PR: Joshology

Posted on October 24, 2011

Let’s kick off that T Lo tradition of the “Ologies,” examining the competition entries of each of the Project Runway finalists, with everyone’s favorite advocate for eyebrow waxing, Josh. What can we expect from the little drama queen for the finale and what will the judges say in response to it?

 

Obviously, the story here is one full of exclamation points. Josh like things loud and attention-getting. It’s almost never to our tastes, nor do we think it’s to the judges’ tastes all that often (except Heidi), but we imagine they’d make comparisons to Versace or Heatherette or some other range of designers that like to go loud and over-the-top. Although perhaps the Versace comparison isn’t quite accurate. Sure, he likes embellishments and either shiny garments or bright, loud color combinations, but we can’t say Josh ever veers into what might uncharitably be called slutty looks. Interestingly enough – and we never would have noticed this without looking at them all side by side – sex appeal with Josh is far more sedate and subtle than we would have guessed. Nothing’s really shockingly tight, short, or revealing. Interestingly, he played around a LOT with silhouette and shape. Yes, he returned to the circle skirt at least one time too many, but there are fitted pieces and draped pieces; with cocktail dresses, gowns, pants, blouses, vests (one or two too many), and shorts. He mixed it up quite a bit, which probably had a lot to do with the judges responding so well to him. They always like a designer who can keep them guessing. They also like a designer who can make a loud statement; someone with that highly valued attribute, a “point of view.” Of course, the flip side to that, and something we’ve seen play out on the show again and again, is that the very point of view that got the judges so excited back when other designers were churning out boring entries just to stay in the game, will be the death of him once he gets a chance to showcase it with ten looks. In other words, it’ll stop being charming and exciting to the judges and just wind up being too much for them. Both the dreaded “taste” issue will be mentioned, as will the dreaded “editing” one, since they go hand in hand.

 

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke for myLifetime.com - Collage: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • Anonymous

      One thing that stood out during the home visits was that Viktor was the only designer with a partner. Josh had his sister, Anya had her brothers and Kimberly had her sisters and a friend. They all had tributes to departed relatives.  I wonder if any of this has anything to do with their character and even their designs. I’m betting on Viktor to win this wierd season. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/cruz.alejandra Alejandra Cruz

        isn’t anya still with the guy from the sex tape…?  i was thinking that she wanted to put a more wholesome foot forward for home visit.  

        i love that kimberly’s collection is inspired by gentrification.  she is my favorite. 

        • http://inkblotphotography.blogspot.com/ Cate

          they broke up after the scandal, but they’re still friends, and I’m almost positive they’ve gotten back together since. like, 95% sure. 

      • Anonymous

        You’re not actually saying that people who have partners/husbands/wives/significant others have better character and are more creative than people who are divorced/broken up/between partners/widowed, are you?

        Because it seems that that IS what you’re saying.  And that is just nuts, girlfriend.

        • Anonymous

          I’m going to give her the beneift of the doubt and interpret the comment as more a statement on “drama queens” having a harder time maintaining relationships.  Maybe?  I will say, it doesn’t surprise me at all that Vicktor would have a steady relationship, he seems fairly low key in the personal drama department.  In the grand scheme of the competition, I doubt this has much of any bearing.

        • Anonymous

          You’re right, that would be nuts! What I was trying to express (sorry it came out so poorly) was that during a stressful competition like PR it may be helpful to have a partner to help you stay more grounded. But of course siblings and friends can play that role for many, and not having a partner does not mean you’re less creative or have worse character. Compared to previous seasons, I can remember more of the finalists having partners. It just struck me that 3 of the 4 this season did not. Probably means nothing at all (or what tomstl1 said).

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for clarifying!  I’m relieved, being both divorced and widowed! :)

            I honestly don’t think it has anything to do with anything. Jay and Austin didn’t have partners, and the awful Wendy Pepper did, so there’s that.

            • Judy Raddue

              Post-Romney, Pepper wasn’t partnered for long.

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

              Kenley had a partner, until she beat him WITH her cat. I’ll never, ever let that go.

      • Anonymous

        That jumped out at me too, for the reasons you later elaborate, plus the fact that the boyfriend came across as pretty nice and adorable (although I know I’m only basing that on a brief glimpse on TV…). And I think they said they had been together five years?  That’s a pretty good long while given Viktor’s age, which fits well with his general steady-as-you-go demeanor throughout the competition.

    • Joshua

      I’m actually surprised with myself as I can now see more value from Josh than just the drama. This season saw far too many mediocre designers than usual, so I guess Josh’s ability to mix things up in a loud and well-tailored way guaranteed him a ticket to fashion week.

    • jennysullivanparker

      Don’t forget crafty circle skirt they asked him NOT to show . . . .

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      He definitely does have his own design esthetic.  I can’t say I like it all that much.  But its there, and frankly, there is a market out there for what he does.  His skill set falls short of the supposedly huge amount of time and money that he lavished on his education. I’ll say though.  He sticks to his design guns.

      • Anonymous

        Really???  I’m not challenging you or saying you’re wrong–I just find it hard to believe that there is a market for what he does. As someone else has already said, I don’t see anything much that’s interesting–much less original.

        I honestly cannot imagine “the girl”–as the Duchess likes to say–who would buy his stuff.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          I can see his stuff selling in a juniors market, where there is more likelihood of finding women who have not honed their tastes fully yet, and are more attracted to bling and pop, than to substance and quality.

          • Anonymous

            Ah!  I get it.  If I had a teenaged daughter, I’d be very sad to see her bring home one of these designs from the mall (except for the Nina dress).  But I get your point.

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Yeah its not like I’m sayin’ I LIKE his work just that there are a lot of unformed taste opinions out there who would jump at it cause its flashy and gimmicky.

            • Anonymous

              Oh, honey–I read this blog!  I *knew* you weren’t saying you liked his work!!!!!  :)

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              LOVE you for that!
              Hah hah hah hah hah!

            • Anonymous

              I have a teenaged daughter and I’m occasionally sad to see what she brings home from the mall. She often likes Josh’s work but she does call him “the fish rock guy”.

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

            I can see this aspect, actually.  Teenagers, maybe, would be interested in some of it. But most of it is an ouch to my eyes.

        • Anonymous

          Unfortunately, there will always be a market for CRAP!  Judging from the body of work he produced on PR, Josh will have an opportunity for employment.

          • Anonymous

            his work shown here definitely looks like crap!!!!  don’t understand the hoopla over Josh. 

        • Anonymous

          If I were 15 years younger and a lot of pounds lighter, I would definitely be ‘the girl’ for Josh’s designs (oh, and for if he ever wants to attempt switching teams, too *waggles eyebrows*).  I like the graphic nature of his designs, and the fact that he adds black to the mix a lot.

          Do I like all the looks he has put out?  No.  Would I buy all the ones I do like if they were age/size appropriate?  Probably not.  But, there are some I definitely would buy, and I like the ideas behind his designs enough that I would check back to see what else he had to offer.  Most of his designs look fun and happy…not really ‘couture’, but marketable and fun to wear.  So sue me.

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

            I really see something in Josh, too.  I don’t think he’s ready — and after seeing his finale collection I’M SURE he’s not — but I think he could really do well down the road.  I’ve said before that I’d like to see him partner with another designer that can reign in his crazier impulses, because he DOES have ideas. 

            I mean, he showed last week was great, and the jacket was beautiful, as well as a really nice way of bringing in the idea of cutouts for non-skank wear (which is harder than one might think).  The clock jacket was a great idea, even though he didn’t quite pull it off — but that’s going to happen to even the best on PR because there are times that an idea takes multiple attempts to get just right and they don’t have the time for that.  His team for the activewear challenge produced what was probably some of the best activewear on that stage — and at least it had a little color in it somewhere!  (Seriously, who are these people who apparently want nothing but drab neutrals — and I like neutrals — in their workout clothes?!?)

            ETA: I actually HATE the LBD for the wife challenge. It’s boring and it’s dowdy — and that lace looks cheap.

          • Anonymous

            Nah–not gonna sue.  I’m actually interested to hear your opinions.  Because I really liked the Nina dress, and if he had done more like that, I’d have a higher opinion of his work.  So you “like the ideas behind his designs,” and maybe that’s the way to go. Like, what will he do in the future, right?  Or in some place where he isn’t competing?

            • Anonymous

              I definitely think competing was a blessing and a curse for Josh.  A curse in the fact that there wasn’t a lot of time to edit…but a blessing in that, along the way, he seems to have learned the VALUE of editing.  His designs usually have nice structure and are almost always flattering (we won’t talk about the plaid pants)–I think a lot of what turned people off about his designs was that there was often too much ‘extra’, be that color, bedazzling, whatever. I think he’s learning to turn down the ‘extra’ where it’s still him but not as over the top…which I think will bode well for future designs.

              I think it would be interesting to see where his color palette goes as he grows as a designer.  As a quilter, I’m ALWAYS attracted to the bright, bold stuff–but how I use it and the specific combinations, etc are changing as I go along.  I’m sure it’s exactly the same with a clothing designer or anyone who works with color regularly.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I love quilting with ‘brights’ too – I always have to stifle a wee sigh of disappointment when people request pastels!  I’m currently obsessed with lime green for some reason…

              Perhaps one day I’ll feel like working with the mud coloured, Thimbleboring, ‘civil war era’ repro type fabric – but I don’t see that happening any time soon! 

            • Now I am The Bee

              I don’t like the mud-colored old fashioned quilt fabrics, either.  I use brights and modern stuff, but I do like a more monotone palette in a quilt.  That’s probably why I don’t like Josh’s stuff.  To me, it’s just so garish.  It’s one thing to have a bright palette on a great quilt; quite another to wear that palette on your body!

            • Anonymous

              we should have a quilter/PR discussion group!
              hate pastels AND that civil war repro stuff :)
              PS- Bee, go to any big quilting show and see tons of people wearing them on their bodies, *gah*

            • Now I am The Bee

              Oh yeah–been there.  I am often appalled at what quilters will wear in public!  All those sweatshirts made into jackets with patches all over them.  Makes me gag–and I’m in the same age group!  I love me some patchwork –but not on my body!

            • Anonymous

              I am on QA :)
              sooner or later the list police come around and poo-pooh discussing PR

    • Anonymous

      He’s going to FW! Enuf Said! There lies the problem with PR.

      • Anna Maria Diamanti

        Precisely. There is some serious ugly going on in this post.

        • Anonymous

          I’m hoping when you say, “ugly”,  it’s in reference to the Fug that Josh produced

          • Anna Maria Diamanti

            Haha, yes. It doesn’t get much uglier than his clothes!

            • Anonymous

              Too True!

    • Anonymous

      You know looking at Josh’s PR work side by side makes me realize there is NOT ONE that I thought was even acceptable.  Most are simply hideous.  He produced a boat load of crap. 

      I hate Josh. It mystifies me that he’s still here.  Other than he’s the bitch-pouty queen who brings high drama for the producers.

      It would be nice if next season they actually get some talent on the show. None of these folks would be finalists on any prior season–I’m not even sure they’d make it on the show at all.  I’m just saying…

      • Anonymous

        I thought the same thing, not a single one of those looks was actually interesting to me. The only one that was close was the orange draped beach-cover-up-mother-of-the-bride one, and I would never buy it because I would look like a pumpkin.

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

          The “orange draped beach-cover-up-mother-of-the-bride one,” just looked like a towel wrapped around the model to me.   Great if you are just stepping out of the shower, but not much else.

          • Anonymous

            I agree with you about the orange shmatta, but I loved Tigrrl’s description of it!

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

        I’m surprised how everything seems so…limp…on the models. The clothes just sag, like they were crafted to look like slowly melting wax. Yet, individually, I never noticed the limp factor before. I guess this is why we have -ology posts.

    • Anonymous

      Not worth the oxygen.  Next.

      • Anonymous

        I liked your comment and then realized I had a couple of things to say anyhow ;o 
        I can’t even remember which one was for the Nina challenge. I hate the unibib grey and orange dress. I like the black sleeveless top and long skirt with the oversize design in purple and yellow, butterfly wings? spider webs?

        Mostly I don’t like many of these, but can appreciate that he tried out a lot of different garments.

        I miss the wow! factor back in the old days when the *ology* posts were a clever way to recall a great season.

    • Anonymous

      His best work is with the strong bright colors .  The best looks were the Nina and the lava rocks (pet store) and the Piper cumquat toga. His worst look by far was the tin foil toga.

      • Anonymous

        I think the stretched and distorted plaid pants give the toga a run for its uber-hiddy money!  Those pants were simply vile.

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

          And so, SO TIGHT. His poor model!

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

        I agree, those were his best looks. I actually loved the dress he made for Nina, strangely, because it’s not my aesthetic at all. But I could see a fun and stylish girl wearing it with some kicky ankle boots and loose waves. It’s a fun little dress, and I’m surprised that it didn’t get more than a nod.

      • Anonymous

        Which means actually got worse through the run of the competition.  It does not say good things that he was a FW shoe-in this season.  He does have skills, but given his skills, the variety of looks he showed and his training, the taste issue should have made him a goner.  If he hasn’t developed taste with that kind of background, he’s not going to.  

        He just doesn’t have the eye or the judgment.  Maybe 20 years from now.  Maybe.  I mean Don Ameche finally learned to act after 50 years, so miracles happen.

    • http://twitter.com/0001909 ∆ .

      This entire collection of looks seems kind of schizophrenic.  You have what looks like clothes from a McQ collection, tacky dresses that college girls pay way too much for on ShopBop, a dress that Uli would make for a Miami client, clothes from a Vivienne Westwood collection, stuff from Urban Outfitters, a couple of pieces you’d buy at Target, and one truly chic dress (the last one).  Kind of a weird mix if you ask me!

      • Anonymous

        I think that had to do with the challenges being so up and down all season.

        • http://twitter.com/0001909 ∆ .

          Maybe!  I’m kind of interested in seeing what the other designers did in their ‘ologies’ now.  I think another concern for me is that not much reads ‘expensive.’  Being a starting designer, I am sure his first commercial offerings to the world of fashion will probably be priced at least in the mid-to-expensive range.  I would NOT pay more than 100 dollars for most of these clothes.  I might for the black or white dresses, but everything else is, “can buy at Urban Outfitters for 50 dollars,” or “wouldn’t wear it enough to justify the cost,” or “too ugly to even consider.”  I think that’s a big problem!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVAJNOUIUXRFJA627JMU2YLWSY ana

      I like his Nina dress, that’s some kickass design there. But that’s it as far as my own taste goes.

    • Anonymous

      Except for the unconventional materials challenge, I thought all of his work was hideous. There was no beauty or excitement, or even anything interesting about it. And for all his outrageous, over-the-top behavior, his clothing is strangely conventional. An odd mix of boring shapes made from loud, tacky fabric. 

    • Kyle Crawford

      what is really shocking here is that something this crafty… this sewing class 101′ is in the PR final…..

      • Kyle Crawford

        would ANY ladies on here wear ANY of this ??

        • Anonymous

          I don’t wear pants. But I would wear the “Nina”, the “Wife”, The “Piper Neon Leopard” ,the “Parrot” and the Governor’s “White” only.

          • Anonymous

            you don’t wear pants???  At all?  Ever?  

            Shorts? 

            I know women who only wear skirts or shorts in the summer.  I know women who never wear Dresses. 
            But no  work out pants, no work slacks, no jeans  never? 

            This makes me think of an older woman in the Donna Reed Doris Day – housewife from many years ago.

            • Anonymous

              I wear yoga pants to the gym and I have a pair of cut-offs that I wear to cut the grass (but sometimes I cut it wearing a skirt). I guess “I don’t buy fashion pants” would be more accurate.
              I’m nothing like Doris Day or Donna Reed.

            • http://profiles.google.com/natalierdaniels Natalie Daniels

              I don’t wear pants either. I have a pair of jeans because I thought I should that I have owned for 2 years and never worn. I also have a pair of black slacks just in case I need them but don’t think I’ve put them on in a year. Pants are so unnecessary!

            • Anonymous

               I wasn’t painting you as Donna Reed or Doris Day.  It just sounded so unusual.

              In high school, I wore skirts (and dresses) all the time and pretty much an oddity in that way.  I still wear a lot more skirts than most women.  I can go almost all summer without wearing jeans and rarely wear pants – but frequently wear shorts.  
              But I cannot imagine NEVER wearing pants (or shorts).

              Gardening, working out, sports, golf, bowling, bike/motorcycle riding, etc so many activities where a skirt would seem  not to work.

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

              I don’t wear pants, either. I think they’re uncomfortable. But I do wear a lot of vintage clothing, so I guess the Donna Reed idea fits me pretty well, at least as far as image goes, and not personality.

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

              Okay, I just have to know: don’t you guys`get cold???

            • Jane Cope

              I’m also in the no-pants crew. I’m from a pretty cold part of Michigan & so for the winter, I’ve practically got an arsenal of wool stockings. Paired with some nice boots (and the occasional pair of legwarmers), it actually keeps me quite warm.

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

              I have wool stockings.  I wear them under jeans in the winter — preferably very heavy jeans lined in flannel.  I’m a big wuss when it comes to cold.

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

              Ditto on all of that, including the ‘I’m from a pretty cold part of Michigan’.

              Also: wool skirts from the late 50’s with a cute cardigan are just an awesome combination.

            • http://twitter.com/thebestjasmine Jasmine

              I very rarely wear pants, and leggings or tights fit the bill for me for cold weather months.  Otherwise it’s just skirts and dresses (and shirts, obviously). Very occasionally I’ll wear jeans, but I have such a hard time finding jeans that fit me right that I haven’t worn them since my last good pair died.

            • Anonymous

              I’m one of those who never wears dresses.  Last time I wore a dress was when I was pregnant with my first son, and he’s a sophomore in college now!

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

              When my youngest daughter (now 26) was about 3 yrs old  she refused to wear pants for at least a year. When asked why she said “they make me nervous”. 

        • Anonymous

          I’d wear the black one in the middle. The one that’s least Josh.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe the meshy skirt in look 2 if it were not so short

        • http://twitter.com/0001909 ∆ .

          No.  I wouldn’t buy any of this.  But, then again, I am of the opinion that a woman should only wear clothes that make her look effortless and Josh’s aesthetic is just too worked for that type of philosophy.  

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IVAJNOUIUXRFJA627JMU2YLWSY ana

          I’d wear the Nina dress…

        • Anonymous

          I would wear the black dress, but not because it is so exciting and original but  because it is a good basic wardrobe staple. In other words, I could probably find something similar in any department store. The rest of his PR designs are fug.

        • Anonymous

          I would wear “Nina’s” orange, black, and grey dress.  It’s the one design of his that I thought was well thought-out, well fitted, and well made. And I like the colors. I don’t think it’s surprising that his best effort came in the challenge meant to get his clothes on the back of someone famous.  Given that he may be the shallowest man on the eastern seaboard.

          • Anonymous

            That’s the *Nina dress* everyone else is raving about? (I couldn’t remember.) Shudder, one of his that I hate the most!

            Chacun à son goût.

          • Anonymous

            On the one hand, I see the appeal of the Nina dress.  On the other hand, I read the interview with Dogblankets Julie where she said it reminded her of a Power Ranger, and I now I can’t un-see it.

        • Anonymous

          nope.

        • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

          I would wear the Nina dress or the full-skirted black dress.  I wouldn’t expect to drop jaws in either of them;  they’re just wearable.

          Offtopic:  I still am giggling at Heidi’s naked attempt to steal Viktor’s jacket off the runway.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      The only thing that I like is that simple black dress. The rest is tacky, tacky, tacky. 

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

      I`m constantly torn between: No, I hate`m all – and I kinda like the black dress with the lace back and the first look. But then again: I hate most of the rest. I totally do not get his design asthetic and most of all I think his clothes are very, very very unflattering most of the times. The pants on the pics 7 & 10 look really horrible and make even that very slim girl look like she has got a nice pair of stompers there. No feeling for the women`s body in my opinion. It`s a shame that he`s in the finale.

    • Anonymous

      Tacky, baggy 80s rehash.  The only thing I like is his use of the color orange.  Not the garments, just the color.  This guy is a finalist? *shudder*

    • Anonymous

      hehe. I forgot about his orange robot-Nina dress. You’re right, there is more diversity here than I remember.

    • Heather Kaplin

      I just don’t see anything that connects any of these clothes. I recognize that they are from different challenges, but usually there’s sort of a “stamp” or “watermark” (if you will) that reminds you who made it.  For example, you can tell when it’s an “Anya” take on a challenge (flowy, printy, beachy), vs. Olivivivivierrererere (dulled out color, muted) vs. Bert (Simple, classic, wearable)

      I get NOTHING of that from Josh. It’s just so… all over the place. 

      But strangely enough, a lot of it doesn’t look as offensive as I remembered it seeming in the show. Maybe that’s attributed to the editing? :)

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      I love the orange, black and grey colorblock dress. The rest of his stuff is just ‘meh’ to me. None of these are really auff-able pieces, though the ‘twist’ in the bird challenge might have saved him, big time. His aesthetic/style/taste doesn’t appeal to me, but he is certainly talented, and will definitely have an audience for his designs.

      • Anonymous

        I like that one too, and for the life of me I can’t remember what challenge was from…. the rest is definitely not my taste…. 

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

          It was the Nina challenge I think.

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

            Yep. Hard to believe, but he designed that dress with Nina Garcia in mind. It’s cute, but REALLY?

    • Anonymous

      I like his “real woman” dress but then that was designed according to his client’s taste.  He got to the finale based on drama not design. Look for look I think Anthony Ryan and Bert were better designers.

    • Anonymous

      I had forgotten how ugly, unflattering and/or boring some of the rest of his stuff was. I was okay with the pet store challenge and I liked the black dress, but those two things do not add up to a Fashion Week contestant for me. I think his problem goes beyond editing. There is a fundamental lack of taste in much of what he produces.

    • Lori

      I don’t want to know Joshn’s customer, if he has one. This is an odd jumble of loud, ugly and/or unwearable clothes. The few decent pieces are ones you can find at the mall. The fact that he’s a finalist says it all. Hope I can forget him forever when the season’s over.

      • Anonymous

        You might not be able to forget him, but you will forget his clothes.

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

        There, there Lori, close your eyes and it will all seem like a dream… a bad dream. 

        Don’t you just wish? 

    • Anonymous

      I really liked his stilts outfit — can’t recall who his partner was.  And I liked his LBD for the real woman.  That’s about it.  What bugs about him is that he attempts to claim an 80s mantle when in fact his stuff is mostly just plain garish and ugly.  Lacking in cohesion and startling in its yuck color combos.  I was young and pretty and well dressed in the 80s.  And I wore a lot of 80s looks and had a fab collection of 30s, 40, 50s and 60s pieces (easy to do well in those days for a song),  And I did the whole ankle socks with heels thing too — including to the office.  I see none of that fun funky chic vibe in all but two of these Josh creations. Other than that I found myself having a certain sympathy for him at odd moments and wouldn’t mind seeing him settle down, grow up, and continue to design.  He could be a late bloomer.   He should have been auffed for the Avant Garde look but inexplicably he was allowed to linger on.

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

        Yep. I hear you. Spent many a day diving in the rag boxes in Georgetown DC pulling out lovely silk bias dresses, and turn of the century lingerie tops. I think folks get hung up on the shoulders and big hair, and forget the underlying current of fun whimsy and that was in everything we wore, and how we put it together.

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

        I’m not sure either, but what I loved about it were the zig zag pants, while I think Josh made the jacket, which didn’t really work for me.

      • Now I am The Bee

        Wait–which one was the “avant garde” look-? I ask because none of these look any more than pedestrian.  Was one supposed to be high fashion?  Can’t find it!

    • Anonymous

      The orange Balenciaga-inspired dress without the wacky corsage.  That is all.

    • MilaXX

      So much fug! I look at all this stuff and as much as I hate to say it, I can’t help but think it all needs to be edited.  The only looks I really like are the 3 simplest, the black dress, the orange dress and the white one.

    • Anonymous

      The skirt in look 2 (the mesh) and the orange and gray NON- Nina look are the only ones I kind of like (not love).  I like the orange fabric in his Bert knock-off, but it looked was draped fabric and the back was sloppy.

      The fact that he is still in is disgusting

    • Anonymous

      I hated each and every thing Josh made.

    • Anonymous

      As I’ve been saying about Josh:  when he lacks specificity about who his girl is, his work goes off the rails.  The real-woman dress was adorable because he had a specific woman to design for.  Same with the Nina challenge – I really loved that orange and grey dress on the runway.  Whether it is Nina or not is debatable but it was his idea of Nina so at least it led him in the right direction.  When his mindset is about generic woman going anywhere, he overembellishes because he does not have an anchor.

      • Anonymous

        Good point.

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

        So basically, you think he needs a muse? 

        I could see that.  I work very similarly, in that I do my best work when I have someone in mind for a piece.  In fact, when designing without a client, I usually invent one in my head:)

        • Anonymous

          Yes, a muse would be great.  I keep coming back to the HP print challenge – during Tim’s workroom chat, he asked Josh “where is this girl going?” and Josh said “It’s a coat – she could be going anywhere”.  That’s when it clicked for me.  He needs to ask the questions:  why is she wearing a coat?  Is she cold-natured?  Does she need to hide a scar?  Does she want to cover her arms so that her legs are highlighted for this event?  Will the event be indoors or out?  Is there a professional element to the event where modesty might be an issue?  Is she meeting the parents of her significant other?  He needs to put moreimagination into the wearing of the clothes in order to make the clothes special for the girl.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care for most of his clothes, but he wasn’t as bad as I remember!

      What really poisoned him for me was his behavior on the show. And since the judges didn’t see the behind the scenes bad boy, I wonder if they feel differently about him now since the shows have been aired? (Assuming they watch the show.)

    • Anonymous

      The odd thing is, I really don’t think his work is all that loud. I just went back and looked at the Mondology post, and I don’t think I’d say Josh’s looks are significantly louder or more exuberant than that. The issue is not the volume of his aesthetic; it’s the fact that it simply isn’t very refined or interesting. For all his talk about how he knows who he wants to be as a designer and what kidn of garments he wants to sell, I don’t see that coming through here. I think if you look at Bert’s collection, Anya’s collection, Kimberly’s collection, or even Viktor’s collection, you can see their aesthetic roots in their competition output. Not so here. The key word for Josh has been ‘loud,’ but I don’t think his work is really remarkably ‘loud’–I think that’s just the closest it comes to a defining voice.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Perhaps it comes down to personality in the end.  I see JOY in Mondo’s work whereas Josh’s output reflects his Magpie inclinations and general narcissism.

    • Anonymous

      I cannot believe this output qualified someone for the final runway show.

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

        I hear ya. There are a few things I like; in fact, I love the dress he made for Nina. But this stuff doesn’t make him any more Fashion Week-worthy than Bryce is.

    • Anonymous

      his work really benefits from being shrunk to the size of postage stamps.  Even the plaid pants outfit/monstrosity doesn’t look all that bad when I can’t really see it.

      Next year, I’m watching PR on a smaller TV if they don’t go back to casting real designers.

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

      Hideousity is more like it.

      Previous season’s contestants are weeping tears of rage that this untalented hack made it to the finals.

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

        Especially Gordana, who got aufed with what should have been the winning look–her gown inspired by the church painting.

        • Anonymous

          I know, it still pisses me off that Gordana was aufed.

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

            Don’t even get me started. And I can’t wait to see her on All-Stars.

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

            I really didn’t respond to Gordana’s work — most of her stuff I really didn’t like.  And I wasn’t that crazy about her dress for the final challenge.  And that auf STILL drove me nuts.

            Because it didn’t matter how I felt about it, the judges raved over it.  And then they kicked her off — on the same damn challenge.  It was so bogus…

            • Anonymous

              Bogus. Good word. Sums up this season 9.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314915676 Harvard Bridges

      Out of all the garments he made on the show, I only really liked Josh’s Nina Garcia look.

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

      I hate 99% if it.  The last white dress is chic, but the rest are truly horrible.

    • Anonymous

      I think as some people have stated, Josh actually lack a true voice. As a designer, as he seems as a person, he is still maturing and really needing guidance.

      Mondo used loud, bold and graphic elements but he integrated them in a good and even sophisticated way. Or rather he knew who he was as a designer. That’s soemthing that’s lacking for Josh. When you line everything up, you can see Josh has skills but he doesn’t seem to know who he is really.

      That’s even more evident when you consider what he presented to the judges in the last episode and what ended up on the runway. He had some good these going for him in his mini-collection. But when you add in those garments with the horrible fabrics form the rest of his collection, you know he will be majorly dinged for the taste issue as well as the editing issue

      Actually what gets me is how much the other designers think of him talent-wise. I’m more than willing to believe Josh has a redeemable and likable side, but how can people like Viktor think he’s good enough to be a PR finalist at this stage of his career

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

        I’ve been wondering about his “voice” for a while now.  It’s obvious he still has a lot of maturing and growing to do, but I wonder if part of the problem is that he’s trying SO DAMN HARD to be who he wishes he could be instead of who he actually is.  People who are so very artificial and “loud” and melodramatic often seem to me to be deeply uncomfortable with themselves, and I can’t help but wonder if there’s some of that lurking beneath both the frantic overdesigning and the interpersonal nastiness.

    • Jacqui

      Wow, it’s all pretty bluck looking. And I wouldn’t guess that the same person made all of them.

      I love the ologies!

    • Kate Pearce

      Exactly. He needs something or someone specific to work with, or he just designs the tacky-and I think he also took inspiration from those around him in the workroom and Tim G. Perhaps he’ll get a better sense of who he is as a designer when he grows up a little.

    • Anonymous

      I actually loved his orange bird-spiration dress, and would wear it in a heartbeat (sans feather fouf), but that was it. I thought the rest of it was cheap looking, not earth shattering, and ill-fitting. Wait, hold the phone – I forgot about his LBD, which I did think was pretty cute. I stand beside the rest of what I said though!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      The color blocked dress for the Nina competition is a nice piece of work. The stilt walking outfit is cracktastic as a piece of fashion,but as a circus costume it’s effective- it makes the stilts look even taller.

    • Anonymous

      I still laugh when I see his “avant-garde/inspired by student artwork” tree bark circle skirt and puffy flame top, with the terrible boots and witchy-poo hair….and it won that challenge, no?  HAHAHAHA!

      • Anonymous

        It didn’t win the challenge (Anthony Ryan did with his imitation brush strokes) but it scored high.

        ….TOO high.

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

      The vests and the circle skirts.
      He fared better in the campy challenges: the pet store, the stilt walker, and the “avant garde” art one. Most of his other pieces have been tacky, forgettable, or his amazing pant-fitting skills. I did kinda-sorta like his Nina orange dress, the LBD real-woman dress, and the firey bathrug sweater. Most other passable pieces needed serious editing before I’d say that I liked them.

    • Anonymous

      Circus wear for the most part.  I did like the “wives” LBD though.  It was really cute.

    • Anonymous

      I rarely liked Josh’s choice of fabric and the end results generally looked cheap. 

    • Anonymous

      Sorry – That is just horrible – the worst season of designers EVER – except for Victor. Mondo would have wiped up the ground with all of them.

      • Anonymous

        Never mind Mondo. IVY would have wiped the ground with them!

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

          not ivy, maybe, but certainly michael costello. of all people.
          ivy would be traumatic. michael c is just worrisome.

          • Anonymous

            Michael Costello, definitely.

            It sort of hurts my soul to write this, but I would still take Josh over Ivy. 

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

              Absolutely!  Josh could never hope to be as evil and nasty as Ivy — she was just vile.  And her clothes were not only ugly, but shapeless and colorless and poorly made.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps I should have said Gretchen. Not really a fan of Michael C.

    • Anonymous

      “Tlo said: They also like a designer who can make a loud statement; someone with that highly valued attribute, a “point of view.””

      I don’t think Josh really has a point of view. Despite his protests, (and the education he supposedly has), he is actually more like Anya than he’d ever want to admit: They are both just casting around trying to figure out what the judges will go for. That’s not a point of view – it’s a design contestant playing with a Ouiji board.

      –GothamTomato

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

      • Anonymous

        I’m afraid I agree with GT on this issue–I don’t see a point of view either.  He might have one, but I think he was all about trying to give the judges what they wanted.

        I am surprised, looking at the pieces all together, to find that TLo got it right when they said there’s nothing slutty-slutty-slutty here.  Because in my memory, he was slutty. In his designs, I mean.  I guess what I was recalling was “cheap” and “trashy.”  Which I think many of his looks are. But slutty?  Nuh-uh.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, they both seem to be very attuned to what the judges want, that frames their designs.

      • Anonymous

        I think his other commonality with Anya is that they both tend to dress their models like they dress themselves.  The difference being that Anya does dress herself quite attractively while Josh… not so much. 

        Which is sort of funny when I remember that people have been saying all over the place that they wish Kim and Viktor would inject MORE of their own personal dress sense into what they’re offering on the runway.

    • Mary Saucier

      Except for the last dress, there is absolutely nothing here that I like.  Or that I can find an excuse for.

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

      Thanks for the analysis. Looking at these, it’s less blaringly obvious that he should have been out long ago, though there is nothing spectacular (to my eye). What disappoints me is the memory that some pieces were not really well made. If they had all been polished it might be a decent group.

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

      Wow. I only like one look: the tree-on-fire. The rest–especially the vests–yuk.

    • Deb Williams

      i don’t think he mixed it up at all. five of his looks have that stupid tank top in them

      • margaret meyers

        sooooo many tank tops.  and the number of tank tops and vests HE wore is Biblical.

    • Anonymous

      Looking at the body of Miss Clinique Counter’s work, I’m gobsmacked that he’s a finalist. Any other year he would have been aufed long ago over “matters of taste.”

    • Anonymous

      i am sad

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Which makes me realize, do you ever use exclamation marks, T Lo?

      Funny how, for all the talk we have about his major taste issues, he never ever landed in slut territory, the closest being that middle one in the last row, which he himself said was awful. Let’s just face it: there are designers out there with worse taste than Josh.

      Funny how, come Ology time, I find myself partly defending him, having been opposed to him the whole time!

      I think that slutty vibe might be coming from his persona. You can easily see him coming from some cheap boudoir filled with prostitutes, him being the aging pimp who needs all that make up to feel young and pretty and whatever.

      Oh… and he is pretty good at making clown clothes!

    • Anonymous

      Compare Josh’s body of work, the “Ology,” to the Ologies of finalists in previous seasons, especially the earlier ones (I’m recollecting 3/4/5) and the chasm between his and theirs is vast.  There’s a real dearth of creativity, complexity, wit and vision in his output that makes his (indeed, most of this season’s) achieving finalist status quite dispiriting.  ‘T’ain’t the same show that it was back in the Bravo days, and even in Bravo’s least successful PR efforts the results were quantum leaps better than this.

    • Anonymous

      Okay, he avoided slut territory at least for women, but he landed in ‘unflattering’ territory often enough to bother me.

    • Anonymous

      Yikes!  I’d forgotten how much I hated that tree outfit.

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

      It might not be slutty, but it sure is tacky mctackerson!

    • Anonymous

      I think the idea that Josh “doesn’t know who he is as a designer” or “needs a client to give him direction” strikes at the heart of things. I know it’s a show and he’s playing a character to some extent (it was interesting to see him a little bit more candid during Tim’s visit), but it’s obvious that he *has* to be playing to a visible, immediate, and preferably impressed audience to do anything whatsoever of worth.

      I think the positive side of that is that he’s capable of listening seriously to clients and critiques; his motivation, after all, is to use
      his skill and talent to give people something they want. And the negative side is that he has no personality. He’s either trying to shock people with his “originality” or shock them with his classic and quiet he can be, and the latter tends to come out better, but neither side seems to have any driving force behind it. That’s the weird thing about Josh and the Joshes of the world: they’re obsessed with themselves, but all they care about is the schtick and how it plays. Who knows what kind of miserable person is behind the schtick? Or maybe it’s schtick all the way down, but that’s hard to believe.

      I find Josh an absolutely exhausting and horrifying figure and I wish he hadn’t made it this far. He’s a character, not a designer, and what’s wrong with his design stems nakedly from what’s wrong with him as a person. Not why I love the show, etc. — but I do find myself hoping, as with Olivier, that life somehow slaps some sense into him. It’s easier for me to be sympathetic to Olivier because he looks like a gravely handsome child and Josh is a gelled jock in leopard underwear, but I’m doing my best with the dude before he disappears from my TV forever.

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

      sorry I wrote it better in my duplicate post

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

      Since everyone got a pony, I’m going to say that Josh’s pony is a pony that he painted lime green and dyed the mane hot pink. He braided the mane so tight that the pony can’t close his eyes, and THEN he put false eyelashes on him/her, and painted stars and rainbows on him. He found special army boots and put them on all fours with spangly beads and stuff in the braided mane and tail, and then he found a special horn painted gold with glitter and hot glued it on the head so it would look like a unicorn. He wasn’t able to put the silver studded saddle on him, because pony wasn’t having any of THAT! 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

        Sounds like one of my daughter’s My Little Ponies. He’s channeling his inner 6 yr old girl pretty well (DD’s aesthetic is bright colors with lots of shining accessories and glitter and sparkles too)/.

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

      I was surprised–the thumbnail shows that the silver Statue of Liberty has an elegant shape.  On the runway it looked like a too-simple translucent draped sheet.  I agree that reducing clothes down to postage-stamp size helps Josh.  My favorites are the stiltwalker and the Sheepdog.  They may be costumey but they look nicely made and would probably look good in a parade.  I’m not convinced that the other outfits would look good under many circumstances at all.

    • Anonymous

      Looking through his body of work, I’m also surprised he’s in the finals.  This is bad or mediocre at best.  I almost wish that the judges didn’t stifle him…or that he didn’t cave to their comments.  I’d be more interested in seeing how ‘out there’ he actually would have gone. It couldn’t have been worse than this ordinary collection….could it?  XD

      On a positive note, I like that he’s not afraid of vibrant colors and patterns.

    • Anonymous

      its kinda fifty/fifty when presented as a whole like this. Some of his simple dresses are pretty hot but man his separates are UGLY AS HELL!  When your point of view is tacky….well I wish you luck. Maybe put some more effort into becoming a more researched and well rounded artist and less into being a mincing asshole of a bar queen you might get somewhere Josh…but I kinda doubt it. He really does have a taste issue and a pretty impenetrable shield around it. Looks like a duck sounds like a duck is a duck to everyone within fifty yards but to himself… a swan…bad.

    • Anonymous

      The thing that keeps sticking in my mind is that Josh’s collection was Jay McCarroll’s favorite. He even said that he didn’t like Josh’s personality, but liked his clothes. As awful as Josh is, that made me look a little more carefully at what he was doing all season. Agree with everyone though that of all the finalists only Viktor is equal to the finalists from previous seasons.

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

      Great idea to post each finalist’s season of work.

      Josh’s looks bring to mind outfits found dive-bombing through all-sorts sale racks the day after Thanksgiving. Nothing wrong with bargains, but something in me wants PR designs able to make at least one stop before going to Good Will. Though, I’d rather see something entirely unmarketable, unwearable even, as long as it showed design ‘nads – the certain glimpse of something other than pretense. Kudos to the young man for technical skills and hard work, but scratching the surface of his PR oeuvre, I see more surface. 
       

    • Alloy Jane

      I love these “ology” posts because you look at everything OUTSIDE the context of the game show.  When grouped with the mass mediocrity of this season, his stuff looks good.  Outside of that though?  So much of these “designs” are lol-worthy.  The aquarium top that I initially thought was nice now looks to me like a Halloween pop star outfit for an 8-yr-old.  The only thing of his that I actually like is the fourth dress.  I like the cut and the color blocking, but not the actual colors.  Even the last white dress, which isn’t bad, isn’t anything special.  Not only that, it’s gaping at that arm-hole. 

      Can’t wait for the others.  I love a good retrospective.

      Man, this season sure sucks.

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

      That avant garde challenge circle skirt and top and the way it was styled is so damn Cyndi Lauper.

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

        Yeah, he clearly has an ’80’s fetish.

    • Anonymous

      I love bright, have a soft spot for loud, and can even give a little love to tacky on the right occasion, but the thing that really makes Josh’s clothes so unattractive to me is that they are so, so serious. There’s no fun or sense of humor to them at all.

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

      The only thing I liked from him all season was the LBD (row 3 middle). Everything else was just plain tacky. Maybe he can get a job designing for Forever 21, seems to be his demo.

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

      I try and I just don’t see it in any of his designs.  One or two items from all of it if they were separated from the rest I can maybe give an “eh, it passes”  – MAYBE.   I still do not understand how, for the love of hell,  he is in the finals.  So much fug up there.

    • Anonymous

      I know Anthony Ryan turned in pretty terrible outfits for the ’70s challenge, but I’m still astonished that the plaid pants didn’t get Josh auf’d. One of the worst single garments of the season.  The only good thing about it is watching the other designers’ reactions while Kors rips that outfit apart during the judging session.  (http://youtu.be/686zguo3mBo)  The “Hoo boy” look on Bert’s face while Josh is describing the outfit is priceless.

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

      It’s always interesting to see all of a designer’s looks put together.  The thing I respond to least well in Josh’s output is his use of colour.  I love colour, but I think he makes poor choices which are unflattering and don’t work well together.  He also uses prints very badly indeed.  The two looks I like best are the orange one from the bird challenge which is a fabulous colour, and the black and white one from the last challenge.   He does have more technical skills than I’d realised and there is a definite point of view.  I just don’t think it’s one which makes women look beautiful.

      • Anonymous

        You’ve made me realize something else I disliked about Josh’s work, which is his habit pairing black with bold colors. It’s one of my pet peeves – it just looks trashy to me, although it seems a lot of people do like it, since I see it on a lot of people everyday.

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

      Also, scraped-back hair on virtually every look?  No.  Please, no.

    • Anonymous

      Clinique counter wore me down. With all of the drama and all of his statements telling us how he’s just about how insanely hard he’s worked to attain such a high level of skills and talent (what? where?) and his preening like a peacock I’m just left cold. He used to really piss me off but now I find him irritating like a mosquito. Annoying and quickly forgotten. 

    • Anonymous

      I guess what strikes me the most is similar to the beginning of these posts—how junior department these are. They have bright colors and over-the-top elements and a lack of editing to tie them together, but other than that don’t read as the same designer to me. I am bad at spotting cohesion in collections unless I am beaten over the head with it by a one-note, but I do manage to remember really nice aesthetics from the contestants like Laura Bennett and Uli and Daniel V. and Leanne and Jillian and even Santino (shred shred shred). Josh’s looks seem to want to drag each other in all different directions rather than go down the same road together. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but they look like a junior’s department in that way—a bunch of racks of different clothing.

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

      I think it’s very clear that Josh should never make pants for women again.

    • margaret meyers

      I think a lot of his clothes have a “Super Girl” quality to them: she’s powerful, she’s in charge of herself, she’s got a goal.  Below, someone said they have a Junior Department feel, and I agree with that.  I often thought of the Spice Girls when I was looking at his stuff — girls who back each other up and will walk away from the boys if they get too free with them. 

       I feel like Josh must have hung with the athletic girls in school more than the athletic boys;  I’m sure they were more sympathetic to the outsider aspect of being an athletic gay man, and I think he’s returning the favor by designing for them, not the populars, the beauty queen, fashionistas, emos or preps.

      • margaret meyers

        But I really hated his clothes.

      • margaret meyers

        But I really hated his clothes.

      • Anonymous

        Ah. and maybe there is the thread I am missing. 

      • Anonymous

        Interesting idea.

      • Anonymous

        That is a really fascinating theory.

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

      he doesnt veer into slutty cos he cant perceive that women have any sexuality to them. i’m not even sure he can perceive men have any sexuality to them– only himself. i remember The Underpants. they were on him, they were in his portfolio, & they were the highlight of that portfolio [so to speak].

      other than that:
      he can sew well, & he makes clothes. when he makes very simple & non-orange clothes he does okay. when he tries to design something he hasnt seen before he hits bottom third of the barrel. when he works as largely a copyist [black "regular person" dress] his excellent sewing skills shine through. there must be something else to say, but i cant find it. oh– a lot of his stuff looks a lot better in these relatively teeny tiny thumbnails than it did in bigger shots or, certainly, on a person, walking the runway, etc & ect.

    • Anonymous

      All I can say is eeesh.  Josh should get on his delusional knees and thank his plucky brows that Tim made him toss that uber ooglie kid’s pajama print.   He would have been booed at BP.

      • margaret meyers

        Thank his plucky brows is so quotable.  Thanks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166553071 Jennifer Callahan

      I just find them all very sad and unflattering.

      But I have figured out who Josh has reminded me of all this time! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8c/Robbie_Rotten.jpg

    • Anonymous

      Hey, did you all see Lifetime is doing a Tim Gunn: Behind the Seams on Thursday, November 3?  The description is “A best-of review of the show’s ninth season.”  It will be interested to hear what he considers the best of this season. 

      • Anonymous

        That’s going to be one short show.

    • Susan Crawford

      Looking at Josh’s season of work, I see very little to love. His use of color and his choice of fabric, week after week, was simply abysmal. The one look above that had some chic was the LBD (3rd row/middle) but he managed to tart that up with those hideous, clunky, blue Minnie Mouse shoes. I’m not questioning his sewing ability (except for figuring out how to make a pair of pants that don’t make a gal’s butt look like a bag full of hammers), but Josh definitely needs a lot of mentoring and a lot more work on his editing skills. He is NOT ready to take the fashion world by storm, despite his costly education. What he needs is a serious apprenticeship. And a nice cup of chamomile tea whenever he feels a drama vortex sweeping toward him.

    • Anonymous

      1st outfit is hideous, how did he even get by the first week??
      2nd outfit is surprisingly good, loving that top, but that model looks wayyyyyy overdone.
      3rd: Still love those zig-zig pants, hell I;d wear them if they were shrunk down to fit me, and without the waist to the boobs, but I think those were Julie’s(??) That vest/cape was fine, but he had to tackify it.
      4th: Blah, like the colors but that’s it.
      5th: Love the printed top, Anya picked the print, I’ve actually ordered some of that print from Mood to make my own shirt out of it. The vest and shorts, blah,
      6th: Do like the top, but that skirt is absolutely ghastly, didn’t get why the judges creamed themselves over that skirt.
      7th: The entire look looks as though its all coming apart at the seams.
      8th: Great! Variations can be found anywhere, and its a tad funeral, but for Josh its great.
      9th: Like the fringe sleeves, but everything else is gross, HATE the zipper crotch like that, the print is tacky.
      10th: Court Jester teleported to the 80’s costume, SHOULD have gotten him eliminated, the Forever 21 knock-off maxi dress should have sealed the deal.
      11th: Looks like a bright beach towel draped around her with some rotten lettuce pinned on.
      12th: Ghastly gown, out of an incredibly cheap, foam-y looking fabric; fat, hunchback, depressed cheerleader outfit (again should have gotten him eliminated). The white dress is decent, but the only thing I like is the netting. Did NOT get what Nina meant when she called these editorial clothes, especially the cheerleader outfit.

      Sure there’s range, but doesn’t mean a majority of it is any good. That was a seriously huge jug of Kool-Aid he brought with him, especially for Nina

    • Anonymous

      It probably isn’t a great sign for the show that I can’t even remember what half of these challenges were about.  And the ones I can remember, I wish I couldn’t (the stiltwalker one still makes me want to heave)

    • Anonymous

      A third of these look like an outfit put together by a teenage girl who has overslept. The second-to-last is the most unforgivable. I think the best thing he did this season was put the black zipper on the rocker’s crotch.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPPCA5BEYZ5DJTLZIP7HWFIXLY johnny

        “A third of these look like an outfit put together by a teenage girl who has overslept.”  They were, except she underslept.

    • Anonymous

      Except for his winning LBD, all of these are ugly, some of them eye-searingly ugly. I’d say that even if I didn’t hate him, which I do.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPPCA5BEYZ5DJTLZIP7HWFIXLY johnny

      People keep deservedly blasting Anya for no sleeves, but only 3 of his pieces have them. Interesting, no?

      • Anonymous

        Actually, no. That’s three more than Anya. He also shows that he can construct pants, shorts, vests and jackets. Josh also attempted some color blocking and fitted garments. He showed a much broader range of skills. Anya shows primarily plunging necklines and flowing skirts or skirt-like pants in prints. Anya may have better taste and a better sense of color than Josh, but their construction/pattern making/draping skills are miles apart. 

        Can’t believe I’m defending Josh………………….

    • Now I am The Bee

      The first thing I see when I look at all of these together is that there is nothing that really stands out as interesting or inovative.  While he does use different silhouettes, there’s nothing new to me–like when Kimberly experiments with skirt shapes. 
      I just see simple shapes with crafty stuff stuck on them, or in unusual (and slightly weird) fabrics. 

      If Josh had been a contestant on an early season of PR–I have a feeling he’d ben aufed way before this. 

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

      I know they got blasted for it, but I actually really liked his matador pants during the stiltwalker challenge–hated the top, though. Wait, he did the top, and his partner did the pants, right?  Can’t remember now.  I also kind of like the orange and gray dress the week after that, and his plain black dress was nice, though boring. His stuff isn’t as bad as I remember. Still hard to beleieve he made it all the way to the end, though.

      • Anonymous

        I think Josh did the pants for the stilts challenge, and so help me, I kind of liked them too.

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

          Me too. When they were making them I thought they were going to win. They didn’t think out the rest of the outfit though, and the model was so weird the way she was waving her arm around. 

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny– I knew Josh and Viktor would both make it to the top 3 by the second challenge. I simply adored Josh’s aquarium-rocks look.  He selected a material whose intrinsic sparkle lends itself to something glamorous, and the meticulous arrangement of those rocks dictated the shape of the top. By the fourth challenge, I was positive Josh would be one of the final three. His dress for Nina? It was not for Nina. But, like MOST of his work, it was beautifully executed. That back? How cool was that? That vest for the infinitely dreary New Balance challenge? It’s great. It’s s fun and youthful, and he paired it with those shorts whose stripes were aptly placed and integrated into the design. He should have won for that piece, not for the maxi-dress Anya designed. I knew he’d make it to the end, and I was rooting for him. Do I like all of his work? No. A perfect example is his Sheep Dog piece. I HATED those poop-y pockets, and that barn, and that cuff, but I really liked the fringed vest. He performs much better when he’s asked to edit. He needs to know when to stop designing. He accomplished this in the wife/girlfriend challenge. I hated his 70s– strike that– so-not-70s mess, but there’s no denying Josh is one of the best tailors this season, and he’s one of the strongest designers. He has a vision, a point-of-view, whatever you want to call it, and he can execute that vision perfectly when he wants to. Viktor’s the clear winner this season, but I can’t think of too many of the others who’d deserve a spot at the final 3 (or 4 now) more than Josh.

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny– I knew both Josh and Viktor would be part of the final 3 by the second challenge. I adored Josh’s aquarium-rocks look. He selected a material whose intrinsic sparkle lends itself to glamor, and his meticulous arrangement of these rocks dictated the shape of the top. In the stilt challenge, he successfully fused his own design sensibilities with Julie’s. By the fourth challenge, I was positive Josh would be one of the finalists. His dress for Nina? Not for Nina. But, like MOST of his work, it was beautifully executed. The back of that dress? How cool was that? That vest for the infinitely dreary New Balance challenge? Great. It was fun and youthful and paired with shorts whose stripes were aptly placed. He produced a couple of disasters: see the 70’s– strike that– so-not-70s mess. See also the Sheep Dog thing with the poop pockets and the “barn” and the cuff, although the fringed vest was cool, albeit unintentionally asymmetrical. The wife/girlfriend dress? Great. He responded to the client’s simplistic aesthetic while remaining faithful to his own aesthetic. It’s true that he performs best when asked to edit. I knew Josh would make it to the end, and I was rooting for him. Why? He’s one of the best tailors there, and he’s one of the strongest designers. He has that “point of view” thing and he can make colorful, sassy, and perfectly executed looks when he wants to. Viktor’s the clear winner of this season, but I can’t think of too many of others who deserve a spot at Fashion Week more than Josh does.

    • Anonymous

      I just read the interview Josh did with the HuffPost.  He said that he really designs for gay men (big surprise) and his favorite thing to wear and design is tank tops (big surprise).  That explains a LOT.  He also likes bright colors because it reminds him of athetic uniforms.  (I have to say – he looked amazing last week in those track and field photos.)

    • Laura Lee Washburn

      You’re too kind.  I just looked at those pictures and thought “HOW is he still in the competition?”

    • http://twitter.com/abitabite abitabite

      He designs for Edina Monsoon. I cannot believe it took me this long to figure it out!

    • Anonymous

      looking at all the pieces Josh has made this season and I can’t help but wonder if he’s the reincarnation of the costume designer for the original Star Trek show…even the hair styles are the same.

      • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

        I love the original Star Trek, but Josh is NO WIlliam Ware Theiss.  Theiss had class and style, Josh’s stuff just makes me sick. Too loud, too clashy, too damn ugly.