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Posted on October 14, 2011

Blah blah final challenge blah.

Blah blah stressed designers blah claws out blah.

Blah humiliating blah.

Fabulous blah blah.


Blah greatest designer in the history of Project Runway blah.

Seriously, now. What the hell kind of drugs were being passed around that crew last night? What Manchurian Candidate-style torture techniques did they use on the designers, who spent the entire first hour casting the side-eye at her only to have all of them stand on the runway and praise her like she just invented fabric?

Having said all that, and with the full knowledge that the commentariat is about to rise up en masse and call for our beheadings…

There’s no way this collection could have done anything but get her to Fashion Week. It was the best collection up on that runway.

It is also, quite clearly, heavily influenced by Bert; not just in the sewing, which is perfectly understandable and acceptable, but in the drape and aesthetic. You compare these looks to everything she did previously, as well as the finale collection she presented, and it’s not only head and shoulders above it all in execution, it’s also much more classically chic and very much in that Halston-y mode that Bert became known for. In fact, these pieces look like they came right out of Bert’s own finale collection.

Is that cheating? No. She did exactly what the rules and restrictions of the competition allowed her to do. She played the game and she played it well. But either things were edited out of that judging session or they were all struck blind by their love for her, because we can’t imagine that the judges didn’t see the heavy Bert influence here. It was the elephant in the room and no one wanted to say it out loud, it seems.



To be fair, it’s not like you can’t see Anya anywhere in these pieces. That neckline strikes us as very her and the more complicated draping is more her than Bert. This was the weakest of the three looks. As the judges said, it was very bed-sheet-y.

But this was gorgeous, it has to be said.


Loved the color choices and loved the strap and grommet. This was, to our eyes, the most Anya of the pieces. Had this been purely Bert, he would have wrapped something around her neck and not made such flowy pants. Plus the asymmetry throughout this mini-collection was a very Anya thing to do.



But this was pure Bert all the way. Except for maybe the hem.

We don’t want to overstate things here. Anya didn’t cheat. You could argue that she didn’t even do anything “wrong.” A designer takes input into consideration and normally doesn’t sew her own wares. By both real-world considerations as well as the imposed restrictions in the bottle of Project Runway, she was exactly right to do what she did.

But it still strikes as exceedingly odd that none of the judges noticed the rather stark difference between these three looks and everything else she ever did in the competition. Then again, Heidi came right out and admitted her favoritism.

What made Laura’s collection so weak was how she realized her inspiration. She saw circles, bought a circle fabric, and pretty much called it a day. That’s like being inspired by the sky, buying a print fabric that looks like the sky, and making three sky dresses. There’s just not a lot of depth being displayed.

Would Laura have been our choice to send home? Maybe. This collection was pretty awful, after all. But there were 2 other collections that were easily as bad, if not worse.



Had this been perfectly executed, we could call it a striking gown, but only because of the fabric she bought. There’s little that’s interesting about the shape or any of the techniques she used. She just made a strapless white gown and then made another gown to go on top of it to provide interest.We like the back and the sleeves, but overall, it’s a too-complicated mess.



To our eyes, this jacket was a much better use of the fabric. It had some small amount of interest in the shape, the hem and the collar. The skirt, on the other hand, was utterly forgettable.




And the less said about this, the better. Just disastrous.


She choked; no two ways about it. She’d been on the bottom far too often and she knew the judges had serious issues with her work. The pressure got to her and she wound up with a bunch of half-assed looks. The only reason she got singled out for the auf, as far as we can tell, is because she had so consistently disappointed the judges.  Josh showed quite the collection of crap last night and so did Kimberly, but they gave the judges reason to believe they were better than what they showed. Laura failed to do that. Simple as that.

We honestly can’t argue with the decisions on either of these collections. Anya showed something chic and interesting and Laura showed something awkward and not well thought out. Taken on their own, these decisions made sense.

Blah.

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  • Anonymous

    Surprise, Surprise! Bert, I mean, Anya is in!! The collective tongues were so far up Anya’s  ass, I was getting second hand wetness! Yes, the designs were hers  but it was Bert who executed said designs. And if , I hear one more person claim sewing has nothing to do with design even toting out the catch phrase, “It’s Not called, ‘Project Seamstress’ it’s called ‘Project Runway’ “. I’m calling Bull Shit! Talent and Skill matter and one of the “skills” one should have is *Drum Roll*, Sewing! So yes, her designs were the strongest on the runway but it was Bert’s execution that got her to Fashion Week. Whom am I kidding? That Shady B**ch was already there from day one!
    And as for Barbie, her shit was just Fugs! So Auf’d she went! Whatevs, I have so checked out of this train wreck!  

    • Anonymous

      I’ll say that you don’t necessarily need to be a great seamstress to be a good designer but you should at least know how to go about constructing the item. How can you design successfully if you have no idea how to go about making it. You may not be great at it and need someone better to do the final execution in the real world but you need to know the fundamentals to be able to tell someone else how to make it. Its why her stuff came out looking a lot like Bert’s stuff. She had ideas but since she had no idea how to go about constructing them it was mostly left to Bert to figure it out. You should not in the final challenge before finals be asking your helper how to sew something.

      I was also put off by her saying she still doesn’t know how to make a jacket because people in the Carribbean do not wear jackets. So, you want to be a well known fashion designer, but one who only makes clothes you can wear either on the islands or the height of summer? That is a pretty niche market.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. I’m just saying, Sewing is one of the skills a good Designer must have. No, Michael Kors isn’t sitting by a sewing machine churning out his Designs. However, you can best believe he knows what material drapes best, folds crisp, flows, is not easy to work with, is too heavy, is too light,  too stiff, hangs attractively. He can tell what type of stitch works and what stitch doesn’t work and when to use either. So, while he doesn’t actually sew his garments, he damn well has the knowledge of execution. Anya Does Not!

        • Anonymous

           What I would say is that Michael Kors doesn’t sew his garments ANYMORE.  I’ll bet you ‘dollars to donuts’ that when he started he spent a many an hour hunched over the machine putting his looks together and, just looking at him, you know every seam would have been perfect. 

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

            Actually according to Kors himself, no — he does know how to sew but he sucks at it.  He says he doesn’t have the patience to put in the practice or to spend time seaming.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        In truth though a huge number of the most lauded designers in history can’t sew at all.  What they did, and do have is an eye and an understanding of the body, and of textiles. Though I will be the first to agree that knowing the ins and outs of construction is a huge leg up, its not a guarantee of success or of taste, (as we have all been made repeatedly, and painfully, aware)

        • Anonymous

          Anya has a leg up, all right.

        • Anonymous

          But not the most lauded winners of Project Runway, where the judges used to call out the designers who couldn’t properly construct their garments.

          • Anonymous

            as I said in the TLounge, they used to call out designers who had a couple of THREADS hanging from their garments!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DVO7OFYLSO7MZ3MUH7LU5JLAIA Windsonged

          I would think that they would at least know how to draw their concept sufficiently enough that someone else could sew it, but Bert couldn’t read her design.

        • Anonymous

          Just curious, who are you talking about? Which lauded designers can’t sew at all? Or never could?

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps I’m just jaded, but I suspect that’s one of those things made up by somebody who couldn’t sew, repeated enough times, and now just accepted as true.  Probably by the same idjit who said money can’t buy happiness. 

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            You may in fact be right.  Who really knows unless we can somehow peep into people’s pasts and private lives with complete clarity? 

            Surely now that such a huge production machine has grown up it is well nigh impossible for anyone with no knowledge of sewing and tailoring to make it in the industry, where in the early years of the Couture it was achievable to sell your sketches to designers and get an in that way, purely on the strength of your design eye, and skill at drawing.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            From everything I’ve ever studied, it looks like Charles Frederick Worth, who is credited with starting the Couture, knew quite well how to design and sketch, but did not know how to sew.  Paul Poiret, also has never been credited with having any personal skills at sewing or tailoring. Mariano Fortuny designed one of the most iconic garments of the 20th century, but there is no evidence that I’ve so far found that he personally sewed any of them.

            I doubt that it was ever commonplace for successful designers to be unskilled at tailoring or sewing, but even our redoubtable Duchess Michael Kors admits to being lousy at it.

          • Anonymous

            Wow so designers from a century when sewing machines were luxury items and department stores were a fabulous novelty.

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

            Sewing machines may have been a novelty, but most people knew how to hand-sew and did so regularly. 

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree with you.  There’s a difference between being able to sew and knowing how to sew, if that makes sense.  A designer doesn’t have to be able to sew, per se, but they damn well know HOW to sew i.e. know how a garment should be constructed so that actual people can wear it.  Unless your aesthetic is totally sculptural/avant garde/unwearable (and there is nothing wrong with that, but that does not seem to be the case with Anya), then you damn well better be able to figure out if your designs are even physically possible to be constructed.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739505579 Amanda Aziyade

          Exactly! I remember one of the casting episodes early on when they ruled out an applicant because the designs were beautiful but there was no way at all that the garment could actually be constructed.

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

        Well, I live in the Caribbean (the Turks and Caicos Islands) and we wear jackets in the winter (okay, 75F is cold to us!). A local designer shows them in his collection – http://saintgeorgefashionhouse.com/#/fw-2011-collection/4554211692 so the whole ‘no jacket’ thing is just an excuse for lack of skill.

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

        I hear you. When I was hired at a small children’s clothing manufacturer, they had just had to ditch an entire set of swim suits because it was not possible to get it on a live child. It was racer back, and high neck, and it was adorable–on the form. That had no head. 

        The opening for the head (neck) was not large enough to accommodate ANY head. This is why you need to be able to sew. Anyone who can draft a pattern looks for these things: Can it be worn? Where will it open? How will it be cleaned? What kind of hem? All of these can be left up to your pattern maker, but then you are giving over your design choices to that pattern maker. That’s great if you have a kick-ass pattern maker (Bert), but then, how much of that design is still yours? I might be overly protective of my work, but I want to claim it ALL as mine, and frankly, I know I make better choices than most of the pattern makers out there anyway. 

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

        What kills me is how quickly the judges have leapt to criticize a limited range or aesthetic from other, much more talented and diverse designers in the past. (And let’s face it, if this had been Bert presenting this collection, they would have been showing him the door… again.)

        Anya has made some horribly questionable fabric choices, has demonstrated about zero range, and shows absolutely no desire or willingness to branch out from her limited aesthetic. Is her game plan to just present sleeveless dresses and jumpers and build a whole career on that?

        But as irritated as I am with Anya, it’s really the way the judges heap this praise on her for doing the same thing week in and week out that I can’t tolerate. She’s the one person there that could benefit the most from criticism, as she’s still learning, but they’re all too infatuated to offer her anything but praise. I just seriously hope they pull it together for the final and give the prize to someone who’s demonstrated they’re actually a designer.

        • Anonymous

          I disagree — Anya’s aesthetic and design skills have evolved throughout the season. She’s still hungry to learn and has shown a lot of growth. She’s still fresh and relatively unskilled, but damn if she doesn’t know what to do with the skills she does have. 

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

            For me, the only time I’ve seen her “evolve” is when she’s absorbing another designer’s aesthetic.  The distinctly “Anya” looks I can think of come from earlier in the season, and her most promising design work was probably what she presented in the audition part of the first episode.

            It’s probably not her fault, I grant you. The judges have given her absolutely no reason to budge an inch from her comfort zone, as that’s totally worked for her in every challenge where she stayed there. So as a result she’s had absolutely no motivation to take any risks. It’s a failure of the judging to not push her at all, but it’s really disheartening to witness her calculated success compared to those risk-taking bursts of creativity that have marked my favorite contestants.

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

            Also, I just have to assume that you haven’t looked at her finale collection yet.

            I’m going to try not to blame the judges for getting her this far, just to see what she would do with a collection, because I’ve been guilty of rooting for contestants SOLELY because I wanted to see what they would do at fashion week. Santino and Chris March come to mind. I gave them mental passes on questionable work (to say the least) because I just SO wanted to see what they could do with time and a budget. Maybe that’s part of what’s been driving Anya’s success with these judges. But if the critique for her collection doesn’t include the phrases “repetitive”, “one-note”, and “limited” (as relayed to me via bloggers, because I sure as hell am not spending another minute watching this show) I’m going to grieve silently for the passing of a once-great TV brand, and finally move on.
            Because there aren’t any more excuses at that point.

      • Anonymous

        She couldn’t even DESCRIBE her garment to Bert, that’s how bad her vision is. If she can’t describe it to someone who is supposed to execute your ideas, then you are not very successful.  I think Bert did his own thing to interpret her ideas and it all came out pretty Bert-like (yes, even the rust colored one I’d argue).

      • http://twitter.com/mktp michael tanner

        Well, i do believe you have to take into account that she IS learning, and yeah, the skill is very much necessary, but, if she has proven to be bright, and a quick learner, why not just give her a chance?
        Im not an anya fan by the way, I`m a proud member of team Bert, and she a acknowledging Berts very chic simpel and style and mixing it her tropical look worked.
        Props for her.

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

          That is pretty funny.   I guess it’s a good thing we have educational and performance standards for the real life and death kinds of professions like medicine, electricians, civil engineering, accounting….

    • Anonymous

      “Surprise, Surprise! Bert, I mean, Anya is in!! ”

      LOL!!!

    • Anonymous

      I hate this too. Have you ever heard about great make up artist who can “design” but can’t  actually do it? or chef who can imagine tasty dish but can’t cook? In spite of what’s going on in fashion today, I think that skill is as important as the idea, and the tendency of encouraging “talent” that is not supported by skill/education/experience is very wrong and dangerous, and is the beginning of the end for the real fashion. But dead exciting for legions of wannabes, cause why work hard?! here’s a short cut…can only imagine how many beauty queens will apply for the next show…

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

        Well, I’ve never been to design school — my degree is in accounting — but I can sew.  I don’t think they necessarily have to have a top design education, but there’s no excuse for not having any experience or skill.  The education is extremely helpful, I agree.  But if you love clothes enough to design them, how is it that you haven’t been making them for quite some time? 

        I started sewing because I’m a hard fit — my bust and hip measure the same, but my waist is 14 inches smaller.  I have short legs and a short shoulder with a long torso from rib to hip.  It’s very hard to find clothes that fit me well or can even be tailored to fit.  I have several friends with the same types of problems, so I started making clothes for them.  Because I wasn’t taught to sew the conventional way, I couldn’t (and still can’t) use a pattern — I know the concepts but in practice it doesn’t work for me.  So it was every bit as easy to make things of my own design as to make them from someone else’s.

        I now design at least 5 wardrobes a season, as well as extra pieces for specific occasions, from start to finish, sewing each piece personally.  And until the last 2 seasons I would have never even dreamed of applying for the show, because a) I had a lot less experience than I do now, and b) I couldn’t necessarily do it better.  But on this season, the only designer whose work I COULDN’T pull off would be Bert’s — I don’t have nearly the experience to make those looks as beautifully.  Everything else I’ve seen this season I could produce at least as well, and in more than half the challenges, I could do it better.  Even my sketches (which are awful, due to a serious lack of drawing skill and decent software) are better than some of the things on that runway this season.

        • Anonymous

          So all you need is to figure out how to give the judges (picking the applicants) the impression that you’re a [maybe] recovering ——– (pick some exotic addiction) with either severe passive aggressive tendencies & a tendency to burst into tears/assume a fetal position or scarey anger management issues.

          And the impression that you’ll blab endlessly about things unrelated to the work.

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

            Well, as demonstrated here regularly, I will babble endlessly about almost anything:)

            And at times, I have shown a tendency to burst into tears, assume the fetal position, AND had anger issues.  Of course, I was 15 at the time so it wasn’t terribly unusual….

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

           I think you and I must be twins. I taught myself how to sew on my mom’s 1974 Singer for that exact same reason! Now I can draft my own patterns and drape things and whatnot. I agree, that while every ‘name’ designer doesn’t need to know how to sew, it had better be a requirement for a sewing-based reality competition.

          I was thinking of applying, too, but they’ve already had ‘one of me’, I’m sure. I look and dress in a way similar to Kenley, and we both tend to gravitate toward colorful prints and classic, feminine silhouettes. :/

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

            I doubt I’ll actually make it on the show, but I figure it takes little enough effort to apply.  And I might get to meet Tim Gunn if I can make it through to that round of casting:)

            But we could make a hell of a design pair — color and the traditional feminine look are things that I tend to struggle with, though I’m making significant progress.

          • Anonymous

            Shannon Stewart, you should so try out for PR! I know you would get my vote!

    • http://www.facebook.com/durelleali Durelle Ali

      Architects are all about design, but the beginning of architectural study is Engineering 101 — Stress and Strain of Materials; you can’t design features that others can’t figure out how to assemble, with materials that won’t reasonably “mesh” (Josh!).  It’s irrelevant how the building looks if it won’t stand up properly (cue Anya’s “white sheet” dress, that has all kinds of issues upon examination:  puckers, pulls, unintended folds, “must come with instructions” for wearing).

      • Anonymous

        Back in my college days, my Studio Art classes were full of former srchitecture majors who switched to painting when they found out architecture involved engineering!

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

          I wanted to be an architect growing up, and I knew it involved engineering.  What I was unprepared for was just how much I SUCK at physics — turns out, that’s not something that I can EVER hope to do well enough to design a building that won’t fall down.

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

      I think the real issue is that, although not all big name designers are able to sew, and you don’t have to be a whiz at the sewing machine to be a successful designer, Project Runway has always expected its designers to know how to sew. Designers with crappy sewing skills were continually called out for lousy construction.

      I don’t think for a second that Bert’s got Anya to Fashion Week. She could have sent out a mini-collection that was falling apart at the seams, with the models’ boobs and good china (Thank you Peach!) hanging out, and the judges would have praised her for her daring and innovative deconstruction of today’s fashion. There was no question she was going, and there’s no question in my mind that she won.

    • Anonymous

      As a fashion designer myself, who went through 4 brutal years at FIT, here’s my opinion on the sewing debate.  I detest sewing with all my being, and I adore drawing and sketching and designing.  But I went to FIT and got my degree in fashion design, which including an intensive curriculum of sewing, patternmaking, draping and tailoring classes.  That isn’t to say that when I graduated I became qualified to be a seamstress.  On the contrary – it’s quite possible that Anya can sew better than I can, that’s how much I hate it!  But after my education, I can confidently say that I know the construction of every design I create, I know exactly how it needs to be made, what pattern pieces need to be made, what fabrics, what threads, what techniques.  Just if I made it, it’d be a piece of crap. 

      If Anya has all this knowledge somehow, if she understands construction and just isn’t as skilled in creating it with her own 2 hands, than I believe she is extremely talented and has everything she needs to be an amazing designer.  If, on the other hand, she sketches things and assumes a talented patternmaker is going to make it for her and figure out the difficulties she isn’t sure about, then she’s giving up control over her designs and isn’t a true designer!  If you can’t tell the patternmaker what to do, it’s not yours.  

      I’ve interned at some pretty amazing fashion houses and seen this in action.  One place, and I won’t mention who the designer is, but she never sewed a day in her life and had no idea what was going on from the moment she gave in her sketches to when the garments appeared in front of her, and it was a joke that everyone talked about behind her back.  And on the other side of the spectrum, when I interned at Donna Karan, sure, the woman wasn’t sitting and sewing everyday, but when she came in and stood there and talked – she knew EVERYTHING.  She could take a 2 meter cut of fabric off the wall and drape it around the model, take a few clips here and there and she had just created the most fabulous gown out of thin air.  You have to know what you’re talking about. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuel.j.donovan Samuel Joesph Donovan

    I don’t think Kimberly’s was bad at all–I haven’t watched the episode, but seeing all of the collections just as photos, she and Anya definitely had the strongest collections.

    • JM Z

      I actually really liked Kimberly’s collection. It wasn’t anything that I would wear, but it was interesting and tailored volumes better than everyone else’s, save Viktor’s.

      • Anonymous

        I liked Kimberly’s collection as well.

    • Katy Carroll

      I thought the coat was awesome — I’d wear it in a heartbeat.  Interesting how Kors didn’t like the color, when he praised Josh’s orange dress last week.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

        and was scary close to the stuff he sent down the runway and zoe saldana was wearing two seats down.

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      I loved Kimberly’s although the color choices were a bit questionable, but definitely my second favorite of the bunch

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

    If I had any faith whatsoever that Anya could sew a goddamn sleeve, I wouldn’t be so angry about last night’s judging. But to let her skate through the entire SEASON without making her actually construct something (and no, a draped pant with no tailoring doesn’t count) is offensive to me. I thought her collection was underwhelming, overly Bert-influenced, derivate, and absurdly overpraised.

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same thing all throughout the episode. “Can this woman make sleeves?” And not like cute little cap sleeves. I mean real, long, sleeves that aren’t drapey and flowy. I mean tailored jacket/coat sleeves.

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

        Take fabric, construct tube, fit to arm.  Done.  This is NOT THAT HARD!  You have your model for a fitting well in advance, it should take no more than 30 seconds to fit the sleeve. 

        I don’t understand why so many things on this show don’t fit.  The process they are using boggles me.  Why not cut as soon as you get back from Mood and use big tacking stitches to hold it all together so you have the basic shape ready to fit to your model when she comes in for fitting?

        • http://twitter.com/abitabite abitabite

          Sleeves aren’t made from tubes… unless of course you are dressing Randy from A Christmas Story in his winter coat…

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

            “I can’t put my arms down!!”

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

            Oh, sure they are — they’re just not cylinders.  Tubes can bend. 

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

            Yes, they are basically tubes.  Tubes you can shape.  Put a dart in at the elbow if you need to;  make very full and gathered if it is your thing (Princess PuffySleeves was wont to do); bell, flare, peg, etc.

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

          I’m baffled by this, too. I can’t understand why some designers seem to utterly shut down if they can’t drape something on a dress form. The shapes and flat patterning techniques for a basic pant and sleeve are not difficult to learn. And for a girl small enough to actually try on the clothes she puts on her models, her apparent fear of anything besides the draped dress or shapeless flowy pant makes even less sense. It’s ridiculous.

          For the rest of the process, I think too many of them change course too often to dive right into construction/fitting. What they start making when they get back from Mood seems rarely to be what they actually send down the runway. I’m not sure if they don’t have solid ideas going into the challenge or just want to allow the materials they find to help them with the design process or want to wait and see what Tim says, but I can understand their hesitation to go right in and commit their fabric to a design they may change their mind about in a few hours.

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

            And while there are a lot of differences in fit, the process is fairly consistent.  You take an arm, you put the fabric on it, and you see how to make a sleeve!  Just do that same basic idea every time with minor variations and you have all kinds of different sleeves! 

            It’s like when someone is boggled by making pants.  Sure, it takes time and practice to learn to make great pants.  But the basics of making a pant should not be beyond you by this point.

        • Anonymous

          Sleeves were separate garments until the 17th century and were pulled on over a chemise and sometimes laced to the main outfit with cord or ribbon. Then, the set-in sleeve arrived, and that is precisely what Anya has no idea about. The top of a set-in sleeve must be shaped, gathered slightly, and seamed into the main body of the garment without puckering, which is not an easy task and likely a skill not in Anya’s wheelhouse.

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

            sleeve ease is the refuge for lazy or unskilled pattern makers.  It is not necessary to pattern ease into the shoulder/armsyce seam.

          • Margo Anderson

            Not precisely, Mohub.  While some sleeves were separate garments in the 16th and 17th centuries, there were just as many that were sewn into the garment.  And earlier than that, there were sleeves that were cut in one with the garment, as well as sleeves that were cut separately but sewn into the garment.

            There are many ways to make a set in sleeve that isn’t perfectly eased into the armhole, the easiest being to design lots of extra fullness at the cap that gets gathered or darted into the armhole without having to be precisely fitted.  That was one of the smart things Christian “Princess Puffysleeves” Seriano did, he made puffed sleeves that worked up fast and left him more time to make those incredible fitted skinny pants.

        • Anonymous

          in actuality making sleeves is much more difficult than that!  Fitting into the armhole isn’t quite a simple process, and to get a perfectly tailored sleeve does take practice and experience.  My tailoring teacher who has been sewing since he was an apprentice at age 11 in Italy even told me it took him a long time to get the perfect armhole.  

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

            I really didn’t find it all that difficult to learn to get an acceptable basic sleeve.  I had the distinct advantage, though, of having spent a LONG time studying construction before ever cutting my first garment — I am intensely picky about my clothing, and I get almost personally offended by pieces that are poorly made. 

            I also have a weird obsession with something being “right”.  I will do the same damn piece a thousand times if necessary to get the fabric to lay and fit just so… and often did so early on. 

            But I stand by the fact that it shouldn’t be that hard for Anya.  Because she doesn’t have to make a perfect sleeve for mass production — she has to make it for ONE person who is standing in front of her.  Creating a pattern that fits and flatters a great deal of women for mass production is MUCH harder than fitting the same person over and over again.  (I am willing to give her a bit of a pass on her one sleeve for the husband-wife challenge for that very reason: she hadn’t worked with that woman before.)

      • Anonymous

        Anya can make a sleeve.  She did so in one challenge.  One sleeve.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720086455 Sue Shea

          wasn’t it quite a flowey sleeve?

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

            Also it looked terrible.

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

             It really did. It connected to the shoulder in the weirdest way! I bet the client couldn’t left her arm with a seam like that.

        • Anonymous

          didn’t someone help her with that sleeve?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know if you got the memo, but sleeves are so last season……

      • Anonymous

        Anthony Ryan never set a sleeve on PR9 either, but he is not universally vilified, hmmm…

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

          Because the judges actually criticized him for that and because he eventually got auf’d. We don’t deny that a lot of the vitriol against Anya herself is a bit over the top, but most of it is based on how the judges responded to her, i.e., inconsistently and with obvious favoritism.

          • Anonymous

            True, but I think renzii is speaking about viewers of the show. How often do you see people talk about his lack of sleeves (when he was around) vs. Anya’s?

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

            Our point is, people aren’t as angry about Anthony’s lack of sleeves because he rightly got criticized for it. And the commenters here spend quite a bit of time complaining about it when he was still in the competition.

            Look, this happens every year and it’s almost pointless to argue it with you, but we really wish those who are rooting for Anya would simply let those who are NOT rooting for her vent to their hearts’ contents. You aren’t going to change anyone’s minds on this. Everyone has their favorites and the ones they love to hate. That’s the nature of reality television fandom. Arguing about it is only going to cause this comments section to get more and more unpleasant.

          • http://twitter.com/OperaSickness Opera Sickness

            I guess what provokes me to defend Anya is on any post that mentions Anya, this comment section, which is normally one of the most astute and perceptive on the web, resembles one of those threads on Fox news full of people arguing that Obama is secretly born in Nigeria, or some other crazy conspiracy theory.

            Saying you don’t like her designs is one thing, saying you don’t like her personality is one thing, but suggesting that Anya is only still here because of some vast conspiracy that goes all the way up to the top is a whole other crazy thing.  When she does well, people argue that she only did well because the producers must have contrived the challenge just so that Anya would do well.  Someone down thread seemed to be honestly theorizing that the producers may have cast unimpressive designers just so that Anya could win.  That’s not just venting, that’s pathological hatred.

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

            No, that’s venting. It happens every season of Project Runway. It happens with all reality television competitions.

            And even if it WAS “pathological hatred,” so what? You’re not going to argue people out of their opinions.

          • http://twitter.com/QuincyTKatz Quincy Katz

            It seems that you are trying to argue anyone who might defend Anya out of posting.
            Why? because it might cause Anya haters to become unpleasent. I am not personally defending Anya (or my ability to spell) but there should ALWAYS be room for all opinions.
            Could it not be argued this anti-Anya sentiment is “some vast conspiracy that goes all the way up to the top “?

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

            There IS room for all opinions, as you can see by the various opinions being expressed here. But there’s “expressing an opinion” and there’s arguing with every single person who has an opinion that differs from your own. We’ve been doing this a long time and it happens every season, making for an increasingly ugly and contentious comments section. We’re not having it this year. State why you think what you think, but don’t go around arguing with and insulting all the people who think differently than you.

          • http://twitter.com/QuincyTKatz Quincy Katz

            Thanks Guys!
            We are in total agreement.

          • Anonymous

            I’m okay with that. I “like” Anya (insofar as I can like someone I’ve never met and have had very little exposure to), and I don’t get the vitriol directed towards here, but as long as it’s okay for me to express my opinions it’s okay with me that others express their opinions. Arguing with people simply takes too much energy–this season is exhausting enough without arguing over someone that none of us (or at least most of us) have ever met. 

          • Anonymous

            I wish someone with skills that I lack would make a repeating loop of the clip of Josh M saying “I WILL NOT HAVE IT.” Though it was an insane moment at the time, that phrase – and delivery – have turned out to be far more useful and versatile than I expected. And also TLo could just post that to cut down the snarly commenting.

          • Anonymous

            This unborn fawn is glad you’re not having it this year, especially because the most relentless and emotional arguers are frequently new here and seem to parachute in via google after searching for a chance to defend their special someone.  I feel pretty certain we’ve had family members of designers posting heatedly here in the past, and maybe agents and publicists too. Somehow that seems more likely this year than any previous season… 

          • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

            Could not possibly agree more, preach it to the choir, TLo! 

          • http://www.facebook.com/mememenyc Michael English

            Honestly it’s not worth the argument. I think we who appreciate Anya and have liked her all season should just be happy she has ended with an amazing run. Sorry haters, you lose.

          • Anonymous

            I think the bitch is fabulous, love her! 

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

            of course!

            just look at all the wonderful things that have happened to gretchen since she won.

          • Anonymous

            Did ANYONE like Gretchen all season though? She seemed like a female Santino… she even got her own set of TLo-caps!

          • Anonymous

            But is it?  I mean, I can think of three different challenges where Anya was helped by the structure of the challenge.  She loses her money–a second look is suddenly brought in.  She makes a terrible outfit, one of two outfits is dropped.  And last night–she gets an assistant.  Of those three, two had out-of-the-blue game changers.

            Producers can and do manipulate the set-up.  I agree with TLo that her looks last night were far and away the best on the runway and that they were influenced by Bert.  Hell, I was thinking Bert and Anya make a great team.  He’s got skills and she brings her modern edge.  

            I don’t think the producers started out intending Anya to win, but they did start manipulating things about midway.  

            But whatever–there is a lack of talent this season and of the remaining designers, I don’t care who wins.  Anya can’t sew, but she does have an eye for design and she’s brilliant at managing people.  I wouldn’t be surprised if she did succeed as a designer if she got funding.  

            But I still don’t like the overt PR manipulation.  

          • Anonymous

            I don’t like Anya or the idea of unexperienced/uneducated designer winning no more then any normal designer, but…if producers did manipulated the set-up, they also managed to manipulate the other designers into being absolutely pitiful desperate talentless designersbeings, and did it very successfully …. they were SUPPOSED to show her who’s the boss…how you can benefit from skill and education… but they never did. I more worried about setting the precedent of “only 4 months sewing and then winning” and what’s going to happened in the future seasons now…

          • Anonymous

            True.  With the exception of Bert, who did have a problem with being dated, there’s been a real lack of design talent.  Josh, and to a lesser extent Victor, just overwork things.  Kimberly’s stuff has been largely forgettable except for some occasional slippages into slutwear.  All of the final five designers would have been middle-of-the-pack at best in other seasons.  Taste issues would have tripped up most of them and Anya would have been out on construction,  And the challenges wouldn’t have been altered to save her.

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

            I think there was also an inordinate amount of team challenges early on that was very different from previous seasons.  There were talented people were not given the opportunity to present their individual aesthetic.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, I really objected to the increased number of team challenges. It makes it impossible for individuals to show their own point of view and for the viewers to learn to recognize it.

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

            I have gotten increasingly angry with the obvious favoritism since the Sheepdogs challenge when she should have been auf’d.  I realize that it is unrealistic to be pissed at her specifically when the producers and the judges are so obviously full of shit about her, and I was actually FOR Anya at the very beginning.  However, she is coasting by at the expense of other more talented and deserving people.  She should have been gone long ago had this been a fair competition.

          • Anonymous

            I can honestly say, I have no favorites this year  :) 

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

            Exactly right – people are responding to that fundamental kind of outrage when they sense something is unfair.  I teach at a two year college and the younger teachers always ask why I don’t have more conflict/classroom management issues – well, it’s because it’s all about FAIRNESS.  If my students get a WHIFF of inconsistency or favoritism, they will turn on the teacher.  It’s just such gut level reaction to “the injustice of it all!!!”  - xoxo Madam Ovary

          • Anonymous

            Spot on!  like x10 ! There is definitely an air of favoritism around a couple of the designers.

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

      Underwhelming, overly influenced by whoever helps her, derivative, and absurdly overpraised — that sums up the entire season for Anya. I haven’t watched last night’s episode (because I’m so bored an annoyed with this season that there’s no point in watching) but from these screen caps, I think the clothes are pretty and wearable and interesting. Congratulations to Bert for his excellent work here. He deserved the win.

      It’s not just that Anya can’t sew a sleeve, though that’s evidence of her overall lack of ability. It’s that she can’t design any but the most flowy, roomy garments without running head-first into design issues.  It’s that she can’t design a garment that people can’t get into or out of without scissors — knowing where and how to add fasteners is an aspect of design, after all, not just a construction skill. I mean, if we were looking at a pair of knee-high boots with no zippers or laces, no way to ease them open so you can put them on, we’d count it as a design flaw, not as a construction issue. If you had a purse that couldn’t be opened, it would be a design flaw, not a construction issue. How about a car with no doors? Function and design go hand in hand.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t believe the thing with the ‘lack of zipper’ was anything more than a simple mistake she was unable to remedy. People have sewn models into outfits throughout the entire history of Project Runway and it’s never been an issue. I don’t see why Anya has to be singled out for the one time she did that.

        • Anonymous

          everything she designs is very flowy so it can be pulled on and off without a zipper–another thing she can’t do, like sleeves. And in some cases, she has had to sew her models in her outfits and cut them out. I can’t see why the judges don’t realize that her “design atheistic” is basically the way it is (flowy, sleeveless, asymmetrical) just because she is covering up what she can’t do. Zippers are a definite design issue, and her lack of using them also speaks volumes. I have no idea how she has skated thorough this entire season and not been called out for either when others have been aufed for the same things, even someone in this very season!

          • Anonymous

            I think even when other people sew her stuff, the vibe is still very flowy and sleeveless. Most of what we see her wear on the show are pieces from her line in the Caribbean and I don’t think she actually sewed any of it?

            I do understand how it might be frustrating that she’s just kind of skating by. It’s possible she was called out for some of these things that you mention, but the footage was just never shown due to editing. 

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

            It is really frustrating. I’ve liked a fair amount of the work Anya’s done, and I do think her mini-collection was the best thing on the runway last night. But, seriously, she never should have made it past the Sheep Dogs’ challenge, because that was one big old mess up in there.

          • Anonymous

            Well, I think she was trying for sleeves last night, Bert was trying to explain to her how to do it, and she could not do it. Plain and simple. It’s OK for all of us to disagree, but seriously, let’s just call it out. She cannot design a garment beyond her limited aesthetic. Is that OK? Absolutely. Is her aesthetic commercially viable? Absolutely. Should it be PR win-worthy? Not so much…not in the world of the old PR.

            But again, that is my position. I have reasons / evidence for holding my position, as you have shown repeatedly in this thread for yours. We can agree to disagree. 

          • Anonymous

            Isnt’ Anya a West Indian verion of Diane Von Furstenburg? Pretty woman with no sewing skills, with a knack for picking interesting patterns/color cominbations and makes dresses with no buttons or zippers. Diane’s dresses do have sleeves, but other than that, she built an empire with no sewing skills.

            One one hand, you gotta admire someone who takes a little talent and parlays that into something big using whatever resources they can – Diane married well, Anay is an ex beauty queen with a sex tape

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

            um. no.

          • Anonymous

            Wow this is so far off the mark on Diane Von Furstenburg it’s offensive. The woman practically invented a new kind of modern dress and founded a massive global enterprise. She’s the head of CFDA, etc etc. Comparing her to a reality star beauty queen who can’t sew is bullshit, man.

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

            The DVF wrap dress is iconic and rightly so.  Do you know the number one thing I hear women say they love in their wardrobe?  A wrap dress or a wrap top.  Because it is comfortable, easy to wear, and flattering on virtually every woman.  As for building an empire on it, absolutely — because it is a tremendously important piece and one which can be reinterpreted a thousand ways. 

            Just because she doesn’t do high fashion art pieces does not mean she lacks talent or vision.  I also think her sewing skills or lack of them plays NO part in her business.  I could care less if a designer can’t sew; plenty of them don’t, because they don’t enjoy it or have a knack for it.  That doesn’t mean they don’t understand it. 

            I don’t think it should be a mark against Anya as a designer that she can’t sew.  The fact that she has never demonstrated a great knowledge of construction concepts, maybe, but her actual sewing skill, no.  Anya as a PR CONTESTANT, however, has to construct her own garments and that’s a serious problem for her.

            If they want to start making that less of an issue, that’s fine.  Then they should be saying that and explaining their reasoning.

            And to say that DVF got where she did because she married well is insulting.  If Anya continues to produce collections for the next 5 years, it will be every bit as insulting to her.

        • Anonymous

          She’s lucky they added that ‘twist’ since they were originally told they’d have two looks being worn by the same model so that would have been a pretty terrible time to have to sew someone in or cut someone out of a look, even if it’s the one and only time that happened.

          But yeah, certainly not the first or last time a few corners are cut on PR.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, definitely. I wonder if that episode’s twists were created on the fly or if they were planned from the start because there were a LOT of them. 

            You’re working in teams! But you’re head to head! Now you have to make another look and only one model will wear both so there’s a change inbetween! Never mind, you only have to use one look now, so edit away!

        • Anonymous

          I agree that people have sewn models into garments throughout Project Runway. And I’ll further add that we’re not usually shown enough backstage to know if it’s a minor bit of tacking or practically constructing the garment around the girl.

          And it’s been inconsistent throughout Project Runway as to how much designers are penalized for bad construction/lack of proper closures, hems, etc. My *impression* is that this season the judges have been somewhat more lenient than usual, but that’s really just an impression.

          And I am probably in the camp of what have been called “Anya haters,’ though I don’t actually ‘hate’ her. I think she’s a very shrewd competitor with a good eye for a pretty dress who’s been judged rather leniently *possibly* (because really, I don’t think the judges do drugs on set) because she would be a very advantageous winner for the people who make money (or get public relations fodder) from the show.

          And she is FAR from the first contestant whom I’ve thought was getting an occasional free pass or lenient judgement because they were ‘good t.v.’

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1214755227 Meira Niibori

            “I agree that people have sewn models into garments throughout Project Runway. And I’ll further add that we’re not usually shown enough backstage to know if it’s a minor bit of tacking or practically constructing the garment around the girl.”

            True, we’re not always shown exactly what happens, but my memory is that many times when someone explicitly mentions sewing the model into the outfit either they ran out of time to put in the fastener(s)or the zipper broke.  I actually can’t recall any time when it happened because the designer forgot to consider how a person would get into/out of a garment.  Of course, I could very well be mistaken, I don’t have the encyclopedic knowledge of PR that others do.

    • Anonymous

      I think they should have challenges where they somehow work in that the designers are required to construct a certain article of clothing (a coat, tailored pants, a gown, whatever).  God, if only they had some kind of outerwear challenge this season.  Design for an eskimo, whatever.  Anya sends a vest down the runway.  Aw hell, who am I kidding?  The judges would still love it!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

        Agreed with the idea of the challenges being more specific. One of my favorite challenges from Season 1 was the postal employee uniform challenge.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly!  Stuff like that.  If your specialty is goddess gowns, too bad, it’s not gonna work for a postal employee’s uniform.  You’re gonna have to pull something else out.

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

            That is one thing that I do have against Anya — when she’s left the flowy gown zone, her work doesn’t look like her.  Remember Uli?  She had a similar style, but when she needed to show range, she did so, while still showing work that was recognizably Uli.  If we’d seen Anya’s pieces the last two weeks with no info (and leaving aside the construction problems from last week; those weren’t a feature, they were a bug) we couldn’t have pegged it as her.

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      YES ALL OF THIS I AGREE WITH. It is beyond me she got away with her flowy/drape designs. She showed nothing else. 

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I see
    many kittens and minions saying that they’re okay with the fact that Anya is
    manipulative.  They describe here as ‘a player’ and mean it as a
    compliment, being ‘a player’ is to be admired because PR is a competition.
     

     

    I’m going
    to make an ENORMOUS generalisation here (so please accept my apologies in
    advance) but I think this may be a cultural difference, one of many, between
    the US and the UK.

     

    Let me
    explain.

     

    When Big
    Brother first came to British TV we were transfixed.  It lost its flavour
    eventually but that first season the country was hooked.  Meanwhile, in
    the US, you were all transfixed by Survivor so when Big Brother went to the US
    and Survivor came to the UK the broadcasters expected each show to be as
    popular as it had been in the previous country.

     

    What
    happened, however, is that the US audience, which had greatly admired all the
    wheeling and dealing and strategy in Survivor, felt that the Big Brother cast
    were just sitting around doing nothing.  In the UK we reacted very badly
    to the scheming and tactics necessary to win Survivor.

     

    What we
    liked about Big Brother was the fact that, with that many cameras on you, it
    was impossible to hide your real personality.  We enjoyed watching a
    genuinely good person be genuinely good and rise through all
    the bullshit with their integrity intact.

     

    With
    Project Runway ‘genuinely good’ translates to talent and personality and
    sometimes – as with Seth Aaron and Mondo and a few others – you get both!
     A genuinely solid and good person has oodles of talent.  That’s the
    kind of TV I’ll never tire of watching.  I’ll even be okay watching a
    genuinely crappy or unsympathetic personality who has talent
    – Irina, Crabby Bert (before he settled in), Kenley, Emilo Sosa or Jeffrey
    Sibelia for example.

     

    Anya may
    have talent (as long as it doesn’t involve sleeves).  She’s definitely ‘a player’ (which I don’t
    mean as a compliment) but she’s not genuine and that’s why
    the thought of her winning the whole thing makes me sick to my stomach.  It happened last season with Gretchen and I
    cannot bear the thought of it happening again.

    • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

      As much as I would love to see a show that is based purely on talent and not on scheming/manipulation/drama, I can’t reasonably expect that after 15+ years of US reality tv. The contestants have been watching and they know how to entertain the audience–all too often that translates to producer manipulation/intervention to stir it up, which is where I have a big problem. I definitely DO NOT want to see Anya win (though I highly suspect she will), despite accepting that she’s playing “the game” well.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Ninja edit because evidently writing something in word and then pasting it to the comment box screws everything up!

      • Anonymous

        i was wondering how that happened, lol…

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

      Well, I never thought of myself as especially British-like (‘though I may have a somewhat stiff upper lip!) but I couldn’t agree more. Well said!

    • Anonymous

      If the thought of Pageant-Bot (with Sex Tape) winning makes you sick to your stomach, stock up on the Pepto Bismol now.  Buy several bottles.

      • Anonymous

        Or Bourbon,or Gin, or Vodka, hell just stock up! You’re gonna need it to watch this crap!

        • Now I am The Bee

          Vodka!  Two bottles waiting in the freezer for the PR finale!  Yes! 

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

            Beer usually does the trick for me, but I’ll probably have to get some vodka for the finale.  I don’t even want to think about how many cigarettes I’ll be smoking that night.

        • Anonymous

          Another option is to not watch the remaining episodes of PR. I’m simply bored with the Anya lovefest, the relatively low level of talent in this season’s cast, and what seems to be very heavy handed producer manipulation.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, Anya. You make the transition from Pageant Queen to Porn Queen to Fashion Queen appear effortless! In every endeavor, you take it all. And I mean ALL.

      • Anonymous

        Oh Anya. You make the transition from Pageant Queen to Porn Queen to Fashion Queen appear so effortless. In every endeavor, you manage to take it all. And I mean ALL.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. My partner is British so I am aware of those cultural differences a bit. I don’t understand the admiration for someone who is “playing the game”. This isn’t that sort of competition. It should be about design and making garments, not who can manipulate or be more of a diva.

      I was following Viktor, Anthony Ryan, and Laura on Twitter. After last night’s episode, I got rid of Laura even though she is from the town where I live. Kimberly was right to call her out a bit for her behavior and Laura’s responses were well-honed Mean Girl to the core. Just UGH. I am very disappointed in PR. The last two seasons have been TERRIBLE. 

      • Andrea Rossillon

        I wonder if so many are expressing (grudging) respect and admiration for a person who “played the game” because that’s all we have left to admire–BM certainly took the skill and talent parts away from Project Runway.

        Yes, the more I think about it, the more I think that’s true–in the absence of anything else to admire, we admire the only thing left–gamesmanship. But I don’t think that Project Runway will continue on much past this season. It’s boring.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          That’s a good point Andrea – this is what we’ve been reduced to!

      • Anonymous

        The funny thing is, when Wendy Pepper was “playing a game” in Season 1, people treated her like a Nazi. When Anya is “playing a game,” she’s just being clever. But surely that doesn’t have anything to do with their relative youth and attractiveness…

        • Anonymous

          For me, no. Because Wendy Pepper came across as an unpleasant person. Anya usually comes across as a pleasant person when she opens her mouth, and she often has the sense to leave it shut when La Pepper would have said something unpleasant.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know.  I guess we’ve had different experiences, because to me she comes off as fake as Laura but even more conniving as VIktor.  She’s done pageants; she can fake that sugar and sweet with the best of them.  Her true colors were starting to come out with the refusal to give Joshua fabric.  I think she’s probably every bit as pleasant as Pepper, but actually sly enough to know to be less obvious about it.  After all, isn’t there another sizable check that comes with being voted fan fave?  It wouldn’t do to completely show those true colors until the check(s) have cleared. 

        • Anonymous

          Wendy Pepper seemed mentally ill to me. She genuinely couldn’t understand why people objected to  her lies and cruelty. I don’t think she was playing a game, I think she was bat shit insane.

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Bravo, Eclectic!  My feelings exactly!

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

      Wow, you mean I have been watching the wrong show?  I think I watched a few Big Brother–the season with Puck, and I was so put off by him, that I never watched it again. Was that Big Brother? I got weary of Survivor ages ago, but Hubby still watches. Ia,m so with you, and I think most of you agree that we’d rather see talent than donkeys. Does Bunim Murray not read TLo? I can’t imagine that to be true. Please, might we have more talent and less cattiness?

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Wasn’t Puck a ‘reality tv’ recidivist from the Real World?  I’ve never seen Big Brother in this country so I don’t know whether the format was changed but, certainly for the first two or three seasons, Big Brother UK was HUGE.

        I’m not saying that the UK is perfect by ANY stretch of the imagination, the media should be hung up by their toenails and we’re perfectly capable of celebrating people for their ignorance (the unfortunate Jade Goody from BB Season 3 I think, comes to mind) or for being tabloid fodder.  We’ll even celebrate our anti-heroes but they don’t win these competitions.  The ‘genuine people’ win.

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

          Ah yes. A quick jaunt to IMBD confirms you’re right. Just shows how little I follow reality shows. Not fond of meanness. 

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

          You know, I watched the Real World in the first 2 seasons, and they were compelling (and fairly intelligent) as hell.  They were such an interesting look at human beings who had no business being near each other.  It makes me sad how much promise reality TV had in the beginning. 

    • Anonymous

      Very interesting comparison.  Especially for me, because I can’t bear Survivor and most of the other reality shows with strategy & alliances and gamesmanship, they make me deeply uncomfortable. Probably because I am not capable of that much duplicity and it sometimes takes me a long time to recognize it when it’s happening in real life.

      The reason I can call Anya a “smart competitor” and even “manipulative” and say it as a positive thing, is that she’s shown less actual dishonesty & trouble-making on the show than a lot of contestants do (from any season). Yes, she abandoned the girls’ alliance, and failed to give credit where it was due on the runway sometimes – and I perceived these as negatives – but negatives that aren’t uncommon on Project Runway.

      Balanced against that, she sure wasn’t lying that she hasn’t been sewing (in the sense I took her to mean it – seriously making garments) for long. That’s obvious.  And it’s not her fault if the judges seem to think that’s a reason to give her a pass on workmanship – and if she thinks that’s what they’re doing, she’d be a fool not to keep bringing it up.

      She’s not genuine, sure, but for me it’s the kind of “not genuine” you get in the American South – as a child raised mostly in the south but by Yankees it feels fake to me, but to someone raised to it it’s just good manners. You smile in people’s faces whom you dislike, and you hold back the negative things you’re feeling, and you don’t demand what you want, but try to get others to buy into giving you what you want by allowing them to believe that you’re their friend, or at least all working together on the same team.  I have enough life-long friends who sincerely believe that what I feel to be  mealy-mouthed insincerity is simply good  manners that I’ve had to accept that it isn’t necessarily a sign of bad character.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I appreciate your analysis and point of view.  I guess that style of ‘politeness’ is so foreign to me that it simply doesn’t compute!  

        I feel I see a little more calculation (what Inforapenny calls Anya’s femmebot mode!) from Anya than you do but have to agree with you that she’s been quite low-key as far as the DRAMA! of this unfortunate season goes.

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

          It’s like Bertie in The King’s Speech being polite to Wallis Simpson — that kind of thing:)

      • Anonymous

        ooo girl! I guess I don’t see Anya as so evil and cunning. But, I guess everyone does kind of hate each other this season…maybe it’s Josh C’s manic-ness? I can see why Kim would be offended, if the girls never told her all bets were off.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    The only thing Anya’s collection accomplished was proving how much Bert deserved the finale.

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

      Perfectly stated and I agree.

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

      I’ve been thinking much the same thing. But I don’t think he cares that he’s not officially in the finale. It seems he got a lot of what he wanted and needed from his stint on PR.

      It sure was great to see his smiling face again.

    • Anonymous

      I dunno, Bert can make some super boring dresses! Plus I got tired of how he always gave his model big ol’ hair. unique guy, though.

  • Anonymous

    My father lived on Govenors Island when he was a boy… that’s all I have to say about this show!

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I’m more interested in your father’s story than in what happens on Project Bullshit.  I didn’t know people lived there that recently.

      • Anonymous

        My grandfather was in the Army, and stationed on Governors Island during the late 1930′s.  My dad loved it, lots of friends, space to play, water, and night time views of New York City.  

        • Anonymous

          That is very cool. Great family story–you should tell that to NPR Story Corps; it deserves to be recorded.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agree that, among a whole lotta fug on the runway, Sex Tape Pageant-Bot’s collection had to be chosen to go to Fashion Week.  Which just sums up this season so perfectly: “She played the game well.”

    That’s what they say on crapfests like “Survivor.”  On PR, they used to say, “S/he made a gorgeous collection.” 

    Blah blah blah.

  • Anonymous

    I spent most of the show wondering why no one mentioned that Bert would be what saved Anya.   All that cattiness in the workroom, and no snark of the “Bert…I mean Anya…is making a XYZ?”    I call editing shenanigans, or, at the very least, a dearth of creative bitchery.

    Laura’s jacket was interesting, and I’d praise it more soundly if it had been the only use of that fabric.

  • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

    I’m not annoyed that she won this particular challenge. I’m not even annoyed, really, that she’s calculating and manipulative. I kind of expect that from reality show contestants. I’m annoyed that it seems like she can do no wrong because the producers will either come up with some ridiculous twist to save her or whisper in the judges ears. Or the judges are just grading her on such a ridiculous curve that it starts to lose all meaning.

    But as for last night, she and Bert deserved to win it. But I damn well hope someone noticed/mentioned that Bert had a significant influence.

  • Anonymous

    I also couldn’t help but notice how very Bert all of Anya’s looks were. That’s probably part of why I liked them so much. Without him I am highly skeptical that they would’ve looked that sophisticated.

    • Anonymous

      What drove me totally nuts was when they actually complimented her for being able to develop her point of view and level of sophistication over time, when it was really only the last two challenges, and one of them was due to the influence of Bert. 

    • Anonymous

      I think Bert felt the same way. He said he really liked working with Anya but he also gave her a lot of help. However, he said that even if she was partnered with someone else, it probably would’ve been fine since she had a strong foundation (the designs, I’m guessing) to begin with. The video’s on the PR page on the Lifetime website.

      • Lori

        Bert is a gentleman.

        • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

          More like a gentlequeen :D.

  • http://twitter.com/OperaSickness Opera Sickness

    I always wonder why you never hear about PR designers teaming up with other PR designers after the show.  From the looks of this collection, Bert and Anya would make a great professional team.  She modernizes his aesthetic and he brings experience and elegance to the table, plus they seemed to work well together.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes that is a great idea. I first thought way back her teaming with Oliveir would produce great results but a Bert-Anya collaboration would be chic and commercial

      • http://michjeff-quiltersparadise.blogspot.com/ Michelle Young

        She and Oliveir worked together in the scary stilt model show and they did  not collaborate so much as Oliveir had his design, Anya had her design, and they did not go together in the one look.  It was really weird. I expect that this was Oliveir’s fault though, to give Anya credit for some willingness to compromise.

    • Anonymous

      There was that gay couple that decided to design together after the show. TLo has featured their work here before but I can’t think of their names. I just looked them up, Wesley Nault and Daniel Feld.

      • Anonymous

        They were a couple before the show, IIRC.  They just played it down for the cameras.

        • Anonymous

          Really? I thought they had met and flirted while they were sequestered in the apartments/hotel. Sad to say, they broke up sometime last year I believe. I think they still work together though? 

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

          No, they met on the show.  But it was a “love at first sight” kind of thing.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, wonderful idea. 

    • Anonymous

      That was exactly my reaction when I saw the collection. They would make a great team.

  • http://twitter.com/BrienneCalmer Brienne Calmer

    All I could see in Laura’s collection was Mondo’s polka dot dress.

    • Anonymous

      Heidi liked Laura’s gown and she liked Mondo’s polka dress enough to wear it.

    • Now I am The Bee

      Oh I forgot about Mondo’s polko dot dress tilll just now.!!   I thought of a few of Mila’s dresses when I saw Laura’s collection. 

    • Anonymous

      I suspect that was a strong influence on Laura’s choices.

    • Anonymous

      My son and I said the same thing, except it was Mondo’s gown if he couldn’t line up the circles and properly fit his model.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

    I have never watched a season where execution issues were so roundly ignored by the judges, most specifically Saint Nina Garcia Who Shall Never Be Criticized. She’s star-struck by a pageant queen who dresses every model exactly like herself, which is, surprisingly enough, exactly what Laura Bennett did in Season 3, only Laura wasn’t lucky enough to be a 20-something model-looking “exotic” chick with a fun accent, so she was criticized while Anya is “innovative.”

    None of Anya’s looks in this last challenge is even slightly interesting, it’s draping for the sake of not knowing how to do anything else. The pants are laughable on the second look, and the top looks like two halves of a tarp tied over the model’s shoulders. Yes, there’s a lot of Bert in these designs, but it’s Bert trying to interpret unworkable ideas by Anya, who apparently sketched out looks without the slightest consideration as to how fabric works when sewed.

    This is an even sadder season than last year, which at least had Mondo to liven things up. Whoever the Final 3 wind up being, the Fashion Week collections are drab and full of uninteresting ideas. Too bad.

    • http://twitter.com/kankrochet Kandi Nielsen

      I just know I saw the Simplicity Pattern for the wrap-around pants at JoAnn’s Fabrics a few years ago….

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      Santino benefited from the judges completely ignoring execution issues a few times. But what’s happened this season goes way beyond even that. At least Nina called Santino on his shit once.

    • Now I am The Bee

      I gree with you.  Zulema, Kara and others were set home for unfinshed hems and dangling threads.  I miss those days….

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

        I remember in one past season, a designer did not hem a knit (which none of the dept. store designers are doing today anyway Calvin Klein) and was blasted and I think offed for it.

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

          Just because Calvin Klein doesn’t hem knits does NOT MAKE IT OKAY!  Sorry, I just had to explain to someone last night why white pants need to be lined better than the ones in question and I was told that you don’t normally see them lined that way — doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be!  I should not be able to see your seam allowance through your clothes!

          • Anonymous

            “I should not be able to see your seam allowance through your clothes!”

            I think I (platonically) love you. That is all.

  • http://oshunanat.livejournal.com/ Carrie

    Bert totally saved her, I just hope that someone recognizes his skill and gets him a job somewhere else later on. As for Anya…she’s the best of a blah bunch. All I know for sure is that unlike last season there will be no righteous rage about her winning: there isn’t anyone that’s all that much better for her to defeat.

  • http://twitter.com/CestmoiLola CestmoiLola

    Oh my, you two sound so glum for a Friday. I think this has to be one of the most disappointed posts I’ve ever seen from you two (as in you’re disappointed in the show, not disappointing in the analysis).

    Let’s hope THE SWINTON or someone else wears something fabulous soon to cheer you guys up. This is no way to start off a weekend!

  • Joe J

    Man, looking at those pictures of Laura’s gown and seeing how that lattice fabric doesn’t seem to be very well-attached to the white gown underneath, I would live in mortal terror of exposed nails and furniture with sharp corners (if I were partial to women’s clothing, of course).  But I think that without the time constraint, she certainly would have done a better job appliqué-ing (is that the right term for it?) the lattice to the gown.  It’s kind of a shame – I really liked her final collection and thought she would have been stiff competition for the annoyingly-anointed Anya.

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

      Clearly you aren’t partial to women’s clothing — that kind of thing causes problems for women all the time!  My daughter has a dress that exactly matches one of my skirts because the FIRST TIME I WORE IT, it got caught on a nail and ripped badly because it was a tissue weight cotton.  I had to go buy another just like it, so the 1st got reworked into a dress for my then 4 year old.

  • Anonymous

    I gave up on this season a long time ago. I can’t believe they’re going to follow up Gretchen’s win with Anya’s win…because of course she’s winning. BLAH indeed!

    • http://twitter.com/OperaSickness Opera Sickness

      But Gretchen’s win was terrible because Mondo should have won.  Who should be winning this season?  Burt who’s looks are undeniably dated?  Viktor, who, in the inverse of Anya, seems to be getting by on his sewing skills alone, making department store looks?  Josh, with his clear taste issues?  All of those designers would have been eliminated in the first few challenges in earlier seasons, and I don’t think any of them are better enough than Anya that her winning would be a travesty.  Anya is benefiting more from awful casting than from any of her own scheming.  I think part of the reason why the judges like Anya so much is because she’s new to this and has potential to get better.  All of the other designers have been doing this long enough, have enough training, that, if that’s what they are producing…

      • Anonymous

        This is exactly right. Anya is indeed benefitting from poor casting. I have to wonder how much longer Tim is going to want to be part of this shenanigans. None of these designers are anything to crow about and if Anya wins the finale it’s just Blah, as TLO say. Blah is the word.

        • Anonymous

          Speaking of Tim and casting… if I remember correctly, this was the only season so far that he wasn’t present for the preliminary auditions or whatever due to being busy with the Smurfs and other engagements.

      • Anonymous

        But Anya makes department store looks too. And I agree, she’s definitely benefiting from poor casting.

        • Anonymous

          THIS brings up a very interesting idea–what if they cast this show full of blah designers knowing it was the only way they could justify Anya winning it all in the end?

          • Anonymous

            That would be very strange for a show like Project Runway. I can see that for Top Model maybe… but not PR. 

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

            Ha! I think we are in that season.

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

          She may be benefiting from poor casting but only by a small percentage.  She is not that good even by the lowered standards of this season’s talent.  I’d place her squarely in the middle or lower end of all of them.  Having a good eye for patterns is a rather narrow pedigree for a “next top designer” contest.

      • Anonymous

        Oh…where is Gunnar Deathrage when you REALLY need him???

        • Lori

          Forgot they auf’d four people before the competition even started. That was such a crude twist, a fitting start to a horrible season.

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

        Anya winning this season would be just as nauseating a tragedy as Gretchen’s win last year.  As I’ve mentioned numerous times, Anya should have been auf’d much earlier in this season for output that has gotten much better designers auf’d before.  I have lost respect completely for Nina Garcia and Michael Kors because if they had any real integrity, they would at the very least call Anya on some of the more glaring and consistent problems with her output.  Instead they applauded her every tiny effort.  It’s sad but then, also very very lucky for Anya. She will need a lot of the same luck in the future because she isn’t that good.

  • Anonymous

    Of course all the other designers said they wanted Anya to go to fashion week. They didn’t forget she can’t sew. They wanted her there BECAUSE she can’t sew. 

    • Anonymous

      Then they’re all extra dumb because as soon as she leaves New York to make her collection she’s off camera and can get as much outside help as wanted.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Agreed.  And yet there was still only ONE sleeve in her entire collection…!

      • Anonymous

        Why is there this notion that Anya is going to try and make the collection via other people? 

        • Anonymous

          She might not, the point is that she could do it easily so if the other contestants did choose her on the assumption that “she can’t sew, I can beat her” they must be, well, extra dumb.

          That said as much as I’m sure PR is considered a joke at Fashion Week, FW itself is still a pretty big damn deal. If I only had 4-5 months under my belt and I got chosen to show, better believe I’d get some help.

          • http://twitter.com/kankrochet Kandi Nielsen

            She’ll probably move to L.A.  That’s where Bert lives.

        • Anonymous

          She’s not the first one who’s been suspected of that (at least, in my mind). And I’m not talking about the Laura B.-Jeffrey accusation.**

          But since so many people feel like she’s not keeping up with the other designers (on execution) -on-the-show- where they’re on camera, and yet somehow has not been held back by it, it’s easy to speculate she’ll hire the grunt work out.

          Me, I’m sure she’ll be tempted but I’d be surprised if she did {Edited to Clarify}: if she did anything against the rules because she’d have too much to lose if caught. She’s not dumb.

          **I’ve always wondered about Chloe, sitting there in a garage full of uncut fabric for Tim’s home visit, myself. She has an awful lot of sisters, and while an employee might rat one out, I  bet a sister won’t.

      • Anonymous

        She can get outside help?

        • Anonymous

          Oh yeah, you’re allowed to have people sew for you as long as you pay them out of your budget. See Jeffrey S. from a previous season (not sure which one).

          • Anonymous

            Or just don’t tell anybody.
            Either way.

            Although if she goes back to T&T for the duration I bet between wage differences and home town hero effect she could get a lot of bang for her buck, especially with her (and this is partly hindsight) collection and general style not involving a hell of a lot of fabric.

            Though ALSO in hindsight, nothing in her collection is all that complicated, so I’m not gonna level any claims at her there.

            Still like I said to Hoez, they’d have to be morons to vote for her on the basis of “she can’t sew”.

          • Anonymous

            Hmm. Interesting. 

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

            Really?  I had no idea that was allowed.  Well then.  Anya most definitely had others doing the construction and sewing for her.  I’d bet on it.

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

            Really? I’ve always thought the final designers were expected to make everything themselves (except for items made with materials that require special technique), and the entire deal over Jeffrey was that he had outside help, not that he went over budget by paying for it.

          • Anonymous

            That’s how I remember it, too. 

          • Anonymous

            Now that I think about it, I think there might have been a budget problem with Jeffrey also — didn’t he have to eliminate wigs or something.  But still, the way I remember it is that the outside help issue and the budget issue were separate.

          • Anonymous

            Well, I’m almost sure you’re allowed outside help if you pay for it. Maybe it is only for special technique. I think Jeffrey had some leather items Laura was questioning, and there was something about his not having receipts. I’m not sure anyone from the group would still be reading these posts this late – but anyone who remembers better than I do is welcome to comment!

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

            I think the issue was that Laura was saying he had to have outside help, which was nowhere to be seen in his receipts.  And if he had had THAT much help, it would have meant every piece was over budget, leaving him with very little to show. 

    • Anonymous

      It’s also a way for the designer’s to kiss the judge’s collective ass. They all know what’s going on and are certain Anya is the judge’s fave, therefore, is destined for Fashion Week. The whole thing just makes me ill.

      • Anna Maria Diamanti

        Agreed. Very reminiscent of how the contestants fell in line behind Gretchen last year. If the judges love her, you show the judges you have good taste by loving her also.

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

          I hadn’t thought of that angle.  I guess they didn’t want to ruffle the judges’ feathers by icing Anya out.

    • http://profiles.google.com/tarasana Tara Murray

      That is exactly what I thought!   

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

    I am so happy.  Last night I got to see an amazing Gillan Welch & Dave Rawlings concert and I missed Project Runway.  What a great way to start out not watching the rest of this travesty of a season. 

    I think Eclectic Mayhem is spot-on as to why this show, at this point, blows.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Thanks Ella B – I’ve been wanting to say that for weeks now but thought pointing out a cultural difference would get me into trouble!  I’m relieved and happy that I’m not being tarred and feathered and run out on a rail!

      • Anonymous

        Oh, E.M., you’re way too interesting to run out of town!  You were missed during your cross-country adventure.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Aw shucks fA, I missed you guys too.  Hugs!

    • Anonymous

      Last night I had a fabulous tapas dinner with a friend and we then spent a delightful evening at the Shakespeare Theater in D.C., at a performance of an updated 18th century French comedy…performed by people who can act, costumed by people who actually can construct costumes, on a set constructed by actual set designers…in other words, actual talented human beings, in contrast to the phonies and poseurs littering the set of Project Runway.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LDLNDAFFRCIWNXZFYTIE46OJWI Linda

    I’m so pleased that Bert finally seems to be working well with the kids. I liked him from the 1st episode (as an over 40 viewer, I have to root for the geezers), but there were a couple of episodes where it was really hard to like him. I think Opera Sickness is right, Anya and Bert seem to make a terrific team.

  • Anonymous

    This would have been a much better challenge if the remaining five had to do it all on their own. However, I think we all know that Anya would not have been able to handle that. 

    I truly believe Anya wins this entire thing based on the fact that she has exuded smugness on the last two After the Runway shows. Viktor looked like someone had stepped on his kitten last night and what he was wearing was clearly a cry for help. 

    The next few episodes are just a waste of time. This is like Gretchen all over again but even worse. 

    • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

      Well, “even worse” – I don’t think so.  I can’t stand Anya’s smugness or her manipulation of the other contestants, but Gretchen had those qualities in spades also.  The fact that Gretchen won the whole thing when Mondo’s collection was so beautiful, is the low point of this show forever, IMHO. 

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Agreed.  The only salve to this entire season is the fact that I couldn’t honestly say any of the other finalists were ROBBED.  Viktor is the only one who could possibly upset the Anya apple cart at this stage and I just don’t feel the same way about him as I did about Mondo.

        I should also give credit for Gretchen being genuine.  She was ‘genuinely’ narcissistic.

        • Now I am The Bee

          Yes, EM!  I compare Gretchen more to Josh than to Anya. Both Gretchena and Josh are totally self-absorbed, see the world only through the haze of “me,me,me” and both are delusional about their own skill and worth. 
          Anya is just…lucky.  Lucky to have all these people help her thru the entre season,a nd lucky enough to be cast on a season where there is no clear winner.  I liken that to a couple of past PR seasons–when Leanne won and when Irina won.  Both are good desginers, don’t get me wrong.  But if they, and Anya as well, had been cast in earlier seasons with Jay or Chrsitian or Nick or later with Mondo or Seth Aaron, they’d been aufed well before the finale.

          • Anonymous

            I absolutely agree with about Anya being lucky, but I must disagree about Leanne and Irina. I mean, Wendy made it to the finale in S1. Sweet P was auf’d last challenge in S4. Anthony was auf’d last challenge in S7. And I can understand thinking Mondo made a better collection, but S8 was overflowing with mediocrity from almost everyone else. The show always had plenty of runway chaff and rarely if ever had more than three designers who actually earned a show at Fashion Week.

            But I digress – the important part, is, I agree, Anya wouldn’t have done so well in a more competitive season.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Actually – I’ve realised I do have another issue with Anya’s (likely) win.

        Uli already did this collection and did not win.  If Uli’s gorgeous work wasn’t good enough to win Season 4 then I’m damned if Uli – lite should get away with skating right through Season 9 and winning the whole thing.

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

          Yes, this is a good point!  I wasn’t a fan personally of Uli’s stuff but it was interesting and well crafted.  I think she actually did some sleeves on her clothing too :)

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

        I noted over at Blogging Project Runway that Tim was recently interviewed and asked if Josh/CC was this season’s villain, and he said no, it was someone else, and it remained to be seen.  That answer is open to interpretation, and maybe what he meant is that the “villain” is the judges or the producers.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOM6YR4RJ53AF77MUUZ62J33WY Anonymous

          Tim, being such the sweetheart that he is (he even stood up for Gretchen!), it’s easy to interpret that comment as being, that there is NO villian this season in PR.  Yes, Josh had some drama and looked pretty bad in several episodes, but with last night’s After show, where he reconciles with Becky, it’s not hard to believe that said actions redeemed whatever wrong doing in Tim’s eyes and moved Josh out of the villian realm….assuming that Tim ever felt that way to begin with.  

    • Anonymous

      They never have to do these kinds of challenges alone though. Maybe if it were one or two looks instead of three.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TD3V5M36HNO6PDJVQRAM5JLO6I Mary Ann

      Not sure if anyone else noticed, but on last night’s after show, when Anya was responding to a question, she said, “Well, I guess that’s why I won (2 second pause) so many challenges.”  It really sounded like she said she won.

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

        I think we might read too much into that — Anya has a lot of pauses that aren’t where an American would necessarily put them.

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

        Maybe she lost count.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Thanks for mentioning the presence of Bert in all of Anya’s stuff.  The black dress SCREAMS his name.  The white column needed a fabric with the stiffer hand to work well and was a skosh too tight across the hips in its cut.  And the russet pants and top was an inspired look.  It looked very wearable and sellable, which not all of Anya’s stuff has been.

    As soon as I saw Laura pull that circle fabric out I knew she was doomed.  Too costumey and the textile is so extreme it requires the hands of a master both in production and taste to pull off.  The final look was appalling.  On the runway there was a shot of the neckline where you could see the unfinished neckline hem trying to roll outwards.

    • Anonymous

      Bert actually mentioned in a video that without him, that black dress wouldn’t have happened.

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

      But I did agree with Zoe Saldana who pointed out the thoughtful placement of the circles on that dress. A man would have had them right on the nipple and crotch areas.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        As a designer myself I would never deliberately accent those areas unless specifically requested to by my client.  But I do get your point.  In the hands of lesser designers, it would be the obvious choice, and the wrong one.

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

          I would never have placed the circles there, either.  How would you not see it as you pinned it on, and why would you leave it that way?

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

        Um, except for the bullseye ON HER ASS. More than a little vulgar.

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

      She also picked Anthony Ryan, not a technical master to assist her.  She should have chosen Bert or Becky.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad you liked Anya’s red outfit, I thought it was gorgeous, the best of them…. 

    • Anonymous

      I liked it too.  And I LOVE the color!

      • Anonymous

        The really cool thing for the tiny nation of Trinidad and Tobago and all the people her who support Anya here, is that those are actually our national colours!

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      It was utterly beautiful, LOVE that colour.  Love that ginger model too.  Yay Gingers!

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

      I agree. I think it’s really cool.

  • http://twitter.com/wendylaneb Wendy Lane Bailey

    Is it possible that Bert and Anya together make the perfect designer? He has the technical skills, editing eye and polish she lacks. Anya has inovation, edge and fashion forward thinking down pat. I got the feeling that they understood that and respected each other for it. Taking advantage of Bert’s knowledge and skills was a smart move on Anya’s part. In the long run, it was probably pretty good for Bert too.

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

      I don’t think Anya is innovative nor fashion forward.  She makes pretty island dresses, baggy/flowy jumpsuits, and summer tops with racer backs with pleated shorts.  But that is my opinion (that her fashion design is over rated).  The credit I give her is that she has an eye for graphic design and styling which she should have since she worked in that field for years after earning a degree in it.   She picks good colors, prints and had good marketing ideas.  But she is not a great fashion designer in the league of “the next great American designer.”  She was lucky to be cast in a virtual talent desert of a season.  I think Bert’s aesthetic and talent is head and shoulder’s above her as is Victor’s.  I am very undecided about Kimberly– I think she needs to mature more as a designer, she doubts herself too much.

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

    I am left wondering what if one of the other designers had picked Bert (rather than their bestest friend) to work with and Anya had been stuck with wee Ollie…….. What fresh hell would have resulted? And what producer machinations would have ensued to ensure her debut at FW?

    • Anonymous

      LIKE button not working, so LIKE LIKE LIKE!

    • Anonymous

      I kept wondering why none of them picked Bert — so what if you don’t like him?  He can sew, and if his job is to help you put together your looks, then pick the guy who will be the most help.  And since it’s not a team challenge, if you don’t like his opinion you can tell him to STFU (though Anya appears to have been smart enough to take his opinions).  None of the rest of the “assistants” was any great shakes in the sewing department, as I recall.

      • Anonymous

        Bert seemed to be the most useful assistant probably because Anya realized how much she needed him.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget about Becky.  Her sewing ability was precisely why Kimberly picked her first and even Kimberly admitted she could not have made all the changes in design she made had it not been for Becky.

      • Cathy S

        Exactly. If you wanted sewing help, Becky and Bert were the best choices. Anya was lucky he was still available when her time came to choose. I have to say though that Bryce helped Josh edit though. I’m not sure Bert and Josh would have worked that well.

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

          Bryce not only helped Josh edit, he also essentially told him to stop obsessing over Anya and do his own damn work.

          Kudos to Becky for not having a nervous breakdown over Kimberly changing her mind every 5 seconds.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know that luck had anything to do with it.  Really, how much can one person have in a season?  Lucky she wore silk pajamas to bed that had more fabric than her usual wear, luck that somebody had extra money, luck that somebody had dye, luck that they got to throw away one outfit, luck that construction didn’t count this season, luck that she ended up on strong teams that hid her inadequacies, etc., etc., etc.  I suspect back in July they knew who would be her assistant on this challenge.  

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1214755227 Meira Niibori

        That’s exactly what I was thinking, too!  Bert was hands-down the best choice, followed by Becky, and no matter what their personal feelings about each person were, I can’t understand why those two weren’t the first two chosen.  Crazy.  Besides, Bert had mellowed or settled in a lot by that point, and all of them had said that Bert had grown on them, so not liking him shouldn’t have even been a factor in the decision.

      • Anonymous

        It wasn’t written in the script for anyone else to pick Bert.  I suspect they were waved off if their eyes even went too long in his direction.  

    • http://twitter.com/BrienneCalmer Brienne Calmer

      I still can’t get over the reappearance of the auf’d designers as seamstresses without even a half-assed attempt to explain their presence.  No promise to share in rewards, no chance to get back in the competition, nothing on the line for them at all.  They might as well have walked in holding signs: THERE’S NO REASON / FOR US TO BE BACK / EXCEPT THE PRODUCERS / WANT TO SAVE ANYA’S ASS / BURMA-SHAVE

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

        They bring back the auf’d designers every season at this point.

        • http://twitter.com/BrienneCalmer Brienne Calmer

          Really?  Wow.  The acedia this season has induced in me must be messing with my memory.

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

            Many of the shows, including Design Star and Top Chef, bring back the recently aufed to help the finalists.

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

            This is true and I really enjoy when they bring back the old contestants for a challenge!

          • Anonymous

            They sometimes come back but I seem to remember it in the actual runway stuff because they usually toss another look at them or give them help finishing hems and fitting.  

      • http://twitter.com/Kamilaahh Kamil

        They’ve done that before, if not every season then most seasons — at least, to the best of my recollection. And I think since none of the first three designers who chose were smart enough to pick Bert, then they kinda deserve what happened. 

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

        Haven’t they done that most seasons?  The eliminated designers always come back to help.

        • Anonymous

          My memory is that they bring back the aufed designers for the “surprise” fashion week extra look, but I’ve been known to be wrong many, many times. But yes, about this time the aufees are brought back.

    • Helen C

      Anya worked with Olivier before.  Olivier (and Kimberly) are the least dramatic of all these designers.  And he can sew.  Don’t get what made people so easily forgiving toward Josh M and Bert, who had some really ugly moments, and gunning up on Olivier because he doesn’t like working with non-00 models and said it out loud.  

      • Anonymous

        Yes, and it wasn’t good. And yes, he can sew, but remember his time management issues?

        I was happy for Bert that this one time, he didn’t get picked last.

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

          I kind of don’t think he would have cared at this point. Not in the way that Becky cared.

    • http://mllesatine.livejournal.com/ mllesatine

      I thought the exact same thing.

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

      I would have loved to have seen that.  She would have crashed and burned but probably still skated by via the judges/producers to go to fashion week.  Someone commented that she is “fashion forward” and I disagree.  How many seasons ago did Uli do this same aesthetic and better?  Or does fashion forward really just mean “on trend” (which is why Gretchen was given the win last year, I think.)   I think fondly back to many of the previous seasons when the talent pool was much wider and at least some of the challenge wins were fairly dealt with.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t understand one bit why Viktor picked Olivieieieier. It seems like Viktor has liked him this whole season, but he also was slow, stubborn, and kind of a pain.

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t understand WHY Viktor picked Olivieieeiier. I mean, it seemed like they had a weird, one-sided friendship thing, but when things are this important, why would you pick the guy who is known to be super slow, stubborn, and an overall pain in the ass? If Viktor had picked Bert, things would have been very different.

      • Helen C

        Hm, do you remember that one time Viktor worked with Bert and how much of a disaster that was?  So much Viktor said something pretty strong against working with Bert?  And Viktor has chosen Olivier three times before, each time they worked well together.  It was a no brainer. 

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, but Bert had a big turn around in the personality department since then. Also, he would be executing Viktor’s look, so there would be no power struggles.

          I just feel like in this situation, you go with the best technical skills.

          • Anonymous

            Well you can say all that as an outside viewer, if you were Vikor you don’t have the benefit of universal knowledge. He just knows he had a horrible experience that he certainly wouldn’t want to revisit.

      • Anonymous

        I think Viktor didn’t get along well with Bert, like on the Stilt-walker challenge. And Bryce was just lame and confused. I guess Olivier could sew jackets well, even if he was slow?

  • Anonymous

    I liked Anya’s pieces.  Yes, they had a lot of Bert in them, but that was fair and they were also a continuation of what she was doing with that black dress last week.  Maybe she’s the kind of designer who will need more technically astute people to execute her ideas and make them into clothes.  Surely she’s not the only one like that in the Garment District.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    A couple more things:

    Anya made a point of saying she was just buying three fabrics.  Where did the second ‘rust’ fabric for the wraparound trousers come from?

    I have no great love for Laura but I think she’s the Kara Janx of this season.  Her final collection was good enough to challenge Victor and (our, alas, pre-annointed) beauty queen.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe Josh gave her some extra fabric!

    • Anonymous

      She bought 3 colours, not 3 fabrics… check your vid again.

      • Anonymous

        It sure looks like two different colors to me, but maybe it’s the same fabric, just reversed?

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

          I figured she was just speaking generally–so several slightly different shades could count as “one color,” inasmuch as they were all shades of dark red. IDK, though, maybe it _was_ the reverse side of the same fabric.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Unfortunately I’ve already deleted the show but I’ll take your word for it.

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

        I’ll take your word for it.  I’ve already lost 90 minute of my life to watching that episode.

    • Anonymous

      I’m inclined to be offended on behalf of Kara Janx, but I understand what you mean. Back during Fashion Week, Blogging Project Runway had a post of immediate reactions from some former contestants and industry people connected to the show and hers seemed to be the favourite to win.

      Which amuses me, because it was the only one of the final collections that I had a viscerally negative reaction to. But I’m used to that.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        *laughter* Yes!  No insult meant to the lovely Ms Janx!

        I didn’t like all of Laura’s final collection – I wasn’t too sure about the ‘harlequinesque’ looks, particularly the trousers paired with a cream top – I thought the proportions were horrible on that one but it was so far removed from the schlock she’d produced all season I honeslty thought she was in with a shot at the win.

    • Anonymous

      I watched that portion again. She said she was getting a palette of three colors.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Cool, thanks hoez.

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

      It could have been the reverse or “wrong side” of the fabric.  I only saw 3 bolts in the shopping footage.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I wasn’t nuts about any of the collections, and the black dress did read more Bert than Anya to me, though generally, I think it’s good to be able to absorb ideas from the rest of the world.  Do I agree with the judges’ calls?  No–not my aesthetic, and by the look of the things that have been praised, I’m not going to like fashion for some time to come.  I think those loose-fitting fabric-bag dresses that they’re falling all over are  hideous, no matter who makes them or how hard they’re being sold.  I’m clearly not the person they’re trying to sell to.

    There was no rule to make a jacket or any other particular item–that was made up by Viktor and Josh.  If you’re not good with jackets, then it makes good strategic sense not to make jackets for a high-pressure two-day challenge.  (It made less sense in the follow up–I watched for Uncle Nick and also because my cat was asleep on my lap and I couldn’t be bothered to wake her up–when she said that it’s because she’s Caribbean.  Why not just say, “I didn’t have that skill set at the time of the challenge; I’m working on acquiring it”?  Even if it’s not true, it would sound better.  Just get out some Butterick patterns and practice until you’ve got the theory of it.)

    Sigh.  I had high hopes for the season. Now, I’m just waiting for the next one, hoping they’ll get their heads screwed on straight in the meantime.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think most of us bring up the jacket thing because of the time issue. Because then what’s her excuse for not having any in her final collection (but who knows maybe she did try and it turned out badly so she didn’t use it). No one here is saying that she has to make a jacket. I think it’s because she hasn’t attempted at all to push herself to try it. I think at some point she should’ve at least tried to make a jacket. Probably wouldn’t have been well executed sure but I think the judges would’ve noticed that she was at least stepping outside of her comfort zone and commended her on that. Well the judges probably would’ve commended her regardless of a crappy jacket because that’s how much the producers love her. I just find it very hard to believe that in her “4 months of sewing” that she never attempted a jacket and got some sort of small skill at it. That whole “we don’t wear jackets in the carribean” is complete crap. I agree with you on what she should’ve said instead, but who knows if she’s even attempting to gain that skill. Much like Gretchen, she designs clothes for herself and that’s part of what bothers me. It’s perfectly fine to have a general aesthetic to your work and it’s not as though there isn’t a market for those tropical clothes (I wear a couple myself) but on her own, without the gimmicks, left to her own devices, that’s all she seems to do and it doesn’t strike me as very innovative at all.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t see why she should have attempted something she’s probably not going to do well when turning out dresses based on her strengths (draped, flowing, sleeveless) has stood her in good stead through all the previous weeks.

        • Anonymous

          I understand that but she’s been skating by on those designs while other designers who have been making outfits also based on their strengths have been auf’d (Bert) or overlooked several times (Viktor). As I said she could’ve probably made a terrible jacket but a nice dress underneath and I can safely say that yes the judges would’ve commented that it was a bad jacket but still they would’ve commended her on attempting to make it because they would’ve seen it as her showing range and willingness to experiment. Then they probably would’ve written it off and given her an in based on whatever dress she’d paired with it. And yet if any other designer had done the same, they would’ve been highly criticized for the bad jacket. The favoritism it what is bugging me so much.

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

          Well it’s fine for her to play to her strengths, obviously.  They all should.  However in other challenges where there was specificity to design something other than a shapeless, sleeveless flowing robe-garment or wrap around item, she has failed miserably and still skated by when she should have been let go.  I resent her being pandered to.  I’m recollecting all the heavy criticisms  in past seasons from the judges regarding “seeing the same thing from you,” “no range,” “having a one note” aesthetic.  (Princess Puffy Sleeves anyone?)  Why should others get criticized and/or auf’d for this when that is exactly Anya’s output, over and over again. 

        • Anonymous

          Well, and that’s the thing, isn’t it? Rami was accused of being a one-note for his aesthetic of draped goddess gowns. Others, too.  Why has not one judge said, you know, you do this very well, but really, I’m tired of seeing the same kind of halter from you week after week. Show us some range (which is something Nina and MK both used to say).

        • Anonymous

          Well, I agree with every one who’s responded to me that Anya’s been allowed to get away with a rather ‘one-note’ performance and there are abundant examples of designers who’ve been criticized and/or auf’d for the same lack of range.

          My point was just that it’s a judging problem, and there’s no reason to expect her to stretch out of her comfort zone when her comfort zone has been working so well for her.

          However unfair that seems.

    • Anonymous

      Can I just say that I think that that was intended as a joke, a wry nod to indicate that she knew and appreciated what was being said about her sewing skills? And to be fair, Anya’s collections are not geared to the world of work, which is where most C’bean women who make up her clientele would wear a jacket. Her buyer is someone going to lime, relax, party in fun, easy, sexy clothes.

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

      Anya saying she can’t make jackets because she’s Caribbean is as ridiculous as Josh saying he couldn’t do 70s style clothes because he wasn’t born in the 70s.

  • Anonymous

    Anya basically said on the After the Runway show that she cannot make jackets because they don’t wear them in the Caribbean…..So, no. Shady B can’t sew a sleeve.  

    • Anonymous

      Did she actually say that? That no one wears jackets in the Caribbean?

      Mother of God. I need a drink.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, she did. Basically laughing about how she still can’t construct a jacket but what does it matter, no one in the Caribbean wears jackets. Guess she plans to only design resort clothes.

        • Anonymous

          Well, for the 1970s challenge, I remember laughing my head off when she said, with a straight face, that she was going to design something that a 1970s girl would wear to a Caribbean resort.  But saying that no one in the Caribbean wears jackets is…just stunningly stupid.

          It’s like this whole season has actually been produced by The Onion.

          • Anonymous

            “It’s like this whole season has actually been produced by The Onion.”

            Hysterical!

          • Now I am The Bee

            HA– The Onion!  So true!! 

          • Anonymous

            But the Onion would have produced a much funnier show!

        • http://twitter.com/kankrochet Kandi Nielsen

          Without sleeves.

        • Now I am The Bee

          Well that’s good to know, since we’ll be going on a cruise to the Carribean this winter.  I’ll just leave all my jackets at home.  (vbg)

      • http://twitter.com/kankrochet Kandi Nielsen

        Make that two and pass one over, pls.

      • Anonymous

        I believe she would know what the clientele in the area she sells her clothes in actually buys. I doubt she meant to say that ‘no one wears jackets in the Caribbean’ but if you can make it and barely anyone purchases it… then what’s the point of even making a jacket?

        • Anonymous

          She is in a contest to be The Next Great American Designer.  I’m assuming she’s supposed to be able to make clothes that people anywhere would wear–not just in Trinidad and Tobago. By your logic, any of the contestants who live in the north–Jay, Laura Bennett, Jillian, Rami, Christian, Chris March, etc., etc.–should have been expected to make nothing but wool coats. Chloe sells her clothes in Dallas, Texas, where it’s hotter than hell 10 months out of the year, but the girl can make a sleeve.

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

            Inforapenny, don’t rile the Texans. Chloe lives in HOUSTON. Houston and Dallas “hate” each other. Houston is not only as humid as New Orleans, they have the smog to contend with also.

          • Anonymous

            Big, Texas-sized apologies!  Houston.  Where it is also hot, amirite?

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

            In the summer, it’s ridiculous hot.  But in Houston people break out coats for winter — usually about the same type as the wool coats I wear in the Chicago winters.  A) Mine have a lot more layers and warmer ones, and b) I’m used to the cold.

            But you do need to be able to set a sleeve in Houston because they think 50 is cold.

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

            Here in L.A., 50 is FREEZING! Most of our nights don’t even get below 50, so we’re wearing warm jackets, turtlenecks and sunglasses at 60 degrees.

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

            Bah!  Lightweights!  Last winter we had winter chills of -20.  (For you warm weather people, the wind chill is what it feels like as opposed to the actual temperature.:)

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

            I’ve been in Minneapolis in February when it was -20 with the wind chill factor. I found the best thing for thawing out was a shot of Bailey’s in a cup of hot chocolate. Yum!

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Two and a half years in San Diego has really softened me up. Now we’re back in northern Virginia it’s a hell of a shock to remember how bloody depressing it is when it rains for a week solid!  In SoCal I was thrilled every time it rained!

            You’d think that after spending the first 34 years of my life living in the UK it would take more than just a couple of years of 70 and sunny to ‘ruin’ me!

          • Anonymous

            Haha, I’ve been in interior Alaska for 6 years, and now -20 is nothing. People wear t-shirts in the spring when it hits zero.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Miles/100001870246509 Sharon Miles

            LOL!  I am a Trinidadian who lives in Houston; you are absolutely right about people thinking 50 degrees is freezing cold.

            On another note, I too am baffled by the PR “love fest” that has inoculated Anya.  My God, how is PR going to survive the dilution of the show in order to accomodate Anya.  They have opened a bag of worms that could only encourage all non-sewing designers.  What a joke!

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

            Oh, and it does snow in Houston about once every 5 years.  So there’s that…

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

        Serioiusly.  That is some kind of hilarious b.s. right there.  Who does she think she’s kidding?  (Well…never mind.  Rhetorical.)

  • Anonymous

    Having said all that, and with the full knowledge that the commentariat is about to rise up en masse and call for our beheadings…

    I’m always surprised when you say things like that because it seems whenever you do I’m in complete agreement with you. Anya’s was the best. It looked sophisticated, chic, and stylish. Not quite as polished as one might hope, definitely not flawless, but something that approached fashion and looked very much like a collection.

    Where I disagree is that Laura choked. I think Laura’s design point of view is specific to where she grew up, and she can probably have a nice career designing for a demographic she understands. I think she went off the rails by trying to venture out of her comfort zone, but didn’t know how to do it in a way that worked; she should have stuck with what she does best and succeeded or failed on her own terms.*

    *Edited to add: but I thought Josh’s was by far the clear “Auf,” and I see more manipulation (by producers or judges, I don’t know who) in his staying than I do in Anya’s win.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, yeah.   Josh definitely should have gotten the “auf”.  That silver mesh thing was one hot mess.  The white dress was meh.

      I think this is gonna be my last season of PR.  It is aging me prematurely.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed — I can’t believe that on the clothes alone Josh stayed.  On being batshit crazy enough to make for good TV, it makes total sense, but those outfits were fugly.

        • Anonymous

          How is it possible that he not only didn’t get ripped to shreds over that majorette outfit, he actually got some praise for it?!

          • Anonymous

            Nina has lost credibility with me (and I’m sure she feels the sting of it!).  I thought that majorette outfit was not just bottom three last night, but a strong candidate for bottom three all season, but she said she liked it.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I’m sure Nina is stung by our disdain!  Although she only gave praise to his (tacky) t-shirt — at least of what we saw.

      • Anonymous

        I was stunned by the praise for that silver draped “gown.” THAT’s where I suspect behing the scenes manipulation, because when I looked at that outfit I saw a costume for a high school play. And the print top, oy vay! But more on that in another post, I guess.

        • Anonymous

          But wasn’t it mostly Heidi who liked the hemmed-length-of-lurex-over-a-leotard? And we know what her taste level is. I believe Zoe Saldana said, flat out, that she didn’t like it at all.

          • Anonymous

            True. But it didn’t get him auf’ed, which it should have (in my opinion).

          • Anonymous

            We’re in total agreement on that score.

        • Now I am The Bee

          A high school play:  The Disco Jesus Christ Superstar! 

          • Anonymous

            Haha. Though maybe I’d go with Disco A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum!

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

            I want to see that show. Also, good call.

            I kept looking at that thing, trying to figure out what the judges saw in it, and what in hell possessed Josh to send it onto the runway in the first place.

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

      I would have sent Josh or Kimberly.  They both had one good look, and the other two sucked. 

      And what the hell was going on with ALL of them?  Each of them had at least one look that made their model look much larger than she actually was.  Kimberly has a little more leeway since hers was a coat, but I have seen FAR more flattering coats on this show, so I know it’s not just that. 

  • Anonymous

    Not going to argue with you boys one bit.  The Anya/Bert collaboration had a bit of the Christian/Chris perfect marriage of diverse aesthetics thing going on- Bert elevated her finishing and construction while Anya lended his clean, classic aesthetic a bit of a modern edge.  I thought Anya and Viktor were the no brainers, and then it was a toss up between Kimberly (didn’t care for color palate, material choices, or that fugly coat), Josh (didn’t care for color palate, material choices, or that fugly evening gown) or Laura (liked the color palate,liked the materical choices, but execution was shoddy.)

  • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo Vickie Lord

    Viktor and Josh both produced boring and weird stuff, respectively.  Anya’s was clearly the best, and I can’t help but like her, don’t ask me why!  She doesn’t seem to think she deserves the accolades she gets, she’s always genuinely tickled by them.  Laura has indeed produced one too many looks that didn’t measure up to her high opinion of herself and her “skillz”.  Buh bye.  Time to go back and look at the fashion week collections.  If Josh wins, this is such a fix!  If Anya wins, well, at least she did put out some interesting things…

  • Anonymous

    I thought Josh’s statement about keeping Anya was a calculated move. Like he figured if she needed that much help, then she couldn’t possibly put together a show. Of course, this doesn’t take into consideration that she could use the money she got and HIRE sewers, which I think Jeffrey did in Season 3 for a couple of his outfits. Miscalculation on everyone’s part. BLAH, indeed.

  • Anonymous

     I knew the moment Anya lucked out and got Bert it was going to be probably be the best thing all season  from her (and I hesitated saying that these ‘came from her’…b/c really, there is SOOO much Bert in those looks).  I really hope it was edited out, b/c I just can’t believe when those came down the runway, someone did not mention “oh, you must have had Bert’s help”.  At the very least, I thought Heidi would have said something since she was his cheerleader thru much of the season.

     But really, was there any doubt she wasn’t going to FW?  She could have ended up with Bryce and she’d still be going. Whatever.  

    I’m glad they pushed Kimberly through.  She is the only one I remotely give a damn about.  While I think Vicktor is the most talented, his recent snippy/pissy comments and defense of Drama Vortez Clinique has soured me too much.  The best thing I can say about last night was we got to see a lot of Bert.  And how charming he was with his cute retorts….”ok, you’re paying me by the hour”…or “boss lady screws it up and I gotta fix it” (something like that anyway).  Otherwise, the entire episode can be summed up by one of the best lines ever…”Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”

    • Anonymous

      And the baton twirler quote about Josh’s studded top! That was priceless.

      • Anonymous

        And the judges did nothing but praise that look! I was looking forward to MK’s priceless snark and was left empty-handed.

  • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

    Is it just me, or did that full length circle dress of Laura’s look like a poorly executed version of Mondo’s black & white bubble dress that caused so much kerfuffle last season?  But, yeah, her stuff was poo and she’d never made a single thing that would make the judges think that she could do better.  I almost lost my shit when Klum suggested that she go through because she really wanted it.  But I suppose passing on a designer because she’s all teary and pleading is just as arbitrary as what went on with Anya for 99% of the season.  I’m not sorry she didn’t make it, and I’m not surprised Anya went on, but my jaw hit the floor when all those crazy bitches said they’d take her.  What was that?!?!

    • Anonymous

      I had a Mondo flashback as well. And then wept.

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

        Oh Mondo!  I loved him last season!

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

        Me too. Well, not so much with the weeping, but I understand why you did. :-)

        I think that dress had potential, but Laura, and a few other designers this season, doesn’t seem to get that you can’t just put circles on a dress because Mondo very successfully did it last year. It’s like TV executives thinking that all they have to do is greenlight a show with weird, unexplained occurrences and they’ll end up with the next Lost. Instead, ABC ended up with Flash Forward, which was a hoot and a half, but a very bad show.

        I haven’t seen Laura’s collection yet, so I might be proven wrong, but based on what she made while on the show, her designing is as shallow as she is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739505579 Amanda Aziyade

    Too ridiculous; didn’t watch. What did they do bring back a bunch of auf’d designers to “help” ? Did they get to choose who they were partnered with, or was this another magic button coincidence?

    I am so weary of Anya that I honestly can’t watch anymore. Glad to see the blonde go. (About time!) I’m still rooting for Kimberly and Victor, but we all know Anya is going to win, so at least now I have my Thursday nights free again.

    And I realize this may be asking a lot, but is there anywhere online where they explain the challenges? I’m perfectly content to experience the design part of the show through TLo’s posts, and I really don’t want to sit through 90 minutes of everyone sucking up the Anya kool-aid, but I would like to know what the challenges were about and what “twists” get thrown in.

    • Anonymous

      The challenge was: they went to Governor’s Island (which I went to for the first time a few months ago; it’s a very cool place) for inspiration and had to make 3 looks for $500. The only twist was that Tim brought in the button back and selected the competing designers, who chose their assistants. Anya’s was the 4th name pulled from the button bag, at which point Bert & Bryce were the remaining helpers, and she chose Bert.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739505579 Amanda Aziyade

        Thank you!!!

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

        Thank you from me, too. My DVR didn’t work properly, so I missed the first half hour. Is there anything else that happened during that time that would make it worth my while to watch the missing segments?

        • Anonymous

          Not that I can remember, but I was only half watching. I think it was the usual: hello from Heidi meet Tim you’re going on a trip ride on a ferry drive golf carts sketch worry bitch commercial shop at mood unpack in the workroom regret what you bought commercial.

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

            Thanks for the recap. Sounds like I can better spend a half hour watching water boil.

  • Anonymous

    I guess Marie Claire can take consolation in the fact that Anya isn’t universally hated, like Gretchen was, more like 50/50…so maybe they won’t need to put out a “Why I deserved to win” article for her too. Haha. Ugh.

    • http://twitter.com/kankrochet Kandi Nielsen

      No. They will.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think they will need to. I think more people (that don’t go online commenting about the show) like her than hate her. Not so much the case with Mondo vs. Gretchen where just about everyone wanted to see Mondo win and then… well…

        • Anonymous

           ”I think more people (that don’t go online commenting about the show) like her than hate her.”

          There’s no way to prove or disprove this. Here she gets a lot of hate, on TWoP it’s pretty even, who knows in the great big world? I’m not a fan of the argument “so-and-so is only disliked online, but in the real world s/he isn’t”, because it’s just as possible that online commentary reflects outside world opinion as it doesn’t. A lot of people, from casual fans to obsessed devotees, comment online.

          • Anonymous

            There really isn’t, but I guess that’s just my feeling about the situation. We’ll have to see how it actually pans out if she does end up winning. 

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

            Well, she was winning the Miss Congeniality contest Lifetime is running on its website for most of the season. As of last night, however, Anthony Ryan had pulled ahead. 

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

      I actually would have no problem with her winning.  Yeah, she has A LOT of problems, like a narrow POV and poor construction skills.  And in past seasons, she’d have been long gone.  But in THIS FIELD, there haven’t been many who could compete with her.

      We all complain about her narrow POV, but she HAS ONE at least.  How many of these people really don’t?  And her designs may be limited by her ability but she hasn’t shown a lot that was much worse in construction than her fellow contestants.  I’d much rather see the past winners too, but how many people have been auf’d that we can honestly say didn’t deserve to go home?

      And since she already has a label that is geared toward this type of thing, it makes sense to keep sending the flowy resort gowns down the runway. If I already had a line, I’d try to make sure everything I showed on PR would fit into that line, because it makes better business sense.

  • Anonymous

    I would have liked a challenge based on Rikers Island instead of Governors Island.

    • Anonymous

      LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL  A challenge to design new prison uniforms – I’m in!!!!

    • Anonymous

      That would be a “fun” update to the postal worker challenge.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    Hated Any’a collection. But I just hate shapeless, drab, flowy pieces in general, so it’s probably just a personal taste issue. 

    Also disliked Laura’s collection. That last dress was hiddy.

    I am one bitter kitten today.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty much totally agree with everything you wrote, guys.  I also really liked Viktor’s mini-collection but those were the only two collections actually worthy of moving forward.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, they should have sent everyone else home and just had the finale with these two. “A first in Project Runway history!”

      • Anonymous

        And given them more money!  Now that Anthony Ryan and Bert are gone, I would be fine with a Viktor vs. Anya smackdown.

      • Anonymous

        Agree Josh, Laura and Kimberly should have all gotten the boot. But they should have also brought Bert back, since evidently his aesthetic is fine with the judges now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7JMAFJGRETO2ZRETWOH6LGH52Y Aaron

    They have been pimping Anya from the start. She was the new designer that just started sewing four months ago. Even we she screwed up, see the band challenge, they did not read her the riot act like they did to others.  I think Bert was the right helper for her, at fist I thought of Becky because so can sew, but Bert can sew and helped her with designing.

    • http://twitter.com/kankrochet Kandi Nielsen

      Agree.  Truly “Project Home Ec Class” this season.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Laura’s long gown had beautiful elements, such as the sleeves and the back.  The fit was spot-on .  The styling on her model was lovely. The judges do not seem objective.

  • Anonymous

    There are a few of us – a small but increasing minority – who just can’t dislike Anya.  Who, dare I say, are cheering for her.  She seems like a nice person, she has very good taste, she makes it work unless she is dressing a man, and she makes smart decisions (i.e., choosing Bert).  Don’t hate her because she’s beautiful. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t hate her at all and I think she comes across as pretty straightforward. 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t hate her either… maybe I also got under her spell of beauty? :-) My favorites clothes during this season always came from her or Bert…

    • Anonymous

      Don’t accuse people of not liking Anya because she’s “beautiful.” For one thing, I don’t think she’s beautiful. But more importantly, I think a lot of people–myself included–don’t like her because she’s been so instrumental in downgrading a TV program that we have loved and enjoyed for years. That may be unfair–it’s probably not her fault that she is just the kind of low-level-talent with “interesting” past the producers are looking for.  But there it is.

      It has nothing to do with her looks.

      • Anonymous

        Ohh-kay. I guess you are too young to remember the Pantene commercial. It was a joke.

      • Anonymous

        Tell it sister!

      • Anonymous

        In some cases, it does have to do with her looks. People accuse her of using her ‘beauty’ as an advantage in the competition and that translates to “hating her because of her beauty.”

        I personally think she’s more than ‘low-level-talent’ and she’s been one of the highlights of this season, imo.

      • Anonymous

        That is laying the blame in the wrong place – it’s not Anya’s fault that the show has been downgraded this season.  That is the producer’s fault.  Anya is benefitting from the shitty season but she is merely a contestant, she does not make the decisions.

        • Anonymous

          Good grief!  That is exactly what I said!

        • Anonymous

          Good grief!  That is exactly what I said!

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

        Agree.  I hate what Lifetime has reduced this show to and the reason I now feel such dislike for Anya is because I think she actually believes she is deserving of all the wins she has been handed.  To me she comes off as very “humblebrag” – and that is what turned my ambivalence into distaste. 

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

          Humblebrag!

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      “She *seems* like a nice person”.  The problem is right there in your posting.  

      I don’t hate her because she’s beautiful.  I don’t hate her at all.  I’m sickened by her probable win because I don’t like manipulative people.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t see any reason to believe that Anya isn’t nice. 

        • Anonymous

          Me either.  I don’t get all the dislike.

          • Anonymous

            Really?  There have been a lot of comments explaining all the dislike. You don’t have to agree with them, but they should help you understand.

          • Anonymous

            I can read and comprehend, thank you very much.  I don’t agree as my previous comment suggested.  I just don’t think Anya elicits this much dislike.  I think more of it is coming from the utter disappointment in the quality of the season that Anya has risen to the top because there isn’t anyone else as consistent as she is.  She graduated from Parsons with a degree in graphic design.  She has a fantastic eye.  And she’s translated that to clothes, all the while knowing that her sewing skills were lacking.  She was smart not to let her construction issues get in the way of her designs.  But she would’ve been called on it ages ago in any other season.  And there’s a strong component of the board, including me, that would like to see her called on her weaknesses.  But the judges have been too distracted by the weak field this season.  Anya has a POV and a lot of the other designers do not.  Look at this week – do we have any idea who Josh, Kimberly, or Laura is as a designer?  No.  So Anya and Viktor are going to stand out. 

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

             I was pretty pro-Anya (or at least ambivalent about her) until the Sheepdogs challenge when she was clearly the person who should have been auf’d for “making” a pair of pants that were split up the back and a seriously poorly made tunic top.  When it became apparent that they were obviously positioning Anya to win and when the judges continually praised her every low-level effort, it started to rankle.  It may not be her fault that she is being handed these wins unfairly, but that’s how it is.  She doesn’t deserve any of it.  And I get the impression that she thinks she does deserve it.  Now that’s just my perception and not a fact, but oh well.  I disagree with most of the glowing praise you heap her way in your comment. She’s not all that.  She’s a fair to poor contestant in an abysmally awful season.  But America’s Next Top Fashion Designer?  Even from the crop this season?  No way.

    • Anonymous

      Really, now. 

      No one here is criticizing Anya because of her looks. It’s the fact that her praise from the judges is OUTRAGEOUSLY out of proportion to the quality of her (dare I say it?) repetitive work. And she may win the whole damn thing!

      She is playing the game to its core and going about it like a pro–and that’s a valid strategy. The dislike comes from the drop in Project Runway’s standards; Anya is only its current manifestation of the problem. 

       

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

        Indeed. Harken back to previous seasons: would Anya survive with the likes of Rami, Jillian, and Christian? Laura or Jeffrey? Surely not. PR is a shell of what it once was.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think ANY of the designers from this season save for maybe Viktor would stand a chance against those finalists. Actually, most of the designers except maybe like three or four from season 6 onward would not survive against them either.

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

            No way Victor would survive.  He’d have gone middle season in those years — his POV isn’t defined enough and he’s not innovative enough.

          • Anonymous

            He said in the extended judging that he hadn’t turned up the volume because he was giving the judges what he thought they wanted. And that there is the problem. The designers for the most part are not being true to themselves as designers and therefore we lose their point of view. It happened to Santino in the finale of Season 2. His collection was fairly nice as I recall, but he lost because he “lost his voice”–but the judges had critiqued him for his voice most of the season. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t hate her either. I think she’s a shrewd person with some great ideas. I have no idea about her sewing skills, but I think she’s got some really good ideas, design-wise. To me, she comes across as a warm person who’s really good at working with different personalities. I just don’t get the hate for her. 

    • Anonymous

      I think she’s ugly. I’ve never understood why people think she’s such a beauty. So my hatred of her can’t be because she’s beautiful since I don’t think she’s beautiful. I dislike her because I think her true colors came out more than once when she was two-faced or wouldn’t help someone who had just helped her, etc.

      But what I really, really dislike is the fact her stuff ain’t all that and she’s been wildly over-praised for every piece of shit she sent down that runway. It has been painfully obvious since episode 1 that she was being set up as the winner. The judging of some of her garments make absolutely no sense whatsoever except that the producers want her to win.

      I just want to know why they want her to win so badly. PR is a business, so I have been trying to figure out all season long why Anya to them equals good business. I haven’t figured it out yet.

    • Anonymous

      I think the “don’t hate her because she’s beautiful” line is a joke from that old TV commercial (right?).  I am also an Anya fan and think she should come in second place after Viktor. Although her sewing skills are not top notch, she has good ideas, a very good eye, and has been playing the competition smart all season. Other than not sharing her fabric with Josh (would you?) she hasn’t done anything to deserve animosity. Yes, she has been overpraised, but she can’t help that the judges love her. Josh has been overpraised all season too. Viktor is the one who keeps getting the short end of the lollipop.

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      It’s not her at all. It’s the judges. The blame falls squarely on them.

    • Logo Girl

      I do get the reference – and could tell you were being rather tongue-in-cheek (though that ad always made me want to throw my shoe at the TV). Here is my issue: as other people have pointed out, there have been other beauties on the show, but I don’t ever recall it ever being turned into a liability or handicap. 

  • Anonymous

    On the hideousity meter, all three on the bottom were tied for me. It’s too bad Laura choked, because I think her final collection was way better than Kimberly’s or Joshua.

    I would be curious to see Anya’s creations from start to finish because to me, they look like Bert had more than just an assisting hand in them. And the whole, “Show me some range” admonition was a joke in the light of three, sleeveless, drapey outfits. But really, was there any surprise at all in the outcome?

    Nevertheless getting into a rage, would imply some great interest on my part and I have to say, it’s just not there. Blah, Blah indeed.

    My favorite comment was The Saldana’s opining the white dress looked like a condom. It left me wondering just what the heck brand of condom she’s buying.

    • Anonymous

      lol!

      The first thing I thought of when she said that was the scene from the Naked Gun, with Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley in body condoms!

  • Anonymous

    Well said,. Yes Anya’s collection was the clear winner last night. 

    I don’t usually go for things like I’m going to say right now, but what the hell: They got rid of Bert so Anya would have no competition at the finale. It’s so obvious who they wanted to be their pretty spokesperson, posterchild  for seasons to come. 

    Whatever. As you say, Blah blah blah blah Anya blah winner blah. 

  • Anonymous

    At least I liked Laura’s choice of that circle fabric and I did like the gown and thought that minor tweak could have made it goregous. 
    Josh’s crap was TOTAL CRAP; none of it was attractive and was it Nina (who is so far up Josh’s ass) that said she liked that “t-shirt” under the vest he referred to as a JACKET – while slamming Anya and Laura for not making a jacket????

    I wonder whether Anya could be savvy enough – but I think that she is too vain – to consider (if she wins), going to Bert (who seems to like her) and consider TEAMING up?  Because these were the best looks (other than some of Viktor’s) for most of the season

    • Anonymous

      At least if she teamed with Bert she might be able to have some sleeves and zippers in her garments.

    • Anonymous

      I think Viktor made Laura’s vest from a few challenges ago… with sleeves. The one that the judges hated. 

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

      Why do you think it would be vanity that would stop Anya from looking into a pairing with Bert?  From what I’ve seen, she is more than willing to use whatever comes to hand to handle a problem.  I think if Bert would be interested and she saw an advantage in working with him, she would absolutely do so.

      • Anonymous

        All I meant was that she might be too vain to give him the credit he would be due to be a PARTNER. 

        I wonder whether she gave him any credit for all his help on yesterday’s episode (even if it was edited out.)

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

          Oh, I gotcha — I really think if she thought she could get ahead by bringing him in as a partner, she would do so.  And then she would set it up that she’s the “public face” of the brand, since she has the glamour Bert doesn’t.  He’d be marginalized as a subordinate partner in the public’s mind fairly easily.  (My mother let me watch politics during my formative years — I blame her:) 

          And she also has the much better name for a label.  I mean, “Bert Keeter” isn’t the most high-fashion name, now is it? 

          • Anonymous

            And, if his financial cut & creative decision share seemed fair to him, I’m guessing Bert would be fine with that. He’s been around long enough to understand the value of Anya as front-person.

  • Anonymous

    Where is Governor’s Island anyway?

    • Anonymous

      Just below west of Brooklyn and below lower Manhattan.
      http://govisland.com/html/home/home.shtml

    • http://twitter.com/RockShrimp Willow

       it’s in New York, so Heidi’s comment that they were leaving NY was absurd. I think it’s technically even considered part of the Manhattan Borough.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, it sounded like she was sending them out to the country.

    • Anonymous

      It’s just opposite of Ellis Island if that helps.  Plug for Ellis Island:  an amazing experience.  Really moving.

  • Anonymous

    Gretchen also knew how to play the game and that’s how she won. Sorry to disappoint you peeps, but that’s how most successful people make it. They know how to play the game. Keep up or stay lagging behind.

    • Anonymous

      Gretchen won the battle but she, so far, has not won the war.  She created so much anonymosity toward herself that she’s been nearly invisible since her win.  The only time I remember hearing that she designed anything was for Aaron Ralston’s wife (the real guy from the 127 hours story) for the Oscars.  And it was blah.

      • Anonymous

        She was at Fashion Week with new work just last month, but I don’t think anyone cared.

  • Anonymous

    To quote Rose Nyland, “can I ask a dumb question?”  Reality game shows are subjected to the same rules as other game shows where the producers can’t fix the winner.    Project Runway, a reality game show, has been praising Anya all along, giving her the win when she didn’t deserve it  and it looks as though she will be crowned when she can’t sew a jacket let alone a sleeve, so the show feels fixed.  How is this O.K.?  

    • Anonymous

      I always thought that they had a bit or something at the end of most of these reality game shows about how producers had the final say in decisions they make?

      • Anonymous

        Oh I forgot about that little clause.  Thanks!  

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

        They don’t have the final say (officially, anyway), but they do have input.

    • Anonymous

      There are a several components to the whole Anya subject; it will take a while to explain. In this case of PR, since the judging is completely subjective, a winner can be heavily influenced, if not fixed. On the other hand, it’s not a requirement to be able to sew a jacket or sleeve to win. I’m sure there are better qualified kittens than I to give an amplified explanation.

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

      Because it’s subjective.  It’s not like Jeopardy! where one is either wrong or right — there aren’t those clear boundaries with fashion.  Prove that the judges didn’t believe every word they said.

  • Anonymous

    As I was watching last night, I envisioned your re-cap for this morning.  I must be psychic because Blah, Blah, Blah was exactly how it went. 

  • Anonymous

    Apparently the fit was terrible according to Laura. (Anthony Ryan made the main portion of it)

  • Anonymous

    I thought they got rid of Bert because he made clothes that weren’t modern looking at all… 

  • Anonymous

    Pointy paper condoms?

  • Anonymous

    Here’s my theory about why the designers kept saying Anya: They think they can beat her. For some reason, they all seem to not see how enamored the judges are of her…  So, they think to themselves, “which one of these people can I beat? Anya – she can’t sew!” Completely disregarding the fact that she’ll have help and that the judges go moist over the ugliest garments she’s made.  Stupid of the other contestants, of course. 

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

      I thought the same thing. Especially where Josh is concerned. His ego is not his friend.

    • Anonymous

      I think they all knew how much the judges like her and included her because to exclude her would look like they wanted to eliminate the best competition.

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

        Or — and I know this sounds crazy — maybe they all really believed it.  If I’m in any of the designers’ shoes and asked who should go to FW with me, Anya’s name would come to mind.  Because out of the group on that stage, I think she very clearly deserves to go.  I feel sorry for her, actually, for the same reason I felt for Gretchen last year — people are so upset by the producers and the judges going apeshit over her borderline work that they can’t see her strong points. 

        Of course, I probably would have said Anya and Bert, which I’m sure would not win me a lot of points with the judges….

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t care for the wrinkled look in the lining of Laura’s dress and jacket, which was distracting and made both designs less clean.  The linings seemed to suffer from a combination of poor construction and poor fabric choice.

  • Anonymous

    Anya was a very lucky woman to get Bert as her sidekick.  Last night I kept thinking Anya’s collection was a beautiful rendition of Bert’s style.

    Very lucky indeed.

    • Anonymous

      Very lucky. What if she had gotten Bryce? I mean, I know she would still be in the finale (a given since day one) , but she certainly would not have had that mini collection.

  • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

    Yes, both decisions clearly make sense, but I must say that Bert belonged in the final 3 with Anya and Victor.  His work last night proved it.  sad that they sent him home for one wrong mis-step when they’ve kept Josh and Kim who have had numerous mis-steps.

  • Anonymous

    I had not noticed before – but looking at the picture of the group (pic 2) – wow Kimberly is tall!

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

      I know! Somehow I thought that Anya was the tallest one. Also, Kimberly is 35, I just noticed last night. I would have said she was ten years younger.

  • Anonymous

    I really felt nauseous when they were praising Anya so highly. The wrap-around pants are a first-timer’s sewing project. But give her credit, she played the rules, I mean played by the rules, and she used Bert masterfully to get herself into the finale.

    As far as Little Miss, that gown was AWFUL! The fit was atrocious. I would have kicked her off just for that. And then when she paraded out a wrinkled sack that really did look like one of those horrible satin pillowcases my mom used to sleep on when I was a kid (complete with curlers and a matching acetate bedcap), well, that was when I knew she was out.

    My guess is that next week Kimberly will get the auf before they do the MBFW show. But honestly, I don’t even care at this point.

    • Anonymous

      I have a feeling Kimberly is going out prior to the MBFW show too.  I’m not exactly sure why they kept her unless it was a disagreement amongst judges/producers on whether Josh or Kimberly should stay so they just kept both?

    • Now I am The Bee

      I think they’ll have a challenge between Kimberly and Josh, as both of them went to the finals on a split decision.  They’ve been doing that now for several years, no?  Since Chris March and Rami had to do it. 

  • http://houseofestrogen.typepad.com/ Ann

    What made me so furious was that NONE of the judges said a word about how all of Anya’s dresses were just that – DRESSES! They specifically said at the beginning of the challenge that they wanted different styles – some separates, maybe a coat or jacket, etc. Kimberly and Viktor both followed those instructions to a tee, but nothing was ever mentioned about that. If that is part of the assignment, then Anya should have been docked some points.  I don’t understand why they all love her so much. I know she is going to win the whole thing even though Viktor deserves the win.

    • Anonymous

      She made pants as well.

    • Anonymous

      Actually they were critical of  at Kimberly , Josh , and Laura because they were all over the place. Showing range with a three piece collection almost guarantees   that it will not be cohesive.

      • Anonymous

        But they stressed “range” in the description of the challenge, and I think Tim even mentioned it again in the workroom. Then that requirement apparently disappeared on the runway after the pre-selected season winner knocked out three nearly identical looks.  Not that any of these designers could have stood with a final group from any previous season, except maybe Victor.  I have to thank Gretchen retroactively for helping me to not give a damn about the actual outcome.

        • Anonymous

          Yes. Exactly. Range was requested. But luckily for Anya that was “forgotten” when it came to judging.

          • Anonymous

            Exaaaaaactly…

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

        Yeah, they stressed range — and gave them a task that was, quite literally, impossible.  You can’t show range and cohesion in a collection of 3 looks.  It’s hard enough to do in the 10 looks they give them for the final show. 

  • Judy_J

    Bleah.  I watched out of boredom, then when I woke up this morning, I totally forgot that I watched the show at all!

  • Anonymous

    Well. First let me say that thank god this show is almost over. Very tired of it all. 

    I think that Anya was very smart to choose Bert as her assistant, and I agree with previous posters that they would make a great design team. When her stuff came down the runway, I didn’t see the Bert influence, but I don’t disagree that it is there. In terms of fashion, I thought she had the strongest collection on the runway. It was cohesive in that each piece spoke to the other two, and the models were nicely styled.

    I wonder how she’s going to do on her own, however, with noone to give her advice or help her with that pesky sewing. 

    But lucky Tim gets to go to Trinidad and Tobago!  

  • Anonymous

    Up until the episode where he was eliminated, I assumed Anthony Ryan was a finalist.  But the entire crop this year… You’re right, none are great.   But I still dislike Anya winning the whole thing.  And I’ve liked some of the things she’s produced.

  • Anonymous

    What I also found so interesting is that Bert was selected as the assistant so far down the line. I understand why someone would pick Becky – she’s lightening fast and extremely good technically. But my next choice would absolutely be Bert. How in the world could someone choose Sir Oliveieeer over Bert? Even with personal issues, that’s just cray-cray.

    And like it or not – Anya’s collection was far and away the best of all of them. That red outfit was GORGEOUS. And Laura – I think she really deserved to go home. At least Kimberly and Josh had one half-decent garment, and all of hers were a mess. That circle gown is hideous. The circles aren’t even sewed onto the white thing underneath. I agree as soon as I saw her pick up the fabric in Mood – she was in trouble. And I can’t believe she sent the pillowcase thing down the runway.

    • Anonymous

      It was driving me nuts that someone like Viktor who seems a little more on to the fact that Anya is playing a good game didn’t select Bert so she could not.

      • Anonymous

        True, so true…..

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

        Viktor’s previous pairing with Bert was an utter disaster, though. Laura + Bert: also not good (and whenever we see them talk, it seems like she just. does not. get him). For the final runway challenge, it makes sense to prioritize getting good support so you can put out your best work over trying to make other people do badly.

        Besides the fact that Anya needed Bert the most, I also think that out of the top 5, she’s the one who _could_ work the most successfully with him. Maybe Kimberly could have, but at this point in the competition, she seems to be plagued with self-doubt and near her limits, and Bert muttering things and expressing frustration with her constant design changes might’ve been an added source of stress and self-doubt.  Anya is aces at not taking things personally, though.

    • Helen C

      Olivier never showed any issues in any of the group challenges and gets along with everyone (Viktor has always chosen him first before).  Bert has a reputation of being hard to work with.  You do the math.  

  • Anonymous

    I would bet that most of us watching the show last night had precisely the same reactions as the ones you state. It was definitely a Banya win and I was really surprised that none of the other designers had the good sense to pick Bert first as their helper!  Anya seems to be favored by fortune.  The white dress is atrocious though.  Laura’s entire collection was yuck.  I was struck by how she, Laura, can’t dress herself well, ever, when I saw her again last night on the apres show–the girl has zero taste.

    The black Banya dress is lovely on top but the hem is just a mullet backwards.  Striking on the runway on a model but probably pretty hiddy and messy looking on most anyone else.  The second Banya look was my favorite–kind of a Game of Thrones romper.  Love those colors and the simple details.

    Am still chuckling over Josh’s absurd comments upon having been selected to go to FW — Something about how future researchers and historians would look back at that moment in time and recognize that this was the start of it all, the turning point. That boy is seriously out of a South Park episode. Professor Chaos, move over!

    • Anonymous

      I do not understand that black dress at all, and I don’t understand the praise for it.  Is a backward mullet dress a thing now?  I think it looks ridiculous — even on the genetically superior.

      • Anonymous

        Cause nothing screams attractive and sexy on a woman, no matter how alluring, than to have a v shaped thingie hanging between your upper knees and then those same knees totally exposed on the backside.  What on earth? 

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

          And on any non-model reads as “maternity”. 

  • http://twitter.com/karenwalsh Karen Walsh

    Oh, on a side note: Josh’s shorts.  Please don’t ever let me see those again.  That just sums up his style. Tacky, tacky tacky!

    • Anonymous

      The judges acknowledge his “taste issues.” Exhibit A.

  • Logo Girl

    Laura’s looked like a middle school production of Hello Dolly, except they forgot to research the time period and just did something that looked “kind of Hello Dolly”. So it is like an semi-inverted “too costumey”.

  • Anonymous

    i have watched all the episodes but something is lacking for me.  i didnt even realize it was the “who is going to fashion week” show, which used to bring great excitement.  now i just hope its anyone but anya.  she really was the teachers pet.

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

    Re:  Anya’s “playing the rules” or “playing by the rules” or “knows how to play the game”:  this is not how all reality “contests” are run.  As mentioned above by UK viewers, there are shows that give a damn about the final product.  “The Next Food Network Star” comes to mind.  Sure, they kept Evil Penny around for a few more episodes than she deserved, but ultimately, because the network is going to produce a show for the winner, things like integrity and likability come into play.  Judges even criticize contests when they fail in those categories.  So I get it’s a game and all, but PR has fallen so far from grace, starting with Gretchen and Lifetime, that the prognosis is terminal.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I totally understood Anya picking Bert. Since construction and sewing is he weakest skill, she picked the correct person to help her. I thought that was smart. I was surprised that some of the others passed on Bert due to this very issue. Bert may not be Runway, but if he is superb at cutting and sewing. Given the fact that they needed to do 3 looks I really felt adding Bert was a plus and I’m frankly surprised they left him to second to last. Anya was smart to have picked him given the challenge.

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

      I don’t think anyone is doubting that picking Bert was VERY smart–everyone is perplexed as to why nobody else picked Bert before Anya had the chance.  She was the 4th designer to get to pick her helper. Becky, Anthony and Olivier were chosen before Bert, who clearly has superior cutting skills. And, when you are choosing between Bert and Bryce, you don’t exactly have to be a genius.

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

        I think people made good choices for them. Kimberly might have worked well with Bert, but she had paired with Becky before and could trust her to sew adequately and be passive rather than confrontational.  Laura and Viktor had both had disastrous pairings with Bert in the past, so given a choice, they were going to go with somebody they’d worked with successfully before.

    • Anonymous

      I am grateful and surprised that Becky and Bert were not stuck with Josh.  If I were becky and they tried to force me to “work” with Josh.  I either would have walked out or sat there ignoring him.

      • Anonymous

        I’d have actively sabotaged him. Or stabbed him in the neck with some pinking shears.

    • Anonymous

      I know … I thought that was shocking too.  I can’t imagine picking anyone else in that predicament.  Three looks in two days?  Anyone with any sense, having the first choice, would have gone for Bert!  He was, what?, next to last?  Anya not only smart but really really lucky. 

      • Anonymous

        That’s exactly what I said before I saw that you said it first!

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

        Honestly, from the first team challenge on, Bert would have been my first choice EVERY time.  The man has been in fashion since I was born, figuring out how to get along with him and learn from him (and possibly get good words from him to any contacts he has or will have) would have been top on my priority list.

        Besides, I hate it when someone’s always picked last — I was never allowed to be a team captain in gym class because I always picked all the kids who weren’t any good…

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

      Not only that, but he has more style and a more forceful personality than Becky who was the only other great technician up there.  He could give her constructive advice where Becky couldn’t have — either because she wouldn’t have the advice to offer or because she wouldn’t have the guts to deliver it.

  • scots001

    I had a few odd thoughts run through my head. (I won’t go into the whole mess about who should be there and who shouldn’t…I agree with you all.)
     
    “Artillerary”? Josh’s brother probably gagged when he heard him say that.
    What happened to that “thing” that Anya was trying to force over the model’s head before going out to the runway? (I believe it was for the white gown piece.)
    Did you notice Olivier’s deer-in-headlights look when Viktor hugged him? Awkward.
    Josh thinking his life is going to be, essentially, remembered for posterity’s sake. Uh huh, sure.

    • Anonymous

      “Artillerary” was a highlight.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I was wondering what happened to the other piece to Anya’s white gown look.  Of course she tossed it aside when she realized that it was physically impossible to even use it.  If only the judges knew.  Though, they’re so far up her butt that it probably wouldn’t have changed anything.

      • Anonymous

        I read somewhere it was  a scarf and she used it to cover the model’s hair & makeup so as not to ruin either or the dress as they turned it around (it was on backwards when they left the workroom).

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

    I wonder what Bert’s thoughts were when he saw this. It must have been bittersweet to have seen the opportunity lost. His aesthetic + Anya’s more modern approach = beautiful. 

    I don’t feel too bad for Laura. She dodged many bullets, and several people went home when she should have. I do think Josh’s collection was que horrible’ though. That stupid skirt and vest! the metallic statue of liberty dress! I can’t remember the other one!

    I agree with all you say TLo, and I am NOT on the Anya train. She deserved the win. 

  • Anonymous

    No, I agree with you Anya did have the best or 2nd best mini collection  of the 5. I also think she was heavily influenced by Bert. He did the best he could with the stiffish fabrics that she picked to make drapey dresses. Two sleeveless draped gowns and a sleeveless draped cocktail dress that’s a broad range alright. 
    I did think it was extremely odd that all the competitors chose Anya to go with them to fashion week. I guess they were all more interested in 2nd place than 1st.

    • Anonymous

      I think that the other designers continue to underestimate Anya by assuming she’s going to be sewing her entire collection by herself. At very least she will have someone giving her technical coaching even if she operates the sewing machine. And who on the TLO blog would be surprised if she hired some help on the QT to actually do her sewing?

      • Anonymous

        I think that she would probably try to sew as much of it herself as possible. She’ll probably get some help obviously from whoever it was that taught her to sew (I think she mentioned who it was in an interview) but that’s expected. She’s still learning after all.

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

        I could hire out more difficult pieces easily with a 10K budget for a 10 look collection.  Yeah, there are a lot of stunningly beautiful fabrics that are obscenely expensive.  But toss some jeans in there — denim’s not pricey.  That alone would free up money for an assistant.

        In fact, now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve EVER made pants that would come close to using up that budget — a lot of those beautiful, expensive fabrics aren’t appropriate for pants.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps all the designers somewhat realized that Anya going to fashion week was a given so they didn’t want to give anyone else a boost unnecessairily??

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

    Aw. You poor little poodles sound so down on PR. It’s sad; this show is what got me hooked on your blog in the first place. I am so glad that you have done such a phenomenal job of expanding your blog, and if ever you get to the point where you cut PR loose we unborn fawns will stay put.

    And that is about all I have to say about last night’s episode.

  • Anonymous

    While I do like the three looks Anya presented, to me, they look like Bert was the designer, and Anya was the assistant.  I don’t see anything of Anya’s aesthetic in these (I know some do, and i guess that’s just a matter of opinion).   The best comparison I can draw would be if in Season 3, Uli all of a sudden sent 3 Laura Bennett-esque dresses down the runway.  I can’t imagine that the judges wouldn’t have called her out for that and said ‘we don’t see Uli in your designs”. Anya is incredibly lucky that the judges are so biased in her favor.

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

      Anya was the designer, Bert was head seamstress (though I believe he had influence on the design too).  They make a great team and frankly should consider working together when this is all over.  In fact, I think I would love a show of the two of them making a line together.  Hot young beauty queen designer + cranky old queen seamstress = reality TV gold.

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Blah, blah, blah, blah … sigh.  I remember when there would be 10 or 20 pages of people vigorously defending Santino versus Daniel V., Laura and/or Uli versus Jeffrey, Korto versus Judy Noodles – and the fact that my fearless leaders T and Lo are as bored and fed up with this show as I am makes me truly sad.  When the best you can say is, “it wasn’t as bad as the rest”, you know this show is dying.  And there is nobody to blame except the Weinsteins and their greed.  The Magical Elves would not have run this show into the ground in such a short time.  I am sad.

  • Anonymous

    Anya’s collection bored me to tears.  She will win and I will probably never watch this show again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230057270 Allie Carter

    I wonder if Laura’s gown wouldn’t have been better simply tacking down the black fabric onto the white? It just feels like it’s so close to being AMAZING, but it’s off in so many little ways, it’s very frustrating.

  • Cheri Lee

    I’m so glad I didn’t rush home to watch this OR stay up late to see the rerun of it. Anya has been pretty consistent compared to the other designers (aside from Viktor). Being the best of the worst ain’t something to write home about. This has to be the worst season of PR in history. And that after the show reunion nonsense is so BORING. Who cares?! I watch reruns of past seasons with more excitement than the current season. Such a joke.

  • Anonymous

    For me, the high point last night was when John said he loved “artillerary.”

    • Anonymous

      My daughter and I just looked at each other, and she said, “Is that a word?”

    • Anonymous

      It was criminable when he said that.

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

      What’s a geska say? We should make a compilation of all Josh’s mondegreens and misspoken words this season. It would be pretty hilarious.

      • Anonymous

        Q. What’s a geska say?

        A. It says, “You’re getting aggressive!”

    • Anonymous

      God, I loved that moment!  ARTILLERARY!

      Just hilararious!

    • Now I am The Bee

      I agree.  The Hubs and I looked at each other with “huh?”  Also when he said he was gonna write a book.  Oh my I laughed so hard….

  • Anonymous

    The thing that’s killing the show isn’t this year’s crop of lackluster designers.  What’s killing the show for me, even more than the manufactured drama, is that it’s become simply an advertising platform.  OK, I can live with a couple shots of the HP touchpads and even the Piper Lime wall.  But then we have the now-excruciating visits to the Garnier hair and makeup room; we seem to hear more about the designers’ hair and makeup choices than we do about the ideas behind their garments.  Then the runway judging reinforces the importance of the sponsors’ products under the guise of styling discussions.

    And Anya is simply one more product being foisted on us.  I think what’s behind the producers’ Anya-love is their desperation to have a winning designer who at least appears to have some relevancy in the fashion industry.  She’s an attractive woman with some design talent who might serve as the successful public face of a resort wear line, but they have to hype her as the Next Great Designer.

    What’s been lost in all of this is the original fun and interesting Project Runway.  If they neglect that product much longer, then all these other ambitions, side deals and cross-promotions will come crashing down.

  • Anonymous

    Anya got into the final four with Bert’s collection and will probably win with Uli’s.

  • Anonymous

    They did not tell all of them that they were competing in the finale, right?  I thought that at least for Kimberly that they said that she’d get to make a collection.

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

      Heidi specifically said that only 3 of them would be competing in during FW, so I think they are all making collections, but when they get to FW there is going to be some kind of challenge to eliminate one more designer–in the past they’ve had them choose 3 looks from their collections for a mini runway show.  Whatever challenge they have, I’m wondering if it will just involve Josh and Kimberly, or all 4 designers.

      • Anonymous

        That was confusing.  But Tim has said that there were four finalists this year.

        • Anonymous

          I recall Tim said he visited four designers. Perhaps he meant that there were four present in the finale? Which for the first half would be true if they do the 4->3 model as usual.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the rust look from AnyaBert. Liked the other two. Not quite sure what her inspiration was or how the looks related to it, but she could have said “Bunnies on acid eating marshmallows” and the judges would have shrieked that she was brilliant.

    Poor Blenley. Her opinion of her own taste is completely unrelated to reality. I was distracted during the airing of the episode by a long phone call; was the fabric already cut out or did she do that craft project herself?

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

      I really want a dress inspired by “bunnies on acid eating marshmallows” 

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

      The fabric was already cut out. When she was checking it out at Mood, I was wondering if her plan was to make a trellis.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        *much laughter*

  • Anonymous

    The fact that Anya is going to win this whole thing (and has been groomed to do so since the first episode) is ticking me off WAY more than Wretchen’s win.

    • Anonymous

      Really??  More than Gretchen winning over Mondo?  Come on – are you sure about that?  Last year was the worst decision EVER.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah–you are right there. How easy we forget! I have always thought they didn’t give it to Mondo because Seth Aaron got it the year before. Can you imagine the amount of TOTAL cray-cray we’d seen this season if they had given it to both? Without the eye that Mondo and Seth Aaron had, the designers would just do the craziest things they could think of thinking that’s what the judges would want.

        • Anonymous

          I wonder which of the judges were for Gretchen over Mondo. I totally do not remember who liked who because I was so traumatized when she was named the winner.

          • Anonymous

            If I remember correctly, Nina and Michael wanted Gretchen.  Heidi and Jessica Simpson (guest judge) wanted Mondo.

          • Anonymous

            Yes. And Heidi even pulled Tim into the deliberations to try to help her point of view.

        • Anonymous

          A year later, it’s hard to remember the nearly 1300 comments about how shitty that decision was.  I remember hearing Heidi say “Grethen, congra-” and I turned off the TV.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get the hate for her either. However, I do get the disappointment. And as for beauty, I have to say, I don’t see it. I see just as many physical flaws on her as the one’s identified with Becky (who I think is quite cute). I’m so over this season. I actually didn’t think it could possibly have been worse than season eight. 

  • Anonymous

    laura’s first dress would’ve been much more elegant had the under-part been navy. jussayin’.

    • Anonymous

      You’re probably right, but would it have shown up adequately on the runway and/or on TV? 

      • Anonymous

        i guess not, but i never consider the aesthetic based on ‘tv/runway’, i just think ‘do i like this?’…haha

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

        Probably not.  I just did sketches for a gray dress with black and navy beading that has been killing me because you can’t see the difference in the color on my (HD) computer monitor unless you zoom in so far that you can’t see the whole thing. 

    • Anonymous

      Weren’t the circles in black fabric?  Navy and black would’ve made it better?

      • Anonymous

        i think navy and black are tres chic. i think it would’ve shown a higher taste level, and the circles would be less jarring.

        • Anonymous

          I like the color combo together.  What I really should’ve said was that I wasn’t certain that making it navy would’ve made it any better.  LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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

    Yep. Yep. Yep. Yep.

    Anya chose wisely when she picked Bert. And Bert was happy to be the worker bee, from putting in zippers and other useful fasteners to making some ideas work (and fabulously at that). Anya has great style, good ideas, uses resources well, and is an excellent delegator/manager. She should do well for herself in the fashion business. And I loved that black dress more than most of her output this season. And the crimson outfit had merit. The white one, well, she’s no Calvin Klein.

    Laura should do well for herself too, if she chooses to embrace her destiny. I think she could be a boutique label for well-to-do society ladies. She designs well and has sewing skills, but it’s not “fashion” for me. Go forth, Blair Warner! This isn’t the end for you.

    But it still pains me that Bert is not officially showing at Fashion Week. When do we get to Josh’s collection?

    • Anonymous

      Whatever anyone’s thoughts on Anya’s ability, she’s been playing it smart all season, and for that alone, she’s got a big leg up on the deluded Josh. I can’t believe Bert’s sewing skills weren’t snapped up first — so she is lucky as well. I see a lot of Anya in these looks — even more than I see Bert’s style — but thanks to Bert she was able to execute them as well as she did.

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

    I did love Bert–I mean Anya’s– three looks, especially the red/rust one but my favorite part of the show was the riding around in golf carts. The heck with trolling for inspiration, I would have spent the entire time driving around like a mad man, free of the asylum.

    • Anonymous

      ha! my inspiration would’ve been fresh air!

  • Anonymous

    “Tlo said: And the less said about this, the better. Just disastrous.”

    Yep. In that dress, the model should have been accompanied down the runway by a guy asking for $12 a month to help her escape her village.

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      Last night someone (Josh?) mentioned the need for everything to be impeccably tailored and steamed. I guess the model slept in Blenley’s last look and Blenley missed the memo.

      And the model looks completely PISSED.

      • Anonymous

        I think anyone would be pissed if they had to wear that dress…

  • Anonymous

    I stopped watching this show and just read these recaps.  Saves an hour and a half of my life and your recaps are infinitely more interesting than the show itself.

  • Anonymous

    The design of Laura’s jacket looked very much like Olivier’s much-praised gray jacket,–the one that was “impeccably fitted” but to me made the models breasts look saggy.

    Loved Anya’s, and agree about the Bert influence. I don’t understand the hate for Kimberley’s. I love her color choices and both the cocktail and the separates look. And I liked the coat too. Oh well,

  • Joshua

    I have to say something about the boat ride first. I thought it was hilarious Josh loved having the wind in his face — just saying, it couldn’t possibly have been in his hair. Anyway … :P

    It really annoyed me no one said boo about Bert’s influence. I mean, I know the designers traditionally get helpers around this challenge, so it’s not like some unprecedented attempt to keep Anya in the competition, but this collection should have said more to the judges about Bert’s lost potential in the top three, not Anya’s. I do agree Anya’s design is more uninhibited by the restraints of sewing, but that can honestly only take you so far. At this point, I do think she ought to be in the top three, but it just sickens me how she has been on the top for the last several weeks. And her attitude is rather appalling too. The judges praise her a couple of weeks in a row, and she turns into untouchably bitchtastic.

    As for Laura, well, we all knew she wasn’t going to make it. God only knows how she made it this far anyway. Before I go, I do have to complain about the drape of her and Anya’s gowns. The judges failed to point it out and I think it’s what brought both of those looks down.

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

    I got through 17 minutes of this. Not sure how I made it even that far. I’m going out of town for the weekend, screw it. Maybe I’ll try to watch on Monday but I doubt it. I’ll just catch up with you, it’s much more interesting. Yes, TLo saying “blah blah blah” is more entertaining than the actual show. Whatever. Barf.

  • Anonymous

    But in the desctiption of the challenge, they stressed “range”, and I think Tim even mentioned it once in the workroom. Then on the runway it magically disappeared when the golden girl knocked out three nearly identical looks. I didn’t expect a different outcome, and there isn’t anyone left except for Victor that would even have had a shot at a previous season final goup.  I have to retroactively thank Gretchen for helping me to not give a poop about this season.

    • Anonymous

      I am still gritting my teeth — yes, the dresses are beautiful. But they’re all sleeveless and draped. And it could be argued that, despite using three different colors, even that choice exhibited no range — they were all classic solids. It wouldn’t have me so p.o.’d if they hadn’t then made a big fuss over Kimberly NOT using pants in the collection and thus showing no range!

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t watched it yet – are they at Storm King???  

    If so, GAH, that is such a perfect place for an ‘inspiration’ challenge and I wish they’d done this in a previous season with more talented designers across the board.  

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone catch at the end where Heidi told Anya and Victor they were IN. I can’t remember what she told Josh. She told Kimberly she got to go to NY–I don’t think she said she was specifically IN??? Could definitely be my mistake though.

    • Anonymous

      She said all of them were in, I believe. Before letting them know who was in/out, I recall she said only three are actually going to compete at Fashion Week though.

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

    Me-ow! Just scrolled through the comments for a moment. Laura should have gone home – her clothes were yucka. But I can’t wait till the post when we talk about those crazy person looks that Josh sent down. Oh my!

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree with TLo here – Anya’s did look the best on the runway – sorry Vicktor.  She has played the game very well.  Blah. 

    • Anonymous

      Cause Anya knows how to compete.   She can play the game.  Josh can too.   Viktor is more sour and introverted.   These judges love love the talkers.  From Santino to Gretchen to Josh/Anya.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Laura’s jacket. I think it could have been fabulous with a skirt in a color – red or rust maybe? I think she might have been showing at fashion week if her third look had been anything other than that sad little pillowcase.

    Anya’s three looks looked like a collection on the runway. If she wins it all, I hope Bert gets some trickle down goodness. That’s all.

    The shorts Josh are wearing in the second picture above are reason enough to cancel his 15 seconds of fame. Horrid!

    Anya looks like she ran out of clean clothes that match, Kimberly looks like a secretary, Victor is dull and I am assuming Laura is wearing her sorority’s plaid as trim on her shirt.

    • Anonymous

      “I hope Bert gets some trickle down goodness”
      I’m thinking that Bert will do well as a result of the show, even though he got robbed. There are hundreds and hundreds of tasteful ladies already clamoring for his classic looks.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll say something positive about last night.  It was nice to see Bert and Uncle Nick.  (Nick was in the After Show thingy).  Uncle Nick asked Oliver about Oliver’s accent and boob comments and Oliver explained both.  Oliver said that he had no problem with boobs outside the competition and you can be any size you want.  (Why thank you, Oliver.  Thank you very much.)  Actually, he said that he just didn’t understand why the size was a double D when there is no double Cs, etc.  I found him amusing. 

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I liked Olivier in the aftershow much better than in PR. I’m thinking he is one of those people who needs their 8 hours a night to be really human. He was so relaxed and looked like he had eaten something.

    • Anonymous

      And in British bra sizes there aren’t these DD DDD E EE etc. sizes.  It just goes up one letter at a time.  The ones I’ve see anyway.

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

        I didn’t mind that he didn’t understand the sizing (though as a note to future applicants — US sizing is weird.  Bone up on it)  I minded that he seemed to feel like the clients were the problem, rather than being upset he didn’t have the skills to work with them.  There are things that I’ve been asked for that I’m just not good at, and it always bothers me, so I could have understood that.  But I never blamed the client for wanting something I couldn’t do well.

  • Kate Pearce

    I loved Bert’s collection- I mean Anya’s collection. did anyone else hear him mutter about having to redo all her sewing mistakes? And I’m totally pissed that none of the judges pointed out that her ‘new’ direction was actually Bert’s? And she still didn’t make a jacket or a real pair of pants, did she? sigh.

  • Anonymous

    I am working very hard in my fashion education here but I am still failing.  Anya’s white dress looks like she wrapped a sheet around her and stapled it part way down one side.  The arm hole is finished nicely.  The black dress looks she took one of her other dresses and put it on backward.  I do like the rust outfit okay.  Laura’s gown is so odd, and not in a good way.  The circle on her tush looks like she has a toilet seat stuck to her.  The other two are blah. Someone help me see what I am missing.

    • Anonymous

      Toilet seat–exactly my thought when I saw that this morning! Perhaps Princess Beatrice(?) the other one(?) with the toilet seat wedding hat could commission Laura to make a matching dress.

  • Anonymous

    What about Josh’s amazing line about him writing his book that others will research long after he is gone? I had to rewind that about three times just to make sure I wasn’t hearing things.

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

      I must have blanked out for a few seconds, because I totally missed that comment. Now I absolutely must rewatch the episode so I can catch it.

  • Anonymous

    I only caught the last little bit so didn’t even know who Anya had helping her, but was struck by how Bert-like the whole feel was to her collection. Didn’t realize til I read the comments here later that Bert actually was her helper. 

    Me: oh, duh. :)

  • Anonymous

    I’m not as dead set against Anya as everyone else seems to be.  No, she can’t sew, but she is by far the best DESIGNER in the room (in an admittedly very weak field). 

    Having said which I think she and Bert should consider some sort of collaboration in the future.  This mini-collection was so much better than the others because they complemented each other so perfectly.  Anya brings a contemporary aesthetic and a great eye for colour and pattern to the table  which, let’s face it Bert doesn’t really have; whereas he brings his superior construction skills, fashion knowledge and ability to edit and pare down looks to the mix.  One of the main reasons that Anya hasn’t attempted minimalism before is that she doesn’t have the construction skills to pull it off. 

    On his own Bert can be derivative, on her own Anya is hamstrung by her lack of training. Together Bertanya is formidable…

    • Anonymous

      Good observation.  They bring out the best in each other.

    • Anonymous

      +1 Also Bertanya has a nice ring to it…

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

        I know a Bertina…

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

    What I truly cannot believe is that no one, NO ONE, when given the opportunity, mentioned that Anya cannot and will not fit a sleeve, ever.  She admitted in After the Runway that jackets are utterly beyond her.  She is definitely a designer, but she cannot truly sew.  Definitely not on the level of Bert.  If Bert had made it to this challenge, he definitely would have been in, so the sense of injustice I’m feeling over that is making it hard for me to be remotely invested in the outcome of this season.  That Laura made it to the final 5 and not Bert, and that Anya made it to the final 4 because of Bert… it irks me.  Sorry to blather on at such length.

    • Anonymous

      absofuc#enlutely!! Exactly how I feel…

  • Anonymous

    You know…. whatever.  I’m bored.  I can’t even work up any enthusiasm to comment on individual designers or looks.  I was bored the entire time.  I seriously almost turned off the TV about 5 times during this episode.  Ninety minutes is far too long for this dreck.  It felt like three hours and should have been thirty minutes.

    I don’t care who wins.  And I will have a hard time making myself try out those two new upcoming shows.  I need a break from PR, and they need to go back to the table and come up with something better than this crap.  A sad day, indeed.

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

      That’s pretty much how I feel. It’s like weak, tepid coffee now. Just… bleh, and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
      This show has certainly shriveled up into nothing, hasn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    Bertanya’s red outfit was the only thing I liked last night. I was stunned all the designers picked Anya to go to FW, but then I thought maybe they assumed her collection would be 12 variations of a maxi dress (which if I recall correctly, it kind of is) and therefore they could beat her?

    And as much as I truly loathe Josh, I can almost see putting him through to FW. Anya’s will be tropical dresses and Viktor’s will be well-made but a tad boring. But Josh, with his bad taste and editing issues…that could be one entertaining collection. At this point PR is no longer going for great fashion, so let’s just go all the way and hope for good entertainment value.

    I’m re-watching Season 3 on DVD right now. The decline in this show is stunning if you go back and watch the first four or five seasons.

    • Anonymous

      In terms of clothing output, I don’t really think it’s THAT different… (I watched S2 and 4-5 recently and judging from what I saw for the most part, things weren’t too different on that front at all save for maybe S4) but the show’s entertainment level back then was so much higher. There were actually reasons to rewatch episodes! 

    • Anonymous

      I think that’s the only reason they pushed Josh through despite his taste issues – whether glorious or horrendous, at least it will be fun to watch. Don’t bore Nina.

    • Anonymous

      I, too, had to wonder if the designers were saying “send Anya, I can beat her in a full collection,” or they were inhaling some of the same haze the judges have been.  At least I don’t find Anya’s clothes as depressing as Gretchen’s.  That’s where I’m left this season.

    • Anonymous

      I, too, had to wonder if the designers were saying “send Anya, I can beat her in a full collection,” or they were inhaling some of the same haze the judges have been.  At least I don’t find Anya’s clothes as depressing as Gretchen’s.  That’s where I’m left this season.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K7SEDEVEYD5WGLTT5PGC6DURDQ B

    I went back and looked at the final collections… looks like it was a mistake to leave Laura out.

    • Anonymous

      I agree.  I thought hers was a final collection.  I never would have guessed Josh or Anya’s were.

      • Anonymous

        I did think it was a finale collection- it seemed to be more polished than many of the others, and I was scared for my favorite!

    • Anonymous

      Laura got what little redemption she could.    I’m sorry we won’t get to see it on TV.

      I guess it would undercut their “next american designer” concept, but it would be cool if they would give an award to the “best of the rest.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000215327930 Dina Sadar Iacano

    I think the fact that the top 9 designers get to go to fashion week has taken some of the wind out of the sails of the last 5 or 6 challenges.  They all just play it safe enough to get there.  The $100,000 would be nice but many of them realize that they may not beat the ‘favorite’ so why push themselves?  Just being there gets their work seen and that is the ultimate goal.  Also, not one of those collections looked like the fabric cost $500.  In the Bravo days, one of the comments was always that the collection looked expensive.  Now they just buy wads of fabric in case something doesn’t work out.  What a waste.

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

      I will NEVER understand why these designers seem to think that they need 5 times the amount of fabric necessary to construct a look.  Clearly, none of these designers grew up with a carpenter/builder for a father — you can’t buy 2x the amount of material you need for a building “just in case”!

      • Logo Girl

        Or a mom who sewed most of your clothes on a very tight budget and had to figure out ways to turn a remnant of cotton print into a little girl’s dress and a skirt while still matching the pattern on the seams, and still having enough left over for you to make doll clothes.

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

      One of the designers spent less than $400. On the other hand, Laura’s original bill was over $700. Too bad Bert wasn’t there to bail her out. I mean, seriously, after a while, shouldn’t you be able to at least estimate the cost of what you have in your hands? Or can she just not add?

      OK, mini-rant over. I agree none of them looked like they cost that much.

  • http://twitter.com/coopermikel Mike Cooper

    Laura’s circle gown seems to be a similar idea to what Anya was doing with her other raven look last week.

    • Anonymous

      I thought that, too. Wish we could have seen that gown finished.

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

    As long and boring as the Academy Awards; and even they’re more interesting.  Maybe next year there will be folks that actually have talent; this year’s crop didn’t exhibit much.

  • Anonymous

    Blah blah blah TLo blah blah

  • G Spencer

    Once upon a time… there lived an unhappy Beauty Queen who couldn’t sew. One day, she was asked by the Duchess to make 3 different looks. The Beauty Queen Princess almost fainted! she doesn’t have the skills to make 3 dresses. Poor BQP was sitting all by herself sighting, when suddenly, something amazing happened! There was a burst of light and a fairy appeared, oddly, the fairy had the look of a famous German supermodel.  “Don’t be alarmed! My dear” said the fairy. “I know you would love to go to Fashion Week , and so you Shall!!” With a flick of her magic wand, the fairy turned the cat into a sparkling Seamstress. The Seamstress, immediately produced all 3 looks, for poor BQP. And blah blah blah the beauty queen princes joyfully went to the Fashion Week! And as for the seamstress, she turned back into a cat…and said ‘Miaow”!

  • Now I am The Bee

    I am weary of all of this.  OK–so Anya’s collection was very cohesive and beautiful–  I’ll give her that.  What burns me is that Laura was aufed for “lack of range”.  Except that she showed a gown, a cocktail dress, a jacker and a skirt.  Anya showed us three dresses that are very similar to each other.  IIt’s this inconsistency in the judging with which I have a problem.  It just shows that PR has lost any integrity it may have had in the past. 
    But–as I am reading all thses comments and all–I find myself not really caring at all.  Fine.  Let her win all of it–then fade into the background (has anyone seen Irina lately…?) 

    I has a big sad for PR.

    • Anonymous

      No, Laura wasn’t eliminated for a lack of range, but rather for an overabundance – of ugly!

      • Now I am The Bee

        Well yeah–there’s that.  :)  But either MK or Nina mentioned during the judging that she had no range.  I remember because I said “WHAT??!?” really loudly and slapped my forhead.  I wish Laura had shown that orange-y gown with the circle fabric used as a yoke.  I thought that one was actually kind of interesting. 

  • Susan Crawford

    As much as I hate to admit it, Anya clearly had a topnotch mini-collection that was cohesive, beautifully executed (with some minor fit issues with the white gown) and perfectly styled. Viktor still strikes me as the ONLY real “designer” on this season. He consistently demonstrated his beautiful command of technique and fit, he knows his fabrics and never chose an inappropriate bolt of cloth that he later found he couldn’t work with, he was amazing in how he used the allotted time, and MK was right: Viktor’s are the pieces that will actually SELL. He knows the marketplace, obviously. Kimberly has some challenges to overcome as does Josh- we’ll see what happens.

    Honestly, Bert’s talent really DID pull Anya up to a very high level of execution, no doubt. Olivierere seemed so out of it that he was almost non-existent, and I was thrilled that Becky finally got a chance to vent about Josh, although Dramarama managed to put his spin on it and come off looking like his usual smug self. (I just want to shake that boy silly!)

    Laura deserved to go home – the circles “inspiration” was SO literal, and the overall collection was very fragmented. She has some real sewing ability, but she needs to broaden her perspective, learn more fashion history, learn more about upscale haute couture, and get away from the flashy cotillion, party-girl glama-mama style. I do wish her well – after all, she survived NinahGahcia’s laser-like glare, which means she has a little inner supergirl material, amirite?

    I missed you guys at the T Lounge last night, but caught up this morning – whole lotta boozin’ and bitchin’ in that Pepto-pink lounge, and all of it HIGHlarious. You are all the best! (And if there is ANY justice, all the suggestions for returning PR to the show that we have adored through thick and HORRIBLY thin will be heeded, and PR can be restored to former
    glory. Strong contestants, more emphasis on the design process, more TIM, fewer glib Kors-isms, a more exciting accessories wall, fewer cracked-out challenges and last-minute “twists”, fewer “team” challenges, and . . . oh, YOU know. A gal can only dream her dream.

  • Anna Maria Diamanti

    Bert goes over Laura because they judge the clothes in front of them. Laura goes over Josh because they judge personali… I mean, potential.

    I agree Anya’s was the best of the lot. But there was very little Anya in it. The judges could not have not noticed the hands-down best piece was all Bert. (Sorry TLo, I disagree there was any Anya in that rust piece, it could have come straight from Bert’s final collection.) And if it had been Bert who sent the black dress down the runway, it would have been slagged as shapeless and “mature.” I can appreciate Anya winning essentially by default, but what is so infuriating is the judges’ pretending her work is otherworldly. Also, how could they not call her on her BS line about showing range or the ridiculousness of her inspiration. “Oh, sculptures look different from every angle so I wanted the clothes to look different from front to back.” You mean like most pieces of clothing do? And if sculpture was the inspiration, how could they not note the most architectural design, the white dress, was such a poorly executed mess that it ruined the entire effect?

    The sad sorry truth is there will not be a PR winner who doesn’t fit Heidi’s definition of “hip and “cool” (oh how I cringe when she uses those words). As good as Viktor is he won’t win over Anya no matter what their final collections look like. He is not cool–he’s slight, awkward and lispy (I don’t mean to insult him at all, I’m just imagining how he appears through the judges’ catty eyes). When he tries to talk trash about his competition, he comes off as silly. Contrast him to fierce little Christian Siriano and you can see why Jillian the mumbler would never have won over Christian no matter how much the judges liked her clothes. That’s why the Angry Little Peanut wins over awkward Uli (and why Anya will win even with an Uli-lite collection). That’s why Gordana was slapped around like the proverbial red-headed stepchild. That’s why they pulled that despicable stunt with Chris March vs. Rami. And as much as Heidi defended Mondo, I think this dynamic is what ultimately led to Gretchen’s win. I think Mondo is adorable and interesting, but I can imagine the judges thinking he’s just to twee to project the “next great awesome cool and hip designer” image they want. Anya has that image in spades, so of course they have to fluff her output to mask handing the win to one of the weakest contestants overall .

  • Anonymous

    I do not even remotely see Anya’s inspiration piece in her outfits.

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

       Look closer. The main interest in these dresses were the beautifully draped cowl necks, which was part of her raven gown.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the ONLY one who thinks Anya deserves her slot? I mean, this hasn’t been a season of great design. Put her up against a Mondo or Jay or Laura, and her stuff wouldn’t hold up at all. But compared to the deeply mediocre talent on this season, I find her clothes refreshing. Sure, they’re all easy and breezy and she doesn’t know how to sew and blah blah blah, but she also has the only stuff on the runway that I’ve consistently liked. She may be overpraised, but I can’t think of a single episode where she would have been my choice to go (based on that episode’s designs).

    Am I also the only one who didn’t like Bert’s finale collection? I thought a couple pieces were really nice and wearable, but it wasn’t really all that special, was it?

    • Anonymous

      I agree that Anya deserves her slot in the final.   I think probably everyone agrees.   There’s just a bitter taste because if the other designers hadn’t helped her sew in the beginning, she might not have passed the first weeks.   She does, however, have  a great eye and talent for designing clothing.

      Also, I wasn’t crazy about Bert’s collection.  It was ok, but not exciting.   A marketable collection.  That’s not a bad thing.

    • Anonymous

      You are not alone. 

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

      I can think of a couple that I wouldn’t have cared if she’d gone or not, but none that I was outraged she stayed after (unlike the washer bikini).  I think she absolutely deserves her place.

      You’re nuts on Bert’s collection though.  It was gorgeous!

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    As much as I hate to, I agree with Anya’s win last night. She should kiss Bert’s ass for getting her the win (and the producers’ for manipulating the contest in her favor all along).

    Josh needs to stop talking. He can’t even apologize with grace. My opinion of Becky (which was never low to begin with) skyrocketed during the after-show.

  • Anonymous

    So I just looked at all the designs on Rate the Runway (best I can do ’til I can watch 2nite online. Viktor–sleeves(?), full length sleeves(?), a real blouse(?) OMG What were you thinking?! You know that no real designer with 4 months of sewing and a pageant winner esthtic would even think of sleeves! Why would you put your sleeves up against her sleeveless, backless, seamless designs? Viktor, you deserved the win from my cursory view of all the designs. And Kimberly–your orange coat/dress was heads & shoulders (pun intended) above Ms. Anya. So glad to see Bert one more time.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, Viktor, except for the requisite a– zipper–I STILL  don’t understand how anyone could sit in a skirt/dress/pants with that big ol’ zipper going right up her cr–uh–back!

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

    I am coming to see Anya as yet more product placement.  Loreal and Marie Claire can use her in ads and feature stories and she’ll look good.  She’s exotic, but not too quirky for the general public.  If I look at last season in that perspective, Mondo was probably too quirky for the general public, but where the powers that be messed up was to under-estimate Mondo’s charisma and Gretchen’s negative charm factor.  And Gretchen is so stubbornly granola/boho that her look just isn’t pretty enough for Marie Claire or Loreal.  (And to this end, I have to give Gretchen credit for not changing her style.)  This season they looked for someone who play the game as ruthlessly as Gretchen, but presents in a pretty and charming manner, and would be happy to look the way they want.  In Anya, a former beauty queen, they found their match.  

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

      I still say that it’s a vehicle to get Anya her own hosting gig on another Lifetime reality competition. It HAS to be. It’s seems to obvious to me.

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

        Yep. She’s a natural for it. I can totally see that being the long range plan, for both Lifetime and Anya.

  • Rebecca Zmarzly

    But the range! Where was Anya’s range? She made two dresses (which she usually makes) and one pair of flippy, flowy, skirty pants with a top that looked like a really short dress. No sleeves. No jackets (which she admitted on the after show that she doesn’t know how to do). No tailored fitted bottoms. And the one item she DID try to tailor and fit wound up looking like a bedsheet stapled in a few weird places. HOW in the heck did the judges not only not call her out on this but give her the friggin’ win?!?!?!

    Yes, I’ll capitulate and say that of all the looks on the runway, her rust-colored outfit was probably the only one I’d wear. I’m not sure it was the best (I really liked Kimberly’s silver dress), but it was the only one that I would purchase if it were made in my size (yeah, right). HOWEVER. In any other season, she would have been ripped a new one long before now, and I really just can’t stand to see her smirking anymore.

  • Anonymous

    I put this show on pause to take a call. It’s  just not that compelling anymore. So Laura got auffed this week–who couldn’t see that coming?  I would have been okay  with a top 3 consisting of Bert, Anya and Viktor with Kimberly making the fourth.  Anya has been a foregone conclusion for Top 3 for weeks and Viktor deserves to be there. Bert’s absence and Josh’s presence in the Top 3 really  makes me not give a crap about the outcome.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Laura’s looks last night were awful, but I’m disappointed we won’t get to see her collection on TV.  It looked really goos.

    • Anonymous

      Won’t they show all eight of them who presented collections?

      • Anonymous

        No. As far as the TV show is concerned, the only collections that walked the runway were those of the finalists. The other collections don’t exist and are never mentioned. 

  • Anonymous

    On the one hand, if Victor doesn’t win, I’ll be cranky in the moment (because he is both a great designer and very precise in his work). On the other hand, if he makes second place and actually has a career of designing for the famous? Because we all know that’s how it works? I can work with that.

    Anya is the pretty girl who can charm anyone. I’m not surprised that the judges adore her. I can see her faking surprise when she wins already. Woman knows how to play the game (“I learned to sew four months ago” — sure, from a training program or one-on-one with an expert), and is very good at making herself look good. I’m guessing that the abundance of team challenges helped, because in that context she could say “well, I make very good dresses/flowy pants, so I’ll do that” (and nobody notices that she hasn’t done anything tailored or structured, because teammates did those pieces).

    I wasn’t impressed with Laura to begin with. I figure that it took this long to drop her because she is, technically, stronger than others were. Her designs aren’t impressive, but they’re not terrible; they’re just mediocre. She’ll still have an audience, she’ll have paying customers…But she’s not an innovative designer. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    I really liked what Kimberly said about why she should go to fashion week, how she would show a different place that designers could come from. Was that a stab at the amount of white designers out there? The many male designers out there? Whatever it is, I agree with what she was saying.

    Err, doesn’t The Admittedly Orange Kind if Guy do “sale-able” stuff? He doesn’t exactly show oomph in his own collections… Viktor’s designs seemed to have more oomph than Kors usually does. 

    • Anonymous

      I definitely thought Kimberly was saying, “There aren’t many designers who look like me.”   

      But, look, this year we’ve got quite a bit of diversity.  A gorgeous black girl, a gorgeous Island girl, a Latino guy, and an orange guy.   

      • Now I am The Bee

        Is Viktor Latino?  I thought he was from a non-descript Eastern European contry like Slovenia or somewhere like that.

        • Katy Carroll

          His family immigrated from Mexico.

        • Anonymous

          He’s spoken before about how hard life was and his mon supporting them with her sewing, I think

      • Anonymous

        A sociopathic Oompa Loompa~

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

        I thought she was talking about the fact that she’s self-taught, but you could be right, Christina. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any black female designers. Wait, Iman designs, doesn’t she? But she’s Iman. Sometimes I wonder if she’s even from planet Earth.

        Gorgeous is right. Kimberly is absolutely stunning.

        an orange guy

        Hahahaha! Diversity is a wonderful thing.

    • Anonymous

      I definitely thought Kimberly was saying, “There aren’t many designers who look like me.”   

      But, look, this year we’ve got quite a bit of diversity.  A gorgeous black girl, a gorgeous Island girl, a Latino guy, and an orange guy.   

  • Anonymous

    I just noticed that Heidi is naked in the promo ads for this season.  Even Heidi wouldn’t wear any of this shit.

  • Anonymous

    Honesty, I neither love nor hate Anya, but I’ve obviously missed the reason why people here keep referring to a sex tape involving her. If this is true, is it necessary to keep bringing it up?

    As for the mini-collections, I’m not going to lie, I am pleased to see Laura go. Her delusions of granduer simply did not match her skill level. I look forward to seeing the Fashion Week collections, though I’m certainly not rooting for anyone in particular.

    I think the inspirational challenges are so tricky. I was hoping they were going to spice this one up extra by putting them into the teams of two, forcing them to do a second look, and then having the opponent pick each other’s best look of the two to show. that would have been AWESOME.

    • Anonymous

      I agree completely about the sex tape! It’s so gross and misogynistic to keep saying “go back to porno” like I’ve seen in many comments in other posts here when there are so many legitimate reasons to criticize her design and the judges’ lack of criticism for it.

      • Anonymous

        I’m glad I’m not the only one. It gives me the ickies.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t like Anya one bit, but the comments about the sex tape are out of line. Apparently, her boyfriend (or ex) had shot something of the two of them together. It was on his computer and someone he worked with stole it and distributed it, so it’s more of an unfortunate set of choices.

    • Anonymous

      We bring it up because it’s funny!   She’s quite prim on the show and the thought of her in a threesome sex tape is kind of hilarious.

      If Laura had a sex tape that would be even funnier.

      I think if you make a sex tape you should be prepared for people to make jokes.

    • Anonymous

      The joke has been that she must have a sex tape she’s using to blackmail the judges to be getting this much (unwarranted) judge love. To my knowledge, it’s not true. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, it is true. If you google it there are articles with pictures.

        • Anonymous

          I think KaileeFrye means the joke about a sex tape involving Anya with Nina, the Duchess and Heidi being used as blackmail. That that joke isn’t true.

        • Anonymous

          Oh wow, apparently it is true. Thanks for the correction.

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

      I don’t see what difference the tape makes, honestly.  Who cares?  It was sex between consenting adults that was filmed for personal enjoyment and then leaked out.  I feel bad for her that something she believed was private ended up all over the internet, and I don’t see why it’s a subject of criticism.

      • Anonymous

        THIS.

        Personally, I think it makes her more likable that she was silly enough to believe that she & her boyfriend could record themselves & that it wouldn’t leak out.

        [& I know someone is going to say 'she probably leaked it herself for the publicity' but she seems to have done well enough for herself not to need that kind of publicity]

        • Anonymous

          Indeed.

          Free advice to people the world over: never make a sex tape or take naked pictures of yourself, because it will get out. In fact, just assume any picture or video of you in any circumstance will wind up on the internet.

      • Anonymous

        I doubt it “leaked.” She seems savvy enough to know that “accidentally” releasing a sex tape gets you buzz

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

          She says she intended it to be private and so does the guy.  In fact, he says it was his fault it got out because it was his computer it was taken off of and that he feels awful she’s taken heat for it.  All it takes is for one person to hack that machine and it’s out there.  That’s not exactly complicated. 

          I had an ex threaten to put up some photos of me (though significantly less explicit ones) on the internet.  If he did so, it could be found years later by anyone who cared to look hard enough — though it would take a lot more to search for me on the internet due to my incredibly common name.  (Incidentally, I told him to go right ahead; it’s just a body and certainly not worth dealing with his crap to keep hidden)

          I don’t see any reason to doubt her and the guy’s word unless someone can come forward with actual knowledge that she leaked or had it leaked.

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

      It just seems like the talentless celebrity version of Madonna’s Sex book.  Honestly, when you use a Paris Hilton strategy in your grasp for publicity to create buzz for your “brand” which is all Anya is about, w/claims this was leaked by someone to do harm (poor unsuspecting Anya) smacks of manipulation and one wonders what else is she willing to do to promote herself?  She is no island ingenue.

      The thing is, it is not a stretch to believe she made it and had it leaked with the exact purpose of creating the buzz while filming PR.  After all, she is a pageant girl, one who has a clear which in itself, connotes a particular brand of ruthlessness.  

  • Anonymous

    After watching Anya on After the Runway, I’d bet money that she won. She is the picture of smug. Agree that she deserved the win last night, though. And that she owes a big thank you to Bert.

    • Anonymous

      Tres smug.

      She many times has a smug look during the show, but this look has an aura of the cat who swallowed the canary

      • Anonymous

        The word on the streets of Port of Spain is that she … didn’t win.

        • Anonymous

          Interesting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739505579 Amanda Aziyade

      Of course she’s won. You know Heidi would never allow her to NOT win.

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

        Yeah, because Heidi has the final say… We all saw how well that worked last season with Mondo.

  • Anonymous

    Laura should have been booted a long time ago. She’s just an ok designer. She just thinks more highly of herself than anyone else does. I was like, if they boot Kimberly over Laura, I’ll…I’ll…!!! Probably watch the finale anyway, but I’d be grumbling.
    Anya’s collection was beautiful and deserved to win, but I was secretly wishing for Viktor, just like I’ll be ok of Anya wins, but I’m pulling for him to take it instead. I think she would really have to screw it up to lose this thing.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait for TLo *kiss* to rip Laura’s collection.  

  • Anonymous

    Can I just say that Bert’s finale collection was designed AFTER his collaboration with Anya, who had already conceived her designs BEFORE she chose him as a helper; I mean we see her showing him the completed sketches. So that while he obviously helped her, as he was intended to, as all the ‘helpers’ were supposed to, the ideas were always hers! 
    But she was in a no win situation- had she taken advantage of Bert’s skills to design a tailored pant suit, she would have been reviled as having been unable to achieve this look on her own. Because she decided to stick to her own strengths, she is still damned!I learned the hard way myself when I left Trinidad and as a costume designer/ mas builder and had to find someone to actually create/ build the ideas I conceptualised, which not at all easy. That was when I truly appreciated the journeymen seamstresses, wirebenders and artisans who had allowed me the freedom to just dream…
    It is true that she does not have the training and experience of the other designers, but there is no episode in which her final product was the worst and in which she deserved to be sent home. Despite the judges obvious appreciation of her style, etc, she is in the final 4 on her own merit. It may be difficult for some people to accept that someone can be attractive and personable and lucky and talented, but that’s actually not Anya’s fault… that’s their problem!

    • Anonymous

      Two words: split pants.

    • Anonymous

      Two words: split pants.

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

      Anya has never demonstrated the kind of masterful draping shown in these pieces and Bert’s finale collection was of a piece both with his work on the show and his time working for Halston, who clearly remains a major influence on him. You are SERIOUSLY grasping for straws here.

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

      Anya has never demonstrated the kind of masterful draping shown in these pieces and Bert’s finale collection was of a piece both with his work on the show and his time working for Halston, who clearly remains a major influence on him. You are SERIOUSLY grasping for straws here.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739505579 Amanda Aziyade

      “but there is no episode in which her final product was the worst and in which she deserved to be sent home”

      Are you watching the same show we are???!!!???

      “It may be difficult for some people to accept that someone can be attractive and personable and lucky and talented,”

      Oh please — watch previous seasons. Kara Saun was incredibly beautiful and an incredible designer. Uncle Nick was gorgeous and incredibly sweet (AND he has talent.) Daniel V — hot and a sweetheart. Laura Bennet? Beautiful and well-mannered and funny. Althea was adorable and kind. Seth Aaron … too hot for TV.  We rooted for all of them because they DESERVED to be there, based on talent alone.

      I don’t personally find Anya all that attractive, and I don’t think she can hold a candle to Kara Saun in the “beauty” department. She certainly is no match to Kara Saun in design and skill. If you put her in with any of the cast from the first 2 or 3 seasons, she would have been auf’d before the first episode. Because she has every now and then produced something that’s not as hideous as what the others have produced does NOT mean she’s talented. Lucky, sure. Talented no.

      Certainly I don’t hate the girl, but I think she’s HIGHLY overpraised for what she’s done. She’s no Mondo or Christian Siriano, that’s for sure. But when she wins (as we all know she will) it’s going to look as though she’s in the same skill and talent level as Christian and Seth Aaron, and that’s beyond ridiculous.

      • Anonymous

        but kara saun acted like a conceited bitch in the finale shows.  i never got on her band wagon.  although i do agree with the prevailing opinion that all the designers were more talented in the early seasons.  although they did get one good season,  when seth aron was on.  it’s gone in the toilet since then.

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

      ” It may be difficult for some people to accept that someone can be
      attractive and personable and lucky and talented, but that’s actually
      not Anya’s fault… that’s their problem!”

      Any more comments like this and your commenting privileges will be removed. This is the second time I’ve asked you to calm down and let people vent their dislike for your favorite contestant. You can’t go around answering every single criticism and you can’t do so by insulting the people with whom you disagree.

      • Anonymous

        Sorry, haven’t seen your previous request, nor was this directed to anyone in particular. my sincere apologies.

        • Anonymous

          It may have been referring to me? If so, I’m sorry!

      • Anonymous

        do you really revoke people’s posting privileges for ranting on about their opinions?  i don’t get where renzii’s insulting anyone here.  is this referring to an earlier thread?  

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      It’s not at all difficult to accept that someone can be attractive, personable, lucky and talented. Kimberly (although girl needs a new weave!), Kara Saun, Allison, Chloe, Laura B, Uli, Althea, and Korto all fit that description. And that’s just women off the top of my head. So please, let’s not pretend Anya’s just a victim of jeluz haterz.

    • Anonymous

      Her rock men’s wear look was auf worthy. And ironically it is the one that was the closest to her original sketch.
      Lifetime only shows one sketch each for the collections this week and Anya’s pre-Bert sketch for the long white gown looks nothing like the dress on the runway. The sketch in fact looks very much like her previous work.

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

        I wouldn’t have objected if they had sent her home on that one, but I agree with Olivier’s auf.  I agreed with the judges that someone who talks up his MENSWEAR experience should be able to make menswear more than Anya or Kimberly who had never done so before.

        • Anonymous

          The sad thing about Olivier’s experience is that he had only had less than a year’s experience in working with menswear. He mentioned that while it was his concentration, he still only had that much time working with it.

  • Anonymous

    I experienced the show the same way as you summarized it, T Lo, except I had the good fortune of having to skip the first part of PR and go straight to the runway presentation.  The show is much less awful that way.

    I agree about Anya’s collection.  It was the best one out there.  She was smart to use Bert’s talents to supplement her own.  She plays the game well and does have more design sense than anyone other than Bert and maybe Viktor.  Based on her work, she should be a finalist.  I can’t root for her because I don’t like her, but she deserves to be in the final.

    Laura was a good choice for the auf, but if I’d been a judge I’d have also sent home Josh and Kimberly.  None of them showed the skills needed to be a great designer at any point in the show.  Of course, I’d never have aufed Bert so he’d have been my third.  No one else deserves to show a collection.

  • Anonymous

    I experienced the show the same way as you summarized it, T Lo, except I had the good fortune of having to skip the first part of PR and go straight to the runway presentation.  The show is much less awful that way.

    I agree about Anya’s collection.  It was the best one out there.  She was smart to use Bert’s talents to supplement her own.  She plays the game well and does have more design sense than anyone other than Bert and maybe Viktor.  Based on her work, she should be a finalist.  I can’t root for her because I don’t like her, but she deserves to be in the final.

    Laura was a good choice for the auf, but if I’d been a judge I’d have also sent home Josh and Kimberly.  None of them showed the skills needed to be a great designer at any point in the show.  Of course, I’d never have aufed Bert so he’d have been my third.  No one else deserves to show a collection.

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

      A big “Yes” to your final paragraph. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn the judges flipped a coin to decide who went home, because not one of those collections was worthy of fashion week.

  • Anonymous

    I do not see the love for Anya’s black dress regardless of who designed or made it.  It looks like the model has it on backwards!  Reminds me of when Celine Dion wore the backwards tuxedo jacket to the Oscars…. just weird!  As modeled it is way too short in the back and suitable for eight months of pregnancy in the front.  Just what every woman wants… to worry about the “fine china” showing from the rear while continually explaining that there is no due date!

    PR

  • Anonymous

    I do not see the love for Anya’s black dress regardless of who designed or made it.  It looks like the model has it on backwards!  Reminds me of when Celine Dion wore the backwards tuxedo jacket to the Oscars…. just weird!  As modeled it is way too short in the back and suitable for eight months of pregnancy in the front.  Just what every woman wants… to worry about the “fine china” showing from the rear while continually explaining that there is no due date!

    PR

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I thought pregnancy dress right away.  That one and Laura’s “dustbowl” dress, as someone so accurately put it earlier.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think there was a ‘stark’ difference between Anya’s prior looks and her mini-collection. The biggest difference between her earlier looks and last night’s designs was her use of solid colours — and she interviewed right up front that she was not going to use prints, so that was her, not Bert. As for the designs themselves, they were on the same plane as what she did last week; draped styles with architectural interest and asymmetrical detailing. She’s shown real growth and  progression thru the whole series, which is one of the reasons for the judge love — as it should be. I think any Bert influence was a result of a real collaboration between the two of them, which is how a designer should work if she’s got an assistant with some good ideas and an eye for editing.

    • Anonymous

      you know, I’ll have to go through the whole season again, because I honestly don’t remember anything architectural from her beyond the bird dress. My memory is of flowy halter maxis. Even the HP print challenge dress had its architecture from Viktor (the little sleeves). Yay, more TLo reading for me tonight!

  • Anonymous

    Anybody else notice the Great Pumpkin was wearing *gasp* WHITE pants last night?  How very avant-garte Mr. Kors!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, these are ugly. Magnificently crappy, every single one. Now that Bert is gone, I thought it would be easy to watch again, since I didn’t care about any of the outcomes. But it was all just so bad, I didn’t last 5 minutes. I barely make it through TLo anymore, and that’s bad, because I love TLo. Thank goodness there’s more than PR to talk about!

  • Anonymous

    Kimberly’s taste issues are right up there with Josh’s. She’s coasting on personality. Nice girl, but her clothes are trashy. Josh is trashy in every way. “But he has ideas!” they cry! Yeah. Bad ones.

    • Anonymous

      I’m still waiting for ANY of this season’s designers to convey some original ideas. I certainly miss Jay McCarroll and the like!

    • Anonymous

      Well, MK did also say he was a magpie designer, and that’s kind of a real slap in the face.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

    Seeing Anya’s mini-collection makes me, even more, wish that they’d aufed Laura last week and that Bert had gotten a chance to make a mini-collection. There’s no way Josh should be still in with Bert out. And I have to say this-Anya was very, very lucky that her fellow designers picked people they liked and left Bert to the end-because she ended up with an assistant/collaborator that was able to support her weakest areas and let her demonstrate her vision-which is ideal. I think Becky could have done the same if Kimberly had been more sure what her vision was.

  • MilaXX

    I understand it would have taken a lot for Anya NOT to go to fashion week,but I can’t understand Bert once again being chosen last as an assistant and I really cant get the designers all co-signing that she should be the one to go to Fashion week. The best way to describe Anya’s collection would be to call it Bert’s interpretation of Anya’s ideas. All in all not a bad idea to be honest.

    • Anonymous

      He wasn’t last – Anya chose him. 

      • Anonymous

        Who was actually last? Bryce? I was distracted by the phone during that part of the episode.

        • Anonymous

          Bryce was chosen last and Anya seemed happy to choose Bert.  Girl knows how to work with people.  

          • Anonymous

            YES.

            I don’t think she should still be in play over many who have been auf’d – but that’s the fault of the judging. Can’t blame her for using her people skills (see them as manipulation or not) to her advantage.

  • Anonymous

    I went to Lifetime and watched some of the extended scenes. Laura blamed her “assistant” for the fit of one dress, but Anya took the full blame for any sewing mistakes – and thanked Bert for all his help while talking to Tim.
    Anya went up in my esteem for this.

    • Anonymous

      It’s always much easier to be gracious when you’re the challenge winner. :)

      • Anonymous

        The talks with Tim were from his workroom visit before anyone had walked the runway ;)

      • Anonymous

        But she has always been self aware and admitted her construction shortcomings… and been grateful for any help offered. Her mamma and papa taught her right!

        • Anonymous

          who raised josh?  gay wolves?

          • Anonymous

            The weasels from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

          • Anonymous

            Puhleez!  That’s dissing their fine and noble (and fabulicious) canine lineage…

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the Manchurian Candidate reference (it was just on TCM again this week). That’s all I kept think of when they were on the runway saying who should go to fashion week–the line the soldiers parroted like automatons when asked about Laurence Harvey’s character “Raymond Shaw is the finest, bravest, most wonderful person on the face of the earth.” (paraphrased but you get the idea).

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

    “ She may be overpraised, but I can’t think of a single episode where she would have been my choice to go (based on that episode’s designs). ”
    The 70s band challenge. Horrible concept and then her pants split on the poor guy. OUT.

    • Anonymous

      Except that even split, they fit better than Kim’s, were more flattering than Oliver’s. Truth- the reggae Jesus shirt sucked, but no worse than Kim’s or Oliver’s tops. All she need to be was- not the worse, and she hasn’t been!

      • Anonymous

        The seam split because the fit was bad. And nothing that I can think of is more UN flattering  or humiliating than the center back seam of your pants splitting! 

        • Anonymous

          but who among us, in our earlier tight-pants years, has not had the humiliating experience of trying to go just a little too tight?  been there.

          • Anonymous

            but that’s our choice as consumers to go too tight with the clothes, not the fault of the designers for not fitting our clothes to be tight yet wearable.  And I’d actually argue that Kimberly’s pants were fit better.

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

            I don’t think I would expect a designer who is custom-making a pair of pants to have this issue, it is unprofessional and indicates incompetence.

  • http://jessieliz.wordpress.com/ Super Red

    perhaps one of the 385 previous commenters have already said this, but I’d guess that most of the other 4 designers picked Anya because of all the reasons they gave her the side-eye earlier. They knew that Bert helping her was the only reason she was able to pull out these looks, and working on her own she’d be that much easier to beat. Not a bad strategy all in all.

    I really liked the idea behind the white dress, if not the execution, and the other two looks were really quite fabulous. The one note that I’d make on her “range” is that if she’d been able to pull a jacket or fitted pair of pants out of her ass, I would have been all about her going to fashion week.

    But yeah– that collection definitely earned her the right to be there. Would she have been able to pull it out without Bert? I’d argue that any of the assistants who could help her with the sewing would have gotten her there. Bert is heavily drawn from in the final garments, but she has demonstrated that she has her own (good) ideas.

    It’ll be interesting to see the final collections. (I haven’t seen them yet… I always wait until the actual episode. =P)

    • Anonymous

      Easy to beat? I doubt that is true, and I doubt they believe that. On the one hand, they’ve been underestimating her drive and intelligence, and on the other, she’s been given favored-daughter status all season. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BUKL3CV3Y66UWR7BWYJMPSDRR4 Annie

    at this juncture of project runway — oh who cares?  blah blah blah indeed.

  • Anonymous

    I have started watching up until the judging and then I turn it off. Much better experience that way.

  • Anonymous

    What I get from this mini collection has less to do with Anya and more to do with Bert – Bert’s taste / vision combined with a younger aesthetic = great collection.  He also can play nice with others (unlike his earlier edits suggested.)  

    I don’t mean this as an insult, but based on the final collection, I see Anya doing really well with her own line for Target.  

    • Anonymous

      Well she did say she’d like to develop a lifestyle brand, so maybe that a start… lol

    • Anonymous

      Here’s an absolutely serious question based on my lack of fashion knowledge: I’ve seen designers (like MK) create resort collections, and resort collections (I’m assuming) are part of a larger framework of a designer’s work. Has anyone made a label solely as a resortwear designer? Thanks for any and all answers.

      • Anonymous

        Calypso, arguably, is a resort label.

        • Anonymous

          Thank you.

  • http://profiles.google.com/valencia.lucia87 Lucía Valencia

    More like a gentlequeen :D

  • Anonymous

    I guess I’d find it possible to hate Anya if I didn’t like (or at least sorta-like) almost everything she (or her top secret Illuminati-bred team of seamstresses that she’s been using all along) has done this season… including her Bryant Park show. She can’t make sleeves / she’s Uli-lite / whatever, but her work product has looked good.  Points off for having garments that can’t actually be worn without being sewn into and out of them, but I still like her stuff.

    • Anonymous

      me too!  i would wear all her stuff, except the rock-pocahontas get-up. but then, i live in the high sierras.  i may have seen someone wearing that look around here.

  • http://twitter.com/QuincyTKatz Quincy Katz

    My favorite moment last night was the look on Blendly’s (Laura) face when Zoe Saldana told her the cocktail dress looked like a “pillowcase”
    LOL!

  • pdobiel

    Blah is right.  I hold out some (SOME) hope for All Stars.  Please say you’ll be blogging that!

  • Anonymous

    I just can’t with the show any more. The only reason Anya is in the position she’s in is because she’s pretty; a fat 45-year-old with her style and abilities would NEVER still be in the running. But she gets to be a finalist (and probably winner) because everything she does is given 25 bonus Beauty Queen Points.

    I’m just completely grossed out.

    • Anonymous

      Sometimes there are intangible factors at play.  ABC News did a study a few years ago to prove that prettier people make more money, get better job offers, better promotions.  But, I’ll say it again, Anya deserves to be a finalist.  She has a distinct POV that is sorely lacking with the other contestants.  Viktor produces great stuff but I’m not quite sure what his aesthetic is.  Josh, Laura, and Kimberly are still undefined.

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

        Yeah, but numerous other studies have shown that those numbers are wrong — women generally get a downgrade in pay and promotions once they hit middle management-type levels if they are pretty. 

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

      Not true. Both Jeffrey Sebilia, Seth Aaron  and Mondo were VERY unattractive designers who made it to the end. People were constantly making fun of their looks on all the message boards when the pre-show pics were released, but that talk died down as people started gradually liking their designs. There’s no such thing as Beauty Queen Points.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. Designers who weren’t attractive did well on the show in the past and that proves that appearance and personal style aren’t taken into consideration.

        Because the judges on Project Runway are nothing if not wholly and completely consistent.

        • Anonymous

          Indeed. Chris March also almost made it to the very end, but ultimately his collection was way too dark to compete. Human hair anyone? 

      • Anonymous

        In what universe are Seth Aaron and Mondo unattractive?

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

          I know! Mondo’s adorable, and I can’t even talk about Seth Aaron. 

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            And even Jeffrey – despite his somewhat ugly personality – has a rock n roll vibe and TONS of talent.  In any case – I think the rules of ‘attractiveness’ are slightly different for men than they are for women.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I hit *like* so often that the button broke!

  • Anonymous

    I loved Anya’s rust garment as well – and I have no problem with her being in the finale.  As for the “Bert influence” – no problem there either.  Anya was smart enough to choose Bert- she knew that she would benefit from his talents and she wasn’t so immature as to have her feelings hurt by his grumpy old man personality.

    • Anonymous

      I bet he’s not as grumpy as many of the people you’d run into in the beauty pageant circuit.

  • http://masquedbunny.tumblr.com masquedbunny

    I wonder what home visits are going to be like this time around. I feel like we’ve had too much background on some contestants and nothing on others.

  • Anonymous

    I think Anya was the right pick for the win this week. I agree she got a lot of help from Bert, but she did clearly state at the outset the look she was going for and how she wanted the dresses to give a different look from various angles. She had her idea in mind (wanting to build on last week’s look) before she knew the designers were going to get assistance this week. I agree with the other designers that the weak point was that she didn’t show as much range as some of the the other designers, but her overall mini collection was really good.

    She’s a smart competitor and I’m really sorry the producers have been shoving her down our throats.

    Not sad to see Laura gone. Not one of my faves this season, and this collection was pretty weak. Although, Kimberly could have easily gone home in my eyes, but I’ll save that for her post.

    • Anonymous

      Similar opinion here.  Anya chose the fabric and it’s clear from her sketches what she wanted to do.  Bert executed them so that her dresses were well-made for a change, but there was a lot of Anya there.

      The producer manipulation just makes one cringe at the unfairness of it all.  Ugh.

      I actually like Laura’s runway collection, but she did not earn a place in the finale.  Kim’s work this week was terrible too.  Josh’s also sucked.  Wish Bert hadn’t screwed up last week.

  • Anonymous

    For anyone who’s interested, Style Network is running Season one from the beginning. It was so good!

    (And Tim & Heidi look so much younger.)

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      I’m surprised Tim doesn’t look like he’s 100 after putting with so many years of this nonsense.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you!  It was indeed really really good.  Loved Jay’s work.

    • Anonymous

      They did look so much younger back in Season 1, though Heidi was such a terrible host – but she had so much more personality. Oddly, however, Tim seemed fine on camera from the start.

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

        Part of that may be due to the fact that he didn’t believe he was ever going to be shown!  According to interviews, he believed his role as mentor was going to be entirely behind the scenes (part of why he did it for free), just a way to keep the designers on track and help them produce good work. 

  • Anonymous

    Does Anya live in Trinidad/Tobago?  Or does she reside in the US?  That would be a fun trip for Tim!

    • Anonymous

      He flew to Trinidad in August.

    • Anonymous

      She does normally live there… wonder what her arrangement will be while she works. Oh lord, is Tim going to the Caribbean?!?!

    • Anonymous

      Maybe she’ll screen her sex tape for him.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVNXE5PQQVTSQHG77WZA3VRL5Q Alli Lon

        Oh my goodness. Such a ridiculous comment. I think someone else was on point about the “slut shaming”. People do it when they have nothing of substance to offer. 

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

        Poor Tim would have a serious fit of apoplexy if she even suggested it. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I had this horrible feeling when they made such a big deal about how she only learned to sew just yesterday or whatever in episode one.  I thought then that I would be seeing her in the final three, and I was apparently right.

    I know this is a horribly unpopular opinion that likely no one will agree with me on, but I was only watching this season for Olivier.  Yes, he had HUGE, GLARING faults, but he was cute and he reminded me of one of my favorite Korean celebs, so I was hooked on him.  I enjoyed watching him fumble through the group challenges and get pissy with clients because they weren’t dress forms or models the same size as a dress form and actually TALKED BACK!  I enjoyed his little ‘better than you’ attitude and that accent that I have yet to figure out if it is completely an affectation or just something he unknowingly picked up that drops when he gets too stressed.  Once he was gone, so was any interest or care I had about this season and who won or lost. 

    This was a horrible season overall, and I’m not sure they can do anything to make me watch next year, short of getting another designer that reminds me of someone I actually like.  Seriously, if I hadn’t seen Olivier smile in his promo/intro vid before the start of the season, I wouldn’t have watched at all.

    • http://twitter.com/QuincyTKatz Quincy Katz

      RAIN?

      • Anonymous

        No, actually.  Lee JinKi, aka Onew of SHINee.  : )

    • Anonymous

      My 7-year old daughter thinks his real name is Precious Moments. D’OH!

  • MilaXX

    What I meant was I’m surprised he wasn’t snapped up first. Regardless of his aesthetic, Bert’s clothes were always well made.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Bert on your win!  

    Anya –  I generally like what she designs.  I still do not understand why the judges feel it’s so cutting edge and unique, but whatever.  I’m annoyed that they designers were told to show a range and it was defined as not doing all the same type of garment.  Also it was suggested they show the judges some depth, that they could produce more than what the judges had already seen from them.  Anya did neither of these things.  As per her usual she made dresses, although with a more sleek, modern style — remarkably (or not) so like Bert’s.  The pants she did were just like the pants she normally designs — improved by the fact that Bert actually knows how to sew difficult fabrics.  Bert was a godsend to her here, but lets face it — she would have been in regardless what she sent down the runway.  So again, whatever.  

    Laura – I feel bad for her actually.  She showed more range than Anya and I agree with her that there are plenty of women who will want to wear what she designs.  She is kind of like Bert to me. Maybe she’s not ‘fashion forward’ but I bet she knows how to dress her clients so they look and feel amazing.  She has the added benefit of being so young that being current and modern isn’t something she has to try and do.  Unlike Bert, and unlike me.  haha  Good luck to Laura.  I wish she’d of gotten to show he runway collection, it’s better than a few of the others that will be showing. 

  • Anonymous

    As has become usual, I can’t argue that Anya’s placement was wrong, on the surface. She usually makes (or designs & makes, with help) a pretty dress. It’s not her fault that the limited range of her technical ability is not held against her (and the judges have ALWAYS been inconsistent about how much technical ineptitude they will tolerate), or that other contestants have chosen to help her more than most contestants have been helped.

     If she wins (heck, even if she doesn’t) she’ll  make good use of the prize & opportunities (or, just opportunities) and be good value for the show & its sponsors.

    I don’t think she’s the best designer this season, though. Or even second best. With stronger competition she’d have had a much harder struggle to come out on top (though she might have done so for reasons in para.2, above).

    Laura: If look 1 had been well made (that is, the underdress fit properly and the over dress overlay it well) it’d have been as good as any of Anya’s, IMO. Look 2 was fine, probably needed cool slacks or at least a black skirt. We shall pass over the remaining look.

  • Anonymous

    It’s interesting how several of the better looks this season have been Bert inspired. These and also that orange thing with the hideous  corsage that Jon Benet Flambe made come to mind. For an old queen who was dismissed as being stylishly “dated”, everyone sure seems ready to give that dancefloor a twirl. 

    • Anonymous

      Jon BenetFlambe!  i love it.  why didn’t you put that little gem out there earlier? see, i even used caps; such an effort.

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

      Jon Benet Flambe
      I do believe you just topped yourself.

  • Anonymous

    I do like Anya’s garments; I think she has a great eye for color and an innate sense of style. And I don’t blame her for using whatever tricks she has.

    The problem is… she should not have been picked to be on the show to start with. “And she has only been sewing for 3 months!” SO WHAT? Nothing she has created has made me gasp in wonder “how did she DO that?”  Have you seen one item that was half as good as one of Seth Aaron’s jackets? No one should be graded on the curve like she has. It’s unfair to the other contestants and an insult to the viewers.

  • Anonymous

    When you boys are reduced to the blahs, I know this season sucks ass. Blah, blah, blah. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Anonymous

    We should hold an unnecessary poll on who thinks Anya will win this whole shebang.

    • Anonymous

      I like Anya, but this forum will be Wreturn of Wretchen: The Ayna Chronicles if that happens. Which may be exactly what they want.

  • Anonymous

    Anya:  Girl knows how to play the game.  And it isn’t a sewing competition (but sometimes according to the judges it sort of is) and she does have interesting design ideas–and has grown on the show.  Still don’t want her to win—it’s a little too easy, somehow.

    Laura:  Always playing games, badmouthing people, and doesn’t know good design.  Not sorry to see her go.  And did anyone else think of Mondo the Wonderful when they saw her long gown?  I agree about the jacket, though–I liked it, didn’t understand why the judges disliked it so much.

  • Anonymous

    Tim seemed seriously MIA in this episode….what’s next? Skyping his home visits?

    • Anonymous

      Hey, don’t suggest that – before you know it, PR will turn that idea into another product placement opportunity for those fucking HP tablet things.

      • Anonymous

        You can’t even buy the damn things anymore…I checked the site and “…sorry, we don’t have any more of these available”

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

          Yeah, I wonder what’s going to happen with next season since HP is getting out of computers.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

            A lot of companies are getting into the tablet market to compete with the iPad. I’m sure one of them will jump on it, although they may still have to have HP around for the “make your own pattern” challenge, since HP is the big name in printers.

      • Anonymous

        Actually I think they stopped making them because NO ONE bought them.

        http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2011-08-20/news/29909311_1_touchpad-hp-plans-hp-computers

        • Anonymous

          Actually, they went on sale for 99.99 shortly after they announced they would stop making them and then they sold like HOTCAKES SELLING HOTCAKES. You couldn’t find them anymore because everyone was snatching them up! I believe they sold out of just about every last TouchPad in the USA in the last month or two, which for the price is nice (formerly 399.99 I think?) but if you run into issues, you’re out of luck because they are not supporting them anymore.

          • Anonymous

            Absolutely right — but I have to say I like hotcakes selling hotcakes motif. Maybe if they created nice PR covers they could have sold them for more. But that lack of support issue, even for $99, would be a no-go for me.

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

    I couldn’t rally again to watch last night.  But in looking at Anya’s final collection, I was shocked at how much it looked like Bert’s design style and aesthetic and that was before I had read through TLO’s post about former auf’d designers coming back to help the current ones and that Anya had picked Bert.  She is an absolute and utter fraud.  And once again, she manages to avoid doing anything more interesting or complicated than long flow-y dresses (sans riotous patterns and tailored a la Bert) and, of course, was careful once again to avoid making sleeves.

    I know it has been said ad nauseum but Lifetime has ruined this show.  I don’t even care about the finale any more and will probably only read about it here.  You are a vapid fraud, Anya.  I hope the fashion world spits you out as quickly as you deserve.  Ugh.

  • Cathy S

    I loved that rust-colored outfit. The rest of Anya’s stuff was okay, but that rust outfit rocked. The only piece in Laura’s collection I liked even slightly was the jacket. I thought the gown was horrible, especially with the white bunching up all over the place under the circles.

    Anya couldn’t have picked a better helper than Bert. He can make clothes and make them well. She must have have been dancing inside when he was still up there when it was her turn to pick.

    • margaret meyers

      And when Laura went with Anthony we knew she was doomed.  He also has a taste issue, so he wasn’t going to be able to rescue her from herself the way Bert could pull Anya’s coals and Bryce could get Josh to dial back.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

    Goodness, some of us really do put the bitter in BITTER kittens don’t we?

  • Anonymous

    I’m still confused about the number of contestants competing for the win:  Heidi said only three would go then they picked four contestants.  Do we think that there’s going to be a runoff between the four when they return?  Was last year’s runoff announced ahead of time or was it sprung on them at the moment they returned to New York?  If that’s the case again this year, I guess the producers really don’t read the blogs because the outrage that they would dangle the carrot in front of Michael Costello just to swipe it away last second was thought to be overly cruel.  Tim even said so.

    • Anonymous

      The whole runoff thing is to squeeze as much drama out of Clinique Counter as much as possible before they auf him which will in turn generate even more drama which is what they did with Michael Costello.

      I honestly couldn’t believe what Nina was saying to justify keeping him in but then again, last time she did the same thing about Gwetchen and look what happened…

      • Anonymous

        Oh my God, perish the thought.

      • Anonymous

        really.  josh is wound up so tight that i shudder to think what might happen when he loses.  let’s hope they search the designers for weapons (hand grenades?).  and keep those guys with the white coats and the big net close at hand.

        only kidding about the weapons.

        .

        • Anonymous

          Hopefully they’ve got all the old looks somewhere and somebody can snag that straight jacket dress Bryce made and keep it on hand, just in case. 

    • Anonymous

      Since they didn’t announce it at this point, it would be extremely  unfair to have a “death match” before the tents. But since when do the producers play fair?

      • Anonymous

        AND since when do they not enjoy being overly cruel?

  • Anonymous

    I take exception at the notion that Bert is responsible somehow for Anya’s designs.  From what we saw in the workroom, she tried to explain her vision to Bert and Bert tried to explain the construction needed to achieve it.  In their case, I think it was a truly collaborative effort.  Anya’s very good at assimilating to a team and using her collaborator’s strengths to her advantage.  But I feel it is disingenuous to give Bert more credit than her.  He was very complimentary about her aesthetic so he was willing to execute it. 

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

      I didn’t think anyone was trying to say that he was responsible, so much as she wasn’t completely — he had a definite influence on her pieces. 

    • Anonymous

      i agree.  and it’s not new to bring in auf’ed designers to be assistants either.  they’ve done that for several seasons, at least.  it was smart of her to choose bert (even though her only other choice was bryce, the sewing wizard-not) because his skills complement hers.  and in other final episodes, designers have actually had their “assistant” design and make an entire garment.  at least anya didn’t resort to that.

  • margaret meyers

    When you go to the episode on Lifetime you can see that Anya does not have drawings of garments to show Bert.  Except for buying the fabrics, the whole design process begins once Bert is with her.  The silhouettes, the trimnes, the simplicity are all Bert.  She makes a vague drawing and he goes off to cut a pattern.  The line is really blurred, and I don’t think it is because Bert is asserting himself over Anya, it’s because Anya has taste and a quick eye and she takes the best solution to her design problem. Bert is the one who presents solutions.  In the end, I’m sure she thinks she designed the looks, but we see Bert all over them.

  • Hana Gala

    I stopped watching the show few weeks ago – I totally agree with Tom & Lorenzo’s view that the move to Lifetime and specifically the fact that the show is no longer about talent and excitement of seeing the young talented designers compete but more about set-ups and dramas and drama queens fueled artificially by producers,  is a disaster for the show.
    So now I only read T&L’s recaps and enjoy the extra hour each week I don’t spend watching the show.  Viktor is the most competent of them. But am I invested in any way in the show anymore in the slightest? Absolutely not. 

    • Anonymous

      you get an extra hour and a half now, two hours if you count that fashion food fight afterwards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.ennis1 John Ennis

    I like Anya’s flowing clothes and her personal style. I loved Kimberly’s coat, but orange is my favorite color. I loved Victor’s collection because it is something that I could see myself wearing. I also liked Josh’s white dress a lot. I didn’t like Laura’s collection very much. I thought most of the design was in the fabric and not in the actual design. I don’t see what the big deal is about everything though. How many of them actually got to show at fashion week? 8? 10? I lose count. The prize just isn’t as exclusive anymore. 

  • Anonymous

    People…it is a TV show. It is semi-scripted and highly edited to get just the reaction most of you are showing. Josh is pure drama so he is in. Vic is interesting but should have upped his drama a bit. Anya is a great player and fun to watch work the room. 

    But Kimster is not good TV and has no chance of winning. She should have gone home too.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s one thing I don’t get.  Anya said that she doesn’t design jackets because they’re not necessary in the Caribbean (which is pretty ridiculous, but whatever), but she primarily designs for herself.  So since she has her degree in graphic design from Parsons, she spent some time in New York, where a jacket is needed.  Shouldn’t she theoretically know what sort of jacket she likes and at least try to design it?  I mean, her designs all seem to be things she’d wear, so why is this such an obstacle?

    I guess to me it boils down to another excuse for why nothing with sleeves (except for that overpraised one sleeve…thing) has come down the runway from her.

    And I don’t know about anyone else, but I personally am waiting for the clunky-cold-weather-boots-with-short-shorts trend to die a rapid death.  FUG.

    • margaret meyers

      I always think how stinky those boots must be, all full of sweaty feet and leg.

      • Anonymous

        Oh yuck!  What kills me too is the ubiquitous Ugg boots with really short skirts.  If your feet are going to be so cold that you require those horrific things, TRY PUTTING SOMETHING ON YOUR LEGS.

        (I just finished working on a college campus, and it was Ugg product placement central)

  • Anonymous

    I agree that Anya genuinely won this challenge, but it’s not as if the results were stellar. Anya seems to be the designer to talk about, but I am neither drawn to her nor repelled by her – I find the conversations about her far more interesting than I find her herself. She does not compel me in any way, as a designer or as a personality. She’s just kind of there: much like the show itself at this point.

    In spite of the problems with several other collections, I understand completely why Laura went home and can’t dispute the judge’s reasoning for once. Her work this week wasn’t merely bad, it was boring and poorly thought out – she went absolutely literal with her inspiration (again) and let the fabric design, which she didn’t even make herself, do all of the work for her. Of course, she gets to show at Fashion Week anyway and doesn’t actually need the money, so, other than her final collection appearing on TV, she won everything she needed to win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.eric.hill Shawn Hill

    Time to throw garlands at Bert’s feet, Anya. Or some better thank you.

  • Jenny Hansell

    What a dreary unappealing bunch of people. Laura never designed one memorably interesting thing – how did she last so long? Kimberly has never matched that (overpraised) gold shirt Nina liked so much. Viktor makes clothes well but as a collection it just looked like a bunch of random stuff. Josh – yikes. I can see why they fall all over Anya but I think it’s just because there is no real competition for her – she has a point of view, a clear aesthetic, which none of the rest of them has, but any other season she’d have been long gone.  In the end her lack of sewing skills doesn’t bother me all that much – once she’s in business, she’ll have other people to sew for her, she just has to decide what she wants, which she’s better at than anyone else left out there.

  • Anonymous

    Blenley should have been having a “What was I thinking moment as soon as she went back to the workroom with that circle fabric” . She already was having issues with Nina and EVERYONE knows by now that NINA HATED MONDO’S CIRCLE GOWN. Duh.
    orrrrrrrr did she know exactly what she was doing. It just seems that all of the designers this year knew exactly when they wanted to get auf’d and somehow MADE it happen.

    Totally with TLO on this , after nine seasons of watching…blah blah blah…
    So miss the anticipation…..I need marriage counseling.

  • Anonymous

    The final challenge continued in the “let’s keep Anya around as long as possible” tradition, letting her team up with someone who can actually sew.  Could basically rename the entire season “The Anya Show”

  • Anonymous

    Oh…so much to say.

    If one looks back to last week, without the aid of Bert, Anya did produce a solid black dress that seems like a precursor to this collection.  As we all know, she had to sew the model in.

    Years ago, when hob-knobbing with my fellow pattern makers, I heard tales about a local designer that could draw, but knew nothing of sewing.  She had never gone through a quality control class with a fashion emphasis.  Said designer often presented my friend with illustrations that showed no seams, no closures.  It was up to the pattern maker to sort that out. 

    When is the last time you think Michael Kohrs actually sewed something himself?  Or drafted his own pattern?  There’s a whole world of sewers and pattern makers out there that get paid to produce for designers.  I imagine the head of any large fashion house to be the creator and editor of an aesthetic.  Anya’s aesthetic is what the judges love, not her ability to sew.  They care little about that.  And they’ve displayed such an attitude in previous seasons, like when Michael C. won the Treacy hat challenge last year.  They concluded that he may not know his fabrics, but he sure knew what to do with them.

    And when they hand Anya the check, I won’t be near as ill as I was last season when Miss Smarmy-Pants Jones walked away with it.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately the cracktastick judges frequently criticize the Project Runway designers on their sewing and construction skills. Unlike the real world.

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      Michael Kors doesn’t make his own designs anymore, but he doesn’t impose completely arbitrary limits like $75 budget limits, midnight tonight deadlines or restrict himself to an aisle in a grocery store either. One of the requirements of the show is that the contestants actually *make their designs themselves* since they haven’t earned the ability to hire minions to do it form them. Anya is not the first or last designer severely hampered by her own limitations on construction, she just seems to be the one give the most number of passes and graded on the highest curve for it.

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

      Designers do have to provide a patternmaker with their blocks from which their designs are based from.

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

      Sorry, but there is NO excuse for designs without seams — seams are an essential part of what makes a garment lay the way it does, and I don’t care how pretty the pictures were.

      • Anonymous

        Unless the actual garment isn’t going to have seams, but then you’re not really going to be handing anything off to a pattern-maker in the first place.

        Otherwise, I agree. Seams affect a design tremendously: they control the way it interacts with the body and they change its visual appearance in and of itself. “It’s up to the pattern-maker to sort that out” becomes dangerously close to “it’s up to the pattern-maker to design that”.

  • Anonymous

    “Blah humiliating blah.” Hahahaha. I loled at that. The screencap was pretty perfect. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SG3724ISZXPYC4FGGZE6AFJHTY RoseR

    Laura’s gown looks like it comes with a built-in toilet seat in the back. 

  • Anonymous

    I missed the fist 45 minutes.  When I saw the runway, I couldn’t believe NO ONE called Anya out on the “Bertness” of her pieces.  Unbelievable.  I loved that black dress and it has Bert written all over it.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm… home visits next week. I wonder what kind of lurid digs Josh lives in. Undoubtedly his home will be decorated in jewel tones and animal prints. It will be accessorized to the nines. And there will be lots and lots  of mirrors.

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

      No home visit will ever be as awesome as Seth Aaron’s — his family and home were so NOT what anyone was expecting.  It was like Marilyn from the Munsters.

  • Anonymous

    I am about to engage in some crazy ass conspiracy theory regarding a reality show …

    Did the powers to be get rid of Bert so Anya could be the easy win? I went and looked at their final collections. Bert’s collection looks like a winner. Anya’s collection is cute beach dresses.

    • margaret meyers

      Lingerie and beachwear.  No sleeves, no tailoring, one size fits all.

  • Anonymous

    Blah…blah…can’t they come up with anything more exciting for the final challenge?  Let’s just give Anya the crown and call it a day. Worst season of PR ever.

    • Anonymous

      she has lots of experience wearing crowns, too.

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

      It’s a pretty standard final challenge — those are usually all about “show us who you are”

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

     That was oddly poetic.

  • http://twitter.com/drnels Nels P. Highberg

    Did the judges know who worked with whom?  I admit I was switching between shows and often missed the beginnings of segments, but I didn’t see that the judges knew.

    I did love Olivier on “After the Runway” even though I was so ready for him to go on the show.  “Why don’t breasts go from size D to E instead of to DD?”  Ha!

  • Anonymous

    First thing I said to my wife was they brought back assistants so Anya could get someone to sew for her. Bert was all over those dresses and it’s an embarrassment that Laura, Josh and Kimberly beat him. That said, I’m sure PR has done wonders for Bert’s career prospects. Anya meanwhile has good ideas. Those color choices were smart and you can see elements of her in the dresses. I just don’t think that collection is as knock out without Bert in there to help her sew and figure things out. She deserved the win. Victor deserved the 2 spot. Josh? He had one good dress (the white one) and 2 awful looks. Kimberly was worse than that. Everything looked overworked. Laura? She never should have been there. When Heidi said her tears were influencing her I almost gagged thinking she was going to the finals with a chance to win. Her clothes were forgettable. Josh’s little black dress win and Kim’s pants all season beat her out in the end. 

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

     I agree completely. Don’t like her work? Don’t think she deserves to be there? Sure, fine, I agree with that. Her construction is terrible.

    But when people keep bringing up her sex life as something to be ashamed of. It’s ‘slut-shaming’, and it’s wrong. I’ve also noticed a lot of people making fun of her appearance, which is just as mean-spirited and irresponsible.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that it’s irresponsible to criticise someone’s height, weight, ethicnicity or looks (generally things that they have no control over.) However, I strongly disagree that the personal styling choices that a designer makes should be off limits. 

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

    Oops! Double post! Not intentional. Sorry about that!

    • http://twitter.com/CanCreamCorn Sera Murs

      Attitude reflects leadership. The fact administration will even allow comments to cross over into such egregious insults and personal attacks says all that needs to be said about this blog. Do not attempt to pass yourself off as dignified or ‘classy’ while allowing such treachery to dwell within your borders. There is something vile going here here and at a level I have rarely experienced. This is lynch mob mentality. What’s even more sickening is people basing such horrible opinions on a television show scripted by a company notorious for twisting truth and facts more times than a clown would a balloon animal. This is not real. Hundreds,even thousands of hours whittled down to a dramatic few and it’s swallowed as a pure enough reality to judge and verbally execute people? Is this really what western civilization is reducing itself to? You know nothing about these people or what’s really going on. The frightening thing is you believe you actually know the truth from a TV SCREEN. People tuck in their own children and wish the best for their families while raining ill will and hellish vitriol down on perfect strangers for sport. The new arena this is. Some of you need to take a long hard look at yourselves. First and last comment.

      This comment was not a direct reply to any one person. It’s a reply to the board.

  • narita_rayna

    just more proof that bert deserved to go to fashion week.

    • Lisa

      Absolutely.  Anya doesn’t deserve to be there, honestly – the only reason her stuff looked so good was thanks to Bert. 

      And y’know, I’ll go a step further – if they really wanted to hold true to the “One day you’re in, the next you’re out” creed (clearly they don’t, but roll with me here a second), then Anya should have been out on the Sheepdog’s challenge.  Not only was her outfit ugly, but the pants were completely split down the back.  If she hadn’t been this season’s Chosen One, her flowery little ass would have been home.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, yeah the two other looks she made were pretty good. But, the model’s ass was practically hanging out of Anya’s white dress. Right in front of the judges faces, at a pretty revealing angle. Sure she was going through with Laura and Kimberly competing for the Auf, but she damn well better not win if she’s got any asses hanging out in the finally. I was actually a little surprised that Kimberly didn’t go, since it sure seemed like she was trying to talk the judges into eliminating her. Go Victor, you are about the only one who I wouldn’t be unhappy to see win. Although, since Josh has toned down the behavior a bit, I’m looking forward to seeing if he can control himself, or if he is really going to lose his damn mind. 

  • Anonymous

    good for anya but i seriously hope she does not win… 
    this is the first season of PR that ive actually followed through and through, so im sorry if this question seems dumb but… I thought only three people make it to fashion week? will Kim’s look go down the runway also?

    • Anonymous

      Only three people compete to win, BUT this time around the top 9 designers I think had decoy collections that walked at Fashion Week so that the final 3 would not be spoiled. For the last few seasons it’s basically been “make it to the top 7-8 and you get to show, just not on TV”!

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

     I enjoyed that Bert and Anya got along so well, and helped to guide their collection to the win. I’ve settled down about her. This is a DESIGN competition after all, and her designs are fine. Designers need not be seamstresses. But of course I’m sure it helps in the execution. She needed the competence Bert provided.  She was assured the spot regardless.  Bye bye pretty privileged princess. Her dress was bordering on reminiscent of a play on Mondo’s beautiful divine graphic finale dress. But no where near what Mondo’s was.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ME73SF3T6AEJHFT4ODCUUVHTAM melicious

      I think Anya has a nice aesthetic and is on trend. But for the love of God, I would love to see a sleeve two, you know sleeves that do not come out of a choir robe? I realize she spends most of her time in a tropical climate, but she has the same “disease” as Uli.

      • Anonymous

        making clothes to wear in paradise, where no one is ever cold.

    • Anonymous

      really.  bert and anya brought the cooperative, polite, supportive, and especially SANE ambience that this season was so severely lacking.

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

        The judges eliminated most of the other sane people. Although Kimberly and Victor seem like pretty decent types and I think better at design than A.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

    Is that my school!?  That looks JUST like Miami University in Ohio.  There’s no way they’d film in Ohio, though, is there?  Can someone enlighten me?  I didn’t actually watch…

    • Anonymous

      They were sent to Governor’s Island in New York, where there was a sculpture installation.

  • Anonymous

    At the end of the finale, they better just bring out Mondo and crown him winner, since none of these people deserve to win this season.

    • Anonymous

      To answer TLO’s previous blog question….that is the ONE thing that would get them back in my good graces for season 10!  Fabulous!!

    • Anonymous

      right on, sister/brother!

  • http://twitter.com/CanCreamCorn Sera Murs

    Attitude reflects leadership. The fact administration will even allow comments to cross over into such egregious insults and personal attacks says all that needs to be said about this blog. Do not attempt to pass yourself off as dignified or ‘classy’ while allowing such treachery to dwell within your borders. There is something vile going here here and at a level I have rarely experienced. This is lynch mob mentality. What’s even more sickening is people basing such horrible opinions on a television show scripted by a company notorious for twisting truth and facts more times than a clown would a balloon animal. This is not real. Hundreds,even thousands of hours whittled down to a dramatic few and it’s swallowed as a pure enough reality to judge and verbally execute people? Is this really what western civilization is reducing itself to? You know nothing about these people or what’s really going on. The frightening thing is you believe you actually know the truth from a TV SCREEN. People tuck in their own children and wish the best for their families while raining ill will and hellish vitriol down on perfect strangers for sport. The new arena this is. Some of you need to take a long hard look at yourselves. First and last comment.
     

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

      kthanxbai.

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

        The horror.. the horror!

    • Anonymous

      Yea verily, you brood of vipers! Tears unnumbered have been shed and nameless cruelties have been suffered by the innocent, but you laugh, loathsome as lowly beasts, steeped in your iniquity. Truly this be as hell on Earth; this den of villains; this wretched place; this accursèd land, clouded in darkness, bathed in sin. There is not one righteous amongst you, no, not one: for it is the wicked cleaving unto the wicked. When the time comes, you shall all be judged: and you will be found wanting!

      I just thought I would help you out: since you expressed the idea so soberly, I think the sentiment was easily lost on the audience. It needed just a hint of melodrama – just a hint.

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

        I love me some egregious insults.

      • Anonymous

        yep, it’s the veritable whore of babylon all over again.  

        excellent creative writing skills.  you get an A+.

    • Lisa

      Ahhh, good.  One of the things I love best about this blog is the comedy!

    • Anonymous

      sweet jesus on a hot fudge sundae!  Me thinks someone doth take themselves a bit too seriously….but thanks for playing!

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

      both the people who have stuffed up or down too many non-prescription meds & the people who have, for whatever reason, gone off of those prescribed to them arrive hereupon every year, dont they, as the project runway season comes to its close.

      i’ve finally realized that we are all merely people holding up virtual foam fingers to be battered about by the ethernet winds.

      • Anonymous

        Our foam fingers are so much more entertaining than the literal ones. (Plus, do not require sitting in large arenas in all sorts of weather after paying a large ticket price.)

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

      *Pass the popcorn, doll.*

    • Anonymous

      someone needs to take away your thesaurus, stat.

    • Anonymous

      and here you are, spending your time reading it.

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      Hi Josh! I thought you only read Laura B.’s blog?

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

      I think I missed something here….

      I’m also not sure what the purpose is in commenting on this if you’ve never commented before — do people really believe that they’re going to affect total strangers who don’t even know their user name?!?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVNXE5PQQVTSQHG77WZA3VRL5Q Alli Lon

        Maybe (s)he thinks (s)he’ll shame them into good behaviour. 

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

          Honey, every season of Project Runway, at just about this time, people like you and our little histrionic friend up there show up in our comments for the very first time and try to “shame” us into changing the way we have always done things around here because you can’t stand that your favorite contestant isn’t beloved by all. Then, you all disappear, never to return. We aren’t the slightest bit ashamed by your finger wagging. At best, we’re amused by it and it worst, we consider it a slight annoyance.

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

            Does that involve removing the comment feature entirely?  ‘Cause I really don’t think you can possibly moderate every comment that has any negativity and still have time to create content, even if you wanted to….:) 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVNXE5PQQVTSQHG77WZA3VRL5Q Alli Lon

      Welcome to internet anonymity. I once read a site where someone called Willow Smith a slut and predicted that in 10 years she would be a drug abusing school drop out. Seriously. But it’s not just this site…that behaviour is all over the internet. People feel comfortable sitting at their computers and typing hateful things about people that they would never have the courage to say to their face. The saddest thing about it is that some of these people are mothers/fathers even grandmothers. But they feel comfortable calling a little girl a slut on an online blog and then picking themselves up and going to church the next day.

      You can’t blame Tom or Lorenzo or Perez for benefiting from the trend and/or encouraging it to benefit themselves.

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

        Please point to these horribly hateful things you’re seeing here. Please show us anything that comes close to calling Willow Smith a slut and future drug addict. Because the vast majority of comments here that are critical of Anya have to do with her aesthetic and skills, and how she’s playing the game in the competition or the perception that her looks have been a benefit to her in the competition.

        If you’re going to sling these accusations around, let’s see the evidence.

        • Kat Chappell

          I’m not going to put it on par with calling a –what is Willow, 10?– child a slut, but there have been a good number of incredibly misogynistic things said about Anya, including calling her a manipulative bitch / cunt; talking incessantly about her sex video and implying that the only way she’s still in the competition is because she’s been filmed having sex with the producers / judges; multiple comments about sleeping her way to the top, etc. I mean, in the comments for this very post, there’s a discussion revolving around how she MUST have released that sex tape herself, because she’s just that ~conniving.~

          After the post about how woman-hating Josh is –which is incredibly apparent– I would have honestly expected better from people (not you guys, but in the comments) who were rightly outraged. In my mind, this goes beyond venting and veers uncomfortably close to the same anti-woman sentiment, just couched in “righteous outrage.”

          Obviously, you’re free to disagree, and I’ll keep reading anyway because I love you guys, but it does make me uncomfortable that I have not seen anything said (although I could have totally missed it) about some of the more egregiously misogynistic comments.

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

            Absolutely no comment on this site has called Anya a cunt. If you know of one, please point it out to us so it can be deleted.

            And it’s hardly out of bounds to mention her sex tape or to wonder if it was strategically released. She wouldn’t be the first (or even the 50th) minor celebrity to do such a thing.

            It is also hardly out of bounds, within the context of discussing a reality television competition, to accuse someone of being manipulative. Dozens of contestants have had the very same charge leveled at them on this very site.

          • Kat Chappell

            No, I don’t think it is–it’s when it’s in combination with the word bitch that it becomes problematic.

            I think that part of the problem is that there’s this .. snarl, I suppose, of different thought threads–conniving, manipulative, etc. are all words that are often used against women–and against minority women most often–to vilify them. When used, like I said, over and over with the use of the word bitch, it’s misogynist. Yes, reality show contestants play the game–but to call Anya a bitch, over and over, makes it less about playing the game and more about casual misogyny. I fully admit I could be too sensitive for life.

            I thought there were comments using cunt around the same week as Josh / Anya / Becky team–I was either mistaken about them being on this site, or you’ve taken care of them already. I apologize.

            Also, I appreciate the reply–I understand that your site is super busy and I’m not expressing an uh .. well-liked opinion. It’s just something that rankled, so, thank you for getting back to me, especially as promptly as you did.

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

            Do you have any idea how many people – both male and female – have been called bitches on this sight? HUNDREDS. Outside of the mention of her sex tape, there is absolutely nothing unusual about how people are talking about Anya. In fact, if you take away the mentions of her sex tape and the criticisms of her technical skill, Anya is receiving EXACTLY the same negative commentary that Gretchen got at this time last year. There is ZERO difference.

            Once again, we get that people don’t like when their favorite gets criticized, but when you start acting like the criticism is unprecedented or somehow a low point for this site, you are not being even remotely accurate.

          • Kat Chappell

            I understand that, and I was actually thinking about that after I hit submit — I don’t like it when ANYONE is called a bitch, but the line of discussion was about Anya specifically, so I continued it in that vein.

            I’m sorry that I was not clear in that regard; that’s my fault entirely.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVNXE5PQQVTSQHG77WZA3VRL5Q Alli Lon

          Obviously my post wasn’t clear. I was not equating anything that I saw on this site with calling Willow Smith a slut. What I was trying to say to Sera Murs, perhaps ineffectively, is that personal attacks on others esp. celebrities are found on sites all over the internet to varying degrees. Further, s(he) should not blame you or any other blogger for benefiting from those comments in terms of increased numbers of hits.

          However, while I do acknowledge that I have not seen anything calling a minor a slut, I agree that a minority of the posters make comments about the competitors that have nothing to do with their aesthetic, skills, game playing or the judging. I absolutely do not think it is appropriate to call Anya a “fake”, “conniving” “Sex Tape Pageant-Bot”. I also do not think that it adds to the discussion to call her an “ugly”, “talentless” “porn star” and intimate that she cut her hair in that manner in order further her porn star career. All of those statements I found in the comments section of your last 2 posts about Project Runway. Additionally, I don’t think it is suitable to suggest that Bert has a neurodevelopment disorder or state that Josh is “like something disgusting”. None of those comments serve the purported objective of this blog.

          I have to admit that when I responded to Sera Murs I believed, like Shannon Stewart, that you couldn’t possibly have time to read all the comments on this site. Therefore, Sera Murs could not reasonably blame you for the “egregious insults and personal attacks”. Still, I find it telling that you found time to respond to my, Sera Murs, Kat Chappell, renzii, hoez, Opera Sickness and Quincy Katz comments. Yet, I have not seen any statement/comment discouraging personal attacks on the competitors. The inaction seems to indicate that you don’t think comments, such as calling Anya a Porn Star,  are “out of bounds, within the context of a reality show competition”.  If so, I find that to be irresponsible especially considering the knowledge we now have about the link between bullying and a person’s physical and mental health. 

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

            What exactly is “the purported objective of this blog?” Because we started blogging 5 years ago with Project Runway season 3, when we routinely called Jeffrey an asshole and Vincent crazy. The “objective of this blog,” since day one, was to take the piss out of reality show contestants, and later, celebrities of all stripes, by voicing the kinds of things everyone says while sitting on their couch.

            In short, you are complaining about what this blog has always been. You would no doubt be much happier going elsewhere. The Internet is a big place and we have no intention of changing the way we do things around here because you don’t like it.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVNXE5PQQVTSQHG77WZA3VRL5Q Alli Lon

            Thank you for the clarification. 

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    Hope they bring Bert back the next time they do an all-stars show.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ME73SF3T6AEJHFT4ODCUUVHTAM melicious

      Yes, yes yes, please, please, please. His decoy collection is absolutely beautiful. I also just love me some Bert.

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

      I hope Bert will be far too busy with a smashing career designing his own line!  I’d love to see him judge though.

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

        That’s also my hope. And I would so love to see Bert come back as a guest judge at some point.

  • Anonymous

    Anya’s model in white looked like she had some other rust or burgundy fabric with her when she left the workroom.  Was there supposed to be some other element to that look?

    • Anonymous

      It looked to me like she wore some kind of upholstery-type fabric but I don’t know if that was part of the look since she was going for ‘simple’ with this collection. She had it on for the fitting and just before they went out to the runway…

      • Anonymous

        I read in an article centered around this episode that the fabric was a scarf and had to be used to get the model in and out of the garment without smudging the makeup all over the white outfit.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks.  Now that you mention it, they did have it covering her whole head in one shot while they were dressing her.

  • elzatelzabelz

    I’m so tired of everyone fawning over Anya. Without Bert, she would have been auf’d. I do not see what the judges see in her AT ALL. But, of course, I would have picked Mondo last season, so what do I know?

    • Anonymous

      She probably wouldn’t have been called first, but I think she would have made it to Fashion Week if she were paired with any of the not-Berts.

    • Anonymous

      Anya would not have been aufed even if she had taken that white fabric, wrapped it around her model mummy style, duct taped in in place and the poor model had to hop down the runway. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m starting to think that the stealth winner of this season will be Bert.  Hurrah.  Just as stealth winner of hers was Kara Janx. 

    I bought one of the Janx wrap dresses some years ago in black and hot pink.  Had some fit issues around the belt but a beautiful pill free jersey still and so flattering even as I go into my 60s.  And bought a sleeveless of the same in steel gray and lime green for my much much younger sister.  Great dresses, robes, nightgowns, emergency situations.  Just great clothes.

    Bert reminds me of Kara on the not really rational plane.

    I have Kindle read Nina’s book, she may have more than one, and thought it was okay for a 15 year old.  She’s an upper class South American gal, with a rich background, and I mean rich in terms of memories and the swank and sway available for that period in her parents’ home. Her mother’s cocktail parties and how she felt etc.  All of which I can relate to because it was my own situation and it’s a great one to be in and one that definitely shapes your fashion sense until they put you in the ground. But I do think that she’s letting the team down as the real, magazine editorial,  and thought changing force.  She’s been asleep at the wheel for awhile now. Kors is clearly kind of in it for the snark and the lifting of ideas, after a respectacle amount of time has gone by.  And HK looks like she’s in it for the dough that comes with hosting. And possibly the chance to show that she still has it.

    I didn’t much care for Laura or her so called aesthetic but she was right about one thing and Tim also  conveyed a stealth message … Nina doesn’t  care for your whatevs. 

    Nina could use an injection of wake up and be real.  If Nina is in fact the x factor, then she herself needs to bring it and we need to see it. 

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      *applause*  I like the way you think and write bluefish.

      • Anonymous

        You are entirely too kind, Eclectic Mayhem.  One glass of red too many last and I overflow.  This show brings up big passions in anyone who watches and who has ever harbored artistic aspirations.  I think one of the reasons the hamsters turn on each other is that the experience is such a pressure cooker and the judges tend to rebuff as unprofessional any talking back.  So while I feel sheepish and kind of silly for having written what I did, generalizations galore, I do think that after all these seasons it’s possible to start feeling some of the contestant outrage through sheer osmosis.  I feel for Josh in a weird way for those reasons.  Again, you are very kind.

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    Im not surprised that Anya is in but really…even TLo cant see that there was absolutely NO RANGE in Anya’s collection? Im not saying it was ugly, but all three looks were one-color sleeveless designs, and even the pants look can pass as a dress. It was boring as hell and way out of left-side from her original design. Can she even tailor anything? Im just baffled shes on the top 3 with her skills, but again, this show is pretty much Project Personality at this point.

    • margaret meyers

      And all evening wear. 

  • Anonymous

    Weird episode.  Laura got ripped for her jacket, which is the best thing she presented last night–wtf?!
    Anya’s black dress was possibly the best thing I saw all season…and of course someone else made it!

    • Anonymous

      But she designed it so at least give her credit where credit is due.

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

    There’s only one thing to say:  GOOD JOB BERT!

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

    does anyone else know that we visitors here have had a visit, ourselves, from laura kathleen?

    http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2011/10/pr-funny-girl.html

    it’s the first comment, & it’s sad–& i’m not being sarcastic. it’s– oh, you can read it for yrselves. it made me wanna shake her– i guess you can read that for yrselves too, cos i didnt know what to do for her–she seemed so lost of her own making–that i couldnt help myself from doing exactly what tLo said–& i never thought i would, ever, she makes me so nuts–by trying to gentle her down while schooling her, if exasperatedly.

    anyway, if anyone else wants to read it, thats the link.

    i work nights, it was about 5am here amid a swarm of misplaced 100 degree days & i was looking for the word mitred that i erroneously thought i could add to a really nice vintage listing for a really nice koos van den akker jacket. anyway,

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

      Saw your reply.
      There was a lot of bad behavior, and one can’t chalk it all up to the editing process.
      Here’s the thing: if one signs up for a reality TV show, there stands a good chance certain unpleasant aspects of their personality are going to come out under stress.  It’s one of the risks one takes doing these things.
      This was a pretty uptight group, not a lot of fun to watch. There were examples of true bullying as well as extreme pride and ego. As it’s been stated “Blah blah blah.”

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

        i didnt wanna be mean to her.
        i didnt know what to say.
        i dont even know if she will be back but i didnt think i did that great a job of saying anything so i was hoping someone else might wanna add something else. ah, who knows. i wish people would just be nice to one another. i dont know if she thinks she’s hitting high sarcasm or irony or what, but whatever it is, it is not coming across as whatever she thinks she’s doing. i guess.

        as for this stuff:

        • better photos here than at lifetime, as ever;
        • i said this last night {to be screamed at by a groupie, whether a lifetime or anya-de-duckf’n-rogue employee i know not} & i will say it again: bert was the clear influence on anya’s winning collection, influence being too small a word, though even teamed w/ olivier or bryce she still wouldve won, even if she skinned basketballs & attached em w/ visible zippers, cos thats how this cookie rolls;
        • they couldve thrown everybody else’s name in a hat as far as this final eliminee went, & as far as i know, they did;
        • laura’s looks like she had this fabric in mind all along & just wanted an excuse to use it; otoh
        • if the first dress was better constructed it might have been decently interesting, same w/ the jacket;
        • last dress comes out of left field & many a nordstrom, especially if the ribbon were more brown than black, &
        • oh the hell w/ it. thats all.

    • Anonymous

      I dunno, I believe her, and it gives an interesting perspective to the edit and her personality. I wonder if she doesn’t say mean things deliberately, but as a sort of a dumb joke which people who know her get, but works against her in the edit. I do know she often came across as very loopy in the interview segments, like she’s trying to be funny, which could mean she’s being painted with the edit brush and also that she’s saying very stupid things in the process.

      I just say that because I know people who say mean things in an attempt to be funny, but mean them with affection. 

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      I saw that right after it posted. Of course, with the disqus comment system it got buried pretty easily. Assuming it’s actually her. 

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

      edi are you saying that Laura posted the very first comment in the post about Laura? Because that was written by a regular poster. I’m confused.

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

        the one that the poster’s name is laura kathleen planck? that one.

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

          Yep. Found it. It’s at the end.

          You were brave to respond to her, and honest, which is admirable, because it can be really easy to try to backpedal. I don’t know what to say to her either. I’ve been really hard on her, and while we all know this show is edited down to damn near nothing compared to what’s filmed, I still feel that my impression is at least partially correct.

          She hasn’t answered either of the responses to her comment. I’ll be surprised if she comes back.

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

            it’s cos i turned it over so the most recent posts are on the top & the oldest are at the end.

            you know, i didnt know what to say to her.

            i felt bad for her cos she’s worried about what people she doesnt know, will never know, think of her from a program that was fixated, at least this season, on making everyone look like a caricature.

            the way theyve been fiddling w/ that program is very meanspirited. the whole thing: who they picked to compete; who they let pass unimpeded challenge after challenge for reasons the whole world can see have nothing to do w/ design; the way they focus on making people look bad–&, of course, only the people they wanna make look bad; the obvious way the fix is in; the weird loose ends that make people speculate about all of the above, & all the rest–

            –you know, how do i really know what laura is like? all i can see is what the makers of PR chose to show all of us. & what i saw of laura was self-absorption to the point of self-delusion, combo’d up w/ a condescension towards people whom she considered her lessers combo’d up w/ an idealization of people she considered her superiors– person, i mean. they showed us a lot of this. is it really her? how do i know. all i do know is what i said: nobody can edit tape they dont have. although, i have to say, in todays postpostpostpostetcmodern world i guess they could screw around w/ it in final cut pro or something, syllable by syllable– but it’s pretty clear they didnt. it really is.

            i felt bad cos nobody answered her– although i have no idea if she even checked. i dont know if she wrote the thing, then posted it to every PR blog & board out there & then forgot about posting it– i just dont know. so i figured i should say something & then let other people know they might also. cos, annoying as she was, she probably did get something of a shaft on the show– whether or not she even knows it. i would bet quite a bit that she figured herself a shoe-in for the exact position another competitor got & in whose wake everyone {even josh, eventually} was just turned into treadmarks & roadkill.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3BCORBOTFOEJWHFGGJOK7RK46U jim

            How is it that you think you have the right to tell her how to be a better person, and trash her designs?
            What right do you have? What talent do you possess (other than poor prose) that makes you a judge?

          • Anonymous

            Everyone here posts judgments. 

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

            that you notice i write what you call prose is good enough for me.

            you dont know who i am is another little piece.

            the final one is that i didnt trash her.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3BCORBOTFOEJWHFGGJOK7RK46U jim

            ‘trash,
            Don’t flatter yourself look up the definition of prose, ‘most typical form of written language’,
            I’m just saying your ‘prose’ is self important, and poorly constructed.

            - Didn’t bash her much? 
            “how can she stand next to these two particular models & still insist she’s a knockout?”
            “that i dont like her enough to wanna sell her anything says a lot. i
            think you have to have been female in junior high to understand why
            she’s so odious…..
             but only until someone upon whose sites she had
            set herself came in the room. at that point she wouldve sold the person
            w/ whom she had been just interacting to be chopped up into dog kibble,
            if it would have gotten some reaction from her wannabe cliquemate.”
            “…. in laura’s case what that was was self-absorption to
            the point of self-delusion, fixed up w/ a condescension towards people
            whom she considered her lessers combo’d up w/ an idealization of people
            she considered her superiors– person, i mean………
            Love to know what you say about people you do bash……….

            - Pretentious, and the subtle kick to the shins?
            “….i have also & almost against my own will, been one of the people
            here more supportive of yr work– yr final collection at least. i feel
            bad cos people have been mean to you, yes, but i also just wanna shake
            you. for heavens sake, have you read anyone’s comments? this is not a world of positivity when you have been discussed.”

            “oh for heavens sake. you are not a bad craftsperson &, almost
            unbelievably, you do have some talent, somewhere, stuck beneath all the
            yak about being a privileged pretty princess– but you have limited
            objectivity & not a world of common sense. money confers neither
            sense nor taste. it doesnt confer skill either–just the time, place
            & materials w/ which to work that skill. &, of all things, it
            does NOT imbue a person w/ the most slippery, most unusual &
            most necessary quality of all: talent. that you gotta be born w/. you do
            have some, not as much as you might think, but you should be able to
            work w/ the amount you do have.”

            The parting shot;
            “ps. so help me, laura kathleen, you would sound so much more sophisticated if you used the name laura planck instead of the one you use. i’m not trying to be mean.”

            I am all for having opinions, and voicing them; it is what this blog’s about, railing against things done to you in the past, by other people, give you no right to attach these
            personality failings to Laura. 
            You’re also right, I have no idea whom you are, or what you do (I’m guessing vintage).
            And I have no idea why that matters, what I don’t like is you popping off like you know anything about her, or her designs.
            You say your father was a editor, mine was as well. What did your father say about making
            statements?

            Facts ‘trash, facts.

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

            every year at the end of PR, somebody or other comes around & picks me out to lash out against–cos i write a little bit differently & cos of that they can find me. whoever it is is usually foolish, terribly self-righteous & will be gone very soon. i just wait them out. i dont read them when they rant. have fun.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

            Jeez. People who campaign to be on a program such as PR better be ready to be flayed by viewers. I don’t usually comment on personalities, because I don’t know the designers any more than I know TLo posters. I do know that the way all dabblers in reality programming portray themselves, or are portrayed, is fair game for anyone inclined to comment.

            And as for the way other people express themselves: If you get what the person is saying, they have communicated successfully if not always with your facility. The inclination to red-ink a post isn’t a particularly effective counter argument.   

            If I were to give advice to Laura, which I’m not, it would be to refuse to take blogsolalia – pro or con – to heart, since it need not have anything to do with her real life. 

          • http://naturallyeducational.com/ CandaceApril

            I interviewed Laura and she confirmed what I expected–the “pretty, privileged” thing was what she felt she needed to do to be cast. What I didn’t know was this was her fourth audition.

            So, yeah, she needs to take responsibility for how her actions affected perceptions…but I can’t fault her for seizing the opportunity to pursue dream with the price being that she might come off snobby. And, honestly, she mostly seemed that way in the first two episodes.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            *high fives the fellow Military Spouse*

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

      I dunno, I didn’t find it sad at all. Good for her for being brave and posting a counter-argument to the hundreds (thousands?) of people who’ve commented so far. She obviously takes pride in her work, however misguided others may feel it is, and that shows chutzpah. I like that about her. Her designs aren’t my taste, but I honestly thought she was pretty funny, but you could tell when the stress was getting to her.

  • Anonymous

    O M G, I thought the same thing immediately!  Her collection looked like Bert’s.  She is a savvy girl.  She picked him because she knew he could execute.  She got the added benefit of his ideas.  Their collection was lovely and she certainly deserves to go to Fashion Week.  Having seen her final collection, without Bert’s help, I was very unimpressed.  But the die has been cast. 

    • Anonymous

      While I do agree that her collection had Bert’s fingerprints all over it, and I am not sure if it was so planned. She had third pick and by then it was only Bryce and Bert. No contest. I couldn’t believe neither Viktor not Kim took him. He would easily have been my first choice.

      • Anonymous

         I think you’re stating the obvious.  This whole season has the feel of a very orchestrated scripted docudrama.  It came as absolutely no surprise to me that Bert was there for the taking.  Anya could have picked last, and instead of Becky and Olivier it could have been Falene and Julie from CO and I can guaranfrikkintee you that Bert would have been waiting there for when Anya’s button was pulled. 

  • Anonymous

    Yup, I said it last night, that collection was pure Bert aesthetic. Clean lines, elegant, totally not-Anya. It is pretty bad when TLo are saying, Blah, blah, blah. I actually turned the show off right before they declared Anya the Fashion Designer of the Universe. I was just over it. 

  • http://impishdiy.com Impish DIY

    I hated Anya’s collection. If I saw that in a store, I’d laugh hysterically at how tragic the whole thing was. Bluck. Just BLUCK.

    I did like Laura’s collection, but when I think about it, I only liked it because of the circles, which she had next to nothing to do with. If she’d cut the fabric into circles herself, that’d be another thing. I get it with the time constraints, though. I did really like that jacket, however. 

  • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

    Is it me, or does Anya’s collaboration with Bert remind you of Calvin Tran’s & Giggle’s McWhatsherface’s Elements collection on the Fashion Show?

    Poor Blenley, she doesn’t realize how ridiculous she is.  The jacket is the only thing of hers that interests me and only the front of it is interesting.  

    All in all, Project Runway is bankrupt.

    • margaret meyers

      Laura put together a solid collection for Fashion Week.  One of the best collections shown.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not really seeing too much similarity, to be honest. Some of the collars and necklines are similar, or similar but reversed (the front on one resembles the back of the other). Overall, though, I think Calvin and Giggles’ (Dominique) Elements collection was more visually interesting, it was more complicated, the silhouettes were more varied and complex, but less classically pretty, with more obvious missteps, and not as well executed.

      As for Laura, it’s funny to me, because the judges did not care for that jacket, which I think was not only the most interesting thing she made in this challenge, it was probably the most interesting thing she made on the show.

  • Damien Washington

    I agree with everything that’s said in the article, but I think this caveat bears a more obvious stating:

    Anya’s looks were the best of the group. But ranked with all the designers in the history of the show, there isn’t one person from season 9 who would crack the Top 20. The curve that the judges were grading on this year was kind of sad.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like judges were all into the really square, baggy, drapey dresses this season. Like that bright orange dress Josh made, it all looks nice and fashiony and simple, but….it also all looks the same and boring!

    • Anonymous

      and it all kind of reminds me of…PING.

      • Anonymous

        huh, never saw Season 7, but, yeah, it’s that flow-y simplicity that they’re obsessed with. After researching Ping a bit, she seems a bit more fun and goofy. Maybe I’ll watch season 7! weird how i’ve heard like nothing about it!

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

          Excellent season.  It was one of my favorites — and the judges’ pet that season didn’t get a free pass every damn time:)

  • Anonymous

    You are citing male designers. This show is no exception to that double standard.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DVO7OFYLSO7MZ3MUH7LU5JLAIA Windsonged

    The other competitors played the game well.  They knew Anya was the favorite, so they picked her to go to fashion week.  If anyone of them had said Anya didn’t belong, the judges would have said that they were being catty and insecure and might not have put them through. 

  • http://twitter.com/chelwi Christine

    I know it’s probably just editing, but the look on Nina’s face when Anya was talking made it so apparent she had drunk the koolaid.

  • http://twitter.com/Mel_BToast Mel B Toast

    I couldn’t even look at that skirt/vest thing without wincing.  How did Nina praise that look? Did they hold a gun to her head off-camera?

    I don’t know if you WANT to remember, but the third thing was a white tube dress with mesh on the shoulders.

  • Anonymous

    With Anya’s dresses the similiarities with Bert’s aesthetic wasn’t even what bothered me the most… it was that the challenge specifically called for range and she made 3 dresses.  In any other season I feel like the judges would have slammed a designer for not showing at least some separates in a challenge with that specification.  She’s clearly a major favorite to be able to get such praise with such a lack of variety.

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

      The red outfit is a top and pants.

      • Anonymous

        Big flowing wrap around pants. Still not much of a range.

        • Anonymous

          Oh come on – those pants and the matching top are very different from the two dresses.  I’d rather see Anya make three sleeveless garments than see the shit that Josh sent down the runway, no matter how versatile he thinks he is about his production.

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

            I don’t think that rust outfit was so very different.  The pants are wrap-around pants.  The top was another “draped” or attempted draped garment like the dresses with no darts to accomodate a woman’s shape.  Just fine for an A cup maybe but you can’t tell me that girl could sit down at a restaurant without gaposis with a generous helping of side boob.  It looked pretty on the runway undoubtedly but not a design marvel.

          • Anonymous

             Again going to point out that Josh bitched about Anya not making a jacket but made a VEST not a jacket, himself.  moron

    • Anonymous

      It seems like every challenge was set up so that Anya could win.  If I didn’t know better, I’d suspect some shenanigans.  From challenge #1- how great when everyone else was in sweats and puking clowns that she was swathed in silk!), to make a second look- wow that sux- throw one out, to being on guaranteed winner teams or with one horribly weak member, to being lucky enough to have her button pulled before Bert was taken (although Becky may have been a good seamstress, that bridge was burned), to flip-flopping judges, each episode was tailor-made to whatever Anya needed this week to get her win-place-show position.  Maybe we can explain Joshua’s continued presence as being there to distract from what Miss T&T was up to, who seemingly required two weeks from the time Kim borrowed fabric from her to when Joshua asked for fabric for it to act on the idea that it was a competition and designers shouldn’t help each other unless it’s her that needs the help. 

    • Anonymous

       She made (wrap) pants and a Tunic   -  a gown   – and a short dress.    So at least one was not a dress

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

    I was most shocked with the praise Nina gave for Josh M’s metallic cheerleader outfit.  His looks were all tacky and unflattering.  I thought for sure he hung him self with that “collection”.

    But when Laura started bawling in hopes that she could get the sympathy vote – then I was happy to see her go.  Buh bye….

    • Anonymous

      When Heidi mentioned Laura crying on the runway, I thought it was a sure pass to Fashion Week. I was relieved that the tears did not work.

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

      I was flabbergasted that she championed Josh over Laura frankly.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for all the blahs.  It makes my day (and even though I’ve quit fast forwarding through PR on demand, I can’t help but still read your posts)

  • Anonymous

    Did you see the judges’ comments on the lifetime website?  I listened to them when Oliver, AR & Bert were aufed and they mixed their criticisms in with positive comments.  But I felt their comments about Laura were incredibly harsh.  Very very clear, in my opinion, Nina really did not like Laura’s POV at all….almost like she didn’t like the designer, not just  a dislike of her designs.  Harsh.  While I agree with the decision this week based on what was on the runway,  I thought her final collection at FW was really lovely.  And the judges blog was so negative, I wonder if they felt like that about her aestetic, how did she get to the top 5?  

    • Anonymous

      Sometimes they have contestants that they don’t like, but will keep around because they can never justify giving them the auf. Worst example of this was Gordana in Season 6, who had the best look of the pre-finale challenge, and all the judges admitted she had the best look of the pre-finale challenge, but she got the auf because of stupid reasons anyway.

      • Anonymous

        Worst part of that season was that there WERE NO DECOYS due to the lawsuit. tbh, it should’ve been Carol Hannah, Gordana, and Irina. Gordana would’ve made a beautiful finale collection~

  • Anonymous

    I must admit, I kinda liked Laura’s jacket. But then again, I AM a mom…

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

      I liked Laura’s jacket.  I don’t think I would have that and the dress in my closet at the same time though.  She should not have relied on that circle fabric so heavily.

  • Anonymous

    This episode gave me real insight into the finale collections of all five that I didn’t have when I first peeked several weeks ago.  I’m looking forward to the threads on those.  And won’t we get the “-ology” posts during the next two weeks?  Yea!

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

    I just took a look at Anya’s final collection. I like it, but her aesthetic is quite redundant. I live in Miami. In the land of Sun and Skin. And stuff like that can be bought in local boutiques at a variety of price points. Also, even though this is Miami, we do sometimes wear, yknow, PANTS or FITTED SKIRTS. I often wear blazers and jackets to work — when made of the right, breathable materials (and paired with a blouse that looks okay when the jacket comes off), its completely doable in our Caribbean weather. It’s also true that I do own plenty of fall (if not winter) items for when the weather dips into the 50s, and for the blessed couple of weeks when its even colder than that. Anya’s Caribe-aesthetic is very palatable to me, but its nothing special for those of us who live in places like Miami.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVNXE5PQQVTSQHG77WZA3VRL5Q Alli Lon

      As someone who is from the C’bbean…you cannot compare Miami’s weather with the Caribbean’s weather. Unless of course, you are talking about the Bahamas which is very close to Miami. Trinidad and Tobago are much further south…very close to Venezuela and Barbados. Completely different weather patterns. 

      I will however agree that I wish Anya had shown more range in her final collection. I don’t mind excluding jackets because she was right…unless you’re going to work in T&T (in an air conditioned office) you don’t really wear jackets and even at work most people wear short sleeved jackets. I wish she would have included more separates. 

    • Anonymous

      This. It doesn’t need to snow for a woman to want a jacket. Even just to fend off the chill from the air conditioner. 

  • Anonymous

    What really strikes me with Anya, and unfortunately it came to me through Josh…is she strikes me like much of the season 1 designers. Rarely sleeves and her excuse of not doing jackets, I’m sorry, I really doubt if it is just because she comes from a place where the weather is hot.  I think it is lack of knowledge in how to do it and execute it.   I agree that hers was good here.  I am very interested in seeing what she can do on her own without the help of other people.  I really hope she is as good as the producers and the judges seem to think she is.  I haven’t peeked at her final collection here.  The only time I see them is when a designer is aufed and TLo does the ripping of them. 

    I felt bad for Laura, I really did but this was coming and I think she knew it too.  I knew she was in trouble when she found that fabric and fell in love with it.  The only piece I liked was the blazer.

    • Anonymous

      I’m  also from the  Caribbean we do wear jackets for work, we don’t wear these long coates, I don’t why she would say nonsense like that, making excuses for her INCOMPETENCE…….. according to VIKTOR she can’t even make a SLEEVE…

  • Julian Betkowski

    I think it’s a little unfair to say that there was more of Bert than Anya in these dresses. Anya did express her intent to create sculptural dresses from the beginning of the challenge, and very cleverly selected Bert, realizing he would be the best at helping her to that end. Yes, they bear his workmanship, but her collection is also a clear extension out of the dress she designed for the bird challenge, so it’s not as though they came completely out of left field.

    • Anonymous

       She handed her a picture of a stick figure drawing with a slash line representing draped fabric (fashion forward) and, and for the white one she had an X representing multidirectional draping (fashion fabulously forward!).  And she tells him to make it her vision come alive, he does, and she’s a genius. 

      • Anonymous

        Wasn’t that a drawing of the pattern for the outfit? Apparently the white dress had a weird pattern that looked almost like origami on the inside…

        • Anonymous

          If I hand you a piece of paper and tell you that if you fold it down the middle and in a couple other places you can make a fabulous flower out of it and you do, which of us is displaying talent?  And I’m not trying to be snarky here. I’m just saying that coming up with something a vague idea and an even more vague drawing and getting someone else to translate it into something that is makeable and well made does not seem like it’s a demonstration of her skills but more so Bert’s.

          • Anonymous

            I think that she might’ve figured out how to explain it to him eventually and what we saw was just the starting point, hence the confusion at first. Anya was trying to be ambitious with this challenge and I think she was unable to articulate specifically about what she wanted to make because she was doing something she wasn’t used to just like with the last challenge. (which resulted in no zippers/closures in the outfit) In the video about their partnership, Bert gives Anya most of the credit for the work but he did help her quite a bit. Like he was the one behind the construction of the black draped dress and probably cut the white dress while Anya worked on the rust look. (Just guesses on the last two) He also mentioned that even if they weren’t partners, she probably would’ve been fine and made it work anyway. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t take it that way : for me the “finale” (idiot word when you see the outcome) challenge was perfect for Anya. She could be the designer handing pattern work to her assistant. I think she always have a clear vision of what she wants to send on the runway but she doesn’t have the technical skills to do it. So, yes, she was very smart (and lucky the other contestants weren’t as much as her) to have Bert.
      And even if she told Bert she wanted to send simple, chic and sharp looks this time to show her range, as smart as she is, my guess is that she would have automatically tuned her ideas to Bert’s aesthetic to achieve the more powerfull looks possible.
      She is definitely smart.
      As for the bird’s dress, I’m sorry to say I didn’t find it that impressive. It was so derivative of other works that I don’t understand the praise for it. Still, it was also an efficient look, because, yes, Anya is a smart designer.  

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

        There have been many Project Runway designers with great eye/vision.  They draw beautiful sketches. They fail to execute.  They get auf’d.  Anya is no snowflake.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I totally agree with you. All along this season, Anya’s luck was way too great to be genuine.
          That girl is loved by someone in the production of the show. Maybe Heidi, maybe someone else that believe she’s too good television to be aufed on a, let’s say, a “technicality”.
          I guess she has all the goods to be were she is.

          • Anonymous

            LOL  Only in this season could “technicality  = inability to thread a needle”

  • Adella Thompson

    My thoughts exactly! Congratulations, Bert! That was so fantastically *him* and it was gorgeous. I hope that he feels some pride at designing three pieces that locked in a final three even if it wasn’t his spot.

  • Anonymous

    Just watched the preview for next week:  in the confessional, Josh says that “for one of us, it’s over today”.  So I guess they are only letting three people compete for the final prize.  I don’t think Viktor will get eliminated but as for the other three, Anya is upset in the preview about it not being her best work and Josh and Kimberly have been so hit-or-miss that I think it’s up in the air. 

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

    I had ordered one of Bert’s dresses from Piperlime early in the morning after the show aired.  It all went through, said the item would be available to ship after 10/16.  Guess what– they just sent me an “apology” email below.  

    Thanks for your order #153XD7Y. We’re sorry, but while processing your order, we found that the item(s) below are no longer available. Your Order Total has been adjusted to reflect any changes. If you paid with a credit card, you have not been charged for the item(s). If you prepaid for this order in a store or paid with a GiftCard, we will refund the amount promptly.Unavailable Item(s)Brand            Item Description                                    Unit Price Qty        TotalPiperlime        BERT KEETER FOR PIPERLIME                                          Color Block Dress            Gold            L          98.00  1        98.00We value your business and apologize for any inconvenience. That’s why we’d like to offer you ‘Get 10% off your order’* on your next order at gap.com,bananarepublic.com, oldnavy.com, piperlime.com or athleta.com. 
    Offer expires 6 months from today at 11:59 PM ET

    As if I will ever order anything from PiperLime ever again.  Heads up if anyone is tempted to order from these unprofessional over-hyped rag pushers. I think I am done with the entire operation.
            

    • Anonymous

      So sorry about your experience with Piperlime. I know you really must have been looking forward to your BK dress. Thanks for the heads-up about Piperlime. I’ll definitely think twice before ordering anything from them.

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

        It was the only thing I thought I salvaged from watching this wretched season so I was looking forward to it.  Thanks.  I really liked Bert’s design aesthetic and honestly will probably never afford them so it was a bit of a splurge for me.  Unless he start designing for Target or Macy’s, I’m pretty much going to stay an admirer, not a customer.

  • margaret meyers

    Laura’s garments are just awful.  All of them.

  • Jemima Sherpa

    I am a little taken aback by how viciously both TLo and this site’s commentariat seem to detest Anya. It appears that everyone has gotten into their heads that Poject Runway needs to be won by someone who ‘deserves’ it, code for ticking all the boxes, going to design school, being a miserable failure to rise from the ashes – a formula that PR and a lot of other reality television has run on in the past, where participants present their story of woe and hard work and bore everyone to tears. Anya is evidently one of those people who has been blessed with such taste, beauty and intelligence that she has a headstart in things that dull people with technical ability like, say, Becky or Anthony Ryan, or those driven by distasteful desperation like Josh (and to a lesser extent Lauren), struggle with and never truly achieve. The universe is very much skewed in Anya’s favour (though doesn’t give her a free pass – see background of naming her label Pillar, something any of the other contestants would have pulled out for pity points by now) but she is also what the show needs badly – someone who actually can go on to have a stunningly successful career as a designer. since the Gretchen debacle and a series of lacklustre winners that preceded her, Siriano is the only winner that has truly won the PR show brand any points in the design world. The fact is that despite her lack of experience as a seamstress, Anya does have an extensive background in design and has successfully launched and very marketed two very slick fashion lines in the past; this in addition to her natural charisma and taste ensures that she’s someone who will rise in the fashion industry whether she wins this or not. for her and the project runway brand, this is a win-win situation – she gets a shortcut in building her brand recognition, they get the kudos of ‘discovering’ her. the judges and/or producers are smart enough to see this. and frankly, for the audience watching, she lights up the screen, her interview/commentary is always far more articulate, amusing and astute than any of the other designers, and both her clothes AND the clothing she wears are fresh and interesting. ya’ll are just being too bitter she’s so cool, kittens.

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

      i think people just want an actually seriously talented designer to win.

    • Anonymous

      She hasn’t really done anything to prove herself a talented designer.  Thus far, it appears she has one design, and she alters the fabric or the length depending on the challenge.  Everytime she has had to do something other than that, she has been handed someone to do the work.  So she hasn’t proved herself at all, and her two successful design lines were more of the same thing she has produced when left to work on her own.  
      And, not to sound callous, but everybody on that stage has someone who died.  Kimberly’s mother died fairly young.  Joshua’s mother died fairly young.  Bert’s partner died.  Anthony Ryan survived cancer.  Anya’s brother’s death, while tragic, would have just been one more sad tale on the runway.  So instead we have the “only been sewing four months” beauty queen story line, which at least has been unique and consequently lowered the expectations to her benefit in a way that a dead brother wouldn’t have. 

    • Logo Girl

      I don’t care about any of those “check marks” being checked, and I think you are rather overstating her assets. She is a cute girl who has some cute ideas. Most of us are annoyed that PR has slipped so far downhill that “cute” makes someone a serious contender. She’s a lightweight and kind of boring. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t detest Anya – I detest what Anya represents: a handpicked winner. I’m not so naive to think reality-shows are little more than masterfully guided ad-libs, editing and iron-clad non-disclosure contracts – however, at the heart of good reality shows is the idea that there is, oh, something real there. That’s what people like, right? To see a skill-based competition. So, I accept the product placement, and the early throw-away wackjob contestents, and all the other b.s. that the producers and writers feel that  they need to hook an audience in early so god forbid we don’t flip over to “Sister Wives” 

      but look,  I’m not an idiot and the subterfuge is too great – too overt, too much for even the people involved –  you could see it in the grimaces of Tim, Nina, and Becky. The hisses of Victor. The bitchery of Josh. He’s not wrong about this – he’s wrong about his eyebrows – but not this.

      This was a challenge about “range”. Tim emphasized this many times. Immediately that spurred designers to make complicated pieces.  Anya sent out three simple (but chic) dresses. One of the reasons Laura and and Kimberly were in the bottom was because of construction – jackets take time. If either of them had decided to send out three dresses, they would have been criticized for “losing their point of view”. However, Anya gets credit for “challenging herself”. It’s not that Anya doesn’t have an amazing style or point of view. But is there a reason she can’t compete on that alone without the hidden hand, magical elves and strange twists that always seem to work out in her favor?

      When one senses favoritism, hypocrisy, or an inconsistency in the rules – the mind wanders thinking, “I thought this was a reality show but it’s more like a bad drama. That shaved-head girl’s clothes were terrible this time – why is she still on??”

      The producers’ hand is too heavy and unfortunately has altered what was once a really fun show. They were so sure America would love Anya that they distorted the show to keep her on. There’s nothing worse than people deciding what is “cool” for you.

      Good luck to the designers. It was nice while it lasted.

      • Anonymous

        You summed that up very well.  Speaking for myself, I’m pretty POd that Lifetime didn’t think I’d notice the shenanigans going on?  I don’t know if they were clueless to their demographic, but as a rule, I don’t think PR’s viewers are the same ones watching Jerseylicious, perhaps explaining why we were pretty quick, some even from the auditions, to know something was up and by the second week it was clear the fix was in.  You’d think after last year’s fiasco, they’d have gotten the message not to tamper too much with the ins and aufs, but they apparently interpreted our disdain for Gretchen’s win as being solely based on her bully-hood (because the olive drab Depends she went down the runway had nothing to do with it), so instead they served up the non-sewing beauty queen.  Do they bother to do any research, test groups or anything before they decided who would win?  It may be reality TV, but until the Gretchen fiasco, even if I did like the winner (sorry, I loathed Jeffrey S), I could at least appreciate the talent.  Lifetime took a show that was successful because it was not just reality TV- it revolved around having a talent beyond beer pong and back-combing hair, and in two seasons has pretty destroyed it.  They couldn’t have destroyed it any more had they tried.  And it’s pretty short-sighted really.  Even turning it into a scripted “reality” show, just what demographic do they think they’re going to draw in for even the meager bit of fashion there?  Maybe they should just jettison Project Runway to Logo now, and get Bravo to try again with their own version.  Bravo may have those Desperate Housewives of eveyrwhere, but they did a much better job than, ironically, this woman’s network does. 

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

      ” I am a little taken aback by how viciously both TLo and this site’s commentariat seem to detest Anya.”
      Oh, bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Lord, are those designers annoying or is it me ? OK, after 12 episodes, I take that question back.
    First, Anya’s veeeeery lucky to have had Bert’s help. The looks are sharp, precise and well made. And let say that I’m amazed Bert was picked so late. Are Kim and Laura that stupid ? They might not like the guy, or think they can’t work with well him. I don’t know, but in my opinion, Bert has constantly shown his construction, execution and sewing skills, so it should have been a no brainer, especially with the uncompetitive aspect of the collaboration : they’re not competitors, they’re assistants. They don’t care about your aesthetic, they’re there to offer help and technical support. Ah well, I guess it’s easy viewing it on screen from a distance.
    Still, I bet all the time the others were picking assistants Anya was secretly repeating in her head ” leaveMeBertleaveMeBertBertBertBert!”. I may not like her a lot, but she’s a smart girl.
    I have no objections about the winning and the aufing, but what annoys me is that, once again, we have that half assed judging where the finale challenge is not that finale ! You have 3 spots for fashion week so you should auf 2 people. But no, since season 3, it has become a habit to auf one designer, send the 4 left back home and have another “finale” challenge. Again.
    This time, you could see that two of those “mini collections” were really above the other ones, one was just bleh and two were really awfull.
    If that judging was made every couple of season, I could get it, but now it’s a habit and I don’t see the point of the “finale challenge” anymore.

     

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

      I agree. Anya totally deserved this win. And the fact that she chose Bert is a smart move. I don’t think Laura was smart enough to figure that out because she chose a pal (Anthony) without thinking about what technical contributions the assistant can bring to the table. She later regretted having him work on her showpiece long gown which ended up ill-fitted. Kimberly was smart to pick Becky, she’s worked well with her before and she know Becky could sew.

      I also don’t get the 1 or 2 will be out and then all of a sudden only Laura was out so that they can have another elimination before the finale. I am thinking that they are reserving that elimination for Josh M and hoping that the drama caused by that would up the ante of last year’s aufing of Michael C.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with those who are dismayed at the backlash against Anya. Sure, the girl can’t make a constructed jacket to save her life, but she’d be the first to admit it. And is that what Project Runway is about? Making a highly-tailored jacket? As far as I was aware, it’s about terrific design and Anya is, quite clearly, a terrific designer. This week’s collection was exquisite. And while Bert did make his mark–and I love Bert–he never produced anything this refined and beautiful on his own during the heat of the competition. Anya has never misrepresented herself in any way, as far as I can tell, and has been one of the nicer contestants (except for denying Josh a bit of fabric). The horse I’m backing has always been Viktor, but I’m looking forward to seeing what Anya cooks up for her final collection.

    • Anonymous

       After first watching this episode and after watching it again, I noted again that Josh Drama vortex from hell again bitches that Anya and Laura don’t make JACKETS LIKE HE DOES – only he DID NOT MAKE A JACKET – he made a freaking VEST!

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

    It’s interesting to me how Anya’s fans keep making the discontent all about Anya.  As has been very well stated by others, it isn’t — it’s about what the show has become.  I’m sure Lifetime wants the drama to be about one of the contestants (because at this point, I think it is how they view the designers) because they see negative attention as being better than no attention.   Maybe they think it’s the way to get more viewers, who knows?  The concept we loved is gone, and we’re angry. 

    • Anonymous

      Spot on-I miss the show that I used to love. PR always had drama, but more of that drama used to come from watching the process of creating, and that was more entertaining to me.  

  • Anonymous

    IN my eyes Anya and Viktor have been the odds on shoe in and rightfully so top two period. Design wise period. Who else???? There is no plot no collective nothing… she and Viktor are EASILY the strongest of the pack by a long shot. Slot three was the only thing in question for many weeks now. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7DCTFPYY4QBP4IGDLSO4QUEEQ SugarDove88

      I agree.. I hope Josh realizes that too LOL

  • Anonymous

    We have seen ANYA’S aesthetic for this SEASON ON “PR’, and to me it was boring, the girl makes JUMPERS, PANTS WITH ELASTIC IN THE WAIST come on who wears that anymore, THEN IT’S THE  “V” NECKLINES  AND RACER BACKS.  Clearly that was BERT’S aesthetic you were seeing. This is worst season of “PR”  I’ve seen..

    • Anonymous

      That is patently unfair.  I get that there’s a lot of Anya hate/dislike and that there’s a big reluctance to give her credit where credit is due, but the girl has an amazing visual eye.  And you see her showing Bert her designs and him offering to execute them.  He says it’s her designs!  Plus, Anya only had a choice between Bert and Bryce.  Of course she was going to pick Bert.  It’s not like she calculated to get him – it was luck of the draw.  I’m not a big Anya fan – I’m rooting for Viktor to win – but the assumption that Bert is solely responsible for Anya’s entries this week is just plain wrong.

      • Anonymous

        There’s been a little too much luck of the draw produced for Anya for anyone to take her seriously.  As for an amazing eye, certain carpies keep saying that it isn’t Project Seamstress.  Well it isn’t Project Stylist, either.  She handed Bert a picture of vague ideas on them.  Bert was able to make it work, not Anya.  And it’s always amazing that the producers have managed to have just the thing on hand for Anya.  Anya needs money?  Well, how about that- nobody ever has money left but Anya gets some and let’s give her some more the next day, too.  Anya doesn’t have her dresses finished and forgot to leave a way in/out for the model to change into the finished one- let’s tweak the challenge and eliminate it.  Anya needs someone who can actually so and design, how incredibly lucky that Bert is there for the picking.  And that’s just a few of them. Anybody having that much going their direction is no longer lucky, but rather annointed. 

        For the record- I had an idea that a car could run on kitty litter.  I have no idea to make it, it doesn’t matter if it’s impractical.  It doesn’t matter if it’s ridiculously expensive.  I hand it to a specialty manufacturer, he has to tweak until it only looks like my design in that it is a car, but now runs on olive oil, and can be made much cheaper than gas combustion engines.  I guess that makes me a genius who should be working in the either automotive design or in alternative energy because I am clearly a genius; no matter that my idea as impractical, that I didn’t know enough to realize that it was impractical,and that the final product represented the skills of the manufacturer rather than me, I still get to take the victory lap, waving to my fortunately gullible fans. 

        • Anonymous

          I’m not sure if the Piperlime thing was because of Anya’s trouble with the money. It seemed more like it was a last minute decision since there was probably nothing that Piperlime wanted to reproduce out of the designs created. (both designs sold online were second looks)

          The twist after twist after twist with the bird challenge WAS strange since they usually don’t pile like three or four twists after another. It benefited everyone though. Anya, Josh, and Kimberly especially! 

          Bert wasn’t chosen because other people did not want to choose him. I don’t see Laura, Kimberly, or Josh trying to work with him and Viktor has chosen Olivier first for a few things throughout the season. I think if Anya  got to choose first, she may have chosen Anthony over Bert, but she didn’t get to because of a RANDOM DRAW from the button bag. 

          • Anonymous

            By that point, Bert was everybody’s buddy.  They were going to Bert for advice and cracking jokes with him.  It could have been Faleen, Julie, Mormon Josh, Bryce and Bert, and Anya could have had last pick out of the bunch, and Bert would have been there waiting for her.  They needed someone who could design and sew and all the ones that strolled through that doorway, the only one that fit that bill was Bert. And it’s not that I blame Anya for that.  If anything, she should be a little piffed, too, because the producers are not doing her any favors with the public by this “Designed for Anya” treatment all season.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7DCTFPYY4QBP4IGDLSO4QUEEQ SugarDove88

        I agree with you CarolinLA. Not an Anya fan myself.. I’m Mondo’s fan LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

      I just have to say, countless (in the purest sense of the word) whos wear pants with elastic in the waist, and probably right this minute. 

      • Anonymous

        I think in the youthful exuberance of the fashionista, elastic is a bad word, to be used only in sweat pants and pajamas.  Unless you’re a savant.  Then it’s as if she invented it herself and presented it to the judges as a gift and suddenly they can’t get enough of it.  Of course, there has never been a competitor before that couldn’t put in a zipper in 10 minutes.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure when she realise that BERT was assisting her she probably re-design her 3 looks, had she to do all by herself we would of probably seen A  DRESS WITH A ”V”  NECKLINE OR ANOTHER BORING JUMPER WITH ELASTIC IN THE WAIST,  OR A RACERBACK……

  • Anonymous

    I don’t detest Anya – I detest what Anya represents: a handpicked winner. I’m not so naive to think reality-shows are little more than masterfully guided ad-libs, editing and iron-clad non-disclosure contracts – however, at the heart of good reality shows is the idea that there is, oh, something real there. That’s what people like, right? To see a skill-based competition. So, I accept the product placement, and the early throw-away wackjob contestents, and all the other b.s. that the producers and writers feel that  they need to hook an audience in early so god forbid we don’t flip over to “Sister Wives” 

    but look,  I’m not an idiot and the subterfuge is too great – too overt, too much for even the people involved –  you could see it in the grimaces of Tim, Nina, and Becky. The hisses of Victor. The bitchery of Josh. He’s not wrong about this – he’s wrong about his eyebrows – but not this.

    This was a challenge about “range”. Tim emphasized this many times. Immediately that spurred designers to make complicated pieces.  Anya sent out three simple (but chic) flowy things. One of the reasons Laura and and Kimberly were in the bottom was because of construction – jackets take time. If either of them had decided to send out three dresses, they would have been criticized for “losing their point of view”. However, Anya gets credit for “challenging herself”. It’s not that Anya doesn’t have an amazing style or point of view. But is there a reason she can’t compete on that alone without the hidden hand, magical elves and strange twists that always seem to work out in her favor?

    When one senses favoritism, hypocrisy, or an inconsistency in the rules – the mind wanders thinking, “I thought this was a reality show but it’s more like a bad drama. That shaved-head girl’s clothes were terrible this time – why is she still on??”

    The producers’ hand is too heavy and unfortunately has altered what was once a really fun show. They were so sure America would love Anya that they distorted the show to keep her on. There’s nothing worse than people deciding what is “cool” for you.

    Good luck to the designers. It was nice while it lasted.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t crown Anya the winner yet.  The preview for next week’s episode has her crying and very upset about her work not being up to par.  And have you seen her finale collection plus the other three?  She may be right to be crying (no spoilers, just a guess). 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739505579 Amanda Aziyade

        I’m not holding my breath, but if Lifetime REALLY wanted to pile on the Drama, it would be helladramatic if Anya WASN’T the winner. In my mind, that would be enough to save the show and make me watch another season.

        But like I said, I’m not holding my breath…

        • Anonymous

          That wouldn’t be enough for me.  She really shouldn’t be there while Bert is sitting on a cough somewhere eating popcorn while he views.  She didn’t really have ‘the chops’ to be in even the decoy collections let along the “real” finalists.  Lifetime is going to have to set me up as next season’s winner if they want me to tune in again.  

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

        Not only that, but no one seems to remember S7 — Emilio was DEFINITELY the judges’ pet through the season.  I mean, I don’t think even the split seam in Anya’s pants is worse than that washer bikini.  All season long, he got pass after pass and his work was ridiculously overpraised.

        And Seth Aaron won anyway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739505579 Amanda Aziyade

      “They were so sure America would love Anya that they distorted the show
      to keep her on. There’s nothing worse than people deciding what is
      “cool” for you.”

      100% agreement here. And I think that’s exactly what the producers thought.

  • bethannstamps

    well, these “winners” weren’t any surprise. the surprise was that i liked two/three of Beauty Queen’s looks, due to Bert.  i liked Bert’s collection but then i like that Main Line look (i’m in the Philly area, basically it’s classic. tailored, structured).

  • Logo Girl

    I’m probably saying this because I am beginning to look at the show as “was” instead of an “is”, and this is totally off-topic, but has anyone (aside from TLo, who have referred to them in ways delightful) bothered to index a thorough catalog of the PR musical cues, such as the “sounds like they are about to drop a bucket of blood on Carrie but they are really about to announce who is auf” plummeting chords cue, or the “sounds an awful lot like a Herbie Hancock action score everyone is trying to get the last stitch and press in before runway show” frenzied chords cue, or the less-heard “relax stop worrying… ahh heaven’s doors have opened up look who it is its Diane Von Furstenberg” cue (which is actually the only time I remember hearing it.)? I am guessing there is a CD out there with the soundtrack – but actually indexing when the cues show up?

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think anyone has cues, but I have the Project Runway album from iTunes. There are some new tracks featured this season by the same guy who did the initial set of songs which I like (used in the bird ‘challenge’ runway) but I don’t know if they’ll release them. I think the ‘heaven’s doors” cue is usually used post elimination for the safe designers? Not entirely sure though since I’m just trying to imagine what it sounds like from your description. Do you remember which DvF ep it was?

      http://www.amazon.com/Project-Original-Soundtrack-Barefoot-Sanders/dp/B000JFY0EI <– you can preview the tracks here or on iTunes

      • Logo Girl

        Cool, thanks! The one that I was thinking sounded like Herbie Hancock is called “Fishnet”, though I don’t think I hear that other one – it was season 5 episode 8 btw.

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

    Well, Bert seemed to be very impressed with Anya’s designs and said she was designing things he had never seen before. He may have had some influence, but I saw a lot of Anya in those looks. I haven’t seen the final collections yet, but if these looked like Bert’s collection, I wonder if there was any cross-influence there.

    • Anonymous

      I think that Halston was cross influenced by Anya too.

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

        Oh. Sewing Siren, you made me snort some coffee.

      • Anonymous

        Funniest comment this episode, if not the whole season.

        I think Anya knows how to play the game.  I don’t particularly care for her generally one-note designs.  But, I live in snow country, so that explain that opinion.  I liked her designs on this episode, but I’m one of the many who see Bert written all over them.   I’m most annoyed with the judges and producers, though, for excusing her lack of technical skills, yet commenting on how wonderful others’ are and using it as a basis for judging *them.*

    • Jennifer Coleman

      Biggest lesson that Anya should learn from this experience is to, whether she wins or not, to partner up with Bert as a design team. They cancel out each others shortcomings and can create some great work. 

  • Anonymous

    The odd thing about this Anya backlash is people seem to hate her for being really good at playing the game. The girl’s not dumb, she knows how to get the judges on her side and she knows how to construct a narrative that makes producers love her. Looking at the finale collections, I don’t think she should get the overall win, but I’m not going to hate her for going on a game show and being really good at playing it. That’s like hating Ken Jennings for getting all those questions right on Jeopardy.

    Feel free to hate the judges and producers though.

    • Anonymous

      I think that narrative she ‘created’ was just the way things fell into place. She’s only been sewing for a few month, she started a clothing line dedicated to her brother that passed away a few years back, etc. There’s nothing really ‘fake’ about the story she has so I’d say that it was more… she just showed up with the narrative already in place and the judges/producers decided they loved her. 

      • Anonymous

        Within the show she’s doing a narrative though. She begins as the underdog, and as she progresses through the challenges she does more ambitious plans which keep the judges interested. They go “she’s been sewing only four months” to “she’s been sewing only four months and she does this!” because she’s taking on more difficult shapes and more difficult structure. The judges love it when they see a designer growing before them, and she’s playing that angle in the way she approaches each challenge.

        Nothing wrong with that at all, but it is creating a narrative. 

  • Anonymous

    Boy, Nina is pretty harsh in her video blog about Laura.  She said that Laura doesn’t have the imagination or the skill to be a stellar designer.  She also said that Laura has an aesthetic for a VERY NARROW segment of the buying public.  I happen to agree with Nina but it must be very hurtful for Laura to hear it in such stark terms. 

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t bothered to listen.  I would assume it’s a gushfest over the non-sewer and I got tired of hearing that song weeks ago.  With that in mind, I’d tell Laura not to take it too seriously.  Which is another damaging thing this year…the judges reputations are kinda shot among those of us that watch the show.   They’ve shown they either don’t have the taste they proclaim or that they can be, uh, rented.  In either case, it means that they will now go through the rest of the PR careers with the equivalent of a Justin Beiber tattoo on their forehead, perhaps trying to blame both on large quantities of tequila. 

      • Anonymous

        “Rented.”  Nicely put!

  • Anonymous

    I finally had a chance to watch the episode today (while tying 216 knots while threading a loom).  Have to say, I love Bert all over again – what a professional.  While I agree with those who say there has been a lot of good “luck” for Anya, based on what went down the runway today, she deserves to be in the finals.

    Laura’s sad little dress got her the “auf”, so no tears there. I do wish they would stop with naming 4 finalists and then kicking one off.

    PR has sure become predictable – and not in a good way.

    RosiesGirl (who participated in the “Occupy Seattle” protest yesterday and is pooped)

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

    it was Laura’s time to go, in one way or another, I’m surprised she didn’t go earlier but like you guys, I came to like her, regardless of her bitchy commentary about other people’s designs, at the end of each episode it was sad to see her get ripped by the judges

    and as far as Anya’s goes, compared with contestants from previous seasons, no, she’s not exceptional, but inside this group of individuals, she’s the best as far as designs goes so I think it’s understandable that she goes to fashions week as a finalist, her designes always stood out of the bucnh, and you can say it’s because she’s pretty, but Bryce and Anthony were pretty too and they got auf’d, all these designers had their issues, and maybe she lacked the technical skills, but to the judges, and to me to be honest, she had what really matters, something interesting to show, so go Anya!

    and btw, Bryce… yum, I’m not single, but if I was, I’d totally tap that

  • Anonymous

    I am making my own prediction for next week’s challenge.

    To determine who will be the three going on to Fashion Week, the designers face one more challenge.  Tim will have four button bags (a Project Runway First!).  In one of the bags will be the designers names.  Tim will pull a name, and then they will reach into each of the other bags.  One of the other bags will contain a fabric, another the event to design for, and the third bag will contain the names of four former Project Runway participants to use as an assistant.

    Tim pulls Kimberly.  Her subsequent picks include:
    Bag #2:  Felt.
    Bag #3:  Bat mitzvah.
    Bag #4:  Blayne Walsh (the diaper Zodiac of season 5)

    Tim pulls Viktor.  Her subsequent picks include:
    Bag #2:  Flannel
    Bag #3:  Granddaughter’s wedding.
    Bag #4:  Eliza Jimenez (the spit marker from season 4)

    Tim pulls Joshua.  His subsequent picks include:
    Bag #2:  Burlap.
    Bag #3:  Funeral.
    Bag #4:  Santino (will there be a rhinestone left in NY?)

    Tim proforma pulls Anya.  Her subsequent picks:
    Bag #2:  The gossamer wings of 10,000 fairies.
    Bag #3:  A day trip on a yacht in the Caribbean.
    Bag #4:  Christian Siriano. 

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Project Runway fanfic – I love it!

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

    Well, I am relieved Laura is gone, though I gather her final collection actually was good. I think she burned out early and deserved the auf the past two episodes. Maybe that is not because she is a bad designer but because this reality horror show was just too intense for her. Anya’s work was classy but I thought Viktor’s was awfully good, too–and in managing Oliver he displayed some serious people skills.
    It was nice to see Bert treated with respect by Anya, after all the fear-and-loathing in the early team competitions. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7DCTFPYY4QBP4IGDLSO4QUEEQ SugarDove88

    Josh’s voice irritates me… he talks as if he’s the best in the bunch.. too much ego i guess he need editing on that aspect too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7DCTFPYY4QBP4IGDLSO4QUEEQ SugarDove88

    Josh’s voice irritates me… he talks as if he’s the best in the bunch.. too much ego i guess he need editing on that aspect too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7DCTFPYY4QBP4IGDLSO4QUEEQ SugarDove88

    but bert was not assigned to her… she chose bert over bryce and she was the 2nd to the last to choose.. i agree with the lack of talent in this bunch… and could somebody tell Josh to shut the F**k up. he’s is annoying and he is NOT good.

  • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

    Super blah. What have they done to this show? URGH.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mochizukisan kyasarin mochizuki

    I have been waiting for the mediocre Queen of the Bourgeoisie to get dumped out on her keister for weeks. I never really saw much talent there. Nor much class. Auf wiedersehen, you tactless, bourgie little thing!

    I’m glad Bert was able to show that he deserved to go to Fashion Week. Too bad he had to do that through Anya. Still, I saw enough of her in the dresses not to have my hair set on fire. Just a lot of pain from the eye sprain from rolling them so hard.

    I think I haven’t been able to get that worked up about this season due to the Gretchen thing last season. How could I possibly get wrapped up emotionally in the results of this show when it jumped the shark so spectacularly with her craptacular “winning” collection last season? I watch “Project Runway” out of habit, but I am not invested anymore.