PR: Miss Kimberly’s Very Bad Day

Posted on October 17, 2011

We’re not gonna lie; we groaned a bit when we saw the direction Kimberly was heading in. Earlier in the competition, she had a tendency to default to heavy-looking metallics that made for heavy-looking clothes that the judges didn’t particularly like. That she labeled this same ol’, same ol’ “New Beginning” did not speak to her self-awareness on the matter. She wanted to act like she had moved on from her meltdown last episode, but once she was back in the workroom, the second-guessing was back in full force.

Result?

An utter mess.

Let’s break it down one time.

Tom groaned when this walked out but Lorenzo really liked it. Tom was obviously wrong in his initial feeling that this was too thick and awkward-looking and Lorenzo got to look smug.



It is an interesting dress, and very much of a piece with Kimberly’s aesthetic. She likes the foldy-drapey, origami-type dresses and she likes the dull metallics. We can see why the judges liked it. For Nina, it’s editorial; for Heidi, it’s head-turning; and for Michael, it’s an impressive use of technique.

But yikes on a stick, was the next look a needle-scratch:


Awful.

Made worse by the styling. That’s the wrong hairstyle to wear for such a heavy coat and while Zoe may have liked the way the scarf was styled, it only added to the bulk.


And that color is terrible for outerwear. It would make a great color for a dress or blouse, but make a coat out of it and she looks like either a very stylish hunter or a very stylish chain gang member. It was a great idea to make a coat (and we often wonder why more designers in the competition don’t set themselves apart from the pack by making them), but this was heavy and not as well executed as it should have been. When Heidi breaks out the German stereotypes to criticize your work, you know you’ve gone off in the wrong direction.


We really, really don’t want to use this word to criticize this look because it’s lapsing into stereotyping ourselves, but it was the very first word to spring to mind and we still can’t shake it: hoochie.

Worse: hoochie and heavy-looking.

We’ll say this: we think the color combination is bold and unique.



But that keyhole is too large for such a heavy fabric, making it gape wider than it should and she tried to do too much with that skirt fabric. It just doesn’t hold the drape very well because it’s also too heavy. That over-embellished belt took what could have been a sexy, chic concept into tacky-land, we’re sorry to say.


We felt really bad for her up on that runway. She knew she’d done far less than her best work and she was nervous, defensive and on the verge of tears. But we wanted to give a little cheer when, in her defense, she managed to make a pointed critique of both the show itself and the fashion industry in general by pointing out the uniqueness and rarity of her voice. Project Runway has never given the win to a black designer and the only successful black designers in the fashion industry tend to be people who started out in, or had connections to the music industry (Sean John, Rocawear, Baby Phat) with lots of money to back them up and a built-in fame that made them impossible for the industry to ignore – and even then, the industry largely ignores them.  We want so badly for her to make it to the finals, but we suspect next week the judges are going to pit the 4 semi-finalists against each other for the top 3 slots and we fear she may not make it to the end.

Granted, this collection was so bad she’s lucky she’s still in the running at all.

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

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

      HATED this collection.  I wasn’t fond of the 1st dress, but I could see some merit.  That coat was AWFUL, though — and it made the model look heavier.  Unlike MK, I am aware that there are women who would like to look a bit bigger, but I’m not thinking this would sell even for them. 

      And that last look was the perfect time for a “hooker” comment and Kors just let it pass…

      • Anonymous

        “Disco pumpkin hooker?”     =^)

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

          I’d go for “depressed pumpkin hooker”  I don’t really think you can make a disco case — normally he can pull that one out in response to shiny/sparkly/bedazzled.  :)

          (Did anyone else notice they asked Josh about his fabric choice and then proceed to tell him that his reasons weren’t his reasons — that he only liked it because it was shiny?  Why the hell did you ask then?!?)

      • Anonymous

        Michael couldn’t let it pass because the color of the fabric hit a little too close to home for him.  How many Tansexual (or however that was spelled) died to make that coat??

    • Anonymous

      Tom was right.

      That first girl looks like she’s been upholstered. As for the rest, yikes. I like Kimberly. I really dislike her aesthetic.

      • Anonymous

        She really does! Ugh, I also hate that first dress, but nothing could be worse than that skirt in the third look! It looks like those “slightly imperfect” t-shirts they have in a bin at the dollar store. There are always a couple of spots that are sewn incorrectly, so the seams are crooked and catch a bit of fabric that wasn’t supposed to be sewn. At 3 for $1, they make good schmattas for around the house. 

    • Anonymous

      I actually really liked the coat. And I liked that it was orange. I am tired of winterwear being drab colors. Maybe that was a little too bright but I think even Kim said it was brighter than she thought (which, wtf Mood? Every designer says that, either they need to start taking scraps outdoors for a color check or Mood has some crazy lighting). 

      Kim is in love with that fabric she used for the skirt and I don’t know why. I think we’ve seen it, or a similar incarnation, like 5 times from her. It looks like bedspread fabric or upholstery to me.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        I liked the coat too. Maybe not is SUCH a garish color, but I liked the brightness and that she actually – shocking! – made outerwear.

        • Terence Ng

          I loved it, too. As someone who wore a dayglow orange pylon down coat for years, this didn’t seem harsh at all. It seemed bold. It was a few tones down from dayglow, but managed to be bright without being blinding. Plus, I thought the heaviness of the coat was the point–something that still has shape, but looks bundled. She looks like she walked right out of Chicago on a January morning.

          I didn’t LOVE the first dress, but that’s just because I find the color boring and the shape to be the same thing she likes to do (and similar to the latter look). Still, I didn’t think any of it was terrible at all.

          • Cathy S

            I agree on the coat. It might be just a bit heavy, but I still loved the color. The scarf had to go. The first dress was fine, and the last look was awful. Props to Becky for going with the flow when Kimberly changed her mind every five seconds. It really feels like she’s struggling.

            • Terence Ng

              That’s true. Kimberly isn’t breezing through this as well as I had hoped.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, she said she thought it was more of a cantaloup color. But, you know, after most of a season of coming back and realizing the fabric looks a bit different in the workroom, don’t you think they’d adjust for that? Especially with touchy colors, like oranges, corals, etc.

        • Anonymous

          In season 2, Daniel Vosovic bought black fabric in Mood that turned out to be brown in the workroom. After this much time, you’d think Mood would hire a proper lighting consultant.

      • Anonymous

        I said the same thing.  How can Mood, which sells fabric, have such crap lighting that no one buys material in the color they thought it was? 

        And I like a bright coat, too.

        • Anonymous

          I was wondering that, too. It seems we’ve heard several times that designers bought one color and it looked different in the workroom. 

          • Anonymous

            Lighting geek here. The runway is most likely lighted with halogen incandescent theatrical lights, which are very good at showing color nuance. If you graph the spectral curve of halogen, it’s a smooth bell curve. Daylight is the same curve, only offset a bit on the X axis, because daylight is bluer.

            All fluorescent bulbs use exotic minerals (rare earth phosphors) and because they’re very expensive, manufacturers scrimp on them. So when you do a spectral graph of a typical fluorescent bulb, you see a series of spikes. If a color happens to align with one of the peaks, it looks great. If it falls into a valley, it looks dull under that particular fluorescent bulb. 

            Mood has fluorescent lights as does the Project Runway  Parsons workroom. It is very unlikely that they are the same. Even if both places had exactly the same fluorescent bulbs, some colors would still  look different on the runway, where the Judges are evaluating the work. The best the designers can do is to look at their fabrics in daylight or find a spot at Parsons with some incandescent lights. 

            /geek

            • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

              Thank you for the awesome geekiness.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Very cool Stubenville – I love me some geekery!

            • Lisa Utter

              Can you come to my nerd table, please?

            • http://twitter.com/joeprince1 Joe

              You are my kind of nerd.

        • Sobaika Mirza

          I’ve been inside Mood and never noticed anything with the lighting – I’m wondering if they maybe bring in lighting for the camera crew that changes the look of things a bit.

          • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

            That’s a really good call.  The camera lighting would completely dominate the store lighting.   That said, when I’m considering a serious fabric purchase, I always request that I be allowed to take the bolt outside briefly.

            • Sobaika Mirza

              They never seem to have time, do they? Always running around like their bum’s on fire and only moderately-priced fabric can put it out.

            • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

              ” like their bum’s on fire and only moderately-priced fabric can put it out.”

              ::dies::  Make that “moderately-priced godawful fabric” and I’m with you.

            • Anonymous

              Maybe they wouldn’t have to buy moderately priced bum-fire-putting-out godawful fabric if they weren’t scrapping everything and starting all over three times per piece they send down the runway.  We’ve seen them in the past re-do looks, but they seem to have bags and bags full of fabric, each print and color worse than the previous, that they seem able to dip into for each challenge.  No wonder save for that one look from Bert (with the incredible silver tabs on the belt cord!!!!!!) we have not heard them say they’ve made anything look expensive.  I’m left how they can take $500 worth of fabric and make it look so cheap. 

            • Sobaika Mirza

              I actually think that’s pretty normal. Have you ever worked on creating something, even if it’s not clothes? There’s a lot of stopping and starting over, and here it’s condensed into one or two days + all the pressure.

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

              And to do it occasionally is fine.  Everyone changes something sometimes, but to do it 3 times EVERY challenge?  And making enough changes that you have to scrap EVERYTHING you’ve done?  That’s ridiculous.

            • Anonymous

              That sounds right — although we need to consider that the workroom is also lit…..all I know is a photographer once did a shoot inside my apartment and the day before $50K of lights from Milk Studios showed up….it looked like they were planning a KISS concert in the dining room.

          • Anonymous

            Other stores have bad choices of lighting too. My local Ethan Allen has fluorescent lights in its custom fabric area; all the designers complain about it. Apparently it can’t be changed, as it was designed by the architect/contractor that way!

        • Anonymous

          I’m not sure how or why they do it, but the lighting really is weird. I once bought several yards of light blue fabric at Mood only to step outside and find out it was actually lavender.

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

          Bring a reading light or flashlight with you:)

          • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

            Do you have any idea how much my Ott-Lite weighs?  *grin*

            • Anonymous

              Ott-Lite actually sells a tiny (~2×3″) LED clip-on battery-powered light. It’s supposed to be true color like its bigger sisters. One would fit in a moderately sized purse.

            • Anonymous

              But would it fit in my bra? I don’t have pockets.

            • Anonymous

              Hmmm…You’d look like you had one square boob and one round one. Not a good look…

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

              I’d use my super strength book light personally — very clean light (basically just white without a lot of color distortions), REALLY bright, and fits in my pocket:) 

              And I already have it with me everywhere in case I want to read while trapped in a cave or something.:)  It doesn’t matter if I’m just going to dinner, I always have a paperback and a booklight. 

            • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

              I used to do that, too; nowadays I rely on the Kindle app on my phone.  Keeps the purse smaller, although not any lighter.

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

              Can’t do a Kindle — it’s not the same.  If it doesn’t have paper, it’s not a book.  I know the Kindle would be a thousand times more practical and environmental sound, but it just feels wrong! 

              I am mocked… often… by everyone…

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I’m with you Shannon – I like books.  I like the way they feel, the way they smell, how they look on a shelf and the memories in every crease on the spine.  

        • http://profiles.google.com/mmara00 M M

          I thought it was more the runway lighting that was harsh, even in episodes and seasons in the past. 

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

        I don’t mind the color honestly.  I wouldn’t wear it because orange isn’t really my friend, but a lot of women do look for brighter/different colors for outerwear — I have one that’s ombre wool with bright red at the top darkening to a burgundy at the bottom.  My mom has a fuscia coat.  It’s not that odd.

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

          I’m partial to orange, so I love the color. And, in general, I like to see a brightly colored coat. Considering how drab and miserable winter can be, I think some color is good for the soul.

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

            I don’t care much about color, but I love an INTERESTING coat. It can be a neutral, but I like it to be somehow different.

            (The red one particularly makes me laugh because the cut reminds me of Dr. Horrible.  It has a similar shape)

        • Anonymous

          It’s not really that odd in other categories of coat outerwear, either (think ski coats, for example). I kind of like it.

      • Anonymous

        I liked the coat also,  it was a bit heavy, didn’t like the styling, but thought the color made it fun. Liked the first dress but am tired of seeing the same thing in the same metallic. Third look, OH MY. I still thought this was way ahead of what Josh put out.

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

          Yes, that third look. I thought that the husband who was motorboating the dress form in the real woman challenge would have loved that top. In fact that’s all I can think about when looking at it, and I’m slightly horrified. Love the oj jacket,  and even the scarf. Think I would have loved the first dress more if the skirt was actually longer with a more elegant drape.

      • Anonymous

        I loved the coat and would wear it in a heartbeat!

      • Anonymous

        I have no problem with the concept of a bright orange coat.  But that particular coat is pretty damn ugly, and worse, looks cheap.  For whatever reason, it actually does look like a reconstructed prison jumper.  Just, no.  The first dress isn’t bad, but the hiddy of that coat with the scarf wrapped around her neck like a noose negated the “not bad”-ness of the dress.  Kim is lucky that Josh and Laura whiffed on the challenge too and it came down to (I think) the judges personal preferences for the three.

      • Anonymous

        KImberley really has an affinity to the metallic fabrics, and that isn’t afways a good thing.  Metallics can look awfully cheap if  they aren’t used properly.

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

        Yeah, I don’t get the color by season thing AT ALL.  What’s wrong with a brighter or more pastel color in winter?  Hell, my “I quit smoking” reward was a fabulous cream wool coat — I had that coat for 3 years and I got more compliments on it than anything in my wardrobe.  In fact, I even got compliments on it from people that I don’t get along with at all:)

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

      I like Kimberly’s colors, and I almost like her aesthetic. I almost liked the dress, and, unlike TLo, love the idea of an orange winter coat. However, not that coat. And, yeah, the third look is an utter fail.

      I really hope she pulls it together for Fashion Week (apologies for the strange tenses; I know that Fashion Week occurred last month). I feel that she has a lot more to offer the world than tacky Josh, who
      finishes his clothes nicely, but should really be making theater
      costumes.

      • Victoria Perry

        I think the third look could have been saved. I liked the skirt and the color of the top, but if she could have done something different with neckline of the top, she could have totally saved the look.  A more conservative neckline, a smaller, less bedazzled belt and I think there is something here.

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

          Either tone down and lengthen the skirt or cover up more at the top — the two together are too much.  I’ve noticed Kimberly seems to have problems with fit, though.  Not any big ones, but just minor things that needed to fit slightly better. 

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      I love her, but I must say I wasn’t impressed by this mini-collection, but I wasn’t impressed by any mini-collection at all, but she had so many technical problems that by comparison she wasn’t the strongest

      I’m so glad she got in though, I hope that after some time and rest, she’ll pull herself together and make a great collection that will grant her a Top 3 spot, if both Viktor and Joshua make it to the finals it will be the worst final runway/episode ever, and honestly I don’t think I’ll be watching season 10 if that happens

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I WANT to like her so bad. Her designs are just never that great, unfortunately. Hopefully with a few months and a wad of cash, she’ll turn out something great.

      Says something about this season that someone whose work amounts to “meh” made it to finale, no?

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        It has been the Season of Meh.   Seriously, when we were down to six designers and I still had trouble telling their dresses — as apart from their personalities — apart… 

        • Anonymous

          A season of Meh sums this one up quite aptly.  I was thinking earlier today of previous seasons, and of genuinely looking forward to seeing what the final three(or four) designers created, especially in Seasons 4 and 7-remember, Jillian, Rami and Christian, and Emilio, Mila and Seth Aaron?  I was jazzed to find out what they all did. This season?
          No.

    • Anonymous

      I love the orange and metallic combination, but the fabrics are too heavy.  I don’t know who wants to wear a skirt or dress that could double as a sleeping bag or insulation.

      The coat with the collar open and a happy looking model would have been a big plus.  The styling on the coat was horrible. 

      • Anonymous

        I like the color combination too and agree with you that it was ruined by the heaviness of the fabrics. Jillian made beautiful coats, and this one suffered by comparison. And yes, the styling was just dreadful. The model looked like someone with a bad cold who grabbed the biggest, bulkiest thing she could find to wrap around her sore throat.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly really fumbled it this week. The coat was good idea and design, just poorly executed. And that model is styled to look like she is running out to the store to buy cold medicine at 8 pm. She looks AWFUL. The last outfit looks worse than hoochie, it looks homemade hoochie. I sort of liked the first dress, at least from the front. I would have liked it better with a slightly drapier fabric. You are so right about her poor fabric choices. It really gets her in hot water.

      I’m glad Laura went home ahead of Kimberly, but I wouldn’t have argued if Kimberly had been auf’d this week.

      • Anonymous

        “that model is styled to look like she is running out to the store to buy cold medicine”

        The perfect description.

      • Anonymous

        And that model is styled to look like she is running out to the store to buy cold medicine at 8 pm. 
        EXACTLY! Perfect description. :-D

    • Anonymous

      Will no one comment about the fact that the metallic fabrics she used in this challenge appear to be identical to the fabrics she has used in previous challenges?

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  The skirt in the 3rd look.  And the judges hated it before. 

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

          YES! What challenge was that?  I just know we’ve seen it before!!!

          • Anonymous

            I think the team runway challenge.  With the clocks.

      • Anonymous

        I agree.

      • Anonymous

        You just did, Miss Annie! :)

        • Anonymous

          touche!

      • Anonymous

        Jiffy Pop Astronaut Poodle fabric.

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

      I was okay with her collection until the hoochie look came out. Then I thought for sure she would be out. I am pretty surprised she was kept in. I’m surprised four designers were kept in. With the poor showing of Kimberly and Josh, why even bother throwing out Laura? Her collection was not so hideously far worse those two. Just say all five are “going to fashion week,” do some crazy fashion week challenge, then eliminate all but Anya and Viktor for the actual final.

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

      I really hope Kimberly keeps it together for next week. The thought of Josh having a shot makes me want to hurl.

      I didn’t hate the orange coat as much as everyone else did, but I mentally removed the scarf and awful hair in the way when I judged it.

    • RocknLox

      I have to say I actually really liked the coat. It was a tangerine burst of sunshine in autumn.

    • Anonymous

      I think Kimberly was emotionally, physically, and creatively exhausted.  At this point in the competition I think it’s more about stamina and the judges good will than putting up groundbreaking design work.  I’m so glad she’s in the final four and hope she makes it in over Josh M.  While neither of their work is something I would ever wear, I do prefer her work to Josh’s and think she is the better designer.

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

        True. As I recall, most of the last/”inspiration” challenges look like recycled shite.

        • Anonymous

          Everyone failing in the final challenge is a glorious Project Runway tradition.

          Unfortunately, this season, you can’t really tell the difference.

    • Anonymous

      I love a bright coat, but this orange might not have been the best choice.  I’m always confused when the designers buy things and then get to the workroom and realize it’s not the color they thought.  I think it’s an excuse to cover their poor choice they made on the fly. And I think the buttons she used were tacky and the styling was way off.  That scarf should have been scrapped, she should have picked some different shoes, and done a sleeker hairstyle.  And the makeup was pretty bad.  The model’s attitude (look at her facial expression) did not help either.

      Didn’t she use that same material in the 3rd look (the skirt) once before?  Was it the team challenge with the clocks?  That fabric was hit by the judges then; why would you use it again?

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

      I didn’t watch the show, so maybe this collection looked better when it was moving down the runway, but to my eye it is much worse than Laura’s.  That skirt makes me think of 1950′s car seat upholstery.

      • Anonymous

        Really? Laura’s last look was sadder than the styling of the orange coat, and way weaker than any of these three looks. Not that these three are anything to write home about, though.

    • Anonymous

      I’m confused by all the Kimberly love, TLo! She seems nice, but has she made anything you’ve really loved recently? Besides some pants? And the pants are primarily remarkable because they’re done well in a short amount of time? I don’t know — I feel like for many weeks we’ve seen this same heavy bubble skirts or weird folded skirts. When she wasn’t making pants. Or whatever. Heavy looking clothes. Not my thing.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, Kimberly is a great person, really pulled together, smart, above the drama. But she has only made a few garments I’ve thought worthy of (positive) note. This dress and the Nina outfit were among her best — not exactly the next great force in fashion design. I thought early on in the season that she’d be one of the first off. Her aesthetic is a little tacky.

        • Adella Thompson

          I agree, although I’ve chalked that up to her aesthetic just being sooooo far away from mine. I can’t help but feel that she’s a little “one note” even though if I liked that note I’d probably say that she’s has a distinct point of view! I do love her personality-wise and from that human instinct, I’d love to see her make it over certain others, but fashion-wise I think she is the least interesting to me. 

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

          She’s WORN some pretty pieces or  hers that don’t look like what she’s made on the show. I’m particularly remembering a yellow dress (or tunic) that was really beautiful.

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

        I agree.  She seems like a really classy person, but that hasn’t translated to classy design.  I even hated the winning Nina blouse. The fabric looked tacky. Actually, thinking back on it, I think her fabric choices are what make me not like her work.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure it’s the case here, but I think every season there’s someone who is liked for their personality and it tends to cloud an honest appraisal of them as a designer.

        Though, I do have to say, T & Lo themselves don’t generally fall into that trap.

      • http://twitter.com/thebestjasmine Jasmine

        The problem is that no one up on that runway has done anything I’ve loved this season, with the exception of maybe one or two things from Victor, and Kimberly’s Nina outfit. I like Kimberly a lot and want her to succeed, and it’s easy to root for her this season because no one else seems particularly talented, so they’re all kind of swimming around in the Just Okay pool. And with her in that pool are people like Josh, whose stuff is often actively dreadful. In previous seasons, Kimberly would have been out three episodes ago and I would have been sad to see her go but understand it, but this season has such subpar talent that I’m cheering for her.

      • Anonymous

        Count me confused as well. She’s been pretty much strictly middle of the pack.  I haven’t liked much since her stilt walker pants with the exception of her white dress last week.  I wasn’t even all that crazy about her Nina outfit.  She does seem to be one of the nicest, if not the nicest, of the contestants but I’m just not all that impressed by her as a designer.  I think she has great potential but I think she would benefit immensely by being mentored by a more experienced designer. 

    • Anonymous

      Do they not have a buttonholer in that workroom? The loop button closure is weird and the coat fabric doesn’t have enough body for outerwear. I do like the color though.  The first dress was all Heidi. The second dress should have been at least knee length and maybe all orange. 
      She doubted herself too much. Too many changes at the last minute. She’s lucky to be there because her collection has about as many faults as Laura’s and Josh’s did..

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        People have had bad buttonhole problems in previous seasons, so I suspect not.  They’re really expensive, and you probably need training to work one.  In fact, have we seen them use any dedicated machines other than industrial machines and sergers?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        I’ve wondered that myself.  Perhaps its really a time issue, since getting the placement just right takes time, and of course if you screw one up, you’re toast.

      • Anonymous

        Good question! I’m always so curious about what they have available (why don’t interviews with the contestents ask this question?) We know they have to buy their own fabric and notions, do they have interfacing available? They seem to have plenty of muslim available. They seem to be able to dye sometimes, what dyes are available? Do they have access to a washing machine and dryer? How many irons do they have?

        And when do they have to do the interviews? How much time goes by between leaving the workroom and the runway? Do they interview then or after they return to the  waiting room?

        • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

          We saw somebody buying dye a challenge or two ago; on the other hand, somebody said (probably a Bitter Kitten) that there’s always Rit (ugh) dye in the workrooms, which is a problem because it’s not a very good dye.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I remember an interview with Tim from way back – they don’t have a buttonholer there at all.  I think Parson’s students have to send their stuff out to have button holes put in and – since that takes at least a day – there’s no time to do it with the structure of PR.

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

      I really do love the first dress. But she needs to learn when to STOP with that fabric! 
      And I think that yes, they will eliminate someone next week, but that someone will be Josh.

    • Anonymous

      Heavy draggy hoochie….. never a good idea.  And the styling on the coat immediately reminded me of Ally Sheedy in the “Breakfast Club”.  Which is NOT a compliment….
      I do like Kimberley and would rather see her than Ms. CC but I am guessing that is not the plan of the manipulators.  I mean producers.  To be honest, I haven’t watched this episode and really don’t plan on watching any more.  I’ll just get the recaps here and hope it all ends very soon.

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

      I did not find this collection particularly offensive. I loved the first cocktail dress. Very urban chic. The 2nd had better intentions than execution, and the styling was not so good. But even then, I guess I saw some sort of potential in it given a little more time. The third also very urban chic. Did not like the belt, but did like the color combination. Maybe lengthen the hem a touch and it would be more chic and less urban ;) I thought they (and you guys too, a bit!) were a little harder on her than deserved, considering some of the other tripe having been produced this season. But I fully admit I’m partial to Kimberly. She has been a peacemaker, has stayed out of the drama, is beautiful and actually seems genuine and genuinely talented to boot. I think her clothes would sell very well. 

      I do think however she would have done vastly better on this challenge if she’d simply stuck to her ideas and gone for it. Seemed like she kept choking and changing. From that perspective, Becky was a lesser choice (I’d have liked to see her encourage Kim to stick to her plans and original aesthetic, but Becky’s pretty much a “yes man”). At least it didn’t result in her auf…

      • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

        I totally agree. Kim’s stuff is nowhere near my own aesthetic, but this was a decent mini collection. It showed her point of view pretty clearly, it had a range of looks, it was cohesive, and the technical issues weren’t very jarring. The styling could definitely have been better, and I wish she’d gone with a slightly less eye-searing orange, but the orange/grey combo was pretty chic.

        Compared to some of the other collections, like Laura’s and Josh’s, that I think had quite a lot more problems, mostly because they didn’t even make it into the same ballpark as “chic”, and I’d say Kim’s was far from the worst collection on that runway. I think this stuff has a market, and I’m glad she gets to show us more of what she can do, if she doesn’t choke.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the first dress was pretty damn good

      But it was quickly downhill from there. I loved Heidi’s “Danish exchange student” for the coat (did she say “depressed Danish exchange student,” or am I imagining that?).  And that orange top!  I guess it’d be handy if you’re going to a party and taking your un-weaned baby along.

      • Anonymous

        She actually said “Dutch exchange student” and later said “depressed German exchange student.”

        • Anonymous

          So that’s a step up, Ja?

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t understand the “exchange student” comments from Heidi. First it was “an exchange student from Holland” and next “a German exchange student”. I never heard the word “depressed” in either comment. Did she think the line was so funny the first time, she’d give it another try, just with another country. I can understand the Dutch orange but why German? 

    • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

      I’m so weirded out by the color — the TV I watched on made it look red/coral, so seeing the stills and finding out it’s like NEON PUMPKIN is disconcerting. 

      Also: the coat looked much better when it was red/coral. The hoochie top…. not so much. 

    • Anonymous

      there wasn’t much to choose between Kim, Josh and Laura K this week. Luckily for Kim and Josh Nina dislikes Laura, and everybody hated the wrinkled pillowcase dress.

    • Anonymous

      I’m really glad Kim made the point she did during judging. That part of the fashion industry needs to change. “He who holds the gold, makes the rules”. 
      It’s time to break those rules.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

      Heidi really nailed that coat with the German Exchange Student comment.  A very depressed, unhappy German exchange student.

    • Anonymous

      Fabric goiter.

    • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

       “…the only successful black designers in the fashion industry tend to be people who started out in, or had connections to the music industry (Sean John, Rocawear, Baby Phat) …”
      T-Lo, how could you forget to add Kanye to that list?  ;-)

      Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

      • Anonymous

        I’ma let you finish, but first I just wanna say that House of Dereon shoulda been on that list too..

        • http://twitter.com/urban_gypsy Urban Gypsy aka Tess

          Oh yeah, how could  I forget House of Dereon… shudder.

    • Anonymous

      Ah, bless you for referencing one of my favorite books from childhood: Alexander and the Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day.

      This was terrible. I really dislike that heavy material (Laura hit the nail on the head when she questioned how women would clean that material), and it just looked awkward. I love an orange coat, but that looked heavy and frumpy. I did like the color combination of the grey metallic with the orange blouse, but the outfit overall was terrible.

      Sigh. 

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps Kimberly was distracted by thinking she’ll move to Australia.

    • http://twitter.com/qrter Alexander Peterhans

      I’m surprised she’s still there – not so much because of her designing skills, which seem okay, but because her spirit seems to have been broken a couple of episodes ago.

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

        I know :( That makes me sad. Just ‘cuz I actually like her as a person, which can be said of basically no one else on this season. 

        • Anonymous

          Agree. I think she just lost whatever enthusiasm and confidence she used to have and has just been struggling to stay afloat for the past couple of episodes.   I like Kimberly too and I wish she could have maintained her stamina. I’d like to see what she does when she isn’t feeling beaten down and depressed.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the close-ups, TLo; I like the fabric on the first dress, even if the silhouette does strike me as a bit recycled kookie Japanese designer. But oy; the fabric on the skirt! It looks like the foam-backed stuff they make insulated lunch bags out of (the el cheapo neoprene substitute stuff.) 

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.mcelvain Jeremy McElvain

      That coat & styling was a total “Ugly Betty” moment.  Awful, like a train wreck you can’t stop looking at.

    • Anonymous

      What you said.

      Every look was too heavy & bulky, IMO. If not-so, she might have been easily deserving of top 3 even though they weren’t anything exciting, because exciting was definitely NOT required to be in the top tier this time around.

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

      I wish she’d made that gown in the drawing – it looks like a new beginning!

    • Anonymous

      She used the scarf to hide the armhole mistake she made on the coat. i think that styling misstep looked much worse than the original stitching and fit issue she had with the sleeve.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I’m glad chose to look through the comments before commenting myself because I was going to say the exact same thing!  *high five*

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

      I like this a lot better than what Josh churned out.

      First dress was amazing, perfect. Coat: loved the color–everyone looks so depressing come November that this was a nice pop of color (on the right person; it’s not for everyone)–but the design was bunchy. She should have gone for a style without a waist and thought of it in terms of wearing it with the first dress (more formal than casual). The last look had it’s issues with the open neck and the saddlebag but I loved the fabric colors and the combination of textures.

      It was the coat that landed her in the bottom.

      • Anonymous

        I think the coat would have been really cute if it was fitted and in a more sleek, modern shape. I had no problem with the color combo at all–and I don’t even wear orange. PS I do think Heidi was right in that all three girls looked as if they were going to a different event. Marcia, Jan and Cindy in NYC.

    • Anonymous

      The one critique I REALLY disagreed with was Michael’s about the combination of orange and gray. He made some (very unfunny) “trying-to-make-fetch-happen” remark about a Halloween slut, or something like that, but I agree with YOU that orange and gray is a winning combo. Had she paired orange with black, the Halloween dig would have been justified (but still unfunny). Had she paired it with brown or a dull gold, she would have been slammed for being dated and too literally autumnal  (like Fallene was and Josh wasn’t). White would have been interesting (very mod), but I think that once she was stuck with an orange fabric that was brighter than she planned, gray was the perfect way to go. Too bad the fabric choice wasn’t as clever as the color choice.

      As someone who loves all the deep and/or intense orange-y shades (coral, pumpkin, rust, etc.) and can wear them, but who too often defaults to pairing them with brown or khaki, I am immediately going to get more gray pieces to mix and match. So, thanks for that, Kimberly!

      • Anonymous

        Orange and white would have gotten the comment that the outfit looked like one of those orange pushups you buy from the ice cream truck. Remember those? 

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

        I love warm colors with gray and/or silver.  Of course, that may be because I HATE gold, and I’ve never found a pair of flattering khaki pants.  (I’m sure they exist in the world, I’ve just never found them.)

        • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

          Beige.   There is no hue of beige in the universe that flatters my skin.  My mantra:  People who are beige shouldn’t wear beige.

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

            I can do beige in some things, but khaki pants… I’ve never worn a pair out and that’s the best I can say for them.  They’re always in my wardrobe and I never wear them unless everything is dirty.

        • Anonymous

          I swear by Eddie Bauer for basics like khakis. They have several fit options, and they will do a custom hem on certain styles if requested. I’m tall (5’8″) but short-waisted and apple-shaped, so what I need are not necessarily tall sizes (where the rise is often too long, an expensive fix) but a regular size with a long leg, a 32″ inseam for flats and a 35″ inseam for heels. It is always a challenge to buy off-the-rack.

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

            I’ve made khakis so it’s not a fit issue — there’s just something about them that doesn’t work for me. 

            • Anonymous

              Oh, that’s too bad. Is it pants in general, or just khakis because of the weight of the fabric? Pockets tend to be a big issue with me on the pants front as well. I always cut out the front pockets and sew the openings closed for a smooth line. But the one style of EB khakis that I buy has straight front pockets (rather than slash ones), so they lay flat and aren’t a problem.

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

              No, I have a lot of pants I love — there’s something about khakis that I have issues with.  I don’t know if it’s the color or what. 

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

        I believe the Duchess said something about “Disco Halloween”. I didn’t feel that way. I liked the combo! 

        • Anonymous

          Yes, I think it was “disco Halloween.” He is trying so hard for the sound bites now that it’s sad. However, didn’t he also make a sotto voce remark about him being attracted to the color orange. If so, that was a pretty funny reference to his spray tan, I’ll give him that.

          • Anonymous

            His BM writers have really failed him this season. “Disco Halloween” was not only not funny–it was also not accurate.

            • Anonymous

              Word. Orange and gray do not Halloween make, Duchess.

    • http://heartprintandstyle.blogspot.com Vivi N

      I liked the silver dress and I liked the coat. Not in that color, however. We won’t speak of the 3rd look.

      I’m still pissed that Bert is not up there so I really do not care who wins. It is sad that a black designer has not won yet (Kortu coming thisclose…TWICE. lolol). Unfortunately, Kimberly will not be the first. Which is not a bad thing. Just that the designers that are left are slightly better than her (except, of course, Joshua). 

    • MilaXX

      I sadly agree.I like Kimberly. She mostly managed to stay out of all the wank and drama of this season and even when she had her melt down she let herself have a good cry and then went back to work. I like the first dress very much. I like the idea of the second look, especially the color, but I think she made a misstep in both the fabric and styling choices. The last look needed some editing. I hope your wrong, but I have a feeling you’re right and she’s out next week. Not only does that mean Kimberly is not a finalist, but it also mean Josh will (likely) be in.

    • Anonymous

      Although there does seem to be the desire to make Project Runway listen to other voices (ethnicities) it will always be difficult because they judge through their own cultural lens, e.g., less is more vs more is more, “no woman wants to look like she has a bigger butt”, “taste issues” (which can be subjective), etc.   I think that this may have been part of the reason that Mondo, Korto, etc. didn’t win and why others face an uphill climb.  

      • Anonymous

        “no woman wants to look like she has a bigger butt”

        that’s a critique I never understood about PR.

        Not to sound self-congratulatory here, but my big butt is one of the things I like about my body and I like it when clothes accentuate it or enhance it.

        • Anonymous

          Accentuate or enhance but not enlarge, am I right?

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

            I will wear anything that will make my ass itself look bigger — I have the most unfortunate of all combinations: flat, white girl ass, with broad hips.  You know what that gives you?  An ass like the tundra — a wide flat expanse with no end in sight.  It’s not pretty.  So if something will make my butt itself look bigger, it balances things out a bit.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure it’s so much judging through their own lens but more a matter of market, even if they like to pretend that’s a horrible world.  I didn’t think Mondo’s designs were particularly ethnocentric.  In the finale at least I think they referenced an ethnic thing, but so do a lot of the shirts, shoes, and skirts that I own. 

    • Anonymous

      Man, I have been trying to figure out the best way to say how I feel about Kim and her mini collection.  I really liked it, sans the orange top.  It appealed to me, a 31yr old black woman.  “Urban chic” if you will, is a very niche market.  And every single black designer on PR who designs clothes in this fashion has been unsuccessful.  It is what is.  I see women everyday who where clothes similar idea to what Kim makes.  I don’t think PR is the forum to showcase this type of design.  PR is way too mainstream. 

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

        I think a lot of the Kim’s looks are good, though very much in that niche, but I do think that just like Mycheal Knight in his season, she sometimes goes too skank — and that’s not a cultural thing, it’s a taste thing.  Bigger butt, I’m fine with, but you shouldn’t have a big cut out on your top and a short skirt.  Pick a part.  Korto, for instance, had amazing taste even if it would never suit me.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed.  But a lot of what her market will find appealing is going to be considered “skank” to everyone else. I wouldn’t put Korto in this only because I feel like her designs were heavily island/african influenced vs. Hip Hop. 

          • Anonymous

            Oh, but LaLa, please!  Don’t you remember that Kenley defined “hip-hop” for all of us as being tight, high-waisted jeans with shiny, multicolored blouse and a handbag?  Remember how she rolled her eyes at the camera and whined that Tim didn’t know anything about hip-hop? 
            :)

            • Anonymous

              Shuddering as you’ve brought back Kenley’s hideously tragic take on hip-hop back to my memory…

        • Anonymous

          Oh, man–how could I have forgotten Mychael Knight???  I even voted for him for fan favorite!  I also had him pegged for the win throughout the whole season. And then…his final collection was so different from everything else he’d produced, and not in a good way. 

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

            That was a pretty amazing year.  Laura, Mychael, Uli, and even Jeffrey.  Can you imagine having that much talent this season?  Even to have two of them, like the season with Korto and Leanne. 

            • Anonymous

              And yet, that season was nearly ruined by the editors’ focus on Vincent and the fleurchon lady (whose name now totally escapes me).  I think PR seasons tend to improve with hindsight and distance. 

            • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

              omg, that woman and her “rosettes”- i just remember Mychael saying it SO exasperatedly the epi where she was eliminated; I still giggle when I think of it. it made me love him so hard.

            • Anonymous

              Was that the woman that Jeffrey was sooooooo absolutely horrible to her mother?

            • Anonymous

              Her name was Angela.  (How many brain cells did I use to remember that?)  That was a great season.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Mychael was my favourite in that season too but I’d’ve been okay with any of that final four getting the win – they were all brilliant in their own way.  Mychael definitely choked with his collection though.  Disaster!

          • Anonymous

            Mychael was my favorite, too for Season Three, and I was so disappointed in his final collection. I remembering hoping that he’d really knock it out of the park, and then he used so much of that shiny, shiny satin…

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

              I think we all felt that way.  I kept trying to find a way to justify the horror that collection was, but it wasn’t happening — it was just too bad.  And in a variety of ways: it was tacky, the fabric choice was bad, there was no innovation, the fit was off on more than one piece… I was so sad:(

          • Anonymous

            Mychael was my favorite, too for Season Three, and I was so disappointed in his final collection. I remembering hoping that he’d really knock it out of the park, and then he used so much of that shiny, shiny satin…

      • http://twitter.com/stephanPhD Stephan Pennington

        In the same season as Korto was my fave Terri Stevens…I *loved* her work…and Korto’s as well…and neither of them won. It is becoming very creepy to be honest.

    • Anonymous

      It was terrible and honestly, I didn’t think she should have gone through.

    • Anonymous

      TLo, your discussion of the place of African American designers in the current fashion world are on the money and very well said. In terms of PR, Korto and Jerell came close, and I preferred their designs to those of the eventual winner of that season, Judy Noodles. But I don’t know what it would take for an African American designer to gain major respect in the industry, which, in many ways, is profoundly conservative–at least in the ready-to-wear area.

      • Anonymous

        T-Lo didn’t say anything about the “current” fashion world, they just made a blanket statement about the fashion world in general, which is wrong. Patrick Kelly and Willi Smith were very successful black designers in coture and ready to wear, respectively. If Tom and Lorenzo are serious about wanting black designers to have more success and visibility in the fashion world, they could start contributing to that by boning up on their history and including it in their writing when opportunities like this arise. Otherwise they just come off as woefully uninformed for producers of a fashion blog, and in the worst instances, know-nothing poseurs.

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

          We thought it was pretty obvious that we’re talking about the current fashion world and not the entire history of fashion.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.parker Sara Parker

            Don’t worry, TLo.  It’s pretty obvious that there’s a “know-nothing poseur” present, and it’s just as obviously not you.

        • Anna Maria Diamanti

          Wow, you named a whole 2, both of whom have been dead for more than 20 years. Well, that certainly destroys TLo’s point that the fashion industry largely ignores Black designers! [/sarcasm]

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

          Well, if we want to go that far, how about all of the black people who wear couture?  Or the ones who work as tailors and patternmakers?  Of course, clearly you’re right — black people have been spectacularly represented! 

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

        Not only that, but the black designers (even as subordinate assistant designer) have two choices: be white or be “ghetto”.  They can either design exactly as white people do, in clothes that suit white people (which to be honest, some of your line does need to be wearable by white people because of population numbers in the US — it’s a bigger market), or they can design stereotypical “black woman” clothes. 

        That was part of Korto’s problem (my very white friend is still pissed because as a larger woman, Korto’s stuff would have been MUCH easier for her to wear than Judy Noodles’ stuff) — it was African inspired without being only about a big game safari, but it wasn’t meeting the urban black woman stereotypes.  So they didn’t know where to put her, and so she couldn’t win.

    • Anonymous

      In Kimberly’s defense, the orange was far brighter in the workroom than it appeared in Mood. However, that should have been a cue for her to rethink the coat.

      And kudos to Becky for following every twist and turn in Kim’s erratic thought processes.

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

      PR had a few black designers moving to the finals (Kara Saun, Korto, Emilio… (Jerell was robbed; it was a desperate move to keep Kenley in Top 3 and Jerell won a challenge and had to do another dress?  Ridiculous).  I don’t think Kim is nearly in the same level of talent as Kara/Korto. 

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

        Agreed.  I like Kimberly, but she’s not even CLOSE to Kara or Korto.

      • Anna Maria Diamanti

        Yes, and the judges seemed more than ready to give wins to Kara Saun, Korto and Emilio. It just happened that Kara Saun and Korto were bested by amazing one-in-a-million collections by competitors and Emilio shot himself in the foot with an ugly “marketable” collection. Ugly and marketable is only an acceptable combination coming from a tall skinny white girl with a massive superiority complex. (OK, I don’t really think the judges believe that, even subconsciously, but that was a pretty funny line, right?)

        Agreed Kim, much as I like her personality, is not in the same league. Contrary to the claims of the Anya hyper-defenders, I think the general acknowledgement that as likeable (and frigging beautiful!) Kim is, she’s just not a strong contender shows we don’t just have a hate-on for really nice and pretty women.

    • BerlinerNYC

      I actually didn’t have a problem with the coat (other than the execution issues with the shoulder… and I’m sure she really just put the scarf on the outside to hide some problems we weren’t seeing—interesting that the judges didn’t ask her to take it off). I wouldn’t wear that color myself (also, I’m a guy), but I could easily see it as a joyful, colorful statement on the streets of NY on a dark winter day. A bold color for a bold woman who wants a break from wrapping herself in black and gray.

      • Anonymous

        Totally agree on the color. I used to have a bright magenta/berry-ish colored trench I used to wear all the time. It was like a beacon on the foggy or rainy streets of San Francisco’s Financial District, especially in a sea of tan and black London Fogs. People would do a double take as I went by. It always put me in a better mood when I put it on.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          As a fellow SFer, I will often choose a deliciously bright color on purpose to offset the SEA of Urban Glum that walks the streets.  It always makes me smile as well.  Black is great, but every day? All the time? What do we have a spectrum for if we’re not gonna use it?

          • Anonymous

            I am now going to admit this. Without fear.

            One of my favorite pieces of outerwear is an orange jacket, made of wide-wale corduroy, that I bought from the JJill catalogue a few years back. It’s fitted and has big buttons, and whenever I wear it, my mood rises a few points too. I love brightly colored outerwear!

            And just between us, Anathema and Kilt, San Francisco is my favorite US city. Even with the fog. The Golden Gate Bridge always looks so spectacular when it’s rising out of a sea of clouds. And it’s orange too! ;>)

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              Right On Gurrl!
              I love it and I share your abiding adoration for this magic place we call home.  Even if Armistead Maupin is right, and we’re all displaced Atlanteans waiting to go back to the sea together: I’m not leaving.

            • Anonymous

              I love SF, too. I was born there and married there (both happened at the Presdio, in fact), but I live in the burbs now. Wish I could afford to raise a family in SF. Sigh.

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

              Me too — it was the first place I ever went on vacation and if not for the kids and family thing, I’d be living there.  I don’t want to yank them away from all their family beyond us, though, so here I stay in the miserable Midwest.  (Chicago would get higher reviews if I hadn’t been freezing all weekend.)

          • Anonymous

            Ah, well, then you’ll appreciate that I got it at a deep discount at the I. Magnin on Union Square! Okay,now I’m really dating myself

            • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

              (Sighing heavily)
              I Magnin.
              How well I remember it.

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

      I didn’t hate the coat, in fact, I thought it was adorable! But I live in a chilly college town, and I’m a chilly college girl this time of year, so seeing ANYTHING that’s not a black pea coat is a nice change of pace. Hated the styling. A messy bun and some very light makeup could’ve saved it, I think. Or at least helped it along to the ‘Ok’ category. I’d still wear it. I want that jacket!

      She was off her game, but she’s still amongst my favorites. I voted for her on the 2nd episode because I love her voice, and she was spot on about her place in the industry. Even if she doesn’t win, I hope that she earns accolades for her statement.

    • Anonymous

      If it were tailored better, I’d wear the orange coat in a heartbeat. Autumn tones and bright colors are my friends.

    • Anonymous

      I like Kimberly, she seems nice, she seems fun, she’s generally above the nonsense – but I’ve never been fond of her aesthetic and this time was certainly no different. The first dress is nice, but I hate those metallic fabrics that she seems to love. I do like some elements of the coat, actually. It’s not the right shape, it just looks bulky, but I don’t mind the colour – I like bright coloured outerwear, though I see your point about that particular shade of orange. The last look, however, is not to my taste in any way, shape, or form.

    • Anonymous

      I *like* the coat, but I love ridiculously bright clothes. I think the scarf is bulky, yes, & the coat isn’t impeccably made & looks lumpy, but I hate when people say coats are bulky. Um. No shit? You’re supposed to wear coats OVER clothes, so no shit they’ll end up looking bulky. I hate these super tight, “chic” coats that you can only wear a tank top underneath.

      So it actually looks like you could wear clothes under Kimberly’s coat.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      When Kimberly first got the coat fabric, and decided on a winterwear outer coat, I thought it was a bold move.  But the shape and execution were off. IMHO when you work with such a strong textile, you need to either go WAY over the top, or pull the shape way back.  And in either case the finish needs to snap, and be perfect.  I thought both the metallic pieces were just plain horrible.  I get what she’s trying to achieve, and I applaud her for the notion.  She needs to spend a lot more time learning about the characteristics of fabrics by just playing with them before going there again.

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

      I don’t know where she got that fabric but it looks like what I wrapped my outdoor water pipes with last winter.  It worked for the pipes but it doesn’t work for clothing.

    • Kate Pearce

      I quite liked all of her collection, I like orange and I’d definitely wear an orange coat LOL. I’m also a big fan of the origami, ‘clothes as sculpture style’, so I enjoy her aesthetic even though I couldn’t wear her clothes-way too old. :)

    • Anonymous

      Kimberly has been my favorite from the beginning. Partly I like her because she is low drama, but mostly I like her aesthetic. I think the looks that she showed in the first episode showed that. And she won the Nina challenge! That has to be the challenge with the least cracktastic judging, because its Nina Garcia who has to put the clothes on her body and in an advert for her magazine. I dont think Nina let the producers mess with that one too much.

      Perhaps you can make the critique that she has not produced a lot of stunning looks during the competition, but honestly, who has? It seems to me thats more a reflection of the poor ideas behind the challenges, the manipulative twists and turns, and the horrendous judging that left most contestants baffled and demoralized.

      As for the fact that Project Runway has never given the win to a black designer, TLo is right on the money. There was Korto and Jerell and even Kara Saun. (Its been a couple years since I’ve watched the early seasons, but I still have favorable impressions.) By the time season 7 rolled around, even though later I could objectively agree that Emilio did not deserve the win based off of his collection and I do love Seth Aaron’s work, I was so disillusioned that I wondered if it really came down to stereotypical ideas of the old guard industry as to who would make a successful designer. Maybe you could make that argument about Mondo, too. I may be coming off as too paranoid, but after 9 seasons, I am getting seriously frustrated with this show.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget Michael Knight.  He had a chance to win and then choked.  Korto was my pick for the winner that year.  Jerell never had a real shot because his stuff was so bedazzled (Josh is this year’s Jerell).  Emilio got outdesigned by Seth Aaron – Emilio made a collection for his MOM.  That was not going to win the competition.  Until the successful black designers start funding other black designers, there will always be a deficit in that category. 

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

          I wonder how much of it goes to practicality, honestly — I think there are a lot of African-Americans who just aren’t interested in a field with that little chance of success. 

          When I started college after high school, all of the kids I went to high school (who were white) had these impractical majors — I was the most practical, and I was a poli sci major who wanted to do consulting (not the widest field in the world.) Fast forward to 10 years later.  Not one of those who finished then is working in their field, and those of us who left and went back ALL have different majors, and all of them have gone for things like accounting or business or engineering.  Because we discovered that if you want to have a family, you don’t get to live off Ramen while you pursue your theater career. 

          I would suspect that African-American kids probably give the probability of success in a field more consideration than white children do — because we know we’ve already got a built-in advantage in how the world is going to treat us. (And I really wish ScottyF were around for this!)

    • http://www.facebook.com/LizBWilson Liz Baxter

      I love this collection, I just wish she had chosen a different fabric for the dress and skirt, and made a jacket that wasn’t so bulky. It was monumentally better than Laura’s collection

    • Anonymous

      I feel like each piece had tons of potential that didn’t quite live up to the potential. That coat had such great possibilities! But she threw a pant leg around her model and called it a scarf! I also believe that when she knew she couldn’t find the tamer canteloupe color she looked for at Mood, she should have gone with a different color scheme. Back up plans, people!
      I love Kimberly, and hope she makes it to the final three, but I am in accord with you guys: the judges are gonna drop her at that cruel stage of making it to Fashion Week, seeing the hotel suite, and then bam! It’s really kind of cruel.  They only had one season where all four competed, right? Season 3?

    • Anonymous

      I thought I saw every episode this season, but I must have missed at least one — the one in which Kimberly, god love her, produced something great.  I have liked her as a contestant, and I’ve been happy to see her as a character on the show this long.  But I can’t say I’ve liked really anything she’s sent down the runway, and a lot of was just … wrong.

    • Anonymous

      I liked her looks better than most, but ultimately, here’s my main argument with the judges: This was worse than Josh’s monstrosities?

      • Anonymous

        Unfortunately for Kimberley, she doesn’t bring the bitchiness and personal drama that Bunim/Murray wants for this season, and those factors have to be contributing to Josh’s survival, since he has  provided plenty of both, sorry to say.

        • Anonymous

          I never believed that producer interference was a part of the judging. I always blamed it on crack smoking judges. This year, I’m finally a (disappointed) believer.

          • Anonymous

            This is the first year I actually paused the DVR to read that fine print scrolled at the bottom at the end of each episode and sho’nuff!  I always thought it was a standard boilerplate disclaimer but, I, too, am a reluctant but completely convinced believer myself.  

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

      Like her colors and the top, but not in weighty wool. Skirt and dress design might be great in a slightly drapier fabric. As shown they remind me of the booster clothes shoplifters wear to the grocery story – enough volume to hide the odd melon or London broil. Coat, which could use some steam and blocking, is close to a good idea but, alas, no Cohiba. 

    • Anonymous

      I do like the color combination quite a bit.  Don’t love the rest, but I’m glad she made it through.

    • Anonymous

      “It was a great idea to make a coat (and we often wonder why more
      designers in the competition don’t set themselves apart from the pack by
      making them)”

      More people don’t make coats because many of the designers this season don’t know how to make sleeves. I know we’ve all spent a lot of time focusing on the fact that Queen Anya can’t make sleeves and has gotten away with it, but during her designer dish video this week, Laura said she gave Anthony Ryan the choice of working on her gown or working on her blazer, and she said she didn’t realize that the only reason he chose the gown was because he can’t make sleeves and he didn’t want to admit it. I’m totally not for blaming the assistant for your failures, but… it is kind of preposterous that in a design competish, two of the seven finalists admittedly cannot make a jacket. 

      That being said, I feel like Viktor’s made either a jacket or a tailored shirt for the majority of the challenges, and it’s obvious why: he’s one of the only ones who can do it (and do it without the final product looking like a complete gong show.)

      • Cautiously Pessimistic

         It’s worth noting that it wasn’t really until the third season of this show that we consistently saw a lot of sleeves on the runway.  Sleeves aren’t particularly hard, but they can be time-consuming to fit even if the model is right there.  (She says, with a winter coat for herself at the sewing machine waiting for sleeves…)  I remember Tim saying in his old podcast that he was amazed at the complexity of work being sent down the runway that season.

        • Anonymous

          Been meaning to say… I love your name!  Very clever. And funny.

      • Mary McClelland

        Really, I feel like Viktor, Becky, and Bert were the only ones competent at construction on this show. Josh M has okaaay construction skills, but has refined a very select few of them and same with Kim. Olivier was pretty good at certain things as well, but could only fit on a very narrow frame – which henceforth makes his construction skills weak.

        It’s really sad that in a design competition you are looking at three people with the ability to do something that three seasons ago would have been considered a no brainer. Even the first season on Lifetime, while it had really boring designers aesthetically pretty much all of them knew how to fit, sew, and pattern make. Hell even last season many of the designers were fairly good! THis season is just… when is this show off the air?! I cannot image how bad next year will be!

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

      I like the first piece a lot. It’s well made and it looks great on the model. The third look is an all around mess. The keyhole is too big and all that folding on the skirt looks like a separate piece that was stuck on at the last minute. I don’t think it’s too short, but if it were knee-length it would look more sophisticated.

      I love the color of the coat, and I don’t dislike where she was headed with the coat itself, but it’s badly executed. The bad styling is not helping.

      I also wanted her to do well in the finale challenge, but I could see her choking as her time in the workroom moved along. I agree that she never actually recovered from her meltdown; she seemed exhausted and defeated.

      I  like Kimberly so much, but I don’t think she or Josh deserves to still be there. For some inexplicable reason, the judges decided that only Laura was unworthy (not that I think she should still be there either). They should have gone with another First Ever in Project Runway History moment, and sent only Anya and Viktor to Fashion Week.

    • Anonymous

      I just looked through all of Kimberly’s looks produced for the runway.  Except for the Nina challenge and that long white dress (which had its problems), she produced a lot of crap.  I was surprised at how bad it was.  Rememer the grey pants and the vest that was ill-fitted and the belly-button exposed?  Yikes.  I really like her as a contestant but I don’t understand how she made it this far based on what I saw today.  She was called safe more often than the other four from what I remember and that doesn’t really bode well.

      • Anonymous

        The script called for a woman of color making it to fashion week.  Ergo, she’s in.  Look at the whole bunch of them- they’re all look like they’re directly from central casting.  I like Kimberly; she’s been the only female that hasn’t acted like the stereotypical behind-the-back-whispering, scheming woman.  But, at least in the public’s eye, none of these designers are ever going to be thought of as skilled, because they all were part of producer machinations that tried to elevate the merely adequate and even nonexistent to a superlative based on personality and back-story.  And in our PR views, we don’t roll that way. 

        • Anonymous

          I completely disagree that Kimberly’s color had anything to do with her ascension to the finals.  She got to the finals because there was no one else left.  She managed to play it safe so many times that she never got on anyone’s radar.  I think it’s great that there’s a black woman in the finals (at least until the elimination of the 4th contestant this week) but I think it is pure coincidence.

          • Anonymous

            You yourself noted that she has sent down a lot of crap.  So there is a reason they are keeping her.  Bert will forever come to mind as someone who went home while people who produced a lot of crap stayed.  Out in other parts of the blogosphere the Project Runway name has taken some guff for not having people of color rising up the ranks.  The fact that the others up on the dais with her are not good either doesn’t really prove that Kimberly wasn’t kept because of her color; it just proves that they’re all up there for reasons other than their skill. 

            ETA: I will note, though, that of all the final collections, Kimberly’s was my favorite as she was the only one that seemed to have any color or vibrancy, and the rest just seemed pretty dull for a spring collection, all of them seeming to adopt Olivier’s color palette.

            • Anonymous

              She’s in the finals because week to week, others sent down worse crap than she did (sometimes, just barely).  I agree that Bert is a better designer than Kimberly but he crashed and burned in a worse way than she did the week he was eliminated.  He participated in his own demise.  True skill is sorely lacking in this group, not just Kimberly.  Jesus, how did Laura make it to the final 5?!

            • Anonymous

              Anya is a “person of color” also, but you’re not making the same point about her. I’m not sure what point you’re attempting to make other than to say that Kimberly is being passed through because she is an African-American, when there is no evidence to support that assumption. Overall, the designers this season have underwhelming, with only a few shining moments here and there. To distinguish Kimberly from the group based on her color is without merit.

            • Anonymous

              I don’t really think of Anya as being a person of color.  She’s Asian, so I guess technically she is.  With the exception of Viktor, I don’t think any of them should be there, so, yes, I do believe that they people were cast in their respective roles and the franchise, which has taken some heat for not advancing blacks (is that what you were after?), dare not cut Kimberly if they were letting two other people of limited skills go through.  It would have been a PR (and in this case I mean public relations) nightmare. 

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

              Um… that’s ridiculous.  There have been plenty of seasons without a black contestant — since that’s the only one you’re recognizing.  For instance, S8, S6, S4, and S2.  Kimberly is still there not because she’s black, but because she’s never been the worst of the week. 

              And Anya’s not precisely Asian, she’s mixed — predominantly Chinese, Indian, and Caucasian. As the parent of mixed race children, there’s no ONE simple identity that can be assigned to them; it’s far more complicated. And as the white wife of a Chinese man, I can tell you without a doubt that yes, Asians are people of color — it only takes a few glares from either ethnic group to make that clear.

            • Anonymous

              You’re right.  I stand corrected.  Kimberly is infinitely better than Bert and she has not sent anything down the runway that wasn’t head and shoulders better than everybody else.  I’m sure Kimberly is the sole exception to the heavy hand of the producers.

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

              No, but Kimberly didn’t get sent home over Bert because a) she couldn’t have due to the head-to-head format and b) her dress was better THAT WEEK. 

              The week’s where Kimberly has really faltered have been weeks that other people have done the same or worse. 

              I’d rather see Bert up there than Kimberly without a doubt, but I really don’t think the reason she’s still there has ANYTHING to do with race — I think it has to do with her timing. 

    • Anonymous

      I was surprised that TLo actually said this, especially referencing this awful season. I didn’t watch the show, so all I can go by are the stills, but this coat is hideous both in design and construction compared to the creations that came from Jillian several seasons ago. None of these designers have the skill set she did, not even Viktor. The orange doesn’t bother me so much, but it is awfully bright for this style; the shade belongs on a more casual look.

      • Anonymous

        Jillian and Christian were two of the most remarkable sewers/constructors on the show.  It’s really too bad they were on the same season pitted against one another.

        Chloe Dao could also sew circles around just about anyone.   

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

        It wasn’t in reference to this season specifically, but throughout the seasons.

        • Anonymous

          Well, sure…but we could probably use one hand to reference all the memorable coats over 9 seasons. That skill set has been rather rare across the years. I used to sew a lot, many years ago, with patterns, and I never attempted a coat, never even wanted to. I made a beautiful lined jacket once, with my mom’s help, and that had much time-consuming and detailed work to it. Coats are almost a specialty in themselves, don’t you think?

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

            That was their point — throughout the years on PR, there weren’t many coats made, and they thought more people who could do it should have, because it is a good way to impress the judges.  gd

            • Anonymous

              Well, kitten, thanks for putting me in my place for completely missing TLo’s point.

              Peace out.

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

              Wow… I’m really sorry if I offended you.  I certainly didn’t mean to do so.

            • Anonymous

              Shannon, I overreacted. I was also having somewhat of a bad day. Kitchen sink backed up for the third time in several months. Had to pay a plumber to snake it out. I almost always enjoy dialogue-ing with you. No excuses. Pardonnez-moi, s’il vous plaît :)

    • Anonymous

      I’m pretty sure my grandmother had a slipcover made out of that metallic material…*shudder*

      Kimberly might be a great person but she has not impressed me as a designer except for trousers and the Nina outfit, and even that, I didn’t like the metallic fabric used for the top.  She was very fortunate Laura’s garments looked so horrible.

      This season really is the worst in terms of cumulative talent.  Watching Seasons 1 or 4 that have been running on Style and Bravo really highlight that.  Even crazy Vincent or Wendy Pepper produced better bottom three designs than this bunch.

    • Anonymous

      Yet another example of how this show doesn’t even bother to deviate from the script.  I really like Kimberley, and it pains me to say this, but HOW THE HELL did this mess qualify someone for Fashion Week?  Especially as a fourth, “we can’t decide” addition? I just don’t get anything about this show any more.  I think I’ll grudgingly stick around for the finale since we’re so close, but frankly after this I’m done with PR for the foreseeable future.  Screw the spinoffs, screw the extra half hour of Springeresque bickering.  Talk to me when you’ve fixed this show.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Unfortunately, the only way to REALLY fix the show would be for Bravo to take it back.

        • Anonymous

          For Bravo to take it back, soak it in bleach, run it through a blast dryer, spray it with Lysol, and only then hand it back to the Magical Elves.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Oh I think you just made my day.
            (Still laughing at this)

        • Mary McClelland

          Right – get Bunim-Murray out!

    • Anonymous

      I think part of the problem with Kimberly’s stint on Project Runway is the minimal opportunities for critiques she’s had. She is safe so often that she hasn’t gotten much judge feedback at all. Most designers who make it to the final four tend to be in the top or the bottom, not just safe. She needs someone to tell her bluntly her work often skews over the line of sexy to slutty.

    • Anonymous

      My heart just goes out to Kimberly too as I have a feeling she is being completely led on to think she has a chance to show in the finals, when I don’t think there is any real intention of her being in the final 3. I so hope I’m wrong, because even though I don’t think she should be in the top group of designers, this just seems cruel.

    • Anonymous

      You know, looking at the end of that “scarf” wrapped around the coat?  It almost looks like the bottom of a sweater – as if she did the old “let’s wrap a sweater over the shoulders” look but with it being turned to the side…  I wonder if she had been planning something for under the coat, then abandoned it.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        The ‘scarf’ may well have been part of the abandoned pair of trousers and was mostly styled in that way to disguise the issue she had with the sleeve/shoulder interface on that side of the coat.  She gets huge snaps from me for thinking on her feet!

    • Anonymous

      I loved the skirt and top outfit.  I love the color combo and the sexiness of the shirt.  Even the metallic fabric of the skirt didn’t bother me. 

      • margaret meyers

        I liked the length on that skirt.  The first dress was, again, too short.

    • Anonymous

      I just don’t get how she went from looking for a cantaloupe color fabric to settling for this screaming orange color. Maybe she remembered how well Joshua’s orange draped dress was received last week, and this orange fabric of hers would similarly be praised.

      The giant keyhole on the top reminds me of Michael Knights purple dress (top 4 challenge?). Way too much exposure.

      Kimberly also had the girls on display last week too with too little support. That is not good design which should provide the woman with a flattering silhouette.

      The fabric choices are so often baffling. They are given so little time and the best fabrics can be awfully expensive.

    • Stefanos Mantyla

      Kimberley just has to be in the Final. Certainly over the Clinique Counter, anyway. She has demonstrated the best taste and best sense of style, and I choose to not fault her taste when it comes to some of the tackier outfits we have seen from her. She must be tired, but she has a sensible head on her shoulders.

      I have a feeling Nina will rally for her, since she did win that Nina challenge. If Nina sees herself in Kimberley, and the Korsatron extends his support since she and he are so often unified in thought, then the politics should push Kimberley through. Josh should be out next since after this coming episode, there is no workroom for him to cause more mayhem, so he will be pretty much useless in terms of television value. They have gotten all they could squeeze out of that queen, I hope.

      So all in all, even though I criticize the politics of the show, I just hope the politics DO kick in the way I expect in favour of my favourite, Kimberley.

      Kimberley is my personal favourite as a designer, but I in fact think Viktor deserves the victory.

      • Anonymous

        I also expect Josh is gone, because the finale collection shows a lack of editing, and the judges told him to edit. Ignore the judges at your peril. To be honest, this is probably the entire reason Mondo didn’t win last season.

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

          ITA about last season.  I get that he had a certain vision for his collection, which was probably good for him to present as a future career move, but when they said they didn’t like certain things about it and he insisted on keeping it, he had to know that would count against him.

    • Alloy Jane

      Wooooooooow.  Poor Kimberly, this is laughably awful.  If the judges were fond of the first dress, then you have to wonder what made them like this versus Bryce’s last hurrah, the pink dress with pockets that –according to them– were made with the ambitious shop-lifter in mind. 

      I’m glad she’s still in, but really, does it matter?  We know who wins, unless they decide to refilm the final judging in response to the overwhelmingly negative response to Anya.

      • Anonymous

        On this site, maybe. But on Lifetime’s website, she’s a fan favorite.

      • Anonymous

        Sometimes orange is a color nobody would ever wear “Candy corn!” shrieked the Duchess. Sometimes an intentionally exaggerated silhouette is hideous and gets you aufed for “Shoplifter pockets!”. A handful of episodes later, both appear on the same model and not a peep from the judges. But that’s the thing about the judges – the only constant is their inconsistency.

    • Anonymous

      the coat is awful, plus it’s way too big for the model, the sleeves are too long, the whold thing should be taken in and dyed. Like someone else said, if you compared this to the jackets that Jillian made, it doesn’t compare. The one outfit reminds me when Michael Knight’s final collection came down the runway, just trying to be B Phattish, but really tacky and cheap looking. I’m suprised she made it to the end, she frequently picked out bad colored fabric and scrambled around last minute. Kind of a blah season.

    • Anonymous

      When I saw that coat come out on the runway I thought, “this looks like a woman with a terrible cold who came home, threw on her hideous bathrobe over her underwear without taking off her boots, and wrapped the scarf around her inflamed, aching neck glands.”  It just looks so depressing.  And that last skirt looks like it’s made out of upholstery fabric used in car seats.  She really is lucky to have survived.

      I reviewed the final collections of the ones that are left the other day and I have to say that I liked hers the best.  The way the shoulders are draped on her tops is beautiful and the pants are well made.  The whole collection looks wearable, which I’m guessing will be the kiss of death, but it’s still more appealing than anything the other three had to offer (especially Anya’s, which looks like resort hookerwear.)  So I guess we shall see.  But I’m rooting for her for the win, damn it.

      • Mary McClelland

        resort hookerwear! The funny thing is that is exactly how Anya dresses herself. hehe great description! 

    • Anonymous

      I am surprised there’s been no mention of Tracy Reese, a very successful African-American designer and in fact whose garment is featured in this blog (most recent Taylor Swift in/out post)., Though, I appreciate and agree with TLo’s larger point of inadequate representation of AA’s in the fashion industry.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not crazy about the finale four (and I wasn’t with the finale five, anyway), but I can’t see how we can have Joshua in the finale three.
      The last episode rarely produce enough drama to be the occasion of a good use of the character. maybe in the reunion part but he wouldn’t need to be in the finale for that.
      So Viktor, Anya and Kim in hope it will be.

    • Anonymous

      Why the bright pink shoes for the first outfit when the three outfits were supposed to be a collection? 

      • Anonymous

        Perhaps that was all that was left that fit her model on the Pipercrap  wall. Remember, they had three times the number of models for that challenge. 

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I wish Becky and Kimberley had been closer throughout this competition and that Becky had felt able to step in and do what Tim did in the last challenge.  Kimberley needed to be stopped, hugged and told to focus.

      I like Kimberley – I want brilliant things for her.  Her taste is not my taste.  I wish her the very best.

    • Leslie Streeter

      Why am I the only person who liked all this? Although it was hoochie in parts. OK to say it. Hoochie.

      • Mary McClelland

        I liked everything but the coat. I liked the coat in theory but the execution and shape were a mess. Plus the material was too heavy for the design. 

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

      On TV, the coat looked more like a golden orange, not the hunter orange shown in the photo.

      I liked this collection a lot, and deserved more praise than was merited…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508965562 Amanda Choo Quan

      and the most successful black designers are the ones who make clothes the industry would normally expect from a black designer.

      • Leslie Streeter

        You’re sadly right. I had high hopes for Korto – I found it insulting that people refused to see her elegant African-inspired clothes as high fashion, but have no problems accepting, say, an Asian influence. I adored her clothes and would wear them.

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

          There aren’t a lot of Asian designers in the US either — it’s white people who are using Asian influences.  When white designers use an African influence that’s fine with fashion in general as well.

          BTW, I can’t speak for African elements as I don’t know enough Africans personally, but I can tell you that “Asian” is the biggest misnomer in design, whether it’s referencing clothing or interior design.  For one thing, Asia is the largest continent in the world and includes styles as diverse as the Indian sarong, the Japanese kimono, and the sleek Mandarin style — these are no where close to the same thing, so the idea of “Asian” is incorrect to begin.

          For another, there’s a mighty difference between Asian and what I refer to as “white-people-Asian”.  You know the very sleek, linear designs you hear are Asian-inspired?  Well, I know an awful lot of Chinese people and I can tell you that NONE of those things are present in Chinese decor.  They are closer to Japanese styles, but there’s still a great deal of ornateness in Japanese decor, and a lot more natural elements. 

          • Leslie Streeter

            You are right there there are many, many Asian cultures, as there are many African cultures and aesthetics. And when I said “Asian,” I truly referred to the diaspora – the sari fabric, or the kimono, or the Nehru jacket. And you are so right about “white people Asian,” like “white people ethnic hippie chic.” There are so many photos in Elle of blond stick thin white girls in African-inspired fabrics, or saris, that have almost a Colonial bent to them. It sorta gives me hives sometimes.

            It’s maddening. Thanks for your clarification.

          • Anonymous

            So very, painfully true.

            African is, like Asian, meaningless in and of itself. Usually, just as Asian mostly means, more or less, where Chinese characters are/were used, African means specifically stereotypically West African, things like kente cloth – but amongst “African” influenced designs there is often a smattering of elements from all over the continent. Rarely ever North Africa, though, because North Africa tends to be perceived as more “Middle Eastern” than “African”.

            “Asian” mostly seems to mean something Qi Pao-ish or “Kimono”-like where kimono means “a robe” – and even when Westerners are aware of the particulars, they rarely know much about them: e.g. what most people think of when they think of “traditional Chinese clothing” is actually a 20th century Westernized version of traditional Manchu clothing. Traditional Han Chinese clothing is actually closer to what most people think a kimono looks like but doesn’t. Perhaps in an “Asian inspiration” you might also see something Southeast Asian, something vaguely, but not really, sarong-ish, or ikat or batik work.

            Oh, and the whole generic “Asian-inspired design” idea is ridiculous – you’re absolutely right. Chinese decor (and architecture) often tends toward curves and a great deal of ornamentation, not sleek lines and simplicity; Japanese decor, however, does tend to be much more ascetic and sparing: cf.
            the throne in the Palace of Heavenly Purity in the Forbidden City,
            http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/75/Inside_the_Forbidden_City.jpg
            the throne in the Kyoto Imperial Palace,
            http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4d/Imperial_Throne_of_Shishinden_in_Kyoto_Imperial_Palace.jpg

            When they call it “Zen” inspired, that may be even worse, though.

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

              Even a lot of Japanese decor and clothing uses more ornamentation, particularly of natural elements like birds and plants, than is thought of by white people in the US, though it is certainly less elaborate than most Chinese elements. 

              I really know NOTHING about Africa (other than the very basic)

            • Anonymous

              Oh, yes, definitely, there’s a fair bit more ornamentation in Japanese decor than Westerners tend to think (cf. the entry way of Nijo Castle, also in Kyoto: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5a/Nijo_Castle_Ninomaru_01.JPG/1280px-Nijo_Castle_Ninomaru_01.JPG ), but at least sleek lines and simplicity actually are a major part of Japanese design. Of course, it’s not as if there’s any real understanding of Japanese aesthetics which underlies the Western appropriation of it – you never hear any discussion of iki or wabi-sabi, or reference to In Praise of Shadows, or the like.

              I don’t know a whole lot about Africa, and I probably know more about North Africa than any other region, but I do know enough to know the general cultural divisions, how North is different from West is different from East is different from South, how the cultures of the Sahara are different from the Sahel are different from the rainforest belt are different from the savannah, etc.

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

              Yeah, I know there’s a lot more diversity than one thinks when they hear “African”.  I’m hoping my mother will finally make it over to Egypt so she can tell me more, but I doubt she’ll notice a lot about the decor or fashions — not her thing at all.

              (Though I do have GORGEOUS Christmas stockings for the kids from Egypt from my aunt with their names all in Arabic, which are possibly my favorite thing ever:)

            • Anonymous

              Okay, reading over this conversation, I have to laugh, because I swear, every post, you and I get into these weird “I know this – I know that, too” conversations.

              Ask her to take pictures. Maybe then, even if she doesn’t really notice much, you can still get some impression – assuming she takes pictures of the right things, that is.

              I think “white-people Asian” is actually an interesting style; shockingly, for some reason, deep cultural awareness and cultural appropriation rarely go hand in hand, but the style itself has merits.

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

              I love white people Asian — it’s sleek without being cold.  Funnily enough, it’s also one of the few styles my glow-in-the-dark self and my Chinese husband agree that we both like regularly, so maybe it’s a better marriage of the two looks than I thought:) 

              I do have some pictures of the area already, because my aunt currently lives there — but I can guarantee my mother would not know which people to photograph as examples of interesting style. 

              As for our convos, that’s one of the reasons I love it here: so many interesting people and there’s never a lecture about getting off topic!

      • Jennifer Coleman

        Don’t forget Kara Saun from the first season with the wonderful Hollywood frocks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/slavetothegrinds Adrian Michelle

      This is a slight bit off topic but is it me or are all the models this year just miserable? They have had some just great ones in the past but this season’s girls just seem bored and boring. Like I said it could just be me. TLO or anyone thoughts…opinions?

      • Anonymous

         I thought, horror of all horrors, that many of them looked kind of old.  I think a lot of what was blamed on Bert in styling could be attributed to his model.  I tried to picture her youthed up, and it wasn’t happening.  Bert’s good, but there is that silk purse/sow’s ear thing.  Of course, maybe the models are as dismayed with what they’re wearing as we are, and they really are as bored as they seem. 

        • Mary McClelland

          Yes – his model was AWFUL week after week. It’s like the couldn’t convince any decent agents to let their girls on the show so they just went with 5th tier, verge of retired models. Even last year had some pretty fierce models but this year the only decent one seems to be Laura’s.

          • Anonymous

            Woah, Bert’s model? Bad? She was one of the better models of the season! IMO, Viktor, Bert, and Laura had the best models of the season.

            • Anonymous

              She could walk, but I suspected she was wearing support hose under the garments.  It’s not that she was old; she just didn’t seem as fresh as Viktor’s model.  I always suspected when Bert made his references to Catherine Deneuve and Bridget Bardot that his model remembered going to the theater to see them in films and was probably the only one who didn’t need to go to Wikipedia to figure out who they were. 

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

              i thought bert had one of the better models in this season of terrible models.
              bert – laura – danielle.
              & viktor’s model could have been, had she not so hated being there.

      • margaret meyers

        Most of the models this year are really bad.  They must have been the only models willing to be tied-up for the time leading to Fashion Week.

      • Anonymous

        I like Victor’s model, but she’s the only one who stands out at all for me.

      • http://twitter.com/mme_hardy MadameHardy

        Given that the models now get no exposure at all, why tie up that much time for only a chance at $10K?   In the original format, the models got weekly name-and-face-and-walk TV exposure; now their names are never, ever said.  

        • Anonymous

          I thought it was 25,000?

    • Anonymous

      These all looked like something you’d wear to a cocktail party in an x-ray lab. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/ehormell Eric Hormell

      Yeah, unfortunately, I don’t see the judges keeping her in the top three, either.

    • Anonymous

      I liked the first dress very well. It was total Kimberly.  2nd…I like it when the very few designers have ventured into coat land, and I wish I could like this one. However I have one from LandsEnd that is designed for for -50 below zero and it is less bulky then that.  I think it was the judges who said the last look would have been better if it had been just a plain skirt…I think I would have done a pencil skirt, kept the belt. I agree the keyhole is too big..tighten that up and I think it would be fine.

      I’m worried for her next week as well. I think it was only season 2 that we ever had 4 designers completely present on the runway.  I wish they would do away with this “YEA!!! You made it to fashion week! Work your ass off and awwwwww…so sad. Go home.”  Just pick the top damn 3 and leave the mind fucking around for earlier in the season.

    • Anonymous

      Oh.Dear.God. The judges must have really hated Laura Kathleen’s mini collection, because Kimberley’s is a mess. I like the idea behind the first dress, but question Kimberley’s choice of fabric for it.  The coat is sad.  The reason that hoochie sprang to TLo’s minds is the last design is hoochie, especially with that overly large keyhole.

      I’m glad that Kimberley spoke up on the runway, and relieve for her that she survived this episode, but she needs to bring her A game if she has hope of going to fashion week.

      • Jennifer Coleman

        I think both of their collections were crap, but Laura has not hit as many high notes throughout the season as Kim has. Plus, Nina had the dreaded Taste Issue with Laura, so she was already behind the 8-ball in this challenge before it even started.

    • Joshua

      Well, I don’t think she’s lucky she’s in it all or did you forget how bad Josh’s collection was? Of course, we do know the producers can’t be rid of Josh, but it would have been a sad reflection on the judges sanity to have kept Josh and auf’d Kimberly (haha, I say that like their sanity hasn’t been in question for the last few seasons). I didn’t hate Kim’s collection as much as everyone else, but looking at the coat in the picture it does look incredibly cheap, despite the colour. I hope she can turn it all around for this week.

    • Anonymous

      Does Kimberly keep buying the same silver fabric over and over again?  We’ve seen this from her already and it didn’t work then.  The fabric is too heavy to do what she’s trying to do with it, and she hasn’t seemed to learn that lesson.  

      Kimberly was the best mannered, least drama-filled person among any of the last 10 designers.  I’m not sure how I feel about the notion that Kimberly should make the finale because she’s African-American though. I think she should make the finale if she’s better than at least one of the other designers still there.  And she is – Josh is not a better designer than her unless they’re designing for the circus.  To me, that’s the reason Kimberly deserves a place in the finale.  

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

      That was a bad mini collection from poor Kimberly. The choice of materials, the colors, and the construction was very problematic in many ways. To me, she could have shared the aufing with Laura. Josh may have made tacky outfits for a baton twirler and a disco Statue of Liberty but his construction was not as awful as this or Laura’s. Really angry at Bert for his miscalculations during the bird challenge but like many people have noticed and stated, he’s not as hungry for the prize as the other competitors.

      • Anonymous

        Construction doesn’t seem to be the issue this year. In a season of bad, baton twirlers have my OFF vote.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734331728 Jessie Paolucci

      Couldn’t agree more. Just one lil’ correction regarding successful black designers: Tracy Reese isn’t in any way connected to the music industry and has had a great deal of success. Not to mention, she’s one of my favorites.

    • margaret meyers

      I think the insurmountable issue for Kimberley isn’t that she is African American.  I think her problem is the same one Anthony Ryan had:  they are both designing for a different market than PR’s Fashion Week show.  Kimberley is designing for a professional woman — probably urban, maybe minority — who has some money and an ambition to wear something distinctive she isn’t finding in the department store.  That isn’t PR’s market. 

       All of Kimberley’s garments have a look-for-less aspect to them.  Her runway collection looks down-market too many times, along with the few stand-out pieces we all admired (the white separates are fabulous), which were mostly day looks. She didn’t seem capable of designing luxury looks.   Anthony Ryan had the same problem — he was making distinctive, thrifty, work-a-day pieces that really seemed to come from a Kohl’s mindset.  That’s a great mindset, everyone deserves good clothes, but that isn’t PR.

    • Anonymous

      Kimberley’s reliance on heavy fabrics and her inability to come up with a design idea and stick with it are surely doing her in. I felt so bad for her last week during her meltdown but it doesn’t seem like she’s able to get out of the deep hole she dug for herself. Her collection was terrible, though I didn’t actually hate the coat. Sure it was too big and bulky and the styling was awful but I liked it in general (with a lot of tweaks) and if the color hadn’t been quite so bright then I see no problem there. I live in coats 6-7 months, or more, out of the year and black/brown/khaki get really tiresome. The first dress wasn’t great but it had some good points. But the hoochie mama dress reveals a serious taste issue. That was BAD.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7DCTFPYY4QBP4IGDLSO4QUEEQ SugarDove88

      the fabric she used reminded me so much of the fabric she used in the Nina Garcia challenge.. only in a different color tho

    • Anonymous

      I have not gone through the comments, which will be obvious in a moment. I think there is a very good chance a black designer will win this season, it just won’t be Kimberley. Her mini-collection was such a miss. That coat was awful. And I love orange. But that was way too much orange.

      I was actually stunned that she got a pass. I would bet money that the producers had their hearts set on a runoff during Fashion Week.

      • Anonymous

        If you think a black designer will win, and it won’t be Kimberly, who the heck will it be?  You don’t think any of them would be nutty enough to go up there in blackface do you?  Ask Ted Danson, that’s not cool.  

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

          Yet it was fine when RDJ did it in Tropic Thunder…

          To be fair, I didn’t understand the insult when Ted Danson did it either — I thought he was trying to make a point.  Bad judgment, certainly, but not meaning any harm or insult.

          • Anonymous

            It’s akin to the confederate flag.  There are certain places that just have to avoided.  Like swastikas and bizarre little mustaches, there are just certain things that evoke too emotional a response to have available for public consumption.  Much like this season of PR. 

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

              Oh I know it upset people a lot — I just felt bad for the guy, because I think he was honestly trying to make a point about race not mattering.

        • Anonymous

          Anya’s black, right?

          • Anonymous

            No, she’s Asian.

            • Anonymous

              OK my bad.

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

              She’s part Asian and part white.

            • Anonymous

              I replied as she describes herself.  But thank gawd that someone is here to cross the t’s and dot the i’s.  Hate to have someone miss the point that she wasn’t black because they were so consumed by the thought that there must be some Caucasian in there. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t want an African American to win PR just because he or she is an African American.  That doesn’t help folk like myself who have worked exceedingly hard in our careers to counter perceptions that we need tokenism or affirmative action to succeed.  We don’t.  But let’s face it, the fashion world has a very euro-centric view. It may be difficult for an african-american designer to break the elite ranks but there are plenty talented designers of color out there.  Korto arguably could have and maybe should have won her season.  She is truly a talented designer but her aesthetic probably doesn’t cater to the Marie Clare reader.  Hopefully she and others can have successful careers but that success may be defined a little differently.  

      • Anonymous

         I thought Korto’s stuff was fantastic and couldn’t believe that she didn’t win.  Leanne was good, but I thought Korto was better.  I think that I liked about it was that it was fashion that everyone could wear.  It would be so great to have someone like that win.  It seems like usually when they say that it’s great for any woman they mean any woman between a size 0 and a size 4.  Wouldn’t that shake things up on the runway if somebody actually did that some season?  Put a whole lot of different colored and sizes of women in their fashion week show.  That would be a finale nobody would forget for a while. 

        • Anonymous

          Totally agree… she was the first person I thought of in reading TLo’s commentary.  Gotta love Leanne, too, so I can’t say Korto was robbed like on a Mondo level, but she could EASILY have won that season and would have blown right past this S9 pack of goobers.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66KPZ36LMHMRQOX3HIJGHRNNUA MandyM

      I think I am the only one that didn’t hate that coat. I didn’t mind the color and I loved the buttons on the side and I loved the length and the scarf. The hair was blah and I definitely thought the other two looked like she took aluminum tread and folded it to make a skirt. Ew. But I ma glad she made it. I either want her or Viktor to win it. Please please please for the love of all that is holy, don’t let Anya or Josh take it!

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

        I didn’t hate it either, but it’s hard to see the exact color of orange on the monitor. If it was too much “danger sign” or construction zone, I can see the complaint, but on my screen it looks more rust in color. When it came out I told my husband “Ooh, I want one!” so you’re definitely not the only one to like it.

    • Anonymous

      I have realized I am complaining way to much this season and I like Kimberly so here is me being positive:  the first dress would look great on a cartoon superhero, I love the concept of an orange coat and I love the color combinations of the last outfit.  Hopefully once she got away from the insanity in that workroom, she was able to pull off some fabulousness.   

    • Anonymous

      Last look reminded me of Michael Knight’s work.

      I just saw a woman in a bright orange (knee length) raincoat Sunday which was a dreary rainy Sunday in Cleveland.  I made me smile because it was nice to see a bright color on a dreary day.

      • Jennifer Coleman

        Kim’s aesthetic has consistently reminded me of Mychael Knight (he added the Y post-PR), albeit less convincing. Both aim for exciting designs that blend couture with hip-hop culture. Mychael often came close but his final collection fell flat, one of my biggest PR heartbreaks as he had the talent to win. This season’s ‘designers’ seem to be dabblers (Josh, Laura), people with great eyes, but not designers (Anya), Severely limited vision and possibly in the wrong career paths (Bryce, Becky, the other Josh) or talented but not interested in expanding past their comfort zone (Olivier, Bert, Anthony, Viktor) but Kim seems to be the one who made an effort to stretch her wings the most. Having said that, after taking a step forward, she got scared and reverted to the rut of the same look/design exploration far too much.
        I really resented the other designers giving her short shrift at the end of the show-as if they are so strong that they can easily dismiss her, I suspect because her aesthetic does not jive with theirs, just as she stated. Laura’s comments as to why Kim should’ve been sent home on the post show were ridiculous – Laura would not have made it past the third episode if this were any other season, her designs were marginal and not well tailored (and sorry to get all old-money on you, but anyone who talks so much about being wealthy so much is definitely not wealthy).

    • Anonymous

      I’m disappointed that the finale is going to be all about Anya vs. Victor (or, let’s face it, Anya), with Kimberly and Josh competing for the slot of also-ran. I’m also not sure they’ll be able to let go of Josh, even if he brings those green lace-up shorts to the final elimination, and Kimberly, as uneven as she has been, has been miles better than Josh and has a much better final collection.

    • Susan Crawford

      This was such a disappointing trio of looks from Miss Kim. I liked the first dress best, but agree that what often stymied her this season was her fabric choice. She always seemed to make a beeline for fabric that really didn’t compliment her design – too heavy, too brocaded, too over-embellished, too ORANGE! I had a surge of hope when she mentioned she was going to do a coat – just because it would have been outside the box a little for the challenge, but then she ended up with that Giant Pumpkin. And obviously she wasn’t listening when one of the judges – I forget which one – talked about big, crafty-looking buttons as if they were the Typhoid Plague of fashion design. Frankly, all you sould see on the coat were those buttons, and at one point, I noted that one of them had managed to work free from the loop……… eeeeek.

      Please God and all the sewing deities, Kim will make it to the final three. I am praying that Miss Clinique manages to over-bedazzle, lace and be-chain to the point of no return. But sadly, I believe we ALL know who will be taking the spotlight when the dust settles: she’s got a winner’s sash and a tiara tucked away somewhere, folks – bet on it!

      • Anonymous

        Wasn’t it actually Kim who got yelled at for the big buttons on her “Peter Brady goes to the Fall Festival” look for the Sheepdogs?  Maybe the contestants are starting to realize the judges are just superfluous, too. 

    • Anonymous

      I actually have a bright orange trench coat and get compliments on it all the time so I don’t see why that is an awful color. Looks terrible with that scarf though.

      • Anonymous

        It is my most hated color in a box of Crayola.  That being said, there are some people that look absolutely fantastic in orange.  It’s a color that not everybody has the coloring to wear, and for me when you find that rare gem that can wear that color and not be overwhelmed by it, it ends up pretty darn spectacular.  

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

        I agree. I love that color and Burberry made a couple of coats in exactly that shade recently. If anything she ought to get picked at for being referential. 

    • Anonymous

      Ugh. That crap looks stapled together. Technique my hiney.

      • Anonymous

        Somehow or another the designers got the impression that technique was not necessary this season.  Go figure.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LFA7IMYX3NQB6SP3JHKKSRNPOM Virginia

      Now that we are down to the nitty gritty, I’m ready to say how appalled I am, overall, by the serious lack of talent we saw this season. I never used to feel like the show was amateurish, especially by the end.  I was always blown away by the quality, sewing and design of the final few challenges and the runway shows…These clothes do not look finished to me at all!  Now I don’t know anything about fashion in a formal way, but have learned a lot from the show, Tim and Nina’s books and THIS BLOG.  So am I crazy?  Or is this stuff really kind of poorly done?

      • Anonymous

        Usually the last challenge is a total disaster or a snorefest for almost all of the designers, but this year is especially bad. The only one who actually showed better work than they have all season was Anya, and we’ve all talked about Bert’s hand in that to death. But the bar’s been set so low with this group it’s harder and harder to care.

      • Anonymous

        You’re not crazy.

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

      As long as we’re talking people of color on PR: I thought the fact that Korto didn’t win was, at least in part, a racially motivated travesty. Granted it wasn’t the only factor, but it was such a stark difference of aesthetic and personal characteristics between her and the winning designer that season that it was difficult to think there was NO preference for a certain dominant cultural aesthetic. 

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

        i think you’ve pegged it.

        it’s sometimes very hard to separate dominant cultural aesthetic from the color of the person who doesnt fit that aesthetic. i agree w/ you that thats why she didnt win– but i think someone else who didnt quite fit w/in the dominant aesthetic wouldnt win either, it wouldnt matter what color the person was– PR is very stuck on what’s on trend & all that goes w/ it. as many avant garde challenges as they choose to foist on people unable to define the words avant garde, avant garde is not what PR is about. theyre not trying to change the world, not really. i think, somewhere along the line, they’d admit that. do i think constriction inside whats already there is good? no, i hate it. it’s whats eating away culture, nip by nip. but PR is part of that & i doubt it will ever not be– particularly since i think it will be gone w/in a year, but thats another discussion.

    • Shelley K.

      I like Kim so much more than Laura and her snotty “I’m a rich beauty queen (who’s not such a beauty as she thinks) that’s better than everyone else” attitude, but I was really afraid Kim was going to get the auf with that collection. It was no worse than Laura’s, but no better, either. I wonder if the fact that she seems to have an interesting back story with a lot of struggle/survival aspects played a role in her staying on? Would the spoiled rich girl have as interesting a story for the bios PR does of the final contestants?

    • Anonymous

      The only big-name black fashion designer I can think of is Patrick Kelly. There should definitely be more!

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

      patrick kelly [rip]
      willi smith [rip]
      stephen burrows [still w/ us, his stuff now isnt as good as his stuff in the 70s-- but his stuff in the 70s is among the best american stuff that there was in the 70s]
      eric gaskins [ also of http://emperorsoldclothes.blogspot.com/ ]

      thats all i can come up w/ off the top of my head. two of them are among my favorite clothing designers of all time. but there are absolutely not enough. i didnt realize how small the playing field was until i tried to research it this evening & i could scarcely better my list. amazing– & not in a good way.

      & i loved epperson’s work from this program & afterwards. he’s still working, last i saw, so i guess you can count him.

      i wish i’d liked kimberly’s work better. she seems like a very decent person. i like the first dress here, wish it were made in a different fabric. i like the orange coat, almost, wish she hadnt wrapped a woven pillowcase around her model’s neck. i wish i liked the last dress.

      i dont think any of these people could do their best work in such a toxic environment. the characters/caricatures they booked as contestants this season are partly to blame; more so, those who booked them. much more so.

      i wish i liked her final collection better. i absolutely hate that josh is gonna wind up as a finalist.

      • Anonymous

        Byron Lars , one of my all time favorites. The First Lady has worn his designs before.
        Andre Walker, less well known but also very innovative .

      • Anonymous

        I would not be so sure of that.

    • Anonymous

      This is capital T tacky, including dress number one. It looks like dinner leftovers from the restaurant. I’m surprised Kimberly’s still there. I think it’s because she keeps such a low profile and there were just others to go before her. (Bert was an anomaly). But her time has come. Unless Josh goes first, but I don’t see her as a finalist. Her clothes aren’t that great and no judges are up her ass.

    • narita_rayna

      that last outfit of hers – soon as i saw it, i thought of michael’s final dress from season 3.  same hoochie gapey keyhole top.  poor kimberly. i really like her & i think shes a good designer.  but this was not her best work.