PR: Everybody gets a pony!

Posted on October 21, 2011

Oh, God.

Do we have to do this? Really? Aren’t you all shrieked out and exhausted? We certainly are. But since some of you come here to hear what we have to say, we suppose we should just get to it. The only good thing to come out of last night’s ridiculous judging was an overwhelmingly triumphant sense of vindication. We try and be open to the idea that we’re looking at things wrong, but we seriously cannot see how anyone could claim that the judges (read: producers) aren’t fixing the game to keep Anya in it. As far as we’re concerned, if you don’t see that, it’s because you don’t want to see it.

The home visits were largely uneventful (except for the notable fact that Anya mysteriously had no work to show Tim), so we’re going to skip them and get right into judging the looks. Just as an aside: We stayed at the Hudson Hotel during Fashion Week. It wasn’t just the finalists who stayed there; the entire cast of designers did. We saw them all constantly and spent many a quiet, tense elevator ride with most of them. We don’t think any of them realized who we were and we weren’t about to make our presence known. We don’t mind meeting designers after a season is over, but we didn’t feel right bothering them while there was still so much bitchery to be slung on our end. Besides, they could have gotten in trouble for talking to us.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

You know, as much as we all bitch about how Anya is over-praised, it’s good to have a reminder that Josh is also absurdly over-praised. We’ll give him credit for that jacket, which is interesting and well-made. We’ll also point out that the pink is very much on trend. But the fit on the pants is awful, the top is ridiculously tacky, the seatbelt is just plain ridiculous and the shoes were a joke.

He made a skin-tight black cocktail dress and the judges all acted like they’d never seen such an innovative thing before. Bitches, please. It’s fine; but it’s nothing to get excited about. The shoes are, once again, a joke.

This thing is a joke, full stop. An utterly ridiculous, horrifyingly ugly and unflattering piece. We don’t mind the use of plastic. You could say that such a thing indicates an adventurous or fashion -forward sensibility. But skin-tight satin pants with a gigantic bib over them? Who the hell would wear that?

Score: One look totally trashed by the judges; two looks partially trashed with one or two compliments thrown in.

To our eyes, Viktor clearly has the best collection and is the one to beat. This print looks great and we like the leather skirt, but agreed with the judges that the dress looks better without it.

Love the top; love the tuxedo jacket; don’t love the pants. It’s a great print, but it’s just not setting us on fire as a pair of pants. Masterful use of the print, however. Both legs match perfectly.


This was really cute. We don’t love mullet hems – in fact, we mostly hate them – but this had such a flowy, feminine quality, with just the right amount of urban edginess to it.  That jacket, of course, is insane. In a totally good way. And we didn’t agree entirely with the judges. We thought it mostly worked with the dress. Although it worked much better with Heidi’s t-shirt and leather jeans.

Score: All three looks were highly praised, with some constructive criticism mostly having to do with styling and over-pairing. Clearly, he’s the one to beat.

We groaned when we saw Kimberly’s looks. Not because they were inherently bad, but because her urban black girl aesthetic isn’t something Nina and Heidi were going to praise. We had hopes for Michael and he didn’t let us down. We’re not crazy about this top, mainly because of the print and because it’s so shapeless in the front. It gets very sexy when she turns around, though. We liked the pants, but agreed with the judges that the tone-on-tone accessories weren’t the best way to show things off. We disagreed about the jewelry. That’s clearly coming from Kimberly’s background and we think it works.

We really liked the top. The skirt? Well, we hated that rosy pink satin and we didn’t like the weird multi-leveled hem, but we thought the big ol’ butt in the back was great. The skinny white chick and the skinny latina were completely flummoxed by it, but the Duchess, bless him, got it immediately. Michael, whatever other faults he might have as a judge, has a successful designer’s understanding of the various markets out there and the various ways those markets differ from each other. We’re not saying every African-American woman wants a big pleated backside, but he knew where Kimberly was coming from on this one.

This was just gorgeous, full-stop. We wish it had been lined, though. And we wish she hadn’t paired those blue shoes with it. But otherwise, it was chic and eye-catching.

Final score: Every look was praised on some level, and two of the looks were partially criticized. She was in danger of going home and we suspect the producers expected to send her home, but her pieces were better than Anya’s to anyone with a set of eyes, so girl got to stay in the game.

To be fair to Anya, this really was a pretty great dress. Love the print; don’t love the mullet hem. But let’s face it, in terms of design, there’s not a lot of there there, which is of a piece with all of her work in this competition.

You would think a designer with a Caribbean background and sensibility would be able to design a flattering swimsuit. This had the one-two punch effect of being both undesigned AND unflattering. There’s nothing to it. And the cover-up is hideous.

This is disgraceful. This is a look that would get a designer auf’d in the very first challenge. At the end of the season, when the level of competition is sky-high, there is no excuse for something this bad to be walking the runway. It’s appalling; it really is. We can think of no better illustration of the fucked-up judging that not only was this offered at the end of the competition, but that the designer was waved through to the finale.

She had OVER A MONTH to put this together. This isn’t something whipped up in a Parson’s workroom in 18 hours.

Score: One look praised; two looks utterly trashed. There was no reason whatsoever to keep her in the competition except that the producers clearly want the beauty queen with the sexy scandal in her past to be part of the finale. Sorry if that offends some of her fans, but it’s as obvious as the orange nose on Kors’ face. The judges should be embarrassed.

And that’s all we have to say about that. All of their final collections will get the extensive T Lo treatment later on, so we only felt the need to give brief rundowns here. Later in the coming week, we’ll be doing the “ologies” on each of them, so stay tuned for that. In the mean time, vent your rage or express your agreement like only a truly bitter kitten can.

[Photo Credit: MyLifetime.com - Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • Anonymous

      Um, those shoes w/ Josh’s LBD look like orthopedic shoes for an old lady.

      • Anonymous

        Speaking of shoes, I had a brief moment of amusement when Josh asked Anya’s advice about whether she liked the blue & white shoes with his first outfit . Her response: “It’s very You”. Which Josh immediately translated in his narcissistic little brain to “The shoes are fabulous and tasteful, just like you”. While I suspect Anya was employing a bit of gamesmanship, and actually saying “It looks tacky and tasteless, which is very You”.

        • Anonymous

          I thought the same thing about Anya’s response to him. It made me laugh.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

          That was the best part of the show.

          • Anonymous

            Yep. That and Tim at Josh’s home completely ripping his entire collection. Both were LOL moments for me.

        • Anonymous

          Sneaky pageant queen. Get him to use the tacky shoes without, technically, lying or advising him.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I just… can’t. I’m so DONE with this season. Bring on the All Stars and new judges.

      • Anonymous

        i’m with you.  i turned it off last night before the results because i knew anya and josh would be in.  sadly, i have deleted PR from the DVR, last year drove me to the edge, this year pushed me over.  it was fun while it lasted but it’s time to move on……

        • Sobaika Mirza

          That’s what I don’t get – there was a real negative response after last season’s finale, you’d think they would cut the shit. But maybe they figure continued antics will get them better ratings. For all I know they could be right about that.

          • Anonymous

            Does anyone have an idea about how there ratings are doing? Maybe all the wacky shit is actually resulting in more viewers…. and thats the only think the producers care about. It would at least make sense why they’re throwing their credibility out the window!

            • Anonymous

              I think they’re doing really well, actually. PR usually gets the in the top 3 of non-sports programs with nearly 3 million viewers. The only things beating it on Wednesdays are sports, Jersey Shore, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. And last season was record breaking for PR ratings soooooooooooooo…..

            • Sobaika Mirza

              ^ And this would be why the producers are going this route. Mystery solved.

              I’m still surprised Tim, Kors, etc. are going along with it so gamely.

            • Lori

              Next season expect B/M to cast a Dance Mom who’s only been sewing for three weeks, a widow who’s survived a devastating disease and is missing her thumb due to a tragic hemming accident.

            • Anonymous

              bawhahahahaha

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

              LOL!!  Of course, you’re right.  Did you notice how both Victor and Anya managed to drag some dead relatives into the mix tonight as well?  I guess they felt they needed to join the grief game.

              Last season at least had some great designers.  This season lacks even that.  I suppose Victor is good but even his skill is underplayed to the crap drama.

              Last season for me.

            • Anonymous

              LOL!!!

            • Anonymous

              Perhaps you are correct that they are faring well in the ratings world, but the television critics and journalists are over it.  Many magazines and TV blog sites have dropped PR from their line up -some during midseason!-and that cannot be good news for the producers.  Less ink and interest in PR is bound to affect the bottom line eventually-and thank God for that! Maybe when hit in their wallets  they will pull their heads out, IF they are even capable of doing so.  Not sure they have the creativity to save themselves or the show, however.

            • Anonymous

              Well, as long as people are watching, I don’t think B/M is going to change what they’re doing with PR anytime soon. :(

            • Anonymous

              It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is some of the funniest shit on TV.  It beats PRW hands down.  I am committed to finishing this season but if there is a whiff of this producer driven crap next season, forget it.

        • Anonymous

          I was thinking about this, and I’m honestly shocked that BM screwed this season up so badly.  After the outcry over Gretchen’s win last season, you’d think the takeaway for them would’ve been that PR fans want to see the most talented designer win.  But instead they seem to have decided that the best backstory wins, so we get Dead Relative Bingo with the home visits, and an engineered, “come-from-behind” win for the non-sewing, scandal-ridden beauty queen.  She’s obviously going to win it all, driving over the last shreds of the show’s credibility in the process.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, but think of what a fabulous Lifetime movie of the week it will make. I sincerely hope that I’m wrong about that, but with the bizarre judging this season, I wouldn’t be surprised.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

              There’s not enough blood on the workroom floor. Unless the LT movie has Josh get stabby at the final judging. Huh, maybe that’s why he was kept around …

            • Anonymous

              The home visits were like trailers to a Lifetime movie.

          • Anonymous

            I think that those of us who are hating it are the minority. Unfortunately, most people who watch reality shows want to see people behaving badly: thus Josh’s inclusion for the whole season, Anya’s jealousy provoking praise and the highlighting of unflattering comments. I think this show has transitioned from a design competition to a show which is intending to make designers look bad.

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

              Yeah, we’re a fairly unique sample here — because so much of the coverage here is about fashion!

            • Anonymous

              You wouldn’t believe the amount of people online who are absolutely smitten with Anya and her “designs”. Don’t these people have eyes? Can they not SEE the clothes? 

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

              I can tell you why:  they don’t follow fashion.  They look at Anya’s clothes and it’s something simple and wearable and generic — they same thing they would buy in a store.  They don’t think about the fact that they CAN buy it in the store already, which is a serious mark against her as a designer. 

              My mother is one of those people (though Anya’s stuff has never been to her taste).  She’s not into fashion at all, so she doesn’t see it when a designer is derivative or unoriginal.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405004314 Cindi Tracy Aune

              I love to see people behave badly on PR as lobg as they can design exciting clothes…but this cast doesn’t have any real personality and doesn’t come close to Wendy Pepper or Jeffry or even Santino, who wasn’t really evil he was just Santino. lol

            • Anonymous

              I miss Santino, honestly. His bad behavior was still entertaining. These people? GIANT MEH.

            • http://twitter.com/chelwi Christine

              Ugh I’m mad that you’re right. I was talking to some of my coworkers who also watch the show and one of them said they love Josh because he’s hilarious. The other said she hoped Anya would win and the first girl agreed with her.

          • http://twitter.com/closetcoach Heidi/Closet Coach

            +1 for “Dead Relative Bingo.”

          • Mariah J

            That’s true, every finalist had a Dead Relative sob story. Then again what person over 20 doesn’t have a dead relative?

            • Anonymous

              I think it’s not just that they were relatives but they were extremely close family members. Two mothers and two brothers. :( When they cast for Project Runway…. do they ask the designers about things like this during the process?

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

              And Bert’s lover and Kim also had two other deceased family members.

            • Anonymous

              So this is why Laura got bumped?  No dead relatives?

            • Anonymous

              Yes!

              I said something similar last week.

            • Cautiously Pessimistic

              I’m pretty sure they do.  I’ve read somewhere, although I couldn’t possibly back it up with a source at this point, that the casting for most reality shows involves extensive interviews and psychological screenings.  The last thing they want is to cast someone whose stress reaction is to pick up a pair of Ginghers and start stabbing people.  (Well, they’d probably think it would make great television, but the lawsuit would be epic.)

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

            “Dead Relative Bingo” *snicker*

            What I can’t figure out is why the judges put up with it. Don’t Nina and Michael understand that their credibility is also at risk? I’ve stopped buying Marie Claire — not that I was ever a huge fan, but I did pick it up from time to time. But now, I don’t buy it at all because I think Nina is too easily manipulated and less clever about fashion than a fashion editor ought to be.

            • Caroline Bracco

              Marie Claire is hideous. I can see some kid going through their gramma’s attic and coming across a copy of it, flipping through and being enduced to vomit over the dated, tacky, hideous layouts they try and pass for fashion. Looks like Sear’s from 1972. Blarf!

            • Anonymous

              love that idea.  done with buying Marie Claire for now.

          • Anonymous

            Dead Relative Bingo!  I just spit my coffee on my key board!!

          • Anonymous

            Dead Relative Bingo is exactly what we’ve got this season.  It’s awful and so crassly manipulative.

          • Anonymous

            I think the outcry gets new viewers.  “Well, this girl at work can’t stop talking about the crazy shit on PRW.  I never got into, but maybe I’ll watch it.”  It’s America’s Next Top Model, with designers.

            And I do kind of want to love Anthony Ryan, Bert and Kimberly. 

            • Anonymous

              I don’t envision the casual viewer that tunes in because of water cool type conversation to tune in.  Because it at least nominally concerns design, I think there is a limited demographic to begin with.  So they can up the drama and they may draw in some casual viewers, but they’re going to lose those people who watch for the fashion.  The people who watched for the fashion have sustained them through nine seasons now.  I don’t know that the Jersey Shore types would be able to.  And, at the risk of offending someone, Jersey Shores had guys chasing girls and girls turning cartwheels without underwear.  I can’t really see that happening with your average fashion designer- the men aren’t skirt chasers and the women are more driven.  So the collective moan may get some people to take a peek, but I don’t envision them staying long. 

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

              Actually, I know a lot of people who watch PR that aren’t really all that into fashion.  My aunt loves it because she’s been sewing for years — in fact, while in London, she had to go to a state function, and she made her own dress for it because Herrod’s is overpriced. 

              My mother watches it because it’s oddly compelling and she’s going to have to look at the clothes when I rant and force her to anyway.  My sister-in-law has possibly the MOST boring wardrobe on earth and can only name designers who are often on PR, but she watches it, though I don’t know why…

              But those viewers aren’t going to produce high enough numbers to keep them making high ad revenues.

            • Anonymous

              I’m one of those that fall into that category.  The most stylish thing I own is something that came off a clearance rack in Walmart, in part because I live in the middle of nowhere, 100 miles from that hotbed of fashion, Des Moines. 

              But I think my non-fashion-ness is precisely what kept ME watching all these years.  It was fascinating and exciting to see how some people dressed and, having done some recreational sewing, it was inspiring and educational to watch what these people could create without a Simplicity pattern and Sewing for Dummies book.

              I don’t pain, but I can appreciate art.  Not being fashion forward does not mean we cannot appreciate fashion.  In turning this into the Real World with lots and lots of product placement (including guest judges who are themselves product placements from other B-M shows), it’s not just the fashionistas that are driven away, and I doubt the 20-somethings that favor this type of show are going to come out in the numbers necessary unless you add a lot more alcohol, a lot of heterosexual and lesbian sex, and physical violence instead of just hissy fits. 

            • Anonymous

              That’s precisely what I wrote earlier here. There are TONS of trashy reality shows out there that kinda-sorta feature fashion (Jerseylicious, Rachel Zoe, etc etc) that I find it hard to believe LIfetime would get any kind of significant audience for that reason alone. As a reality show it doesn’t have enough psychodrama and as a design show it’s lost all its credibility and originality the last 2 seasons. Honestly even Season 6 in LA I still appreciated the skill and drive of the contestants and the Hollywood theme to the whole thing. It was appropriate, you know?

              I think this show was popular with a niche audience who appreciates design & fashion on a quasi-professional level and they’ve just totally derailed that.

            • Sobaika Mirza

              I forgot how much I disliked the LA season. Even still, it was consistent, featured talent, and hadn’t shifted focus. I’m pretty sure this has been my least favorite season of the show overall.

            • Anonymous

              That’s a pretty big jump to “Jersey Shore types,” but I understand what you’re saying. 

              I think that the audience has been made up of people who enjoy fashion and reality tv drama.  Dissing the judges isn’t a new thing, but the show’s obvious attempt to manipulate it is going too far.  It’s not that they don’t want the water cooler viewers, it’s that they have to walk the line to draw them in without alienating the fashion viewers.

              I’ve always been a “both” viewer.  I enjoy cracktacular judging to a degree (my sister and I love to call each other and argue about the show and dis the judges, have for 9 seasons), but this year it’s just no fun anymore.  They took it too far and there’s not even any point arguing with them.  Dissing Judges Seasons 1 – 7 vs. dissing judges Seasons 8 -9:  It’s like arguing with a Republican vs. arguing with a Tea Party member.  (Or arguing with a Democrat vs. arguing with a Green Party member, if you will.)

        • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

          I begrudgingly agree with you.  Last week the Style Network replayed the entire first season of Project Runway.  Since I was sick with strep, I piled up on the couch with Theraflu hot toddies, Gatorade, a box of kleenex and the remote and watched the ENTIRE thing, first episode to finale.  The simplicity of the format and the overall talent overwhelmed me more than it did the first time I saw it.  I can only guess that it’s because of the demise of what was once a fabulous show. *sniff*

          • Anonymous

            Did you not gasp at that Chrysler building dress all over again?  The talent on that season was sick.  I actually sort of liked Wendy Pepper.  Shit. Did I just say that?

            • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

              I think I tried to gasp but it actually came out as a hack/cough instead.  And yes, that Chrysler dress was to die.

        • Anonymous

           Exactly.  I was outraged last season and swore off PR.  Nevertheless, I came back.  I guess I was hoping it was a fluke and the *real* PR would be back this year.  Sadly, I think this season is the new ‘real PR’ and it’s not worth my time.  Happily, Tlo write about enough other subjects that I don’t have to give them up too.  Gonna miss Tim Gunn, though.

          • vix eljay

            Quite honestly, I don’t know how much I’ll miss Tim if I swear off of PR because he doesn’t feel like the Tim Gunn of past seasons anymore either.  He’s clearly been “talked to” about last year’s podcasting outbursts about the ‘cracktastic’ judging, and the way he scrutinized Anya’s collection at the audition show gave me hopes, but as time went on and he never said anything about her clear lack of skills (let alone much of anything else, really) it occurred to me that he’s turned into a puppet of the producers just the way he railed against last season.  He toes the line, recites their bullshit interludes, and never wavers, not like last season, when he bitched out an entire group of designers and audiences were cheering.  I don’t know where that Tim Gunn is, but he’s not around this season, and I don’t think the Tim Gunn of old is coming back.  That’s perhaps the saddest thing of all.

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

              Don’t assume he’s different — the editing is leaving very little Tim in.  The last 3 seasons there has been A LOT that Tim has said that we weren’t shown.  I think it’s distinctly possible that he did mention Anya’s construction multiple times to her and it was cut.

              I also think the reason he didn’t tell the whole damn bunch that they needed to step it up is that he knew they couldn’t.

            • Caroline Bracco

              Speaking of editing, I would just like to point out the hilarious sound-effects this episode, namely: the photo-montage of Josh during his track days accompanied by the echo of a roaring crowd, which slowly fades away. Just stupendous!

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

              They’ve accomplished the 100-Meter Shark Jumping event this season, that’s for sure. And the shark was made of Gouda.

            • Sobaika Mirza

              I do think his public reaction to the season has been muffled after last time. But I do think they’ve edited down Tim SIGNIFICANTLY. We barely see him anymore.

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

              i bet he has a contract that he cant break.

              cos, as far as i could tell before i stopped watching several weeks ago, he’s been pushed into the background, expedia commercials, chasing after a doggy, etc & ect. mostly just minimized. it’s another thing that made the program much more difficult, then impossible, to watch this year.

              &, of course, when we do get to see him, he seems like he’s burnt out on the whole business too.

            • Anonymous

              I agree. I think he’s phoning it in. I said to my dad as we were watching this episode that it seems like Kim is the only one he’s really mentoring in a real way, and I think it’s because he sees that she’s got real potential and the teacher in him wants to nurture it, producers be damned. For the rest of them, he’s content to let it all play out because he knows he won’t make much difference anyway.  When he said “I love you all” the only one I really believed that about was Kimberly.

          • Anonymous

            I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the end of Tim fairly soon. I don’t know how much money these shows pay but I’d hope his reputation would mean more to him than the money. Especially since they won’t even let him vent on Facebook anymore. I would LOVE to have heard his opinion of the judging and producer interference this season.

      • Anonymous

        Um, you don’t think AllStars will be just as infuriating? Just the fact that they’ve included SweetPea as an ‘AllStar’ says the manipulation won’t be any better.

        –GothamTomato

        • Sobaika Mirza

          True. But the overall talent will be better than it has in seasons, and the new judges could be refreshing. Even if they’re just as cracktastic, I doubt I’ll get as worked up over it – we don’t know them so we won’t have reason to expect any better.

          • Anonymous

            Yes. I’ll miss Tim Gunn though!

        • Anonymous

          Maybe it’s because Sweet P did well in that All Stars Challenge?

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

            She was in the other one? Another reason they shouldn’t bring her back. Looks to me like they are losing their cache’. Having a hard time getting the good ones to appear…

        • Mariah J

          Sweet P could probably win this season of PR, sad but true

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

            Hey, Sweet P can sew & fit a sleeve.

        • John Manson

          i think having SweetPea as an Allstar isn’t problematic at all – she shouldn’t have been auf’d as soon as she was and she is definitely very talented (also she doesn’t provide for any of the typical producer manipulation antics). The people who upset me are Michael Costello (who has no point of view and no taste level, and is aggravating as a human being), Elisa who barely made it into her season and Mila and Rami who are boring and already got to be finalists. I’m alright with other former-finalists like Mondo and Kenley being back because at least they’re fun. 

          • Anonymous

            Actually, the only reason Sweet Pea was there as long as she was was because of producer manipulation; she was there for the housewives to identify with. She was completely hapless.

            I’m sure she’s only there because they couldn’t fill the spot.–GothamTomato

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

              oh geez, how are housewives going to identify with a middle-age chick with a ton of tattoos on her arms?  why not Peach or Myra or Laura Bennett? 
              your intense dislike for Sweet P is really clouding your common sense.

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

              I know plenty of moms with tattoos.

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

              Hey, I take exception to that — I’m a housewife and I never identified with Sweet Pea:)  In fact, I identified more with Christian or Chris…

              I really am a drag queen at heart:)

            • John Manson

              to me it read more like producer manipulation got her voted off. the judges liked her work in the final challenge better than at least 2 other ones and then suddenly decided that it was too “ready-to-wear” 

            • Anonymous

              Oh please, yeah, the judges ‘liked’ her work like they ‘liked’ Anya’s. Her work was consistently horrific the entire season. She should have been eliminated by episode 3.

              –GothamTomato

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

            There’s already producer manipulation involved — she writes a recap for the show on the main PR site.

            • Anonymous

               I think that’s Peach not Sweet Pea.  Different vegetation.

          • Geno Boggiatto

            It surprised me that Sweet Pea was around as long as she was. She was a nice personality but was one of those contestants that you know isn’t making it to the finals after one or two challenges. Nothing she showed on her season screamed “fashion designer.”

            • John Manson

              really? i completely disagree. i thought she did (like everyone in her season) have some weak challenges but i thought when she got eliminated it came across that the judges wanted to keep her but the producers wanted her gone because she was boring. i definitely thought she deserved to be in the top 3. 

          • Anonymous

            Wait I’m confused, what exactly is an All-Star? Clearly it’s not the winners. Except huh Jeffrey Neck Tattoo was on the last All-Star extravaganza. So it’s runners-up right? Oh no….that can’t be right. Is it fan favorites? How does that explain the Gypsy or Mila (whom I happen to think is awesome)?

            Oh it’s so perplexing! So unlike Project Runway to be unclear on its objectives….

            • John Manson

              it basically means “good” former contestants. they are not obligated to give a specific overarching reason as to why everyone is back and “the all star season” is a really typical thing in reality television. all of the project runway all stars (except elisa, 10th place) placed between 2nd place and 5th place. it seems to be a combination of fan favourites (austin, april, mondo, gordana, anthony, sweet p), producer darlings (michael costello, rami, elisa, kenley) – although i love kenley – and people who were really strong during their seasons but were unable to win for whatever reason (jerrell, mila, kara)

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

          Yes, but Sweet P will likely be the chaff on the All-Stars, and she would likely be the star on the All-Chaff of this season.

        • Anonymous

          The one commercial that I saw for AllStars also played the phony drama angle, too-the “I’m going to bring them ALL down” type of comment.  As much as I like many of the designers who have signed on for it, I don’t know if I want to watch and see them ground into the same awful B/M sausage machine.

      • Anna Maria Diamanti

        It’s speaks to how much I love TLO (and many of the commenters here that I only watch to better appreciate these blog posts.

        • Anonymous

          I used to do that, then I just stopped watching. It’s actually not necessary to enjoy the blogs- they pretty much stand on their own for entertainment value IMO. Of course when the design skill was more consistent then I would WANT to watch after reading TLo, but I haven’t been remotely tempted in a long time.

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree, my husband asked me why I wasn’t watching the show—I spent about ten minutes explaining everything I have so disliked about this season and just went about my business. I hate that I can’t care about the finale. Same thing happened with American Idol this year—just no interest in the outcome. I will watch  All Stars cause I’m a sucka for a good promo and for Mondo!

    • Terence Ng

      I figured they waved Anya through because her work throughout the show has been higher than the others. If we went only by their runways, I would have flat kicked her out for daring to put out that last look. Awful.

      But it seems to be a review of the entire season that gets you in at the very end, which makes some sense…though apparently no sense to Josh.

      • Anonymous

        Anya made a pair of pants that were SPLITTING OPEN IN THE BACK.  ‘Nuff said.

        • Anonymous

          Doube like! I still can’t believe that didn’t get her eliminated.

          • Now I am The Bee

            Very true–but Santino also made an outfit where the sleeves were glued on–and fell apart on the runway, and was givin a pass becasue the general design of the garment was “intertesting.”

            • Anonymous

              But there’s no way you could argue that the general design of Anya’s Sheepdogs look was “interesting”.  Poorly constructed but interesting getting a pass, I can understand.  Poor construction on top of poor design, no.

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

              And he should have been auf’d for that.  And those split pants were FAR from interesting.

            • Anonymous

              He also created the NOT AESTHETICALLY PLEASING collection that didn’t get him eliminated. Like.. WHAT WAS THAT? 

          • Sobaika Mirza

            I think we’re beyond that.

            We’ve had dirndl lingerie (Santino) and naked metal washer pink lady (Emilio) stick around long past auf-worthy designs. The show has always included factors other than the designs when eliminating contestants, they’ve just never been so blatant and consistent about it.

        • Terence Ng

          True. It’s ridiculous that she’s made it this far being an amateur sewer in a fashion competition. You have to sit back and think–is it just design or design, skill, and all around execution? Apparently it’s not the latter.

          • Anonymous

            Santino had a history of sending down unfinished garments in his season, with a sleeve nearly falling off on the runway while judging was going on and he made it to the final three. He probably made it to the end with a mix of design talent and drama… so in a way I don’t think that execution is ENTIRELY important since in that same challenge, Nick Verreos made like four pieces ‘well’ and they weren’t falling apart but looked kinda terrible on Daniel Vosovic, so he was eliminated over Santino. I wonder what the reaction was after that episode way back when…

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

              Um, and the judges called Santino out on that every single time. Unlike Anya. Santino could actually sew & he could actually design — it was truly time-constraints with him, unlike Anya who has proven that regardless of being on her own & having 5 weeks, the best she can do is wrap some fabric around a model, pin & tuck it & cal it a dress.

            • Anonymous

              I am aware of the judges’ reactions to his terrible construction, but I was wondering how viewers reacted to that instance of Nick going home over Santino.

              And I wonder if people have forgotten already but unlike most of the designers on the show, she really hasn’t been sewing for very long and it shows. I know it means she probably shouldn’t be there to begin with since she can barely sew but people say that she ‘can’t do this or that’ because well, she doesn’t know how to, DUH?

            • Anonymous

              Well right, exactly. She doesn’t know how.  So why is she there?  And if she is there, she should not be judged on a curve. She should be judged using the same standards as everyone else. This is not an amateur competition. 

              And yes, I remember being annoyed that Santino stayed over Nick.  I hated that thing he pinned (or was it stapled?) Kara into.  He should have gone. However, that Tim Gunn impression made me feel better about that whole thing…

            • Anonymous

              She shouldn’t really have made it as far as she has with the skills she has with four months of sewing, but it is what it is. We know why she can’t make sleeves and doesn’t make jackets so why are people faulting her for it each and every time she puts out a look? I understand that she shouldn’t be judged on a curve and on the same level as everyone else but at the same time it seems a bit wrong when she simply just doesn’t know. I need to go look up why she tried out for Project Runway with such a limited range of skill… but then again, I don’t know if she ever even expected to make the show.

              There is something to be said about the fact that despite not knowing much about sewing she made it as far as she did, which I imagine is more because of a lack of talented designers than it is about producer manipulation even though that is a factor in her stay as well.

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

              No, it’d be wrong to fault her for not knowing if this was the first season, when no one really knew what was expected of them.  By this point, she knew she’d have to be able to sew, and ignorance is not an excuse.  If she doesn’t know how to do something, then she should have made the effort to learn in advance. 

              And she sure as hell should have taken her scuba time and put it into learning how to tailor a pant and set a sleeve.

            • Anonymous

              I can’t speak for everyone, but I faulted her because everytime she was waved through (and often praised) for making a boring, poorly executed look, a designer who *could* make sleeves and jackets was sent home.

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

              I don’t know that everyone is faulting Anya for making it this far. A lot of people put the blame where it belongs – on the judges. But it’s been mighty aggravating that she was seldom called out on her crappy sewing and construction, while Viktor sent out good looking clothes that were beautifully made, but was criticized for styling issues that weren’t actually issues. Anya sent out a pair of pants that were split and Michael marveled over the tailoring.

              Unfortunately, it’s really easy for the animosity to spill over from the judges onto Anya. It’s unfair, IMO, but as you’ve previously said in your comments here, it happens.

            • Anonymous

              Maybe she shouldn’t be judged on a curve, but she is.  Can you imagine if Bert or Viktor sent terrible that third gown down the runway, or pants that were falling apart at the ass?  The judges would have raked them over the coals.  That’s a fault with the judges and not Anya, but it’s still unfair and it’s still a legitimate source of frustration.

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

              It was a criticism of the judges.

              But really, your defense of Anya has really gone into the ludicrous territory at this point, though. It isn’t OK to call her out on her crappy design skills on a DESIGN SHOW because she doesn’t KNOW how to do it? Well, slap my momma! They should give me $100k, then, because even I can cut a tube dress attach some straps to the top of it (don’t need to worry about breast placement — just put it on a super flat girl) and throw in a few stitches here & there and call it “design.”

            • Anonymous

              As I recall Nick was called out several times for his lack of taste.   I remember one funny comment he made about a Hilton heiress cruising the Greek Islands in his just made gown.  He was fun and skilled.  Santino was kept on after the hideous jumpsuit for Kara, who made him a great casual outfit, by the way, mainly because, by that point, he’d proven to be the break-out comedian of the group.  Whatever happened to Andre and the famous skit about Tim and Andre at Red Lobster.  I was totally in love with Daniel Vosovic and that’s all I cared about at the time.

              I was stunned last night by the ugliness and sloppiness of Anya’s 3 looks, including the first one, but got over it today UNTIL I watched the After the Runway disaster this evening.  I can’t stand her all over again now — the stupid hair do, the fake smiles, the ridiculous jazz about the “intimate tapes.”  I wanted to come through the set and wag my finger at her.  It’s just so gross.  Poor Tim. In her way, she’s every bit as narcissistic as Joshua–She just hides it a whole lot better.

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

              As much as I liked Nick, and as much as I hated to see him go that season, there were some design flaws in his suit for Daniel V. The lack of pockets and closures was a problem. It wasn’t falling apart, but it did present plenty of reasons for an aufing. I’ve argued the same regarding Anya’s zipperless black bird dress — the lack of closures was a design flaw that should have gotten her aufed. That *plus* the fact that her clothes are poorly constructed and sometimes falling apart — in other words, not Nick OR Santino’s flaws, but Nick AND Santino’s flaws — should have been enough to send her packing long before now.

            • Anonymous

              The one time she was in the bottom, she was saved thanks to Kimberly and Olivier failing harder. (Plus I don’t think Olivier would’ve made it far if Anya went home over him anyway) I thought that she was so into trying something new that a zipper just didn’t come to mind until it was too late, but that’s what happens on PR. I don’t think lack of closures should be an auf-able offense since given the time constraints, as long as the garment is on the model and looks ‘complete’ for the most part, it should be able to be judged normally. Have they ever actually had a problem with garments that have lacked zippers or the models were sewn into in previous seasons?

              I wonder if Nick forgot those details because he was so focused on sewing the pieces as quickly as possible that he forgot to add buttons or pockets. Even though there were obvious reasons for him to be in the bottom, I don’t think Nick should’ve gone home for that challenge over Santino who didn’t even finish his outfit which was basically all glued together. ESPECIALLY because the next challenge was basically tailormade for him and he probably wouldn’t won it! (Iman evening gown)

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

              Yes, that was my point — they sent Nick home for the lack of closures on that suit for Daniel V. So, yes, it has been a problem in previous seasons.

            • Anonymous

              I thought it was more than just the lack of closures… that he essentially made a women’s jacket/pant for Daniel V.?

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ARRV56F5QXUDR2W4INKHB2QZZ4 BRENDA

              I think the also sent him home for making a very feminine suit for a man.  I mean that was a suit for a woman, not a man.  Closures or not, that thing was offensive.

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

              Nick was sent home because Daniel had immunity. End of story. 

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

              Does no one remember the awful red dress (and hair) Daniel put poor Chloe into?

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

              It was such a terrible misstep for him! I can picture it in my head, as clear as day. Terrible garment.

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

              I still think Nick should not have gone home — I don’t know who should have, because I did think Santino had a unique POV and I love Daniel V., and Chloe’s work for that challenge was great (or she would have been my choice)… but I didn’t think it should be Nick.

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

          SERIOUSLY.  That should have been her Waterloo challenge.

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

          You know everyone always mentions those pants — honestly, I could live with the split seam.  The part that drove me nuts was that the shirt appeared to be made of an old paper bag.  How does one do that?  And dear God WHY?

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

            It’s like everyone has said- “She could send a model down the runway wearing a paper bag, and the judges would praise it anyway.” 

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

            Yes! I focus on the split pants specifically because that for me was the point when I realized the show was fixed to keep Anya in. No way should she have coasted past that point. She wasn’t that good prior to that point either.  But you are correct – the top WITH those pants?  Atrocious.

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

              To me the pants were a construction issue — a problem, definitely, but every one of the bottom 3 (and most who weren’t) had construction problems.  The top, OTOH, is a crime against humanity!  WHAT was that fabric and what did she do to make it so unhappy?!?

            • Anonymous

              ” WHAT was that fabric and what did she do to make it so unhappy?!?”

              I suspect if you are patient, there will be a video on the internet.  I heard it’s a forced three-way between the felt-looking fabric, a hot iron, and Crazy Glue, but that’s still unconfirmed. 

        • Anonymous

          PREACH!

      • Anonymous

        Austin Scarlett was auf’d and he had a strong season.

        • Anonymous

          Same with the very talented Gordana in season six. Number four she was. *No soup for you.* she was told.

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

            I really wanted to see Gordana’s runway show. And Kara Janx’s.

            • Anonymous

              The sad part about Gordana’s is that had she been a part of any other season afterward’s final five she’d have shown one. :(

            • vix eljay

              I think T&L showed that Kara’s runway show was incredibly impressive and could have walked away with the whole thing if she’d stayed on.  Lots of interesting pieces, a bit of an F U to the judges, if i’m recalling correctly?

            • Anonymous

              Similar to Laura this season, isn’t it?

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

            but the top 3 in S6 were also strong.

            • Anonymous

              ummm, ok, true enough, but a lot of us loved Gordana’s aesthetic and thought that it was Heidi’s almost active undiscriminating dislike which eliminated her. It would have made for a more interesting dynamic for her to have been included in the finale. Gordana, in my opinion, was just as strong as the top 3, if not stronger than Carol Hannah, and a more creative designer.

          • Anonymous

            I was very disappointed when Gordana was let go. I remember people sniping all season that it wasn’t “Project Seamstress,” but I liked a lot of her garments. Of course, I’m not all that interested in “fashion-forward,” so…

        • Anonymous

          True, but Wendy killed it in the last challenge, and Austin consistently ignored the judges criticisms and never grew. Plus at that point they weren’t trying to surprise the audience with oh look we didn’t cut a designer this week. I always thought Austin was a little over praised and kept around because he was such a big character. Wendy to be sure was mostly kept in that season to play the villian role. There were a number of times she should have been auf’d. Remember that hideous silly string bathing suit thing.

          • Anna Maria Diamanti

            I have to disagree about Wendy killing it int he last challenge. I think it’s more accurate to say she lucked out that Nancy O’Dell has no taste. Wendy’s outfit still had to be significantly re-designed.

            • Anonymous

              Ok, maybe I oversold it a bit, but relative to the crap everyong else came up with that challenge her’s was outstanding.

      • Anonymous

        “her work throughout the show has been higher than the others” — i’m not sure it’s so much that her work has been better — in my opinion she was highly over-praised for much of her work this season.  yes, she had a couple of wins, but there was nothing particularly memorable in those pieces.  no, anya has clearly been the teachers’ pet this season and they were going to let her slide through regardless of what she put on those models.  i’m bracing myself for her to win the whole thing.  what a joke this show has become…

        • Terence Ng

          I think it was higher in design, but not necessarily that they were good. I just feel other people’s designs were so much fuglier, boring, or disastrous. I don’t think anyone’s stuff has been memorable, but despite usually being train wreck beneath the ice, Anya’s stuff has usually been at least “pretty” on the surface.

          I agree, though, that it only shows how poor in quality PR’s standards have become…

        • http://twitter.com/meg_a_wo_man Megs

          “there was nothing particularly memorable”

          As I read that phrase, and yes I am sure others have made the same comment, I realized I could not pull a single look that Anya created from my memory.  When it comes to the final contestants in previous seasons, I can still recall many of their designs, or at the very least, describe their POV.  The closest thing to a POV that I could attribute to Anya is well…sleeveless garments.  I would say it does not bode well that when I think of a contestant as a designer and I can only think of a technical skill they lack

      • http://twitter.com/whathef1 whathef

        Higher than the other? No…she was walked through with kid gloves!

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

        Wut?  You honestly think Anya’s work has been higher quality than the others through this season?  Are we watching the same show? 

        • Terence Ng

          Compared to Josh, Laura, (sometimes) Bert, Oliver, and all the other people? A resounding yes, which again, only proves how terrible the others were. Compared to Kimberly, (sometimes) Bert and Victor? No.

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

        Remember Kayne’s couture challenge dress in the gold?  Now, it was cliche and a bit overdone, but I liked it and I thought it was pretty.  Sometimes pretty is enough for me.

        How is it possible that THAT gold dress was auf-worthy and THIS gold dress is finale-worthy? 

        And I just heard the best theory ever explaining this season’s judging from my friend the optometrist:  All of the judges are getting older, and EVERYONE at some point as they age will need glasses for things up close.  Her theory is that the judges have all reached that point, but aren’t allowed to wear their now-necessary glasses on camera.

        • Anonymous

          LOVED that gown of Kayne’s. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

        • Terence Ng

          Nina and Michael HAVE been doing the “shield my eyes from the light and squint while a look is going down the aisle” thing a lot recently…

        • Anonymous

          Laura was the teacher’s pet that year that got passed through over Kayne with her frumpy and simple black dress with the frilly collar.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49702581 Susan Bullard Mayer

          Vincent and his backwards couch dress were aufed that episode (good riddance).

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

            I’m sorry, I was unclear — I used auf-worthy in the sense he was in the bottom, that he was actually auf’d. You are correct:)

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

        Well, Jerell was eliminated right before FW and he won the very last challenge!  The producers were really trying to get Kenley into top 3 (and probably was hoping for a fist-fight between Kenley and Korto). 

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

          And Gordana had what was admittedly the BEST garment in the final challenge and she was auf’d that very challenge!

    • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

      You would think a designer with a Caribean background would know better than to make a swimsuit out of WOOL too, but apparently she fails even on that point. Wait until Anya takes over the design world, ladies. We’ll all be hanging out poolside in our black wool swimsuits, sweating like pigs and smelling like we got caught out in a downpour in our sweaters.

      • Anonymous

        Having to be sewn into and cut out of our clothes, too.

        • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

          But on the plus side, it will SO fix the economy when we all have to employ helpers to sew us into our black wool swimwear every morning and cut us out of it every evening. 

      • Anonymous

        God, seriously. Wool swimsuit. Wool. Swimsuit. WOOL! SWIMSUIT! I just cannot deal.

      • Anonymous

        Forget about the wool — what about the COLORS!!??! When I think of Caribean colors, I don’t think of camel and brown.

        Seriously.

        –GothamTomato

        http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2561006

        • Anonymous

          I’m rather surprised she chose such ugly potato sacky colors. She had some gorgeous colors but I guess the outfits didn’t fit the models due to only getting less than an hour to fit THREE MODELS.

          • Anonymous

            You know, I was kind of thinking the same thing. If the producers really wanted to keep Anya around, you’d think they’d give them a lot more time to fit the models. I actually thought the producers wanted to have Anya cut this round if only to get the audience upset, create some drama, and get people talking. Despite what T-Lo readers say, I really believe Anya is a favorite among the viewers, even if it has nothing to do with her designs. On a completely different thought, I really thought the worse thing on the runway was Kim’s skirt.. I had no problem with the ass. I thought the front looked so weird and unflattering as the model moved down the runway.

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

              She really is popular, just go to any public, non-TLo facebook discussion of Project Runway. If she doesn’t win, then her fans are going to get even nastier than Mondo’s did. It’s going to be ALL SORTS OF CRAZY.

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

              I’ve seen other forums where they despise Anya. It’s not just here.

            • Anonymous

              But she’s way ahead in the fan favorite voting, isn’t she?

            • http://twitter.com/zwizh Natalie Bryan

              I feel like the Fan Favorite voting might be skewed. If I tweeted, “Ugh, I’m so sick of #PRAnya” (or whatever the tag is), it would still be counted as a vote for her.

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

              Simple way to avoid that — don’t use the tag, just tag PR itself and say you’re sick of Anya.  But I’m sure a lot of people don’t think of that.

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

              Interesting. So basically, a vote happens when anyone talks about her (w/ hashtag). You don’t have to “vote” per se.

            • Anonymous

              Last I checked, Anthony Ryan was leading Anya for the Fan Favorite.  Maybe everyone should go over and vote for him.  It’s a little bit of power in the face of absurd and biased judging.

            • Anonymous

              You can’t gauge by what people are posting on message boards. It could easily be an organized PR campaign. That is what happened season 3, when Jeffrey was so despised; near the end of the season, suddenly there were ‘people’ posting positive comments about him everywhere and attacking anyone who commented truthfully about him. It was OBVIOUS that it was an organized campaign to revamp his tattered image. 

              Could be (likely) the same with Anya, but I don’t know because I don’t care enough to read any other boards but this one.–GothamTomato

            • Anonymous

              What? This really happens on the interwebs? I’m shocked. It’s not just an urban legend?

              ;=p

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              From what I can gather ‘Team Anya’ has been very organised and persistent from Day One.  

              It reminds me of (and disturbs me almost as much as) the rabid fanaticism that surrounds Tea Party mavens like Palin and Bachman. It makes my blood curdle.

            • Logo Girl

              I read one post where a fan said she and her friend cried tears of joy when Anya got the pass. 

              Yeah I cried too…

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

            That is not a problem if the clothes are vaguely woman-shaped to begin with. Especially with the shapeless clothes she has, and in a swimsuit which is supposed to stretch. Wool? Really? yeah, put a hydrophilic fabric to use in a piece that’s gonna get wet? 

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

            Perhaps she had a preview of Vera Wang’s new bridal collection and saw those colors as a coming trend. I’m all for camel and black, just not as wedding dresses or poolside outfits.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t worry.  For the finale they will bring in the other designers and Bert or somebody else will fit the clothing on the models.

        • Anonymous

          A lot of Caribbean designers use camel and brown because they see them as ‘earthy’ colours- I’ve seen her colour nd fabric choices used by a lot of Caribbean designers before her.

          • Anonymous

            I found this comment so annoying in its vast generalities that I actually Googled “Caribbean fashion designers” and looked at a lot of photos.  Including a summary of last year’s Caribbean Fashion Week, in which you will see some spectacularly beautiful clothes: http://spainmadhatter.blogspot.com/2010/11/caribbean-fashion-week-2010.html

            I did see some camel, but not very much, and no dark blues at all.  But I sort of lost my focus on the colors, because you know what I *did* see?  Jackets.  Jackets with sleeves.

            • Anonymous

              well- I didn’t google, because I’m Trinidadian and in fashion. I’ve been there. I’ve seen it. And all I simply said was that over the years, I’ve often seen those colours used. ‘Tis all.

            • Anonymous

              Sand and shadow is how I see it.   I didn’t have a problem with Anya’s pallet.  

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

              thank you for posting that link.

              there are some really beautiful items there. i, personally, especially liked this one:
              http://bit.ly/o6iuFv
              along w/ the turquoise open weave sex pistols sweater. then again, i am sick & my taste is not everyone’s. still: nice stuff. & you can even see stuff that, oh heavens, looks exactly like anya’s–which surprised me, actually. she didnt need to think at all. in that environment her stuff is simply standard. everything she made has been made before, it’s in her immediate purview, all ready to be copied.

              i wonder what the story is behind the desperate machinations propelling her win this season. there’s something very hinky about the whole thing. somebody’s getting something out of it. what i dont know. cos it was so obviously & badly [mis]managed….. i dont know. i have a feeling the outcome was decided before the season began. possibly in the months ahead she &/or they will do something, some other program, something & so then we will then find out.

              apologies for rambling. i feel so awful i cant sleep & it’s even hard to type.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I remember one of the commentariat mentioning – quite early on in this Season, certainly before we’d collectively begun to ‘smell a rat’ – that Anya was being PAID to be on the show… I’m sorry I don’t remember which Bitter Kitten it was.

              There was also the interview that we saw the link to last week where Tim mentions that ‘someone’s publicist’ was asking for more money…?

              What the bloody hell is going on?!

              Edit – sorry you’re feeling poorly {edi} – hugs!

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

              thank you.

              here’s a link to the article. it’s from the hollywood reporter.
              http://bit.ly/pK7IJa
              i’m absolutely not the first person who posted it. i wish i could credit the person[s] who did, but i dont even remember to which posts its been attached. there have been several. i would cut/paste the whole thing but it’s pretty long. the quote is:

              It’s clear on the set today that there is a polarizing designer, one viewers will love to hate and who will tap-dance all over Gunn’s last nerve. “She’s already had her agent call me. She’s negotiating for more money,” a producer is overheard grousing.

              but theres more. it’s a pretty interesting article.

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

              ps. here’s another quote:

              I ask Gunn which of these designs he absolutely hates. He saunters past several forms, his heels clicking slowly on the linoleum floor. He stops and, with a flourish of his arm, motions toward a truly awful outfit. I am forbidden to describe it in detail, but let’s just say it looks like something from Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” days. Gunn folds his arms and frowns. Then he reaches for the garment’s collar: “What is this? It looks like a cupcake sleeve. Dreadful.”

              for the life of me, i cant figure out which garment they mean. maybe cos i still dont feel so hot it’s escaping me.

            • Anonymous

              Is it that thing that stylist, er, designer did for the young artist inspiration.  That was pretty hideous, and although it didn’t win, it was safe and they avoided any discussion of it at all-how could they?  What could they possibly say that would merit keeping it?

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

              i’m still pretty sick so i spent some time meandering around on the internet looking at more caribbean fashion week. good heavens, she isnt even the best upper & comer from trinidad & tobago! not by a million miles.

              ida been thrilled if the first designer here won PR {since i think it’s not a single designer but a team, i know they wouldnt have qualified} or, in fact, if they were selling their stuff in the states.

              http://iriediva.com/2011/06/14/the-best-of-caribbean-fashion-week-2011-pt-1/

              fabulous stuff, a lot of it. light years ahead of what anya produced.

              as an aside, i also like that, from what i’ve seen of caribbean fashion week, they often use multiply sized models.

              as another aside, i am absolutely certain, beyond a shred of a shadow of a doubt, that there is a guy on this page that people will very much appreciate seeing even if they dont like the clothes. then again, the clothes are pretty hot too.

              ps. i, um, liked other josh’s wolf costume–particularly when it still had its fur-equivalent semi-attached. i’ve worn it many many times. maybe thats why it didnt pop directly into my tired head as tim gunn’s version of vestmental atrocity.

            • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

              Yeah, I made an audible noise when I got to that picture.  Like in the cartoons.

            • Anonymous

              I think it’s the she-wolf costume that got Josh C. auf’d for the final time.

            • Anonymous

              I forgot about that one. Maybe because in my banality I didn’t think it was as bad as the rest of the world did.  Do you know if they keep all garments hanging around the room on forms or just losers?  I thought they kept the winners, too, but I’m not even sure of that anymore; apparently I’ve started the process to push the show from my mind.

          • Cathy S

            I liked the camel color but that’s all she had, well, and the black. But the fabrics she showed Tim had more color in them. I wish she had just added a pop of color for the mini collection. And that bathing suit was hideous.

        • Anonymous

          No West Indian woman would wear those colors – ever.

      • http://twitter.com/KathrynTewson Kathryn Tewson

        Swimsuits actually used to be made out of wool, believe it or not. In, like, 1927.

        • Anonymous

          Yep. And they weren’t black, usually. Nor were they cut like… that. Wool. Goddamn. Swimsuit.

          • Anonymous

            Exactly! The legs on that suit were cut at the most unflattering point, making her model look broad across the beam. Not an easy task when you’re dealing with a 5′ 10″ size 0, but Anya managed to pull it off.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ginny-Ellsworth/534496198 Ginny Ellsworth

          Which is why they no longer are. My grandmother told me about her suit getting longer and longer and longer! The mental image I get from that is pretty darned funny. 

        • Anonymous

          yes they did — i actually wore one in a stage production of “the boyfriend” in college.  it was a real vintage 1920’s “bathing costume”.  black wool with black and white plaid taffeta trim.  kind of cute (but itchy), but we all laughed about how you would ever swim in it.  of course back in those days, the women didn’t really swim —  just sort of dangled their feet in the water or waded up to about their ankles…..

          • Anonymous

            Word. I own vintage men’s and women’s swim suits from that era (one just like the one you describe) and can’t envision ANYONE swimming in those things. Our poor grandparents. ;-)

        • Anonymous

          IIRC, wool doesn’t totally lose its insulating properties when its wet.  It also wicks moisture away from the skin.  The invention of nylon in the 30s pretty much did it for wool swimsuits.  Nylon may not insulate so well, but it does dry quickly.

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

        Let’s not forget that MK put belts on his swimsuits.

      • Anonymous

        well, we certainly won’t be able to SWIM in it —- we’d all drown.  do you know how heavy wool gets when it’s wet???  and saggy? 

      • Anonymous

        We can party like it’s 1899.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t watch it – what was Anya crying about and why was she saying it wasn’t her own work?

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        It was mostly the Lifetime’s editing monkeys pulling their usual Red Herring crap.  When Tim visited Anya, three weeks into her five week designing window, she had lots of lovely fabric and a big ‘inspiration board’ but no actual designs and no actual clothing.  

        He reminded her, politely, of the competition rules – ie you can’t hire out basic construction (which incidentally answered many bitter kittens’ questions from last week!)

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

      I was SO encouraged when Heidi said that Kimberly was going to fashion week, but as soon as she didn’t immediately follow that with, “I’m sorry Anya, but that means you’re out”, it was obvious what was about to happen.  Except for last night, I wouldn’t really have a problem with Anya going to fashion week, because I think a lot of her designs have been pretty.  But last night, her last two looks were, as you put it, DISGRACEFUL. I wasn’t a big fan of Kimberly’s or Josh’s, but they were SO much better than Anya.  Ridiculous.

      • Heather Kaplin

        I called it the second we didn’t hear her say that one of them would be out BEFORE declaring Josh/Viktor in…

        I feel like all I can say is… *sigh*

        And now that I’ve gotten a better look at Laura’s finale collection? *double sigh*

        I would like to say that Viktor will be the winner, but I have zero confidence that it will come to pass… 

        • Cathy S

          Laura’s finale collection was such a surprise. Why didn’t she make clothes like that the entire time? That black gown with the brass pieces at the bottom was so beautiful.

      • Anonymous

        During the elimination portion after the judging, I kept listening for Heidi to say “one of you will be in, and one of you will be out” (or whatever the line is).  When I didn’t hear it, I knew they were both going through.  I guess I should be happy about that, because I was sure that Kimberley was going to be eliminated otherwise.

      • Anonymous

        Shoot–as soon as Heidi told Kimberly she was through, I KNEW they were going to put them all in. No way they’d let their baby not show at Fashion Week. She could have sent down 3 naked women and they would have praised her for her unique sense of style.

        PFFT. I’m just done. I LOVE this show. It is my favorite show ever. It is the only thing I stay up and watch live for, instead of recording it. I order food and cancel appointments and don’t go out on that night if I can help it. I has a HUGE sad that it has fallen to this. I’d almost rather they choose contestants at random than this crap. So sad…

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

          Yeah, I remember those days, ordering delicious Orange Chicken with white rice and just sitting there, slouched over my bowl with chopsticks, watching the show, just riveted. I would polish off an entire order because I was so distracted by the tensions mounting between the final four designers in season 3.

          Good times. Good times.

        • Stefanos Mantyla

          Somehow, you got me to crack up with “3 naked women”.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OD35QQZNBPZJXWTCBY7N4EE7VY Sarah

      Good lord, the bias tape on that swimsuit coverup is attached badly.

    • Anonymous

      Wait… did they really?  You’re kidding.  …Please?

      I haven’t watched it yet since I see the episodes online, but I read your posts ahead of time since most of the interest is gone for me this season.  And good fucking grief, I don’t think I’ll be watching this one.

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

        I agree. I got to this point last season; like, once they’re done with the workroom challenges, tell me who won so we can get to the part where TLo rips the collections.

        I’m not sure I like this show any more.

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

        I just watched it online and there’s a Clinique commercial. Coincidence? I think not.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t get a pony.

      Life is so unfair.

      –GothamTomato
      http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2561006

      • Heather Kaplin

        I think you need to start an “Occupy the Runway” movement…  PONIES FOR ALL!

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

        Nope, we didn’t get a pony.  But we sure got the shaft.

      • Cathy S

        I loved the title of this post. I have been avoiding TLo and Facebook all day because I watched the show online at lunch and I didn’t want to be spoiled. This title would have told me everything, but I laughed and laughed at it after I watched the show. And I want a pony too.

      • Anonymous

        They got ponies and we got horsehockey (as Sherman Potter used to say). 

    • Natalie Harris

      Really, they didn’t say anything about Josh’s look being a complete rip-off of Christopher Kane last season?  Please.

      • http://www.facebook.com/c.d.barney Chrissy Barney

        I know! They’ve been so touchy about designers being “too closely inspired” in the past, and yet nothing was said about a clear knock-off that looked like it was made from a damn curtain? What the hell, people.

      • Anonymous

        i knew i saw that neckline/dress before…i was thinking it was earlier this year

      • Now I am The Bee

        And to me, I thought of Victoria’s high school prom dress–the blue one with the jewels at the halter neckline.  In season…4?  The Chrstian/Sissybear season. 

    • Anonymous

      I fell asleep and missed the entire runway show… woke up to find that all had “won a pony”… really didn’t miss a thing!!

    • Anonymous

      There’s really nothing left to say…

    • Anonymous

      No Dream Exotic TLounge or  endless amount of Free Virtual Booze, was worth the time I spent witnessing that PR Final Crap.  It is Time I will be wishing for on my Death Bed! Viktor showed the strongest 3 Garments without any real show stoppers, Josh showed the most ( Big Surprise)Tacky collection, Kimberly the most Amateurish collection even though they did praise two out of her three looks. And QUEEN Anya??! She can’t and didn’t sew (she showed a sleeveless collection) her collection which ended up looking pinned and tucked. To their credit, the judges (Finally) called her on her lack of execution but guess what???…SHE IS GOING TO FW!!! I’m taking my bow and exiting stage right because I’M TOO THROUGH!! 
      – – – –
      – – – –
      – – – –
      Whom am I kidding? I’ll still be reading TLo PR Recaps and lets face it…It is FREE Virtual Booze! So, I’m in till the end. This shit still pisses me off!

      • Anonymous

        Thing is, I like hanging out with you guys.  The show may be a distraction but I’ll watch just to be ready for the post game postings.

    • Anonymous

      As an Anya fan, I can’t totally agree with you — overall.  Remember, the show isn’t simply about how well a person can make clothes.  You have to be innovative, creative, and show a unique point of view.  You have to be flexible and versatile.  You have to be resourceful.  You have to sell your work.  You have to understand the challenges.  And you have to take risks.  All of this Anya has done over the course of the season.

      With that said, I agree that Anya probably had the worst mini-collection of the four of them, with Viktor probably having the best.  But because Anya has followed the rest of the rules well during the course of the season, the judges just couldn’t let her go.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Anya *is* a pretty former beauty queen and I doubt they would want to send her home for that reason either!  And there was at least one time that I think her outfit might have been overpraised and that was the second challenge she won.

      I think it’s going to come down to Anya and Viktor, and although I want Anya to win, I’ll be okay with a Viktor win.  What about you, Tom and Lorenzo?
       

      • Anonymous

        Please look at any resort collection and explain how Anya has a unique point of view.  I haven’t watched the season, I have no idea what her personality is like.  All I judge them on is the look for the challenge and other runway shows.  Yeah, she isn’t creative, isn’t unique, and has no technical skills at all.

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

          Indeed. She makes pretty flowy dresses, which lots of women love. But you can find a pretty, flowy dress pretty much anywhere. And, yes, one could say that Viktor makes classic American separates, which you can also find pretty much anywhere; but most of his work is modern, versatile, and wearable. And “impeccably made”, to quote The Duchess.

          • Anonymous

            See “Herzner, Uli”

            • Anonymous

              You took the words out of my mouth.  Except that Uli’s work was beautifully made!  Anya did not come close to Uli’s skill and eye for resort wear.

            • Anonymous

              She doesn’t have Uli’s experience either, though. I would say that with time, she will become better.

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

              Then she should have waited until that time….

            • Anonymous

              True, but I don’t think it’s her fault necessarily that they let her through with such little experience. They could’ve said no and not even let her go through to casting week or whatever that was, but instead she’s made it all the way to MBFW. Kind of odd that she decided to apply based on a tweet she saw about the show… somehow I wonder if she was scouted. 

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

              So what you’re saying is that it’s the fault of the show that Anya has gotten as far as she has. I agree with that.

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

              No, and I have no beef with the woman personally.  But I’m sure as hell not giving her an “it’s okay because you don’t know better” pass. 

              It’s not fair to hold her to the same standard because she started out in a different position?  Well, whose fault is that?  She could have turned it down — when you agree to play the game, you agree to accept whatever handicaps you might have.  You don’t get to sign up, accept a slot — all while knowing that you don’t have the construction skills of other contestants — and then expect special treatment because of it.

              Which Anya very well may not be looking for.  But to argue that “it’s not her fault” is silly.  She’s a big girl and if she didn’t know what she was in for, her ignorance is her own fault.  She could have watched the show and seen people slammed for construction and the experience that most people who go on the show have. 

              So cry me a river.  You make your choices and you pay your prices, and boo-hoo, the internet is mean?  No…

              Now, Anya herself… I think she has a lot of promise and I think it’s too bad they’ve used her and treated her this way.  If she would have had a couple more years to develop, she may have been worth the praise she’s gotten. 

            • Anonymous

              Does anyone remember S3’s first auf, Staci? She couldn’t sew. My husband and I were gasping in outrage about the whole thing — why would you even audition? How did she make it through the process? What on earth?

              Yeah.

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

              Yep.

          • Anonymous

            ” But you can find a pretty, flowy dress pretty much anywhere.”

            This really needs to be repeated.

            We’re all pretty quick to lump her in with just Uli because PR is it’s own weird universe. In the real world every clothing store south of L.A. and within an hours drive of a beach is absolutely full of these thing. It’s a “unique point of view” for this season but is massively well represented in stores.

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

          Her bathing suit was unique because it was made of wool. I don’t think designers have used wool for swimming since the 1920s.

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

            And there is a reason for that.

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

          For that matter, she is not particularly flexible, versatile, or innovative.

          She matches prints nicely, she has an interesting sense of tropical style that a lot of resort wear duplicates, and she can execute when the pattern is extremely simple. When led by the hand (e.g. Bert) she can move away from her comfort zone successfully. That’s about it.

          I don’t hate Anya for being able to “play the game.” Few designers do most of their own sewing in reality. And I think she has potential for growth. The only problem I have with the situation is that the producers couldn’t let her stand on her own merits, or let the show be about design.

        • Anonymous

          Can you imagine that THOSE were the looks Anya CHOSE? Like, those were her best. Yikes. Not looking forward to her runway show, except for Schadenfreude.

          • Anonymous

            She regretted it on Twitter. I think she was just caught up in the moment and for some reason her taste level just died due to pressure?

            • Anonymous

              Oh, for God’s sake–the woman regrets every damn thing!  She regrets the sex tape. She regrets not having anything to show to Tim. She regrets the looks she sent down the runway for a spot in the finale.

              You know what I regret?  That she’s a part of this show.

            • Anonymous

              She does not, however, regret that she is a “pretty crier”. When she expresses her deep, devastating regret, she does so prettily.

              She’s a game-player.

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

              I wouldn’t either… I’ve wanted to be a pretty crier my whole life.

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

              Yes it is important for the maintenance of Anya’s humblebrag that she trumpet her regret any time possible.  Yeesh.

      • Anonymous

        I do think it’s hilarious that you’re explaining the Rules of Project Runway to Tom and Lorenzo.

        Really.  That is really, really funny.

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

          Inforapenny, you are taking no prisoners today.

          • Anonymous

            I know.  I am just really honked off by the whole thing.

            I need to get a life. A life that doesn’t include PR. And that makes me sad.  And then that makes me *mad*!

            You see the pickle I’m in. :(

            • Anonymous

              Right now, in this moment, I love you.

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

              I can’t even get honked off. I’m just resigned to it.

      • Anonymous

        Anya’s taken risks this season?  How?  Daring to send split-back pants down the runway?  Daring to throw random gold fabric on a model, pinning it awkwardly, and calling it the finale to the final challenge mini-collection?

        Sorry, but I just don’t see it.

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

        “You have to be innovative, creative, and show a unique point of view.  You
        have to be flexible and versatile.  You have to be resourceful.  You
        have to sell your work.  You have to understand the challenges.  And you
        have to take risks.  All of this Anya has done over the course of the
        season.”

        I’m just waiting to hear how Anya has done any of that.   <> 

      • Anonymous

        I don’t understand how anyone can look at Any’s work and see ‘flexible’, when she can’t even sew a pair of pants.  Or ‘innovative’ when all her best-looking stuff is a straight-up retread of Uli and every other resort-wear designer in the world. The only thing unique about her back- story.

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

          Remember when Chris March said that designing pants was easy because it’s like sewing two sleeves? Well, that’s why it was difficult for Ms Anya.

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

            L! O! L!

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

            Oh my friggin’ god! I can’t stop laughing.

    • http://twitter.com/TheScottFinley Scott Finley

      Lifetime. This sh*t wouldn’t have come to pass on Bravo.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it was the wine, but I had a second of “Thank God, they’ve finally come to their senses”. Only to have that euphoria ripped out from under me…
      For once I agreed with Josh and his horrified face when he saw her walk in the room. I wonder if the three of them realized at that point that they are just fillers for what is obviously going to be an “Anya wins the finale” episode next week?

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

        I don’t care for Clinique, but it has to hurt knowing you have dreamed of being given this chance to share your talent, but all you really are is just elevator music.  It was deemed before the first show that Anya would win, no matter how crappy she was or how good the others were.  Thinking you might have a chance and then finding out you are nothing more than a prop has really got to be devastating.  

        • Anonymous

          Yes, I felt bad for all of them.

    • Anonymous

      she should have gone home for the rock band hideosity

      • Anonymous

        I’d agree but Olivier’s work was soooo bad …

    • Anonymous

      Yeah. That. What you said.

      I loved the front of the black dress/pants thing, and on the TV, it took a while for me to process that it was just leggings in the back, and not some sort of clinging or seaming or something. But once I realized it was a bib, I just felt sad, because the first sight of it was surprisingly lovely (VERY surprising, given my belief that Josh is The Devil).

      • Anonymous

        I know! I really loved that look until she turned around.  What a waste of beautiful draping.

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

        I wish I had felt sad. I was horrified. Frederick’s of Hollywood is probably calling him right about now.

        I agree about the front. It’s very pretty. I even like the neckline, although I won’t be wrapping a big, whoppin’ piece of plastic around my neck any time soon.

        • Anonymous

          My son said “Where would you wear that?” And I said, “It’s kind of Goth/clubby” (this was before I fully realized…) and he said “You’d wear it to a fetish event?” I said “Sure! There’s totally a market for that! Those people spend money!”

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

            I am afraid to ask how old your son is…

            • Anonymous

               HAHAHA! He’s 21.

    • Anonymous

      I was intrigued that we got Viktor’s and Anya’s dead brothers and Kimberly’s dead mom, but we didn’t hear anything further about Josh’s deceased mother. Maybe he blew his wad earlier when he cried on the runway during the avant garde challenge and his call to his father.

      This season of PR has become the Kind Hearts and Coronets edition.

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

        Actually, Josh mentioned his deceased mother when he was on the balcony at the hotel.

        • Anonymous

          Oops! Missed that. Should have known we’d get everyone’s dead relatives.

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

          Oh, yeah. Her rhinestone circle pin was on his lapel. Oh, my heart!

      • Anonymous

        I think you missed a whole lotta parts of the show.  Josh’s deceased mother was much in evidence.  She was with him as he breathed the clean, pure air of the Hudson Hotel penthouse terrace. She was with him in the pin–hers–that he wore on his black jacket.  She was there. Big-time.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I caught that he referenced his mother often. I meant that he didn’t really use the word dead much and didn’t retell the story of how he missed being at her deathbed because he was seeing to his career.

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

        He brought her up when he got to the hotel and then put on a brooch for the runway show that belonged to her. I hope he enjoys his 15 minutes, because hopefully it’s nearly over.

      • Anonymous

        In This Episode: Everyone is Dead!

        • Anonymous

          Jordan Baker calls it Everyone Knows a Dead Person in her blog.

      • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

        You might have missed Josh talking to his dead mom as he walked onto the Penthouse balcony.  Or talking to his dead mom as he pinned her old lady brooch to his jacket.  Or talking to his dead mom as he walked into the waiting room after finding out he was going to Fashion Week.  Unfortunately, they cut him cursing his dead mom when he found out Anya was going, too.

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: This thing is a joke, full stop. An utterly ridiculous, horrifyingly ugly and unflattering piece.”

      Yes, and you could see the pained expression on Nina’s face when it walked the runway.

      Of course, later she told him he was a good designer (which he heard as ‘great’). Whatevs. I used to think that what Nina had to say was often insightful – now I just think she says what she’s told and cashes her check.

      –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        When I was flipping the channels a few weeks back and saw Nina on Fashion Police, I knew there was no hope.

      • Anonymous

        The Sellout Queen is totally talking from her bank account. It’s almost as if she’s reading a script prepared by BM.

        The strangled scream emanating from my TV room last night was the involuntary sound I made when she told CC he was a good designer. Shame on her. (Although clearly, no one has any shame any more.)

        • Anonymous

          Can you believe that?  I was yelling at the TV- don’t encourage him!  don’t encourage him!

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

        I wonder if the judges each have a bucket to throw up in after they do what they’re told. 

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

        When Nina said that, I said to my husband, “How much did they pay her to say THAT?”  The only benefit of a doubt I’ll give her is that when she said he was a good designer, she silently added to herself:  “…in your own mind.”

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

        I’m also sad about Nina.  I’ve lost a lot of respect for her because of this season.

    • Anonymous

      The only one who had anything remotely interesting out there was Victor. Full stop. Even Kimberly’s black dress, which was the best of her offerings, is insanely unflattering. It is choking the model and completely shapeless. 

      There is really nothing to add except that I think Tim should take along Dr. Phil to the home visits from now on. For a while I thought we were watching The Project Catharsis Hour.

      I hate the way this show is making me feel when I watch it. I just want to yell “Shut up and sew already.”

      • Anonymous

        Remembering Season 2:  if you’re gonna cry, just cry and sew (or cry and cut or whatever the phrase was, I’m not going to look it up now).  Now *that* was good TV….

        • Anonymous

          Zulema is better than this ass sack of designers.  I mean seriously, top 7 in the first four season would crush these people.

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

      I liked Josh’s jacket. I think it’s the first time he has shown any garment I actually liked. But it should have been shown over skin or a single color–the way he showed it ruined the whole effect. Sad. 

      This is also the first time I really got a sense of where Kimberley is coming from. I hope she gets a job out of this. Living well is the best revenge. I liked her skirt!

      • Anonymous

        And isn’t the jacket shown over the fabric that Tim went apoplectic over–saying it was ugly and sad?  And yet it still made its way into his collection.

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

          He put some sort of mesh over the fabric to tone it down, which in my mind made it worse. “Just stop with all that shit!”

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

          Yes. And I recall that TLo were tweeting about how ugly that very same fabric was during the runway show. Fabulous minds think the same opinions. I really don’t mind the fabric myself (as a non-fabulous mind) if it is the focus of a look, but it’s horrible trying to compete with the super-tricky jacket.

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

          I think that’s the fabric that reduced Tim nearly to tears. Don’t make Tim cry!

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

            I think that horrible print made it into 3 of Josh’s final runway pieces, for that matter. Yikes.

        • Anonymous

          It seems toned down from the home visit. Perhaps Miss Clinique Counter tea dyed it?

          • Now I am The Bee

            It was covered with a black sheer fabric of some kind which toned down the bright colors. 

        • Anonymous

          No, it’s actually a different hideous print. Believe it or not.

    • http://profiles.google.com/etucker38 Erica Tucker

      a bathing suit in your final look? REALLY?….I’m sorry, the Anya stuff is sickening. She has a good eye but she’s not a designer. This season was beyond disappointing.

      • Anonymous

        “She has a good eye but she’s not a designer.”

        –>YES. She should be a fashion editor.

        • Anonymous

          Whaddya bet they have her on as a judge next season?

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

            While wearing my tinfoil hat, I thought that after a few years of actual fashion school, Anya will return for Project Runway All-Stars and take the mantel that she “should have” won this season. Just like Daniel V.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

              But Daniel V. was a really great designer in his season. Too bad he, like Michael Knight the following season, dropped the ball (but not as spectacularly as Michael, and by the way, that was another season with four finalists). Actually, I don’t think Daniel V. did so well in All-Stars. He was the Anya of that show.

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

              Yes, but I felt that his output on All Stars wasn’t as good as one of the other designers (I’m blanking on the episode). I do recall a belt that resembled sticks of dynamite strapped to the model… I think that Daniel won All Stars because the judges simply could not award him in  S2.

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

            I’ve figured for awhile now that they’re going to make her the host of another Lifetime design-based reality competition. Just a hunch.

          • Anonymous

            Please let this happen!  And, please let all the looks on the runway have sleeves.

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

          Maybe that’s it!  Maybe Nina’s pulling a Miranda Priestly and getting a threatening younger woman a job doing something else so Anya won’t compete with her for editor spots!

          I think you may be onto something…:)

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

        Better designers have been ripped new ones for that…

    • Anonymous

      Oh my lord! It is worse than I had imagined.  What the hell?

       TLo, thank you so much for sitting through this craptastic crapola week after week after week.  And then you have to go back and break it down for us bitter kittens so that we can make sense of the horror of it all.  You deserve some kind of fashion blog medal, like a purple heart – only pink, for risking your sanity (or eyesight) in service to us all.  And – I keep looking at that first picture of Josh’s pink pant outfit and it isn’t registering.  It’s like my brain synapses are on strike and won’t let me make sense of what my eyeballs are seeing. Whaa a a 

    • Anonymous

      At first I thought they were going to auf Kim and I was developing pre-rage for her because of how clearly racist that would have been.  The skinny white model she had walking in the pink skirt didn’t fill out the cut of the skirt because she’s a skinny white model.  That skirt isn’t made for someone with no ass.  If you have junk in the trunk (I have plenty, I even get compliments from black chicks, ok?) that skirt will look a hell of a lot different.  I was pleased that Michael got it at least.  I think they would have had a PR (as in public relations) nightmare on their hands if they auf’ed Kim given the criticism offered by Nina and Heidi.  It was so clearly “I don’t like what urban black chicks wear and it isn’t “fashion.”  They may as well have wrinkled their noses and told her she smelled funny.  Granted I was drinking last night, so maybe my memory isn’t entirely accurate and my emotions overtook me. 

      But Hallelujah! Anya is out! 

      So for me, this seals the deal for Viktor to win.  I liked both Bert’s and LK’s collection better than his, but he has been my favorite throughout the show.  He has been passed over at least times when, imo, he should have gotten the win.  I hope he gets the final win. 

      • Anonymous

        Seriously, I turned off the TV when I saw they picked Kim.  YOU MEAN ANYA IS STILL GOING TO FW?

        ugh.  Forget it.  I give up.

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

        I am whiter than The Queen and I knew where she was going with that bubble skirt.  Nina and Heidi were being deliberately obtuse. I was offended for Kimberly.

        “Granted I was drinking last night, so maybe my memory isn’t entirely accurate and my emotions overtook me. “
        I’d say it was righteous indignation brought forth by a much needed mood enhancer.

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

        I get so peeved over the edict “That isn’t fashion,” WTF? There are plenty of folks churning out gorgeous things that are deemed “not fashion,” but are beautiful. Heck, Louise Black showed her corsets and they looked at her and exclaimed “well these don’t really sell” and she replied “are you kidding?” The woman has sold them in huge numbers with fashion fans clamoring for more,and less talented designers knocking them off. OMG, to define “fashion” so narrowly just makes steam come out of my ears, and sheds a such a narrow-minded light on the speaker.

      • Anonymous

        Anya isn’t out.  She’s part of a final four.

        I love, love Kimberly, but I’m not crazy about her fabrics or her colors in her final collection.    

    • Anonymous

      Hey, I can throw some fabric over a model’s body and safety-pin it together at the last minute before a runway show! Maybe I should audition.

      So, is this what it means to be beautiful? No one expects very much from you and you can slide through life with absolutely minimal effort? But Laura was beautiful, too. I am confused. Maybe the producers saw Anya’s sex tapes?

      • Anonymous

        Maybe the producers are in Anya’s sex tapes!

        • Anonymous

          That would explain SO much.

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

        Althea, Kenley, Irina, Laura (Bennett) and many other contestants on PR have been absolutely beautiful in classic sense of the word, much like Anya, and they were all still held to the same standards as other contestants. Each of them turned out impeccable and creative garments (for the most part). I don’t know why Anya’s lackluster efforts receive so much praise, really.

        • Anonymous

          I actually think it’s because Anya’s not so classically beautiful. She’s a really exotic beauty with a unique personal style that the other more conventional PR beauties didn’t have.

          Sex tape doesn’t hurt. Much less worthy people have achieved great fame with a sex tape.

          I actually kinda like Anya and I agree with whoever said she’d be a good fashion editor. I wouldn’t mind if they gave her a spinoff, maybe where she’s learning to sew or acting as a stylist or something. But except in that context and a PR reunion episode, there is NO reason to keep her on my tv. If even Anya knows she did bad, the judges should stand up and admit that she shouldn’t have been waved through.

          Don’t think I’ll be watching next week. It’s a shame. I haven’t missed a single episode before, and I’ve already skipped the last 2.

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

            I really think they should give the win to Victor with Anya as runner-up along with many comments from the judges about how “you’re very talented but you need more experience”.   It would set up an Anya-learning-her-trade show perfectly

    • Kirsten Dvorak

      Think Anya could send down a paper bag, and the would get all googly all over it!

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

      I cannot believe that tacky Josh has a final collection. His stuff reads as more gimmickey than innovative to my eye. It’s fortunate that he had Tim to stress the editing because these three looks straddled the line and he was waved through FIRST. Sigh.

      I cannot believe that Viktor doesn’t get more love from the judges. I think if he can stop styling his models with sunglasses, he’ll do fine. I really liked so many of his pieces last night, especially the jacket, the minidress, and the mirrored shirt.

      I cannot believe that Kimberly lucked out in that Anya stumbled so badly. I really think that the producers assumed Kimberly would display less style than Anya and would be an easy auf. Not so.

      I cannot believe that Anya’s mini-collection was such a shitshow. The producers waved her in, but this doesn’t bode well for the Fashion Week full collection. I’d be embarrassed.

      • Anonymous

        shitshow

        LOL

      • Victoria Perry

        So…I looked at Josh’s first look and thought “That borders on the 40 to death demographic.”  

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

          Um, I’m in that demographic, and I politely disagree. Maybe on the end closer to death when you can’t see as well or are becoming demented. Actually that wouldn’t work either, because I can’t see my mom or mother in law wearing that crap either.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you. And good for you for disagreeing politely.

        • Anonymous

          Josh edited out one important accessory on his first look…the shopping cart full of the model’s belongings.

    • Anonymous

      Completely and totally underwhelmed, confused by their decision and wish to spice the show up there were clips from the sex tape! Time for lots of re-works kiddies. 

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

      I saw the “all four of you get to show” ending coming the moment I realized how terrible Anya’s work was. The producers want her as a finalist and there was no justifiable way for anyone other than her to be the one to go. So everyone gets to show. 

      The reason I can’t wait for next week is I’m waiting for a final twist which somehow will involve bringing aufed designers back so Bert can fix Anya’s work and win Project Runway. 

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

        Yeah, I think they should bring back the last 3 eliminated designers for that “show 3 looks from your collection” bit that decides who’s going to FW — how cool would that be?

    • Anonymous

      For one brief shining moment, I thought Anya was toast. What a great twist, I thought. After all that slobbering over her, she’s out. The way is cleared for Victor. Anya’s swim suit and that strange, tacked together gold dress were shockingly bad. The short dress wasn’t well made. I must be more naive than I thought, but I was sure she was gone.

    • Anonymous

      I said this in the TLounge thread last night, but I’ll say it again — the critique of Kimberley made me uncomfortable.  The butt is too big, don’t like the color palette, the styling is too “rough”?  Not that there weren’t elements worthy of criticism, but overall their remarks seemed totally eurocentric.

      • Anonymous

        I agree – I actually thought it was veiled racism.  I don’t think Nina or Heidi meant it that way, but it definitely read that way to me.  I was cringing.

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

          I don’t understand it, either. As a fashion editor who has probably worked with clientele from all over the world, including those of African descent, it boggles my mind that Nina’s aesthetic would still be so narrow in regard to Kimberly’s intended customer base. Kimberly’s customer base is huge, so ignoring her potential success in her own realm because it doesn’t fit her standards is a little weird, in my opinion.

        • Toto Maya

          It doesn’t matter if they mean it, it’s institutionalized racism. It’s built into fashion that white women wear “fashion,” and what black women wear is not fashion. In the industry, it just goes without saying. Heidi and Nina may not have intended to be racist or thought about racism, but they were judging the garments by racist industry standards.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, yes, yes. I didn’t even think it was veiled racism. I moved around a lot when I was a kid, and at one time we lived for many years in a neighborhood where we were one of two white families, and the rest of it was African American, Pacific Islander, and Mexican Americans, and I learned really young that I looked at fashion a lot differently from many of the girls I hung out with. The bright bold colors and the strong shapes that Kimberly works with, even if I personally don’t connect with them, are incredibly popular with a huge range of people, and saying it’s not fashion is just disgusting. Say it has construction issues, say that you don’t like the colors, what have you, but don’t tar it as not being fashion because it doesn’t fit your narrow, privileged, white woman with money viewpoint.

      • Anonymous

        Agree! When I saw photos of her runway show, I didn’t get it. What was tying it together? With the styling, I got it. I thought it was really clever and cool. Changing the styling took the heart out of it.

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

        I agree about the styling.  I thought the styling was WAY too JLo in her FlyGirl days… if she wanted to do young urban black women styling, then do it in a way that is more modern and relevant than the early 90s. 

        The accessories I think could have worked, but change the hair and make-up, definitely.

      • Anonymous

        I also agree — and I posted last week that I didn’t care for Kimberly’s designs very much, even. But I’ve been thinking about my own White privilege and such as it relates to fashion… and that might have been unduly influencing that opinion. I didn’t like her pink skirt, but I think there is a market for people who want to be styled like one of Kimberly’s models.

      • Anonymous

        Oh give me a break… Kimberly’s designs were total Crap…. It was horrible… The “audience’ for that crap she designed cannot afford designer clothes.  That’s why they buy that cheap crap.  You can be urban and hip hop and still be fashionable.  You wouldnt see Beyonce or Nicki Minaj in that crap.  Nothing racist about it…. just bad designs… and even worse fabric choices. 

    • Anonymous

      It was so clear once Kimberly had been kept in that Anya was going to be kept on too. WHY is beyond me. I’m completely over the “I learned to sew in 4 months” nonsense and find the beauty queen angle boring.

      The BM producers should just be bitched-slapped senseless for taking a fun and entertaining show on fashion & design and trashing it to this level, I haven’t been one of the folks who swears they’ll never watch again (although Mondo’s treatment last season had me this close) but this season? Pleeeeze. Travesty. Makes me pine for the bravo days. Even with the likes of Santino and VIncent.

      Color me a completely-over-this-and-disgusted truly bitter kitten,
      srq

    • Anonymous

      After watching the show last night, I went back and looked at the final collections for the finalists.  The restyling for the four is significant — suspiciously so.  I think that all of them have had a pro stylist come in and help them regroup pieces and add accessories to improve the look on the runway.  Given what the designers put down the runway on their own, professional intervention is the only answer.

      • Anonymous

        When I was watching, I wondered out loud if the show had been slammed or something for the styling on S8, because I couldn’t understand why they were — all four — getting such an intensive styling workshop on the final-ep-before-finale runway.

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

      I’m so mad about Anya not being auf’d. I thought they were finally going to do something smart, but no. Furious now. Will watch finale while doing something more pleasant like grouting bathtub and then will take a long hard look at my DVR list and decide if I really want to put up with such stupid producer shenanigans in the service of such underwhelming clothes ever again.

      I just keep thinking about Jillian’s impeccable, droolworthy coats and Leanne’s jaw-dropping car dress and wondering whatever happened to PR.

    • Anonymous

      Also, I thought it was interesting that when she told Tim she had nothing, he asked her if she was comfortable with the rules that she couldn’t have help. No fool, he.

      • Anonymous

        I know! squeeeeee!!!  That was awesome.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Just now I am INDANGEROFNUCLEARMELTDOWN furious with Lifetime who STILL has not posted the episode on their website.  I don’t have cable since I watch so little TV so i watch this show the following morning on Lifetime.  They have the ultra lame after the runway show, however.   grrrrrrrrrrrrr

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

        It’s up–you just have to hunt for it. Scroll down from the After show. (Just helped someone else find it on a computer!)

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          THANKS!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        Given what I’ve read here, maybe it is a blessind in disguise? ;-)

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          (laughing really loudly)

          I’ll let you know in about an hour. Watching it now,…….

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

            I know it’s early, but I suggest alcohol.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Just watched it.  I should have had GIN!  LOTS of gin.

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

              Yeah, they didn’t put it up right away. I don’t think I’ll go back on to watch it. 

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

              I would not have hurt, and might have helped. Be prepared for next week, because that can only be worse.

              And no diluting that gin with vermouth. Straight up!

      • Anonymous

         If you think you’re mad now, wait ’til you watch it.

    • Kyle Crawford

      Let’s just all accept the elephant in the room. This is not the show/competition that we all watched and loved. Fact. The question now is , a) is there anything that can be done about it… raise enough stink to ” un-lifetime/real world it ” or b) why can’t any other network/ producing team come up with something.. anything ( with out Isaac Mizrahi ) that we can switch our allegiance too??  To TLo : first thank you for all the hard work that you do to make our unborn fawn lives more fabulous, and Is there any chatter at all out there that Michael/Nina/Heidi are NOT fine with this level of workmanship ? That they know the show has become pure crap ??  Lets just all close our eyes and think of the coming All Stars…..

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

        And it needs Tim having major input again!

    • Anonymous

      I used to love this show. What a disappointment this whole season has been. I mean, I was disappointed when Gretchen won, but not to the “Why am I watching this?” level I am now. I’m actually disappointed the next ‘season’ is All Stars, because I wanted to make a clean break after this, but I’m still sorta interested to see some of the old people come back. You know, the ones who had talent. Blah.

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: There was no reason whatsoever to keep her in the competition except that the producers clearly want the beauty queen with the sexy scandal in her past to be part of the finale. Sorry if that offends some of her fans, but it’s as obvious as the orange nose on Kors’ face. The judges should be embarrassed.”

      Exactamundo! Total joke. No logical reason for Anya to be in the finale.

      I agree that Victor was the one to beat AND I WANT THAT JACKET!! (even more than I want a pony.)

      As for Kimberly, she said she was going for an old, pre-gentrified Brooklyn aesthetic, and she nailed it. The pink skirt does look sloppy, though I hope it catches on. I’ve been waiting my whole life for someone to make big butts fashionable, and if Kimberly wants to try I’m throwing her my support.

      –GothamTomato
      http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2561006

      • Anonymous

        “I’ve been waiting my whole life for someone to make big butts
        fashionable, and if Kimberly wants to try I’m throwing her my support.”

        I’m with you there, GT!  I am all for clothes that fit people with big asses since I’m one of them!

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

          Amen! This Sicilian pinup has una grande culo and is proud!

        • Anonymous

          Maybe the point was that it was supposed to fit a big ass and not a buttless model?

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

          Can I have something that will just make my butt appear larger? ‘Cause mine is flat.

          And by the way, ladies, you may think you have it bad with having larger behinds, but at least they are pleasing to the eye SOMEWHERE in the world.  There are people who like big butts and people who like no butts, but there are NO people who like wide pancake butts!

        • Anonymous

          I think if Kim’s skirt had been on a model who had had a decent sized butt (or any sized butt), the front would have not been so wonky.

          I wish it was out of a nicer, non-shiny fabric. A pink denim with that detail work on it, I think it would be nice.

      • Anonymous

        I liked the bubble butt, but I couldn’t get past the front of that skirt with its oddly stiff and uneven construction that moved in a really weird way.

    • Anonymous

      This was the strangest final four ever in that three of them completely and utterly bombed. Atomically. I have never seen such utterly failed and wretched garments in one place at one time. Viktor was so clearly head and shoulders above the rest, it was absurd and embarrassing to all concerned. Given that only Viktor deserved to walk the runway, it made sense to me that they might as well let the other three, too, given that they were equally bad. 

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

      I wanted to see Josh go even more than Anya.  

      • Anonymous

        I agree.

        • Anonymous

          Speaking of over-praised…Josh fully believes and embellishes the flattery.  Just because he can construct, he slaps stuff on a body, and more stuff, but he has no clue how to enhance a female figure.  Just by saying he fits the designs well to the model and understands clothing construction does not make it appear that he got his $100,000 fashion school money’s worth. 
          At least Anya has the sense to be surprised that she has gotten this far.  She fully expected to be aufed this time and other past episodes also.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=659113572 Suzanne Szlaius

            I think Anya is a bit disingenuous and ‘pretends’ to be surprised she made it this far (not a ‘hater’, I’m indifferent)-but I don’t see genuine surprise from her at any win or her having made it to the finals

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

              Frankly, after this season, I would not be surprised if I made to the finals… clearly it doesn’t take much.

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      I *love* Anya, and I think that she’s produced some really fantastic looks (though not as many or as fantastic as the judges think), but THIS collection should have sent her home.

      And Viktor should win this. His is the best collection by far.

      • Anonymous

        I have liked a lot of what Anya has done this season too. I have said before I think judges/producers did her a disservice with the overpraising. She was good at pushing herself in the competition, but when she was on her own maybe she floundered? I haven’t watched this week’s show yet, but that’s what I’m guessing based on the recap and the comments here.

    • Anonymous

      So sad.  I have been defending Anya and now it turns out that she really can’t sew and apparently can’t design unless she can somehow tap into the creativity of other designers around her. 

      Viktor has always been my personal pick FTW and I really liked what he showed last night.

      Kimberly and Josh will be toast once the judges see their other looks.  Bright colors = concerns about taste level.  And Josh’s vintage print was just plain ugly.

      Will I watch last week?  Absolutely, if only to see if they figure out a way to crown Anya anyway.

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

        Exactly!  Alone in Trinidad with only fabric, she had nothing to show Tim.  It was so clear that without anyone helping her sew, and without the other designers to look at (what is everyone else doing?), she was lost.

    • Anonymous

      I think that Anya’s horrifying gown is proof that Bert (in the last challenge) and the other designers in previous challenges, got her through the competition.  She has ideas, but no concept of execution and lack of experience when it comes to fabric choices.

    • Anonymous

      Not making excuses for Anya, but perhaps her work was so bad because she just crumbled under the pressure of having to do an entire collection? There are so many issues with this mini collection it makes you wonder what the hell she did with her time. I half-watched her home visit with Tim and thought I missed something or the possible explanation for not having anything prepared for his visit. The thought also occurred to me that she may have suffered from the Myke Knight malady of pissing away her time and then throwing together a collection for FW.

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

        How are those excuses? Those are REASONS she should have been auf’d! There shouldn’t be excuses for Fashion Week! I can’t help thinking about all the decent designers in her beauty queen wake. How ripped off must they feel about now.

      • MilaXX

        But Micheal or Mykel Knight, had clothing to show Tim, It was tacky, but he had something.

      • Anonymous

        She also explained how she had been taking this show lightly until she returned to Trinidad and found out that she was a minor celebrity representing her country, etc.  So it seems that she may have been outwardly basking in the light of this celebrity and inwardly completely freezing up under the pressure.  She had too little professional (skill-level) preparation to be in this stage of the competition and never should have advanced this far in the first place.

        • Anonymous

          That makes no sense at all. She represented her country at beauty pagents, right? To get to the Miss Universe? So she should be completely at ease with that role. It sounds disingenuous to say otherwise. We all know her background.

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

        Or maybe she just can’t cope with not having a camera on her at all times.

        • Anonymous

          There may be something in that. Laura seemed to do bad work with the crowd around her but produced an amazing collection when left to her own devices. Anya produced some nice pieces during the competition, but crumbled when left to herself. Perhaps she’s one of those people who thrive in a group atmosphere and wilts when alone. 

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

            She thrives when she has producer manipulation to provide challenge twists to bail her out and other contestants to assist  her when teamed up.  Her wilting while alone just speaks volumes as to how out of her depth she is.  I’m still not even convinced at all that she has any real talent beyond “I can pick out pretty fabric” or “I can read up on all the trends and then mimic them.”

    • Anonymous

      I have no rage to vent, as last night proved that I am over this show. I was home, I knew it was on, and I chose to do some freelance work that has plenty of time in the schedule rather than to watch PR.

      I tuned in for the last fifteen minutes, just to make sure Kimberly wasn’t auf’ed. I know she has zero chance of winning, but she is the only person still left in the competition who I give even a teeny crap about. She’s the only person who has consistently conducted herself as a grown-up and professional.

      • Anonymous

        Yep.  My husband watched the whole thing (sort of, he would switch to the baseball game off and on) but I didn’t go watch it until the runway show.  Which was enough for me.  And I will do the same thing next week.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I’m an Anya fan, but I can’t argue with that.  As soon as that last dress came down the runway (I liked the first dress and the swimsuit, to some extent), I was sure she was out, and I have a feeling she was, too.  There’s no reason in the world that they should have put her through.  They set her up to be hated by the fan community (the judge favorite is always hated; there’s no other reason to push that storyline), so they had to put her through, same as they had to put Gretchen through.

      I thought the nasty comments about Kimberly’s palette from Nina were really over the top.  It don’t think it’s because she was trying to cover their butts for the producer manipulation, I really believe, but because she were completely rejecting Kim’s aesthetic–which is different from hers, but quite valid.

      • Anonymous

        “The judge favorite is always hated.” Four words:
        Christian Siriano.
        Seth-Aaron.

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

          Are you agreeing or disagreeing? Because I thought we all like Christian and Seth’s work?

          • Anonymous

            I was pointing out two instances in which what she said was wrong. Christian and Seth-Aaron were both fan and judge favorites.

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

              Wasn’t Leanne, also? I liked her, anyway. But there wasn’t really anyone I disliked in Season 5, which is probably why it’s my favorite season.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

              Kenley! Any woman who throws a cat at her boyfriend…

            • Anonymous

              I adore Seth Aaron, but I wasn’t a huge Siriano fan. I never denied his talent, but he didn’t give me The Feelings.

            • BuffaloBarbara

              I didn’t really get the impression of SA as a judge favorite.  I only started watching CS’s season about halfway through, so I don’t know how that got set up.

              I’m thinking of their most recent example–Gretchen.  They’d have that at the top of their minds.

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

              No — the pet that season was Emilio.  HE GOT A PASS ON THE WASHER BIKINI FOR GOD’S SAKE!

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

        Actually, Anya and Anthony are neck and neck for fan favorite. Why Project Runway fans love her so much, I am not sure. The Force, perhaps? “These are not the droids you’re looking for.” “Who needs sleeves?” Same thing really.

        And yes, Christian and Seth were both loved by the judges and fans.

        • Anonymous

           I think everyone on the island of Trinidad and Tobago goes to their computers at 6:00 pm and casts their votes.

          • Anonymous

            And don’t forget her publicist/manager team.

        • Anna Maria Diamanti

          She’s very stylish, and I think a lot of viewers can see themselves looking good in her clothing. I’d love to be a snob about this but frankly before I became a TLO regular a couple years ago, I didn’t really appreciate the difference between style and design or notice things like the fabric doing all the work. I just knew what I liked and what looked good. Anya is a Victoria Beckham or Rachel Zoe–great personal style but as designers there’s nothing new or innovative. They have a great eye and just know how to put shit together really well. Add superior craftsmanship and technique and you have Mondo. Add fashion-forward and you have Jay McCarroll.

        • Anonymous

          If we all voted it would be Bert, right? 

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

          “These are not the droids you’re looking for.”  Brilliant!

      • Anonymous

        The judge favorite is always hated – I’ve been staring at this for a while trying to cast my memory back to ‘hated’ judge favorites – and I can only think of one, which is Jeffrey S from Season 3.  And I don’t think people ‘hate’ Anya, just deplores the fact that the show has become such a travesty, with her being passed on through despite having little or no design talent or ability to execute what little design talent she has.  Well, I did kind of ‘hate’ her for manipulating the other contestants into doing her work for her, plus then the backstabbing eyebrow-raising gossipy stuff they showed her doing later on in the show.  Okay, maybe I do ‘hate’ her.

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

          I don’t hate Anya. I don’t know her. However…

          “And I don’t think people ‘hate’ Anya, just deplores the fact that the
          show has become such a travesty, with her being passed on through
          despite having little or no design talent or ability to execute what
          little design talent she has.”

          You hit the nail on the head, another_laura. You also get a pony.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          Gretchen.

      • Anonymous

        I love Anya.  I just hate the judges and the way they respond to her fabric choices.  (It’s not like they’re responding to the clothing design.)  No really — I think her personality is great.  She was friendly to the other designers while keeping her eye on the prize.  I could listen to her accent forever.  None of her clothes offended me — I just didn’t think they were ever the best on the runway. 

        If the judges hadn’t graded her on a curve, I’d have been fine with her sneaking into the finals (because her collection with Bert was quite sharp) and then being cut in this round.  But my dislike of them has not spilled over onto her.  The “clothes” that she showed this week, however, those I hate.  Nobody bringing a collection to fashion week should have so few usable looks that she’s cutting three feet off a hem minutes before walking the runway.

        • BuffaloBarbara

          I think I’m mainly on her side because the fan community has been so… nasty.  She never seemed to deserve it, and I don’t get it.

          That said, I haven’t liked her clothes all that well at all.  Not my style.

    • Anonymous

      I’m so glad I haven’t watched this season. These “looks” are all atrocious. OK, a few are meh, but how exciting is that?

    • Anonymous

      Judas Priest!  That woman (Anya) had a month + to work and that is what she presents?  She should have been eliminated!

      Viktor’s was the hands down best of the four designers.  Not crazy about that third look but that jacket  is very interesting and definitely outside his usual comfort zone.

      Maybe I’m missing something, but the sleeves on his two jackets are about 3 inches above the wrist – is this what’s “on trend” or am I hopelessly outdated?  If it’s a 3/4 sleeve, then would they not be a bit too long?

      • Anonymous

        That sleeve length is called “bracelet length.” As a gangly gal, I usually avoid it because it just looks like my sleeves are too short. (I do like 3/4 sleeves, though.) On a more petite woman, it can look cute. I think it was initially popular in the ’50s and maybe early ’60s?

        • Anonymous

          Bracelet length!  Thanks!  I’m a more 3/4 length girl myself.

        • Now I am The Bee

          Yes–I have very long arms as well, so I love the 3/4 length just below the elbow, and avoid the bracelet length like the plague.  Unfortunately, most shirts I try on are bracelet length on me…. But it looks very nice on a shorter gal.
          But I do have a vintage swing coat with sleeves just above the wrists–very chic with long leather gloves.

          • Anonymous

            yeah, I think 3/4 works better for me because it looks intentional. Bracelet length is cute, but I think too many years of too-short sleeves growing up has soured me on it for my personal wardrobe.

          • http://modernretrowoman.com DrJulieAnn

            I’m a women’s petite gal–I prefer 3/4 and bracelet length because bracelet hits me at the wrist and 3/4 hits me at mid-forearm or bracelet.  Long sleeve blouses/tops/bodices usually hit me about 2 inches beyond my fingertips!  For some reason, manufacturers think that they should make the sleeves longer when the size goes into the double digits. It’s my circumference that is larger, not my proportion! *laugh*

        • Anonymous

          I like bracelet length!  Says she wearing her bracelet length leather jacket so that she can wear a couple of pretty bangles and have them show …..

        • Anonymous

          Interesting. I like 3/4 length–I’m average height, but have short arms and most sleeves are too long on me. 

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

          And bracelet length is MUCH harder to get right.  A 3/4 sleeve can be a little longer or a little shorter and still be okay, where bracelet length has to be fitted well. 

    • Anonymous

      This show should be ashamed of itself. Anya had nothing to show Tim but fabric? Not even a drawing. Did she even use any of the fabric she had shown him?

      I really wanted to like Kimberlys stuff, but that was painful. How come nobody mentioned the word “cohesion”? None of those pieces looked like they were part of a collection.

      Bah.

      • Anonymous

        She did, especially that green and blue ombre-ish fabric. I don’t really get why she didn’t show that piece… maybe it was due to a lack of time to actually fit on the models?

    • http://www.facebook.com/luv2birdie Elana Bryan

      I’m beaten down and just can’t. I’m so disgusted and insulted by this show that I’m not even going to watch the finale because I really don’t care.  I can’t believe I’m saying that but I can only take so much.  A big middle finger to the producers, the network and to Heidi Klum for letting this happen.  *sigh*

    • Anonymous

      They need to change their tag line: “In fashion, one day you’re in; the next day, you’re out…unless you’re a former beauty queen with a sex tape! Who can’t sew!”

    • Anonymous

      I usually don’t read the recaps before watching the show, but this time I decided to. I needed to know how far up or down the TV priority list to place this week’s show. It just slid waaaaaay down to “maybe over the weekend if I get time” or “before the finale to get up to speed.”

      Just from looking at the pictures, I can say every designer put something hideous on the runway: Josh’s last dress; Viktor’s purple print pants; Kimberly’s rose satin skirt; Anya’s swimsuit and the last dress.

      A travesty.

      • Kat Chappell

        oh, those pants. where the print matches up at the crotch .. eep

        • Anonymous

          Yeah. Nice print, but not as pants.

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

        Those pants were ugly, but a miracle of construction.

    • Anonymous

      Did everyone else love when Anya was showing her mini collection to Tim, sooo pleased with her super innovative technique, and Tim shut her down with, “So it’s an inverted pleat?”  Anya:  *crickets*

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

        I saw that and it was choice!

    • Anonymous

      This really, really hurts to say, but I loved Josh’s jacket. 

      This season will go down not only as the Season of Obvious Producer Manipulation, but also the Season of Terrible Pants.

      • Anonymous

        “Season 9: Revenge of The Insane Crotch!”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000317486855 Kathy Williamson

      This whole season has been boring, the catty bitching has gone to a new level and it’s boring.  The clothes have been a disappointment, I haven’t seen much design, seems like same old same old.  I see some talent in Viktor but he has to get it together and wow us.  His pants were perfectly matched but don’t you just love the “arrow” to her crotch?!

    • Anonymous

      Ok so I just went back and watched the end that I clearly missed because I thought Anya was out and found it delicious.  waaaaa.

      There is a split second disclaimer at the end of the show that I’ve never noticed before.  I had to try 6 times to pause it on the exactly the right spot because it is literally flashed on there for less than a second.

      it reads:  “The judges considered both their scores and input from the Producers and LifetimeTelevision in reaching their elimination decisions.”

      So basically, it’s not really “Project Runway” at all, and they aren’t ashamed to admit it. 

      How much longer can Nina and Michael keep “judging” for PR and keep their credibility in the fashion industry when people like Joshua and Anya are showing at FW?

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

        To be fair, some variation of that disclaimer has appeared in all the seasons.

        • Anonymous

          never has it been more obvious than this season!

        • Stefanos Mantyla

          I just watched the second episode, season seven on sub.fi, and I saw that disclaimer myself for the very first time (though I have never seen Project Runway before season six)!

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

          And you see it on the Bravo reality shows too, like Work of Art and Top Chef.

        • Now I am The Bee

          Yes–and actually–that disclaimer appears in *every* reality show–from PR to ANTM to Survivor to Big Brother. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQAEI5VIBLXN6YAONCDMUQVRBI Sydney Rose

        Nina and Michael lost their credibility with me a long time ago.

      • Anonymous

        “The judges considered both their scores and input from the Producers and LifetimeTelevision in reaching their elimination decisions.”  
        Even Smaller Print:  Producers and Lifetime disavow ANY respect for the viewers’ intelligence, interest in standards of fair play or respect for the show as it was as conceived.  They would like you to know that your opinions are without merit as long as you buy the products so shamelessly pushed during the show.”

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

        Some variation of that disclaimer appears at the end of every competitive reality show.

      • Anonymous

        That disclaimer is in just about ALL competitive reality shows. It’s in Top Chef, Shear Genius, etc….

        • Anonymous

          This is the only one I watch, so I guess it was news to me!

    • http://twitter.com/texasinafrica Laura Seay

      So are y’all going to stop covering PR?  I’ve been reading since the beginning of Project Rungay, but it’s starting to feel like blogging about this just validates the disaster that is Bunim-Murray’s PR.  A lot of us would be okay with it if you did. Last night was just embarrassing.

      • Anonymous

        Agree.  I know that hope springs eternal, and it’s so hard to give up something you’ve loved so much, but I am mad at myself for watching this year, when it was so obvious that it was no longer anything close to a real design competition.

        I wish “The Fashion Show” producers were more on the ball.  If they had taken note of the widespread disgust with PR and were aware of how desperately PR fans want a good fashion show, they could have plowed a lot more money into TFS and gotten it back on the air in time to compete with this awful PR season. Chance missed. Too bad.

        TLo, if you need to give it up, give it up.  We will love you anyway.

      • Lori

        Nooooooooo, they must never stop blogging PR.  I would cry.  T Lo’s blog is a million times better than the show and no matter what kind of crazy crap PR serves they manage to turn it into diamonds.

        • Kat Chappell

          I only started *watching* PR because of this blog.

        • Anonymous

          WE NEED THE NINACAPS.

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

            I think it is an example of how far Project Runway has fallen off and how much TLo seem to be over it that we haven’t had any of their fun non-fashion recaps of the show. What was there, one Ninacap all season?  I really do miss the old show and the old recaps :)

            • Anonymous

              To be fair though, TLo usually only does one or two sets of Ninacaps per season. I wish they were easier to find because I was trying to find them through all the old entries recently and it was really difficult. :(

            • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

              Yes, but it may well have been the best Ninacap of all time.

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

          I agree!  I’ve been watching PR since the first season and stumbled upon TLO soon after and have been an avid reader since.  This last season though has been so infuriatingly fixed that I can only read the recaps. I don’t want my head to explode from actually watching the insane judging.

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

        Yeah, I’ve been here since the beginning, from the first posts about Laura Bennett to the fashion blogging empire TLo, Inc. has become. I’m totally okay with them not covering PR anymore.

    • Anonymous

      Oh my, that black thing Josh heinously thrust upon the world was hiddy!  Thanks for not posting a cap of the back of it – seeing it on tv was enough!  Why, oh why, are they encouraging him?

    • Joshua

      I definitely feel there’s vindication for what we’ve all been saying all season about Anya. It’s just so ridiculous the judges wait till the very last challenge to start being honest with her, and you have to hope they have the sense to see how absurd they have sounded all season. Judges and Tim, you guys need to take back the power from the producers or leave the show en masse!

    • http://twitter.com/shallowgal00 shallowgal

      Great recap. Very underwhelming result that they kind of telegraphed from about a mile away, right? And they seemed so so proud of their decision.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1662955594 Charles Horowitz

      Spot on, T/Lo.  You nailed it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_63FW2Y5BWUARL7PJGWK54TUDGE Carrieanno

      Hope Josh didn’t bust too many arteries when Anya entered the post-judging room.  If he’d been that confident in his collection, the additional competitor shouldn’t have been an issue for him (even taking into account the whole judges/Anya lovefest).

      • Anonymous

        That’s what was so great about Anya’s remaining in the competition. I think the producers are not doing so much to keep Anya in the game as to keep Josh on the verge of a coronary.

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

        He’s so into who “deserves” to go to the finals. Really, now, aside from a chance at the money, it makes no difference. The REALY prize was getting to show at fashion week. I have been saying this for ages, and folks get very peeved at me for it. I say, talent will be seen, not matter who wins. It seemed plain to me that Bert “got it” and understood that while he had a 1 in 16 chance of winning the cash, he had a great platform to show the world his work. THAT was what mattered. Being the winner of Project Runway does not seem to hold much cache in the fashion world. One’s ability to make beautiful clothes, and behave in an adult manner does–and PR is a great way to show a lot of people what you got in your toolbox. Josh is clueless to this fact, and actually believes that only a win will mean that he’s got what it takes to succeed.

      • Anonymous

        To be fair to Josh, if a competitor is so beloved by the judges that clothes that hideous can’t end their run, what happens when a couple of days more work and Tim Gunn’s advice has improved her looks all the way up from hideous to merely bad?  (can you say “shoo-in”?)

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

      Not only should the judges be embarrassed, I’m getting embarrassed for watching this show.  Really, what happened to our show?  Not only has it jumped the shark, it should be fed to the shark.  I’m saddened.

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

      I don’t think it’s just that Anya is a beauty queen–or even primarily that. I think it’s her personality, which is so warm and bubbly, combined with considerable articulateness and camera presence. In a way she is the opposite of Josh, who is so harsh, false, and arrogant. She has stories and she tells them well. And I actually enjoyed watching her learn stuff (though not how to set in a sleeve) from the other contestants. The problem is that none of this should be the deciding factor in a design competition. She would have been quite tolerable if she won fewer challenges and been auf’d this time for a total lack of professionalism.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, but they’ve had lots of nice, likeable, articulate contestants before.  And they kept them around sometimes longer than they deserved (Anthony for one), but they didn’t get to compete for the final prize.  They also didn’t win challenges when they didn’t deserve it.  

        • Anonymous

          I would imagine that they probably would have also made it far in this season. They really didn’t have that many great designers this time around. More than a handful of the designers you could tell from the very beginning were not making it anywhere near the final 5 or 6 spots. I wonder if the judges were underwhelmed overall with the output from their ‘finalists’ save for Viktor who did a little too much. 

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

        Yes, and Anya has shown that she might have the scrappiness to make a success out of a business, despite her limitations.  She also has the ability to sell Lifetime’s programs and be its spokesmodel.  Those are important qualities for a winner.  Some past winners were poor spokesmodels for Project Runway (Jeffrey Sibelia for instance, although I wish him well because I liked his work).  I also think that Anya’s multiracialism is symbolically appealing to Lifetime in our global age.  I’m not a particular Anya fan, just noting.

        • http://liftingmybutt.blogspot.com/ Teri

           To be fair, Kimberly also has that scrappiness, savvy and could easily be a spokes-person for Project Runway.  Kim is a better fit for fashion mode with her tall figure that can carry off clothes.  Not only that, Kimberly was shown as ethical throughout the season and doesn’t has a smutty sex-tape. It is sad that the sex-tape now seems to be something to be proud of and push as publicity.

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

        I think you’re right about Anya and why the producers like her, and everything in your last two sentences is right on point.

        The only thing I’ll disagree with is that Josh is articulate. He over-embellishes his speech almost as much as he does his designs, and sometimes I cannot figure out what in hell he’s going on about. 

        • Anonymous

          I was also going to say that about Josh being articulate — he doesn’t often seem to understand anything that Tim’s saying, and he misuses words all the time — witness artillerary. 

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

        I don’t think Anya has stories and that she tells them well.  I do think she and Josh are interesting counterpoints, though.  Josh is small, mean and false.  He is also very transparent.  Anya is fake, fake, fake, fake, fake, and marvelously opaque.  She just keeps telling you in that sultry low-pitched and accented voice how she was SO challenged, she’s never done (fill in the blank) before, and she can’t BELIEVE that she won, etc.  She knows exactly what she’s doing and that’s why she’s so dangerous.  You can see Josh coming from a mile away; Anya, not so much:  oh, I guess that’s blood running down my back where the knife is.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Well said Denise!

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

      For whatever reason, the Lifetime website does not have the episode online. It has a ton of related videos, including runway and extended judging, so I just watched that. Which was definitely the way to go. 

      As always, TLo nailed it. And I just wish we’d seen more of this Michael Kors throughout the competition. 

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

        yes it does, I watched it an hour ago. There was some glitch at the beginning and I did get a dialog box that said something about not being able to show it but I refreshed the screen and had no problem after that.

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

          It is now. Maybe it went up late, or was just removed temporarily for fixing. No matter, I don’t think I really missed much. :-/ Thanks though.

    • Anonymous

      You know what was so revealing to me? Anya’s nearly complete unravelling after hearing Tim’s & the judges’ criticism. She’s been so overpraised for just showing up that she (cue Jack Nicholson) COULDN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH.

      Last night right before PR I watched a re-run of the genius 30 Rock episode where Jon Hamm plays the dreamy but dumb doctor who “lives in the bubble” of extreme beauty. To me, it seemed like a good analogy to the Anya situation. It’s not even necessarily her fault, but the fact that she’s gorgeous may have kept her in a world of unicorns and rainbows. And thanks to the judges & producers, it looks like she’s going to stay there.

      • Anonymous

        She had been doing really well during the competition though except for a few things (that Sheepdogs challenge, but that was just a terrible idea to begin with…) and I don’t think she expects to be praised for everything she does but that’s just the way things kind of are? It really was her first “This is terrible.” critique all season though which must be rough. People who end up in the bottom always say that they never want to be there again because it feels like crap. 

        • Anonymous

          Well, the Sheepdog may have been a terrible idea for a challenge, but the man’s pants were splitting at the seams and the shirt had stitching an inch long.

          For Pete’s sake, that’s just garbage.

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

            STRONGLY AGREE.

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

          She did receive another bad critique, and I think it was for the Sheepdogs’ challenge. Tim was also pretty tough on her during the home visit. So it couldn’t have been a complete surprise to her when he judges were actually hard on her in this episode. Was that gown really one of the three best pieces she had?

          It doesn’t matter though. She still got through.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, but afterwards she did rather well with glowing critique after glowing critique with two wins in a row! (and 20 grand) so it was probably a bit jarring even though she DID expect it.

            And I don’t believe for a second they were her best pieces. Apparently there were fit issues and not enough time to show the ‘best’ garments, so she had to go for something that fit (that bathing suit vs. a blue-green ombre jumper) due to only having an hour to fit three girls. 

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

              Did the other designers get more time?

            • Anonymous

              They had the same amount of time and Kimberly omitted some pieces/switched them out because of a fit issue as well. 

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

              Well if the others got their fittings done in the same amount of time, I don’t see how it can be much of an excuse for Anya. Just saying.

            • Anonymous

              My point was that she didn’t show her best work due to the time constraints and switching out something she would’ve shown with the swimsuit because it already fit the model. (The same goes for Kimberly)

              I found it odd when Tim said “You aren’t doing your fittings today, but just before the runway tomorrow!”… isn’t that a bit crazy? Why not let them do the fitting for 20 minutes the day before and let them fix the outfits for the next day? 

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

              It was completely crazy. If they’d had the chance to fit their models the first day, they could have worked uninterrupted for the equivalent of an entire day.

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

              To be fair, you can’t really compare any of them on that.  Even if they had the measurements ahead of time, measurements don’t tell the whole story (which is why I try not to use them — I prefer to “pattern” a body on muslin so that things are fitted from the start, but PR designers don’t have that luxury).  Some of the designers’ pieces were bound to be closer to the model than others.

            • Anonymous

              I don’t think the comment was so much geared toward there being bad fit, but using the fact that she only had an hour or whatever and therefore could not be expected to have clothes that fit.  And since it was an issue that all the designers had to deal with it, unless the wish to continue the curve that she has been graded on all season, she shouldn’t get a pass for not having time to fit properly.  And considering the flowy nature of her garments as opposed to the skin tight and very fitted stuff the other designers have, I can’t imagine how much actual fitting had to be done- take it from really really loose to just really loose?

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

              Granted, but if her fits were farther from her models it would take longer to fit them.   And flowy stuff can be oddly tricky to fit — because if it doesn’t flow from the right spot in the right way you just look bigger.

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

        Yeah, this episode reminded me of that Simpsons episode where Bart cheats on a test and is placed in a school for gifted kids.

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

          LOVE!!!

        • Anonymous

          I still think of that episode laughingly with the silly/stupid math humor about “rdrr”. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I’ve actually been thinking about that 30 Rock episode all season! So funny. :)

        • Anonymous

          Such a coincidence that they aired it last night!

    • Anonymous

      I realize it’s your bread and butter, but I’m really sorry you guys have to keep watching PR in order to blog about it for us bitter kittens.  This season is such a disaster and I have never regretted my decision to stop watching after Mondo lost.  Wish I could send you a “Thinking of You” card with a kitten in a basket on the front.

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

      Sitting down to watch, I was fully prepared for this to be the episode when Kimberly is sent home, whatevs, I’m through caring. So, without caring what happened, I rather enjoyed the episode, especially Tim, on a boat, in a suit, in Trinidad. When Kimberly was told she was going to Fashion Week, I was pleasantly surprised. When they waved Anya on too, I decided I was truly done with this show. 

      Maybe I’ll watch All Stars, but it is the same jacked Producers and the new judges will have no history of thinking for themselves, imagine what tools they’ll be. Sigh. The one saving grace of All Stars will be Mondo. 

      Tim dropped a “do understand the rules?” foreshadowing on Anya at the home visit. Asked if she understood she had to do her own sewing. My ears perked up, at this point juicy scandal and drama is all this train wreck has going for it, but nothing came of it. 

      The fact that 75% of the designers actually go to Fashion Week and show at Bryant Park has really sucked all my interest out of the show. Kimberly and Laura and others getting all weepy about this being their lifelong dream, hoping they don’t blow, I just yell at the TV, “YOU’RE GOING TO FASHION WEEK! YOU ALL ARE! ON YOUR PONIES!!!” So even if Anya had rightfully been auf’d, she’s still showing, and no one at Fashion Week would have known if she was in or if she was out. Really, the only thing that would have saved this episode would have been for Nina to jump from her seat, tell Heidi to shut it, and say, “I can’t take this anymore! Vicitor, you win, all the rest of you losers, go home!”

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

        “The fact that 75% of the designers actually go to Fashion Week and show
        at Bryant Park has really sucked all my interest out of the show.”

        Agreed 100%.

        • Anonymous

          With so many crappy designers at Bryant Park, even that venue will soon lose its allure.

      • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

        It actually doesn’t bother me that significant numbers show at fashion week: I like trying to guess the finalists (who get more money) from the decoys when the pics come out.

        What *does* bother me is the show’s insistence on maintaining the facade that only the “top three” (or in this instance “top four”) actually show a collection. “I will not talk about how the show actually works” must be the catechism they make the designers recite before they go do their daily confessionals for the producers.

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

          The first rule of PR is you do not talk about PR.

        • Anonymous

          It’s probably in their contracts. They can mention it elsewhere, just not on PR. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000215327930 Dina Sadar Iacano

          Do you know what the money differential is? Because if it is not significant, you are almost better off getting auf’d once the top 9 are set.  It gives you more time to start planning your collection. 

          • Anonymous

            There is no differential between finalists and also-rans as far as $ given to them to make their collection. There may have been in the first season or two, but that was equalized long ago.

          • Anonymous

            The time difference is probably only about a week.  Also, you’re not allowed to leave the hotel anyway so all you can do probably is sketch.

          • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

            I want to say it’s something like $3,000 versus $8,000. I may be misremembering this, but I think T&Lo mentioned this about one of the decoy finalist’s collections on a prior season. Of course, I could have it all wrong…

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

              The designers of the decoy collections are given the same amount of money as the finalists and are bound by the same rules and restrictions, as far as we know.

    • Anonymous

      Your conclusions are mine, Tom and Lorenzo, and I can sense some seething fury in the treatment we as viewers and (former) fans of the PR franchise have been treated.  Anya’s wave through to Fashion Week was a disgrace.

      I am offended that the show thinks it can jerk me and the viewers around with impunity.  Playing favorites isn’t fair play.

      What television I watch I choose for entertainment value and occasional enlightenment and education.  I’m getting none of that from Project Runway anymore – I see conniving and contortions that make me angry, a fix that has been in since early in the game and the insult to my (and others’) intelligence that has been the evaluations and judging for almost the entire PR 9 season.

      The problem cases I have here on my desk look positively inviting by comparison. 

      All the best (and this show is the diametric opposite thereof),

      NDC

    • Anonymous

      All I can say is I was so happy when I thought they finally made the right decision and then they bitch slapped me and kept the worst collection IN.  I am not as pissed as last season’s Gretchen debacle but it’s close.  

      • Anonymous

        And I am at least if not more pithed than I was last year.  At least Gretchen could construct.  Look at the Laura Kathleen decoy collection.  Look at the Bert collection.  And then think that they went home so golden girl could stay.  Is that last dress indicative of what happens when she can’t get anybody to go Tom Sawyer on her work?  She was never able to finish a look and was always stitching her model into clothes as they ran out the door to the runway, and now suddenly in two weeks she went from absolutely nothing to ten looks completed?  Worse than being manipulated is the fact that the producers seem to think I’m too stupid to realize it.  I could forgive the former, the latter just pisses me off beyond words.  Looks like it’s back to USA’s NCIS marathons for me.

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

          NCIS marathons are always a good decision.

          I wouldn’t mind seeing Gibbs give all the judges a good, hard slap on the back of the head.

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

          Yes.  I hated Gretchen’s aesthetic and final collection but I could see that she deserved to be on PR because she could  turn out relative variety, had a “point of view” (can we retire that phrase already?), and had talent.  Anya, not so much.  In fact, not at all.  She’ll make Lifetime a fine spokesperson though but  not in any way connected with fashion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12432538 Nariman Celia Alkhatib

      are you f*ing kidding me?? really producers?? really? 

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s..just awful. No question she should have gotten an auf. That last piece is one of the most horrible pieces I have seen on the show in all of the seasons. There is no freaking way she goes through. Just sad.

      • Anonymous

        Anya’s gown is so bad that the producers are going to have to make the designers do an 11th piece so that she won’t need to publicly show that embarrassing gown at Fashion Week.

    • http://www.facebook.com/smpflueger Sean McArdle Pflueger

      I’m ready for new judges. Bring on the All stars.

      • Anonymous

        Mondo will win All Stars, just like Daniel V won for All Stars 1.  Both of them received the most outrage when they didn’t win their seasons.  Count on it.

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

      I liked Josh’s jacket, and I really liked what I thought was a gown until I realized it was bi-polar. But he didn’t carry through with the elegance of the jacket, because he is incapable of reeling himself in. I agreed with everything the judges said about Viktor’s collection, and he’s definitely the one to beat except in bizzaro world where ANYA is showing in fashion week! I swear, she is like a piece of gum that will NOT come off our shoe!

    • Anonymous

      This has to be the most manipulative season ever, from the well-placed sad stories (which I know are real, just don’t like the maneuvering by the editors), to the stagey, drum-roll-type delay before announcing Anya was ‘in’. Was thinking the critiques were far, far less harsh than usual; now figure it was because it had already been decided that all four were going to the finale.

      No doubt we are in for more tears, etc., next week but it was a relief, at least, to not see fighting, or Joshua’s cattiness come out until the very end (saying neither Kimberly or Anya should go, blah blah blah). I know I’ll watch part 2 but it was pretty sad to sit there last night and then look at the time because I was waiting for it to be over. Does this 90-minute format accomplish anything other than adding 30 minutes of advertising in a show that already has too much product placement?

      Wonder what curve they will be thrown in part 2; create that additional look, no don’t, yes do–with the entire cast being called back, of course.

      This is one season I will not be interested in watching again.

    • Anonymous

      Loved Viktor’s. Hated Josh’s on taste issues. Actually really liked Kimberley’s even though I didn’t love everything about it (I agree, not digging the color on the skirt). And what all three of them have in common is that they really did design and execute some clothes. 

      Anya…I don’t know how to describe what she did, but I don’t see a way to include the words “design” or “execution” except with the qualifier “none.” I think it’s clear why she didn’t have anything to show Tim, so you can’t even give her a pity A for effort. It’s embarrassing for the show that she’s still here after this performance, and it’s a little gross how clear it is that they planned to send Kimberley home, especially when Heidi and Nina’s criticisms were so clearly race-based.

    • Anonymous

      Brilliant deductions.

    • MilaXX

      I got nothing to add, I agree 100% with everything you’ve said. I liked Anya as a contestant. She was skillful at playing the game and strategy which offset her limited skills, however last night was imply unfair. She should have been auf’d.

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

      HOW DO YOU DO NOTHING FOR THE FIRST 3 WEEKS?!?  I don’t care if you aren’t inspired, you at least start something!  You can buy extra materials if you end up scrapping the early looks — you’re not limited to SPENDING 8K, you’re limited to USING 8K worth of pieces in your collection! 

      There is simply NO excuse for not having ANYTHING done by Tim’s visit.  None. 

      And I don’t hate Anya.  I could even make the case for letting her show at FW — basically, the deal isn’t that they were all so good, it’s that BOTH Anya and Josh were horrifyingly bad, and they had to have a 3rd designer for the finale.  They couldn’t decide who was worse.  (In fact, I’m not even sure I agree Anya should have been booted.  There was ONE good piece in Josh’s looks as well, and the rest were just as awful)  With this season’s crew, one could argue that Anya is beloved by the judges simply because she looks good in comparison.  It’s like if you’ve been living on ramen for weeks, even the worst burger in the world tastes good. 

      None of this is to say that I don’t think there’s been NO producer interference.  I just like to believe that there’s SOME other factors as well — and I will freely admit that some of it is that I WANT to believe it, guys:) 

      Though I will give her second look this: I kinda like the cover-up.  But that’s ’cause it looks like a Jedi robe, which appeals to me, but doesn’t really say “fashion”.  And her first was quite nice, and not her normal silhouette — she learned to fit a model (somewhat) in her time off.  That’s so nice…

      For the other 3:

      Loved Josh’s jacket… and that’s all I have nice to say.

      Victor’s was lovely and had a great deal more spark than most of his work through the challenges, which pleases me to no end;  I’ve been very concerned about POV with him (which is understandable with the batshit challenges) and it’s nice to see him show one.

      Kimberly — not to my taste AT ALL, but I think she really earned her slot.  The pieces are great.  Her styling, however, is HORRIFYING.  It’s very early 90s hip-hop.  And, to be quite frank, when trying to impress judges who have not been huge fans of AA designers, and REALLY not of the “urban black girl” style, you can’t style your models that way and hope to win. 

      • Anonymous

        HOW DO YOU DO NOTHING FOR THE FIRST 3 WEEKS?!?

        Au contraire; Anya took a vacation, went scuba diving andtook her inspiration photos. You HAVE to count that. *eyeroll*

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

          Heh. Think about many of the other finalists from earlier seasons. They barely slept, barely saw their families; all they did was draw, cut (and maybe cry a little) and sew, for weeks, even  months. Seth Aaron completely redid his collection in a very limited amount of time, and showed up with twice the pieces he needed.

          I know not everyone can work like that, so maybe it’s not fair to judge her. But Anya either shut down, grossly miscalculated the amount of time she needed, or didn’t give a shit because she knew she’d get through no matter what she presented.

          She said last night, I think on the after show, something that implied she didn’t take any of it seriously. If she looked at PR as the game show that it is, I get that. But then what the fuck was she crying about?

          • Anonymous

            I thought I saw most of her final collection on the rolling rack when she unpacked, just like the other finalists.  I think she panicked when Tim told her she needed to show growth to the judges in her mini collection, not the same stuff she has been showing the judges all season.  We watched her constructing those last two pieces from scratch in the workroom, ala slapped-together-in-mere-hours episode challenges.  She seemed to try to add upscale elements to her usual breezy simple style.  Then, come to find out, she should have stuck to her same old, same old…because that was what the judges said they really wanted to see from her…what she already had on her hangers in the workroom!

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

            Well, I know I wouldn’t be able to do the no-downtime thing while working on a finale collection, unless I moved in with a friend for those weeks.  Why?  Because I have 3 small children and I’m not going to ignore them for weeks on end — I just couldn’t.  They’re cute. 

            But for God’s sake, do SOMETHING.  I don’t care if you show Tim 10 pairs of basic pants that you made while uninspired, but do SOMETHING…ANYTHING. 

            Unless you are presenting a collection of all elaborate gowns with a great deal of handwork, there is no good reason for 5 weeks not to be enough — it’s 10 looks.  That’s not that many.  But 2 weeks because you wanted to go scuba diving for the first 3?  Not okay… even if you CAN sew, which she can’t!  She could have at least used the time to practice her damn construction! 

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

              Totally agree. Even though she couldn’t get outside help with her collection, she could have continued to get some general guidance about construction. Give up the fracking scuba diving and do a few days of immersion training. It could have only helped her.

              But, you know, as I said before, it didn’t matter. She was pushed through anyway. Or is that “Anyaway”?

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

              Hell, she could have used a computer to look up tips.  Or she could have used a freaking book!  Or she could have just kept practicing!  Any of the above or all of them!

              She honestly didn’t bother me until this week, and I could even forgive the shitty runway stuff — but the total lack of effort makes me crazy.  Especially since it was clear that Laura and Bert busted their asses while they were making those collections!

            • Anonymous

              So right. I wonder if she was paralyzed at the prospect of trying to do *better* than she did on the show, and at having to come up with a cohesive collection.

              It just seems out-of-sync with her usual excellent strategy and ‘game play’ – I have no  trouble believing her ultimate goal is not a fashion career, but I feel pretty sure her immediate goal is/was to win if she can, and doing *nothing* just doesn’t fit in.

              So I wonder if she was intimidated at the idea of out-performing the other designers all on her own & did some kind of emotional shut down.  Which cycles me back to thinking how out-of-character that seems for her.

            • Anonymous

              To me it just shows a wee bit of a miscalculation on her part.  Her ‘strategy and game play’ involved getting everybody else to do the hard part of her work, all the way from designs to those pesky collars and sleeves when required.  So she got to that point, but apparently failed to consider the fact that at some point, she was actually going to have to do something on her own.  Which is what sent her floundering; she was finally going to have to put up or shut up.  So I think what you saw was a shut up not a shut down, because I don’t think there was anything there to begin with. 

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

              Maybe her sewing tutor/mentor was on vacation and was not available to hold her hand.  But then again, she said she had not been able to draw any new shapes.  I don’t understand how she had trouble with shape as she had a wall full of inspiration photos.  She became blocked.  I wonder though, don’t most designers have some idea of their final collection prior to taping?  

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

          Who takes a THREE WEEK VACATION?  If you are under the age of 50, YOU HAVE NOT EARNED THE RIGHT TO THAT MUCH VACATION TIME!

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

            Shannon, your outrage is killing me, in the best way possible. (I promise I’m not making fun of you)

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

              You know, I get that response a lot… People have a tendency to burst into uncontrolled laughter when I’m really mad and on a rant… I can’t imagine why…

      • Anonymous

        I mean, notice how Viktor took a trip all the way to Mexico and still managed to crank out a gazillion pieces by the time Tim showed up!  I agree with you completely about the spark in his collection, too.

    • Anonymous

      I have nothing to say. Viktor is the clear winner here and they’ll give the win to Anya for her Caribbean aesthetic. They say they’ve never seen it, but we’ve had it in some way with Uli. Kimberly had the more compelling claim with regard to black women designers’ voices being underrepresented.  Still, Go Viktor! You have a great eye for prints…THAT YOU MADE YOURSELF!

    • Anonymous

      Dear Producers and Lifetime Television: I really, really hope someone on your staff reads this blog. I really, really hope they note what is being said and act accordingly. We, the viewing faithful, have made it clear that we are unhappy with the way things are now. We’ve said we want a show about designers, talent and fashion.  Have you done the research? Who told you we want made-up drama? We don’t. Act before next season or I imagine you will lose viewers and your sponsors will lose support- and isn’t that your bottom line now? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=661256074 Mars Tokyo

      You are 100% spot on. The whole Anya thing is completely rigged. She should have been put off the show last night. Despite all the jumping up and down and group hugs I can’t believe that any of the other three were thrilled with this decision. PR has reached an all time low. Why watch it at all if the whole thing is rigged?

    • Judy_J

      I didn’t watch last night’s episode, I’m just checking in to see what happened.    Looks like I didn’t miss a thing.

    • scottyf

      T&Lo said…
      “In the mean time, vent your rage or express your agreement like only a truly bitter kitten can.”

      There is no rage. There isn’t even bitterness any more.

      This season was like the relationship you know you should have left after the second date.

      I saw the hints of schizophrenia after last season, and I still stayed because I: “knew there was a really good person/show underneath.” So I tuned in again. And I fell in love with one aspect of this season’s “personality” in Bert. EVERYTHING else told me that, like tomstl said long ago (albeit about Bert specifically) I should : get a prenup.  He is showing the hints of the type of instablity that empty’s bank accounts, creates drama and makes ones friends run and hide. But I stayed. And I was abused and pummeled, and disrespected. I was even given a clear out when the ONLY thing that I enjoyed was jettisoned. I moved out…but I kept my key. And last night, I actually grabbed a beer, sat down and watched the whole episode.  And when Kimberly walked off as a finalist I smiled, exhaled, and thought “maybe there really IS something left of the person/show I had so grown to love. And just as I leaned in to kiss PR hello:

      It back-slapped me across the room.

      “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

      I didn’t heed Dr. Angelou’s advice. I haven no one else to blame for my black eye but myself.

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

        Nicely put.

    • Anonymous

      I tuned out four episodes ago because I knew your recaps would keep me going, TLo! I hate the bitchiness and the real-TV angle and just enjoy the clothes and the challenges, and this season has been sorely lacking in the latter two factors. Thank you for continuing to provide us with your insight!

      Also, this is one seriously unflattering swimsuit.

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

      I always hope that the auf’d designers with decoy shows get something out of at least being seen by people at fashion week, even if they’re not the “real” collections. I especially double fingers-crossed hope that this year after seeing Laura’s stuff compared to some of these jokers.

    • Amanda in Austin

      And again Anya styled the models to look like herself. UGH.

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

        She’s so fucking narcissistic but is able to detour us all with her humblebrag skillz.

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

          But could she join a Ruiner’s Club and ruin it?

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

            Ha!  Hmmmmm…..pondering pondering…

    • Anonymous

      I agree that Viktor had the strongest mini collection by far. Not surprisingly they criticized him for including the “unnecessary ” jacket while criticized Kimberly for not including her jacket. I loved Viktors white leather jacket with the pearls.  Not crazy about the mullet skirt , but what if he had done the mullet dress in white and she could be the grand finale  biker bride.
      Josh did choose chose his three pieces wisely. I think the judges are in for rather a shock when they see the rest of the collection. I thought his gown was very elegant – Until she turned around!! It looked like she was busting a zipper on top of all the other ” taste flaws”.

      I actually liked the way Kimberly styled her models. It’ s a pity that she didn’t have at least one African American model though. I disliked the first look for the same reasons as TLo, but the gown was very elegant and marketable too.

      Anya. Had nothing to show Tim. Now there have been previous contestants that had very little to show Tim at home visit time  Chloe and Andy for instance, but both of them had solid construction skills and could work very fast when under pressure.
      You would think she would have started the day she got back in order to have time to make corrections and such. Her collection looked very much like someone rushed it together,.
      She will take the styling advice the judges gave her. And they will praise her for doing what they said to do. And she will win. PFFTT!
      Odd too that she lost her styling talent on this very important challenge.

      • Anonymous

        You would think she would have started the day she got back in order to have time to make corrections and such 

        Did you catch the fact that she went scuba diving in Tobago and took her inspiration photos?  Curious that she had time for a vacation. Was the win promised to her before she even left New York?

        • Anonymous

          Plus sewing is hard  and it hurts my back. Pattern making hurts my neck and gives my frown lines. Making muslins is boring and it’s hot in the workroom and I can’t wear my pretty new bathing suit while I’m doing it. 

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

            LOL!  And I don’t look as pretty sewing as I do crying…

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Not just scuba diving – it was scuba diving for the first time!

          Has that become her mantra to the extent that she just adds it to everything?  I made myself a cup of tea…. for the first time!

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

        And Andy had a really good reason why he didn’t have much done, in that he was waiting on fabrics that he had ordered from Asia because it was important to him to showcase his heritage.  I wouldn’t have chosen to wait like that, but it was a respectable reason.

    • Anonymous

      So fixed – so pathetic – so obvious: how many times did Heidi say that only 3 of the finalists would get an official showing at Fashion Week?  Not maybe, not perhaps, but definitely one person would be aufed.  And then they decided to include Anya after all.  Stupid.  Maybe her full collection is good, but these 3 pieces were awful — the swimsuit wasn’t pretty and it made her model look fat; the first dress was only interesting because of the fabric; and the gown looked like a heavy curtain draped and pinned together by Scarlett O’Hara.

      • Anonymous

        Do you suppose they backed themselves into a corner when they chose her as the winner the previous two weeks in a row?  

    • Anonymous

      The judges have lost all credibility and along with it their viewers by pimping for Anya and her bad designs.  Last year it was Gretchen. To save this show I think they need some kind of ongoing consumer panel, on air or behind the scenes, to give them feedback as the show progresses about how a typical audience would respond to the designers and to the judging.  They seem to think we are unable to see the flaws in the clothes, and that we believe in them as judges so strongly that they can influence us to think a majorette costume is “editorial”, a LBD that actually fits is a remarkable innovation, something they hated last week is great this week when done by a more favored designer, etc. It’s insulting to the viewers.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, but I don’t really think we can count on a consumer to be any more honest than the judges are; as a matter of fact, I would guess less.  I doubt any of them on that panel need any money, but if the producer came to a poor working stiff and told them here’s $5000- find a reason to like this dress, they’re going to fold.  Unfortunately for the show, we counted on the judges to bring the integrity.  As we’ve seen this year, apparently it goes to the highest bidder and that’s not us.

      • Anonymous

        I think one season they had passers-by “vote” on their favorite design that was in a window display at… Macy’s, maybe? It may have been a team challenge…..

        • Anonymous

          I remember that! And the designers were so excited to see their work in a window display. It was adorable.

    • Anonymous

      First thing I noticed: was Heidi wearing a Mondo? On the finale episode? I LOVED that.

      Second, I have never been so in agreement with TLo. THANK YOU for your comments on Kimberley. If it hadn’t been for the final judging, I would have loved this episode, because I felt like the designers (esp. Kim and Viktor) got to tell their stories a bit. Kim really does have something to say, and I want to hear it. (And Tim said the same.)

      Anya: a disgrace. I rarely get emotional about this show, but the judges treatment of Anya had me shouting out loud. My husband called me scary. That was a joke. I am OVER the Anya Movie of the Week.

      I’ve been to elmo, the restaurant Josh took Tim. It’s the kind of place that’s trying to be trendy but the food is mediocre and the design is tacky. Remind you of any designer you know?

      At the end, the way they shot the judging panel was unusual–they were using shots I’d not seen before. I knew something was up. It made the judges look fake. Which at this point, they are.

      • Anonymous

        It looks like a Mondo piece with the skull and all, but do we know for sure?

        • Stefanos Mantyla

          Tune into T Lo’s next “Judging The Judges”, I suppose!

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I think they said it wasn’t Mondo. Sure looked like him. Had to be intentional on her part, no? I would have loved that.

    • Lori

      Love how Heidi was wearing Mondo.  I doubt it but I’d like to think she was being ironic.

      • Anonymous

        I thought that looked like a Mondo. I thought it was not necessarily ironic, but a tribute to the designer she stood up for last year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

      How could they keep Anya in, after sending poor Michael Costello home at the same point last year? I’ve GOTTA call producer manipulation here-they wanted the drama from poor little Michael, so they pushed him to the breakdown, and they want Anya to win. Seriously considering not bothering to watch next week. My odds are 85% Anya, 5% Victor, 4% Josh, and 1% for Kimberly. And I’m guessing Bert and Laura will both get job offers sooner than any of the final 4.

      • Stefanos Mantyla

        You do realize that only adds up to 95%, right? Who is the other 5%? Mondo?

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

          None of the above.

        • Toto Maya

          The other 5% is, “You are ALL the winners of project runway!!!! ;D”

    • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

      I think by, “seeing to his career” you mean, “tending bar.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=759213342 Andrew Hay

      In the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter how many people “compete” at fashion week when the top 9 get to show at fashion week anyway

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

      Great post TLo, it was one of those “I hate it when I’m right!” sort of moments.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Hang in there, TLo! Just one more episode to go! Then hopefully your eyes and minds will be more at ease with All Stars.

    • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

      All I could see in Kimberly’s styling is Lauren Cooper: http://youtu.be/WxB1gB6K-2A (with bonus Ten for the DW fans).

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for this! I’m practically on the floor every time I have watched this.

    • Laura Goulding

      I recall the judges almost exclusively limiting their critique of Kimberly to the styling.  They actually talked more about styling than design overall last night, but ESPECIALLY when it came to Kimberly.  The judges really were a caricature of their recent selves.  I fully support new judges next year.

      • Stefanos Mantyla

        Clinton Kelly would be a good start, just because of his integrity!

        • Anonymous

          It doesn’t seem to me that integrity stands a snow ball’s chance in hell on this show anymore.  How else do you explain the muffled Tim, the blinded by the runway lights editor (notice she’s always shading her eyes with the cards- providing plausible deniability), and Paul Lynde-esque Uncle Arthur fashion designer.  

          • Stefanos Mantyla

            So who should our new judges be? That should be next week’s T Lounge question!

            Or is the answer new judges? Whatever would fix the show, it would have to be about the politics of it, so I think judges are part of it.

            • Anonymous

              Unfortunately, I don’t know that they can redeem themselves.  New judges isn’t going to change anything- they would still be bowing to the network/producers’ script rather than responding to anything walking down the runway.

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

            It does if they play along through the first couple episodes — PR can’t fire a popular judge for refusing to go along with their bullshit because said judge can take that to the press and it would be public relations suicide. Once they start shooting with a judge, they pretty much have to keep going. 

            In fact, in my fondest of revenge inspired daydreams (I love a good daydream:) I’d love to go on the show just so that I could present a final collection that would drive the producers crazy…

            • Anonymous

              I love the idea of doing a collection just to make them scream, and God knows MK has shown us he can do that.

              But, anyway, considering the episodes are all filmed before the audience gets a chance to make a judge popular.  And you know there must be confidentiality limits on what can and can’t be said (else why have we not heard from the poor beleaguered Mr. Gunn this year?).  It would be nice if it could happen, but I think it would take a few years for them to regain their reputation and even the slightest misstep would be enough to get the ‘leopard doesn’t change his spots’ comments flying.  We can dream, but it would almost take the producers coming out and making a mea culpa with a promise to do better for anyone to seriously believe it was happening.  But then again, I’m a cynic. 

      • Now I am The Bee

        Agreed.  I also watched the first season when it was broadcast earlier this week–the difference in the judges’ comments and critiques are monumetal compared to this year.  Heidi , who was clearly the hostess and not a judge, did interject meaningful points about wearbalilty.  MK had thoughtful, constructive things to say, rather than coming up with the next “disco-fill-in-the-blank” quip.  Nina was tough–she was at Elle mag then and really did have a great insight to what was editorial and what was just drek.  Now at Marie Claire–its just articles about sex and losing weight with a little bit of fashion thrown in.
        I miss the old PR so….

    • tylka5

      Totally agree with all of your comments.  The producers are ruining the show.  It’s a shame.

      • Anonymous

        Wrong tense.  The producers *have ruined* the show.  It is a shame.  It is dead and buried and all the flowers have died.

    • Anonymous

      I’m going to watch the finale. Really. I can’t wait  to hear the excuses the judges come up with for (probably) awarding the prize to Anya. By the time they finish they will have collectively asserted that the sky is green, Anya walks on water and she poops soft serve ice cream. With any luck the judges’ heads will start to spin around like Linda Blair on The Exorcist. 

      Bonus! Miss Clinique Counter’s reaction when someone else wins the prize.

      Of course I plan to drink heavily, too.

      • Anonymous

        I think it will be a good night to break out a pitcher of Fashion Puta’s.

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

        My conspiracy theory is that the producers had her send out two crapola outfits with one OK dress so she can be awarded the win for her amazing turn-around.

      • Now I am The Bee

        Yeah, me, too.  I’ll be out of town stating in a hotel, so I can watch and drink myself to oblivian pining away for the old PR!   ;) 

    • Anonymous

      Like a bad train wreck, I saw it coming…but I couldn’t look away.

      AT&T the fuck do they love Anya so much? WHY, PR GODS, WHY?!

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Anya had nothing to show to Tim? What? That should not even be allowed!

      Looks like Josh did pick out TWO of the best from his collection. Still did not include what I thought was the best, and in its place was that trash bag of a dress, but TWO! Better than I expected from him, really.

      Still, there is just no way around it; Viktor is the one to beat. He should win just for that jacket alone! It goes fine with the dress, but of course even better with the other outfit she has on in the Final.

      Kimberley’s mini-collection was not the best, certainly problematic, but she has a much better showing in the Final. I just never got that skirt, but it could be because I only have access to photos, and no motion footage of it.

      And Anya should be embarrassed.

      • Anonymous

        Chloe had almost nothing to show Tim when she had a visit, and I recall she had months to do her collection. She had a dress I think, but that was it?

        • Anonymous

          But they also had a lot more time- so a visit at the halfway point for Chloe would have been the entire time Anya had.  It was at the three week point, with only two weeks left.  And there was nothing- not even a sketch or direction other than a vague scuba picture.  

        • Anonymous

          Chloe had many years of hard work behind her.  Her construction and pattern making skills were at a very high level . 

        • Anonymous

          Andy did not have anything to show Tim either, but fabric he had special ordered. Anya was in a slump and on tropical time, which is very laid-back.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Baskin-Searles/1576160020 Michael Baskin-Searles

      If Victor doesn’t win the competition, there is something SERIOUSLY wrong!  Clearly, he is the best out of all of them.  The only other person who even comes close to being on the same taste-level as him is Anya, but she CAN’T SEW!!  

    • In_Stitches

      Last night I was happy to see Anya waved through, not because I thought her three piece collection had earned her the spot (although at the time, I wasn’t sure it hadn’t), but because her aesthetic, her work throughout the season, has been my favorite.  They’ve already shown that they aren’t making decisions based on the challenge at hand, but also on the work that has been shown throughout the season.  Why stop now?  It would have been like watching Jay, my favorite designer of season 7, getting chopped off at the knees right before the finale again.

    • Lynn Landry

      I have officially crossed over to where I don’t watch the episode but come to read your recaps. That is just sad, ain’t it?

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

        Preach.  I wouldn’t miss TLO’s recaps.

    • Anonymous

      One more thing about Anya’s mini collection. . The last gown looks ,which was the worst thing on the runway, looks like she tried to recreate one of the looks in her Governors Island collection and was unable to do it (with out Bert).

      • Anonymous

        I could swear I caught a safety pin by the side ruffle when that gown walked the runway.

      • Anonymous

        oooh, an excellent point, Siren.  Hadn’t thought of that.

    • Tom Shea

      I haven’t even watched the last two episodes. I just come here for the skinny. It seems like everyone, or everyone here at least, agrees that the Bunim-Murray effect has finally caught up to the show. The drama has been pushed at the expense of all else purely because the contestants aren’t talented enough to let the work stand on its own as entertainment. I wonder if that will be the casting standard going forward–“Some talent. Is a bitchy/beautiful/damaged/sassy/high-maintenance queen/hottie/schlub/headcase. MUST CAST.”

    • Brad and Anne White

      So I watched that mess of a show, and knew when everyone got a pony that this board would be lit up like a firecracker. I think I was even hiding my eyes as I watched, like it was a scary movie or something. But in the pre-views they manipulated something about  Anya crying and some mention that it wasn’t her own work. It wasn’t when Tim mentioned that she couldn’t have any help. Did I miss something or is that another producer spin that they are saving for next week?

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

        Editing monkeys. There’s no indication that Anya didn’t do her own work.

        • Anonymous

          And looking at that last “gown”, every indication that she did.

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

            I hear that. Bad folding technique, bad sewing (or pinning, or whatever she did), and in a rare misstep, bad fabric. It looked like Josh-style fabric.

      • Anonymous

        She was probably talking about how “that work” aka what she designed “isn’t hers” as in she didn’t really design something that she felt was up to her usual standard? I remember that was shown too but I figured she wasn’t talking about someone else doing her sewing for her. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julianne-Mullikin/100000099104784 Julianne Mullikin

      GAWD GO THE FUCK HOME ANYA!!!!!!!!!!!  I loved Victor’s and Josh’s was okay, but why keep her around?  I’m so sick of this season.  

    • Anonymous

      What should have also been clear was that without someone else to do the work, steer the design, and “fix” things, her output (I can’t even call it design) suffered and what was left had the look of a 6-year old trying origami for the first time and ultimately giving up and just stapling the whole mess together.  

    • Anonymous

      It was a depressing ending to the evening last night and it’s depressing coming here this morning. I think I’ll just have to stop after reading only 80 comments. All the best to you all for hanging in there. Thanks TLo for expressing our collective outrage so coherently, concisely and in all its cringeworthiness.

      It’s my oldest grandson’s five year old birthday today. Time to focus on the positive and have myself a great day.

      This Bitter Kitten needs to have a hair (what we used to call ours when he ripped around the house, leaping and howling).

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

        Aw, give him a good birthday hug, and enjoy the cake. :)

        • Anonymous

          Thanks, Sara. I’m already feeling better.

          Added: He is one of the joys of my life, time to put my real reality in perspective with this silly game show.

    • http://youresomartha.wordpress.com Justine

      awful judging. while i agree anya shouldn’t have made it, i totally thought josh should be out too. his shit was ugly. and did he say he made things out of neoprene? really? are the models going diving or riding a waverunner?

      • Anonymous

        Hah.  Maybe that’s where his girl is going–to a glamorous party where all the guests ride on waverunners or to a evening cocktail party underwater.  Okay, I’m out.  Where the hell would you go wearing that stuff?

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

      Anya’s first dress looked just like something Wretchen had on her runway last year.   All she needed was a big ugly hat.

    • Anonymous

      Project T-ball where everyone gets a tiny trophy.

    • Anonymous

      Anya’s bomb was clearly caused by an attempt to respond to Tim’s feedback & please the judges by putting something “different” out there.  Agreed the second 2 looks were god awful.
      BTW, the first dress was made from a batik, not a print.
      She had some exquisite fabrics in her workroom, hope some of them show up.

      • Anonymous

        The irony being that the judges then criticized her for not doing what she does best. 

      • Now I am The Bee

        Yes–in fact I’ve used a similarly-patterned batik in a quilt of mine.  That was the only thing that Anya has done in the entire season that I maginally liked.  Mostly because of the fabric and how Anya manipulated the pattern with the pleats in the bodice.  I did think that was interesting. 

    • Anonymous

      The one thing I would say about Viktor’s pants, while yes the print is gorgeous and yes it is perfectly matched at first sight I thought they appeared to have had a multicolored slushy tossed right at her crotch. Still I absolutely loved his 3 looks, including the zipper skirt and you know (if you’ve read any of my previous comments) how over zippers I am.
      Nice take on Kimberly’s skirt. Hadn’t thought of that from a white grandma esthetic but I can buy it.
      So how is Anya going to finish the rest of her looks? Did the cheating scandal that appears on the preview get resolved? Glad I had your blog to prepare me for watching tonight. Otherwise I’m sure I would have fouled my computer screen and keyboard with spittin’ fury.

    • http://www.shnugi.com Shnugi

      Did Anya have a redo?  Because the last two looks are gone from her runway collection.

      • Anonymous

        She axed them.

        • Anonymous

          At least the girl’s got brains.

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

          Well, she did get raked o’er some coals for them.  Runway is supposed to be perfect.

    • Anonymous

      The only thing I can add to TLo’s brill recap is that Mr. Bomber & I thought the critique of Victor’s collection was one of the best critiques EVER on PR.  Clearly the judges had something to work with; something that excited them enough that they wanted delve more deeply into how to make it even better. Victor’s not my favorite PR contestant ever, but in this case they should just have just declared him the winner and called the rest of the thing off.

      • Anonymous

        THAT would have been a satisfying episode! You know how in the past they have sometimes done that “we may or may not be eliminating MORE THAN ONE designer” stuff. I think there have been plenty of episodes (sorry everyone, even back in the “good old days” (the Iman dress, for example) where I have wanted the judges to declare there is NO winner. THAT would have been satisfying too.

    • http://twitter.com/MsBigSplash Kasie Hilburn

      You know I kinda think Anya was trying to be Auf’ed. She chose the worst dress of her “collection” and made it the show stopper piece. Oh but now shes going to go in and redesign EVERYTHING so it looks decent again, and VIOLA you have yourself a winner.

    • Anonymous

      I love Viktor. Full stop. My real surprise was how much I /got/ the look and the girl Kimberly was designing for, and you know what I liked her and want to steal from her wardrobe. The big tip top braids were tacky, personally I’d love to see the traditional slick back traded for a slick back cornrow, but I love her jewelery. Styling you can /fix./. Can’t do so much about shitty clothes (Anya.)

    • Anonymous

      A Wikileaks-intercepted memo from the PR producers:

      MEMORANDUM

      To: H Klum
      M Kors
      N Garcia

      Following Mr. Gunn’s home visits to the Project Runway contestants, it has come to our attention that Anya is having some technical difficulties. In short, she has accomplished diddly squat. 

      In light of the fact that she will have only two weeks to churn out garments to present for judging, and in light of the fact that it was predetermined that she will advance to the finals (see previous Memo: “Anya’s Ass Must Be Saved By Any and All Means”), it is our recommendation that during the judging session, you must be equally critical of all candidates and excessively nitpicky about inconsequential details –particularly of garments that are perfectly executed, as Victor’s tend to be. Please use cultural stereotyping as necessary. (Note to M. Kors: we ask that you refrain from the overuse of the word “disco.”) We trust that this will result in a more egalitarian judging session and ensure that there is no controversy when whatever rags Anya brings are promoted to Fashion Week as planned.

      Thank you and good luck – you are going to need it,

      The B.M.s

      • Anonymous

        Hilarious!  Nice job!

      • Anonymous

        Ah yes, The B.M.s, because they’re full of it.

    • Anonymous

      The moment Nina went out of her way to praise Josh as a “great designer” (mere minutes before they laughed at his Halloween costume) was the moment I realized I’m finally done with Project Runway.  Show makes no damned sense any more.

      I’ll check in here to see who ultimately wins.  Truth is, I don’t really care and can’t be bothered to watch it.  I can’t guarantee I won’t give All-Stars a shot, if enough time has passed.  But screw the accessories spin-off, screw the behind-the-scenes  chair-throwing, and screw the finale.  

      Sorry things didn’t work out, PR.  It’s you, not me.

      • Patricia Biswanger

        That really blew me away too, when Nina praised Josh as a “great designer.”  I thought, whaaaat????  Did those words actually come out of Nina’s mouth, or were they dubbed in?  Because under no circumstances is Josh a great designer.  He’s a mess, and Nina has to know that, or Marie Claire is in big trouble.

        • Anonymous

          Are the judges afraid that Josh might come after them sometime when they are on the street in New York, like he threatened Laura Bennett, is that why they suck up to him to his face and laugh behind his back?  It is rather tragic in a way. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      Not even watching this season anymore, just listening to your recaps. Way to really ruin a good thing, B-M. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691569288 Christopher Coyle

      Okay, I’ll admit, I like Anya, but after seeing her pieces, definitely did NOT expect her to make it to Fashion Week. Of the four, definitely the weakest overall – at least Clinique’s stuff was mostly assembled well.

      Le sigh.

      I just don’t like Viktor. He’s a decent designer, but just don’t like his personality any more than I like Josh’s.

      Can Kimberly please win?

      Pretty please?

      • Anonymous

        I love Kimberly, but not her clothes. It’s so weird, but what Kimberly wears herself is generally much better than what she designs. I can’t help but wonder if some better models would have helped her out, though. Hard to pull off her urban aesthetic with these nasty looking blondroids.

        • Anonymous

          To be honest, I’m surprised she made it to the finale. In other seasons, I don’t think Kimberly would’ve made it past the halfway mark. (I can feel someone saying something about Anya in response to this, but it’s true, she probably wouldn’t even be considered for other seasons.)

          • Anonymous

            Actually I like this idea.  It’s not like ANY of the finalists truly deserve to win; Viktor would be OK, but not on the same level as most past winners.  So why not just give it to Kimberly?  At least something positive would come of it.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691569288 Christopher Coyle

              Yeah, I think this entire season… wow, just wow. At least last season, Mondo really stood out, and there were at least a number of half-decent designers, even if Gretchen was a bit overly propped up. This season, Viktor had arguably the best looks, usually, but compared with any of the previous seasons… I don’t think a single contestant this season would have made it to the half-way point.

    • http://twitter.com/londonpenguin Teresa MacDonald

      Kim’s looks reminded me of Sporty Spice.

    • Anonymous

      OK, I’m not going to comment on the ridiculous episode last night except for this.  Anya has a tatoo of her beloved brother’s name, Pilar, on her hand.  Josh has his own name tatooed on his wrist.

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

        I know, right? I was thinking the same thing.

        Josh is his own beloved brother.

      • Now I am The Bee

        Ah yes–Josh’s tatoo.  Every time he says anything annoying, The Hubs points to his wrist and says, “but I’m Joshua and damn it, I deserve it!”  Cracks me up. 

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

        Yes, very sweet.  She also named her company after him (so I guess, it is her brand that is tatooed there as well).

    • R. L.

      I have hopes that All Stars and Accessory will expunge the memories of this season.  If it wasn’t for my need for closure I would stop watching right now.  Next year I will not watch.

    • Anonymous

      I agree completely. The judges have lost all credibility as far as I’m concerned.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, a thousand times!

      All this “I want to show at fashion week” crapola–they are showing at fashion week. They’re just not competing for the money and other prizes. But I bet Laura and Bert got as good attention as they would if they were in the final three.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think they can really allude to the fact that they DO create decoy collections on the show, so they say “I want to show at fashion week and it’s so close!” even though they’re really going to show due to scheduling.  

      • Anonymous

        Aww, who am I kidding? I went off to do something else 45 minutes ago and I’m back. This blog is my crack.

        I wrote this below a few days ago. What? Who’s an addicted Project Runway Bitter Kitten? Surely not me.

        Too many contestants are allowed at NYFW. I just wish the producers could be honest and say the very first day, “Contestants, six of you will show at Fashion Week, three of you will be finalists and three will be decoys. The decoys will be the last three contestants auffed before the final. Only the finalists will receive comments from the judges and be eligible for the prizes.” And proceed from there, without all the manipulation and nonsense.

        In fact, what I’d like to see on any talent-based reality show would be to kick no one off til the third show, assign a points value system to the judging, give every contestant some feedback, make the first three challenges individual ones, and allow two days for each challenge and an hour in Mood. Then at the end of the third show, eliminate 3 contestants at once based on the cumulative points. From that point on, mix up group challenges, time elements, crazy challenges, still keeping points (which don’t have to be revealed to the contestants, but maybe to the audience, since the show is over by then in reality anyway). One or even two could be eliminated at any time. The points could be used as serious bargaining chips within the judging if a particular judge was trying to keep a particular contestant, since we all know that even though it is denied, the past results of challenges are always in the backs of judges’ minds. And let Tim, for god’s sake, go back to speaking his real mind, AND, make sure he and the judges are on the same wavelength, and have the same definitions for the judging criteria.

        Sadly, I have reached the point, especially after last night, that indeed, the judges just follow the script and cash their checks. No credibility left whatsoever, in my mind. PR is probably ruined, as replacing both the producers and the judges at this point is just a whole different show.

        • Anonymous

          It is my crack too.  My condolences. 
          I like your suggestions.  How about a huge upset this season where no finalist wins?  Maybe split the cash prize between the best decoy collections.  Cause Viktor sews good, but he is not all that, IMHO.  Then, kill the show and start new, your way.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          Like x several million!

    • Anonymous

      You know when they started this, have four make a collection and then choose three to go in order to wring out more drama I really didn’t like it.  Of all the foursomes, this was not the group in which everyone should (as T&Lo so aptly put it) “get a pony.” 

    • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

      Thanks for so eloquently expressing what was making me so uncomfortable during Nina and Heidi’s critique of Kimberly’s work.  When she said the part earlier in the episode about there not being many top African-American designers I thought, “No way she’s getting auf’ed; if she were they would not have put that bit in,” but during the critique I started to wonder.  Especially when they said Kimberly and Anya’s collections were “equally bad” because, LOLWUT?

    • Anonymous

      I can’t wait for the pained expression on Nina and the other judges when they see Josh’s laced up shorts, or wait they would just call them editorial. Also I really liked Josh with normal hair, like in the way I would kinda go for him, but now, not really.

    • Anonymous

      At this point I’m starting to feel sorry for Anya. She’s not a terrible designer, but all this ridiculous producer manipulation is garnering her a lot of hate. She played the game well, but if she could just be kicked off when it was time to kick her off, even at this point, it would have been a lot better for everyone. But now that she’s staying everyone’s going to bitch at her for being a producer’s pet, whether or not her clothes are pretty. And that’s not fair to her, or to us.

      • Anonymous

        She’s not a designer.  Period.  No adjective required before.  I can put a Band-Aid on a booboo but that doesn’t make me a doctor.  She has wrapped fabric around women with apparent heavy use of staples, safety pins, and glue guns.  Anything that has shown any innovation or required structure has not too coincidentally been done as part of a team effort- letting her lack of know-how get lost in the crowd.

      • Anonymous

        I feel sorry for her as well. It seems that a lot of the hate is really getting personal as well calling her ‘fake’, a ‘bitch’, and other things that she hasn’t really been at all during the show. But that’s what happens when you’re on a reality show. She isn’t even being that vicious imo and people talk about her like she’s been the Bitch of All PR Bitches… I feel like the footage I’m seeing is clearly not the same as what others are. 
        To be honest, Anya really probably should have ended up going a few episodes ago, but made it through because there were others on the bottom who performed much worse which has resulted in her making it so far. 

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

          Happens every season, though — some people forget that the person on TV has feelings.  

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

        I don’t feel sorry for her.  She is a reality tv celebrity who really has not the craftsmanship chops to be on this show.  She knew this before she started but pushed being in anyway based on her story and hired an agent.  She could have chosen any number of other reality shows to push her career and skated by (like Bethany on RHONY), ANTM, Work of Art (which probably was the best fit as she is a graphic designer), Real World, Big Brother, Survivor etc.  She deserves any scorn meted.  The fact is it is unfair to us and those other real designers who were denied a spot that they cast her on this program to begin with.

        Josh should have been aufed weeks ago.  Burt should still be on for finals.  

    • Anonymous

      I do not find Anya warm and bubbly.

      Oh, yes, she often is, but it is entirely offset for me by her bad-mouthing people behind their backs, her cliquishness, and her manipulating people into doing her work. She was best buds with Josh until he needed her help. I don’t like Josh, but that really showed how much Anya is in this for Anya, not to make friends.

      • Patricia Biswanger

        Read up on her sex-tape scandal.  Per my comments above, I think they’re proof that she is a total phony.

      • Anonymous

        The bubbling they’re referring to is peroxide.

      • Anonymous

        When Josh asked Anya whether he should use the blue shoes, she just said that they were so “him” (or something to that effect) which in my mind means they’re hideous, which I suspect Anya knew. Josh doesn’t seem to get that Anya is out for herself and very competitive and catty and should not be trusted for advice. 

        • Anonymous

          I thought it was in more of a “It fits you (and your aesthetic)” kind of way. I mean I know plenty of people who say that and don’t mean something negative when they say it. What was she supposed to say? 

          I feel like ANYTHING Anya does is up for criticism thanks to all of this producer manipulation, and even the smallest little matter that may have nothing to do with anything becomes some new discovery into Anya’s character. “Oh, look! Anya’s parting her hair to the right side now. WHAT A SNOBBY BITCH, I hate her.”

    • Anonymous

      Well, everyone elso has commented on the process by which we got here, so I’ll just say, yes, je suis d’accord.

      As to the clothes – thought Victor’s pearl treatment on the white biker jacket was great, with just the ever-so-slight whiff of fierce/tacky that Lagerfeld employs to great effect at Chanel. Loved his prints, and treatment thereof. Was so interested to see Josh’s black palette, after the eye-searing print that was to be the cornerstone of the collection. He was quite right to listen to Tim. Thought that first gown with the plastic bib was

      going to be something, but then it took a turn for the worst. I must say he does have lots of ideas – unfortunately most are not successful. Kimberly’s black gown was spectacular, and would have been even better lined. I would have really liked to see the bubble butt skirt in a matte, dark fabric to see where that would go – I love to see designers play with volume in interesting ways, but a shiny bright fabric is such a risk in and of itself, and hard to make elegant. Regarding Anya’s collection, there’s nothing really to say – wish there was.

      • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

        “Turn for the worst” is just right.  My housemate commented that that dress looked like a Star Trek villain, and I started to disagree, saying that it was an interesting look, at least–and then the model turned around and I gasped in horror.  Seriousy, what WAS that?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

      Kind of a top three +1. Can we spell venal, judges? Best takeaway: the return of Tim Gunn delivering doses of reality. I’d still love to see cameras follow TG leading a fashion design master class where the payoff for his top performers is forgiveness of all student loans.  

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

        I do think that we need to start a Free Tim Gunn movement at the end of this season.  Plus, I love this idea!

        • Anonymous

          LOL  Free Tim Gunn!!  I think I may have to put that on a T-shirt.  He has to be horrified.  I wonder if he watches the show and just flinches.  I’ve noticed, though, even in seasons past that what Tim thinks and what the judges think have often been two different things. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I don’t know what to say..it’s not the first time a reality show has given us a “psych! no one is going home this week” ending, but this one seemed particularly calculated and made the episode basically not worth watching.

       I can’t believe I’m saying this, but ANTM did it well last week when they kept all the contestants because guest judge LaToya Jackson “couldn’t bear to see someone go.” Sure, it was most likely done as a season extender, but it was at least mildly believable to watch.  So, Heidi et al, when Tyra does it better than you, you’d best stop and think about what a joke your own show must be.

      • Now I am The Bee

        Heeee I saw that!  Well–there have been times int he past when all four finalists went to Fashion Week (Season 3, specifically) but one could see the reasoning.  This was just crack-tastic! 
        I actually thought Josh and Viktor would show and Kimberly and Anya would both be aufed!  How foolish that was….

    • Anonymous

      I was initially puzzled by the judging.  Why was there such strong criticism of both Anya and Kimberly accompanied by loads of styling advice?  It become clear to me later:  the producers had already decided to wave all four through before the judging that we saw, and all of Nina/Michael/Heidi’s “We have a tough decision to make” was complete pretense.  Shark jumped, stabbed and hit with a two-by-four.

      I can enjoy a sometimes capriciously-judged reality game show, but I don’t want any part this scripted b.s.  Then again, I did make it this far, so if I can handle the Gadhafi photos, I guess I can see this train wreck all the way through to the end.

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

        Good point. I realized (but then denied to myself) that Anya would stay when they started giving her tips on what she would need to do for her runway show. Of course, since she WOULD be on the runway anyway they might as well give her advice, but to include it in the actual show was a tip-off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ginny-Ellsworth/534496198 Ginny Ellsworth

      Well I really don’t think she could get any worse. Unless she resorts to paper bags.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      I watched a few minutes of that show that comes on afterward, and I heard Anya speak of the sex tape scandal like she was an innocent victim, and everyone looked on her so pityingly, like, poor baby.  

      Then I looked up this sex tape scandal, and it appears that Anya is really quite the little tramp.  Call me a prude, but being taped giving a blow job, having anal sex, and being in a three-way is really out there, and not in keeping with her noble and demure Island Princess demeanor.  

      Combined with her total lack of sewing ability and other design deficits, it convinces me that Anya is just a big phony.

      • Anonymous

        How does having sex make her a phony? Sometimes people make mistakes. She did say that she got a lot of hate for it and has since then moved on. To come back into the public eye after something like that is rather courageous since I think just about anyone who looked her up after she was revealed to be a contestant came across news of the scandal. 

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

        I couldn’t care less about what kind of sex Anya or anyone else has. What is she supposed to do, beg forgiveness for the rest of her life for having a healthy sexual appetite? I think it’s dumb to make a sex tape, because they tend to fall into the wrong hands all the time. But a dumb decision is not a reason to condemn her or call her a phony.

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

      I look to you men as a voice of reason amid insanity and you did not let me down today. Everything you said is what I was thinking last night. Nina would never wear any of those god-awful outfits that Josh makes and yet she keeps praising them. They are a joke. His taste is a joke. And Kimberly had some styling problems but she had some great pieces. And they let HER sweat it out next to Anya and THEN gave Anya a pony too and, and, and. Oh god, why I am bothering to say it all again. Thanks TLo for making me realize that I am NOT insane.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ginny-Ellsworth/534496198 Ginny Ellsworth

      Well I don’t think she could get any worse unless she starts using brown paper bags.

    • G Spencer

      TLo: are you also the ones behind this FB page? http://www.facebook.com/ProjectRunwayLounge?sk=wall 

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

        No.

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

          OMG, that’s such a rip-off!  And a shitty one, too!

          I know that kind of thing happens to you guys all the time, but it still sucks. :(

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

      This show has jumped the shark.

      • Anonymous

        Jumped, been swallowed by, and shat back out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      I can’t watch it anymore; it’s too frustrating. So I am weaning myself off PR by reading your recaps and nothing else. You are my Nicorette Gum.

      • Anonymous

        Me, too, Lauren! Less irritating, and much more time-effective.

    • Anonymous

      And for those of you who might like it, SNL gave their take on Lifetime this past weekend:

      http://www.hulu.com/watch/289403/saturday-night-live-lifetime-game-show

      • Anonymous

        Who’s going to believe you?!

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for making my week!  Hysterical and apt.

        • Anonymous

          You’re welcome! :)

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

        That is the funniest thing I’ve seen on SNL in a long time, thanks for posting! :)

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

        That was funny! Thanks for the link.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad to see Tim get back to actually giving constructive criticism….on the Work of Art writeups you praised Simon’s critiques and wished Tim would get back to that….wish granted!  That IS the homeliest fabric I’ve ever seen.  (And Clinique Counter apparently still snuck a bit of it into his collection….blech)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ginny-Ellsworth/534496198 Ginny Ellsworth

      While I don’t like Nina much, I had always respected her opinion in the past whether or not I agreed with it. Now, considering the total crap that has been coming from her on PR, I am amazed that you could read MC and believe a word she says. When she seems to be “producer driven”, how can you think she isn’t doing to same in the magazine? Nina seems to be tainted somehow.

    • Anonymous

      I know you two are having trouble figuring out what to say at this point that you haven’t already said, but I appreciate these entries.  I honestly haven’t bothered to watch last week’s or last night’s show.  It seems rather pointless, since I am fairly sure that, in the tradition of making sure they piss off as many die-hard fans as possible, the one designer who actually deserves this win will go home with nothing.  I’m not sure if the producers will choose their favorite Josh, or their favorite Anya, but I am fairly certain it will be one of them, and just in case it isn’t, I’ll have it on the DVR to go back and watch. 

      I get what the producers are thinking with keeping both of them, but I can’t stand either one of them.  If I had to work with them and there would be no consequences, I would have smacked them both in the face the first day and told them to shut up and grow up.  Mr. “More is Better” Josh has a very questionable taste level (something that got many other designers auf’d in the past) and Anya is just a Beauty Queen B*tch.  I almost want to see something along the lines of a Jeffrey Sebelia thing happen with her (the thing about maybe having had too much of his collection hired out) but in a way where they can’t help but disqualify her.  Though, I keep thinking that if such a scandal were to arise, it would be handled with editing to downplay it enough to keep her in… : (

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

      Can you post pictures of the back of Kimberly’s looks please?  I don’t have the patience to watch the show I just read your posts, I think the show would just piss me off at this point.

      • Sara__B

        Go Rate the Runway at Lifetime’s Project Runway site. You can see all the designs from front, side, and back.

    • Anonymous

      i was afraid kimberly was going to be heading home — i didn’t care for the pieces she sent down the runway except for the black gown, and even that had it’s issues.  the pink skirt and that blue and brown top just didn’t work for me at all.  they looked like two pieces that were grabbed out of a dark closet with no regard to whether they had any relation to each other.  i did not like the pink skirt – if i had seen it without knowing whose it is i would have guessed josh since the front seemed so overworked with that wonky front panel and the buttons down the front.  lucky for kimberly, anya sent pure crap down the runway and i agree that it probably saved  her.  of course heaven forbid they give anya the heave-ho.  no, she’s the anointed one and the pre-ordained winner.  i’m hoping madly that i’m wrong on this since i really think viktor should win it (and i don’t even particularly like him — too whiny), but i do like most of his designs. 

    • Anonymous

      There was no reason whatsoever to keep her in the competition except
      that the producers clearly want the beauty queen with the sexy scandal
      in her past to be part of the finale.
        Oooh escadalo??  Do tell…

      I think you are spot on, TLo-they kept her in the competition because she’s a pretty face.  Yes, her previous designs were interesting but she managed to make a skinny model look chunky in that bathing suit and that satin gown?  Honey, please…
      AND HOW DO YOU NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO SHOW TIM?!?!?!?!?! /end rant

      If Victor doesn’t win this thing, then it MUST be rigged….

    • Anonymous

      I don’t even bother watching the show anymore, I only read your recaps. They’re better than anything I’ve seen on PR this year. This show used to be so interesting! I loved watching people with imagination and skill make something amazing in a short period of time. But now, the only interesting thing about the show is the people’s personalities, which are incredibly dull. RIP PR.

    • Now I am The Bee

      Bitter is right.  I thought the judges hd come to their senses when they told Kimberly she was IN.  Then came the sickening twist. 

      I am acrimonious. 

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

        Me too. I turned to my husband and said, “I must be wrong. We all must be wrong. Because everyone thinks it’s rigged and Anya will win.”

        And then the sucker punch – she gets a pass. Truly WTF?

    • Susan Crawford

      So the thing of it is, Project Runway has about ten million rules: isolating the contestants; limiting their time; cray-cray challenges; unusual materials; last-minute twists; no talking to bloggers. And then in the end THREE of them get to go to Fashion Week. That’s the rule – that’s the whole damned POINT. Oh, but wait. Unless we decide to change it. And then there were four. WTF???

      As I continue to tidy up my ceiling from my cranial explosion last night, I keep reminding myself that once upon a time there was a PR that was engaging because of the excitement of seeing a group of talented, somewhat zany, quirky, yet devoted to fabulous ideas types duking it out, and occasionally coming up with things that truly had “major wow factor”. Well, aside from the wonderfulness of Mondo, and Viktor’s overall tailoring expertise and obvious commitment to really learning all he can, I’ve been horrified by this show for two seasons.

      I would really, truly, honestly, thoroughly like to know how Anya ended up with even a SINGLE look that was put together after meeting with Tim with NOTHING – NO THING – to show except pictures and fabric. Oh, to have been a Carribbean-Glam fly on THAT sewing room wall. But damned if those whack-a-doo judges didn’t rally around the campfire one more time and make sure this gorgeous creature will continue to pump up the Bunim/Murray empire despite her lack of talent and skill.

      Seemed obvious, too, that the push is on to start emphasizing the Project Accessorize show, too, because almost ALL of the critiques centered on the styling, the jewelry, the shoes, the belts . . . which ARE important, but the emphasis was definitely NOT as focused on the design and sewing as in previous seasons. In Kimberly’s case, the criticism was very valid, and I hope that she took it to heart. But I agree that the bracelets and earrings were very much a part of the overall storyline she had developed behind her collection, and I thought the reference was an important one.

      Viktor, that white jacket was absolutely incredible! THAT alone made sitting through this whole cockamamie season worthwhile, IMHO. It was as close to actual haute couture as anything I’ve ever seen on PR.

      Josh managed to tone down some of the over-the-top qualities that did him in over and over, but I wasn’t really impressed by the three pieces he chose to highlight in the mini-collection, especially that hybrid of catsuit/gown/spacewalk prom dress thing. But his little jacket was VERY nice.

      Aaaanyway, I still have some work to do to find that last piece of my cranium and my jumbo bottle of Cray-Cray Glue so I can get myself back together in time for next week’s Big Show so I can explode all over again. Adieu, bitter kittens. Let us all get out pageant tiaras out of the vault, send our winner’s sashes to the dry cleaners and prepare for what now seems truly inevitable.

      And T and Lo – please make next week’s Lounge extra glam, chock full of comfy banquettes, loaded with gorgeous bar and waitstaff, and flowing with libations, because something tells me the commentariat will be ready to dish the dirt with a vengeance!

      • Anonymous

        I think she had to do 10 pieces in two weeks at that point? That probably explains why a lot of it wasn’t exactly like her stuff she showed during the competition pre-FW. 

        I just wonder why did she spend so much time in those five weeks… not really doing anything with design? Anya wtf. 

        • Anonymous

          I think she stood there in the middle of the room trying to figure out you go about designing clothes, and then spent three weeks looking behind chairs, under tables, in the closet, and behind every palm tree- for the rest of the team that would appear and save her asp again.  

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

            I’m assuming asp was a typo, but I really like it — I may start referring to saving people’s asps from now on, just for the inevitable looks:)

            • Anonymous

              LOL  It was intentional.  I never know for sure what is going to get bog a post down so I’m big on my sounds-a-lot-like words.  And they do sound more interesting.  Chalk sucker sounds like a personal with nutritional issues and mother trucker sounds like a great career choice for an empty nest nurturer.  Although in my head, fluck interesting- I’m going with intent. 

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

              And with Anya’s coloring, exotic nature, and eye make-up alluding to the Cleopatra look on occasion, it’s even better.

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

        RE: the emphasis on styling. It probably is partly to promote Project Accessory, but they did the same thing last year.  It’s gotten ridiculous. I don’t recall them ever giving styling advice before then.

        Hope your cray-cray glue holds out.

      • Anonymous

        Ha!  I just looked at my calendar and I’m actually relieved:  I have a concert to go to that will mean I will be watching the finale from the DVR.  I really don’t think I’ll be able to watch the finale in real time without having the same kind of cranial explosion you had this week!

    • Anonymous

      Well…it took almost a whole bottle of merlot for me to get through that episode.  And, glory-halleluiah, I actually did not remember any pieces other than Vicktor’s when I woke up this morning.  And with the morning and a strong cup of Starbucks in hand, the pics here brought it all screaming back (maybe the screaming was in my head, or perhaps it is a recovered memory of me last night …screaming at the TV).  TLo, you have been spot on all season.

       I can not believe that Bert was sacrificed so that  we could be  rewarded with Anya & Josh.  I’m sorry, but all of Clinique’s  pieces, in my eyes, were dreadful.  While the grey jacket was interesting, every single other thing on that girl was fugly.  The LBD…not new, not different, just a whole lot of nothing.  I can’t even find words to express how much I hated his black bib outfit.

      As for Anya, this just proved everything I already knew.  Lack of experience/education was screaming out of every piece.  She was carried through by  the team challenges (seriously..didn’t this season have the most team challengens of any season?). I thought she survived last week b/c of Bert and now I’m sure of it. Completely on her own for the first time, she failed.  Not to have one thing ready to show Tim?  Not even something partially sewn?
      Not.
      One.
      Piece. 

      Epic fail. 

      Clearly, she can not do this without input/help from others.  She wasn’t ready for this and then when faced with deserved criticism she should have been getting all along, she just about fell apart.

      After the Wretchen win, the only reason I came back this season was for Tim Gunn & to enjoy TLo’s recaps.  Last night was the most we saw of Tim all season.  Not even Tim is worth this amount of ridiculous producer manipulation. 

      I need some Tylenol. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, most team challenges in the history of PR, I think, which to be honest are kind of boring. They probably wanted to amp up the drama which they got wish Josh plus just about everyone other than Anya.

        As for Anya’s crash and burn… I think she just lost herself once she got home and zoned out of competition mode. The visit was rather disastrous. She was skirting around the fact that she hadn’t done anything yet the entire time! I kind of wish she was smarter about her time, but what’s done is done. 

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

          I love A team challenge, as in ONE PER SEASON.  I don’t care what it is, but I like to see if a designer can handle working in a team, because it is an important skill.  And reveals a lot about them:  think of how impressed we all were with Mondo after his team challenge with Micheal C. because he could admit that he had been too harsh and quick to judge about Micheal .

      • Anonymous

        I agree wholeheartedly.  This exposed how much of everything that came out of Anya was based on the team/partner saving her and manipulating challenges with twists when that was necessary.  That “gown” looks like she tried to replicate the Bert looks with disastrous results.  The fact that the judges can look at that stapled, Duck taped, and based disaster and still let her through to the finale should confirm to even the biggest doubter that the fix is in.  I hope it also proves that they have a lot of money in their 401Ks because I would think this season would be sufficient to put a serious dent in their reputations as “fashion forward and editorial”. 

      • Anonymous

        A lot of people speculated that Viktor sewed Anya’s winning dress for the HP print challenge, and as the season has gone on I’m more inclined to believe it.

        • Anonymous

          Based on what happened when stylist, er, designer attempted to replicate the dress Bert “assisted” with, and considering we have seen nothing that even comes close to the tailoring, fit, and general style of that HP dress, I would have to wonder if she was involved in any way whatsoever (idea, design, cutting, threading the machine) other than picking out the shoes. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1256053860 Sue Hurley Nestasia

      The judges seemed more concerned with the “styling” than expressing how hideous most of the designs were. ugh

      • Anonymous

        Agree with that fully.  I think all the take the jacket off and let me try it, take the seat belt off and put it on the other dress, those shoes don’t work, don’t like the hair and sunglasses, and on and so forth, was meant to cover up the absolute PANIC the three judges must have felt seeing three of four contestants go down in flames of furious bad taste and crappy fabric selections.  Joshua was right about one thing last week in making his absurd “This is the moment …” soliloquy.  Last night definitely felt like the breaking point for this show.  Either they take some time off and make a conserted effort to get back on track or the show will stagger on as just another reality schlock fest.  I imagine that Tim came back from those home visits like Paul Revere signaling an alarm–“We are in big trouble!”  I believe I actually heard him say “effing” last nigh.  A first for him on camera.  When the judges get to the point that they are pointing out that shoe selections are all wrong and just plain tacky, Project Runway feels fork-ready.

    • Anonymous

      After watching the show last night I was frustrated, and a bit nonplussed. Where was the ‘one final look’ (maybe next week)?Where was the rage/relief as someone was sent home (then again the last three years, everybody shows).
      What
      is it with the last two seasons,… it’s all about styling. That’s a
      bit why Gretchen won, the judges loved her styling (that and every year
      the person with most referential look wins).
      Why are they doing this? I throw this out,…. with Project Accessory around the corner, a show that, to me, has a dubious shelf life, is it a lead in, justification on ‘the importance of accessories’? The last two seasons of ‘look how the girl is styled’ it takes on a greater importance.
      But, bottom line all four contestants should of been booted off the show last night.
      Now with Project Runway All Stars being postponed until next year, maybe they just want to take a break.
      The last two seasons just seem to be phoned in.

    • Anonymous

      TG&L, I’m only a layman when it comes to fashion. To me though, Anya’s last look is quite attractive – from the photograph anyway. You spend a whole paragraph saying how awful it is but don’t explain why. Can you jot down a few lines to lay out to an amateur like me just why it is so bad to anyone with a practised eye?

      • Anonymous

        It was badly sewn and constructed, pulling in places where it is not intended to pull.  You can see how it puckers instead of draping effortlessly.  The idea was pretty good, maybe not too original, but intended to enhance a woman’s body, like many of her ideas.  She simply cannot sew well, so she glues and pins and bastes.  Now that the show is ended, she won’t have to.  Other seamstresses can execute her concepts.

        • Anonymous

          Also, Anya has a natural eye for what works for women of all shapes and sizes and ages.  All the education and technique cannot teach those qualities.  The other designers acknowledged her eye in the last show.  Notice Josh’s designs, they have technique and unusual finishes but make even a beautiful woman appear butt-ugly, and most woman could not and would not wear his clothing.  You notice the colors and gee-gaws but not the woman.  Viktor to some extent is also awkward and fussy.  He is technically very proficient, but lacks an instinctive ability to enhance “any” woman, and probably does not care to anyway.

    • http://twitter.com/whathef1 whathef

      The train wreck continues! With out Laura and Bert to add to Viktor this is one very sad group of “designers”! Kimberly is just above the “loving hands at home catagory”, remember her orange threesome?? Josh, while he can make a good garment has not developed a sense of sophistication to pull his looks off as of yet! Anya, the BIG disapointment…has retreated from her entering a cosmoploitan vibe to right back to the beach in bad muumuus, bathingsuits, coverups…all so basic and badly edited…NO STORY or DIRECTION!
      It appears that PR has thrown good taste and style out with their ethics! NOT EVEN in the first year of a design school competition would such crap be allowed to walk a runway! Oh…just to have L n B back !

    • Anonymous

      Agreed on all points. That’s what our beloved little show has become.
      I’m so glad that you guys aren’t afraid to put it out there, too. It needs to be said where The Powers That Be can read it. 

    • Anonymous

      Sample letter to our friends at Lifetime:

      Dear Lifetime,I would like to congratulate you on your extensive product placement during the course of Project Runway.  I have complete information on everything from smoky eyes to hair product.  Sadly I will not be buying ANY of the products advertised on PR, Project Runway All Stars, Accessory or the disease of the week until you straighten out and stop using such blatent manipulation to get the preconceived results you apparently value.

      Now, if everyone would send a letter like that to the Lifetime geniuses, we might get somewhere!

      • Anonymous

        Send it instead to those placed products.  Also let Lifetime know that you’re not watching their stupid spinoffs.  But Lifetime thinks the way to get viewers in is to serve up this tripe.  They don’t quite get that we watched and were pissed last year.  But, out of loyalty based on past seasons, we gave them another chance and they blew it.  So while they may have had the ratings last year, I’m sure they saw a drop this year, and they’re going to see even more of one last year.  I know I’m done and it sounds like a lot of other people are, too, and the demographic range for a show about sewing, no matter how much bitchiness they toss in with it, is just not going to h the universal appeal of singing or juggling.  Stupid stupid move, Lifetime. 

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

        Rosie, just make sure your letter is in crayon with a LOT of pictures.

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

      Here’s what really pissed me off: the commercials for After the Runway TOTALLY BLEW the big reveal.  It had Viktor saying, “I wanted someone to go home!”  When I heard that, I knew instantly that we were in for a Final Four, and that Anya’s craptastic collection would get waved through.  Consequently, I spent the entire rest of the episode in rage, gritting my teeth through the faux drama of the judging.  Truly nauseating.

    • http://twitter.com/whathef1 whathef

      They get a pony cause the think we are JACKASSES!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sandra-Kurschner/100000898193726 Sandra Kurschner

      Kors orange nose…………excellent!

    • Coco Cornejo

      Home visits were largely uneventful! Oh, boys! 

      If you weren’t so exasperated with this season you would have gotten a full paragraph of bitchiness out of Anya not having sewn a stitch and having to be “reminded” that she had to sew it herself. You can’t hire a local sweatshop stitcher to save your pretty little ass.

      And there’s at least another paragraph of bitchiness in Tim telling Joshua that his “vintage” print was the ugliest thing he’d ever seen. Where did he shop? Goodwill? You’re supposed to spend the $9000 on materials, not hair product and makeup!

    • Mariah J

      Anya obviously should have been auf’d based on those three looks. However, having seen her final collection there were at least 2 better looks she could have thrown in and probably been okay. Josh had the second worst collection but he beat Kim on styling so I guess that counts for a lot? (no, no it doesn’t) Viktor is going to win topping off the worst PR season. No exceptions.

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

        Winning this season will be a perfect example of the adage “damning with faint praise.”

    • Anonymous

      The only things I liked about this episode were the relatively brutal critiques that Tim gave the designers.

    • Anonymous

      I expected it of course, but I was still shaking my head in amazement & disgust when they slid Anya through. 

      Once upon a time: In the old days, although I recorded every PR episode, I couldn’t keep myself from watching the very first airing of each episode as it aired. I viewed each episode several times and would *never* have missed the season finale. PR always had my full attention.

      Now: I recorded last night’s PR, hoping (!) there would be a reason to watch. I “watched” (meaning had it on in the background) while I did some online research for a project and fast forwarded through much of it just so I could see what happened at the very end and would be up to speed for my reading of today’s TLo commentary.

      This season, the only thing I enjoy about Project Runway is reading Tom & Lorenzo + the bitter kittens.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you! I’m in California, so I DVR the episode so I won’t have to sit through the seemingly endless commercials. Then I log in to T Lo to read all the comments as the East Coasters are watching to get a feel of what happens. This season has upset me SO much, I find it helps to know what’s gonna happen before I watch – keeps the blood pressure down and also allows me to fast forward through boring nonsense with people crying about lost relatives and I WANT THIS SO MUCH interviews. *eyeroll* This season of PR has sucked my usual compassion and empathy right out of me.

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

          To be fair, every season has the “But I really WANT it” designer — clearly some people don’t remember what happened to Veruca Salt…

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

      Even my husband, a game designer–yes, a computer geek, with no fashion sense–was outraged with this epi. He asks “Why did we all have to be put through this episode when it changed nothing?” I am still pining for the old show, so I’ll tray it again, praying that next time will be like the first. Oy!

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

        Mine was completely baffled and said pretty much the same thing.

        All I could bring myself to do was roll my eyes and grumble under my breath over the “surprise! Everyone gets to go” shocker that wasn’t shocking at all.

    • Anonymous

      Anya is going to win. And it will be fragrant bullshit.

      However…Viktor and Kimberly will get good, paying customers. Maybe even famous customers. And they will make reasonable money. I can’t say that Anya has enough of a viewpoint or range to get the same kind of customer base that Viktor and Kimberly will have. She may win the game, but she’ll get a temporary reward. There aren’t enough people with Anya’s style for her to have any kind of business success…but I don’t see that as her goal, honestly.

      Josh? Maybe a fashion commentary spot on E! or for a tabloid. 

      In the end, I think they’ll each get what they want: Anya will get love and attention, Josh will get attention, Viktor and Kimberly will get a step up in their design careers. 

      • Now I am The Bee

        You are so right about Josh.  He’d be perfect for that shameful show “The Fashion Police!”  Per.  Fect. 

        • Anonymous

          The new Joan Rivers! Perfect!

    • Anonymous

      Joshua’s jacket and dress were neoprene, right?  …Why the hell is he trying to make neoprene into fashion??  It just looks gimmicky. Not to mention ugly.  And by letting Anya in, it’s like they’re trying to say that Anya’s mini-collection was somehow on the same level as Viktor’s?  That is appalling.  Even Joshua’s was miles ahead of Anya’s and his was by no means good.  Yeah, his was ugly, but at least things were decently constructed.  Anya’s was just ugly and sad, in both design and execution.

      • Anonymous

        He probably saw how Nina loved it in S6 and wanted to pull a Ra’mon.

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

          I was thinking something similar.

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

          Remember how Tim bought that dress in the auction to give to Nina, and he said he was going to make her wear it? He thought that win was ridiculous. 

          • Anonymous

            She still hasn’t worn it. 

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

        Neoprene has already been used in fashion, at least going back to 2001 when Yohji Yamamoto used it in his Fall/Winter collection. Alexander McQueen used it in his Fall/Winter 2007-2008 collection, Lagerfeld used it in his spring 2009 collection for Fendi, as did Michael Kors in his spring 2009 collection. I could swear it was used back in the 80’s by Stephen Sprouse or someone whose designs are similar but I purged myself of all my back issues of ELLE (pre-Nina) several years ago and now I can’t reference that. Josh went to design school and I’m sure he’s well aware of who’s been using neoprene in their collections lately.

        I wouldn’t say it’s particularly on-trend but it is one of those unconventional materials that can do cool things. I’m of the opinion, however, that it’s limited in the shapes it can take on, and in most cases people resort to using it for some kind of a jacket or a minidress à la Sprouse, complete with neon color. This fits with Josh’s aesthetic, since he clearly is heavily influenced by the 80’s with all the bright colors and the way that he tends to bedazzle things. I do have to give him credit for his sewing skills, because most people won’t deliberately choose some of the fabrics he’s worked with, and he seems to have crafted his garments really well. That’s what kills me – he’s really great at sewing and it seems like he’s technically proficient at both tailoring and draping. It’s the designs, colors and fabric choices that are always questionable, as well as the accessorizing. 

        • Anonymous

          I appreciate your fashion history knowledge of the use of this fabric. A refreshingly thoughtful counterpoint to ponder.

        • http://liftingmybutt.blogspot.com/ Teri

           Yes, I had one of those scuba dresses back in the late 80s, early 90s. It was cute and the neoprene acted like a girdle of sorts but more flattering. Also the seams traveled down the curves of the body, making those dresses more flattering then the bandage type dresses that had a recent resurgence but were also 80s looks.

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

        Maybe Josh was going for the high fashion-scuba gear idea with the neoprene.

        • Anonymous

          Well, rumor has it that anything that can be remotely connected to the sea and tropics is in this year, so perhaps he was hoping to capitalize on that. 

    • Anonymous

      Well, with over 400 comments in less than 2 hours I can see that I’m hardly going to be unique here, but waaaaaaaaaaaaa, they killed my show!!! waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! *hiccup* *hiccup* waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Love you guys but there is no excuse for that hot pink skirt.  Absolutely hideous, front and back.  Frankenbutt.

    • Anonymous

      Viktor’s collection was the only one I liked at all.  I actually hated his print pants; I didn’t think that they complimented the top half at all (which I did like) and the strip of print going straight up her crotch was a deal breaker for me – all hail to the V – ugh!  I loved the the flowing dress with the jacket – one of the best looks of the season IMHO.  The mini-dress was okay, not awful, but instantly forgettable.

      Kimberly’s was a second runner up – I liked the gown – very glam – but the other pieces read tacky to me.

      But Joshua and Anya…what can I say?  So bad, so very bad. They were producing stuff that shouldn’t get you past the first challenge, let alone qualify you for the finale.  For one brief moment I actually thought that the game hadn’t been rigged for Anya – how happy I was to be wrong!  And then it happened…of course Anya was going to the finals, they didn’t pimp her all season to send her home now.

      And while on the subject of pimping, am I the only one who raised an eyebrow when Joshua mentioned that he was a track star when he was younger?  Aha!  That’s why they had that stupid track challenge, they wanted to rig the win for him so he could be the team leader and create lots of reality show drama!  Now I get why he shared the win with Viktor – he had been the hand picked winner of the challenge to create the “Rise of Joshua” narrative and they weren’t going to let something like Viktor doing a way better piece than him get in the way of the script.  Gawd, the manipulation this season is so obvious and the show has lost all credibility.

    • Anonymous

      Joshua’s collection looks like some kind of 80’s inspired fetish oddness.  It puts the TACK in TACKY.  I simply DO NOT GET IT.  Anya…well Laura Bennett called that on the after show, a lot of “fans” would be disappointed in Anya didn’t show in the finale.  So that’s just a ratings move.  Anya’s collection was an embarrassment and SHE KNEW IT! 

      I like Kimberly’s collection.  Although I think the bags are over doing it, and the shoes would  fare better with color neutralization, I really love her jewelry.  I like the hair styles and makeup, and I totally get her point of view, especially in comparison to Josh and Anya.  I’m not a fan of the pink she chose, but really like the other colors in her palette.  Strong, vibrant and fun.

      Viktor’s collection is really good.  Note to Anya…take a look at how to incorporate a print into design.  IMO, Viktor’s looks the most finished and professional.

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

        I liked the big bags, but I suppose that’s just a case of personal preference. I agree the jewelry worked well too but, again, I’m a fan of a boatload of bangles on someone who can pull them off.

      • Anonymous

        There are 772 comments here already, and no one in their right mind would read them all. I haven’t seen this particular observation in any comments so far: Ol’ Grandpa Gunn SAVED JOSH’S ASS! Can you imagine what Josh’s collection would have looked like had Tim not xnayed so many of his choices? His hideous, ugly fabrics? His lame designs? Yeah, everyone complains Anya can’t sew. (Well, she can at least sew well enough to have made it through 6 or 7 challenges with no outside support.) But Josh? He can’t edit! He has extremely poor taste! He’s a Queer Guy with No Eye! Isn’t that a far more valuable skill in a designer than whether he or she can sew? Sadly, Papa Gunn DID step in to save Josh’s day … otherwise, he woulda gone down. In flames.

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

        Laura’s argument was total horseshit, btw.  Let’s do the math on this:

        There were 12 episodes before this one, so 12 shot BEFORE FW. 
        9 designers showed at FW total. 

        Which means when this decision was made, THERE HAD ONLY BEEN THREE EPISODES AIRED!  The pajama challenge, the pet store challenge and the stilt challenge.  (Dressing Nina aired the night before the PR show, I believe, so there were four that could influence the final decision, but only 3 to influence this one, unless I’m counting something wrong — if I am, it’s not by much)

        For all the talk about Anya’s fans and rating and blah blah blah, none of these decisions were made because of them — because those fans didn’t exist yet.  Go back over the first 3 challenges worth of comments, not only here but on other sites as well… there’s no great Anya-love or -hate.  In fact, the people being talked about as of FW was BERT and VICTOR, because of their godawful pairing on the stilt challenge.  And if they wanted to keep the villian, that would definitely been Bert after the pet challenge and the stilt challenge when he was at a low point for the season.

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

        Maybe Josh should have styled his models with ball gags, I could see that coming down the runway.

    • Anonymous

      This whole season is such utter bs that I can barely watch anymore. I’m fully expecting that no matter what the hell Viktor does, Anya will win the whole thing. I keep thinking of previous seasons when actual talented designers were on, and this scraping-the-bottom-of-the-barrel group is just nauseating. The judges have gone back on every single supposed standard of theirs, and the idea that “the beauty queen who can’t sew” would get this far is sickening. People who can at least sew are trashed as unimaginative and glue guns rule. I thought the Gretchen disaster was the worst, but they proved they can indeed trash the show even more. I am sick of the nonsense of grouping teams to invite drama, and not giving anyone enough time, ever, to actually design and construct a good garment. What we are left with proves nothing at all. Remember when people were judged badly for allowing something on the runway with an unfinished hem? I’m surprised that Kors & Garcia are willing to allow their images to be so dragged down by this show. 
      At least dear Tim can’t hide how over it all he is.

      • Anonymous

        Like your profile pic:  walk this way; no, this way!

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

      Wow Anya actually stepped out of her comfort zone and challenged her skill level by making 3 garments without sleeves!  Bravo, girl!

    • Anonymous

      This whole season has been such a JOKE.   If you go back and watch the designers on Seasons 3 & 4…. there were alot of very talented, creative people on the show.  Viktor is the only one on the same level as those designers.   He’s the clear cut winner this year.   The show is on a downhill slide….must be so humiliating for Tim Gunn to participate in this “Hot Mess”.  Don’t know if the show is coming back next year… I won’t watch.   Looking forward to seeing Rami, Mondo, Mila, and Austin on the All Stars…..at least they can design & SEW!  

    • Anonymous

      Wait! You mean Kimberly adjusted the styling?  damn. I thought the solution for her would be to make sure she picked models that could give a Brooklyn vibe.
      I’m pale-skinned and have blind spots a mile wide about the problems faced by people that look different from the dominant mold in this society but even I was uncomfortable with Nina and Heidi’s critique of Kimberly’s mini-collection.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/emily.w.sings Emily Wilkerson

      Seeing this episode made me feel totally justified in my hope that Viktor, Kimberley, and Laura would be the top three.

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

      “She had OVER A MONTH to put this together. This isn’t something whipped up in a Parson’s workroom in 18 hours.”

      Agreed on how much time she was allotted. But I’m confused about why she chose to make this sad excuse for a gown at the last minute. Was it because of Tim’s critique? Or was it because (like Josh) she almost wet herself when she saw that jacket of Viktor’s. She KNEW that she wasn’t going to be able to make a gown in 18 hours and yet she tried. Why not just alter something she already had? Either she over-estimates her own sewing skills or she knew that she’d get in no matter what she sent down the runway.

    • vix eljay

      Was Kenley’s season a Lifetime season or were they still on Bravo?  I have to say it was still a Bravo show at that point, because otherwise I could have seen Lifetime trying to bring her back season after season for the drama factor alone.  And a workroom conveniently sponsored by Purina.

      • Anonymous

        Lifetime started with S6. They had a REALLY long break after the Kenley season before starting up on Lifetime. Sadly, that season was also the one with the faceless final three, which by the time the show started airing, was EXTREMELY obvious.

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

        Kenley was the last season on Bravo, though her season was HEAVILY manipulated according to Tim.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care enough any more to vent my rage.

      • Anonymous

        I’m imagining Spock’s voice.

    • Anonymous

      Josh said it: “If you weren’t so beautiful, I’d be really pissed off.” Clearly the Producers agree.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think her beauty has anything to do with it. 

        And Josh is kind of an ass about the ‘bad critique’ thing since considering more often than not, he was ripped a new one. 

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

          Yep. He didn’t have a stellar showing here either. I mean, I get his sputtering confusion, but he really didn’t have room to talk, because other than the jacket, that was some crap up there on the runway.

          It was worth it, though, to see him trying to keep his head from exploding. Hilarious.

    • Anonymous

      Not gonna rehash here because everybody has said what I would’ve – but – I think one of the most embarrassing moments of the show was the off camera voice of one Nina Garcia saying “You’re a great designer” seemingly to JOSH of all people! Because it was an off camera comment, I’m wondering if she really said it about him. I am so hoping this is yet another producer manipulation shenanigan, because if Nina REALLY said that to Josh…well then…I’m breaking up with her.

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

        Unfortunately, he mentioned Nina saying it to him, so I don’t think they took it out of context. Unbelievable.

    • caroline miles

      Words defy me. “Disappointment” and “horror” don’t even begin to describe how truly betrayed i feel. This used to be such a fun show,  illuminating and instructive as well as entertaining. Honestly? i feel nothing but disgust for the judges. What a bunch of hypocrites! What a complete piece o’ shit show this has turned into. Maybe it’s inevitable, and everything good eventually turns sour; i don’t know. But i do know that it offends me completely that the producers/creators/judges treat their audience with such disregard and so dishonestly. Hate. This. Show.

      Love TLo and will continue to read here. But the show really has lost me permanently. (i know. Like they care.)

      i started reading TLo when it was Project Rungay, and of course now enjoy so many other features of this blog (especially the other television recaps/writeups — full of insights and humor and wisdom).

      When i think of some of the truly gorgeous, creative, marvelous work done by past designer-hopefuls, and how much fun it was to observe Tim and his interactions with all of them, it’s hard to believe that this miasma of meh is the same show.

      • Anonymous

        I absolutely agree with you. PR has lost all validity. Stick a fork in me, I’m done.

    • Anonymous

      Last night, after the show ended and Jorge turned down the audio which was causing the chandeliers to tremble precariously, I drunkenly stumbled around the Manse and said to myself  “Self, what’s it all about? What should we make of this Josh creature?”

      I found myself in front of the stereo console and as one hand reached for a vinyl disc, it suddenly came to me : 

      Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds

      Oh, you know her, would you look at that hair

      Yeah, you know her, check out those shoes

      She looks like she stepped out of the middle of somebody’s blues

      Oh, you know her, “Miss Groupie Supreme”Yeah, you know her, “Vera Vogue” on paradeRed eye shadow! Green mascara!Yuck! She’s too much

      She looks like the Sunday comics

      She thinks she’s Brenda Starr

      Her nose job is real atomic

      All she needs is an old knife scar

      Yeah, she’s so dull, come on rip her to shreds

      She’s so dull, come on rip her to shreds

    • Anonymous

      You guys speak the truth.  I wish the producers had done a real game changer and said, ‘Viktor, you’re in.  We think everyone else’s stuff is pretty bad so you’re all going to have your mini-collections judged against all the other designers who just happen to be here in NY with collections because we can’t count.  The best two of those collections get the other two sports.’  

      Now THAT might have turned this season around and made me come back for PR10.  The crap that actually did happen on the show was just a confirmation that PR should be declared DOA.  Pull the plug and call it.  Time of death was Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.  

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

      Okay that made me guffaw.  Excellent!

    • Anonymous

      I think Anya choked because unless she cheated she would have no help making her clothes. She also didn’t have any producer manipulation while she was working alone. She should have known she was going to be in the finals come hell or high water; everyone else on earth knew.

      About the sex tape, I just want to say I don’t care if she has one. I don’t care what kind of sex she has or if they tape it. What I have wanted to know from the beginning is why Lifetime considers a sex scandal good business. Is it simply because any pr is good pr? Why did they choose this woman as the face of this season? Why have they manipulated the show to the point of it being ludicrous to keep her around?

      That’s all I have wanted to know. She can do sexy times with whomever she wants and put out the tapes for 9.99 on her website. I don’t care. I just want to know why Lifetime wants Anya as the face of PR for this season. Because child, it sure as HELL is not for her fabulous designing.

      • Anonymous

        I thought of her crash and burn as more because she lost focus. I don’t think that happened at any point during the competition other than when they had to dress the Sheepdogs, and we all know how that turned out.

        I don’t really get why Anya of all the designers either, but clearly, she has something special if she’s able to compete with people who have been sewing/designing for years. 

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

          I think she needs training and a few years of seasoning and maturing.  She can’t design anything new without an assignment.  Other “young” designers have had the same problem at the finals where they “choked” when given their freedom.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OLSER5H3A6FPBAZOEIQIOBHAYM Elizabeth Rust

      Yeesh! Even if Anya’s 2nd and 3rd looks weren’t so lame, the whole “Surprise! Everybody gets to go to the finals!” thing has become way too cliche to be good television, and in this case – well, I’ll just say that I never knew I could roll my eyes so hard. I’m just hoping that the orgasms over Viktor’s white jacket weren’t part of a set-up-the-loser edit; going by the looks they showed here, he should be a lock, but who knows?

      [Love the behind-the-scenes-at-the-hotel bit - and kudos to TLo for their discretion in a world that doesn't seem to know what that means!]

      -GoryDetails

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

      Yes it is essential for the maintenance of Anya’s humblebrag that she trumpet the regret card whenever possible.

    • Anonymous

      Meh. Just meh.

      Things went the way I knew they would if Little Miss Can’t Sew didn’t bring the goods. I found it extremely suspicious that she had NOTHING to show Tim and wasn’t surprised at the absolute shite she whipped up at the last minute. Laura should have been there instead of her. Bert should have been there. Anthony Ryan should have been there.

      Hell, at this rate, I could have been there and I don’t sew either. 

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      What Anya sent out as her final 10, while not impressive in the grand scheme of things, were all light years better than the 3 she picked to highlight. So I’m bracing myself for some massive last minute “twist” to save her. “Since you all clearly have so much work left (well, except Viktor but let’s pretend him doing too much good work is a bad thing and needs to be fixed) you each get an extra day/week/set of hands/$500/line of coke!”

      • Anonymous

        Not sure they can give time unless they came back earlier then they have in the past, but I’m definitely expecting extra hands and some money.

      • Anonymous

        I wonder if it’s Bert to the rescue again? 

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

        Yep. Extra hands to help them all but mainly to save Anya.   I’m betting on that plot “twist.”

    • Anonymous

      Ok, I was going to watch the episode (wasn’t online this morning) but now I think I won’t bother. If Anya had over a month to put together a collection and didn’t, then sent that dreck down the runway, she absolutely does not deserve to go any further. As TLo says, all the judges should be embarrassed. 

    • Anonymous

      Regarding Josh’s third look, I agree with Michael: from the front it was interesting and well-made; from the back, it was a disaster. I hope he turns it into a gown all-around. I liked the front of that piece and the jacket the best.

      • margaret meyers

        If you look at the Fashion Week photos TLo ran back in September, it looks like Josh felt the transparent cat suit with a BIB was fine just the way it was. He does lose the little modesty tab on his LBD.
        And Anya trashed the dress made from the lining of a camel hair coat, because it isn’t in her Fashion Week show.  She restyles the beige beach cover-up into hooker resort wear, pairing it with a belt and gold bikini bottom.  

        • Anonymous

          Ugh, sorry to hear that. Seemed like Josh was up for some healthy criticism (he listened to Tim somewhat), but I guess he wasn’t with this piece. I’ve been trying to avoid looking at the final collections so that I can be “surprised” next week.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

      As an Anya fan I’m WELL aware that she should have been eliminated this challenge. In fact I am rooting for Victor to win, not because I like him but because I feel of the remaining contestants he has a good collection. Anya’s final collection is to similar to Uli’s.

      However, as I keep stating, I do not blame Anya for her getting to the finals. That wouldn’t be fair. The judges are the ones who should look at themselves and ask why they pushed an unfinished rushed dress through to finals.

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

        Anya is no Uli. I coveted Uli’s stuff (and her runway show could have/should have taken the prize over ALP’s, IMO)—not only were her designs fresh, but also impeccably made. While I liked some of Anya’s creations fine, there was no coveting.

    • Anonymous

      Oooh, what’s the scandal in Anya’s past? I missed that. It would be nice to find something interesting about her…..

      • Patricia Biswanger

        Google her.  Or google “anya sex tapes” and it’ll come right up.  The long and short of it though is that she was in some pretty graphic sex tapes with her boyfriend and another woman, and someone stole them off her boyfriend’s hard drive and put them on the internet.

        • Anonymous

          Her boyfriend at the time brought the laptop in for repairs and someone took the video from it. They leaked onto the Internet soon after. Apparently Miss Japan was involved as well? But basically, before PR, she was really known for being that pageant girl with a sex tape. Even just Googling her name prior to PR (and even now) brought up the scandal without even trying to look for it.

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

            It wasn’t Miss Japan, it was someone who bore a resemblance to her.  So when the tape was leaked, it was billed as having Miss Trinidad and Miss Japan in a threesome because that would sell better.  ‘Cause people suck sometimes…

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

            Seriously, who brings a computer in with a sex “tape” stored on their harddrive… Who stores that shit on their hard drive?

            • Anonymous

              As much as I can say that I would never make one, the fact that it was on the computer doesn’t really phase me.  It’s why we have laptops and it doesn’t really occur to most of us that we may have to show it to someone some day.  I’ve only now, at an age, started to think about what on earth the kids would think if they opened some of my drawers in the event of my incapacitation.  And I’ve got all kinds of great stuff stored on hard drives (not that kind of good!) in dead computers- pictures, music, old tax forms- that were on them and I was always going to back up, but somehow never got around to.  So especially if you’re living by yourself, it’s not too hard to imagine leaving that on your computer. 

    • Cathy S

      Josh: I liked the jacket. I thought the last piece was not bad at all–until she turned around and I saw it wasn’t a gown. Yikes that was trashy. So I only liked one piece in his whole mini collection.
      Victor: Love it all. I would kill for that dress, with or without the leather skirt.
      Kim: I liked that first look, except for the shoes. I don’t know why they were trashing her color scheme though. The gown was great, but I agreed with Michael about the bubble in that skirt being way too big. I liked her bangles, but not the earrings so much. I was tearing my hair out thinking she wasn’t going to make it. I thought they trashed her more than she deserved.
      Anya: Ay yi yi. That first dress was great and everything else was horrible. I was wishing for one of her pretty flowy jumpers especially in that pretty fabric she showed Tim. Everything else was just awful.

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

      And on a completely different note…..

      I do not like Viktor’s new look. Ditch the eyeliner and go back to bowties. You were supercute before, don’t try to be edgy.

    • Anonymous

      I really thought Anya will secretly outsource the sewing. That dress proves otherwise.

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

      I have never loved you more than I do today.

    • Anonymous

      Where is the evidence of $9000 (wasn’t it?) per designer in what we have seen of these novice designers collections?  Viktor had fabrics printed and used leather but the other designers looks appear to be made from the scrap bin at JoAnn Fabrics in anytown USA. 
      I remember in the early seasons, that the designers were given much less budget to work with but much more time thereby requiring more thought.  More time equated to much more creativity. 
      I’m joining the throngs of viewers who have decided that I can do more with my time than waste it on what used to be my favorite show.

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

        Maybe Anya used her money for more sex tapes.

        • Anonymous

          Earrings.

    • Anonymous

      But let’s face it, in terms of design, there’s not a lot of there there, which is of a piece with all of her work in this competition.

      Exactly. Anya has an eye for prints and style in spades, but there’s no design to nearly all of her looks, and that’s a direct result of her inability to execute anything complicated. I was shocked when she told Tim she hadn’t even started sketching. And while it’s true that Michael Kors may not have made a stitch in years, Anya is a contestant on a game show that requires she be able to both design and execute her garments. Plenty of contestants have been auf’d for under-designing looks that were far more complicated than what she does.

    • Joyce VG

      Vicktor has to win this thing because come on!  But this is the show that chose Gretchen over Mondo, so why not give it to Josh or Anya?  well then maybe Kimberley will win and it would be awesome to see her so happy.  Oh wait, this show is about making fashion?  Not anymore it isn’t.  Love ya TLo.

    • Anonymous

      That was just depressing.  I hate the clumsy producer manipulation.  Watch Viktor get screwed–and I don’t even like Viktor, but he’s a real designer.

      I know people hated Gretchen, but this season is what jumping the shark looks like.  I could barely make it through the episode because I knew there was no way Anya was going or Josh and I knew both of them did poor runway collections.

      Sorry Viktor, you’re going to get screwed, aren’t you?  You’re not demographically suitable for Lifetime. 

    • Susie G

      What an absolute and total let down especially after Mondo’s finale last year.  I knew Anya wasn’t going home so I was surprised but I was very disappointed.  At least after seeing this, I know there is no way she’s going to win.  Geez, I hope so anyway.

      • Anonymous

        I really wouldn’t bank on that–not after they made a point of the judges saying after the judging “Any one of them can win.”  They’ve done that before.  Really no excuse for keeping Anya–and Josh’s and Kimberly’s were also bad.  

        Kors, at least, should know better–he doesn’t need the money.  According to Tim, Kors was the one who pushed through Gretchen, but there was an honest-to-god split between the judges–Heidi wanted Mondo, Kors wanted Gretchen and Nina couldn’t make up her mind, but went with Kors.  Oh, and the guest judge wanted Mondo.  

        But, at least, I think that was a genuine split.  This whole season feels insanely contrived in contrast.

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

          And I still respect the case MK made for Gretchen.  No, I’m not likely to buy her work, and I still liked Mondo’s better.  But Kors made valid points and a compelling case.  There were reasons for that decision… and it wasn’t because of whatever stupid shit is making them overreact to Anya.

          • Anonymous

            Mondo made a big tactical mistake when he didn’t tone down his styling after Nina brought it up.  I think Gretchen’s win came about in part because the judges were reacting to Seth-Aaron’s crazy follow-up collection to his win.  So when Mondo didn’t tone down the costume aspects of his collection, he shot himself in the foot.  Though I think there are years when Mondo would have won. But the judges were scared of having another Seth-Aaron–creative, but never going to be customer-conscious enough to be a known designer.

            This season, though, just makes NO damn sense.  They’re sending four through to the finales but only one of them (Viktor) showed finale quality work.  Kimberly’s been a big disappointment.  Looks like Sears from the 70s, but with more cut-outs.  Anya’s stuff looks like what you buy at a Hawaiian beach resort.  Josh’s is just trashy.  

            The Josh and Anya favoritism has just been grotesque.  No wonder Tim Gunn’s been gagged.

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

        I don’t see any way she’s not going to win. There was a boatload of unjustified decisions made this season, so I’m sure the producers won’t feel the need to justify her winning the entire thing. They don’t care what long time fans think, as long as people are watching.

        When PR moved to Lifetime, it was an obvious case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, and I was sure it would be left alone, because why change something that works. But Bunim/Murray has its own raging success with trash TV, and it’s apparently the only kind it understands. Last week, someone posted a link to article written by a reporter who spent a day on set. The showrunner actually said that watching the designers work was like watching paint dry. They don’t get the show and they don’t want to.

        And since they’ve decided to send PR to “Jersey Shore”, at least they could give us some hilarious drunken antics like we saw in season one.

    • Anonymous

      I rarely have agreed with Josh, but I, too, was surprised when Anya was included in the finals.  Because of timing of showing collections and availability of the space where the designers show, I wonder how far in advance of Fashion Week the decision was made to have four instead of three designers in the finale?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dylan.swain Dylan Swain

      My wife and I were done with PR last season and haven’t watched a single episode. Justified!

      Thanks for taking one for the team, guys. Your posts are the only good thing about PR.

    • Anonymous

      I think Viktor is the winner hands-down as well…but hated the pants with look #2…and just noticed in the still photo: is it me or the bit of print at the crotch is a bit like a va-jayjay, no?

    • Kate Pearce

      I had a horrible thought last night when Josh was called first. What if he wins??? What if he wins instead of Anya?? nightmares…
      on another note, I thought that Michael Kors was spot on with his judging last night and Nina barely said a word.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      You guys are spot on, as always, in such a delightful and fabulous way. The favoritism toward Anya is on display here for all to see. I *like* the girl, and I’m sure she’s played the game very well, etc etc, but there is no good reason for her looks to carry her to a spot in the finale next week. SORRY.

      • Anonymous

        Concur. I too *like* Anya, but when I saw what she presented, I thought “She’s toast … and rightfully so. So long, see ya later.” OK, now I think I see the producer manipulation that has been railed about for months …

    • http://twitter.com/jillrussell1925 Jill Russell

      Obvious to everyone Viktor Luna has what it takes in fashion. He made his own fabric -For Gods sake what are the judges @Project Runway smoking? I smell rat from Trinidad=Something is NOT right!

    • Anonymous

      Remember the good’ol days when (on certain seasons) you could kind of tell who nailed it and who was gonna win?  Like there was a clear winner, based on skills and design?  Even if you don’t like Viktor’s work, he is clearly the only one who is anything  close to a designer (with Kimberly as a second, even though her taste is super questionable).  The other two are drama, pure drama.  But one of em will probably win and that is pathetic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-McIlrath/673340132 Heather McIlrath

      i did a happy dance when the judges announced Kimberly was going to fashion week. and then they went and ruined EVERYTHING and sent Anya too. I thought the judges finally woke up…but they clearly didn’t.

      • Anonymous

        They were starting to snap out of what I assume must be a narcotic-induced fugue state (has a certain physician been passing the propofol around again!?!).  But then the guy in the wings hit them with the blowgun darts and suddenly, Cello!  Anya was on to fashion week. 

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

          I think it might be vampire glamouring or jedi mindtricks in play.

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

            That would be SITH mindtricks, thank you… this is clearly the work of the Dark Side.

    • Anonymous

      This season has not made me confident in the taste level at Piperlime.
       
      I was practically squeeing when they told Kimberly that she was in because it meant getting over privileged Anya off my tv. But then Heidi got that cat’s grin on her face, and I knew that Anya had gotten yet another pass just for being prettier than the other designers.  Why, for the love of Coco Chanel, WHY?!?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

      Love it. And then they can make the Lifetime movie of the week someone else mentioned earlier. (Of course, it would help if there was !sex and !betrayal, but if we could have Josh turn into a Gorgon and stone everyone with his killer looks it might make up for things being so shitty the rest of the season.)

      And this was in reply to Stubenville, silly Discus thingy.

      • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

        There already is sex and betrayal…Anya had a leaked sex tape ;) 

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

        Introducing…. Anya as “Anya”. Like Joan Rivers, who else could play Anya but herself? 

    • vix eljay

      Well, if she didn’t sew and produce all of the garments she showed them at the audition, then yes, it IS her fault for misrepresenting her abilities and talent.

    • Anonymous

      I’m done with watching project runway.  I’ll live it vicariously through TLo.  I’m also saying this now, they have officially been removed from my DVR Schedule

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

      I just watched the After the Runway show with Laura Bennett and a) the dress she wore was head and shoulders above anything the final four have ever designed and b) there was some comment she made about Anthony Ryan (rocking the Anya hairdo) on her blog that riled the frau fans–I don’t know what she said–that she sort of apologized for. His response was along the lines of You don’t know who we are (including Josh in the “we”) and that it’s hurtful to read stuff like that. 

      My first thought was dude, she’s been through the comment wringer herself, did you forget?

      My last thought was Josh looked entirely too comfortable sitting there on the sofa, commentating. Like he’s found his purpose in life.

      • Anonymous

        Laura made a comment about Anthony Ryan’s anatomy vis a vis his cancer.  Not classy.

        • Anonymous

          Are you talking about the Rocking One remark?  Because that’s the name of his charity, not her being crass.

          • Anonymous

            I might have totally misheard or misunderstood–I thought she said something about him rocking none…But I could be wrong.

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

              She said in her blog (about something he designed, but I can’t remember what it was) she wanted to slap him until he was rocking none. Anthony Ryan handled it better than a lot of people would have.

            • Anonymous

               Yikes!  I didn’t see that.  That is pretty out there.  Can you imagine a guy saying that to a mastectomy/breast cancer survivor?  No wonder she came across as pretty conciliatory on last night’s show.  I thought maybe she was “advised” to not go after stylist, er, designer over that last dress in the same way Mr. Gunn seems to have been advised to not mention the elephant, er, stylist, er, designer in the room. 

              So now Laura is going to have to look over her shoulder in New York for Joshua and Atlanta for Anthony (I think that’s where he’s from)? 

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

              New Orleans I think…

            • Anonymous

              That’s right- Now that you mention it, I do remember reading, I think here, that his decoy designs were meant to evoke Katrina.  

            • Anonymous

              It was the blue make up on the models forearms, meant to symbolize the rising water from Katrina..

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

               “Can you imagine a guy saying that to a mastectomy/breast cancer survivor?”

              Exactly, SimpleSins. If a guy said something like that about a breast cancer survivor, he’d be torn apart. Anthony Ryan gets to make all the comments he wants about what and how many he’s rocking. Anyone else needs to think carefully before saying a damn word.

            • Anonymous

              Which post was the comment made? I can’t find it on her PR blog.

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

              I’m not sure. I think I read it, but I’m mostly going by what Laura said last  night.

            • Anonymous

              I found the comment. It was a post in reference to the Pet Store challenge. AR’s Bird Seed dress. And yes, it was a low blow type of comment. 

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

              Right. And I do remember reading it now, and being shocked by it. Stay classy, Ms. Bennett.

            • Anonymous

              Exactly. Breathtaking really.

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

          I don’t think what she said was that bad. He came out at the very beginning talking a lot about it (almost too much in my opinion) and to me, if someone names their charity rocking one, it seems like they must have a sense of humor about the issue. I’ve found people I’ve known that had cancer can have a sense of humor about it. It’s part of not letting it ruin their lives and define them. 

          • Anonymous

            I’m all for a sense of humor about your own stuff–but she was using it as an insult against him and that seems different to me.
            And I like her snarky humor but it seemed a bit over the line.  

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

        He didn’t say she didn’t know what it was like, he said she didn’t know them.  And that it wasn’t pleasant to read those kind of comments. 

        I thought it was totally appropriate on his part, and I think there’s a HUGE difference between AR talking about cancer and Josh talking about his mother.  In Josh’s case, it was played for sympathy.  I think AR was talking about it in the same way I talk about my clinical depression — there are a lot of people who need to hear it, people who have been through it as well and need to see someone beat it confidently.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

      The fourth season was no slouch talent-wise. The collaboration between Christian and Chris, the coat Jillian and that angry girl made, Chris March’s first dress (it was the left over fabric, and he made a garment that moved like liquid). The Hershey’s challenge. We probably wouldn’t complain so much about product placement in the challenges if these designers were more talented.
       

    • http://profiles.google.com/curlykew Heidi Hellstrom

      I sound so pathetically sycophantic, but I think I agree with everything you wrote here. How can Lifetime even THINK we don’t see what they’re doing??

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

      No rage here.  I just don’t care any more.  Started watching last night, and fell asleep in the middle of the Anya home visit – and I’ll probably just delete it from the DVR when I get home, rather than watch it at all.

      I.  Just.  Don’t.  Care.

      Congratulations, Bravo.  You’ve killed the show.

      • Anonymous

        Lifetime, actually.

    • Anonymous

      Picking Josh as the first one sent to FW last night pissed me off.  It gave the false impression that he was he best out of the four which is not the case.  Maybe they didn’t want to lean too much toward Viktor.

      • Anonymous

        That galled me too.

    • mrspeel2

      I haven’t been able to read all 655 (!!) comments here yet, so I apologize if someone else has said this but: Does anyone else think Tim’s visit to Trinidad and Tobago was just a skosh contrived??? Okay, okay. I know this whole cycle has been contrived and I’ve made my position clear before, but now I’m convinced the producers actually think we’re all a bunch of idiots! Do they REALLY expect us to believe Tim would go all that way, spend a bunch of their money to get there, only to find Anya had nothing to show him? It’s especially stupid when you consider either he or another employee of Bunim-Murray must have communicated with her beforehand to set up the time and place they would meet, and somehow she neglected to mention her rack was bare? PUH-LEESE!!

      I won’t even get into the charade at the end of last night’s episode because it’ll just give me another headache, but I will say EVERYONE involved in creating the three-ring circus this season was, and has become, should be ashamed of themselves.

      • Logo Girl

        I noticed he seemed extremely pensive, with the look on his face being “I really want to tell her what I really think about this absurd situation – why have I travelled internationally to talk to someone who doesn’t even know what to do? But I am contractually obligated to smile and give a ‘you go girl!’ Argh”

        • mrspeel2

          It’s almost (?) like it was a staged set-up to provide the basis for everything that involved Anya throughout the rest of the program, and let’s face it, it was the “Anya Show” from start to finish. The other designers were pretty much just window dressing.

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

        They needed Island travel porn.  I’m sure the tourism dept. of T/T was involved.

      • Anonymous

        Traveling from New York to Trinidad and Tobago is probably no more effort – time and money – than traveling to the west coast.  But poor Tim, I know he just wanted to shake her and say “get with it!”

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

        I can imagine Anya convincing herself that she’d have something to show Tim by the time he got there, so she could have easily talked to someone from Bunim/Murray without saying she didn’t have anything. She was hedging when he showed up, and she was trying to find an explanation that Tim would accept and wouldn’t make her look like an idiot.

        • Anonymous

          and she was trying to find an explanation that Tim would accept and wouldn’t make her look like an idiot.

        • mrspeel2

          Yes and how’d THAT work out for her? Oh well. It seems my righteous indignation about this episode may be like spitting in the wind. I just checked and would you believe it was 3rd in Cable Ratings for Thursday night? Unfortunately, that’s true.

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

            Your righteous indignation is still totally justified. I just don’t have the energy to be righteously indignant. I almost wish I did.

            • mrspeel2

              Thanks accidental. I feel a little better now. :-) FYI: I watched PRS2 on the Style Network last night and, literally, every judging session had Heidi, MK and Nina beating on Santino for his outrageous (but well-sewn) outfits. That’s when a designer could design AND sew. Those were the days my friend…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GFMOZFM3WT3T56EZHVZFK7UXSI Ramon

      Actually, Austin’s dress in that challenge wasn’t bad. It was pretty but boring, but it wasn’t crap. And Jay ended up working the garment from that challenge into his Fashion Week show (and nobody has come close to how great Jay was, in my opinion). I will never forget the judges trying to convince that horrid woman to chose another garment, and when she basically refused, Nina turned her head with the look of somebody who just smelled something bad (those were the days…). It is interesting they never had an “outsider” participate in the choosing of who goes to Fashion Week after that.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, Cavalli is the reason Chris March went to Fashion Week to compete for that third spot. Nina, the Duchess and the QueenBee all wanted Rami, Rami, Rami. Especially Nina – she loved her some Rami! But Cavalli said Chris would be a couture designer and I think he pushed his inclusion. 

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

          But Cavalli only got him another CHANCE at FW, not a slot.  Nina and MK still got Rami, and Chris got sent home anyway.  (Because they thought his hair thing was icky… children…)

          • Anonymous

            That’s true, good point. Me bad. :)

        • Anonymous

          Yep, I think they were planning to bump Chris and send Rami, Christian and Jillian–particularly since Chris had been auf’d once.  But Cavalli really favored Chris March, so they let all four go and then auf’d Chris for the monkey hair.

          Rami ended up in second place, should have been third–and I actually liked a lot of Rami’s stuff, but his runway collection was weak.

          • Anonymous

            I agree, Jillian’s collection was head and shoulders above Rami’s and they put him in second. Really ridiculous, I hated those things on his girls’ heads!

          • Anonymous

            Actually, it was human hair….  Regardless, I really thought that Chris had the better collection than Rami and that Jillian should have won.  So that season – which was one of the very best in terms of talent – was also disappointing because of its various outcomes.  For me, that’s been the case with a number of seasons.  It’s just that the judging/producing decisions are so much more egregious now than in ealier seasons.

            • Anonymous

              Oh, that’s right–how could I forget.  Yes, human hair used in imitation of the monkey hair trims that were popular in the 1920s.

              I also thought Jillian should have won.  Rami got so slammed for his draping that he ended up losing his instinct.

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

              Forget?  No way… that particular judging session is burned into my brain!  Mainly because I’m still trying to figure out what’s so creepy about human hair.  That panel has enough long hair on it that I can pretty much guarantee that all the judges end up with it on their clothing at every session — and how is it different from LEATHER?  Except no humans were killed in the making of the garment…

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

              Seriously, I thought using human hair was genius.  No one has a problem with the Housewife  and ANTM skanks wearing human hair extensions.  Put some on as trim for a coat and it grosses someone out?  It’s better than killing a monkey and heck at least the growers get some $ for it.

    • Anonymous

      Viktor MADE HIS PRINTS–they were beautiful. There is simply no one else in the running.  But, I suspect he won’t win for all of the reasons that we already know.  I actually liked Joshua’s black dress with the plastic neckline–it was the catsuit back that made me burst into hysterical laughter and almost choke.

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

        I know, I loved the prints and I think if he’s not going to stay in clothing design, he should consider textile design — I’d have bought some of those prints in a heartbeat.

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

        You know what else about Viktor’s stuff? It looked like he spent his money!! They got 9000 each for 10 outfits. That is 900 per outfit. I ask you, do ANY of the others look as expensive as his? 

    • Anonymous

      You know what?? I didn’t even watch. Just didn’t care. I did, however, enjoy reading all of TLo’s posts about this season. I am so glad you guys are here!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521921974 Ellen Novak Tiene

      Ugh, it was like a fashion show for high school home ec students.

    • Anonymous

      I have no qualms about them passing Anya through – if you’re indecisive about your final four, just let them all show like Season 3 – but if Viktor loses it’s going to be ridiculous. Hopefully they realize they are destroying the audience for that Anya show they’re clearly planning for next year, and that the runners up are often more interested in doing more TV.

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

      Don’t I remember from early in the season TLo saying that somebody had paid for Anya to appear in this show?  Did they pay for her to win as well?

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

        There was an article somewhere in which Tim remarked that her agent wanted more money. Maybe that’s why she sent such crap down the runway- she didn’t get more money and wanted them to auf her! Conspiracy theories abound!!

        • Anonymous

          I don’t really know exactly who it is since this was mentioned when Laura was still in the competition… http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/project-runway-how-characters-controversy-224581?page=2 It’s when they were filming the Governors Island challenge and it could’ve been Laura since I think people ‘loved to hate’ her. Then again plenty of people here hate Anya’s guts so…  I guess it could be her. 

    • Anonymous

      Such a come down. I started this season with high hopes, and even the kinda cruel last-minute winnowing of the herd in the first episode didn’t kill them. There were a number of designers I was interested to see what they’d do.

      At this point, I have to admit I got plenty of entertainment value being disappointed in, and then rooting for Bert, and in trying to figure out what, exactly was up with Laura and Olivier, and wistfully wondering what Becky might have done. I even enjoyed parsing my feelings about Anya – an intelligent competitor and, in this weak field, by no means a bottom-half designer yet left in the game so far past her sell-by date.

      But I didn’t get a lot of what I come to PR for – interesting problem solving and clothes that I want to get a better look at, for good or ill.

      No longer must-see t.v.

    • Louise Bryan

      Anya seemed sure she would be aufed, I was sure she would be aufed, but at the end of the “discussion” I knew they were going to give her a pass.  BOOOO!!!

    • Anonymous

      I almost didn’t watch, and in the end, sort of wish I didn’t.  That Anya is in the finale is a joke.  If this is what the producers think we want, they are delusional.  I’m not sure I trust them to make the right decision in the finale.

      What a disappointment this season has been.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      SO glad I stopped watching!  These posts have vindicated my decision that PR is no longer “appointment television”.  I’m limiting myself to “Top Chef” from now on.  (And “TC-Just Desserts”; Johnny Uzzini is just TOO pretty to miss!)

      • Anonymous

        I was kind of mad at TC Just Desserts for abruptly dumping Amanda and then most of the women, but I’ve forgiven them and am looking forward to the finale–the final four all turned out some killer stuff.  And Johnny’s cute, but Hubert Keller (or Hubie as my daughter calls him) has a special spot in my heart.  

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

          Hubert Keller should be on every show. Not just TC shows, but PR, NCIS, Mad Men,The Evening News….

          • Anonymous

            I’m with you 10000%! All Hubert Keller, all the time-he’s simply adorable.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t imagine how angry some of the other “aufed” contestants were to see the CRAP that was judged to be good enough to go to fashion week.  Certainly Bert and Laura, after looking at their “red herring” collections, more than deserved a chance to show their work rather than Josh, Anya, and to some extent, Kimberly. 

      I went back and looked at the four who officially showed, and I’m praying that Victor wins.  Anya’s gold mess of a dress apparently wasn’t included in her collection.

      • Anonymous

        But nine or ten designers actually DID show, and they got their garments before the public. I’ll bet most of them are happy enough for that. 

        I always laugh when the last few auffed designers cry about “I want to show at Fashion Week”, when they MUST know – if they can read a calendar – that they will be creating and showing a collection. And since they probably don’t have to follow “the rules” about what is allowed for the finalists, they can probably show a more complete and finished collection.

        • Anonymous

          it’s more “I want to show at Fashion Week and be on TV!”

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

      Oh my… I just read Nick’s blog over on Lifetime, and EVEN NICK working for LIFETIME, is saying that the Anya love is crazy, and obviously not based on design!

      • Anonymous

        I know!!  I was pretty shocked because the entry right before that is pretty pro-Anya.

        • Anonymous

          They seem to take turns with the Thermos full of Kool-Aid, and as they show signs of snapping out of the stupor, they take a big gulp and things are back as they are supposed to be. 

    • Isabelle Murray

      I had a moment when I was hoping that maybe they weren’t so biased after all… or at least maintained some amount of credibility at the tail end when I thought that Anya was going to be Auf’d… but no… as soon as she was waved in, I saw the producers’ hand. Gah!

      It’s going to be hard to beat Viktor, I think.  His looks were clearly superior.  But who knows what the producers have in store for us?

    • Anonymous

      For a few moments there last night I thought I might actually shed a tear of joy. And then Project Runway had to go and blow it. I’ve always seen through Anya but until last night I really wasn’t on the the-producers-are-manipulating-it-to-keep-her-on-the-show train.

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

        I know they are — just like I know the President lies, no matter who’s in office.  But I always like to believe that this time it will be different…

        • Anonymous

           Come here, Charlie Brown, she says in her best Lucy voice, and I’ll hold that football for you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/eujoyuen Eugenia Joyuen

      Viktor = Laura (cheat accuser)
      Josh = Jeffrey (Jerkass)
      Anya = Uli (flowy dresses)
      Kimberly = Mychael (afro-american representative)

      I hope the results won’t go that way, though.

      • Anonymous

        Eh, I don’t know if I actually agree with that in its entirety.  I don’t think Viktor is as confrontational a Laura was.  And even at that, Laura was right (in that he was unable to produce receipts, went over budget, etc., etc.).  I will concede that Jeffrey and Joshua are quite similar, although Joshua doesn’t have anywhere near the level of skill necessary to back that up (I wasn’t particularly fond of Jeffrey and would have loved to see him get a smack down, but he wasn’t as flamboyantly and proudly obnoxious with his designs).  Much like Dan Quayle is no John Kennedy, Anya is no Uli.  Uli had her comfort zone that she liked to/insisted on designing in, but when forced out of it, she could construct some nice things.  Alas, Anya has tried to capture what Ulye/Uli/Oooooleee did but even more restricted and unable to create anything that it isn’t merely draped and basted.  I’m not exactly sure about the Kim/Mychael (or is it Kym/Michael!).  While they both went urban, to me they feel like two entirely different urbans.  I liked Mychael’s stuff a lot until he seemed to shift directions in his fashion week collection.  I can’t say I’ve been overly thrilled with most of what Kimberly has done but I want her to do well because she has come across as the most genuinely nice person this season. 

        As for the results turning out that way, who knows.  While the script would seem to indicate it’s Anya all the way, it’s also possible that someone, somewhere has read a post or two and realizes that the natives will be really restless with that decision and will throw a twist in by letting someone else win.  What’s sad is that I don’t really care.  They took all the fun out of it for me. 

    • Anonymous

      Re: Josh’s first model in that awful post 80’s outfit, are there SERIOUSLY no shoes that FIT?  So the model’s toes do not hang off the front edge?  I mean, this is a major network show, so why ONLY ugly, ill-fitting shoes? 

      • Anonymous

        Another strong marketing strategy by Piperlime!

    • Anonymous

      I have a bad feeling Josh is going to win, which I sincerely hope is not the case.Nina is going to praise him until she dies, but I want to see her reaction to a certain pair of shorts in his collection. If she praises those certain shorts, I’m done. If Josh wins, I’m done for good, forget All-Stars, forget Accessory, I’m done with anything and everything dealing with Project Runway. Kim’s looks were fine, but didn’t particularly WOW me. Viktor’s I think should have wowed me, the pieces alone are Fabulous, but he put them together in a wrong way where, as Heidi says, I didn’t know where or what to look at. The gown with the impeccable jacket was a mistake. Loved Anya’s first dress, wasn’t offended by the bathing suit, its still better than both of Andy’s from his collection, and better than mychael knight’s from his, Uli is the gold standard for swinsuit. The gown is unfortunately tortured looking. But I mean come on, at least it looks like some kernel of a design idea is there, as opposed to last season, when michael C made that beige satin gown, which I thought of right away when I saw this, at the last minute, that looked cheap, unflattering, and DID look like he made it in 2 minutes. Anya’s has something there, personally. I’m hoping the final decision is between Vik and Anya, with Kim third, and Josh a DISTANT 4th, but with these judges drinking Josh, or perhaps producer, kool-aid, I’m getting a bad feeling that he may well be in the running for the win, which if its the case, I will be done. I had no problem with Gretchen, her I could tolerate, but Josh? Not in a million years.

      • margaret meyers

        Go back to the September postings and look at Josh’s 10 piece Fashion Week show.  he isn’t going to win.  These 3 were his best pieces, and he doesn’t listen to the judges’ advice.

        • Anonymous

          Can we really count on that?  Scroll up to the top of this page and look at those three looks Anya presented and tell me if they are Fashion Week worthy.  If those monstrosities can get her to Fashion Week (and have kept her going all season), there is no reason to think that there is anything that would be a disqualifier to a win. 

          • Anonymous

            Her first dress was terrific, the other two underwhelmed. The judges were right to keep her in though. They said all the designers have things to do in the next couple days before the big runway show, and they know Anya can fix problems quickly. And if you saw her final collection photos, she indeed did fix the problems. Besides why keep Josh, who has floundered countless times this season, and continues to do so despite what the judges say, and keep him and not Anya, who was way more consistent, barring the Sheepdogs challenge and last night. Your comment also applies to Josh, who, yet again, had the biggest monstrosities up on the runway last night, with that horrifying catsuit and curtain, and the awful print shirt and pink pants.

            • Anonymous

              Did you watch the same season I did?  Fortuitously, there were very few challenges where she was actually called upon to do anything more than a simple straight seam.  And her fashion week collection looks pretty much like everything else she has done when left to design on her own, looks pretty much like she is Ulye lite.  There is nothing original in her designs, and her collection looks like what you can find in any little shop along the beach, although admittedly they are probably constructed a little better.  As garish as Joshua’s stuff may be, it is his.  His singular point of view and his craftsmanship make him at least a few steps up from her. 

        • Anonymous

          I already have seen it, I referenced those green camel-toe shorts with the shoelaces on the sides, but still, as last season indicates, people may hate a ton of pieces in a certain collection, but the judges see a winner in it, for whatever reasons.

      • Anonymous

        The way things have been going, the judges are going to love those shorts, and Nina will praise Josh for an editorial look.  Heidi is going to say she would wear that outfit on the red carpet and Micheal will say every girl AND guy is going to want that shirt.

    • Anonymous

      They ruin last season with Gretchen’s win and torture us with unfair treatment to favor Clinique Counter and Miss Trinadad Tobago. I gave them another chance to join the TLo community. At least Top Chef has the balls to actually go through with aufing contestants. Seriously. I’m only watching the finale to root for Viktor. But I have absolutely no faith that anything is going to be fair.

      And what a horrendous message it will send if Anya takes it all: Don’t go to fashion school, don’t learn to sew. Just pick it up as a hobby, be beautiful and get yourself on a reality show.

    • http://twitter.com/FashionFollower FashionFollower.com

      I just finished watching this episode On Demand and my god, you are so right. Only Viktor should be the victor (ha!). I LOVED his tux look and would wear the shit out of it.  After the ep was done, I started scrolling through the channels only to land on a marathon of Season 2 on the Style Network.  Chloe, Santino, Nick, Daniel (ohhh Daniel!)…the glory days of PR, when none of this season’s knuckleheads would have lasted an episode.  I haz a sad.

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

        All this talk is about season 2 reruns is killing me! I don’t get Style. I hate Verizon! Maybe they’re showing them on their website…..off I go.

    • Anonymous

      Forget boring Nina.  All season, I was bored.  Kiss of death when your target audience falls asleep halfway through ever episode.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ada-DollytheBird-Keli/647779275 Ada DollytheBird Keli

      Well, lovelies, this is my first time here and I must say, it’s been love at first read.  I’ve stopped watching this sham of a show for the last three weeks.  I’m actually glad to have found this blog as I just can’t bring myself to comment on the PR blogs anymore as it gives them hits on the website of this rubbish-fest that we’ve all been enduring for the last two seasons.
      This is partially a cut and paste of a comment I’d posted there, but it stands repeating.
      Many people have lamented on numerous blogs the glaring lack of talent this season and say they hope that PR will step it up in that area next season.  First off, they won’t bother to try as it’s clear that this show has become The Real Jersey Shore Housewives Bad Girls Club and the fashion (used VERY loosely) is now just incidental.  More importantly, those of us with integrity and pride in our industry
      wouldn’t be caught watching this show after this season, let alone be on
      it.  It’s become a joke….and a badly scripted and contrived joke at
      that.  It’s a sad day when the show that sort of cemented my choice to
      go to fashion school has turned into a show that trivializes the very
      things I was taught IN fashion school. 
      I love this industry and to
      see it made a joke of is unbearable.  The general public now believe
      that fashion designers don’t need to know how to sew, that maxi dresses that have been in shops for the last three summers are ‘fashion forward’, and that cute will cut it in the fashion industry.  
      This is a cutthroat industry.  If you don’t
      bring the triple threat (concept, design, and construction), you’re
      going to barely tread water.  Most of the cast ( I refuse to use the
      word ‘designers’) this season each only have one of these attributes, if
      any.

      This show can go the way of it’s predecessor in deceit,
      Twenty-One, for all I care.  I use to love this show, and I think it may
      have been better to just let it die a couple of seasons ago when it was
      still on top.  At least we would have had a beautiful corpse.  As it
      is, we’ve got a half decomposed, puss filled, bloated, stinky mess. 
      RIP, PR.

      • Anonymous

        “I just can’t bring myself to comment on the PR blogs anymore …”
        Who knew?  (actually I did, but contributing there just encourages them).  No, stay here with us!  The snark somehow eases the pain.

      • Anonymous

        Of COURSE Anya has what it takes! Fluttering eyelashes, ginormous earrings and sex tapes. Who needs training and talent!  *eyeroll*

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ARRV56F5QXUDR2W4INKHB2QZZ4 BRENDA

        Cue the requiem mass.

    • Anonymous

      You have to give it to Josh, that pink trouser/grey jacket combo looks like something from “Thunderbirds”
       

    • Geno Boggiatto

      As much as I’m a fan of Anya the person, I’m not a huge fan of Anya the designer. Pretty much all season I’ve been having to justify why I like her looks to myself in my head. It’s as disgraceful that they let a designer that showed THAT collection through to the finals as it is that they let 9 designers actually show at fashion week.

      I also have to side with Josh when he expressed that he was upset that they let everyone through. Make a decision, judges! I could see if all 4 designers had shown pieces that were all just so fabulous that they wanted to see more from all of them, but at least 2 (arguably 3) of the designers had some major problems!

      After looking at the collections again, I don’t see how anyone other than Viktor can win. Even though I kind of hate the print that the blue dress is made out of. The black in it looks too faded, he should have bumped up the contrast in photoshop a little or not have used such a matte fabric.

    • Anonymous

      Does anyone think that Victor’s pearl leather jacket looked almost identical to the one Lady Gaga wore to the amFAR gala?

    • Anonymous

      Does anyone think Victor’s pearl leather jacket looks a little similar to the jacket Lady Gaga wore to the amFAR gala?

      • Anonymous

        That does not surprise me, Viktor’s little black Nina-dress had the same sleeve feature as a famous Lady Gaga dress.

    • Anonymous

      After Gretchen’s win, and the way Anya has been waived through this season (big hole in the ASS of the pants on the runway!!!) AND Josh being a finalist, PR has jumped the shark. I am watching season two right now, and I miss what the show once was.

      • http://Facebook.com/sethaborqui Seth Aborqui

        Season 2 is where they changed direction and made it more about the drama hence “Santino.” He wasn’t that great of a designer yet he made it to the top 3.

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

          He was actually quite interesting as a designer though.  His stuff was very clearly HIM, which is important.  May not be my thing or yours, but there is some genuine talent there. 

          Much of his problem was in construction, and that was more an issue of the time factor than anything else.  The falling off sleeve for instance — we know damn well he knew how to set a sleeve properly, with thread instead of glue.  But glue was faster and he was out of time.

      • Anonymous

        I’m watching the season two marathon as well and came on to post how much I long for my old PR. Zulema just gave Kara Janx the “cry and cut” speech. It was beautiful. All of it. Good times. Good times.

        • Anonymous

          It’s a mother****ing walkoff!

          • Anonymous

            Lighten up, it’s just FASHION!

            • Anonymous

              Where’s Andre?

            • Anonymous

              He is at the Red Lobster.

            • Anonymous

              Good times, good times!

            • Anonymous

              the little lamb

      • Anonymous

        In my opinion, PR has jumped the shark, 12 dancing porpoises and sucker punched a stingray.  But maybe I am just becoming a bitter kitten.

        • Anonymous

          PR did all that  you said, in addition to sailing into and over Moby Dick.  Call me bitter Ishmael…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ARRV56F5QXUDR2W4INKHB2QZZ4 BRENDA

      Also, I think people are deliberately overlooking the fact that the judges (a model, fashion editor, and designer) are fascinated by Anya’s personal style.  Each show she is dressed in a style that is flattering and very fashionable (whether you like her or not).  And like magpies, the judges, go for the pretty every time.  I’m certain she didn’t ask for the “leg up,” she got, but like pretty people everywhere she accepted it as her due.

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  Just mystified that she is so mystified that people question as to how far she has gotten in this competition.  I’m a pretty person, but I would hope someone would hold my down and shave the rest of my head or stuff a stinky suede boot in my face if i put on the innocent pretty cow punim Anya does when she’s taken to task about her lack of skill and, let’s effing face it, originality

    • Anonymous

      I missed it…what’s Anya’s ‘sexy secret’? I’ll fess up: I couldn’t be bothered; for the last two seasons I’ve fast-forwarded through all the workroom blah blah blah to the runway show, the discussion of the items, and the critiques.  And this year, I had an itchy finger on the critiques button, too. That plus TLo’s awesome and thorough commentary, and I gained nearly 50 minutes of every week back! 
      So…what happened? Did all the really talented designers-to-be run off to Italy to never be seen again? ‘Cause…I don’t think they could get THAT much ‘blah’ from a first-year at the Academy of Art.

      • Anonymous

        She had a sex tape a few years back with a boyfriend and Miss Japan. Very scandalous. :[ Basically if you searched for her name in Google before Project Runway, you’d see stuff about being Miss T&T …..and her sex tape. It’s actually still a top result, which is probably a surprise to anyone who Googles her because of the show. 

    • http://twitter.com/LovemyDVF Janet Davis

      I’m thinking this is all producer manipulation to build the Anya story.  We don’t see her stuff during the home visit because she hasn’t started, yet she didn’t show any procrastination during the challenges.  She may have been sewing until the last minute that the models were leaving but that seemed to be more about her skill level and taking longer because of inexperience vs being indecisive or procastinating. 

      She shows those 3 sad looks that are even styled blah (one of her strongest areas) and *voila* suddenly at Fashion Week just days later half of what she showed is gone, the other stuff is restyled to look much more modern and the additional looks have color and are better than what she chose to show.  Setting it all up for a dramatic redemption arc for Anya – similar to losing the money at Mood.

      My prediction is that the finale we will see her come up with new looks and the judges will exclaim how clever she is and how she created these new looks in 20 minutes even though she started sewing last night and we have ourselves a winner.

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

        ibid.

        i am really sick today or i would have just written something similar.
        i am virtually positive you are right.

        why is another matter.

    • http://twitter.com/turtleemily Turtle Emily

      Those look like lab goggles in Josh’s first look.

    • Anonymous

      Nina didn’t even try to sound convincing when she faintly praised Josh. I think she might have been medicated.

    • elzatelzabelz

      Agree with you on all counts. The judges are keeping Anya in WAY past her talent, design, or taste level. The whole season seems to be a big disappointment though.

    • Anonymous

      This season has been a major disappointment. I say this as a long-term fan who, in a sad comment on my life, owns all of the seasons on DVD. I suspected this was was going to be a let-down with the stilt walker challenge and knew it with certainty with the continued rescuing of Josh from being “auf-ed”. 

      Even my favorite moment, Kimberly standing on the tabletop screaming about the cockroach which was killed by Anya with a Piperlime shoe, was marred by the fact that no one praised Anya for using “the Piperlime accessories thoughtfully”.

      • Anonymous

        LOL  There have been quite a few posts here that made me chuckle, but I have to admit that last sentence of yours gave me my biggest guffaw of the day!!!

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

        i actually stopped watching this idiotshow the week of the sheepdog challenge but i wouldve loved to see anya’s shoe maneuver. that has to be the best use of the piperlime wall of all time. not to mention the anya highlight of the season.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mochizukisan kyasarin mochizuki

      WTF? Ten levels of fug. But, whatever. Granny panties were in last season’s winning collection, so are we at all surprised that this crap made it to the finale? No, we are not, my fellow unborn fauns. No, we are not.

    • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

      I am one of the clueless Anya fans. I didn’t agree with most of what you guys said about her all season, but even I have to admit that she did not deserve to go the finale. As a fellow Trinidadian, I’m happy for her, but the simple fact is, that last dress was hideous, and you’re entirely right that it never should have gone down the runway. I love her aesthetic and I support her, but there is no way and objective judge would have let her stay in the competition. As of right now, she is the weakest link, and I’ll be surprised if she still isn’t next week. I am surprised that Josh made it this far though. Viktor will take this, and if he doesn’t it will be a problem.

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

        I’m curious about Anya’s statement that she feels she has to represent her country on PR even more than when she was Miss T&T. Is there a big fuss being made over her, or is it something that just exists in her head?

        • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

          It’s not in her head believe me. Because Trinidad is so small, and everyone basically knows everyone else (not even exaggerating) Trinidadians are the kind of people that see each of us as representatives of the whole. So while she did this for herself as a designer, we as citizens see it as her representing us on the world stage. So there is this enormous pressure to do well and make the country proud. She’s not the only one. I guess it’s because we know we have so many talented people in our country, but the average american has never even heard of Trinidad. It’s our way of saying “this is why we deserve recognition. look at what we can do.” She really does have an enormous burden on her to succeed, especially after her scandal. it’s her chance to redeem herself.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t watched the show for the last couple of weeks. I’ve pretty much given up. But maybe I’ll tune in next week to cheer on Viktor.

    • Anonymous

      The naked truth is, if anyone but Anya shown what she did, they would be sucked, insulted, ripped apart. And NOT given a chance to win, which all of the judges agreed on that she still could, just to keep us all anxious for another week. Cause right now I don’t really care who will win, as long as it’s not her. That will be the end of Project Runway as a fashion program and the beginning of the Project Ineverlernedhowtosewbutwonanyway

    • Anonymous

      Just curious….could the Mercedes Benz people, or whoever sponsors it in the future, refuse to allow their name to be associated with this kind of trash?  We accept the idea that it calls into question the taste level, and relevance, of the judges, but if such stuff is allowed to go down the runway, does it debase the reputation of fashion week itself?  Or is it, like our banking system, to big to fail or be sullied?

      • Anonymous

        If they would, it would be a huge scandal, and the show charts will hit the sky. And next season there are will be anyas only.

    • Anonymous

      Off the subject of design, but why in the mundo did Viktor choose to go Goth with the eye liner THIS week, knowing full well he was going to bust out the waterworks for the unfortunate but never-before-mentioned back story?

    • Anonymous

      OH my beloved T Lo, maybe I’m just too much of a simple white girl but I honestly didn’t get Kimberly’s skirt at all.  Are you saying that a certain type of African American urban girl would want to go big and emphasize the junk in the trunk that much?  I would think the designers should show us what their customers SHOULD wear not merely what they might wear.  amiright?

      • Anonymous

        I apologize to you, Salasalu.  My intention was not really racist at all.  Truly I didn’t understand the skirt at all and am trying to understand better what T & Lo were saying.  And honey, trust me, my simple white butt has plenty of junk in the trunk but it’d be a crime for me to wear it on my best urban day.

        • Anonymous

          yikes…i’m trying to delete this comment but disqus won’t take it down.

      • Logo Girl

        I’m white and very curvy and Kim’s skirt was (at risk of sounding like a vapid starlet-judge) something I would wear. Even in pink. OK, maybe something a little more matte. But I am proud to say I’ve never wanted my butt to look small. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but it is possible that Anya was a set up right from the start? Her story is practically tailor made for the Lifetime demographic. Curious how this seems to be playing out.

    • Anonymous

      nope, you’re not.  racist, much?

    • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

      I am a Trinidadian like Anya and I loved the collections she made before this show and I was ecstatic that she made it onto the show BUT… I very nearly threw my keyboard at the wall when they let her into the finals for no discernible reason. As a long time PR fan I’m offended and disappointed by that decision.

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

        i liked her portfolio too, actually.
        some of the stuff she made on the show wasnt bad either.
        it was the continual & very obvious–VERY obvious–favoritism-to-the-point-of-revising-challenges-midstream that made everyone, including myself, so disgusted w/ the whole business.
        i dont think we will ever know how all that came about. i remember the single seemingly candid interview tim gunn gave this year, the one in which he talks about a contestant’s agent wanting more money, etc & ect– &, especially at this point, it’s pretty obvious that that contestant is anya. i think that’s the most telling thing we’re gonna hear til it’s all over & the beauty pageant contestant sings.
        i dont think anyone who isnt directly involved in putting this show together has any idea what cooked.

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

          Yes I’ve been remembering that little tidbit myself lately. It pains me to think about how manipulated things have probably been. Like I’ve said here before, I can’t wait for the book after Tim quits the show.

        • Anonymous

          Most likely the agent was representing someone on the All Stars. They were paid, regular PR contestants are not paid.  

          • Anonymous

            No, in that one article that someone had just linked here, it’s very clear that it’s this group of ne’er-do-wells that contains the paid cast member with a publicist/agent.  And it came as no surprise. 

            • Anonymous

              I don’t see where the link is, but I did read the article months ago. As I recall it dealt with a Lifetime staff member saying that an agent was on the phone wanting more money. It was an aside to Gunn’s busy day. Being a Producer on the show (and on the All Star show I’m sure) someone was looking to him for an answer.
              Don’t forget the All Stars programme was running concurrently with regular PR. Hence the confusion.
              I know for a fact no one is paid on PR, so I doubt very much they are going to pay Anya to be on the show. Liffetime is many things, I don’t think they are going to break their own rules to get Anya on the show.

            • Anonymous

              http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/project-runway-how-characters-controversy-224581?page=2 Here is the article. They were filming the episode where the designers showed their three piece collections based on inspiration. It could’ve been either Anya or Laura, but has Anya been ‘stomping all over Tim’s last nerve’ during this season? I do know they talk about her since her dress was on backwards and ‘would require instructions to wear’.

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

              Maybe the Mystery Person was asking to be paid more to appear on the “After the Runway” show. Since the show seems like it was hastily created, maybe the designers weren’t locked in by their contracts to be on it and thus could negotiate financial compensation.

            • Anonymous

              At first I thought you may be right, but then I remembered that I think After the Runway is shot more in real time and the episode itself was shot months ago.  I guess it could have been negotiating for the future, but I’m not sure that they had even decided on a format or frequency for After the Runway yet (as you pointed out, ATR comes across as something hastily tacked together, I suppose in keeping with the overall feel of this season). 

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think it was Anya. Here is the article. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/project-runway-how-characters-controversy-224581?page=2

          • Logo Girl

            The comment seems oddly out of context – but of course the reporter could not reveal a lot of details. It could be a. the reporter was confused and they were talking about Kenley’s agent asking for more money for All Stars b. maybe Laura was asking for more money for her decoy collection c. maybe it was Anya asking for more money for the final challenge. Or it could be another “rule bender” and Anya is the only person they are paying by the day to be there. She is the only person who is semi-famous going in, after all. One thing that concerns me, is there is an interview with Tim Gunn elsewhere, from the last few weeks, where he says that a “real villain” emerges before the show is over and it is “not who you think”. 

            • Anonymous

              I wonder if at that point he was just referring to the growing groundswell by the long-term fans who were unhappy, and perhaps she was going to be the surprise villain when she got voted through to fashion week.  On BPR, they mention that this took place October 8, so by that time the grumbling was pretty loud, so rather than an actual “make Becky cry” villain he was referring to a “piss everyone off” villain. 

            • Anonymous

              Someone brought up the point that the ‘real villain’ could be the producers which makes sense to me. No one so far as really showed villainous tendencies as far as I’ve seen and there’s only one episode left! :( 

    • Anonymous

      let the producers engineer anya’s win all they like ~ WE should ensure that anthony ryan wins people’s choice.

      but who’m i kidding? they’d probably feel bad for her, pet her empty shell of a bouffant, and call it an”co-win,” awarding she and AR the cash.

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

        I wish I could, but I don’t have a Twitter account and that’s apparently the only way to vote this year. I tried to vote through Lifetime’s PR page, but it sends you straight to Twitter voting.

        I’m sure I’m not the only one here who’s resisted Twitter’s charms so far. :-)

        • Logo Girl

          I am fairly certain that fans of the top two (Anthony Ryan and Anya) have set up bots to do the voting for them. Those two are bizarrely ahead of the rest, and if you view the tweets, they are apparently automated. This is why most popularity vote shows have strict rules about how many times that you can call or text or vote online, and that the voting methods have to be associated with a specific phone number. 

          • Anonymous

            and I refuse to “tweet” my vote. Why did they do that? Why couldn’t they have regular voting as in seasons past? Twitter is not the endgame in technology.

        • Anonymous

          actually, it DOES forward you to twitter, but if you go back to the lifetime window, it will say “vote again” as if it counted your click. i didn’t sign into twitter to vote…

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

            Oh, thanks. I didn’t realize that.

      • Anonymous

        Oh now you’ve gone and done it. If they hadn’t thought of it before, voila, Anya’s now a co-winner of the favorite award.

    • Anonymous

      I thought they looked like cult members this episode. Goth eye-makeup, black tuxedos—a dozen dead relatives—hugging in a circle conjuring up the image of Heidi!

    • Anonymous

      I keep looking at the first picture and thinking about how they praised Josh’s styling.

      And did Victor make that last dress on the day before the challenge? There was a shot of him cutting long strips of that kind of fabric when Tim was talking to the other designers.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, everybody gets a pony. And we get stuck with a huge pile of horse shit.

      Viktor, I mostly love ya’ dude. Josh, well, you’ve done far worse for whatever the heck that’s worth. Kimberley, oh Kimberley. You know I love you to bits but this was pretty sad except for the gown which is stunning. Anya, you and your gorgeous self just need to go the hell away.

      When does Allstars start? Let’s all pray to the fashions goddesses that it won’t look anything like this heap of manure.

      • Anonymous

        They originally had it slated to begin I think the commercials said in November.  Then it was mysteriously pushed back to the vague 2012.  My grassy-knoll loving self wonders if after the outcry at this season, they took it back into editing to try to take about 20 pounds off another season of heavy-handed manipulation.  But it could also be that they don’t want some detracting from the Project Accessory- after all, how much bitchy drama, cat fights, overhyped underdogs, and troubled artists can we take in a week, meaning one had to go on the back burner.  PR-AS will hold interest even sitting on the shelf while Project Accessory is going to have to grab the people that are used to turning to that channel on Thursday nights. 

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

          I have a better theory:  Neiman Marcus said NOT A CHANCE IN HELL to their nonsense about a good narrative, and made them fix it.  Piperlime may be fine with running a line of Anya’s, even though it probably won’t be a great seller, because they get a lot of publicity in return.

          Neiman Marcus, who will be carrying the winning designer’s line from All-Stars, sure as hell doesn’t need PR for publicity as EVERYONE already know them.  And if they tried to give Elisa a line (unless she has gotten MUCH more mainstream and generally better) because B/M liked her story, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them say, “Absolutely not — this is not going in our stores on ANY release, no matter how limited.  Go back and fix it and do it NOW.”

          In fact, I really wonder if they didn’t have some say during the season to insure a winner would be up to par.  If I had their reputation, I would have insisted on it as part of the deal.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I can’t see the average Neiman Marcus customer willing to wash someone’s spit off their clothes before they wear it.  I suspect there will be visible signs of NM, although I can’t imagine it could be worse than this year.  I suspect the NeiMa people looked at the portfolios and picked their winner from the contestants, and it will go from there.  Although I still suspect they may be trying to disguise some heavy handed interference.  After all, this was filmed months ago, too, and it was already to roll next month.  One day it was in, the next day it was out.  So I still wonder if the public outcry about how very contrived this season is has them trying to make it look less so.  Although what could they really do if they once again have challenges built around one person?  It’s not like they can re-write the whole thing- cast members tend to hair cuts and things like that once the taping ends, so it would be a nightmare for whoever is in charge of their ‘continuity assistant’ or whatever they call that person that keeps on making sure things stay consistent. 

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

            I was originally thinking the same thing as SimpleSins – that they sent it back for re-editing after this ridiculous, crack-laden season, but your theory makes a lot of sense too. I want to think that there’s just so much Bunim/Murray can do to screw up PR All Stars, given the high talent level of many of the designers, but I hope Neiman Marcus kept a close eye and a tight rein on what went down. Maybe they have one of those “force majeur” clauses in their contract in case of a total disaster, like hotels do.

            • Anonymous

              Isn’t it all simpler than this for Nieman? It would be perfectly appropriate for Nieman Marcus to have sent in a guest judge or two during the later challenges.  Just order your judges to make sure to eliminate leftover chaff that the regular judges had let slide …
              We won’t even see it as producer/sponsor inteference because it will be right out in the open.

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

              Yes, good point. NM’s preferences and POV should be taken in consideration during judging. Piperlime’s certainly have been in this and last season. Designers can’t do (for example) Express-level work  if the winner will be creating a line for NM.

    • Meg Weglarz

      Has Anya made anything with an actual sleeve yet? I mean a real, set in, two piece, sleeve – I can’t think of a single thing with sleeves.
      And what’s up with Nina playing the part of Michael’s parrot? She just repeated what he said over and over again during the judging; I think she’s checked out of this season.

      • Anonymous

        The only sleeve I remember was the one in the gallerina’s outfit, but that did not look like a set sleeve; to me it looked like putting one’s arm through an empty wrapping paper roll, but that’s just me.  I don’t think you can count the bird-peak ones as they were more shoulder extensions than sleeves.  Gosh, what a surprise.  No sleeves.  And the only collars I can remember were the one Laura did for her in the first sleepwear challenge and the quasi-collars Bert did. 

        And I think they all checked out this reason.  Even MK doesn’t really seem to be there.  The most animated he has been all season was when he gets a snarky guest judge and he tries to one-up them in the insults fired at everyone but golden girl.

    • Anonymous

      It should have been “a Project Runway first!” where Viktor was simply declared the winner on the spot.  It’s just unreal watching the judges pretend to apply the same standards to him as to everybody else. 

    • http://phdoula.blogspot.com Rebecca

      Anya being waved through was ridiculous. I did love a lot of the looks she made this season, and was actually disappointed that she didn’t make a better showing in the final four, and could have handled either her or Kimberly being sent home. But that Kimberly would stay AND she would too?? No. This is ridiculous. What was the point of this freaking episode? None.

      I’ll keep watching PR, for at least one more season, in the hopes that a more talented set of designers will rescue the show. But my threshold for quitting this show is getting real low and that’s sad because I have been a devoted fan for YEARS.

    • Anonymous

      Is it just me or does something smell about Anya’s collection? She presents these three looks and only two of them appear in her runway show? And then what she does show is nothing like these at all? Something does not add up here at all. 

      • Anonymous

        Well I’m anticipating a little outside help for one last challenge.  Since Bert will be in town anyway presenting his decoy collection, and I think is actually staying in the same hotel, it shouldn’t be too hard to find him and “coax” him into coming to help Anya with that one last challenge, and will probably surreptitiously, at least for us, “help” make the rest of the outfits runway worthy.  The other finalists will get help, too, but not use them to quite a degree.  After all, it just would not do anybody’s reputations any good to have everyone see that the golden girl could not design or craft, or that apparently the judges were the only ones who didn’t realize that. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=44205712 Jon Reilly

      I started to do a little happy dance when Anya was the last person on the runway because she was [FINALLY] going home.  However, when the judges pulled that “twist” out of their asses, I was PISSED!  “Project Runway” producers really need to stop butting in so much with their decisions.  

      • Adella Thompson

        Same here! If only I’d turned it off then as I was thinking of doing before ther was that “but wait, we haven’t had a twist yet” sinking in of awfulness. I was ready to declare it the best show of the season and a reassertion of the show’s integrity. 

    • http://twitter.com/HotMessHousWife Sammi M

      I’m so disappointed in how the level of quality continues to go down every season. This show used to be so exciting and great, with designers that were innovative. I think Viktor has this locked up, and while he’s a strong, wearable designer (I love his pieces), he’s not nearly as good as other past winners and competitors in terms of innovation and capital-f Fashion. Talented, yes, just not as EXCITING! The rest don’t even measure up to Viktor, which means they’re even farther behind other more interesting designers from previous seasons. This year just doesn’t measure up. Such a shame. =( I watch to see people be creative, not for manufactured drama.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z3MD2KJCFAPQJTYHVT5GBHCCXQ RachelB

      is it jut me, or is Josh’s maxi dress-looking pants thing remind anyone else of Christopher Kane fall 2011?

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

        i called this one a while back too.
        for some reason he’s been doing christopher kane either a lot this season or maybe it was just in his final collection, which i saw when it was first posted hereupon. i think i even posted a link to the christopher kane stuff from which our josh is copping. when you see his whole final, you will see even more of it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mochizukisan kyasarin mochizuki

      Everyone may have a pony, but all I smell is bullshit.

      PRW makes me tired. I think “Work of Art” is going to be my new choice in watching creative people going insane during impossible challenges. I mean, Kathryn’s meltdown was just way too entertaining. Delicate artistic flowers in stressful situations provide entertainment all on their own without producers stepping in to create it artificially via ridiculous casting and judge manipulation.

      Also, a sex tape scandal? That’s so 2007.

    • yuju ti

      They will let Anya win. And Viktor will be the new Mondo. I predict by 15th season a chimp will be the winner of this show. That chimp doesn’t even know how to hold a sewing needle before he is casted. He will start to learn how to sew on the first challenge. Nina will love his taste, Michael will praise his well-tailored leather pants, Heidi will wear his design to red carpet events, and Tim will be in the hospital because he is allergic to chimps. Yes, I believe it will happen. 

      • Anonymous

        No self-respecting chimpanzee would be caught anywhere near Project DeadRelative.

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

      the only unmentioned thing i can add is that i am struck by how much anya’s model looks like anya. along w/ every other odd deliberate manipulation they did this season, i wonder if they threw that in too.

      i’ve always noticed but ignored that, til this week when it disturbed me to see how badly anya put together laura’s very pretty model. even bert’s model in her grecian sheets– but particularly laura’s. she looked so bad in that stupid bathing suit it seemed as deliberate as the production manipulation, if meaner.

      ordinarily i wouldnt notice something like that, but in this case it shocked me.

      oh, & that i think josh’s jacket, if removed from josh’s everything else, is a pretty nice piece.
      but as far as i can tell his cocktail dress is both not special &, even more, not well fitted.

      everybody else covered everything else, so
      thats it, i am gonna go to sleep.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1020498466 Tania Orlando Goldenstein

      Viktor is clearly the only designer that I could fathom winning this season.  Unfortunately for him, he’s just the best of the worst.   I’m a die hard PR fan, but if Anya or Clinique actually pull a win out of their asses, I may not continue to be.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

      Dead Relative Bingo :D At this point, the only thing worse from PR is the After the runway where they all tried sooo hard to show this is still about the fashion. Anya’s little story about the scandal. Please bitch!  why are you mentioning it on national TV is it was sooo embarrassing for you. It was satisfying to see her not have ANYTHING to show Tim, all I was thinking was “Yeah, no Bert to construct everything for you”

      • Anonymous

        What annoyed me was that she tried to downplay the content of the videos describing them as “intimate” tapes between just herself and her boyfriend. In truth they depict a menage a trois involving a girl who looks very young and very stoned. The tapes are not intimate. They are XXX hard core porn.

        • Anonymous

          I think she chose a very tasteful way to describe them. I don’t think anyone with a sex tape is going to say “Oh, I made some amateur porn” on national TV.

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

            Agreed, hoez. How else should she explain it? Plus, it’s all intimate behavior in that it’s not something you want to share with the world.

            I’ve been damn irritated by Anya’s teacher’s pet position, but I hope she rises above this stupid sex tape thing the way Vanessa Williams rose above her scandal. (Nude photos? I forget)

    • http://profiles.google.com/clarinetpower Ronica Skarphol Brownson

      My favorite part was “Any of these could designers could still win!” after they said both girls were AWFUL. Yeah, right. It’s anybody’s game. *eyeroll*  But then again, you did award a win to Gretchen Jones, so I guess you are right.

    • Anonymous

      At least two of Anya’s pieces don’t appear in her finale collection.

      • Anonymous

        And this is how she will end up winning.  She scraps the hideous items last minute and the judges will praise her to the heavens for having listened to their advice and edited and whatever other crap.

    • http://a-visual-feast.blogspot.com/ AlexandraF

      Im disgusted. It was CLEAR that Anya should have gone home and of course, she didnt. Im sick of this BS. Why even give an attempt at the premise that this is an actual competition if they are going to constantly slant toward one designer? And she isnt even the best designer. If it werent for Viktor, I wouldnt even watch the finale.

    • Anonymous

      I may not even watch the finale. This season is just disappointing on so many levels. Actually, reading TLO’s blog is far more interesting honestly and maybe I will just do that.

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t seen anyone mention this, but does anyone else think that Clinique’s jacket looks quite a bit like one Precious Moments did a challenge or two before he was eliminated???

    • Anonymous

      ‘But in this current season, its ninth, the show seems as if has regained some much-needed energy. And after watching three episodes, I think I have figured out why: The producers have finally figured out that the judges on “Project Runway,” not the contestants, are the real stars’.  Posted in the NY Times in August.  Maybe the judges read their own press and it went right to their heads.

      • Anonymous

        And this week’s Entertainment Weekly has a small note about it, saying how great this season has been. I think that hardcore fans like those who comment here and in some of the other blogs are in the minority; it seems that everyone has been thrilled with this season in the general, non-fannish public. I’ve seen that personally, as well, where people I know in my LiveJournal circles commented on this week’s episode with their surprise and disappointment because it seemed like they were bending the rules, not because it was so obviously manipulated. It’s really weird looking at it all through their eyes.

    • Anonymous

      Project Requiem has crossed over from being infuriating to fascinating and, sadly, a grotesque breakdown of the few contestants who still think they’re in a “competition.” I frantically watch for any tells from Papa Gunn, a wink or crossed fingers, to let the viewers know that he thinks it’s b.s., too. The contestants are so used to trotting out their sad stories (no doubt at the coaxing from the producers) – that they are thrown off when the “inspired by my XXX” is met with an “Ja? und??” unsympathetic stare of Frau Klum. 
      Annnnnnyway – my other issue with the show is how they simultaneous promote designers of color and yet give them mostly models from Eastern Europe. The fact that Kimberly had to gentrify her mini-collection of “Brooklyn before it was gentrified” was a sad thing.My even larger issue is that many of the judges, can’t seem to accept African/kente cloth inspired color palettes as high-fashion. The idea that milquetoast Donna Karan/Calvin Klein/Oliviererer eggshell/bisque/latte = good taste is so 1995. Nina and Michael, you are better than this. Take a vacay to Lagos.

      Finally, anyone who serves Tim Gun champagne on the home visit instead of twice baked potatoes has a publicist, a lawyer, and Machiavelli on the bedside table.

      • Anonymous

        Duro Olowu was pretty hot with the high fashion crowd a  couple of seasons ago.. He is British of Nigerian decent. And most of his work including his break out collection are influenced by Africa/Nigeria.
        But few and far between are such designers and collections, I agree.

    • http://twitter.com/hellofederico Giovanna Federico

      I was so engraged when Anya got into the finale. She does not deserve it.

    • Anonymous

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DggMuD8qKSc <– apparently Anya did have pieces to show Tim, but she was not happy with them at all.

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

        I would have liked to see something though. On the other hand, I watched a bunch of other PR videos  while I was over there. In one of Anya’s videos (either her demo tape or her closet tour) she picked up a jacket that she said she made. It had those little  puffy shoulders that have been so popular lately, and…. sleeves! I don’t know if “made” meant ” designed” or “designed and constructed”, but to my admittedly untrained eye, it looked perfect.

    • Anonymous

      agree one hundred percent. finally.

    • Anonymous

      When I fell asleep in front of the TV even before the runway show, it was not a good sign.  I woke up in time to see them give Anya a free pass into the finals and cranked back the DVR to see the mini-collections and the judging, trying to figure out what she had done to make them want to see more.  I wished I had left well enough alone.  This season has really put the bitter in the bitter kitten.  If Victor does not win I won’t guarantee that I’ll never watch again, but I will guarantee that I won’t be shopping Piper Lime anytime soon.

    • Anonymous

      Well said. This show is a farce, and never has it been more obvious than in this episode. Anya is ridiculous. Viktor should clearly win (the competition was over weeks ago) but he probably won’t, which would be hilarious if it wasn’t so pathetic.

    • Anonymous

      What’s clear as they actually must have scrapped their rules just for the Trini contestants, as there is a casting call notice in examiner dot com (found by googling project runway application) where it’s clear that Project Seamstress or not, you are expected to know how to construct:

      “Bring five or six of your most recently made garments that demonstrate your sewing skills and fashion point of view.Do NOT bring bridal, costumes, or garments designed by you but sewn by someone else.”

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

      Remember when we felt good that a 4th designer would show?  

      • Anonymous

        Hasn’t that only happened one other time? And it wasn’t exactly that exciting? (Mychael Knight)

    • Anonymous

      I feel like a junky coming back for their last fix before being shipped off to rehab. I think I still watch the show faithfully every Thursday because I keep hoping it’s a bad dream and it will end and the goofy fashiony-fun spirit will once again emerge. Is it me? Didn’t this show used to be fun to watch? It’s just a generic & depressing reality show slog wrapped in “fashion” packaging.

      Question: do networks ever consult their viewers and make changes based on feedback? Seriously. I mean I don’t know how the rest of the country feels but from my limited point of view PR’s fans have been majorly turned off since Mondo’s upset and the whole lifetime-ization of PR. Maybe they snared some ersatz reality geeks out there but really when there’s Jerseylicious and Kim Kardashian’s Krazy Klan show on why would they tune into PR?

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

        “Question: do networks ever consult their viewers and make changes based on feedback?”

        YES — absolutely. NBC networks do this routinely. Almost to the point of being a little ridiculous, but yes they definitely listen to and respond to viewer — and advertiser — feedback.

        But as for reality contest shows? I don’t know. It seems like once you’ve crowned your princess, it would be difficult to edit a different win. Unless there was no announced winner until the show aired.

        • Anonymous

          thanks but what i meant was do producers change format going forward based on ratings and audience critque? i don’t mean changing outcome of show already in the can….

    • Anonymous

      Ummmm, okay, why hasn’t anyone mentioned the other elephant in the room? Or did I just miss a comment somewhere? I got to see the real deal last night and (real deal is such a joke!) it seems clear to me that somewhere between the runway walk and the final critiques at least one person besides the judges got the news that there were going to be 4 going to fashion week. How else do you explain Anya (who had been in tears several times through the episode) stood there stoically when the judges told Kimberly that she was going? With that news, it was surely clear to Anya that she was out–any other episode it’s very clear to the one left–yet Anya never even reacted. Come on–that audience has been played again and again this season and I’m not the only one why is sick of it. Am I crazy? Did you all see it differently? What am I missing?

      • Anonymous

        So true!  Every other time, when they’re down to final two and one person is chosen to be in, it’s pretty much automatically assumed by everyone (viewers, the designers waiting backstage, the last remaining designer) that the last one standing is out.  This time was just weird.

        • Anonymous

          There’s been enough times that they’ve let additional people show that it seemed entirely possible that Anya would be allowed to show too. I didn’t think it odd that Anya seemed to be hoping for the same treatment. Really I figured this would be the outcome… pretty much the only one they actually would’ve aufed, if he’d been truly terrible, was Josh. Victor’s too good, Kimberly too interesting (and the first African American in the top three, sadly), and Anya’s been a golden child throughout.

          • Anonymous

            I totally agree with your comment about Anya;  she had every reason to think she’d get a pony too.  Kimberly’s not the first African American designer to make the PR top three, though.  Before her there were Kara Saun, Korto, and Emilio in the finals as well as Santino who came from a multi-racial family if I’m recalling correctly.

          • Anonymous

            I thought there was only one time (Season 3) when the judges allowed four people to remain.

          • http://www.facebook.com/sorryfortheincovenience Heather Pickett

            There have been multiple african-american finalists: Kara Saun, season one, Mychael Knight, season three, Korto, season five, emilio sosa, season seven, and now kimberly.
             

            • Anonymous

              Hmm.  Sounds like if you’re an AA designer, there’s no point in applying for next season since apparently black designers can only go to the finals in odd numbered seasons.  

          • Anonymous

            Thanks Heather and Julia, you’re totally right, Kimberly’s not the first. Still, she’s got an interesting viewpoint and I think it would’ve been hard for them to drop her from the top 3. Especially since her collection was so much better than Anya’s.

    • Anonymous

      She also chose not to use one her strongest pieces because she couldn’t fit it on the model in time. Kimberly had the same issue with a jacket. I honestly don’t understand the one fitting, one hour thing for the most important challenge. Was that the “twist?” Nonsense.

      • Anonymous

        Ye of little faith.  She arrived in the city and when the muckitymucks saw that she apparently was only able to replicate replicate napkins in a laundry bag, it provided them the light bulb moment for another plot twist.  Let those looks go down the runway  and allow her to go on as a finalist with a dress that would have caused Nina to vaporize any other contestant with her laser gaze for such dreck.  With 90 minutes to fill next week, I am sure we can anticipate the return of the auf’d designers- a simple feat since they’re all in town with their decoy collections anyway.  And Bert, in the same way he was able to turn her stick figure tube dresses into judges’ favorites, will be able to take her entire collection, jettison the two prime examples of her work caliber, and salvage it so that we do not have to offend our eyes by looking once again at what she is capable of.

    • Anonymous

      annoyed, but not surprised. the only bright moment was that they faked out anya and not kimberly. at least they made anya feel nervous for once in the entire competition. oh, wait, did i just say “competition”? because i thought that in a competition, some contestants advance, step by step. and some don’t. however, last night, all were waved through, and anya given a slap on the wrist for sending down that seriously god-awful gown. it looks like what a five-year-old could put together with a bolt of fabric and some safety pins. and did anyone notice the back grommet with the chain? a complete repeat of the dress bert made for her.

      and as a non-anya aside, it drove me crazy that michael made viktor take the sunglasses off his model. “she doesn’t need them.” – what is his issue with sunglasses?! i think that’s the second time he has criticized their use. they’re functional, and quite necessary for most of the population. YOU don’t NEED to wear sunglasses inside while judging a fashion show, MK! in fact, it makes you look like an asshole.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah. Of all the things wrong with that dress, the grommet strap made me snort.

    • Michael Telles

      Even though the judges have embarrassed themselves with ridiculous decisions and statements with their judging this entire season, they really need to go through the T-Lo treatment from the opening sequence. Please make this happen before season ends this Thursday.

      • Anonymous

        Opening credits caps, pleeeaaase!

    • Anonymous

      I mean seriously.  And compare Tim’s straightforward reality check to Anya with the relentless picking Viktor has received from the judges all season.  “Your work is impeccably constructed, you did a lot in the short time frame, your garments are sexy… but you put sunglasses on your model.  Bad Viktor. Go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.” 

    • Anonymous

      Honestly, I was so convinced they were going to send Kimberly home (read: completely fuck her over) in order to keep their pet in the game that I was relieved. If they have to have their vanity project, fine. At least they didn’t screw the others in order to do so.

      What’s even worse about this is that there’s clearly some kind of crazy groupthink going on. Before the judges even deliberated, remember Anya made that long comment about how it’s between her and Kim to go home? But Kim’s collection was so obviously much better than Josh’s. Everybody has just decided that Kim is weak even though she absolutely is not. (I say “everybody” because a) the judges confirmed that with the order in which they announced who was going through and b) Josh’s stupid, stupid speech about how neither of “the girls” should be showing. Gag.)  And the saddest part is that she seems to buy it. It made me want to slap several bitches.

      Victor’s and Kim’s collections are the only ones I have any interest in. I think what Josh was trying to do with the plastic and unconventional textiles was go down a sort of a Marc Jacobs path, but…fail.

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

        I agree–of all the remaining designers, I think Kim’s collection is definitely the strongest.  Josh’s is horrific, Viktor’s is kind of ugly, and Anya’s…is awful.

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

      i posted this link to caribbean fashion week 2011 many pages back {or forward, depending on which way you read the comments}, but i am posting it here too for a single, & singular, reason:

      the guy.

      trust me, if you like guys, um, i think you will be glad i brought this page to yr attention.

      just a guess.

      scroll:
      http://iriediva.com/2011/06/14/the-best-of-caribbean-fashion-week-2011-pt-1/

      have fun.
      i’m sick so i am just going back to sleep.

      • fragileindustries

        It took a little scrolling, but edi, you just made my day.  

      • Anonymous

        In a reflection of my advanced age or my own squishiness, I was not inclined to gasp.  It reminded me of my son’s old He-Man figurines in that there is a torso and the legs look completely detachable.  Also, because this season of PR has me so traumatized, all I can do is look at it and see another failed menswear challenge where they ran out of time for buttonholes on the jacket, chose a disco pumpkin color that Michael says only is appropriate for his flesh, and did not account for ‘jewel’ room, and now he poor man is left unable to get his pants up to a respectable waist rise. I hope this season ends soon; my mojo, joojoo, and je ne sajs quoi are all sapped.

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

        Yes, Ghoulie like.

    • Anonymous

      I finally watched the episode online and now I get the ‘dead relative bingo’ jokes!

      I got a new appreciation for Viktor now that I’ve seen his design process.  I really like the photo/fabric, especially in those dusty blues.  Even though the judges dinged him for putting too many garments on the runway, it seemed like a good move – he showed them at least two extra pieces this way.  I’m not emotionally invested in any of these contestants (like Mondo last season and others in the past) but I’m rooting for Vik to take the big prize.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know if someone posted this already, but Chloe Dao agrees with those of you who can’t watch and just read TLo.

      ” I do try to watch this season. I do try to watch every season, but then I get sick of it. So now I just read it on Tom & Lorenzo because I just can’t embrace some of the designers. They’re going to hate me for that but I’m just going to be honest.
      I think this year, Viktor should win. And I think Anya got really lucky because she’s so damn pretty. She’s talented but she should have been elimated a few times.”http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/10-19-11-chloe-dao-discovers-color-predicts-this-seasons-iproject-runway-iwinner/?utm_content=newslink&utm_campaign=news&utm_source=social%2Bflow&utm_term=social%2Bflow&utm_medium=socialmedia

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

        i looked at her finalé collection, didnt like most of it, but loved her finalé finalé dress, if that makes sense. just gorgeous & precisely what anya would make if anya were truly good at making what anya makes.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NZUG2X5JTQ7C6RNYMLAM3F64TU Thomas R

      I was pretty sure that when Tim went to visit Josh at home, it would be like visiting Norman Bates and in the basement, you-know-who would be sitting in a rocking chair. After all, Josh has a lot in common with Norman – they both love stabbing people in the back, they both love wrapping bodies in plastic and they both blame their mothers for their psychotic personalities.

    • margaret meyers

      I had a little time on my hands this afternoon, so I watched the epsiode again.  There was Anya “finishing” her hem with a pair of scissors.  Every episode had that shot. 

    • Anonymous

      Wow, normally it’s Heidi hogging the crack pipe but clearly all three judges were smoked out on Thursday.  MK and Nina did a 180.  The minute the designers left, the MK and NIna blasted Anya and Kim’s work after working up ridiculous compliments and praise minutes before.  I give Heidi credit for calling out Anya and Kimberly while they were present.  No idea why the judges fell in love with Josh or why they ragged on Viktor.  Crack is a helluva drug.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500972147 Chelsey Lauer

      Did anyone else notice that they all have at least one dead relative?

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

        You’d have to be deaf and blind to miss that fact, as Project Runway doesn’t really do subtle editing.

      • margaret meyers

        Did the producers ask them ahead of time if they had lost a family member, and were they willing to get weepy about it?  Maybe that was why those 4 people got kicked off the first week:  they were unfortunate enough to have only living relatives.

      • margaret meyers

        Did the producers ask them ahead of time if they had lost a family member, and were they willing to get weepy about it?  Maybe that was why those 4 people got kicked off the first week:  they were unfortunate enough to have only living relatives.

        • Anonymous

          Poor Laura.  She’s gone because nobody died.  May she should have tried to dredge up a pet or something.  She looks like she’d have had a golden lab die at some point in her life.  

          • Anonymous

            SInce Bunim-Murray is running the show, you should take a look at the multi page (Usually 15-20) applications that they do for Real World housemates.  They’re not only designed to get the biography, but they’re also designed to weed out the psychologically suggestible contestants (ie those who can and WILL create drama)

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

              “they’re also designed to weed out”

              Weed OUT, or encourage? Just sayin…

    • Anonymous

      Is Joshua’s sister MacKenzie McKinley?

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

        Someone over at The AV Club said that he went to high school Josh, and that McKinley is not actually his last name. Maybe it’s his mother’s maiden name and he uses it professionally? Just speculating.

        All that to say that I hope that poor girl’s name is not MacKenzie McKinley.

        • Anonymous

          On one of the Project Runway blogs a poster said his last name was Cook until he changed it.  Which was a shame because I wanted to marry sister McKenzie off to Mac McQueen, and have them be Mac and McKenzie McKinley-McQueen in that cutesy both partners hyphenated way that is tres chic now (and would anyone connected with this family do anything that wasn’t tres chic- I was only surprised she didn’t have his eyebrows).  Alas, they shot me down and said his original name was Cook, so instead I’m saving the Mac and McKenzie McKinley-McQueen for when I become the bitter (not a typo) Dr. Seuss. 

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

            That is hilarious, and it gave me a much needed laugh today.

    • Logo Girl

      I’m a graphic designer. Sometimes one can say “I’m a designer” and it sounds kind of vague. People ask “what, an interior designer?” “Oh, a fashion designer?” Sometimes they get it. Sometimes not. It is a slippery term. 

      There is a funny thing with clients that bring you on as a graphic designer. They might be plumbers, psychic healers, veterinarians, psychic healers for dogs… but when they bring you on to design a logo, re-do a brochure or make a banner, they usually have a pretty good idea what they want. They might even have a very strong idea what they want. “I want a logo with a dog’s head and light coming out of the dog’s eye and my initials on the dog’s nose”. 

      OK, maybe not always a good idea. But a definite one. Sometimes, in fact often, those clients make some remark like “you know, I’m pretty good at this! I bet *I* could do this! It isn’t really hard at all. What, you just need to know a couple of computer programs to do this. I should do this myself!” Sometimes, they do try to bypass hiring a contractor, sometimes they do this with great fanfare and a pronouncement that they are becoming their own in-house designer. Usually they end up having to hire the pros again anyway to slog through the process, the sketching, the creating, the proofing, the printing. But then when the logo/brochure/banners are finally done, they pronounce to all of their colleagues “look, I’m a graphic designer now! I don’t need to hire those overpriced pixel pushers. What do they know?”  

      I am very tired and wondering why I care so much. Maybe because there once was a show that celebrated the nuts and bolts of the creative process (even if in another discipline) over the BS wannabe part. 

      • Anonymous

        I understand what you mean.  I cannot imagine what a smack in the face it must be to those that have and continue to work hard at their craft and worked for years to achieve the skill and know how that allows you to create and make it look easy (and we know nothing is ever as easy as a skilled artisan can make it appear).  And then have your education and hard work belittled by this person who woke up four months ago and decided to start sewing, is being lauded as though it never occurred to anyone to make a floaty sleeveless non-fitted pattern before, while the sneer at those that actually have the years of work and education behind them.  Were I a craftsman, I would be pissed.  Instead, as a sympathetic viewer, I’m just disgusted.

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

          I now have to defend the self-taught, or at least those without formal education.  Not all of us are ridiculous lightweights —  I’ve spent YEARS learning to sew and construct clothing, and even more time learning what silhouettes, colors, prints, fabric weights, etc. work for what garments and what people.  For instance, you don’t take someone with my short, heavy legs and put them in capris; it’s not attractive. 

          My sister-in-law does some graphic design work now, though she has never been formally trained.  But she’s been working on those skills for more than 20 years. 

          Anya is in no way representative of most people who are self-taught at any discipline.  She seems to think that four months is enough to learn everything she needs to know and clearly has no ability to self-assess, since she can’t seem to recognize how many flaws her work has.  I have no problem with her belief in her talent — but she doesn’t yet have the skills to back it up, and either doesn’t notice or doesn’t care. 

          • Anonymous

            You sure do like to pick apart everything I post  I make no criticism of the self-taught.  Many many many of the contestants have been been self-taught through the years.  My comment, clearly stated, was that she woke up four months ago and decided to do this.  Very few self-taught anythings are going to have the level of skill to go up against professionals.  And the education I mentioned does not have to come from a $100K degree. 

            • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

              except that you’re wrong. she has an already established fashion line. from 3 years ago. she didn’t wake up and decide to sew. she also isn’t self taught. she had someone teach her how to construct garments in preparation for the show. she’s said several times that she didn’t think she’d make it. i agree that the judges give her WAY too much leeway, but don’t make it sound like she’s self important and unaware of her shortcomings. they spend SO much time each week letting her yap on about how many things she’s done wrong. i honestly don’t know if this is a cultural thing, but I have NO IDEA why anya’s attempts to be a genuine person and be nice are read as “sneaky bitch” to every american. so she gets too much praise: true. she’s not as skilled as the others: true. she’s newest to the game: all true, but why does that mean that she’s “playing the game”? it’s so odd to me they way things are interpreted in the US.

            • Anonymous

              Lindsay Lohan, Brittany Spears, and the Kardashians all have their own clothing lines, so that doesn’t necessarily mean a whole heck of a lot.  And the 4-month sewing is her story line, repeated at least twice on every runway from her and twice more from the judges, not something anyone watching at home created for her. 

            • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

              but they’re not in competition with anyone are they? and i love how editing never seems to factor into anyone’s analysis… anya is OBVIOUSLY not the best, and even though I’m her fan, i thought it was a cop out to let her stay this week. but that doesn’t change the fact that she is actually a talented designer who clearly struggles because of her lack of technical experience. everyone here acts like she goes prancing around proclaiming how amazing she is. she doesn’t. but for some reason the fact that she’s an ex-beauty queen and a foreigner means it’s ok to hate her for no reason. i understand being annoyed that she gets overpraised (she does) but the vitriol i see every week? uncalled for.

            • Anonymous

              First, she’s an American citizen.  And she has come across as sneaky, which Americans don’t particularly care for.  She’ll take as much help as anyone can give her, until Joshua asks for fabric, then suddenly remembers it’s a competition.  We’ve watched her stand on that runway with a garment that somebody else put the collar and sleeves on, and as the judges praise her for the outstanding job she did on the collar and sleeves, she goes into her, “and I’ve only been doing it four months!!!!” speech, neglecting to mention that the credit goes elsewhere.  She doesn’t really show any great skill as a designer, either.  The only looks she successfully pulls off are nothing but the same beach wear that a load of designers do. 

              I can’t even think it took a lot of cajones for her to come on the show.  Given the way the script was written, it’s obviously she wasn’t going to lose so she risked nothing.  And if she wasn’t aware she would take some heat for the winning without lacking the skills to have done so, she needs to get herself a new agent, but the one she has did not do hir due diligence. 

            • Anonymous

              “She’ll take as much help as anyone can give her, until Joshua asks for fabric, then suddenly remembers it’s a competition.”

              To be fair, Tim Gunn pointed out in the episode in which Anya lost her first $100 that Anya had been very generous with fabric in the last challenge. She obviously cannot help anyone with construction, but several other designers have appreciated her taste and style and consulted her, and she seemed sincere in her responses to them. It may not have actually been helpful, but I think if the producers had been able to get Anya to turn around and cackle that she’d just handily led someone astray, they would have.

              Also, Kimberly, Laura, and Anya all made that “pact” to be honest with each other if they saw a problem. It was kind of silly, and eventually at least Anya and Laura realized that, but the only person who never seemed to feel both the push of competition and the pull of friendship was Viktor, and I disliked his attitude. (Though not his honesty.)

            • Anonymous

              Anya has exhibited a lot of passive-aggressive type things.  Like just this past week when Josh asked her which shoes, and she told him the blue ones looked like him- not exactly a lie but not actually answering the question he was asking.  And he got reamed for it.  Or when good old sucker Anthony Ryan gave her money, he asked Anya for her opinion on his garments  since he wanted to design for someone like her, and she told him, yes, it was stunning.  And then he gets on the runway and the judges, who masturbate to their memories of whatever Anya was wearing that day, decide that Anthony’s outfit is worse than even those horrible plaid pants of Josh or that nauseating print of Laura.  Anya wouldn’t have misled Anthony, would she?  I think she’s been a lot more conniving than some people like to acknowledge, and I think we’ve only seen the parts that they couldn’t edit out.  After all, this is their hand-picked winner.  Having bitchy Gretchen didn’t fly real well last year; they’re trying to serve up a kinder, gentler winner this year and that means there’s probably a lot we’ve been shielded from. 

            • Anonymous

              Hm. I don’t disagree with you on the events, but I just don’t have the evidence so say, “Oh, yeah. Anya’s conniving.” There was nothing in the episode in which poor Anthony Ryan sought her advice because she’s “the girl [he] wants to dress” that suggests to me that she deliberately misled him. Is it possible that she did? Yes. Is it possible that she exaggerated a positive reaction in a misguided attempt at niceness and led him to feel overly confident? Yes. It is possible that Anya, like any other human being, does not always have awesome taste? Yes.

              With Joshua, well, I have no idea what a helpful response to him would’ve been. I see her answer as polite way to be honest and avoid a conflict or histrionics. Would he have believed any of the other designers who suggested the shoes were a bad idea? I can easily see him interpreting that as “They’re awesome and I’m jealous and I want you to pick something different and epic!fail.”

            • Logo Girl

              But how many people with good ideas for designing clothes but with no skill can make such a business happen? It is hard enough for people with skill! I think people are wary that she has clearly cashed in on her scandalriddenbeautyqueen cache to make this happen. Even prettyprivelagedprincess Laura seems to feel she needs to prove herself as worthy, and she has unquestionable skill and probable unlimited capital. Yes, it might be editing, but I don’t see Anya as hungry to prove herself. I see her as concerned with using PR as, well, PR. But this all requires a very cynical read of the whole proceedings. Yes, I am one of the people who believes she has been in on the secured win from the start.

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

              “Yes, it might be editing, but I don’t see Anya as hungry to prove herself. I see her as concerned with using PR as, well, PR.”

              Exactly. In past seasons we have seen contestants who practically melted down because they wanted the success SO MUCH. They lived and breathed fashion, and because they were so dedicated and so determined, you wanted them to win. Fashion was their passion.

              Anya comes across as someone who just gets a little giggle out of draping a flowing garment. She doesn’t seem inspired, she doesn’t seem passionate, she really doesn’t even seem as if she cares AT ALL what she learns from the competition itself, let alone what a win would mean to her. She doesn’t “want it” bad enough, and ordinarily on most game show tv shows if you don’t want it bad enough, you are eliminated. But of course, we can’t have that with the Anya character the producers decided to make.

              I sort of agree with everyone who has said the REAL Anya is a victim of the producers wanting a sob story they can “sell” to the viewers, but it backfired. But she’s not playing that role nearly hard enough for it to be believable, and I think that and the inconsistent judging has turned us off of that character.

              It doesn’t require a cynical read of the whole production end. It just takes an understanding of how so-called “reality tv” is scripted. This season’s “Script” was simply a failure.

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

              The thing is, the aspects of Anya’s performance on the show that turn viewers against her, are the same aspects that she has used to manipulate other contestants to help her in the past. I guess what I’m saying is, it goes both ways.

              And don’t forget the fact that Tim went to Barbados and she had NOTHING to show him. I have never, ever seen that before on PR (in fact, Tim missed a beat there, “another Project Runway first!” if I ever saw one). To me that is unforgivable.

            • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

              *TRINIDAD…… (NOT barbados)

              and the Tim thing, believe me, she got plenty flack from us about that on twitter. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen before either, and it’s one of the reasons that I’m not surprised she came up short before the judges. she essentially had TWO weeks to do all the works because she wasted so much time. and having two weeks to do all that work, plus her lack of skills, she basically set herself up. I’d have thought she would take advantage of the time to move slowly and methodically through her collection instead of being down to wire as usual.

              also, how is asking for help manipulating the others? they themselves said that they helped her because she was always so nice to them. i do think she should have helped josh when he asked (because frankly, considering how much help she needs, that is the best strategic move) but i don’t think that i has any bearing on having received help. i think the reason it sticks out so sharply in everyone’s memory is because it was the week before.

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

              I keep repeating this endlessly, but here it is again. No one hates Anya. no one dislikes Anya. We hate and dislike the judging, editing, production interference, which has placed Anya at this point of the competition. Anya is merely profitting from that interference. And being a perfectly nice person should not be the deciding factor in this competition.

            • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

              You know what? I can accept that. That makes perfect sense to me. Because as happy and proud as I am that she won, I think she should have been eliminated last week after her poor showing for the judges.

            • Logo Girl

              I think it is a cultural difference, yes. I think that gamesmanship underneath a demure smiling facade is “read” as sneaky by Americans. And I also think that Americans tend to think you should “do it yourself” (with the notable exceptions of celebutante vanity endeavors). Perhaps it is unfair, but you do make a good observation. 

            • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

              I just don’t understand it. Viktor is queen of snark, but no one is on his case. I think the issue is that they except underhandedness, so they go looking for it. And it’s lame, because Anya is such a genuine person. She was so upset when she thought Josh was mad at her. Other contestants would just have written off the friendship. But no, she’s a sneaky beauty queen. I can’t.

            • Logo Girl

              Again, I think it is a cultural difference. We’d rather see someone being snarky but honest than coming across sweet and smiling but being just as cut-throat the snarky person is. She doesn’t seem genuine to many, probably because she doesn’t seem to have any cracks in her veneer. In a narrative, this reads as problematic. (see: The Stepford Wives, All About Eve, The Bad Seed). Of course there is a lot of editing involved. But whether or not Anya is actually nice is beside the point. This construction of “Anya” is why people respond her her in a more negative way than “hissing Victor”.

            • Anonymous

              But if you go to the Lifetime comments sections, on various blogs and designer pages, a lot of people HAVE responded pretty negatively to “hissing Viktor.”  On some level I agree with you, in that there are a lot of race and gender tropes going on in people’s reactions to various contestants (and likely in the editing of the show itself).  But I also think that if Anya had Viktor’s construction/tailoring skills, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation, because it isn’t just about “snarky but honest” versus “seemingly sweet,” it’s also about the gaping disparity between his skills and hers. 

              I think people are a lot more willing to tolerate jerkishness or “gamesmanship” if you have the chops to back it up. Gretchen and Emilio were pretty widely disliked finalists on a personal level, but I don’t recall this much doubt about whether or not they deserved to BE finalists going solely by their merits as designers.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ada-DollytheBird-Keli/647779275 Ada DollytheBird Keli

               Absolutely.  I couldn’t stand Santino and thought he was a raging ass, but I loved his work and couldn’t argue with the fact that he remained in the competition.  I also thought Jeffrey needed a good pimp slap, but I loved most of his work and frankly didn’t mind his winning.  Also can’t say that I found Laura B to be the most pleasant personality, but damned if her work wasn’t great!!
              Point is, most people see what’s going on here.  We don’t care how nice OR how manipulative she may be.  Personally, I see this shit trail leading back to the producers and the producers only.  I do question Anya’s ethics for being a willing puppet (along with ‘other’ things, wink wink, nudge nudge), but it makes no difference to me in this ‘competition’.  This is about being the best fashion designer.  And she most definitely is not.  It reminds me of when John Lennon was asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world and he responded that Ringo wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles.
              Most people aren’t mad at Anya.  We’re mad that a show that we respected has been caught pants down in the hotel room with the hooker and the crack pipe.  For many, myself included, it will NEVER gain it’s credibility back.  And unfortunately for Anya….if in fact she DOES take the fashion industry seriously (which I highly doubt)…..she’ll be dragged down with it.

            • Anonymous

              While I think some of the attacks on Anya veer into sexist and ethnocentric territory, it’s also a strawman to say that’s just everybody’s problem with her.  SimpleSins outlined specific behaviors above where Anya took credit for other people’s work, or denied help to someone a week after receiving it herself.  Those are specific behaviors that I think would come under attack regardless of the contestant’s ethnic or personal background.

              And personally, “gamesmanship” is not a complaint I have against Anya.  She’s extremely personable and diplomatic, and I don’t fault any designer for using any “soft skills” to try to win.  But she simply does not have the design chops to justify screwing a more deserving designer out of the grand prize.  While I think the lion’s share of the problem lies with the judges and producers, to some degree that’s on her too.

              I also lack sympathy for the excuse that “Anya has ideas but struggles technically.”  I have no doubt that Kimberly and Viktor struggled technically when they were first starting out, like everybody who wants to learn a craft. But I’m willing to bet that a young black woman and a child of poor Mexican immigrants wouldn’t generally get cut a whole lot of slack on shoddy skills. If Anya can afford to take her sweet time learning the basics of her craft, that is a luxury.  Having that luxury doesn’t make her a bad person, but it’s part of why the overpraising really aggravates me.

            • Anonymous

              Personally, I couldn’t really care less about Anya’s personality, whether she’s a sneak or not.  I’m only aggravated that she gets graded on a curve.

              Viktor said he learned to sew from his mother, hardly a formal education, but you don’t see the judges going into rapture fits over HIS background.

            • Anonymous

              He didn’t really flaunt his dead relatives, either.  Apparently the producers failed to explain the rules of “gamesmanship” to him.  

            • Anonymous

              Heh.  He made the tactical error of flaunting an ability to make sleeves.

            • Anonymous

              Personally, I don’t see why its a big deal that Anya’s clothing doesn’t have sleeves, doesn’t mean her clothing is not good as a result. I mean go back and look at Michael C’s decoy collection from last year, none of his clothes feature sleeves, except that one gown, which I guess counts as a sleeve, even though its just tacked on fabric. Yet everyone was clamoring for that collection to be in the final three, but no one wanted him to actually win, just be in the final three. Anyway, his clothes didn’t have sleeves, and people treated it like the second coming. I didn’t mind it, but I find Anya’s more appealing.

          • Logo Girl

            I was a self-taught graphic designer before I went back to school. Still worked by butt off, learning all those fussy things like leading and kerning and what types of fonts go to what types of printers. :) There is a lot to learn in any discipline if you want to do it well. And I strongly feel that it is in that detailed knowledge that one becomes worthy of calling themselves a “_______”.

          • Anonymous

            Actually I think they should weed out the self taught designers. Gunn at one point, years ago I believe, wanted to do such a thing. The reasoning is clear, trained designers, for whom this is not a hobby, a fun thing to do, a side light, they are people dedicated to a passion, and a purpose. They did not study business, and on a whim sew, this is what they believe they are driven to do.
            Sure would make the show a hell of a lot better, in my mind.   

            • Anonymous

              Not all self-taught designers do this “for fun” or “as a hobby” on the side. Sometimes design school is just too costly, and financial difficulties prevent them from getting a proper design education, and attending school, so they have no choice but to learn the skills themselves. Just because they’re self-taught doesn’t mean they’re not dedicated to this craft, times aren’t easy for one reason or another, and design training sure isn’t free.

            • Anonymous

              I disagree, in today’s fashion world the only way to get a job (as a designer) is to have a fashion degree. So, in my mind if you can’t do that, you’re not serious about fashion as a career.
              I am well aware of financial difficulties, but if you want to be real fashion designer, and not play one, education is square one.

      • Anonymous

        That is exactly what I find irritating about allowing her to move on in the competition.

        Her point of view is very pleasant and marketable. But not at all unique.

    • http://velocibadgergirl.blogspot.com velocibadgergirl

      I’m most disappointed at the complete blah-ification of the show. Was there even one truly gasp-worthy piece sent down the runway this season? Every season has its clunkers, but I swear the level of talent used to be much, much higher in general.

      Also, how hilarious was Josh’s end-of-show smack-talking of Anya? As if his fashion sh*t doesn’t stink…

    • Stephanie lilacsigil

      Those pants of Victor’s look like someone had a very nasty period all over the crotch. I laughed and laughed when I saw them.

      • Anonymous

        I’m trying to think how to word this delicately…..if you or someone you know has anything coming out of their vagina in these colors, I strongly recommend you either get to a gynecologist or an emergency room.  

    • Anonymous

      I’m out after this train wreck of a season.  It’s no longer a competition.  It’s a joke -and not a funny one at that.

    • http://twitter.com/Aguslarediosa Agustina Diosa

      Victor MUST win this!

    • Anonymous

      Over the weekend I found a 7 year old OUT magazine in a bin in the guest bathroom that had an interview with Tim Gunn about Seasons three and four.  The funniest thing is that he talked over and over about the crack-pipe judging from those seasons and how he was amazed at the decisions Heidi, Nina and Michael Kors made.  Maybe it’s true….nostalgia breeds amnesia.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

      I hate this entire season.  Anya’s collection sucked and she should be out!

    • Anonymous

      misplaced comment

    • Anonymous

      PR All-Stars will definitely be a much-needed and refreshing palate cleanser after this s*it-pile of a season.

      • Anonymous

        They’ve turned me into such a cynic that I’m not anticipating much of an improvement.  Maybe Santino will learn to do a Joanna Coles impression, but with Tim not there, an impression of him might come across as just wistful.  In addition, there are quite a few ‘savant’ type designers, albeit still much much better than this year’s stylist, er, designer, but still ones that managed to get through without showing a lot of technical ability.  So I can see Santino being Joshua but at least funny, Michael C as stylist, er, designer, Kenley as Laura, Jerell Nick as Viktor, and the rest filling in the remaining roles. 

        It would *have* to be a little better than this season, but so is a colonoscopy.  At least with Anthony and Santino there will be a few laughs, but I’m sure the drama and bickering and team challenges (can you see Rami when Elisa the spitter “marks” one of his draped masterpieces?).  About the only hopeful thing I can say about All Stars is that once it comes on, we can finally and fully bury Season 9. 

    • Anonymous

      I knew she wasn’t going anywhere and I told my husband that she was going to get pushed through, but I had a glimmer of hope when Kimberly was pronounced in.  At that point he turned to me and said: “see, you were wrong!”  and then 3 minutes later: “you were right”.
      Oh man, remember how everyone said that Michael C. cannot sew??
      Oh, and how about that Joshua getting picked first?  Viktor is going to be Mondo #2.  He is not winning, though he clearly is the most talented of the bunch.

    • Anonymous

      Hahahahahaha!

    • Anonymous

      You guys really think Kimberly’s 3 looks were better than Anya’s? My question is why weren’t they BOTH sent home based on what they put out this episode. Anya’s color palette is bland (which she does manage to correct in her runway show, what with all the fabulous prints at all) but Kim’s looks cheap and kind of tacky and we know it doesn’t get better.

      Viktor is winning, I don’t see how anyone has a chance. And I admit I underestimated his collection after seeing the pictures a month ago – that jacket is fabulous on camera, and his prints looked much more gorgeous on TV as well.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, and by the way, why was Josh’s model wearing safety goggles?  WHY???  And this kid was praised for styling????
      f-ing seatbelts and safely goggles?  Praised?

    • Anonymous

      I used to get so excited about Project Runway. [Sighs.] I wasn’t surprised that they let all four go to Fashion Week. Of the final four, the only one I thought deserved to show at Fashion Week was Viktor. My other two picks would’ve been Bert and Laura. One of the most memorable garments for me this season is Laura’s yellow dress with the black boning visible underneath. (I don’t think “boning” is the correct term there, but I’m blanking out. Sorry!)

      I’m neutral on Anya herself. I have no idea how much producer interference there was or what motivated it, but I think that the *judges*
      gave her a pass on a lot of things because they liked her personal style and her taste. I was truly surprised that they didn’t declare her boring and one-note after the third or fourth challenge, because at that point her garments were beginning to seem very same-y to me. On a similar note, I was surprised that it was Laura’s taste Nina had such a problem with, because Kimberly’s fabric choices mostly horrified me.

      My overwhelming feeling this season has been boredom. I don’t mind one product-placement challenge. I don’t mind one or two team challenges. But I actually started watching Project Runway because I know absolutely nothing about construction and I was always amazed at what people came up with in the time they had. I would much rather see a challenge in which everyone has to make a suit than one in which they have to dress stilt-walkers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610879738 Kira Lewallen

      And who was surprised that they all were in? Not this girl.

    • Lisa

      Oh, yes, it’s clear as glass that the judges and the producers have a major Anya boner.  She could have sent potato sacks down the runway, and they’d have kept her in.  Undeserved, totally undeserved.

    • Anonymous

      it’s plain as day- clear as mud how the judges are judging based on their feelings towards her as a model, beauty queen, etc- but not as a designer.  Anya is young, vibrant, exotic and stunning- and the judges all want a hit of her Youth Elixir-they want to sit at the cool kids table and cast their vote for her regardless of the craptastic generic kaftan after maxi dress after flowy dress that she sends down the runway. 

      I’m sorry- but i know 12 year olds that can make what she designs.  As a PR alum, i have no ill feelings to any of the designers in the “fraternity”. Being on the show is a difficult task and much more stressful than it looks.  However, when you are a designer that repeatedly takes criticisms that are obviously based on a biased towards what the judges think is a sewing lack and you are not completely honest with your competitors nor are you as kind towards them as they are to you- it’s a bit hard for me to accept that designer as a genuine talent and deserving of a spot at fashion week. 

      If she wasn’t beautiful- if she was a pimple faced plus sized glasses wearing fuddy dud as opposed to a thin exotic porcelain skinned beauty queen- we’d be seeing a MUCH different lineup than we are now.

      that’s just my two cents.

    • mhleta

      My friends and I have been yowling back and forth at each other like diseased alley cats with knowledge of internet use all season. We could have all saved ourselves a shitload of typing and just read your blog, because you’ve boiled down all of our points far more concisely and humorously (although we are a rather fun bunch.) We are, by the way, entirely in agreement with all you’ve said. So glad we found you!!