PR: Judging the Judges – Nina vs. Heidi

Posted on October 21, 2011

It’s the final judging of the judges for season 9, darlings. Michael’s out of the running, as always, but it’s interesting how the ladies went for a good-girl look and a bad-girl look.

The thing about great style is, you’ve got to know what you can pull off and what works best on you. Heidi can work the sexy and short dresses and she can even occasionally work the structured and high-end stuff, but the girl really was built for this kind of rock and roll style. If Nina tried this, it would be a disaster, but Heidi looks so good in this we’d rank this as one of the best outfits she’s worn all season. It just suits her and she looks effortlessly sexy as hell. There was some talk in the T LOunge last night of this being a Mondo t-shirt, but we’re pretty sure it’s not. Mondo’s not the only designer to focus on skulls and besides, this isn’t his graphic style, which is much more cartoon-y. He’s uttered not a peep on twitter or Facebook and we would think he’d be letting the world know if Heidi was wearing something of his. Those shoes are so insane but we kind of love them. Score: 9/10. Would’ve given you a perfect score if you’d worn a Mondo shirt, girl.

Nina looks great in whites, but we have this thing about mismatched whites. You can do it; there’s no rule against it, but it doesn’t always work. If those pants were just a shade darker we’d think this was a perfect matching. We like the top, but it doesn’t always look great in a seated position. Love the belt. The shoes have been seen a lot this season and they work better with some outfits than with others. They work pretty great with this look. Score: 8.5/10.

ROCK AND ROLL SUPERMODEL TAKES IT AGAIN!

But don’t worry, we already assessed the finale looks and Nina won that one hands down.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Center Nina is perfect for Ninacaps. Heidi should have worn a Mondo. It would have elevated the entire proceedings significantly.

    • Anonymous

      Agree about Heidi. It would have spoken volumes without saying a thing.

      • Anonymous

        Mmm hmmm.  Last year it seemed that Nina won every Heidi showdown. This year, it seems Heidi is winning. I guess she is flexing her producer muscle. “Stuff Heidi would like to wear” beats “But it’s editorial!”

        • Anonymous

          There is NO WAY Heidi is winning! The guest judge has won once or twice (damn you Zoe S. and Malin Ackerman!) But Nina HAS  to have the overall winning score. And it’s not like she had an off-week – it’s just that once, Heidi had a half-decent week.

          • Anonymous

            I meant in the judging not the fashion, but I’m not sure that’s what you meant?

          • Anonymous

            No, it’s not – I was referring to the outfit ‘contest’, but in re-reading your comment, I see what you’re referring to – miscommunication!

  • Anonymous

    Heidi did look great last night.

    But I was never worried…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B3QUDQXBX2JPSDX742ID4ZMNCA Theresa

    Mondo said on his Facebook fan page that this wasn’t his design — but a LOT of people were wondering!  I know I did.  

    • Tom Shea

      Like a lot of us I bet, it was the first thing that popped into my head.

  • Anonymous

    The brutal irony of wearing a Mondo shirt might have been too much for the show’s wranglers to take – I don’t know whether Frau Seal would have appreciated or been discomfited by the message, however subtle.  I think, moreover, that she looks quite trashy here – unkempt hair, clunky footwear and the skull-design shirt.  Along with her tattoo, which is not a form of personal adornment I like, I think she looks hard and low-rent.  Yes, I understand that she’s trying to do rock-and-roll, but I’m seeing chip, chip, chip, in a chip way.

    Nina’s makeup and that top are super, and she brings the class quotient that is absent from her colleague to her far left.

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

    I think Nina’s top is kind of matronly. Which is sad, ’cause she’s normally so awesome.

  • Valerie Little

    Heidi looks TERRIBLY under-dressed and her hair looks ragged. That get up would have been apropro for her kids Halloween party, not the runway.

  • Anonymous

    Heidi looks pretty good.

    However, on the runway, before sending the designers home-what was up with her hair?

  • Anonymous

    Nina is channeling a housewifey-quasi-Tory-Burch look, and also too summery!  Just looks very pedestrian compared to her usual.  I thought Heidi looked kind of amazing last night.  Part of me thought the T-shirt was ballsy and maybe looked a little to casual, but ultimately I loved it.  She does do the rock-n-roll thing really well.

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

      But this episode was shot in the summer, wasn’t it? I’m not loving Nina’s look either. Not a big fan of eyelet.

      • Anonymous

        The eyelet, plus the belt, gave the outfit a very ‘cosmopolitan & well-to-do Latina’ vibe to me, one I often get from Nina.

    • Anonymous

      “housewife quasi Tory Burch” is a perfect description! But I love eyelet, so I kind of like it.

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

    Also the length of Ms. Garcia’s pants is mom territory. And while I love my mom, and think she’s a wonderful person, she’s not the style icon Nina needs to be imitating.

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

      Agree completely. My first thought when I saw Nina in this get-up was, “Hey, my mom has that same outfit!”

  • MilaXX

    I agree this is one of Heidi’s best looks. It looked even better with Viktor’s jacket on, I have think Nina’s score is a bit high. The hair needs a bit of frizz control, the jacket doesn’t look that great sitting down and I like that belt, but not with that outfit. I’d give her a 7.5/10 at best.

  • scottyf

    Michael: Thursday’s black t-shirt looked a skosh tight around the belly, which leads me to think he should lay off late night snacking with hubby. Skin and blazer colors are looking a little halloweeny. The jeans are a little tight, causing them to pucker when he kisses Anya’s ass; and bending over for the producers to take his. Score: 2.245/10

    • Anonymous

      I was reading your tagline … bein colored…. and it reminded me of the time my parents were called by my teacher because a little non-colored girl cried for an hour after I told her God loved me more…. ’cause he took the time to color me in.   I havent thought about that in years.  Not sure why I told her that but I am sure it was in response to something ugly she said to me.  “She started it”!!

      • scottyf

        Oh. My. God. That is PRICELESS!

        I wish I’d heard that one when I was growing up. It could have saved me tens of thousands of dollars in therapy. 

        Thanks for sharing it!

      • Anonymous

        This white girl thinks that is one of the best things she’s read all day.

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

        This white girl wishes she’d heard that line about 30 years ago.  Patent it!

      • Anonymous

        This white girl totally agrees with the comments below.  I’ve never heard that line, but it is absolutely wonderful.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

          Except that Morgan Freeman said it almost exactly like that in ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.’   I don’t know your age, but maybe he heard you say it and borrowed it!

    • Anonymous

      Oh God, thank you for this!  Cannot stop laughing!  If you had managed to work the word “disco” into your critique, my head would have exploded.

      But in a good way.

    • Now I am The Bee

      Perfect, Scotty. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I can’t disagree with your critique of Mr. Kors, so factually based.

      Except, maybe 9 or 10 hours later in these comments, I opine *he* should win, just once. I think the feminine judges are such strong examples, each of her own particular style/vibe, that they create a null state, leaving the field to Michael. Who, let’s face it, is consistently well groomed and his clothes are just fine. No heights, no depths, no drama. Never comes in looking like he accidentally dressed in the dog walker’s ensemble or is perhaps going on to a semi-formal evening. Plus, only someone who’s really looking notices the 10-15 pound fluctuations in weight to which he is prone.

      I think he makes a rational choice & choose this week to commend him for it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIKBUCZ4RP5NW5DI7ZQU535O6I Joan

    Agree with you, but also have to point out the pin which is so obviously holding Nina’s jacket closed.  Seriously?  They couldn’t do better than that?

    • Anonymous

      Maybe it was made by Anya!

      • Anonymous

        Can’t be made by Anya; it has sleeves.

    • BerlinerNYC

      Maybe it’s a modesty tab.

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

    I hate the bottom of Heidi’s pants.  I think the slim leg suits her so much better. She looks like she’s dressing up in a younger woman’s clothes.

  • Anonymous

    Hmpf. I don’t feel like being nice to Nina.

    • Anonymous

      My feelings exactly!  Producer Heidi too. 

  • Anonymous

    And once again, Heidi refuses to wear a color. My son Arthur and I believe she lost a bet.

    Now, this week, for the FIRST TIME ALL SEASON she wore a bright color in the pre-judging appearance. Last week, she wore a print involving brown, a RADICAL departure for a full season of black, gray, and white. But in the judging, monochrome still rules.

    While it was originally Arthur who said “She must have lost a bet,” my contribution is that the bet was with Tyra Banks. Presumably, it was Tara who lost the bet the year she wore NOTHING BUT JUMPSUITS on ANTM. Scary shit.

    I agree that Heidi is rocking this look.

  • Anonymous

    The rock and roll Heidi works (and it worked with Victor’s jacket added), but I also loved that peach dress she was wearing when she sent the designers off to work on their collections.  Who made that dress?

  • Anonymous

    I do love what Heidi is wearing, but I think it is a little casual for the proceedings.

    Or maybe she just doesn’t give a shit anymore either?

    Don’t care for Nina’ outfit at all, and I’m usually a fan of cutwork or eyelet detailing. It just looks really blah.

    • Anonymous

      They both seem more casual than usual. It’s like w/ no guest judge they decided it was casual Friday.

  • Anonymous

    Nina had her hair trimmed and I like it.

    • Anonymous

       I took it as more of a power move on Heidi’s part.  I thought she was telling the other judges, “see what happened last year?  Remember that fiasco?  I will not roll over this time around!”

  • Anonymous

    Seeing them all looking so cute makes me long for the good old days of Project Runway, when the show was something to be proud of instead of something to be gotten through with wincing and eyerolling. I wonder if they’re all thinking at this point, “Hey, it’s a paycheck.”

  • Now I am The Bee

    They both look pretty fierce here–Heidi especially.  But honest-to-God I’m sure I had Heidi’s shoes in 1972.  Studs and all. 

    • Anonymous

      I had something like them too in like, 1982. They were Candie’s and I loved them.  

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

    They both looked great. I think it’s a tie. But you certainly are right-on about Heidi being a rock n’ roll girl at heart and it shows. I still think the best picture I ever saw of her was when she and her kids were in the park eating popsicles. Everything works on her – of course – but the less glammed up she is the better she looks. Nina looks impeccable. I love the whites together so have to disagree with you there.

  • Anonymous

    I want to like Heidi’s look (yay for embracing pants!) but the fit on the shirt was so bizarre.  I just kept thinking she was wearing my pajamas.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      Wasn’t that “bizzaah”?

      • Anonymous

        Every time I say or hear “bizarre” I hear it that way.

  • Anonymous

    Nina’s look is very becoming

  • Anonymous

    I agree that the rocker chick look is great for Heidi. I just really don’t like the shoes. And Nina looks a little upscale real housewives here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SEY4D64PLQ2I6O6ZV3AAETD7U Troye

    Tom and Lorenzo, you think Heidi’s hippy-dippy hideous shoes go with that awesome outfit??? Yuck! And her hair, why didn’t you mention her hair? Looks like nothing but a towel touched that hair. Nina looks gorgeous, as usual.

    • BerlinerNYC

      Those shoes aren’t hippie, they’re Candies-style platforms. And the rocker look typically doesn’t involve a blowout and velcro rollers.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed on Heidi. She looks so cool and gorgeous in this sort of outfit, with the hair a little messy like that.

    Nina – I don’t love that jacket. I can’t tell if those are cut-outs or hardware on those sleeves. They look more like cut-outs. Either way, I think all that shit on the sleeves together with the giant belt is just a bit much for me. I do love those shoes, though.

    And *gasp* did Nina actually get her hair trimmed?? Holy Christmas, it’s gonna snow.

  • Anonymous

    Okay no one has mentioned Nina’s creepy belt. Look again people. IT. HAS. EYES.

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

      & like it needs the snake version of an apple in its mouth.
      that kind of trophy belt.

      uck.
      NO.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    EEEWWWWWWW!!!!  I see it!  Why didn’t she just wrap a live snake around her waist?  [shudder]  Why does Nina nevereverneverever do anything with her hair besides the loose-parted-in-the-middle look?  BOR-ing…  Is she hiding something?

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

    Heidi looks head to toe fabulous. The whole look is working. I’m not so sure about Nina. I don’t like the jacket (sweater?), but I do like the pants. I need to see her standing up.

    To my eyes, Heidi wins this one.

  • Mariah J

    Eh…Heidi looked like she just woke up. Too casual for PR

  • Anonymous

    that belt is freaking me out.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t fantastic, maybe it is to some people.  But I have a major phobia of actual snakes, and that thing is giving me the creeps.  It’s too realistic for me.  I imagine the cobra has wrapped it’s head around her body and I can’t unsee it.

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

      not scary to me but it does look a little too dead.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe Nina’s look got an 8.5. That blazer and belt combo looks like something my grandma wore in Orange County in the 80s.  All it needs is a seashell buckle.

  • Anonymous

    NO WAY.  Heidi just looks like some half stoned rock and roll groupie.  She looks like someone’s skanky mom that’s trying to hard.  NO NO NO.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like Nina wears those shoes every episode…

  • Anonymous

    nina has a safety pin holding her blouse closed.  

  • Anonymous

    Yep, I agree that Heidi looks best in the jeans and t-shirt/rock n roll looks. Hair looks great too.

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

    i’m really sick today or i’d spend some time figuring out who made the shirt. off the top of my head i think it’s thomas wylde.

  • Anonymous

    Hell, I’m giving it to Kors this time.

    Heidi & Nina remind me of the comics when two cataclysmic events/super powers/titans of something or other are set up against each other and then  – lame writer plot twist! – they Cancel Each Other Out, and a null state is reached. They’re each firmly entrenched in a good example of her own style, and as much as you’d think they might have in common, never the twain shall meet.

    Michael is less orange than usual and looks like a well-groomed middle aged man who doesn’t want to devote the time? emotional energy?  whatever to ride the rollercoaster of fine, good, great, good, what the hell?, fine, so-so,  etc. that might come with sartorial variety. He has chosen fine-to-good, if dull, and I think he should be recognized for his rational choice.

    Especially since the Feminine Super-Avengers are locked in the powerful Vortex of Nullity.

    Edited because I just can’t effing type. Or proofread.

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

      fabulous.

      the only thing i can add is that i love heidi’s shoes, but that doesnt really belong here. still, it’s not worth a post on its own.

      • Anonymous

        Au contraire. Love for shoes is always worth a post.

  • Anonymous

    I crave Nina’s sandals.

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

    True but after 4 kids Heidi is not rockin the low cut tops

  • Anonymous

    nina needs a new or NO belt and boots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vazquezangel Angel Vazquez

    I thought Heidi looked very Faith-as-Buffy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

    Heidi’s hair is a freaking mess. It looks like she had it up in a bun, then just let it down and shook it around a bit. I know there’s a hair team there, so why in the hell doesn’t she use them? They must have a brush somewhere on set. For that reason alone, I’d drop her down an entire point and give the win to Nina.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t take my personal taste out of the equation when judging Heidi’s outfit.  It looks neither fashion forward nor elegant.  To me it looks sloppy and (let’s face it), it’s been done to death. 

  • http://twitter.com/danielleRwest Danielle West

    I’ve been waiting for this post since I saw Heidi’s outfit.  Agreed that this is probably her best look all season.

  • Anonymous

    Both ladies blew it this week.  Heidi does take the win because that’s a cute, casual  look for someone.   But not necessarily for a 40-something host of a fashion design tv show.  And I’ve always hated Candies shoes – they’re cheap and tacky.  So are Heidi’s shoes, even if they’re not Candies but some expensive version.  Nothing about Nina’s look works for me.  The pants are too short, the top is hideous and looks like something a Palm Springs dowager would wear, the belt is frightening and ugly and the pin holding the top together is just all wrong.  Major fail. 

  • Anonymous

    I cannot abide cropped pants. Nina loses points with me everytime she wears them. I’m sure she’s devastated.

    Heidi looks fab!