PR: Anyaology

Posted on October 27, 2011

Okay, bitches. Let’s get this one started.

 

It would have been possible to write this post without ever seeing the pictures. Say what you will about Anya, she has a very definable point of view. Long-skirted or wide-legged, most often paired with a plunging neckline and rendered in a wild print. She made no sleeves here except the one, which the judges all treated like a huge innovation simply because it came from the gal who doesn’t make sleeves. Yes, it’s pretty hard to deny, looking at this collection of pictures, that Anya was graded on a curve, because except for that last row of looks, which clearly benefited from Bert’s assistance (i.e., he made them from the ground up), this is a set of awkward, repetitive looks that never should have gotten the praise they did. One thing that really stands out: for all the talk of her use of prints, we find the prints she chose to be fairly average. Unlike other designers who are known for prints, there isn’t one instance here where we said “Wow, what a gorgeous print.” And for us, that’s a problem, since she uses prints to do some of the heavy lifting in her designs, putting together garments that would have virtually no interest at all if they weren’t executed in a print. And we use the term “putting together” because that’s the overwhelming sense we get here: she draped, then she pinned, then she put a couple of stitches in. Except for a few instance where she really pushed herself, the designs are fairly underdesigned, revealing little of her understanding of fabric and how it works on the body. In other words, even if you accept that this show isn’t “Project Seamstress” and sewing skill shouldn’t be a consideration, you’re still left with a bunch of looks that demonstrate a design understanding on par with her sewing skills. We’ll give her credit for one thing: she attempted several times to really go against her instincts and put something together that didn’t have the same flowy, resort, asymmetrical style. The only one of these attempts that impresses us is the HP print cocktail dress and even then, it’s an extremely simple design.

This is going to get us pegged as “haters” from her sizable online army of defenders, but the thing is, we don’t really know Anya. We have no thoughts about her as a person; merely as a contestant, and she’s been a contestant who benefited from a lot of assistance, was reluctant to provide any assistance to anyone else, and got wildly overpraised for putting out some uninspired garments that for the most part, we’ve seen before. So, no, we don’t hate Anya. We’re just not remotely impressed by her.

[Photo/Sketch Credit: myLifetime.com]

    • scottyf

      Genius bloggers T&Lo said…
      “So, no, we don’t hate Anya. We’re just not remotely impressed by her.

      Close down the comments section. This says it all.

      • Anonymous

        So Scotty, did you meet Bert yet?

        • scottyf

          I never kiss and tell. ;-)

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

            Oh, I can’t STAND it–I HAVE to know!!!

            • scottyf

              In the words of the infamous Dread Pirate Roberts:

              Get used to disappointment.;-)

            • Rand Ortega

              Dear SB scottyf:
              You kissed?
              PLEASE!!!! TELL US!!!!! WE’RE DYING TO KNOW!!!!

            • Anonymous

              You’re such a tease with those winky faces!

            • Anonymous

              Well then, let’s just set the scene … Scottyf and Bert are sitting in a corner booth at the Red Lobster when Andre walks by ….

            • Anonymous

              Yay, a Princess Bride reference! :)

          • Anonymous

            You’re both adorable. In my Tlo/PR fantasy world, you and Bert are an item. And what is better than when two adorable people are friends (or more than that)? PS Another aspect of my fantasy world is that Tim Gunn comes shopping with me. And I have to tell you, my wardrobe has improved drastically just by imagining what Tim would say! LOL.

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

              The perfect shopping day: Tim Gunn goes with you, and you get a Tim Gunn hug when the day is over.

            • Anonymous

              I wish Tim Gunn was my fashion mentor. He’s my fantasy uncle. 

            • Anonymous

              Me, too! I always refer to him as “Uncle Tim” and imagine him giving me the most fabulous handbags as Xmas presents.

            • Anonymous

              And then you can sit around with Uncle Tim and drink hot cocoa! Man, that sounds great. 

            • Anonymous

              You get a Tim Gunn hug when you put on a bathing suit….

      • Anonymous

        Ditto!

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

        Exactly.  In absolute agreement.

    • http://twitter.com/ros_clarke Ros Clarke

      Don’t like the clothes, don’t like the way she played the game, don’t know what she’s doing in the final.  Especially after the dreadful mini-collection she showed last week.

    • Anonymous

      Preach. If by some miracle she wins, I think there will be a mass exodus of viewers which will include myself.  Anya is the poster child for this season, which showcased ridiculous amounts of drama and a whisper of actual design skills.

      • Anonymous

        I think that’s the first time a Lifetime producer’s whim has ever been referred to as a “miracle.”

        • Anonymous

          Yes by “miracle” I meant “extreme producer intervention/manipulation.”

      • Anonymous

        And she’s going to win Fan Favorite. I can’t stand this kind of manipulation. I’ll be gone as well. 

        • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

          With all the over the top obvious production manipulation they’ve made Fan Favorite worthless. If Anya had been treated as a real contestant, and sent home when any other designer would have been, then I could totally get behind her winning fan favorite.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think that was manipulation as much as it was Trinidad and Tobago voting like MAD in the last few days…

      • mrspeel2

        I’ll be right behind you! Yes, yes, I know I said I’ll never watch it again when Gretchen won over Mondo, and I really meant it at the time. But after collecting my thoughts during the interval of “downtime”, I decided to give the show the benefit of the doubt, hoping it was an aberration and watched again this cycle. What did I get for my efforts? Over 19-plus hours of producer manipulation and 19-plus hours of my life gone forever!

        In the words of that great unknown philosopher of yore: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!”

        • Coco Cornejo

          Remember what Uncle Tim said to Mondo about Gretchen: “She needs the money.”

          I wonder what the “justification” for Anya’s results will be…

          • mrspeel2

            Maybe more publicity? From the way she talked about her family, it didn’t sound like her family was hurting monetarily. Whether she wins or loses (fingers crossed!) I’m pretty sure she won’t be going away anytime soon. She’ll be the next big “get” on all the TV talk shows, gabfests and late nights because whether you love her or hate her, she has an interesting story: Beauty Queen, (pseudo) Fashion Designer, Internet Sensation AND she’s very photogenic.

          • Anonymous

            This is assuming she wins. I think it may come down to Viktor and her and one will just BARELY edge out the other when it comes to judging. 

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

        i’m already gone & i think i am staying that way.

        • Anonymous

          Me too. I slogged through the whole season – first for Danielle, then for Viktor. But at the thought of not watching the finale I find myself truly and deeply a) suspicious and b) not caring. If Anya wins, it’ll be what i’ve come to expect. If Viktor wins, well, good for him. All in all – worst season of Project Runway.

          Ever.

          • Anonymous

            It’s weird – I haven’t really been watching this season so I’ve been reading the recaps, at EW and TWOP, well, because they’re far more entertaining.  The first thinks is one of the best PR seasons and the second thinks Anya’s the greatest.  Really, the greatest.  Maybe I should watch all the DVR episodes because the completely opposite reaction from TLo and the online community is baffling me.

            • Anonymous

              I’m totally the same way. I’ve been a rabid fan since the very beginning, to the point where I can quote huge chunks of dialogue the first few seasons. But ever since Oliver (I refuse to spell it otherwise) won the pet store challenge with that horrifying carpet of a dress, I’ve just been…meh. It’s not like I’m enraged the way I was with Gretchen last year, it’s just that I’ve slowly lost interest. I read the recaps due to my undying TLo love and put it on as background noise when I’m working from home, but it’s not destination TV like it’s been for so long. :(

          • Anonymous

            The reviews HERE, EW and TWOP I should clarify.  TLo’s are, of course, the best.

      • Anonymous

        I think I’m done as a viewer.  I took a break from the show a few years ago and somehow was lured back.  

        It’s never really been about design, or sewing, and now it’s not even about how people struggle to meet a challenge — Anya had producer guardian angels.  So what’s the point?

    • Anonymous

      I think they all say, “I can’t sew.” 

    • Anonymous

      I’ve called her “Uli lite” in the past, but looking at the body of work, I think that’s an overstatement.

      • Anne Lucchesi

        I was just thinking how in past years I would have died for one of Uli’s dresses or Jillian’s gorgeous coats. How times change. 

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

        Uli had a mastery of prints, the likes I’ve never seen since on the show. And she knew what to do with fabrics. And she was an excellent seamstress. And she had moved on to different silhouettes since season 3.

        • Anonymous

          Mondo was also pretty impressive with the prints and mixing it up a bit.

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

            True that.

          • Anne Lucchesi

            Oh absolutely, his print mixing was amazing. But it was a little bit more over the top to me than Uli’s. I wanted all her stuff. It’s more like Leanne’s to me. I wanted her dress made from car upholstery, too.

      • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

        Agree… Uli knew how to work a print to her advantage, and she was far more capable of “design” than Anya.

      • Alloy Jane

        Yeah, I always thougth that was a bit of an overstatement in general.  I’ve always referred to her as a fourth generation Uli clone, but from this ology, I’m going to have to say that even that was generous.  She’s more like a clone of a mutant Uli clone, one that can neither construct, nor design, nor choose a decent print.

        I mean, srsly, Chicken Lady is up there, dressed to kill in her autumn festivities finest.

    • Anonymous

      When someone has a very low skill set, I have to wonder is it their “point of view ” or does she keep showing the same look in a different fabric because that’s pretty much all she can do? The samples she showed to get on the show included jackets and structured pieces didn’t they?
      The funny thing about the very first look she showed in competition is that it was so similar in quality and design to the garment that Julie (dog blankets) got blasted for.

      • Deana Grenberg

        Yes, at her “audition,” they were handling the garments and exclaiming over how well made they were for someone who didn’t sew.  I’ve seen no evidence of that since and I call shenanigans.

        SixGables

        • Anonymous

          I’ve been thinking this this the entire time

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

          New Audition Process Needed! Finish this garment

          Make a sleeve on sleeveless shirt

          Put a zipper in a dresses

          Hand hem a skirt

          Add pockets to a short.

          And have Tim Gunn look at how it looks. Not Heidi!!

          • Lori

            Do we even know if she auditioned cold or if she was one of B/M’s recruits?   Because B/M does recruit some contestants.

            • Anonymous

              They always recruited , even on Bravo.  I am almost certain that she was recruited.

            • Anonymous

              Wasn’t Chris March a Tim Gunn recruit?

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

              but a wonderful one if he was.
              thats the difference.

              [also the recruiter, of course.]

            • Lori

              Sincere question:  At Bravo did they recruit with a reality show casting agent?

            • mrspeel2

              Well that could certainly explain a lot with regard to their keeping her on, couldn’t it? But if that is the case, they should be doubly ashamed!!

            • Anonymous

              Considering one of them, who remains unnamed, is represented by an agent and public relations person, and was also asking for more money according to one interview discussed here a couple days ago, I think we can start with the TSK-TSK to the good folks at BM- who have made it easier each week to think of them as bowel movement, perfectly in line with what they’re now producing.

            • mrspeel2

              Wow. I missed that interview discussion the other day so I’ll have to go back & look it up.

            • mrspeel2

              Wow. I missed that interview discussion the other day so I’ll have to go back & look it up.

            • Anonymous

              I can’t remember which entry it was on here, but here is the link to the article:

              http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/project-runway-how-characters-controversy-224581?page=show

            • mrspeel2

              Thanks so much, SimpleSins! I found the relevant paragraph: “It’s clear on the set today that there is a polarizing designer, one viewers will love to hate and who will tap-dance all over Gunn’s last nerve. “She’s already had her agent call me. She’s negotiating for more money,” a producer is overheard grousing. “She” will be someone “viewers will love to hate” and “will tap-dance all over Gunn’s last nerve”. Hmmmm. I wonder who “she” could be.

              What money was “she” negotiating for? A bigger winning purse? I doubt they get paid for competing otherwise Josh wouldn’t have been complaining about having a zero balance in his checkbook. Or am I being naive?

            • Anonymous

              I wouldn’t be too sure.  The way it’s worded, they’re asking for MORE money, implying they already got some.  So it is entirely conceivable to me that one of the “she” left at that point had received an appearance fee (I seem to recall that a lot of pageant winners ask and receive such things routinely).  It would also help explain the craziness of the Fan Fave- they wouldn’t cut her a check, but their IT guy in Area 51 had all of every other contestant’s votes routed to her. 

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

              I think I remember reading or seeing her talk about it somewhere that she was recruited. Maybe I dreamed it, being between 40 and death and all.

            • http://fiercefrugalfashion.wordpress.com/ melinda

              omg, what is B/M? sorry, Im new here

            • Lori

              B/M is Bunim/Murray, which produces the show.   They also do something called Bad Girls Club and produce sixty-two shows featuring the Kardashians on E.

            • Anonymous

               ..and may I interject and say that it is sixty-two shows too many….

        • Cautiously Pessimistic

          This is going to sound like I’m defending Anya, and I guess I sort of am.  So let me just say up front that I agree with the vast majority of the commentariat that she’s been wildly overpraised by the judges and should never have made it as far as she did.

          That being said, you need one of two things to create something with a lot of structure: time or experience.  My third or fourth sewing project was a structured jacket.  It was fabulous and fit beautifully.  People couldn’t believe that I’d made it when I’d been sewing for so little time.  But I had time to go slowly and consult my teacher often.  I did all the work on the jacket, sewed all the seams myself, but it was encouraging to know that I always had someone I could go to if I ran into trouble.

          If, a few months later, I found myself on Project Runway and had to make something in ten hours, would I have made a structured jacket?  No.  Not on your life.  The fact that I’d done it before didn’t mean that I could do it again, unassisted, in ten hours.  I probably would have done like Anya and relied heavily on basic silhouettes that can be draped rather than on drafting patterns.

          I really don’t think Anya’s a bad seamstress.  She just doesn’t have the experience to make structured things under significant time restrictions.  The judges should have called her on it a long, long time ago, but the producer manipulation in this season is somewhat ancillary to the discussion of whether or not Anya can sew, to which my answer is: yes, but she’s a beginner and therefore had no business being on this show.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006374212 Berna Starling

            But: would you audition, if you are not experienced enough to do basics like sewing a sleeve on? I guess not. Why not wait for next season, gain some experience, and than be praised for something, you can actually be proud of?

            • Cautiously Pessimistic

              No, I absolutely would not audition.  Admittedly, wild horses couldn’t get me to audition with ten years’ experience under my belt, but no, I would not have auditioned knowing that my skills weren’t up to the time crunch.  I’m guessing Anya wasn’t all that aware of her limitations and what pressure would do to her quality of work.

          • http://twitter.com/ninahighjump Nicole Hochsprung

            But she made it to the finale and had FIVE WEEKS to make sleeves or one structured jacket. Did she? No. 

            • Anonymous

              You just know they would have dinged her for ‘not being Anya.’ 

            • Anonymous

              Making anything requiring a respectable level of skill would have “not been Anya”. Ladies and gentlemen, your Fan Favorite and probable winner of Project Runway!

            • Cautiously Pessimistic

              You have a good point.  I actually think the lack of sleeves is really the bigger problem than the lack of jackets, but she’s apparently not the only one who went on this show unable to make sleeves.

          • Andre Dickson

            Good point, hadn’t thought of it.

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

            Yes, after all, see what a great job she did with $9000 and 5 weeks, (Facetiously)

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

              { ha! i am named after edith piaf too! only in real life! for real! }

              …..back to yr regularly scheduled programming now…..

        • Anonymous

          In that audition episode, they specifically asked her if she made the garments herself and she answered directly that she had had them made for her.  It was part of their conversation about whether she could hang given her lack of experience.  She shouldn’t have been recruited/accepted/allowed onto the show but she didn’t mislead anyone.  “Shenanigans”? Sure.  But not her shenanigans.  Let’s save all our ire for Bunim-Murray .

          • Cautiously Pessimistic

            I thought it was just a gown she said was made for her?  My memory is fuzzy, but I believe she said she made most of the garments on her rack, just with assistance.  (I remember Tim pointing out that there wouldn’t be anyone to help her during the competition.)

      • Anonymous

         Here’s the thing. The Judges harped on and on every week about showing a, “point of view”. And for the most part all of the designers could answer that “point of view” question. Josh-Tacky, Bert-Old School, Kim- Urban Chick, Viktor- Tailored/Well Made, Oliever- Anti-Woman/ Anti-Boobs, etc. What in the Hell was Anya’s point-of-view? Island  girl? Not really, She made flowy things because her sewing skills were so poor, her looks just defaulted to the flowy/no sleeves/no zipper looks. Unless, her “point-of-view” was clothes made with no real sewing skills or execution, then I stand corrected. She may have a “point of view” but she could not execute said view therefore, she could not “show” that POV. Anya brought her personal story (just learned to sew yesterday, sex *um* “intimate” tape, beauty queen) to PR and not so much a “point of view”. And thats why IMO, it will be tragic if she wins PR. It is already tragic that she made it to the finals! 

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

          Hate it that I’m sort of defending her here, because I think she’s totally overrated, BUT…
          I think Anya definitely had a point of view, because you clearly can see an outfit she made and think “Anya.” I think her weakness is that there was so little variety within her point of view.

          Also, while I think part of her choice to make flowy things was because of her lack of sewing skills, I think she probably would have done a lot of that anyway because that’s just her style.  If you look at the clothes she wore all the time, they were all flowy/no sleeves/no zipper looks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006374212 Berna Starling

      Gosh I don`t want to even see tonights episode cause I`m gonne be so pissed off :D

    • Anonymous

      It’s also clear she’s very skilled in knowing how to play the game of being a contestant on a reality show competition. I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone came at this with a Survivor-like strategy. I’m not sure it would have happened with the old Bravo team, though.

      • Anonymous

        Speaking of Bravo team.  I finished watching Top Desserts last night.  The challenges were thoughtful and relevant.  The contestants did not reduce themselves to bitching at each other and  the top three deserved to be there.  I am looking forward to Top Chef next week and I’m not watching a minute of that dumb Accessory show. 

        • Anonymous

          This.  I have been thinking the same thing for weeks.  Bravo has kept the Top Chef series relevant, interesting, and mostly drama free.  Just what PR used to be.  And no, I’m not watching the Accessory show either.  It’s just not appealing to me.

        • BerlinerNYC

          Really? That’s kind of astonishing to hear. I watched Top Chef once or twice during season 1 or 2, and one of the reasons I specifically quit watching was that the contestants were beyond nasty to each other. Talking smack and even sabotaging each other (I recall someone changing the temperature on someone’s oven so their dish was ruined). Nearly every season of PR has involved moments where someone helps a fellow designer finish a garment (or remember Austin modeling for Jay when his model didn’t show?), even when it’s not in their best interest from a competition perspective. I’m a Food TV junkie, but Top Chef just stressed me out too much to watch.

          • Anonymous

            Season 2 of Top Chef was awful, with some particularly nasty cheftestants, including the winner, who was the worst of the lot. It hasn’t been like that since.

          • Anonymous

            the reason TLo doesn’t recap Top Chef? Because, in their words, chefs –for the most part–are dicks.

            • Anonymous

              If I remember correctly, that’s not true. I think I remember them saying they don’t recap that show because they can’t taste the results and therefore can’t critique them or the judging.

            • Anonymous

              We are both right:

              “People always ask why we don’t blog Top Chef. The reason is simple:
              we’re just not crazy about the show. For one, you can’t really have an
              opinion on the offerings because you can’t taste or smell the food. For
              another…look, we’re just gonna say it: Chefs are dicks.”

              http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2010/07/padma-lakshmis-jewelry-2.html

            • Anonymous

              So together we could conquer the world!  Or at least remember everything that T-Lo say on their blog.

            • Anonymous

              Right, and while I do watch Top Chef since I am a bit of a food porn addict, I do feel there’s a difference between my viewer interpretation of food dishes that I can’t taste and clothing that I can see.  I’m a bit more accepting of the judging since I can at least pretend that whatever they are praising must have tasted really great.

              That being said, Top Chef has not been without it’s annoying and cracktastic judges, contestants and challenges (bipartisandwich, anyone?) throughout all the seasons.  It’s not perfect by any means. It’s just easier to forgive.  Plus, I know someone who used to work on the show who told me that the food is usually awful.  But, that’s for another blog. 

              Oh, one more TC thing is that for me it’s more ‘accesible’ after the show than PR. I have eaten at restaurants of former contestants and judges, whereas I’ve never really sought out anything by PR designers. And Tiffani from season one is opening a new restaurant in Boston in a few weeks, so that is extra exciting!

          • Anonymous

            remember Austin modeling for Jay when his model didn’t show?

            That will always be one of my very favorite moments from the show.

            • Anonymous

              And he werq’d it!

          • Nora Mulllin

            TC has definitely gotten better about that kind of thing. There’s always one jerkoff in every season, the difference is that he or she is also (usually) incredibly talented. Say what you want about Marcel Or Mike I.- they’re both assholes- but they certainly deserved to be in the finale in their seasons AND in All Stars because they’re good chefs, too. That said, I’m really glad Richard won TC: All Stars because he’s a better chef than either of them AND he seems like a cool guy. 

            Routinely TC has really talented chefs compete in actual cooking challenges. Yes, some of them are incredibly stupid but they’re cooking not pretending to cook something that they hope the judging panel will like. They get knocked for taking shortcuts- using canned beans is the equivalent of showing a dress that the model has to be cut out of- and get eliminated for those kinds of things not given a charity win.

        • Anonymous

          Absolutely.  I love when they run around the kitchen saving each other like — “Dude, you’re boiling over” last night.  I think the Magical Elves pay attention to this blog, and they include more supportive comments on purpose.  B/M I am sure couldn’t care less.

          And the quality of the final products was magnificent!!
          And the judges and mentors were amazing–I also loved seeing the famous pastry chefs helping out!

        • Anonymous

          I think the Magical Elves (PR’s old production team) does all of the Bravo reality shows?

      • Anonymous

        Pepper on Season 1 used, and thought she was “Survivor-like strategy”

    • Anonymous

      A thought occurred to me the other day.

      What if the Anya-love has been built up from day one to throw everyone a curve? What if they are totally planning to name someone else after praising her, pushing her to the finale so there will be a collective sigh of relief that she ISN’T named? It gets everyone talking, gets people to forget the Gretchen rage, gets people to tune in next year?

      All because they know they screwed up with Mondo last year, maybe they are playing cards again, making everyone think she’s going to win it but doesn’t deserve it (like Gretchen, even though no one ever suspected she would get it, she certainly didn’t deserve it). So, no matter who people name it’s going to be “Thank goodness Anya didn’t win” instead of being happy for the person who DOES. I guess it’s a possibility, but I still think Anya is going to win it and she has no skill set IMO to do so. While I think she’d make a good businesswoman and a hell of a seller, I don’t really like her clothes and think she has a pretty narrow viewpoint. I do think she came in playing this game, and it worked for her, because I think it would be a shame to name her the winner when she just doesn’t have the skills that Victor or even Josh has.

      • Anonymous

        I love your theory. It gives me hope to get through the episode tonight. And I agree that it is with sadness that I watch something that gave me such fun in the past to slowly die. PR is a big reason my 10 year old sews and even she’s not that into it anymore.

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree. And anyone want to bet that in 3 years she’ll be calling All on the Line with Joe Zee to ask him to revamp her business line?

        • Anonymous

          And what’s wrong with that? If I had a business line, I sure as hell would want him to to help revamp my line. Wouldn’t you?

        • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

          Do we know yet if there’ll be Season 2?

      • Anonymous

        third agree – I really hope your theory morphs into fact and Viktor or Kimberly take the crown!

        • Anonymous

          probably not Kimberly. Tim was interviewed a few weeks back and the interviewer asked him if his favorite designer won the competition and his one word answer was “No.”

          • Anonymous

            What!?! Where did you hear this? I hope that Tim can be open and honest during his show  “Tim Gunn: Behind the Seams of Season 9″.  If HE praises Anya, I know this show will have officially ‘jumped the shark’!

          • Anonymous

            I have been thinking about that interview.  do you really think Kimberly is his fave?

            • Anonymous

              “Favorite” can be interpreted in many ways.

            • Anonymous

              I don’t know. All we really have to go on is her confessional where she said she was Tim’s favorite and Tim’s interactions with her on the show which seem more true mentor-like than his interactions with others… I can’t imagine Josh or Anya as his favorite, but who knows with Mr. Gunn?

            • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

              I’d bet on Viktor myself; he approves of V’s workmanship.   I wish it had been Bert, but Burt isn’t on-trend or new.

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

              Kimberly also said “No, you don’t get it. You don’t know how much I love Tim Gunn.” I think those two are soul mates or something. :-)

              He did seem genuinely upset when Anthony Ryan was eliminated, so I’d bet on either Kimberly or AR.

            • Anonymous

              Yes, Kimberly pretty much confirmed it in a “Kimberly Loves Tim” video. “I know he won’t admit it, but I know that I’m his favorite.”

      • Anonymous

        An interesting theory, but then isn’t that rather cruel toward Anya – and I am absolutely no fan of hers – but a multi-episode contrivance to lead her to the brink and then push her off?  Even if that were the convoluted plotting of Bunim-Murray, et. al., would the viewers connect the  mea culpa  dots and consider an Anya sacrifice as atonement for the miscarriage of judging perpetrated against Mondo?  I think you give Lifetime, Weinstein and Bunim-Murray too much credit for subtlety, a characteristic that has been entirely absent for several seasons.

        All the best (though not found on PR anymore),

        NDC

        • Anonymous

          Just trying to wrap my head around their love for this woman because I find if hard to believe that these judges, so skilled in fashion, would let her skate through with the amount of workmanship she has shown. Really, it’s an insult to those who can sew and design that she’s there in the first place. I understand “it’s not Project Seamstress,” but this is the first year they have rolled that phrase out–everything seems custom made to give this woman the win. Her designing is simple and everyone who sews knows what I mean. She uses prints and flowy items to hide flaws, and calls it her “viewpoint.” Her pants in the Sheepdog challenge were coming apart. An automatic auf in past seasons.

          I don’t not like her, she’s ok I guess. I just don’t really care for her stuff because it seems very simply and IMO poorly made when compared to the skill of Viktor and Josh (taste levels with the latter aside). That she doesn’t put a sleeve on anything is hint number one. Just as wedding dresses have been all strapless in the past 12 years, and it has really nothing to do with the women buying them (because nothing else has been available). Its because it saves on fabric and because you need talent and experience to set a sleeve.

          • Anonymous

            tignor

            I am in complete agreement with you over Anya’s indefensible lack of skills.  Back in the very hoary past, many decades ago, I took a sewing class in prep school, and we were putting sleeves in garments at the age of 13, setting in gathered waist skirts into fitted bodices (Sewing Siren, do you remember doing three rows of wide-ish stitches and then carefully pulling them to create a gathered skirt?  I sure do.  No tunneled elastic shortcuts.).  That is not an impossible or wildly difficult sewing skill, but it takes some practice and care.

            I also agree that the simplicity of her work – very one-note – and what certainly appears to be very poor construction skills (though we see she either gets a pass or there is no close-up to show the flaws) would never have been tolerated in the early episodes of PR.  Jillian’s coats were masterful; Laura Bennett found time to make a muslin lining for the “Not For Nuts Only” recycled materials challenge dress, Seth Aaron’s jackets and dresses were fitted wonderfully and finished impeccably.  “Impeccable” is not a word that can validly be used to describe ANY of Anya’s output.  The dresses that Bert made for her are Bert’s, not hers.

            You and I are singing the same mournful dirge, tignor.

            All the best,

            NDC

            • Anonymous

              We are totally besties, NDC…

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

              And Laura Bennett said in interviews that she only finished what needed to be — she wasn’t concerned about lining something that the lining didn’t change how it would hang, for example, because it was a question of time.  But she knew what she could skip and what she couldn’t.

            • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

              There are no words for how much I hated gathering by pulling machine stitches.  None.  The little bastard threads always break.   Nowadays I always hand-gather and baste before sewing.  The rage I save may be my own.

              Anya is a one-trick pony, and that trick is just not interesting.   If you compare her to Uli, even leaving aside Uli’s superior skills, Uli dresses made me turn my head and say “I want that now.”  Anya’s?  Eeh. Seen it before, not that psyched.    Leaving aside That Skill Issue, Anya’s stuff is dull.

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

              I learned to gather that way too.  For some incomprehensible reason, a gathered skirt was the first project we did in 4H sewing.  Seven years later, my sister made a waistband-free A-line skirt as her first project.  So much more straightforward!

            • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

              I mean, straight lockstitch is designed to be stable.   Crazy Swiss engineers spend years trying to make straight lockstitch stable.   Why people who are not me think that pulling even a loose lockstitch is a good idea is known only to the Gods of Sewing Texts.

        • BerlinerNYC

          I’m not too worried about Anya. Given all the exposure she’s gotten through the show, she’ll certainly land on her feet. She’s gotten so much camera time and has basically come across as someone who is pretty, smart, nice, and no-drama, and someone who could become a great designer eventually. There will be no shortage of opportunities for her, so she’s essentially already won. I could easily see this being like an American Idol, where she doesn’t win the competition but goes on to have far more commercial success (a la Clay Aiken or J-Hud). And as a pageant queen you know she could do the “graceful losing” face in her sleep (remember Rachel showing Joey how to do it before they went to the Soapies?). :-)

          • Anonymous

            Hi, Anya!

            • BerlinerNYC

              Busted! :-)

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

            Given all the exposure she’s gotten through that menage a trois tape, she’s just as likely to land on her back.

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

          What makes you think Anya isn’t calculating and self-aware enough to know she doesn’t belong in the final. She was amazingly calm when she was the last “designer” standing, before the big “surprise.”

        • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

          Hardly pushing her off a cliff. She’s going to win fan favorite, and got the other big cash prize, and army of followers to buy her sleeveless, plunging neckline, flowy maxi dresses and jumpsuits. Girl will be fine. Especially if she goes back to getting someone to sew for her.

      • Anonymous

        I was sure this was going to happen last season.  I am not holding my breath tonight.

      • Anonymous

        I am so hoping that your Anya theory is true.

        But I also want to add…  Are we sure the producers know they screwed up with Mondo last year?  I bet they LOVED it.  They probably loved the backlash.  It definitely got more people talking about the show again, after it had kind of dropped off in the previous years.  My theory is that after the season with Seth Aaron winning, they wanted to throw in more of the crazy to create “DRAMA”.  I love Seth Aaron and thought his work was amazing and I’m so glad he won.  The producers probably hated him/hated that he won.  He was the nicest guy to everyone, had a supportive wife and kids, was a great dad, no stories of dead relatives, no illnesses, whatever.  And I think I remember that season was generally low-key when it came to drama between designers.  So after that, they just had to bring in all sorts of ridiculous stuff with Michael Costello bullying drama, Ivy bitchiness, etc.  And the final touch was giving Gretchen the win over Mondo.  So actually, looking at how things have gone since Seth Aaron’s win, building up Anya only to give the win to someone else is totally in the producers’ MO.  So here’s hoping that’s the case!!

        • Anonymous

          In one of the links posted in earlier comments, Heidi was needling Kors about the bad reaction he still gets from championing Gretchen over Mondo so I’m sure the judges and producers do know. Whether or not they like their decisions being derided is a different story.

      • Toto Maya

        I thought about this, and I would love if it was true, but unfortunately I think it’s giving the producers too much credit.

      • Anonymous

        I did have that same thought.  They heard the outcry from last season so my hope was that this season they will give the win to the Mexican gay man who truly deserves it as if it would “make-up” for the travesty of last season. 

        But I truly have no faith that that will actually happen.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      You have both elegantly summed up my opinion about our Anya.  So far, I ahve not seen from her, asa  contestant, anything to get excited about, in styling, design or execution.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, no hate, just wildly unimpressed with her skill set as a designer. 

      • Anonymous

        I have to admit, when looking at her collection as a whole, I’m underwhelmed. It’s very evident that she didn’t have the design chops to compete. What she *does* have is an innate sense of style and self confidence. Some day she might even be a great designer, but right now she looks like someone who just took a few Home Ec classes. I like Anya (though was dismayed that she didn’t lend a hand when asked to do so, especially after all the help she received all season) but she doesn’t deserve this win. Victor is the clear top designer in the group. No contest.

    • Anonymous

      These photos all put together in one place really show her weakness as a designer. The cocktail dress was the only one I really liked out of all of the ones she did.

    • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

      I’m just looking forward to this season being over.  I’m sad about that since I loved this show.

    • Anonymous

      yawn.  Yup.  What TLo said.

    • Anonymous

      She’s going to win, isn’t she?

      • Logo Girl

        YES because she’s the BEST MOST creative designer this season !!!!!! No one else comes close!!!!!!  Who cares that she can’t sew most designers have people to do that for them!!!!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Goooooooo Anyaaaaaa!!!!!!! (oh, sorry, I just wanted to see what that would look like under her actual work from the show. No. Does not make it look better.)

        • Anonymous

           Haha!

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

          “Like” x 100

    • http://twitter.com/hmbscully Wendy

      She is a joke as a designer and it is seriously frustrating. If you can’t make a SLEEVE you shouldn’t be on this show!! I know it’s not “Project Seamstress” but I think they should have to pass some kind of basic construction test to get on the show. SMH.

      • Anonymous

        Anthony Ryan apparently can’t make sleeves either…

    • Anonymous

      Back in the day, when I was merely a poncey lad with a bed sheet and dreams, this is the kind of stuff I came up with.  For a Project Runway finalist?  It doesn’t inspire much.  But then none of them do.  I’m preparing myself for the ritual I’m Never Watching This Show Again chanting, to be followed, some months hence, by my getting sucked back in on episode two.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with T Lo. She was always promoted as the Little Designer who Could and I guess it worked for the show. 
      However, as far as I’m concerned she “Couldn’t”, even if she (gasp!)… WINS!

    • Giel Veenstra

      I think people would be fine if she wasn’t praised to holy heaven everytime she did something right. There have been much less talented designers who have made the final on better seasons, though it is clear she’s the worst technically. That can be taught. There is a market out there for her clothes.

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

        I agree that most people wouldn’t care so much if the judges hadn’t acted like she’d created a never before seen sewing technique just because her clothes didn’t fall apart. But piling on all that undeserved praise became really irritating after a while.

        I suppose there could be a market out there for her designs, but her clothes aren’t unique. They’re not even unusual. On the other hand, I think Anya is someone who comes out a winner most of the time. I mean, she entered the Miss T & T pageant on a whim, didn’t she? And she won. She’s already had two clothing lines, although I don’t know how successful they were. I’m inclined to think that doing things on a whim is easy for her, and if she doesn’t come out on top, she just moves on to the next thing. It’s just what she does.

        I’m sure she’s going to win PR. If she doesn’t, she’ll still land on her feet.

        • Anonymous

          Of course.  She is already a celebrity in her home country and she will use the publicity to work on whatever else she really wants to work on.  She’s already a ‘brand’ of sorts.  So she’ll brand stuff and make a lot of money for a while, marry a very wealthy man, and get it over with.

    • Anonymous

      I just cannot watch tonight.  The thought of the praise that they might heap on her, let alone the possibiltiy that she may win, is enough to keep me from watching.  Instead I will plug in my Season 4 DVD finale and re-watch what real sewing looks like.  The knot in my stomach reminds me all too well of Wretchen’s win last year. If she does win, the recap better be b!tchy cause I will need it!

    • Anonymous

      I thought Anya was very helpful to everyone up until Josh asked for fabric in the bird challenge so to say that she was reluctant to help others throughout the competition may be a bit unfair.

      • http://twitter.com/dodgefan Lisa Weaver

        She wasn’t helpful to anyone because she *couldn’t* help anyone. How would she have helped? Offered to show how to make a great pleat? How to hide a zipper? She mainly sat in the lunch room and played mean girl with Laura & Josh until whoever they were slicing and dicing walked in. Giving a scrap of fabric to Kimberly was the *only* instance I can think of where she helped — and she rued doing that much.

        • Anonymous

          The only time I recall her helping anyone was when she gave Kimberly fabric she decided not to use and then got all bitchy about it because the client liked it (the fabric) (sheepdogs challenge).

          • Anonymous

            oh yeah, and she killed that cockroach.  But in terms of actually HELPING, along the lines of what she got? No, not so much.

            • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

              Although, the ability to kill a cockroach, in my book, IS a major skill set that trumps most other life skills.  Unfortunately, we’re not talking about life skills in this show but rather fashion design ability.

            • Anonymous

              hahahahaha!

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

              I kill a few of those little bastards every day throughout the summer. In fact, I’m still killing them because it’s still warm down here.

              They’re the ones, and I prefer to think of them as water bugs. It’s a lot less icky that way.

            • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

              I bow down before you…you are my new goddess.

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

              I shall serve my people well.

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

          Anya was really good at drawing out the designers’ anger/mistrust. She’d plant that seed and let the other one get angry, then she’d leave when the subject of the discussion entered the room. It was amazing to watch her work (more interesting than her design output). She shifted around her lair/trust circle from the break room to the sewing room, but the M.O. was the same.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      It’s not that she can’t sew. She simply doesn’t have an understanding of fabric. How can one design chiffon or include a sleeve without understanding how to work it? The clearest sign for me was when Bert – regardless of what you think of his designs, he’s quite the craftsman – stared at her sketches all bug-eyes and responded with, “Uh, sure.”

      • Anonymous

        and I loved his retort: “I’m paid by the hour.”

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

      The HP print dress was Viktor’s, wasn’t it? It does have set-in sleeves, so someone did them. It seems to me someone else might have designed the seaming, too.
      I have enjoyed Anya as a contestant because she does seem to be a quick study. She started out being generous (gave hiddy fabric to Kimberley on band challenge) and co-operative, then became more cautious, and talked about it. She learns and is articulate, and she is cool under pressure (maybe too cool, like skindiving to get design ideas but not getting them). She paid attention. She exploited Bert well, and without the kind of disdain that Josh showed for Becky. I can see her “going somewhere.”
      That said, I don’t think she should have won most of the challenges she did win, and I would have liked to see her out for her dismal showing last week.
      I keep thinking, “Is it over yet?”

      • Anonymous

        yes viktor did sew the sleeve and helped with the design… trust i know….

        • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

          In retrospect, that was one of the great suicidal moves of all time.

    • Anonymous

      Here’s a question: Are they not getting more talented people because
      insiders know the show has gone downhill? I mean, they must still get
      1000s of applications, even 100s and this is what they choose this
      season? Or are they just getting bottom of the barrel?

      Several people commented on the Project Accessory post that some of the contestants seemed overqualified. Maybe because it’s new. Was PR like that in the old days? I don’t remember if earlier contestants had more experience, but they definitely had more talent.

      Sorry for veering off topic here. It’s just been bugging me all season!

      • Anonymous

        I was wondering the same myself.  I have recently watched seasons 3 & 4.  Season 3 (at least) started with open auditions.  People showing up with a portfolio and 3 sewn garments.  More recent seasons have started with an application which includes questions about personality traits.  I’m thinking that maybe the sewn garments from earlier seasons carried more weight and now they are screening more like ‘Real World’.  What real designer would want to be a part of a show that is looking for drama queens.  Or, maybe the ‘real desgners can’t pass the drama quotient required to get on the show.

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

          Actually, they still do those same auditions, it’s just that they couldn’t accommodate everyone who was showing up — they had too many.  The written application also requires a portfolio of multiple outfits, with close-ups for details.

          • Anonymous

            So how are people chosen for their auditions?  Is it based on their application?  If so, that’s my point.  Reading the applications gives them time to weed out the non-drama contestants no matter how good they might be. 

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

              Yes, it is based on the application, but the application process also includes a portfolio of work — so while they can weed out the calmer contestants (and seriously people, when you want a spot on a TV show, make yourself seem interesting!) based on the questions, they should also be weeding out the people with shitty work — you can do both!

      • Anonymous

        I’ve wondered the same thing.  PR clearly hasn’t turned out to be that much of a career vehicle for all that many of the previous contestants, so I could see a lot of designers who might have considered it in the early days shying away from it now.

        • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

          Similarly, it is doing the models no good at all — why commit yourself for that length of time when (A) you’re no longer getting any exposure — your name isn’t even mentioned — and (B) the exposure hasn’t done previous models noticeable good.

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

            (C) the models don’t get paid (as far as I know)

            I certainly don’t think the models have to be a huge part of the show, but I’d like to know what’s going on with model selection. A little info on who’s acting up, a la Morgan from season 1, would be fun. But, then, I’m one of those wackos who watched Models of the Runway every week. I liked having some idea of who they were, what they were like, and, you know, their names. Stuff like that.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve thought about this, too. Some of us have discussed here. Could be a combo of fewer talented people applying (designers seeing that PR isn’t a golden ticket/maybe industry bias against those attempting a short cut to success); the economy preventing people from taking the risk of bailing on their jobs to audition and go on the show; producers casting for drama and not for talent. Could be an imperfect storm of these and other factors.

        Whatever the case, it bums me out to no end. I miss the old PR.

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

        I know someone who was recruited for Project Accessory and turned it down.  Figured she didn’t need it and it might actually be detrimental to her standing with buyers.  Looking at the designers set to start tonight and their portfolios, she is incredibly relieved!

      • Anonymous

        Fashion School grad here: About a year ago I was in a class meeting with the former president of a couple of very well-known labels– show-at-NYFW, in-own-closet labels, so a very traditional New York RTW mindset. He hated PR and thought it was a joke.

        Unless you’re looking for a 1-in-16 chance to win 100k and make a dent in your student loans, no one I know from school would audition. At this point it’s clear they’re casting for personality not ability, and who wants to be exposed (or edited) as an asshole to potential employers?

        Strangely enough, non-industry friends and moms-of-friends still ask “Why don’t you audition?” They still see the show as a springboard for designers.

        • Anonymous

          It has the same validity as America’s Next Top Model.

        • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

          People ask me the same thing, too.  “Don’t you want to be on Project Runway?”  I tell them that I already endured the fashion lab drama and have no desire to go through it again.

          We had a classmate who swore that he was going to be on PR, had already gone to FIDM and was just trying to brush up on skills before the audition, knew someone who was on it when it was filmed in L.A., he had already worked in couture houses in Paris, and yadda, yadda, yadda.  We all just rolled our eyes at him–especially since his output was awful and he couldn’t even keep up with the assignment time frame.  The last time I saw him, he said he was bored with fashion and is now pursuing other options…  (sometimes I hate living in L.A. where everyone is going to be the next great thing)

      • Anonymous

        Fashion School grad here: About a year ago I was in a class meeting with the former president of a couple of very well-known labels– show-at-NYFW, in-own-closet labels, so a very traditional New York RTW mindset. He hated PR and thought it was a joke.

        Unless you’re looking for a 1-in-16 chance to win 100k and make a dent in your student loans, no one I know from school would audition. At this point it’s clear they’re casting for personality not ability, and who wants to be exposed (or edited) as an asshole to potential employers?

        Strangely enough, non-industry friends and moms-of-friends still ask “Why don’t you audition?” They still see the show as a springboard for designers.

    • Terence Ng

      Lord that maxi was terrible…

      • Anonymous

        which one?

        • Terence Ng

          BUHZING. Actually, I mean the sportwear maxi. Howdothosevenbelonginthesamesentence???

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YX3ZXKZRRAQL5WR5YUJN4KLZXQ fabric

      Remember how the judges praised the fit on the pants in her first outfit? Unbelieveable.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIQJKUWFMABQ4O7A7J5TLMN6OU Ella B.

        I remember watching the runway show of that episode and laughing at the pants, and then laughing at the judges praising them.  That was a good indication of trouble brewing.

    • http://twitter.com/hpenfield Hannah Penfield

      Did anyone know that her sex tape is a threesome with her boyfriend and Miss Japan?!?!
      http://www.jayblessed.com/?p=6261

      • Anonymous

        Her personal life doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not she can design/ construct a dress worth a damn. 

        * See Jacobs , Marc

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

          Thank you for saying this. I’m tired of repeating myself.

      • Anonymous

        Does anyone care?

      • Anonymous

        What does that have to do with anything?

        Wait, I can answer my own question: nothing.

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

        A) Unless you’re in the tape or married to someone in it, it’s none of your business and certainly none of mine.  I don’t care if the girl is secretly a furry (I don’t recommend googling), it has no effect on her clothing.

        B) It’s not Miss Japan.  That’s an urban myth that has been proven false.

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

          I haven’t seen the tape, and don’t plan to, but saying it’s none of our business when the Anya herself mentioned it in After the Runway is a little ridic. She has a publicist for goodness sake. She’s not some naive innocent celebrity running around clueless on how all this happened.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly, Anya brought this up herself on the After The Runway show last week, talking about the trauma of having been you know privacy violated when after all she had had the entire nation behind her due to Miss Universe competition and so on and so forth … and that ditzy blonde who hosts the show was all like ah well now you have a chance to redeem yourself from this huge obstacle in your path, your path to glory etc.  It was disgusting, truly.  And totally scripted and rehearsed.  So, yeah, I certainly don’t care unless it’s rubbed in my dumb face as I continue to waste my time on this garbage.   You’d think that Tim, Kors, and Garcia would still give a rat’s ass about their collective reputations.  And it’s all definitely tied into her story, arc, whatever this season.

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

            Hey, just because she chose to let you in on something that was none of your business does not make it your business.  Her mentioning it doesn’t mean you have to discuss it.

            As for how it got out, you have NO knowledge of what happened and neither does anyone else here — I can say she’s an innocent victim and you can say she leaked it for publicity and neither of us can prove a damn thing.  There’s a tiny group of probably 3 people who know — Anya, the boyfriend, and her publicist. 

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

              I never said I knew how it got out,and she probably is an innocent victim, I’m just saying she didn’t have to talk about it or bring it up on that program. I imagine she was capable of telling the producers she was not going to talk about it. I certainly would have. The conversation on the progam seemed very set up to me. She didn’t just let me in on something, she let the whole audience of many thousands of people in on it. Some people might not have even heard about it before she mentioned it. 
               

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

              I’m sorry, I’m having a godawful day, so if I’m uber bitch, try to ignore it.

      • Toto Maya

        OMG how scandalous I hate her now!!11111one

      • Toto Maya

        OMG how scandalous I hate her now!!11111one

    • Anonymous

      The swerve from the audition garments to what she produced on the show was astounding. Maybe if she picks up more skills she be able to produce more interesting work. But for now, viewed all together, my overall reaction is that it’s pretty amateurish and definitely unpolished. The -ology series is so helpful in thinking about the work and not just the personalities, so thanks TLo.

    • Anonymous

      so it all comes down to this.  i had such high hopes when the season started. i am still confused as to what we all witnessed.

      • Anonymous

        I think it’s safe to say that what we have witnessed is the triumph of money over ever other single thing in the universe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006374212 Berna Starling

      She won that first challenge, didn`t she? These pants are horrible. 

      • Anonymous

        No, Bert did.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006374212 Berna Starling

          Right, it was the cute litte dress out of his boxers, right? But she was Top3, or am I remembering that one wrong, too?

          • Anonymous

            I think she was in the top, since I remember her being judged.

            • Anonymous

              Yes, and for me, it was when the writing was on the wall.  They praised her for her lumpy, saggy, shapeless, puckered pants (MY FIRST PANTS!!!) and the fabric (MY FIRST SILK!!!!), and, after Laura had put on the collar for her, they praised her on the runway for the excellent job on the collar, and there was no mention of the fact that she didn’t do it.  That set the tone for the show for me, and it has only deteriorated since. 

            • Anonymous

              I think it may have been mentioned. There is a lot we don’t see during judgings.

      • Anonymous

        Nope, Bert got that one.

      • Anonymous

        That first challenge produced some ROUGH garments.  Check out Kimberly’s voluminous tapered white tuxedo pants, paired with a sad, droopy vest.

    • Anonymous

      Honestly? I like Anya. And looking at these small itty-bitty pictures, I like her clothes. But part of design is creating clothing that can be translated from a rough sketch to a final product that can be put on without help, needle and thread, and a “book of instructions.” I just think her inclusion in the program was unfair to all the other designers who have worked to perfect their craft. (OK, most of them weren’t to “perfect” yet, but they at least can put in a zipper!)

      • Anonymous

        And speaking of zippers, I’ve been dying to comment on this since the home visits last week–did you notice in the background at Anya’s studio, under all the tropical pictures, a whole ribbon full of multicolored zippers?  So is this her idea of a bow to sewing/creating? Must be ‘cuz she wouldn’t know how to set one or use one in any of her designs. And no, I’m not a hater–I can’t hate someone on a TV reality show, but I’m sure disappointed! And yes, I expect her final collection will be better than Gretchen’s but is that saying anything?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think Anya or Josh belong in the finals, and I think if Anya wins the judges will have lost all credibility with the audience. 

      • Anonymous

        They already have.

    • Anonymous

      I think the biggest problem with Anya’s designs are that they are simply one-note. How many collections can come out of this particular view point without consumers becoming bored?

      It’s not just sleeves – what about collars, which are difficult to cut and set well, but can really add something to a garment? What about outerwear? What about tailoring? The skill set on display here is so limited, there’s very little to say about it. Despite having a good eye and flair for the dramatic, I think it would be a shame were she to win a contest for America’s next big designer.

      • Anonymous

        Anya is simply one of the least skilled and interesting contestants  to make it to the finals in any season of PR.  As you remarked, her collection is one note, played over and over again. 

        Anya might develop into a competent designer with something to offer, but the judges’ inexplicable overpraising of her work, and their conscious decision to overlook the problems with a number of her work in the challenges is what disappoints me,in addition to Heidi’s girl crush on Anya, and Heidi’s very obvious use of her clout to benefit her pet designer.

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

          But you’ll notice Heidi was the one hardest on her for the 3 looks from her collection.  Heidi was not happy — and if Anya doesn’t deliver when Heidi has been championing her cause, Heidi will see to it that she loses because Heidi’ll be pissed that Anya made her look stupid.

    • Anonymous

      The coronation is tonight.  Within the past 24 hours Anya’s victory has become complete.  Her followers and “robots” swamped the fan favorite voting and took Anthony Ryan from a 52-47 lead to a 50-48 loss in two days.  Her and Anthony Ryan were the only two contenders for the whole show, and the judges knew that 6 weeks ago when they filmed the finale (Knowing Anthony Ryan was already auf-ed).  They followed the rules, and the judges can pick whomever they please.  But, when they give her the victory tonight, many of us will know that the show is over.

    • Anonymous

      I still can’t believe she was praised for that first pair of pants. Really? They were just as bad as Dog Blankets’. And the dress for the HP challenge there is the general belief that Viktor helped her with that.

      I’ve never seen such an underwhelming designer get so much praise, move so far along, and be the crown winner (since technically we _don’t_ know, but come on, yeah we do).

      • Anonymous

        My only hope is that we are being set up for Viktor’s surprise win. Which really shouldn’t be a surprise, given that he is clearly the most talented and has consistently produced the best looks of the bunch.

    • Jenna Kuhmann

      My husband and I caught the Ice Skater challenge episode of Season Two on the Style channel a few days ago and both of us were late to work just so we could watch it again.  It made me miss those days, before the show was so contrived and manipulated…and those garments looked so professional!  Even Santino’s feather-explosion costume was better than anything I’ve seen on this season so far, let alone from Anya.  I look at her collection and I see “boring.”  What ever happened to “don’t bore Nina!”?

      • Anonymous

        I caught that one too. Oh for the days of Santino and Andre! It reminded me of what PR is suppose to be.

      • Anonymous

        I caught that too, and I swear, it almost brought me to tears.  The part where Sasha Cohen gets all the designers–and Tim!–out on the ice, and those who can skate are helping those who can’t, and they’re just having a great time.  And when it’s over, Santino says that it was so relaxing and a great bonding moment because “there’s enough competition in the workroom.”

        Like, there is more to this experience than cut-throat competitiveness and manufactured drama. 

        Imagine!

    • Anonymous

      I’m not an Anya hater by any means.  In fact, I appreciate that she recognized her limited skill set pretty much throughout the season.  She was about 10 times more critical of her Sheepdogs outfit, for example, than the judges were.  And to comment she was wildly overpraised is a vast understatement (I still feel offended whenever I see her winning bird-inspired look).  Looking at these thumbnails reveals that her output was even weaker than I remembered and despite her love of prints the overall effect of these pieces is rather drab.  I still think she’s going to be the winner and while I wasn’t impressed by her finale collection, I did like it better than Gretchen’s collection last year.  Perhaps we can have a colloquy on who is the less deserving winner if indeed she does win.

    • elzatelzabelz

      I have thought the same of her from the beginning, that is, why are the judges fawning over “that”? Her garments are a terrible excuse for a poorly executed Uli. 

    • Judy_J

      She doesn’t impress me, either.  But at least she had the good sense to choose Bert to help her with her mini-collection.

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s definable point of view is merely defined by the very limited skill set she posseses. It’s not a point of view so much as “let me draw something I can sew” which is basically a variation of the same thing over and over. Every time she said to Tim during the home visit, “I can’t draw any new shapes,” I kept thinking, “Honey, you can’t draw new shapes because you cannot construct new shapes.”

      Those last three pieces read Bert so strongly, it’s ridiculous. Honestly, Ping’s wackadoodle “designs” were more interesting and she couldn’t sew to save her life. And was looney.

      I guess Anya’s customer is perennially on vacation in a climate where the temperature does not dip below 80 degrees. I have to imagine that’s a rather limited clientele for the “next great American designer.” I can’t wait to see her winter collection. Oops–we probably already have. 

      What a joke.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

        Your analysis is absolutely right. Well said.

    • Lori

      It bugs me no end that Anya’s claiming the island vibe as her territory and then peeing all over it.   There are designers on the islands and in South Florida doing beautiful island-inspired work — some with sleeves and jackets and tailored prints.
      T Lo, maybe you can feature some someday.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIQJKUWFMABQ4O7A7J5TLMN6OU Ella B.

      I think her model really helped her a lot, because she has that “Sorry bitches, but you’ll have to wait in line, because I’m beautiful and cool and the cabana boys fall all over themselves to wait on me” look on her face.  She projects the vibe of the type of woman who would be on a holiday wearing those looks. 

      It’s really too bad there wasn’t an outerwear challenge this season.   But I suppose Anya would have done a sleeveless vest and been praised to the heavens for it.

      • Anonymous

        They would never have done an outerwear challenge this season–their pet doesn’t do sleeves, so no outerwear.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t kid yourself.  The challenges have to be planned well before anyone has time to become a “pet”.

          • Anonymous

            You’d think so but from Tim’s interviews it’s clear that they are still editing and rearranging challenges during filming.  Not that I think they actually had and then eliminated an outerwear challenge in this particular season but it is entirely possible.

          • Anonymous

            I think they have a drawer full of challenges, of dozens upon  dozens, and they pull them out as they figure out what will work with this year’s cast of characters.  And it also explains why they had to toss in so many twists.  I suspect the anointed one wasn’t doing as well as they initially thought she would, or maybe as well as she led them to believe she would, and so the challenges had to be tweaked to save her. 

            • Anonymous

               I think there may be some mild tweaking, but the basics of the challenges must be put in place well ahead of time.  You don’t get a slew of stiltwalkers or a dozen “real” couples or a rock band on a moment’s notice. 

            • Anonymous

              I suspect that they line up the cast, look at what they’ve got to work with, and then come up with the challenges.  When they see those challenges going south for the favored contestant, they step in with a tweak.  After all, it’s not like they have the auditions and and those picked hop on the plane and run off to New York.  There’s sufficient gap in between the auditions and taping- allowing for the cast to make childcare, work, feed the cat arrangements, providing them more than enough time to track down stilt walkers, a rock band that needs a new look, and couples- and I really don’t think it would require a whole helluva lot of time to track down any of them anyway. 

    • Anonymous

      The best looks all seem to be the ones in which she was paired or teamed with someone else—someone who knows how to sew and has more than one look in his or her bag.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. I also think that she needed the competitive air of the workroom to push herself in the non-team challenges. She absolutely floundered when left to her own devices in the 5 weeks she had to put her final collection together.

        • Anonymous

          Yep.

          • Anonymous

            She spent those weeks furiously editing the sex tape so it could be accidentally released the week before the finale.  Silly people!

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

              You mean the one that’s been on the internet since 2009?

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

              You mean the one that’s been on the internet since 2009?

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

          She didn’t have time to design. She was scuba diving for inspiration.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5206761 Sabrina Bano Jamil

      I live in Miami, and am surrounded by Caribbean expats. Culturally, islanders seem to be so nationalistic that it makes the most patriotic “America is the best! God Bless the US!” chanting, fireworks exploding, barbeque and apple pie loving, flag-pin and ten gallon hat and cowboy boot wearing Americans seem like mild fans.
      T&T is one of those places where people’s love of their nation supersedes all reason. For example, I’m a college professor, and during our graduation ceremony each year, the colors of each country represented in the graduating classes are presented, among which almost all of the Caribbean nations are represented. (It’s kind of neat, actually, just to see the flags and be reminded of how international my students are.) The audience, naturally, cheers when their country’s flag is presented. It’s hard to say which group cheers the loudest and the longest – but Trinidadians, along with Haitians and Dominicans, definitely all compete for first place. Maybe I’ll time them this year.
      My point is that Anya’s fan population has less to do with her design skill and is primarily about nationalistic pride – and nationalistic pride is not about being rational. It’s like being in a permanent sports rivalry with the entire world. Anya’s fan base is not *Anya’s* fan base, per se – they are T&T’s fan base, and, for them, Anya is an symbol of their nation.
      In a way, it really screws and ruins the fan favorite contest. Most of the people who are voting for Anya couldn’t care less about fashion, PR, or even reality TV. They only care that T&T – and Anya as a mere extension of that – win. So the contest is no longer even a Miss Congeniality or Best Dressed or Most Fun or whatever superlative contest – Anya could wear a plastic garbage bag the whole season, talk smack a la Josh,  be an awful roommate and teammate, and go around throwing punches and she’d still be in the running.

      • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

        By following a bunch of links, I came across a blogger who was championing Anya because she is from T&T and encouraging everyone to vote for her *and show their national pride.*  The thing is, the blog had nothing to do with fashion, PR, or anything of that nature.  The blog topic is the author’s adventures trying to survive graduate school.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5206761 Sabrina Bano Jamil

          Yeah, that’s the sort of thing. I also realized that my point might sound discriminatory, and its not — I’m Pakistani American, and most of my Paki & Paki-American family and friends are just as nationalistic. Like, if there were a Paki on Project Runway, I could see the exact same thing happening. It’s a just a way that people learn to think about their country. Also, it seems like everyone has a blog on trying to survive grad school these days. Here’s what my grad school career was like: http://beingawomaninphilosophy.wordpress.com/

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

            My fam is from T&T, so yes you are right it is about pride.  Look at American Idol, etc.  If you have a base that cheers for you for whatever reason, hey you get the most fan votes regardless of your level of talent, etc.

            Not biased or discriminatory, just what it is.

            • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

              Exactly.  It is similar to me rooting for the middle aged guy because I’m in the same age bracket.  We root for our favorites based on our own rationale…not necessarily based on level of talent, etc.

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

              Wait. Does that mean I’m a young gay man from Louisiana? ;-)

            • Anonymous

              yes, and I’m sorry to have to tell you…you’re only rocking 1 now :-(

            • Anonymous

              She could donate that one and then he’d rock two again.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5206761 Sabrina Bano Jamil

              Yeah, I’m totally guilty of this — I had zero interest in Project Accessory until I saw one of the designers had shown sculpture at several reputable Miami galleries, including Bernice Steinbaum Gallery which is one of my favorite galleries. It has a lot to do with Steinbaum’s taste in art — several of the artists she’s juried are friends of mine, and her taste is pretty much impeccable — which makes me think — already “I kinda hope this guy wins!” My love/hate relationship with Miami continues. 

      • Anonymous

        Totally understandable  that she has many fans from Trinidad and Tobago they are a small country and wish their fellow countryman well.

      • Anonymous

        Sabrina, thank you for expressing my thoughts better than I could myself. The Trinis’ comments posted on this website express a fanaticism that I have found inexplicable and frankly, disturbing. If anyone is interested in getting a real window into the minds of the T & T’s, go to “Designers” on this website and click on Anya. It is an an eye-opening experience. For the Trinis, this competition is indeed not about Anya, but nationalistic pride. And, in a way, that’s a comfort to know.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5206761 Sabrina Bano Jamil

          I doubt the problem is exclusive to T&T, anyway. I’ve read plenty of articles at the Guardian website about, i.e., Americans, and then Americans show up and write equally disturbing comments. (A recent Guardian editorial that talked about the incorporation of American-isms into British English generated some pretty awful “America is the best! England is stupid!” commentary). I’ve also read the same thing happen when, i.e., blog or website posts something unpleasant about one state, and people of that state show up to start making ridiculous comments or what-have-you. I think in this case its a highly visible form of nationalism and groupthink, because of the medium of communication (Twitter, national cable network, etc.) but its just a human reality that we all are highly susceptible to these effects of conformity and groupthink that social psychologists have been writing about for ages. It basically drives all of reality television: this is just a highly visible version of it. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5206761 Sabrina Bano Jamil

      As a side note, I’m not a huge fan but I did actually go out and buy the Piperlime jumpsuit — despite its massive over-priced-ness — mostly because her styles are so Miami-appropriate — much like Uli’s were — and is really perfect for Miami day-to-evening wear.

      • Anonymous

        Did you get the jumpsuit yet? I’m curious to know about the construction, etc. Do you like it?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5206761 Sabrina Bano Jamil

          I haven’t received it yet. I was super pissed because it was supposed to ship mid-October, and then it was delayed. I got an unceremonious email from Piperlime (who I’ve never shopped with before, honestly) that said “We aren’t shipping til November 16! Sorry!” and I promptly bitched at them via their FB page. I just received an email that its shipping today. I only bought it after I saw that the PL version had a less plunging neckline and was properly stiched up on the isdes to avoid hideous side book exposure. I’ll let you know when I get it!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5206761 Sabrina Bano Jamil

            stitched* sides* boob*

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

              “Side Book Exposure” sounds like an experimental jazz band. “Side Boob Exposure” sounds like an all girl punk band.

          • Anonymous

            yeah, keep us posted!

            • Anonymous

              I received this jumper today. Surprisingly, it fits great — and I’m no waif. I’m a Size 16, and usually just barely able to get into straight sizes. I also look like I’m carrying a child most days (as I like to call them, the twins, food and booze) because I am less than endowed in the boob department. Anyway, it meets all my fit requirements, its really very slimming, minimized the tummy, it is great and graphic. But (but) the sleeves will not stay on my shoulders! They’ve added a “safety strap” to hold the sleeves but it looks awful with it on, so, like most of Anya’s models, I’ll need to use some double-sided tape. Also, for $200, the garment is not LINED. Seriously? A 100% silk jumper, and its not lined? Give me a break.

              I like the look, and it fits in my wardrobe but I’m not sure I’ll be keeping it, mostly because I am not the kind of girl who normally spends $200 on a garment like that. (I’m the kind of girl that is thrifty — I’ve found Jimmy Choos for $40 and once bought a $2300 Valentino wool/cashmere jacket for $90. So yeah.) Anyway, there you have it.

            • Guest

              Thanks for the report! I can see where you’d want to return it if it is falling off your shoulders all the time. That would drive me nuts, no matter how much the garment costs. Any items in my wardrobe that bug in that way end up not getting worn much. I am surprised that it isn’t lined, especially if it could cling in unfortunate ways.

            • Anonymous

              …It looks like Disqus ate my response when I went to make a minor edit. Oh well. It went something like this:

              Thanks for the report! I can understand why you’d consider returning it if it falls off your shoulders all the time. That would drive me nuts. Any items in my wardrobe that bug me that way don’t get worn very often. Also surprised it isn’t lined. Thin silk like that could cling in really unflattering ways. (I guess you could wear a half slip with it.)

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

            My hope for you is that the sewers in the sweatshop have better construction skills than Anya.

            • Anonymous

              God, wouldn’t they have to?

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5206761 Sabrina Bano Jamil

              It seems likely that they will. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree 100% on your statement about not hating Anya, but not being impressed by her.  I have stopped watching this season because I’m really tired of the wild overpraising of crap on the runway that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    • Anonymous

      I like her output over this season more than you do. Agree that her work isn’t innovative, but I think she showed more range than she is given credit for. I liked her jumpsuit for Nina very much, as well as the HP, “real” woman, and Governor’s Island dresses. Only Viktor had more looks that I liked this season. That says a lot about the talent level this season, though.

      Earlier I had admired her competitive spirit, but now with this call center BS, the bloom is off the rose in that regard.

    • Anonymous

      The other contestant from past seasons that didn’t do any design either was Ping.  Of course, she wasn’t a beauty queen, and she was fairly awkward.  She was auf’d in the second or third episode.  Anya is going to win, but I am not impressed by her stuff.  Uli did it better several seasons ago.  But that’s the way the cookie crumbles.  It’s not hate.  It’s lack of inspiration.  I missed the last episode of PR, for the first time in years, and I didn’t miss it.  It’s still sittin in my DVR.  Reading your recap is enough for me at this point.

      • Anonymous

        You know, I DVR the show but haven’t bothered to watch the last two episodes. Last year I was appalled by Gretchen’s win, but I still cared. This season I just don’t care. If anybody from B-M or Lifetime reads this blog, you folks need to wise up fast. Your ‘Real World With Sewing Machines’ approach has just about cooked the golden goose.

        • Anonymous

          One can only hope that they read this and that they react to fan’s complaints.  I also follow History Channel’s Top Shot, and Season 2 was awful.  There were tons of viewer complaints and controversy because of the “story” vs. “competition” approach.  As a result, they made changes to the format and Season 3, which just wrapped up, was the best season ever.  This is when producers keep an eye on folks and make changes accordingly.  They need to know their audience.  If we wanted drama, we’d be watching “The Real Housewives of [insert location here].”  We can only hope that Lifetime follows History Channel’s lead and straighten up their act.

          • Anonymous

            One can hope but recent news articles and clips are noting that this has been a great season of PR.  That they have learned their lesson from previous seasons about what makes the show successful.  Not sure we die-hards can overcome the general population of people who love ‘The Real Housewives’ and are watching PR for the drama.

            • Anonymous

              There is that.  Maybe they are trying to switch their focus and appeal to a different demographic, namely the “Real Hosewives,” “Jersey Shore” sort of audience.  If that is the case, they are doing a great job.  They will lose a lot of the original audience though, but I’m not sure that they care.  Oh, well, there is always Top Chef.  Bravo knows that they have different audiences for different shows, and they cater accordingly.  Smart guys.

            • Anonymous

              I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I miss Bravo.

            • Anonymous

              Me too. Which was I was really surprised at the show (don’t remember the name) that Bravo produced to replace PR.  I’m also a little surprised that they haven’t given it another shot.

            • Anonymous

              Amen.

            • Anonymous

              I believe you have hit the nail on the head. A relatively small, well-informed, and devoted audience means nothing to BM when there are millions of celeb-crazed morons who watch TV mainly to add some drama to their dull lives.

              (Oh, lord!  Am I that bitter?….  I guess I am!)

            • Anonymous

              Lifetime’s dream contestant is probably a Kardashian lookalike who lost her entire family in a freak storm while they were on a humanitarian mission to save the world….and who just learned how to sew.
              And yes, I am that bitter.

            • Anonymous

              Me, too.

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

              Me too.

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

      Very unimpressive as a whole. She won by standing out in the crowd of unimpressive designers with one exception – this just tells me that Viktor is being robbed.

    • Anonymous

      I’m going out on a limb: I don’t think they’ll give her the win.  I don’t think the “designer who couldn’t sew proves everyone wrong” story has really turned into the dramatic arc they might have wanted and what they’re left with is a potential winner who is weak on sewing and designing. It’s not the story that PR ultimately wants.  If she couldn’t sew but blew everyone away, they might have chosen that story, but she really hasn’t shown that she has overcome her lack of training.

      I have a feeling the real story the producers’ want is that the judge’s darling who we all expect to be crowned winner doesn’t make it and surprise! someone else comes from behind to take the crown.  That would explain all that undue praise.

      • Anonymous

        I think the reason the producers are interested in her, is that she can do a really good job of promoting the show after it is over. She will make an excellent guest on the talk show circuit.  They really don’t give a fig if the designers are successful after the show is over. What the producers care about is the continuation and success of the Project Runway franchise.

    • Terri kruse

      I wasn’t always anti-Anya. In the beginning, I didn’t mind her. As it went along, I started really disliking how she played the game. Also, I tired of her designs. Strangely, two contestants I started out disliking (Bert and Josh), I ended up liking more by the end of the season.

    • Anonymous

      Amen!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

      Thank goodness tonight is the last episode of this train wreck.  No more earrings the size of hubcaps pulling her earlobes down.  No more dresses cut so low there is nothing left to the imagination.  No more “I only learned to sew last week”.
      I don’t “hate” Anya…I’m just sick of her.  Viktor deserves the win, but he will have it ripped from him just like Mondo did last year. TPTB think it is more important for their show to have a sex tape goddess win than someone who actually worked and did a wonderful job.  Maybe, if we are lucky, Anya will fade into nothingness just like Wretchen and we will always remember Viktor and Mondo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      My own personal style is more towards tailored classics, so Viktor and Bert were my favorites. My point is, I find all Anya’s looks unattractive verging on silly because the construction is mawkish and simple. Home Ec 101.

      I also think her work ethic is in question. When Tim did the home visit, she hadn’t even started sewing. On the other hand, Viktor’s home visit proved that he had been working from day one.

      I can’t believe the judges would reward style over substance by choosing Anya over Viktor, but the way the judging has been going they just might.

      • Anonymous

         I do have a question regarding the timing and where they were on their collections.  Do we know what order they were visited? 
        Because I think I recall them having only 5 weeks this time.  And I would assume that the visits might have started as soon as early the third week? 

        I thought someone else only had a few looks started?    And it is not like she really spent much time SEWING – “gown”.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree. A very narrow collection with a limited range (I suppose you could call this a focused point of view, but I’m not too sure about that). I liked the sixth dress the best, mostly because it’s an interesting shape and I liked the print. (I think that was the painting/avant garde challenge.) 

      I “like” Anya insofar as can like someone on a reality show whom I don’t really know. I think she’s a warm person who knows how to work with varying types of personalities and sort of floats above all the drama (while causing some of it). But she’s been totally graded on a curve and has been passed along and should not have gotten this far. 

    • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com skadi1

      I’ve been watching PR from the beginning, and, depending on what happens in the finale, this may be my last stand with it.  I almost didn’t watch this season, after Gretchen and her sad-sack granola hippie chic collection won last time, and if Anya wins this time, I most certainly will not watch again.  I don’t dislike Anya, in fact, personally, I rather like her.  She plays the game aspect of the show very well, and her sense of style is exceptional.  But she should not win.

      It’s the show and its increasing focus on “the game” that I dislike.  It’s the show that allows someone like Anya with personality, but absolutely no skill, to get to the final.  It’s the show that thinks that I’ll keep watching because the interpersonal relationships are SO FASCINATING (I praise the heavens for DVR, so I can fast-forward through the designer interactions and the MYRIAD commercials).  I don’t watch PR for the game, I watch it for the fashion, and if there isn’t going to be any fashion, I won’t watch.

      • Anonymous

        The other day, some very helpful minion–I’m sorry!  I wish I could recall who you are!–described how she, as a from-the-start PR fan, managed to give it up after last season. She still reads TLo but hasn’t watched a single episode this season. And she swears that it can be done.

        I know it’s going to be hard–hope springs eternal and all that crappola–but I am determined never to watch this sorry mess again. Because as long as BM owns it, it’s going to be “Big Brother Tries to Be a Survivor by Making A Few Clothes.” It will never, ever be what it was when the Magical Elves were producing it.

        I think we need a support group.

        • Anonymous

          Sign me up.

        • Anonymous

          I’m in.  We need to think of a great name for the group that can be a great acronym.

          • Anonymous

            Now a great acronym, but Runway Run Aways has a certain ring to it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2066192 Melissa Mellon

          I’m game, too. Loved seeing people sew and design, but these last few seasons are getting out of hand.

        • Anonymous

          Got room for one more?

        • Amy Fee Garner

          Another Runway RunAway here.  I did not have Lifetime on my satellite service last year, so I didn’t see the Gretchen/Mondo fiasco play out in real time, but I read TLo and watched enough of it after the fact on Lifetime to keep up.  It can be done, and if next season turns out to be worth something, it’s easy enough to catch up and jump back in.  I had Lifetime this season and am really sorry I’ve stuck with it to see….. this.

    • http://profiles.google.com/basedow.maureen Maureen Basedow

      Not sure if anyone else has predicted this yet, but my guess based on the edit (particularly Tim finding nothing but fabric swatches on the home visit, but also the whole narrative thread about ‘help’) is that she did ‘win’, but was disqualified for cheating by getting outside assistance on the final collection. The ‘win, win’ then goes to Viktor. So. . . I hear something like “Anya, there is no question your brought the most innovative, editorial, etc. collection to the runway today. . . ” (grins, tears, smiles) BUT. . . 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know if that could/would happen but it’d be pretty amazing

      • Anonymous

        Thought that too, and if that is what ends up happening , then the whole season will be such a slap in the face to PR fans. REALLY , how could the producers and judges not know what the viewers already knew.

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

      Exactamundo.
      Am not thrilled that all those spambots voted for Anya for fan favorite either. :P

      • Anonymous

        According to some other posters Anya benefited from fellow Trinidadians who wanted to support one of their own.  That kind of thing is going to happen. 

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

          i think it’s probably a combo of both.

      • Anonymous

        They weeded out any votes that came from bots. And Anthony Ryan’s fans used them too….

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

      The instances where she pushed herself are one of the biggest problems in my eyes.  They don’t look like her at all.  She can’t stretch while still being true to her style.  If you look at the HP dress, the bird dress, and her Governor’s Island collection, you can’t identify her in them unless you knew it already. 

      I know Uli comes up a lot in comparison to Anya, but in this case, she really is the perfect illustration.  When the judges accused her of not having range and being a one-note, she made the dress for the photograph challenge (they had to photograph their models in the piece in the city) — it was a totally different silhouette for her with a lot of details that were missing from her other work, but was still COMPLETELY HER.  If you saw that dress, you knew instantly it was from her.  Her final collection was significant change from some of her earlier work, but there would never have been a question of who it belonged to.

      Anya doesn’t have that.  If she’s not making that same loose flowy look, you can’t find her in it. 

      • Anonymous

        I remember Uli’s dress for that final challenge, and how she ditched her original design, and came up with that great little dress which her model proceeded to WERQ in that photo! 

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

          Exactly.  When a designer is going out of their comfort zone, it’s critical that it still look like them — Uli’s work did.  Anya’s is unidentifiable.  If you look at any of those 3 challenges, imagine that you didn’t know Anya made them, and had to guess based on what you had seen from the designers in the past.  How many would you have thought were Anya’s? 

          • Anonymous

             My own suspicion is that there is a reason that none of the dresses that Anya had someone to help her with look like her work, and it’s the same reason that they are the only good looking well-made dresses.  I think she could have stayed back in the apartment sleeping for the length of the challenge and it would not have changed “her” piece one bit. 

        • Anonymous

           That dress was fabulous!

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

       Her Real Woman look is an unmitigated fashion disaster. The Bird Challenge dress is horrible. The maxi she made for the 70s Challenge is hideous. The New Balance dress would be OK if not for that strip down the middle. The fabric for the Stiltwalker Challenge makes me want to cry. And that Sheepdogs get-up! Ugh.

      I’ve been saying for weeks now that I liked several things she made, but a look at all her work says I’ve been lying. The only things here that are even remotely attractive are her Nina look and her HP dress. Good god, how did this happen? How did someone with no technical skills and no vision make it this far?* I think I’m done being resigned and am actually honked off about it (as inforapenny so eloquently put it in an earlier thread).

      *Rhetorical questions

      • Anonymous

        I guess timing is everything, Accidental.  Because I no longer have enough feeling for this show, or its demonic offspring, to feel honked off any more.  Now I’m just resigned and trying to figure out how to break myself of my severe PR habit.

        I’m hoping that just laughing at what I know will be a serious load of batshit crazy tonight will be the first step.  Stand with me, sister!  Together we might be able to go cold turkey without suffering too many withdrawal symptoms!

        • Anonymous

          I suggest a gradual withdrawal.  This season I only watch the last 20-30 minutes so I can catch the runway show and the judging.  Now even that is getting boring (and I think that Nina, Michael and Tim are also bored–and it shows).  I think I am now ready to just read the TLo blog entries if there is another season and skip the show itself altogether.

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

          I’m standing! Feet on the ground and fist in the air!

        • Anonymous

          My own strategy is that since I have my DISH-TV guide set up with the channels that I actually might watch, I have just eliminated Lifetime from my guide, letting it reside somewhere with Univision, ESPN-12, QVC, and Angel TV.  The direction of the show and the gutter it rests in now has made it easy for it to be out-of-sight/out-of-mind, and since Lifetime has nothing else that tempts me, I’ll not miss a thing. 

    • Anonymous

      As a PR aside, last week TLo said they were interviewing a PR contestant.  Did I miss it?

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

        We haven’t post it yet.

        • Anonymous

          Which suggests, since T & L are scrupulous about avoiding spoilers, that the person interviewed is a finalist.  No guarantees – only speculation on my part, but that’s the conclusion I drew as time marched on.  That interview, because Our Boys are darn good interviews, ought to be… darn good.

    • Anonymous

      I’m a fan and I think a lot of her single pieces have been winners.  Say what you will about the help she’s received, but she designed the HP print challenge dress and she designed the dresses that Bert helped her sew.  She earned that $20,000.00 check on the bird challenge and her win would have been cemented further had they not changed the rules to help out Kim and Josh, both of whom had big stinkers for second dresses.  Her jumpsuit for Nina is chic and her first look is pretty solid, if over praised.  Outside of the Sheep Dog challenge, she hasn’t really sent out a true failure.   

      I am, however, surprised by her lack of consistency.  There really isn’t a much of a common thread tying these garments together.  Sure, she likes flowy pants and jump suits, but that isn’t a design aesthetic.  You see a loud, oddly proportioned design and you know it’s a Josh.  Anya shows urban elements, so called ‘Caribbean’ elements, and, every now and again, some minimalistic chic elements.  She lacks the confident point of view that a designer needs.  While I don’t always love what Viktor makes (I thought his white leather, pearl bedazzled jacket was a hilarious ode to the tackiness of hair metal), he has a design sensibility all his own and that’s usually what they look for in a winner.  Something tells me he’s walking away America’s Next Top Real World Fashion Design Star tonight.

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

        I’m sorry, but I have to disagree about that bird dress. It is too referrential to one of Victor’s. She should have been auf’d for that Sheep Dog atrocity. It’s not her fault the show has graded her on a giant curve, but she has benefited from it, and other designers have been screwed over by it. It doesn’t matter to me whether she’s a sweet person or not. Taken as a designer on this show, against other designers, in my opinion, she did not deserve to get this far.

        • Anonymous

          I dunno, the only similarities they have imo are that they are LBDs with shoulder detail. Why should she not be able to do it just because Viktor had designed one as well earlier on in the competition? I do wonder if Viktor was like “Oh god, Anya’s copying me!” like he did for everyone else at some point, haha.

    • Anonymous

      Unless Anya pulls out a miraculous make-it-work moment (which, judging from looking at her show, she did not), I believe she will not win.  The judges were obviously disappointed in her mini-collection.  Producer manipulation aside, I have to believe that they have a few shreds of integrity left that would not allow them to give her the win.  I expect after I watch the show tonight I will feel that Anya’s collection is the weakest from any finalist….in the history of Project Runway. 

      Although I am somewhat appalled at Anya’s personal history, I have defended her here.  She plays the game very well, she has a great sense of style, she makes good decisions, and she showed an impressive ability to make it work on several prior occasions.  But her final collection made me wince.  If Anya wins, I will not scream at the TV, as I did last season.  But I will be a little embarrassed that I will continue to watch this show. 

      • Anonymous

        I LIKE Anya but given that she’s won 30,000 dollars from the show already thanks to fan favorite and challenge wins, I think it’s probably best for her to lose (to Viktor). It would calm people down for sure and at least be ‘a beacon of hope’ for anyone who has been against the show since the judges started loving Anya. 

    • http://twitter.com/artfulhome1 Christy Bishop

      Could someone please ply Michael, Nina, Heidi and Tim with liquor (or something stronger?), put on a tape and ask WHY??? Just let it run…..

      I can understand that the judges are charmed by Anya–she seems very pleasant, and is certainly an attractive person. But they are all taken seriously in their field, and yet they, straight faced, put out ridiculous ‘judging’ with no consistency from week to week, much less season to season. Several of these garments from Anya would have had her eliminated completely in past seasons…..or coming from other designers this year.

      Thanks for these great ‘-ology’s. Really revealing to see the whole season’s output in one place, and I think your analysis has been spot-on.

    • Anonymous

      Where are the photos?

    • Anonymous

      i think it’s funny when people defend anya as a designer … y’all said it best last week (or perhaps the week before?): if you don’t see the producer manipulation by this point, it’s bc you don’t WANT to.

      and none of her online defenders ~ or very few, anyway ~ know her as a person, either. all anyone really knows is what we saw on the show, and all *i* saw was a long line of terribly ugly, poorly constructed garments.

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

        You can see the manipulation and defend her as a designer at the same time.  I think she does have talent, and I think if she had waited 3 years to come on PR, she would have been a much stronger contestant for it.  I think if she had been able to just design without constructing she would have produced a far more interesting bunch of looks.

        I also think that there are some cases to be made that her success hasn’t been ALL producer driven manipulation — but I can also see that they have clearly been crafting a story in her favor.

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

        You can see the manipulation and defend her as a designer at the same time.  I think she does have talent, and I think if she had waited 3 years to come on PR, she would have been a much stronger contestant for it.  I think if she had been able to just design without constructing she would have produced a far more interesting bunch of looks.

        I also think that there are some cases to be made that her success hasn’t been ALL producer driven manipulation — but I can also see that they have clearly been crafting a story in her favor.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t reacted to Anya’s personality or reality-show chops one way or the other. She’s pleasant to look at, doesn’t seem to be encumbered with an ugly overinflated ego a la Josh, and doesn’t smack talk everybody like Laura. But, looking at this output, she’s seems to be about as visionary a designer as I am, and sews about as well as I do, too (although I do know how to put in a hidden zipper, so maybe I’m ahead of her there). I should point out that the only design I do is landscape design, nor am I any kind of seamstress. She may have talent as some say. To me there’s no intimation of budding talent shown here, just simple stuff I’ve seen many times before, and done better.

      Her inexplicable ascent on this show has to be due to the producer’s — and evidently the judges’, too — notion that her story and her looks are what matters. Which, if true, means the show I used to love is toast. Makes me sad.

    • Anonymous

      I think the styling of her models is attractive and her clothes are flattering to the models.

      • Anonymous

        But, to paraphrase, this isn’t Project Stylist, although this year that does seem to be the path to the money and any of that silly sewing and design stuff is just fluff.

    • Anonymous

      if she wins the same ‘contest’ Siriano won, it would be like Chaz (as much as I love him) winning DWTS.

      • Anonymous

        There was a different caliber of contestants in Season 4 though. They had a top 3 (or 4) that were worthy of winning most other seasons! 

    • http://twitter.com/mookiepars2 Michael Parsons

      I am an Anya defender.  I do not see how she “played the game” to be honest, and sure her designs are nothing miraculous, however being from the Caribbean I totally appreciate her point of view.  Many people seem to turn their nose up at this type of fashion, but they evoke a feeling of where she is from and that is something no one should sniff at.  Ground breaking – no, but lovely and wearable – deffo.Viktor is the best designer, but I keep wondering that if the producers had given the contestants the same time frame to produce the collection as they did in the previous seasons, we would be seeing something completely different from each of them.  Then we would be in a real position to judge.  Five weeks to turn around a collection is going to show no growth after the competition.
      Can you imagine what would be produced if people like Burt, Anya, Kimberly and even Julie had six months?
      As for drama.  I hardly saw any drama from her in comparison to Insane Josh and  “You copied me” Viktor.  In fact Kimberley and Anya were the most pleasant to watch.  

      • Anonymous

        I agree that much anger may be misdirected at Anya for the actions of others. If there has been manipulation of the show it has been by the producers and the puppet judges, not by Anya. But honestly, I don’t think Anya deserves to win to based on her design and construction skills. Prior season designers have been held to a much higher standard and sending a pair of pants down the runway with the butt ripped would have been an automatic auf. Long time viewers remember this and probably resent that a double standard is apparently being used to judge Anya.

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

        Oh, come on now.  Just because you live in the tropics, you don’t have to fit a sleeve, ever?  There are no jackets or even blouses? 

      • Anonymous

        I keep wondering that if the producers had given the contestants the same time frame to produce the collection as they did in the previous seasons, we would be seeing something completely different from each of them. Five weeks to turn around a collection is going to show no growth after the competition. Can you imagine what would be produced if people like Burt, Anya, Kimberly and even Julie had six months?

        Well, based on her time-management ratio with the five weeks that she had, Anya probably wouldn’t have started until month four anyway.

      • Anonymous

        I keep wondering that if the producers had given the contestants the same time frame to produce the collection as they did in the previous seasons, we would be seeing something completely different from each of them. Five weeks to turn around a collection is going to show no growth after the competition. Can you imagine what would be produced if people like Burt, Anya, Kimberly and even Julie had six months?

        Well, based on her time-management ratio with the five weeks that she had, Anya probably wouldn’t have started until month four anyway.

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

        i hate to say it but look at what laura produced in the same amount of time.
        or bert, but one wouldve expected it from him.

        & the more i see of island clothes, the more i know she has seen way more of what i have seen & integrated what she’s seen so far into her aesthetic that she was able to copy it w/ nary a halfa bunch of her own creative thoughts intruding.

        ps. i was way more irritated by the judges than anya, herself before i started looking at caribbean high fashion.

    • Anonymous

      YEAH!!!! You go boys. What a sorry season this has been.

    • Anonymous

      I’m afraid they will give Anya the win thinking it will bring back the fans who were angry about Gretchen winning. She may be the fan favorite, but she is not the most talented.

      • Leslie Carver

        I’ve suspected that for the longest time. I think they think people were mad because Mondo was the most popular designer and lost, when actually, people were mad because he was the most talented designer and lost.

        • Anonymous

          Word.  The pleasure that I took from Season 8 of PR was largely from the  appreciation I developed For Mondo’s talent, and for the joy and playfulness of his final collection. 

      • Anonymous

        Why would that bring fans back? If anything judging by the reaction by most people, it would only make them angrier.

    • Anonymous

      I actually like Anya’s work, but if Viktor doesn’t get the win this is honestly my last season, and I mean it this time.

    • Anonymous

      Tangentially related, but – TLo, I really appreciate that you’ve been vocal in your criticism of this season’s manipulated hijinks. I don’t know how much attention B/M pays to blogs, but yours surely must be one of the most influential WRT Project Runway, and I hope they listen to your cogent and valid criticism and make changes. Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Whenever I talk about Anya, I feel I must first qualify it by saying that I believe Viktor deserves the win this year. 

      Yes, Anya has limited range and is technically inexperienced.  I do think she has a pov and an innate sense of design and fashion though, heavily influenced by flowy and bold prints as well tropics and resort wear. I’m reminded of Uli.  Anya just doesn’t have the experience and technical skills to develop her ideas and vision on her own yet.  She needs a good seamstress or partner…one that can execute her ideas, give guidance on fabrics, details, etc.  Her best work was with Bert, and sure, he put his mark on those 3 looks, but she was in charge and made the wise final decisions.  Each of those 3 looks, with tweaking, are and could be quite nice and fashionable.  I especially like the black dress…usually not a fan of an asymmetrical hem.  I also like the HP dress, jump suit, and the black/grey dress with the red stripe down the front.  I do think she’s earned her right to be in the finals…in comparison to what I’ve seen of the other contestants work. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care enough to scream.  The point at which I actually had feelings about this show is long gone.

      • Anonymous

        Sadly, I am with you on this.  In the olden days, I’d be upset if I had a commitment I couldn’t get out of on the day PR ran.  I’d avoid scheduling anything those evenings.  Now, I don’t care.  I’ve missed a good third of the initial showings of the episodes, and it hasn’t bothered me one whit if I can’t watch them for two or three days. 

        So tonight, rather than watch Anya’s “creations”, I’ll be at the symphony listening to Hadyn’s.  And instead of Josh’s annoying voice, I’ll be hearing Ian Bostridge’s glorious one. 

        • Anonymous

          ooo, I have musical plans, too.  I’m hearing Simon Keenlyside in recital tonight.  PR is on the DVR but I’m not looking forward to it.

    • Anonymous

      On any other season Anya would not have got past the middle, but this season I still like her clothes more than I like Josh’s ticky tackiness, Kimberly’s muddled folding and strange shapes, and Bert’s often dated simplicity.  She shouldn’t beat Viktor (though I think his clothes are boring) but I will save my indignation until she actually does. She shouldn’t have beaten Laura, but Laura didn’t show any of the thought and mastery that went into her final collection during the actual show (I wish you would interview her, there’s a story there). And her final mini-collection was one of the best things shown on the show.  Bert may have made them but they’re not Bert’s clothes, they’re not really his aesthetic.  They just show what Anya could do if she had a team of fabulous seamstresses with a knowledge of fabrics , which she would probably have easy access to in Trinidad (I still think she and Bert should team up but that’s another story). Yes, in the context of past seasons she’s bad, but in the context of this season I think she’s being placed fairly.

    • Anonymous

      It’s sad to get to finale night and feel so eh about the finalists.  She had some nice looks. Still don’t get the enthusiasm over the black cocktail napkin origami dress with the stunted bat wings.  Still fug to these aged eyes.  If she wants to pursue this, she either has to learn how to sew or hire folks to do it for her and do it well enough to take it to some other level.  It’s all very Chico’s Resort — and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Just not going to set anything on fire.

      The After The Runway show, which needs never to return, did her no favors.  She came across as over produced (Zeca do Caixao’s glam assistant for any fellow Brasilians out there), smug, and inappropriate.  She has an “intimate moments” tape out there?  Okay, girl, keep it to yourself, and don’t let the producers browbeat you into disclosing it. Most of us don’t care–and learn how to say sex tape if you are going to bring it up.  Gross.  The other clear loser in the Apres Show sweepstakes was my beloved Laura Benett.  That was really too bad.  Oddly, Joshua, in all his Anne Baxter splendor, managed to be amusing, and I’m totally up for much more of Nick Vereos.

      It’s not a good thing for Project Runway when the clothes are no longer what one thinks about and wants to discuss.

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

        There is always room for more Nick.  In fact, if Tim ever does leave the show or even takes some sick time, I think Nick is the only person on earth that I would be willing to watch fill his shoes. 

    • Anonymous

      Give Anya grommets, some string and a big hankie and she’ll make you a dress.  Not impressed.  Also, watched the aftershow last week where Anya announced her sex tape has been leaked.  Way to keep it classy Anya.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sntierney Shannon Tierney

        That’s exactly it. It reminds me of those stands they have at resorts in Hawaii where they want to sell you a giant scarf that you can wear 20! different! ways! as a dress.

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

        The internet articles on her sex-tape “leak” are dated 2009.  So that After the Runway mention was simply pre-coverage for her win.  It’s a redemption story her publicist sold to Bunim-Murray in a package: what pageant queen with a sex tape and a fashion line from 2009 would agree to appear without pre-set decisions about all the money going to her?  They couldn’t “pay” her to be on the show — heaven forfend! — so they awarded her every single money challenge.  She ‘earned’ about $150k for two months ‘work.’  And now Heidi and PR have a new spokesperson and brand: Anya™

    • Anonymous

      I have the feeling that, like Mychel Knight (I’m still not sure how to spell his name), the judges and/or producers put her thru to the final show out of curiousity and we all will be disappointed.

      • Anonymous

        As a fan of Mychael Knyght during season three of PR, while his final collection was a genuine let-down, throughout that season Mychael won a number of challenges and produced some noteworthy looks, among them his coffee filter dress, the fab hot pants for the celebrity icon challenge are two that come to mind.  In short, I think that Mychael reached the finals primarily on merit. 

        • Anonymous

          Also his outfit for the jet set challenge.  I haven’t seen any episodes from that season in years, and I still remember his beautiful coffee filter dress.  He was an extremely talented man who went off the rails in his final collection.

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

            The jet set outfit really sticks with me.  There were so many ways to tank that challenge, particularly as a male who normally does womenswear.  But his was stylish, comfortable, completely appropriate for the scenario he outlined, impeccably made….

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

        Mychael Knight was the clear winner of his season until his finale collection, which was legitimately a huge letdown.  I would never compare him to Anya, because Mr. Knight has amazing construction skills and innovative ideas.

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

          I know, I was so bummed.  I had really been rooting for him until I saw the collection and then as much as I liked him, I just couldn’t justify a win based on that.  It was bad — he wasn’t ready to do that much without feedback.

        • Anonymous

          I posted this above too, but wanted to defend the statement you are referring to:

          I was a big fan of Mychael’s too throughout the season (who wasn’t? That
          coffee filter dress, the hot pink shorts, the white dress with the
          black belt – really his only bad dresses were the Paris dress and the
          final “inspiration” dress) and think he got robbed on several
          challenges. He did lovely work.

          BUT — and I’m sorry I don’t
          have time to go back and look it up — his final dress in the final
          episode was AWFUL. It was tacky, poorly made, and poorly conceived. And
          the judges chose to not eliminate anyone in that challenge, and I think I
          remember the consensus on this blog, was the producers had done that
          because it was obvious he should have been sent home based on that
          dress, but they didn’t want to send him home because he was so popular
          and, as they defended their choice, they (the judges) were curious to
          see what he would do with a real collection.

          Same situation as Anya.

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

        Mychael’s work through the season was fantastic — producers didn’t push him through to the final, he was truly that good.  He just fell apart in the final collection.

      • Anonymous

        I was a big fan of Mychael’s too throughout the season (who wasn’t? That coffee filter dress, the hot pink shorts, the white dress with the black belt – really his only bad dresses were the Paris dress and the final “inspiration” dress) and think he got robbed on several challenges. He did lovely work.

        BUT — and I’m sorry I don’t have time to go back and look it up — his final dress in the final episode was AWFUL. It was tacky, poorly made, and poorly conceived. And the judges chose to not eliminate anyone in that challenge, and I think I remember the consensus on this blog, was the producers had done that because it was obvious he should have been sent home based on that dress, but they didn’t want to send him home because he was so popular and, as they defended their choice, they (the judges) were curious to see what he would do with a real collection.

        Same situation as Anya.

        Except the producers took the manipulation in this season a bit too far. Anya winning is a bit embarrassing.

    • Leslie Carver

      That last row doesn’t even look like the rest. It looks like she robbed Bert’s mannequin. 

    • Anonymous

      Hm. I’m going to end up saying something very similar to what I said on Josh’s post. For both of them, I think that the public perception of their viewpoint is highly, highly influenced by who they are as people. By week three, people were calling Anya tropical and flowy, but her first two looks, while problematic, are actually quite urban. I would say only about half of her pieces exhibit this quite narrow viewpoint she supposedly has. I really do think that she does this because it is easier; because it garners praise for little work. I don’t think she has a taste for prints, or for flowy, resort garments. There is a way to make a garment flow and gather without making the woman wearing it look bigger — and she doesn’t have that. You call her prints unimpressive, I’d go one further: They’re tacky. WIth the exception of the HP print, they are all tacky. I think this current has gone unnoticed, because unlike Josh, she is not a tacky person — she is tasteful, put together, and urban. And I think she is more comfortable with tropical/urban than tropical/resort, because that is who she is and how she dresses, but she does not quite have the skill to implement that, and she began to receive ridiculous praise for her flowy dresses.

    • Kate Pearce

      I don’t know Anya so I don’t dislike her. It isn’t personal. I don’t watch PR primarily for the angst but for the design and on that basis, Anya doesn’t do it for me. Her range is limited, her clothes only work for herself and I’d like a real designer to win. Like Viktor.

    • Anonymous

      I think looking at her stuff puts to rest whether she did or did not learn to sew four months ago. She obviously did just learn. The one long sleeve she made is too long. The pants are usually ill-fitting and badly made, yet I remember the judges praising the fit of those first pants. The rock star pants look fine until you got to the back where the butt was coming apart, right? She should have been gone for that look alone.

      I think it’s fine if ‘real’ designers can’t sew. They don’t have to. But you do have to sew on PR and her stuff looked like crap half the time. She was wildly, wildly over-praised and I agree with what you said before- if people can’t see that it’s simply because they refuse to see it.

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

        The shirt on the Sheepdogs guy was ATROCIOUS– there are basting stitches keeping the yoke on, the fit of the sleeves is grotesque, the styling is cliche.  The whole look was beyond auf-worthy.

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

          I still don’t get how she couldn’t make a frigging shirt that looked, to my untrained eyes, like four straight pieces of fabric sewn together. If she can make a flowy dress, she can make a caftan. If she can make a caftan, she can make a damn dashiki.  (I am more than happy to be proven wrong about that.)

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

          And the pants were SPLIT!!

          • Anonymous

            Any other season that would have been an instant auf.

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

      i hate to say it but if you pull the best of her stuff, the best of viktor’s stuff, the best of kimberly’s stuff & maybe two things of josh’s, then & only then would you have enough decent stuff to make a final contestant’s collection.

      yes, you’d have to use more of viktor’s than anyone else’s but, in all honesty, you still would need the others to put it together.

      after, i believe, inforapenny posted the caribbean collections [after which i ran off & found more of them myself], any great interest in anya’s stuff, at least to me, just dissolved: it would be like an american redoing, say, the gap. nothing innovative at all, just stuff she’s seen before & reproduced.

      of course, her best work is the work bert actually did. of course it is.

    • vmcdanie

      What pisses me off about this season is-well, lots of things really but for right now, the overall mediocrity of the talent pool. I realize I’m not saying anything original here. But just imagine dropping Kara Janx or Uli into this season. Just two designers who were somewhat overlooked in their own seasons but would blow the boring pants off of this one.

      I don’t dislike Anya. She’s competent. She hasn’t made anything crazy ugly. And that pretty much sums it up. Like Wesley Crusher or Tara from True Blood, I find her much less compelling than the producers seem to think she is.

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

        & she’s not even gonna save the day when all the adults around her are foundering.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t actually even think she’s competent, unless you buy into the notion of grading her on a curve.  She’s done nothing that a 10th grader couldn’t produce in a home ec class and, as TLo has pointed out, a close looks shows little to no constriction, patterns which we all probably have on something in our closets already, and little range.  So she’s PR competent only if you consider my ability to put a button back on a blouse makes me equally as competent. 

    • Anonymous

      Have you guys noticed that she’s won all the more important challenges in the show? The New Balance, The Piperlime, The 20,000 L’Oreal and most probably the 10,000 Fan Fav. If she wins this thing it will be ridiculous!!!

      • Anonymous

         I think they’re giving her all the money making challenges because she is going to do great things with the money.  She picked up a toolbox two weeks ago and now is going to go back to T&T and use her winnings to literally build with her own two hands a hospital from the ground up.  And she just learned to pound a nail two weeks ago!!!  Look out Holmes. 

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

        She didn’t win the NB challenge — Josh did as their team leader.

        • Anonymous

          but the dress she designed got sold as part of the collection online.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      I agree with TLo… I think she’s made *some* pretty pieces, but nothing earth-shattering. Certainly nothing to get her to the final 4.

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

      Lifetime has her pegged as the new spokemodel for the Project Runway brand, and her army of followers is enchanted by her good looks and charm.  She is not a great designer or even a decent seamstress– she should have been auf after the Sheepdogs challenge.  It’s a travesty that she’s in and Bert is out.  I am praying to the gods of reality  TV that she does not win.

      • Anonymous

        I hate to be the nattering nabob of negativism, but who do you think fits the Lifetime channel demographic better; Viktor or Anya?  I fear talent has next to nothing to do with the producers’, um, judges’  decision tonight. 

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

          the weird thing is i dont think either of them do.
          i think theyre making a big mistake in that way w/ anya.

        • Anonymous

          thanks for the Agnew, Stubenville.

          • Anonymous

            The only Agnew quote worth repeating IMHO. I’m pleasantly surprised someone recognized it.

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

              it sounded familiar, it really did, but i havent thought much about spiro since he was a watchface & i was a five year old.

              ps. i am really sick, thats why i am chattery. i better go back to bed. what a week.

            • Anonymous

              Oh, honey, a few of us here are of a certain age to be able remember the early 1970s clearly.  Look at the “Mad Men” reminiscences when we comment on that show.  William Safire was Agnew’s speech writer, and he came up with that memorable alliteration.

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

          This is a great question, because I feel like Gretchen won over Mondo for the same reason, and boy was that a misstep.  Perhaps Lifetime feels like it has to cater to young, fashionable women, eschewing the gay POV as a vestige of the Bravo years.  Big mistake!  I am a (perhaps no longer all that young) woman and I find Mondo and Viktor a hell of a lot more appealing, not because they’re gay or male, but because they create more interesting clothes.  Why do we care so much about who the designers are and not at all anymore what they’re designing?  THAT is the real issue here. With Anya, the narrative is “Look, an inexperienced but gorgeous, exotic beauty queen goes from never sewing before to winning PRW!” As if this is an inspirational success story and not a contrived producer manipulation of the real narrative.

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

            To be honest, most young women will trust a gay man with their wardrobe and look long before they trust another woman with it. 

        • Anonymous

          I’m not sure she is the average demographic.  But even if Becky plus a couple years, who I think is closer to their demographic, had won, I’m not sure that the premise of the show has enough appeal to support it without the people who watch it for the clothes.  If you look at most of their stupid reality shows, they don’t have a goal- you’ve got housewives runny around doing what money allows you, young people getting drunk and stupid, etc.  Shows like American Idol work because almost everyone sings and can understand it without much explanation.  Sewing and design, however, do require explanation, and your average reality show viewer don’t want to bothered with using those pesky brain cells while viewing.  So while they may get people to tune in briefly, I don’t think they’re creating fans or even season-long viewers.  And I think the only reason for the jump this season was just a resurgence of people who had kinda tuned out when it moved to Lifetime just in time for their LA road trip and then Mondo.  I suspect a large number of those returning viewers will be heading for the exit once again.  I

          • Anonymous

            I regret that I didn’t phrase that better. I meant “who appeals  to the Lifetime demographic more.”  You are right that neither is a core member of the Lifetime demographic.

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

            But everyone wears clothes.  You don’t have to know anything about fashion or design to know what you like or would wear (example: virtually every starlet guest judge on PR).  Which also explains the fans who insist Anya should win.

            • Anonymous

              ROFLMAO.  Yes, everyone wears clothes, but if that’s all the show is going to be about, they can save a lot of money by just making it into Project Stylist.  I’m sure any number of stores would be more than happy to have them running through as they style models with something from every department in Macy’s.  This show has always been about the design creative process and crafting, and that is not going to of interest to the average reality show/Real World/Bad Girls Club (also BM productions) type viewer- whose idea of fashion is an ultra-mini pleather skirt with a sequin tube top- which is where the BM people are rapidly taking Project Runway. 

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

              Hey, now, change that to pleather pants and a sequin tank top, and I have owned that outfit — in my young, cheap, fun-to-annoy-my-boyfriend’s-parents days:)

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

          Please — like there’s a chance in hell that a woman of Anya’s age who clearly isn’t the least bit socially awkward is watching Lifetime!  In fact, I know a lot of gay men that really liked Designing Women and Golden Girls, so Victor might actually be closer….;)

      • http://profiles.google.com/quangtran65 quang tran

        No way is Bert more deserving than Anya. Despite his skills and experiance, and has was a boring designer who generally made boring clothes, and his profile and backstory is were used to excuse all his boring designs and sometimes unpleasnt demeaner even more than with anya.

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

          Are you lost?

    • Anonymous

      I have a strong feeling that Anya is going to win and we will hear all kinds of yada, yada BS out of the judges about their choice, like we are blind and stupid. And that is what offends we about this season. The emperor has no clothes, we all know that he doesn’t and yet the PR producers keep believing that we aren’t noticing that Anya is not the top designer on this show. Anya has a flair and she is fun to look at but no way – no how, should she get the top prize. 

      • Anonymous

        According to the information posted by my cable provider with regard to tonight’s show, there is going an INTENSE debate during judging. Really. Yawn.

    • Anonymous

      T&Lo did indeed say it all, as scottyf said.

      So I went in search of Uli’s season output:

      Uli’s Season 3
      http://photos1.blogger.com/photoInclude/blogger2/308/3845/1600/Uliscollection.gif

      Not that impressive, huh? But still more of a range than Anya. Much better construction and design. A lot fewer challenges. Tom and Lorenzo’s comments are minimal on the page where I found this one, posted September 30, 2006. You can get a better impression about what they thought of Uli as a whole by reading that whole season. They did have a lot to say on the final collection itself, but that’s for another post.

      From Tom and Lorenzo’s Blog:
      “…look at Uli’s competition work:

      There‘s a hell of a lot more similarity of form going on
      there. Ironically, even though this grouping is far more repetitive, it
      somehow looks less like a collection than Laura’s does. We don’t mean to
      be ragging on Uli. She also has a strong point of view that she
      executes masterfully, so it’s practically inevitable that she and Laura
      get compared so often.”

    • Anonymous

      Anya exhibits classic beauty queen tendencies.  Flirt, smile….and step over everyone to win.  As some of my college professors used to tell me, use what you’ve got to your advantage, talent is really secondary. 

      Take out the distracting loud prints, and she has designed a collection of lounge wear.

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunately, it’s the lounge at the Ramada.

    • MilaXX

      You know I had no problem with her playing the game and making it to final four, This is after all, a reality game show. However her getting the win, which seems to be predestined at this point, is grossly unfair. The all too obvious favoritism, coupled with the whole fan fav debacle, just leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. I’m probably going offline for the finale because I can’t face the barrage of titter wars and blog wanks that are coming. I’m also not going to flounce and say I’m done with PR. PR just got move to a new category in mind; right up there with the other fake reality shows. I’ll few it as entertainment and nothing more.

      • Anonymous

        Well said. My sentiments exactly.

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

        That’s the most damning thing an Emmy winning show can hear.

        • MilaXX

          Well Tim appears to have been muzzled and the judges have all drunk the kool aide. What else is there to say?

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

        You can just hang in the Lounge — then you won’t have to hear about the others. 

        The good news is: aren’t you glad  you could actually drink for this season?!?

        • MilaXX

          Yes, you needed alcohol to get through this season.

    • Anonymous

      I hate her looks.  They look like a high school knock-off of Uli.  Ugh.

    • gooddog89

      So sorry I haven’t been reading the comments. I hope it has been stated ad nauseum that her dress is a clear rip off of victors forth look. Was this displayed in the workroom that day?

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

        I mentioned that at the time, but it was surprising to me that there wasn’t more comment about that at the time. 

        • Anonymous

          I did too.  I said it was reminiscent of Viktor’s dress when it came down the runway.   

          Viktor tweeted about it that night too.

    • John Manson

      It would be offensive to Uli if Anya won. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=924762 Tricia Gilpatric

      tlo — so well said & couldn’t agree with you more!!!

    • Anonymous

      So what did Queen Anya contribute to the stiltwalker challenge? Oxygen? Oh yea, she picked the J C Penny bed sheet print fabric.

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

      Please, Anya defenders, I implore you– peruse this post.  Pay special attention to the photos:

      http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/09/pr-comedy-tonight.html

      Look at the construction on those “sleeves.”  They are pinned on top to keep them from being 2′ wide tubes.  The yoke is based on with 1″ long, visible stitches.  The ass is, well, hanging open.  And this look was not even in the bottom two!  The aufed look was at least completely sewn together!  It is to scream.

      • Anonymous

        One of the top 5 worst looks ever. Period.

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

          nah– it’s not even that. it’s just poorly made, poorly conceptualized & dull.

          it doesnt come near having the glory of, say, many if not most of the miracles made by blayne [jolly green giantess' kotex, leather strapped neon taffeta poop] or the bunch of green & red peppers adhered to a model w/ chewing gum by wendy p–just to name three. anya’s work isnt, um, interesting enough to fall into this group. there have been some wonderfully spectacularly bad items on PR. anya’s worst stuff is not memorable. it simply isnt worthy in any way.

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

            Yeah, I miss the cracktastic bad almost as much as I miss the thrillingly good. 

      • Anonymous

        She pinned the sleeves? What, the hot glue gun was empty?

      • margaret meyers

        Every week she was “finishing” her garments with scissors. Not snipping off stray threads but cutting the hems on her dresses, finishing her arm holes and cutting off the top edge of pants, all because she couldn’t make a waist band or a sleeve or a crotch, or prepare a pattern piece that would allow her to sew a seam or make an interface.  Scissors.

        • Anonymous

          I think Viktor told her the scissors were some magical sewing gadget, like a sergiscissors, that cut and put a serger finish on simultaneously.  She took his word for it, and since she couldn’t tell the difference between a finished and a raw edge anyway, he got to have his own private gigglefest. 

    • Anonymous

      100% Team Viktor but have resigned myself to the likelihood of an Anya win. The only thing that will upset me is if the judges make a big deal of her deserving the win because her designs are ‘ON TREND’.  That is a weak argument IMO and will give me seizure-inducing Gretchen flashbacks.

      • Anonymous

        The “on trend” argument just makes me crazy.Shouldn’t a designer be pushing off in new directions and trying to SET trends, not FOLLOW them? Otherwise you’re just a knock off artist like Forever 21.

        • Anonymous

          That’s the thing about trends though, you never know what’s going to come next! They can’t exactly say “This looks like it could be on trend in a few seasons” since they have noooo idea. I get what you mean though. 

    • Anonymous

      100% Team Viktor but have resigned myself to the likelihood of an Anya win. The only thing that will upset me is if the judges make a big deal of her deserving the win because her designs are ‘ON TREND’.  That is a weak argument IMO and will give me seizure-inducing Gretchen flashbacks.

    • Victoria Sharoyan

      I think I need to print out this post and put it in my pocket to read verbatim to the next person who tells me how brilliant her work has been.

    • Anonymous

      I liked some of her prints more than you did, T Lo, but she really is a one-note designer even though La Chica never called her on it.  Uli had a better way with prints certainly and she didn’t win her season or All-Stars both of which I thought she deserved.  If Anya wins for doing so much less, it will just be a confirmation of how far this show has fallen.    

    • Anonymous

      It’s hard to even care.  Seriously.

    • http://fiercefrugalfashion.wordpress.com/ melinda

      I am OVER Anya. Viktor should win tonight, but he won’t b/c PR has sadly become a beauty contest.

    • Anonymous

      It is rumored that Anya is runner up.

    • Anonymous

      It was offensive to Uli that she didn’t win the All Star Challenge. They practically put her in the BOTTOM for AMAZING LOOKS.

    • Anonymous

      She didn’t announce it, really. It leaked a few years ago and it was brought up on the show somehow by Zanna. I think it was like… ‘embarrassing moments’ or something? I feel like the producers wanted to get that in there SOMEHOW because if you even searched for any info on Anya, the sex tape was something you were going to come across perhaps even with SafeSearch on…

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

      here are the links to uli’s final runway collection:
      http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2006/10/ripping-the-collections-uli-part-eins-2.html
      http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2006/10/ripping-the-collections-uli-part-zwei-2.html

      i havent seen anya rumored as runner up, btw, & i just looked. it’s curious, however.
      then again, once most people see uli’s final–particularly the second half–most people will be angry even if all anya is just a runner up. uli’s not my favorite PR contestant, not by a long shot, but boy, some of her stuff was gorgeous.

      very strange season, very strange thinking.

      anyway, i am done for now cos i am still sicker than i thought.
      i gotta go back to bed so maybe i can work later.

      • Anonymous

        http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2009/08/all-star-uli.html I was talking about theeeese. GORGEOUS. And she was placed 5th! :( 

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

          those i hadnt seen.
          but i thought w/ everyone talking about uli & the discrepancy between her & anya, people might want a reference point. or link. or something.

          i am really sick. i’m just sitting here cos i dont feel well enough to go back to bed. i better do it. i am now talking to myself. apologies.

          • Anonymous

            sorry you are still feeling bad, edi.  I really love reading your missives.  hope you feel better soon.

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

              thank you.
              & thank you for being nice to me the other time too. i dont get what got into that guy.

            • Anonymous

              I wanted to write a whole paragraph defending you because you show so much heart, and I love how thoughtful and educated your comments are, and for whatever reason he singled you out although many others were catty and even vicious toward Laura… but you know, this is the internet and all and I didn’t want to sound like another wacko.  your dismissive ‘I was here before you came and I’ll be here after you leave’ was nicely done.

              at any rate, the guy had to be her husband or brother, don’t you think? 

              hope you are feeling better… TGIF

      • Anonymous

        Feel better. Don’t forget to keep up the clear liquids!

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

          thank you.
          i think i will stand up now.

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

            My god woman. Get some rest and take care of yourself. I’m sending good health vibes in your direction. I hope you feel better soon.

      • margaret meyers

        Thanks for the links.  It was great to see some beautifully detailed and well-made clothes.  Anya may touch the hem of Uli’s garments.

    • http://twitter.com/wilcoxkimberly Kimberly Wilcox

      I’m underwhelmed by all the designers this season.  I’ve seen not much to get excited about.  Anya’s stuff is better than boring, even if it is all mostly the same, Viktor can sew, and execute, but the majority of his stuff isn’t all that new either, its very commercial.  Josh, is just WAY to bright for my taste (ticky tacky).  And Kimberly needs to stop trying to draw attention to one’s behind…I just don’t understand her aesthetic….its a little too…odd.  Overall, just a non-interesting season.  

      Project Accessory seems to have gone out of its way to get people who will at least be talented for its inaugural season, but I’m not really sure I understand the reason for that.  No one is “up and coming” and it makes it less appealing.  I think I’ve only got maybe one more season of PR in me before my interest is gone forever…

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

      ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.  I find all of it to be a sleeveless, talentless snorefest.  But at this point, I’m completley disgusted with this season and have no patience or objectivity left.  Good luck Viktor, you’ll need it but not because you don’t deserve the title.

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      a hell of a lot better than anything Josh did, perfectly sewed together and all, and I don’t “love” Anya, I love Kimberly, and I already said Viktor should win, but Anya is second for sure, she might not be an impressive designer, but I respond better to her designs than to Josh’s tacky and cheap aesthetic (and personality)

      • Anonymous

        I think Josh’s ‘girl’ that he designs for is a female version of himself. 

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Anya’s technical skills are crap, but she is the only person on the show whose aesthetic I actually like.  Viktor’s clothes read higher-end Sears/Express to me.  Kimberly’s are a bit tacky.  Josh’s, well, what needs to be said?  Based on the three pieces we saw and the consistency of his overall work, the win should give to Viktor.  But is he America’s Next Top Fashion Designer?  Not happening.

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

      I’d be willing to be she is cleverly focusing on wearing exactly the types of things she is only capable of designing to enhance her “point of view.”  This is clever and smart to do, of course, because she lacks a real point of view but it does not make her deserving of being in the finals.  At all.

      • margaret meyers

        I felt her personal wardrobe was definitely a “marketing” effort.  Here again, she didn’t have many looks, so she’s consistently under-producing. 

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

      BTW, and this isn’t all that relevant to PR — did anyone else hear about Lifetime ordering 10 episodes of another fashion show?  24 Hour Catwalk… it’s not being made by B/M.  (It’s by a company called Jane Street instead)

      • Anonymous

        Now that’s an interesting little tidbit.  You have to think that they cannot be totally clueless to the fact that a large part of their audience is not thrilled with the BM (in every sense of the word) treatment of Project Runway and may be planning something for the washed masses.  I hope it’s true, and I hope it harkens back to the original PR.  Although the more I look at the name, I wonder if it’s going to be more the Project Stylist scenario I love to mock.  Maybe I won’t un-delete Lifetime from my channel faves yet, but I look forward to hearing more. 

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

          From what I heard it sounds somewhat similar to the format used by Sweet Genius and other cooking shows.  They start with 4 designers and 2 are cut after the first challenge of the episode and the remaining 2 design a collection in one day, with the winner getting 10K, and a different group of 4 each episode. 

          So it’s format is pretty far from PR, which could be a good thing — PR ripoffs have been so disappointing.

      • Anonymous

        I’d just be happy if The Fashion Show came back.

        • http://profiles.google.com/eszubert Elizabeth Szubert

          Me too.  I miss Iman!

    • Anonymous

      Even after all the shenanigans of the show, I was surprised to find out Anya had an agent who was in contact with the producers during the filming.   

      I’ve heard rumors also that she was recruited for the show.   

      It’s making me sort of depressed.

    • Anonymous

      HATERS! No just kidding. Your criticisms are completely valid and mostly correct. I’m a little surprised that you actually seem to *dislike* her work product so much though, ignoring all the points about how it wasn’t creative or how she had help or whatever.  To my eyes, her work product (or should I say: “her” “work” “product”) from the competition looks better than any other finalist’s, save for maybe Viktor. (I do realize that is faint praise, but still.)  Looks 1-3 are kinda meh, 4 is kind of great, 5 is aight, I (oddly?) love 6, the “avante garde” look or whatever it was. Then 7, 10, and 12 are pretty good, and 11 is great for what it is (although it is admittedly very simple). Again, I’m only going on how these things LOOK and not whether she really sewed them or whether they’re the most innovative silhouettes or anything. I realize that the fact that she lacks so much in these categories, but I don’t really understand why everyone seems to think her work is ugly compared to most of the work product we’ve seen from everyone on this season.

      I agree that the producers (oops! I mean judges!) overpraised her work as a whole and DEFINITELY overpraised that weird sleeve-kimono thing, but still. With the competition she was up against, it’s clear to me that the only way she wouldn’t make the finale is if the judges laser-focused on her construction issues. Even with the finale mini-collection, in which she produced 2 dreadful gag-inducing looks, at least she went 1-for-3. (Kimberly went 0-for-3 in my eyes.)

      Or, maybe I’m just slightly biased because I think the prints in her finale collection are mostly really pretty. Of the top 4 we have, it’s clear to me Viktor HAS to win but I’d honestly go with Anya’s collection over Josh’s or Kimberly’s.

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

        Trini Alert! “No just kidding” No one says her “work product” is ugly. There just isn’t any “there” there. Hasn’t been all season. There is a difference between something looking effortless, and something into which little or no effort has been expended. Anya belongs on “Project Stylist” but Rachel Zoe would eat her lunch.

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

      Looking at the Hollywood Reporter article, Heidi seems to think this isn’t turning into the trashy reality show we’re seeing:

      “Not that Project Runway is in danger of descending into the
      gutter of train-wreck reality TV. “The core of the show is how clothes
      are made and the passion of the designers,” says Klum. “That is the most
      important thing. I think that’s why people love it: It’s not about
      people sleeping with one another or doing crazy things. They fight, but
      they fight because they want to get to the top.” ”  Maybe she’ll see the light and rescue it?

      http://tinyurl.com/3jxwoav

      • Anonymous

        I think Heidi is part of the problem. She fought hard to keep Anya very early.

        • Mary McClelland

          exactly. It was the worst. The look on Nina and Michael’s faces last week (particularly Nina’s) when they announced she was going to fashion week … priceless. I need a meme.

          • jeneria

            Except tonight it was Michael who fought for Anya.  Heidi admitted it was one note and not inspiring, but Korrs was all over it.  And then one of them said “I can see an Anya jewelry or handbag or shoe” which is not Project Runway but Project Accessory.

    • Anonymous

      You guys confuse me.  You were falling all over Anya here: http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/08/pr-textbook-cases.html

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

        They said in that episode, she responded to the challenge and her problems with it, quite well.  Which is 100% true. 

        In fact, that has been one of her saving graces — she handles unexpected challenges really well, and has great problem-solving skills.  What she attempts doesn’t always work, but she never just stands there wringing her hands.

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

          Note that her main “problem-solving skill” is getting others to help her in various ways.  Mad sewing skill is not.

    • margaret meyers

      I forget.  Which garments did she get help with? 
      }:-)

      • Anonymous

        I believe she did on her own the pet store, avant gard, real woman, the rock star, 70s, bird/raven, and the last week’s pre-finale which is not pictured.

      • Mary McClelland

        yeah most of her “wins” came after others helped her. Like the HP challenge – Viktor made the dress for the most part. Notice it’s the only one with sleeves… 

        • Anonymous

          I think almost half of the challenges this season were team challenges though. She even won one of them with a dress…. but Josh was the one who got credit for the win (????).

    • Anonymous

      Sheesh.  I feel my hatred of her designs (and her manipulating cow eyes and million-watt smile) is completely justified looking at this bunch of mess.  Most of this looks like something a little girl would make for her Barbie using fabric scraps, safety pins, and Elmer’s glue.

      The ONLY things worth looking at here are the ones BERT MADE.

      And she doesn’t use prints well at all–MONDO used prints well.  She looks like she’s good at finding the ugliest print at Mood.

      The PR folks are going to feel really stupid if they crown her the winner and they have to go see her Fall collections full of plunging necklines and NO SLEEVES.

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

        I was thinking the same thing about my Barbies. Used to spend hours draping printed silk scarves on them, using straight pins to make the fabric stick to my dolls. It works if you use the same holes over and over, kinda diminishes the value of the Barbie, though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jmarrazzo Joe Marrazzo

      AMEN

    • Anonymous

      I agree except that I dislike what I have seen of her as a person. Not sharing after everyone shared with her? Not cool.

      Really boring designs that I see in store after store. Yawn. I don’t know what the judges were smoking this season, but I thought Becky was head and shoulders above Anya, as was Bert. 

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been following Tom and Lorenzo’s coverage of this Anya fiasco since the beginning and we have ALWAYS shared the same views. I am from her island. I would say know more on that topic. But her “defenders” mainly from our island and the entire Caribbean diaspora would absolutely HATE the fact that I do not support Anya’s antics. I would have you know her overwhelming support has little to do with her talent and more to do with the fact that she’s from where she’s from and our people come out and support their own regardless.
      With that being said, I think it’s completely ridiculous to have her in the competition so long and insulting to place her in the finals. Yes, PR is benefiting (ratings wise) greatly from her presence, but some of us watch to see results based on talent and not based on the fact that you want drama on the show so you keep the Caribbean beauty Queen with the cute accent on (notice how they always use her as sound bites) I would have liked to know the the Caribbean woman who made it on PR really showed how talented we are and not get a “pass” just because she made for “good tv” I know really, really great designers on her same island who are actually worth being there. Granted the girl has an eye for clothing. She is a really good stylist. But I felt sorry for the other finalists who has really worked their asses off for yearssss to be there and she’s getting a pass to look good. 

      I am disappointed that the industry has come down to this….

      PS. A Petition should be signed to boycott PR from now for antics like this. There are shows for drama (Jersey Shore lol) But this show should represent what it says – for future fashion giants.

      • http://twitter.com/4everdilly Deb Keeter Lavezzo

        Well said … 

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

        Like

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

      I would say the same, but I already stopped watching this season a few eps ago. But I do check in here for updates, so I’m not totally over it. Just can’t seem to let it go completely.

    • Anonymous

      Reviews HERE, EW and TWOP, I should clarify – all are far more entertaining (and quicker) than the show itself.

    • Anonymous

       Last year I swore I wouldn’t watch PR any more.  Slowly, I’ve gotten a little sucked in.  But this year, something worse has happened.  I’ve lost my interest in clothes.  I used to make most of my own clothes.  As I teenager (a very long time ago), I loved Vogue patterns because I was fascinated by the details of how they put clothes together.  But when I watch PR and Heidi says “I would wear that”, I only think “but I would never wear that horrible, gaudy thing you you are wearing.”  And then time and again I’ve listened to the judges make incomprehensible statements.  And I’ve reached the point where I can’t care any more.  Not about the contestants, not about the judges and certainly not about the clothes.  I am older than I thought and I guess I’ll just wear a bag to work tomorrow.  Because I can’t see the difference any more. 

    • Anonymous

      I like several of the looks but her limited range is beyond debatable. How could she ever create a fall collection?  

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunately, the few I like are the ones that obviously came from someone else- the HP challenge dress and the by Bert for Anya collection. And it’s 80 degrees all year round in AnyaLand, so seasons don’t really matter a whole lot. 

    • Anonymous

      I am Bert Keeter’s sister. Thank you Tom & Lorenzo for your on-point review “Anyaology”. She is a cheating fraud right out the gate of the first show!

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

        Tell Bert we said hi!  Love him!

      • Anonymous

        A cheater? Based on what? 

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

          The unsubstantiated rumor/implication that she had help sewing that final collection, considering she had so little done when Tim visited?  Not sure.

          • Anonymous

            No no, she said that it was from the first episode onward, so she was ‘cheating and lying’ from the very beginning? I don’t get it.

            And I think given that she created a bunch of relatively easy dresses, I can see her knocking them out in two weeks.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry I am not allowed to elaborate. However, one thing…is it fair to hire a PR agency to arrange thousands of fake tweet votes for fan favorite!! Also, she DID not sew ANY of the stuff she brought to the first episode which got her on the show to begin with!
          Debbie’s iPhone

          • Anonymous

            Well, to be fair, Anthony Ryan’s fans basically did exactly what Anya’s did. TONS of votes every 5 minutes from both of them, though Anya had Trinidad and Tobago on her side.

            And how do you know that?

            • Anonymous

              It’s one thing for fans to do it, and entirely another for a PR agency to do it.

            • Anonymous

              Yes, but I don’t think that’s what actually happened. From what I saw, it was fans as well BUT there was kind of a huge word of mouth campaign going around Trinidad and Tobago apparently which is how she ended up getting so many more votes in the last week or so. 

            • Anonymous

              sorry. no PR agency, just lots of local celebrities getting the word out and mobilizing across the caribbean. in addition, trinidad is also under a curfew  which means everyone has to be in by 11pm. nothing to do but vote. the day before the closing was also a public holiday. again, nothing to do but vote. nothing to see here folks

            • Anonymous

              As if you actually know what happened.  lol  You don’t.

              I wasn’t stating what happened.  I responded to a post that was responding to an allegation that a PR agency arranged the votes.  That post said that AR’s fans had organized votes for him, and I responded that it was one thing for fans to do it and another for a PR agency to do it.   That is IF a PR agency did do it.  Neither you nor I know for sure what happened.  You have your take on it, apparently Diamonddeb has another.

              If diamonddeb is Bert’s sister perhaps she knows more about it than either of us, but in reality probably only Anya’s PR agent knows for sure.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000629464855 Niki Swedien

              Aya and I are both in Trinidad and she’s correct on this. I myself avoided social media as much as I could because of the onslaught and demands to vote for her clogging my feed nonstop the past week. Automated tweets from local businesses/newspapers/media sites etc.all used her vote hashtag and it spread to the US and Canada diasporic communities as well. There was no need for a PR agency. 

        • Anonymous

          I blame the “judges” as much if not more than her… but she did pretend that she did work that others did do – like Bert’s last looks – I mean the last 3 looks that “anya” “Designed”

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      here, here!

    • Anonymous

      You can bitch about Anya’s lack of skills all you like. But she was the only contestant this season with a beautiful aesthetic. Victor has the skills but his clothes are safe and predictable. He could still win. But my money is on Anya…you can learn skills but an aesthetic like Anya’s is rare.   

      • Anonymous

        Yeah. Usually you have to go to Kohl’s for clothes with that aesthetic,

      • http://twitter.com/4everdilly Deb Keeter Lavezzo

        crapola!!!

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

        what?

        just look at anything from any of the various caribbean fashion weeks. what isnt better than anya’s looks just like it & it looked like it years before she went on PR. it’s not an extraordinary aesthetic, it’s a copied one.

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

        By beautiful, do you mean feminine? They are beautiful in the sense that they are mostly dresses and separates that flatter a model’s figure sort of in the same manner pretty dresses hang nicely on a mannequin. But you can say the same about Bert’s aesthetic and his execution is undeniably closer to well-made than Anya’s. Beauty is very subjective, while her stuff may be considered beautiful, I would venture to say that they are way more “safe” than Viktor’s, are nowhere near innovative or new because they’re your average resort-wear.  I doubt that the everyday woman would want to wear them on a regular basis.

    • Anonymous

      “So, no, we don’t hate Anya. We’re just not remotely impressed by her.”

      There it is.  Nothing further needs to be said.  And she won.  Yikes.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DDBWDEQZA3OUS4S6MEMDEKWQ4 chhivt

        I stopped watching, I forget when, thanks for telling.  This show blows.

    • akprincess72

      Agreed T & Lo.

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

      You know, something I’ve wondered about, and is especially relevant this season, is why aren’t fabric designers given credit on the show? Most of Anya’s pieces are attractive totally due to the fabrics she’s chosen, and not necessarily how she’s used them, either. Over and over she’s been praised (especially Heidi “I love that fabric” Klum) for her fabric choices. 

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

      Word

    • Wrenaria

      I like that fourth outfit quite a bit. And a couple of the Bert-inspired pieces are okay. But otherwise? Meh followed by more meh.

    • Anonymous

      “In other words, even if you accept that this show isn’t “Project Seamstress” and sewing skill shouldn’t be a consideration, ”

      Still, one needs a certain level of sewing skills to execute designs without a sample maker.

    • Anonymous

      Just went back and looked at Uli’s collection. 

      It BLOWS MY MIND that she was criticized then for being “one note” and Anya won this year.