PR: Ladies with an Attitude

Posted on October 11, 2011

Hey, remember that guy Tim who used to mentor the designers and offer them heartwarming moments of encouragement? They let him out of his cage for this episode!

Seriously, this was a cute moment and it made us miss the days where Tim had moments like this practically every episode. We don’t know if he’s been marginalized or he’s simply not into it any more (for which we wouldn’t blame him), but this was a bittersweet reminder of the kinds of scenes the show used to have all the time. Now it’s just “Tell me about your dress.” “Blahblahblah.” “I’m concerned.” “Blah.” “Carry on!”

T and Lo do not agree on Kimberly’s dress. Lo thinks she should have won this challenge. T is not so sure. Granted, none of the efforts this week set T or Lo on fire.

It was a great turnaround, because we were convinced she was going home this week.


And using a lining to make a dress in 3 hours is one of those “Make it work” moments that the show does so well (but not nearly as often as it used to).


And it had a dramatic sweep to it that was very appealling.


People are going to hate us for saying this, but Viktor had a point when he noted that she made a dress very similar to his in a lot of ways. No, he didn’t invent the one-shoulder white gown, but Kimberly spent days working on looks very different from this one and when she was pressed for time and up against the wall she ditched them all for this. He’s not out of line for thinking she just grasped at the first thing in her line of sight.


Granted, Viktor was clearly threatened by the fact that her one-shoulder white gown was better than the one he spent days on.

But here’s where T and Lo part ways:



Tom thinks there are some fairly obvious technical issues here and even if you take into consideration the insanely short turnaround time and forgive them, that beaded panel and semi-exposed breast is tacky.

But she styled her very nicely. No, Tom is fine with the fact that she got praise and got to stay. Winning would have been too much. Lo thinks her entry was better than Josh’s and infinitely better than Anya’s. Tom has to admit, that’s a compelling argument, since he can’t put his finger on who should have won this week.

Miss Laura once again provided high comedy this week. Not only did she think this outfit was the bee’s knees…

She actually said that her pants were well-executed.

It is to LOL.

Not that we’re defending the collar, because it is a little Chicken Lady, but we think the judges (once again) overstated their disapproval. The effect wasn’t nearly as literal as they claimed it was. If you had no idea what the inspiration was, we doubt you’d quickly come to the conclusion that she was referencing a bird, unlike Viktor’s dress which only needed a beak to complete the look.

And sure, the “tailfeather” on the back took it too far, but the judges failed to mention that Anya’s dress had the same detail on the back. To our eyes, the biggest mistake she made was the pants, which were badly made and gave the model a not-particularly-flattering silhouette.


She’s all big and flared-out on top, which makes her bottom look like, yes, we’ll say it: chicken legs. Terrible way to go. A pencil skirt might not have rescued the look, but at least it would have prevented the judges from making that unfortunate association.


We don’t know if it’s a form of delusion or she’s just trying to give good sound bites, but she seems completely unaware of the technical issues her garments routinely have. That top- whatever other faults it might have – is terribly made.

And for all her talk about how tasteful she is, she slathered Halloween makeup on her model.


But hey, she got smacked down once again by the judges and that’s never not fun to watch. Her facial expressions are priceless. We just wonder if she’s ever going to have an honest moment and realize that she’s not considered one of the better designers in the group. In fact, at this point, she’s considered the weakest of the lot.

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/MyLifetime.com - Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

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

      Boy, looking at the detail of that jacket from Laura – it’s SO bad. I hate that it closes off center, the sleeves look cheap and tacky and the detailing on the lapel is just HIDEOUS. The pants are atrocious. 

      I actually really like the beading on Kim’s dress. The leather belt is a little sloppy, but I love the overall look quite a bit. I think she deserved the win for sure. Way better than the chicken entries and Josh’s bathrobe, not to mention Anya’s black thing. 

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

        If she was going to go with the off-center closure and seam, she should have gone far further — right now it’s hard to tell if it’s deliberate or if she just doesn’t know what she’s doing.

      • Anonymous

        I liked the beading too!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZBFH32YG44LIIZYLSQPMBXMYCU Sarah

      Well, I didn’t think that Laura’s was as bad until I saw it in still shots. I mean, those pants (‘They’re good and tight!”) were obviously bad, but the closeups of that top…barf. Why didn’t she go, when at least the Old Queen was trying an interesting idea?

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

        it’s true. Laura’s is way worse than Bert’s. I didn’t like the colors that Bert used but it was way better executed than this. 

      • Anonymous

        I agree with TLo that if she had good pants, it would have saved the whole outfit. The jacket wasn’t horrible.

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

          I kind of liked the jacket until I looked at these photos. I love the colors Laura used, and I thought the idea of the jacket was pretty cool. However, I didn’t see that (bend over let me see you shake a) tail feather while I was watching the show. The peblum’s too big in the back (tail feather!), the collar is either too much or not enough, and is there a gap at the waist? The pants aren’t really pants. They’re somewhere between shiny footless tights and shiny leggings that are too thin. I can’t even talk about the fit. The shoes are all wrong, but that might be Piperlime’s fault for not providing better shoes. And her make-up is awful, although I don’t know who to blame for that.

          I can’t decide what I think of Kimberly’s dress. It has the potential to be very pretty, but there’s a lot wrong here too. I still think she and Viktor were at the same level. I’m just not sure if it’s top 3 or bottom 3, and the nature of the challenge kept that from happening anyway.

          The only designs I thought were a wreck were Laura’s and Anya’s. One of them should have gone home instead of Bert.

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

            i’ve worn so many things like laurablenley’s that i should have felt able to give it a pass. but, just like anya’s: either the stupid collar or, yes, the stupid tailfeather. not both! w/ both, this time o’ year, it’s just a couple weeks early! & i’d hate to say cos i cant stand anya either, but: this one’s worse! then again, i dont know which of these two people i would rather see suddenly gain two hundred & sixty pounds & a whole enormous houseful of responsibility at the same time.

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

              God knows I still, and will always, love a good pair of leggings. They can look great with a short jacket, although I always wore a longer one. That tail feather is killing me, and not in a good way.

              “i dont know which of these two people i would rather see suddenly gain
              two hundred & sixty pounds & a whole enormous houseful of
              responsibility at the same time”

              /snerk/  Anya would handle it because she’d still have her charm. Laura is the one who would suffer the most, seeing as how she’s just a shallow, overgrown sorority girl.

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

              God knows I still, and will always, love a good pair of leggings. They can look great with a short jacket, although I always wore a longer one. That tail feather is killing me, and not in a good way.

              “i dont know which of these two people i would rather see suddenly gain
              two hundred & sixty pounds & a whole enormous houseful of
              responsibility at the same time”

              /snerk/  Anya would handle it because she’d still have her charm. Laura is the one who would suffer the most, seeing as how she’s just a shallow, overgrown sorority girl.

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

              I feel that way about an awful lot of designers, just so they can see what it’s like to have to dress in the plus section.  In fact, someday when I take over the world (there have been plans in place for this since I first discovered Risk as a kid) I’m going to institute a forced feeding policy of all designers for 3 years.  It’ll be good for them, it’s a growing experience:)

      • Anonymous

        I can’t help but think that if Bert had defended his dress more, Laura would have been the one to go home.

    • MilaXX

      I wouldn’t have minded Kimberly getting the win. The only thing I really hated about her dress was the slit which I thought was too high.
      Laura continues to be a legend in her own mind.

      • Anonymous

        Hah!  Yes, there are definitely people who suffer from high self-esteem.

      • Anonymous

        I kind of really like the slit — it’s high, but I like the effect of making it look even longer with the lining.

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

          I wonder what it would have looked like if she put that lining in the bodice keyhole. Probably would have made it worse.

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

        I like the slit — but then I love a high slit, probably because I can’t pull them off:)

    • Anonymous

      I would have picked her for the ‘auf this week over Bert, personally.  I thought this was actually a Halloween costume of an entry, in addition to the halloween make-up.  If the model donned a beak and some sort of feather head-dress, she’s all set for that adult Halloween party dressed as “sexy raven.”

      • Anonymous

        I agree! At least Bert’s was well made, and not unflattering. And even if they’re just picking for the drama, Laura and Josh are too buddy buddy. I suppose because Bert made friends with everyone, and started being nice he was auf’d. Laura continues to a say outrageously hilarious and arrogant things, so I suppose that’s why they kept her. But really, that Halloween costume is great  . . . for a slutty Halloween costume.

    • Anonymous

      ” In fact, at this point, she’s considered the weakest of the lot.”

      Yes, but didn’t you know, that’s only because Nina HATES her!” ;)

      This was more aufworthy than Bert’s in my estimation, and given her cumulative record of craptastic on the runway, she should be gone.

      • Anonymous

        Only because she is too sophisticated.

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

          She’s so sophisticated we can’t even see it. Her sophistication exists in a dimension visible only to cats.

          • Anonymous

            Hah.  Exactly. Stealth sophistication as it were.

          • Anonymous

            I checked with my cat.  She doesn’t see the sophistication, either.

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

              Cats know good fashion when they see it. That’s why they always sleep on your good clothes.

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

              or do other, less printable, things to them when they are displeased.
              the cats, i mean, not the clothes.
              particularly when you have to sell them. or have already sold them & just have to pack them.
              the clothes, i mean, not the cats.
              though somedays…..

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

              There are days when I’d sell my cats for a nickel.

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

        So gone. She should be as gone as someone is capable of being.

        I haven’t seen her collection yet, but I’ve heard it’s one of the better ones this season. I’m afraid I won’t see it until the finale airs.

        • Anonymous

          I admit I looked at the final collections. Hers is interesting, certainly better than the stuff she produced on the show itself.

      • Anonymous

        she’s more pretty than Bert, so the judges couldn’t wait to jump on the very first occasion to auf him and keep only the pretty ones.
        I guess, there is more public in Lifetime’s usual viewers for Barbie designer than old gays…
        That, or I’m very prejudiced…

        • Anonymous

          I think it’s unfair to make the assumption that Laura’s looks kept her in the competition.  I don’t think it was remotely a factor.  Bert’s entry was so sad, drab, and dull that he had to go.  He made no effort so he was auf’d.  Laura’s at least had some design elements to hers that made it slightly more interesting.  I was surprised that Laura stayed over Bert but I understand the decision.

          • Anonymous

            Well, as I said to other people, I’m bitter about the aufing and while I agree with you about Bert not defending his outfit and thus giving the judges an easy way to auf him, I beg to differ about Laura.
            She constantly throws monstruosities on the runway, landing on the bottom more than Bert and rightfully so. This time, it was so costumy it was laughable.
            I may be pushing the line too much on assuming it might be her prettyness (yes, I think she’s really pretty and attractive) that helped her sailing through the show. I said it mostly as a joke.
            She’s a Barbie making Barbie clothes. This time it was “Barbie goes to a Goth club, thinking raven cosplay instead of dark and dangerous”. Laughable.
            Worse, she didn’t see how hideous her garment was, while Bert was honestly self assessing his work for what it was : a miss.
             I understand the aufing, because Bert made it look like he gave up, but I’m bitter about it because in my opinion, a honest designer knowing when he made a mistake is better than a blindly confindent one.

            • Anonymous

              Laura thinks she’s Neiman Marcus but she is more a copier of what she sees in their stores than a designer in her own right.  She may have a great local career designing for the iMagnin and NM shoppers in Texas.  But she doesn’t see that people her age don’t skew that way so she’s cutting herself off from an entire generation.  She’s stuck too much in making clothes for her mom to wear to the country club.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JTKUN6VNACC6CKQ5EGO4L47FWQ Tomek

            I agree, this assertion that Bert was aufed over Laura because of looks is silly. 

        • Anonymous

          I’m in Lifetime’s demographic (married, mom, age 40 to death ;) ) and I liked Bert a lot better than Laura, both personality wise and design wise. 

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAMNQMUGFM4NNSPAQLZRODSD5I Angela

            and now that you’ve invoked “the power of Bert”, just where is scottyf anyway? Not still in mourning< I hope! Come back scotty, we miss you! You can jump on the Kvetch-About-Anya train with us…

          • Anonymous

            I’m almost there and, me too, prefered Bert to Laura.
            Like I said to ilovetrash, I’m bitter about that aufing, even if I agree that Bert’s outfit was a miss and him not defending it almost automatically send him home.

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

          she’s not that much more pretty than bert.
          in fact, i’d prefer laying my tired eyes on him any & every day of the week. at least he knows what he’s talking about.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I agree completly about Bert. I would much more prefer have him the show than her.
            I’m just bitter.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberley’s dress looks like a slutty grecian mother-of-the-bride…and that makes it very confusing. As long as you don’t look at it too long it is a pretty dress. Poor Laura surely will get the auf this week. The pants and styling were awful.

      • Anonymous

        Slutty Grecian mother-of-the-bride…I’d pay money to see a MOB wear Kimberley’s design to a wedding, coupled with ample glasses of the alcoholic beverage of her choice-that could be TV worth watching!

    • Anonymous

      I love the beading on Kimberley’s and I’m torn on the boob issue. While I can definitely see how it would be tacky, I also think it lends alot of interest. If you take in the entire dress as one, it looks spectacular, imo. Though I do have to admit the top it it kinda looks like the top of two different dresses.

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

        I think the tackiness would go away if it was laying tight to her chest instead of gaping that way.

        • Anonymous

          I agree.  I think that’s what it is, now that you say that.  I like it, but I didn’t like it, and I couldn’t figure out why.  If it was more fitted, less loose, I think it would be better.  I certainly wouldn’t be afraid that her whole boob would slide out at any second.

        • Anonymous

          I also agree.  Actually, if she would have done a leather strip just like the waist in place of the beading and made it tight to the chest, I would love it instead of just liking it.

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

            I’m guessing that was the problem actually — I wasn’t really watching when she was making it, but I think she probably was going for a very drapey top.  Which would have been fine until she added the beading.  That much beading is heavy and doesn’t really allow for fabric to flow terribly well.  Especially with the way it’s placed, where gravity is going to exert a lot more force.  She should have just taken the bust in after adding it.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh.  The first thing that popped into my head when this came out was that scene in Showgirls — don’t lie, you’ve seen it! — when she dressed up in black and pulls her hair back so she can look like a “bad-ass” while she kicks that rock star’s ass.  In fact, both Laura and her model remind me of that!  You know you’re fucked when your look brings to mind “Showgirls.”

      I’m glad Kimberley pulled through.  She seems sweet and, while maybe not a savant, is not a cracktastic designer.  That’s high, high praise during the worst season in the show’s history.

      • Anonymous

        Showgirls!  One of the greatest bad movies ever made. Favorite moment:  Gina Gershon shaving her legs on her make-up table, with not a drop of water in sight, while making snide remarks to Elizabeth Berkley..what a guilty pleasure that movie is!

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

          Someday I’m going to get around to see Showgirls. I’ll have to rent it, because I suspect it’s a movie that has to be seen uncut, in all its glory. The basic cable version will not do.

        • Anonymous

          Oh yes, what a great scene in a horrible movie.  It’s up there with the end of Samuel L. Jackson’s inspiring speech in Deep Blue Sea.

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

      I liked Kimberly’s effort. Perhaps that – well, it’s not a keyhole – opening was too large, but it echoed what she was attempting in the first design (the ice dancing costume). It was a new take on the Grecian dress and I thought it had merit, and technical issues that would have worked themselves out with more time.

      Ah, I forgot Laura’s. Corvus Cameltoeus. I think this is the second time this season that a designer has recreated Sandy Olsen’s spandex pants from the festival scene in Grease. Tell me about it, stud!

      The jacket though is just so… done. It’s fine and it sorta works, but it reads as boutique fashion for an upscale, small town client to wear to a Jr League evening event.

      • http://www.facebook.com/nancy.flanagan1 Nancy Daquino

        I think you’ve nailed Laura’s outfit, especially the jacket. Think about it though–that’s exactly who Laura is!

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I think they’ve reigned Tim in significantly. Last season he had a series of YouTube videos following each episode, giving his personal thoughts and behind the scenes anecdotes. They stopped halfway through because he’d said too much after a particularly pathetic challenge, he admitted it ruffled a few of the producers’ feathers. Now his presence has either been edited or forced into a perfunctory role.

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

        If or whenever Tim leaves the show, I can’t wait for the book. 

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

        I think Tim self edited after those videos…

        • Sobaika Mirza

          Why would he do so with the contestants? In public is one thing, but there’s definitely a change in how he’s presented from a few seasons back and now in the context of PR. He only shows up to take them the mood, sheepishly announce the first/second/third twist of the day, and call time.

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

            Maybe the powers that be reeled him in because of the videos, and he decided to do what he had to do contractually and that’s it. Then again, what about that horrible scene after the Becky team when he complimented Josh about how they met that challenge? That was disappointing. 

            Maybe Kimberly’s moment is the only moment that presented itself with someone he cares about. 

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

          I think you’re right, and I like to think he’s waiting for the right moment to let them (the producers) have it. 

      • Anonymous

        I wonder if he is reined in or if he just can’t bring himself to say the actual lines written by BM —

        “That is one HOT TRANNIE MESS, Girlfriend!”
        “…PSST…Viktor — did you notice how popular your ideas have become?”
        “Laura, Can I pass?”
        “Bert — that was you in the third row at Studio 54?”

      • Anonymous

        Since Tim is now a producer, perhaps he’s reining himself in.

        • Sobaika Mirza

          He stills answers to Bunim Murray. There’s no doubt there’s been quite the about-face.

    • Anonymous

      I’m in Lo’s camp this week. Nice rescue, Kimberly. It was GREAT to see Tim needed as a mentor with that comfort that is uniquely Tim.

      Once again the stills show the details I missed on the runway. That construction is hiddy on Laura’s top. Hated the cigarette pants. Brrrr. Hated the whole outfit. The shouldabeenaufed.

    • Anonymous

      Frankly, I don’t think any garment in this episode deserved a $200 prize, never mind a $20,000 one. I would agree that Kimberley’s was one of the least offensive, though that boob slit is awkward.

      • Anonymous

        Wow I forgot about the giant prize.  Yeah, you’re right!.  None of them really earned that this week (or at least none should have).  

    • Anonymous

      When I watched the show, I thought Kimberly should have won.  Seeing the stills, I’m even more convinced of that. 

      I miss the old Tim, too.

    • Anonymous

      Why would you try and sew a jacket and pants in something that shiny? Satiny stuff like that shows every single mistake– not a wise tactical move, Laura hon.

      • Anonymous

        Remember that shiny green monstrosity she produced earlier in the show? The girl’s development was arrested on prom night, 1998.

    • Anonymous

      Everything about Laura’s outfit was awful.  The feathers, the fit of the pants, everything was laughably bad, and there is no good reason for her to still be on the show.  Bert’s dress may have been poorly executed, but it was certainly better than this hot mess. Kimberly’s dress was sort of pretty, and she still belongs there, but she is so gloomy that I find it hard to get behind her or her work. She might be happier at home.

      • Anonymous

        I thought the most tragic thing about Laura’s design were those awful pants. She kept carrying on about how well-fitted they were, when they were just awful-if they’d been any tighter her model would have lost circulation in her crotch.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly’s is the latest innovation in lactation wear–a breast feeding gown. Her asthestic is just over the line of too slutty for me.

      • Anonymous

        YES!!!  I’ve been trying to put my finger on it and that’s it!  She leans to the trashy instead of the fashy.  She doesn’t seem to have a sophisticated eye.

      • Anonymous

        Lactation wear is an untapped market! Kidding aside, I don’t think it was intended to be slutty looking — that was the fault of execution. If she had had more time to do it properly, I’m sure it would have fit better. It took me a while to decide that she was showing skin and not using the nude fabric — which probably would have been a better choice.

    • Anonymous

      Laura said something about two beauty queens going head to head in this competition.  I missed the bio that said Laura was a beauty queen, though everyone knows Anya was. Kimberly carries herself much more like a true beauty queen than Laura.  Kimberly has a gracious, elegant, unassuming manner that is beautiful, even Tim is drawn to her.  Get over yourself, Laura! 

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

        I think Laura sees herself as pretty enough to be a beauty queen. I mean, who says stuff like that in a non-joking manner? She seemed serious. I hate to make negative comments about someone’s physical appearance, and I do think she’s cute. But Laura apparently majored in Too Much Self-Esteem, with graduate level classes in Delusion. That goes for her talent as well.

        • Anonymous

          accidental housewife you are on a roll today with all the zingers at your fingertips. grad degree in delusion, invisible taste, awesome stuff.

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

            Thanks. I think it’s the perfect balance of caffeine, painkillers and poundcake.

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

              painkillers will do it.

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

              Indeed, although in general, the appeal of drugs, both legal and not, is rather lost on me. I much prefer a beer and potato chips.

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

          i have said it before but it bears repeating until i never have to see her again: i have no idea how laura thinks she is so stunning. i have known a lot of actress-model types, i was one, for heavens sake, & i hate to tell her this but the only place she is cutting mustard is in the tiny town from which she hails & in which she should stay if she doesnt wanna grand comeuppance.

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

        +1

      • Anonymous

        When I saw Kimberly in that yellow dress in the After the Runway show, it nearly took my breath away! She is a very beautiful woman.

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

      I could see what Laura was going for in her look, and the idea is… well, it’s mediocre and trite but not overwhelming bad.  The execution, however, left much to be desired.  And her inability to recognize the fit and design problems is more troubling than the problems themselves.  How does she not know that pants aren’t supposed to fit that way?!?!

      As for the criticism that it was too literal, it absolutely was.  When you’re referencing a bird by including a tail peplum and a bunch of feathers?  That’s bad.  She didn’t even need to see the bird to come up with all the same elements.  And everything on this model was something we’ve seen a thousand times just on PR alone! 

      Okay, maybe I hate it more than I thought…

      Kimberly’s dress had a fit problem on the top, but some of that would be mitigated in real life through the use of tape.  (I LOVE double sided tape) Overall, though, it was very pretty.  I was even okay with the pearls;  my one problem with them was that the way they were positioned and attached left it seeming a little bulky.  (It may also explain some of the fit issues with the bust — I’ve had fabric lay wrong after attaching embellishments on occasion)  I love the hint of peach at the slit on the skirt as well.  I definitely agree with Lo on this one:  there was nothing better on this runway. 

    • Anonymous

      I think it’s great how Tim hugged and encouraged Kimberly. It really seemed to turn her around. And she is one of the designers who was really rescued by the ‘only show one of your looks’ twist. But I’m not sure she should have won. I’m more with Tom – I’m having a hard time figuring who should have won. I agree Kim’s is a nice dress, but it sure has issues.

      And Laura – that crotch is insane! She should have gone home for those pants – but I really kind of have to hold Bert partially responsible for his own auf’ing in this case. He was completely negative about the bird and the challenge on the runway, and offered no positive explanation about his dress. He just agreed with every negative thing the judges said. He could have done more to point out the positive aspects of his garment. I think this may have contributed to the bye-bye.

      • Anonymous

        You know, maybe now I can make some very personal comments about Bert. Through the whole series I have understood Bert like I’ve never understood another contestant. Whether it is age, or similar history I don’t know but I find myself doing many of the things that Bert has done and which pretty much alienated him with his co-contestants and the audience. His soto-voce comments early on were really negative comments to and about himself. His arrogance and explanations that insulted Viktor came less from arrogance and more from a lack of self esteem and discomfort with his younger competitors. Even his comments when he was auf’d were so typical (at least in my realm)–‘I’ll accept what you say rather than argue and embarrass myself). I don’t think any of these things redeem him and it was definitely his time to go, but basically he is a sad, seet man struggling in a world beyond his ken.

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

          I don’t think he was accepting the judges’ comments because of that, I think he truly agreed with them.  My feeling watching him was that he was so disappointed in himself and his work for this challenge that he couldn’t see any redeeming features to his gown, not by the time of judging anyway.  I’ve had that before, where I’ll write something that I was really psyched about and it just didn’t work — other people read it and find parts that are good, but I’m just so disappointed and frustrated by the piece that I have nothing good to say about it.

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

        Kimberly was feeling so down, and when she said it was always good to see him in the workroom, I think I got a little teary eyed. Of late, he’s just not getting the respect he’s earned over the years. And then hugged her and gave her that pep talk.

        Tim’s hugs are like magic.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad that Kimberly found a way to pull a rabbit out of the hat. But I think she was way over praised for this dress.I guess if it didn’t have that gardawful heavy pearl trim and it was executed (a lot) better I could see Angelina Jolie wearing it. I completely understand  why Viktor had his panties in a bunch over the silhouette, Because it is way similar. Can’t imagine that she would  deliberately copy him though.
      Laura’s collar looks UNDER done to me, like skimpy when it should be over the top full.  The construction looks a little messy, but rush-rush puts even people who know what they are doing on the same field as those who don’t right? The pants are okay. The pull lines at the cf on stretch pants are pretty typical. They made such a big deal of it when they let other egregious errors go by uncommented on.

      • Anonymous

        I agree about Laura’s it’s underdone.

        Kimberly’s dress is more muslin than finished garment

    • Anonymous

      I am of two minds on Kimberly’s this week. On the one hand, I’m impressed with how she turned it around and it has a certain drama to it, but on the other hand there are issues about its construction, a few tacky design elements, and a certain je ne sais quoi that just doesn’t sit well with me. I suppose that puts me more toward the T camp on the issue (which is interesting to me, because I’ve noticed that I usually side with Lo when there’s a TLo split decision).

      Laura’s was decidedly off, but actually, as the judges said, an interesting departure for her. Nonetheless it has far too many technical problems – which is greatly amusing coming from someone who spent a good portion of the episode talking about how her technical skills will give her an advantage. Executed well, I think there might be potential to the look – if it were executed well. Of course, I am inordinately fond of satin pants, just not those satin pants – the pulling across the crotch is inexcusable. But, oh, Laura’s model, I still weep for her. The mediocrity she has endured…

      The interaction between Tim and Kimberly was wonderful – an old PR moment for once this season. It was nice to see Tim doing what it was that made him stand out to the audience in the first place instead of being reduced to spouting catch-phrases.

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

      Kimberly is a breath of fresh, sane, air in this otherwise daycare center of a workroom.  Her breakdown was pretty controlled and drama-less all things considered.  She didn’t dump on or abuse anyone else just because she was struggling.  The twits who share the workroom with her could learn a few things!!  She did exactly what she needed to do – have a good cry and send something out there that wouldn’t get her sent home.  Smart girl!

      • Anonymous

        That’s what I said to my husband!  She just needed to go and have a good cry and get on with it.  I’m a big fan of the pity party to drive the angst away!  Call me a dinosaur, but it does the trick for me. 

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

          It’s true. A bit of wallowing is required. I was impressed by how Kimberly handled it.

    • Anonymous

      I do think Kimberly copied Viktor, maybe not intentionally, but the similarity of their dresses too much of a coincidence. I also think her dress is too sloppy to have taken the top prize this week. (I do like Kimberly, so I hope it was a subconscious copy.)

      Would not have been sad to see Laura go. I’ve been ready for her auf’ing for a while now. This outfit has the germ of a good idea, but she took it to an sad shiny place.

    • Anonymous

      Any chance TLo could get another interview with Tim and get the scoop on why the expanded hour and a half format barely shows him.

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

        You’re right on.  I’ve felt that Tim is shown less and less, but I forgot that we’re now treated to an hour and a half show!  Tim Gunn has always been the highlight of PR and everyone knows it.  I second the idea of a TLo interview!

    • Anonymous

      Sign me up for the “Laura should have gone home instead of Bert” camp. Did you notice in the last photo Laura twisted her mouth to be off kilter in the same way her jacket was? Even her body language knew it was wonky.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly’s dress could be a Michael Costello.

    • Anonymous

      I had completely forgotten how god-awful Laura’s look was until I saw the photos.  I have no idea why she stayed and Bert went home.  His look was boring, yes, but there’s nothing good and a whole lotta bad going on in Laura’s look.  I find her entertaining and inoffensive, but I’d rather see a better designer hanging around at this point.

      I’m glad Kimberly pulled something out of her ass.  I too think she should have won the challenge.  Anya’s – thing – didn’t hold a candle to Kimberly’s dress.

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

        I think they sent Bert home because he didn’t stand behind his dress. He just agreed with them. There’s a point you have to fight for yourself no matter how much you know it isn’t your best. I just wanted to shake him! I think we was really worn out mentally. 

    • Anonymous

      Kimberley –  she surprised me on the show this week and I’m glad she did.  Kind of reminded me of why I love PR.  The dress is great but it’s a tie with Victor for me.  He used too many feathers (and made them yellow/brown, what?) but I don’t like the pearls or and the slit in the skirt is too long an seems awkward.  Minor details over a nice dress.  

      Laura – I think they were too harsh with her.  The pants I didn’t care for, I would have preferred a long gothic feeling skirt.  I think she had some problem with the fabric or construction (hard to say) but I like the jacket otherwise.  Nice shape, I like the pointed sleeves and hem. I like the collar and it’s not any more ‘literal’ than the other entries.  I probably would have sent this home over Bert just because of the pants though.  Close call for Laura.  

      Personally I would have auf’d Josh or Anya before either Bert or Laura.  I really just didn’t like those dresses and I felt like neither one had a lot of effort put into them design wise — it was like the designers lucked into good dresses.  At least Laura designed this as a look and just didn’t wing the challenge. 

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

      I thought Kimbely’s dress was beautiful until it stopped moving and you could see the construction issues. I waver back and forth about who deserved the win. I guess Kimberly, but just based solely on design. I loved Tim coming in and cheering her on. I wanted to cry for her. I hope she ends up in the top 3. 

      The more I look at Laura’s the madder I get that Bert went home. If he had just bullshitted his way through the judging and stood by his gown, he’d still be there. Laura’s ability to live in ‘ability fantasy land’ has served her well. 

      Talk about copying Viktor, what about Anya’s dress looking a lot like his for the Nina challenge?

      I am really worn out bitchin’ about this season. How many ways can you say it sucks?

      • Anonymous

        “I am really worn out bitchin’ about this season. How many ways can you say it sucks?”

        I think this should cover it:
        It’s awful. It’s atrocious. It’s unbearable. It’s a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad season. It’s worse than last season. It’s worse than Season 6. It’s worse than The Fashion Show. It’s worse than Launch My Line.

        • Anonymous

          But hey, it’s still a step up from Dance Moms.  (I think.)

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

            It ain’t over yet!!

          • Anonymous

            I don’t know that either LA or this season are a step up from Dance Moms…..They are, however, a significant step up from A-List NY…..have not brought myself to watch the Dallas version yet.

      • Anonymous

        I saw side by side pictures of Viktor’s dress from the Nina challenge and Anya’s. A total knock off! Neither are very good, and Anya’s has puffy stuff in all the wrong places and a weird dip in the back. 

      • Anonymous

        Excellent point about the movement of the dress enhancing its appeal.  That’s it.  But by the time the model was still, the judges were enamored so she won over Viktor.  But that split at the boob line is icky.
        I highly doubt that Anya remembered Viktor’s non-winning look from the Nina challenge.

      • Anonymous

        Eh, they’re both basic black dresses of about the same length with shoulder detailing, but there the similarities end. 

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

      Looking at this, I like Kimberly’s dress a lot more than I thought I did–that pageant-esque beading just got an instant negative reaction from me, but without it I think I like the dress quite a bit. It also needed to be fit better in the bust, though.  The model’s right boob looks so saggy it almost goes to her waist, while her left boob looks nice and perky!

    • Anonymous

      I thought both looks deserved to be on the bottom and I can’t begin to understand the amount of praise Kimeberly was getting for her cheap bride of Frankenstein dress.
      Still, I have to thank her with all my heart : I have never used so many adjectives to despise a dress in a langage that’s not my native one. Thank you, Kimmy.
      My problem with Kim is that she seems to have incredible construction skills but she always turn it to the tacky side.
      see, I much prefered the idea of her first dress. I really think that would have been the real menace for Viktor.
      This one ? just a bad derivation of someone else idea.
      She was lucky the judges are so keen on the miracle of the make it work in 3 hours moment.

    • Anonymous

      We just wonder if she’s ever going to have an honest moment and realize that she’s not considered one of the better designers in the group

      Not a chance. She’ll get auf’ed….this week or next…..wondering all the while how she could have been eliminated when *much* worse designers are still around.
      And if she goes before Josh, she’ll definitely have a point.

      • Anonymous

        This week is the episode where they pick who goes to Fashion Week.  I think the challenge is to do a mini-collection.  God knows what Josh will produce.  When presented with too many options, he goes off the rails.  Right now, I think Viktor and Anya will go but it remains to be seen about Josh, Kimberly, and Laura.  Laura is the weakest by far but they may have a three-way runoff for the last spot.  If Laura knocks it out of the park this week, they’ll have to scramble to justify those last spots at FW.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad Kimberley pulled through but can’t get behind her dress at all. It looks nice from *REALLY* far away, but it’s a disaster up close.

      All I can say about Laura’s is that I got a good laugh out of the back twice – during the runway and again just now.

    • Anonymous

      I just has a weird thought. I was looking at Laura’s outfit and wondering why she wasn’t in “After the Runway.” Maybe they were saving her because she won? I’ve only looked at the thumbnails, but her final collection seemed to look better than most of the others.

      • Anonymous

        That is a weird thought. I can’t imagine it.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for mentioning that saggy boob thing of Kimberly’s. I couldn’t believe the judges let that go!

    • Anonymous

      As the models were walking down the runway, I kept thinking about the comment Laura made at the beginning of the episode “We’re at the point where everyone is so good”. She sure is delusional and not just about her own talent. The judges made the right call selecting Anya for the win simply because I can’t see how fashion forward any of the other designs would have looked in the photo shoot, even though they had to photograph the dress from side-on so that many of the questionable features could be hidden.

    • Anonymous

       we think the judges (once again) overstated their disapproval. 

      I agree. And because they showed us the judges laughing at this outfit, I thought for sure she was going home. It had problems, no doubt, but it wasn’t quite as terrible as they made it out to be (or as editing made it look like they made it out to be).

      Along the same lines, they overpraised Kimberly’s. Yes, she pulled out a miracle, and yes, it’s a nice silhouette, but not one mention of the drooping neck line and exposed breast? Not one?? Or did they mention it and that got lost in editing because the producers don’t think  audiences could wrap their minds around hearing criticism of a dress that’s in the top 3?

    • Anonymous

      I’m torn also. If they were judging make it work moments, yes, Kimberley would have had the win. But they aren’t (except for in Anya’s case, then every win has been a make it work moment) As for Viktor’s comments about white/one shoulder–since she used the fabric that was supposed to be a lining white was the only choice (given that she didn’t have time to dye) and let’s see, Josh’s was one shoulder, right? And wasn’t Bert’s (sigh they all run together this year, I can’t remember from episode to episode much less individual ‘designs’ within an episode anymore). Truly, even tho’ it was a make it work moment I wasn’t crazy about Kimberley’s, not for the win. Nor Viktor’s either. Nor Anya’s, nor Josh’s nor really Bert’s or Laura’s. I think the whole thing should have been a wash. Oh and thanks for commenting on the tail feathers on both Laura’s and Anya’s. Don’t remember anyone mentionioning Anyas’s too literal tail feathers before.

    • Anonymous

      The show needs a heart…the show needs Tim Gunn. This season Tim pulls an Alfred Hitchcock by popping in and out every 20 minutes or so. The order to “Make it work” was so much more fun than his current catchphrase of “Tell me about your dress.”  Tim gives the Project Runway some class…which is needs ever so badly. Under the Lifetime channel, Project Runway has turned into the Heidi show.  Well, she is one of the producers so it was easier for her to take over.

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

      I like the beaded panel. Mainly because it reminds me of the beading on my wedding dress. So I guess that could be a problem.
      But let me say this. The streaming video on Lifetime’s website ALWAYS gives out before the end. In this case, just after the runway but before judging. I had no idea who was in the top or bottom and did not care enough to try to reload. In fact, if you’d asked me to guess which looks fit where, I could not have told you, that’s how arbitrary the judging feels. And that holds true for pretty much the entire season. 

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

        I’ve never had that problem with Lifetime’s site.  Is it a connection problem or your browser, maybe?

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

          Probably the connection then. But it doesn’t matter. It’s probably best that I miss the judging portion.

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

            I feel your pain — our connection is NOT up to the number of people trying to use it:(

    • Julie Clark

      i said it once, i’ll say it again – albeit some technical issues this week, KIM WAS ROBBED. her look was the most original, to me. it was a bit referential of viktors, but much better designed. i still can’t believe anya won. good. lawdy.

    • Anonymous

      Did not love the heavy labored beading on the dress.  Tired of evening gowns that are way too long — like the boys and their trousers, the hem needs not to drag on the ground for inches on end.  Thought the slit was not well fitted but all in all was amazed she was able to pull those look out after all the setbacks. Blah overall and something was weird about the editing.  Was she blaming Viktor for the glue gun or not?

      It’s always nice to see Tim do his thing and he was so sweet and encouraging.

      The Laura business, getting away with this hot mess, and having Bert leave instead was just inexplicable really.

    • Anonymous

      my fave moment of delusion: “it makes sense, the two beauty queens teamed together!”*

      * i am in no way shaming her looks, or trying to call her ugly by thinking it’s funny. sure, she’s got run-of-the-mill Cute White Girl looks, but the delusion is that she called herself a beauty queen. wasn’t anya in miss world or some shit? not quite equally yoked there, L.

      • Anonymous

        I thought — as with her “speaking foreign” comment — that this is her sense of humor. Both comments fell flat, but I can’t help thinking she thought she was being funny.

        • Anonymous

          you’re probably right, but the problem with laura (and maybe the reason lots of her jokes fall flat) is that she’s so vapidly obtuse that no one can tell if she’s joking.

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

            “vapidly obtuse”

            Oh my goodness, you hit the nail on its bleached blond head. If she was joking about “two beauty queens”, it sure as hell went over my formerly-bleached-blond-head.

        • Anonymous

          I’ve come around to the idea that the “speaking foreign” comment was her sense of humor.  Ever since I discovered that she spent a semester at school in Florence (Italy, that is, not Alabama).

      • Anonymous

        I think she is bummed because she presented herself early on as the glamorous one, and whoops, sorry honey, a real beauty queen upstaged you in that department.

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

          Well, and there’s a mighty big difference between pretty and glamorous.  If she wanted to be the glamorous one, she needed to study up on Laura Bennett, she who does not own jeans and thinks riding pants are casual wear.

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

        It is my opinion that she was serious. Laura has been comparing herself to Barbie from Day 1.

    • Anonymous

      Laura would have gone home this week were it up to me. Kimberly DEFINITELY benefited from Viktor’s dress. Not a bad idea in a head to head to see whats wrong in his and do it better – could have backfired in a big way. The fact that designers like Kimberly and Josh benefit from shorter time contraints out them as bad designers. With enough time to start ‘designing” they eff shit up EVERY time. With no time for doodads – they come put with better looks. Notice she STIll had time for the belt of pearls and he for the bingo parlor craft show granny corsage…but could not be the tsunami they usually are.

      • Anonymous

        “bingo parlor craft show granny corsage”

        Priceless!  What a picture you’ve painted!

    • Anna Maria Diamanti

      If the grandma beading on Kimberly’s dress were replaced by another strip of the white leather, it would be perfect. Despite the technical problems, this dress deserved the win. But since Anya didn’t break anything or accidentally stab someone with a knitting needle, she gets the win with PR’s thumb-on-the-scale version of scoring.

      That closeup of Laura’s model’s crotch looks like a Rorschach test. I see a winged insect!

      • Anonymous

        didn’t they say the waist on Kimberly’s was suede?  If so, using it also instead of the beading would have been nice, but not sure it would have shown up enough from the runway.  Being of a certain age, I didn’t mind the pearlized beading.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I’m with Lo! Kimberley should have won over Anya this week. They set the whole thing up with her 3hr make it work comeback, and then they let us down by letting Anya win for something inferior again.

      I was crossing my fingers that Laura would go this time. I don’t hate her, she’s probably a nice enough person, but there’s no way Bert’s outfit was worse than hers.

    • Anonymous

      I was expecting great things from this challenge: birds! exotic birds! so much to say!… so Anya won and keep on winning only because the judges keep on measuring her experience against her work, and I have to say the rest of the designers should be far ahead of her, considering their experience… in stead they are showing something pitiful…

    • Anonymous

      The edit they were giving Kim, I was sure she was either going to win or be auf’d.(More BM manipulation.)  She did make it work, yup there were major technical issues. Mr. Kors keeps reminding us this is Project Runway and not Project Seamstress. Design should carry the day. This was my choice for the win. Too bad she wasn’t being graded on the Anya curve, she would have won. The slit in the front and trim may have been a bit tacky, but I can see several starlets that would wear this dress in a heartbeat. 

      Isn’t it kinda sad that at this point in the competition, where we should be seeing several things that are win worthy, we are seeing a runway full of designs that are Auf worthy? Sigh.

    • Anonymous

      With a little more time to work out the fit, Kimberly’s gown would have been fine for a “make a pretty gown” challenge. But what exactly referenced her inspiration bird? The white color? The flow of the gown in motion? The beading looking a bit like birdseed? Sorry guys, she has a tenuous connection to the design aspect of the challenge and should not have won.

      As for Blenley, more Becky-home-ec-y work on that hideous fuzzy toilet seat of a collar. Once again, she’s the queen of denial about her taste level.

    • Anonymous

      She could’ve  bought some help, as “privileged” ones can do…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I quite like the back of Kim’s dress, but the front is a mess. Had it had the proper fit, around the bust and waist, it would have been so great, but she missed the mark with the sloppy front.  Not that I could sew a pot holder in a day or anything….

    • http://profiles.google.com/hawkeye1978 Kristin Hanson

      The breast situation on Kimberly’s look has been bothering me all week.  Those ladies just look so droopy and asymmetrical.  It’s a crime against the poor model.

    • Anonymous

      I liked this dress, even if it was referential of Viktor’s. The beading is too heavy for the fabric and causes the front to sag; I think she would have been better off carrying that soft pink color up into the bodice for an accent instead of using the beading. I’m okay with the slit. Great dress for three hours of work; I imagine the technical issues everyone is pointing out would have gotten resolved if she’d had more time. I didn’t get that moment on the runway where she seemed to blame Victor for her previous dress getting burned–that was odd.

      As for Laura, I didn’t hate the jacket, although now that someone points out that it fastens off center, it makes me want to yank it around to center it. It’s not enough off center–needs to be further over or in the middle properly. But I think it would have been great if she’d made a pencil skirt instead of those awful pants–“Goth Raven” would have been cool. (Imagine what April from last season would have done with that raven!) 

      But she should have been sent home for those pants. And it makes me mad because I think that she deserved to go home over Bert. If he’d even defended his dress in the slightest, he’d still be there. I really liked his dress and it was beautifully made. Sigh… 

       

      • Anonymous

        I agree about the jacket. Seth Aaron warned a designer (forget who…or whether it was a designer who even made it on to the show) about asymmetry during the audition process. I think it was in “Road to the Runway.” He said if the designer was going to do asymmetry, it had to be really asymmetrical, not just a little, because a little asymmetrical looks like a mistake, and  the judges were always all over that.

      • Anonymous

         “Great dress for three hours of work;”  Weeelllllll
        The fact that she “only had” 3 hours was her own fault.   I mean other designers have scrapped their original (bad) designs at the last minute – so while it was an effort and supposedly accomplished in 3 hours – her melt downs were largely the cause of her tight schedule.    Plus I am confused if you have a burn / hole in one panel – shouldn’t it be possible to fix/replace that panel? 

        Not trying to be harsh – but I don’t think she should get extra credit  – essentially Josh similarly was “inspired” by another designer (‘s aesthetic) when his first outfit was garbage.  Her earlier work was better in my opinion

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

          She maybe didn’t have enough fabric to replace the panel.  Or the fabric she did have couldn’t be cut in the shape she needed.

    • Anonymous

      I liked the idea of  Kimberly’s dress more than the actual dress itself. I think it was a heck of an accomplishment. She soldiered on and pulled this! out of her hat.  Up until this season, it has been rare for an episode to pass without me  thinking that Tim is totally adorable and wishing that I could put him in my pocket and take him home. You are so right about him not really being an integral part of the landscape this year.  I think Tim has either been reigned in or else the fallout from his blog last season was so unpleaasant that he is self-editing.  I know Bert’s dress was pretty blah design-wise but I still would have auffed this little chickie in a spirit of blatant Bert favortism. That jacket looks like a craft fair project and the pants are wierdly unattractive.

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

      I agree that it was obvious that Kimberly was influenced – probably not consciously, though – by both Viktor (one shoulder white gown) & Bert’s (slit-to-there skirt revealing the bird’s color) designs when she started over.  But I don’t mind that so much, because of what she did with those elements – not a simple recreation of their work, but incorporating them into a design that was truly her own, and better than both of theirs to boot.  I don’t always like her work, but you can’t deny that Kimberly’s got talent.  Too bad she’s on this craptastic season; I’d like to have seen what she’d do with good challenges and talented competitors.

    • Anonymous

      Every single outfit this week look far worse in the close ups. Most of the time the dresses look better when I can see the details that get washed out under camera lights. I’m sorry, Kimberly’s dress was horrible. The slit on the leg was getting larger every time the model walked, her breasts were falling out and I didn’t see any reference to her bird other then color. This was one of those weeks where no one deserved the win and I think the only reason why they handed out a win was due to the product placement prize.

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

        How awesome would it have been if Heidi would have turned to the designers and said, “None of you won.  We need a look for an ad, and all of these are horrible.  So you’re all going back to the workroom until you can show us something that DOESN’T SUCK!”

        Imagine the cheer that would go up from PR fans across the country!

        • Anonymous

          Yes!  I’d love to see an honest “no one wins” result.  It’s just silly to pick the best of the fugly all the time.  I know it would skew the scheduling, but they could make up next time with 2 aufs, if necessary. 

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

            If this were being played out in real time, like Dancing with the Stars or American Idol, the schedule would be a serious problem.  But it’s not.  They could easily drop in another episode, or just cut both attempts into a single episode — show the challenge set up and work, hit the runway at about 30 minutes in and then send them back;  you’d still have an hour to show the second attempt.  It’s not like you can’t fit it all into an hour, you did it for 7 seasons! 

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

              I think this has already happened more than just a couple times, they just don’t advertise it. Piperlime challenge ring a bell? Make separates! oh noes, noes…none of those are good….umm, we know, make something one piece! Oh yeses, much better….We can make those. Whew! Much the same with this challenge… Make a bird dress! Oh noes, noes….none of those are good… we know, make another one! Whew, much better.  Noone noticed that the bottom designs were all from the first batch?

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

              There is something to that…

              But I think it would go SO far with the fans if they would actually make them redo the challenge because it all sucked.

          • Anonymous

             I am not sure… has Top Chef done this?  Because I can imagine Tom Gail and Padma saying No Way are we going to crown any one of you the winner for this trash

        • Anonymous

          Agreed! I think Top Chef did this once. No one deserved $20, let alone $20K here.

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

            I want to say it was Restaurant Wars. Everything was such a disaster that the chefs were given another chance. (And if that’s not what happened, then my imagination is working overtime.)

        • Now I am The Bee

          It seems to me that they did do that once in one of the earlier seasons.  I distinctly remember Heidi saying “there is no winner”.  But I don’t remember the designers involved (although I get a flash of Suede on the runway…) or the challenge.

    • Anonymous

      Although I was glad to see Kimberly quell her panic attack, she looks so exhausted I wonder how much longer she’ll continue.  But personal concern about Kimberly is about all I can muster at this point.  Every garment this week has either been meh or bleh. 

    • Anonymous

      That fabric didn’t help the cause, and both pieces are poorly made.  Had she only taken a small reference, it might have worked better.  This one is, in some ways, worse than Victor’s. He took the feathers and went to town – she took nearly every possible bird reference she could find and slapped them into one outfit.

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

        Laura’s outfit took color, shape, and detailing ALL from the bird — that’s pretty much every element they can look at, and NOT ONE of them came from Laura!

    • Anonymous

      I’m with T on this one………While the dress flowed nicely and I’m glad that Kimberly had a make it work moment and was not auf’d, it was just tooooo bridal and would have been horrible in the Ad. The only dress they COULD use was Anya’s , construction issues and all. 
      The problem is “No one should have won”, and that makes two episodes possibly more.  Someone said it much better than I in another post…….”The Owl Won”
      Laura should have been auf’d for this look, I didn’t like those pants on the runway at all and now that I see the close ups, it is even worse. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/embersonfire ember beasley

      I honestly just really hate Kimberlys dress.  I don’t like the beading, I don’t like the awkward weird boob shot in the middle, I don’t like the sad unfortunate looking slit up the skirt, I just really don’t like much about it at all. Way over praised in my opinion.

      It looks nice from the back, but that’s about it.

    • Anonymous

      Everything about Laura’s outfit is off.  The pants aren’t even worth discussing except to laugh, but that jacket utterly fails at asymmetrical and is just uneven.  Not just the closure — look at the shoulders.  One shoulder seam is so tightly gathered at the top it puffs up at least an inch, while the other is almost flat — the hideous feathery neckline manages to partially cover it, but not enough.  And that ghastly hem is enough to make baby Jesus cry. 

      I really liked Kimberly’s dress, too, and thought it should have won.  I don’t even mind the pearls because they help define the bodice slit, which I actually like — it’s just different enough to be interesting.  I also suspect that without the heavy pearl edging weighing the fabric down, the poor model would have been showing more than a hint of breast, so it served a dual purpose.  For a three-hour effort, no, it wasn’t exactly original, but it was surprisingly graceful.  I was also glad she defeated hissing Victor, just for schadenfreude’s sake!

    • Anonymous

      Kimberley’s dress moved beautifully.  And I can appreciate that she pulled together something good in three hours.  But the construction issues are  blatant and glaring and the dress looks vulgar, what with the exposed breast and the too-high, wonky slit.  And the strip of pearls are just tacky.  Perhaps if she’d had time to execute this perfectly it would have been a winner but as is, no way.  

      I believe it was Sewing Siren who said that Laura should have made the collar even bigger, and I agree.  It looks skimpy and unfinished but the idea isn’t terrible.  Bert didn’t help himself by folding on the runway so I can’t get too upset about his aufing.  I think that Laura and Kim should be the next two to get aufed.  They’re both about equal in skill and vision, IMO.  Neither of them has done much of note.  I will say that I thought Laura’s Fashion Week collection was one of the best, maybe the best.  I’d be really surprised if she’s a finalist but if she’s not then once again, one of the better final collections isn’t eligible for the win.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

      The top alone is horrid enough to never be in consideration for a win, I’m sorry.

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  She looks naked.  It was a good idea, but not executed at all.  And the skirt is slit almost to the waist.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kimberly-Burke/100002384493067 Kimberly Burke

      I loved Kimberly’s dress, and not because we share a name.  Okay, not only because we share a name.

      Nah, I kid.  I thought it was stunning and I really liked the beaded detail.  I even like the boobie-gap, I just wish it was tighter and didn’t hang the way it does.  What I adored though was the peek of the soft pink like the inner feathers.  Personally, I thought Victors use of the yellow made it look like someone peed on it.  The pink was better IMO and I would have awarded her the win as well.  PLUS, the judges all but said they gave Anya the win last week for “making it work” and yet don’t give Kimberly the same? 

      Laura is delightfully clueless.  Or sadly clueless, I haven’t figured out which.  The only thing I will say is that her “tailfeather”, which she caught a whole bunch of crap for, was smaller, shorter, and a helluva lot let tail-like then Anya’s.

      Inconsistency, thy name is Ms. Michael Nina Heidi Crackhead….the Third.

    • Adella Thompson

      Laura’s pants just made me die a little on the inside. I hate that style to begin with, but they were hardly a sterling example. I wish they had left the final twist out and based on two looks, ultimately. Without that, I really don’t know who I think should have won… I usually have a preference but in this case I’m just flummoxed. 

    • http://twitter.com/marignygirl Marigny Girl

      Not that there are any 20K worthy dresses in the lot, but  I do think Kim deserved the win over Anya or Josh  –  make that dress in black,  take off the pearls  – and Angelina wears it on the red carpet.  

      I will say, this is the first season that I cared more about who I didn’t want to win, then who I wanted to win….

      • Anonymous

        Ya know, the model’s hair is styled like Angelina wears on the red carpet – maybe that was intentional?

        I don’t know if Kimberly intentionally copied anyone’s look.  I think it’s more a case of this was the easiest look to put together in the shortest amount of time.

        • Anonymous

          She could have been influenced by Viktor’s look, but I think you’re right that this type of dress was relatively easy to do given her lack of time.

    • Anonymous

      Agree that Laura’s doesn’t necessarily scream “BIRD!”; I get a distinct whiff of Elvira, Queen of the Night, but that could be the eyeshadow.  Although I suspect  the poorly made skinny pants were intended as a direct bird reference, ie, “birdlegs.”

      I liked Kimberly’s, and I even liked the beading.  It would, however, take some heavy-duty boob tape to wear it out in public.  But kudos to her for making a great dress out of lining.

      • Anonymous

        “…the poorly made skinny pants were intended as…birdlegs”

        There ya go….maybe she should have given the model yellow or orange shoes to complete the effect!

    • Joshua

      I am of split minds myself when it comes to Kimberly. On the one hand, I hated Viktor’s look, but on the other hand, I hated Kimberly’s bodice. But without it, I don’t really see many praiseworthy style elements. I dunno. I was really just meh about both of them.

      I completely and totally agree about Tim though. What has happened to him? Even as recent as last season, they were giving him lots of air time to show what a great mentor he is to the designers. At the beginning of the season, I started to wonder if Tim’s just gone the way of the world and doesn’t really care much for the show anymore with all of his book deals, commercials, and what not, but I also recall Tim butting heads with the producers a lot last season, and you have to wonder if that has something to do with Tim being marginalized. But really, it’s the producers who are suffering for it because their show is getting worse and worse, and they’re slowly removing the elements that made it so fun to watch in the first place. I’m really just meh about the whole show at this point.

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

        I’m convinced Tim is being marginalized, and will eventually be pushed out. And if that doesn’t kill PR, nothing will.

        • Joshua

          Yeah, I think that must be what it is. Looking back at what I said, I would not want anyone to think I believe anything bad of Tim. He’s one of the few truly classy men in the world. If the producers are really looking to auf Tim, then, I think I’d just stop watching the show.

    • Anonymous

      I really don’t like Kimberly’s gown.  It looks like it was put together with cheap bed sheets and even if I could look past that I can’t forgive what she did to that model’s boobs.  If the model were flat chested it might have looked better, but big, sagging breasts hanging out like that is tacky and unattractive.  The pearl detail that the judges didn’t like was the only part I found interesting.

      Laura should have been out this week for the hiddy, crazy crotch leggings alone.  I don’t care what anyone says, they were never thrilled about having a contestant Bert’s age and were always looking for an excuse to get rid of him – he represented the dreaded 40 to death demographic they seem so desperate to alienate. 

      Did anyone else catch Laura’s comment about the “two beauty queens” going head to head?  What beauty contest did Laura win?  Did she win the Miss St. Pauli’s Girl wet t-shirt contest back in her sorority days?  That girl really is a legend in her own mind!

    • spooki C

      Laura’s pants are so tight they look about ready to bust a seem. All that wrinkling and stretching at the crotch is bordering on vulgar and look plain uncomfortable.

      I also can’t believe Orange Kors said her model had better makeup than Anya’s! Dude, stop huffing the spray tan, Laura’s girl looks like an emaciated panda. That heavy eyeshadow is so unflattering to her delicate face.

      • Anonymous

        I was extremely disappointed that Mr Kors didn’t remark on how insane that crotch was.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C65IT4K6RYN4TWRMFJOI3VUDAI Olechka Milashka

      I really liked the dress and especially how it moved, but I hated the exposed boob.  I actually liked the pearl accent, but the fit on the bodice was off.  Perhaps, if the fit was on, I could even like the exposed part.  The pink accent when the dress opens up was gorgeous.

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

      everybody should screw up or lose their money and then rush a dress out in the last three hours, it works this year.  

    • Anonymous

      I kind of like the collar and the color of Laura’s jacket – the pants looked awful and those seems were odd. 

      I thought Kimberly’s was TOO much of a copy – and agreed with Viktor’s point that it was in the SAME CHALLENGE and as TLo said she totally changed to it in the last couple of hours.    The opening was done poorly and I hate the tacky boob wrap on the right side

    • Anonymous

      I kind of like the collar and the color of Laura’s jacket – the pants looked awful and those seems were odd. 

      I thought Kimberly’s was TOO much of a copy – and agreed with Viktor’s point that it was in the SAME CHALLENGE and as TLo said she totally changed to it in the last couple of hours.    The opening was done poorly and I hate the tacky boob wrap on the right side

    • Susan Crawford

      Seeing the screen caps is always eye-opening. Suddenly all those little “something-is-weird-but-I-can’t-quite-see-it” flaws are right up front, and these two designs clearly illustrate that. I liked a LOT of the design details of Kimberly’s gown, and despite the complaints from Viktor over her copying his design, I think she took a very different approach. And – as far as I know, Viktor does NOT have a patent on the one-shoulder, draped, white gown franchise. The thing that bothered me most was that the pearl edging was heavy, and kind of dragged down the look – and probably exposed more than was strictly necessary. If perhaps the trimmed edge was placed a bit differently, it would have fitted more snugly? But considering the terrible, awful, horrible bad day poor Miss Kim was having, it was a miracle that the child was able to produce such a polished look. (Roaches? Stains? Needles through the finger? Yikes!) I think this was definitely one of this season’s better efforts.

      And Laura. Now here is where the screen caps REALLY paid off. The pants were a complete wreck – tight, wrinkled, badly seamed. And the jacket? Well, I get what she wanted to do, but the whole effect was like an explosion in the chicken coop. I know Laura is still in the game in large measure because of the dramarama quotient she brings. And I wonder why she wasn’t on “After the Runway”? She has such a delusional sense of her “taste level” that it would have been hilarious to see Laura Bennett go head to head with her.

      Well, onward and – sadly – downward to the remaining weeks of this season, gang. Please, if there is any justice, give us more St. Tim of Gunn moments. We’ve suffered SO much this season, I think we ALL need a hug from Tim, don’t you?

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

         A virtual group hug is in order, with Tim leading the way.

    • http://twitter.com/anhonesthipster Kayla Hawkins

      I like that the Chicken Lady is the unofficial sponsor of this season of PR. Seriously, so much heinous hair, overdone makeup, and FEATHERS. Oh Lord, the feathers. Most of the Kids in the Hall getups were styled better than this nonsense…

      • Lisa

        And Laura’s model had on so much goth makeup, she looked like Manservant Hecubus!

    • Anonymous

      When I saw her outfit I thought: Dark Meat Chicken.

    • Anonymous

      I’m starting to think I might be the only one who had major issues with Kimberly’s model’s styling. I hated it — it seemed downright matronly to me, and made her look about 15 years older. Couple that with her boobs flapping around, and it had a weird effect to me. I can’t decide if it makes me think more of original Star Trek or Grey Gardens. (Except, Trek would have had that bodice fitting a hell of a lot better.)

      Though I did really feel for Kimberly — when my mom was trying to teach me to sew, I sewed through my finger: straight across my index finger between the knuckles. The bone was never the same afterward, and needless to say, I never touched a sewing machine again.I miss old Tim so much. He was always the main reason I watched the show, and continue to, but he’s seen so little now it’s not worth it. 

    • Anonymous

      Lo. Really?  Kimberly’s dress for the win?  Even granted that there wasn’t much to praise on the runway, I would have put this tacky mess at #4–i.e., just not quite in the bottom 3. The exposed breast and slit up to the top of her hip bone and the fact that the fabric over the right breast looks like a bandage all add up to uh-uh, honey. It looks nice from the back. That’s about it.

      As for the delusional Ozark Barbie, those are the nastiest pants made in many a season–except for Clinique’s stretched-to-distortion plaid pants two weeks ago. I do agree, though, that the judges calling her out for having made an outfit that was too literally bird-like is total bullshit.  It’s just that she made a really ill-fitting and badly executed outfit.  The collar, in the end, is quite nice.

      Just another week of crack pipe judging from the BM producers and their hand puppets, Heidi, Nina, and the Great Orange.

    • Anonymous

      Oh–I forgot to say…  Several times this season, Tim has burbled that something or other “is a Project Runway first!” 

      The one Project Runway first they didn’t have this season was one they should have had:  a challenge in which no one is declared the winner because all of the designs are total crap.  That would have been a meaningful first.  And maybe it would have acted as a cold bucket of water on these contestants. Maybe it would have wakened them up to the fact that they weren’t producing anything worth wearing.

      Or not.

      • Anonymous

        Yes. Or if they do award a win, instead of pretending that someone deserved it, the judges should be brutally honest and tell the designers that they all did poorly and they’re only awarding a win because of the show’s format – then again, I can remember that happening in foreign versions of PR and Bravo’s attempts to replace PR and it didn’t seem to accomplish much.

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

      Am I the only one who thinks Kimberly’s dress is a joke? It looks like a parody of a Project Runway dress, you know — when something is so poorly executed, so ridiculous, so amateurish, that you say, “that looks like it was made on Project Runway in 3 hours!”  Because it does and it did. The row of pearls, the boob hanging out, the cheap fabric — the fact that it won was a travesty.

      Of course, I don’t think Josh’s dyed bedsheet look was all that great, either. It’s really unclear to me what the judges are looking for. One minute they’ll castigate Bert for being too “simple” and the next they’ll be praising a draped piece of muslin.

      • Anonymous

        Kimberly’s dress didn’t win…Anya’s did. Although some would say that’s a travesty too.

        I honestly like her dress, or at least the idea of it. If it had been executed well and was made in a nicer fabric, it could be pretty and unique…I mean, as unique as a one-sleeved dress can be. Love the drape in the sleeve and the leather waistband.

        Josh’s, I am totally with you on how overpraised that was. They keep trying to teach him to edit by rewarding his more minimal looks, like that boring black dress for the girlfriend makeover. I suspect that’s also why they had that “PSYCHE” twist, to teach him YET AGAIN. They need to stop because if he didn’t learn the first few times, he’s likely never going to. The proof is in his (decoy! has to be!) collection.

        Also, am I the only one who really enjoyed this episode, despite the dumb twist? I loved seeing Daddy Tim again, and I love love love birds. B-M, more animal challenges, please. The dog one from S3 is still one of my favorites.

        • Anonymous

          I love birds, and I think that a challenge based on inspiration from birds could be creative and exciting, but we probably need a different group of designers and/or a different production company to pull that off.

    • Anonymous

      If Anya had made Kim’s dress, it would have won, because, gasp, she made it IN ONLY THREE HOURS! And out of LINING!!! OMG!! Oh, and did you know, she only learned to sew FOUR MONTHS AGO???

      • Lisa

        YES YES YES!!!  Read my post above  yours!  That’s exactly what I said, except I rambled aimlessly, while you were more succinct!  I hadn’t seen your post before I started typing, but – exactly!

      • Anonymous

        Are we back to four months again?  I thought it was 4 minutes ago.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly had a make it sort of work moment, and I’m fine with her staying. Laura, on the other hand, should have been aufed for sure.  Terrible. Viktor’s outfit is the Chicken of Life, Laura’s is the Chicken of Death.  She should not still be here this late in the game.

    • Anonymous

      “Terribly made” this season is a relative term and comparatively, Laura’s jacket didn’t seem so poorly made to me.  We’ve seen some ridiculously bad construction so far from just about everyone but Victor.  Compared to Anya’s armholes, her pocahantas outfit, Kimberly’s sloopy beaded boob dress and her Scooby DooPopeye’s chicken uniform, a couple from Anthony Ryan….oh, lord…this is taking too long….

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

        A list of what went right this season wouldn’t take too long. Let’s see…… 

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

          I liked some of the challenges… Not the results but the challenges themselves…. 

          Um… Anya does have pretty hair, even if it is cut stupidly…

          Yeah, I’m tapped out. 

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

            I guess it would take a while to come up with a list of what went right.

            Several of the challenges were good. Off the top of my head, only two stand out as being bad ideas – the stiltwalker challenge, because no parameters were set for the designers; and the Sheep Dogs challenge,  because it was completely misguided. Those guys didn’t want a style do-over. They were content with their jeans and t-shirts. And I still don’t understand how a designer with even minimal experience couldn’t make a dashiki.

            There were a few episodes that were mostly set in the workroom, and while they were nowhere near as much fun as, say, the season 2 workroom scenes, at least we got to watch the designers work. I also like seeing Viktor’s skills get better almost weekly. He stumbled a bit here and there, but I think he’s shown himself to be genuinely talented.

            And what would this season have been without Bert?

    • Anonymous

      You know, when I first saw Bert’s, I thought he was the clear auf (even though I liked him), but seeing the other “designs” close up, not sure it was all that clear after all.

      On another note, Chris March Mad Fashion is on tonight on Bravo

    • Anonymous

      You know, when I first saw Bert’s, I thought he was the clear auf (even though I liked him), but seeing the other “designs” close up, not sure it was all that clear after all.

      On another note, Chris March Mad Fashion is on tonight on Bravo

    • Lisa

      (Another Chicken Lady comment strikes again!  LOVE THAT!!!  Because… holla!)

      Kimberly’s dress has me divided amongst myself.  In all honesty, I *do* think it was the prettiest garment up there on the runway.  But I’m starting to cringe, Pavlov’s Doggy-style, when I hear the judges start praising the hell out of something, not because it’s lovely, but because the designer overcame some difficulty with it.  Do you see where I’m headed with this (ANYA)?  Do you see the (ANYA) problem I’m about to allude to?  

      It felt to me like the judges were more impressed that this look only took Kimberly three hours due to the difficulties she had, rather than because it was gorgeous. I know, I’m probably being paranoid, but it seems like the judges have spent the better part of this season having a collective boner over a certain manipulative beauty queen (oh, hey…. ANYA), marveling over and over again about how she’s only been sewing for four months, and how great she is because of that.  Much as it galls me, I have to agree with Clinique Counter, because in some of Anya’s designs, it *shows* that she’s only been sewing for four months.  So… do the judges love her actual designs, or are they just marveling that she can churn out something passable with so little sewing skills?  Are they possibly confusing talent with, “Wow, for having so little sewing experience, that’s not half bad!  WINNER!”

      So now that I’ve rambled insanely about Anya in a post about Kimberly, what *does* that have to do with Kimberly?  Take that  sentence at the end of my last paragraph, change it to “Wow, for having only three hours, that’s really pretty!  WINNER!”, and apply it to Kimberly, and that’s where I thought the judges were headed for sure.  Even though that’s not what happened, it just seems like this season is about rewarding for handicaps rather than talent.  Which leads me to further twist in the wind, because I thought Kimberly *did* deserve to win…  

      And now I’ve given myself a headache!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      HAHAHAHAHAA Laura….. What else can I say? That’s entertainment.

      The hair and make-up on Kimberly’s model really is very nice.

    • Now I am The Bee

      Hmmmm I  kinda liked Laura’s jacket.  The ispiration can certaily be seen, and she tried something out of her comfort zone.  Yes–the pants were awful and the jacket has finishing issues.  But I may have to make a knock-off.  I can see wearing this jacket at a semi-formal event with a skirt or wide pants and fancy shoes. 

      I really liked Kimberly’s dress, and I’m angry that she didn’t win.  It was flattering and insteresting. Had it not been so…booby in the bodice, it would have been perfect. It has finishing issues as well, but considering she whipped it up in a few hours–it isn’t awful! It is unfortunate, though, that is is a copy of Viktor’s dress–even though it was better done. 

      Neither one of these looks were well executed, but apparently that’s a non-issue with the judges this season, so it doesn’t even matter.

    • Anonymous

      I liked Kimberly’s dress but I didn’t love it.  The beads were awful and I would have preferred a different color chiffon peaking out.  But all things considered, it was a contender.  Laura is delusional.  She seems to equate money with taste.  She may have one but she sure does not have the other.  The pants were vulgar.  And it’s true, we have seen that look 100x before on PR.  The hyper skinny pant and flouncy collared jackets was Christian’s staple.   

      At this point, I don’t know why the judges bother critiquing any of the contestants.  It would take a colossal fuk-up to change the outcome of this season.  Kim and Laura will get the boot in the next two episodes.  Who leaves first really is incidental.  Anya, Josh and Viktor will sail off to Bryant Park where Anya will be crowned Most Photogenic and Josh, aka Mister “I don’t do simple”, will be named Most Histrionic.  Alas, Viktor will be sent home empty handed as the Best Designer award was shelved after season 6.  

    • Anonymous

      Face it. Laura is going to the finals no matter what she does. This was way worse than Bert’s.

    • Anonymous

      Those pants should be set on fire and there is no way Laura should have stayed over Bert.

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

      i think lorenzo is right, not that i am not dismayed about it. not about thinking he is right, mind you, but about the dress in general. for one: i loathe beads-on-a-stick trim. {i do know it’s actually beads-on-a-ribbon, but it always has that level of corndog class, at least to me.} the dress also strikes me as veryvery liz taylor gueststarring as a betazed relative of deanna troi on star trek:tng. other than that, & that it’s so desperately influenced by bert & viktor, yep, best thing on the runway. which is scary if you care about watching this show at all.

      as for the other one:
      she has, by far, the bestlooking model remaining– at least since danielle has joined the great mass of eliminated-if-probably-better-design-contestants-than-the-ones-they-kept sitting at the hotel. why the h-e-double-spearmint-toothpicks did laurablenley do everything that she could to disguise her face?

      edited to add:
      i changed my vote from viktor’s dress to kimberly’s after seeing these photos. the ones on lifetime are not very good. these are better. would but the dresses themselves were.

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

        Majel Roddenberry had awesome costumes.

    • Anonymous

      I really liked Kimberly’s dress when I first saw it and thought she’d lined the exposed part of the bust with the same pink she used in the skirt. It does look a little bridal/pageanty, but I do think it’s better than Victor’s (even if it is derivative), which just got away from him. Hate the beading, loved the moment with Tim.

      Has Laura even won a challenge? If she did it was pretty forgettable.

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

        of all things, she & AR won the stiltwalker challenge w/ their overdone copy of– recent gucci, i believe. & he, actually quite graciously, gave her the win when asked who should have it.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberley: I’m on Team Tom. 

      Laura:Whatever.

    • Anonymous

      Laura’s look is just so very bad…I won’t even start on the top (though I don’t understand the judges giving her flack about being “too literal”. whatever), but the pants! Everything is wrong with them. Yeesh! She very obviously has no idea how make quality, tailored clothes. But she is quite amusing, though unintentionally.

      I’m with T on Kimberley’s dress, although I probably like it even less. The only reason to give her praise is because it was a last minute gotta save my ass effort. When the model first walked out wearing it I gasped at how tacky it looked. After looking at the stills my opinion hasn’t changed. Don’t like the top and I absolutely hate the slit to the navel. 

    • Anonymous

      “Two beauty queens going head to head!” so that would be Anya and…(crickets)

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

      I’m sorry, both of these outfits look cheap. The first looks like a Princess Leia costume made of polyester by a Star Wars female fan trolling for dates at a convention. And Laura’s … that those pants survived an auffing over Bert’s well-crafted dress is a crime against fashion. Was Bert’s dress perfect? No. But come on, Nina! I’ve seen sausage being made and the results of that look a lot like those leggings. That Nina didn’t immediately stand up and leave as soon as a polyester Leia dress and *those* pants came down the runway is a sign to me this show no longer cares about how ridiculous it looks. As if the fawning and genuflection over Anya and her prepubescent sewing skills isn’t sickening enough. Pants that are ripped up the back, some of the ugliest color palettes EVER on this show (and we had Gretchen’s Baby Poop inspired collection prior to this, so that says something) and Josh — truly, the shark has been not only been jumped, it’s been hunted down and cooked into a mediocre shark fin soup served at Red Lobster.

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

        No Star Wars fan would ever wear that as a Leia costume — we’re big on accuracy.  (To the extent, my husband and I had many arguments about female Star Wars costumes because I said they weren’t accurate enough) And if a girl was trolling for dates at a con, it’d be the Slave Leia metal bikini costume, not looks from A New Hope.

        Carry on:)

      • Anonymous

        Totally agreed.

    • beanzillabell

      Titscrepancy! Titscrepancy!!

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

      “this was a bittersweet reminder of the kinds of scenes the show used to have all the time. Now it’s just “Tell me about your dress.” “Blahblahblah.” “I’m concerned.” “Blah.” “Carry on!” ”

      Exactly what I was thinking. Has Tim even said “Make it work” once this season?

    • http://twitter.com/purpleflamingo4 Natasha Ann

      You know what I don’t like about Kim’s? I don’t like that it wasn’t at all inspired by that gorgeous bird other than the colors. And in no way am I defending Viktor’s dress, but I think he captured the spirit of the bird much better and had more than just colors in mind when designing.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mochizukisan kyasarin mochizuki

      I actually loved how the slit on Kimberly’s gown had that hint of pink, calling to mind the flash of pink when a white cockatoo raises its crest. None of the entries was a “winner” in my mind, but Kimberly’s was the strongest of the weak bunch (a tacky “strongest”, true: peak-a-boob is never a plus in my mind, but then, I’m not Heidi Klum). The fact that she and Viktor both created one-shoulder pale gowns illustrated to me how badly his literal interpretation failed (Big Bird’s mom goes to the Emmys!) and how her interpretation, well, worked better. I saw her bird in that (kinda tacky) dress.

      I shall refrain from comment on the ridiculous outfit produced by Laura, Queen of the Bourgeoisie. Other than that.