mentor.

        I hope for the latter.

        • Anonymous

          I would be willing to bet that the producer credit also came with a Draconian non-disclosure agreement, as well. So if he leaves, we’re still not going to get the full goods on his muzzling.

          • Anonymous

            I am sure you’re right. An entertainment corporation can demonstrably survive with mediocre ‘entertainment,’ but the lawyers have to be top-notch.

    • Anonymous

      Blegh.  I’m annoyed.  The judges first say that Kimberley isn’t there yet, then basically say that Anya is not there yet but they see the potential.  And Josh coming in second?  BS.  Should have been Victor for the win with Kimberley the runner up. 

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t sleep last night. I was waiting for your post this morning, and as always you guys did not disappoint. Everyone could see that the $500 was designed to help Anya. She had crap. CRAP!!!! And her final collection was a “one-note.” When did a one-note win? Because she can create a “brand”? WTH? Viktor had the great statement of how he wanted to be like Christian Siriano and turn his collection into an Empire, and they dismissed it.

      And don’t get me started on Nina.  How many freaking times did she tweet last night that “Viktor had 5 missteps / missed opportunities.” BULL to the f*ing shit…. If he had used all prints they would have said he didn’t break up the prints with something more sedate. Sorry Nina. I always respected you, but last night you dropped pretty low in my eyes. Not that I’m anyone of import, but still.

      I think I’m so angry because I feel like I’ve been had by a guy with a ball under coconut shells. And I do.not.like.being.had.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIQJKUWFMABQ4O7A7J5TLMN6OU Ella B.

      It makes me feel bad for someone like Seth Aaron, who is trying to get footing in the industry, because any luster behind saying you’re the winner of Project Runway has been utterly tarnished. 

      • Anonymous

        Completely agree.  IF the ratings are good Heidi and Bunim/Murray are probably happy, but rigging the show for Anya does devalue the work of previous winners.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

      Did anyone else notice that Anya DIRECTLY copied Kim’s last look (black sparkly T-back gown) with one of hers? I mean SAME EXACTLY. That shit pissed me off. And what’s with this “You’d better think about the urban customer” one second and then “I can see the Anya bag, the Anya shoe, etc.” the next? That Anya shoe is gonna be pretty weird when it’s a v-neck silk bag slapped together with a glue gun. TLo is right about everything that BM has done to the show, but there’s no excuse for the patent lies spewing forth from those judges’ mouths. Shame on them.

      • Anonymous

        “That Anya shoe is gonna be pretty weird when it’s a v-neck silk bag slapped together with a glue gun”

        And you have to hand sew it closed after you put it on if you want to wear it.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

          What’s really irking is that yes, if you’re an established designer, you can get other people to sew your clothes (Bert!). BUT, as has been duly reiterated ad nauseam, she would be making these poor underlings sew them same dress, over and over. Project Make One Dress! Jeez. And really, L’Wren commented on how she “can’t wear that plunge in the city.” Shit, you can’t wear that plunge anywhere if you are not a slim-sternumed flat-chested model.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, wait a minute, this reality TV.  All integrity must be checked at the door.

    • http://twitter.com/shinobi42 Shinobi

      I didn’t even bother watching the finale.  I was not interested to see what any of the designers put down the runway, which, contrary to B&M’s story drama thoughts, was the reason I watched the show.  The runways used to be my favorite part, now I just DO NOT CARE.  Sad panda.

    • Daniel Bayer

      It’s interesting… not exactly as low as awarding Gretchen the win last season, but still pretty low. As soon as they announced the $500 trip to Mood, I started getting REALLY uncomfortable. My man, who watches the show eagerly but casually, started laughing when Anya just started buying whatever random fabric she liked. “She’s going to make a bunch of shit at the last minute and she’s going to win!” It was obvious even to a casual viewer! Of course, we were both just happy that she beat Josh, frankly, as we both thought his collection was the worst (those green camel-toe shorts!). That was literally the only saving grace of the episode. When they were talking about being able to see Anya shoes, bags, etc., I thought “where was this argument when Laura Bennett was around?!?” I still hold out hope. The Seth Aaron/Mila/Emilio season was still a very respectable finale and win, but thie past two finales makes it MUCH more difficult to care.

      • Anonymous

        “we were both just happy that she beat Josh”.

        Which is exactly why they aufed Viktor second, leaving  Josh standing next to Anya. A few weeks ago, we thought they were going to use Josh like they did Michael Costello, pulling the rug out from under his deluded little self right before the finale. Instead they used him to try to make the viewers feel relieved that Anya won, because at last it wasn’t Josh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kristenath2o Kristen Atwater

      Project: Pick Out Pretty Fabric

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

      This page clearly states she’s a graduate of PARSONS!!  I knew that BS about just starting to sew was just that. http://www.anyaayoungchee.com/about/

      • Anonymous

        I read that her degree was in graphic design.

        • Anonymous

          Well that’s a relief to hear – I couldn’t figure out how you could get a degree in fashion design from Parsons without knowing how to sew.

          Now to go clean up the spit take I got from reading the link above.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1374511853 Sara Yungwirth

            But it also says she worked as a designer for Years. Meaning, that she would have been sewing for YEARS. Not just four months…..

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

              No.  Designers do not need to sew.  Even beginning designers don’t have to sew as long as they have enough start-up capital to pay a seamstress.

            • Anonymous

              Exactly. Do you think that Victoria Beckham ever sat behind a sewing machine? ;-)

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

              Oh, I devoutly hope so… Isn’t that just the best mental image?

            • Anonymous

              Working the foot control in 6″ stilettos. ;-)

      • Sarah Lynnae

        For the moment, I’m going to assume that she *is* actually a graduate of Parson’s. I’m also going to assume that her degree from Parson’s is *not* in Fashion Design.

        • Anonymous

          correct

      • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

        I’m not sure but to my knowledge she was into graphic design before fashion. She went to Parsons but not for fashion.

      • Anonymous

        sadly, I saw an interview for Trinidad Fashion Week and she states that she started for fashion design, but transferred to graphic design.

        Although, I wasn’t clear how much time she actually spent on fashion design studies…and I still say BS as well!

        • Anonymous

          Total BS is right.  Wouldn’t she have needed to know how to sew to get into Parsons for fashion?  Portfolios?  I find it hard to believe that a school with specific studies such as Parsons would accept someone as an undecided major and then let them choose whatever major for the hell of it.  Whatever.

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

            Maybe it was a portfolio of things she sketched or had made from her designs?  And then she switched majors because she found out she would have to sew to complete the fashion program?

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

            i think they’ll take you w/ sketches. they expect eighteen year olds to be applying right out of high school. they wouldnt expect eighteen year olds to necessarily have sewn an entire line or, really, much of anything at all. i’m not sure any more whether one can go directly in to a major or whether one has to start out as a general design student, however.

            that said, she has two very decent design degrees [i think. i'm not sure she finished & she never specifies what degrees she received]. while you certainly dont have to learn to sew to get a variety of different design degrees, in any design discipline you will be taught all the background to do the stuff she’s so suddenly famous for doing: having a sense of color, shape, pattern, etc & ect.

            the most striking thing about her degrees, though, is how much money went into her getting them. not just the tuition [you will note she never talks about paying back student loans, etc & ect] but the living expenses in new york & london, etc & ect redux. it makes me I N F U R I A T E D that she & her people wouldnt allow anyone else to win any monetary prizes on PR. she didnt need the money. she didnt even desperately need the exposure: she was already hosting a fashion television show in trinidad. it’s all a combo of vanity & a desire to expand her brand & herself.

            if she hadnt given a touchy little smidge of money to charity, perhaps even her fans would find her mildly despicable. probably not. but the people of t&t are gonna get themselves a very sad comeuppance cos she’s gonna be outta there as fast as a greased porpoise on coke. i wager she’ll consistently thank the little people of the tropical rock for seeing her fabulous brilliance all along &, btw, she hasnt forgotten you! thank you so much!

            horrors.
            worse than gretchen, yep.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              “greased porpoise on coke…”

              *still laughing*

    • Jenna Kuhmann

      My husband and I went to bed at 10 last night.  He asked, don’t you want to know who wins?  And I responded, not really.  It doesn’t matter.  That’s very telling when there were so many of us (okay, maybe I’m an old lady in a 27-year-olds-body) who were willing to stay awake because you HAD to find out every night who was in and who was out, let alone who won.  And how HORRID was it to watch Tim watch the show with each individual designer (so obvious) and tell them each how spectacular each collection was?  He must have been vomiting in his mouth a little every time.

      I will finally make the declaration: No more PR for me.  I’ll read your posts because they are fabulous and I’ll watch it on On Demand if I’m home sick with the flu and have exhausted every other viable option, but otherwise, I’m completely uninterested.  Maybe, if I hear All-Stars is more like how the show used to be, I’ll come back to for a limited time, but normal PR is dead and gone.

    • Anonymous

      Anya isn’t near as good a designer as those who finished second, third or fourth in the earliest seasons (Daniel? Chris March? Laura Bennett? ) My last sewing class was in 6th grade and even I could sew those straight seams.

      • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

        It’s really quite sad when the winner of this season doesn’t come close to even comparing to past runners-up. 

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: Face it, it’s not our show anymore, kittens. The Lifetime people bleached out anything having to do with real talent and latched on to the idea that “characters” telling a “story” is why everyone watches the show.”

      Word.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        Before their reputations go down with it?

        Alas.  Too late.

      • Anonymous

        What reputations? Their pseudo-celebrity status is the only reputation that matters now.

    • Anonymous

      At this point, I’m more interested in speculating about the TLo favorite interview. Viktor? Bert? Anthony Ryan?

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Laura (Kara Janx) Kathleen perhaps.

    • Anonymous

      Lifetime, “TLO is Tired of your Bullshit!”  :) 

      I would actually love to see screencaps of you two watching this show – I’m sure it would be more entertaining than the dreck last night. Actually, I’m just trying to be a bit lighthearted, because my heart is breaking a bit. I love this blog and, good golly, am I glad you re-named and re-focused on other things. I’m just not sure if this show is worthy of your time and effort in the way it used to be. Because one can stomach manipulation, but it is quite difficult to swallow out-and-out corruption, and that’s what I feel – that this show is now corrupt.

      • Anonymous

        Yes!! Mystery Science Theater  with TLo!!   

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OK26PHQATX3VMJXUJDYLOC24GE K

          My husband & I were MST’ing PR last night while watching it. Made it far more interesting.

    • Anonymous

      First of all I have to commend your commentary and a distinguished achievement — becoming insiders without kissing arse — and having the integrity to say, “this is getting ridiculous!” Right Now, I’m feeling a little bad for the ALL the strong contenders from season’s past: Nick, Mondo, Korto and MOST especially that “one-note” Uli (who showed us delectable prints and interesting design) could have won season 9, with mittens on. But I’ll keep watching as long as a got TLo and the rest of the bitter kittens.

    • Anonymous

      I already gave up this show 6 episodes ago. It’s become boring, you two still managed to make it fun reading material.

      Be rigorous though, it’s time to push this show out of the nest.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W4WCD5SM6HDC2NF54BY72GW6PM amy

      Eh. I was more pissed last time when they picked whats her name over Mondo, which seemed like a deliberate attempt by the judges to screw with us. At least this season you could see the jackassery coming from a mile away…

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I found that more annoying – that’s why I was watching in disbelief.  Did they really think we wouldn’t notice?!

        “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

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

          I feel exactly the same way!  I was mad last season, but it really made me infuriated the way it was so blatant.  Up until last night, I said predicted that Anya would win, but I think I truly believed in my heart that they were going to surprise us and have somebody else win, and that letting Anya through to the finale was just a red herring.

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

          I feel exactly the same way!  I was mad last season, but it really made me infuriated the way it was so blatant.  Up until last night, I said predicted that Anya would win, but I think I truly believed in my heart that they were going to surprise us and have somebody else win, and that letting Anya through to the finale was just a red herring.

    • Anonymous

      I KNEW it was coming, but I still had a minor rage blackout when they announced her name. I’m just done.

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

      Ranting isn’t even worth it because it makes no difference.  They’ve run our favorite show into the ground and it’s just sad.  I’m still watching Project Accessory with the hope of something redeeming, and I do want to see the All Stars because some of my faves will be back.  But PR will never be the same again.  Sigh.  Frustrated, insulted kitten over and out.

    • Anonymous

      It’s no secret that I am one of your biggest fans – as I’ve stated before, I’d read you if you were blogging about the phone book (which, I imagine, is pretty large in Philly).  But you are so spot on this morning that it takes my breath away.  And, once more, I have to say thank you for all you do for us (we?) bitter kittens/minions.  Yes, Project Runway sucks, but you two – you are always and forever THE BEST.

    • Anonymous

      Uncle Nick made a good point:  Anya will make a great point girl for the PR brand.  That girl manages to keep winning and I think if she truly puts her mind to it, she will be a successful designer.  They were right – Anya knows her girl and there is a huge market for her style.  I can’t blame them for wanting a star to come out of the competition despite questionable skill.  PR thinks it’s all NY but it’s much more Hollywood than they let on.

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        She knows her girl….. Well who the hell is her girl?  Some trophy wife who vacays in the islands every winter? Retirement Village women?  Bikini models? She does not have a broad appeal and cannot design or produce legitimate clothing for the Northern Hemisphere.  Maybe next week she will learn how to knit in two days on the easy loom and start making sweater tubes.   She is a piker, small time, small market– trying to make it into the big time.  Btw, I just saw “All on the Line” on Sundance and Kara Janx was the featured designer who found that being on Project Runway was overall considered to be a joke, not to be taken seriously.  She had to try and live it down as it negatively affected her professional contacts.  Joe Z also made sure to quickly qualify to the Neiman Marcus buyers that she was from one of the “early seasons” of Project Runway.  I am now down with the PR franchise (and Lifetime) and am sticking with Sundance.  Much better programming, more insight into the creative process and decision making for actually being a designer (and yes, she actually had to cut and sew much of her own samples) in the real world, workroom decisions/mechanics, the role of the showroom etc.  I found it much more satisfying.  

        • Anonymous

          Her girl is someone who thinks if she shaves part of her head and puts on a caftan (only $39.99 at Piper-Lime!) and some eye makeup, she has a chance to be on TV and win money – or at the very least, find someone willing to make a sex tape with her – so she can eventually be on TV and make money without a skill. That’s the fantasy for the lowest common denominator.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZVZWZAQLXCM3JKKASGYN3EMBRQ Edith Piaf

            You forgot the earrings.

      • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

        She knows her girl….. Well who the hell is her girl?  Some trophy wife who vacays in the islands every winter? Retirement Village women?  Bikini models? She does not have a broad appeal and cannot design or produce legitimate clothing for the Northern Hemisphere.  Maybe next week she will learn how to knit in two days on the easy loom and start making sweater tubes.   She is a piker, small time, small market– trying to make it into the big time.  Btw, I just saw “All on the Line” on Sundance and Kara Janx was the featured designer who found that being on Project Runway was overall considered to be a joke, not to be taken seriously.  She had to try and live it down as it negatively affected her professional contacts.  Joe Z also made sure to quickly qualify to the Neiman Marcus buyers that she was from one of the “early seasons” of Project Runway.  I am now down with the PR franchise (and Lifetime) and am sticking with Sundance.  Much better programming, more insight into the creative process and decision making for actually being a designer (and yes, she actually had to cut and sew much of her own samples) in the real world, workroom decisions/mechanics, the role of the showroom etc.  I found it much more satisfying.  

      • Anonymous

        Uli knows her girl too.  Plus she can sew, choose beautiful prints, designer unique and beautiful clothing.  In fact, I think 90% of all contestants who have ever appeared on this show ‘know their girl.’  That’s sort of what being a ready-to-wear designer is about.

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        Man you are really spinning it, aren’t you?  She isn’t a star at all.  She’s the undeserving winner of a fixed contest.  She’ll either fade away or crash and burn once she’s out in the real world and a stable of people aren’t around pulling strings for her.

        • Anonymous

          Why would the stable of people stop pulling strings now? She can still afford to pay them.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t even muster the energy to be enraged that Anya won, and that’s far worse than being enraged, because it means that I just don’t care about the show anymore. I can’t bring myself to watch a pathetically mudane, talentless, BORING season of this show again.

      On the upside, it was the only reason I turned on my TV, so now I can cancel my $100 plus a month cable.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      This is my theory: 
      Anya, not getting the sustained career boost from the pageant life, decided last year that she’d use her pageant skillz and excellent style sense to get on PR. She found somebody to teach her some sewing fundamentals geared to the show and crammed for 4 months or so.
       At the same time, Lifetime became obsessed with having a PR winner with staying power after the series ended that they could use for their own spokesperson duties. The winners to date have not really panned out in that way (some outright hated). So they started looking for personalities and lo and behold, Anya showed up in the interviews. So the producerd dumbed down the rest of the pool, found the red herrings to attract the hate (Josh and Bert for a minute), devised Anya-sympathetic challenges, judged & edited to her benefit and intervened in the process when necessary.

      The rest is history. Anya will be hosting something on Lifetime real soon, unless she has a plot to game the network, which I wouldn’t be surprised.

      Because being a designer was never her objective.

      • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

        In her defence, as a designer, not her PR win, Anya already had a good career started as a designer with 2 great collections and a lingerie collection under her belt. You are correct about the cramming however and that’s the disappointing part.

        • http://twitter.com/artfulhome1 Christy Bishop

          Yes, she has been mentored for many years, apparently, by an established designer….don’t know why she waited til 4 months ago to learn to sew, then, do you? She is playing at it, like playing as a beauty queen, and that makes her win all the more insulting and damaging to those serious designers who played like they thought they had a chance.  I feel humiliated for them.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly. She’s a dilettante and no more.

        • Jennifer Coleman

          Uh, she had 2 collections before she started to sew or during? Sounds like a demi-celebrity vanity collection, like they do on the Real Housewives shows. I’m not knocking her hustle, using her beauty queen notoriety while it’s hot and finding a more experienced designer to be mentored by (still not sure IF YOU DO NOT SEW how that exactly works, but hey) is a sound strategy. It’s just that in my mind, her work product is pedestrian and her focus on learning the true craft of design is flawed. Believe me, you can find a Simplicity pattern at a fabric store for about every item she made.

      • Anonymous

        Except that my tinfoil hat/theory generator didn’t extend to a fix that started during selection of the contestants, that’s the story I’ve been believing since about half way through the season.

        (& I wouldn’t call it “a plot to game the network”! I think she is firmly on her own side – which you have to admit is only intelligent when working with a major corporation – will fulfill her contractual obligations enthusiastically & to the best of her abilities and will pursue Lifetime’s agenda as long as it lines up with her own. And not a minute longer, except as contractually obligated.)

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

      Anya picked some nice prints at teh Mood.  vs. Viktor DESIGNED HIS OWN PRINT AND HAD IT MADE HIMSELF AND SEWED IT INTO BEAUTIFULLY TAYLORED PANTS AND DRESSES

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVAJNOUIUXRFJA627JMU2YLWSY ana

        THIS!!!

      • Anonymous

        With sleeves, no less. Cause, you know, sleeves are hard.

        • Anonymous

          Sleeves are hard, and they’re not “editorial”

          • Anonymous

            I am having a burning desire to have someone interrupt Nina next time she uses the word editorial and say “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.”

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZVZWZAQLXCM3JKKASGYN3EMBRQ Edith Piaf

              Andre the Giant

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

              I’d prefer the full line…

            • Anonymous

              Yes! But at the moment I didn’t have time to look it up and didn’t want to get it completely wrong.

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

              “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”

              Love that line — we use it a lot around here.

      • Anonymous

        What an absolutely fantastic point.  It’s more fucked up than I thought.

    • Anonymous

      It’s so sad when something that was fun and inspiring devolves into nothing more than a way for someone rich to become richer. (i.e. the producers & Lifetime). One of my young daughters talks about becoming a fashion designer, so we started watching PR with her a couple years ago. She loved watching the creative process. Now that it has lost that, I don’t want her to watch it anymore. There is no value to it.
      As it’s been said over & over – this isn’t a fashion competition anymore. It’s just another obnoxious reality show.

    • Anonymous

      “It’s about crafting as much drama out of a bunch of attention whores;
      it’s not about finding a talented designer. But don’t you dare tell us
      it was never about that. We were there. There was a time when the show
      really did manage to find the best 4 or 5 designers out of a group,
      handed them money and gave them several months to unleash their talent,
      and then gave the prize to the most deserving. Anyone who thinks that’s
      what happened this season simply wasn’t paying close enough attention.”

      THIS. Thank you. I tuned in at the very end to see Anya giving her thank you speech and was just sad. Not because I don’t think she has talent, but because of what has happened to a show I used to love. Thank you for your post. It said it all.

    • Anonymous

      Damn.  When I see those four collections and then think about the fantastic decoy collection that Laura put together, it makes me sad.  You guys were totally right.  These final four are shamefully bad in comparison.

      • http://twitter.com/Kamilaahh Kamil

        I liked Laura’s finale collection the most as well — by a whole great big bunch. 

        But the thing is . . .  I went back and looked at her output over the season, as well as the way she has dressed herself each time we’ve seen her (because you could say that she was so unfit for the competition aspects of the show that it skewed her abilities, but the clothing she chooses for herself looks a great deal like the things she designed during the competition), and quite frankly, one of these things is not like the other, one of these things does not belong. I hate to say that I think she availed herself of someone else’s ideas or talents when she was back home putting her decoy together, but after looking at all of the differences between the two things, I really do wonder. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      any single finalist from the previous 8 seasons would have EASILY won this season, if it had been about talent. 

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. Anya’s collection was laughable, but I really didn’t like any of them. Viktors was the best of the lot, but he would have been crushed in past seasons.

    • Rei Carter

      I’m not really sure I can say that I’m glad that I stuck to my guns and didn’t watch the show after last year’s finale, but I am glad that TLo spared me some of the disappointment by watching the series so I didn’t have to. It’s so sad that the show has devolved so much.  I’m going to go sooth myself by looking at season one’s finale collections.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed.  You lads are doing us all a public service by watching this train wreck so we don’t have to.

    • http://twitter.com/poptartsjen Pop Tarts Jen

      THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for saying what needs to be said! As soon as they gave the designers the extra $500, I knew it was all over. And it pisses me off. Also … thanks for helping me get through a pretty abysmal season. I’m so glad I found your blog! 

    • Anonymous

      T.LO STAN FOR LYFE! :)

      seriously, guys: thank you so much for using your megaphone to such great effect, standing up for the voiceless bitter kittens and the show we all loved so hard once upon a time. i’ll never watch pr again, but i will faithfully hang on your every post, as always. sorry it’s been such a hard season ~ but please GOG, let the t begin spilling soon!!! :)

    • Anonymous

      My heart sank last night when Viktor mentioned Christian because the judges looked at him like he could never be like their precious CS and then made him third (yeah, don’t get me started).  Viktor clearly had followed CS enough to know that his business plan worked in applying the PR money, not that he thought he was a prodigy.  Maybe that’s what killed Viktor’s chances – he was looking at it like a business.  That – and the fact that he thought PR was a meritocracy.

      • Anonymous

        …and that he caved in the final hours, began to doubt himself and tried to please the judges.  Remember him muttering that, after this (i.e., after winning) he would be able to make the clothes HE wanted to make. He kind of got sucked into thinking that he could somehow please the judges, but the fix was already in.  (Unfortunately, he also didn’t get that PR was looking for a designer that didn’t dress like a deranged Munchkin.)

      • Anonymous

        …and that he caved in the final hours, began to doubt himself and tried to please the judges.  Remember him muttering that, after this (i.e., after winning) he would be able to make the clothes HE wanted to make. He kind of got sucked into thinking that he could somehow please the judges, but the fix was already in.  (Unfortunately, he also didn’t get that PR was looking for a designer that didn’t dress like a deranged Munchkin.)

    • Anonymous

      Two things that bug me most (because I’ve moved on from the idea that the show is about design): 1. That $20,000 would go to the winner of something so easily gamed (the fan favorite) and 2. The story isn’t even told that well. Those lunch room scenes are so fake they’re embarrassing.

      I read this somewhere else about another show but it bears repeating: “The most daring thing you can do on reality shows is show something real.”

    • http://twitter.com/CestmoiLola CestmoiLola

      Wow. Once you’ve lost TLo, you know the show has just been turned into a mess. I stopped watching part-way through last season (lost cable & did not like a lot of the ‘characters’), and I stopped this season as soon as Drama Vortex uttered the words “I WILL NOT HAVE IT!” The show is just not worth my time anymore. It’s been an all-around tough year for me, finding entertaining distractions on tv is a challenge and now I might as well lay one of my favorite shows to rest. RIP Project Runway.

      Thanks TLo, for blogging this season. I would not have known the definition of “Drama Vortex” without it. Also, thanks for bloggin’ through the years. I hope you can pull something out of the finale (Ninacaps?) that will make you and us laugh. Your blogging was once full of delicious mirth, and thanks to the decline of the show, you can read it in your posts that even you guys are finding it tough to ignore all the BS and just have fun with it. That is the greatest disappointment I have with the show – it’s so bad that even you guys can’t find a way to parody and make fun of it.

      Let’s hope B/M doesn’t totally fuck up All-Stars. After that, I’m done.

    • Anonymous

      Give up PR, get caught up on True Blood aaaaaaaaaaand….GO!!

      Seriously….can you imagine TLo blogging True Blood….it would be…..divine…..

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        I want them to recap Revenge!  Pretty pleeeeezzzze!

    • http://www.facebook.com/shaebay Shae Merritt

      I didn’t watch the finale or the episode before it. I just couldn’t bear to sit through an hour of crap. So yes, I’m pretty much done with this show.I didn’t think it could be worse than last year’s winner, but clearly I was wrong.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_45G3HP366QRX4HUWI5IAKTSOHQ NK

      I stopped watching halfway through the season because I couldn’t stand it anymore. I remember the good old days with Jay and Nick and Laura, the days when they actually picked talented designers to compete on this show. I couldn’t understand why for the past two seasons, the designers have been so boring. Was there a lack of talent applying for the show? It took me a while to understand talent wasn’t really playing a role in the casting anymore. The hypocritial judging, the unimaginative designers, the terrible, obvious producer manipulation…I just can’t anymore. Makes me sad that I couldn’t even finish out the season of a show that used to be the highlight of my television viewing week, but that just illustrates how far from the original concept it’s strayed. I’m done.

    • Anonymous

      Like I said last night: There are a few months before they cast Season 10, maybe I’ll take a sewing class, put out a sex tape, (and come up with a story) and trot on down to the auditions.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        Make sure you kill off a relative or two because you’ll need that also.

        • Anonymous

          Oooh, and a hardship. Rickets perhaps?  =^)

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

            How about an internet-diagnosed case of Aspberger’s.

            • Anonymous

              Unborn fawn twin

            • Anonymous

              No, no. She can’t go IN with the Aspberger’s, it’s ours to gift her with when she exhibits puzzling or anti-social behaviors.

          • Anonymous

            I think that the bitter kittens should help Gotham Tomato and Shannon Stewart develop absolutely killer sob stories to get them on the next season of PR.  We could have them be survivors of vaccination-induced comas, or having learned their craft from an undiscovered tribe in the Amazon….

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

              Personally, I like the single woman gave her child up for adoption and regrets it so deeply that she learned to sew so she could get on PR and pray her child would reach out to her after seeing her on TV….

              One of my first job offers as a writer was for Harlequin…  I can write Lifetime nonsense in my sleep:)

            • Anonymous

              You are obviously DESTINED to be a contestant.

              And possibly earn a bit of change on the side scripting life dramas for would-be contestants.

      • Anonymous

        No, sex tapes and dead relatives are done. Next seasons winner will either be a single Mom who escaped an abusive husband or a woman who survived breast cancer and while making hats to hide her hair falling out discovered her love of design.

        • Anonymous

          ..or a veteran who learned to sew in his hut on those long, lonely nights at the air base in Iraq, making clothes for the woman who broke his heart while he was serving his country (and whenever he’s on the runway defending his garments, The Battle Hymn of the Republic will be playing in the background).

          –GothamTomato

          • Anonymous

            Don’t forget the kitten that he saved from Al Qaeda!

            • Anonymous

              Who will visit the gang when they go to Mood, allowing screen time to be devoted to cat-dog interaction rather than, you know, that boring fabric selection.

            • Anonymous

              I’d much rather have that show than this one. Swatch for the spinoff!

        • Anonymous

          Just read a profile of a woman in my town who bootstrapped a small business, starting with only a few thousand dollars – after a double mastectomy she designed a soft, velcro-fastened and drains-compatible shirt for mastectomy patients. She used a grant to get a patent and to donate a bunch of the shirts to a local hospital & is now trying to figure out how to distribute these widely in a way they’d be affordable for patients.

          I wonder if I she has any interest in fashion design . . .

          http://www.healincomfort.com/

          • Anonymous

            Hmmmm, I mean if they are going for stories, I could get behind someone who actually does good.

    • Anonymous

      T Lo, I appreciate how you tried to be as reasonable as you could in your analysis, considering you were spitting nails.  You are right, the show has changed.  And it’s sad.  But I will still keep watching.  It’s still my favorite TV-yelling target.  I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

    • Mary McClelland

      You know, I do think Viktor’s  collection was ok. I really liked his prints. Kimberly’s had potential but the judges kept trying to homogenize everyone, likely pushing them to do worse in an effort to push Anya’s win.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      Of course none of us were surprised that Anya won, we knew it was going to happen for weeks. What actually did surprise me, though, was the judges giving Josh the win over Viktor. Nina praised those hideous green shorts! I was floored. I don’t understand why Viktor ditched his lovely gown and replaced it with a sheer lace nothing of a dress. It seems like Viktor decided not to show several of the outfits he’d made at home. I don’t know what he was thinking.  I know he was trying to do what the judges suggested during the mini collection critique, but they didn’t tell him to do that.

      I only watched half of the accessory show, and none of the PR after show. I don’t know if I can be bothered with anymore Lifetime programming… although, I am a little curious about Tim’s behind the scenes show next week, and I will most likely watch it.

      • Anonymous

        IMO they were trying to avoid the deja vu of the small framed mexican gay boy being robbed at the last moment by an over rated and generally-disliked woman designer.

        And they figured it would soften us up for the inevitable coronation of Anya if we thought that Josh would have won if she hadn’t.

        I remember reading somewhere that in Seth Aaron’s season, Mila was actually in second place when it came to the judge’s final deliberation, but the producers put her in third and Emilio up to second because they thought it made better TV.

        • Anonymous

          and I said earlier that Nina tweeted several times last night that Viktor was her runner up. I think he was also high up there for L’Wren and MK based on the conversations.  Did you notice that the conversations went 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st? hmmm….

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

          To be fair, they were right about Emilio and SA being the ones standing for TV.  And I don’t think it’s EVER really been said by the show that they send people out (particularly in the finale) in the order of their ranking — I think most of us just assume they call based on scores, but I don’t think it’s ever really been stated.

    • t b

      Did anyone notice the music for her runway show was V A S T L Y different from the other three (who had the same music..um)

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

        I did not watch, but I will look at the runway shows online. Normally it’s part of the designer’s job to come up with music. Hmmmmm…

      • Anonymous

        I wondered about that too–I seem to remember past contestants picking their own music, and I don’t think Victor would have gone with that terrible song, that was also played on every runway during the season. It’s clearly a branding scheme. It was also played at the start of Project Accessory.

        • t b

          Ha! I am SO going to come to the forum for validation from now on. This is the first time anyone has agreed with me in two days. SO REFRESHING!
          And does anyone really think the all stars version will be any better? If they paid someone enough money (or I don’t know, threatened their pets or grandma’s or something) it could turn out to be the same scripted cluster. NOT watching. Period. Done. But not with t-lo.

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        I didn’t watch but I’ve heard this mentioned.  And that makes me think once again that this whole season is a viral promotion of her. It would explain how shoddy this season was and how conspicuous the favoritism was. But on the other hand, it would also be a flawlessly amateurish marketing job to promote the “Anya Brand” (gag) because the public is not supposed to catch on so easily, right? Jeez.

      • Anonymous

        YES! She had her own music and at least Viktor’s seemed to have been dubbed over with the PR runway music. I was pissed!

    • Anonymous

      You’re right.  It is not Anya’s fault that the system is flawed.  She, however, willingly took advantage of that system and beat it.

    • Anonymous

      ‘We can’t, with a straight face, proclaim ourselves “important” to the show.’

      I have to say, in the fantasy in my head, Bunim-Murray hangs onto your every word and will suddenly realize they fucked up royally. If only.

    • Anonymous

      I got into watching PR late. Actually right before it started on Lifetime. I caught a marathon on Bravo of the old episodes and I was just… captivated. I haven’t sewn a stitch in my life but for a while it got me thinking about taking sewing lessons, being able to make my own clothes. (Not to someday end up on PR, but just to be able to make cool things I really like.) I priced sewing machines, looked into classes, etc. I felt inspired.

      I’m not sure I’ve felt that way about any of the newer episodes I’ve seen. There have been wow moments from time to time (though less and less as the show goes on), but it just didn’t feel like the same show I overdosed on and quickly became addicted to. 

      It probably doesn’t help that I’m not much of a reality show person. I like seeing talent and creativity and too often it’s about drama and contrived stories. If I wanted to watch that I might as well put on a sudsy scripted drama. At least the people on screen can act better (usually anyway). I’m not really sure I want to watch another season. I wasn’t really watching this one by the end anyway. 

      I have no bad feelings about/towards Anya, I just didn’t enjoy the judges crowing over her designs like she had invented the sewing needle, and the awkward interjections of “twists” that always seemed more like divine interventions. 

      I would have found more to enjoy in seeing someone that couldn’t sew well but had a great pov/aesthetic/personal style getting eliminated early on, working super hard to be better prepared for the next season, and then coming back to really do some fantastic things. 

    • Terence Ng

      Seriously? In what sense was Anya better than Viktor?

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

        In which sense was Josh better? He came out ahead too. :-/

        • Terence Ng

          *shudder*

    • Anonymous

      My friend and I knew it was going to happen but then even when it happened it was still shocking that it did, I still can’t believe it. I’m reminded of the season with Uli, it seemed everyone liked Uli & her designs but we all knew she couldn’t win with a beach dress collection.  Haha…9 seasons later you can win with a beach collection you make the day before.  I’m so disgusted and sad, I’m going to watch old episodes this weekend to make myself feel better.

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

      Love this from Laura Bennett’s blog on lifetime.com: “As for those lime-green laced-up bike shorts with the hip-widening graphic details, I want to see Nina feature those in Marie Claire and then get fired.”

      • Anonymous

        Yea, let’s see Garcia do a shoot with ANY of Josh’s runway fashions and see how fast she’s shown the door. Tool.

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

        That’ll happen the same day she shows up in Ra’mon’s neoprene dress that Tim bought for her…

        • Anonymous

          Ha! I still think about that every now and then and get a smile imagining her wiggling into it.

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

          She should definitely wear them together. That ensemble would be a perfect day to evening look – shorts for work, the dress for an industry party.

    • http://twitter.com/whathef1 whathef

      OH Tom and Lorenzo! I love your blog…it is so to the point, but with clever wit ( lacking in most blogs) and very minimal nasty sarcasim ( abundant in other blogs)! I have only watched a little of PR over the years…watched all of this season! I felt all along that if these 16 were the best from thousands…maybe they need a new audition crew for next year! Very little talent…no sophistication or knowleged of fashion / history/ social life! What burns me was the elimination of the last two designers before FW..Laura and Burt…they must ahve been intentionally X’d out as they would have not allowed Kimberly or Anya to move forward…”got to make those demographics happy”!!! Very manipulated WIN!

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

      Was it me or were the collections overly praised in general? I was surprised at the positive tone for some truly shit-tastic stuff on the runway. It really gave me the impression that it was scripted. 

      • Anonymous

        I’ll turn to Mary Poppins to explain this one.

        Just a spoonful of sugar make the medicine go down.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll turn to Mary Poppins to explain this one.

        Just a spoonful of sugar make the medicine go down.

        • Anonymous

          Or a bottleful of gin. (now empty)

    • Anonymous

      I agree with everything you are saying, except one thing. I thought Anya’s was the best collection.  I’ve been a fan of the show since the beginning, I think B/M has screwed everything up, I hate the extra half hour of drama, I fast forward whenever the designers are on the sofa dissing each other’s work. I also agree that they rigged everything to get Anya to the final.  I still think she had the best collection. It may not be the most accomplished, or show the most craftsmanship, but it showed imagination and taste, and looked great coming down the runway.  Josh’s collection was what 20 year old twinks wear to their first gay pride parade after they move to the big city.  Viktor’s collection was stunning until he introduced all the black sheer.  Kimberly’s was strong except for a few pieces that went nowhere.  I’ll take Anya’s win.  I still think B/M screwed everything up.

      • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

        I agree, but shhhhhhhhhh…you’re ruining the narrative. It’s much more popular to complain that Trinis ruined everything and that she OBVIOUSLY should have lost, even though everybody I know who watched it liked her pieces- were there problems with sewing? Sure, but meh. I liked the collection, “all resort wear” or not. 

        • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

          It’s nice to be proud of her for getting into the competition and having the opportunity but are you really proud that she won because the contest was fixed in her favor?  You may truly have liked her collection best and that’s fine but the fact remains that any idiot can see she did not deserve the win, that it was a fixed contest to cheat her to a win.  Can you really still feel proud of that?  Says a lot about character, I must say.

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

          Her pieces were lovely.  So lovely that I already have some in my closet that I bought from Macy’s 2 summers ago.  Except mine are better made. 

          There was NOTHING about those clothes that justified the designer price tag she wants to charge.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W4WCD5SM6HDC2NF54BY72GW6PM amy

      I was more upset when what’s her name won over Mondo. That seemed like a deliberate attempt by the judges to screw with us. At least this time you could see the jackassery coming from a mile away. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W4WCD5SM6HDC2NF54BY72GW6PM amy

        ooops I actually posted this sentiment earlier but couldn’t find it in the comment thread, so i double posted. sorry about that! i’m a TLo commenter virgin. usually i just lurk. but this time I couldn’t stop myself from commenting. man, the comments come up fast and furious here!

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      TLo

      Back when you were on the Sirius radio show I called in, was a ridiculous bag of nerves, and defaulted to asking a dull and predictable question.  The other question I had in mind (which is probably still dull and predictable) was this:

      What would it take for you to stop blogging Project Runway?

      Are we there yet boys?  This had got to be pretty close hasn’t it?

      Vicki  x

      • Anonymous

        Oh, no.  Don’t even put that out in the universe.  Please!

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          “Face it, it’s not our show anymore, kittens.”

          Why would they – why should they – continue to lavish time and attention on a show that has so definitely and decisively turned its back on its original audience?

          It becomes painful for all concerned.  

          Tom & Lorenzo and the community of kittens, minions and unborn fawns will go on without Project Runway.

          • jeneria

            Yes because we have Work of Art.  And I’d love to see them recap Sweet Genius.

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

              I would guess that their problem with Top Chef would translate to Sweet Genius, though — if you can’t smell and taste the food, you can’t really second-guess the judges.

            • Anonymous

              How about Design Star? It’s a contest show and even though it’s not fashion design, it’s still design….and personalities….;-)

          • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

            There are so many great shows on tv right now worthy of TLO’s insight and wit that I’d take any one of them over Project Runway any day.  Screw B/M.  They don’t deserve the attention or promotion any longer.

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

      Did you notice that the only designer Tim did NOT hug at while their show was walking was Anya?  It was as if he were holding his nose and feeling vaguely ill, knowing it was all a charade.

    • Anonymous

      Any conspiracy theorists want to venture a guess at what happened to Kimberly’s toolbox and the opportunity it provided?

      • Anonymous

        Oh, yes!   It came to me just as I was going to sleep last night and I laughed!  

        The producers stole the box, so that they could make Anya look good by offering help to Kimberly.   After all that was the only flaw left in Anya’s “story.”    

        Whaddayathink?

        • Anonymous

          by jove, i think you got it! this is a totally plausible and sensible explanation ~ and it’s sad that we’ve had to put up with these evening soap-like machinations in what’s SUPPOSED to be a reality show. makes my skin crawl.

        • Anonymous

          Definitely possible.  The other thing that occurred to me last night was that I was wondering if the producers had told Anya to hide any completed dresses she had made for Tim’s home visit to make her comeback so much more dramatic!

        • Anonymous

          I agree. I knew the jig was up when I saw her comforting Josh and helping Kimberly…..right along the lines of the lost money, which other contestants have made veiled comments about on twitterFB

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree with everything you wrote here, T Lo. I kept waiting for the final “gotcha” challenge that is usually thrown at the designers at the 11th hour. But all they got was a bunch of money and trip to Mood? Really? That was beyond ridiculous. How ridiculous? So ridiculous that I was rooting for Josh to win at the end. That says it all because I’ve never liked his aesthetic or work on the show and I certainly didn’t like him as a character.

      Well, next season is going to be my Tivo as methadone program: I’ll record the show and check it out on occasion…and if it is like this season, then I’m probably done. But not with T Lo…I’ll still read recaps, if you still do them. And let’s face it, few of us would blame you if you gave that up.

    • Anonymous

      When Tim came in with the “surprise” trip to Mood, it was so incredibly blatant that it was designed as a “save-your-ass” move for Anya.  It was a last-ditch effort to get her to snap out of it and put something semi-worthy of the runway.  Ugh-I feel so manipulated.

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

      I, like many here, joke and make a lot of sarcastic and snarky comments about what has happened to Project Runway, but as much as I’ve made light of it, I can’t tell you how seriously disappointed I am at this outcome. I’m literally sad about it.  I know it sounds silly since it’s a dumb reality show, but I really feel this oddly strong sense of injustice.  Not just about Anya, but about Josh, too.  It is just utterly inconceivable to me.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVAJNOUIUXRFJA627JMU2YLWSY ana

      I haven’t even watched the episod yet (not available where I live) but this truly disgusts me. If they’re losing you guys, then everything’s said. From what I’ve read so far, Viktor was robbed twice: the win, and the fact they placed him THIRD behind Josh!!!! Which for me is adding insult to injury… I keep thinking about past contestants – not even runner-ups, but people eliminated in the middle episodes like Kit Scarbo, or Jack Mackenroth, even Kaynebow… they would swipe the floor with these collections if they were given a chance!

      Sad, sad, sad. Just sad. Not as disgusting as last season’s travesty of Gretchen over Mondo, but as you said so obviously fixed it stinked from episode 1. It’s official: Lifetime killed Project Runway. The only good things they gave us IMO were Seth Aaron, Mondo and Gordana – in 4 seasons!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVAJNOUIUXRFJA627JMU2YLWSY ana

        And I never thought I’d say something in defense of Gretchen, but as mad as I got when they gave her the win, at least they gave it to someone who could sew and didn’t need extra twists in challenges to avoid being aufed.

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

      Next season, they should have the public be able to call in and vote on the winner…..

      • Anonymous

        But somehow limit to one vote per phone number.

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

          Yes, because otherwise, Anya would have won anyway this year.

      • Anonymous

        Ugh, no, please. That’s the one thing thing that would have made this season even worse. All that would be is a popularity contest (who is hottest, who is nicest, who “sells” themselves the best), or everyone voting for the designer from their home state. 

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

      As I see it, the biggest mistake Bunim-Murray made this season was casting Viktor.

      No, really. I made a comment earlier in the season that he was throwing off the curve. I was half-joking at the time. But as it turns out, it was no joke. No, Viktor is not the most talented designer the show has seen over the years. But in this crop of crap, he was a standout. He became the damn plot hole in the “Anya Takes Over the World” movie. I’ll bet if they knew just how distractingly more-talented-than-Anya Viktor would turn out to be, the producers would have gotten rid of him in the stilt-walker challenge.

       

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

        I don’t know if Viktor is “the most talented designer the show has seen over the years,” but I think he had a lot of good designs, and I really would have liked to have seen what he would have designed if there were other great designers there to challenge him.  Just think what he might have come up with in a workroom with Rami, Korto, Jillian, Seth Aaron, Laura, etc. Must be hard to come up with your best stuff when you look at the standard of the other designers that were in the room.

        • Anonymous

          You know, I’ve actually wondered that over the past few seasons.  S3 and S4 required flawless execution, because everyone was doing it.  Those designers were better, but I think a tough field makes everyone up their game.  

      • Anonymous

        Yes!  You know, as Viktor’s odd defeats started to mount, I found myself wondering “How the heck did an actual designer sneak into this group?”

      • Logo Girl

        I agree – thought I would add that they should have cast ONLY Joshuas and Bryces to make it seem like “design school types” are all annoying and/or pretentious and Anya is the only one Pure of Heart. 

    • Anonymous

      i was one of those people who swore i was not watching again after the travesty of last season.  after simmering down over the hiatus i was actually pretty excited with the start of this season.  slowly but surely my excitement faded.  in fact i have not actually watched the last 3 episodes or the finale.  i just havent had the heart to keep watching.  it really makes me sad because i loved the show so much but man the quality of work this season was laughable.  i havent sewn since middle school and i could have turned out better clothes than this group did.   i dont watch project runway to see clothes i can find in kohl’s or macy’s.  i watch it to be wowed.  there was no wow this season and i think i am finally done with it.

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

        Same here. I had gone from watching the whole episode, then the whole episode except the runway, then just runway & judging clips online, to skipping the show entirely & just reading the recaps. This show has lost me completely. It’s not about being mad my favorite designer win, it is the producers changing the plot.

    • Anonymous

      I ranted last night.   I’m over it now.  Just left with that afterRant hangover.     I guess I live on hope forever.   I do remember that last season there were some great clothes, and I hope for that again.  

    • http://twitter.com/stellaphone Stella Zawistowski

      Bless your hearts, TLo. You watch this crap so I don’t have to.

      See ya, Runway. We’re broken up now.

    • Anonymous

      So–Anya knows how to choose beautiful prints.  Viktor f—ing MADE beautiful prints!  VIKTOR MADE HIS OWN BEAUTIFUL PRINTS.  HE DID NOT BUY THEM FROM MOOD!!!!!!  Sorry for shouting so loudly.

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

        I know. I’ve been shouting in all caps too…. and pretty much the same thing… 

    • Anonymous

      Project Runway  next season? Dance Moms  with sewing.

    • Anonymous

      totally off topic but:

      for once, I would like to see Lorenzo and Tom!!! LoT!

      Why does Tom have to always com…imma gonna leave it at that!

      ;) Thanks for all the hard work LoT… <3

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

      The judges would have been perfect guest stars on “Lie to Me.” There was a moment when Nina was faux-ning over either Josh or Anya when her eye movements twirled all the way up to frappe.

      Also noticed how the sheers Gwen Stefani wore in the looping mascara commercial evoked Viktor’s sheers, which I really liked. Not something that could be worn outside the runway? Huh? How about in Trinidad? I know they would be hotcakes on Key Largo.

      Oh, well. You guys and your minions are creative and fun in print. I stream the show the day after, so there were times last night, monitoring the real-time comments here, when I could have used Viktor’s pee-pad dress. So, I’m glad for PR as TLo & Co. fodder if nothing else.     

      • Anonymous

        “her eye movements twirled all the way up to frappe”

        Love it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

      I can’t even work up the enthusiasm to rant.  I didn’t watch last night, and now I never want to watch Project Runway ever again.

    • http://twitter.com/GAgal28 Kristin .H.

      Omgosh I love you guys!! You say EXACTLY how I feel…. Seriously I’m disgusted. Anya should not have won, but she did & I think it’s a mockery of design. To be honest & blunt I’m disappointed with Michael Kors especially. He’s a top designer & his collections are beautiful, & you would think someone with his insight & design “eye” would be honest with that girl & tell her her designs are sloppy. But he didn’t & that makes me wonder. She didn’t even make sleeves the WHOLE season. Wait… she made a sleeve… 1 sleeve the WHOLE season. And that sleeve was not even that great. Sleeveless & dresses a designer does NOT make. I’m not hating on Anya as a person, just her “designs”. So utterly ridiculous. 

    • CQAussie

      I stopped watching a couple of weeks ago cuz I just couldn’t stand it anymore.  I couldn’t even be bothered to watch the finale because it was obvious Anya was going to win it.  I am stunned that it actually DID HAPPEN.  Yeah, I am done with Project Runway.

      Thanks Lifetime for killing all my excitement about this show, and then proceeding to hand out the most ridiculously fucked up decision in the show’s history EVER.  I will not be watching next season.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’m watching All Stars but I can’t see myself scheduling my time to watch Runway after that. In fact, I’m kind of scared what they will do with All Stars now.

      • jeneria

        If it’s anything like the ANTM train wreck, I would stay far away.  It’s pathetic to watch people prostrate themselves for a second chance at fabricated glory.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607867370 Chrisie Boley Brown

      I turned the TV off after they announed it.  I had looked at the collections before the finale, and I was wondering how they helped Anya fix her collection since it looked nothing like the crap she had out there in Finale Part 1. Then whem Tim announced the gift I knew it was over.  How stupid do they think people are?   I am new to your blog but so glad to hear a voice that is not influenced by Lifetime.  You guys are hilarious and speak the truth! Being able to appreciate your blog is the only reason that I am glad I watched this season.  Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Everyone (producers, judges, fellow contestants) was so blinded by Anya’s beauty, that the outcome was predestined…”star-cross’d”.  Hell, they may as well have written a Shakespearean prologue to read at the beginning of every episode, just so nobody would have to worry about how it would all end. 

      TLo are right to always point out that this is a game show and not a design competition. But  aren’t there rules governing game shows? 

    • Anonymous

      It’s insulting because it’s being done so badly.

      That. Is everything.

      I spent the last 45 minutes ranting in the office and now I feel better after reading this. You said everything.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Kay-Sanceda-Gadon/725256919 Colleen Kay Sanceda Gadon

      Project Runway has sucked for three seasons now. When they announced the winner last night, I remember Tom and Lorenzo saying that Anya had a big chance win because she´s Heidi´s favorite and that Lifetime is after all, a network for women. We were just grossed out to our bones. Anyway, thank you TLo for that megaphone. 

      • Anonymous

        thank you for only saying three. I loved the althea/irina season and will FIGHT anyone who throws it in with the demise of project runway :p

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

          I agree. I would even venture to say only two seasons.  I thought there was some real talent Seth Aaron’s season, especially compared to now.

    • Pennymac

      I’ve watched this season somewhat faithfully, but during the last few weeks (after Berts auf) I TIVO’d and eventually got around to seeing it, but not with the emotional excitement of previous seasons. I too remember waiting with baited breath for the final collections, doing the gay gasp when the beautiful clothes were presented. It made me want to sew, to explore my own creativity, and infused me with an interest in fashion that I’d never had before.But all good things must come to an end. I’m glad I watched last season, while I didn’t like the dreck that was Gretchens work, I loved Mondos. And I had fun rooting for Bert and being able to appreciate his simple elegant esthetic,. Not only was talent really lacking in this season, the producer manipulation took the show into territory that changed it in the most awful way. I won’t do the swearing off thing, cause I’ll probably sneak a peak now and then. But it’s not my Project Runway anymore.Thank you, TLo, for your honesty and for saying exactly what we were all thinking. Your posts were the best thing about this season.. (I feel like I just wrote a eulogy)

    • Anonymous

      Pretty sure I’m actually done with PR now. I know I said it last year after Gretchen, but it lured me back in. But that was complete bullshit. As far as I’m concerned, that was the series finale of Project Runway. And what a shitty way to go out.

    • Anonymous

      I said last night that if there was any hope for reality TV, Viktor would win.  I did that mostly to show just how hopeless and stupid I do find reality TV.  To no one’s surprise, Project Runway proved me right and went above and beyond that. In my ideal world, Anya would’ve come in 4th, Josh 3rd, Kimberly 2nd, and Viktor 1st.  Instead, pretty much the opposite happened, and the least talented designers got the first 2 places and the most talented the last.  If that doesn’t scream hopeless, I don’t know what does.

    • michelle shields

      Anybody get a dejavu moment? The one who should have won was beaten by someone who…well we all know this story.
      Thanks guys for making this a truely entertaining (albeit disappointing) season. Can’t wait for All-Stars!
      PS …. Project Accessory put me to sleep. But I’ll have to keep watching.

    • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

      Face it, it’s not our show anymore, kittens. The Lifetime people
      bleached out anything having to do with real talent and latched on to
      the idea that “characters” telling a “story” is why everyone watches the
      show.

      And that’s it in a nutshell.  Lord, I’m bummed.  To think I thought the Gretchen debacle was low.  God I miss the days when finalists were given adequate TIME to create magic.  Just think of who didn’t win…..Austin, Mia, Laura, Korto.  Hell – any of the PR All Stars blow these finalists out of the water.  No wonder B/M is having Tim host a ‘lookee at the decoy collections’ special – not to mention putting off the All Stars Show till next year.  After this, people are going to tune out.  Oh – we’ll be there for the all stars.  We know we’ll see quality work.  It’s after that I’m bummed about.  I really loved this show.  I’m one of the people commenting here from the get go.  Hell – reading Project Rungay was as much fun as watching the show itself. 

      My initial interest in PR stemmed from my theatrical background.  I’d put time in working at various costume shops as a way to learn my craft (director/artistic director).  So I knew the difficulties involved in shepherding a garment from design through construction.  Not in the fashion world, true….but the basics were the same.  I really loved  PR – loved it from the first show.  And I loved T/Lo’s take on it – reading their blog the day after was kinda like opening a present.  Cool, irreverent, funny.  Well – T/Lo’s still the bomb….its PR that no longer lives up to their skill and ability.  Now I know it’s never gonna happen….but I wish, wish, wish Bravo’d take the show back.  Either that, or B/M had better clue the f— in.  Talking to fan/participants like T/Lo would be a helluva good start.

    • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

      Face it, it’s not our show anymore, kittens. The Lifetime people
      bleached out anything having to do with real talent and latched on to
      the idea that “characters” telling a “story” is why everyone watches the
      show.

      And that’s it in a nutshell.  Lord, I’m bummed.  To think I thought the Gretchen debacle was low.  God I miss the days when finalists were given adequate TIME to create magic.  Just think of who didn’t win…..Austin, Mia, Laura, Korto.  Hell – any of the PR All Stars blow these finalists out of the water.  No wonder B/M is having Tim host a ‘lookee at the decoy collections’ special – not to mention putting off the All Stars Show till next year.  After this, people are going to tune out.  Oh – we’ll be there for the all stars.  We know we’ll see quality work.  It’s after that I’m bummed about.  I really loved this show.  I’m one of the people commenting here from the get go.  Hell – reading Project Rungay was as much fun as watching the show itself. 

      My initial interest in PR stemmed from my theatrical background.  I’d put time in working at various costume shops as a way to learn my craft (director/artistic director).  So I knew the difficulties involved in shepherding a garment from design through construction.  Not in the fashion world, true….but the basics were the same.  I really loved  PR – loved it from the first show.  And I loved T/Lo’s take on it – reading their blog the day after was kinda like opening a present.  Cool, irreverent, funny.  Well – T/Lo’s still the bomb….its PR that no longer lives up to their skill and ability.  Now I know it’s never gonna happen….but I wish, wish, wish Bravo’d take the show back.  Either that, or B/M had better clue the f— in.  Talking to fan/participants like T/Lo would be a helluva good start.

      • Anonymous

        “like” about 1000 times.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66KPZ36LMHMRQOX3HIJGHRNNUA MandyM

      There is just nothing left to say. The worst designer won and, TLo, you called it ages ago. I wanted to hold out hope that maybe V or K would pull it out but I knew that the producers wouldn’t let Anya lose. I just don’t think I have it in me to watch it next year. I DVR’d Project Accessory so we’ll see but I think I’m done with Lifetime reality shows since the choreography is too obvious and that’s no fun to watch.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66KPZ36LMHMRQOX3HIJGHRNNUA MandyM

      There is just nothing left to say. The worst designer won and, TLo, you called it ages ago. I wanted to hold out hope that maybe V or K would pull it out but I knew that the producers wouldn’t let Anya lose. I just don’t think I have it in me to watch it next year. I DVR’d Project Accessory so we’ll see but I think I’m done with Lifetime reality shows since the choreography is too obvious and that’s no fun to watch.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, agreed. And I really hate to go there, because I’m honestly not one to leap on the homophobia bandwagon every time a gay boy doesn’t win a tiara, but since Runway moved to Lifetime we’ve had now back-to-back cases of under-talented, over-rated, wildly-pimped women winning instead of clearly more creative, more skilled, more talented, more “next” gay male designers (the execrable and awful Gretchen Jones v Mondo Guerra; the un-hateable and not-talentless Anya v Viktor Luna). It is, I suppose, “the women’s network” after all. (And please don’t read this as anti-woman; it’s just anti blatant producer manipulation–the extra money at the end was ridiculous: they’re supposed to have their runway looks done)

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

        I’m a woman and I agree completely. I don’t think it’s a question of prejudice or homophobia, but a case of demographics.

        • Anonymous

          Not just demographics – but lily-livered t.v executives’ *fear* of demographics.

          As in “we need a winner who’s relate-able!”

          Because if the viewing audience’s demographic hasn’t noticed that there are gay men in the competition – and they even have (gasp!) *boyfriends!* then the demographic is dumber than an empty box o’ rocks.

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

            If the viewing audience hasn’t noticed that there are gay men in FASHION in every area, then that’s even sadder.  And I really think if that’s true, you could sell them on Mormon Josh…

      • Anonymous

        I hadn’t thought of that.   Do you really think that the women on Lifetime wouldn’t like a gay man?   Or do you just think that Lifetime thinks that?   Anyway, Chloe Dao won out over Daniel when it was on Bravo.   I’m trying to remember if there was ever a gay man who won when it was on Bravo.    

        I still think it has a lot to so with showmanship, and Viktor doesn’t have good looks and dresses weirdly.   Obviously they preferred Josh over Viktor for reasons I can’t discern except that Josh had more of the presence that they liked.

        • Mary McClelland

          Well, Jay won and Christian – they are both gay. 

          • Anonymous

            Thank you!   I was trying to think and coming up with a total blank.    To draw conclusions about whether there is bias against gay males winning when the show is on Lifetime, I’ve got to look to see how many gay men won during the time the show was on Bravo.   So far, if Jay and Christian are the only two gay males winning on Bravo, I can’t make that call.   

            The hell of being an unfavored minority, is that you always have to wonder if it played a part in making a decision and most of the time you’ll never know.  :(  

        • Anonymous

          I’m not sure that Jay is gay but Christian Siriano is.  They both won.

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

            Oh, Jay is gay for sure.

      • Anonymous

        I hadn’t really though about this either, but it probably is a demographics issue. Wonder what they will do with All-Stars? There are a lot of “family” members in that cast who are extremely talented. 

      • Mary McClelland

        Ok, I liked Irina. I know, I know – I loved her aesthetic and the sweaters were really nice. I would wear a lot of her stuff. And I think she was definitely talented albeit not super innovative. But still – she’s alright by me. Better than the other two she was up against. 

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

          She made beautiful, luxurious clothes. I loved a lot of what she made. I even came to like her after her season was over. In retrospect, I don’t see her as cold and bitchy so much as business-like and not interested in everyone’s bullshit. So she’s all right by me too.

      • Anonymous

        I agree that Lifetime is attempting to play to their demographics.  I may be in the minority but as a woman, I find it incredibly insulting to be “sold” a less-qualified designer just because she and I happen to share XX chromosomes.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I think the demographic explanation fits right in to the producer-manipulation more than any anti-gay bias. Whether or not Lifetime’s viewers would have celebrated a Viktor (or–shudder–Joshua) win is irrelevant; the kind, sweet, plucky, nonthreathening, self-taught exotic beauty-queen overcoming her personal tragedies (dead brother/sex tape) to make pretty flowy dresses is the “face” they want for their brand, not an edgy shorts-wearing or eyebrow-scaping snarky gay boy or even, for that matter, an “urban” woman. When PR becomes more about network branding than about fashion design, it’s a sad day indeed.

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        I’m a woman and I agree with you.  I was suspicious the very first season it moved to Lifetime because I knew they had a women-centric narrative for most of their programing.  What they did to Project Runway is just tragic.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed, agreed. And I really hate to go there, because I’m honestly not one to leap on the homophobia bandwagon every time a gay boy doesn’t win a tiara, but since Runway moved to Lifetime we’ve had now back-to-back cases of under-talented, over-rated, wildly-pimped women winning instead of clearly more creative, more skilled, more talented, more “next” gay male designers (the execrable and awful Gretchen Jones v Mondo Guerra; the un-hateable and not-talentless Anya v Viktor Luna). It is, I suppose, “the women’s network” after all. (And please don’t read this as anti-woman; it’s just anti blatant producer manipulation–the extra money at the end was ridiculous: they’re supposed to have their runway looks done)

    • Anonymous

      Once Michael and Nina starting complaining about Viktor’s “black” half collection, I knew it was in the bag for Anya (I mean I knew it was in the bag a month ago, but I was hoping I was wrong).  I suppose that it’s inconceivable that a person would wear black and then the occasional purple/white/grey print in the magical world of Bunim Murray. I’m so glad that Christian didn’t include a lot of black pieces in his finale collection, because obviously that’s anathema to the judges….oh wait….

      I have nothing personal against Anya.  She seems lovely, and moderately talented.  If picking out colorful prints and sewing the edges together then cinching it with a belt is the formula to win Project Runway, then I’m in it to win it for next season!

      I liked Josh’s collection more than I wanted to.  Neoprene and plastic can make a striking look, but practicality makes wearing it in daily life a bit of a nuisance.  Unless you have a toddler, and the ability to just windex your dress off would be a godsend.

      I think to show their solidarity to their newly crowed queen, Heidi and Nina should wear Anya’s pieces proudly, in New York, all winter long.  I think that might begin their penance for what they put us through last night.

    • Anonymous

      Once Michael and Nina starting complaining about Viktor’s “black” half collection, I knew it was in the bag for Anya (I mean I knew it was in the bag a month ago, but I was hoping I was wrong).  I suppose that it’s inconceivable that a person would wear black and then the occasional purple/white/grey print in the magical world of Bunim Murray. I’m so glad that Christian didn’t include a lot of black pieces in his finale collection, because obviously that’s anathema to the judges….oh wait….

      I have nothing personal against Anya.  She seems lovely, and moderately talented.  If picking out colorful prints and sewing the edges together then cinching it with a belt is the formula to win Project Runway, then I’m in it to win it for next season!

      I liked Josh’s collection more than I wanted to.  Neoprene and plastic can make a striking look, but practicality makes wearing it in daily life a bit of a nuisance.  Unless you have a toddler, and the ability to just windex your dress off would be a godsend.

      I think to show their solidarity to their newly crowed queen, Heidi and Nina should wear Anya’s pieces proudly, in New York, all winter long.  I think that might begin their penance for what they put us through last night.

      • Mary McClelland

        A plunge is really difficult to sew. (eye roll)

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

        I’d kill for a plastic outfit most days — 2 1 year old who think I’m a great napkin would make that heavenly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

      Love you TLo and thank you for calling PR as it is!  PR is a complete lie and I’m sick of being treated as if I’m stupid. Last night was my last PR.  I can’t take it anymore. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

      Love you TLo and thank you for calling PR as it is!  PR is a complete lie and I’m sick of being treated as if I’m stupid. Last night was my last PR.  I can’t take it anymore. 

    • Anonymous

      It’s off my DVR. I’m done with this show.

    • Anonymous

      It’s off my DVR. I’m done with this show.

    • Anonymous

      beautifully said boys and so sadly true! ……………………………………ps: victor dude!  u wuz robbed. 

    • Anonymous

      beautifully said boys and so sadly true! ……………………………………ps: victor dude!  u wuz robbed. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Harris/1358701372 Linda Harris

      I really can’t wait to see Heeidi wearing Josh’s green shorts

      • Anonymous

        Maybe she can pair them with a flowing printed caftan.  Very editorial.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Harris/1358701372 Linda Harris

      I really can’t wait to see Heeidi wearing Josh’s green shorts

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 Mary Stone

      Please blog/recap American Horror Story – move the TLounge there…plleeezzz

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

        OMG. That show is a glorious trainwreck. I would love to read TLo’s take on it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

      So why do T and Lo keep making kissy-faces at the judges on Twitter through all this? Why not question the people who are helping to actively ruin a show you loved (and created this way to make a living, frankly) in a forum where you know they may be tempted to respond? That’s a big frustration for me, when those who start independent blogs get so close that they pretty much become starfuckers once they get a hint of fame. Instead of saying, “Yes, Nina, we’d love to go on vacation with you! LOVE LOVE LOVE!” how about asking her, during her live tweeting events, why she made this decision, and why the producers have chosen to go this route?

      It probably wouldn’t get you invited to as many parties, I’m assuming.

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

        Oh this kind of response is so lame. No one has more consistently criticized the show than we have.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

          tomandlorenzo
          Tom and Lorenzo

          yes let’s do it “@ninagarcia: @ProjectRunway @tomandlorenzo Can we go to Cartagena de Indias in my lovely Colombia?Nailing those judges to the wall, aren’t you?

          • http://theskippyreview.wordpress.com/ Skippy

            Ok, now you’re just trolling.  

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

            Wow, this really bothered you. Never mind the hundreds of thousands of words we’ve written on this blog criticizing the show and the directions it’s taken. We didn’t find a way to do it in 140 characters to a fake invitation from Nina on twitter that would satisfy your need for … whatever it is you think you need here.

            You’re not seriously thinking that we really are jetting off to Colombia with Nina, are you? Because that would be nuts. It’s twitter chatter, for fuck’s sake.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

              No, it’s just that you claim to want the show to make changes, but when you have the virtual eyes and ears of those who are online at the time (I have yet to see Nina or anybody else from the show post here, but you’re engaged in conversation in other fora), your tone changes. Standing on the corner with a megaphone is fine, but when it’s blocks away from where the event you’re yelling about is, and when you get close to the event itself, you put on a tux and only say how nice everything is, then there’s a dichotomy that I see happen all too often in the blogging world.

              It’s fine; I won’t change minds, but it’s quite telling that everything is so compartmentalized. Here, you can speak your mind, but when there’s a dialogue happening (fake or otherwise, it’s you typing at someone involved in the show and that person responding), it’s all just “chatter.”

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

              Utter bullshit.  1) There’s no need to be directly confrontational–what would that even accomplish? You KNOW they look at this blog anyway. 2) On Twitter?  Really?  As TLo pointed out, it’s 140 characters.  Do you really think they could credibly persuade Nina that her behavior this entire season was absurd, in 140 characters?

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

              We really don’t know what you think we should have said in response to a twitter exchange that consisted of no more than a joking invite to vacation in Colombia. “FUCK YOU NINA! We will NEVER vacation in Colombia BECAUSE OF YOU!” I mean, seriously? Of course the tone is different. Twitter is an entirely different medium. During a live-tweet, it’s moving insanely fast and our number one priority is to keep chatting, keep it entertaining, and NOT spoil anything for people in different time zones who haven’t seen the episode yet.

               And it’s not like she asked “T Lo, what do you think of our decisions this season?”

              Our megaphone is and always has been this blog, which is much, much more widely read than our twitter account.

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

              not to mention, IT’S JUST A TV SHOW and who says you can’t be civil with people and critical too? Ridiculous. 

            • Anonymous

              my reaction to Nina’s invite was more: “oh yeah! she needs a vacation in Cartagena to run away from the mob of angry bitter kittens and unborn fawns after this crazy judging!!!!”
              :-) 

            • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

              I for one wish they WOULD listen to you. As I commented earlier – B/M needs to really think about the direction they’ve taken the show. You guys have been there since the beginning. I’d love it if they’d ask YOU what would improve it. Or ask you to run a survey with your loyal readers. I’d really hate to see the show peter out. And its not your place to go to the judges or producers and offer up your two cents (just my opinion). They should be reading YOU, dammit. That’s what happened in the beginning, isn’t it? The Bravo people looked Online to gauge response and found you. Your brilliant commentary (positive and negative) helped push the show. That led to deeper involvement. I say yippee. If B/M had any sense now they’d ask for advice. I for one hope like hell they do.

            • Anonymous

              I call bullshit too.  Last night on Twitter TLO kept insisting when they were appalled when they were pleased.  They made no bones about the fact that they hated what was going on, and made it clear to @projectrunway and @ninagarcia:disqus .   The vacation thing was a throwaway.

              I’m amazed personally that Josh has been cheerfully tweeting you after all you said about him this season.  I guess any attention is good attention for that kind of person.

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

              Actually, I don’t find that all that surprising.  Josh may well grasp that people’s opinions of him as shown on TV have little to nothing to do with who he truly is.

              I can promise, if I ever make on PR, and TLo want to slam me, I’ll still read it and I’ll still encourage other people to do so as well.

            • Anonymous

              Like multiple times. Josh seemed at least smart enough not to poop on potential free publicity even if his feelings were hurt.

              (And if any creative person, let alone a fashion designer, decided at the beginning of their career to be surly to anyone that criticized their work, said career would be short.)

            • Anonymous

              Aw,  I would be delighted if you two really did get to go to Cartagena de Indians with Nina!  Who wouldn’t ?

      • http://theskippyreview.wordpress.com/ Skippy

        You clearly haven’t read the recaps of this show, have you?

      • Anonymous

        The fact that T and Lo are known by the judges and converse with them actually highlights their (TLo’s) integrity, because it is harder to be honest with people you know than it is for the rest of us who are anonymously criticizing strangers. Hats off to them.

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

        “Starfuckers”

        Hahahaha! If Tim and Lorenzo are starfuckers, I hope they’d go after bigger names than Nina Garcia. Anna Wintour or BUST, boys.

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

          Or Joe Zee. :)

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

            Oooh, even better. I love me some Joe Zee.

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

        1) 140 characters is hardly enough for that kind of conversation.
        2) It would be INCREDIBLY rude to call someone, ANYONE, out on Twitter for that kind of thing. 
        3) Through a large chunk of the night, Tom and Lorenzo wouldn’t have known who won yet.  (I assume)
        4) Did Nina Garcia recently buy majority stock in Bunim/Murray?  If not, that’d be barking up the wrong tree, now wouldn’t it?
        5) Nina is contractually obligated to not disclose insider details unless okay’d first, I’m sure.  If not, then she has the only contract of her type in the world without such a clause.  So what was she supposed to say even if TLo had the complete lack of manners to call her out on it?
        6) EVERYONE associated with PR is well-aware of this blog; how do you think they get those FW invites?  If they care at all about TLo’s opinion, they know where to find it.

        And 7) if you don’t like the host, don’t go to the party — it’s tacky. 

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

          “if you don’t like the host, don’t go to the party — it’s tacky”  WORD!

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

        …but seriously girl (or dude, whichever it is!), why the beef with TLo? the culture of internet blogging is about making your opinions heard whether it’s politics, showbusiness, music, fashion, whatever. Some bloggers do get so popular that they get to hobnob with very same people they criticize. But c’mon, for a blogger to outright slam the other person in their face when they actually meet is just plain stupid not to mention nuts. Who does that?

    • Anonymous

      Tom and Lorenzo, I read your blog for your thoughtful perspective on what is usually a fun topic.  I have felt for you during this season as you were committed to posting something about the tattered and vulgar remains of what had been such an interesting show. Godspeed to you both and if you abstain from watching another season of this show, you are certainly entitled!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micaela-Cannon/1465504041 Micaela Cannon

      I said it in last night and I’ll say it again…I just no longer care about this show. It’s not even that I’m angry. I’m apathetic. And considering I religiously followed this show for the past 8 seasons…well. It’s kind of depressing how little of a shit I even give.

    • Anonymous

      “The Lifetime people bleached out anything having to do with real talent and latched on to the idea that “characters” telling a “story” is why everyone watches the show.”
      Amen. Thank you TLo – couldn’t have it said it better myself.

    • Anonymous

      I knew this was coming, but was still disappointed when it did. It’s a sad day for PR fans.

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t…. stick a fork in this show, it’s done.  The inane crap the “judges” were reading form their cue cards for so offensive in it’s banality and absurdity that I just stopped watching.  So glad I watched the AMAZING game 6 of the World Series with my Cards instead!!  GO CARDS!!

      • Anonymous

        LUCKY!  I’m only a casual baseball fan, but considering how shitty the finale was, I REALLY wish I’d watched the Cardinals game instead.  It would’ve been delicious to watch them cream the Rangers!

    • Anonymous

      Aww sweethearts!  I am so sorry this season was crappy and you had to sit through it.  After last season, I swore off PR because I was so pissed at the result.  I admit, there were times when my friends were discussing the show, and I thought about joining in, bu then I read some of your posts, and said no way.  
      I assume those are the final 4 collections up there?  For realsies?  That is so not fashion and I am far from being fashionable myself, and even I recognize that.  You’d think the network or producers would read all these negatives things and wise up, but I guess not.  Any publicity is good publicity.

      Thanks for sticking to the end Tom and Lorenzo, and providing us with your always awesome and on point, snarky commentary :)

    • Anonymous

      What you guys said.

      I quit watching the show several weeks ago. It wasn’t intentional —  I was very certain Anya was the predetermined winner and I just wasn’t interested in watching more machinations to give her the crown. Nothing against her personally, I think she came across as likable. But she’s not a designer by the definition they USED to use on this show. 

      So yeah, I think I am done with PR. I mourn for the old show, but I won’t miss this version. Personality-based “reality” shows aren’t my thing. I’m not quitting TLo, however. And there’s Mad Fashion, and The Fashion Show, and whatever else gets cooked up. So I’ll still get my fashion fix. I will be avoiding Bunim Murray productions, however.

    • http://twitter.com/iraki86 Ira Ioannidou

      This show is dead to me. I will cherish the beautiful moments it gave me (Korto’s amazing “real woman” collection, Rami’s wonderful drapping, Chris March’s fun personality) and put it to rest. Adios Project Runway! You will be missed. I will never replace you with “It’s the Real World” with sewing…

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

      25 Occupy Nashville protesters were arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol at 3 a.m. this morning and taken to jail for breaking a curfew that had only been instutued yesterday afternoon by the Office of General Services as an excuse for dragging them off Legislative Plaza. 

      Anya won Project Runway. 

      I’m still trying to figure out which is the more appalling, disheartening occurrence.

    • Anonymous

      oh and here’s another question. Why did they get rid of Viktor’s music and use the regular PR music? I was kind of irritated about that. Unless he chose the PR music. TLo, you were there. It sounded to me like his music originally had car sounds, etc. Was it redone?

    • http://profiles.google.com/jenna.thomasmckie Jenna Thomas-McKie

      Last season, I was outraged, cancelled my subscript to Marie Claire, and thought long and hard about giving up on the show.  Decided to give it one more chance because I still had hopes that the show would remember its roots.

      Nevertheless, just case they kept peeing on my head and expecting me to believe it was raining, I wore my raincoat and rubber boots, carried an umbrella, and ended up neck deep in a pile of shit instead.

      Boring.  Uninspired.  Obvious manipulation was obvious and sickening. It didn’t matter what was sent down the runway, Anya was going to be handed the win.  Her outfit(s) not up to par?  Here’s some money, go back to Mood, try again.

      Viktor, your sheer skirts are paired with beautiful blouses, but no real woman would ever wear something that revealing. (But just last season, Wretchen wins after being praised for her ugly granny panties with NO skirt and truly hideous shirts?)  Anya, your flowing gowns, with the same neckline on every single one, are just so original!  (Uli, even though you can design separates, and even jackets with sleeves, your flowing gowns are so one note.  You’re auf!)

      Okay, so I care.  Care that I was stupid enough to give them another chance.  Care that a show I used to love has become such a huge farce, a gross insult.

      Lifetime, I’m handing in my woman card.  I’d rather watch Spike TV with my husband that endure just another minute of your abuse.  Goodbye, and good riddance.

    • http://twitter.com/RothJen Jen Roth

      I like how the judges said that Kimberly “wasn’t quite there yet” hence why she wouldn’t win, and Anya wasn’t even CLOSE to being not quite there and took the win.  WTF?  That doesn’t make any sense.

      • http://twitter.com/RothJen Jen Roth

        Might I just add, Mr. Kors, if you already know what an Anya bag, and an Anya line of whatever else looks like, perhaps it’s because you’ve a. already seen it and b. the girl doesn’t have any fresh ideas.

      • Anonymous

        I guess Michael was already envisioning a line of giant straw beach bags and flip flops and cover-ups sold at Macy’s with her name and smiley picture on them.

    • Lynn Landry

      The thing that really gets me is Anya pretty much won for being a good shopper. “You have an amazing eye for prints.” Uli, way back when was SLAMMED for loving prints and creating beautiful clothes with it and this bullshit won? I was even going to be OK with Josh winning over Viktor, but Anya does not deserve this. Even with all the things I’d complain about for previous seasons, I could always see some logic in the decisions and ALWAYS the finale was worth seeing, with the all the designers usually impressing me. (Although last season seemed to be a precursor to producer manipulation as well). Not this one. Yawn. I even skipped the last two episodes (hear that Lifetime? I was not watching your 90 minutes of ads, product placements, and previews of your horrendous shows! I hope other shows hold your interest, because you guys are great writers and Monday morning quarterbacks. I just don’t know if I even want to read about the show anymore. Kudos to you, TLo, for sticking with this season.

      • Anonymous

        Yes.  And while Anya has a “girl” in mind  Her girl clearly never goes anywhere but the beach (breakfast at the beach, shopping in the open air market at the beach, lunch at a cafe on the beach, drinks and dancing at a bar on the beach).   Uli could dress the same girl for the beach but also make it possible for her to go to brunch in town and to evening out that did not require flip flops and sand. 

        • http://twitter.com/IvyTurnstyles Cyd Paiva

          Well said!

        • Patsye Peebles

          Perhaps Anya’s girl needs to be able to shed her clothes quickly?  Take off the belt or move one shoulder and it falls off.

      • http://twitter.com/IvyTurnstyles Cyd Paiva

        I was thinking the same thing! Uli, was way more talented and versatile, and was constantly criticized for her flowy, beautiful prints. Anya WISHES she had Uli’s talent! Ugh. Lifetime sucked the life out of this show alright. And Michael, Nina and Heidi let it happen.

    • Anonymous

      I am completely disgusted by this whole finale. Not only is it a disgrace that Anya won, but how were Viktor and Kimberly the bottom 2, and Josh in the top?!?!?
       
      Viktor was consistently great throughout the season, and his final collection was beautiful and well-made. The judges have praised Anya all season for her “eye for prints”….where’s the recognition for Viktor’s prints THAT HE CREATED?! At least it seems like a lot of people were pulling for Viktor to win, and he’s a strong designer so I hope to see him with a successful fashion line in the future.
       
      And I also really like Kimberly’s collection. It wasn’t as high end as Viktor’s, but she had some great pieces that I could see everyday women wearing. With her choice of colors and that urban feel, it reminded me of something you’d see at Express…which may not be a good thing in some people’s eyes, but it’s wearable!!
       
      And I really can’t go too much into Anya or Josh, because I may make myself sick. Yes, I like Anya and thinks she makes some pretty clothes, but I’m not on vacation 24/7!!! Her final collection was resort wear, and only appeals to a small demographic. I wanted to slap Michael when he was saying “I can see people wanting an Anya bag, an Anya necklace…”. Seriously?! I’m not saying he was wrong for saying that, but it doesn’t mean she should be the winner!! I’d much rather invest in a “Viktor” piece. And it was disgusting that Anya even got to the finale. “We hated 2 of her 3 looks from last time”….so WHY THE HELL was she one of the finalists?!?!?! She had 5 friggen weeks to create a collection, and clearly she failed and should’ve been sent packing. What would’ve happened if she showed her collection the way it was before she made the new pieces? Well, I’m sure she still would’ve won, so I guess it doesn’t matter.
       
      And as for Josh…not all of his looks were terrible, but I can’t picture anyone wanting to wear the majority of them. Those green shorts? That outfit with the striped shirt? His designs are so tacky and over the top…the only place I can imagine seeing women wearing his clothes are in 80s themed drag clubs.

      I wish I could say I won’t be watching PR ever again, but I know I will…I guess I’ll just have to prepare to be disappointed again. This show is no longer about deserving, talented designers; it’s all about back-story and which contestant can brinbring in a big fan base.

    • jeneria

      Lifetime has turned PR into a Lifetime Movie of the Week.  They’re just going to award it to the woman that they feel their audience either wants to be or identifies with.  It helps if that woman has a special scandalous/heart wrenching story.  Is Seth Aaron really the last legit winner?

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t even find the energy to care enough to be upset. All I said to myself when they announced the winner was “so they really did go through with giving her the win”. Then I turned off the TV. I sooo didn’t care since I knew it was coming. Blah, what a joke this show has become.

    • http://profiles.google.com/ruthieoo Ruthie O

      I remember my first season of Project Runway. It was Season 4, and I was completely resistant to watching any reality shows. My friend, an artsy hippie type, vowed to me that Project Runway was not about manufactured drama but about real creativity and talent. So I watched, and I was hooked. 

      It’s sad to think that I really caught the beginning of the end. There were talented designers after Season 4, for sure, but each season slowly slipped away from its main purpose of showcasing talented people create in unheard-of situations. I stopped watching mid-way this season, and then depended TLo updates on the show. Now, if only Tim could unleash himself from the shackles of Lifetime, rank and rave about the state of Project Runway, and get his own show (or move to Monterey and be my neighbor and best friend), that would make this season somewhat worthwhile. 

      • Anonymous

        Agreed.  My mom had been trying to get me to watch since Season 1 but I only climbed on board with Season 4, then watched 1-3 afterwards.  The difference in production is beyond the pale.  B/M destroyed this show with Lifetime’s blessing.

        I’m done with ranting.  I was sickened by Gretchen’s ill manipulated win last season but I can’t even work up the emotion this season.  I hope the show goes away now.  But for each one of us who are watching to see talent and creativity, there are probably 500 others who watch Real World and The Real Housewives who are jonesing for more of this shit.  And that’s the really sad part of all of this.

    • Anonymous

      I dunno. Call me a b****, but I just don’t see the pretty.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

      I don’t have the heart to even rant anymore. My brain was telling me what the end result will be but I still held my breath the whole episode hoping against hope that they would give it to the BEST DESIGNER (Viktor, hands down). For f…. suck 70% of her “dresses” were just hanging off the models, of COURSE they looked good and flowy on a -2 size model… Put them on any normally built woman and they suck because it’s an over-sized piece of see through flowy shit with a chain to hold it in place. Oh well, what do you know …

    • http://theskippyreview.wordpress.com/ Skippy

      Ok, now you’re just trolling.  

    • Anonymous

      I know. I was just talking to a co-worker about the show and told her how I couldn’t even look at Heidi, Nin and Michael last night. And yes, Nina really did look like she was choking on her own words. She did not look at all happy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

      My FB status after last night’s show: Dear Project Runway, please use the money you got from all the product placements this season to buy back your integrity.

      I think that about sums it up.

    • Anonymous

      “Even though there wasn’t one moment of surprise in the entire 90
      minutes and the ending was exactly what we – and almost everyone else –
      predicted it would be, our hearts still sank at the end. ”

      Because we wanted to hope things could change.  We wanted to believe Project Runway was still in there.  We knew it wasn’t, but we still hoped it was.  And now we know for sure, it’s gone.

      Given only the 4 finalists to choose from here’s what I wanted to see: Based solely on the final collections: Kimberly deserved the win. Based on the season as a whole: Viktor deserved the win. So, I would have been happy with either of them. Josh would be the first eliminated because he is an ASS. Anya would go next because she is talentless.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CM2DUB3RPAOCKY3VEBGDHCJPI Shannon

      Watched this show at a PR Finale party with several friends. Two of them had never seen the show before, and were shocked by the ending. It was obvious to them that Victor should have won, that Anya’s designs were uniform and flimsy, and that Josh’s were ridiculous. It was also obvious to them that the judging and final decision was all about ‘narrative’ rather than actual talent.

    • MilaXX

      *SIGH*
      I think the fact that this show actually had me for one brief moment, cheering for Josh says it. What a farce!

    • Anonymous

      I sort of feel sorry for the host and contestants of Project Accessory. This season of PR has made me not even care about starting that show.

      • Anonymous

        I took a peek at the people on that show — and no.    Plus, I think I just don’t get “accessories.”   I don’t really care that much.

        • Anonymous

          I am a handbag addict, so I was tempted but I just can’t bring myself to dvr another show on Lifetime. Ugh.

    • Anonymous

      I think that the ‘fan favorite’ thing was also used to determine the outcome. The flaw is that only people who tweet could vote and there is no limit to the number of times one could tweet. So there is no way to know whether the several thousands of votes came from ten people voting thousands of times or thousands of people voting once or twice.

      • Anonymous

        Well, and the other thing is that I’m not 15, and I’m not going to fill up my twitter with votes over and over for the same person.  It’s dumb.

        Anyway, I hate the fan favorite thing.

    • Anonymous

      Feh. I’ve had it with B/M and all this crap. These clothes were ALL disappointing, even after a season in which there wasn’t one single memorable look. If Lifetime does give Anya her own show, I’m going to block the network from my tv. I might anyway after this charade of a show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1374511853 Sara Yungwirth

      I feel the same way – I drew clothes all the time, and when my mom showed me an episode of Project Runway Season 2 when I was 12 – I was hooked and inspired. For months I drew dresses inspired by Laura Bennett’s dresses (and I loved her model Camilla)
      but now there’s nothing to be inspired, or hooked by. It’s just dumb.

    • bethannstamps

      we all knew the show was rigged this season, and badly done at that. if there is an Anya Lifetime show for delusional wannabes, i for one won’t watch it unless i’m waterboarded. pretty much done w Lifetime anyway. will there be a Season 10? will anyone watch it? and again thanks and much praise to beloved TLO for keeping it real, a real critique on the looks, real judging, real opinons.

    • http://twitter.com/thedailymax Maria Alcantara

      Thank you for saying everything I was thinking last night.  I was still shocked they gave the win to her after looking at her lopsided clothes come down the runway.  The judges should be ashamed of themselves.

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

      I just deleted Project Accessory and After the Runway without watching. I think I may only watch All Stars and never another Project Runway again. 

    • Anonymous

      They know it, we know it, and the producers WILL change that next year!  I have faith!

    • Mary McClelland

      I feel really embarrassed for NY Fashion Week that Anya’s collection was even there. It’s like putting a Wal-mart inside Barneys. 

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        Yes, what a perfect way to describe it.  Just a tacky travesty.

    • Anonymous

      Well, maybe that upcoming fashion reality show on NBC will be decent?  (I assuming you’ll be recapping.)  Because really, it can’t get much worse.

      • Anonymous

        I forgot about that show.  I’ll give it a shot especially since it’s produced by the company that initially produced PR. 

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

          I’m definitely intrigued.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll take a look at it.

    • Amanda in Austin

      Perfectly said, TLo. As usual.  And now I really am done with PR. For realz.

    • Anonymous

      “Face it, it’s not our show anymore, kittens.”

      So sadly true.  It’s gone all PRINO now… Project Runway in Name Only.

    • Anonymous

      Here’s the thing. Last year, I was FURIOUS with a burning fury. Gretchen was the wrong decision. But I don’t particularly see huge producer manipulation in it: Mondo was more popular, more interesting, and had a more heart-tugging story. I never said “I’m done,” I just said “I’m mad.”

      This year, I just laughed at what a patsy I’ve been played for. The show is officially a joke. There’s no there there. It was a bunch of puppets on strings. Now I feel I’m done. In fact, the only fun thing about PR is reading TLo, and so I question if that’s enough to keep me watching.

       

    • Tess Dea

      I stopped watching about 4 shows in this season.   I’m not surprised at all that she won.     But this season was a true snooze fest.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661256074 Mars Tokyo

      Thank God for you two to tell it like it is. I knew Anya was going to win because of her back story. They send the message that ANYONE can win PR–even if you don’t know how to sew. Which is the most cockamamie thing on earth and does such a disservice to the industry. Fashion takes talent AND skill– neither of which Anya had. She made the same dress over and over from prints she pulled right off the shelf at Mood (unlike Viktor who made his own prints). The whole thing is one big SHAM.

      • Anonymous

         I know, that is like casting someone for Top Chef who just learned how to turn on a stove two months prior and can make an omelet.

        • Anonymous

          “WOW, you cooked this Easy Mac in the microwave all by yourself?!  I smell WINNER!”

    • http://profiles.google.com/vickifong50 Victoria Fong

      I was shocked. Viktor won clearly. What is it about Hispanic male designers that PR won’t back as the winner? First, Mondo and now Viktor. PR has “jumped the shark” as they said in the business when a show has lost its way.

    • http://twitter.com/IvyTurnstyles Cyd Paiva

      R.I.P. Project Runway.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad this season turned out the way it did. It makes it that much easier to say “Goodbye Project Runway”. I will not watch the next season and I’m not sure I want to see what the producers will do to the All-Stars series. B/M f*cked it up. Plus there are way better fashion shows out now: Mad Fashion, Garo By Design, hell, even Joan Rivers is a better fashion show.

    • Anonymous

      Anya has a limited imagination and no range. I didn’t think this season could be worse than the last one but it was. But nothing will change if Heidi, Nina, and Michael Kors remain as judges.

    • Anonymous

      And to pour salt into a bitter wound.  NINA TWEETED THIS!!

      This was my favorite dress from yesterday’s finale #ProjectRunwayhttp://say.ly/rvhUJB

      • http://twitter.com/IvyTurnstyles Cyd Paiva

        Your link doesn’t work. :(

        • Anonymous

          Sorry, I just copied and pasted.   Nina posted it only about 30 minutes ago.  You can look for her on twitter.

          In the meantime, try this.  http://www.whosay.com/ninagarcia/photos/85013

          • Anonymous

            Actually good on her. Shine the spot light on Viktor he sure deserves it.

            • Anonymous

              Yes, I think Viktor was pleased because he retweeted.

              But, for me, I was more like — yeah, but you gave the win to someone who showed crap.

    • Anonymous

      I just left a message for the Executive Vice President of Programming, Lifetime Networks of complaint about what the show has become. Here is his name and phone number: Rob Sharenow, (212) 424-7000. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m assuming it’s Kimberly, Viktor or Bert.

      Also, I can’t wait for the write-up on Kim’s collection. After being very disappointed by the photos, I was actually blown away by the runway show.

      • Anonymous

        I know, right? It didn’t look all that great in the stills, but it flowed so nicely, and the color palette told a story as it moved through the spectrum.

    • Anonymous

      Kudos, for a thoughtful and eloquent post summing up the feelings of many fans and friends. Well done, NDC_IPCentral.

    • Anonymous

      It’s about America’s next top designer, not America’s next top shopper for fabrics.

    • mrspeel2

      Thank you TLo for telling it like it is! I kept hoping against hope that the ending would have an unexpected twist and Victor would win but, as you’ve said already: “Bottom line, for all the machinations and manipulations, the producers didn’t even do all that good a job of crafting a story to tell.” The person who would have been Auf’d the very first week back when the show had integrity – the absolute WORST candidate – won!!

      I feel so badly for the other 3 finalists (and Victor especially) because they participated in good faith, believing that, in the end, the best designer would win, only to see their dreams crushed even though they knew how to make a pattern and knew how to sew. Yet they were beaten by someone that made he garments buy cutting gigantic circles on the floor, and who held most of her garments together with common pins and glue! I know the world isn’t always fair, but to think the producers (and the JUDGES, for going along with it) could just throw everyone that participated under the bus so their favorite would win is totally disgusting!

      I’m also wondering what past designers from the program are thinking right now too. I realize some of them have managed to make a name for themselves – even without winning – due to the exposure they got on PR so they’ll probably hold their tongues. But they have GOT to feel this program has become the very antithesis of what it originally was and I’m sue they are weeping right along with the rest
      of us.

      Where do I line up to follow the rest of you out the door so that we can put this horrible experience behind us and move on to another, hopefully more worthy, program?

      • Patsye Peebles

        Well put.  

    • Alloy Jane

      This is why I stopped watching a few weeks ago.  Saw it coming and decided it was not worth my time.  TOTALLY disgusted and disappointed, but I’m over it.  Makes me happy I passed out as soon as I got home from work. 

      Now that B/M has proven us right, I think we should all just drop it.  Project Runway is no more, and no longer worth talking about.  Let’s just leave it in the garbage can where it belongs and walk away.

    • Anonymous

      I think what bugs me the most is how stupid the producers and the judges think we are. Anyone with eyes could see that every look of Anya’s was the same, with the top cut down to their belly buttons, and then the judges call Victor “cheap”??? If I ever see any of these judges in the city, I will share my thoughts with them. Also, Kimberly needs more time, but Beauty Queen doesn’t?? You see, Kimberly’s story of growing up in the city, a black girl, doesn’t resonate with the Lifetime audience, but Anya is pretty and has a nice accent, and a sex tape with a threesome (a threesome?? I know Heidi is a wild woman, so this might not bother her, but a fricking threesome???) so she is ready to go!! LOLOLOL!!! Please. It is borderline racist now, I am sorry. Last year, white girl wins. This year, Caribbean girl with nice accent wins. Lifetime demographic? I bet you it is overwhelmingly white women. What a disgrace. 

      Fini. I am done. I am so glad TLo blog other shows and fashion, as they were they only reason I even watched PR anymore. Uli and every other talented contestant must be furious. In conclusion, if you are reading this, judges – we are not stupid. Shame, your show is trash now. Just like Real Housewives. 

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure Kimberly deserved the win, but she didn’t’ deserve the “needs more time” comment while Anya got the “can evolve” comment and WON.    That really got under my skin.    But, if they are just looking for story, Kimberley is a gorgeous woman with a lovely backstory.   With a hollywood makeover she would be a complete knockout.   She’s lovely now and it comes from the inside to the outside.   I just love, love, love her.     And, I’m a white woman.  Surely I’m not alone.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed. How is Anya’s story the most sympathetic or inspiring? I think she’s totally hot, don’t get me wrong–she’s beautiful, extremely intelligent, gracious, and she does have good taste and talent (as burgeoning as it may be). But  she is also wealthy, privileged, Caribbean beauty queen with a sex-scandal. What demographic does that resonate with?  Media and Hollywood are obsessed with the Hiltons and Kardashians of the world, and Lifetime mistakenly believes that most women are too.

    • Anonymous

      You’ve said it all.  I haven’t paged through all the comments, but I am curious, T&L, have you decided whether or not you are going to blog the next season of PR?
      For a stroll down memory lane, today Style Network has a marathon of PR, starting with what I think is the first episode of season one and Austin Scarlett’s corn husk dress.  Those were the days….

      • Jacqui

        Pulling up my DVR account right now to record this!!!

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s talent involves selecting an attractive print, then draping it from the shoulders of a thin young woman, attaching it at the waist so her boobs are partly concealed, adding a pair of beach shoes and calling it a dress. Again and again and again.  The next Lifetime show should invite viewers to visit Mood, select an attractive print, drape it blah blah blah, and see if we can do as well as Anya.  I think we can.

    • Anonymous

      Well I have to say, I have been watching Project Runway religiously and after the Gretchen fiasco I was set on giving up the hobby. Alas, I sat and I watched as I usually do and paid particular attention because I am from Trinidad. Yes born and raised but living in London and someone representing our country was competing. Only to see, what I like to call “Project Runway – The Anya Edition”. I think I am the only person on this island of mine that feels as if this was rigged and made to be totally biased to Ms.Ayoung Chee. Her air time was constant, her comments always in the best little voice and her clothes, made out by the judges to be eye catching and pushing boundaries. I thought it was because in other countries people don’t see this sort of “beach wear” (And I use the term extremely lightly)  all the time but in Trinidad, these prints are lack luster. It’s in all the shops, you are literally bombarded with these flowing gowns and bright colours. Of course right? It is the Caribbean. So my disappointment was growing each week as designers were sent home and Anya was left grinning with a pair of ripped, ill-fitting jeans and a Pocahontas inspired top on her client.
      The the finale came along and I prepared myself for her win. Everything was given to Anya. The extra money, the fan favourite (which I don’t understand how she shot up 30,000 votes in the span of an afternoon), the pitying looks of encouragement, the harsh and critical critiques of people like Viktor who executed clothing that was leaps and bounds above her. Everything worked in her favour and she was prosperous in the end. Sigh. Another fail at judging fairly Heidi. Not everyone wants to float around the world in a caftan as Mr.Kors so rightly said. Worse yet, a caftan with a low plunging v-neck every. single. time. So PR, I think I am done with this show. To be a bitter Betty, I wish Anya could compete in all-stars and have her fabrics thrown the curb because let’s be real people. Be honest with yourselves and discard Anya’s exterior. Those prints are made by someone else. Those people are deserving of my applause. No range in any of the pieces, no innovation no variety no design. And to be sewing your models in the DAY OF the runway show. Please someone tell me this is a joke. I love my country but I don’t support people simply of where they’re from. If you are talented then great, if you are not, I cannot bring my hands together and clink my wine glass with you. I refuse to be so blind and pretentious.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RVKQ7LRQ2YVLATP3CL5JKFQ6A Sandy

      AMEN! Your recap is spot on. I hope someone out there in Project Runway Land is listening to your megaphone because if this is the kind of show we can expect, they can count me out. And it’s so frustrating because it used to be such a great show. Thank you, T Lo.

    • margaret meyers

      They didn’t even address all the compliments lavished on Josh’s collection.  what a mess.

    • Anonymous

      RIP Project Runway…  I’ve watched since the beginning and defended it to people who said they would never watch a reality show.  Lifetime changed forever the focus of this show.  But what can you expect… for the first half of this season PR was followed by the profane, inane “Dance Moms”!!!  Nothing more needs to be said.

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

      Do any Kittens remember the original SASSY magazine? This is like when it went belly-up, and a new publisher rebooted it as a YM-wannabe. With the same name. So disappointing to my 16 year old self. Heck I’m still bitter about it.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, MAN, Sassy was awesome.  It was IN YOUR FACE!

      • Anonymous

        SASSY!!! That was the very first magazine I ever had a subscription to – I loved it so much as an teenager.

        I remember the horrible reboot they did of it as well.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Z6L7PVKN63TZLHVIV74FUANSE Karinr

      I knew this would happen. So glad game six went to extra innings. Oh wait, I’m not because if I would have seen the first thirty minutes of the show, I wouldn’t have bothered with the rest of it. How much money did she win? and not a button, sleeve, collar or dart to show for it. FFS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/smpflueger Sean McArdle Pflueger

      Looking for America’s Next Top Fabric User!

      • Anonymous

        You know, the best part of the season was Tim’s home visit to Anya’s house.  Tim’s face as Anya stood there pointing to swaths of fabric and said “I’m really happy with my fabric choices”–was priceless. I think it’s as mad and irritated as you’ll ever see him get. And score 2 for Gunn for his follow-up comment/what in retrospect really was a dig “you are clear on the rules right? no one can help you, no one can sew anything for you?”

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

          I was actually embarrassed for Anya. She was all dodgy, hemming and hawing when he arrived. It was obvious she didn’t have anything. I think she had to know she hadn’t charmed Tim throughout the season, and that she wasn’t charming him during the home visit either. Tim was incredulous. The entire scene was really uncomfortable. Then he asked her if she understood the rules and made it very clear she couldn’t get any outside help, and I almost fell out of my chair.

          Yep, it was priceless.

    • Kate Barrett

      TLo, Thank you as always for using your megaphone so well.  I’ve been obsessively reading you since season 2, and I rarely comment mostly because I tend to agree with what you say, and don’t feel the need to add anything more.  However, I’m worrying that my silent agreement is not getting through to the show, so I feel the need to add my two cents to what you are saying:

      Dear Project Runway,

      We’re breaking up. It’s not me, it’s you.

      Count me as one among many who was horrified at the decisions last year.  While I avoided making the – “I’ll never watch PR again” proclamation after last season, I’ll admit that without TLo getting me re-excited about it, I probably would not have tuned in this season.  As it was, I only made it part way through the episodes before succumbing to the overwhelming feeling of “I Can’t With This”.   As TLo has said – you’re just not the same show anymore. 

      I think that’s why I didn’t care as much this year.  Last year I could muster the rage that you were ruining what we had had together over the past 8 seasons.  This year, you seemed so off by the half way point, that I don’t even have a reaction to the finale other than “Figures.”

      I understand that there is no point to me saying this, because you’re obviously making money your way, but the way the show has been the past few years is a distinct and marked decline in quality, and frankly, what used to be a highlight of the TV week when I would hang out with you now just makes me sort of sad and disappointed.

      I feel like you’re running with a new crowd of friends, and while that’s great for you, what you’re into now is no longer my scene.  I’m not into drama, so I don’t want to make this a “I’ll never watch you again!” kind of thing, and if we run into each other over reruns I’ll be happy to reminisce over seasons past, but it seems clear to me that we just don’t have that much in common anymore

      I wish you the best of luck with your new friends, but I think this is for the best for both of us.  I’ll keep track of you on the blogs, in case this intervention works and you come to your senses with some sort of grand gesture of change for the better, but I’m not going to continue to watch your decline.

      PS. I’m keeping TLo and the Bitter Kittens in the divorce.

      • http://www.facebook.com/luv2birdie Elana Bryan

        Well said!  My sentiments exactly.

      • Anonymous

        Awesome!

      • Anonymous

        Perfectly stated.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you so much for putting exactly how I feel into words. Can this be used as a petion so we can all sign it? 

      • Anonymous

        Absolutely perfect!  Well said.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006374212 Berna Starling

        Breakups always make me sad, and I was nearly crying reading your beautiful statement. :) Perfectly said.

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree. Well spoken and without a trace
        of bitterness. Your last line is my favorite: I’m keeping TLo and the Bitter Kittens in the divorce.

        God help me I read most of the comments last evening and added some of
        my own. This morning by the time I got to this post over 400 comments
        were already there in half an hour, and now over 800. Kudos to all the Awesome Bitter
        Kittens, but it’s starting to sound like the proverbial broken record.

      • Anonymous

        Well said, Miss Barrett.  I’ll buy the postage.

    • Anonymous

      Looking at the final collections pre-finale, and Anya’s one-note cruise ship line, I really did think the judges would call her out at the end. But really I can’t believe that more people aren’t hysterical over the praise being heaped on Josh. That collection was hideous. HI-DE-OUS.  And fails on all contradictory fronts that PR invokes for winners–it’s neither fashion forward, editorial (well, runner’s world maybe), or commercial. I choked on my cocktail when Kors proclaimed that Josh had made plastic “covetable”—snort snort kackle. What woman, or even teeny-bopping cluber, would find any of his pieces appealing? At least Anya has a niche market in resort wear.

      And on that note, Kimberly definitely has a market–whether a line at Forever 21 or a mid-scale boutique in Brooklyn, she has a market–20-something clubbers, black women, urban women (because it’s not the same thing as black, and btw so irritating that the judges wouldn’t say “black women would like her clothes”, yes they would! that’s who they were made for! kudos for that!)–and that is a bigger market than either Anya or Josh for sure. Bigger market than everyone but Victor, who had wide commercial appeal and great skills, if not the most unique POV to garner a post-season following–he should at least land a decent job somewhere.

      And one final point–we can expect the quality of work to be even more insufferable next season, even without producer-meddling-character–over–skills, because people with real talent or career prospects will not enter.

      • Anonymous

        I cringed at most of Josh’s stuff!

      • http://profiles.google.com/jenna.thomasmckie Jenna Thomas-McKie

        I’m a 40-something rural white woman, and I still covet some of Kimberly’s clothes.  That fuchsia dress with the jacket? LOVE!  The ivory pants and blouse combo?  WANT.

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

          I want that ivory set, though it would never look as good on me since my skin is roughly the same color.

        • Anonymous

          I live about 45 minutes away from Kimberly, and when those ivory pants showed up on screen, I was tempted to just hop into the car, head over to White Plains, and beg her for some pants.  Of course, to find her, I’d have to roll down the windows, yelling, “KIMBERLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!  PLEASE MAKE ME PAAAAAAANTS!” until I either located her or got arrested for disturbing the peace.  I decided it was a horrible idea and stayed put instead.

          In retrospect, however, getting arrested probably wouldn’t have been any less enjoyable than the rest of the finale was — and I could’ve possibly ended up with some fabulous pants.  Perhaps I made the wrong choice!

    • Karen Mead

      ” All good things must come to an end”, and that dear friends was the end.

    • http://profiles.google.com/burchardg Greg Burchard

      The one thing I’ll miss – T-Lo’s NinaCaps  I haven’t laughed so hard as when I’m reading those stories….  sad now

      • Anonymous

        though Nina caps of the finale would be quite funny, wouldn’t they?

    • Alison O’Connell

      I missed about half this season, and I honestly didn’t care. I kept up by reading TLo’s wonderful recaps, but I started watching the finale last night and was bored out of my mind. I knew Anya was going to win, and I didn’t even have the heart to care. I AM, however, still excited about All-Stars. Hopefully Mondo will at least have some retribution! I think it will be cathartic for all of us bitter kittens :)

    • Emily Scott

      Here’s what really makes me weep. When Project Runway first started, my local cable company didn’t carry Bravo, and there weren’t episodes available online. I didn’t think much of it until I saw an episode from Season 1 while visiting my parents in a different state. I was instantly hooked and began lobbying for my stupid cable company to pick Bravo up because I so desperately wanted to watch the show as it happened. After several seasons of the show, the cable company announced that Bravo would finally be added to their roster, right as PR was jumping to Lifetime. Ugh. So I was finally able to become a regular fan as the show began it’s rapid decline.

      I remained steadfastly supportive of this show even as I’ve watched it slide into near-Jersey Shore territory, even when Gretchen (who I never hated) won over my beloved Mondo last season. But last night was truly the final straw.

      I wasn’t able to watch right at 9:00 last night, so I had the DVR recording until I could start from the beginning. Before I was able to, though, the TV flipped over to Lifetime in real time due to the fact that it was recording on two channels at once. It was right at the moment when Anya was handed the win. I was so disgusted that I didn’t even take the time to go back and watch the whole episode, I just went ahead and deleted it and then switched to MTV and watched Beavis and Butthead instead. It’s a sad, sad day when Beavis and Butthead is 1,000 times better/more entertaining/more satisfying than PR.

      I suppose it’s time for me to finally get the first 5 seasons from Netflix and watch when the show was once great. I am just sorely disappointed that I couldn’t see it unfold at the time.

    • Anonymous

      TLo, how about a post showing the best looks from past seasons’ finales, compared to this season? It would be quite a shocker to see them side by side, and maybe even a wake-up call to the producers about how low they’ve sunk. (I can dream, can’t I?)

    • Anonymous

      Maybe the Great Pumpkin just decided to go with the flow because we’re close to his busy season and he needed to leave? Perhaps Nina just does whatever Joanna Coles and B/M tell her to do? I can find no other reasons why two once respectable people would stoop this low and go along with this farce. Except cash, of course. What a low for these two. And Tim….get out now. This is beyond ridiculous.

      I once sewed a Tinkerbell costume for my niece, my dad is dead and I have Lupus. I think I’ll apply to be on the show next year since I have what B/M considers a story and talent is no longer needed.

    • margaret meyers

      How about the restraint Viktor showed when being scolded for his pandering, slutty looks, while all season long Anya has been churning out side boob, cleavage, necklines to the waist and skirts open to the crotch, to say nothing of her personal wardrobe of bra-hanging-out of my falling-off top and booty-call cut-offs? 

    • Anonymous

      I missed the first half hour so reading the blog is the first time I heard the part about going to Mood, and I hadn’t realized Anya won all monetary prizes until now. Knowing that makes me feel like a chump for wasting my time watching it. I’ve watched PR from the very beginning of Season One, and any of the integrity and fun it once had is long gone. In a way, I feel a sense of betrayal listening to Nina and Michael and Tim tell lie after lie. Their personalities and speaking their mind is what once was a key ingredient to the show. Now it is infuriating listening to them and they have all lost their credibility.

      As for the collections, I loved Viktor’s even his cut outs. I don’t know why everyone hated them so much. I did like his prints better, but he showed such range and talent. His designs are fresh and appeal to many different types women and they would be flattering to all of them. Everyone could wear his clothes. Where Anya, Kimberly and Josh all designed for one client, themselves. 

      Witnessing how badly Viktor and everyone else was treated all season was just wrong. I have never said it until now, but I am done. Watching it just makes me feel dirty.

    • Rachel Ward

      I’m too bored to even rant, and have been since about the 3rd episode. I’ll read recaps, but I’m done watching, except for my DVDs of old seasons. Bunim/Murray has put something that I once loved into a vegetative state and what I loved is gone, even if the corpse is still technically breathing. Last season there were a couple of blips on the EEG. Now? Flatline.

    • Anonymous

      the thing that makes me really sad is that apparently the new formula for this show works in the sense of ratings — who are these tasteless idiots who would rather watch this trash being spewed from bunim-murray rather than a really good show with some substance (watching real, talented designers work through the design process and creating really interesting, innovative and wonderful garments)?  it doesn’t speak well for the taste or lack thereof of mainstream america…
      go watch jersey shore, the housewives and all those other drama-laden “reality” shows.  give me back my project runway.

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

        That IS the saddest thing about this. It’s a fallen world.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been traveling for work over the past few weeks, living in a hotel without Lifetime.  When I finally got home and settled down with the DVR to catch up, I made it about 5 minutes into the first Project Runway episode I had missed, turned it off, and deleted the rest of them.  Then last night I had dinner with friends, got home late, realized that the DVR wasn’t working and so wasn’t recording PR.  I just shrugged and went to bed.
      In the pursuit of story and drama, they have ended up making the most boring season ever.  Yeah, there were characters that I didn’t like, but at the same time there wasn’t anyone I did like.  And as much as I’ve disliked some previous contestants (Santino and Jeffery come to mind) they really had talent and a point of view and always made something interesting (remember the deer lingerie? It was insane, but interesting!). 
      This whole season alternated between crazy drama and total boredom with a lackluster runway show tacked on the end of each show.  A Victor or Kim win might have made me keep hanging on, hoping for a return of the show I loved, but this makes it pretty easy to walk away.
      Plus, this makes one less show I like on Thursday nights, so now there is room in the schedule to DVR Prime Suspect!

    • mrspeel2

      P.S. In my previous post, I meant to say the Project Runway Exodus Line, not to be confused as to wanting to leave TLo’s Blog! I would never, ever, think about doing that!

    • http://twitter.com/MilliganAL13 Amy Milligan

      I am SO glad I stuck to my guns and didn’t watch a second of this season (of course I still had to check in with TLo)

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been a semi-supporter of Anya’s work (or at least a non-hater) throughout the season, and I did think her finale collection was pretty, but…

      yeah. You’re right. About everything. And even though Anya’s win was predictable, I still thought the judges were going to come through and pick Viktor as the winner. Let the pretty ones and drama queens have the spotlight but then give the win to the most deserving of the remaining bunch, right? But wow, I was wrong. When it became clear that Viktor *wasn’t even in the running* anymore, I realized that the producers/judges were going to just double down on their commitment to the whole Anya thing.

    • Anonymous

      I will watch All-Stars, because I KNOW those people are talented.  Quite a few of them are before BM’s time.  After that, however, I’m sad to say I’m done.  My now-husband and I fell in love watching Project Runway together (via Yahoo messenger from across the city from one another).  It is painful what my favorite show has become.  This is the only show that I schedule to watch.  No, friends, I can’t do anything on Thursday.  Don’t you know that’s Runway Day?!  My husband and I send the kids to bed early on Thursdays so we can snuggle up and watch it.  Starting last season, though, it’s become downright difficult.  “Why is there so much screeching at one another?”  This isn’t how it used to be!  So long, Runway Day :(  Lemme call my friends.  My Thursdays are now wide open.

      • Amy Pistone

        Yeah, I’ll watch All-Stars purely because I know the fashion we’ll see is interesting and at the least of a higher quality than this kindergarten sewing lesson shit we’ve seen this season. And I’m hoping Mondo might get what he deserved first time around. But other than that… done. I can watch other things on Thursday night.

      • Anonymous

        I’m in for All-Stars too, but I am so afraid of what B/M will do to them!  Even though they are great designers who have way more to offer than this seasons dregs, I worry about how the producers are going to screw with them!  Cuz you know they will! 

        • Anonymous

          I’m already flinching.  Michael C, bless his heart, will be there along with a couple other “lesser” designers, and I envision the bitchy April being the whole time as bitchy as she was the last couple of weeks, and Santino- who we know can get a little surly.  There will at least be talent, but I’m worried how much the drama- especially now that the show has been delayed (back in for more editing or what?) will drown out the fashion. 

    • Anonymous

      Well, thanks for watching the finale so I didn’t have to.  I suppose I could spin up one of my usual, multi-paragraph rants and get all indignant, but at this point I feel no rage.  I don’t care enough to get bent out of shape.  So I leave you all, my blogosphere friends (who I care more about than this downhill show at this point), my reaction in three simple letters:

      LOL

      Au revoir, PR.  At least now it’s over and we can waste our internet rage on something more worthy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TIJ2YEWW2EP2YL6YBD2U5EBUPA Sarah

      I stopped watching about 2 episodes in this season and I won’t be back. The show used to have some creative spirit and a certain intellectual edge. All it is now is the same reality show tripe I’ve always avoided.

    • Anonymous

      I almost thought they were going to give it to Josh, which would have been ridiculous but at least it would have been unexpected. I can’t even be upset. It’s just another silly reality show.

    • Amy Pistone

      If anything, I have to be thankful to Project Runway and their bullshit because the Gretchen bullshit last year brought me to you guys – which brought me to the Walking Dead. You lose a show, you get a show… goodbye Project Runway. I may have been able to accept this if you gave Mondo the win last year, but this is just too much.

    • Anonymous

      You know what BM/Lifetime? You’ve lost me. You lost a viewer who can afford all the product placement items & the stuff you advertise in the commercials who enjoyed learning about fashion. Marie Claire I’m also done with you

    • http://twitter.com/ybrude karyn waladkewics

      sickening. i want my time back.

    • Anonymous

      Like.

    • Andrea Robinson

      I’m so sad. Project Runway is my “thing”. It’s my one hour a week that’s all about me. I do my nails, have a glass of wine, and just look at pretty clothes. Everyone knows not to mess with me…don’t call me, don’t bug me. “Can’t talk…Runway.” Click. Now I almost don’t want to even admit that I’m watching it. It’s really no different than every other stupid show. When Tim said they were getting $500 and a trip to Mood, I thought for sure there would be some big twist. Maybe at least one additional look had to be made or something. I can’t believe there was nothing. It was SO clear that they did it to save Anya’s ass. What a mess. How many times did a big twist at the end result in great pieces? EVERY time! And another thing, damn it, do the judges not remember giving Uli constant shit about being a one note and having clothes that all looked the same? Now they give the win to some dipshit that throws poorly copied, poorly executed Uli clothes down the runway week after week? UGH! and ARGH!  I’d love to say that I won’t watch it anymore, but, I will. I know I won’t be able to stop myself.  

      I too want to say thank you to Tom and Lorenzo for all of your hard work and dedication. You’ve gotten me through the last couple of seasons. The show has sucked but you guys are always great!

      Ok, that’s all. I had to vent. Now I’m better.

      • Anonymous

        PR was also a personal time for me each week.  My husband clears out, I enjoy some wine, and I escape.  For years this has happened … and now I’m so sad about how the show has fallen.  They announced the winner, I sighed, finished my last sip, and said goodbye to PR (okay, I’ll watch All Stars, but that better really rock to get me to stick around). 

        I’ll always remember the old episodes fondly, and I’d still wear any of Jay’s collection in a heartbeat.  Can’t be too sad since PR brought me to TLo!  I’ll keep reading, boys.  So happy you’ve diversified.

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

      Sad.  Expected.  Bland. The thing that got me was that EVERY PIECE WAS THE SAME and the judges even said that she was letting the prints do the work.  At least Josh had some creativity, not that I think he should have won.   Let’s hope All-Stars brings back some creativity.   I think that it will be the last season I watch.  I knew that this was going to happen when it moved to Lifetime.  Lifetime always effs stuff up. 

    • Anonymous

      Like AlwaysCoCo said so well, if it wasn’t for the virtual booze, the TLounge, and my fellow bitter kittens it really would have been unbearable.  My Lord, I can’t stop yawning it was so boring.  Why not save us all the trouble and just handed her a crown and scepter at the beginning and call it a day?   This show has been on the steady decline since it moved to Lifetime, television for the uncreative. 

      Thanks TLo for the recaps, the insight and the laughs.  You are fierce and awesome and your bitter kittens love ya!!

    • paula.pertile

      When Anya and Josh hugged right after they announced her as the winner, I half expected him to pull out a knife and stab her. :~)

      • Anonymous

        Now THAT —  That would have been drama!

        B/M needs to use that next year.  :p

      • Anonymous

        Who ever wrote the script probably didn’t think of that. Maybe they can hire you next season. It’s a very LifetimeforWomenasvictims type ending , no?

    • Patsye Peebles

      I have to add, I am not only angry for Viktor, who should have won, and Kimberly, who might have won, and Josh, who seems to really need the money, but for Anthony Ryan, who should have gotten fan favorite and planned to use some of the money for a very worthwhile cause.  He even started his own foundation for it back when he was so far ahead in the voting.  Anya stole/was given the whole thing, ALL THE MONEY from this season, and the rest of the designers just got screwed.  I hope the visibility they gained by showing at Fashion Week will get them all some good job offers and backers, since they all deserve a chance.  THEY deserve a chance because they had put in the hard work to develop their talent and their dreams.  I am angry for Tim, who we all loved and respected, who was obviously not only muzzled but turned into a farce.  I hope he can get out of his contract and move on with some better opportunities and we will get to see him again in another role.  TLo, the smartest thing you ever did was change the blog name and diversify.  At least we won’t lose YOU in this whole fiasco.  How about we borrow some of our good Louisiana tradition and hold a big jazz funeral?  Oh, wait, that’s what this is, isn’t it?  Pass the bloody mary, please.  RIP

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      When Sweet Genius started airing on Food Network, I stopped watching PR. And not just because I was on Sweet Genius, but I have a more vested interest in that show.  I’m not going to miss Project Runway.  If this season had been better, they might have kept me. but not now.  I don’t know if I can even stomach the All Stars.

      • Judy_J

        I LOVE Sweet Genius!

      • Logo Girl

        That’s what I’ve been starting to watch as well. Love how the challenges are so conceptual. Tough judging, too!

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

          The team that does Sweet Genius is doing a fashion show for Lifetime called 24 Hour Catwalk, which is a similar format (I think, from what I’ve read on it).  They’ve ordered 10 episodes. 

          • Anonymous

            That sounds like something to look for, thanks for the info!

    • Anonymous

      I got more upset last year.  Mondo’s clothes were innovative, fresh and showed real imagination and skill and to have him beaten by the ghastly Gretchen granola was heartbreaking.

      This year none of them deserved to win.  Anya’s for the reason mentioned above, Josh’s because it was ugly and tacky and hideous in every way, Kimberly’s because it wasn’t really a collection, though it had some of the best stand out pieces (her black gown) and Viktor’s because he shot himself in the foot – replacing some of the most memorable pieces of his collection with slutwear. None of those designers would have come close in previous seasons, so I just don’t have the energy to care this time round.  And actually Anya probably is the most commercial of the bunch.  After all DVF has created an empire out of single note dresses in different prints…

    • Courtney Harris

      Ugh.  I haven’t even watched the episode yet, but I really don’t think I need to.  Anya didn’t deserve the win.  Thanks, TLo, for saving me the frustration of watching 90 minutes of bullshit drivel.

    • Anonymous

      I almost never say this about any of my shows, because everyone says it about every show every season and frankly, it’s boring.  But I really do think I’m done with Project Runway.  I didn’t even say it last season, after Gretchen won, because I figured they had had their WTF moment and would give it to a more deserving designer this season.  I was wrong, and this just isn’t a show worth watching anymore.

      I’ll still read the TLo recaps, for as long as you do them.  And then I’ll just rewatch that night’s Parks and Rec.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I really am done this time, and I won’t even read TLo’s recaps because I just don’t care anymore.

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

      TLo, I’m just sorry about the decision you’re going to have to make about whether to cover this nonsense anymore. Know that your fans sympathize and are behind you regardless. But be sure to let B/M know we won’t be watching anymore.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIQJKUWFMABQ4O7A7J5TLMN6OU Ella B.

      Lifetime turned this season with Anya into a fashion version of “Dancing With The Stars.”  As in, taking someone who isn’t a pro, giving them intensive training and lots of help and then ooh-ing and ah-ing over them.  They might as well get ex-soap opera stars, former NFL players, Bristol Palin, Chaz Bono and whoever the hell else they can recruit to become “designers.”

      • Patsye Peebles

        Designing with the Stars, up next on Lifetime!

      • Anonymous

        Sewing with the Celebrities?  I wish they would, so I could avoid that, and maybe let this show go back to its original incarnation.  

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

          “Baste It, Bitches”, this fall on Lifetime.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      After Gretchen’s win last season, I said I wasn’t going to watch PR any more but I acquiesced for the first half of this season upon which it all became too much. Too much manufactured drama, too much manipulation, too much bullshit. I couldn’t even bring myself to watch the finale. After reading this, I’m glad I didn’t. PR is officially off my DVR. Good riddance to once delicious but now rotted rubbish.

    • Anonymous

      I think we should stage an Occupy Project Runway because clearly the suits that produce this show don’t care about creativity, they just care about making money.  Many of us loved PRW because it raised the bar instead of lowering our collective IQ and now it has become yet another mind-deadening show that I won’t watch.

    • Anonymous

      Not watching the final after hearing this result. 

      The only factor that will bring back the “old” PR is poor ratings (or maybe it will just result in cancelation).  Does anyone know how this season stacks up with the rest?  It must be working if they continue.

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad that I didn’t bother watching this season.

    • Michelle Lee

      I agree with almost all the comments on the board that say this show is now a sham, a shadow of what it used to be: a brilliant forum and opportunity for little-known fashion designers to make a name and make beautiful/creative/innovative works of wearable art. 

      I’ve watched Project Runway since it’s inception and annoyed many of my relatives by breathlessly talking about the great clothes of the week. I used to read “Tim’s Take” and analyze all the garments on the show’s website when it was still with Bravo. That devotion dropped off a cliff last year. Now, I didn’t even bother to go beyond watching two or three episodes of this season and I’ve mainly been following up via Tom and Lorenzo. The judging and winning standards for this round are laughable. When I read the results on this site, all I could think of is what alternate universe is this that a “designer” with such limited range, who makes only sleeveless sacks, can win? Where’s the versatility? The prints were pretty, for sure, but that still doesn’t compensate for, you know, actually creating something with structure? Like pants. Or a jacket. Also, how the hell did Josh’s tacky collection end up second? Are the judges colorblind? Or did they just like the cheap, derivative, poorly-made Versace knockoffs? Someone said this has turned into Project Shopping, and I agree, especially when I saw the prints Viktor designed by himself. Give me his palm trees and intricate magenta vines over Anya’s rainbow tie-dyes or Josh’s neon color explosions. 

      I’m sorry. The judging and/or more importantly the producer manipulation this season was the equivalent of herding a bunch of students in a room for the SAT or a class final, then handing out cheat sheets to select favorites. Then, to add insult to injury, they told the “lesser” students that they could still pass. But wait! Your number 2 pencil isn’t good and the way you have been making test marks throughout the entire test is flawed. Oh, and they made everyone trot out their deceased relatives for the essay portion, but the drama queens got the memo for how to work it and rack up extra points.

       Bah! 

      Here’s my suggestion for a solution.If Viktor and the other outcast designers want to start a fashion empire, let’s support them. 

      Mondo has the right idea by offering affordable t-shirts and pins for sale on his website. But perhaps the latest designers should consider setting up a Kickstarter account if they are unable to find financial backers after showing at Fashion Week. 

      I also liked this suggestion from Got Comments. I just left a message for the Executive Vice President of Programming, Lifetime Networks of complaint about what the show has become. Here is his name and phone number: Rob Sharenow, (212) 424-7000.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the VP’s name and number.  Sometimes it’s also useful to contact the sponsors of a show – if enough people do it – to let them know they are losing viewers and potential customers.

        I’ve watched PR since the beginning and read TLo for several years now, but I’ve never posted before.   So thanks, TLo, for all the good years of comments and explanations.  And thank, all you bitter kittens, for great comments.  I’ll see you over on the WOA posts.

      • Anonymous

        Michelle, thanks to your reminder I ‘celebrated’ this finale by going to Mondo’s site and buying a shirt.  Now I feel a little better, thank you.

      • Anonymous

        I just called Sharenow’s office, someone answered, and I gave her the message. Everyone — Deluge them with calls!

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

      Does anyone know how to contact Lifetime about the total destruction of the show? I’ve looked on the site but the feedback and contact us links both lead to a tech support type page. I doubt that they care what I think but I’d sure like to at least let them know that I was a fan up until this season. I found myself not caring if I missed it because I watched it for a design show not weekly screaming/sobbing/bullying from characters who could easily be found on any other “reality” show.

      • Marie Drucker

        Can we start a letter-writing campaign to the Weinsteins? oh, but, would they even care? 

        • Toto Maya

          Nope. I’ve done letter-writing campaigns for stuff more egregious than this in the past, and they don’t even open the letters.

      • Patsye Peebles

        Some earlier posts have given contact info.

    • Anonymous

      Surprised? Not at all. Appalled?  Yes indeed.

    • vmcdanie

      Here’s what I think: fuck Lifetime, fuck Project Runway and fuck Bunim/Murray. I stopped watching about midway through (I think I say that in every post on here) and don’t regret it. This is a mess, an insult to the viewer’s intelligence, a travesty. I already was done but I was curious to read who won at least and..God, I cannot go on.

      Uhm, at least they didn’t give the win to Josh? At least Anya’s collection isn’t as Prozac-y as Gretchen’s? That’s all I got.

      Unless you give it rave reviews, I won’t be watching that Accessory thing. I probably will watch All-Stars, at least at first, because I love some of the designers. But after that, PR goes on the eternal flame pile unless there is a magical Magical Elves resurrection.

    • Anonymous

      It would be fun to see the previously disparaged Uli collection side by side with Anya’s to show just how far the same judges have strayed from credibility.

      • Anonymous

        My first thought! Somewhere, Uli is kicking her television. Sigh.

        • Anonymous

          Didn’t you see Uli in the audience? — they cut to her briefly during Anya’s show. Good grief.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      It was too laughable to rant. Good post TLo, very appropriate considering the ‘material’ we have been provided with this season. Just wanted to check on one thing: will Anya’s new show on Lifetime be starting this winter or next summer?

      • Anonymous

        I think it will follow the All Stars.   So— approximately summer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1131443607 Susan Contreras

       Move along.  Nothing to see here, people. Yep, I’m done.

    • http://twitter.com/KateKealey Katharine Kealey

      Did the judges’ comments on Anya’s collection even make sense? Heidi: “Anya, I’ve noticed that 8 of your outfits have the exact same neckline.” And then later commenting about how it was clear that she didn’t put as much work into her collections as the others. Do the judges realize they’re on a design show? The prints did all the talking. The clothes had little shape and would make most normal sized-women look like cows. To riff off another beloved Bravo show “This is Project Runway, not Top Stylist.” I liked Viktor, but I can’t say he was robbed the way Mondo was. I think it says a lot about the talent pool that we can have four contestants showing at fashion week and I can’t justify any of them winning based upon the precedent set by previous seasons. I’ve been interested in fashion since I was 10 and used to wake up early to watch Jeanne Beker on “Fashion Television” while other kids watched cartoons. I loved “Project Runway” because it was a reality show competition that had high standards and expectations for the outcome. If they can’t find a worthy enough group of contestants, maybe they should stop making the show. ANTM has been scraping the bottom of the barrel for about 7-8 seasons and it’s just a joke. Or, if their contestants are really worthy of being on the show, the producers need to take a careful look at how they set up the challenges.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. I think this show is done. Or should be.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, her last gown wasn’t a “plunging neckline to the navel” look. It was an almost identical copy of Kimberly’s last gown. Kimberly’s was executed in a Lurex-type fabric; Anya’s in a black and white print. Anya, when left to her own resources, can’t cut it (or sew it for that matter.)  Anya not only benefited from the last minute $500 to create runway worthy designs, but from her time in the workroom where she was able to see and copy Kimberly ‘s work.

        • http://twitter.com/KateKealey Katharine Kealey

          Totally agree. It’s amazing how Anya couldn’t find her inspiration back home and had an embarrassingly bad preview. Then *poof* the magic godmothers came down and granted an extra $500 to shop at Mood. Then *poof* being around the other designers, she all of a sudden had this amazing surge of “creativity.” She clearly didn’t have any of the better made garments done before she got there, otherwise, why she would have shown them instead of the crap she threw up on the runway for the preview episode. You just know that if the producers had handed down the traditional “you must create another garment” challenge, she would have been toast.

    • Lattis

      Well said, TLo.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah thank you. Makes me feel not all alone in all this crap. The only question: I always thought that when you are on the top like Kors, Garcia, you shouldn’t be afraid to speak your mind. Do they really believe what they said? Cause then I don’t have any respect for them as fashion authorities. They ruined their reputation for me now. 

      • Anonymous

        Agree.  I don’t think those were their actual opinions, did you see those cold puppet-like smiles at the end?  Unfortunately, they still gave in to the producers, so there goes that credibility. 

      • Toto Maya

        I agree. How can Nina even call herself a fashion editor?

    • Linde Hoff

      TLo has said it all here…lower than low point, in my opinion, also.  Fortunately, I have other things to do with my life, and the fact this show is no longer part of my schedule, my schedule just got a bit roomier!  Auf wiedersehen, Heidi, Nina, and Duchess!

      • Anonymous

        Auf wiedersehen indeed!

    • Wrenaria

      I remember a few weeks ago my boyfriend asked me “Aren’t you going to watch your Project Runway tonight?” and he was surprised when I shrugged and “meh”ed because he knows how much I love the show (though even he has noticed the downward spiral of the show this season as well). I did, however, tune in for the finale where – much like everyone else here – I was disappointed but not even remotely surprised. Unless there’s a big shift in the show’s direction next season (which I highly doubt) I find it unlikely that I’ll bother tuning in again.

      Aren’t the judges at all embarrassed about what this must be doing to their reputations in the fashion industry? It baffles me.

      So sad about what this show has become. :(

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree.  I thought they wouldn’t dare make the same Wretchen Gretchen mistake again.  Those of us who care, knew that Mondo was the genuine article but Anya?  Pretty, sweet, definitely yes. Okay, she can sew a caftan.  Big deal. But winning it all?  It’s an insult.
       Shark-jump anyone?
       Lots of  semi-talented  “artistes” emoting their overly dramatic angst a la Joshua McKinley.  [Note to Joshua:  The world doesn't owe you anything just because your mother died; or that you are broke with school loans; or that you quit your job to win PR and didn/t]. And watching Nick Verreos praise all this mediocrity in the Aftershow made me physically ill.  The only collection that had any skill or design sensibility was Victor’s but even his was so-so.  That Anya got higher marks than Kimberly proves that this is more a popularity contest than a design competition.

    • http://profiles.google.com/tiffanymlee99 Tiffany Lee

      So these are the the judges’ justifications for Anya’s win:
      -she procrastinated –> she can work under pressure!
      -she can only do v-necks –> potential for growth!
      -one-note –> consistent brand!

      “great taste” trumps all…blah blah blah…

      • Anonymous

        great summary!

    • Joyce VG

      I’m the west coast so I checked the internet and found out who won at about 10:15 pm, and after I found out I changed the channel.  I did not want to see the pretty girl cry.  Anya not Josh.  (awww I went there.)  yeah i was around for Jay and Chloe and Christian.  Getting older means seeing things change and it’s not what happens but how you handle it.  I guess we’ll just have to adjust to the show’s format or stop watching.  Since TLo covers so many shows and special events I’ll be around as long as you all have your website.  (Here’s hoping for a Bravo show of your own!)  I now need to go find Anya’s sex tape.  LOL.

      • Anonymous

        Oh you can find clips. It just takes a bit of digging…

        • Joyce VG

          Thanks! :)

      • Anonymous

        I’ve seen it and it’s definitely something.  

    • Anonymous

      I spewed my venom last night…I’m pretty spent over the whole thing now.  One thing I’ll add–the judging session wasn’t even critiques or debate–it was excuses.  Excuses why the other three should not win, and excuses why Anya should.

      It was all bullshit, and they have to all realize that.  As a fashion editor, you would hope that Nina would care about her credibility with the public, whether the Duchess and Frau Seal care or not.  It was all just shameful bullshit.

      Like I said last night, if I wanted to see manipulative kiss-ups get praise and rewards they don’t deserve, I can go to WORK.  That is NOT entertainment, nor is it celebrating anyone’s TALENT.

    • Toto Maya

      I thought Kimberly’s collection was the best, and I was so pissed that she was eliminated first. She did not deserve it. To me, the saddest part in all of this is the other designers who, no matter how hard they worked and how talented they were, were never going to see success on this show or win it. I feel awful for them. I can’t say I won’t keep watching project runway, but if the producers don’t catch a clue and turn the show around they are going to lose a LOT of viewers.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I liked Anya and was rooting for her (I swore I was going to stay away because I didn’t want to deal with the wave of vitriol, but I can always not read that and just make my comments), but she shouldn’t have been put in the finale, let alone won it. (And girl, if you’re going to stand there on the runway, at least don’t dress your muse model as Bozo the clown.)  So even though I do like her, I share the annoyance at the win.  I was with Kimberly all the way on the basis of the collections–hers, to me, was hands down the strongest thing out there, though that’s not saying much.  That it came down to Josh and Anya, who both had terrible collections, by itself was enough to make me roll my eyes enough to cause a migraine.  When your choice is between caftans and lime green bike shorts with shoelaces, there’s not a real choice.  (I think I was even more annoyed at Nina praising the stupid green shorts.  Honestly, if “ugly as sin” doesn’t disqualify something, I don’t know what would.)

      I do want the show to keep going.   Without it, Project Project Runway would get a little difficult (and next season, I think I’m going to play along), and there wouldn’t be as many TLo posts.  But they need to get their act together in a major way, because if they’re going to switch to storytelling, at least it needs to be a solid story.

      • Anonymous

        Nina and Heidi both praised those shorts! I was completely appalled. 

    • Anonymous

      And as an interesting (!) commentary on the whole thing, a female cast member from Real World is suing B/M and cast members for rape when she was molested with a toothbrush while passed out and the cameras were rolling, and then I guess put the toothbrush back without telling anyone, and numerous other incidences where women’s clothing was removed.

      These are the people steering Project Runway on the women’s network, obviously having their pulse on what it is that middle aged white women want to see. 

      You know what they say- when you lady down with dogs, you’re going to get fleas.  Hopefully the price of their integrity will buy everyone connected with this show a shitload of Frontline. 

    • Kate Pearce

      As soon as Tim came in and gave them all that extra $500 with no strings attached I knew that Anya would win. Viktor ended up second guessing himself and it shook even Josh’s remarkable self-confidence. Anya produced 8 dresses with the same neckline, no sleeves, no tailored anything and nothing that 99% of women who aren’t Anya could ever wear. I’m not even angry like I was last year, I’m just sad that my design show has turned into a personality show. God knows who will turn up next season. I’m not sure if I’ll be there to watch it either.

    • caroline miles

      Perhaps someone has already mentioned this; apologies if so (I’ve read so many of the comments, but not all), but in addition to everything else depressing and just completely awful about what this once-beloved and highly anticipated show has now become, it makes me really, really sad that Tim is part and parcel of it. I used to admire him so much. Even bought his book, and enjoyed it.

      But this? What it has turned into? It’s so dishonest, so hypocritical, and a complete “Fuck You” to those of us who loved PR for what, and why, it was.

      I’ve not watched this season at all and have only kept up through TLo’s wonderful, incisive, and hilarious commentary. Even so, i totally support their not blogging about this POS show anymore. Why give yourself agita just ranting rant all the time, yanno?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1305810194 Matt Jamieson

      Michael Drummond and I both believe how much transparent BS there was tonight. Someone on his FB page had the gall to say Anya deserved this win. I said, in reply, in two posts:

      “Viktor should have won. Had the best collection, so much versatility and innovation. (Who gives a shit if you could see through the chiffon) Anya’s collection was the same fucking dress 10x in different patterns. We get it honey, you do island wear because that’s where you’re from. It only works 3/4ish months of the year here. #rage”

      And then when said her win was deserved:

      “Yet she didn’t deserve it. The entire season was practically handed to her. “oh I lost my money. I don’t have pockets.” ;) AND SURPRISE SURPRISE she won that challenge…who’d have thought?
      Seriously. I can take Gretchen as a winner way better than this BS.”

    • Anonymous

      Enh, that’s what this show has become, unfortunately. I can’t even work up the energy to get pissed off anymore. I think I blew my wad when the whole Grechen thing went down.
      What I thought was HIGH-larious was that Miss Clinique Counter was actually the second-to-last person standing beside Miss Teacher’s Pet. Huh. I didn’t realize I had been watching a comedy all this time. 

      Ah well. We all knew that this was going to happen. In the immortal words of those bitterest of kittens, TLo, if you didn’t see it, it’s because you didn’t want to see it.  

    • Anonymous

      Late to the party ’cause I just watched the show. Maybe I’m one of the few who didn’t expect they’d really do that, so I was surprised. Especially after they showed Heidi arguing against Anya as the winner.

      When they first announced the move to Lifetime for Victims (as Mr. B & I call it), I joked that we’d be hearing things like, “For your next challenge, you will visit a maximum security prison, then design a new jumpsuit for women incarcerated for killing their abusive husbands,” or “Designers, create a look for a suburban mom going under cover as a meth addict in order to search for her runaway teen.”  But instead of putting that Lifetime drama into the challenges, they’ve put it into the challengers.

      But what stood out to me even more than that, as I listened to the judging, is that the shift has been more toward The Search for the Next Great Fashion Brand.  The judging conversation was not about the next great designer or even who was designing Fashion-with-a-capital-F; it was about who had the most potential for commercial success.  It’s really shifted. Innovation mattered once. No longer. Now it’s who’s likely to fit the Korsian business model. 

      Disappointing to say the least.

      • Anonymous

        LOL  Lifetime for Victims…isn’t that the God’s truth!

      • Anonymous

        Yes, the same commercial success that they dogged Viktor for much of the season, snickering during judging about how commercial it was and how lots of women would want it. 

    • Anonymous

      I can’t say I have been a big fan of Kimberly’s styles this season, but I loved her final collection.  Good pov, great colors, nice styling.  Certainly merited more than 4th place, to be sure.  

      • Anonymous

        I agree, I have not been a fan, but it was the best collection after Viktor’s. It really helped to have some new models who set off her clothes well.

        • Toto Maya

          I thought hers was better than Viktor’s, honestly. I was disappointed in his collection.

    • Toto Maya

      Also, isn’t it kind of insulting to the designers that for once, they were handed $500 to fix their collections instead of being given another challenge? In past seasons, they were given a new challenge to create another look, etc. This season they didn’t bother. They were basically saying, “You guys just aren’t good or strong enough to handle a challenge, so here’s some help instead.” Now THAT’S humiliating.

      • Anonymous

        Good point!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sara-Rucker/100000509778868 Sara Rucker

      All comments are right, last night wasn’t anger that I felt, it was disgust and sadness they took our favorite show and turned it into a lifetime movie of the week! I will not watch anymore its just not worth it, its so predictable and tacky.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Looks like Lifetime has turned PR into a sham.  Sad, really.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I’m just glad you having jumped on the Project Runway BS bandwagon and are still speaking your minds.  Keep it up TLo! 

    • http://twitter.com/Binkerlicious Brooke Scott

      It was so predictable I literally fell asleep during judging. I woke up when the winner was announced and just shrugged my shoulders and went to bed. Ugh, so obvious!

    • Anonymous

      Before the show started I expected Viktor to take the win based on his performance throughout the season. Then after the runway shows, I thought Kimberly could potentially win. Then when they praised Josh’s green shorts (which I thought were beyond hideous) I thought Josh might win. But when they named Anya, that was it for me. I’ve been a faithful fan since the very first show in season 1. But no more. Thoroughly disgusted.

    • Anonymous

      I watched the World Series Game 6 with my boys.  Amazing game – true example of talented, evenly-matched competitors battling it out to the end.  When it was over, I came to my computer and checked TLo.  When I saw what happened, I went to the DVR, deleted the recorded show and then deleted PR from the que.  The juxtaposition between the two experiences was stark. 

      When PR was great, it was awesome.  It hasn’t been great for sometime and it’s time to move on.  But it let me find TLo and for that I’m grateful.

    • Anonymous

      It was a set-up from the very beginning, and every challenge was designed to make Anya the winner. That’s why I stopped watching, stopped listening. I read you guys, but not the comments. Here’s the thing people: If you want the franchise to know how unhappy you are, STOP WATCHING. Remove your attention. Disengage. I’ve given up on all of it, accessories, all-stars, the whole deal. Done. PR is over, and if enough of us STOP WATCHING, it will go away or change.

      • Anonymous

        Noble idea, but I’m not sure it’ll work. It’s more likely that we, the original audience that tuned in to see talent, creativity and fashion on display will simply be replaced with the people who like personality-conflict based “reality” shows. There are tons of those people out there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1540154601 Teri Zelasko

      So, I was working last night and (like someone else here), Lifetime was on when I got home and it was the point in After the Runway where Josh said that he would help Anya with sewing lessons.  I quickly turned on the DVR so that I could keep some hope alive and watched the beginning of the show.  This morning I watched the runways and was seriously unimpressed.  Count me amongst those who started watching PR to see what kind of crazy “fashion” talented people could make (and sew!!) every week.  PR contestants had a lot of imagination back in the day.  This is the only show I watch on Lifetime because I can’t stand the damsel-in-distress programming.

      So when I read TLo’s review and saw who actually won…well…this is one reason why I only watched The Real World for two seasons.  Blech.

      As for the judges, I had never heard of them before PR (except Heidi), although I’ve been a faithful follower of fashion for decades.  And I never thought their “work” was that great after I did see some of it, and I think less of them now that they’re getting paid to be shills.

      What a disappointment this season was, from beginning to end.

    • Anonymous

      I’m done.
      Last year when Mondo got robbed, one might have at least defend Gretchen’s win on the grounds that she has some designing/production chops and made a few interesting and varied garments.

      HOWEVER, this is the last straw. I can pick out nice prints, too. But I shouldn’t win PR. 

      I did have two favorite moments: 1) Nina’s girl-crush smile when she looked at Anya (she’s done it EVERY time, and 2) the shot of Uli sitting in the audience, looking a bit grim, during Anya’s show. 

      Anya should have been aufed in the rock musician challenge. I’m disgusted.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVAJNOUIUXRFJA627JMU2YLWSY ana

        It’s really saying something about this season when you find yourself actually conceeding some kind of (feeble) credit to the shenanigan of last year’s decision, no? Yeah, I’ve been there too :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006374212 Berna Starling

      TLo, I only discovered you this season (HELL, what did I do before??? Beeing in Europe, going crazy  all by myself seeing Mondo beeing robbed), but I want to thank you for your posts, your flair and your humor. You were my only source for PR (cause I didn`t need anyone else`s posts) and my first reading pleasure in the morning. And I love all your bitter kittens. Thank you. But I ain`t got nothing to say about last night episode or PR in generall. They just killed it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

      I agree that everyone has said it all. I am just left with one question for the judges…how can someone who cannot sew or accurately construct anything other than a low cut over-sized mumu create an entire brand? No real pants. No real outerwear. Nothing fitted. Nothing that fits anything other than a size 2. How? Because the last time I took my car to a mechanic…it wasn’t because they were just good at fixing paint scratches and aesthetics. No. It was because they KNEW HOW TO FIX THE ENTIRE ENGINE!

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t watch the finale. I can’t remember when I stopped watching this season (one of the many undeserved Anya wins). So there TLo, I don’t have to spit fire about how I am not going to watch next season; l already stopped.
      I used to sit in front of the TV, give my clothes the DIY treatment and watch PR. I loved watching talented individuals make gorgeous clothes. Their art inspired me. This? This is boring tripe. Boring PR! You hear me? I was so bored by your little runway that I had to stop watching because the blatant manipulation is like Valium mixed with vodka. So there you have it. I am not angry, just bored.

      • Anonymous

        And if it is important to not bore Nina, it should be even more important not to bore the vast millions of minions who make up the viewing audience.  I’m with you…. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    • Anonymous

      I don’t even care enough to rant. I missed the finale last night and instead spent dinner and a great evening in New York with a friend who has real talent, really sews, and is thinking of trying out for PR (I *didn’t* encourage her). It’s a shame, but after last year’s Wretchen win, and this year’s Anya win, I just don’t care about the show any more.

      • Lattis

        My heart goes out to the people who audition for PR now. It was hard enough in the old days (pre-Bunim-Murray/Lifetime) when you had to have strong sewing skills and a strong design POV. They ask so much more of contestants now. You know, I can imagine doing a lot to get on PR: I can imagine learning to sew; I can imagine getting a face lift and having my teeth capped; I can even imagine making a sex tape. What would be tough would be deciding which relative has to die. Because, apparently if you don’t have a story of personal loss, you might just as well stay home.

        • Anonymous

          What would be tough would be deciding which relative has to die.

          ROFLMAO

          Like x10

        • Anonymous

          In my case, it would be easy (stepfather who cheated on my mom with a crack whore. HICK CITY). And I sew pretty well. But even I’m not crazy enough to go through that rigmarole and stress and emotional rollercoaster to find out none of it was even worth it in the end.

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

          You must like your family a lot more than I like some parts of mine… I’m trying to decide which one I’d like to be rid of the most…

    • Anonymous

      I think I know why Heidy loved and helped Anya so much: she is also a “designer” who can’t sew. Never mentioned it, but surely it pleased her to state a little prove to all those “educated” designers: “In your face dorks! we’re beautiful girls don’t need to know how to sew! we’ll win anyway!” just a thought…

    • http://profiles.google.com/mmara00 M M

      Dear BM, My remote is stuck in my tv screen. I can no longer watch Project Runway, unless you send me a new TV.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578069772 Scott Gould

      I’m in complete shock.  

      1. She shouldn’t have been moved to the finals.  Yes, she had some great looks this season but her three looks were awful, pinned and hanging and as soon as they kept her I said “They are going to hand her the win because there was no reason to keep her based on the looks she presented here.”

      I know that you guys think they picked her because of her “Story”  I also think their might be an even lower common denominator.  She was the only “Fan Favorite” left in the mix and I think they might have picked her because they think that the fan favorite should win.

      It was pathetic.  I liked one or two of her outfits, but honestly most of it looked like the background dancers in an old episode of Fantasy Island, or something that Julie McCoy would buy in the gift shop on “The Love Boat.”

      • Anonymous

        This was filmed in Sept. Was she the obvious fan favorite then? I don’t know, as I avoid the sucky Lifetime website except for Laura Bennett’s blog.

        • Logo Girl

          She was actually the fan favorite from the moment the polls opened in July.

    • http://twitter.com/NialaDmitri Niala Dmitri

      If we keep griping about it, the producers have won. They want to keep us talking. And you know there is no such thing as bad publicity. I think the best way to put an end to this nonsense is just to stop watching. If they won’t listen to us. Let’s hit them where it hurts, the ratings. Real, true talents are being screwed over. And do we really hate ourselves that much to watch something that frustrates and angers us for about 3 months? Let’s give it up! In Trinidad we have a saying, “Who doh hear go feel.” Which means, if you don’t listen, you’ll feel the consequences.

    • Anonymous

      Not sure if anyone is a sci-fi geek like me, but all I could think about with Josh’s use of the plastic was Kosh from Babylon 5…. :P

      • Sarah Lynnae

        Kosh? Kosh? Do I have to actually watch this thing now? [Laughs.]

        • Anonymous

          Kosh is an alien character, who must wear essentially a ‘hazard’ suit all the time because he cannot breathe in a normal earth-like atmosphere. It is made of a material that looks almost JUST like Josh’s plastic:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosh_Naranek

          (It’s actually a QUITE good show, amazingly well written, but it’s definitely a nerdy/geeky sci-fi show :))

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Hooray for finding fellow Babylon 5 geeks!  It was indeed a brilliantly constructed show.  

            Until WB refused to confirm whether there was going to be a Season 5, forcing JMS to shove the entire story arc for two seasons into Season 4.  Then, of course, WB DID renew the show for Season 5 but there was no more story to tell!  Argh!

            And don’t even get me started on what the Sci Fi (do I really have to spell it Scy Fy?!) did to Farscape.  Argh!

            • Anonymous

              I know, so frustrating! Aside from one or two episodes, I like to pretend that Season 5 didn’t happen :)  The contract issues with Claudia Christianson didn’t help… 

              I never got into Farscape, but my husband was a fan. I actually didn’t even get into Babylon 5 until a few years ago, after my dad and husband were BEGGING me to watch. They had humored me with Buffy/Angel/Firefly (which they loved), so I gave it a chance, and I was really pleasantly suprised, especially once you get few the first few episodes and the arc kicks in.

              I didn’t think I’d find many fans here! Although I would pay money for TLo to watch it and write blog entries, wouldn’t you? :)

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I think I skipped Season 5 almost entirely – I watched the last couple of episodes just for closure.

              Many years ago was at a HUGE B5 convention in Blackpool, UK (Wolf ’97).  It was after the cast and crew had finished filming Season 4 but before it had been shown in the UK (though many of us had other means of seeing the US episodes…). During Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi)’s presentation, Claudia Christian suddenly raced down the aisle, leapt up on the stage, hugged and kissed Jerry and then disappeared.  We found out later that THAT’S when the contract negotiations finally ended.  Losing her really did tear the rest of the stuffing out of Season 5.

              Give Farscape another shot.  Worth it just for the sight of Ben Browder running around in his leather trousers!

              When it comes to our hosts, Tom seems to be the Comic Book & Sci Fi aficionado.  I don’t remember any comments on Bab 5 or Farscape but there are many, many Whovians here and we get thrown a bone now and then!

          • Sarah Lynnae

            I think maybe this was a reply to me? I can’t seem to get whatever-it-is to go to the post. Anyway. Yes! My comment wasn’t very clear: I really liked “Babylon 5″ and remember Kosh quite well. I haven’t seen the finale episode for PR yet, though. [Grins.]

            • Anonymous

              Ohhh! I thought you meant that you might actually have to start watching Babylon 5 ;) THat makes much more sense!

              I’m so excited that someone got my reference… ;-)

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

        That was my husband’s comment!

        “That looks like a half-finished Vorlon costume…”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1028942964 Bethany Waldrop Keiper

      All I can say about last night is ‘Bitch, please.’

      I wanted to know what was going to happen in that car-wreck rubber-neck sort of way — even though you know you don’t want to see it, you can’t really keep from sneaking a glance. I remember prior seasons, getting super-close to the TV to catch every detail of the more fabulous designs.

      So last night I turned on the TV, kept the sound on, and took Halloween pictures of my cats and guinea pigs wearing tiny hats and a Dracula cape, which I could not sew, had to put together with string and pins. They looked more fashionable and fierce and had more surprises for me anyway. They’re open for public view on FB if you want the real fashion and drama from last night. They are rescues so they all even have big-time drama and dead relatives! …hey wait, so do I! Maybe the piggies and I could win Project Runway!

      • Sarah Lynnae

        Thank you for sharing those photos! Sooooo adorable!

      • Anonymous

        Your cats and guinea pigs are impossibly adorable.  Give them a pet on behalf of all the bitter kittens!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for articulating my anger so well, and not just saying “Fuck it!”. I think we all really needed to hear as much anger from you as we are feeling. I have no real beef with Anya, other than wondering why the hell she’d want to game the system rather than develop true talent, but that seems to be the way of the world anymore. But what really pisses me off are the old guard: Heidi, Tim and the judges for going along with this piece of crap strategy. They and B/M are taking advantage of our trust in them from the shows and seasons that actually had integrity. And then trying to make us believe that they are still invested in their own integrity. Why, nothing’s changed! We really LOVE these designs! Look, everybody! How innovative and daring! I guess the money still wins out and I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. Over the seasons, I really loved that PR was one of the few reality shows to actually be based on actual talent, rather than drama or histrionics. That was the reason I watched it. I feel like an old friend has died…..

      • Anonymous

        Face it, the only thing she really has to offer is looks and that doesn’t last forever and I suspect her shelf life isn’t going to be all that long.  So “wasting” time learning a skill is out of the realm of possibility.  She’s got to cash in on the only thing she’s got going for her now before she doesn’t even have that. 

      • Sarah Lynnae

        I’ve been reading a lot of comments questioning the judges’ integrity and… I dunno, guys. Are a supermodel, a middle-of-the-road designer, and the fashion editor of “Marie Claire” truly arbiters of taste to begin with? It’s never quite worked for me. I always figured they were mostly there to product-place themselves. And I’m normally not nearly cynical enough…

        I’m not defending them. I’m just surprised anyone expected them to have *that* much integrity to begin with.

        • Anonymous

          For me it’s more that in the past, like the first seasons, they actually did give good critiques. It was uneven, yeah, and they had their favorites, but I’m re-watching old episodes and Kors would actually give good advice on what to do for a show, they’d tell them how to tweak things to make them better, etc. I didn’t always like the winner, but I could see why the winner was chosen.

          This year they were just given a script and made their comments fit to the script, which was apparently ‘keep Anya at all costs’. They looked ludicrous.

          Heidi has never had any taste, so I mainly ignore her.

          • Sarah Lynnae

            Yeah. I meant to mention that I started watching PR rather late. Season 5 or 6. I can’t remember which. I keep meaning to go back and watch the earlier seasons, but somehow it hasn’t happened yet.

    • Anonymous

      I wonder, are there any blogs that celebrate Anya’s win? who find it deserved? are there?! except in Trinidad that is…

      • Anonymous

        Oddly, yes.

        For example, the TWOP recapper finished his post with:
        “Back on the runway, Kimberly is eliminated. Then, Viktor is out. Oh GOD. It’s
        either the best of times (if Anya wins) or the worst of times (if Josh wins). IT
        IS THE BEST OF TIMES. OH MY GOD. Yes!!!!!!!! People. This is the best. Ever.
        Ever. Ever.”

        And that’s a person hired to do a job …

        • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

          I feel sorry for that person(s).  They probably also love the Kardashians so, you know, many grains of salt.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t watched the past few episodes because I just don’t care anymore. I’ve seen every episode of every other season; I’ve watched every episode I can find of the Canadian version (S2 and a fraction of S1), the Australian version (all of it), and the South Korean version (only S1) – I am even quite bothered that I can’t find a number of episodes (if anyone knows where I can find all of them, I’d greatly appreciate it) – yet I have no interest in watching either part of the S9 finale.

      I can’t be upset about the winner. I can’t be upset about the runner up. I can’t even be upset that PR has descended into an ANTM level unintentional self-parody. It doesn’t deserve that emotion.

      • Anonymous

        complete side note, if you can manage to find all of S1 Canadian, it’s absolutely brilliant. I thought S2 Canadian was a disaster though. 

        • Anonymous

          I actually kind of liked Canadian S2 – I also originally watched it right after S6 – but even with having only seen 4 episodes (1, 3, 4, and 5, incidentally), I can tell that S1 is a thousand times better. Though I already know who wins, who comes in second, and who comes in third, I very much wish I could find the rest of the episodes.

          One thing I’ve noticed about the non-American versions is that, while I might sometimes disagree with the judging (I’ve only agreed with one winner in PR Australia’s three seasons, for instance), the judging is never ridiculous. That part of the show seems, thankfully, not to have been exported from the US.

          • Anonymous

            Also, another reason to love PRC would of course be IMAN.

            She makes Heidi look like a bumbling 12 year old boy in comparison.  She’s so fabulous that it’s kind of overwhelming at times.

            • Anonymous

              Absolutely! Iman is easily the best host of any version of PR.

              I also liked that PR Canada had a different feeling to the American version, but really Iman is all that needs to be said.

        • Anonymous

          S2’s problem was the fact that Sunny had noticeably more talent than anyone else, removing any and all suspense from the proceedings.  While he didn’t win every challenge, he won approximately half of them if I recall correctly.  As for the challenges he didn’t win, he often still had the best garment, but since someone else finally made something comparable, the judges awarded the other person the win.  Luckily, I found Sunny very likable on top of being talented, so I enjoyed watching him win, but the season would’ve been better had there been at least one person there who could’ve given him a run for his money.

    • Anonymous

      Recap spot on … same reason I don’t watch the Zoe Project, we watch for the fashion, not the drama, not the stories.  So sad!  I’m out, but I will watch the All Stars, at least there will be some amazing designs.

    • Anonymous

      I had to exorcise my demons about Josh’s shorts and I feel much better now.

      http://i.imgur.com/MIlIe.jpg

      • Toto Maya

        I still can’t believe that THEY LIKED THOSE SHORTS. WHAT THE UNHOLY HELL. My family was on the floor LAUGHING when those came out.

        • Anonymous

          I would love those shorts … if I was a 17 year old gay male go-go dancer…. with no taste.

        • Anonymous

          I WAS SHRIEKING IN TERROR WHEN THOSE CAME OUT.

          My eyes still haven’t recovered: I still see neon green everywhere I look.  I should sue Josh for damages.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

        Oh my god that’s hilarious lol.  And extremely sad about how true it is.

      • Anonymous

        hahahaha. nicely played!

      • Anonymous

        And the tank is hiddy too. 

        And you could have added – NINA LOVED THIS!!!??!??!?

        • Anonymous

          I posted that I the more I thought about it…. If I were Nina’s boss I could walk in an fire her. 

          Say she then tried to sue for wrongful dismissal.  All I’ve have to do is show the picture and play her judging comments.

          CASE DISMISSED!!!

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

      And does anyone remember the battle over leaving Bravo?  And what the Weinsteins’ SAID was their reason?

      Supposedly, Bravo wouldn’t support the show — they were very tight with the purse strings and the Weinsteins’ wanted a bigger budget for challenges, collections, etc.  So now my question is…

      FOR WHAT?!?  There are way more one day challenges, and the only thing I see as far as spending more money is that you now have 7 freaking decoys at FW!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/chloe.stabler Chloe Stabler

      It’s sad when I don’t even care enough to get mad about the finale.  I’ve been one of those people that say I would stop watching but kept going, but if this is the path that the show is now going on, I think I’m done.

    • Anonymous

      I’m done with Project Runway. I’m an amateur sewer and used to look to the show for inspiration and to see what could be produced under pressure, not for the drama or the personalities. 
      Anya, congratulations, it’s nice to see someone with as much design and less sewing experience then me win. Really, brava, I hope you’re happy making flowy v-neck sleeveless dresses.
      TLo, thank you for articulating our (my) frustration.

    • Yvonne Spencer

      I haven’t seen the finale yet, but figured this was the way it was going.  So effing sad, because Seriously?  Viktor has talent.  OMG, JOSH has talent (and he’s wormed his way into my heart, reminding me fondly of a close friend).  I am saddened by the fact that Anya has won.  PR…I may not be back next year.

    • Anonymous

      I know we’re all upset and angry, but could we please refrain from the “that bitch,” “whore,” etc. comments? It’s really disgusting. Perspective, people.

    • Anonymous

      I was too bored and disappointed with this.  I agree with you TLo, this isn’t our show anymore, it’s some reality tv bullshit.  Feh is too true.  In previous season enders, I’ve gotten so excited that I couldn’t wait for the next batch of designers but this might as well be “The Price Is Right”.  I just don’t care anymore and I’m shocked that I feel that way, I mean, I sew, I love fashion but this was lame.

      • Anonymous

        People on Let’s Make a Deal have better sewing skills than Anya.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186945272 Ivette M. Rivera-Giusti

      Great analysis on the transformation of the show TLo! I am so happy that you branched out your fabulosity and bitchiness empire so even with the demise of PR as we knew it we still get to read you. You are my #1 pop culture/fashion/style bloggers, and I’m forever your unborn fawn.

      I was just so bored half-season and disgusted at the mediocre manipulation, I don’t know if I can honestly say I won’t watch again, but I’m most certainly not invested at all anymore.

    • Anonymous

      Preeeeeach!

    • Anonymous

      Oh, internet – you constantly present wild tales of woe from people I had no idea existed.

      Some chick from that OTHER B/M reality show is claiming that the producers encouraged inappropriate touching, and that she, herself was raped with a toothbrush while passed out drunk while the cameras rolled on.  She’s suing, of course.  

      for more:
      http://warmingglow.uproxx.com/2011/10/real-world-star-sues-mtv-claims-she-was-raped-with-a-tootbrush

      So – B/M?  Should I even bother to put the slash in there?  Instead, I think plain old BM is much better.  If this is true, manipulating the outcome of project runway sounds more like elementary school teasing compared to full-on felony.  Yikes.  I don’t want to watch anyone get raped.  I didn’t even know what “snuff” was until some procedural drama enlightened me.  May have been a movie.  Was Sen Connery in that one?  Anyway, I digress….You get the picture…..

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

      You know what makes me sad?  If they had handled Anya the way they would have in S5 or early, a lot of us would have liked her — not her clothes, but her personally.  You know, the way we like Anthony or Stella or even Blayne (bless his crazy tacky heart:). 

      ‘Cause she did have her moments — like when Nina HATED the color of her only fabric on the “dress Nina” challenge.  Girl pulled it together and gave it a shot. 

      But by trying to turn her into a saint, they’ve turned her into the devil instead.

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

        I hadn’t thought of it like that. Sooo right. 

      • Anonymous

        agree. She is so charismatic that she would have done well on the Bravo version of the show as well. But I actually think if it weren’t for this online community many people would not be ganging up on her right now. This site’s commenters were so relentlessly critical of her as a person and a designer, that it is impossible for her to prove everyone wrong. It became a very negative place here.

        • Christy Cricow

          I don’t think we can imagine how Anya would have done on the early years of the show, because she would never have made it through auditions in the first place. But you are right–as in life, favoritism from the teacher/judges is the kiss of death, and makes most of us angry enough to dismiss perfectly all right people. I DO think that a former beauty queen from what appears a moneyed, privileged background (Parsons School of Design is not exactly a place for the disadvantaged!) is not the underdog with the Story that most of us would line up to cheer on. Jay McCarroll would have never even made the finale in this new PR world….and that fact alone is enough to make me sick.

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

            No, but I think with a very different editing and fair challenges with reasonable judging, we would have applauded her make it work moments.  Not that any of us would have lined up to cheer for a win for her for the season because we felt bad for her, but just that viewers of PR have always respected someone who plays well with others and who can think on their feet. 

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          “This site’s commenters were so relentlessly critical of her as a person and a designer”

          Really?  REALLY?  Oh come on – don’t be ridiculous.  The only person they were relentlessly critical of was Clinique Counter and he deserved it.  They identified the fact that Anya was scheming and not to be trusted but other than that they’ve put most of the blame with the producers.

          • Anonymous

            Yes really. And what really matters, the “scheming” or the skills? It’s all a popularity contest, and you guys decided you didn’t like her, and that was that.

            It’s just tv. Take a deep breath.

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

              And you just pointed out EXACTLY what bothers most of us: “It’s a popularity contest”. 

              It was NEVER supposed to be a popularity contest — it was supposed to show us creative designers respond to challenges and reward great design.  Popularity was never supposed to enter into it.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I responded to you initially because you accused TLo of something that is patently not true.

              You then moved on to say that “you guys decided you didn’t like her, and that was that.”

              If you spent a little more time here you’d see that many of the people who comment on TLo’s postings DO like Anya, many more like her work and lots of people also cannot fault the fact that she ‘played the game’.  Some disagree with her win, some are very happy with it.  All opinions are represented and – for the most part – we’re very content to debate politely and to agree to disagree.

              As far as the great, wide world is concerned those of us who are discontented with this season of Project Runway are far from the majority so I’m not sure what your problem is.

              Perhaps TeamAnya is not content with the fact that she won everything?  Must she win the entire internet too?  Must every still, small voice of dissent be stamped out?

              I don’t think the disparaging, deflecting, attacking or excusing comments from TeamAnya are going to quieten us down.  There was more going on in Season 9 of Project Runway than met the eye and – yes – it’s only TV but we’re not happy about it.

            • Anonymous

              Oh god. Spare us the “it’s just ____” crap. That’s the go-to argument for anyone wanting to demean and disparage someone’s fandom or identification with something. It doesn’t make you better than anyone who feels passionately about the show, no matter how much you say it.

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

          There have been a lot of contestants who got a lot of bile here, but when they showed their talents, people still gave them credit — Mila from S7 comes to mind.  A lot of people really weren’t fond of her, but for the most part, people recognized that her collection was good.

          But most of us just plain don’t like Anya’s work.  It’s that simple.  When I saw her final collection, my response was “It’s lovely.  If only it were in any way even a little bit new or interesting.” 

          Even more of us are simply upset and the way the producers were so clearly supportive of her to the exclusion of others. 

          • Anonymous

            Like ALP – most cannot stand him. 

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        Yes I completely agree with this!  I grew to dislike her because the favoritism was so blatant and it got to the point where I could not believe she wasn’t aware how unqualified she was to be on the show, let alone get to the finals and win it.  If Anya really believes she was deserving of this win, then I feel sorry for her too because that kind of delusion will get you knocked down hard in the real world.

      • Anonymous

         Just to be clear, though, she never really “saved” herself.  She was going to make that tacky Nina outfit in the mustard anyway.  Joshua talked her into dying it and Laura helped her sew it. 

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

          Granted.  But how many designers have we seen make something that was just awful, even though they heard all the way through that it was awful?  At least she had the sense to recognize the lifeline when it was thrown at her unlike a lot of past designers.

          It’s hard to know how many of her moments were really hers, because of the blatant manipulation, but if we assume they were, then things like her $11 outfit, while nothing great, was pretty spectacular for $11. 

          I think she would have been interesting and generally liked if not for the producers.  And if she would have waited another season so she could set a sleeve:)

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

      I am assuming there is a warehouse somewhere filled with sundresses/bags/shoes sporting “Anya for Project Runway” tags. It’s been there for months, just waiting for the big “winner” reveal. How long do you think they will wait before shipping everything to the department stores??

      • Anonymous

        Better question, how long do you think they’ll wait before sending them to the Dollar General for clearance?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578069772 Scott Gould

      Interesting, all the other designers on “After the Runway” came right out and said that her collection wasn’t the best.

      • Anonymous

        Really? I didn’t bother to watch. I figured everyone would’ve been given a $50 Amazon.com gift card to say she was fantastic.

    • Anonymous

      this is Jack’s look of total shock and surprise: -_-

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045295912 Charles Purdy

      Ditto. How the judges managed to say that Kimberly “wasn’t ready” and then ten minutes later say Anya “sewing for four months” Ayoung-Chee *was* ready … embarrassing for all concerned. If Lifetime wanted to give Anya her own show (which I’m sure will be happening very soon), they didn’t need to force this win. No need for this travesty! I was so annoyed I couldn’t even watch Project Accessory. :(

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045295912 Charles Purdy

        Nothing against Anya, who is lovely to look at and very appealing as a TV personality … but not a great designer.

        • Anonymous

          Now, this is the part of the whole Anya phenomenon that confuses me. If you asked me to describe Josh’s personality, I could do it easily (he’s melodramatic, controlling, catty, he takes everything personally, etc.). I can describe Viktor’s personality without a problem, too (he’s fastidious, competitive, suspicious, snarky, etc.). Kimberly’s, Laura’s, Bert’s, and so on, in fact.

          But Anya… smiles a lot? Granted, my tastes in personality are hardly representative of the population as a whole, and likewise, this is true of many a personality on TV, but she doesn’t have one. I don’t mean that in any way as a personal criticism of her, either. It’s just that almost everything pointed to as being “her” is some superficial fact about her. Or maybe that solves my riddle…

          I don’t know why I picked your comment about her personality to reply to specifically, but there it is.

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

            I was thinking much the same thing, Indovina. I can’t think of any specific personality traits Anya might have.  She’s really hard to read, and I’m guessing she wants it that way. It’s kind of weird.

    • Anonymous

      Remember Season 5 when both the winner AND the runner-up had strong collections that people praised extensively? AND a third place finisher who had strong, impeccably made clothes that were just a bit too derivative but certainly fierce and fun to look at? Sigh… I long for those days. 

      • Anonymous

        remember when Laura Bennett’s collection CAME IN SECOND?  Still, for, to this day, the best PR collection to walk the runway @ FW.

        • Anonymous

          Didn’t Laura actually come in third? I believe Uli came in second.

    • Anonymous

      In fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out.

      Project Runway is OUT.

    • Anonymous

      That was bullshit! Now you know why I was happy to leave when I did. ;-) I didn’t watch this season at all but simply heard about it, checked in on the blogs from time to time. Saw the collections in person and thought this chick wasn’t a  finalist. So undeserving! All-Stars will be worse. Just wait and see.  ..

    • Helen C

      Do you guys think Gretchen is the worst winner or Anya is the worst winner? 

      Personally I like Anya’s clothes more but Gretchen can sew… 

      • Ellah Santiago

        Gretchen’s was so old, even if she can sew I think she’s the worst.

      • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

        anya didnt lack taste; gretchen and her bad versions of hobo were not only ugly but mostly unflattering (NEVER FORGET THE DIAPER SHORTS)

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      So sad.

      I don’t think I’ll be tuning in to this show next season.

      :(

    • A Platt

      Oh, TLo you are right on the money! Too bad Viktor screwed himself over at the end. I’d have liked to see his collection before the last minute changes. 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think it would have mattered. They would have found something to critique him on and place him below the others. They always have.

    • Anonymous

      My God that was bad!  When Heidi and Anya were on the runway, holding hands like sorority sisters, I washed my hands of the new dumbed down, imagination free, PR.  
      Gee, what’s next?  Maybe each judge gets a turn to “sponsor” a winner, crafted in his/her likeness!  Anya is Heidi’s, maybe Michael can choose a little orange one as our next winner, or a bitter, brittle, intellectual fashionesta  in Nina’s honor? !  They could rename it “Project Replica”!  Right now the title “Project Remedial” seems most appropriate. 
      Me thinks the rarefied world of the rich and famous has gotten to the heads of the PR family (sans Tim Gunn, naturally!).  They have completely lost touch of what the viewing audience, and indeed the buying public, want to see. They are so bloated with their own egos, they can’t seem beyond the mirror. They better pull up.  PR viewers have been loyal, but bore us at your own peril.
        

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Clements/100000941516003 Patricia Clements

      If this is the direction to which the show will go, I doubt that I will watch even the “All Star” series.   My husband and I may not watch again.

       I was hooked the first several seasons as the level of creativity was high, the challenges interesting, the level of contestants/designers high, and the time allotted for the final collection sufficient.  Angst and drama were not the focus and some amazing designers came to the fore.  Even though the judges knew Anya was a one trick pony who never designed a jacket, inserted a zipper or closure, and only went beyond her standard design once (I’m not counting Bert’s help with three looks), had not sewn a stitch at the end of three weeks and probably wasted the original budget on fabrics she did not use, they chose her anyway.  Victor would have been my first choice, but I would have chosen Josh over Anya in a flash.  The move to Lifetime has been a disaster for the show.  

    • Anonymous

      Elsewhere on this website, I stated my intention to boycott the PR franchise and all those who contributed to last night’s fiasco. I was criticized for being too “extreme.”  This was my response: My biggest pet peeve is seeing bad behavior rewarded. Because when we
      tolerate bad behavior, without meaning to, we encourage it. Tolerance of
      bad behavior is what has put this country in the toilet. Granted, PR is
      just a TV show, but I feel that my trust and belief in their integrity
      as a franchise has been violated. I was a loyal fan for nine seasons.
      Even after last year’s travesty, I continued to watch, hoping that the
      show would return to its former standards. Well, that didn’t happen and I
      feel betrayed.  I will not reward them, their sponsors or anyone
      affiliated with this debacle. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take
      it anymore. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ada-DollytheBird-Keli/647779275 Ada DollytheBird Keli

        I agree.  So many people are so outraged….for the second time….yet they continue to say, “Well, I’ll probably still watch though”, or, “I’ll give them one more chance.”  Not I.  I said that last season when Wretchen won.  “I’ll give them one more chance to prove Gretchen was a fluke because they’ve had 7 other pretty good seasons.”  Well, I watched half of this season and figured out that it was blatently going to happen again, so I quit mid-season.  I ‘unliked’ PR on Facebook.  I even quit going to the website until a couple of days ago because I was curious about fan favourite….and then only once and never will I again. 
        I’m done with Lifetime.  No more Lifetime, LMN, nothing.  I’m through with Loreal products.  I’m done with Garnier.
        You’re right about this country.  The blase attitude toward things we disagree with only serves to keep it going.  The same concept applies to children.  If you keep giving them chances and attention, the bad behavior will continue.
        Long story short. Project Dumbway and everyone associated with it can go suck a big donkey doo-dah.

    • muzan-e

      Viktor is irresistably gorgeous when he’s sporting the black eyeliner.

      And that’s all I can bring myself to comment on.

    • Anonymous

      I have nothing of great value to add to the previous venters – PR is now so transparently pathetic and pathetically transparent.  Truth be told, the only reason I’ve been bothering with it since B/M took over is its usefulness as a study guide for All Things TLo.  And even that is barely keeping me hanging on at this point.

    • A M

      I’m sure it’s been said in 700+ comments, but: I’m bummed for all the reasons you guys mentioned (I used to seriously love and look forward to this show as something really special in the reality TV crapfest, now it’s basically a joke etc etc), and ALSO because it really seems like the producers saw our reaction to Gretchen’s win and thought “Picking the wrong winner got us tons of attention! Let’s do it again!”. Double ugh. Not watching next season.

    • Anonymous

      Becky actually had the better narrative – she came from a cult for Christ’s sake.  She just didn’t pop so she was out.  NEXT!  OK, the old guy recovering alcoholic.  But he petered out and bored us.  NEXT!  OK, the bitchy queen in the tank top – he’s the ONE.  Oh, wait, he’s the bedazzler.  NEXT!  Beauty queen – DING DING DING – we have a winner!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I’m just grateful you didn’t give this post a fake-happy “Congratulations!” title, TLo.  Thanks for keeping it real!

    • Anonymous

      I only comment irregularly around here and I don’t hang in the lounge because I can’t see well enough to bounce between the teevee screen and the computer screen.  But this was such a disappointing season all around, especially the denouement.  There just wasn’t much talent in this season of designers, and the ones that did have talent weren’t interesting enough to the producers to keep them.  So we ended up with this lackluster, bizarre finish that was obviously manipulated to achieve the outcome the producers wanted.  I don’t know how Michael and Nina can look at themselves in the mirror after this without feeling the burning shame of a thousand suns.

      I’m not one to say I’ll never watch this show again because I probably will.  But it won’t have the joy that it once did.  The last two seasons have shown how terrible the machinations have become, that talent won’t win out because the producers don’t understand the charm and beauty the original show had, or if they do understand then they just don’t respect it.  Or us.  Which is a sad commentary about the commercial world we live in.  I came to watch talented people express that talent, not a weekly cage match between overblown personalities shouting at each other and producing ugly crap as a throwaway afterthought.  Shame on them, shame on them all.

    • Anonymous

      F&*K. THIS. S*%T. Color me infuriated.

    • Helen C

      MsIsisKing Isis King I thought Anya was amazin but had all flowy simple designs. The others put so much hard work & hours into elaborate designs. ProjectRunway2 hours agoMsIsisKing Isis King Am I the only 1 shocked that Anya won over Josh & Viktor #ProjectRunway? Maybe because I’m a designer & thought their detail were amazing.2 hours ago

    • Amber Schumaker

      Has anybody else looked at Ayna’s website? On her bio page it says that she graduated from Parsons in NYC and designed her first collection in May 2009. 

      “A graduate of Parsons School of Design and Central St. Martins School of Art and Design, Anya spent several years working as a designer in New York City until in 2007 she returned home after her eighteen-year old brother Pilar died tragically in a car accident.”

      And, yet, she only learned how to sew four months before the show started? Something fishy here. 

      • Sarah Lynnae

        There were a few comments about this earlier. Parson’s has other programs, and from what some other folks said, Anya’s degree is in graphic design, not fashion design. Apparently she started in a fashion design program but switched pretty soon afterward.

      • Anonymous

        That is strange.   I don’t get it.   Does Parsons give degrees for anything other than garment design?   And if she wired in NYC as a designer for several years I would assume she worked for someone else and would have to make patterns etc.   

        Ok.  I’m trying to make sense of it, and I’m not getting anywhere.

      • Anonymous

        Can you give a link, I can’t find her website on lifetime or her facebook page.

        • Amber Schumaker
          • Anonymous

            Thank you. Wonder why when I googled her name it didn’t come up?

            Anyway, NOT that I want to defend her in any way, but Parson’s does have degrees for things other then fashion design. She could have gotten a degree in Communication design(not sure what that is supposed to be) or Photography for all we know.

      • Anonymous

        right – her background is graphic design.  Which Parson’s offers a fine program in.

    • Anonymous

      I have to be honest, I didn’t expect to say this but I actually really liked Anya’s final show much better than the others. I wanted Uli to win a few seasons back, and now Anya’s work is like a redemption for that same sort of designer. Anya’s work was so happy and light, and I would buy and wear almost any garment from it.

      I thought Viktor seemed like a really nice guy, but that is not enough for a win. I was not a fan of the gothy sheer black outfits he  showed. His R. Mouret-style dress was lovely and that landscape print was great, but overall I vastly preferred Anya’s work. I don’t care if her designs are complex and fussy like the other three finalists. In fact, I would rather NOT wear complex fussy garments, even if they do showcase great skills.

      Anya’s clothes are the first Project Runway final clothes I’ve actually wanted to wear myself since Jay McCarroll!

    • Anonymous

      I want to thank all the East Coasters who sacrificed themselves by watching the finale then posting their dismay so this West Coaster could save herself and skip the whole damn thing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I don’t know how to repay you.  Maybe I’ll have Anya do it.  She’s got lots of money now. 

    • Anonymous

      Have to agree 100 percent, esp. with this:  “Congratulations, Project Runway fans, you may now swim with
      everyone else in the lowest common denominator pool. You’re not even
      worth the attempt to craft a semi-decent story.”

      Like so many of Anya’s pieces, if it weren’t so poorly executed it wouldn’t bother me so much. I wonder if the machinations were as obvious to the other designers in the moment as they were to us watching.

      I don’t hate Anya at all. But I think I may hate Bunim/Murray and/or Lifetime.

      And I really hate all of Josh’s pieces.

    • Tamara Hogan

      Too many producer manipulations and shenanigans this season for my taste. After ALL STARS, I’m done.

    • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

      Bravo TLO. And I’m very glad you are now “bystanders with a pretty big megaphone” because someone like that needed to say it.  I’m *shrug* at this point about Anya.  I have a feeling she will crash and burn fairly quickly because she won’t have a whole bunch of people pulling strings for her.  And she’s possibly already made enemies out there, unfortunately, because of the obvious favoritism of this win.  Humblebrag will only get you so far, Anya.

      In addition to my general disgust with B/M’s ruining of PR,  I’m so disgusted with Nina –  I have admired her for years and thought she was chic and smart re fashion.  This season was extremely disheartening – to hear the bullshit that dropped out of her mouth.   Ugh.  She is completely passe to me at this point.  And I question her taste now, too.  Maybe she’s getting too old to see how much of a buffoon she’s become because of this season of PR but I hope she gets a clue eventually.  As for Heidi and Kors – well they’ve been parodies of themselves for a while now and that was much more evident in this season.

      I look forward to future recaps but unless this show leaves Lifetime and some how makes it back to Bravo, I won’t even remember to tune in.

    • Anonymous

      The saddest part is, all of it is so preventable. It’s not like the old formula is wrong or getting tired at that point in time. The manufactured drama, the stupid challenges, models of the runway, the cracktastic judging, the gazillion decoys, all that crap is so very utterly completely unnecessary and preventable. And yet. It’s just just sad.

    • Logo Girl

      I didn’t watch and I won’t watch – but who was singing whose praises in the little quick-cut bit that always comes between the runway show and going back to Parson’s? And who was in the audience?

    • Anonymous

      I stopped watching several episodes ago because it was so obvious that the script for the finale had already been written. My plan for next season, if there is one, is to watch the first couple of episodes so that I will be familiar with the characters when I read TLo’s posts. And yes, I said characters. I can no longer use the term designer when discussing this show.

    • Anonymous

      I thought this whole season was poor to begin with, not just Anya, but all the contestants seemed lackluster.
      I thought I’d be pissed at the result (Anya winning), but you know all four collections sucked, I couldn’t care less at that point whomever won. The last two seasons, to me, have been poor. This season being the worst.
      I’ll watch again, but not without feeling like there’s someone behind the screen, pulling levers.
      Funny thing though, many of you hope Mondo is given the win (because he was robbed), isn’t that the same thing as Anya’s win?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RUADN3VVIJOY6E3ZIDGYN34XT4 G.P

        Difference = I was furious FURIOUS when Mondo lost; bored when Anya won, couldn’t even work up a modicum of outrage. All the collections were meh, the big problem being I couldn’t even bother to care that another designer had been robbed. It was all predetermined and extremely dull. Won’t watch Project Accessory, seems to be heading down the same path, done with PR unless TLo says it’s back on track, B/M are apt initials.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000689228444 Victoria Kemper

      I’m glad I quit watching.

    • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

      Anya’s clothes were shapeless sacks.  Anyone can throw a piece of patterned fabric around themselves, staple and pin it in various ways and voila – you have the extent of Anya’s “skill” and “vision.”

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      I tried to be excited, really. I was like please, Lifetime and PR producers, do us a favor. Please dont let this show go to the depths it had be going. Please let L’Wren voice her opinion. Fuck, let anyone give an honest opinion. ANYTHING! But as soon as I heard the discussion section, I knew it was over. As usual, overpraised of Anya. Who once again, I dont think is a bad person. She just knew exactly what to do and how to win the show, and she did that. It’s just sad it has become so obvious that her collection was miles away from any of the other ones and she won. Im mad. Im pissed at the waste of talent these past 3 seasons. Im glad the next season is all-stars cus I dont think I would be able to watch a batch of new kids torturing each other to see whos the biggest charmer and whos the biggest bitch.

      Im just glad i had Tlo recaps every week to let me know my anger wasnt misguided :)

    • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

      Yes, that occurred to me too.  And that is so very pathetic of Lifetime.

    • Natalie Harris

      I thought it was to find the “Next Great American Designer”.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U2XBHBHDHIEJVIPAKF5TUNZSNA Mehgan M

        Not to defend her win, but she WAS born in NYC, which is all the 

    • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

      EXACTLY.  No way, no how is Anya an innocent bystander to these machinations.  If I was the subject of such blatant favoritism and a fixed contest – I certainly would feel uncomfortable about it and would not agree to participate.  I still half believe that this whole season was one long viral/stealth marketing concept to promote Anya.  She was the product they were building a story around and this season of Project Runway was the marketing vehicle to get her in the public eye and get her name out there.

      • Anonymous

        She didn’t even seem that surprised when she won.

        • Anonymous

          It would seem that even a seasoned pageant gal had trouble faking what was a done deal.

    • http://twitter.com/Tantele Diane Foley

      Lifetime Network seems to be looking for the next “media ready” personality: the looks, the mannerisms, the backstory.  Anya certainly has all of that so a few pretty tropical shifts were all it took to win.  She is a natural on camera where so many of the other designers look slightly stiff or lacking in charm.  The only real requirement for her collection was that it not detract from the rest of the package and  it’s fair to say the collection managed that.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TT54YIIBMFMVYIXIZ5ZEI4UNHI Joan

      TLo – thank you for not pulling any punches!  Anya may have played into a system that wanted to be played but she has nothing to be proud of – she will always be known as the talentless women who marked the jump-the-shark moment for what was a once great show.  At best, she will get a luke warm welcome from the industry.  Who needs another designer of caftans and mediocre one pieces you can find on the rack at a Bikini store in Ft. Lauderdale?  Even Venus Swimwear does it better.  Maybe she could get a job with them – oh wait she doesn’t know how to thread a needle.  nevermind…… good luck Anya – i think they did you a disservice but that’s for you to figure out.

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

        You know where else you can find caftans and flowy dresses? In a little store in downtown Durham, NC. I walked by it this evening on the way to dinner, and I saw the exact same thing as the clothes Anya makes. Michael told Anya last night that her POV is unique to her. Michael needs a grammar lesson, because “unique” means “one of a kind”. That POV, if you could even call it that, isn’t unique to anyone, because you can find it any-damn-where.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      TIME FOR ACTION:
       
      Write (with paper and pen, and use a stamp on the envelope, and drop it in a mailbox or post office) about your opinion of this season. Emails can be deleted. Too much paper is harder to hide.
       
       
      Michael Kors, c/o Neiman Marcus, 1618 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201
      Nina Garcia, Fashion Director
      Marie Claire Magazine300 West 57th St., 34th Fl. New York, NY 10019-1497

      Tim Gunn, Chief Creative Officer, Liz Claiborne, Inc, 1414 Broadway, New York, NY 10018 (Please quit the network and start a new show somewhere else! Please)

      Jonathan Murray,  Co-Founder and Chairman, and  Gil Goldschein, President,Bunnim/Murray Productions             6007 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91411

      Heidi Klum, Executive Producer, Project Runway, c/o Lifetime
      111 8th AvenueNew York, NY 10011

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for posting these. I’m too lazy to have looked for them, but not too lazy to express my disappointment.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1445460261 Courtney Bolt

      I’m done watching this show. I quit ANTM when Whitney won just because she was “the big girl”, and I’m finished with this show now. I can deal with a lot of stupid in reality tv, but I can’t deal with obvious manipulation and a lack of any respect for the audience.

      It was just hilarious that it came down to Anya and Josh. Hilarious. This show is so dumb. It’s been going downhill for a while, and I’m glad to not think about it anymore.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JTF35XRTD7U7KVBNCPBUFKLYI4 Sandra

      I agree completely with TLo’s comments.  I was not one of those who said, at the end of last season, “I’ll never watch this show again”, but after this boring and entirely predictable season I’ve had it with this show.  I’ll no longer waste 90 minutes of my life each week watching a Lifetime soap opera.

    • Anonymous

      This has probably been said before but I have to get it off my chest. Several articles that I’ve read talk about Anya being a genuinely kind person. How can they think this?

      1. Anya and Josh deliberately left Becky out of the entire designing process during their team challenge. Yes, Anya comforted Becky when Becky was upset but if Anya was truly kind she would have made Becky part of the team in the first place.

      2. Anya said that she regretted sharing fabric with Kim.

      3. Anya refused to help Josh even though everyone helped her a lot in the previous challenge. (Sorry, I can’t remember the exact challenges for each of these.)

      4. Anya and Laura routinely talked about other people. This in itself isn’t that bad but they were doing it even when they were on opposite teams for the HP fabric challenge.

      This blog is one of the the only places where I’ve seen Anya labeled as manipulative but I think there is plenty of evidence. And the producers were probably giving her a “nice girl” edit in the first place!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Maguire/1286325876 Susan Maguire

      only part i loved were your tweets and blogs…i didn’t even watch it at the end…after Bert won her that challenge…or read Marie Clair for that matter…no dignity, no class, no grace, and certainly no “style” in selling out, Nina et all…i’m going back to BRAVO…bring on Top Chef and Iman…and Mondo tee shirts…

    • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

      I smell QVC in Anya’s future.

      And to that Trini troll who left a message on my FB wall after reading my comment here-check out my twitter TL. Really, check it out. Do you honestly want to mess with that?

      • Anonymous

        I smell a Lifetime original series about who the hell knows or cares.

      • Anonymous

        “Never ever try to troll a queen” – that warning should be put on a sign and sold in hardware stores everywhere! Although it’s so funny when someone does.

        Speaking of Anya’s future, should we be waiting for the announcement she is going to be both the future Mrs. Bunim AND the future Mrs. Murray? It would explain a lot. Maybe Georgina Chapman could shed some light on the subject….

        • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

          Meowwwwwwww….my thoughts exactly, especially if you know *her* backstory. ;-)

          • Anonymous

            ;-)  ;-)

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and on-point piece.  The show seems to be moving rapidly into scandal territory, in front of the cameras and behind them also.  I cannot imagine that any young, or not so young, designer out there can now look at the program and view it as anything other than something to be avoided if a real career in fashion is the ultimate goal.  And the addition of the repulsive after-show seems to nail the coffin shut on this one.  It’s a pity.  Thank goodness your delightful site has so much more to offer.  And, again, I will be dusting off my DVD of “Quiz Show.”

      And, yeah, much of what has taken place in the last several episodes and after shows has in fact been just gross.  And that’s not a word that I like or use often.  Gross.

    • Isabelle Murray

      I about coughed up my apple I was eating when I heard Michael Kors say that it takes talent to cut those low plunging neckline garments. Dude! Don’t insult us!

      And I never thought that I’d do this but I was praying that Joshua won! I really liked Viktor’s collection the best but I do see what the judges were saying about the 2 collections. And Joshua did show a lot more maturity and editing.  I was actually rooting for him at the end. That was the only surprise in the show! :p

      • Anonymous

        OMG- Kors said that?  Oh, Great Pumpkin, originator of the Kors-a-tron 3000, you have let us down!  It takes sharp scissors and a steady hand to cut, sweetie!

    • fragileindustries

      Time to #OccupyPR.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P2A3RYQVKJZKZNKS5W2ASCAKSI Lynne

      I am so done with Life Time’s Project runway.   It is so sad that this was once a good show (when they were from Bravo)…. now it felt like the Life Time’s version of the housewives shows.    I am sad sad sad….. beyond sad.!!!!!…    I guess, I will just stick to Bravo’s Work of Arts.   

    • http://profiles.google.com/tropicalchrome Tropical Chrome

      Thanks for saying so eloquently what so many of the long time fans were thinking – and probably saying out loud in the privacy of our living rooms. Your second to last paragraph says it all, and should stand as the show’s epitaph when Bunim/Murray and the rest of the idiots look back and wonder what happened. 

    • Anonymous

      It was such a foregone conclusion, I didn’t even bother to watch. Besides, my favorite—Bert—wasn’t even in the running.

    • Anonymous

      I wish Anya well.  I think she *will* do well, she is smart & has drive, but I doubt it’s going to be as the next great fashion designer.

      I feel badly for anyone recently or currently on this show who was hoping their creativity, talent and hard work would (at least) land them a place in the final 3-4.

      I hope everyone of reasonable merit (and I think there were quite a few) on the show this season gets new opportunities worth the time and effort they put into the season and some better than the opportunities they may have given up in order to compete.

      T & Lo get my heartfelt appreciation for running a gentlemanly blog that brings huge entertainment (& just a little bit of comfort on bad days & in hard times) to so many of us.

      • Anonymous

        Although I am frustrated and pissy about the whole PR season, I think really needed to hear/read what you said.  I love your graciousness and thankfulness – and boy do we need more of that in our lives and in our heads.  So thank you very much, formerlyAnon.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  You too, TLo – love and kisses to our favorite bloggers evah! 

    • Anonymous

      I’m probably in the minority here, but I am still a Project Runway fan and am happy with Anya’s win. Do I think she had the best collection of the four? No. Do I agree with the way the final judging shaked out? No. I would have placed Josh at the bottom. His looks, in my opinion, were hideous and tacky. I think both Kimberly and Victor got some undue criticism, though I can see the point about Victor showing teo collections in one (though, to be fair, in a much larger show it would not have been as much of an issue). I probably would have given Victor the win, Anya as runner-up, Kimberly in third, with Josh at the bottom. I will still watch Project Runway next season, because I enjoy it. As T Lo often says, it’s a game show, and while it still is entertaining, I’ll still keep watching.

    • Anonymous

      When it became clear from the judges’ deliberation that it was down to Josh or Anya, I actually hoped it would be Anya.  I would have preferred Kimberly or Viktor, of course.  While Josh’s clothes were superior to Anya’s in complexity, I still thought they were hideous.  Those neon colors, the plastic, the giant bib dress, and that disgusting print were all awful in my opinion.  They praised him for taking risks, but that’s the thing — risks can often fail.  Anyway, one has to ask — was Josh actually taking risks, or was he displaying the same consistently poor taste we’ve seen all season?

      • Anonymous

         Can you imagine how miserably uncomfortable and sweaty it would be to have plastic all over your back and chest? 

        And I hate to say it but Neoprene can start to be sweaty and smelly.  Kind of how I think of Josh, come to think of it :^0

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, when it came down to who I’d rather see lose… out of those two… glad it was Josh, at least.

    • Anonymous

      “I also liked this suggestion from Got Comments. I just left a message for the Executive Vice President of Programming, Lifetime Networks of complaint about what the show has become. Here is his name and phone number: Rob Sharenow, (212) 424-7000.”

      Thanks for whoever I grabbed this suggestion from (see number above).  I called, actually got a live person, explained my disgust with the direction of the show and how I would no longer be a viewer, in the most polite way possible, and then she sighed and said goodbye.  The sigh tells me that this was probably not her first call.  I was really surprised a live person picked up.  I doubt it will be much good, if any, but it felt good to express myself.

      I also tweeted the show, Heidi, Nina, Kors and Tim.

      Like many of you, I felt the Irina season was sub-par compared to previous seasons but I still enjoyed PR, just not as much.  The Gretchen season outraged me.  This season I have only watched bits and pieces.  While most weeks I tried to at least catch the runway show, I didn’t even always see that as I would forget to watch as this season has been so boring and uninspiring.  I just felt like I got enough from TLo’s coverage that I didn’t need to watch much of the show.  I watched just enough here and there to know that I didn’t really care that much.  And that’s what saddens me.

      I used to look so forward to PR nights.  I couldn’t wait to watch the design process, hear Tim’s suggestions, see the fashions, listen to the judge’s critiques, see who won and who got aufed.  I would be on Facebook talking about it and reading here, TVwoPity, the show’s website and the blogs of those from the show, and anyplace else I could find where people discussed the fashions and the results.  Now I rarely watch and, if I do, it’s half-watching while doing other things.  Most weeks, I just read here to see what they designed.  I don’t visit any other website to read what others are thinking about the results.  And I certainly don’t bother talking about it on Facebook.  It’s just not interesting or intriguing enough anymore.

      Bye-bye, Heidi, Nina, Michael and Tim.  I just don’t care enough about you anymore.  No, not even for Tim because he has been so disempowered.  So sad.

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      Also during the past months Ive been watching the earlier seasons (I didnt start watching PR till season 6) and its incredible how different they are. Yeah, they had favorites and there was hints of project personality as i call it, but it wasnt as obvious as right now and for the most part i liked the winners (I particularly loved s2 and s4! and the challenges were fantastic!)

    • Anonymous

      I never thought that I would be rooting for Josh to win at the end.  Anya may be the most marketable but I have never seen anything like the way they blatantly would try to fix the contest in her favor.  Wow, just wow.

    • Anonymous

      Many thanks to T Lo for being there first for this Bitter Kitten, offering their strong shoulders for me to cry on and their fabulous commentary for me to laugh with.  I feel the need to offer my small bit along with the Minion Opinionate.

      As a loyal minion from way way back, I would never say farewell to this blog because I know where my duty lies!  However, I’ve sworn off Project Runway, the Mother Ship.  I will try the all-stars show, but am not holding out much hope.  I am not going to watch the accessories show.  I am going to miss calling my sister during PR to blurt out our own real-time commentary, and will miss the long day-after conversations with friends who also watched.  If T Lo covers it in future seasons, I will read their recaps.

    • Ann Jessup

      When Viktor’s first few models walked out, I thought at least there was a real fashion designer there, even with imperfections. And Anya won, for all the wrong, sickening TV reasons. PR has tanked, sadly.

      TLO’s commentaries made it fun and interesting–thanks to you two for the insight and entertainment.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583691632 Cassy Smoot

      I agree with you 100%. Anya should NOT have won. As a consumer, who loves fashion, in my opinion it was between Kimberly and Viktor. This is the last season of Project Runway I will be watching. I deleted it from my lineup immediately after I heard the results last night. Disgusting and ridiculous. I’ve watched every season since the beginning and I’m honestly sad my last one was the WORST one.

    • Anonymous

      Let me add my thanks to Tom and Lorenzo. Your intelligent and witty
      commentary on things both fashion and pop culture have brought together a
      community of Bitter Kittens who find all other blogs lacking in
      comparison. [Speaking for myself, anyway.] The work you put into this
      blog is staggering and much appreciated.

      This post must have been a
      trial to write, and that you were able to make it so thoughtful and specific along
      with the bitter emotions speaks to your integrity. It may well be the
      only integrity left in the Project Runway world.

    • Anonymous

      Who knows. Being a designer doesn’t necessarily beget high sewing skills. Hell, Michael Kors has said he’s terrible at the stuff.

      The whole Anya thing has left an awkward 4-am-with-a-hangover taste in my mouth, but if the sewing skills she demonstrated on the show are the proof of her potential years of experience, well…I’m not going to get worked up over it. 
       

      • Anonymous

         I understand that successful designers don’t have to be able to sew well – However, finding lovely prints and tacking them to a collar and pinning or stitching them close at one seem, does not a designed Collection make. 

        unless you are selling a collection of scarves.

        Designed by someone else
         and created by someone else.

      • Anonymous

        Sewing ability is not an absolute prerequisite to being a great designer. Designers come from other disciplines (mostly art) and with all kinds of talents. But clearly, this show has been about people who can design, make/cut patterns, construct, SEW, and style. And the competition has been fierce in past seasons. Can you imagine if a contestant whined “I can’t style, I don’t have any experience doing that. . .”  They’d never make it past the auditions.

    • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

      I can’t even pinpoint what bothers me most about all this. I’m not a fan of Anya’s designs, and her actions (like campaigning for fan favorite and doing next to no work on her final collection to show Tim) leave me pretty convinced I’m not a fan of Anya, either.

      But the judges are what’s really bothering me this morning. You can blame a weak talent pool for the lackluster season, but with judges that fairly consistently singled out the less-than-great work for praise, or failed to properly criticize the worst work, no wonder the other designers struggled. They were thrown into a game where the rules made no sense, and at times was undoubtedly rigged against them. How is that supposed to push them to create their best work, when the girl who never pushed herself at all and made horribly underdesigned clothes seemed to be flourishing? What was the point?
      And the worst of it is that I held on to some hope that they would pull it together, see that despite being handed every possible advantage, Anya didn’t even try. I was convinced until the last possible moment that they’d wake up, realize this girl is not cut out for their format at all, and give the win to someone who actually managed to prove themselves a designer. Because that was not a winning collection. That was a lazy decoy collection.
      And you know what, fine, try to sell it. But to criticize Viktor and Kimberly with some blatant BS to justify placing Josh in the top and handing the win to Anya is just horrific. Because then not only are you rewarding mediocre design, but you’re actively discouraging good design. And to see the show hit that level is something I don’t think it can ever recover from.

      So, I hope Tim jumps ship, since what’s the point of him now? I’d love to still see him on TV but not like this. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ada-DollytheBird-Keli/647779275 Ada DollytheBird Keli

        And to think, this is the same show that solidified my decision to go to design school and major in fashion design…..actually, no, this is not the same show….
        I’m really hoping Tim Gunn leaves too.  Bless him, he’s the only person associated with the show now that I don’t want to punch in the bollocks.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to believe Tim Gunn is still in any way involved with this.

          • Anonymous

             I don’t know; for the past several season, especially, I have questioned his taste and his advice (which often seems to sabotage some of the designers).  

            And if he does find this objectionable and does not speak out – shame on him.  With jobs at Parsons(?) and Liz and his prior show and his guest appearances he cannot be starving ( which would be one reason one might sell out their personal integrity)

            • Anonymous

              Oh, I agree. I almost said, “I’m finding it increasingly hard to respect Tim Gunn for being involved with this.” I think the odd advice he’s been giving lately has been a result of an uneasy truce between his desire to give real, good advice on design versus his desire to give advice that will help them do what the judges want to see. As a result he’s doing neither well.

            • Anonymous

              Then he really should quit – go to the producers of the Fashion Show.  Take a spot on some other show.  Anything other than “Sell your soul… because some day you might need it”

              to paraphrase Kara Saun – who then proceeded to cheat against Wendy and Jay

            • Anonymous

              I wonder if his advice sabotaged the designers only because the judges was not being done “accurately”.  I would like to think that he was giving good, sane, valid advice.  Unfortunately, the judges had their script which had nothing good, sane, or valid about it.  So it’s not that Tim was giving bad advice; he was just giving what turned out to be the wrong advice based on who the judges were pushing for.  I probably made that clear as mud.

              Maybe Tim can go be on The Chew or whatever it is that replaced All My Children.  I would gladly start tuning in just so Clinton Kelly and he could tell me what to do. 

            • Anonymous

              Maybe this season.  but I recall quite a few times where it seemed clear taking his advice was the kiss of death. 

              Plus he has praised crap that makes my skin crawl.  He was hostile to some others – was it Gordana- but supportive to Josh.  Cooing over his stuff on the runway – ugh

            • Anonymous

              I never re-watched any of season 6 so I could be wrong, but I remember Tim being supportive of Gordana.  If I recall correctly, it was Heidi who had a stick up her ass with regards to her.  I remember there being one episode where Gordana came in 2nd or something, and Heidi said to her, “Good job — THIS TIME!” or something really passive aggressive like that.