PR: Funny Girl

Posted on October 04, 2011

We’re at that point in a Project Runway season that we find ourselves every year, when the commentariat seems to hate certain designers way more than we do. We think Laura’s hilarious. Probably unintentionally so, but still; she’s constantly shooting off her mouth and talking smack about her competitors and each week the judges slap her back down again. We’re kind of glad she made it this far, just so we can watch that process happen again and again. Who doesn’t love seeing a self-proclaimed “pretty privileged girl” get told her shit does, in fact, stink?

As for her designs…

HIGHLARIOUS, amirite?

At least with Josh’s pieces, you could tell right away what the problem was: he had no idea what the hell he was doing so he just threw a bunch of half-formed ideas at the dress form.

But this design feels so… specific somehow. Like she had a definite idea in her head. We have no idea what that idea was and it was certainly wrongheaded, but there’s something kind of amusing about her self-assurance and constant proclamations that she knows exactly what she’s doing.


For all the talk from the judges about how hideous Josh’s fabric choices were, to our eyes, that skirt fabric was the ugliest thing on the runway by far.

Conceptually, this isn’t a bad little dress. We like the back of it, the silhouette, and the chevrons. It’s just that nothing about this really says seventies and that skirt fabric could cause seizures if you stare at it too long.

Then there was this undesigned thing.

We kind of like that fabric on the top. It’s chic and low key in the exact opposite manner of her other notable fabric choice. It’s almost hard to believe that same designer chose both fabrics for the same challenge.




But why would she make a garment with roughly the same silhouette and proportions as her first one? Why not go off in another direction? If she’s made a simple A-line skirt or even, god help us, a pair of gaucho pants, she would have had something that referenced the period perfectly without looking like a costume. As it is, it almost looks like she gave up on designing this second look at all.

Look at that face. That’s the face of someone who just got her mouth slapped shut. How can you hate her? Each week she loudly declares her superiority and each week, Nina and the judges tell her she’s full of shit. It’s comedy in the grand PR tradition. Just enjoy it, we say. Josh is the one worth getting angry at. Laura provokes more of a pat on the head and a condescending “Bless her heart.”

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    • Anonymous

      Is this chile BLIND??!! On what planet/universe does this work?! Please tell me! Ok, listen Laura because I’m not completely heartless, I will ( I know you didn’t ask) impart a little wisdom your way ( emphasis on “little”).
      1. STFU!! Really, STFU! You look beyond foolish with your work room commentaries when you’re producing Fug. So, STOP!
      2. STFU! Your Catty Bitchiness (especially towards Bert) makes you look Ugly! So, STOP!
      3. Gain an eye because your taste level has become suspect. Do you really think that these two fuggly patterns pair well together?? And that Wonky Zipper! Really?!
      4. Listen to Tim Gunn! He is your Better. He is Wiser, more Experienced and Classier than you could ever hope to be, on your best day!! Listen to Tim !
      5. Lastly, stop with the Delusions! You not winning challenges, has nothing to do with weather or not Nina likes you but, everything to do with your continual Fug Output!! Get over Yourself!
      Gosh, It really is true, one does feels good after doing a good deed. I’m gonna do this more often!  
      Oh, P.S., Laura I do kinda, sorta like your second garment. See, I told ya, I’m not completely heartless!

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

        “Continual Fug Output” could be this season’s subtitle.

        • Anonymous

          Project Runway 2: Electric Fugaloo

          (Well, it’s the second season on Lifetime anyway.)

          • Anonymous

            Fourth on Lifetime actually…

          • Anonymous

            Ohhh I’d like that a million more times if’n only I could.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I guess her taste level is too refined for you.

        • Anonymous

          Well, bless my heart, that must be the problem!:> 

      • Anonymous

        the ONLY thing she took from Tim was that “Nina hates me.” Which is NOT AT ALL what Tim said. Tim said Nina’s radar was up when she saw Laura’s work because of her TASTE level.  Typical self-absorbed behavior.  She gets a critique and it’s all about her personally, not her fugly designs.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

          Kinda sounds like Gretchen if I remember that right.

      • MilaXX

        Her instant retcon of Tim telling her that Nina questions her taste level into Nina doesn’t like her was mind boogling.

      • Anonymous

        But..but…she shops at NEIMANS! She must have taste because she’s rich and has shopped at Neiman’s her ENTIRE LIFE!

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Her clothes (yes, clothes, not DESIGN) are so fug, only to be trumped by her attitude.

      • Terence Ng

        It gets a “Shut the fuck up” from me. All the bases are covered.

        • Alloy Jane

          Only if that STFU comes with a nice backhanded slap à la Terrence & Phillip.  ‘Til then, we’re stuck at third.

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

      I don’t hate that fabric nearly as much as Josh’s or some of the others. Hate the way it’s been used, though. 

    • Anonymous

      Now that I see it in the picture, I can understand why she picked that gray fabric for the second dress.  It echoes the chevrons in the other dress.  But I can’t look at the first dress too long without getting a little nauseous.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Brown/1350939326 Jude Brown

        If memory serves, chevrons were more ’80s than ’70s (and if you want the chevrons seen in the front, you don’t block them with the model’s hair.)

        That print! Don’t remember anything like it, in either decade, even while on acid. (Although it’s again, more ’80s, if tied to any period.)

        And also have no recall of chevrons “matched” with big floral flourescents.)

        As for the second dress: feh.

        The only thing it says to me is: “sale rack.”

        • Anonymous

          Actually (not that I’m old enough to have had it myself… ) I seem to recall an early 70s maxi chevron dress in narrow earth-tone and turquoise stripes, and a self-fabric belt with click-together tortoise buckle. Some sort of slinky nylon-y fabric. And a big turquoise necklace and sandals. Lovely.

        • Good Shot

          I dunno, that print is sorta reminiscent of the shirt Mitch wore in Dazed and Confused – green blotchy upholstrey.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

      You nailed it – ” Who doesn’t love seeing a self-proclaimed “pretty privileged girl” get told her shit does, in fact, stink?” 

      Unlike Josh, I think she will actually learn from it.

      • Anonymous

        Nah, she will just tell herself the judges don’t know what pretty shit smells like.

    • Marie Leonard

      Laura’s first model is so completely stunning.  One of the few girls there who I actually consider beautiful.

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

        She reminds me of Carla Bruni.

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

          YES!  That’s it!  It’s been driving me bonkers trying to think of who she was reminding me of.  Thank you!

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

        She is really beautiful. And her hair is fabulous. I can’t believe I’ve never noticed her before.

        • Anonymous

          She is pretty, but she doesn’t look thrilled about wearing that dress, does she? 

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

            No she doesn’t,  but think about it. Just how thrilled can someone be wearing that dress? ;-)

      • Anonymous

        I’m getting a Cher vibe from her, recent Cher (the cheeks!)….

      • Anonymous

        I agree.

        Slightly OT, but I really didn’t like Anthony Ryan’s model – she never sold the clothes, schlumped down the runway and generally looked really pissed off to be there

    • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

      I do love it when she tells the camera how she doesn’t get Bert’s designs at all, and then he knocks her out of the water.  She is, indeed, hilarious but sadly nowhere near as talented as she thinks. 

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

        She said something similar about Kim’s outfit in the “Dress Nina” challenge. Once again proving that this girl is off in her own little vacuum.

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

      I think she is really funny – but without wanting to be funny. I was laughing loud and hard as she didn`t get Bert`s references to Studio 54`s balcony. She thinks, she is mocking him and is absolutely not getting that she is the one beeing laughed at. Hilarious!

      • Anonymous

        I loved that scene and I loved Bert in this episode. 

      • Anonymous

        She is a bit clueless isn’t she?

    • Anonymous

      I find Laura amusing, too. She’s so supremely self-confident in her abilities and her one-liners.  

      It’s amazing to me that the same designer produced both these outfits. 

      The one is so ill-considered in terms of the patterns–I can’t even look at the construction or silhouette because I find the fabrics so utterly distracting. No one in his or her right mind would think that these patterns go together. (She should leave that to Anya who does seem to have a certain flair for using patterns.) The first dress gives me a headache. 

      The second one is all right–I kind of like the fabric of the top. But it doesn’t really seem to say much as an outfit. 

      And neither dress seems particularly representative of the ’70s to me. 

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

        The first dress – As ugly as the clothes were in the ’70s, this outdoes them. And nobody would have put an exposed zipper on anything.

        Second outfit – Although not related to the ’70s in any way, I like this very much. The chiffon over the pants looked really cool walking down the runway and the top fabric is beautiful. It’s all very sexy and conservative at the same time.

    • Anonymous

      If she wasn’t such a first-class bimbo-twat, I don’t think I would notice her at all. Her clothes are dull and so is she.

      By the way, does anybody know what WERQ stands for? 

      • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

        “Where everything’s right quotient.” 

        • Anonymous

          thank you very much.  I’ve always wondered and now i know! 

      • Anonymous

        I believe its just another spelling of WORK.  As in WERQ IT GIRL.   amirite?

        • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

          That too, but stands for the above…

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

        “First-class bimbo-twat” should appear onscreen instead of her name. Along with “Too much product wearing jackass-face” for Josh and “Middle-aged has been-naughty Queen” for Bert.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t hate her. She’s okay. But her certainty that her two prints worked together was pretty astonishing, as is her certainty that her designs are of the moment or high fashion. If she’s smart she’ll take this experience and learn from it because she really needs to adjust her aesthetic.

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  I was surprised when another designed questioned the black/white with that pattern skirt and then Tim brought it up and she didn’t even THINK about doing something else or making any change.  I think that yes, a designer should feel strongly for her viewpoint, but at the same time, be able to understand that you might be too close to your garment to recognize it’s flaws and be able to take a critique and make an adjustment. 

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

      Remember when they had that “design a prom dress challenge”. They should have that. And Laura can win it. Then she should be immediately auff’d at the start of the next episode, having shown all the potential she ever will in her entire life. 

    • Anonymous

      hahahaha! The only redeeming quality of her work was that she had a theme of “chevrons.” Oooohhhhkayyyy. But she didn’t do anything interesting with them. And what kind of crazy is she to think the top and bottom of her skirt would in anyway go together. It was just horrible.  I do like your assessment of her, because as angry as I get at her, there is a bit of schadenfreude going on.  Haha! she thinks she’s all that. haha! Nina just made fun of her dress!  It’s nice to see a mean girl knocked down.

      • Anonymous

        Didn’t Anthony Ryan have chevrons, too (on the vest)? Just sayin. ;-)

        Which makes me sad, because I love chevrons, and they took a lot of designer abuse in this challenge.

        • Anonymous

          I have no idea what AR had, since he had so many frickin’ prints that my eyes burned looking at his outfits ;)

          and I love chevrons too. That silver fabric above could have made for a very beautiful garment (emphasize “could have”).

    • http://featurezoo.net memorexe

      I believe in some prior episode she said something about shopping at Neiman Marcus from birth– so her taste is impeccable!?
      She is comedy gold– I thought she was the prime candidate for going home last week, but then again she makes for great TV. Have to say I liked her Klimt-inspired finale collection, she definitely has a strong point of view that’s unfortunately lodged in a strong sense of disconnect.

    • Anonymous

      If she had swapped tops and bottoms in her two outfits, both would be improved.  (They still wouldn’t necessarily be good, of course, but better).

      • http://twitter.com/snowgall Teresa Galloway

        I had that same thought. Which confused me, because I thought the designers were told specifically to make one look be separates and the other look be one piece, but these both read as separates to me, and mix-matched at that.

        • Anonymous

          Her second piece was a jumpsuit.

    • Anonymous

      There is no one worse than Josh.  Laura’s dress was awful, but I wouldn’t mind getting at least one cocktail with her. 

      • Anonymous

        At least you could have a conversation with Laura.  I wouldn’t let her dress me, but she’d be fun to hang out with.  Josh would be unbearable.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know… the fact that she believes shopping at Neiman Marcus automatically confers taste means she’s a little too clueless for me to want to hang out with her.  I think she’d spend the whole time talking about herself and let’s face it, there’s not a lot there. 

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

            One gets the idea that she is her favorite topic of conversation.  Oh, the hours of cataloguing all her idiosyncrasies, the things people have said about her and all the men who fall at her feet, her favorite foods, her opinion of the best hair salon etc. etc.  The only thing more entertaining to spend an afternoon with would be a brain sucking squid.

            • Anonymous

              “brain sucking squid” I love that!

          • Anonymous

            LOL! Agreed!

    • Kate Pearce

      As Nina might say, Dee Loo Shun All. 
      Didn’t like any of it, haven’t liked any of her designs so far to be honest.

    • http://twitter.com/LaurenJeanSTM Lauren St. Martin

      I actually like it… I find this worrisome, but not really. 

    • Anonymous

      Josh is the one worth getting angry at. Laura provokes more of a pat on the head and a condescending “Bless her heart.” Absolutely. Her confessionals made me LOL last week. Sooooo delusional.

      But please, PLEASE, TLo, do not ever use the words “gaucho pants” again. Ever.

      • Anonymous

        man, you guys are killing me. Gaucho pants were every elementary school girl’s dream in the 70s! I was high fashion in third grade!

        • Anonymous

          I have a (now hilarious) photo of myself, c. 1977, in  bright yellow gaucho pants, clogs, and one of those short-sleeved tshirts that was so popular for a few years: white with rainbow stripes around the rounded neckline and sleeves, AND my initials ironed onto the front in red. I am posing like a model because it was one of my favorite outfits. Oh, the humanity….bet they didn’t have anything like THAT on their HPs.

          • Anonymous

            I have a similar picture, c.1975, in yellow wide-leg hip hugger pants w/3 inch wide belt w/large gold buckle and tucked into them was my favorite T-shirt – an eggshell colored short-sleeved ribbed “poor boy” – which is what we called them in SoCal – I wore that shirt with everything. On my feet? Why, rust colored 3-inch platform peep toes! And the hair….oh my the hair! Big, curly…HAIR! It is to laugh.

            • Pam Winters

              1997. White, wide-lapeled leisure suit. Rainbow-chevron-patterned halter. Limp would-be Farrah hair. I’m in front of the fountain at Rockefeller Center on a school trip.

              I wish I could see the shoes, but the bells of the trousers were too big. They must not have been platforms. Possibly Earth shoes?

            • Anonymous

              Earth Shoes! I had Earth shoes! Wore them with my overalls!!! Somebody up-comment said we should all get together and put a 70′s fashion scrapbook together for T Lo for Christmas. What a good idea!

            • Anonymous

              No earth shoes here, but I lived in those Dr. Scholl’s wooden sandals & my Mia clogs. I loved those clogs beyond reason.

              I’d exhibit my 1970′s photos on billboards before I’d let anyone see my 80′s pictures. THOSE were tragic. 

            • Anonymous

              I had some too! LOL!

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

               Earth Shoes – Ha!  Mine were blue suede =)  And those Dr. Scholls hard wood sandal thingys…with the buckle. Rainbow shirts to beat the band. If it were today it would appear that we were raising an entire generation of homosexuals.

              ….no that there’s anything wrong with that.
              These pretzels are making me thirsty.

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

              Dammit. I want to “Like” your comment but the Like button isn’t working. So… LIKE. Actually, LOVE

            • Anonymous

              Nothing says 70s like the words “rust-colored.” ;-)

            • Anonymous

              Oh, man! My entire seventh-grade wardrobe was rust-colored!

            • Anonymous

              I’ll amend my previous statement: Nothing says 70s like the words “rust-colored corduroy.” ;-)

            • Anonymous

              I actually bought my son, my elementary school age son a pair of rust-colored corduroy pants. I couldn’t understand why he hated them, til he told me the kids at school made fun of him. Awwwww. Made this mom feel really bad. I thought they were cute!

          • Anonymous

            I’m a guy and have some wonderful photos of myself with long hair parted in the middle, plaid shirts and bellbottom bluejeans. : )

        • Anonymous

          Me too! I had a medium blue kind of crinkled pair that I wore to death. With godawful L’Eggs pantyhose.

          Bless my heart…

          • Anonymous

            LOL, oh L’Eggs….

        • Anonymous

          OMG I do recall that I had a pair of red gaucho pants in the 70s. I am pretty sure they were Garanamals and that I wore them with a white Tshirt that had a matching red collar and trim on the sleeves. OH the horror.

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

          I had a pretty awesome pair of gauchos back in the late 70s. They were brown corduroy and had a band at the bottom that was tight to the leg. I wore them with my beloved, worn-until-they-fell-apart Frye Boots, a tank top and a paisley vest. But I wasn’t in 3rd grade. I was one fabulous 22 year old. :-)

          • Anonymous

            We called these kind of pants “knickers” here in SW Virginia, I was a child. Growing up and finding out they call underpants “knickers” in England floored me to this day, and even when I hear that word on BBC or something I instantly think pants buttoned under the knee!

            • Anonymous

              Bound at the knee=knickers; straight or flared with an open-bottom hem= gauchos.

            • Anonymous

              Yes, I had a pair of green gauchos in the 70s and a sweet pair of purple corduroy knickers in the early 80s.  Oh how I loved them.

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

              Yes, you and Lillithcat are correct. I did call them knickers back then. I’m not sure when I decided they were called gauchos.

            • Anonymous

              I’m happy to say that I never wanted and never wore gaucho pants way back when.  My mother had a pair and I thought they looked awful.  Really, until TLo brought them up, I’d blocked them out of my mind and it was a good thing.

              Tignor, gaucho pants are not knickerbockers, which I actually like.  Gaucho pants end below the knee, but they’re loose and slightly flared.

              They were usually worn with little bolero jackets.

            • Pam Winters

              We called them knickers in suburban Maryland as well–or at least my mom did–but she was from SW Va, so maybe that’s why.

              We really need to put together a 1970s photo album of ourselves for TLo for Christmas.

            • Anonymous

              All this talk of retro wardrobes really takes me back to my childhood. Loved my knickers, gaucho pants and bolero vests. My favorite ensemble was a pair of avocado green knickers trimmed in purple brocade with a matching bolero vest also trimmed in brocade and a shiny purple polyester blouse with a huge pointy collar. Talk about a fashion plate!

          • Anonymous

            Gaucho pants aren’t tight to the leg at the bottom  They hit somewhere around mid-calf, and are wide at the bottom, like this: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3402/3303636740_eb600c397c.jpg 

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

          Gaucho pants with knee high wedge boots, wuz da bomb.  

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

      I have nothing to say about the clothes. But her first model is gorgeous. The best of the lot, and without the run-down look that most of the girls seem to have.

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

        Victors model is pretty hot also.

    • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

      TLo – no comment about the Nina vs. Laura comments from Tim? I thought that was surprisingly juicy…for someone that goes on and on about her excellent taste, the judge with the most taste on the panel (and closest to being “tastemaker”, as a fashion editor of a major mag) thinks she has taste issues….intttteresting!

      • Anonymous

        I do find it odd that they don’t bring up her taste level in the judging.  You hear them say that to/about Josh a lot, but not her.  So Tim brings it up, knowing full well that she has no idea b/c Nina has never said it on the runway.  Obviously, it wouldn’t matter b/c after she was given this info, her only reaction was that she knew Nina would be watching her.  Oh, and to state over and over that she has taste.  But I could sort of see why she was confused by this.  We are halfway through and this is the first it’s being brought up?

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

          thank you. i though i had missed something in past episodes when tim made that comment. 

        • Anonymous

          I do find it odd that they don’t bring up her taste level in the judging.

          They must have raised the issue, because that’s how Tim would know Nina’s views.  He has said that he does not interact with the judges.   Don’t forget that we are not privy to the entirety of the judging. 

          • Anonymous

            Yes, but it was how Tim said it.  He didn’t say remember what Nina has said about your taste level.  He said something along the lines of I have to tell you, Nina questions your taste level.  And she said in her little interview thing that she was surprised to hear this.  So, while I know we get only parts of judging, from the way Tim told her and her initial reaction, I don’t think it’s been brought up before. 

            HOwever

          • Anonymous

            Yes, but it was how Tim said it.  He didn’t say remember what Nina has said about your taste level.  He said something along the lines of I have to tell you, Nina questions your taste level.  And she said in her little interview thing that she was surprised to hear this.  So, while I know we get only parts of judging, from the way Tim told her and her initial reaction, I don’t think it’s been brought up before. 

            HOwever

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

            Yeah, you’re right. And I have to assume that any comments questioning her taste just go right over Laura’s head.  Tim told her flat out that Nina has issues with her taste level, and Laura turned that into “Nina hates me”, when those are two different things. Laura just doesn’t pay attention.

    • Anonymous

      She  is only intermittently likeable and almost always incorrect about her competitors ( Kimberly and Bert this episode) and way too superior for what she has produced. . She is the female equivilent of a douche bag (and St Louis is not in the Ozarks–we can be rightfully called out for many things  but “Ozark Barbie” shouldn’t be one of them. 

      • Anonymous

        but it’s such a fun phrase! It reminds me of MK’s critique against (was it?) Raymundo in Season 2.

        • Anonymous

          Ah…Barefoot Appalachian Barbie (which I STILL think they should have produced with Nick’s doll, just the name was so delicious).

          • Anonymous

            That’s right! Barefoot Appalachian Barbie. Probably one of MK’s most stellar phrases on PR.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

        Mississippi River Barbie? (I know, I know, the Mississippi touches at least 10 states, north to south). Gateway Arch Barbie? Anheuser Busch Barbie?  Southern Sorority Girl Barbie? 

        Strangely enough, I kinda like Laura, despite her questionable taste level, privelegedness (is that a word?) and dead-wrong catty assessments of fellow designers.  OTOH, I thought she was quite down-to-earth about working with regular people as clients.  “I dress a lot of Barbie women.  They’re often the ones with the money to have clothes custom-made,” she said in the couples challenge.  A much better attitude than Olivierer’s preciousness.

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

          I’d have to go with Midwestern Sorority Girl Barbie — hate to be nitpicky, but St. Louis isn’t in the South.  Or how about Flyover Zone Barbie?  (And I say this with love, since I’ve lived in Michigan, Illinois, and Nebraska, and I’m going on three years in Texas.)

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      “Bless her heart”. Nice. Did y’all spend some time in the South? I *love* that insult. “Instead of getting beat with the ugly stick, they used the whole tree, bless her heart”.

      Laura does crack me up, though.

    • Anonymous

      Is it my imagination or were the judges shitting on the chevrons because they’d make non-models look too fat? Which I really don’t see at all.

      • John Manson

        didn’t they like chevrons before when Mila did it every week? 

        • Anonymous

          Maybe they can invite her back for PR All-Stars 2 and have a Chevron challenge, co-sponsored by Garnier and HP/Intel!

          • Pam Winters

            Or by Chevron. “All materials must be made of petroleum products.”

        • Anonymous

          And when Gretchen did them on her unconventional materials dress.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            “Hand cut” don’t forget.  Though what other methods were available I don’t know.  I guess she could’ve used her teeth…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

        I thought chevrons were supposed to be slimming when oriented the way Laura’s are.  They draw the eye inward, visually narrowing the figure.  Or so I thought.  Maybe it was the sheer width of the stripes.  Or maybe it was that the dress looks like a swimsuit with a really ugly beach coverup worn as a skirt.

    • Anonymous

      If I didn’t love you already, Tom and Lorenzo, that “Bless Her Heart” did it. I am giggling like a maniac.

    • John Manson

      I’m sorry but I completely adore her. Yes, she’s ridiculous but it’s in a funny and charming to the viewer kind of way. Also her little mini meltdown this week re:Nina was just glorious. I need that she makes better design decisions so she can bring her running commentaries to the finale episodes. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/annie.lainer Annie Lainer

      The reason I don’t like her is that she was really mean to Becky.  I can’t forgive her for talking behind Becky’s back to Anya, who was on the opposing team! 

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

        I think that’s when I started disliking her again. It became really clear that she had an issue with Becky, and it seemed to be based on Laura not thinking Becky was cool or pretty enough, which is disgustingly shallow. I think her opinion was also influenced by Josh’s opinion of Becky, which says to me that she’s easily led and can’t make a decision on her own. And I too was appalled when she was talking to Anya about Becky.

        I could sit here all day and list the things I don’t like about her.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I could just about give her a pass on talking to Anya about Becky’s work on that team challenge.  Just about.  What I can’t forgive is all her other treatment of Becky and Bert.

          • Anonymous

            When I’m caught up in the project runway-world, I get upset at her nastiness. But when I’m taking a half step back, I’m not as riled up because I find it hard to take her seriously enough.  She strikes me as the most popular girl’s 3rd best friend who’s always scrambling around trying to be funny, or on the right side of the emotional-indignation-of-the-week to keep her inner-circle seat at the cafeteria table.

            She’s nice looking, but I don’t think she’s that pretty and I don’t think she thinks so either. She needs her makeup because it’s part of her security blanket, not unlike Josh in that respect.

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

            Me too, if she hadn’t done/said a dozen other crappy things.

    • Anonymous

      Laura’s output leaves me confused.  I don’t mean just this week’s either.  I guess I just don’t get her as a designer.

    • scottyf

      (Sung to the tune of the incomparable Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain“)

      You’re A Pain

      You walked on Project RunwayLike you were God’s crowning gift to the show
      Your nose strategically tipped high in the air
      And a self-righteous afterglow

      But you gave away your right to gloat
      With designs, at best, low key
      Trashing Bert’s stuff as he runs rings around you, runs rings around you…

      You’re a Pain
      Sweet Laura, it’s not all about You
      (You’re a Pain)
      Please learn that’s it’s not all about you

      • Anonymous

        OMG…..so damn funny!

      • http://twitter.com/yankeefoxtrot Alex McGeagh

        Best reworking of a song ever…Scotty, you’re a genius!

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

        Love that. I want to “Like” it about 50 times.

      • Anonymous

        FABULOUS!!!!!!!

      • Erin Nice

        This made my afternoon!

      • Anonymous

        Hahahahaha!

    • Anonymous

      Now that I see that little bit of houndstooth in the fabric I can’t help but think Mondo would have made it sing.  I think the fabric is interesting – but she used it very badly. 

      She must be so confused about right now.

      • Anonymous

        I’m with you on this. It’s actually *close* to being something interesting, like that note that wants to resolve itself yet remains dissonant, or whatever that was I studied in chemistry where unstable atoms want to collect protons to become stable.  Mondo would have killed it, but he is skilled at mixing patterns where the rest of us just throw fabric at a dummy.

    • Anonymous

      She is such a treasure.  “Maybe my taste is too refined for Nina.”  ahahahahahaha!  She might be a pretty-privileged midwestern girl, but she is worlds away from the style milieu she fancies herself a part of.  That is painfully evident in her own clothing choices and the shitastic stuff she sends down the runway.

    • Anonymous

      sorry, WASP-y privileged, dumbasses who say shit like “are y’all speaking foreign” will always be stupid and offensive. She’s not worth getting angry at, but she does aggravate me every time she opens her trap.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed!! And I always feel the need to point out that she described her design aesthetic as being “the love child of Betsey Johnson and Oscar De La Renta.” See my above reference to “delusional.” LOL

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

          Oh yeah. I did actually laugh at that comment. It was so preposterous there was nothing to do but laugh.

    • Anonymous

      Thinking deep thought…chicken and egg department…
      What’s the story with fabrics….what comes first, the designer comes up with a fabric idea, or does he/she see fabric and then plan their design…just wondering?
      Yesterday, I was in Nordstroms, in the plus size department, looking at dresses.  They had a Calvin Klein wrap dress…very nice design, fit me perfectly…however, and this is a big however, the fabric was as ugly as I have ever seen in a store.  It resembled those outer space pictures with hideous additions.  Who, in their right mind would ever consider it an attractive print???  What designer ever even considered purchasing such an ugly print, what fabric designer ever even considered it remotely attractive, or was it a Friday afternoon, what the hell moment??
      Which brings me to some of the fabrics of this challenge…. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING???

      • Anonymous

        oh honey…I’m right there with you. I can’t even get beyond the craptastic fabric to try something on. Imagine the storage rooms, with bolts and bolts lined up. I can’t explain it either. Sometimes in quilting, you can find a section of ugly fabric that plays off something else in an inexplicable way. But plus size clothing is the worst offender in the ugly fabric department.

      • Anonymous

        I think sometimes, the designer knows what he wants.  I want a polka dot, etc.  But, Anthony Ryan said (was it the menswear challenge?) that he just knows it when he sees it.  But I think on PR, they get 30 minutes to find something, get it cut, get zippers, etc. so they don’t have a lot of time to wander around and I think sometimes bad decisions are made. 

        I agree about some prints in the store, though.  My biggest thing is horizontal stripes.  No one should ever make a garment in a size 12 or larger with horizontal stripes.  I don’t need any help looking big, thank you.

      • Anonymous

        Miagain, I have seen that dress (actually I have that dress in the animal print–I am wearing it today).  I also saw it in red and black online as well (maybe at Nordstrom or even Macys).

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think we’re thinking of the same dress, this was definately NOT animal print… which I would love, but outer space hideous!!

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

            I was at Macy’s last night and I saw lots of crazy prints, including one that bore a striking resemblance to Laura’s fabric.  Maybe she IS on trend, but it’s not a good trend.

          • Anonymous

            Sorry, my post may not have been clear. I have seen the weird science project print you are talking about. The same style dress (faux wrap from Calvin Klein) also came in an animal print and in solid red and solid black in plus sizes online.

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

        I don’t know why they think that ugly fabric is acceptable in the plus-size department… I’d love an explanation, from Calvin Klein himself, of the thought process that says, “Women over a size 14 are blind” Oh, and pregnant women — along with the heightened sense of smell must come a certain blindness, or so the clothing industry believes.

        And if it’s not an ugly pattern, you can bet it’s a cheap ugly texture, or it feels awful.  There are literally TONS of fabric in the world that feel at least decent on the skin at any given moment.  So why would you make clothing out of something that makes me want to soak my whole body in bleach until it dissolves — the chemical burns would feel better!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYKK5LDOSRAPJXINSD253PYMIA Kathryn

          …or they think that we don’t know we’re “too big” and they use ugly fabric because they think it will motivate us to diet down to an acceptable size so we can wear nice fabric.  Designers, it doesn’t work that way.

          Even my favorite plus-size line, Igigi, uses some horrible-looking fabrics.  The designs are great, very flattering and designed for various body shapes.  But the patterned fabrics are hideous!  And they’re mostly poly-elastane and almost every garment needs to be dry-cleaned.  Sorry, I will not buy pants I can’t wash in the machine, and I hate polyester in general.  Still, I think Yuliya Raquel, the owner and head designer, should apply for PR.  I’ve even said so on the web site.

          http://www.igigi.com

          • Anonymous

            Don’t know if the designs will be to your taste – but if you’re looking for ‘natural’ plus-sized clothing – have you ever tried makingitbig.com? I’ve had a lot of success with their pants and jeans (I’m tall) – tops, not so much. No tailored enough. I also like ullapopken.com.

            And I agree with all the comments on the plus-size clothes. I really don’t know where they get the uggo material they make some stuff out of – sometimes I think it’s special-ordered for us. Who would put this crap on ANYONE, never mind a person over size 14?

    • Anonymous

      So much for the “pact”. This called for an intervention from the get go.

      I would have paid good money to see her confront Kimberly with this thing on her dressform.

    • Anonymous

      Laura is so delusional. But occasionally funny.

      I just want to scream at the judges for allowing these zippers to skate by all season. Who are these designers copying? Point me to a collection on the real runways of the world where this is acceptable. There is no inspiration, it’s just so tacky, tacky, tacky to place a zipper like this.

      • Kat Chappell
      • Kat Chappell
        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the link, but I don’t like that one either. And it’s silver! I just hate them in general. And Posh is not high up on my personal list of good designers. YMMV.

          But I always appreciate fellow kittens who can help clarify things : )

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

        I could see the zipper thing working on SOMETHING ELSE THAT WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM THIS!!!  It made no sense here.  It didn’t fit the look at all. 

        Now, the same zipper on a black top with a skinny jean in an ultra dark wash with distressing… it wouldn’t be my favorite thing ever, but it would fit in.

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

          I think this brings up a problem with Laura’s work. She doesn’t always have great instincts, e.g., did she actually think about whether the zipper was appropriate for the top, or did she just slap it on because they’re everywhere, so why not? I have the same question about the prints she used. Actually, I don’t. If she had good instincts, or had thought about it at all, she would have realized there’s no cohesion between the two pieces.

          The more I look at the chevron top, the more I like it. It’s a pretty cool piece. But she blew it because she didn’t think.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t hate her, in fact, I think I have no feelings about her at all (and can barely muster any for the rest of the crowd; not even anger). She did provide me with a laugh out loud moment though, when she said something about how her taste might be “too refined.” This from a young lady who came up with the junk above.

      • Anonymous

        I enjoyed that specific delusional statement also. A lovely moment! 

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

      ok here’s the thing…she is the reason a lot of people are “intimidated” by fashion and the world and culture of fashion. she is the blonde wannabe barbie behind every girl’s back talking about how fat they are. sorry, but i don’t find that type of behavior endearing. 

      i actually get what she was trying to do with the first look. i know that dress but her fabric choice was horrendous and if she can’t see that, she needs to go home. the second look was boring, but appealing. half a star for laura kathleen. she made me go “wtf?!” to “oh…” in a blink of an eye.

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  I got the second look.  Kind of a disco/Xanadu vibe.  I did kind of like it.  But I agree, it was boring.

    • Anonymous

      I admit to being entertained by her as well.  She should have gone home weeks ago, but this is her worst look yet.  I can’t believe they sent AR packing when this was in the same show… and not even in the bottom two!

    • Anonymous

      Bravo is marathoning season 4 and it’s almost heartbreaking to see how far the quality of design and designer has fallen. I don’t even remember Sweet Pea but her piece for the art inspiration challenge is light years ahead of anything we’ve seen this season. And that’s before we even get to Princess Puffysleeves, Rami, Sissy Bear and Jillian?! Seeing this, I could care even less about Laura craptastrophy.

      • Anonymous

        Hey that’s a good strategy for Bravo.  It’s the “Remember When Project Runway Was Good Marathon!”  Funny that we used to think Season 5 had too many lousy designers.  This current lot make Suede and Blaine and Jerry look like Halston!

        • Anonymous

          What you said. 

        • Anonymous

          Amen!

      • Anonymous

         Saw that.  They’re promoting Chris March’s show that premières this evening.

        I didn’t have the time to watch the whole thing, but I did watch the wrestling challenge, and what struck me most forcibly was how much fun everyone was having in the work room, and how, even in the confessionals, any snark was really quite mild.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for letting us know about the Chris March show! I had no idea the premiere was tonight.

          • Anonymous

            October did sort of sneak up on us.

    • MilaXX

      Bless her heart. I like the first look, but those prints together are not the business. I like the top half of the second look, but I hate those kind of pants inside pants. Neither look had a darn thing to do with the 70′s. Sad thing is I think she’s going to middle her way to the finale.

    • Anonymous

      For me, laura causes more eye rolling and general annoyance than real hatred. I think she is just as delusional as Josh, just not as theatrically so. Her main look her is awful. The fit and silhouette is okay, but you’re right, is this what she really wanted to produce? As far as the second look goes, she was smart to pick the silvery-gray fabric with a slight chevron pattern. It ties into the other look. But those chiffon palazzo pants are pure 90s. I know because I had a pair I wore to death! I can’t believe I just admitted that.

      • Anonymous

        Palazzo pants were very in, in the 70′s but I don’t remember them being cut quite like hers. They come and go every so often.

        (My favorites were a fabulous small paint-swirl pattern in jewel tone blue with tiny hot almost fuschia pink flecks for accent on a dark gold background. Matching long sleeved narrow cut shirt and hot almost fuschia pink obi sash. All in a very heavy, silk-feel polyester.  And my blessed mother made them for me.)

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

          I’m picturing that oufit, and it sounds wonderful.

          My aunt, who is in her 80s and is still a fashion plate, loved her palazzo pants in the 1970s. she had a pair that was a little too wide and long. She tripped over them and broke her foot. Fashion is not for the weak.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I remember the pants being wide-legged and sometimes drapey, but not the flowy type Laura showed. Love your recollection of yours. My sis made a pair for a Girl Scout fashion show in the late 60s. They were made of a ticking stripe with patches on them…she also made a matching vest! She felt like the hottest thing ever!

    • Anonymous

      There’s a fine line between entertainingly oblivious and obnoxiously self absorbed. Laura just falls on the oblivious side of the line. Wretchen was on the self absorbed side. Miss Clinique Counter is waaaaay over in the obnoxious zone.
      I actually do like the black design. That chevron patterned fabric is great and the whole look is elegantly easy, which has a fairly seventies vibe to it.
      The psychedelic vomit  OTOH belongs in one of the outer circles of hell.
      Laura is one of those designers I’d love to be a fly on the wall when she watches the show, just to see her reaction to how she’s being portrayed and what her designs look like to the rest of us.

    • Anonymous

      She doesn’t bother me either.  I also laugh at how wonderful she thinks she is and how bitchslapped she gets by Nina & co.  Josh is really the only one who irritates me left in the competition. 

    • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

      I secretly super love that first look.  It’s casual and sharp at the same time.  The back is cool and I like the belt thingy.  The whole look is very eye-catching and that was kind of the point of the 70s.  

      • Anonymous

        I can see your point of view. There is something that I love about it, yet it doesn’t quite make it for me. Clashing patterns are really hard to do well, and here’s your proof.

    • Anonymous

      Just what was she thinking with that exposed zip down the back. Tacky tacky tacky! And she thinks others have taste issues!

      • Anonymous

        Well, when we’ve seen exposed zippers on every single PR runway this season, you can see how that might warp her perspective of what is cool.

        • Pam Winters

          These exposed zippers make me feel old. Have people just forgotten how to sew zippers? I remember it being pretty hard to learn, and I was never too good at it (I was more of the “as long as it doesn’t fall apart during the spring musical”-type sewer), but come ON!

        • Anonymous

          And last season, and the season before that, and the season before that!

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

      The zig zag in the second top reminds me of the chevrons in the first – she may have been trying to tie the two looks together.  I think if she swapped the tops both outfits would be better. The muted top with the busy print and the bold chevrons with the solid black.

      She figured she was getting the role of the pretty girl that can get away with anything, but Anya took that role.

      • Anonymous

        Very astute. Anya is much prettier and CAN get away with anything. It’s like when the smartest girl in her high school goes to college and discovers she’s just average. The truth hurts. 

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

          Yeah, but that girl (the smartest one) probably wasn’t even the smartest one in her high school to begin with — most people with really high IQs are thrilled when they get to a college big enough that they’re average for a change. 

    • Anonymous

      Put me somewhere in the middle on Laura.  I don’t hate her, but I don’t find her entertaining either.  

      That first dress was eye-searingly bad because of the fabrics and combination.  They’re so hideous, it’s hard to see what the other design elements are. I did like her second look though.  It moved nicely on the runway and had some interesting design elements as well as tasteful and even elegant fabric choices.  That second look saved her even if the judges thought it was boring. 

      It’s a toss-up whether Laura or Josh go next, but they’re definitely not going to the finale.

    • Anonymous

      It’s her sense of entitlement that drives me mad. Her “My parents are rich and give me everything I want!” statements, with the plain subtext “Yours aren’t and don’t? Well, that explains it!”  She’s an upper-middle-class spoiled brat from a podunk state who thinks she’s a Rockefeller. And thinks she’s a wonderful designer. And thinks she has superb taste. All of this in one little blonde package of snark. It’s hard not to want to smack her, since her parents clearly never did.

      As for these designs, the first one looks like a 1980s Danskin leotard with a much-used painting drop cloth pulled on over it. Aside from the nice fit at the bust, there is nothing positive to say about it.  It’s garish and ugly and you’d have to be stoned to wear it, and that zipper….

      The second look isn’t ugly, and I actually like the top, which might be one of the better designs she’s produced all season. But the skirt is a bore, so the whole look ends up in the Meh pile.

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

        you got it, precisely, & have said it at least as well as i will reiterate it, later on, when i am no longer half asleep from one more night of insanity that had nothing to do w/ debauchery.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UCLO5V2YD36T7QMPKOC7YXPOFU Erica

      Oh, I don’t hate her (and as a fellow blonde, she is making the rest of us look bad, but we have plenty of those girls around, anyway).  How can I hate someone who gave my husband and me the great line, “are you talking foreign?”  That’s the gift that keeps on giving.  And as far as her talking smack with nothing to back it up, aren’t there always those types on PR every season?  I’m not sure I could handle a season of PR where every contestant realized the level of their own work and that they had missed the mark on a challenge.  Oh, no.  Half the fun is when they announce that they like every little thing about whatever fugly thing they designed as it walks down the runway.

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

      The only reason her first looks should not have been out is that then it would sit on the dummy in the workroom for the rest of the season. It’s not like anyone else will make the same mistake. I think it is truly the ugliest thing I’ve seen on PR, and I have watched every show (and lived through the 70s as well). It just makes no sense. 

    • Cathy S

      I liked her second outfit. I don’t know that it fit the challenge, but I liked it. That first outfit was hideous. And I do love how she keeps trashing Bert and he keeps showing her up. Bert’s really come into his own.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

      I know where she was coming from. She somehow thought she was Mondo Guerra for a second.

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

        Absolutely. Mondo has a rare gift. He understands that mixing prints requires some cohesion, and he knows how to create it. I think she assumes you can just throw any two patterns together and it will work, and that’s so very much not the case.  

      • Ella B. Mudge

        Last night I was emailing someone in Denver and I mentioned Mondo, and they had no idea who he is, not being into fashion.  (Horrors!)  I sent her the YouTube of his Fashion Week show and naturally had to watch it again.  It made me realize there has been more than one attempt to be like Mondo this year, most of them with very eye-blistering results.

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

          Which boggles me… why would you imitate someone from the past season that the judges didn’t like enough to give the win to?!?  I mean, I loved his work, and I know most of us here did, but I just don’t understand how that equals a winning strategy in the minds of this year’s bunch. 

          1) They’ve seen it before. 
          2) They weren’t that impressed the first time, with the original.
          3) Why the hell would you think that they would be impressed by your pale-ass imitation?!?

    • Anonymous

      Both of Laura’s models are beautiful no matter what she did to the clothes.  For all the ugly pattern mixing, and ho hum design, Laura did not “uglify” the model’s form or styling.  No saggy boobs, stumpy lengths, or misshapen butts for those girls.  For that alone, we should all be thankful! 

    • Wrenaria

      Yes, every week I want to reach into the TV and pat her little blonde head. Ohhh Laura.

    • Kathryn Howell Dalton

      I think my favorite moment was Nina asking, “Would you wear this?” and when Laura said, “Yes!” Nina responded with an emphatic, raised-eyebrow nod as if to say, “My position is totally justified on this one.”

      I don’t hate Laura either.  But she is really setting herself up for some backlash with, “If anything, my designs are TOO refined!”

      • Anonymous

        I was hoping for some Ninacaps on this one, because that was such a perfect moment.

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

          Ditto.  Her deployment of the eyebrow was impeccable there.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t like that fabric from the first look…BUT I think that the fabric from Anya’s first look was far worse – and did not love the depressing fabrics that (crap blanked out)  the aufed designer used.

      I never got the level of hate that some had – I mean at least she wasn’t sabotaging  the others or being outright abusive.    Had she stole from the other designers?   Granted when she teamed up against Bert in that earlier challenge to dictate the fabric she seemed to be hurting him…but hurt herself as much or more and she was not so much the ringleader.

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

      Don’t you think Tim secretly enjoyed telling her “Nina doesn’t like you”?

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

        I think he probably loved it.  If for no other reason than Tim doesn’t like the bullying thing.

    • Anonymous

      Would she have gotten through with less criticism if she used a color from the print instead of white on the chevrons, perhaps yellow?  Not seventies, but less of an assault to the eyes in a queen bee sort of way?

    • Anonymous

      the black & white top looks like a bathing suit. and that skirt fabric IS hideous.
      I don’t *hate* her, but I dislike her, and I don’t find her amusing, either, because she’s SO self-righteously certain about her awesome and everyone else’s (especially Bert’s)  failings – and she continually gets slapped down YET LEARNS NOTHING.  So what could have been funny if it only lasted a couple of episodes is now just another example of an idiot who refuses to believe her shit might, in fact, stink. There’s too much publicly praised or defended stupidity in this world for me to want to see it in my entertainment.

    • Anonymous

      I love the seizure print. If it had been used well I think it would have been insanely delightful. It was not used well. Mixing it with those chevrons was so awful it made me upset even when her garment was just in the background of a shot.

      • Pam Winters

        “The seizure print.” Heh.

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

        For one thing, it needed to be used in MUCH smaller doses.  A print that loud… on a maxi dress skirt?  No.  Bad idea.  Why?  Because you aren’t Betsey Johnson and it is VERY hard to pull off.  Even wearing it well is hard.  Do a slim summer top in it, and it wouldn’t be nearly so bad.  (Though I still wouldn’t like it — I just hate that fabric)

    • Anonymous

      I liked the second outfit.  It moved nicely, looked sophisticated.  It didn’t strike me as particularly 70s-inspired, though.

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

        it was quintessentially 70s, in fact it was the most 70s thing on the runway. it was soooo 70s it coulda been made by either of the jodys, t, or of california, to be sold at judy’s.

        i dont like her but i will give credit where it’s due & there’s where it is.

    • Anonymous

      tasteless, classless, clueless, she’s got it all! lol

    • Anonymous

      I like the shape and racer back detail of the maxi, but oooo-weeee, that stripe with the print???? It hurt my eyes!  And she was so proud she got the stripes lined up so straight!  Seriously??  
      No one has mentioned the weird little darts in the top of the 2nd look.  That looked so weird to me.  I have never owned anything that had vertical darts in the front like that.  I’m not much of a seamstress, but that seemed like bad design.

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

      I think that Blair Warner thought that her chevrons might be the thematic thread through her “’70s” collection.
      That first look was all Van Halen video vixen on top and Wamsutta misguided colorway discount sheets on bottom.
      The second look is the equivalent of a snuggie for rich ladies who don’t have to get dressed to leave their bedroom. It’s perfect for watching The View.

      • Anonymous

        I never get tired of the Blair Warner references.

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

          I know. It’s so perfect.

    • Anonymous

      Well, I’ll admit that she’s not nearly as annoying as Ivy was.

      *Crickets chirping*

      No, that was it. Really.

    • Judy_J

      I am sick to death of the exposed zipper.  Won’t someone make it go away????

      • Jennifer Coleman

        Unfortunately, it’s much easier and quicker to sew in vs a hidden zipper and saves about 7 steps. So the designers rely on this played-out crutch over and over. This one seemed even more cheesy than usual. 

    • suzq

      My favorite part was how she told me that people sometimes hate fabrics or designs because they’ve had bad experiences with them.

      She’s not a fashion designer, she’s a fashion social worker!  That’s it!

    • Anonymous

      I notice that the part of the 70s that was not featured in this challenge was shirts with those droopy round collars, high wasted polyester pants, polyester shirts that had luridly colored scenes printed on them, white belts,  amateur attempts at Farrah Fawcett hair, and other features of my high school years.  We used to call the Seventies “the decade that taste forgot” – does anyone else remember that? Or has revisionist  history washed that away?

      • Anonymous

        the “decade that taste forgot” was last week…

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

        I remember!  I am sure you could go through any decade and pick out lots of hiddy trends in hindsight. It does seem that the 70′s got sprinkled with more cheese though. The 80′s are just as bad but look what they are following?  haha 

        Personally, I think a ticky-tacky era is rich ground for some revision and updates.  There was so much more to the 70′s than long and flowy that could have been reworked.  The screen printed scene fabrics, for instance could have been cool.  Doesn’t Vincent do something along those lines in his finale collection?  Highwaisted pants ala Mondo’s could have been cool too — I think this was the kind of look Joshua was going for and failed to achieve.  I can’t believe no one did a disco look. The closest was Bert but he was still more daytime.    

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

          I kinda love the high-waisted wide leg trousers of the 70s (not the bell bottoms, though I don’t think those are all bad either) on the right girl.  It takes a very specific body type to pull them off, but on that body type, they look great.

    • http://www.facebook.com/marinacat Marina Richie

      I have admittedly poor taste, so I will admit that I was crossing my fingers last Thursday for Laura to win so that I could buy that dress from piperlime in the next oh … two minutes.  LOVED IT.

    • Anonymous

      i DO love that nina hates her with such transparent alacrity…  but laura’s mean girl shit ~ in cahoots with (and usually spurring along) josh and anya of course ~ are the opposite of funny in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      No, people only get a “bless her heart” out of me (remember I’m Southern, so I hand out a fair number of them) if there’s some way that I feel sorry for them.  I do NOT feel sorry for this clueless cheap-doll-pretending-to-be-Barbie-but-your-playmates-know-it’s-not.

      Recreationally hating her has been one of my few joys this season.  I’d love to slap the taste out of her mouth.  Which she probably doesn’t even have there, either.

      Her shitty attitude toward the other designers and her continued unwillingness to listen to two really tasteful people (Tim and Nina) are infuriating.  She should have gone home this week, as far as I’m concerned.  And I bet she still thinks she’s the best designer there.

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

        this whole comment! YES

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I don’t hate Laura, but sometimes I hate the clothes she makes!

    • Anonymous

      Laura is Oblivio. She knows 70s design ‘because she wears Vintage’.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t hate Laura and don’t really hold her talking about Becky to Anya because it seems like everyone talks to Anya.  

      For that matter, I think she and Bert have learned to accommodate one another.  Bert handles her snark just fine.  

      And, uh, her final collection is one of my favorites.    Yes, I like it better than Viktor’s, though my very, very favorite pieces are by Bert.  

      I actually don’t get how she turned out such a nice final collection given the insane fug of that maxi dress, though.  Even liking her final collection, I thought she and Joshua deserved the auf over poor Anthony Ryan.  

      That maxi was amazingly heinous–sort of thing you’d put on if you got dressed in the dark.

      • Anonymous

        And had shopped in the dark too–when you bought that dress!

        • Anonymous

           
          Hold it, was it a dress?  I thought it was separates.  Or was that just my mind being totally incapable of fathoming those things as one sewn-together garment?

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

        People like to blame Anya for that conversation too.  Some people just are natural targets for other people’s gripes.  I have gotten complete life histories from total strangers, with details I’d be reluctant to share with my shrink, in a 15 minute sauna session.  She may just be one of those people.

        And I know everyone takes Becky’s side in all this, but… well, girl’s a doormat.  You let people slam you repeatedly without ever standing up for yourself and you take every damn comment they make about your work and try to please them?  Sorry but there comes a point where it stops being other people picking on you and becomes you asking to be picked on!  No, I don’t think they should have acted that way, but I’m also unwilling to get offended for someone who can’t get offended for herself.  She whined about it in confessionals, but not once did she really fight back against it.  Instead of crying in the bathroom, she should have looked at Josh and informed him that if he didn’t knock that shit off, she wasn’t sewing a DAMN THING that she hadn’t personally designed, and if that meant their team didn’t have a single finished outfit to send down the  runway, so fucking be it.  When Laura was snarking about her work, she should have looked at her and pointed out Miss Laura’s own damn record on that runway, like the fact that the only time she’s been in the top was as much AR’s work as hers and the only reason she won was because he gave it to her. 

        • Anonymous

          People have said Becky’s background (being raised in a fundie cult) probably had something to do with that.  Fact remains, though, that she did let herself get steamrollered in a way Bert, who was also treated as low man on the totem pole, did not.  Becky was older and should have known how to deal with the kiddies without giving away the store.  You stand up to bullies or, if you’re Bert, make sure you get your last laugh out on the runway.  

          Both Anya and Laura went over and managed Joshua at various points.  It may have seemed liked rewarding Josh’s bad behavior, but it got the challenges done.  

          While I know Bert may be too dated to make it to the top, I do hope that Josh is kicked out before him.   This week would be lovely.  

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

            And if she still struggles with that element of her background, it’s a good thing she was eliminated.  Fashion is not noted for being an industry full of kind, caring, nurturing people.  How’s she going to handle a job — ANY JOB — in the fashion industry if an insecure queen like Josh can reduce her to tears in a matter of hours? 

            Also, as a piece of side advice to Becky, should she ever read this:  When someone acts like Josh does, it’s because they have no self-esteem of their own and they need to mask that.  Find their buttons and push them a couple times and they’ll crumble.  You don’t have to feel confident, you just need to pretend well enough to erode their confidence.

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

        People like to blame Anya for that conversation too.  Some people just are natural targets for other people’s gripes.  I have gotten complete life histories from total strangers, with details I’d be reluctant to share with my shrink, in a 15 minute sauna session.  She may just be one of those people.

        And I know everyone takes Becky’s side in all this, but… well, girl’s a doormat.  You let people slam you repeatedly without ever standing up for yourself and you take every damn comment they make about your work and try to please them?  Sorry but there comes a point where it stops being other people picking on you and becomes you asking to be picked on!  No, I don’t think they should have acted that way, but I’m also unwilling to get offended for someone who can’t get offended for herself.  She whined about it in confessionals, but not once did she really fight back against it.  Instead of crying in the bathroom, she should have looked at Josh and informed him that if he didn’t knock that shit off, she wasn’t sewing a DAMN THING that she hadn’t personally designed, and if that meant their team didn’t have a single finished outfit to send down the  runway, so fucking be it.  When Laura was snarking about her work, she should have looked at her and pointed out Miss Laura’s own damn record on that runway, like the fact that the only time she’s been in the top was as much AR’s work as hers and the only reason she won was because he gave it to her. 

    • AMartel

      Some of you are working very hard to dislike this girl and I do not get it.  Given the rest of the pack this season her work is really not that bad overall.  Some of her work has been really good (well, again, in comparison.)  She gets slammed for admitting she’s had a privileged life?  Really?  In a world of whiners and crocodile tears and “help me, I’m poor” very special moments, I give points for honesty on that one.  Nina’s taste issues, and her apparent print blindness, will dictate that she won’t get to the final three anyway.  Viktor, Anya, and Boring Bert, with Kimberly being unfairly booted early.

      • Anonymous

        She gets slammed for admitting she’s had a privileged life?  Really?

        It’s more that she seems to think that her privileged life has given her taste and class. She has neither.

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

        I think it’s tacky for her to go around talking up her privilege.  That’s the problem.  She has a class-ist attitude of her stuff is automatically good and she automatically has taste (“Everyone thinks they have good taste and a sense of humor…”) BECAUSE of her privilege. 

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

        I think it’s tacky for her to go around talking up her privilege.  That’s the problem.  She has a class-ist attitude of her stuff is automatically good and she automatically has taste (“Everyone thinks they have good taste and a sense of humor…”) BECAUSE of her privilege. 

        • Anonymous

          I think she has the unself-consciousness to talk about her privilege because of that privilege, but I don’t think that she’s all that secure & convinced of her superiority, hence the need to talk about her advantages & superiority.

          As I said a version of elsewhere, i think she’s the most popular girl’s 3rd-best friend, working to project her position of entitlement while feeling fairly precarious & constantly trying to be funny & to stay on the right side of the current fleeting emotional drama.

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

            I guess that makes her the girl who tried to make “fetch” happen. I’ll buy that.

      • Anonymous

         She gets slammed for admitting she’s had a privileged life?
        No, she gets slammed for bragging about it as if it were the result of some personal virtue. To broadcast, unasked, about one’s good fortune in life is supremely tacky and self-centered. She’s not in kindergarten where this sort of behavior is more typical. Sheesh.

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

         I don’t have to work even a little hard to dislike Laura. She makes it really easy.

    • Anonymous

      But why would she make a garment with roughly the same silhouette and proportions as her first one?

      Why not?  Anya did, and she won the challenge.  Hell, Anya makes a “garment with roughly the same silhouette and proportions” every damn week.

    • Anonymous

      Everyone tried to give her a bit of a pass because the black and white chevrons on the first model were “creative” and “perfectly mitered.” But LOOK AT THAT TOP. Thos chevrons are giving that skinny model the appearance of having a belly! It’s practically the early-trimester version of those “baby on board” maternity t-shirts from the 80s. I couldn’t believe no one mentioned it, especially since Michael Kors loves to express his incredulity about shape and fit with  “What woman wants a (fill in the blank) that makes her (fill in the blank) look bigger?”

    • Katey Phillips

      I’m probably the only one that loved that first skirt fabric. I just thought it did go with the top at all in any kind of way.

    • Anonymous

      What I really loved was her use of phrase “hand-cut chevrons”—as in Gretchen’s Party Store outfit—as if making them well made them any better in a design context.

    • Elena

      I love Laura. I think she’s adorably hilarious. Don’t always love her garments, though.

    • Anonymous

      I actually like these two outfits.  The black and white top on the first dress is definitely wrong; it’s way too much for one outfit.  But if the top had been solid black, I could see a teenager wearing that to go clubbing in Miami.  I don’t necessarily know if I’d call it tasteful, per se, but there’s definitely a client for that kind of loud print.  I think the second look is subtle and chic.  I particularly liked the sheer overlay on the pants; I think it gives the outfit just enough design pizazz.

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

        True about the first look!  But I had originally thought the opposite… if she’d left the chevrons and used a solid black skirt.   I don’t mind the chevrons or the fabric, just each needs its own look.  They don’t play well with others.  

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

      I hate the blouson top on Laura’s second piece. It makes the whole thing look sloppy. If it were sleeker, I’d like it more. The first thing she made is just a walking “yikes!”. There is nothing pulling those two prints together. I actually like the top, but, man, the chevron mixed with the pattern on the bottom (which I don’t hate, but it has to be used wisely) is one big old cacophonynous mess.

      I wish I could laugh at Laura. She’s had some doozies come out of her mouth, and a few of them were even unintentionally funny. She desperately wants to hang out with the cool kids, when she’s not even as cool as Barney Fife. That could be hilarious, if she were just a kind-hearted bumbler, but girlfriend has a mean streak in her, and that’s never funny.

    • Anonymous

      I will say that the model in the first look is absolutely gorgeous. CHEEKBONES. I die. 

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

        The skirt was so hideous it drew all the focus away from that gorgeous girl.  You’re absolutely right.  

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

        her model looked so much like cher years & years ago that she couldnt have pulled a better person to walk in a 70s challenge, yet she made something that looked like it was crafted in the pet store episode from psychedelic dog beds & leashes. the mind, it boggles.

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

        her model looked so much like cher years & years ago that she couldnt have pulled a better person to walk in a 70s challenge, yet she made something that looked like it was crafted in the pet store episode from psychedelic dog beds & leashes. the mind, it boggles.

    • vmcdanie

      I can’t summon much energy to care about PR anymore-for that matter, I have yet to summon the energy to watch this episode on my DVR. I don’t hate Laura. In fact, I don’t even hate her epilepsy skirt (just when I think the well of creative fashion reads has been plumbed, you prove the library is still open. God, how many months until RPDR?) I kind of like it actually, it just doesn’t go with the top. I will say she does seem knowledgeable in her interviews and I like listening to her explanations of things. It’s one of those weird reality TV things where you hate someone on the TV but probably wouldn’t if you knew them. I think this might be the opposite.

    • Anonymous

      “If you like it just say so!” She would. She doesn’t. The reason I personally don;t like her is her BS. She is an ugly little thing the way only an eleven year old girl can be. i loathed the way she came at Becky and “Are you speaking foreign” is just the pinnacle of dumb American (If your not a dumb American then please keep walking- if you are, here is your shoe…it fits. Wear it)

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

       The wake up call from Tim was a riot. That Nina questions your taste level and you have to have Tim tell you that. Yowza. In reality i did hate her schtick of pretty privileged white girl… I mean HATE. So glad she’s dropped a lot of that. But she still is a bit of a snot. 

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

        I started hating her the first episode when she asked Olivier, “Are you speaking foreign?”  Now she’s just annoying.  

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

      Yeah, I’m with TLo on this, I don’t understand the ire towards her. She’s so harmless. Anyone who would intentionally pick that god-awful fabric (skirt on the first garment – like you were wondering) is harmless. She really thought that outift was hot. This is what happens when your Mommy keeps telling you that everything you make is fabulous….well into your twenties. The anger squad needs to relax, she’ll be gone soon. Very soon if Nina has anything to do with it. Oh yeah, Nina DOES have something to do with it.

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

      To me, it’s more the annoying tone of voice, the air of priviledge she likes to exude, and the constant smack talking. She’s definitely not someone I would despise if I knew her in real life.

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

      To me, it’s more the annoying tone of voice, the air of priviledge she likes to exude, and the constant smack talking. She’s definitely not someone I would despise if I knew her in real life.

    • Anonymous

      I *knew* I had seen Laura’s fabric from her second top before. Compare and contrast Laura’s use of the fabric with Gretchen’s (last look on the page): http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2010/09/pr-top-two-10.html 

    • Anonymous

      I think that among all the designers, she could learn the most by seeing herself on t.v. I really believe that more than half of what comes across as irritating and/or offensive is either completely unintentional or is an attempt at humor falling flat with a thud.

      I think her clothes suffer because she’s always (at least in her head) dressing a pretty, long-limbed young woman and it doesn’t really take a lot of design to make a pretty woman look pretty.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      I think she just went FLAIL MAXI DRESS so that’s what came out.
      Her first model is fierce as shit though.

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

      I wish she would have pulled out a cute geometric mod dress out of that first look.  The print killed whatever work she did on the top.  It’s a schizophrenic dress/look.  

      The other look?  boring, unfinished and does not make the model look attractive.   I also have trouble finding the 70′s influence here.

      The best one can say is there were a lot of horrendous prints in the 1970′s and Laura is giving them representation.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t hate Laura, she is fun to watch.  Her clothes are uninspired, and unmemorable. I can’t remember anything else she has made. This look is so hideous, I might remember it . At least she can sew for the most part.

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

      The thing that probably annoys me most about Laura has yet to be mentioned, so I’m going to add it to the list here.

      WHY is she having issues every damn time they go to Mood?!?  How do you end up ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY dollars over budget?!?  10 over I can understand, but 150?!?  Every time they show her at Mood she’s over budget or whining about the budget.  EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!  This just makes me crazy to no frakking end — you have a budget, you know what it is, and you should have caught on by now to the fact that Mommy and Daddy aren’t waiting behind the bolts of fabric to cover whatever you’re short. 

      • Anonymous

        Because,  you know, in the sorority one of the bonding conversations you can have with people you don’t know very well & don’t really have much of a basis for friendship with is just how much too much you overspent on the last shopping trip.  and I do think a bunch of what comes out of her mouth is based on learned behavior meant to establish herself/keep herself with the ‘in crowd’ as she sees it.

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

          One more reason I have never joined a sorority.  (Seriously, the whole thing always seems weird to me.  “Let us humiliate you for a week or two straight and make you do things you hate, and we’ll let you hang out with us”?)

          All the cattiness about her fellow designers I can stomach.  She’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last.  The delusions about her work every week?  Virtually any designer who has ever been in the bottom has that same trait.  Even the bitchiness toward some of the other designers like Becky and Bert — after all, I don’t know if they did something to warrant it.  The editing didn’t show it, but I’m willing to go along here.

          But she can’t EVER handle a budget amount?  No matter how high it is?  Really?  I mean, I find most of the PR budgets to be more than enough (with the exception of things like avant-garde and red carpet).  Most of the day looks I put together for people run under $150, and that’s with high grade materials.  It only takes me between 2 and 3 yards of fabric to make most pants and a yard or two for most tops.  At most, that’s 5 yards (obviously it does go up if you add a jacket), which comes out to $30 a yard if your budget is $150.  And if you can’t make a pair of pants out of fabric that is significantly lower-priced than $30 a yard, you have some serious problems with your shopping skills.  How badly is she cutting that she has to spend THAT MUCH? Because that’s the only explanation I can come up with — she must cut so badly that she has to buy twice as much fabric as a look requires to allow for screw-ups.  (Which I don’t object to allowing for some, but that’s too much — I usually include a 10% oops budget in price quotes)  Even if she is fully lining every piece — a stupid move in itself considering the time limitations; you should only line pieces that need lining to hang properly — lining is cheap.  Closures are cheap. 

          • Anonymous

            Ha! Yes, my reasoning for why she’s so vocally unashamed of being over budget doesn’t address, at all, why she consistently IS over budget.

            She’s slapdash because – she’s never had to watch a budget? she’s pretty enough that so far, being slapdash has been good enough in her life? she’s never had to really plan something more complicated than a birthday party? She can’t add figures in her head? – I don’t know. 

    • Anonymous

      I can stomach Laura more than I ever could stomach Gretched though.  

    • Anonymous

      I don’t hate her. She just freaks me out because she looks like when you take a Barbie’s head off and then shove it too far down the neck when putting it back on. Or perhaps I’m the only one that ever happened to. And with that, my internet day is done.

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

        I knew she looked familiar!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQSQJRAL4YYWB2OZNHNUHKZAEY Christopher

      I don’t particularly dislike her either.  She’s not an over the top bitch like Kennely was.  Just a bit misguided at to taste level.  I thought I was going to despise her after the “are you speaking foriegn?” comment at the beginning.  But she’s been fairly inocuous since.

      • AMartel

        The “are you speaking foreign?” comment was prescient, and funny; be honest and admit it was exactly what a lot of people on this board were saying about Olivier’s accent(s) once the novelty wore off, and it was not said with bitchiness.  Odd what brings out the rage in people but this is why Project Runway is sucking up a storm recently; it’s trying to cater to the audience’s stereotyped expectations about “characters” (e.g., rich blondies are bad) instead of serving up a true design competition and letting the characters develop themselves..

        • Anonymous

          But her comment had nothing to do with Olivier’s accent.  She said it because Olivier and his model were conversing in Italian.

          • Anonymous

             Not to be “contrarian” – but I don’t see a significant difference.  It is okay to mock his F-accent (or damn who was that guy on TFS? or whichever show where Isaac – and I – never had a clue what the hell he was saying) but not be irritated or even comment on people talking in another language which can come off as talking behind the others backs.    

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      I hate to say it but I kind of really like the first outfit. 

      • Anonymous

        i actually like that crazy fabric.  but i’ll admit i did take way too much acid “back in the day”.  i used to have a bathing suit with those same black and white chevrons and it was very flattering.  i never thought of wearing it with a polyester psychedelic flashback skirt. and the burning question is, what did she really spend the $450 on? was that actually her “connection” behind the check-out counter at mood?

        • fragileindustries

          The very first Barbie in 1959 wore a b/w chevron bathing suit.  Our little blonde Barbie was having a flashback moment, but to the wrong decade.

    • margaret meyers

      The way she has sucked up to Josh and Anya week after week is pretty middle school. 

    • Anonymous

      I wonder if she played up the privileged thing to get a spot on the show.  Nothing I have seen from her screams refined.  Hell, nothing whispers refined either.  That emerald dress still haunts my dreams.  I think she is delusional but harmless.   She and a few others with questionable taste are lucky to have made it this far. 

      • Anonymous

        She’s refined in that mid-western “rich pretty girl” who loves the upscale mall in her town and is a label whore. I dated a few Chicago girls of this type when I lived there and they remind me of Laura personality and taste wise. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

      I haven’t seen fabric like that since I ate some iffy mushrooms in 1972 and saw a similar vision of hounds-tooth and shrapnel. But what I really don’t get is the black and white chevron top in combination. That’s some really bad acid.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. There’s something about that outfit that’s very “someone left the cake out in the rain.”

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002673395871 Roadkill Writer’s Camp

          And one hopes she’ll never have that recipe again…oh, no.

    • Anonymous

      Someone may have already posted this, but if you’re reading latest posts first, there’s story about drop in viewership on PR this season. A 20% drop from episode 1. BR’s shenanigan’s must not be working.

      http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/lifetime-has-trouble-making-runway-work-9394

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

        it’s a great article but it’s not about this season. it’s at least a year old.

    • Anonymous

      I would have thought Laura’s first look was done by Joshua if I hadn’t watched the show. She’s got to go soon right??

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/dLUE.9h6zdoHMLprP6AQrSQpKt0CZys-#e58b4 tom

      No damn research on what we actually worn in the ’70′s.  I am not saying that the designs should be slavish copies but at least a recognizable interpretation of what was worn in that era.  The least she could have done is to have typed in Wikipedia, fashion, ’70′s. Hell, she could have asked Bert!  Her two oufits are to the ’70′s like my 20yr. old terry bathrobe is to the House of Chanel.

      • Anonymous

        Hon, your robes are closer….

    • Anonymous

      I may actually be sorry to see Laura go.  She’s provided more laughs than probably anyone else this season – I know we fell OUT at our house when we saw that chevron’d monstrosity.  She has the kind of personality that I expected Anya to have, based on pre-judging before anyone had a chance to get to know the designers well – just kind of on the dim side.

    • Anonymous

      I hope she or Josh are the next to get the boot. She’s a bitch with no taste.

    • Anonymous

      She should’ve been aufd this week for that crap. She’s not a real designer, and her entitled attitude is horrendous.

      What really chaps my ass about her is how she badmouths Bert, when HE GAVE HER 150 DOLLARS. She acts like a spoiled brat as if he owed her the money. And from that, her outfit was still ass. Actually most of what she makes is ass.

      • Anonymous

        I’m betting she’s been lead to believe that’s she’s the most brilliant designer that ever lived by her loving Mommy & Daddy who could never say no to their little princess or by anyone else who wanted her to foot the bill which I’m betting she did A LOT thanks to her parents.  I’ve seen that happen hundreds of times…

        My bet is that the producers will string her and Clinque Counter along as long as possible – probably auf Kimberly this week as she doesn’t generate enough drama – so his Melvisness predicts, Kimberly this week, Laura next week with Clinique dragged along into the usual 4 person throw down at the finale….which should be Viktor, Bert and Anya.  I’m giving the win to Viktor…

    • Anonymous

      I’ve called her Elle Woods from the first episode, and her cluelessness and gumption haven’t made me regret that nickname for one second.  Somehow I doubt, though, that she’s going to remember everything she’s been told and win the big case in court.

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

        Me, too! I thought I was the only one…

    • Anonymous

      Could she be delusional in thinking she could pair prints like, oh I don’t now … Mondo … did so brilliantly? Did she really brag about mitering the chevrons? Was there any other option? She’s got some bad taste and a big mouth. STFU indeed, girl!

    • Now I am The Bee

      She and her designs are not even worth thinking about.  Eh…

    • Now I am The Bee

      She and her designs are not even worth thinking about.  Eh…

    • Now I am The Bee

      She and her designs are not even worth thinking about.  Eh…

    • Now I am The Bee

      Sorry about the triple posting.  I don’t kno if IE just has a hard time with this forum format, but I certainly seem to… And right now I don’t know how to delete my etra postings.  Any suggestions? 

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

        if you cant delete them, you can excise at least the content by erasing it via edit.

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

      how can she stand next to these two particular models & still insist she’s a knockout? thats my first question. my second is how can she think her background is superior to that of nina garcia? does she really not understand the difference in either of these areas? then again, she thinks her work is way better than it is too. our society’s now school-mandated self-esteem training is not being put to proper use. then again, again, i never thought it would be.

      until i read deep into the comments, i didnt realize her second outfit was a jumpsuit. is it really that? cos as a dress it really is quintessential, off the rack in any store {doesnt have to be neimans, coulda been zody’s} straight up 1970s. the crossed straps in the back wouldve been straight, thats the only difference. the blouson, what i assume is poly-chiffon, the silver chevrons, the whole thing. i can see that she buys vintage. i may not wanna sell it to her, but i can see it in her work.

      that i dont like her enough to wanna sell her anything says a lot. i think you have to have been female in junior high to understand why she’s so odious. if she didnt constantly yammer about her grandeur she mightve been friendly. but only until someone upon whose sites she had set herself came in the room. at that point she wouldve sold the person w/ whom she had been just interacting to be chopped up into dog kibble, if it would have gotten some reaction from her wannabe cliquemate. theres just something about the almost-niceness thats dangerous when yr a kid right next to it. you still havent learned who to trust & her gloss of being almost okay in hidden situations wouldve caused some kids a lot of grief.

      oh, the first dress. should never have been made. yes, chevrons are a 70s motif. but not those chevrons. & not either fabric. not then. not ever.

      • fragileindustries

        Edi, thanks for the memories … Zody’s!  Haven’t thought of that long-dead K-Mart precursor in years!  In the ’70′s, I would have bought the second look from Judy’s, another long-gone-but-fondly-remembered teen fashionista palace of my youth.  

      • Anonymous

        “she mightve been friendly. but only until someone upon whose sites she
        had set herself came in the room. at that point she wouldve sold the
        person w/ whom she had been just interacting to be chopped up into dog
        kibble, if it would have gotten some reaction from her wannabe
        cliquemate.”

        Nailed her, I think.
        Tragedy of being that age is that she’d have been just as insecure & needy inside as any of her victims (indeed as most of those she aspired to hang with.)

        Tragedy of being her, now, is that she needs to grow out of that emotional spot, most people do, somewhat, which is why high school is better than jr. high and real life infinitely better than high school.

    • Anonymous

      Lost for words here. I am having trouble remembering the names of the characters – I mean, “designers” – on this version of PR. When on Bravo, I used to remember everyone right down to their zip codes. But since th move to Lifetime, nada. Is my brain slowly dieing or is the show just not that good anymore.

      As per Laura. There will only be one Laura in my heart: the ultra fab Laura Bennett!

    • Anonymous

      princess puffy sleeves put it so well when s/he said :

       “i’m kind of a legend…in my own mind”.

      that bitch could really turn a phrase.

      • Anonymous

        People talk about being o.k. with Christian’s attitude because he had the talent to back it up. *I’m* o.k. with Christian’s attitude because he’s been putting in the hard work to back it up since high school, AND because he can laugh at himself, now and then. Talent is necessary but he’s gotten where he is because he’s been willing to work like the energizer bunny.

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

      I feel a need, now when probably nobody else is reading, to express why I dislike that first look so much. First, on looking closely I can see that the chevrons are not simply formed by 2 matched pieces of fabric but are pieced (“mitered”) from black cloth and white cloth. Probably there is some careful construction going on in there to support and emphasize the bust. But it doesn’t read that way to me. It reads like striped jersey or maybe a light canvas cut on the bias to make the chevrons. This constructed fabric seems terribly heavy and is just not in dialogue with the watercolor skirt print, which seems more flimsy. Top and bottom are so different in weight and texture that there isn’t even any contrast, much less complementarity. The addition of the belt brings in a third disparate element, in terms of texture and style. Then, the chevron pattern is subverted, distractingly. There is no complete iteration of the chevron pattern on the front–the top of one is broken, and the bottom of the other plunges into the belt. The neckline V ignores the chevron V, emphasized by the black piping or whatever it is, both in front and in back. This makes the chevrons seem so shallow that they appeared to be stripes to Kors.  The zipper is made worse by the way the heavy pull makes it stand away from the neck. The skirt material is indeed pretty ugly, but if it had been integrated somehow into the design–if the pattern and colors had been acknowledged in some way by the design–the dress might be less ugly. Instead, it just seems like yardage seamed onto the top.
      To me.

    • Anonymous

      What with the straight long skirt as the bottom a maxi dress ? I don’t get it.
      Is it a attempt of those contestants to “modernize” maxi dresses ?

    • Anonymous

      What with the straight long skirt as the bottom a maxi dress ? I don’t get it.
      Is it a attempt of those contestants to “modernize” maxi dresses ?

    • narita_rayna

      lol i agree. laura doesnt make me want to throw things at the tv. i ignore her, except to laugh at her delusions.  the shame about this outfit (the one she actually bothered to design) is that it actually fits rather well.  i could stand to see it rendered in better fabrics.  but, even then, it wouldnt fit the specific challenge.

      laura’s got skill, knowledge & a willingness to do whatever the producers ask, without much complaint.  for that alone, she’s just fine by me.  the unfortunate thing is that i would never buy or wear a single thing shes made on the show.  her taste level is on par with josh & anthony ryan and that just makes me feel bad for her.

      • Mary McClelland

        I feel like the chevrons are 70′s – just nothing else. Well the hair… 

    • Anonymous

      Wait wait what about her thrilled comments about how this challenge was so up her alley cuz she is like so 70′s!! She’s wearing vintage right now, y’all!!!

      My jaw dropped when she did that. If that girl is vintage in anyway it’s 80′s and not cool New York art scene 80′s or even Madonna pop slut 80′s but straight up suburban mall, hot rollered Sun-in-blonde, matching turquoise eyeliner-shadow-mascara pink frosty lip gloss combo, Jessica McClintock genera-Barbie 80′s.

      I loved when Tim told her Nina’s radar goes up and she got all excited cuz she thought she had Nina’s attention for being interesting but it was actually her Contempo Casual taste level. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • Mary McClelland

        I always laugh at what she, herself, wears every week and then snicker when she talks about having such chic, expensive, taste while wearing a Laura Ashley skirt. hehe

    • Mary McClelland

      She definitely has the prettiest model.  She has that going for her.  And was the belt clasp supposed to be askew like that or was it accidental?  Yeah – that chevron/acid wash floral combo was seriously scary.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002647468104 Laura Kathleen Planck

      Thank you for those who are showing love. If you notice from footage I never once slam Nina or attack her. I have respect for her. Fashion is subjective. It will not appeal to everyone. I work very hard at my craft and respect those that do as well. For all those that think I’m so mean to all the contestants, then why am I friends with them all? If I was such a horrible person, I wouldn’t take away friendships. Speaking to the Bert situation, we are great friends, he has loads of talent. Remember editing next time you watch an episode.

      Also, I never attack anyones character. Fashion is an industry where work is critiqued. When asked, I always give an honest opinion.Thanks to those that are positive!

      Laura Kathleen

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

        laura kathleen planck:

        i actually came back to this post to see which technique you were using to put together the chevrons that should never have existed. i’m tired, it’s been about 100 degrees here & i cant remember stuff that well under the circumstances. i was just looking for the word.

        after reading yr post i do feel bad for you, believe it or not– i guess cos you feel like you need to explain yr actions to a blogful of people who you, over the past few weeks & certainly w/ help, have driven crazy.

        i am sorry i was mean to you, if it matters, but i have also & almost against my own will, been one of the people here more supportive of yr work. yr final collection at least. have you read anyone’s comments? this is not a world of positivity when you have been discussed.

        to that end. yes, there’s editing. yes, theres is. in addition to writing screenplays that made the golden turkey awards on more than one occasion {though you wear vintage you wont recognize the title but it will make older people here laugh}–anyway, in addition to that, my father was an editor. but, so help me, you have to have give an editor the lines from which they make the edits. are you hearing this? you canNOT convince anyone that you didnt say what you said & it’s all a nasty plot against you by post-production cos it will not fly. so help me, if it werent scripted you could not have paid me to say much of what you said on this program.

        okay?

        oh for heavens sake. you are not a bad craftsperson but you have no sense. money confers neither sense nor taste. it doesnt confer skill either–just the time, place & materials w/ which to work that skill. i suppose you will go on selling to yr sector, so you may not have to learn any lessons. but it would be good for both yrself & the world around you if you did.

      • Anonymous

        Since it’s a post and you might see it, I will say this:

        Your decoy collection was actually my favorite, I was kind of surprised you weren’t in the finale overall. So hey, no matter what every other comment might say, you did something great.

        I will also ask if you are prone to making jokes that don’t make sense out of context or to people who don’t know you. This is because I know people who regularly say things much worse than what you said on the show – and you were pretty loopy in the interviews so there’s definitely the aura of joking about them – but they’re jokes that make sense to their friends, because we know them. Great for people who know you, less great when you’re in front of TV cameras that are pretty good at doing things out of context. Honestly, my impression of you is that I would like to know you, you seem like a fun person to be around, but someone who is also prone to saying dumb things. Some of my best friends are prone to saying dumb things, it’s something to be proud of, and aware of next time a camera is pointed at you.

      • Anonymous

        There are plenty of people who were slamming you from the first episode.  Then again there are people who are still excusing Josh who has been more of an a-hole that the rest of the contestants combined.     

        In your case – I often thought people were reacting to edits too often.   (although you do realize that if one of the friendships is with Josh – despite his despicable behavior, you would not be helping your case – friends of bullies are not exactly pillars of virtue)